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Santa Cruz Easter Sunday Events 2014

Santa Cruz Easter Events

For many of us, Easter brings fond memories of dyeing eggs, backyard Easter egg hunts, and candy.  A lot of candy.  It is also a time when families come together, often over a great meal.

While Easter Sunday holds much greater significance than just food and games we’re going to take a moment to look at, well…food and games.

Here are a few of the spots where you can find a great Easter Brunch and Easter egg hunts in Santa Cruz this Easter.

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Santa Cruz Weekend Event Roundup for April 11th -13th, 2014

Santa Cruz Weekend Events:, April 11-13, 2014

This weekend’s events will delight wine lovers, surf fans, and treasure hunters.  

If you’re looking for a way to brighten up your home you won’t want to miss the Arboretum’s annual Spring Plant Sale.  

Kids will be treated to some early Easter festivities, and those in the mood for a good laugh can head to the Civic Auditorium to see the legendary Bill Cosby.

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

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10 Must-Try Sandwiches in Santa Cruz County

Best Santa Cruz SandwichesPhoto: Hoisin Pork Sandwich from Charlie Hong Kong

There are so many terrific sandwiches in Santa Cruz County, it’s hard to pick a favorite.  So I’ve picked 10 scrumptious sandwiches – well actually, nine, because I’d like you, dear readers, to select the 10th one!  You can do this by posting a comment that mentions a sandwich you love from somewhere in Santa Cruz County, that didn’t make it on the list.  I can’t wait to hear about a few “must-try” sandwiches that I have never eaten!

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Santa Cruz Weekend Event Roundup for April 4th – 6th, 2014

Santa Cruz Weekend Events: Mountain Bike Festival, First Friday There are a lot of diverse and exciting events going on this weekend, with offerings that will appeal to all interests, from mountain bikers to reggae devotees, fans of Mixed Martial Arts to ballet appreciators, and  art lovers to bookworms. No matter what your tastes, there’s sure to be an event for you.

Read on for our picks for this weekend.

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Santa Cruz County Market Statistics: February 2014

Single Family Homes

% Change
New Inventory182173-5%
Avg. Sales Price$551,648$660,40320%
Avg. Median Price$449,000$597,50033%

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Santa Cruz Weekend Event Roundup for March 28th – 30th, 2014

Santa Cruz Weekend Events: PaddleFest

The 28th Annual Santa Cruz PaddleFest headlines our picks for the top things to do in Santa Cruz this weekend.

We’ve got you covered if water sports aren’t your thing though.  There are some great shows, a favorite Santa Cruz musician takes the stage (but won’t be singing), and there’s going to be one heck of a colorful party on Saturday.

Read on for our picks for this weekend.

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Santa Cruzans on Etsy

Santa Cruz Crafts & Artists on Etsy

Etsy is known for being a place that brings the global world of unique, handcrafted items right to your doorstep via the internet.

But did you know that you can use Etsy to shop local as well?

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Santa Cruz Weekend Event Roundup for March 21st – 23rd

santa cruz weekend events 3/21/14

There’ll be many fun and interesting ways to usher in spring this weekend, from learning about cyber currency while enjoying a fireside dinner, to cheering on the Santa Cruz Derby Girls at a double header, to bringing home a bonsai.

Read on for our picks for this weekend.

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Law of the Leash: Where to (Legally) Exercise Your Dog in Santa Cruz

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Imagine 51,000 dogs crowded onto Mitchell’s Cove Beach on West Cliff.

That’s what would happen if every dog in Santa Cruz County gathered at the only off-leash beach in Santa Cruz.

Mitchell’s Cove is the only beach in Santa Cruz County where dogs are allowed to play, fetch, swim and run off-leash.  Another startling fact to throw at you…off-leash romp time is limited to before 10:00 am and after 4:00 pm.

Just east of Mitchell’s Cove is Its Beach. This beach is ironically referred to by some (including Google Maps) as “Dog Beach,” even though dogs are not allowed off-leash. Once upon a time Its beach did have legal off-leash hours.

“Our off-leash beach areas are minimal and few for the tens of thousands of dogs in this county,” says Karen Simmons, Chair of the Friends of Lighthouse Field (FOLF).  FOLF would like to see Its Beach allow dogs off-leash, “We are a beach community, and as a community, designating less than two percent of county beaches for dog recreation seems reasonable,” says Simmons.

Eastside pups face the same conundrum. Most people think of the beaches from 20th to 26th Avenue as being dog beaches, since we’re used to seeing happy pups frolic there. But nope, not legal.

Ted M. Coopman, Live Oak Off Leash Advocates (LOOLA) spokesperson, says, “It is the tale of two cities – it is the best of places and worst of places. On the upside, most locals are very dog-friendly, and if you do not mind the technical off-leash violation there are plenty of open spaces and beaches. However, compared to Carmel, San Francisco, or other bay area cities, we are way behind the curve.”

On visual cues alone, it’s confusing where you can legally exercise your dog in Santa Cruz. To help set things straight, we’ve gone on a dog park crawl and put together the following lists of dog-friendly recreation areas. If the curve changes, we’ll be sure to let you know. Paws crossed!


How to Use This Post

This is a long post, featuring 40 places you can take your dog (and 13 places dogs aren’t allowed), so to make it easy to navigate we created these handy little buttons below. Click on any of the four buttons to jump to the section of your choice:


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Santa Cruz Weekend Event Roundup for March 14th – 16th

Santa Cruz Weekend Events for March 14 - 16, 2014

It looks like another whirlwind of fun things to do for Santa Cruz this weekend.

You won’t have a problem finding entertainment, but you might have a tough time choosing which events to check out.

There’s a long-awaited concert by Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, a Brazilian Carnaval party, free Jazz on the Wharf, and a film festival in Watsonville. Read on for details, and more of our picks for this weekend.

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