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(Site Photos) FlagandChild.jpg  Happy Memorial Day weekend! 


    We plan to stay home and spend time with family and friends,  walking the beaches, the sweet ones only we locals know about, gardening, barbecuing, swimming and maybe slip out early for a sale item that's on our list. For those of you staying in town, there's some great entertainment throughout the county: the annual Antique Plane Fly-in,  Blues Festival and Civil War Battle and Encampment.


(Icons/Graphics) CarFamilyVacation.jpg    If you're going out of town, check out our Travel with Kids page for tips and ideas on how you can make your trip more enjoyable.     Please use caution to keep you and your precious cargo safe!  The Drive for Life campaign has put out a report with some very real information on the "101 Deadliest Days on the Road" - the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. In this report you not only get the statistics and main causes of accidents, but also survival strategies. To view the complete report, click here.


(Icons/Graphics) VetPoppy.jpg    On Memorial Day there's a ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery in memory of soldiers who have served our nation. While you're out and about, if you see a veteran volunteer selling poppies, make a donation and wear it proudly! It helps disabled veterans. 


Be safe and have fun! 




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Monday, May 26, 10am

Memorial Day Observance

    Join MAH as we commemorate Santa Cruz’s 141st Memorial Day Observance.  This annual remembrance features community leaders, a keynote speaker, as well as musical and spoken tributes in memoriam of the soldiers who have served our great nation.  Join MAH, Santa Cruz United Veteran’s Council, and the American Legion Post 64 for music, entertainment, and food in Harvey West Park immediately following the program. Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Street near Harvey West Park.

Saturday, May 25, 9-10am The Queen of Fats,

Information for "Foodies" 

    Here’s a timely message from our friend Michael Olson of Food Chain Radio.  If you’ve never heard Michael and you like food and care about its source etc, “give a listen,”  1080AM.  This Saturday, Michael hosts Susan Allport, author of The Queen of Fats, for a conversation about one of the most seismic events in the history of agriculture– the loss of omega-3 fatty acids. Topics include the relationship of essential fatty acids and the seasons of the sun; why omega-3 fatty acids were removed from the western diet and the consequence of that loss; and what, if anything, can be done to return this essential nutrient to our diet without depleting the oceans of fish. 


Saturday, May 25, 1-3 For Artists!(Site Photos) Watercolors.jpg

    Winsor & Newton watercolor and Gouache Demo.  Company rep Steve Gallisdorfer will be here to tell you all about Winsor & Newton's professional quality watercolor and qouache paints, and will answer your questions. Ages 12+ Lenz Art, SC

Friday-Sunday, May 23-26 Antique Plane Fly-in, Memorial Day weekend 'Salute to our heroes.'

Noon-8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

(Site Photos) Fly-in.jpg    The Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show provides an entire weekend of fabulous family-oriented entertainment and things to do. In addition to the exciting air show, patrons can enjoy an antique car show; food and aviation-related commercial vendors; 300 or more antique, classic, neoclassic, warbirds and experimental aircraft on static display; military displays; helicopter and airplane rides; motorcycle and vintage car displays; and many other exhibits.


Calendar details 

Saturday-Monday, May 24-26, 8am-5pm Civil War Battle and Encampment, Roaring Camp Railroad

    Visit encampments of Union and Confederate solders and witness historic battles at one of the longest-running Civil War reenactments in the West. Be advised that occasional loud cannon and gunfire may be heard as part of the re-enactment activities during the day. It is not advisable to bring dogs to this event.

    Celebrating 45 years through the Redwoods, Roaring Camp is launching a new 90 minute guided eco-hike from Bear Mountain back to Roaring Camp. For Memorial Day those guests that add on the eco-hike, you will get off the train at the top of Bear Mountain, have the opportunity to walk through the Bear Mountain encampment and meet the soldiers, then take a leisurely downhill hike through the forest back to Roaring Camp where you'll learn about the redwoods, the forest and the history of the area.

    Did you know Roaring Camp was underwater 30 million years ago? The first land owner for our area was Isaac Graham the cousin of Daniel Boone? Felton


Friday-Monday, May 23-26 Memorial Day Weekend Wildlife Cruise

Friday 9:15, Saturday 11am Sunday 9:15am & 11am,

Monday 9:15am 

A two-hour pontoon boat ride through the calm waters of the Elkhorn Slough. View a variety of wildlife such as otters, seals and hundreds of birds. Reservations required. 633-5555 Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing


Saturday, May 24 6am-6pm Longboard Surfing Competition

West Coast's oldest, longest-running surfing event, amateurs and pros.  11 age groups, Steamer Lane, SC 

Ongoing Meetings and Classes


Saturday, May 3, 10-4 Fundraiser at Willow Pond Ranch. (Site Photos) PonyTaffy.jpg

a sanctuary where rescued horses mentor children's spirits.  Entertainment details here.   Bring a car full of friends and children to Willow Pond Ranch! Meet Taffy (left) and Butterscotch (above right). 




New Businesses!

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 Willow Pond Ranch

A Sanctuary Where

Rescued Horses Mentor

Children's Spirits 

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At Willow Pond Ranch, children from CASA learn to trust again from their Rescue Horse Mentors in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. 
Save the Date!
Saturday May 31, 10-4
(Children, Animals, Rescue, Ecology)

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 All Day Fun!
Sat, May 31
Meet the Horses
Children's Play Stations
Vendor Booths
Pony Rides
Silent Auction
Horse Performances 
Donation $30/car
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 Buckle Up! 
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