Get Out in Capitola-Soquel: Wine, a Book Reading and Fashion

There are lots of unique wine tasting opportunities this weekend and a chance to hear from a local author.

Where/When: 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, Saturday, 9 a.m. (Garden Workshop at Aptos Farmers Market)

Why Go: Jerold O'Brien of Silver Mountain Winery will speak about garden workshops at the . He'll give you an insider's view on what it's like to be a green wine producer. Quite appropriate, as Earth Day approaches.  But the real occasion is that it's Passport Day at about four dozen Santa Cruz Mountain wineries, including about a dozen just within shouting distance of Capitola-Soquel. Get more information from Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries.

Pricing:  The talk is free; a "passport" is $40.

When/Where: noon - 5 p.m., Sunday, One Soquel and three Los Gatos wineries: , 5000 No. Rodeo Gulch, in Soquel and then in Los Gatos, , 24060 Summit Road; MJA Cellars, 24900 Highland Way; and , 26985 Loma Prieta Way.

Why Go: You're taking the kids on Easter egg hunts, right? So why not go on one of your own, but of the adult variety? Taste an assortment of great wines with gourmet Jelly Bellies at the wineries listed above on the Summit to Sea Wine Trail.

Pricing:  Depends on you.

Where/When: , 1475 41st Avenue, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Why Go:  As a longtime writer for the Santa Cruz Sentinel and Santa Cruz Magazine, Claudia Sternbach is one of our own and you won't want to miss this opportunity to hear her read from her book, Reading Lips: A Memoir of Kisses. The reading also marks the launch of the book.

Pricing:  Free

Where/When:  , 1210 41st Ave. Friday and Saturday, all day

Why Go: If you do your grocery shopping at in Capitola and you are going to go grocery shopping this weekend anyway, think about making it happen Friday or Saturday. New Leaf will be donating five percent of sales those two days to help Capitola Village merchants and residents affected by the March floods.

Pricing: Whatever you spend

Where/When: , 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, (Media Theater, Theater Arts Center) Thursday, 6 p.m.

Why Go: Now how should the well-heeled future fashionista dress? Not quite sure? Find out in this talk of spacesuits, innovation and what might make it in the look of tomorrow. Nicholas de Monchaux, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley gives this lecture as part of the Creativity+Innovation series.

Pricing:  Free


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