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Seymour Community Free Days
Free Community Day...Come visit us!
10/18/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map

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The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is open to the community free of charge on the following days:

 
October 18
November 13
December 4


Sponsored by:www.montereybayseaglass.com / Nancy Allen

 

Come touch a friendly shark, see how marine scientists work, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay. Our exhibit hall offers a deeper dive into the adventure of ocean research here in Santa Cruz and around the world. Visit us and explore the fascinating world of marine science and conservation. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a self-supporting part of the University of California, Santa Cruz. At the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, you can visit exhibit halls, aquarium, and touch pools as part of a working marine laboratory. Take tours to the marine mammal research overlook, visit the Ocean Discovery Shop, and delight in unsurpassed vistas of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
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Roaring Camp
Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 13-Oct 28)
Admission Fees: Adults: $45 ~ Children: $35 (ages 2-12)

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Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party

OCTOBER 13 - 14, 20 - 21, 27 - 28

 

ANNOUNCING THE TOUR'S MOST EXCITING YEAR EVER AS MATTEL DEBUTS TALKING THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE AND THOMAS' BEST FRIEND PERCY!


Little engineers won't believe their eyes-or their ears! Percy will be joining Thomas the Tank Engine on the rails! Also, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans!


Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family.

 

Activities include: Temporary Tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, Pick a Pumpkin (small pumpkins for little ones), Cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, Thomas store and entertainment.


Purchase tickets here


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Thrill the World Santa Cruz
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Louden Nelson Center
Thriller Dancing Class!
Date: Every Sa (Sep 29-Oct 27) at 10:00am
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: free

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Every year, on the Saturday before Halloween, night creatures call and the dead start to walk in their masquerade. So basically, a zombie flash mob Thriller dance. There are plenty of opportunities to learn the dance all month and participate in a world-wide simultaneous Thriller Dance at various venues throughout the county. Family and zombie-friendly!

 

Ask about Performance at Louden Nelson Center

This is your chance to participate in the world-wide simultaneous Thriller Dance, which happens every year on the Saturday before Halloween!!! Zombie flash mobs gather in cities across the globe to "Thrill The World" in celebration of community, fun, friends.  Learn the dance and join the mob!!


Location: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Heritage Harvest Festival & Rare Apple Tasting
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Celebrate! The harvest is in. See tractor, draft horse and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and ...R
Date: 10/20/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: $10 parking

Heritage Harvest Festival
Saturday October 20 from 11am to 4 pm

Celebrate! The harvest is in! See tractor, draft horse, and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and participate in harvest-time activities. This event is appropriate for all ages.

 

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Pumpkin Patch, You Pick Pumpkins
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Rodoni Farms
Great local place to pick your pumpkin right from the field and have fun in the corn maze!
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Oct 31)

Special Instructions: 4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1

Pumpkins are HERE!!

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Pumpkins and fun are what it's all about! Come roam through the fields of pumpkins. There are so many varieties to choose from! We have hay bales, scary cutouts, and a 5 acre corn maze! We also have fresh Brussels sprouts on the stalk, artichokes, corn stalks, and gourds.
**Pumpkins are priced by size, not weight.

 

Choosing your pumpkin:
There are two methods of choosing your pumpkin to carve. The first way is my favorite. As you stroll through the pumpkin patch a certain individual pumpkin will jump out at you! That's the ONE! The other method is to have a pattern or face in mind and look for a pumpkin that will work with your design. Usually a large stem makes a nice addition to the pumpkin.
Remember!. The more unusual the better!

 

  • Bring your camera! There are many fun photo spots!
  • Come spend the day by the California coastline and hand pick your Halloween pumpkin!
  • We are open every daily, 9 AM - 6 PM from October 1st through Halloween. After Halloween we will remain open on the honor system until Christmas.
  • We are dog friendly. We kindly ask that you keep them on a leash at all times and pick-up after them, if need be.
  • CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE.

To schedule Pumpkin Patch field trips click here


Directions:
Our Pumpkin Patch, U Pick Em Pumpkins, is located at 4444 Coast Rd. (Hwy 1)

4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1. Take Mission Street through the center of town and continue on to Hwy. 1 towards San Francisco/ Halfmoon Bay. We are on the right side just after Dimeo Lane.


Location: 4444 Coast Rd. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)426-6438 •website Davenport create a direct event link
Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the park's less traveled backcountry
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 6-Oct 27) at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturday, October 6 at noon

Sunday, October 7 at noon

Saturday, October 13 at noon

Sunday, October 14 at noon

Sunday, October 21 at noon

Saturday, October 27 at noon

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level, and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Meet at Park Headquarters. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Google Science Fair
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Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.
Date: Every day (Sep 13-Dec 12)


Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.

 

You can sign up starting September 13th 2018 by visiting googlesciencefair.com and clicking on the Start your project button. If you're not sure where to start, you can get help by taking a look at our Student resources and checking out some out some of our previous winners.

 

 

This competition is open to full-time and home-schooled students around the world, between ages of 13 and 18 (these ages are slightly different in a few countries like Israel, South Korea and Europe). See the Official Rules for more details.


You can win amazing prizes.

 

Submissions close December 12th, 2018

Global finalists announced May 2019


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Pathways Through Our Parks
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Meet the Artist: December 7th, 6-8pm. Free to the public.
Date: Every day (Oct 5-Jan 6) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages

Pathways Through Our Parks,Paintings of Parks in Santa Cruz County by Ann Elizabeth Thiermann

October 5, 2018 - January 6, 2019

(0 A September 2018) Thiermann-Manresa.jpgAnn Thiermann's series of pastel and acrylic paintings invite the viewer to visually linger over the flora and fauna along the pathways of our extraordinarily diverse parks in Santa Cruz County. From river to sea, chaparral to marsh, and rustic to urban, creatures both wild and domestic, marine and terrestrial, historic and contemporary inhabit her park pathways in a variety of seasonal and weather conditions.

 

Explore these iconic Santa Cruz views and discover them for yourself in our abundant parks and open spaces.

 

Opening Reception for Members: October 5th, 6-8pm
Meet the Artist: December 7th, 6-8pm. Free to the public.

 

About the Artist:

Ann Elizabeth Thiermann, MFA is inspired by living, hiking, and painting in beautiful Santa Cruz County. Her creativity is fueled by her artistic family, Sylvie, the studio cat, her folk dancing friends, teaching and leading art trips abroad. In addition to painting landscapes and murals, daily joy comes from swimming, camping, and visiting the farmer's market and working in her garden. Movement in her art is reinforced by her time playing organ, piano and harpsichord as a church musician.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Craft Sale in the Mountains
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Made in the Mountains
Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Apr 21-Dec 15) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 April 2018) MadeInMountains2018.jpgIt's back!! The sidewalks will be filled with art and crafts again on the 3rd Saturday of the month. And we're adding music to the event! So, come out, enjoy the incredible spring weather and load up on art and joy!

 

I can't wait to see what creativity the winter months brought out in all of the artists' work!

We're continuing the "Spend $50, get $100" game, too! The Boulder Bucks program works like this - if you spend $50 or more at any local business during the Made in the Mountains event (buying groceries, getting a mani/pedi, buying pizza for the kids' baseball team, .... ) just take your receipt to Emelia at Air & Fire before the event is over. Your name will be added to the drawing that will happen within the week after the event. You could be the one that wins $100 in the form of a gift certificate to spend at a local business of your choice! You can also split the $100 into 2 gift certificates to different businesses.

 

So, getting the kids pizza could turn into a free necklace for yourself! Or the tools bought at the hardware store could get you a free mani/pedi for after the yardwork is done and some Chinese food for dinner! Nice, right!?

 

See ya out there!

 


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Potluck & Dance
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 6:00pm to 10:00pm


(0 April 2018) PieRanchDance.jpgBARN DANCE

 

6:00pm / Potluck Dinner followed by music and dancing (7:00 pm)
Reservations and information

The potluck brings a few dozen people out, each with a dish they’ve brought to share.

Cost for the dance is $15–20 per person on a sliding scale; everyone contributes what they can! PLEASE NOTE THAT AN RSVP IS RECOMMENDED but not required and is helpful for our own planning purposes. Nobody will be turned away.

The 7pm Dance lasts 3 hours and features the County Line Pickers (Jim Davies, bass; Joni Davies, guitar; Hide Kawatsur, mandolin; Ken Clarkson, banjo; Luke Abbott and Nancy Vail, fiddle) with caller Andy Wilson to lead the do-si-dos and more!

To encourage a friendly family atmosphere and encourage safe driving on Hwy 1, the potluck and barn dance are alcohol-free events. Please register using the "Sign Up" button at the top of this page and note that we can only accommodate groups of 10 or less. Our office is closed on Saturday and Sunday so the latest RSVP we can accept is the Friday before the barndance, by 3pm.


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
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Thriller Dance Mob
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Boulder Creek Parks & Rec
Thriller dance 3 Saturdays and 1 Tuesday!
Date: Every Sa (Oct 13-Oct 27) at 10:15am
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: Free

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Want to learn the Thriller Dance!!!
Come on down all ages welcome.
http://www.thrilltheworld.com/


Thriller dance and dress up Halloween night to show off our zombie skills.
Free class, adults and kids welcome to join, we hope you will perform in the flash mob we do Halloween night 6:30pm in downtown Boulder Creek.


Instructor: Hallie Greene

 

Tues, Oct. 30 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Location: Junction Park, 13333 Middleton Ave, Boulder Creek Map
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Dia de Pescar: Fly Fishing Clinic along the San Lorenzo River
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Santa Cruz Fly Fisherman Club
Get hooked on fishing at the 3rd Annual Dia de Pescar Fly Fishing Clinic. Bring the whole family and learn about fish and fishin
Date: 10/20/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

Get hooked on fishing at the 3nd Annual Dia de Pescar Fly Fishing Clinic. Bring the whole family and learn about fish and fishing in Santa Cruz County.

 

This event is for all ages and all experience levels. Whether you are just beginning or are a seasoned veteran you can:

  • Learn fishing techniques from the pros.
  • Learn about the gear you need.
  • Play fishy games, compete in casting and win awesome gear prizes.
  • Learn about where to fish on the San Lorenzo River and Santa Cruz County.
  • Learn from local fish experts about the fish in our river and in the Monterey Bay.
  • Learn what you can do to protect fish.

Have you seen people fishing in the river and thought, how cool! Well, this is your chance to give it a try! No gear or prior experience necessary.

This event is organized by Santa Cruz Fly Fisherman Club, Steinbeck Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project and Patagonia.


Location: San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz Riverwalk, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

Our family of five farmers' markets showcases the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods.

 

Purchasing your food through the area's farmers' markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region's strong farming tradition.

 

We provide direct access to sustainable sources of fresh produce and other unique foods and education about food issues, both local and beyond.

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 2:30-6:00 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr April - October
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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Climate Action Tree Planting
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City of Watsonville
There's an old saying that "the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago and the second best time is now."
Date: 10/20/2018 from 9:00am to 12:00pm


(0 A October 2018) TreePlantingOct20.jpgThere's an old saying that "the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago and the second best time is now." The City of Watsonville is pleased to kick off our fall tree planting season with an event dedicated to climate action. Please join City staff and local nonprofit partners Regeneration-Pájaro Valley Climate Action, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, and Pajaro Valley Arts Council as we plant trees at Muzzio Park and work towards a healthier Watsonville on Saturday, October 20th from 9am - Noon.

Materials, refreshments, and a free lunch for planting volunteers will be provided. Participants will learn about local ways to engage in climate change action, and will create art with Pajaro Valley Arts.

Trees are a symbol for a strength and resiliency, and an indicator of communities that invest in a healthy and sustainable future. As trees grow, they help stop climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, storing carbon in the trees and soil, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Once grown, the trees rooted at Muzzio Park will provide canopies of shade decreasing the effects of rising temperatures and keeping Watsonville cool. They will also support habitat for birds and create a refreshing resting spot for park visitors.

We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, email Rachel Kippen at rachel.kippen@cityofwatsonville.org

**This effort is part of the Watsonville Urban Forest Revitalization Project funded by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments Program.


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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See varying hours

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters.

 

Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm


'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group for any parent of a child with any type of disability
Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am-12pm at 820 Bay Ave. Capitola
Like our Facebook page and receive info. on up coming meetings.


For more info or to RSVP, please call and leave a message at 423-7713 or email Heidi Lister at hlister@spinsc.org


NOTE: Child care is NOT provided at these meetings.


Location: 820 Bay Ave, Capitola Map
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BCUMC Harvest Festival
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Boulder Creek United Methodist
Games a face painter a bounce house and a pumpkin patch, as well as good food, good people, and all around good time
Date: 10/20/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 A October 2018) Halloween_ChurchFest.jpgBring your family to the Harvest Festival at Boulder Creek United Methodist Church on Saturday October 20th.

 

There will be games a face painter a bounce house and a pumpkin patch, as well as good food, good people, and all around good times.


Location: 12855 Boulder St, Boulder Creek Map
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Zootoberfest
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San Francisco Zoo
Come to SF Zoo to welcome our favorite season... FALL!
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 6-Oct 28) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free (inder3) to $15

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Dress up in costume for one of San Francisco Zoo & Garden's most popular

Come to SF Zoo to welcome our favorite season... FALL!

 

Every weekend in October, go on an adventure in "Harvest Hallow" for access to new and exciting attractions. Navigate through San Francisco's largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!

For kids AND adults, SF Zoo's "Zoo Brew Haus" at The Depot Grill is pouring a great selection of brews, and cooking a full smorgasbord of German-inspired dishes, like beer-braised bratwurst with Guinness mustard and Sauerkraut! During lunch, dine to the upbeat sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. You might even want to get up and dance!

 

 


Location: 1 Zoo Way, San Francisco Map
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Halloween in the Mountains
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San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce
Date: Every day (Oct 18-Oct 31)
Admission Fees: check individual events

(0 A October 2018) Halloween_inMtns_Small.jpg Oct 20 Harvest Festival at Boulder Creek United Methodist Church Noon to 4pm. Pumpkin patch, bounce house, snacks, face painting. 

Oct 20 Murder at the Deadwood Saloon Dinner Theatre 6-9pm at Bear Creek Recreation Center. Fundraiser supports Boulder Creek Recreation. 

Oct 20, 21 Thomas the Tank Engine & Percy's Halloween Party at Roaring Camp Railroads. 6 scheduled train rides starting at 10am. Last train at 3pm. 

Oct 23 Pumpkin Decorating Bonanza at the Felton Farmer's Market 2:30-6:30pm. Donated pumpkins, face painting, scavenger hunt. At 3:30 a pumpkin beer (non-alcoholic) workshop. 

Oct 27 Halloween Dance Party at Casa Nostra Restaurant 6-10pm. Free glass of sparkling wine if you show up in costume. 

Oct 27 Witches Ball at Brookdale Lodge 9pm. Live Music and witch hat contest. 

Oct 27 Zeppelin Live Halloween Party at Flynn's Cabaret 9pm-12am.

Oct 31 Trick or Treat with Downtown Boulder Creek merchants. Shops will be open handing out candy. Stay for the Thriller Flash Mob!

Oct 31 Trick or Treat with Downtown Felton merchants. The fun starts at 5pm.


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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn't mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can't shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to www.Parks.CA.gov/PigeonPoint. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

* Please note the lighthouse will NOT be lit. The original lighthouse beacon, the First Order Fresnel lens, will be lit but in its temporary location inside the Visitor Center. The lighthouse is being repaired and is currently not accessible to the public.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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Arata Farm Hay Maze
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Arata Pumpkin Farm
Hey everyone, it's that time of year again! Come on out to the farm and enjoy the world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze, or
Date: Every day (Sep 25-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 7:00pm


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You can lose yourself in our 6 acre corn field and pumpkin river. Try to challenge yourself intellectually and physically in our 2 acre world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze. Take a walk on the wild side and adventure into our Haunted Barn. Relax and enjoy yourself on our Hay Ride.

 

Or you can let the kid's play in our Play Land playground with Miniature Hay Maze, on the Children's Train Ride or have fun with our animals in the Petting Zoo. We also have many picnic areas throughout the farm, at Arata Pumpkin Farm we have something for everybody.

 

We also have dozens of varieties of pumpkins and sizes. We have a special pumpkin for everyone in your family! Feel free to give us a call, send us an email or just come to the farm. We would love to see you.

 

Our Hours
Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday 9am - 8pm

 

Family Package $15 per Adult ~ $20 per Child Attraction
A minimum of one paid adult and one paid child, age 10 and under are required to qualify for this package


Location: 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay Map
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Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


(AAA July 2015) Brainfuse_HomeworkHelpNow180.jpgFree Academic Help at All Levels.

 

Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education.

 

Live Tutoring: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Our tutors don't simply give answers but help students master underlying academic concepts.

 

SkillSurfer: SkillSurfer includes an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests in a wide range of academic subjects, and further integrates them with live tutoring.


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Hides & Tallow
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State Park Mission
Learn about the major products of the mission especially leather and tallowl
Date: 10/20/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Hides and Tallow

 

Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 1800's. We will look at some of the major products of the mission; leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information. Events made possible by California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Renaissance Faire Weekends
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Northern California Renaissance Faire
Pageantry, Revelry, Crafts and Romance
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 15-Oct 21) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $18, free if under 12

"I have been attending the Renaissance Pleasure Faire for over thirty years. Although like most Faires it's booths are more in focus for making money than for historical acuracy, it's fun. The jousting matches are as good as I've seen anywhere and I've been at a lot of different Faires. The people that put on the Faire do an excellent job. If you enjoy history, art, music, fencing, costume, food, faires and culture then you should go to this fun event." John Barrows

 

What's your favorite part about The Joust? Is it the handsome Knights, the swords, the fight for victory?

 

From swords to clothing to fine art & more, you'll find what your heart desires with our 200+ fine artisans that will hawk their wares in our village! Which vendor are you looking forward to seeing?

 

BY POPULAR DEMAND - 6th weekend now added!
Dates: Sept. 15th - Oct. 21st / WEEKENDS: 10AM to 6PM.
Location: Casa de Fruta 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152,
Gate 6, Hollister, CA 95023-9541
Kids 12 & under FREE every weekend!
Details /ticket prices & specials: https://www.norcalrenfaire.com



Location: Casa De Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister Map
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Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
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Save Our Shores
Join us for fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Mari
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages welcomed!

Visit our Cleanup & Events Calendar to find the next volunteer opportunity

 

(0 March 2018) SunnyCove.jpgMonthly beach cleanups are a fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It's easy to participate - just meet us at the check-in table where you'll sign a waiver form and receive your cleanup materials and data cards. Volunteers are encouraged to Bring Your Own buckets, gloves, and reusable bags to decrease trash. Beach cleanups demonstrate how individuals of all ages can protect the marine environment by keeping our coastlines free from harmful pollution and debris.

 

Locations rotate each month.  Monthly beach cleanups occur every 2nd Saturday of the month in Monterey County every 3rd Saturday of the month in Santa Cruz County.

All monthly beach cleanups are held from 10am to Noon.

Beach Cleanup Waiver Forms: All participants must sign a waiver form to participate in a SOS cleanup. SOS will provide waiver forms at all public cleanups. Volunteers under 18 participating without a legal guardian will need to bring a printed and signed waiver form with them. *Download the English Cleanup-Waiver-form here. *Download the Cleanup-Waiver-form_Spanish here.

 

For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 


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Usegi Farm for Fall Fun
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Uesugi Farms
Pumpkinville Railroad, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Blasters and Pumpkins for Sale
Date: Every day (Sep 25-Oct 31)
Admission Fees: free to enter, fees for ticketed rides

Ride the Pumpkinville Railroad!  Take a nostalgic ride aboard our Allan Herschell Iron Horse or our blue and yellow Arrow Streamliner trains. Visit Morgania, where our scarecrows live.

Operates 9am-closing daily.


Get Lost in Kayla's Korn Maze.  Try to find your way out of this 2 acre corn maze with interactive trivia cards.  Fun for the whole family.

 

(0 Sept 2017) hayjump.jpgHay Jump  Have the kids jump on this gianormous jumper made of giant haybales. What a great way for the kids to burn some energy!

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pete's Enchanted Hayride  Meet Pumpkin Pete and travel through some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring lands of Uesugi Farms. Visit Pumpkinland, our gorgeous Sunflower Gallery, and the spectacular Marigoldland, filled with over 100,000 hand-sown flowers. This one of a kind hayride is completely narrated and complimented with charming music. It's a must see!

Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

The Cow Train  This may be the silliest fun you have all year! A favorite with the kids!

Operates 9am-closing daily.


Pumpkin Blasters
Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun... at 90mph. What a blast!!  Safe for all ages.


Pumpkins for Sale

We have tons of pumpkins to choose from.  All sorts of sizes, shapes and varieties.  We also sell haybales, corstalks, indian corn, different squashes, gourds and flowers.

 

Butterfly Valley  Take a stroll along this path and learn about the fascinating lives of butterflies through interactive storyboards.

Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

Bootsie The Bee  Follow the corn path to discover all of Bootsie’s colorful, textured friends, and learn fascinating ‘bee-facts’ too. Be sure to visit Bootsie at night. All the storyboards are lit up with blacklights.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

(0 Sept 2017) pumpkinpyramid.jpgCarousel  Everyone can remember riding a carousel as a youngster, and this one rivals the best.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Blasters  Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun… at 90mph.
What a blast!! Safe for all ages.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pyramid  It takes over 4000 pumpkins to cover our pyramid. A splendiferice site of epic proportions. Have your picture taken while sitting in our king or queen thrones.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Fees


Location: 14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin Map
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The Missing Arm
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State Park Big Basin
Experience the haunted tale of Big Basin's last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear!
Date: 10/20/2018 at 6:30pm


The Missing Arm
Saturday October 20, 2018; Registration begins at 6:30pm
History takes a tall tale twist as the saga of this early pioneer unfolds. The silly, slightly haunting tours around the redwood loop trail begin at 7 pm. Enjoy the redwoods on a fall night with music, storytelling and "Ranger Apples" around the campfire. All participants must register at Park Headquarters (registration opens at 6:30 pm).

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Parent Conference and Resource Fair
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SPIN
Learn more about special education and resources to help your child.
Date: 10/20/2018


(0 A September 2018) SPIN_ParentConference.jpgJoin us on Saturday October 20th for our first Parent Conference and Resource Fair in San Benito County, for registration and general information please contact Ricardo Cornejo at rcornejo@spinsc.org

 

Learn more about special education and resources to help your child.


Location: Ladd Lane School, 161 LaddLane, Hollister Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
GLOW!
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MAH
GLOW is a festival featuring the very best fire and digital artists in Santa Cruz County. It's like a little bit of Burning Man
Date: 10/20/2018 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: General Admission $20 | Kids 12 and under $15 | MAH Members $10

(0 A September 2018) MAH_GLOW_2018.jpgGLOW is a festival featuring the very best fire and digital artists in Santa Cruz County. It's like a little bit of Burning Man came to Downtown Santa Cruz.

Explore Cooper Street as it fills with fire dancing and art. Get up close to flaming cannonades, sculptures and live DJs in Abbott Square. Get hands-on in the electrified Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) with interactive digital art, projections, and LED sculptures.

General Admission $20 | Kids 12 and under $15 | MAH Members $10

MAH Members always save 50% off GLOW tickets. Become a MAH member today at www.join.santacruzmah.org


Location: Abbott Square, Cooper St, Santa Cruz Map
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Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Ticket sales open October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

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Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups.

 

These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Parking is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

 

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and info call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you require mobility assistance, you may request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 3pm

 

Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations may include butter churning, ice cream making, roping skills, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Pumpkin Farms
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Pumpkin Farmers
Pumpkin Farms and more!
Date: Every day (Sep 27-Oct 31) from 8:00am to 9:00am


Borchard Farms
142 Rodgers Road, Salinas
Find thousands of pumpkins, gourds, and squash a Ghost Town, Haunted Barn, 5 acre corn maze, and lots of farm animals.

Crystal Bay Farm
40 Zils Road, Watsonville
Great variety at this small organic farm!

The Farm
Spreckles Blvd Exit off Hwy 68, Salinas
Family friendly pumpkin patch, animals, hay rides, puppet shows and a cow train.

Rodoni Farms
4444 Coast Road, Santa Cruz
North of Santa Cruz on HWY 1.
Beautiful views, pumpkins, specialty squash, a fun corn maze and hay forts.

Arata Pumpkin Farm
185 Verde Rd
Half Moon Bay
Hay maze, haunted barn, hay rides, petting zoo and a pumpkin for everyone!

Cardinale and Wright Pumpkin Patch
Monterey Fairgrounds
2004 Fairground Road, Monterey
Great service and lots of pumpkins to choose from.

Earthbound Farms
725 Carmel Valley Road,Carmel Valley
Farm stand with organic veggies, frozen yogurt, pumpkins and a children's garden.

Hacienda Hay and Feed
7180 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley
Haunted hay maze, pumpkins,donkey, goats, turtles, an Emu, and more

Swank Farms
4751 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister
Huge pumpkin patch! Giant corn maze, little kids' play areas, jumping pillows, cow train, corn cannons, hours of fun for the kids!

Lemos Farm
12320 San Mateo Rd. (Hwy 92)
Half Moon Bay
One zone for the little ones who don't want to be really scared and another scare zone with live actors who will do their best to "scare the yell out of you," train rides, hay rides, pony rides and pumpkins

Uesugi Farms
14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin
Pumpkinville Railroad, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Blasters and Pumpkins


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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Su and Sa
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays 11am and 2pm, Sundays 1pm

Redwood Tours
Saturdays at 11am and 2pm
Sundays at 1pm

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook Hike
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State Park Castle Rock
Castle Rocks unique geology, rock climbing history, human impacts and various important preservationists
Date: Every Sa (Oct 6-Nov 24) at 11:00am

Special Instructions: 10/6, 20, 27

Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook Hike

Join us on a hike to Castle Rock, Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook. During this trip, we will discuss Castle Rocks unique geology, rock climbing history, human impacts and various important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. This 3 mile, 2.5-hour hike is considered moderate due to the rocky sections that require the use of hands and feet to climb over. Please bring plenty of water, hiking shoes, snacks, a camera, and binoculars if you have them.

 

We will meet at the kiosk at 15000 Skyline Blvd. Los Gatos, CA to begin our hike. Located on Highway 35, just 2.5 miles southeast of the junction with Hwy 9

 

Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $8. Event made possible by California State Parks in partner

ship with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Ranch History Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

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Ranch History Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Monday, September 3 at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Tales to Tails - Downtown (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)


Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.

 

Contact pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Early Literacy, Tales to Tails


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Water Harvest Festival
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Soquel Creek Water District
Free water education event in the park!
Date: 10/20/2018 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: (behind Soquel Post Office)

(0 A October 2018) SoquelWater.jpgA family fun event! Hands-on discovery and activity booths, games and prizes for kids, riparian restoration tours, water education activities,

 

Banana Slug String Band Duet 1:00pm

Costume contest at 2:15pm


VOLUNTEERS WANTED

Need to complete community service hours? Want to help out at a great event celebrating water?

 

The RCD, Soquel Creek Water District and Santa Cruz County Parks Department are looking for volunteers for the Water Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 20th from 12-3. Various options available. Visit the web site to complete the volunteer form and choose an activity that you would like to help with!

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

https://www.soquelcreekwater.org/waterharvestfestival


Location: Heart of Soquel Park, 4740 Soquel Dr., Soquel Map
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Tech Talks
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Tech Talks: 10/15 - Health, 10/29 - Smart Homes
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Oct 15-Oct 29) from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults

Special guest, Philip King, shares his favorite tech tools and tips that can enrich your life. Join as we explore and discuss the following topics. Free coffee provided!

10/15 - Health
10/29 - Smart Homes


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Big Love - Photo Exhibit
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Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31)

Special Instructions: Starts up in October

(0 A October 2018) BigLove.jpgBig Love - Photo Exhibit
A Pit Bull Advocacy Project


The Shelter's Monday afternoon photo team is exhibiting photos at the County Government Center, 1st Floor, 701 Ocean. St., Santa Cruz, through the month of October.

 

You are invited to stop by!


Location: 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Evening Art Program
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more! Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Pumpkin Junction
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Casa de Fruta
Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31) from 8:00am to 8:00pm


(0 A September 2018) CasaDeFruta_PumpkinJunction.jpgPumpkin Junction

October 1st through October 31st, 8am - 8pm

Experience Pumpkin Junction on a Field Trip or on a family outing. Your children will make lasting memories as they enjoy the Harvest season and explore all that Casa de Fruta has to offer! Come and find the perfect pumpkin, mine for gemstones at Casa de Miner's Sluice, ride Casa de Choo Choo and take a spin on Casa de Carousel! For more info call 1-800-543-1702 or email info@casadefruta.com.

Fruit Stand parking area.


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Location: 10021 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister Map
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Do It Yourself Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Sa from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 3-6

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

 

 


Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Community Poetry Circle
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Library Scotts Valley
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Poetry gives rise to the full expression of self. Join the circle for this free monthly workshop on the 3rd Saturday of the month. All levels welcome. No preregistration required.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

Get crafty! A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kids and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

 

 

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Hidden Gems of Big Basin: Wildflowers and Other Beauties
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State Park Big Basin
Yes! Wildflowers are blooming!
Date: 10/20/2018 at 9:30am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 3 miles Admission Fees: free

Hidden Gems: Flowers of Big Basin!

Saturday, October 20 at 9:30am

There are many less-famous, yet still beautiful, plants in the redwood forest. Join Docent Kathy Willott on this four-mile, three-hour walk and meet some of the hidden gems of Big Basin! Bring water and lunch. Meet at Park Headquarters. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 

 


Location: Rancho del Oso Gate, Wadell Creek Map
Phone: 427-2288 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Tales to Tails Aptos
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Library_LaSelva_TalestoTails.jpgHave you read to a dog through the Tales to Tails program at Santa Cruz Public Libraries?

You have plenty of time to participate in this fun reading activity with your family, so contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve your spot.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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The Great Big Boo!
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Gilroy Gardens
Spooky-but-not-too-scary Halloween event
Date: Every day (Sep 21-Oct 28) from 5:00pm to 10:00pm


There are lots of fun things to "BOO" during Gardens@Night Halloween at Gilroy Gardens! As the sun sets, a mysterious glow illuminates the park for this spooky-but-not-too-scary Halloween event. Go trick-or-treating along the Boo Trail, "Do the Boo" at The Great Big Boo! live musical show, venture into the Spider's Lair (if you dare!), and enjoy your favorite rides in the dark. You'll also find fun food and Halloween treats plus craft beers and local wines at the Marketplace.

 

Buy Tickets Now: www.gilroygardens.org

 

The Great Big Boo!
Come "Do the Boo" with a charming cast of spooky characters in our all-new LIVE musical show playing nightly at Lakeside Amphitheater. Meet Vinnie the Vampire, Cranium the Mad Scientist, and Wendella the Witch on a wacky adventure to save Halloween.

 

Get your 2019 Premium Card now to enjoy Halloween@Night and all of the 2019 season: www.gilroygardens.org

Ride the Boo Train


Climb aboard for a 20-minute ride through the BOO-tiful park at night...with stops along the way to make this a very special BOO-tastic experience! Tickets available for an extra charge.

 

Open 5-10 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, September 21 - October 28.


Location: 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy Map
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Family Lagoon Watch
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Library Live Oak
A Nature Study Program with a variety of activities inspired by the natural environment of Corcoran Lagoon
Date: Every Sa (Sep 15-Dec 15) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

A Nature Study Program with a variety of activities inspired by the natural environment of Corcoran Lagoon.

• Learn about the environment and local wildlife with local experts.
• Bird Watching
• Examine microscopic creatures
• Watercolor painting, printing, writing and reading.

Adults must accompany children under 10. Not suitable for very young children.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Reading In the Redwoods
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Library Felton
Join our monthly book club!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) LibraryFelton_ReadingInRedwoods.jpgReading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly at the Felton Library on the fourth Wednesday at 6:15 pm.

 

Copies of the book are usually available at the Felton branch library.

For more information call 427-7708 or drop by the branch.

 

To be added to the book group email list, please call 831-427-3151.


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Be an Informed Voter
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County Government Center
Register to vote. Online resources offering 1) nonpartisan information for voters and 2) partisan positions
Date: Every day


How Will You Vote?

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Be an Informed Voter

Voting isn't just a right, it is an important civic responsibility. We've gathered a few online resources to help you make the informed decisions about the candidates and propositions on the upcoming June 5th Primary Election Ballot.

Voter's Edge California: http://votersedge.org


This is a comprehensive, nonpartisan online guide to elections from the League of Women's Voters. It covers federal, state, and local races in the state of California. Access your full, personalized ballot by entering your address and get in-depth information on candidates, measures, and who supports them. You can also check where, when, and how to vote, including information on their local polling locations. Try searching for your ballot below:

Easy Voter Guide: http://www.easyvoterguide.org


Another project of the League of Women Voters, the Easy voter Guide is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. It describes the offices and the propositions in easy to understand language.

Official Voter Information Guide: http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov


The Official Voter Guide is produced by the California Secretary of State. It includes impartial analysis, arguments in favor and against numerous ballot measures, declarations of the candidates, the Voter Bill of Rights and other important information.

Santa Cruz County Elections Office: http://www.votescount.com


Official website of our local County Office of Elections. It has comprehensive information about voting, assistance for voters with special needs, language assistance, and more.

 

You can register and vote on the same day by visiting the County Elections Office in person, located at County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street, Rm. 310, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm


Location: 701 Ocean Street, Rm. 310, Santa Cruz Map
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Open House for Prospective Families
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Kirby School
Looking for a place to belong? We are now accepting 2019-20 applications for grades 6 - 12!
Date: 10/20/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:15pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: free

With an average class size of 12 students, a full range of AP and honors courses, intensive study paths, and a world-class faculty, Kirby students are challenged based on interests and readiness, not grade level. Please join us at our Open House to learn more about how Kirby supports, engages, and challenges every student in our care. We will begin with a Meet and Greet, followed by a more formal presentation, a campus "passport tour," and a closing reception. Learn more about our school, talk with Kirby families and faculty, and see our campus in action. We look forward to seeing you there!

Reservations are appreciated but not required: https://kirby.org/rsvp


Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0658 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Old Tree Trail Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old,
Date: Every Sa (Oct 20-Nov 24)

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Portola Redwoods State Park
Old Tree Trail Hike

On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old, discover the banana slug's vital role to this flourishing forest, and learn about the marvelous Marbled Murrelet and how park visitors can help save these endangered birds. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Meet outside the visitor center. Bring closed toe shoes, water, a snack, and a camera. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 

From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Rd. Use low gear as both these roads are steep and winding (650) 948-9098.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Kid's Book Party & Author Forum
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Library Central
BOOK PARTY for KIDS AGES 3-8 (10:00a -12:00p) with author readings, awesome activities, and goodies!
Date: 10/20/2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

BOOK PARTY for KIDS AGES 3-8 (10:00a -12:00p) with author readings, awesome activities, and goodies!

Followed by Q&A FORUM for EDUCATORS (12:15p -1:00p) featuring authors Eve Bunting, Eric Hoffman, Diane Landy, and Kathy Ellen Davis. Let's talk about books, writing, & superpower play in the classroom. Bring questions & leave inspired.

15% of book sales will be donated to the Friends of the SC Public Libraries. Seating will be limited, so come early! For more info, see: adventureswithzap.com/bookparty


Location: The Friends of the Santa Cruz Pu, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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