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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

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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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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Sa from 11:00pm to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Redwood Tours                                                                                   

Saturdays 11am

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

 

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
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

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Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) LibraryFeltonCraft1.jpgCome join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts. It's every Sunday from 2-4:30pm.

 

Bring something portable that you are working on or come prepared to have fun!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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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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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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
Phone: (831) 423-0341 •website Aptos create a direct event link
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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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
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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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
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Waves and Wildlife Photo Contest
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Save Our Shores
Get excited about our 3rd annual Waves and Wildlife photo competition! We'll start accepting entries THIS Sunday, April 1 and wi
Date: Every day (Apr 1-May 31)


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

 

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


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

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


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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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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
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Origami Club with Japanese Cultural Fair
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Library Aptos
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
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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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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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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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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
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
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Life on the Ranch: Family Living History Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

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


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
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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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
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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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
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
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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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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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
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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