Event highlights for October 19—25, 2016
Naturalist Night: What Lurks in the Deep
You know what’s even scarier than the most frightening Halloween costume or terrifying movie? The natural world. You’ve seen those creepy dragon-like “fish” that glow in the dark and have fangs, right? Well, deep beneath the ocean’s surface where light dare not enter there lies a strange and mysterious habitat full of alien creatures. Get a glimpse into the rarely seen world of the deep sea with refreshments and a tour by marine ecologist and biologist Dr. Gregor M. Cailet and nature/underwater photographer Jason Bradley.
Info: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. santacruzmuseum.org. $6-$12.
Free Screening of ‘Being Mortal’
Talking about the end of life isn’t easy for anybody. But the problem is that when the time comes, family members and loved ones are too often not prepared for the decisions that need to be made. This Thursday, Oct. 20, Dr. Atul Gawande’s film Being Mortal will screen at the Del Mar followed by a conversation with healthcare professionals on how to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals. The film follows Dr. Gawande as he encounters stories of patients and families and when his own father gets cancer, his personal quest for answers.
Info: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Del Mar Theater, 1124 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. Free.
Ever seen a 10-foot-tall, four-legged, horned LED monster? While you might have never thought you wanted to, here’s your chance to finally cross that one off the list with the Museum of Art & History’s annual festival of light. And if you thought that was going to be the coolest thing there, try stepping into a seven-headed dragon art car, trying out some hi-tech digital magic with local magicians, seeing yourself in 2,000 LED lights, or stepping through the woods of fiery trees. That’s only the half of it. Check out the festival’s full schedule of flaming pianos, fire breathers, stilt dancers and so much more at the MAH’s website.
Info: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. santacruzmah.org. $10-$20.
‘Enchanted Garden’ Foster Children Fundraiser
Friends of the Scotts Valley Library and New Families, Inc., are hosting a reception to spotlight the handmade quilt “Enchanted Garden” created by the award-winning group North Coast Needlers, which will be up for raffle to help foster children. Assemblyman Mark Stone will discuss the new legislative changes in the foster care system that become effective in January 2017. His AB403 will phase in new procedures impacting the welfare of 62,000 foster children throughout the state.
Info: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Fireside Room, Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley. newfamilies.org.