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

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

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

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

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

Visit https://coastal-watershed.org/events/ to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.

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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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Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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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
Live Oak Knitters
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Library Live Oak
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
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Kirby Shadow Days
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out
Date: Every Mon (Oct 29-Apr 29)
Ages: Family Admission Fees: FREE

Shadow Day

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

 

How it works:

  • Monday is our preferred shadow day because of our block schedule. However, a shadow day can be scheduled for any day of the week.
  • Student shadows are treated to a hot lunch made fresh in our kitchen by our executive chef, Tracy Landry.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202, email admissions@kirby.org, or use the Contact Us link below.
Schedule »

Location: 425 Encinal Street, 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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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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Knitting @ the Library
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Library Scotts Valley
Learn to knit
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Scotts Valley 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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Curious Contraptions
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Exploratorium, Pier 15
A whimsical winter exhibition where small sculptures are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and
Date: Every day (Nov 8-Jan 20) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


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


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

 

VIDEO Sneak Peek!

 

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

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

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

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

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


Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St), San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 528-4444 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
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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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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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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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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Toddler Story Time
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Library Live Oak
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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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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