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Holiday Lights Train
Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!
Every Fri and Sa (Nov 23-Dec 23)
Location: Graham Hill Rd, Felton Map

(0 A November 2018) holiday-lights-train2018.jpgSanta Cruz Holiday Lights Train

NOVEMBER 23 - 24, DECEMBER 1 - 2, 8 - 9 & 15 - 23

Departs from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk


Choo, Choo, Santa Claus is coming to town, not by sleigh, not by snow but by Train!

Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart! Continue the merriment with a $6 MyBoardwalk card good for attractions, arcades and games in Neptune's Kingdom. Bring the whole family for festive fun. Happy Holidays!

 

Dear Santa Letter Download here - Print out your letter to Santa Claus and have Roaring Camp Deliver it by train to the North Pole. Write your letter and bring it with you to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, there will be a North Pole mailbox just outside of the entrance to Neptune's Kingdom by the first car of the train. Roaring Camp will be making a special trip each evening after the Holiday Lights Train to drop off your letters to Santa's Home in the North Pole.

 

Start a new holiday tradition! Gather your family and friends and celebrate Santa Cruz style with ice skating at the beach! See the new Main Entrance Plaza transformed into a winter wonderland with ice skating, rides, games, festive foods and more!

 

More info here: https://beachboardwalk.com/Boardwalk-Holiday-Ice

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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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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.

 

 


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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
Phone: 831.426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Old Growth Redwood Tours
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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


Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley 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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Family Arts & Crafts- Garfield Park
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Library Garfield
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
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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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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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

Old-Growth Redwood Tours

Saturday, November 3 at 11am

Saturday, November 10 at 11am

Saturday, November 17 at 11am

Saturday, November 24 at 11am

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center.

 

Event is free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.

 

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
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
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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

(0 A July 2018) SolFestThumb2018.jpgSanta Cruz Mountain Sol Fest

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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
Phone: 831.373.3366 •website Monterey create a direct event link
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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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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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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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
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

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
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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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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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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