Event highlights for the week of May 9, 2018.
Santa Cruz Soul Vibes
With so much anxiety and pressure around environmental movements today, it’s nice to have a big party to celebrate the movement’s accomplishments every once in a while, right? The fundraiser for the Habitat Institute is an educational party to help sustain and celebrate our natural wildlife and habitats. Proceeds from the event will fund and support science, environmental policy, and the Habitat Institute’s future projects. There will also be a special appearance by the bands Sol Tribe and Soulwise as well as other creative and caring souls.
INFO: 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 11. Monterey Bay National Sanctuary Exploration Center. 35 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $10, tickets available on eventbrite.com. Photo: Carla Fenten.
Lunafest Film Festival
Women have a big roll to play in the future of film, and for the last 18 years, LunaFest has been securing and supporting that future. LunaFest is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This season features nine short films with events spread across 150 cities reaching 25,000 people. Santa Cruz’s screening will benefit WomenCARE, a nonprofit support system for women with cancer or a history of cancer.
INFO: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10. Rio Theatre , 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. lunafest.org. $20-$35.
Tuesday 5/15-Thursday 5/17
Right Livelihood Conference
Watergate whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, journalist Amy Goodman, climate change activist Bill McKibben and more than a dozen others are coming to Santa Cruz to talk about the advancement of social and environmental justice today, as the first-ever North American Right Livelihood Conference is held at UCSC over three days. Only some of the biggest names in social and environmental justice, no big deal. Check online for the full schedule of lectures, discussions and programs.
INFO: Daniel Ellsberg, Amy Goodman conversation: 7:30 p.m. UCSC Colleges 9/10 Multipurpose Room. 615 College Nine Road, Santa Cruz. kresge.ucsc.edu. Free. Other events vary, check online for details.
37th Annual Human Race
The Human Race is the largest collaborative fundraising event in Santa Cruz County, as well as the longest consecutive running Human Race in the nation—and it’s not even a marathon. With runners and non-runners welcome, the Santa Cruz County Race features an approximate 5-mile run and walk from 2300 Delaware Ave., down West Cliff Drive to Lighthouse Park, and back. All fundraising donations benefit Santa Cruz County nonprofits, schools and community groups. Start your day with walk or run with a view, help Santa Cruz community and get a barbecue lunch at the finish—it sounds like the perfect Saturday.
INFO: Registration 8 a.m., race 9 a.m. UCSC Extension, 2300 Delaware Ave., Santa Cruz. humanracesc.org. Minimum donation $5, participation of $35 plus receive a T-shirt, breakfast and lunch.
Women’s Self Defense Workshop
This two-week long Sunday workshop addresses assertiveness, body language, the power of the voice and various physical self-defense techniques for women to feel safer and more empowered. All levels and ages are welcome, registration closed after the first class.
INFO: Noon-3 p.m. Depot Park Freight Building, 119 Center St., Santa Cruz. 420-5363. $10 residents/$15 non-residents.