5 Things to Do in Santa Cruz June 20-26
The City of Santa Cruz Water Department will host an information session about the plans for the Newell Creek Dam—a major tributary to the San Lorenzo River. Representatives from the agency will also be tabling at the event to answer questions. There will be six additional environmental groups there including American Fisheries Society, Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project, and Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen.
INFO: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Loch Lomond Recreation Area. 100 Loch Lomond Way, Felton. 335-7424. Free.
Join several artists and performers from both Santa Cruz and Monterey counties in an exploration of gender identity through poetry, film, photography, live music and more. Artists of varying gender expressions, orientations, and cultural experiences will be showcasing works that are representative of their own experiences. This is a one-night-only pop-up.
INFO: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz. 429-1964. santacruzmah.org. $10 general admission, $8 student.
With seven bands across two stages, a beer garden and a skate park, the Pleasure Point Street Fair is back for a sixth round. The Santa Cruz Boardroom will once again hold its popular skateboard contest, and the kid’s zone will feature crafts with Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery and Woodworm Party Store, as well as face and henna painting. Around 100 local vendors will set up shop to showcase their art, crafts, local services, food and beverages from across the county, and there will be live music galore (including Coffee Zombie Collective, pictured). The Pleasure Point Business Association will be donating $2,500 of the proceeds to local nonprofit Live Oak Education Foundation.
INFO: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Portola Drive between 41st and 38th avenues, Santa Cruz. pleasurepointstreetfair.com. Free.
In case you haven’t heard, bees are dying. In the last few years, colonies of bees have been significantly impacted by pesticide use, monoculture and suburban farming. If the trend continues, it will mean a lot less honey and fruit (that includes wine, by the way). Protecting the bees is critical for the future of our global ecosystem, and starting a beehive is easy, if you have the right guidance. Join UC Master Gardener Randy Fox in a beginners beekeeping class. He will talk about the lives of honey bees, discuss the everyday dynamics inside a beehive, and how to set up a beehive.
INFO: 10 a.m.-noon. UC Master Gardeners’ Demo Garden, 1430 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville. mbmg.org. Free.
Santa Cruz’s median home price is encroaching on $1 million; it’s an expensive place to live for anyone. But what do the multi-million dollar homes look like? A joint benefit for the Women’s Council of Realtors Santa Cruz, Habitat for Humanity, Santa Cruz SPCA, and many others, this showcase tours six exquisite homes in Santa Cruz, Aptos, Capitola and Soquel—including a 3770 square-foot contemporary country estate from an award-winning architect Fred Lattanzio.
INFO: Locations provided with ticket purchase. 252-0504. wcr.org/chapter-sites/california/santa-cruz. $45.