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Special Needs Walk
Learn about the many parenting styles of the redwoods, the dedicated parenting of the endangered marbled murrelet, the extended
08/26/2018 at 1:00pm
Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map

Special Needs Walk

Sunday, August 26 at 1pm

On this wheelchair and special needs accessible hike, Docent Nan Singh-Bowman will cover a wide range of subjects including plants, animals and the history of Big Basin. The hike will be paced for non-traditional kids, but everyone is welcome! Please wear comfortable shoes/clothing and bring water, snacks, hat and sunscreen. Be prepared for very warm weather but bring a light jacket or sweater as well. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

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Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
Date: 04/19/2018 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: 10 and older Admission Fees: General Admission Fees apply

"This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California's rare coastal lagoons. A tour is offered on selected Thursdays and Sundays of each month beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are open to the public and free with paid admission to the Seymour Center. They are best suited for children 10 years of age and older. Children (ages 10-16) receive free admission for these special tours. Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines. Water and weather protection is strongly suggested. Space is limited to 14 participants. Advance reservations and advance payment required. Call 831-459-3800."


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Trivia on Tap
Join Santa Cruz Public Libraries as we host a bimonthly trivia night at Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley. Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize. Event occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.

 

Note: Special Theme: Film and Television


Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, 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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Santa Cruz Dance Week
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Motion Pacific
Enjoy the dancing!
Date: Every day (Apr 19-Apr 28)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 April 2018) DanceWeek_Night.jpgMotion Pacific is pleased to announce the 11th annual Santa Cruz Dance Week :: April 19 - 28, 2018

Dance Week will be a vibrant celebration, with an anticipated 300+ free events including classes, performances, open rehearsals, lecture demonstrations, and the annual Dancing in the Streets kick off event - Downtown Santa Cruz, April 19th.


DANCING IN THE STREETS - THURSDAY APRIL 19
The streets of Downtown Santa Cruz come alive with dance and music as dancers take to the streets to kick off Santa Cruz Dance Week. Three Hours, Three stages, hundreds of dancers! This years event brings together dancers from across the county. Line up will be announced soon!

The event will kick off 5:30pm on Pacific & Cooper streets. Three stages of dancers will continue throughout the evening.

OPEN CLASSES - APRIL 23 - 28
Over one hundred dance classes of all levels and genres open to the public for the week in local studios and community centers. Belly dance, Samba, Ballet, Contemporary. We got it all! For just $10! That's right, $10 for an all-class pass! All proceeds go to benefit Santa Cruz Dance Week

DANCE IN UNLIKELY PLACES - APRIL 20 - 22

Dance will be popping up everywhere, as dancers take to the streets, restaurants, cafes, and bookshops and beyond. Keep your eyes open. Participating artists include: Julie Oak-Real Play, Stellaria Productions Raízes do Brazil Capoeira Santa Cruz, Synergy, Vargas Academy of Gymnastic Arts

More about this local and national celebration...

Santa Cruz Dance Week has become an annual centerpiece of the local dance repertoire, in it's 11th year, showcasing all forms of dance throughout the county and encouraging participation in and appreciation of dance, through accessible performances, public exhibitions and free classes. Partnering with several dance studios and instructors, plus the literal hundreds of performers, SC Dance Week is a one of a kind community experience.

There are few other places that have more diverse and exciting dance opportunities than right here in Santa Cruz. Motion Pacific is proud to celebrate this expansive art form as part of National Dance Week!


Location: Pacific Ave, 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

www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo

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
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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
Free Homework Help
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Library Garfield Park
Connect | Inspire | Inform
Date: Every Wed and Th (Feb 14-May 23) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Up to 18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: No appointment needed.

Success in school is important for every child's future. The library offers free Homework Help to all students under 18 years of age through May 25, 2018. No appointment is needed and all subjects are covered.


Locations are:

Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Wednesdays 3-5p: Garfield Park

 

The program takes Spring break: March 30 to April 9, 2018 (resuming April 10, 2018)


Location: 705 Woodrow Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7709 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
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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Better Choices, Better Health
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 12:30pm


Better Choices, Better Health Workshop (10:00 AM-12:30 PM)

A free 6-week series of educational workshops in partnership with The Health Trust offers peer counseling and support for persons living with the challenges of ongoing health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol. Learn about stress management, dealing with pain and fatigue, weight management and decision-making.

 

Workshops are designed to be engaging and fun. For more information call 408-961-9877 or email bcbh@healthtrust.org Pre-registration required

 


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Art Reception for Native Son by Ed Penniman
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Meet the artist, mingle with fellow community members, enjoy local wines, and snack on small bites. Artwork on display is for sa
Date: 04/19/2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm


(0 April 2018) EdPenniman.jpgSanta Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative invites you to join us for an art reception celebrating Native Son by Ed Penniman! Meet the artist, mingle with fellow community members, enjoy local wines, and snack on small bites. Artwork on display is for sale and all proceeds from art sales go directly to the artist.

About the artist:
Born in the artistic community of Santa Cruz & mentored by his grandmother, Lenora N. Penniman, who was one of the "Santa Cruz Three" famed women landscape painters of the 1920-40s, Penniman is a graduate of Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles.

His familiarity with the coastal landscape of Santa Cruz inspired his first oil painting at the age of twelve. Familiarity alone can't account for the dreamlike vibrancy & spirituality that radiates from his landscapes. They are, in many important respects, inner vignettes that transmit the deep appreciation for life of a man who has been to the brink of death & made a comeback. Penniman is an artist living out his second life: a life infused with humility, awe & gratitude.

The exhibition is curated by Mary Anne Carson, Director of the Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative, and Janet Silverglate, and will be on display through November 2, 2018.


Location: 720 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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