Event highlights for the week of November 22, 2017.
‘The Winds of Beyond’
What happens when a woman gets stranded in an alien solar system? You’ll have to attend this Winds of Beyond script reading to find out. San Lorenzo Valley High School (SLVHS) senior Sampson Miller wrote this science-fiction epic adventure, which details Lyla Stone’s search for a mysterious intergalactic artifact. Miller co-directed SLVHS’s previous play Museum, and has written several short films. It’s a chance to support young playwrights and actors in the high school program and give feedback to the playwrights of the future.
Surfin’ Santa Capitola
Santa Claus and his reindeer have worked all year to perfect their surfing skills, and now they are shredding into town. They’ll arrive by outrigger canoe and surfboard, and then Santa will pull up a chair and relax on the beach to sign autographs and hear holiday wishes. Bring a towel and sunscreen and start your holidays the California way.
INFO: Saturday, Nov. 25. Noon-3 p.m. Main Beach in Capitola Village, Esplanade, Capitola. capitolachamber.com. 475-6522. Free.
Small Business Saturday
Who needs Black Friday when you have Small Business Saturday? Sleep in while supporting the community this holiday season. Many local shops are planning sales, makers fairs and giveaways across the county from Boulder Creek to Watsonville. Streetlight Records will be offering 25 percent off if you sign up for their newsletter, and the real-life Grinch will be at Bookshop Santa Cruz from 2-4 p.m. If that’s not enough, parking around Downtown Santa Cruz and Capitola Village will be free.
INFO: All day. Various locations across the county including Downtown Santa Cruz, Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz. Free.
Friday 11/24- Sunday 12/17
MCT’s ‘The Ultimate Christmas Show’
Nothing heals a post-Thanksgiving food coma like laughter, and Mountain Community Theater is wasting no time. MCT’s best comedians will start the holiday season off right by making fun of the holiday traditions, challenging norms and boosting spirits along the way. The event features singing, a live band and plenty of holiday desserts. Don’t forget to bring a wrapped $5-and-under gift for the audience gift exchange.
INFO: Friday/Saturday 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. Ben Lomond Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond. mctshows.org. $17 students and seniors/$20 general. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Assembly’s Fire Relief Benefit
Eat well and do well during Assembly’s benefit for those affected by the Sonoma County fires. Though the fires are out, those impacted are still in need of support. Proceeds will go to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund through the Community Foundation Sonoma County. Make sure to order a glass of Sonoma Pride, as all benefits from the ale sales go to fire relief fund.
INFO: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Assembly, 1108 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. assembly.restaurant.