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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 29 -31, 2015

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This weekend brings a lot of great live music, including one of the areas biggest and most popular outdoor music festivals.

Bargain hunters will be delighted by the massive city-wide garage sale, and kids have a couple of fun outdoor events to enjoy as well.

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

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Beaches, Barbecue and Free Concerts at the Crow’s Nest

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The Crow’s Nest Summer Beach Parties are one of Santa Cruz’s signature events, featuring free live music, barbecued food, idyllic beachside views, and a healthy slice of Santa Cruz life.

The event is particularly popular among locals, who flock to the Thursday night celebrations to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the free beach concerts.

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Santa Cruz Boardwalk Concerts: Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Concerts

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The Boardwalk isn’t just for roller coasters and deep-fried cheesecake.  Every Friday night from mid-June through August, the award-winning seaside amusement park hosts free outdoor concerts, featuring hit bands from the ’60s through current day recording artists.

A concert on the beach is not only a chance to hear great live music.  It’s a little slice of sun-soaked paradise, a perfect fusion between natural and synthetic beauty.  To look out at the pale blue sky above the deep tapestry of blues in the ocean while hearing Papa Doo Run Run, a Boardwalk concert staple, perform “Surfin’ USA” is to attain the status of a perfectly picturesque summer evening in Santa Cruz.

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Memorial Day Weekend Events in Santa Cruz

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This weekend’s biggest events include a star studded music festival, a major surfing competition, and a favorite local brewery’s weeklong birthday party.

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

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How’s the Market? It’s a Normal Spring Market…Except for One Thing

santa cruz real estate report, april 2015

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

Spring has sprung with few surprises in Santa Cruz’s real estate market, but there’s one thing that’s different. Entering into the 4th year of drought means more changes for homeowners from landscaping to plumbing.

Have you taken the necessary steps to meet your district’s mandatory water restrictions?

Before we dive (make that a very shallow dive) into the drought’s impacts on homeowners, let’s take a look at the numbers.

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: May 15th – 16th, 2015

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This weekend is jam packed with events, from concerts and stand up comedy to the beloved Greek Food Faire.

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

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Staff of Life Natural Meats: Not Your Average Grocery Store Butcher

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A couple months ago, a friend raved to me about eating some wonderful grass-feed beef that she had cooked after buying it at Staff of Life’s new Farm to Fork meat department.

It took me a while to get there myself, as I’d received a Christmas gift subscription to local butcher El Salchichero’s CSM (monthly meat box) and was well-stocked in the meat department for three months. Last month, I finally tried Staff’s expanded meat products, and was very impressed so I decided to find out more.

Santa Cruz native Anthony Blanco purchased the Natural Meats and Seafood department at Staff of Life last November, and has been enthusiastically operating it ever since.

Many don’t realize that this is a separate business that first opened in 1997, and is run independently from the rest of the store.

staff of life natural meatsAnthony has more than two decades of experience as a local butcher, including jobs at Freedom Meat Lockers, Deluxe Foods, The Fish Lady, and New Leaf Community Markets. For many years he has cooked and prepared food for his family—which includes his wife Shana, 14-year-old son Shane, and 6-year-old daughter Hazel. He even prepares food for the family dog, Grace, who appreciates the cooked ground meat/rice/puréed organic pumpkin combination.

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Weekend Event Roundup for May 8th – 10th, 2015

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Happy Mother’s Day to all you Santa Cruz momma’s out there!

While we wish you all a happy Mother’s Day this Sunday, there are plenty of fun things to do around town before that special Sunday morning brunch.  The Human Race, the Central Coast’s largest community fundraiser, will take place this Saturday along West Cliff Dr.  There is plenty of live music to choose from, including a couple great tribute acts, and always, there are plenty of fun outdoor events.

Read on to see 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

Santa Cruz Connected

April was a month that was jam-packed with big news, events and local love in Santa Cruz.

We gained a national landmark, witnessed an emotional moment at a minor league baseball game and had a former mayor make history at the Boston Marathon.

We also won a basketball championship, saw an NFL quarterback throwing passes at the Boardwalk, learned a little more about sand art and got plenty of reminders of why we’re so lucky to live here.

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Santa Cruz Weekend Events: May 1st – 3rd, 2015

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From Facebook and Google to David Sedaris, our small town will welcome some big names this weekend, and we’ll get to enjoy both wine and beer tasting events.

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

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