Event highlights for the week of May 16, 2018.
You may have heard in the news recently that Hawaii is trying to ban some types of sunscreen containing chemicals known to harm the fragile reefs. Or maybe you saw the viral video of the starving polar bear that National Geographic published last year. As more natural habitats dwindle and more species are threatened, or even endangered, it’s time to start thinking about the future of the animals we know today. The Southern sea otter, California condor and Central Coast coho salmon are just a few of the endangered species in our backyard worth talking about. Join California’s Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird in conversation about the importance of preserving these species, and what we can do to help. Presented by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.
INFO: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 420-6115. santacruzmuseum.org. $15/$30. Photo: Sebastian Kennerknecht.
Everyone has had weird neighbors at some point. Chances are you probably came up with some odd conspiracy narrative about what their lives are like behind closed doors. But what if your neighbors were really a reflection of you? In the spirit of neighborly love, Actors’ Theatre kicks off its season with Broadway’s hit comedy The Realistic Joneses, featuring lots of local talent, laughs and a nightmarish situation in which a couple shares more than just a coincidental last name with their neighbors.
INFO: Friday, May 18-Sunday, June 3. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 3 p.m. Center Stage Theater. 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz. sccat.org. $26 general, $23 students and seniors. jeweltheatre.net.
Take a trip up the coast to celebrate traditional Mexican food and artists. Highlights include baile folklórico, Zumba, and Tahitian dancers, and all proceeds go to benefit the Davenport Resource Service Center’s programs for low-income residents of the North Coast of Santa Cruz County. There will also be a silent auction of artwork, spa treatments and trips.
INFO: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Davenport Resource Service Center, 150 Church St., Davenport. 425-8115. cabinc.org. Free.
Celebrate and learn more about the rich cultural traditions of Oaxaca. There will be music and dancing, crafts, and lots of delicious authentic food and drink specialities like mole, tlayudas, and tejate. The local nonprofit music and dance school Senderos is hosting a 20-student band from Zoogocho, Oaxaca. The band will be performing along with local musicians and dancers.
Don’t forget chairs and a blanket to lounge, and get there early. Last year there were nearly 4,000 people!
INFO: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. San Lorenzo Park. 137 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz. 854-7750. scsenderos.org. $10 general admission, children 5 and under free.
Saturday 5/19 and Sunday 5/20
With the upcoming construction at Capitola Library, now is your chance to support your local library and take home a memento. They will be selling books, media and furniture (including, unsurprisingly, shelves). Don’t fret too much about this closing—the library is relocating to a brand new facility. Library staff will be relocated to other branches, and although the new library won’t be complete for some time, construction is set to begin soon. Phew!
INFO: Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Capitola Branch Library. 2005 Wharf Road, Capitola. santacruzpl.org. Free entry, $5 bags.