About Valerie Lemke

Valerie Lemke was a transplant from the Bay Area to Santa Cruz County over 25 years ago, and hasn’t looked back since. She is a local freelance writer and photographer who loves writing about and photographing one of the most beautiful regions in the world, the Central Coast.

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 15th – 17th, 2017

Photo by Valerie Lemke

The weather forecast calls for continued sunny and mild conditions, which makes it the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy a late fall weekend!

Families can enjoy a puppet show at the library, have breakfast with Santa, and experience the ultimate holiday tradition, The Nutcracker (with performances at three different venues in the county).

For the foodies out there we have a vegan chocolate tour and tasting event, and authentic Indian cuisine for a great cause, Adopt-A-Family.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: December 8th – 10th, 2017

Photo by Valerie Lemke

That holiday feeling is in the air again, which means there’s a lot to do this weekend.

You might want to take out-of-town guests to a performance or enjoy a day on the ranch. Maybe you really want to get some holiday shopping done from the many fairs and shopping events or take the kids to meet their favorite children’s author at her book signing event.

With so many great choices of fun things to do, it might be hard to choose. But don’t worry; we’ve put together a great list to help you decide.  Don’t forget to check out our holiday guides, too!

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: November 17th – 19th, 2017

West Cliff

Thanksgiving guests will be arriving soon and the holiday shopping season officially starts next week. That probably means there’s a lot on that to-do list. But don’t worry, we have a fantastic lineup that will not only help you relax and enjoy time indoors and out this weekend, but you can even check some of that shopping off your list, too.

We have a little bit of everything on our list with holiday boutiques, workshops, performances, and even an anniversary celebration of a favorite historic lighthouse.

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

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