agricultural history project easter egg hunt
Stevie Papke, 4, is delighted to pose with the Easter Bunny at the Agricultural History Project Saturday as she prepares to join an Easter egg hunt. Hundreds of children, along with their families, showed up for the annual event that included a puppet show, tractor rides and crafts, all put on by the AHP. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Selena tribute set for Saturday

A tribute to the late singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez is slated for Saturday in Romo Park in downtown Watsonville.

Put on by Arte del Corazon, the free, five-hour event will include music by DJ Moi, Mariachi Illusion, activities for all ages, Selena lip sync and look-alike contests, an art market with more than 20 vendors, and food trucks.

The event runs from noon-5pm at Romo Park, 335 Main St.

For information, visit

Cabrillo Theatre Arts presents new play

Cabrillo College Theatre Arts’ new play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” opens Friday and runs select days through April 30. Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, it was originally adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens.

The story follows Christopher, a young man with an extraordinary mind: he knows every prime number up to 7,057, every country and capital in the world, and that yellow and brown are to be avoided like the plague. When someone murders his neighbor’s dog, Christopher is driven to discover the culprit. He embarks on an investigation that unwittingly uncovers family secrets that shatter his reality and launch him onto a path into the unfamiliar unknown.

The original London and New York productions of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” won multiple awards, including a Tony Award, Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama League Awards.

Cabrillo’s production is directed by Robin Aronson and features local theater students. It runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm at the Black Box Theater, located inside the Crocker Theater in Aptos, 6500 Soquel Drive (lower campus). Tickets are $19.50 for General and $17.50 for Students and Seniors.For information, call 479.6154 or visit

A celebration of Oaxaca

Guelaguetza Santa Cruz, a festival of the culture of Oaxaca, Mexico, will take place Sunday in Santa Cruz.

The event, which runs from 10am-4pm, includes live music and dance performances, food, arts, crafts and more.

Bring a lawn blanket and lawn chair.

Admission is $10. Children 5 and under are free.

It takes place at Branciforte Small Schools, 840 North Branciforte Ave.

Police holding meeting on military equipment

Watsonville Police Department will hold a community meeting on May 2 to discuss its AB 481 annual report for 2022.

AB 481 took effect on Jan. 1, 2022, and seeks to provide transparency, oversight and an opportunity for public input on decisions regarding whether and how military equipment is funded, acquired or used by law enforcement agencies in California, WPD stated on social media.

The report is expected to be available online at in the coming weeks. It will be a partial report, as tracking was not required until the policy and ordinance were passed by the City Council and only encompasses the calendar year of 2022.

The meeting runs from 5-7pm in the Civic Plaza’s Community Room, 275 Main St. on the top floor. 

County seeks artists for Westridge project

The Santa Cruz County Parks is seeking an artist to create a site-specific public art component for the South County Government Center project at 500 Westridge Drive in Watsonville.

The County acquired the campus in October 2021 to implement recommendations in the County’s Long-Range Facilities Plan, including consolidating and enhancing access to services in South County. Several hundred County staff will transition into this County-owned facility, including staff from the Human Services Department, Agricultural Commissioner, Agricultural Extension, Treasurer-Tax Collector and County Clerk. These services, various support spaces and a community room will be accessible to the public.

The budget for the public artwork, which includes all costs associated with but not limited to design, materials, travel, insurance, fabrication, installation and documentation of the artwork, is $41,400. 

A “Call to Artists,” which includes detailed information about the RFP process, project map, sample contract, and other information are available at

The deadline for submitting a proposal is May 26.

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