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California Rodeo Salinas
2018 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
Every day (Jul 18-Jul 21)
Location: Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 Main Street , Salinas Map

(Special Event Images / Graphics) CaliforniaRodeoPoster2014.jpgKnown for its week-long cavalcade of events, California Rodeo "Big Week" is the largest community event held in Salinas. Parades, barbecues, cowboy poetry, fireworks, concerts, a carnival, and much more.

 

Big Week offers something for every member of the family, and a chance for the entire community to participate in the California Rodeo.

 

The Rodeo itself is designed to operate like a two-ring circus, each Rodeo performance features events that occur in the arena and on the track simultaneously. While the classic event of saddle bronc riding bucks out in the arena, a horse race speeds by on the track.

 

Each year, the Salinas Rodeo ranks in the top 20 of nearly 800 North American rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. For four action-packed days, more the 50,000 spectators pass through our gates to see the country's top professional rodeo athletes compete.

 

Saddle Bronc Riding ~ Bareback Riding ~ Bull Riding ~ Tie-Down Roping ~ Steer Wrestling ~ Team Roping ~ Barrel Racing ~ Bull Fighting

 

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Junior Rangers & Little Rangers
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State Park Henry Cowell
Fun in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: Every Su, Mon, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 1-Aug 31)
Ages: 7-12
Special Instructions: Jr 7-12 & Little 3-6 ~ Note different times

Junior Rangers

Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 10am

Saturdays at 10:30am

Do you have a 7 to 12 year old child? This 1-hour program inspires children like yours to be stewards of the redwood forest with games, songs, and activities. They will become a Junior Ranger and earn prizes while learning how to help preserve Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park! Make sure they bring water, a backpack, and hiking shoes. Meet at the campfire center. Parents must sign-in and sign-out their junior rangers. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 

Little Rangers

Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 9am

Saturdays at 9:30am

Do you have a 3 to 6 year old child? This 30-minute program hour program children like yours to love and connect to nature with games, songs, activities, and goofiness. Meet at the campfire center. Adult supervision is required and participation is greatly encouraged! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Campfire Center, 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Toddler Story Time
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Library Live Oak
Date: Every Mon from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: toddlers & parents Admission Fees: Free

Toddler Time @ Live Oak (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
Location: Live Oak Branch
Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. Join us for early literacy practices involving music, movement, stories, rhymes and more for your child and you.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Live Oak create a direct event link
BOARD IN THE LIBRARY
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Library Scotts Valley
Board Games for adults!
Date: Every Mon from 6:30pm to 8:30pm


(0 A February 2019) Library_BoardGames2.jpgBOARD IN THE LIBRARY


WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 6:30-8:30 p.m.


ADULTS need playtime too! Come play with us for hours of tabletop gaming fun. Bring your favorite board game or play some of the library's many games.

 

No prior gaming experience is necessary.


Some of the titles we carry are:

Settlers of Catan
Disney Monopoly
Deadwood Studios, USA
Star Trek: The Interactive VHS Board Game
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
Unspeakable Words
Candy Land
Pandemic
Battleship
Apples to Apples
Elder Sign
Bananagrams
Lord of the Fries
Ticket to Ride
King of New York

D&D Basic Board Game
Shogi

Dead of Winter
7 Wonders
Elysium
Disney Scene It
Flick 'Em Up
Vikings on Board
Last Night on Earth
Imhotep
Flash Point
Dixit
Risk: Marvel Cinematic Universe Edition
Star Trek: Attack Wing
Kill Doctor Lucky (Board game and card game)
Paris Connection
Dominion

chess, backgammon, and checkers

Codenames
Stuff and Nonsense
Tak
Exploding Kittens
Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Turbulence
Braiiiins!
Zombie DIce
Fluxx
Black Market Warehouse
Evil Baby Orphanage
Give Me the Brain!
Unexploded Cow
Brawl
The Star Wars Game
Clue
Whodunit
and more!

Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
Phone: (831) 427-7712 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
Big Basin Nature Club
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State Park Big Basin
Pretend, play, sing, and explore!
Date: Every Su, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and Sa at 4:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See different times

Big Basin Nature Club

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 4:30pm

This fun program is designed for children ages 3 to 6 and their families. Pretend, play, sing, and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the campfire center. 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: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
Phone: (831) 338-8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
Tales to Tails Aptos
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Mon from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Admission Fees: Free

(0 A October 2018) Library_LaSelva_TalestoTails.jpgHave you read to a dog through the Tales to Tails program at Santa Cruz Public Libraries?

You have plenty of time to participate in this fun reading activity with your family, so contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve your spot.


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Little Women
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The Western Stage
Filled with adventure, heartbreak, and a deep sense of hope, the struggles of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March to find their own voi
Date: Every day (Jun 22-Jul 13)


The Western Stage presents "Little Women: The Broadway Musical"

Book by Allan Knee, Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

Mainstage Theater | June 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and July 6, 7, 12, 13 (Join us for ReActions on Sunday, July 7!)

For tickets, order online: www.westernstage.com/tickets or call our box office: 831-755-6816 (Wednesday - Saturday, 5 - 8 p.m.)

Filled with adventure, heartbreak, and a deep sense of hope, the struggles of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March to find their own voices mirrors the growing pains of a young America.

Little Women is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring sign-language interpreters, real-time captioners, or other accommodations should contact the Box Office at least one week prior to the event: 831-755-6816 or westernstage@hartnell.edu


Location: Performance Art Theater, 411 Central Ave, Salinas Map
Phone: (831) 755-6816 •website Salinas create a direct event link
Beehive, The 60's Musical
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Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
A Cherry Coke With Plenty Of Fizz! "My Boyfriend's Back", "Be My Baby", "Son of a Preacher Man", and "Me and Bobby McGee"
Date: Every day (Jun 27-Jul 14)
Admission Fees: $21 - $46

(0 A June 2019) Beehive.jpgBeehive, The 60's Musical
JUNE 27 - JULY 14, 2019
Created by Larry Gallagher

The Suprise Musical Sensation of the Season!

A Cherry Coke With Plenty Of Fizz!
The Audience Devours Beehive Like a Three Foot Hoagie

- Time Magazine

A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE WOMEN oF ROCK 1960 - 1970

THE PLAY

 The 60's Musical is the ultimate celebration of 1960's female empowerment. Featuring such timeless classics as "My Boyfriend's Back", "Be My Baby", "Son of a Preacher Man", and "Me and Bobby McGee", Beehive nostalgically recalls the days of miniskirts, transistor radios and flower power. Told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in this enigmatic decade, these young ladies look back on a host of issues ranging from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation - a theme that is even now resonating in the 21st century.

Songs Include The Name (New) Game, Natural Woman, Deep, Mountain High (Deeman), My Boyfriend's Back, One Fine Day, To Sir With Love, It's My Party, Proud Mary, Where The Boys Are, Make Your Own Kind Of Music


Location: Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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ESL Conversation
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Library Central
Date: Every Mon from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up Admission Fees: Free

ESL Conversation Group (4:00 PM-5:00 PM)

Volunteer guided ESL conversation group for people who want to practice their English. We'll use real life situations and tasks to help people get more comfortable with using English in everyday life. Grupo de conversacion ESL dirigido por un voluntario para participantes que desean practicar su inglés. Utilizaremos situaciones de la vida diaria para ayudar a la gente a sentirse más cómodo usando el ingés en la vida cotidiana.

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Stars of Poetry
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Library Central
Join this free series of workshops to explore poets, poem-making, and performance
Date: Every 2 days (Jun 19-Jul 31) from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Are you a star of poetry? If not, you can easily become one this summer! Join this free series of workshops to explore poets, poem-making, and performance.

 

In each of these four workshops we will consider the lives of a prestigious poet, including Naomi Shihab Nye and Juan Felipe Herrera, reflecting on how their lives inform their work.

 

We will write poems, receive guidance and feedback from poets in the community and perform our work out loud, sharing our stories together. No experience necessary. Come with an open heart and mind. Co-facilitated by Magdalena Montagne and poets from the Legendary Poetry Collective, as well as poets from the library's Community Poetry Circles.


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Summer in the Libraries
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This year's theme, A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, was chosen to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves,
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Aug 10)


The Santa Cruz Public Libraries' (SCPL) Summer Reading Program, A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, begins June 1st and runs through August 10th. Our entire program has been revamped this year in order to be more inclusive and to put an even greater focus on reading. Studies have shown that reading just 5 books over the summer can significantly reduce Summer Slide - a term for the learning loss experienced over the summer.

 

This year's theme, A UNIVERSE OF STORIES, was chosen to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own story. It also celebrates the richness of perspectives that arise when we include stories from diverse people. And finally, we celebrate 50 years of space exploration and the anniversary of the lunar landing.

 

We are excited to present 3 SUMMER READING KICKOFF EVENTS to celebrate the beginning of the new program. Bring your picnic blankets, chairs, and lunches for these free family events:

  • A Universe of Stories with Nikki Borodi   Start summer off on Sunday June 9th 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Duck Island Stage in San Lorenzo Park. Nikki Borodi is a performance artist, singer, song-writer, ukulele player and acrobat! She brings her acrobatic musical storytelling to Santa Cruz with bubbles, balloon animals, magic, and acrobatics to delight all ages.
  • Coventry & Kalusa  Join us for some fun in the sun and sign-up for summer reading while playing with bubbles, hula hoops and more on Saturday June 15th at Anna Jean Cumming Park (AKA Blueball Park) from 11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. From 12-1 p.m. enjoy a special performance by award winning circus artists Coventry and Kaluza. They will be juggling, hula hooping, playing music, doing some comedy and more.
  • Percussion with James Henry   Sign-up for summer reading while playing with bubbles, hula hoops and more on Sunday June 16th from 12 - 3 p.m. at Highlands County Park in Ben Lomond. From 1 - 2 p.m. enjoy a special performance by James Henry, master percussionist. Expect to dance, sing, be involved and be transported to many areas of the globe through the sounds of drums and percussion!

How to Participate

To sign up, visit santacruzpl.org/srp or visit any branch library, the Bookmobile, or a Summer Reading Kickoff event. Signups begin June 1st and participants have until August 10th to sign out of the program and receive their rewards. Participants of all ages are encouraged to read books 5 books of their own choosing, listen to audio books, or be read to.


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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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Little Rangers Programs for 3-6 year olds with an adult
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State Park Natural Bridges
Fun for the little ones
Date: Every Mon (Jun 1-Sep 2) at 10:30am
Ages: 3-6 with an adult Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Also 2pm

  Little Rangers children's programs
 Mondays 10:30 to 11:30 am from June through Labor Day.

During the summer season, hour-long children's programs are offered in the Visitor Center. These nature programs are for children ages 3-6 and their caregivers.

 

Weekly topics and themes vary. Previous themes have included: birds, frogs, secrets of sand, plant detectives, and many others!

 


Location: West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 423-4609 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Baby Bunch
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Temple Beth El
... social time and support for babies and their parents...
Date: Every Mon at 11:00am
Admission Fees: free

Hang out with other moms and dads with babies.


Location: 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos 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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Into The Woods
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Cabrillo Stage Summer Musical Festival
WINNER OF 5 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, OUTSTANDING LYRICS & BOOK!
Date: Every day (Jun 27-Jul 14)


Into The Woods

 

WINNER OF 3 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST BOOK AND ORIGINAL SCORE!

WINNER OF 5 DRAMA DESK AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING MUSICAL, OUTSTANDING LYRICS & BOOK!  BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

 

THE PLAY

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

INTO THE WOODS follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.


Location: Cabrillo Stage, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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SLVNew Parents Support Group
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Birth Network
Date: Every Tues from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Admission Fees: free

Parents and their newborns are welcome! Led by postpartum doulas, lactation counselors and an AMFT.

Make friends.

Get answers to questions.

Find reassurance!


Location: Mountain Community Resurces, 6134 Highway 9, Felton Map
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Arboretum Garden Free Day
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A tranquil place to see plants from around the world plus quail, bunnies...
Date: The 1st Tues of every month from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Day 1st Tuesday

 With more than 300 plant species, ranging from Santa Cruz natives to rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest, the Arboretum is the place to see a variety of flora, fauna, birds and more.

 

Come and see native flora from around the globe, including California, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Chile. The Arboretum offers many rich opportunities for casual visitors, researchers, students, members, and friends. You can find more information by visiting our About page.


1st Tuesday of every month. Free admission to the Arboretum.  The Arboretum is open each day from 9 am to 5 pm. (Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.) Directions and information about admission can be found here.


Location: 1156 High St, Santa Cruz Map
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Felton Farmers Market
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Felton Certified Farmers Market
Produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists
Date: Every Tues (May 1-Nov 26) from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Open May through November

The Felton Certified Farmers Market offers produce and fruit, fish, bread, wine, and an array of prepared foods, a community table and entertainment by local artists.

 

    Felton Certified Farmers' Market provides a community marketplace offering fresh seasonal produce sold by those who grow it, a variety of nonagricultural products and  creates a lively, educational and informative meeting place for the entire San Lorenzo Valley. The market offers fresher food at prices normally lower than retail. We carry a wonderful variety of produce, plants, flowers, bread, deserts, fish, prepared foods and there's always fun to be had.


Location: Hwy 9, St. John's Church parking lot
Phone: 425-3331 •website Felton create a direct event link
Anime Club
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Library Watsonville
Join our Anime Club!
Date: The 1st Tues of every month from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 6-12 grades

Anime Club

The Anime Club is open to all students in 6th - 12th grades. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the Month 4:00 p.m - 5:30 p.m.. If you are 13 or younger, but still in 6th grade, you will need to bring a signed Anime Club Permission Form (PDF) with you to the meeting.

 

All about Manga & Anime


The History of Manga from NMP International Blackmoon's Anime and Manga Glossary to his
Anime Companion Books Mechademia: A journal of all things anime, manga, games and pop-culture about Japan.


Some Fun Links to Enjoy

 

  • Create a fun manga style avatar with Mangatar!
  • Real Kana: Where you can practice your hiragana and katakana.
  • Daily Sudoku: Where you can puzzle over more Sudoku.

Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
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Baby Laptime
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Library Watsonville
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Tues and Fri at 10:30am


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Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: Storytime Room, 275 Main St, Watsonville Map
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Wednesday Night Twilight Concerts
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Capitola Village
Twilight Concerts serves up live music on the beach on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and relax.
Date: Every Wed (Jun 5-Aug 28) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Capitola by the Sea Summer Music

Twilight Concerts  on  Wednesdays, June  - August,  6 to 8 p.m.

 

The 2019 Twilight Concerts will be held Wednesdays from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. June - August. The Concerts are held at the Esplanade Park Bandstand, with the one of largest dance floors around.  Bring a picnic or dine at one of our many area restaurants, many of whom sponsor our concerts.  Seating is on the lawn, seawall, benches or the beach. Please bring your low back chairs or picnic blankets. Warm jackets suggested for cool evenings.  No alcohol or dogs in the park or on the beach.

 

If you are interested in applying to be a performer for the 2020 Twilight Concerts or the Sunday Art and Music at the Beach event, the updated applications will be available on this page in August 2019.  The deadline for submissions will be December 2019. 

 


Date


Band


Genre


Band website

June 5

Live Again

Soul, Funk & Rock

www.liveagainband.com (link is external)

June 12

Glory

Tribute, Pop, R&B & Rock

www.glorytributes.com (link is external)

June 19

The Inciters

Soul

www.facebook.com/theinciters (link is external)

une 26

Tsunami Band

Classic Rock, 60's, 70's & More

www.tsunami-rocks.com (link is external)

July 3

Todd Morgan & The Emblems

Pop & Rock

www.toddmorganmusic.com (link is external)

July 10

The Joint Chiefs Band

R&B, Funk & Soul

www.thejointchiefsband.com (link is external)

July 17

Mike Hammar & The Nails

Contemporary Blues

www.mikehammarandthenail.com (link is external)

July 24

Extra Large

Original Funky Fun

www.extra-large.net (link is external)

July 31

Long Train Runnin'

Classic Rock Doobie Brothers Tribute

www.longtrainrunnin.com (link is external)

August 7

The Houserockers

Rock & Soul

www.svhouserockers.com (link is external)

August 14

Everyday People

Classic Latin Rock

www.everydaypeopletheband.com (link is external)

August 21

Mambo Tropical

Salsa

 

August 28

The Digbeats

Oldies

 


Location: Esplanade Park, Capitola Village Map
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STEAM
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Library Watsonville
Join us for STEAM!
Date: Every Wed at 3:00pm
Ages: 8-12

(0 A November 2018) Wats-STEAM.jpgSTEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) in the Library will be for ages 8-12.

Participants will learn about and make (electronic) creations from Little Bits kits with the help of staff from the Environmental Science workshop.

This is an ongoing program and the kits will be re-used every time - creations will be photographed and displayed. Then projects will be taken apart and used to create something else the following week- unfortunately children will not be able to take their creations home. You can purchase a set from the official Little Bits website.

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library Children Room


Location: 275 Main Street, Suite #100, Watsonville Map
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Fire in the Sky Open House
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City of Watsonville
Spectacular fun and educational too!
Date: 07/03/2019 from 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Admission Fees: free walk-in admission

The Municipal Airport will open its doors for the "Fire in the Sky" Open House. This Open House event is an important part of the Airport's efforts to reach out to the community and highlight the importance of this community asset to our region.

The Open House will feature a festival-like open seating atmosphere and will include formation flyovers, a variety of food trucks, introductory flights, and, given the later start, an early evening outdoor animated motion picture (Angry Birds) for the kids. To close the evening and in line with the celebration of the 4th of July, we will host a professional firework show.

This year law enforcement aviation assets from the California Highway Patrol and Santa Cruz County Sheriff will display their aircraft. Additionally, air ambulance Calstar and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will bring aircraft to the field. The Watsonville Municipal Airport tenants have also been invited to display personal, flying club, trainers and corporate aircraft.

Admission is free. Vehicles may park on the crosswind runway for $10.00.

The event will also feature a VIP area inside of the United Flight Services Hangar. The VIP area is sponsored by several community businesses who are supporting this community event.


Location: Watsonville Airport, Airport Rd, Watsonville Map
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Movies at the Beach
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us!
Date: Every Wed and Th (Jun 19-Aug 14) at 5:00pm


(0 A May 2019) BoardwalkMovies2019.jpgFREE Movies on the Beach

Wednesday Nights at 9pm

June 19 - August 14, 2019

 

There's nothing like watching your favorite movies right on the beach with the world-famous Giant Dipper roller coaster lights twinkling overhead and the smell of Kettlecorn, corn dogs, and salt water taffy filling the air!

 

Admission FREE!

Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us!

 

Each movie will include a 15 minute intermission. Seating is first‑come, first‑served.

 

Smoking is not permitted on the beach or Boardwalk. Alcohol and glass are prohibited on the beach.

 

A limited number of assistive listening devices (ALDs) are available for check-out at the Guest Services office near the Haunted Castle.

 

If you require other special accommodations or would like to request Closed Captioning, please contact the Manager on Duty at least 48 hours in advance of the movie at (831) 423‑5590.


2019 Movies Schedule

June 19 The Lost Boys
June 26 School of Rock

July 3 The Sandlot
July 10 Jurassic Park
July 17 Book of Life
July 24 The Outsiders
July 31 The Wedding Singer
Aug 7 Bumblebee (2018)
Aug 14 The Goonies

 


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Baby Laptime
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Library Freedom
English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months
Date: Every Wed at 10:30am
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: no cost

(0 A November 2018) Wats_BabyLaptime.jpgSocialization & Literacy


Bilingual Baby Laptime is a Free bilingual English / Spanish 30 minute program of stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Come to the library and join us for some fun while helping your child build socialization and early literacy skills.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Freedom Branch 

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Main Library Meeting Room

 


Location: 2021 Freedom Blvd, Freedom Map
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Family Story Time
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Library Boulder Creek
Date: Every Wed from 11:00am to 12:00pm


Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Family Storytime @ Boulder Creek from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Stories and songs, art activities, games and play for families with children of all ages.


Location: Friends of the Santa Cruz Public, 13390 West Park Avenue, Boulder Creek Map
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Lego: EV3 Robotics
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Library Live Oak
Create advanced mechanical devices and program motors with Lego Mindstorms
Date: Every Wed (Jun 5-Aug 7) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: Ages 10 -17 Admission Fees: Free

Create advanced mechanical devices and program motors with Lego Mindstorms. Open to ages 10 to 17.

Class will meet weekly on Wednesdays at the Live Oak Library at 3:00pm - 4:30 pm from June 5th to August 7th.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register online at santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5387915 or contact us at 831-427-7717.


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Positive Discipline for Children of All Ages
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Intensive 3-week Positive Discipline Parenting Class Series for Children of All Ages
Date: Every Wed (Jun 19-Jul 3) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults Admission Fees: $50
Special Instructions: No Childcare Available

This intensive 3-week (6-hour) class series provides parents with all the concepts and tools needed to implement Positive Discipline in the home/family setting.

 

Some of the prominent themes include child and adolescent brain development, social emotional learning, belonging and significance as innate social needs, the essential nature of long-term positive parent-child relationships, mutual respect, modeling behaviors, authoritative parenting styles that use kindness and firmness at the same time, connection before correction, the criteria for effective discipline, agreements and follow-through, non-violent communication, family meetings, routines, and the internal locus of control that guides parents and children alike to practice self-regulation.

Facilitated by Colleen Murphy, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, ECE co-op teacher with over 16 years of ECE teaching experience both with children and as a parent educator.


Location: Live Oak Community Resources, 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Freedom Fest with Fireworks
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Morgan Hill Freedom Fest
Patriotic songs of America July 3rd and Fireworks July 4th
Date: Every day (Jul 3-Jul 4)
Admission Fees: If you drive, $10 parking fee
Special Instructions: 16500 Condit Road, located between Tennant and E. Dunne Avenue

Morgan Hill, with continuous July 4th celebrations since 1876 remains one of the very few cities in the entire Bay Area that continues to have all day events surrounding the 4th of July. Our events include Patriotic Sing, Downtown Family Music Fest, Freedom Run, Parade, Car Cruise n' Show and spectacular Fireworks and entertainment show.


Fireworks seem to be the highlight of most people's memories of the 4th of July. This year's Fireworks Show will surely be a highlight for many of our community's children as it is shaping up to be one the best ever.

 

Fireworks on The Green will once again be at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center, 16500 Condit Road, located between Tennant and E. Dunne Avenues. Gates will open at 5 pm so you can come on in and set up a good viewing spot for the fireworks, which will begin around 9:30

 

4:00 pm - Center Opens to Public

  • Parking is open at 3:00pm and the Center Gates will open to the public at 4:00pm
  • All Vendors will be open at 5pm
  • Bring a picnic basket if you'd like and buy beer, soft drinks, and other beverages on the premises.
  • There will be a food vendors and ice cream.
  • Please do not bring any bottles into the area.
  • NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL

5:00 pm Live Music Starts  (Bands to be announced)


7:30pm Break & Patriotic Sing

  • Old fashioned pie eating contest.
  • Encore performance from the schoolchildren who participated in the Patriotic Sing if you missed that the night before.

8:15 pm Live Music


9:30 pm or Dusk - Fireworks Show

  • ACCESS TO VENUE CLOSES FROM ALL ENTRY STREETS AT 9 pm
  • The entire Fireworks extravaganza and entertainment is brought to you at no cost to attendees. Please consider helping us with the show by making a contribution to our donation boxes or one of our IDC Volunteers as you enjoy the show!

Location: Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Cente, 16500 Condit Road, Morgan Hill Map
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READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail
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Library La Selva Beach
READ: Reach Every Amazing Detail
Date: Every Wed (Oct 3-Jul 24) from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Ages: Grades 2 to 12 Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) Library_READ.jpgREAD is the Santa Cruz Public Libraries' reading comprehension program for students grades 2-12. Students receive 25 minutes of individual instruction from a California credentialed teacher.

 

Appointments available very Wednesday from 3 pm to 5 pm. Runs Oct 2, 2018 - July 25, 2019. Program will have holiday breaks. Check library online calendar.

By appointment only. Please, no drop-ins! To make an appointment contact us at 831- 427-7717 or pro@santacruzpl.org


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Mothersong with Joya
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Mothersong Santa Cruz
A multi-cultural sing-a-long for families with babies
Date: Every Wed and Th at 9:15am
Ages: Babies 0-3 with parents Admission Fees: Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free
Special Instructions: Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30

(0 A November 2018) Joya.jpgMothersong Santa Cruz with Joya Winwood

Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning: 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30
Every 1st Sunday of the Month: 10:30-11:30


Directions:  Leaving town on River St, cross Hwy 1. Turn right into the driveway after all the red buildings. The sign says 1060 on it. Park in labeled Guest Parking places.   Walk between the big red buildings on the right.  Look for #111.  There's a ramp for strollers.  Enter the metal gate.  Follow signs.  Art Bar Cafe is next door.

 

All classes are one hour long.  Adults / $7 - $12, Children / Free


Location: Tannery World Dance, 1060 River St #110, Santa Cruz Map
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Pruning!
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Live Oak Grange
Come learn and practice the fundamentals of winter fruit pruning
Date: Every Wed from 11:30pm to 12:30pm

Special Instructions: All are welcome!

CA Rare Fruit Growers will be doing the annual pruning in the Live Oak Grange orchard on
Saturday, February 16th from 1 until 4 pm or so.

 

Come learn and practice the fundamentals of winter fruit pruning, as we maintain the orchard at the Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange. This is a hands-onworkshop: bring your cleaned and sharpened pruning shears, loppers, and pruning saws.

 

No need to register, just show up ready to learn and help, and bring a friend!

 


Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Robo Sumo
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Library Robo Sumo
Build and program robots
Date: Every Wed (Jun 13-Jul 25) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 8-17 Admission Fees: Free

Come compete in the not-so-ancient art of Robo-Sumo. Kids ages 8-17 will work in groups of two to build a competition

Lego robot to battle on the last day of class for a Lego prize. They will build and program their robots to knock the other team's robots out of the circle.

Register online at https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/5383539


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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ALBA SCHOOL 4th of July Celebration & BBQ
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Alba School
Benefit for Alba Schoolhouse, Orchestra, Homemade Ice cream, Nature Display, Plant and Book Sales, Book Signing, Raffle, Barbecu
Date: 07/04/2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1.5 miles down from Empire Grade or 2 miles up from Hwy 9

Our annual 4th of July event is our thanks to the community that supports us.
Join us for Tradition, Food, and Live Music

Barbecue food provided. Additional potluck dishes welcome and appreciated.

Orchestra, Homemade Ice cream, Nature Display, Plant and Book Sales, Book Signing, Raffle, Penny Pitch, Dessert and Drink Sales, Fire Engine, Schoolhouse History, and more

 

BBQ lunch includes choice of hot dog or veggie-dog with salad and beans for $6. Kid’s meal (hot dog only) for $4. Drinks, homemade ice cream and desserts are extra.

 

Your participation helps preserve and maintain this historic treasure.  Join us for an old fashioned social gathering in the redwoods. See what a one-room school was like!

 

Alba School is two miles up Alba Road from Hwy 9 in Ben Lomond, or 2 miles down Alba from Empire Grade. Please carpool if possible, as parking is limited.


Location: 12070 Alba Road, Bonny Doon Map
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Save Our Shores 4th July Beach Cleanups
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Save Our Shores
Save Our Shores invites residents and visitors to participate in beach cleanup activities
Date: Every day (Jul 4-Jul 5)


POLLUTION PREVENTION IS PATRIOTIC! Every year, thousands of beachgoers visit Monterey Bay beaches to celebrate the birth of our nation. Unfortunately, the celebration often results in tons of trash littering our shores. To prevent waste from entering the ocean and harming wildlife, Save Our Shores is hosting pollution prevention outreach at Hotspot beaches across the Central Coast and organizing its popular Star Spangled Cleanup the morning after July 4th. The effort is a part of our Holiday Relief Program in partnership with the City of Santa Cruz.

 

We have cleanups happening in both Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Cleanups are happening rain or shine! If you are interested in joining our Star Spangled Beach Cleanup efforts, simply show up the day of to participate or contact cleanup@saveourshores.org


Find a beach to clean up!


Location: Local Beaches, Santa Cruz County Map
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Boulder Creek 4th of July Parade
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Boulder Creek Business Association
Come watch the parade, enjoy art, music and bbq
Date: 07/04/2019 at 7:00am
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: BBQ Junction Park

Happy Summer to all our BCRPD friends. We would like to invite you to our annual 4th of July Parade and Picnic in Boulder Creek.

 

Please attend BC all day on July 4th. Start with the popular BCFD 4th of July Pancake Breakfast at 7am.

 

Then stroll to downtown BC for the charming parade (starts at 10am).

 

After the parade ends, check out the BC Park and Rec's 4th of July BBQ at Junction Park for live music, adult (and kid) beverages, food trucks, swimming, and art & craft booths!


July 4th BBQ Junction Park

12-5pm

Pan for Gold

Free event

Live Music

Beer & Wine $6


Location: Hwy 9 between Scarborough Lumber and the Railroad Ave., Boulder Creek Map
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Spirit of Watsonville
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City of Watsonville
4th of July parade!
Date: 07/04/2019 at 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Main St. from St. Patrick's Church to First Street

Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade

Thursday, July 4, 2019
Parade Starts off at 12 p.m.

The Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July parade proceeds down Main St. from St. Patrick's Church to First Street. Thousands of spectators line the route five to six people deep. Those wanting a front row seat, place their chairs along the route early in the morning of the parade date. Those interested in participating in the parade should submit an entry form soon after they are made available.


Location: Main St, Watsonville Map
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34th Annual 1, 5, 10k Firecracker Run
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Sunrise Rotary Club
Fire Up For The 2019 Santa Cruz Firecracker!
Date: 07/04/2019 from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All

Annual Santa Cruz Firecracker 4th of July 10K, 5K, 1K Race - Registration Open!

Register Now: www.santacruzfirecracker10k.org/

 

10K, 5k, & Kids 1K Race - Thursday, July 4th
8 a.m. Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz

 


Register Now! Santa Cruz Firecracker 10K

That glow you see on the horizon is the 34th Annual Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club’s Firecracker Run.  There are three distances - something for the whole family - a 10K, a 5K and a 1K for the kids.  Registration is open.  The only thing missing is YOU!

 

RACE DAY SCHEDULE:

Pre-registered runners check-in, and race day registration from 6:30 - 7:45 AM (for 1K), 6:30 - 8:00 AM (5K/10K) at Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

 

Race day registration runners pick up Bib Numbers at Registration on July 4th.

Kids’ 1K run at 8:00 AM, 10K starts at 8:30 AM and 5K starts at 8:40 AM. 10K/5K/1K awards commencing at 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM.

 

Aerobics warm-up and Santa Cruz DJ Company will light your fire with warm-up tunes certain to pump you up.

 

Some of this year's highlights include

  • Really cool Aptos Fleet Feet long sleeve shirts for top finishers in 10K and 5K!
  • Medals still 3 deep in 5-year age groups!
  • Flat, fast, certified 5K course!
  • Certified 10K course!
  • The Thrill of the Hill remains in the classic town and country 10K course!
  • Post-race breakfast at Harvey West Park.
  • All levels of fitness welcome.

Location: Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen St, Santa Cruz Map
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Apple Roasting! Crafts! Games! Skulls and Pelts!
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State Park Big Basin
Enjoy roasting ranger apples and marshmallows, playing games, listening to tunes, and making some fun crafts! Touch and learn ab
Date: Every Th and Sa (Jul 4-Jul 18) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm


Apple Roasting! Crafts! Games! Skulls and Pelts!

Thursday, July 4 from 3:30-5:30pm

Thursday, July 18 from 3:30-5:30pm

Drop by anytime between 3:30 and 5:30pm at our historic campfire center and enjoy roasting ranger apples and marshmallows, playing games, listening to tunes, and making some fun crafts! Touch and learn about the skulls and pelts of Big Basin animals. 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 Way, Boulder Creek Map
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PopUp Picnics in the Park
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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Enjoy tacos on the terrazza!
Date: Every Th (Jun 13-Aug 16) from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Ages: All

PopUp Picnics in the Park return to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for the fourth summer in a row, taking place Thursdays from June 13 through August 15 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. (except for July 4). Take a break to enjoy tacos on the terrazza, with food by Taquitos Gabriel available for purchase. The full menu includes tacos, plates, burritos, quesadillas and drinks with occasional specials, such as mole. Prices range from $2 to $10, and Taquitos Gabriel will donate a portion of their proceeds back to Friends of Santa Cruz State Park. Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is at 144 School St. in Santa Cruz. Learn more at www.thatsmypark.org.


Location: Santa Cruz Mission State Histori, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
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SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE: Sssnakesss!
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State Park Big Basin
Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like?
Date: Every 2 weeks on Th (Jul 4-Jul 18) at 7:00pm
Ages: All

SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE: Sssnakesss!

Thursday, July 4 at 7pm

Thursday, July 18 at 7pm

Meet a snake! Learn how they hunt, how they move, and why they're so important. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7pm; program begins at 7:30pm. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Good dogs welcome! 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 Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Red, White & Blue Block Party
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City of Los Gatos
Come relax and enjoy the downtown businesses and family friendly activities. We are looking forward to celebrating the 4th
Date: 07/04/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm


The Town of Los Gatos will once again host our annual Symphony in the Park on Thursday, July 4th at Oak Meadow Park. Join us for a day of free, family-friendly music, food and fun!

Live Entertainment

Bring your lawn chairs and take in the sounds of the renowned San Jose Wind Symphony playing some of the most famous American classics on the Oak Meadow Bandstand beginning at 1:00 p.m. Tables and chairs will also be available in front of the bandstand for viewing at a first-come, first-serve basis.

For the little ones and kids of all ages, check out The Hipwaders beginning at 11:00 a.m. on the second stage.

Children's Activities

There will be fun for all ages! Bring your children and enjoy:

Tickets will be available for purchase for Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and Carousel, all other entertainment will be free of charge.

Food & Drink

Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad Snack Shack and a variety of food trucks will be available to purchase food and drinks during the entire event. Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnic lunches to enjoy at the park.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos will also be hosting a beer and wine garden for those over 21, from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Picnic areas in Oak Meadow Park will only be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Barbecuing at the picnic areas will not be permitted

Getting There

Oak Meadow Park is located at 233 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032. Parking at Oak Meadow Park is free, but very limited.


Location: Oak Meadow Park, North Santa Cruz St, Los Gatos Map
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Great Train Robberies
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Roaring Camp Railroads
Shootouts, duels and other blazing re-enactments
Date: 07/04/2019


Great Train Robberies July 4, August 31-September 2 Witness shootouts between famed lawmen and notorious outlaws from the 1880’s aboard the Redwood Forest Train to Bear Mountain. See why the West was wild!
Location: 5355 Graham Hill Rd , Felton Map
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Old-fashioned Independence Day
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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: 07/04/2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free admission, $10 parking

Old-fashioned Independence Day
Thursday July 4, 2019 from 11am to 4pm

Visit Wilder Ranch's historic cultural preserve and take a step back in time 100 years ago as you participate in an early 1900s-style Independence Day celebration including a noon family parade, games, children's crafts area, live big-band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag-raising. Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch. This event is appropriate for all ages.

 

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
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4th of July Fireworks
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Chamber of Commerce Scotts Valley
Parade, food, music, games, fireworks!
Date: 07/04/2019 from 3:00pm to 9:45pm
Admission Fees: $6-8 for fireworks
Special Instructions: Ticket price does not include food and game

Come celebrate July 4th in Scotts Valley! Parade, flyover, fireworks, BBQ, live bands, games, petting zoo and much more! Activities and food are not included in price of admission. ATM available on site.


Location: 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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SONOMA'S OLD-FASHIONED FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & CELEBRATION
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Sonoma Volunteer Firefighter's Association
One of the ten best 4th of July celebrations in the country
Date: 07/04/2019 at 10:00am


Sonoma Community Center presents: Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade & Celebration

Sonoma's award-winning Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Parade has been produced by the Sonoma Community Center for more than half a century.  The parade is a nationally recognized, traditional, small-town celebration intended for the enjoyment of all ages.  The parade is an inclusive event and a wide range of participation is encouraged including: individuals, community and youth organizations, businesses and musical entries.


FIREWORKS AT DUSK - GENERAL VALLEJO'S FIELD


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Preschool Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Th from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Downtown Preschool Story Time (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
 
Join us at the Downtown Library for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We'll read books, sing songs and make a simple craft! Ages 3-6.
View similar upcoming events: Storytimes/Laptimes

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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The World's Shortest Parade & Pancake Breakfast & "Party in the
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Chamber of Commerce Aptos
Perfect parade length -short! Anyone can parade
Date: 07/04/2019 at 7:30am


(Photos General) Dogs_4thJulyParadeAptos.jpgAptos will celebrate the 4th of July with the World's Shortest Parade! Come and join us for our World's Shortest Parade in Aptos.


Parade participants and vendors wanted! The "World's shortest parade" on 4th of July in Aptos is ready to take parade entries and vendors for the Party in the Park. We are expecting an amazing turnout and want to invite all of Santa Cruz County to take part in it.

Parade entries can include but are not limited to: Classic/antique vehicles, floats, bands, walkers, dancers, dogs, etc.

Download the Application 2019 Parade Application

or APPLY ONLINE!

We are also looking for vendors for the Party in the Park for those who sell jewelry, flowers, clothes, children's toys, art, photography, activities, food, and more.

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Please call the Aptos Chamber of Commerce for more information 831-688-1467.

 

2019 Schedule of Festivities

Become a Aptos 4th of July Sponsor Today

  • Pancake Breakfast: 7:30-10am at burger. Aptos parking lot
    Adults: $12 / Kids: $5 / 2 and under: free
    Hosted by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce.
  • Worlds Shortest Parade: 10am-12pm
    Begins at intersection of State Park Dr & Soquel Dr and ends at the Trout Gulch & Soquel Dr intersection. Hosted by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce.
    Be part of the parade! Fill out our 2019 Parade Application and send it in to esme@aptoschamber.com
  • Party in the Park: 12-4pm at Aptos Village Park
    Family Fun Day! Something for the whole family: kids games, face painting, pony rides, zorbs, bounce houses, kids crafts, food trucks, caterers, beer, wine and local favorite band EXTRA LARGE!
    Want to be a vendor? Download the  2019_Vendor Application_Aptos 4th of July and submit it to jennifer@aptoschamber.com

Dog groups gather for the parade behind the Wells Fargo Bank, but check with Living with Dogs:

www.livingwithdogs.us/events.html


Location: Aptos Village, 7701 Soquel Dr. , Aptos Map
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July 4th Road Closures and Safety Zone
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Santa Cruz Police
If you wish to go to beaches for the 4th, check for road closures and plan accordingly
Date: 07/04/2019


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In an effort to maintain safety during the July 4th holiday the department will be enacting a Safety Enhancement Zone in certain areas between July 2-6. The zone, with a map available  creates triple fines for certain municipal code violations. In addition there will be detours and road closures on July 4th.

 

As in previous years, deputies on the Fourth of July also will check beachgoers in Live Oak and other county areas for alcohol, glass, weapons and fireworks - which are prohibited on beaches.


Road Closures

County leaders plan to control traffic in several areas from 7 p.m. to midnight July Fourth so emergency vehicles can reach the beach. Deputies also will check beachgoers for alcohol, glass, weapons and fireworks.

 

Davenport Main Beach.
East Cliff Drive at 12th, 13th and 14th avenues.
San Andreas Road and Estrella Avenue in La Selva Beach.
Rio del Mar Esplanade.
Rio del Mar Boulevard and Clubhouse Drive.
17thAvenue and Capitola Road.
17th Avenue and Brommer Street.
Seventh Avenue and Capitola Road.
Seventh Avenue and Brommer Street.


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Campfire Programs Henry Cowell
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State Park Henry Cowell
Sing songs, play games, hear stories and learn all about our unique and beautiful park
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 1-Aug 31)

Special Instructions: See varying times

Evening Campfire Programs

Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 8pm

Saturdays at 7pm

Gather beneath the Ponderosa Pines at our campfire center for a family friendly evening of song, story, and education. Campfire treats will conclude our evening of discovery! Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Good dogs welcome! Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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4th of July BBQ in Pacific Grove City
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City of Pacific Grove
Celebrate the 4th with an old-fashioned, down-home BBQ
Date: 07/04/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm


4th of July BBQ in Pacific Grove City

Join the Chamber of Commerce and celebrate the 4th with an old-fashioned, down-home BBQ in Caledonia Park (behind the Post Office). Great food, live entertainment, and a chance to enjoy a patriotic celebration. The hours are from 11:00am - 3:00pm.


Phone: (831) 373-3304 •website Pacific Grovecreate a direct event link
Pleasure Point 4th of July Parade
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Pleasure Point Community
A fun, impromptu, spontaneous gathering of community. Will Wonder Women be there again this year??
Date: 07/04/2019 at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 1st Peak Park to the Hook

(0 July 2017) 4th_PleasurePt_WondeWoman.jpgA fun, impromptu, spontaneous gathering of community.

 

Will Wonder Women be there again this year??


Come and find out.

 

Super Hero Costumes Welcome

 


Phone: (831) 464-7748 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
Citizen Science
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Library Central
A presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, clim
Date: The 1st Th of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717

 

December

This month our Citizen Science series offers a discussion about the various ecological and social solutions for living with fire on the Central Coast. Our presenter, Dr. Lee Klinger leads a movement aimed at using ecologically-based techniques to address the problem of oak mortality in California and elsewhere.

 

Dr. Klinger is a tree care practitioner living in Big Sur, California. Since 2005 he has served as director of Sudden Oak Life. He has over 30 years of academic experience in the environmental sciences and has held scholarly appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Colorado, the University of Oxford, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Geological Society of London.

 

Citizen Science is a collaboration between the Santa Cruz Public Libraries; the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

 

We invite you to join us every first Thursday of the month for a presentation and Q&A with local experts and researchers in the field discussing life science, ecology, geology, genetics, climatology and more. Let's connect, inspire and inform each other!

 

For more information contact pro@santacruzpl.org • 831-427-7717


Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Carmel-by-the-Sea's 4th of July Celebration
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City of Carmel
Spend a fun-filled afternoon with us at the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Date: 07/04/2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Special Instructions: Junipero St. and Ocean Ave.

Annual 4th of July Celebration
Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea
(831) 620-2020 website
July 4, 2019, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Open to the public

Join us for an old-fashioned, family-style celebration in Devendorf Park across from Carmel Plaza on Ocean Avenue from noon to 4pm. There will be hot dogs, cold drinks, chips, ice cream, watermelon, and cookies! Get there early, supplies are limited! Food will be provided by local service clubs and groups such as Carmel Host Lions, Mission Trail Lions, Yes for Carmel!, Carmel Heritage, Carmel Woman's Club, Carmel Chamber, and much more!

For more information please contact (831) 620-2020 or communityactivities@ci.carmel.ca.us.

** NO FIREWORKS ARE ALLOWED ANYWHERE IN CARMEL **


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Free Community Swim
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If you love swimming and barbecue bring your bathing suits, smiles and the whole family
Date: 07/04/2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Entry is first-come, first-served

Free Community Swim
SIMPKINS FAMILY SWIM CENTER


July 4


The Simpkins Family and the Santa Cruz County Parks Dept. are co-sponsoring two fun FREE swim days, July 4 and Labor Day, September 3, which will include the water slide,  climbing wall, Wibit inflatable play apparatus, floating on inner tubes, the Warm-water Pool, 50-meter Pool, and spray zone.  

 

The free days will also include a barbecue hosted by the Boys and Girls Club, and music.

 

 Free swim days are very popular, with over 800 attending last year. Get here early! First-come, first-served!


Location: Simpkins Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Bilingual Learn & Play
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Watsonville PAL
WPAL brings to you our new TODDLER PROGRAM.
Date: Every Th from 10:30am to 11:30am


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WPAL brings to you our new TODDLER PROGRAM.

Bilingual Learn & Play will start February 21st on Thursdays at our PAL Gym - 130 Rodriguez St 10:30 - 11:30am.

More than just a play group, Learn & Play is offered as a free resource to provide early childhood education through a structured circle time followed by play based learning activities and opportunities for social connection.

We are so excited to bring this fun and interactive program to our community!

Please feel free to call us if you have any questions (831) 763-4147


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Location: PAL Gym, 130 Rodriguez St, Watsonville Map
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Spreckels 4th of July Celebration - Run & Parade!
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Spreckels Park
Youth One-Mile, Men's & Women's 5K Walk/10K Run, Special Olympic 5K Walk/10K Run
Date: 07/04/2019


Spreckels 4th of July Celebration 2019

 

The Spreckels Memorial District is proud to present the Annual Spreckels 4th of July Celebration!

 

EVENT PROGRAM  •  Thursday, July 4th 2019

7:30am - 8:30am - 5K/10K Race Registration & Bib pick-up (located near 3rd street & Spreckels Memorial Park)

8:30am - Youth 1Mile Run (start/finish line on 3rd St)

9am - 5K & 10K (start/finish line on 3rd St)  

10:30am - Day of Parade Registration(limited) (at Spreckels Memorial Hall) Click here to Preregister!

10:45am - Awards Ceremony (near registration tent)

12pm - 4th of July Parade (starts at Memorial Building parking lot)

1pm - Car Show on Llano PREREGISTER HERE!

4pm - Crafts & Food Booths close - activities end

Stay posted for updates on run registration!  

Find out how to get involved and help with the event here!

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2019 Season Subscription
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Mountain Community Theater
Theater at its delightful best in Ben Lomond!
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Mar 15-Dec 15)
Ages: 12+

2019 Season Subscription

2019 SEASON TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE - THROUGH BROWN PAPER TICKETS OR BY CALLING 800-838-3006, THEIR 24/7 CUSTOMER SERVICE NUMBER.

Here's a list of the shows in our 2019 season. All performances are at Park Hall in beautiful downtown Ben Lomond.

 

March 15 - April 7
FOUR OLD BROADS
By Leslie Kimbell
Directed by Kathie Kratochvil
Four Old Broads is a new comedy featuring four sassy, smart, and savvy older women who are living at the Magnolia Place Assisted Living home. With fast-paced and quick-witted dialogue, it has been called "a laugh-out-loud hysterical play with a whole lot of heart." The play revolves around retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton who desperately needs a vacation, but NOT another trip to see that "precious little German village for the umpteenth time." She dreams of a trip through the Caribbean on a "Sassy Seniors Cruise," but encounters obstacles along the way, including the evil Nurse Pat Jones. Much laughter ensues as the gals try to solve a mystery at Magnolia Place by going under-cover. If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all.


May 17 - June 9
RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
By Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by Peter Gelblum
 A Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama.  Also called "one of the top 10 plays of 2012" by Entertainment Weekly and "intensely smart and immensely funny" by the New York Times.  After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs - the prize being Gwen's husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals.


August 16-18
NEW WORKS WEEKEND
Produced by Alaina Boys
We will again be staging our New Works Weekend in August, featuring a staged reading of a new play by a local playwright. Each performance will feature a talk back with the cast and playwright.


September 20 - October 20
MAMMA MIA
By Catherine Johnson, with music by ABBA
Directed by Kathie Kratochvil

Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! The sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless 1970's hit songs, non-stop laughs, and explosive dance numbers propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.


November 22 - December 15
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Bill Peters

Chekov's masterpiece tells the story of an aristocratic Russian landowner who returns to her family estate just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage, and her increasingly desperate attempts to save the property.  The play's brilliance lies in its use of a critical historical moment - the aftermath of the abolition of serfdom in Russia - to explore and provide deep insights into families and relationships, all done with humor and intense drama.


Location: Park Hall, 9400 Mill Street, Ben Lomond Map
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Guided Hike
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State Park Butano
Join Naturalist Interpreter Eleanor for a 2-hour stroll
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Aug 31) at 1:30pm


Guided Hike

Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30pm

Join a State Park Interpreter for a 1.5-hour exploration of the park to learn about the local ecology and history of Butano Canyon. Topics discussed on the hikes will range from redwood forest ecology to the historical role of humans in shaping the modern landscape. Spend a wonderful afternoon outdoors while discovering a deeper sense of stewardship for the flora and fauna of Butano State Park. Meeting locations vary; consult the whiteboards at the front kiosk or campground for starting location.

 

Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.

 


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
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Watsonville Certified Farmers Market
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Watsonville Farmers Market
Fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from 2:30 to 6:30 PM from May to November.
Date: Every Fri from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


(0 A Aug 2018) WatsFarmersMkt_Mariachi.jpgAn enchanting farmers market with a "mercado" feel. Lots of wonderful produce and prepared foods.

 

The Watsonville Farmers' Market is a member of the California Federation of Certified Farmers' Markets.

 

The Market provides fresh, locally grown produce on Friday afternoons from May to November.

 

Mariachi California de Javier Vargas will play every first Friday of the month from 5-6pm (May-October) at the Watsonville city Plaza


Location: Main St/At the Plaza, Watsonville Map
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Tales to Tails La Selva Beach
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Library La Selva Beach
Date: Every Fri from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

(0 A September 2018) LibraryLaSelva_TalestoTails_.jpgTales to Tails @ La Selva Beach from 3:00pm-3:30pm!

 

Have you read to a dog through the Tales to Tails program at Santa Cruz Public Libraries?

 

You have plenty of time to participate in this fun reading activity with your family, so contact tales2tails@santacruzpl.org or 831.427.7717 to reserve your spot.

 


Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Campfire Programs
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State Park Butano
Marshmallow roasting, songs, trivia, and a slideshow
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Aug 31) at 7:00pm


Campfire Program

Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm

Celebrate the summer with a State Park Interpreter at our campfire program. We'll roast some marshmallows, play trivia and other games, sing campfire songs, and feature a short presentation on an important nature topic. Come prepared to participate in the show, laugh, learn, and win prizes. It's a great time for one and all! Meet at the campfire center next to the Ben Ries Campground. Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero 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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Campfire Programs Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Fri and Sa at 8:00pm


Campfire Programs

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

Come for the fun and stay for the science! Each night's program will cover a different topic of life in the redwoods. After a long day of hiking, unwind around the campfire while expanding your knowledge of the natural and cultural history of our wonderful state park. 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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Little and Junior Rangers
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State Park Butano
Summer kid ranger programs
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Jul 5-Aug 31)

Special Instructions: Littles 10am, Juniors 11am

Little Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 10am

Any and all 3 to 6 year olds are invited to play games, listen to stories and songs, and learn about nature! Activities and games vary from week to week, but always cover a topic relevant to Butano State Park. Smiles, laughter, and good times abound at this program, and it’s a fantastic way to begin your morning in the park. Meet at the campfire center next to the Ben Ries Campground. Parents are required to stay and encouraged to help facilitate the fun and games.

 

Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.

 

Junior Rangers

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am

All visitors aged 7 to 12 have the opportunity to become a Junior Ranger with this program. Junior Rangers learn about the importance of nature and our heritage through exploration, games, and various activities and earn prizes for their participation.

 

Meeting locations vary; consult the whiteboards at the front kiosk or campground for program location. Free event. For more information, call (650) 879-2040. Event made possible by California State Parks.


Location: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero Map
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Little & Junior Rangers Portola
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Little Rangers: Saturdays and Sundays at 10am; Junior Rangers: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1pm
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa


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.

 

Junior Rangers

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1pm

This 1-hour, kids-only program for 7 to 12 year olds inspires the next generation to be stewards of the redwood forest with games, songs, and guided hikes. Become a Junior Ranger and earn prizes while learning how to help the forest! Bring water, backpack, and hiking shoes. Sign-ups begin 30 minutes before the program starts in the visitor center and programs fill up fast! 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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Old Tree Trail Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old,
Date: Every Fri and Sa at 2:30pm

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Old Tree Trail Hike

Fridays and Saturdays at 2:30pm

On this 1-mile, 1-hour kid friendly excursion we'll stroll through a giant old growth redwood grove that's over 1,200 years old, discover the banana slug's vital role to this flourishing forest, and learn about the marvelous Marbled Murrelet and how park visitors can help save these endangered birds. Bring closed toe shoes, water, a snack, and a camera. 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.

 

Event is free; day use vehicle fee is $10. Meet outside the visitor center. Bring closed toe shoes, water, a snack, and a camera. Event made possible by California State Parks in partnership with Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

 

From Highway 35, turn west onto Alpine Road, go 3 miles, and turn onto Portola State Park Rd. Use low gear as both these roads are steep and winding (650) 948-9098.


Location: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda Map
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Pigeon Point Light Station Guided Tour
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State Park Pigeon Point Light Station
History walks of the lighthouse
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 10:00am
Ages: All

Guided History Tour

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, Pescadero, CA

Guided half-hour history walks of the lighthouse grounds are available 10am - 4pm Fridays through Sundays, except on rainy days.


Location: Guided Tour, 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero Map
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Friday Night Bands at the Beach
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Beach Boardwalk
Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic bands!
Date: Every Fri (Jun 14-Aug 30)

Special Instructions: TWO FREE SHOWS 6:30pm & 8:30pm

FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach  -  TWO FREE SHOWS • 6:30pm & 8:30pm

June 14 - August 30, 2019   -    Printable Schedule

 

Date

Artist

Hit Song

Jun. 14

The English Beat

Save It For Later

Jun. 21

Smash Mouth

All Star

Jun. 28

Everclear

Santa Monica

Jul. 5

Pride & Joy

Soul/Motown Party

Jul. 12

Foghat

Slow Ride

Jul. 19

Taylor Dayne

Tell it to My Heart

Jul. 26

Brian Howe (Bad Company)

Can't Get Enough

Aug. 2

Y&T

Summertime Girls

Aug. 9

Living Colour

Cult of Personality

Aug. 16

10,000 Maniacs

Because the Night

Aug. 23

Steve Augeri (Journey)

Don't Stop Believin'

Aug. 30

Papa Doo Run Run

(Santa Cruz) Beach Party


Location: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz Map
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Friday Night Recess
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City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Tetherball, cornhole, hopscotch, and a pop-up playground with huge building blocks, music, food & drinks
Date: 07/05/2019 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm


Play until dark with the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation and the Santa Cruz County Parks Department.

Cooper Street in Santa Cruz will be closed off for an all-ages playground. Featuring tetherball, cornhole, hopscotch, and a pop-up playground with huge building blocks. Groove to some music by a live DJ, grab a bite and sip some drinks in Abbott Square. And don't forget to check out the MAH - all three floors of exhibitions will be open and free for First Friday.

COOPER STREET
-- Play tetherball, cornhole, and hopscotch. Build structures with giant blue foam blocks. Enjoy the pop-up playground!
-- Dance to the awesome beats of a live DJ.

ABBOTT SQUARE
-- Free music at Abbott Square stage from 6:30-9pm.

MAH

-- Come in for an all-ages art activity.
-- All three floors are open for viewing, for free


Location: Cooper St, Santa Cruz Map
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Variety Pack Guided Hike
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State Park Portola Redwoods
Explore Portola Redwoods State Park
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa at 11:00am


Variety Pack Guided Hike

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am

Explore the many beautiful trails at Portola Redwoods State Park! Each hike will offer visitors a greater sense of park history and a deeper connection to the natural world. Hikes will vary in difficulty, so please check the signboard at the visitor center for the daily hike schedule. Generally, afternoon hikes will be more strenuous than morning hikes. Bring closed toe shoes, water, snacks, and a camera. 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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Preschool Storytme
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Library Aptos
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00pm
Admission Fees: Free

Preschool Storytime @ Aptos Library
Join us for our weekly Preschool Story Time. We will read books, sing songs and make a simple craft. For 3-6 year olds.


Kids 3-5 years

 


Location: 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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The MAKE Lab
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Library Scotts Valley
Bring your own craft or project to work on in a creative environment, test out new tools before investing in your own, or come
Date: Every Fri (Mar 8-Jul 26) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: Teens 12-18 years

The MAKE Lab

Santa Cruz Public Libraries' very own makerspace offers a variety of tools and materials for STEAM-based projects! Bring your own craft or project to work on in a creative environment, test out new tools before investing in your own, or come in to learn, explore, and have fun! 

 

Tools include:

  • FlashForge CreatorPro 3D printer
  • Silhouette Cameo 3 vinyl cutter
  • Walnut Hollow woodburning tool
  • Walnut Hollow versa/soldering tool
  • American Button Machines 1.5" pinback button machine
  • Fellowes thermal book binding machine
  • Oculus Rift virtual reality set
  • MakeyMakey circuit pack
  • Botley the Coding Robot
  • MakeDo cardboard construction kit
  • Brother sewing machine
  • screenprinting kit
  • glass etching kit
  • wire wrapping and jewelry making supplies
  • book upcycling/repurposing projects

Tools are limited in quantity and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Introductory materials and training will be available onsite--elaborate projects or special materials will need to be brought by participants. Kids 13 and under will need parental permission and supervision. Staff will be available to help answer questions and train patrons on more difficult tools. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library.


Friday, March 8
Friday, March 22, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
Friday, May 3, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019
Friday, May 31, 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019
Friday, June 28, 2019
Friday, July 12, 2019
Friday, July 26, 2019


Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Toddler Story Time
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Library Central
Date: Every Fri from 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 3-6 Admission Fees: free

Toddler Time @ Downtown (10:00 AM-11:00 AM)


Toddler Time is a weekly program for families with children ages 0-3 years old. It includes music, movement, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and fun for your child and you as well as social time with other children and their caregivers. Let's play and learn together!

 


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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POP-UP CAMPFIRE!
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State Park Big Basin
An evening of song and story + marshmellows
Date: Every Fri (Jun 14-Aug 30) at 7:00pm


POP-UP CAMPFIRE!

Fridays at 7pm

Bring your camp chair-we'll bring the marshmallows, songs and stories! Sit around the campfire, roast marshmallows, sing some songs and hear stories about Big Basin. Meet at Campsite 73 in Huckleberry Campground. If possible, please walk to the campfire, as parking is limited to disabled parking. 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 Way, Boulder Creek 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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Hides and Tallow
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State Park Mission
Journey back to the 19th century!
Date: 07/06/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Hides and Tallow

Saturday, July 6 from 1pm to 2pm

Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 19th century. We will look at some of the major products of the mission, leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle. Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 144 School Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
Felling the Giants
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State Park Big Basin
Logger stories and demonstration
Date: 07/06/2019 from 11:30am to 12:30am


Felling the Giants

Saturday, July 6 at 11:30am

How did lumbermen cut down these tall, tall trees? What was life like in a logging camp? What tools did they use? Join docent Paul Fewel as he tells stories of the logging days and demonstrates how loggers were able to fell these giants-without chainsaws! You get to use some tools too! 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: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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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 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
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Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you
Date: Every Sa at 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have.

 

Meet at the visitor center. 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.


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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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Old Cove Landing Trail Walks
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs.
Date: Every Sa (Jul 6-Jul 27) at 9:00am

Special Instructions: 7/6, 20, 27

Old Cove Landing Trail

Saturday, July 6 at 11am

Saturday, July 20 at 11am

Saturday, July 27 at 11am

On this 2.5 mile, 2-hour family friendly walk, we'll explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs. Bring water, hat, closed toe shoes, layered clothing, and binoculars if available. Meet at the interpretive center. Rain cancels.

 

Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
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Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!
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State Park Big Basin
Explore the park's less traveled backcountry
Date: Every Sa at 12:00pm
Ages: All
Special Instructions: See specific days

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike!

Saturdays 12pm

Explore the park's less travelled backcountry with Docent Barry Grimm. This moderately paced hike will be individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level, and weather conditions, we will choose from the many trails that explore the park's most scenic areas. Bring water and good hiking shoes. 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: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek 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
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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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DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte
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Library Branciforte
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 4:00pm


DIY Family Crafts @ Branciforte (11:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte Branch
Drop in with your family and make something fun!


Location: 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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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.


View similar upcoming events: Programs for Kids, Early Literacy, Tales to Tails


Location: 224 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
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Monterey Contra Dance
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Monterey Country Dance Community
Join us for a fun evening of dancing
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Special Instructions: Check website for verifying dates

Monterey Country Dance Community holds contra dances most first and third Saturdays (in December, our dances may vary due to the holiday season) at the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, at 600 Camino El Estero in Monterey, unless otherwise noted in our schedules and calendars.  Come alone or bring a friend - beginners are always welcome!  If you'd like to support MCDC, please consider becoming a Member (a minimum $25/year sponsorship helps us to continue these wonderful dances).

 

Schedule: 6:40pm Newcomers' Orientation

  • 7pm to 10pm Contra Dance

Admission Prices for regular dances:

  • $12 for nonmembers (of any sister organization)
  • $10 for members of MCDC or sister organization (including BACDS & CDSS)
  • $5 for full-time students and active military, with ID

Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 


Not sure what Contra Dance is?
See videos and learn more by checking out our About Contra Dance page. If you're feeling nervous about learning how to contra dance, we even have links to beginning dancers' training videos on YouTube - they are a wonderful help, though nothing replaces dancing as a way to learn.
Please be aware that some of our dancers are sensitive to fragrances - we respectfully request that everyone please be thoughtful and not use products with fragrance prior to a contra dance.  Thank you!


Location: YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey 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
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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Old-Growth Redwood Tours
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State Park Henry Cowell
Explore the redwoods!
Date: Every Sa from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Old-Growth Redwood Tour                                                                                  

Saturdays at 11am and 2pm

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Free event.

 

Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: Big Trees Park Road, Felton 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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Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Experience
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
With the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Date: Every Sa (Jun 1-Aug 24) from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A May 2019) SeymourLogoMay.jpgCome learn more about Monterey Bay, from a vantage point half-mile out to sea, without ever leaving land! The Santa Cruz Wharf extends a half-mile out to sea in a dynamic and truly marine environment. Scientists from the University of California, Santa Cruz utilize this easy access to ocean ecosystems to conduct research in sustainable energy, biological oceanography, harmful algal blooms, and marine mammals.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center volunteers are available to answer your marine science questions Saturdays from noon to 3 PM, May 25 to August 24, 2019.

Look for us near the end of the wharf! Volunteers will be wearing uniforms of khaki pants and navy blue Seymour Center shirts.


Location: Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, 21 Municipal Wharf, 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
Ohlone Plant Use
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State Park Big Basin
How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago?
Date: 07/06/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

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Ohlone Plant Use

Saturday, July 6 from 10am to noon

 


No Safeway? No Home Depot? No pharmacy? How did the Ohlone Indians survive? Docent Eva Fewel will have plant samples and tools that the local Native Californians used.

Learn how they collected, processed and used the local plants. Stop by our visitor center any time during this drop-in program. 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 Way, Boulder Creek Map
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Ranch Tours
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State Park Wilder
Tour Wilder Ranch!
Date: Every Su and Sa (Jan 5-Dec 29) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Ranch Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm

Discover what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. This hour-long tour includes the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event free. Day use parking fee is $10.  Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


Location: 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Map
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Castle Rock Loop
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State Park Castle Rock
Join us on a 2-mile, 2-hour hike to Castle Rock and Castle Rock Falls
Date: Every Sa from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Castle Rock Loop Hike

Saturdays at 11am

On this 1-mile, 1-hour interactive journey we will discuss the various park ecosystems, Ohlone history, Black Oak ecology, wildfire, and more. Bring water, closed toe shoes, snacks, and a camera. Meet at kiosk. No pets. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $8. Parking is limited so please try to arrive early. For more information, call (831) 291-8273. Event made possible by Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and California State Parks.


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
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Big Basin's Talent Show!
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State Park Big Basin
Come celebrate with an old-fashioned sing-a-long and talent show! If you have a skit, poem, song or a talent you'd like to share
Date: 07/06/2019 at 7:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

Big Basin's Talent Show!

Saturday, July 6 at 7pm

Come celebrate Independence Day with an old-fashioned sing-a-long and talent show! If you have a skit, poem, song, or a talent you'd like to share, sign up at headquarters in advance. Presentations should be appropriate for all ages. Acts should be only 3-5 minutes in length. Participants need to arrive promptly at 7pm. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7pm; program begins at 7:30pm.

 

Meet at campfire center. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Good dogs welcome! 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 Way, Boulder Creek Map
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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.


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Redwood Grove Loop Walk
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State Park Big Basin
Meet famous trees on this walk in the forest!
Date: Every Su and Sa at 11:00am
Ages: All
Special Instructions: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm

Redwood Grove Loop Walk

How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 1.5-hour walk. Bring water and good walking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. 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: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every Sa at 11:00am

Special Instructions: Located on Highway 35, just 2.5 miles southeast of the junction with Hwy 9

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
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Old Growth Redwood Tours
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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


Old-Growth Redwood Tours                                                                                  

Saturdays at noon

Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left?  How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. 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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Younger Lagoon Reserve Tour
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Behind-the-Scenes Tour with the Seymour Center
Date: 07/07/2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: Recommended for ages 10 & older Admission Fees: Free

(0 A June 2019) SeymourJune2019.jpgThis 90-minute, behind-the-scenes hiking tour takes visitors into Younger Lagoon Reserve adjacent to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitat and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. Come and see what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California's rare coastal lagoons. A tour is offered on selected Thursdays and Sundays of each month beginning at 10:30 AM.


Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are free and open to the public. Space is limited to 14 participants. Advance reservations highly recommended; call 831-459-3800. Tours are best suited for children 10 years of age and older. Participants must be physically able to walk up and down steep inclines. Water and weather protection is strongly suggested.


Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
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Santa Cruz Makers' Market
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Santa Cruz Mountain Makers Market
Over 40 local artists and crafters hosting a beautiful variety of handmade goods + Live music all day
Date: The 1st Su of every month from 10:00am to 5:00pm


(0 A January 2019) MakersMarket_Downtown.jpgTime to get your shopping on! Bring the whole family and shop local at the Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market on Pacific Ave. between Water & Locust Streets.

 

10am-5pm

Over 40 local artists!
Live music ALL day
FREE Admission!

The Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market happens on the first Sunday of the month! Come on out and #supportthelocals !


See the full line-up of artists at www.scmmakersmarket.com/markets


Location: N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Mountain Makers' Market in Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz Mountain Makers Market
Over 40 local artists and crafters hosting a beautiful variety of handmade goods + Live music all day
Date: The 1st Su of every month from 1:00pm to 7:00pm


July 7 - Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market
Pacific Ave. between Water St. & Locust St. - Santa Cruz
- 1-7pm -
Over 40 Local Artists!
Free concert by AJ Lee & Blue Summit!


FREE admission!www.scmmakersmarket.com/markets
to see the full line up of artists.


Location: N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Art & Music at the Beach
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Capitola Art & Cultural Commission
Music, Art, the Beach... come visit
Date: Every Su (Jun 23-Aug 18) from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: free

Sunday Art & Music at the Beach 2019

Six Sundays throughout the summer from 11am-5pm

Projected 2019 dates: 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 8/4 & 8/11 

Live music from 2 pm-4pm on the Esplanade Park stage   

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola at the Sunday Art & Music at the Beach event taking place six Sundays throughout the summer at Esplanade Park overlooking the Monterey Bay. View and purchase quality artwork including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media from local artists and enjoy live music on the Esplanade Stage. This family friendly event is free and open to the public. 

Call to artists: Check back to download an application. Applications are accepted April 1 - August 1, 2019. Access Artist Requirement information below.

 


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Redwoods and Climate Change
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, geology, history and more on this fun, varied hike with researcher Zane Moore
Date: Every Su (Jul 7-Jul 21) at 12:00pm
Ages: All

Redwoods and Climate Change

Sunday, July 7 at noon

Sunday, July 14 at noon

Sunday, July 21 at noon

How have coast redwoods adapted to the natural environment? Can they adapt to a human-altered environment? How can we make a difference? Answer these questions and more during a Sunday saunter. Walk through the ancient old-growth forest with a docent and discuss our relationship with the forest and the prospective future. Meet at the visitor center. Recommended for age 12 and older. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Dropin Family Crafts - Candle Dipping
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State Park Mission
Hand-dip a wax candle!
Date: 07/07/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: Dec 2 & 22

Drop-In Family Craft - Candle Dipping

Sunday, July 7 from 1pm to 3:30pm

Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. You can hand-dip a wax candle in our garden courtyard. Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 144 School St, 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
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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
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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
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
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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Exploring Big Basin
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State Park Big Basin
Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, history and more on these fun, varied hikes
Date: Every 3 weeks on Tues at 9:30am
Admission Fees: Free

Exploring Big Basin

Tuesdays at 9:30am

Learn about redwoods, forest plants, fires, geology, history and more on these fun, varied hikes with docent Diane Shaw. Hikes are 5-8 miles and last up to 5 hours. Meet at park headquarters. Rain or shine, but strong winds may cancel. 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: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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Autism Spectrum Support Group
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Autism Spectrum Support Group
Date: The 2nd Tues of every month from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Admission Fees: free
Special Instructions: next to Nickelodeon Theater

Autism Spectrum Support Group
Support is crucial to thriving as parents of children on the autism spectrum. This group is by and for parents to share space with each other and to problem solve challenges we might be facing... together!


No judgements here, just support We are LBGTQ FRIENDLY and parents on the spectrum who are parenting kids also on the spectrum.


We meet the second Tuesday of each month.
Support group is from 7-9pm and share resources 9-9:30pm


Questions? Contact Ali at: alihayes2003@yahoo.com


Location: 220 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz Map
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Santiago the Magician
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Santiago the Magician
Date: 07/10/2019 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Santiago is a Modern Day Medieval Magician, based in Santa Cruz, California, who brings together the beauty of historical wizardry and modern day conjuring in an undeniable mix that will amaze and delight you.

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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Ayudando a los adolescentes a lidiar con la depresin
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Triple P
Asista a este taller de crianza para aprender: Qu hacer si cree que su adolescente est deprimido ...
Date: 07/10/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Admission Fees: Free Admission, Gratis
Special Instructions: Phone: (831) 724-2997 x220. Presentado en espaol.

Taller de Triple P: Ayudando a los adolescentes a lidiar con la depresión
el 10 de julio, 5:30 - 7 pm

Los talleres de Triple P ofrecen consejos prácticos y estrategias para manejar las preguntas y desafíos de crianza específicas. Los padres pueden asistir a tantos talleres sobre cualquier tema que se interese.

Asista a este taller de crianza para aprender: Causas comunes y señales de la depresión en los adolescents; Qué hacer si cree que su adolescente está deprimido; y Consejos para ayudar a los adolescentes a desarrollar habilidades saludables para sobrellevar la depression.

Este taller es gratis y abierto al público. Inscríbase para reservar su lugar y obtener el cuidado de sus niños gratis. Se proporcionarán bocadillos ligeros para niños y adultos.

Presentado en español por: Gladys Gómez, Puentes de la Comunidad - La Manzana Recursos Comunitarios
Ubicación: Nueva Vista Recursos Comunitarios, 711 E. Cliff Ave, Santa Cruz
Para inscribirse: Comuníquese con Gladys Gómez al (831) 724-2997 x220 o gladysg@cbridges.org o vea el calendario en http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


Location: Nueva Vista Recursos Comunitario, 711 E. Cliff Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Youth Writing Workshop
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Library La Selva Beach
Youth Writing Workshop
Date: Every Wed (Jul 10-Jul 31) from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Ages: 6-18 Admission Fees: Free

Join Debra Niemira's Writing Workshops Wednesdays July 10th through July 31st from 1:00-2:30p at the La Selva Beach Library. Open to aspiring writers grades 4th through 12th.


Debra received her BA in Literature from UCSC. She volunteers as a Writing Assistant with the Young Writers Project, which is affiliated with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. Over the past three years she's mentored both eighth grade and high school students composing poetry, expository essay, and memoir.


Location: La Selva Beach Branch Library, 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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Magic with Perry Yan
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Magic with Perry Yan entertaining for kids and adults!
Date: 07/11/2019 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

San Francisco Bay Area Magician Perry Yan offers a magic show has been time tested through thousands of performances at schools, company events, kid's birthday parties and more! Perry's Magic Show will have the kids AND adults entertained from start to finish!


Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: Live Oak Branch Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Magic with Perry Yan
Date: 07/11/2019 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

San Francisco Bay Area Magician Perry Yan offers a magic show has been time tested through thousands of performances at schools, company events, kid's birthday parties and more! Perry's Magic Show will have the kids AND adults entertained from start to finish! Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.
Location: Garfield Park Branch Library, 705 Woodrow Avenue, Santa Cruz Map
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Summer Campus Tour
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Mount Madonna School
Summer Campus Tour
Date: 07/11/2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: 3 - 18 Admission Fees: Free

Parents of prospective students are invited to come for a summer tour. Your child is welcome to join our Mountain of Fun Summer Camp while you learn more about our programs and tour the campus.


Location: 491 Summit Road, Watsonville Map
Phone: (408)847-2717 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Magic with Perry Yan
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Library Felton
Magic with Perry Yan
Date: 07/11/2019 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

San Francisco Bay Area Magician Perry Yan offers a magic show has been time tested through thousands of performances at schools, company events, kid's birthday parties and more! Perry's Magic Show will have the kids AND adults entertained from start to finish!

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: Felton Branch Library, 6299 Gushee St., Felton Map
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Stripes Ride
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SC Bike Party
It takes all kinds, so come and celebrate your different stripes! Join this fun bike ride.
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month at 7:00pm


(0 A January 2019) BikePartyStripes.jpgIt takes all kinds, so come and celebrate your different stripes! So many different types, so little time! From zebra to tiger, rainbow to candy cane, where's waldos to fashionistas, and beyond!

SC Bike Party loves your creativity and building community on bicycles. Come join us for our January ride. Costumes encouraged, but definitely not required.

Santa Cruz Bike Party is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. Rides are 7-10 miles long with music and dance breaks along the way. Rides move at a relatively slow pace and no one is left behind. Each ride has a theme and riders are encouraged to wear costumes or decorate their bikes to fit the theme. But cha don't gotta...

SC Bike Party starts and ends outside the Bike Church at 703 Pacific Ave downtown. The route is not the same every time, but each month organizers will post the route online ahead of time in case anyone misses the start and wants to catch up.

Once per month,
all year long. We meet at 7pm every second Friday of the month. Rides usually leave about 7:15 and last about 2 hours.


Guidelines

The atmosphere of the SC Bike Party is fun, friendly, welcoming, and safe. Our goal is to celebrate cycling and build community, not to cause conflict with car drivers. Please help us maintain a positive and safe atmosphere by keeping in mind the following guidelines:
- Stay to the Right / Stop at Lights - This is not Critical Mass. Please stay to the right on 2-lane roads, or in the right lane on larger roads.
- Ride Straight - Please help avoid crashes by riding predictably, without any sudden turns or stops.
- Don't Hate - Please roll past any conflict that might present itself during the ride.
- Pack your Trash - Bike partiers aspire to leave party stops in better condition than we found them.
- Don't Get Smashed - Riding while inebriated poses a danger to yourself and others. Don't ruin the fun for everyone else by overdoing it.

Bring
Lights - Rides are at night, so let's make sure to be visible.
Locks - No bikes have been stolen from the SC Bike Party, but during breaks better to be safe than sorry.
Layers - As we all know Santa Cruz evenings can get damp and chilly.
Water, snacks - Our stops are not always near stores, so best to bring what you need.
Tube, patch kit, pump, tools - The ride is unsupported; please come prepared.


Location: Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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Junior Rangers- History
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State Park Mission
Learn about the major products and culture of early mission life
Date: Every Fri (Jul 11-Jul 25) from 11:00am to 12:15pm
Ages: 7-12 Admission Fees: free

Junior Rangers - Flags Over California: History

Thursday, July 11 at 11am

We'll look at the various flags that have flown over California in history, and learn the story of the pirate whose flag threatened Santa Cruz. You'll get a chance to create your own flag! Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 to 12 year olds. Space is limited. Register by calling (831) 425-5849 or online. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Junior Rangers – Flags Over California: Coding

Thursday, July 18 at 11am

What do flags and robots have in common? In this fun STEM activity, we’ll examine the ways that ships have used flags for communication and coding over time. You’ll be able to spell your name in flag telegraphy, decipher a secret message, and even code your own robot dance! Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 to 12 year olds. Space is limited. Register by calling (831) 425-5849 or online. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

Junior Rangers – Mission Life: Play the Mission Building Game 

Thursday, July 25 at 11am

Gather around the table to spend Spanish reals, roll the sheep knucklebone, and draw the next card in the event deck. Luck and strategy will determine the success or failure of your mission’s goals. Junior Rangers is a statewide program for 7 to 12 year olds. Space is limited. Register by calling (831) 425-5849 or online. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
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Birding for Beginners
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State Park Henry Cowell
A Walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
Date: 07/12/2019 at 9:00am


Bird Watching for Beginners

Friday, July 12 at 9am

On this 1.5-hour walk, be prepared to hike two miles on uneven surfaces, with many stops to view the many birds, plants, and scenery along the way. You will help each other spot and identify birds! Bring your binoculars if you have them (binoculars are available to borrow), clothes for variable weather, and good walking shoes. Meet at the interpretive center. Everyone is welcome, but children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by adults. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 


Location: Campground, Graham Hill, Felton Map
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Composing Together
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Library Aptos
Composing Together with professional composers and performers
Date: 07/12/2019 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: Free

Composing Together brings professional composers and performers directly into schools and public spaces to engage people of all ages, collaborating with them to share, hear and create original works while empowering all of us with the knowledge that our ideas have meaning and value.

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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Composing Together with professional composers and performers
Date: 07/12/2019 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

Composing Together brings professional composers and performers directly into schools and public spaces to engage people of all ages, collaborating with them to share, hear and create original works while empowering all of us with the knowledge that our ideas have meaning and value.

Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


Location: Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotta Valley Map
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Live Oak Book Group
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Library Live Oak
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 13+ Admission Fees: Free

Live Oak Library Book Group (2:00 PM-3:00 PM)

The Live Oak Library book group meets on the second Friday of the month from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm and all adults are welcome. Reading selections will be made by the group with an emphasis on thought provoking fiction and challenging non-fiction. Check with the front desk staff for the current month's book selection.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Live Oak Map
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Full Moon Madness
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State Park Henry Cowell
This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer gu
Date: 07/12/2019 at 6:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Day-use parking fee is $10

Full Moon Madness

Friday July 12 at 6pm

Experience Henry Cowell in a completely new way... at night! This astronomy-based evening is perfect for the whole family with kids' crafts, guided night hikes, and a special astronomer guest speaker. To wrap up the evening, the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes out for stargazing. Meet in the day use area of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Free event.

 

Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
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Free Family Movie Night
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Santa Cruz County Parks
A series of free outdoor movie events Incredibles 2
Date: Every Fri (Jul 12-Aug 16) from 8:45pm to 11:45pm


Join us for FREE family-friendly movie night under the stars at Highlands County Park. The movie will begin at 8:45 p.m. (or dusk). Low back chairs, blankets and jackets recommended. Come early (6:30 p.m.) and bring a picnic to enjoy.

Heart of Soquel Park - 1st Fridays June/July/August
Felt St. Park - 3rd Fridays June/July/August
Movies start 8:45PM (or dusk)

 


 


Location: Highland Park, 8500 CA-9, Ben Lomond Map
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Bird Watching for Beginners
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State Park Wilder Ranch
Join us for a 1.5-hour stroll over uneven surfaces to view the many birds, plants, and scenery of Wilder Ranch State Park.
Date: 07/12/2019 at 9:00am


Bird Watching for Beginners

Friday, July 12 at 9am

On this 1.5-hour walk, be prepared to hike two miles on uneven surfaces, with many stops to view the many birds, plants, and scenery along the way. You will help each other spot and identify birds! Bring your binoculars if you have them (binoculars are available to borrow), clothes for variable weather, and good walking shoes. Meet at the interpretive center. Everyone is welcome, but children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by adults. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1, Santa Cruz Map
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Teen Glow Night
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City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation
Come join us at this just-for-teens glow party on Main Beach! There will be activities and opportunities to win prizes, music, r
Date: 07/12/2019 from 8:00pm to 10:00pm


What's better than a glow party? A glow party on the beach!!! Come join us at this just-for-teens glow party on Main Beach! There will be activities and opportunities to win prizes, music, refreshments and plenty of glow-y shwag provided!!


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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
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Pine Needle Basket Making Workshop
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State Park Henry Cowell
Learn how to make a basket with local pine needles!
Date: Every Sa (Jul 13-Jul 20) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Admission Fees: Event is free; parking is $10.

ine Needle Basket Making Workshop

Saturday, July 13 from 10am to noon

Saturday, July 20 from 10am to noon

Participate in a marvelous family workshop learning how to make a basket from local ponderosa pine needles. No experience necessary. The class capacity is 20; please arrive on time to reserve your seat. Meet in the amphitheater of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground, located off Graham Hill Rd. Children 10 and older may attend if accompanied by an adult. Free event.

 

Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

 


Location: Hwy 9, Felton Map
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Wacky Water Day
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Louden Nelson Community Center
Bring the family for a FREE fun day of water games! Inflatable water slide, dunk tank, water games and more! Kids should wear sw
Date: 07/13/2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Admission Fees: free

Bring the family for a FREE fun day of water games! Inflatable water slide, dunk tank, water games and more! Kids should wear swim suits and bring towels and sunscreen.


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McNee Ranch at Montara State Beach
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State Park McNee Ranch
Easy 2 mile hike along Gray Whale Cove Trail
Date: 07/13/2019 from 10:00am to 12:45pm


McNee Ranch at Montara State Beach

Saturday, July 13 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. Children age 7 and older are welcome, accompanied by parent.

 

All pets must be on leash. Free event. For more information, call (650) 726-8814.

 

Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.


Location: Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Hwy 1, Pacifica Map
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Drawing for the Love of Nature
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Discuss and practice ways to draw what you are most curious about in nature - from leaf to watershed
Date: 07/13/2019 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

(0 A November 2018) rancho-drawing.jpgJoin Judy Sears, California Naturalist, for a 1.5 hour nature drawing session. If the weather is pleasant, the group will stay outside to discuss and practice ways to draw what you are most curious about in nature - from leaf to watershed.

 

No drawing experience necessary. Just bring a notepad with a rigid back, a pencil, and your curiosity. You may also wish to bring a chair or pillow so you can sit comfortably on the ground.

 

For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event free. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Highway One, Davenport Map
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Zumba! y Feria de Salud
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Zumba! y Feria de Sald en Live Oak
Date: Every 2 weeks on Sa (Jun 1-Jul 13) from 9:00am to 10:30am
Ages: Families and all ages Admission Fees: Free

VENGAN LISTOS PARA BAILAR, COMER, Y HABLAR DE SALUD CON TODA LA FAMILIA EN ESTE PROGRAMA GRATIS.

Instructora de Zumba Catalina nos acompañará para empezar nuestros días con baile. Después habrá arte y actividades para niños y distribución de alimentos de parte de Second Harvest Food Bank.

Para registrarse llame a 831-427-7717 o Regístrese Aquí. Seleccione el número de participantes, haga un clic en Begin.

Tendrá que proveer su primer nombre (first name) y apellido (last name). Correo electrónico (email) y numero de teléfono (phone number) son opcionales.


Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Old Growth Classic
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Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz
Sept. 14: A 55-mile mixed terrain race, two nights of camping, live music, delicious catered meals, and more summer camp fun. As
Date: Every Sa (Jul 10-Sep 14)
Admission Fees: $170 - $200
Special Instructions: Registration open now

(0 A July 2019) OldGrowthClassic.jpgMountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) is proud to partner with Ibis Cycles to present the second annual Old Growth Classic on September 14, 2019. This event is a full weekend experience featuring a 55-mile mixed terrain race, two nights of camping, live music, delicious catered meals, and more summer camp fun. As always, a significant portion of the proceeds will go directly to State Parks. 

 

New this year, there are two event packages to choose from, a Full Weekend Package and a Race Day Only Package (more details below), and 500 total spots are available. This event will sellout fast, so be ready to register tonight at 7:00pm!

 

We'd love everybody to join us for the full weekend, but we know some of you need to get back home. That's why we have a limited number of Race Day Only Packages available this year, in addition to our classic Full Weekend Package. 

 

Full Weekend Package ($200, limit 425) includes:

- Professionally timed bike race
- High quality commemorative race number plate
- Two nights of camping at Little Basin Campground
- Four meals (Saturday breakfast/lunch/dinner, Sunday breakfast snacks)
- Reusable cup/plate/utensils

- Event koozie
- Free coffee from Verve Coffee Roasters
- Two free drinks from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery or Venus Spirits
- Event t-shirt

 

Race Day Only Package ($170, limit 75) includes:

- Professionally timed bike race
- High quality commemorative race number plate
- Two meals (Saturday lunch/dinner)
- Reusable cup/plate/utensils
- Event koozie
- Free coffee from Verve Coffee Roasters
- Two free drinks from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery or Venus Spirits
- Event t-shirt

 

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Location: Big Basin, 21700 Little Basin Road, Boulder Creek Map
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Kiddie Kapers Parade
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California Rodeo
Bring your family to Oldtown Salinas and join years of tradition with the Kiddie Kapers and Colmo del Rodeo Parades.
Date: 07/13/2019 at 7:00pm


The theme for the 2019 parade is Every Child is a Rodeo Star!


The 89th Kiddie Kapers Parade, presented by Sakata Seed America, will take place on Saturday July 13th as the lead-in to the Colmo del Rodeo Parade. Kids will line up at the Salinas High School parking lot (726 S. Main Street) and the parade will start at 7:00pm. Children should plan to arrive by 6pm. The children in the parade are grouped into 7 divisions for judging. The divisions are Playground Floats, Cowboys and Cowgirls, Strollers & Wagons, Community Groups, Costumed Kids & Pets, Croup Floats and Rolling Riders (bikes and trikes). Everyone is encouraged to wear western clothing.


Thousands of people line the streets of Old Town Salinas to watch over 1,200 children ride on floats, bikes, in wagons and more as a kick off to Big Week and the California Rodeo Salinas.

 

The California Rodeo's 2019 Colmo del Rodeo Parade, presented by Star Market, will take place on Saturday July 13th at 7:30pm in Old Town Salinas.

 

History of the Colmo del Rodeo Parade

The Colmo Parade will grace the streets of Old Town Salinas and commemorate what was once the greatest parade of the West! As the California Rodeo was first produced in 1911, so was the first informal night parade. The parade was organized by local townsfolk, and included decorated automobiles that would drive down Main Street Salinas to wrap up Big Week festivities. Later in 1913 the parade was formalized. At this time the “Colmo del Rodeo” was recognized as the largest and greatest night-lighted parade west of the Mississippi. Sadly, after the 1985 Big Week, the Colmo was eliminated from Rodeo activities, though a few years later in 1987 it was brought back and was a part of the Saturday horse parade. The parade was such a huge success in 2010 when it was revived for the 100th Anniversary of the Rodeo that we continue to produce it each year.

Location: Oldtown Salinas, Lincoln and San Luis Streets, Salinas Map
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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

(0 A November 2018) Wats_HistoricalAircraftDay.jpgSecond Weekends @ Watsonville Airport

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


Location: 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville Map
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Snake Park Saturday
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Learn about the fascinating world of snakes from a snake expert
Date: 07/13/2019 at 2:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm

Snake Park Saturday

Saturday, July 13 at 2pm

Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Rancho del Oso Ranger Station to learn about the fascinating world of snakes. Several snakes will be on display and native reptile adaptations will be discussed in the beautiful backdrop of Waddell Valley! Park at Waddell Beach and walk 0.4 miles past the yellow gate along the Skyline to the Sea Trail to the ranger station. Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, call (831) 427-2288 Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

 


Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
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Guided Adobe Tour
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State Park Mission
Gain insight into the oldest building in Santa Cruz
Date: 07/13/2019 at 1:00pm
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: See specific days & times

Guided Adobe Tour

Saturday, July 13 at 1pm

Join us for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

 

 


Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1840. •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate 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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Tinkergarten Summer Classes
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Tinkergarten (local leader: Kelsey Eiland)
Outdoor Classes for Kids
Date: Every Tues and Sa (Jul 13-Aug 27)
Ages: 3-8 Admission Fees: $105/6 classes
Special Instructions: Please visit the Tinkergarten website at https://tinkergarten.com/classes/all/95064?seasons[0]=19 in order to sign up for summer classes! Input your zipcode and look for classes led by Kelsey Eiland.

In each session of our summer series, Tinkergarten Leader, Kelsey, will facilitate a different expert-designed play lesson, welcoming children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. All of our summer play lessons are inspired by a single play theme-Camping! Parents and caregivers will also learn about how children develop through play and how to support play at home. The Tinkergarten program progresses to meet each child's needs, season after season. This Summer, the curriculum for 3-8 years will support kids in developing a range of cognitive, social/emotional and physical skills, which every lesson will put special emphasis on our season's focus skill-Communication. Come join us outdoors to connect and learn through play this summer!
Location: De Laveaga Park, 855 Branciforte Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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State Park Rancho del Oso
Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate 2 mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife
Date: 07/13/2019 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Admission Fees: Free
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1

Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley

Saturday, July 13 at 8am
Interpreter Jeremy Lin will lead an approximate 2 mile hike to observe and enjoy morning wildlife at Rancho del Oso. We will take our time and explore the beautiful coastal valley. No previous experience necessary. It is helpful to bring binoculars, bird guides and a readiness for patient observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp Waddell Valley morning. Please RSVP to jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov. Meet at the deck in front of the nature center.

 

Free event. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.


Location: 3600 Hwy 1 , Davenport Map
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Hop N Barley Beer Festival
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Hop 'N Barley
Family friendly: music, food, and beer
Date: 07/13/2019 from 10:00am to 5:00pm


Bring the whole family!

This is a dog-friendly, family event. We are requesting all people on the lawn to be wristbanded. This keeps the event safe for families and minors and will keep us from having to fence in the whole event. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Music: 12-5 Main Stage

Mabanza Groove 12:00 - 1:00

Bobcat Rob & The Nightly Howl 2:00 - 3:00

Earl Zero & Soul Syndicate Feat. Fully Fullwood 4:00 - 5:00

Music: 1-4 Stage Two
Bad Bob 1:00 - 2:00
Marty O'Reilly 3:00 - 4:00

 

Something smells good!

  • Garcia's Fish Tacos
  • Holopono Food Truck - Pono Hawaiian Grill
  • Heavenly Gyro
  • H&H Fish
  • Bruno's Bar and Grill
  • Uncie Ro's Pizza
  • Pat's Pit BBQ
  • Full Steam Dumpling
  • The Underdog Grill

Beer: 12-4:30  Enjoy a memorable day of drinking some of the best beers around. 

Your tasting ticket gets you:

  • Access to over 50 Breweries and 12 cider companies
  • A commemorative beer tasting glass
  • Beer games including bean bags & washers

  • Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Valley Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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    Hidden Gems: Flowers of Big Basin!
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    State Park Big Basin
    Yes! Wildflowers are still here!
    Date: 07/13/2019 at 10:00am
    Ages: 5+ or able to hike 3 miles Admission Fees: free

    Hidden Gems: Flowers of Big Basin!

    Saturday, July 13 at 10am

    There are many less-famous, yet still beautiful, plants in the redwood forest. Join docent Kathy Willott on this four-mile, three-hour walk and meet some of the hidden gems of Big Basin! Bring water and lunch. Meet at park headquarters. Heavy rain cancels. 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: Rancho del Oso Gate, Wadell Creek Map
    Phone: 427-2288 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
    Food Truck Friday
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    Food Trucks A Go Go
    Great Evening for the Whole Family! Celebrate with delicious dinner, drinks, live music and swing dancing! Support SV Educationa
    Date: 07/13/2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
    Ages: all Admission Fees: none
    Special Instructions: Dance lessons!

    (0 A July 2019) FoodTruckAgogo_July12.jpgFood Truck Friday returns! Celebrate with delicious dinner, drinks and live music!

    Food Trucks A Go Go welcomes Speakeasy 3 & the Swing Set Lounge to Food Truck Friday!

    For dinner & dessert, we have Holopono, Mattia Pizza, Shockwave, Union & Aunt LaLi's.

    The Scotts Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) will be behind the Beer Garden serving Steel Bonnet Beers to raise money for Scotts Valley schools.

    The extremely talented dancers from Santa Cruz's Swing Set Lounge will be giving Swing lessons from 5-6pm, followed by lots of fun & dancing to live music by Speakeasy 3!

    Swing by!!

    SPECIAL THANKS to our Sponsors: Mari & Ed Rossi & EJR Consulting

    Holopono Food Truck Mattia Pizza Truck Santa Cruz Shockwave Food Truck UNION foodie truck Aunt LaLi's Mobile Cafe Steel Bonnet Brewing Company Scotts Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) Speakeasy 3 Swing Set Lounge Mari Rossi Ed Rossi EJR Consulting LLC


    Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
    Phone: (831) 247-1236 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
    Here Comes the Sun: Look through a Solar Telescope!
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    State Park Big Basin
    You'll see sunspots, solar prominences, and other features of our closest star as you learn about the parts of the sun and how i
    Date: 07/13/2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm


    Here Comes the Sun: Look through a Solar Telescope!

    Saturday, July 13 from 11am to 1pm

    Come to the campfire center and look through a solar telescope at the sun. You'll see sunspots, solar prominences, and other features of our closest star as you learn about the parts of the sun and how it shines. There will be sun-related activities for the kids. Conducted by Steve Widmark of the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club. 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
    Wilder Ridge Loop
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    State Park Wilder Ranch
    On this challenging guided three-hour, six-mile hike well explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills
    Date: 07/13/2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm


    Wilder Ridge Loop

    Saturday, July 13 at 9am

    On this challenging 3-hour hike, we'll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch. This hike includes several descents and ascents. Bring water, lunch, and hiking shoes. Meet in parking lot. Rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505. Events made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

     


    Location: 1401 Coast Rd., Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: (831) 426-0505 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
    Berry Creek Falls Hike
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    State Park Big Basin
    Join us for a moderate to strenuous 11 mile loop hike to the 65 foot falls
    Date: 07/14/2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm


    Berry Creek Falls Hike

    Sunday, July 14 at 9:30am

    Travel deep into the heart of Big Basin as you experience a wide range of habitats on this moderate to strenuous 11-mile-loop hike. Wind through shady redwood canyons and climb dry ridges as you hike to the jewel of Big Basin-65-foot Berry Creek Falls. Bring lots of water, lunch, and wear layers. Docent Bill Rhoades will guide you on this seven-hour hike. 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 Way, Boulder Creek Map
    Phone: 831-338-8883 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
    Exotic Bird Expo
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    Monterey County Fairgrounds
    1000's of Birds, Toys, Cages, Seeds & so much more at wholesale prices!
    Date: 07/14/2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Admission Fees: ADULT: $10 KIDS 6-12: $5 FREE ADMISSIONS FOR PRESCHOOL CHILDREN!

    Come experience a show like no other and socialize with hundreds of animal enthusiasts! We aim to create a fresh and unique experience for long time pet lovers, while attracting the new interest of clientele through EDUCATION, FUN & PET THERAPY!

    EXOTIC BIRD MART & EXPO
    provide organized shows, related item sales events, huge venues, and fun activities! Our mission is to evoke a desire within individuals to become more interactive with the natural world around them and to become a part of our fast growing group!

    COME JOIN US TO:

    Shop hundreds of Accessories
    Socialize
    Buy, Sell, Advertise, and Market
    Create Contacts and Make Friends
    Grow, Build and Strengthen Your Business
    Get Educated
    Thousands of potential Sellers and Buyers
    Meet with the Influential Individuals in the Industry.
    ​We rescue birds. Our 6k sq.ft facility located in Butte County CA. can provide a safe place for birds that have to be re-homed due to unfortunate situations.


    http://exoticbirdmart.com


    Location: 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey Map
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    SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE: Nature's Supermarket
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    State Park Big Basin
    How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago?
    Date: Every Su (Jul 11-Aug 25) at 7:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

    SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE: Nature's Supermarket

    Thursday, July 11 at 7pm

    Thursday, July 25 at 7pm

    How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago? No supermarkets, no stoves, not even pots and pans.... Join Ranger Alex Tabone to find out how as we take a look at Nature's Supermarket and make dinner the way it was done by the native Ohlone people 500 years ago! You even get to taste our creation! Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7pm; program begins at 7:30pm. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Good dogs welcome! 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 Way, Boulder Creek Map
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    The Castro Adobe in the American Era
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    State Park Castro Adobe
    Castro Adobe Open House
    Date: 07/14/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

    The Castro Adobe influenced the development of the Pájaro Valley.

     

    Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks


    Location: 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville Map
    Phone: (831) 226-9669 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
    Young Movers Summer Camp
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    Motion Pacific
    Young Movers Dance Camp!
    Date: Every day (Jul 15-Jul 19) from 9:30am to 2:00pm
    Ages: 5-8 Admission Fees: $300

    Young Movers Summer program combines movement with a variety of other mediums of creative expression including Crafts and Music. Young Movers' camp consists of time to strengthen and stretch both body and mind through basic dance techniques. Space for creativity is generated through story time and collective reflection. Dancers are guided to move their bodies safely and freely with other friends their age, offering a peaceful and community-based approach to early dance training. Time is given to rest and rejuvenate with snacks and quiet games. Our Little and Young Mover summer camps have scholarships available in order to better support our organizational value that high quality dance education should be accessible to everyone. Please contact the studio for more information.
    Location: 131 Front St Suite E , Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: (831) 457-1616 Santa Cruz create a direct event link
    Cascada de Flores
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    Library Scotts Valley
    Story-Song-Dance! Bilingual storytelling that is engaging.
    Date: 07/15/2019 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

    Story-Song-Dance! Bilingual storytelling that is engaging. The story features charming characters full of artistry, music and fun.

    Cuentos bilingües con una historia de personajes encantadores llenos de arte, música y diversión.


    Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


    Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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    Cascada de Flores
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    Library Live Oak
    Cascada de Flores
    Date: 07/15/2019 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

    Story-Song-Dance! Bilingual storytelling that is engaging. The story features charming characters full of artistry, music and fun.

    Cuentos bilingües con una historia de personajes encantadores llenos de arte, música y diversión.


    Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


    Location: 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz Map
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    Start Smart- Teen Driver Safety Class
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    Santa Cruz Public Libraries
    Start Smart- Teen Driver Safety Class
    Date: 07/16/2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Ages: Teens Admission Fees: Free

    The California Highway Patrol offers a traffic safety program for teenage drivers and their parents. The primary objective is to provide teens and parents with an understanding of how poor choices behind the wheel can impact the lives of many.

    Traffic collisions are the lead cause of death for ages 15-20.

    The Start Smart Program provides information on:
    -Defensive driving
    -DUI awareness
    -Traffic laws
    -Dynamics of traffic collisions and tips on avoiding them

    Reserve a spot in the class by calling: 831-662-0511


    Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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    Coventry & Kalusa
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    Library Boulder Creek
    Coventry & Kalusa present juggling, hula hooping, acrobatics, music, comedy and more!
    Date: 07/17/2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

    Award winning circus artists Coventry and Kaluza presents: juggling, hula hooping, acrobatics, music, comedy and more! Get ready, because the circus is coming to town!

    Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


    Location: 13390 West Park Ave, Boulder Creek Map
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    Coffee Talk and Crafts
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    State Park Big Basin
    Introduction to the park and figuring out the right trail for you!
    Date: Every 2 weeks on Wed (Jul 17-Jul 31) from 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Ages: All
    Special Instructions: See different times

    Coffee Talk and Crafts

    Wednesday, July 17 from 9:30am-12:30pm

    Wednesday, July 31 from 9:30am-12:30pm

    Come to the Sempervirens Room next to park headquarters for free coffee or hot chocolate! This is a great way to start your day in Big Basin. Docents will be happy to answer your questions about the park and help get you going on the right trail. And bring the kids for a fun craft activity! 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: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
    Phone: (831) 338-8861 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
    Coventry & Kalusa
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    Library Scotts Valley
    Coventry & Kalusa present juggling, hula hooping, acrobatics, music, comedy and more!
    Date: 07/17/2019 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

    Award winning circus artists Coventry and Kaluza presents: juggling, hula hooping, acrobatics, music, comedy and more! Get ready, because the circus is coming to town!

    Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


    Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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    California Rodeo Salinas
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    California Rodeo
    2018 California Rodeo... Cowgirl and Cowboy Up!
    Date: Every day (Jul 18-Jul 21)
    Ages: All Admission Fees: $7-$85

    (Special Event Images / Graphics) CaliforniaRodeoPoster2014.jpgKnown for its week-long cavalcade of events, California Rodeo "Big Week" is the largest community event held in Salinas. Parades, barbecues, cowboy poetry, fireworks, concerts, a carnival, and much more.

     

    Big Week offers something for every member of the family, and a chance for the entire community to participate in the California Rodeo.

     

    The Rodeo itself is designed to operate like a two-ring circus, each Rodeo performance features events that occur in the arena and on the track simultaneously. While the classic event of saddle bronc riding bucks out in the arena, a horse race speeds by on the track.

     

    Each year, the Salinas Rodeo ranks in the top 20 of nearly 800 North American rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. For four action-packed days, more the 50,000 spectators pass through our gates to see the country's top professional rodeo athletes compete.

     

    Saddle Bronc Riding ~ Bareback Riding ~ Bull Riding ~ Tie-Down Roping ~ Steer Wrestling ~ Team Roping ~ Barrel Racing ~ Bull Fighting

     

    Tickets & Deals


    Location: Salinas Sports Complex, 1034 Main Street , Salinas Map
    Phone: (831)775-3100 •website Salinas create a direct event link
    Helping Children Understand Limits
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    Triple P
    Attend this 4-week Brief Group to learn:Positive ways to teach your child to accept limits and cooperate with you ...
    Date: Every Th (Jul 18-Aug 8) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Admission Fees: Free Admission
    Special Instructions: Phone: (831) 724-2997 x211

    4-Week Triple P Brief Group: Helping Children Understand Limits
    Thursdays, July 18 - August 8, 6 - 8 pm
    The Triple P - Positive Parenting Program offers simple, practical tools to help families raise happy, healthy children. Attend this 4-week Brief Group to learn: Common reasons why children may be uncooperative or refuse to follow instructions; Positive ways to teach your child to accept limits and cooperate with you; How to respond calmly and consistently when your child refuses to follow
    Directions.

    This Triple P Brief Group is free and open to the public. Register to reserve your spot and receive free child care. Light snacks will be provided for adults and children.

    Presented in English by Sandra Rodelo, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
    Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville
    To register: Contact Sandra Rodelo at (831) 724-2997 x211 or sandrar@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


    Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville Map
    Phone: (831) 724-2997 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
    Infant Sleep Basics for Parents
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    Rosewood Doula
    Tips and tricks from a doula with over a decade of experience working with new families in their homes...
    Date: 07/18/2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
    Ages: Parents of 0-1yr Admission Fees: $35 per person or $45 per couple

    (0 A May 2019) infantsleepbasicslogo250.jpgSleep! Are you nervous about infant sleep issues, sleep training, and your own sanity around lack of sleep with a newborn? This class is designed not to give you yet another dose of confusing, opinion-based baby sleep training methods. Instead, this class starts with the basics of infant biology so you can understand and address the patterns of sleep you may notice in your baby and start to make adjustments based on your individual family's needs.

    From there, you can learn some tips and tricks from a doula with over a decade of experience working with new families in their homes, as an infant care specialist in a day care, and former nanny.

    Learn how you might be able to adapt to baby's natural patterns of eating and sleeping so that you may not need to do a formal cry-based sleep training method at all. Check out my Infant Sleep Service page to learn more about my approach to sleep adjustment training.

    Contact Name : Emily Flynn
    Email Address : doula@rosewoodconsult.com


    Location: Mini Mint Studios, 3912 Portola Dr #1, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: (610) 762-7354 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
    Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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    Live Oak Grange
    Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
    Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
    Admission Fees: $10 per person $15 for two people $20 per family

    Yee Haw! and Do Si Do!

     

    On the third Friday of every month, Grange member and Professional Dance Caller Andy Wilson hosts a family-friendly barn dance.  Join us for a potluck supper at 6:00 before the dancing starts at 6:30.  We knock off around 8:00 to let everyone get home and have a good night sleep.  Live music featuring Deby's Ginormous String Band.


    $10 per person
    $15 for two people
    $20 per family


    Musicians (young or old) are welcome to join the band on stage.


    Location: 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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    Food Truck Summer Series
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    Brothers Promotions
    Each month will showcase local artisans, dance troupes, local bands and musicians. This will be a family friendly event with fun
    Date: The 3rd Fri of every month (Jun 21-Aug 17) at 5:30pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free
    Special Instructions: North end of Pacific Avenue between Locust and Water

    2019 Food Truck Summer Series

    June 21, July 19, August 16, September 27, and October 25
    Downtown Santa Cruz, 5:00-9:00 pm


    Join us for an exciting, new addition to Downtown Santa Cruz, a Food Truck Street Fair. There will be music, local artisans, family fun activities, and of course FOOD TRUCKS!!! The fun will be located on the north end of Pacific Avenue between Locust and Water Streets.


    Food Trucks: Drunk Monkey, Nomad Momo, Rogue Pye, Scrumptious Fish and Chips, Shockwave and Union Foodie Truck.


    • June 21 Music by The Cement Ship and Battle Mountain String BandPerformance by Desert Dream Belly Dancers 5:30-6:00
    • July 19 Music by Coastal Greeting and Singing Wood Marimba Band
    • August 16 Music by Sasha's Money Band and Devil Sliders
    • September 27 Music by Singing Wood Marimba Band
    • October 25 Music by Simply Put

    Each month will showcase local artisans, dance troupes, local bands and musicians. This will be a family friendly event with fun and games for the kids.


    The Food Truck Summer Series is a Brothers Promotions Event and sponsored by
    Santa Cruz County Bank.


    Location: North Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz Map
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    The Pillowcase Project
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    Workshop for kids age 8-11 and their families to teach them how to be prepared for an emergency and what to keep in their emerge
    Date: 07/20/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    Ages: Ages 8-11 Admission Fees: Free

    American Red Cross brings this fun, interactive program to SCPL! The Pillowcase Project is an immersive workshop for kids age 8-11 and their families to teach them how to be prepared for an emergency and what to keep in their emergency bag. Participants will get their own pillowcase to decorate and instructions for what to keep in it for disasters.



    This workshop is done in conjunction with Epicenter: The Loma Prieta Earthquake 30th Anniversary Oral Histories Project.


    Location: Felton Branch Library, 6299 Gushee Street, Felton Map
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    Glimpses of World History with Robert W. Strayer
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    Glimpses of World History with Robert W. Strayer
    Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Apr 2-Aug 17) from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
    Ages: Adults & teens Admission Fees: Free

    Series of illustrated talks dealing with various themes, topics, and periods of time in World History. Robert W. Strayer (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) brings wide experience in world history to the writing of Ways of the World.

    3th Saturday of the month 1:00pm to 2:30pm. April to August 2019.

    April 20: In the Beginning: 95% of the Human Story (The Paleolithic Era)
    May 18: The Breakthrough to Agriculture: Catastrophe or Progress?
    June 15: The Rise of World Religions: Origins, Spread, and Adaptation
    July 20: The Columbus Connection: 1492 and the Joining of Two Worlds
    August 17: The Rise and Fall of World Communism in the 20th Century


    Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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    Community Poetry Circle
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    Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Free

    (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

    Poetry gives rise to the full expression of self. Join the circle for this free monthly workshop on the 3rd Saturday of the month. All levels welcome. No preregistration required.


    Location: 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
    Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
    Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
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    State Park Mission
    Follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt...spin your own wool
    Date: 07/20/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    Admission Fees: free

    Wool, Spinning, and Weaving

    Saturday, July 20 at 1pm

    How did an isolated settlement clothe the hundreds of people who lived there? Take an in-depth look at the cloth industry of Mission Santa Cruz. We will follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt. You will have the chance to try your hand at a drop spindle and spin your own wool. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


    Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: 831.425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
    Reach for the Stars Movie Screening: Apollo 11
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    Reach for the Stars Movie Screening: Apollo 11 documentary tells the story of the mission to land on the moon
    Date: 07/20/2019 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
    Admission Fees: Free

    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a screening of the 2019 film Apollo 11. Consisting solely of archival footage, this documentary tells the story of the mission to land on the moon in present tense. It includes previously unseen video and unheard audio recordings. After viewing, attendees will have a chance to participate in an informal discussion.


    Location: Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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    Monterey Contra Dance
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    Monterey Country Dance Community
    Join us for a fun evening of dancing
    Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

    Special Instructions: Check website for verifying dates

    Monterey Country Dance Community holds contra dances most first and third Saturdays (in December, our dances may vary due to the holiday season) at the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, at 600 Camino El Estero in Monterey, unless otherwise noted in our schedules and calendars.  Come alone or bring a friend - beginners are always welcome!  If you'd like to support MCDC, please consider becoming a Member (a minimum $25/year sponsorship helps us to continue these wonderful dances).

     

    Schedule: 6:40pm Newcomers' Orientation

    • 7pm to 10pm Contra Dance

    Admission Prices for regular dances:

    • $12 for nonmembers (of any sister organization)
    • $10 for members of MCDC or sister organization (including BACDS & CDSS)
    • $5 for full-time students and active military, with ID

    Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 


    Not sure what Contra Dance is?
    See videos and learn more by checking out our About Contra Dance page. If you're feeling nervous about learning how to contra dance, we even have links to beginning dancers' training videos on YouTube - they are a wonderful help, though nothing replaces dancing as a way to learn.
    Please be aware that some of our dancers are sensitive to fragrances - we respectfully request that everyone please be thoughtful and not use products with fragrance prior to a contra dance.  Thank you!


    Location: YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula, 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey Map
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    Meteor Trail Hike
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    State Park Big Basin
    Forests, flowers and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike.
    Date: 07/20/2019 at 10:30am
    Admission Fees: Free
    Special Instructions: See specific days & times

    Meteor Trail Hike

    Saturday, July 20 at 10:30am

    Join a Big Basin docent on one of our most diverse hikes-by mountain streams, oak woodlands, chaparral, and redwoods. We'll discuss forests, flowers, and fires on a six-mile, 3.5-hour hike. This somewhat strenuous ascent is rewarded with ocean views on a clear day. Bring water, lunch, and good hiking shoes. 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 Way, Boulder Creek Map
    Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
    Beginning Birding
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    Quail Hollow Ranch
    Open to anyone interested in birds and their antics.
    Date: 07/21/2019 from 8:00am to 10:00am
    Ages: All ages

    Join Jim Williams, President, Friends of Quail Hollow Ranch and an avid birder, for a leisurely hike through Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, in search of our fine, feathered friends. No previous birding experience is necessary; open to anyone interested in birds and their antics. Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring binoculars and a field guide (if you have them), and some drinking water. Open to anyone interested in birds and their antics.

     

    Sunday, July 21, 8:00-10:00 AM
    Sunday, August 24, 8:00-10:00 AM


    Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
    Phone: 831-335-9348 •website Felton create a direct event link
    Hike to Ocean View Summit
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    State Park Big Basin
    Six-mile loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast
    Date: 07/21/2019 at 10:00am
    Admission Fees: Free

    Hike to Ocean View Summit

    Sunday, July 21 at 10am

    Escape the crowds on this 6-mile, 4.5-hour loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast. Join docent Steve Stolper as we climb the Meteor Trail through the trees, gaining 600 feet before emerging at Ocean View Summit. After a relaxed lunch we descend back into the forest and return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. 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 Way, Boulder Creek Map
    Phone: 831-338-8860 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
    Science Sunday-Nest Watchers
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    Seymour Marine Discovery Center
    Citizen Scientists Reveal New Information about Peregrine Falcons
    Date: 07/21/2019 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Ages: Recommended for ages 10 & older Admission Fees: Event is included with admission to the Seymour Center: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE | Membe

    (0 A June 2019) SeymourJune2019.jpgThe peregrine falcon was successfully removed from the endangered species list in 1999. Following this conservation achievement, the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group (SCPBRG) has continued to monitor breeding peregrine falcons in our region, with critical support from citizen scientists scattered throughout the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. These highly specialized avian predators may symbolize wild open spaces, but they have increasingly found a foothold in our urban areas providing falcon viewing opportunities in the cities where we live.

    Join newly appointed SCPBRG Director, Zeka Glucs, to learn about noteworthy discoveries and accomplishments from long-time volunteers over the past two decades, and future research directions and conservation priorities for the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group.

    Join the Seymour Marine Discovery Center on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist, who presents current research and topics in an entertaining and easy-to-understand format, with up-to-date photos, video, and discussion. Science Sunday is for everyone interested in the world around them.

    Lectures are one hour long and take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1:30 PM.
    Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM.
    Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.
    Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.
    Lectures include time for a few questions at the end.
    Recommended for ages 10 and older.

    Science Sunday is free with membership or admission to the Seymour Center. UC Santa Cruz undergraduate students receive free admission with valid student ID.


    Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: (831) 458-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
    Beginning Birding
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    Quail Hollow Ranch
    Open to anyone interested in birds and their antics.
    Date: 07/21/2019 from 8:00am to 10:00am
    Ages: All ages

    Join Jim Williams, President, Friends of Quail Hollow Ranch and an avid birder, for a leisurely hike through Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, in search of our fine, feathered friends. No previous birding experience is necessary; open to anyone interested in birds and their antics. Wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring binoculars and a field guide (if you have them), and some drinking water. Open to anyone interested in birds and their antics.

     

    Sunday, July 21, 8:00-10:00 AM
    Sunday, August 24, 8:00-10:00 AM


    Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map
    Phone: 831-335-9348 •website Felton create a direct event link
    When Species Collide!
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    State Park Rancho del Oso
    Explore topics like natives vs. non-native invasives, and adaptations.
    Date: 07/21/2019 at 12:00pm
    Admission Fees: Free
    Special Instructions: Saturdays, October 21 ~ November 18 ~ December 16 10 am

    When Species Collide
    Sunday, July 21 at noon

    Join docent Ken Koll (kenneth_koll@yahoo.com) for a four-mile hike on the beautiful Skyline to Sea Bypass Trail. Along the way we will pass through the varied habitats of the Waddell Valley and explore topics like native vs. non-native plants, invasive species, and adaptations. Bring water, snacks, and sturdy footwear. Park at Waddell Beach and walk through the entrance gate (yellow gate across from Waddell Beach parking lot) 0.25 miles to the ranger station. Free event. For more information, call (831) 427-2288. Event made possible by Waddell Creek Association and California State Parks.

     


    Location: 3600 Highway 1, Davenport Map
    Phone: (831) 427-2288 •website Davenport create a direct event link
    Money Mondays
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    Learn how to make money work for you!
    Date: The 4th Mon of every month (May 13-Nov 25) from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
    Ages: Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

    Lisa Bennett wants the next generation to rule the world financially! Come gain understanding of the importance of your personal money mindset, financial planning, credit, insurance, and the necessary education you need to make money work FOR you!


    Location: Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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    Tom Noddy's Bubble Magic
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    Tom Noddy's Bubble Magic
    Date: 07/23/2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

    Tom has taken his uniquely warm and charming sense of wonder and delight in soap bubbles to audiences around the world. The bubbles are truly exquisite and Tom's lively humor and engaging sense of fun leave his audiences both delighted and intrigued.

    Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


    Location: Branciforte Branch Library, 230 Gault Street, Santa Cruz Map
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    Hidden Gems Film Club
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    Not your ordinary film club!
    Date: The 4th Tues of every month at 6:30pm
    Ages: Adults Admission Fees: Free

    The Santa Cruz Public Libraries invite you to an evening of cinema. Come enjoy these "hidden gems." Every 4th Tuesday, see foreign films, documentaries, independents and even some mainstream movies you might have missed! If you wish, bring a snack to enjoy, and participate in the discussion!

     

    ​5:30PM Doors Open
    ​6:00PM Screening

    Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Programs: 831-427-7717

    EMAIL: cinephile95060@gmail.com

    Sign up for our email distribution list: http://eepurl.com/cnqmJb
    HIDDEN GEMS FILM CLUB: NOT YOUR ORDINARY FILM CLUB!

    Pop-up screenings of foreign language, arthouse, independent and documentary films hosted by the Santa Cruz Public Library branches - a celebration of cinema


    Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
    Phone: (831) 427-7717 •website Aptos create a direct event link
    Tom Noddy's Bubble Magic
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    Tom Noddy's Bubble Magic
    Date: 07/23/2019 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

    Tom has taken his uniquely warm and charming sense of wonder and delight in soap bubbles to audiences around the world. The bubbles are truly exquisite and Tom's lively humor and engaging sense of fun leave his audiences both delighted and intrigued.

    Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


    Location: Aptos Branch Library, 7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos Map
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    Tom Noddy's Bubble Magic
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    Tom Noddy's Bubble Magic
    Date: 07/23/2019 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

    Tom has taken his uniquely warm and charming sense of wonder and delight in soap bubbles to audiences around the world. The bubbles are truly exquisite and Tom's lively humor and engaging sense of fun leave his audiences both delighted and intrigued.

    Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


    Location: La Selva Beach Branch Library, 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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    How to Deal With Bullying
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    Triple P
    Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: What you can do if your child is being bullied ...
    Date: 07/24/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
    Admission Fees: Free Admission
    Special Instructions: Phone: (831) 724-2997 x220.

    Triple P Workshop: How to Deal With Bullying
    July 24, 5:30 - 7 pm

    Triple P Workshops are brief classes that provide quick tips for handling everyday parenting issues. Attend this FREE parenting workshop to learn: How to recognize different types of bullying; Common reasons why children bully others; How to tell if your child is being bullied; What you can do if your child is being bullied.

    This Triple P Workshop is FREE and open to the public. Register to reserve your spot. FREE child care is available with advance registration. Light snacks will be provided for adults, teens, and children.

    Presented in English by: Gladys Gómez, Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
    Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville
    To register: Contact Gladys Gómez at (831) 724-2997 x220 or gladysg@cbridges.org or register online at http://first5scc.org/calendar/parent-trainings


    Location: La Manzana Community Resources, 18 W. Lake Ave, Suite E, Watsonville Map
    Phone: (831) 724-2997 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
    Fall Creek Hike
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    State Park Henry Cowell
    Hike through a young, 100 year old forest to examine evidence of the logging history and discover how the Bay Area was built
    Date: 07/24/2019 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    Admission Fees: Free

    Fall Creek Hike

    Wednesday, July 24 at 9am

    Hike through a young, 100 year old forest to examine evidence of the logging history and discover how the Bay Area was built on this 4-mile, 4-hour hike. Join us at one of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park's hidden treasures and explore the beauty of Fall Creek. Bring water, warm clothing, and a snack. Meet at the Fall Creek parking lot, approximately 0.5 mile up Felton Empire Road from the Highway 9 Intersection in Felton. Rain cancels. No pets. Free event. For more information, call (831) 335-7077. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

     


    Location: 101 Big Trees Park Rd, Felton Map
    Phone: (831) 335-7077 •website Felton create a direct event link
    Writer's Open Mic Night
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    Writer's Open Mic Night
    Date: The 4th Wed of every month (May 22-Oct 23) from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Ages: Open to Teens and Adults Admission Fees: Free

    Calling all writers! This open mic night offers you an environment to read your works aloud either just to have them heard or to receive critiquing from your peers. Poets, novelists, short story writers, scriptwriters, essayists, writers of memoir, nonfiction, and children's storybooks--plus friends, fans, and readers who want to hear something new--are all welcome!

    Writers can sign up for a 5- or 10-minute reading slot on a first-come, first-serve basis. Extra time can be requested for critiquing.


    Location: Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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    Jungle James
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    Jungle James strives to shed new light on some of the World's most commonly misunderstood creatures
    Date: 07/25/2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm
    Ages: all ages Admission Fees: Free

    Jungle James Animal Adventures continuously strives to shed new light on some of the World's most commonly misunderstood creatures, evoke children's natural sense of curiosity, and teach respect for all living things.

    Location: Felton Community Hall, 6191 Hwy 9, Felton, CA



    Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


    Location: Felton Community Hal, 6191 Highway 9, Felton Map
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    Jungle James
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    Jungle James
    Date: 07/25/2019 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

    Jungle James Animal Adventures continuously strives to shed new light on some of the World's most commonly misunderstood creatures, evoke children's natural sense of curiosity, and teach respect for all living things.

    Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


    Location: La Selva Beach Branch Library, 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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    Jungle James
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    Jungle James teaches about some of the World's most commonly misunderstood creatures
    Date: 07/25/2019 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

    Jungle James Animal Adventures continuously strives to shed new light on some of the World's most commonly misunderstood creatures, evoke children's natural sense of curiosity, and teach respect for all living things.

    Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


    Location: Downtown Branch Library, 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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    Classical Pop
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    Cabrillo College Music
    Date: Every day (Jul 25-Aug 18)
    Admission Fees: Tickets are FREE but are REQUIRED for entrance.

    Join the Cabrillo College Music Department's Annual Classical, Pop! concert featuring classical themes borrowed or stolen for pop music hits!

     

    Directed by Susan Bruckner

     

    Friday April 12, 2019 at 12:30pm

    Free Event - Donations at the Door

    Tickets are FREE but are REQUIRED for entrance.

    Box Office opens 1 hour prior to event.

    Samper Recital Hall


    Location: Samper Recital Hall, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos Map
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    Capitola's First Food Truck Friday!
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    Capitola Recreation
    Bring the whole family for an afternoon of food, beer and live music!
    Date: 07/26/2019 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm


    We are very excited to announce our first ever Food Truck Friday at Monterey Avenue Park!

    Bring the whole family for an afternoon of food, beer and live music from 4:30-7:30pm.

    We are partnering with Food Trucks A Go Go to bring a variety of delicious food options. Vendors TBA.

    The Team Tola Parents Club will be selling beer and wine to help raise money for the Capitola Junior Guards. The Parents Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 by a former group of Capitola Lifeguards and parents of Junior Lifeguards. The mission of the CJLPC is to assist the City of Capitola to preserve, complement, and enhance the Capitola Junior Lifeguard Program through fundraising, college scholarships, JG program scholarships, public program awareness as well as event and equipment support.

    We will also have live music! Dancing encouraged ; ) Band TBA.

    Parking: We would like to minimize the impact on street parking. We ask that you please follow the "parking" signs and park in the New Brighton Middle School lots. Walking and biking in encouraged!

    Monterey Avenue Park is located directly next to New Brighton Middle School on Monterey Ave. Capitola.

    Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash.


    Location: Monterey Avenue Park, 688 Monterey Ave, Capitola Map
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    The Gilroy Garlic Festival
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    Gilroy Garlic Festival
    "Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three days of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment and
    Date: Every day (Jul 26-Jul 28)
    Ages: All Admission Fees: 7473 Monterey St
    Special Instructions: Santa Teresa Blvd & Club Dr

    Come to the  Gilroy Garlic Festival for great garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, and lots of fun for the whole family!

     

    The heart of the Garlic Festival is Gourmet Alley, the gigantic outdoor kitchen where the world-famous "Pyro Chefs" put on a spectacular flame-up show while preparing garlic-laced calamari and scampi in huge iron skillets. Other Festival favorites include pepper steak sandwiches, pasta con pesto, fried calamari, and sausage sandwiches, as well as Gilroy garlic fries and garlic bread. And don't forget the only-in-Gilroy garlic ice cream!

     

    You'll also find live entertainment on three stages, cooking contests and demonstrations, arts & crafts, wine tasting, and a fun Children's Area too.

     

    Get the mobile app.

     

    Eventbrite - 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival


    Location: Christmas Hill Park, 7050 Miller Ave, Gilroy Map
    Phone: 408-846-6886 •website Hollister create a direct event link
    SPECIAL GUEST BIG BASIN NATURE CLUB: Nature Tails
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    State Park Big Basin
    Pretend, play, sing, and explore!
    Date: 07/27/2019 at 4:30pm
    Ages: All
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    SPECIAL GUEST BIG BASIN NATURE CLUB:  Nature Tails

    Saturday, July 27 at 4:30pm

    Come listen to a world of animal songs and stories presented for children of all ages by the South Bay Storytellers group. Meet at the campfire center. 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: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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    SPECIAL GUEST BIG BASIN NATURE CLUB: Nature Tails
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    State Park Big Basin
    Pretend, play, sing, and explore!
    Date: 07/27/2019 at 4:30pm
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    Special Instructions: See different times

    SPECIAL GUEST BIG BASIN NATURE CLUB:  Nature Tails

    Saturday, July 27 at 4:30pm

    Come listen to a world of animal songs and stories presented for children of all ages by the South Bay Storytellers group. Meet at the campfire center. 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: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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    Gardens of Time
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    State Park Mission
    Tour the native plant beds, neophyte kitchen garden, and memories of Victorian Nearyland. Take home history in a seed
    Date: 07/27/2019 at 1:00pm
    Admission Fees: free

    Gardens of Time

    Saturday, July 27 at 1pm

    Stroll through history as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here in the past by exploring the plants they used and cultivated. Tour our native plant gardens, demonstration vegetable beds, and Victorian "Nearyland." Take home history in a seed.

     

    Rain cancels. Free event. For more information, call (831) 425-5849. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.


    Location: 144 School St, Santa Cruz Map
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    SPECIAL GUEST BIG BASIN NATURE CLUB: Nature Tails
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    State Park Big Basin
    Pretend, play, sing, and explore!
    Date: 07/27/2019 at 4:30pm
    Ages: All
    Special Instructions: See different times

    SPECIAL GUEST BIG BASIN NATURE CLUB:  Nature Tails

    Saturday, July 27 at 4:30pm

    Come listen to a world of animal songs and stories presented for children of all ages by the South Bay Storytellers group. Meet at the campfire center. 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: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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    SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE: Storytellers' Showcase!
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    State Park Big Basin
    Pretend, play, sing, and explore!
    Date: 07/27/2019 at 7:00pm
    Ages: All
    Special Instructions: See different times

    SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE: Storytellers' Showcase!

    Saturday, July 27 at 7pm

    Sit back and experience an old-fashioned evening steeped in the oral tradition as the South Bay Storytellers group weave their yarns in our historic campfire center. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7pm; program begins at 7:30pm. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Good dogs welcome! 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: Hwy 236, Boulder Creek Map
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    Fire Safety Forum
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    Library Felton
    Learn how to keep your homes, loved ones, and property safe from residential- and wild fires
    Date: 07/27/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    Admission Fees: Free

    Chief Bob Gray from Felton Fire Protection District will discuss the ways in which people can keep their homes, loved ones, and property safe from residential- and wild fires. Audience questions will be accepted after the lecture.


    This lecture is done in conjunction with Epicenter: The Loma Prieta Earthquake 30th Anniversary Oral Histories Project.


    Location: Felton Branch Library, 6299 Gushee St., Felton Map
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    Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike
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    State Park Big Basin
    We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest.
    Date: 07/27/2019 at 10:30am

    Special Instructions: Sept 20 and 30

    Outlook from Mt. McAbee Hike

    Saturday, July 27 at 10:30am

    Join Docent Hal Anjo on a 6-mile, 3.5 hour moderate hike to McAbee Outlook. We'll stop at the top and enjoy the lovely ocean views, returning through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest. Learn about the different habitats as you watch the environment change as we climb and enjoy the view. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and good hiking shoes. 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
    Snakes Alive!
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    State Park Big Basin
    Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like?
    Date: 07/27/2019 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
    Ages: All

    Snakes Alive!

    Saturday, July 27 from noon to 3pm

    Why are snakes important to us? How do they see, smell, taste, and hear? What and how do they eat? What does a snake feel like? Come to the Sempervirens Room at park headquarters, meet docent Diane Shaw and her snake, and learn about the fascinating world of snakes. 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 Way, Boulder Creek 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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    Music at Sky Park
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    Scotts Valley Kiwanis
    GREAT Lineup for our 2019 CONCERTs and they're FREE!
    Date: The last Su of every month (Jul 28-Sep 29) from 2:30pm to 6:00pm
    Admission Fees: free

    (0 A 0 March) SkyparkMusic2019_300.jpgGearing up for another summer of Music At Skypark!!

     

    We've already signed bands for July, kicking off the series on July 28th with The Joint Chiefs and Extra Large!

     

    So excited to welcome back these awesome musicians who are so willing to support our cause: sustaining the music programs in our schools!

     

    Mark your calendars, bring your blankets and chairs, and come thirsty!

     


    Location: Skypark, 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley Map
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    Shark Science Week
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    Seymour Marine Discovery Center
    Come explore your ocean!
    Date: Every day (Jul 28-Aug 3) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Ages: All Admission Fees: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE | Members FREE

    (0 A June 2019) SeymourJune2019.jpgFor a full week, the Seymour Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes.

     

    Come explore amazing shark adaptations including their extraordinary senses, the unique ways in which they reproduce, and so much more. Shark touching pool open every day!


    Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz Map
    Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Sidecreate a direct event link
    Fratello Marionettes: The Frog Prince
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    Library Scotts Valley
    A princess' life is changed by a chance meeting with a frog
    Date: 07/30/2019 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

    (0 A June 2019) FratelloFrogPrince.jpgOur production of this classic fairy tale follows the spoiled princess Ofelia on her birthday. Her life is changed by a chance meeting with a frog - who we know to be a handsome prince, transformed by a witch.

     

    When she loses her new golden ball down a well, the princess promises to grant the frog three wishes in exchange for the ball's recovery.

     

    Will Ofelia follow through with her promises, and will the frog turn back into the handsome Prince?

    Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


    Location: Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley Map
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    Fratello Marionettes: Aladdin
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    Library Central
    Fratello Marionettes: Aladdin, a magical tale adapted from "The 1,001 Arabian Nights" as it has never been seen before
    Date: 07/30/2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

    Using traditional music, intricate costumes, and dramatic staging, we present this magical tale adapted from "The 1,001 Arabian Nights" as it has never been seen before. Friendship and kindness triumph over evil as Aladdin discovers the magical lamp, frees and befriends the powerful genie, thwarts the evil sorcerer, and saves the kingdom.

    Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


    Location: 224 Church Street, Santa Cruz Map
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    Fratello Marionettes: Mother Goose Land
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    Library La Selva Beach
    Fratello Marionettes: Mother Goose Land where beloved nursery rhyme characters are brought to life
    Date: 07/30/2019 from 10:30am to 11:30am
    Ages: All ages Admission Fees: Free

    Enter the world of Mother Goose Land, where beloved nursery rhyme characters are brought to life. Mother Goose introduces you to her favorite stories: We encounter Mary and her lamb on their way to school, while Jack and Jill climb up a hill looking for water. Humpty Dumpty is perched high atop a wall waiting for the king's arrival, and Bo-Peep searches for her lost sheep.

    Free and family friendly! This program is part of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program.


    Location: 316 Estrella Avenue, La Selva Beach Map
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