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Matilda the Musical
The power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life
Every Fri and Sa (Oct 18-Oct 26) from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Location: Rio theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map

(0 A September 2019) matilda.jpgInspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however - the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $18 Gen, $28 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.allabouttheatre.org
Event website: www.allabouttheatre.org

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Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) LibraryFeltonCraft1.jpgCome join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts. It's every Sunday from 2-4:30pm.

 

Bring something portable that you are working on or come prepared to have fun!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek 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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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
DIY Crafts
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(1:00 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun with DIY crafts every Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 4:30 pm! Come and create a self-directed craft.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Open House
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Mount Madonna School
The Open House will feature an elementary garden party, with opportunities to meet teachers and tour the campus.
Date: 10/28/2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

The Open House will feature an elementary garden party, with opportunities to meet teachers and tour the campus. MMS has small class sizes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, a Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring project-based science labs, outdoor adventure, travel, marine biology and oceanography studies on Catalina Island, national and international travel, mixed-grade buddy program, visual and performing arts. RSVP to Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonnaschool.org.


Location: 491 Summit Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville 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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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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Live Oak Farmer's Market
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
Brunch options, live music, cafe seating
Date: Every Su from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Started in 2000, Live Oak Farmers Market has grown to be a weekly event that is loved by the communities of Live Oak, Pleasure Point and Capitola. Now in its eighth season as a year round market, you will find an excellent selection of organic produce from local farms, tree ripened fruits, dried fruit and nuts, baked goods, pastries, seafood, pasture-raised organic meats and more. The market is also the epicenter of the clean food movement, showcasing amazing Sunday brunch offerings like smoked, pastured-raised local pork and egg street tacos and cook-to order custom traditional Michoacan Mexican dishes using fresh organic ingredients. This is your Sunday destination.


Market Match

Market Match offers farmers' market customers a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10 on their CalFresh (food stamp) cards at the Live Oak Market. If a customer swipes their CalFresh card for seven dollars, they get seven dollars in Market Match tokens for free. Swipe $10, you get $10. The goal of this project is to encourage CalFresh (EBT/SNAP) recipients to take advantage of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. By offering an incentive that lowers the price of fresh produce, we are helping shoppers stretch their food dollars while keeping their families healthy. SCCFM will be offering the Market Match program for the 2018 season. Locate the information booth and the market manager to redeem EBT coins and to participate in the Market Match Program.


Location: 15th & Eastcliff Dr, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831)454-0566 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
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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Corralitos Farm & Garden Market
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Corralitos Valley Research & Education Association (CVREA)
We have the tastiest fruit, veggies and baked treats!
Date: Every Su from 11:00am to 3:00pm


 

The Farm & Garden Market is a small, friendly, open air market made up of local farmers and gardeners who grow within about a five mile radius of Corralitos.

 

Seasonally we have the tastiest strawberries, blueberries, cherries, lemons, tomatoes, herbs, squash, potatoes, carrots, peas, beets, and avocados, as well as a variety of other fruits, vegetables, lettuces and salad greens.

We have bakers that offer wonderful treats, along with a table full of beautiful potted flowers.

 

You may find expertly handmade natural soaps, and homemade jams and preserves.

 

The market is open to all of our friends and neighbors who grow anything from a garden to a good back yard fruit tree.

 

For a booth we request a $5 donation to the CVREA, the non-profit who maintains the Corralitos Cultural Center.

Farm & Garden Market (including vendor inquiries)
Contact Wayne Miller:  wayne@catalyst2001.com  / (831) 724-1332

 


Location: Corralitos Cultural Center, 127 Hames Road, Corralitos Map
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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
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
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
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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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
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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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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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