February Events in Santa Cruz!

Get a jump on spring break camps!

April 6 - 9, 2015, Horse-n-Around

March 30-April 3, 2015, Catalyst Soccer Camp


Mon. April 6 through Fri, April 10, 2015
The Art Factory


Ebb & Flow Sculpture

Come one, come all, and join us in creating a beautiful river-inspired public art piece at the Tannery Arts Center! This sculpture was designed through the input of over 100 community members, and is a collaboration between artists Kathleen Crocetti and Anna Oneglia.

Kathleen and her team will be leading a series of community builds to create the mosaic.

Please, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

We’re making mosaics! Come learn a new skill, it’s easy and fun. 10 year olds can do it really well… They made mosaics on Water, Soquel, and Laurel Street Bridges here in Santa Cruz, and if they can do it, so can you!

Feel free to plan a party at our place. Birthdays, girls’ night out, Bunco Babes, Dining for Women, surf teams, and book clubs take a break from your regular routine and come play with us. Socialize while you work and put your mark on our community.

Contact Kathleen (crocetti@rocketmail.com) if you plan to bring more than 20 people so that we can be ready for you.


Feel free to drop in anytime on these days and times:

February 2nd through March

Tannery Arts Center

1040 River Street, Community Room #117 (near the Art Bar)

Monday through Thursday             3:30p – 8:30p
Saturday and Sunday                    10:00a – 6:00p



Natural Bridges Migration Festival

February 14


Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off and Festival

February 21


Cats Camp

Feb 22-April 29, 2015, ages 8-16
Sunday in Aptos or Thursday in Santa Cruz

Kiddie Cats, Ages 5-7



Hummigbird Days at UCSC Arboretum

March 7-8, 10am to 4pm

UC Santa Cruz Arboretum , 122 Arboretum Road, Santa Cruz

Free for Arboretum members, UCSC students, and children under 17 and $10 for all others.

  arboretum@ucsc.edu, 831-502-2998

Join the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum for Hummingbird Days, the central coast's premier family-oriented educational event celebrating the return of one of nature's vibrant aerial acrobats, the Allen's Hummingbird.

Nature lovers of all ages will experience and learn about these amazing birds and the gardens that host and support Hummingbirds.  Visitors can participate in a variety of nature and outdoor activities focused on these amazing creatures including:

* Guided tours along the Hummingbird Trail for adults and kids
* An array of crafts and interactive activities for kids
* Classes on photographing Hummingbirds
* Presentations of Hummingbirds of Ecuador by award winning  photographer Dan Suzio (and more)
* Unique souvenirs, plants, books, birdfeeders, gifts and more for sale
* Delectable food and beverages available throughout the day

See a detailed schedule at  http://arboretum.ucsc.edu/events/hummingbird-days  updated often with new events and activities.
Thank you to sponsor  Jane McKenzie, Financial Advisor with Protected Investors of America

In addition, a bird illustration workshop will be taught by Sophie Webb,
accomplished ornithologist, field biologist, photographer and illustrator.  

This class is designed for all levels of skill, and all levels of interest.  
The last portion of the class may include sketching birds in the field. To register and get further information
go to http://arboretum.ucsc.edu/events/hummingbird-days/bird-illustration-workshop/

Norrie's Gift and Garden, open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will feature event souvenirs, books,
unique gifts and plants that attract hummingbirds
as well as a wide array of drought tolerant plants
found at the Arboretum, gardening guides, and beautiful jewelry, scarves, and home items.  

About UC Santa Cruz Arboretum:
The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum is a living museum inspiring stewardship of the world's biodiversity
through research, education and the conservation of rare, endangered, and extraordinary plants.
Here in the nearly 135 acres is an ideal setting for plants from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand,
Native California and offering some of the most diverse plant collections in the world.


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Top ten things to do with kids in Santa Cruz County!

Did you see the Santa Cruz Sentinel article? Check it out here!

1. Explore the tide pools at Natural Bridges State Beach

2. Learn about the honor system at Swanton Berry Farm

3. Stroll through Henry Cowell State Park

4. Connect with nature at the Museum of Natural History, AKA the Whale Museum

5.  Take a field trip to the Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UCSC Farm

6.  Get a history lesson at Wilder Ranch

7.  Be aMAHzed at the SC Museum of Art and History

8.  Head to the Beach!

9.  Explore your ocean at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center

10.  Don't miss the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

lenz.jpgServing you for over 45 years, Lenz Arts offers the largest selection of fine art supplies and the oldest custom frame shop on the Central Coast. Described as "one of the last real art stores on the West Coast," people drive for hours to take advantage of our selection of materials. From the finger-painting toddler to the professional gallery artist, we've got you covered!

Do you have time to head out of town?

We have so many wonderful places to visit close to Santa Cruz. Pick out one or two, and take your kids on an adventure
for the day! The variety of attractions within a day's drive is endless!


North of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1
Go visit the Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo State Reserve. It is located about 25 miles north of Santa Cruz, off Highway 1. The guided tours are the only way to see the seals during their mating and birthing season. Tours are held daily, from early morning until mid-afternoon, rain or shine. The season is the middle of December through the end of March and cost about $4.00. (Kids 3 and under are free) Reservations must be made in advance at 800-444-4445. Weekend reservations sell out immediately when they go on sale (56 days prior to the desired tour date). Park information is 650-879-0227 or www.parks.ca.gov

Other activities north along Hwy 1: Half Moon Bay, Pidgeon Point Lighthouse, picking berries in season at the farms along the way, hiking at Pescadero State Beach, watching the windsurfers at Waddell Beach, touring the little Natural History Museum at Rancho del Oso across from Waddell Beach.

North of Santa Cruz Via Hwy 17: San Jose
Kelley Park- www.sjparks.org/regional/kelleypark.asp
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo- www.hhpz.org/
Japanese Friendship Gardens & History Park- www.sjparks.org/regional/japanesefriendship.asp
Paramount's Great America- www.cagreatamerica.com/
Raging Waters- www.ragingwaters.com/
San Jose Flea Market- www.sjfm.com/
Winchester Mystery House- www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose- www.cdm.org/
History Museum of San Jose- http://historysanjose.org/
San Jose Museum of Art- www.sjmusart.org/
Rosicrusian Egyptian Museum- www.egyptianmuseum.org/
The Tech Museum- www.thetech.org/
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles- www.sjquiltmuseum.org/

Local Teams:
San Jose Giants- www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t476
 San Jose Earthquakes- www.sjearthquakes.com/
 San Jose Sharks-  
 San Jose Sabercats- www.thesanjosesabercats.com/

Center for the Performing Arts- http://www.livesv.com/venue/detail/2043
H.P.Pavillion at San Jose- http://www.hppavilion.com/schedule/
Le Petit Trianon- http://www.trianontheatre.com/calendar.html
San Jose Repertory Theatre- http://www.sjrep.com/plays/1112/

For more event ideas check out: 

North of Santa Cruz Via Hwy 17: Oakland
 Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt: http://www.gsbf-bonsai.org/lake-merritt/NewHome.htm
 Chabot Space and Science Center: http://www.chabotspace.org/index.htm
 Children's Fairyland: http://fairyland.org/
 Gondola Servizio: http://www.gondolaservizio.com/
 Jack London Square: http://www.jacklondonsquare.com/services.html
 Oakland Zoo: http://www.oaklandzoo.org/
 Theatre First: http://www.theatrefirst.com/?page_id=2348    
 USS Potomac: http://www.usspotomac.org/ 
 Chinatown: http://www.oaklandchinatownchamber.org/visitor/about_chinatown.html 
 Morcom Amphitheater of Roses
 Jack London State Historic Park: http://www.jacklondonpark.com/ 
 Lake Merritt Boating Center: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/opr/s/boating/OAK029815


 African American Museum & Library at Oakland: http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/locations/african-american-museum-library-oakland
 Oakland Aviation Museum: http://www.oaklandaviationmuseum.org/
 Oakland Museum of California: http://museumca.org/ 
 Mills College Art Museum: http://mcam.mills.edu/ 
 Museum of Children's Art: http://mocha.org/
 Pardee Home Museum: http://www.pardeehome.org/
 Peralta Hacienda Historical Park: http://www.peraltahacienda.org/pages/main.php?pageid=1&pagecategory=1
Local Teams:
   Oakland A's: http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/ticketing/index.jsp?c_id=oak
   Oakland Raiders: http://www.raiders.com/tickets/index.html

For more ideas check out:

San Francisco:
Alcatraz Island: http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/
 Pier 39: http://www.pier39.com/
Aquarium of the Bay: http://www.aquariumofthebay.com/
Golden Gate Park:

The Presidio:http://www.nps.gov/prsf/index.htm
 Union Square: http://www.visitunionsquaresf.com/
 Ghirardelli Square: http://ghirardellisq.com/
 Maritime National Historic Park: http://www.nps.gov/safr/index.htm
 China Town: http://www.sanfranciscochinatown.com/

  Bike Rentals: Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals: http://www.blazingsaddles.com/san-francisco.aspx?gclid=CJSHpdmKi7ICFQjZQgodPWcAxQ
  Cable Cars:    http://www.sfcablecar.com/
Asian Art Museum:http://www.asianart.org/

  California Academy of Sciences:http://www.calacademy.org/
  Contemporary Jewish Museum: http://www.thecjm.org/
  Exploratorium: http://www.exploratorium.edu/
  Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum: http://www.ripleys.com/sanfrancisco/
  Museum of Modern Art: http://www.sfmoma.org/
  Walt Disney Family Museum: http://www.waltdisney.com/
  Wax Museum: http://www.waxmuseum.com/
  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: http://www.ybca.org/
Local Teams:

   San Fransisco Giants:

   San Fransisco 49ers: http://www.49ers.com/
For more ideas check out: http://visitsf.com/

South of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1
Head south towards Monterey to see the Monterey Bay Aquarium,
  886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California 93940 24-Hr. Info: (831) 648-4888 Español (800) 555-3656. Open every day except Dec. 25, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Daily 9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Summer & Holidays.

Other activities south on Highway 1: walking the beaches at Carmel-by-the Sea, kayaking near Fisherman's wharf in Monterey, renting bicycles and riding on the bike path between Monterey and Pacific Grove to Lover's Point, walking along Cannery Row, hiking in Pt. Lobos State Reserve south of Carmel and having a picnic there. Send us your ideas!



Movies Worth Watching
There have been several excellent documentaries produced in the last few years that are well worth watching. See if you can catch them! They are available at various screenings throughout the county at different venues and different times (they come and go).

Bully www.thenick.com/nowPlaying/Bully  

Miss Representation www.missrepresentation.org The documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

 Race to Nowhere www.racetonowhere.com  “Race to Nowhere” is a film and call to mobilize families, educators and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

Waiting for Superman www.waitingforsuperman.com "When people ask me what inspired "WAITING FOR SUPERMAN" says Guggenheim, "it was really that feeling I had every morning driving past my public school — the feeling that I'm so lucky to have found another way for my kids, and the feeling that this is not enough, it's not enough that I take care of my kids and move on. Unless each one of us fights for change, our schools won't get any better." 



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