April 2021

GUiSC accepts listings for family-oriented events that are free or cost less than $10, to be considered in the monthly calendar of events. Events costing more than $10 for non-profit originations or benefits will also be considered. GUiSC does not guarantee that a submitted event will be included in the calendar. The calendar editors will select calendar entries and photos.

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Calendar Deadline: 15th of the month prior to publication. (i.e. May 15 for June issue)

Thursday 1
April Fools’ Day

Major League Baseball Opening Day

Friday 2
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day This combo is just about the best thing since sliced bread, even though technically it’s been around a few years longer. Peanut butter debuted at the 1883 Chicago World’s Fair. It was mainly sold in fancy tea rooms until the early 1900s, when the peanut industry commercialized and peanut butter became more affordable for everyone.

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Saturday 3
JuneBug’s Saturday Open Gym 9-12:00 To guarantee a spot, please call 831-464-2847 Come explore our fun-filled gym in a supervised setting-Zipline, trampolines and more! For ages walking – 8 years

Eggstraordinary Easter Weekend at Roaring Camp The Easter Bunny makes a stop at Roaring Camp. After riding either the Redwood Forest Steam Train or the Santa Cruz Beach Train, your kids will have a blast participating in Easter activities in Town. RoaringCamp.com/events

National Find a Rainbow Day

Sunday 4
Easter

Easter at Gospel Community Church Join us for Easter as we safely gather outside to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus through worship, Scripture, and teaching! Free lunch after service plus an Easter Egg Hunt for ages toddler-elementary. www.gospelcommunitysc.org

Westside Marketplace Shop Local at the NEW Westside Marketplace! 1st Sundays at the Wrigley! Featuring LOCAL art, handmade & vintage shopping + Food trucks & pop-ups and LIVE MUSIC…all outdoors at the Old Wrigley Parking Lot on Mission.

Eggstraordinary Easter Weekend at Roaring Camp After riding either the Redwood Forest Steam Train or the Santa Cruz Beach Train, your kids will have a blast participating in Easter activities in Town. RoaringCamp.com/events

Monday 5
National Deep Dish Pizza Day

Tuesday 6
Gateway Tours by Appointment 9:15am-2:15pm. Gateway School, 255 Swift Street Come and learn how Gateway School inspires curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking through innovative education for a fast-changing world. You’ll have the opportunity to see the health and safety protocols of our facilities while also learning more about our curriculum. Visit www.gatewaysc.org to make an appointment for a personalized, individual tour of our campus.

Tea with Teachers, a panel discussion with MMS middle and high school teachers, 7-8pm. Enjoy a cup of tea and join this Zoom discussion to hear from MMS teachers about the middle and high school program. RSVP to [email protected] for the Zoom link.

Tumble on Tuesday at JuneBug’s Gym 12-2:00: To guarantee a spot, please call 831-464-2847. Come explore our fun-filled gym in a supervised setting-Zipline, trampolines and more! For ages walking-8years

Wednesday 7
Rockin’ Pop-Up (Virtual) 3-3:30 p.m. Geologists Gavin and Graham help us dig deep into geology with these monthly rock-talks! Watch live on Facebook to ask questions — or go back and watch past episodes at santacruzmuseum.org/category/rockin-pop-up/. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 831.420.6115

Gateway Tours by Appointment 9:15am-2:15pm. Gateway School, 255 Swift Street Come and learn how Gateway School inspires curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking through innovative education for a fast-changing world. You’ll have the opportunity to see the health and safety protocols of our facilities while also learning more about our curriculum. Visit www.gatewaysc.org to make an appointment for a personalized, individual tour of our campus.

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races, 6:30 pm – 8 pm Santa Cruz Harbor, Wednesday Night Sailboat Races begin in April and run through fall ending in October. Harbor restaurants & the beach are great viewing areas to watch the sailboat races against the setting sun.

World Health Day This year’s World Health Day will shine a light on nurses and midwives, the on-the-call, restless workforce that revolutionized the healthcare industry as we know it today.

Thursday 8
National Empanada Day

Friday 9
Tea with Teachers 7 pm – 8 pm, a panel discussion with Mount Madonna School middle and high school teachers. Enjoy a cup of tea and join this Zoom discussion to hear from teachers about the school program. RSVP to [email protected] for the Zoom link.

Saturday 10
JuneBug’s Saturday Open Gym 9-12:00 To guarantee a spot, please call 831-464-2847 Come explore our fun-filled gym in a supervised setting-Zipline, trampolines and more! For ages walking – 8 years

National Siblings Day Our siblings encourage us to be our best, embarrass us, and be our biggest motivators and competitors. It’s now growing into a nationwide day of both remembrance and celebration.

Sunday 11

National Pet Day

Monday 12
National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

Tuesday 13
Tumble on Tuesday at JuneBug’s Gym 12-2:00: To guarantee a spot, please call 831-464-2847. Come explore our fun-filled gym in a supervised setting-Zipline, trampolines and more! For ages walking-8years

Wednesday 14
Wednesday Night Sailboat Races, 6:30 pm – 8 pm Santa Cruz Harbor, Wednesday Night Sailboat Races begin in April and run through fall ending in October.
National Gardening Day With National Gardening Day arriving during Spring, it’s a great chance for you to warm up your green fingers and get planting and preparing for the summer. Our gardens are a unique space, use this day to get out there and make the most of them.

Thursday 15
Sustainable Development: The Climate-Energy-Equity Nexus, 7pm-8pm Part three of the Mount Madonna School (MMS) public speaker series based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This lecture will feature MMS alumnus and Stanford University professor, Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh, Ph.D., and focus on the complex climate challenges posed by the substantial benefits of energy consumption.

Friday 16
National Librarian Day

Saturday 17
Saturdays in the Soil (Outdoors) 10 a.m. to noon It’s time to get your hands dirty! Join us for our monthly volunteer program in our native plant garden. Learn about native plants and sustainable gardening while coming together as a community (in a physically distanced manner!) to steward Tyrrell Park through the City’s Adopt-A-Park program. Space is limited and RSVPs are required. Email [email protected] to express interest. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 831.420.6115

JuneBug’s Saturday Open Gym 9-12:00 To guarantee a spot, please call 831-464-2847 Come explore our fun-filled gym in a supervised setting-Zipline, trampolines and more! For ages walking – 8 years

Spring Glass Art Show 10am -5pm, Our annual offering to welcome in spring is our Spring Glass Show at the Live Oak Grange. Come and shop for beautiful hand made glass from our Davenport studio, including jewel-toned pulled flowers, cups and bowls (to hold your favorite spring tonics and fresh strawberries!), glass hearts, English wine goblets, vases (for spring flowers!), paperweights, glass eggs, and of course pumpkins (appropriate any time of the year).

International Bat Appreciation Day Bat Conservation International (BCI) was founded in 1982 by a group of concerned scientists who recognized the importance of protecting bats. Bats contribute towards controlling pests, create rich fertilizer for landowners, and pollinate fruit and flowers. BCI aims to conserve bats and their habitats through a combination of education, conservation, and research.

Sunday 18
Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market 10am – 5pm, Come on out and support local makers and artists at the Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market every THIRD Sunday of the month on Pacific Ave at Lincoln St!

National Animal Crackers Day

Monday 19
National Garlic Day

Tuesday 20
Tumble on Tuesday at JuneBug’s Gym 12-2:00: To guarantee a spot, please call 831-464-2847. Come explore our fun-filled gym in a supervised setting-Zipline, trampolines and more! For ages walking-8years

National Look-Alike Day

Wednesday 21
Wednesday Night Sailboat Races, 6:30 pm – 8 pm Santa Cruz Harbor, Wednesday Night Sailboat Races begin in April and run through fall ending in October.
Parenting Workshop Series 3pm,This is free series of workshops to support parents during these difficult times. There will be a Kids Zoom Hour run at the same time so that you can attend to the workshop. Each Kids Hour will be sponsored by a different organization, such as The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz

Children’s Discovery Museum, and Santa Cruz Public Library.

Administrative Professionals Day

National Tea Day

Thursday 22
Earth Day

FishWise: Sustaining Ocean Ecosystems and the People Who Depend on Them 7pm-8pm Part four of the Mount Madonna School (MMS) public speaker series based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This lecture will feature MMS alumnus and FishWise CEP Tobias Aguirre, and focus on seafood supply chains and how a local nonprofit can have global impact.

Friday 23
National Picnic Day

Saturday 24
Out and About (Outdoors) 10 a.m. to noon This new monthly series of family-friendly, small group get-togethers welcomes you to safely explore Santa Cruz’s diverse natural spaces. This month we’ll explore the Indigenous history of Aulinta (now Santa Cruz) through native plants, traditional tools, and oral tradition. Registration is required: santacruzmuseum.org/4-24-out-and-about-birding-at-neary-lagoon/. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 831.420.6115

JuneBug’s Saturday Open Gym 9-12:00 To guarantee a spot, please call 831-464-2847 Come explore our fun-filled gym in a supervised setting-Zipline, trampolines and more! For ages walking – 8 years

Omega Nu’s 31st Annual Ducky Derby Ducky Derby will be held virtually this year and there will be multiple virtual races and lots of amazing prizes! Adopt a duck and cheer it on as you watch the races online. Please help Omega Nu continue our long-standing tradition of supporting vitally needed community programs, charities, college scholarships, and teacher grants for classroom materials. Go to DuckyDerbySantaCruz.org and join in the fun! Adopt a duck for a chance to win prizes while supporting your community

National Pigs in a Blanket Day

Sunday 25
Seymour Center Labside Science Chat Fish Evolution with Suzanne Alonzo PhD UCSC

Monday 26
National Pretzel Day Pretzels, somewhat surprisingly, got their start in the Catholic Church. Sometime around the 7th Century A.D., monks presented their students with treats of baked dough twisted in the shape of crossed arms. At the time, crossing one’s arms was the traditional posture for prayer. Not only that, but pretzels, made from water, flour and salt, were also the perfect food for Lent — when meat, dairy and eggs were prohibited. So there you have some National Pretzel Day history — with a twist!

Tuesday 27
Tumble on Tuesday at JuneBug’s Gym 12-2:00: To guarantee a spot, please call 831-464-2847. Come explore our fun-filled gym in a supervised setting-Zipline, trampolines and more! For ages walking-8years

Wednesday 28
Wednesday Night Sailboat Races, 6:30 pm – 8 pm Santa Cruz Harbor, Wednesday Night Sailboat Races begin in April and run through fall ending in October.

International Guide Dog Day

Stop Food Waste Day Stop Food Waste day on April 28 aims to teach people ways to reduce food wastage. It’s crazy to think that around a third of the food produced on Earth goes to waste — either it’s lost or goes bad! This day aims to raise awareness of this shocking statistic. While so many on Earth go hungry, the issue of food waste is only growing.

Thursday 29

International Dance Day

Friday 30
National Arbor Day

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