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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Feb. 12th – 14th, 2016

Chocolate, art, appreciation for nature, and of course love are all in the air this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Whether you plan to take a Romance in the Redwoods hike with your partner or check out The Comedy Strippers with a group of friends, Santa Cruz is offering plenty of different ways to celebrate.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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Santa Cruz Connected: News You May Have Missed + The Best of Local Social Media

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Underneath all the rain we got last month, some pretty interesting things happened in Santa Cruz.

Two local artists were honored for their work and UCSC put on an exhibit celebrating our printmaking past.

A blog post was published that every local chocolate lover will want to read, a high-tech instrument was found on a local beach, and an entertaining video of Santa Cruz from the 1950s popped up on Youtube.

All that, plus new businesses, friends to follow, and the best of the month from local social media in this month’s edition of Santa Cruz Connected. [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Feb. 5th – 7th, 2016


Photo courtesy of @qen.ny

Whether you like heart art or latte art, Russian vocalists or Baroque instrumentals, chocolate and wine or seafood and beer, this weekend has something for you in Santa Cruz County.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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Santa Cruz Backpacking Tours: Roughing It With an Expert Guide by Your Side

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Photo by @genghis_johnn

Update: This year’s backpacking tours are now sold out. Interested individuals can add their name to the wait-list.

Want the quintessential Santa Cruz Mountains experience this summer?

Better yet, want an expert tour guide by your side?

This summer, naturalist-led Santa Cruz backpacking tours are being offered by California State Parks. These 1-3 night trips offer the classic Santa Cruz backpacking experience, with the added bonus of being led by a knowledgeable State Park professional.

Enjoy backcountry journeys through old-growth redwoods, ridge lines with panoramic views, spring-fed waterfalls, and all that the Santa Cruz Mountains have to offer. [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Jan. 29th – 31st, 2016


If you are feeling thirsty this weekend, take your pick between the refined—Patrón Reposado Tequila Tasting Party—and the twisted—The Twisted Tasting: A Dark Carnival of Craft Beers & Ciders.

You will also have a chance to help de-weed Natural Bridges, memorialize David Bowie, and take part in a major tech event at UCSC.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Jan. 22nd – 24th, 2016

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This weekend brings a Warriors doubleheader, local renditions of Bye Bye Birdie and Mahler’s 1st symphony, and a local cider festival, among other exciting events.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Jan. 15th – 17th, 2016

this-weekend-in-santa-cruz-jan-15-2016-06046Whether your tastebuds prefer wine or chocolate, your musical tastes skew classical or gospel, or your interests rest in local history or interactive art, this weekend in Santa Cruz has something for you to enjoy.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Santa Cruz – from A to Mackenzies

Chocolate Santa Cruz: Chocolate Lover's Guide to Santa CruzIf you’re a chocolate lover, chances are you have a well hidden stash somewhere in your house.

So let us help you keep it fully stocked with the best chocolate confections Santa Cruz has to offer.

From guilty pleasures like chocolate-covered bacon to superfood chocolate made with maca and turmeric, your cravings are no match for our local chocolate artisans.

It’s time to take a self-guided tour of the top chocolate destinations in Santa Cruz. [Read more…]

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: Jan. 8th – 10th, 2016

Santa Cruz Events, Jan. 8, 2016

This weekend has a little bit of everything.

For the second year in a row, basketball fans will be treated to the NBA D-League Showcase, right here in Santa Cruz.

Fungus fanatics get three days devoted to, well…fungus.

Families and marine life enthusiasts can head to one of our favorite local spots for free this Friday, and there is some great entertainment to choose from, including one of the region’s most well respected short play festivals, and a two-night set with a great local band.

And if you happen to be a woman who loves beer, then make sure you check out Sunday’s events.

Read on to see all of our top picks for this weekend:

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Santa Cruz Connected: 2015 Year In Review

Santa Cruz 2015 year in review

There was a lot that happened in Santa Cruz in 2015 and summing it all up is no easy task. As with any article looking back on an entire year, it’s impossible to include everything that warrants mentioning. We experienced highs and lows as a community; some offering a rosy glimpse into the future, while other moments left us searching for answers amid tragedy.

We saw some anniversaries of local importance, with UCSC celebrating 50 years, as well as the 50 year anniversary of the Merry Pranksters first acid tests in Soquel.

Santa Cruz got its first D-league basketball championship as well as its first UFC champion in 2015. Pop-up dining hit its stride and we experienced a mini-explosion on the local craft beer scene. An ancient fossil was discovered in Scotts Valley, plans for high-speed internet were unveiled, and a film from Santa Cruz’s past was rediscovered and restored.

All that, plus the best social media pictures and videos from 2015 in this edition of Santa Cruz Connected. [Read more…]