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5 Things to Do in Santa Cruz Oct. 3-9

From fall apple picking to an exploration of the ‘new normal’ for ocean pollution.

Santa Cruz sustainable seafood company FishWise celebrates 15 years on First Friday.

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Green Fix

Plastic Water

This two-day event starts with the bad and ends with the good. Day one lays out the “new normal” of just how polluted and poisoned our oceans have become, and looks at the problem through the lens of art. Day two is more hopeful, with a family fair and consortium about how to help prevent further pollution to the oceans. The event is dedicated to Assemblyman Mark Stone, for his efforts to help turn the tide on plastic pollution.

INFO: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 and 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. The 418 Project. 418 Front St., Santa Cruz. the418project.com. Free.

Art Seen

Tahitian Dance and Hula Class for Beginners

Plane tickets to Hawaii are expensive, so why not bring a little aloha to Santa Cruz?

Learn sacred Hula and Tahitian dances with Lorraine Kalei Kinnamon of the Te Hau Nui School of Hula and Tahitian Dance. Participants will learn the foundations of these traditional dances that help preserve culture and celebrate nature’s elements. The class is open to anyone age 12 and up, regardless of gender or experience level. Pa’u skirts are provided. If you can’t make this one, they host beginning classes every Thursday and do five-week series. Call or check online for more details.

INFO: 5:45 p.m. Thursdays beginning Oct. 4. Te Hau Nui Dance Studio, 924 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. tehaunuidance.com. 345-3628. $20 single class drop-in.

Friday 10/5

FishWise Anniversary Celebration

FishWise began in 2003 as a pilot seafood sustainability and training program with New Leaf Community Markets, and is today acknowledged as one of the world’s most effective nonprofit organizations in empowering seafood companies to protect not only seafood sustainability, but also the oceans. FishWise turns 15 this year, and in celebration of their years of pioneering work they are hosting a First Friday event with live music, food and drinks and ocean-themed work by local artists. FishWise staff will be there to answer any questions about the next 15 years.

INFO: 5-8 p.m. FishWise Headquarters. 500 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz. fishwise.org. Free.

Wednesday 10/3

Free Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and there are many people who don’t even know they have it. This is the 25th year of O’Neill Surf Shop’s free skin cancer screenings with Dr. James Beckett and Santa Cruz Dermatologists, and it will unfortunately be Dr. Beckett’s last year. As he hands the torch of to his new replacement, Dr. Beckett will be saying farewell to this event and attendees.

INFO:  5:30-7:30 p.m. O’Neill Surf Shop. 1115 41st Ave., Capitola. 475-4151. Free.

Sunday 10/7

Open Farm Tours

With fall in full swing, there is no better time to pick apples and get to know your farmer than now. They come out to the farmers market every week, we can get it together to go visit them at least once, right? There will be 14 farms participating, including Alladin nursery, which will be hosting the Marketplace, featuring live music, food preservation demonstrations and kids activities. Check online for a full list of events at all of the farms.

INFO: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Locations vary, Alladin Nursery Marketplace located at 2905 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville. openfarmtours.com. Free.

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