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5 Things You Don't Want to Miss This Weekend...

....and many of them are FREE!

FRIDAY:

EDDIE MONEY

BEACH BOARDWALK

6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

FREE

Money, who started out with one of rock's most unusual careers – he studied to be a New York City cop – has put out some great biting rock for three decades.

He's no one-hit wonder: he's got a rap sheet of great songs, including "Take Me Home Tonight" with Ronnie Spector, "Baby Hold On," "Two Tickets to Paradise," "Shakin'," "Think I'm in Love."

But the great thing about him is that he doesn't phone it in. He puts his all into every show and this is a DON'T MISS.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL JAMBOREE

Cabrillo College Carl Conelly Football Stadium

6 p.m.

$7 for adults; $4 for students

This is Santa Cruz's version of Friday Night Lights, as the High Schools in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League scrimmage against each other in 12 minute periods. It's an exciting way to scout the best high school players for the coming year and see all the league has to offer in one night.

More details here.

 

SATURDAY

OPEN STUDIOS FOR FOOD

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

$10

This celebration of slow foods takes you on a tour of 15 public and private gardens to have a look and taste of fresh local harvests.

There will be tastings, kids and gardening activities, edible flower talks, new technology for sustainable gardens and a talk by local author John Fisher.

Buy tickets here: www.slowfoodsantacruz.com

CHRIS RENE

9 p.m.

$19 advance/$23 at the door

Catapulted to fame by the show X Factor, this Santa Cruzan comes home to the local club for an all-ages show that will benefit Grind Out Hunger and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

With him is funky singer Royalty. Rene's last local gig was at the Civic. This is a chance to see him up close and personal.

SUNDAY

Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival

Santa Cruz Wharf

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

FREE

This is a chance to celebrate all things Islands, with outrigger races, Polynesian food, music and dance, crafts, and lots of Aloha spirit. Music includes Hapa, Bolo, Ka Ehu Kai and the Halau Na Wai Ola dancers.

Save the flight fare and enjoy the Islands right here.

For more Information, www.santacruzwharf.com

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