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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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Google Science Fair
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Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.
Date: Every day (Sep 13-Dec 12)


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

 

You can sign up starting September 13th 2018 by visiting 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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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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Preschool Story Time
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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
"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
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
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
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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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
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Spanish Conversation Group @ Aptos Branch Library
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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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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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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

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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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Citizen Science
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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

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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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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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