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11th Annual Pumpkin Carving & Pizza Spooky Night Out!
Includes: pizza, a pumpkin for carving and a spooky project!THIS YEAR WE HAVE ONE FOR THE TEENAGERS TOO!
Every day (Oct 25-Oct 26) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 9099 Soquel Dr. #15, Aptos Map

11th Annual Pumpkin Carving & Pizza Spooky Night Out!

It's back... Our annual fall favorite!  Come spend a spooky, skill building, pumpkin carving night at the Art Factory! Pizza, pumpkins and carving tools are included.

Kids love a night out at the studio for lots of fun carving tips and tricks. And the teenagers will dive into drills, chisels and extreme carving tools!

KIDS; Ages 7-12; Fri. Oct. 25, 6:30pm-8:30pm
TEENS; Ages 13-17 Sat. Oct. 26, 6:30-8:30pm
PRE-REGISTER: $45 per student Includes: pizza & a pumpkin for carving 831-688-8862

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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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Spring Camps in the Redwoods
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Family camps!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Apr 5-May 27)
Ages: Families

(0 A 0 March) YMCA_SpringInRedwoodsCamps.jpgFamily Camps

The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.


April 5-7 Spring Family Camp

April 12-14 Women's Wellness

April 14-19Teen Adventure

May 3-5 Mother Daughter Family Camp

May 10-12 Mother Daughter Family Camp

May 24-27 Memorial Day Family

May 24-27 Memorial Day Family Adventure Camp


Location: 16275 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-2128 •website Felton create a direct event link
Homesteading Day
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Hidden Villa
Sheep-shearing, fiber arts, food preservation, backyard chicken care, composting, fruit tree pruning and more
Date: 04/27/2019 at 9:30am
Admission Fees: $20 - $30 + free for kids under 2

(0 A 0 April 2019) HomesteadingChickens.jpgHomesteading Day

Join us as we celebrate the practice of sustainability and self-reliance through home-scale agriculture and the cultivation of culinary and craft skills! Hear from local experts and passionate enthusiasts and learn to use natural resources in your community. With demonstrations and conversations in sheep-shearing, fiber arts, food preservation, backyard chicken care, composting, fruit tree pruning and so much more, you are guaranteed to leave with knowledge and inspiration!


9:30am - 11:30am Sheep Shearing                 

Sheep-dog herding demonstrations, hands-on wool activities, and local artisans using wool for their craft

10:30am - 2:00pm Food Trucks Available

12:30pm - 4:00pm Homesteading Afternoon   

Learn how to bring exciting new skills into your home with booths dedicated to beekeeping, winemaking, natural dyes, cheesemaking, wild foods, and more!


Expand your skills with presentations and demonstrations on:

  • Fermented Foods
  • Natural Dyes
  • Homemade Mead
  • Fruit Tree Pruning
  • Chicken Care
  • Sheep Shearing
  • Scything
  • Beer Brewing

Meet the folks behind some of the incredible small food and farm businesses that support the Bay Area and discover new ways to shop locally and with intention.  Plus, a special keynote speech by award-winning author, photographer, and champion of edible gardens, Rosalind Creasy.  Stay tuned-- more information to come!


Folks are invited to spend the entire day with us, or join us for only the morning Sheep Shearing portion, or afternoon Homesteading Fair.


All Day Pass: $30/person     

Sheep Shearing Morning Only: $20/person     

Homesteading Afternoon Only: $15/person

*Children 2 and under are free and do not need to register.


We want this opportunity to be accessible for all.  If you are interested in learning about how we can assist in making participation in this event possible for you, please email And don't miss your opportunity to win a unique door prize from Hidden Villa's farm.  Those who bike, walk, hike, or run to the farm will be entered for a chance to win a Special Hidden Villa item. 

Location: 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills Map
Phone: (650) 949-8650 •website Palo Altocreate a direct event link
Dia De Los Ninos
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Monarch School
Please join the Branciforte Small Schools for a celebration and campus wide carnival.
Date: 04/27/2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Admission Fees: FREE Admission

(0 A 0 April 2019) dia-de-los-ninos2.jpgSo much Family FUN!!!
Food for sale
Zorb Balls
Jumpy House
Face Painting
Book Giveaway
Live Entertainment
Mega Rummage Sale

Please join the Branciforte Small Schools for a celebration and campus wide carnival. Raise funds for public education in Santa Cruz! All proceeds go to BSSC including Alternative Family Education (AFE), Monarch Community School, Costanoa and The Ark.

Tickets for games/activities available individually or you can purchase All Day wrist bands that cover UNLIMITED games and rides.

Location: 840 N. Branciforte Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Tales to Tails - Central
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Library Central
Date: Every Sa from 10:00am to 11:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Tales to Tails - Downtown (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)

Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.


Contact 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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Garden Planting and Wool Day
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Plant a seed , watch shearing and...
Date: 04/27/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Life on the Ranch - Gardening and Wool Day

Saturday, April 27 from 11am to 3pm

Celebrate spring and help us plant the organic heirloom vegetable garden as it would have been circa 1900! Bring the family... all ages are welcome. Children can plant and bring home their own heirloom bean in a paper pot, and everyone can enjoy living history demonstrations, sheep shearing, sheep dogs, spinning, and more. Bring a pair of gardening gloves and a sun hat. Snacks, drinks, tools, and seedlings will be provided. Event free. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please 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) 423-9703 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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.

Phone: 831-661-4771 •website La Selva Beachcreate a direct event link
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
West Side Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Sa from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All

The Westside Farmers' Market takes place every week, year round at the corner of Hwy 1 and Western Drive, situated on the northern edge of Santa Cruz's greenbelt. This market serves the communities of the west-end of Santa Cruz including Bonny Doon, the North Coast and the UCSC Campus. It is just a hop, skip and a jump from Downtown.

Foodies Unite

Going into its eleventh year this market is proud to have been named best market by the Santa Cruz Metro's, "Peoples Poll" multiple times. The market showcases a great selection of 100% certified organic produce, artisan foods, wine, body products, tinctures, sustainable seafood, pasture raised meats, flowers and eggs along with cook-to-order cuisine, live local music and full espresso bar operated by up-and-coming Santa Cruz-based roaster 11th Hour Coffee.

With easy access and an abundance of free parking, this market makes for a convenient and celebratory Saturday morning outing.


2019 Pop-Up Breakfast Series - Ticket Sales Announced

The 2019 Pop-Up Breakfast Series is coming our way! Once again the Westside Farmers' Market will host three of these farm-to-table, ticketed events. With a great chef line up and a solid reputation, these pop-ups will sell out. Stay in touch by signing up for our newsletter to get your first pick at tickets when they go on sale. Learn more about the events HERE.


Market Match

Market Match offers farmers' market customers a dollar for dollar match up to $10 on their CalFresh (food stamp) cards at the Felton market.  If a customer swipes their CalFresh card for $7, they get $7 of Market Match for free, swipe $10, you get $10. The goal of this project is to encourage CalFresh (EBT/SNAP) recipients to take advantage of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. SCCFM will be offering the Market Match program for the 2019 season. By offering an incentive that lowers the price of fresh produce, we are helping shoppers stretch their food dollars while keeping their families healthy. Locate the information booth and the market manager to redeem EBT coins and to take advantage of the Market Match incentive.

Location: Mission St. Ext. and Western Dr., Santa Cruz 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 4th 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.

Fungus Amongus Saturday, February 23, 10:00 a.m.


Join us for a morning of mushroom hunting in Sycamore Grove, Henry Cowell State Park. Learn from Phil Carpenter of the Fungus Federation about mushrooms: how they grow, how to identify common species and what we know and don’t know about this magic family of organisms. While exploring the area learn about the history and ecology of Sycamore Grove from City of Santa Cruz Park Rangers. Sign up.


Fungus, Flora, Fauna  Saturday, March 9, 10:00 a.m.

As winter shifts to spring, nature stirs! Explore a beautiful and unique part of the San Lorenzo watershed, and see the late fungus and early flowers that welcome the first migratory birds to our area. This tour will be led by local naturalist Christian Schwartz and will take place in Quail Hollow Ranch County Park located at 800 Quail Hollow Road in Felton.

Levees and Climate Change Resilience Saturday, March 23, 1:00 p.m.

How will climate change affect the City of Santa Cruz and the San Lorenzo River? Flooding, fire and drought are predicted to impact our community. Learn about steps the City is taking to address vulnerable areas like the San Lorenzo River and what actions you can take to prepare ourselves. This tour will take place on the Riverwalk and will be led by Tiffany Wise-West, the City of Santa Cruz Sustainability and Climate Change Manager. This tour is part of the 5th Annual State of the San Lorenzo River event occurring on March 23.

Crawling Critters Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m.

In this exploration of creatures thriving on and along the San Lorenzo River, we'll look toward the ground to find the scaled, fanged, barbed, and spineless creatures that often spook and surprise us. Though they may seem alien to some, many of these animals hold amazing adaptations, like neurotoxic tissues or heat-sensing faces.


San Lorenzo River 2019 BioBlitz! Saturday, April 20, 9:00 a.m.

On Earth Day and World Fish Migration Day 2019, you're invited to join the Coastal Watershed Council and Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History for the 3rd Annual BioBlitz along the San Lorenzo River at the Tannery Arts Center. This is the culminating event of the Exploring the San Lorenzo River Series. What better way to put your new knowledge of the San Lorenzo River ecosystem and wicked identification skills to use. Work with fellow naturalists, nature enthusiasts, scientists, and volunteers to study and record the biodiversity along the lower San Lorenzo River.


Landscapes and Activism Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m.

Learn about the history of the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz from 1955 to 2005 and how transformations of the river landscape impacted the local ecology and human history. Check out old photos of the levees and surrounding downtown. During the tour, we will walk the Santa Cruz Riverwalk taking frequent breaks to take in the modern landscape and discuss how it came to be.

The tour will start at the Museum of Art and History.

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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Loneliness: We’re Still Here
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There's an invisible epidemic on the rise in Santa Cruz County's senior population. And it's something you may have felt before,
Date: Every day (Apr 5-Sep 22)


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

Transforming Empathy into Action

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


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


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

Telling Stories Through Art

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


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


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


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


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


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


Admission Fees

$10 General Admission

$8 Students

Free for MAH members and children under 5.

Free on the First Friday of each month

Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Guys and Dolls
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Scotts Valley High School
A fun family friendly musical comedy
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Apr 18-Apr 28)
Admission Fees: General - $15.00 Seniors/Students - $12.00

Come support SVHS Theatre for their spring musical production of Guys and Dolls! This is a fun family friendly musical comedy that you will be certain to enjoy! Come support our hard working cast and crew, and enjoy this fabulous production!

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door 30 minutes prior to show start. Online ticket purchase is recommended for guaranteed seats and best seat selection. (Faster entry than pay at the door ticket holders).

Show Schedule:
Opening Night: Friday, April 12, 2019 7:30 PM
Show 2: Saturday, April 13, 2019 7:30 PM
Show 3 (Matinee): Sunday, April 14, 2019 2:00 PM
Show 4: Thursday, April 18, 2019 7:30 PM
Show 5: Friday, April 19, 2019 7:30 PM
Show 6 (Matinee): Saturday, April 20, 2019 2:00 PM
Show 7: Saturday, April 20, 2019 7:30 PM
Show 8: Friday, April 26, 2019 7:30 PM
Show 9: Saturday, April 27, 2019 7:30 PM
Closing (Matinee): Sunday, April 28, 2019 2:00 PM

(0 A 0 April 2019) GuysandDolls_ACTORS.jpgAbout Guys & Dolls:

Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950. It received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and won a bevy of awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desks and Oliviers. Frequently revived, the show has been done with numerous all-star casts, including productions/concerts featuring Ewan McGregor, Jane Krakowski, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Jessica Biel.

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong. Frank Loesser's brassy, immortal score makes Guys and Dolls a crowd pleaser.

Location: 555 Glenwood Dr, Scotts Valley Map
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Waterwise Garden Pruning & Maintenance Workshop
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Sierra Azul Gardens
Practical and aesthetic ways to prune and shape up your perennials, salvias, grasses, restios, shrubs, trees, proteas and ground
Date: 04/27/2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Registration cost: $15 ($10 for Jeff's consult clients)

(0 A 0 April 2019) SierraAzul_ClassApril27.jpgWaterwise Garden Pruning & Maintenance Workshop

Jeff Rosendale will demonstrate practical and aesthetic ways to prune and shape up your perennials, salvias, grasses, restios, shrubs, trees, proteas and groundcovers as they are getting ready to put on lots of growth and new flowers coming out from winter and the late spring. Give your garden a nice new haircut.

Call 831-728-2532 for Reservations
(Class size is limited so you must call in advance to register )

Location: 2660 E Lake Ave, Watsonville 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

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
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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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Arboretum Tour of What's in bloom
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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
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FIESTA: Love. Community. Home.
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Research Center for the Americas
You won't want to miss this party!
Date: 04/27/2019 from 8:00pm to 12:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: $20 for UCSC students $30 for General Admission $50 for Fiesta Insiders

(0 A 0 April 2019) CalicoBand.jpgWe are throwing a HUGE dance party with Calico, a live band. Proceeds will support student scholarships.

Local Santa Cruz band, Calíco, will get us moving with their Latin-fusion beats and SALSA sets! You will hear lots of Calíco originals plus more known songs from all over the Americas!

Evening highlights:

  • Photo contest winners on display
  • Full Museum Access
  • Lots of desserts
  • Cash Bar with signature drinks from Front & Cooper
  • Photo Booth
  • Awesome Silent Auction prizes
  • Lounge Area

Part of the proceeds will support the Reyna Grande Creative Writing Scholarship and the Wally Goldfrank Research Scholarship.

You can purchase your TICKETS here.

Location: Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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Evening Art Program
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State Park Henry Cowell
Activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more
Date: Every Sa at 1:00pm

Evening Art Program
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us in the campfire center for a family friendly arts and crafts program. All ages welcome. Topic changes week to week and activities will range from sketching and watercolor to nature journaling and more! Meet at the Henry Cowell Redwoods Graham Hill Campground, located off Graham Hill Road in Scotts Valley. No experience necessary. Event is free; parking is $10. Events made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

Location: Graham Hill Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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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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High School Art Show
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Santa Cruz Art League
Come see some amazing art by local high school students... Opening reception May 4, 3-5pm
Date: Every day (Apr 26-May 19) from 9:00am to 3:30pm

(0 A 0 April 2019) SCAL_64thHighSchoolhor.jpgAnnual High School Show

Each year, high school age artists in Santa Cruz county are given space to express themselves and their creativity in a professional gallery setting at the Santa Cruz Art League.


This opportunity is to encourage young artists to new heights and support the growing creative community.


For over 100 years, the Santa Cruz Art League has proved to be a space for artists to gather, create and display their work. We eagerly look to the future by nurturing and expanding the expression of that vision by supporting these young artists!

Location: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-5787 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Aptos Farmers Market
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Aptos Farmers Market
An upbeat and relaxed market with music, many special events to be enjoyed. Market is open year round, rain or shine.
Date: Every Sa from 8:00am to 12:00pm

Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College,

Voted America's Favorite Farmers Market in California

In 2011, 2012, and 2013 our farmers markets were voted "America's Favorite Farmers Market in California." Additionally, Coastal Living Magazine named the Aptos Farmers Market one of "The Coast's Best Farmers Markets."

Market customers appreciate the bountiful selection of top quality produce and specialty foods as well as the opportunity to connect with the farmers and vendors who produce it. Ninety vendors, of which most are certified organic or use sustainable farming methods, offer pastured grass fed meats and poultry, sustainable fish, oysters, handcrafted cheeses, locally produced olive oil, fresh pasta and gourmet sauces, organic juices, handmade sauerkraut, Corralitos smoked sausages and bacon, artisan breads and baked goods, organic honey, mushrooms, sprouts and microgreens, farm fresh eggs, flowers, potted plants, seedlings, herbs, and an unsurpassed selection of certified California grown fruits, vegetables and nuts.


Additional Market Attractions
Professional sharpening services are available for knives and gardening tools year round.


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Subscribe to free monthly e-newsletter for market updates, featured monthly produce, and upcoming special events. Visit our market's award winning companion website for delicious seasonal recipes.


Market Information

Season: Open year-round, rain or shine
Day and Hours: Open Saturdays, 8 am until 12 pm
Location:  Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003
Parking: Lots of free parking, easy access
Map:   Driving directions »
Vendors:  Aptos Farmers and Vendors List »

Location: Cabrillo Parking Lots, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
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State Parks, Friends of
Park field trips for kids!
Date: Every day (Apr 1-Apr 30)

(0 A 0 March) Kids2Parks.jpgEnsuring State Parks Access For Youth

Mark your calendar! The 2019/20 application period opens at 10 a.m. Monday, April 1

Kids2Parks is an innovative park-equity program to bring students from Title 1 schools on State Parks field trips. The program, a partnership between California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, increases the number of students who have visited a state park or beach by reducing barriers to access.


The program offers field trips to select Title 1 schools in Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Find out if your school is eligible for free bus transportation to a field trip!


Applications are accepted once a year for transportation. Teachers may apply for as many field trips as they would like (so long as the school is eligible) but will only be selected for one trip. Field trips will be scheduled by State Parks staff for the 2019/20 academic year based on availability. Teachers/schools are responsible for arranging transportation to the park. Funding is available to cover transportation costs.


The 2019/20 Kids2Parks application window will be April 1-30. Online registration opens at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 1. Teachers will receive a response from State Parks about the status of their application by May 15.

Field Trips

Registration for the 2019/20 academic year will be April 1-3

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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 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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International Children's Festival
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International Children's Festival
Hey, kids and parents of the Bay Area! 10th International Children's Festival will be held on April 27th, 2019. Save the date!
Date: 04/27/2019 from 10:00am to 6:00pm

(0 A 0 March) InternationalChildrensFestival2_300.jpgDiscover the world from San Jose. International Children's Festival unites world cultures in the Bay Area through food, fun and dance. Join us and explore a variety of cultures from your neighborhood!


Pony Rides, petting zoo, cultural dances of more than 20 different countries, ethnic foods, and more!


FREE with Eventbrite registration

Don't forget to like event Facebook page for promotions.


Free admission for the first 5000


Location: Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose 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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Summit for the Planet Earth Day Celebration
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Mount Madonna School
Join us for an amazing Learning Expo & fun-filled day!
Date: 04/27/2019 from 11:00am to 1:30pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free!

(0 A 0 April 2019) Summit19_RunnersinBlue.jpgAn eco-carnival and e-waste event

"The annual Summit for the Planet connects the MMS school community with local area organizations and businesses supporting the environment and teaching young people the importance of stewardship," commented MMS Head of School Mary Supriya McDonald. "The walk-a-thon is a way for our school to raise funds and awareness, and a day of play and fun for families and all the visitors who join us on the mountaintop."


Hosted by Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna. Registration and information at


Schedule of Events

9:30 - 10:00am: Registration
9:45 am: Walkers Stretch
10:00 am: Walk-a-thon begins
10:30-11:00: Walkers Return
11:05 pm: Songs by the MMS student choirs
11:15 pm: Award Ceremony and Sponsor Recognition
11:30 pm: Carnival Opens!
Trash Fashion Show
11:35 pm: Solar Car Race
12:00 pm: Trash Fashion Show
12:20 pm: Entertainment
(Live music, dancers, and more)
1:30 pm: Event Concludes

Location: 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
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DIO Fest 2019
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Do-It_Ourselves Fest
DIO Fest is a family friendly event, admission is free for kids 12 and under.
Date: Every day (Apr 25-Apr 28)
Admission Fees: $10-20

Do-It-Ourselves Fest brings unique experiences with music, art, and community to the central coast of California. Nestled near the summit of a redwood-forested mountainside, the festival grounds are located about 15 miles north of Santa Cruz. With 3 intimate stages, a swimming pool, several hiking trails, a running creek through lower campgrounds, and panoramic views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. There's no better setting for a weekend celebration of art and music. DIO Fest is a family friendly event, admission is free for kids 12 and under.

Pre-festival Show Thursday, April 25 8:00pm | Doors at 7:30pm
Tickets: $10-$20 (Sliding Scale)
Limited Seating - Advance Reservations Encouraged.

April 26-28

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Location: Camp Krem, 13160 Central Ave, Boulder Creek Map
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Coastal Community Pre-School Spring Festival!
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Coastal Community Preschool
Fun stop by for a few hours with kiddos
Date: 04/27/2019 from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Ages: 0-12 Admission Fees: $15 per kid, $25 per family
Special Instructions: 11:30-2:30

The Spring Festival is an event that CCP host tons of games and activities for the kiddos: petting zoo, bounce houses, Baby Shark dance party (no you can't escape that song!), bubbles, ice cream and much more! Plus we will have amazing raffle items for adults and kids, food (lunch items and baked goods), and drink (mimosas and beer, anyone?)

Location: Coastal Community PreSchool, 900 High Street , Santa Cruz Map
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Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Experience the Victorian era!
Date: Every Su and Sa
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Weekends from 11:00am-3:00pm, tours of the ranch houses at 1:00pm

Life on the Ranch Day - The Early Days on a Dairy Farm
Saturday, August 11 from 11am to 3pm


Wilder Ranch State Park invites you to experience old-time activities from its rancho, dairy farm, and cowboy rodeo days. Hands-on activities and living history presentations may include butter churning, ice cream making, roping skills, and demonstrations in the ranch buildings. Come for a picnic on the lawn and follow it up with a game of tug of war, sack races, hoops, stilts, and Wilder Ranch's famous old-fashioned bubbles! This event is appropriate for all ages. Event is free; parking is $10. Please call the park to confirm at (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Old Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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FREE swim lessons w. Seahorse Swim School
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Seahorse Swim School
FREE swim lessons w. Seahorse Swim School
Date: 04/27/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: ages 6 months and up Admission Fees: FREE
Special Instructions: no appointment needed , no experience necessary

(0 A 0 April 2019) Seahorse2019FreeSwimLessons.jpgIn an effort to reduce accidental drowning, Seahorse Swim School will offer FREE swim lessons this Spring.

Location: Seascape Sports Club, 1505 Seascape Blvd, Aptos Map
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