.Things To Do in Santa Cruz: March 31-April 6

A weekly guide to what’s happening.


ANTHONY ARYA WITH LIFE IS A CABARET “DINNER AND A SHOW” A unique Parisian-esque jazz experience: hot jazz, swing, stride, and standards. $45 for dinner and show. Saturday, April 3, 8pm. Michael’s on Main, 2591 S Main St., Soquel. 

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 our 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.

CABRILLO VAPA CROSSTALKS #2 WITH ANGELA CHAMBERS Please join us for the second of Cabrillo VAPA’s CrossTalks, a Zoom storytelling series about careers in creative arts and design. Our second speaker is Angela Chambers, development director/programming manager at Tannery World Dance Cultural Center. Chambers teaches dance while also pursuing her passion for supporting youth development and community activation. She is currently the project manager for the Black Health Matters initiative. She actively seeks new ways to engage her dedication to community organizing, youth empowerment and the performing arts. This series is generously funded by the Cabrillo College Foundation. Register online at cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkf-uqqTMiHdbnI4uWkzt_74aYV0-pzpua. Tuesday, April 6, 5-6pm. 

POETS’ CIRCLE POETRY READING SERIES Join featured reader, poet and teacher Brennan DeFrisco. DeFrisco has been a National Poetry Slam finalist, a Pushcart Prize nominee, runner-up for the Drake University Emerging Writer Award, and 2017 Grand Slam Champion of the Oakland Poetry Slam. He is the author of “A Heart With No Scars” (Nomadic Press) and has served as poetry editor on the mastheads of “Lunch Ticket” and “Meow Meow Pow Pow.” Open mic to follow. Hosted by Magdalena Montagne and supported by the Friends of the Watsonville Public Library. See the library’s website at cityofwatsonville.org/348/Poets-Circle for instructions on how to join this virtual event. Thursday, April 1, 5-7pm.

TOBY GRAY JACK’S PATIO AT DREAM INN Celebrate Easter in paradise with ocean views and great food and drink! Cool, rockin’ to mellow with a repertoire of several hundred of your favorite songs and fun heartfelt originals! Toby presents songs made famous by the Eagles, Beatles, Bob Dylan, Peter Rowan, Bob Marley, and many other classic artists, adding his own interpretations and owning the songs, paying tribute to some of the founding voices of Motown, rhythm and blues, country, and rock. Great music and stories of touring with It’s A Beautiful Day, Dick Clark Productions, and a multitude of characters from San Francisco’s Summer of Love and LA music scenes. Sunday, April 4, 5:30-8:30pm. The Dream Inn, 175 W Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. 

WESTSIDE MARKETPLACE Shop local at the new Westside Marketplace! First Sundays at the Wrigley, featuring local art, handmade and vintage shopping, food trucks and pop-ups all outdoors at the Old Wrigley parking lot on Mission Street. Admission is free; friendly leashed pups are welcome. Remember to social 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. Presented by your friends at SCM Makers Market and Food Trucks A Go Go. Sunday, April 4, 11am-4pm. 2801 Mission St., Santa Cruz. 

WEST CLIFF OUTDOOR MARKET Enjoy a socially distanced outdoor market with unique artisans and food trucks while taking in the spectacular view of the ocean. This one-of-a-kind market will be held in two parking lots along West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. This is always a popular spot for locals and tourists, as it overlooks the famous Steamers Lane surf spot. The market will feature one-of-a-kind gifts and a chance to shop in an outside environment while overlooking the ocean. The market will follow all social distancing guidelines and all vendors and attendees will be wearing face masks. Please come and join us and enjoy this outdoor market. Saturday, April 3, 10am-6pm. West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. 


FOOD WASTE WEBINAR SERIES Keep your cash out of the trash! Join this webinar series created by the City of Santa Cruz to learn all about wasted food and reducing waste in your life to keep cash out of the trash. Plus, be entered to win awesome prizes like a compost bin and more for attending. Did you know that there is not only a huge environmental impact from wasting food but that the average family of four will toss out $1,600 or more a year in wasted food? To help us dive deeper into the journey of wasted food topics, there will be a wonderful lineup of guest speakers including chef Kendra Baker of The Glass Jar demoing “Freestyle Cooking,” Farmer Javier Zamora of JSM Organic Farms, Chief Operations Officer Kristi Locatelli of Wild Roots Market, and Donation Center Executive Director, Tim Brattan of Grey Bears. Please join us for one or all three webinars to explore where food comes from and goes and why you have an opportunity to make a huge difference for the planet and maybe even your wallet. You may be surprised with what you learn! Visit eventbrite.com/e/food-waste-webinar-series-tickets-144305368241 to register. Tuesday, April 6, 5-6pm.

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. greybears.org. 831-479-1055. Thursday, April 1, 7am.

HOW TO HELP YOUR UNHOUSED NEIGHBORS VIRTUAL WEBINAR Join Housing Matters and Miracle Messages to hear from the perspective of someone who has experienced homelessness and experts in the field to discover how you can be a part of the solutions to homelessness in your community today. Visit housingmatterssc.org or miraclemessages.org for more information. Thursday, April 1, 5:30-6:30pm.

JUROR’S TALK FOR 2020 VISION: SEEING OURSELVES THROUGH CHALLENGING TIMES Please join us for this juror’s talk with Eleanor Harwood, of Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco, who will discuss her process for selecting the works for “2020 Vision: Seeing ourselves through challenging times,” her perspectives on the role of art in society, and her experience as a gallerist. The artworks included in this exhibition reflect a multitude of perspectives: losses, struggles, tales of survival, revelations and lessons learned, hopefulness, actions to materialize change, quiet reflections, and acknowledgments of the simple pleasures—as well as the absurdity—in life, such as it has been, over the past year. Saturday, April 3, 4-5pm.

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, April 1, 10am-2pm. Sunday, April 4, 10am-2pm. Tuesday, April 6, 10am-2pm.

TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACHES FOR PARENTING Parenting is hard, especially with the added stressors of our current reality. We need tools to help us be the best parents we can be! The stress, uncertainty and changes of the past year have impacted parents and children. How can we move through this time together, with resilience? We know that a strong parent-child relationship is essential, but how are parents to cultivate connection and joy when they are legitimately exhausted? In this workshop, participants will explore attachment-based, emotion-focused and resilience-building strategies for transforming even their most difficult parenting moments into opportunities for connection. Enrollment for the class through Eventbrite will close on March 31 at 5pm. Please email sh****@we****************.com if you would like to sign up but enrollment has closed. All proceeds go to the Survivor’s Healing Center. Register at eventbrite.com/e/trauma-informed-approaches-for-parenting-tickets-146040480007. Thursday, April 1, 7-9:30pm.


ENTRE NOSOTRAS GRUPO DE APOYO Entre Nosotras support group for Spanish-speaking women with a cancer diagnosis. Meets twice monthly. Registration required: Entre Nosotras 831-761-3973. Friday, April 2, 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, April 5, 12:30pm.

WOMENCARE MEDITATION GROUP WomenCARE’s meditation group for women with a cancer diagnosis meets the first and third Monday. For more information and location: 831-457-2273. Monday, April 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: Contact WomenCARE at 831-457-2273 or online at womencaresantacruz.org. Tuesday, April 6, 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, Mar. 31, 3:30-4:30pm.


MEMBER MEET-UP: INSECTS AT THE MUSEUM Member Meet-Ups are small group get-togethers for Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History members where we learn from each other while exploring Santa Cruz’s diverse natural spaces. Not yet a member? Join today! There’s no time like springtime for looking closely at the teeming world of insect life all around. While our natural spaces are wonderful locations for exploring insect life, cultivated gardens are also an important link in sustaining our insect populations. For this Member Meet-Up, we will look for insects at the Museum’s Garden Learning Center, exploring how sustainable gardening using local, native plants can help support native insects. We’ll use collecting tools such as nets and magnifying lenses to aid in our observations. Please review the following details prior to registering: wear a mask at all times; if you feel sick, stay home; maintain at least six feet of distance from others; we are limiting the number of Members who can join us to 12 individuals. More information at santacruzmuseum.org. Saturday, April 3, 10am-noon. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. 

PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE COURSE Permaculture is an ethically based whole-systems design approach that uses concepts, principles, and methods derived from ecosystems, Indigenous peoples and other time-tested systems to create human settlements and institutions. It’s also been called “saving the planet while throwing a better party.” The Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Certificate course includes the internationally recognized 72-hour curriculum, augmented by an additional 38-hours of hands-on practice and field trips. Plus, folks have the option to camp on-site each weekend and build a community around the fire! Our course brings in leading designers and teachers from around the region, each an expert in different areas of permaculture. The Santa Cruz Permaculture network of instructors, alumni, community partners, and resources continues to grow each season, and by participating in our course, you become part of this network. Additionally, course participants work in teams throughout the six-month program to design a holistic permaculture plan for a real-life property in the community. The hands-on learning, workshops, and readings throughout the course prepare students with the knowledge and whole systems thinking strategies that allow them to create detailed and thoughtful design projects. We will be adhering to the latest Covid-19 recommendations and precautions. Classes start on April 3 and run through Sept. 5. Date, topic, and registration fees available at santacruzpermaculture.com/permaculture-design-course

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, April 4, 10:30am.


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