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  The Santa Cruz County Fair is Fun and Informative!


(Special Event Page Graphics) SantaCruzCountyFair2007-Animals.jpg    Get ready for pig racing, frisbee dogs, bands, art, wine. poetry, gardening, garlic fries, concerts, carnival rides and livestock exhibits. 400-pound pumpkins, and more!  This is not just corn, garlic fries and apple pie.


   This is truly an event worth attending.  Wear layers and comfortable shoes because once there you will want to stay.  There's such a diverse array of demonstrations and entertainment that you could easily spend a couple of days there and still not see everything.


     If you are curious about the old days, stop in at Yesterday's Farm to see demonstrations of how it used to be.  At various locations throughout the fair you can learn about and see demonstrations of wood working and carving, knitting, rug hooking, cooking, spinning, beading, pottery making or tole painting.  Local artists have submitted their paintings for judging.  I found a vendor selling genuine old vegetable and fruit produce labels.


     Not too many of us have experienced pigs up close, but here you can watch the Alaskan Pig Races.  In my experience pigs are uncannily smart, stubborn and powerful.  You've heard the expression " herding cats."  It really should be "like herding pigs."  This is good for laughs!


     You may have thought about having chickens, about the only backyard farm animal legal in our urban environment.  Visit the Poultry Building to learn more and see ongoing egg-laying.  This could become the perfect pet for you.  The animal nursery is a treat for the little ones.  Be forewarned I saw a child throw a temper tantrum because he didn't want to leave the goats.  The Draft Horse demonstrations are awesome.  Those horses are magnificent creatures. 


(Site Photos) DogsK-9Rocket.jpg     A must see is Rocket's K-9 Comets Frisbee Dogs. "These four-legged, furry athletes are amazing to watch as they race down the grass, leap high into the air and snag Hoskins’ tosses out of the air. Australian Cattle Dogs, English Pointers, Australian Kelpies, McNab Border Collies, a Labrador Mix and a Chinese Crested make up the team. The dogs perform in three events, one emphasizing speed, another flying acrobatics and the famous K-9 Comets Double Dogs Challenge." They perform at 2:30 and 6pm.


While you're walking around, you may come upon a roving band, or Atlas Robotics.  Kiddieland awaits your little ones.  What do you think you will find at the "Ugly Cake" contest?  I could go on, but go here for a complete list of events by day.  Go!  Have fun!


HOURS Tues - Fri: Noon-11 pm, Saturday: 10 am-11 pm, Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm,

Featured bands 7:30pm
Thurs Sept 11, Elvin Bishop. Since the '60s when he played guitar with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin Bishop has been an electrifying musician that has thrilled fans of bluesy rock ‘n’ roll and rockin’ blues.

Fri, Sept 12, “Fastlane” Eagles Tribute

Sat, Sept 13,  “Yesterday” A Tribute to the Beatles
Sun, Sept 14, El Chicano,  Latin jazz/rock legendary band. El Chicano emerged out of the East Los Angeles music scene in early ’70s and helped create a new sound — a blend of Latin jazz, L.A. funk and rock and roll. Now, that “new” sound has returned with nearly all the original lineup.

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  • Volunteer Volunteer to help in the classroom. This helps the teacher but it also gives you a chance to get understand your child's school experience. If you work find out other ways the teacher could use you in off hours.
  • Supplies, Supplies, Supplies Teachers always need more supplies and often spend $$ of their own money. Ask your child's teacher to provide a wish list to share with parents. Look around the house or pick up a few extra items while you are out shopping.
  • Support your child in being preparedHelp your kids with their reading and homework (don't do if for them). You will be helping your child by making sure your child is prepared for school each day.
  • Snacks & Lunches Send healthy lunches and snacks to school. Schools ask that parents don't send sugary items to school.
  • Stay informed Read the notices and newsletters that are sent home so you stay infomed on what is going on both at the school and in your child's class.
  • Be respectful It is important to show respect for your child's teacher in front of the kids even if you do not always agree with them. Remember that you would not want someone coming into your home or workplace and telling you what to do. 
  • Get to know your teacher by finding out about their interests, family, etc. Show appreciation Show up with a coffee or treat for them at least once a school year for no other reason than to say thank you for creating a great learning experience for my child.
  • Offer to help with Curriculum Enrichment. Help plan field trips, special programs or recruit class speakers. Teachers can always use a hand and are appreciative of parent support.
  • Get your kids to school on time.


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Thurs, Sept 11, 7:30pm Meet five local women who collaborate to write mysteries.  Hear them talk about their second one! Mysty W. Moonfree (aka The Jewels), A Killer Festival: A Capitola Mystery. Capitola Book Cafe


Thurs, Sept 11, 6:30-8pm Single Mom Support Group, Find encouragement, support and share in each others' challenges.  For single moms 25 and under.  Call or info and to reserve childcare.  Free. Twin Lakes Church


Weds-Sat, Sept 10-13, 1pm Santa Cruz Follies, "Lullaby of Broadway" Songs from "Chicago", "Gypsy", "42nd St." and many more

Fri, Sept 12, Infant Sign Language Demo Class *FREE* Come learn farm animal signs through songs and activities and learn more about Finger Babble play classes! Call Angelita for time, 425-7357


Fri, Sept 12 Wizard of Oz at Capitola Beach,Seating begins at 6:30pm  -  Movie starts at 7:30pm  -  Free popcorn from 7-7:30. This is a great chance to watch a movie on one of our Indian Summer nights. Come early, have dinner in the village, bring the family, bring friends, flashlights, low-back beach chairs, blankets and warm clothes just in case it's a cool night.


Sat, Sept 13, 10-6 Kite Festival. Welcome to the 2nd Annual Bay Area Sport Kite League Kite Festival at The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to benefit Childrens Hospice!  Pro kite fliers from around the country perform on the Main Beach. See sport kite demonstrations, Rokkaku fighter kite battles, choreographed team flying, and more! Bring the kids for a special kite making craft booth! Visit the official Kite Festival website for more information.


Sat, Sept 13, 10am-1pm Parents Rights & Responsibilities, SPIN, Special Parents Information Network, IFSP Training with Loni Allen, Education Specialist from Parents Helping Parents

Learn about parent's rights and responsibilities in the individualized Family Service Plan process, including an overview of Early Intervention System and a discussion of agency contacts and resources.  An opportunity to meet other parents/guardians of infants and toddlers in your community for peer support.  Questions and answers will follow the two hour training. 423.7713


Sat, Sept 13, 12-3 Annual Gourmet Grazing on the Green Food & Wine Festival, Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group. Join us for an afternoon of grazing on locally grown & organic foods prepared for area's finest chefs with local wines!

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Sat, Sept 13, 1-4pm Felton Library Ice Cream Social, Food, entertainment, and fun!


Sat, Sept 13 6:30-10pm, Fall Celebration, Roaring Camp

Outdoor barbeque, a ride in the redwoods on a vintage railway car, campfires, apple pie and dancing! Moonlight dinner, dancing, and train ride through a redwood forest lit by flashlight. Cowboy sing-along and marshmallow roasting at Bear Mountain.


Sun, Sept 14, 8:30am-12pm Pancake Breakfast, Market Street Theater

Come enjoy a very hearty breakfast.  You'll enjoy ham or sausage, potatoes, eggs just like you like them, and plenty of pancakes.  There will be plenty of juice and coffee.  Children up to 12 - $2.00  Over 12 and adults $5.00


Sun, Sept 14, 12-5pm Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at the Historic Downtown Plaza. (Icons/Graphics) MexicanDance.jpgWatsonville,  Food, music, dance, family fun.


Mon, Sept 15, 7:30-9pm Divorced Fathers Network  Free. Ongoing Mondays. Divorced Fathers Network provides non-adversarial techniques to achieve healthy co-parenting through a support group network.  Kerry 234-5578; David 458-9147

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Mon, Sept 15, Free Toddler Sports Demo Class. Soccer, T-ball and Basketball for girls and boys ages 2 to 5 years olds. 9:30 2 yr olds, 10:30 3 yr olds, 11:30 4&5 yr olds. Come play with us!


Mon, Sept 15, 7-9pm, Homeschooling Parents Support Group  Free.  Meet with other homeschooling parents to discuss joys & challenges.


Weds, Sept 17, 9:15-11:30am, Ni hao pen yo! We're a Mandarin speaking playgroup for kids 1-5years old. We meet in the Santa Cruz county every Wednesday from 9:15-11:30am. Wednesday Calendar Details


Fri-Sun, Sept 12-14, 10am-6pm, Northern California Renaissance Faire.

The Knights of Avalon Full Contact Jousting Troup. Our talented cast of diverse characters will come alive to delight our patrons once more, along with exciting new acts. Gossiping washerwomen, bellowing town criers, mischievous fools and swashbuckling sword fighters fill the street with color and merriment bringing our magical Renaissance village to life


Sept 1-Oct 22, 9am-5:30pm, Annual Sculpture Garden. Pajaro Valley Arts Council & Sierra Azul

Major exhibition of sculptures throughout the beautiful demonstration gardens.  Pajaro Valley Arts Council and the Sierra Azul Nursery & Garden proudly partner to present our third annual exhibit of contemporary sculpture. Within our community and within this fabulous garden, we are showcasing 82 sculptures by 46 talented artists. This family friendly event combines the best of sculpture and nature.


Sept 2-Nov 30, Exhibit-Tiny Drifters: Basic & Beautiful, Seymour Marine Discovery Center
PhytoplanktonMicroscopic though they may be, phytoplankton are crucial for human life. Thanks to the Center for Integrated Marine Technologies (CIMT), visitors to the Seymour Center will have the opportunity to appreciate these beauties-and their stories-in an educational photographic exhibit. These organisms produce at least half of the oxygen we breathe and are positioned at the base of our food chain. Not only are they essential, they are beautiful, and with today's advanced photography techniques we can see their elegant forms brilliantly.

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Is your child artistic, (Icons/Graphics) KayakingLesson.jpgathletic, musical, interested in kayaking, tennis, chess? Find a class in our After-School Enrichment Guide!

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