Event highlights for the week of September 6, 2017.
UC Master Gardeners’ Garden Tour
How’d you like to go on a garden tour right in your backyard? Well, OK, not your actual backyard, probably, but someone’s backyard. UC Master Gardeners of Monterey leads an around-the-world garden tour featuring eight different Santa Cruz locations showcasing styles from Mediterranean to Japanese that may just inspire your own gardening approach.
INFO: Saturday 9/9. 10 a.m.-4p.m. Starts at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 140 Front St., Santa Cruz. $25-30.
How many Broadway shows have you been to? The answer is: not enough. However, the Santa Cruz Follies is putting on a show of scenes from eight different Broadway plays, including Annie and 42nd Street. Dubbed the “Best Kept Secret in Santa Cruz,” the Follies features some of the most talented 50-plus performers in town.
INFO: Wednesday 9/13-Saturday 9/16. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. 307 Church St., Santa Cruz. santacruzfollies.net. $20.
Farmworker Family Day
Farmworkers have one of the most arduous jobs, and are often faced with difficult life circumstances. The Center for Farmworker Families supports those who work in the fields, and helps to advocate against environmental racism and pesticides in and around the Pajaro Valley. Help support food justice and those who put food on your table everyday.
INFO: 3-6 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6401 Freedom Boulevard, Aptos. farmworkerfamily.org. $50.
Friday 9/8-Sunday 9/10
Having been voted the best street festival in Santa Cruz County, the annual Greek Festival is back again with gyros and spanakopita galore, plus live music and dancing. Learn more about Greek culture while pretending you’re on vacation in Athens. Belly dancing totally optional. Opa!
INFO: Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, 223 Church St., Santa Cruz. livelikeagreek.com. Free admission.
If you aren’t a mole lover now, you definitely will be after this. The fifth annual Mole and Mariachi Festival will feature nine different types of mole, and as much mariachi as you could ever want. If and when you run out of mole to try, move on to unlimited tacos, churros, and chavelas for sale. Proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz Mission and the event is 100 percent solar-powered and zero-waste.
INFO: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St., Santa Cruz. thatsmypark.org/events. Free admission, tasting kits $10-$15.
In 2015, there were more than 600 reported traffic collisions resulting in more than 300 injuries in the City of Santa Cruz. Street Smarts is the City of Santa Cruz’s campaign to reduce traffic collisions in the city in partnership with local schools and health services to lessen the number of traffic collisions. The campaign will launch Wednesday and be followed by quarterly street smarts traffic presentations on how to be safe on the road.
INFO: 3-6 p.m. Kaiser Permanente Arena, 140 Front St., Santa Cruz. cityofsantacruz.com. Free.