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Vol 21 No. 13

Serving Aptos, La Selva Beach, Corralitos, Freedom, Watsonville, & Pajaro

Entertaining Tales from the Big Apple

Cabrillo Stage Classics

Cabrillo Stage 2012 Season Begins July 13; Runs Through Christmas abrillo Stage, the professional musical theatre company at Cabrillo College, takes a bite out of the Big Apple for their 31st season, with four stories based in The City. Cabrillo Stage’s 2012 summer repertory season of thought-provoking and entertaining tales from the Big Apple opens with Broadway’s singular sensation, A Chorus Line, performing in the Cabrillo Crocker Theater July 13 — August 12. Next it’s romance from New York to the high seas in Cole Porter ’s classic Anything Goes performing July 27 – August 19. In the intimate Cabrillo Black Box Theater, Cabrillo Stage is proud to present the world premiere of a poignant yet comic story of coming of age in the projects with Escaping Queens, August 10 – 19. The Christmas season will bring riotous screwball comedy to the ballet in A Night At The Nightcracker, playing December 14 – 30.


The Aptos Community turns out for a meeting to discuss the remodel plans for Rancho Del Mar.




Safeway Renovation Seen by Some as Community Disruption



World’s Shortest Parade Annual 4th of July Celebration


Hot Rods on the Green Car Twin Lakes Church

for the renovation was estimated as lasting 4-5 years to completion. Also attending were Craig Holdren and Jim Reuter of Safeway’s Property Development Centers subsidiary, Safeway real estate man-


ommunity concern is growing as Safeway plans for Rancho Del mar Shopping Center renovation become clearer. Close to 400 people attended a meeting held June 20


in the shopping center hosted by Deidre Hamilton and Charlie Eadie of Hamilton Swift & Associates, a local land use and planning consultant, representing Safeway. They presented the plans for renovation of the shopping center. The timeline


By Noel Smith


ager Natalie Mattei, public affairs manager Wendy Gutshall, and Walnut Creek architect Robert Lyman whose plan for the shopping center was presented.

Graniterock CEO Killed Bruce Woolpert, 61

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Locally owned & operated

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Doing Business in CA Just Got Easier

BOE Launches eReg (Electronic Registration) Service

SACRAMENTO — Starting or doing business in California just got easier with eReg, the Board of Equalization’s (BOE) new secure electronic registration system. The user-friendly service offers a convenient, fast, and free way to apply online for a permit, license, or account. Betty T. Yee, First District Board of Equalization Member said, “BOE remains committed to improving taxpayer experience. With eReg, taxpayers can be confident they have necessary permits and licenses required for their business.” Beginning June 18, 2012, users can access eReg from the BOE’s secure website – any time day or night – to apply for a seller’s permit, pay use tax, and register for other tax and fee programs. Answer a few simple questions and the system works to guide the user through the process of getting the permits, licenses, or accounts needed. If users don’t have time to finish the application process, it’s no problem – they can save their application and return later to finish it. In addition, eReg allows you to: • Register for a special tax or fee account such as International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) accounts and

Cigarette and Tobacco Products Retailer’s Licenses • Add a new business location • Easily make use tax payments • View the status of your account(s) online • Access helpful reference materials, forms, and publications Find out more exciting information about eReg from our short video at: youtube/yajs02nalvQ For a comprehensive list of features and to learn how eReg can help you, visit: n ••• The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects more than $50 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit

Table of Contents





Aptos concern Increases as Plans Evolve – Safeway Renovation Seen by Some as Community Disruption Entertaining Tales from the Big Apple – Cabrillo Stage 2012 Season Begins July 13; Runs Through Christmas




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Doing Business in CA Just Got Easier – BOE Launches eReg (Electronic Registration) Service Watsonville Chevrolet’s Annual Custom Car Show – Benefit for Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter • Weather & Climate Change – Facts and Fiction ‘World’s Shortest Parade’ Parade Rolls On • 2012 Parade Grand Marshalls 40 Years of Racing Fun! – Annual Wharf to Wharf Race takes place Sunday, July 22 • Poster Artist’s ‘Memory’ Sixth Annual Hot Rods on the Green Car Show – July 7 & 8 at Twin Lakes Church Parking Lot • Parade Grandstand Raising Money for Jacob’s Heart John Pisturino Named ‘Farmer of the Year’ The 2012 Race Course • The Wharf to Wharf Roadshow Graniterock CEO Killed in Boating Accident Santa Cruz County College Commitment Appoints Ray Kaupp Executive Director Summer Water Cutbacks – Goal is to Save Five Gallons a Day Boomeria EXTRAVAGANZA

Community News

Watsonville Chevrolet’s Annual Custom Car Show benefits Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter n July 7, 2012, Chevrolet of Watsonville will host their 5th Annual Custom Car Show benefitting the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter at their dealership located at 490 Auto Center Drive in Watsonville, CA from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The annual gathering of over 120 beautifully restored historic vehicles, hot rods and classics is a popular event. Judging of the car show includes twenty-one awards including best of show and all people’s choice award. All the while music fills the air, food fills the belly and raffle prizes and a silent auction offer an opportunity to win something special while making a donation that helps the most needy animals in the community. All proceeds go to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, Santa Cruz County’s only open-admission, full service animal shelter. The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS) provides animal regulation and humane care that protects the health, public safety and welfare of people and animals in Santa Cruz County. It currently rescues and assures safe, temporary



shelter, veterinary and humane care for approximately 7,000 stray, unwanted, abandoned, mistreated and injured animals each year. SCCAS also provides 24hour animal rescue service. SCCAS provides two locations for owners to find and recover their lost pets and adopt new animal companions at 2200 7th Avenue in Live Oak, Santa Cruz, and 580 Airport Boulevard in Watsonville. Although their mission is to save lives, irresponsible pet ownership often requires them to euthanize animals. For more information, please visit ••• Weather & Climate Change Facts and Fiction n Thursday, July 12, Watsonville Wetlands Watch will host recently retired Cabrillo College instructor David Balogh who will talk about global weather and climate change and their local significance. David, who taught geography, meteorology and climatology at Cabrillo for three decades, will discuss weather and the complex relationship between weather and climate. Join us at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center for a fun and interesting presentation on a topic that


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Meet the Owners 12 Retirement planning crucial for small business owners Women in Business 13 For career success in today’s tough economy, learn the G.L.O.W. method

Sports Wrap 19 Why I moved to Aptos By Matt Chrabot Business Profiles 20 Dr. Nancy Leung, DDS – The New Girl on the Block By Cynthia Howe Calendar • Arts & Entertainment – Pages 28 & 29

Monthly Horoscope • Page 29 - Your July Horoscope - Annabel

Burton, Astrologer©

Featured Columnists 22 The Book Bag by Robert Francis – Books for little marine biologists… 24 Summer Grilling and Fire Safety By Mike DeMars – Fire Inspector Central Fire Protection District

25 Work in Progress by Camille Smith – What’s in your garage? 27 Out & About by Josie Cowden 30 Be Courteous When You Curse By Laurie Schloff

SPCA Featured Pet • Page 31 – No Need To Travel to Get to

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“Rancho Del Mar” from pg 1

Questions regarding traffic circulation, pedestrian and auto access, the redesigned gas station, the construction schedule, the design and look, were all addressed. But the elephant in the room was changing the character of what has been for the past 50 years the retail center of Aptos. This disruption is seen as having three parts. 1) The loss of half of the current businesses that make up the shopping center’s retail community, 2) the destruction of the physical character of the shopping center, and 3) because of major construction taking place for at least 2 years, the loss of even more businesses in the shopping center and the surrounding area. The Safeway renovation plans call for two phases. Phase 1 is tearing down the buildings currently housing thirteen businesses such as Ace Hardware, Rite Aid, Erik’s Deli, Aptos Burger and the Aptos Theater in order to move the Safeway Store and its new parking lot to the south end of the center. The new Safeway Store will have a two-story facade facing south toward what is now KFC and the Aptos Theater. Phase 1 is planned to take from 18 months to two years. For phase 2, those businesses that remain may have to shut their doors for a while the remaining buildings at the north end of the center, including the present Safeway, are renovated which is expected to take 6-9 months. Having been through a similar process when the Westside Safeway was expanded, Rodney Hoffer, owner of Ace hardware, predicts that many of the remaining locally owned businesses in and around the shopping center would close their doors or move elsewhere because of the construction. “Three years later there are still a third of the retail spaces empty there on the Westside,” said Hoffer, “And I expect it will be at least the year 2020 before most of those empty spaces in Aptos are leased and they won’t be by local small businesses… they’ll be chain stores.” Many of those at the meeting

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understood that Safeway wanted to expand but felt that doubling its current size was not warranted. Steve Allen of Allen Properties said, “The current design is too big for Aptos, it needs to be scaled back and they need to listen to the Aptos Community.” The consensus for those opposed to Safeway’s plan seemed to be, “Why not expand the store from 35,000 sq ft to 40,000 or 45,000 sq ft and leave it where it is?” Another issue was the design of the gas station. The current East/West eightpump orientation is proposed to expand to 18 pumps in a North/South direction. This was seen as potentially presenting serious traffic flow problems for the shopping center and the adjoining streets. Of a more immediate problem for the businesses in the Ranch Del Mar Shopping Center, is the increase in rent partially due to the pass-through of property taxes — taxes have increased because Prop 13 kept the taxes low until the property was sold to Safeway — and according to some current tenants, there has been an added

increase of 15 percent by Safeway to the base rent. According to Doug Kaplan, owner of Aptos Center, “There will be a large gap for this project between the rents that local tenants can afford and the rents the landlord will need to charge to earn a return on its investment in the shop’s space (which does not include the benefit of expanding its own store). This will be unsustainable. We’re a bedroom community and don’t have the number of daytime shoppers needed to keep most small businesses profitable paying those kinds of rents. Our traffic is even too small for many chain stores.” Doug added that “If a space were to become available today in Aptos Center we would ask $2.25 per square foot plus the triple net of .60 cents per square foot, which includes water, sewer, sanitation, PG&E, landscape maintenance insurance and property tax.” Commercial property owner Joe Appenrodt had similar thoughts. “In today’s current market for a new development I would estimate a rental of $2/sq. ft. plus a triple net of 45-60¢ /sq. ft. for a total of $2.60 but it will depend on the market what the rental rates will be in 2-3 years when Aptos Village opens.” So far, Safeway has not offered to provide any help to those businesses in their shopping center that will have to move because the building they are located in will be torn down or is under renovation. Some local developers in the past have actively helped their tenants find other locations and have even reduced or forgiven rents during such disruptions due to redevelopment or renovation. This makes more relevant a question heard at the June 20 meeting, “Is Safeway willing to be a good neighbor or are they just another Big Box Store?” n

“Cabrillo Stage” from pg 1


A Chorus Line irector Janie Scott returns to Cabrillo Stage to direct A Chorus Line. Scott, an original member of the 1970s Broadway Chorus Line Touring Company, will stay true to the show’s time and place of 1975. A Chorus Line is a stunning musicalv é r i t é about a chorus audition for a Broadway musical. It tells of the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies to land a job in a show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration. A brilliantly complex fusion of dance, song and compellingly authentic drama, the show was instantly recognized as a classic, receiving nine Tony Awards and a Pulitzer, among many other prizes. It is recognized as one of the longest running shows on Broadway. Adult themes. Anything Goes ikau Alvaro of New York directs the Cole Porter classic Anything Goes, with Michael McGushin as Musical Director.


This saucy and splendid revival is one

of the great musicals in Broadway history. As the S.S. American heads out to sea from New York to England, two unlikely pairs set off on a cruise to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this hilariously bumpy ride are memorable Cole Porter favorites, including “I Get A Kick out of You,” “It’s De-lovely” and “Anything Goes.” Escaping Queens – World Premiere abrillo Stage’s third offering for the summer is the world premiere of local composer Joe Oritz’s musical memoir Escaping Queens, directed by Greg Fritsch. In the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge lies the heart-rending and comic story of an immigrant family. Through the eyes of a young boy we meet a zany cast of jubilant characters—a gambling Puerto Rican father, a nurturing Italian mother, a love-crazed teenager, a lurking neighborhood bookie and Doo Wop kids singing on the street corner—who together weave the tale of a desperate escape from New York. A Night at the Nutcracker ickets are also currently available for Cabrillo Stage’s Christmas show, A Night At The Nutcracker, directed by Andrew Ceglio. This Christmas production runs December 14 – 30, 2012. The Marx Brothers played havoc with the worlds of opera and horse racing. What if they’d had a crack at a ballet company? The hilarity ensues in this musical farce when the world’s greatest detective, Felix T. Filibuster, teams up with Pinchie the silent butler and his Italian friend, Pepponi. Together they come to the rescue of Constance Stuffington, patron of the arts, whose fortune has been swindled away.



Anything Goes

Can opening night of the city’s Nutcracker Suite Ballet be saved in time? With slapstick comedy, one-liners, chases, beautiful girls, musical numbers and the craziest version of The Nutcracker you’ll ever see, it’s fun for the whole family! Subscription and individual tickets sales are now available online. Staffed box office opens June 19. Watch for special ticket giveaways, post-show discussions with cast and crew, and a special World Premiere Gala Banquet Benefit Performance of Escaping Queens on August 10. The Gala includes dinner at the Sesnon House catered by Gayle’s Bakery and opening night seats to Escaping Queens for $100 per person, all of which is a fundraiser for Cabrillo Stage. n ••• Season runs July 13 to December 30, 2012. A Chorus Line plays Wednesday Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., weekend matinees at 2 p.m. — Anything Goes plays Wednesday — Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., weekend matinees at 2 p.m. — Escaping Queens plays Wednesday Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. At Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA. TICKETS: Online now at Staffed box office at 831-479-6154 starting June 19 Prices $20 —


$46 (including ticket fees). Information: ••• Cabrillo Stage is a non-profit, non-union professional summer stock musical theatre company dedicated to presenting full-scale Broadway musicals to the greater Monterey Bay Area. Each summer since 1981, Cabrillo Stage has provided thousands of Santa Cruz county residents and visitors with unforgettable, critically acclaimed productions, noted for innovative sets, beautiful costumes, an outstanding pit orchestra and talented, professional performers. Jon Nordgren, Producing Artistic Director. Aptos Times / July 1st 2012 / 5


‘World’s Shortest Parade’ Parade Rolls On

Original event hailed a victory preventing zoning changes in Aptos Village


ifty-one years ago, Lucille Aldrich and the Aptos Ladies Tuesday Evening Society celebrated the first Aptos Fourth of July Parade. This annual event began as a community victory celebration and has expanded into a worldrenowned icon known as the “World Shortest Parade.” Over a half-century later the parade is based on the same smalltown community values that were so important to Lucy and the Aptos Ladies Tuesday Evening Society. As Lucille explained, the Aptos Fourth of July Parade actually began as a Memorial Day barbecue in celebration of the community’s victory over a proposed zoning change. The change would have allowed a cement packaging plant to be built right in the center of Aptos Village. The locals rose up and defeated the proposal. The first event was so popular, that a parade and potluck were planned to follow on the 4th of July. The year was 1961, the same year the Berlin Wall went up, John F.

Mar Vista Elementary School students and teachers participate in the annual Aptos Fourth of July parade.

Kennedy was President, and a first class stamp cost just 4 cents.

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The Ladies Society invited everyone in Aptos to the 4th of July potluck and parade. Lucille had enlisted the help of her friend, Hank Shaw, a member of the

Monterey Bay Antique Car Club. Hank showed up with 18 antique cars and drivers. The Ladies of the Tuesday Evening Society dressed up in old-fashioned clothes and paraded alongside the antique cars with their children in tow. As they were parading through the village, a train (Yes, there were passenger trains running though Aptos in those days) called the “Sun Tan Special” that transported visitors from San Francisco and the Bay Area to the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, pulled into the Aptos Station. When the passengers saw the impromptu parade, many decided to hop off to join the fun. Soon a procession of happy folks was marching along Soquel Drive. Originally, the parade route was from the Driftwood Gas Station at Trout Gulch Road (formerly known as Terrible Herbst) to the Pop Inn restaurant (now the Britannia Arms) and returning to the Bayview Hotel. Little did they know that was the beginning of the annual Aptos Parade. “Aptos Parade” > 16

2012 Parade Grand Marshalls


Adele Talmadge and Maura Noel aura Noel worked on the Amgen Tour of CA in 2009 and 2010 as the Volunteer Director both years, hoping to recruit approximately 400 volunteers to be course marshals, work security, help the media folks, assist in catering etc. She had been organizing the local annual bike race called the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge for the past two years and so had a local reputation of knowing how to put on (smaller) bike events. By attending the meetings that Tina Shull held on behalf of the city, Maura was able to get an overall idea of what it took to put on the event. She knew what parts of the race the hosting city would have to provide and what services and work the organizers would bring to the table. This meant leveraging and expanding her social network, which was greatly enhanced by meeting Adele Talmadge when they both worked on the Seaside start for the Tour in 2011. Abe Lincoln was the overall organizer in Seaside last

Adele Talmadge and Maura Noel

year and Adele and Maura volunteered mostly to extend the sphere of community to be beyond just Santa Cruz and Aptos. It was thru Adele’s Aptos network that she approached Cabrillo College for their buy in and not only were they supportive but they offered to host the finish. Brian King immediately grasped the visibility for the college of hosting this international event and the staff of Cabrillo College was enthusiastic as well. n Aptos Times / July 1st 2012 / 7


40 Years of Racing Fun!

Annual Wharf to Wharf Race takes place Sunday, July 22


ach year, on the fourth Sunday in July, thousands of runners from across America and around the globe come to Santa Cruz, California for the annual six-mile race to Capitola-by-the-Sea. This famous race, which is held this year (2012) on Sunday July 22, draws runners, joggers, and walkers from across America and around the globe. History he first Wharf to Wharf Race was run Saturday morning July 28, 1973. It was not the main event of the day; just one of a number of festivities scheduled by the City of


Capitola’s Heritage Days Committee organized by Jim Reding and Wayne Fontes to celebrate the dedication of Camp Capitola’s Superintendent’s Office, as a California State Historical Landmark. Wayne Fontes chaired the Race Committee and Soquel high School track coach, Ken Thomas, served as Race Director. The $200 race budget was underwritten by the City of Capitola. The race was a casual affair starting at the Santa Cruz Wharf and winding its way through coastal neighborhoods to Capitola Village, some six miles to the south. It did

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not run without incident. As the race leaders approached the Village, they were inadvertently misdirected out onto Capitola Wharf, rather than to the Capitola Esplanade where the finish line was actually located. After some discussion, race offi-

cials declared Stanford’s Jack Bellah the winner and duly awarded him a classic plaque proclaiming him Champion of the “WARF TO WARF” Race! “History” > 14

Poster Artist’s ‘Memory’ T

he Official 40th Anniversary Wharf to Wharf lithograph, “Memory Lane”, conceived and presented by Celicia Fikes, was unveiled Friday 22 June at York Gallery and Framing in Santa Cruz. It brilliantly captures the historic essence of the race in a montage of nostalgic pictographs celebrating the joy of running in our seaside community. The poster presentation measures 18 x 24 and sells for $25.00. The exclusive 100-print Limited Edition comes signed and numbered by the artist with a special certificate of authenticity and sells for $50.00. Gliceé prints are also available in custom formats. Get your poster(s) now at York Gallery & Framing in Santa Cruz, at Capitola Beach on race day, online at or follow the instructions below for mail orders.


Sixth Annual Hot Rods on the Green Car Show July 7 & 8 at Twin Lakes Church Parking Lot


ee one-of-a-kind hot rods and memorable classic cars. A premier car show for all those who love the symbol of the auto as the expression of American ingenuity and individualism. Bring your kids and camera and capture the new with the classic. Spend the afternoon examining these metal sculptures in paint, cloth, leatherette and chrome Available for purchase at the Coffee while asking questions of these devoted Shack car owners and aficionados. 10:45 a.m. — Food Service Begins Plenty of parking nearby and lots of 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. — Results of Judging/ camaraderie all day. Awards Ceremony Schedule 2:00 p.m. — Food Service Closes/Car Saturday, July 7 • 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Show Ends n 8 – 11 a.m. — Free Coffee for Participants ••• along the side of the building opposite Sponsored by the Kingsmen Car Club, the T-Shirt Sales Tent guys and gals who love God and have a passion 8 a.m. — Registration/Parking for for cars! All profits benefit Kingsmen Youth Entrants Begins Mentoring Program. For more information go 11 a.m. — Car Show Starts & Food to Service Begins 1 - 5 p.m. — Judging of Vehicles Raffles at: 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m. 6:45 p.m. — Food Service Closes 7:30 p.m. — Car Show Ends for the day Sunday, July 8 • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 8 a.m. — Car Show Starts 8 - 11 a.m. — Free Coffee 2011 Best of Show: 1932 Ford Roadster also Specialty Coffee Presented by the Arias Family “Briefs” from pg 3

greatly affects all of us, every day! 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Wetlands Resource Center is located at the top of the Pajaro Valley High School campus at 500 Harkins Slough Rd, Watsonville. The presentation is free, but you must reserve a seat by contacting Kathy Fieberling, 831-345-1226, kathy@watsonvillewetlands n

Parade Grandstand Raising Money for Jacob’s Heart


omerica Bank is excited to be providing VIP seating at the Aptos 4th of July parade. Tickets are $10 with 100 percent of all proceeds going to Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services. Seating will be on two 16-ft grand-

stands being provided by Aptos High School. Tickets are going fast so please see Rachel Hill, Assistant Vice President at Comerica Bank, 30 Rancho Del Mar in Aptos to get you VIP seating and to support Jacobs Heart. n Aptos Times / July 1st 2012 / 9

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John Pisturino Named ‘Farmer of the Year’

he Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau has named John Pisturino “Farmer of the Year” for 2012. This award is presented annually to the farmer(s) who have contributed beyond their normal farming duties to help the community. The presentation was made during its 95th Annual Meeting held Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Suncrest Nurseries in Watsonville. The board of directors felt it was appropriate to honor John who made significant contributions within Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. Featured speaker for the evening was Craig von Foerster, Executive Chef, Post Ranch Inn, who spoke about “Love Of Cuisine Acquired Locally” (LOCAL). Master and Mistress of Ceremony was Cynthia Mathiesen, Co-Chair of the Public Relations and Information Committee and Chris Enright, President of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau. Other activities of the Annual Meeting included the election of directors and officers: There are 19 directors on the board and all terms commence on November 1, 2012 For 1st term, three-year director:

“2012 Farmer of the Year” ~ John Pisturino, Cattle Rancher

Adriana Silva, Organic Vegetables • John E. Eiskamp – Berries For 2nd term, three-year director: JJ Scurich, Berries • Tom Broz – Organic Vegetables For 3rd term, three-year directors: John Pisturino, Cattle For President and State Delegate, twoyear position: Cynthia Mathiesen, Berries For 1st Vice President and State Delegate, two-year position: David Van Lennep, Timber For Past-President and State Delegate, two-year position: Chris Enright, Orchids

“2012 Farmer of the Year” John Pisturino, Cattle Rancher John Pisturino was born in San Jose, Ca. in 1952. His father worked for the DiNapoli family and farmed prunes, pears, cherries, walnuts, and apricots in the Santa Clara Valley and John was raised on one of the prune orchards owned by the DiNapolis. The Pisturino family had a 4tunnel dehydrator plant where they dried 2,500 tons of their own fruit each and dried some for other farmers. When John’s dad went to Escalon and Kelseyville to farm, John took over the 75-

acre home place doing all the tractor work, running the dehydrator with its crew, and unloading the trucks. He then went to help his father at Kelseyville working in the pear orchards and to Escalon to help in the Peach orchards. After John’s father unexpectedly passed away at the age of 59, Frank DiNapoli asked John to manage the family’s pear orchard in Kelseyville along with the cattle ranch in Watsonville. John and his family then moved to Watsonville in 1982. The Pear orchard was pulled out now hay is raised there for the cattle ranch in Watsonville. John attended DeAnza & Foothill College studying Ornamental Horticulture. John has hosted the Board of Directors retreat at the ranch several times. He has served as: President of the Santa Cruz County Cattlemen’s Association • Director of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau • Director of Agri-Culture • President of Foothill Firefighters Association • Farm Bureau Legislative Committee • Farm Bureau Nominating Committee John has been a bull grader at the Stockton and Galt Bull sales, as well as the 101 Auction Sales Yards. n Aptos Times / July 1st 2012 / 11

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MeettheO Owners

Retirement planning crucial for small business owners


lanning for retirement is crucial for everyone, and it is especially critical for small business owners, the business leaders many cite as the life blood of the American economy. Indeed, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small business owners employ half of all private sector employees, pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll and have generated 65 percent of net new jobs over the past 17 years. The challenge before American small business owners is keeping their companies financially healthy long-term. This is so that small business owners do not overrely on the sale of their business alone to take care of them in retirement, and so the business will continue to remain a viable employer in the communities it serves. Because small business owners and entrepreneurs are busy every day working to keep their businesses running strong, their schedule can often interfere with planning for the future. But in this economy, planning is a must in any business strategy. Without it, business owners may be surprised to find that the ultimate sale of their business may not leave enough for them to live on. This is because the sale timing might be off, or their finances are not strong enough to cover a full retirement. “Setting a target number — or dollar figure of what is needed to live on for the rest of your life ‚ is important, and it should be determined at least 10 years before you’re ready to retire,” says Tara Reynolds, corporate vice president with

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). “And as you approach retirement, it’s also a good idea to re-calculate what the business is worth with a proper business valuation to determine how you will need to fund your nonworking years, if the value has changed. Having this plan and expectation in place can help you determine the best way and time to retire from your business.” The average business owner expects to retire at age 68, according to a survey conducted by GfK Custom Research North American for MassMutual in 2011. Yet only one-third of the respondents had a sound retirement strategy to ensure income for life, having access to income when needed, managing potential health care expenses and leaving a legacy to the next generation. MassMutual financial professional Katheigh Degen of Kansas City offers the following tips to help small business owners stay financially secure during the run up to retirement. “Small Business” > 19

WomeninB Business

For career success in today’s tough economy, learn the G.L.O.W. method


ood is just not good enough for many employers today. As companies look to do more with less, hiring managers are drawn to those job candidates who stand out from the crowd and clearly illustrate the value they bring to an organization. If current employment trends didn’t make landing your dream job tough enough, a gap between the skills hiring managers value in a candidate and how job seekers describe their own skills presents additional challenges. According to the annual Job Preparedness Indicator from, more than half (56 percent) of job seekers are confident they know what qualifications are required for employment. Yet, only 14 percent of hiring managers reported that “most“ or “nearly all” job candidates, over the past three years, have had the skills their company looks for in a potential employee. J.T. O’Donnell, career strategist and author of “CAREEREALISM: The Smart Approach to a Satisfying Career,” suggests that job candidates need to learn how to G.L.O.W. in order to close the employercandidate disconnect and shine brightly among an ever more competitive job mar-

ket. Here’s how to G.L.O.W.: G - Gain perspective: Take a step back and assess your situation. “No two people are alike,” says O’Donnell. “You have to figure out what’s important to you in your life and career. So, evaluating your values, preferences and interests will provide you with a customized plan and increase your ability to achieve success.” L - Luminate your goal: To “light up” your career goal, break down your preferred position into a list of “must haves,” “nice to haves,” and “don’t wants.” Let these criteria act as a compass to guide you toward your career destination. A vivid mental image of yourself as a success will keep you motivated and moving forward when things get tough. O - Own your actions: Be ready and willing to put forth the effort required to make change happen. “Some requirements will seem more daunting than others, like having to go back to school for the right education and career-oriented skills set,” says O’Donnell. “However, there are excellent options available today that provide flexible onsite and online scheduling so you can maintain current responsibilities while pursuing your dream career.” W - Work it daily: Keep your goals in

the forefront of your mind so that you’ll take steps every day, no matter how small, to get closer to them. Display your goal where you can view it throughout the day. You should also ask yourself at least five or six times a day, “Is what I’m doing right now helping me achieve my goals?” A truthful answer to this question can be very enlightening. If you are just starting your career out of college or are a mid-career professional

seeking change - whether climbing higher in your current field or switching to a completely different industry - applying the G.L.O.W. method will brighten your future. n ••• For more information about flexible education options, visit; and to learn more about the G.L.O.W. method, visit ARA Content Aptos Times / July 1st 2012 / 13



The 2012 Race Course

his is the 40th annual Wharf to Wharf Race! If you’ve been at this scenic six-mile classic before, you know about the weather, the live bands, the throngs of festive spectators and the coveted Wharf to Wharf Runner T-shirt, awarded only to race finishers and never sold to anyone, anywhere, at any price … ever. Starting at the Santa Cruz Wharf, at 8:30AM the race opens with a dash down Beach Street, passing the Ferris wheel, Big Dipper roller coaster and merry-go-round of the world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Runners then cross San Lorenzo Bridge and loop around the Yacht Harbor to Twin Lakes Beach. Turning inland the course winds through Schwann Lake Wildlife Sanctuary then breaks back onto the ocean bluffs at Pleasure Point. From there

“History” from pg 8


On Your Mark … hese misadventures notwithstanding, its 273 participants considered the race a grand success and, when they clamored for a rerun the following year, the organizing committee obliged and the race began a life of its own. Through the 70’s, the race grew dramatically, riding the wave of the running boom that swept the nation. Its numbers doubled each year into the eighties before peaking at around 3,700 runners in 1983. It was at that point that its leadership elected to take a more proactive role in its promotion and administration. Getting Organized n the fall of that year race representatives were dispatched to the First Annual Roadrace Management Convention in Washington DC to see what they could learn about the business of running. The knowledge they brought back led to many changes in the face and future of the race, not the least of which was the introduction of a commercial sponsorship program, which facilitated the addition of attractive new features and expanded the financial horizons of the event. More than 6,000 runners answered the starter’s call in 1984. The race was rolling again! The growth continued through 1987 when a throng of 14,000 showed up, jamming village streets and race venues to the point that organizers feared for the future of the event, recognizing that it was in danger of smothering in the gridlock of its own popularity. In the years since, participation has been carefully capped to preserve the integrity of the race and insure the safety of its runners. This restriction has placed a premium on participation. The race field typically sells out months in advance, earning it a gourmet reputation among elite athletes and casual joggers around the world as THE place to be on the fourth Sunday in July … if you can get in!


the way wanders through quaint seaside neighborhoods before dipping down to a festive finish at the Capitola Wharf. 2011 Wharf to Wharf Results Top 10 Men 1. Silas Kipruto – 26:56; 2. Shadrack Kosgei – 27:12; 3. Macdonard Ondara – 27:29; 4. Brett Gotcher – 27:32; 5. Stephen Muange – 27:56; 6. Yong-Sung Leal – 28:11; 7.

Tonny Okello – 28:39; 8. Jake Schmitt – 28:51; 9. Chris Chavez 29:04; 10. Kevin Pool – 29:16 2011 Wharf to Wharf Results Top 10 Women 1. Magdalena Lewy Boulet – 30:49; 2. Alemtsehay Misganaw – 32:12; 3. Nicole

Hagobian – 33:12; 4. Natasha Labeaud – 33:38; 5. Risper Gesabwa – 33:42; 6. Clara Peterson – 33:51; 7. Alexa Glencer – 34:13; 8. Sarah Rankin – 34:56; 9. Suzanne Segesta – 35:11; 10. Vanessa Fraser – 35:22

The Wharf to Wharf Roadshow T


ou can forget about “the loneliness of the long distance runner” at the Wharf to Wharf Race. The six-mile race route is lined with a virtual gauntlet of entertainment: singers, dancers, clowns and jugglers along with bands of every stripe: pep, dance, classical, raging sixties, surf, heavy metal, pop, jazz, mariachi, percussion, bagpipes; more than forty groups in all. The race has more entertainment per mile than any other event of its kind in the world firing up the runners and fueling the festive throngs of spectators along the way. If you’re not running the race, you can still get in on the fun. Join the Wharf to

As the race matured over the years, so too did its business profile. It was incorporated as a California nonprofit in 1980 to promote running as a means to health and fitness among the youth of Santa Cruz County. Planning for the race runs year-round. Its Board of Directors meets monthly to review policy, procedures and oversee the distribution of race proceeds to a wide array of programs and special projects. Giving Back to Local Athletes ace leadership and money spearheaded the development and maintenance of a worldclass all-weather tracks at Soquel, Aptos, Watsonville and San Lorenzo Valley and Santa Cruz High Schools and mini-tracks at New Brighton Middle School, Valencia and Mission Hill Elementary Schools. Scholarships of $28,000 are annually awarded to top student athletes. Race funds and equipment support the Santa Cruz Track Club, International Games, Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League and a wide variety of local high school sports programs. Race donations to the local community in 2010, alone, totaled more than $300,000. Total donations over the years exceed four million dollars.


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Wharf Racing Team. Get out there and do your thing! Find out how to reserve a spot in this gala gauntlet of fun and folly. n Contact Brendan Kelly, Entertainment Coordinator: or 831706-4032


Giving Back to the Community peaking of money, an often overlooked but significant collateral benefit of the Race is its substantial financial impact on the local economy. It is well-documented that the fourth weekend in July is the biggest of the year for Santa Cruz County’s hotel/restaurant trade. Data compiled by The Santa Cruz Conference and Visitors Bureau estimates that the 20,000 annual visitors generated by the event spend more than eight million dollars locally. The Wharf to Wharf Race today is more than just a footrace. It has become a part of the local cultural fabric, touching the lives of thousands over its thirty-sixyear history. Many have felt compelled to run it once as a rite of passage. Others run it year after year to celebrate their vitality or… just because it’s fun. Thousands are involved as volunteers, sponsors, beneficiaries. It is truly a community event of, by and for runners. The fourth Sunday in July is a special date on the Santa Cruz calendar. All this from a $200 beginning back in 1973!

With Success Comes … he race is limited to 15,000 runners on a firstcome-first-served basis. While most come for sun, fun, and fitness reasons, serious athletes run to test their mettle against the best. The race draws an elite, international field. The roll of past champions numbers several Olympic stars. The largest summer event of its kind on the West Coast Wharf to Wharf receives broad print and electronic media attention being broadcast live on radio, covered by local TV stations and televised by cable television on race day evening. It is highlighted in all running industry publications as one of the top races in America. Every One’s a Winner very one is a winner in the Wharf to Wharf. Elite runners vie for cash prizes of $3,000, $2,000, $1,000 and top 100 winners are awarded Centurion Sweatshirts. Local and Wheelchair division champs receive commemorative plaques and all race finishers earn a gift pack of refreshments and goodies featuring the official Wharf to Wharf T-shirt. From start to finish, the Wharf to Wharf race will be a fun-filled experience people of all ages will enjoy. Between the thrilling views of Santa Cruz and Capitola Coastline, stellar local bands and music, and familiar faces cheering participants along the route, this year’s race will be an unforgettable experience. Remember, life is short and whether as runner or observer, this 10k run makes for good conversation and stories to tell your friends, family, and children. So make plans to make the last Sunday in July count, and take advantage of this fun filled, one of a kind event in our backyard. n ••• The Race is produced and administered by Wharf to Wharf Race, Inc., a California nonprofit corporation chartered to promote running as a means to health and fitness. Race proceeds benefit Santa Cruz County youth sports in general and the running community in particular. Website:



Graniterock CEO Killed in Boating Accident B

ruce Woolpert, Graniterock Company CEO died Sunday in a tragic boating accident at Lake Tahoe. According to Placer County Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Ausnow, Woolpert, age 61, was last seen towing a dinghy as he went to moor his boat at a buoy in Lake Tahoe. His body was later found floating in the water near Brockway Shores on the North Shore on Sunday afternoon with the dinghy Bruce Woolpert nearby. “He may have fallen from the dinghy while mooring the boat,” Ausnow said. It is speculated by friends that he fell while leaving the boat and getting into the dinghy. He may have hit his head, falling unconscious into the lake and drowning. An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death. Woolpert was at his Lake Tahoe condominium with family friends and his 18year-old son, but was alone at the time of the accident.

As the grandson of company founder A.R. Wilson, Woolpert was the third generation to lead the familyowned company founded in 1900 and served as Graniterock’s chairman and chief executive officer. Graniterock is a construction material supplier and heavy engineering contractor with more than 600 employees that is based in Watsonville, Calif. The company split from the larger Granite Construction in 1936. Company operations are based mostly on the high-quality aggregate quarried in Aromas. Graniterock board member Mark Kaminski, will take over as chairman of the board and acting CEO. Kaminski is retired from a full-time position as president and

CEO of Commonwealth Industries Inc., is a graduate of Indiana University and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. In 2006, Woolpert created and headed the Committee for Good School Governance, a group of community leaders that had as its agenda to foster change in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. The group endorsed and funded school board candidates Willy Yahiro, Kim Turley, Libby Wilson and Leslie De Rose, and was

During Woolpert’s leadership, Graniterock received national and state recognition for its business operations, including the 1992 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the 1994 Governor’s Golden State Award.

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“Aptos Parade” from pg 6

“It was a happy coincidence that the parade coincided with the train passing through,” recalled Lucille. Later that year, the Southern Pacific Railroad tried to close the crossing in front of the Bayview Hotel. The Aptos Ladies again took action and dressing in Victorian clothes, invited the press to watch them lay down on the railroad tracks in protest. The court decided that the Southern Pacific could not close off the right-of-way. The Ladies Tuesday Evening Society of Aptos was again victorious. Lucille and her friends decided to repeat the celebration the next year by making it an annual Fourth of July parade. Enthusiasm for the event grew by leaps and bounds. The crowd of parade goers

given much of the credit for their success in being elected to the school board. The committee also endorsed the winner, Kim DeSerpa, for the Area 1 seat in the 2010 election. Jess Brown, CEO of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau, said, “Bruce was passionate about education and providing the best opportunities for students. He started The Committee for Good School Governance in order to screen and select school board candidates that would put students first.” During Woolpert’s leadership, Graniterock received national and state recognition for its business operations, including the 1992 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the 1994 Governor’s Golden State Award. The Company has also been listed in Fortune 500’s “Best Places to Work in America,” and in 2003, Fortune Small Business Magazine selected Woolpert as a “Best Boss” Woolpert was born in Watsonville. He had two children, Marianne and Arthur, with his wife, Rose Ann. Before joining Granite Rock Company, he worked for nine years at Hewlett-Packard. n and watchers increased from a few families and passersby in 1961 to a several hundred in 1968 to an estimated 20 thousand today including both the participants and spectators. Now very early each Fourth of July, lawn chairs and blankets mysteriously appear out of the darkness and the morning fog along the 3,300-foot (0.62 miles) parade route between State Park Drive and Trout Gulch Road. By parade time, the street is lined with people and the chairs and blankets are filled by enthusiastic spectators. Times may have changed since that first parade 50 years ago, but we believe that Lucille Aldrich and the Ladies Tuesday Evening Society of Aptos would be pleased by what their victory parade has become. n

The Watsonville Band



Santa Cruz County College Commitment Appoints Ray Kaupp Executive Director

he Santa Cruz County College Commitment, a countywide collaborative comprised of public education institutions including all K-12 School Districts, Cabrillo College, CSU Monterey Bay, San Jose State University (SJSU) and the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) today announces it has appointed Ray Kaupp Executive Director. Kaupp, who most recently served as the Director of Workforce Development at Cabrillo College, was Ray Kaupp also a member of the Santa Cruz County College Commitment Steering Committee, where he was responsible for many of its initiatives. “In just nine months since its launch, the Santa Cruz County College Commitment has worked together to achieve major milestones, including a countywide Board of Trustees meeting, collaboration between area high school counselors, a meeting of all local high school principals, convening math and English faculties between the high school and college levels, and the first annual Samper S4C Fourth Grade Experience,” said Brian King, President of Cabrillo College. “The group acknowledged the need for infrastructure to take the organization to the next level and to ensure long-term sustainability. We are fortunate to have Ray Kaupp’s vision and leadership as Executive Director.” The Santa Cruz County College Commitment, a historic partnership of public, K-12 and higher education institutions, was formed with the goal of increasing the college readiness and success of every student in Santa Cruz County.

As part of its participation in the Santa Cruz County College Commitment, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education contributed a $50,000 grant to aid the collaborative in building a sustainable infrastructure that would enable the organization to execute key initiatives and to pursue additional outside funding. “We are honored to be part of the Santa Cruz County College Commitment, and we view our investment in the organization as an investment in the success of our county’s students,” said Michael Watkins, Superintendent, Santa Cruz County Office of Education. “We are pleased that Ray Kaupp has accepted the position of Executive Director and we look forward to achieving many more successes under his leadership.” As part of the Santa Cruz County College Commitment, the participating educational organizations have committed to: • Provide information, services and resources to help Santa Cruz County students and their families prepare for college. • Deliver a K-12 academic program with rigor and support for admission to post-secondary education. • Help students successfully transition to and succeed in college, or on a career pathway. • Reduce or eliminate financial barriers so that every student can afford a quality, post-secondary education. • Work together to deliver these commitments for the young people, families and employers of Santa Cruz County. “As a member of the Santa Cruz County College Commitment Steering Committee, having Ray Kaupp’s involve-

ment has resulted in immediate progress on a number of key initiatives,” said Gary Bloom, Superintendent, Santa Cruz City Schools. “This level of collaboration among K-12 schools countywide and our local colleges is unprecedented, and in years to

come, the work of the collaborative will result in better prepared high school graduates and more successful college students.” “Kaupp” > 30

“We are honored to be part of the Santa Cruz County College Commitment, and we view our investment in the organization as an investment in the success of our county’s students. We are pleased that Ray Kaupp has accepted the position of Executive Director and we look forward to achieving many more successes under his leadership.” — Michael Watkins, Superintendent, Santa Cruz County Office of Education Aptos Times / July 1st 2012 / 17

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By Matt Chrabot

Matt Chrabot is a world-class triathlete and is going to the 2012 Olympics as Alternate. In his own words, here is his story. ••• ’m a triathlete (sport comprised of one single event with 3 disciplines of swimming, cycling, finishing with running) and have recently moved to Aptos from the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. I’m training with a world class group of triathletes both international and fellow American training partners. I’ve been training with Bevan Docherty (NZL), Paul Matthews (AUS), and Capitola native Tommy Zaferes since January. Bevan is a two time Matt Chrabot Olympic Medalist as well as the 2004 World Champion. Paul is a top-notch long course triathlete and Tommy has enough promise in the sport for me to move half way across the country to train with him. After being the number one ranked American for the past two years, my goal was to qualify and represent the USA at the 2012 Olympics in London. It’s a long story, but I fell short at US Olympic Team Trials in May down in San Diego. I’ll be present and ready in London, playing the role as Alternate in case the qualifiers Hunter Kemper and Manny Huerta hurt themselves,

become ill, or can’t start for any reason. Unfortunately, I won’t walk in opening ceremonies, live in the athletes’ village and eat free McDonalds, have free access to events, or any affiliation with the USOC or the games unless of course I become eligible to have a start in the event on August 7 in Hyde Park at 10:30AM. After all, you aren’t considered an Olympian until the gun goes off. I grew up swimming, competed in college for George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and discovered that my relatively small build would suit the sport of triathlon perfectly. Most swimmers are tall with wide shoulders, where as I’m a bit shorter with a smaller frame. More like a runner or a cyclist. I felt like I had a head start in the sport and after a few years of putting in quality training time and volume on the bike and run, my strengths began to even out and I wasn’t better or weaker at any of the three disciplines. When I first heard that a world-class swimmer from Santa Cruz was interested in triathlon, my first question was how big is he? Tommy, as who it turned out to be, is my size but a much faster swimmer. I knew he’d be on the right track for the Rio 2016 Olympics if he were training with Bevan and Paul on a daily basis. I was looking for a new training location around sea

level on the west coast. I wanted a mild climate like LA, San Diego, the Bay Area, or Sedona, AZ. Near a major international airport where I can get non-stop flights to almost anywhere in the country and/or world. Trips to the airport around an hour or less since I’m sometimes racing 2-3 times per month and coming home in between. I hate traffic (LA) and steer clear from big cities (San Diego). I love the ocean and small changes in climate. That just leaves one place left, the Northern Monterrey Bay area. Colorado Springs is at 6,000ft and living there rather than visiting a few weeks here and there becomes difficult on the body after a few months. Especially being a triathlete, juggling to train three disciplines a day. I found the location of Aptos and Santa Cruz

“Small Business” from pg 12

Having additional savings can help you tide over in retirement while you also receive payments for the business. Explore Options s you near retirement, selling off your business in one setting would make everything easy. But as mentioned earlier, it doesn’t always work that way. Knowing your business’ value can help you evaluate offers that come your way, so you can make an educated decision on whether to sell and live comfortably in retirement, or keep working and pursue a better offer. Don’t wait too long to find a buyer ithin three to five years of retirement, business owners should start to find a buyer for the business. Of course, this plan demands that the owner set an expected retirement date and stick to it. By waiting too long, owners may begin to experience poor health and low energy, which could affect productivity and potentially the profitability of the company.

Planning for retirement is so crucial, and owning a business can often add complications in timing the retirement perfectly. “Business owners put so much hard work into building the business and making it strong and viable in the market,”



Anticipate Needs raditionally, most people need about 70 percent of their current annual income to live comfortably in retirement. Know what your business is worth - both as one entity, and also broken down into smaller parts. Only about 10 percent of business sales involve the entire business as one lump sum. Save on the Side ou’ve probably heard about diversifying your portfolio, and the same is true with diversifying your retirement plan. Put aside 20 to 25 percent of your gross income in savings outside of the business. This provides you with flexibility as you plan your exit from the business. For example, if you have an heir or employee interested in purchasing the company, they might not be able to afford it all at once, but could take over the helm with smaller payments over a period of time.



Photo Credit: Delly Carr

Why I moved to Aptos

is ideal for a triathlete. Swimming at Cabrillo College, UCSC, In-Shape or around the wharf are great options. The cycling is not only scenic and world class, but I feel very safe riding here. The average speed or traffic around town is very low compared to the rest of the country. Traffic speeds of 25-35 mph and bike lanes on nearly every street are more appealing than 45mph streets with no shoulder to ride in. Having the option to run every day in Nicene Marks, Pogonip, the soft sand at Rio Del Mar beach, Aptos and Soquel High Schools are ideal. For now, I’ll be based out of Aptos. After spectating and possibly competing in London, I’ll most likely switch to long course triathlon. Less international travel, politics, and racing in places like Beijing, Budapest, Sydney, Yokohama, and Richards Bay, South Africa, and heading to more “local” races like New York City Triathlon or Chicago Triathlon. Thanks for having me in Aptos. n

says Degen. “With additional planning in retirement strategy, a good business owner can retire and see the business continue to succeed even after it has been transitioned over to new owners.” n ARA Content

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The New Girl on the Block

By Cynthia Howe

ust a few months ago, Dr. Nancy Leung moved into her new orthodontic office located at the corner of Soquel and Rio Del Mar, just down and around the corner from Aptos Junior High. Dr. Leung enjoys getting to know her new community and values the beginning of her Aptos roots. Her two children enjoy attending Aptos Christian Preschool and she and her husband have been making friends through their involvement in the community. “I’ve practiced for over nine years in Orthodontics in such places as Minneapolis, Palo Alto, Southern California, Sacramento, and Watsonville, but my husband and I just love Aptos. The clean air, the beach and the beautiful weather, we’ve found home,” Dr. Leung shared. “We are happy to be here everyday knowing that there is no better place to live.” While she’s new to Aptos, she’s not new to dentistry. Dr. Leung earned her doctorate from the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry in 2003. She then continued her studies and earned a Certificate in Orthodontics and a Masters in Dentistry from the University of Minnesota in 2005. In 2007, she started her first orthodontic office in Watsonville. This past school year Dr. Leung and her husband made educational presentations for the Monterey Dental Society at local schools such as Valencia Elementary and Mar Vista Elementary. “The students loved our monkey with the teeth the most. We taught them how to brush and floss, how dental caries are formed, and what to expect at a dental visit. We also reviewed good and bad foods for their teeth,” Dr. Leung commented. Dr. Leung is committed to community service. She is a member of the Aptos Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Affinity program, an organization committed to providing services to low-income children. She is also a benefactor to Give Kids A Smile. In recognition of her passion for helping in the community, the Monterey Dental Society awarded her Dentist of the Year in 2010. She is also devoted to the environment. She uses digital X-rays that emit very low radiation, digital study models

and photos, and her offices have an ingenious ‘chartless’ method for individual client record keeping there by saving paper. “Being green is important to me, hence the green apple with braces as our logo!” Dr. Leung shared. “I even drive a hybrid car!” As for recycling, she only takes it so far. “We never recycle anything on our patients,” she assured. “Our brackets are individually packaged from the manufacturer so our patients know they are brand new.” Dr. Leung treats adults, teens, and children. Treatment includes full treatment, early child interceptive treatment (Phase I, Phase II), orthognathic surgery cases, adult orthodontic treatment and Invisalign. She offers metal braces, ceramic braces, self-ligating brackets and Invisalign. People visit Dr. Leung for a variety of reasons, not only because they may have crooked teeth but in pursuit of healthy teeth. A misaligned bite can cause wearing and fracturing of healthy teeth and crowd-

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ed teeth can be difficult to clean resulting in decay and periodontal disease. “We do everything we can to ensure that treatment is comfortable, easy, convenient, and affordable. We also work closely with our patients to find the perfect financial arrangement everyone is comfortable with,” she shared. Patient comfort is a priority Dr. Leung’s office is successful with, as patient Alfonso Lobato can attest. “My experience was very good. Everything was well explained before any procedure began. At each visit I was informed of what was going to be done and between appointments I was always told what to expect, with opportunities to ask questions.” Dr. Leung is quite flexible with scheduling, offering weekend appointments, various office hours and two office locations to accommodate clients’ schedules. Their answering service is monitored by a live person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Why that extra service? “As a mom, I’ve been up in the middle of the night with a sick child. A number of

times I’ve called an on-call nurse with my concerns. I then realized how important it is to have someone there for you at all times,” Dr. Leung confided. Moms, such as Christy Bracken, know they can trust Dr. Leung. “My kids experience was great! It was nice that she was open on Saturday’s. Her chair-side manner was very good.” “We can also stop harmful habits like thumb sucking, which can cause dental and skeletal problems if left untreated. Some children are embarrassed or teased about their teeth, and we are here to help build their confidence and self-esteem by changing that,” she said. The recommended age for an orthodontic evaluation according to the American Association of Orthodontists is 7 years old. It’s better to be evaluated early so there are more treatment options available. Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for children. Many adults visit Dr. Leung as well, accounting for almost half of her client base. They may have wanted treatment as a child, but didn’t get that opportunity. “Sometimes, adults need orthodontic treatment in order to make enough space or special positioning of their teeth for veneers, implants, crowns, or bridges. I work very closely with many dentists to ensure that our patient’s treatment outcome is excellent and proceeds as smoothly as possible,” Dr. Leung shared. Dr. Leung is committed to making each patient feel like they’re part of the family. She offers complimentary orthodontic examinations so prospective patients can get to know her. She reviews the patient’s goals and expectations, takes digital photos and performs an examination. “I like to be thorough, laying it all on the table so people are educated, informed and can visualize the plan. We discuss my findings, possible treatment options, determine the best time to start treatment, length of treatment, and financial options,” Dr. Leung shared. n ••• Dr. Leung is located at 9515 Soquel Drive, Suite 103 in Aptos. Phone: (831) 685-2800. She also has an office located at 520 East Lake Ave, Watsonville. Phone: (831) 724-4182



Summer Water Cutbacks Set Goal to Save Five Gallons a Day

espite a wet spring, rainfall was only at 70% of normal on April 1. The Soquel Creek Water District declared a Stage 1 Water Shortage Alert asking customers to voluntarily reduce water use 5 percent, which equates to about 5 gallons per person each day from May through October. The District will also continue to enforce its Water Waste Ordinance, which includes the following restrictions: • Prevent General Water Waste: No indiscriminate running of water • No Sprinkler Use between 10 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. • No Washing of Paved Surfaces: Use a broom instead • Positive Shut-off Hose Nozzles required when washing structures or vehicles Annual rainfall is critical to our water supply. The District relies solely on groundwater, pumped with wells from underground aquifers to supply water to our customers. The aquifers are replenished only by rainwater soaking into the ground. Based on hydrology, conserving an extra 5 per-

cent, particularly during the dry months when outdoor water use increases, we can help protect our aquifers from the deficit caused by this year’s low rainfall. Unfortunately, a year of low rainfall is not the only challenge we face in protecting our water supply. Recent information from hydrologists confirms that the aquifers are already over-drafted, meaning the District and other well owners have pumped more water out than is being naturally replenished. Over-drafted coastal aquifers run the risk of seawater intrusion, which occurs when low groundwater levels allow seawater to seep inland into the aquifer contaminating our wells. Through conservation efforts and by seeking supplemental water supplies, the District is working to find solutions that will allow us to continue to provide our community with the water it needs while being good stewards of our precious water resources. Thank you for being a part of the solution through your continued water awareness and conservation efforts. The District

has many tools available to support you in using water more efficiently, including free water-saving devices, water-wise business and house calls, and a robust rebate program. n •••

Please contact the Conservation and Customer Service Department for more information at (831) 475-8500, or online at Thank you for saving water for all of us! Aptos Times / July 1st 2012 / 21

FeaturedColumnist The Book Bag by Robert Francis

The Book Bag by Robert Francis

Seababy: A Little Otter Returns Home

By Ellen Levine Illustrated by Jon Van Zyle Walker. $16.99 (Age: 4 - 8) ased on an actual rescue program conducted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the author discussed baby otter care with the staff’s scientists so that this picture book would be as authentic as possible.


The story begins with a baby sea otter separated from his mother during a storm. The little fellow is washed up on shore where he is found and taken to the aquarium. Once he is checked for injuries, the otter is placed in the special pool where he is cared for and he is allowed to mature in a safe environment. zzzzzzzzzz Two staff members from the aquarium place the otter in a carrier and take him to a local beach where he is set loose. Within minutes, the otter is back in his natural environment in the seaweed beds and making new friends. Excellent illustrations and a very topical subject make this an excellent picture book for youngsters who want to know more about the otters they see off our shores here on the Central Coast.


By Gallimard Jeunesse Illustrated by Sylvaine Peyrols Moonlight Publishing. $11.99 (Ages: 4 and up) ith transparent overlays and lots of information on the life of the dolphin, this book fills in young readers on


Books for little marine biologists…

every aspect of the marine mammals’ existence. You’ll learn that the dolphin ancestors date back 55 million years, that they can stay underwater for up to twenty minutes and that when a mother dolphin gives birth, another female guards her. Dolphins use clicks and whistles to communicate and they can see and hear underwater. Social creatures, dolphins often travel and hunt together, they help one another if they are in difficulty and they are found in every ocean and some rivers around the world. Nicely designed with a ring binding that allows the book to be opened flat, this is a fascinating study of one of the most appealing creatures you’ll find in the ocean. And, once again, since this is a denizen of Monterey Bay, young readers have the opportunity of seeing the dolphin up-close and personal.

In the Sea

By David Elliot Illustrated by Holly Meade Candlewick Press. $16.99 (Ages: 3-5) s with their two previous collaborations, “In the Farm” and “In the Wild,” Elliot and Meade combine captivating woodcut illustrations and short poetry as they go beneath the sea to introduce youngsters to the behavior and interactions of a variety of sea creatures. You’ll meet a dainty sea horse, fearsome shark, an octopus that can vanish at will in a cloud of ink, and a starfish that uses its five fingers to maneuver about. Urchins, sardines, shrimp, and mackerel all share one two page spread while herring, dolphin, orca, a sea turtle, and a ferocious moray eel swim past on other pages. You’ll see coral and anemones with clown


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fish darting about. The chambered nautilus bobs past as her shell spins round, a secretive giant squid makes a fleeting appearance and the puffer fish does its imitation of a balloon on other pages. T h e author saves the biggest sea creature for last and, of course, the blue whale doesn’t even fit on two pages. It takes an extra page to give you a sense of his gigantic size. Exploring the depths, this picture book will excite budding oceanographers to do further reading to learn more about all of these special sea critters.

I Spy Under the Sea


By Edward Gibbs Templar. $14.99 (Ages: 2-5) f you ever played the eye-spy game, you’ll appreciate how this book is designed. The first page reads, “I spy with my little eye something with stripes.” On the opposite page is a clue (“I have a funny name”) and a whole that shows just a bit of the fish. Flip the page and there are seven clownfish! As you move through the book, you’ll also realize there is some reverse counting involved here as well. There will be sea horse and crab pictures as well as swordfish, octopuses, dolphin, and finally one very large, toothy shark that says, “I’m a SHARK…and I spy YOU!” This fun adaption of a classic game is a good way to work on identifying some common ocean creatures but it also includes a little counting practice as well.

Dolphin Baby!

By Nicola Davies Illustrations by Brita Granstrom Candlewick Press. $15.99 (Ages: 5 and up) here’s no getting away from the fact that the dolphin is one of the favorite subjects for picture books about sea mammals. Perhaps that’s because the other two showstoppers – the shark and whale – can often be a little too awesome and frightening for the younger set. In this Junior Library Guild Selection, the author looks at the life of a baby dolphin from the time it is born until a bit over half a year old. Assisted by his mother, the calf learns to catch fish and he discovers he can make the distinctive whistle that allows the mammals to communicate. Every dolphin has one whistle that’s its own and might be compared to a human’s name. Learning to live with other dolphins, avoiding danger and communicating with clicks are some of the other lessons the youngster is going to have to learn to survive in what can sometimes be a hostile environment. Dolphin calves stay with their mothers until they are about four years old. They begin to breed when they are about twelve and can live for between twenty and thirty years. An interesting picture book that sheds light on the early months of a dolphin’s childhood, this engaging volume illustrates that many creatures besides humans need their parents for more than just a short period of time. n



Summer Grilling and Fire Safety


By Mike DeMars – Fire Inspector Central Fire Protection District

arm weather has arrived in Santa Cruz County and the outdoor grilling season has begun. Cooking outdoors can be a great alternative to indoor cooking on hot summer days. It can also present a fire hazard if not done safely. During the months of May, June, July and August, the fire service experiences an increase in residential fires. Many of them are attributed to unsafe practices when cooking outdoors. An estimated 5700 grill fires occur annually in the United States. Following some common sense safety tips could have prevented many of these fires. Outdoor grilling should be done outdoors. Never use an outdoor grill inside of your home, garage or inside of a tent. Using a device with an open flame in an enclosed space presents a serious fire hazard. It also has the potential to expose anyone in the home to toxic gases such as carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide exposure in an enclosed space can be deadly. Grills should be located outside of the home away from combustible

materials such as siding, fences and railings. The grill should also be positioned so that it is not under eaves or low hanging branches. As a rule, open flame cooking devices should not be used within ten feet of any house or structure. Place the grill a safe distance from play areas and foot traffic. Children and pets should be kept away from the grill area. A three-foot “safe zone” should be observed around the grill for this purpose. Long handled grilling tools should be used. This will keep the “chef” a safe distance from heat and open flames. Accumulation of fat and grease should be cleaned periodically. This will prevent them from being ignited by a hot grill. If you are using a charcoal grill, make sure that you use lighter fluid only to start the fire. Do not use any other flammable liquids to start a charcoal fire. Many flammable liquids will produce large amounts

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of gas that will flash back when ignited and may cause burn injuries. Once the fire is lit, do not add lighter fluid while the fire is burning. Make sure that lighter fluid is stored out of the reach of children and away from heat sources. Propane grills should be inspected for damage before the first use of the season. Propane cylinders should be checked for damage and hoses checked for leaks. Visually check the hoses for cracks and wear. If a leak is suspected, a light soap and water solution can be applied to the hose. Escaping propane will produce bubbles near the damaged area of the hose. If you have a leak, turn the grill off immediately and have it professionally repaired. Turn the grill off also if you hear or smell gas leaking while it is being used. If you still hear or smell gas after turning it off, keep everyone away and call your local fire department.

Another thing that has been increasing in popularity during the summer months is fire pits. Fire pits should not be constructed within twenty-five feet of a structure or combustible material. Keep flammable materials and liquids away from the pit at all times. Do not use any type of flammable liquid to light or relight the fire. As with grill use, create a threefoot “safe zone” around the pit for the safety of children and pets. Do not burn trash, leaves, cardboard or plywood in your fire pit. Only use seasoned hard woods as fuel. Soft woods such as pine or cedar have higher moisture content. These types of fuel may pop and throw sparks out of the fire pit area. It is also a good practice to keep a fire extinguisher or garden hose nearby. n ••• For more summer safety tips you can go to, or Central Fire District’s website at Central Fire Protection District930 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, Ca. 95062, 831-479-6843


What’s in your garage? W By Camille Smith

they do crowd out new possibilities. And what if we let this (situation, relationship, job, opportunity, title, dream) go and nothing better shows up? This unexamined belief may be the mother lode for why we work for people who don’t value us and why we stay in relationships that aren’t nurturing. So I’m sorting items into toss, Goodwill, garage sale or keep, items like high school yearbooks, term papers from 1970 and my business cards from past employers. What was I thinking would happen by holding on to the stuff? That by saving the yearbook, I’d reincarnate the body I had as the most athletic girl of our senior class? By saving old business cards, Nokia would beg me to come back and offer a bonus to do so? That by storing the A+ college papers (didn’t have enough boxes for the C’s), I’d have proof of my IQ? I even had a stack of love-denied letters (I kept the love-desired, too!). Did I really think that the ones who broke my heart would someday come running, saying, “I was wrong, you are my soul mate!” Crazy, right? Yet, the evidence was in my hand and the thoughts were in my head. It was easy to toss the yearbooks and the business cards (because they’d make me new ones, right). The love-notes went in and out of the “save” pile a few times. Why? Because some part of me was still in the relationship. When that truth emerged, they were tossed and the phantom relationship ended. Letting go isn’t about the object or memory it “Think about any attachments that are brings back, it’s about letting go of the meaning depleting your emotional reserves. that keeps us anchored Consider letting them go.” in the past with regret and limits who we are — Oprah Winfrey now. Our attachment “Hanging onto resentment is letting to the past, whether we deemed it a failsomeone you despise live rent-free in ure or a success, your head.” limits our per— Ann Landers formance today. Letting go “Courage is the power to let go of the takes courage — familiar.” courage to put — Raymond Lindquist the past in the past and be prese n t . Consciously tossing out the objects doesn’t negate the past, it makes room for the

e’ve been cleaning out our garage so we can park a vehicle in it for the first time in 24 years. Truth be told, I’m not so much cleaning out the garage as I’m clearing out my past. If you’ve ever cleaned out a closet, a basement or an attic (we had these in Ohio where I grew up), you know what I’m talking about. Why do we have to go through this letting go process anyway? Because we humans are hoarders. Perhaps not the hoarder who might stack the last 20 years of newspapers in the living room or 72 cases of white sox in the bedroom. We hoard thoughts and feelings. While the could-a/should-a/would-a and if-only thoughts don’t take up physical space,

present and that makes room for the future. Whether or not you even have a garage to clear out, ask yourself: What am I holding onto that might be holding me back? It doesn’t matter if you’re holding onto a huge mistake (why didn’t I take that other job!) or a huge success (I was chosen out of 300 candidates), either can keep us stuck in a certain view of ourselves. What might show up if I let go of what I think it means about me? What if I let go of being right about being wronged or that this is the only job I can get or the only relationship I can have. Who might I be if I let go of who I have always considered myself to be? What is it costing me today to stay attached to the past? Clear out a closet or one corner of the garage or one box you haven’t looked at for 10 years and see what thoughts about yourself you’re ready to put in the past. n

••• BTW: The vehicle we’re readying the garage for is a restored 1950 F1 Ford truck. It’ll be interesting to see what it feels like to intentionally ride around in the past. I’ll let you know. Aptos Times / July 1st 2012 / 25



Out About


By Josie Cowden

Cabrillo Stage 2012 Season Kicks Off t’s time to mark your calendars to attend one, or all, of the splendid performances featured by Cabrillo Stage. This year they’re putting on some great shows: “A Chorus Line” which I saw in London years ago and loved it; “Anything Goes” – a Cole Porter classic – is filled with pizzazz and terrific songs, so I won’t be missing that one. Also, our talented local writer Joe Ortiz has penned a musical called “Escaping Queens” which promises to be a knockout comedy about an immigrant family in New York; and then “A Night at the Nutcracker” will be featured at Christmas. The season runs from July 13 to Dec. 30, so get online for more information – and get your tickets now! We are so fortunate to have the wonderful Cabrillo Crocker Theater in Aptos, and ticket prices for the shows are very reasonable. Info: or call the box office at 470-6154.

Aptos Chamber of Commerce Women’s Networking Luncheon went to the first in a series of “Women in the Spotlight” luncheons put on by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce. Well attended, fun and interesting, the entertaining guest speaker was Erin Clark from KSBW. Lunch was held at Bittersweet Bistro in Aptos, and this delightful restaurant served up a really delicious salad and splendid dessert, along with fresh hot coffee. There was an abundance of raffle prizes and everybody had a good time. The next luncheon will also be held at Bittersweet on Wednesday, July 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the speaker will be Hollie Estupinian, winner of the 2011 San Francisco Nike Women’s Marathon. Cost is $35 and reservations are required. Call the Aptos Chamber at 688-1467, CTC Tea couple of months ago I wrote about CTC (crush, tear, curl) tea and my efforts to find this tea to replenish some I had bought in Nepal. Several people emailed me to let me know of websites where I could order it online. But I also heard from the owner of A.J.’s Market in Soquel that they carry CTC tea from India, so I went there to buy some. It’s called CTC India Masala Tea with ingredients of black



tea, cardamom, ginger, pepper and cinnamon. All you do is put not even a full teaspoon of CTC in a cup (it’s pretty strong) and pour on boiling water. Voila! As the tiny buds of tea unfurl (no messy tea bags), I add a spot of milk, and a delicious spicy cup of tea is ready to drink.


Ashby Confections really should title this little paragraph Ashby Confessions! I tasted Jennifer Ashby’s Monterey Bay Salt Caramels and I love them. They’re delicious little dark chocolate treats with a little sprinkling of salt on top – which is harvested locally by the Monterey Bay Salt Company. Ashby makes delicious chocolates, and they are available in Aptos. Ashby Confections, 7486 Soquel Drive (in Heather’s Patisserie in the Aptos Center), Aptos, 234-1171.

Guess Who?


Carolyn’s Fitness & Yoga ou should get stretched,” a friend says to me after I tell her I’m always running around like crazy. I play a lot of tennis and take yoga classes regularly, but the stretch class I took at Carolyn’s Fitness & Yoga was an excellent workout, and my whole body felt really toned up afterward. Carolyn Albanese, who owns the fitness studio, has an abundance of equipment, but I particularly loved the TRX Suspension Trainer, invented by a Navy SEAL. Here’s the info if you want to try it out: Carolyn Albanese, 3060 Valencia Ave., #8, Aptos. Studio: 662-0409, cell: 588-1905. Email:,


Good Manners usually reserve the end of my column for a comment on dining etiquette, but this time I am writing about good manners in general. The proper thing for a seated man to do when introduced to a lady is to stand. It is also good manners for a man to stand when a lady comes into the room. Recently, I went over to a table of seated men to say hello. Only one of them stood to greet me. n ••• Josie Cowden is a freelance writer and proofreader. Contact her at

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25. Dog foot 65. *Blanche Devereaux 11. *____ of Iran 28. *Yugoslavian dictaon "The Golden 12. Like Tim of "A tor Girls" Christmas Carol" 30. Expel from a country 67. Silent performers 15. One who darts 35. Mountain divide 69. Chopin's instrument 20. Changes to a manubetween Europe and of choice script Asia 70. A belief or philoso- 22. Not new or bor37. *Cruise and Hanks phy rowed or blue 39. Extend subscription 71. High society 24. Fruit _______ 40. Ruptured 72. Inactive 25. *Russia's 2-time 41. Old photograph 73. *First baseball player President color to reach 3,000 hits 26. Pleasant odor 43. Seawards 74. Rent again 27. Time _____, pl. 44. Forcefully urge 29. Three-____ sloth 46. Home for students DOWN 31. Bell sound 47. *Denim innovator 1. Consumer electron- 32. Early stages of ill48. Capital of Bahamas ics maker ness 50. Start of a hole, pl. 2. Rainbows, e.g. 33. *"Superman" to 52. Bo Derek in 1979 3. Edible fat Kidder's Lane 53. T on a test 4. _____ firma 34. *a.k.a. Samuel 55. ___ stop 5. Even though Clemens 57. *Wheelchair-bound 6. Wood file 36. *General Robert E. physicist 7. Big head and director Spike 61. *MC famous for 8. Dipping meal 38. Seabiscuit's father, parachute pants 9. Russian left e.g. 64. Home to largest 10. Different spelling for 42. Single-cell protomammal alighted zoan

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foods. In addition, family activities, music, cooking demos by professional chefs, gardening workshops, seasonal fairs and events are a part of the market.


Aptos Fourth of July T-Shirts for Sale!

elp us celebrate the 4th of July in style with our 2012 Parade T-shirts. You can purchase your commemorative Tshirts at the Aptos Chamber of Commerce, Aptos Feed & Pet Supply, Comercia Bank of Aptos, Fleet Feet Sports, Eriks Deli of Aptos, Bay Federal Bank of Aptos, Deluxe Foods, Santa Cruz County Bank of Aptos, Pacific Coffee Roasters, UPS Store, and Seascape Wine and Spirits. We have mens, womens, and childrens sizes. For more information, call (831) 688-6961



hat is co-dependency? What is enabling? What is this insanity? Am I the only one who feels this way? Join NarAnon, a world wide fellowship of relatives and friends of addicts who have been affected by someone else's addiction. Three meetings are now being held in Santa Cruz County, on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. For a meeting near you call (888) 374-1164 or email

Ongoing Events Ongoing thru July 27

Teen Summer Reading Program at Watsonville Public Library


275 Main Street, Suite 100 heme this year is Own the Night! To celebrate the theme, there will be seven weeks of activities, parties, horror movies, and scavenger hunts at the library! Teens can earn raffle tickets toward grand prize ($150) by reading, completing Book Bingo, and attending library events. Come to the Watsonville Main Library of the Freedom Branch Library to sign up for free! For more information, call (831) 768-3400 and ask for teen librarian, Hannah Clement.

Second and Fourth Mondays First and Third Wednesdays

Alzheimers Support Groups

Monday: 2:00 - 3:30pm Wednesday: 5:30 – 7:00pm Conference Room at Elena Baskin/Live Oak Senior Center, 1777-A Capitola Rd, Santa Cruz acilitated by Jill Ginghofer, this group is for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimers.


Scotts Valley Farmer’s Market

9a.m.-1p.m. SV Community Center, 360 Kings Village Drive

Dated Events

Saturday June 30

First Tuesdays of the month

Tail Wagging World of Dog Ownership

6:30pm at the Santa Cruz SPCA, 2685 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz (cross street is Soquel Ave.).

First Tuesdays and Third Wednesdays each month

Orientations to Become Advocates for Children

North County, 5:30-7p.m., first Tuesday of month (for location details contact Danielle at 761-2956 X102) South County, 5:30-7 p.m., third Wednesday of the month at the CASA Office, 813 Freedom Blvd. Watsonville ASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Santa Cruz County needs your help. Volunteer 3-5 hours per week to provide support, guidance, and a powerful voice in court for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Everyone welcome, men and bilingual folks especially encouraged. To RSVP call 761-2956 Ext. 102, or email


Second Tuesdays Each Month

Free Job Seek Workshop!


6:00pm-7:00pm, Gateway Bible Church, 5000 Granite Creek Rd. Scotts Valley or more information, visit




Women Care Drop in Cancer Support

Coastal Professionals


rop in Support Group is a gathering for women with all types of cancer. We offer support for women through all stages from diagnoses through treatment. For more information or to register call (831) 457-2273


Drop in Grief Support

6:00pm at Aegis, 125 Heather Terrace, Aptos oin other adults who are grieving the death of a friend or family member. Learn helpful tools for coping: Share stories and receive support from people who care. No registration required, please call (831) 430-3000

(Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) 7:00pm-9:00pm, 900 High St. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz o learn more, call (831) 427-4016 or visit



8:00am to 9:30am at Aptos History Museum, Old Dominion Court, Aptos. earn tips and make connections. Local professionals meet weekly to focus on business building and collaboration. Interested business owners, independent professionals and guests welcome. For more information: 621-1153,

Toastmasters: Speak for Success

12:00pm-1:00pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley.

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iving a business presentation? Interviewing for a job? Improve your speaking skills in a friendly, supportive environment with Redwood Ramblers Toastmasters. Open to all levels. Drop-ins welcome. For more information, call 831-335-3693.


Lectures on Western Civilization

1:30pm-2:30pm, Monterey Peninsula College xciting lectures will cover fascinating topics such as "The Art of Alchemy," as well as "Lord Byron: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know." Purchase free parking tickets at the college, lectures are free.

Overeaters Anonymous

6:30-7:30pm at Teach by the Beach #50 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos For more information, call (831) 429-7906

First Wednesday of the Month

Child Welfare Review


6:00pm- 9:00pm 1400 Emeline Avenue room 206, Santa Cruz. he orientation is designed to review the child welfare system and to give you a chance to have your question answered by child welfare staff. To register to one of the meetings and for directions, please call 454-4024.

Fourth Wednesday thru August

Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group Meetings


6:30pm-8:00pm, Community room at Aptos Fire Station on Soquel Dr. eetings are free and open to the public, especially those with ADHD or those who care about someone with ADHD. We will hold break out sessions for parents of young chidlren with ADHD, parents of teens with ADHD, and adults with ADHD. For more information, contact Judy Brenis at or call (831) 684-0590

Monterey Bay Master Gardeners 2nd Annual Home Gardening Boot Camp Registration

Center, Rm. 5 301 Center St. Santa Cruz For more information, call (831) 429-7906

City Council Member Stephanie Harlan to hold Office Hours in Capitola Mall


1:00pm-4:00pm Capitola Mall No meeting on Thanksgiving ouncil Member Harlan will meet with residents and persons interested in discussing City issues at Capitola Mall. She looks forward to meeting with her constituents and encourages Capitola residents to stop by and meet with her. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (831) 475-7184

Second Thursdays of the Month

Veterans of Foreign Wars

6:30 pm, 2259 7th Ave. Santa Cruz Commander: Ronals Petty. For more information, call (831) 475-9804

Second and Fourth Thursdays of the month

Cabrillo Host Lions Club


7:00pm at the Cabrillo Community Center, Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd. ublic is invited to all programs. Contact President Jess Allen 831-6842721 or Past President Barbara Chamberlain at 831-688-3356 for meeting/dinner reservations or information or visit

Fridays, July 6 thru August 3

Ease into the Weekend Svaroopa® Yoga Series



8:00am-9:15 am, Aptos Yoga Center, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. Ste 23B nwind the tension of the week and start the weekend off right. Supported by blankets, relax into poses that release deep spinal tensions, reducing stress and increasing flexibility and strength. Preregistration is required. For more information call (831) 688-1019, or visit

Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club Meeting



12-1:30 p.m. at Seascape Golf Course. ontact Doug at 831- 724-9192 or e-mail for more information.

Overeaters Anonymous

1:00-2:00pm, Louden Nelson Community


Aptos Certified Farmers Market

8:00 -12:00pm at Cabrillo College, Aptos. he Aptos Market, with over 80 vendors, is open year round, with the best selections of fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, seedlings, flowers, local honey, fresh eggs, fresh fish, artisan baked goods and gourmet


8:00am-5:00pm, Cabrillo College Horticulture Facility, Aptos his is a full day seminar-style gardening related instruction classes, taught by expert instructors. Classes include pest management, soils, pruning, irrigation, fruit tree care, landscape design, gopher control, aquaponics, propagation, and many more. Instructors include staff from the University of California and Cabrillo College, plus master gardeners and local landscape and gardening experts. Registration fee is $40 for the day. For more details and to register, visit event website at

Saturday July 14 Sunday July 15


Relay for Life of Santa Cruz

10:00 am, Cabrillo College Track his event gives everyone in our community a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Relay starts with survivors lap, when survivors are invited to circle the track together and celebrate their victory over cancer. The day continues with games, activities, kid's camp, food booths, and live entertainment. After dark, we honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Luminaria Ceremony. Learn more at, or by calling 1800-227-2345

Saturday July 21 Yoga Workshop: Grow Taller with Spinal Tuneup


9:00am-12:00pm, Aptos Yoga Center, 783 Rio Del Mar. Blvd. Ste 23B t this half day Svaroopa® yoga workshop, discover how to use your abdominals while releasing tensions and learn a new way to stand taller and increase your strength. $45 early bird discount til July 8. Preregistration required. For more information call (831) 688-1019, or visit

Tuesday July 24 Sons in Retirement Luncheon Meeting


11:30am, Severinos Restaurant, 7500 Old Dominion Ct. Aptos peaker will be Matt Campi, retired Santa Clara Policeman, on Model Airplanes. He started building them at eight years old, and is now more active than ever. He races them using radio control all over Central California. Call (831) 688-0977 for more information. n

Your July Horoscope Annabel Burton • Astrologer ©

You can take advantage of the marvellous opportunities that come this month, although it is not all plain sailing. But while Mercury is in your sign you are quick to change adapt to new situations. After the 15th, you may find that you can relax more and not be subject to many changes of plan. The Sun enters your sign on the 22nd and this is great for feelings of well being and a time to express yourself. You see that you have held back a little but now you are not afraid to let your feelings be known, whatever they are!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)



Coastanoa: Past and Present

ostanoa students and staff came together to do a community service mural project, funded by the 180 degrees program. and with the guidance of professional muralist Peter Bartczak. The theme of the mural is the past and present of the land the school sits on. The mural is located at the schools campus, 840 N Branciforte Ave. Members of the community are welcome to come check it out.


Spring 2012 Family Arts Nights!

he Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County is pleased to announce its Spring 2012 Family Arts Nights, to include activities in folk dance, African drumming, storytelling, and visual arts. Family Arts Nights offers the opportunity for parents and children to share in fun learning activities together and for parents to experience firsthand how learning through the arts can help their children in all aspects of their lives! For dates and locations, visit

Ongoing Events Ongoing from July 6 thru July 29

Alligator to Zebra: An Alphabet of Oddball Animals Exhibition


Felix Kulpa Gallery, Santa Cruz. Reception on July 6, 6:00pm-9:00pm heck out Koronakos mixed media art exhibit which showcases his creativity with found objects and their transformation into playful animals. On July 6th, Koranakos will be available to talk to guests at the reception of this fantastic exhibit. For more information, visit, or call Paula at (831) 345-9081


earn Salsa Rueda. For more information visit or call 831-457-7432


Peaceful Interludes and Tranquil Landscapes

8 am-5 pm n art exhibition presented by the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County. This exhibit will run from June 5th to August 16, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. This new art exhibition features five artists whose works convey a sense of richness in the depiction of, and a connection with, their subjects and natural surroundings. Featured artists include Marie Gabrielle, Caroline McCall, Susan Trimingham, Erika Gakovich, and Timothy Lydgate. To learn more, Visit the Cultural Council's website at





Peninsula Banjo Band

7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave, San Jose orty-seven years of performing in the Bay Area, over 250 popular tunes. Come see our band for Free in Sunnyvale Every Wednesday. No cover. Contact Lee McLaughlin, Booking Agent, at 408-993-BAND (2263) for information about booking the band for Non-profit events (donations are tax deductible).

Ballroom Dancing

Mondays and Wednesdays

Salsa Rueda Class

7 pm at Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center St., SC

Shakespeare Club of Santa Cruz



Paradise Beach Grille 215 Esplanade, Capitola. ive music weekends and acoustic guitar Tuesdays. For schedule and more information: (831) 476-4900 Or visit



Every other Friday

Tuesdays and Weekends

8:00-8:30pm class; 8:30-10:00+pm, practice 9055 Soquel Dr. Aptos e will cover the fundamentals of leading and following traditional Argentine Social Tango, focusing on what you need to dance well and enjoy yourself at the Milongas, (Tango dance party) and other social Tango events. For questions, contact Michael, (831) 239-2247

6:00pm Brunos BBQ 230 G Mt Hermon Rd. SV eams for trivia can be as few as one person or as large as 20! Great prizes for 1st and 2nd place teams. No cost to play.

Thomas at Roaring Camp

illuminates some of the most talented local artists from local galleries. To find out where to participate in a First Friday art tour, visit (Most galleries are open 12-9 pm for First Friday viewings.)


Live Music on the Esplanade

7:30- 11:00pm at Mid-County Senior Center, 829 Bay Ave, Capitola. ive music by The Rainbows. Refreshments, large floor, friendly atmosphere, free parking. All for a donation of $8 per person.


First Fridays of each month he First Friday Art Tour is a Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts event, managed in conjunction with the participating art venues. The event takes place year-round and

First Friday Art Tour

Initially you enjoy the benefits of Jupiter and Venus forming a close alliance at the start of this month. This is wonderful for travel, exploration and discovery and then Mars enters your sign. This is the action planet, and while you have felt you have had the luxury of time, now you are geared up to go and see that too much procrastination is not helpful. Maybe this leaves you feeling a little nervous but you are encouraged to take the plunge and initiate an new venture which is a little risky but could be incredibly successful.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)

6:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Elks Lodge, 150 Jewell St. osted by Soquel Sports Foundation. BuyIn $25. Also, we have a special BINGO, celebrating our 2nd anniversary, on Sept. 28 at 6:30. Buy-in only $15.


Argentine Tango at Dance Synergy

Live Team Trivia

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)

Monday thru Friday thru Aug. 16



At last, Mars leaves you sign where it has been active for many months. You can look back and discover how much has changed that effects you directly, and also see the changes that you have instigated yourself. But now, the energy of Mars is softened in Libra, and you are taking a more proactive approach to your finances. A new job is possible, if you have been looking recently. Your ruler, Mercury, is retrograde from the 15th so be patient if things are a little slow during this time, and endeavour to complete important tasks beforehand.

10:30-12:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 900 High St. Santa Cruz, Next: June 29 hakespeare's club is seeking new members to join in the study of his plays. For more information, visit

Fourth Friday of each month

Musical Me Inc. Family Jam Night

6:30-8:30p.m. 239 High St., Santa Cruz. ring your favorite music to dance to and any instruments you'd like to share or perform with. Sliding Scale donation per family of $10-$25 (all proceeds going to our scholarship fund.) For more information call 831-438-3514.

Every other Saturday (July 7, 21 and Aug. 11)


Starlight Evening Train Experience from Santa Cruz Boardwalk

vening trains depart from the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz for a relaxing and music-filled, two and 1/2 hour round-trip excursion along the San Lorenzo River Gorge and the forested Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. For more active passengers, stream train cars will be reserved for dancing. For ticket price information and more, call (831) 335-4484 or visit

Fourth Saturdays of each month

Writers and Poets Open Mike

2:00pm-4:00pm, Porter Memorial Library, 3050 Porter St. Soquel no meeting Jan., July, Aug. or Dec.) riters and Poets are invited to a new monthly open mike reading series. Come and read your fiction, essays, or poetry. For more information, call Jean at (831) 4754221


Dated Events Wednesday July 4 Independence Day Family Celebration


Steam trains depart at 11:00am, 12:30pm, or 2:00pm, Roaring Camp Felton ring dad and the entire family to Roaring Camp for an old-fashioned Fourth of July! Live musical entertainment. Join in the games: Hula Hoop contests, sack races, balloon toss, and tug of war. Don't forget to treat yourself to

Roaring Camp's famous All American hamburger and hot dog barbecue. For information on pricing and more, call (831) 335-4484 or visit

Saturday July 21 Sunday July 22

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

Your ruler, Jupiter, continues to make its way through your chart area of relationships. This has a way of transforming your existing one, or bring you opportunities is you are currently single. And Venus is here too, adding a romantic touch. This works well for business partnerships too, and new people and situations present themselves without you having to look very hard. One thing leads to another and you could be changing your role as a result. The Sun moves into Leo on the 22nd and this works harmoniously for you, being another fire sign. It's great for travel and adventure!

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

Connoisseurs' Marketplace ‘A Feast for the Senses.’ and free ‘Saturday after-hours Concert.’

A Feast for the Senses :10:00am-6:00pm, Santa Cruz Ave. between El Camino and Johnson St., Free Concert: 5:30pm-8:00pm in Freemont Park njoy this sun-splashed weekend event, featuring world class art by 250 of America's top artisits, two days of stellar music, enlightening chefs' demos, fabulous food and drink, artisan specialty food purveyors, a collector car show, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, and organic and green products showcase, and tons of fun for kids, head to chic. Festival also features live music, contemporary fine art, unique crafts, chefs demonstrations, festive food and drink, artisan specialty food, and a kids fun zone! Admission is free.


Friday July 27 thru Sunday July 29 (Also August 3-5)

Day Out with Thomas™ Mystery on the Railroads Tour


Trains depart from 8:30am-5:00pm, Roaring Camp, Felton homas the Tank, the classic story-book engine chugs into Roaring Camp Railroads for a Day Out With Thomas, Mystery on the Rails Tour, 2012. Thomas fans are invited to come spend the day to ride their favorite No. 1 engine, meet Sir Topham Hat, and take part in a variety of interactive activities. For pricing and more, call (831) 335-4484. To order tickets, call TicketWeb at 1-866-4687630 or log onto

Saturday August 25


The beginning of July sees the Sun and your ruler, Pluto in opposition. This can bring a certain amount of tension and you seek creative ways to bring about a solution in changing someone's attitude. This is also interesting in terms of travel and making journeys, which can be symbolic and significant. While the Sun is in the sign of Cancer, you find that you are less restrained and restricted and there is a new freedom which is most welcome. You discover that what holds you back can be the fear of success as much as the the fear of failure. be optimistic, as you have every reason to be so.

Moonlight Dinner Train Party

6:00pm-10:30pm, Roaring Camp, Felton reat your family to an evening of fun and relaxation at Roaring Camp's Western Themed Moonlight Dinner Train Party. Start with a hearty steak BBQ dinner in the moonlight, followed by a leisurely train ride aboard the vintage railway cars. The stream train stops atop Bear Mountain to a glowing campfire, hot apple pie, and a country western band. Tickets $45 for adults, $35 for children. Parking is $8 per car. For more information, call (831) 335-4484 or visit n

While you have been dealing with a fair amount of challenges just recently, the Full Moon on the 12th should bring some kind of culmination or breakthrough, which is more than welcome. This effects personal ambitions, and also relationship issues, particularly since the Sun is in that part of your chart. But you still have to be alert to sudden changes in direction, which can be unsettling. You need to be a little more patient as all the pieces slowly fall into place and you see that soon you will be in a much better position than you have been for quite some time.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

While you have been dealing with intensely practical matters that all take their time, soon this changes a little and you find that others are keen to shoulder more responsibility than previously. This helps you enormously, but still, you need to be adaptable and ready for change. On the whole you are helped by Jupiter's influence, which links with Venus this month, making for some extremely pleasant experiences in your social and creative life. This could be expensive, but you have fortuitous ways of making up the short fall. Romance is wonderful after the 22nd.

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)

You want to keep the mood light and playful at this time, and so will play the fool quite happily. You know that you have a role in changing the mood of those around you and there are important changes going on which others may find difficult to adjust to, at least initially. The Cancerian Sun helps you to align yourself with your potential and your feelings and you discover some surprises here. It is worth questioning what you have previously taken for granted. After the 22nd, you need to get your thoughts together and take action. Being organized is essential for what you are about to do.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

This month the Sun highlights your family, home life and your domestic set up. While you may see important changes in this area at the start of the month, this is as a result of quite a lot of preparation previously. There may be conflict with your work/life balance as strong influences can undermine your best efforts, creating a certain degree of stress. And yet you have what it takes to push through and make the best of what is thrown at you. Indeed, there is massive potential in the pipe line should you choose to take what is on offer.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

This month, the mighty Jupiter joins your ruler, Venus, and this could bring an incredible opportunity to make the most of your creative talents. Also there are business offers around for you, which you can take advantage of. Perhaps an idea has been in the pipe line and now you find that you get the backing you need to make it happen, or have fortuitous meetings with influential and helpful people. Mars moves into position to bring practicalities to the forefront, so you must make sure you attend to the detail in what you are doing. A passionate love affair is on the cards!

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

While you have had some inkling that this is a special time for you, you can never quite anticipate how it will turn out. As such, the links with Jupiter and Venus in your sign early are brilliant for socializing, creating new friendships, and your ambitions. You love meeting new people who are on your wavelength, creative and witty . You have a huge amount of energy at your disposal and enjoy the quick pace at the moment. The Sun in Cancer focuses on your resources and cash, and initially you see that you are at a crossroads. Situations where you can increase the supply of money are evident.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

While the Sun is in your sign, you feel more energized and ready to tackle anything. Up to a point. The early days of July see a link with the transformative power of Pluto. Something you have been ignoring for a while now demands your attention so it is better to do this sooner, rather than later. The Full Moon on the 3rd could be quite a turning point for you. There are times when you are working hard behind the scenes and this month takes you to new places and situations that you haven't experienced before. ••• Find Out More

Cancer (June 22-July 22) Aptos Times / July 1st 2012 / 29

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ursing is controversial. Some believe that people who utter four-letter words are immoral, others call them crude, and still others view those who have a foul mouth as uncivilized and annoying. The town of Middleboro, Massachusetts was fed up with the spate of teen cursing on downtown streets and passed an ordinance that fines public cursers 20 dollars for each “bad word” they say in public. On the opposite end of the cursing controversy, linguistic libertarians believe words are neither bad nor good. They believe free speech, including the right to verbalize rudeness, is guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and that the only bad words are the ones that threaten to cause physical harm to listeners (yelling bomb on board, for example). No matter where you stand on swearing, communication specialists recommend that sensitivity to others is the key factor to consider if you have the urge to say anything stronger than “darn” or “shucks.” Here are three things to consider before you curse in public: 1. Know who’s listening to you. Cursing serves as a verbal expression of anger, frustration, or disappointment, but your issues are not everyone’s business. Particularly, if you’re on the phone call with a friend or a client, think before you use an expletive. The salesperson who instinctively blurts out the “s-word” when she breaks a fingernail during a call with prospective customer can cost herself more than the price of a manicure. 2. Err on the conservative side at work. All things considered, even if everyone’s “doing it,” it’s better to be “Kaupp” from pg 17

You’ll Find it here 30 / July 1st 2012 / Aptos Times

Ray Kaupp has been with Cabrillo College since 2005, initially as a business instructor and most recently as Director of Workforce Development. Prior to joining Cabrillo, he spent more than 20 years in the technology industry, with 10 years at the VP level and above. His private sector career included more than five years at Apple Computer, followed by roles in a number of startup companies that resulted in private acquisitions and a successful

called a prude than to prove yourself profane or just at a loss for more descriptive words. If you are focused on career growth, your linguistic flexibility in forming ideas, not expletives, will be a major factor. If you need a thesaurus, by all means, get one … and learn new ways of expressing yourself in a professional setting so that others don’t worry about whether you’d be an appropriate candidate for a promotion (or, these days, even for keeping your job!). 3. Save it for later. If you truly must let loose with your cussing, consider waiting until later to vent when you’re surrounded by your buddies. At other times, when you’re in public, restrain yourself. There are always gentler, kinder words you can use, so adjust your vocabulary accordingly when you’re in mixed company. Since swearing can be a well-

honed habit, it will help if you find alternatives. Squeeze your fingers together, make a fist, or tighten your toes when you feel a curse coming on. If you must mouth off, have a few milquetoast alternatives ready such as darn, shoot, rats or fudge. Or be creative and develop your own customized curse word—one busy bartender says hockey puck to let off steam. The folks in Middleboro, Massachusetts may be onto something. They know that exposure to excessive cursing can offend, and as a wise professor of speech once said, “Freedom of speech is not always free.” n ••• Laurie Schloff is a Senior Coaching Partner with Brookline, Massachusettsbased The Speech Improvement Company. Visit her online at

initial public offering. Kaupp also served as board chair at SeniorNet, a nonprofit educational organization that teaches older adults computer and Internet skills. A product of California’s public school system, Kaupp attended Mesa Community College, and then transferred to San Diego State University, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration. He also has an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, and an Ed.D. from San Francisco State University.

“My experiences as a Cabrillo College instructor and as the Director of Workforce Development have given me an unwavering commitment to student success,” said Ray Kaupp, Executive Director, Santa Cruz County College Commitment. “In this new role, I look forward to working with members of the S4C collaborative, to not only increase the collegegoing rates in Santa Cruz County, but also to prepare students for greater success in the pathway of their choosing, be it college or the workforce.” n



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he annual ‘Boomeria Extravaganza’ offers a unique afternoon with hours of music played on the organ in Boomeria’s own Chapel Royal. Complementing these musical offerings is an assortment of snacks, drinks and wine, amidst the serene surroundings of the Bonny Doon area forest. This event takes place on Saturday, July 14, from 1 to 5 pm with Preston Boomer, Faith Lanam, Max Perrey, Bruce Sawhill, Ann Thiermann, Bill Visscher and others performing music on the organ. Finally, an ‘organ crawl’ provides visitors with a tour of the organ’s intestines. The Baroque Festival’s ‘Boomeria Extravaganza’ is a fundraiser and proceeds benefit the continued operation of the Baroque Festival’s annual concert season. Tickets: $50 each through the UCSC Ticket Office (831-459-2159), Santa Cruz Tickets (, and the Civic Center Box Office. This event is a fundraiser. Directions will be provided to ticket holders. Advance ticket sales only. Boomeria he grounds of Boomeria are full of surprises, including its own castle and catacombs. Created and maintained by “The Boom” — a long-time local high school chemistry and physics teacher — Boomeria is a well-kept local secret. The Organ he invention of the organ dates back as far as Archimedes around 300 B.C. ‘Music’s first synthesizer’ (as Preston Boomer calls it) is a fascinating instrument from both a music and physics standpoint. During the baroque period writing for and development of organs flourished, making the organ the computer of its day. The sound of actual pipe organs no longer abounds in most of our churches or


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ou can get to beauty, luxury and tranquility by just visiting Chyna at the Santa Cruz SPCA. This gorgeous Domestic Longhair cat came to us after her owner passed away and it’s now our mission to find her an indoor home where she can perch on a windowsill in the sun, cuddle up in fluffy blankets and curl up on a warm and loving lap. At 11-years-old, you really wouldn’t think her at a day past five, as she’s extremely healthy with a luxuriously soft gray coat and strikingly kind yellow eyes. Chyna has lived her whole life as an indoor cat and has no qualms with a cushy home-environment. Because she is de-clawed, it’s imperative that she continues her life inside. There is not an aggressive or temperamental bone in this girl’s body. She is very much a lap cat who enjoys the human touch and doesn’t mind being picked up, carried around, cuddled, or brushed and is very gentle with children. On top of those great qualities, she also does very well with respectful dogs as well as other cats. A calm and quiet cat like Chyna would fit seamlessly into many different home settings. From a multi-pet household looking for a family addition to a single person seeking a single companion, she could be your girl. She is sure to provide an insurmountable amount of companionship and unending love. Leave your passport at home but come visit Chyna today! Our adoption package for dogs and cats includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, an ID tag, collar, a free health exam with a licensed Veterinarian, one month’s free health insurance, discounted crate purchase and other animal care materials. If you would like to help animals like Chyna and her orphaned friends, please consider donating to the Santa Cruz SPCA. The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501c3 charitable organization and receives no government funding, relying solely on public donations to run its many programs that benefit the animals and people of our community. For more information call the Santa Cruz SPCA at 465-5000, or visit The SPCA is located at 2685 Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz, CA 95065 and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 p.m. n


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The organ inside Chapel Royal

Saturday, July 14

1-5 p.m.

Chapel Royal at Boomeria Bonny Doon

Boomeria grounds and castle

on our stereo systems, so naturally, the ‘Baroque Festival’s looks forward to once again engaging its guests with the instrument’s complex mechanisms and centuries-old repertoire. The Boomeria organ itself was a project begun in 1953. In that year, Trinity Parish Church (now Cathedral) in San Jose replaced its organ console (vintage 1879), which had originally been donated to the church by The Boom’s great grandmother. Boomer rescued the console along with two sets of pipes and started a project, which was eventually completed with the assistance of students from San Lorenzo Valley High School, over a period of many years. Since then, generations of Boomer’s students have helped with the building of this massive instrument and its intricate mechanisms, along with assistance from organ builders Bill Reid, John West, and Bill Visscher. The Boomeria organ now features 40 ranks, 2,500 pipes, baroque voicing, and mechanical action. Visitors to the Baroque Festival’s annual Boomeria Organ Concert have the opportunity to explore the grounds and crawl into the organ itself, while enjoying live music and refreshments. n Aptos Times / July 1st 2012 / 31

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