.5 Things To Do in Santa Cruz: August 14-20

A weekly guide to what’s happening

Green Fix 

Sunscreen Awareness Class 

We use sunscreen to avoid skin cancer, but some studies have found that certain ingredients in sunscreen may also be harmful. Fantastic. There are many sunscreens available that don’t contain these ingredients, and local chiropractic specialist Danette Sutton will talk about what they are and where to find them. She will also go over other body care products, as well as how the body is affected by Vitamin D, the sun, good fats and minerals, and a healthy gallbladder. Bring your favorite sunscreen product, and let her evaluate it during the class.

INFO: 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. New Leaf Community Market, 1101 Fair Ave.,

Santa Cruz. newleaf.com/events. Free. 

Art Seen 

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Redwood Dulcimer Day

A variety of zither, the dulcimer is lesser-known a type of musical string instrument that commonly has only three or four strings. In celebration of dulcimers everywhere, this event offers beginning-to-advanced music workshops on playing the mountain dulcimer. Those who have never even seen or touched a dulcimer are welcome. There will be loaner dulcimers, and for those who have more than one and don’t mind loaning, feel free to bring multiple. Free stringing, tuning and small repairs available as well.

INFO: 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Aptos United Methodist Church, 221 Thunderbird Drive, Aptos. 425-4939. Free. 

Thursday 8/15 

Conversation to End Homelessness 

Instead of going downtown, getting bitter and then turning to the internet to complain about homelessness in Santa Cruz, join Santa Cruz’s Homeless Services Center in a productive, informative conversation around homelessness in Santa Cruz. The conversation will be guided by data. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that there is still a lot of missing information when it comes to homelessness locally. There will be folks from all walks of life, including those who are homeless and those who work with the homeless everyday. Meet on the top floor. 

INFO: 6-8 p.m. Downtown Santa Cruz Public Library, 224 Church St., Santa Cruz. [email protected] Free. 

Sunday 8/18 

4th Annual Pajaro Valley Pride 

Pride month may be over, but pride season is in full swing. Pajaro Valley Pride heard all of your queer-ies about last year’s event, and this year they mixing it up a bit with a new location. This year’s theme is “Remembering 50 Years of Stonewall Trailblazers: Power to the Youth.” With that in mind, this year’s pride experience aims to honor and celebrate the LGBT+ trail blazers while also shining a light on the future. 

INFO: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. YWCA, 340 East Beach St., Watsonville. pajarovalleypride.org. Free. 

Friday 8/16 

Food Truck Summer Series

A new installment of the food truck summer series takes over the north end of Pacific Avenue, between Locust and Water streets. Each month, the series showcases local artisans, dance troupes, bands and musicians. Local food trucks include Drunk Monkey, Nomad Momo, Rogue Pye, Scrumptious Fish and Chips, Shockwave, and Union Foodie Truck. This month includes live music by Sasha’s Money Band and Devil Sliders. 

INFO: 5-9 p.m. Downtown Santa Cruz, Pacific Ave. brotherspromotions.com. Free. 


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