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UCSC’s First Rain Run

10 MUNCHIES The answer to your late-night snack and mid-day cravings.


If you prefer lifting weights or playing beach volleyball, we’ll tell you how to get your heart pumping.


Great places to find dorm room decor, costumes, and more.



Looking for a pipe, a tattoo, some lingerie, or a piercing? Look no further.

Gyms, workout classes and sports to help you look and feel great.



Everything from laundromats, to salons, to doctors offices.

A list of great places to hang out and neat student orgs to join.



Soak up all that this beach town has to offer.

Noisy roommates? Check out these study spots and helpful resources.



For those times that you’re off campus and you need a place to study.

Find out where to hear and buy music—from jazz to rock to rap.

Get the most out of your college experience with bucketlists.


60 DATING ON A DIME A ton of ways to woo your love without breaking the bank.

28 FOOD An overview of the many delicious eateries around town, including six






t’s that time of year again—school is back in session, and you’re either a little fish in a big pond or the big man/woman on campus. Whether you’re a freshman at UC Santa Cruz or finishing at Cabrillo College, there’s plenty to discover on campus and around town. To help you navigate both UCSC and Cabrillo’s campus—including the best places to study, chow down, hang out and more—and get the most out of your college experience, we’ve dedicated the first portion of this year’s Dilated Pupil to just that. Want to know where to work out? We’ve got you covered. Looking for the best place to buy dorm room decor? Look no further. Then, when you’re all ready to brave the unknown and explore around town, check out the second half of Dilated Pupil, in which we give you the lowdown on the best places to see live music, scarf pizza, spark romance, get that long-awaited piercing, surf, and more. Let Good Times be your guide.

—Jenna Brogan Editor

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Want to get the most out of your college experience? Don’t miss out on these UCSC traditions. Tree 9: For years, students have hiked up to the ninth stop on the Seep Zone Interpretive Trail through UCSC’s upper campus to climb the 150-foot Douglas Fir known as Tree 9. Though UCSC arborists removed the first 25 branches of Tree 9 in 2010 in order to eliminate the ability for people to easily climb it and to ensure its longevity—it’s still worth the trip. First Rain Run: This annual run happens during the first major nighttime rainfall of fall quarter. Initiated by Porter College students, the run goes through the colleges in a circular path, picking up students along the way. The best part? Participants are either partially or entirely naked. The run often ends with a drum circle in Porter Meadow or skinny dipping. Just watch out for police. 420 at Porter Meadow: It’s a rite of passage at UCSC to attend the annual 420 celebration at Porter Meadow on April 20. Think huge crowd, music and weed.

With so much to see and do on Cabrillo’s campus, you’ll have a hard time leaving. Take note of these special events happening throughout the 2012-13 school year.

“Black Snow”: presented by Cabrillo Theatre Arts (Nov. 2-18): Based on Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel, “A Dead Man’s Memoir,” this comedic play tells the story of the playwright for the famous Moscow Art Theatre in the 1930s. Jody Alexander: “Preparing for Evanescence” at the Cabrillo Gallery (Nov. 9-Dec. 7): Recent work from Jody Alexander, who recently received the Solo

Drum Circles in Crown Meadow: An opportunity to embrace the hippie lifestyle and let loose.

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Exhibition Award for her work in the Cabrillo Gallery exhibition,“California.” 35th Annual Spring Plant Sale at the Environmental Horticulture Center & Botanic Gardens (May): The largest annual college plant sale in Central California. Winter Dance Concert (Nov. 30-Dec. 2): High-energy performances by some of the best dancers around. “A Night at the Nutcracker” presented by Cabrillo Stage (Dec. 1430): ’Tis the season for a musical farce. Cabrillo Stage summer theater season (JulyAugust): Each year, Cabrillo Stage manages to outdo itself with a summer theater season that’s jam-packed with beloved musicals.

Strikes and Protests: It’s a time-honored tradition for UCSC students to band together in support of a cause. Grab a picket sign and stand up for your right to—well, whatever you want.

Aptos Farmers Market (8 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, year-round): This weekly farmers market features a large variety of produce and specialty foods offered by 80 vendors. RR JONES

Shakespeare Santa Cruz: Every summer, theater enthusiasts flock to UCSC to see William Shakespeare’s words come to life onstage. You won’t regret buying tickets.














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If you are a student or faculty member at Cabrillo College or UC Santa Cruz, there are many online options that can help you find a carpool partner. There are national sites like Share Shotgun and iCarpool that work to match riders and drivers. Craigslist is another way to find a carpool partner. There is the Facebook application Zimride, which UCSC recommends for local college students and faculty. The locally based Commute Solutions and Go Green are also full of information on carpooling, bike routes and public transit information. UCSC even offers discounted parking permits for those who carpool. There is also Zipcar, which offers discounts to UCSC students to share the international car-sharing company’s nine cars on campus and eight cars downtown. Finally, for faculty members or those students fortunate enough, there is Zenn Car, the all-electric car that costs around $13,000 after tax rebates. It is perfect for getting around town on zero emissions.


Zipcar; or Zenn Car in Santa Cruz:

Go Green; or

UCSC Carpooling; or


You only need to spend an hour or so in Santa Cruz to realize that it is an extremely bike-friendly place. Whether you’re a fixed gear, road bike, mountain bike or beach cruiser rider, there are plenty of bike shops and biking solutions for you.

UCSC students with a valid university ID can ride all Metro lines for free. Cabrillo students must buy bus passes directly from Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District ( There is a Metro vending machine located outside the Student Activities Center on Soquel Drive. Take note of other things:


Cabrillo students and staff can get to the junior college on Metro lines 54, 55, 56, 69N, 69W, 71 and 91X.

Shops offer professional assistance with all your cycling needs. If you want to take a more do-it-yourself approach, check out the Bike Church in Santa Cruz, located at 703 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 4252453. Sure, you can find a lengthy list of shops on the Web, but take note of several cool spots we really like:

Another Bike Shop 2361 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 427-2232,

Bicycle Trip 1001 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 427-2580,

Bicycle Shop 1325 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 454-0909,

Dave’s Custom Bikes

The Spokesman Bicycles 231 Cathcart St., Santa Cruz, 429-6062,

Sprockets 1420 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 426-7623,

Scotts Valley Cyclesport 245 Mount Herman Road #J, Scotts Valley, 440-9070.

RIDER INFORMATION Find info on bike cooperatives, bike routes, biking buddies, bike lockers and more:

Go Green

Commute Solutions

910 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-8923,

Cabrillo Bike Co-op

Epicenter Cycling

UCSC Bike Programs

8035 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 662-8100; 1730 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 423-9000.

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UCSC students and staff may take Metro lines 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19 and 20.

Route 17 goes over the hill to San Jose, where you can connect to CalTrain to head up the San Francisco peninsula or VTA lines 180 and 181 to get to the East Bay and BART. Monterey-Salinas Transit has a trip planner at, where you can find connecting routes up and down Monterey Bay.

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Stevenson Café Even though you can’t

Cafeteria Conveniently located at the

use debit or credit cards, Stevenson Café is the cheapest place to eat on campus (besides Cowell Coffee Shop), with delicious, non-greasy food. This spot has great bagels, salads, soups, coffee/tea, sandwiches (their egg salad sandwich rules), and fantastic baked goods—make sure to try a “fudgie”: their delectably gooey brownie/cookie combo. Fun music and plenty of seating indoors and outside.

center of campus, the Cafeteria offers a different breakfast and lunch food each day, including hot entrees, sandwiches, soup, and salads, as well as beverages (fruit juices, soda and water). Plus, there is lots of room to eat and study.

The Gazebo The Gazebo supplies food for students on the go, offering hot lunch (burger/hot dogs), sandwiches, wraps, and salads, as well as beverages, such as soda and water.

The Kresge Co-op A great place to grab a quick snack like a toasted bagel, a bag of organic chips, or locally grown produce, from apples to kale. Like a small New Leaf grocery store on campus, the Co-op has a friendly staff and lots of healthy foods to choose from.

Coffee Break Located on the south side of campus, this spot offers an array of coffee assortments—from lattes to cappuccinos— pastries, and beverages (fruit juices, soda and water).

The Pino Alto The Pino Alto—a restaurant associated with the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program at Cabrillo—provides a fine dining experience with elaborate dishes for lunch and dinner, such as steak, seafood, salads, and beer/wine. Reservations recommended.

Oakes Café This is a go-to spot for burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and quesadillas—think comfort food. Their portions are pretty big, and always come with tons of french fries. There is lots of space to sit inside, with a lounge-like area to boot. Debit/credit card friendly.

Joe’s Pizza and Subs Joe’s is located

Owl’s Nest Restaurant Fresh, organic and made-from-scratch breakfast, lunch and dinner make Owl’s Nest stand out. But it’s the French Toast that has us raving.


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right inside Quarry Plaza and conveniently nearby the ATMs (though you can use debit and credit cards here). Anyone familiar with the restaurant’s downtown location knows that this is a great place for subs and pizza. All those 21 and up can enjoy a beer here for lunch or dinner.






Get to know the campus by searching for the following hidden treasures: Pogonip Koi Pond The secret koi pond is located off the trails behind Crown/Merrill, slightly into Pogonip.

Hellhole & Hall of Faces

The Wish Tree Located right next to Tree 9, visitors to The Wish Tree write their wishes on scraps of paper and slide them onto the slim branches of the tree. It’s small and twiggy. Go and make your wish or read those of others.

Cat’s Cradle Rumor has it a cat was buried in this circular clearing surrounded by redwood trees in the early ‘90s, and it has since become a shrine to the species with cat figurines, toys and a box in the middle with crayons and a few journals.

Hellhole is a much deeper cave that is downstream from the Porter caves. It is recommended that visitors wear a headlamp. At the bottom is a journal that visitors can sign. There are faces drawn on the walls, known as the “Hall of Faces,” which people can add to.

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Kresge Swing A rope swing suspended from a tree that leans over a ravine, a five- to 10-minute hike off the road from the top of Kresge College. It is taken down and put back up often because sometimes people injure themselves, so be cautious, and swing at your own risk!

Nite Owl Cookies

This clever local company has the key to UCSC students’ happiness. Nite Owl Cookies was founded on the belief that Santa Cruz was lacking in late night food options and nothing beats homemade cookies. The company’s current owner, Veda, a UCSC alumna with a degree in biology, has made it her mission to provide students with fresh hot cookies—including Peanut Butter, M&M, Oatmeal Raisin, and Vegan Chocolate Chip—and milk delivered to their door, party, or event. And that’s not all—Nite Owl Cookies also delivers NiteScream Ice Cream Sandwiches, Yogizmo Frozen Yogurt, beverages like Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider and Red Bull, condoms, dice, pingpong balls, and a special Pong Package, which includes 25 cups and three pingpong balls. Nite Owl Cookies, 423-NITE, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $12 min. purchase for delivery.

DORM ROOM DECOR Front Street Thrift Store Books, clothes, furniture and more. Almost always 50 percent off the clothing! 428 Front St., Santa Cruz, 457-0229. Goodwill Affordable. Another big plus: many of the clothing options here are still really in style. 204 Union St., Santa Cruz, 423-1078. Sky View Flea Market Expect to find everything from fresh produce, to bikes, toys, furniture, clothing, and records. Open 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 2260 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, 462-4442. Stripe This fun furniture haven is great for finding items to load into your dorm. There are some nice clothing options here as well. 107 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 421-9252.





The 41st Avenue Thrift Store District There are all sorts of thrift items and vintage clothes jammed into a few stores on 41st Avenue, just a half-block from Pleasure Point Pizza in Capitola.

Legs This 1940s-inspired boutique helps Santa Cruzans add glamour and romance to their everyday style with inspired hosiery—think intricately designed and vibrantly colored nylon, tights, and lingerie. 1517 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-1940.

Moon Zooom The assortment of old treasures hidden within the depths reveals beaded cardigans, vintage flannels, rare Doc Martens, and more. 813 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-8500.

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Retro Paradise Looking for a mod look? You can find adorable vintage dresses, brightly colored sunglasses and killer cowgirl boots all in one stop. 1010 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 460-9960.

Salvation Army Open six days a week (closed on Sundays). Wednesdays are 50 percent off clothing. 812 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-8118. Sockshop & Shoe Company From everyday socks and shoes to out-of-this-world designs and colors, Sockshop has it all. Spice up your life with some striped knee-highs or find a bright sparkly pair to complement a costume. Carries most well-known name-brand walking shoes. 1515 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. 429-6101.






The Precision Wellness Center This brand new 55,000-plus square foot health and wellness facility offers workout equipment—from cardio machines to weights—and brings together all healthrelated disciplines, including nursing, dental hygiene, radiological technology, and more.

Who says exercise means being chained to the treadmill? Take a break from your droll workout routine and try one of these awesome fitness opportunities.

Sports Facilities The Carl Coney Stadium, gymnasium, swimming pool, tennis courts, softball field, and baseball field are home to some of the best sports teams Cabrillo College has to offer. They’re also open to all students during special hours. Check the Web for details.

UCSC The Wellness Center This

Athletic Program Cabrillo College,

two-story workout facility boasts more than 50 pieces of cardio equipment, free-weights, selectorized weight machines, exercise balls and more—plus a stunning view of the Monterey Bay. Personal fitness training is also available. 459-2995.

home of the Seahawks, offers a comprehensive varsity athletic program that includes baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, volleyball, and water polo. Intramural sports and club sports are not offered.

Sports Clubs Make friends fast and stay healthy, by joining a UCSC sports club like water polo, fencing, or soccer. Hikes/Trails The upper campus trail to Wilder Ranch is great for runners who are looking for a secluded and gorgeous area to get some exercise. Another great option for outdoor exercise is the trail that winds from the Merrill Apartments to Pogonip.



Take advantage of the many diverse fitness classes that exist in Santa Cruz, and keep your workout fresh, fun and vibrant.

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Cabrillo Extension Classes: Health and Fitness Take advantage of a

Intramural Sports If sports

Recreation Classes Try one

are your favorite way to get in a workout, sign up for one of the many intramural leagues, featuring everything from basketball to dodgeball to ultimate frisbee. 459-4017.

of the many recreation classes offered at UCSC, including cardio kickboxing, core strengthening, hiphop, hoop dance, meditation, Zumba, and more. 459-2806.

hiking class, which guides students through greenbelts and Santa Cruz state parks. Learn about natural history and flora and fauna, plus get a great exercise. Or, take an early morning cardio workout class, in which students learn how to strengthen and stabilize their body’s core, hips and shoulders through cardio/metabolic work and strength training.




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College 9/10 Meadow A great place for a picnic or for star gazing at night. Every full moon there is a drum circle in the meadow, where students dance around, drink, smoke, and aren’t bothered by CSOs (Community Safety Officers). Plus, it’s right by the Peace Fort.


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The UCSC Farm This neat on-campus haunt is where Life Lab programs are held. There are many environmental studies opportunities at the Farm, which is host to a great deal of produce, flowers,

and herbs. It’s also a nice quiet place to sit and enjoy what your peers have grown.

lawns surround the area, and a terrific view stretches from the lower campus to the beach.

Café Revolución (‘Café Rev’) This laid-back hangout

Amphitheater Cabrillo’s

has pool tables, study tables, Italian sodas, snacks, and it’s open late, which is always a plus for college freshmen.

CABRILLO Quad Located at the center of campus, the Quad is a great place to rest between classes and congregate. Comfortable benches are spread throughout, food is nearby, a couple of

amphitheater has wood benches that surround the grassy lawn-stage, making an oval-like shape. Students like to eat lunch, hang out, and study here.

Courtyard The courtyard is located in front of the cafeteria. With grassy hills and benches, it’s the perfect place to lay down underneath the sun.

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Corre La Voz This neat digital men-

Alpha Gamma Sigma One of the most popular and prestigious clubs, the purpose of AGS is to foster, promote, maintain, and recognize academic excellence on the Cabrillo College campus and to perform services for the college and the community, emphasizing cultural, social, and enrichment experiences as a part of the total college experience.

toring after-school program is run by UCSC students. Undergraduates get paired with sixth-eighth graders at Mission Hill and Branciforte middle schools, and help students work on their skills with multi-media narratives on iMovie and blogging.

Cloud 9 If you are a closet “Gleek,” you’ll drool over Cloud 9: UCSC’s version of the New Directions. The first a cappella group founded on campus, Cloud 9 competes all over the state and performs on campus. From Beyoncé’s “Halo” to Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence,” this troupe has mad singing and choreography chops.

Los MejicasThis UCSC-based folkloric dance group just celebrated its 40th anniversary. All are welcome to join Los Mejicas, which strives to celebrate and preserve the beauty of the Mexican heritage and culture through dance.

KZSC This on-campus radio station has been rocking hard for 45 years. A training ground for UCSC students who wish to pursue a professional career in the broadcast industry, KZSC is professionally run and highly regarded. Tune in to 88.1 FM to hear everything from the blues to punk to reggae.

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Bike Co-op The Bike Co-op provides Cabrillo students and the community with the tools, space, and education to use bicycles as a means of sustainable, low-cost transportation. It promotes oncampus sustainability, and supports the health and well-being of the community. Sustainability Council The Cabrillo Sustainability Council is a student club, organized to raise awareness and facilitate action to address the key issues related to the sustainability of Cabrillo as well as the community, state, nation, and world. Take note: The group is responsible for banning plastic bags throughout Cabrillo College.


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— Midtown —

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Best places to study on campus, tutors and bookstores Places to Study On Campus

CABRILLO % Robert E. Swenson Library The busiest on campus, this library provides a large online database for student research, a core book collection, a large course reserve collection of textbooks and required materials, and friendly librarians.


McHenry Library The most obvious place to study. But, the silent area on the fourth floor is a prime study spot with lots of natural light.






Stevenson Library It’s small, but offers many oneperson study spaces in between the bookshelves. Page Smith Library This tiny library is right nearby the Cowell Coffee Shop and Cowell/Stevenson Dining Hall. It’s limited in terms of computer outlets, but there are couches, large tables, and personal desks. Crown College Library This one is across from the Crown/Merrill Dining Hall and Banana Joe’s convenient store. It’s located below a computer lab. Open late. Stevenson/Cowell Benches For those who can’t focus in a library, the benches in the Stevenson/Cowell area of campus are a great place to read—and see the ocean.

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Student Technology Center Cabrillo’s Computer Technology Center offers computers for all enrolled students to use. There are Macs and PCs, color and black and white printers and scanners. Student assistants are available to help. Plus, there are tables where students can eat and drink, and a wireless network. Student Services Complex The Student Activities Center houses an expanded bookstore, student government and student activities, community education, assessment and orientation, and student services administration. MESA MESA (Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement) is a study center designed to help students in the math, science, and engineering fields. They

offer free tutors, workshops, Internet, food, and camaraderie.


Computer Labs There are more than 30 computer labs located throughout Cabrillo’s campus for students to utilize. View the full list at clabs.html.

Study Resources/ Tutors On Campus

CABRILLO % Tutorial Program The Tutorial Program is available at no cost to all students currently enrolled in the course for which they need help. By appointment.



UCSC % The Academic Resource Center (ARC) Home to Modified Supplemental Instruction (MSI), which gives students the opportunity to learn in small groups led by advanced Student Learning Assistants who help out with specific classes, writing tutoring, and one-on-one tutoring.


El Centro El Centro holds “study breaks” and hosts workshops for students who need help with writing papers, applying for jobs, or gaining know-how on interviews.



Math Learning Center Offers free drop-in tutoring for all math classes. Plus, online tutors are available. Writing Center The Writing Center serves all Cabrillo students that are taking courses in which written work is required. The tutors strive to provide students with composition and critical thinking skills to enable them to compose successful essays and assignments. Music and Theatre Lab The Music and Theatre Lab provides instruments, rooms, and teachers for students who wish to (1) pursue an advanced degree in music, (2) become a professional musician, (3) prepare for a career in public school teaching, (4) broaden a general knowledge of music, or (5) develop performance skills. Reading Center The Reading Center offers read-

ing classes in a group setting and self-paced programs for individuals to advance their skills.

Bookstores UCSC % Bay Tree Bookstore UCSC’s main bookstore has it all: textbooks, ebooks, UCSC apparel, gifts, computers, and more. 459-4815.

% A former UCSC student launched this website, which aggregates purchasing options in one place to help save students money on books.

CABRILLO % Cabrillo College Bookstore This nonprofit, collegeowned bookstore offers competitively priced goods and services. Any profit above operating expenses benefits the Cabrillo community. The Bookstore provides new and used textbooks, reference books, study aids, school supplies, and sundries. 479-6298.





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MUSIC VENUES The Blue Lagoon Dark, moody and with great drink specials, The Blue is infamous for its low-priced, epic punk and metal shows. Also check out live comedy on Thursday nights. 923 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-7117. The Catalyst The place is a local landmark and longtime host of both internationally renowned artists and homegrown upstarts alike. The Atrium (the front room stage) is a highlight, in addition to the bars and large upstairs pool

lounge. 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-1338.

The Crepe Place With doors often overflowing, this is a locale to find touring up-andcoming indie bands. Doubling as a restaurant and a venue, The Crepe houses an eclectic blend of concerts in a comfortable, intimate setting. 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-6994.

Don Quixote’s is a gem just outside of town. Mexican dining and a separate bar complete the venue. 6275 Hwy 9, Felton, 603-2294.

Kuumbwa Jazz The nonprofit Kuumbwa (pronounced koo-um-ba) attracts legendary jazz icons in addition to world and local music. 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 427-2227.

Don Quixote’s Felton’s

Moe’s Alley Out-of-the-way

favorite stop for country, rock, world music and folk legends,

and possessing a dependably diverse and talented line-up

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each week with blues, funk and Afro-Latin beats often stirring up the dance floor. A great bar, heated patio and music attract all age groups. 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, 479-1854.

The Rio Theatre This classy and streamlined setting draws big names of all genres from around the world. It offers a dance floor as well as plush, comfortable seating. 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-8209.

DJ Little John (a.k.a. John Edmonds) came to Santa Cruz in 1995, and has played an integral role in cultivating the electronic scene ever since. From organizing the Halloween-themed Freakers Ball to throwing full moon parties and secret ragers, Little John has made it the mission of Raindance Presents to keep Santa Cruz dancing. Keep an eye on the Raindance Presents Facebook page for events, and check out their dubstep night at Motiv.;;

Happy Hour Daily 4-7:30pm Drink Specials • $5 Burger & Fries $5 for 3 Steak or Fish Tacos

SUNDAY “Atom & Evil” Swing Dancing 6–9:30pm Rasta Cruz’s reggae party No Cover, 10pm-Close.

MONDAY Eclectic by Primal Productions. No Cover

TUESDAY “Foreplay” with DJ AD No Cover

WEDNESDAY Revolving Monthly Dubstep/House/Electro

THURSDAY College Night—Libation Lab No cover, $3 Drink Specials w/student ID

FRIDAY & SATURDAY Featured Djs from around the world

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2The Devil Makes Three Make sure to buy your tickets early when The Devil Makes Three takes the stage—locals go crazy for the band’s rare mix of bluegrass/Americana/ragtime with a punk twist.

2Audiafauna Known for its pop/folk/electronica amalgam, this local outfit—formed by two UC Santa Cruz alums— released its 17-track debut LP, Grow Down, in May. Contemplative, minimalist, and sometimes chilling, Audiafauna’s songs will carry you away.


2The Expendables Local


reggae/ska/punk outfit The Expendables have been making noise around town since 1997, when the members met in high school. Their feel-good jams about drinking, smoking, and partying—think Slightly Stoopid—and down-to-earth attitudes, have made them a household name.

The 418 Project The community-oriented 418 Project offers a wide variety of dance classes and performances. Local production companies also rent out the space on occasion for music shows—from punk to world— and special events. The 418 is adjoined by India Joze, where you can experience healthy-vegetarian food and other delicacies. Sunday mornings are dedicated to “Dance Church,” a casual gathering, often with live music, where creative souls can move to groovy beats. 418 Front St., Santa Cruz, 466-9770.

2Wooster Groove to some homegrown reggae-soul with Wooster, one of Santa Cruz’s most promising acts—a smoldering blend of bluesy vocals and funky beats. Their slow grind “Ooh Girl” is a local favorite. Check out their new album when it’s released in October.

2SambaDá This AfroBrazilian dance music group shakes up local venues, like Moe’s Alley, year-round. If you’re looking to spice up your weekend with a funky fusion of world beat, this nine-piece will get you movin’ in no time. No wallflowers allowed.

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Motiv Restaurant by day, nightclub by night, Logos Two floors of used books and records make for a success story that started in 1969 and a treasure trove of hidden rarities, overlooked classics and practical buying and selling opportunities. 1117 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 427-5100.

Metavinyl Listen before you buy, and browse through a decent selection of new and used vinyl. They repair, sell and buy players as well. 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 466-9027.

Streetlight Records Streetlight houses a solid selection of used

Motiv hosts a number of hyped DJs with its big-city club atmosphere. 1209 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-8070.

records, CDs, DVDs, cassettes, and new versions of the same. Buys, sells, and offers teacher discounts. Keep an ear out for live in-stores. 939 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 421-9200.

Santa Cruz Dance This community hub

The Krate Record players and old school boomboxes sit side by side with fresh urban attire at this indie locale that boasts crates of 45s to take for a spin. 1101 Pacific Ave., Ste. Z, Santa Cruz, 466-3865.

Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center This brand new por-

is known for its high-caliber dance classes, workshops and performances. Check out the action at its new site, Motion at the Mill. 131 Front St., Ste. E., Santa Cruz, 457-1838.

tal for all things dance offers a host of community workshops—from hip-hop, to Congolese, to hula, to Haitian folklorico. 1060 River St. #111, Santa Cruz, 227-6770.




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Fans of this spot, located near Cabrillo College, appreciate its memorable burgers, handmade veggie burgers, salads, and free refills on fountain drinks. 106 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos, 688-1282.

Betty Burgers Serving up delicious burgers (made from Black Angus beef), plus fries, onion rings, lettuce wraps, Betty’s famous “lube” sauce, and more, this joint is one of the most popular places around. 100 41st Ave., Capitola, 475-5901; 505 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-8190; 1222 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 600-7056.

burger. This hotspot on the Westside offers California grass-fed beef and purchases produce locally. The food here tastes great. Plus, burger. packages food in 100 percent post-consumer recycled boxes and has 100 percent compostable cups, glasses and silverware. Check out weekly specials and try their amazing shakes. 1520 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 425-5300. Jack’s Hamburgers Burgers, dogs and even fish sandwiches—this place rocks. Just follow the smell of french fries. It’s right next to the Nickelodeon Theaters, too, so it’s ideal for movie night. 202 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, 423-4421.

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e i p a z piz Engfer Pizza Works You have to love a place that offers built-to-suit toppings, where the traditional mushroom and sausage compete with avant-garde arrangements like broccoli and pesto. Plus, there is an extensive beer and wine selection. 537 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-1856.

Joe’s Pizza and Subs Joe’s manages to create a fine array of pizzas and gourmet sandwiches—from falafel items, to burgers, and more. Plus, the UCSC location is the

only place to buy beer on campus (Happy Hour is all day Friday.) 841 N. Branciforte Ave., and 1207 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 4262996.

Kianti’s Pizza and Pasta Bar Check out the unique brands of pizza, pasta and salads, along with great wines, cocktails and beer at this fun downtown hotspot. Watch the staff dance and toss pizza dough on Friday and Saturday nights. The patio features a fireplace and heaters for cool nights. For a quick bite, head to A Slice of Kianti’s on Front Street. 1100

Pleasure Pizza Head here on Tuesdays for $1 cheese slices or half-off wings on Wednesdays. Pleasure Pizza is a welcome respite for both the wallet and the gullet. The slices are huge, the crust is doughy, and the shrimp and pesto pizza is delicious. 4000 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, 475-4999.

Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 469-4400; 46 Front St., Santa Cruz, 469-4421.

Pizza My Heart Surf themes inside make for a stellar vibe and the pizza is downright delicious. Great combo packages and by-theslice options are a nice touch. So, too, are the variety of garden salads. 1116 Pacific Ave. #B, Santa Cruz, 426-2511; 209 Esplanade, Capitola, 475-5714; and 2180 41st Ave., Capitola, 475-6000.

South Beach Pizza Co. Handcrafted winning

pizzas right across the street from the Main Beach volleyball courts. Stunning views with a fun atmosphere. Ten beers on tap and a full bar. 303 Beach St., Santa Cruz, 600-8900.

Woodstock’s Pizza Well, the “All-Meat Orgy” caught our eye. So did the “Garlic Bird” and the “Kauai Pie.” Great variety and stellar flavors. 710 Front St., Santa Cruz, 427-4444.





STUDENT STAPLES 1. Jenny Love - I Love Sushi This crispy roll is a hit due to its spicy ingredients and crunchy texture, as well as the bountiful amount of fish, including hamachi and maguro. $14. 516 Front St., Santa Cruz, 421-0706.


2. Spice Bamboo - Shogun A clever combination of flavor, the Spice Bamboo has tempura shrimp bulging out of each end, with avocado squished inside, and thin lemon slices sit on top of the hamachi and beneath the spicy and sweet sauce. $14. 1123 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 469-4477.



3. Takara Roll - Takara Also dubbed the “house roll,” this roll is full of flavor at a reasonable price. Very spicy! $7.50. 3775 Capitola Road, Capitola, 464-1818.

4. Eternal Sunshine - Sushi Garden Lemon and salmon make the Eternal Sunshine the most sought-out roll at Sushi Garden. An added bonus is the aesthetic appeal of this roll—very colorful. $10.50. 820 Bay Ave. #148, Capitola, 464-9192. 5. Corruptor - Mobo Sushi This popular roll is filled with flavorful ingredients, from unagi, to garlic, to macadamia nuts. $17. 105 South River St., Santa Cruz, 425-1700. 6. Unforgettable - Geisha The name doesn’t lie, this explosion of flavors— which includes crunchy tempura prawns, toasted coconut, and wild smoked salmon—is truly unforgettable. $13. 200 Monterey Ave. Ste. 3, Capitola, 464-3328.

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Brady’s Yacht Club When asked what she loves about Brady’s, one local who frequents the dive bar said, “It’s like a family in there—not a family you always want to be a part of, but a family.” One big whiskey-guzzling (the bar is Jameson’s No.1 Northern California account), poolshooting family—new members are welcome. 413 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-9854.

Marianne’s Ice Cream A medley of fla-

The Jury Room If you want to catch the game with your buddies, see some friendly faces, listen to live music, and get some amazing deals on drinks—like $2.50 for a domestic beer—The Jury Room is for you. 712 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, 426-7120.

vors greets you at this local haunt. The secret to its success is, well, still a secret. Voted Best Ice Cream in Santa Cruz in the GT Readers Poll year after year. You can also find it at local grocery stores. 1020 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, 458-1447.

The Penny Ice Creamery All fresh. All homemade. Absolutely creative. And, most importantly, delicious. One of the best things to hit downtown in years. 913 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 204-2523.

SANDWICHES Zoccoli’s This popular family-run deli boasts sandwiches, soup, salads, and more. Try the Tri-Tip sandwich. 1534 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-1711.

bbq Aptos St. BBQ Voted “Best Barbecue” in Good Times’ 2012 Best of Santa Cruz Readers Poll, Aptos St. BBQ has the recipe for success: sweet and smoky barbecue sauce, a large exotic beers list, a friendly staff, and, most importantly: mouth-watering Texas-style tri-tip, hot links, ribs, and much more. 8059 Aptos St., Aptos, 662-1721.

slow-smoked ribs to pulled pork—and wood-fired pizza. Also, make sure to try Sid’s wood-fired mac and cheese dishes … yum. 10110 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 662-2227.

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WORLD FLAVORS Sabieng Thai Cuisine Solid, filling curries and noodle dishes with all the traditional favorites and a choice of Thai beverages. 1218 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 425-1020.

Sawasdee Thai Cuisine You can find Thai dishes with interesting and creative twists here, including an extensive menu and wonderful atmosphere. Not too far from Cabrillo College. 5050 Soquel Drive, Soquel, 4625051.

Shogun Japanese Restaurant A great place to bring a crowd and order a sushi boat full of scrumptious raw fish and tempura-battered veggies. Shogun offers a variety of sushi options, plus lunch and dinner boxes. 1123 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 469-4477.

Takara Japanese Restaurant A stunning



•ASIAN Akira This hip sushi hotspot serves up colorful (not to mention, flavorful) rolls, featuring fresh-caught seafood and locally grown produce. Vegan and vegetarian friendly. 1222 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 600-7093.

Canton Restaurant Not your average Chinese restaurant, Canton is known for its casual, contemporary atmosphere, full bar, and fresh ingredients. All your favorite items, without the MSG. Also check out the vegetarianfriendly cuisine. 900 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, 475-8751.

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Charlie Hong Kong Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, this culinary gem specializes in “organic Asian street food.” Think organic veggies and savory meats. Take note: All noodle and rice bowls are vegan-based. 1141 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-5664.

Golden City Chinese Large portions, studentfriendly prices, and family recipes that have traveled all the way from Guangzhou, China, make Golden City Chinese stand out from the crowd. 1230 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 423-0688.

O’Mei Chinese Restaurant From the incredibly addictive red oil dumplings to the tender Mu Shu beef with pancakes, O’Mei’s food is fresh and well prepared, though it can be a bit pricey. But for Chinese food connoisseurs, it’s the real deal. 2316 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 425-8458.

Pacific Thai Reasonably priced Thai food with a more local sensibility, including excellent bubble teas and prompt service for take-out. Check out “Thai Tuesdays”— take $1 off all Thai teas. 1319 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 420-1700.

variety of sushi and specialty dishes. Keep an eye out for the delectable garlic mayo. Takara scores straight A’s in its sushi offerings. 3775 Capitola Road, Capitola, 464-1818.

Thai House Good food at reasonable prices, served within a welcoming atmosphere enhanced by aquariums, statues and tapestries. Try the fine array of soups. 353 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 458-3546.

•GREEK The Greek Festive, fun and very Greek. The extensive and affordable menu is impressive—a haven for students. 435 Front St., Santa Cruz, 466-9990.

Ste. A, Santa Cruz. 458-9808.

•SRI LANKAN Malabar Café Malabar has perfected the art of vegetarian Sri Lankan cooking. The space exudes a mellow Eastern vibe, but once you taste the naan bread and garlic oil (and pretty much anything else on the menu for that matter) your entire focus will shift to your food. Reasonable prices, generous portions. 514 Front St., Santa Cruz, 458-3023.

•IRISH Rosie McCann’s A truly original Irish pub, Rosie’s offers a broad array of traditional pub fare such as beer, bangers, and shepherd’s pie. Voted Best Bar/Pub in a GT Readers Poll. Movie night on Thursdays, reggae on Fridays, DJ on Saturdays, trivia on Mondays, Open Mic on Tuesdays, and live music on Wednesdays. 1220 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-9930.

•MIDDLE EASTERN Falafel House Sick and tired of pizza and burgers? Take a walk on the Middle Eastern side at Falafel House Santa Cruz, where scrumptious gyros, shawerma, baba ghanoush, and more (at great prices) await. 113 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 459-9770.


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Louie’s Cajun Kitchen & Bourbon Bar This hip

Greek eatery is always bursting at the seams with UCSC students chowing down on its delectable Mediterranean fare. Think kebabs, gyros, pita bread, and more. 1501 Mission St.,

new downtown spot boasts more than 35 American bourbons and whiskeys, and a slew of Southern-inspired dishes that will make your mouth water—from hushpuppies, to gumbo, to catfish. 110 Church

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Acapulco Restaurant Chicken mole, chile verde, sizzling fajitas, and crab and shrimp enchiladas stand out, not to mention several vegetarian options with soy and sauteed veggies. Authentic Mexican, seafood and American offerings. 1116 Pacific Ave. Ste. A, Santa Cruz, 426-7588.

Aquarius at the Dream Inn

El Palomar El Palomar has amazing lunch and dinner specials. Ample servings and variety, including grilled snapper tacos, handmade corn tortillas, pozole, fresh local seafood and other gourmet, regional, Michoacan recipes. Be sure to check out the taco bar, or dine in style in the dining room. Check out happy hour from 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 1336 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-7575. Margaritaville Margaritaville’s got it all: delicious food, fabulous atmosphere, live music, great drinks, and a stunning view. 231 Esplanade #101, Capitola, 476-2263.

Planet Fresh Gourmet Burritos Fast, festive and filling. You won’t be disappointed. The Pacific Rim burrito is a local favorite, as well as their Thai Chicken burrito. 1003 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 423-9799.

Taqueria Vallarta Though Vallarta has tons of variety, the fish tacos rock and the chips here are terrific. Also, try the Super Burrito. 1101 Pacific Ave. #A,

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Aquarius offers a nice take on the American bistro, featuring sustainable seafood, local, organic produce and an impressive selection of local wines. Wraparound windows, a canopy of handmade surfboards, and many teardrop-shaped lamps add to the ambiance. Don’t forget to make a reservation. 175 West Cliff, Santa Cruz, 426-4330.

The Crow’s Nest The Crow’s Nest is perched in the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and has stunning ocean views. The restaurant offers fresh seafood, steaks, chicken and stellar appetizers. It also boasts an inhouse rotisserie and a large salad bar, plus homemade desserts. Comedy and entertainment is on hand, too. 2218 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 476-4560. Gabriella Café Delectable menu, which is based around locally grown produce and sustainable meats and dairy. The fare changes daily in an attempt to encapsulate the newest, freshest ingredients. A great date spot! 910 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. 457-1677. Ideal Bar and Grill Situated at the end of the Wharf, it has one of the best views in town—and some of the best drink specials. Take note of the diverse menu and the Happy Hour items. 106 Beach St., Santa Cruz, 423-5271.

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Saturn Café It’s like a 1950s-style diner minus the poodle skirts. Saturn has been serving up vegetarian comfort foods like baked mac and cheese, french fries, and (meatless) burgers and shakes until 3 a.m. since 1979. Check out the space-age décor and sparkly pink booths. 145 Laurel St., Santa Cruz, 429-8505. Solaire Restaurant & Bar One of the newest restaurants to grace our beach town, Solaire is located inside Hotel Paradox, and features casual modern American cuisine. Think fresh farm-totable comfort food, small plates, and some of the best drinks our local vintners and brewers have to offer. 611 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, 425-7100. Wing Stop Wingstop has taken chicken wings to a whole new level by saucing and tossing them in a choice of nine flavors. Plus, every order is made fresh when you order it and their sides are homemade. Fresh Cut Seasoned Fries are cut daily— yum! 845 Almar Ave., Santa Cruz, 454-9464.

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•HAWAIIAN Hula’s Bar & Grill and Tiki Lounge With tasty plates to choose from—like Duke’s Luau Pork Plate, Island Style Cioppino, Sweet Potato Fries, and much more—organic ingredients, and reasonable prices, Hula’s has become a downtown favorite. 221 Cathcart St., Santa Cruz, 426-4852.

Pono Hawaiian Grill Teriyaki bowls, Wraps, Poke bowls, Chicken Katsu, Da

PONO HAWAIIAN GRILL Kine Burgers, and so much more. Try Pono’s signature Loco Moco Burrito. They also have free Wi-Fi, Downtown’s largest tropical outdoor patio, live music, a full bar, and late night dining on weekends. 120 Union St. Santa Cruz, 426-7666.

•ITALIAN Caffe Lucio Italian Restaurant Authentic, affordable and festive. Plus, the owner—that would be Lucio—is colorful and lively and adds zest with his ebullient personality. 381 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 427-0164.

Lillian’s Italian Kitchen Lillian’s is friendly and affordable, and all the food comes from recipes handed down to the owner from his family. Take note of the many Italian specialties here. 1116 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-2288. Ristorante Avanti Avanti wins high marks for its stellar Italian cuisine and the remarkable way it creates a winning meal. Lunch specials are a plus, too, but the dinners here truly stand out. 1711 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 427-0135. Ristorante Italiano Since 1980, Ristorante Italiano has been a local favorite and has been voted Best Italian Restaurant for many years. Offering fine Italian cuisine, full bar, catering and take-out. Enjoy eating under the oaks on their outdoor patio. 555 Soquel Ave. Ste. 150, Santa Cruz, 458-2321.

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The Abbey Since it stormed onto the scene a few years ago, it’s become quite the entertaining coffee venue. Beyond java, there’s often live entertainment. 350 Mission St., Santa Cruz. Cafe Bene This popular downtown spot attracts locals and more. Friendly staff and some truly great coffee blends. 1101 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 425-0441. Café Delmarette Located next to the Del Mar Theatre, this sweet cafe offers some of the freshest, organic foods around. You can find a variety of coffee drinks, creative sandwiches, and a wide array of other culinary treats, including irresistible scones. 1126 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 420-1025.

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Caffe Pergolesi The Perg is the ultimate student hangout, with free Wi-Fi, cool music, and funky rooms to study in. You’ll also dig the great java drinks and food they serve. Try the Earl Grey Iced Tea. 418 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 426-1775.

and smoothies. Free wireless, Kelly’s French Bakery pastries, and The Bagelry bagels are icing on the cake. 1723 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 425-6583.

Firefly Coffee House From its homemade pastries to its unique coffee drinks, this lower Pacific Avenue portal has become a fascinating new java hot spot. Check out their coffee deals for students. 131 Front St., Santa Cruz, 713-5799.

Hidden Peak Teahouse This funky haven features a slew of teapots and other items, a fine selection of green teas, and so many other curious flavors. 1541 Pacific Ave. #C, Santa Cruz, 423-4200.

Hoffman’s Bistro & Patisserie This European-style eatery has terrific food and coffee—with outside dining. Happy Hour menu available all night on Tuesdays. 1102 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 420-0135.

Java Junction With an extensive spe-

Coffee Cat With a roaster on-site, Coffee Cat peddles its own brews, always featuring a light, dark and organic roast. Food options range from decadent pastries to sandwiches and salads. Everything is organic and local. 255 Mount Hermon Road, #A, Scotts Valley, 439-0700.

cialty coffee menu, smoothies and snacks, and an ocean view to boot, you can’t go wrong at Java Junction’s Seabright location. And if you’re on the other side of town, there’s a location on River Street—a great place to chill after a hike at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. 580-A River St., Santa Cruz, 426-2128; 519 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-5282.

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Lulu Carpenter’s This popular cof-

lover’s paradise, specializing in Italian style espresso preparation. The bountiful selection of beverages also includes the likes of chai tea, yerba matte, Italian sodas

fee house boasts friendly service and a slew of fresh culinary treats—salads, sandwiches, desserts and more. Great attention to coffee drinks and specialty



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teas are a plus. 1545 Pacific Ave., 429-9804. Lulu’s at the Octagon: 118 Cooper St., Santa Cruz, 429-5858.

Mr. Toots Set up in an upstairs loft overlooking the beach at the Capitola Esplanade, this little gem has great java drinks and some exceptional cheesecake. 231 Esplanade, Ste. 100, Capitola, 475-3679,

Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company A commitment to locals and a passion for fair trade, SCRC is a winner. Great local entertainment, too. 1330 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 459-0100; 19 Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center, Aptos, 685-0100.

Surf City Coffee The attitude is good, the vibe high, and the assortment of brews pretty darn memorable. Try the Hang Ten Breeze coffee blend. 6006 La Madrona Drive, #A, Scotts Valley, 430-9112; 9105 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 684-2750.

The Ugly Mug From the quirky art expositions to the careworn hodgepodge of furniture, The Ugly Mug has character written all over it. With free wireless (or rentable computers) and yummy study snacks. 4640 Soquel Drive, Soquel, 477-1341. Verve With award-winning baristas, some of the best coffee in town, and an über friendly staff, Verve is a java drinker’s delight. Its modern/hip design, and unpretentious attitude has the shop swelling at all hours. They roast their own. 816 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, 475-7776; 104 Bronson St., Santa Cruz; 1540 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 600-7784.


Café Brasil Specializing in South American cuisine, here’s a place to dine at if you want a healthy and exotic breakfast or lunch, for a price that’s under $10. The options are too extensive to list, so just know you can’t go wrong. Take note: Offers a biker discount of 5 percent off everything. 1410 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 429-1855.






Chill Out Cafe For the best breakfast burritos—there are 20 to choose from— and sandwiches, salads, coffee and smoothies, make sure to stop in at Chill Out Café, where the service is quick and the wall art is always changing. 860 41st Ave. Capitola, 477-0543.

The Crepe Place The beloved Crepe Place has been serving up delectable crepes since 1973. Since then, the menu has expanded, but crepes are still the main attraction. Outlandish décor, an outdoor garden, diverse bar offerings, and live music make this place stand out. 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-6994. Rocky’s Café The breakfasts here are amazing and the portions are huge. Order the banana or blueberry pancakes and you’ll become an immediate fan. 6560 Hwy 9, Felton, 335-4637.

Zachary’s The omelets are impressive, but everything on the menu is dynamic— and bountiful. Salads are fresh, and the variety of sandwiches is noteworthy. Try the Mike’s Mess. 819 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 427-0646.



Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio Offering more than 40


classes of “intense, creative, and energizing yoga” that will suit any novice or advanced yoga enthusiast. Weekly events and workshops are held to encourage healthier and happier living. Drop-in classes cost $10-20, with other deals available. Art and dance classes are also offered. 1043B Water St., Santa Cruz, 421-0518.

Nourish Beyond stellar yoga classes—the studio’s own Victor Dubin took home the 2012 Best of Santa Cruz award for Best Yoga Instructor in a GT poll—Nourish has great merchandise and massage. 130 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-9355.

In Shape An influx of new equipment and new management have turned the former Spa Fitness into a slick new health club. Top-of-the-line equipment, new spin bikes, and plenty of aerobics classes and personal training make this an ideal workout haven. 1100-1200 41st Ave., Capitola, 476-7373. 24-Hour Fitness Full-service gym with pool and sauna; coin-operated lockers. Best bets: The student deals.1261 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 454-0333. Santa Cruz Core Fitness + Rehab More than just a rehab portal, Santa Cruz Core Fitness has many group exercise classes during the week. 317 Potrero St., Santa Cruz, 425-9500.

Toadal Fitness Independently owned alternative to the larger gym facilities. The Santa Cruz-based chain has a variety of workout machines, relatable trainers, and fun group classes from yoga to kickboxing to TXT: a high-energy cross-training class. For all five locations and contact info, visit

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Santa Cruz Yoga Its location near UCSC makes it an ideal spot to “stretch.” About 50 yoga classes a week are offered here: Vinyasa flow, lyengar, Ashtanga, and others. 402 Ingalls St. #11, Santa Cruz, 227-2156.

Bikram Yoga Aptos This popular studio practices the Bikram method: yoga performed in a room heated to above 100 degrees. Great instructors. Check out the special deals. Bikram Yoga Aptos was voted Best Yoga Studio in GT’s 2012 Best of Santa Cruz poll. Aptos Village Square, 7960 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 661-5030.

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Pacific Edge boasts more than 14,000 square feet of state-of-the-art rock climbing terrain. In addition, there’s a new yoga studio inside that offers more than 15 classes a week, plus pilates. 104 Bronson St., Ste. 12, Santa Cruz, 454-9254.

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BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Kaplan Volleyball “No Attitudes Allowed� is the name, volleyball is the game. With more than 30 years of teaching and coaching experience, Phil Kaplan runs numerous volleyball classes and tournaments throughout the county. An easy way to meet people and have fun.

DANCE: Santa Cruz Dance, Motion at the Mill Whether you love traditional, street, folk, or contemporary dance, Santa Cruz Dance has it all. Drop in for a workshop or one of its ongoing classes, like hip-hop, samba, or burlesque. 131 Front St., Ste. E, Santa Cruz, 457-1616.

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Farmers Markets Between the Santa Cruz Community Farmers Markets and the Aptos Farmers Market, you’ll find the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably harvested seafoods, and artisan-made goods., or Food Bin & Herb Room Close to UCSC, it houses plenty of fresh, organic produce and herbal medicine. 1130 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 423-5526.

Café Gratitude From its vast list of treats and drinks to its inventive fresh and organic food creations, we’re grateful for this little café. 103 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz.

Café Campesino Authentic Mexican aromas waft from this cart on Pacific Avenue, where you’ll find old-school family dishes, which include homemade sauces, tortillas and free-range eggs. 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 1130 Pacific Ave. K1, Santa Cruz. Dharma’s At Dharma’s, natural vege-

ucts and produce. Deli and salad bar— homemade soups, homemade chai, and a local butcher. 1266 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-8632.

New Leaf Community Markets

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A popular grocery store with a great selection of healthy food, including meat, fish, and fresh produce. For all four locations and contact info, visit

Chocolate Authentic and fresh. Think organic salads and unique sandwich choices. Desserts are delicious, too. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Daily. 1522 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 427-9900.

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tarian food in very generous portions— whether it’s Mexican, American, Thai or Italian—awaits. This place knows how to be creative with their use of tofu and tempeh. A gluten-free menu is also available. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Daily. 4250 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz, 462-1717.

Samba Rock Açai Café This café has a full espresso bar and serves nourishing Brazilian beverages and food. Try their açai bowls, made with fresh produce, yerba mate blends and pastries. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 291 Water St., Santa Cruz, 458-2224.

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Asian-inspired kiosk is completely vegetarian and well-priced. The stand offers salads, wraps and brown rice bowls. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Daily. 1520 Pacific Ave. K1, Santa Cruz, 429-1765.

O’Mei Restaurant Some of the best authentic Chinese food in the area—all cooked with fresh ingredients. With a brilliant selection of fish dishes, it’s hard to beat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Daily. 2316 Mission St., Santa Cruz. 425-8458.

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Getting a Pipe 5 steps to buying the right pipe with Patrick Rooney, sales associate at Pipeline the Market: 1 Explore Browse a variety of

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smoke shops in order to compare pricings on pipes and to view the wide collection at each store.

crafted by local glassblowers tend to be more expensive, but are higher quality and unique.

Your Pipe: 3 Know From water pipes to steam-rollers to vaporizers, there are many ways to inhale smoke; try to test out different ones before purchasing.

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Staircase Tattoo & Body Piercing Staircase has been

FU Tattoo Ink with an attitude.

But don’t be thrown by the badass name—this rebellious outfit does all-pro work. 1355 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz, 464-1669.

setting the standard of tattoo and piercing work in Santa Cruz since 1992. Clean, professional, and reliable. 628 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, 425-7644.


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McDermott—the daughter of James McDermott, who owns Staircase Tattoo & Body Piercing—learned everything she knows about tattooing from her father. Check out her shop in downtown. 52 Front St., Santa Cruz, 454-0344.

LoveDog Tattoo From the fish tank to the coffin-shaped inner portholes, this all-business studio retains the flare of its tinsel town roots. 1115 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 469-3642.

Chimera The sofas in the waiting area and fine art garnishing the walls mark Chimera as a serene alternative for your tattoo and piercing needs. 1010 Fair Ave., Ste. D, Santa Cruz, 426-8876. 48 DILATED PUPIL | 2012– 2013

vs. Multiple 5 Solo Smoking: Hookahs, vaporizers (check out the Volcano), and other such devices are designed to allow more than one person to inhale smoke at a time.


Ron and Bridgette’s Place Whether it’s a specific fla-

vor for the hookah, a hard-to-find cigar, or just a pack of regular smokes, you’ll find it at this mom and pop shop. 1114 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-1150.


strous pipe shop. Posters, tapestries, incense, a walk-in cigar room and an epic selection of glasswork, much of which is blown locally. 818 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-7473.

Camouflage Your Downtown Santa Cruz stop for all things playful: from lingerie and sexy costumes to a variety of vibrators. Fun, classy and comfortable. 1329 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-1129.

Home Blown Glass The storefront resembles a fine-art gallery as much as it does a pipe shop, with handmade work crafted by California residents. 1010 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 460-0420.

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store sells adult books and videos, lacy unmentionables, sex toys, and more. 3960 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, 475-9221.

“green sex”—as in environmentally friendly, non-toxic and natural products. 204 Church St., Santa Cruz, 466-9870.

5 tips for getting a tattoo with Robert Fargo, senior artist at LoveDog Tattoo Research: Find out information about the tattoo parlor that you will be getting your tattoo from. Research their history, reputation, and reviews on the web, or by word of mouth. Portfolio: Before getting a tattoo, look through a portfolio of the tattoo artist’s designs to make sure that the style you want matches the artist’s ability. Communication: Make sure that the artist is someone you can communicate with clearly so that he/she can draw exactly what you’d like. Idea Development: Once you have an idea in mind, print or email it to an artist to make sure he/she can replicate it. Talk about the idea: where to put it on your body, cost, and other such details. Build a Relationship: A tattoo is permanent, so make sure that the person doing the deed is somebody you can trust and communicate with.

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LAUNDROMATS King’s Village Wash and Dry The only 24-hour mat around, King’s gets bonus points for having front-loading washers and being located right next to Nob Hill Foods. 222 Mt. Hermon Road, Scotts Valley. 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Seven days a week.

Surf City Suds This is probably the cleanest, most sparkling medium-sized mat out there. The downside is that it is right next to the entrance to UCSC and there are not many shops or cafes. It is next to Slug Books and a 7-Eleven. 228 Cardiff Place, Santa Cruz. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Super Suds A small- to medium-sized mat, this sudsy spot is pretty clean and located next to a 7-Eleven, Upper Crust Pizza, New Leaf Market, Ye Old Watering Hole Bar, and across the street from Taqueria La Cabaña. If you are up to it, it is

jgood health Optometrists Eye Q Optometry 1101 Pacific Ave., Ste. E, Santa Cruz, 466-3937. InSight Eyecare Center 255-D Mt. Hermon Road, Bldg. #2121, Scotts Valley, 438-5526; 41st Ave., Ste. 108, Capitola, 476-7744.

Physicians Doctors on Duty Medical Clinics 615 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, 425-7991; 6800 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 662-3611;1505 Main St., Watsonville, 722-1444. Dominican Hospital 1555 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz.

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Palo Alto Medical Foundation 2025 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz, 423-4111. Santa Cruz County Health Services 1080 Emeline Ave. Santa Cruz, 454-4000.

Female Needs Aptos Women’s Health Medical 3275 Aptos Rancho Road #E, Aptos, 688-8266. Planned Parenthood 1119 Pacific Ave. #200, Santa Cruz, 426-5550. Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center 250 Locust St., Santa Cruz,


Alternative Five Branches University 200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz, 476-8211. Healing Waves 303 Potrero St. #16, Santa Cruz, 466-3900. Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine & Chi Center 21511B East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 465-9088. Well Being Center 5905 Soquel Drive, Ste. 150, Soquel, 475-2448.

also walking distance from Kelly’s French Bakery. 2429B Mission St., Santa Cruz. 6 a.m.-11 p.m.

Wash Dry Moderately clean with multiple washers and dryers of varying sizes. Close to a barbershop, Del Mar Cleaners, a giant liquor store, and it’s within walking distance of Capitola Mall. 2175 41st Ave., Capitola. 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 6:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Ultra Mat One of two laundromats in Santa Cruz that offer drop-off services as well as an in-house coffee bar and snack shop, this mat is clean and peaceful. A good place to study and get some laundry done. This mat is also one of the few with an on-site attendant and wireless Internet. 501 Laurel St., Santa Cruz. 7 a.m.-12 a.m.

g HAIRCUTS Emerald Iguana Salon An Aveda concept salon and spa, Emerald Iguana is a stress-relieving spot to get men’s and women’s trims and cuts. Also check out their spa. 2121 41st Ave., Capitola, 464-3256.

Great Clips Your answer to a quick trim or cut on a student’s budget. 843 Almar Ave., Santa Cruz, 420-3212; 3555 Clares St., Capitola, 475-3569. Johnny’s Barbershop Old school full-service barbershop for men. From straight razor shaves to pompadours, Johnny’s does it all. 247 Trescony St., Santa Cruz, 426-8131.

L’Atelier Salon Voted “Best Hair Salon” by Good Times readers in the 2012 Best of Santa Cruz Readers Poll,

L’Atelier is a classy spot in Downtown Santa Cruz, that’s committed to implementing eco-friendly products and services. 114 Pearl Alley, Santa Cruz, 423-4247.

Tonic Salon & Spa You’ll find a friendly, experienced crew here. Its spa continues to attract locals and newcomers. 504 Front St., Santa Cruz, 426-4311. Vice Voted “Best New Business” and “Best Nail Salon,” Vice is located in the heart of Capitola and boasts fun music, trendy interior design, a young, energetic staff, and full service pampering— from your head to your toes. Go here for men’s and women’s haircuts, color, extensions, and more. 309 Capitola Ave., Capitola, 464-1700.

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DO IT YOURSELF These local portals will make you feel empowered:

The Bike Church This nonprofit tool co-op offers affordable classes, parts and service. Whether you’re a veteran bike rider or still have training wheels, The Bike Church is all about supporting and sustaining the bike community. 703 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-2453. Community Television of Santa Cruz County Become a member of CTV, take some classes—anything from

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DIY camera work, to working behind the scenes with editing—and you’ll bask in a great deal of learning. 816 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-8848.

The Computer Kitchen The Computer Kitchen offers affordable technology-related education opportunities and even a computer “thrift store” where you can find useful parts. 703 Pacific Ave., 406-1394.

The Fabrica Share your craft skills or learn new ones in the comfortable setting of this workshop. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. 703 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz.

Food Not Lawns Focusing on eco-regeneration and sustainability, this co-op is all about

transforming lawns into gardens where food can be grown and eaten. If you’d like to learn more about gardening or sustainable culture FNL has free classes.

Free Radio 101.1 FM On a crusade to preserve free speech and good jams—while dodging the FCC—Free Radio encourages everyone to join the movement. Become a DJ and host your own show, or be a correspondent. Free Skool Santa Cruz FSSC is truly a free school of thinkers and learners. Classes may be held anywhere from the park to the beach. Whether you are interested in learning about lichen, foraging or music theory, there is something for everyone.

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Subrosa Anarchist Café

This site reports on the local less-covered news, providing its readers with an alternative view and sometimes opinion of the underground scene. There are also updates on DIY events and forums in the area.

A nonprofit, volunteer-run establishment, SubRosa is home to weekly open mics, hosts craft days and even has an anarchist library; a freethought promoting environment, that’s open to all. 703 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-5242.

Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios SCRS is an affordable place where you can be amplified, practice with your band and jam hard without the fear of being evicted. Outfitted with four streamlined rooms, each complete with a PA and mics, this is a musician’s dream. 118 Coral St., Santa Cruz, 425-7277.

NextSpace This modern workspace, which melds community and self-employment, supports freelancers, entrepreneurs and creative class professionals, giving them a place to work in solidarity alongside each other. 101 Cooper St., Santa Cruz. 420-0710.


FAITH/ SPIRITUALITY New Age/Omnifaiths/Eastern Innerlight Ministries Innerlight is an omni-faith portal. With Rev. Deborah Johnson at the helm, the vibes are good here and the lessons deep. 5630 Soquel Drive, Soquel, 465-9090.

Land of Medicine Buddha Buddhists or those simply searching for the transcendent meaning of life, can aspire to personal enlightenment here. Devoted to helping people maintain a healthy mind/body balance through Buddhism classes, meditation, yoga and experiencing nature, Land of Medicine Buddha hosts annual

FAITH festivals, meditation retreats, and visiting monks. 5800 Prescott Road, Soquel, 462-8383.

Vintage Faith Church Rock & roll at this church, where the pastor is cooler than cool and your stereotypes about Christianity will be crushed. 350 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 423-8770.

Santa Cruz Zen Center Meditation is available three times daily, Monday-Friday, and once daily on weekends at Santa Cruz Zen Center. A lecture on general Buddhism is offered each Wednesday evening, and Ordinary Recovery meets on Friday nights. 115 School St., Santa Cruz, 457-0206.

Christianity Holy Cross Catholic Church It’s that beautiful church up on the hill when you drive into town. For mass, Holy Cross provides a serene setting for prayer and reflection. 126 High St., Santa Cruz, 423-4182.

Pagan/Occult Serpent’s Kiss Serpent’s Twin Lakes Church Probably the area’s largest church, Twin Lakes is nondenominational with a bounty of offerings to get involved in. 2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos, 465-3300.

Santa Cruz Bible Church SCBC is a non-denominational church with loads of Bible studies and groups for all ages. 440 Frederick St., Santa Cruz, 4291162.

Kiss offers everything from witchcraft supplies to psychic readings. 2015 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-5477.

The Sacred Grove Metaphysical Bookstore & Pagan Community Sacred Grove offers classes in witchcraft, herb use and naturebased spirituality. 924 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-1949.

Judaism Santa Cruz Hillel Santa Cruz Hillel offers resources to Jewish college students. Activities and outreach available. 222 Cardiff Place, Santa Cruz, 426-3332. Chabad by the Sea Run by Rabbi Yochanan Friedman and his wife, Bailly, the Chabad offers a synagogue and many social and religious activities. 151 Estates Drive, Santa Cruz, 454-0101. Temple Beth El Known for its focus on Reform Judaism, Temple Beth El is a popular spot. Visit the synagogue, partake in the activities, browse the gift shop. 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos, 479-3444.

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Surf City Capitola Jetty When the swell is up, a nice left careens in front of the jetty and the right can go on forever, assuming your skag doesn’t hit the kelp-infested water. Also, about a block and a reef away is the infamous Toe’s Over, which needs a huge winter swell and a minus low tide to break. But when it does, it’s pure left- and right-breaking bliss. The Hook Named for the copious amounts of kelp in the lineup that “hooks” around skags and booties, this nice little point break also has a lot of surfers that are “hooked” on the spot. Nevertheless, it’s got a right-facing wave that, if you can maneuver around the flock, is to die for.

Manresa/La Selva Manresa is a mélange of peaks,

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valleys and sandbars. But a lot of the time the place is epic, breaking left and right and all over the place. Expect a long, grueling paddle during the wintertime to the outside and nil to none summertime surf— unless there’s a south swell.

Pleasure Point This place is generally crowded with everyone from groms to experts, longboarders to ultra thin-glassed rippers. Practice, as always, common courtesy and you should be all right in the outer, best breaks. Privates Longboard paradise. Clean right-facing lines peel off and make for a great ride that will take you all the way into the break known as Trees and into the Capitola Wharf. Well not quite, but the ride is long and the waves are

gentle. Easygoing, without all the soft board hassles of Cowell’s to spoil your wave.

Cowell’s The bunny slope of surfing gets its fair share of beginners but it also has nice sloping waves that go on forever. Easy access and easy attitudes.

Steamer Lane Perhaps the most classic break in the world, Steamer Lane more than lives up to its reputation. With four reef breaks rolled into one spot—The Point, Middle Peak, The Slot and Indicators—the Lane has it all, including ogling tourists. There’s even a surfing museum in the nearby lighthouse.

Natural Bridges When the conditions are just right, like an 8-foot west swell, this

From beginners to the pros, here are a few surf spots to keep your toes on your nose

spot has the best tube rides available. It’s a speedy right that peaks over an outer reef and peels toward the beach.

Three Mile Primo reef break that is usually uncrowded, especially during weekdays. Named after the number of miles after Swift Street, it cops a great right line, particularly during a winter northwest swell. Three Mile, as with most North Coast spots south of Davenport, includes a long walk through Brussels sprouts fields that flank the ocean. Four Mile Here, locals tend to stare hard and long at newcomers. Because of its bluffprotected location, Four Mile isn’t affected (as much) by the afternoon summer winds as most spots on the North Coast. Reaches its full potential dur-

ing west, northwest 10-foot and above swells.

Scott’s Creek A potent combination of a beach and reef break, Scott’s dishes out about every challenge a surfer can handle. From long paddles and strong currents/rips to sharky waters and unpredictable peaks, Scott’s isn’t for the faint of heart or arms. But when it goes off, it’s heaven on water. Breaks best with a powerful north swell. Waddell Creek Similar conditions for Waddell Creek as for Scott’s, except during the summer and early fall Waddell is one of the world’s premier wind surfing (and now kite surfing) spots. Catch this right-breaking break early in the morning.


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HIKING TRAILS Five Finger Falls, Forest of Nisene Marks State Park In the winter and spring, hike up to one of two prominent waterfalls located in the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. It’s a nice long day hike, with gorgeous views.

Pogonip This short hike is easy to get to and winds up to the old Casa del Rey Golf & Country Clubhouse—featured in The Lost Boys movie—which sits on an abandoned golf course that overlooks Santa Cruz. Check out the tennis courts which have been reclaimed by nature over the years.

Observation Deck Loop Hike, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park This loop hike, starting from Redwood Grove, takes you to the trails along the San Lorenzo River and Eagle Creek. Then you can hike up to the obser-


vation deck near the campground on the other side of the park and back. Most of the trail is shaded, so you can relax under the giant redwoods.

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Expansive ocean views and rolling hills characterize this 7.7-mile partial loop trail. It’s moderately easy to walk, with more shade than sun. Cyclists also love this one, so keep an eye out.

Skyline to the Sea Trail, Castle Rock State Park This three-day hike showcases the best of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Not for the faint of heart, the 30-plus-mile hike begins in Castle Rock State Park and winds through Big Basin State Park, where you’ll pass the impressive Berry Creek Falls, and ends at Waddell Beach.

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tea, munchies, free Wi-Fi, a bunch of power outlets, plus comfy couches and chairs. 350 Mission St., Santa Cruz, 429-1058.

tables to study at, delicious coffee and tea, sandwiches, with vegan and vegetarian options. 4640 Soquel Drive, Soquel, 477-1341.

Peoples Coffee Yummy drinks and munchies, ample space to study, but be prepared for loud music. 1212 17th Ave., Santa Cruz. 464-1739.

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Caffe Pergolesi Coffee, tea, plenty of tables inside and outside, and low noise level. Great place to study for hours with free Wi-Fi, then reward yourself with a beer or glass of wine. 418 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 426-1775.

for studying, coffee, sandwiches, and baked goods, plus a few power outlets. 1545 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 429-9804.

The White Raven A few tables, free Wi-Fi, locally made pastries, gourmet teas, and coffee drinks. 6253 Hwy 9, Felton, 335-3611.


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Capitola Book Café Capitola Book Café is a cozy, independent bookseller with a helpful staff and an in-store café. The store hosts a bevy of author events each month featuring famous writers such as Augusten Burroughs and Natalie Goldberg, as well as local ones. 1475 41st Ave. #G, Capitola, 462-4415.

Literary Guillotine It may be a hole in the wall, but Literary Guillotine is a great place to find those rare and out-of-print scholarly books. Buy a book and read your purchase at the coffee shop next door. LG also sells UCSC textbooks. 204 Locust St., Santa Cruz, 457-1195.




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Santa Cruz Art League Characterized by quirky exhibitions, myriad classes and a dedication to preserving the arts in Santa Cruz, there’s always something going on at this hip art enclave. 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, 426-5787.

First Fridays During First Friday Santa Cruz, participants go on an afternoon walking tour through venues which have offered up space for local art to be displayed. Live music and snacks provided in various locations. Santa Cruz.

Felix Kulpa A precious gem amongst local galleries, the Felix is an avant-garde spot, and is always full of interesting and mind-bending art forms and artists. 107 Elm St., Santa Cruz. (408) 373-2854

Mary Porter Sesnon The Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at UCSC features mixed media works by both local and national artists. 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, 459-3606.


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Tannery Arts Center This innovative environment is not just a gallery, it’s a live-work space where budding artists can actually afford to thrive. 1050 River St., Santa Cruz. 621-6226.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History The MAH, as it is affectionately known in Santa

Cruz, will soon become the art student’s best friend with its rotating and interactive collections. 705 Front St., Santa Cruz, 429-1964.

17th Avenue Studios This collective features more than 40 artists, whose work encapsulates Santa Cruz at its best. 980 17th Ave., Santa Cruz. UCSC Arts and Lectures UCSC Arts and Lectures hosts big lectures and concerts from some of the world’s most brilliant and talented minds.

THEATER Art League Broadway Playhouse It boasts an impressive art gallery as well as a small theater, and over the past few years it’s rocked audiences with thought-provoking shows from Pisces Moon Productions and The Monterey Bay Repertory Theatre Company. The West End Studio Theatre is the resident theater company for 2012. 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, 429-2339.

Cabrillo Stage It just keeps getting better at Cabrillo Stage. The company wins points for its professional acting posse and production staffs. From “Hairspray” to “A Chorus Line,” this company pulls out all the stops. Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 479-6154.

Henry J. Mello Center One of South County’s finest arts hubs. The lavish setting has balcony seating, a luxurious stage and more. 215 East Beach St., Watsonville, 763-4047.


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big-screen theaters still operating in the area. Beyond that, it’s considered a classic movie house that offers both indie films and releases from major studios. 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-7500.

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attracts quirky and diverse offerings on the theater front, but take note of its other offerings—everything from seniors yoga to dance. The hallway doubles as an art gallery. 301 Center St., Santa Cruz, 420-6177.

Mountain Community Theatre A wide range of shows—from “RENT” to “The Pirates of Penzance”—makes this local company stand out. 9370 Mill St., Ben Lomond, 336-4777.

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local company is best known for its annual “8 Tens @ Eight” theater festival, in which playwrights submit original, unpublished 10-minute plays. The eight winning plays receive a fully staged production at the festival in January, and eight runners-up will receive a spot in the annual “Best of the Rest Fest.” Get ready to laugh, cry, and think. 335-4409.

Shakespeare Santa Cruz Shakespeare Santa Cruz has a reputation for being one of the finest Shakespeare festivals in the country. Each summer, it produces at least three plays at UCSC, and there’s also a winter production in December. 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, 459-2121, 459-2159.

MOVIES Aptos Cinemas Eclectic films are shown in a family environment. Located in the Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center. 122 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos, 688-6541.

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Riverfront Twin Cinemas As a sister theater to Cinema 9, the two companies work hand-in-hand to show off Hollywood’s latest and greatest. 155 South River St., Santa Cruz, 429-7252.

Santa Cruz Cinema 9 This cineplex is the largest in the county, boasting numerous screens, a whole bunch of blockbuster flicks playing at the same time, and a full concessions stand. 1405 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 457-3505. Nickelodeon Theatre The Nick, as it’s been nicknamed by locals, is indie movie central. Here you’ll find things like foreign language flicks and Sundance winners. 210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, 426-7500.

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Britannia Arms 8017 Soquel Drive, Aptos. 688-1233. Fridays 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

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Trivia Night At trivia night, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hip to be a nerd. Locals love to put on their thinking caps and travel to numerous venues around townâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub, The Poet & The Patriot, Rosie McCannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 99 Bottles, Britannia Arms, and Woodstockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizzaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; for a good old-fashioned battle of wits. Call venues for details.

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Santa Cruz Derby Girls This group of bad-ass female athletes knows how to throw downâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on roller skates. Bouts at the Civic Auditorium are always jam-packed with loyal fans; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to get rowdy. Free Concerts at The Abbey This Westside coffee shop is known for more than its enticing drinks. Every weekend, the venue hosts local and touring musicians, who play live sets for free. 350 Mission St., Santa Cruz. 429-1058.

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NOT YOUR AVERAGE DATE NIGHT Comedy If laughter really is the best medicine, you should follow the doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s orders and head to The Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest or The Blue Lagoon, where comics are itching to make you giggle and guffaw. On campus at UCSC, Barnstorm (a student theater production company) and competitive improv teams like Comedy Joust will tickle your funny bone.;;; The Boardwalk Erase your stress and feel like a kid again at The Boardwalk, where admission is free and ride tickets are cheap. Once finished, cool down by playing mini golf at Neptuneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kingdom or knocking pins down at Boardwalk Bowl. 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz, 423-5590.

Billiards Surf City Billiards & Cafe boasts 15 tables, making it a perfect date night spot and a fun place for sharpshooters to duke it out. Those who seek pitchers of beer and a laid-back atmosphere head to Fast Eddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards in Capitola. Surf City: 931 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-7665. Fast Eddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: 4300 Capitola Road, Capitola, 462-1882.



Petroglyph Why take a date to the

The Lookout When UCSC students

movies where you have to be silent and sit in the dark, when you could bond over paint and ceramics in a fun environment like Petroglyph? Just think— even if the date goes sour, you’ll take home a shiny piece of pottery. 125 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 458-4278.

are looking for a comfortable place to stargaze and smooch, they often park at the turn-off on Glenn Coolidge Drive, near Stevenson College. There’s nothing quite like a view of the city at night to get your heart racing. 1156 High St., Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Roller Palladium Show off your skating skills (and/or your goofy side) at the local roller rink. Bell-bottoms and afros not required— unless you’re looking to spice up your date. 1606 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-0844. Call for open skate times.

Open Mic Want to woo your date on the microphone? Sign up to perform during an open mic night at The Poet & The Patriot, Rosie McCann’s, The Ugly Mug, and more venues around town. Call venues for details.

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MAKEOUT SPOTS The Porter Caves For those who want to go on a sexy, nighttime adventure, head to the Porter Caves at Porter Meadow on UCSC’s campus. 1156 High St., Santa Cruz.

Garden of Eden Chances are, if you grew up in Santa Cruz, you know about Garden of Eden. Located only a few miles up Highway 9 is a popular swimming hole along the San Lorenzo River, where visitors can bask in the beauty of the redwoods, frolic in the water, and … kiss. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

Pleasure Point Cypress trees create a romantic canopy overhead, surfers conquer the waves below, and picnic benches along the cliff provide a comfy place to sit—a recipe for the perfect kissing spot. Lighthouse Field State Beach With a picturesque lighthouse, this hot spot is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the crashing waves at Steamer Lane—and sneak in a few pecks. 701 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz.

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