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

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


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


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


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


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

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Adventures in Virtual Reality Live Oak
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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
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Friends of SCPL Summer Book Sale
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Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
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
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

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

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.


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.


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


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.


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

Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Branch Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz 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
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
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