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Movie Music of John Williams
The season concludes with Mahler's awe-inspiring second symphony, a work that established his lifelong view of the beauty of the
06/02/2018 at 7:30am

(0 A May 2018) SCS-POPS_200.jpgSanta Cruz Symphony

Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Civic Auditorium

John Williams is undeniably the most recognizable and most prolific composer for movie music. Come enjoy this concert of classic themes from movies such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Schindler's List, Catch Me If You Can, E.T., Jurassic Park, and the original Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. This year's summer benefit concert is sure to be fun for the whole family!

 

ID required to claim Will Call tickets. If you choose to have your tickets mailed to you and you do not receive them, please contact the Civic Box Office prior to the day of show.

 

Cameras & recorders are not allowed at Symphony concerts. Please review General Event Policies for exclusions. All sales are final. No refunds. 


Wheelchair Accessible and Accessible Companion seats are available in all price zones in the orchestra floor seating.

Tickets are subject to service charge which is included in the Grand Total in the Shopping Cart (after seats are selected).

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Vaqueros y Bandidos
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State Park Castro Adobe
Connect to the time when cattle ranching was king on the coast, and learn a bit about the Adobe's historic connection to the in
Date: 04/08/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

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Open House at the Castro Adobe: Vaqueros y Banditos

Sunday April 8 from 11am to 3pm

 

Before the cowboys of the Old West, there were the vaqueros of California. Connect to the time when cattle ranching was king on the coast, and learn a bit about the Adobe's historic connection to the infamous local bandit Tiburcio Vasquez.

 

While you're here you can check out our traditional vaquero-style saddle and wooden stirrups and even practice a bit of roping with the reata (lasso). Other activities include tours of the rancho, fresh tortilla making in the restored cocina, and kids crafts and games. Feel free to bring a plus-one or the whole family!

 

The Castro Adobe 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). For more information call 831-226-9669. Heavy rain may cancel. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


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 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
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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Pickwick Book Club
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Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations ...
Date: The 2nd Su of every month (Jan 14-May 13) at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 January 2018) PicwickBookClub.jpgThe Pickwick Book Club is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly to discuss a nineteenth-century novel, beginning this January with Charles Dickens's "Little Dorrit".

 

Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations to help us contextualize our readings.

SECOND SUNDAYS OF THE MONTH
JANUARY-MAY 2018 AT 2:00 PM
MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY

Questions? Visit dickens.ucsc.edu or call 831/459-2103


Location: 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831/459-2103 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

(A June) Seymour_Crafts3.jpgSunday Seaside Crafts -make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share.

 

For example, find out what gray whales eat by creating a bright sun catcher for your window, or create a fancy fish with paper, paint, and color.

 

Build a seal or sea lion puppet decorated with your own special seal nose, complete with whiskers!

 

Join the fun in the crafts room every Sunday from 1-3 PM for hands-on fun.

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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
Iris Farm Show and Sale
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Brook Lomond Iris Gardens
Bearded Irises smell and look amazing, and are drought tolerant, as well as deer- and gopher-resistant. What more could you ask
Date: Every day (Mar 14-Apr 8)


(0 A May 2018) IrisFarm.jpgIris Farm Sale and Show

Bearded Irises smell and look amazing, and are drought tolerant, as well as deer- and gopher-resistant. What more could you ask for from a little plant? Brook Lomond Iris Gardens is opening their doors to the public for two weekends, and will be selling them along with other certified organic irises and holding demonstrations on plant care. This is prime blooming season for bearded irises, so if you don't have any Mother's Day plans (or forgot about it altogether) grab your mama and head on down.

 

INFO: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 5 and 12, Sunday May 6 and 13. Brook Lomond Iris Farm.


Location: 10310 California Drive, Ben Lomond Map
Phone: 831-336-2203 •website Ben Lomond create 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
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 2:30-6:00 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr April - October
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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Dogs of Democracy
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The stray dogs of Athens and the people who take care of them.
Date: 04/08/2018 at 7:00pm
Ages: 9-11 Admission Fees: free

(0 April 2018) DogsofDemocracy.jpgDogs of Democracy is a documentary about the stray dogs of Athens and the people who take care of them. Filmmaker Mary Zournazi explores life on the streets through the eyes of the dogs and peoples' experience.

 

Shot on location in Athens, the birthplace of democracy, the documentary is about how Greece has become the 'stray dogs of Europe', and how the dogs have become a symbol of hope for the people and for the anti-austerity movement. A universal story about love and loyalty and what we might learn from animals.

 

Free screening - Dogs of Democracy with a discussion to follow with Director, Mary Zournazi and Santa Cruz SPCA staff, Lisa Krigsman


When: Sunday, April 8th - 7:00 PM

Tralier:https://www.epfmedia.com/dogs-of-democracy
Contact Santa Cruz SPCA for more information;
www.scspcs.org
831-465-5000

 


Location: 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-465-5000 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Primordial Winds
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Watsonville Taiko
Like Watsonville Taiko? Then you will not want to miss this 27th Anniversary concert!
Date: Every day (Apr 7-Apr 8)

Special Instructions: Friday and Saturday Evenings 7:30pm Sunday Matinees 2:00pm

(0 January 2018) Taiko_Bigconcert.jpgComing in April. Tickets on sale now!

Saturday April 7, 2018 at 7:00pm

Sunday April 8, 2018 at 2:00pm

Cabrillo College Crocker Theater

WIND is the movement of the earth's energy from one pole to the other, across tide and time, from the past to the present.

Taiko drumming awakens the winds of a distant time to stir the PRIMORDIAL world of our imagination.

 

Join us for the Spring Celebration of energy and power of taiko.




Location: Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 479-6152 •website Aptos 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

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
Phone: (650) 879-2025 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Play with Tech - Coding!
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Santa Cruz Teen Entrepreneur Challenge
Introduction to coding
Date: 04/08/2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

Join this introduction to coding event put on by The Santa Cruz Teen Entrepreneur Challenge and Code Naturally team. This is an all ages, drop in activity.

 

All experience levels are welcome. We will have intro to programming logic board games for the whole family and the resources to help you code anything from your first animation to an advanced interactive game.

 


Location: MAH, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Meteor Trail Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike.
Date: Every Su (Apr 7-Apr 28) at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 4/7, 21, 28

Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, April 7 at 10:30am

Saturday, April 21 at 10:30am

Saturday, April 28 at 10:30am

Join a Big Basin Docent on one of our most diverse hikes-by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You'll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. 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: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create 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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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
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz 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
Nature Wander
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley
Date: 04/08/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Nature Wander

Sunday, April 8 at 1pm

Find out what's growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1 mile, 1.5 hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world.

 

This free hike starts 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 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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