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Free First Friday: Bike Night





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Pedal down to the kick-off celebration
of Ecology Action’s Annual Santa Cruz County Bike Week with a costumed ride, jaw-dropping stunts and environmentally focused art and activities.

Hosted by Ecology Action and Bike Santa Cruz County, First Friday: Bike Night is a family-friendly, inclusive experience for community members to celebrate biking in Santa Cruz. Come participate in a variety of fun and environmentally focused activities including:

  • Bicycle Wheel Looms
  • A giant, recycled tube ball in-the-making
  • Screen printing
  • Recycled Bag Streamers
  • Bike Part Spirographs
  • Bike Wheel Mobiles
  • And more!

Additional Highlights Include:

  • Bike Trial Stunt Shows by local legend Matt Meyer (5:15PM, 6:45PM, and 8:15PM)
  • A Captain Planet and the Planeteers-Themed Community Ride (for all ages) (7PM)
    • Awards will be given for the best costumes!
  • Live Music by Dan P and the Bricks: A 10-piece, local ska band including a 5-piece horn section, two guitars, organ, bass and drums! More details here.
  • Bike Powered Margaritas!

Come on down for a fun, engaging evening celebration of all things BIKE.

This event is part of Ecology Action’s Bike Week. Click here for the full Bike Week schedule.

Don’t forget to fill out the Bike Week Survey to enter the raffle for a beautiful electric bike!

LIVE MUSIC | 6:30-9pm | Atrium | Dan P. and the Bricks| Dan P. and the Bricks is a 10 piece ska band from Santa Cruz, CA, featuring members of MU330 and Slow Gherkin. With a 4 piece horn section, two guitars, organ, bass, drums, and percussion, the goal is BIG SOUND and BIG FUN! Formed in February of 2009, the focus of the band is to play locally and raise money for local charities. Fundraisers so far have included a benefit concert for The Leukemia and Lymphoma society, Hospice of Santa Cruz County, and The Surf City AIDS Ride benefiting The Santa Cruz AIDS Project.

FREE EXHIBITIONS | Explore three floors of exhibitions for free.

We Who Work: Prints and Tapestries by Hung Liu–  What does “work” look like? Explore vibrant, mixed media portraits of laborers by Hung Liu. Learn about low wage work in Santa Cruz by Working for Dignity. Learn stories from workers in Santa Cruz County.

She Sang Me A Good Luck Song – Native American photographer Dugan Aguilar’s  self-described purpose is to “show Natives alive and well.” For almost forty years, he has traveled across California to photograph gatherings where California Indian people meet.

Chamber of Heart & Mystery —  Dive into this imaginarium for all ages. The Chamber of Heart and Mystery invites you to explore the mysteries surrounding the human heart. Staged as a fictional study for Dr. Cora X. Crux, renowned explorer of the heart and its mysteries, this exhibition is filled with curious objects and art work.

Vital Current- Seeking the San Lorenzo by Camille Utterback Dip your fingers into San Lorenzo River history with Camille Utterback’s interactive installation. This large-scale river-shaped projection in the MAH lobby windows shows an ever-changing collage of historic and contemporary images of the San Lorenzo River. Explore the river’s history by “dipping” your fingers into the river via a touchscreen surface.

Movements for Change: Bob Fitch Photographs

New Section in History Gallery

Watsonville’s own Bob Fitch began his career as a photojournalist in 1965. Trained as a minister, he joined the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s organization, The Southern Christian Leadership Conference. During a long career, Fitch documented the U.S.’s civil rights movement in the South, as well as local activism. These powerful images reveal how communities organized for the cause of freedom.