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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!
*NEW* THIS YEAR WE HAVE ONE FOR THE TEENAGERS TOO!

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 www.artfactorystudios.com

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Downtown Santa Cruz Street Fiesta
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Senderos
Free street party to celebrate Oaxacan culture!
Date: 05/11/2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: FREE

Senderos invites you to join the free Downtown Santa Cruz Street Fiesta from 5-7PM on Cooper Street with Oaxacan food, music and dance to mark the beginning of the traditional Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza festivities. The Senderos community of musicians and dancers will arrive in a convite/procession with giant mojigangas (puppets) at Cooper Street, downtown Santa Cruz at 5PM.

 

Colorful folkloric dancing by Senderos' Centeotl Danza y Baile who will be accompanied by Senderos' Ensamble Musical and visiting student musicians from Centro de Integración Social (CIS #8), Zoogocho, Oaxaca, renowned for their traditional Banda de Viento music. Put on your dancing shoes!

This event is co-sponsored by Santa Cruz City Arts and Santa Cruz Museum of History & Art.


Location: Cooper Street, Cooper Street between Pacific & Front
Phone: (831) 854-7740 •website Santa Cruz create 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
Senderos Fiesta
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Senderos
Oaxacan food, music and dance to mark the beginning of the traditional Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza festivities
Date: 05/11/2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: FREE

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 Senderos invites you to join the free Downtown Santa Cruz Cooper Street Fiesta on Saturday, May 11 from 5-7pm with Oaxacan food, music and dance to mark the beginning of the traditional Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza festivities.

 

The Senderos community of musicians and dancers will arrive in a convite/procession at Cooper Street which will be closed to traffic at 5pm.

 

Colorful folkloric dancing by Senderos Centeotl Danza y Baile and Senderos banda with visiting student musicians from Centro de Integración Social (CIS #8), Zoogocho, Oaxaca, renowned for their traditional banda de viento (wind band) music.

Oaxacan traditional food and beverages will be sold such as Tlayudas (big tortillas with beans, quesillo, green cabbage, tomatoes, traditional chorizo, and meat), fried quesadillas, memelitas, mole, chocolate con leche, café de olla, horchata, and jamaica.


Location: Cooper Street & Pacific Ave, Cooper Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 854-7740 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
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

EASY HIKES
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
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
Second Saturday on the Farm
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Ag History Project
Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $2/person Kids under 1 are free

Every month we produce a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, a family event that focuses on a particular area of agriculture each month. Visitors can participate in the regular activities of the Ag History Project plus others related to the day's special focus. We host over 2,500 visitors each year at 2nd Saturday on the Farm.

 

We have created some unique interactive educational activities to help you have fun learning about past agricultural practices. What we like to call our "usual" activities include:

  • Wooden cow milking: we have life-size wooden cows with rubber teats that help you learn how to milk a cow.
  • Kid-driven tractor: we retrofitted a John Deere tractor so that anyone can learn to drive it. You sit in the seat and control the steering wheel while a trained volunteer stands on a platform to your right to controls the speed. We even have space for a parent or friend to stand to your left and enjoy the ride.
  • We are currently working on creating a stationary tractor that you can drive down a crop row and the computer screen in front of you displays how well you are handling the tractor.

Location: 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville Map
Phone: 831-728-5898 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed
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State Park Big Basin
Come to the visitor center, next to park headquarters, to get answers!
Date: Every Su and Sa (May 4-Sep 1) from 11:00am to 1:00pm


Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed

Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 1pm

Do you have questions about Big Basin? Want trail information? Information about the plants and animals you see? Come to the visitor center, next to park headquarters, to get answers! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Spring Mother's Day Plant Sale
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Cabrillo College
Over 1,000 different organic vegetable starts, perennial edible crops, annuals, bedding plants, culinary & medicinal herbs ....
Date: Every day (May 10-May 12)
Ages: All

The largest annual college plant sale in Central California!

Over 1,000 different organic vegetable starts, perennial edible crops, annuals, bedding plants, culinary & medicinal herbs, cut flowers, natives, perennials, salvias, succulents and vines.

 

May 10, 2019 (Friday), 3-7 p.m.
Friends of the Garden members Presale & Silent Auction:
(member presale - $25 donation at the gate)

The Silent Auction features rare and unusual plants donated by local gardeners and nurseries and finger food. Family memberships available at the entrance for $25.

 

May 11, 2019 (Saturday), 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Public Plant Sale

 

May 12, 2019 (Sunday), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Public Plant Sale

 

Plant Sale Parking:

Follow the signs to the top of campus. Please park in parking lots F & G just off the upper perimeter road and take the shuttles up the hill. Purchased plants may be picked up with your vehicle at the designated hold areas.


Location: Horticulture and Agriculture Tec, 6500 Soquel Drive , Aptos Map
Phone: (831) 479-624 •website Aptos create a direct event link
Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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Watsonville Municipal Airport
Like old planes? Come visit us!
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Saturday and Sunday

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Historical Aircraft Display every second weekend Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am – 4pm.


Location: 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Story Time Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time!
Date: Every Sa at 10:30am


Story Time Walk

Saturdays at 10:30am

Bring the whole family and join us for a walking story time! Starting at park headquarters, we'll walk through ancient redwoods while reading a story. We'll stop and read one page, walk a bit, then read the next page until we finish the story. Meet at park headquarters. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 338-8883. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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 2nd 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.


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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Arboretum Tour of What's in bloom
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Arboretum
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
Phone: 831.427.2998 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
World Migratory Bird Day
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State Park Natural Bridges
Activities include guided bird walks, birding by ear tutorials, educational booths, workshops, native landscape designs, and kid
Date: 05/11/2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm


World Migratory Bird Day

Saturday May 11 from 10am to 3pm

Fly, walk, bike, or drive to World Migratory Bird Day at Natural Bridges State Beach. Celebrate the amazing journey of flying future mothers and their mates as they migrate across the country. Activities include hourly guided bird walks starting at 8am, birding by ear tutorials, educational booths, workshops, native landscape designs, and kid's crafts and activities. You can even make a Mother's Day card! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609, ext. 8. Event made possible by Santa Cruz Bird Club, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Loneliness: Were 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."

 

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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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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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World's Largest Garage Sale
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Twin Lakes Church
Are you going to Twin Lakes Church's World's Biggest Garage Sale this weekend?! Don't miss it!
Date: 05/11/2019 from 8:00pm to 4:00pm


All proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank

Location: Twin Lakes Church (Monschke Hall)

 

Mark your calendars!  The WORLD'S BIGGEST GARAGE SALE  returns on May 11, 2019!   Due to the huge growth in the amount of donations over the past years, we have decided to do the sale in phases.  

 

The May 11, 2019 sale will INCLUDE ONLY women's, men's & children's clothes, shoes, accessories, and jewelry,  plus children's & baby items (toys, bikes, etc.), collectables and fine items.  SEE SPECIFIC LIST BELOW!!


We are very excited to announce our online WBGS sale for furniture and other items! If you want to donate, email WBGSfurniture@tlc.org and we'll walk you through the easy process. To shop our online sale, go to www.tlc.org/online.

 

NEEDED: clean boxes, bubble wrap, clean white paper, hangers, shopping bags (plastic, paper or cloth), Scotch-brand masking tape (no Dollar Tree tape please), and Sharpies. Sharpies and tape can be dropped off at the info desk. All other items can be brought to the bus barn during donation hours.

 

Watch for more information in the bulletin and on this web page! For more information email wbgs@tlc.org.


Location: 2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos Map
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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.

 

Market Newsletter and Recipes Blog
Subscribe to free monthly e-newsletter for market updates, featured monthly produce, and upcoming special events. Visit our market's award winning companion website www.edibleparadise.com 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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Hummingbird Photography
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Arboretum
Date: 05/11/2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $5 for adults, 17 and under free

In partnership with naturalist and photographer Bill Bishoff, the UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden will be offering two different photography walks to take gorgeous pictures that capture sunset lighting and enhance the element of shadow. These sessions will be Saturday, May 18 and Saturday, June 22 from 4:30 pm - 6 pm. Sign up on the events page on our website to reserve your spot.

https://arboretum.ucsc.edu/news-events/events/photowalk.html


Location: The Arboretum at UCSC, High Street, Santa Cruz 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


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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
Shakespeare to Go's The Tempest
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Library Boulder Creek
Shakespeare to Go's The Tempest
Date: 05/11/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Shakespeare to Go has been taking Shakespeare on the road since 1984, with a mission to connect with local youth and give back to the community. A Shakespeare to Go team-comprised of a faculty director and student actors, designers, stage managers, assistant directors, and dramaturgs from UC Santa Cruz-work innovatively to bring a Shakespeare play to life by making it relevant to younger audiences. While the new script is shortened, the richness of Shakespeare's language always remains.

Each year, a UCSC Theater Arts faculty member creates a 50-minute adaptation of a Shakespeare play, and assembles a cast comprised of UCSC students. This year (Spring 2019), Shakespeare to Go will be performing the Tempest, adapted and directed by UCSC Theater Arts faculty member Patty Gallagher.

This is an opportunity to experience live theater up close in the lovely Boulder Creek Library Amphitheater. The cast will remain after the performance to answer audience questions.


Location: 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Human Race Fundraiser
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Human Race
Walk, run, entertain or cheer in the Human Race
Date: 05/11/2019 at 8:00am


It's the community fundraising event of the year and the place to be if you believe that each of us can be the CHANGE!

Walk, run, skip, or roll with us at the 39th Annual Human Race Walk and Fun Run. Enjoy yummy breakfast bites, pre-race yoga, music along the 5-mile course, a people's parade, BBQ lunch, DJ Sparkle, and family-friendly activities at the post-race parking lot party!

The Human Race is our community's largest giving campaign. This year, more than 80 Human Race teams are reaching out for your support. You can lend your hand by simply giving a donation to your favorite cause, becoming a fundraiser, or registering as a walker or runner on Race Day.

Donate $40 or more to receive a Human Race T-shirt, breakfast, and lunch.

REGISTER ONLINE at www.humanracesc.org or on race day starting at 8AM.

The race begins at 9AM at 2300 Delaware Ave in Santa Cruz.

Can't make it to the event? You can still support the causes you care about by donating to the team of your choice.

VOLUNTEER AT THE EVENT: Every year over 200 volunteers give their time to make this community-wide event a success. We still need 30 more volunteers! Help with set-up or take down, registration, welcome folks at the finish, head up a water station, or help us keep the flow of traffic moving. There's a job for everyone.
Contact Elana at americorps@scvolunteercenter.org to learn more.


Location: 2300 Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz 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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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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DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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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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Hummingbird Days
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Arboretum
Birds and the plants they love... You'll likely spot Anna's and Allen's hummingbirds, the two most common species in Northern C
Date: 05/11/2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: $5 for adults, 17 and under free

Hummingbird Day Docent Stories in the Garden Saturday, May 11, 2019 10am-4pm Free with paid arboretum admission.

 

Bring the whole family and explore the breathtaking gardens of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Meet up with a docent to learn about plants that attract one of the Garden's most celebrated birds - the Hummingbird (Plant List PDF). Visit our photo table in the Australian Garden, get some photography tips from our volunteer photographer, Ferd Bergholz. Join our monthly phenology walk; explore and track native plant cycles in our entrance garden, meet's at Norrie's at 11am, pre-registration is recommended, limited to 15 people.

 

You'll likely spot Anna's and Allen's hummingbirds, the two most common species in Northern California. "The density of hummingbirds - the number per area in the Arboretum - is ridiculously high," says Bruce Lyon, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCSC. "You can watch them feeding on flowers, you can watch their courtship, you can watch them chasing different species - it's a great opportunity to see some pretty amazing hummingbird biology."

 

No early access, gates open at 9 am. We will not have children's activities this year, but please visit our booth at the World Migratory Bird Day at Natural Bridges. No scheduled tours or lectures. No special pricing, just regular admission, payable at Norrie's gift shop.


Location: The Arboretum at UCSC, High Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-2998 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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
Scotts Valley Farmers Market
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
Join us for a flurry of activities for kids and adults alike.
Date: Every Sa (May 4-Nov 30) from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


The Scotts Valley Farmers' Market

Started in 2009 with the City of Scotts Valley, the market represents farmers and specialty food purveyors along with cook-to-order food. This local market is the place for the the Scotts Valley community to get their fill of fresh, healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. During the summer months, SCCFM music series showcases local music and there is a shaded cafe seating area, along with space for the young ones to hang out and play. The market provides unlimited free parking and is located next to Sky Park and across from the Scotts Valley library.

 

At the Scotts Valley Market over 30 growers and food artisans come out to set up each Saturday, 9am to 1pm. They offer a great mix of fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised eggs and meats and local and sustainably caught seafood in addition to ready to eat cuisine, baked goods and a full coffee and espresso bar.

 

Our 2019 Farm line up: Old House Farm,Sydalyn Hill Farms, Casalegno Family Farm,Billy Bob Orchird, Route 1 Farm, Laurel Canyon, Groundswell, Wild Moon Flowers, Left Coast Grass Fed, Root Down Farm(pork/chicken), Sol Seeker(eggs),  Muddy Boots Farm, Live Earth Farm, Stackhouse Farm, Ken's Top Notch Produce, Violini Asparagus, Madrone Coast, Gypsy Green Girl Farm, Triple Delight Blueberries, Rodoni Farm and Bee Thankful Farm.

 

Fresh local Fish always provided by: H & H Fresh Fish (Santa Cruz Harbor)

Pastries and Breads & Sweets: Companion Bakeshop, Beckmans Bakery, Adorable French Bakery, Gratitude Pastries and local Favorite...Ashbey Confections.
Coffee and Espresso: Hidden Fortress Coffee
Cuisine: Monthly rotating food trucks, Nah Na East African food, El Pajaro Incubator Kitchen.

 

For more information, visit us.


Location: King's Village Dr, Scotts Valley Map
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Annual Bike Fest
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Bicycle Trip
Come together to celebrate riding and having fun on two wheels in Santa Cruz
Date: 05/11/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: all Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Kids activities

(0 A May 2019) BicycleTrip_BikeFest2019.jpgBicycle Trip's 26th Annual Bike Fest

Once a year, Bicycle Trip hosts ALL cyclists for a BASH at the shop on Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz. It's a time when young and old, commuters, roadies and mountain bikers, recreational riders and racer-types come together to celebrate riding and having fun on two wheels in Santa Cruz.

 

Indulge in food and drink, get your mind blown by our multiple bike stunt shows, demo your dream eBike, road bike or mountain bike, browse the inspiring cycles, parts and accessories in our vendor village, engage with local bicycle clubs and non-profits, partake in numerous kids activities and reap the rich bounty of our famous, free raffle and prize wheel!

 


Location: 1001 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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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
Mediterranean Mound Class
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Sierra Azul Gardens
Create a waterwise garden/landscape design using mounds, drought tolerant plants, paths, seating and focal area
Date: 05/11/2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Registration cost: $15

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Mediterranean Mound Workshop

Saturday May 11th-10:30-12:00 This is our ever-timely workshop on creating a waterwise garden/landscape design using mounds, drought tolerant plants, paths, seating and focal areas. Taught by Jeff Rosendale who will also cover materials, plant selection, mulches, drip irrigation and water rebates.


Registration cost: $15


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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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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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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McNee Ranch Easy Hike
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State Park Montara State Beach
Discover ocean views, coastal plants, wildlife, and historic sites like a World War II bunker and evidence of the long-gone Ocea
Date: 05/11/2019 at 10:00am

Special Instructions: Easy 2-mile hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trai

McNee Ranch at Montara State Beach

Saturday, May 11 at 10am

Join us for an easy 2-mile hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail. Discover ocean views, coastal plants, wildlife, and historic sites like a World War II bunker and evidence of the long-gone Ocean Shore Railroad. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather.

 

Meet at Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of the Devil's Slide.

 

Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, please call (650) 726-8814. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 


Location: Gray Whale Cove Beach, Hwy 1, Half Moon Bay Map
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Mom's Wellness Day w/Triple P -DA DE BIENESTAR PARA LAS MAMS
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Triple P
Come relax and be pampered at the East West Free Natural Wellness Clinic ...
Date: 05/11/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission, Gratis
Special Instructions: Phone number: (831) 335-6600, ext 6605. Presented in English and Spanish

EVENT: Mom's Wellness Day with Triple P - Positive Parenting / EVENTO: DÍA DE BIENESTAR PARA LAS MAMÁS
May 11 / 11 de mayo, 10 am - 12 pm

Come relax and be pampered at the East West Free Natural Wellness Clinic with a warm drink, acupuncture, herbs, and cupping, all while you have FREE, on-site childcare and Triple P Positive Parenting tips! This Mom's Wellness Day is FREE and open to the public. Donations for the clinic are kindly accepted. Register to reserve your spot and get free child care! Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

Hosted by: Cori Burt & Rosa Reyes, Community Bridges - Mountain Community Resources
Location: Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, Felton
To register in English: Contact Cori at (831) 335-6600, ext 6605 or corib@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings

Venga a relajarse y "ser mimada" en la clínica de bienestar East West Free Natural Wellness Clinic con una bebida caliente, acupuntura, hierbas y utilización de tazas, ¡todo mientras usted tiene cuidado de niño GRATIS ahí mismo y consejos de Crianza Positiva de Triple P! Este Día de Bienestar para las Mamás es GRATIS y abierto al público. Se aceptan donaciones para la clínica con todo agradecimiento. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños GRATIS. Se proporcionarán aperitivos para niños y adultos.

Ofrecidos por: Rosa Reyes y Cori Burt, Puentes de la Comunidad - Recursos Comunitarios de la Montaña
Ubicación: Recursos Comunitarios de la Montaña, 6134 Highway 9, Felton
Para inscribirse en español: Comuníquese con Rosa Reyes al (831) 335‐6600 x6608 o rosar@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent‐trainings


Location: Mountain Community Resources , 6134 Highway 9, Felton 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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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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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 pro@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve a spot.


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Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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