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

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

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

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

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

Visit to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.

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The Addams Family Musical
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Aptos High
A cast and crew of spooky ancestors, and a live orchestra… this show will be to die for
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Oct 27-Nov 3)

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


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


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


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

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

Friday November 2, 7pm

Saturday November 3, 7pm.


Tickets for all performances are $8 for students (K-12) or seniors and $10 for adults. To reserve tickets online go to 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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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 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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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
Kirby Shadow Days
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out
Date: Every Mon (Oct 29-Apr 29)
Ages: Family Admission Fees: FREE

Shadow Day

A shadow day is an excellent way to experience a day at Kirby and to see if our school is a good fit for your student. We will pair your student with a host who has similar interests. They will spend the day together, attending classes, hanging out with other Kirby students, and enjoying lunch with friends in the renowned Kirby Café.


How it works:

  • Monday is our preferred shadow day because of our block schedule. However, a shadow day can be scheduled for any day of the week.
  • Student shadows are treated to a hot lunch made fresh in our kitchen by our executive chef, Tracy Landry.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202, email, or use the Contact Us link below.
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Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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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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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
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •websitecreate a direct event link
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