**Food drive, fundraiser
When: 3 to 7 p.m.
Where: Scotts Valley Senior Center, 370 Kings Village Road, in Scotts Valley
Details: Those who take a canned food or cash donation will receive a free carriage ride from Santa Cruz Carriage Co. Children’s activities will include a bounce house and face painting. All proceeds will go to Second Harvest Food Bank and Valley Churches United Missions.
Info: Shannon Osburn, 438-8400
**Free movie night
When: 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Boulder Creek Recreation Hall, 13333 Middleton Ave., in Boulder Creek
Details: “Babe” will be shown.
Saturday, Nov. 20
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Safeway, 253 Mount Hermon Road, in Scotts Valley
Details: Volunteers will be on hand to take donations of food, cash, gift cards and turkeys.
**Brook Knoll crab feed
When: 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Road, in Scotts Valley
Details: A menu of fresh local crab, pasta, garlic bread, salad and dessert will be served.
Cost: $25 adults, $15 children age 12 and younger
**Kirking of the Tartans, Saint Andrew’s Feast
When: 6 p.m.
Where: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 101 Riverside Drive, in Ben Lomond
Details: People are invited to take their clan’s tartan or wear plaid. All are welcome for bagpipes, Scottish dancers, food and dancing to benefit Valley Churches United Missions.
Cost: $10 adults; $5 children,
students and seniors; $25 per family (suggested)
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21
**Felton Fire auxiliary craft faire
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Felton Firehouse, 131 Kirby St., in Felton
Details: The fair will include a bake sale and many local craftspeople. Santa Claus will be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days for pictures.
Sunday, Nov. 21
‘**The Work of Byron Katie’
When: 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Where: Boulder Creek (call for more details)
Details: Participants will participate in exercises related to self-inquiry.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-4777
**Monthly pancake breakfast at Highlands Park
When: 8:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Senior Center, 8500 Highway 9, in Ben Lomond
Cost: $5 adults, $2.50 children
**Camp Joy wreath sale, harvest open house
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Camp Joy Gardens, 131 Camp Joy Road, in Boulder Creek
Details: Dried wreaths, candles, honey and more for sale at the farm
Info: 338-3651 or www.campjoygardens.org
Thursday, Nov. 25
**Free Thanksgiving dinner
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Felton Presbyterian Church, 6090 Highway 9
Details: All are welcome for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.
Friday, Nov. 26
When: 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Sempervirens Room at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way, in Boulder Creek.
Details: Learn about activities and trails at the park.
**Christmas tree lot opens
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Corner of Disc Drive and Scotts Valley Drive in Scotts Valley
Details: The lot, a fundraiser for the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation, will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays until trees sell out.
Saturday, Nov. 27
**Holiday sale, open house
When: Noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, 9341 Mill St., in Ben Lomond
Details: Shoppers can meet the artists as they browse jewelry, textiles, ceramics, glass, paintings, cards and more.
Wednesday, Dec. 1
**SLV-Scotts Valley SIRs Luncheon
When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Portuguese Hall in Santa Cruz, 216 Evergreen St., at Coral Street
Details: Sons in Retirement members and their wives are invited to this luncheon with wives invited. Entertainment will be provided by Three In A Chord a cappella singers
Info: Dave, 336-8481
**Foster care, adoption orientation
When: 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Live Oak Sheriff’s Center, 870 17th Ave., in Santa Cruz
Info: 345-2700 or www.fostercare4kids.com
Friday, Dec. 3
**Bethany University winter concert
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Christian Life Center, 1009 Mission St., in Santa Cruz
Details: The concert will feature Bethany’s choir, instrumental and hand-bell ensemble, the Bethany Ambassadors and more.
**Brookdale Bluegrass Festival begins
When: 6 p.m.; also noon Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday
Where: Brookdale Inn & Spa, Scopazzi’s Restaurant, Joe’s Bar and Boulder Creek Brewery.
Details: This annual bluegrass festival returns to the San Lorenzo Valley with 21 acts.
Cost: Friday, $25; Saturday, $40; Sunday, free
**Fair trade boutique
When: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Baymonte School, 5000B Granite Creek Road, in Scotts Valley
Details: Items for sale from third world countries. All proceeds go to third world artisans.
Saturday, Dec. 4
Cub Scout benefit book sale
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Baymonte School, 5000 Granite Creek Road, in Scotts Valley
Details: Cub Scout Pack 604 will host its annual book sale to benefit Valley Churches United Missions. Call to donate books before the sale.
Info: Hilda Murray, 438-4707
Sunday, Dec. 5
Scotts Valley tree-lighting festival
When: 5 p.m.
Where: Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Road, in Scotts Valley.
Details: This annual Christmas season kickoff will feature hot chocolate, coffee, cookies, caroling and the tree lighting, with Santa Claus to arrive on a fire engine.
Thursday, Dec. 9
**Free stress-buster workshop
When: 6 to 7 p.m.
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., in Santa Cruz
Details: Craig Metz, licensed marriage and family therapist, presents a workshop on reducing stress during the holidays and beyond.