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California Rodeo Salinas
2018 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
Every day (Jul 19-Jul 22)
Location: Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 Main Street , Salinas Map

(Special Event Images / Graphics) CaliforniaRodeoPoster2014.jpgKnown for its week-long cavalcade of events, California Rodeo "Big Week" is the largest community event held in Salinas. Parades, barbecues, cowboy poetry, fireworks, concerts, a carnival, and much more.

 

Big Week offers something for every member of the family, and a chance for the entire community to participate in the California Rodeo.

 

The Rodeo itself is designed to operate like a two-ring circus, each Rodeo performance features events that occur in the arena and on the track simultaneously. While the classic event of saddle bronc riding bucks out in the arena, a horse race speeds by on the track.

 

Each year, the Salinas Rodeo ranks in the top 20 of nearly 800 North American rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. For four action-packed days, more the 50,000 spectators pass through our gates to see the country's top professional rodeo athletes compete.

 

Saddle Bronc Riding ~ Bareback Riding ~ Bull Riding ~ Tie-Down Roping ~ Steer Wrestling ~ Team Roping ~ Barrel Racing ~ Bull Fighting

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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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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: See varying hours

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm

Wednesday, July 4 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 Redwood State Park Headquarters.

 

Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Santa Cruz Montessori Annual Spring Yard Sale
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Santa Cruz Montessori
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
Phone: (831) 476-1646 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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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Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

Get crafty! A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kids and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

 

 

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
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
Phone: (650) 879-0995 •website Davenport create a direct event link
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse is currently under repair, but that doesn't mean that the First Order Fresnel Lens can't shine! The Fresnel lens, the original lighthouse beacon, will light up once again from its temporary home in the Visitor Center. As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky coastline. Bring a flashlight and join us for a unique experience. For more information, call the park at (650) 879-2120 or go online to www.Parks.CA.gov/PigeonPoint. Event is free. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

* Please note the lighthouse will NOT be lit. The original lighthouse beacon, the First Order Fresnel lens, will be lit but in its temporary location inside the Visitor Center. The lighthouse is being repaired and is currently not accessible to the public.


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero 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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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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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
Phone: (408) 221-5054 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
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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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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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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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Su and Sa
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays 11am and 2pm, Sundays 1pm

Redwood Tours
Saturdays at 11am and 2pm
Sundays at 1pm

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Become a Watsonville Wetlands Docent
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Watsonville Wetlands
Join us for docent training in January
Date: Every Wed and Sa


Docent Training Starts THIS MONTH!

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


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

 

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


Location: 235 Ohlone Parkway, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-345-1226 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

(0 Oct 2017) Wilder_Baking2.jpgRanch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Art 1
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Art Factory
Art Classes for kids
Date: Every Sa (Jan 13-May 26) from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-7 Admission Fees: $105/month
Special Instructions: Drop-Ins also welcome

We'll explore pastel, mixed media collage, colored pencil, watercolor, tempera and sculpture as a group with simple instruction. A great art foundation starts here!

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


Location: The Art Factory, 9099 Soquel Dr. 15, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

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Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups.

 

These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Parking is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227.

 

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays. For reservations and info call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you require mobility assistance, you may request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2025 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
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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Shakespeare to Go's Romeo and Juliet
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UCSC Theater Arts Department
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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Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Evening Art Program
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more! Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Capitola Book Sale
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Library Capitola
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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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

(0 A May 2018) SV_JrPoliceAcademy.jpgScotts Valley Police Department·

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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Tom Sawyer
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CYT
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.

 

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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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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
Phone: (831) 621-6226 •website Santa Cruz 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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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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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
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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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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Felton Garden Tour
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Library Felton
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
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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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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
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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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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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All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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SPIN
'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
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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