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25th Anniversary Events- Honoring the Storytellers

Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - The Santa Cruz Mission: Saving Our Oldest Building, Then and Now
Cynthia Mathews – A Grass-Roots Movement to Save Local History
Gil Sanchez, Daryl Allen – Deconstructing the Building to Reconstruct the Story


Drop In Family Craft
Saturday, December 3 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Ramillettas
Saturday, December 10 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Candle Dipping
Sunday, December 11 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Paper Roses
Saturday, December 17 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Luminaria
Saturday, December 31 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm - Luminaria
Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. Create Ramillettas or colorful layered paper decorations, a bouquet of Tepeyac Hill roses in the tradition of the Lady of Guadalupe, luminaria tin lantern, or hand-dipping candles. Rain or Shine. Event is free.

Guided Adobe Tour at the Santa Cruz Mission
Sunday, December 4 at 1pm
Sunday, December 18 at 1 pm
Monday, December 26 at 11 am
Thursday, December 29 at 2 pm
Join us at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for a guided tour of the oldest building in Santa Cruz. Come learn about the many families who have called this 180-year-old mission adobe their home. Tours are conducted rain or shine. Event is free.

Mission Strategy Game
Monday, December 26 at 2:30 pm
Thursday, December 29 at 11am
Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century. Spend Spanish real coins and roll the sheep’s knucklebone to determine the fate of your mission. Geared for ages 8 and older.  Event is free; rain or shine.

Mission Cooking Demonstration
Friday, December 30 at 1 pm
Come to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and experience different cooking styles used by the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. There will be a presentation of Ohlone and Spanish cuisine including hot rock cooking, tortilla frying on a Comal and baking in our Horno. You can even sample the creations and make your own tortilla. The event is free. Rain cancels.

All events and activities are FREE, and are made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

For more information about events and activities please call the Santa Cruz Mission at (831) 425-5849. All programs meet at the Santa Cruz Mission, located on School Street off of Mission Street and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz.