What's going on? | May 18-24

Giant walking puppets are part of the fun at the annual celebration of Oaxaca, Mexico in downtown Santa Cruz. The event is largely a promotion for the annual Senderos Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza Festival of dance, music and food. The family-oriented event, which highlights the culture of Oaxaca, takes place Sunday in San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian

Weekly events calendar for May 18-24:

Saturday, May 18

Special events

Centennial of the Concrete Ship’s Launch

Come to Kevin Newhouse’s presentation about Aptos’ most iconic monument from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Rio Sands Hotel community room, 116 Aptos Beach Drive. “Centennial of the Concrete Ship’s Launch” is part of the Aptos History Museum’s “Coffee, Tea and History” series. It is $20 general or $15 for museum members, Friends of State Parks and students. To make a reservation: 688-1467.

Vets 4 Vets bowling night

Vets 4 Vets Santa Cruz is hosting the Pat Pratt Memorial Tournament at the Boardwalk Bowl in Santa Cruz at noon. The tournament is a bi-annual fundraiser for local veterans. For information call 334-0841.


Sunday, May 19

Special events

Firefighters Pancake Breakfast

The annual Aptos/La Selva Firefighters pancake breakfast returns today from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the La Selva Beach Clubhouse, 314 Estrella Drive. Pancakes, bacon, eggs, coffee and juice for $10 per person. Kids 5 and under eat free.

Women of the Castro Adobe

The Castro Adobe State Historic Park at 184 Old Adobe Road in Watsonville will hold an open house celebrating the women of the Castro Adobe. Activities include tours of the rancho, fresh tortilla making in the restored cocina and kids crafts and games. The event is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guided tours will be offered at 11:15 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.The Castro Adobe is currently an active construction site as the adobe building is being repaired and is open only during scheduled events. Event is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. 

Guelaguetza festival hits Santa Cruz

The local nonprofit Senderos presents the 14th annual Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza, a traditional cultural festival, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at San Lorenzo Park near downtown Santa Cruz. Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza brings together food, music, dance, crafts and community to celebrate the wonderful traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico. Admission is $10; free for children 5 and under.

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.

Indian Council

The Santa Cruz Indian Council meets the third Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. Membership open to native and non-native individuals and families. New members welcome. For meeting location, call 425-4404 or e-mail [email protected]


Monday, May 20

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.


The Ten Chi Kai Aikido Dojo trains on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7:15-8:45 p.m. at the Watsonville Police Activities League, 130 Rodriguez St., Watsonville. Details: Coresta Salas 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.

Stitchers by the Sea

The Santa Cruz Stitchers by the Sea Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America meets at 7 p.m. at the Live Oak Senior Center, 1777 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz. Free and open to the public. Details: Irene Cortez at 475-1853.


Tuesday, May 21

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.

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.


Wednesday, May 22

Special events

First-ever county career fair

The County of Santa Cruz will host the first-ever Santa Cruz County Career Fair from 4-7 p.m. at the County Government Building, 701 Ocean Street in Santa Cruz. More than 20 county departments will be on hand searching for candidates.

Recurring events

STEAM in 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 with help of staff from the environmental Science workshop.

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 Plaza park. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m.

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.

Magic Club

Our new magicians club meets on the last Wednesday of every month at 7pm in club room at the Antonelli mobile home park at 2655 Brommer St. in Santa Cruz. If you do magic or want to get started in this fun hobby, join us. Questions? Call Jim at 685-3829


Thursday, May 23

Recurring events

Memoir writing class

A memoir writing class is held in the Watsonville Library Conference Room, second floor from 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 24

Recurring events

Farmer's market

The Watsonville Certified Farmer's 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.


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