Small bites from around the world: Travel with your taste buds around the world experiencing local vendors representing a wide range of international cuisine. This free event is for area seniors, 60+, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz.
Cake decorating: Creatively decorate cake and cupcakes with natural, organic ingredients. Make life’s celebrations more beautiful, meaningful and delicious, 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday, All Hands Workshops, 514a Front St., Santa Cruz. Cost: $65. Registration: Must register in advance online at www.allhandsworkshops.com.
State of the San Lorenzo River Symposium 2019: Join San Lorenzo River watershed stakeholders for their annual discussion of San Lorenzo River issues. As this is the 40th anniversary of the San Lorenzo River watershed plan, this year the focus is on the past, present and future of the watershed – from skyline to the sea, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz.
Dancing Through the Decades: 50th Anniversary Gala: Boys Girls Club of Santa Cruz County celebrates 50 years, 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Museum of Art History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. Costumes/outfits from the decades between 1960-2010 are encouraged. The Gala will include multiple grazing stations featuring local restaurants such as Splash, Shadowbrook and Buttercup Cakes Farm House Frosting. Special signature cocktails from each decade will be available including the Manhattan from the ’60s, Harvey Wallbanger from the ’70s, and Long Island Ice Tea and Cosmopolitans from the ’80s. Local breweries and wineries will be on hand to provide free tastings and samplings. The Gala will be filled with interactive activities, music and dancing throughout the decades with DJs playing favorite songs from each decade on all three floors of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Prizes will be awarded to attendees dressed in the best decade attire. Tickets: $125. To purchase Gala tickets, or for more information, call: 831-423-3138 ext. 26 or visit boysandgirlsclub.info/50years.
The 2019 NEXTies: A night celebrating the area’s best and brightest doers. An evening in honor of those in Santa Cruz County who inspire the community. This year’s annual award show, now in its 10th year, is from 6-9 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) Friday, at Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. Tickets: $25. Visit www.eventbrite.com for advance tickets. Visit www.riotheatre.com. Music guests: Jesse Daniel, Cement Ship, Henry Chadwick, Mira Goto and Anthony Arya. Food for purchase by Wylder Space, drinks by Luna Sea Vodka.
Munching with Mozart: A free monthly noontime concert series at the Downtown Branch of Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church St. Hear local musicians play classical pieces from noon to 1 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. Munching With Mozart and Friends is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the Santa Cruz County Branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of California. Visit www.fscpl.org.
Ashwin Batish: An extraordinary sitarist and tabla player, Batish received training in the North Indian classical tradition from his father, S.D. Batish, and later created his own unique fusion of Indian classical sitar with pop, rock, jazz, calypso, funk, 7 p.m. Thursday Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St. Tickets: $26.25 in advance, $31.50 at door, 1/2 price for students at the door. Doors open and dinner begins at 6 p.m. Visit www.kuumbwajazz.org.
Youth Rock Show: Enjoy live music from the Rio Del Mar Elementary School’s Rockband, the Aftermath, the Aptos Junior High School Rockband, and Music Instructor Martin Sweets Celtic rock band, the Pub Grubs, 6:30-9 p.m. Friday in Abbott Square, 118 Cooper St., Santa Cruz. Visit http://abbottsquare.org.
Ryan Bingham: Presented by folkYEAH! Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham is renowned for a brand of road-weary Americana that is inspired by his life as a traveling rodeo rider, 8-10 p.m. Tuesday at Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. Tickets: $57.
Paint Night: Visit the Museum of Art and History to paint alongside friends, family and neighbors. Help create a community mural or work on a painting from home. There will also be tiny canvases to paint little masterpieces to take home. Stencils, brushes, paints, inspiration and volunteers will be on hand to help creativity flourish, 5-7 p.m. Friday, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. Cost: $10, includes museum admission. Free for members. Visit santacruzmah.org.
Author event: Bookshop Santa Cruz presents Becky Lomax for a book discussion and signing of “Moon USA National Parks,” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, 1520 Pacific Ave. They’ve been dubbed America’s best idea for a reason: get inspired, get outdoors, and discover the wild beauty of the United States with Moon USA National Parks. Inside you’ll find: Coverage of all 59 national parks, from the misty mountains of the east and the redwoods of the west, to the glaciers of Alaska and volcanoes of Hawaii, organized by region.This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. Visit www.bookshopsantacruz.com.
Veterans Connect: The Downtown library Veterans Information Center is on the road. The group has been in a different library each week. The pop ups provide information on benefits for veterans and their families. Veterans Connect will also about the work happening downtown at the permanent veterans information center. Next location, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Scotts Valley branch, 251 King Village Road. Visit santacruzpl.libcal.com.
Joe Sib: The first show of DNA’s Comedy Lab features headliner Joe Sib, a Santa Cruz legend. From the legendary Side One Dummy label to his recent gig opening up for Metallica, Sib’s comedy appeals to everyone, 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, 155 S. River St., Santa Cruz. Tickets: $20.
“Breaking the Code”: A biographical drama about a man who broke too many codes: the eccentric genius Alan Turing who played a major role in winning World War II, by Hugh Whitemore, directed by Kirsten Brandt. Shows through April 14 at Colligan Theater, Tannery Arts Center, 1010 River St., Santa Cruz. Tickets: $27-$50. Visit www.jeweltheatre.net/breaking-the-code.