Visit the Castro Adobe this summer!  
Tour Santa Cruz County's next State Historic Park, the Castro Adobe, during four free open house days this weekend and in August. 

The Castro Adobe will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 10 & 11 and Aug. 14 & 15. Admission is free but donations to support the park are gratefully appreciated. Parking is extremely limited, so carpooling is encouraged. 

Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret the Castro Adobe, and is partnering with California State Parks to open the site as a State Historic Park. Learn more about the project on the Friends website or in this
Hilltromper article.

The Castro Adobe is located at 184 Old Adobe Road, north of Watsonville. State Parks Interpretive Rangers and Friends' volunteers will be on hand to share information with visitors during the Open House Days. Learn more about Open House Day activities here.

First Movies @ the Mission screening is this month.
Bring the family out to watch the inspirational surfing movie "Soul Surfer" under the stars the Mission on Saturday, July 18. The movie night is one of seven events in the Summer Series at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.

Set up your chairs and blankets beginning at 7 p.m. for this free, family-friendly event at the Mission, 144 School St., in downtown Santa Cruz. The movie will begin at dusk. 

Try a mole-making class at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.
Did you know there are dozens of varieties of mole? Get familiar with Negro, Rojo, Amarillo, Oaxaqueno, Poblano, Ranchero, Dulce, and Picante Mole. Learn the complexities of ingredients used and how you can make this versatile sauce for yourself and guests during a one-day City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation class at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.

Cesario Ruiz, owner of My Mom’s Mole who has twice competed in the Mole & Mariachi Festival, will teach the class. He learned about food and spices from his mother in Andocutin, Guanajuato and cooked his first full meal at age 11 for his eight siblings. Cesario distributes his brand to speciality grocery stores through the Bay Area and also heads the El Pajaro Community Devleopment Corporation's commercial kitchen incubator in Watsonville.

During the final hour of the class, participants may invite a guest and share a meal the class creates. Students also will prepare portions to take home. 

The class is July 25. A second class will be held Aug. 22. Cost is $40 for City of Santa Cruz residents and $52 for non-residents. Learn more and register on the City Parks & Rec website.

The New Brighton Summer Concert Series is in full swing!    
The always-fun New Brighton State Beach Summer Concert Series is underway. Join us for live music Saturday evenings at the Campfire Center. These fun shows are open to the public — not just campers — and are free!

Upcoming shows include a Western Sing-Along with Michelle Kiba (7:30-8:30 p.m., July 11) and Indonesian Gamelan Music with Martin Randall (730-8:30 p.m., July 18). 

The shows continue through the end of August and will feature barbershop singing, Hawaiian music, a banjo sing-along and more. Get a complete list of shows on the Friends website. The shows are free; parking at the beach is $10 and supports the park.

Find activities in the Redwoods for the whole family.
Summer is a busy time at State Parks in the Santa Cruz Mountains, with guided hikes, Junior Rangers, Little Rangers and campfire programs happening every week. 

Check the Friends' online calendar to find specific activities at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Castle Rock State Park, Portola Redwoods State Park and more. 
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