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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.


Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
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
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Little Rangers Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Su and Sa at 10:00am


Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

All 3 to 6 year olds and their families are invited to learn, play, and laugh together at this 30 minute program. Activities, songs, stories, and silliness will help our youngest visitors find a connection to the redwood forest and all of its inhabitants. Adult supervision is required and participation is encouraged. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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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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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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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

***
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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Aptos Farmers Market
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Aptos Farmers Market
An upbeat and relaxed market with music, many special events to be enjoyed. Market is open year round, rain or shine.
Date: Every Sa from 8:00am to 12:00pm


Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College,

Voted America's Favorite Farmers Market in California


In 2011, 2012, and 2013 our farmers markets were voted "America's Favorite Farmers Market in California." Additionally, Coastal Living Magazine named the Aptos Farmers Market one of "The Coast's Best Farmers Markets."


Market customers appreciate the bountiful selection of top quality produce and specialty foods as well as the opportunity to connect with the farmers and vendors who produce it. Ninety vendors, of which most are certified organic or use sustainable farming methods, offer pastured grass fed meats and poultry, sustainable fish, oysters, handcrafted cheeses, locally produced olive oil, fresh pasta and gourmet sauces, organic juices, handmade sauerkraut, Corralitos smoked sausages and bacon, artisan breads and baked goods, organic honey, mushrooms, sprouts and microgreens, farm fresh eggs, flowers, potted plants, seedlings, herbs, and an unsurpassed selection of certified California grown fruits, vegetables and nuts.

 

Additional Market Attractions
Professional sharpening services are available for knives and gardening tools year round.

 

Market Newsletter and Recipes Blog
Subscribe to free monthly e-newsletter for market updates, featured monthly produce, and upcoming special events. Visit our market's award winning companion website www.edibleparadise.com for delicious seasonal recipes.

 

Market Information

Season: Open year-round, rain or shine
Day and Hours: Open Saturdays, 8 am until 12 pm
Location:  Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003
Parking: Lots of free parking, easy access
Map:   Driving directions »
Vendors:  Aptos Farmers and Vendors List »


Location: Cabrillo Parking Lots, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
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Reading In the Redwoods
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Library Felton
Join our monthly book club!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) LibraryFelton_ReadingInRedwoods.jpgReading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly at the Felton Library on the fourth Wednesday at 6:15 pm.

 

Copies of the book are usually available at the Felton branch library.

For more information call 427-7708 or drop by the branch.

 

To be added to the book group email list, please call 831-427-3151.


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 3pm

 

Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations may include butter churning, ice cream making, roping skills, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Library Branciforte
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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West Side 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 Sa from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All

The Westside Farmers' Market takes place every week, year round at the corner of Hwy 1 and Western Drive, situated on the northern edge of Santa Cruz's greenbelt. This market serves the communities of the west-end of Santa Cruz including Bonny Doon, the North Coast and the UCSC Campus. It is just a hop, skip and a jump from Downtown.


Foodies Unite

Going into its eleventh year this market is proud to have been named best market by the Santa Cruz Metro's, "Peoples Poll" multiple times. The market showcases a great selection of 100% certified organic produce, artisan foods, wine, body products, tinctures, sustainable seafood, pasture raised meats, flowers and eggs along with cook-to-order cuisine, live local music and full espresso bar operated by up-and-coming Santa Cruz-based roaster 11th Hour Coffee.

With easy access and an abundance of free parking, this market makes for a convenient and celebratory Saturday morning outing.

 

2019 Pop-Up Breakfast Series - Ticket Sales Announced

The 2019 Pop-Up Breakfast Series is coming our way! Once again the Westside Farmers' Market will host three of these farm-to-table, ticketed events. With a great chef line up and a solid reputation, these pop-ups will sell out. Stay in touch by signing up for our newsletter to get your first pick at tickets when they go on sale. Learn more about the events HERE.

 

Market Match

Market Match offers farmers' market customers a dollar for dollar match up to $10 on their CalFresh (food stamp) cards at the Felton market.  If a customer swipes their CalFresh card for $7, they get $7 of Market Match for free, swipe $10, you get $10. The goal of this project is to encourage CalFresh (EBT/SNAP) recipients to take advantage of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. SCCFM will be offering the Market Match program for the 2019 season. By offering an incentive that lowers the price of fresh produce, we are helping shoppers stretch their food dollars while keeping their families healthy. Locate the information booth and the market manager to redeem EBT coins and to take advantage of the Market Match incentive.


Location: Mission St. Ext. and Western Dr., Santa Cruz 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

 

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Location: 1308 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.423.3299 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn't mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can't shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to www.Parks.CA.gov/PigeonPoint. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

* Please note the lighthouse will NOT be lit. The original lighthouse beacon, the First Order Fresnel lens, will be lit but in its temporary location inside the Visitor Center. The lighthouse is being repaired and is currently not accessible to the public.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
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
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Community Poetry Circle
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Library Scotts Valley
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Poetry gives rise to the full expression of self. Join the circle for this free monthly workshop on the 3rd Saturday of the month. All levels welcome. No preregistration required.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
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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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.

 

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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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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
Phone: (415) 753-7080 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
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