Naretoi Santa Cruz film premiere

5 Things To Do This Week in Santa Cruz: April 24-30

‘Naretoi’ film premier, Pie for the People and more

Local filmmaker Kelsey Doyle is behind 'Naretoi,' a film following a group of Maasai women’s expedition to the summit of Mt. Kenya on April 25.

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Green Fix

Envision831 Spring Fest

This fundraiser for local nonprofit Save Our Shores will include food and drinks from local businesses like Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery, Primal Santa Cruz and Tacos El Chuy, plus live music by Bay Area-based Crawdad Republic and local talent like Eric Morrison and the Mysteries.

INFO: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Wrigley Building USGS Parking Lot, 2801 Mission St., Santa Cruz. $15 admission. Photo: Lilianne de la Espirella.

Art Seen

‘Naretoi’ Film Premier  

Local filmmaker Kelsey Doyle is behind the magic of Naretoi, a film following a group of Maasai women’s expedition to the summit of Mt. Kenya at more than 16,300 feet. The Maasai tribe, located in parts of Kenya and Tanzania, is deeply rooted in patriarchal, polygamous culture. With that in mind, the film focuses on self-empowerment and sufficiency for women specifically. Naretoi means “women helping women” in Maasai, and the mountain symbolizes the challenges that women face in fighting an uphill battle to gain equality.

INFO: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Patagonia Santa Cruz, 415 River St. #C, Santa Cruz. 423-1776, Free. Photo: Katie Sugarman.

Sunday 4/28

Pie for the People

Sure, Thanksgiving may be a ways away, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start testing and tasting pies for the holidays. Join the Homeless Garden Project in a community pie potluck that benefits the TransFamilies nonprofit. A great opportunity to try out new recipes or break out the ol’ faithful family pie, the community pie potluck welcomes all vegetarian sweet or savory pies. Don’t forget your own plate, utensils, napkins, and a cup.

INFO: 1-3 p.m. The Homeless Garden Project Farm, Shaffer Road at Delaware Avenue, Santa Cruz. $5 donation suggested, plus a pie.

Saturday 4/27

Free Swim Lessons

Learning to swim is a critical part of every child’s life. Drowning is one of the main causes of accidental death—an average of 10 children drown every day, according to the Center for Disease Control. But many parents don’t put their kids in swimming lessons because they are often time-consuming and expensive. In light of this, Seahorse Swim School is offering free swimming lessons for anyone and everyone this spring. The lessons happen rain or shine.

INFO: 1-2 p.m. Seascape Sports Club, 1505 Seascape Blvd., Aptos. 476-7946, Free.

Tuesday 4/23-Sunday 4/28

Earth Week at the Seymour Center

Earth Day has already passed, but the Seymour Center is stretching the day across a week. Learn more about our big, blue planet during the Seymour Center’s 2019 Earth Week celebration with special pop-up exhibits and arts and crafts. The celebration also includes free admission for anyone arriving via people power (bicycle, walking, etc.) or via public transportation.

INFO: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz. 459-3800, $9 general admission.

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