.Things To Do in Santa Cruz: March 17-23

A weekly guide to what’s happening.


BACH AND MORE FOR ONE AND TWO VIOLINS Concert three of Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Season 48, “Bach and More for One and Two Violins,” is a brilliant performance by two expert performers on the Baroque violin. Edwin Huizinga and Grijda Spiri are scholars of the instrument, both with a deep understanding of how the instrument was played in the Baroque era. They both appreciate the way that Baroque violins differ from modern ones: the gut strings, lower tuning, etc. Though a little bit quieter and less bright than their modern counterparts, the Baroque violin feels more intimate, allowing the moment-to-moment expression of the performer to come through with greater immediacy. You can hear the immediacy in this performance at r.blitzer gallery, with musical phrases sensitively imbued with attitude and emotion, and an understanding of this complex music communicated with great clarity. Playing with the supreme sensitivity that is enabled by the baroque instrument, Huizinga and Spiri transformed the art gallery into a concert hall, enthralling the few engineers and stagehands that were privileged to be at the recording. On March 20, we are sharing their marvelous musical expression with the community at large. scbaroque.org. Saturday, March 20, 7:30pm.

BANFF CENTRE MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL VIRTUAL FESTIVAL All the programs? 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 the Banff Virtual World Tour programs, including the grand prize winner: “Piano to Zanskar.” This year, bring the adventure home! Fluff up your couch cushions, grab a snack of choice, and make sure you have a good internet connection because the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour is virtual. Travel to the most remote corners of the world, dive into daring expeditions, and celebrate some of the most remarkable outdoor achievements, all from the comfort of your living room. Films can be purchased individually or as a bundle. Visit riotheatre.com for more information about the online programs and how you can support your local screening. You may also go directly to the Banff affiliate link for the Rio at filmfest.banffcentre.ca/?campaign=WT-163945.

DOWNTOWN SANTA CRUZ MAKERS MARKET Come on out and support local makers and artists at the Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market every third Sunday of the month on Pacific Avenue at Lincoln Street. We are now on the 1100 block of Pacific Avenue between Cathcart and Lincoln streets near New Leaf and alongside many amazing downtown restaurants. Support local and shop small with over 30 Santa Cruz County artists and makers. And don’t forget to stop in and visit the downtown merchants and grab a bite to eat from the downtown restaurants. Remember to socially distance as you shop and wear your mask. If you’re not feeling well, please stay home. There will be hand sanitizing stations at the market and signs to remind you about all these things. Friendly, leashed pups are welcome at this free event. Sunday, March 21, 10am-5pm.

MEET ARTIST MARC SHARGEL Meet Marc Shargel at the Radius Gallery on Friday, March 19. Marc is featured in a multi-artist show, “450 Pieces,” a tri-gallery exhibition of the Santa Cruz Visual Arts Network. The show runs through March 28. Covid-safety protocol will be in effect. Questions? Email [email protected]. Friday, March 19, 2:30-5pm. Radius, Gallery, 1050 River St., #127, Santa Cruz.

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DREAM INN SANTA CRUZ TO CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY WITH VERTICAL CONCERT FEATURING THE BLACK IRISH BAND It’s time to bring back live music! Dream Inn Santa Cruz will feature its second live vertical concert with incredible Celtic and Americana music from The Black Irish Band—perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. An opening DJ and The Black Irish Band will offer a safe, socially distanced, open-air concert live from Dream Inn’s pool deck, with incredible views of the Monterey Bay. Ticket holders will enjoy the concert from their private guest room balconies overlooking the pool deck. Each room offers aerial views over the concert floor and is perfectly equipped for social distancing with private household viewing. Throughout the evening, food and beverage service will be available at Jack’s Patio at Dream Inn Santa Cruz. Room service will also be available. The concert takes place on Wednesday, March 17. Opening DJ begins at 5:30pm and The Black Irish Band begins at 7pm. All ticket packages come with overnight accommodations in a Deluxe Ocean View room, and a private balcony or patio overlooking the pool deck/stage. The package includes all hotel room conveniences. Package rates begin at $519 plus tax; visit dreaminnsantacruz.com/st-patricks-day to book. Dream Inn Santa Cruz, 175 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. Wednesday, March 17, 5:30pm.

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. salsagente.com. Thursday, March 18, 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, March 18, 10am-2pm. Sunday, March 21, 10am-2pm. Tuesday, March 23, 10am-2pm.


CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 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. Meeting via Zoom and phone. Who may benefit from participating in the support group? Family caregivers who care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, those would like to talk to others in a similar situation, and those who need more information, additional support and caregiving strategies. To register or for questions please call 800-272-3900. Wednesday, March 17, 5:30pm.

ENTRE NOSOTRAS GRUPO DE APOYO Entre Nosotras support group for Spanish-speaking women with a cancer diagnosis. Meets twice monthly. Registration required, call 831-761-3973. Friday, March 19, 6pm.

WOMENCARE ARM-IN-ARM Cancer support group for women with advanced, recurrent, or metastatic cancer. Meets every Monday at 12:30pm via Zoom. All services are free. Registration required. Contact WomenCARE at 831-457-2273 or online at womencaresantacruz.org. Monday, March 22, 12:30pm.

WOMENCARE MINDFULNESS MEDITATION Mindfulness Meditation for women with a cancer diagnosis. Meets the first and third Friday, currently on Zoom. Registration required, call WomenCARE at 831-457-2273. Friday, March 19, 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. Contact WomenCARE at 831-457-2273 or online at womencaresantacruz.org. Tuesday, March 23, 12:30-2pm.

WOMENCARE: LAUGHTER YOGA Laughter yoga for women with a cancer diagnosis. Meets every Wednesday at 3:30 via Zoom. Registration required by contacting 831-457-2273. Wednesday, March 17, 3:30-4:30pm.


SATURDAYS IN THE SOIL It’s time to get your hands dirty! The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is excited to relaunch Saturdays in the Soil, a monthly volunteer program in our native plant garden. Learn about local ecology, native plants, and sustainable gardening while coming together as a community (in a physically distanced manner) to steward Tyrrell Park through the City’s Adopt-A-Park program. Space is limited and RSVPs are required. Email [email protected] to express interest. This native plant garden requires general landscaping, occasional watering, weeding, and replanting. All ages are welcome; children under 14 require adult supervision. Masks are required at all times. You are encouraged to bring your own gloves (though this is not required). Limited to 12 volunteers. Check-in at the amphitheater. Upon arrival, staff will provide an orientation, temperature check, waiver, and social distancing overview. Saturday, March 20, 10am-noon. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz.

VIRTUAL SCIENCE SUNDAY—WATER MANAGEMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND SALMON HEALTH: THE STORY OF THE SACRAMENTO RIVER Perhaps nowhere else in the world is a water resource management and fisheries management so connected as in California. A vast array of dams and reservoirs in the state provide fresh water for public use, but also impact the health of salmon. For example, in the Sacramento River, the spawning grounds for the endangered winter-run Chinook salmon are solely reliant on the cold water released from Shasta Reservoir upstream. How climate change will impact the ability of upstream reservoirs to sustain water resources for fish and public use remains an important question in California, with implications for drought-prone regions around the world. Join Miles Daniels as he discusses his research exploring the connections between water management, climate change, and salmon health. UCSC March Science Sunday is free for everyone to attend. This is made possible through a generous sponsorship by the UCSC Fisheries Collaborative Program in partnership with the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Register in advance for the online Science Sunday webinar here: seymourcenter.ucsc.edu/learn/ongoing-education/science-sundays. Registration closes an hour prior to the event. Sunday, March 21, 1:30-2:30pm.

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, March 21, 10:30am.


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