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Hello, hello, hello. It’s Friday, April 14, and sunny and 60s is the forecast around Santa Cruz County through the weekend — welcome indeed, and certainly not to be taken for granted.

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If the glorious weather has you in the mood to hit the road, goodness knows we’ve got all sorts of options. Monterey beckons just across the bay, and Ashley Spencer has an itinerary with something for just about everyone, from getting hands-on at the aquarium to coastal views and good eats.

It wouldn’t be a weekend around here if we didn’t turn to Wallace Baine for some recommendations for things to do, and below you’ll find his latest Weekender, with the latest from the local arts and entertainment scene.

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Santa Cruz road trip: A day away in Monterey

A diver during a feeding at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Just 60 miles or less from just about anywhere in Santa Cruz County, Monterey makes a great destination for families and groups, couples or those flying solo. With the Monterey Bay Aquarium a must among the Central Coast’s crown jewels, Ashley Spencer plots out an itinerary for a quick day trip south.

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Multimedia artist Linda Cover (left) chats with unhoused participant Robin as part of the ambitious “What’s Home?” project. Credit: Via Andrew Purchin

It’s another packed slate this weekend and beyond around the county, with plenty of art, music, dance and more. Get recommendations, news, notes and local trivia in Wallace Baine’s Weekender.

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A good start to this last day of the workweek, and there’s more coming later, including this week’s edition of Wallace Baine’s local news quiz (maybe get some practice with previous quizzes?). Follow Lookout on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find that and all our Santa Cruz County coverage, and sign up for here to get breaking news alerts and all of our other newsletters. That includes the specially curated Sunday Reads, a good addition to any weekend routine.

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Thanks as always for reading — enjoy your Friday, and have a safe, relaxing weekend.

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz

A veteran jack-of-all-trades journalist who is Lookout’s copy editor, writes and compiles Morning Lookout newsletter and produces Lookout’s other editorial newsletters and helps run Lookout’s social...