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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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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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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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Brainfuse - Homework Help
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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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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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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 (May 25-Sep 1) 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
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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
Hikes at Castle Rock
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State Park Castle Rock
Discover expansive views, marvelous rock formations and great rock climbing opportunities
Date: Every Sa at 11:00am

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

EASY HIKES
Castle Rock Loop
  Sat 11am
Trailhead: main parking lot; 1 mile loop; elevation gain 300 feet    
Ascend through Douglas-fir, madrone, and tanoak to see the park’s imposing namesake peak—a good spot for bouldering and roped climbs. The surrounding smaller rocks are a great playground for children.


Location: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos Map
Phone: (408) 867-2952 •website Los Gatos create a direct event link
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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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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West Side Farmers Markets
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
A moveable feast of fresh, locally grown produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and poultry, baked goods, music and good comp
Date: Every Sa from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All

The Westside Farmers' Market takes place every week, year round at the corner of Hwy 1 and Western Drive, situated on the northern edge of Santa Cruz's greenbelt. This market serves the communities of the west-end of Santa Cruz including Bonny Doon, the North Coast and the UCSC Campus. It is just a hop, skip and a jump from Downtown.


Foodies Unite

Going into its eleventh year this market is proud to have been named best market by the Santa Cruz Metro's, "Peoples Poll" multiple times. The market showcases a great selection of 100% certified organic produce, artisan foods, wine, body products, tinctures, sustainable seafood, pasture raised meats, flowers and eggs along with cook-to-order cuisine, live local music and full espresso bar operated by up-and-coming Santa Cruz-based roaster 11th Hour Coffee.

With easy access and an abundance of free parking, this market makes for a convenient and celebratory Saturday morning outing.

 

2019 Pop-Up Breakfast Series - Ticket Sales Announced

The 2019 Pop-Up Breakfast Series is coming our way! Once again the Westside Farmers' Market will host three of these farm-to-table, ticketed events. With a great chef line up and a solid reputation, these pop-ups will sell out. Stay in touch by signing up for our newsletter to get your first pick at tickets when they go on sale. Learn more about the events HERE.

 

Market Match

Market Match offers farmers' market customers a dollar for dollar match up to $10 on their CalFresh (food stamp) cards at the Felton market.  If a customer swipes their CalFresh card for $7, they get $7 of Market Match for free, swipe $10, you get $10. The goal of this project is to encourage CalFresh (EBT/SNAP) recipients to take advantage of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. SCCFM will be offering the Market Match program for the 2019 season. By offering an incentive that lowers the price of fresh produce, we are helping shoppers stretch their food dollars while keeping their families healthy. Locate the information booth and the market manager to redeem EBT coins and to take advantage of the Market Match incentive.


Location: Mission St. Ext. and Western Dr., Santa Cruz Map
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Aptos Farmers Market
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Aptos Farmers Market
An upbeat and relaxed market with music, many special events to be enjoyed. Market is open year round, rain or shine.
Date: Every Sa from 8:00am to 12:00pm


Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College,

Voted America's Favorite Farmers Market in California


In 2011, 2012, and 2013 our farmers markets were voted "America's Favorite Farmers Market in California." Additionally, Coastal Living Magazine named the Aptos Farmers Market one of "The Coast's Best Farmers Markets."


Market customers appreciate the bountiful selection of top quality produce and specialty foods as well as the opportunity to connect with the farmers and vendors who produce it. Ninety vendors, of which most are certified organic or use sustainable farming methods, offer pastured grass fed meats and poultry, sustainable fish, oysters, handcrafted cheeses, locally produced olive oil, fresh pasta and gourmet sauces, organic juices, handmade sauerkraut, Corralitos smoked sausages and bacon, artisan breads and baked goods, organic honey, mushrooms, sprouts and microgreens, farm fresh eggs, flowers, potted plants, seedlings, herbs, and an unsurpassed selection of certified California grown fruits, vegetables and nuts.

 

Additional Market Attractions
Professional sharpening services are available for knives and gardening tools year round.

 

Market Newsletter and Recipes Blog
Subscribe to free monthly e-newsletter for market updates, featured monthly produce, and upcoming special events. Visit our market's award winning companion website www.edibleparadise.com for delicious seasonal recipes.

 

Market Information

Season: Open year-round, rain or shine
Day and Hours: Open Saturdays, 8 am until 12 pm
Location:  Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003
Parking: Lots of free parking, easy access
Map:   Driving directions »
Vendors:  Aptos Farmers and Vendors List »


Location: Cabrillo Parking Lots, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Map
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Summer Concert Series
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State Park New Brighton
Campfire concerts. Bring your blankets and beach chairs!
Date: Every Sa (Jul 6-Aug 31) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm


Summer Concert Series

Saturdays from 7:30 to 8:30pm

Enjoy a free concert every week this summer! Great local groups with lots of talent! Visit the kiosk for performing artists' information. Meet at the ramada for concert. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 464-5620. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. 

 

Saturday Nights in July at 7:30pm

7/1-Watsonville Taiko Drummers
7/8- Western Sing-a-long with Michelle Kiba
7/15- Designated Drivers (Americana & Classic Rock)
7/23- Indonesian Gamelan
7/29- Simmons Family Band

Saturday Nights in August, 7:30pm

8/3

8/10

8/17

8/24



Location: 1500 Park Ave, Capitola 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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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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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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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 (Jun 1-Aug 31) from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Special Instructions: 4/6, 20, 27

Old Cove Landing Trail

Saturday, August 3 at 11am

Saturday, August 17 at 11am

Saturday, August 24 at 11am

Saturday, August 31 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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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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Scotts Valley Farmers Market
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Santa Cruz Farmers Markets
Join us for a flurry of activities for kids and adults alike.
Date: Every Sa (May 4-Nov 30) from 2:30pm to 6:30pm


The Scotts Valley Farmers' Market

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

For more information, visit us.


Location: King's Village Dr, Scotts Valley Map
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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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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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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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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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Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed
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State Park Big Basin
Come to the visitor center, next to park headquarters, to get answers!
Date: Every Su and Sa (May 4-Sep 1) from 11:00am to 1:00pm


Ask Us!: Visitor Center Staffed

Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 1pm

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


Location: 21600 Big Basin , Boulder Creek Map
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