The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Sunday, December 17: Open 10am-8pm
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Toy Trains 2017–December 15th-31st

Dec 15–31, 2017

10:00 am-5:oo pm Experience a mini-universe of model trains that delight the young and young at heart. Back for their 12th year, the Golden State Toy Train Operators, Inc. presents Toy Trains. Watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up with the headlight flashing and drive wheels spinning. Marvel at smoke flowing from the smoke stack, and a mighty whistle. Members of the the Golden State Toy Train Operators will be on hand to help young…

Community Rental: Santa Cruz Word Church

Mon, Dec 18, 2017, 4–8 pm

Word Church is a community of local poets who recognize and value the power of spoken word as a means of healing, growing, and empowering ourselves and each other. We gather every Monday to write together in an open writing workshop from 4-5pm, then host an open mic followed by a featured poet starting at 5pm. Admission is sliding scale from $2-7. Visit for more information.

Friday Night Live: Jazz with a Twist

Fri, Dec 22, 2017, 6:30–9 pm

Enjoy live music every Friday Night in Abbott Square. This week: Jazz with a Twist This is the kind of jazz that goes beyond the standards, featuring tunes from Paul Simon to Pat Metheny, George Gershwin to George Benson, Sting to Sinatra (Nancy!) – they might even play a reggae/calypso version of “All About That Bass.”  

Community Rental: Christmas at the MAH

Mon, Dec 25, 2017, Noon–3 pm

For 31 years, the Veterans in Santa Cruz have been providing delicious community dinners for the holidays. Once again this year, The Friends of Christmas are partnering with the Veterans for Peace to provide a full Christmas-style ham dinner (with vegan & vegetarian options) hosted by our friends and community partners at the MAH. All are welcome. Community members interested in donating to the holiday dinner can do so by sending your tax deductible check made out to Steve Pleich,…

Community Rental: Santa Cruz Word Church

Mon, Dec 25, 2017, 4–8 pm

Word Church is a community of local poets who recognize and value the power of spoken word as a means of healing, growing, and empowering ourselves and each other. We gather every Monday to write together in an open writing workshop from 4-5pm, then host an open mic followed by a featured poet starting at 5pm. Admission is sliding scale from $2-7. Visit for more information.

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