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5 Things to Do in Santa Cruz August 29-Sept 4

From holiday sidewalk sales to a conversation with California’s Secretary of State.

A weekly guide to what’s happening.

Green Fix

California Coastal Cleanup Day

Join Save Our Shores for the largest Coastal Cleanup Day of the year. Santa Cruz beaches become the most polluted in the summertime, particularly on Memorial and Labor Day holidays. On Labor Day there will be Pollution Prevention Outreach where volunteers will pass out trash bags to beach-goers and encourage them to leave no trace. Tuesday is when the real cleaning begins, post Labor Day there will be (unfortunately) plenty of trash to pick up, and they will need all of the hands they can get. Locations include Cowell Beach, Sunny Cove, Del Monte, Hidden Beach and Corcoran Lagoon Beach.

INFO: Monday, Sept. 3 and Tuesday, Sept. 4. Times and locations vary, check saveourshores.org/eventscalendar for meeting spots. Free.

Art Seen

Cabrillo ‘Catalysts’

The Cabrillo Art, Photography and Art History Staff and Faculty Exhibition “Catalysts” just opened last week and showcases more than 40 diverse pieces from instructors and staff at Cabrillo College. Works include woodworking, painting, ceramics, jewelry and more. Join in the artists’ reception and artists talk to hear more stories behind the making of the pieces.

INFO: Show runs through Friday, Sept. 21. Artists reception and talk 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6. Cabrillo Gallery. Library building room #1002. 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. 479-6308. [email protected]. Free.

Saturday 9/1

Capitola Garden Seafood Brunch

Chef Martin Höllrigl has taken a break from working in some of the best kitchens in the world to be a hotel manager in Kuwait, Florida, Austria and California, and a vintner in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He’s a culinary and hospitality master, and now he wants to share his talents and impressive bounty of organic vegetables and fruits with local meat and seafoods to match. His upcoming brunch includes locally grown oysters, caviar and Benedict-style poached eggs, fresh orange crepes and a sommelier bar. Enjoy the end of summer with good food, new friends and some smooth jazz. Proceeds benefit cancer research at UCSC.

INFO: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Capitola address available upon reservations. whatmartinsays.com. $43 standard menu sommelier additional $29.

Friday 8/31-Monday 9/3

Labor Day Weekend Sidewalk Sales

The end of summer means back to school, and back to school means new gear. The popular Downtown Sidewalk Sale returns this weekend with four full days of the best of summer-end deals on clothing, accessories and more from downtown stores including O’Neill Surf Shop and Pacific Wave. Stroll along Pacific Avenue and enjoy a day of shopping and people watching downtown while finding some on-sale treasures.

INFO: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31-Monday, Sept. 3. Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz. downtownsantacruz.com. Free.

Friday 8/31

A Conversation with Our Secretary of State and County Clerk

What does a Secretary of State do? How does the position affect our right to free and fair elections? What is the role of County Clerks in ensuring that elections are run with accuracy, integrity, and transparency? Most people don’t know the answer to these questions, and with November elections right around the corner, now is the best chance to get some answers right from the source. Santa Cruz Indivisible presents a conversation with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Santa Cruz County Clerk and Registrar of Voters Gail Pellerin. Bring questions and talking points you’d like addressed.  

INFO: 7-9 p.m. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. riotheatre.com. Free, register online at eventbrite.com.

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