About Meridith Cook

Meridith Cook came to Santa Cruz 18 years ago from Minnesota. She is a freelance writer and mother of 3 who enjoys exploring the beauty and culture of this unique community. Visit her website at www.melbacomms.com.

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 17th – 19th, 2020

Santa Cruz is bountiful, full of artists and performers, activists and experts. The land produces food and wine. The ocean provides waves for surfing and sealife abounds.

Enjoy this bounty– with great theater performances, live music, wine tasting, and scintillating conversations about equality, conservation, health and justice.

If you have the ability to pay it forward, several local environmental and community organizations have projects for volunteers on Martin Luther King Day. See below for more details.

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

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: January 10th – 12th, 2020

For a fresh start to 2020, the creative geniuses of Santa Cruz bring you a diverse array of activities. From the famous Fungus Fair to a world-class surf competition, this weekend shows off our best angles!

The 8 Tens @ 8 play festival opens, as well as many opportunities to hear live music, from heavy metal to harp.

As always you can explore the beautiful little places that make our town so appealing to the flora and fauna who call it home.

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

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Take a Hike! 2020 First Day Hikes in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz First Day Hikes 2018The New Year is knocking and 2019 is ready to take a hike out the door. But 2019 isn’t the only thing that should take a hike…so should you.

If you want to start the new year off fresh with a sense of renewal, exploring California State Parks on New Year’s Day could give you the perfect opportunity to do just that.

On New Year’s Day, close to 50 state parks will host over 60 different hikes and outings, with a chance to see your parks like never before.

Though the guided hikes and events are free, there is a $10 day use fee for parking in most parks. However, if you pay the day use fee in one park, it’s good at any state park for the remainder of that day until closing time. Maybe this will be a chance to go on more than one hike or do some park exploring of your own.

Below are a few of the First Day Hikes being offered in Santa Cruz County.

For information on times, meeting places and details about all of the First Day Hikes, check out the California State Parks website and the full list of local hikes (scroll down to the “Santa Cruz County” section).

Happy New Year and happy hiking!

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