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A Call For Volunteers to Help Protect Endangered Snowy Plovers - Carleton Eyster 768.8971, or

Continuing Events In July

Modotti and Weston: Mexicanidad

Steinbeck Center Photographic exhibition of Tina Modotti and Edward Weston works form 1920's Mexico.


Santa Cruz Tours Saturday and Sunday

Living History 11-3 Wilder Ranch


Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Ranch Tour Wilder Ranch 1 pm

Tide Pooling at Natural Bridges State Beach

423 4609

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Seminars are usually held Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Topics related to deep-ocean research and engineering.

Pacific Forum MBARI 7700 Sandholdt Road Moss Landing or call 775.1700

Mapping rare plants at Fort Ord

Every Monday and Thursday volunteers do grassland research, and remove exotic plants

California Native Plant Society

Bruce Delgado 394.8314, or 384.1906

Go out and under the Bay right now (Live!) aboard a research vessel.

North Coast - Watercolor exhibit by Nancy Howe ongoing

Local Landscapes - Swanton and Big Sur Pastels by Susan Ashley

Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center


Open Poetry Reading Sundays (unless pre-empted by a big event) Big Sur

Henry Miller Library Big Sur


Habitat Restoration - Every Sunday

Sierra Club Team Hotline 423.2801

David Lynch Photography Exhibit

Center for Photographic Art Sunset Center Carmel

625 5181


Hike Garland Ranch Carmel Valley

Bring water, lunch and a hat

Leader: Z. Doenzel, 645.7828


Senior Saunter Marina Beach

Last year we saw dolphins in the surf

Ruth Orem 438.2460


6 - 13

Monterey Bay Kelp Management Plan

Save Our Shore Public Forum

Pacific Grove Natural History Museum, Forest & Central Ave, Pacific Grove. 7-9 pm

Douglas Beach House, Miramar, Half Moon Bay, 7-9 pm

Contact: Vicki Nichols, SOS Director of Policy and Research at (831) 423-5063.

The Draft Kelp ManagementReport


Strenous Hike Soquel Demonstration Forest 11 mile loop up and down on narrow trails under madrones, pines, and oaks

Anneliese Suter 624.1467

Hike Pogonip A Tenth Year Anniversary Celebration with Friends of the Pogonip All Day Hike Lunch by the San Lorenzo River

Celia and Peter Scott 423.0796


Music, Art, Poetry Casual, new people, outside, around a fire, expresso, coffees Haute Enchilada, Moss Landing - 12.30

Kim Solano 633.5843

Hike Big Sur

De Angulo Trail with Betsy McGrowan of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance and Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club.


Hike Lower Pebble Beach Asilomar to Bird Rock, then through Del Monte Forest and SFB Morse Reserve

Meet at Fishwife 10 am

Stacy Smith 625.5256

Habitat Restoration with Sierra Club - every Sunday

Team Hotline 423.2801

Kids Tidepool Walk & Beach Picnic

Natural Bridges State Beach Santa Cruz

Chris 429.8389


Alternative Transportation Conference

E-bikes, trains, Rails to Trails


Senior Saunter Henry Cowell Redwood Forest to UCSC

Ruth Orem 438.2460

Power of Imagination Shakespeare Scholars Michael Warren and Sara Danielsen talk about the Festival

Bookshop Santa Cruz 7:30

423 0900


Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration Special project to reclaim foredune areas at Sunset Beach State Park.

California Native Plant Society and San Lorenzo Valley Junior Volunteer Program


12 - Aug 27

Shakespeare Santa Cruz Festival Season

Kean by Jean-Paul Sartre Love's Labour's Lost Cymbeline UCSC Theater Arts Center

459 2159


Swim / Soak Paraiso Springs

Hot Springs and Hiking

Trudy Espinosa 394.1867

2 Sierra Club - Ventana Chapter Hikes

Garland Ranch with a docent and West Molera (strenous 8 mi)

Garland: Gerrie Mejia, 373.4543, Molera: Cath Farrant and Mary Dainton 372.7427


Bring a flashlight and $3

Slide show and talk UCSC Farm 8 pm


Hike Big Basin

11 miles to Berry Creek Falls and back by Sunset Trail

Jim Danaher 458.3330

Hike Carmel to Monterey

Up through Pebble Beach and down through the Presidio of Monterey to Fisherman's Wharf 7 miles - ride the bus back

Joan DiStefano 624.4688

15 - 16

Poetry Slam West Coast Championship

Henry Miller Library Big Sur


15 - Aug 6

Carmel Bach Festival Carmel Sunset Center

Schedule and tickets:


Swim 'n Soak Paraiso Springs

Overnight camping at the historic hot springs

Trudy Espinosa 394 1867


Music, Art, Poetry Casual, new people, outside, around a fire, expresso, coffees Haute Enchilada, Moss Landing - 12.30

Kim Solano 633.5843


Hike Garland Ranch Carmel Valley

Strenuous 4 hr. hike into Redwood Canyon - With a docent

Susan Boehlert, 659.7028

Habitat Restoration Wilder Ranch

Last year they revegetated a coastal bluff after removing non native plants



Hike Fall Creek

Lime Kilns and Barrel Mill 6 miles, moderate

Sheila Dunniway 336.2325


Senior Saunter Nisene Marks

Amazing regrowth of a redwood forest around railraod and ghost town of logging infamy

Ruth Orem 438.2460


Hike Elkhorn Slough

In the Estuarine Sanctuary with a docent - a remote video camera allows us to peek into blue heron and egret nests.

Marion Chilson 624.3510


Hike Pebble Beach

From Carmel Beach a 6 mi loop

Joan DiStefano 524.4688

The Dickens Universe (see August Calendar below)


July 30 - Aug 5

The Dickens Universe Leading 19th Century Scholars

Victorian Teas and Dances Workshops for Teachers

Kresge College UCSC

459 2103


Senior Saunter Butano State Park

Alder and oak woodlands, Redwoods along the stream

Ruth Orem 438 2460


Hike Garland Ranch

Strenuous 3-4 hr. with docent

Z. Doenzel 645 7828

3 - 6

Steinbeck Festival Manuscripts to Masterpieces

See the Complete Schedule



Swim/Soak: Paraiso Springs

Overnight camping at the historic hot springs

Trudy Espinosa 394 1867 - Sierra Club

12 & 13

16th Annual Coastal Protection Music Fest San Gregorio


California Condor Comeback

Join Holly Barnes of Ventana Wilderness Society to learn about the release program of the enormous endangered birds. Live Oak Grange, Santa Cruz

Sierra Club


Senior Saunter Pacific Grove

Noon High Tide Lovers Poiint to Point Pinos

Ruth Orem 438 2460


Run For The Parks

Seacliff Beach Family Event


Swim Hike Arroyo Seco

6 mile round trip hike to the creek, into the water to the waterfall

Anneliese Suter 624 1467

Kayak Pacific Grove to Cannery Row with author Tripper Fischer


Hike Garland Ranch

Moderate 3 hr walk with a docent

Helene Greenwood 625 5316 (Sierra Club)

Walk Arana Gulch

4th Saturday of each month the Friends of Arana explore this pastoral 63 acre Santa Cruz greenbelt

423 8567


Kids Walk Cowell State Park

1 mile hike on a paved path. Strollers welcome. Redwoods

Chris 429 8389

Hike Upper Pebble Beach

From Carmel Beach through old Del Monte Forest, Pescadero Canyon, Huckleberry Point, Morse Reserve, out Poppy Hills

Stacy Smith 625 5256 (Sierra Club)


Senior Saunter Waddell Beach to Camp Herbert

From where Portola camped in 1769 hike up the canyon through redwoods, alders and bays to the California nutmeg

Ruth Orem 438 2460


Salinan Nation Annual Gathering

Barbecue, Indian music, ceremonies, fun for whole family.

Mission San Antonio de Padua

Gregg Castro


Big Sur Art

Big Sur Lodge


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Visit the winery and see the award wining wines and order online.

Organic Wine Works

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