Event highlights for Santa Cruz County for the week of April 19, 2017
Earth Day Beach Cleanup
Celebrate Mother Earth by joining Save Our Shores in their efforts to keep her shores healthy and litter-free with the Earth Day coastal cleanup. Cleanups are scheduled across 10 beaches, rivers, and inland locations in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Last year’s Earth Day cleanups prevented 9,226 pounds of pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Bring friends and family, some reusable buckets, gloves and reusable water bottles.
Info: 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 22. Various locations. saveourshores.org/earth-day. Free.
Break through borders of all kinds with inspiring local organizations fighting for cultural, artistic, and political justice this Friday, April 21. The Museum of Art & History will offer hands-on workshops, performances and demonstrations to bring the community together and discover our common ties. Take part in the Whisper Wall communal art project to deconstruct stigmas around mental health with the MAH’s teen activist group Subject to Change. Dive into Reel Work Film Festival Shorts’ documentary films by workers, activists, students and the public, groove to El Sistema’s orchestra participatory music performance and dance with the Creative Young Artists. Full schedule online.
Info: 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 21. Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. $5.
Homeless Services Center ‘Soupline Supper’
With the 18th annual Soupline Supper, Homeless Services invites community members to change a life with a bowl of soup. Sample delicious specialty soups, fresh salads, artisan breads, and desserts served by “celebrity ladlers” from the local community. Sponsorships help families and individuals experiencing homelessness to regain their dignity and self-sufficiency while also reducing homelessness in Santa Cruz County.
Info: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. souplinesupper.org.
Santa Cruz is one of 425 communities joining the global gathering of people in support of science in daily lives and in understanding the natural world. With the main March for Science taking place in Washington, D.C., satellite marches are planned to take place all over the world. In Santa Cruz, residents and organizations are invited to take part in the community-friendly peaceful rally starting at city hall and then walking through downtown, along the San Lorenzo river walk and ending in San Lorenzo Park with the Earth Day celebration.
Info: 10 a.m. Santa Cruz City Hall, 809 Center St. #10, Santa Cruz. marchforsciencesantacruz.org. Free.
Santa Cruz’s official Earth Day festival kicks off at 11 a.m. at San Lorenzo Park. Hang out with friends and family at the beautiful green grounds while taking in the eco-friendly events. Businesses from all over the county will present their green methods, while SambaDá provides the tunes. Take a seat, grab a beer and some vegetarian food, and watch the recycled fashion show or get hands-on with green living workshops. There’s oodles to do for the little ones as well, with a climbing wall, face painting, aerial arts and more.
Info: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz. scearthday.org. Free.