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11th Annual Pumpkin Carving & Pizza Spooky Night Out!
Includes: pizza, a pumpkin for carving and a spooky project!THIS YEAR WE HAVE ONE FOR THE TEENAGERS TOO!
Every day (Oct 25-Oct 26) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 9099 Soquel Dr. #15, Aptos Map

11th Annual Pumpkin Carving & Pizza Spooky Night Out!
*NEW* THIS YEAR WE HAVE ONE FOR THE TEENAGERS TOO!

It's back... Our annual fall favorite!  Come spend a spooky, skill building, pumpkin carving night at the Art Factory! Pizza, pumpkins and carving tools are included.


Kids love a night out at the studio for lots of fun carving tips and tricks. And the teenagers will dive into drills, chisels and extreme carving tools!


KIDS; Ages 7-12; Fri. Oct. 25, 6:30pm-8:30pm
TEENS; Ages 13-17 Sat. Oct. 26, 6:30-8:30pm
PRE-REGISTER: $45 per student Includes: pizza & a pumpkin for carving 831-688-8862 www.artfactorystudios.com

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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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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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Stuff the Bus Fundraiser
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United Way
Can We Count On You This Year To Stuff The Bus?
Date: Every day (Jul 1-Aug 2)


Can We Count On You This Year To Stuff The Bus?  


 Click here for collection drive locations 


It's More Than A Backpack

School Supply Collection Drive: July 1 - August 2
Stuff-A-Thon @ Kaiser Permanente Arena: Aug 3


United Way of Santa Cruz County is proud to partner with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education to collect and distribute NEW backpacks and school supplies to ensure students start school ready to learn with the tools they need to succeed! 


Last year, more than 3,000 Santa Cruz County students were experiencing homelessness and/or extreme hardships - community members like you stepped in and collected 2,200 new backpacks with supplies that were distributed to youth in time for the first day of school...THANK YOU!


With 3,000 K-12 students in need of new school supplies and backpacks, you can make a difference and help a student start the first day of school ready to learn! Your business or organization can sponsor this year's Stuff The Bus - various sponsorship levels include a pop-up school bus for display at your location, marketing materials that include your company logo and social media posts.


Click here to download the 2019 Stuff The Bus Corporate Sponsorship form and/or contact our UW team should you have questions - campaign@unitedwaysc.org


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Free Community Swim
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Santa Cruz County Parks
ALL drop-in activities FREE on Sunday, July 21st
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


FREE Community Swim Day for July is Parks Make Life Better Month

Sunday, July 21

To celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month, we’ve made ALL drop-in activities FREE on Sunday, July 21st. This includes drop-in Lap Swim, Recreation Swim, Water Aerobics, and Adult Fitness!

 

 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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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
Phone: 831-338-4144 •website Boulder Creek create a direct event link
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
Phone: 831-768-3240 •website Watsonville create a direct event link
Brainfuse - Homework Help
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Libraries
Brainfuse: Free online homework help for students of all ages.
Date: Every day


(AAA July 2015) Brainfuse_HomeworkHelpNow180.jpgFree Academic Help at All Levels.

 

Brainfuse offers live online tutoring in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and adult education.

 

Live Tutoring: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Our tutors don't simply give answers but help students master underlying academic concepts.

 

SkillSurfer: SkillSurfer includes an extensive library of Brainfuse-created lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests in a wide range of academic subjects, and further integrates them with live tutoring.


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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
Phone: (831) 429-1840 •website Santa Cruz create a direct event link
July 4 Barbecue
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Gilroy Gardens
Date: 07/04/2019 at 11:00am


Enjoy a 4th of July at Gilroy Gardens with traditional meals.


Location: 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy 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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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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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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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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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
Phone: 831.438-3251 •website Scotts Valley create a direct event link
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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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.

2019_Vendor Application_Aptos 4th of July

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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Loneliness: We’re Still Here
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MAH
There's an invisible epidemic on the rise in Santa Cruz County's senior population. And it's something you may have felt before,
Date: Every day (Apr 5-Sep 22)


MAH LONELINESS EXHIBITION -- BY AND ABOUT SENIORS -- OPENS APRIL 5th

There's an invisible epidemic on the rise in Santa Cruz County's senior population. And it's something you may have felt before, too.

 

Loneliness and social isolation affect 1 in 3 seniors in Santa Cruz County. Many seniors contact just one person a week; some said they see a visitor less than once a month. Because of this, people 60 years and older who reported feeling lonely saw a 45% increase in risk of death.*

 

Opening April 5th, "We're Still Here: Stories of Seniors and Social Isolation" sheds light on this local crisis and gives visitors the tools to help. It also shares solutions to loneliness from different cultures and families around the world. It's not your typical exhibition; over 180 seniors, advocates, and organizations created this show themselves in partnership with the MAH.

 

"When we learned about this growing issue affecting senior health and well being, we felt the MAH was in a unique position to address it," said Stacey Marie Garcia, Director of Community Engagement at the MAH. "We're all about creating connections and hope to ignite stronger links between seniors and the larger Santa Cruz County community through this exhibition."

 

(0 A 0 March) Loneliness.jpgTheir Story, Told Their Way

To tell this story, the MAH used a simple- but non-traditional- strategy: give seniors the power to design this exhibition themselves. For many museums, this is not how exhibition design operates. Typically, there is strict curatorial control over decisions big and small, from the themes of the exhibition to the title itself.

 

That's not how it worked for "We're Still Here: Stories of Seniors and Social Isolation" (a title brainstormed by the group.) From the beginning, it was a fiercely democratic process. Last September, the MAH reinvigorated the Creative Community Committee (C3), an action-oriented gathering of 186 seniors, advocates, and organizations that live this issue every day. Over the course of seven months, the group brainstormed big ideas, worked with local artists to creatively articulate the issues, and talked about ways the public can help. This was the second incarnation of C3 for this purpose; the first was in the 2017 exhibition Lost Childhoods: Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth and the Foster Youth Museum which gathered 100 voices from the local foster youth community for an exhibition of similar structure.

 

Among the big themes of "We're Still Here", one thread is clear: Santa Cruz needs to know about this problem, step into what it feels like, and even take actions to help.


Transforming Empathy into Action

With a topic so heavy, it can be easy to walk away feeling disempowered and sad. That's why We're Still Here dedicates an entire wall to actions the public can take to help.

 

Drive a senior to go grocery shopping. Translate written materials into Spanish for a monolingual elder. Donate an iPod for entertainment. If you have a special skill, offer it. If you just want to give money, you could do that too. These actions were developed with the dozens of organizations participating in C3, among them The County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department, Seniors Council of Santa Cruz County, and Community Bridges.

 

Visitors can explore 45 actions on a wall of business cards that contain ways to follow up and contact information. If one action resonates with them, they can take a card home to complete it.


Telling Stories Through Art

To help translate senior stories, the MAH connected the C3 group with five local artists: Wes Modes, Gina Orlando, Ry Faraola, Cid Pearlman, and The Pajaro Valley Quilt Association. They built relationships with the seniors, understood their stories, and transformed them into visual, audio, and performative experiences for the exhibition.

 

Wes Modes met with seniors to create 'Words of Wisdom', an audio piece recording their stories. Visitors can hear twenty different stories by picking up a telephone and listening in.

 

Gina Orlando empowered seniors with photography. She gave each senior a camera and worked with them one-on-one to capture words and images from their daily lives.

 

Choreographer Cid Pearlman asked seniors to describe what social isolation looked like to them. Inspired by their imagery, she created three physical rooms in the exhibition: a bedroom, a kitchen, and a "room of the mind." During this exhibition, dancers will be periodically activating these rooms with movement.

 

We're Still Here opens April 5th through September 22nd, 2019. This exhibition was made possible by the following sponsors: Visiting Angels, Care from the Heart, County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department, Community Foundation Santa Cruz, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Bay Photo, Canyon View Capital, Anonymous, In Memory of Al Killingsworth, and MAH Members.

 

Open
Sun - Thurs 10AM - 7PM  ~  Fri 10AM - 8PM  ~  Sat 10AM - 3PM

 

Admission Fees

$10 General Admission

$8 Students

Free for MAH members and children under 5.

Free on the First Friday of each month


Location: 705 Front St, Santa Cruz Map
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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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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.


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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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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

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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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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, Mon, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jul 1-Aug 31)

Special Instructions: See varying days & times

Evening Campfire Program


August 1 through 18:

Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays at 8pm & Saturdays at 6pm


August 19 through 31: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm


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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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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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
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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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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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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

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Will Wonder Women be there again this year??


Come and find out.

 

Super Hero Costumes Welcome

 


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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
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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, August 1 from 3:30 to 5:30pm

Thursday, August 15 from 3:30 to 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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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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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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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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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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