WATSONVILLE—Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and there is a lot planned throughout Santa Cruz County to celebrate the holiday—from special brunches to hikes under the redwoods.
Here is a sampling of the many events happening this weekend.
The 35th Annual Mother’s Day Run/Walk for Shelter will be held on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Starting at Ramsay Park in Watsonville. The event is Pajaro Valley Shelter Services’ biggest fundraiser of the year. It includes a 10k Run, 5k Run/Walk and a 1k Kids’ Fun Run. You can register at pvshelter.org.
Ella’s at the Airport, located at the Watsonville Municipal Airport, will be hosting an á la carte Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, featuring a special salmon dish just for the occasion.
Owner Ella King added that there might be an additional surprise for those that attend.
“We always like to pass out a little something special to honor the mothers,” she said.
A bit north, the annual Mother’s Day Open House at Roses of Yesterday and Today will be held on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Corralitos. Located at 803 Browns Valley Rd., the event offers guests a chance to stroll through the rose gardens, with free lemonade, iced tea and cookies.
In Aptos, a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch will be held on Sunday at Severino’s Bar and Grill, 7500 Old Dominion Court. The brunch begins at 10 a.m. and includes shrimp, black angus prime rib, various breakfast items, desserts and bottomless champagne. Every mother who attends will be gifted a single rose.
Cabrillo College’s 41st Annual Spring Mother’s Day Plant Sale will be held Saturday and Sunday. Organized by the school’s Horticulture and Agriculture Technology department, this annual event offers more than 1,000 different organic vegetable starts, perennial crops, annuals, bedding plants, culinary and medicinal herbs, cut flowers, native pants, succulents and more.
Sarah Hulick, Agriculture Technology Specialist at the college, expressed why she believes the plant sale has remained so popular over the years.
“It’s just a really nice thing to do with your mom,” Hulick said. “You’re not just buying a gift for her, you’re taking her to go and pick one out. I know people who come in groups of friends and families. It’s a big deal for a lot of people.”
This year, student-led tours will be offered, including tours of the college’s new Agricultural Technology Center.
“There aren’t many times throughout the year when everything is open to the public like this,” Hulick said. “It’s exciting.”
The Santa Cruz Follies, a local performing arts group for “over 50” citizens, also have a special Mother’s Day pancake breakfast planned, from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday.
The breakfast is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10, and will also include the “Grannie’s Attic” gift shop. The breakfast, located at 222 Market St. in Santa Cruz, will benefit the SC Follies.
Even further north, The Spring Art Market on Mother’s Day will begin at 10 a.m. at the Tannery Arts Center. Over 40 local artists, kids activities, as well as beer, wine and food will be available at the free, family-friendly event.
Live music courtesy of local bands Sugar by the Pound, Wild Iris and Body Language will also be held throughout the day. Register at eventbrite.com.
Lastly, for those looking for an escape to the woods, Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton will hold its Mother’s Day “Brunch With Mom.” The brunch buffet will be served starting at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., accompanied by live music from Pat Hull.
Children can create gifts for their moms at the crafts table, which will open at 10 a.m. Following the meal a train ride through the redwoods will be offered.