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Saturday, Sept. 29
Big Basin Founders’ Day
When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Details: A special all-day event to celebrate California's oldest state park will feature a melodrama, hikes, games for children and an evening campfire.
Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Downtown Boulder Creek
Details: A community celebration of the harvest season, in its second year, will feature local artists, wineries, breweries and musicians.
Cost: Free admission; cost of alcohol and children’s activities not included
Details: www.santacruzmountainsharvestfestival.com or 588-5628
Ben Lomond 125th anniversary celebration
When: 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Park Hall, 9370 Mill St., in Ben Lomond
Details: Historical videos, slides and photos will be on display and a surprise guest is expected during a celebration hosted by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ben Lomond Fire Protection District and Valley Churches United Missions.
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Sons in Retirement lunch
When: 11:30 a.m.
Where: Portuguese Hall, 216 Evergreen St., at Coral Street, in Santa Cruz.
Details: A catered luncheon will be followed by a talk by Brian Liddicoat about the lost tunnels of Santa Cruz County.
Friday, Oct. 5
Library book sale
When: Noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Boulder Creek Branch Library, 13390 W. Park Ave., in Boulder Creek
Details: Gently used books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks may be donated at the library until Saturday, Sept. 29, for the sale. Proceeds will be used for programming at the library.
Italian Affaire fundraiser
When: 5 p.m.
Where: Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., in Santa Cruz
Details: A silent auction and live dinner auction with music will benefit Mountain Community Resources.
Free family movie night
When: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Siltanen Park Amphitheater, 121 Vine Hill School Road, in Scotts Valley
Details: “How to Tame Your Dragon,” will be projected on a big screen by the Vine Hill Elementary School PTA.
Leif Erikson Viking day
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Viking Hall, 240 Plymouth St., in Santa Cruz
Details: A presentation by The Vikings of Bjornstad, a living history and educational group, will explain who the Vikings were and their influence on the world.
Cost: $3 suggested donation
Saturday, Oct. 6
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: St. John’s Catholic Church, 5953 Highway 9, in Felton
Details: Spaces are $15 in advance for Valley Churches United Missions’ annual flea market.
Info: 336-8258, ext. 221
Day in the Park, Night in the Hall
When: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Ben Lomond Park, 9525 Mill St., and Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., in Ben Lomond
Details: The day will be filled with a barbecue, live music, dancing and events for children, followed by a night of live music and dancing to benefit the Ben Lomond Firefighters association. Evening events are for adults age 21 and older only.
Cost: Daytime events, $10 adults, $5 children; nighttime events, $10 adults
Model train show opens
When: Noon to 4 p.m.
Where: San Lorenzo Valley Museum, 12547 Highway 9, in Boulder Creek
Details: Model trains, cars, ships, dolls and dollhouses will be on display. The show will continue Wednesday through Sunday until Oct. 28.
Cost: Free admission; $5 family donation appreciated
Info: 338-8382 or www.slvmuseum.com
Sunday, Oct. 7
Blessing of the animals
When: 8 a.m. or 10 a.m. services
Where: St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, 5271 Scotts Valley Drive
Details: The congregation will observe an annual celebration celebrating St. Francis’ love for animals by blessing any animal that is taken to the church.
Paper collectibles show
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Hilton Santa Cruz-Scotts Valley, 6001 La Madrona Drive, in Scotts Valley
Details: Attendees can receive free appraisals of postcards and other paper collectibles.
Info: Joseph Jaynes, 476-3262 or email@example.com
Saturday, Oct. 13
Fire team barbecue
When: 4 to 8 p.m.; dance 8:30 to 10 p.m.
Where: Bonny Doon Fire Station, 975 Martin Road, in Bonny Doon
Details: Bonny Doon Volunteer Fire and Rescue will serve skirt steak, vegetarian lasagna, hot dogs and side dishes. Music, a raffle, a bake sale and line dancing are planned.
Cost: $15 adults, $10 children
Info: Donita Springmeyer, 426-7933
When: 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, 100 Big Trees Road, in Felton
Details: This annual fundraiser for Mountain Parks Foundation will star fresh lobster and sides, accompanied by live bluegrass music.
Cost: $60 with reservation
Sunday, Oct. 14
Firefighters pancake breakfast
When: 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Scotts Valley Fire District Station 1, 7 Erba Lane, in Scotts Valley
Details: The fundraiser breakfast will include engine tours, a jump house, face painting and demonstrations.