Think of this gift as a light at the end of a tunnel--your investment in a future filled with laughter and Friday night happy hours again! One way to support our small business in the face of COVID-19 is to purchase a gift certificate now for services you will use once restrictions on public gatherings are lifted--or apply towards online virtual events!Thank you and take care out there!#KeepCalmandLaughOn
To continue building community through laughter, we invite contributions that will enable creative programming in the face of COVID-19. How do we come together as a community when we’re being told to avoid public gatherings? Is it possible to stay connected even while practicing social distancing? Are laughter and entertainment even important right now? (Cue DNA’s bubbie and zadie in the Catskills in the 1950s: “If we didn’t laugh, we’d cry!”)At DNA’s Comedy Lab, we are re-evaluating our mission, “Building community through laughter,” and we invite you to explore with us. The elements of our mission, when held under a microscope, might appear as follows:“BUILDING” After building the local scene for over a decade, bringing stand-up comedy to Santa Cruz County bars, restaurants, coffee shops—even a barber shop on one occasion—plus outdoor stages, festivals, and numerous private parties, DNA and partners found a home in downtown Santa Cruz in the former Riverfront Twin Cinema in March of 2019. With three stages, including the lobby, DNA’s Comedy Lab produced 288 shows in the first year, before closing our doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, just one week before our first anniversary. Eddie Pepitone loved his audiences at the Lab. He promised, “I’ll come back any time,” and we intend for him to keep that promise. From the sold-out Rob Schneider show, to up-and-comer Emily Catalano (nurtured by DNA over the past decade and recently “killed it” on Conan), DNA’s Comedy Lab has become a hub of activity with a range of comedic presentations. In addition, the ... Read More
This newest exhibit featuring unique materials from the Grateful Dead Archive explores how the members of the band and the global Dead Head community took inspiration from one another in creating an image-rich, worldwide art practice that, like the band’s music, scrambled perceived standards and norms. The creative works presented in When We Paint Our Masterpiece reveal a world full of variety when it comes to design practices, international traditions, visual icons, and art forms. There has been space for all of these patterns and visions in the community of fans and fellow artists that blossomed around the band, and that community of creators continues to thrive today. This exhibit explores the mutual appreciation among fans as well as between fans and the band. On view through 2020. This free exhibit is open to the public during McHenry Library hours. (artwork by Miki Saito)
We will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs on this 2-mile family-friendly walk. Bring water, hat, closed toe shoes, and layered clothing. Meet at interpretive center. Trail stroller accessible. No pets. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 426-0505.
On this 1-mile, 1-hour interactive journey we will discuss the various park ecosystems, Ohlone history, Black Oak ecology, wildfire, and more. Bring water, closed toe shoes, snacks, and a camera. Meet at kiosk. No pets. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 291-8273.
A major art and science project by Newton Harrison and his late wife and lifelong collaborator Helen Mayer Harrison, Future Garden, is now on view at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Internationally renowned eco-artists and UC Santa Cruz emeritus faculty, the Harrisons created a site-specific environmental art installation in the three geodesic domes and the surrounding garden at the Arboretum. Called Future Garden for the Central Coast of California, the installation, which Newton Harrison continues to evolve, transforms the newly refurbished domes at the Arboretum from relics of the past, steeped in 1970s era charm, into carriers of the future in response to the crisis of climate change. The Harrisons worked with scientists at UC Santa Cruz and botanists at the Arboretum, along with other artists, scientists, and visionaries, to create trial gardens within the domes in which native plant species are subjected to the temperatures and water conditions that scientists see for the region in the near future. The aim is to determine which plants are best able to thrive as the region warms and to propagate these species to create the scaffolding for more rapid regeneration of the local ecosystem as climates shift. As the Harrisons explained, the future for the rapidly warming planet lies in finding durable plant species that together create ecosystems that can continue to live and flourish as temperature increases. The geodesic domes of the Arboretum provide the perfect setting for imagining a future in the face of climate change. With their new gleaming white coverings, the ... Read More
Our 2nd Unicorn Day starts off with making LEGO Unicorns! This is what happens when you merge everyone's favorite toy with everyone's favorite mythical creature! Space is extremely limited! For Grades 1-4 ONLY. Please register for your child ONLY. Any duplicate registrations will be removed as we need an accurate headcount for supplies. This program is sponsored by the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends. *** A ticket does not guarantee entry to the program if you do not arrive on time. Any leftover seats will be given away to the waiting list after the doors open. Doors will close ten minutes after the event begins or after the event reaches capacity. *** Your attendance to this program grants permission to the City of Santa Clara to take your photograph and/or your child's photograph for marketing purposes.
THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT, PLEASE JOIN US AT THE APRIL EDITION OF THIS EVENT BY CLICKING HERE. Join us for our 19th annual March Assemblage & Component Tasting on March 28th & 29th. This event is an exclusive opportunity for Monte Bello Collector Members to participate firsthand in the assemblage process and taste barrel samples of the separate varietal components for the 2019 vintage of Monte Bello: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc. Members of the winemaking team will be on-hand during the event to discuss the vintage. This is also a great opportunity to pick up your 2017 Monte Bello Futures order (purchased in 2018). We look forward to seeing you at this special event. An RSVP is required to attend and this event typically sells out quickly, thus an early registration is recommended. This event is for Monte Bello Collector members and their guests only. Each membership is allowed a total of 2 complimentary tickets with an additional fee of $30 per person for up to 2 guests. Children's (age 7-20) tickets are available for $15 per child. We look forward to seeing you on the mountain!
How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Bring water and good walking shoes. Meet at park headquarters. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For 7 more information, call (831) 338-8883
Experience the Saratoga Wine Trail and enjoy wines from eight Santa Cruz Mountains wineries including Big Basin Vineyards, Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards, Eden Estate Wines, House Family Vineyards, The Mountain Winery, Mindego Ridge Vineyard, Lexington Wine Co. and Roudon-Smith Winery. Enjoy a day of wine tasting, food and entertainment: taste new and yet to be released wines; live music and food for purchase. Tickets are $50 in advance/$60 day of event. Tickets are non-refundable. TICKET DETAILS: Your ticket includes admission/tastings at each participating winery. When you purchase your ticket you’ll select a “Check-In” winery based on where you want to start. This is where you’ll start, receive your map and wristband. After that, you’re free to explore any of the 8 participating wineries. Each winery has a limited number of tickets to start at so that we are able to spread guests out along the trail. If your first choice is sold out, please chose an alternate starting point. 21+ over / pet policy is at the discretion of each winery. House Family Vineyards will be offering a Library Flight, live music and wood fired pizzas (available for purchase). Mindego Ridge Vineyards & Lexington Wine Co will be offering a flight of five single vineyard estate grown wines including limited release Mindego Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir and Lexington Gist Ranch Estate Cabernet Sauvignon accompanied by locally sourced cheese and charcuterie. Big Basin Vineyards will be offering a flight of current and library wines as well as special pricing and winery visit incentives. Eden Estate Wines will be ... Read More
The Institute of the Arts is Sciences is proud to present the participatory public sculpture and garden project Solitary Garden, by jackie sumell, November 5, 2019- December 6, 2020, located at the Baskin Art Studios. Solitary Garden features a sculpture made following the blueprint of a standard U.S. solitary confinement cell. Around the 6’ x 9’ cell grows a garden of flowers and vegetables, designed by Tim Young, currently incarcerated in San Quentin, and communicated via letters and drawings to the students and volunteers who are planting and tending the garden as his proxies. The intent of the project, as the artist and Tim Young explain, is to "imagine a landscape without prisons." Solitary Garden is part of Barring Freedom, a multi-faceted, 18-month project which includes exhibitions of art, events and workshops, and a multi-day symposium at UC Santa Cruz, “Visualizing Prison Abolition,” October 15-17, 2020. Barring Freedom brings together artists, activists, and scholars to imagine alternatives to our fundamentally flawed criminal justice system and to galvanize a broader public to address the broken promise of freedom and justice for all in the United States.
Are there different kinds of redwoods? How do coastal redwoods grow to become the tallest organisms on earth? Why are there so few old growth trees left? How important are banana slugs to the redwood ecosystems? Answer these questions and more every Saturday on our Redwood Grove Walks. One of our knowledgeable and friendly docents will lead you through the wondrous old growth forest and answer any questions you may have. Meet at the visitor center. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 335-7077.