What's going on? | May 4-10

The Monterey Bay Rose Society will feature its annual Rose Show at Alladin Nursery & Gift Shop, 2905 Freedom Blvd. Live music, Corralitos sausage, wine and more will be on the menu. Things get going at noon. It is free to the public. — Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian File

Weekly events calendar for May 4-10.

Saturday, May 4

Special events

Free comic book day

Atlantis Fantasyworld in Santa Cruz is hosting its 18th annual Free Comic Book Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be 30 comics to choose from featuring characters like the Avengers, Pokemon and Justice League. Atlantis will also have a variety of products 50 percent off.

Rib Cook-off

The annual Great San Juan Bautista Rib Cook-off runs through Sunday in downtown San Juan Bautista. Ribs, entertainment and arts and crafts will fill the event, which takes place today, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rose Show returns

The Monterey Bay Rose Society will feature its annual Rose Show at Alladin Nursery & Gift Shop, 2905 Freedom Blvd. Live music, Corralitos sausage, wine and more will be on the menu. Things get going at noon. It is free to the public.

Reoccurring events

Researchers Anonymous

History buffs are invited to join this free monthly meeting held the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. Details: 429-1964, ext. 17 or santacruzmah.org.


Sunday, May 5

Special events

Cinco De Mayo celebration hits 30

The 30th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration takes place on Main Street and at the Plaza in downtown Watsonville. Hosted as usual by Fiestas Patrias de Watsonville, the free event includes live music, food stands, information booths, Folklorico dance performances, mariachi music, community services tables and more. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Cinco De Mayo Party in Aptos

Celebrate Aptos’ Mexican heritage from 2-4 p.m. at the Best Western Seacliff Inn and visit the Aptos History Museum across the street. Tickets are $40 general and $35 for museum members. For information: 688-1467.

Watsonville Band Spring Concert

The Watsonville Community Band will play its 71st annual Spring Concert at the Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts. Tunes start at 2 p.m. It is free to the public.

Relay For Life Fiesta

Watsonville Relay for Life will hold a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta fundraiser at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1716 (1960 Freedom Blvd.) from noon to 8 p.m.

Our Lady of Fatima

The Our Lady of Fatima procession and celebration will begin at the Portuguese Community Hall at 124 Atkinson Lane at 9 a.m. Participants will walk to St. Patrick’s Cathedral for mass, and then back to the Portuguese Community Hall. Event includes a luncheon followed by auction and dance. For information, call 728-4789 or email [email protected]

Reoccurring 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.



Reoccurring 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 Santa Cruz branch meets the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Education Building of Progressive Baptist Church, 519 Center St., Santa Cruz. Free and open to the public.



Special events

Dog training classes

The Monterey Bay Dog Training Club will start an eight-week dog training program at the Crosetti Building. Classes are $100 per session. For information visit: Montereybaydog.org.

Reoccurring events

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.



Reoccurring events


The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 54 meets the second Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Seascape Golf Club, 610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos. Lunch: $17. Active and retired are welcome. Details/reservations: 724-6970.

AAUW lunch

The American Association of University Women’s Out to Lunch Bunch meets the second Wednesday of each month at noon. Details: 763-2580.

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.

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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.



Special events

“Down to Earth Women” luncheon

The 12th annual Down to Earth Women (DEW) Luncheon at Driscoll’s Rancho Corralitos from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event is for women involved in, or supporting, agriculture in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. 

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Reoccurring 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.



Reoccurring 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.


Editor's note: The Register-Pajaronian welcomes additions to its weekly calendar. Submit events at [email protected]


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