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Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts
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Capitola Village
Twilight Concerts serves up live music on the beach on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and relax.
Date: Every Wed (Jun 5-Aug 28) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Capitola by the Sea Summer Music

Twilight Concerts  on  Wednesdays, June  - August,  6 to 8 p.m.


The 2019 Twilight Concerts will be held Wednesdays from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. June - August. The Concerts are held at the Esplanade Park Bandstand, with the one of largest dance floors around.  Bring a picnic or dine at one of our many area restaurants, many of whom sponsor our concerts.  Seating is on the lawn, seawall, benches or the beach. Please bring your low back chairs or picnic blankets. Warm jackets suggested for cool evenings.  No alcohol or dogs in the park or on the beach.


If you are interested in applying to be a performer for the 2020 Twilight Concerts or the Sunday Art and Music at the Beach event, the updated applications will be available on this page in August 2019.  The deadline for submissions will be December 2019. 





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June 5

Live Again

Soul, Funk & Rock (link is external)

June 12


Tribute, Pop, R&B & Rock (link is external)

June 19

The Inciters

Soul (link is external)

une 26

Tsunami Band

Classic Rock, 60's, 70's & More (link is external)

July 3

Todd Morgan & The Emblems

Pop & Rock (link is external)

July 10

The Joint Chiefs Band

R&B, Funk & Soul (link is external)

July 17

Mike Hammar & The Nails

Contemporary Blues (link is external)

July 24

Extra Large

Original Funky Fun (link is external)

July 31

Long Train Runnin'

Classic Rock Doobie Brothers Tribute (link is external)

August 7

The Houserockers

Rock & Soul (link is external)

August 14

Everyday People

Classic Latin Rock (link is external)

August 21

Mambo Tropical



August 28

The Digbeats



Location: Esplanade Park, Capitola Village Map
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Santiago the Magician
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Library Boulder Creek
Santiago the Magician brings together the beauty of historical wizardry and modern day conjuring in an undeniable mix that will
Date: 06/19/2019 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Santiago is a Modern Day Medieval Magician, based in Santa Cruz, California, who brings together the beauty of historical wizardry and modern day conjuring in an undeniable mix that will amaze and delight you.

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.

Location: Boulder Creek Branch Library, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Kids Summer Art Camp
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The Painted Cork Santa Cruz
Let's Get Creative in Summer Art Camp
Date: Every weekday (Jun 17-Jun 21) from 9:45am to 12:45pm
Ages: 7 to 17 Admission Fees: varies on classes
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Join us in our Family Room for KIDS ART CAMP! This transaction is a discounted price for a WHOLE WEEK of ART FUN June 16-21! Sign up for the whole week and save by registering your child below.


If you'd like to sign up for just a couple of the classes, please go back to the calendar so you can pick and choose individual classes to suit your schedule!


Your child will enjoy amazing art projects for 3 hours a day and 5 days in a row and they will come home with a total of 8 amazing Art pieces created by them! This Art Camp is for ages 7 to 17 and seats are limited! No experience necessary and all art supplies are included! All classes are taught step by step!


Guests are encouraged to bring a lunch and they may bring in any food beverages to enjoy throughout the class! This class is open to anyone ages 7-17. You may drop off and leave your child at the studio, however you must leave all contact information with our staff in case of an emergency.


Pick up is at 12:45pm. Parents who wish to stay and watch the class must stay in the adjacent studio to allow for more room in the family room and to allow their children to create freely without judgment, interruptions or distractions. :)

Location: The Painted Cork, 1129 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz Map
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Felton Farmers Market
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
Join us for a flurry of activities for kids and adults alike.
Date: Every Wed (May 7-Oct 29) from 2:30pm to 6:30pm

The Felton Farmers' Market

The Felton Farmers' Market was started in 1987 and is the second oldest market in Santa Cruz County. In 2009, SCCFM took over operations and has since increased the variety of certified organic fruits and vegetables, artisan foods and implemented the EBT/SNAP benefit program.

This seasonal market is a favorite for the communities living in the San Lorenzo Valley and is located in the heart of downtown Felton on Hwy 9. Considered the most kid friendly market in the area, the market provides a centrally located space for parents to leave their  young ones, who can draw, play or get their faces painted. The market is a perfect place for families to come and enjoy the day.


The 2019 Season

The Felton Farmers' Market reopens May 7th. Join us for our annual Free Strawberry Shortcake celebration and check out our seasonal line up. New this season, Tacos El Chuy joins the market offering what many consider the best tacos anywhere. All of your favorite farms are returning and many of our smaller growers from 2018 are bigger and better this season. We also have multiple rotating booths offering products like locally made New York style bagels, fresh jams and mustard, basque inspired pastries and specialty sauces to name a few.


The Felton Farmers' Market brings out your favorite farms weekly, showcasing the best in regional organic produce, pasture raised meats and eggs. This is truly a local market with San Lorenzo Valley-based farms like Old House and R&K Honey. RoliRoti, the country's first and finest gourmet rotisserie food truck, serves sustainably-farmed meats and organic produce at their seasonal best. Local favorite, The Penny Ice Creamery serves up unique flavors like whiskey custard, peach sorbet and honey yogurt persimmon.  See you all soon for the 2019 season.


For more information, visit us.

Location: 120 Russell Ave, Felton Map
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Family Story Time
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Library Boulder Creek
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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Loneliness: We’re Still Here
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There's an invisible epidemic on the rise in Santa Cruz County's senior population. And it's something you may have felt before,
Date: Every day (Apr 5-Sep 22)


There's an invisible epidemic on the rise in Santa Cruz County's senior population. And it's something you may have felt before, too.


Loneliness and social isolation affect 1 in 3 seniors in Santa Cruz County. Many seniors contact just one person a week; some said they see a visitor less than once a month. Because of this, people 60 years and older who reported feeling lonely saw a 45% increase in risk of death.*


Opening April 5th, "We're Still Here: Stories of Seniors and Social Isolation" sheds light on this local crisis and gives visitors the tools to help. It also shares solutions to loneliness from different cultures and families around the world. It's not your typical exhibition; over 180 seniors, advocates, and organizations created this show themselves in partnership with the MAH.


"When we learned about this growing issue affecting senior health and well being, we felt the MAH was in a unique position to address it," said Stacey Marie Garcia, Director of Community Engagement at the MAH. "We're all about creating connections and hope to ignite stronger links between seniors and the larger Santa Cruz County community through this exhibition."


(0 A 0 March) Loneliness.jpgTheir Story, Told Their Way

To tell this story, the MAH used a simple- but non-traditional- strategy: give seniors the power to design this exhibition themselves. For many museums, this is not how exhibition design operates. Typically, there is strict curatorial control over decisions big and small, from the themes of the exhibition to the title itself.


That's not how it worked for "We're Still Here: Stories of Seniors and Social Isolation" (a title brainstormed by the group.) From the beginning, it was a fiercely democratic process. Last September, the MAH reinvigorated the Creative Community Committee (C3), an action-oriented gathering of 186 seniors, advocates, and organizations that live this issue every day. Over the course of seven months, the group brainstormed big ideas, worked with local artists to creatively articulate the issues, and talked about ways the public can help. This was the second incarnation of C3 for this purpose; the first was in the 2017 exhibition Lost Childhoods: Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth and the Foster Youth Museum which gathered 100 voices from the local foster youth community for an exhibition of similar structure.


Among the big themes of "We're Still Here", one thread is clear: Santa Cruz needs to know about this problem, step into what it feels like, and even take actions to help.

Transforming Empathy into Action

With a topic so heavy, it can be easy to walk away feeling disempowered and sad. That's why We're Still Here dedicates an entire wall to actions the public can take to help.


Drive a senior to go grocery shopping. Translate written materials into Spanish for a monolingual elder. Donate an iPod for entertainment. If you have a special skill, offer it. If you just want to give money, you could do that too. These actions were developed with the dozens of organizations participating in C3, among them The County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department, Seniors Council of Santa Cruz County, and Community Bridges.


Visitors can explore 45 actions on a wall of business cards that contain ways to follow up and contact information. If one action resonates with them, they can take a card home to complete it.

Telling Stories Through Art

To help translate senior stories, the MAH connected the C3 group with five local artists: Wes Modes, Gina Orlando, Ry Faraola, Cid Pearlman, and The Pajaro Valley Quilt Association. They built relationships with the seniors, understood their stories, and transformed them into visual, audio, and performative experiences for the exhibition.


Wes Modes met with seniors to create 'Words of Wisdom', an audio piece recording their stories. Visitors can hear twenty different stories by picking up a telephone and listening in.


Gina Orlando empowered seniors with photography. She gave each senior a camera and worked with them one-on-one to capture words and images from their daily lives.


Choreographer Cid Pearlman asked seniors to describe what social isolation looked like to them. Inspired by their imagery, she created three physical rooms in the exhibition: a bedroom, a kitchen, and a "room of the mind." During this exhibition, dancers will be periodically activating these rooms with movement.


We're Still Here opens April 5th through September 22nd, 2019. This exhibition was made possible by the following sponsors: Visiting Angels, Care from the Heart, County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department, Community Foundation Santa Cruz, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Bay Photo, Canyon View Capital, Anonymous, In Memory of Al Killingsworth, and MAH Members.


Sun - Thurs 10AM - 7PM  ~  Fri 10AM - 8PM  ~  Sat 10AM - 3PM


Admission Fees

$10 General Admission

$8 Students

Free for MAH members and children under 5.

Free on the First Friday of each month

Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz 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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Mothersong with Joya
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Mothersong Santa Cruz
A multi-cultural sing-a-long for families with babies
Date: Every Wed and Th at 9:15am
Ages: Babies 0-3 with parents Admission Fees: Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free
Special Instructions: Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30

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Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30
Every 1st Sunday of the Month: 10:30-11:30

Directions:  Leaving town on River St, cross Hwy 1. Turn right into the driveway after all the red buildings. The sign says 1060 on it. Park in labeled Guest Parking places.   Walk between the big red buildings on the right.  Look for #111.  There's a ramp for strollers.  Enter the metal gate.  Follow signs.  Art Bar Cafe is next door.


All classes are one hour long.  Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free

Location: Tannery World Dance, 1060 River St #110, Santa Cruz Map
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Robo Sumo
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Library Robo Sumo
Build and program robots
Date: Every Wed (Jun 13-Jul 25) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8-17 Admission Fees: Free

Come compete in the not-so-ancient art of Robo-Sumo. Kids ages 8-17 will work in groups of two to build a competition

Lego robot to battle on the last day of class for a Lego prize. They will build and program their robots to knock the other team's robots out of the circle.

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Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Movies at the Beach
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us!
Date: Every Wed and Th (Jun 19-Aug 14) at 5:00pm

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Wednesday Nights at 9pm

June 19 - August 14, 2019


There's nothing like watching your favorite movies right on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper roller coaster lights twinkling overhead and the smell of Kettlecorn, corn dogs, and salt water taffy filling the air!


Admission FREE!

Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us!


Each movie will include a 15 minute intermission. Seating is first‑come, first‑served.


Smoking is not permitted on the beach or Boardwalk. Alcohol and glass are prohibited on the beach.


A limited number of assistive listening devices (ALDs) are available for check-out at the Guest Services office near the Haunted Castle.


If you require other special accommodations or would like to request Closed Captioning, please contact the Manager on Duty at least 48 hours in advance of the movie at (831) 423‑5590.

2019 Movies Schedule

June 19 The Lost Boys
June 26 School of Rock

July 3 The Sandlot
July 10 Jurassic Park
July 17 Book of Life
July 24 The Outsiders
July 31 The Wedding Singer
Aug 7 Bumblebee (2018)
Aug 14 The Goonies


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Big Basin Nature Club
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State Park Big Basin
Pretend, play, sing, and explore!
Date: Every Su, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and Sa (May 25-Sep 1) at 4:30pm
Ages: All
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Big Basin Nature Club

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 4:30pm

This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing, and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest.


Meet at the campfire center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Positive Discipline for Children of All Ages
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Intensive 3-week Positive Discipline Parenting Class Series for Children of All Ages
Date: Every Wed (Jun 19-Jul 3) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $50
Special Instructions: No Childcare Available

This intensive 3-week (6-hour) class series provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.


Some of the prominent themes include child and adolescent 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.

Facilitated by Colleen Murphy, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, ECE co-op teacher with over 16 years of ECE teaching experience both with children and as a parent educator.

Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Baby Laptime
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Library Freedom
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Wed at 10:30am
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

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Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
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Lego: EV3 Robotics
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Library Live Oak
Create advanced mechanical devices and program motors with Lego Mindstorms
Date: Every Wed (Jun 5-Aug 7) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: Ages 10 -17 Admission Fees: Free

Create advanced mechanical devices and program motors with Lego Mindstorms. Open to ages 10 to 17.

Class will meet weekly on Wednesdays at the Live Oak Library at 3:00pm - 4:30 pm from June 5th to August 7th.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register online at or contact us at 831-427-7717.

Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Library Watsonville
Join us for STEAM!
Date: Every Wed at 3:00pm
Ages: 8-12

(0 A November 2018) Wats-STEAM.jpgSTEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) in the Library will be for ages 8-12.

Participants will learn about and make (electronic) creations from Little Bits kits with the help of staff from the Environmental Science workshop.

This is an ongoing program and the kits will be re-used every time - creations will be photographed and displayed. Then projects will be taken apart and used to create something else the following week- unfortunately children will not be able to take their creations home. You can purchase a set from the official Little Bits website.

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library Children Room

Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
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Summer in the Libraries
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Libraries Santa Cruz Public
This year's theme, A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, was chosen to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves,
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Aug 10)

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries' (SCPL) Summer Reading Program, A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, begins June 1st and runs through August 10th. Our entire program has been revamped this year in order to be more inclusive and to put an even greater focus on reading. Studies have shown that reading just 5 books over the summer can significantly reduce Summer Slide - a term for the learning loss experienced over the summer.


This year's theme, A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, was chosen to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own story. It also celebrates the richness of perspectives that arise when we include stories from diverse people. And finally, we celebrate 50 years of space exploration and the anniversary of the lunar landing.


We are excited to present 3 SUMMER READING KICKOFF EVENTS to celebrate the beginning of the new program. Bring your picnic blankets, chairs, and lunches for these free family events:

  • A Universe of Stories with Nikki Borodi   Start summer off on Sunday June 9th 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Duck Island Stage in San Lorenzo Park. Nikki Borodi is a performance artist, singer, song-writer, ukulele player and acrobat! She brings her acrobatic musical storytelling to Santa Cruz with bubbles, balloon animals, magic, and acrobatics to delight all ages.
  • Coventry & Kalusa  Join us for some fun in the sun and sign-up for summer reading while playing with bubbles, hula hoops and more on Saturday June 15th at Anna Jean Cumming Park (AKA Blueball Park) from 11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. From 12-1 p.m. enjoy a special performance by award winning circus artists Coventry and Kaluza. They will be juggling, hula hooping, playing music, doing some comedy and more.
  • Percussion with James Henry   Sign-up for summer reading while playing with bubbles, hula hoops and more on Sunday June 16th from 12 - 3 p.m. at Highlands County Park in Ben Lomond. From 1 - 2 p.m. enjoy a special performance by James Henry, master percussionist. Expect to dance, sing, be involved and be transported to many areas of the globe through the sounds of drums and percussion!

How to Participate

To sign up, visit or visit any branch library, the Bookmobile, or a Summer Reading Kickoff event. Signups begin June 1st and participants have until August 10th to sign out of the program and receive their rewards. Participants of all ages are encouraged to read books 5 books of their own choosing, listen to audio books, or be read to.

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