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5 Things To Do In Santa Cruz: Sept. 11-17

From bike shopping to a Broadway-style show

Nonprofit Gravity Water will present its efforts to develop clean drinking water infrastructure abroad on Thursday, Sept. 19

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Shop on Your Bike Workshop 

It’s a true luxury that here in Santa Cruz, many of us can do our grocery shopping on bikes. In anticipation of bike to work day on Oct. 3 (mark your calendar for free breakfast on the way to work at Aptos and Westside New Leaf locations), the new Aptos New Leaf Community Market is hosting a free workshop with Matt Miller, program specialist at Ecology Action and cycling enthusiast, that will cover all of the basics of how to efficiently grocery shop on a bike. Basket or panniers? How do you pack supplies and distribute weight? How much is too much? Meet in the parking lot. 

INFO: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. Aptos New Leaf Community Market, 161 Aptos Village Way, Aptos. 685-8500, newleaf.com. Free, online registration recommended.

Art Seen 

Nancy Lynn Jarvis Reading

Pumpkins and Halloween decor are starting to pop up around town, and nights are also getting longer, which means it’s a great time to settle in with a new mystery novel. Santa Cruz’s queen of mystery Nancy Lynn Jarvis will be reading and signing her latest book The Glass House, a haunted mystery story about a librarian who gets a lot more than she bargained for at a glass-forming class. Who knew glass forming and murder go hand-in-hand? 

INFO: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Kelly’s Books, 1838 Main St., Watsonville. 728-4139. Free. 

Friday 9/13-Thursday 10/10

‘Each Beach’

Two years ago, local artist Erika Perloff decided to paint each and every beach between Santa Cruz Main Beach and Pigeon Point to document the beauty of this stretch of coastline and highlight the need to protect it. She has painted over 50 views of our beloved beaches, working from life and from her plein-air sketches. A selection of the paintings will be on display all month at Hotel Paradox. All work is for sale, and Perloff will donate proceeds from art sales to Save Our Shores to support work in ocean education and stewardship. 

INFO: Artist reception 6-9 p.m on Friday, Sept. 13. Hotel Paradox, 611 Ocean St., Santa Cruz. Free.

Thursday 9/19 

Gravity Water Presentation 

Danny Wright grew up in Santa Cruz living the outdoor life surfing, hiking and fishing, all while gaining a deep appreciation for water in all its forms. After receiving a B.A. in environmental studies and a master’s degree in international water management, he created a nonprofit that has since won recognition from National Geographic and MIT. His organization Gravity Water aims to bring clean drinking water to over 25 communities in Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. Folks from Gravity Water will be explaining and presenting their efforts in providing EPA-rated safe water to over 10,000 children every day with a system that can be built, managed and maintained 100% by local community members. 

INFO: 7 p.m. Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave., Santa Cruz. 476-6424. Free.

Wednesday 9/11- Saturday 9/14 

Santa Cruz Follies’ ‘Fascinatin’ Rhythms’

Similar to the Ziegfeld Follies, the Santa Cruz Follies are a group of seniors who combine the Broadway show with a more elaborate, high-class Vaudeville show. Like the Ziegfeld Follies, they have their own beautiful dancing girls and fantastic singers, with everyone decked out in fancy-dancy costumes. Celebrating their 64th birthday this year, the Follies presents Fascinatin’ Rhythms, a collection of American popular music through the ages as directed by Jo Luttringer. 

INFO: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11- Saturday, Sept. 14. 7:30 p.m. show on Friday, Sept. 13.  Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz. 423-6640, santacruztickets.com. $22 general.

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