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Full Moon Madness
This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer gu
08/24/2018 at 6:00pm
Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map

Full Moon Madness
Friday August 24; 6pm

Experience Henry Cowell in a completely new way... at night! This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer guest speaker. To wrap up the evening, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes out for stargazing. Event is in the day use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, located off Hwy 9 in Felton. Event is free; parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

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Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

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

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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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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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
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


Phone: 831-440-5656 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
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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Nature Club
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State Park Big Basin
This fun program is designed for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore!
Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 31)
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See varying hours

Big Basin Nature Club

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4:30pm (No programs August 25, 28)

Wednesdays at 1:30pm (No program Wednesday, August 29)

This fun program is designed for children ages 3-6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Big Basin Redwoods State Park Nature Museum. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.338.8018 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Gilroy Gardens July 4th Weekend BBQ & Military In Free
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Gilroy Gardens
Date: Every day (Jun 30-Jul 4)


JUNE 30-JULY 4: Gilroy Gardens July 4th Weekend BBQ & Military In Free. Free admission to active duty and retired with a military ID.

  • NOTE DATES: June 30 to July 4.
  • Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy,CA 95020

 

 


Location: 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy Map
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Junior Rangers at Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Nature for the little ones!
Date: Every day (Jun 16-Sep 1) at 10:00am
Ages: 3-6 and families Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See varying dates, times

Junior Rangers

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm (No programs August 25, 28, 29)

Wednesdays at 10amSpecial two-hour program (No program August 29)

Explore, hike and play games as you learn about plants, animals, and more. This 1-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12 only. Please register your child at the Nature Museum 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek 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
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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
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
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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FREE Intro. to Disc Golf Class - Ages 5-17
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Santa Cruz County Parks & Rec
Learn disc golf from a pro!
Date: 07/01/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5 - 17 Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: Meet at Hole 1 by main parking lot

Come learn how to play disc golf for FREE! Carrie 'Burl' Berlogar, a 5-time US Masters Champion and 2-time World Champion, will be at the Pinto Lake County Park disc golf course providing discs, tips and rules on how to play disc golf.


Location: Pinto Lake County Park, 757 Green Valley Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 566-6533 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
FREE Intro. to Disc Golf Class - Ages 18+
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Santa Cruz County Parks & Rec
Learn disc golf from a pro!
Date: 07/01/2018 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 18+ Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: Meet at Hole 1 by main parking lot

Come learn how to play disc golf for FREE! Carrie 'Burl' Berlogar, a 5-time US Masters Champion and 2-time World Champion, will be at the Pinto Lake County Park disc golf course providing discs, tips and rules on how to play disc golf.


Location: Pinto Lake County Park, 757 Green Valley Road, Watsonville 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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Free Daily Entertainment
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Beach Boardwalk
World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians-all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.
Date: Every day (Jun 18-Aug 17) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm


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Engaging performers invite you to be a part of the show!

World-class magicians, acrobats, jugglers, and comedians-all performing FREE at two stages inside the park.

Neptune's Stage located next to Pirate Ship.
Cave Train Stage located near Cave Train.

The Entertainers and the Schedule



Location: 400 Beach Street, 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
Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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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

Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 3pm

 

Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations may include butter churning, ice cream making, roping skills, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages. 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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Twilight Adaptation Adventure
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State Park Big Basin
Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk
Date: Every Su (Jun 3-Sep 2) at 7:30pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

Twilight Adaptation Walk

Every Sunday at 7:30pm

Twilight marks the end of day and the beginning of night. Animals who come out at night have special adaptations to survive. Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1-hour, half-mile walk. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

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

 


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See varying hours

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 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
Make Giant Bubbles!
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MAH
Use bubble wands in buckets to create large bubble creations. Enjoy the rainbows, the popping and laughter that will ensue at
Date: 07/01/2018
Ages: All Ages

(0 A June 2018) MAH_GiantBubbles.jpgCome to Abbott Square, make Giant Bubbles and get your face painted!

Use bubble wands in buckets to create large bubble creations. Enjoy the rainbows, the popping and laughter that will ensue at this event!


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-429-1964 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

Come explore the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach. This free mini-museum highlights the history of Pacific Rim migrations and how they have influenced the Monterey Bay area. 

The exhibits explore the contributions of Chinese fishers, who established fishing camps on the Monterey Bay coastline beginning in the 1850s. Fishers dried and shipped most of their catch to markets up and down the coast, as well as across the Pacific. Chinese fish merchants also sold their fresh catch in local towns. China Beach, as New Brighton was known at the time, lasted until the mid-1880s. 

The center, which is supported by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It also includes a ParkStore, offering nature and history-themed merchandise for sale. All proceeds benefit local parks and beaches.

Self-guided tours of the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center are free. Docent-led tours are available for groups. Contact Jean Bernard at the Visitor Center, 831-464-5620, to schedule. Parking at New Brighton State Beach is $10 and supports the park. New Brighton State Beach is located at 1500 Park Ave. in Capitola


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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Art & Music at the Beach
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Capitola Art & Cultural Commission
Music, Art, the Beach... come visit
Date: Every Su (Jun 3-Aug 19) from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

(0 A July 2018) CapitolaArtBeach2018.jpgArt and Music At The Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village.

Live Music is featured on the Esplanade Stage and local artists display their work in Esplanade Park overlooking Capitola Beach and the Monterey Bay.
More Info - https://www.capitolavillage.com/event/art-and-music-at-the-beach/

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, July 29
Sunday, August 5
Sunday, August 19.

 

 


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Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Sep 30)

Special Instructions: Located on Highway 35, just 2.5 miles southeast of the junction with Hwy 9

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
  Sat & Sun 11am
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1 mile loop; elevation gain 300 feet    
Ascend through Douglas-fir, madrone, and tanoak to see the park’s imposing namesake peak—a good spot for bouldering and roped climbs. The surrounding smaller rocks are a great playground for children.

Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook Hike  Saturdays at 2:30pm

Join us on a 3-mile, 2.5-hour hike to Castle Rock, Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook. We’ll discuss Castle Rock’s unique geology, rock climbing history, human impacts and important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. Please bring plenty of water, hiking shoes, snacks, a camera, and binoculars if you have them. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $8. Meet at the kiosk. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 
   
MODERATE HIKES 
Ridge/Trail Camp Loop 
Trailhead: main parking lot, 5.15 miles, elevation gain 1,190 feet
Hike through the forest and past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the San Lorenzo River Valley and glimpses of Monterey Bay. Learn about history, wildlife, and habitats at the Interpretive Shelter. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter.  
  
Skyline/Loghry Woods/Saratoga Gap Loop
Trailhead: main parking lot; 6.1 miles roundtrip; elevation gain 750 feet 
Head through the forest past Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock. Enjoy views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Lorenzo River with glimpses across to Monterey Bay if there’s no fog. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water, and a rain shelter. 
  
STRENUOUS HIKES  
Middle of the Park from the Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap; 9 miles roundtrip, elevation gain 1,530 feet. 
This challenging hike or run through the forest takes you past mountain and valley views with some glimpses of Monterey Bay on a clear day. Castle Rock Trail Camp has picnic tables, pit toilets, water and a rain shelter. Begin at Saratoga Gap and either go down Saratoga Toll Road Trail or across Skyline Trail (Bay Area Ridge Trail). Close the loop on the Loghry Woods and Travertine Springs trails.
   
Gap to Gap Loop
Trailhead: Saratoga Gap or Waterman Gap; 16.4 miles round trip, elevation gain 1,860 feet
A good workout for strong trail runners and hikers. You can also backpack and stay overnight at the Waterman Gap Trail Camp (reservations required). Trails are mostly wooded, with occasional views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. 
   
Skyline to the Sea Trailhead: dropoff at Saratoga Gap or park at main parking lot, pickup at Waddell Beach, 25.2–28.2 miles; elevation from 1,660–2,130 feet. 
One of the region’s most rewarding backpack options. Start on the spine of the Santa Cruz Mountains and descend to the ocean in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Camp at trail camps along the way. Two to four days of backpacking or four to eight hours of trail running.

 

Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook Hike

Saturdays at 2:30pm

Join us on a 3-mile, 2.5-hour hike to Castle Rock, Castle Rock Falls and Goat Rock Overlook. We'll discuss Castle Rock's unique geology, rock climbing history, human impacts and important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. Please bring plenty of water, hiking shoes, snacks, a camera, and binoculars if you have them. Event is free; day use fee for vehicles is $8. Meet at the kiosk. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Half Moon Bay State Beach
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State Park Half Moon Bay Beach
Junior Rangers, Campfire Programs, Guided walks
Date: Every day (Jun 29-Aug 31) from 11:00am to 3:00pm


Junior Rangers

Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm

Discover the fascinating secrets of the beach! Explore, practice outdoor skills, and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is designed for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child 15 minutes before the program begins at the Francis State Beach Visitor Center. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, and California State Parks.

 

Campfire Program

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm

Join us in our new campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about beach ecology, creatures of the ocean or stories of the park while relaxing by the beach. Event is free; day-use fee for vehicles is $10. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Guided Walk: Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park

Sunday, July 22 at 10am 

Journey back in time to discover the lives of early pioneers on this two-mile stroll along Mills Creek at Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park. Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins-Purisima Road 1.5 miles east of Highway 1. Bring water and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, and binoculars recommended. Appropriate for children age seven and older accompanied by parent. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Walk: Sequoia Audubon Trail

Sunday, July 1 at 10am

Sunday, July 15 at 1pm

Join us for a one-mile stroll along the California Coast into the Pescadero Marsh, a popular bird watching location.  Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot located on Highway 1, one-quarter mile north of Pescadero Creek Road in Pescadero. Bring water, and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, sunscreen and binoculars recommended. Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. No pets. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

Guided Walk: McNee Ranch, Montara State Beach

Saturday, July 14 at 10am

Join us for a two-mile stroll along the California coast and enjoy stunning views, remnants of the long-gone Ocean Shore Railroad and WWII era bunker. Meet at Gray Whale Cove State Beach Parking Lot on Highway 1 just south of Devil's Slide. Bring water and snacks; close toed shoes, layer clothing, and binoculars recommended. Children age 7 and older are welcomed, accompanied by parent. All pets must be on leash. Rain cancels. For information call (650) 726-8819 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov


Location: 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay Map
Phone: (650) 726-8819 •website Half Moon Bay create a direct event link
Retro Nights
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Beach Boardwalk
Enjoy old-school prices throughout the park with these Retro Night specials
Date: Every Mon and Tues (Jun 18-Aug 14) at 5:00pm


Retro Nights

 

Enjoy old-school prices throughout the park with these Retro Night specials:

Some specials may be subject to tax.

Purchase a MyBoardwalk Card for $1.50 rides at any Boardwalk Ticket Booth or MyBoardwalk Kiosk.


Location: 400 Beach Street, 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
Live Oak Knitters
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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
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Little Rangers Programs for 3-6 year olds with an adult
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State Park Natural Bridges
Fun for the little ones
Date: Every Mon (Jun 11-Sep 3) at 10:30am
Ages: 3-6 with an adult Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Also 2pm

  Little Rangers children's programs
 Mondays 10:30 to 11:30 am from Mid-June through Labor Day.

During the summer season, hour-long children's programs are offered in the Visitor Center. These nature programs are for children ages 3-6 and their caregivers.

 

Weekly topics and themes vary. Previous themes have included: birds, frogs, secrets of sand, plant detectives, and many others!

 


Location: West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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
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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"Jays and Murrelets" Campfire Program
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about the jay-marbledmurrelet-people interaction from expert Kristin Brunk
Date: 07/03/2018 at 7:00pm


"Jays and Murrelets" Campfire Program

Tuesday, July 3 at 7pm

Have you noticed the Steller’s Jays with “bracelets” around their legs? Come hear Kristin Brunk, who is researching these birds, talk about why they’re banding the birds, what they’re learning about how Jay behavior changes around people, and the impact the Jays have on the endangered Marbled Murrelet. 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 vehicle fee is $10. Events made possible my California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek 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

(0 February 2018) EmergencyPreparedness.jpgNEW!TUESDAY TALKS:

 

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
Wild Child Adventures: Bubbles!
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Library Aptos
Explore the fun and science that are bubbles!
Date: 07/03/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Children of all ages have always been fascinated with bubbles! So what is it about bubbles that makes them so intriguing? Is it their delicate nature, their beautiful colors, or the way they float up into the sky? Take a journey with Wild Child Adventures, as we explore the fun and science that are bubbles!


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos 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
Wild Child Adventures: Bubbles!
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Library La Selva Beach
Explore the fun and science that are bubbles!
Date: 07/03/2018 from 10:30pm to 11:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Children of all ages have always been fascinated with bubbles! So what is it about bubbles that makes them so intriguing? Is it their delicate nature, their beautiful colors, or the way they float up into the sky? Take a journey with Wild Child Adventures, as we explore the fun and science that are bubbles!


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
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
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Freedom Fest with Fireworks
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Morgan Hill Freedom Fest
Patriotic songs July 3rd and Fireworks July 4th
Date: Every day (Jul 3-Jul 4)
Admission Fees: If you drive, $10 parking fee
Special Instructions: 16500 Condit Road, located between Tennant and E. Dunne Avenue

Fireworks seem to be the highlight of most people's memories of the 4th of July. This year's Fireworks Show will surely be a highlight for many of our community's children as it is shaping up to be one the best ever.

Fireworks on The Green will once again be at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center, 16500 Condit Road, located between Tennant and E. Dunne Avenues. Gates will open at 5 pm so you can come on in and set up a good viewing spot for the fireworks, which will begin around 9:30 pm

We are excited to bring back perennial favorites-the Usual Suspects, Country Cougars and our beloved Patriotic Singers! The show starts at 6:00pm. The Country Cougars are a hot 'rockin' country band playing new and classic country and quickly becoming one of Northern California's favorite bands.

Country Cougars play at some of the premier nightclubs in the bay area and cover artists including Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church as well as the country legends Johnny Cash, Patty Loveless, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn and many others. The energy of this band gets the crowd on their feet dancing and ready to party!

 

MH Freedom Fest Patriotic Sing ~ Tuesday July 3, 6-7pm

Karen Crane and the Patriotic Singers make a return appearance at 7:30pm to give everyone a chance to catch a glimpse of the wonderful program they perform the night before at the Patriotic Sing, kicking off our Freedom Fest celebration.

 

Closing out the show will be The Usual Suspects with their high-energy classic rock. One of the South Bay's most popular bands, they feature everything from Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and ZZ Top, to Santana, U2, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Van Halen, AC/DC and so much more. The Usual Suspects have performed for over 18 years as part of the Morgan Hill Freedom Fest Celebrations, alternating between the Music Fest and Fireworks Show.

 


Location: Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Cente, 16500 Condit Road, Morgan Hill Map
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Wild Child Adventures: Bubbles!
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Library Central
Explore the fun and science that are bubbles!
Date: 07/03/2018 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Children of all ages have always been fascinated with bubbles! So what is it about bubbles that makes them so intriguing? Is it their delicate nature, their beautiful colors, or the way they float up into the sky? Take a journey with Wild Child Adventures, as we explore the fun and science that are bubbles!


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Apple Roasting! Snake! Crafts! Games! Skulls and Pelts!
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State Park Big Basin
Roast apples or marshmallows and listen to tunes
Date: Every Wed (Jul 4-Aug 29) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All

Apple Roasting! Snake! Crafts! Games! Skulls and Pelts!

Every Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm (No program August 29)

Drop by anytime between 3:30-5 pm at our historic campfire and enjoy roasting ranger apples and marshmallows, playing games, listening to tunes and making some fun crafts! Touch and learn about the skulls and pelts of Big Basin animals, and meet a snake.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Free Movies at the Beach
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!
Date: Every Wed and Fri (Jun 15-Aug 31)


FREE Movies on the Beach
Wednesday Nights - June 20-August 15, 2018- Admission FREE!


There's nothing quite like watching a classic movie on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper Rollercoaster lights twinkling overhead and the smell of Kettlecorn, hot dogs, and salt water taffy filling the air!


Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic hits!

 

Each movie will include a 15 minute intermission.

 

June 20 The Lost Boys
June 27 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
July 4 No movie - Happy 4th of July!
July 11 Legally Blonde
July 18 Ferris Bueller's Day Off
July 25 Hairspray
Aug 1 Jumanji (1995)
Aug 8 Ghostbusters (1984)
Aug 15 Raiders of the Lost Ark

 

Seating is first-come, first-served.

Smoking is not permitted on the beach or Boardwalk. Alcohol and glass are prohibited on the beach.

A limited number of assistive listening devices (ALDs) are available for check-out at the Guest Services office near the Haunted Castle.

If you require other special accommodations or would like to request Closed Captioning, please contact the Manager on Duty at least 48 hours in advance of the movie at (831) 423-5590.


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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The World's Shortest Parade & Pancake Breakfast & "Party in the
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Chamber of Commerce Aptos
Perfect parade length -short! Anyone can parade
Date: 07/04/2018 at 7:30am


(Photos General) Dogs_4thJulyParadeAptos.jpgAptos will celebrate the 4th of July with the World's Shortest Parade! Come and join us for our World's Shortest Parade in Aptos.


Celebrate Our Schools!

The 4th of July reminds us that this is a country built on liberty and gives everyone a chance to come together and celebrate our great nation as one. The Aptos 4th of July festivities have been bringing communities together for over 55 years and invites your business to be a sponsor to show your involvement and commitment to local community during a fun, family focused 4th of July.

GRAND MARSHALL: Michael Watkins, Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE) Superintendent

T-SHIRTS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!
Come get your shirt at one of the following locations: Deluxe Foods of Aptos, Aptos Feed & Pet Supply, Santa Cruz County Bank, Cinnamon Bay Clothing, Pacific Coffee, The UPS Store 1253, Aptos Chamber of Commerce, and Art Supplies, Ink.
Youth t-shirts are $10, adult t-shirts are $12, and tanks are $15.

Pancake Breakfast: 7-9am burger.aptos parking lot
Hosted by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by, burger.aptos, Erik's DeliCafe, KISS Catering Cafe, Safeway, Starbucks, Severino's, Gizdich Ranch, & Whole Foods Market

Worlds Shortest Parade: 10am-12pm
Begins at intersection of State Park Dr & Soquel Dr and ends at the Trout Gulch & Soquel Dr intersection.. Hosted by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce.  Be part of the parade! Fill out our Parade Application and send it in to esme@aptoschamber.com

Party in the Park: 12-4pm at Aptos Village Park
Family Fun Day! Something for the whole family: kids games, face painting, pony rides, archery, zorbs, food trucks, caterers, and special guest artist ExtraLarge! Sponsored by GreenWaste Santa Cruz County & Ace Portable Services.
Want to be a vendor? Download the application and submit it to jennifer@aptoschamber.com

ALL FORMS CAN BE FOUND AT
: http://aptoschamber.com/fourth-of-july/

 

Dog groups gather for the parade behind the Wells Fargo Bank, but check with Living with Dogs:

www.livingwithdogs.us/events.html

Location: Aptos Village, 7701 Soquel Dr. , Aptos Map
Phone: 831.688-1467 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Fire in the Sky Open House
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Watsonville FlyIn & Air Show
Spectacular fun and educational too!
Date: 07/04/2018 from 5:00pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: free walk-in admission

The Municipal Airport will open its doors on July 4th from 5:00 pm until 9:30pm. for the "Fire in the Sky" Open House. This Open House event is an important part of the Airport's efforts to reach out to the community and highlight the importance of this community asset to our region.

The Open House will feature a festival-like open seating atmosphere and will include formation flyovers, a variety of food trucks, introductory flights, and, given the later start, an early evening outdoor animated motion picture (Angry Birds) for the kids. To close the evening and in line with the celebration of the 4th of July, we will host a professional firework show.

This year law enforcement aviation assets from the California Highway Patrol and Santa Cruz County Sheriff will display their aircraft. Additionally, air ambulance Calstar and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will bring aircraft to the field. The Watsonville Municipal Airport tenants have also been invited to display personal, flying club, trainers and corporate aircraft.

Admission is free. Vehicles may park on the crosswind runway for $10.00.

The event will also feature a VIP area inside of the United Flight Services Hangar. The VIP area is sponsored by several community businesses who are supporting this community event.


Location: Watsonville Airport, Airport Rd, Watsonville Map
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30th Annual 1, 5, 10k Firecracker Run
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Sunrise Rotary Club
Fire Up For The 2015 Santa Cruz Firecracker!
Date: 07/04/2018 from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All

Annual Santa Cruz Firecracker 4th of July 10K, 5K, 1K Race - Registration Open!

Register Now: www.santacruzfirecracker10k.org/

 

10K, 5k, & Kids 1K Race - Wednesday, July 4th
8 a.m. Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz

 


Register Now! Santa Cruz Firecracker 10K

Early-bird discount before July 1st. "Run with Team Warriors" package!


Pancake Breakfast (included in entry fee) with finish line party and awards ceremony with medals to the top three runners in 5-year age groups!


Sponsored by Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club 2017
A benefit for Teen Kitchen and The Red Cross

Come for the Thrill, Run for the Cause, Stay for the Party!

Register now! www.SCFireCracker10K.org/register

 

Race Start Times

7:00am - Registration opens
8:00am - Kid's 1K run/walk
8:30am - Firecracker 10K run
8:40am - Firecracker 5K run

Event Highlights

  • Pancake breakfast after the race (included w/ entry fee)
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for 1st thru 3rd place in each 5-year category
  • Merchandise prizes and Champions Cup Engraving for overall winners in the 10K and 5K (M&F and age graded M&F)
  • Shoes awarded to the overall age-graded winners, and first high school (18 and under) boy and girl
  • Expedited awards ceremony this year
  • "Thrill of the Hill" t-shirt for the first 1000 entrants

We hope to see you again this year on the fourth of July! So, light the fire within and register online today. If you already have registered, thanks, and we'll see you on July 4th!

Come for the Thrill! Race for the Cause! Stay for the Party!


Location: Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen St, Santa Cruz Map
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Save Our Shores 4th July Beach Cleanups
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Save Our Shores
Save Our Shores invites residents and visitors to participate in beach cleanup activities
Date: Every day (Jul 4-Jul 5)


OLLUTION PREVENTION IS PATRIOTIC! Every year, thousands of beachgoers visit Monterey Bay beaches to celebrate the birth of our nation. Unfortunately, the celebration often results in tons of trash littering our shores. To prevent waste from entering the ocean and harming wildlife, Save Our Shores is hosting pollution prevention outreach at Hotspot beaches across the Central Coast and organizing its popular Star Spangled Cleanup the morning after July 4th. The effort is a part of our Holiday Relief Program in partnership with the City of Santa Cruz.

Last year, 182 volunteers removed nearly 3,000 pounds of trash from 11 Hotspot beaches across the Monterey Bay in just two hours.

 

We have cleanups happening in both Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties on July 5th. Cleanups are happening rain or shine! If you are interested in joining our Star Spangled Beach Cleanup efforts, simply show up the day of to participate or contact cleanup@saveourshores.org

 

4th of July Pollution Prevention

By reminding beachgoers to enjoy their holiday responsibly, Save Our Shores has seen a significant reduction in beach pollution. Last year, a team of 41 volunteers handed out 1,611 trash bags at six Hotspot beaches along in the Monterey Bay. In just four hours, the group spoke to 3,000 beachgoers about the impact of beach pollution, as well as offered tips for a litter-free holiday. You can help!

 

 

July 5 Star-Spangled Beach Cleanup

Last year, on the 5th, 182 volunteers joined Save Our Shores to pick up over 2,000 pounds of pollution from local beaches. Join Save Our Shores from 9-11 a.m. at the following beaches in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties:

July 4

 

Davenport Main Beach Pollution Prevention Outreach  10:00 am

Join us to help prevent ocean pollution during one of the busiest holidays of the year! We are looking for volunteers to help pass out trash bags to beach-goers, encouraging leave-no-trace. MEETUP LOCATION Meet at[...]

 

Cowell/Main Beach Pollution Prevention Outreach    12:00 pm

Join us to help prevent plastic pollution during one of the busiest holidays of the year! We are looking for volunteers to help pass out trash bags to beach-goers, encouraging leave-no-trace. MEETUP LOCATION Please meet[...]

 

Hidden Beach Pollution Prevention Outreach   12:00 pm

Join us to help prevent ocean pollution during one of the busiest holidays of the year! We are looking for volunteers to help pass out trash bags to beach-goers, encouraging leave-no-trace. MEETUP LOCATION Please meet[...]

 

Del Monte Pollution Prevention Outreach   2:00 pm Wharf 2

Join us to help prevent ocean pollution during one of the busiest holidays of the year! We are looking for volunteers to help pass out trash bags to beach-goers, encouraging leave-no-trace. MEETUP LOCATION Meet in[...]

 

Sunny Cove Pollution Prevention Outreach   2:00 pm

Join us to help prevent ocean pollution during one of the busiest holidays of the year! We are looking for volunteers to help pass out trash bags to beach-goers, encouraging leave-no-trace. MEETUP LOCATION Please meet[...]

 

July 5

 

Holiday Relief: Cleanup at Cowell/Main Beach  9:00 am

Join us and clean up Cowell Beach after one of Santa Cruz's busiest holidays! MEETUP LOCATION Please meet us at the base of the stairs to Cowell Beach. MORE DETAILS We recommend that all volunteers[...]

 

Holiday Relief: Cleanup at Palm Beach State Park   9:00 am

Join us to help clean up Palm State Beach after one of the area's busiest holidays! MEETUP LOCATION Please meet us in the picnic area next to the entrance to the beach. MORE DETAILS We[...]

 

Holiday Relief: Cleanup at Sunny Cove   1:00 pm

Join us and clean up Sunny Cove after one of Santa Cruz's busiest holidays! MEETUP LOCATION Please meet us at the end of Johan's Beach Drive at the main entrance to the beach. MORE DETAILS[...]


Location: Local Beaches, Santa Cruz County Map
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City of Gilroy Fireworks Show
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City of Gilroy
Date: 07/04/2018 at 9:30pm


Free fireworks!


Location: Gilroy High Sports Field, 750 W. Tenth Street, Gilroy Map
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ALBA SCHOOL 4th of July Celebration & BBQ
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Alba School
Benefit for Alba Schoolhouse, Orchestra, Homemade Ice cream, Nature Display, Plant and Book Sales, Book Signing, Raffle, Barbecu
Date: 07/04/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1.5 miles down from Empire Grade or 2 miles up from Hwy 9

Our annual 4th of July event is our thanks to the community that supports us.
Join us on Wednesday, July 4th 2018 for Tradition, Food, and Live Music

Barbecue food provided. Additional potluck dishes welcome and appreciated.

Orchestra, Homemade Ice cream, Nature Display, Plant and Book Sales, Book Signing, Raffle, Penny Pitch, Dessert and Drink Sales, Fire Engine, Schoolhouse History, and more

 

BBQ lunch includes choice of hot dog or veggie-dog with salad and beans for $6. Kid’s meal (hot dog only) for $4. Drinks, homemade ice cream and desserts are extra.

 

Your participation helps preserve and maintain this historic treasure.  Join us for an old fashioned social gathering in the redwoods. See what a one-room school was like!

 

Alba School is two miles up Alba Road from Hwy 9 in Ben Lomond, or 2 miles down Alba from Empire Grade. Please carpool if possible, as parking is limited.


Location: 12070 Alba Road, Bonny Doon Map
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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
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July 4th Road Closures and Safety Zone
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Santa Cruz Police
If you wish to go to beaches for the 4th, check for road closures and plan accordingly
Date: 07/04/2018


(0 July 2017) 4th_Police_FireworksFine.jpgJuly 4th Road Closures and Safety Zone

In an effort to maintain safety during the July 4th holiday the department will be enacting a Safety Enhancement Zone in certain areas between July 2-6. The zone, with a map available  creates triple fines for certain municipal code violations. In addition there will be detours and road closures on July 4th.

 

As in previous years, deputies on the Fourth of July also will check beachgoers in Live Oak and other county areas for alcohol, glass, weapons and fireworks - which are prohibited on beaches.


Road Closures

County leaders plan to control traffic in several areas from 7 p.m. to midnight July Fourth so emergency vehicles can reach the beach. Deputies also will check beachgoers for alcohol, glass, weapons and fireworks.

 

Davenport Main Beach.
East Cliff Drive at 12th, 13th and 14th avenues.
San Andreas Road and Estrella Avenue in La Selva Beach.
Rio del Mar Esplanade.
Rio del Mar Boulevard and Clubhouse Drive.
17thAvenue and Capitola Road.
17th Avenue and Brommer Street.
Seventh Avenue and Capitola Road.
Seventh Avenue and Brommer Street.


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Pleasure Point 4th of July Parade
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Pleasure Point Community
A fun, impromptu, spontaneous gathering of community. Will Wonder Women be there again this year??
Date: 07/04/2018 at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st Peak Park to the Hook

(0 July 2017) 4th_PleasurePt_WondeWoman.jpgA fun, impromptu, spontaneous gathering of community.

 

Will Wonder Women be there again this year??


Come and find out.

 

Super Hero Costumes Welcome

 


Phone: (831) 464-7748 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
SONOMA'S OLD-FASHIONED FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION
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Sonoma Volunteer Firefighter's Association
One of the ten best 4th of July celebrations in the country
Date: 07/04/2018 at 10:00am


Sonoma Community Center presents: Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade & Celebration

Sonoma's award-winning Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade has been produced by the Sonoma Community Center for more than half a century.  The parade is a nationally recognized, traditional, small-town celebration intended for the enjoyment of all ages.  The parade is an inclusive event and a wide range of participation is encouraged including: individuals, community and youth organizations, businesses and musical entries.

See more at: http://sonomacommunitycenter.org/4th-of-july-sonoma.html#sthash.ax1QBaUZ.dpuf

Help support the Parade!  Donate Now  Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

This years theme is SONOMA STRONG

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Spirit of Watsonville
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City of Watsonville
4th of July parade!
Date: 07/04/2018 at 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Main St. from St. Patrick's Church to First Street

Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
New Start Time!  Parade Steps off at 12 p.m.

The Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July parade proceeds down Main St. from St. Patrick's Church to First Street. Thousands of spectators line the route five to six people deep. Those wanting a front row seat, place their chairs along the route early in the morning of the parade date. Those interested in participating in the parade should submit an entry form soon after they are made available.

 

 

 


Location: Main St, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-768-3240 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Boulder Creek 4th of July Parade
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Boulder Creek Rec & Park District
Come watch the parade, enjoy art, music and bbq
Date: 07/04/2018 at 10:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: BBQ Junction Park

Happy Summer to all our BCRPD friends. We would like to invite you to our annual 4th of July Parade and Picnic in Boulder Creek.


July 4th BBQ Junction Park

12-5pm

Pan for Gold

Free event

Live Music

Beer & Wine $6

 


Location: Hwy 9 between Scarborough Lumber and the Railroad Ave., Boulder Creek Map
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Carmel-by-the-Sea's 4th of July Celebration
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City of Carmel
Spend a fun-filled afternoon with us at the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Date: 07/04/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Junipero St. and Ocean Ave.

Carmel 4th of July Celebration

Visit Website DETAILS Join us for an old-fashioned, family-style celebration in Devendorf Park across from Carmel Plaza on Ocean Avenue from noon to 4pm.

 

Bring a blanket or chairs to spend a fun-filled afternoon with us at the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

There will be hot dogs, cold drinks, chips, ice cream, watermelon, and cookies! Get there early, supplies are limited! All food and festivities are FREE! Food will be provided by local service clubs and groups such as Carmel Host Lions, Mission Trail Lions, Yes for Carmel!, Carmel Heritage, Carmel Woman's Club, Carmel Chamber, and much more!

 

The old-fashioned family gathering, features a children's play area, food, music and dancing.

Hot dogs, fruit, ice cream, popcorn, drinks, chips and cookies will be provided by local civic groups. Donations will be gratefully accepted. Those coming are advised to bring blankets and chairs.

 

No dogs are allowed. No alcohol is permitted.


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Old-fashioned Independence Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Parade, cake walk, historic lawn games, draft horse wagon rides, ice cream cranking, make crafts, and listen to live music
Date: 07/04/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free admission, $10 parking

Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration

Travel back in time at Wilder Ranch State Park on Tuesday, July 4, to experience an Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration!  Meet us at the apple orchard in front of the Highway 1 tunnel at 11:45am to join the parade. Bring a musical instrument or noisemaker, dress in early 1900s costume. Activities include children's crafts area, live big-band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag raising. Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch.

 

This event is appropriate for all ages. Day-use parking fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.

 

Wilder Ranch State Park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. The event is free; parking is $10.00 per car. For more event information, call (831) 426-0505.


Location: 1401 Coast Road , Santa Cruz Map
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4th of July Fireworks
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Chamber of Commerce Scotts Valley
Parade, food, music, games, fireworks!
Date: 07/04/2018 from 3:00pm to 9:45pm
Admission Fees: $6-8 for fireworks
Special Instructions: Ticket price does not include food and game

This is the City of Scotts Valley 50th Anniversary!  This year's 4th of July is going to be the best ever!  We will have 8 vintage planes doing a flyover instead of four this year!  We are expanding our parade and there is a new parade route.   Click on this link for the Parade Map 4th of July Parade Map (2)

Parade check in will be at Bailey Property next to Leo's Liquors at the corner of Scotts Valley Drive & Carbonero Way.  The parade will travel up to Willis Road (next to Ivy's Porch) and make a u-turn before traveling back to the starting area.

 

There will be staging areas for the various categories along El Pueblo Road so much easier to organize the parade. Please help pass the word to anyone you know participating in the parade, with the much larger parade, everyone needs to pre-register.

 

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Please help pass the word to anyone you know participating in the parade, with the much larger parade, everyone needs to pre-register.

City of Scotts Valley
Annual Fourth of July Fireworks

  • Gates open at 3:00 p.m.
  • Food and game booths open at 5:00 p.m.
  • Live music starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks begin at approximately 9:15 p.m., lasting about 20 min.
  • Admission:$6.00 advance, $8.00 at the gate, 4 yrs and under are free.

Admission price does not include food or games.

  • Tickets may be purchased at Scotts Valley Recreation, Monday thruFriday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and at both Ben Lomond and Scotts Valley Markets.

Parking Information

  • Park and Ride
  • Community Center Parking Lot
  • New Scotts Valley Library Parking Lot
  • AVISA Parking Lot
  • Skate Park / Dog Park Parking Lot
  • Handicap parking is in the Main Skypark lot in front of the Parks andRecreation office.
  • There will be two Handicap accessible / ramp vans for shuttles fromAVISA to the Recreation Parking lot.  The return trips after thefireworks will not take place until approximately 45 minutes to onehour after the fireworks have concluded due to traffic congestion.
  • General parking rule; the closer you park to the event, the longer it will take to get home!

Location: 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley 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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Free Community Swim
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Santa Cruz County Parks
If you love swimming and barbecue bring your bathing suits, smiles and the whole family
Date: 07/04/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Entry is first-come, first-served

Free Community Swim
SIMPKINS FAMILY SWIM CENTER


July 4 & September 3


The Simpkins Family and the Santa Cruz County Parks Dept. are co-sponsoring two fun FREE swim days, July 4 and Labor Day, September 3, which will include the water slide,  climbing wall, Wibit inflatable play apparatus, floating on inner tubes, the Warm-water Pool, 50-meter Pool, and spray zone.  

 

The free days will also include a barbecue hosted by the Boys and Girls Club, and music.

 

 Free swim days are very popular, with over 800 attending last year. Get here early! First-come, first-served!


Location: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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4th of July BBQ in Pacific Grove City
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City of Pacific Grove
Celebrate the 4th with an old-fashioned, down-home BBQ
Date: 07/04/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm


4th of July BBQ in Pacific Grove City

Join the Chamber of Commerce and celebrate the 4th with an old-fashioned, down-home BBQ in Caledonia Park (behind the Post Office). Great food, live entertainment and a chance to enjoy a patriotic celebration.

 

Pacific Grove Rotary Club presents "Declaration of Independence"

 

Chicken or Hot Dog lunch $10, Includes potato salad, garlic bread, salad and dessert. Served 11-2

 

Live Entertainment: The Firefly Band

 

Bounce House for Kids

 

 

 


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Red, White & Blue Block Party
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City of Los Gatos
Come relax and enjoy the downtown businesses and family friendly activities. We are looking forward to celebrating the 4th of J
Date: 07/04/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm



Location: North Santa Cruz St, Los Gatos Map
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Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts
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Capitola Village
Twilight Concerts serves up live music on the beach on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and relax.
Date: Every Wed (Jun 6-Aug 29) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Capitola by the Sea Summer Music

Twilight Concerts  on  Wednesdays, June  - August,  6 to 8 p.m.

Twilight Concerts serves up live music on the beach on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and relax. No alcohol or glass bottles permitted.
 

The Capitola Summer Concert Series are held at the Esplanade Park Bandstand, with one of the largest dance floors around. Bring a picnic, pickup dinner, or dine at one of the nearby restaurants, many of whom sponsor the concerts. Seating is on the lawn, seawall, benches or the beach. Please bring low back chairs or picnic blankets. Warm jackets suggested for cool evenings.  No alcohol or dogs in the park or on the beach.


Location: Esplanade Park, Capitola Village Map
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Roaring Camp 4th of July Celebration
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Family 4th of July with games, barbecue, music...
Date: 07/04/2018
Ages: All

Bop on over to Roaring Camp for a great family 4th of July: Hula Hoop contests, games, live music and an all-American barbecue. Steam Train passengers will see how the west was won at Bear Mountain.

Bring out the entire family and friends for a fun-filled day of games, live music and an all-American barbecue.

 

 


Location: 5355 Graham Hill Road, Felton 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
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Coca Cola Nights
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring a Coca-Cola product and enjoy unlimited rides for only $14.95+tax!
Date: Every Wed and Th (Jun 20-Aug 16) at 5:00pm


Coca-Cola Nights

 

Not valid July 4

 

Bring a Coca-Cola product and enjoy unlimited rides for only $14.95+tax!

You can also enjoy unlimited access to Laser Tag, Laser Maze, Miniature Golf, Climb 'N Conquer, and Fright Walk for only $9.95.

 

Exchange your empty Coca-Cola can/bottle or a receipt with proof of purchase at the Coca-Cola redemption tables (located near each ticket booth) to receive your discount ride coupon.

 

Any size Coca-Cola product will be accepted including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Pibb Xtra, Barq's Root Beer, SmartWater, or Dasani.

Some specials may be subject to tax.

Purchase a MyBoardwalk Card for $1.50 rides at any Boardwalk Ticket Booth or MyBoardwalk Kiosk.


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Spreckels 4th of July Celebration - Run & Parade!
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Spreckels Park
Youth One-Mile, Men's & Women's 5K Walk/10K Run, Special Olympic 5K Walk/10K Run
Date: 07/04/2018


It is time again for the - SPRECKELS 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION

 

The Spreckels Memorial District is proud to present the Annual Spreckels 4th of July Celebration!

 

EVENT PROGRAM  •  Wednesday, July 4th 2018

7:30am - 8:30am - 5K/10K Race Registration & Bib pick-up (located near 3rd street & Spreckels Memorial Park)

8:30am - Youth 1Mile Run (start/finish line on 3rd St)

9am - 5K & 10K (start/finish line on 3rd St) 

10:30am - Day of Parade Registration(limited) (at Spreckels Memorial Hall)

10:45am - Awards Ceremony (near registration tent)

12pm - 4th of July Parade (starts at Memorial Building parking lot)

1pm - Car Show on Llano

4pm - Crafts & Food Booths close - activities end

 

 


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PopUp Picnics in the Park
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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Enjoy Tacos With a View
Date: Every Th (Jun 14-Aug 16) from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free (tacos not free)

(0 A June 2018) PopUp-Picnic2018.jpgThe community is invited to enjoy tacos on the terraza from 11:30 am- 1:30 pm, and take in the view of downtown Santa Cruz at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park (144 School Street, Santa Cruz).

 

Taquitos Gabriel will be providing the food, and a portion of the sales will benefit the park.


Location: Mission State Park, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz 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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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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Adventures in Virtual Reality Live Oak
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Library Live Oak
Adventures in Virtual Reality
Date: 07/05/2018 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(0 A June 2018) Library_VirtualReality.jpgSwim with dolphins. Hike Mt. Everest. Jump into a 360-degree immersive video. Create a living work of art.

 

All of these things and more are possible when you adventure in virtual reality.

 

This drop-in experience gives you a taste of what virtual reality can be and introduces you to the world like you've never seen it before.

 

Participants must be 13+.


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Live Oak 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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Spanish Conversation Group @ Aptos Branch Library
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Spanish Conversation Group @ Aptos Branch Library
Date: The 1st Th of every month (Jun 1-Dec 30) from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Trying to work on your Spanish? Want to improve your vocabulary and Spanish speaking skills? The Aptos Branch Library is now hosting a Spanish conversation group. Facilitator-led discussion and activities. All levels are welcome, including beginners.

Meetings are every first and third Thursday of the month.

For more information contact Ivan Llamas at llamasi@santacruzpl.org or 831-427-7702


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Friday Night Recess
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Come out and play with us in the street!
Date: 07/06/2018 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Come out and play with us in the street! Cooper Street in Santa Cruz will be closed off for a FREE all-ages playground, featuring dodgeball, giant volleyball, badminton, cornhole, and a pop-up playground with huge building blocks and activity tables for kids! We're teaming up with the City of Santa Cruz to make this year's event BIGGER & BETTER! Be prepared for dancing in the street with tunes provided by a live DJ!


Location: Downtown Santa Cruz, 118 Cooper St., Santa Cruz Map
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FREE FUN DURING PARKS AND RECREATION MONTH
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Free Events All July
Date: Every day (Jul 6-Jul 31)


FREE FUN DURING PARKS AND RECREATION MONTH

During the month of July, the County is inviting residents to take the “July is Parks & Recreation Month Challenge.

To participate, take part in at least five (5) Santa Cruz County Parks challenges: Post at least 5 images of you, family members and/or friends at any of Santa Cruz County's 64 parks, facilities, beaches or coastal access points. Post the image on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag us: #santacruzcountyparks or @SantaCruzCountyParksDepartment.

 

(0 A July 2018) parksmakelifebetter.jpgThe rules? At least one post must depict participation in one of the 19 FREE "July is Parks & Recreation Month" activities offered by Santa Cruz County Parks. Activities are listed on our calendar of free Parks and Recreation Month activities (……http://www.scparks.com/…/JulyisParksRecreationMonthChalleng…), where you can also find and complete an entry form for a chance to win a gift certificate of up to $250 for County Parks activities.

 

The fun gets underway July 1 with a FREE "Intro to Disc Golf" Course at Pinto Lake County Park, continues July 4 with a free swim day at Simpkins Family Swim Center, and raises the bar July 6 with the return of Friday Night Recess on Cooper Street in downtown Santa Cruz. Free movies, free swimming and free classes can be found throughout the month, finishing up July 28 with Family Fun Day at Simpkins and Shoreline Middle School, and July 30 with a Mobile Museum of Discovery at Anna Jean Cummings Park.

 

The 4 additional posts are up to you. More information can be found at www.scparks.com. Have fun!


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MAKE & Explore at the Mall
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MAKE & Explore at the Mall
Date: Every Fri (Jun 29-Jul 27) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 6-12 Admission Fees: Free

Join us this afternoon to make something creative or make a new discovery! We are partnering with the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to offer this weekly program through June and July. We will be in their Tinkerlab room. The program is free, and most suitable for 6-12 year olds. Parents will need to remain available throughout the program, and will be helping children under 8. We provide materials to explore their creativity, build things, make art and make discoveries. Usually they will be able to take their creations home. Sometimes we will be reusing the equipment, and they will be building something for that day only.

 

This is a Santa Cruz Public Libraries free program.


Location: Santa Cruz Children's Museum at , 1855 41st Avenue, Capitola Map
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Friday Night Recess
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Come out and play with us in the street!
Date: 07/06/2018 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A June 2018) FridayNightRecess.jpgCome out and play with us in the street! Cooper Street in Santa Cruz will be closed off for a FREE all-ages playground, featuring dodgeball, giant volleyball, badminton, cornhole, and a pop-up playground with huge building blocks and activity tables for kids!

 

We're teaming up with the City of Santa Cruz to make this year's event BIGGER & BETTER!

 

Be prepared for dancing in the street with tunes provided by a live DJ!


Location: Cooper St., Downtown Santa Cruz, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz Map
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Pop-up Campfire Program
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State Park Big Basin
Bring your camp chair-we'll bring the marshmallows, songs and stories!
Date: Every Fri (Jun 15-Aug 4) at 7:00pm


POP-UP CAMPFIRE!

Every Friday in July at 7 pm

AT CAMPSITE 73 IN HUCKLEBERRY CAMPGROUND

Bring your camp chair—we’ll bring the marshmallows, songs and stories! Sit around the campfire, roast marshmallows, sing some songs and hear stories about Big Basin. If possible, please walk to the campfire, as parking is limited to disabled parking.

 

 

 


Location: CAMPSITE 73 IN HUCKLEBERRY CAMPG, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Old Tree Trail Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Jun 2-Sep 29) at 2:30pm


Portola Redwoods State Park
From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Rd.
Use low gear as both these roads are steep and winding (650) 948-9098. 

 

Old Tree Trail Hike

Saturdays at 2:30pm

Meet at the Portola Redwoods State Park Visitor Center for a stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old. On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll discover the banana slug's vital role to this flourishing forest, learn about the marvelous Marbled Murrelet, and how park visitors can help save these endangered birds. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Bring closed toe shoes, water, a snack, and a camera. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Friday Night Recess
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Come out and play with us in the street - dodgeball, giant volleyball, badminton, cornhole, and a pop-up playground with huge bu
Date: 07/06/2018 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A June 2018) FridayNightRecess.jpgCome out and play with us in the street! Cooper Street in Santa Cruz will be closed off for a FREE all-ages playground, featuring dodgeball, giant volleyball, badminton, cornhole, and a pop-up playground with huge building blocks and activity tables for kids!

 

We're teaming up with the City of Santa Cruz to make this year's event BIGGER & BETTER! Be prepared for dancing in the street with tunes provided by a live DJ!


Location: Cooper St., Downtown Santa Cruz, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz Map
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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
Phone: (831) 755-6979 •website Salinas create a direct event link
Friday Night Bands at the Beach
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic bands!
Date: Every Fri (Jun 15-Aug 31)

Special Instructions: TWO FREE SHOWS • 6:30pm & 8:30pm

FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach  -  TWO FREE SHOWS • 6:30pm & 8:30pm

June 15 - August 31, 2018   -    Printable Schedule


June 15 Berlin starring Terri Nunn  "Take My Breath Away"
June 22 The Motels  "Only the Lonely"
June 29 Los Lobos  "La Bamba"
July 6 Rose Royce  "Car Wash"
July 13 Smash Mouth  "All Star"
July 20 Los Lonely Boys  "Heaven"
July 27 The Fixx  "One Thing Leads to Another"
Aug 3 Y & T  "Summertime Girls"
Aug 10 To Be Announced June 15
Aug 17 The English Beat  "Save It For Later"
Aug 24 Starship featuring Mickey Thomas  "We Built This City"
Aug 31 Papa Doo Run Run  "(Santa Cruz) Beach Party"

Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz 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
Phone: 831-688-8862 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Friday Night Recess
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Play games, listen to music
Date: 07/06/2018 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm


Play until dark with the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation and the Santa Cruz County Parks Department. Cooper Street in Santa Cruz will be closed off for an all-ages playground, featuring dodgeball, tetherball, cornhole, hopscotch, and a pop-up playground with huge building blocks and an activity table for kids! Groove to free music by a live DJ. Grab a bite and sip some drinks at Abbott Square Market. Explore three floors of exhibitions for free at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. More info. at www.scparks.com

COOPER STREET
-- Play tetherball, dodgeball, cornhole, and hopscotch. Build structures with giant blue foam blocks.
-- Dance to the awesome beats of a live DJ.

ABBOTT SQUARE

-- Free music at Abbott Square stage from 6:30-9pm.

MAH
-- Come in for an all-ages art activity.


Location: Abbott Square, Cooper St, Santa Cruz Map
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Watsonville Certified Farmers Market
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Watsonville Farmers Market
Fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from 2:30 to 6:30 PM from May to November.
Date: Every Fri from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) WatsFarmersMkt_Mariachi.jpgAn enchanting farmers market with a "mercado" feel. Lots of wonderful produce and prepared foods.

 

The Watsonville Farmers' Market is a member of the California Federation of Certified Farmers' Markets.

 

The Market provides fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from May to November.

 

Mariachi California de Javier Vargas will play every first Friday of the month from 5-6pm (May-October) at the Watsonville city Plaza


Location: Main St/At the Plaza, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 588-7366 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
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Santa Cruz Art League
California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions by California artists
Date: Every day (Jul 6-Aug 5)


(0 April 2018) MoonriseAtHarkinsSlough.jpgAnnual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition

For almost nine decades, the Santa Cruz Art League's Statewide Landscape Exhibition has showcased the work of artists across the Golden State who depict California's foothills, mountains, seashores, and deserts of the interior and coastal regions.

 

    Friday, July 6 - Sunday, August 5, 2018
    Reception: July 6, First Friday, 6-8pm

Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Breakfast, Beekeeping Workshop & Organic Farm Tour & Pick
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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: 07/07/2018 from 10:00am to 12:30pm


(0 A July 2018) BeekeepingIntro.jpgHave you ever dreamed of keeping a beehive of your own? Interested in learning more about how to support these fabulous creatures in our community?

Join Farm Discovery and the Santa Cruz Bee Company for a morning of beekeeping, organic farm tour, and delicious pastries & coffee. This event will be an introductory lesson on beekeeping, for people with little to no knowledge of bees. After a leisurely tour of Farm Discovery's land with fresh coffee and pastries from Companion Bakeshop and a visit with our goats and baby chicks, Emily Bondor or Santa Cruz Bee Company will share her extensive knowledge of bees and beekeeping. Come with close toed shoes, a hat, and your curiosity!


Location: Live Earth, 172 Litchfield Ln, Watsonville 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
Phone: 831- 427-7700 ext. 7665 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Family Nature Program
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State Park Big Basin
Nature for the little ones!
Date: Every Sa (Jun 16-Sep 1) at 10:00am
Ages: 3-6 and families Admission Fees: Free

Family Nature Program

Saturdays at 10am

Join a Big Basin Interpreter for a 30-minute kids’ nature activity. Family friendly. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Nature Museum.

 

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

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Star Stroll
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State Park Henry Cowell
The cosmos, river, trees, bats, hear owls and other nocturnal wildlife
Date: Every Sa (Jul 7-Sep 8) at 9:00pm


Star Stroll

Saturdays at 9pm

Join us for a stroll to the Observation Deck to listen to stories, serenade the glittering stars, and discover the night sky. Meet at the Campfire Center in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks Volunteers, Mountain Parks Foundation, and California State Parks.


Location: 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-335-7077 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Woodburning Workshop
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Library Scotts Valley
Join pyrography artist Kelley Badgley for a two-hour beginner's class on the art of woodburning. Limit 12 participants.
Date: 07/07/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Email hookerj@santacruzpl.org to register (required). Limit 12 participants.

What a lovely way to burn! Join pyrography artist Kelley Badgley for a two-hour beginner's class on the art of woodburning. Supplies will be provided. Limit 12 participants.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the park's less traveled backcountry
Date: Every Sa (Jul 7-Aug 4) at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturday, August 11 at noon

Sunday, August 20 at noon

Saturday, August 25 at noon

Sunday, August 26 at noon

Explore the park’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be tailored to the group’s interests. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we’ll choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Big Basin's Talent Show!
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State Park Big Basin
Come celebrate with an old-fashioned sing-a-long and talent show! If you have a skit, poem, song or a talent you'd like to share
Date: 07/07/2018 at 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Big Basin's Talent Show!

Saturday, July 7 at 7pm

Come celebrate with an old-fashioned sing-a-long and talent show! If you have a skit, poem, song or a talent you'd like to share, sign up at headquarters in advance. All presentations should be appropriate for all ages. Acts should be only 3-5 minutes in length. Participants need to arrive promptly at 7 pm.

 

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

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek 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
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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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Woodburning Workshop
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Library Boulder Creek
Beginner's class on the art of woodburning...Limit 12 participants...
Date: 07/07/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Email hookerj@santacruzpl.org to register (required). Limit 12 participants.

What a lovely way to burn! Join pyrography artist Kelley Badgley for a two-hour beginner's class on the art of woodburning. Supplies will be provided. Limit 12 participants.


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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)

Special Instructions: See different times

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
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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Hidden Gems of Big Basin: Wildflowers and Other Beauties
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State Park Big Basin
Yes! Wildflowers are blooming!
Date: 07/07/2018 at 10:00am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 3 miles Admission Fees: free

Hidden Gems: Flowers of Big Basin!

Saturday, July 7 at 9:30am

There are many less-famous, yet still beautiful, plants in the redwood forest. Join Docents Kathy Willott and Glenn Joy on this four-mile, three-hour walk and meet some of the hidden gems of Big Basin! Bring water and lunch. 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: Rancho del Oso Gate, Wadell Creek Map
Phone: 427-2288 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Friends of SCPL Summer Book Sale
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Friends of SCPL Summer Book Sale
Date: 07/08/2018 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries is having a Summer Book Sale on July 7th and 8th starting at 1pm and going till 4pm. There will be Cookbooks, Do-it-Yourself, Crafts and Fiction Books. Proceeds benefiting your Santa Cruz Public Libraries. This will be held at the Downtown Library in the upstairs meeting room.


Location: Central, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Nature Wander
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley
Date: 07/08/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Nature Wander

Sunday, July 8 at 1pm

Find out what's growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1 mile, 1.5 hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world. Hike starts at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, 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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Old Time History Walk
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State Park Seacliff
Join us on a history walk around Park Headquarters
Date: 07/08/2018 at 2:00pm


History Walk

Sunday, July 8 at 11am

Meet on the deck of the Visitor Center for a tour of Seacliff State Beach and its fascinating history. Learn about the Concrete Ship, Great Storms from 1889-today, "The Madman of Seacliff" and much, much more. This 50-minute, 1-mile stroll will take you to the Aptos Creek Bridge and back. Dogs on leash, please. 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: State Park Dr, Aptos Map
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Seek and Find: Smartphone Quest
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State Park Big Basin
Bring your smartphone and kids ages 5 and up for a 1-hour adventure walk.
Date: Every Su and Mon (Jul 3-Aug 28) at 11:30am
Admission Fees: free

Seek and Find: Smartphone Quest

Mondays at 11:30am

Bring your smartphone and kids ages 5 and up for a 1-hour adventure walk. We’ll use a free app called Seek to identify plants and animals here, and you can continue the adventure at home! 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: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Santa Cruz Mountains Makers' Market
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SCM Makers Market
Shop local with over 40 artists and crafters, enjoy free live local music...
Date: 07/08/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A June 2018) SCM_MakersMkt_July.jpg SCM Makers Market!

FREE ADMISSION!
Come on out and shop local with over 40 artists and crafters, enjoy free live local music by DAM DAVE, THE DULL RICHARDS, and HEATHEN HILL while supporting the local non-profit Mountain Community Resources!

We LOVE all things LOCAL! How 'bout you? Come on out & SUPPORT THE LOCALS!

Sponsored by Heidi Hart Real Estate, Renewal by Anderson, New Leaf Markets, Mountain Girl Graphics, Santa Cruz Mountains Clothing, & the Santa Cruz Mountain Bulletin.


Location: 6134 Highway 9, Felton 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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Summer Camp: The Art and Science of Nature
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Calling budding artists and scientists curious about nature!
Date: Every day (Jul 9-Jul 13) from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: Entering grades 2 and 3 Admission Fees: $265
Special Instructions: Scholarships and member discounts available

(0 April 2018) NATUREEXPLORERS.jpgThis summer, join us on a journey to investigate symmetries, patterns, and curiosities in the natural world. Spend the week exploring nearby beach, creek, and garden habitats, and making all sorts of art inspired by what we discover.

We invite incoming second- and third-graders to come observe, explore, and appreciate the wonders of the natural world here in our backyard as well as in the Museum's collection. We will explore what nature reveals to us everyday through a variety of individual and collaborative art projects. Every camper will create artwork to take home, make scientific discoveries, and most importantly, create memories, friendships, and a personal connection to the unique nature of the Santa Cruz coast.

Camp will run from 9AM-3PM each day, with drop-off from 8:30-9 and pickup from 3-3:30.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Parent Support Group for Parents of Teens
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Learn effective tools to help teenagers
Date: The 9th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Parking and entrance are in the back.

Parent Support Group for Parents of Teens

This is a monthly meeting where parents of teenagers can share their challenges, concerns, problem solve together, and find support. The group is open to parents of teens all throughout Santa Cruz County. These groups are based on the principles of Positive Discipline but will be led in a support group format versus an instructional class.

 

Facilitated by Stephanie Tam Rosas, MA who is PDCR's Board VP and a Certified Positive Discipline Parent and Teacher Educator. She currently works with youth in Santa Cruz County and has worked closely with teen moms, foster youth, and domestic violence survivors. Visit tamrosas.com for more info.


FREE
Just drop-in. Call Stephanie at 831-920-4589 or email tamrosas@gmail.com with questions, flyer here


Location: Branciforte Small Schools Campus, 840 N. Branciforte Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
What's That Bird?
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State Park Big Basin
Learn from a pro. Add to your collection of bird sightings!
Date: Every Mon (Jul 3-Aug 27) at 9:30am


What's that Bird? Walk

Every Monday at 9:30am

This easy, 1-mile stroll introduces you to the birds of the redwood forest. Beginner birders are welcomed! Bring binoculars if you have them–but they’re not required. Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. Events made possible by California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation.

 

Birds of Big Basin State Park
Check list and guide for discovering birds at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Many of these birds can be found near the campgrounds and headquarters, but you'll need to search more than one of the park's major habitats to find them all.


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Adventures in Virtual Reality
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Library Live Oak
Adventures in Virtual Reality
Date: 07/09/2018 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(0 A June 2018) Library_VirtualReality.jpgSwim with dolphins. Hike Mt. Everest. Jump into a 360-degree immersive video.

 

Create a living work of art. All of these things and more are possible when you adventure in virtual reality.

 

This drop-in experience gives you a taste of what virtual reality can be and introduces you to the world like you've never seen it before.

 

Participants must be 13+.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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An Evening with Michael Warren
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
An Evening with Michael Warren discussing 2018 season plays
Date: 07/10/2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Professor Michael Warren will be discussing the plays in the 2018 season of Santa Cruz Shakespeare.

Professor Warren is emeritus professor of literature at UCSC and Textual Consultant and Dramaturg to Santa Cruz Shakespeare since its inception, earlier as Shakespeare Santa Cruz.


JULY 10 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2018
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Mullins

The King of Navarre and his three friends swear off pleasures of the flesh and devote themselves to study... until the arrival of the Princess of France and her lovely entourage wreaks hilarious havoc on their vows.

JULY 24 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
ROMEO AND JULIET

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Laura Gordon

Shakespeare's most iconic love story. Young Romeo and Juliet fall in love in the midst of a polarized society determined to tear them apart.

AUGUST 7 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2018
VENUS IN FUR

By David Ives

Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges

Seduction and dominance, trickery and lust power play in this wickedly smart comedy between a desperate director and a mysterious actress.

FRINGE:
MEN I'M NOT MARRIED TO

By Dorothy Parker
Adapted and directed by Kayla Minton Kaufman

A slyly humorous and urbane observation on men Ms. Parker did not marry.

Three performances only: August 22, 28, 29, 2018 at 7:30pm

EXPANDED FRINGE: FREE STAGED READING
A DOLL'S HOUSE

By Henrik Ibsen, translated and adapted by Astrid Sather, Sandy Greenberg and MaryBeth Cavanaugh.

Toyed with like a doll by the men in her life, Nora Helmer finds the courage to throw off the shackles of 19th century expectations in Henrik Ibsen's classic, compelling play.

ONE NIGHT ONLY: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 7:30pm

Free event, parking fees apply.

EXPANDED FRINGE: FREE STAGED READING
THE TAMING

By Lauren Gunderson, inspired by The Taming of the Shrew.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Branch Libra, 224 Church Street, 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
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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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5 Steps To Connect Summer drop in Class
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Allison Livingston
We all need support to be real as we experience the hardest and most rewarding job on earth. Learn or hear something new that wi
Date: 07/11/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: parents/adults Admission Fees: $20
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Inviting all Santa Cruz County Parents! (Especially ones with challenging kids!)

Parenting evokes a full spectrum of emotions with higher intensity than many other experiences. Knowing how to deal with the intensity of these emotions both personally and with your kids can be difficult and challenging to navigate.Wouldn't it be satisfying to connect rather than ignore, react, or pretend how to be with your kids. Becoming a CEO of your reactions provides you tools to authentically deepen and live in relationships filled with connection, love and understanding.

 

Summer time was always both the best and the worst parenting times for me. As Rachel shared, both wonderful to have so much unstructured time, play time, family time. AND so hard to have so much unstructured time when we can trigger each other. When my girls fight it is the most triggering thing ever! Plus I don't get my normal self care break times so was often less patient. AND my expectations were often higher that we "should" be having the best time.

Join us! We all need support to be real as we experience the hardest and most rewarding job on earth. You will learn or hear something new that will directly impact your parenting and your life. You will build community and get that all important sense that you are not alone in this journey. You will get a chance to share and practice working with your upset/triggers (never a shortage of material!)


Email to register.

 

Allison is a mother of two teenage daughters. She is a conflict resolution mediator, a workshop leader and works at 1440 Multiversity. She started this work in 2005 when she was seeking a better way to relate to her oldest, spirited child, who was then four.


Location: 145 Riviera Dr, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 685-9379 •website Aptos create a direct event link
How to Sell on EBay
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Library Central
This class is geared towards eBay sellers who need more than the basics!
Date: 07/11/2018 at 12:00pm
Ages: teens - Adults Admission Fees: Free

2018 Small Business Brown Bag Series is a collection of free, hour-long workshops designed to support small businesses. Bring your lunch and join us in the upstairs meeting room at the Downtown Branch Library for these great seminars.


(0 A June 2018) HowToSellOnEbay.jpgGrowing a Business on eBay. Managing your eBay store. Pricing, promotions, analytics. Charging, collecting and paying sales tax. Why isn't my item selling? This class is geared towards eBay sellers who need more than the basics! Learn tips and best practices from one of our County's original Powersellers - Laura Greenfield!

This session is for eBay sellers who already understand how to set up their store, but need more advanced information in order to maximize success on eBay. You will come away with ideas you can implement right away to grow your eBay business.

Register here: https://www.santacruzpl.org/brownbags/registration/7643/


Location: Downtown Branch, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Samba Samba with James Henry
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Learn to samba and more with Samba Samba with James Henry
Date: 07/12/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
De-Escalation Preparedness Training For Civilians
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Santa Cruz Police
Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do? Training
Date: 07/12/2018 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm


Santa Cruz Police Presents: De-Escalation Preparedness Training For Civilians ● Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do? Training ● Free Seminar on Thursday, July 12th

The Santa Cruz Police Department hosts a free de-escalation preparedness presentation, titled Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do on Thursday, July 12th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Ask yourself, what would, could or should you do when a person in crisis or mental distress crosses your path? The training emphasizes the importance of situational awareness, de-escalation, and self-protection in real-world crisis scenarios related to workplace and community interactions. The seminar is open to the public. The location of this presentation is the Santa Cruz Police Community Room, 155 Center Street.

"Unfortunately, we see the threat of agitated individuals in businesses, on the streets and in schools becoming more prevalent," said Chief Andrew Mills. "Being prepared, knowing how to respond, and understanding the signs of a potential threat of violence before an incident occurs is now a necessity."

The Santa Cruz Police Department offers a free presentation to the public titled, The Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do? Designed to educate and empower attendees with information to help them recognize, prepare for, and respond to a person in crisis to de-escalate the situation. The seminar is free and open to the public - but pre-registration is required. To register, email: cjones@cityofsantacruz.com

Participants learn through various crisis situations, the effects of fear-induced stress on the mind and body, how to choose the correct response, and tips on how to prevent an incident from happening. "The response methodology we teach can be utilized in any situation and is a simple, straightforward approach that is easy to understand," stated Lieutenant Christian Le Moss, who will conduct the presentation.

Santa Cruz Police Department is very proactive in training our City employees, school district staff, private schools, places of worship and businesses in our community for workplace violence and active shooter scenarios. We now offer this crisis intervention training to our residents. July 12th is the first of several opportunities for community members to attend the Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do?.

De-escalation Training For Civilians
Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do?
Thursday, July 12th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Seminar free and open to the public - Pre-registration is required.
Email: cjones@cityofsantacruz.com

About The Presenters: SCPD Lieutenant Christian Le Moss and Sergeant Carter Jones are certified instructors in defensive tactics, trained in de-escalation techniques and communication skills necessary for dealing with people in a mental health crisis. They provide workplace violence training and active shooter preparedness training to citizens, businesses, First Responders and Law Enforcement.

Media interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP to Jblaschke@cityofsantacruz.com

For additional information, contact: Joyce Blaschke Phone: (831) 420-5844

 


Location: 155 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Samba Samba with James Henry
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Library Felton
Learn to samba and more with Samba Samba with James Henry
Date: 07/12/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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: 6299 Gushee Street, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Felton create a direct event link
Meet and Greet with Westside Police
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Library Garfield Park
Meet and Greet with Westside Police
Date: Every 2 weeks on Th (Jun 28-Nov 30) from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: All

Lt. Arnold Vasquez of the Santa Cruz Police Department's Lower Westside Neighborhood Policing Team (NPT) will be inside the Garfield Park Library for a community meet & greet. The Team intends to get to know the residents in our neighborhood better and to share safety tips.

 

The Lower Westside Policing Team will visit the library every other Thursday starting June 28, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM.

The NPT program was designed to address the distinct needs of each community. The plan brings together community engagement, crime data, and police services to implement unique and ongoing strategies to serve the designated communities.


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Author Talk: Santa Cruz Noir
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Author Talk: Santa Cruz Noir
Date: 07/12/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

(0 A June 2018) SantaCruzNoir.jpgLocal author Susie Bright casts a light on the shadows of Santa Cruz with the newest installment of the Akashic Press "Noir" Series with Santa Cruz Noir: a collection of short stories about lust, money, murder, and power that take place in our quaint seaside county.

 

Listen to some of the contributing authors talk about their stories, research, and what it means to write a true noir story. Authors will sign copies of the book after the event.

Books will be sold by the Friends of the Aptos Library.

For more information contact Jennifer Hooker at hookerj@santacruzpl.org


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Mindfulness For Teens
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Rebecca Roth
Mindfulness for Teens Summer Drop-in Classes
Date: Every Th (Jul 12-Aug 16) from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Ages: 14-19 Admission Fees: $25/class, or pay what you can
Special Instructions: entrance off parking lot

(0 A July 2018) RebeccaRoth.jpgTeens will learn and practice techniques to help them experience more calm, compassion, and connection.


Location: 200 wshington st.#105, s Map
Phone: (831) 566-7273 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
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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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
Phone: (831) 426-8621 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Samba Samba with James Henry
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Learn to samba and more with Samba Samba with James Henry
Date: 07/12/2018 from 10:30am to 11:30am
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: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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
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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Reach for the Stars: Star Types & Light Pollution
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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
Wildflower and Nature Hike
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Come and see what's in bloom...Botanist-led wildflower
Date: 07/13/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley

Friday, July 13 at 10am

Join docent botanist Bryce Stauble and learn to identify many of Waddell Valley’s plants within Rancho del Oso’s seven diverse habitats. Observe the monthly change of the ecosystems. Each walk is unique as blooming flowers and pollinators are constantly in flux! This walk takes a leisurely pace that is great for learning the native habitat we are experiencing. Bring lunch, questions and curiosity! Hike will start across from Waddell State Beach at the yellow gate, 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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Preschool Storytime at Porter Memorial Library
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Preschool Storytime at Porter Memorial Library
Date: Every Fri (Jul 7-Jul 31) from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Preschool Admission Fees: Free

Join us at this special little library for stories, songs and a craft. The program is about 45 minutes, and is most suitable for 2-5 year olds. The Porter Memorial Library is an independent, volunteer-run library. They are keen to welcome new members, both young and old. This is a Santa Cruz Public Libraries free program.


Location: 3050 Porter Street, Soquel Map
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Family Movie Night Ben Lomond
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Come enjoy Food Truck food and Brave!
Date: 07/13/2018 from 8:30pm to 10:30pm


(0 A June 2018) BenLomondMovieNight.jpgJoin us for a movie under the stars at Highlands Park. We will be showing "Brave."

 

Come early and grab a space on the lawn.

 

Food truck service starts at 7:30 p.m. No alcohol, please. Bring your low back chairs, blankets and the whole family for a great summer evening.

 

For more information visit www.scparks.com


Location: Highland Park, 8500 CA-9, Ben Lomond Map
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Taiko Rhythm and Movement Workshop for Youth
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Watsonville Taiko Drumming
Rhythm and movement for the little guys and gals
Date: 07/14/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: 4 - 6 years old Admission Fees: $10
Special Instructions: Space limited. Pre-registration required

(0 April 2018) Taiko_LittleGuys.jpgThe Body is a tool of learning for children. Let the rhythm move the body! Taught by Ikuyo Conant, artistic director of Watsonville Taiko who also taught preschool for 14 years.

This class is limited to 12 children. To register, email Ikuyo Conant at KirinTaiko@gmail.com or call (831) 234-4528.

 

For more information, go to http://www.watsonvilletaiko.org/workshops/


Location: Cliffwood Estates Clubhouse, 3200 Cliffwood Drive, Soquel Map
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Snake Park Saturday
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Learn about the fascinating world of snakes from a snake expert
Date: 07/14/2018 at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Snake Park Saturday

Saturday, July 14 at 2pm

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? Visit the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley. The Rancho del Oso Ranger Station is located 0.25 mile inland from the yellow gate across from Waddell State Beach parking lot. 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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Meteor Trail Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike.
Date: 07/14/2018 at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free
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Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, July 14 at 10:30am

Friday, July 20 at 10:30am

Join a Docent on one of our most diverse hikes—by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You’ll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin 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: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Meteor Trail Hike
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State Park Big Basin
Forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike.
Date: 07/14/2018 at 10:30am
Admission Fees: Free
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Meteor Trail Hike

Saturday, July 14 at 10:30am

Friday, July 20 at 10:30am

Join a Docent on one of our most diverse hikes—by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral and redwoods. You’ll discuss forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch and good hiking shoes. Meet at Big Basin 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: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Carmel Bach Festival
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Carmel Bach Festival
Two favorites, but check the entire calendar
Date: Every day (Jul 14-Jul 28)


The Carmel Bach Festival presents two of its most popular chamber concerts at Monterey's San Carlos Cathedral on Thursdays, July 19 and 26, at 5:00. 

The program features Bach Festival orchestra members in Trio Sonatas by Vivaldi and Bach, principal trumpet Robert Farley performing two Baroque trumpet sonatas, and principal keyboardist Andrew Arthur as organ soloist in a concerto by Handel.

San Carlos Cathedral is said to be the most historically significant building in Monterey. It's the oldest building in the city, and the oldest continuously operating church in the state. It's the earliest  California building designed by an architect, and, in 1849, became the state's first cathedral. Extensive conservation and restoration projects in recent years brought the Cathedral back to its original glory.

 

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Birding for Beginners
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State Park Big Basin
Discover the diversity of birds in Año Nuevo State Preserve on this 2-hour stroll
Date: 07/14/2018 at 9:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Birding for Beginners

Saturday, July 14 at 9:30am

Discover the diversity of birds in Año Nuevo State Preserve on this 2-hour docent-led stroll. You will see majestic raptors soaring overhead, hear the sweet song of our numerous sparrows and finches, and see a variety of waterfowl floating in our freshwater pond. 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: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
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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
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Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Date: 07/14/2018 at 8:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

Saturday, July 14 at 8am

Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate two-mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning. Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, 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.

 

 

This free event meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway 1 at Waddell Creek at 3600 Hwy 1, Davenport, CA 95017. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Events made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Wacky Water Day
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Louden Nelson Community Center
Bring the family for a FREE fun day of water games! Inflatable water slide, dunk tank, water games and more! Kids should wear sw
Date: 07/14/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 A July 2018) WackyWaterDay.jpgBring the family for a FREE fun day of water games! Inflatable water slide, dunk tank, water games and more! Kids should wear swim suits and bring towels and sunscreen.


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Kiddie Kapers & Colmo del Rodeo Parades
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California Rodeo
Bring your family to Oldtown Salinas and join years of tradition with the Kiddie Kapers and Colmo del Rodeo Parades.
Date: 07/14/2018 at 6:30pm

Special Instructions: followed by Colmo Parade

(0 A July 2018) Cowboys.jpgAnnual Kiddie Kapers Parade
Saturday, July 14 ~ Parade begins at 6:30 pm, Oldtown Salinas

The theme for the 2018 parade is SURF, SAND & SADDLES!

The annual Kiddie Kapers Parade will take place on Saturday July 14th as the lead in to the Colmo del Rodeo Parade. Kids will line up at Salinas High School parking lot (726 S. Main Street) and the parade will start at 6:30pm. 2018 brings a new parade route-please check the map on the right.

Thousands of people line the streets of Old Town Salinas to watch over 1,200 children ride on floats, bikes, in wagons and more as a kick off to Big Week and the California Rodeo Salinas.

 

Colmo del Rodeo Parade
Saturday, July 14 ~ Parade begins at 8:00 pm, Oldtown Salinas

The Colmo Parade will grace the streets of Old Town Salinas and commemorate what was once the greatest parade of the West! As the California Rodeo was first produced in 1911, so was the first informal night parade. The parade was organized by local townsfolk, and included decorated automobiles that would drive down Main Street Salinas to wrap up Big Week festivities. Later in 1913 the parade was formalized. At this time the "Colmo del Rodeo" was recognized as the largest and greatest night-lighted parade west of the Mississippi. Sadly, after the 1985 Big Week, the Colmo was eliminated from Rodeo activities, though a few years later in 1987 it was brought back and was a part of the Saturday horse parade. The parade was such a huge success in 2010 when it was revived for the 100th Anniversary of the Rodeo that this will be the ninth consecutive year of holding the parade again.


Location: Oldtown Salinas, Lincoln and San Luis Streets, Salinas Map
Phone: 831-751-3100 •website Salinas create a direct event link
Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the park's less traveled backcountry
Date: Every Su (Jul 15-Jul 22) at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturdays at noon

Sunday, July 15 at noon

Sunday, July 22 at noon

Explore the park’s less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be tailored to the group’s interests. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we’ll choose from the many trails that explore the park’s most scenic areas. 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
When Species Collide!
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Explore topics like natives vs. non-native invasives, and adaptations.
Date: 07/15/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Saturdays, October 21 ~ November 18 ~ December 16 10 am

When Species Collide!

How did Rancho del Oso become the park it is today? Who are the plants and animals that live here? Why are they here? How did humans influence the natural history of the Waddell Valley? Join Rancho del Oso docent Ken Koll for a hike on the beautiful Skyline-to-Sea Bypass Trail. Along the way,
we will pass through the varied habitats of the Waddell Valley, and explore topics like natives vs. non-native invasives, and adaptations.

We will start our hike at the Rancho del Oso entrance gate (yellow gate on the inland side of Highway 1, across from the Waddell Beach parking lot). The hike will be approximately four miles. Bring water, snacks if you wish, and wear sturdy footwear. Don't forget your curiosity and inner-naturalist. It will be a great day!


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
A Cinematic Summer in Aptos
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Movies in the Park
Come early for food and music.
Date: 07/15/2018 at 7:30pm
Ages: All ages. Admission Fees: free, donations to Coco welcome!

(0 A June 2018) MovieInParkAptos.jpgWe're back for our second annual season of Movie In The Park! Come out and enjoy a movie in the park with your neighbors at Aptos Village Park.

Admission is free, spare change donations requested for the Live Like Coco Foundation.

Come early for food and music. Hope to see you there!

 

6/24  8:30pm Coco

7/15  8:30pm Wrinkle in Time

8/12  8:00pm The Greatest Showman


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Taller de Triple P: Ir de compras con su nio/a
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Taller de Triple P: Ir de compras con su nio/a
Date: 07/16/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm


Los talleres de Triple P ofrecen consejos prácticos y estrategias para manejar las preguntas y desafíos de crianza específicas. Los padres pueden asistir a tantos talleres sobre cualquier tema que se interese.

Asista a este taller de crianza para aprender: Las razones más comunes por qué ir de compras puede ser difícil para los niños; Cómo preparar a su hijo o hija para un viaje de compras con éxito; Otros consejos para ayudar a hacer viajes de compras agradable para usted y sus niños.

Este taller 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 en español por: Gladys Gómez, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: La biblioteca pública de Watsonville, Sala comunitaria, 275 Main St, #100, 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: watsonville library, 275 Main St., 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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Summer Camp: Biomimicry (Entering Grades 4+5)
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Biomimicry is an engineering concept that uses ideas from nature to create sustainable solutions.
Date: Every day (Jul 16-Jul 20) from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: Entering grades 4 and 5 Admission Fees: $265

(0 April 2018) NATUREEXPLORERS.jpgBIOMIMICRY

Incoming fourth and fifth graders are invited to spend a week exploring and drawing inspiration from nature to solve design challenges and engineer their own solutions to help humans live more sustainably on earth. This camp will feature field trips to different habitats nearby in Santa Cruz.

Each of the five days will focus on a different theme that will guide a variety of projects, science investigations, supervised explorations, and games. "Leave no trace" ethics and safety in nature will be emphasized throughout the week so that campers will leave equipped with a better understanding of how to responsibly interact with the natural world.

The week leads up to completing an engineering project and an open house to showcase all the interesting discoveries made at camp. Join us to build connections to nature and stewardship for our future!

9AM-3PM, drop-off from 8:30-9 and pickup from 3-3:30. Member discounts and limited scholarships are available.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Reach for the Stars: Comets & Asteroids
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Library Aptos
Reach for the Stars: Comets & Asteroids - Whether you're an experienced astronomer or someone who doesn't know the difference be
Date: 07/17/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 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.

Aptos Branch Library: Comets & Asteroids


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
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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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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Naturalist Night: Groundwater Sustainability
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Naturalist Night: Groundwater Sustainability
Date: 07/18/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: $12 General | $6 Child | Members 50% off
Special Instructions: Registration encouraged

(0 A July 2018) Sustainable-Groundwater-Management.jpgGroundwater provides 76% of the water supply for Santa Cruz County and changes in water levels and quality impact us all directly.

During this lecture at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, explore geology and the occurrence of groundwater in the county, its relationship to streams, fish and other natural resources, and the threats to groundwater posed by overdraft, loss of recharge, climate change, and seawater intrusion. This talk will also describe current efforts to better understand and manage groundwater under California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014.


About the speaker: John Ricker is the Water Resources Division Director for Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency-Environmental Health Division and a director with the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County. He is also on the Steering Committee for the Santa Cruz Integrated Regional Water Management Program and is a lead staff member for Sustainable Groundwater Management Efforts for two basins in Santa Cruz County. Ricker has worked for Santa Cruz County in watershed planning, water quality protection, and water resources management since 1974. He serves on various state and regional advisory groups dealing with beach water quality, groundwater management, stormwater management, onsite sewage disposal systems, water supply planning, and watershed protection. Ricker holds a degree from UC Santa Cruz in environmental studies and biology.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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5 Steps To Connect Summer drop in Class
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Allison Livingston
We all need support to be real as we experience the hardest and most rewarding job on earth. Learn or hear something new that wi
Date: 07/18/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: parents/adults Admission Fees: $20
Special Instructions: Email to register

Inviting all Santa Cruz County Parents! (Especially ones with challenging kids!)


Parenting evokes a full spectrum of emotions with higher intensity than many other experiences. Knowing how to deal with the intensity of these emotions both personally and with your kids can be difficult and challenging to navigate. Wouldn't it be satisfying to connect rather than ignore, react, or pretend how to be with your kids. Becoming a CEO of your reactions provides you tools to authentically deepen and live in relationships filled with connection, love and understanding.

 

Summer time was always both the best and the worst parenting times for me. As Rachel shared, both wonderful to have so much unstructured time, play time, family time. AND so hard to have so much unstructured time when we can trigger each other. When my girls fight it is the most triggering thing ever! Plus I don't get my normal self care break times so was often less patient. AND my expectations were often higher that we "should" be having the best time.

Join us! We all need support to be real as we experience the hardest and most rewarding job on earth. You will learn or hear something new that will directly impact your parenting and your life. You will build community and get that all important sense that you are not alone in this journey. You will get a chance to share and practice working with your upset/triggers (never a shortage of material!)

Email to register.

 

Allison is a mother of two teenage daughters. She is a conflict resolution mediator, a workshop leader and works at 1440 Multiversity. She started this work in 2005 when she was seeking a better way to relate to her oldest, spirited child, who was then four.


Location: 145 Riviera Dr, Aptos Map
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Family Camp
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Family Camp at Monte Toyon in the Redwood Forest
Date: 07/19/2018
Ages: All ages! Admission Fees: $350 per Family (2-5 person) 4 days/3 nights
Special Instructions: Relax in the Redwood Forest!

There are still spaces available at Family Camp located at Monte Toyon. Get out of the city and into the Redwood Forest with your family! Camping is for 4 days/3 nights at $350 per family (2-5 persons). Family Camp provides the campsite at Monte Toyon, which is in Aptos Redwood Forest, along with dinner on Friday and Saturday night and dessert every night! Family Camp also includes Naturalists on site for guided hikes and Adventures!

Dates still available for Family Camping:

July 19 - 22
July 26 - 29
August 2 - 5


Location: Monte Toyon, Cloister Lane, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 684-0148 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Despicable Me 3 - Family Movie Night
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Free family films under the stars
Date: 07/19/2018 from 8:30pm to 10:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Movie starts at dusk

(0 A July 2018) Movie_DespicableMe3.jpgJoin us for FREE family-friendly movie nights under the stars at the plaza at the Heart of Soquel Park. Family Movie Nights is a series of free outdoor movie events presented by 1st District County Supervisor John Leopold and the County of Santa Cruz.

 

Movies begin at 8:00 p.m. (or dusk). Low back chairs, blankets and jackets recommended.

 

No alcohol, please. Come early (6:30 p.m.) and bring a picnic to enjoy, or partake in some light fare provided by some of the neighboring restaurants (limited quantity).

 

Visit www.scparks.com for more information including participating restaurants, parking, and other important info.

 

Light fare will be provided by the following sponsors:
(This information will be updated as sponsoring local restaurants are confirmed)

 

 

 

Date

Title

Sponsor

Thursday, May 17

Coco

El Chipotle 

Thursday, June 21

The Goonies

Star of Siam

Thursday, July 19

Despicable Me 3

Tortilla Flats

Thursday, August 23

Jumanji

Sawasdee

Thursday, September 20

Wonder

TBD

Thursday, October 18

Black Panther

Star of Siam


Location: Heart of Soquel Park, 4740 Soquel Drive, Soquel Map
Phone: (831) 454-7901 •website Soquel create a direct event link
California Rodeo Salinas
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California Rodeo
2018 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
Date: Every day (Jul 19-Jul 22)
Ages: All Admission Fees: $7-$65

(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


Location: Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 Main Street , Salinas Map
Phone: (831)775-3100 •website Salinas create a direct event link
Fratello Marionettes "Mother Goose Land"
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Fratello Marionettes "Mother Goose Land"
Date: 07/19/2018 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2018) Library_Little-Bo-Peep-200x250.jpgEnter the world of Mother Goose Land, where beloved nursery rhyme characters are brought to life.

 

Mother Goose introduces you to her favorite stories: We encounter Mary and her lamb on their way to school, while Jack and Jill climb up a hill looking for water.

 

Humpty Dumpty is perched high atop a wall waiting for the king's arrival, and Bo-Peep searches for her lost sheep.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


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

 

Note: Special Theme: Film and Television


Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Seminario de Triple P: Cmo criar hijos seguros y capaces
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Seminario de Triple P: Cmo criar hijos seguros y capaces
Date: 07/19/2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm


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 de una serie de tres. Puede asistir a uno, dos o los tres de los seminarios de la serie. Asista a Cómo criar hijos seguros y capaces para obtener consejos para ayudar a sus hijos: Aprenda a tratar a los demás con respeto; Desarrollar buenas habilidades comunicativas y sociales; Desarrollar una autoestima saludable.

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 en español por: Liliana Zamora, Puentes de 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-trainings


Location: Nueva Vista Rcursos Comunitarios, 711 E. Cliff Ave, Santa Cruz 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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Teen Splash Night!
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Pools will be open exclusively to teens, along with the water slide, warm water pool, inner-tubes and aqua climbing wall!
Date: 07/20/2018 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Ages: teens Admission Fees: free

(0 A July 2018) Simpkins_TeenSplashNight.jpgLooking for a fun night away from the folks? Teens get to swim for FREE at Teen Splash Night! Pools will be open exclusively to teens, along with the water slide, warm water pool, inner-tubes and aqua climbing wall! We will also be showing "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" from 8:30 - 10 PM in the Community Room at the Swim Center.

 

This will be a fun night for Teens ONLY, ages 13-19. Call 454-7960 for more information. #SCParksDept

 

 


Location: Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th St, Santa Cruz Map
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Mission Be Mindful Educator Training
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Mission Be
K-5 Mindful Educator Training for Parents, Educators and Administration
Date: Every day (Jul 20-Jul 22) from 9:00pm to 5:30pm
Admission Fees: $335 (%50 off Scholarships available)

(0 A July 2018) MissionBe.jpgOur Mindful Educator Training is a 2.5 day workshop that offers personal mindfulness practices as well as certification in our 12 week in-school mindfulness curriculum.

 

Expect to deepen your own personal practice, connect with peers, and go home with a clear and comprehensive curriculum to share in your classroom, school or home.

 

Friday July 20th at 5:30pm - 9:00pm

 

Fri - Sun, July 20-22

Fri, July 20, 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Sat, July 21 (hours coming)
Sun, July 22, (start time coming) until 5:00pm

 


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Art History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz Map
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Heart of Soquel Walking Tour
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Santa Cruz County Parks Department
Enjoy the beautiful riparian habitat as you meander along an ADA-compliant path next to peaceful Soquel Creek
Date: 07/20/2018 at 10:00am

Special Instructions: Meet behind the Soquel Village Post Office

Walking Tour - Heart of Soquel Park -

 

Friday, July 20, 10-11 AM, FREE! Ages 13+. Pre-register by calling (831) 454-7941.

 

Meet behind the Soquel Village Post Office Join Santa Cruz County Parks Project Manager Sheryl Bailey for a tour of one of the newest additions to the County Parks system. Enjoy the beautiful riparian habitat as you meander along an ADA-compliant path next to peaceful Soquel Creek and learn about proposed plans to complete the project with: an all-access trail, habitat restoration, trailheads, drainage improvements, fencing, interpretive signage and an additional public art feature!


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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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Carnival of Cultures
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Bay Area Carnival
Guaranteed to have your feet tapping and itching to dance all day long!
Date: 07/21/2018 from 11:00am to 6:00pm


(0 A July 2018) CarnivalofCultures.jpgCarnival of Cultures Cupertino

Guaranteed to have your feet tapping and itching to dance all day long! Carnival of Cultures is the Bay Area's premier festival showcasing the diversity of our resident community.

 

The delicious array of food representing the different cultures that make up the SF Bay Area is complemented by music, dance, shopping and exciting activities for the entire family. Visit the world without getting on a plane or going on a road trip! The festival will represent the variety of food, music, art and merchandise from each culture.

 

Enjoy live contemporary music and dance performances and get to know fellow Bay Area residents.

 

Entry to the festival is FREE. Parking is FREE.

 

The Carnival of Cultures Cupertino is brought to you by the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce and is powered by Eventscoop.


We encourage you to RSVP here and you will be entered into a drawing for some fun prizes! You must be present at the event to win!


Location: 19419 Stevens Creek Blvd, Main St, Cupertino 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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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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Cyanotypes of the Sea Workshop
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Cyanotypes of the Sea Workshop
Date: 07/21/2018 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: $30 Adult | $15 Children | $10 off for Museum Members
Special Instructions: Registration required.

(0 A July 2018) Cyanotypes-of-the-Sea-FB-150x150.jpgUsing the power of the sun, create one of a kind prints of local algae. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a vibrant, blue print when exposed to sunlight. The first cyanotype artist was Anna Atkins, a British photographer who published a book of British algae cyanotypes in 1843. In honor of this pioneering female artist and naturalist, we will learn that same process of making cyanotypes from algae, using samples collected along the coast of the Monterey Bay.

Located at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, this workshop will occur both indoors in the Museum's downstairs workshop area as well as outside in our native plant garden. All materials will be provided. Algae specimens have been legally collected under the Museum's Fish & Wildlife permit.


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Book Sale at Aptos Library
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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
The Science of Pickling Workshop
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Learn the science of how to ensure that you're preserving your food safely and what and why a few additions make your pickles cr
Date: 07/21/2018 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $55.00 plus $15.00 material fee

(0 A July 2018) Pickles.jpgThe Science of Pickling

When you hear "pickles," you probably picture those classic crunchy dill pickles we all know and love. But there's so much more to the colorful world of pickling! You can pickle almost anything you want. Learn the science of how to ensure that you're preserving your food safely and what and why a few additions make your pickles crunchy.  

 

Class Overview & what's included: welcome, with a tasting of assorted pickles; overview of ingredients, supplies and techniques; step-by-step recipe instruction on fermentation and vinegar pickling (veggies vary by season); secrets for making crunchy, tangy pickles every time; step-by-step instructions on home canning; what equipment you need, and what you can do without. 

 

Instructor:  Patricia Davis of Quail Hollow Kitchens delights in teaching farm-style cooking. She has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from UCSD, and was voted Edible Monterey Bay "Best Food Artisan" in 2016. She has been teaching cooking classes since 2013. 
     
*Please note: A materials fee of $15 is due to the instructor at least one week prior to class. To pay the fee, please visit the instructor's website at https://www.quailhollowkitchens.com/sccp

 

Simpkins Swim Ctr. Community Rm. B - Ages 18+
Sat 7/21* 10AM-12:30 PM $55/$61 #19032
Sat 9/29* 10AM-12:30PM $55/$61 #19033

Location: 979 17th St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 454-7946 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
MBARI's 2018 Open House
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MBARI
Highlights include science exhibits, technology demonstrations, deep-sea videos, presentations about our research, robotic subma
Date: 07/21/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Moss Landing, halfway between Santa Cruz and Monterey off Highway 1.

(0 A July 2018) MBARI_UnderwaterRobot.jpgMBARI's 2018 Open House

During this free event, our staff, scientists, and engineers will share their knowledge and enthusiasm about oceanographic research at this special event. Highlights include science exhibits, technology demonstrations, deep-sea videos, presentations about our research, robotic submarines, and children's activities. This free event is fun for the whole family!


MBARI is located in Moss Landing, halfway between Santa Cruz and Monterey off Highway 1. The Moss Landing power plant is a visible landmark just inland of Moss Landing Harbor. From Highway 1, turn west (toward ocean) onto Moss Landing Road. Turn on Sandholdt Road and cross the bridge. MBARI is on the west side of the road. 

 

FOOD: Food and beverages will not be available at MBARI. However, there are several restaurants within walking distance. There are also several benches around MBARI that you can use to picnic with your family as well as access points to the beach.

 

2018 PRESENTATIONS in the PACIFIC FORUM:
12:15 - An introduction to MBARI ~ Chris Scholin
12:45 -  Eavesdropping on the deep ~ Susan von Thun
1:15 - Discovering Nemo: The joy of recognizing a new species ~ Linda Kuhnz
1:45 - The secret life of sponges: They're not just for your dirty dishes! ~ Amanda Kahn
2:15 - A day in the life of an ROV pilot ~ Ben Erwin
2:45 - Eavesdropping on the deep ~ Susan von Thun (REPEAT)
3:15 - Discovering Nemo: The joy of recognizing a new species ~ Linda Kuhnz (REPEAT)
3:45 - The secret life of sponges: They're not just for your dirty dishes! ~ Amanda Kahn (REPEAT)
4:15 - Swimming in data: How ocean observations are improving our lives ~ Patrick Daniel

 

2018 PRESENTATIONS in the VIDEO TENT:
12:00 - 12:20 Video tour of the R/V Western Flyer and R/V Rachel Carson
12:30 - 12:50 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep
01:00 - 01:20 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep
01:30 - 01:50 Video tour of the R/V Western Flyer and R/V Rachel Carson
02:00 - 02:20 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep
02:30 - 02:50 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep
03:00 - 03:20 Video tour of the R/V Western Flyer and R/V Rachel Carson
03:30 - 03:50 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep
04:00 - 04:20 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep)
04:30 - 04:50 Video tour of the R/V Western Flyer and R/V Rachel Carson


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Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
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Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
Date: 07/21/2018 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm


The Moonlight Train Dinner Party

JUNE 23, JULY 21, AUGUST 25, SEPTEMBER 15 & OCTOBER 6

June 23rd Moonlight Featuring Wild & Blue

 

Treat yourself to an evening of fun and relaxation at Roaring Camp's Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party. Start with a hearty barbecue chicken and steak dinner followed by a leisurely train ride aboard vintage railway cars. The steam train stops atop Bear Mountain to a glowing campfire, hot cider and musical entertainment. Upon returning to Roaring Camp, hot apple pie and line dancing await you. Get into the swing of things with our line dance instructor Wendy, then two-step the rest of night away under the stars.Vegetarian options available.

 

 

 

 


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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
Phone: (650) 879-0995 •website Davenport create a direct event link
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
Evenings with the Fresnel Lens
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
As dusk settles, the 24 beams of light provide a dramatic glimpse of how the lighthouse once guided ships passing by this rocky
Date: 07/21/2018 from 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: All

Evenings with the Fresnel Lens

Saturday, July 21 from 8pm to 9pm
Saturday, August 18 from 8pm to 9pm

 

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
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Author Talk: Annette McGivney
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Library Central
Author Talk: Annette McGivney - mystery, murder, connection... healing
Date: 07/22/2018 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Part true crime and part memoir, Pure Land tells the story of the most brutal murder ever recorded in Grand Canyon's history. It forges a connection between two women in search of their true nature, who found transcendence in the West's most spectacular landscapes. It is also a tale of how child abuse leads to violence and destroys lives. And it is, ultimately, a story of healing.

Author Annette McGivney is the longtime Southwest Editor for Backpacker magazine and a Journalism professor at Northern Arizona University.

Books will be available for sale by the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Wharf to Wharf
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Wharf to Wharf
A scenic six-mile race with 35 or more live bands and throngs of festive spectators along the route.
Date: 07/22/2018 at 8:30am


(Special Event Page Graphics) WharftoWharfEntertainers300.jpgHere comes the annual Wharf to Wharf Race! Are you ready? If you've run this scenic six-mile classic before, you know about the weather, the forty live bands, the throngs of festive spectators and the chance to win the coveted Wharf to Wharf Runner T-shirt, awarded only to race finishers and never sold to anyone, anywhere, at any price.....ever. If you've never run it........... this is the year!

 

It's the best little road race in California. Go for it!

 

The meandering race route along scenic Monterey Bay plays no small part in the popularity of this run. You'll find new inspiration at every turn of the pristine coastline. Cool ocean breezes provide natural air conditioning. If you're coming from someplace hot, you're in for a treat!

 

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Starting at the Santa Cruz Wharf at 8:30am, the race opens with a dash down Beach Street, passing the Ferris Wheel, roller coaster and merry-go-round of the world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Runners then cross the San Lorenzo Bridge and loop around the Yacht Harbor to Twin Lakes Beach. Turning inland the course winds through Schwann Lake Wildlife Sanctuary before breaking back to the ocean bluffs at Pleasure Point. From there the way wanders through quaint seaside neighborhoods before dipping down to a festive finish at the Capitola Wharf.

 

From 8:30-10 a.m, the race course will be closed to traffic. The affected streets are Beach Street, Third Avenue, Riverside Avenue, San Lorenzo Boulevard, Murray Street, East Cliff Drive, Seabright Avenue, Lake Avenue, Eaton Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Opal Cliff Drive, Cliff Drive and Wharf Road. Capitola Village will be congested until noon.

 

Race officials at street intersections along the route will permit cars to cross the course during the race for emergency purposes only.


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Exotic Bird & Animal Expo
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Exotic Bird Mart
Come experience a show like no other and socialize with hundreds of animal enthusiasts!
Date: 07/22/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Adults: $10 Kids (6 -12): $5

(0 A July 2018) ExoticBirdMart.jpgExotic Bird & Animal Expo

Come experience a show like no other and socialize with hundreds of animal enthusiasts! Salinas Room from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
Tickets are sold at the door.

We aim to create a fresh and unique experience for long time pet lovers, while attracting the new interest of clientele through EDUCATION, FUN & PET THERAPY!

 

For more information visit www.exoticbirdmart.com or call (916).882.9486 you can also email info@exoticbirdmart.com


Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
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Circus Caballero
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Circus Caballero
Come experience a family circus from Jalisco!
Date: 07/22/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm

Special Instructions: Check website for special coupons

(0 A July 2018) circusCaballero2.jpgThur July 26 7:30
Fri July 27 7:30
Sat July 28 4:30 7:30
Sun July 29 2:00 4:30 7:30
Mon July 30 7:30

 

General Admission
Adults $35 Children under 10 $20

VIP Section
Adults $45 Children under 10 $25

Sunday/Domingo 2:00 pm: Adults and Children under 10: $10, no coupons this show


Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Rd, Monterey Map
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Special “Parents’ Day” Redwood Loop Walks
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about the many parenting styles of the redwoods, the dedicated parenting of the endangered marbled murrelet, the extended
Date: 07/22/2018
Ages: All
Special Instructions: 11 am and 2 pm

Special “Parents’ Day” Redwood Loop Walks

Sunday, July 22 at 11am and 2pm

Join Docent Norm Beeson as he celebrates parents today! Learn about the many parenting styles of the redwoods, the dedicated parenting of the endangered marbled murrelet, the extended family of the acorn woodpecker and more on this fun, informative half-mile hike. 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
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Felt Story Workshop
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Felt Story Workshop
Date: 07/23/2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 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.

 

Instruction in Spanish and English.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Junior Fire Fighter Camp
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Boulder Creek Parks Recreation & BC Fire District
Date: Every day (Jul 23-Jul 27) from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 10 - 15 Admission Fees: $150 per week

Junior Fire Fighter

Ages 10-15years
Bc Parks Recreation & BC Fire District
July 23-27th 9-3pm
Limited Space ** sign up www.bcrpd.org
$150 per week
9-3pm
Program will focus on fire training opportunities and experience the basic principles, practices, and equipment used in the fire service


Location: 13333 Middleton Ave, , Boulder Creek Map
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Summer Camp: The Art and Science of Nature (Entering Grades K+1)
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Calling budding artists and scientists curious about nature!
Date: Every day (Jul 23-Jul 27) from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: Entering grades K and 1 Admission Fees: $265
Special Instructions: Scholarships and member discounts available

(0 April 2018) NATUREEXPLORERS.jpgThis summer, join us on a journey to investigate symmetries, patterns, and curiosities in the natural world. Spend the week exploring nearby beach, creek, and garden habitats, and making all sorts of art inspired by what we discover.

We invite incoming kindergartners and first graders to come observe, explore, and appreciate the wonders of the natural world here in our backyard as well as in the Museum's collection. We will explore what nature reveals to us everyday through a variety of individual and collaborative art projects. Every camper will create artwork to take home, make scientific discoveries, and most importantly, create memories, friendships, and a personal connection to the unique nature of the Santa Cruz coast.

Camp will run from 9AM-3PM each day, with drop-off from 8:30-9 and pickup from 3-3:30. Member discounts and limited scholarships are available. More information at santacruzmuseum.org/camp


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Taco Tuesdays
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Food Truck A Go Go
Hang out and dine on the lawn or picnic tables or stop by and take dinner home!
Date: The 4th Tues of every month (Jun 26-Oct 23) from 5:00pm to 7:30pm


(0 A June 2018) TacoTuesday_2018.jpgTaco Tuesdays are happening at Anna Jean Cummings Park / Blue Ball Park every 4th Tuesday of the month! Food trucks will be serving specialty tacos plus their signature dishes. Bring your family and meet your friends! Hang out and dine on the lawn or picnic tables or stop by and take dinner home!


Location: Anna Jean Cummings Park , 461 Old San Jose Road, Aptos Map
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The Bubble Lady!
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The Bubble Lady! Crazy, zany, super silly and tons of fun...
Date: 07/25/2018 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2018) Library_BubbleLady.jpgThis fabulous show really pops!

 

It's crazy, zany, super silly and tons of fun.

 

Parents and children alike will be wowed as we follow "The Bubble Lady" to "Bubble Land" and participate in incredible musically enhanced bubble adventures.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Wilder Things - Welcome To The Jungle Book (2018)
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Little People's Repertory Theatre
Dorothy lives in a cupboard below the porch of her aunt and uncle's farmhouse. One day an owl arrives with an invitation for Dor
Date: Every day (Jul 25-Aug 5)


Wilder Things - Welcome To The Jungle Book (2018)

  • Written by Janinne Chadwick
  • Directed by Daria E. Troxell
  • Performed at Park Hall

Strange things have been happening in a small California town. A group of kids desperate to find a friend-gone-missing, find an old Jungle Book themed board game. With a roll of the dice they find themselves sucked into an up-side-down version of a classic children's tale. In the jungle, not only do they find their friends, they find some missing Castaways, friendly village people and more!

 

Little People's Repertory Theatre provides affordable opportunities for theatrical performance to youth ages 3 to 18. Using original scripts and contemporary themes, knowledgeable, trained staff facilitate a developmentally appropriate and positive social environment through mentorship, creative collaboration, skill building and instruction, wherein children, teens and community members work together to create high-quality, original works of art.

 

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Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill St, Ben Lomond Map
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Triple P Workshop: How to Prevent & Reduce Teen Drug Use
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Triple P Workshop: How to Prevent & Reduce Teen Drug Use
Date: 07/25/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm


LTriple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: How to recognize warning signs that your teen might be using drugs; Tips for teaching teens to resist peer pressure to use drugs; Steps to take if you think your teen is using drugs.

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: Gladys Gómez, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Ste E, Watsonville
To register: Contact Gladys Gómez at (831) 724-297 x220 or gladysg@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: La Manzana Community Services, 711 E. Cliff Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Adventures in Virtual Reality La Selva Beach
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Adventures in Virtual Reality
Date: 07/26/2018 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

Swim with dolphins. Hike Mt. Everest. Jump into a 360-degree immersive video. Create a living work of art. All of these things and more are possible when you adventure in virtual reality. This drop-in experience gives you a taste of what virtual reality can be and introduces you to the world like you've never seen it before. Participants must be 13+.


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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THE PRODUCERS
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Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy that took Broadway by storm
Date: Every day (Jul 26-Aug 19)


THE PRODUCERS
JULY 26 - AUGUST 19, 2018

A New Mel Brooks Musical, Book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan, Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Original Direction & Choreography by Susan Stroman

WINNER OF 12 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL & BEST ORIGINAL SCORE!

WINNER OF 11 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL & OUTSTANDING BOOK & LYRICS!

A COMBINATION OF UNSTOPPABLE LAUGHTER AND SHEER HAPPINESS!

THE PLAY

Based on Mel Brooks' much loved Academy Award-winning movie, The Producers is a hilarious musical comedy that took Broadway by storm, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and 3 Olivier Awards.Impoverished by a string of flops, New York producer Max Bialystock recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway's greatest scam. They aim to produce the worst show ever and run away with millions, but they soon learn that show business can kick you in the teeth.The Producers may be the funniest Broadway musical of all time.


Location: Cabrillo Stage, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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Mike the Magician
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Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with family magic performances that are equal parts playful and astonishing
Date: 07/26/2018 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

He's silly, he's funny and he'll make you go WOW! Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with family magic performances that are equal parts playful and astonishing.


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Mike the Magician
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Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with family magic performances that are equal parts playful and astonishing.
Date: 07/26/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

He's silly, he's funny and he'll make you go WOW! Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with family magic performances that are equal parts playful and astonishing.


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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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Seminario de Triple P: Cmo criar hijos resistentes
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Seminario de Triple P: Cmo criar hijos resistentes
Date: 07/26/2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm


LLos 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. Puede asistir a uno, dos o los tres de los seminarios de la serie.

Asista a Cómo criar hijos resistentes para obtener consejos para ayudar a los niños a desarrollar importantes habilidades socio-emocionales, tales como: Reconocer y expresar emociones de maneras saludables; Desarrollar formas positivas de pensar en sí mismos y en el mundo que los rodea; y Hacer frente a emociones difíciles y situaciones estresantes.

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 en español por: Liliana Zamora, Puentes de 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-trainings


Location: Nueva Vista Rcursos Comunitarios, 711 E. Cliff Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Family Camp
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Web Of Life Field (WOLF) School
Family Camp at Monte Toyon in the Redwood Forest
Date: 07/26/2018
Ages: All ages! Admission Fees: $350 per Family (2-5 person) 4 days/3 nights
Special Instructions: Relax in the Redwood Forest!

There are still spaces available at Family Camp located at Monte Toyon. Get out of the city and into the Redwood Forest with your family! Camping is for 4 days/3 nights at $350 per family (2-5 persons). Family Camp provides the campsite at Monte Toyon, which is in Aptos Redwood Forest, along with dinner on Friday and Saturday night and dessert every night! Family Camp also includes Naturalists on site for guided hikes and Adventures!

Dates still available for Family Camping:

July 19 - 22
July 26 - 29
August 2 - 5


Location: Monte Toyon, Cloister Lane, Aptos Map
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The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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Gilroy Garlic Festival
"Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three d9ys of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment and
Date: Every day (Jul 27-Jul 29)
Ages: All Admission Fees: 7473 Monterey St
Special Instructions: Santa Teresa Blvd & Club Dr

Come to the  Gilroy Garlic Festival for great garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, and lots of fun for the whole family!

 

The heart of the Garlic Festival is Gourmet Alley, the gigantic outdoor kitchen where the world-famous "Pyro Chefs" put on a spectacular flame-up show while preparing garlic-laced calamari and scampi in huge iron skillets. Other Festival favorites include pepper steak sandwiches, pasta con pesto, fried calamari, and sausage sandwiches, as well as Gilroy garlic fries and garlic bread. And don't forget the only-in-Gilroy garlic ice cream!

 

You'll also find live entertainment on three stages, cooking contests and demonstrations, arts & crafts, wine tasting, and a fun Children's Area too.

 

 

Eventbrite - 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival


Location: Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Ave, Gilroy Map
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Day Out with Thomas
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Roaring Camp
A train ride with ThomasTM, picture taking with Sir Topham Hatt,TM temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 27-Aug 5)
Admission Fees: $20 - $24
Special Instructions: July 28-30 & Aug 4-6

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Day Out with ThomasTM

JULY 27 - 29 & AUGUST 1 - 5

Join Thomas the Tank EngineTM for the Big Adventures Tour 2018 through the Big Trees. Your ticket includes a fun-filled day of activities: a train ride with ThomasTM, picture taking with Sir Topham HattTM, temporary tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, storytelling, bubble making, live entertainment, train play tables, and more! So bring the family, come early, and enjoy the day.

 

Purchase tickets here

 

What is Day Out With ThomasTM?

Day Out With ThomasTM is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank EngineTM at regional heritage railroads across the country.

 

Who is Thomas the Tank Engine?

Since Thomas the Tank Engine left the depot more than 65 years ago, this Really Useful Engine and his Island of Sodor friends have chugged their way into the hearts of preschoolers and grownups worldwide. Based on The Railway Series of classic stories authored by a father who loved trains and wanted a shared experience with his son, Thomas & FriendsTM is a rite of passage that inspires the imagination while teaching the life lessons of friendship, exploration and cooperation.


Location: Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Family Fun Day
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Get your play on!
Date: 07/28/2018 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Join Santa Cruz County Parks, Santa Cruz City Parks, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County for an epic FREE family fun day for all ages! Join us for inflatable obstacles courses, oversized board games, a pop-up playground, cornhole, food trucks and swimming at Simpkins Family Swim Center with fun activities such as: a water slide, stand-up paddleboards, and a climbing wall in the water!


Location: Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 454-7901 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Storytellers' Showcase Campfire!
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State Park Big Basin
Join us in our historic campfire center for a special storytelling evening
Date: 07/28/2018 at 7:00pm
Ages: All

Tales of the Basin: A Storytelling Event
Saturday, July 28
"Nature Tails" at 4:30pm
Storytellers' Showcase Campfire at 7pm 

Events will spotlight storytellers, park history, special children’s performers and the tradition of spinning a yarn beside the evening fire. Event presented by South Bay Storytellers. At “Nature Tails” listen to a world of animal songs and stories presented for children of all ages by local storytellers in the campfire center. At the Showcase Campfire, sit back and experience an old-fashioned evening steeped in the oral tradition, as our guest storytellers weave their yarns in our historic amphitheater. Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8018 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Watercolor workshop for beginner and intermediate artists.
Date: 07/28/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and

Waddell Valley Watercolor Workshop Series

Saturday, July 28 at 10am

Registration is required for this four-part series at (831) 427-2288 or jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov.

Space is limited.

Begin your watercolor journey in the inspiration Waddell Valley with Joyce Rosenstiel in this four-day watercolor workshop series for beginner and almost intermediate artists. Students focus on watercolor basics, assembling your painting kit, and fundamentals for landscape and nature painting. Learn to assemble a sketch and paint travel kit for summer adventures. No materials required for the first class but curiosity and a wish to learn more. This free event meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway 1 at Waddell Creek at 3600 Hwy 1, Davenport, CA 95017. For more information, call (831) 427-2288.


Location: Waddell Valley, 3600 Highway 1, Davenport 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
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Indigenous Land Stewardship at Quiroste Valley, Then and Now
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
We will visit the remains of a large Quiroste village (most likely the village of Metenne)
Date: 07/28/2018 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: $15 Adult | $5 Off Museum Members
Special Instructions: located within Año Nuevo State Park

(0 A June 2018) Quiroste.jpgIndigenous Land Stewardship at Quiroste Valley, Then and Now

July 28 | 10 AM - 12:30 PM

Pre-registration Required - Click HERE to Register


We will take a look over the Quiroste Valley, imagining what the landscape looked like in the past and learning why it looks the way it does now. On this short walk into the valley floor, we will visit what remains of a large Quiroste village (most likely the village of Metenne) and discuss the Quiroste people, how they managed the landscape and natural resources in the area, and what happened to the Quiroste during colonization.

 

A few hundred yards away, at a large stand of coastal tarweed we will discuss how the Amah Mutsun-the descendants of the Quiroste-returned to the valley, and the research and conservation efforts the Tribe and the Amah Mutsun Land Trust is involved in now.

 

The group will meet at a parking lot near the entrance to Quiroste Valley Cultural Preserve and carpool into the reserve due to limited parking. This walk will be no more than one mile on established trails. Please wear layers and comfortable shoes for walking on uneven surfaces. Sun protection, water, and snacks recommended. More details will be provided upon registration..


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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
Ages: All

(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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Blood Drive - Stanford Blood Center Bloodmobile
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Stanford Blood Center
Join us on Saturday, July 28th in the Aptos Library parking lot as we host a visit from the Stanford Blood Center Bloodmobile.
Date: 07/28/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm


The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL today announced a new partnership with the Stanford Blood Center. Join us on Saturday, July 28th in the Aptos Library parking lot as we host a visit from the Stanford Blood Center Bloodmobile.

Did you know that about every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood?

Schedule an appointment online at: www.sbcdonor.org    Use sponsor code: 2557


Location: Aptos Library parking lot, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Til Death Do Us Part
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The Murder Mystery Company in San Jose
Interactive murder mystery - a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food
Date: 07/29/2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: 60

(0 A June 2018) til-death-do-us-part-300.jpgThe Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in San Jose and surrounding areas throughout California.

 

Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in this comedic thriller!


Location: The Old Spaghetti Factory, 51 N San Pedro St, San Jose Map
Phone: (888) 643-2583 •website San Josecreate a direct event link
Cabrillo Music Festival
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Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
Each summer Cabrillo Festival brings together music lovers, community members, professional orchestra players and extraordinary
Date: Every day (Jul 29-Aug 12)


(0 A Aug 2018) Cabrillo_church_Percussion_FamilyConcert.jpgThe world meets at Cabrillo Festival July 29-August 12

Each summer Cabrillo Festival brings together music lovers, community members, professional orchestra players and extraordinary composers for an inspired gathering that offers a musical experience like no other.

 

For the 2018 season, Music Director Cristi Măcelaru has summoned voices from around the globe and across diverse cultural backgrounds to present 18 contemporary works that reflect the human spirit and the stories we tell, the grandeur of the planet, and the vastness of the cosmos. You're invited to journey deep into the creative process through our open rehearsals, talks and the intoxicating experience of live performance. Cabrillo Festival delivers spectacular musicianship, coupled with a warm and welcoming environment for listeners at all levels, plus that famously special Santa Cruz vibe. It's a rare thrill, and you're invited!

 

So much is new in 2018!

  • New pay-what-you-can Community Night Concert This new event welcomes the wider community to experience just how fun new music can be.
  • Earlier concert times All our evening concerts now begin at 7pm!
  • New $20 Youth tickets Invite your favorite young person (age 6-25), and inspire a future Festival fan!
  • New Prix Fixe Dinner on our Grand Finale night.

EVENTS (MOST ARE FREE)

Donors Concert  July 28 @ 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

A pre-season chamber concert and reception free for donors of $250 or more.

 

First Open Rehearsal (Aural Histories) July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Come to the Civic Auditorium to watch Cristi and the Festival Orchestra play the first notes of the 2018 season! Open Rehearsals continue nearly every weekday through August 10. Today's rehearsal program: Huang RUO: Folksongs for Orchestra Dan DEDIU: Grana Zosha DI CASTRI: Dear Life (with Mary Mackenzie, soprano) Pande SHAHOV: Piano Concerto (no soloist)


Open Rehearsal (After Dixieland)  July 30 @ 2:30 am - 5:00 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free - Today's rehearsal program: Gabriela Lena FRANK: Walkabout, Concerto for Orchestra Vivian FUNG: Dust Devils Kristin KUSTER: Rain On It

 

Open Rehearsal (After Dixieland)  July 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Gabriela Lena FRANK: Walkabout, Concerto for Orchestra Kristin KUSTER: Rain On It William BOLCOM: Concerto in D for Violin (with Philippe Quint, violin)

 

In The Works Orchestra Concert  July 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

A special free concert featuring new works by three young composers conducted in rotation by six emerging conductors, the culmination of the prestigious Conductors/Composers Workshop. No tickets required.

 

Open Rehearsal (Aural Histories) August 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Pande SHAHOV: Piano Concerto (with Simon Trpceski, piano) Huang RUO: Folksongs for Orchestra Dan DEDIU: Grana Zosha DI CASTRI: Dear Life (with Mary Mackenzie, soprano)

 

Open Rehearsal (Conductors Workshop)  August 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free

The culmination of the Conductors Workshop, the program features standard repertoire performed by the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra led in rotation by emerging conductors.


Open Rehearsal (Aural Histories)  August 2 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz,

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Dan DEDIU: Grana Huang RUO: Folksongs for Orchestra Pande SHAHOV: Piano Concerto (with Simon Trpceski, piano) Zosha DI CASTRI: Dear Life (with Mary Mackenzie, soprano)


Pre-Rehearsal Talk with Prue Ashurst  August 2 @ 6:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

Prue Ashurst is an educator, choral director and lecturer. Prue has made the pilgrimage from her native Australia to the Festival for many years, and this year we are thrillled that she will give us a Pre-Rehearsal Talk on the After Dixieland concert program!

 

Open Rehearsal (After Dixieland) August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, Santa Cruz

Free

Today's rehearsal program: Vivian FUNG: Dust Devils William BOLCOM: Concerto in D for Violin (with Philippe Quint) Gabriela Lena FRANK: Walkabout, Concerto for Orchestra Kristin KUSTER: Rain On It


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Summer Camp: Can You Dig It? (Entering Grades K+1)
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Join the Museum as we unearth the fossils, rocks, and ancient history of Santa Cruz!
Date: Every day (Jul 30-Aug 3) from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: Entering grades K and 1 Admission Fees: $265
Special Instructions: Scholarships and member discounts available

We will spend a week exploring the many surprising things you can learn from digging into the ground. Campers will build friendships while investigating artifacts, dissecting fossils, playing games, and building awesome crafts!

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is proud to present a camp all about rocks, stones, and dinosaur bones! Campers entering grades K-1 are welcome to join us as we explore the soils and sands of Santa Cruz, discovering the buried mysteries they hold. Spend five days immersed in nature, unearthing fossils, finding ancient artifacts, and exploring the many things you can learn from digging!

Our experienced staff will promote meaningful experiences in nature and positive social interactions as we set out on exploratory expeditions. Each day will involve outdoor nature exploration, hands on learning, and related games and crafts.

Camp will run from 9AM-3PM each day, with drop-off from 8:30-9 and pickup from 3-3:30. Member discounts and limited scholarships are available. More information at santacruzmuseum.org/camp


Location: 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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