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Matilda the Musical
The power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life
Every Fri and Sa (Oct 18-Oct 26) from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Location: Rio theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map

(0 A September 2019) matilda.jpgInspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however - the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $18 Gen, $28 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.allabouttheatre.org
Event website: www.allabouttheatre.org

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Holiday On Ice
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Beach Boardwalk
Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends ice skating by the sea
Date: Every day (Nov 17-Jan 6)
Admission Fees: $14.95 + tax

Boardwalk Holiday Ice

Presented by Dignity Health

November 17, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Celebrate this holiday season with a new family tradition - ice skating at the Boardwalk!

(0 A November 2018) Boardwalk_holiday-ice-fam-skate.jpgFestivities Include:

  • Ice Skating by the Beach-on Real Ice!
  • Select Boardwalk Rides and Games
  • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
  • Delicious Boardwalk Treats
  • Classic Holiday Movies
  • Kids Craft Activities
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations

Ice Skating by the beach!

Our new 32' x 90' covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine!

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.


Ice skating session schedule PDF

 

Reservations recommended. Reserve Now


Location: 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz Map
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Observation Deck Loop Hike
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State Park Henry Cowell
Discover the unique and diverse Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat on this 2-mile stroll to the observation deck
Date: 01/01/2019 at 11:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Vehicle day-use fee is $10

Observation Deck Loop Hike

Tuesday, January 1 at 11am

There and back again - from the redwoods, to the river, to the Sandhills, come and experience the multitude of habitats that you can find at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Enjoy a panoramic view while eating lunch with the acorn woodpeckers before returning to the redwoods on this 4.5-mile, 3.5-hour hike. Bring lunch or snack and water. 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.

 

Santa Cruz Sandhills.

 

 


Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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Bird Walk
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State Park Henry Cowell
A Walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: 01/01/2019 at 8:00am


Bird Walk

Tuesday, January 1 at 8am

Join us for a morning avian stroll to hear and see some of the amazing birds that reside in our park, from hawks to Juncos-maybe even a woodpecker or two. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the campground parking lot off Graham Hill Road.

 

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


Location: Campground, Graham Hill, Felton Map
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FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY
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First Night Monterey
Dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2019!
Date: Every day (Dec 17-Jan 1) from 3:00pm to 12:01am
Admission Fees: $0 - $25

FAST FACTS - First Night Monterey

A community celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve, First Night is Monterey's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event. FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration. Our theme for First Night Monterey 2019 is "Color Me Monterey!". Check our website beginning in November for an overview of program, performers and kids' night out, ticket information and sales. Download the complete program guide in late December and plan your night ahead by reviewing the program and performers - it's a big night with 9 hours of entertainment!

 

Historic Downtown Monterey - Multiple performance sites, most venues are indoors. First Night Monterey goes on "Rain or Shine"! 85% SITES INDOORS! Buy buttons online beginning in November or at our retail partners beginning after Thanksgiving!


ADMISSION:
ADULT BUTTON (16 and older)
$18 Early Bird Price November through first week of December
$22 Advance Purchase Price through December 30th
$25 Full Price December 31 (Day of Celebration), available at Event

YOUTH BUTTON (6-15 years old)
$10 Early Bird Price November through first week of December
$15 Advance Purchase Price through December 30th
$18 Full Price December 31 (Day of Celebration), available at Event

 

Children five and under are admitted free! Look for discounted Family Pack (2 Adult and 2 Youth buttons) available online only, through December 28!

Buttons on sale after Thanksgiving at our retail partners and limited organizations, or buy buttons online! We do not mail buttons. Pick up buttons purchased on-line December 30-31 at Will-Call.

 

(0 A December 2018) FNM_SMALL.jpgPROGRAM: A creation of activities, colors, lights, musical entertainment and performances unfolds on New Year's Eve in Historic Downtown Monterey for First Night Monterey as we dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into the New Year! We invite you to a very special party as we transform the streetscapes, buildings, theaters, churches and concert halls throughout Historic Downtown Monterey into a fun, informative and unique way for the community to experience multiple forms of art on an evening where we celebrate our uniqueness, our commonality and the coming of the New Year!


Activities begin at 3:00PM with the Opening Ceremony staged on Colton Lawn stage on Pacific Street.

 

Kids Night Out! begins at 3:30PM with interactive art activities: face painting, henna tattoo artists, puppet art theater, interactive art activities and folk music will entertain children of all ages.

 

Join us for the Twilight Procession at 5:30. Commit your New Year's resolution at the interactive Resolution Sculpture, challenging all of us to see the changes we can make in our individual lives! Performances range from Classical to Hip Hop, Jazz to Reggae, Dance Venues to the Written Word and a whole lot of art; FNM presents artwork completed this past year by youth and community members within our ArtWorks! Outreach projects.

 


Location: Historic Downtown, Alvarez St, Monterey Map
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First Day Hikes
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State Parks California
Start your year off right, with a rejuvenating visit to California's state parks! Enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and ins
Date: 01/01/2019


First Day Hikes

On Tuesday January 1, 2019, California State Parks invites you to start the New Year outside as part of the eighth annual First Day Hikes initiative across America. First Day Hikes is a nation-wide promotion of healthy lifestyles and year round outdoor recreation through free guided hikes.

 

Bird Walk at 8am
Join us for a morning avian stroll to hear and see some of the amazing birds that reside in our park, from hawks to Juncos-maybe even a woodpecker or two. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the campground parking lot off Graham Hill Road. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Fall Creek Hike at 9am
Hike through a young, 100 year old forest to examine evidence of the logging history and discover how the Bay Area was built on this 4-mile, 4-hour hike. Join us at one of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park's hidden treasures and explore the beauty of Fall Creek. Bring water, warm clothing, and a snack. Meet at the Fall Creek parking lot, approximately 0.5 mile up Felton Empire Road from the Highway 9 Intersection in Felton. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event free. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Sandhills to Observation Deck at 10am
Experience the great biodiversity of Henry Cowell on this easy 3-mile, 2.5-hour hike. We will hike through the Sandhills, a habitat unique to Santa Cruz County, as well as walk through the redwood forest and other habitats of the park. We will observe how controlled burns have helped protect the native habitat of the Sandhills and learn about the plants and animals endemic to it, taking our time to look for rare plants, fungi, banana slugs, or whatever interesting things we can spot along the way! Bring water and snacks. Meet at the campground parking lot off Graham Hill Road. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Observation Deck Loop Hike at 11am
There and back again - from the redwoods, to the river, to the Sandhills, come and experience the multitude of habitats that you can find at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Enjoy a panoramic view while eating lunch with the acorn woodpeckers before returning to the redwoods on this 4.5-mile, 3.5-hour hike. Bring lunch or snack and water. 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.

 

Sandhills, the New Acquisition at 11am
Come explore the new Sandhills acquisition at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on this 3-mile, 2 hour hike. See the hidden treasures and unique geology, plants, and animals of an amazing and fragile ecosystem. Don't miss out on this special opportunity to see a relatively unknown part of this magnificent park. Bring water and snacks. Meet at the probation center parking lot at 3650 Graham Hill Road. Rain cancels. For more information, please call (831) 335-7077. Event free. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Redwood Loop to Cable Car Beach at noon
Come and walk through the majesty of an old growth redwood forest on this 1.5-mile, 1.5-hour hike. Hear the story of the redwoods and learn what makes the Sequoia sempervirens, the tallest tree in the world, so special on our way to Cable Car Beach and back. Bring water. 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.

 

Sandhills Hike at 1pm
Journey to the highest point in the park with a view of the Santa Cruz mountains and Monterey Bay on this 3-mile, 2-hour hike. We will walk under tall oaks, knobcone pines, and alongside manzanita and other flora thriving in the Sandhills habitat and see courageous new growth emerging from the ashes of a recent prescribed burn. Bring water, snacks, and a hat. Meet at the campground parking lot off Graham Hill Road. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event free. Vehicle day use fee is $10. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Redwoods, Evolution, and the Changing Climate at 2pm
Please join us for a 1-mile, 1.5-hour stroll through the magnificent forest. As we wander past trees that are millennia old, we will learn about their evolution and relationship to our changing climate. 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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Transport of Delight
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San Lorenzo Valley Museum
Transportation models of all kinds
Date: Every Su, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Dec 8-Jan 6) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm


(0 A November 2018) SLVMuseum_Transport.jpgA delightful display of transportation models of all kinds. Sure to be fun for all ages, with a hands on, interactive play area for our younger visitors.

 

If you have models of trains, cars, wagons, ships, sleighs, planes, balloons, bicycles, horses - any method of transport and if you would like to share your model(s) please email us at slvmcollections at sbcglobal.net.

 

Exhibition - Dec 8, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019


Location: 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
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MLK March
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Santa Cruz Police & NAACP
"March for the Dream - Justice. Equality. Love."
Date: 01/21/2019 at 10:00am


The Santa Cruz Police Department and the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch invites the community to the 2nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr March in the City of Santa Cruz. The theme is "March for the Dream - Justice. Equality. Love."

 

The March is on Monday, January 21, 2019. The march begins at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Santa Cruz starting on Cathcart Street between Cedar Street and Pacific Avenue. Staging begins at 9:00 a.m. The route will march down Pacific Avenue to Church Street to the Civic Auditorium. There we will convene for speeches and family-friendly activities. "Last year we established the MLK March in Santa Cruz as a fantastic, family-friendly, inspiring, and collaborative event," said Police Chief Andrew Mills. "This year, let's show the nation what a united community looks like."

We encourage all individuals, families, community groups, clubs, schools and congregations to march with us.


Sock Donation - The Association of Faith Communities accepts donations of new socks for their SPIN (Socks for People In Need) program at the staging site and at the Civic.

For event information: MLK March For The Dream Santa Cruz For questions about the MLK March, call 831-420-5844 or 831-429-2266.


Location: Cathcart Street between Cedar & Pacific, Santa Cruz Map
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MLK Day of Service
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Volunteer Center
If you have the day off consider volunteering!
Date: 01/21/2019


(0 A January 2019) MLKDayofService.jpgDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."

Please join in on Monday, January 21st as we help to move our community forward by helping nonprofits with service projects ranging from making cards for Meals on Wheels to engaging in environmental stewardship.

We look forward to seeing you and your family on this national day of service!

 

Support Meals on Wheels on MLK Day of Service Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County Santa Cruz 1/21/19 12:00 PM 2 hours
Saturdays in the Soil for MLK Day of Service Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History Santa Cruz 1/19/19 10:00 AM 2 hours
River Health Project on MLK Day Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County Santa Cruz 1/21/19 9:00 AM 4 hours
Main Beach Cleanup for MLK Day of Service Ecology Action Santa Cruz 1/21/19 10:00 AM 2 hours
MLK Day March and Gathering CitySERVE Santa Cruz 1/21/19 8:00 AM 6 hours
Evergreen Restoration on MLK Day Evergreen Historical Cemetery Santa Cruz 1/21/19 9:30 AM 2.5 hours
MLK Day UCSC Arboretum Workday UCSC Arboretum Santa Cruz 1/21/19 +more 10:00 AM 2 hours
MLK Day of Service at the Farm Homeless Garden Project Santa Cruz 1/21/19 9:30 AM 4 hours
Moore Creek Preserve Volunteers for MLK Day of Service Land Trust of Santa Cruz County Santa Cruz 1/21/19 9:00 AM 3 hours

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