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MBARI's 2018 Open House
Highlights include science exhibits, technology demonstrations, deep-sea videos, presentations about our research, robotic subma
07/21/2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm

(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
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04:30 - 04:50 Video tour of the R/V Western Flyer and R/V Rachel Carson

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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
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
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Girls Night Out
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Art Factory
Treat yourself to some time with the girls, wine and cheese and a create evening. Call Yvette for schedule!
Date: Every Fri from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Friday Night Girl's Night Out!

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Redwood Village #15, 9099 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR.
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All About Theatre
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.
Date: Every day (Jul 13-Jul 15)


In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She's in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea."

Performances:
Friday July 13 - 6:30pm
Saturday July 14 - 1:30pm & 6:30pm
Sunday July 15 - 1:30pm


Ticket Prices:
$13 - Student and Senior admission
$16 - General admission seating
$20 - Reserved seating

(Children under 6 years, free when accompanied by adult ticket holder)


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MAKE & Explore at the Mall
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
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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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

(0 A May 2018) whatNourishesUs_David-Fleming-Image-360x360.jpgWhat Nourishes Us

 

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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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

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

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


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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Rent
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Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
Jonathan Larson's RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world.
Date: Every day (Jun 28-Jul 17)


(0 A June 2018) RentCast.jpgIn 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway... and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Jonathan Larson's RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece will come to Santa Cruz County. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters-love.

 

WINNER OF 4 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL AND BEST ORIGINAL SCORE!

WINNER OF 6 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL!

THIS AWARD WINING ROCK MUSICAL IS THEATER AT ITS BEST - EXUBERANT, PASSIONATE AND JOYOUS!

DIRECTED BY: Dustin Leonard
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY: Michael J. McGushin
CHOREOGRAPHED BY: Brance Souza

 

FEATURING:
Dominic Aguirre, Tucker Bryan, Catrina Contini, Edie Garcia-Flores, Marina Hallin, Kiana Hamzehi, Ronald Johnson Jr. Cory Jones, Brianne Lopez-Cole, Sadie Rose, Vinh Nguyen, Sean Okuniewicz, Jessica Pierini, Joey Pisacane & Brance Souza

 

A limited 3 week engagement June 28 - July 15
Tickets Available ONLINE now!
Box Office open for phone sales June 8.


Location: Cabrillo Stage, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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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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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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Discover the Sandhills
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile stroll to the observation deck
Date: Every Su, Mon, Tues, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Aug 28) at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Vehicle day-use fee is $10

Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills
Thursdays through Tuesdays at 3pm

Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile stroll to the observation deck. Meet at the Campfire Center, in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Santa Cruz Sandhills.

 

 


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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JUNIOR POLICE ACADEMY
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Scotts Valley Police
Provides students with alternatives to drugs, violence, and other illegal activities through exciting events and educational pro
Date: Every day (May 1-Aug 3)

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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


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

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

Ticket sales open Friday, October 20

Cost: $7 per person + $3.99 reservation fee

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

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

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

 

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


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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Children's Planetarium Show
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Hartnell Planetarium
Star programs for chldren
Date: Every Fri at 5:30pm
Admission Fees: $4

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

Show Times

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

Tickets

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

 

Season Schedule

December - Stars 8

About our shows

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


Location: 411 CENTRAL AVE S-101, Salinas Map
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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.


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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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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Preschool Storytime at Porter Memorial Library
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Library Porter Memorial
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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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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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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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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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
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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
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Tour the Pacific Migrations Center
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State Park New Brighton
Self-guided tour highlights history of Pacific Rim migrations
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: 7-12

 Tour the Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach

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

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

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

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


Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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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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