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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Feb. 27th – Mar. 1st, 2015

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This weekend is all about competition and causes…and competitions for causes.

Our Santa Cruz Warriors play two home games this weekend and fundraisers include the Santa Cruz Polar Plunge, the 6th annual Trivia Challenge, a 70s Disco Dance Party, and even a Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament.

So, pick a cause, have some fun, and enjoy the weekend!

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Feb. 20th – 22nd, 2015

santa cruz clam chowder cook-off

This weekend is one of seafood delight, as Santa Cruzans can enjoy both the Chaminade Crab Feast and the boardwalk’s annual clam chowder festival.

Read on to see the rest of our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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Santa Cruz Brewery Breakdown

Santa Cruz Brewery Breakdown

Microbreweries and taprooms in Santa Cruz have become almost as ubiquitous as Starbucks over the past two or three years. However, unlike this multinational coffee megacrop, they’re all unique, small businesses that foster community and create really tasty artisanal beer.

We here at Santa Cruz Life are very excited about this new microbrewery trend and thought our readers could use some help narrowing down which one (or two or three) to visit each weekend or after a long day at work.

This is a comprehensive breakdown of the tasty microbreweries, alehouses, and tap rooms that Santa Cruz County has to offer.
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Santa Cruz Polar Plunge: Plunge For a Great Cause

Santa Cruz Polar Plunge

Polar bears living in the arctic must sometimes endure temperatures lower than -50 degrees celsius.

The waters off the Santa Cruz coast never get nearly that cold, but for us Central Californians, the Polar Plunge is still pretty darn chilly.

Good thing it’s for a great cause.

The Polar Plunge is an opportunity for people to run, often costume-clad, into cold water, all for the objective of raising money for the Special Olympics.

Polar Plunges take place wherever bodies of water exist, but the Santa Cruz Polar Plunge is happening Saturday, February 28th at Santa Cruz’s Main Beach.  It will specifically be in support of Special Olympics Northern California & Nevada, which offers over 19,000 adults and children a year the chance to participate in different sporting events.

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Santa Cruz Events This Weekend: Feb. 13 – 15, 2015

santa cruz weekend events

Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, which means a whole weekend full of romantic events like wine tasting, a Beatles’ cover concert, and a scenic hike at Wilder Ranch.

Read on to see the rest of our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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Best of the Santa Cruz Web: January, 2015

santa cruz best of the web

January was an exciting month in Santa Cruz and the web was buzzing with several interesting tidbits about our funky slice of paradise.

Some of the highlights: Two local beverage makers won national awards, two Santa Cruz natives were featured in reality TV shows, UCSC continues to thrive after 50 years, and Coast Dairies State Park was proposed as a national monument. And, of course, there were some great local photos shared on social media.

In case you missed it, here’s the internet chatter about Santa Cruz for January, 2015.
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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Feb. 6th – 8th, 2015

santa cruz events this weekend: feb. 6-8

This weekend starts with a full slate of First Friday events, and ends with the 2nd annual Santa Cruz Hardwood Celebrity Classic on Sunday afternoon.

Read on to see the rest of our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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Coming to Terms with the New Arana Gulch

Arana Gulch Multi-Use Trails

The completion of the Arana Gulch multi-use trail project connecting Broadway and Brommer Streets has stirred up a lot of mixed feelings amongst Santa Cruz locals.

Some people are outraged that this mostly untouched 68-acre green space has been torn up by tractors, fenced off, and partly paved over. But others are enjoying the many positive results of this project including bike safety, increased accessibility, and surprisingly, a chance at survival for an endangered and endemic subspecies of Santa Cruz tarplant.
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Weekend Event Roundup for Jan. 30th – Feb 1st, 2015

santa cruz palm tree

The final weekend of January is chock full of musical and dance performances, including local choreographer Tandy Beal’s 40th anniversary show.

Read on to see the rest of our picks for the best events in Santa Cruz this weekend.

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Family Dining on a Budget

family dining on a budget

Are you one of the many folks in the Santa Cruz area who is raising one or more kids?  If you’re anything like me, you probably accumulated a lot of debt with holiday shopping and travel! I thought it would be a great time to do some research and share a few tips on where to dine out for less money.

Please, please, please – if you know of any that aren’t on this list, share them in the “comments” section at the end of this article. [Read more…]