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River Health Day
Volunteer and make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!
The 2nd Sa of every month (Jul 23-Dec 8) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, 107 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz Map

Every second Saturday of the month you can join the Coastal Watershed Council in improving habitat conditions along the lower San Lorenzo River.

During these River Health Days, we will be planting and watering beneficial native seedlings, as well as removing invasive plants along the river to improve biodiversity and habitat complexity.

Events occur along the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River near the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Equipment, gloves and refreshments are provided.

All ages and abilities welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit https://coastal-watershed.org/events/ to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.

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Exploring the Deep Sea Family Day
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Sanctuary Exploration Center
Join us for Deep Sea Live Interactions and ROV Building Workshops at the Sanctuary Exploration Center
Date: Every day (Oct 27-Oct 28) from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE

(0 A October 2018) Sanctuary_NautilusLiveDeepSeaExploration.jpgNOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is teaming up with Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) this October to explore Davidson Seamount aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus.

 

Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) will discover uncharted seafloor and capture video imagery of deep sea animals seen at a depth up to 12,000 feet!

As part of the expedition, the Sanctuary Exploration Center will bring real-time, live interactions in the Center's auditorium from 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM with scientists aboard the ship.

 

(0 A October 2018) MontereyBayMarineSanctuary_Logo.jpgDive into a 30 minute conversation with live presenters on E/V Nautilus and learn the exploration mission goals and recent deep sea discoveries!

In addition to this exciting opportunity, the Center will be hosting ROV building activities from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and again from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 27th and Sunday, October 28th.


Location: 35 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-4181 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
7th Annual Day of the Dead Freedom Library
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Library Freedom
Come together to create art, follow traditions, or create new traditions.
Date: 10/27/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

Children and their families move between four different stations to decorate sugar skulls, color, make paper flowers, and work on their miniature altars. This is a busy, exciting, hectic wonderful event. EVENT IS ALSO AT THE MAIN WATSONVILLE LIBRARY OCT 25 2018, 6:00-8:00


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
Phone: (831)768-3420 •website Freedom create a direct event link
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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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

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_ThrillerDance.jpgThrill the World Santa Cruz

 

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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Witches Ball
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Brookdale Lodge
Date: 10/27/2018 at 9:00pm
Ages: 21+ Admission Fees: $35
Special Instructions: Free broom parking

(0 A October 2018) WitchesBall_2018Ad.jpgHeld at the most haunted place in California, the Brookdale Lodge!

The Witches Ball is coming soon, so grab your hat and your broom.
Whether you walk, fly creep or crawl, make you way to the Witches Ball.

Live music by Rockblock Weekend! Witch hat contest! Witchy and all costumes expected.

Limited rooms available at Brookdale Lodge


Location: 11570 Hwy 9, Brookdale 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
Phone: (650) 726-7548 •website Half Moon Bay create a direct event link
The Addams Family Musical
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Aptos High
A cast and crew of spooky ancestors, and a live orchestra… this show will be to die for
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Oct 27-Nov 3)


(0 A October 2018) AptosHigh_AddamsFamily.jpg"This year Aptos High is presenting the musical, The Addams Family, in the fall to coincide with Halloween.

 

Drama teacher Stacy Aronovici directs the musical. Everyone knows the classic TV show and movie The Addams Family, but now you can see the family in a musical, too!

 

The Addams Family is a musical comedy based on the characters created by Charles Addams and shows a ghoulish American family with a passion for all things macabre." (TPG)

 

Performance dates and times: Saturday, October 27 at 7pm,

Sunday, October 28 at 2pm (matinee), Thursday, November 1, 7pm

Friday November 2, 7pm

Saturday November 3, 7pm.

 

Tickets for all performances are $8 for students (K-12) or seniors and $10 for adults. To reserve tickets online go to www.aptoshs.net for the link. Non-reserved tickets will be available at the door starting 30 minutes before show time.

 

There will be a preview performance on Thursday, October 25 at 7 p.m., with donations accepted at the door.


Location: 100 Mariner Way, Aptos 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
Phone: 831-338-2727 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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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
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Haunted Harbor
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Santa Cruz Harbor
Come enjoy a "spooktacular" evening of trick-or-treating at Santa Cruz Harbor!
Date: 10/27/2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Haunted Harbor - Saturday, October 27, 2018, 4 PM to 7 PM

 

Santa Cruz Port District is excited to announce the return of the Haunted Harbor on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 4 PM to 7 PM. Come enjoy a "spooktacular" evening of trick-or-treating at Santa Cruz Harbor!

 

Stay tuned for more information!

Slip renters! Feeling spooky!? Help turn the harbor into a haunted Halloween spectacle. Decorate your vessel with lights and spooky decor and receive an electrical credit for the month of October.

 


Location: 135 Fifth Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)425-0690 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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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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Gault Halloween-DIa de los Muertos Parade
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Gault Elementary School
Celebrate Fall at the Annual Gault Elementary Halloween - Da de los Muertos Parade & Carnival
Date: 10/27/2018 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

Gault Elementary School invites all of Santa Cruz to put on costumes and join us for our annual fall celebration. Festivities begin with a Costume Parade down Soquel Avenue and culminate with a fun-filled Carnival on the school grounds of Gault Elementary. Carnival will feature games, food, prizes, music, and trophies for the best home-made costumes! Come join us for good old-fashioned spooky fun!

9:00 a.m. Costume Parade Participants (all are invited to march in parade!) assemble at the corner of N. Branciforte & Soquel in front of The Buttery

9:30 a.m. Costume Parade begins at the corner of N. Branciforte & Soquel, turns right on Seabright, and ends at Gault Elementary School

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Carnival: Games, face painting, cakewalk, sugar skull decorating, & more!


Location: 1320 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-3856 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Spooky or Not Spooky!
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State Park Big Basin
A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. Geared for young chi
Date: 10/27/2018 at 1:00pm


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Saturday, October 27 at 1pm

A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. We'll examine cobwebs, burls, holes and other mysterious natural features from a different perspective, asking the question, "is it spooky or not spooky?" Depending on how you look at things, the answer may change! Come along if you dare! Geared for young children, this is a one-hour easy walk. Meet at Park Headquarters. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Sleepy Hollow, The Musical
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Lua Sol Productions
A dazzling new production based on the beloved classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, just in time for Hallowe
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Oct 19-Oct 28)
Admission Fees: $12-25

(0 A October 2018) sleepy-hollow.jpgSleepy Hollow, The Musical Welcome to the international premiere of Sleepy Hollow the Musical, a dazzling new production based on the beloved classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, just in time for Halloween! Written by Santa Cruz County long-time residents, Katelyn and Sierra Laird, this innovative adaptation of Washington Irving's Headless Horseman features a new story of love and the supernatural with an all-original score.

The show begins a national tour with October performances in the newly refurbished Matthews Theater of the Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building. Delight in a professional and family-friendly production featuring Broadway-style vocals, choreography, and scenic design in a whirlwind musical that is suitable for adults and children alike.

Enjoy a mysterious tale of adventure and romance, love and laughs, the dark mysteries of a seemingly sleepy town, and the strength of the human spirit. Come celebrate the Halloween Season with this fun and fabulous event that is sure to become a holiday tradition for the entire family.

Showtimes are:

Friday, Oct. 19th: Evening Performance @ 7:30
Saturday, Oct 20th: 2:00 Matinee AND 7:30 Evening Show
Sunday, Oct. 21st: 2:00 Matinee
Saturday, Oct 27th: 2:00 Matinee AND 7:30 Evening Show
Sunday, Oct. 28th: 2:00 Matinee

*Notice: Special Performance Friday, Oct. 26th. Check out our website (www.luasolproductions.com) for details and updates on this unique, one-night-only outdoor experience.

Get Tickets $12-25


Location: Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Old Growth Redwood Tours
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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


Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Google Science Fair
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Google
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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Scotts Valley Haunted House
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Scotts Valley High School
Quite scary haunted house put on by students for ages 10+
Date: Every day (Oct 25-Oct 27) from 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 10 and up Admission Fees: Cost: $9 or $32 for group of 4

The annual Scotts Valley High School haunted house is built and run by teens.  Recommended for people ages 10 and up.

 

Proceeds benefit charities.

 

Scream for a good cause! Scotts Valley High School will raise the hair on the back of your neck while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year's theme: Area 51. Not recommended for children under 10.

 

 

 

 


Location: 555 Glenwood Dr, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831.439-9555 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
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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Halloween Festival
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Louden Nelson Center
Create masks, hang with zombies and take your costumes out on a pre-Halloween test ride. Tons of fun for the whole family.
Date: Every day (Oct 26-Oct 27)
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: free

(0 A September 2018) Louden_Halloween2018.jpgWhat will this year's Haunted House theme be?

 

Find out this and more at the annual Halloween Festival. Create masks, hang with zombies and take your costumes out on a pre-Halloween test ride. Tons of fun for the whole family.

Friday, October 26, 6-8:00 pm
Be the first to see the Haunted House in a special EXTRA scary tour at night. FREE!

Saturday, October 27, 12-4:00 pm

Celebrate the annual Halloween Festival & Haunted House at Louden Nelson Community Center. Watch the Thrill the World Zombie Dance, create masks, tour the Haunted House, explore our touch tanks, and take your costumes out on a pre-Halloween test ride. Tons of fun for the whole family. FREE!


Location: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you
Date: Every Sa at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have.

 

Meet at the visitor center. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


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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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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
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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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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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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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Little Rangers Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Su and Sa at 10:00am


Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

All 3 to 6 year olds and their families are invited to learn, play, and laugh together at this 30 minute program. Activities, songs, stories, and silliness will help our youngest visitors find a connection to the redwood forest and all of its inhabitants. Adult supervision is required and participation is encouraged. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Pigeon Point Light Station Guided Tour
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
History walks of the lighthouse
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

Guided History Tour

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, Pescadero, CA

Guided half-hour history walks of the lighthouse grounds are available 10am - 4pm Fridays through Sundays, except on rainy days.


Location: Guided Tour, 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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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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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.

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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
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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
Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Libraries
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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Novel Writing Workshop
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Library Aptos
Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.
Date: Every day (Oct 27-Oct 28) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Teen and Adults Admission Fees: Free

Get a jump start on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in this 2- hour plotter/pantser writing workshop.

  • Bring your laptop and your library card.
  • Check out three library books in the genre that you want to write.
  • After you study the sales pitch for these published novels, use your laptop or notebook to free write as you interview your main character, brainstorm ideas for the plot, and write an elevator pitch to guide you as you write your novel day by day in November.

Developmental editor Anastasia Suen has written and edited books for children, teens, and adults and mentored writers around the globe in her online workshops. This interactive workshop for adults and teens is 2 hours in length.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Chile Cookoff - 7th!
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Beach Boardwalk
Taste and vote for your favorite chile
Date: 10/27/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: $10for a tasting kit

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Chili Cook-Off

"Bring your appetite and join the fun as both professional and amateur chefs work their culinary magic and compete for the title of Best Chili!

 

"Admission to the Chili Cook-Off is free. Visitors can watch chefs prepare their chili on the Boardwalk.

 

"Boardwalk admission is free! Just purchase a Tasting Kit to sample chili from dozens of competitors. Tasting Kits are $10 each and include six taste tickets, spoon, cup and a People's Choice ballot.

 

"A portion of the proceeds from Tasting Kit sales will benefit Teen Kitchen Project, a non-profit organization that brings young people into the kitchen to cook delicious and nourishing meals for individuals and families coping with life-threatening illnesses in Santa Cruz County.

 

"Boardwalk rides will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the day of the event."

Cook-Off Schedule

  • 9:00am-10:00am: Chef's Prep (no heat)
  • 10:00am-1:00pm: Chili Cook Time
  • 10:00am: Tasting Kits go on sale
  • 1:00pm: Public tasting begins
  • 4:00pm: Winners announced at the Beach Amphitheater

Chili Pot

Try Some Chili!

Boardwalk admission is free! Just purchase Tasting Kits to sample chili from dozens of competitors. Tasting Kits are $10 each and include six (6) taste tickets, spoon, cup and a People's Choice ballot.

A portion of the proceeds from Tasting Kit sales will benefit
Leo's Haven - Santa Cruz County's first inclusive playground.


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-7433 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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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
Phone: 831-454-7235 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch
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Live Oak Grange
Beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local artist Cris Johnson
Date: Every day (Oct 27-Oct 28) from 10:00am to 4:00pm


(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_glass-pumpkin-5.jpgSanta Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch at Live Oak Grange Returns with golden leaves and autumn breezes! We are delighted to again be in the heirloom fruit garden at historic Live Oak Grange on 17th Ave.

Beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local glass artist Chris Johnson. A dazzling array of colors, in all sizes and for every budget.

Five percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Live Oak Grange to sustain their awesome work in the community.

Join us Saturday and Sunday, October 27 & 28, 2018, 10AM-4PM. No purchase required - all are welcome to come enjoy the beautiful art glass! One weekend only.


Location: 1900 17th Ave, 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

Saturdays at 11am

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. Event is free. Day use fee for vehicles is $8. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership 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
Arboretum Tour of What's in bloom
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Arboretum
Free guided tour with paid admission, $3
Date: Every Sa

Special Instructions: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6

Join staff & docents on a tour of what's in bloom.

Free Guided Tour, 1st Saturday, every month, Free with your Arboretum admission. 

 

Admission to the Arboretum

  • The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is open from 9:00 to 5:00 every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. A visit is worthwhile any time of the year.
  • $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6.
  • Free to those going only to shop at Norrie's.
  • Free to UCSC students
  • Free to Friends of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum members and Arboretum volunteers
  • Free to members of gardens participating in the American Horticulture Society (AHS) Reciprocal Admissions Program
  • Free on first Tuesday of each month, Community Day.
  • Docent-lead tours can be arranged by advance request. The $10 per person cost includes admission to the Arboretum.

 


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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Halloween Party!
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Seascape Sports Club
Date: 10/27/2018 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $10/child, parents free

(0 A October 2018) Halloween_Seascape.jpgJoin us for a family-friendly Halloween celebration complete with costume contest, games and prizes, treats and tricks.

 

Plenty of snacks, a fun photo booth, and crafts for all ages!

 

Members and non-members are welcome, bring a neighbor!

 

Children are $10 and adults are free!

 

We can't wait to have a spooktacular time with you!


Location: 1505 Seascape Blvd, Aptos Map
Phone: 831- 688-1993 •website Aptos 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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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
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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