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The Road Less Traveled: A Dog-Friendly Walk

at Big Basin Redwoods State Park

On this dog-friendly walk, we travel North Escape Road, a paved road closed to traffic. We tour stunning old-growth redwood groves along beautiful Opa…

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Big Basin Nature Club

at Big Basin Redwoods State Park

This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their whole families. Pretend, play, sing, and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters…

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American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya

at UCSC Theater Arts Mainstage Theater

Directed by Kinan Valdez Presented by: UC Santa Cruz Theater Arts Department As Juan José feverishly studies for his citizenship exam, his obsession…

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  • Santa Cruz Gives 2018 Open For Business

    The fourth annual Santa Cruz Gives holiday giving campaign is now live at SantaCruzGives.org. Fundraising ends right before your Champagne or Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Juice toast at midnight, December 31, 2018. Check out the 33 nonprofits and their Big Ideas for 2019 that have been selected for the first (and only that we know of)…

  • Music and Arts Festival Redwood Mountain Faire Returns June 2 & 3

    [Sponsored Post] The Redwood Mountain Faire is a remarkable music and arts festival in the Santa Cruz Mountains, an easy drive from anywhere in the Bay Area. The 9th annual festival features 22 bands on two stages, juried fine arts and crafts, great children’s activities, local microbrews, Santa Cruz Mountain wines and ciders, great food —…

  • Santa Cruz Resident Patrick Perez Rides for AIDS/LifeCycle

    When I told people I was riding my bicycle 545 miles for a charity, most people responded with “that’s crazy” or some similar sentiment. And they were right; it takes a certain amount of insanity to devote every weekend for about half a year to train and ride and become a cyclist for AIDS/LifeCycle. AIDS/LifeCycle…

  • UCSC’s Brain, Mind, and Consciousness Society Opens Art Show at Felix Kulpa Gallery

    If the name Felix Kulpa Gallery & Sculpture Garden doesn’t quite ring familiar, the sight of it might. A tall chainlink fence surrounding a white gravel yard, industrial objects strewn about and an unassuming building squatting in the back—it could almost pass for a junkyard if not for its prime downtown location. But get a…

  • How to Savor the Strangeness of Succulents

    Succulent. The name says a lot.  But it doesn’t reveal everything about these wildly compelling botanicals that surrender to even the least-green thumb. Thick-skinned and juicy, these intriguing plants sit somewhere on the sliding botanical scale between dry, spiky cacti and delicate leaf-bearing flora. Succulents love to preserve moisture deep inside their curious, pliant bodies.…

  • Preview: Sylvia Grape to Play Two Nights in Santa Cruz

    When Sylvia Grape’s “dear Ma” grounded her for five months in high school, she had no idea it would lead to a profession as a singer-songwriter. The old guitar lying around the house took on a certain sparkle. “I just picked it up and started fiddling with it,” Grape says. She’d found a companion in…

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