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Matilda the Musical
The power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life
Every Fri and Sa (Oct 18-Oct 26) from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Location: Rio theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz Map

(0 A September 2019) matilda.jpgInspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however - the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors 6:00 PM
Tickets: $18 Gen, $28 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.allabouttheatre.org
Event website: www.allabouttheatre.org

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Music in the Garden
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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Our splendid treat for Mother's Day will be held in a private downtown jewel of a garden positively brimming with exotic blooms
Date: 05/12/2019 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: all ages welcome

(0 A May 2019) SCBaroqueGardenParty.jpgMusic in the Garden
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 1-5pm

Dean Silver, host

 

Our splendid treat for Mother's Day will be held in a private downtown jewel of a garden positively brimming with exotic blooms - hydrangeas, camellias, iris and other remarkable owers and rare species including pond plants.

 

Join us for gourmet treats to suit all tastes while you relax indoors or outdoors sipping fine wines or other beverages, listening to exquisite early and traditional music.

 

Limited tickets are available to this fun-raising fund-raiser, so get yours early to secure your spot. $45 presale and $50 at door. Purchase tickets: scbaroque.org or at the concerts.


Phone: (831) 459-2159 •website Santa Cruz 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
Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz 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
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
Phone: 831-427-3151 •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
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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
Phone: 650-879-2120 •website Pescadero create a direct event link
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
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Drop-in Family Crafts: Poppies
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State Park Mission
Date: 05/12/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Drop-in Family Crafts: Poppies

This month's drop-in family craft is paper poppies. No registration is necessary. We begin crafting at 1 p.m. and you can drop in and begin a project at anytime up until 3:30. Different crafts require varying skill levels. Children may need assistance.

 

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: 831.425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
COME DANCE!
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Santa Cruz Dance
Come dance with us! Live music * easy to learn * high energy * great community!
Date: The 2nd Su of every month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: 7+ Admission Fees: $12 (general), ($20 supporters, $8 students), Cash, check, or Paypal only

Come dance with us!

Live music * easy to learn * high energy * great community!

 

Upcoming Dances -

This is a traditional New England style of folk dancing, in which each dance is taught and prompted by a caller. What makes it "contra" dancing is that during one 5-to-10-minute dance, each couple "progresses" up or down the hall, eventually dancing with everyone else in the line.

No dancing experience is necessary! It's easy to learn; just follow the instructions. Bringing a partner is NOT required, but do invite your friends!

 

Beginner's Workshop:  dancers are encouraged to attend the beginner's lesson20 minutes before the regularly-scheduled dances (5:40 or 6:40). Regular dancing begins on the hour (dances can get more complex as the night goes on).

Dances feature gender-neutral dance roles (larks/ravens).

Please

  • Bring soft-soled, non-marking shoes to help protect the floor
  • Keep our dances fragrance free for the comfort of all
  • Bring a snack to share if you have one.
  • Help support our community -- invite a new friend to experience contra dancing


Location: Veteran's Hall, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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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
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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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
Spring Camps in the Redwoods
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YMCA
Family camps!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Apr 5-May 27)
Ages: Families

(0 A 0 March) YMCA_SpringInRedwoodsCamps.jpgFamily Camps

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

 

April 5-7 Spring Family Camp

April 12-14 Women's Wellness

April 14-19Teen Adventure

May 3-5 Mother Daughter Family Camp

May 10-12 Mother Daughter Family Camp

May 24-27 Memorial Day Family

May 24-27 Memorial Day Family Adventure Camp

 


Location: 16275 Highway 9, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: 831-338-2128 •website Felton create a direct event link
Tide Pool Tours
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State Park Natural Bridges
Explore our spectacular tidepools on this 1.5 hour guided tour.
Date: Every 2 weeks on Su and Sa (May 12-May 26)
Admission Fees: 5/12 11:30am; 5/25 10:30am; 5/26 11am
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

Tidepool Tour

Sunday, May 12 at 11:30am

Saturday May 25 at 10:30am

Sunday May 26 at 11am

Explore our spectacular tidepools on this 1.5-hour guided tour. Bring layered clothing and good walking shoes. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609, ext. 8. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 2531 West Cliff Drive, 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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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
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
Phone: (831) 338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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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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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Pickwick Book Club
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Library Central
Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations ...
Date: The 2nd Su of every month (Jan 13-May 12) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: free

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Pickwick Book Club Discussion


Brought to you by the Dickens Project at UCSC & Santa Cruz Public Libraries.


The Santa Cruz Pickwick Book Club is a community of local bookworms, students, and teachers who meet monthly September-June to discuss a nineteenth century novel. Join us each month for conversations about the novel and guest speaker presentations to help us contextualize our readings.

 

January book: Our Mutual Friend (Book IV) by Charles Dickens


February-June book: Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

 

2nd Sundays: January 13th, February 10th, March 10th, April 14th, May 12th and June 9th

2:00 - 4:00pm


Questions? Visit dickens.ucsc.edu or call 831/459-2103


Location: Upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church St, Santa Cruz 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

(0 A May 2019) TannerySpringMarket.jpgSpring Art Market

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
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
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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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
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