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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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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
Phone: 425-3331 •website Felton 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
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Free Ice Cream with Police
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Santa Cruz Police
Free ice cream and talk with a cop --for kids!!
Date: 08/07/2018 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Special Instructions: free ice cream

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Bring the kids by for a free ice cream cone and an awesome opportunity to get to know our local police officers!

 

 

Thanks Marini's Candies & Santa Cruz Police!


Location: Marini's, 1308 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-5844 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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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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
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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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

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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
National Night Out
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City of Watsonville
Activities, information and food!
Date: 08/07/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Special Instructions: See 15 different locations

 

We're gearing up for another successful National Night Out. Come out, meet our officers and chat with them about how we can all work together to make our neighborhoods safer. What makes Watsonville so unique is that we have 16 neighborhoods across the city participating simultaneously in National Night Out.

¡La Noche Nacional de Salir está a la vuelta de la esquina! Salgan y conozcan a nuestros oficiales y platiquen con ellos sobre cómo podemos trabajar para que nuestros vecindarios sean más seguros. Watsonville es un lugar único, ya que somos anfitriones de 16 sitios que participan a la misa vez esa noche.

1. Callaghan Park Cultural Center
225 Sudden Street
5 pm-10 pm

2. Carey Davis Neighborhood
37 Davis Avenue
5 pm-8 pm

3. Downtown Watsonville Plaza at Gene Hoularis &Waldo Rodriguez Youth Center
30 Maple Avenue
5 pm-8 pm

4. First United Methodist Church
229 Stanford Street (back parking lot at end of Montecito Street)
5 pm-7:30 pm

5. Miles Lane Estates
Between 221-225 Kimberly Lane
6 pm-8 pm

6. Las Brisas Neighborhood/Park
1028 Nueva Vista Avenue
6 pm- 8 pm

7. Pajaro Valley Shelter Services
115 Brennan Street
6 pm-8 pm

8. Portola Heights
1007 Freedom Boulevard
4 pm-7 pm

 

9. Stonecreek Apartments
300 Bree Lane
5 pm- 9pm

10. Vecinos Unidos de Mona Lisa
26 West Front Street
5:30 pm- 8 pm

11. Abode Resetar
15 West Lake Avenue
4 pm-6 pm

12. Clifford Manor
240 Clifford Avenue
3 pm-7 pm

13. Sunny Meadows Apartments
220 Ross Avenue
5 pm-7pm

14. Corralitos Creek Apartments
125 Pajaro Cirlce
4 pm-6pm

15. YWCA of Watsonville
340 East Beach Street
5 pm- 8 pm

16. Pajaro Park
24 San Juan Road
5 pm- 8 pm

 


Location: YMCA, 340 East Beach St, Watsonville Map
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Evening Campfire Programs
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State Park Big Basin
An evening of song and story
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Th and Sa (Aug 1-Aug 31) at 7:00pm


Evening Campfire Programs

Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 7pm (No campfires August 25, 27-30)

Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7pm; program begins at 7:30pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! 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
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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
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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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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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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Half Moon Bay Hikes & Junior Rangers
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State Park Half Moon Bay
Date: Every day (Aug 1-Aug 31)
Ages: 7 and older Admission Fees: free

Half Moon Bay State Beach

95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay

(650) 726-8819 | HMBParksVolunteer@parks.ca.gov

Facebook @HalfMoonBayStateBeach | Instagram @HalfMoonBaySB

 

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, August 26 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, August 5 at 10am

Sunday, August 19 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


Location: Pescadero State Beach, Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
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Workshop: Promoting Positive Behaviors at School
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Practical tips and strategies for handling specific parenting questions and challenges.
Date: 08/07/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm


Workshop: Promoting Positive Behaviors at School

Triple P Workshops cover practical tips and strategies for handling specific parenting questions and challenges.


Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn:

  • Common reasons why behavior problems occur at school
  • How to involve your child in improving their behavior at school
  • Tips for working with your child's teacher to promote positive behaviors


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This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Please note: child care will not be available at this class.

Presented in English and Spanish by: Rosa Reyes, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources


Location: Scotts Valley Civic Center, Comm, 101 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley 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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Hikes & Rangers
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every day (Aug 1-Aug 31)


Portola Redwoods State Park
From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Rd.
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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.

 

Guided Hikes

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2:30pm

Explore the myriad of beautiful trails at Portola Redwoods State Park and learn about the natural and cultural history of this rich landscape. Each hike will have a central theme to give visitors a greater sense of the history in the park and help them find a deeper connection to the natural world. Hikes will vary in difficulty, so please check the signboard at the Visitor's Center for the daily hike schedule. Generally, afternoon hikes will be more strenuous than morning hikes. Please bring closed toe shoes, water, snacks and a camera, and meet at the Visitor's Center. Event is free; parking is $10.

 

Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

All 3-6 year old park visitors are invited to learn, play and laugh together. The themes change every week, but there will always be activities, songs, stories and silliness that help our youngest visitors find a connection to the redwood forest and all of its inhabitants. The program is 30 minutes long and filled with both fun and educational content. Parental supervision is required for the duration of the activities, and participation is encouraged. All campers and day use visitors are welcome to attend this free program, which begins outside the Visitor's Center. Event is free; parking is $10.

 

Junior Rangers

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Park visitors aged 7-12 have the amazing opportunity to become official California State Parks Junior Rangers by participating in this 1-hour program. This free, kids-only program is structured around an educational lesson relevant to Portola Redwoods State Park and aims to inspire the next generation to be stewards of the redwood forest. Games, songs and interpretive hiking will all be included in the program. All participants receive a Junior Ranger Badge and Logbook, as well as the official stamp of Portola Redwoods State Park and other prizes. Water bottles, backpacks and hiking shoes are encouraged for participants. Sign-ups begin 30 minutes before the program starts in the Visitor's Center and programs fill up fast! Event is free; parking is $10.

 

Campfire Programs

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm

Portola Redwoods State Park is proud to host these campfire programs based on all of the amazing components of the redwood ecosystem. Come for the fun and stay for the science! Each night's program will cover a different topic of life in the redwoods, so campers and visitors are encouraged to check out each one. After a long day of hiking, come and unwind around the campfire while expanding your knowledge of the natural and cultural history of our wonderful state park. Food and drinks are permitted, and audience participation is highly encouraged! Event is free; parking is $10.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda 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
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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
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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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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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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
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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)


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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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