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Oliver the Parrot
Learn about parrots with the coolest parrot around, Oliver!
06/25/2018 at 5:30pm
Location: 2380 Portola Dr., Santa Cruz Map

(0 A June 2018) OliverParrot.jpgOliver the Parrot

Learn about parrots with the coolest parrot around, Oliver!

All ages are invited to enjoy parrot stories, songs, facts about parrots, and make a parrot craft while meeting Oliver and his human.

 

Monday, June 25th 5:30pm

Oliver will be back in July at Boulder Creek, Garfield Park and Live Oak again! Check back for dates and times.

 

This event is part of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Summer Reading Program

 

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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
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Triple P Seminar: Getting Teens Connected
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Strategies to encourage your teen to form positive connections with others
Date: 05/01/2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Attend this parenting seminar to learn strategies to encourage your teen to form positive connections with others. Seminar participants will learn ways to help teens: Be confident; Develop social skills; Plan ahead; Keep their commitments; and Take care of others.

This Triple P Seminar is free and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for children and adults.

Presented in English by Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: First 5 Santa Cruz County, S.H. Cowell Conference Room, 4450 Capitola Rd, Suite 106, Capitola
To register: Contact Sandra Rodelo at (831) 724-2997 x211 or sandrar@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: 4450 Capitola Rd. suite 106, Capitola Map
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Tuesday Talks on Emergency Preparedness
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Library Boulder Creek
Get together and stay prepared
Date: Every Tues from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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Emergency Preparedness

Get together and stay prepared

• 7:00pm - 8:30pm • Boulder Creek


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •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

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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Felton Farmers Market
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Felton Certified Farmers Market
Produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists
Date: Every Tues from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Open May through November

The Felton Certified Farmers Market offers produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists.

 

    Felton Certified Farmers' Market provides a community marketplace offering fresh seasonal produce sold by those who grow it, a variety of nonagricultural products and  creates a lively, educational and informative meeting place for the entire San Lorenzo Valley. The market offers fresher food at prices normally lower than retail. We carry a wonderful variety of produce, plants, flowers, bread, deserts, fish, prepared foods and there's always fun to be had.


Location: Hwy 9, St. John's Church parking lot
Phone: 425-3331 •website Felton 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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JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY
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Scotts Valley Police
Provides students with alternatives to drugs, violence, and other illegal activities through exciting events and educational pro
Date: Every day (May 1-Aug 3)

Special Instructions: June 18-22, July 9-13, July 30-Aug 3

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Registration is now open for all three of our 2018 Junior Police Academy sessions!

 

Dates are currently scheduled for June 18-22, July 9-13 and July 30-Aug 3

 

Our Junior Police Academy has been running since 2000. We offer three week-long sessions, each with room for twenty students. Our program reaches out to students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

 

Registration, cost and further information can be found at the link below, or by calling Det. Mike Birley at 831-440-5656.


https://www.scottsvalleypd.com/juvenile-programs


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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

Our family of five farmers' markets showcases the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods.

 

Purchasing your food through the area's farmers' markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region's strong farming tradition.

 

We provide direct access to sustainable sources of fresh produce and other unique foods and education about food issues, both local and beyond.

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 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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Folk Dancing!
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Cabrillo Folk Dancers
Check out these folk dancing events! Balkan, Israeli, International
Date: Every Tues and Fri from 7:30am to 11:00pm


(0 April 2018) FolkDancing.jpgTHE HELLADELICS at Live Oak Grange, Santa Cruz CA
Time: 8:00-11:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30)
Cost: $15.00 (sliding scale) + tips for the band.
Bring: Snacks to share--finger food only, please.Dancing in Santa Cruz for 48+ years.


Join us on Friday evenings...
at: MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER
222 MARKET STREET, SANTA CRUZ

 

Live music parties will usually happen at the Live Oak Grange in Santa Cruz--depending on availability of the facility and bands. Occasionally we will party at Park Hall in Ben Lomond or at our regular venue, Market Street Senior Center.

Questions? Send email to: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net
(Be patient--answers may take a few days... Thanks!)

 

LOCAL CLASSES:
FRIDAY: Cabrillo Folk Dancers--Balkan & International


TUESDAY: Alan Rothchild's Israeli Dance class


FRIDAY: BALKAN-INTERNATIONAL DANCE
Time: Friday, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
(Dancing starts about 7:45...)
EVERY Friday, except on (or near) national holidays. For the health and comfort of members with asthma and allergies, the class is "fragrance-free".
Any schedule changes will be announced on this web site, whenever possible.
Cost: $7.00
MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER, 222 Market Street, Santa Cruz, CA

In a residential neighborhood, on the surrounding streets. Please be considerate of the neighbors, and don't block driveways.

New to folk dancing or haven't danced in 10-40 years?
Come at the beginning of class, when easier dances are taught.

LIVE MUSIC: Check the Calendar of Events page for the schedule of live music parties and other parties/events of interest.

Questions? Email: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net - (answers may take a couple of days...)


TUESDAY--Alan Rothchild's ISRAELI DANCE CLASS
This class has been taught by Alan Rothchild for over 25 years.
Every Tuesday evening, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
$7.00
Peace United Church of Christ (formerly First Congregational, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz

 

For more information email: rothdance@hotmail.com


Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz 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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Free Homework Help
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Library La Selva Beach
Connect | Inspire | Inform
Date: Every Tues (Feb 13-May 22) 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 aSpring break: March 30 to April 9, 2018 (resuming April 10, 2018)


Location: 316 Estrella Ave, La Selva Beach Map
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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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Homeschool Art and Science
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Art Factory
Homeschool Art and Science, Tues 1:30 - 3:00pm or Weds 10:30am - 12:00pm
Date: Every Tues (Jan 16-May 22) from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 5-7 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

Students enjoy this fun, positive & relaxed environment where they can explore materials, follow their creativity, naturally deepen their concentration and enhance their visual perception of the world around them. The subject matter in this class is Biology-based, with in-depth studies of plant life, animals, insects, fish & humans. Mediums include, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media collage.

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


Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Weds 10:30am - 12:00pm


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Sewing Class
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Art Factory
Sewing Classes
Date: Every Tues (Jan 16-May 22) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 6-12 Admission Fees: $105/month

This class is for students who love to sew and create mixed media art with textiles as the main component. As students progress, there will be occasional machine sewing. Projects include art pieces, wearable art, functional objects and more.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Whale of An Auction
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Auction items are already visible, with more being added every day!
Date: Every day (May 1-May 10)
Ages: ALL

(0 April 2018) Seymour_auction_Sidebar.jpgWHALE OF AN AUCTION: May 1 - 10, 2018

This annual charity auction provides crucial support for the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, the marine science education center at Long Marine Lab, University of California, Santa Cruz. Because of people like you, thousands of children, families, and people from all walks of life will discover why ocean science is important, now and for the future of the planet.

Auction items are already visible, with more being added every day! Register now to see what you could win in the best auction of the year! Just by registering, you're entered to win a $50 gift certificate from Whole Foods Market.

To become an Auction Donor or Sponsor, contact Lauren Donnelly-Crocker: 831 459-3800 or ldonnell@ucsc.edu.

Sponsored by: Santa Cruz Sentinel & SantaCruzParent.com


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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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
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
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Library Aptos
A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

One-on-One Tech Tutoring


Trying to play with technology and getting frustrated? A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services: How to use free downloadable content available from your library in a number of formats (eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming video) Introduction to SCPL databases (i.e. Consumer Reports, Community Information, etc...) Creating an email account Downloading and attaching files Word processing direction and support.

 

Drop-in weekly appointments, 20 minute slots available. To best support learning, please bring the following items: devices (i.e., laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones), necessary passwords (Google Play, App Store), and library card!

 

First-come, First-served. FREE


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Code Combat
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Library Central
Learn basic coding skills easily
Date: Every Wed (Sep 13-Dec 14) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

SCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before! Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time!


Additional Information

CodeCombat is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing through a real game. Our courses have been specifically playtested to excel in the classroom, even for teachers with little to no prior programming experience.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7707x7648 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Art 3 Drawing for Teens
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Art Factory
Art for Teens Ages 12 and Up
Date: Every Mon and Wed (Jan 10-May 21)
Ages: Teens Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Mon 4-5:30pm Weds 3:30-5pm

Art 3 Drawing for Teens

Mon 4-5:30pm or Weds 3:30-5pm

Created for returning students or students with 1 to 2 years prior art experience. We will focus on technique development and the creative process through a variety of studio art mediums, including science illustration, watercolors, acrylic painting, mixed media collage, printmaking and sculpture over the course of the school year. This class provides a wonderful opportunity for students to expand on school-related projects associated with reports and special presentations, as an alternative to the planned lessons. A sketch book is provided and will be used in class each week.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
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!st WednesdayFamily Fun
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Capitola Mall
Date: The 1st Wed of every month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 April 2018) FamilyFunNightCapMall.jpgJoin us at Capitola Mall for 1ST Wednesday Family Fun!

Enjoy many fun activities, including:
Entertainment with Happily Ever Laughter
Family Friendly Crafts
Music and More!

We will also be giving away a Family Fun Membership to Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to one lucky family!

$5 Donation per Child benefits Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services!


Location: 1855 41st Ave, Capitola Map
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5 Steps to Connect: Become the CEO of your Reactions
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Allison Livingston
Learn the Biology of Parenting
Date: Every Wed (Mar 28-May 2) from 9:30am to 11:00am
Ages: Parents adults Admission Fees: $100 for 5 sessions
Special Instructions: Bring a friend, split the cost

Inviting all Santa Cruz Parents! (Especially ones with challenging kids!) Starts this Wednesday 9:30am-11am 3/28 (skip 4/4) for 5 sessions. The benefit is to learn the Biology of Parenting so we don't direct our upset AT our kids when we get stressed, frustrated and overwhelmed. Instead learn the 5 Steps to Connect tools to become the CEO of our reactions so we can notice and work with them, THEN teach and connect. To Register: allison@5StepsToConnect.com
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Location: 5 Steps To Connect, 145 Riviera Dr, Aptos Map
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Play & Talk! Play Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Toddlers 18-30 months & Parents

Toddlers (18-30 months) & Parents Support Classes combine the elements of a playgroup, support group and a chance to learn more about your child's development.  Come meet other parents and children, observe and discuss child development and build confidence in your parenting skills.  Enjoy seeing your child interact with other children and explore an environment set-up with them in mind.  Classes are facilitated by experienced and friendly teachers.


Location: 1740 17th Av, Capitola Map
Phone: 831.476.7284 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Odd Couple
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Jewel Theatre Co
Hilarity ensues when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together as The Odd Couple is born.
Date: Every day (May 2-May 27)
Admission Fees: $26/$48

 

(0 A May 2018) OddCouple.jpgTHE ODD COUPLE
by Neil Simon

Directed by Stephen Muterspaugh

Matinee show added
Saturday May 19th at 2pm.

This classic comedy, from beloved playwright Neil Simon, centers on two men. The slovenly Oscar Madison, and the neat freak Felix Unger. The action takes place in the apartment of divorcee Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him. Felix Unger, fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, has just been separated from his wife, and is looking for a place to stay. Hilarity ensues when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together as The Odd Couple is born. Tony Nominated for Best Play and Winner of Best Author of a Play, 1965.


"A classic American work of comic art" - NY Times


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Become a Watsonville Wetlands Docent
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Watsonville Wetlands
Join us for docent training in January
Date: Every Wed and Sa


Docent Training Starts THIS MONTH!

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


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

 

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


Location: 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
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Lifestyle Triple P Group: Tools to help parents and children lea
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Lifestyle Triple P Group: Tools to help parents and children lead healthy, active lives
Date: Every Th (May 3-Jul 26) from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Thursdays, May 3 - July 26 (no class June 14 & July 5), 6 - 7:30 pm
Lifestyle Triple P Group teaches families positive parenting strategies to increase children's healthy eating and physical activity. Attend this group to learn: Guidelines for healthy eating, healthier food choices, and being active; Fun, simple ways to teach children to be more active; How to set limits about video games, phones, computers, and TV; and Ways to make healthy changes as a family.

This Lifestyle Group is FREE and open to the public. Register to reserve your spot and get free child care. Light snacks will be provided for children and adults. Attend each week to be entered into a raffle drawing to win a prize at the last class!

Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton
To register: Contact Cori Burt at (831) 335-6600, ext 6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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GAMBLE - A Mountain Bike Film
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Rio Theater
...talented and charismatic riders outside of the tape, on tracks tailored for madness...
Date: 05/03/2018 at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Registration required

(0 April 2018) Rio_gamble_social.jpgGAMBLE - A Mountain Bike Film

North American premiere of GAMBLE - A Mountain Bike Film.

Priding itself on bringing together Downhill Mountain Biking's most talented and charismatic riders outside of the tape, on tracks tailored for madness; Steel City Media and Creative Concept bring you the much anticipated feature film 'GAMBLE'.

Narrated by the infamous Alan Ford, and with a killer soundtrack featuring the likes of Arctic Monkeys & Boney M... 'GAMBLE' is about going all in. Watch the trailer at wwwgamblefilm.com


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $10.00
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com

 


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Citizen Science: A Celebration of Central California Wildlife
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A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics...
Date: 05/03/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Citizen Science

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Sky and Sea:
A Celebration of Central California Wildlife

Mark Holsapple, local artist and photographer, will share examples of his wildlife photography. This presentation will emphasize birds (from hummingbirds to raptors), as well as sea otters, seals, and whales.

 

Mark considers his photography a passion, a meditation, and an observation of light, life, composition, and color. Our busy schedules so often prevent us from appreciating nature's magical world. Mark captures and shares these moments in an effort to encourage creativity, trigger emotions, and perhaps allow the viewer to look into the subject instead of just at it.

 

 

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (SCMNH), the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).


We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717


Location: Upstairs meeting Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Library Scotts Valley
21+ trivia on tap
Date: The 1st Th of every month (Feb 15-May 17) from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: 21+ Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month

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.


Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company, 20 Victor Square B, Scotts Valley Map
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Citizen Science
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Library Central
A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Citizen Science

 

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Uniquely Beautiful & Beautifully Unique Parents Support Group
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Library Boulder Creek
Support group for parents and loved ones of children with special needs
Date: The 1st Th of every month (May 3-Sep 6) from 8:00pm to 9:30pm


Uniquely Beautiful & Beautifully Unique Parents Support Group

First Thursdays 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

 

The Uniquely Beautiful and Beautifully Unique group is a support group for parents and loved ones of children with special needs. We will meet at the Boulder Creek Library on the first Thursday of the month. Join us to discuss the joys and stresses of parenthood.

 


Location: Boulder Creek Branch Library Amp, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek 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 1st 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
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Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Girls Night Out
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Art Factory
Treat yourself to some time with the girls, wine and cheese and a create evening. Call Yvette for schedule!
Date: Every Fri from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Friday Night Girl's Night Out!

 

Bring friends, make friends! Join us on a Friday evenings to learn the art of needle felting, miniature fairy/succulent gardens, painting/collage or to create a vision board to launch you into the next phase of your life. These inspiring evenings will provide you with detailed instruction, delightful company and an art piece to take home with you!

 

If you would like to book a private GNO with your group of 5 or more, please call The Art Factory to make arrangements. We will cover any of the mediums listed above or will customize the project to your request.

 

Call Yvette at The Art Factory for more information and to reserve space! 831-688-8862


Location: Redwood Village #15, 9099 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Homeschool Sewing
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Art Factory
Sewing Classes for homeschoolers
Date: Every Fri (Jan 12-May 25) from 10:00am to 11:30am
Ages: 7-12 Admission Fees: $105/month

This class is for students who love to sew and create mixed media art with textiles as the main component. As students progress, there will be occasional machine sewing. Projects include art pieces, wearable art, functional objects and more.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
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Drawing Class Ages 7-12
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Art Factory
Art Classes for kids ages 7-12
Date: Every Fri (Jan 12-May 25) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 7-12 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

This class is for students who want to deepen their ability to draw what they see. Learning to look is the foundation of this drawing class, set in a positive & relaxed environment. Confidence soars when visual connections are made and renderings improve. A "Drawing Sketch Book" is provided.


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
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2018 Bike Week Schedule :
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Ecology Action
Find a bike activity to suit your skills!
Date: Every day (May 4-May 12)


2018 Bike Week Schedule :

FRIDAY, MAY 4

Bike Week First Friday at the Museum of Art & History (5pm to 9pm): Join us for a special Bike Week First Friday at the MAH , the kick-off celebration to Bike Week hosted by Ecology Action and Bike Santa Cruz County! Bike Night is a family-friendly, inclusive experience for community members to celebrate biking in Santa Cruz. So, come on down to participate in a variety of environmentally-focused art, craft and playful activities. Event highlights include:

  • Bike stunts performed by Matt Myer, our local stunt bike legend
  • Electric bikes on display featuring the new JUMP electric bikes which will be the City of Santa Cruz Bike Share bikes and Blix
  • Local frame builders on display: Rock Lobster Cycles, Caletti Cycles, and Frances Cycles
  • Totally Tubular designs selling fun bike-merchandise
  • Little Giant Collective which will be running screen printing and art activities
  • Check out our local bike-powered compost collection company, Santa Cruz Community Compost and see the infinite possibilities with two wheels
  • Live music with Cosmic Pinball
  • Bike Valet courtesy of Bike Santa Cruz County
  • Remember to share our Facebook event and invite your friends!

SATURDAY, MAY 5

Bird School Project Bike and Bird (9am to Noon): The Bird School Project is a local outdoor education organization who provides phenomena-based science lessons focused on birdwatching for middle school students. Join them for a special coastal bike and bird tour through Santa Cruz's westside to visit some familiar local hotspots for birds on their migratory journeys! Come prepared for being outside in sun, wind, or changing conditions for about 3 hours. BSP will supply optics equipment for close up viewing of wildlife for those without, but if you have binoculars please bring them along! We'll meet at 9 am at the entrance to Natural Bridges along Delaware Ave. After exploring Natural Bridges on foot, we'll continue our bike ride along the coast, visiting Neary Lagoon, and eventually ending at the San Lorenzo river mouth. Hummingbirds, ducks, raptors, and so much more!

SUNDAY, MAY 6

Cinco de Mayo Watsonville (11:30am-5:30pm): Food, music and community bike ride with Ecology Action, Bike Santa Cruz County, and Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency as part of the City of Watsonville's Cinco de Mayo festival. The bike ride will consist of 2 parts - the first is appropriate for all skill levels and types of bikes. Both parts will involve music courtesy of Santa Cruz Bike Party! We'll meet across from the Watsonville Buddhist Temple (423 Bridge Street) and start the ride with a casual 5 mile out-and-back ride on the Salsipuedes Creek levee path - a totally flat and paved path that winds through gorgeous farmland along the creek.  After the levee path, we'll make our way by the Watsonville Plaza where Cinco de Mayo festivities will be in full swing.  For those interested in a slightly longer ride, we'll then continue to Ramsay Park, and explore the upper section of Struve Slough's bicycle and pedestrian path, and make our way back to the plaza. Part one of the ride is 5.5 miles. Part two is an additional ~4 miles. Need a tune-up? Stop by the Plaza before hand! 

TUESDAY, MAY 8

Patagonia Movie Night (7-9pm): Movie night featuring a new film compilation from Brian Vernor including his latest release, Hi Lo Cali. In addition, there will be ebike demos from Blix Bike and City of Santa Cruz Bike Share JUMP bikes and Santa Cruz Community Compost Company will be showing off their bike powered compost. Food and drink you ask?! Tacos from El Buen Taco and Rail Trail IPA courtesy of Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery (with beer glass rentals for $1 from ReCruz but we encourage you to BYO). Bike valet will be provided thanks to Bike Santa Cruz County. Share our Facebook event and invite your friends!

THURSDAY, MAY 10

Bike to Work/School Day (6:30-9:30am): Visit our Breakfast Site page for a complete list of our 12 public breakfast sites across Santa Cruz County and our 45+ participating school sites. Cyclists will be able to receive a free breakfast, free bike maintenance, raffle prizes and more! Remember to pre-register for the chance to win prizes!

FRIDAY, MAY 11

Santa Cruz Bike Party Group Ride: Bike Party Group Ride (7-9pm): Jump on your bikes for a green-themed Bike Party Ride organized by  Santa Cruz Bike Party. Santa Cruz Bike Party is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. The theme: Bikeodiversity is good for a healthy bikecosystem. Bikes come in all shapes, sizes, colors and configurations. For this bike party, we'll celebrate the diversity of bikes, riders, and styles on this fun Friday night celebration.

SATURDAY, MAY 12

Bicycle Trip's 25th Annual Bike Fest (11am-3pm): Once a year, Bicycle Trip hosts all cyclists for a bash at the shop on Soquel Avenue. It's a time when young and old, roadies and mountain bikers, recreational riders and racer-types come together to celebrate riding and having fun on two wheels in Santa Cruz. Indulge in good eats, get your mind blown by our multiple bike stunt shows, demo your dream eBike, road bike or MTB, browse the neat cycles and bits in our vendor village, partake in numerous kids activities and reap the rich bounty of our famous, free raffle and prize wheel! This year, Bike Fest boasts a demo bike extravaganza, with factory fleets from Giant, Norco, Gazelle and Faraday!

Questions, confusion, or just so excited you want to share, contact Matt at mmiller(at)ecoact.org or 831-515-1324.


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Children's Planetarium Show
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Hartnell Planetarium
Star programs for chldren
Date: Every Fri at 5:30pm
Admission Fees: $4

Hartnell College Planetarium's Children's Show is geared towards local families looking for an educational and fun evening out.

Show Times

Fridays at 5:30 PM, doors open at 5:15 PM, runs 30-40 min

Tickets

Buy Tickets Here $4 Person Tickets also available at the door Do not be late!   You can also purchase tickets at the door. We accept cash, card, and NFC (android/applepay).

 

Season Schedule

December - Stars 8

About our shows

Stars - Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.


Location: 411 CENTRAL AVE S-101, Salinas Map
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The Beauty of Bees
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Santa Cruz Bee Company
Learn about beekeeping, the amazing biology of bees and why bees are important for the health of our ecosystem
Date: 05/04/2018 from 5:45pm to 8:00pm


Join us at our Downtown Store at 110 Cooper St. Suite 100G for First Friday May on the 4th from 5:45 - 8 PM. Sample honey themed treats, shop our beeswax and honey-related products, and view the art of our First Friday artist, Erik Siu.

 

From 6:15-6:30 PM, we'll bee having a talk all about bees. Learn about beekeeping, the amazing biology of bees and why bees are important for the health of our ecosystem from Emily Bondor, the President of the Santa Cruz Bee Guild and Lead Apiarist & Educator for Santa Cruz Bee Company. Emily will be on hand in open house format from 6:30 - 8, after her talk. Emily consults and mentors beginner beekeepers, manages apiaries throughout Santa Cruz county, and teaches beekeeping classes through the Cabrillo College Extension.

 

(0 April 2018) ErikSiu.jpgOur Featured Artist will bee Erik Siu:
Influenced by artists from animation like Studio Ghibli, Laika and Dreamworks.

 

Erik paints whimsical yet realistic worlds always looking to nature to find inspiration. "I like to gather water where I paint, so I switch between salt-water and fresh water. The paints behave differently depending on the water used so it's always a fun and interesting challenge." explains Erik, "Our world is a beautiful place to explore."

 

He is currently painting sunsets and clouds while working on another children's book and tuning pianos as a hobby.

 

Honey inspired treats and drinks will also bee served!


Location: 110 Cooper St. Suite 100G, Santa Cruz Map
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All About Theatre Performances
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All About Theatre
Spring/Summer Performances
Date: Every Su and Fri (Apr 23-Jul 29)



13 Musical 13 the Musical

Ages 10-16 year old
Rehearsals Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
Performs May 11-20, 2018

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Disney's Little Mermaid Jr The Little Mermaid Jr.

Center Stage Production (For ages 6-10 year olds)
Performs July 13-15, 2018
Louden Nelson Community Theater
301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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All About Theatre's Thoroughly Modern Millie Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.

Producers Production (For ages 10-16 year olds)
Performs August 10-12, 2018
Louden Nelson Community Theater
301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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May the 4th be with You
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Library Central
May the 4th be with You
Date: 05/04/2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: FREE

(0 April 2018) 4thBeWithYou.jpgIn a library very nearby, young people will dodge Stormtroopers and Mandalorian bounty hunters as they explore the STEAM programming offered throughout the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Members of the 501st Legion: Golden Gate Garrison will be attendance, a very special droid will be in town, and cosplaying is encouraged.

The Golden Gate Garrison is a unit of the 501st Legion assigned to cover northern California. The main area of operations for the group is the greater San Francisco Bay area. The Legion is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to re-creating movie-accurate costumes such as stormtroopers and Darth Vader. As Bad Guys Doing Good, members of the Legion have helped raise millions of dollars for charity.


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Open House @ Little Garden Patch Farm
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Little Garden Patch Farm
Visit us and the farm animals with your family!
Date: 05/04/2018 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: 5-8 years old Admission Fees: Free

Little Garden Patch Farm - After School Care & Farm Camp This is a great opportunity for folks who can't make it to one of our weekend open house events to come see Little Garden Patch in action with busy children everywhere. :-) Come find out more about Summer Farm Camp. Please be aware, some weeks fill up and close to enrollment early and have a long wait list. So if you have particular days or dates in mind, sign up NOW!


Location: Little Garden Patch Farm , 4635 Fairway Drive, Soquel Map
Phone: 8314760964 •website Soquel create a direct event link
Made in Asian America
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Santa Cruz Art League
Art by Asian Americans
Date: 05/04/2018 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 A May 2018) MadeInAsianAmerica.jpg"Made in (Asian) America (n) PopUP art exhibit with live music by Kumi Maxon feat. Kayanu. Curated by UCSC intern, Corin Kumamoto


Location: 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz 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
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
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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: Sa & Su & Fri 29th: 11am & 2pm

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm

Friday, June 29 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 fee for vehicles is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

(0 Oct 2017) Wilder_Baking2.jpgRanch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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

 

Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505.

 

Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire
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Gateway School and Cabrillo College
Come enjoy hands-on, interactive experiences and be inspired by creative makers who live and work in our community.
Date: 05/05/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free for children 3 and under, $2 for children 4-12 years old, $8 for adults

The Third Annual Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly event that celebrates the inventiveness here in the Santa Cruz community. The Mini Maker Faire allows creators and tinkerers to showcase their work to the community, while the public comes to enjoy hands-on, interactive experiences and connect with like-minded people. Attend and you'll be inspired and educated by the amazing and creative makers who live and work in our community.


Location: Cabrillo College VAPA Center, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA Map
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FreeComic Book Day
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Comicopolis
FREE COMICS! Huge sale! Be here the first Saturday of May for an annual tradition that always packs the shop. Get there early to
Date: 05/05/2018 from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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Location: 829 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Wildflower Weekend
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Come and see what's in bloom...Botanist-led wildflower walks at 10am and 1pm
Date: Every day (May 5-May 6) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and

Wildflower Weekend

Saturday May 5, 2018 from 10am to 4pm
Sunday May 6, 2018 from 10am to 4pm
Guided hikes at 10am and 1pm on both days

Rancho del Oso's annual Wildflower Weekend event displays over 80 plants in bloom including species found in the Waddell Valley, the coastal portion of Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

 

Botanist-led Wildflower Walks are offered at 10am and 1pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The 10am hike is a moderately paced 4.5-mile hike along the Marsh Trail to the Skyline to the Sea Bypass Trail.

 

The 1pm hike is a 1-mile wildflower excursion through multiple habitats along the Hoover Nature Trail. The Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport.

 

For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email parksRDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Montessori Open House
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Santa Cruz Montessori
Come see our beautiful campus and classrooms, meet our teachers and learn about our program.
Date: 05/05/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

For families interested in Montessori Education

 

Come see our beautiful campus and classrooms, meet our teachers and learn about our program.

As a Montessori learning community, we inspire life-long learning and a peaceful world by nurturing the natural development of the whole child.

 

Santa Cruz Montessori School provides lifelong benefits for its students; giving your child an SCM education is the most important investment you can make in his or her future. Children gain strong academic skills and become self-motivated, caring individuals who make positive contributions to the community.


Location: 6230 Soquel Drive , Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 476-1646 •website Aptos 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
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Santa Cruz Maker Faire
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Gateway School and Cabrillo College
Come to the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
Date: 05/05/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2- $40

(0 April 2018) Maker_Critter.jpgThe Annual Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly event that celebrates the inventiveness here in the Santa Cruz community.

 

At the Mini Maker Faire, creators and tinkerers showcase their work to the community, while the public enjoys hands-on, interactive experiences, connects with like-minded people, and gets inspired!

 

Maker Faire supports the ideas of passionate innovation, collaboration and joyful connection with others, and hands-on doing as a way of experiencing the world.

 

Santa Cruz has a vibrant maker's scene. The Mini Maker Faire helps makers network with other makers, and provides opportunities for individuals and companies to showcase their innovative nature and new products. If you attend, you'll be inspired and educated by the amazing and creative makers who live and work in our community.

 

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

 

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

 

Glimpse the future and get inspired!

 

Advance tickets discount pricing (Now through April 30th): Lock in the cheapest possible price!

  • Adult $8
  • Child 3 and under free
  • Child age 4-12 $2
  • Seniors (65+) and students (HS/College with ID) $3
  • Family 4-pack (2 adult tickets, 2 child tickets): $19

Early Bird discount pricing (May 1- May 4)

  • Adult $10
  • Child 3 and under free
  • Child age 4-12 $2.50
  • Seniors (65+) and students (HS/College with ID) $3.50
  • Family 4-pack (2 adult tickets, 2 child tickets): $22

Day-of/at the door (May 5)

  • Adult $12
  • Child 3 and under free
  • Child age 4-12 $3
  • Seniors (65+) and students (HS/College with ID) $4
  • Family 4-pack (2 adult tickets, 2 child tickets): $25

Other types of tickets:

  • Maker Faire Supporter (includes a tax-deductible donation to help us inspire makers throughout the Monterey Bay Area, plus an event ticket and a free Mini Maker Faire t-shirt!): $40. 
  • Teachers Get In Free (you must show your current valid teacher ID at the event entry when you arrive to use this ticket): $0.

Location: Vapa Complex at Cabrillo , 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Felling the Giants
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State Park Big Basin
Logger stories and demonstration
Date: 05/05/2018 at 11:30pm


Felling the Giants

Saturday, May 5 at 11:30am

How did lumbermen cut down these tall, tall trees? What was life like in a logging camp? What tools did they use? Join Docent Paul Fewel as he tells stories of the logging days and demonstrates how loggers were able to fell these giants-without chainsaws! You get to use some tools too! Rain cancels. 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: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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A Walk in the Past
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State Park Big Basin
What makes good food in the forests?
Date: 05/05/2018 at 10:00am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 4-5 miles Admission Fees: free

A Walk in the Past

Saturday, May 5 at 10am
No Safeway? No Home Depot? No Pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Take a walk with Docent Eva Fewel and learn about some of the plants the Ohlones used for food, tools and medicine. This is a 4-mile, 2.5-hour walk. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 338-8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Origami Club with Japanese Cultural Fair
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performances
Date: The 1st Sa of every month (Apr 7-Dec 1) at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 March 2018) OrigamiClub.jpgOrigami Club at Aptos Public Library
1st Saturday of every month (unless otherwise announced)
Starts April 7, 2018!

FREE fun for all ages. Bring a project, try a design from one of our books, or just come to hangout and fold whatever strikes your fancy. All skill levels are welcome. Origami paper will be provided or bring your own if you prefer a certain type. Drop-ins welcome.

Interested in volunteering, message us! (^_^)

Presented by the Japanese Cultural Fair - Santa Cruz, in partnership with the Aptos Public Library.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831- 427-7700 ext. 7665 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Be Natural Music's BIG Spring Fundraiser
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Be Natural
Date: 05/05/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $3

(0 A May 2018) BeNaturalConcert.jpgBe Natural Music's BIG Spring Fundraiser

 

When: 5/5 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
Cost: $3

An evening of music from some of the county's very talented young musicians.

 

Enjoy food, drinks and raffle prizes while you listen to a lineup of 10 youth rock band performances!

 

Come out and support this very important youth cause.

 


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Spring Art Market at the Tannery
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Tannery Arts Center
Look for the dragon puppet in the Petting Zoo!
Date: Every day (May 5-May 6) from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

(0 Ads May 2018) DragonPuppet.jpgThe Spring Art Market at the Tannery Arts Center returns in time for Mother's Day! Buy art! Buy local!

Tannery and other local artists showcase and sell their art: painting, prints, ceramics, metal art and jewelry, photography, sculpture, textiles and more!

- 30+ art vendors
- Bistro 112 will be serving brunch
- Live music
- The Great Morgani (Sunday)
- Treasure hunt
- Kids games & bubbles
-Art & Pie, Gallery 125 (Sunday)

Also happening on campus over the weekend:
- Coastal Watershed Council will be planting along the river
- Radius Gallery "Shared Seas" exhibit open to the public
- Dance classes at Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center
- "Odd Couple" at Colligan Theater


Location: 1050 River Street , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 475-9600 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Kid's Tool Workshop
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Home Depot
Free kids workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-12 Admission Fees: Free

(A Oct) Home-Depot-Kids2.jpgDesigned for kids ages 5-12, these free workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while instilling a sense of accomplishment.

 

Offered on the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and noon at The Home Depot.

 

Watsonville, 355 S. Green Valley Rd, (831)786-9877
Capitola, 2600 41st Ave, (831)462-5650

Salnas, 1890 N. Davis Road

 

 


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Mayfaire
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Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Join us for a joyous celebration of Mayfaire
Date: 05/05/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: None

Dearest friends, friends of friends, old and new alike!

Join use as we say farewell to dear Winter and welcome sweet Spring. The warmth of the sun has returned and so have the sweet flowers and all the colors of this wonderful time of year. Come frolic in the grass and dance with the fairies! There will be crafts, wholesome food, a puppet show (presented by The Early Childhood Department) and a silent auction. This event is FREE and we invite all to come gather around the Maypole and help us greet the new season!

Free shuttle from UCSC barn at Bay & High Streets

Parking on campus is $15 and limited!

 


Location: 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 8314250519 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Paso Robles Olive Festival
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Paso Robles Main St Association
Olive Inspired Fun
Date: 05/05/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all

Join us for the 10th Annual Paso Robles Olive Festival
Bring the family for a day of Olive Inspired Fun!

 

The 15th Annual Olive Festival is a much-anticipated celebration of the olive industry that will take place at the Downtown City Park. The Festival will open at 10 am with the blessing of the Festival by a father of St. Rose Catholic Church. Before the festival opens a cooking competition, that is open to ANYONE, will begin at 9:30 am. The Festival will feature a head-to-head chef-cook off where the winner of last year's competition will compete to defend his title.


Throughout the day professional chefs will perform cooking demonstrations while vendors offer free samples of their products and seminars about olives. Other entertainment includes music, wine tasting, a Culinary Row, special children's entertainment located near the playground and so much more!

 

The 15th Annual Paso Robles Olive Festival will take place Saturday, May 5th from 10 am - 5 pm. The Festival is free and open to the public with wine tasting tickets at $15.00 per person. Entry forms for the Cooking contest are available online.

 

Any questions call the Paso Robles Main Street Association at (805) 238- 4103.

 

Free Olive Oil and Olive product sampling
Producers from all over California
Culinary Row serving great food
Wine Tasting
Open Olive Dish Cooking Contest
Free Olive Oil Ice Cream


Location: Olive Festival, Downtown Park, Paso Robles
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Free Swim Lessons with Tiffany
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Seahorse Swim School
Free swim lessons Mar 31, April 28, May 5 and June 2
Date: 05/05/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: 80
Special Instructions: Mar 31, April 28, May 5 and June 2

Learning to swim is a critical part of every child's life. Drowning is one of the main causes of accidental death-an average of 10 children drown every day according to the Center for Disease Control. But many parents don't put their kids in swimming lessons because they are often time-consuming and expensive. In light of this, Seahorse Swim School is offering free swimming lessons for anyone and everyone this spring.

 

The lessons happen rain or shine and if you can't make it to this one, there will also be more free lessons on April 28, May 5 and June 2.

 

1-3 p.m. Seascape Sports Club, 1505 Seascape Blvd. Aptos. 476-7946. seahorseswimschool.com. Free.

 


Location: Seascape Sports Club, 1505 Seascape Blvd, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 476-7946 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Cis Oaxaca
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State Park Mission
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with food, performances, and activities for all ages
Date: 05/05/2018 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm


Cis Oaxaca

Saturday, May 5 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with food, performances, and activities for all ages at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. Event is free; rain cancels. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks

 

 


Location: 144 School Street, 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
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May Faire Celebration and Open House - Orchard School
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Orchard School
May Faire Celebration and Open House at Orchard School
Date: 05/05/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

Come celebrate the magic of Spring with us! Enjoy our lovely garden and farm animals.

(A May 2016) OrchardMayfaire.jpgActivities include

Waterslide
Maypole Dance at 1:30
Book Sale
Music
Flower Wreath Making
Face Painting
Local Artisans
Crafts
Games

.. and more!

Bring your towel and swimsuit.

Tickets for delicious home made food & drinks will be available for purchase, or you may bring your own picnic.

Admission is FREE. Activities & food priced separately.

Tour our beautiful 14-acre campus (11:00 am - 1:30 pm), meet our extraordinary faculty, and play for the day!

Just 10 miles south of downtown Santa Cruz.

Interested vendors? Please contact:

nicole.ignoffo@yahoo.com


Location: 2288 Trout Gulch Rd, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-1074 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Resurrection
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Santa Cruz County Symphony
The season concludes with Mahler's awe-inspiring second symphony, a work that established his lifelong view of the beauty of the
Date: Every day (May 5-May 6)


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Santa Cruz Symphony

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Civic Auditorium

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Henry J Mello Center


Regarded by many as the greatest of all symphonic/choral masterpieces, the season concludes with Mahler's awe-inspiring second symphony, a work that established his lifelong view of the beauty of the afterlife and resurrection. This concert continues the Santa Cruz Symphony's long-standing tradition of featuring vocal stars from the Metropolitan Opera, as well as the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus led by Cheryl Anderson.

 

Mello Concerts: Online/Advance ticket sales for Sunday matinee concerts at the Mello end at 7:30p.m. the evening before the concert. Any remaining tickets available at the door.

Children under 6 not allowed at Symphony concerts.

 

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.  Exchanges can be made between venues for the same concert only, exchange fees may apply.  Any exchanges must be made the Tuesday prior to the concerts.


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).

 

Resurrection-Sat May 05 2018 7:30PM$29.00 - $85.00

Resurrection-Sun May 06 2018 2:00PM$29.00 - $85.00


Phone: (831) 239-0442 •website Santa Cruz 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
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Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair
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Northern California Bluegrass Society
Come enjoy a day of bluegrass music --a uniquely American genre
Date: 05/06/2018 from 12:00pm to 6:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

The Northern California Bluegrass Society (NCBS)  is a non-profit organization that exists to promote bluegrass music in northern California. The NCBS is member supported and run by volunteers. Its operations are overseen by the board of directors, also volunteers, elected by the membership.

 

The NCBS was founded in 1982 as the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society. Over the years its scope grew to cover more than just the Santa Cruz area, and in 1999 the membership voted to change its name to the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

 

This is a family friendly event and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in beautiful San Lorenzo Park!

 

For further information, please visit www.SCBS.org!


Location: Duck Stage Pond, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz Map
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Samba Samba with James Henry
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Library Scotts Valley
Learn to samba and more with Samba Samba with James Henry
Date: 05/07/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Samba Samba uses music, rhythm, percussion instruments, and drums as tools for capturing the imagination of the participants. This program is suitable for all ages from children to adults.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
New World String Project
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New World String Project
This newborn quartet presents extraordinary instruments and joyous music rooted in the Nordic and Celtic traditions.
Date: 05/07/2018 at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: $20

The New World String Project - with JOHN WEED, Stuart Mason, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter!

 

The New World String Project is a brand new collaboration featuring John Weed (fiddle), Aryeh Frankfurter (nyckelharpa, Celtic harp) Lisa Lynne (cittern, Celtic harp) and Stuart Mason (guizouki, guitar). This newborn quartet presents extraordinary instruments and joyous music rooted in the Nordic and Celtic traditions.

 

The concert will take place at Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist on Monday, May 7 at 7:30 PM.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and can be pre-purchased online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3387105

 

Science tells us that cross pollination can result in hybrid vigor that transcends the sum of its parts. In a parallel vein, the vibrant West Coast traditional music community has given birth to the New World String Project.

 

New World String Project brings together four mighty players who weave a shimmering sonic tapestry from Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly's Revenge. And Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, who gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill, often performs in a duo with NWSP-mate Aryeh Frankfurter, an expert on harp and Swedish nyckelharpa. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride.

 

Their unique hybrid weaves music rooted in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, guizouki, and more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObLi_2hnG60


Location: St. Johns Episcopal Church, 125 Canterbury Dr, Aptos Map
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Taller de Triple P para familias con nios con necesidades espec
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Taller de Triple P para familias con nios con necesidades especiales: Enseando destrezas sociales a los nios
Date: 05/07/2018 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm


El programa Triple P Pasos para el Éxito ofrece apoyo de crianza para padres y proveedores de cuidado para niños con necesidades especiales, tales como ADHD, Trastorno del Espectro Autista, Síndrome de Down y otros retrasos en el desarrollo.

Asista a este taller GRATIS de crianza para aprender sugerencias para: Cómo el juego les ayuda a los niños a aprender destrezas de comunicación; Estrategias para enseñarles a los niños a compartir y tomar turnos; Consejos para tener visitas para jugar exitosas; Qué hacer si las conductas repetitivas se vuelven problemáticas.

Presentado en español por: Liliana Zamora, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: Nueva Vista Recursos Comunitarios, 711 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Liliana Zamora al (831) 724-2997 x212 o lilianaz@cbridges.org
o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainingss


Location: Nueva Vista Recursos Comunitario, 711 E. Cliff Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak Knitters
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Library Live Oak
Knit, chat, learn, make new friends
Date: Every Mon from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Get together with other knitters to knit, chat, and make new friends. No registration required. The group meets every Monday from 11am- 1pm. Call 427-7711 for more information.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Knitting @ the Library
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Library Scotts Valley
Learn to knit
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

Learn to knit or bring your knitting and enjoy a friendly visit with other knitters. If you are new to knitting, please bring: needles (size 8 10" straight needles or a 24" circular needle) and one skein of worsted weight yarn in your favorite color. Ages 8-108


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Young Makers Club
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Library Central
Newcomers welcome!
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month (Feb 13-May 29) from 3:45pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

A flexible club bringing together a community of young people with mentors and a space to make. Participants work together to design and create a youth-chosen project. The club is lead by Sasha, a young maker mentor, who has been on panels at Intel, Pearson Learning, Pixar and Bay Area Maker Faire, and Young Makers.

 

She has won awards at Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship and Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair. She was recently published in National Geographic Magazine January 2017 issue. Club meets the second Tuesday of each month, February through May. Registration required. Call 831-427-7717 or email pro@santacruzpl.org.


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP
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SPIN
Meet with other parents for support, networking and information
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP
This group is for parents to share space with each other, to support each other and to problem solve challenges together!


Meets the second Tuesday of each month at Hope Services- 220 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Email Heidi at hlister@spinsc.org for more information.

 


Location: Hope Services, 220 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)722-2800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 2nd Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Club Kanopy
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Fun, thoughtful, dramatic, or important movie screenings with some discussion afterward
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Jan 14-Jun 14) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Club Kanopy is a movie club that screens quality films from SCPL's hottest movie platform, Kanopy. Join us monthly for fun, thoughtful, dramatic, or important movie screenings with some discussion afterward.

 

Starts January 11 • Every 2nd Thursday of the month, 5:30 - 7:30pm

 

January 11- Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Watch Trailer here: https://youtu.be/n8Xvsjy57X0
February 8- Mother of George (2013) (rated R)
March 8- Gold (2014)
April 12- East Side Sushi (2015)
May 10- The Beautiful Fantastic (2016)
June 14- Almost Adults (2017)

Can't make it to the club? Stream Kanopy movies anytime with your library card and PIN/Password from home!


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Exploring Virtual Reality
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Library La Selva Beach
Exploring Virtual Reality @ La Selva Beach
Date: 05/10/2018 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Ages: 13 Admission Fees: FREE

Learn about the applications, benefits and concerns related to Virtual Reality technology and explore the HTC Vive VR system to experience it for yourself. Participants must be 13 years or older.


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Step Parents Support Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role.
Date: The 2nd Th of every month at 6:30pm


Step Parents Support Group 6:30pm. Join us on the second Thursday of each month for a free, drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role. We meet at Live Oak Family Resource Center. Contact mailto: 1notsoevilstepmom@gmail.com for more information


Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-2769 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Club Kanopy
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Library Boulder Creek
Movie, This Beautiful Fantastic
Date: 05/10/2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: None

Club Kanopy is a movie club that screens quality films directly from Kanopy Streaming Video: SCPL's hottest movie platform. Join us monthly for fun, thoughtful, dramatic, or important movie screenings with some discussion afterward. This months movie is This Beautiful Fantastic (2016)


Location: 13390 West Park Ave, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Women by Women Film Series
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Watsonville Film Series
Join us for a series of powerful films by and about women!
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Mar 8-Jun 14) at 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Tickets $8 at the door, unless otherwise noted. Youth under 18 free

Join us for a series of powerful films by and about women!

Each screening will feature community discussions with special guests. All films presented at Appleton Event Lounge, 410 Rodriguez St., Watsonville, at 7PM on the second Thursday of each month, March through June.

Tickets $8 at the door, unless otherwise noted. Youth under 18 free.

Thursday March 8, International Women's Day
SHE'S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE'S ANGRY
Community conversation on local women's history & current issues led by special guests. Free screening, donations accepted.
This must-see documentary film resurrects the buried history of the courageous & outrageous women who founded the modern Feminist Movement from 1966 to 1971. The documentary takes us from the founding of NOW, to the emergence of more radical factions of women's liberation. Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.

Thursday, April 12
PINK SARIS & LAAL PARI

Special Guest: Director Sadia Halima
"A girl's life is cruel... A woman's life is very cruel," notes Sampat Pal, the protagonist of PINK SARIS. Sampat was married as a young girl into a family that made her work hard and beat her. But she fought back, leaving her in-laws and eventually becoming a champion for young women in Uttar Pradesh. These young women, frightened and desperate, reach out for their only hope: Sampat Pal and her Gulabi Gang, India's vigilantes in pink. A film by Sundance award-winning director Kim Longinotto.

Accompanying Short Film: LAAL PARI (The Red Fairy)
Laal Pari is a self-motivated, self-taught, elected village council leader in Bihar, India, who is fighting to change the playing field for women's participation in politics.

Thursday, May 10
NO MÁS BEBÉS (No More Babies)

Special guest: Director Renee Tajima-Peña
In NO MAS BEBES, Oscar® nominated Director Renee Tajima-Peña reveals the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who were pushed into sterilizations while giving birth at Los Angeles County Hospital during the 1960s and '70s. Alongside an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and a young, whistle-blowing doctor, the mothers mounted a landmark civil rights lawsuit that is seminal to the movement for reproductive justice.


Thursday, June 14, Monterey Bay Premiere:
ADIÓS AMOR

Special Guest: Director Laurie Coyle
The discovery of forgotten photographs prompts a search for an unsung heroine: Maria Moreno, a migrant mother with twelve children who led a movement for farmworker rights years before Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta launched the UFW. ADIOS AMOR tells a personal story with national resonance about the migrant workers who put food on our tables, and explores enduring questions about whose lives we remember, record and recognize.


Location: Appleton Event Lounge, 410 Rodriguez St, Watsonville Map
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The Serengeti Rules
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Rio Theater
"A master storyteller, Carroll explores the unity of biology from the molecular level to the Serengeti, the rules that regulate
Date: 05/11/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Dr. Sean Carroll-Professor of Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Medical Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, writer, educator, and film producer. He is Vice President for Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the largest private supporter of science education activities in the US, and Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin.

The architect of HHMI's documentary film initiative, Sean has served as executive producer and/or on-screen presenter of more than a dozen films, including including Mass Extinction, Amazon Adventure, and The Farthest, and earned two Emmy nominations. His latest book, The Serengeti Rules, is the basis for a new theatrical film being released in 2018.

 

Tickets: FREE
Advance tickets: TBD


Location: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Reach for the Stars: Star Types & Light Pollution
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Library Boulder Creek
Star Types & Light Pollution
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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Tuesday, June 26

Reach for the Stars (6:30 PM-8:30 PM)
Location: Boulder Creek Branch

Calling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families. Whether you're an experienced astronomer or someone who doesn't know the difference between a comet and an asteroid, this program is for you! Topics will vary month-to-month.


Note: Boulder Creek Library: Star Types & Light Pollution

 

In conjunction with the Reach for the Stars program series, we're launching a new service so you can check out a telescope with your library card! The telescopes will be subject to the same rules as most library materials, except they will not be renewable. To make it even more interesting, we're inviting the community participate in a telescope naming contest between May 16th and May 31st. Anyone may enter the contest by submitting up to 3 name suggestions either in person at any branch library or via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter by tagging us @santacruzpl and using the hashtag #ReachfortheStars.


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder reek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
EVENT: Mom's Wellness Day with Triple P - Positive Parenting / E
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Mom's Wellness Day with Triple P - Positive Parenting / EVENTO: DA DE BIENESTAR PARA LAS MAMS
Date: 05/12/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm


Come relax and be pampered at the East West Free Natural Wellness Clinic with a warm drink, acupuncture, herbs, and cupping, all while you have FREE, on-site childcare and Triple P Positive Parenting tips! This Mom's Wellness Day is FREE and open to the public. Donations for the clinic are kindly accepted. Register to reserve your spot and get free child care! Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

Hosted by: Cori Burt & Rosa Reyes, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton
To register in English: Contact Cori at (831) 335-6600, ext 6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

Venga a relajarse y "ser mimada" en la clínica de bienestar East West Free Natural Wellness Clinic
con una bebida caliente, acupuntura, hierbas y utilización de tazas, ¡todo mientras usted tiene
cuidado de niño GRATIS ahí mismo y consejos de Crianza Positiva de Triple P! Este Día de Bienestar para las Mamás es GRATIS y abierto al público. Se aceptan donaciones para la clínica con todo agradecimiento. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños GRATIS. Se proporcionarán aperitivos para niños y adultos.

Ofrecidos por: Rosa Reyes y Cori Burt, Puentes de la Comunidad - Recursos Comunitarios de la Montaña
Ubicación: Recursos Comunitarios de la Montaña, 6134 Highway 9, Felton
Para inscribirse en español: Comuníquese con Rosa Reyes al (831) 335‐6600 x6608 o rosar@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings


Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Concert Five: Eternal Baroque – New Music in Old Styles
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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Experience how ground-breaking these musical statements once were
Date: 05/12/2018 at 7:30pm
Ages: all ages welcome

(0 February 2018) BaroqueMay2018.jpgConcert Five: Eternal Baroque – New Music in Old Styles

Baroque music is, in some ways, familiar to us all. There are melodies and musical styles that were revolutionary in their time but merely commonplace to our modern ears.

This concert seeks to take these time-honored styles and make them new again, to allow the audience to experience how ground-breaking these musical statements once were.

Original works in High Baroque style by celebrated living composers Nicola Canzano, Martin Gaskell, Willem Ceuleers and others, including the cash prize winners of the Baroque Festival Bach Chorale Competition.

Vicki Melin, traverso flute
Lynn Tetenbaum & David Morris, violas da gamba
Vlada Moran, pipe organ
Nicola Canzano, harpsichord
UCSC Vocal Octet, conducted by Michael McGushin

 

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Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-2159 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
What They Wore
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State Park Mission
What the clothing meant to the people who wore it
Date: 05/12/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

What They Wore

Saturday, May 12 at 1pm

Color, cloth, & cut - the clothing worn by people in the Mission wasn't all about style - it was about identity, status, and different roles in the community. We'll demonstrate the apparel you may have seen here in the early 19th century, and learn what the clothing meant to the people who wore it. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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International Migratory Bird Day
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State Park Natural Bridges
Activities include guided bird walks, birding by ear tutorials, educational booths, workshops, native landscape designs, and kid
Date: 05/12/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm


International Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 12 from 10am to 3pm
Guided Bird Walks on the hour starting at 8am

On Saturday, May 12, California State Parks and the Santa Cruz Bird Club invite you to fly, walk, bike, or drive to the first International Migratory Bird Day at Natural Bridges State Beach. Celebrate the amazing journey of flying future mothers and their mates as they migrate across the country. Activities include guided bird walks, birding by ear tutorials, educational booths, workshops, native landscape designs, and kid's crafts and activities.

 

Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609. Event made possible by Santa Cruz Bird Club, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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SCCS Ted Talks
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Santa Cruz Children's School
Hands-on science activities for all ages
Date: 05/12/2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm


(0 A May 2018) SCCS-TedTalks.jpgWe are so proud to announce that our eldest students (4th-6th grade) will be performing their SCCS TED-Ed Talks at UCSC in Marine Sciences B206.

 

The lineup includes multimedia presentations on such diverse concepts as apitherapy, the science behind smiles, what's really in your neighbor's fast food, self-driving cars, black holes, rabies, intriguing international borders, slime, the ramifications of privatized fishing, can we live on Mars, the science behind mythconceptions (sorry Henry), and whether you can even be sure that you exist!

 

In addition to the talks at this FREE event, there will be hands-on science activities for all ages as well as food. Please join us and support the next generation of scientists with your sense of wonder.


Location: UCSC, Marine Sciences B206, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Senderos Fiesta
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Senderos
Oaxacan food, music and dance to mark the beginning of the traditional Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza festivities
Date: 05/12/2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

(0 April 2018) SenderosGirls.jpgSenderos invites you to join the free Cooper Street Fiesta from 5-7pm with Oaxacan food, music and dance to mark the beginning of the traditional Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza festivities.

 

The Senderos community of musicians and dancers will arrive in a convite/procession at Cooper Street, downtown Santa Cruz at 5pm.

 

Colorful folkloric dancing by Senderos' Centeotl Danza y Baile who will be accompanied by Senderos' Ensamble Musical and visiting student musicians from Centro de Integración Social (CIS #8), Zoogocho, Oaxaca, renowned for their traditional Banda de Viento music. Put on your dancing shoes!


This event is co-sponsored by Santa Cruz City Arts and Santa Cruz Museum of History & Art.


Location: Cooper Street & Pacific Ave, Cooper Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 854-7740 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Graduation and Early Adulthood - They Still Need Your Parenting!
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Your now/soon-to-be adult children still need your parenting!
Date: 05/12/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $20
Special Instructions: Call 831-476-7284 x107 for childcare and scholarships

When your children are graduating from high school and/or stepping out into the adult world to continue their education and begin their careers, they will still look to you for parenting and advice! This 2-hour workshop will help you to  master the skills you will need to parent your grown children as their cheerleaders and bravely give them the space they need to try new things and experience the natural consequences of their choices.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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BOOK SIGNING for CHILDREN 4-9 years old KELLY's Books Watsonvill
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Linda S. Gunther and Kelly's Books 838 Main Street Watsonville
FELICITY FINDS FASHION - Children's Book Signing Event
Date: 05/12/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 4 years - 9 years Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: Book Signing Children's Illustrated book, free bookmark and treats for kids

(0 A May 2018) Book_FelicityFindsFashion.jpgOn Saturday, May 12th from 1:00-3:00 pm at KELLY's Books (838 Main Street - Watsonville), meet local author, Linda S. Gunther for book signing, treats and free bookmarks. 

 

FELICITY FINDS FASHION is the featured illustrated children's book.

 

If you like geckos? Like adventures in big cities? Enjoy stories that travel across the ocean? COME TO THIS EVENT with your kids!


Location: KELLY's Books, 838 Main Street
Phone: (831) 728-4139 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Redwood Saturday: Slug's Pace Stroll
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State Park Nisene
We will discover how to "read the forest" as we explore Aptos Creek Canyon at a leisurely pace.
Date: 05/12/2018 at 11:00am


Redwood Saturday: Slug's Pace Stroll

Saturday, May 12 at 11am

Join us on a mile-long hike of exploration and learning. Together, we will discover how to "read the forest" as we explore Aptos Creek Canyon at a leisurely pace. We will also cover the park's history, both natural and related to the logging industry that thrived here over a century ago. Bring hiking shoes, water, and snacks and meet at the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park entrance kiosk. Event is free; day-use vehicle fee is $8. Please note that we expect extremely limited parking; please consider carpooling, arranging for drop-off and pick-up, or walking or biking in from the neighborhood. For more information, please call (831) 685-6444.

 

 

Event is free; day-use vehicle fee is $8. Please note that we expect extremely limited parking; please consider carpooling, arranging for drop-off and pick-up, or walking or biking in from the neighborhood. For more information, please call (831) 685-6444.

 

 


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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
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Human Race
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The Human Race
Be a Star for Your Community at the Human Race
Date: 05/12/2018


Nearly 130 teams are ready to shine and have hit the pavement to reach their fundraising goal for the 2018 Human Race. For the next five weeks teams are collectively stepping out to ask the community for contributions to support the causes they champion.

 

You can show your support by choosing your favorite cause, raising funds, then joining us at the Human Race Walkathon and Fun Run, Saturday, May 12th where nearly 2000 individuals will converge along West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz to celebrate community.

 

ORGANIZATIONS

 

Race Day Information

On Saturday May 12th, nonprofits, local businesses, school groups, churches, volunteers and over 2,000 walkers will come together for an exciting morning honoring our community's fundraising achievements. Join us to celebrate together while enjoying a light breakfast & lunch, free t-shirt, live music, performances and a beautiful ocean walk along West Cliff Drive. 

Date & Time:

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Registration: 8 am - 8:45 am
Run: 9:00 am
Walk: Immediately after runners

Location & Route:

The 5 mile course takes participants on a fun route through one of Santa Cruz's most iconic paths. The beautiful walk starts at 2300 Delaware Ave, and continues along West Cliff Drive to the Light House Park, ending back at 2300 Delaware where a BBQ lunch awaits you. 

Click here to view the 5 mile course map (downloadable PDF).


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Phenology Walk
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Arboretum
Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.
Date: 05/12/2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Special Instructions: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6

Phenology walks are back! Free with admission.

Please meet at Norrie's Gift Shop.

Study the science of the seasons: be a part of a national effort to monitor the effects of climate change.

Phenology: nature's calendar: phenology is the timing of life cycle events, for example: when plants first bloom, birds migrate, and insects hatch.

Monitoring phenology is important: changing phenology is a key indicator of climate change. It is a hot topic in climate change research. You may have even observed phenology change without realizing it, like if you noticed plants in your garden blooming earlier during warm years.

YOU can collect phenology data and contribute to climate change research: The Garden Phenology Walk gathers data on seasonal changes in plants including when they leaf out, flower and form fruit. Help us monitor 18 permanently marked California native plants while touring the beautiful Native Plant Garden. Your data will be uploaded to the USA National Phenology Network's (link to USANPN) database for use in research, policy and land management.

Help us collect data:Come to a workshop: Phenology researcher Karen Tanner provides hands-on data collection training.

Note: New time slot for sessions. Space is limited, advanced registration is recommended. (eventful link)


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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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)

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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
Candelabra Tree Hike
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State Park Butano
Join docent Tammy Bloom on a forest discovery hike along the Candelabra Trail
Date: 05/12/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: $300

Candelabra Tree Hike

Saturday, May 12 at 10am

Join docent Tammy Bloom on a forest discovery hike along the Candelabra Trail located in the less visited Gazos Canyon of Butano State Park. This 2-mile, 1.5-hour hike will take you through oak and redwood habitats and includes the trails namesake, the Candelabra Tree. Bring water, snacks, binoculars and good hiking shoes. Event is free. Meet at the unmarked trailhead along Gazos Creek road located 0.5 mile past the intersection of Cloverdale Road.


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
Phone: (831) 335-1743 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Author Talk: John Bargetto
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Library La Selva Beach
John Bargetto tells the story of the American Dream coming to life at a little winery nestled on the edge of the Santa Cruz Moun
Date: 05/12/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 April 2018) Book_VintageBargetto.jpgLocal winemaker John Bargetto will discuss his book, Vintage Bargetto: Celebrating a Century of California Winemaking, about history of the Bargetto winemaking family of Soquel.

 

Vintage Bargetto tells the story of the American Dream coming to life at a little winery nestled on the edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

 

Portion of book sales to benefit the Friends of the La Selva Beach Library.


Location: La Selva Beach Branch , 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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World Migratory Bird Day Celebration
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Watsonville Wetlands
A bird walk and a beautiful photo-journal presentation
Date: 05/12/2018 from 10:00am to 3:30pm

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(0 April 2018) WatsWetlands_MigrationDay.jpgWorld Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Join us on Saturday, May 12th, when we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day 2018!

Watsonville Wetlands Watch is hosting two activities to celebrate The Year of the Bird on Saturday, May 12th, including a bird walk and a beautiful photo-journal presentation.

The bird walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on the paved trail system on upper Struve Slough. This tour, led by Jeff Caplan, is both bi-lingual and wheelchair accessible. Participants will meet directly at the trail head located at the parking lot below the Body Zone in Watsonville. Wear layers, bring binoculars, hat, sunscreen, and water. The bird walk is free and open to beginners and more advanced birding enthusiasts alike, but you must register

An encore presentation of Seraphina Landgrebe's "Ospreys of Harkins Slough" photo-journal presentation will take place on May 12th, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Fitz WERC located at 500 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville. Master photographer, Seraphina Landgrebe, spent five months documenting the life of a pair of Ospreys at Harkins Slough. The result is a spectacular photo journal she captured of the Osprey's life. In this presentation, Seraphina will show the beautiful photos she took and talk about her experience observing and photographing the Ospreys. The presentation is free, but you must register.


Location: 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Little Craft Pop Up Mama Style
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Little Craft Pop Up
Best in locally made gifts for Mother's Day
Date: 05/12/2018 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm


(0 A May 2018) LittleCraftPopupMamaEdition.jpgThe Little Craft Pop-up showcases the best in locally made gifts for Mother's Day.

***Swag bags for the first 25 mamas!***

Stop by for some last minute Mother's Day shopping and find some treats for yourself!

+ Create a beautiful bouquet for Mom at our flower bar with Bullseye Blooms.
+ Mama & Me mini portraits by Renee Fox Photography
+ Live custom calligraphy with Curly Quirk

FREE ENTRY


Vendors include:

True Blue Indigo ChibiJay Designs
Rancho Gardens 831 Garden of Indra
Wilder Macrame Fossil + Fern
Blue Sky Feathers Tiny House Chocolate
Cachai Design Bless'd Be

Location: Luma Yoga, 1010 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Annual Bike Fest
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Bicycle Trip
Come together to celebrate riding and having fun on two wheels in Santa Cruz
Date: 05/12/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm


(0 Ads May 2018) BicycleTrip_BikeFest.jpgOnce a year Bicycle Trip hosts all cyclists for a bash at the shop on Soquel Ave. Our party is the finale for Ecology Action's Bike Week Santa Cruz. It's a time when young and old, roadies and mountain bikers, recreational riders and racer-types come together to celebrate riding and having fun on two wheels in Santa Cruz.

Indulge in good eats, get your mind blown by our multiple bike stunt shows, demo your dream eBike, road bike or MTB, browse the neat cycles and bits in our vendor village, partake in numerous kids activities and reap the rich bounty of our famous, free raffle and prize wheel!

 

This year, Bike Fest boasts a demo bike extravaganza, with factory fleets from Giant, Norco, Gazelle and Faraday!


Location: 1001 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist
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State Park Ano Nuevo
Gain a perspective of California's geological future while walking along active faults, ancient fossil beds, forgotten shoreline
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su and Sa (May 13-May 26) at 9:30am


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Birding for Beginners

Sunday, May 13 at 9:30am

Saturday May 26 at 9:30am

Discover the diversity of birds in Año Nuevo State Preserve on this 2-hour docent-led stroll. The tour is a one-way walk, ending in the preserve; you are welcome to stay in the preserve after the walk to view the elephant seals. Please bring layered

clothing, water, good walking shoes, and binoculars.

 

Meet at the Año Nuevo State Park Marine Education Center. Rain cancels. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
Phone: 800.444.4445 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Youth Symphony Spring Concert
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Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony
Enjoy an afternoon of music on Mother's Day
Date: 05/13/2018 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: Free admission to students 18 and younger; Adults $15; Seniors $10

(0 A May 2018) YouthSymhonyMay13.jpgThe Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony presents its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, at New Brighton Middle School's Performing Arts Center.

 

Virtuoso cellist Yosef Feinberg, 17, is featured in a cello concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns.

 

The one-hour program also includes lively music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Jean Sibelius, and Aaron Copland.

 

Take Mom to lunch in Capitola, then join us for an enjoyable afternoon of music. Budding musicians will be inspired to see and hear kids their age performing at a professional level.


Location: New Brighton Middle School, 250 Washburn Ave., Capitola Map
Phone: (831) 239-0442 •website Capitola create a direct event link
Drop in Family Craft
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State Park Mission
Enjoy an informal afternoon creating and crafting at this hidden jewel
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su (May 13-May 27) from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz.

Drop In Family Craft

Sunday, May 13 from 1pm to 3:30pm Paper Poppies

Sunday, May 27 from 1pm to 3:30pm Tule Mats

Enjoy an informal afternoon creating and crafting at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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COME DANCE!
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers
Date: 05/13/2018 from 6:40pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: Donation for dancers is $12, ($8 students)

COME DANCE!


Sunday, May 13, 6-9, Veterans Memorial Building.  Andy Shore calls to the music of Pat and Possom (Charlie Waldon, Pat Plunkett).


Admission donation for dancers is $12, ($8 students
)

Cash or check (no credit card)


Please share our dances on Facebook.

 

For more info: www.santacruzdance.org


Please

 

  • Bring soft-soled, non-marking shoes to help protect the floor

  • Keep our dances fragrance free for the comfort of all

  • Bring a snack to share if you have one.

  • Help support our community -- invite a new friend to experience contra dancing!

Nearby dances


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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
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California's Marine Protected Areas
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Save Our Shores
What's happening in our ocean backyard...
Date: 05/14/2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


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Join the MPA Collaborative Network for an incredible evening on Monday, May 14! They'll have a panel to discuss our local marine protected areas (MPAs) and introduce you to some of the Collaborative members!

 


Location: Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Triple P Workshop: Taming Power Struggles & Tantrums
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Triple P Workshop: Taming Power Struggles & Tantrums
Date: 05/14/2018 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm


Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: What your child might be trying to communicate through their behavior; How to handle disobedience without getting stuck in a power struggle; Effective ways to prevent and manage tantrums.

This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

Presented in English by: Liliana Zamora, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz
To register: Contact Liliana Zamora at (831) 724-2997 x212 or lilianaz@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Ave., Santa Cruz Map
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DeLaveaga 25th Annual Spring Carnival
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DeLaveaga Elementary School
Online Auction NOW & all-ages carnival featuring games, karaoke, live performances, bounce house, Z-Balls, dunk tank, face paint
Date: Every day (May 14-May 23)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2018) DelaveagaCarnival_ArielleBerger.jpgDeLaveaga Elementary School is hosting its Spring Carnival on Friday, June 1 from 4-8p.m. All community members are welcome to this annual fundraiser.

The all-ages carnival will feature games, karaoke, live performances, bounce house, Z-Balls, dunk tank, face painting, fairies and more.

Food will include tacos, burritos, tamales, pozole, corn on the cob, BBQ, pizza, popcorn, cotton candy and more.

An art auction will feature class projects, as well as pieces donated by local artists.

This year, the fundraiser will include an online auction featuring dozens of valuable items including Disneyland tickets. View items at https://www.biddingOwl.com/DelaveagaPTC.

Several DeLaveaga families are sponsoring the event. Gold sponsors of the carnival include: Childish, Aimee & Angel Garcia of Bailey Properties, Ohana Gymnastics and Bogner Sheet Metal.

The volunteer-run Spring Carnival is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Parent Teacher Club. For more information, call 831-429-3807. DeLaveaga is located at 1145 Morrissey Blvd in Santa Cruz.


Location: 1145 Morrissey Blvd., Santa Cruz Map
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New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

(0 February 2018) MT_baby.jpgMeet and mingle with new mothers just like you, share parenting ideas and make Music Together® alongside your babies while learning lifelong parenting tips at the monthly New Mommy Musical MeetUp (Daddies and other loving adults are welcome too!).

 

Bring your baby (under a year old) and enjoy making friends and drawings for prizes while a certified Music Together teacher leads a short music making session geared specifically to babies.

 

Join us every 2nd Monday @ 239 High Street, Santa Cruz. 

 

https://www.meetup.com/New-Mommy-Musical-Meetup/events/246692123/

Questions?  831-438-3514 or sky@musicalme.com


Location: Native Son's Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P Workshop: Helping Teens Cope With Anxiety
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Triple P Workshop: Helping Teens Cope With Anxiety
Date: 05/15/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE workshop for parents of teens to learn: Common causes and signs of anxiety in teens; What to do if your teen is anxious; Tips for helping teens develop healthy coping skills.

This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton
To register: Contact Cori Burt at (831) 335-6600, ext 6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Animal Film Festival
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Santa Cruz County Animal
Films about companion animals, wildlife, farmed animals and so much more will be screened during this two-hour event.
Date: 05/15/2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 - $15

(0 A May 2018) CAPE_AnimalFilmFestival.jpgCAPE's 5th Animal Film Festival on Tour will bring the best films from the annual Grass Valley event to communities everywhere. The Santa Cruz on Tour event is hosted by the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Films about companion animals, wildlife, farmed animals and so much more will be screened during this two-hour event. All proceeds will benefit animal rescue programs. This is the fifth year in a row that CAPE has brought excellent films from the AFF to the Santa Cruz community. Don't miss it!

 

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Center for Animal Protection & Education (CAPE)

Organizer of Animal Film Festival on Tour Santa Cruz

Established in 1992 in Santa Cruz California, the Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE) is a non profit 501(c) 3 organization. CAPE provides sanctuary for injured, disabled and animals with special needs, foster care and adoption for homeless dogs, humane education programs for children and adults, advocacy campaigns addressing current animal issues, and information for people who have questions or problems concerning animals. The CAPE Animal Sanctuary is located in the Sierra Foothills in Grass Valley, CA.


Location: Del Mar Theater, 1124 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Reach for the Stars: Intro to Telescopes & Stargazing
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Reach for the Stars: Intro to Telescopes & Stargazing
Date: 05/15/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2018) Library_ReachStars.jpgCalling all stargazers! This program will explore the ins and outs of all facets of astronomy for adults and families.

 

Whether you're an experienced astronomer or someone who doesn't know the difference between a comet and an asteroid, this program is for you!

 

Topics will vary month-to-month.

Downtown Library: Intro to Telescopes and Stargazing Basics

 

In conjunction with the Reach for the Stars program series, we're launching a new service so you can check out a telescope with your library card! The telescopes will be subject to the same rules as most library materials, except they will not be renewable. To make it even more interesting, we're inviting the community participate in a telescope naming contest between May 16th and May 31st. Anyone may enter the contest by submitting up to 3 name suggestions either in person at any branch library or via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter by tagging us @santacruzpl and using the hashtag #ReachfortheStars.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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WESTERN WEDNESDAY
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The Crepe Place
A night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music AND dancing!
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 ($7 with cowboy boots :-)
Special Instructions: EARLY SHOW!!!! 8PM

(0 April 2018) CrepePlace_DanceWeds.jpgWESTERN WEDNESDAY IS BACK!!!

a night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music
Every 2nd Wednesday at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA
one touring band vs. one local band

5/9 - WESTERN WEDNESDAY # 27
Laura Benitez and the Heartache
Earnest Tubb Time Machine

LAURA BENITEZ AND THE HEARTACHE - Country/ Rockabilly from the Bay Area, CA
website: www.laurabenitezandtheheartache.com
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSAeNYiYvAg
Laura Benitez and the Heartache use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock 'n' roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood ("Me or the Baby") to mean drunks ("Don't Wake the Devil"), with a whole lot of heartbreak in between. Their twangy honesty shines through in straightforward arrangements, crystalline harmonies, and spare instrumentation. Frank Gutch Jr of No Depression calls Laura Benitez & the Heartache "... Original, as good as it got and as good as it gets," and Stephan Rapid of Lonesome Highway says, "Her tight and focused band play country music with a view to the past and an ear for the future."

EARNEST TUBB TIME MACHINE - Old Time Party Country from Santa Cruz, CA
The Earnest Tubb Time Machine from Santa Cruz are the best band for drinking and dancing and more drinking!


Location: 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Seminario de Triple P: Criando Adolescentes Responsables
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Seminario de Triple P: Criando Adolescentes Responsables
Date: 05/16/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Los seminarios de Triple P ofrecen consejos para padres generales que se pueden utilizar en una amplia gama de situaciones. Este seminario es el primero en una serie de tres para familias con adolescentes 13 - 16 años. Puede asistir a uno, dos o los tres de los seminarios de la serie.

Criando adolescentes responsables ofrece estrategias crianza para ayudar a los adolescentes a: Participar en las decisiones familiares; Ser respetuoso y considerado; Ser involucrarse en las actividades familiares; Desarrollar un estilo de vida saludable; Ser confiable; y Ser asertivo.

Este seminario es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

Presentado por: Gladys Gómez, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Sala E, Watsonville
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Gladys Gómez al (831) 724-2997 x220 o gladysg@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Community Services, 18 W Lake Ave. Suite E, Watsonville Map
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Felt Story Workshop Scotts Valley
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Felt Story Workshop Scotts Valley
Date: 05/16/2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2018) FeltStory.jpgParents and Caregivers are invited to make their own felt stories to share with young children. Materials, patterns and ideas will be provided.

 

The workshops will include mentoring participants in the use of felt stories to engage young children in literature and play.

 

Parent feedback about childhood memories indicates the desire to learn how to make and use felt stories.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Does your child enjoy art? Science?
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Kids ages 6-10 are invited to craft with Anna and learn about the relationship between art and science.
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month (Jan 17-May 16) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Peer Led STEAM

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Does your child enjoy art? Science?

CASE stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive

Kids ages 6-10 are invited to craft with Anna and learn about the relationship between art and science. The goal is to involve kids in art using their own creativity. Parents are welcome to observe and learn but the art is for the kids.

Starts January 17

  • Every 3rd Wednesday of the month

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Scotts Valley Library • 251 Kings Village Rd.

 

At the first class kids will experiment with Zentangle Snowflakes. Every class will involve art and the science behind the art.

 

Anna is a junior at Scotts Valley High School. She has fond memories of the art and craft classes at Scotts Valley Library when she was younger and wants to replicate those memories for other Scotts Valley kids.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Evening Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group
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Book club - Read and discuss non-fiction books
Date: 05/16/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: None

Group will discussion current non-fiction books as selected by members. Group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm. For information on upcoming book titles call 831-427-7710.


Location: 316 Estrella Ave, Watsonville Map
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Homeschool Moms Stitch Night
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Heddi Craft
Monthly get together for homeschool moms offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself
Date: The 16th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 April 2018) HomeschoolSttchNight.jpgJoin other homeschool moms for a monthly stitch and chat get together. Bring your favorite handwork (it doesn't have to be stitching, any kind of creative task is great!) and a snack to share. We'll provide the coffee and tea! This monthly get together offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself. Third Tuesday of every month from 7-9pm.

This free event is hosted by long time homeschooling mom Heddi Craft at Knit Sew Make, located in the former sanctuary area of the building at 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz.


Location: Knit Sew Make, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
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Genealogy Research Group
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Library La Selva Beach
Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Genealogy Research Group

 

This new group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month to explore genealogy related research topics. Learn how to use the resources paid for by the library as well as other online sources to find all kinds of genealogical information. Laptops are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own as well.

 

Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for hands-on research using the library's databases and internet resources. We will have laptops available for your use.


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CASE Art, stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive
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Kids in art by using their own creativity while learning about the relationship between art and science
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month (Jan 17-May 16) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 6-10

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) has announced a new ongoing STEAM program for kids set to begin on January 17th, 2018 and continue every third Wednesday of the month from 2:00pm - 4:00pm through May at the Scotts Valley Library.

 

The program, called CASE Art, stands for Creative, Artistic, Scientific, Expressive. This new monthly class for ages 6-10 involves kids in art by using their own creativity while learning about the relationship between art and science. Parents are welcome to observe and learn, but the art is for the kids.  At the first class kids will experiment with Zentangle Snowflakes. Every class will involve art and the science behind the art.

 

"Learning about the relationship between art and science at an early way is a great way to get young children on the path to academic success," says Library Director Susan Nemitz. "And we have noticed that kids really enjoy learning from other kids."

 

The class is led by Scotts Valley High School student Anna, who is in her junior year. She has fond memories of the art and craft classes at Scotts Valley Library when she was younger and wants to create similar memories for other Scotts Valley kids.


Location: 251 Mount Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley 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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Sanctuary Speaker Series
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Save Our Shores
Strategic plan for SC and key threats regarding climate changes
Date: 05/17/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 A May 2018) SanctuarySpeakerSeries.jpgGet excited for our upcoming Sanctuary Speaker Series on Thursday, May 17!

 

Ross Clark from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories will talk about the strategic plan he's developing for the City of Santa Cruz and the key threats to our community in regards to climate change. It'll be a great evening with Save Our Shores at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing!

 

No RSVPs are required but seating will be limited. Show up early to get a good spot!


Location: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, 402 Ingalls Street #27, Santa Cruz Map
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Youth Film Showcase
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Watsonville Film Festival
There will be Red Carpet, Meet & Greet with Student Filmmakers, Popcorn and more!
Date: 05/17/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 A May 2018) WatsFilmFest_YouthCinema.jpgHELP US SPREAD THE WORD! • ¡CORRAN LA VOZ!


The whole family is invited to this FREE, FUN Youth Film Showcase! There will be Red Carpet, Meet & Greet with Student Filmmakers, Popcorn and more!

 

Toda la familia está invitada a este Festival de Cine Juvenil GRATUITO el jueves 17 de mayo a las 6PM en la Escuel

 

a Secundaria E.A. Hall, ubicada en la Avenida Brewington # 201. Presentaremos películas de estudiantes, actividades para aprender cómo se hacen películas, habrá palomitas, Alfombra Roja y más. No se lo pierdan!


Location: E.A.Hall Middle School, 201 Brewington Ave, Watsonville Map
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Tales From the Brink
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
This panel will tell three different tales of recovering species from the brink of extinction.
Date: 05/17/2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 April 2018) Rio_TalesFromtheBrink.jpgRecovering Endangered Species in California

Looking out at the Monterey Bay you are likely to see the floating tops of kelp and the furry face of a sea otter (or a few). Now, as their population size reaches record highs in 100 years, it may be hard to believe that 50 years ago there were only a few dozen individuals.

 

The Endangered Species Act was established in 1973 to protect species at risk of extinction as a "consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation." Every endangered species faces a unique set of threats and challenges: hunting, poisoning, habitat loss, and even competing with humans for resources. For each dwindling population, the road to recovery involves the hard work of policy-makers, scientists, conservation groups and individuals working together to better understand, restore, and protect endangered species. 


This panel will tell three different tales of recovering species from the brink of extinction. Southern Sea Otters, California Condors, and Salmon are each at a different point in their journeys toward recovery, and each face a unique set of challenges and solutions. Through this panel we will discover how their survival is in all of our hands. 

Moderator: John Laird, CA Secretary for Natural Resources
Panelists: Charlotte Ambrose, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region
(Salmon)
Lilian Carswell, US Fish and Wildlife Service (Southern Sea Otters)
Kelly Sorenson, Ventana Wildlife Society (California Condors)


Show time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $15 Gen, $30 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.santacruzmuseum.org and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History


Location: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Summer Reading
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
Read and earn fun rewards!
Date: Every day (May 18-Sep 5)


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Our popular summer reading program for young readers (going into grades K-12) will run May 18th through September 5th this year. We are challenging kids to read 6 books--at least 3 from our recommended reading list (see below) and up to 3 of their choice. Complete the challenge and not only will you have read some terrific books, but you'll earn excellent rewards: A $5 Bookshop gift card, a free scoop from the Penny Ice Creamery, a free slice from Pizza My Heart, and a special prize from the Santa Cruz Warriors!

 

How to get started: Come to Bookshop Santa Cruz to pick up a summer reading bookmark for your age level or download one of the pdfs listed below starting on Friday, May 18th. You are going to want to hang onto this because it's also your reading tracking form that you're going to use all summer and turn back into us before school starts. Pick out your first book and start reading!  All summer reading books are on display at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

 

Download the bookmark for:
Grades K-2 · Grades 3-4 · Grades 5-6 · Grades 7-8


What you get to read: We have put together a great list of 6 - 8 recommended paperbacks per age group. To complete the challenge, read at least three of these recommended titles and up to three books of your own choosing (for a total of 6 great books) over the summer. Click on the links below to see the complete list of summer reading selections for your age group.


Location: 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Jade Festival
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
The largest gathering of international nephrite and jadeite carvers, jewelry artists and specimen/rough dealers to take place in
Date: Every day (May 18-May 20)


(0 A May 2018) JadeFestival.jpgJade Festival!

 

Friday May 18th 1pm - 7 pm
Saturday May 19th 10am - 6pm
Sunday May 20th 10am - 4 pm

 

 


Location: Custom House Plaza, Monterey State Historic Park, Monterey Map
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Maker Faire
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Maker Faire
Immerse yourself in Maker culture with over 800 exhibits, 6+ stages, big art and spectacle, hands-on making and learning- all sh
Date: Every day (May 18-May 20)
Admission Fees: $2 - $16

Experience the world-renowned CELEBRATION OF INVENTION, CREATIVITY & CURIOSITY

Immerse yourself in Maker culture with over 800 exhibits, 6+ stages, big art and spectacle, hands-on making and learning- all showcasing the creative and experimental folks who make, play, tinker and hack in areas like:

+ Robotics
+ Future of Food
+ Cosplay
+ STEM & STEAM
+ Craft
+ Science
+ Electronics
+ Tools and Materials
+ Crazy things you've never seen
+ Much much more!

Dates & Hours

- Friday, May 18, 2018: 1 pm - 5 pm; Special Preview Day "FRIDAY@MakerFaire"
- Saturday, May 19, 2018: 10 am - 7 pm
- Sunday, May 20, 2018: 10 am - 6 pm

NEW Ticket Options for 2018: All Access, VIP and Patron tickets!

ALL ACCESS: A four day weekend of full-on Maker Faire! Valid for entry at the Thursday night Maker Faire edition of After Dark@Exploratorium, Friday@Maker Faire and Saturday & Sunday.

VIP ALL ACCESS: Everything "All Access" PLUS
- VIP lounge with Complimentary Beverages
- 3-day event parking

PATRON ALL ACCESS: Everything "All Access" PLUS
- 3-day event VIP parking and Priority Gate Entrance
- Entry into both Patron & VIP lounges, with Complimentary Beverages
- Maker Networking Dinner with entertainment Friday evening
- Limited Edition Maker Faire Swag
- Underwrites the participation of selected Makers

Discounts
View Maker Faire's discounts here. A variety of discounts off the full retail price including a Group/School Discount of 15% off for groups of 15+; Military Discount of $10 off all tickets; and the Sunday Family Pass (5 tickets for $125.00), to name a few. For Group Discounts on ALL ACCESS and VIP ticket levels, please email us at tickets@makerfaire.com.


Location: San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo Map
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Tom Sawyer
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Musical adventure, a tale of thrilling escapes, comedy and inspiration for the whole family.
Date: Every day (May 18-May 27)


(0 A May 2018) CYT_TomSawyer2018.jpgThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the irresistible story of a fourteen-year-old boy growing up in the heartland of America, based on the classic novel. Filled with foot-stomping, toe-tapping songs by Don Schlitz ("The Gambler") and with a book by Ken Ludwig, this musical adventure is a tale of thrilling escapes, comedy and inspiration for the whole family.

 

Set in 1840 Missouri, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the tale of young Tom Sawyer and the never ending mischief of which he so often finds himself a part; whether it's matching wits with Aunt Polly, tricking his friends into whitewashing a fence for him or narrowly escaping the clutches of a murderous villain. Along with his best friend, Huckleberry Finn, and his love interest, Becky Thatcher, the greatest Tom Sawyer exploits are plucked from the book and plopped onto the stage.

 

Aside from having one of the most recognizable titles from literary history, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a superb family-friendly show.

 

Tickets

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, May 18th @ 6:00pm
  • Saturday, May 19th @ 1:00pm
  • Saturday, May 19th @ 6:00pm
  • Sunday, May 20th @ 12:00pm
  • Sunday, May 20th @ 4:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 22nd @ 10:00am
  • Saturday, May 26th @ 1:00pm
  • Saturday, May 26th @ 6:00pm
  • Sunday, May 27th @ 12:00pm
  • Sunday, May 27th @ 4:00pm
  • ( School Days Performances)

Location: Enterprise Technology Center Amp, 100 Enterprise Way, Scotts Valley Map
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Kelp Pickling
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Learn about kelp forests and get a great reward in the form of a delicious treat
Date: Every Su and Fri (May 18-May 20)
Ages: Adults and Children 10+
Special Instructions: Friday and Sunday

Our kelp pickling class is a wonderful endeavor for the whole family. It foretells the times of community gatherings to provide food for all. Since early times, home canners have enjoyed the art of pickling foods. It is one of the oldest known methods of preserving food. The Chinese were fermenting vegetables as early as the third century B.C and the Romans were pickling by the first century A.D.

 

Pickles even followed the colonist to America and now picked kelp is coming to Santa Cruz! What a great way to be one with our kelp forest and get a great reward in the form of a delicious treat. We will pick a beach noted for a variety of succulent sea vegetables. Here we will search for our in tide pools and by boogie board. We will then return to Adventure Sports to pickle as only a family group can do-the pool will be open for fun.

 

This is a wonderful activity for everyone in your family and will instill an ethos of community for one and all. We will have an evening of planning on Friday followed by a morning of collecting and pickling on Sunday. Finishing touches for the feast will be assigned to students.

 

10-17 year olds are encouraged to attend but must have an adult/guardian take the class with them and must be willing to use a boogie board in the ocean. No license is required for collecting.

Private group outings are also available, call (831) 458-3648 for details.


Location: 303 Potrero St #15, Santa Cruz Map
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Annual Ha Mbongui African Dance Conference
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Bitezo Bia Kongo
Date: Every day (May 18-May 20)


(0 April 2018) AfricanDance.jpgBitezo Bia Kongo Presents...


The 2nd Annual Ha Mbongui African Dance Conference.


This 3 day workshop offers dance and drum classes taught by world renowned master teachers from Haiti, Senegal, Guinea, and Congo.

 

Please bring your friends.


Location: Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St, CA Map
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Food Trucks & Jumani
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Scotts Valley Recreation
Jumanji on the big outdoor screen, your favorite food trucks, a beer/wine garden, live music & live performances!
Date: 05/18/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All

(0 A May 2018) FoodTrucks_May18_Jumani.jpgA super fun night at Skypark with Jumanji on the big outdoor screen, your favorite food trucks, a beer/wine garden, live music & live performances!

We're not sure how this night could get any better!

Scotts Valley Recreation has partnered with Food Trucks A Go Go for this amazing event!

We have live music from local band, Fringe, Santa Cruz Circus Arts will be performing and Play-Well Lego will have their demonstration set-up!

The Scotts Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) will have their fundraiser & very popular Beer & Wine Garden!

And for dinner & dessert, check out these delicious food truck options:

Saucey'z
G's Mexicantacos
Drunkmonkeysfoodtruck SantaCruz
The Choke Coach
Carmonas BBQ Deli
Aunt LaLi's Mobile Cafe

Bring your appetites, blankets & lawn chairs!


Location: Skypark, 361 King's Village Drive, Scotts Valley Map
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Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

On the third Friday of every month, Grange member and Professional Dance Caller Andy Wilson hosts a family-friendly barn dance.  Join us for a potluck supper at 6:00 before the dancing starts at 6:30.  We knock off around 8:00 to let everyone get home and have a good night sleep.  Live music featuring Deby's Ginormous String Band.


$10 per person
$15 for two people
$20 per family


Musicians (young or old) are welcome to join the band on stage.


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
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Save Our Shores
Join us for fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Mari
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages welcomed!

Visit our Cleanup & Events Calendar to find the next volunteer opportunity

 

(0 March 2018) SunnyCove.jpgMonthly beach cleanups are a fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It's easy to participate - just meet us at the check-in table where you'll sign a waiver form and receive your cleanup materials and data cards. Volunteers are encouraged to Bring Your Own buckets, gloves, and reusable bags to decrease trash. Beach cleanups demonstrate how individuals of all ages can protect the marine environment by keeping our coastlines free from harmful pollution and debris.

 

Locations rotate each month.  Monthly beach cleanups occur every 2nd Saturday of the month in Monterey County every 3rd Saturday of the month in Santa Cruz County.

All monthly beach cleanups are held from 10am to Noon.

Beach Cleanup Waiver Forms: All participants must sign a waiver form to participate in a SOS cleanup. SOS will provide waiver forms at all public cleanups. Volunteers under 18 participating without a legal guardian will need to bring a printed and signed waiver form with them. *Download the English Cleanup-Waiver-form here. *Download the Cleanup-Waiver-form_Spanish here.

 

For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 


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All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm


'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group for any parent of a child with any type of disability
Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am-12pm at 820 Bay Ave. Capitola
Like our Facebook page and receive info. on up coming meetings.


For more info or to RSVP, please call and leave a message at 423-7713 or email Heidi Lister at hlister@spinsc.org


NOTE: Child care is NOT provided at these meetings.


Location: 820 Bay Ave, Capitola Map
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Building Methods at the Mission
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State Park Mission
Get your hands dirty and make your own mini adobe brick
Date: 05/19/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Building Methods at the Mission

Saturday, May 19 at 1pm

Come and see how the oldest building in town was made. We will look at the materials used by the Ohlone to build their homes and then at the materials used by the Spanish to build Mission Santa Cruz. You will have the chance to get your hands dirty and make your own mini abode brick. Event is free. Rain cancels. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Potluck & Dance
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 6:00pm to 10:00pm


(0 April 2018) PieRanchDance.jpgBARN DANCE

 

6:00pm / Potluck Dinner followed by music and dancing (7:00 pm)
Reservations and information

The potluck brings a few dozen people out, each with a dish they’ve brought to share.

Cost for the dance is $15–20 per person on a sliding scale; everyone contributes what they can! PLEASE NOTE THAT AN RSVP IS RECOMMENDED but not required and is helpful for our own planning purposes. Nobody will be turned away.

The 7pm Dance lasts 3 hours and features the County Line Pickers (Jim Davies, bass; Joni Davies, guitar; Hide Kawatsur, mandolin; Ken Clarkson, banjo; Luke Abbott and Nancy Vail, fiddle) with caller Andy Wilson to lead the do-si-dos and more!

To encourage a friendly family atmosphere and encourage safe driving on Hwy 1, the potluck and barn dance are alcohol-free events. Please register using the "Sign Up" button at the top of this page and note that we can only accommodate groups of 10 or less. Our office is closed on Saturday and Sunday so the latest RSVP we can accept is the Friday before the barndance, by 3pm.


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
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Goat Hill Fair
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Goat Hill Fair
Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!
Date: Every day (May 19-May 20) from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 at the gate or early access $25
Special Instructions: Sat, May 19th, 10 to 4; Sun, May 20th - 10 to 3

Goat Hill is a unique antiques and artisan fair with over 100 vendors!  

The friendly vendors are spread across three buildings at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Here you will find unique treasures, beautiful displays and excellent food. This is Goat Hill's sixth year and as it grows, the selection, style and creativity does as well.

 

On Saturday you will have access to the event and vendors before General Admission. They will also give full general admission access on Sunday.

 

See you soon.. with those happy, relaxed looks of vacationing joy on your faces!


Location: Santa CruzCounty Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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ISpy Science at Pinto Lake
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Sea Otter Savvy
FREE Family-Friendly Fun and Hands‑on Discovery Activities.
Date: 05/19/2018


(0 April 2018) ISpyScience.jpgFREE Family-Friendly Fun and Hands‑on Discovery Activities.
**Test your observation skills in the plant and animal ID and treasure hunt.
**Conduct water and soil tests with tools you make on site.
**Get up close and personal with captive native salamanders, turtles, and other critters.
**Learn fishing basics and try the casting contest.
**Hear about a day in the life of a field scientist.
**Find out how Sea Otters are connected to the lake.

Free snacks provided by Driscoll's, Inc.
For more information visit www.rcdsantacruz.org OR call (831) 464.2950 x22

Funding has been provided in part through an agreement with
the State Water Resources Control Board


Location: Pinto Lake County Park, 451 Green Valley Rd, Watsonville Map
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Santa Cruz Montessori Annual Spring Yard Sale
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Santa Cruz Montessori Announces Annual Spring Yard Sale
Date: 05/19/2018 from 8:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Savvy shoppers will be able to bag bargains at Santa Cruz Montessori's Spring Yard Sale, scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2018. Montessori parents are hosting the event at the school's main campus at 6230 Soquel Drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


All proceeds from the sale will go to support the school's financial aid program. "Fifty percent of our families receive scholarships to our school," says SCM Director Kim Saxton. "Santa Cruz Montessori is committed to supporting a diverse student body through its financial aid program - and our annual yard sale raises critical funds for this program."


Last year, the successful Spring Yard Sale raised much needed funds for the program. This year organizers are hoping to surpass last year's amount. In addition to high quality children's clothes and toys, shoppers will find a wide selection of strollers, bicycles, kitchen appliances, electronics, books, sporting goods, tools, furniture, men's and women's clothing - and one of-a-kind items.


For more information about the sale, or to donate items, call 831-476-1646


Santa Cruz Montessori is a non-profit school founded in 1964. It currently serves 290 students from preschool through junior high.


Location: 6230 Soquel Drive , Aptos Map
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Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
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Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Sep 16-May 19) from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Money Matters Financial Literacy Series
Start to develop a better understanding of how to manage your personal finances. Learn about a different topic on the 3rd Saturday of each month with George Haas and Anthony Rovai, financial advisers at Money Concepts Capital Corporation. Start getting your personal finances in shape. The series starts on September 16th and runs through May.


Note: Sunnyside Up How to Crack Your Retirement Nest Egg

 


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Book Sale at Aptos Library
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Library Aptos
Support your libraries by coming to the Aptos Book Sale and finding new life-changing books
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

Monthly Book Sale @ Aptos Branch: 3rd Saturday of every month, 11 AM - 3 PM

Come browse a wide ranging collection from fiction to children's books, audio books to CD's. Our non-fiction covers subjects from A-Z: cookbooks, gardening, health & well-being, poetry, and travel among a myriad of other subject areas. Join us on Saturdays in the Aptos Library meeting room as the Aptos Chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (Aptos FSCPL) hosts monthly book sales throughout the year (January-July and September-October). The books and media sold are selected from library donations.

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Felton Garden Tour
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Seven gorgeous & unique properties in Felton and Ben Lomond invite you through their garden gates.
Date: 05/19/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: $20 advancd, 12 & under free

(0 A May 2018) Library_FeltonGardenTour.jpgFelton Friends Benefit Garden Tour

Seven gorgeous & unique properties in Felton and Ben Lomond invite you through their garden gates.

The Secret Gardens of the Valley tour benefits Felton Library Friends.

 

Visit seven unique properties in Felton and Ben Lomond including:

  • An extensive succulent garden
  • A wildlife habitat garden with a huge koi pond
  • A gorgeous tropical plant conservatory

Participants will enjoy music by Patti Maxine & friends, a raffle, refreshments, a succulent sale and gift seeds from Renee's Garden. Expert advice on ponds, succulents, rain catchment, and bonsai will be offered at several sites.

 

ADVANCE TICKETS: $20 at: Felton Friends Website

TICKETS ON DAY OF EVENT: $25 these can be purchased at the new Felton Library/Park site located by the Felton Post Office


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Felton create a direct event link
Craft Sale in the Mountains
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Made in the Mountains
Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Apr 21-Dec 15) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 April 2018) MadeInMountains2018.jpgIt's back!! The sidewalks will be filled with art and crafts again on the 3rd Saturday of the month. And we're adding music to the event! So, come out, enjoy the incredible spring weather and load up on art and joy!

 

I can't wait to see what creativity the winter months brought out in all of the artists' work!

We're continuing the "Spend $50, get $100" game, too! The Boulder Bucks program works like this - if you spend $50 or more at any local business during the Made in the Mountains event (buying groceries, getting a mani/pedi, buying pizza for the kids' baseball team, .... ) just take your receipt to Emelia at Air & Fire before the event is over. Your name will be added to the drawing that will happen within the week after the event. You could be the one that wins $100 in the form of a gift certificate to spend at a local business of your choice! You can also split the $100 into 2 gift certificates to different businesses.

 

So, getting the kids pizza could turn into a free necklace for yourself! Or the tools bought at the hardware store could get you a free mani/pedi for after the yardwork is done and some Chinese food for dinner! Nice, right!?

 

See ya out there!

 


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Shakespeare to Go's Romeo and Juliet
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Do not miss Shakespeare to Go's Romeo and Juliet
Date: 05/19/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2018) shakespeare-to-go.jpgShakespeare to Go has been taking Shakespeare on the road since 1984, with a mission to connect with local youth and give back to the community. A Shakespeare to Go team-comprised of a faculty director and student actors, designers, stage managers, assistant directors, and dramaturgs from UC Santa Cruz-work innovatively to bring a Shakespeare play to life by making it relevant to younger audiences.

 

While the new script is shortened, the richness of Shakespeare's language always remains. Each year, a UCSC Theater Arts faculty member creates a 50-minute adaptation of a Shakespeare play, and assembles a cast comprised of UCSC students. This year (Spring 2018), Shakespeare to Go will be performing the classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, adapted and directed by UCSC Theater Arts faculty member Patty Gallagher.

 

Location: Second StageAdmission: FreeAdmission details: 

Performances at 9:00AM and 10:30AM.
FREE and open to the public.
Parking permit required (limited metered spots may be available).


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Capitola Book Sale
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Selling surplus library furniture, shelving, and lots of affordable books! Music by Persephone with Suki!
Date: Every day (May 19-May 20) from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2018) Library_CapitolaBookSale.jpgFriends of The Santa Cruz Public Libraries will be having a huge sale at Capitola Library for their closing.

 

At the event we will sell surplus library furniture, shelving, and lots of affordable books!

Sunday 12pm to 4pm we will have the $5 dollar Bag deal!

 

Music by Persephone Band with Suki!


Location: 2005 Wharf Road, Capitola Map
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A Guide to Our Iconic Flora
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Arboretum
...the natural history of California's fascinating plants
Date: 05/19/2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 A May 2018) Arboretum_ray-in-field2.jpgJoin us for a talk and book signing. Free community event and free parking.

 

There are more than 5,000 native species in California-nearly one third of which are now rare or endangered. Matt Ritter will take attendees on a visual "tour" through the state's most iconic flora in a presentation based on his new book, California Plants.

 

A richly photographed field guide to the state's spectacular native plants, the book also seeks to raise awareness of the unique beauty that is at risk. Matt will use his beautiful photographs, insight, and humor to share the natural history of California's fascinating plants. A book signing will follow the presentation

 


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza
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Senderos
Dance, music, food, crafts, and community to celebrate the wonderful traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico
Date: 05/20/2018 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $10.00; free for children 5 and unde

(0 April 2018) OaxacanCulturalFestival.jpgOn Sunday May 20 - Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza brings together dance, music, food, crafts, and community to celebrate the wonderful traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico.
​The ​13th annual ​festival will be held in a​ ​NEW LOCATION AT SAN LORENZO PARK, near downtown Santa Cruz from 9:00am-5:00pm.

 

F​eaturing fabulous music by Banda del Centro de Integration Social #8, Zoogocho, Oaxaca​ ​and colorful dance by Centeotl Danza y Baile. The formal performances will begin with a parade at 11:00am.


The marketplace will be open all day selling Oaxacan food and beverage specialties such as mole, tlayudas, tejate, as well as crafts and souvenirs. Admission is $10.00; free for children 5 and under. Bring blankets and lawn chairs (no seating provided) and be transported to the sights and sounds of Oaxaca!


The Guelaguetza is the major fundraising event for Senderos, an all-volunteer nonprofit in Santa Cruz providing free dance and music classes, tutoring and scholarships for Latino youth.
For more information, call (831) 854-7750 or website: SCSenderos.org


This local festival is like the traditional fiestas celebrated each summer in Oaxaca, Mexico. The word Guelaguetza is derived from the Oaxacan indigenous Zapotec language and signifies "a commitment of sharing and cooperation." Guelaguetza is a celebration that honors the gods for sufficient rainfall and a bountiful harvest.

 

Sponsors include: Santa Cruz City Schools, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, California Arts Council, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Santa Cruz City Arts, the Mexican Consulate of San Jose, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Ow Family Properties, and many local businesses and individuals.


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Persephone in concert at the Capitola Library Closing Sale
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Jazz, books, and fun!
Date: 05/20/2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: none

Join the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and jazz band Persephone for a sale and celebration of the Capitola Branch's new building.


Location: Capitola Library, 2005 Wharf Road, Capitola Map
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Trolley Tours Celebrate National Public Works Week
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City of Santa Cruz
Trolley tours of City recycling center and Wasterwater Treatment Facility
Date: Every day (May 21-May 24) from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Board on Cedar St at Lincoln St

(0 A May 2018) TrolleySC.jpgCelebrate National Public Works Week with a free trolley tour of the City of Santa Cruz Recycling Center or Wastewater Treatment Facility.

 

See what happens to the tons of material placed into City blue bins and observe the quality-of-life service that naturally processes 7 million gallons of wastewater daily.

 

 

When: Trolley tours: Monday, May 21 - Thursday, May 24, from 12 noon throughout the afternoons; see departure details.

Bike Share Ribbon-Cutting: Tuesday, May 22, 12:15-12:45 p.m.

 

Where:  Trolley tours: Depart from southwest corner of Lincoln and Cedar, Santa Cruz 95060

Bike Share Ribbon-Cutting: City Hall Bike Share Station, 809 Center St., Santa Cruz 95060

 


Location: Cedar Street at Lincoln Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Triple P Workshop: Friends & Peer Relationships
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Triple P Workshop: Friends & Peer Relationships
Date: 05/22/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: How friendships help teens learn important social skills; How to encourage teens to develop positive relationships with friends and peers; What to do if teens have difficulty making friends or getting along with peers.

This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Free child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

Presented in English by: Cori Burt, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton
To register: Contact Cori Burt at (831) 335-6600, ext 6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, felton Map
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Speakers Series: Hedgerows and Farmscaping for California Agricu
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Watsonville Wetlands
Dramatic photo journey exploring the California coast's past, present, and probable future
Date: 05/23/2018 at 6:30pm


Speaker Series

Hedgerows and Farmscaping for California Agriculture
  Please join us on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, when Sam Earnshaw presents the fascinating story of hedgerows and their multi-faceted benefits to California agriculture.
 
Hedgerows, windbreaks, filter strips, grassed waterways, riparian areas and beetle banks are increasingly being planted on farms. Hedgerow benefits include providing habitat for beneficial insects, pollinators and other wildlife; providing erosion protection and weed control; stabilizing waterways; serving as windbreaks; reducing non-point source water pollution and groundwater pollution; increasing surface water infiltration; providing buffers from pesticide drift, noise, odors, and dust; and increasing biodiversity.
 
Many plants attract native bees and other pollinators, and some hedgerow and windbreak plants, such as citrus or other fruit trees and herbal plants, can have economic returns as well.
 
From 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center located at the top of Pajaro Valley High School at 500 Harkins Slough Road.
 
This event is free, but seating is limited so reserve your seat early at https://www.watsonvillewetlandswatch.org/events/upcoming-events.
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  Sam Earnshaw is the author of Hedgerows and Farmscaping for California Agriculture: A Resource Guide for Farmers. He runs Hedgerows Unlimited and is a Technical Service Provider with NRCS. Sam and his wife Jo Ann Baumgartner started their own farm, Neptune Farms, growing organic vegetables and cut flowers for retail stores, farmers markets and wholesalers. Sam has also served as a program coordinator for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF).  He holds a BS degree in Forestry from UC Berkeley.
 
Hedgerows and Farmscaping for California Agriculture: A Resource Guide for Farmers is available at www.hedgerowsunlimited.com and www.caff.org/resources/on-farm-sustainability.


Location: Fitz Wetlands Educational Resour, 500 Harkins Slough Rd, Watsonville Map
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Seminario de Triple P: Criando Adolescentes Competentes
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Seminario de Triple P: Criando Adolescentes Competentes
Date: 05/23/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Los seminarios de Triple P ofrecen consejos para padres generales que se pueden utilizar en una amplia gama de situaciones. Este seminario es el segundo en una serie de tres para familias con adolescentes 13 - 16 años. Puede asistir a uno, dos o los tres de los seminarios de la serie.

Criando adolescentes competentes ofrece estrategias crianza para ayudar a los adolescentes a: Desarrollar auto-disciplina; Resolver los problemas; Establecer rutinas; Ser involucrarse en actividades escolares; Seguir las reglas escolares; y Tener amigos que los apoyan.

Este seminario es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

Presentado por: Gladys Gómez, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Sala E, Watsonville
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Gladys Gómez al (831) 724-2997 x220 o gladysg@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Community Services, 18 W Lake Ave. Suite E, Watsonville Map
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Triple P Workshop: Pathways to Positive Parenting
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Triple P Workshop: Pathways to Positive Parenting
Date: 05/23/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Ever feel like you're a parent on a hamster wheel? You get angry and stuck on the same issues with your children time and again? Learn how to avoid common parenting traps including putting into practice Triple P parenting strategies. This class will help you identify some of the thoughts and patterns that keep you stuck and move you towards parenting from a place of love and acceptance versus a place of perpetual anger.

This Triple P Workshop is offered through the Dominican Hospital Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) and is open to the public. Cost is $30/participant or $45/couple. Please note: child care is not available at this location.

Presented in English by: Natalie Hanneman, Triple P practitioner
Location: Dominican Rehab Lifestyle Education Room, 610 Frederick St, Santa Cruz
Register through Dominican Hospital Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) at least two days prior to the workshop by phone (831) 457-7099 or register online at www.dignityhealth.org/dominican/pep. Dominican PEP is unable to accommodate walk-ins.


Location: Dominican Rehab Lifestyle Educat, 610 Frederick St, Santa Cruz Map
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English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 4th Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Seabirds
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Santa Cruz Bird Club
Hannah will talk about her work for the American Bird Conservancy to protect, and enhance and create new nesting colonies in Haw
Date: 05/24/2018 from 7:00am to 9:00am


(0 A May 2018) BirdClubHannah.jpgSeabirds are among the most imperiled birds in the world, with 28% of species threatened or endangered, and 70% of the World's monitored populations in decline. New challenges to these birds are changing climate, offshore wind development, and increasing global markets for seafood. Hannah will talk about her work for the American Bird Conservancy to protect, and enhance and create new nesting colonies in Hawaii, Caribbean and South America.

 

She will take us on a tour of species, sites and issues facing these birds and discuss how conservationists are addressing these issues. She will describe a recent trip with a team of biologists in the Dominican Republic to study the Endangered Black-capped Petrel.

Hannah is the new Program Director for the Santa Cruz Bird Club.


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 EastCliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Movie: Most Likely to Succeed
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Expedition Academy
Join us for the movie and discussion!
Date: 05/24/2018 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm


(0 A May 2018) Expedition_MostLikelytoSucceed.jpgExpedition Academy Santa Cruz presents: Most Likely to Succeed
Expedition Academy is a new middle school located in Santa Cruz for students in grades 5-8. We are hosting a screening of the critically acclaimed education documentary Most Likely To Succeed (www.mltsfilm.org) for parents interested in learning more about the changing landscape in education.

 

The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the founders. Come meet the founders of Expedition Academy Santa Cruz and discover a new way to learn!


Location: 111 Errett Circle , Santa Cruz Map
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Movie: The Horse Boy
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Wisdom Center
The Horse Boy tells the story of a couple that goes to the end of the earth to find a way into their son's life
Date: 05/25/2018 at 7:00pm


(0 A May 2018) HorseBoy.jpgThe Horse Boy does more than chronicle Rowan and his parents' journey across the vast, wild landscape of Mongolia. It delves into the strange world of autism itself, the relationship between humans and animals and between different cultures and different ways of being (autistic vs. normal, or "neuro-typical"), and the nature of healing.

 

Audiences hear the varied theories on autism from the experts in the field, well-known researchers of autism such as Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen of Cambridge University; Dr. Temple Grandin, recovered autist and professor of animal behavior at Colorado State University; and anthropologist and researcher Roy Richard Grinker of George Washington University.

 

Above all, The Horse Boy tells the story of a couple that goes to the end of the earth to find a way into their son's life.

 

Watch the trailer: http://www.horseboymovie.com/Film.php


Location: The Galleria #155, 740 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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California Roots Music & Arts Festival
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California Roots Festival
Three stages on expanded festival grounds with music from around the world, delicious food and unique craft vendors...
Date: Every day (May 25-May 27)
Admission Fees: 12 and under are free
Special Instructions: Children Welcome!

(0 April 2018) CA_Roots.jpgThe California Roots Music & Arts Festival is a 3-day celebration held over Memorial Day weekend at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. The Annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival will feature three stages on expanded festival grounds with music from around the world, delicious food and unique craft vendors, as well as a dynamic live art experience.


Children are welcome. Kids ages 12 and under are free. Strollers and/or wagons for carrying kids are encouraged.


The California Roots Music & Arts Festival is a 3-day celebration held over Memorial Day weekend at the beautiful Monterey County Fairgrounds.

 

The Annual California Roots Festival is dedicated to creating a unforgettable festival experience with an emphasis on sustainability and earth-friendly practices including a zero waste plan, water fill stations and a rideshare program.

 

We take great pride in producing the highest quality musical and art experience as well as sharing one of the most beautiful places in the world, Monterey, California!


Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
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Neighborhood Block Party
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Food trucks, music, art, and gorgeous weather...what could be better?
Date: 05/25/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All

(0 A May 2018) FoodTruckMay25.jpgFood Trucks are back in San Lorenzo Park!. Join us for the 2018 kick-off event on Friday, May 25, 5:00 - 8:00 pm with a HUGE Santa Cruz Block Party! Whether from Westside, Eastside, Seabright, Beach Hill or Downtown -- come break bread with your neighbors and enjoy fantastic food truck cuisine, local beer from Discretion Brewing and wine from Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery.

PLUS boogie on down to the foot stompin' tunes of local favorites Coffee Zombie Collective.

Connect with your Santa Cruz neighborhood police team at your designated neighborhood spot and let's celebrate the start of Summer together, Santa Cruz!

Bring your lawn chairs & blankets and spread out on the green grass and open space! Meet your friends for a fun & relaxing night in the Park. Great for families -- bring your neighbors!

Presented by City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation, FOPAR and Food Trucks A Go Go.

Here are the participating Food Trucks:
Bruxo Food Truck
G's Mexicantacos
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The Choke Coach
Carmonas BBQ Deli
Aunt LaLi's Mobile Cafe


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CELEBRATING THE FEMININE, BOTH HUMAN AND DIVINE
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Library La Selva Beach Branch
Stories to elebrate women and goddesses who inspire, tickle, and delight the heart, the senses, and the funny bone
Date: 05/25/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Local Actor and Director Suzanne Sturn presents this program which honors the Feminine in the month of Mother's Day, on Thursday, May 24, 7 PM at the La Selva Beach library. Stories and Poems from many traditions--both Eastern and Western--celebrate women and goddesses who inspire, tickle, and delight the heart, the senses, and the funny bone. Readers include: Gail Borkowski, Mindy Pedlar, and Suzanne Sturn


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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COME DANCE!
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Santa Cruz Dance
Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers
Date: 05/25/2018 from 6:40pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: Donation for dancers is $12, ($8 students)

COME DANCE!


(introductory workshop at 6:40).


Admission donation for dancers is $12, ($8 students
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Cash or check (no credit card)


Please share our dances on Facebook.

 

For more info: www.santacruzdance.org


Please

 

  • Bring soft-soled, non-marking shoes to help protect the floor

  • Keep our dances fragrance free for the comfort of all

  • Bring a snack to share if you have one.

  • Help support our community -- invite a new friend to experience contra dancing!

Nearby dances


Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Urban Farm Day
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Live Oak Grange
Play with baby goats, enjoy hyper-local food and drink, shop for plant starts for your garden and arts and crafts, enjoy worksho
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
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(0 A May 2018) UrbanFarmDay.jpgJoin us to celebrate local urban farming! Play with baby goats, enjoy hyper-local food and drink, shop for plant starts for your garden and arts and crafts, enjoy workshops and live music, demos, and a tour of the Grange. There's something for the whole family!

You'll find the veggie and flower starts you need for your garden, both well-loved favorites and unique heirlooms, as well as local arts, crafts, gems and flea market items.

Enjoy organic nachos with farm fresh toppings raised and grown by Grange members, local drinks, coffee and deserts.

Play with baby goats! Goat milking demo!

Workshops:
Raising Backyard Chickens: 11:00am
Home Composting Workshop: 11:00am and 1:00pm
Pollinator/Butterfly Garden Workshop: tbd

Take a tour of the gardens, orchard and chicken coop at the historic Live Oak Grange

Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions!

Funds raised will benefit the community gardens, which preserve local tradition and provide opportunities for urban farming, and our Hall Renovation Fund to preserve our 80+ year old Grange Hall!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Skill and Luck
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State Park Mission
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Date: 05/26/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

Skill and Luck

Saturday, May 26 at 1pm

What kind of games did the Ohlone play? When the Spanish came did they bring games? Did the Ohlone still play their games during the missions? Come and find the answers to these questions about games at the mission. Make a game to take home! Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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37th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment
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Roaring Camp Railroad
Travel back in time to the Civil War where encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers re-make history right before your eyes.
Date: Every day (May 26-May 28)


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37th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment

MAY 26 - 28

Travel back in time to the Civil War where encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers re-make history right before your eyes. Experience the sights and sounds of cavalry charges, musket fire and artillery shells in one of the longest-running historic reenactments in the West.

Ride an 1880s "iron horse" through an ancient redwood forest and witness skirmishes as the steam train ascends Bear Mountain. Glimpse a soldier's daily life as he cooks meals over a campfire, cleans his musket and prepares for the day's campaign. Then chow down on a Chuck Wagon Barbecue and take in the camp. See you at Roaring Camp for this fun family event on Memorial Day Weekend!

See the weekend's full schedule here.

 

NEW EVENT: Night in the Encampments, May 27

New this year, see the event as never before as night falls across the encampments. Tents glow like lanterns, while soldiers huddle around their campfires. Ladies in beautiful gowns head to the ball to waltz the night away.

Night events begin at 6:30 PM with heritage activities, gift shop and special menu at Georgie's Cookhouse. At 8 PM board a steam train for a 90 minute ride through the redwoods and return to see the Grand Ball at Bret Harte Hall. Evening events wrap up at 10 PM.


Location: 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton Map
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Rockin' Pop Up
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
The Geology Gents are ready to ID your local (or not-so-local) geologic finds, as well as show off a rotating collection of spec
Date: The 4th Sa of every month (Apr 28-Aug 25) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free with admission, $4 General | $2 Students/Seniors
Special Instructions: Bring your rocks!

(0 April 2018) SCMus_rocks.jpgHave a rock that needs identifying? Want to learn more about the geology of Santa Cruz? Like digging for fossils? Join Gavin and Graham-also known as our "Geology Gents"-for our monthly rock-talk days. Every fourth Saturday of the month, these PhD students from UC Santa Cruz will be at the Museum, ready to ID your local (or not-so-local) geologic finds, as well as show off a rotating collection of specimens. So get ready to talk shop with these rock jocks!

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Great for all ages | Free with admission: $4 General | $2 Students/Seniors | FREE 18 & Under

About our Geology Gents:
Graham Edwards and Gavin Piccione are PhD students in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz.

"I use the scientific tools of geochronology-the study and measurement of time in geologic materials- to answer geologic question about the ages of glaciers, the cooling of Earth's crust over billions of years, and the earliest stages of our solar system when rocky meteorites formed." -Graham Edwards

"My decision to become a geologist comes from a deep interest in how the Earth has changed through time and why it has evolved the way it did. My primary research interest is to reconstruct timelines of geologic events by finding the age of rocks. Much like a historian traces events and creates a timeline of human, I seek to use age measurements of rocks to trace the evolution of the Earth."-Gavin Piccione


Location: 1305 EastCliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Summertime Connection - Parenting Kids Who Are on Vacation!
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Parenting Your Kids When They're on Summer Vacation
Date: 05/26/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $20.00
Special Instructions: Call 831-476-7284 x107 for childcare and scholarships

This 2-hour Positive Discipline parenting workshop covers the myriad ways to help your kids enjoy a fun, productive, and safe summer, while helping you to establish and uphold reasonable limits with them and find mutually respectful ways to better connect with them.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Aptos Young People's Chess Tournament
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Friends of the Aptos Library
Annual tournament open to all young chess enthusiasts ages 6-18
Date: 05/26/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 6-18 Admission Fees: Free

Aptos Library Chess Master Dana McKenzie and the Santa Cruz Public Library host this annual tournament open to all young chess enthusiasts ages 6-18. Sign-in from 12:00-12:30p and rounds hosted at 1:00p, 2:00p, and 3:00p. The Chess Tournament concludes with a Prize Ceremony at 4:00p. Advance registration recommended; contact the Aptos Library @ 427-7702. Refreshments provided courtesy of the Friends of the Aptos Library.


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Evening Campfire Programs
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State Park Big Basin
An evening of song and story
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Th and Sa (May 26-Jun 30) at 7:00pm


Evening Campfire Programs

Saturday, June 2 at 7pm

Saturday, June 9 at 7pm

Monday, June 11 through Saturday, June 30: Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 7pm (except no program Tuesday, June 19)

Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7 pm; program begins at 7:30 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! 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
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Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series
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State Park Rancho del Oso
A four-day watercolor workshop series for beginner and intermediate artists.
Date: The 4th Sa of every month (Apr 28-Jul 28) at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and

Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series

Joyce Rosenstiel will be leading a four-day watercolor workshop series for beginner and intermediate artists. Students will focus on watercolor basics, assembling your painting kit and fundamentals for landscape and nature painting. Learn to assemble a 6- by 9-inch sketch & paint travel kit for summer adventures.

 

From Rancho del Oso to the Grand Canyon, capturing the essence of unique landscapes through your art will stay with you for many years, often more profoundly than a photograph.

 

 This is a hands-on learning class. We will look at a scene together, then figure out a number of ways to sketch it out, and to mix the colors best needed to capture it on paper. You don't need to bring anything to the first class but curiosity and a wish to learn more. You can mix any color in nature from red, yellow and blue paint!

 

 

Saturday, February 18 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m.

Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m.


This is a four-part series and preregistration is required; there is no fee. Call or email the Rancho Del Oso Docents to reserve a spot. This is a small group class; space is limited.


Location: Waddell Valley, 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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You Lucky Dog: A Guided Dog Walk
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State Park Seacliff
Aren't we lucky to live in a place with so many sights to see and so many miles of coastline to walk with our dogs?
Date: 05/26/2018 at 11:00am


Guided Dog Walk

Saturday, May 26 at 11am

Enjoy a morning beach stroll with your dog, other canines and their companions. We will experience the sights and sounds (and, of course, smells!) of our local beach on this 1-hour guided walk. Meet on the deck of the Seacliff State Beach Visitor Center. Bring a leash, water, and layered clothing. Dog treats provided. For more information, call the Seacliff Visitor Center at (831) 685-6444. Event is free; day use fee for vehicle is $10. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


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Felton Covered Bridge Festival
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A day of fun! Entertainment, food, parade, music, kids activities craft vendors
Date: 05/26/2018
Admission Fees: free

A MEMORIAL DAY TRADITION IN FELTON

 

The Felton Remembers Parade & Covered Bridge Festival

The Felton Remembers Parade is an annual parade held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, to honor the lives of the brave men and women who died while serving in our country's armed forces. The parade also pays tribute to surviving veterans and families of fallen soldiers.

 

The Covered Bridge Festival is in its 29th year! The festival has been held on memorial day weekend every year since 1989. The original purpose of the festival was to raise funds for to repair the Felton Covered Bridge. Now that the bridge has been restored, funds raised from the festival are used to put on other community events in the town of Felton, including the Felton Remembers Parade, the annual Tree Lighting ceremony, etc.

 

The Parade

Expect to see: Fire Engines, Marching Bands, Horses, Military Veterans, Antique Autos, Military Vehicles, maybe a Tank (A Tank??)  Or perhaps you'd rather be in the parade.. It's great fun! Click here to learn more

 

The Festival

The festival features Live Music, A variety of Food, Arts&Crafts Vendors, Children's Activities, and much more. Follow the links below to find out more!

 

(0 April 2017) FeltonFestival_KidsBubble.jpgKids Activities

The Covered Bridge Festival is a kid-friendly event. There will be plenty of activities to keep the entire family entertained!  Giant Balloons! Face Painting  Bounce House  Arts & Crafts

 

Music

We have a great musical lineup for the 2017 Covered Bridge Festival! Music will start at 11 and continue throughout the day. There will be hay bales to sit on, and plenty of open space to dance or spread out a blanket and enjoy the show.

 

Food at the Festival

We have a great lineup of food vendors for the 2017 festival. We tried to provide a variety of choices, including some vegan and vegetarian options.

Saucyez -Sauceyz is a popular local food truck. Their passion with food runs deep; They focus on low and slow smoked meats, awesome burgers, amazing fried dishes, killer tacos, and delicious salad wraps. They create a high quality meal using locally sourced whenever possible.

Efis DUTCH-INDO -Efi's (pronounced Afee's) is Dutch-Indo cuisine w/ a contemporary twist.

Outlaw -A local Felton vendor, offering Philly Cheese Steaks and other delectable treats

Steve's Shave Ice - A Covered Bridge Festival Tradition! What summer festival would be complete without shave ice!

 

History of the Bridge

Construction was completed on The Felton Covered Bridge in September of 1892. For roughly 40 years, the bridge served as the main crossing of the San Lorenzo River, carrying horses, bicycles, and automobiles to and from Scotts Valley and beyond. In 1937, construction began on a new concrete bridge, which made the covered bridge obsolete. Thanks to the efforts of many dedicated individuals, the bridge has been preserved ever since. 


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Boulder Creek Music/Art Festival
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Boulder Creek Parks & Rec
Kids area, Art & Craft Vendors, Live Music, Beer & Wine
Date: 05/27/2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Fundraiser

(0 A May 2018) BoulderCreekArtFestMay27.jpgMUSIC AND ART FESTIVAL

Free Community Event!

Junction Park downtown Boulder Creek

Kid area- jump house- facepainting;  Art & Craft Vendors;  local beer and wine available 11:30-7pm

Band line up:

11:30-12:30pm Lydia Joy Davis
1-2pm Gary Gates Band
2:30-3:30pm Wildsang
4-5:15pm Grandpa's Chili
5:45-7pm Drool Pigs

See you there!


Location: Junction Park, downtown Boulder Creek, Boulder Creek Map
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the Hidden Forest
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State Park Big Basin
Explore some of the more remote areas of Big Basin Redwood State Park on this challenging 9-mile, 5-hour hike that gains about 1
Date: 05/28/2018 at 10:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

The Hidden Forest

Monday, May 28 at 10am

Explore some of the more remote areas of Big Basin Redwood State Park on this challenging 9-mile, 5-hour hike that gains about 1000' elevation. We'll hike up Dool Trail and have a snack at Ocean View Summit. Continuing along Middle Ridge Road, we'll follow Opal Creek along Hollow Tree Trail. We'll eat lunch beside the ruins of the Johansen Shingle Mill, built in 1927. The trail is steep and leaf-covered, adding to the sense of adventure. Bring at least 1.5 liters of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Meet at 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
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Memorial Day in Pajaro Valley
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American Legion Post #31
All venues on our historic site will be open to the public
Date: 05/28/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Memorial Day ceremony honors fallen soldiers

The Memorial Day Avenue of the Flags Ceremony will take place Monday from 10 a.m. to noon a the Castroville Public Cemetery, located on Highway 1 in Moss Landing.

 

The event will honor veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces. Guest speakers will give remarks, and the names of each veteran buried at the Castroville Public Cemetery will be read. Taps will be played followed by a Three Volley Salute.

 

Guests are invited to bring and share a picture of their fallen soldier. Free coffee and donuts will be served from 9-10 a.m. 

 

Elected officials and guest speakers include Congressman Jimmy Panetta, Senator Bill Monning and Assemblyman Mark Stone.

 

The event is sponsored by NMC LULAC Council #2907, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post #31 and the Castroville Public District Cemetery.


Location: Castroville Public Cemetery, Hwy 1, Moss Landing Map
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(Almost a) Century of the Concrete Ship
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State Park Seacliff
Please join us for a 45-minute walk-and-talk with beautiful views of the bay, the beach, and "The Boat."
Date: 05/28/2018 at 11:00am


(Almost a) Century of the Concrete Ship

Saturday, May 19 at 11am

Monday, May 28 at 11am

Can you imagine our beach without the S.S. Palo Alto? When her concrete hull first entered the water 99 years ago this month, no one could have imagined the strange future that lay ahead of her, and breaking apart on the shore of Monterey Bay was never part of the plan. From state-of-the-art wartime tanker to party ship to fishing platform to artificial reef, our ship's voyage has never been ordinary.

 

Please join us at the Seacliff Visitor Center for a 45-minute walk-and-talk with beautiful views of the bay, the beach, and "The Boat." Event is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 685-6444. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: Seacliff State Beach, 721-729 State Park Dr, Aptos Map
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Summer Kickoff
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Santa Cruz County Parks
If you love swimming bring your family and friends for an afternoon of swimming, games, food, and music!
Date: 05/28/2018 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Entry is first-come, first-served

Summer Kick-off!


Simpkins Family Swim Center - Monday, May 28, 1-4 PM
Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of swimming, games, food, and music!

 

The water slide, aqua climb wall, deep-end inner tubes, and Wibit inflatable will all be available. This event is rain or shine, and regular admission fees apply.

 

Check here for the schedule of activities and admission information: http://www.scparks.com/Portals/.../pdfs/WarmWaterPoolHours.pdf

 


Location: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Mission Strategy Game
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State Park Mission
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Date: 05/28/2018 from 11:00am to 12:30pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza

Mission Strategy Game

Monday, May 28 from 11am to 12:30pm

Gather around the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep's knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older. Event is free. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located at 144 School Street in Santa Cruz. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Age Well, Drive Smart
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Library Aptos
Program is designed to provide mature drivers with the keys to driving safer and driving longer.
Date: 05/29/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Seniors Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2018) Library_AgeWellDriveSmart.jpgThe California Highway Patrol is offering a traffic safety program for seniors. The Age Well, Drive Smart Program is designed to provide mature drivers with the keys to driving safer and driving longer.

 

Topics will include: How to tune up driving skills, refreshing knowledge of the rules of the road, learning about normal, age related physical changes and how to adjust them, when it may be time to limit or stop driving.

 

Age Well, Drive Smart classes are free. Reserve a spot in the class by calling: 831-662-0511.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Ocean's Edge Food Truck & Artisan Fair
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Bring your appetites, friends, co-workers and family!
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month (May 15-Sep 18) from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: All

TACO TUESDAY SCHEDULE ROLLS OUTWITH FOOD TRUCKS AT TWO LOCATIONS
Food Trucks A Go Go is rolling out their Taco Tuesday schedule at two locations with rotating food trucks serving tacos, along with their unique, signature dishes.


Back at Anna Jean Cummings Park in Soquel,
for the third year, Taco Tuesdays will resume on May 22nd and continue on the fourth Tuesday of every month.


A new location has been added at the Felton Covered Bridge Park in Felton. These monthly dinners, starting on May 15th, will be held on the third Tuesday of every month and are co-sponsored by the San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce and Food Trucks A Go Go. The premiere Taco Tuesday will be a Chamber Mixer with a Beer & Wine Garden.


There is plenty of green grass and open space for people to spread out and for kids and dogs to run around. People are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.


Taco Tuesdays run from 5 - 7:30pm at both locations. Bring your appetites, friends, co-workers and family! Follow @foodtrucksagogo for more information.


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Ebb & Flow- Fish Making Workshop
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Watershed Art
Come join us in making Steelhead Trout that will become a "school of fish" for the River March on Saturday June 2.
Date: 05/30/2018 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2018) EbbFlow_SteelheadTrout.jpgEbb & Flow- Fish Making Workshop

Public · Hosted by Watershed Art Studio

 

FREE! Fish Making Workshop in collaboration with the Ebb & Flow River Art Festival.

 

Come join us in making Steelhead Trout that will become a "school of fish" for the River March on Saturday June 2.


Art, "Fun Facts", snacks & awesome Steelhead Trout tattoos all in one class . Everyone welcome!

 


Location: Tannery Arts Center, 1010 River St, Santa Cruz Map
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What Nourishes Us
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Pajaro Valley Arts Council
Exploring the idea of how our community nourishes our bodies, our souls, our imaginations and our arts.
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th and Fri (May 30-Jul 15) from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Reception June 3, 12-4pm

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Exhibit Dates: May 30 - July 15, 2018

Opening reception: Sunday, June 3, from 2:00PM-4:00PM

Happy 150th Birthday, Watsonville, and congratulations on the building of a great successful community over all these years.

Members of Pajaro Valley Arts join in the sesquicentennial celebration with this exhibition, What Nourishes Us, exploring the idea of how our community nourishes our bodies, our souls, our imaginations and our arts. Using a wide variety of mediums, artists from Santa Cruz County and beyond share their interpretations on what nourishes them from this community and from their lives in general.

Curators: Jane Gregorius, Susan Matulich, Mary Neater, Carol Walberg

This exhibit is dedicated and in memory of our dear friend and Board Member James Aschbacher


Art by David Fleming


Location: 37 Sudden St, Watsonville Map
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Seminario de Triple P: Conectando a los Adolescentes
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Seminario de Triple P: Conectando a los Adolescentes
Date: 05/30/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Los seminarios de Triple P ofrecen consejos para padres generales que se pueden utilizar en una amplia gama de situaciones. Este seminario es el tercero de una serie de tres para familias con adolescentes 13 - 16 años. Puede asistir a uno, dos o los tres de los seminarios de la serie.

Conectando a los adolescentes ofrece estrategias crianza para ayudar a los adolescentes a: Establecer conexiones positivas con las demás; Tener confianza; Ser socialmente hábil; Planificar el futuro; Mantener compromisos; Mantenerse en contacto; y Cuidar a los demás.

Este seminario es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

Presentado por: Gladys Gómez, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios, 18 W. Lake Ave, Sala E, Watsonville
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Gladys Gómez al (831) 724-2997 x220 o gladysg@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Community Services, 18 w Lake Ave. Suite E, Watsonville Map
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Snakes Alive!
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State Park Big Basin
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like?
Date: 05/30/2018 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All

Snakes Alive!

Saturday, June 30 from 12pm to 3pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters and meet Docent Diane Shaw and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. 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
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Be an Informed Voter
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Date: Every day


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Be an Informed Voter

Voting isn't just a right, it is an important civic responsibility. We've gathered a few online resources to help you make the informed decisions about the candidates and propositions on the upcoming June 5th Primary Election Ballot.

Voter's Edge California: http://votersedge.org


This is a comprehensive, nonpartisan online guide to elections from the League of Women's Voters. It covers federal, state, and local races in the state of California. Access your full, personalized ballot by entering your address and get in-depth information on candidates, measures, and who supports them. You can also check where, when, and how to vote, including information on their local polling locations. Try searching for your ballot below:

Easy Voter Guide: http://www.easyvoterguide.org


Another project of the League of Women Voters, the Easy voter Guide is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. It describes the offices and the propositions in easy to understand language.

Official Voter Information Guide: http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov


The Official Voter Guide is produced by the California Secretary of State. It includes impartial analysis, arguments in favor and against numerous ballot measures, declarations of the candidates, the Voter Bill of Rights and other important information.

Santa Cruz County Elections Office: http://www.votescount.com


Official website of our local County Office of Elections. It has comprehensive information about voting, assistance for voters with special needs, language assistance, and more.

 

The last day to register to vote for the June 5th Primary Election is May 21, 2018.


If you miss that deadline, you can still register and vote on the same day up until June 5th by visiting the County Elections Office in person, located at County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street, Rm. 310, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm


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Washington, D.C. - The Return
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Mount Madonna School
A presentation of Mount Madonna School's Values in World Thought program
Date: 05/31/2018 at 9:00am
Admission Fees: Free

Washington, D.C. - The Return, a presentation of Mount Madonna School's Values in World Thought program

 

On this day we welcome the special friends and grandparents of our middle and high school students. 
This presentation is an opportunity to hear our 11th and 12th grade students speak about their recent experiences in Washington, D.C., and will feature the skilled videography of Devin Kumar ('06), adding visual spice to the students' narratives.    

 

Visit the students' 2018 D.C. blog at  http://dc.mountmadonnaschool.org


Location: Upper Campus, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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