.5 Things To Do in Santa Cruz: Feb. 26 – March 3

A weekly guide to what’s happening

Friday 2/28 

Art Seen 

‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ Screening 

Free community screening of the Miyazaki classic Kiki’s Delivery Service, a film about a young witch who flies off on her broom to live in the big city. Of course, cats and baked goods make several appearances—it wouldn’t be a Miyazaki movie without them. Doors open at 7pm, hanging out and live screen printing until 8pm. Please avoid wearing heavy scents or bringing alcoholic beverages to the event.

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INFO: 8pm. Friday, Feb. 28. The Bike Church, 703 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz. 426-2453. co**@pe****.com. Free. 


Saturday 2/29 

‘Panicky Polly’ Children’s Book Signing 

“Panicky Polly” by Linda S. Gunther tells the story of Polly, a little girl who can’t help but panic all the time. She panics over the smallest things, and worries about what might go wrong in her life on any given day. Wait, how old is Polly anyway? Like 10? What could she possibly be panicking about? Apparently she can’t sleep or eat without panicking about something. So her mom, brother, teacher and Roger the Turtle all warn Polly that she better stop panicking or she might go up in a big puff of smoke. Will Polly learn the golden secret for achieving everyday peace and happiness? Parents are welcome to come and learn a thing or two from Polly, too. 

INFO: 1-4pm. Kelly’s Books, 1838 Main St., Watsonville. 728-4139. Free. 


Saturday 2/29 

Self Defense for Girls

Calling all young ladies! Join Clara E Minor in learning the basics of self-defense. Ideally targeted for young women ages 11-13, Minor of Minorsan Self-Defense and Fitness has been teaching self-defense in the Santa Cruz area since 1982. Minor’s skills and expertise come from six different systems of martial arts, numerous women’s self-defense programs, and the development of her own system, Manolama. This system, which has its very base in self-defense training, works for different body types, ages, and most especially works for the way in which women are attacked. During the two hours, attendees will learn basic and easy-to-apply self-protection skills and strategies like verbal and physical skills, spacial awareness and how to spot potentially dangerous situations. 

INFO: 2-4pm. Luma Yoga, 1010 Center St., Santa Cruz. 325-2620. $33. 


Sunday 3/1 

Green Fix 

Annual Apple Wassail 

Apple wassailing is an ancient community tradition where the community gathers to celebrate, well, mostly apples. There will be cider, singing to the trees and honoring the land that nourishes the community in hopes of a good harvest season. The Wassail King Blaize Wilkinson will promptly begin the ceremonies on time, so don’t be late. Bring cups for warm cider and treats to share!  Festive costumes encouraged but not necessary.

INFO: 1-3pm. Sunday, March 1. Santa Cruz Community Orchard Garden at Mike Fox Park, 225 San Lorenzo Blvd., Santa Cruz. santacruzorchard.org. Free. 


Tuesday 3/3 

Digging Deep Into Local Agriculture 

Find out what’s growing on from Santa Cruz County Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, David Sanford. Sanford will present the Crop Report—a snapshot of the agricultural industry in Santa Cruz County. Sanford will discuss Santa Cruz’s agricultural history, the state of the local farming community and current industry trends. Q&A to follow. Bring any questions about local agriculture!

INFO: 6:30-8:30pm. The Food Lounge, 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz. Free. 


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