GET OUT: Prom for Grownups, Learn About Condors, Wheelchair Dance, Santa Cruz Economy a Century Ago

A plethora of culture and fun this weekend...and maybe a last chance to see some nature before the rains set in?

Friday November 2

Next Space Prom

5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.


Missed your prom days? Recelebrate at Santa Cruz's first co-working space, which is celebrating its fourth year. It's kid friendly, with videos for them and party friendly.

More info here.


Scott Wells Dance Company & AXIS Dance Company

Motion Pacific Studio

131 Front Street Suite E
(831) 457-1616

8 p.m.

Tickets at www.santacruzdance.com

$20 for general admission, $18 for seniors and students with and ID.

A duet with a man in wheelchair and one that was on the most popular TV dance show will be some of the featured performances when a highly acclaimed San Francisco dance troupe makes a stop in Santa Cruz this weekend.

Scott Wells & Dancers are leaping their way to Santa Cruz for a special performance of “PARKOUR DEUX” at the Motion at the Mill downtown. AXIS Dance Company will also perform at the event hosted by Santa Cruz Dance Company.

Saturday, November 3

Manuel Santana Retrospective


A major retrospective of the late painter, printmaker and sculptor Manuel Santana, will be open to the public for the first time Saturday and Sunday, November 3 & 4, 1-5 p.m.

Santana (1927-2008)  was not only a prolific and gifted artist, but was also a fine chef and restaurateur, (Manuel's in Aptos and Jardines de San Juan in San Juan Bautista).

More than 100 paintings, prints and sculpture, created throughout his career, will be shown at his studio. This is the first time such a large collection of Santana's work has been shown publically. Santana's artwork features his eclectic iconography, brilliant handling of color and ever-present social commentary. For more information, call Angelina Santana at 831-332-0180 or Alfred Navarro at 831-246-1490.

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

1:00-2:00 p.m.


Come and see how Mission Santa Cruz participated in a world economy back in the early 1800’s. Rangers wil look at some of the major products of the mission; leather and tallow, and demonstrate how they were used. You will see how a branding iron works and get to make your own candle.  Rain Cancels. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information.

All Saturdays and Sundays through January

Natural Bridges State Beach

(831) 423-4609

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Docent-led tours of the monarch butterly winter homes.

Wilder Ranch State Park
Located two miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway 1 (831) 426-0505
Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours—weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Tour of the ranch houses at 1:00 p.m.
Visit an early day dairy ranch in Santa Cruz County and step back in time to the late 1800’s at Wilder Ranch State Park. 

Weekends at 1:00 p.m., join the 1-hour tour of the 1897 Victorian home, 1896 water-powered machine shop, and other historic buildings.  You can also play Victorian games or bring a picnic to enjoy on the front lawn, visit the farm animals and see what activities are taking place on the ranch this weekend. You may learn about hand quilting, watch blacksmithing, or learn about the Meder Family voyage to California. 

Master quilter Carolyn Miller demonstrates hand quilting on November 11 and 25 from 10am to 2 pm. Call (831)426-0505 for more weekend scheduled activities.
Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walk
Saturday, November 3 at 11:00 a.m.
On these two-hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch interpretive center. Bring a snack, water, binoculars, and good walking shoes.  Binoculars are available to borrow.  Rain cancels.


Sunday, November 4

Rancho del Oso Nature Center

3 p.m.


Learn abour rare California Condors: Katie Lannon will be presenting the history of the Condor Reintroduction Program and management efforts in the backcountry of the Ventana Wilderness at 3 p.m.  Both successes and threats for the endangered California Condor will be discussed from historic and current perspectives, as well as an up-to-date report on the free-flying flock in Big Sur. Reserve your free spot for this event at the Nature and History Center by calling (831)427-2288.

The center is 17 miles north on Highway 1: From Santa Cruz, turn right just before the Waddell Creek Bridge at the sign for Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center.  For more information call (831) 427-2288 or (831) 425-1218.

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