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Submit Datebook items to, or drop off press releases or photos at 5215 Scotts Valley Drive, Ste. F, Scotts Valley 95066. Deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday. Entries are subject to editing, and publication is not guaranteed. Check out to submit your own listings that will appear in our online Datebook. Friday, Nov. 26

**Trail talk

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.

Info: 338-8883

**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.

Info: 336-3513

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

Cost: $15

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

Friday, Dec. 3

**Fair-trade boutique

When: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Baymonte School, 5000-B Granite Creek Road, in Scotts Valley

Details: Items from third-world countries will be for sale. All proceeds will go to the artisans.

Info: 438-0100

**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


**Transition San Lorenzo Valley Film Series

When: 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: The Satellite, 6265 Highway 9, in Felton

Details: Transition SLV presents a screening of “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.”

Cost: $5 suggested donation


**Local in ‘Nutcracker’ ballet

When: 7 p.m.; also 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mello Center, 250 E. Beach St., in Watsonville

Details: The International Academy of Dance in Santa Cruz will perform “The Nutcracker.” Among others, Scotts Valley’s Sadie Weaver plays the lead gingersnap in the performance.


**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.

Cost: Free

Info: 438-3800

**First Friday contra dance

When: 7:40 p.m.

Where: Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9, in Felton

Details: No partner necessary; wear soft-soled shoes. No perfumes, please.

Cost: $10, $6 students

Info: Paul, 464-0877 or

Saturday, Dec. 4

**Community partnership day

When: All day

Where: Downtown Boulder Creek

Details: A portion of the proceeds from purchases at participating businesses in downtown Boulder Creek will benefit Boulder Creek Elementary School.

For information: Leslie Nicolett, Boulder Creek Elementary Parent Club,

**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

**Children’s tree trimming

When: 4 p.m.

Where: San Lorenzo Valley Museum, 12547 Highway 9, in Boulder Creek

Details: Children age 3 and older can create Christmas ornaments, evergreen swags and cornhusk angels, decorate cookies and more.

Cost: $5 donation

Info: 338-8382

**Scotts Valley tree-lighting festival

When: 5 p.m. to 9:30 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. The event also supports Valley Churches United Missions.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

**Red Cross retirement seminar

When: 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: The Lodge at Montevalle, 552 Bean Creek Road, in Scotts Valley

Details: The American Red Cross will host a retirement seminar to help people plan for the transition to retirement years. Topics include health care and asset distribution tools.

Info: Chris Balthasar, 440-5232, or

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.

Info: 334-6515

Thursday, Dec. 16

**Ugly holiday sweater or vest party

When: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Bruno’s Barbecue, 230-G Mount Hermon Road, in Scotts Valley

Details: People are invited to wear their ugliest sweaters or vests as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Scotts Valley-San Lorenzo Valley. The night will include prizes, a raffle, food and fun.

Cost: Free; donations accepted

Sunday, Dec. 19

**‘Shadowbrook Stroll’ in Big Basin

When: Noon

Where: Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way, in Boulder Creek

Details: A four-mile, 3½ hour hike along Union Creek to Sempervirens Falls

Info: 338-8860

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