Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Music, Mole and Mini Fashion Moguls

Dancers in brilliant attire make Mole and Mariachis a truly festive affair. Photo by Dusty Nelson.

This year's Summer Series at the Mission Adobe heads in a fashionable new direction.

The 2014 Friends Holiday Sale

Because no one ever says, 'No thanks, I have enough organic fair trade Mexican chocolate in exotic flavors.' No one.

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks holds its annual ParkStore Holiday Sale Dec. 6-7, with a special Preview Night and Ugly Sweater Contest on Friday, Dec. 5. God, we love the holidays.

Meet Charlie and Patty Kieffer

Longtime volunteers for Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks on parks, giving and what makes Friends special.

Wilder Ranch 40th Birthday

The Bolcoff Adobe, the oldest building at Wilder, dates back to 1840.

On Oct. 25, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks throws a party for Wilder Ranch State Park, a jewel of a park that almost became a sprawling subdivision.

Merriment, Mole & Mariachi

The chefs of the Kitchen at Discretion Brewing.

The 2nd annual Mole and Mariachi Festival brought throngs of revelers to the Mission Adobe State Historic Park on Saturday in a celebration of the Mexican culture that shaped California.

The Return of Mole & Mariachis

The mojiganga dancers, which wowed crowds last year, return again for the 2nd Annual Mole and Mariachis Festival on Sept. 20. Photo courtesy Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

Tradition reigns supreme at the 2nd Annual Mole and Mariachis Festival, Sept. 20.

Calling All Mole Chefs

Home cooks, the Mole and Mariachis Festival is calling your name!  Entries for the mole competition are due Aug. 29. Photo by Hilltromper.

This year the Mole and Mariachi Festival, happening Sept. 20 at the Mission Adobe in Santa Cruz, is opening the mole competition to home cooks. Applications are due Aug. 29.

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Friends volunteers are a big reason Santa Cruz's state parks are thriving.

Friends In Deed How the innovative nonprofit stepped up in a time of need to become a leading supporter of state parks in the Santa Cruz area and a model for partnership statewide.

Ten Reasons to Love The Castro Adobe

The two-story Castro Adobe is considered a stellar example of Monterey Colonial architecture.

It's our newest park, and it's rad.

Friends of SC State Parks Honored

State Parks Sector Superintendent Kirk Lingenfelter, Bonny Hawley and State Parks Director Jackson.

The Dewitt Award for Partnership, bestowed by the director of California State Parks, honors commitment "above and beyond the call of duty" in accomplishing the department's mission.