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Mushroom Month
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Downtown Santa Cruz
Celebrate (and consume) mushrooms throughout Downtown Santa Cruz with culinary specials
Date: Every day (Jan 1-Jan 31)


January is Mushroom Month

 

Celebrate January and all it's Spores with a month long celebration of Mushrooms.

Don't miss the 45th annual Fungus Fair held at the Louden Nelson Community Center, January 11th to the 13th.

All month long, you can celebrate (and consume) mushrooms throughout Downtown Santa Cruz with culinary specials and special mushroom inspired products.

 

 


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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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Super Blood Moon Eclipse
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Universe
Stargazers will witness a trifecta of lunar events in the New Year - a total lunar eclipse, a super blood Moon and a "Wolf Moon"
Date: Every day (Jan 20-Jan 21)


(0 A January 2019) BloodMoon.jpgStargazers will witness a trifecta of lunar events in the New Year - a total lunar eclipse, a super blood Moon and a "Wolf Moon," a nickname for a full Moon that appears in the middle of winter.

 

Millions of people across North and South America and portions of western Europe and Africa will be able to catch the rare sight overnight on January 20 into January 21, according to National Geographic. For a few hours, the moon will give off a bright reddish glow.

 

"A total lunar eclipse can happen only when the Sun, Earth and Moon are perfectly lined up - anything less than perfection creates a partial lunar eclipse or no eclipse at all," Space.com explains.

 

You won't want to miss it. Earth won't experience another total lunar eclipse, which occurs when the entire Moon enters Earth's shadow, until May 2021, NASA estimates.


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ESL Conversation
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Library Central
Date: Every Mon from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

ESL Conversation Group (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)

Volunteer guided ESL conversation group for people who want to practice their English. We'll use real life situations and tasks to help people get more comfortable with using English in everyday life. Grupo de conversacion ESL dirigido por un voluntario para participantes que desean practicar su inglés. Utilizaremos situaciones de la vida diaria para ayudar a la gente a sentirse más cómodo usando el ingés en la vida cotidiana.

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831)427-7717 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Knitting @ the Library
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Library Scotts Valley
Learn to knit
Date: Every Mon from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8 & up Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: 230-D Mount Hermon Road Kings Village Shopping Center, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: 831-427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Honk the Musical
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All About Theatre
Heartwarming and family-friendly!
Date: Every day (Jan 18-Jan 26)
Admission Fees: $13 - $20

(0 A January 2019) Honk2019.jpgAll About Theatre presents their musical performance of Stiles and Drewe's Honk!, about Ugly, who looks and acts quite different than his other duck siblings. A heartwarming story about being different and self-discovery. This show is family-friendly and will delight people of all ages.

 

Performances

January 18 - 26, 2019

  • Fri, 1/18 at 7pm
  • Sat, 1/19 at 2pm
  • Sat, 1/19 at 7pm
  • Fri, 1/25 at 7pm
  • Sat, 1/26 at 2pm
  • Sat, 1/26 at 7pm

Tickets

$13 - Students & Seniors (over 62)

$16 - General Admission

$20 - Reserved Seating

 

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Location: Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center St, 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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Tales to Tails Aptos
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Mon from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

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

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


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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90 Years of Magic
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San Francisco Zoo
90 cent admission into the Zoo for children under 14 in January!
Date: Every day (Jan 20-Jan 31)
Ages: All Admission Fees: 90 cents for children under 14

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We are marking an extraordinary milestone in 2019 as it has been 90 incredible years since the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens was first established.

 

We are kicking off a year-long celebration of the Zoo's 90th anniversary with a 90 cent admission into the Zoo for children under 14 in January!

 


Location: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco Map
Phone: (415) 753-7236 •website San Franciscocreate a direct event link
Guided Elephant Seal Walks
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State Park Ano Nuevo
Elephant seals galore! 3 mile hike to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Date: Every day (Dec 15-Mar 31) from 8:45am to 2:30pm
Ages: All: (Lots of walking) Admission Fees: Guided $7; Self-guided free
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent Naturalist

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks

 

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Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Vehicle Day use fee is $10. For more information, call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227, or visit www.parks.ca.gov/anonuevo.


For reservations, please call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.
These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays.

 

Self-Guided Seal Walks

Daily, between 8:30am and 3:30pm (Natural Preserve closes at 5pm)

Stroll over sand dunes, enjoy beautiful ocean views, and gain a unique opportunity to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals on this 3-mile, 2.5-hour self-guided trail! Visit the female elephant seals as they return to shore to molt, or shed their fur, in this annual excursion.  Additionally, young pups are still ashore from the winter breeding season. Layered clothing, closed-toes shoes, and rain/wind gear are strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted inside the dune area. Pets are not allowed in the park. Walk is free; day-use vehicle fee is $10. Entrance to the reserve for your self-guided walk requires a free permit that can be obtained at the entrance station, or the Visitor Center. Please contact the park at 650-879-2025 for further information.

 

If you require mobility assistance, you may request a volunteer-led equal access tour. You will board our accessible van and get a ride to our wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. A volunteer(s) will accompany you to the two seal-viewing decks, explain the Northern elephant seal natural history, the history of the park, and answer questions. Reservations are required. Please, allow a 2-week advance notice. The volunteer led tour is free, day-use vehicle fee is $10. Contact the park at 650-879-2033 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov. Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Hwy 1, Pescadero Map
Phone: (650) 879-2025 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
Toddler Story Time
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Mon from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: toddlers & parents Admission Fees: Free

Toddler Time @ Live Oak (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
Location: Live Oak Branch
Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. Join us for early literacy practices involving music, movement, stories, rhymes and more for your child and you.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Kirby Shadow Days
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Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School
How do students know if Kirby is a good fit? A shadow day is an ideal way to find out
Date: Every Mon (Oct 29-Apr 29)
Ages: Family Admission Fees: FREE

Shadow Day

A shadow day is an excellent way to experience a day at Kirby and to see if our school is a good fit for your student. We will pair your student with a host who has similar interests. They will spend the day together, attending classes, hanging out with other Kirby students, and enjoying lunch with friends in the renowned Kirby Café.

 

How it works:

  • Monday is our preferred shadow day because of our block schedule. However, a shadow day can be scheduled for any day of the week.
  • Student shadows are treated to a hot lunch made fresh in our kitchen by our executive chef, Tracy Landry.
  • Schedule your shadow day through the Admissions Office. Call (831) 423-0658 ×202, email admissions@kirby.org, or use the Contact Us link below.
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Location: 425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Live Oak Knitters
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Library Live Oak
Knit, chat, learn, make new friends
Date: Every Mon from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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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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Our Community Reads
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Create a stronger future for your community by reveling with your Friends in the wonders of the Monterey Bay!
Date: Every day (Jan 1-Jan 31)
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

(0 A January 2019) Book_TheLifeandDeathofMontereyBay.jpgCreate Comaraderie by Reveling in the Wonders of the Monterey Bay with your Neighbors and Friends!

 

Donate today to Our Community Reads!

Our Community Reads strengthens your local neighborhood by bringing neighbors together to enjoy a shared experience. And the topic for next year can be seen in your Monterey Bay!

The 2019 selection for Our Community Reads is Death and Life of Monterey Bay by Stephen R. Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka. It's an inspiring tale of the rebirth of one of our most valuable, local natural resources. 

 

Your donation today will fund:

  • A Trivia Night
  • Several Speakers Forums
  • A Poetry Slam
  • Movie Night 
  • And more!

For every $35 you give to Our Community Reads, you provide two books to individuals with tight budgets who would like to join the discussion, or to students from your local high school or Cabrillo College, or for books to go directly to the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, so others can check out and research their Monterey Bay.


Visit https://fscpl.org/ocr/ for more information about Our Community Reads!


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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