What's going on? | Aug. 17-23


Saturday, Aug. 17

Special events

Don Hagerty Memorial Croquet tourney

The inaugural Don Hagerty Memorial Croquet Tournament benefitting the Veteran’s Transition Center runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pajaro Valley Historical Association. Dress in white and enjoy an afternoon of croquet and fun. Come as a player, or relax as a spectator. Spectator tickets are available on eventbrite. If you would like to play, contact Patricia Oliva-Hagerty at 722-6492. Spectator tickets ($35) include a continental breakfast and lunch. Player tickets ($50) include a continental breakfast and lunch, croquet equipment and a trophy for first place.

Scotts Valley Art, Wine and Beer fest

This two-day event (Saturday & Sunday) is held in the beautiful Scotts Valley Sky Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Features local art, prestigious wineries, live music and microbreweries. On Saturday the Cops and Robbers Car Show which is put on by the Scotts Valley Police Department will be the showcase. More than 150 vintage cars, as well as a K-9 demonstration, will also be on display on Saturday. Bring your Dog on Sunday.

Recurring events

Aptos Farmers’ Market

Open rain or shine, the Aptos Farmers’ Market at Cabrillo College runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

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Sunday, Aug. 18

Special events

4th annual PV Pride

Pajaro Valley Pride returns for its fourth year at the YWCA, 340 E. Beach St., Watsonville, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The celebration of the LGBT+ community will honor 50 years of Stonewall Trailblazers. For information visit Pajarovalleypride.org.

Recurring events

Farm and garden market

The Corralitos Farm and Garden Market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables and homemade baked goods prepared with organic and locally grown ingredients. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 127 Hames Road in Corralitos.

Wetlands Nature Center

Discover the wildlands on free exploration walks at 1:30 p.m. at the Wetlands Nature Center, 30 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville, behind Ramsay Park. Binoculars provided. Rain cancels. Information: 768-1622 or wetlandsofwatsonville.org.

El Mercado Certified Farmers’ Market

This year-round Certified Farmers’ Market is held at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave., Watsonville from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Monday, Aug. 19

Recurring events

Hamburger Night

The American Legion Post 121 invites all to its Hamburger Night from 5:30-7 p.m. at 214 Center St., Watsonville. Cost: $6. Proceeds benefit veterans and the post’s community activities.

Karate at Watsonville PAL

Karate trains on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Watsonville Police Activities League, 130 Rodriguez St., Watsonville. Details: Coresta Angelo at 763-4146.

PV Democratic Club

The Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Service Employees International Union office, 10 Alexander St., Watsonville. Information: 707-7265.

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Tuesday, Aug. 20

Recurring events

Bay Village Homeowners Association

Bay Village Homeowners Association meets the third Tuesday of each month at the YWCA, 340 East Beach St. in Watsonville, at 3 p.m. Homeowners are welcome.

Bingo at Senior Center

The Watsonville Senior Center, 114 E. Fifth St., hosts bingo from 1-4 p.m. All proceeds benefit the center and its programs. Free coffee. Open to anyone 18 or older. In addition, the Senior Center holds a flea market starting at 9:30 a.m. Details: 722-1333.

Legal assistance

California Rural Legal Assistance offers free legal services to low-income people. New clients on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesdays between the hours of 3-6:30 p.m. at 21 Carr St. in Watsonville. Free housing hotline open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon/1-5 p.m. Call 724-2253 or 688-6535.

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Wednesday, Aug. 21

Special events

Watsonville Wednesdays

An outstanding opportunity to meet community leaders as well as a time for everyone to get together and enjoy an outdoor lunch in the downtown City Plaza Park. Lunch starts at noon.

Recurring events

Bilingual toddler and baby lap time

Freedom Branch Library, 2021 Freedom Blvd., offers child socialization and early literacy skills for children ages 0-24 months at 10:30 a.m., and for ages 2-4 at 11:30 a.m. Details: 768-3420.

Watsonville Band

The Watsonville Community Band wants new members who can read music and competently play an instrument. Rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. in the Watsonville High School band room on Marchant Street. Information: band manager Bill Nestler at 768-8692 or watsonville-band.org.

Elks Lodge dinner

The Watsonville Elks Lodge, 121 Martinelli St., hosts dinners for members and guests. Lodge opens at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. A full course dinner is included for $10 per person (special events may be higher). Contact the lodge for reservations at 724-2493. Reservations are a must.

Migrant assistance

The Community Information Center for Migrant Assistance/Centro Communitario de Información Migratoria at Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 Lawrence Ave., Watsonville offers immigration information and assistance from 6-8 p.m. Free. Information: 724-3461.

Supervisor office hours

Santa Cruz County Second District Supervisor Zach Friend holds office hours on the third Wednesday of the month from 9-10 a.m. at the Corralitos Fire/Cal Fire Station on Eureka Canyon Road.

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Thursday, Aug. 22

Recurring events

Bilingual toddler lap time

Bilingual Toddler Time is a free bilingual (English/Spanish) 30-minute program including stories, activities and music for toddlers and preschoolers. Starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Watsonville Library.

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Friday, Aug. 23

Special events

Breastfeeding Health Fair & Walk

Join us for the 12th Annual Breastfeeding Health Fair and Walk from 3-6 p.m. at the Watsonville City Plaza. The free event provides light snacks, free T-shirts, DJ entertainment, local community resources, raffle prizes, games for kids and much more.

Recurring events

Farmers’ market

The Watsonville Certified Farmers’ Market takes place every Friday from 3-7 p.m. on Peck Street in the downtown Plaza. Offers organic and ethnic produce, flowers, live music and plenty of goodies to eat.

St. Francis bingo

Bingo meets every Friday evening at the Kennedy Center, 2401 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville. Doors open at 5 p.m. Proceeds go to scholarships at St. Francis High School. Information: 722-2665 or 722-3274.

Senior dance

The Watsonville Senior Center hosts a free dance at 10:30 a.m. at 114 E. Fifth St.

Bilingual baby lap time

A free bilingual (English/Spanish) 30-minute program including stories, activities and music for babies age 0-24 months. Starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Watsonville Library.

STEAM in Watsonville Library

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) meets in the library from 3-4 p.m. For ages 8-12, the ongoing program allows participants to learn about and make electronic creations from Little Bits kits.

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