Monarch Butterfly Tours
Don’t miss one of the most magical sights in Santa Cruz, as 8,000 monarch butterflies spend their winter at Natural Bridges. Experience the “city in the trees” in Natural Bridges’ eucalyptus grove with a guided tour before the butterflies return to the Rocky Mountains for the summer and spring to reunite with their companion plant, milkweed.
Info: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays. Natural Bridges, 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. thatsmypark.org. Free.
Telluride Mountain Film Festival
Educating, inspiring and motivating audiences, Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour returns to Santa Cruz this Saturday, Nov. 12. The tour’s short documentaries feature epic adventures, eye-opening politics, humanitarian causes, and important environmental issues. This year’s program is built around The Super Salmon, a 25-minute documentary about the potential environmental impact of the multi-million-dollar megadam planned for Alaska’s Susitna River. Info: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. riotheatre.com. $18.
‘Seeking the Black Panther’ Comic Unveiling at UCSC
This Thursday, Nov. 10, the international premiere of the comic book Seeking the Black Panther will take place at UCSC’s McHenry Library with an opening reception, “Pictures and Progress: the Black Panther 1966-2016.” An international team of Image, D.C. and Marvel comic book creators joined forces to produce the comic, and tell the story of how the image of the black panther rose from racial turmoil—the Black Panther Party was officially formed in 1966, hot on the heels of Marvel Comics’ Black Panther character. The exhibit will feature photographs by Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch, as well as Emory Douglas’ poster, which will explore the black panther image. Visitors to the exhibit receive a copy of the comic book.
Info: 4-6 p.m. Special Collections and Archives, McHenry Library Third Floor, UCSC, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. Free.
Veterans Day Food Truck Event
Nominate your favorite local veteran to receive a free meal at the Veteran’s Day Food Truck event at Skypark in Scotts Valley. Twelve local vets will receive complimentary meals, in addition to a host of festivities to celebrate veterans including special songs to honor veterans, a beverage garden fundraiser with drinks for all ages, space to spread out for the whole family and thank you cards made by children in afterschool programs. Nominate a veteran on the event’s Facebook page.
Info: 4:30 p.m. Skypark, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley. foodtrucksagogo.com. Free.
Chili Cook-off Fundraiser for SLV Museum
Get your spoons ready for chili galore with the third annual San Lorenzo Valley Chili Cook-off, returning to benefit the San Lorenzo Valley Museum. “This is a fun and highly participatory event that brings together families, local businesses, professional and amateur cooks, as well as professional and amateur judges—all in a friendly competitive environment,” says Executive Director Lynda Phillips. “Fundraisers and community supporters are very important for allowing the museum to continue operating on a donation basis so everyone can enjoy our local history.”
Info: 10 a.m. Downtown Boulder Creek, Boulder Creek. Free.
Fleahab Sunset Dinner on the Beach
The deepest recesses of the human brain are about as understood as the farthest reaches of space, which is why there’s still so little information on how addiction works and what methods are successful to combat it. Darryl Virostko aka Flea has dedicated his life to helping other recovering addicts to learn how to surf and be active in a new way with FleaHab, a sober living environment that integrates sports, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle into recovery. This Saturday, Nov. 12, chef David Morgan of the Bywater in Los Gatos will serve up a New Orleans-inspired menu for a benefit dinner overlooking the Pacific.
Info: 2-6 p.m. Private beach north of Santa Cruz. fleahab.net. 427-9950. $150.
Diana Kennedy ‘Nothing Fancy’
Diana Kennedy is the “world-renowned authority on Mexican food,” an esteemed cookbook author, and culinary historian. Kennedy originally published her masterwork Nothing Fancy: Recipes and Recollections of Soul Satisfying Food in 1984. In this new edition, the now 93-year-old author updated sections and added new recipes, along with a list of things she likes and a list of things she vehemently dislikes (kosher salt, fat-free dairy products, and GMOs). The book also chronicles four decades living in Mexico, plus family recipes from Britain and collected ones from around the globe. Kennedy will be at Soif Wine Bar on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the downtown farmers market on Nov. 16 and the Aptos farmers market on Nov. 19.
Info: 2-5 p.m. Downtown Santa Cruz Farmers Market. Free.