Everybody’s working for the weekend: Events for Oct. 4-6, 2013

October 4, 2013

October is here!

Tonight is the monthly first Friday series, so there’s a bunch of fun stuff going on tonight, not to mention a bucketful of other fun-sounding events scheduled for this weekend….many of which involve food and wine. How can you go wrong there?

  • Summit Winery Harvest Festival: Silver Mountain Winery, which has a tasting room in the Swift Street Complex, is holding its harvest festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the winery’s Summit location. Fajitas, arts and wine tasting will be there. Call 408-353-2278 for more information. The four other wineries along Summit Road also will be holding festivities, though they’ll be open both Saturday and Sunday. Regale will be firing up its pizza oven, and Burrell School will be offering samples of special chocolate-covered fruitcakes.
  • Restaurant Week: Santa Cruz Restaurant Week continues through the weekend. It’s a great chance to check out some places you’ve never tried before.
  • Reel Rock 8 Film Fest: The Rio Theater tonight hosts a showing of films all about rock climbing, from Mount Everest to Borneo, among others. Tickets are $15 in advance and are also available at Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, 104 Bronson St. in Santa Cruz. Films start at 7 p.m.
  • Mole and Mariachi FestivalThe Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park is holding a Mole and Mariachi Fest to raise money for the park. There will be local food, wine and beer, live music, dance, crafts and of course, plenty of mole. Attendees and local “celebrity” judges will be judging the moles. Admission is free, but donations are suggested. A silent auction will also be held. The event takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park, 114 School St. in Santa Cruz.
  • First Friday Santa Cruz:  October’s first Friday includes a plethora of openings and exhibits, including the opening of the new Aerial Arts Santa Cruz on the West Side and free admission to the Museum of Art and History, which is showcasing its exhibit “Santa Cruz is in the Heart.”
  • Historical Walk: The Museum of Art and History hosts a historical walk Saturday beginning at Paradise Park in Santa Cruz at 10 a.m. Local historian Barry Brown will talk about how Santa Cruz was once the home of one of the largest gun power industries west of the Mississippi. The walk is free but is limited to 50 people. Sign up at the museum to receive a ticket.
  • Pop-Up Museum: From 5 to 7 p.m. tonight in Abbott Square, the Museum of Art History will hold a pop-up museum titled “Sketching Life” with local artist Cynthia Armstrong and her “urban crawl sketch art class.”
  • Innovating for Girls Education: In conjunction with First Friday and International Day of the Girl, MakersFactory hosts a special evening tonight designed for girls to learn about 3-D printing, new innovations in technology and more. The program takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at MakersFactory, 877 Cedar St. in Santa Cruz.
  • Hops and Harvest: Friends of Scotts Valley Library will host a hops and harvest benefit for the library’s programs and materials Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at 251 Kings Village Road in Scotts Valley. Santa Cruz Ale Works, Seabright Brewery and Discretion Brewing will be pouring beers, and food will be provided by local institutions including Bruno’s BBQ, Mollie’s Country Cafe, and Santa Cruz Ale Works. Tickets are $25.
  • GinSing!: The Calvary Episcopal Church in Santa Cruz is hosting an evening of gin and wine tastings accompanied by performances by the church’s choir and choral students Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The church, located at 237 Center St. in Santa Cruz, is hosting the event to benefit a scholarship fund for four local music students. Suggested donation is $25 per person.
  • Wild Side Dinner: The Santa Cruz Mountains Gourmet Dinner Club hosts its annual end-of-summer party Sunday at 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Walking on the Wild Side.” The menu will include wild game sausages, wild mushroom lasagna and wild blueberry pie. The dinner, which costs $25 per person, is open to members and prospective members. For more information, email Colly at czelak@comcast.net or call 831-336-8098.
  • Oyunna’s AnniversarSeabright’s only Mongolian restaurant celebrates its first anniversary tonight with appetizers, traditional music and champagne from 5 to 11 p.m. Oyunaa’s is located at 1209 Soquel Ave.

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