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Hero janeane garofalo live at the rio
One night only
Thursday, Aug 11, 2016 at Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz map

Actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992. In addition to acting in film and television, Janeane is an outspoken activist, spoken word performer and stand-up comedy entertainer known and respected around the world.

Why?
Janeane Garofalo's stand-up is hilarious

Tips Doors open at 7:30 street parking is available

Hero first friday at the mah screaming hand exhibition
Join us for a Free First Friday with extended hours
Friday, Aug 05, 2016 at 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz map

Celebrate the opening of Screaming Hand, an iconic part of Santa Cruz County youth and skate culture.

Why?
Live music, art, and the screaming hand. This exhibition opening

Tips Bring the kids - there will be art activities for all ages extended

Hero crows nest beach party
Every Thursday evening through September 1st!
Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 Thursday, Jul 14, 2016 Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 at The Crow's Nest 2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz map

An evening on the beach, dinner, drinks, live music, friends, community, sun, sand ... The Summer Beach Party series is packed with fun, right on the beach.

Why?
This is the ultimate Santa Cruz experience

Tips parking is really limited - leave the car at home all ages event

Hero pepsi nights at the boardwalk
Bring a Pepsi & enjoy unlimited rides for $12.95
Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 Thursday, Jul 14, 2016 Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz map

Want to enjoy the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with a lower price tag? Bring a Pepsi product on Wednesdays & Thursdays after 5pm and get unlimited rides for only $12.95 (usually $33.95)

Why?
Affordable way for non-season pass holders to enjoy the Boardwalk

Tips bring a can of Pepsi to get the deal Pepsi night starts at 5

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Downtown Santa Cruz Store Only
Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 at New Leaf Market 1134 Pacific Ave , Santa Cruz map

Shop at the downtown New Leaf Market on July 21st, and they'll donate 5% of all sales to the Santa Cruz Education Foundation for the benefit of all our Santa Cruz City Schools and students.

Why?
Santa Cruz Education Foundation could use the support

Tips store hours are from 8am to 9pm save your weekly grocery shopping for the 21st 5% of the day's in-store sales will benefit the foundation

Hero retro night at the boardwalk
A night of one-dollar rides, cotton candy and more!
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 Monday, Jul 18, 2016 Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 Monday, Jul 11, 2016 at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz map

Ready for Retro Night? Don't worry, you can leave your leg warmers, neon shirts and huarache sandals in your closet.

Why?
An affordable way to enjoy the Boardwalk with the whole family

Tips Retro night begins at 5pm bring a friend or two!

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A Pato Banton concert is an event not to be missed and an experience not to be forgotten.
Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at Moe's Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz map

Moe's Alley welcomes back UK Reggae legend Pato Banton backed by The Now Generation Band

Why?
Moe's Alley is a great venue to listen to any & every music.

Tips Doors open at 8:30pm Buy tickets in advance and save $5 All shows are 21+ online ticket sales stop at midnight 1-day before the event

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A Pato Banton concert is an event not to be missed and an
Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz map

Moe's Alley welcomes back UK Reggae legend Pato Banton backed by The Now Generation Band

Why?
Moe's Alley is a great venue to listen to any & every music.

Tips Doors open at 8:30pm Buy tickets in advance and save $5 All

Hero scavenger hunt at the mah
Whiz through this daring urban scavenger hunt on foot or bicycle.
Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at MAH 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz map

Race through sunny Santa Cruz streets with friends and competitors. Emerge victorious on the tails of your local nerdom and swift walking or cycling skills.

Why?
This is some serious fun + a MAH memberships are at stake.

Tips You'll want your trustiest friends to join you for this one Wear comfortable clothes bring layers - weather can change Beer & snacks will be served after the race

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at Gilda's on the Wharf
Thursday, Jul 14, 2016 at Gilda's Restaurant 37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz map • 8314232010

The other night, I was out on the wharf for an evening walk. I passed a family that looked like they must've just left a restaurant—full bellies, and all of the kids shirts were speckled with tomato sauce. Then I passed a couple sitting on a bench, watching the sun set. She had a tiny smudge of sauce on her cheek. Hmmm.. it must be spaghetti night somewhere.

Why?
Sometimes you are really hungry, sometimes spaghetti is a must. Gilda's is your kinds of place on Thursday nights!

Tips bring a friend or five! family friendly choose the meat sauce and skip the meat ball! change up your sauce with each serving.

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A field trip with the MAH
Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 at Museum of Art & History 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz map

Up for a field trip? Not the kind where sniveling kids are complaining... Oh, no. This one qualifies as a bonafide field trip.

Why?
We will be adventuring around another natural treasure we often

Tips be prepared for outdoor conditions all afternoon wear walking

Hero jon cleary live at moe s alley
John Cleary performing 2 sets with his live band at Moe's
Friday, Jul 08, 2016 at 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz map

Moe's Alley proudly presents 2016 Grammy Award Winner Jon Cleary out of New Orleans. John will be performing 2 sets with his live band and no opener so come early and don't miss a beat.

Why?
Moe's Alley is a great venue to listen to any & every music.

Tips Doors open at 7:30pm Buy tickets in advance and save $5 All

Hero mad hatter tea
At the Louden Nelson Community Center
Monday, May 02, 2016 at 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz map

According the Mad Hatter, it’s always tea time!

Why?
A lovely afternoon of imagination, fancy hats, tea, and croquet will be had!

Tips Don’t forget your hat! Fancy and homemade hats will be rewarded with prizes from the stylish Hat Company.

Hero jazz on the wharf
Presented by the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department, sponsored by the Santa Cruz Wharf
Sunday, Apr 24, 2016 at 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz map

Enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon at Jazz on the Wharf

Why?
It’s free + great jazz & beautiful scenery.

Tips Wear comfortable shoes - the wharf is more than a mile long pack water and a sunhat wine will be available for purchase - proceeds benefit the Friends of Parks and Recreation

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Stop by for living history demonstrations most Saturdays atthe Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 at 130 School St., Santa Cruz map

Saturday afternoons at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park are demonstration days. Stop by the Neary-Rodriguez Adobe on Saturday April 23rd for a cooking demonstration and experience cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla.

Why?
Great afternoon of living history and it’s free!

Tips bring your water bottle be prepared for changing weather

Hero wipe out type 1 diabetes day
At the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 at 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz map

Help turn Type 1 into type none! Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes.

Why?
This event is sponsored by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to benefit JDRF

Tips Join the sandcastle building event from 11-5 on the main beach wear comfortable clothes & walking shoes pack sun gear

Hero museum of natural history
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Sunday, Apr 17, 2016 at 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz map

The Museum welcomes back the California Guild of Natural Science Illustrators for its beloved annual exhibit of scientific illustration. Experience over 40 works in a variety media, depicting flowers, birds, insects and mammals.

Why?
Your opportunity to explore why art is so important to science and our understanding of the natural world.

Tips Parking is available on Pilkington Avenue or in surrounding streets. From April-September you must get a free parking permit from inside the Museum to park on the museum-side of Pilkington Ave. Consider walking biking or carpooling to visit the Museum.

Hero seymour marine discovery
Every third Sunday of the month at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Sunday, Apr 17, 2016 at 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz map

Do you love science? How do you feel about the ocean? Curious about the world around you?

Why?
The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a gem of a science center for adults to explore, kiddos to learn, and it doubles as the marine lab for UCSC science students.

Tips lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at noon doors open at 12:30 lectures start at 1 seating is limited on first-come and there is no late seating

Hero wilder ranch park gardening day
At Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 at 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz map

Celebrate spring and help us plant the organic heirloom vegetable garden at Wilder Ranch State Park. The garden helps bring the c.1900 dairy ranch atmosphere to life. Children can plant and bring home their own heirloom bean in a paper pot, and everyone can enjoy living history demonstrations, sheep shearing, spinning and more.

Why?
Live demos of sheep shearing and living history can be a really fun day for the whole family.

Tips Bring a pair of gardening gloves and sun hat Snacks and drinks will be available Tools and seedlings will be provided Bring cash or check for $10 parking fee

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Beyond Borders
Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 705 Front St, Santa Cruz map

Come dance to Oaxacan music, enjoy tamales and tejate from Senderos, extract DNA from a strawberry and catch a film screening of Documentary Libertad, about an indigenous transwoman from Oaxaca whose life journey transcends multiple borders.

Why?
Engage with community activism through hands-on workshops.

Tips Tamales and drinks will be available for purchase Don't miss the Beach Flats Community Garden popup photo show

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