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River Health Day
Volunteer and make a difference in the San Lorenzo River ecosystem!
The 2nd Sa of every month (Jul 23-Dec 8) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Santa Cruz Riverwalk, 107 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz Map

Every second Saturday of the month you can join the Coastal Watershed Council in improving habitat conditions along the lower San Lorenzo River.

During these River Health Days, we will be planting and watering beneficial native seedlings, as well as removing invasive plants along the river to improve biodiversity and habitat complexity.

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

All ages and abilities welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit https://coastal-watershed.org/events/ to learn more and sign up. Call (831) 464 9200 x104 with any questions.

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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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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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Open House 2019
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State Park Castro Adobe
"Thanks for the Memories" is a chance for history buffs, locals and Castro family descendants to visit
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 6-Dec 29) from 11:00am to 3:00pm

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

Located at 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville,  the two-story Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret Pajaro Valley's first State Historic Park in partnership with California State Parks.

 

2019 Castro Adobe Open House events

Opened on a limited basis, the park will be open to the public one weekend day each month in 2019:

  • Sunday, Jan. 27
  • Saturday, Feb. 9
  • Sunday, March 10
  • Saturday, April 6
  • Sunday, May 19
  • Saturday, June 8
  • Sunday, July 14
  • Saturday, Aug. 10*
  • Sunday, Sept. 15
  • Saturday, Oct. 19
  • Sunday, Nov. 17
  • Holidays on the Rancho, Saturday, Dec. 7

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.

Learn more about how you can help create California's newest State Historic Park.


Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-335-6318 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Tinkergarten Summer Classes
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Tinkergarten (local leader: Kelsey Eiland)
Outdoor Classes for Kids
Date: Every Tues and Sa (Jul 13-Aug 27)
Ages: 3-8 Admission Fees: $105/6 classes
Special Instructions: Please visit the Tinkergarten website at https://tinkergarten.com/classes/all/95064?seasons[0]=19 in order to sign up for summer classes! Input your zipcode and look for classes led by Kelsey Eiland.

In each session of our summer series, Tinkergarten Leader, Kelsey, will facilitate a different expert-designed play lesson, welcoming children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. All of our summer play lessons are inspired by a single play theme-Camping! Parents and caregivers will also learn about how children develop through play and how to support play at home. The Tinkergarten program progresses to meet each child's needs, season after season. This Summer, the curriculum for 3-8 years will support kids in developing a range of cognitive, social/emotional and physical skills, which every lesson will put special emphasis on our season's focus skill-Communication. Come join us outdoors to connect and learn through play this summer!
Location: De Laveaga Park, 855 Branciforte Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-5270 •website Santa Cruz Countycreate a direct event link
We Bring the Sandhills to You!
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills formation -its fossils, its unique plants and animals, and how fire plays a role in preserving
Date: Every Su and Sa from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Vehicle day-use fee is $10

We Bring the Sandhills to You!

Saturday and Sundays from 11am to 2pm

Discover the Santa Cruz Sandhills formation-its fossils, its unique plants and animals, and how fire plays a role in preserving this special habitat -at our Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center in the parking lot next to the Nature Store. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077.

 

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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Junior Rangers & Little Rangers
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State Park Henry Cowell
Fun in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: Every Su, Mon, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 1-Aug 31)
Ages: 7-12
Special Instructions: Jr 7-12 & Little 3-6 ~ Note different times

Junior Rangers

Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 10am

Saturdays at 10:30am

Do you have a 7 to 12 year old child? This 1-hour program inspires children like yours to be stewards of the redwood forest with games, songs, and activities. They will become a Junior Ranger and earn prizes while learning how to help preserve Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park! Make sure they bring water, a backpack, and hiking shoes. Meet at the campfire center. Parents must sign-in and sign-out their junior rangers. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Little Rangers

Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 9am

Saturdays at 9:30am

Do you have a 3 to 6 year old child? This 30-minute program hour program children like yours to love and connect to nature with games, songs, activities, and goofiness. Meet at the campfire center. Adult supervision is required and participation is greatly encouraged! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Campfire Center, 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Hidden Gems: Flowers of Big Basin!
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State Park Big Basin
Yes! Wildflowers are still here!
Date: 07/13/2019 at 10:00am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 3 miles Admission Fees: free

Hidden Gems: Flowers of Big Basin!

Saturday, July 13 at 10am

There are many less-famous, yet still beautiful, plants in the redwood forest. Join docent Kathy Willott on this four-mile, three-hour walk and meet some of the hidden gems of Big Basin! Bring water and lunch. Meet at park headquarters. Heavy rain cancels. 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: Rancho del Oso Gate, Wadell Creek Map
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Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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Watsonville Municipal Airport
Like old planes? Come visit us!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Saturday and Sunday

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Historical Aircraft Display every second weekend Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am – 4pm.


Location: 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville 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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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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Little Women
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The Western Stage
Filled with adventure, heartbreak, and a deep sense of hope, the struggles of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March to find their own voi
Date: Every day (Jun 22-Jul 13)


The Western Stage presents "Little Women: The Broadway Musical"

Book by Allan Knee, Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

Mainstage Theater | June 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and July 6, 7, 12, 13 (Join us for ReActions on Sunday, July 7!)

For tickets, order online: www.westernstage.com/tickets or call our box office: 831-755-6816 (Wednesday - Saturday, 5 - 8 p.m.)

Filled with adventure, heartbreak, and a deep sense of hope, the struggles of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March to find their own voices mirrors the growing pains of a young America.

Little Women is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring sign-language interpreters, real-time captioners, or other accommodations should contact the Box Office at least one week prior to the event: 831-755-6816 or westernstage@hartnell.edu


Location: Performance Art Theater, 411 Central Ave, Salinas Map
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McNee Ranch at Montara State Beach
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State Park McNee Ranch
Easy 2 mile hike along Gray Whale Cove Trail
Date: 07/13/2019 from 10:00am to 12:45pm


McNee Ranch at Montara State Beach

Saturday, July 13 at 10am

Join us for an easy 2-mile hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail. Discover ocean views, coastal plants, wildlife, and historic sites like a World War II bunker and evidence of the long-gone Ocean Shore Railroad. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of the Devil's Slide. Rain cancels. Children age 7 and older are welcome, accompanied by parent.

 

All pets must be on leash. Free event. For more information, call (650) 726-8814.

 

Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Hwy 1, Pacifica Map
Phone: (650) 726-8819 •website Half Moon Bay create a direct event link
Old Cove Landing Trail Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs.
Date: Every Sa (Jul 6-Jul 27) at 9:00am

Special Instructions: 7/6, 20, 27

Old Cove Landing Trail

Saturday, July 6 at 11am

Saturday, July 20 at 11am

Saturday, July 27 at 11am

On this 2.5 mile, 2-hour family friendly walk, we'll explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs. Bring water, hat, closed toe shoes, layered clothing, and binoculars if available. Meet at the interpretive center. Rain cancels.

 

Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 421-0139 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Stuff the Bus Fundraiser
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United Way
Can We Count On You This Year To Stuff The Bus?
Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 2)


Can We Count On You This Year To Stuff The Bus?  


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It's More Than A Backpack

School Supply Collection Drive: July 1 - August 2
Stuff-A-Thon @ Kaiser Permanente Arena: Aug 3


United Way of Santa Cruz County is proud to partner with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education to collect and distribute NEW backpacks and school supplies to ensure students start school ready to learn with the tools they need to succeed! 


Last year, more than 3,000 Santa Cruz County students were experiencing homelessness and/or extreme hardships - community members like you stepped in and collected 2,200 new backpacks with supplies that were distributed to youth in time for the first day of school...THANK YOU!


With 3,000 K-12 students in need of new school supplies and backpacks, you can make a difference and help a student start the first day of school ready to learn! Your business or organization can sponsor this year's Stuff The Bus - various sponsorship levels include a pop-up school bus for display at your location, marketing materials that include your company logo and social media posts.


Click here to download the 2019 Stuff The Bus Corporate Sponsorship form and/or contact our UW team should you have questions - campaign@unitedwaysc.org


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Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder
Tour Wilder Ranch!
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 5-Dec 29) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays 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. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event free. Day use parking fee is $10.  Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Coast Road, 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
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Guided Hike
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State Park Butano
Join Naturalist Interpreter Eleanor for a 2-hour stroll
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Aug 31) at 1:30pm


Guided Hike

Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30pm

Join a State Park Interpreter for a 1.5-hour exploration of the park to learn about the local ecology and history of Butano Canyon. Topics discussed on the hikes will range from redwood forest ecology to the historical role of humans in shaping the modern landscape. Spend a wonderful afternoon outdoors while discovering a deeper sense of stewardship for the flora and fauna of Butano State Park. Meeting locations vary; consult the whiteboards at the front kiosk or campground for starting location.

 

Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.

 


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
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Wacky Water Day
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Louden Nelson Community Center
Bring the family for a FREE fun day of water games! Inflatable water slide, dunk tank, water games and more! Kids should wear sw
Date: 07/13/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Bring the family for a FREE fun day of water games! Inflatable water slide, dunk tank, water games and more! Kids should wear swim suits and bring towels and sunscreen.


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Pride and Prejudice
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Santa Cruz Shakespeare
Fast-paced, off-beat, and irreverent!
Date: Every day (Jul 9-Aug 31)


Pride and Prejudice

By Kate Hamill, adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, Directed by Paul Mullins

 

Jane Austen's most famous story is retold by eight actors playing multiple roles. Fast-paced, off-beat, and irreverent, Kate Hamill's adaptation will wriggle its way into your heart.  

 

Before the Play Begins...

With four unmarried daughters and with the family property entailed to a male heir, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet live in a rural society with few eligible bachelors. But a Mr. Bingley has just rented a nearby estate . . .

 

Come early and enjoy the full Glen experience! Bring your own picnic, or food, beverages, and desserts are available for purchase at the Glen from Hoffman's Downtown.

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Location: Upper DeLaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Rd, Santa Cruz Map
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Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day's special focus. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm.

 

We have created some unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. What we like to call our "usual" activities include:

  • Wooden cow milking: we have life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow.
  • Kid-driven tractor: we retrofitted a John Deere tractor so that anyone can learn to drive it. You sit in the seat and control the steering wheel while a trained volunteer stands on a platform to your right to controls the speed. We even have space for a parent or friend to stand to your left and enjoy the ride.
  • We are currently working on creating a stationary tractor that you can drive down a crop row and the computer screen in front of you displays how well you are handling the tractor.

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
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Hop N Barley Beer Festival
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Hop 'N Barley
Family friendly: music, food, and beer
Date: 07/13/2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Bring the whole family!

This is a dog-friendly, family event. We are requesting all people on the lawn to be wristbanded. This keeps the event safe for families and minors and will keep us from having to fence in the whole event. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Music: 12-5 Main Stage

Mabanza Groove 12:00 - 1:00

Bobcat Rob & The Nightly Howl 2:00 - 3:00

Earl Zero & Soul Syndicate Feat. Fully Fullwood 4:00 - 5:00

Music: 1-4 Stage Two
Bad Bob 1:00 - 2:00
Marty O'Reilly 3:00 - 4:00

 

Something smells good!

  • Garcia's Fish Tacos
  • Holopono Food Truck - Pono Hawaiian Grill
  • Heavenly Gyro
  • H&H Fish
  • Bruno's Bar and Grill
  • Uncie Ro's Pizza
  • Pat's Pit BBQ
  • Full Steam Dumpling
  • The Underdog Grill

Beer: 12-4:30  Enjoy a memorable day of drinking some of the best beers around. 

Your tasting ticket gets you:

  • Access to over 50 Breweries and 12 cider companies
  • A commemorative beer tasting glass
  • Beer games including bean bags & washers

  • Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Valley Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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    Old Cove Landing Trail Walks
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    State Park Wilder Ranch
    Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs.
    Date: Every Sa (Jun 1-Aug 31) from 11:00am to 1:00pm

    Special Instructions: 4/6, 20, 27

    Old Cove Landing Trail

    Saturday, August 3 at 11am

    Saturday, August 17 at 11am

    Saturday, August 24 at 11am

    Saturday, August 31 at 11am

    On this 2.5 mile, 2-hour family friendly walk, we'll explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs. Bring water, hat, closed toe shoes, layered clothing, and binoculars if available. Meet at the interpretive center. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


    Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
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    Campfire Programs
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    State Park Butano
    Marshmallow roasting, songs, trivia, and a slideshow
    Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Aug 31) at 7:00pm


    Campfire Program

    Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm

    Celebrate the summer with a State Park Interpreter at our campfire program. We'll roast some marshmallows, play trivia and other games, sing campfire songs, and feature a short presentation on an important nature topic. Come prepared to participate in the show, laugh, learn, and win prizes. It's a great time for one and all! Meet at the campfire center next to the Ben Ries Campground. Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.

     

     


    Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
    Phone: (650) 879-2040 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
    Kiddie Kapers Parade
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    California Rodeo
    Bring your family to Oldtown Salinas and join years of tradition with the Kiddie Kapers and Colmo del Rodeo Parades.
    Date: 07/13/2019 at 7:00pm


    The theme for the 2019 parade is Every Child is a Rodeo Star!


    The 89th Kiddie Kapers Parade, presented by Sakata Seed America, will take place on Saturday July 13th as the lead-in to the Colmo del Rodeo Parade. Kids will line up at the Salinas High School parking lot (726 S. Main Street) and the parade will start at 7:00pm. Children should plan to arrive by 6pm. The children in the parade are grouped into 7 divisions for judging. The divisions are Playground Floats, Cowboys and Cowgirls, Strollers & Wagons, Community Groups, Costumed Kids & Pets, Croup Floats and Rolling Riders (bikes and trikes). Everyone is encouraged to wear western clothing.


    Thousands of people line the streets of Old Town Salinas to watch over 1,200 children ride on floats, bikes, in wagons and more as a kick off to Big Week and the California Rodeo Salinas.

     

    The California Rodeo's 2019 Colmo del Rodeo Parade, presented by Star Market, will take place on Saturday July 13th at 7:30pm in Old Town Salinas.

     

    History of the Colmo del Rodeo Parade

    The Colmo Parade will grace the streets of Old Town Salinas and commemorate what was once the greatest parade of the West! As the California Rodeo was first produced in 1911, so was the first informal night parade. The parade was organized by local townsfolk, and included decorated automobiles that would drive down Main Street Salinas to wrap up Big Week festivities. Later in 1913 the parade was formalized. At this time the “Colmo del Rodeo” was recognized as the largest and greatest night-lighted parade west of the Mississippi. Sadly, after the 1985 Big Week, the Colmo was eliminated from Rodeo activities, though a few years later in 1987 it was brought back and was a part of the Saturday horse parade. The parade was such a huge success in 2010 when it was revived for the 100th Anniversary of the Rodeo that we continue to produce it each year.

    Location: Oldtown Salinas, Lincoln and San Luis Streets, Salinas Map
    Phone: 831-751-3100 •website Salinas create a direct event link
    Arboretum Tour of What's in bloom
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    Arboretum
    Free guided tour with paid admission, $3
    Date: Every Sa

    Special Instructions: $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6

    Join staff & docents on a tour of what's in bloom.

    Free Guided Tour, 1st Saturday, every month, Free with your Arboretum admission. 

     

    Admission to the Arboretum

    • The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is open from 9:00 to 5:00 every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. A visit is worthwhile any time of the year.
    • $5 for Adults and $2 for Children (6 to 17 years old), and free under 6.
    • Free to those going only to shop at Norrie's.
    • Free to UCSC students
    • Free to Friends of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum members and Arboretum volunteers
    • Free to members of gardens participating in the American Horticulture Society (AHS) Reciprocal Admissions Program
    • Free on first Tuesday of each month, Community Day.
    • Docent-lead tours can be arranged by advance request. The $10 per person cost includes admission to the Arboretum.

     


    Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
    Old Tree Trail Hike
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    State Park Portola Redwoods
    On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old,
    Date: Every Fri and Sa at 2:30pm

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    Old Tree Trail Hike

    Fridays and Saturdays at 2:30pm

    On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old, discover the banana slug's vital role to this flourishing forest, and learn about the marvelous Marbled Murrelet and how park visitors can help save these endangered birds. Bring closed toe shoes, water, a snack, and a camera. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.

     

    Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Meet outside the visitor center. Bring closed toe shoes, water, a snack, and a camera. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

     

    From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Rd. Use low gear as both these roads are steep and winding (650) 948-9098.


    Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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    Old Growth Classic
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    Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz
    Sept. 14: A 55-mile mixed terrain race, two nights of camping, live music, delicious catered meals, and more summer camp fun. As
    Date: Every Sa (Jul 10-Sep 14)
    Admission Fees: $170 - $200
    Special Instructions: Registration open now

    (0 A July 2019) OldGrowthClassic.jpgMountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) is proud to partner with Ibis Cycles to present the second annual Old Growth Classic on September 14, 2019. This event is a full weekend experience featuring a 55-mile mixed terrain race, two nights of camping, live music, delicious catered meals, and more summer camp fun. As always, a significant portion of the proceeds will go directly to State Parks. 

     

    New this year, there are two event packages to choose from, a Full Weekend Package and a Race Day Only Package (more details below), and 500 total spots are available. This event will sellout fast, so be ready to register tonight at 7:00pm!

     

    We'd love everybody to join us for the full weekend, but we know some of you need to get back home. That's why we have a limited number of Race Day Only Packages available this year, in addition to our classic Full Weekend Package. 

     

    Full Weekend Package ($200, limit 425) includes:

    - Professionally timed bike race
    - High quality commemorative race number plate
    - Two nights of camping at Little Basin Campground
    - Four meals (Saturday breakfast/lunch/dinner, Sunday breakfast snacks)
    - Reusable cup/plate/utensils

    - Event koozie
    - Free coffee from Verve Coffee Roasters
    - Two free drinks from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery or Venus Spirits
    - Event t-shirt

     

    Race Day Only Package ($170, limit 75) includes:

    - Professionally timed bike race
    - High quality commemorative race number plate
    - Two meals (Saturday lunch/dinner)
    - Reusable cup/plate/utensils
    - Event koozie
    - Free coffee from Verve Coffee Roasters
    - Two free drinks from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery or Venus Spirits
    - Event t-shirt

     

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    Location: Big Basin, 21700 Little Basin Road, Boulder Creek Map
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    Old-Growth Redwood Tours
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    Explore the redwoods!
    Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

    Old-Growth Redwood Tour                                                                                  

    Saturdays at 11am and 2pm

    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. Free event.

     

    Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


    Location: Big Trees Park Road, Felton Map
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    Redwood Tours
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    State Park Henry Cowell
    One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you
    Date: Every Sa at 12:00pm
    Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

    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. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


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    Food Truck Friday
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    Food Trucks A Go Go
    Great Evening for the Whole Family! Celebrate with delicious dinner, drinks, live music and swing dancing! Support SV Educationa
    Date: 07/13/2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
    Ages: all Admission Fees: none
    Special Instructions: Dance lessons!

    (0 A July 2019) FoodTruckAgogo_July12.jpgFood Truck Friday returns! Celebrate with delicious dinner, drinks and live music!

    Food Trucks A Go Go welcomes Speakeasy 3 & the Swing Set Lounge to Food Truck Friday!

    For dinner & dessert, we have Holopono, Mattia Pizza, Shockwave, Union & Aunt LaLi's.

    The Scotts Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) will be behind the Beer Garden serving Steel Bonnet Beers to raise money for Scotts Valley schools.

    The extremely talented dancers from Santa Cruz's Swing Set Lounge will be giving Swing lessons from 5-6pm, followed by lots of fun & dancing to live music by Speakeasy 3!

    Swing by!!

    SPECIAL THANKS to our Sponsors: Mari & Ed Rossi & EJR Consulting

    Holopono Food Truck Mattia Pizza Truck Santa Cruz Shockwave Food Truck UNION foodie truck Aunt LaLi's Mobile Cafe Steel Bonnet Brewing Company Scotts Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) Speakeasy 3 Swing Set Lounge Mari Rossi Ed Rossi EJR Consulting LLC


    Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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    Summer in the Libraries
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    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 santacruzpl.org/srp 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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    Pigeon Point Light Station Guided Tour
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    History walks of the lighthouse
    Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
    Ages: All

    Guided History Tour

    Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, Pescadero, CA

    Guided half-hour history walks of the lighthouse grounds are available 10am - 4pm Fridays through Sundays, except on rainy days.


    Location: Guided Tour, 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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    2019 Season Subscription
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    Mountain Community Theater
    Theater at its delightful best in Ben Lomond!
    Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Mar 15-Dec 15)
    Ages: 12+

    2019 Season Subscription

    2019 SEASON TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE - THROUGH BROWN PAPER TICKETS OR BY CALLING 800-838-3006, THEIR 24/7 CUSTOMER SERVICE NUMBER.

    Here's a list of the shows in our 2019 season. All performances are at Park Hall in beautiful downtown Ben Lomond.

     

    March 15 - April 7
    FOUR OLD BROADS
    By Leslie Kimbell
    Directed by Kathie Kratochvil
    Four Old Broads is a new comedy featuring four sassy, smart, and savvy older women who are living at the Magnolia Place Assisted Living home. With fast-paced and quick-witted dialogue, it has been called "a laugh-out-loud hysterical play with a whole lot of heart." The play revolves around retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton who desperately needs a vacation, but NOT another trip to see that "precious little German village for the umpteenth time." She dreams of a trip through the Caribbean on a "Sassy Seniors Cruise," but encounters obstacles along the way, including the evil Nurse Pat Jones. Much laughter ensues as the gals try to solve a mystery at Magnolia Place by going under-cover. If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all.


    May 17 - June 9
    RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
    By Gina Gionfriddo
    Directed by Peter Gelblum
     A Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama.  Also called "one of the top 10 plays of 2012" by Entertainment Weekly and "intensely smart and immensely funny" by the New York Times.  After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs - the prize being Gwen's husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals.


    August 16-18
    NEW WORKS WEEKEND
    Produced by Alaina Boys
    We will again be staging our New Works Weekend in August, featuring a staged reading of a new play by a local playwright. Each performance will feature a talk back with the cast and playwright.


    September 20 - October 20
    MAMMA MIA
    By Catherine Johnson, with music by ABBA
    Directed by Kathie Kratochvil

    Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! The sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless 1970's hit songs, non-stop laughs, and explosive dance numbers propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.


    November 22 - December 15
    THE CHERRY ORCHARD
    By Anton Chekhov
    Directed by Bill Peters

    Chekov's masterpiece tells the story of an aristocratic Russian landowner who returns to her family estate just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage, and her increasingly desperate attempts to save the property.  The play's brilliance lies in its use of a critical historical moment - the aftermath of the abolition of serfdom in Russia - to explore and provide deep insights into families and relationships, all done with humor and intense drama.


    Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
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    Apple Roasting! Crafts! Games! Skulls and Pelts!
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    Enjoy roasting ranger apples and marshmallows, playing games, listening to tunes, and making some fun crafts! Touch and learn ab
    Date: Every Th and Sa (Jul 4-Jul 18) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm


    Apple Roasting! Crafts! Games! Skulls and Pelts!

    Thursday, August 1 from 3:30 to 5:30pm

    Thursday, August 15 from 3:30 to 5:30pm

    Drop by anytime between 3:30 and 5:30pm at our historic campfire center and enjoy roasting ranger apples and marshmallows, playing games, listening to tunes, and making some fun crafts! Touch and learn about the skulls and pelts of Big Basin animals. 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: 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek Map
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    Loneliness: Were 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)


    MAH LONELINESS EXHIBITION -- BY AND ABOUT SENIORS -- OPENS APRIL 5th

    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.

     

    Open
    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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    Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed
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    State Park Big Basin
    Come to the visitor center, next to park headquarters, to get answers!
    Date: Every Su and Sa (May 4-Sep 1) from 11:00am to 1:00pm


    Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed

    Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 1pm

    Do you have questions about Big Basin? Want trail information? Information about the plants and animals you see? Come to the visitor center, next to park headquarters, to get answers! 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: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek 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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    Here Comes the Sun: Look through a Solar Telescope!
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    State Park Big Basin
    You'll see sunspots, solar prominences, and other features of our closest star as you learn about the parts of the sun and how i
    Date: 07/13/2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm


    Here Comes the Sun: Look through a Solar Telescope!

    Saturday, July 13 from 11am to 1pm

    Come to the campfire center and look through a solar telescope at the sun. You'll see sunspots, solar prominences, and other features of our closest star as you learn about the parts of the sun and how it shines. There will be sun-related activities for the kids. Conducted by Steve Widmark of the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club. 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: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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    Little and Junior Rangers
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    State Park Butano
    Summer kid ranger programs
    Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Aug 31)

    Special Instructions: Littles 10am, Juniors 11am

    Little Rangers

    Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

    Any and all 3 to 6 year olds are invited to play games, listen to stories and songs, and learn about nature! Activities and games vary from week to week, but always cover a topic relevant to Butano State Park. Smiles, laughter, and good times abound at this program, and it’s a fantastic way to begin your morning in the park. Meet at the campfire center next to the Ben Ries Campground. Parents are required to stay and encouraged to help facilitate the fun and games.

     

    Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.

     

    Junior Rangers

    Saturdays and Sundays at 11am

    All visitors aged 7 to 12 have the opportunity to become a Junior Ranger with this program. Junior Rangers learn about the importance of nature and our heritage through exploration, games, and various activities and earn prizes for their participation.

     

    Meeting locations vary; consult the whiteboards at the front kiosk or campground for program location. Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.


    Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero 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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    Big Basin Nature Club
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    Pretend, play, sing, and explore!
    Date: Every Su, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and Sa at 4:30pm
    Ages: All
    Special Instructions: See different times

    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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    Beehive, The 60's Musical
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    Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
    A Cherry Coke With Plenty Of Fizz! "My Boyfriend's Back", "Be My Baby", "Son of a Preacher Man", and "Me and Bobby McGee"
    Date: Every day (Jun 27-Jul 14)
    Admission Fees: $21 - $46

    (0 A June 2019) Beehive.jpgBeehive, The 60's Musical
    JUNE 27 - JULY 14, 2019
    Created by Larry Gallagher

    The Suprise Musical Sensation of the Season!

    A Cherry Coke With Plenty Of Fizz!
    The Audience Devours Beehive Like a Three Foot Hoagie

    - Time Magazine

    A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE WOMEN oF ROCK 1960 - 1970

    THE PLAY

     The 60's Musical is the ultimate celebration of 1960's female empowerment. Featuring such timeless classics as "My Boyfriend's Back", "Be My Baby", "Son of a Preacher Man", and "Me and Bobby McGee", Beehive nostalgically recalls the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power. Told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in this enigmatic decade, these young ladies look back on a host of issues ranging from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation - a theme that is even now resonating in the 21st century.

    Songs Include The Name (New) Game, Natural Woman, Deep, Mountain High (Deeman), My Boyfriend's Back, One Fine Day, To Sir With Love, It's My Party, Proud Mary, Where The Boys Are, Make Your Own Kind Of Music


    Location: Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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    Campfire Programs Henry Cowell
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    State Park Henry Cowell
    Sing songs, play games, hear stories and learn all about our unique and beautiful park
    Date: Every Su, Mon, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 1-Aug 31)

    Special Instructions: See varying days & times

    Evening Campfire Program


    August 1 through 18:

    Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 8pm & Saturdays at 6pm


    August 19 through 31: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm


    Gather beneath the Ponderosa Pines at our campfire center for a family friendly evening of song, story, and education. Campfire treats will conclude our evening of discovery! Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Good dogs welcome! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


    Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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    San Lorenzo River Adventures!
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    Coastal Watershed
    The San Lorenzo River watershed is home to birds and bugs, fish and fungi, you and me! Explore the river ecosystem...
    Date: The 2nd Sa of every month (Feb 23-Jun 22)


    The Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History are teaming up in 2019 to bring you your favorite nature tour series: Exploring the San Lorenzo River. This spring, connect with local naturalists, geologists, mycologists, historians, and artists through unique explorations of the San Lorenzo River. Bring the whole family and learn about birds, mushrooms, floods, and rocks. Take a tour in the upper San Lorenzo River on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Check out the lower San Lorenzo River and Santa Cruz Riverwalk on the 4th Saturday of each month.


    Faults, Floods, and Fossils Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.

    Explore the geologic history of the San Lorenzo Valley, how to identify the different kinds of rocks, river processes, faults, floods, and fossils. We are looking forward to this repeat of Frank Perry's popular walk, described here.


    Field Journaling along the San Lorenzo River Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.

    Explore Coastal Watershed Council's San Lorenzo River Habitat Enhancement site with local artist Melody Overstreet. Learn about the ecological community at the San Lorenzo River through observation, plant care, drawing and guided reflection. We will develop our naturalist eye through the practice of drawing plant species and the landscape.


    Indigenous People in the San Lorenzo Valley Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.

    Learn about the first people to live in the Santa Cruz Mountains. How did they interact with the abundant natural resources? What evidence do we have to learn about their lifestyles? Where are they now? More information on the tour to be announced soon.


    Bilingual Bird Walk - Camino Bilingüe Sobre Los Aves Saturday, June 22, 9:00 a.m.

    Walk along the San Lorenzo River and discover the different families of birds that live here. Learn to observe birds who come from near and far to the San Lorenzo River. Local bird enthusiast Nanci Adams, will lead the bilingual walk. This tour is great for all ages!

     

    Camine a lo largo del río San Lorenzo y descubre las diferentes familias de aves que viven allí. Aprender a observar las aves que vienen de cerca y lejos a nuestro Río. Nanci Adams, una entusiasta de aves, conducirá el paseo bilingüe. La caminata es una gran oportunidad por todas las edades!


    Location: 440 Front Street, Santa Cruz Map
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    Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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    State Park Henry Cowell
    Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
    Date: Every Sa (Jul 13-Jul 20) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
    Admission Fees: Event is free; parking is $10.

    ine Needle Basket Making Workshop

    Saturday, July 13 from 10am to noon

    Saturday, July 20 from 10am to noon

    Participate in a marvelous family workshop learning how to make a basket from local ponderosa pine needles. No experience necessary. The class capacity is 20; please arrive on time to reserve your seat. Meet in the amphitheater of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground, located off Graham Hill Rd. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Free event.

     

    Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

     


    Location: Hwy 9, Felton 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: Every Su, Fri and Sa (May 3-Aug 31) at 11:00am
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Vehicle day-use fee is $10
    Special Instructions: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm

    Redwood Grove Loop Walk

    Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 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 1.5-hour walk. Bring water and good walking shoes.

     

    Meet at park headquarters. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. 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
    Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
    Story Time Walk
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    State Park Big Basin
    Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time!
    Date: Every Sa at 10:30am


    Story Time Walk

    Saturdays at 10:30am

    Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time! Starting at park headquarters, 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. Meet at park headquarters. 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: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
    Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
    Brainfuse - Homework Help
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    Libraries
    Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
    Date: Every day


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

     

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

     

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

     

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


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    Campfire Programs Portola
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    State Park Portola Redwoods
    Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
    Date: Every Fri and Sa at 8:00pm


    Campfire Programs

    Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

    Come for the fun and stay for the science! Each night's program will cover a different topic of life in the redwoods. After a long day of hiking, unwind around the campfire while expanding your knowledge of the natural and cultural history of our wonderful state park. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


    Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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    Little Rangers Portola
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    State Park Portola Redwoods
    Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
    Date: Every Su and Sa at 10:00am


    Little Rangers

    Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

    All 3 to 6 year olds and their families are invited to learn, play, and laugh together at this 30 minute program. Activities, songs, stories, and silliness will help our youngest visitors find a connection to the redwood forest and all of its inhabitants. Adult supervision is required and participation is encouraged. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


    Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda 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 Sa at 12:00pm
    Ages: All
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    Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

    Saturdays at noon

    Sunday, August 4 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. Bring water and good hiking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. 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
    Phone: 831.336.8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
    Summer Concert Series
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    State Park New Brighton
    Campfire concerts. Bring your blankets and beach chairs!
    Date: Every Sa (Jul 6-Aug 31) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm


    Summer Concert Series

    Saturdays from 7:30 to 8:30pm

    Enjoy a free concert every week this summer! Great local groups with lots of talent! Visit the kiosk for performing artists' information. Meet at the ramada for concert. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. 

     

    Saturday Nights in July at 7:30pm

    7/1-Watsonville Taiko Drummers
    7/8- Western Sing-a-long with Michelle Kiba
    7/15- Designated Drivers (Americana & Classic Rock)
    7/23- Indonesian Gamelan
    7/29- Simmons Family Band

    Saturday Nights in August, 7:30pm

    8/3

    8/10

    8/17

    8/24



    Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola Map
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    Variety Pack Guided Hike
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    State Park Portola Redwoods
    Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
    Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 11:00am


    Variety Pack Guided Hike

    Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am

    Explore the many beautiful trails at Portola Redwoods State Park! Each hike will offer visitors a greater sense of park history and a deeper connection to the natural world. Hikes will vary in difficulty, so please check the signboard at the visitor center for the daily hike schedule. Generally, afternoon hikes will be more strenuous than morning hikes. Bring closed toe shoes, water, snacks, and a camera. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


    Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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    Castle Rock Loop
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    State Park Castle Rock
    Join us on a 2-mile, 2-hour hike to Castle Rock and Castle Rock Falls
    Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

    Castle Rock Loop Hike

    Saturdays at 11am

    On this 1-mile, 1-hour interactive journey we will discuss the various park ecosystems, Ohlone history, Black Oak ecology, wildfire, and more. Bring water, closed toe shoes, snacks, and a camera. Meet at kiosk. No pets. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $8. Parking is limited so please try to arrive early. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


    Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
    Phone: (831) 291-8273 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
    Little & Junior Rangers Portola
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    State Park Portola Redwoods
    Little Rangers: Saturdays and Sundays at 10am; Junior Rangers: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1pm
    Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa


    Little Rangers

    Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

    All 3 to 6 year olds and their families are invited to learn, play, and laugh together at this 30 minute program. Activities, songs, stories, and silliness will help our youngest visitors find a connection to the redwood forest and all of its inhabitants. Adult supervision is required and participation is encouraged. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.

     

    Junior Rangers

    Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1pm

    This 1-hour, kids-only program for 7 to 12 year olds inspires the next generation to be stewards of the redwood forest with games, songs, and guided hikes. Become a Junior Ranger and earn prizes while learning how to help the forest! Bring water, backpack, and hiking shoes. Sign-ups begin 30 minutes before the program starts in the visitor center and programs fill up fast! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


    Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda 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 Sa at 11:00am

    Special Instructions: Located on Highway 35, just 2.5 miles southeast of the junction with Hwy 9

    EASY HIKES
    Castle Rock Loop
      Sat 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.


    Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
    Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
    Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Experience
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    Seymour Marine Discovery Center
    With the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
    Date: Every Sa (Jun 1-Aug 24) from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

    (0 A May 2019) SeymourLogoMay.jpgCome learn more about Monterey Bay, from a vantage point half-mile out to sea, without ever leaving land! The Santa Cruz Wharf extends a half-mile out to sea in a dynamic and truly marine environment. Scientists from the University of California, Santa Cruz utilize this easy access to ocean ecosystems to conduct research in sustainable energy, biological oceanography, harmful algal blooms, and marine mammals.

    Seymour Marine Discovery Center volunteers are available to answer your marine science questions Saturdays from noon to 3 PM, May 25 to August 24, 2019.

    Look for us near the end of the wharf! Volunteers will be wearing uniforms of khaki pants and navy blue Seymour Center shirts.


    Location: Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
    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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