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Get Out in Watsonville: Sculpture Gardens, a Weeknight Mixer and More

Take in the Aptos Farmers Market, a concert by the beach and local garden beauty this week in the Watsonville area.

Where/When: 6500 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College), Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. 

Why Go: There will be lots of fun activities for kids, including Jimmy the Balloon Man with his balloon creations and face painting to along with the usual with array of items to chose from at the bustling marketplace. Come out early and take part in the anniversary celebration! 

Pricing: Free

Where/When: 1700 41st Ave. in Capitola hosted by Wells Fargo Bank, Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m.

Why Go: Enjoy delicious and healthy food from Whole Foods Market Capitola, wine tasting from Pelican Ranch Winery and acoustic music from Matt Masih of Matt Masih & the Messengers.  

Pricing: Free

Where/When: Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens, 2660 E. Lake Ave. Watsonville, open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Why Go: The local seasonal gardens offer a beautiful display of sculptures for guests to enjoy. The summer season is a perfect time to get outside and enjoy natures beauty and one of the prettiest locations in Watsonville. 

Pricing: Free

Where/When: Capitola Book Cafe, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. 

Why Go: Capitola resident Kathryn Gualtieri will take guests through her new novel "Murder in the Pines" based in 1920s Carmel. The historical mystery provides readers a unique look a the early years of the seaside town and gives everyone involved plenty of intrigue as not one, but two murders are key premises in the plot. 

Pricing: Free

Where/When: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Friday, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Why Go: The soul and funk band has been touring since the mid-70s. The group had a string of soul and disco hits between 1974 and 1980 including "Pick up the Pieces" and "Cut the Cake." The lively bunch continues to tour the globe to this day and will give beach visitors an end-of-the-week treat during their two performances Friday evening. 

Pricing: Free

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