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Explore California's Wild Edge Prints by Tom Killion
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This exhibition invites you to explore California's coastal edge through prints by woodcut artist Tom Killion
Date: Every day (Jan 12-Apr 22)


Explore California's Wild Edge, Prints by Tom Killion

 

California's Wild Edge; Prints by Tom Killion: Jan 12 2018 - April 22 2018

Natural Bridge, Tom Killion, woodblock print

"The edge where the Sea meets land, the coast, is where we face true wilderness." - Tom Killion


This exhibition invites you to explore California's coastal edge through prints by woodcut artist Tom Killion alongside poems selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Gary Snyder. 

 

Tom Killion was born and raised in Mill Valley, California, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. Since childhood, he was moved by the rugged scenery of Marin County and Northern California.  Tom creates landscape prints using linoleum and wood, strongly influenced by the traditional Japanese Ukiyo-ë style of Hokusai and Hiroshige. This exhibition will feature a series of woodblock prints Tom made in honor of Santa Cruz County's breathtaking landscapes. From Natural Bridges to Wilder Ranch, visit your favorite Santa Cruz coastal and woodland sanctuaries through Tom's exquisite line work and crisp colors.

 

This exhibition is made possible through generous sponsorship from the following organizations and individuals: Scharf Investments, Nordic Naturals; UC Santa Cruz Arts; UC Santa Cruz Alumni; Julie Packard; Robert Stephens; Sarah Stephens; Terry, Asha, and Val Cole; the Aceves-London Family Fund; Wayne Palmer & Earleen Overend, and MAH members like you.


Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831 763 4047 •website Santa Cruz create 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
Garden Plant Exchange
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Live Oak Grange
Bring anything from your garden to trade with like minded gardeners
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Fundraiser for grange

The Grange Garden Exchange

 

(0 July 2017) GrangeGardenPhotowSquash.jpgGardeners are encouraged to bring anything from their garden to trade with like minded gardeners. Possibilities include volunteers, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, specimen plants as well as gardening related tools, books and pots. You need not bring anything in order to take something. For more information or questions please contact gardencruzer@gmail.com Tell and bring your friends!

 

The Grange Garden Exchange is held on the 4th Saturday of the month from 8-9am in the Live Oak Grange Parking Lot
Gardeners are encouraged to bring anything from their garden to trade with like minded gardeners. Possibilities include volunteers, cuttings, bulbs, seeds, specimen plants as well as gardening related tools, books and pots.  You need not bring anything in order to take something.

 

For more information or questions please contact gardencruzer@gmail.com  Tell and bring your friends!

 

 


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Pacific Region Art Hub
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County
Our Pacific Region Art Hub will showcase around 1,000 pieces of art that we received from Boys & Girls Clubs in the Pacific Regi
Date: 03/24/2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: ALL Admission Fees: FRE

Our Pacific Region Art Hub will showcase around 1,000 pieces of art that we received from Boys & Girls Clubs in the Pacific Region.

The Youth Art shown is done by Club members ages 6-18 in a variety of mediums and categories. All art will be judged by local artists and winners will be sent to Boys & Girls Clubs of America's National Art Competition.

Complimentary bites and libations will be served.


Location: Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz, 543 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-3138 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles 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
Art 1
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Art Factory
Art Classes for kids
Date: Every Sa (Jan 13-May 26) from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-7 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

We'll explore pastel, mixed media collage, colored pencil, watercolor, tempera and sculpture as a group with simple instruction. A great art foundation starts here!

A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Children's and Young Adult Book Sale
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Library Scotts Valley
Get great deals on gently used books for children and young adults
Date: 03/24/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Children's and Young Adult Book Sale

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Looking for the perfect Children's or Young Adult book?

Wish there was somewhere local to find reasonably priced books for Children? There is! Come to the Scotts Valley Book Sale and get great deals on gently used books for children and young adults. Sponsored by the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.

Saturday

  • March 24th

10:00am - 2:00pm
Scotts Valley Library

  • 251 Kings Village Road

 

Proceeds benefit the Scotts Valley Friends.

 


Location: 251 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

Come explore the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach. This free mini-museum highlights the history of Pacific Rim migrations and how they have influenced the Monterey Bay area. 

The exhibits explore the contributions of Chinese fishers, who established fishing camps on the Monterey Bay coastline beginning in the 1850s. Fishers dried and shipped most of their catch to markets up and down the coast, as well as across the Pacific. Chinese fish merchants also sold their fresh catch in local towns. China Beach, as New Brighton was known at the time, lasted until the mid-1880s. 

The center, which is supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It also includes a ParkStore, offering nature and history-themed merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit local parks and beaches.

Self-guided tours of the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center are free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Contact Jean Bernard at the Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to schedule. Parking at New Brighton State Beach is $10 and supports the park. New Brighton State Beach is located at 1500 Park Ave. in Capitola


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Open House Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
Join us for this easy guided walk to hear the stories of the Pájaro Valley’s past.
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 27-Dec 9) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

(AAA_Feb 2015) Castro-Adobe.jpgOpen House, Castro Adobe State Historic Park

 

Join us for a unique opportunity to view our newest State Historic Park. This hidden jewel in the Pájaro Valley is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired and is open only during scheduled events. Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

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.

 

Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
A Night at the Museum
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Explore MCP
Fun night out plus your admission is a tax-deductible donation to help kids with special learning needs
Date: 03/24/2018 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: Adult Admission Fees: $75

Enjoy live jazz, gourmet food and local wines and beers while exploring the galleries and wonders of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History-all included in the price of admission. Rare auction purchase opportunities will be featured thanks to many kind donations.

Prints on display during the event guests are invited to explore California's coastal edge through prints by woodcut artist Tom Killion alongside poems selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Gary Snyder. A print donated by Killion will be auctioned at the event.

Silent and live auction opportunities include 40 yard-line tickets for the San Francisco 49ers, one week stay at a breathtaking beachside home in Maui, gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses and more!

A tax-deductible donation of $75 per person is requested. Tickets available at exploremcp.org. Proceeds benefit kids with special learning needs.


Location: Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 458-9800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Spring Break at Boardwalk
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Beach Boardwalk
Enjoy rides, free magic shows, costumed characters, arcade happy hours and more!
Date: Every day (Mar 24-Apr 8)
Admission Fees: $69.95 per person

Ditch the books and hit the beach!

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Boardwalk rides are open daily during Spring Break!

All rides open, weather and maintenance permitting.

Check the operating calendar for ride hours.

 

Arcade Happy Hours!

After the rides close, stick around and enjoy all of your favorite arcade games for 1/2 the price!

Arcade Happy Hours start when rides are scheduled to close, daily during Spring Break. Includes video games, mini golf, laser tag and pool. Excludes redemption games.

 

FREE Photo FUN with Nickelodeon stars!Take a selfie with SpongeBob and Patrick at the Main Entrance!

Monday-Friday

  • 12pm-12:30pm
  • 1pm-1:30pm
  • 2pm-2:30pm
  • 4pm-4:30pm
  • 5pm-5:30pm

Magic Shows with Doug Hofkins, a.k.a. the "Surfing Magician"

You'll be amazed by the Surfing Magician's funny magic show!

Mondays-Fridays

March 26 - April 6

  • 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm- Neptune's Stage (by the Pirate Ship)
  • 1:30pm & 3:30pm - Cave Train Stage

Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-5590 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Ballet Spring Show
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Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre
Don't miss this exciting mix of dance!
Date: Every day (Mar 24-Mar 25)
Ages: all

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre In Concert 

Our annual mixed-repertory concert features a wide range of dance idioms, from classical to contemporary styles.  This season features the Tchaikovsky's beautiful "Swan Lake Act II," the romantic white act of the dramatic ballet.  A world premiere by our own award-winning choreographer Robert Kelley will showcase our dancers' talents.  The much-anticipated return of guest choreographer Debra Pearse Rogo's neoclassic "Gaelicia" to music by the Chieftains rounds out the program.  Junior and Petite Companies also perform.  Don't miss this exciting mix of dance!

 


Location: Crocker Theater at Cabrillo Coll, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 479-6154 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Sa from 11:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Redwood Tours                                                                                   

Saturdays 11am

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Bellies, Birth & Babies
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Birth Network of Santa Cruz County
Learn from birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, birth photographers, midwives, fitness and yoga teachers about pr
Date: 03/24/2018 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Free Family Event

Saturday, March 24, 2018 Preregistration encouraged - https://bbb-spring2018.eventbrite.com/


~Shop our Pop-up Marketplace featuring: Childish - children's clothing, toy& gifts, Primrose & Lace - maternity & nursing-wear, Sutter Lactation - nursing needs, Tiny Tot's - diapering needs
~Door Prizes valued at over $1000! (Must be present to win!)
~Baby Wearing Fashion Show & Information by Santa Cruz Baby Wearing -Check out a variety of baby carriers!
~Groovaroo Dance - Featuring parents with babies in carriers
~Free mini-massages by Luma Yoga and Wellness -
~Hands-on Demos - Learn from birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, birth photographers, midwives, fitness and yoga teachers about pregnancy, birth and postpartum topics.
~Womb Song - Prenatal Singing Circle
~ Community Resources - Pick up useful information on community resources, classes and meetings.
~Drop in for a visit - Don't have the whole afternoon free? You are welcome to just pop in.
~ Workshops - This event includes the option of participating in workshops to learn more about specific topics, as well as ongoing activities in the main hall throughout. Preregistration reserves a spot in the workshops of your choice.

If desired, you may choose from the following workshops (choose only one session per time block)
3:00 - 3:30 Workshops:
101 "Mother-Friendly" Birth Choices: Advocating for Your Choices
102 Your Changing Body: Relieving Aches & Pains of Pregnancy/Postpartum
4:00 - 4:30
201 Pain with a Purpose: Coping with the Intensity of Labor
202 "Sleeping Like a Baby:" Expectations vs Reality

Meet with Birth Network's professional members and service providers.
Learn something new!

(If you are a birth network professional who would like to attend the event you must register here: https://bbb-professionals-spring2018.eventbrite.com/

 


Location: Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

(0 Oct 2017) Wilder_Baking2.jpgRanch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends with Machine Shop Pelton Water Wheel Demos, baking on the woodstove, and ranch tours.

 

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: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Birding for Beginners
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State Park Henry Cowell
A Walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: 03/24/2018 from 8:00am to 10:00am


Birding for Beginners
Saturday, March 24 at 8am
Meet at the Campground (entrance located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley)
Join us for a 2-mile stroll to discover the wildlife of the Santa Cruz Sandhills. Please bring binoculars, water, snacks, layered clothes, and walking shoes. Please no pets. Heavy rain cancels.

 

 


Location: Campground, Graham Hill, Felton Map
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Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. 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.

 

Call (831) 426-0505 for more details.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Become a Watsonville Wetlands Docent
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Watsonville Wetlands
Join us for docent training in January
Date: Every Wed and Sa


Docent Training Starts THIS MONTH!

There is still time to sign-up for docent training. While there are a variety of ways to volunteer with us here at the Wetlands Watch, becoming a docent is a great way to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to the wetlands, youth, and community! It is a fun and interesting way to learn about the natural and cultural history of the wetlands from experts. Docent trainees are treated to an inside look at the Pajaro Valley and its wide network of wetlands. Local experts share the ecology, history, and restoration of the wetlands during the 7-week program.


The interactive sessions include Wednesday evening presentations and Saturday morning field trips, visiting sites not normally seen by the public. Join our dedicated team of trained docent volunteers who help with field trips, lead wetland tours, participate in special events, work in the greenhouse and native plant demonstration garden and a whole host of other things. No previous teaching or wetland experience is necessary - beginners are welcome.  

 

Come join us - the wetlands are calling!    For more information, contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Ria Mukerji at 909-680-9872 or email at  ria@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.


Location: 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Canta y Baila Conmigo® with MusicalMe, Inc.
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Musical Me, Inc. Offers Music Together
CyBC enhances children's learning in multiple domains, increases family engagement and adds richly to each family's "toolbox."
Date: Every day (Feb 23-Apr 1)
Ages: 0-6 years
Special Instructions: Locations in Los Gatos, Pleasure Point & Westside Santa Cruz

Canta y Baila Conmigo® with MusicalMe, Inc.

Locations in Los Gatos, Pleasure Point & Westside Santa Cruz

831.438.3514  or  Text: 831.332.9002

 

(0 February 2018) MM_CantaYBaila_TwoFigures.jpgNow offering the new and exciting Spanish language music & movement immersion program - Canta y Baila ConmigoTM.  For beginners and native speakers alike, CyBC brings the highest quality music and movement experiences to young children and the adults who love them, with a playful, interactive atmosphere that integrates language learning naturally and organically in the musical experience.

 

Our curriculum fosters the integration of music into everyday life - regardless of adults' music ability. CyBC enhances children's learning in multiple domains, increases family engagement and adds richly to each family's "toolbox."

 

Siblings are welcome, especially infants who attend free if they are 8 months or under. Classes are now offered in Los Gatos, Pleasure Point & Westside Santa Cruz.

 

Contact us now to attend a class for free!

FREE Demo Classes

 

Join us for a FREE Demo Class of our newest offering:  Canta y Baila Conmigo! 

Friday, March 16th, 2018 @ 9:30am and 10:30am

Los Gatos Rec. Department, 123 E. Main Street, Los Gatos, CA - ROOM C

REGISTRATION REQUIRED:  Click Here to Register

 

QUESTIONS:  831-438-3514 or sky@musicalme.com

SPACE IS LIMITED!  REGISTER TODAY!

 

PREVIEW A CLASS - FOR FREE!

If you have never experienced a Music Together class and want to see first-hand why everyone raves about this incredible program, please join us for a FREE class.  These are classes currently in progress.  Schedule yours TODAY!


Location: 325 Marion Ave, Room 29, Ben Lomond Map
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The quilts are back!
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Beautiful quilts on exhibit!
Date: Every day (Dec 11-Apr 15)
Admission Fees: Free - $5

(0 Dec 2017) Quilt-Flowers.jpgThe quilts are back!
The Museum has partnered with the Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild for a new temporary exhibit, "Wildflowers Through a Quilter's Eyes," beginning with an opening reception on Monday, December 11th, from 6-8 p.m. This temporary exhibit will be on display through mid-April.


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Pictured are quilts from last year's reception.
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Location: 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove Map
Phone: 831-648-5716 •website Pacific Grovecreate a direct event link
Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Learn about the river during the 2nd Annual Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series!
Date: Every Sa (Feb 3-Apr 21) at 10:00am

Special Instructions: See varying meet locations

(0 January 2018) SanLorenzoRiverExploring.jpgThe San Lorenzo River watershed is home to you and me, AND all sorts of birds and bugs, fish and fungus, plants and amphibians. Learn about the wildlife that lives in and along the river during the 2nd Annual Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series!

Join expert birders, wildlife specialists, and fisheries biologists on guided walks along the river, to learn and connect with this beautiful natural resource in our own backyards. At the culmination of these walks we will celebrate Earth Day with a citizen science "BioBlitz" to capture biodiversity data along the river.

The following tours alternate between locations in the upper and lower watershed:

February 3 - Becoming Naturalists. Great for families!
February 10 - Birds of the lower San Lorenzo River. Great for families!
February 17 - The River through Time
February 24 - Fungus Among Us
March 3 - TBD
March 10 - Amphibians and Climate Change
March 17 - Salmon Spawning and Life Cycles*
Following the State of the San Lorenzo River Symposium.
March 24 - TBD
March 31 - San Lorenzo Salmonid Habitats
April 7 - NO WALK - Spring Break
April 14 - Bringing Stickleback!
April 21: Special Earth Day Bio Blitz

This FREE tour series is hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and the Coastal Watershed Council and is sponsored by the San Lorenzo Valley Water District and ClifBar Family Foundation.


Location: San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz Map
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Shelf to Shore Passes to Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
visit any Santa Cruz Public Libraries branch or bookmobile stop to request your shelf to shore pass. A valid library card is req
Date: Every day (Jan 18-May 29) from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Shelf to Shore Passes to Monterey Bay Aquarium

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The Santa Cruz Public Libraries is a proud partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Shelf to Shore Program, which provides free access to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for low income families. The program, created for families who otherwise could not afford to go, admits up to six family members for a visit. Just visit any Santa Cruz Public Libraries branch or bookmobile stop to request your shelf to shore pass. A valid library card is required. Limit one pass per year per adult library card holder. For free admission to the Aquarium, you must present the ticket with your matching library card at the Aquarium's Main Entrance.

 

 

The Shelf to Shore program runs from the day after Labor Day through the Friday before Memorial Day. Currently, a pass is valid from September 5, 2017 through May 25, 2018 and cannot be used on the following dates:

  • February 17-19, 2018
  • March 24-April 8, 2018
  • April 29, 2018

Who is Eligible?
You can get a Shelf to Shore Aquarium pass if you are 18 years old or older and have a valid Santa Cruz Public Library card. Passes are intended for low income families, so if you qualify for Free School Lunch, WIC, SNAP, Meals on Wheels, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, or other similar services, this program is definitely for you.


Location: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey Map
Phone: (831) 647-6886 •website Monterey create a direct event link
Operation Surf
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Amazing Surf Adventures
This event is held in support of the men and women whom have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom.
Date: Every day (Mar 22-Mar 27)

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Amazing Surf Adventures is excited to announce  Operation Surf Santa Cruz, taking place March 22 - 27, 2018!

This event is held in support of the men and women whom have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom. Severely wounded active duty and veteran service members from various branches of the U.S. military who served in Afghanistan and Iraq will take part in an epic, life-changing experience at beaches across the Santa Cruz coast.

Through the healing power of the ocean and surfing, these wounded heroes, to whom we owe so much, will overcome challenges and build a new understanding of their personal potential.

 

Location:

March 22 - 25 Capitola Beach
March 26-27 Cowells Beach, Santa Cruz Date/Time Information: March 22 - 27


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Tide Pool Docent Training
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State Park Natural Bridges
Join our team of dedicated docent volunteers who interact with visitors, provide tours and nature walks, participate in special
Date: Every Wed and Sa

Special Instructions: Located at the end of West Cliff Drive

Tide Pool Docent Training

Begins Saturday, March 24

4-week duration, Wednesday evenings and Saturdays

Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you want to share knowledge with others and promote conservation and stewardship? This is your opportunity to join our team of dedicated docent volunteers who interact with visitors, provide tours and nature walks, participate in special events, and in general contribute to the inspiration, education, and enjoyment of park visitors. Student internships are available. Training begins Saturday, March 24 and lasts 4 weeks. Training is held on Wednesday evenings and half-days on Saturdays. For more information and an application, please call (831) 423-4609 ext. 8 or email NaturalBridgesStateBeach@gmail.com.

 


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Symphony Children's and Family Concerts
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Santa Cruz County Symphony
Mozart and more!
Date: Every day (Mar 24-Mar 25)
Ages: all

CELEBRATION!

MARCH 24, 7:30 PM at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

MARCH 25, 2:00 PM at the Mello Center for the Performing Arts

Fourth Concert of the Santa Cruz Symphony's 2017-18 Classical Series

 

We begin with Mozart's joyful Overture to The Marriage of Figaro.  The opera is based on a stage comedy by Pierre BeaumarchaisLa folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro ("The Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro"), and was performed in 1784. It tells how the servants Figaro and Susanna succeed in getting married, foiling the efforts of their philandering employer Count Almaviva to seduce Susanna and teaching him a lesson in fidelity.  Perhaps many of you will remember the prior exploits of Figaro as he helped Count Almaviva seduce Rosina in The Barber of Seville which we performed in 2016. The upbeat Overture is 4.5 minutes long. 

 

We will then be treated to the World Premiere of Daniel Stewart's latest composition, Social Media, written in 2017 for the Santa Cruz Symphony in honor of its 60th Anniversary Season.

We conclude the first half with 2016 Klein International String Competition winner Will Langlie-Miletich performing Giovanni Bottisini's dramatic Bass Concerto No. 2.  This piece lasts about 20 minutes.

We begin the second half celebrating the late great local legend Lou Harrison's 100th birthday with Suite from Wedding at the Eiffel Tower which he wrote for the Santa Cruz Symphony in 1961. The Suite lasts about an hour.

 

We conclude with Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola K364, featuring San Francisco Symphony's violinist In Sun Jang and our own Daniel Stewart on viola. This piece is 30 minutes long.

 

PROGRAM

Mozart - Overture to The Marriage of Figaro  (Listen)     

Stewart - Social Media (World Premiere)

Bottesini - Bass Concerto No. 2 (Listen)
  William Langlie-Miletich, bass

INTERMISSION

Harrison - Suite from Marriage at the Eiffel Tower (Listen)

Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola K364 (Listen)
  InSun Jang, violin
  Daniel Stewart, viola


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Julius Caesar
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Mountain Community Theater
An uncompromising examination of how a society, faced with an internal drift to tyranny, can slip into civil war, and revert ove
Date: Every day (Mar 15-Apr 8)

Special Instructions: Community Night, Thursday March 15th - 2 for $20!

(0 February 2018) JuliusCeasar.jpgMCT Presents William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

Tickets Available at Brown Paper Tickets:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3086396

Some scholars believe Shakespeare chose to open his new Globe Theatre with Julius Caesar. The play is an uncompromising examination of how a society, faced with an internal drift to tyranny, can slip into civil war, and revert overnight to barbarism. A tragedy without clear-cut villains and heroes, Julius Caesar is as fresh today as it was on that opening night over 400 years ago.

Much of the work of Director Bill Peters over the past fifteen years has centered on directing the works of Shakespeare. His MCT production of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors – both the last time MCT presented Shakespeare and the last time Bill directed for MCT – was named Best Comedy of 2003 by the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

The cast comprises both MCT favorites and newcomers to MCT, including David Leach as Caesar, Nat Robinson as Antony, Peter Gelblum as Brutus, Andrew Davids as Cassius, Ann McCormick as Calpurnia, Scott Kravitz as Casca, Rick Kuhn as Cinna, Robin Aronson as Portia, Tom Goldrup as the Soothsayer, Rita Wadsworth as Artemidorus, April Bennett as Decius, Jocelyn McMahon as Lucia, Ward Willats as Trebonius, and Sam Richie as Octavius.

Special dates: Community Night, Thursday March 15th - 2 for $20!
Post-show champagne reception Friday, March 16th
Director & Cast Talk Backs Sunday March 25th & Sunday April 1st.


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond Map
Phone: 831.336.4777 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
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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

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. 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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Sheep to Shawl Fiber Arts Fair
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Live Earth Farm
Bring the family to participate in the process of bringing wool from the sheep to the shawl, including every step in between.
Date: 03/24/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $5 per person

(0 March 2018) SheepToShawl2018.jpgSheep to Shawl Fair will feature hands-on stations demonstrating the progression of processing wool. Children and adults will be able to interact with the sheep and shearer, dye yarn, make drop spindles, try knitting and crocheting, and wash and comb yarn, all with expert help and child-friendly tools.

Also looking for skilled and unskilled volunteers.

 

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Location: 1275 Green Valley Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831)728-2032 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
DATENIGHT: Coming of Age
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Jewel Theatre Co
This serious comedy by Kate Hawley (COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL) is an exploration of love and renewal.
Date: Every day (Mar 14-Apr 8)
Admission Fees: $42/$48

Ian is returning from a book tour to visit his elderly father John, a renowned Dickens scholar, and most recently, a grief stricken widower. Ian is alarmed to find John confused and disoriented. He has forgotten Ian was coming, and in fact, seems anxious to get rid of him, not withstanding Ian's 3 hour drive from Manhattan.

 

Has John been having little strokes? Has he deteriorated in the six weeks Ian has been gone? And yet, the house seems strangely tidy. And John is wearing a new tie. This serious comedy by Kate Hawley (COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL) is an exploration of love and renewal.

 

3/16 & 3/17 @ 8:00 pm & 3/18 @ 2:00 pm (runs through April 8)

 

 


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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 1:30-5:30 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr Year-round
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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Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
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

Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

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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 is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Parking is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

 

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and info call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

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
Phone: (650) 879-2025 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Harvesting Our Heritage
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SLV Museum
Bite-sized looks at the history of agriculture and food ways here in Santa Cruz county.
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Feb 24-Apr 30) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Donation of $5 per family is requested

(0 January 2018) SLVMuseum_HarvestHeritage.jpgJoin us to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Harvesting Our Heritage.

 

This exhibition, based on the research project and book of the same name, takes some bite-sized looks at the history of agriculture and food ways here in Santa Cruz county.

 

Wednesday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8382 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Valley Easter Project
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Valley Churches United Missions Holiday Projects
Our Easter barrels are out now and can be found at our Valley grocery stores!
Date: Every day (Mar 15-Mar 31)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 March 2018) ValleyEasterProject.jpgEaster is approaching! Our Easter barrels are out now and can be found at our Valley grocery stores! Please stop by and fill a grocery bag. Empty bags with a list of most needed items are with our barrels.

Also, donations of non perishable, canned food are gratefully accepted year round and can be dropped off at VCUM (Mon-Fri 10-4pm), SV Chamber 216 B Mt. Hermon (Mon-Fri 10-3pm) or the BL Gas Station (7am-7pm seven days a week).

You can also donate here on our FB page or website vcum.org
Thank you

 

 

 


Location: Scotts Valley Chamber, 216 B Mt. Hermon, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 336-8258 x 221 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Spring Camp: The Art and Science of Nature
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Calling young artists and scientists curious about nature!
Date: Every day (Feb 2-Apr 6) from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: 5-6 Admission Fees: $265 - April 2-6, 8:30-3:30
Special Instructions: Discounts for members and siblings, limited scholarships available

(0 February 2018) SCMus_SpringCamp2018ArtandSceinceofNature.jpgThe Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is proud to present an inspiring week of nature exploration.

Campers draw inspiration from nature through exploration and hands-on investigation! They make new friends at this day camp featuring walking field trips, Museum exploration, science projects, and nature-inspired art.

We invite kindergartners and first graders to come observe, explore, and appreciate the wonders of the natural world here in our backyard as well as in the Museum's collection. With the inspiration of our spring "Art of Nature" exhibit, we will explore what nature reveals to us everyday through a variety of individual and collaborative art projects. Every camper will create artwork to take home, make scientific discoveries, and most importantly, create memories, friendships, and a personal connection to the unique nature of the Santa Cruz coast.

Each of the five days will focus on a different theme that will guide a variety of art projects, science investigations, supervised explorations, and games. "Leave no trace" ethics and safety in nature will be emphasized throughout the week so that campers will leave equipped with a better understanding of how to responsibly interact with the natural world.

Join us to build connections to nature and stewardship for our world. ENROLLMENT WILL OPEN FEB 2 at 9 am.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Archeology Demonstration
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State Park Mission
Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities
Date: 03/24/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Archeology Demonstration

Saturday, March 24 at 1pm

How do artifacts give us clues to the past? Follow the archeological process from the dig to the display, and participate in hands-on activities to discover the stories told by the artifacts. Presented in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Archeological Society.

 

Event is free; rain cancels. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Romance in the Redwoods
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Also Friday, December 1 at 1pm

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Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
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State Park Henry Cowell
Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails.
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Choose Your Own Adventure Tour
Saturdays at 1 pm


Join us on a guided scavenger hunt along our trails. The group chooses from a selection of pre-planned walks, and then together seeks out the wonders of the woods! With our ample selection of trails, abundance of wildlife, and constantly changing seasons, no two adventures will ever be the same!

 

Meet at the Visitor Center, in the day-use area of the park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10.

 

Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. 335-7077


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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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 and Sa 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
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Outrageous Outgrowns
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Outrageous Outgrowns
Bay Area's Largest Children's Consignment Event
Date: Every day (Mar 23-Mar 25)
Ages: All Admission Fees: free to attend
Special Instructions: Fairgrounds charges $5 parking w/voucher found on our website

We have everything you need from Maternity to teen at a fraction of retail prices. Thousands of items neatly organized - just like shopping at your favorite store. We have clothes, toys, shoes, baby gear, games, puzzles and so much more!!!


Location: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, , 344 Tully Rd., San Jose Map
Phone: (408) 391-5909 •website San Josecreate a direct event link
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