Event highlights for October 26—November 1, 2016
Agricultural History Projects Farm to Table Harvest Dinner
The Agricultural History Project is celebrating the bountiful harvest of the Pajaro Valley and giving thanks to food and farmers with the old fashioned Farm to Table Harvest Dinner. This Saturday, Oct. 29, they’ll host a silent auction and dinner prepared by Monterey Bay Caterers. Buffalo Canyon Band from Aromas will get diners foot-tappin’ and on the dance floor to celebrate the live auction which will include vacation getaways and unique antique items, lead by auctioneer Terry Medina.
Info: 5:30-10 p.m. JJ Crosetti Building at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave., Watsonville. 724-5898. aghistory2016.bpt.me. $65.
‘Surfers’ Blood’ Documentary Screening
There’s an indescribable connection between a person who dares defy physics to harness the power of a natural force and the force itself. For surfers, it’s bloodlines. It comes from the old rugged Basque coast by oar and surfboard shaper Patxi Oliden to the sprawling reaches of San Francisco and Apple designer Thomas Meyerhoffer. Surfers’ Blood takes the viewer further through hydrodynamic surfboards with curator Richard Kenvin to a near-fatal meth addiction suffered by three-time Mavericks champion Darryl “Flea” Virostko. Filmmaker Patrick Trefz lives and works in Santa Cruz and has produced widely acclaimed feature-length documentaries Thread and Idiosyncrasies.
Info: 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. $10.
Friday 10/28 – Saturday 10/29
21st Annual Freaker’s Ball
Did you think we forgot it was Halloween weekend? Fear not, patient readers, we’d never forget the freakiest event of the year. Raindance and Euphoric bring the 21st annual Freaker’s Ball to the Catalyst with all things funky, freaky, and fantastic. This year’s event unfolds over two nights—and with a first-time collaboration between two of the Bay Area’s most influential electronic music producers, it’ll be one for the books. Think live music acts, DJs, four stages with state-of-the-art Funktion One sound systems, fire dancers, roaming characters, and, of course, a costume contest.
Info: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Catalyst Nightclub, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. catalystclub.com. $20-$50.
20th WomenCARE Annual Strike Out Against Cancer Bowlathon
One out of every four deaths in the United States is from cancer. It’s a brazen, relentless disease that seems inescapable in today’s world. But, there are small ways that we can make dents in the war against it—ways that are fun, too. Grab four of your favorite people, join an existing team or sign up as a single bowler to join in on the fight against cancer with the 20th WomenCARE Annual Strike Out Against Cancer Bowlathon. Shoes and refreshments will be provided to participants and the team with the highest donation total will win a prize basket with gift certificates from a variety of local business, trophies, and more. Additional trophies will be awarded for highest score, individual players, etc.
Info: 1-5:15 p.m., Boardwalk Bowl, 115 Cliff St., Santa Cruz. bowlathon.net/event/strike_out_against_cancer_2016. 457-2273.
Saturday 10/29 – Sunday 10/30
Love wine? Love dogs? Have we got the perfect event for you: pack up your picnic basket and get on up to the beautiful redwood groves of Beauregard Vineyards to celebrate the unveiling of Bacchus’s BirchBark Blend on Oct. 29 and 30. It’s not just a grapey delight—this red blend is specially made to help four-legged friends everywhere. One-hundred percent of the proceeds of the BirchBark Blend will go to BirchBark Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of pets in loving homes by giving financial assistance to those who cannot pay for their care in the event of a life-threatening injury or condition.
Info: Noon-3 p.m., Beauregard Vineyards, 10 Pine Flat Road, Santa Cruz. 425-7777. bit.ly/2dfPZcC. Free.
Halloween Costume Contra Dance
Stumbling downtown with the masses on Halloween not your thing? No fear, the Traditional Dancers of Santa Cruz will present a special Halloween contra dance with live music, a costume contest, decorations and snacks. Contra dance is a traditional New England style of folk dancing in which dance is taught and prompted by a caller—it’s high-energy, creative and playful, the perfect Halloween weekend outing without all the heart-stopping fear antics. No experience or partner required. A free beginners lesson begins at 5:40 p.m.
Info: 6-9 p.m., Veteran’s Memorial Building, 846 Front St., Santa Cruz. santacruzdance.org.
SCCCCOR ‘Cracking the Codes’
Join the Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism (SCCCCOR) and the Santa Cruz Friends Peace and Social Justice Committee for a screening of Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. Learn about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity, share with your peers with opportunities for personal reflection and small-group discussion. This event will examine social determinants like history, identity and culture; internal components such as bias, privilege, internalized racism; and external relationships like interpersonal, institutional, structural causes.
Info: 7-9 p.m. Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney St., Santa Cruz. $10-$15 donation.