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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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Meet the Grinch!
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Meet the Grinch and have your picture taken!
Date: 11/08/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

SAVE THE DATE and come meet the #Grinch and have your picture taken! Enjoy downtown Santa Cruz during the holidays and stop in at Bookshop to say hi to the Grinch and enjoy some fun holiday activities for the kids. More details to come!

Location: 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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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!


→ 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

More info: 18+, Free for AFTER DARK members
To become a member, please visit

Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St), San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 528-4444 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day

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


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


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


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

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Christmas Goose Boutique
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Christmas Goose Boutique
Celebrating 38 years of holiday decorations and gifts
Date: Every day (Nov 7-Nov 10)

The Christmas Goose Boutique was started 36 years ago this holiday season at a home in Saratoga. As, the show grew it was moved to the Saratoga Foothill Club where it stayed for the next sixteen years. The show soon became a community event for the Saratoga and Los Gatos area.

We do a "blended setup" instead of booths so we may show the merchandise in themes or styles, which our customers seem to enjoy. Come and taste our homemade foods and hug the handmade dolls, touch the quilts, smile at the decorations, antiques and other collectibles.


Held at the Historic History Club of Los Gatos. Parking permitted in residential area. Side parking lot has disabled parking, customer drop off and merchandise pick up.


Invitation Night Wednesday November 8, 5 PM - 8 PM

Open To The Public  Wednesday November 7 5 PM - 8 PM Opening Night

Open To The Public
Thursday November 8 10 AM - 7 PM
Friday November 9 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday November 10 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday November 11 10 AM - 3 PM

Location: History Club of Los Gatos, 123 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 629-4812 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
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
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
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
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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Gingerbread House Workshops
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Hurry, spots sell out fast! Tell Marini's you found out about this workshop on!
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 to sign up! Classes fill quickly!


Classes fill quickly so call to reserve your spot.


Dates 11/24 - 12/23


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Location: 1308 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423.3299 •website Santa Cruz create 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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