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Waves and Wildlife Photo Contest
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Save Our Shores
Get excited about our 3rd annual Waves and Wildlife photo competition! We'll start accepting entries THIS Sunday, April 1 and wi
Date: Every day (Apr 1-May 31)


(0 March 2018) SaveOurShores-PhotoContest.jpgGet excited about our 3rd annual Waves and Wildlife photo competition! We'll start accepting entries THIS Sunday, April 1 and will continue to do so until Thursday, May 31.

 

Each year, Save Our Shores encourages amateur photographers to submit their best shots from state marine protected areas (MPAs) along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to our Waves and Wildlife competition. The best images are then displayed in a month-long exhibit at the Sanctuary Exploration Center. Save Our Shores aims to raise awareness and appreciation of our local marine protected areas by highlighting these locations and the amazing wildlife and ecosystems within them. Below are some of our top submissions from the 2017 Waves and Wildlife photo competition.


Winners will be announced in mid-June and the best photos will be displayed throughout July in an exhibit at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center - Unofficial!

Go to saveourshores.org/wavesandwildlife to learn more about the #wavesandwildlife competition!


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30th Annual Santa Cruz Bonsai
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Santa Cruz Bonsai
Come and see club members' trees on display at the 30th annual bonsai show
Date: Every day (Apr 14-Apr 15) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all

(0 April 2018) bonsai.jpgThe Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai is a local club devoted to promoting and teaching bonsai as an art form. The beautifully exhibited trees may be seen from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days and are the product of many years of horticultural development and artistic creativity. A bonsai is actually a living sculpture and an art form that dates back at least 3000 years.


For 29 years, members of the Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai have showcased their trees at the annual show. This year will be the 30th event in this grand tradition, an amazing legacy for the Santa Cruz community at large.

 

The exhibition will feature live demonstrations by Jonas Dupuich and Sensei Katsumi Kinoshta. There will be Taiko drummers, tree sales and raffles on both days.

 


Location: MAH, 705 Front 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

Romance in the Redwoods



 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Love Wins! 5K
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Live Like Coco
Kids 12 and under can participate in a free 1K, and earn a free book for finishing!
Date: 04/14/2018 at 9:00am


(0 March 2018) Live-Like-Coco_1K5K.jpgRegister now for Love Wins! , our third annual 5K run/walk/hike at Pinto Lake County Park in Watsonville. Kids 12 and under can participate in a free 1K, and earn a free book for finishing!

 

This event helps us fundraise for the Live Like Coco Foundation as well as 15 other local non-profits, such as CASA , Digital Nest , Jacob's Heart and more.

 

Join us for a beautiful run/walk or hike. Plus, food from Teen Kitchen Project, stick yoga, face painting, music from Morgen Smith and more! Family and friends can register for group discounts!


Register Now!

 


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Cinderella
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Aptos High
'80s themed, with some seriously big hair and totally tubular costumes-think Cinderella meets an '80s workout video
Date: Every day (Apr 13-Apr 21)


Aptos High Presents 'Cinderella'

popouts1815-cinderellaEveryone knows the story of Cinderella, so Aptos High School has a bit of a twist to keep things interesting. The musical production will be '80s themed, with some seriously big hair and totally tubular costumes-think Cinderella meets an '80s workout video.

 

Few things sound more entertaining than Cinderella right out of a John Hughes movie. The musical is directed by drama teacher Stacy Aronovici and Aptos High student Quinn Youngs, and features more than 50 students in the cast and crew.

 

Puppetry and a full orchestra will add a bit more enchantment to the evening.

 

INFO: Opens 7 p.m. Friday, April 13 and runs through Saturday, April 21. 

$10/$11 general admission. $8/$9 students and seniors. TICKETS

 

Friday, April 13 @ 7 PM

Saturday, April 14 @ 7 PM

Sunday, April 15 @ 2 Pm

Friday, April 20 @ 7 PM

Saturday, April 21 @1: 30 PM AND 7 PM

Online Reserved tickets available now at:

<a href="http://aptos.seatyourself.biz">Click here to purchase tickets</a>

$10 Adults, $8 Students, Seniors, Educators; $6 Kids 12 & under

 

At Door (subject to availability): $11, $9, $7

Doors and box office open 1/2 our before curtain.


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Explore California's Wild Edge Prints by Tom Killion
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MAH
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
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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Coastal Wilflower Day
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State Park Francis
Live music, dance performances, food truck, artwork, games and educational activities for youth, guided nature walks, resources
Date: 04/14/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm


The fifth annual Coastal Wildflower Day marks the start of California Native Plant Week, celebrating the native wildflowers of the San Mateo coast with activities for the whole family. Discover more about the seaside survivor's unique beauty and special features that help them thrive in a windy, sandy, salty environment. Events and activities include live music, dance performances, food truck, artwork, games and educational activities for youth, guided nature walks, resources to help you grow your own native plants, and a native plant sale.

Event is at Francis State Beach located at 95 Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay, and another plant sale location at Venice Beach at the end of Venice Blvd. from 10 am to 2 pm. Event is free; parking is $10. Waling or bicycling is encourage. Heavy rain cancels.

For more information and a schedule of events please visit www.CoastalWildflowerDay.org or call (650) 726-8814, or e-mail HMBParksVolunteer@Parks.ca.gov

 

Event is made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, California Native Plant Society Santa Clara Valley Chapter, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.


Location: Francis State Beach, 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay 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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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
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
Quilt Show
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Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild
Date: Every day (Apr 13-Apr 15)
Admission Fees: $7 for all three days

Annual Quilt Show! A Do Not Miss Event!

(0 April 2018) MontereyPeninsulaQuiltersGuild.jpgMonterey Bay Quilt Show: April 13-15.

 

And if you come to our show, don't miss out on the "Wild Flowers Through the Eyes of Quilter" at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History next door -- between the show and Back Porch Fabric.


Location: Chautauqua Hall, 16th St at Central, Pacific Grove Map
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Volunteer in California's Oldest State Park!
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State Park Big Basin
We need volunteers!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Volunteer with the Trail Crew Saturdays

Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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Our Town
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Center Stage
"We all know that something is eternal. And it ain't houses and it ain't names, and it ain't even the stars. There's something w
Date: Every day (Apr 6-Apr 22)


(0 March 2018) OurTown.jpgOUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder

This is an invitation to re-discover a beloved classic of the American theater, Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN, coming to the stage in Santa Cruz in early April.

 

OUR TOWN is set in the idealized small town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire in the early years of the 20th century. Life was simpler then, to be sure, and the play invites reflection on how our country has changed in the past century. But Wilder's "Our Town" is more, much more, than a nostalgic look at an earlier time, for Grover's Corner is also our own town, our own life. We too, like the families in the play, make breakfast, go to work, celebrate birthdays, get sick, get drunk, get married, raise children, and endure trouble, and yes, we also die. The play is less about a particular time than about time itself, the passing ephemeral quality of all life.

 

And beyond this, the play evokes and celebrates the luminous, extraordinary, even the sacred, quality of our everyday life in every time and every place. As the Stage Manager, whose folksy commentary moves the play along, puts it: "We all know that something is eternal. And it ain't houses and it ain't names, and it ain't even the stars. There's something way down deep that's eternal about every human being."

 

Now more than ever, amid the vulgarity, fears, turmoil and divisions of our public life, OUR TOWN lifts up that larger sense of perspective or context that gives significance and meaning to our individual lives and relationships. We too dwell, as young Rebecca reminds us, in "the United States of America... the Earth... the Universe, and the Mind of God."

 

Performance Information:

  • Performances take place at Center Stage (previously Actor's Theatre), 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz three weekends in April 2018: 6-8, 13-15, 20-22.
  • Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM; Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM.
  • Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets OR, if available, at the door: General Admission $25; Reduced Price $10 (teachers/students/anyone of limited means)
  • For further information, contact Suzanne Sturn, director: suzansturn@sbcglobal.net or (831) 662-2238

 

 


Location: 1001 0center St, Santa Cruz Map
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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
Grand Opening of Joe & Linda Aliberti Clubhouse
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Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz
Grand Opening - 12:00p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Bouncy House, 4-H Club petting zoo, family games and activities and youth bands and da
Date: 04/14/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY ANNOUNCES OPENING OF JOE & LINDA ALIBERTI CLUBHOUSE TO SERVE KIDS AND TEENS IN SCOTTS VALLEY AND SAN LORENZO VALLEY COMMUNITIES


Community Invited to April 14 Grand Opening

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA - Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County (BGCSCC) today announced the Joe & Linda Aliberti Clubhouse, located at 5060 Scotts Valley Drive, will open officially on April 14, 2018, with a free, family friendly community event from 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. The event will feature an opening ceremony and ribbon cutting, clubhouse tours, youth bands, dance groups, petting zoo, bouncy house, games and youth activities, as well as information on programming and annual memberships.  Annual membership cost is $75 per year.

Full after school programming will begin on April 16 from 2:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. (M, T, Th, F) and 12:30p.m. - 7:00p.m. on Wednesdays (minimum days). Summer programs will take place 7:30a.m. - 6:00 p.m. weekdays beginning June 11, 2018.

"The Joe & Linda Aliberti Clubhouse will be an important community resource and asset for Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley families," said Bruce McPherson, Santa Cruz County 5th District Supervisor. "Now working parents and families will have an affordable, safe, fun and supported option for their children during out of school time."

Grand opening schedule 4/14:
11:00a.m. - Dedication Ceremony
12:00p.m. - Red Ribbon Cutting
12:00p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Bouncy House, 4-H Club petting zoo, family games and activities and youth bands and dance troupes.

Food and goodies for event attendees are being donated by Togos, Pacific Cookie Company and Dippin' Dots.

The Joe & Linda Aliberti Clubhouse features a 3,000 sq. ft. building and large outside play area. A "walking bus," with Club staff escorting students from Vine Hill Elementary School and Scotts Valley Middle School to the Club, will be available each day after school. Clubhouse programs and activities will include homework help and tutoring, computer and technology programs, arts and crafts projects, sports games and activities. Special program opportunities are also planned for youth 13 years and over.

"We're thrilled that Joe and Linda Aliberti's vision to provide a safe and supportive place for kids and teenagers is now a reality. Their unwavering belief in the project and what it will mean for kids has been inspirational," said BGCSCC Executive Director Bob Langseth. "We're looking forward to positively impacting the lives of children and the community throughout Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley."

For more information call 423-3138 or visit www.boysandgirlsclub.info.


Location: Joe & Linda Aliberti Clubhouse, 5060 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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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
Arboretum Spring Plant Sale
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Looking for drought-tolerant plants? Come to the Arboretum's Spring Plant Sale!
Date: 04/14/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Looking for drought-tolerant plants? Come to the Arboretum's Spring Plant Sale!

10 am to noon - Presale Open to Arboretum members and CNPS members
Noon to 4 pm - Open to the general public

In partnership with the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), the Arboretum's Spring Plant Sale will offer quality, regionally-friendly plants from both groups at great prices. 

 

Not a member of the Arboretum or CNPS and want to get in early? Join the Friends of the Arboretum on our website. Memberships for both organizations will be available at the gate on the day of the sale.

Knowledgeable Arboretum curators and staff will be on hand to assist customers with their plant selections, growing advice, and landscape design assistance.  You will find plenty of California natives and unique varieties found no other place. This is the year to replace a lawn with an attractive low maintenance low water usage landscape.

 

"Valet Wheelbarrow Service" will be available to assist shoppers in transporting their purchased plants to the parking area.

 

This year the sale offers colorful, water-wise succulents, small trees, and plentiful other plants from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and California. Many of the featured plants attract birds, particularly hummingbirds, and most of these can't be found at local nurseries or elsewhere in the state.

 

Not a member of the Arboretum or CNPS and want to get in early?  Join the Friends of the Arboretum on our website. Memberships for both organizations will be available at the gate on the day of the sale


Location: Arboretum Road, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Kite Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Come fly a kite Saturday!
Date: 04/14/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day's special focus. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm.

 

We have created some unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. What we like to call our "usual" activities include:

  • Wooden cow milking: we have life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow.
  • Kid-driven tractor: we retrofitted a John Deere tractor so that anyone can learn to drive it. You sit in the seat and control the steering wheel while a trained volunteer stands on a platform to your right to controls the speed. We even have space for a parent or friend to stand to your left and enjoy the ride.
  • We are currently working on creating a stationary tractor that you can drive down a crop row and the computer screen in front of you displays how well you are handling the tractor.

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Date: 04/14/2018 at 8:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

Saturday, April 14 at 8am

Join Park Interpreter Jeremy Lin on a two-mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides, and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning.

 

This free event meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway 1 at Waddell Creek at 3600 Hwy 1, Davenport, CA 95017. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Events made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Berry Creek Falls Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Join us for a moderate to strenuous 11 mile loop hike to the 65 foot falls
Date: Every Su and Sa (Apr 8-Apr 14) at 9:30am


Berry Creek Falls Hike

Saturday, May 12 at 10:30am
Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 12-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big Basin-65-foot Berry Creek Falls. Bring lots of water, lunch and wear layers. Docent Kurt Leal will guide you on this seven-hour hike. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters.

 

Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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
Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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State Park Henry Cowell
Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Mar 3-Feb 17)

Special Instructions: See different times

Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
Saturday, March 3 from 10am to 12pm

Saturday, March 17 from 1pm to 3pm

Join Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Docent Cheryl VanDeVeer or a fun, free, family workshop learning how to make a basket from local pine needles. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center in the day-use area, located off Highway 9 in Felton. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
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
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
Wilder Back Country Tour
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State Park Wilder Ranch
On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike we’ll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills
Date: 04/14/2018 at 9:00am


Wilder Backcountry Tour

Saturday, April 14 at 9am

On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike we'll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch State Park. Meet at the Wilder Ranch parking lot. Bring good walking shoes, lunch, snacks, and water. Rain cancels. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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
All Means All: Positive Discipline for Children w/Special Needs
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
All Means All: Positive Discipline for Children w/Special Needs
Date: 04/14/2018 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $40

Co-sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Cabrillo College ECE Department, and the Infant Development Association of California, this conference features Keynote Speaker and Author Steven Foster, 4 workshops facilitated by professionals in the field, and a discussion panel -- all to support those caring for or working with children with a variety of special needs, learning differences, exposure to trauma, and challenging behaviors. Call Steve at 831-476-7284 x107 for more information.

 

FREE for Full-time Cabrillo Students and Cabrillo Faculty, FREE for Monterey County Service Providers.  $25 for UCSC Students and Cabrillo College ECE Alumni


Location: Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive , Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •websitecreate a direct event link
Secret Film Festival
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Del Mar Theater
Runs from midnight until noon with screenings of only Santa Cruz premiere films
Date: Every day (Apr 14-Apr 15) from 11:59pm to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Spend the night in the theater! The 13th Annual Secret Film Festival runs from midnight until noon with screenings of only Santa Cruz premiere films. Titles are not revealed until each screening begins. What will they be this year? Get your jammies and bunny slippers ready for a movie night experience like no other.

 


Location: 1124 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz 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
Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Apr 6-Apr 30)
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See varying dates, times

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Every Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm

Friday, April 6 at 11am and 2pm

Friday, April 20 at 11am and 2pm

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 vehicle fee is $10. Event 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
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
Coast Nature Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs
Date: Every Sa (Apr 7-Apr 28) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking
Special Instructions: 4/7, 21 & 28

Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, April 7 at 11am

Saturday, April 21 at 11am

Saturday, April 28 at 11am

On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are available to borrow. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Wilder Ranch , Santa Cruz 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
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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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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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
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
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