This Weekend in Santa Cruz: April 28th – 30th, 2017

this weekend in santa cruz, april 28, 2017

It’s hard to believe it’s already the last weekend of April and we are well into spring. There’s reason to celebrate, because not only did April showers bring May flowers, but tax season is over, too.

The days are getting longer and nights are getting warmer, finally. It’s time to get out and enjoy all that Santa Cruz has to offer. There are many choices, including a day for independent bookstores, local performances and even The Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire (see below for a chance to win free tickets). Some annual events are back this year, too, such as the open house at Moss Landing Marine Lab, and the UCSC Annual Plant Sale.

There are a lot of things to do out there this weekend, so check them out and have some fun. The weather’s expected to be warm and sunny, too. Enjoy!

Friday

Lloyd Kahn, Small Homes: The Right Size

Lloyd Kahn, Small Homes

When: 4/28 at 7:00 pm
Where: Bookshop Santa Cruz
Cost: $28.95

Thinking of downsizing, saving money and living a more simple life? See author Lloyd Kahn at a book signing and slideshow presentation with a variety of ideas for small homes and the advantages of living with less space.

Get more info here.

Equinox Library Fundraiser

When: 4/28 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Equinox & Bartola Winery & Tasting Room

Equinox Winery is hosting a fundraiser for the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Join for wine, oysters from Bill the Oysterman, and a pop-up book sale. 20% of the day’s sales will benefit the Friends’ mission to support Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

Get more info here.

All About Theatre Presents Into The Woods

When: 4/28 at 7:00 pm & 4/29 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm (plus performances next weekend, on May 5 & 6)
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
Cost:$13-$20, kids under 6 are free.

Don’t miss this entertaining production by local youth and teen performers as they present their rendition of this Tony Award winning play that puts a new twist on old-time fairy tales, as a baker and his wife find themselves under a neighbor witch’s spell. Seating is limited and expected to fill up quickly.

Get more info here.

San Lorenzo Valley High School Presents “Grease”

greaseWhen: 4/27 (opening night) at 7pm, 4/28 at 7pm, 4/29 7pm & 4/30 at 2 pm (additional performances May 4-7)
Where: San Lorenzo Valley High School; 105 Hwy 9, Felton, CA 95018
Cost: $12-$18

The SLVUSD Performing Arts Center presents the classic 1950s style rock and roll musical performed by students of the San Lorenzo High School Theatre. Join Danny and Sandy as they experience high school love, fast cars and good times with friends. Come out and support local high school theater in this classic musical.

Get more info here.

The Big Lebowski – Midnight Movie

Big LebowskiWhen: 4/28 & 4/29 at 11:55 pm
Where: Del Mar Theatre
Cost: $6.50

A host of stars such as Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore appear in this 1998 comedy by the Coen Brothers. A band of friends go on a crazy journey to find a missing rug belonging to Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski after it was stolen from his house.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday

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Saturday

Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire

santa cruz mini maker faire

When: 4/29 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Gateway School
Cost: $2-$40

This maker faire is a hands-on and interactive fun event for the entire family as local makers, creators and tinkerers showcase their innovative work and inventions to the public. Experience a day filled with technology, art, music and food. Stop by to support these local visionaries and see what they are dreaming up for our future.

Get more info here.

UCSC Farm and Garden Annual Organic Plant Sale

When: 4/29 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm & 4/30 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: University of California, Santa Cruz
Cost: Free

This annual event is a local favorite. This year they are celebrating their 50th anniversary and will feature some of the UCSC garden founder’s favorite plants.  The plants are all organically grown with a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, flowers and landscape plants to choose from.  The annual sale helps support the USCS Farm and Garden and the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture program. Located on the corner of Bay and High Streets at the main campus entrance.

Get more info here.

Gem & Mineral Show 2017

When: 4/29 & 4/30 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $5. Children under 12 and Scouts in uniform get in for free

Since 1953, exhibitors have been showcasing their jewelry, rocks and minerals at this annual event sponsored by the Santa Cruz Gem and Mineral Society.  There will be demos and fun activities for all ages such as gold panning, geode cutting and kids’ crafts. Find $1 off coupons in stores and local advertisements.

Get more info here.

Moss Landing Marine Labs Open House Weekend

moss landing marine lab open house

When: 4/29 – 4/30 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Moss Landing Marine Lab
Cost: Free Admission

Want to do something fun and educational this weekend with the family? This popular annual event is sure to be a hit as the marine lab opens their doors to the public. The open house will include live touch tanks, arts and crafts, as well as a puppet show for kids. Admission and parking are free.

Get more info here.

Independent Bookstore Day!

independent bookstore day

When: 4/29 from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm
Where: Bookshop Santa Cruz
Cost: Free

This Saturday is a national day to celebrate Independent bookstores. Bookshop Santa Cruz is hosting a variety of events for the entire day and into the evening with contests, appearances by local authors, and activities for all ages. They will also hold their annual Trivia Night with Santa Cruz Shakespeare, and the winner will take home six pairs of tickets to their summer theater season.

Get more info here.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake

bowl for kids' sakeWhen: 4/29 & 4/30
Where: Boardwalk Bowl
Cost: Bowling and shoe rental are free, teams are pledge sponsored.

Support Big Brothers and Sisters of Santa Cruz as they hold their biggest fundraiser of the year and have some fun bowling, too.  Join a team or form your own and start collecting pledges from your friends and family. It doesn’t cost anything to bowl or rent shoes for this event. Pre-register online. There will be prizes for participants with the most pledges.

Get more info here.

Garden Planting and Wool Day

When: 4/29 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Wilder Ranch State Park
Cost: Event is free; day-use parking is $10

Go back in time to the year 1900 for a day at Wilder Ranch and help plant an heirloom vegetable garden. Come early (10:00 am to noon) for a sheep shearing and wool-making demonstration.  There will be composting presentations, gardening information, as well as crafts for the family.

Get more info here.

All About Theatre Presents Into The Woods

See Description Under Friday Section

San Lorenzo Valley High School Presents “Grease”

See Description Under Friday Section

The Big Lebowski – Midnight

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Saturday

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Sunday

Zakir Hussain & Rahul Sharma

When: 4/30 at 7:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre
Cost: $35-$65

Zakir Hussain and Rahul Sharma will perform on stage together to bring you their own style of improvisational music that crosses cultural lines. With their classical instruments, the tabla drums and santoor, the duo will bring you an evening of music with a contemporary sound. Doors open at 6:30.

Get more info here.

UCSC Farm and Garden Annual Organic Plant Sale

See Description Under Saturday Section

Gem & Mineral Show 2017

See Description Under Saturday Section

Moss Landing Marine Labs Open House Weekend

See Description Under Saturday Section

San Lorenzo Valley High School Presents “Grease”

See Description Under Friday Section

Also on Sunday

Featured Upcoming Event

city hall and you

Bring your questions and concerns to this open forum with city leaders and staff. This event will focus on neighborhoods west of the river (Westside, Downtown, Harvey West, Beach Flats, Beach Hill). City leaders, engineers, planners, police officers and more will be in attendance and city projects will be on display.

A second City Hall and You event will take place in the fall and will focus on neighborhoods east of the river.

Get more info here.

What: City Hall & You: West of the River
Where: Peace United Church of Christ: 900 High St.
When: May 4th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


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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.

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