5 Things You Need to Know About Watsonville: June 6

The circus is coming to town, and we're not talking about a city council meeting.

It's only Monday but there's a lot happening in Watsonville for it being so early in the week.

Watsonville is the only place in the county to legally buy fireworks and this year 26 applications for fireworks booths were submitted to the city.

You still can only buy the "Safe and Sane" fireworks, meaning no bottle rockets or M-80s, but the booths are all run by youth sports teams, nonprofits and other groups looking to use the Fourth of July as a fundraiser. They'll open up shop soon, so be on the lookout. Also, remember to be safe while you're having all that explosive fun.

The City Council will consider a new eight-point Public Art Plan in the near future. The outline identifies potential projects and areas of engagement, as well as prioritizes the goals.

Fundraising tops the list of the new plan, which is for fiscal years 2011-2013. The first art endeavor on the list is No. 2, creating utility box art. That will initially be focused around downtown. After that, a subcommittee of volunteers will work with city staff to figure out if the old library mosaic murals are reusable.

The circus is coming to town. Circo Osorio, an old-fashioned, acrobatic, under-the-big-top event will be at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds from Thursday to Monday.

Circo Osorio is a fourth-generation act that tours throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Central America. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, then 5:30 and 7:30 Friday to Monday. There will be a 3:30 p.m. show on Sunday also.

Wednesday is the 27th annual Peru Night, an event put on by the Watsonville and Freedom Rotary clubs. Get tickets online for the night of food, music and fun. There also will be live and silent auction items.

Peru Night is at the Portuguese Hall, 124 Atkinson Ln., from 5:30-9 p.m. Cost is $35 and all the proceeds benefit Rotary's projects in Peru, including rehabilitating a drinking water system in a small town.

Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano and Fire Chief Mark Bisbee teamed up to bring this public service message about emergency preparedness to Watsonville families.

There's more information about how to create a family disaster plan on the fire department website.


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