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Legos at Garfield Park
Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more!
Every Th (Oct 4-May 30) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: 705 Woodrow Ave, Santa Cruz Map

(0 A October 2018) Library_Garfield_Legos.jpgLEGO @ Garfield Park from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Rubber band cars, catapults, bridges and more! Come to the Garfield Park Library every Thursday and have fun with Lego's.

 

During each month, we will introduce Botley Robots and Makey Makey circuit creator. Directed LEGO construction for kids 7 and older. Each week we will construct models based on a common theme.

 

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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 (Sep 1-Sep 3) at 10:00am
Ages: 3-6 and families Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See varying dates, times

Junior Rangers

Saturday, September 1 at 3pm

Sunday, September 2 at 3pm

Monday, September 3 at 11am

Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! 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 to 12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child at the Nature Lodge Museum 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

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

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


Location: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Evening Campfire Programs
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State Park Big Basin
An evening of song and story
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Sep 2) at 7:00pm


Evening Campfire Programs

Saturday, September 1 at 7pm

Sunday, September 2 at 7pm

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 7 pm; program begins at 7:30 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!

 

 

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Brainfuse - Homework Help
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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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Kid's Tool Workshop
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Home Depot
Free kids workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 5-12 Admission Fees: Free

(A Oct) Home-Depot-Kids2.jpgDesigned for kids ages 5-12, these free workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while instilling a sense of accomplishment.

 

Offered on the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and noon at The Home Depot.

 

Watsonville, 355 S. Green Valley Rd, (831)786-9877
Capitola, 2600 41st Ave, (831)462-5650

Salnas, 1890 N. Davis Road

 

 


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30 Days of Doing
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4-H
Inspire Kids to Do. We believe in empowering kids with the skills they need to succeed. In 4-H, mentors inspire kids to be True
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Sep 30)


30 Days of Doing is a chance for kids across the nation to do with purpose through hands-on learning. Through activities in agriculture, STEM, community service, healthy living and more, 30 Days of Doing will help kids gain the skills they need to be successful in life-and have fun along the way.

 

Plus, starting September 1 you could win a $10,000 scholarship for your kid - and your state 4-H program could receive $10,000 to inspire kids in the community!

 

Submit a photo that shows how your child inspires themselves or others to do with purpose for themselves, their family, their community, their country or the world. Check back September 1 for more details!


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

Junior Rangers

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

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

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

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Coast Nature Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs
Date: Every Sa (Sep 1-Sep 29) at 11:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

Coast Nature Walks

Saturday, September 1 at 11am

Saturday, September 15 at 11am

Saturday, September 22 at 11am

Saturday, September 29 at 11am

On these two-hour natural history excursions, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Binoculars are available to borrow. Rain cancels. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Santa Cruz Map
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Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm


Evening Art Program
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more! Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Family Nature Program
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State Park Big Basin
Nature for the little ones!
Date: Every Sa (Jun 16-Sep 1) at 10:00am
Ages: 3-6 and families Admission Fees: Free

Family Nature Program

Saturdays at 10am

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

 

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

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Do It Yourself Craft
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Sa from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 3-6

(1:30 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun on Saturdays between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

 

 


Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Fossils, Fog, Fun, and Friends: Join Our Volunteer Education Te
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State Park Seacliff
Volunteer and spend time on a beautiful beach with our local youth
Date: Every day (Aug 30-Sep 8) at 11:00am

Special Instructions: Apply by Thursday, August 30

Fossils, Fog, Fun, and Friends: Join Our Volunteer Education Team!

Apply by Thursday, August 30

Training: Thursday and Friday, September 6-7 2018; 10am-3pm

 If you're exploring the field of education and want experience, or if you've retired from teaching but miss it, or if you just want to spend time on a beautiful beach with our local youth, we encourage you to consider joining our team of friendly volunteer educators. We uncover real fossils, we touch the lives of hundreds of children, and we have a lot of fun. If this sounds like a good fit for you, please call or visit the Seacliff Visitor Center before Thursday, August 30 to apply. Training with coffee and snacks will be provided Thursday and Friday, September 6 and 7.

 

Training made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


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Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: 3-6

Get crafty! A Do-It-Yourself craft will be ready and waiting for families, independent-minded kids and teens! Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

 

 

 


Location: 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-427-7709 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See varying hours

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters.

 

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

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the park's less traveled backcountry
Date: Every Su, Mon and Sa (Sep 1-Sep 22) at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturday, September 1 at noon

Monday, September 3 at noon

Saturday, September 8 at noon

Sunday, September 9 at noon

Saturday, September 15 at noon

Sunday, September 16 at noon

Saturday, September 22 at noon

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Ohlone Plant Use
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State Park Big Basin
How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago?
Date: 09/01/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Ohlone Plant Use

Saturday, October 6 from 10am to noon

No Safeway? No Home Depot? No Pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Docent Eva Fewel will have plant samples and tools that the local Native Californians used. Learn how they collected, processed, and used the local plants. Stop by our Campfire Center anytime from 10am to noon. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Kids Day 2018
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Downtown Association
Great sales!
Date: Every day (Aug 31-Sep 3) from 10:00am to 8:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

The Popular Downtown Sidewalk Sale returns this weekend with FOUR days of great month-end deals. Stroll along the Avenue and the side streets, and enjoy a day of shopping and relaxing Downtown. The Sidewalk Sale happens all day, Friday Saturday, Sunday & Monday!


Location: 1134 Pacific Ave. , Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Su, Tues, Wed and Sa
Ages: All

Our family of five farmers' markets showcases the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods.

 

Purchasing your food through the area's farmers' markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region's strong farming tradition.

 

We provide direct access to sustainable sources of fresh produce and other unique foods and education about food issues, both local and beyond.

 

Santa Cruz/Downtown Weds 2:30-6:00 Lincoln & Cedar Year-round
Santa Cruz/West Side
Sat 9-1 2801 Mission Year-round
Scotts Valley Sat 9-1 King's Village Dr April - October
Live Oak/East Side
Sun 9-1 15th & Eastcliff Dr Year-round
Felton Tues 2:30-6:30 120 Russell Ave May - Oct

Location: 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Ranch History Tours
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State Park Wilder Ranch
History comes alive at Wilder Ranch State Park on the weekends
Date: Every Su and Sa at 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $10 parking

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Ranch History Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Monday, September 3 at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: Wilder Ranch , Hwy 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Story Time Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time!
Date: 09/01/2018 from 1:00pm to 1:30pm


Story Time Walk

Saturday, September 1 from 1 to 1:30pm

Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time! We'll walk through ancient redwoods while reading a story. We'll stop and read one page, walk a bit then read the next page until we finish the story. We'll end at the historic campfire circle and gather for Nature's Reading Room. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Nature's Reading Room
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State Park Big Basin
Come sit under our ancient family circle of redwoods, nature's reading room, and choose a book or two to read with your family
Date: 09/01/2018 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $15 for campers/$25 non-campers

Nature's Reading Room

Saturday, September 1 from 1:30 to 3pm

Come sit in our beautiful campfire center, under ancient redwoods-nature's reading room-and choose a book or two to read with your family. Drop by anytime between 1:30-3:00 and Docent Norm Beeson will help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy. Nature's Reading Room is at our campfire center, across from Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Monterey County Fair
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Monterey County Fair
Shake your tail feathers! Entertainment, Livestock Competition, Special Free Days
Date: Every day (Aug 30-Sep 3)


Concerts & Entertainment

Main Stage Concerts
Special Contests
Stage Entertainment
Grounds Entertainers

 

Exhibits

Daily Schedules

 

(0 A Aug 2018) MontereyCountyFair2018Vertical.jpgSpecial Days

Aspire Health Plan Senior Day Thursday, August 30
62 and better FREE from Noon - 3:00pm

 

Military and Veteran's Appreciation Day & Kids' Day Friday, August 31
Military & Veterans FREE with Valid ID

 

Junior Livestock Auction Saturday, September 1

 

Fiesta Day Sunday, September 2

 

Kids Day Monday, September 3
Kids under 12 FREE all day

 

Fair Hours:

Thur - Sun: 12:00pm-11:00pm

Monday: 12:00pm-10:00pm

 


Location: 2004 Fairgrounds Rd, Monterey Map
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Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Tales to Tails - Downtown (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)


Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.

 

Contact pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Early Literacy, Tales to Tails


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Star Stroll
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State Park Henry Cowell
The cosmos, river, trees, bats, hear owls and other nocturnal wildlife
Date: Every Sa (Jul 7-Sep 8) at 9:00pm


Star Stroll

Saturdays at 9pm

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


Location: 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Reading In the Redwoods
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Library Felton
Join our monthly book club!
Date: Every Su and Sa from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) LibraryFelton_ReadingInRedwoods.jpgReading in the Redwoods book group meets monthly at the Felton Library on the fourth Wednesday at 6:15 pm.

 

Copies of the book are usually available at the Felton branch library.

For more information call 427-7708 or drop by the branch.

 

To be added to the book group email list, please call 831-427-3151.


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

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

 

Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations may include butter churning, ice cream making, roping skills, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Amazing forest adventure
Date: Every Su and Sa
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10
Special Instructions: Saturdays 11am and 2pm, Sundays 1pm

Redwood Tours
Saturdays at 11am and 2pm
Sundays at 1pm

How do redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Why are there so few old growth trees left? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable docents will lead you through our magnificent old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the Visitors Center in the day-use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park located off Highway 9 in Felton. Tour is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.

 


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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Great Train Robberies
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Shootouts, duels and other blazing re-enactments
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Sep 3)


Great Train Robberies
Shootouts, duels and other blazing re-enactments will demonstrate why the West was wild.


September 1-3 (Labor Day Weekend)

Witness shootouts of famed lawmen and notorious outlaws from 1880's aboard the Redwood Forest Train to Bear Mountain. Historical reenactments demonstrate why the West was wild.

 

 


Location: 5355 Graham Hill Rd , Felton Map
Phone: 831.335.4484 •website Felton create a direct event link
Labor Day Weekend at Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Spend family time in the woods over Labor Day Weekend!
Date: Every day (Sep 1-Sep 3)
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

LABOR DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
9-12 Coffee Talk and Crafts
10-12 Ohlone Plant Use
11 am AND 2 pm Redwood Grove Loop Walk
11:30 am Felling the Giants (Logging Demonstration!)
12 pm Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
1-1:30 pm Story Time Walk
1:30-3 pm (Drop In Anytime) Nature's Reading Room
3 pm Junior Rangers
4:30 pm Big Basin Nature Club
7 pm Campfire! Marshmallows: 7-7:30, Campfire: 7:30-8:30

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
9:30 am The Road Less Traveled-A Dog-Friendly Walk
10-12:30 Coffee Talk and Crafts
11 am AND 2 pm Redwood Grove Loop Walk
1 pm Family Discovery Walk
3 pm Junior Rangers
4:30 pm Big Basin Nature Club
7 pm Campfire! Marshmallows: 7-7:30, Campfire: 7:30-8:30

 

(0 A Aug 2018) happy-labor-day-.jpgMONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 LABOR DAY
9:30 am What's that Bird? Walk
10 am Big Basin Nature Club
11 am Junior Rangers
11 am AND 2 pm Redwood Grove Loop Walk
12 pm Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

 

For more information please call go to https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=540 or call headquarters (831) 338-8861 for details.


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Origami Club with Japanese Cultural Fair
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Library Aptos
performances
Date: The 1st Sa of every month (Apr 7-Dec 1) at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 March 2018) OrigamiClub.jpgOrigami Club at Aptos Public Library
1st Saturday of every month (unless otherwise announced)
Starts April 7, 2018!

FREE fun for all ages. Bring a project, try a design from one of our books, or just come to hangout and fold whatever strikes your fancy. All skill levels are welcome. Origami paper will be provided or bring your own if you prefer a certain type. Drop-ins welcome.

Interested in volunteering, message us! (^_^)

Presented by the Japanese Cultural Fair - Santa Cruz, in partnership with the Aptos Public Library.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: 831- 427-7700 ext. 7665 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Twilight Adaptation Adventure
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State Park Big Basin
Come test your nocturnal abilities on this fun, 1.5-hour, half-mile walk
Date: Every Su (Jun 3-Sep 2) at 7:30pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

Twilight Adaptation Walk

Every Sunday at 7:30pm

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

 

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

 


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
The Road Less Traveled—A Dog-Friendly Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Dog-friendly walk on North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic
Date: Every Su at 9:30am

Special Instructions: See details for dates/times

The Road Less Traveled-A Dog-Friendly Walk

 

On this dog-friendly walk, we travel North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opal Creek. We'll discuss redwood ecology and park history while exploring the deep shade of the redwood forest. This is a fun, easy, 3-mile, 2-hour walk with Docent Diane Shaw. Dogs not required, but welcome! Bring water. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Corralitos Farm & Garden Market
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Corralitos Valley Research & Education Association (CVREA)
We have the tastiest fruit, veggies and baked treats!
Date: Every Su from 11:00am to 3:00pm


 

The Farm & Garden Market is a small, friendly, open air market made up of local farmers and gardeners who grow within about a five mile radius of Corralitos.

 

Seasonally we have the tastiest strawberries, blueberries, cherries, lemons, tomatoes, herbs, squash, potatoes, carrots, peas, beets, and avocados, as well as a variety of other fruits, vegetables, lettuces and salad greens.

We have bakers that offer wonderful treats, along with a table full of beautiful potted flowers.

 

You may find expertly handmade natural soaps, and homemade jams and preserves.

 

The market is open to all of our friends and neighbors who grow anything from a garden to a good back yard fruit tree.

 

For a booth we request a $5 donation to the CVREA, the non-profit who maintains the Corralitos Cultural Center.

Farm & Garden Market (including vendor inquiries)
Contact Wayne Miller:  wayne@catalyst2001.com  / (831) 724-1332

 


Location: Corralitos Cultural Center, 127 Hames Road, Corralitos Map
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Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) LibraryFeltonCraft1.jpgCome join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts. It's every Sunday from 2-4:30pm.

 

Bring something portable that you are working on or come prepared to have fun!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
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Family Discovery Walk
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State Park Big Basin
We'll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile round trip walk
Date: 09/02/2018 at 1:00pm


Family Discovery Walk

Sunday, September 2 at 1pm

Join Docent Norm Beeson for a fun-filled family walk and investigate the mysteries and wonders of Big Basin's redwood forest! We'll discover what surprises the day offers on this easy, one-mile roundtrip walk that lasts about 1.5 hours. Bring water, a snack and an adventurous spirit! Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

 

 


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Hablamos Juntos/Together We Speak
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Pajaro Valley Arts Council
Experience how our artists give voice to and navigate: daily life, current events, social, political and cultural issues, commun
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th and Fri (Aug 8-Oct 7) from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Reception August 12

Hablamos Juntos/Together We Speak
August 8 - October 7, 2018

 

 

Curated by Juan R. Fuentes and Michelle P. Mouton, Hablamos Juntos explores visual dialogs created by prominent California Latinx artists at the Pajaro Valley Arts gallery in Watsonville. In this extraordinarily rich exhibit, you will experience how our artists give voice to and navigate: daily life, current events, social, political and cultural issues, community, ethnicity, as well as personal narratives, myths, and history. Click here for a virtual tour. Visit our Facebook page for additional photos.

 

Artists:  Susana Arias,  Eduardo Carrillo,  Yreina D. Cervántez,  Pablo Cristi,   Amy Díaz-Infante,  Juan R. Fuentes,  Daniel Galvez,  Lorraine García-Nakata,  Carlos Jackson,   Carmen León,  Jose Lozano,  Dionicio Mendoza,  Amalia Mesa-Bains,  Viviana Paredes,  Pancho Rodriquez,   Michael Roman,  Ivan Rubio,  Manuel Santana,   Linda Vallejo,   Cruz Ortiz Zamarron

 

A collaboration between Pajaro Valley Arts, Museo Eduardo Carrillo, and the Young Writers Program, this project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

The Hablamos Juntos exhibit is also presented in partnership with the San Jose Museum of Art, New Terrains collaboration. Through New Terrains: Mobility and Migration, South Bay arts organizations band together to present a series of cross-disciplinary exhibitions, programs and experiences that explore how bodies move through spaces-social, political, literal, and figurative. Projects address timely topics such as transportation and urban planning, navigation and orientation, public protest, immigration and migration, and mobility in its many forms. For more information on New Terrains: https://sjmusart.org/new-terrains/connect


Location: 37 Sudden St, Watsonville Map
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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: 09/03/2018
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Monday, September 3, Labor Day at 11am and 2pm

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Big Basin Redwood State Park Headquarters.

 

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

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Knitting @ the Library
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Learn to knit
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

Learn to knit or bring your knitting and enjoy a friendly visit with other knitters. If you are new to knitting, please bring: needles (size 8 10" straight needles or a 24" circular needle) and one skein of worsted weight yarn in your favorite color. Ages 8-108


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Live Oak Knitters
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Knit, chat, learn, make new friends
Date: Every Mon from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Get together with other knitters to knit, chat, and make new friends. No registration required. The group meets every Monday from 11am- 1pm. Call 427-7711 for more information.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Little Rangers Programs for 3-6 year olds with an adult
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State Park Natural Bridges
Fun for the little ones
Date: Every Mon (Jun 11-Sep 3) at 10:30am
Ages: 3-6 with an adult Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Also 2pm

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

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

 

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

 


Location: West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Save Our Shores Labor Day Weekend
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Save Our Shores
Save Our Shores invites residents and visitors to participate in beach cleanup activities
Date: Every day (Sep 3-Sep 4)

Special Instructions: See specific days & times

(0 A Aug 2018) SaveOurShores_Kids.jpgHelp us keep our beloved beaches clean during and after Labor Day Weekend! Join us for Plastic Pollution Prevention Monday, September 3 and beach cleanups on Tuesday, September 4 across town.


For details, please go to saveourshores.org/eventscalendar

MONDAY
Pollution Prevention Outreach at Sunny Cove, 9/3 9:00 am

Pollution Prevention Outreach at Cowell Beach, 9/3 10:00 am

Pollution Prevention Outreach at Del Monte Beach, 9/3 10:00 am

Pollution Prevention Outreach at Hidden Beach, 9/3 12:00 pm

TUESDAY

Pollution Prevention Outreach at Corcoran Lagoon, 9/4 2:00 pm

Holiday Relief Cleanup at Cowell Beach, 9/4 9:00 am

Holiday Relief Cleanup at Del Monte Beach, 9/4 9:00 am

Holiday Relief Cleanup at Hidden Beach, 9/4 9:00 am

Holiday Relief Cleanup at Sunny Cove, 9/4 9:00 am

Holiday Relief at Corcoran Lagoon Beach, 9/4 12:00 pm


Location: Local Beaches, Santa Cruz County Map
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Free Comunity Swim
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Get here early! First-come, first-served!
Date: 09/03/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Entry is first-come, first-served

Free Community Swim Day
Simpkins Family Swim Center
September 3, 12-4 PM

The Simpkins Family and the Santa Cruz County Parks Dept. are co-sponsoring two fun FREE swim days, July 4 and Labor Day, which will include the water slide, climbing wall, Wibit inflatable play apparatus, floating on inner tubes, the Warm-water Pool, 50-meter Pool, and spray zone.  Free swim days are very popular, with over 800 attending last year. Get here early! First-come, first-served! 


Location: Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 454-7946 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Folk Dancing!
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Cabrillo Folk Dancers
Check out these folk dancing events! Balkan, Israeli, International
Date: Every Tues and Fri from 7:30am to 11:00pm


(0 April 2018) FolkDancing.jpgTHE HELLADELICS at Live Oak Grange, Santa Cruz CA
Time: 8:00-11:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30)
Cost: $15.00 (sliding scale) + tips for the band.
Bring: Snacks to share--finger food only, please.Dancing in Santa Cruz for 48+ years.


Join us on Friday evenings...
at: MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER
222 MARKET STREET, SANTA CRUZ

 

Live music parties will usually happen at the Live Oak Grange in Santa Cruz--depending on availability of the facility and bands. Occasionally we will party at Park Hall in Ben Lomond or at our regular venue, Market Street Senior Center.

Questions? Send email to: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net
(Be patient--answers may take a few days... Thanks!)

 

LOCAL CLASSES:
FRIDAY: Cabrillo Folk Dancers--Balkan & International


TUESDAY: Alan Rothchild's Israeli Dance class


FRIDAY: BALKAN-INTERNATIONAL DANCE
Time: Friday, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
(Dancing starts about 7:45...)
EVERY Friday, except on (or near) national holidays. For the health and comfort of members with asthma and allergies, the class is "fragrance-free".
Any schedule changes will be announced on this web site, whenever possible.
Cost: $7.00
MARKET STREET SENIOR CENTER, 222 Market Street, Santa Cruz, CA

In a residential neighborhood, on the surrounding streets. Please be considerate of the neighbors, and don't block driveways.

New to folk dancing or haven't danced in 10-40 years?
Come at the beginning of class, when easier dances are taught.

LIVE MUSIC: Check the Calendar of Events page for the schedule of live music parties and other parties/events of interest.

Questions? Email: cabrillofolk@sbcglobal.net - (answers may take a couple of days...)


TUESDAY--Alan Rothchild's ISRAELI DANCE CLASS
This class has been taught by Alan Rothchild for over 25 years.
Every Tuesday evening, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
$7.00
Peace United Church of Christ (formerly First Congregational, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz

 

For more information email: rothdance@hotmail.com


Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Mountains " ALL GIRLS" Cub Scout PackvSign Up Night
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Santa Cruz Mountains " ALL GIRLS" Cub Scouts
Sign Up Night 'ALL Girls" Cub Scout Pack - nature, crafting, archery, hiking and community service
Date: 09/04/2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: K-5th grade
Special Instructions: Sign Up Night in the Clubhouse area

(0 A Aug 2018) AllGirlsCubScouts.jpgDoes your daughter enjoy nature, crafting, archery, hiking and community service?

Well great news! Girls Kindergarten through 5th grade are now invited to make history by joining the very first "All Girls" Santa Cruz Mountain Cub Scout Pack.

Join us for Sign Up Night or join now at https://my.bsa.us/055paa0673mb


Location: La Madrona Athletic Club, 1897 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)438-1072 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
Date: Every Tues (Aug 28-Oct 16) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults Admission Fees: $80 per person and $10 per child per class session for childcare

Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 yrs.) class series

This 8-week (16-hour) class series (tailored specifically for parents of preschoolers) provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.  Some of the prominent themes include early child brain development, social emotional learning, belonging and significance as innate social needs, the essential nature of long-term positive parent-child relationships, mutual respect, modeling behaviors, authoritative parenting styles that use kindness and firmness at the same time, connection before correction, the criteria for effective discipline, agreements and follow-through, non-violent communication, family meetings, routines, and the internal locus of control that guides parents and children alike to practice self-regulation.    


Tuesdays, August 28th-October 16th, 2018 from 6:30pm-8:30pm


Live Oak Community Resources,1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA  95062


teaching experience both with children and as a parent educator.

 

$80 per person and $10 per child per class session for childcare


Contact: Call 831-476-7284 x107 or email steve@pdcrcc.org for scholarships and other info

 

Register for CHILDCARE

Register for Class

 


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-7284 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Felton Farmers Market
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Felton Certified Farmers Market
Produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists
Date: Every Tues from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Open May through November

The Felton Certified Farmers Market offers produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists.

 

    Felton Certified Farmers' Market provides a community marketplace offering fresh seasonal produce sold by those who grow it, a variety of nonagricultural products and  creates a lively, educational and informative meeting place for the entire San Lorenzo Valley. The market offers fresher food at prices normally lower than retail. We carry a wonderful variety of produce, plants, flowers, bread, deserts, fish, prepared foods and there's always fun to be had.


Location: Hwy 9, St. John's Church parking lot
Phone: 425-3331 •website Felton create a direct event link
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
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Library Aptos
A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

One-on-One Tech Tutoring


Trying to play with technology and getting frustrated? A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services: How to use free downloadable content available from your library in a number of formats (eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming video) Introduction to SCPL databases (i.e. Consumer Reports, Community Information, etc...) Creating an email account Downloading and attaching files Word processing direction and support.

 

Drop-in weekly appointments, 20 minute slots available. To best support learning, please bring the following items: devices (i.e., laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones), necessary passwords (Google Play, App Store), and library card!

 

First-come, First-served. FREE


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Family Story Time
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Date: Every Wed from 11:00am to 12:00pm


Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Family Storytime @ Boulder Creek from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Stories and songs, art activities, games and play for families with children of all ages.


Location: Friends of the Santa Cruz Public, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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!st WednesdayFamily Fun
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Capitola Mall
Date: The 1st Wed of every month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm


(0 April 2018) FamilyFunNightCapMall.jpgJoin us at Capitola Mall for 1ST Wednesday Family Fun!

Enjoy many fun activities, including:
Entertainment with Happily Ever Laughter
Family Friendly Crafts
Music and More!

We will also be giving away a Family Fun Membership to Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery to one lucky family!

$5 Donation per Child benefits Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services!


Location: 1855 41st Ave, Capitola Map
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Introduction to Mindfulness
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Introduction to Mindfulness
Date: Every Wed (Aug 31-Oct 17) from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

FREE, no registration and drop-ins welcome.

 

This course introduces the student to the practice of mindfulness in daily life. It is informed by theories and practices that draw from contemplative traditions and the disciplines of medicine, psychology, and education. Six themes will be covered: mindfulness of the breath, body, thoughts and feelings; loving kindness and compassion; emotions, and integrating the practices. Each class will follow a similar format: welcome & check-in; short guided meditation; talk by the instructor; mindfulness exercise; processing the exercise (sharing) and Q&A; closing words, homework (not written), and short sit.

 

Instructor: Sue Doherty Email: sue@storiesmatter.com


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7702 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Play & Talk! Play Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: Toddlers 18-30 months & Parents

Toddlers (18-30 months) & Parents Support Classes combine the elements of a playgroup, support group and a chance to learn more about your child's development.  Come meet other parents and children, observe and discuss child development and build confidence in your parenting skills.  Enjoy seeing your child interact with other children and explore an environment set-up with them in mind.  Classes are facilitated by experienced and friendly teachers.


Location: 1740 17th Av, Capitola Map
Phone: 831.476.7284 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


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


Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Citizen Science
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Library Central
A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Citizen Science

 

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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CodeCombat at Aptos Branch Library
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CodeCombat at Aptos Branch Library
Date: Every Th (Sep 6-Apr 27) from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

(0 A Aug 2018) CodeCombatImage.jpgSCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before!

 

Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! Ages 8-18. Gamers will create teams by age.

 

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Spanish Conversation Group @ Aptos Branch Library
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Spanish Conversation Group @ Aptos Branch Library
Date: The 1st Th of every month (Jun 1-Dec 30) from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

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

Meetings are every first and third Thursday of the month.

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


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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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.
View similar upcoming events: Storytimes/Laptimes

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Brain Fitness: How Adventure Improves Quality of Life
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Library Scotts Valley
How Adventure & Risk-Taking Improves Quality of Life
Date: 09/06/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm


(0 A Aug 2018) Library_HugtheMonster_DavidMilnSmith.jpg

 

Join author, explorer, and adventurer David Miln Smith to learn how to convert the fear of change from an enemy to an ally, and reframe the risk from aversion to excitement.

 

His talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7712 •websitecreate a direct event link
Uniquely Beautiful & Beautifully Unique Parents Support Group
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Library Boulder Creek
Support group for parents and loved ones of children with special needs
Date: The 1st Th of every month (May 3-Sep 6) from 8:00pm to 9:30pm


Uniquely Beautiful & Beautifully Unique Parents Support Group

First Thursdays 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

 

The Uniquely Beautiful and Beautifully Unique group is a support group for parents and loved ones of children with special needs. We will meet at the Boulder Creek Library on the first Thursday of the month. Join us to discuss the joys and stresses of parenthood.

 


Location: Boulder Creek Branch Library Amp, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Live Like A Greek
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Prophet Elias Greek Church
Come and enjoy this showcase authentic Greek food and pastries, spirits, live music, and dancing.
Date: Every day (Sep 7-Sep 9)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) GreekFestival_18.jpgCOME LIVE LIKE A GREEK IN DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ, SEPTEMBER 7, 8, and 9
Celebrating its 37th year, this award-winning Greek Festival will make you feel like you are in Greece. Voted Best Street Festival and Best Food Festival in 2017. Free admission! Come see what makes it so special. You'll enjoy delicious authentic Greek dishes, live music, dancing, vendor bazaar, henna art, a taverna (bar), coffee shop, and tasty Greek desserts and pastries. The Festival benefits Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church and is located on Church Street between Cedar and Center in downtown Santa Cruz.

DAYS AND HOURS
Friday, 5pm - 10pm
Saturday, 11am - 10pm
Sunday, 12pm - 7pm


Location: 223 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-6500 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Toddler Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Toddler Time @ Downtown (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)


Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Let's play and learn together!

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-420-5700 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Tales to Tails La Selva Beach
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Fri from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) LibraryLaSelva_TalestoTails_.jpgTales to Tails @ La Selva Beach from 3:00pm-3:30pm!

 

Have you read to a dog through the Tales to Tails program at Santa Cruz Public Libraries?

 

You have plenty of time to participate in this fun reading activity with your family, so contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve your spot.

 


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Children's Planetarium Show
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Hartnell Planetarium
Star programs for chldren
Date: Every Fri at 5:30pm
Admission Fees: $4

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

Show Times

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

Tickets

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

 

Season Schedule

December - Stars 8

About our shows

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


Location: 411 CENTRAL AVE S-101, Salinas Map
Phone: (831) 755-6979 •website Salinas create a direct event link
Watsonville Certified Farmers Market
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Watsonville Farmers Market
Fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from 2:30 to 6:30 PM from May to November.
Date: Every Fri from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Location: Main St/At the Plaza, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 588-7366 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Capitola Art & Wine Festival
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Capitola Chamber
23 Wineries, gourmet food, fine art, entertainment, children's art area. Admission free.
Date: Every day (Sep 8-Sep 9)
Admission Fees: free

(0 A September 2018) Capitola_Art-Wine_2018.jpgAnnual Capitola Art & Wine Festival
September 8 & 9, 2018

Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Admission free!
www.capitolaartandwine.com

A fun weekend for the whole family! The Capitola Art & Wine Festival combines Art, Wine, Music and Food, all in charming Capitola Village overlooking the Monterey Bay. Summer's last hurrah, and truly a weekend in paradise!

Stroll the Festival and admire the talent of over 160 fine artists while sipping exceptional wines from 22 Santa Cruz Mountain wineries. Visit the Local Artisans Marketplace filled with locally handmade crafts and artisanal foods. The Food Court offers a wide range of tantalizing options including Bill the Oysterman, Falafel of Santa Cruz, Happy Dog Hot Dogs, India Gourmet, Souza's Rice Bowls, and Holopono and Saucey'z food trucks. The Kids Art & Music Area offers ongoing craft projects and musical play featuring Musical Me. Enjoy fantastic entertainment all weekend, including local dance and performing arts groups, street performers, and live music.

 

Admission FREE!

Wine tasting requires a purchase of 2018 Festival Glass and Tasting Tokens. 2018 Glass: $12. Tokens: $1 each. Wine tasting: 2 - 4 tokens per tasting.

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Phone: (831) 475 6522 •website Capitola Villagecreate a direct event link
Citizen Science: For the Love of Birds
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A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics...
Date: 09/08/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Citizen Science

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For the Love of Birds

Join us at this month's Citizen Science as we celebrate the Centenary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. We'll also learn more about our local birds and how we can help in conservation of their habitat and lives.

Thursday

  • September 6

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Downtown Library

  • 224 Church St.

Upstairs meeting Room

 

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717


Location: Upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Guided Walk: McNee Ranch
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Enjoy the ocean views, observe how the Ocean Shore Railroad once etched into the coastal landscape, view the remnants of WWII er
Date: 09/08/2018 at 10:00am


Guided Walk: McNee Ranch

Saturday, September 8 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) 726-8814 or email HMBparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov.

 

 


Location: Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Hwy 1, Pacifica Map
Phone: (650) 726-8819 •website Half Moon Bay create a direct event link
International OCEAN FILM TOUR
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Patagonia
Six visually stunning documentary OCEAN films
Date: 09/08/2018 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: $16

(0 A Aug 2018) OceanTour.jpgThe blue wonder on the big screen-the International OCEAN FILM TOUR presents the captivating sea in all its diversity and beauty. This exclusive program consists of six visually stunning documentary films screening at the Rio Theatre on September 8, 2018 at 7 pm.

The International OCEAN FILM TOUR takes the viewer on a wondrous voyage of the cosmic ocean, well beyond ordinary cinema. The protagonists rollick on and under the water, showing what's possible with a board under their feet, daringly defying the forces of nature, and arousing a desire to heed the call of the sea. Every year, the Int. OCEAN FILM TOUR also promotes an environmental policy focus, providing inspiring messages to take action and protect our natural resources.


THE OCEAN RIDER - EN ÉQUILIBRE SUR L'OCÉAN (Switzerland, 2017, 35 min)
Around the world in 220 days. Despite being in his landlocked homeland, the Swiss sailor Yvan Bourgnon dreams big. He embarks on a solo trip around the world in his cockpit-less catamaran. No protection against the elements, no crew, and 55,000 kilometres of open water ahead. On his journey, Bourgnon faces storms, pirates, and polluted seas. 

 

PARADIGM LOST (USA, 2017, 14 min)
Kai Lenny-kitesurfer, windsurfer, and big-wave, tow-in, and stand-up paddle surfer-is aptly described as a total waterman. The 25-year-old Hawaiian, who stepped on a surfboard for the first time at the age of five, is regarded as an exceptional talent. Like no other surfer out there, Lenny thrives on the water, feeling his way into the wind and waves, independent of the equipment. In Paradigm Lost, he shows us the ultimate watersports action in a variety of disciplines and in the best spots worldwide!

 

VAMIZI (Mozambique/Sweden, 2016, 24 min)

Off the coast of Mozambique, a pristine and dazzling treasure chest awaits-one of the oldest coral reefs of the planet. But this paradise of biodiversity is under threat. Coral bleaching is a warning sign of global warming. VAMIZI takes us into the fascinating world of coral reefs and shows what we can protect.

 

WATER II (USA, 2017, 5 min)
An ode to waves. Morgan Maassen plunges under the water with his high-contrast, slow-motion camera to show us the world, the waves, and the sea from a new perspective. WATER II is Maassen's visual declaration of love for his muse, the sea.

 

THE BIG WAVE PROJECT - A Band Of Brothers (Australia, 2017, 7 min)
The name, "Nazaré" makes all surfers' hearts beat faster. The small fishing village on the Atlantic coast of Portugal has become synonymous with gargantuan mountains of water, massive waves that push the world's big wave elite to its limits. When the tide is high in Nazaré and sets of Atlantic storms roll onto shore, only the best surfers dare to get in the water. We come aboard for a wild ride with Sebastian Steudtner, Garrett McNamara and Andrew Cotton.

 

Tickets: $16
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.oceanfilmtour.com


Location: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Author Talk with Local Mystery Writer: Leslie Karst
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Author Talk with Local Mystery Writer: Leslie Karst
Date: 09/08/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) Library_DeathAlFresco.jpgAcclaimed novelist Leslie Karst puts a sensational spin on the culinary cozy caper with her latest mystery, Death al Fresco. In Death al Fresco, lawyer-turned-restaurateur protagonist Sally Solari faces a catastrophic culinary conundrum. When her father is fingered for murder, it's up to Sally to serve up the real killer before their family restaurant's reputation goes up in smoke.

Sponsored by LSB Friends of the Library. Copies will be available for purchase, and 15 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the La Selva Beach Friends.

 

 

"The daughter of a law professor and a potter, Leslie learned early, during family dinner conversations, the value of both careful analysis and the arts-ideal ingredients for a mystery story. She now writes the Sally Solari Mysteries (Dying for a Taste, A Measure of Murder, Death al Fresco), a culinary series set in Santa Cruz, California. An ex-lawyer like her sleuth, Leslie also has degrees in English literature and the culinary arts.

 

First, that I've been in Santa Cruz, where my mysteries are set, since 1974. I moved here to attend college and, after one look at the towering redwoods marching down to the spectacular seaside cliffs, I knew it was where I wanted to live long term. I think of the Sally Solari series as a sort of love letter to the place." Read more of this interview by Misterio Press.


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
Phone: (831) 427-7710 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
Snake Park Saturday
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Learn about the fascinating world of snakes from a snake expert
Date: 09/08/2018 at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Snake Park Saturday

Saturday, September 8 at 2pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley! Ranger Station is located 0.25-mile inland from the yellow gate across from Waddell State Beach parking lot. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email RDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

 


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Redwood Saturday: Picnic with a Ranger
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State Park Nisene
Bring your favorite trail food and your burning questions and head to the Emmett Reed Picnic area for a casual chat with Ranger
Date: 09/08/2018 from 11:00am to 12:00pm


Redwood Saturday: Picnic with a Ranger

Saturday, September 8 from 11am-noon

 

Bring your favorite trail food and your burning questions and head to the Emmett Reed Picnic area for a casual chat with Ranger Sam at the edge of our redwood forest. Conversation will include (but will not be limited to) unexpected connections between The Forest of Nisene Marks and other points of interest in our area. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $8 (but contact Save the Redwoods League about a FREE day use pass!). For more information, please call (831) 685-6444. Parking is extremely limited; please consider carpooling, being dropped off, biking, or walking from the neighborhood.

 

 


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Mole & Mariachi Festival 2018
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Mole & Mariachi Festival 2018
Date: 09/08/2018 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) MoleandMariachi_2018.jpg  Mole & Mariachi Festival

The festival features a mole tasting competition with a wide variety of moles - a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate - available to sample. Competitors include last year's Judges' Choice winner Margaritaville Capitola, and last year's People's Choice winner Chef Emma Pinto/Mama Marquita, as well as fan favorite My Mom's Mole.

Performances will include music by Mariachi Gilroy and Mariachi Infantil Alma de Mexico, and folkloric dance by Estrellas de Esperanza and Senderos.

Admission to the solar-powered, zero-waste community event is free and attendees are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles for free water. Transportation options include free bike valet and free shuttle from downtown Santa Cruz (stops to include Locust Street Garage and Del Mar Theater).

Mole tasting kits will be available for purchase. Attendees will have the option to purchase six tasting tickets for $10. Attendees wishing to sample additional mole may purchase single tasting tickets for $2 each. Mole sauces will be judged by event attendees who will cast their vote for a People's Choice Award, and by a panel of local celebrity judges who will select a Judge's Choice Award. People's Choice Voting will take place at a ballot box stationed at each Mole chef's table.

Festival attendees can also purchase a wide variety of mole-inspired food items from local vendors who will be selling tamales, tacos and more. Beer from Discretion Brewing, wine by Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, chavelas (a drink made with beer, tomato juice and spices) and aguas frescas will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the raffle table, which will feature numerous prize packages. Free children's activities include piñatas every hour, paper crafts and free face painting. All proceeds benefit the interior restoration Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.

Learn more online: http://www.thatsmypark.org/events/mole-and-mariachi/


Location: Santa Cruz Mission State Histori, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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River Health Day on the Santa Cruz Riverwalk
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Coastal Watershed Council
Revitalize river habitat in the heart of Santa Cruz at Coastal Watershed Council's monthly volunteer event.
Date: 09/08/2018 from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Meet behind the Sherwin Williams

(0 April 2018) san_Lorenzo_Rver.jpgThe Coastal Watershed Council invites you to make a difference in the lower San Lorenzo River ecosystem by removing invasive ice plant growing along the banks of the San Lorenzo River.

 

As a volunteer you will enhance the ecosystem that surrounds the San Lorenzo River by planting beneficial native plants and removing invasive plant competitors. You will explore and learn about the riparian, or riverside, ecosystem. Join us in making the San Lorenzo River ecosystem better for the fish, birds and bugs, and for our community.

Events occur along the banks of the lower San Lorenzo River near the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Equipment, gloves and refreshments are provided.


Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, 408 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Volunteer in California's Oldest State Park!
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State Park Big Basin
We need volunteers!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 9:00am to 3:00pm


Volunteer with the Trail Crew Saturdays

Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park's ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Ohlone Day
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State Park Henry Cowell
Ohlone people will share their traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, dance, and their history
Date: 09/08/2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm


(A Aug) OhloneDance.jpgOhlone Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

 

Saturday September 8 from 11am to 4pm

 

Celebrate the Ohlone Peoples of the past, present and future at our annual Ohlone Day on Saturday, September 8 at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. You will see traditional dances and Ohlone demonstrators will share traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, language and history.

 

During this family-friendly event, visitors can throw an atlatl, play Ohlone games, discover how to cook with hot rocks, and much more!

 

This event takes place in Group Picnic Area1; please use the main entrance located off Highway 9 in Felton. Event is free; day-use parking is $10. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
Can You Survive in the Wild?
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State Park Big Basin
Learn what it takes to survive overnight in the wilderness
Date: 09/08/2018 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Can You Survive? (psychology, risk assessment, priorities, equipment, and shelter)

Saturday, September 8 from 10am to 3pm

Join Certified California Naturalist Steven Stolper for a hands-on, five-hour workshop to learn modern wilderness survival techniques. If you hike, bike, camp or ride horses, then you should have a working knowledge of modern wilderness survival. Steve will teach the skills needed to survive a 1-3 day survival situation. In this session we cover risk assessment, the "Rule of 3", equipment, shelter, and survival psychology. Please dress as you would for a day-hike. Everyone is welcome in this workshop, no matter their ability. Wear clothes that can get dirty, and bring at least one liter of water, lunch, and snacks.

 


Location: 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Straws: Film Screening
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Tells the story of the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers individuals to be part of the solution
Date: 09/09/2018 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: ALL

(0 A September 2018) Seymour_Straws.jpgSunday, September 9, 2018, 2:30-4:30 PM

Join us for a special film screening followed by an engaging discussion and lecture. The film, Straws, tells the story of the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers individuals to be part of the solution. Every day in the United States alone, hundreds of millions of plastic straws are used once and tossed. Straws are non-recyclable, wind up in landfills, litter streets, and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris that head into the oceans each year.

 

Jackie Nuñez, founder of The Last Plastic Straw, will host a question and answer session following the film. Mary Simmons, Waste Reduction Manager for the City of Santa Cruz, will present a program about straws and other single-use plastics and share how local ordinances and outreach efforts are addressing these problems.

Doors open to the lecture hall at 2:00 PM
Event passes are available at the admissions counter at 1:30 PM


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Nature Wander
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Find out what’s growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley
Date: 09/09/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Nature Wander

Sunday, September 9 at 1pm

Find out what's growing and blooming right now in the Waddell Valley on this approximately 1 mile, 1.5 hour guided walk with docent naturalist Ann Garside. She will share information about the plants of Rancho del Oso as the group walks from coastal scrub through one of the last native stands of Monterey Pine left in the world.  Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email RDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

 


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Grandparents Day Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Take a leisurely walk to Big Basin’s Grandparent Tree
Date: 09/09/2018 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 2 time choices

Grandparents Day Redwood Loop Walks

Sunday, September 9 at 11am and 2pm

Take a leisurely walk to Big Basin's Grandparent Tree as we celebrate all our Grandparents on this special day. Join Docent Norm Beeson on a walk through ancient redwoods and marvel at their beauty and timelessness. Grandparents, parents and children are all welcome! Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
Date: 09/09/2018 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: 10 and older Admission Fees: General Admission Fees apply

"This 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California's rare coastal lagoons. A tour is offered on selected Thursdays and Sundays of each month beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are open to the public and free with paid admission to the Seymour Center. They are best suited for children 10 years of age and older. Children (ages 10-16) receive free admission for these special tours. Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines. Water and weather protection is strongly suggested. Space is limited to 14 participants. Advance reservations and advance payment required. Call 831-459-3800."


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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DIY Crafts
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(1:00 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun with DIY crafts every Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 4:30 pm! Come and create a self-directed craft.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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New Mommy Musical Meet-UP
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MusicalMe, Inc
Join us every 2nd Monday for our "New Mommy Musical Meet-Up"!
Date: The 2nd Mon of every month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Ages: birth - 12months Admission Fees: FREE!

(0 February 2018) MT_baby.jpgMeet and mingle with new mothers just like you, share parenting ideas and make Music Together® alongside your babies while learning lifelong parenting tips at the monthly New Mommy Musical MeetUp (Daddies and other loving adults are welcome too!).

 

Bring your baby (under a year old) and enjoy making friends and drawings for prizes while a certified Music Together teacher leads a short music making session geared specifically to babies.

 

Join us every 2nd Monday @ 239 High Street, Santa Cruz. 

 

https://www.meetup.com/New-Mommy-Musical-Meetup/events/246692123/

Questions?  831-438-3514 or sky@musicalme.com


Location: Native Son's Hall, 239 High Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Tech Talks
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Library Aptos
Tech Talks about news and entertainment, travel, & health
Date: Every Mon (Sep 10-Sep 24) from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

Special guest, Philip King, shares his favorite tech tools and tips that can enrich your life. Join as we explore and discuss the following topics:

9/10 - News and Entertainment
9/17 - Travel
9/24 - Health

Free! Coffee provided!


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Yoga and Ethnobotany in the Arboretum
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Arboretum
This fall the UC Arboretum & Botanic Garden is bringing the ancient practice of yoga and using plants as healing agents alive
Date: Every Tues and Wed (Sep 11-Nov 7)
Admission Fees: $17 for non-members and $8 for members
Special Instructions: Tues 5:30-6:45pm, Weds 7:30-8:45am

 

Yoga and Ethnobotany in the Arboretum

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This fall the UC Arboretum & Botanic Garden is bringing the ancient practice of yoga and using plants as healing agents alive in an ongoing series!

yerba buena Yoga connects the body and mind through physical practice. Native California plants, suitable to grow in our local climate, have long been known to impact and support health. This series blends the healing elements of yoga and native plants. In doing so, it enhances your knowledge of plant medicine and increases your mind-body connection. You will feel oneness, peace, and bliss in practice with other people while surrounded by a natural landscape.

 

Yoga and Yoga Breathing techniques will help you by reducing stiffness, increasing the range of motion, and instilling feelings of peace.

 

Plants, such as Yerba Buena, manzanita, and macadamia nuts, will be introduced to promote and support more profound healing.

 

Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm and Wednesday morning from 7:30 am - 8:45 am beginning 9/11 and ending 11/7 outdoors near the administrative offices. The class may take place indoors given weather conditions.

 

Yoga movements introduced will be accessible for beginners and advanced practitioners alike

We provide bolsters, straps, and blankets. Please bring your own mat.

You may sign up for one or as many sessions as you like.

Classes are $17 for non-members and $8 for members.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP
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SPIN
Meet with other parents for support, networking and information
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP
This group is for parents to share space with each other, to support each other and to problem solve challenges together!


Meets the second Tuesday of each month at Hope Services- 220 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Email Heidi at hlister@spinsc.org for more information.

 


Location: Hope Services, 220 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)722-2800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
SC County Fair
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Santa Cruz County Fair
“Bounty of the County” will guide the joyous celebration that is each annual Santa Cruz County Fair. “We are blessed here in San
Date: Every day (Sep 12-Sep 16)
Ages: All Admission Fees: $5-$10
Special Instructions: parking $5/car

A week of fun at the Santa Cruz County Fair

Get ready for pig racing, frisbee dogs, bands, art, wine. poetry, gardening, garlic fries, concerts, carnival rides and livestock exhibits. 400-pound pumpkins, and more!

 

2018 Fair Hours:

Wednesday 9/12 to Friday 9/14 Noon to 11:00PM
Saturday 9/15 10AM to 11PM & Sunday 9/16 10AM to 10PM


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Michael Mezmer

michael mezmerMichael is known as the "Phenomenist" who combines his talents as one of the world's top performing stage hypnotists with his award winning skills in the field of organic magic phenomena to create amazing performances.

 

Michael's TranceNosis Comedy Hypnosis Show and BrainStorm Phenomena Shows have been seen at major casinos, amusement parks, cruise ships, fairs and festivals throughout the world.






Wild West Turkey Stampede

turkey races....If you are within the sound of my voice... you are just seconds away from the funniest show in America...

 

It is time for the Wild West Turkey Stampeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeede!

 

These turkeys will keep you cheering and laughing all "race" long.


 

 

 

 

All Alaskan Racing Pigs

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The Famous All-Alaskan Racing Pigs are a team of the fastest and funniest athletes to serve up entertainment anywhere!

 

Flat-track racing and hurdling are their specialties, but a good gag is always on the menu.

 

If you are looking for entertainment don't miss these Racing Pigs.

Check back for the daily schedules!

 

 

 


Location: 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville Map
Phone: (831) 724-5671 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
WESTERN WEDNESDAY
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The Crepe Place
A night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music AND dancing!
Date: The 2nd Wed of every month at 8:00pm
Admission Fees: $10 ($7 with cowboy boots :-)
Special Instructions: EARLY SHOW!!!! 8PM

(0 April 2018) CrepePlace_DanceWeds.jpgWESTERN WEDNESDAY IS BACK!!!

a night of true Country/ Western & Honky Tonk music
Every 2nd Wednesday at The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA
one touring band vs. one local band

5/9 - WESTERN WEDNESDAY # 27
Laura Benitez and the Heartache
Earnest Tubb Time Machine

LAURA BENITEZ AND THE HEARTACHE - Country/ Rockabilly from the Bay Area, CA
website: www.laurabenitezandtheheartache.com
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSAeNYiYvAg
Laura Benitez and the Heartache use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock 'n' roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood ("Me or the Baby") to mean drunks ("Don't Wake the Devil"), with a whole lot of heartbreak in between. Their twangy honesty shines through in straightforward arrangements, crystalline harmonies, and spare instrumentation. Frank Gutch Jr of No Depression calls Laura Benitez & the Heartache "... Original, as good as it got and as good as it gets," and Stephan Rapid of Lonesome Highway says, "Her tight and focused band play country music with a view to the past and an ear for the future."

EARNEST TUBB TIME MACHINE - Old Time Party Country from Santa Cruz, CA
The Earnest Tubb Time Machine from Santa Cruz are the best band for drinking and dancing and more drinking!


Location: 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Step Parents Support Group
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Live Oak Family Resource Center
Drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role.
Date: The 2nd Th of every month at 6:30pm


Step Parents Support Group 6:30pm. Join us on the second Thursday of each month for a free, drop-in support group for anyone in the step-parenting role. We meet at Live Oak Family Resource Center. Contact mailto: 1notsoevilstepmom@gmail.com for more information


Location: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 476-2769 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 2nd Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-8621 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
UCSC Farm Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture
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UCSC Farm
Explore these special classes at UCSC Farm
Date: Every 2 weeks on Th (Sep 13-Sep 27) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Thursday, September 13 and Thursday, September 27, 1-2 pm, UCSC Farm: Apprenticeship Orientation Tours
Learn about the 6-month Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture organic farm and garden training program on this hour-long walking tour of the UCSC Farm. This tour is specially designed for people who may be interested in applying for the Apprenticeship program. Learn more about the Apprenticeship. Please note that you will need to buy a parking pass to park on campus; allow at least 30 minutes to purchase a pass, park, and walk to the Farm. 

 

Sunday, September 30: Deadline for US Applicants to Apply for the 2019 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture
See the Apprenticeship page for details

 


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: Phone (831) 459-3240 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Origami for Peace with Nate and Drew
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Library Central
Origami for Peace with Nate and Drew
Date: Every 2 weeks on Th (Aug 5-Nov 30) from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st and 3rd Sundays

(0 A July 2018) Library_origamipeace.jpgCome learn to fold origami out of recycled paper or just come to hone your skills with Drew Glover and Origami Master Nathaniel Kennedy. Folding instruction will be centered around the crane, but other styles will be available for people to learn once they master the crane fold.

 

Join community members the first and third Sundays of the month as we gather to share our intentions of compassion, unity and peace in our world. This event is all ages and free to the public.

This on-going event repeats every 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. The location for 1st Sundays is the upstairs meeting room. The location for 3rd Sundays is a table on 1st floor area.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Google Science Fair
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Google
Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.
Date: Every day (Sep 13-Dec 12)


Google Science Fair is an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world.

 

You can sign up starting September 13th 2018 by visiting googlesciencefair.com and clicking on the Start your project button. If you're not sure where to start, you can get help by taking a look at our Student resources and checking out some out some of our previous winners.

 

 

This competition is open to full-time and home-schooled students around the world, between ages of 13 and 18 (these ages are slightly different in a few countries like Israel, South Korea and Europe). See the Official Rules for more details.


You can win amazing prizes.

 

Submissions close December 12th, 2018

Global finalists announced May 2019


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Bird Fun Festival
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MAH
Welcome all bird lovers! This event is for you!
Date: Every day (Sep 14-Sep 16)
Ages: All Ages

FREE! As part of a the international celebration of 2018, the Year in of the Bird, Santa Cruz will have a month of activities and events connecting humans to birds. The MAH will host three days of celbration, art, inspiration and support for birds of downtown and beyond.

Friday:

  • Make a Bird Mask, Pose for your Portrait, Fly with the mini-migration to Pacific Avenue.

•Welcome all bird lovers, families and fashionistas. Bring special bird costumes or crafting materials if you want, but we will have all the basics for making masks too.

Saturday: MOVE and listen along the San Lorenzo River, 9/15
More details on this walk are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/317470562132852

Sunday: PLAY with images and art materials, all about Birds who live in Downtown Santa Cruz and Beyond! 9,16

More details: see the month of events listed at BirdFUNfest.org

  • Bird Language Class and Osprey Photo Show at India Joze

•Monterey Bay Bird Festival with talks, walks and family fun!

 


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831-429-1964 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Wildflower and Nature Hike
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Come and see what's in bloom...Botanist-led wildflower
Date: 09/14/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Meets at the Rancho del Oso Nature and

Wildflower and Nature Hike of Waddell Valley

Friday, September 14 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 meets 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 RDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

 


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
MAKE & Explore at the Capitola Mall
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MAKE & Explore at the Capitola Mall
Date: Every Fri (Sep 14-Nov 16) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 6-12 year olds 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 (inside the Capitola Mall) to offer this weekly program through the fall. 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.


Location: MOD, 1855 41st Ave #10, Capitola Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Family Lagoon Watch
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Library Live Oak
A Nature Study Program with a variety of activities inspired by the natural environment of Corcoran Lagoon
Date: Every Sa (Sep 15-Dec 15) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

A Nature Study Program with a variety of activities inspired by the natural environment of Corcoran Lagoon.

• Learn about the environment and local wildlife with local experts.
• Bird Watching
• Examine microscopic creatures
• Watercolor painting, printing, writing and reading.

Adults must accompany children under 10. Not suitable for very young children.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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SPIN
'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm


'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group for any parent of a child with any type of disability
Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am-12pm at 820 Bay Ave. Capitola
Like our Facebook page and receive info. on up coming meetings.


For more info or to RSVP, please call and leave a message at 423-7713 or email Heidi Lister at hlister@spinsc.org


NOTE: Child care is NOT provided at these meetings.


Location: 820 Bay Ave, Capitola Map
Phone: 831.423-7713 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Herbs 101
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Costanoa Commons
Growing and Using Herbs for Medicinal, Therapeutic and Culinary purposes
Date: 09/15/2018 from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) Herbs101.jpgHerbs 101- Growing and Using Herbs for Medicinal, Therapeutic and Culinary purposes will provide an overview of the proper growing conditions, drying techniques and wide variety of applications of the most common herbs for the home gardener. Learn about the fascinating compounds in these aromatic plants. This free class is taught by experienced Master Gardener, Susan Brown.

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early for check-in.

Please dress for the weather. Layered clothing, hat and sunscreen are advised.

Save your Seat:
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Location: 335 Golf Club Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Community Poetry Circle
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Library Scotts Valley
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Poetry gives rise to the full expression of self. Join the circle for this free monthly workshop on the 3rd Saturday of the month. All levels welcome. No preregistration required.


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Craft Sale in the Mountains
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Made in the Mountains
Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts.
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Apr 21-Dec 15) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 April 2018) MadeInMountains2018.jpgIt's back!! The sidewalks will be filled with art and crafts again on the 3rd Saturday of the month. And we're adding music to the event! So, come out, enjoy the incredible spring weather and load up on art and joy!

 

I can't wait to see what creativity the winter months brought out in all of the artists' work!

We're continuing the "Spend $50, get $100" game, too! The Boulder Bucks program works like this - if you spend $50 or more at any local business during the Made in the Mountains event (buying groceries, getting a mani/pedi, buying pizza for the kids' baseball team, .... ) just take your receipt to Emelia at Air & Fire before the event is over. Your name will be added to the drawing that will happen within the week after the event. You could be the one that wins $100 in the form of a gift certificate to spend at a local business of your choice! You can also split the $100 into 2 gift certificates to different businesses.

 

So, getting the kids pizza could turn into a free necklace for yourself! Or the tools bought at the hardware store could get you a free mani/pedi for after the yardwork is done and some Chinese food for dinner! Nice, right!?

 

See ya out there!

 


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Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
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Save Our Shores
Join us for fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Mari
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages welcomed!

Visit our Cleanup & Events Calendar to find the next volunteer opportunity

 

(0 March 2018) SunnyCove.jpgMonthly beach cleanups are a fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It's easy to participate - just meet us at the check-in table where you'll sign a waiver form and receive your cleanup materials and data cards. Volunteers are encouraged to Bring Your Own buckets, gloves, and reusable bags to decrease trash. Beach cleanups demonstrate how individuals of all ages can protect the marine environment by keeping our coastlines free from harmful pollution and debris.

 

Locations rotate each month.  Monthly beach cleanups occur every 2nd Saturday of the month in Monterey County every 3rd Saturday of the month in Santa Cruz County.

All monthly beach cleanups are held from 10am to Noon.

Beach Cleanup Waiver Forms: All participants must sign a waiver form to participate in a SOS cleanup. SOS will provide waiver forms at all public cleanups. Volunteers under 18 participating without a legal guardian will need to bring a printed and signed waiver form with them. *Download the English Cleanup-Waiver-form here. *Download the Cleanup-Waiver-form_Spanish here.

 

For more information, contact cleanup@saveourshores.org.

 


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Potluck & Dance
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Pie Ranch
Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 6:00pm to 10:00pm


(0 April 2018) PieRanchDance.jpgBARN DANCE

 

6:00pm / Potluck Dinner followed by music and dancing (7:00 pm)
Reservations and information

The potluck brings a few dozen people out, each with a dish they’ve brought to share.

Cost for the dance is $15–20 per person on a sliding scale; everyone contributes what they can! PLEASE NOTE THAT AN RSVP IS RECOMMENDED but not required and is helpful for our own planning purposes. Nobody will be turned away.

The 7pm Dance lasts 3 hours and features the County Line Pickers (Jim Davies, bass; Joni Davies, guitar; Hide Kawatsur, mandolin; Ken Clarkson, banjo; Luke Abbott and Nancy Vail, fiddle) with caller Andy Wilson to lead the do-si-dos and more!

To encourage a friendly family atmosphere and encourage safe driving on Hwy 1, the potluck and barn dance are alcohol-free events. Please register using the "Sign Up" button at the top of this page and note that we can only accommodate groups of 10 or less. Our office is closed on Saturday and Sunday so the latest RSVP we can accept is the Friday before the barndance, by 3pm.


Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway, Pescadero Map
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Cleanup Beaches with Save Our Shores
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Save Our Shores
Join us for fun, free, easy way to give back to your community by keeping pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Mari
Date: 09/15/2018 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages welcomed!

(0 A Aug 2018) CaliforniaCoastalCleanupDay.jpgJoin us and volunteer at one of our dozens of beach cleanups across the Central Coast of California! Whether it's just you or a whole crew of folks, we'd love your help.

 

Since we will have hundreds of volunteers on Annual Coastal Cleanup (ACC) Day, we require signups to help us allocate supplies to our sites.

 

Please fill out this required form by Thursday, September 13. If the particular beach you're looking for doesn't appear in the form, the cleanup is full. Please consider volunteering at another location!

You can help us reduce our footprint and save time at ACC by doing the following:

  • Print and fill out this waiver and bring it to your cleanup.
  • Download the Annual Coastal Cleanup Day app for recording data called CleanSwell. This will enable you to collect your data electronically.
  • BYOG: Bring your own gear. Come to your cleanup with your own gloves, bucket, grabbers, and filled reusable water bottles.

 


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Coastal Cleanup Day: Beach Flats Cleanup
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Coastal Cleanup
Date: 09/15/2018 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free

(0 A September 2018) Areperia831.jpgJoin Areperia831, Downtown Streets Team and Coastal Watershed Council in celebrating Coastal Cleanup Day in the Beach Flats Neighborhood. Beautify the Beach Flats neighborhood and protect the Monterey Bay and the San Lorenzo River by picking up trash in the street and along the Santa Cruz Riverwalk.


The Beach Flats Cleanup will start at Poets Park located at 200 Raymond St at 11:00 AM. The cleanup will end at 12:00 with food and a celebration of the work that we have accomplished. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Organizers will provide water, cleanup tools, gloves, buckets and trash bags.


Location: Poet's Park, 200 Raymond Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Bilingual River Birdwalk
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Common Language for Nature Connection
Bird FUN Festival event
Date: 09/15/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: https://goo.gl/maps/LaiU9ycPgBt

Walk along the San Lorenzo River and discover the different families of birds that come from near and far to make our river their home. Jeff Caplan, director of Common Language for Nature Connection will lead a bilingual bird walk, so you may learn about birds in Spanish or English or both!


Location: Beach Flats Park, 160 Raymond St, Santa Cruz Map
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Renaissance Faire Weekends
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Northern California Renaissance Faire
Pageantry, Revelry, Crafts and Romance
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 15-Oct 21) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: $18, free if under 12

"I have been attending the Renaissance Pleasure Faire for over thirty years. Although like most Faires it's booths are more in focus for making money than for historical acuracy, it's fun. The jousting matches are as good as I've seen anywhere and I've been at a lot of different Faires. The people that put on the Faire do an excellent job. If you enjoy history, art, music, fencing, costume, food, faires and culture then you should go to this fun event." John Barrows

 

What's your favorite part about The Joust? Is it the handsome Knights, the swords, the fight for victory?

 

From swords to clothing to fine art & more, you'll find what your heart desires with our 200+ fine artisans that will hawk their wares in our village! Which vendor are you looking forward to seeing?

 

BY POPULAR DEMAND - 6th weekend now added!
Dates: Sept. 15th - Oct. 21st / WEEKENDS: 10AM to 6PM.
Location: Casa de Fruta 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy 152,
Gate 6, Hollister, CA 95023-9541
Kids 12 & under FREE every weekend!
Details /ticket prices & specials: https://www.norcalrenfaire.com



Location: Casa De Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister Map
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Book Sale at Aptos Library
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Library Aptos
Support your libraries by coming to the Aptos Book Sale and finding new life-changing books
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: January-July and September-October

Monthly Book Sale @ Aptos Branch: 3rd Saturday of every month, 11 AM - 3 PM

Come browse a wide ranging collection from fiction to children's books, audio books to CD's. Our non-fiction covers subjects from A-Z: cookbooks, gardening, health & well-being, poetry, and travel among a myriad of other subject areas. Join us on Saturdays in the Aptos Library meeting room as the Aptos Chapter of the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (Aptos FSCPL) hosts monthly book sales throughout the year (January-July and September-October). The books and media sold are selected from library donations.

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Tales to Tails Aptos
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Library_LaSelva_TalestoTails.jpgHave you read to a dog through the Tales to Tails program at Santa Cruz Public Libraries?

You have plenty of time to participate in this fun reading activity with your family, so contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve your spot.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Date: 09/15/2018 at 8:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

Saturday, September 15 at 8am

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

 

Meet at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email RDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Sex, Drugs, and Screentime 2-Hour workshop
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Intensive 3-week Positive Discipline Parenting Class Series for Children of All Ages
Date: 09/15/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: $20.00 per person

Sex, Drugs, and Screentime 2-Hour workshop

What: This is a 2-hour workshop for parents of tweens and teens that helps parents to adapt to a changing world in which their children are hyper-exposed to media, which can be of an addictive, violent, and sexual nature.  Parents will learn how to talk with their kids about these things in respectful ways, establish and uphold limits with both kindness and firmness, and avoid common power struggles that get in the way of the parent-child connection required for modeling positive relationships. 

 

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10am-12pm

 

Where: Live Oak Community Resources,1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA  95062

 

Who: Steve Weiss, MSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, and Certified Positive Discipline in the Classroom Educator

 

Cost: $20 per person

 

Contact: Call 831-476-7284 x107 or email steve@pdcrcc.org for scholarships and other info

 


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Homeschool Moms Stitch Night
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Heddi Craft
Monthly get together for homeschool moms offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself
Date: The 16th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm


(0 April 2018) HomeschoolSttchNight.jpgJoin other homeschool moms for a monthly stitch and chat get together. Bring your favorite handwork (it doesn't have to be stitching, any kind of creative task is great!) and a snack to share. We'll provide the coffee and tea! This monthly get together offers great conversation and some time to nurture yourself. Third Tuesday of every month from 7-9pm.

This free event is hosted by long time homeschooling mom Heddi Craft at Knit Sew Make, located in the former sanctuary area of the building at 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz.

 

Check to confirm for location and date.


Location: Knit Sew Make, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz Map
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Pie Contest
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Live Oak Grange
Come on down to the Live Oak Grange to eat delicious pie, play pie games and help raise funds for our Grange Hall Renovation!
Date: 09/16/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Pie eaters - 3 slices for $10

Come on down to the Live Oak Grange to eat delicious pie, play pie games and help raise funds for our Grange Hall Renovation!

Pie eaters - 3 slices for $10 - Vote for your favorite pie!
Pie Bakers - Deliver your pies to the Grange by 12pm to enter the contest. Win $50 cash if your pie gets the most votes!

Pie Contest Categories:

1. Savory
2. Fruit
3. Cream
4. Gluten-Free

A mimimum of 2 pies is required to enter a contest category.
Family Fun! - Old-fashioned bingo ($5/card, 3 cards for $10), pie walk , ice cream, and more!


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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MAHLER Symphony #4!
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Santa Cruz Symphony
Join us for our symphony's performance of Mahler's beautiful Symphony No. 4, also free open rehearsal!
Date: 09/16/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all

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  • 11:30 AM 1:30 PM
  • Seascape Golf Club 

Join us for a preview of our symphony's performance of Mahler's beautiful Symphony No. 4 with Met soloist Meigui Zhang (soprano), and Noah Bendix-Balgley's Klezmer concerto Fidl-Fantazye with Noah himself in attendance to talk about it.

 

Free Open Rehearsal

Free Open Rehearsal

  • Friday, October 5
  • 7:30 PM 10:00 PM
  • Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium 

Enjoy a behind the scenes look as the musicians, soloists and our Maestro rehears for their performances.

 

Fidl-Fantazye Fidl-Fantazye

  • Saturday, October 6, 2018
  • 7:30 PM 10:00 PM
  • Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium 

GLINKA

Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla

BENDIX-BALGLEY

Fidl-Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto

    Noah Bendix-Balgley, Violin

MAHLER

Symphony No. 4

    Meigui Zhang, Soprano


Fidl-Fantazye Fidl-Fantazye

  • Sunday, October 7
  • 2:00 PM 4:30 PM
  • Mello Center for the Performing Arts 

GLINKA

Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila

BENDIX-BALGLEY

Fidl-Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto

    Noah Bendix-Balgley, Violin

MAHLER

Symphony No. 4

    Meigui Zhang, Soprano


Location: Samper Recital Hall, Cabrillo, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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When Species Collide!
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Explore topics like natives vs. non-native invasives, and adaptations.
Date: 09/16/2018 at 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Saturdays, October 21 ~ November 18 ~ December 16 10 am

When Species Collide

Sunday, September 16 at 10am

Join Rancho del Oso docent Ken Koll for a 4-mile hike along the Skyline to Sea Bypass Trail to discover the natural history of the Waddell Valley. Meet at the yellow gate across Hwy 1 from Waddell State Beach. Bring water, snacks, and wear sturdy footwear.

 

Rancho del Oso is located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway 1 in Davenport. For more information, please call (831) 427-2288, or email RDOPIS@parks.ca.gov. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Paws in the Park
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Wolfpack 831
Jin us for a community dog walk along the San Lorenzo River
Date: 09/16/2018 at 10:00am


(0 A September 2018) PAWS.jpgIt's that time of year again! Join BirchBark Foundation, the Coastal Watershed Council, and WoofPack831 for a community dog walk along the San Lorenzo River.

At 10:00 AM, we will meet at the Gateway Plaza fitness area. The walk will loop across the pedestrian street bridge, down the east side of the Riverwalk, through San Lorenzo Park and back up the west side to the Plaza.

The first 20 walkers will receive a BirchBark Foundation portable pet food dish. Don't forget to start your WoofTrax when you walk! BirchBark will receive donations as our group of walkers grows.


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Medicare Explained Series
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Library Scotts Valley
If you, a loved one, or even someone you know is on Medicare or about to be eligible for Medicare, Manfred will answer your qu
Date: The 3rd Mon of every month (Aug 20-Dec 17) from 11:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A Aug 2018) Medicare-Options-Logo.jpgEverything you need to know about Medicare. Manfred Luedge of Health Markets in Santa Cruz will explain and simplify all things Medicare, from the basics to Medicare supplemental insurance to Medicare prescription drug plans, Medicare savings plans, and outpatient services.

 

If you, a loved one, or even someone you know is on Medicare or about to be eligible for Medicare, Manfred will answer your questions. The five months of the program will correspond to the open enrollment period to choose plans.

This series will be offered on the 3rd Monday of each month, August - December 2018

August 20 - Understanding Medicare: The Basics
September 17 - Choosing a MediGap Plan: Medicare Supplements
October 15 - Finding help with prescription drug costs
November 19 - How do Medicare Savings Plans (MSP's) Work?
December 17 - Medicare and Outpatient Services


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Make Your Own Applesauce
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Felton Certified Farmers Market
We'll be making applesauce, an old-fashioned classic of a recipe, that has endured because it's so simple, healthful, and delici
Date: 09/18/2018 at 3:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Open May through November

(0 A September 2018) MakeApplesauce.jpgClass begins at 3:30 pm
Apples are the star of the show. We'll be making applesauce, an old-fashioned classic of a recipe, that has endured because it's so simple, healthful, and delicious. A treat for young and old alike! We'll demonstrate the water bath canning method and use of a food mill, as well as ways to use the finished applesauce for dehydration and baking. Sauce your apple a day! Class is free.

 

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: St. John's Church parking lot, Hwy 9, Felton Map
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De-Escalation Preparedness Training For Civilians
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Santa Cruz Police
Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do? Training
Date: 09/18/2018 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm


Santa Cruz Police Presents: De-Escalation Preparedness Training For Civilians ● Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do? Training ● Free Seminar

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

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

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

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

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

De-escalation Training For Civilians
Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do?
Seminar free and open to the public - Pre-registration is required.
Email: cjones@cityofsantacruz.com

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

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

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


Location: 155 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Ocean's Edge Food Truck & Artisan Fair
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Bring your appetites, friends, co-workers and family!
Date: The 3rd Tues of every month (May 15-Sep 18) from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: All

TACO TUESDAY SCHEDULE ROLLS OUTWITH FOOD TRUCKS AT TWO LOCATIONS
Food Trucks A Go Go is rolling out their Taco Tuesday schedule at two locations with rotating food trucks serving tacos, along with their unique, signature dishes.


Back at Anna Jean Cummings Park in Soquel,
for the third year, Taco Tuesdays will resume on May 22nd and continue on the fourth Tuesday of every month.


A new location has been added at the Felton Covered Bridge Park in Felton. These monthly dinners, starting on May 15th, will be held on the third Tuesday of every month and are co-sponsored by the San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce and Food Trucks A Go Go. The premiere Taco Tuesday will be a Chamber Mixer with a Beer & Wine Garden.


There is plenty of green grass and open space for people to spread out and for kids and dogs to run around. People are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.


Taco Tuesdays run from 5 - 7:30pm at both locations. Bring your appetites, friends, co-workers and family! Follow @foodtrucksagogo for more information.


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Genealogy Research Group
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Library La Selva Beach
Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Genealogy Research Group

 

This new group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month to explore genealogy related research topics. Learn how to use the resources paid for by the library as well as other online sources to find all kinds of genealogical information. Laptops are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own as well.

 

Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month for hands-on research using the library's databases and internet resources. We will have laptops available for your use.


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Salsa Dancing!
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Louden Nelson Community Center
Popular Salsa Crash Course Cuban-style for Beginners.
Date: Every Wed (Sep 19-Nov 7) from 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Ages: 16+ Admission Fees: FREE

Popular Salsa Crash Course Cuban-style for Beginners.

This is a 7-week series class: Wednesdays, Sept 19 to Nov 7, 2018.
From 7pm to 8:15pm. No class Oct 31.

No partner required. Age 16+. Limited space.

(0 A October 2018) Salsa22.jpgThis popular crash course offers everyone who wants to learn to dance Salsa a more relaxed but sizzling Cuban flavor.
Learn to dance partner dancing with easy and cool looking moves.
Towards the end of the seven week course we will also introduce Rueda de Casino.
Meet people, have fun and get a workout as your skilled teachers keep you moving in a friendly and non-intimidating atmosphere.

Class offered through the City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

Cost $70 (city residents)/$84 (non-city residents).
Age 16+. No partner is required. Maximum 18 people.
Need to pre-register at City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

Registration open August 6, 2018. Look out for catalog or go online.
Class number: 311 401
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More registration information here:
http://salsagente.com/cuban-style-salsa-classes-location-fees/#register


Location: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Trivia on Tap
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Library Central & Scotts Valley
Bring your friends, form a team (or take it on solo), and compete against other groups to win the grand prize.
Date: The 3rd Th of every month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm


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

 

Note: Special Theme: Film and Television


Location: Steel Bonnet Brewing Company , 20 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Map
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Seymour Community Free Days
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Free Community Day...Come visit us!
Date: 09/20/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

(0 April 2018) SeymourMDC_logoRGBcolorApril_16_2019.jpgCommunity Free Days

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is open to the community free of charge on the following days: September 20, October 18, November 13, December 4

 

Come touch a friendly shark, see how marine scientists work, and take in the spectacular Monterey Bay. Our exhibit hall offers a deeper dive into the adventure of ocean research here in Santa Cruz and around the world. Visit us and explore the fascinating world of marine science and conservation. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a self-supporting part of the University of California, Santa Cruz. At the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, you can visit exhibit halls, aquarium, and touch pools as part of a working marine laboratory. Take tours to the marine mammal research overlook, visit the Ocean Discovery Shop, and delight in unsurpassed vistas of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

 

Sponsored by: www.montereybayseaglass.com / Nancy Allen


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak Book Group
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Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

Live Oak Library Book Group (2:00 PM-3:00 PM)

The Live Oak Library book group meets on the second Friday of the month from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm and all adults are welcome. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction. Check with the front desk staff for the current month's book selection.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
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UCSC Recreation
Ignite your passion for adventure, action & travel!
Date: 09/21/2018 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: $18

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Radical Reels Night

Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour  Radical Reels Night will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Rio Theatre. Journey to exotic locations, cycle wild places, and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets today and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.

The 2017/2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings adventure films from the 42nd annual Banff Mountain Film Festival to about 400 communities around the world. From an exploration of remote landscapes and mountain cultures to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films in this year's World Tour are sure to captivate and amaze the explorer within you. Formerly the Radical Reels Tour this year's event is part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour and will showcase some of the best adventure films from the tour. 

Be moved. Be inspired. Don't miss out. Reserve your tickets today.  Please be advised that films will be listed approximately one month in advance. We strongly encourage you to check the film listings and ratings before you purchase if this is a concern.


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SURF THE LINE   
(2016, France, 3 minutes) Classification: General  
For The Flying Frenchies, thinking out of the box isn't a choice - it's a way of life.  

KILIAN   
(2016, Canada, 14 minutes) Classification: General
Kilian Jornet is considered the greatest mountain runner ever. But he doesn't consider himself a runner. Join Kilian in his new backyard in Norway as he attempts to ski and run the Seven Summits of Romsdalen in a single day, a 77 kilometre route with 9,000 metres of elevation gain.  

TOUR OF ARA  (TOUR  EDIT 
(2016, South Africa, 22 minutes)  Classification: PG - Coarse Language
There are few more challenging cycle races on the planet than the Tour of Ara in South Africa. The 800 kilometre quest takes place annually over six days, primarily driven on gravel roads while riding vintage steel bikes.   

WINTER ON THE  BLADE  (TOUR  EDIT  
(2017, Australia, 30 minutes) Classification: Coarse language and Nudity
It's not the tallest mountain in the world, it's not even the tallest in Australia, but fewer people get to the summit of Tasmania's Federation Peak these days then get to the summit of Mt Everest. And Mark Savage and his intrepid team of climbers hope to summit during the wettest winter on record.  

2nd half (60)

IMAGINATION : TOM  WALLISCH
(2017, Canada, 5 minutes) Classification: General  
Have you ever been that little kid sitting in the back seat of your parents' car, wishing you were somewhere else? So you imagine a skier on the side of the road, your fingers commanding back flips and roof drops, improbable rail slides and huge airs. Well, what if your imagination came to life?  

PEDAL
(2017, USA, 8 minutes) Classification: General  
Forty-three countries down, Hera van Willick rides her bicycle across continents, full self-supported, sharing her journey and what she has learned along the way.  

2.5 MILLION
(2017, USA, 22 minutes) Classification: General
American skier Aaron Rice sets out to ski 2.5 million, human-powered, vertical feet in the backcountry and set a new world record.  

 STUMPED  
(2017, USA, Reel Rock 12, 25 minutes) Classification: 14A - Coarse language & Violence Maureen Beck has never let the fact that she is missing her lower left arm hold her back from climbing. She doesn't want to be considered a good one-armed climber, or a good female climber...she just wants to be a plain good climber. 

 

Tickets: $18
Advance tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Event website: www.banffcentre.ca


Location: Rio Theater, Soquel Av, Santa Cruz Map
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The Great Big Boo!
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Gilroy Gardens
Spooky-but-not-too-scary Halloween event
Date: Every day (Sep 21-Oct 28) from 5:00pm to 10:00pm


There are lots of fun things to "BOO" during Gardens@Night Halloween at Gilroy Gardens! As the sun sets, a mysterious glow illuminates the park for this spooky-but-not-too-scary Halloween event. Go trick-or-treating along the Boo Trail, "Do the Boo" at The Great Big Boo! live musical show, venture into the Spider's Lair (if you dare!), and enjoy your favorite rides in the dark. You'll also find fun food and Halloween treats plus craft beers and local wines at the Marketplace.

 

Buy Tickets Now: www.gilroygardens.org

 

The Great Big Boo!
Come "Do the Boo" with a charming cast of spooky characters in our all-new LIVE musical show playing nightly at Lakeside Amphitheater. Meet Vinnie the Vampire, Cranium the Mad Scientist, and Wendella the Witch on a wacky adventure to save Halloween.

 

Get your 2019 Premium Card now to enjoy Halloween@Night and all of the 2019 season: www.gilroygardens.org

Ride the Boo Train


Climb aboard for a 20-minute ride through the BOO-tiful park at night...with stops along the way to make this a very special BOO-tastic experience! Tickets available for an extra charge.

 

Open 5-10 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, September 21 - October 28.


Location: 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy Map
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Monterey Jazz Festival
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Monterey Jazz Festival
Jazz Festival for jazz afficionados, 500 Artists on 8 Stages for 3 Nights and 2 Days!
Date: Every day (Sep 21-Sep 23)
Admission Fees: $45 and up

The Monterey Jazz Festival isn't just an event, it's a renowned historical experience.

Following a rich history of jazz and originating with some of the great jazz legends from Louis Armstrong to John Coltrane, celebrate the particularly spectacular 60th anniversary of the festival surrounded by jazz-fanatics. This year, featuring more than 500 artists-including names like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Common, and Angelique Kidjo-it's sure to be one for the books.

 

Artists / 120+ Shows / 8 Stages / 3 Nights & 2 Days / September 21-23, 2018

 


Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2000 Fairgrounds Rd, Monterey Map
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Financial Literacy Classes
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Free financial literacy classes
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Sep 14-Mar 8) at 10:30am
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

The Santa Cruz Public Library System (SCPL) will offer free financial literacy classes at the Downtown Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek Branch Libraries. These programs were made possible through partnerships with three community experts, and classes cover a variety of topics to help people take charge of their financial lives.

 

Financial Fridays  Downtown Library  224 Church St. Every 2nd Friday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Financial Fridays is led by Jennipher Lommen, a Certified Financial Planner. This series starts September 14th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. The series begins with retirement planning and covers Medicare and long term care in October and November, respectively.


Money Mondays Downtown Library 224 Church St.  Every 4th Monday, 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Money Mondays is led by Financial Literacy Coach Lisa Bennet. The series starts September 24th and runs through March 2019 with a break in December. Topics will include: uncovering your money archetype, creating a spending plan, credit and your credit score, insurance, stock market basics, and funding college.

 

Financial Fridays in Boulder Creek  Boulder Creek Library 1390 West Park Ave., Every 2nd Friday, 10:30am

Another Financial Fridays series will be held at the Boulder Creek Library. This series is led by Aaron Brandt, Financial Advisor. The series kicks off September 14th with the foundations of investing, then covers retirement by design in October, preparing for the unexpected in November, and estate planning in December.

 

According to Library Director Susan Nemitz, "Financial literacy is a critical skill that isn't always taught in school or at home. Yet the ability to make financially responsible decisions is an important part of everyday life. Making sure people have these skills can help improve outcomes for our entire community." The library is offering no-cost learning opportunities to bridge the gap in knowledge.


Location: 1390 West Park Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family

Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

 

On the third Friday of every month, Grange member and Professional Dance Caller Andy Wilson hosts a family-friendly barn dance.  Join us for a potluck supper at 6:00 before the dancing starts at 6:30.  We knock off around 8:00 to let everyone get home and have a good night sleep.  Live music featuring Deby's Ginormous String Band.


$10 per person
$15 for two people
$20 per family


Musicians (young or old) are welcome to join the band on stage.


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Code Combat at Downtown Public Library
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Library Central
Game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month (Sep 14-Mar 8) from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: 8-18 Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.

(0 A Aug 2018) CodeCombatImage.jpgCPL's CodeCombat Coding Club is a once weekly meetup where we use online, game-based coding to learn Python and JavaScript. CodeCombat is a real game that teaches learners of all ages to code by playing through levels and quickly mastering programming concepts. It's not just gamification with bells and whistles, it's democratizing learning to code by making the process more accessible and engaging than ever before!

 

Learners write code, execute it and see their changes in real-time! Ages 8-18.

 

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by email pro@santacruzpl.org or call 831-427-7717.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Open House: The Pajaro Valley in the Mexican Era
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State Park Castro Adobe
Hidden jewel from Mexican era in the Pájaro Valley
Date: 09/22/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Special Instructions: Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road

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Open House: The Pajaro Valley in the Mexican Era

Saturday September 22 from 11am to 3pm

 

Join us for a unique opportunity to view our newest State Historic Park. This hidden jewel in the Pájaro Valley is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired and is open only during scheduled events.

 

Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Live Oak 10k/5k & Family Fun Run
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Boys and Girls Club
Open to walkers and runners of all ages and fitness levels
Date: 09/22/2018 from 8:30am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: $15 - $50

(0 A June 2018) BoysandGirlsClub_FamilyFunrun.jpgCo-hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County and Santa Cruz County Parks Department, the Live Oak 10k/5k & Family Fun Run will highlight the best of Live Oak! It is open to walkers and runners of all ages and fitness levels. Funds raised will support Boys & Girls Club and Santa Cruz County Parks athletic programs, activities, and facilities.

Schedule of Events

7:30AM Registration/Check-In Begins at Shoreline Middle School Parking Lot

8:30AM 5/10k Race Begins *

*5k runners will run from Shoreline Middle School to Pleasure Point and back ONCE

*10k runners will run from Shoreline Middle School to Pleasure Point and back TWICE

9:30AM Family Fun Run (3k) begins*

*Family Fun Run runners will turn around at 26th Ave (signs will be posted). Family Fun Run participates are not required to run the race, they may also walk. Strollers welcome!

10:00AM-1:00PM Fun, family activities on Shoreline Field and at Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County's Live Oak Clubhouse. Food, drinks, and games will be provided.

*After the race you will receive a goodie bag!

ARRIVAL
Please arrive at least a half hour before your race start time to check-in and receive your bib.

PARKING will be available at Simpkins Family Swim Center, Shoreline Middle School, Del Mar Elementary (MUST arrive before 8:00am- 17th Avenue will be closed between Felt Street and Portola Drive until the race is complete), Live Oak Elementary, and at East Cliff Shopping Center (Dollar Tree).
Your MUST sign waivers during registration online and bring an ID day of event.

Wear comfortable running clothes and prepare to start cold and get warm throughout the morning. Wear appropiate running shoes, hat, sunscreen, and running attire. There will be water and restrooms on the course.

COURSE INFO
The course begins at Shoreline Middle School, runs down 17th Avenue and then follows East Cliff Drive to Pleasure Point. At Pleasure Point, participates will turn around and run the same way they came back. 5k runners will run to Pleasure Point and back ONCE. 10k runners will run to Pleasure Point and back TWICE. Family Fun Run participates will go to 26th Avenue and then turn back.

Questions?
Contact Andrea Tolaio at andrea@boysandgirlsclub.info or 831-423-3138 ext. 23 or Race Director, Mary Chavez at mary.chavez@santacruzcounty.us or (831)454-7955


Location: Shoreline Middle, 877 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Oktoberfest at St. Stephens
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St. Stephen's Lutheran Church
Oktoberfest, Santa Cruz style
Date: 09/22/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 2-6 Admission Fees: Free

Oktoberfest(0 A September 2018) oktoberfest-STStephens2018.jpg, hosted by St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church this Saturday, Sep. 22nd.

 

Come out between 12 pm – 4 pm to enjoy live music, great food and locally brewed craft beer from Discretion Brewing.


Location: 2500 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Harvest, Hops and Hounds
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Coastal Dogs
Dinner, entertainment and your best 4-legged friend gets to come
Date: 09/22/2018 from 3:30pm to 7:30pm


(0 A September 2018) CDogDinner.jpgHARVEST, HOPS & HOUNDS - Benefit Farm to Table Dinner

The Best Things in Life...

  • Dogs & dog lovers

  • Sumptuous farm to table dining

  • Fine local wines & beer

  • Music & dancing

  • Fine Art

  • Fields of green

  • Play for you and your dog

  • AND proceeds benefit both the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter and Unchained.

  • Updates posted on Facebook!

An evening rich with entertainment, tickets are just $75

 

Evening Entertainment

  • Music played by Gary Blackburn and Friends. Dancing is always an option!

  • Raffle for Tahoe Cabin, Fine Wines, Designer Items, Training Packages and more.

  • Off leash Play for dogs in the adjacent grassy field

  • Dog Sports demonstrations in Rally Obedience, Treibball and Barn Hunt provided by Living with Dogs students.

  • Tour the butterfly gardens.

​Benefiting the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter & Unchained


Location: 8022 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Fest
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Mountain Solstice Festival
Music & Food & Kids Activities in the Mountains!
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Sep 23) from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: $63 - $115
Special Instructions: Youth tickets admit ages 11 to 17 years old when purchased in tandem with an adult ticket

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Two-day music festival. Beer and wine garden, food and merchandise booths. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit their website at www.santacruzmountainsol.com and their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/scmsfest.

 

Will there be children's activities? Yes

 

Can I bring my child?Yes, children under 10 are free with paid adult. discounted youth tickets will be available for ages 11-17, purchased with an adult ticket.

 

Is on site parking available? Limited onsite parking is available for $10. Please carpool whenever possible. Overflow parking is available at Henry Cowell State park for $10.

 

Bring

  • Blankets and pillows
  • Regular-size/unframed backpacks
  • Empty Camelbak or other empty plastic container (i.e., Nalgene bottle)
  • Binoculars
  • Low back chairs
  • Personal cameras with a detachable lens 2 inches or shorter

Tickets


Youth tickets admit ages 11 to 17 years old when purchased in tandem with an adult ticket


Location: Roaring Camp Meadows, 5401 Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map
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Pumpkin Patch, You Pick Pumpkins
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Rodoni Farms
Great local place to pick your pumpkin right from the field and have fun in the corn maze!
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Oct 31)

Special Instructions: 4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1

Pumpkins are HERE!!

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Pumpkins and fun are what it's all about! Come roam through the fields of pumpkins. There are so many varieties to choose from! We have hay bales, scary cutouts, and a 5 acre corn maze! We also have fresh Brussels sprouts on the stalk, artichokes, corn stalks, and gourds.
**Pumpkins are priced by size, not weight.

 

Choosing your pumpkin:
There are two methods of choosing your pumpkin to carve. The first way is my favorite. As you stroll through the pumpkin patch a certain individual pumpkin will jump out at you! That's the ONE! The other method is to have a pattern or face in mind and look for a pumpkin that will work with your design. Usually a large stem makes a nice addition to the pumpkin.
Remember!. The more unusual the better!

 

  • Bring your camera! There are many fun photo spots!
  • Come spend the day by the California coastline and hand pick your Halloween pumpkin!
  • We are open every daily, 9 AM - 6 PM from October 1st through Halloween. After Halloween we will remain open on the honor system until Christmas.
  • We are dog friendly. We kindly ask that you keep them on a leash at all times and pick-up after them, if need be.
  • CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE.

To schedule Pumpkin Patch field trips click here


Directions:
Our Pumpkin Patch, U Pick Em Pumpkins, is located at 4444 Coast Rd. (Hwy 1)

4 miles North of Santa Cruz, California on Hwy. 1. Take Mission Street through the center of town and continue on to Hwy. 1 towards San Francisco/ Halfmoon Bay. We are on the right side just after Dimeo Lane.


Location: 4444 Coast Rd. , Santa Cruz Map
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2018 Open Houses Castro Adobe
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State Park Castro Adobe
All the open house dates for 2018!
Date: 09/22/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Special Instructions: Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road

(AAA_Feb 2015) Castro-Adobe.jpgOpen House, Castro Adobe State Historic Park

 

Join us for a unique opportunity to view our newest State Historic Park. This hidden jewel in the Pájaro Valley is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired and is open only during scheduled events. Event is free; limited parking (carpooling encouraged). Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Built from 1848 to 1849, this is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. The Castro Adobe State Historic Park is located at 184 Old Adobe Road, off of Larkin Valley Road, in northern Watsonville. The Castro Adobe is an active construction site and is accessible currently by appointment only except during the Open House Days. To follow progress on the restoration effort, visit www.ThatsMyPark.org/projects/castro-adobe.

 

2018 Open House events

The Castro Adobe is open on a limited basis. The park will be open to the public one weekend day each month in 2018.

The open houses will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the exception of the August event, which is 6-9 p.m. All events are free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is limited; please carpool. Leashed dogs are allowed in the parking area only.

 


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
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Rockin' Pop Up
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
The Geology Gents are ready to ID your local (or not-so-local) geologic finds, as well as show off a rotating collection of spec
Date: The 4th Sa of every month (Apr 28-Aug 25) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free with admission, $4 General | $2 Students/Seniors
Special Instructions: Bring your rocks!

(0 April 2018) SCMus_rocks.jpgHave a rock that needs identifying? Want to learn more about the geology of Santa Cruz? Like digging for fossils? Join Gavin and Graham-also known as our "Geology Gents"-for our monthly rock-talk days. Every fourth Saturday of the month, these PhD students from UC Santa Cruz will be at the Museum, ready to ID your local (or not-so-local) geologic finds, as well as show off a rotating collection of specimens. So get ready to talk shop with these rock jocks!

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Great for all ages | Free with admission: $4 General | $2 Students/Seniors | FREE 18 & Under

About our Geology Gents:
Graham Edwards and Gavin Piccione are PhD students in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz.

"I use the scientific tools of geochronology-the study and measurement of time in geologic materials- to answer geologic question about the ages of glaciers, the cooling of Earth's crust over billions of years, and the earliest stages of our solar system when rocky meteorites formed." -Graham Edwards

"My decision to become a geologist comes from a deep interest in how the Earth has changed through time and why it has evolved the way it did. My primary research interest is to reconstruct timelines of geologic events by finding the age of rocks. Much like a historian traces events and creates a timeline of human, I seek to use age measurements of rocks to trace the evolution of the Earth."-Gavin Piccione


Location: 1305 EastCliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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Sea Otter Awareness Week
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Sea Otter Awareness Week
Date: Every day (Sep 22-Sep 30) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages. Admission Fees: $7 for children and $9 for adults

Sea Otter Awareness Week is an annual recognition of the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem. Each year, zoos, aquariums, natural history museums, marine institutions, filmmakers, researchers, academics, educators, and the public participate in various events and activities highlighting sea otters and their natural history and the various conservation issues facing sea otters. Join the Seymour Center as we celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week from September 22 - 30, 2018.


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Elkhorn Slough Open House
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Elkhorn Slough
Great introduction to the Reserve
Date: 09/22/2018 from 9:30am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

(0 A September 2018) Elkhorn_openhouse-2018.jpgFree, family fun at the 2018 Elkhorn Slough Reserve Open House, celebrating National Estuaries Week. Enjoy guided walks and chat with scientists and ecological experts, get your hands dirty with our land stewardship team, paint your face or a model of wetland wildlife, create a community mosaic with Elkhorn Slough Artist in Residence Denise Davidson, and magnify the weird and wonderful wildlife in a teaspoon of water at our microscope Learning Lab.

 

FREE and open to the public!

 


Location: 1700 Elkhorn Rd, Watsonville Map
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Burleigh Murray Ranch Guided Walk
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State Park Burleigh Murray Ranch
Take a journey back in time along Mills Creek and learn about the early pioneers and farming families
Date: 09/23/2018 at 10:00am


Guided Walk: Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park

Sunday, September 23 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.

 


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Taco Tuesdays
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Food Truck A Go Go
Hang out and dine on the lawn or picnic tables or stop by and take dinner home!
Date: The 4th Tues of every month (Jun 26-Oct 23) from 5:00pm to 7:30pm


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


Location: Anna Jean Cummings Park , 461 Old San Jose Road, Aptos Map
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UCSC Farm Sustainability Tent/Zone
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UCSC Farm
Find out how to get involved in campus and community food systems work
Date: 09/25/2018 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm


Tuesday, September 25, 3-6 pm, OPERS Complex/East Field: OPERS Fall Fest
UCSC students, check out this amazing resource fair! The Food Systems Working Group and CASFS in conjunction with Student Sustainability Organizations and the Sustainability Office will be hosting the annual Sustainability Tent/Zone at the festival. Find out how to get involved in campus and community food systems work.


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
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National Voter Registration Day
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SC County Elections Department
National Voter Registration Day
Date: 09/25/2018 from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Ages: 18+ Admission Fees: Free

SCPL has partnered with the SC County Elections Department again this year to promote and make voter registration cards available in print and online registration at all library branches. Since 2012, over 1.4 million people have registered to vote or update their registration as part of National Voter Registration Day, celebrated annually on the 4th Tuesday in September. National Voter Registration Day is endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the National Association of State Election Directors.


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Usegi Farm for Fall Fun
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Uesugi Farms
Pumpkinville Railroad, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Blasters and Pumpkins for Sale
Date: Every day (Sep 25-Oct 31)
Admission Fees: free to enter, fees for ticketed rides

Ride the Pumpkinville Railroad!  Take a nostalgic ride aboard our Allan Herschell Iron Horse or our blue and yellow Arrow Streamliner trains. Visit Morgania, where our scarecrows live.

Operates 9am-closing daily.


Get Lost in Kayla's Korn Maze.  Try to find your way out of this 2 acre corn maze with interactive trivia cards.  Fun for the whole family.

 

(0 Sept 2017) hayjump.jpgHay Jump  Have the kids jump on this gianormous jumper made of giant haybales. What a great way for the kids to burn some energy!

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pete's Enchanted Hayride  Meet Pumpkin Pete and travel through some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring lands of Uesugi Farms. Visit Pumpkinland, our gorgeous Sunflower Gallery, and the spectacular Marigoldland, filled with over 100,000 hand-sown flowers. This one of a kind hayride is completely narrated and complimented with charming music. It's a must see!

Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

The Cow Train  This may be the silliest fun you have all year! A favorite with the kids!

Operates 9am-closing daily.


Pumpkin Blasters
Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun... at 90mph. What a blast!!  Safe for all ages.


Pumpkins for Sale

We have tons of pumpkins to choose from.  All sorts of sizes, shapes and varieties.  We also sell haybales, corstalks, indian corn, different squashes, gourds and flowers.

 

Butterfly Valley  Take a stroll along this path and learn about the fascinating lives of butterflies through interactive storyboards.

Operates 9am-6:30pm daily.

 

Bootsie The Bee  Follow the corn path to discover all of Bootsie’s colorful, textured friends, and learn fascinating ‘bee-facts’ too. Be sure to visit Bootsie at night. All the storyboards are lit up with blacklights.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

(0 Sept 2017) pumpkinpyramid.jpgCarousel  Everyone can remember riding a carousel as a youngster, and this one rivals the best.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Blasters  Come and shoot targets with mini pumpkins out of this gun… at 90mph.
What a blast!! Safe for all ages.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Pumpkin Pyramid  It takes over 4000 pumpkins to cover our pyramid. A splendiferice site of epic proportions. Have your picture taken while sitting in our king or queen thrones.

Operates 9am-closing daily.

 

Fees


Location: 14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin Map
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Arata Farm Hay Maze
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Arata Pumpkin Farm
Hey everyone, it's that time of year again! Come on out to the farm and enjoy the world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze, or
Date: Every day (Sep 25-Oct 31) from 9:00am to 7:00pm


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You can lose yourself in our 6 acre corn field and pumpkin river. Try to challenge yourself intellectually and physically in our 2 acre world famous Minotaur's Labyrinth Hay Maze. Take a walk on the wild side and adventure into our Haunted Barn. Relax and enjoy yourself on our Hay Ride.

 

Or you can let the kid's play in our Play Land playground with Miniature Hay Maze, on the Children's Train Ride or have fun with our animals in the Petting Zoo. We also have many picnic areas throughout the farm, at Arata Pumpkin Farm we have something for everybody.

 

We also have dozens of varieties of pumpkins and sizes. We have a special pumpkin for everyone in your family! Feel free to give us a call, send us an email or just come to the farm. We would love to see you.

 

Our Hours
Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday 9am - 8pm

 

Family Package $15 per Adult ~ $20 per Child Attraction
A minimum of one paid adult and one paid child, age 10 and under are required to qualify for this package


Location: 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay Map
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Bee Talk
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Watsonville Wetlands
Topics include biology of non-managed bees, their habitats and conservation, similarities and differences among the different t
Date: 09/26/2018 at 6:30am


Honey bees are in the news and at the center of attention because of their crucial role as crop pollinators; however, we don't hear much about our native bees who also play an important role in pollination. Join Ornella Bonamassa as she explores basic bee biology and ecology with us. Topics include biology of non-managed bees, their habitats and conservation, similarities and differences among the different types of bees, how to provide pollinator habitat, the impact of pesticides, diseases, and pests, and basic plant biology.
 
This talk is perfect for beginners to the world of bees who want to begin to delve-in and expand their knowledge base. Please note, we will not be touching on beekeeping itself. 
 
The presentation is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center at the top of the Pajaro Valley High School campus located at 500 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville, CA 95076. is limited. Attendance is free, but you must reserve a seat at https://www.watsonvillewetlandswatch.org/events/upcoming-events.
 
Please arrive early for sign-in and seating in order that the presentation can begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

ABOUT ORNELLA: Ornella Bonamassa was born and raised in Rome, Italy and worked as a seismologist in Rome before coming to Menlo Park to work for the U.S. Geological Survey. She then attended UC Santa Cruz to complete a PhD in Earth Science and has taught math, general science, environmental science, physics and business analytics in San Francisco at USF and the Art Institute. Ornella loves native plants and enjoys learning the differences between what she grew up learning about in Europe with the native species we have in the U.S. She is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree Program in Beekeeping at UC Davis. Ornella is also Watsonville Wetlands Watch's esteemed Administrative Manager.


Location: 500 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville Map
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Cub Scout Pack 674 Recruitment Night
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Boys & Girls Club Cub Scout Pack 674
Cub Scout Pack 674 for Girls and Boys!
Date: 09/27/2018 from 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Ages: Kinder - 5th Admission Fees: Free

Pack 674 is focused on exciting outdoor adventures, safety, community service and character development. Pack 674 is excited to be welcoming girls and boys! Parent participation required - Cub Scouts is a whole family activity. Pack 674 has two meetings and one outdoor activity per month.


Location: Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz, 543 Center St, Santa Cruz Map
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Pet Portraits SPCA
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Santa Cruz SPCA
Paint your pet's portrait, sip and listen to music with friends while creating your personalized Pet Portrait!
Date: 09/27/2018 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm


(0 A September 2018) SPCA_PaintPet.jpgPaint your pet's portrait, sip and listen to music with friends while creating your personalized Pet Portrait! No experience necessary, your pet will be pre-sketched from your favorite photo onto your canvas ready for you to paint and proudly hang or give as a forever gift! Each ticket gives back to the SPCA!


Location: East Cliff Brewing Co, 21517 East Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz Map
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English Country Dance
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English Country Dancing
It's really, really fun!
Date: The 4th Th of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm


Ten Reasons to Go English Country Dancing


(0 January 2018) CountryDance.jpg1   It’s Really, Really Fun.

2  It’s Easy: If you can count and skip and tell your right hand from your left, you can begin doing the easy dances immediately. This form of dance does not require fancy footwork or a high level of coordination. This is an excellent place to learn, even if you’ve never done any folk dancing. Beginners are very welcome.

3  It’s Social: The level of interaction that occurs between all the dancers in the set make this a very social dance form. Singles or partners are welcome. This is a very friendly community, and a great way to meet new people.

4  It’s Good Exercise: How many calories did you burn the last time you watched a TV show? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Although English country dancing is not as strenuous as a workout at the gym, it does a whole lot more for your health than a sitcom and a bag of potato chips. It’s a good, light exercise.

5  It’s Casual: We are not a performance troupe, so our goal is not to make the dances look perfect. Our goal is to have fun, and we can do that without requiring technical perfection. Come as you are, wear casual clothes, relax and enjoy it.

6  It’s Low-Tech: Tired of staring at a computer screen all day? So are we. Come dance with us! We won’t require you to look at a computer screen all night. We promise!

7  Indulge Your Inner Anglophile: Come on, you know you want to.

8  It’s Good Clean Fun: Although English country dance has been known to lead to Renaissance Faire addiction, apart from that, it’s totally harmless. (Actually, we love our local Renaissance Faire, especially the Newcastle Country Dancers.)

9 It Brings Together People of All Ages: This form of entertainment appeals to a wide range of ages, which helps bridge the gap between generations. Whether you’re a teen, a septuagenarian, or someone in between, there’s a place here for you.

10  Did We Mention That It’s Really, Really Fun?

 

Dance Schedule

Come dance with us! We usually meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 7:00—9:30 p.m., at Peace United Church (upper hall), 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California. (We meet on only the second Thursday in November and December.)


Location: Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Pumpkin Farms
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Pumpkin Farmers
Pumpkin Farms and more!
Date: Every day (Sep 27-Oct 31) from 8:00am to 9:00am


Borchard Farms
142 Rodgers Road, Salinas
Find thousands of pumpkins, gourds, and squash a Ghost Town, Haunted Barn, 5 acre corn maze, and lots of farm animals.

Crystal Bay Farm
40 Zils Road, Watsonville
Great variety at this small organic farm!

The Farm
Spreckles Blvd Exit off Hwy 68, Salinas
Family friendly pumpkin patch, animals, hay rides, puppet shows and a cow train.

Rodoni Farms
4444 Coast Road, Santa Cruz
North of Santa Cruz on HWY 1.
Beautiful views, pumpkins, specialty squash, a fun corn maze and hay forts.

Arata Pumpkin Farm
185 Verde Rd
Half Moon Bay
Hay maze, haunted barn, hay rides, petting zoo and a pumpkin for everyone!

Cardinale and Wright Pumpkin Patch
Monterey Fairgrounds
2004 Fairground Road, Monterey
Great service and lots of pumpkins to choose from.

Earthbound Farms
725 Carmel Valley Road,Carmel Valley
Farm stand with organic veggies, frozen yogurt, pumpkins and a children's garden.

Hacienda Hay and Feed
7180 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley
Haunted hay maze, pumpkins,donkey, goats, turtles, an Emu, and more

Swank Farms
4751 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister
Huge pumpkin patch! Giant corn maze, little kids' play areas, jumping pillows, cow train, corn cannons, hours of fun for the kids!

Lemos Farm
12320 San Mateo Rd. (Hwy 92)
Half Moon Bay
One zone for the little ones who don't want to be really scared and another scare zone with live actors who will do their best to "scare the yell out of you," train rides, hay rides, pony rides and pumpkins

Uesugi Farms
14485 Monterey Highway, San Martin
Pumpkinville Railroad, Corn Maze, Pumpkin Blasters and Pumpkins


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Teacher Open House
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Learn all about our school programs
Date: 09/28/2018 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) SLVMuseum_TeacherOpen.jpgJoin us at the Museum to learn all about our school programs in 2018 and 2019.

 

Come learn about the new trunks we have available for off-site programs and meet with the instructors for our on-site programs.


Location: Boulder Creek Library, 13390 W Park Ave, Boulder Creek Map
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Tannery World Dance Family Festival Days
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Tannery World Dance Family Festival Days
Date: Every Fri (Sep 22-Oct 6)
Ages: All Ages Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

This year the Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center celebrates the African Diaspora during the 2018 World Arts Festival on October 13th & 14th. Once again, we are lucky to have Festival artists join us at the library for free Family Festival Days workshops. All ages are invited to these free workshops.

Saturday, September 22nd / 11:30-12:30PM (Haitian Dance w/ Shawn Merriman Roberts)

Saturday, September 29th / 10:30-11:30AM (Congolese Dance w/ Vivien Boussamina)

Saturday, October 6th / 11:30-12:30PM (Senegalese Dance w/ Oumou Faye)


Location: Santa Cruz Downtown Public Libra, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Monterey Bay Birding Festival
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Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Join one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife venues in North America- the tenth annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival.
Date: Every day (Sep 28-Sep 30)


(0 A September 2018) BeltedKingfisher.jpgFrom soaring golden eagles, effortlessly gliding California condors, cheeky bushtits, gorgeous Townsend's warblers, scampering snowy plovers, to thousands of sooty shearwaters streaming along the ocean's surface, few places can match the diversity of species as the Monterey Bay region. September marks the peak of fall migration, with wintering shorebirds arriving en masse. Warblers and other passerines are doing the same, and we even start seeing the first appearances of wintering ducks and other waterfowl. Meanwhile, just a few miles offshore, jaegers, shearwaters, and alcid are present in good numbers. There's no better time to visit the Monterey Bay area to see the greatest number of species or to find a rarity.
   
Serious birding enthusiasts can add to their lists California specialty life-list birds such as the California Thrasher, California Towhee, Bell's Sparrow, Oak Titmouse, Nuttall's Woodpecker, Elegant Tern, and the endangered California Condor. Local birders will have unusual access to private lands on some trips, and new birders will find supportive leaders and trips to boost skills quickly.

 

Designed for both seasoned and beginning birders, as well as outdoor lovers, the festival offers a unique opportunity to explore, learn, and appreciate world-class habitats such as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuary, and Pinnacles National Monument. Specially designed field trips will take participants to Big Sur to see California condors. Join a pelagic trip to witness one of the world's most productive regions for albatrosses, shearwaters, storm-petrels and more. Jump into a kayak and get closer to nature or take a scenic ride at Elkhorn Slough Safari. All field trips are led by top-quality, friendly leaders.

 

The 2018 Monterey Bay Birding Festival will be held September 28-30. Please explore our website to learn more about this year's offerings.

View the full Event Descriptions.

View the Program Schedule.

Learn more about Lectures.

Learn more about Workshops.

Learn more about Field Trips.

Learn more about Family Day.

 

Online registration is now closed and will re-open at the festival:
Thursday, September 27, 4-5:30PM | Early registration and pre-registered packet pick-up
September 28-30 | Festival registration desk opens at 5:45 AM and remains open throughout the day.


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Through the Eyes of a Farmer
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Live Earth Farm
Learn about herbal medicinals, native plants and Pickling & Jarring
Date: The last Sa of every month (Jul 30-Sep 24) from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Ages: 10 and up Admission Fees: $75 per person

Through the Eyes of a Farmer

 

Through the eyes of a farmer is our Sunday Tour series throughout summer!

 

July 29th: Herbal Medicinals Workshop: Salve making, oil infusions, seed & herb gathering!

 

August 26th: Native Plant Workshop: Learn about native plants in our area, make medicine, cloth dyes, and go home with seeds to start a flowering native garden!

 

September 30th: Pickling & Jarring what summer bounty we have for fall...

 

(0 A July 2018) LiveEarthFarm_Jessica.jpgWhat I'll provide Agua Fresca & Infusions. We will make a seasonal beverage together during your visit. We will provide everything you need to complete and take home an example of the day's project.
farm fresh and seasonal

 

Please wear closed toe shoes. We recommend a hat, sunscreen and water bottle.You will be visiting a working organic family-farm overlooking the Pajaro Valley. We grow 50 different fruits and vegetables for a CSA and farmers markets in a patchwork of cultivated and wild spaces. We have pygmy milking goats, laying hens, a pregnant Jersey cow and ponies.

 

When do you want to go?

Sun, Jul 29, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM · $75 per personSun, Aug 26,10:30 AM - 1:30 PM · $75 per personSun, Sep 30,10:30 AM - 1:30 PM · $75 per person


Location: 1275 Green Valley Road, Watsonville Map
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Oktoberfest at the Tyrolean Inn
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The Tyrolean Inn Restaurant
Celebrate Oktoberfest at The Tyrolean Inn Restaurant with Dancing, Children's Activities, Bavarian Cuisine, and of course, beer!
Date: Every day (Sep 29-Sep 30)
Admission Fees: $6 over age 12 covers the bands

(Site Photos) TyroleanDancinggirls.jpgOktoberfest at The Tyrolean Inn, September 29-30

Sat: 2-10pm, Sunday: 2-9pm

 

Tyrolean Man's "Rules"

 

* Come to Oktoberfest!
* Have fun!
* Do the Chicken Dance!
* Polka with your Sweetie!
* Dance with the Children!
* Hoist a stein of beer!
* Enjoy Bavarian cooking!
* Wear lederhosen, dirndls, jeans or swirly skirts!

 

Come and join us for a special Oktoberfest Menu and, of course, beer and Bavarian Pretzels. Contests include beer stein holding and a pretzel count. Admission is only six dollars with children under twelve free. Three bands will be providing traditional and contemporary Oktoberfest music. We also provide entertainment for the kids.


Location: 9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond Map
Phone: 831.336.5188 •website Ben Lomond create a direct event link
Founders Day Special Events
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State Park Big Basin
Honor the Visionaries, Valued Workers and Visitors that shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 109years.
Date: 09/29/2018 from 9:00am to 8:00pm
Ages: Able to do 3.5 mile hike

Big Basin Founders' Day and Redwood Jubilee

Saturday September 29 from 9am to 8pm

Celebrate our wild heritage with a melodrama, historic hikes and games for kids as we honor the visionaries, valued workers and visitors that have shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 100+ years. Revel in the beauty of the majestic old growth redwoods that inspired the movement to Save the Trees!

 

Timeline Tree Self-Guided Walk: Changing Times among the Ageless Giants

9am to 5pm

Come walk along a downed 100-foot redwood tree and read about the stories of change in the forest where time appears to stop. The timeline describes events in words and pictures of Big Basin over the last century...and more. Some were grand occasions, others mundane details...together, the stops along this path tell a fascinating story of the oldest state park in California. The timeline is along the Redwood Loop Trail, across from Park Headquarters.

 

Redwood Loop Walk

11am and 2pm

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

Big Basin Melodrama!

1pm

Celebrate Big Basin's history! Watch a strolling play into the past on this easy, family friendly redwood loop trail and meet colorful characters from Big Basin's past. Listen to the stories of a pioneering homesteader, an early conservationist, the first female ranger at Big Basin and more! This walk is a half-mile, 1.5-hour and is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Meet at Park Headquarters.

 

Events are free; day-use parking fee is $10.  For more information, please call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Highway 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
The Science of Pickling Workshop
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Learn the science of how to ensure that you're preserving your food safely and what and why a few additions make your pickles cr
Date: 09/29/2018 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: $55.00 plus $15.00 material fee

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Location: 979 17th St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 454-7946 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
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Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
Glass pumpkins and autumnal fruits and vegetables, glass-blowing demonstrations...
Date: Every day (Sep 29-Sep 30)
Ages: Children are welcome! Admission Fees: Free

The Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® 

Sale: September 29 & 30

 

Live Glassblowing Saturday and Sunday! Our participating artists will be wowing the crowds with live glassblowing demonstrations all weekend. You'll have a chance to see your favorite artists blow pumpkins right before your eyes. So come enjoy some hot molten glass every half hour between 11am and 4pm Saturday and Sunday. 


Largest Glass Pumpkin Patch in Northern California; Sale to Benefit Arts Nonprofits

 

(0 Sept 2017) Pumpkins_Glass.jpgThe Great Glass Pumpkin Patch at the Palo Alto Art Center will celebrate its 22nd consecutive year as the largest glass pumpkin patch of its kind in Northern California  with a huge selection of colorful pumpkins and gourds, glass-blowing demonstrations, and more.

During the free family-friendly autumn celebration, visitors are invited to wander through an outdoor installation of more than 10,000 unique glass pumpkins. The glass  will be available for purchase at the Palo Alto Art Center.

"This year's Great Glass Pumpkin Patch promises to be a great experience for longtime collectors and families," said Damon Gustafson, Executive Director of the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI). "Our participating artists will be wowing the crowds with live glassblowing demonstrations all weekend. Members of the public will have a chance to see their favorite artists blow pumpkins right before their eyes.

This is the only sale of glass pumpkins that supports the presenting local arts and nonprofit organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute; Palo Alto Art Center; and Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, as well as participating artists.


Location: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto Map
Phone: 650.329.2366 •website Palo Altocreate a direct event link
Thrill the World Santa Cruz
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Louden Nelson Center
Thriller Dancing Class!
Date: Every Sa (Sep 29-Oct 27) at 10:00am
Ages: All ages welcome Admission Fees: free

(0 Oct 2017) Halloween_ThrillerDance.jpgThrill the World Santa Cruz

 

Every year, on the Saturday before Halloween, night creatures call and the dead start to walk in their masquerade. So basically, a zombie flash mob Thriller dance. There are plenty of opportunities to learn the dance all month and participate in a world-wide simultaneous Thriller Dance at various venues throughout the county. Family and zombie-friendly!

 

Ask about Performance at Louden Nelson Center

This is your chance to participate in the world-wide simultaneous Thriller Dance, which happens every year on the Saturday before Halloween!!! Zombie flash mobs gather in cities across the globe to "Thrill The World" in celebration of community, fun, friends.  Learn the dance and join the mob!!


Location: 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Drawing for Absolute Beginners
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Lenz Arts
That's right - sketching for absolute beginners!
Date: 09/29/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


(0 A September 2018) Sketch_Rose.jpgThe easy-going and encouraging Rob Court, local drawing coach from The Scribbles Institute, will be conducting a hands-on introductory drawing class for people who are scared of drawing. He'll cover how to hold a pencil, drawing from observation, and basic composition. This is a session for rank beginners!

 

Class space is limited so registration is required. The class is free but there is $5 deposit which will be refunded in the form of a store credit when you arrive for the class. ("No-show = no dough!") Students are required to have a 9×12 sketch pad and 2B, 4B and 8B drawing pencils. Students may buy a sketch pad at 30% off for the class!

 

----Demo Parking----
When gracing us with your presence at one of our Saturday events, unless you have a difficult time walking, please park in the lawyers' office lot across the street from Lenz Arts on N. Pacific Ave, or in the William Kelly Business Plaza lot diagonal across the intersection from Lenz Arts on River St. Both businesses are closed on the weekends and this frees up space in our lot for customers who are not attending the demo.

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Location: North Pacific, Santa Cruz Map
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Capitola Beach Festival
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Capitola Beach Festival
5k Fun Run, Horseshoe Tournament, Lighted Nautical Parade, Fishing Derby, Sand Sculpture Contest, Chalk Art Event, Rowboat Races
Date: Every day (Sep 29-Sep 30)


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September 29th and 30th, will be the kick off to Capitola's 1st Annual Beach Festival with something for everyone to enjoy! The community event will include a 5k Fun Run, Horseshoe Tournament, Lighted Nautical Parade, Fishing Derby, Sand Sculpture Contest, Chalk Art Event, Rowboat Races and more!


Horseshoes on the sand will be starting at 8am Saturday morning in front of Zelda's, so please come early! Click here to register and may you be this year's winner!


Dream, design and create your very own sandcastle on the Capitola Beach for a chance to win a castle to take home! This event creates wonderful memories with those you hold dear. What could possibly be better than salt water, sandy toes, dreams and working together? Sign up on on the beach at 8am.


 

Rowboat Races for everyone!

Youth 12 and under, Juniors 12-17, Adults 18-30, Masters 31 & Over

The Rowboat Races are a series of timed head-to-head races that go up and down Soquel Creek, between the bridge and trestle. Groups of two compete in races for the best time in their age group.


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Fall Harvest Festival at the UCSC Farm
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UCSC Farm
Music along with kids' crafts, great food, an apple pie baking contest, hay ride
Date: 09/30/2018 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $5 - $30

Fall Harvest Festival at the UCSC Farm

 

Sunday, September 30, 11 am - 5 pm, UCSC Farm: Fall Harvest Festival
Plan to join us for this campus and community event! Fun for all ages, the Harvest Festival features live music, workshops, farm tours, kids crafts and activities, and much more! Stay tuned for details.

 

If you're a baker, enter your apple pie creation in the pie contest! See the contest rules at https://casfs.ucsc.edu/news-events/events/index.html

 

Location: UCSC FarmAdmission: Admission RequiredAdmission details: 

$5 general admission; free for kids 12 and under, UCSC students with ID, and Friends of the Farm & Garden members


Location: 1156 High St. , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: Phone (831) 459-3240 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Music at Sky Park
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Scotts Valley Kiwanis
GREAT Lineup for our 2nd CONCERT of the summer season! Downbeat at 2:30 ~ and it's FREE!
Date: 09/30/2018 from 2:30pm to 6:00pm


(0 A September 2018) MusicAtSkyparkSept30.jpgThe free community-wide "Music at Skypark" concert series benefiting the music programs in local public schools returns for its 10th summer season on the last Sundays of July, August and September.  All concerts run from 2:30 to 6:00 pm at Skypark in Scotts Valley.

 

9/30  Last Show Of The Season! Don't miss this AMAZING line up on the 30th. Extra Large & The Joint Chiefs are sure to get EVERYONE on their feet. Support the school's Music Programs and have fabulous time doing it.

 

See you there! - with Darshana Croskrey, ExtraLarge, GiniLu Robinson, The Joint Chiefs Band, Richard King, John A. Stevens, Mike Stewart, Michelle Gardner, Linda Benko, SCOTTS VALLEY KIWANIS, Scotts Valley, California, Scotts Valley High School and Scotts Valley Skypark.


Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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SuperKid Triathlon
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Finish Line Productions
A swim, bike and run course for kids!
Date: 09/30/2018 at 8:00am


 

SuperKid Triathlon and Splash & Dash

 

SuperKid has always been about building strong bodies and healthy kids. This means getting them off the couch, away from the TV, phones, video games, and outside for some healthy physical activity. It doesn't matter if your child is already an athlete or is just starting to engage in sports and outdoor activity. This is a great event for the whole family and gives your children the opportunity to be active and healthy. With a swim, bike and run course, real transition area, body markings and fun prizes for participants, you can help your child gain the self esteem that comes from doing their personal best. Not to mention a cool finisher medal and matching shirt.

 

Once final results are posted you'll be able to download an official finisher certificate with event info, age group, total time and place to remember the event.

 

THE BIKE COURSE IS SUITABLE FOR FAT TIRE, MOUNTAIN BIKES, AND CYCLECROSS BIKES. No road bikes or skinny tires!

 


Location: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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