Photos by James Ruiz, Adam Matzinger and Alison Gamel

April 21st, 2018

Spring Fling

Pacchetti Dog Park

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm Location: Corner of Noche Buena & Kimball in Seaside Enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch, dog costume contest, vendors, raffles and more fun! Vendors welcome. For more information, please email or visit Seaside Dog Park on Facebook.  

April 22nd, 2018

Solotastic features FREE dance performances in celebration of Santa Cruz Dance Week, plus an attempt at “turning” for 10 hours

Did you know that there are over 50 dancers from Pacific Arts Complex (PAC) that perform solos throughout the year? These dancers and their choreographers rehearse and work hard to create pieces that express emotion and push the dancer to the next level in their dance education. Usually, these dances are only seen at regional dance events, all of which are located outside of Santa Cruz County. Solotastic is an opportunity for these dancers to invite local residents to watch them perform. The Pacific Arts Complex (PAC) will showcase these amazing solos and other performances in three separate 30-minute shows on Sunday, April 22nd at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Solotastic is open to the public FREE OF CHARGE and held in conjunction with Santa Cruz Dance Week and National Dance Week. The dancers are all local youth, five through 18 years of age. The PAC company will also be attempting to "turn" for 10 consecutive hours to help raise money to attend a national dance competition in Las Vegas. Dancers from PAC’s dance company will take turns turning from 8am to 6pm. Members of the public are welcome to watch them attempt this ambitious accomplishment. For more information, please visit Contact Celeste DeWald at (831) 359-5611 or or  

April 27th, 2018

20th Annual Children's Day

Alianza Charter School

Time: 9:15am-12:00pm Location: 115 Casserly Road, Watsonville Alianza Charter School celebrates is 20th annual Children’s Day/Día del niño on April 27 from 9:15-12:00. Día del niño is a traditional holiday in México that was adopted by Alianza to honor our students. Teachers, families, local businesses, and community organizations honor k-8th grade students by donating their time and resources to plan exciting events for the whole community. Engaging activities include art, face painting, bike safety information, rock wall climbing, jump houses and much more. More than 700 students will participate in this great event. For more information prior to the event or at the event, contact Patricia Cortez at or at 831-728-6333. We hope to see you here!  

April 28th, 2018

International Day 2018

Naval Postgraduate School

Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Location: Naval Postgraduate School, One University Circle, Monterey, CA Phone: (650) 457-4638 Price: Free International Day is an event that celebrates cultural diversity. Representatives from all over the world will gather on Saturday, April 28, a day full of fun for the whole family! You may taste a world of flavors with International Cuisines or you may come to participate in games and activities made for everyone. We will have live music and performances you won't want to miss. This event is promoted by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) students and their families. Admission is free! Just present your Photo ID at the gate (along Sloat Ave). Food tickets may be purchased by $1 each or $20 for 22 tickets. Join us at the Academic Quad, NPS! Looking forward to meet all of you!  

April 28th, 2018

Monterey Bay Parent Family Fun Expo

Monterey County Fairgrounds

Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairgrounds Rd, Monterey, CA Phone: (831) 582-1373 Price: Free This special event features 50+ vendors with information for parents and grandparents on everything from summer camps to private schools. The event is free and open to the public. Arts & crafts for children, special giveaways, and much more. Call 831-582-1373 or check for additional information.  

May 5th & 6th, 2018

34th California Indian Market & Peace Dance

Time: 10am - 6pm 10:00-Sat. & Sun. Opening Prayer – Welcoming Ancestors. SJB Intertribal Council. 11:00 Saturday Only - Ama Ka Tura Ohlone Dancers perform Deer Dance. Sat. Sun: 1:00, 3:00 & 5:00 -Xipe Totec Aztec Dancers honor Cinco de Mayo 2:00 Sunday: Peace Dance & AM Vet Flag Ceremony honoring military veterans. Location: San Juan Bautista School Soccer Lot, The Alameda & Highway 156 E Juried Fine Art Show by Native American, Western & Wildlife Artists: Apparel, basketry, Bead- work, book-signings, bronzes, carvings, CD, dolls, dream catchers, drums, feathers, fetishes, flutes, jewelry, kachinas, paintings, prints, pottery, sculptures, weavings, etc. Indian Tacos & Fry & Bread. Tropical drinks. Admission Donation $1. Under 12 free.

Community Foundation for Monterey County

Big Sur Relief Foundation

  The devastating Soberanes Fire and this winter’s heavy rains have caused tremendous hardship for Big Sur residents, employees and their families. HWY 1 is closed with massive mud slides, and Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge – the lifeline that connects the North and South – has been declared unsafe and has been condemned. Iconic businesses like Esalen, Nepenthe, Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn, Ventana, and Post Ranch are all temporarily closed. Over 1,000 Big Sur employees are out of work, and hundreds of families have been displaced. Thousands of people are in need of food, housing, and immediate assistance. In light of these unique and challenging circumstances, several businesses have come together to raise funds to provide relief for local individuals and families. The Big Sur Relief Fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) will provide relief and emergency assistance to those affected.

Donate Now

Your gift will support the affected residents and individuals working in Big Sur in Monterey County, California and is fully tax deductible. 100% of donations will be used for relief and assistance. For more information on how to donate visit or All donations to the Big Sur Relief Fund are tax deductible. Tax ID # 94-1615897      

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