.5 Things To Do in Santa Cruz: Jan. 29 – Feb. 4

A weekly guide to what’s happening

Thursday 1/30 

‘Add Some Spice to Your Life in 2020’

Join New Leaf and step into the world of spice with Holistic Chef and Practitioner-in-Training Chelsea Shapouri. Attendees will learn what a spice is and how to use spices to enhance any cooking and dining experience. The class will focus on a traditional dish called Spiced Filipino Adobo, a perfect introduction to how to mix and pair spices without overwhelming the palette.

INFO: 6–8:30pm. New Leaf Community, 1101 Fair Ave, Santa Cruz.  426-1306. newleaf.com. $40 single, two for $70. 

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Thursday 1/30 

Tattoo the World Film Screening

Catch a screening of Emiko Omori’s Tattoo the World with a special introduction from local tattoo enthusiast Nane Alexander. As part of the Museum of Art and History’s latest exhibition, Santa Cruz Tattoo’d, learn more about the life of tattoo artist Ed Hardy and get a sneak peek into the history of tattooing in Santa Cruz since the 1980s. There will be live tattoo demos in the gallery with exhibiting artist Heather Baldwin of Good Omen Tattoo prior to the screening.

INFO: 6-9pm. Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. santacruzmah.org/events/tattoo. $10 general admission. 


Saturday 2/1 

Green Fix

Organic Fruit Trees from the Ground Up

Learn how to plant, grow and care for bare-root fruit trees! Arborist Terence Welch will present an overview of selecting fruit tree varieties and rootstocks appropriate for our unique low-chill coastal climate in a changing global climate. The lecture will be followed by a tree planting demonstration and discussion of how to care for young trees, including pruning and training, fertilizing, and spraying. Welch is a professional arborist, certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. He manages Jelich Ranch in Portola Valley, a 13-acre organic fruit farm. He also consults for Phil Foster, owner of Pinnacle Organic which produces apples, pears, figs, and cherries on 15 acres in San Juan Bautista and Hollister. This location has a limited seating of 30, so early registration is recommended.

INFO: 9:30-11:30am. Common Roots Farm, 335 Golf Club Drive, Santa Cruz. 763-8007. Mbmg.ucanr.edu. $5. 


Saturday 2/1 

Art Seen 

‘In a Medieval Garden’

This year’s Baroque Festival is celebrating their 47th season with its first concert, “In a Medieval Garden.” The performance is focused on medieval roots, featuring five female singers from the East Bay that will perform a broad sweep of medieval music from Hildegard von Bingen to Guillaume de Machaut. The show is focused on transcending time. There will be a pre-concert talk with singers Karen Clark and Mary Springfels at 6:45 that’s open to all ticket holders and lovers of early music enthusiasts. 

INFO: 7:30pm. Holy Cross Church, 126 High St., Santa Cruz. 457-9693. scbaroque.org. $25 general admission.


Sunday 2/2 

Santa Cruz’s Biggest 7-Layer Dip Party

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery wanted to get in the Guinness Book of World Records for making the biggest 7-Layer Dip (don’t ask us why. The record is 452 pounds of 7-Layer Dip, and it was in a fish tank. Pretty gross. So they are shooting for the local record instead. Hopefully not in a fishtank). Join the Brewery and company for an event of the year, or a lifetime. Entrance to the dip is free with the purchase of a beverage (organic beer, wine, cider, or non-alcoholic bevvie). Participants get a scoop and a basket of chips of the record amount of 7-Layer Dip (while supplies last). Dip will be vegetarian but not vegan. The Super Bowl will also be on for those who aren’t interested in dip, plus wings, fries, burgers, fish tacos, sandwiches will also be available for purchase.

INFO: 3:30-5:30pm. Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, 402 Ingalls St., #27, Santa Cruz. Free with drink purchase. 



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