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Fish Tour: Seining in the San Lorenzo River
Observe how seining is conducted while learning about steelhead biology and lagoon dynamics.
09/23/2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us on your lunch break to learn more about steelhead and other fish in the San Lorenzo River! Staff from the Coastal Watershed Council, the City of Santa Cruz Water Department Watershed Section and Hagar Environmental Science will be leading a tour along the Santa Cruz Riverwalk to observe and discuss fish monitoring activities on September 23rd from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. 

 

Throughout the summer the City of Santa Cruz Water Department routinely conducts seining along the lower San Lorenzo River to determine the size of steelhead populations, fish growth and age and size class compositions of the lagoon steelhead population. Seining is a method of monitoring fish using a seine, a net that hangs vertically in the water and is deployed from shore or by boat. During routine seining events, crews work carefully to catch, measure, count and then release steelhead.

 

The City of Santa Cruz invites fish enthusiasts to come take a closer look into this fish monitoring. During this session, attendees will be able to observe how seining is conducted while learning about steelhead biology and lagoon dynamics. Fish biologists conducting the seining may also join the observers to describe the process and answer questions about their findings. However, their main priority is fish safety and survival and they will break to meet with the group only as their monitoring protocol allows. 

 

We hope you will join us for a fish-filled afternoon! This tour is limited to 30 participants. Please RSVP below to reserve your spot on the tour. We will meet at 12:00 p.m. on the west side of the San Lorenzo River Trestle Bridge and may move down to Main Beach or up the Riverwalk depending on where the crews are working.

 

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Hand in Hand Parenting
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Hand in Hand Parenting
The Starter Class covers the full set of tools developed by Hand In Hand Parenting to develop, maintain and repair a strong conn
Date: Every Su (Apr 14-May 19) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: $350 per person

The Starter Class covers the full set of tools developed by Hand In Hand Parenting to develop, maintain and repair a strong connection between you and your child or children. These tools will also help you dissolve power struggles, help your child with separation and sleep difficulties, go beyond aggression, release fears and heal from hurts. Most importantly the group will support you with being a parent and give you a tool to off load your own stress so that you can be the parent you want to be.

Join Amy Sheely and Beth Hernandez-Jason, two local moms and certified Hand in Hand parenting instructors, for this 6-week in-person course in Santa Cruz, CA.

To Register: start the process by filling out this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/iFejXuxbWnbRdz0Y2


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Ave, 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).  https://www.showtix4u.com/events/16415

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
Phone: 831.439-9555 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Youth Rock Concert at Bruno's Bar & Grill
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Be Natural Music
Youth Rock, Concerts, Teen Bands, Kid Bands, Rock Bands, Real Rock Bands, Be Natural Music
Date: 04/28/2019 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Ages: Family Friendly Admission Fees: Free

Sunday, APRIL 28, from 5PM - 7:30PM: This concert will be at Bruno's Bar & Grill in Scott's Valley! Bruno's is a great venue with a lot of games for the kids and food & drinks for the whole family. Six youth rock bands will be performing: MEH., Flatline, Shattered, Space Monkeys, FUZZ & Broken Octave

Entry: FREE


Location: Bruno's Bar & Grill, 230 Mt Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 515-8369 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
DIY Crafts
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(1:00 PM-4:30 PM)


Join the fun with DIY crafts every Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 4:30 pm! Come and create a self-directed craft.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
Kids2Parks
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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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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
Phone: (831) 703-4183 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Adult Crafts
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Library Felton
Let's have some fun while also helping each other learn and grow as artists and crafters!
Date: Every Su from 2:00pm to 4:30pm


(0 Oct 2017) LibraryFeltonCraft1.jpgCome join us at The Felton Library for Adult Afternoon Arts and Crafts. It's every Sunday from 2-4:30pm.

 

Bring something portable that you are working on or come prepared to have fun!

 

 


Location: 6299 Gushee, Felton Map
Phone: 831-427-3151 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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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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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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
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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Springfest
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Envision831
Join us to sip a cold brew, enjoy a fine glass of wine, jam out, snack on some goodies, and check out local artists!
Date: 04/28/2019 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: $15, Kids under 12 free

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Envision831 is hosting local nonprofit Save our Shores for an epic Sunday afternoon full of live music, local beer, wine, and delicious food from Santa Cruz businesses. Come and join us to sip a cold brew, enjoy a fine glass of wine, jam out, snack on some goodies, and check out local artists!

 

Envision831

Founded by the Trowbridge and Tedsen Brothers, both life long multi-generational Santa Cruz locals, Envision831 set out with the goal to connect the local community with local businesses all while supporting a local non-profit. What a better way to accomplish our vision, then getting together for a celebration that showcases what this beautiful town has to offer. So, if you want to meet your new neighbor or try out that fresh new IPA from your local brewery, come check out one of our events throughout Santa Cruz County.


Location: Wrigley Building, 2801 Mission Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Spring Camps in the Redwoods
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YMCA
Family camps!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Apr 5-May 27)
Ages: Families

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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
Touch a Truck!
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Scotts Valley Educational Foundation
Interactive event where boys and girls of all ages can come and explore trucks and vehicles of all shapes and sizes
Date: 04/28/2019 from 10:30am to 3:00pm


(0 April 2017) TouchATruck_digger.jpgExperience Touch-A-Truck Santa Cruz

Spend the day exploring vehicles of all kinds from dump trucks and diggers to fire trucks and city buses, while also enjoying a variety of Santa Cruz's best food trucks, a well-stocked beverage garden, a Kid Zone where kids can build, climb, jump and create, and listening to one of Santa Cruz's best bands.

 

Touch-A-Truck is fun for kids and families to explore big trucks of all kinds, including emergency, construction, agriculture, transportation, and other unique vehicles. If you have additional suggestions that would be of interest to kids, let us know.

 

A bunch of cool, giant trucks will be together in a large field for the kids to explore. They can sit in the driver's seat and honk the horn. These events have become a big draw throughout California and we are the first to host one in Santa Cruz County in a safe and friendly park environment.

 

More than 25 vehicles will be parked on the old airport field adjacent to Skypark from 10:30 am-3 pm.

 

Tickets on sale now! Spend the day exploring vehicles of all kinds from dump trucks and diggers to fire trucks and city buses, while also enjoying a variety of Santa Cruz's best food trucks, a well-stocked beverage garden, a Kid Zone where kids can build, climb, jump and create, and listening to amazing local high school bands.


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Live Oak Farmer's Market
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
Brunch options, live music, cafe seating
Date: Every Su from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Started in 2000, Live Oak Farmers Market has grown to be a weekly event that is loved by the communities of Live Oak, Pleasure Point and Capitola. Now in its eighth season as a year round market, you will find an excellent selection of organic produce from local farms, tree ripened fruits, dried fruit and nuts, baked goods, pastries, seafood, pasture-raised organic meats and more. The market is also the epicenter of the clean food movement, showcasing amazing Sunday brunch offerings like smoked, pastured-raised local pork and egg street tacos and cook-to order custom traditional Michoacan Mexican dishes using fresh organic ingredients. This is your Sunday destination.


Market Match

Market Match offers farmers' market customers a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10 on their CalFresh (food stamp) cards at the Live Oak Market. If a customer swipes their CalFresh card for seven dollars, they get seven dollars in Market Match tokens 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. By offering an incentive that lowers the price of fresh produce, we are helping shoppers stretch their food dollars while keeping their families healthy. SCCFM will be offering the Market Match program for the 2018 season. Locate the information booth and the market manager to redeem EBT coins and to participate in the Market Match Program.


Location: 15th & Eastcliff Dr, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831)454-0566 •website Live Oak create 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
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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Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Join the hands-on fun at the crafts table every Sunday from 1-3 PM.
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up Admission Fees: General admission fees apply.

(0 AB November 2018) SeymourMDC_logoNov2018.jpgSunday Seaside Crafts -make it and take it! Come create and take home a fun souvenir, an activity for the whole family to share.

 

For example, find out what gray whales eat by creating a bright sun catcher for your window, or create a fancy fish with paper, paint, and color.

 

Build a seal or sea lion puppet decorated with your own special seal nose, complete with whiskers!

 

Join the fun in the crafts room every Sunday from 1-3 PM for hands-on fun. Free with admission to the Seymour Center.

 

Sponsored by: Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu


Location: 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Corralitos Farm & Garden Market
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Corralitos Valley Research & Education Association (CVREA)
We have the tastiest fruit, veggies and baked treats!
Date: Every Su from 11:00am to 3:00pm


 

The Farm & Garden Market is a small, friendly, open air market made up of local farmers and gardeners who grow within about a five mile radius of Corralitos.

 

Seasonally we have the tastiest strawberries, blueberries, cherries, lemons, tomatoes, herbs, squash, potatoes, carrots, peas, beets, and avocados, as well as a variety of other fruits, vegetables, lettuces and salad greens.

We have bakers that offer wonderful treats, along with a table full of beautiful potted flowers.

 

You may find expertly handmade natural soaps, and homemade jams and preserves.

 

The market is open to all of our friends and neighbors who grow anything from a garden to a good back yard fruit tree.

 

For a booth we request a $5 donation to the CVREA, the non-profit who maintains the Corralitos Cultural Center.

Farm & Garden Market (including vendor inquiries)
Contact Wayne Miller:  wayne@catalyst2001.com  / (831) 724-1332

 


Location: Corralitos Cultural Center, 127 Hames Road, Corralitos Map
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Old Time Music Jam
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Toneway Project
Play, listen, dance! Ocean View Park
Date: The 4th Su of every month at 1:00pm


Bring yourselves out to the 4th Sunday Old Time Music Jam under the trees and in the fresh air at Ocean View Park in Santa Cruz! An all-ages, dog-friendly gathering for experts, learners, and lovers of American old time music. Featuring fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, mountain dulcimer and other traditional acoustic instruments, this welcoming gathering keeps alive a rich American musical tradition. Don't be shy. Bring your instruments and come play!

 

Free. Bring a sweater, a folding chair, and a snack to share.

 

Looking for music and ideas for getting started? Check out the ToneWay Project: https://toneway.com/

In the event of rain or cold, the jam moves inside at a private home near the park.


Location: Ocean View Park, 102 Ocean View Ave, 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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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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Loneliness: We’re Still Here
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MAH
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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