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What's Going On? | Aug. 10-16, 2019

Saturday, Aug. 10

Special events

Power of Flower Festival 

Power of Flower Festival is a music event for the cannabis community, to be held Saturday at noon at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 E Lake Ave., Watsonville. Acclaimed band Ozomali from Los Angeles will headline the festival, with other local acts such as Space Heater and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more supporting. 100 percent of the final festival proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations to strengthen empower our local communities. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the gate and are available at ticket fly.com. Attendees must be 21 years or older.

Recurring events

Aptos Farmers’ Market

Open rain or shine, the Aptos Farmers’ Market at Cabrillo College runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Sunday, Aug. 11

Recurring events

Farm and garden market

The Corralitos Farm and Garden Market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables and homemade baked goods prepared with organic and locally grown ingredients. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 127 Hames Road in Corralitos.

Wetlands Nature Center

Discover the wildlands on free exploration walks at 1:30 p.m. at the Wetlands Nature Center, 30 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville, behind Ramsay Park. Binoculars provided. Rain cancels. Information: 768-1622 or wetlandsofwatsonville.org.

El Mercado Certified Farmers’ Market

This year-round Certified Farmers’ Market is held at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave., Watsonville from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 12

Recurring events

Hamburger Night

The American Legion Post 121 invites all to its Hamburger Night from 5:30-7 p.m. at 214 Center St., Watsonville. Cost: $6. Proceeds benefit veterans and the post’s community activities.

Aikido

The Ten Chi Kai Aikido Dojo trains on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7:15-8:45 p.m. at the Watsonville Police Activities League, 130 Rodriguez St., Watsonville. Details: Coresta Angelo at 763-4146.

Tuesday, Aug. 13

Recurring events

Boxing at Watsonville PAL

Come learn the ropes from Carina Moreno and Rick Noble at Watsonville PAL’s Rodriguez Street location form 3:15-4:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information visit Watsonvillepal.org or call 763-4146.

Bingo at Senior Center

The Watsonville Senior Center, 114 E. Fifth St., hosts bingo from 1-4 p.m. All proceeds benefit the center and its programs. Free coffee. Open to anyone 18 or older. In addition, the Senior Center holds a flea market starting at 9:30 a.m. Details: 722-1333.

Legal assistance

California Rural Legal Assistance offers free legal services to low-income people. New clients on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesdays between the hours of 3-6:30 p.m. at 21 Carr St. in Watsonville. Free housing hotline open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon/1-5 p.m. Call 724-2253 or 688-6535.

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Recurring events

STEAM in Watsonville Library

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) meets in the library from 3-4 p.m. For ages 8-12, the ongoing program allows participants to learn about and make electronic creations from Little Bits kits.

Bilingual toddler time and lap time

Freedom Branch Library, 2021 Freedom Blvd., offers child socialization and early literacy skills for children ages 6-30 months at 10:30 a.m., and for ages 2-4 at 11:30 a.m. Details: 768-3420.

Watsonville Band

The Watsonville Community Band wants new members who can read music and competently play an instrument. Rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. in the Watsonville High School band room on Marchant Street. Information: band manager Bill Nestler at 768-8692 or watsonville-band.org.

Elks Lodge dinner

The Watsonville Elks Lodge, 121 Martinelli St., hosts dinners for members and guests. Lodge opens at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. A full course dinner is included for $10 per person (special events may be higher). Contact the lodge for reservations at 724-2493. Reservations are a must.

Migrant assistance

The Community Information Center for Migrant Assistance/Centro Communitario de Información Migratoria at Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 Lawrence Ave., Watsonville offers immigration information and assistance from 6-8 p.m. Free. Information: 724-3461.

Special events

Complete Count Committee Meeting

The City of Watsonville Complete Count Committee Meeting, run in partnership with the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Civic Plaza Community Room, 275 Main St., Watsonville. Community participation in 2020 Census  is encouraged, including attendance at these monthly meetings. Pastries, coffee and other refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, Aug. 15

Recurring events

Bilingual toddler time

Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main St., Suite 100, offers child socialization and early literacy skills for children ages 2-4 at 10:30 a.m. Details: 768-3400.

Special events

El Pajaro CDC program orientation

Interested in joining El Pajaro CDC’s Commercial Kitchen Incubator program? The non-profit commercial kitchen provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to start and grow a food business with the support of professional consultants and trained staff. The next orientation is Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m. For information and to sign up visit eventbrite.com.

Friday, Aug. 16

Special events

Giant Craft Night for the Giant Dipper

Join the Museum of Art & History (MAH) and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for a special Make Night celebrating the Giant Dipper’s 95th anniversary. Create your very own tribute to this local rollercoaster, then enter your piece into the contest for a chance to win prizes. Giant Craft Night will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at MAH, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz.

Recurring events

Farmers’ market

The Watsonville Certified Farmers’ Market takes place every Friday from 3-7 p.m. on Peck Street in the downtown Plaza. Offers organic and ethnic produce, flowers, live music and plenty of goodies to eat.

St. Francis bingo

Bingo meets every Friday evening at the Kennedy Center, 2401 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville. Doors open at 5 p.m. Proceeds go to scholarships at St. Francis High School. Information: 722-2665 or 722-3274.

Senior dance

The Watsonville Senior Center hosts a free dance at 10:30 a.m. at 114 E. Fifth St.

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