.Things To Do in Santa Cruz: June 30-July 6

A weekly guide to what’s happening.


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 30-Tuesday, July 6. 

GREATER PURPOSE COMEDY NIGHT Every Friday night at Greater Purpose Brewing it’s the Greater Purpose Comedy Show hosted by DNA and Chree Powell, this show features the best of California comedy. The show is 90 minutes long; doors at 7pm, show at 7:30pm. Admission is $10 and we strongly suggest buying your tickets on Eventbrite in advance at eventbrite.com/e/greater-purpose-comedy-tickets-156589496399. Show is for ages 16+. Friday, July 2, 7-9pm. East Cliff Brewing Co., 21517 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz.

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, July 1, 7pm.

WESTSIDE MARKETPLACE FOURTH OF JULY Time for the Westside Marketplace! First Sundays at the Wrigley Building! We will be featuring local art, handmade and vintage shopping, plus food trucks, pop-ups and live music by Papiba & Friends—all outdoors. Free admission plus free and easy parking, what more can you ask for? Friendly leashed pups are welcome! For more details visit scmmakersmarket.com or foodtrucksagogo.com and keep an eye on our social media! Sunday, July 4, 11am-5pm. The Old Wrigley Building, 2801 Mission St., Santa Cruz.

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AB 626 TO LEGALIZE HOME COOKING IN SANTA CRUZ A public forum to discuss Bill AB626 and how legalizing Microenterprise Home Cooking Operations are providing safe and healthy food systems for communities across California.  Join us in person at the Live Oak Grange in Santa Cruz (or through Zoom) for our panel and public discussion about AB 626 and how it is changing the way communities think about food. We will be diving into how the bill addresses the flexibility we need in our regional food systems for the safe and legal selling of food. Wednesday, June 30, 7pm. Live Oak Grange, 1700 19th St., Santa Cruz.

FAMILY SANGHA MONTHLY MEDITATION Come help create a family meditation cooperative community! Parents will meet in the main room for about 40 minutes of silent meditation, followed by 10-15 minutes of discussion about life and mindful parenting. Kids will be in a separate volunteer-led room, playing and exploring mindfulness through games and stories. Parents may need to help with the kids for a portion of the hour, depending on volunteer turnout. All ages of children are welcome. Please bring toys to share. Quiet babies are welcome in the parents’ room. Donations (dana) are encouraged; there is no fee for the event. Sunday, July 4, 10:30am-noon. Insight Santa Cruz, 740 Front St. #240, Santa Cruz.

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, July 1, 7am. California Grey Bears, 2710 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz.

HOUSING MATTERS’ BUILDING WITH PURPOSE LAUNCH PARTY Join Housing Matters’ to celebrate the launch of Building with Purpose: a capital campaign supporting the construction of a 120-unit permanent supportive housing project in Santa Cruz County. This building will be the end of homelessness for 120 of our most vulnerable neighbors, and we are going to celebrate! To learn more, visit our website at buildingwithpurpose.org. Wednesday, June 30, 5:30-6:30pm. 

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, July 2, 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, July 1, 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, July 5, 12:30pm. 

WOMENCARE MEDITATION GROUP WomenCARE’s meditation group for women with a cancer diagnosis meets the first and third Friday of each month from 11am-noon. For more information and location please call 831-457-2273. Monday, July 5, 11am-noon. 

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, July 6, 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 30, 3:30-4:30pm. WomenCARE, 2901 Park Ave., Suite A1, Soquel.


CASFS FARMSTAND Organic vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers are sold weekly at the CASFS Farmstand, starting June 15 and continuing through Nov. 23. Proceeds support experiential education programs at the UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. Wednesday, June 30, Noon-6pm. Friday, July 2, Noon-6pm. Cowell Ranch Historic Hay Barn, Ranch View Road, Santa Cruz.

FREE TUESDAY AT UCSC ARBORETUM Community Day at the UCSC Arboretum, free admission on the first Tuesday of every month. Come explore the biodiversity of our gardens, great birdwatching or simply come relax on a bench in the shade. Tuesday, July 6, 9am. UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz.

NEW BRIGHTON LITTLE RANGERS Any and all three to six-year-olds are invited to play games, listen to stories and songs, and learn about nature! Smiles, laughter, and good times abound at this program, and it’s a fantastic way to begin your morning in the park. We will meet at the campground Ramada. For more information, call 831-685-6444. 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, July 2, 11-11:30am, Saturday, July 3, 11-11:30am. New Brighton Beach, 1500 Park Ave., Capitola.

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, July 6, 7:15-8:15pm. Moran Lake Park & Beach, East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz.

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, July 2, 11am. Sunday, July 4, 11am. 


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