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Conversations for Change Tackles Power
Discussion with others around local and national issues - learn something new, make friends, understand others perspectives
06/25/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map

Conversations for Change Tackles Power

Conversations for Change are designed to foster greater understanding among individuals who may have different viewpoints.


Project Connect and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries invite you to explore "Power:  Responsibilities, Misunderstandings & Assumptions." 


In a nation with differing experiences or perceptions about power and the abuse of power, how do we navigate situations where there is a potential for misunderstandings?  This Conversation for Change will deal with unequal status, privilege and power, and the ways we deal with the differences. 


Participants in these small group conversations, guided by a trained host, practice being open and curious about all perspectives, with a focus on learning from one another. The discussions are free, but registration and review of the conversation agreements is required. To register and view the agreements, visit

Project Connect is a group of actively engaged citizens who care about bridging divides in our community as a means of preserving our democratic republic and the flourishing of our country. It is a Finding Common Ground team associated with Santa Cruz Indivisible.

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Mother's Day Walk: Women of Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Honor spirited women of the park
Date: 05/12/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Mother's Day Walk: Women of Big Basin

May 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrate Mother's Day in the park by honoring the spirited women who lived in, worked in, and fought for Big Basin throughout its history. Living history reenactments bring you back in time where you will meet pioneer homemaker Alice Maddock, Josephine McCrackin, the "Savior of the Redwoods," and Harriet "Petey" Weaver, the first female ranger. Interpreter Susan Blake portrays these inspiring women on this half-mile, one-hour living history walk through the magnificent redwoods. Meet at park headquarters.


This walk is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 338-8883.



Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Spring Art Market at the Tannery
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Tannery Arts Center
Look for the dragon puppet in the Petting Zoo!
Date: 05/12/2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: Free

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Celebrate Mother's Day at the Tannery!

The annual Spring Art Market is a FREE family friendly event featuring 50 local Santa Cruz artists & crafters, live music, beer/wine, food, & kids activities on the beautiful Tannery Art Center campus. Free parking. Open 10am-5pm.

Live music by local favorites Sugar by the Pound, Wild Iris and Body Language.

Tannery art studios will be open and both Tannery and other local artists will be exhibiting outside around the campus.

Food trucks Ate3one and Mattia Pizza Truck Santa Cruz plus Bistro One Twelve at the Tannery will be serving brunch & lunch.

Beer offered by Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing & local wine.

Kids activities include face painting, ping pong, & a hands on kids arts & craft area.

The Spring Art Market is brought to you by the Arts Council Santa Cruz County & Tannery Arts Center in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Mountains Makers' Market.

Location: Spring Art Market, 1050 River Street , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 475-9600 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Maker Faire
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Maker Faire
Immerse yourself in Maker culture with over 800 exhibits, 6+ stages, big art and spectacle, hands-on making and learning- all sh
Date: Every day (May 17-May 19)
Admission Fees: $2 - $16

::: EXPERIENCE the FRONTIERS of FUN in science, art and technology at Maker Faire Bay Area :::

Immerse yourself in creative culture with over 800 exhibits and 8+ presentation and performance stages- all showcasing the creative and experimental folks who make, play, tinker and hack in areas like:

+ Robotics
+ Large-scale and kinetic art
+ Digital & analog fabrication
+ Electronics
+ Cosplay
+ Craft, fashion & design
+ Food
+ Science
+ Tools & materials
+ Much much more!

Plus TONS of hands-on making and learning with drop-in and scheduled workshops for all ages. Literally hundreds of opportunities to try tools, techniques, and materials like nowhere else!


Dates & Hours

- Friday, May 17, 2019: 1 pm - 5 pm; Special Preview Day "FRIDAY@MakerFaire"
- Saturday, May 18, 2019: 10 am - 7 pm
- Sunday, May 19, 2019: 10 am - 6 pm


Location: San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo Map
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38th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment
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Roaring Camp Railroad
Travel back in time to the Civil War where encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers re-make history right before your eyes.
Date: Every day (May 25-May 27)


38th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment

MAY 25 - 27

Travel back in time to the Civil War where encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers re-make history right before your eyes. Experience the sights and sounds of cavalry charges, musket fire and artillery shells in one of the longest-running historic reenactments in the West.

Ride an 1880s "iron horse" through an ancient redwood forest and witness skirmishes as the steam train ascends Bear Mountain. Glimpse a soldier's daily life as he cooks meals over a campfire, cleans his musket and prepares for the day's campaign. Then chow down on a Chuck Wagon Barbecue and take in the camp. See you at Roaring Camp for this fun family event on Memorial Day Weekend!  Buy Tickets


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Night in the Encampments

May 26

See the event as never before as night falls across the encampments. Tents glow like lanterns, while soldiers huddle around their campfires. Ladies in beautiful gowns head to the ball to waltz the night away.


Night events begin at 6:30 PM with heritage activities, gift shop and special menu at Georgie's Cookhouse. At 8 PM board a steam train for a 90 minute ride through the redwoods and return to see the Grand Ball at Bret Harte Hall. Evening events wrap up at 10 PM.

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Location: 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton Map
Phone: (831) 335-4484 •website Felton create a direct event link
Felton Remembers Parade and Covered Bridge Festival
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City of Felton
Felton Remembers... Parade and festival to honor Memorial Day
Date: 05/25/2019 at 10:00am

Picture Felton Remembers Parade and Covered Bridge Festival


The Covered Bridge Festival is held at the Felton Covered Bridge Park every year right after the parade. The Festival has grown during the past several years into an event which features live music great food hamburgers, hot dogs, tri-tip, watermelon, pastries and a beautiful beer garden serving beer and local wine, soft drinks and specialty items. Booths promoting local artists, non-profit organizations, jump houses, and festival games for the kids, are all part of the fun.

Parade starts at 10:00 Highway 9.
Starting at Henry Cowell State park to Graham Hill.

Festival Starts following the Parade @ 11:00 to 4:00.
Covered Bridge Park on Graham Hill Road

Location: Covered Bridge Park, 6191 Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Memorial Day at Wilder
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Parade, cake walk, historic lawn games, draft horse wagon rides, ice cream cranking, make crafts, and listen to live music
Date: Every day (May 26-May 27) from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free admission, $10 parking

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This event is appropriate for all ages. Day-use parking fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505.


Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, California State Parks volunteers, and California State Parks.


Wilder Ranch State Park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. The event is free; parking is $10.00 per car. For more event information, call (831) 426-0505.

Location: 1401 Coast Road , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Memorial Day
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Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History along with local military and veterans
Date: 05/27/2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Special Instructions: Evergreen Street near Harvey West Park

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Memorial Day Remembrance

Monday, May 27, 2019,
11am - 1pm

Join friends, neighbors, and local veterans at Evergreen Cemetery to commemorate Santa Cruz's 152nd Memorial Day. Listen to speakers, join the pop-up museum, and honor those that have or continue to serve our country.


The Observance is held in the quiet Grand Army of the Republic plot at Evergreen Cemetery. This traditional remembrance features musical and spoken tributes from local community leaders, veterans and military including Chuck Woodson and the Defense Language Institute Active Personnel and ACWA 2nd Wisconson Infantry, Co. "H" and SVR's 89th California Infantry Company C.


After the hour-long ceremony, enjoy a bbq lunch from One Nation Dream Makers. $10 donation. Serving noon-1:00 pm.


Add your loved one to the Pop Up Museum that honors those who have served our country.

Bring an object, memorabilia, or photograph to share with the public that honors your loved one who has served or is serving our country's armed forces. We will ask you to write a brief label about the object and the person are honoring.


A Pop Up Museum is a temporary exhibit created by the people who show up to participate. It works by choosing a theme and location and inviting people to bring something on topic to share. This Pop Up Museum invites you to share your story with others to connect, share and collectively honor Memorial Day.


Also, be the first to check out new design concepts for the GAR Plot: A committee of local veterans is leading the development of a plan to renovate the Grand Army of the Republic plot at Evergreen Cemetery. This plot is for Union veterans of the Civil War and has been used for 150 years as a frequent focal point for a Memorial Day event in Santa Cruz. The project seeks to inspire new generations to recognize and learn about the history, influence, and values of the GAR and other early veterans by creating a beautiful, accessible, and educational memorial area.

Thank you Portugese Hall for donating your space for the BBQ. If you're interested in renting the Portuguese Hall space please go to their website here.

Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1964 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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