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Stories Under the Influence: 150 Years of Watsonville


Join your friends, historians, and neighbors for a speaker series celebrating Watsonville’s 150th Anniversary.

Hear from noted community members as they share their stories on farm worker experience, local history, migration to Watsonville, art and education.


Food and drink included


Olga Fuentes will be sharing her story of the power or representation in LGBTQ+ community organizing.

Joaquin Barreto will be sharing his story of the immigrant experience, community offerings for belonging.

Carlos Palacios will be sharing his story of the history of landuse in Santa Cruz County and the impacts this has had on Watsonville.

More speakers soon!


Delicious meal provided by Watsonville's My Mom's Mole.

Cesario Ruiz created My Mom’s Mole to focus on sustaining traditional Mexican cuisine using responsibly sourced ingredients. He believes fundamentally that the best way to create stronger connections between people is to share anything you excel at—pay it forward.

Stories Under the Influence : 150 Years of Watsonville is an event by the City of Watsonville, Watsonville Public Library, Community Action Board with support by Santa Cruz MAH as part of a year long event series celebrating 150 year anniversary of the city of Watsonville.

Earlier Event: November 12
Word Church
Later Event: November 16
Wreath Making with the Farmer's Market