Close to home, there are art openings, plays, lectures and more. Check out what's happening in and around Watsonville this weekend, and don't forget to add your own suggestions in the comments section below.
1. SAY GOOD-BYE TO THE BUTTERFLIES
Where/When: Natural Bridges State Beach. From Highway 1, take Swift Street West to the coast or follow West Cliff Drive north along the in-town bluffs until it ends at Natural Bridges. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Why go: To say good-bye to the butterflies, of course. But there's more. The 5M's Band will play, and there will be guest speakers, talks about migratory animals, community group booths and games for children. There will also be skits, hand-on art projects and free habitat cake.
2. TAKE A WALK IN THE WOODS WITH A GUIDE
Where/When: , 500 Harkins Slough Rd., Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Why Go: Learn something about the wetlands so close home. Meet at the Nature Center for a guided walk in nearby wetlands. All ages are welcome. Binoculars will be provided.
3. FARMERS MARKET AND FLEA MARKET AT THE FAIRGROUNDS
Where/When: 2601 E. Lake Ave., Sunday, 8 a.m-4 p.m. for flea market, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for farmers market
Why Go: Because it's so much fun to do your shopping outdoors. And you find everything in one place! Plus the is certified, so you know you are getting healthy stuff!
Pricing: Free to go, then whatever you buy!
4. VALENTINE'S DAY COOKIE SHOP
Where/When: , 1301 Main St., at the . Thursday and Friday, 4-6 p.m.
Why go: Take your kids somewhere where they can learn to make a special treat for Valentine's Day. Bake and decorate cookies, create Valentine's Day cards and have fun. This program is for kids ages 6 to 12.
Pricing: $10 for residents; $16 non-residents
5. BEATLES MUSIC FOR THE VALENTINE'S DAY WEEKEND
Where/When: Kuumbwa Jazz Center. 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, Friday and Saturday; doors open at 7 p.m.
Why Go: Because it's the Beatles music. Is there anyone who doesn't like the Beatles or doesn't have a memory linked to some Beatle song? This is a weekend of Beatles music performed on mostly acoustic instruments. Selections included from the last seven albums—Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Pepper's, Magical Mystery Tour, The “White” Album, Let it Be and Abbey Road, with an accent on beautiful melodies, acoustic guitars, grand piano and rich vocal sounds.
Pricing: Tickets $25.