- Submit Datebook items to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off press releases or photos at 5215 Scotts Valley Drive, Ste. F, Scotts Valley 95066. Deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Friday, Nov. 16
Ivy’s Porch open house
When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; continues Saturday
Where: 5311 Scotts Valley Drive, in Scotts Valley
Details: Refreshments and a drawing for two $50 gift certificates will accompany the holiday festivities.
Saturday, Nov. 17
‘Ladies of 545’ holiday boutique
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Santa Cruz Moose Lodge, 2470 El Rancho Drive, in Santa Cruz
Details: Handcrafted gifts, crafts, jewelry, Christmas decorations and food items will be for sale at the lodge, which is just outside Scotts Valley city limits.
Rail corridor ribbon-cutting
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Along the railroad tracks in Watsonville, Aptos, Capitola, Live Oak and Westside Santa Cruz
Details: A community event will commemorate public ownership of the 32-mile Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line with live music, history displays, refreshments and train rides.
Info: http://sccrtc.org/rail or 460-3200
Feast of St. Andrew celebration
When: 6 p.m.
Where: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 101 Riverside Ave., in Ben Lomond
Details: The church will celebrate the Feast of St. Andrew with a traditional Scottish blessing of the tartans, followed by dinner, bagpipe music and Scottish dancing. Proceeds from the event will be given to Valley Churches United Missions.
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children, $25 for families
Sunday, Nov. 18
When: 8:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Highlands Senior Center, 8500 Highway 9, in Ben Lomond
Details: This weekend’s pancake breakfast will feature piano music and a holiday boutique.
Cost: $5 for adults, $2.50 for children
Info: 336-8900 or email@example.com
Thursday, Nov. 22
Free Thanksgiving community dinner
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Felton Presbyterian Church, 6090 Highway 9, in Felton
Details: An old-fashioned dinner with all the trimmings is open to the community.
Friday, Nov. 23
Boulder Creek tree lighting, visit with Santa
When: 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Main stage behind Boulder Creek Hardware, 13110 Highway 9, in Boulder Creek
Details: Carriage rides, street musicians, face painters and a magic show will highlight the festivities, and Santa Claus will greet visitors at Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub, 13200-B Highway 9.
Cost: Free to attend; photos and rides cost extra
Saturday, Nov. 24
Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center open house, gift sale
When: Noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, 9341 Mill St., in Ben Lomond
Details: The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center will be open to the public to show what is planned for the next year. Local artists will sell unique handmade gifts.
Info: 336-3513, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mountainartcenter.org
Felton tree lighting
When: 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Deck outside Felton Feed, 6221 Highway 9, in downtown Felton
Details: In addition to the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in downtown Felton, Santa will arrive by fire truck, and there will be caroling, refreshments and photo opportunities on the deck in front of Felton Feed.
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Relay For Life informational meeting
When: 6 to 7 p.m.
Where: Bruno’s Barbeque, 230 Mount Hermon Road, Ste. G, in Scotts Valley
Details: Organizers will explain how to get involved in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
Info: 335-7109 or email@example.com
Saturday, Dec. 1
Used book sale
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Scotts Valley Branch Library, 251 Kings Village Road, in Scotts Valley
Details: Friends of the Scotts Valley Library will be selling “gently used” books to raise funds for library expansion projects.
Sunday, Dec. 2
When: 11:30 a.m.
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., in Santa Cruz
Details: California Grey Bears’ 39th annual holiday dinner will feature a home-cooked holiday dinner, local entertainment and an opportunity to share a joyful time with friends,
When: 1 p.m.
Where: Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9, in Felton
Details: A family-friendly concert will feature local bands and raise money for Grind Out Hunger and the Be Natural Music Scholarship Program.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-8369
Wednesday, Dec. 5
Sons in Retirement lunch
When: 11:30 a.m.
Where: Portuguese Hall, 216 Evergreen St. at Coral Street, in Santa Cruz
Details: A Ladies’ Day catered luncheon will be followed by entertainment by Bobbi Lynn Ward Singers.
Cost: $15 per person, $25 per couple
Saturday, Dec. 8
Holiday boutique, book fair
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Glen Arbor School, 9393 Glen Arbor School Road, in Ben Lomond
Details: Local crafts will be sold, children can visit a craft center, Santa will pose for photos and a book fair will round out the offerings.
Info: 336-2932, 336-3448 or www.glenarborschool.org
Sunday, Dec. 9
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 220 Elk St., in Santa Cruz
Details: The concert will feature pioneer-themed Christmas music and storytelling. Donations of canned goods will be accepted.