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Upcoming Virtual + Socially Distanced Events

Photo by Sarah Voorhees

See what fun, entertaining, sometimes educational, and always Santa Cruz County themed virtual events are coming up this month! Whether you’re in a live zoom webinar exploring the ancient redwoods of a local state park or taking a virtual tour of the latest art exhibit, these events will change up the routine at home!

And for all those parents out there, be sure to check in regularly for added events – we know these might come in handy for that distance-learning game. 😊

ON-DEMAND PORTS PROGRAM FROM NATURAL BRIDGES STATE BEACH
Available Now
California State Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) provides K12 students the opportunity to connect with the diverse cultural, natural, and historic resources of our State through virtual field-trip experiences. Check out the on-demand programs from Natural Bridges State Beach.

VIRTUAL EXHIBIT: FIRST PEOPLES OF CALIFORNIA FROM SANTA CRUZ MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Available Now
Explore the many ways Native Californians have survived and thrived through their knowledge of and relationship with the natural landscape. Text, video, slideshows, and learning extensions bring the Museum’s physical exhibit to life in the digital realm for learners of all ages.

SANTA CRUZ MAH: EVERGREEN AT DUSK “CEMETERY HISTORY TOURS”
Every Thursday in October: October 8, 15, 22, 29; 6:00pm
Discover the shadows and secrets found within Evergreen Cemetery, one of the oldest public cemeteries in California, on a self-guided tour of the grounds. Bring your curiosity (and maybe some flashlights) as you explore the final resting place of Santa Cruz’s early settlers. The 45-minute tour is a self-driven adventure uncovering the stories and tombstones of the people who made Santa Cruz what it is today. Designed for daring, curious, and history-loving households this tour is great for all ages!

SANTA CRUZ MAH: BROWSE CHALK ART CIRCLES IN ABBOTT SQUARE
Beginning October 21
Take a walk through Abbott Square for live chalk drawings by local Latinx artists. Check MAH website for info on artist spotlights.

SANTA CRUZ MAH: VIDEO TUTORIAL CALAVERA FACE PAINT WITH EVELYN SALGUERO
October 22
Calavera (skull) is a familiar symbol of Dia de Muertos celebration that represents the departed soul folks honor on their altar. Learn from local artist Evelyn Salguero in a video tutorial how to paint your (or someone else’s) face with the vibrant calavera. The video will be posted here on October 22nd for you to follow along at your leisure.

SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK: DRIVE IN MOVIES “IT”
October 22; 7:00pm
Limited advance tickets for each Boardwalk Drive-In Movie are on sale online. The remainder will be sold at the gate.

CHAMINADE RESORT & SPA: FALL FESTIVAL
October 23 – 25
Ready for Chaminade Resort & Spa’s first-ever Fall Festival Overnight Package? Resort guests enjoy an open-air, open spaces, and endless fun. Join us on October 24 at Chaminade featuring a pumpkin patch 🎃, costume contest 👻, pony ride 🐴, petting zoo, lawn games, and more!

SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK: DRIVE IN MOVIES “THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS”
October 24; 7:00pm
Limited advance tickets for each Boardwalk Drive-In Movie are on sale online. The remainder will be sold at the gate.

SANTA CRUZ MAH: VIDEO PERFORMANCE: SENDEROS’ CENTEOTL DANZA Y BAILE DANCE PERFORMANCE
October 29
Come back here as we drop a virtual performance by Centeotl Danza y Baile filmed at Evergreen Cemetery. Learn about the dance and its significance in an interview with Maestras Jenny Robles, Magdalena Vega, and Chanel Robles. The video will be posted here on October 29th for you to enjoy.

SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK: DRIVE IN MOVIES “HALLOWEEN (2018)”
October 29; 7:00pm
Limited advance tickets for each Boardwalk Drive-In Movie are on sale online. The remainder will be sold at the gate.

SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK: DRIVE IN MOVIES “HOCUS POCUS”
October 30; 7:00pm
Limited advance tickets for each Boardwalk Drive-In Movie are on sale online. The remainder will be sold at the gate.

HALLOWEEN AT THE BOARDWALK
October 31; 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Looking for alternative activities this Halloween? Get in the mood with Boardwalk fun, all planned with COVID safety in mind. Trick-or-Treat from noon to 7pm. $10 Trick-or-Treat Package Includes:

  • Collectible Boardwalk Candy bag- Fill your bag with candy from all participating food and shopping locations on the Boardwalk
  • $8 MyBoardwalk Card- Play fun outdoor midway or arcade games (Cards do not expire- you can save the card for a later date!)
  • Entry into Costume Contest- Stop by the Neptune’s Stage to get your photo taken and enter the costume contest.
  • Peace of Mind- Enhanced safety and health guidelines are enforced on the Boardwalk

SANTA CRUZ MAH: POP UP INSTALLATION: COMMUNITY ALTARS & RIBBONS AT EVERGREEN CEMETERY
November 1; 12:00pm-3:30pm
Stroll through Evergreen Cemetery in a self-guided walking tour of community ofrendas (altars) and view of a community-sourced ribbon installation Recordando Recuerdos. MAH staff members will be on-site to maintain a safe viewing experience. Masks and social distancing are required.

SANTA CRUZ MAH: EDUCATIONAL VIDEO: DIA DE MUERTOS HISTORY LESSON
November 2
Enjoy a prerecorded video of the MAH’s Education Coordinator, Oscar Paz, at Evergreen Cemetery for a quick history of Día de Muertos and some traditions surrounding the holiday. A great video for educators and anyone interested in learning more about Día de Muertos while staying safe at home. The video will be posted here on November 2nd for all to enjoy and share.

SANTA CRUZ MAH: POP-UP INSTALLATION: COMMUNITY OFRENDA AT THE MAH
November 2 – 7
Take a moment to pause with a community altar (ofrenda). The ofrenda welcomes your stories of loved ones who have passed. Altars are built to honor the dead, welcome them to the living world, and celebrate with the offerings placed on the altar. Stop by the MAH to view the ofrenda and hold space for reflection. The MAH asks, “How do you honor loved ones present and passed?” Tag the MAH @santacruzmah or with the hashtag #DiaAtTheMAH to share your answers.

SANTA CRUZ MAH: VIDEO PERFORMANCE: ENSAMBLE MUSICAL DE SENDEROS MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
November 5
Bring the beautiful music of Día de Muertos to your home thanks to Ensamble Musical de Senderos in a prerecorded musical performance filmed at Evergreen Cemetery. The video will be posted here on November 5th for you to enjoy and share.

VIRTUAL EVENT: SUNDAY SEASIDE CRAFTS
December 13, 12pm-5:30pm
Follow along with this DIY at-home experiment to explore the effects of ocean acidification on shelled sea creatures. Watch to learn about the research at UC Santa Cruz that investigates this problem and the things we can change in our daily lives to minimize our carbon footprints—then try the experiment out for yourself!

Would you like additional information on Santa Cruz County businesses that are safely open right now? Outdoor dining options, kayak rentals, parks, wine tasting, and more – see our NEW detailed business listings with specific COVID-19 safety measure information. And as always, we ask everyone in Santa Cruz County to take the Safety Pledge with us: Protect others and yourself – wear a mask and social distance. #LetsCruzSafely

Last updated October 13, 2020

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