Aloha Celebrity Races and Polynesian Festival
Join us for the Annual Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival on the Santa Cruz Wharf on a Sunday in August.
Santa Cruz honors its Hawaiian connections at the Annual Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival. A fun day to cheer on friends in the Outrigger Races, delight in island-style music and Polynesian dancing and enjoy a taste of the tropics with “shave ice” and festive drinks. Vendors line the Wharf with unique items perfectly catered to the Polynesian theme. Sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation department and Pu Pu O’Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club. This annual event is a Santa Cruz classic. FREE!
Outrigger Races: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Polynesian Festival: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Enter to Race in the Aloha Outrigger Races
Participate in a fun outrigger competition – no experience necessary! Anyone can sign-up and race! Pu Pu O’Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club provides each team with a stroker, steer-person and all necessary equipment to get you racing. Dress in your festive best and win the Outrigger Aloha Spirit Award.
Two divisions: Open and Co-Ed (Co-Ed must have at least two women per team). Dress in your festive best and win the Outrigger Aloha Spirit Award.
Contact is at email@example.com or call us at 408 981 3717.
Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Established in 1976, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (Friends) is a vital partner with California State Parks, creatively working to ensure our cherished local parks and beaches are thriving and available to all. Friends’ innovative and collaborative community partnership provides support and investment for education, equity and inclusion, conservation, facilities improvements, historic preservation and cultural events.
What Do You Want to Do?
Our diverse parks and beaches have something for everyone. Find your next adventure!
Hike Learn Bike Shop Surf Swim Dogs Camp Bonfires
Friends also operates six ParkStores
offering nature- and history-themed merchandise for sale to benefit local parks and beaches. ParkStore locations include Natural Bridges, New Brighton, Santa Cruz Mission, Seacliff, Wilder Ranch and Online. Learn more at www.ThatsMyPark.org or via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.
Become a Grange Member
The mission of the SCLO Grange is to be a hub for advocacy and activism on behalf of family-sized farms, organic agriculture, sustainability, and local resilience.
Anyone interested in supporting the Grange’s mission of community service, grassroots advocacy, sustainable and regenerative agriculture, and the consumer’s role in the food production system may apply for membership in the Grange. Each member contributes at their own pace and level of participation.
The SCLO Grange is part of a state organization founded in 1873 whose mission was to support small family farmers and promote sustainable agriculture. As part of this program, the SCLO Grange focuses on organic farming, as well as, all aspects of sustainability. We have programs of interest to all persons who care about the quality, safety, and security of their food and water, and the environment at large.
Become a Grange Member!
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History has connected people to the wonders of nature for over 100 years. Located above Seabright Beach, the Museum highlights the region’s diverse plant, animal, and human communities from the shoreline of Monterey Bay to the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains. We strive to fulfill our mission of connecting people with nature and science to inspire stewardship of the natural world through an array of educational programs and exhibits focused on the natural and cultural history of our region.
Get wet — at least up to your elbows — in the touch pool, featuring live local inter-tidal plants and animals.
Framed by an enormous mural depicting everyday life in an Ohlone village, the Native Peoples of Santa Cruz exhibit explores life in Santa Cruz prior to the arrival of Europeans.
The far end of the Museum hosts many exhibits representing the ecosystems and native animal life of the Santa Cruz region. Visit the live honeybee display, giving you a peek at the inside of a working hive. A beautiful live “chocolate phase” king snake gives you a close-up view of a typical resident of the coastal California region.
On display you will find… Owls, Hawks and a Golden Eagle ~ Reptiles and Amphibians ~ Foxes and Coyotes ~ Bobcat and Mountain Lion ~ Jack Rabbits and Brush Rabbits ~ Great Blue Heron and Great Egret ~ California Quail and Hummingbirds ~ Song Birds, Nests and Calls ~ Squirrels, Raccoons and Skunks ~ Monarchs and Banana Slugs
SANTA CRUZ PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) delivers information, education, enrichment and inspiration through a network of 10 neighborhood library branches, a web-based digital library, a Bookmobile and community-based programs. SCPL serves children, teens and adults with innovative programming, professional services and community facilities that spark imagination and support discovery.
Residents can explore a wide range of interests from academic research, book clubs and literacy programs to digital photography, locally-produced music and local history. Branch locations include Aptos, Boulder Creek, Branciforte, Capitola, Downtown Santa Cruz, Felton, Garfield Park, La Selva Beach, Live Oak and Scotts Valley. Learn more about SCPL at SantaCruzPL.org or via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.
Violin for Kids
Fun, affordable Violin and Viola lessons from a world travelled musician (Speakeasy String Quartet, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st6lyPPJKUQ) and published arranger whose family is steeped in string playing (cousin of Violinist and Curtis Institute Director Efrem Zimbalist, and of Lisa Gutkin, Violinist of the Klezmatics).
Just moved to Santa Cruz from Silicon Valley, string teacher at Bridgepoint Music in Menlo Park for seven years. Over 20 years total of teaching experience specializing in young beginners ranging to adults. Stress not only on playing but also on Music Theory and music history as an integral part of lessons. I aspire to the gentle, patient teaching style of my childhood teacher, Olga Bloom, founder of Bargemusic in Brooklyn. Lessons taught either on the internet or in outdoor, distanced settings.
David Laurence Zimbalist (Violin4kids.com) is from New York, and has a very artistic family, which includes: Efrem Zimbalist, Sr. and Alma Gluck, founders of Curtis Institute, the actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Stephanie Zimbalist, Grammy Award-winning Violinist Lisa Gutkin (the Klezmatics) and Academy Award-winning movie Producer Sam Zimbalist.
David Zimbalist studied Viola, Violin and chamber music for ten years with Olga Bloom, founder of Bargemusic, Ltd., in Brooklyn, New York. He continued studies in California at UC Santa Cruz with Roy Malan and Ruth Freeman, Concertmaster and First Violist, respectively, of the San Francisco Ballet. He also took advanced music theory with composer and George Crumb biographer David Cope.
Zimbalist attended Graduate School at UCLA in Historical Musicology to research the Viola D’Amore, and studied this instrument with Dr. Daniel Thomasson, President of the International Viola D’Amore Society. He has toured the United States and Europe as violist with productions of The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar, and as violinist with Peter Pan.
Zimbalist formed The Speakeasy String Quartet to specialize in his note-for-note transcription arrangements of early jazz from the 1920’s and 30’s. Their first CD, Rumble Seat Music, was produced by Academy Award-nominated Sound Designer Ren Klyce (Fight Club). The group has performed to standing ovations at the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival. Zimbalist’s arrangements and musicological research has also been featured in Strings Magazine.
David Zimbalist is also a music educator with over 20 years experience teaching children age 4 through adults.