What's going on? | May 11-17

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Weekly events calendar for May 11-17.

Saturday, May 11

Special events

Wine, Beer and Art walk

The Wine, Beer and Art Walk returns to downtown Watsonville for its second year. Tour the historic area and sip wines and brews from participating wineries and breweries, including Alfaro Vineyards, Integrity Wines, Discretion Brewing and Elkhorn Slough Brewing Co. Tickets available through eventbrite.com.

Watsonville Community Band plays in Santa Cruz

The Watsonville Community Band will play at the Peace United Church of Santa Cruz at 2 p.m. for the 71st Annual Spring Concert Series. This is a free event. Musical selections range from Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” to Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles” to Ticheli’s “Shenandoah” to Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Information: www.watsonville-band.org.

Garage sale benefits food bank

“The World’s Biggest Garage Sale,” this event, put on by the folks at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos, is a top-ticket event. And this May 11 sale is only the front half of it, labeled as “Part 1; Clothes and Kids’ Items.” It runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with all proceeds going to the Second Harvest Food Bank. They are located at 2701 Cabrillo College Drive. For information, call 465-3300.

Mother’s Day weekend plant sale

The 41st annual Mother’s Day Weekend Plant Sale runs through Sunday at the Horticulture and Agricultural Tech Center at Cabrillo College in Aptos. Sales are today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Recurring events

Second Saturday on the Farm/Day on the Farm

The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. The family-oriented event gives visitors a taste of early day life on the farm, including butter and ice cream making, a petting zoo, rope making, hay wagon rides, crafts, games, and more.


Sunday, May 12

Special events

Mother’s Day Run/Walk for Shelter

The Pajaro Valley Shelter Services Mother’s Day Run/Walk returns for its 35th year. Race day registration and bib pick-up start at 7 a.m. and racing starts at 7:45 a.m. with a kids 1K Fun Run. For information: pvshelter.org/mothers-day-runwalk-for-pv-shelter/.

Mother’s Day Open House

The annual Mother’s Day Open House at Roses of Yesterday and Today will be held 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.

Spring Art Market on Mother’s Day

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. Register at eventbrite.com.

Mother’s Day ‘Brunch With Mom’

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.

Recurring events

Farm and garden market

The Corralitos Farm and Garden Market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables, and home made 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.


Monday, May 13

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.


Tuesday, May 14

Special events

Encompass open house

Encompass Community Services is holding an open house from 5:30-7:30 pm. in its Watsonville location, 225 Westridge Drive. Meet the staff and learn about the organization’s services, including child and family development and mental health and substance use disorder treatment for youth. The open house will feature snacks, coffee and raffle prizes.

Recurring events

Turbo Tuesdays

Students grades fourth-12th, come spend an afternoon of fun playing all kinds of games at the Watsonville Main Library meeting room from 3:30-5 p.m. There is no charge. For information: 768-3407.

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.

Preschool open house

Watsonville Cooperative Preschool holds a free open classroom from 9-11 a.m. Located at 220 Elm Street in Watsonville, inside Linscott Charter School. Bring your toddler age 2 1/2 to 5 and check out the facility and learn more about the preschool/parent learning program. For information: 761-6647.

Valley Heights

Free social hour every Tuesday and Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. is open to the public at 925 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville.


Wednesday, May 15

Special events

Panetta mobile office hours

Congressman Jimmy Panetta’s staff will be available at the Santa Cruz County Immigration Project in Watsonville from 10 a.m. to noon to assist with issues concerning Social Security, Medicare, federal employee retirement, immigration services, veterans’ services, passports and any other federal matters. To schedule a meeting, call Congressman Panetta’s Salinas office at 424-2229.

Recurring events

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.

Lions Bingo

Join the Watsonville Associated Lions Clubs Bingo and support a nonprofit that gives back to the Pajaro Valley. Meets Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center, 2401 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville.

Bilingual toddler time and lap time

Freedom Branch Library, 2021 Freedom Blvd., offers child socialization and early literacy skills for children ages 6-30 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 Don Spence at 728-2767 or watsonville-band.org.

Elks Lodge dinner

The Watsonville Elks Lodge, 121 Martinelli St., hosts dinners for members and guests. Lodge opens 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served 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.


Thursday, May 16

Special events

County Mental Health board meeting

The Santa Cruz County Mental Health Board will hold a meeting from 3-5 p.m. at the County of Santa Cruz Heath Services Agency, 1400 Emeline Avenue, Building K, Room 206 in Santa Cruz.

Recurring events

Y’s Guys and Gals

The YMCA members-only monthly luncheon rotates to different restaurants in the Watsonville/Freedom area. Details: Mary at 726-2517.

Memoir writing class

A memoir writing class is held in the Watsonville Library Conference Room, second floor from the 6-7:45 p.m. The free group is open to both beginning and experienced writers. For information, email [email protected]

Bilingual toddler time

Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main St., Suite 100, offers child socialization and early literacy skills for children ages 2-4 at 10:30 a.m. Details: 768-3400.


Friday, May 17

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 Central Coast Catholic High School. Information: 722-2665 or 722-3274.

Senior dance

The Watsonville Senior Center hosts a free dance every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at 114 E. Fifth St., with music by a DJ.

VFW dinner

The Veterans of Foreign Wars holds a social dinner on the first and third Friday of the month at 5 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 1960 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville. Open to the public. $7 per meal; takeout is available. Information: 722-5228.

Corralitos Grange Pedro

Corralitos Grange, 165 Little Corral Way, hosts a Pedro card game on the third Friday of the month at 1 p.m. $5. First prize $25. The grange has a scholarship available for local agriculture students. To apply, contact Shirley Spain at 234-0735.

Iris Society

The Monterey Bay Iris Society meets the third Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Native Sons Hall, 239 High St., Santa Cruz.


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