Haunted Events Saturday, Oct 25

Wilder Ranch Harvest Festival and Anniversary Party

Halloween Parade in Capitola
2-4 pm, at Capitola Village Esplanade, 475-6522

Haunted Harbor
4-7 pm at the Santa Cruz Harbor
Free parking at the launch ramp access across from Lake Avenue
look for lighted trick or treat stations and surprise visits

Louden Nelson Halloween Festival
noon until 5 pm, mask-making and haunted house (6-8 pm), FREE,420-6177

St. Philip's Episcopal Church Harvest and Holiday Arts and crafts Fair
9 am til 4 pm
, 5271 SV Drive, SV, 438-4360

5th Annual Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, October 25, 2014

see details below

 October 25 & 26 in the Santa Cruz CA State Parks! 
Celebrate 40 years of Wilder Ranch as a California State Park!
Wilder Ranch Heritage Harvest Festival!

Saturday, October 25 from 11am to 4pm
Wilder Ranch comes alive with activities to celebrate an old-fashioned style harvest-time on Saturday, October 25 from 11am to 4pm.  This year’s theme is the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the park.  In addition to the many festivities the harvest festival brings each year, this year there will be a number of special displays and presentation to put you in touch with the heart of the parks history.
Music on Stage:
11-12pm-Banjo Twins, 12-1pm-Square Dance Caller, 1-1:30pm-40th Anniversary Presentation and Ribbon Cutting in front of Horse Barn, 1:45-2:45pm-Randy & Joe, 3-4pm-The 5M’s band sings lively tunes. Raffle times: (After Ribbon Cutting @1:30) & 2:45pm.
You can try your hand at some old-time harvest activities, listen to live bluegrass and western music, learn to square dance, play the snap-apple game, make corn husk dolls and other crafts, and sample many harvest time goodies including hand-cranked pumpkin ice cream, apple and pumpkin pie.  You can also choose and decorate a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, take a draft horse wagon ride, see antique tractors, enjoy living history demonstrations, and the California Rare Fruit Growers will sponsor apple tasting for a small fee.  You’ll get to taste over 40 varieties from light and crispy to super sweet to tangy; Sample and then VOTE for your favorite! There will be a food concessionaire available or pack a picnic lunch.  Admission to the event is free; parking is $10.00 per car. Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1 (831) 426-0505.
Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. Visit us on the web at www.thatsmypark.org or www.parks.ca.gov
A Special Event!
Annual slightly-silly-spooky trailside tall-tale…
The Missing Arm of William Waddell
At Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Saturday, October 25 at 6:30 pm
Experience the haunted tale of Big Basin’s last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear! Celebrate the forest in autumn with this spooky and slightly silly half-mile theatrical guided walk through the redwoods at night. Ranger apples cooked around the campfire and storytellers round out this festive family event. The trail is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Registration begins at 6:30 pm. Parking is $10.00 per vehicle. Bring a flashlight. Big Basin Redwoods State Park is located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236.  For more information, call (831) 338-8883.
Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Mountain Parks Foundation. Visit us on the web at www.mountainparks.org or www.parks.ca.gov
The Creepy Crawlies of Rancho del Oso
Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2 pm
Face your fears of the creepy crawlies, as docent Diane Shaw shares her love of snakes, bats, dark forests and the scary things that go bump in the night.  She will share about what makes these creatures and places so unique and special, and will even have a live snake to touch! This hour long program will be held at the Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center located 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, at 3600 Highway One, Davenport, California 95017
Open Weekends Noon to 4 pm.  Call (831)427-2288 for more information.
Events made possible by California State Park Docents, California State Parks and Waddell Creek Association. Visit us on the web at www.ranchodeloso.org or www.facebook.com/RDOSP or www.parks.ca.gov

5th Annual Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Join us for the Boardwalk's 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off! Bring your appetite and join the fun as both professional and amateur chefs work their culinary magic and compete for the title of Best Chili!

Cook-Off Schedule

9:00 am - 10:00 am Preparation

10:00am-1:00pm: Cooking period

10:00am: Tasting kits go on sale

1:00pm: Public tasting begins

4:00pm: Winners announced at the Beach Amphitheater


Santa Cruz Performing Arts

Where dreams are born!

  • HOLIDAY HARMONY | Caroling for All Ages!

    Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 PM (October 15-December 10) Drawing from traditional and non-traditional classics, conductor Ben Jammin Holck teaches his twenty-fifth season of Holiday Harmony. Course ends in a public performance and downtown caroling!
    Tuition: $150 per class (sibling discounts and some partial scholarships available).
    Register Today!

  • CHRISTMAS STORIES | A Winter Fantasy for ages 6-16
    Thursdays 3:30-5:00 PM (October 16-December 10)
    Students learn beginning acting techniques while rehearsing and performing their favorite scenes from Frozen, The Grinch, and A Christmas Story! Course ends with a performance for friends and family.
    Tuition: $150 per class (sibling discounts and some partial scholarships available).
    Register Today!


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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