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Small Business Saturday
Show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses.
11/24/2018

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Small Business Saturday is a day to show your support for local, independent businesses by making purchases at your favorite small businesses. By shopping with locally owned, independent businesses, you make a much greater positive impact on the local economy than when you shop online or in big chain stores.

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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
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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
Family Camp
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Web Of Life Field (WOLF) School
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
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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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
Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Libraries
Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


(AAA July 2015) Brainfuse_HomeworkHelpNow180.jpgFree Academic Help at All Levels.

 

Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education.

 

Live Tutoring: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Our tutors don't simply give answers but help students master underlying academic concepts.

 

SkillSurfer: SkillSurfer includes an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests in a wide range of academic subjects, and further integrates them with live tutoring.


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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
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


(0 A June 2018) BB_cap-jack-1-wq.jpgFREE Daily Entertainment

 

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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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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Carmel Bach Festival
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Carmel Bach Festival
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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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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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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
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
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
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
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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Preschool Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Downtown Preschool Story Time (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
 
Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
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Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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