5 Things to Do in Santa Cruz June 6-12

The 32nd Annual Japanese Cultural Fair is happening Saturday, June 9 in Mission Park Plaza.

Event highlights for the week of June 6, 2018.


Green Fix

World Oceans Day with Save Our Shores

June 8 is World Oceans Day—a time to recognize the dire impact of climate change on our seas. In celebration of the big blue, Save Our Shores is co-hosting a screening of the Sea of Life documentary, which focuses on the perils faced by the marine ecosystem, and the positive things that we can do to help. Following the documentary, there will be a discussion panel of local ocean experts. Proceeds benefit Save Our Shores.

INFO: 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 6. Rio Theatre. 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-8209. $15.


Art Seen

Museum of Natural History Summer Art Series

After a successful 2017 debut, the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History’s summer art series is back for round two. This year’s series will feature one local artist per month, starting off with Tannery artist and Cabrillo College teacher Margaret Niven in June, then naturalist painter Diana Walsworth in July, and photographer Linda Cover in August. The show’s diverse content is inspired by nature and the great outdoors. Museum admission and artist receptions free on First Fridays.

INFO: Show runs through August. First Friday receptions 5-7 p.m. on July 6 and Aug. 3. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. 1305 E Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. 420-6115. $4 general admission, $2 students/seniors, free children under 18. Image: Margaret Niven: “Olives”


Saturday 6/9

Home/Work Third Anniversary Party

Maintaining a small business is no easy feat, and one of Santa Cruz’s most beloved home goods stores, Home/Work, knows it. The shop is celebrating three years in the community, and in an effort to celebrate and uplift other local artists and businesses, they asked over 15 locals to create work that represents what Santa Cruz means to them. The final works will be on display at the store’s third-anniversary party. There will also be cocktails and trunk shows from Blackbird Dagger jewelry, and local chocolatier Tiny House Chocolate.

INFO: 2-6 p.m. Home/Work. 1100 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 316-5215. Free. Image: Miranda Powell.


Saturday 6/9

32nd Annual Japanese Cultural Fair

Last year’s Japanese Cultural Fair (JCF) was almost their last. Because JCF didn’t get a number of anticipated grants this year, they faced a budget shortfall of $6,000. But this year’s fair will still happen, thanks to donations and sponsor support. In fact, the lineup is one of the best yet. Taiko, martial arts demonstrations, folk dancing, tea ceremonies, and kimono workshops are just a few of the live events and workshops on the list.

INFO: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mission Plaza Park. 103 Emmet St., Santa Cruz. Free.


Friday 6/8 and Saturday 6/9

44th Annual UCSC Student Print Sale

At the UCSC Student Print Sale, print media students get to sell their original artwork and the community gets to support budding artists while collecting beautiful one-of-a-kind art. Hundreds of original etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, digital prints, handmade books, and more will be on display and available for purchase (cash or check only). This is a unique opportunity to see and purchase high-quality handmade artwork, meet the artists and tour the UCSC arts facilities. The event is free and open to the public—all profits directly benefit the student artists and UCSC printmaking program.

INFO: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. UCSC Elena Baskin Visual Arts Printmaking Studio, Room G-101. 1156 High St., Santa Cruz. 459-3686. Free.

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