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Save Castle Rock

County Supes will vote tomorrow on Sempervirens Fund’s proposal to build a gate, visitor center and amphitheater at the entrance to Castle Rock State Park. It’s part of an effort to get more people into our parks and open spaces—so they’ll want to support and protect them. Remember back in 2011 when the state was […]

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Santa Cruz Wharf Celebrates 100 years!!!

The Wharf celebrates its 100th Anniversary with a series of events throughout 2014. Centennial Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular
October 4th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Santa Cruz Wharf 9:00 pm – Fireworks: Main Beach Come join the FREE fun and fireworks as we celebrate the Santa Cruz Wharf 100th Anniversary. It’s a day-long community celebration not […]

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Get Ready to Welcome the Monarchs!

Natural Bridges State Beach is almost as famous for its monarch butterflies as it is for its natural rock arch. For decades tens of thousands of the west-coast monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) have overwintered here. They start arriving in October and generally are gone by March. In the shelter of a protected grove of eucalyptus […]

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Mountain-Bike Mushroom Hunting

by Paul Miller Single-speed mountain bikes are perfect for hunting mushrooms. They force you to go slowly uphill, unless you are some sort of Armstrong-like climbing monster, which I am not. At 47, the beer after the ride has become as enjoyable as the journey. Not surprisingly, I have slowed while on two wheels, which […]

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Beer, Sausage & Polkacide

For eight years Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing has, ah, mounted the Sausagefest , replete with meats from upstanding local vendors like El Salchichero, Corralitos and Freedom markets; beer and cider from too many local brewers to list here (you can probably guess who they are); and homemade mustards, relishes and krauts cooked up by SCMB […]

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Founder’s Day & Redwood Jubilee

Gather under the towering redwoods at California’s oldest State Park—Big Basin—to celebrate 150 years of parks, which have preserved our state’s most natural and treasured places. There will be events all day long, including craft-making, a redwood walk with park docent Scott Peden, some horse history, and a Melodrama on the Redwood Loop. Lots of […]

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Half Moon Bay: Surfers, beachgoers celebrate ‘take back’ of Martins Beach

By Erin Ivie eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com HALF MOON BAY — Though the access road to Martins Beach remained closed to the public Thursday morning, surfers ducked beneath the “No Trespassing” sign for the first time in years without worry. Just a day after a court ruling that gave them a victory over a billionaire tech executive, they […]

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Monterey Bay Bird Festival

While birds are migrating through Monterey Bay during the peak of fall migration, birders from around the world will be following their lead for the Tenth Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival, which began today and runs through the weekend. Events include field trips to Big Sur to see California Condors, Pinnacles NP to see yellow-billed […]

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