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First Time Open Studios Artists: Meet This Year’s Rookie Class

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I’m not exactly sure when I started attending Open Studios, but I know I’ve spent at least a decade devoting my October weekends to visiting local artist studios.

Open Studios is my personal favorite annual event in Santa Cruz, and much of that can be attributed to the returning artists whose studios I visit each year.  There are a handful of artists who are on my must-see list every year.  Paul Fortis, Barbara Bailey-Porter, Marie Gabrielle, Paul Zaretzky, Sandra Cherk, Mary Offerman, and Ea Eckerman (before he stopped showing his work in Open Studios two years ago), just to name a few.

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The Cheesiest, Crustiest, Sauciest, Best Pizza in Santa Cruz

Best Pizza Santa Cruz

Pizza may have first appeared in Italy over 7000 years ago, but there’s no doubt that Americans have taken the simple dish and made it their own, from deep-dish in Chicago to fold-over in Brooklyn.

The best variations in Santa Cruz run the gamut from gourmet to greasy, but they are united by their tastiness and individuality.

Attempting to name the best pizza in Santa Cruz is no easy task, given the subjective nature of the topic.  Below are our picks, in no particular order.  Let the argument debate begin…

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Things to do this Weekend in Santa Cruz: September 26th – 28th, 2014

Santa Cruz Weekend Events 9/26/14

This is the first official weekend of fall, and Santa Cruz is hosting an Octoberfest, a Sausagefest, and a Harvest Festival to help welcome in the new season!

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

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Santa Cruz Open Studios Art Tour 2014

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If you caught any of our 2013 Open Studios coverage then you already know that here at Santa Cruz Life we are BIG fans of Open Studios.

We’ll be providing coverage of the 2014 Open Studios Art Tour in the coming weeks.  Until then, you’ll find some helpful information below to help you plan your Open Studios tour this year.

If you want to make sure you don’t miss any of our Open Studios coverage, then sign up for email updates in the box to the right (or below this post if you’re on a mobile device).
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Weekend Event Roundup: September 19 – 21, 2014

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This weekend offers a lot of free events that will put you in touch with the community, like the Coastal Cleanup and two different local tours.  Take the opportunity to learn more about your own backyard, or venture down to Monterey for the 57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

The 2nd annual Mole & Mariachi festival also takes place this Saturday at the Mission Santa Cruz, and it sounds delicious!

Read on to see the rest of Santa Cruz Life’s top picks this weekend.

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Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival: Spreading Stoke Through Film

santa cruz surf film festival
Whether you’re an avid surfer or just an ocean lover, the 19 films featured at the inaugural Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival are guaranteed to tell a story you’ll want to watch.

Taking place at the Del Mar Theater September 24th and 25th, and the Rio Theater on the 26th, the festival features 6 different screenings of short and long films from all over the world, with a focus on issues, people and places in surf culture. None of these films have ever been screened in Santa Cruz before, and this may be your only chance to see them on the big screen!

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2nd Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival: Sep. 20th, 2014

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.

Mole and Mariachi FestivalThe Mole & Mariachi Festival, one of the more unique events amid the cornucopia of Santa Cruz food festivals, livens up downtown Santa Cruz this weekend with live music, local food and a full schedule of family-friendly activities.

Hosted by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks at the Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park, the second-annual Mole & Mariachi Festival highlights Santa Cruz’s cultural heritage in colorful, engaging ways: dancing, mariachi music, creative local foods and lots of kids’ activities. And it’s free.

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Event Santa Cruz One Year Anniversary: Sep 18, 2014

Event Santa Cruz one year anniversary

Last fall Matthew Swinnerton started Event Santa Cruz as a way to showcase Santa Cruz businesses and the people behind them.

One year later Event Santa Cruz is about to celebrate with their biggest event yet.

The Event Santa Cruz One Year Anniversary event is Thursday, September 18 at the MAH, and it features an impressive lineup of speakers, a ribbon cutting with the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, networking, and food and drinks courtesy of Pono Hawaiian Grill, Brew Cruz, and Allterra Solar.

In the first year Event Santa Cruz gave local business owners, and entrepreneurs of all types, a chance to gather once a month, share their stories, inspire, get inspired, and strengthen the local business ecosystem in the process.

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Things To Do in Santa Cruz This Weekend: September 12th – 14th, 2014

Santa Cruz Weekend Events: 9/11 - 9/14

Fall is almost officially underway now, but that’s no reason not to keep the summer mindset and enjoy all the great stuff this weekend has to offer!

There are plenty of great events to choose from this weekend, including a lot of fun activities for kids.

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

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Davenport Landing Beach: For Surfers and Swingers

Davenport Landing Beach Swing

Are you into wild and rugged NorCal beaches but not so into roughing it down a sketchy cliffside?

Looking for a spot you can tow a full ice chest or access via wheelchair, that doesn’t require you to just “hold it” until you get back to civilization?

Davenport Landing Beach has all that, and  a swing set, which makes you wonder: Why don’t all beaches have swing sets?

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