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Small Business Saturday
Show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses.
11/24/2018

(0 A November 2018) SmallBusinessSaturday2018.jpgWe're happy to be participating in Small Business Saturday again this year! If you're a subscriber to our weekly email newsletter, you'll get 25% off all used items! If you're not, just sign up on the spot and we'll give you the discount. Shop local and help your community prosper!

Small Business Saturday is a day to show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses. By shopping with locally owned, independent businesses, you make a much greater positive impact on the local economy than when you shop online or in big chain stores.

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Citizen Science
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Library Central
A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) CitizenScience22.jpgCitizen Science

 

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717

 

 


Location: 224 Church Street, 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
Phone: (650) 879-2025 •website Pescadero 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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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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Preschool Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Downtown Preschool Story Time (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
 
Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
View similar upcoming events: Storytimes/Laptimes

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Capitola Plein Air
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Capitola Art and Cultural Commission!
Welcome to The Magic of Capitola en Plein Air!
Date: Every day (Nov 1-Nov 4) from 8:00am to 6:00pm


Welcome to The Magic of Capitola en Plein Air!

Watch artists as they capture beautiful images of Capitola-by-the-Sea: iconic pastel beach houses, wooded creek, historic Stockton Bridge and  railroad trestle, stunning seascapes, rocky sheer cliffs

 

This fall, forty professional artists will arrive in Capitola to paint the town...literally! It's Capitola Plein Air 2018, back for its fourth year! Artist set up their easels on the wharf, shore, and streets of our beautiful town, to paint live for three days. You'll find hundreds of paintings on display, for sale, and entered into competition on Sunday, November 4th, when you can take home a piece of Capitola culture, vote for your favorites for the People's Choice Award, have a delicious meal from the food truck, or get creative and make some art yourself!

For More Info Visit - https://capitolapleinair.com/

 

The Artists of 2018


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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
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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Gingerbread House Workshops
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Marini's
Hurry, spots sell out fast! Tell Marini's you found out about this workshop on SantaCruzParent.com!
Date: Every day (Nov 1-Dec 23)
Admission Fees: $50/gingerbread house
Special Instructions: Classes 11/24 - 12/23

(0 A November 2018) Marinis_GWorkshops2018.jpgGingerbread House Workshops

For kids of all ages! Beautiful gingerbread houses that you design and create.

 

Our popular Gingerbread Workshops are back again this year! New dates and times added! Visit us on line at www.mariniscandies.com to sign up! Classes fill quickly!

 

Classes fill quickly so call to reserve your spot.

 

Dates 11/24 - 12/23

 

Tell Marini's you found out about this workshop on SantaCruzParent.com!


Location: 1308 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423.3299 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Toddler Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Toddler Time @ Downtown (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)


Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Let's play and learn together!

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Children's Planetarium Show
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Hartnell Planetarium
Star programs for chldren
Date: Every Fri at 5:30pm
Admission Fees: $4

Hartnell College Planetarium's Children's Show is geared towards local families looking for an educational and fun evening out.

Show Times

Fridays at 5:30 PM, doors open at 5:15 PM, runs 30-40 min

Tickets

Buy Tickets Here $4 Person Tickets also available at the door Do not be late!   You can also purchase tickets at the door. We accept cash, card, and NFC (android/applepay).

 

Season Schedule

December - Stars 8

About our shows

Stars - Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.


Location: 411 CENTRAL AVE S-101, Salinas Map
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Baby Laptime
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Library Watsonville
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Tues and Fri at 10:30am


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Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: Storytime Room, 275 Main St, Watsonville Map
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MAKE & Explore at the Capitola Mall
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MAKE & Explore at the Capitola Mall
Date: Every Fri (Sep 14-Nov 16) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 6-12 year olds Admission Fees: Free

Join us this afternoon to make something creative or make a new discovery! We are partnering with the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (inside the Capitola Mall) to offer this weekly program through the fall. We will be in their Tinkerlab room. The program is free, and most suitable for 6-12 year olds. Parents will need to remain available throughout the program, and will be helping children under 8. We provide materials to explore their creativity, build things, make art and make discoveries. Usually they will be able to take their creations home. Sometimes we will be reusing the equipment, and they will be building something for that day only.


Location: MOD, 1855 41st Ave #10, Capitola Map
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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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Folk Dancing!
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Cabrillo Folk Dancers
Check out these folk dancing events! Balkan, Israeli, International
Date: Every Tues and Fri from 7:30am to 11:00pm


(0 April 2018) FolkDancing.jpgTHE HELLADELICS at Live Oak Grange, Santa Cruz CA
Time: 8:00-11:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30)
Cost: $15.00 (sliding scale) + tips for the band.
Bring: Snacks to share--finger food only, please.Dancing in Santa Cruz for 48+ years.


Join us on Friday evenings...
at: MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER
222 MARKET STREET, SANTA CRUZ

 

Live music parties will usually happen at the Live Oak Grange in Santa Cruz--depending on availability of the facility and bands. Occasionally we will party at Park Hall in Ben Lomond or at our regular venue, Market Street Senior Center.

Questions? Send email to: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net
(Be patient--answers may take a few days... Thanks!)

 

LOCAL CLASSES:
FRIDAY: Cabrillo Folk Dancers--Balkan & International


TUESDAY: Alan Rothchild's Israeli Dance class


FRIDAY: BALKAN-INTERNATIONAL DANCE
Time: Friday, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
(Dancing starts about 7:45...)
EVERY Friday, except on (or near) national holidays. For the health and comfort of members with asthma and allergies, the class is "fragrance-free".
Any schedule changes will be announced on this web site, whenever possible.
Cost: $7.00
MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER, 222 Market Street, Santa Cruz, CA

In a residential neighborhood, on the surrounding streets. Please be considerate of the neighbors, and don't block driveways.

New to folk dancing or haven't danced in 10-40 years?
Come at the beginning of class, when easier dances are taught.

LIVE MUSIC: Check the Calendar of Events page for the schedule of live music parties and other parties/events of interest.

Questions? Email: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net - (answers may take a couple of days...)


TUESDAY--Alan Rothchild's ISRAELI DANCE CLASS
This class has been taught by Alan Rothchild for over 25 years.
Every Tuesday evening, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
$7.00
Peace United Church of Christ (formerly First Congregational, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz

 

For more information email: rothdance@hotmail.com


Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Dia De Los Muertos
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Celebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout Downtown Santa Cruz.
Date: 11/03/2018 from 12:30pm to 6:00pm


(0 A September 2018) MAH_DiaDeLosMuertos2018.jpgCelebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout Downtown Santa Cruz.

Experience vibrant dance performances. Get your face painted. Indulge in delicious food. Join in on a procession to enjoy more dance, music and outdoor altars at Evergreen Cemetery.

Día de los Muertos is presented in partnership with Senderos, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

Altar Contest
Be inspired by altars created by local organizations, artists, and community members. Enter your own for a chance to win prizes!
More details coming soon!

At-a-glance Schedule

12:30-2:00pm Begin with facepainting by Mariposa's Art, tissue paper flowers with Salud y Cariño, luminaries with Hospice of Santa Cruz County and art activities with Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in Abbott Square and on Cooper St.

2:00pm Gather in Cooper St to proceed to Evergreen Cemetery

2:20-2:45pm Procession stops at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park with performance by Los Diablos Del Llano De Tecomates

3:00-3:30pm Procession moves on to Evergreen Cemetery

3:30-6pm Conclude with music, dancing, Mexican food & drink by Senderos and altars at Evergreen Cemetery

Explore an outdoor altar installation connecting those buried in Evergreen with current active community members, groups and local social issues including: Louden Nelson Community Center, Volunteer Veteran's of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, E. Clampus Vitus, and many more.

6:15pm: Movie Screening of Coco. We invite visitors to sit back, relax and enjoy this family friendly film in Evergreen Cemetery. Popcorn will be provided. Bringing your own blanket or lawn chairs is recommended.


Location: 705 Front St, 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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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
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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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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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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

Old-Growth Redwood Tours

Saturday, November 3 at 11am

Saturday, November 10 at 11am

Saturday, November 17 at 11am

Saturday, November 24 at 11am

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 is free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.

 

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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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)

Special Instructions: See specific days & times

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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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.


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Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz 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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Family First Saturday Concerts
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Tandy Beale and Co
The first Saturday of every month world renowned artists give fabulous family shows: a live performance series for children to i
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Ages: All

The first Saturday of every month world renowned artists give fabulous family shows: a live performance series for children to introduce parent, grandparents, and friends to music, dance, and circus from around the world right here in Santa Cruz!

Family First Saturday Concerts
are part of Tandy Beal & Company's ArtSmart Education program which reaches 20,000 students and adults each year in 3 counties.

Through ArtSmart programs, students, teachers and families experience a variety of world arts through creative learning models. ArtSmart concerts, classes, and residencies help enrich cultural understanding, expand our view of the world, cultivate curiosity and create an inclusive sense of community.

 

Single Show Prices:
Adults $15, Children $10

Half Season Pass, includes 4 of 7 shows:
With a Half Season Pass, each show only costs: Adults $13, Children $7

Discount Season Pass, includes 7 of 7 shows:
With a Discount Season Pass, each show only costs: Adults $11, Children $5


About Tom Noddy:

Tom has done something unique in show business: he created a new kind of act. After many years developing Bubble Magic at home and then many years developing as a performer (including years of street performing on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz) Tom was invited to appear on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in 1983 and subsequently on television shows, theaters, festivals and science centers throughout the world. When Johnny Carson saw it he said, on air, "He's doing something unlike anything we've ever seen."

Tom still lives in Santa Cruz but he travels extensively bringing this beautiful art form with him as he watches our changing world through the film of soap bubbles.


Location: Veteran's Hall, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Kindergarten Visit Day at Gateway School
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Gateway School
Kindergarten Visit Day
Date: 11/03/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Families welcome! Admission Fees: Free

Gateway School's exceptional kindergarten program will be open for prospective parents during our annual Kindergarten Visit Day. You and your child will meet the kindergarten faculty and explore Kindergarten Island.


Location: 126 Eucalyptus Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0341 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Coffee Talk and Crafts
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State Park Big Basin
Introduction to the park and figuring out the right trail for you!
Date: Every Su, Th and Sa (Nov 3-Nov 24)
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See different times

Coffee Talk and Crafts

Saturday, November 3 from 9am to noon

Sunday, November 11 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Thursday, November 22 from 10am to 1pm

Saturday, November 24 from 10am to 1pm

Come to the Sempervirens Room next to park headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. Docents will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And bring the kids for a fun craft activity! For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event 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) 338-8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Dia de Los Muertos
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State Park Mission
Meet at the MAH and History at 2pm to join the parade that travels through the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park to end at
Date: 11/03/2018 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Dia de los Muertos

Saturday, November 3 from 2:30 to 3:30pm

Celebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout downtown Santa Cruz. Enjoy music and dance performances on the patio as the procession passes through the park on the way from the Museum of Art & History (MAH) to Evergreen Cemetery. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event free. Día de los Muertos is presented by the Santa Cruz MAH in partnership with Senderos, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 705 Front St, 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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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
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Origami Club with Japanese Cultural Fair
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Library Aptos
performances
Date: The 1st Sa of every month (Apr 7-Dec 1) at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 March 2018) OrigamiClub.jpgOrigami Club at Aptos Public Library
1st Saturday of every month (unless otherwise announced)
Starts April 7, 2018!

FREE fun for all ages. Bring a project, try a design from one of our books, or just come to hangout and fold whatever strikes your fancy. All skill levels are welcome. Origami paper will be provided or bring your own if you prefer a certain type. Drop-ins welcome.

Interested in volunteering, message us! (^_^)

Presented by the Japanese Cultural Fair - Santa Cruz, in partnership with the Aptos Public Library.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831- 427-7700 ext. 7665 •website Aptos create a direct event link
SLV Chili CookOff
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Library Felton Library Friends
Eat chili and support the library!
Date: 11/03/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 A October 2018) ChiliCookoff_SLV_Nov3.jpg5th Annual SLV Chili CookOff

All Proceeds Benefit Felton Library Friends and the New Felton Library

9:00 am Cooking Starts (Tasting Kits & Raffle Tix on Sale)
11:30am Live Music and Tasting Kits available
1:00 pm Tastings Begins
4:00-5:00 Winners Announced & Raffle


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Felling the Giants
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State Park Big Basin
Logger stories and demonstration
Date: 11/03/2018 at 11:30pm


Felling the Giants

Saturday, November 3 at 11:30am

Sunday, November 18 from 10am to noon

How did lumbermen cut down these tall, tall trees? What was life like in a logging camp? What tools did they use? Join docent Paul Fewel as he tells stories of the logging days and demonstrates how loggers were able to fell these giants-without chainsaws! You get to use some tools too! Meet at park headquarters. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event free. Day use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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COCO + Fiesta de Día de Muertos!
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Watsonville Film Festival
Watsonville Film Fest invites you to celebrate the Dia de Muertos in the Plaza with music, dancing, crafts and the movie COCO!
Date: 11/03/2018 from 4:00pm to 7:30pm


(0 A November 2018) FiestaDeDiaDeMuertos.jpgEl Festival de Cine de Watsonville les invita a celebrar Día de Muertos en la Plaza de Watsonville con música, danza, actividades manuales y la presentación de la película COCO al anochecer! Este evento es parte de la Serie de Cine Comunidad Sana, hecha posible por la Fundación Harbourton. Co-patrocinada por Mercado de Agricultores de Watsonville, la Ciudad de Watsonville y la Fundación de Salud Comunitaria del Valle del Pájaro.

 

Watsonville Film Fest invites you to celebrate the Dia de Muertos in the Plaza with music, dancing, crafts and the movie COCO!


Location: Watsonville Plaza, Main St, Watsonville Map
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Ohlone Plant Use
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State Park Big Basin
How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago?
Date: 11/03/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Ohlone Plant Use

Saturday, November 3 from 10am to noon

Sunday, November 18 from 10am to noon

No Safeway? No Home Depot? No pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Docent Eva Fewel will have plant samples and tools that the local Native Californians used. Learn how they collected, processed and used the local plants. Visit our campfire center any time during this drop-in program. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event 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
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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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Monarch Butterfly Tours
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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Butterfly numbers typically peak between the end of October to mid-November; warm and sunny days are best for viewing
Date: Every Su and Sa (Nov 3-Nov 25) from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 11am-12pm & 2-3pm

Meet at the visitor center for a 1-hour accessible guided tour of the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve to view the butterflies in the trees they overwinter in. Butterfly numbers typically peak between the end of October to mid-November; warm and sunny days are best for viewing. To arrange a tour for groups of 10 or more or for more information, call (831) 423-4609 ext. 8. Please remember food is not allowed in the preserve. Event free; parking is $10. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 W Cliff D, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Old Cove Landing Trail Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs.
Date: Every 4 weeks on Sa (Nov 3-Nov 24) at 11:00am

Special Instructions: 11/3, 17, 24

Old Cove Landing Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, October 6 at 11am

Saturday, October 27 at 11am

On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are available to borrow. Event is free; parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 

Rain and/or wet weather cancels this event!

Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center.

Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Rd. Free, but parking costs $10


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 421-0139 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Kid's Tool Workshop
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Home Depot
Free kids workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-12 Admission Fees: Free

(A Oct) Home-Depot-Kids2.jpgDesigned for kids ages 5-12, these free workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while instilling a sense of accomplishment.

 

Offered on the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and noon at The Home Depot.

 

Watsonville, 355 S. Green Valley Rd, (831)786-9877
Capitola, 2600 41st Ave, (831)462-5650

Salnas, 1890 N. Davis Road

 

 


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Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day
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Bay Area Teen Science
Dynamic demonstrations, engaging experiments, geeky games and astounding activities for all ages!
Date: 11/03/2018 from 11:00am to 4:30am
Admission Fees: free

(0 A October 2018) ScienceFestivalATandTPark.jpgBay Area Science Festival

This FREE event is unlike any other - with dynamic demonstrations, engaging experiments, geeky games and astounding activities for all ages! This super-charged, super-fun celebration will include hundreds of hands-on activities, untold opportunities to meet local scientists and engineers, and even the chance to run around the bases! The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science content: on the field, at every entry/exit, and every level of the ballpark.

All ages!

More information at http://www.bayareasciencefestival.org/festival/discovery-days-at-att-park/.

FREE! No tickets/RSVP needed.


Location: A T & T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plz, San Francisco Map
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Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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State Park Henry Cowell
Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Nov 3-Nov 17) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Event is free; parking is $10.

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop

Saturday, November 3 from 10am to noon

Saturday, November 17 from 10am to noon

Join docent Cheryl VanDeVeer for a marvelous, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local ponderosa pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. No experience necessary. Meet at the visitor center. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event is free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Seed Harvest Workshop
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Arboretum
Learn seed-saving and planting techniques to create your own native garden.
Date: 11/04/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: $45 - $55 + $20 materials

(0 A November 2018) Arboretum_SeedHarvestWorkshop.jpgLearn seed-saving and planting techniques to create your own native garden.

Participants will learn:

  • to identify common California native plants
  • to prepare seeds for storage and planting
  • successful planting strategies

Will take home:

  • Knowledge
  • A collection of native seeds
  • Compostable planting cups
  • A seed-collecting cotton bandana, silk-screened by each of you

Vincent Waring is a California Naturalist and maker based in Santa Cruz, CA. His art explores ecology of wild and
intentional spaces through imagery by utilizing printmaking, painting, and drawing. His extensive skills include
working with wood, textiles, and plants.

Melody Overstreet is a local artist, poet, California Naturalist, and educator. Her work has been exhibited locally as well as internationally with a recent exhibit in Macau, China. She offers nature-craft workshops through Cabrillo College extension, the UCSC Arboretum, and Kids in Nature that emphasize the importance of our connection to place, community, and seeds.

To Register & pay for the class, call the Arboretum office Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm at 831-502-2998
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Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Film Screening: "Straws"
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
A Film by Linda Booker
Date: 11/04/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 & older Admission Fees: Event is included with admission to the Seymour Center: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE | Membe

(0 A September 2018) SeymourMDC_logoSept2018.jpgJoin the Seymour Marine Discovery Center for a special film screening to kick off No Straw November. The film, "Straws," tells the story of the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers individuals to be part of the solution.

 

Every day in the United States alone, hundreds of millions of plastic straws are used once and tossed. Straws are non-recyclable, wind up in landfills, litter streets, and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris that head into the oceans each year.

Doors open to the lecture hall at 2:30 PM.
Event passes are available at the admissions counter at 2 PM.


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Taiko Holiday Boutique
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Watsonville Taiko
Like Watsonville Taiko? Then you will not want to miss this holiday boutique.
Date: 11/04/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 A October 2018) WatsTaikoHolidayBoutique.jpgGet all your holiday shopping done in one place! Watsonville Taiko's Holiday Boutique is almost here!

 

Baskets, quilts, gift certificates to local restaurants and attractions will all be available!

 

Great raffles too!

 


Location: Kizuka Hall, 150 Blackburn St, Watsonville Map
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Youth Band Concert
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Scotts Valley Educational Foundation
Date: 11/04/2018 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Come support SVEF and local high school bands, Polarity and Crispy Bits on November 4th. There's no better way to Fall Back than to enjoy up-and-coming musicians while supporting Scotts Valley schools.


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SLV Chili Cook off
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Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Felton Library Friends Fundraiser: 5th Annual SLV Chili Cook off
Date: 11/04/2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All

(0 A October 2018) ChiliCookoff_SLV_Nov3.jpgFelton Library Friends join forces with the 5th Annual SLV Chili Cook-Off in a fundraiser for the new Felton Library and Nature Discovery Park.

The 5th Annual SLV Chili Cook off is a fun, family friendly and festive event for all! Tastings of 14 great chilis cooked on site will culminate in prizes awarded by a panel of judges. Attendees will choose Most Tasted and People's Choice. Best Booth is chosen by our committee & Best Booth. There will be live music, local beers and wine, and a huge raffle featuring prizes from local businesses and several Bay Area sports teams!


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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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Adult Crafts
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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
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The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Dog-friendly walk on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic
Date: Every Su at 9:30am

Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

The Road Less Traveled-A Dog-Friendly Walk

 

On this dog-friendly walk, we travel North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with Docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Live Oak Knitters
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Knit, chat, learn, make new friends
Date: Every Mon from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Get together with other knitters to knit, chat, and make new friends. No registration required. The group meets every Monday from 11am- 1pm. Call 427-7711 for more information.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Da de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) con Cuntame un Cuento
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Da de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) con Cuntame un Cuento
Date: 11/05/2018 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Acompáñenos a celebrar la memoria de nuestros queridos. Tendremos cuentos, música, pinta-caritas, manualidades y un altar comunitario al cual puede añadir artículos.

Join us as we celebrate the memory of y[our] loved ones. We will have stories, music, face painting, crafts, and a community altar that you are welcomed to add items to.


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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CARMELA FULL OF WISHES
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Arts Council SC County
A fun-filled family event-including visual arts, theater activities, and food
Date: 11/05/2018 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm


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A family event!


Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author-illustrator team behind Last Stop on Market Street,  a family event in Watsonville. 


They will be celebrating their new book, Carmela Full of Wishes-a story partially inspired by Watsonville, where de la Peña's own parents currently teach.


Join us for a fun-filled family event, where Matt and Christian will share and sign Carmela Full of Wishes. The festivities will also include visual arts and theater activities, and food will be provided.

3:30 pm   Doors open, sign-in table open & book distribution
4:00 pm   Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson present Carmela Full of Wishes, a heartfelt sibling story set in a vibrant migrant community
5:00-6:15 pm   Book signing, plus visual art & drama activities based upon Carmela Full of Wishes
6:15 pm   Free dinner & more time to meet the author and illustrator

Seating will be open, and on a first-come, first-serve basis. To request special accommodations, please e-mail bookshopevents@gmail.com by Friday, October 19th.

 

This event is presented by Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Arts Council Santa Cruz County, and is cosponsored by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Pajaro Valley Unified School District Family Literacy Program.


Location: Watsonville Veterans Memorial Bu, 215 E Beach St, Watsonville Map
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Toddler Story Time
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Date: Every Mon from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: toddlers & parents Admission Fees: Free

Toddler Time @ Live Oak (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
Location: Live Oak Branch
Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. Join us for early literacy practices involving music, movement, stories, rhymes and more for your child and you.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Knitting @ the Library
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Library Scotts Valley
Learn to knit
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

Learn to knit or bring your knitting and enjoy a friendly visit with other knitters. If you are new to knitting, please bring: needles (size 8 10" straight needles or a 24" circular needle) and one skein of worsted weight yarn in your favorite color. Ages 8-108


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
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Tales to Tails Aptos
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Mon from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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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Felton Farmers Market
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Felton Certified Farmers Market
Produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists
Date: Every Tues from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Open May through November

The Felton Certified Farmers Market offers produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists.

 

    Felton Certified Farmers' Market provides a community marketplace offering fresh seasonal produce sold by those who grow it, a variety of nonagricultural products and  creates a lively, educational and informative meeting place for the entire San Lorenzo Valley. The market offers fresher food at prices normally lower than retail. We carry a wonderful variety of produce, plants, flowers, bread, deserts, fish, prepared foods and there's always fun to be had.


Location: Hwy 9, St. John's Church parking lot
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Baby Laptime
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Library Freedom
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Wed at 10:30am
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
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Baby Laptime
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Library Freedom
Come together to create art, follow traditions, or create new traditions.
Date: Every Wed at 10:30am
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
Phone: (831)768-3420 •website Freedom create a direct event link
SUDS: The Rocking 60'S Musical Soap Opera
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Jewel Theatre Co
SUDS is loaded with good clean fun, bubbling energy and over 50 well-known songs that topped the charts in the 1960s
Date: Every day (Nov 7-Dec 2)
Admission Fees: $27/$50

(0 A November 2018) SUDS-60s-Rock-Musical.jpgSUDS: The Rocking 60'S Musical Soap Opera

This high energy, hilarious musical tells the story of a down on her luck laundress named Cindy and the colorful guardian angels who come to teach her about finding true love.

 

SUDS is loaded with good clean fun, bubbling energy and over 50 well-known songs that topped the charts in the 1960s, including "Please Mr. Postman," "Johnny Angel," "Chapel of Love," "Walk on By," and "RESPECT."

 

SUDS has toured the country, receiving rave reviews and breaking box office records, so invite some friends and get ready for an incredibly fun night of theatre.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS

 


Location: The Colligan Theater, 1010 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
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!st WednesdayFamily Fun
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Capitola Mall
Date: The 1st Wed of every month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 April 2018) FamilyFunNightCapMall.jpgJoin us at Capitola Mall for 1ST Wednesday Family Fun!

Enjoy many fun activities, including:
Entertainment with Happily Ever Laughter
Family Friendly Crafts
Music and More!

We will also be giving away a Family Fun Membership to Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to one lucky family!

$5 Donation per Child benefits Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services!


Location: 1855 41st Ave, Capitola Map
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Family Story Time
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Library Boulder Creek
Date: Every Wed from 11:00am to 12:00pm


Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Family Storytime @ Boulder Creek from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Stories and songs, art activities, games and play for families with children of all ages.


Location: Friends of the Santa Cruz Public, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Bear Creek Community Nights
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Boulder Creek Rec & Park District
Date: Every Wed (Nov 7-Dec 19) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) BearCreekCommunityNightsNov2018.jpgCommunity Nights are in full swing.
Come out to the Bear Creek Facility and join us for organized family fun.


FREE for the community, or join in our enrichment program Kids Empowered and drop off from 2:30-6pm


November
WED, 14  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WED, 28  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 

December
WED, 5  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WED, 12  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WED, 19  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Location: 15685 Forest Hills Dr, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-4144 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Play & Talk! Play Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Toddlers 18-30 months & Parents

Toddlers (18-30 months) & Parents Support Classes combine the elements of a playgroup, support group and a chance to learn more about your child's development.  Come meet other parents and children, observe and discuss child development and build confidence in your parenting skills.  Enjoy seeing your child interact with other children and explore an environment set-up with them in mind.  Classes are facilitated by experienced and friendly teachers.


Location: 1740 17th Av, Capitola Map
Phone: 831.476.7284 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Coffee and Q&A @ Expedition Academy
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Expedition Academy Santa Cruz
Come Meet the Founders!
Date: 11/08/2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: Parents of middle schoolers Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: This is a Parent Coffee, there are no planned activities for younger children.

(0 A October 2018) Expedition_QandA.jpgDrop by the Expedition Academy Santa Cruz studio. Meet the founders and learn about our program.

 

This Q&A is intended for parents of middle school-aged children who want to learn more about how we have changed the middle school experience.


Location: 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 854-7125 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Curious Contraptions
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Exploratorium, Pier 15
A whimsical winter exhibition where small sculptures are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and
Date: Every day (Nov 8-Jan 20) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A November 2018) Exporatorium_CuriousContraptions_mermaid.jpgThe Exploratorium isn't just a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception-a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.


Celebrate the opening of Curious Contraptions, our whimsical winter exhibition where small sculptures are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms.

 

VIDEO Sneak Peek!

 

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:
→ Pairings: Cooking Contraptions With Loretta Keller, Clay Reynolds, Jerrel KeyAuthor, and Julie Yu
7:00 p.m. | Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery

→ Building Contraptions With Simone Giertz
8:00 p.m. | Kanbar Forum

→ Commercial-Grade Contraptions With Tinker Kitchen
6:30-9:30 | Gallery 4

→ Trash Automata
With Keith Newstead and Explorables
7:00-10:00 | Tinkering Studio, Gallery 2

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More info: 18+, Free for AFTER DARK members
To become a member, please visit https://www.exploratorium.edu/membership/afterdark


Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St), San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 528-4444 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 2nd Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-8621 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Six Characters in Search of an Author
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Kirby School
An intellectual comedy exploring other realities and relationships
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Nov 8-Nov 11)
Ages: All ages

(0 A October 2018) Kirby_six-characters.jpgFall Play: Six Characters in Search of an Author

"Six Characters In Search Of an Author," written by Luigi Pirandello, a Nobel Prize-winning playwright, and adapted by MarNae Taylor and Donna Johansen, takes place in a theatre where a rehearsal is happening, and six mysterious strangers appear. An intellectual comedy exploring other realities and relationships, the strangers explain that they are characters created for a play that the author never got around to writing. They are trapped in an eternal present unless they can persuade the theatre director to stage their drama. The director and actors resist but agree to hear their story. 

 

Dates and place are November 8th-10th at 7:30 and the 11th at 2:00 Center Stage in Santa Cruz.

 


Location: Center Stage, 1001 Center Street , Santa Cruz Map
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Origami for Peace with Nate and Drew
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Library Central
Origami for Peace with Nate and Drew
Date: Every 2 weeks on Th (Aug 5-Nov 30) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st and 3rd Sundays

(0 A July 2018) Library_origamipeace.jpgCome learn to fold origami out of recycled paper or just come to hone your skills with Drew Glover and Origami Master Nathaniel Kennedy. Folding instruction will be centered around the crane, but other styles will be available for people to learn once they master the crane fold.

 

Join community members the first and third Sundays of the month as we gather to share our intentions of compassion, unity and peace in our world. This event is all ages and free to the public.

This on-going event repeats every 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. The location for 1st Sundays is the upstairs meeting room. The location for 3rd Sundays is a table on 1st floor area.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
REEL ROCK 13
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Rio Theater
Climbing's greatest stories, stars with heart-thumping action, big laughs, and pure inspiration
Date: 11/09/2018 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


(0 A November 2018) RioReelRock13.jpgREEL ROCK 13 delivers jaw­-dropping action, soulful journeys and rollicking humor in a brand new collection of the year's best climbing films:

"The Valley of the Moon"
Wadi Rum, known as the Valley of the Moon, is a vast landscape of sandstone walls in the desert of Jordan. Hoping to lure international climbers, two Israelis team up with a local Bedouin guide to establish an 1,800­foot route, eventually recruiting American climber Madaleine Sorkin to help achieve their dream. The Valley of the Moon explores the importance of climbing as a way to cross cultural barriers, build friendships and chase adventure in one of the most breathtaking regions on earth.

"Queen Maud Land"
A dream team of six elite climbers mount an expedition to one of the world's last great climbing frontiers: the remote frozen towers of Antarctica. Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker tackle a new route on the 3,600­-foot Ulvetanna; Savannah Cummins and Anna Pfaff summit the towering Holtanna; and Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright make a harrowing and hilarious blitz of 13 different spires spread across the ice field, including one pitch that Honnold calls "the scariest I have ever led."

"Age of Ondra"
Every so often an athlete comes along who redefines their sport. Adam Ondra, the 25­year­old Czech crusher, is exploring a new realm of human potential in climbing. Late last year, he established a benchmark for the sport; a 5.15d in Norway he dubbed Silence (as in, drop the mic). On the heels of this ascent, we follow Adam from his home in the Czech Republic, across Europe to North America, as he innovates new training methods, establishes upper echelon first ascents, and attempts to be the first person to send 5.15 on the first try. Age of Ondra is a rare, intimate journey with one of the greatest athletes at the peak of his powers.

"Up to Speed" 
When climbing was announced as part of the 2020 Olympics, it was a monumental occasion for the sport. But many climbers were shocked to learn that one of three combined events required to compete for a medal is... speed climbing. REEL ROCK correspondent Zachary Barr looks into this little­-known and seldom practiced sub­discipline of the sport, and the role it will play in shaping climbing's future. Barr's journey from the U.S. to France (the birthplace of modern speed climbing) to South Asia culminates at an international competition in Moscow, where speed demons race up a 15­meter wall in less than six seconds.


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.reelrocktour.com


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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HONORING LOCAL VETERANS
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Food Truck A Go Go
Join us for a very special evening with delicious food & drink + great music!
Date: 11/09/2018 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm


SPECIAL FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY

Featuring Local Veterans, Food Trucks, Beer & Wine Garden Fundraiser


On Friday, November 9, Food Trucks A Go Go is honoring local Vets by treating them to complimentary dinner & dessert at the season finale of Food Truck Friday at Skypark in Scotts Valley.


People can nominate a local Veteran by tagging them or posting their name on the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2070998969896507/.


There will be a special, dedicated section for all Veterans to sit and receive Thank Yous from people in the Community.


The Scotts Valley Educational Foundation will be hosting their Beverage Garden Fundraiser, with drinks for all ages, including local wine and craft beer from Steel Bonnet Brewing.


Scotts Valley Recreation is collaborating with Food Trucks A Go Go to make this Veteran's Day Event extra special by having the children in their after school programs make Thank You cards.


The event is from 4:30 - 7:30pm. There is plenty of open space for families to spread out and enjoy the evening, along with plenty of picnic tables.


This event is weather permitting. Follow @foodtrucksagogo for updated information and to see the food truck line-up.


Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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An Evening with David Crosby and Friends
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Golden State Theatre
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour
Date: 11/09/2018 at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $57-$89
Special Instructions: Tickets go fast!

(0 A November 2018) DavidCrosby_photobyAnnaWebber-0100.jpgAn Evening with David Crosby and Friends 2018

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour this fall.


Crosby is joined by the Lighthouse band to journey down a new four-way street that brings his music to life with new spirits.

3 time Grammy winner Michael League of Snarky Puppy, New York's best kept secret Becca Stevens and Canadian songstress Michelle Willis, playing acoustic and electric guitars, piano, keyboards and beautiful vocal harmonies. The band will reinterpret Crosby's greatest hits as well as performing music from the critically acclaimed album 'Lighthouse' and the new album "Here if you Listen" released Oct 26th.  

This will be an extremely unique opportunity to see what Crosby calls "a dream team of musicians".

David Crosby Front Row Meet & Greet VIP Package
One reserved ticket in Front Row
Meet & Greet with David Crosby
One exclusive VIP merchandise item - autographed by David Crosby
Drink tickets redeemable for beer & wine
One commemorative David Crosby VIP laminate
One commemorative David Crosby ticket
On site VIP staff

David Crosby Premium Ticket Package
One reserved ticket within first 10 rows (See map for exact location. Distributed day of show)
One exclusive VIP merchandise item
One commemorative David Crosby VIP laminate
One commemorative David Crosby ticket
On site VIP staff

 

TICKETS


Location: 417 Alvarado Street , Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 649-1070 •website Monterey create a direct event link
A Panel Discussion with U.S. Service Veterans
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Mount Madonna School
Teen Engages Veterans to Discuss War, Sacrifice and History
Date: 11/09/2018 from 9:00am to 11:30am
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

A panel discussion with local United States service veterans to discuss, war, sacrifice and history, organized and facilitated by Mount Madonna School alumnus Cyrus Kamkar ('18).


Location: 491 Summit Road, Watsonville Map
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Drop-in Family Crafts: Yarn Baskets
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State Park Mission
Date: 11/10/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Drop-In Family Craft: Yarn Baskets

Sunday, November 11 from 1 to 3:30pm

Learn the basics of basket weaving using non-traditional craft materials. Take home a one-of-a-kind basket to hold your treasures. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849.

 

Event free. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Drawing for the Love of Nature
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Explore the Castro Adobe in the Twentieth Century at Kelly's Books
Date: 11/10/2018 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) rancho-drawing.jpgJoin Judy Sears, California Naturalist, for a 1.5 hour nature drawing session. If the weather is pleasant, the group will stay outside to discuss and practice ways to draw what you are most curious about in nature - from leaf to watershed.

 

No drawing experience necessary. Just bring a notepad with a rigid back, a pencil, and your curiosity. You may also wish to bring a chair or pillow so you can sit comfortably on the ground.

 

For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Highway One, Davenport Map
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Candelabra Tree Hike
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State Park Butano
Join docent Tammy Bloom on a forest discovery hike along the Candelabra Trail
Date: 11/10/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: $300

Candelabra Tree Hike
Saturday, October 13 at 10am

Join docent Tammy Bloom on a forest discovery hike along the Candelabra Trail located in the less visited Gazos Canyon of Butano State Park. This 2 mile, 1.5 hour hike will take you through oak and redwood habitats and includes the trail's namesake, the Candelabra Tree.

 

The hike is free and is considered moderate uphill. Bring water, snacks, binoculars and good hiking shoes. Check in at the Butano entrance station for directions. Meet Tammy at the unmarked trailhead along Gazos Creek road located half a mile past the intersection of Cloverdale Road. Event free. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Butano State Park
Located 4.5 miles south of Pescadero
1500 Cloverdale Road, Pescadero CA 94060 I (650)-879-2040


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
Phone: (831) 335-1743 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Volunteer in California's Oldest State Park!
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State Park Big Basin
We need volunteers!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Volunteer with the Trail Crew Saturdays

Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
World Chess Championship Watch Parties
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Library Aptos
World Chess Championship Watch Party
Date: Every day (Nov 10-Nov 26) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See varying times, dates

(0 A November 2018) WorldChessMatch2018.jpgTwo players will compete for the official chess world championship: the defending world champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, and the challenger, Fabiano Caruana of the United States. Caruana is the first American player to qualify for a shot at the uncontested world championship since Bobby Fischer in 1972.

You are invited to the Aptos Branch Library watch party on

Saturday, 11/10;

Friday 11/16;

Saturday 11/24;

Monday 11/26 from 10AM to noon.

 

Live broadcast from London, with commentary by local masters Dana Mackenzie and Gjon Feinstein. Please note that 11/24 and 11/26 are the dates for the last two games of a scheduled 12-game match. If the match is decided earlier, then one or both of those games may be canceled. All the events are open to the general public with no age limitations and no fees charged.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Intro to Artisanal Sourdough Bread-Making & the Science of Bread
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Learn artisanal bread-making techniques including care and feeding of your sourdough starter, bread proofing baskets and bread c
Date: 11/10/2018 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $55.00 plus $15.00 material fee
Special Instructions: 10/6 & 11/10

(0 A July 2018) SourDoughBread.jpgIntro to Artisanal Sourdough Bread-Making & the Science of Bread 

 

Learn artisanal bread-making techniques including care and feeding of your sourdough starter, bread proofing baskets and bread cooking cloches, and the vital stages of the bread-making process. We'll discuss the science behind successful bread-making, including types of flour and the chemistry of wheat, water and salt in dough formation. A no-knead sourdough bread will be demonstrated. You will go home with a starter and recipes; the bread made in this course will be easy to re-create at home.

 

Instructor:  Patricia Davis of Quail Hollow Kitchens delights in teaching farm-style cooking. She has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from UCSD, and was voted Edible Monterey Bay "Best Food Artisan" in 2016. She has been teaching cooking classes since 2013. 
     
*Please note: A materials fee of $15 is due to the instructor at least one week prior to class. To pay the fee, please visit the instructor's website at https://www.quailhollowkitchens.com/sccp

 

Quail Hollow Ranch - Ages 18+
Sat 11/10* 10AM-12:30PM $55/$61 #19036
Simpkins Swim Ctr. Community Rm. B - Ages 18+
Sat 10/6* 10AM-12:30PM $55/$61 #19035

Location: 979 17th St, Santa Cruz Map
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Building Methods at the Mission
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State Park Mission
Get your hands dirty and make your own mini adobe brick
Date: 11/10/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Building Methods at the Mission

Come and see how the oldest building in town was made. We will look at the materials used by the Ohlone to build their homes and then at the materials used by the Spanish to build Mission Santa Cruz. You will have the chance to get your hands dirty and make your own mini abode brick. Event is free. Rain cancels. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Snake Park Saturday
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Learn about the fascinating world of snakes from a snake expert
Date: 11/10/2018 at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Snake Park Saturday

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley! Ranger Station is located 0.25-mile inland from the yellow gate across from Waddell State Beach parking lot. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email RDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

 


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Goat Hill Fair
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Goat Hill Fair
Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!
Date: Every day (Nov 10-Nov 11) from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 at the gate or early access $25

Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!  (0 Nov 2017) GoatHillNov2017.jpg

The friendly vendors are spread across three buildings at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Here you will find unique treasures, beautiful displays and excellent food. This is Goat Hill's sixth year and as it grows, the selection, style and creativity does as well.

 

We are so thrilled to spend the day with you and want you to have the chance to be an early "goat." We are selling a limited number of tickets for $25.00 each.

 

On Saturday you will have access to the event and vendors before General Admission. They will also give full general admission access on Sunday.

 

Early Access to the event on Saturday - 8:30 am
The gates for parking and lineup will start around - 7:45 am
Tickets give you access to the event for the weekend but early access is only on Saturday
Children under 12 can enter for free
Please no dogs, unless it's a service animal
All ticket sales are final. Sorry, no refunds.

 

See you soon.. with those happy, relaxed looks of vacationing joy on your faces!

 

Sat - Nov 10th - 10 to 4

Sun - Nov 11th - 10 to 3


Location: Santa CruzCounty Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 221-5054 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Salamander Safari
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover some of the secretive salamanders that live in the redwood forest!
Date: 11/11/2018 at 10:00am


Salamander Safari

Thursday, November 11 at 10am

Discover some of the secretive salamanders that live in the redwood forest! Learn all about salamander life cycles, behaviors, adaptations, and the current threats facing these astounding amphibians on a 2 mile excursion to Eagle Creek. This fantastic, educational, and free safari will meet at the visitor center.

 

Make sure to bring water, proper hiking shoes, an immense sense of adventure, and enthusiasm! For more information, please call (831) 335-7077.

 

Event is free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 101 North Big Trees Park Road , Felton Map
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Veterans Dinner
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Redwood Keg
Enjoy an evening of fine dining and camaraderie while honoring our veterans with service branch recognition, patriotic songs, an
Date: 11/11/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $35 -$45

Enjoy an evening of fine dining and camaraderie while honoring our veterans with service branch recognition, patriotic songs, and a sharing of their history.

 

5:00 pm: No Host Bar

5:15 pm Program Begins

6:00 pm: Dinner is served

 

Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms and bring memorabilia to display along with items from the San Lorenzo Valley Museum's collection.

Dinner includes salad, a selection of entrees, wine, and dessert.

 

This event is sponsored by The Redwood Keg


Location: Scopazzi's, 13300 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Fish Physiology: Can a Fish Drink Too Much?
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Can a fish drink too much water?
Date: 11/11/2018 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 & older Admission Fees: Event is included with admission to the Seymour Center: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE | Membe

(0 A November 2018) SeymourMDC_logoNov2018.jpgDrinking too much seawater will cause dehydration-that's true even if you're a fish. To remove salt from their system, adult marine fishes use their gills to maintain proper salt levels. However, larval fish are hatched without fully functional gills. Instead, their skin functions as the main salt excretion site-a role that is gradually transferred to the gills as a fish grows up.

Join Garfield Kwan to learn about his fishy research. He will discuss the inspirations behind "Squidtoons," which aims to make research more accessible by translating science into comics. Stay for a book signing following the lecture with the author of our newest exhibit, Squidtoons.

Garfield T. Kwan, Ph.D. Candidate
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Director, Squidtoons Comics


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Drop-in Family Crafts: Cascarones
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State Park Mission
Date: 11/11/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Drop-in Family Crafts: Cascarones

This month's drop-in family craft is Cascarones (confetti-filled eggs). No registration is necessary. We begin crafting at 1 p.m. and you can drop in and begin a project at anytime up until 3:30. Different crafts require varying skill levels. Children may need assistance.

 

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Mountain Film on Tour
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Rio Theater
A selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festiv
Date: 11/11/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) Rio_MountainFilmNov11.jpgMountainfilm on Tour brings a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado. The tour visits Santa Cruz at the Rio Theatre on November 11 with films that will explore the themes connected to Mountainfilm's mission: using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. A Mountainfilm presenter will guide the audience through the program providing insight on the films, filmmakers and subjects. 

Established in 1979 and celebrating their 40th Anniversary, Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about environments, cultures, issues and adventures. Working at the nexus of filmmaking and action. The festival has attracted leading documentary filmmakers, artists, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers, scientists, journalists and explorers from around the world to engage in the festival's tag line of "celebrating indomitable spirit."

 

Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $18
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.mountainfilm.org
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MountainfilmonTourSantaCruz


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Berry Creek Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Join us for a moderate to strenuous 11 mile loop hike to the 65 foot falls
Date: 11/11/2018 at 9:30am


Berry Creek Falls Hike

Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 11-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big Basin-65-foot tall Berry Creek Falls. Bring lots of water, lunch and wear layers. Docent Bill Rhoades will guide you on this seven-hour hike. 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
Black Mesa Weavers
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A special event with Diné (Navajo) weavers and elder matriarchs from Black Mesa/Big Mountain
Date: 11/11/2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Ages

(0 A November 2018) MAH_BlackMesaWeavers.jpgA special event with Diné (Navajo) weavers and elder matriarchs from Black Mesa/Big Mountain, Arizona who are in their fifth decade of resistance to forced relocation policies and coal mining on their ancestral homelands.

* SPEAKERS *

- Rena Babbitt Lane (Naakaii Dine'é clan born for Tódích'íi'nii, Sovereign Diné Nation)
- Glenna Begay (Táchii'nii clan, born for Tł'ízí Łání, Sovereign Diné Nation)
- Eleanor Castro (Awaswas/Mutsun Ohlone, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band)

* RUG & CRAFT SALE *
A rare opportunity to purchase rugs directly from six visiting Diné artisans who practice an ancient weaving tradition intricately tied to their sacred lands and way of life. Each step of the process is conducted in accordance with cultural protocols, from the herding of churro sheep in the wildlands of Black Mesa to hand shearing, carding, spinning, and dyeing with local plants and minerals.
A large selection of hand made pottery and jewelry by Diné and Amah Mutsun artisans will also be for sale.

* WEAVING DEMONSTRATIONS *

* FOOD & MUSIC *

SCHEDULE:

4pm-7pm: Rug sale and weaving demonstrations
5pm-6pm: Special program (speakers and film)

"We are just children of this earth. As little babies we are staggering around, just learning how to walk. We have not lived here for millions of years. We are just babies. And already we are causing problems, destroying our environment. The heart of our earth is being torn out."
-Rena Babbitt Lane, 96 years old

$10-20 suggested donation, no one turned away
A benefit for Black Mesa families resisting relocation

Additional Bay Area rug sales will take place on Monday, November 12 in Berkeley and Tuesday, November 13 in San Francisco and Santa Rosa. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2040360456025820/

Santa Cruz is Awaswas Ohlone Territory


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-429-1964 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Spotlight on the Symphony- Brass Over Bridges
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Santa Cruz Symphony
Date: 11/11/2018 at 2:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $35 - $45

(0 A November 2018) Symphony_Brass.jpgBrass Over Bridges is a brass quintet of performers and educators bringing live music to audiences throughout the SF Bay Area. From concert recitals to cocktail parties and academic masterclasses to one-on-one instruction they cross all musical bridges.

 

Members include Santa Cruz Symphony's principal trumpet Matt Ebisuzaki and principal trombone Esther Armendariz, with Ari Micich on trumpet, Lucas Jensen on trombone, and French hornist Margarite Waddell, who have also played with Santa Cruz Symphony.

 

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Location: Samper Recital Hall, 6500 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Pop-up Makers Market
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Tipsy Gypsy
Date: 11/11/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


(0 A November 2018) TipsyGypsy.jpgIt's a pop-up market at the Boutique Tipsy Gypsy!

Swing in and do some shopping with 10 local artists & crafters with live music by Lindsey Wall, and complementary snack and champagne!

Sunday, November 11 from 11am-4pm
3555 Clares St. Ste FF - Capitola

Featuring local artists:
Amber Waves Jewelry
Om Maker Jewelry
Last Meridian Earth
Dlovely Scribe Lettering
Honora Bacon Pottery
Bulls Eye Blooms
Esther Vasquez Art
BEE HAPPY TODAY
EV & NO
Bree Karpavage Collage Art


Location: 3555 Clares St. Ste FF, Capitola Map
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Holiday Homeless Garden Sales
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Homeless Garden Project
Come visit us starting Nov. 12th at 1338 Pacific Ave, next to El Palomar restaurant.
Date: Every day (Nov 12-Dec 24)


(0 A November 2018) HomeslessGardenHolidayStore2018.jpgThe wait is almost over - our Holiday Store is opening Nov. 12th! We're looking for volunteers to staff the store; email our Volunteer Coordinator at JustinW@homelessgardenproject.org for more info.

 

Our store is "at the center of a web of community ties-of people, actions, dreams, things made, and relationships created." -- Quentin Hancock, store volunteer & HGP supporter

 

Come visit us starting Nov. 12th at 1338 Pacific Ave, next to El Palomar restaurant.

 

Hours: 11 AM - 7 PM, Nov. 12th - Dec. 6th
10 AM - 8 PM, Dec. 7th - Dec. 24th

 


Location: 1338 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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: 11/12/2018
Ages: All
Special Instructions: see varying times, dates

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Monday, November 12 at 11am and 2pm

Thursday, November 22 at 1pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? 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 park headquarters. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event 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
New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

(0 February 2018) MT_baby.jpgMeet and mingle with new mothers just like you, share parenting ideas and make Music Together® alongside your babies while learning lifelong parenting tips at the monthly New Mommy Musical MeetUp (Daddies and other loving adults are welcome too!).

 

Bring your baby (under a year old) and enjoy making friends and drawings for prizes while a certified Music Together teacher leads a short music making session geared specifically to babies.

 

Join us every 2nd Monday @ 239 High Street, Santa Cruz. 

 

https://www.meetup.com/New-Mommy-Musical-Meetup/events/246692123/

Questions?  831-438-3514 or sky@musicalme.com


Location: Native Son's Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Reach for the Stars
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Library Garfield Park
Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families.
Date: 11/13/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families. Whether you're an experienced astronomer or someone who doesn't know the difference between a comet and an asteroid, this program is for you! Topics will vary month-to-month.


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Seymour Community Free Days
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Free Community Day...Come visit us!
Date: 11/13/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

Community Free Days

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

 

2018
January 18
February 15
September 20
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.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Art & Play in the Pre & K!
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Mount Madonna School
Come experience the joy of early childhood learning!
Date: 11/14/2018 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Ages: Toddler, preschool, kindergarten Admission Fees: free

Parents of toddlers, preschool, and kindergarten age children are invited to come for a morning of activities and fun experiences with your child(ren) at the Mount Madonna School Preschool and Kindergarten. RSVPs encouraged. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonnaschool.org


Location: 491 Summit Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •websitecreate a direct event link
Fall STEAM
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Watsonville PAL
STEAM is back at PAL with some holiday fun.
Date: 11/15/2018 from 10:30am to 11:15am
Ages: 2-5 & 2-7 Admission Fees: $10/class

(0 A November 2018) WatsPalSteam22.jpgWatsonville Police Activities League (PAL)

It's back! STEAM is back at PAL with some holiday fun.

 

Join us on Thursday November 15th or Friday November 23rd. It's only $10 per class.

 

Give us a call if you have any questions! #policeactivitiesleague #watsonvilleyouth #watsonville #watsonvillepal #watsonvillecalifornia #steam

 


Location: 37 Davis Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-763-4147 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Open Studio @ Expedition Academy
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Expedition Academy Santa Cruz
Come See our latest Expedition!
Date: 11/15/2018 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Ages: Families w/ middle schoolers Admission Fees: FREE

(0 A October 2018) Expedition_OpenStudio.jpgEvery Expedition ends with a culminating experience called Open Studio.

 

Our Explorers put their learning on display in the form of Action Projects that integrate a variety of subject areas and personal interests!

Come see first-hand what our Explorers have been creating on our latest Expedition!


Location: 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 854-7125 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Pleasure Point Third Thursdays
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Pleasure Point Community
Come down to Pleasure Point, check out all of our fantastic new shops, support and meet local artisans and have a good time!
Date: The 3rd Th of every month (Sep 20-May 16) at 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st Peak Park to the Hook

(0 A September 2018) PleasurePointThursdays.jpgPleasure Point has a new and exciting event to share! Every Third Thursday of the month from 5-8 pm, businesses will stay open for our community and feature local artists and makers. We will feature musicians and food trucks to create a lively atmosphere for families to enjoy. Come down to Pleasure Point, check out all of our fantastic new shops, support and meet local artisans and have a good time!


Phone: (831) 464-7748 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Stories: 150 Years of Watsonville
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Join us for a speaker series event with noted community members sharing their stories centered around farm worker experience, lo
Date: 11/15/2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 A October 2018) Watsonville150.jpgStories Under the Influence: 150 Years of Watsonville

Join us for a speaker series event with noted community members sharing their stories centered around farm worker experience, local history, migration to Watsonville, art and education.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Olga Fuentes will be sharing her story of the power or representation in LGBTQ+ community organizing.

Joaquin Barreto will be sharing his story of the immigrant experience, community offerings for belonging

Carlos Palacios will be sharing his story of the history of land use in Santa Cruz County and the impacts this has had on Watsonville.

More speakers soon!

Stories Under the Influence : 150 Years of Watsonville is an event by the City of Watsonville, Watsonville Public Library, Community Action Board with support by Santa Cruz MAH as part of a year long event series celebrating 150 year anniversary of the city of Watsonville.


Location: 705 Front St, sANTA Map
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Miracle On 34th Street
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Mountain Community Theater
The heart-warming story of a gentle old man named Kris Kringle who believes he is Santa Claus and who uses kindness and generosi
Date: Every day (Nov 16-Dec 9)
Ages: 12+

MCT's Miracle on 34th Street - The Play

 

(0 A November 2018) MiracleOn34thSt.jpgJoin us for MCTs 10th production (and first since 2012) of its very own "Miracle on 34th Street, The Play, written by MCT's founders and first produced in 1982. This holiday favorite directed by Peter Gelblum tells the heart-warming story, familiar to most from the classic 1947 film, of a gentle old man named Kris Kringle who believes he is Santa Claus and who uses kindness and generosity to convince a little girl, and then everyone else that he is, in fact, St. Nick.

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

"This is a tale that creates a world we seem to desperately desire, free of the blatant commercialism that surrounds us, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards; what we want Christmas to be all about, really."

*Join us for a champagne reception after the show on opening night, 11/16.


Miracle on 34th Street performances:

November 16 @ 8 pm Opening Night Champagne Reception
November 17 @ 8pm
November 18 @ 2pm
November 23 @ 8pm
November 24 @ 8pm
November 25 @ 2pm - Talk Back with the cast
November 30 @ 8pm
December 1 @ 8pm
December 2 @ 2pm - Talk Back with the cast
December 7 @ 8pm
December 8 @ 8pm
December 9 @ 2pm

 

TICKETS


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
Phone: (831) 336-4777 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

On the third Friday of every month, Grange member and Professional Dance Caller Andy Wilson hosts a family-friendly barn dance.  Join us for a potluck supper at 6:00 before the dancing starts at 6:30.  We knock off around 8:00 to let everyone get home and have a good night sleep.  Live music featuring Deby's Ginormous String Band.


$10 per person
$15 for two people
$20 per family


Musicians (young or old) are welcome to join the band on stage.


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Art Festival
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Aromas Hills Artisans
A great variety of artisans' works... find one of a kind gifts. hot drinks, treats and lunch!
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Nov 18) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: corner of Rose and Blohm Ave

(0 A November 2018) Aromas_shepherd22.jpgHoliday Art Festival and Raffle

Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18, 2018 - 10am-4pm - at the Aromas Grange


NEW! Buy Raffle Tickets Online!


Buy Tickets Here! Enjoy a huge display of artwork by Aromas Hills Artisans all under one roof at the Aromas Grange!

There will be a wide variety of artwork offered by numerous artisans, from glass and clay, wood and stone, paper and canvas, yarn and fabric, photos and books-whatever your wish, you'll find it at the Grange, corner of Rose and Blohm Ave., Aromas.

No matter what the weather, you can comfortably stroll through the wonderful labyrinth of creativity, talk to the artists, learn about their methods and fill your Christmas list. Finish off your visit with hot cider, coffee, cookies and relax in front of a fire in the fireplace. Or don't stop there. Take a free class making something fantastic, taught by our Artisans.

The Aromas Hills Artisans guild is a non-profit philanthropic organization that promotes art education through community art events and workshops.  The organization also provides scholarships to members, enabling them to attend classes to further develop their artistic abilities.

Don't miss out on a chance to win a beautiful piece of artwork!. Winners of the drawing will be announced at the Holiday Art Festival on November 19th.  Attendees will have a chance to buy last-minute tickets at the Holiday Art Festival. Maybe your name will be drawn-just more excitement added to a wonderful experience in Aromas.

See you there!


Location: Aromas Grange Hall, Bardue & Rose, San Juan Bautista Map
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Native crafts workshop with Amah Mutsun artisans
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Native crafts workshop with Amah Mutsun artisans
Date: 11/17/2018 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Price: $15 Adult | $10 Children | $5 Off Museum Members

(0 A November 2018) PBS_AmahMatsun.jpgCome to the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and explore the artistic teachings of Amah Mutsun artisans. People have utilized natural materials gathered from the California coast for hundreds of years for food, tools and cultural traditions.

 

Learn traditional skills and cultural teachings of our local Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Create beautiful jewelry and crafts using traditional materials under the guidance of Amah Mutsun artisans.

 

Adult participants will make beaded jewelry while younger participants practice using tule to create twine and toys, and learn about other important cultural relationships with plants and animals.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Open House: Thanks for the Memories!
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State Park Castro Adobe
"Thanks for the Memories" is a chance for history buffs, locals and Castro family descendants to visit
Date: 11/17/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Special Instructions: Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road

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Open House at the Castro Adobe: Thanks for the Memories!

Saturday, November 17 from 11am to 3pm

 

"Thanks for the Memories" is a chance for history buffs, locals and Castro family descendants to visit the new state historic park in the Pajaro Valley and share historic photos of the property and surrounding area. Staff will be on-hand to scan the images and add them to the park's archive and for potential use in the site interpretation. Friends staff is also interested in hearing personal stories and anecdotes about the Castro Adobe and families that have resided there.

Friends is trying to solve one mystery in particular - what did the family of Juan Jose Castro and his wife, Rita Josefa Pinto Castro look like? To date, no photos of this particular family have surfaced. Friends is also seeking historic photos that include:

 

  • Castro family members and nearby rancho families, such as Rodriguez and Amesti
  • the Castro property and historic buildings including outbuildings
  • nearby properties and surrounding lands
  • Old Adobe Road from various angles

Photos and documents will be returned immediately after they are scanned.

The Saturday event also will include tours of the Adobe and is free to attend.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month (Nov 10-Dec 8) at 8:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate two-mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning.

 

Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email RDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Gift and Wreath Sale
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Arboretum
Run, don't walk, to the Arboretum's ever-popular Holiday Gift and Wreath Sale!
Date: 11/17/2018

Special Instructions: 9am-10am Members' Pre-Sale 10am-4pm General Public

Wonderful Thanksgiving and HChristmas items will be available at the 33rd annual Wreath & Gift Sale!

 

(0 A November 2018) arboretum_GiftWreathSale.jpg9am-10am Members' Pre-Sale
10am-4pm General Public


Local artists join forces with talented Arboretum volunteers to produce one-of-kind living succulent wreaths and dried floral wreaths, floral centerpieces and other artwork for the sale. These beautiful botanic decorations will make the perfect seasonal accent for your home, or holiday gift for loved ones!

 

This is the only collection you will find that draws upon the Arboretum's rare and extraordinary succulents and dried plants. From amazing Australian Banksias to South African Proteas, the Arboretum has a world of natural materials to inspire. Succulent pumpkins and dish gardens will also be for sale!  These are the perfect decorations and centerpieces to last through the holidays.  Get creative! The artistry of these volunteers may also encourage you to buy plants or dried flowers to make your own creations.

 

Wreath making demonstrations and a wide variety of succulents will be available at the sale. *Memberships will be available at the door or sign-up now by visiting https://arboretum.ucsc.edu/support/index.html

 

Interested in being an event volunteer? Sign-up here: www.volunteersignup.org/M3RHW


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
La Selva Beach Holiday Fair
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Library La Selva Beach
Shop over 50 arts and crafts vendors for handmade jewelry, cards, art, ornaments, pottery, woodcraft, jams, soaps, garden art, c
Date: 11/17/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) LaSelvaBeachHolidayGiftSale.jpgDon't miss this year's La Selva Beach Holiday Fair, Saturday, November 17! The event is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the La Selva Beach Clubhouse.

 

Shop over 50 arts and crafts vendors for handmade jewelry, cards, art, ornaments, pottery, woodcraft, jams, soaps, garden art, clothing and more. Find great bargains for gifts or winter fireside reading at the giant Friends of the Library Book Sale. Enjoy a delicious Bake Sale treat and with no guilt - you're helping fund our La Selva Library projects!


Enjoy lunch or take away food from two local food trucks: Rogue Pye and G's Tacos. Kids' crafts at 1 pm in the Library. Buy raffle tickets to win great deals while supporting Friends of the Library.

For questions contact: cinjack6860@gmail.com


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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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Re-enactment: Battle of Monterey
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City of Monterey
On November 17 at 1 p.m., pirates will once again storm the shores of Monterey.
Date: 11/17/2018 at 1:00pm

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(0 A October 2018) BattleofMonterey.jpgOn November 17 at 1 p.m., pirates will once again storm the shores of Monterey. The City of Monterey is commemorating the bicentennial of the 1818 Battle of Monterey, the only land-sea battle to ever take place on the West Coast. The tall ship Lady Washington will participate with cannon fire as Argentinian privateers invade the shore to seize Monterey.

Monterey Museum and Cultural Arts Commission is sponsoring a number of festivities related to this anniversary on Sat. Nov. 17th. From 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Here visitors can also learn more about the history of Bouchard with presentations at MIIS' Irvine Auditorium.

 

The reenactment itself will take place on Sat. Nov 17th from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM in front of the Custom House near Old Fisherman's Wharf. After the event from 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM, also at MIIS' Irvine Auditorium, historians will give talks on the battle featuring entries from some of the soldiers' diaries.

 

All events are free!


Location: Custom House Plaza, near Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey Map
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Reindeer Romp at SF Zoo
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San Francisco Zoo
Come see the reindeer on loan from Santa
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 17-Jan 1)

Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great highway

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Reindeer Romp

 
November 17 through January 1

Santa is sending his favorite reindeer, "Belle", "Holly" and "Peppermint" to spread holiday cheer at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!  Until January 1, majestic reindeer will be romping at SF Zoo's Playfield Lawn, near the spectacular Elinor Friend Playground.  We will have Zoo staff at the Reindeer from 11:30-4 daily.

Celebrate the holiday season by visiting the animals who help Santa deliver presents to all the children in the land.  Learn what they eat (besides carrots and cookies on Christmas Eve) and see what they look like up close and on the ground.  Reindeer and caribou are classified as the same genus and species - Rangifer tarandus.  Reindeer are domesticated caribou and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists them as "vulnerable" after a 40% decline in population over the last 20-30 years.  Reindeer are highly adapted to their life in cold climates as they have two thick layers of fur to keep them warm and what are called "turbinate" bones in their nose, which helps warm cold air before it enters their lungs.  They also have specially designed hooves which provide extra traction on the wet, spongy tundra during the spring; in the winter the footpads shrink and tighten, exposing the rim of the hoof which cuts into the ice and snow for a surer grip.  They are used by many circumpolar cultures for their meat, hide, milk and antlers.

 


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco 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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Metamorphosis- A Musical Journey presented by All About Theatre
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All About Theatre
All About Theatre presents its most remarkable show yet with its 15-Year Anniversary Fundraising Gala & Performance, Metamorphos
Date: 11/17/2018 from 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: $25-$85

All About Theatre presents its most remarkable show yet with its 15-Year Anniversary Fundraising Gala & Performance, Metamorphosis: A Musical Journey.

(0 A November 2018) AAT_Gala.jpgMetamorphosis: A Musical Journey is an odyssey of beloved musical theater songs from musicals like Dear Evan Hansen, West Side Story, Matilda and The Greatest Showman. It weaves the threads of individuals as they grow, blossom and ultimately find their artistic voice and true self. Each song speaks to this evolution as budding artists, growing with every performance, and coming together in this community that is All About Theatre.

Featuring blockbuster performances from talented All About Theatre students, teachers, and professional alumni, this musical journey presents an unprecedented opportunity to see future stars and current stars share the stage for one night only to connect through the same language of music, dance, and theater..

Come enjoy a family-friendly live theater event, better than any cinema experience, supporting a wonderful nonprofit. Grab some friends and celebrate All About Theatre's 15th Anniversary Fundraiser and Performance Spectacular at the Rio Theatre on Saturday, November 17th. This is a one night only show - not to be missed


Saturday, November 17
5:30 Doors Open for Family-Friendly Gala Ticket holders
6:45 Doors Open for General Ticket holders
7:30 Show Begins

ADMISSION: Gala and Performance (Includes wine, beer, nonalcoholic beverages, appetizers, and Reserved Performance Seating): $85.00 adults; $45.00 kids
Performance only (General Seating): $40.00 adults; $25.00 kids/students/seniors

Gala & Performance
Adults: $85 | Children: $45

Performance Only
General: $40 | Children & Senior: $25

Tickets: https://aat-gala.brownpapertickets.com/


Location: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave , Santa Cruz Map
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Hike to Ocean View Summit
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State Park Big Basin
Six-mile loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast
Date: 11/17/2018 from 10:00am to 2:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Hike to Ocean View Summit

Escape the crowds on this 6-mile loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast. Join Docent Steve Stolper as we climb the Meteor Trail through the trees, gaining 600 feet before emerging at Ocean View Summit. After a relaxed lunch we descend back into the forest and return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Celebrate Veterans and Poetry
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Library
Celebrate Veterans and Poetry
Date: 11/17/2018 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

On November 17, celebrate veterans and the poetry they have created with Travis DeYoung and the Veteran's Poetry Circle. Hear poets from the group read their work and listen to veterans and featured readers, Stan Rushworth and Richard Guthrie read from their forthcoming books. The event is sponsored by the Veterans Connect @ the Library center and will be hosted by David Addison, Travis DeYoung, and Magdalena Montagne.

Everyone from the community is invited to attend this free event. Together, let's acknowledge veterans and the power of speaking our stories as we approach Veteran's Day.


Location: 224 Church Street , Santa Cruz Map
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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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Turkey Trot
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Santa Cruz Track Club
Dress like a turkey for the Turkey Trot!
Date: 11/17/2018 at 8:00am
Admission Fees: $5-$30 online

Turkey Trot 5k, 10k, kids' 1k race

 

Scenic ocean view, flat and fast out and back courses that begin and end on Delaware street by the back entrance to Natural Bridges State Park. Race takes place RAIN OR SHINE! Awards for 10k, 5k & 1k! Event details and schedule

 

Race Registration begins 6:45 am

1K Race begins7:455K

Race begins 8:0010K

Race begins 8:45

Course Closes 10:15

 

COURSE: Flat, fast out and back courses that begin & end on Delaware Street by the back entrance to Natural Bridges. A run with spectacular ocean views!

 

DIVISIONS: 10K and 5K have 5 year age groups; 4 and under,5-9, 10-14,15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94 and 95 & over. 1K Kids Run: 0-2, 3-4 & 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 & 11-12

 

AWARDS and PRIZES:

Awards for top 3 age-group winners.

Ribbons for all Kid's.

REGISTRATION FEES: 10K & 5K Postmarked by 11/13

$30 Race Day $40 Socks Included!

 

1K Kids Run (12 and under) $5 Socks not included ADD $5 for Socks

 

Please make checks payable to: SCTC (Santa Cruz Track Club)

Mail:1541 Cox Road, Aptos, CA 95003

 

RACE NUMBERS: Race numbers and registration available on race day only. Race numbers and confirmations will NOT be mailed


Location: 2300 Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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
Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Holiday Sale
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Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society
Rocks, Minerals, Fossils, Gems, Jewelry, Lapidary Arts
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Nov 18) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: Adult and Kids Admission Fees: Free

The Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society invites you to its annual holiday sale, Sat & Sun, November 17th & 18th, at the Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz. Doors are open from 10 am to 5 pm.

 

Free admission and plenty of free parking. Rocks, minerals, crystals, gems, jewelry, and lapidary arts.

 

Browse the bargains and pick up some great gifts for the holidays. 10 am to 5 pm, Nov 17th & 18th.

 

Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave in Santa Cruz.
www.scrockngem.org, scruzmgs@gmail.com


Location: Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (408) 644-7848 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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Watsonville Municipal Airport
Like old planes? Come visit us!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm


(0 A November 2018) Wats_HistoricalAircraftDay.jpgSecond Weekends @ Watsonville Airport

Historical Aircraft Display every second weekend from 10 am – 4pm.


Location: 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Drawing for the Love of Nature
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Join Judy Sears, California Naturalist, for a 1.5 hour nature drawing session.
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month (Nov 10-Dec 8) at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) RanchoDelOsoDrawing.jpgDrawing for the Love of Nature

Join Judy Sears, California Naturalist, for a 1.5 hour nature drawing session. If the weather is pleasant, the group will stay outside to discuss and practice ways to draw what you are most curious about in nature - from leaf to watershed.

 

No drawing experience necessary. Just bring a notepad with a rigid back, a pencil, and your curiosity. You may also wish to bring a chair or pillow so you can sit comfortably on the ground.

 

For more information, call (831) 427-2288.

 

Event free.

 

Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: Waddell Valley, 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Holiday Sale
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Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society
Rocks, Minerals, Fossils, Gems, Jewelry, Lapidary Arts
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Nov 18) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: Adult and Kids Admission Fees: Free

The Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society invites you to its annual holiday sale, Sat & Sun, November 17th & 18th, at the Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz. Doors are open from 10 am to 5 pm.

 

Free admission and plenty of free parking. Rocks, minerals, crystals, gems, jewelry, and lapidary arts.

 

Browse the bargains and pick up some great gifts for the holidays. 10 am to 5 pm, Nov 17th & 18th.

 

Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave in Santa Cruz.
www.scrockngem.org, scruzmgs@gmail.com


Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (408) 644-7848 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Science Sunday: Turning off the Tap on California's Trash
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Learn more about this multifaceted problem, approaches to prevention, and the state of the science surrounding marine debris.
Date: 11/18/2018 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 & older Admission Fees: Event is included with admission to the Seymour Center: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE | Membe

(0 A November 2018) SeymourMDC_logoNov2018.jpgSherry Lippiatt, Ph.D.
California Regional Coordinator, NOAA Marine Debris Program

Marine debris is one of the most widespread pollution problems facing the world's ocean and waterways. Huge amounts of consumer plastics, lost fishing gear, and other items lead to untold impacts on marine species and their habitats-not to mention the socioeconomic impacts on coastal communities. With an estimated 8 million metric tons of mismanaged plastic waste entering the ocean every year, everyone has a role to play in stopping this problem at the source.

Join Sherry Lippiatt to learn more about this multifaceted problem, approaches to prevention, and the state of the science surrounding marine debris.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Felling the Giants
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State Park Big Basin
Logger stories and demonstration
Date: 11/18/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


Felling the Giants

Saturday, November 3 at 11:30am

Sunday, November 18 from 10am to noon

How did lumbermen cut down these tall, tall trees? What was life like in a logging camp? What tools did they use? Join docent Paul Fewel as he tells stories of the logging days and demonstrates how loggers were able to fell these giants-without chainsaws! You get to use some tools too! Meet at park headquarters. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event free. Day use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Ohlone Plant Use
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State Park Big Basin
How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago?
Date: 11/18/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Ohlone Plant Use

Saturday, November 3 from 10am to noon

Sunday, November 18 from 10am to noon

No Safeway? No Home Depot? No pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Docent Eva Fewel will have plant samples and tools that the local Native Californians used. Learn how they collected, processed and used the local plants. Visit our campfire center any time during this drop-in program. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event 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
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Seasonal Kids Craft Days
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Library Central
Join us at the Downtown Library, upstairs Young People's Room, for seasonal crafts!
Date: 11/19/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: Ages 3 and older Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: We will get messy so dress accordingly.

Join us at the Downtown Library, upstairs Young People's Room, for seasonal crafts! We will get messy so dress accordingly. Ages 3 and older. We will be using permanent paints and markers as well as small objects like beads and pins. Always fun and always free!

 

Additional Seasonal Kids Craft Days on Monday November 19th and Monday December 17th.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
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First Presbyterian Church Salinas
Make an early morning Turkey Trot part of your family's Thanksgiving Day tradition
Date: 11/22/2018
Admission Fees: $30 advance/ $35 race day 14+, 9-13 are $10, under 8 free

The 8th annual Salinas Valley Turkey Trot Run/Walk 5k will take place at 9AM on Thanksgiving Day. This is an event for the whole family! Race route is a scenic 3.1 mile loop with moderate elevation change. Dogs and strollers are welcome!

 

Registration fee for ages 10 & older - $35 by 11/19/18; $40 on race day. Kids 9 & under are FREE and do not need to register.

 

Overall male and female first place finishers will receive a $50 cash prize. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals will be awarded in all age/gender divisions. Pre-registered, PAID participants will receive a complimentary tech shirt & finishers medal. Participating children (9 & under) will receive race medal but no t-shirt.

 

Proceeds benefit the Compass Church youth ministry program. Come out and support a great cause!

Event details and schedule

NOW THROUGH 11/19/18:
Registration fee is $35 for ages 10 & older (includes finishers medal & technical t-shirt)

  • Register online at www.active.com
  • Mail or bring registration form and check to Compass Church, 830 Padre Drive, Salinas, CA 93901

THURSDAY, 11/22/17 (THANKSGIVING DAY):
Registration fee is $40 for ages 10 & older (includes finishers medal & technical t-shirt pending availability - tshirts are limited, please arrive early or PRE-REGISTER for best selection)

8:00AM: Packet Pickup for pre-registered participants
8:00AM: Race Day Registration opens at Toro Regional Park (Badger Flats Picnic Area)
9:00AM: Race Start

Parking will be available inside the gates of Toro Regional Park FREE OF CHARGE. Donations are welcome to help cover expenses!


Location: Toro Regional Park, 501 Monterey-Salinas Hwy (Hwy 68), Salinas Map
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English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 4th Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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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: 11/22/2018 at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: see varying times, dates

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Monday, November 12 at 11am and 2pm

Thursday, November 22 at 1pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? 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 park headquarters. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event free. Day use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Fall STEAM
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Watsonville PAL
STEAM is back at PAL with some holiday fun.
Date: 11/23/2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 2-5 & 2-7 Admission Fees: $10/class

(0 A November 2018) WatsPalSteam22.jpgWatsonville Police Activities League (PAL)

It's back! STEAM is back at PAL with some holiday fun.

 

Join us on Thursday November 15th or Friday November 23rd. It's only $10 per class.

 

Give us a call if you have any questions! #policeactivitiesleague #watsonvilleyouth #watsonville #watsonvillepal #watsonvillecalifornia #steam

 


Location: 37 Davis Ave, Watsonville Map
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JOY!
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Tandy Beal & Company
Dazzling extravaganza for the whole family, JOY!, A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music
Date: Every day (Nov 23-Dec 2)


JOY! Nov. 24 - 26: Friday 2pm & 7pm.  Saturday 2pm & 7pm. Sunday 2pm.

 

The holiday season kicks off with the return of Tandy Beal & Company, presenting another dazzling extravaganza for the whole family, JOY!, A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music, featuring the reunion of Pickle Family Circus stars Pino and Razz - also known as Cirque du Soleil soloists Jeff Raz and Diane Wasnak.

 

The show, which follows up on last year's critically acclaimed Nutz RE-Mixed!, is set to the live music of award-winning a cappella group SoVoSó, performing original Candy Land flavored tunes and other seasonal favorites, accompanying a magical madcap holiday circus featuring world-class acrobats, dancers, and circus artists in a zany holiday spectacular.

 

This zany holiday spectacular performs November 24 - 26 at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz, and December 1 - 3 at the Hammer Theatre in San Jose. Group discounts for 10+ available.

 

Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz. For tickets ($9.75 - $50) and more information visit www.holiday-joy.com.


Location: Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Mission Building Game
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State Park Mission
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Date: 11/23/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 and older Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

Mission Building Game

Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep's knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. This free event is at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located on School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Tree Walk
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Delight in the tree-lined walk of festive holiday trees displayed atop Bear Mountain
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Nov 23-Dec 9)


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Holiday Tree Walk


NOVEMBER 23 - 25, DECEMBER 1 - 2 & 8 - 9

 

Get in the holiday spirit by bringing family and friends to ride Roaring Camp's daytime steam train to Bear Mountain. At the summit, guests may sip hot cider and delight in viewing a tree-lined walk of beautifully decorated holiday trees. Trees are provided by Patchen California Christmas Tree Farm, Los Gatos.

 

To add to the festive spirit and bring hope to families in need, visitors may bring a new and unwrapped toy to Roaring Camp's depot to benefit Santa Cruz County's Toys for Tots campaign.

 

Toys collected will be distributed to children who otherwise would have less. For each donated toy, Roaring Camp will deduct $2 per train ticket, purchased in person only. Guests are requested to avoid donating toys of aggression or unpacked stuffed animals.

 

Toys for Tots


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
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Nature's Reading Room
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State Park Big Basin
Come sit under our ancient family circle of redwoods, nature's reading room, and choose a book or two to read with your family
Date: 11/24/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $15 for campers/$25 non-campers

Nature's Reading Room

Come sit in our beautiful campfire center, under ancient redwoods-nature's reading room-and choose a book or two to read with your family. Drop by anytime between 1:30-3:00 and Docent Norm Beeson will help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy. Nature's Reading Room is at our campfire center, across from Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Birding for Beginners
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State Park Henry Cowell
A Walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: 11/24/2018 from 8:00am to 10:00am


Birding for Beginners

Saturday, November 24 at 8am

Join birder extraordinaire Jim Williams for a tranquil morning filled with our little flying friends! Learn about the birds in our park, receive a Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park birding brochure, and begin your career as an energized birder! Meet at the visitor center. Make sure to bring water, comfortable footwear, and a keen eye and/or ears! For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event is free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: Campground, Graham Hill, Felton Map
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Tree Lighting & Santa in Felton
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Felton Business Association
Cookies, hot chocolate,hot cider, carols, Santa Claus and tree lighting!
Date: 11/24/2018 at 6:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Felton's Heritage Tree is located at the deck in the middle of Felton.

Felton's Heritage Tree, located at the deck in the middle of Felton is illuminated by an army of Volunteers including professional tree climbers & electricians.


(0 A November 2018) FeltonBiz_Santa2018.jpgTwo years ago the FBA decided that it was time Santa added Felton to his itinerary, so local youngsters could visit with him right here in town, and last year he showed up wearing a brand new and very classy suit.


Last years' ceremony was the best ever, with a great crowd several people deep along the sidewalk and on the deck.

 

As a new addition to the program, the Santa Cruz Chorale sang carols beneath the tree and the audience enjoyed homemade cookies, hot cider and chocolate while they waited for Santa to arrive on a fire engine.


After the Jolly Old Elf turned the tree lights on, the kids and their parents followed him to his parlor in the firehouse, where they received a free color photo to commemorate their visit with Santa, courtesy of the FBA.

 


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Small Business Saturday
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Streetlight Records
Show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses.
Date: 11/24/2018


(0 A November 2018) SmallBusinessSaturday2018.jpgWe're happy to be participating in Small Business Saturday again this year! If you're a subscriber to our weekly email newsletter, you'll get 25% off all used items! If you're not, just sign up on the spot and we'll give you the discount. Shop local and help your community prosper!

Small Business Saturday is a day to show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses. By shopping with locally owned, independent businesses, you make a much greater positive impact on the local economy than when you shop online or in big chain stores.


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St. Andrew's Church
Come in your tartan!
Date: 11/24/2018 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: Suggested Donation: $10 (adult) $5 (seniors and Kids under 12)

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Come and celebrate with us at our annual Feast of St Andrew!


Kirking o'the Tartans (or Blessing of the Families) is a long tradition here in Ben Lomond, CA. Bring your tartan/kilt (or rep your family) for a blessing and enjoy some food and fellowship.

Suggested donation: $10 adults, $5 kids/seniors
All proceeds will benefit Valley Churches United Missions.

Featuring our dancer for this year: Nationally Ranked Highland Dancer Ashlyn Boothby! She is a 7th grader at Scotts Valley Middle School and ranked 2nd in 2016 and 5th this year at Nationals! Pipers Laura Boothby and Paul Llewellyn will be playing for us. This is going to be amazing!
All proceeds will benefit Valley Churches United Missions.

Volunteer sign-up sheets will be on the board next to the office. If you would like to help, please check the board. Thanks!

"Kirking of the Tartans" is a tradition here at St. Andrew's for over 20 years. This historic church was built in 1901 by Scottish settlers in Ben Lomond and has served as a symbol of the Valley's Scottish heritage. This is not only a celebration of St. Andrew (the patron saint of Scotland), but a tradition dating back to when it was banned in Scotland to claim your own family and cultural heritage. But families, or clans, would gather at church wearing a small piece of their tartan under their clothing representing their clan. The blessing bestowed at that secret gathering was a blessing on the entire clan.


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