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Weekend Event Roundup for April 24th – 26th, 2015

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This weekend is packed full of local events, including Earth Week at the Seymour Center, Operation Surf, an art & music fest in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Jazz on the Wharf.

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

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Music, Art, Movies and Mole Sauce: Free Summer Series at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

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The following is a guest post by Jennifer Squires. Jennifer is a writer who works with Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. She lives in Aptos.


Head inland just a little this summer to enjoy the third annual Summer Series at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.

The park, which dubbed itself “Your State Park Downtown,” will host seven events with a wide spectrum of cultural experiences, fine art and outdoor movies, culminating with the third annual Mole & Mariachi Festival on Sept. 19.

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Weekend Event Roundup for April 17th – 19th, 2015

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How’s this for a fun Santa Cruz Saturday:

Lend a hand at one of the Earth Day cleanup events happening throughout the county in the morning, then head over to San Lorenzo Park for the always enjoyable Earth Day Festival.

From there you’re just a short walk away to the Civic where you can cheer on the Santa Cruz Derby Girls after grabbing an early dinner downtown.

If you still haven’t had enough fun after watching Organic Panic take on the Steamer Janes, then grab your beach chair and head to the north end of Seabright Beach for Light Waves Beach Theater.

Or you could choose from one of dozens of other fun events happening this weekend.

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

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Santa Cruz Real Estate: Where Has All the Housing Gone?

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The following market report is provided by Liz Kroft  & Lance Hulsey of Mainstream Real Estate Group.


Ask a few locals what the weather was like this morning and you’ll get wildly different answers depending on where each person lives within Santa Cruz County.

Your friend in Aptos may tell you it was foggy, someone in Seabright might gloat that it was warm and sunny, and yet another from Ben Lomond may tell you it was absolutely frigid.

We’re accustomed to microclimates, but there’s something similar which might not be as obvious:

Micro markets.

The “Santa Cruz Real Estate Market” is as nuanced as our local weather patterns. Each city and neighborhood has a unique housing market. This is important to keep in mind as we discuss the broader “Santa Cruz County” market.

Speaking of weather, and our local real estate market, rain isn’t the only thing we’re currently in short supply of.

At this point we all know that low housing inventory is also in short supply.

The supply of new homes is not keeping pace with the job and population growth that we’re seeing in Santa Cruz County. With historically low mortgage rates and other incentives, buyers are ready, yet sellers remain on the sidelines.

What gives?

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Do-It-Ourselves Fest: 3 Days of Music, Art, Camping & Stoke in the Santa Cruz Mountains 

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Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Stevee Stubblefield, co-founder of the DIO Fest.  We invited Stevee to write this post to share the overall awesomeness that is the Do-It-Ourselves Fest.  This music festival, with a unique community spirit, takes place later this month in the Santa Cruz Mountains and benefits a worthy charity.  It also sounds like a ton of fun.


DIO Fest 2015 PosterWhen walking through security at most major music festivals, you’ll often hear something along the lines of, “You’ll have to pour out your canteen ma’am, there are no outside beverages allowed into the event.  Waters are available for $5 each.”

This type of scenario is the norm at most of today’s largest music festivals.

Over the last 20 years, the scene has exploded – Coachella, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and more.  These events are surely a lot of fun and feature some truly stellar acts, I’ve enjoyed them myself, but they’re not the only way to experience authentic music, art and culture.

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Santa Cruz Weekend Events: April 10 – 12, 2015

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The Warriors are in the playoffs, the antique fair is this weekend, Santa Cruz breweries are celebrating Spring Beer Week, and the 6th annual Santa Mountain Bike Festival is shredding into town.

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

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Santa Cruz Connected: A Monthly Look At Online Local Life

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Santa Cruz had plenty of online buzz in March, but it was punctuated by a sad note when the Boulder Creek Brewery and Cafe was destroyed by a fire late in the month.

Two other businesses opened their doors for the first time, both behind the strength of hefty local support through the crowdfunding platform kickstarter. Mobile Ranger offered a peek into some Westside history, while a new peer-to-peer learning space prepares to make its home in the old Wrigley Building in June.

UC Santa Cruz got to work restoring a historical building and the San Jose Mercury published a piece about enjoying Santa Cruz without going to the beach (hint: it isn’t difficult).

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Santa Cruz Weekend Roundup (The Easter Edition): April 3 – 5, 2015

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This weekend has plenty of fun Easter events, and you can also catch a Warriors game as well as plenty of live music in Santa Cruz.

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

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Farm to Table (Without Leaving the Farm): Route 1 Farms Summer Dinner Series

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A leisurely walk through trees and fields overflowing with farm-fresh produce…

Hearing stories of the farm directly from those who grow the food…

Eating a wonderful outdoors meal made with fresh farm ingredients, dining next to friends old and new.

Those of us that live in the Santa Cruz area are so fortunate, for so many reasons. One of my favorite aspects to Santa Cruz: the abundance of independent farms that we’re surrounded with, all growing beautiful and delicious products.  Some of these farms even hold community events—like Route 1 Farms, who announced its annual summertime dinner series where you can have experiences like the one described above.

Tickets went on sale earlier this month.

You may be thinking – wait a second, spring just started and you’re already talking about summer? But tickets to this series sell out fast, so here are details.  In fact, at the time of this writing, each dinner was already half full.
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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: March 27 – 29, 2015

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This weekend gives you the opportunity to christen a brand new brewery, spend two nights with the Warriors, and celebrate a Santa Cruz institution’s birthday.

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