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Kids Day 2019
Performances, exhibits, games, science, art, yoga, legos, face painting, food and In-store specials
03/24/2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 1134 Pacific Ave. , Santa Cruz Map

Kids Day Downtown

The Downtown Association of Santa Cruz, in partnership with Growing up in Santa Cruz, is excited to present the return of Kids Day Downtown, a day long festival of activities, events and entertainment just for kids.

 

The sidewalks of Downtown Santa Cruz will be filled with exhibitors, free activities, and entertainment, plus in store activities and specials throughout downtown at your favorite businesses.

Come experience a great sample of community groups with great youth programming. Education, sports, arts, science, dance, theater, and other offerings will be present with hands on activities all day.

The festival runs from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday March 24th.

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Pigeon Point Light Station Guided Tour
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
History walks of the lighthouse
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

Guided History Tour

 

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, Pescadero, CA

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

 


Location: Guided Tour, 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Monarch Butterfly Tours
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State Park Natural Bridges
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-Dec 30) 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
Phone: (831) 423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Holiday Lights Train
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Roaring Camp
Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 23-Dec 31)


(0 A November 2018) holiday-lights-train2018.jpgSanta Cruz Holiday Lights Train

NOVEMBER 23 - 24, DECEMBER 1 - 2, 8 - 9 & 15 - 23 PLUS 26-31 TICKETS

Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

 

EXTENDED LIGHTS TRAIN DATES TO BRING IN THE NEW YEAR! December 26 - 31

Responding to popular demand, the Holiday Lights Train is extending its dates to December 31st for a New Year's Bash! Live DJ from Music Now, performances by The Hoopin' Honeys and more! Come dance your way into the new year aboard the Lights Train.


Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!

Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart! Continue the merriment with a $6 MyBoardwalk card good for attractions, arcades and games in Neptune's Kingdom. Bring the whole family for festive fun. Happy Holidays!

 

Dear Santa Letter Download here - Print out your letter to Santa Claus and have Roaring Camp Deliver it by train to the North Pole. Write your letter and bring it with you to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, there will be a North Pole mailbox just outside of the entrance to Neptune's Kingdom by the first car of the train. Roaring Camp will be making a special trip each evening after the Holiday Lights Train to drop off your letters to Santa's Home in the North Pole.

 

Start a new holiday tradition! Gather your family and friends and celebrate Santa Cruz style with ice skating at the beach! See the new Main Entrance Plaza transformed into a winter wonderland with ice skating, rides, games, festive foods and more!

 

More info here: https://beachboardwalk.com/Boardwalk-Holiday-Ice


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
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Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale
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Library Central
Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale
Date: 12/01/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) BookSale18.jpgGet great deals on gently used books and media for you and your friends this holiday season. Reading is a wonderful gift, and you'll have an opportunity to find just the right book for the right person! You'll find children's books, popular fiction, vintage books, holiday themes, and more! Catch the Holiday Parade then head over to the Book Sale! Free gift wrap!

The Friends of the Library Book Sale proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
ParkStore Holiday Sale
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State Park Natural Bridges
ParkStore Holiday Sale with special discounts
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) ParkStoreHolidaySale.jpgShop our ParkStore location for thoughtful holiday gifts. All proceeds benefit our local state parks and beaches.

Friends members receive up to 30% off on select iconic Michael Schwab park illustrations on apparel and more, plus jewelry, maps, nature guides, local history books, educational toys and other merchandise that represent the special cultural history and environment of our parks.

 

Non-members receive 20% off. Become a member at the Holiday Sale to receive the 30% discount!

 

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Location: Natural Bridges State Beach, 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
ParkStore Holiday Sale
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State Park Wilder
ParkStore Holiday Sale with special discounts
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) ParkStoreHolidaySale.jpgShop our ParkStore location for thoughtful holiday gifts. All proceeds benefit our local state parks and beaches.

Friends members receive up to 30% off on select iconic Michael Schwab park illustrations on apparel and more, plus jewelry, maps, nature guides, local history books, educational toys and other merchandise that represent the special cultural history and environment of our parks. Non-members receive 20% off. Become a member at the Holiday Sale to receive the 30% discount!

 

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Location: 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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State Park Wilder
Candle and wreath making, cookie decorating, machine shop and blacksmith demonstrations, tours of the 1859 Gothic Revival farmho
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Holidays on the Ranch

Step back in time for an old-fashioned holiday celebration at Wilder Ranch State Park. Hands-on activities and presentations include candle and wreath making, cookie decorating, machine shop and blacksmith demonstrations, tours of the 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse and 1897 Victorian home, and strolling Victorian carolers. Hot-spiced cider and Mexican hot chocolate, as well as baked goods are available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to dress in turn-of-the-century costumes. Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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
11th Annual $25 and Under Artisan Gift Show
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Blue Heron Design Group
Local Artisan Holiday Gift Show! All items $25 and under!
Date: 12/01/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free Admission

The 11th Annual $25 and Under Artisan Gift Show is Saturday, December 1st from 10am-4pm at the Veterans Hall (846 Front Street in downtown Santa Cruz).

 

All items priced at $25 or less.

 

Over 30 vendors will be selling beautiful handmade gifts. Browse locally made clothing, accessories, jewelry, art, candles, soaps, artisan food and more. Come down to celebrate and support our local artists and finish your holiday shopping early!

 

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Location: Vets Hall, 845 Front Street , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (484) 919-1104 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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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.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-4484 •website Felton create a direct event link
Christmas Events in Monterey County
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Monterey County
Holiday celebrations in Monterey County bring back memories of a golden era and create new memories to last a lifetime.
Date: Every day (Nov 21-Dec 31)


Ice Skating by the Bay

Wednesday, November 21 - Thursday, January 6

Celebrate the holidays amidst the scenic coastline at Ice Skating by the Bay's seasonal ice skating rink located in Custom House Plaza behind Portola Hotel & Spa. The ice rink is open daily Monday-Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday from 12pm-8pm.


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Monterey Contra Dance
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Monterey Country Dance Community
Join us for a fun evening of dancing
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Special Instructions: Check website for verifying dates

Monterey Country Dance Community holds contra dances most first and third Saturdays (in December, our dances may vary due to the holiday season) at the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, at 600 Camino El Estero in Monterey, unless otherwise noted in our schedules and calendars.  Come alone or bring a friend - beginners are always welcome!  If you'd like to support MCDC, please consider becoming a Member (a minimum $25/year sponsorship helps us to continue these wonderful dances).

 

Schedule: 6:40pm Newcomers' Orientation

  • 7pm to 10pm Contra Dance

Admission Prices for regular dances:

  • $12 for nonmembers (of any sister organization)
  • $10 for members of MCDC or sister organization (including BACDS & CDSS)
  • $5 for full-time students and active military, with ID

Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 


Not sure what Contra Dance is?
See videos and learn more by checking out our About Contra Dance page. If you're feeling nervous about learning how to contra dance, we even have links to beginning dancers' training videos on YouTube - they are a wonderful help, though nothing replaces dancing as a way to learn.
Please be aware that some of our dancers are sensitive to fragrances - we respectfully request that everyone please be thoughtful and not use products with fragrance prior to a contra dance.  Thank you!


Location: YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey 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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Adult Arts & Crafts Workshops
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Library Scotts Valley
Adult Arts & Crafts Workshops
Date: The 1st Sa of every month (Oct 7-Dec 2) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Registrants MUST register due to class size limits. Email hookerj@santacruzpl.org to register.

Learn a new style of art or crafting technique from professional artists and crafters. Each month will feature a different artist and attendees get to leave with a new project, a learned skill, and a greater sense of community. All materials and teachers are paid for by the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.

Registrants MUST register due to class size limits. Email hookerj@santacruzpl.org to register.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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ParkStore Holiday Sale
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State Park Mission
ParkStore Holiday Sale with special discounts
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) ParkStoreHolidaySale.jpgShop our ParkStore location for thoughtful holiday gifts. All proceeds benefit our local state parks and beaches.

Friends members receive up to 30% off on select iconic Michael Schwab park illustrations on apparel and more, plus jewelry, maps, nature guides, local history books, educational toys and other merchandise that represent the special cultural history and environment of our parks. Non-members receive 20% off. Become a member at the Holiday Sale to receive the 30% discount!

 

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Location: Santa Cruz Mission State Histori, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Holiday On Ice
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Beach Boardwalk
Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends ice skating by the sea
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Jan 6)
Admission Fees: $14.95 + tax

Boardwalk Holiday Ice

Presented by Dignity Health

November 17, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Celebrate this holiday season with a new family tradition - ice skating at the Boardwalk!

(0 A November 2018) Boardwalk_holiday-ice-fam-skate.jpgFestivities Include:

  • Ice Skating by the Beach-on Real Ice!
  • Select Boardwalk Rides and Games
  • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
  • Delicious Boardwalk Treats
  • Classic Holiday Movies
  • Kids Craft Activities
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations

Ice Skating by the beach!

Our new 32' x 90' covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine!

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.


Ice skating session schedule PDF

 

Reservations recommended. Reserve Now


Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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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
Holiday Parade
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Community celebration, rain or shine, quirky, fun parade!
Date: 12/01/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Special Instructions: Spruce Street down to Pacific Avenue to Front Street

(0 Nov 2017) DTAParade2017.jpgDowntown Association's Holiday Parade

Starting on Pacific Avenue, The traditional holiday parade is the official kickoff for the winter holidays celebration.

 

Bands, Dancers, Classic Cars, Synchronized Librarians, perhaps even a "Rootbeer Float". One never knows exactly what to expect at the Parade, but you can be sure to expect the whole community to show up and have a great time!

 

The annual holiday parade is rain or shine!

 

For further information, please visit:  www.downtownsantacruz.com/wordpress/about/

 


Location: 1346 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Seasonal Wreath Making Class
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Mountain Feed
Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring fresh or dried flowers, berries, ribbon, or other adornments
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: $45

(0 A November 2018) AlbaSchoolhouseWreath.jpgJoin us for a hands-on class on seasonal wreath making.
Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring fresh or dried flowers, berries, ribbon, or other adornments you may wish to attach to your wreath.

The wreath, with its circular shape, is said to represent eternity, as it is without beginning or end, like the circle of life itself. The evergreens from which it is most often crafted symbolize growth and everlasting life. It's no wonder that we choose them, again and again, to hang on our doors, or anchor our laden tables at a time of year that calls us to remember tradition and the larger circles of seasons.

 

The Santa Cruz mountains contain an abundance of materials from which to craft a beautiful seasonal wreath, from wild-crafted evergreen boughs, fern fronds, lichen, and branches, to the bounty of yards and gardens closer afield.

Class Fee includes materials for a base, wire, evergreen materials and a limited quantity of dried flowers, lichen, berries, et cetera for accent plus snips for you to take home with you.

Water and light snacks will be provided. Please bring your own water bottle and a lunch.

Class is held at Alba Schoolhouse. Space is limited. Register online. $45/per person


Location: Alba Schoolhouse, 12070 Alba Rd, Ben Lomond Map
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Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
Date: The 1st Sa of every month at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

 With more than 300 plant species, ranging from Santa Cruz natives to rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest, the Arboretum is the place to see a variety of flora, fauna, birds and more. Meet at Norrie's Gift Shop.

 

Come and see native flora from around the globe, including California, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Chile. The Arboretum offers many rich opportunities for casual visitors, researchers, students, members, and friends. You can find more information by visiting our About page.


1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.  The Arboretum is open each day from 9 am to 5 pm. (Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.) Directions and information about admission can be found here.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-502-2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Winter Open House
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Kick off December, with winter crafts, FREE admission and a store-wide sale
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2)
Admission Fees: free

(0 A November 2018) SCMusNatHist_WinterOpen.jpgWinter Open House

It's that time of year again! Our annual Winter Open House is the perfect way to kick off December, with winter crafts, FREE admission and a store-wide sale.

 

Come enjoy complimentary cookies and cider while you find the perfect gift for your nature-loving friends and family. Choose from natural history books and field guides, nature ornaments, educational toys, works produced by local artists, and books on local fossils and geology found nowhere else!


Saturday, December 1 &  Sunday, December 2, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Free Admission


10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Storytime

Join Nancy and Marisa for an hour of natural history storytime! Stories will be chosen based on the interests and ages of the group. (Saturday and Sunday)


12 - 2 p.m. | Gift Making

We'll feature a different gift each day of the Winter Open House. All ages are welcome and staff will help guide your creation. Materials and instruction are free! Saturday: Bird nest necklaces inspired by specimens from the Museum's collections. Sunday: Wreaths using foraged materials from the Museum's Native Plant garden and beyond!

 

3 p.m. | Tidepool Feeding

Join Tyler at our Intertidal Touch Pool and learn about this special habitat while helping to feed our animals! (Saturday only)


ALL DAY | Nature Crafts

Explore the science of snowflakes or create gift bags and greeting cards using pressed plants! Free for all ages!


ALL DAY | Holiday Sale

Find the perfect nature-themed gift in the Museum Store. All items will be 10% off for the public, and 15% or 20% off for Museum Members (discounts may not apply to consignment and clearance items).


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Annual Children's Holiday Craft & Food Fair
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Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz
Art, crafts, baked goods by the children!
Date: 12/01/2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz Annual Children's Holiday Craft & Food Fair

Table registration is now open online!
Location: Boys & Girls Club gym downtown (543 Center St.)

 

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Come to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County Downtown Clubhouse at 543 Center St (corner of Lincoln and Center) on Saturday, December 1, 11am - 2pm for the Annual Children's Craft and Food Fair.

 

Right after the Downtown Parade, creative children (age 6-18) turn out to sell homemade baked goods, crafts, artwork, jewelry, clothing, bath items, plants, ornaments, clothing, and much more.

 

This popular event has tons of repeat customers because of the impressive quality, great selection, reasonable prices, and the opportunity to support young entrepreneurs while doing holiday shopping. Admission is free for customers. There are always plenty of great food, snack, coffee, and light lunch options too!

 

If you know a crafty kid interested in renting a table for only $15, they can still register online at: http://boysandgirlsclub.info/events/craftfair/


Location: 543 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-3138 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Dickens Fair
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Dickens Fair
A Victorian Christmas Card come to Life!
Date: Every Su and Sa (Nov 17-Dec 23) from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: $14 - $30

(0 A December 2018) DickensFairMomChild.jpgA Victorian Christmas Card come to Life!

Visit London - at the historic Cow Palace Exhibition Halls! Enter the winding lanes of Victorian London and immerse yourself in a world of music halls, theatres, pubs, dance parties, and charming shops overflowing with hand-made holiday treasures. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. Discover holiday revelry in this lamp-lit city brimming with over 800 lively and colorful characters from the imagination of Charles Dickens, the pages of history, and the sometimes saucy world of the Victorian stage. Open from 10 AM to 7 PM, Saturdays and Sundays now through Dec. 23, 2018.

 

BUY TICKETS


Free BART Shuttle from Glen Park Station every Fair day.


 

A parking fee of $12.00 per car (cash only) is charged at the entrance to the lot to the Cow Palace.

Wheelchairs are also available for rental at the 'Cloak Check' inside the Fair for $10.00 per half day (4 hours) or $20.00 per full day (4+ hours) on a first-come, first-served basis.

We offer discounted group tickets for groups of 20 or more. Please contact Golden Gate Group Tickets at tickets@gggrouptickets.com for more information.


Location: Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City 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
Lighted Boat Parade
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Santa Cruz Harbor
50+ beautifully-decorated power and sailboats parading through the Santa Cruz Harbor
Date: 12/01/2018 from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(A Nov) LightedBoatParade-150x150.jpgSponsored by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club and including a canned food drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, the Lighted Boat Parade features 50+ beautifully-decorated power and sailboats parading through the Santa Cruz Harbor.

 

Charter boats available.

 

This is a family event with hot drinks and snacks available at various locations through the south harbor.


Location: 135 Fifth Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)425-0690 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
ParkStore Holiday Sale
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State Park Seacliff
ParkStore Holiday Sale with special discounts
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) ParkStoreHolidaySale.jpgShop our ParkStore location for thoughtful holiday gifts. All proceeds benefit our local state parks and beaches.

Friends members receive up to 30% off on select iconic Michael Schwab park illustrations on apparel and more, plus jewelry, maps, nature guides, local history books, educational toys and other merchandise that represent the special cultural history and environment of our parks. Non-members receive 20% off. Become a member at the Holiday Sale to receive the 30% discount!

 

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


Location: Seacliff State Beach, 201 State Park Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Heritage Holiday Craft and Gift Fair
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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY FAIR HERITAGE FOUNDATION
Festive event full of holiday cheer includes crafts, folk art, antiques, collectibles, gift foods, delicious refreshments at the
Date: Every day (Nov 30-Dec 2)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Adults $6, Children under 10 FREE

(0 A November 2018) HeritageHolidayCraftFair-Wide.jpgHeritage Holiday Craft Fair

 

🎄41st Annual Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair🎄


Presented by the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation

Friday November 30th, Saturday December 1st and Sunday December 2nd

🎟Admission - Adults $6.00, Children under 10 FREE🎟
🚙🚜🚛Parking FREE🚗🚕🚙

Three huge buildings filled with one of a kind gifts!!! 👩🏼‍🎨Crafters, Artists, Photographers, Flowers, Wreaths, Antiques, Woodworking, Jewelry, Holiday Foods, Gifts, 1000's of great gifts for all of those people on your gift list🎁

🎅🏼🤶🏼Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the fair 11am to 2pm Saturday and Sunday and will be available for pictures - bring your camera
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive aboard the historic red delivery truck from Martinelli Cider!

🎄Home cooked holiday foods available from our friends at Grace Works Bible Church and Ella's at the Airport (back with us again this year

🎄Fairgrounds Foundation Pie booth serving Gizdich Pies both by the slice and whole pies

🍰Kettle Corn and a new Delicious Waffle vendor
🥂Fairgrounds Foundation Cheer Bar serving Bloody Mary's, Hot Toddies, Wine and more all day long everyday🍾

Biggest show ever - 140 vendors this year - a new record - our biggest show ever - all inside nice warm buildings☃️

Perfect way to start the Holiday Season
Free shuttle service to and from the parking lot

🎉NEW THIS YEAR🎉
🎈New Metal Sculpture Art
🎈New Bakery (Christmas goodies for sale)
🎈Over 30 new crafters this year

🎁And of course all the favorites with new gifts and crafts again this year.🎊


Location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrou, 2601 E. Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Holidays In the Plaza
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City of Watsonville
Multi-cultural Festival
Date: Every Su and Sa (Dec 1-Dec 15) at 1:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) HolidaysinthePlaza.jpgHolidays in the Plaza - Multi-Cultural & Tree Lighting

1:30 pm - Multi-Cultural Festival, 3 pm - Holiday Train, 5:00 pm - Holiday Tree Lighting and 6:00 pm - Pictures with Santa

 

 

Sunday, December 2, 2:00-6:00pm - Snow Day!

2:00-6:00pm - Snow Day! - The North Pole has returned to downtown Watsonville. Bring a canned food item for your ticket to the winter wonderland.

2:00-6:00pm -  Holiday Train - Kids and kids at heart can board the train for a magical tour around the Plaza.

3:00-5:00pm -  Pictures with Santa - Join Santa in his workshop and snap a pic. #watsonville150

 


Saturday, December 8, 4:00-6:00pm - Jingle Bell Rock

Ring in the holiday cheer with musical performances, pictures with Santa and cookies and cocoa.

 

Saturday, December 15, 5:00-7:00pm - Holiday Movie in the Plaza

Enjoy a holiday -themed movie under the stars. There will be heat lamps to snuggle up to, as well as pictures with Santa and cookies and cocoa.


Location: City Plaza, Main & Peck, 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)


(0 A November 2018) Joy20.jpgJOY! 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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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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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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Drop in Family Craft
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State Park Mission
Enjoy an informal afternoon creating luminaria at this hidden jewel
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su, Mon and Sa (Dec 1-Dec 31)
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Dec 1, 21 & 31

Drop-In Family Craft - Luminaria

Saturday, December 1 from 1 to 3:30pm

Friday, December 21 from 1 to 3:30pm

Monday, December 31 from 1 to 3:30pm

Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. You can fashion a tin lantern in our garden courtyard. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Event free. Rain cancels. 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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Gabriella's Snow Day
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G Team
Our little event has grown so big that we are having TWICE as much snow!!! For the first time ever, there will be active snow
Date: 12/01/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: $15 advance, $20 at gate

(0 A November 2018) GabriellasSnowDay.jpgThe 6th annual Gabriella's Snow Day will be held Sunday, December 1st, 2018 from 12pm-4pm at SkyPark in Scotts Valley.  Our little event has grown so big that we are having TWICE as much snow!!!  For the first time ever, there will be active snow flurries thanks to SnoWonder!!  It's going to be a magically "snowy" day you won't want to miss!!

 

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"A little girl fighting cancer had a wish to see snow on her Christmas Eve birthday. With the help of two caring individuals, Deb and Glenna who heard Gabriella's story, the community came together and made it happen."

 

This charity event benefits Team G Childhood Cancer Foundation's mission of supporting newly diagnosed families of childhood cancer with our Hope Tote program and fund research for pediatric cancer. Our little event has grown so big that this year, we are having TWICE as much snow!!! It's going to be a magically "snowy" day you won't want to miss!! For the first time ever, in addition to the snow, we will have snow flurries thanks to SnoWonder!!

 

The celebration will include a special Santa's Workshop with cookie decorating, a special craft from Home Depot, and facepainting for all the kids to enjoy! We will also have a games for the kids to play including jenga, corn hole, bobbing for donuts, the lollipop tree, balloon darts and a special visit from Santa and the Scotts Valley Fire Dept!!

 

RAFFLE PRIZES include donations from the following businesses:

Ace Hardware, Adventure Out, Adventure Sports, Annie Glass, Aunt Lali's, Betty's Burgers, Bumblebees by the Sea, Chaminade Resort & Spa, Clos La Chance ,Craft Gallery, Hula's, La Madrona, Penny Ice Creamery, Plantronics, Santa Cruz CORE, WindelHill Photography, Wings...and more! Tickets will be sold at the event!

 

PLAYHOUSE RAFFLE includes a beautifully hand painted, hand crafted wooden playhouse donated by Habitat for Humanity Silicone Valley!! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

 

LETTERS TO SANTA will be created by all kids at the snow day! We've got all the supplies...just bring your little one to the Letters to Santa station and have them write a letter. Macy's will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every letter written!

 

FOOD TRUCKS will be available by purchase from Pono's Hawaiian Grill and G's Taco's! Team G will also provide a hot chocolate booth!

 

A $15 donation for a ticket is asked and will include snow play, games, crafts, bounce houses, and entertainment! The event is rain or shine! Purchase your ticket TODAY!! Tickets will go up to $20 the day of the event!

 

CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS TREE

We will be holding up our Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree tradition! Decorated in gold for the ribbon color representing childhood cancer, the tree will be adorned by colorful bulbs each representing a child who has been affected by cancer. The Green bulb will represent a Survivor, the Blue will represent an Angel and the Red will represent a Warrior. Everyone is encouraged to participate and we welcome any child's name and age so we can recognize them on the tree. To fill out the child's information, please CLICK HERE.

 

To date, Team G has donated over $200,000 in childhood cancer research at hospitals on the west coast including Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, UCSC Treehouse Project, and Seattle Children's Hospital. We've also sent off over 1300 Hope Totes to hospitals across the nation for families newly diagnosed with childhood cancer.

 

100% of the ticket proceeds and sponsorships will fund the Team G Childhood Cancer Foundation's mission!


Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road , Scotts Valley 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 Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you
Date: Every Sa at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

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

 

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


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Lucia Festival of Lights
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Scandinavian Cultural Center of Santa Cruz
Celebrate the pageantry of the candlelit procession with Lucia, her attendants and star boys
Date: 12/01/2018 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $5 adults, $3 ages 5-12, $15 families, under 5 no charge

Dec 2, 2017 - Lucia Festival

Lucia 2008

  • Refreshments and Butik
  • Children's Crafts
  • Bring Cookies to Kitchen before the Program

The Jul season will be ushered in by our 2017 Lucia, followed by her attendants wearing silver tinsel crowns and star boys with tall pointed hats.  The well loved Swedish chorus, the Zaida Singers, will perform Scandinavian music in four-part harmony.  After the program, Jultomtem leads the way to cookies, coffee, and punch.  Everyone is invited to join in the dancing around the Christmas tree.  A craft table for children will be available.

 

20131207_174301Our Butik will be open featuring unique Nordic gifts and items for the home and family.  Beautiful wooden, metal, and glass items, linens, candles, cards, books, jewelry, shirts, dolls, and Christmas decorations will be available for purchase.

 

If your child or grandchild would like to participate in the program, please email Helene at helene@olsmats.com before Oct 25.  Rehearsals start in November.

 

History of Lucia Day

Before daybreak, Lucia, dressed in a white gown with red sash, wearing a crown of blazing candles in her hair, emerges our of the darkness carrying a tray of saffron buns and steaming coffee to awaken the family.  According to one legend, Lucia was born in Sicily and secretly distributed her large dowry by candlelight to the poor.

 

Dec 13th on the Julian calendar was the winter solstice celebrated by the Norse; now this date is the traditional Lucia Day and is celebrated all over Scandinavia in homes, schools, hospitals, and city halls marking the darkest time of the year when all celebrate the beginning of the Jul season and the return of the sun - a festival of light!


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Winter Performance: December in Mexico
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Senderos
Take in dinner and a show with Senderos
Date: Every day (Nov 30-Dec 1) at 7:00pm


Winter Performance: December in Mexico

Ta(0 A November 2018) Senderos_Winter-Poster2018.jpgke in dinner and a show at Harbor High. Senderos presents its winter dance performance, Colores de mi Tierra, featuring Centeotl Danza y Baile dance troupe and Ensamble Musical youth band.

 

Arrive early to enjoy delicious Mexican food. This fundraiser helps support Senderos, an all-volunteer nonprofit that provides free after school dance and music classes, tutoring, and scholarships for Latino youth.

 


Location: Harbor High Theater, 300 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Arboretum Tour of What's in bloom
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Arboretum
Free guided tour with paid admission, $3
Date: Every Sa

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

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

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

 

Admission to the Arboretum

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

 


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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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!

 

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
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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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Community Open House
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
Free admission for Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County residents
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


 

Schooling Pacific sardines in the Open Sea exhibit

Community Open House

    Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during our annual Community Open House. Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.

To show appreciation for our local community, we're offering a variety of special promotions throughout 2018 to residents of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties (valid identification required). Visitors must present a photo ID (student IDs also accepted) or proof of residence, such as a current utility bill, at the Main Entrance.

 

All offers are valid on site only. Guests of local tri-county residents must pay regular admission prices.

 

Free admission is good during regular aquarium hours,! from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

 

Guests from outside Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County - including relatives or friends of local residents - can accompany local residents, but will be charged regular admission fees.

 

Community Open House is made possible in part by the support of our Business Partners.

 

For general aquarium information including daily program schedules, visit www.montereybayaquarium.org or call (831) 648-4800. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at 886 Cannery Row in Monterey.


Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Map
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Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale
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City of Watsonville
Sale with a delightful array of products... save the date, it happens only once a year!
Date: 12/01/2018 from 9:00am to 4:00pm


Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale

Each year Watsonville's business community holds a factory sale, which is held on Saturday, December 3rd from 9am to 4pm.  There are great deals on the many products grown, manufactured or produced right here in Watsonville!


Click here for a list of Participating Vendors and Map

This annual event features local businesses offering great Christmas gifts at deep discounts. Finish your holiday shopping early, save money and support local businesses.  Participating merchants will include:


La Selva Designs Gifts and Collectibles, 125 Aviation Way,

 

American Hatmakers / Head'n Home Hats, 125 Aviation Way

 

El Pajaro Community Development Corporation Commercial Kitchen, Free Hot Chocolate,Featuring locally prepared food and Artisan products, 412 East Riverside Drive


Environmental Science Workshop, Toys, Tinkering Kits and More, 120 Second Street

 

Martinelli's Company Store, Juice & Merchandise, 345 Harvest Drive

 

Annieglass Handmade Glass Dinnerware & Home Décor,  310 Harvest Drive

 

Smith & Vandiver, Bath, Body and Skincare, 890 Beach Street

 

Integrity Wines, Local handcrafted wines made to exceed your expectations, 135 Aviation Way Ste. 16

 

Roche Leather Company, Quality Leather Handbags, 161 Harkins Slough Road


Orion Telescopes & Binoculars, Telescopes, Binoculars, Spotting Scopes, Microscopes, Tripods & Stocking Stuffers, 89 Hangar Way

 

Creator Haven, LLC, Artisan Jewelry, Fused Glass and Classes 41-B Hangar Way


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Winter Art Market at the Tannery Arts Center
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Tannery Arts Center
20 Studios featuring dozens of artists, Craft activities, Artist demonstrations, Food, beer, wine
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Ages: All ages! Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Tannery_ArtMarket.jpgWinter Art Market 2018 at the Tannery Arts Center
Saturday, Dec 1, 11am-7pm
Sunday, Dec 2, 11am-5pm

20 Studios featuring dozens of artists, Craft activities, Artist demonstrations, Food, beer, wine

Craft activities:
Studio #104 Terry McInerney Leather Bracelet Stamping
Studio #107 Printmakers at the Tannery - Collage card making, Mono printing
Studio #124, Wishi Washi Studio - Gift tag stencilling
Studio #127, Radius Gallery - Ornament making
Studio #128, Katie Scott Photography - Pet-friendly photos and card making

Artist demonstrations:

Studio #107, Printmakers at the Tannery - Screenprinting
Studio #114 & #109, Shalom Clothing & Design Studio - Screenprinting & design
Studio #116, Watershed Art Studio - Orange oil printing
Studio #117, Cosmo Chic - Embroidery
Studio #120, Ceramic/Pottery Collective - Porcelain, Potter's Wheel, Handbuilding ceramics
Studio #122, Stephanie Schriver Studio - Clay and painting
Studio #123, Paola Favata - Jewelry making

In the Radius Annex:

Gary Ingram - Metal jewelry sawing techniques
Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour - Spoken word Poetry/Hip Hop
Noelle Correia - Painted paper collage

Bistro 112 will be open for breakfast & lunch, Espresso drinks, beer and wine


Location: 1050 River Street Santa Cruz, Ca, Santa Cruz Map
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No Room at the Inn 2018
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St. Philip the Apostle Episcopal Church
'No Room at the Inn' fundraiser event to benefit homeless ministries in our area
Date: Every day (Nov 30-Dec 1)

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  • Opening Gala: Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 - 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Family Day/ Advent Festival: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

" We invite you to participate in our THIRD annual 'No Room at the Inn' fundraiser event to benefit homeless ministries in our area by sharing your nativity for display and attending one or all of our events. "Gala proceeds will benefit Faith Community Shelter and Wings Homeless Advocacy. 

 

"Opening Gala -Friday, November 30, 2018 -6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

"Family Day/ Advent Festival - Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Special Children's Activities 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Luncheon available 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Bake Sale and Opportunity Drawing
  • View the Nativities 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Entry donation:  A non-perishable food item per person to stock our Food Pantry Family Day proceeds will benefit Faith Community Shelter and Wings Homeless Advocacy as well as St. Philip's Food Pantry/Second Harvest Food Bank."


Location: 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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Do It Yourself Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Sa from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 3-6

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.


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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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Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Tales to Tails - Downtown (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)


Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.

 

Contact pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Early Literacy, Tales to Tails


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Holiday Art & Craft Faire
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Do your holiday shopping at the Holiday Art & Craft Faire - support local artists and craftspeople!
Date: 12/01/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Free parking, too

(0 A November 2018) CountyCraftFair_Large_2018.jpgA wide variety of high-quality, handmade art and crafts will be showcased at the annual Holiday Art and Craft Faire!

 

Shoppers will find one-of-a-kind items created by local Santa Cruz County artists and craftspeople, including jewelry, hats and bags, textiles (knitted items, clothing), ornaments, chocolates, soaps, art, nightlights, succulent mini gardens, craft kits for kids, cards, pillows, art glass, and much more!

 

Come on by to find that perfect gift, stocking stuffers, or something for yourself!

Free parking and admission.


Location: Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., SANTA CRUZ 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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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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Google Science Fair
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Google
Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.
Date: Every day (Sep 13-Dec 12)


Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.

 

You can sign up starting September 13th 2018 by visiting googlesciencefair.com and clicking on the Start your project button. If you're not sure where to start, you can get help by taking a look at our Student resources and checking out some out some of our previous winners.

 

 

This competition is open to full-time and home-schooled students around the world, between ages of 13 and 18 (these ages are slightly different in a few countries like Israel, South Korea and Europe). See the Official Rules for more details.


You can win amazing prizes.

 

Submissions close December 12th, 2018

Global finalists announced May 2019


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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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Old Growth Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

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


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire
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Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire
Unique, thoughtful treasures handcrafted by California artisans for your friends and family, including ceramics, clothing, food,
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Dec 2) from 10:00am to 4:00pm


(0 A November 2018) LomaPrietaCraft2018.jpgLoma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire, Celebrating 25 years!

There’s a little bit of everything here! Unique, thoughtful treasures handcrafted by California artisans for your friends and family, including ceramics, clothing, food, furniture, gems and minerals, glass, jewelry, handknits, leather, local honey and beeswax products, metal, paintings, photographs, soaps and lotions, sculptures, textiles, toys and woodwork.

 

The Holiday Craft Faire happens on the first weekend in December.

Saturday, December 1 from 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, December 2 from 10 am to 4 pm

 


Location: Loma Prieta Gym, 23800 Summit Road, Los Gatos Map
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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
Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


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

 

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

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Light Up the Night
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Valley Churches United
Date: 12/02/2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


(0 A December 2018) ValleyChurches_Dec2018_LightUp.jpgCome on out and have fun! Start the season off helping Valley Churches United!

 

This event is a fundraiser for VCUM! Don't be afraid of the rain - mostly indoors at the Scotts Valley Community Center!

 

Entertainmemt, Bounce House, Light Treats, Photo with Santa, Belle and the Beast

 

Bring canned goods and unwrapped toys!

 

Saturday 5:30pm-7:30pm!


Location: Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley 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 Sundays at 9:30am 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 and easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome!

 

Bring water. Meet at park headquarters. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event free. Vehicle day use fee 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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DIY Crafts
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Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(1:00 PM-4:30 PM)


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


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Trim A Tree Workshop
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Create an ornament for our Christmas tree or for your home. Decorate cookies, make a holiday table display, or create your own
Date: 12/02/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free - Donations appreciated
Special Instructions: Every Tues - Sat

(0 A November 2018) SLVMuseum_2018_Trim-A-Tree.jpgSun Dec 2, Noon-4pm Please join us at the Museum for our annual family holiday craft workshop.

 

Create an ornament for our Christmas tree or for your home. Decorate cookies, make a holiday table display, or create your own holiday treasure.

 

Juice and cookies provided.

 

Cost: Free. Donations appreciated.

 


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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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Santa Cruz Mountains Holiday Makers' Market
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Santa Cruz Mountain Makers Market
Over 40 local artists and crafters hosting a beautiful variety of handmade goods + Live music all day
Date: The 1st Su of every month from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A January 2019) MakersMarket_Downtown.jpgTime to get your Holiday shopping on! Bring the whole family and shop local on Sunday, December 2 at the Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market on Pacific Ave. between Water & Locust Streets.

 

10am-5pm

Over 40 local artists!
Live music ALL day
FREE Admission!

The Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market happens on the first Sunday of the month! Come on out and #supportthelocals !


See the full line-up of artists at www.scmmakersmarket.com/markets


Location: N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Chanukkuh Train
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Beach Boardwalk
Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends as we experience the lights, stories and traditions of Chanukah in a whol
Date: 12/03/2018


Chanukah Train

December 3

Share the Light of Chanukah Aboard Roaring Camp Railroad's New Chanukah Train!

Gather at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for the lighting of the menorah at 6:15 pm, and then set off on an incredible 1-hour train ride on Roaring Camp's vintage excursion cars adorned with thousands of shining lights and Chanukah decorations.

 

We'll share in Chanukah traditions and ride the train through the streets of Santa Cruz listening to Chanukah stories, playing dreidel and enjoying kosher refreshments provided by Chabad by the Sea. Continue the merriment with a $6 MyBoardwalk card good for attractions, arcade and games in Neptune's Kingdom.

 

Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends as we experience the lights, stories and traditions of Chanukah in a whole new way! Tickets are $33 adult, and $27 children.

 


Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Knitting @ the Library
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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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ESL Conversation
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Library Central
Date: Every Mon from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

ESL Conversation Group (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)

Volunteer guided ESL conversation group for people who want to practice their English. We'll use real life situations and tasks to help people get more comfortable with using English in everyday life. Grupo de conversacion ESL dirigido por un voluntario para participantes que desean practicar su inglés. Utilizaremos situaciones de la vida diaria para ayudar a la gente a sentirse más cómodo usando el ingés en la vida cotidiana.

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz 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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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 admissions@kirby.org, or use the Contact Us link below.
Schedule »

Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Pet Portrait with Santa
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SPCA
Date: Every 2 weeks on Mon (Dec 3-Dec 17) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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What? You thought only two-legged kids get to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they want for Christmas? 🎅

 

Well, dogs and cats have requests, too!

 

A never-ending ball of yarn.. a big T-Bone steak.. for the mailman to come back never.. the list goes on! 📝

 

Get on down to the Capitola Mall and give your pet the opportunity to meet and take a picture with Kris Kringle himself.🌲

 


Location: Bookshop Sant Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz 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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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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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


(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: Storytime Room, 275 Main St, Watsonville Map
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SLVNew Parents Support Group
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Birth Network
Date: Every Tues from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Parents and their newborns are welcome! Led by postpartum doulas, lactation counselors and an AMFT.

Make friends.

Get answers to questions.

Find reassurance!


Location: Mountain Community Resurces, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Free Homework Help
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Tues (Oct 9-May 21) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

Dates: Weeks of October 9 to May 21

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break

 

October 2, 2018 and run through May 22, 2019.

Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm (Bilingual assistance available)

 

Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm


Location: 316 Estrella Ave, La Selva Beach Map
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Free Homework Help
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Tues (Oct 2-May 21) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

Dates: Weeks of October 9 to May 21

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break

 

October 2, 2018 and run through May 22, 2019.

Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm (Bilingual assistance available)

 

Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm


Location: 230 Gault St., Santa Cruz 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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Christmas with Dickens
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Meet Dickens...and Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Mrs. Catherine Dickens, and the Ghost of Christmas
Date: 12/04/2018 at 7:00pm


(0 A November 2018) Library_DickensColor.jpgWilling Suspension Armchair Theater & The Dickens Project present Christmas with Dickens

Charles Dickens just wants to talk about his book, A Christmas Carol, but what happens when Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Mrs. Catherine Dickens, and the Ghost of Christmas Present show up? Chaos, confusion, conflict, and complaints, just like a normal holiday gathering.

Willing Suspension Armchair Theater and the Dickens Project (UCSC) present an original piece written by JoAnna Rottke and directed by Karen Schamberg. Readers will be; Brian Spencer, Frank Widman, Martha Rabin, Susan Forrest and Jim Schultz.

JoAnna Rottke spent her best years as Assistant Director of the Dickens Project, a research program at UCSC devoted to the life and works of Charles Dickens. She knows more about Dickens than she'd like to admit.

This event is free, but donations are most welcome and appreciated. There will be refreshments as well as time at the end to ask questions and interact with the author, director and readers.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Free Homework Help
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Tues (Oct 2-May 21) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

Dates: Weeks of October 9 to May 21

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break

 

October 2, 2018 and run through May 22, 2019.

Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault St. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm (Bilingual assistance available)

 

Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Dr. Tuesdays • 3:00pm– 5:00pm


Location: 2380 Portola Dr., Santa Cruz Map
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Exploring Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes
Date: Every 3 weeks on Tues (Sep 5-Feb 26) from 9:30am to 2:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9:30am

Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, geology, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with docent Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. We go rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. Meet at park headquarters. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Anime Club
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Join our Anime Club!
Date: The 1st Tues of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6-12 grades

Anime Club

The Anime Club is open to all students in 6th - 12th grades. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the Month 4:00 p.m - 5:30 p.m.. If you are 13 or younger, but still in 6th grade, you will need to bring a signed Anime Club Permission Form (PDF) with you to the meeting.

 

All about Manga & Anime


The History of Manga from NMP International Blackmoon's Anime and Manga Glossary to his
Anime Companion Books Mechademia: A journal of all things anime, manga, games and pop-culture about Japan.


Some Fun Links to Enjoy

 

  • Create a fun manga style avatar with Mangatar!
  • Real Kana: Where you can practice your hiragana and katakana.
  • Daily Sudoku: Where you can puzzle over more Sudoku.

Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
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CodeCombat at Live Oak Public Library
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CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming
Date: Every Wed (Oct 3-May 29) from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Ages 11-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Register early! Class will fill up.

SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time!

Join us at the Live Oak Branch Library. Ages 11-18. Program meets every Wednesday from 1:30PM - 3PM. Begins Oct. 3rd and runs through May 29th, 2019, with breaks during holiday's. Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail
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Library La Selva Beach
READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail
Date: Every Wed (Oct 3-Jul 24) from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: Grades 2 to 12 Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) Library_READ.jpgREAD is the Santa Cruz Public Libraries' reading comprehension program for students grades 2-12. Students receive 25 minutes of individual instruction from a California credentialed teacher.

 

Appointments available very Wednesday from 3 pm to 5 pm. Runs Oct 2, 2018 - July 25, 2019. Program will have holiday breaks. Check library online calendar.

By appointment only. Please, no drop-ins! To make an appointment contact us at 831- 427-7717 or pro@santacruzpl.org


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
!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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Free Homework Help
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Library Garfield Park
Date: Every Wed (Oct 11-May 22) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future.

 

The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age.

 

No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

 

Dates: Weeks of October 11 to May 22

Holidays/Breaks Schedule: Thanksgiving week, Winter break, Spring break


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7709 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Mothersong with Joya
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Mothersong Santa Cruz
A multi-cultural sing-a-long for families with babies
Date: Every Wed and Th at 9:15am
Ages: Babies 0-3 with parents Admission Fees: Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free
Special Instructions: Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30

(0 A November 2018) Joya.jpgMothersong Santa Cruz with Joya Winwood

Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30
Every 1st Sunday of the Month: 10:30-11:30


Directions:  Leaving town on River St, cross Hwy 1. Turn right into the driveway after all the red buildings. The sign says 1060 on it. Park in labeled Guest Parking places.   Walk between the big red buildings on the right.  Look for #111.  There's a ramp for strollers.  Enter the metal gate.  Follow signs.  Art Bar Cafe is next door.

 

All classes are one hour long.  Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free


Location: Tannery World Dance, 1060 River St #110, Santa Cruz Map
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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
Phone: (831)768-3420 •website Freedom create a direct event link
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
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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Streets of Bethlehem
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First Baptist Church
Experience the streets of Bethlehem's time when Jesus was born
Date: Every day (Dec 5-Dec 8) from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

Our History

Like the boy shepherd who serves as our logo, Streets of Bethlehem has been in the process of growing up. What began as only a dream in the mind of three individuals came to life in 1992. With the desire to share the gift of the true meaning of Christmas to the community, the idea for a live re-creation of that tiny village on that first Christmas night was born. Streets of Bethlehem was cared for and nourished by the loving hands of dedicated scriptwriters, skilled carpenters, gifted artists and set designers. But what makes Bethlehem special is the way it comes alive when hundreds of volunteers don period costumes and go back in time to "become" those village citizens once again.

 

Streets of Bethlehem in Salinas. Over 200 cast members, numerous musical groups and live animals help recreate and bring this Christmas story to l! ife outside. Go to www.streetsofbethlehem.com for more information.

 

Streets of Bethlehem in Salinas, California is the living enactment of Christmas. The public can walk along with the congregation actors and participate in a meaningful holiday experience.

 

Streets of Bethlehem is certainly one of the best named California Nativity Scenes, and offers some of the greatest audience participation. In many similar events, guests simply drive-through and are entertained. But at Streets of Bethlehem, you ha! ve a chance to walk the street, see the animals, people and costumes up close and gain a personal sense of what it must have been like over 2000 years ago to experience the joy of birth on a special, holy night.

 

The Salinas re-enactment includes livestock such as lambs, sheep and donkeys, an angel hovering above, and a manger scene with a real, live baby child, cradled in love. This outdoor Christmas community experience offers the public a chance to "rediscover the true reason for the Christmas season." Among the cast, kids and adults will meet or watch live actors such as shopkeepers, Mary & Joseph, and more. They may also be invited to pet the animals or walk with Mary & Joseph and the cast of 300. Lovely Christmas music played in the background inspires all who attend. Guests are asked to leave their pets at home. Domestic pets will scare the animals and disrupt the event.

 

With large events (especially about 2000 years ago), parking is almost always a problem, but not at Bethlehem! Free shuttle parking is available at the Quadrangle/Valley Center parking lots (800, 900, 1000 blocks of South Main Street). Free courtesy busses will leave every few minutes.  The streets immediately near the event will be closed so this is the best option for parking.


Location: 1130 San Vincente Ave, Salinas Map
Phone: (831) 422-9872 •website Salinas 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
STEAM
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Library Watsonville
Join us for STEAM!
Date: Every Wed at 3:00pm
Ages: 8-12

(0 A November 2018) Wats-STEAM.jpgSTEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) in the Library will be for ages 8-12.

Participants will learn about and make (electronic) creations from Little Bits kits with the help of staff from the Environmental Science workshop.

This is an ongoing program and the kits will be re-used every time - creations will be photographed and displayed. Then projects will be taken apart and used to create something else the following week- unfortunately children will not be able to take their creations home. You can purchase a set from the official Little Bits website.

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library Children Room


Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3400 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
CodeCombat at Aptos Branch Library
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CodeCombat at Aptos Branch Library
Date: Every Th (Sep 6-Apr 27) from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

(0 A Aug 2018) CodeCombatImage.jpgSCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before!

 

Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! Ages 8-18. Gamers will create teams by age.

 

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Legos at Garfield Park
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Library Garfield Park
Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more!
Date: Every Th (Oct 4-May 30) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 7 to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required

(0 A October 2018) Library_Garfield_Legos.jpgLEGO @ Garfield Park from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more! Come to the Garfield Park Library every Thursday and have fun with Lego's.

 

During each month, we will introduce Botley Robots and Makey Makey circuit creator. Directed LEGO construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme.

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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An Irish Christmas
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Golden State Fox Theatre
Don't miss a fabulous An Irish Christmas performance with world champion Irish dancers at the Golden State Theatre
Date: 12/06/2018 at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $29 - $53

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An Irish Christmas


A perfect family event!
World Champion Dancers: Scott Doherty and Tyler Schwartz star in An Irish Christmas!

Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing and Irish traditional music celebrating the international spirit of the holiday season.

An Irish Christmas, features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by World Champion Dancers Scott Doherty (Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Rockin' Road to Dublin) Tyler Schwartz (Magic of the Dance, Gaelforce Dance, Celtic Fyre), Connor Reider and Emily MacConnell in a memorable night that sparkles with the charm and magic that only this festive time of year can bring.

 

Celebrate the great tradition of butter making, chase the wren on St. Stephen's Day, draw down the half door for spectacular dance, enjoy superb music-making and singing of Christmas carols in an unforgettable Irish night! Songs spinning out of the mists and into the familiar Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy and Carol of the Bells, and superb music of the pipes, flutes, fiddles, and bodhráns are just the beginning of this great Irish night! Not to be Missed! Ireland at its best!

 

Thursday, December 6, 2018 8:00 PM ~  TICKETS


Location: 417 Alvarado St, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 649-1070 x 21 •website Monterey create a direct event link
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

 

December

This month our Citizen Science series offers a discussion about the various ecological and social solutions for living with fire on the Central Coast. Our presenter, Dr. Lee Klinger leads a movement aimed at using ecologically-based techniques to address the problem of oak mortality in California and elsewhere.

 

Dr. Klinger is a tree care practitioner living in Big Sur, California. Since 2005 he has served as director of Sudden Oak Life. He has over 30 years of academic experience in the environmental sciences and has held scholarly appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Colorado, the University of Oxford, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Geological Society of London.

 

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

 

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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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
Spanish Conversation Group @ Aptos Branch Library
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Spanish Conversation Group @ Aptos Branch Library
Date: The 1st Th of every month (Jun 1-Dec 30) from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Trying to work on your Spanish? Want to improve your vocabulary and Spanish speaking skills? The Aptos Branch Library is now hosting a Spanish conversation group. Facilitator-led discussion and activities. All levels are welcome, including beginners.

Meetings are every first and third Thursday of the month.

For more information contact Ivan Llamas at llamasi@santacruzpl.org or 831-427-7702


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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"Live" Village of Bethlehem
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Santa Clara First Baptist Church
"Experience the Birth"
Date: Every day (Dec 6-Dec 10) from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

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December 6 - 10, 6:30-9pm

Thursday - Monday

Five 30 minute Performances Nightly

Free Admission & Hot Drinks

 

Come join us on a journey to the Biblical city of Bethlehem. Be a part of history and witness the events that led up to the birth of Jesus Christ.

 

See Joseph and Mary search the city for a place to stay, see the lowly shepherds get visited by an angel and then proclaim the good news, see the noble entry of the wise men and their entourage looking for the new born king.

 

Enjoy the music, drama, lights, and exotic animals as you "Experience the Birth".


Location: 3111 Benton Street, Santa Clara Map
Phone: (408) 241-7635 •website Santa Clara Countycreate a direct event link
Tales to Tails La Selva Beach
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Fri from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) LibraryLaSelva_TalestoTails_.jpgTales to Tails @ La Selva Beach from 3:00pm-3:30pm!

 

Have 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: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Frosty Fun Fest
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Louden Nelson Community Center
Transform the Art Gallery into a winter wonderland at our Snowflake Create Station.
Date: 12/07/2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: FREE

(0 A December 2018) FrostyFunFest.jpgEnjoy a night of creative crafting of First Friday! Transform the Art Gallery into a winter wonderland at our Snowflake Create Station.

 

Candy coat your dream home in the Team Gingerbread House contest.

 

Wear your favorite holiday sweater while sipping on hot chocolate.

 

Let the Fun Fest begin! FREE!


Registration is now FULL for the Team Gingerbread House Contest. A limited amount of community tables will be available for drop-in participants


Location: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6177 •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
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Watsonville Certified Farmers Market
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Watsonville Farmers Market
Fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from 2:30 to 6:30 PM from May to November.
Date: Every Fri from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) WatsFarmersMkt_Mariachi.jpgAn enchanting farmers market with a "mercado" feel. Lots of wonderful produce and prepared foods.

 

The Watsonville Farmers' Market is a member of the California Federation of Certified Farmers' Markets.

 

The Market provides fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from May to November.

 

Mariachi California de Javier Vargas will play every first Friday of the month from 5-6pm (May-October) at the Watsonville city Plaza


Location: Main St/At the Plaza, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 588-7366 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
"I Am Jazz" Community Reading
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TransFamily Support Group of Santa Cruz
Family-friendly book reading to support transgender youth
Date: 12/07/2018 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: None

Join the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County, TransFamily Support Group of Santa Cruz, and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries for an all-ages reading of this life-affirming book by Jazz Jennings about growing up transgender. The reading will be followed by fun age-appropriate games and discussions.


Location: Library Central, 224 Church Street, Santa cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Be Natural Music | Youth Concert at Kuumbwa Jazz Center
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Be Natural Music
Youth Rock, Concerts, Teen Bands, Kid Bands, Rock Bands, Real Rock Bands, Be Natural Music
Date: 12/07/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Family Friendly Admission Fees: $3 Cover Charge

Come on out and join us for the second to last concert of the season!

(0 A November 2018) BeNaturalDec18.jpg8 youth rock bands from Be Natural Music will be performing!

Bands Performing:
Toast | Afternight | Space Monkeys | Common Cents
Meh. | Fuzz | Faceplant | Full Disclosure (pictured)

Great food & atmosphere!

Proceeds and donations from this family-friendly event goes to the Be Natural Music Scholarship Program which provides financial assistance to kids in our music program.

Come and support Santa Cruz's finest up and coming musicians!

5PM - 8PM
Entry: $3 Cover Charge

https://www.benaturalmusicsantacruz.com/donate/


Location: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8315158369 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Sesquicentennial Celebration
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Library Central
Sesquicentennial Celebration
Date: 12/07/2018 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Save the date for the biggest bash of the year! SCPL is celebrating 150 years as a library system!

 

Live music with Joshua Lowe & the Juncos, a very special cake from Edith Meyer, mulled cider, memorabilia, and the work of local artists. celebrating the written word. This is your First Friday destination. As part of the birthday celebration, we've invited local artists and the Museum of Art and History to exhibit work that celebrates libraries, words, stories, and writers.

 

Artists include Jody Alexander (book arts), Felicia Rice (Moving Parts Press), Bridget Henry (woodblock prints), Linda Craighead (prints and photographs), and members of Printmakers @ the Tannery: Johanna Atkinson, Margy Baron, Leah Belair, Julie Erreca, Jane Gregorius, Cindy Haug, Andree LeBourveau, Lu Lee, Ann Miya, Mary Neater, Janis O'Driscoll, Bob Rocco, Lynne Simpson, and Frank Trueba.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Branch Libra, 224 Church Street , Santa Cruz Map
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Campus Tour
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Mount Madonna School
Come see classes in session and tour the campus!
Date: 12/07/2018 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

Come experience learning through our stuemall classes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring hands-on science labs, outdoor adventure and travel, marine biology studies on Catalina Island, buddy program, visual and performing arts.

 

The Campus Tour event begins at 10am, with an opportunity to stay and preview the MS production of "Honk! Jr" (December 7) (Play/performance portions will be 12:15-2:00pm for those who choose to stay)

 

Contact Benna Dimig at (408) 846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonnaschool.org


Location: 491 Summit Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Westside Holiday Open Studios Mini Tour
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Westside Artists
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


(0 A December 2018) WestSide-Artists-Holiday-Tour-2018-.jpgWestside Holiday Open Studios Mini Tour

A consortium of nine Westside artists will hold an open studios event to display their work. From studio and plein air paintings, batik birds to Hawaiian wood boxes, one-of-a-kind jewelry to ceramic and bronze sculptures, these artists have captured the essence of the Central Coast. Stop by their studios and see how the art is made.


Sandra Cherk Arts https://www.sandracherk.com/ 103 Redwood, pastels

Sydney Zentall- sydney.zentall.com, 316 Walk Circle, Paintings featuring the interplay of water & light.

Alexandra Sanders- ladywholovesbirds.com, 637 Columbia St, Batik images of birds and nature.

Annette Lanni- alanni.com/blog, 211 Sunset Ave, Plein Air and studio oil paintings.

William Winkler- zoeandcoalby@gmail.com, 211 Sunset Ave, unique jewelry fabricated from silver and gold, with precious stones

Timothy Lydgate- woodcircus.com, 108 Clark Ave, Woodwork using Hawaiian woods.

Marianne de Hatten Groh- mariannegrohsculptures.com, 214 Pelton Ave, Sculptures in ceramic and bronze.

Nicole Ribeyrolle-Launier- 214 Pelton Ave, handcrafted jewelry

Lynn Guenther- lynnguenther.com, 215 Walk Circle, handcrafted jewelry in copper, silver & gold with precious stones

 


Location: 103 Redwood St, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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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Winter Faire
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Winter forest walk, Model Trains, Bonfire with chestnuts, Seasonal Crafts, Shopping, Food & Music
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: None

(0 A November 2018) WaldorfWinterFaire2018.jpgPlease join us Saturday, December 8th, for our annual Winter Faire!

Come spend a day out amongst the redwoods, sipping hot drinks, listening to merry music, and enjoying the wonder and fun that the Winter Faire has to offer. Come one come all, big and small!

Winter Forest Walk
Bonfire with Chestnuts
Seasonal Kid's Crafts & Activities
Holiday Shopping
Food & Music
Story Telling by The Early Childhood Department

There will be a free shuttle bus from the UCSC Barn at High & Bay Streets. Limited parking at SCWS is available for $15.


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314250519 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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Sierra Azul Gardens
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm


Sierra Azul Nursery and GardensPage Liked · 1 hr ·  Waterwise Garden Pruning & Maintenance Workshop
Saturday March 2nd - 10:30 - 12:00

Owner Jeff Rosendale will demonstrate practical and aesthetic ways to prune and shape up your perennials, salvias, grasses, restios, shrubs, trees and groundcovers as they are getting ready to put on a lot of growth and new flowers coming out of the winter season. Give your garden a really nice new haircut.
Registration cost: $15
($10 for Jeff's consult clients)
CALL: 831-728-2532 for reservations.
(Class size is limited so you must call in advance to register - Rain will reschedule)


Location: 2660 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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HOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOP
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Sierra Azul Gardens
Make a beautiful, unique wreath!
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm


(0 A December 2018) AzulWreath2018.jpgHOLIDAY WREATH WORKSHOP Update! 

 

We are back to our original date: SAT. DEC 8th, 11-1, cost $30


All materials included to make a beautiful wreath! Lots of cuttings abound from our 2 acre sculpture garden! (The updated forecast is no rain
next Sat.)

 

Bring a lunch or eat later at Gizdich Ranch, Cafe Ella or Real Colima, all close by.


Location: 2660 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Introduction to Gouache 2nd classCynthia Armstrong
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Santa Cruz Art League
Learn how to use gouache which can wash like watercolor, blend like an opaque oil, and dry brush like acrylic.
Date: 12/08/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 A October 2018) SCAL_Gouache_cynthiaarmstrong.jpgThis introduction to gouache will cover it's many strengths, from reintroducing lights (highlights) and delicious velvety matte finish, to intensely rich pigments and luscious handling.

Gouache is an overlooked watercolor medium that has amazing versatility and can transcend the boundaries of many other mediums.

 

It can wash like watercolor, blend like an opaque oil, and dry brush like acrylic.

 

Best of all it sidesteps the need to plan and reserve whites as in watercolor. It's water soluble nature allows for tremendous travel capability and setup ease and cleanup.

 

Since it's dry time is fast, as in watercolor, you can paint, mat, frame and hang in a day!

 

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Location: 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day's special focus. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm.

 

We have created some unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. What we like to call our "usual" activities include:

  • Wooden cow milking: we have life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow.
  • Kid-driven tractor: we retrofitted a John Deere tractor so that anyone can learn to drive it. You sit in the seat and control the steering wheel while a trained volunteer stands on a platform to your right to controls the speed. We even have space for a parent or friend to stand to your left and enjoy the ride.
  • We are currently working on creating a stationary tractor that you can drive down a crop row and the computer screen in front of you displays how well you are handling the tractor.

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Holiday Redwood Loop Walk: The Nutcracker
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: 12/08/2018 at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Holiday Redwood Loop Walk: The Nutcracker

Saturday December 8 at 1pm

Enjoy a festive walk in the famous old-growth redwoods at Big Basin Redwoods State Park with Docent Karen DeMello. We'll listen to the Nutcracker Suite and imagine the forest performing the ballet along the easy, level, half-mile Redwood Loop Trail. This walk is dedicated to the memory of Big Basin Docent Scott Peden. Dress warmly. If it's raining, we'll listen inside our warm Sempervirens Room. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events 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
Artisans Fair
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Swanton Berry Farm
Features the work of 9 local artisans
Date: Every day (Dec 8-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Visit Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 for a holiday artisans emporium featuring the work of nine local artisans selling unique, locally made products and fine art.

Artists' booths will feature handcrafted goods ranging from jewelry to soap, to fine art and ceramics. The berry farm will also sell hot soup and berry treats. All artists donate to a raffle to raise funds for the Davenport Resource Center.

 


Location: Swanton Road and Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Holidays at the Ranch
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State Park Wilder
Candle and wreath making, cookie decorating, machine shop and blacksmith demonstrations, tours of the 1859 Gothic Revival farmho
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) Wilder_Holidays.jpgHolidays on the Ranch

Step back in time for an old-fashioned holiday celebration at Wilder Ranch State Park.

 

Hands-on activities and presentations include candle and wreath making, cookie decorating, machine shop and blacksmith demonstrations, tours of the 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse and 1897 Victorian home, and strolling Victorian carolers.

 

Hot-spiced cider and Mexican hot chocolate, as well as baked goods are available for purchase. Visitors are encouraged to dress in turn-of-the-century costumes.

 

Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505.

 

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

 


Location: 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Westlake Winter Artisans Fair
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Westlake
Over 30 Artists and Craftspeople will offer jewelry, art, leather goods, photography, pottery, soaps, plants, knit, woodworking
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


(0 A December 2018) WestlakeChristmas.jpgJoin us for the Annual Westlake Winter Artisans Fair!

Saturday, December 8, 2018
11am to 4pm | Multi-Use Room


The ever-anticipated Winter Artisan Fair is back! This unique community Arts and Crafts Fair showcases the talents of some of Santa Cruz's finest Artists and Craftspeople. Artists' booths feature a fabulous array of gift items for children and adults, gift ideas from around the world, and much more! Support the local arts and our school and bring your friends and family to this holiday event!

  • Over 30 Artists and Craftspeople will offer jewelry, art, leather goods, photography, pottery, soaps, plants, knit, woodworking and edible goodies for everyone on your holiday list! Find the unexpected gift perfect for holiday giving.
  • Shop from local artists who get to keep all their profits
  • Buy a lunch from a couple food vendors
  • Enjoy delicious Baked goods and coffee for sale while you shop
  • Gift wrapping station available to dress up your gifts.
  • Have your chance to win curated baskets of the artists' creations in a raffle
  • $2 raffle tickets (6 for $5)
  • Bring your own shopping bag if you can
  • Enjoy FREE admission!
  • Please park in the residential area or the parking lot of the church adjacent if the limited spots on campus are taken


We hope you can come- and bring a grandma/grandpa, aunt/uncle, neighbor or friend! The whole family is invited.

We appreciate all your help! If you would like to help with planning, decorating, securing vendors, organizing a bake sale or promoting in the community, please chip in!

 


Location: 1000 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Friends of the Scotts Valley Library Holiday Book Sale
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Friends of the Scotts Valley Library Holiday Book Sale
Date: 12/08/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) BookSale18.jpgLooking for the perfect gift? Who wouldn't love a book for the holidays?

Gently used children young adult, and adult books, including some really nice children and young adult book sets, antiquarian books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks will be sold. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.


Location: Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Honk! Jr
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Mount Madonna School
You're invited to the Middle School production of Honk Jr!
Date: Every day (Dec 8-Dec 9) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10-$16

(0 A September 2018) honk2.jpgThis delightful adaptation of the beloved fable and the award-winning musical is a heartwarming celebration of what makes us special.


Location: 491 Summit Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Artisans Fair
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Swanton Berry Farm
Features the work of 9 local artisans
Date: Every day (Dec 8-Dec 9) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A December 2018) SwantonArtisans2018.jpgA trip to Swanton Berry Farm is a treat all year round. For the 18th year in a row, the farm will team up with local artists and crafters to create a unique and cozy holiday shopping fair. Shop sea glass jewelry, local landscape paintings, ceramics, ornaments, organic coffees and teas, eclectic jewelry, tea towels, prints-just to name a few. In addition to great gifts, you'll be able to partake in pies, fruitcake, cobbler, hot cider, and soup!


Location: Swanton Road and Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Transport of Delight
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Transportation models of all kinds
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 8-Jan 6) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 A November 2018) SLVMuseum_Transport.jpgA delightful display of transportation models of all kinds. Sure to be fun for all ages, with a hands on, interactive play area for our younger visitors.

 

If you have models of trains, cars, wagons, ships, sleighs, planes, balloons, bicycles, horses - any method of transport and if you would like to share your model(s) please email us at slvmcollections at sbcglobal.net.

 

Exhibition - Dec 8, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
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A CRAFT SHOW FOR PARENTS BY PARENTS
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Little Craft Pop Up
Handmade crafts made by parents for families
Date: 12/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm


(0 A November 2018) LittleCraftPopUpDec.jpgA CRAFT SHOW FOR PARENTS BY PARENTS
The Little Craft Pop-up is a unique event featuring handcrafted products for babies and children.


OUR MISSION
To curate the best of local handmade children's goods and present them in a child friendly setting that the whole family will enjoy.


THE EVENTS
Our pop-ups are held in Santa Cruz County and incorporate fun family activities like face painting, craft stations, photo booths and workshops.


Craft shows don't need to be stuffy-come play with us at the next event!


Location: Mini Mint, Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz CA 95062
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Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Celebrate the holidays-Santa Cruz-style!
Date: 12/09/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Special one-day-only price: Adult $7 | Senior, Student, Child $5 | Children 2 and under FREE | Members FREE

(0 A November 2018) SeymourMDC_logoNov2018.jpgThe Seymour Center will host its annual Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival on December 9, 2018 from Noon-5:30 PM.

 

Celebrate the holidays - Santa Cruz-style! The Seymour Center hosts its Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival annually in December. This holiday tradition features local artists and crafts people who will tempt you with their ocean- and nature-inspired gifts. Enjoy live music, hot apple cider, and children's activities. Shop jewelry, ceramics, art glass, photography, gourmet food gifts, and much more-all by local artisans-and save 10% in the Ocean Discovery Shop!

 

Special one-day-only price:

Adult $7 | Senior, Student, Child $5 | Children 2 and under FREE
Members: FREE

2018 Sponsor: Elizabeth Quinn, MS DC

 

 


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Festivos en El Rancho!
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State Park Castro Adobe
Warm up with some traditional hot chocolate from our cozy cocina, make new friends over games and crafts, and relax
Date: 12/09/2018 from 11:00pm to 3:00pm

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

(0 A December 2018) FestivosAtElRancho.jpgOpen House, Castro Adobe State Historic Park

 

Please bring your family and join us as we celebrate the season at our adobe. Warm up with some traditional hot chocolate from our cozy cocina, make new friends over games and crafts, and relax with some festive music.

 

Staff and volunteers will make themselves available to share the stories of the Pájaro Valley's park as we look back on celebrations past and look forward to the year to come. Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Active construction site, open only during scheduled events like this.

 

Built from 1848 to 1849, this is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. The Castro Adobe State Historic Park is located at 184 Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road, in northern Watsonville. The Castro Adobe is an active construction site and is accessible currently by appointment only except during the Open House Days. To follow progress on the restoration effort, visit www.ThatsMyPark.org/projects/castro-adobe.

 

Holidays on the Rancho, Sunday, Dec. 9

The open houses will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the exception of the August event, which is 6-9 p.m. All events are free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is limited; please carpool. Leashed dogs are allowed in the parking area only.

 


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Be Natural Music | Youth Concert at Coasters
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Be Natural Music
Youth Rock, Concerts, Teen Bands, Kid Bands, Rock Bands, Real Rock Bands, Be Natural Music
Date: 12/09/2018 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: Family Friendly Admission Fees: Free

Come on out and join us for the last concert of the season!

(0 A November 2018) BeNaturalDec18.jpg6 youth rock bands from Be Natural Music will be performing!

Bands Performing:
Shattered | Diamond Wire | Broken Octave
Common Cents | Afternight | Space Monkeys

Great food & great atmosphere!

Proceeds and donations from these family-friendly events will go to the Be Natural Music Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance to kids in the music program.

The concert at Coasters includes a silent auction with some awesome items & gift cards from local businesses!

All proceeds from the silent auction goes towards funding our scholarship program.

Come and support Santa Cruz's finest up and coming musicians!

Entry: Free to All

https://www.benaturalmusicsantacruz.com/donate/


Location: Coasters Bar & Grill, 115 Cliff St, Santa Cruz Map
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Mad Scientists
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Fun science activities for 7+
Date: Every Su (Dec 9-Dec 16) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 7+

Mad Scientist Experiments- Sunday, Dec. 9 AND Sunday, Dec. 16, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Bring your curious mind for this fun look at science as we experiment with slime, playing with rainbow milk, and turning cabbage water different colors (please note: actual experiments may vary from what is listed here). We'll also play some science-themed games and other activities. For ages 7 and up. Please sign up in advance by calling 831-335-9348.Fee: $5.00 per person.

 


Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton 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: 12/09/2018 from 8:00am to 10:00am


Birding for Beginners

Sunday, December 9 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 RSP birding brochure, and begin your career as an energized birder! Meet at the Henry Cowell RSP campground parking lot located off Graham Hill Road. 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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Jingle Bell Rock 5K
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Toys for Tots
5K Walk/Run and 1K for Kids to Benefit Toys for Tots
Date: 12/09/2018
Admission Fees: $25 with a toy donation/$35 without a toy donation
Special Instructions: RACE DAY DEC 10

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9:00 am for Kids 1K


9:15 for 10K and 9:30 for 5K

We are really happy that we can now have a 10K course (two loops) and a 5K course because the Riverwalk makes a complete loop. You can view the course here. The Kid's 1K course will be timed this year with awards for the top 3 boys and girls under 10.

 

We especially want to thank the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for sponsoring again in 2018 with such a great venue- not to mention the killer views of the Boardwalk, the river and the ocean!

 

toys4tots

Come and join our annual year end holiday event! Its all about the toys and the fun. Put a smile on a child's face for a REALLY great cause. Bring a toy for Toys for Tots, go for a walk or run along the San Lorenzo River Levee.

 

You can get some exercise before you go holiday shopping! This event makes a difference in our community! Please come out and give all the support you can.

 

All the collected toys stay in our community.

TOY DROP OFF LOCATIONS

To participate in Jingle Bell Rock you can select to be timed or untimed. Awards for age group winners are large jingle bells on ribbons - suitable for wearing to claim bragging rights, or you can hang them on your tree!


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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 Scotts Valley
Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families.
Date: 12/11/2018 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: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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WESTERN WEDNESDAY
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The Crepe Place
A night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music AND dancing!
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 ($7 with cowboy boots :-)
Special Instructions: EARLY SHOW!!!! 8PM

(0 April 2018) CrepePlace_DanceWeds.jpgWESTERN WEDNESDAY IS BACK!!!

a night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music
Every 2nd Wednesday at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA
one touring band vs. one local band

5/9 - WESTERN WEDNESDAY # 27
Laura Benitez and the Heartache
Earnest Tubb Time Machine

LAURA BENITEZ AND THE HEARTACHE - Country/ Rockabilly from the Bay Area, CA
website: www.laurabenitezandtheheartache.com
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSAeNYiYvAg
Laura Benitez and the Heartache use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock 'n' roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood ("Me or the Baby") to mean drunks ("Don't Wake the Devil"), with a whole lot of heartbreak in between. Their twangy honesty shines through in straightforward arrangements, crystalline harmonies, and spare instrumentation. Frank Gutch Jr of No Depression calls Laura Benitez & the Heartache "... Original, as good as it got and as good as it gets," and Stephan Rapid of Lonesome Highway says, "Her tight and focused band play country music with a view to the past and an ear for the future."

EARNEST TUBB TIME MACHINE - Old Time Party Country from Santa Cruz, CA
The Earnest Tubb Time Machine from Santa Cruz are the best band for drinking and dancing and more drinking!


Location: 1134 Soquel Ave, 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: 12/12/2018 from 11:00am to 12:30pm
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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David Copperfield
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Jewel Theatre Co
Adapted from Charles Dickens' favorite and most autobiographical novel, "David Copperfield, The New Musical" follows David's lif
Date: Every day (Dec 13-Dec 23)
Admission Fees: $27/$50

(0 A December 2018) David-Copperfield-The-New-Musical.jpgWORLD PREMIÈRE, DAVID COPPERFIELD, THE NEW MUSICAL

Adapted from Charles Dickens' favorite and most autobiographical novel, "David Copperfield, The New Musical" follows David's life.

 

As a child, David endures the sadism of his stepfather Murdstone, the depredations of the villainous schoolmaster Creakle, and the mind-numbing routine of the London sweatshop to which he is consigned after the death of his mother.

 

As an adult, he is visited by happiness and success, tragedy and loss. Along the way, he meets some of Dickens' most memorable characters: his formidable Aunt Betsey, the seafaring Peggotty family, the monosyllabic coachman Barkis, the grandiloquent Mr. Micawber and the contemptible Uriah Heep.


PURCHASE TICKETS

 


Location: The Colligan Theater, 1010 River Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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Zoo Lights Celebration
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San Francisco Zoo
Experience bright holiday light displays, Santa Claus and the only place around where you can see Santa's reindeer!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Dec 14-Dec 30) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Special Instructions: Sloat Blvd at Great Highway

(0 A November 2018) sfZooLightswide.jpgThe best time of year is here as we present our annual ZooLights celebration! Bring your family and friends to be a part of your new holiday tradition. Experience the magic and wonder of the season during this special evening event, featuring bright holiday light displays, Santa Claus and the only place around where you can see Santa's reindeer!

Plus! Enjoy strolling carolers, sip delicious hot cocoa and tasty seasonal delights, and shop at our Zoo gift store.

SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT: No admission charge for San Francisco Zoo Members and Guardians!

ZooLights takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on December 14-16, 18-23, and 26-30.


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
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Zine Fronteras
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Library Live Oak
Launch of Zine Fronteras, a new publication featuring community writings, poetry, hotos, and artwork highlighting and reflecting
Date: 12/14/2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(0 A December 2018) Zine.jpgPlease join us at the Live Oak Library to celebrate the launch of Zine Fronteras, a new publication featuring community writings, poetry, photos, and artwork highlighting and reflecting on immigrant experiences. The evening will feature an installation of featured art and photos from the publication and readings by contributing authors. There will be a drawing for a chance to win a copy of the book! Light refreshments will be provided.


This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Visit www.calhum.org.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Meteor Trail Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike.
Date: 12/14/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

Meteor Trail Hike

Join a Big Basin Docent on one of our most diverse hikes-by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You'll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Financial Fridays with Jennipher Lommen
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Financial Fridays with Jennipher Lommen
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Oct 12-Jan 12) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively. Every 2nd Friday of the month at 1:00pm - 2:00pm; No class in December.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Elementary Winter Concert
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Mount Madonna School
Join us for a delightful holiday concert!
Date: 12/14/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

Featuring multicultural, celebratory holiday songs and dance presented by students preschool through grade five.


Location: Mount Madonna School Theater, 445 Summit Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Financial Literacy Classes
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Free financial literacy classes
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Sep 14-Mar 8) at 10:30am
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will offer free financial literacy classes at the Downtown Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek Branch Libraries. These programs were made possible through partnerships with three community experts, and classes cover a variety of topics to help people take charge of their financial lives.

 

Financial Fridays  Downtown Library  224 Church St. Every 2nd Friday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively.


Money Mondays Downtown Library 224 Church St.  Every 4th Monday, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Money Mondays is led by Financial Literacy Coach Lisa Bennet. The series starts September 24th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. Topics will include: uncovering your money archetype, creating a spending plan, credit and your credit score, insurance, stock market basics, and funding college.

 

Financial Fridays in Boulder Creek  Boulder Creek Library 1390 West Park Ave., Every 2nd Friday, 10:30am

Another Financial Fridays series will be held at the Boulder Creek Library. This series is led by Aaron Brandt, Financial Advisor. The series kicks off September 14th with the foundations of investing, then covers retirement by design in October, preparing for the unexpected in November, and estate planning in December.

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "Financial literacy is a critical skill that isn't always taught in school or at home. Yet the ability to make financially responsible decisions is an important part of everyday life. Making sure people have these skills can help improve outcomes for our entire community." The library is offering no-cost learning opportunities to bridge the gap in knowledge.


Location: 1390 West Park Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Code Combat at Downtown Public Library
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Game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Sep 14-Mar 8) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

(0 A Aug 2018) CodeCombatImage.jpgCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before!

 

Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! Ages 8-18.

 

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak Book Group
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Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

Live Oak Library Book Group (2:00 PM-3:00 PM)

The Live Oak Library book group meets on the second Friday of the month from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm and all adults are welcome. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction. Check with the front desk staff for the current month's book selection.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Westside Holiday Bazaar
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The Old Wrigley Building
Local businesses, artists, and artisans will come together for a day of art, gifts, music, food, drink, and celebration as we sh
Date: 12/15/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


(0 A December 2018) WestsideHolidayBazaar.jpgOn behalf of the Wrigley Building, Idea Fab Labs and The Art Cave would like to invite you to take part in our second annual pop-up market, the Westside Santa Cruz Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 15th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Local businesses, artists, and artisans will come together for a day of art, gifts, music, food, drink, and celebration as we share our talents and sell our goods to the community!

 

Location:
Right across from the Saturday Farmers Market inside the Old Wrigley Building, University Business Park, 2801 Mission Street, Santa Cruz.

 

Free, family-friendly, and indoors!

 

Vendors:

Radiant Hive
Human Shaped Animal
Upcycled Skateart
Mikoazule
Art by Joan P Bogart
Girl Scout Troop 11033
Evening Fabric
Lili Arnold Studios
Victoria Galitzine Art
Linda Cover-Watershed Art Studio
Wenger Designs
Cosmo Chic
Baabushka
Olani Naturals

Mehndi mama
Nuala Leather
Sea Slugs Everywhere
Stephanie Martin Original Etchings
Whimsy Spot
Irene Reti Photography
Handmade by Andi
Bluestone Imports
Kimmy by Kim Carlson
Ben Hencke
Stacy Frank
La Tienda de La Luna
Amber Wallin
The Garden of Indra
Megan Gnekow

 

Melissa West Art
Damsel in Defense
H20 To Go
Wet Feet Photography
Beauty Counter
Sea Salt by Em
Beyond the Portrait
Kristie Brenda
Esther Belily
Reclaimed in Love
No Boring Nails
Mytherion Magnets
Jewelry by Stepho

 


Location: 2801 Mission Street , Santa Cruz Map
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Mac Powell and the Family Reunion
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Rio Theater
Join us for a special night of festive celebration as you sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes
Date: 12/15/2018 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Rio_MacPowell.jpgFor the past several years, Mac Powell has hosted a Christmas party at his home in Georgia to celebrate the Christmas season with family and friends.

 

This year, he is bringing the party to you with his new band, MAC POWELL and the FAMILY REUNION.

 

Join us for a special night of festive celebration as you sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes, as well as get a first listen to brand new music from MAC POWELL and the FAMILY REUNION.

 

Plus, VIP Christmas Party ticket buyers will have the opportunity to participate in an actual Christmas Party and fellowship with Mac and the band following the show. Seating is limited, so get your tickets today before they sell out!

Pre-sale is 10/5 at 10AM - 10/7 at 10PM, public on sale is 10/8 at 10AM PST.


Show time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $35 Gen, $55 Gold Circle
Advance tickets : www.ticketfly.com


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Local Young Singers LIVE!
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Performance Vocal
Go to Bobbie Hostfeldt-Ward's Facebook page for a live performance by young singers.
Date: 12/15/2018 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm


(0 A December 2018) BobbieHosfeldt-Ward_Large.jpgHome for the Holidays

 

A Virtual Caroling Holiday Show

 

Live streaming on Facebook

 

Saturday December 15, 4-5:30pm

 

Listen to the young students from bobbie's studio enchant you and imbue you with the Holiday spirit!

 

Performance Vocal provides professional vocal training for students ranging from beginners to experienced recording artists. Our students learn the fundamentals needed to sing in any venue: be it theater or concert hall.


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Community Poetry Circle
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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
Monterey Contra Dance
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Monterey Country Dance Community
Join us for a fun evening of dancing
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Special Instructions: Check website for verifying dates

Monterey Country Dance Community holds contra dances most first and third Saturdays (in December, our dances may vary due to the holiday season) at the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, at 600 Camino El Estero in Monterey, unless otherwise noted in our schedules and calendars.  Come alone or bring a friend - beginners are always welcome!  If you'd like to support MCDC, please consider becoming a Member (a minimum $25/year sponsorship helps us to continue these wonderful dances).

 

Schedule: 6:40pm Newcomers' Orientation

  • 7pm to 10pm Contra Dance

Admission Prices for regular dances:

  • $12 for nonmembers (of any sister organization)
  • $10 for members of MCDC or sister organization (including BACDS & CDSS)
  • $5 for full-time students and active military, with ID

Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 


Not sure what Contra Dance is?
See videos and learn more by checking out our About Contra Dance page. If you're feeling nervous about learning how to contra dance, we even have links to beginning dancers' training videos on YouTube - they are a wonderful help, though nothing replaces dancing as a way to learn.
Please be aware that some of our dancers are sensitive to fragrances - we respectfully request that everyone please be thoughtful and not use products with fragrance prior to a contra dance.  Thank you!


Location: YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey 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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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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Archeology Day
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State Park Mission
Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities
Date: 12/15/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


How do artifacts give us clues to the past? Follow the archaeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities to discover the stories told by the artifacts. Celebrate archeology day at the Santa Cruz Mission where you can do hands-on activities, see demonstrations, and take a tour. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Clara University, Department of Archeology.

 

Event is free. Rain cancels. Call (831) 425-5849 for more information.


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Nutcracker Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz City Ballet
What better way to ring in the season than with smiles, beauty and laughter?
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Dec 16) from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: $30-$45
Special Instructions: December 15th & 16 at 1:00pm & 4:30pm

The Full Length Nutcracker Ballet - Experience the Magic!

Join the festivities and kick off your family's holiday tradition with the magic Nutcracker Ballet, a spectacular performance sure to delight and inspire!

(0 A October 2018) NutcrackerSC_2018.jpgThe Santa Cruz Dance Guild (501c3), presents the full length Nutcracker Ballet at Cabrillo's Crocker Theater for one weekend only on December 15th & 16th. Join us for our 10th year and our 8th year at Cabrillo's Crocker Theater.

What better way to ring in the season than with smiles, beauty and laughter?

Director/Choreographer and Juilliard Alumnae, Shannon Chipman began the Nutcracker tradition as the Snow Queen in the first ever production of the Nutcracker in Santa Cruz at Cabrillo's old theater in 1988... Thirty years of Nutcracker! Since 2008, she has brought her vision to life with Co-Director, Vicki Bergland at the International Academy of Dance, home of the Santa Cruz City Ballet. Chipman and Bergland combine their artistic efforts alongside Choreographer, Melissa Palumbo to once again bring the stunning Nutcracker Ballet to life.

The Santa Cruz Dance Guild production is the premier Nutcracker Ballet in Santa Cruz and has become a steadfast holiday tradition showcasing local talent, as well as bringing in guest artists from the Bay Area and beyond. Many dancers have grown up with the production and began as tiny Angels, Lambs or Gingersnaps and are now dancing en pointe.

For the fourth year in a row, Mother Ginger will be preformed by Krazy George. You may know him as the inventor of "The Wave" or may have seen him cheer for the San Jose Earthquakes or the Oakland A's. Don't miss this special opportunity to cheer on Krazy George and his team of adorable Gingersnaps!

It is exciting to see the production continue to grow as well as the dancers. Every year this is something new to see!

We invite you to experience quality, entertaining Classical Ballet, enchanting choreography, magnificent guest artists, beautiful sets, brilliant costumes, family tradition and the JOY of Dance at the premier Nutcracker in Santa Cruz! Experience the Magic for yourself!


Location: Cabrillo College's Crocker Theat, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Winter Magic with Mike Della Penna
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Winter Magic with Mike Della Penna
Date: 12/15/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Central 10am, Scotts Valley 12:30pm, Aptos 3pm

(0 A November 2018) MikeDellaPenna.jpgA magic show inspired by the most magical season of the year, a time of shorter days, colder nights, and annual celebrations of light.

 

Come warm yourself this season with a little fun and a whole lot of wonder!

 

All ages are welcome to come laugh, smile, and participate in this very special seasonal magic show.

 

Central 10am, Scotts Valley 12:30pm, Aptos 3pm


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Winter Magic with Mike Della Penna
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Library Central
Winter Magic with Mike Della Penna
Date: 12/15/2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Central 10am, Scotts Valley 12:30pm, Aptos 3pm

(0 A November 2018) MikeDellaPenna.jpgA magic show inspired by the most magical season of the year, a time of shorter days, colder nights, and annual celebrations of light.

 

Come warm yourself this season with a little fun and a whole lot of wonder!

 

All ages are welcome to come laugh, smile, and participate in this very special seasonal magic show.

 

Central 10am, Scotts Valley 12:30pm, Aptos 3pm


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Branch Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Winter Magic with Mike Della Penna
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Winter Magic with Mike Della Penna
Date: 12/15/2018 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Central 10am, Scotts Valley 12:30pm, Aptos 3pm

(0 A November 2018) MikeDellaPenna.jpgA magic show inspired by the most magical season of the year, a time of shorter days, colder nights, and annual celebrations of light.

 

Come warm yourself this season with a little fun and a whole lot of wonder!

 

All ages are welcome to come laugh, smile, and participate in this very special seasonal magic show.

 

Central 10am, Scotts Valley 12:30pm, Aptos 3pm


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Guided Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
Elephant seals galore! 3 mile hike to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Mar 31) from 8:45am to 2:30pm
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

 

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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 are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Vehicle Day use fee is $10. For more information, call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227, or visit www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo.


For reservations, please call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.
These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays.

 

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
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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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Christmas Market
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San Lorenzo Chamber of Commerce
Gifts from local artists, enjoy delicious food and drinks, plus more!
Date: 12/16/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 A October 2018) ChristmasMarket_FeltonCoveredBridge.jpg

Come celebrate the season at Felton Covered Bridge Park! Join us December 16 from Noon to 4pm for a traditional Holiday Mart on the bridge, complete with arts & crafts, delicious food & beverages, music, holiday lights and other festivities.

 

Great opportunity to get last minute gifts from local artists and to socialize with your neighbors.

 

The Felton Covered Bridge was built in 1892, and is recognized as a historical treasure in the State of California.


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Holiday Tea with Santa
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Seascape Beach Resort
Holiday Tea with Santa
Date: 12/16/2018 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 0-100 Admission Fees: 45 plus tax and service

Holiday Tea with Santa

Sunday, December 16, 2018

12:00-3:00pm

$45 per person (plus tax & service charge)
View Holiday Tea Flyer Here

 

  • Visit with Santa Claus
  • Enjoy Hot Chocolate, Assorted Sandwiches & other Sweet Treats
  • Mimosa Bar
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Holiday Ornament Crafts
  • Balloon Twisting
  • Face Painting

We're supporting Toys for Tots! Please bring an unwrapped toy to be donated.

Purchase Holiday Tea with Santa Tickets


Location: 1 Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos Map
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Homemade Holiday Craft Fair
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The Discovery Learning Center
Date: 12/16/2018 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: parents

(0 A November 2018) DLC_CraftFair.jpgWe will be hosting a Homemade Holiday Craft Fair at the DLC in four weeks!


We hope you will save some of your holiday shopping for this fundraising event benefiting our non-profit organization.

 

You are sure to find unique homeschooler made items and some higher end crafts contributed by seasoned crafters.

 

 

 


Location: 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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Homeschool Moms Stitch Night
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Heddi Craft
Monthly get together for homeschool moms offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself
Date: The 16th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 April 2018) HomeschoolSttchNight.jpgJoin other homeschool moms for a monthly stitch and chat get together. Bring your favorite handwork (it doesn't have to be stitching, any kind of creative task is great!) and a snack to share. We'll provide the coffee and tea! This monthly get together offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself. Third Tuesday of every month from 7-9pm.

This free event is hosted by long time homeschooling mom Heddi Craft at Knit Sew Make, located in the former sanctuary area of the building at 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz.

 

Check to confirm for location and date.


Location: Knit Sew Make, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz 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: 12/17/2018 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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FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY
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First Night Monterey
Dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2019!
Date: Every day (Dec 17-Jan 1) from 3:00pm to 12:01am
Admission Fees: $0 - $25

FAST FACTS - First Night Monterey

A community celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve, First Night is Monterey's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event. FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration. Our theme for First Night Monterey 2019 is "Color Me Monterey!". Check our website beginning in November for an overview of program, performers and kids' night out, ticket information and sales. Download the complete program guide in late December and plan your night ahead by reviewing the program and performers - it's a big night with 9 hours of entertainment!

 

Historic Downtown Monterey - Multiple performance sites, most venues are indoors. First Night Monterey goes on "Rain or Shine"! 85% SITES INDOORS! Buy buttons online beginning in November or at our retail partners beginning after Thanksgiving!


ADMISSION:
ADULT BUTTON (16 and older)
$18 Early Bird Price November through first week of December
$22 Advance Purchase Price through December 30th
$25 Full Price December 31 (Day of Celebration), available at Event

YOUTH BUTTON (6-15 years old)
$10 Early Bird Price November through first week of December
$15 Advance Purchase Price through December 30th
$18 Full Price December 31 (Day of Celebration), available at Event

 

Children five and under are admitted free! Look for discounted Family Pack (2 Adult and 2 Youth buttons) available online only, through December 28!

Buttons on sale after Thanksgiving at our retail partners and limited organizations, or buy buttons online! We do not mail buttons. Pick up buttons purchased on-line December 30-31 at Will-Call.

 

(0 A December 2018) FNM_SMALL.jpgPROGRAM: A creation of activities, colors, lights, musical entertainment and performances unfolds on New Year's Eve in Historic Downtown Monterey for First Night Monterey as we dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into the New Year! We invite you to a very special party as we transform the streetscapes, buildings, theaters, churches and concert halls throughout Historic Downtown Monterey into a fun, informative and unique way for the community to experience multiple forms of art on an evening where we celebrate our uniqueness, our commonality and the coming of the New Year!


Activities begin at 3:00PM with the Opening Ceremony staged on Colton Lawn stage on Pacific Street.

 

Kids Night Out! begins at 3:30PM with interactive art activities: face painting, henna tattoo artists, puppet art theater, interactive art activities and folk music will entertain children of all ages.

 

Join us for the Twilight Procession at 5:30. Commit your New Year's resolution at the interactive Resolution Sculpture, challenging all of us to see the changes we can make in our individual lives! Performances range from Classical to Hip Hop, Jazz to Reggae, Dance Venues to the Written Word and a whole lot of art; FNM presents artwork completed this past year by youth and community members within our ArtWorks! Outreach projects.

 


Location: Historic Downtown, Alvarez St, Monterey Map
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Annual "Messiah" Sing-A-Long
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Peace United Church of Christ
A community sing-a-long, open to anyone who would like to raise their voice to sing Handel's legendary "Messiah."
Date: 12/18/2018 at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: $25 general admission

Messiah Sing-A-Long

Annual "Messiah" Sing-A-Long and Gala

Cabrillo Chorus & Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra

 

A community sing-a-long, open to anyone who would like to raise their voice to sing Handel's legendary "Messiah."

Everyone will sing the Christmas portion of the "Messiah" with chamber orchestra and guest conductors. Bring your own score or borrow one at the door (limited amount available.)

 

Gala reception to follow.


Buy Tickets Now!

 


Location: 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Genealogy Research Group
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Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Genealogy Research Group

 

This new group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month to explore genealogy related research topics. Learn how to use the resources paid for by the library as well as other online sources to find all kinds of genealogical information. Laptops are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own as well.

 

Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for hands-on research using the library's databases and internet resources. We will have laptops available for your use.


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Tomseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas
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A wholesome, cultural, family feast direct from the rich table of communal life in the west of Ireland...
Date: 12/19/2018 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm


The Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay proudly presents: "...Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas is like a cup of Irish coffee in a neighbor's kitchen on a dark night- warm, comforting and full of cheer."

Advance Purchase $25 Door Price $30
Advance Child $13 Door Child $15
Advance Student $13 Door Student $15
Members receive $2 discount on the above prices
For more information, call 831-464-9778 or email concertdirector@celticsociety.org

Every Christmas for the past 20 years, William Coulter (lecturer in guitar and UCSC alumnus) has performed with and acted as Music Director for Tomáseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas." Featuring Irish music, dance, song, and storytelling, "A Celtic Christmas" has packed concert halls across the U.S., bringing an authentic remembrance of a way of life that is, alas, no longer with us. The show brings an unforgettable staging of a December night in a remote Irish farmhouse in the 1940s or 50s-in the days before the motor car, the television, and the telephone.

(0 A December 2018) CelticChristmasTomaseen.jpgThe spirit of Christmas dances to life when neighbors gather at each others' homes to grace the wintry night with traditional Irish Christmas carols. They raise the rafters with the joy of their music, knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances, and, most of all, fill the night with the laughter of their stories.

Tomáseen Foley's "A Celtic Christmas" brings a wholesome, cultural, family feast direct from the rich table of communal life in the west of Ireland. Featuring William Coulter (guitar and music direction), Tomáseen Foley (native Irish storyteller), Brian Bigley (uilleann pipes, Irish flute, dance), Eimear Arkins (fiddle and Irish song), Bríd O'Donnell (accordion), Alyssa Reichert and Marcus Donnelley (Irish dance).

For more info, sights and sounds, visit http://tomaseenfoley.com/


Location: UCSC Music Center Recital Hall, 5 Meyer Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Blanket Drive
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AFN Autism Family Network Santa Cruz
Donate a new blanket for Hearts and Hands
Date: Every day (Dec 20-Dec 22)


(0 A December 2018) BlanketDrive2018.jpgAutism Family Network Santa Cruz and Coastal Riderz MC seek your support by donating your new blankets to give the tenants at Hearts and Hands

 

THU 20  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

FRI 21  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

SAT 22  10:15 AM - 2:00 PM


Location: Farley's Winter Wonderland, 108 Seaview Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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!


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Munching with Mozart Concert
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Bring your lunch and enjoy a concert, great midday interlude...This month will feature Josef Feinberg, cello.
Date: 12/20/2018 from 12:10pm to 12:50pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: To make a reservation for your class or other large group contact

(0 A December 2018) MunchingDec20.jpgThis month's MUNCHING WITH MOZART will be on December 20th (the 3rd Thursday as usual), from 12:10pm to 12:50pm.

This month will feature Josef Feinberg, cello.

 

Munching with Mozart and Friends is a free monthly noontime concert series at the Santa Cruz Downtown Branch. Join us at 12:10 on the third Thursday of every month to hear local musicians play your favorite classical pieces. Munching With Mozart and Friends is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the Santa Cruz County Branch of the Music Teachers' Association of California.

To inquire about performing, contact Carol Panofsky • 831-426-3238 • panofsky@cruzio.com

 

 

For more information about the series, to make a reservation for your class or other large group contact Carol Panofsky • 831-426-3238 • panofsky@cruzio.com


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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"The Nutcracker"
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Santa Cruz Ballet Theater
Everyone's Favorite Holiday Tradition!
Date: Every day (Dec 21-Dec 23)
Ages: 3 - 103 Admission Fees: $15-58 plus box office service charge
Special Instructions: For Group Sales rates , call the Box Office.

(0 A December 2018) Nutcracker_SCBT.jpg"The Nutcracker" - the original Santa Cruz production, with live orchestra!

 

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre presents, The Original Santa Cruz Nutcracker, a favorite holiday tradition! Maestra Pamela Martin conducts the Ballet Orchestra and guest artists.

Children's Sweet Treats PreShow Meet & Greet *Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm performances only.

Join us as Nutcracker magic comes alive prior to curtain! Attend a pre-show meet and greet with your favorite dancers! Sweet Treats tickets are for Children 12 & Under and is valid for the meet and greet, a Pacific Cookie Company cookie, and an ornament to commemorate this festive holiday tradition. Up to 2 adult chaperones with regular performance tickets allowed per child with Sweet Treats ticket.

-The pre-show meet & greet begins at 11:30am sharp. (Arrive early! No late entry provided for Sweet Treats.)

-To purchase, select "w/ Sweet Treats" price type when selecting seats for the children. Up to two adult chaperones allowed per Sweet Treats


Seating Information:
-Orchestra seating is at floor level and may not provide the best view for small children.
-The stage is elevated.
-The live Orchestra will perform on the floor directly in front of the stage.
Groups


Discount offered on orders of 12 or more tickets. Contact the Box Office for assistance (831) 420-5260.

 

Friday, December 21, 2018 at 8:00pm
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 1:00pm and 4:30pm
Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 1:00pm and 4:30pm


Location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium , 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-5260 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Molly's Revenge!
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Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay
Ring in the holiday with a decidedly Celtic "take" on old favorites and Dazzling Dancing!
Date: 12/21/2018 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: $12-$28

(0 A December 2018) MollyRevengeFelton.jpgA Production Of St Mary's Celtic Music Series

Feel the glow of the season...

Advance Purchase $25 Door Price $28
Advance Child $12 Door Child $15
Members receive $2 discount on the above prices
For more information, call 831-224-3819 or email fiddlejamjp@gmail.com

This show will leave you feeling in the spirit! By popular demand, Molly's Revenge returns to St. Mary's beautiful Victorian sanctuary, which will be aglow in the light of the season. In this perfect setting, the lilting vocals of special guest Amelia Hogan will blend with the superb talent of Stuart Mason, John Weed and David Brewer, as they ring in the holiday with a decidedly Celtic "take" on old favorites. The angelic Turco Dancers, will take flight and will bring some dazzling Christmas magic to the evening, too. An annual event not to miss! Tickets make a great gift for family and friends.

"The instruments are traditional... but the wild passion they exhibit is thoroughly modern." --Metro Santa Cruz (CA).


Location: St Mary's By The Sea Episcopal C, 146 12th St, Pacific Grove Map
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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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ABBA-Solutely Christmas Show
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Rio Theater
Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Take a Chance On Me, Super Trouper, Voulez Vous, Gimme Gimme Gimme, SOS, The Winner Takes it all, and T
Date: 12/21/2018 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: $40 Gen, $60

(0 A October 2018) ABBAChristmas.jpg

Featuring The ABBA Show

Abba-Solutely Christmas Show! All of your favorite ABBA hits with the perfect mix of Christmas music sprinkled in to celebrate the holidays.

 

America's most popular ABBA tribute show will light up your holidays. Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Take a Chance On Me, Super Trouper, Voulez Vous, Gimme Gimme Gimme, SOS, The Winner Takes it all, and Thank you for the Music, the hit list goes on and on and on...

 


Show time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $40 Gen, $60
Advance tickets: www.red.vendini.com
Artists website: www.theabbashow.com

 

 


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Toy Trains
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MAH and Golden State Toy Train Operators
Experience a mini-universe of model trains that delight the young and young at heart.
Date: Every day (Dec 21-Dec 31) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A December 2018) Christmas_MAHTrains.jpgExperience a mini-universe of model trains that delight the young and young at heart.

The Golden State Toy Train Operators, Inc. presents Toy Trains. Watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up with the headlight flashing and drive wheels spinning. Marvel at smoke flowing from the smoke stack, and a mighty whistle. Members of the the Golden State Toy Train Operators will be on hand to help young engineers' master controls and to answer questions. You can even bring your own toy train and put it on the track!

Holiday Hours: The Museum is closed on Christmas Day, and closes early at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

December 21 - December 31


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Nutcracker
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Agape Dance
Nutcracker and Petite Nutcracker by Agape...this should be awesome and adorable!
Date: Every day (Dec 22-Dec 23)


(0 A December 2018) Nutcracker_Agape.jpgCome celebrate the Christmas Season with us as we perform the beautiful time treasured Nutcracker Suite

 

This year, our Nutcracker performances will be at the beautiful Crocker Theater, December 22nd and 23rd.  

 

Agape Dance Academy prepares and provides both a full-length Grande Nutcracker Show as well as a brilliant miniature production for our youngest dancers and audience members lovingly known as our Petite Nutcracker.


Tickets available at Cabrillo Box Office or at www.agapedance.com

 

Nutcracker Tickets

Sat Dec 22, 2018      2:00PM & 7:00PM                    
Sun Dec 23, 2018      1:00PM &
4:30PM      
 

Petite Nutcracker Tickets

Saturday, December 22nd
Cast A: Performance 10:00am
Cast B: Performance 12:00pm


Location: Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Fossils, Fog, Fun, and Friends: Join Our Volunteer Education Te
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State Park Seacliff
Volunteer and spend time on a beautiful beach with our local youth
Date: Every day (Dec 23-Jan 10)


Fossils, Fog, Fun, and Friends: Join Our Volunteer Education Team!

Apply by Thursday, January 10

Training: Thursday and Friday, January 17-18 from 10am to 3pm

If you're exploring the field of education and want experience, if you've retired from teaching but miss it, or if you just want to spend time on a beautiful beach with our local youth, please consider joining our team of friendly volunteer educators. We uncover real fossils, touch the lives of hundreds of children, and have a lot of fun. If interested, please call (831) 685-6444 or visit the Seacliff Visitor Center before Thursday, January 10 to apply. Coffee and snacks will be provided at training. Training made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


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Financial Literacy Classes
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Free financial literacy classes
Date: The 4th Mon of every month (Sep 24-Mar 25) from 4:00pm to 5:15pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will offer free financial literacy classes at the Downtown Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek Branch Libraries. These programs were made possible through partnerships with three community experts, and classes cover a variety of topics to help people take charge of their financial lives.

 

Financial Fridays  Downtown Library  224 Church St. Every 2nd Friday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively.


Money Mondays Downtown Library 224 Church St.  Every 4th Monday, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Money Mondays is led by Financial Literacy Coach Lisa Bennet. The series starts September 24th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. Topics will include: uncovering your money archetype, creating a spending plan, credit and your credit score, insurance, stock market basics, and funding college.

 

Financial Fridays in Boulder Creek  Boulder Creek Library 1390 West Park Ave., Every 2nd Friday,10:30am

Another Financial Fridays series will be held at the Boulder Creek Library. This series is led by Aaron Brandt, Financial Advisor. The series kicks off September 14th with the foundations of investing, then covers

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "Financial literacy is a critical skill that isn't always taught in school or at home. Yet the ability to make financially responsible decisions is an important part of everyday life. Making sure people have these skills can help improve outcomes for our entire community." The library is offering no-cost learning opportunities to bridge the gap in knowledge.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Financial Literacy Classes
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Free financial literacy classes
Date: The 4th Mon of every month (Sep 24-Mar 25)
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will offer free financial literacy classes at the Downtown Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek Branch Libraries. These programs were made possible through partnerships with three community experts, and classes cover a variety of topics to help people take charge of their financial lives.

 

Financial Fridays  Downtown Library  224 Church St. Every 2nd Friday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively.


Money Mondays Downtown Library 224 Church St.  Every 4th Monday, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Money Mondays is led by Financial Literacy Coach Lisa Bennet. The series starts September 24th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. Topics will include: uncovering your money archetype, creating a spending plan, credit and your credit score, insurance, stock market basics, and funding college.

 

Financial Fridays in Boulder Creek  Boulder Creek Library 1390 West Park Ave., Every 2nd Friday,10:30am

Another Financial Fridays series will be held at the Boulder Creek Library. This series is led by Aaron Brandt, Financial Advisor. The series kicks off September 14th with the foundations of investing, then covers

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "Financial literacy is a critical skill that isn't always taught in school or at home. Yet the ability to make financially responsible decisions is an important part of everyday life. Making sure people have these skills can help improve outcomes for our entire community." The library is offering no-cost learning opportunities to bridge the gap in knowledge.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Youth Employment Workshops
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A free monthly series for youth (ages 14-25) focusing on employment strategies
Date: The 4th Tues of every month (Oct 23-Mar 26) from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: Youth Ages 14 to 25 Admission Fees: Free

A free monthly series for youth (ages 14-25) focusing on employment strategies presented by Patricia Greenway or Access2Employment. The first program will be an introduction and overview of the series. Subsequent programs will focus on Job Applications, Effective Resume and Cover Letter Writing, Job Search Techniques, and Acing the Interview. Workshops will be the 4th Tuesday of the month October 2018 thru March 2019, skipping December 2018.


Location: 6299 Gushee Street, Felton 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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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: 12/28/2018 at 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $12 Regular, $20 supporters, $8 full-time students
Special Instructions: Overflow parking at Harbor Lights Church, 2008 17th Ave

(0 A December 2018) ContraDance2019.jpgEveryone is welcome! Partners and dancing experience are not necessary. Each of the dozen or so dance forms during the evening are taught and prompted.


Jacqui Grennan (LA) calls to the tunes of Rodney Miller & Jeff Spiro (LA). This dance will feature gender-neutral roles (larks/ravens) in place of Ladies/Gents. http://santacruzdance.org/wp/what-is-gender-role-free-contra-dance


Beginner's Workshop: dancers are encouraged to attend the beginner's lesson at 5:40. Regular dancing begins at 6:00 (dances can get more complex as the night goes on).

Admission:
Suggested admission donation is $12 regular, $20 supporters, $8 for full-time students w/student ID card (Cash / Check / PayPal only please).

Wear comfortable, non-marking shoes to protect your feet and our floors - a separate pair of dance shoes works best. You'll be more comfortable in loose-fitting, light-weight clothing.

Upcoming related dances in/near Santa Cruz:
* 12/28 (Fri) - Live Oak Contra Dance 7-10pm
* 01/10 (Thu) - Lively English Country Dance in Santa Cruz (7:30-9:30 pm), Peace United Church, 900 High St.
(Gender-neutral roles/calling (larks/ravens); dances taught/prompted)
* 01/13 (Sun) -- Santa Cruz Contra Dance (6:00-9:00 pm), Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front St.
* 01/25 (Fri) - Live Oak Contra Dance 7-10pm

More information about related dances in our area:
Contra dances in Santa Cruz County: http://santacruzdance.org/wp/
Lively English Country Dance in Santa Cruz County: http://www.englishcountrydancing.net/
Palo Alto Contra Dance: https://www.bacds.org/series/contra/palo_alto/
Contra dances in Monterey: http://montereycdc.webs.com/
Live Oak Family Dance and Pie Ranch Barn Dance: http://www.andywilsondancecaller.com/calendar
South Bay (San Jose) Contra Dance:
http://www.bacds.org/series/contra/san_jose/


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Noon Year's Eve Day for Children!
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Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
New Year's Eve Day for Children! THE BALL DROPS AT NOON!
Date: 12/31/2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 0-12 Admission Fees: Free with museum admission or membership. Admission is $7 adults, $5 for children 2-17. Children under age 2 are free.

(0 A December 2018) MOD_WELCOME2019.jpg#SCCMOD is looking forward to a fun "Noon Year" celebration on Monday the 31st.

 

We'll have games, food and special activities from 10 am until 1 pm.

 

The ball drops at the stroke of NOON.

 

Hope to see you there!


Location: Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola Map
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Family New Years
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Santa Cruz Roller Palladium
Join us for games, prizes, party favors, and a countdown!
Date: 12/31/2018 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Ages: All

SAVE THE DATE!!!🗓
Don't forget about our New Years Eve skate!
Super fun! Lots of games, prizes, party favors, and a countdown!!! All ages are welcome! Great thing to do as a family! Hope to see you there!!!


Location: 1606 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz Map
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A NEW YEARS EVE INTERFAITH VIGIL FOR PEACE
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Sangha Shantivanam
Gather for an evening of meditation, music and readings with Baha'is, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Native Ameri
Date: 12/31/2018 from 8:00am to 10:45pm


(0 A December 2018) VigilforPeace.jpgA NEW YEAR'S EVE INTERFAITH VIGIL FOR PEACE

Silence on New Year's Eve may seem like a contradiction. It is, and that is just what a large and diverse group of faithful people intend to do on Monday, December 31st.

Gather for an evening of meditation, music and readings with Baha'is, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Native Americans, Sikhs and many who claim no affiliation with an organized religion. This will be the 15th Annual Interfaith Peace Vigil sponsored by Sangha Shantivanam and hosted by the Holy Cross Catholic Community.

Short periods of silent meditation each hour will be interspersed with presentations from universal wisdom traditions. A labyrinth will be available for walking.

Come join us this New Year's Eve at any time. Stay as long as you would like during our Peace Vigil.

In the shared hope for Global Peace, all are welcome.

Sponsored by: Sangha Shantivanam www. Sanghashanti.net
Hosted by: Holy Cross Catholic Community

CONTACT: RADHA VIGNOLA (831) 419-0932


Location: Holy Cross Parish Hall, Across from Mission Plaza, Santa Cruz Map
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Fun n Tumble Open Gym
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Junebug's Gym
Date: 12/31/2018 from 11:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 3+ Admission Fees: ost is $10/hr with open gym punchcard for $60 (with paid membership)

(A Nov) Juneand2Kids.jpgFun n’ Tumble Open Gym 12-3pm. Ongoing Open Gym on Fridays at JuneBugs Gym. Ages: walking to 7 years. Parents may leave children over 3 yrs. Need a break from the kids, go out to lunch...the solution is JuneBugs Gym.

 

Parents can drop off their children for 1, 2 or all 3 hour for tumbling fun! Cost is $10/hr with open gym punchcard for $60 (with paid membership).

Call 464-BUGS (2847) to sign up or drop by at 3910 Portola Dr. Ste. 2 & 3 Pleasure Point-Santa Cruz.

 


Location: 3910 Portola Drive Ste. 2 &3, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-464-2847 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
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