April 18, 2018
– Calling all teens to create an image that powerfully calls us to action… Rules and Entry Info

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Guided Elephant Seal Walks in March

Journey to view a large colony of Northern elephant seals, guided by your docent naturalist on this moderate 3-mile, 2.5 hour adventure. In the month of December, male elephant seals, or bulls, arrive along the shore of Año Nuevo State Park to establish hierarchy, while pregnant females come ashore to birth to their pups. These popular guided walks take place rain or shine, so be prepared for windy, rainy conditions as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. Umbrellas and strollers are not permitted. Pets are not allowed in the park. Vehicle Day use fee is $10. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or for recorded information (650) 879-0227. People with accessibility needs may reserve an equal access tour along the boardwalk.

These tours take place on Fridays, weekends, and select holidays, ending 3/31/18. For reservations and information, please call ReserveCalifornia at 1-800-444-4445.

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California’s Wild Edge: Prints by Tom Killion, runs until April 22

Explore California’s wild coastal edge through stunning prints by Tom Killion (Cowell ’75) and poetry. California’s coast is full of wild surprises. A snacking otter. An army of sand crabs beneath your feet. Crumbling cliffs. This exhibition invites you to explore California’s edge through prints by Tom Killion alongside poetry selected by Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Gary Snyder.  The show will run until April 22. Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, 705 Front Street.

Sowing the Seeds of Wonder, March 17, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

This one-day workshop, located at the amazing Garden Classroom or at your school site, is designed to give you the opportunity to see the garden through the eyes of a young child. Learn to set up a garden space that will encourage children to explore, ask questions, and connect to the natural world around them. Learn activities to engage children’s curiosity and enthusiasm while introducing them to fundamental ideas in environmental science. Graduate education credit available. Life Lab, 1156 High St. For more INFO


Transportation Justice Conference, Mar 17, 9:45am – 4pm

The conference will focus on the following topics: Social Equity with the Advent of Autonomous Vehicles; Advocating for Safe Bicycling and Walking; Transit for All; and, Affordable Housing and Transportation.  Free Admission (donations welcome), $10 lunch provided by India Joze. Please preregister. Cabrillo College Horticulture Building
Click here for conference schedule and registration


State of the San Lorenzo River, March 17, 10 am – 1 pm

Local experts present on science, history and policies related to the
San Lorenzo River Watershed. Other topics will include climate change and what you can do to be a river steward. Presenters: Assembly Member Mark Stone, Keynote Speaker, Restoring the San Lorenzo River in the face of climate change, federal
deregulation and competing land uses; Amy East, Research Geologist at U.S. Geological Survey, 2017 Atmospheric Rivers and the San Lorenzo River; Michelle Leicester , Senior Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Environmental Impacts of Commercial Cannabis and Enforcement; Rich Sampson, Chief of Cal Fire, Santa Cruz–San Mateo Unit, Fire, Commercial Cannabis Cultivation, Fire and Watershed Health; Donna Meyers , Principal at Conservation Collaborative, Riparian Conservation and Protection;  Cisco Lopez, Cannabis Cultivator, Demonstrating watershed protection for cannabis cultivation; Maryna Sedoryk, Fisheries Biologist at Pacific States Marine

Fisheries Commission, Salmon and Steelhead Population Monitoring in Coastal Santa Cruz and San Mateo County.  Zayante Firehouse, 7700 East Zayante Road, Felton

FREE. Registration:

DIYine: A Celebration of Homebrewing, Mar 17, 6 – 10 pm

The big annual fund raising and fun community-building event for the Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project. Pronounced “D I Wine”, the event will be held at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Sample fruit wines like cherry, apricot, and olallieberry from long-time homebrewer turned certified vintner Randy West of Freedom Wineworks. Try some delicious beers and talk up brewing strategies with the Zymurgeeks brewing club. Taste creations made with excess fruit from our backyard harvest program, such as plum port, loquat amaretto, and sparkling cider. SC MAH at 705 Front St. For tickets click Here


KSCO 1080-AM radio, Mar 18, 2 – 3 pm

This (“the big one”) is only the most important radio-show topic you’ve maybe never heard discussed.  Guest Peter Fiekowsky and show co-host Joe Jordan worked decades ago at NASA/Ames on a “flying observatory”, a national facility for infrared astronomy.  Since then, Peter amassed a fortune as founder of a company doing “machine vision” for the semi-conductor industry.  He now devotes most of his wealth to working for solutions, at the greatest climate cliff ever faced in human history.  To get massive amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere on time scales that make a difference, we have to think, imagine, and act BIG.  All the evidence from climate science & “human/political nature” would indicate that we’re not going to make it.  Remember, though, when science calculated that bumble bees cannot fly?   The fact that they do indeed fly, is no proof that we have any way out of our predicament.  Nevertheless, WE WILL PERSIST.   What’s left of the human race a century from now will be a “different animal”;  we need “humanity change” to overcome climate change.  WE — our collective
awareness and actions — will become the “proof” we need.


Community Bike Night with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Mar 18, 6pm

The Santa Cruz Warriors and Bike Santa Cruz County are teaming up to bring the community an exciting night of biking and basketball as the Sea Dubs take on the Northern Arizona Suns! All participants are encouraged to bike to the game and take advantage of our complimentary valet bicycle parking services. Plus, everyone who rides a bike to the game will be entered into a raffle for awesome prizes! Tickets purchased through this special link include a limited-edition Bike Santa Cruz County bike light! Lights are limited in number, so grab yours now and pick up your light at the game. Tickets


40th Year Celebration & General Meeting, Mar 25, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

This is a potluck meeting. Please bring a dish to share, as well as a plate and cutlery for yourself and your guests. This is a free event. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family. Hear the latest updates about what happening in the Valley Women’s Club.

Our new President, Sheila De Lany, will be presiding. Anna Eshoo, Bill Monning, Mark Stone, and Bruce McPherson will have updates as well. Highlands Park Senior Center

8500 Highway 9, Ben Lomond.

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The beguiling and uncanny audio installation by renowned Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, will be open April 7 at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden. This exhibition is collaboratively produced by the IAS, the Arboretum, and the San Jose Museum of Art.  This will be the West Coast debut of the 28-minute sound installation, originally commissioned for dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany.  Arboretum and Botanic Garden,  High Street between the main campus entrance and the west entrance. Detailed driving directions can be found here. 

Admission to FOREST is included in a visit to the Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The Garden is open from 9:00 to 5:00 every day. Admission is $5.00 ($2.00 for children, free to Friend’s Members, volunteers, and UCSC students.

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World Oceans Day Make Night: Ban The Butts @ MAH, June 8, 5 – 7 pm

In celebration of World Oceans Day, make art that makes a difference with the Santa Cruz County Tobacco Education Coalition! Cigarette butts are the #1 litter item on California streets, beaches and waterways, where they leach dangerous toxins into our environment. On Friday, we’ll make larger-than-life cigarette butts out of paper maché to send a powerful message to tobacco manufacturers: Clean Up Your Waste! At a later date, we will take the butts to the beach for a kinesthetic art and social media event. Have fun, get messy and learn how YOU can support efforts to get the butts off our beaches. This is a free, all ages, drop-in activity. The Museum of Art and History is at 705 Front St.