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Serving Our Community For 22 Years • Aptos, La Selva Beach, Corralitos, Freedom & Watsonville

June 1 2013 • Vol 22 No. 11 • Aptos High School Celebrates

Pajaro Valley Unified School District Superintendent Dorma Baker joined Aptos High School students and staff on Friday, May 24, 2013 to celebrate the high school’s first year of recognition as a California Distinguished School. The California Distinguished School recognition, presented by California State Superintendent of Public Instruction ... Full Story on page 7

Surf City Dog Patio Gets Makeover

Surf City Coffee Company in Aptos (and Scotts Valley) has always been a dog-friendly environment for its loyal customers, a nice place to stop and grab a refreshing drink while out on a nice walk or run with man’s best friend. Full Story on page 18

Wetlands Watch Has New Board Members

Watsonville Wetlands Watch announces the election of Athena Barrios and David Harrah to its Board of Directors. The new appointments bring to nine the number of directors now serving on the board that guides the operations of the Central Coast environmental organization. Full Story on page 8

Nisene Marks Celebration The Forest of Nisene Marks in Aptos is celebrating 50 years as a State Park. A new addition to the park’s facilities is the Jerry Waggoner ADA (Americans with Disability Act) trail, which had a ribbon cutting on May 19 to commemorate its opening. According to John Fuchs, Advocates For the Forest of Nisene Marks Vice President, “State Parks ranger Jerry Waggoner, who for many years provided visitors with insights into the history and ecology of the park, also had the initial vision for this trail and was

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a strong influence in the formation and direction of the Advocates.” Fuchs described the new park facility “The new ADA trail makes the forest accessible to everyone. It is designed to accommodate wheelchairs & strollers, with handicapped parking spaces nearby. The trail starts at the Emmett Reed Picnic area just off the kiosk parking lot. It’s about .2 of a mile long and ends up at a deck (the Waggoner Overlook) overlooking the Aptos Creek Gorge. ... continued on page 4

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Cover Nisene Marks Celebration


Community News Hot Rods On The Green! • Scholarship Awarded for Outdoor Wilderness Experience Aptos High School Celebrates California Distinguished School Recognition Wetlands Watch Welcomes New Board Members Literacy Program of Santa Cruz County to Honor Long-Term Supporters • Guys & Dolls Receives Four Award Nominations! The 2013 Santa Cruz Firecracker Run – July 4 at Harvey West Park! – Come for the Thrill – Run for the Cause – Stay for the Party SC Symphony Introduces New Maestro! Jewish Food and Cultural Fair – Come for the Food, Stay for the Culture at Temple Beth El – Sunday June 9 Surf City Dog Patio Getting Makeover – Aptos High Artists Turning Wall Into Unique Mural By Michael Oppenheimer Aptos High School Mosaic Mural – A Visual Art Project for the whole school to see By Mebin Skaria Sacred and Secular – Santa Cruz Chorale Spring concert celebrates Vaughan Williams Beneath The Waves Film Festival Santa Cruz County Bank Declares Cash Dividend • California ranks 47th out of 50 states on economic outlook Cal Ag License Plates Support Education – California Giant Berry Farms vehicles get new Ag Plate • Caltrans & CHP Remind Motorists to Drive Safely this Summer Capitola Soroptimists Calling for Entries for the 8th Annual ‘Bras For a Cause’ Silent and Live Auction

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Table of Contents


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The Wonder of Words The Writings of Mar Vista Elementary School Students – Love and Pride


Your Opinions EIR Makes Life Difficult for Desalination By Mike Rotkin

Kids Camp • Pages 10 ~ 12 10 Camp Is for Every Child by Peg L. Smith, Chief Executive Officer, ACA 11 Water and Boating Safety Tips for Summer Local Sports 13 Fourth Annual AHS Student/Staff Triathlon by Casey O’Brien • Central Coast Section Track & Field Finals at Gilroy High Business Profile 20 Aptos Tire and Auto Care by Courtney Dimpel

Community Calendar • Arts & Entertainment – Pages 28 & 29

Monthly Horoscope • Page 29 - Your June Horoscope - Annabel Burton, Astrologer©

Featured Columnists 16 Classical Reflections by Josef Sekon – SCC Symphony Orchestra Selects New Musical Director 25 What’s Happening Now… by Terry McFall, Social Security Manager in Santa Cruz – How not to be the Phishing ‘Catch of the Day’ 26 The Book Bag by Robert Francis – Some early summer reading suggestions… 27 Schools Matter by Jeff Ursino, PVUSD Trustee – Graduation is a Measure of Personal and District Success 30 Summertime Learning: A Lifetime of Benefits by Laysha Ward

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“Nisene Marks Park” from page 1 There is an ADA picnic table on the Waggoner Overlook deck dedicated to Paul Ticknor, a former president of the Advocates, and an ADA Picnic table dedicated to Karl Mertz at the beginning of the trail in the Emmett Reed Picnic area.” One of the largest state parks in Central California, the 10,000-acre park is home to the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, evidence of which is still visible. The park is also home to old-growth and second-generation redwood forests in mountains that reach an elevation of 2,600 feet. This park is on land that was the site of major logging operations and was clearcut during a forty-year logging frenzy from 1883 to 1923 during which 140 million board feet were logged. The operation included a railroad network built by Chinese laborers. When the loggers left the Aptos Canyon, the forest began to heal itself and now the scars grow fainter with each passing year.

Dave Hofkins talking to the crowed about his family’s history with Loma Prieta Lumber Co and talking about the new overlook path. Today, a handsome second generation of redwoods is rising to cover the scarred slopes. However, visitors can still find evidence of these logging camps, mill sites, and train trestles in the park. The Marks family purchased the land in the 1950s. In the early 1960’s Herman, Agnes, and Andrew Marks began working with The Nature Conservancy to donate 9,000 acres of family-owned land to the State of California. The State

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Karl Mertz addressing the crowd on his 97th birthday.

Park was named in honor of their mother, Nisene. There are 30 miles of trails nestled in this second-growth forest, perfect for hiking, mountain biking, or a leisurely stroll. Horses are allowed on a portion of the fire road and some trails. A number of picnic areas are available with charcoal grills. Dogs are allowed on fire roads only, and must be on a leash. n

Love and Pride

Alana Julianne Patyk-Randa, 5th Grade LONG LIVE MAR VISTA SEA LIONS y pride in Mar Vista counts on what’s important to me. Like the Mar Vista parent volunteers, my mom Stacy is one of the parent volunteers and she takes time out of her day just to come and help my teacher Ms. Nunes and my classmates. Every year on the last day of school there has been a baseball game, the teachers vs. the 6th graders. Everyone always has a great time watching the game, and the teachers have never lost a game before. That’s all going to change next year when I play. If anyone new comes to Mar Vista they will meet an intelligent librarian named Ms. Amy. Ms. Amy is an awesome librarian, she reads great books to kids in other classes and she knows the right books for you. Hey do you like soccer? I know I do. Everyday at lunchtime there is a 5th and 6th grade soccer game down on the lower field. This activity will give you exercise and you will have a fun time!


Also, at the end of the school year every class gets to go somewhere away from the school and have a party! This year my class and Ms. Sara’s class get to go to Nisene Marks and play in the creek. We will definitely have some fun. Another thing at the end of the year is field day. Field day is when sixth graders make up their own games and let other grades enjoy them and have fun! Long Live Mar Vista School! ••• Anthony Gonzalez, 5th grade

Mar Vista Intelligent students Learning, listening, watching Safe, at ease, happy, joyful School ••• Tony Sanchez, 5th grade Mar Vista is Great ar Vista, I love you so much. I will miss you when I have to go to 7 th grade. I will miss Kids Corner, the supportive teachers (Ms. Nunes) and the books that Amy lets us check out. I will miss the end of the year softball games; 6 th graders vs. teachers. What I love most of all at Mar Vista is Extended Learning. ••• Truman Natividad, 5th grade The Blue, White, Sea Lion


In this school of blue and white, There are supportive teachers. For example, my teacher, Ms. Nunes, helped me boost my writing To be in the Aptos Times. There are other teachers like this of course, But none of them can match her. Every year, there is a baseball game. Teachers against sixth graders. The teachers have (from what I have heard) never lost. I enjoy watching this.

In this amazing school, There are many great activities to do. These are doing P.E., art, and going to assemblies. We have field days, walk-a-thons, plays and talent shows. I go to this great school. This school is Mar Vista, Home of the sea lion. ••• Brian Bowyer, Grade 5 The Love of My Life here is this creature, the love of my life, she talks to me every day. We joke, we laugh, we play, we have a wonderful day, any day. Can you guess? Do not peak at the next line, you will have to just read on. MOM! It’s my mom! She brightens up the day and makes time fly by. She makes our food unpredictable with all the spices she adds. When I scrape my knee, she mends me the best she can. She corrects me from wrong to right and helps me with my Math. She has this strange addiction for the smell of eucalyptus trees.


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In her application essay, Autumn wrote, “I have had a hard childhood and am overcoming all the obstacles I have faced. Small issues I can deal with now, and the harsh issues I have experienced are past, but still relevant in my life. I am trying to change for the good of me. And that is what I feel like this camp can help be do, change for the better.” Autumn is Autumn Jacobi exactly the kind of young person the founders of the Matt’s Climb Scholarship had in mind when they set up the fund in 2001. It’s dedicated to the memory of Matthew Kennedy, who died in a snowmobile accident at the age of 18, and is meant to honor his spirit and help others. Since 2001, twelve young people have had the chance to experience the wilderness. The scholarship fund covers tuition and transportation for a summer backpacking and wilderness camp experience. n

Aptos High School Celebrates California Distinguished School Recognition P

ajaro Valley Unified School District Superintendent Dorma Baker joined Aptos High School students and staff on Friday, May 24, 2013 to celebrate the high school’s first year of recognition as a California Distinguished School. The California Distinguished School recognition, presented by California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, was awarded to Aptos High School after it met rigorous accountability measure and criteria set by the California Department of Education (CDE). “I am extremely proud of the remarkable work that Aptos High School administrators and teachers are doing to engage students and narrow the academic achievement gap,” said Baker. “Despite the fiscal challenges we’ve seen in the past six years, it is inspiring to see the investment of our staff to help students succeed and thrive. I know this is the first of many years Aptos High School will be recognized for its dedication to academic growth.” Aptos High School is the first comprehensive high school in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District honored with this important recognition, because of its significant growth in student achievement. The school is one of only 218 middle and high schools in the state receive this recognition. “Today is an opportunity to celebrate collaboration, between our students, parents, teachers, staff and community in supporting Aptos High School as we build a stronger future for our children,” said Aptos High School Principal Casey O’Brien. Despite five years of unprecedented state budget cuts, PVUSD schools have made significant academic gains over the past five years due to a concerted effort by teachers, students,

AHS team at Distinguished Schools ceremony at Santa Clara Hyatt. district staff and community support. PVUSD Superintendent, Dorma Baker presented the award to Aptos High School Principal, Casey O’Brien during the celebration. During his announcement, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Torlakson said, “These schools have gone the extra mile to provide high-quality instruction that puts their students on the right path toward career and college. Given the enormous challenges schools have faced in recent years, it is inspiring to see this kind of success in so many schools. Our future depends on meeting the needs of every student no matter where they come from or where they live.” Local Schools named as Distinguished Schools were Aptos High School, Scotts Valley High School, San Lorenzo Valley Middle School and Scotts Valley Middle School. Each school was presented with a 2013 Distinguished School plaque and flag. The 2013 California Distinguished Schools Program directly focuses on the right of California’s students to an equitable and rigorous education, and recognizes those schools that have made progress in

narrowing the academic achievement gap. To apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria, including accountability measures. Once schools are deemed eligible, the California Department of Education (CDE) invites them to apply to be recognized as a California Distinguished School.

Elementary and secondary schools are recognized in alternate years. For more information, please go to the California Distinguished Schools Program Web site. Schools earning the Distinguished School title agree to share their signature practices with other schools and become a mentor to those seeking to replicate their work. An updated searchable database of these Signature Practices will be available later this spring from the CDE. To view the current Signature Practices Web site, visit the Distinguished Schools Signature Practices page. n ••• For more information about the California Distinguished Schools Program, visit http:// Front Cover picture: Principal Casey O’Brien and Hess Custodian Bobby Salazar Jousting at School Wide Celebration for Distinguished Schools designation.

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Wetlands Watch Welcomes New Board Members W atsonville Wetlands Watch announces the election of Athena Barrios and David Harrah to its Board of Directors. The new appointments bring to nine the number of directors now serving on the board that guides the operations of the Central Coast environmental organization. Athena Barrios is a Central Coast native, born in Watsonville, who has pursued her love of marine biology since early childhood. She attended Pajaro Valley High School and served as a Wetlands Steward for two years mentoring younger students. After high school, Athena continued volunteering as one of the youngest docents at Watsonville Wetlands Watch while she earned her degree at the University of California Santa Cruz. She also volunteers with the Sea Otter Research and Conservation group at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Athena plans to pursue graduate studies in Marine Coastal Management and

Policy. Her long-term goal is to be a bridge between the scientific community and the diverse set of people living in the Monterey Bay area, especially the underserved Latino community, and to help Athena Barrios close the large gap she sees in the scientific information reaching Spanish speaking residents. David Harrah is a retired computer industry public relations manager with a longtime interest in environmental issues. David retired in 2008 from the corporate public relations staff at Hewlett Packard Corporation in Palo Alto, California. During his 20 year press relations career, David also managed public relations for Java Software at Sun Microsystems, VLSI Technologies, and Apple Computer. He

was a senior vice president at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide and served on the corporate press relations staff at IBM. He spent 6 years as a systems engineer and marketing representative for IBM David Harrah in New York City. David received his B.A. degree from Columbia University and his M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College. He is the co-author of Conservation/Ecology: Resources for Environmental Education from Scarecrow Press. Debbie Diersch, Chairman of the Board, Watsonville Wetlands Watch said, “The election of Athena Barrios and David Harrah to the Watsonville Wetlands Watch Board of Directors adds new skills and experience to the governance of our organization. Athena

is not only the youngest board member ever, but also among the first graduates of the Wetlands Steward program, so she brings first-hand knowledge and understanding to our decision-making. David’s long career in corporate public relations and early work in the field of environmental education will help us communicate to the Central Coast community about our projects and programs.” n ••• The mission of the Watsonville Wetlands Watch is to protect and restore the land, the waters, and the wildlife of the Pajaro Valley wetlands and adjacent uplands; to educate our youth to value nature and its ecosystems; to help the public appreciate the unique beauty and importance of this irreplaceable natural treasure. Watsonville Wetlands Watch is a trademark of Watsonville Wetlands Watch in the United States. For more information please visit the website at

EIR Makes Life Difficult for Desalination Opponents


By Mike Rotkin

he City of Santa Cruz recently released a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) that clearly demonstrates that the City faces a serious water shortage and that no alternative to desalination can produce enough water to meet the needs of both the community and fish in local streams. It also shows unequivocally that the desalination plant planned by the City in conjunction with Soquel Creek Water District can be constructed with no significant negative environmental consequences. Faced with a document and process that has addressed every one of their concerns, the opponents of desalination have responded with a number of fundamentally dishonest or ignorant approaches: First are the plethora of suggestions for alternatives that were given serious consideration in the DEIR and rejected for lack of feasibility, or because they produce or save insufficient water to replace desalination as a source. It would have helped had they bothered to read the EIR and see why their proposals are not serious alternatives to desalination. Second are those who would now try to switch from a fact-based discussion of the City’s water needs to more emotional

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Faced with a document and process that has addressed every one of their concerns, the opponents of desalination have responded with a number of fundamentally dishonest or ignorant approaches ... attempts to sway voters. The best example of this is the attempt to characterize desalination as “manufacturing” water as opposed to the ostensible “natural” way we obtain it today. Why desalination is more of a manufacturing process than the current way we collect, store, and process water through our treatment plant remains completely unclear. It’s been a while since we all drank our water directly from a stream or lake. Third is the attempt to delegitimize the study itself or, when that doesn’t work, to directly attack the public officials who have overseen the City’s EIR. Opponents have tried to make a big deal out of the City Water Director being a member of a state desalination association. But the City and its Water Director belong to large numbers of associations related to water issues, including several related to water conservation. I suppose that if he were being paid

by such groups or had some way to personally make money from a desalination project (or conservation), there would be a real scandal here, but neither is the case. Fourth is the attempt to simply delay the process. One letter multiplies the number of actual pages in the DEIR by ten and then demands more time to read it before responding. The City already extended the timeline for responses beyond the minimal requirement for EIRs and anyone seriously interested in this issue has plenty of time to read and understand the EIR and its implications. Fifth is the dishonest attempt to make the issue about UCSC growth. The EIR makes it very clear that the need for desalination is only about future droughts and saltwater intrusion and not generated by future growth. We need desalination even if UCSC does not add a single additional student or

build one new building! Finally and most pernicious, is the attempt to silence elected officials on the issue of our water needs. While it is true that public money cannot be spent on advocating one position or the other in the desalination election we will have in 2014, there is nothing to prohibit public officials, who ought to be the most knowledgeable about our water situation, from speaking out and advocating what they feel to be our best response to our water shortage. In fact, anything less would be a serious dereliction of the responsibility of public officials. It is their job to make sure that the voting public truly understands the seriousness of our water crisis and the best solution to it. Too bad that desalination opponents now have to directly confront a detailed, scientific environmental document that demonstrates the need for desalination and that the program can be implemented without triggering any of the dire consequences they have imagined. n ••• Mike Rotkin is a former five-time mayor of the City of Santa Cruz To see or to download a copy of the EIR, go to:

Literacy Program of Santa Cruz County to Honor Long-Term Supporters O n Sunday, June 2, the Friends of Literacy will hold an Appreciation Day to honor the volunteers and donors who have dedicated themselves to the Literacy Program of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County. The event will be held at the Aptos home of Kirsti and Matt Scott. More than 245 volunteers have served with the Literacy Program this year, including 193 volunteer tutors, who provide one-on-one and small group tutoring to Santa Cruz County adults who want to improve their English language reading, writing, and speaking. “Tutoring is a very fulfilling way to give back to the community and we are very appreciative of our many dedicated volunteers. I am a tutor myself, and I have found the experience very rewarding,” states Anne Scott, chair of Friends of Literacy. “We also depend on the community for financial support, and so in addition we are honoring those who have made long-term donations and pledges to the program”, said Scott. Volunteer tutors make a one-year commitment to tutoring but many of the volunteers have been with the program for years. “Four tutors who have been with the program for 14 years or more, and 37 tutors have volunteered for five years or more,” states Literacy Program Director Genie Dee. Among those to be honored is Char

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Bridenbaugh, a retired School Teacher who has contributed her time, leadership and knowledge for the last 15 years to the Literacy Program of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County. In this time she helped develop the volunteer tutor training model for the program, has guided the development of new curriculum and has touched the lives of more than 4,000 English as a Second Language students.

“After a long career of working with children, I felt working with adults would be a new challenge. The Literacy Program provided a perfect way for me to continue my teaching,” states Bridenbaugh. “Our tutors help students get by in their daily lives and also broaden their financial and social outlooks. Many students come to us because they were unable to discuss their child’s education with the teacher or talk to the doctor about health care concerns. Given

that 61% of our students have children in their home, this program provides the building blocks needed to change lives for generations to come,” states Literacy Program Director Genie Dee. Since its inception in 1967, this free program has taught Nearly 11,000 individuals through one-on-one and group instruction. Students consistently rate 20% above state adult education goals. “Last year, 79% of these  students reported that they had received, retained or had been promoted at work as a result of their work with volunteer tutors to increase their reading, writing and speaking skills”, states Dee. This year, volunteer tutors will provide over 11,500 hours of instruction to help break the cycle of illiteracy in Santa Cruz County for 300 students. “Of course, none of our services are possible without our dedicated cadre of volunteer tutors and steadfast donors. We are fortunate to work with such talented and giving individuals and we look forward to celebrating their efforts,” states Dee. Aside from honoring the volunteers, Dee will provide an update on the program’s accomplishments so far for the year ending on June 30, and talk about the group’s plans to expand the program in the Watsonville area. n ••• For more information, contact Genie Dee at 427-5077 or

Guys & Dolls Receives Four Award Nominations!


xciting news for Aptos High Performing Arts! In our first year of participating in Stage Top Honors, High School Musical Theatre’s equivalent of the Tony Awards, our production of Guys & Dolls has been nominated for 4 awards: Vocal Direction (Ms. Aronovici); Choreography (student Kara Jonsson) and Lead Actor and Actress (Matt Myers, Nathan Detroit & Kara Jonsson, Miss Adelaide). We also received high marks and outstanding feedback in all technical, artistic and performance

categories and all of our leading actors received at least one recommendation to be nominated as outstanding lead.  Maddy Welty (who starred as Sister Sarah Brown) turned us on to this outstanding program after seeing the PBS series ‘Broadway or Bust”, which followed young actors and actresses on their journeys to the National competition in New York.  Kara and Matt have a 1 in 7 chance of becoming the regional winners and may travel to NYC this summer to participate in the National Competition, perform for Broadway professionals, and have the

opportunity to win a scholarship to NYU!! Nominated schools and performers will be participating in an Awards Ceremony June 3. See info at the Top The Stage Top Honors Facebook Page or their website!  Tickets to the event went on sale today. n ••• php h t t p s : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / p a g e s / T h e - S t a g e - To p - H o n o r Awards/121948617832742 Aptos Times / June 1st 2013 / 9

Camp Is for Every Child Peg L. Smith, Chief Executive Officer, American Camp Association


atching my son after he returned from summer camp was the first hint that remarkable growth was underway. He was engaged, giving, and confident. Viewing the camp experience as a respite from the real world is somehow to miss the point—it is the real world—simply getting dirty, trying to pull harder so your team wins, finding the friend you always wished for, being yourself—it’s the time of your life and the promise of the future. As a parent, I constantly ask where do children have their mental, personal, emotional, and physical needs nurtured? Where

will they learn to get along with others, to take safe risks, to deal with conflict in a

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constructive way that encourages them to be creative, to explore and discover, to learn by actively doing, to try—to fail and try again? In the camp community, I find what I intuitively know as a parent—to be a positive, productive adult one needs the opportunity to truly experience childhood . . . that is how one grows. Camps enjoy the opportunity of working their magic with all of our children: the gifted athlete, the budding musician, the curious naturalist, the firsttime camper, and the child with a disability. The idea that camp is for every child isn’t just a pipe dream—it’s a reality. And one that parents and children celebrate and the American Camp Association supports by promoting safe, fun, and developmentally-appropriate experiences in the camp setting. The entire experience began with a single camp—The Gunnery Camp in 1861. As I write, I am buoyed by the recognition of just how dynamically this idea has taken flight. Over 11.5 million children, youth, and adults will participate in camp in 2013. Overall, the numbers continue to grow, and this popular movement testifies so loudly to the extraordinary benefits that camp

provides to our young people—responsibility, exploration, engagement, not to mention the spiritual dimension of the camp experience. Is camp quantifiable? Maybe not—but as a parent, I can only react with extreme pleasure as my son displayed those acts of kindness and generosity of spirit that follow so naturally from his time at camp. His chance to develop and grow was marked by constant changes—our camps meet those challenges every day of every session and that’s why doing what we do becomes so vital. Camp is about firsts—a first campfire outdoors, leading a pony, catching a frog, enjoying the evening stories, and being chosen—chosen to be part of a community that values each child and his or her special gifts. It’s about making memories and honoring the traditions of those who have come before. Children are alight with the idea that their acorn hangs from a rafter where their parents, aunts, and uncles placed theirs so many years before. The American Camp Association has grown through its commitment to research and education in the field of child development. We communicate these best practices for each camp member: from waterfront safety to the healthy diets and enriching activities carefully tailored to children’s inherent curiosity and sense of discovery. From camper-to-counselor ratios to medical care, we understand what makes a camp community safe and fun, and our member camps make the extraordinary commitment to meet and surpass those standards. “Every Child” page 12

Water and Boating Safety Tips for Summer T he summer season is filled with many enjoyable activities, many of which take place in or around water. As people head to beaches and neighborhood swimming pools, or take recreational boating trips, water safety becomes increasingly important. Drowning remains the second leading cause of injury-related death among children ages one to 14. In 2011, the Coast Guard counted 4588 accidents that involved 758 deaths and 3081 injuries because of recreational boating accidents. Seventy (70) percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, eighty-four (84) percent were not reported as wearing a life jacket. The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Injury Prevention Institute/EN CARE offers the following tips for parents and children to ensure safe play in water and on boats. Boating Safety Tips • Know how to operate your boat

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safely in all weather and water conditions.

Camp Capitola 4400 Jade Street, Capitola, CA 95010 Phone: 831-475-5935 Fax: 831-475-6279 e-mail: web:

Camp Capitola, for kids ages 6-11, is held at Jade Street Park and Capitola Community Center to provide kids with an awesome summer experience! Camp is designed to run in 2-week or 3-week sessions. We offer half-day or all-day care (9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) with extended care hours. There is a regular daily schedule with several differenct types of activities going on (indoor, outdoor, arts & crafts, active & quiet games, age-specific activities, etc.).

• Ensure that your boat has the safety

equipment required by law and that it is in working order. Participate in the Vessel Safety Check program, provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadron. Boat operators should be familiar with the body of water being navigated. All passengers must always wear a life jacket while boating. Always avoid alcohol while operating a boat. Maintain a safe speed at all times. Water skiers and swimmers should be at least 20 feet from the back of a moving boat in order to avoid carbon monoxide exposure. Water Safety Tips Never leave a child unsupervised around water in or outside the home. It takes only a few seconds and one inch of water for a child to drown. “Water Safety” page 12

Jim Booth Swim School Harvey West Pool, Santa Cruz • In Shape Club, Capitola Watsonville Indoor & Outdoor Pools Phone: 831-722-3500 web:

Jim Booth Swim School is known for its gentle classes where infants are taught to swim and are never dunked or forced. Parents feel comfortable that they are starting their children in a safe and sensible way. Jim Booth Swim School gives children of all ages the foundations required to be great swimmers for their entire lives. Mike Bottom, a member of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team said, “This is the way to start babies in the water.” There are now 3 locations to serve you Watsonville, Santa Cruz Harvey West Park and In Shape Capitola. For more information call Jim Booth Swim School at (831)722-3500 or visit Aptos Times / June 1st 2013 / 11

“Every Child” from page 10 We love what we do at the American Camp Association, for every child and every family, every camp staff director and counselor. The bar couldn’t be higher for us knowing that our goals and standards are the ones that support the highest aims of the camp community— safe environments; caring, competent adult role models; healthy activities and learning experiences; service to the community and the environment; and opportunities for leadership and personal growth.

Throwing the doors wide open to allow generations of children and families to enjoy the value of experiential learning and growth, a path to self-esteem and independence is what camp is all about. From urban and rural settings to international camp opportunities, we revel in watching children discover their place in the world—making a difference is truly what makes the difference. n ••• Reprinted from by permission of the American Camp Association; copyright 2013 by the American Camping Association, Inc.

Camp Catwalk 304 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone: 831-252-0665 Fax: 831-000-0000 e-mail: web: Camp Catwalk Design and Sewing Academy on Facebook

A summer camp designed to introduce young fashionistas to the world of fashion design and all the steps to having fun with fashion. You will learn the basics of sewing as well as fashion-drawing, patterns, mood boards, hang tags and how to name your fashion line as a reflection of you. The emphasis is on fun and the creative aspects of design, color and of making something beautiful to wear.

“Water Safety” from page 11 • Pools should have a fence that is at least four feet tall with a high gate latch that is not reachable by children. • Keep rescue equipment, a telephone and a list of emergency numbers at the poolside. • Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use, as children can be tempted by floating pool toys. • Secure, lock or remove ladders to above ground pools when they are not being used. • Use only Coast Guard approved life preservers or life jackets. Air-filled flotation devices such as “water wings” or “tubes” actually increase chances of drowning. • No one, not even adults, should swim alone. Teach children to swim with a buddy. • Take a class in how to perform infant/child CPR. • The American Red Cross recommends at

Catalyst Soccer: Player Development Programs SUMMER 2013 Two Great Programs for All Ages and Abilities! Phone: 831-423-3556 or 408-846-KIDS(5437) e-mail: web: Train the Barca Way: SUMMER SOCCER CAMPS The Catalyst Soccer: Player Development Programs are designed to help the young player become more confident with their soccer skills. The curriculum is designed by Catalyst Soccer’s Founder, Paul Holocher, Cal Poly Mustang soccer coach, and is inspired from the teachings of FC Barcelona youth trainings. Topics covered include individual ball skills with special emphasis on the passing and possession/positional games. Many engaging small sided games will allow players to simulate real game situations while maximizing the application of attacking skills to make good decisions on the field. Camps take place throughout the Santa Cruz County and are coming to a local field near you. Come join in the FUN and LEARNING! Spaces are limited. Register today online at or call 831-423-3556 for more info.

Week 1 Week 2

June 17th – 21st June 24th – 28th

Scotts Valley Soquel

(Skypark Sports Complex) (Anna Jean Cummings)

Week 4 Week 5 Week 6

July 29th – Aug. 2nd August 5th – 9th August 12th – 16th

Scotts Valley Soquel Santa Cruz

(Skypark Sports Complex) (Anna Jean Cummings) (Mission Hill Middle School)

Week 3

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least nine feet of depth for safe diving and jumping. Never dive headfirst into unknown waters. n ••• For additional information and safety tips, visit the ENA Injury Prevention Institute/EN CARE Web site at Information about the ENA is available at Brandpoint Media

July 15th – 19th


(Polo Fields)

Fourth Annual AHS Student/Staff Triathlon


By Casey O’Brien, Aptos High School Principal

ptos High School hosted its fourth annual student/staff triathlon on May 16. It is the culmination of a triathlon unit one of our PE teachers, Manuel Rubi, holds annually. For many it is an intro to the triathlon. We have some students who have competed in this event four years in a row and are likely to continue after leaving AHS and I think some might become quite successful triathletes! It has grown every year and now has several staff members involved as well. Parent volunteers come out and afterwards hold a BBQ. There are awards, support and donations provided through the Santa Cruz Triathlon Association. It was a great event with 74 participants in total. Great support with bike rack loan, banners, prizes from Santa Cruz Triathlon Association! Many thanks to the famous Kem Akol who was the official starter, chief referee, provided color commentary and to the parent volunteers who donated food and cooked up a great BBQ for all athletes as well. n

Results (time in minutes/seconds) Girls 1. Olivia Quinn – 9th grade – 55:33 2. Lauren McLernon – 9th grade – 108:27 3. Olivia Chapa – 10th grade – 108:48 4. Tanaya Edwards – 9th grade – 108:52

5. Elisa Campos – 9th grade – 108:52 Boys 1. Jack Rose – 10th grade – 44:59 2. Chris Tiran – 11th grade – 48:40 3. Morgan Miller – 10th grade – 51:27 4. Evan Tallman – 10th grade – 54:06 5. Kyle Johnson – 9th grade – 55:39

Faculty 1. Manuel Rubi – PE teacher – 48:02 (2nd overall) 2. Casey O’Brien – Principal – 48:45 (4th overall) 3. Grant Hueth – Math teacher – 50:16 (5th overall)

Central Coast Section Track & Field Finals at Gilroy High Girls

4x100: 4. Soquel, 49.38 -- Hailey Fish, Kendra Bonsall, Natalie Diaz, Christen Goetzl 1,600 Meters: *1. Anna Maxwell, SLV, 4:42.57 -- New meet record (previous held by SLV’s Alejandra Barrientos, 4:47.56, set in 2000) and top national mark; *2. Nikki Hiltz, Aptos, 4:44.97; *4. Clare Peabody,

Aptos, 4:53.68; 9. Claire MacMillan, SLV, 5:06.08 100 Hurdles: *2. Jenny Delucchi, Santa Cruz, 15.0 400 Meters: 7. Hayley Herberg, Scotts Valley, 58.81 800 Meters: *1. Nikki Hiltz, Aptos, 2:09.50 “Track & Field” page 23



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The 2013 Santa Cruz Firecracker Run — July 4 at Harvey West Park!

Come for the Thrill – Run for the Cause – Stay for the Party


t’s that time of year again! Registration is open for this year’s race on Thursday, July 4. Don’t wait, registration goes up on June 4th, but there may not have any spots left on Race Day, so SIGN UP EARLY! The first 850 entries are guaranteed the coveted Firecracker T-shirt, so SIGN UP EARLY! New For 2013 • Donation option for the Butch Baker/ Elizabeth Butler Scholarship Fund • Special long sleeve shirts for top finishers. • Medals for top three finishers in expanded 5-year age groups. • New, flat, fast, certified 5K course. Now in its fourth year, the flat, fast 5K course will be certified this year and modified to an out and back route that

eliminates the third loop. The new course is great for runners and walkers of all ages and still great for spectators! As always, the little kids can join in an exciting 1K fun run that starts 30 minutes before the main event. Breakfast after the awards ceremony that features medals to the top three finishers in five-year age groups! Race Start Times at Harvey West Park 7:00a – Registration opens 8:00a – Kid’s 1K run/walk 8:30a – Firecracker 5K run 8:30a – Firecracker 10K run

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Event Highlights • P a n c a k e breakfast after the race (included in entry fee) • Awards for 1st thru 3rd place in each 5-year category • Merchandise prizes and Engraved Champions Cups for overall men and women’s division winners in the 10K and 5K and for men and women’s age graded divisions. • Shoes awarded to the overall agegraded winners, and first high school boy and girl • Raffle prizes awarded during awards ceremony

• Expedited awards ceremony • “Thrill of the Hill” t-shirt (100% cotton) for the first 850 entrants • Hosted By The Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club The Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club brings you the Santa Cruz Firecracker 10K, 5K, and Kids 1K. Chartered in 1985, SC Sunrise Rotary is a club of over 100 highenergy community and business leaders and volunteers drawn together by the common desire to give back to our community and beyond. The proceeds from the Firecracker races are applied to local community, national and international charity projects. More than 1.2 million members volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, Service Above Self. n Aptos Times / June 1st 2013 / 15

SC Symphony Introduces New Maestro!


From Owen Brown, Symphony Board President

ear Friends, On behalf of the Santa Cruz County Symphony, I am very pleased and excited to announce the appointment of our new Music Director, Daniel Stewart starting July 1! I appreciate your thoughtful participation in our search process and look forward to your continued support of our Symphony next Season. Upon hearing the offer Daniel told us; “It is with great joy that I look forward


he young, talented, charismatic Daniel Stewart has been named as new Music Director of our impressive symphony orchestra, and I firmly believe a raucous BRAVO is in order here! According to this writer’s analysis based on conversations with long time orchestra supporters and mini exit polls conducted with orchestra members, Maestro

James Conlon Conducting Prize to joining the Santa Cruz County in 2010 and was appointed by Symphony as their next Music James Levine as Conductor Director. I am particularly excited with the Metropolitan Opera’s to contribute to the cultural life Lindemann Young Artist Develof this vibrant and inspiring part opment Program in 2012. This year of the world, and to share my he debuts with the Metropolitan love and passion for music with Opera Orchestra, the St. Louis an ever wider spectrum of the Symphony, and the New World community.” Daniel Stewart Symphony. He has served as Cover Daniel Stewart is the recipient of the Aspen Music Festival’s prestigious Conductor with major orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the St. Louis Symphony the Atlanta Symphony and the New World SymStewart was the clear overall phony, assisting conductors Charles Dutoit, favorite amongst the five canKurt Masur, David Robertson, Robert Spano didates as he demonstrated and Michael Tilson Thomas. exactly why he should be offered and In addition to his conducting work, qualified for the position. The five concert Stewart has served as principal violist for 2012-2013 season was a huge success and several major orchestras including the San pointed to yet an even greater up-coming Francisco Symphony and is an accomconcert season with Stewart on the podium. plished composer whose compositions have been performed at venues including “New Director” page 23 the Tribeca New Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and the Verbier Festival.

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Daniel’s candidacy was supported by some of the biggest names in classical music. Mr. Stewart holds a Bachelors of Music and a Performers Certificate in Viola from the Indiana University School of Music, and a Graduate Degree in Conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller, with additional instruction from Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Sir Simon Rattle. I look forward to seeing you at the 2013-14 concerts with Daniel Stewart in his new role with us. n ••• Season Tickets for the 2013/14 season are now available. You can subscribe by calling 462-0553, ext. 10 or online at the Symphony’s website. Subscribe today and save up to 15% off the single ticket price Donations: Less than 40% of the cost to perform a Symphonic concert comes from ticket sales. The Symphony is made possible only through the generous support of classical music lovers like yourself. Donate to the Symphony Today!

Jewish Food and Cultural Fair

Come for the Food, Stay for the Culture
 at Temple Beth El Sunday June 9, 2013 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.


veryone is invited! Temple Beth El brings to its campus a Jewish Food and Cultural Fair, Sunday, June 9 from 11 am - 7 pm. Admission is free for this family-friendly event that includes eight hours of food and fun. Nosh and kibbitz, shop the shuk, and swing and sway to non-stop live musical entertainment charting the Jewish musical journey across the globe. 
Enjoy “real-deal” deli in Aptos’ own Lower East Side; explore Old City Jerusalem for Israeli classics like falafel and hummus; discover sweet delights from Jewish communities around the world at Bubbe’s Bakery. Complement your meal at the “BAR” Mitzvah serving up, among

Kat Parra

others, Kosher and local wines and beers. Spanning time and genres, the Fair features local and Bay Area musicians performing on the outdoor stage. Alison Miller launches her Chagall Quartet performing chamber music by great Jewish composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Though now from Silicon Valley, Alison honed her violin talent right here in Santa Cruz. The Ron Kaplan Jazz Trio highlights Jews in Jazz and the Great American Songbook. Jeff Brody’s Klezmer Trio adds a dash of Gypsy to the “Old Country” wedding party, and Achi ben Shalom’s group Adama: Music of the Jewish People performs music from Israel. Don’t miss San Jose-based Latin-Jazz headliner Kat Parra with her Sephardic Music Experience. The Rock Shabbat Band adds a contemporary beat to Jewish liturgy and, to close the Fair, blasts from the Shofar Orchestra of ram’s horns, heard last on the High Holy Days. Over 25 local and Bay Area artists will offer their original work in booths spread along the path that leads to the Deli and the Stage. There also will be some amazing tchotchkes — collectables. Catch some high-energy 18-minute Chai Time Talks, not unlike “TEDTalks.” (Chai means “life” and its Hebrew spelling also represents the number 18.) Local and regional innovators will offer insights into subjects like Jewish geography and Jewish

roots, how to “hear” the Jewish in music, is there such a thing as a “Jewish story,” what is “good” about Jewish food, and a surprise “stand-up.” At the Kindelah Korner children can enjoy supervised fun in the playground, an all-day play dough table, and a chance to add their own creative touch to making Kiddush cups and

challah covers to take home. n ••• The Jewish Cultural Fair is made possible through generous support from: The Ow Family Properties, The Gold Family, Karon Properties, Leland & Marian Zeidler (Old Sash Mill), The Wedeen Karwick Group at Morgan Stanley, and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco — Israel Center Aptos Times / June 1st 2013 / 17

Surf City Dog Patio Getting Makeover

Aptos High Artists Turning Wall Into Unique Mural


By Michael Oppenheimer

urf City Coffee Company in Aptos (and Scotts Valley) has always been a dog-friendly environment for its loyal customers, a nice place to stop and grab a refreshing drink while out on a nice walk or run with man’s best friend. Now, thanks to the AP Studio Art class at Aptos High School, the dog patio is getting a brand new look. With their college portfolios finished, the students were ready to work on their end-of-year mural, normally a project that takes place on campus, either finding a new blank wall to play on or replacing a fading past painting. But two months ago, teacher Veronique Marks was contacted by Surf City owner Suzanne McCourt about letting her talented students tackle a “real-world” job to finish off their class. “I loved the idea,” Marks said. “A project like this gives the class experience working on a contract job in the public and also brightens up our community.” McCourt had been thinking about

Photo Credit: Michael Oppenheimer

Designs made by professional artist Andy Lewis are the backbone of the new mural being painted at Surf City Coffee Company.

Photo Credit: Michael Oppenheimer

Beky Bell (top) and Holly Hernandez (ladder) are not distracted as Jackie Stanger (far left) and their fellow students are entertained while working on the early stages of the new mural at Surf City Coffee Company in Aptos. the mural on the dog patio for a while, having received some designs over the winter from family friend Andy Lewis, a professional designer in Australia, who was visiting family and friends for the holidays. “I’ve always wanted a mural on the building and I’ve enjoyed Andy’s drawings since he was a kid growing up around here,” McCourt said. “I asked him if he’d throw some ideas my way and he gave me some beautiful drawings to choose from.” McCourt and Marks decided to make the project a full experience for the

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class, turning over all creative control to the students and letting them do all the planning, staging and executing. Rebecca “Beky” Bell and Rachel Martin were named project managers and began making plans soon after their final projects (the college portfolios) were finished. “Suzanne brought in [Andy’s] pictures and the students were thrilled,” Marks said. “They looked over them and picked a couple specific pieces to draw elements from. The final mural is going to look great.” After seeing the plans and the first

morning painting in pictures, McCourt is happy about the progress. “I was so excited to see pictures as the kids started painting on the patio,” she said. “I think this is going to turn out wonderfully.” McCourt is happy to see the students’ work going up in a public forum. “I wanted to see [the students] use their creative energies,” she said. “It’s not bad for their résumés either.” The project was to take three weeks to complete. Stage one took place Thursday, May 16, and was worked on over the next two Thursdays, with prep work for each stage being done in the classroom between painting sessions. Visit the Aptos location now to see the results! “We’re excited and having fun,” Martin said. “We’re definitely going to finish on time!” n ••• Surf City Coffee Company is a locallyowned company with locations in Aptos and Scotts Valley. For more information about the company visit

Photo Credit: Michael Oppenheimer

Surf City mural approximately half-way done.

Aptos High School Mosaic Mural

A Visual Art Project for the whole school to see


By Mebin Skaria

ptos High School’s class - Art I led by the instructors Veronique Marks, Lara Birchler, and Donna Hall, are working on a major project with their 144 students. Their goal is to complete a mosaic mural consisting of two, 8ft x 20ft panels. The completed mural will be placed in the art center next to the school’s quad within the next two weeks before the end of school. When asked if she was satisfied with her students work, and what part of the project stands out, Marks replied, “So far

Art I Class working on the mural

they all have stepped up to the challenge and I am satisfied by all the students. The amazing part of this project is that all of it looks like it has been created by one person even though it was made by 144 students.” A student working on the mural, Nemo Howe, was asked what was the most entertaining part of making the mural and what was the most difficult? Howe responded, “It’s that you get to be creative and show it in your own style but the time period we had to finish this project was the most difficult part.” n

Portions of the mural that were made by Julius and Marcus Solbes

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Aptos Tire and Auto Care


By Courtney Dimpel

ptos Tire and Auto Care is no secret here in town. If you have gone to the Post Office, hit Starbucks for your daily dose of caffeine, or gone for a run or ride in Nisene Marks State Park, you’ve could have waved at the owners Tyler Buckett and Luiz Contiero. Aptos Tire is family owned and operated, and has been servicing the cars of Aptos and Santa Cruz County residents since 2011. These guys are willing to open early and stay late if it means getting you back on the road; trust me I know! My first experience with this shop was with Tyler. I had a slow leak in one of my front tires, and finally got tired of filling it up every other day at the Chevron off State Park Drive. Admittedly, I wasn’t happy about making a visit to the tire shop. Spending money and time on car repair is not my most favorite thing to do in my free time. But, sometimes when life gives you

lemons, the lemonade is pretty darn sweet. When I walked in, the first thing I saw was Tyler’s friendly face. His enthusiasm at 8 a.m. that morning was contagious and quickly relieved some of the stress I had about my tire. In a matter of 20 minutes, he diagnosed the problem and had a cost effective solution lined up. Problem solved. And, one of the greatest parts about his location, is the people watching you can do while you wait! I was able to wave to at least a half-dozen friends who passed by the shop while Luiz, slapped on a new tire for me. The shop is open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., or later if need be. Both Tyler and Luiz have garnered an extensive amount of knowledge over their years of working on cars, and bring a wealth of information and experience to the table when it comes to making sure your wheels are rollin’ and your engine is purring like a kitten. My second experience with them is a testament to this last fact. Audi’s are no easy task when it comes to maintenance. They took care of my 30k maintenance check-up quickly, and at an unbeatable price. Aptos Tire has all the special equipment needed to tackle your service needs when it comes to maintenance check-ups, oil and air filter changes, air conditioning repair, and more. You need it, they can do it. Tyler and Luiz chose to open the shop in Aptos because of the small town feel and sense of community this area offers. “We love the community and are honored

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to work on their cars,” said Tyler. Within nine months of opening in 2011 the dynamic brother-in-law duo hit over 500 customers, and continue to see growth in their clientele. “We continue to expand the products and services Aptos Tire offers, and are fully capable of fixing, maintaining and servicing anything under your hood,” said Luiz. We love our location, and enjoy helping the residents of Aptos. It’s really fun to see kids grow Tyler Buckett (left) and Luiz Contiero, owners of Aptos Tire & Auto Care. up, help their parents fix up While tires are their main gig, this duo their first car, or get it ready for them to go off to college,” said Tyler who is a family and their team of highly trained staff can man himself with four children. “Aptos is tackle just about any problem you’re having a unique place, and we really enjoy getting with you auto, including Audi, Mercedes, to know members of the community as Porche, BMW, and Jaguar, and all domestic cars including electric! They also have a time rolls on.” Tyler became a certified WyoTech great website where you can get an instant technician in 2006, and began his auto- quote on any tires and wheels. They offer motive repair career in Half Moon Bay competitive prices, and are tough to beat where he worked in a shop servicing a with their service cost. These guys are personable, and know wide range of vehicles. The Aptos Tire idea was born in 2010 over Thanksgiving their stuff. Check them out if you need dinner. Both Tyler and Luiz had been something fixed on your car, want to put working for several shops, and decided a set of sweet wheels on your rig, just want that night they would give running to talk tech, or shamelessly people watch their own shop a try. Things quickly fell and wave to friends you see driving by the into place for the two. After laying out a shop. Either way, good mechanics are hard business plan, they signed a lease for the to find; unless, of course you live in Aptos. space they currently reside in. Before they Then it’s easy — they’re at Aptos Tire! n ••• knew it, they were running their own shop Aptos Tire & Auto Care 8028 Soquel and calling the shots. “We opened during a tough economic time, and for us to be Drive. Tel # 831-708-2093. Website: www. here two years later speaks to our client Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat & Sun 9 satisfaction and bodes well for the future a.m. – 2 p.m. of Aptos Tire,” said Tyler.



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Santa Cruz Chorale Spring concert celebrates Vaughan Williams


he Santa Cruz Chorale will pay homage to renowned English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams in concerts on June 8 and 9. The Chorale will perform Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor and several of his muchloved compositions based on English folk songs and motets. The group will also perform works from composers who inspired Vaughan Williams, including Bull, Byrd, Gibbons, Morley, Parry and Purcell. Vaughan Williams was one of the first major 20th century composers to emphasize England, rather than Europe, in

his music. In the early 1900s he began travelling the English countryside collecting, transcribing and arranging folk songs and carols, many of which he incorporated into his own compositions. “Chorale� page 25 Aptos Times / June 1st 2013 / 21

Beneath The Waves Film Festival C ome and Enjoy a series of short films — by professionals, amateurs and students — on what’s below the waves: Great Whites and Basking Sharks, Giant Pacific Octopus, Right and Blue Whales, Stingrays and Other Cool Sea Life. The “Beneath The Waves Film Festival” takes place Saturday, June 8 from 11-5 p.m. at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center at 35 Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz. The festival features Presentations by marine scientists, hands-on activities for kids and adults in the Sanctuary, live music by local musicians, information and exhibits from local marine and coastal organizations and a variety of films, including: • “Tasmania to Sri Lanka: What’s Beneath the Waves, What’s Our Impact” • “That Looks Fun: Careers in Marine Science” Admission to the festival is free! Our goal is to draw special attention to the importance of getting young people as well as adults in our communities inspired to protect the ocean. According to reports from The Ocean Project, youth not only have the highest level of concern about the problems facing the world’s oceans, from oil spills and overfishing to climate change, but also are the most confident in their ability to make a difference, and

increasingly looked to by the adults in their families for ways to be part of the solution by ‘going green.’

So this World Oceans Day, June 8, join the Monterey National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center in cel-

According to reports from The Ocean Project, youth not only have the highest level of concern about the problems facing the world’s oceans, from oil spills and overfishing to climate change, but also are the most confident in their ability to make a difference, and increasingly looked to by the adults in their families for ways to be part of the solution by ‘going green.’ Six locations in Northern California Construction & Industrial Equipment Rentals Small Equipment & Tool Rentals New & Used Equipment for Sale Your only stop for all your equipment rental needs 22 / June 1st 2013 / Aptos Times






ebrating the ocean with friends, family, neighbors and colleagues, and do your part to help conserve your favorite ocean area or ocean animal. We no longer can afford to ignore the blue portions of our green planet. n ••• For more on World Oceans Day, see: http:// For more on the “Beneath the Waves” film festivals taking place in cities around the US, see:

Santa Cruz County Bank California ranks 47th out of Declares Cash Dividend 50 states on economic outlook


anta Cruz County Bank (SCZC) announced today the declaration of a cash dividend of $0.05 per share payable July 10, 2013 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on June 28, 2013. George Gallucci, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Santa Cruz County Bank, stated, “Foll o w i n g nine years of operations and seven consecutive years of annual profits, our Board is pleased to reward and thank our shareholders for their long term support with a cash dividend. The Board of Directors extends

its appreciation and thanks to President and CEO David Heald, his Management team and the entire staff for their dedication and commitment, and ultimately enabling us to take this action.” Santa Cruz County Bank, founded in 2004, is a locally owned and operated community bank with offices located in Aptos, Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and Wa t s o n ville. For more information, visit Santa Cruz County Bank’s common stock is listed Over the Counter (OTCQB) under the stock symbol SCZC. n

“New Director” from page 16 The orchestra supporters should sigh in positive relief and now really show their enthusiasm by selling out every concert of the new season. Bringing the very best from the East Coast and every other part of the globe is anticipated

“Track & Field” from page 13 3,200 Meters: *1. Anna Maxwell, SLV, 10:22; *3. Vanessa Fraser, Scotts Valley 10:32.33; 8. Yulisa Abundis, Aptos, 11:28.68 4x400: 4. Scotts Valley, 4:03.36 -- Madi Volk, Kaitlyn McNulty, Mikaela Inman, Hayley Herberg; 7. Aptos, 4:04.95 -- Emma Crocker, Clare Peabody, Kelsey KusabaKusumoto, Nikki Hiltz Shot Put: 4. Brianna Cueva, Watsonville 39-4 Discus: *2. Brianna Cueva, Watsonville, 134-9 Pole Vault: *5. Katherine Whiting, Santa Cruz, 12-0; 6. Erika Malaspina, Harbor, 11-6; 7. Nicole Trenchard, PCS, j11-6 High Jump: *2. Natalie Diaz, Soquel, 5-1; 6. Miranda Arnett, PCS, j5-1 *Qualified to the CIF State Track and Field Championships

SACRAMENTO — The National Federation of Independent Business, California responded to California’s ranking on the 2013 ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index: “Sadly, it really isn’t a big surprise that the Golden State ranked 47th out of 50 on the economic ranking forecast – down nine points from 38th in 2012,” said John Kabateck, NFIB/CA Executive Director. “With the highest personal and corporate income tax rates, and highest gas tax in the nation, it is no wonder that our economic future isn’t very bright and is obviously getting significantly worse. California also ranks near the bottom for workers’ compensation costs and legal reform. Added to this is the fact that our unemployment insurance system owes the federal government almost $11 billion, money that comes out of the pockets of business owners. All told, it doesn’t make California a place in which people are eager or encouraged to start a business.” “So, what would encourage entrepreneurs to do business and create jobs in California? Certainty. Certainty in the taxes they will pay,

knowing that government is spending the money responsibly and for what it is truly intended. Certainty in the amount and scope of new regulations imposed on their industry. And certainty that frivolous lawsuits will be discouraged and that products requiring warning labels under Prop 65 have been through a true scientific analysis.” “We look forward to working with the Governor, Legislature and other leaders in Sacramento to ensure that in next year ’s ranking, California moves up the list through an improved jobs and economic climate so that businesses and employees want to start — and stay — in our state.” n ••• Commemorating its 70th anniversary, the National Federation of Independent Business is the nation’s leading small-business association, with offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available at

and with reason. Talented soloists and qualified orchestral musicians will be hoping for an opportunity to perform or join what has become a most impressive orchestral ensemble based right here in our beautiful Santa Cruz, California. Good luck Maestro Daniel Stewart and a warm welcome aboard! n


4x100 Relay: 8. Santa Cruz, N/T -Will Romero, Dale Stoller, Ashtyn Davis, Alex Morris 1,600 Meters: *2. Scott Edwards, Scotts Valley, 4:19.99 110 Hurdles: 4. Ashtyn Davis, Santa Cruz, 14.69 100 Meters: 6. Alex Morris, Santa Cruz, 11.17 800 Meters: 4. Cody Johnson, SLV, 1:52.94 200 Meters: *3. Alex Morris, Santa Cruz, 21.95 Discus: *2. Dustin Samms, MVC, 157-10; 8. Dominic Rodriguez, 144-3 High Jump: *1. Dion Shattuck, Santa Cruz, 6-7; *2. Raymond Silver, Watsonville 6-5 Triple Jump: *3. Miles Keys-Mckay, Santa Cruz, 44-1.5 n *Qualified to the CIF State Track and Field Championships Aptos Times / June 1st 2013 / 23

Cal Ag License Plates Support Education

California Giant Berry Farms vehicles get new Ag Plate


omething very exciting happened this spring in California agriculture to directly benefit the Future Farmers of America Foundation thanks to diligence within the agricultural community in cooperation with the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Special license plates that promote California agriculture were designed as a purchase option for all vehicles including cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles. When the announcement was made that new custom license plates were available to promote California agriculture, California Giant Berry Farms quickly jumped on board to support the cause. All company owned vehicles are receiving their new license plates this week and the company is encouraging others in the industry to support this very worthy program. The first California Giant vehicle to adorn the new plate is owned by President, CEO Bill Moncovich. The staff all thought it was very interesting that the random plate numbers on his car includes the word

‘raz’ which has a strong resemblance to raspberries; how fitting.

Caltrans & CHP Remind Motorists to Drive Safely this Summer


altrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are reminding motorists to drive safely during the summer driving season by taking the following steps: Abide by the posted speed limit and reduce your speed in areas where congestion or hazards may occur. Motorists should maintain a safe distance between their vehicle and the one in front of them. Slow down and move over when Caltrans workers, law enforcement or tow truck drivers are working near the roadway. The public is encouraged to call 911 to report any hazardous conditions or impaired driving. Be aware of electronic message boards

and other road signs with information on incidents, changing road conditions, lane closures or detours. Make sure that vehicle brakes, windshield wiper blades and tires are in good condition and inspect your head and tail lights for maximum visibility on the highway. Share the road safely with other users, especially bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Caltrans and the CHP are prepared to respond to any emergencies that may affect the state highway system. To report emergencies call 9-1-1. For current driving and traffic conditions in California go to the website: http://

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The state Department of Food and Agriculture reported that funds

collected through their sale benefits youth leadership development, career awareness and training activities primarily serving secondary students enrolled in state-adopted agricultural education programs throughout California. The new license plates incorporate a design that includes a sunrise over a fertile green field. Superimposed over the field are the words, “Food, Fiber, Fuel, Flora.” The word “agriculture,” in red block letters, runs along the bottom of the plate underneath the license number. A percentage of every license plate fee is donated to the Future Farmers of America Foundation, an investment in the next generation of our Ag industry’s innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders. By ordering California Agriculture License Plates today, vehicle owners like California Giant Berry Farms proudly affirm support of agriculture to other citizens of California, while benefitting the FFA organization at the same time. Reserve your plate by going online athttp://www. n

How not to be the Phishing ‘Catch of the Day’ T his Father’s Day, you may be inclined to spend some quality time with Dad, maybe take him out camping or fishing. But try to make sure that nobody else tries to “phish” with you or your father. These days, all people (including fathers and sons) need to be cautious of scams — Internet, mail, and even phone scams — which can damage your credit score and wallet. Scam artists have become shrewd. Any time someone asks for your personal information, you should be wary. Particularly cruel are swindlers who target Social Security beneficiaries. As a rule of thumb, Social Security will not call or email you for your personal information such as your Social Security number or banking information. If someone contacts you and asks for this kind of information and claims to be from Social Security, do not give out your personal information without first contacting Social Security to verify the validity of the person contacting you. It could be an identity thief on the other end phishing for your personal information. Just call the local Social Security office, or Social Security’s toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). If you receive a suspicious call, please report it to the Fraud Hotline. Reports may be made online at fraudreport/oig/public_fraud_reporting/ form.htm or by telephone at 1-800-2690271 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Please include the following details: • The alleged suspect(s) and victim(s) names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers; • Description of the fraud and the

location where the fraud took place; • When and how the fraud was committed; • Why the person committed the fraud (if known); and • Who else has knowledge of the potential violation. Identity theft is one of the fastestgrowing crimes in America. If you, your father, or anyone you know has been the victim of an identity thief, the place to contact is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at Or, call 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338), TTY 1-866-653-4261. Some people who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are victimized by misleading advertisers. Such companies offer Social Security services for a fee, even though the same services are available directly from Social Security free of charge. Especially upsetting are such ads that make it appear as though the ad has come directly from Social Security. By law, such advertisements must indicate that the company is not affiliated with Social Security. If you or your dad see what you believe is misleading advertising for Social Security services from a company that does not admit it is not affiliated with Social Security, send the complete mailing, including the envelope, to: Office of the Inspector General, Fraud Hotline, Social Security Administration, P.O. Box 17768, Baltimore, MD 21235. Also, advise your State’s attorney general or consumer affairs office and the Better Business Bureau. You can visit the Office of the Inspector General online at and select the “Fraud, Waste, or Abuse” link. Learn more about identity theft at

pubs/10064.html. Read about misleading advertising at www. pubs/10005.html. And finally, while you’re enjoying the right kind of fishing with Dad this Father’s day, you may want to tell him about Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. If your father is covered by Medicare and has limited income and resources, he may be eligible

Cats and Dogs


“Chorale” from page 21 A composer of tremendous range, Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) wrote choral music, symphonies, chamber music, and scores for ballet, film and opera over a long and distinguished career. Vaughan Williams wrote the Mass in G Minor in 1922 following his service in World War I. It is dedicated to close friend and fellow composer Gustav Holst, and his Whitsuntide Singers. Tickets: General, $23; Seniors, $19; Students, $5 Information: or (831) 427-8023 A community-based organization, the

Vaughan Williams wrote the Mass in G Minor in 1922 following his service in World War I. Santa Cruz Chorale performs choral works of diverse periods, genres and traditions, and is funded in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County. The Chorale’s artistic director is Christian Grube. n Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 9 at 4 p.m., Holy Cross Church, 123 High Street, Santa Cruz

for Extra Help — available through Social Security — to pay part of his monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payments. We estimate that the Extra Help is worth about $4,000 per year. That kind of savings buys a lot of bait and tackle. n Learn more at prescriptionhelp

1. Done with a knife 6. Pendulum’s path 9. Pompous talk or writing 13. Salk’s conquest 14. Gunk 15. *Given name of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” 16. Tree in Latin 17. Hold title to 18. Knightly suit 19. *Nickelodeon’s conjoined brothers (1998-2005) 21. Dig further 23. Deadeye’s forte 24. Good earth

25. Young woman making her debut 28. Le Corbusier’s art 30. *The Cat in the Hat wore a striped one 35. Like decorated cake 37. Slime 39. Nary a soul 40. Musical mark 41. Elephant trainer’s prod 43. Byproduct of muddy roads 44. Mirths 46. *A dog relies on it to interpret the world 47. Speed on water 48. “There Will Be Blood” contraption 50. Mail agency 52. Double helix 53. Well-mannered Emily ____

55. “High” drink 57. *”__ ____ Noir” cabaret 60. *Most famous collie? 63. Best not mentioned 64. Poetic “before” 66. Bridal path 68. Open disrespect 69. Poetic “even” 70. Imposing house 71. One of the Ivies 72. Banned insecticide 73. Larger key on the right


1. R&R hot spot 2. Rigid necklace 3. Actress Jessica 4. Plants and animals 5. Like a dirty affair 6. Bug-eyed

7. Column’s counterpart 8. Type of dwelling unit 9. In some cultures, this is a compliment 10. Not cool 11. In a little while, old-fashioned 12. ___ Royal Highness 15. *Cerberus, e.g. 20. Opposite of alpha 22. *”Dog ___ dog” 24. Observation post 25. *It “ate my baby” 26. Food safety threat 27. Asian pepper 29. a.k.a. CT 31. Politician’s barrelful 32. *Baskerville’s scare 33. Author _____ Chekhov 34. Seed coat

36. Whitetail, e.g. 38. *Boot-wearing cat 42. Anatomical dividers 45. Used to drain gas tank 49. India’s smallest state 51. PBS street 54. Knight’s mount 56. Of the Orient 57. Pretty undergarment fabric 58. Very dark black 59. Succotash ingredient 60. Fast time 61. “____ that the truth?!” 62. Besides 63. Recipe amount 65. *Color of some setters 67. Poetic “always” © Statepoint Media

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Some early summer reading suggestions … By Robert Francis

No Way Back

By Andrew Gross William Morrow. $27.99 (Rating-Very Good) alk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time! Not only does Wendy Gould witness a murder in a hotel room but she also kills the person responsible for the crime. Only then does she realize that the man she has shot is a Homeland Security agent. Before she can even flee the scene of the double shooting, the agent’s partner realizes what has happened in the room and is in hot pursuit. Lauritzia Velez has fled her Mexican homeland to escape the drug violence that has ripped so many families apart. Now the 24-year-old nanny has found a safe haven with an American family, until a trip to the local mall destroys her serenity. Caught in a shoot out, Lauritzia realizes she is the intended victim so she is off and running. You’ll discover what brings these two women together as this spin tingling thriller unfolds. As the title suggests there’s no returning to their former lives for either of the women and if they hope to survive, they will have to join forces to address their life threatening problems.


Andrew Gross has co-authored a number of best sellers with James Patterson but he is also an accomplished writer in his own right. Short chapters and non-stop action make this a quick and very satisfying read.

Dark Tide

By Elizabeth Haynes Harper. $14.99 (Rating-Good) ot enamored with her job in retail sales, Genevieve Shipley wants to purchase and redo a houseboat and then move her life in a new direction. To make the money necessary for such a project, Genevieve becomes a pole dancer. With a certain amount of talent and much determination, the young woman amasses enough money to make her dream a reality. Then disaster strikes. On the evening of her boat-warming party, one of the girls she knows from The Barclay, the club where she worked, is found dead, floating in the canal next to the boat’s hull. Mistakenly, Genevieve thought once her boat was ready she could say good-bye to her pole dancing career and blithely float away. Not so! It seems this young woman got in too deeply over her head and she knows too much about the patrons and


other activities that occur at The Barclay. It appears someone isn’t too happy about the situation! If you enjoy a good thriller set in England with a strong heroine, you’ll like this, second novel by Elizabeth Haynes. Her debut, “Into the Darkest Corner”, received the Amazon UK’s Best Book of the Year Award in 2011. This newest story shows that was no fluke!


By James Rollins Harper. $9.99 (Rating-Excellent) ust over 600 pages, this latest James Rollins thriller finds Sigma Force, an elite and covert branch of the Department of Defense, engaged on a mission that involves kidnapping, a centuries old genetic puzzle and an attempt to undermine the current U.S. government. At the heart of the story is a priceless icon uncovered by a Templar knight that dates back to Christ’s time and holds a mysterious power that can change mankind. Forward to today and a young woman has been kidnapped from a yacht off the Horn of Africa. Not only is the American pregnant, but she is also Amanda GantBennett, the daughter of the U.S. president. SIGMA is sent out to rescue the woman but the group’s leaders soon realize the stakes are much higher than just saving Amanda and her unborn child. At the heart of the kidnapping is a shadowy cabal who has been manipulating events throughout history. Ambush and an act of betrayal underscore the fact that the hostage situation really masks an act of terrorism so shattering no one can totally fathom its ultimate consequences. Rollins opens Pandora’s Box here as he raises questions about immortality in this provocative novel. Even if you don’t care for long stories, you won’t mind reading “Bloodline”. It may look daunting but it is a very fast read!


MacCallister, The Eagles Legacy: Dry Gulch Ambush

By William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone Pinnacle. $7.50 (Rating-Very Good) ife at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, has been fairly quiet for a while but that

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all suddenly changes when a detail of U.S. soldiers and an officer’s wife are ambushed by a group of Indians. Sent after the renegades to exact revenge, Duff MacCallister discovers the woman is alive and held captive by a sadistic warrior named Yellow Hawk. Determined to rescue the woman, MacCallister takes on the Indians but soon finds himself in jeopardy. Surrounded by the band, he realizes to save himself and the captive he’ll have to go after the leader of the band. Another novel from the prolific Johnstone duo, this latest cowboy western adventure has all the elements you would expect to find in a work of this nature. If you enjoy stories set in the Wild West, then saddle up because you’ll definitely want to ride out with Duff MacCallister and his buddies.

As Twilight Falls

By Amanda Ashley Zebra. $7.99 (Rating-Good) adie Andrews is traveling across the country photographing ghost towns. Then one day she gets a little too far off the beaten track and discovers Morgan Creek. This quaint little place doesn’t appear on any map and is decidedly a bit eerie. It doesn’t take Kadie long to realize there is something a little off about the few people who reside here. And when the sun sets Morgan Creek takes on a decidedly sinister air. Unable to flee, Kadie finds herself a captive guest of the community who is interested in attracting new blood to the settlement. When Rylan Saintcrow enters the picture, this attractive young woman finds herself drawn to this compelling man who desires her for a number of reasons. Having stumbled into the lair of vampires, Kadie Andrews finds herself a very conflicted woman. On one hand she wants to escape while she still can, but on the other hand, there is Rylan Saintcrow, a gentleman has some very beguiling attributes! If vampire romances are your thing, you’ll want to sink your literary teeth into this novel and follow Kadie Andrews’ transformation into someone who risks everything for true love! n


Graduation is a Measure of Personal and District Success


s a trustee, I have always looked forward to attending graduation ceremonies. There is a feeling of excitement and pride as the graduates take the stage and accept their diplomas. You can see it not only in the faces of the students, but their parents, grandparents and other family members as the student ascends the stage. As our graduates take part in this life-changing moment, it is important to consider our other students and what they are facing as they work towards that big moment. Let’s review some facts. In the 2011-2012 school year, 618 out of 725 12th graders graduated from Watsonville High. That represents an 85 percent graduation rate. For Aptos High, 280 12th graders out of 288 graduated that year, a 97.2 percent graduation rate. When compared to the state average of just 78.5 percent, one can start to

appreciate the effort and work that is being done in our schools to help our students graduate. To achieve these results the district has been focusing on partnering with several outside agencies dedicated to student achievement. The first, GEAR – Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs – is a federal grant that is administered locally by UCSC. This group provides supportive services to teachers, counselors and parents. By so doing they give this group of educators and parents tools so they can demonstrate what is required to get admission to college and the grade point average needed to get into a four year university. This type of outreach encourages students to stay on course as they work their way through high school. The district has also partnered with Cabrillo College, UCSC, SJSU and CSUMB in an effort to expose students to what attending college will look like when a

By Jeff Ursino

student graduates. As part of this outreach, Cabrillo College hosts a program every year where every 4th grader in the county is invited to Cabrillo’s campus. By doing so, these students are exposed to college and what that experience feels like. This year over 3,000 4th graders from around the county went to Cabrillo and got to see what college is all about.

With all of this said there is still gaps in the process that need to be addressed. First, counselors at the school site. Currently at Aptos Junior High due to budgetary constraints, the district only provides 20 hours of counseling for the school per week. “Schools Matter” page 30

Capitola Soroptimists Calling for Entries for the 8 Annual ‘Bras For a Cause’ Silent and Live Auction th


oroptimist International (SI) of Cap- variety of materials ranging from duct tape itola-By-The-Sea is calling for entries to concrete. for its 8th annual “Bras For a Cause” “Bras” page 31 fundraiser set for August 18 at 2 p.m. at Seascape Golf Club, 610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos. Express yourself by creating a fabulous bra using whatever theme and/or materials you like into an awe-inspiring work of art. Use humor, horror or hallucinations to choose a theme or style that can win a first place prize and raise funds for women and girls in Santa Cruz County. Past entries have been created from a wide 2012 First Place BFAC Winner Aptos Times / June 1st 2013 / 27

munity Markets, 1210 41st Ave. Capitola (Also down town and at West side stores) ired of preparing the same meals? Get fresh ideas for Nar-Anon hat is co-dependency? What easy-to-prepare, affordable, and nutritious main entrees from a is enabling? What is this member of the New Leaf Cominsanity? Am I the only one who feels this way? Join Nar-Anon, a munity Markets culinary team. world wide fellowship of relatives A different recipe featured every and friends of addicts who have Monday, ranging from meat dishes, been affected by someone else’s to gluten-free, to vegan. Try a addiction. Three meetings are now sample, get a recipe card, and learn being held in Santa Cruz County, on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. tips for meal prep and leftovers. For a meeting near you call (888) Featured recipes are posted on the New Leaf Community blog at 374-1164 or email Visit, Wednesdays, Anon/California.html for more information. and Thursdays



Youth N.O.W.


are about the academic success of underrepresented youth? If so, join us by volunteering to provide one-on-one tutoring or homework help for youth in Watsonville. No experience necessary. Bring your compassion, enthusiasm, time, dedication, knowledge, and familiarity of a subject to a student who wants your help. We operate M-Th. from 3:00pm5:00pm. For more information, e-mail amurphy@youthnowcenter or visit our website at www.

Speak Up When You’re Down


ostpartum Depression is the most common complication of childbirth, yet it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. If you are pregnant or have recently had a baby, and have felt sad or anxious for more than two weeks, it’s time to speak up and get help. The good news is that depression is very treatable. Talk with your midwife or doctor. You are not alone, you are not to blame, and with help you will feel better. For more information and a comprehensive list of local resources for healing, please visit

Ongoing Events Mondays

PROFILE of Santa Cruz


Co-dependents Anonymous


First Tuesdays each month

Tail Wagging World of Dog Ownership

skills in a friendly, supportive environment with Redwood Ramblers Toastmasters. Open to all levels. Drop-ins welcome. For more information, call 831-335-3693.

6:30pm at the Santa Cruz SPCA, 2685 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Overeaters Anonymous Cruz (cross street is Soquel Ave.). 6:30-7:30pm at Teach by the Beach #50 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos For more information, call (831) Ocean Gate Zen Center 429-7906

Zazen Instructions

6:30pm. 920 41st Ave. Suite B, Santa Cruz (next to Family Cycling Center) azen instruction 1st Tues of ea. month at 6:30 pm. Ocean Gate Zen Center will be offering a 6 week class beginning Jan. 8 at 7:30 pm on Being Time. This will follow a 30 min. meditation. Morning meditation schedule is Tues., Thurs. 6:45 am; Fri. 9:00 am (followed by service) and Sat. 8:30 am with “Come As You Are Zen” at 9:00 am Visit for more info.


o-dependents Anonymous is a 12-step group for people who want healthy relationships and self esteem. Weekly meetings are offered free of charge in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. For a schedule and more information, go to First Tuesdays and or e-mail Third Wednesdays each month or call (831) 469-6096. Orientations to Become

First Wednesday each 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.


Second and Fourth Wednesdays

Freedom Forum Presents: Constitution Classes


Aptos Certified Farmers Market



Peer Support Group





Women Care Drop in Cancer Support



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Third Thursday each month (Parents, Families, and Friends of Pacific Speakers Association 7:00pm, Firehouse on Soquel Dr. Lesbians and Gays)


Aptos peakers helping speakers get gigs. Call (831) 332-8221 for more information.

7:00pm-9:00pm, 900 High St. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz To learn more, call (831) 4274016 or visit




12:00pm-1:00pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley. iving a business presentation? Interviewing for a job? Improve your speaking

5:30-6:45 Sutter Maternity & Surgical Center, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Soquel Dr. Santa Cruz. ired of Clutter? Stuff piling up? Support is available. CLA meeting every Friday. For more info call 426-1868 FREE

Toastmasters: Speak for Success


Clutterers Anonymous



Dated Events



Church Bible Study/Worship

9:45am: Bible Study; 11:00: 8:00 -12:00pm at Cabrillo College, Worship, First Baptist Church Aptos. 7565 Sunset Way, Aptos he Aptos Market, with over 80 ooking for a church? Come vendors, is open year round, worship with us! with the best selections of fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, seedlings, flowers, local honey, fresh eggs, fresh fish, artisan baked goods and gourmet foods. In addition, family activities, music, Wednesday June 5 cooking demos by professional chefs, gardening workshops, Asilomar Centennial seasonal fairs and events are a part 1:30 pm-2:30 pm. Lecture Form of the market. 103, 980 Freemont St. Monterey oxann, a retired Asilomar State Park Ranger, will Scotts Valley Farmer’s Market 9a.m.-1p.m. SV Community Center, chronicle Asilomar’s history. She will talk about walking tours of 360 Kings Village Drive the parks natural and cultural history. Third Saturdays of Each Month Lectures are free. Learn more by calling (831) 646-4224 or by Hopeful and Naturally Healing visiting

3:00pm-5:00pm, 12855 Boulder 7:00pm, Quaker Friends Meeting St. Boulder Creek or any woman living with any House, 225 Rooney St. Santa Cruz degree of depression, anxiety, For more information, visit http:// and/or bipolar disorder. Free and well-behaved dogs are freedom-forum/ Advocates for Children welcome! This free ongoing group Second Mondays North County, 5:30-7p.m., first provides encouragement and CAM Tuesday of month (for location Thursdays The Santa Cruz Branch of (complimentary and alternative details contact Danielle at 761medicine) resources for women CHADD ADHD Support Group 2956 X102) South County, 5:30-7 Capitola-Aptos wishing to explore safe, natural Rotary Club Meeting p.m., third Wednesday of the Meeting 12-1:30 p.m. at Seascape Golf Course. alternatives to promote mental month at the CASA Office, 813 6:30-8:00pm, The Aptos Fire Contact Chuck at 831-462-6092 health in a positive atmosphere. This Freedom Blvd. Watsonville Station Meeting Room, 6934 or e-mail for confidential group welcomes any ASA (Court Appointed Soquel Dr. Aptos more information. mom taking traditional medications Special Advocates) of Santa nyone that is impacted in and is not meant to replace medical Cruz County needs your help. some way by ADHD is Second Thursdays each month supervision. Volunteer 3-5 hours per week to encouraged to attend. Please RSVP if possible: for Veterans of Foreign Wars For more information, contact Judy provide support, guidance, and 6:30 pm, 2259 7th Ave. Santa Cruz more information e-mail dyane@ Brenis at (831) 818-9619 or e-mail a powerful voice in court for ommander Ronals Petty leads children who have been removed her at the meetings. from their homes because of abuse For more information, call (831) or neglect. Everyone welcome, Sundays Second and Fourth Mondays men and bilingual folks especially 475-9804 Over-Eaters Anonymous First and Third Wednesdays encouraged. 9:00am-10:15am, Sutter Second and Fourth Thursdays Alzheimers Support Groups To RSVP call 761-2956 Maternity and Surgery Center, Monday: 2:00 - 3:30pm Ext. 102, or email Cabrillo Host Lions Club 2900 Chanticleer Ave. Sc. Wednesday: 5:30 – 7:00pm 7:00pm at the Cabrillo ComA is a 12-step support group for Conference Room at Elena Baskin/ munity Center, Aptos Village those who wish to stop eating Live Oak Senior Center, 1777-A compulsively. All are welcome. Second Tuesdays each month Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd. Capitola Road, Santa Cruz. ublic is invited to all programs. Free childcare with advance acilitated by Jill Ginghofer, this Free Job Seek Workshop! Contact President Jess Allen reservation by 5pm, Fridays. Call 6:00pm-7:00pm, Gateway Bible group is for caregivers and 831-684-2721 or Past President (831) 429-7906. Church, 5000 Granite Creek Rd. Barbara Chamberlain at 831family members of people with Scotts Valley 688-3356 for meeting/dinner Alzheimers reservations or information or visit For more information, visit

rop in Support Group is a gathering for women with all 9:00am-12:30pm, 2045 40th Ave. types of cancer. We offer support Clares St. Capitola for women through all stages from eed help finding a job? Join diagnoses through treatment. PROFILE of Santa Cruz. Its For more information or to free and it works. Last year 126 of its register call (831) 457-2273 members were placed in jobs, and we can help you too. Ongoing workDrop in Grief Support shops will cover resume writing, 6:00pm at Aegis, 125 Heather communication, and interview skills. Terrace, Aptos For more information, call profile oin other adults who are grieving at (831) 479-0393 or visit www. the death of a friend or family member. Learn helpful tools for coping: Share stories and receive Meal Solution Mondays support from people who care. 4:00pm-6:00pm, New Leaf Com- No registration required, please


call (831) 430-3000


Porter Memorial Library Ice Cream Social and Story Hour

1:00 pm, Porter Memorial Library his free event will feature Yummy! Tasty Stories About Food for preschool and primary school grade children. The Porter Memorial Library is located at 3050 Porter St. Parking is behind The Bagelry. For information call 465-3326 or visit


The Secret Lives of Prickly Sharks

1:30 pm-2:30 pm. Lecture Form 103, 980 Freemont st. Monterey yndi Dawson is an experienced marine scientist with over 12 years working in marine management. She will talk about her research on the little known prickly shark. Lectures are free. Learn more by calling (831) 646-4224 or by visiting



Wednesday June 12

Thursday June 20 Thursday June 27

NARFE Chapter 54 Meeting

11:30 am, Seascape Golf Club, 610 Clubhouse Dr. Aptos eeting of the NARFE (National Active and retired Federal Employees). Guest speaker is Fred DunnRuiz, a representative from the AARP Driver Safety Classes, who will speak on the value of the Mature Driver Safety Classes. For details and reservations, call Phil at (831) 464-3775.


Wednesday June 19 Freedom Forum Presents:

The end of America? It can’t happen here!

7:00pm, Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave. Santa Cruz wo powerful documentaries that analyze times when freedom was lost in other countries, but even more importantly how freedom can be sustained in America. Admission is free. Donations accepted. Doors open at 6:30.


Living with Alzheimer’s For Caregivers

Middle Stage Workshop Series Parts 1 & 2 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Live Oak Senior Center Annex, 1777-A Capitola Rd. earn what you need to cope successfully with these unique stages of Alzheimer’s disease: symptoms, communication, relationships, personal care, preparing for hospitalizations, about behavior changes, medications, home safety, living alone and seeking/wandering. Pre-registration is required, call 800-272-3900 for more information.


Saturday June 22

Free Intro to Svaroopa® Yoga

9 am - 10:30 am. Aptos Yoga, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Ste 23B, Aptos. xperience how Svaroopa® Yoga works in your body. Supported by blankets, you’ll relax into poses that release deep tensions in your spine. This unique form of yoga quiets your mind, increases flexibility, and eases pain. Preregistration required. Call 688-1019 or email info@ to reserve your place.


Tuesday June 25

Aptos Sons In Retirement Luncheon Meeting

11:30am,Severinos Restaurant, 7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos his will be Ladies Day. Program will feature author/lecturerer Michael Hemp on “The History of Cannery Row and John Steinbeck”. SIR is club for retired men that has no fees, dues, political or religious agendas. Call Jack at 688-0977 for information. n


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ome to the Watsonville Public Library for fun events in June and July. Participate in our summer reading program and get a weekly prize. Children’s program age 0 to 5th grade. Teen program 5th to 12th grade. Events include: Jose-Luis Orozco, Boswick the Clown, Bilingual Storytelling by Olga Loya and a concert by the Banana Slug String Band. For teens there will be a cooking class, weekly movies, cake decorating and a smoothie party. Check our website http:// or call 768-3400 for more information.

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).


7:00pm, German-American Hall Santa Cruz, 230 Plymouth all (831) 726-7053 or e-mail for more information!


Last Thursdays each month

Monthly Argentine Tango at Star Bene Italian/Argentine Restarante


Ongoing Events Everyday

Bob Finegan’s Wooden Box Show at Aptos Library

allroom dancing to live music by The 10th Ave. Band. Refreshments, large floor, friendly atmosphere, free parking. Open to the publicsingles welcome! Suggested donation, $6 per person. Proceeds benefit MCSC. For more information, call (831) 476-4711.

Fourth Saturdays each month

Modern Square Dancing Class Writers and Poets Open Mike

4:30pm-9:30pm, Star Bene Italian/Argentene Restarante, East Cliff Dr. Artist Applications available 21245 his is a night for true “Social for 2013 Open Studios Art Tour Tango.” Order a wonderful he Cultural Council of Santa meal from the Star Bene Argentine Cruz County is accepting artist Menu, (or their well known italian applications for the 2013 Open menu), and enjoy the ambiance of Studios Art Tour online at www. Argentina and join us in a social The deadline to tango dance to music from the apply is midnight on April 30th. Golden Age of Tango. For guidelines, visit Private instruction and classes by arrangement. For more information, applications-for-2013. call Michael (831) 239-2247.



First Fridays each month

First Friday Art Tour


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 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.)

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) 475-4221



Live Jazz and Local Art at Zizzo’s Coffee

11:30am-1:30pm, Zizzo’s Coffee, 3555 Clare’s St. Capitola isten to live jazz featuring members of the Santa Cruz Jazz Society. So many talented musicians and singers! And an exhibit of local art will be featured 7 days a week. For more information, contact Christine Shelton-Anderson at (755) 544-5651.


Second Sundays Each Month

Downtown Santa Cruz Antique Fair

9:00am-4:00pm, Lincoln St. (Between Pacific and Cedar) 11:00am-7:00pm, Aptos Library endors offer an eclectic he display consists of about blend of antiques and 25 decorated small boxes unique items. Come and illustrating the use of marquetry, check it out! Browse through fancy veneers, copper panels that a wide assortment of treasures have been treated with chemicals including books and phototo yield unusual patterns, and graphs, vintage jewelry, clothing, other techniques. glass and ceramic collectibles, vintage hawaiian kitsch, First and Third Fridays Local Art at Zizzo’s Coffee turquoise, original artwork, and Friday Shakespeare Club 7:00am-5:00pm, Zizzo’s Coffee, a whole lot of whatnot! 10:30am-12:30pm, First 3555 Clares St. Capitola For more info, please contact us Congregational Church, 900 High njoy the beautiful artwork of at (831) 476-6940 or visit us on St. Santa Cruz local talented artists. Facebook. For more information, visit For more information, contact Zizzo’s Coffee at (831) 477-0680., call Kris at (831) 421-0930 or Nanette at (831) 438-3615. Tuesdays




Dated Events


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



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


Big Band Dance

Saturday June 22

7:30pm-10:00pm, at Mid-County Art and Wine Under the Redwoods for Kids of Bonny Doon Senior Center 829 Bay Ave, 1:00pm-6:00pm, Vigne Farms and Capitola

Equestrian Center he Bonny Doon Art and Wine Festival is a benefit presented by the Bonny Doon Community School Foundation. All proceeds support the art, music and science programs at Bonny Doon Elementary School. This “over 21” event features unlimited wine tasting, live and silent auctions, gourmet food, artist demonstrations and sales, beer tasting, live music and much more. Tickets for this event are $50 and can be purchased in advance at www. bonnydoonartandwinefestival. com or onsite the day of the event. For tickets and more information, visit www.bonnydoonartand


Saturday June 29 Sunday June 30

Kingsmen Car Club’s Seventh Annual Hot Rods on the Green Show

2701 Cabrillo College Dr. Aptos he show takes place at Twin Lakes Church. This event has been a great success with over 125 classic and custom cars and motorcycles, antique tractors, and vintage fire trucks on display for 4,000 + visitors! And for the first time our High School Apprentices rolled out their 1931 Ford Model A Rebuild a Project car to show how much progress they have made in its restoration. For registration info, visit www.


Sunday July 7

Team G Family Festival

12:00pm-6:00pm, Redwood Estates Pavillion 21450 Madrone Dr. Los Gatos e part of the Inaugural Family Festival andhelp us launch Team G Childhood Cancer Foundation. There will be live entertainment, a hula show, a bouncy house, food, beverages, and games for everyone! There will also be items raffled off throughout the day. Team G is a national non-profit dedicated to supporting families fighting pediatric cancer and finding new and innovative treatments to ultimately cure childhood cancer. n


Annabel Burton • Astrologer © Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Mercury, planet of communication, is in your sign this month. This is great for business plans, attending to the final detail and also mixing with a wide variety of people who have fresh ideas and a new approach. Make the most of this as the Sun will soon be in your sign, starting a whole new phase for you. Romantically, you have the gift of the gab and will impress someone you want to get closer to. The Full Moon on the 23rd could bring quite a break through regarding partnerships and it seems that your dreams will come true, in ways that you hadn’t quite thought of!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)

This is a roller coaster of a month with plenty of activity and the chance to travel. You seek out those who are on your wavelength and you find you get back in touch with people who had been off the scene for a while. You have lots to catch up on of course, but on a more serious note, your money situation is changing. Make the most of your natural skills and talent to turn a hobby into a money making enterprise that could take off. It is now that you can call in a favour for all those people you have helped out over the years. After the 21st, you have a much clearer idea about what you want to do.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)

This month your focus is on your career direction and professional life. It is the perfect tide to brush up your CV, and think whether you need to do any courses and develop your skills. Put into practice ideas that you have had recently, as doors are opening for you. The start of the month brings travel and links with overseas, so holidays and trips away are likely. Later, however, Mercury your ruler starts one of its retrograde cycles, so until then ( the 26th) you have the perfect window for spreading your wings. The 23rd is a lucky day for new beginnings.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)

You have been able to take advantage of fortunate circumstances while Jupiter has been in your fellow air sign of Gemini for the last twelve months, but soon this planet changes signs and highlights opportunities and expansion in terms of your career choices . It may be that you have been working on this in the background and waiting for the right time to make a move and this next 12 months sees chances and good fortune coming your way. Venus, your ruler, moves here from the 2nd and so social networking is good this month as well as making new friends and contacts.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

This is a wonderfully creative time for your Scorpio, when your best ideas are manifest and become real. This opens up all kinds of possibilities for you and encourages you to believe in yourself and not simply put that novel you have written into a drawer. Tell the world about how talented you are or at least do not hide your light away. Changes happening this month enable you to progress towards more adventure, excitement and away from the tried and trusted and, frankly, boring. Let yourself be guided by possibilities and allow your expectations to go up a notch.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

With so much focus recently on your relationship, in an astrological sense, it seems that you have had little time for anything else. But this month, your ruler, Jupiter, changes signs and moves into Cancer. Here it is about change and transformation, new starts and cutting ties with the old way of being. Consequently, you do get the feeling you are moving on and saying goodbye to various elements as it is important to get the sense you are going towards a perfect scenario and away from what doesn’t work for you. You are playing around with various ideas to see what works.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

Throughout June, your ruler, Saturn, and spiritual Neptune combine forces. this is an intriguing link since it is about hard nosed reality blending with the softness and creativity that is Neptune.You are more flexible and open to ideas particularly when it comes to travel, meeting new people, what you read and discover and learn about. You may find that it is necessary to go on a course, or learn something which turns out to be quite an eye opener and helps you to discover more about yourself and what you are really capable of. this is good for friendships and ties with brothers and sisters too.

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)

This month Jupiter changes signs from your fellow air sign of Gemini, where it has been highlighting your creative pursuits and activities, and moves into your chart area of health and well being, and work. It will be here for some time and the danger is literally doing too much and working too hard as your enthusiasm and determination take precedence. But this is an excellent time for grand plans and practical ideas, which can be good financially too. Your romantic life is enhanced this month too as others love your ability to be upbeat and a total charmer!.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

The Moon begins the month in your sign and you have a helpful astrological set up for any situations involving long distance travel and foreign connections. You are beginning a new phase where your opportunities lie in this area, but also bringing in artistic and creative pursuits. Saturn allows you to make ideas real and tangible and Jupiter gives you wings. All these are set to line up for some time to come so whatever situation you find yourself in at the moment is sure to change for the better with your good sense and determination.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

While this is likely to be pretty active month for you socially, you also making some great contacts in terms of business too. You love the cut and thrust of competition and working to deadlines, since if keeps you sharp and on edge. Later in June, Jupiter, planet of opportunity and expansion changes signs and lights up your home with the possibility of a house move getting closer, especially if it is too somewhere bigger. Now is not the time to downsize! Your ruler, Mars, is in Gemini all month and it could be that there is a fall out with siblings at some point. There is nothing you cannot handle.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

It is intriguing how a certain situation close to your heart is turning out. You cannot keep quiet about a particular piece of good fortune and you are lucky in love and in money early on in June. Perhaps a new way of doing things is finally bearing fruit, which is exactly as you intended. Take note particularly of the 1st and the 23rd as days where you are in exactly the right place at the right time. It is also about balance and making sure that everything in moderation is the way to go, seemingly much better than overdoing one particular activity. You are artistic and creative throughout the month.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

While you have benefitted from Jupiter’s presence in your sign over the last year, this has had the effect of boosting your confidence and giving you that self belief that is so important. Now Jupiter moves into your chart area of money and while its presence is here, expect and upturn in your finances. It is true that you may have to work harder, but now there is a degree of enjoyment that has been lacking for some time. This is just as you had hoped and everything is on track. Make the most of opportunities that come your way, especially around the 8th. Mercury is retrograde from the 26th.


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Summertime Learning: A Lifetime of Benefits W

By Laysha Ward

hat’s the most critical time of the year for American students? If you guessed back-to-school season or final exams week, you’d be wrong. Believe it or not, summer vacation has an enormous impact on everything from mathematics to reading development for young learners. Just a couple months of away from the classroom can result in significant learning losses for students. For over 100 years, researchers have found standardized test results are dramatically lower immediately following summer break than they are before school lets out. And when students lose ground early in their education, it can have a dramatic effect on their long-term prospects. That’s the bad news. The good news is there’s a lot that parents and caring adults can do to ensure summer vacation doesn’t bring an education slump. Here are five easy ways you can help prevent the “summer slide.” 1. Look for books that correspond to your child’s interests hoosing the right reading material is also a crucial part of getting kids to read during the summer. Is your son obsessed with dinosaurs? Does your daughter love mysteries? Find books that feed these curiosities. And familiarize yourself with what your kids will be learning in the fall and make a point of discussing those topics throughout the summer. Whether it’s long division or American


“Schools Matter” from page 27 This situation is mirrored across the district at every junior high/ middle school. AHS has three counselors, for example, for over 1250 students. These counselors are crucial in providing the academic and social services that help students to not only stay in school but to thrive as they work towards their academic futures. The other piece that counselors provide is realistic information about 30 / June 1st 2013 / Aptos Times

Just a couple months of away from the classroom can result in significant learning losses for students.

history, offering students a preview of the coming school year will ensure they’re prepared. 2. Incorporate reading into your child’s summertime routine s any parent can tell you, summer is often the most difficult time of year to find constructive projects for kids. On a hot summer day, try stopping by the local library to see what programs and activities are available. Or bring a bag of books along next time you take a trip to the park. 3. Find new ways of making learning fun echnology can play a big part in making learning fun. E-readers, tablets and smart phones allow young learners to enjoy digital books. Introducing an exciting piece of technology can go a long way toward holding a child’s interest. Also, be on the lookout for opportunities to introduce math into your child’s everyday life. This can be as simple as measuring household items, teaching how to tell time, noting the temperature



the true cost of a college education. In this way, they are able to decipher both costs and the financial aid resources that may be available. As students start to look at their options and what their futures holds this information will give them a more realistic picture of what it is going to take to graduate and get to where they want to go. It will also help to give them the tools to get there. All these facts and figures highlight that the district is actively working

every day or adding up prices at the supermarket. 4. Tap into local resources to enhance your child’s reading opportunities. heck with local schools, community centers and universities to find summer learning programs that will keep your child engaged over the long break. When planning a vacation, try heading to a place that offers educational opportunities. Historic sites, museums, national parks, and zoos all provide young learners with chances to enrich themselves in fun ways. 5. Consider volunteering to help students outside your immediate family fall in love with reading. any parents are well aware of the value of continued summer education, but they just don’t have the time or resources to provide one for their own kids. Helping them out can make a profound difference. Even small acts, like reading with a nephew, tutoring at a summer school or volunteering at a local library, can generate major educational returns and help ensure that the students in your life don’t suffer the summer slide. The “summer slide” can have a devastating effect on student achievement. Luckily, it’s a problem that parents and caring adults, can do something about. Taking steps to ensure that your child is intellectually stimulated all year round can bring benefits that will last a lifetime. n ••• Laysha Ward is president of Community Relations for Target.



towards getting more students to graduation. By partnering with different organizations, utilizing resources like Cabrillo College and helping students to see all that college has to offer the district is helping students reach their full potential. That is something we all can be proud of on graduation day. n ••• Jeff Ursino, Trustee Area VII – Central Coast area: La Selva Beach and Rio Del Mar areas. Jeffrey_Ursino@

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elly and Mouse are a mother, son duo of Great Danes who were given up by their owners because they were simply “in the way.” It’s true, they are big dogs but they are also very loving, sweet and deserving of a better home than the one they came from. It’s our mission to find them homes where they will be appreciated, cared for, and enjoyed. We are very aware of the challenges that may pose and are open to adopting them out separately. Jelly is a six-year-old Great Dane who is the mother. She is on the smaller side of the breed and weighs about 85 pounds. Although she is graying, you can still see her pretty merle markings underneath. Jelly is still very strong and agile for her age and loves to go on walks and meet new people. She’s not shy and will nuzzle up under your hand for a good rub. Mouse is a five-year-old Great Dane and is the son. He’s bigger than her, coming in at about 100 pounds and has a beautiful black coat. We feel as though he would do best in a home with another dog, but could most likely adjust to being an only dog as long as he gets plenty of human attention and affection. There is a good possibility that these two are house trained and they seem to be responsive to basic commands when given treats. Mouse and Jelly are shelter rarities and are both terrific family dogs that would thrive in an experienced home. Are either of these GREAT dogs calling out to you? If so come and meet them at the Santa Cruz SPCA! If you would like to help animals like Jelly, Mouse and their orphaned friends or if you’d like to help replenish the Second Chance Fund to help pay for emergency surgical procedures, 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 www. 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. The SPCA Mall Adoption Center and Gift Shop is located at the Capitola Mall near Target and is open on Friday from 11am-5pm and Sat-Sun 11am-4pm. n

Soroptimist International of Capitola, P.O. Box 576, Capitola, CA 95010 Deliver your bra No Later than July Artists, wanna-be artists and anyone else who cares to can participate in this 19, 2013 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to any unique and popular of the three following event, which benefits Coldwell Banker the women of Santa offices: Aptos, 7979 Artists, wanna-be artists Cruz County through Soquel Dr. • Santa and anyone else who various SI of CapitolaCruz,  824 Mission cares to can participate in St. • Capitola, 2140 By-The-Sea programs. All submissions 41st Ave., or mail this unique and popular will be presented at your entry to the SI event, which benefits the address. a gala reception and sold to the highest Judges will women of Santa Cruz bidders in a  silent award cash prizes County through various auction of these outto the top three SI of Capitola-By-Thestanding works of art winners and ribbons paired with valuable to honorable mention Sea programs. gift baskets. A live entries. There is also auction featuring a People’s Choice prizes such as travel opportunities, golf Award. All those submitting decorated outings and other items will follow. bras for auction will receive a free ticket “We’re gearing up to have another to the silent and live auction (a $35 value), fun, exciting competition among our and a chance to win additional prizes. n entries this year with a few surprises along ••• the way and at the auction itself,” said Soroptimist, a coined Latin phrase meaning Mary Kashmar, co-chair of the event. “It’s Best for Women, is a worldwide service organialways amazing to see what fun, beautiful zation for women who work to improve the lives and clever creations people come up with of women and girls in local communities and for our event.” throughout the world. For more information, To participate, download an entry or to become a member willing to work to help form from the us help women and girls, visit the SI Capitola website and or mail it along with the $25 website at or contact SI entry fee by the July 1, 2013 deadline to: Capitola at “Bras” from page 27

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