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Water Education Series
The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency, formed in 2017 to comply with California’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, is hosting the last of their three-part educational series to engage and inform all people who rely on the water supply from the Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin. The Santa Margarita Groundwater Basin is the major water source for the San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz. The topic is “Managing Groundwater: How Can We Prepare for an Uncertain Future?” Erik Ekdahl of the State Water Resources Control Board will give the keynote. Local water agency leaders will also present an interactive water management “myth-busting” exercise, and attendees will try their hand at water management planning themselves.
INFO: 9 a.m. Saturday, March 9. Felton Community Hall, 6191 Hwy. 9, Felton. 335-5621. Free.
The Real Irish Comedy Fest: Santa Cruz
Get St. Patrick’s Day off to a real traditional start—no cartoon leprechauns here. Come get a blast of blarney and Irish laughter just in time for the big day. The Real Irish Comedy Fest showcases the best blend of Irish comedic talent and is coming to Santa Cruz for one night only. Yes, accents are included, so you know it’s real.
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz. 427-2227, kuumbwajazz.org. $20.
‘Armistice100 Santa Cruz’
Local longtime videographer LB Johnson will be showing her video Armistice100 Santa Cruz to benefit local veteran groups and the Center for Spiritual Living. Armistice100 Santa Cruz documents the efforts of Santa Cruz Veterans For Peace Chapter 11, Armistice100 Santa Cruz and VFW Post 5888 to honor the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day last November. Johnson has worked with veterans-turned-peacemakers for 35 years, making videos of talks, concerts, protests, and marches. She documented Marines returning to Vietnam after 20 years
in 1989 and a Santa Cruz mayor’s delegation to Vietnam in 1995.
INFO: 7 p.m. The Center for Spiritual Living, 1818 Felt St., Santa Cruz. $10-$20.
Estuary Restoration at the San Lorenzo
Historically, the San Lorenzo River has been home to abundant populations of coho salmon and steelhead trout. However, as an urban stream it has also seen significant land-use change that has highly impacted these species’ numbers. Join the California Conservation Corps and local environmental volunteers in weeding and replanting to reinforce stream banks and mitigate erosion at Mike Park, which will improve water quality in the San Lorenzo. Volunteers will remove weed suppression and invasive plants and weeds, spread mulch and plant native botanicals. All ages are welcome; don’t forget to bring closed-toed shoes, gardening gloves, water in a reusable bottle, and snacks. RSVP email or call required.
INFO: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mike Fox Park, 225 San Lorenzo Blvd., Santa Cruz. 420-3931, [email protected] Free.