Santa Cruz Patch searched hi and low for the best events going down this weekend so you didn't have to.
Where/When: Aptos High School, 100 Mariner Way, Aptos. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
What: A 60-person cast, a 20-member orchestra and renditions of classic ballads like "Sunrise, Sunset," "Matchmaker," and "If I Were a Rich Man" make this high school musical a one-of-a-kind experience. Shows continue on next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, wrapping with a 2:00 p.m. matinee Saturday afternoon.
Purchase tickets online to get reserved seating.
Price: Online tickets are $6/children, $8/students (12 and up) and seniors, $10/adults. Purchase tickets at the door half and hour before the show and tickets are $7/children, $9/students (12 and up) and seniors, $12/adult.
Where/When: , 307 Church St. Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
What: Rock n' roll at the 60th annual gem fest going down this weekend at the Civic. Hosted by the Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society, jewels, jade and ancient fossils of every size and shape will be on display. A fluorescent mineral room, rock painting, wire-wrap bead bracelets, sand painting and sharks teeth fossils will keep fossile-philes of all ages entertained.
Price: $4, which will support the society’s activities including scholarships and workshop programs. Children under 12 and in a Scouts uniform will be admitted for free.
John Reilly & Friends
Where/When: , 1535 Commercial Way. Sunday, 9:00 p.m.
What: Famous for his roles in Talladega Nights, Chicago and Step Brothers, few know that actor John C. Reilly has a lyrical side. Jack White recently produced two singles for the Americana/bluegrass and roots aficianado. Becky Stark and Tom Brosseau join the fun.
World Surfing Reserve Ceremony
Where/When: , 400 Beach St. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
What: This event will officially establish the Santa Cruz coastline as a , putting it in company with other iconic stretches in Malibu, Calif. and Ericeira, Portugal.
Things will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with a blessing by an Ohlone Indian elder and shaman followed by a paddle out at Pleasure Point.
From 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., there will be an official dedication ceremony at Steamer Lane, including music and the unveiling of the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve booklet and the World Surfing Reserve plaque.
The day will end with a fair lasting from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Community members can mingle and see historical surfboards, wetsuits and other artifacts provided by the Santa Cruz Surfing Club Preservation Society.
22nd Annual Ducky Derby
Where/When: , 300 Evergreen St., Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
What: Every year, thousands of rubber ducks are sent down the river (not literally) by the Omega Nu organization in an effort to raise money for scholarships and charity and every year thousands of Santa Cruzans turn out to cheer on the bath-tub birds. Food, carnival games and live entertaiment make the event a quacking good time.