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Full Moon Madness
This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer gu
08/24/2018 at 6:00pm
Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map

Full Moon Madness
Friday August 24; 6pm

Experience Henry Cowell in a completely new way... at night! This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer guest speaker. To wrap up the evening, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes out for stargazing. Event is in the day use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, located off Hwy 9 in Felton. Event is free; parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

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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
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 (Nov 1-May 1)
Ages: Family Admission Fees: FREE

Shadow Day

How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out. We will pair your student with a student host with similar interests. Together they will experience a "day in the life" at Kirby. They will attend classes together, hang out with other Kirby students, and enjoy lunch with their host and some of their friends.

 

How it works:

  • Monday is our preferred shadow day because of our block schedule. However, a shadow day can be scheduled any day of the week.
  • Student shadows are treated to a hot lunch made fresh in our kitchen.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202.

Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-0658 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
School Day Tours at Gateway School
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Gateway School
Come and learn how our teachers use innovative teaching informed by research to inspire a love of learning.
Date: 04/17/2018 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: K-8

We hope you will join us for our March School Day Tours to experience first hand our dynamic classrooms in action. Tour our K-8th grade and specialist classes in action. Come and learn how our teachers use innovative teaching informed by research to inspire a love of learning. Meet parent ambassadors, students and Head of School.


Gateway School is an independent K-8 academically challenging Progressive school. Our education is rooted in play, creativity, and critical thinking. During their time at Gateway, students develop self-confidence, communication and collaborative skills. We value a love of learning and encourage our students to become compassionate and responsible citizens. Gateway has long been a leader in innovative learning techniques - it was the first school in Santa Cruz to establish a Life Lab, the first to build a Maker's Space, and the first to institute a mindfulness program.


Location: Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-423-0341 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Campus Tour
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Mount Madonna School
Come visit Mount Madonna School
Date: 04/18/2018 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Ages: All with school-age children Admission Fees: Free

Small classes and learning that goes beyond the classroom walls, Montessori-influenced Pre/K and college prep 1st-12th grades. Featuring hands-on science labs, outdoor adventure, travel, marine biology studies on Catalina Island, buddy program, visual and performing arts. Contact Benna Dimig at 408-846-4042 or admissions@mountmadonna.org


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Walk Through the Grades
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Come See Why Waldorf Works
Date: 04/19/2018 from 8:30am to 10:30am


Join us for a guided tour through the grades classrooms followed by time for questions. Adults only please.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School honors students' individual development and capacities, and nurtures a love of learning through our rich curriculum inspired by Rudolf Steiner. At our rural, forested campus, our community, led by creative Waldorf-trained teachers, encourages the protection of childhood and respect for all life.

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf School cultivates self-directed, empathetic and free-thinking individuals with the courage and capacities to serve an ever-evolving humanity.

 


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 824-2161 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Fashion Teens
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Fashion Teens
Teens show off their fashion creations, many of them from upcycled materials
Date: 04/20/2018 at 7:30pm


(0 April 2018) FashionArt_Teens.jpgSanta Cruz photographer r.r. jones, adjusts the lighting on Simone Evenson during an all-day photo shoot of the winning entries for FashionTEENS 2018.

 

Evenson's dress, which she created with Audrey Pierson in their art class at Mission Hill Middle School, features photos of her parents' wedding across the skirt and collar, and a bodice pattern created from slides of her parents' childhood.

 

FashionTEENS is an annual spring fashion show at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, created by local artist and teacher Kathleen Crocetti. Teens compete to participate, and many of the submissions use upcycled materials.

 

This year's event takes place Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. One hundred and twenty teens from sixteen Santa Cruz County Middle Schools and High Schools will model fashions they designed and constructed.

 

Tickets are available at santacruztickets.com. More information at fashionteensantacruz.com. (Crystal Birns - Contributed)

 


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WPENS Open House
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Westside Parent Education Nursery School
Open House - Wpens is not just a preschool its a family!
Date: 04/21/2018 from 10:00am to 11:30pm


We are enrolling for Fall, ages 2 to 5. Meet the teachers and talk to parents to find out why WPENS is their school of choice. Wpens is a nonprofit parent coop preschool with positive discipline and parent education seminars. Join our community. Wpens is not just a preschool its a family!


Location: WPENS, 1231 Bay Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314293995 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
West Side Story
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San Lorenzo Valley High School
Classic with elaborate dance numbers and emotionally-charged songs
Date: Every day (Apr 26-May 6)
Ages: 13-14 Admission Fees: $9 - $15

(0 April 2018) WestSideStory_SLV.jpg"San Lorenzo Valley High School is proud to present West Side Story.The high school's upcoming production of West Side Story is filled with elaborate dance numbers and emotionally-charged songs that have more rawness to them than any musical theater lover could imagine.

 

The cast members of West Side Story have put tremendous effort into realizing the characters in the story, from the toughness of Riff, the boldness of Anita, the fervor of Tony, and the dreamlike modesty of Maria. The show's tension between the two major gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, keeps an audience riveted throughout the performance.

 

The show is action-packed, heart-wrenching, crude, and tragically romantic all at once. West Side Story juggles themes of race and class, and awakens the spirit with classic Broadway songs that are forever etched in the American musical theater repertoire.

 

Performances run from the 26th of April to the 6th of May at the SLVHS Performing Arts Center, where tickets will be sold at the box office or online at hs.slvusd.org. The production has mature themes, but all ages may attend. Ticket prices range from $9-$15. There will also be an available donation center to help support hurricane relief in Puerto Rico." Kayla Penny, Press Banner

 


Location: 7105 Highway 9, Felton Map
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High School Art Show
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Santa Cruz Art League
Come see some pretty amazing art by local high school students
Date: Every day (Apr 27-May 20) from 9:00am to 3:30pm


Annual High School Show

Since 1955 the Santa Cruz Art League's High School Show has been providing one of the only professional gallery exhibitions for high school age artists in our county. Students from local public, private, charter, home and at -risk schools are invited to benefit from the Art League's state-of-the-art space and give the audience a preview of the next generation of local artists.


Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Summit for the Planet Earth Day Celebration
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Mount Madonna School
Join us for an amazing Learning Expo & fun-filled day!
Date: 04/28/2018 from 9:00am to 1:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: none

an eco-carnival and e-waste event

"The annual Summit for the Planet connects the MMS school community with local area organizations and businesses supporting the environment and teaching young people the importance of stewardship," commented MMS Head of School Mary Supriya McDonald. "The walk-a-thon is a way for our school to raise funds and awareness, and a day of play and fun for families and all the visitors who join us on the mountaintop."

 

(AA Summit) SummitBlast_RunningBuddies.jpgHosted by Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna. Registration and information at SummitforthePlanet.org

 

(Schedule subject to change)

9:30 - 10:00am: Registration
Students Perform

Students Perform
9:45 am: Walkers Stretch

10:00 am: Walk-a-thon begins

10:30-11:00: Walkers Return

11:05 pm: Songs by the MMS student choirs

11:15 pm: Award Ceremony and Sponsor Recognition

11:30 pm: Carnival Opens!
Trash Fashion Show

Trash Fashion Show
11:35 pm: Solar Car Race

12:00 pm: Trash Fashion Show

12:20 pm: Entertainment
(Live music, dancers, and more)

1:30 pm: Event Concludes


Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Dia de Los Ninos
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Branciforte Small Schools
Wonderful community celebration including presentations of multicultural dance and music, children's activities, crafts, book gi
Date: 04/28/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm


(0 April 2018) dia-de-los-ninosBranciforte.jpgPlease join us for a wonderful community celebration including presentations of multicultural dance and music, children's activities, crafts, book give-away, food and beverages.

 

All funds raised support public education at the Branciforte Small Schools Campus (Ark, AFE, Costanoa and Monarch)!

 

Come join the fun!

 

For more information, call (831)429-3898 ext. 213

 


Location: 840 N Branciforte, Santa Cruz Map
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Spring Festival, Coastal Community Preschool
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Coastal Community Preschool
Join us for a Circus! themed day of family fun! at our annual Spring Festival
Date: 04/28/2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: 1-5 Admission Fees: $15 per child - $25 per family
Special Instructions: Adults are free

Join us for a Circus! themed day of family fun!
Proceeds from this fundraiser will help our Big Yard improvements project. Invite your family and friends!
• Petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, puppet show, art projects and so much more!
• Don't miss our famous raffle with fabulous prizes from local businesses
• Hot dogs, lemonade, bake sale


Location: 900 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 462-5437 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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