GET OUT: Go Seafood Foraging, See the Earth Summit Festival and Creep the Forest

Rain or Rays, there's no excuse not to 'Get Out' this weekend and make up for losing an hour to Daylight Savings Time.

                                       Friday, March 8th


What:  Lunafest Film Festival

When:  5p.m. - 9p.m.

Where:  Museum of Art and History (MAH)

Cost:  $15/general, $10/MAH members

Why go:  Watch nine short films full of humor, reflection, and hope by women and about women who have visited more than 150 cities throught 2012 and 2013. Attendees are encouraged to bring something they value from an inspirational woman in their lives.


What:  12th Annual UCSC Earth Summit Festival Export Event

When:  11a.m. - 5p.m.

Where:  College 9/10 Multipurpose Room at University of California, Santa Cruz

Cost:  Free

Why go:  Come celebrate enviromental sustainability at the Campus with featured workshops including: Habitat Destruction, Recycled Art, Fermentation, plus other campus and community organizations. Take a hike into natural reserves. Listen to speakers while enjoying live music and local fresh food.


What:  Seafood Foraging

When: Friday, 7p.m. and Sunday

Where:  Adventure Sports Unlimited Adventure Travel
303 Potrero St #15

Cost:  $60/adult, $40/kids (ages six and up only)

Why go:  Harvest wild foods from the sea and turn them into yummy delicacies. A big hit for foodies and beach camp outs. Explore the seashore and then get a taste of it with wild clams, mussels, and sea vegetables to name a few. You must have a California fishing license to participate.


                                           Saturday, March 9th


What:  Santa Cruz AIDS Walk

When:  9:30 a.m. Information, 10:30a.m.-1:30p.m. Registration, Walk.

Where:  Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf to Natural Bridges State Beach

Cost:  Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $100. that goes directly to the HIV/AIDS support services, prevention, and education. Donations are also welcome.

Why go:  Help provide educational services and prevention to a several high risk groups within the county. The walk will be followed by refreshments and live music. All proceeds go directly to the organization.


What:  What's Cookin' at the Ranch? Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours

When:  11a.m. - 3p.m. Tour of the Ranch Houses at 1p.m.

Where:  Wilder Ranch State Park

Cost: $10/parking

Why go:  Pack a picnic or just play Victorian games and see the farm animals while hanging out at the historic buildings of the late 1800's.  Join the one hour tour of the 1897 home and the 1896 water-powered machine shop. 


What:  Passport Saturday

When:  10a.m. - 3p.m.

Where:  Santa Cruz County Clerks/Elections Department

Cost:  Passport Books $80/citizens under the age of 16, $110/ citizens age 16 and over. Passport Card $15/ persons under age 15 and $30/ persons age 16 and over. Processing fee of $25/passport additionally, cash or check only.

Why go:  Santa Cruz is still honoring the National Passport Day this Saturday even with the U.S. Department of State's decision to cancel it. A National effort will provide a fifth Saturday passport service in Santa Cruz. The weekend hours are especially helpful for families in need.


                                       Sunday, March 10th


What:  Creeping Forest Ramble

When:  2 p.m.

Where:  Big Basin State Park, meet at Park Headquarters.

Cost:  $15/parking

Why go:  Docent Doreen Devorah will take you on a 2.5 mile hike through the creeping terrain of Big Basin, enchanted with fire scarred redwoods and creeks. Bring water and comfortable shoes. Rain cancels.


What:  Chamber Music Concert

When:  4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Where:  First Congregational Church on High Street

Cost:  $15. - $25.

Why go:  Nationally acclaimed musician Polly Malan will put on a benefit concert while performing Mozart and Beethoven along with other musicians of the Bay Area premiere of "Flow, my Tears, by Christopher Theofinidis. Proceeds benefit the Santa Cruz Waldorf School's student orchestra.


What:  Winter Festival of the Blues, Kaye Bohler celebrating her 50th Birthday

When:  2p.m.

Where:  Cocoanut Grove

Cost:  $40/advance, $45/door

Why go:  Complete with a nine piece band, this birthday party bash will celebrate Bohler's 50th. Known for her R&B singing, this local gal will perform with other well-knowns like Chris Cain, Pete Anderson and Laurie Morvan.


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