Art in the Arboretum Exhibit: Environmental Installations

Highlights of this exhibition include gigantic woven nests, ceramic fields of wild mustard, concrete Eucalyptus seedpods with enormous steel leaves, a series of walk-through concentric circles inspired by the Protea flower, and more. The twelve participating artists are Jamie Abbott, Lucia Bruer, Wendy Domster, Barbara Downs, Ethan Estess, Jayson Fann, Diana Hobson, Roy Holmberg, John Hylton, Sharon Loper, Jenni Ward and Larry Worley. For more information contact:  Jennifer Macotto, 502-2303 /  or Susana Arias 566-6607 / UCSC Arboretum on Empire Grade.


TEDx Merit Academy: Synergy – Solutions for our worst problems, August 14, 7 pm

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.    Speakers will address: Rethinking how we drive; How to stop overpopulation; Creating a grass-roots movement to inspire change; What if there actually IS an energy ‘magic bullet’?; The Sky’s the Limit:  Pathways to Solutions;  Japanese Incarceration vs Muslim Racism; What if you built a river in a classroom?;  Supermassive black holes: the most powerful objects in the universe; How we can stop the flow of plastic pollution into our oceans?;  Ode to Advance Directives music video.

Rio Del Mar Theater, 1205 Soquel Avenue


Benefit Recital for Homeless Garden Project, Aug 19, 5 pm

Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street


THE BAIT AND SWITCH: A Discussion Of Seafood Fraud In Los Angeles And Santa Cruz, Aug 20, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Seafood is a global commodity with a worldwide consumption rate that consistently strains supply. High demand, paired with the complex nature of the seafood supply chain, has allowed for seafood fraud, or the mislabeling of seafood, to go relatively undetected for years. Now, scientists across the globe are using genetic technologies to reveal high incidences of seafood mislabeling.Join Hayley Nuetzel, PhD Student @ UCSC, as she communicates her findings using these techniques to reveal occurrences of seafood fraud in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz. She will also discuss patterns in mislabeling and actions consumers can take to combat this threat to fisheries stability. Science Sundays at Seymour Marine Discovery Center.


Free Arboretum Tour, Sept 9, 11 am

Sometimes you will see New Zealand, South Africa, or California and Australia. Sometimes you might see combinations of several gardens or the developing World Conifer Collection or Rare Fruit Garden. Tour length varies depending on what’s in bloom and what the participants request.

Meet at Norrie’s Gift & Garden Shop at the Arboretum at 11:00am to begin the tour.
The tour is free with paid admission to the Arboretum. Admission to the gardens is $5 for adults, $2 for those between 6 and 17 years. Arboretum members are admitted to the Arboretum free.


Fifth Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival, Sept 9, 11 am – 5 pm

The Mole & Mariachi Festival is a benefit for nonprofit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in support of Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Proceeds from the festival fund educational programs, visitor services and restoration at the Mission. Chefs will prepare mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample. Competing chefs will be announced in the summer. There will be a raffle, kids’ activities, and a beer, wine and chavela garden. Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School Street, S.C.

Redgate Ranch Music Fest 2017, Sept 16, 2 – 11:30 pm

Greg and Amanda Jones and Save The Waves Coalition are excited to share a magical afternoon and evening of live music, local beers and spirits, and the beauty of the central coast at our annual, overnight Redgate Ranch Music Festival.Redgate Ranch has the stage and setting for an all-out music festival with the intimate vibes of your backyard barbeque. Family-friendly, scenic surroundings, DIY camping and ready-to-go grills for cooking. Near San Gregorio. For info and reservations: Save the Waves


Sustain Supper, Sept 16, 3:30 – 7 pm

Join us on our organic farm for a gourmet, 4-course dinner prepared by exceptional, local chefs featuring local, organic food. Enjoy engaging talks by renowned speakers focusing on sustainability, including our Keynote Speaker, Tom Steyer, Founder & President of NextGen America. For info: Homeless Garden Project, Delaware Ave and Shafer Rd


Teachers on The Reserve, October 14, 9 am – 5 pm

K-12 Teachers! We invite you to attend a one-day workshop that will prepare you to bring your students to the unique outdoor classroom that is the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. This workshop combines informative presentations with topical field activities in order to prepare teachers to lead content and experientially rich school field trips to the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. Teachers will deepen their understanding of estuaries, wetlands, watersheds, and conservation issues facing the Elkhorn Slough. Come experience life from the salt marsh and mudflats to the grasslands and oak woodlands. Observe the plants and animals that depend upon these habitats. Elkhorn Slough Reserve Education staff will model grade appropriate, NGSS aligned curriculum.For more info: Elkhorn Slough Reserve or call (831) 728-2822