.Things to Do in Santa Cruz: June 23-29

A weekly guide to what’s happening.


ANTHONY ARYA & TAMMI BROWN LIVE AT MICHAEL’S ON MAIN A whole lot of rock and soul. Anthony and Tammi on stage for the first time together. Dinner starts at 6:30 and showtime is 8pm. $45 for dinner and show. Seated. Saturday, June 26, 8-9:30pm. Michael’s on Main, 2591 S Main St., Soquel.

BANFF CENTRE MOUNTAIN FILM  VIRTUAL FESTIVAL All the programs! If you’ve been too busy getting after it outdoors, or just haven’t made the time yet, now’s your chance to catch all our Virtual World Tour Programs. Join us online for a mixed program of award winners from the 2020, 2019 and 2018 Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festivals. Catch up on missed films or relive some of the best that Banff has to offer. For more information and tickets, visit riotheatre.com or call 831-423-8209. Wednesday, June 23-Monday, June 28. 

LIVE MUSIC AT FOUND ART COLLECTIVE Do you like bossa nova, jazz, folk, latin or bluegrass? If so, stop by Found Art Collective for some live, outdoor music. Saturday, June 26, 3-5pm. Found Art Collective, 5167 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley.

MIKE THE MAGICIAN You are invited to a virtual magic show! Just say “Abra-ca-dabra”! Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with family magic performances that are equal parts playful and astonishing. This virtual magic show will be bilingual (presented in English with a Spanish language interpreter)! Está invitado a un espectáculo virtual de magia. ¡Sólo diga “Abra-ca-dabra”! Mike Della Penna crea maravilla y risas con actuaciones de magia familar que son partes iguales juguetón y sorprendeme. Visit santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/7612431 for more information. Tuesday, June 29, 11am-noon.

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OUTDOOR COMEDY & MUSIC RICHARD STOCKTON This is the Jester In Sequester Comedy Extravaganza standup comedy, boomer humor tunes and delta blues guitar. Laughter, music, wine, all at a safe distance. Entrance is by donation, exit is by ransom. You may take off your mask once you sit at your table. If you laugh so hard you pee your pants the El Vaquero staff is prepared to safely clean up anything that hits the floor. The outdoor seating is limited, please call for reservations 831-607-8118. I double dare you to come. Sunday, June 27, 3pm. El Vaquero Winery, 2901 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville.

THE HUMANITIES INSTITUTE AND SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE: TROILUS AND CRESSIDA This three-part virtual reading of one of Shakespeare’s most unusual tragedies continues the “Undiscovered Shakespeare” collaboration between Santa Cruz Shakespeare, UCSC’s Humanities Institute, and The Shakespeare Workshop. Join us as we read through this play episodically on Zoom, and dig into the text with lectures from scholars and conversations with the cast. Swinging wildly between bawdy comedy, epic history, and tragic romance, Troilus and Cressida plays against the backdrop of the Trojan War. With its examinations of honor, fidelity, pretension, romance, and war, this is a play that Joyce Carol Oats described as an “implicit debate between what is essential in human life and what is only existential.” For more information or to get the Zoom link, visit santacruzshakespeare.org. Wednesday, June 23, 6:30pm. 


NINE YEARS OF THRIVING: YOSO WELLNESS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISER FOR LIFELAB We are thrilled to announce that through this last year and surviving the pandemic, Yoso Wellness Spa will be celebrating nine years of thriving! We are celebrating by having an anniversary celebration on Sunday! For this celebration, we will have entertainment from The Coffis Brothers, Trike a Pose photobooth, and Happily Ever Laughter! There will be tasty bites from Golden Roots Kitchen and Hanloh as well as sips from Humble Sea and Luna Sea Vodka. While getting together to celebrate our anniversary, we like to take this time to give back to the community by having a fundraiser for a local non-profit. We have chosen to partner with LifeLab to help raise funds for their children’s programs. For the fundraiser, we will have a raffle, as well as the proceeds of drink and food sales going to LifeLab. Sunday, June 27, 3-6pm. Yoso Wellness, 740 Front St., Santa Cruz.

ADAPTIVE SKATE DAY An Adaptive Skate Day with specialized instructors. For all age people with different abilities. All equipment provided or you can bring your own. Saturday, June 26, 1-5pm. Santa Cruz Hope Church, 4525 Soquel Drive, Soquel.

ASK ME ANYTHING: CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FRONT LINE OF HOMELESSNESS Join Housing Matters’ Programs Staff in their newest webinar: “Ask Me Anything: Conversations from the Front Line Of Homelessness”. This is your opportunity to hear what is going on every single day to solve homelessness and ask all the questions you have about working to solve homelessness in our community. For more information or to register for this free event call 831- 458-6020 or visit eventbrite.com/e/ask-me-anything-conversations-from-the-front-line-of-homelessness-tickets-132833806491. Tuesday, June 29, Noon.

BIKES AND BOARDS SHOW An informal gathering of enthusiasts from across action sports: motorcycling, surfing, bicycling, and skateboarding. The goal of this event is to meet peers from other sports and learn why they love them, explaining the same thing in return. Simply visit the participating shops with the bike or boards you love and talk about them. Then go to the next shop and repeat. The goal is to merely meet fun folks. Saturday, June 26, 11am. Cycle Imagery, 1025 Water St., Santa Cruz.

COVID-19 AND CAREGIVING WEBINAR Caring for someone living with dementia during the Covid-19 pandemic adds unique challenges for caregivers. This program provides simple tips caregivers can put in place whether the person living with dementia lives at home, in a residential facility, or care providers are coming into the home. To register or for more information call 800-272-3900. Wednesday, June 23, 10-11:30am. 

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY Food trucks, live music and a beer and wine garden at Skypark in Scotts Valley! The Paperback Ryders will be performing Beatles tunes and the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation will be hosting their very popular beer garden fundraiser! Food vendors include Pana, Taquizas Gabriel, Saucey’z, Aunt LaLi’s and more! Updated event info is available at facebook.com/events/762864271075610. There is plenty of space to spread out and eat at the picnic tables, bring a blanket and picnic on the lawn or order your food to go! Friday, June 25, 5-8pm. Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley.

GREY BEARS BROWN BAG LINE If you are able-bodied and love to work fast, this is for you! Grey Bears could use more help with their brown bag production line on Thursday and Friday mornings. As a token of our thanks, we make you breakfast and give you a bag of food if wanted. Be at the warehouse with a mask and gloves at 7am, and we will put you to work until at least 9am! Call ahead if you would like to know more: 831-479-1055, greybears.org. Thursday, June 24, 7am. California Grey Bears, 2710 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz.

HISTORY WALK Join a State Park docent on this one-mile hour-long stroll to the Aptos Creek Bridge and back to get the lowdown on Rafael Castro, Claus Spreckels, the development of Aptos, Seacliff Park, the “Madman of Seacliff”, and the story of the Concrete Ship. This walking tour meets near the ramada. Spaces are limited and early pre-registration is recommended. Attendees are required to self-screen for Covid-19 symptoms when pre-registering. Masks and social distancing are also required at all programs. To register, visit santacruzstateparks.as.me/schedule.php. Friday, June 25, 11am. Seacliff State Beach, State Park Drive exit from Hwy. 1, Aptos.

SALSA SUELTA FREE ZOOM SESSION Keep in shape! Weekly online session in Cuban-style Salsa Suelta for experienced beginners and up. May include mambo, chachacha, Afro-Cuban rumba, orisha, son montuno. No partner required, ages 14 and older. Contact to get the link; visit salsagente.com. Thursday, June 24, 7pm. 

TENANTS’ RIGHTS HELP Tenant Sanctuary is open to renters living in the city of Santa Cruz with questions about their tenants’ rights. Volunteer counselors staff the telephones on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm. Tenant Sanctuary works to empower tenants by educating them on their rights and providing the tools to pursue those rights. Tenant Sanctuary and their program attorney host free legal clinics for tenants in the city of Santa Cruz. Due to Covid-19 concerns, all services are currently by telephone, email or Zoom. For more information visit tenantsanctuary.org or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/tenantsanctuary. 831-200-0740. Thursday, June 24, 10am-2pm. Sunday, June 27, 10am-2pm. Tuesday, June 29, 10am-2pm. Tenant Sanctuary, 703 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz.


CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP VIA ZOOM Support groups create a safe, confidential, supportive environment or community and a chance for family caregivers to develop informal mutual support and social relationships as well as discover more effective ways to cope with and care for your loved one. Who may benefit from participating in the support group? Family caregivers who care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, those who would like to talk to others in similar situations, those who need more information, additional support and caregiving strategies. This meeting is held via Zoom and telephone. To register or for more information call 800-272-3900. Wednesday, June 23, 2pm. 

COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENT FORUM Complementary Treatment Forum is an educational group and a safe place to learn for women with a cancer diagnosis. Meets every fourth Saturday, currently on Zoom. Registration required, call WomenCARE at 831-457-2273. Saturday, June 26, 10:30am-12:30pm. 

ENTRE NOSOTRAS GRUPO DE APOYO Entre Nosotras support group for Spanish-speaking women with a cancer diagnosis. Meets twice monthly. Registration required: Call Entre Nosotras at 831-761-3973. Friday, June 25, 6pm. 

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS All our OA meetings have switched to being online due to sheltering in place. Please call 831-429-7906 for meeting information. Do you have a problem with food? Drop into a free, friendly Overeaters Anonymous 12-Step meeting. All are welcome! Thursday, June 24, 1-2pm. 

WOMENCARE ARM-IN-ARM WomenCARE ARM-IN-ARM Cancer support group for women with advanced, recurrent, or metastatic cancer. Meets every Monday at WomenCARE’s office. Currently on Zoom. Registration required, call WomenCARE at 831-457-2273. All services are free. For more information visit womencaresantacruz.org. Monday, June 28, 12:30pm.

WOMENCARE TUESDAY SUPPORT GROUP WomenCARE Tuesday Cancer support group for women newly diagnosed and through their treatment. Meets every Tuesday currently on Zoom. Registration required, call WomenCARE 831-457-2273. Tuesday, June 29, 12:30-2pm. 

WOMENCARE: LAUGHTER YOGA Laughter yoga for women with a cancer diagnosis. Meets every Wednesday, currently via Zoom. Registration required, call WomenCARE at 831-457-2273. Wednesday, June 23, 3:30-4:30pm. 


CASTRO ADOBE TOURS Come join us for a free tour of Castro Adobe State Historic Park and learn about the history of the California Rancho period. Explore the 170-year-old two-story adobe hacienda to see the restoration work that has been happening. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this tour requires preregistration. Preregistration is also available for July and August, but may be subject to change. To preregister for your tour, visit cognitoforms.com/FSCSP1/CastroAdobeTours. Sunday, June 27, 11am-3pm. Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville.

SUNSET BEACH BOWLS Experience the tranquility, peace and calmness as the ocean waves harmonize with the sound of Crystal Bowls raising your vibration and energy levels. Every Tuesday one hour before sunset at Moran Lake Beach. Call 831-333-6736 for more details. Tuesday, June 29, 7:15-8:15pm. Moran Lake Park & Beach, East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz.

VIRTUAL YOUNGER LAGOON RESERVE TOURS Younger Lagoon Reserve is now offering a virtual tour in both English and Spanish. This virtual tour follows the same stops as the Seymour Marine Discovery Center’s docent-led, in-person hiking tour, and is led by a UCSC student! Virtual Younger Lagoon Reserve tours are free and open to the public. Part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, Younger Lagoon Reserve contains diverse coastal habitats and is home to birds of prey, migrating sea birds, bobcats, and other wildlife. See what scientists are doing to track local mammals, restore native habitat, and learn about the workings of one of California’s rare coastal lagoons. Access the tours at seymourcenter.ucsc.edu/visit/behind-the-scenes-tours/#youngerlagoon. Sunday, June 27, 10:30am. 

YOU PICK ROSES We are growing over 300 roses, deeply fragrant, lush and in every color, and we want to share them with you! Get out of the house and enjoy cutting a bucket of roses for your own pleasure or to share with family and friends. Once you have made a purchase, you will be sent a calendar link to pick a time for your reservation and directions to our farm in Watsonville. Visit birdsongorchards.com/store/you-pick-roses for more information. Friday, June 25, 11am. Sunday, June 27, 11am.


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