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2014 TPG Poetry Contest Winners The TPG 14th annual Valentines Day Poetry Contest for 2014 was an opportunity for us to reward four local poets for their craft. Our TPG Poetry Contest winners ran the gamut from: retrospectives on marriages that have survived the tests of time, the joys and memories of love shared, and the wonders of love Full Story on page 5

Fifth Annual Sheep to Shawl Fair On March 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1275 Green Valley Road in Watsonville, the Live Earth Farm Discovery Programs 5th annual Sheep to Shawl event, will feature hands-on stations demonstrating the entire progression of processing wool. Local artisans will share their wares, and lunch, ice cream and sparkling juice featuring Live Earth Farm ingredients. Full Story on page 13

County News February 18 saw a major step forward for the long discussed and planned Aptos Village project. The Soquel Creek Water District board approved water service for Aptos Village and approved a request by the developer, Barry Swenson Builder to use a bond to pay the district $1.26 million in connection fees. Full Story on page 6

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Table of Contents


We Have Moved

Volume 23

No. 5

Cover Measure L Update 5 6 7 8

Community News 2014 TPG Poetry Contest Winners

Santa Cruz Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Becoming a Grandmother By Carol Murphy – Winner of the Aptos Times Poetry Contest 9 TEDx SC Set to ‘Activate’ at Hotel Paradox 13 Fifth Annual Sheep to Shawl Fair 16 19th Annual Spring Forward Against Cancer Gala 17 with The Sound of Music! 18 Annual Statewide exhibit 19 Renovations Planned for the Civic Center 23 Capitola Soroptimist Awards Dinner – Third Grade Student to be Among Those Honored on March 25 24 tation


Kids Camp 10 Camp Is for Every Child by Peg L. Smith 12




Local Sports 14 Mariners Push Cards to Overtime by Michael Oppenheimer 15 Scoreboard

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Continuing To Improve Student And School Safety ensuring each school site provides a safe environment for its students Renaissance High School that now provides safer drinking water are currently being installed at all elementary schools — middle and high schools will happen in the spring and summer 2014 ments to old, unsafe playground structures have been completed funds, a new running track at Cesar Chavez Middle School has been completed, which now provides a safe, level surface for students to use during physical education classes bleachers at Aptos High School have been replaced

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Upgrading Classrooms To Keep Schools Clean And Well Maintained Maintaining the facilities we have is important for providing our current and future students with a clean, healthy learning environment. The District replaced aged carpeting at 11 schools during the Christmas break, The District is making other critical upgrades to avoid costly repairs and replacements of equipment and infrastructure down the road.

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schools and facilities, which will allow the District to place the savings back into the classroom. The projects for the remaining four schools expected to receive solar panels are set to begin summer and fall of 2014.

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Measure L Citizens’ Oversight Committee The District has established an independent citizens’ oversight committee

that meets quarterly to oversee bond expenditures and projects. This committee is compromised of 12 members that represent various sectors of the community–business, seniors, taxpayers and parents. Dan Johnson, committee chairman, is pleased with the progress the District has made thus far with Measure L funds: “The committee and I are inspired by the progress we see being made to improve our schools so they are able to provide our students with a safe, well-rounded 21st-century education.” Currently, there are two vacant seats on the committee. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Brett McFadden at brett_ mcfadden@pvusd.net. To review reports from the committee please visit www. pvusd.net and select the Measure L Bond Citizens Oversight Committee Information link on the right. Tell Us What You Think The District welcomes your comments and questions as it continues repairing and improving local schools. Please contact the Business Services Department at (831) 7862100 ext. 2531. We also invite you to visit our website, www.pvusd.net, for further updates on Measure L.

2014 TPG Poetry Contest Winners T he TPG 14th annual Valentines Day Poetry Contest for 2014 was an opportunity for us to reward four local poets for their craft. Our TPG Poetry Contest winners ran the gamut from: retrospectives on marriages that have survived the tests of time, the joys and memories of love shared, and the

To see all the winning poems visit our website at www.TPGonlinedaily.com And the Winners are… For the Aptos Times – Carol Murphy of La Selva Beach, CA. Carol’s prize is dinner for two at Sanderlings Restaurant (Seascape Beach Resort) in Aptos Winner for Poetry Celebrating Over 30 Years of Marriage — Patty O’Hara of Aptos, CA. Patty’s prize is dinner for two at For the Capitola Soquel Times — Pamela Martinez of Capitola, CA. Pamela’s prize is Lunch for two at Zelda’s (on the Esplanade) in Capitola For the Scotts Valley Times – Joseph McCarter of Scotts Valley, CA. Joseph’s prize is dinner for two at the Stonehouse Grill (The Hilton) in Scotts Valley We want to thank our local businesses for providing the following fabulous prizes. For the Aptos Times: Dinner for two at Seascape Resort, Sanderlings. For our TPG Winner for Celebrating Over 30 Years of Marriage: Dinner for two For the Capitola Soquel Times: Lunch for two overlooking the Monterey Bay at Zelda’s on the Esplanade.

For the Scotts Valley Times: Dinner for two at Hilton Hotel, Stonehouse Grill. Carol Murphy Aptos Times Winner Tiny Valentine Blue eyes twinkling like her dad’s Smiles with her mom’s full lips On wobbly hips

Reaching for a dangling toy Giggles, gurgles and coos Are full of dazzling joy Such a moving miniature bundle Of surprises and delight Fill my heart with immense love For such a dimpled sprite “Poetry Contest” page 23

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South County News Aptos Village Gets Green Light from SqCWD ebruary 18 saw a major step forward for the long discussed and planned Aptos Village project. The Soquel Creek Water District board approved water service for Aptos Village and approved a request by the developer, Barry Swenson Builder to use a bond to pay the district $1.26 million in connection fees. To qualify for the District’s approval the project has been designed to the highest level of water conservation standards available. According to Mary Gourlay of Barry Swenson Builder, “We have been


have designed this mixed use (residential and retail) project to meet the strictest of green standards for both energy and water use. This includes both residential and commercial spaces inside the development and landscaping that will require almost no water.” Gourlay also pointed out that the commercial portion of the project will concentrate on small, locally owned businesses for its tenants. Parade Street (In recognition of the

famous Aptos 4th of July Parade) will provide an entrance into the village area from Soquel Drive crossing the rail line into the village and ending the Village Green and Aptos Villa Way cross street. The old apple barn will be Leaf Market occupying the renovated structure. Soquel Drive and Trout Gulch Road and another at Soquel Drive and Aptos Creek Road are to be installed by the county this spring or early summer. According to Gourlay, if these are done in time, groundbreaking could take place as early as this September. Ron Duncan of the SqCWD said the Aptos Village plans include recharge will be collected to percolate back into the aquifer. It is estimated that the project will 200 percent. Twin Lakes Campus Expansion Over First Hurdle lso approved on February 18 was the water service for an expansion of the Twin Lakes Church campus. The three new buildings include a chapel, college building for Cabrillo College students, and an education building for Twin Lakes Christian K-8 School. The current school buildings include four temporary


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classroom buildings, which will be replaced by the new chapel. The new college building will front on Cabrillo College Drive and the new school building will be between the existing recreation and the nursery buildings. As the school is already in operation, the actual water usage was used as a baseline. Along with planned “Green” improvements to the project including water gardens and drought resistant plants, it is estimated that this usage by 200 percent. County Parcel Tax for Parks Headed for June Ballot t its February 25 meeting, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to place a parcel tax measure on the June 3, 2014 ballot. The County is seeking a parcel tax of $8.50 on all improved parcels within the unincorporated County, outside of already existing recreation and park districts the tax is anticipated to generate approximately $355,000 per year for County parks maintenance, operations, and programs. The new parcel tax will replace the current annual service charge of $6.58 per residential unit which is due to expire at the end of the 2013-14 Fiscal Year on June 30. The proposed parcel tax would provide funding for cleaning of park restrooms, pickup of garbage at all County parks, beaches and open space areas, and

the maintenance and repair of recreational and restroom facilities. In addition, the funds would also be used to continue to summer recreation programs for youth and children, as well as swim lessons and arts and science enrichment throughout the year. County Parks includes 59 parks, beach access and open space areas encompassing over 1400 acres. In addition, to programs and activities for children, senior programming provides opportunities for

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Racing at County Fair Grounds Reaches Agreement cean Speedway and Community Alliance for Fairgrounds Accountability (CAFA) agreed to each put $25,000 toward a prize for the development of


Cruz County Fairgrounds track. The $50,000 prize is part of a lawsuit settlement allowing racing to continue at the fairgrounds, with a shorter season, earlier curfew and reduced noise. “County News” page 24

Santa Cruz Polar Plunge for Special Olympics SANTA CRUZ — On Saturday, — Fresno, Fort Bragg, Kelseyville, Californians will brave the chilly and choppy waters of Pacific Ocean — all in the name of Special Olympics. Donned in costumes but without the protection of wet suits, Special Olympics athletes and their supporters will jump into winter-chilled waters of the Pacific Ocean at Santa Cruz’s Main Beach for the Santa Cruz Polar Plunge, a fund-

Francisco, South Lake Tahoe, Ukiah and Weed. For more information or to register to take the Polar Plunge, please visit iPolarPlunge.com. Sponsors of the Santa Cruz Polar Group, CBS5, Coca-Cola and TEKsystems.

California. In its second year at the Santa Cruz location, this weekend’s Polar Plunge is one of 10 Polar Plunge events hosted by Special Olympics Plungers, which include individuals, companies, law enforcement, families and schools, are asked to raise a minimum of $125 - which provides one season of sports instruction and competition at no cost to the Special Olympics athlete. One of Special eminent events, the San Francisco Polar Plunge raises funds that directly allow athletes to participate in regional, national and international competitions all the while promoting acceptance, building bonds of friendship and unity and creating lifelong memories. Among those taking the Polar Plunge on March 15 will be members of local law enforcement agencies such as Santa Cruz Police Department and Scotts Valley Police Department, along

California along with corporate teams from Coca-Cola, Canepa, Environmental Roofing, PG&E and more. In 2013, the Polar Plunges had more than 1,400 Plungers who raised over $450,000 for the athletes of the -

entirely by events like the Polar Plunge, local business and individual gifts, and receives minimal state or federal funding. Registration and donations for the Santa Cruz Polar Plunge are currently being accepted online at iPolarPlunge. com and will be accepted on site. Cos-

tumes are encouraged and the most creative individuals and teams will be lauded at a costume contest. The Santa Cruz Polar Plunge is one of 10 Polar Plunge events hosted by

Special Olympics Northern California is a free, year-round, sports training and competition program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 16,000 athletes compete in 152 competitions throughout the region in 11 sports. This requires the extraordinary support and time of 15,100 volunteers and volunteer coaches. Financial support comes almost exclusively from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations. For more information on Special Olympics Northern California, visit http://www.SONC.org or join us at Facebook.com/SONorCal and Twitter.com/ SONorCal

Public Hearing

Draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan Thursday, March 6, 9:30 am County Board of Supervisors Chambers 701 Ocean Street, 5th Floor, Santa Cruz, CA (Traductor al español estará disponible.)

The Draft 2014 Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is now available for review and comment. This update of the long range transportation plan includes goals/policies/targets, County through 2035, as well as an evaluation of how well the plan performs to achieve sustainability targets. Comments may be submitted via info@sccrtc.org, postal mail or in-person at the hearing. Comment deadline is 5:00 pm, April 8, 2014. The draft plan and more information is available online: http://www.sccrtc.org/rtp.html The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is responsible for

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Becoming a Grandmother By Carol Murphy – Winner of the Aptos Times Poetry Contest


remember when my daughter called her dad and me to tell us she was pregnant. “Hi mom,� she said in a crackly voice. “I’m really nervous.� So now I was apprehensive. After all, why was she nervous? Maybe something was wrong, so I proceeded slowly. “Ok,� I answered, “Are you okay?� But she persisted. “I’m really nervous.�

I rock her in the same chair I rocked her mother and uncle, even though now it is a bit squeaky.

a sniffling like she’d been crying? you okay?� “Well ... ... I’m pregnant.� She finally let it out. But now I was cautious. I couldn’t tell if she was happy or not. I was silent for a while trying to think of what to say. “Well, that’s news.� “You don’t sound happy.� Her voice had an accusation. “Of course I’m happy. Are you?� “I feel like a teenager who got knocked up.� She suddenly laughed. “Silly, you’ve been married way over a year.� If you think this seems like a weird conversation, it was. But then, being pregnant is a little strange, a tiny being living inside a woman, sort of like an alien is invading. But now we have our Claire, a delightful blue-eyed blond bundle who has the family birthmark, a white forelock visible the day she was born. She has her dad’s long fingers, just right

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present, I made a collage, gathering female family photos from both sides and picking out all the pictures of the babies at the same age. Putting Claire’s picture in the middle of all the other relatives was mind boggling. She looked like all of them! I love playing for her, on my You Tube app, that Gilbert O’Sullivan’s song, Clair, with movies of his niece, or the Carly Simon tune, Itsy Bitsy Spider, complete with a cute cartoon of a little spider. It is enchanting to watch Claire squeal to Talking Tom, another app on my phone that talks back to whoever talks to it. We play in front of her closet door bedroom mirror on our tummies. She cannot figure out how I am next to her and in the mirror at the same time. We play funny communication games because I am a speech therapist and I know they help develop language. I rock her in the same chair I rocked her mother and uncle, even though now it is a bit squeaky. She stares into my eyes when I hold her and give her a bottle. Of one thing I am certain - she will have only the good qualities from both sides of her family. This grandmother gig is really something.

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The Daylong Conference is on Pace to Sell out, Featuring World-Class Presentations SANTA CRUZ — More than 20 speakers are taking the stage on March 8, 2014 as part of the TEDx Santa

talk will set the stage for many of the other talks featured. The Joint Chiefs of Porter with developing and writing a

sparking experiences, projects, work, or creativity and setting in motion a new reality, igniting new connections, or energizing communities. According to Irene Tsouprake, an organizer, the curating (organizing)

“We receive a couple hundred applications that we curate down to 12-14 speakers,” said Tsouprake. “Then we look at the balance in terms of gender, age, discipline, tenor of the talk—for instance technology, environment, social justice. Then we always leave a few spots open to reach out and “hand curate” the last few openings. And we include poetry, dance, music—we’ve found people’s brains need a breather because the talks are so meaty—the brain needs room to dance with these ideas.” The March 8 event, will take place at Hotel Paradox, 611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. TEDx Santa Cruz has been fully planned and coordinated independently by a wide roster of volunteers, from curators to event managers to music producers. TEDx Santa Cruz reviewed over 100 interested speakers nominated by others or themrepresent how ideas move from inception to activation in their power to change the world. Each speaker has had rigorous interaction from the curation team in an into true story telling. ACTIVATE will highlight speakers Organizer David Warren says Porter’s

ways, challenges the current paradigm or

as a lack of anxiety,” says Warren. “What kind of plan will it take to eliminate anxiety in America? tells the story we want to live into. It might surprise you, what this guy in a military uniform with expertise in complexity theory came up with after 2 years of working on it.” The day will address a plethora of topics; one of them is social justice and mass incarceration in America. Attendees will hear from Santa Clara Public Defender Jessica Delgado who, working with the Stanford Three Strikes Project, has already helped free 18 men and women serving life sentences for nonviolent crimes. Joining her onstage will be Dave Gomez and Bilal Chatman, both freed through Delgado’s advocacy, a format that will challenge preconceived notions about what constitutes justice. Other local speakers include Marine his work around the neuroscience of BlueMind--your brain on the ocean, and Katie Reid, a biochemist and mother who will talk about the human microbiome (human microbiota) and its relationship to health and wellbeing. Her personal experience in dealing with autism addresses her take on the single most important thing we can do to impact our health. “TEDx” page 23

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Camp Is for Every Child W

atching my son after he returned

hint that remarkable growth was underway. He was engaged, giving, -

rience as a respite from the real world is somehow to miss the point—it is the real world—simply getting dirty, trying to 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 encourages them to be creative, to explore and discover, to learn by actively doing, to try—to fail and try again? In the camp 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 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 youth, and adults will participate in camp in 2013. Overall, the numbers continue to

that camp provides to our young people— responsibility, exploration, engagement, not to mention the spiritual dimension of the camp experience. 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.

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 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.

Aptos Soccer Club P.O. Box 1325, Aptos, CA 95001 Phone: 831-688-8501 web: www.aptossoccer.org Aptos Soccer Club is hosting our annual 4 v 4 Clinics starting Sunday, April 6 and running for seven (7) Sundays. We are partnering with British Soccer Camps to provide players for all ages and abilities with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts. Each day includes individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games and child with lessons in respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and leadership. Please refer to the ASC website for further details and registration. 10 / March 1st 2014 / Aptos Times

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. 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.

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he site provides expert advice from camp professionals on camp selection, readiness, and child and youth development — as well as a searchable database of over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that serve almost any interest, ability, budget, or age.

Reprinted from www.ACAcamps.org by permission of the American Camp Association; copyright 2013 by the American Camping Association, Inc.

Chartwell School 2511 Numa Watson Rd., Seaside, CA 93955 Phone: 831-394-3468 Fax: 831-394-7991 e-mail: gmitchell@chartwell.org web: www.chartwell.org Chartwell is an independent day school for co-ed students diagnosed with dyslexia 2-8 and a college prep project-based curriculum in grades 9-12. Research shows that cognitive ability; mainly due to the ways their brains process visual and auditory information. At Chartwell, we see students reach their full potential by helping them aid or tuition support funding to nearly half of our student population.

Catalyst Soccer: Player Development Programs SPRING 2014 Anna Jean Cummings Field, Soquel Phone: 831-423-3556 or 408-846-KIDS(5437) e-mail: catalystsoccerleague@gmail.com web: www.catalystsoccer.com /ܜÊ}Ài>ÌÊ«Àœ}À>“ÃÊvœÀÊ>Ê>}iÃÊ>˜`Ê>LˆˆÌˆiÃt (Boys and Girls — Ages 4-6 and 6-14) Catalyst Soccer: Player Development Programs 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 Spaces are limited. Register today online at www.catalystsoccer.com or call

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Why the World Needs Summer Camp


t is not easy for parents to make the decision to send their child away into the waiting arms of strangers who promise to take care of them — people who promise to show them the wonders of nature, fun, new skills, and friendships. As a parent of two children, even I struggle with the idea, and I have been around summer camps my entire life. The world needs the next generation to be more tolerant of each other’s views, ideology, and beliefs. Summer camp is an opportunity for children to be exposed to the best of human character. Carefully selected role models are dedicated to

showing your child how to have fun, learn from others, and make friends in person rather than online. Camp allows kids to meet people from all over the world, every race, culture, and socioeconomic level. I still remember one of my counselors, Danny, from England, explaining to me, “The world is full of excuses. It doesn’t matter where you came from or what has happened to you. At the end of the day you choose how you treat others.” There is something magical about a summer camp experience. Each and merely because of geography or location,

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but because of the traditions and people who have touched the camp. Every camp has hidden treasures of history and traditions that give it character and identity. Even with agency camps like the YMCA where there is a common mission, every camp is unique in its style, program, games, geography, traditions, and experience. member, alumni camper, and volunteer has memories associated with their time at their camp — memories that stay with them for their lifetime. Most people remember with fondness the counselors, cabins, camp food, camp outs, and special happenings of their time. Camp is an independent experience that shapes one’s character and life — a controlled, safe environment where children and youth are able to make their own decisions about simple things (what activity they want to do, how many s’mores they want to make, or what clothes they are going to wear) and about important things (who they will hang out with . . . who will be their friends). Camp is a place where kids interact with people face-to-face and, at the same time, learn about themselves and others sitting around a dining hall table. Camp allows the idea of boarding the train to Hogwarts to go from fantasy to reality sibilities unavailable to them in everyday life. Camps give kids a chance to practice being the best they can be. They experience a place designed to create happy memories and encourage self-expression. They have the opportunity to climb towers, ride horses, shoot an arrow, and even expe-

rience the success of winning the big game! It stays with them forever. Kids will learn from a full range of emotions and human experiences including homesickness, friendship, disagreements, team- work, frustrations, jubilant success, and more. As parents, our jobs are to ready our kids to be productive, independent, and capable people — to prepare them to thrive start developing those skills in the best possible environment. It makes me a bit sad group without even a look back . . . and at the same time, I burst with pride watching him growing into a happy, independent, person. I know that we will have plenty to talk about when he gets home from camp. I also know he will remember the trust and gift of his time at camp, and it will add to him for the rest of his life. There is so much competition for our children’s time in the summer — sports practices, summer school, well-deserved vacations. But let’s not forget the value of a camp experience — camp is a gift we from and remember forever. If ever there was a time when the world needed a generation of future leaders who understood the intricacies of living in a community, having tolerance, and being open — that time is now. YMCA Camp Kern, a branch of the Greater Dayton YMCA. Originally published in the 2011 November/December issue of Camping Magazine. Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association. ©2011 American Camping Association, Inc.

Aptos Academy of Performing Arts: Angelina Ballerina Classes 7970 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003 Phone: 831-684-1800 web: www.aptosacademyofperformingarts.org Your child will receive a quality dance education in a caring and fun environment, all based on the beloved Angelina Ballerina character. The Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy curriculum is designed by internationally renowned master teachers and child development experts. Your child will be inspired to pursue their dreams of dance, just like Angelina Ballerina. Register today and your little star with big dreams will develop the love and skills of dance that will last for a lifetime.

Fifth Annual Sheep to Shawl Fair WATSONVILLE — On March 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1275 Green Valley Road in Watsonville, the Live Earth Farm Discovery Programs 5th annual Sheep to Shawl event, will feature handson stations demonstrating the entire progression of processing wool. Local artisans will share their wares, and lunch, ice cream and sparkling juice featuring

Live Earth Farm ingredients. The event will take place in and around our renovated turn of the century redwood barn whether rain or shine. Professional shearer, Bruce Wool, will demonstrate his trade throughout the day, while his wife spins yarn alongside him. Guests will participate in hands-on demonstrations of every part of the process of making wool into clothing and art. Adding to the atmosphere artists will display their creations for sale, Happy Girl Kitchen Co. will sell lunch and preserves from their VW bus, Penny Ice Creamery will delight with scrumptious scoops and 3 of a Kind will have sparkling juices on tap.

The Sheep to Shawl event is one of three annual, on farm events open to the public; all of which aim to further our mission of helping local under served youth build confidence in learning to be active caretakers of themselves, their community and their envir o n m e n t . Children and adults will delight in interacting with our sheep and shearer, dying yarn, making drop spindles, trying knitting and crocheting, and washing and combing yarn, all with expert help and child friendly tools. The Live Earth Farm Discovery Program (LEFDP) is a farm-based sonville, California. LEFDP makes seed

to mouth, farm to fork, and child to community connections through a variety of hands-on educational programs serving the youth of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and Monterey counties and beyond. A special emphasis is placed on reaching under served people in the community to bolster individual, community and environmental health. We welcome volunteers get in touch!

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Mariners Push Cardinals to Overtime

Santa Cruz wins SCCAL Tournament to earn Basketball Championship Outright By Michael Oppenheimer


ptos High’s boys varsity bas-

Photo Credit: Michael Oppenheimer

The Mariners’ Cole Welle scores two points in the paint

the opening gun of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League’s basketball championship game against Santa Cruz High School. In a back-and-forth game that the Mariners’ rallied over and over, forcing the game into overtime, free throws dinals completed the promise of their regular season, winning the SCCAL title outright with a 72-69 victory. After 32 minutes of clawing and scraping, of stumbling and rallying, Aptos faltered at the free-throw line in overtime. Both teams took nine free throws: Santa Cruz made six, the Mariners made three. minute to force overtime after Aptos had trailed by as much as 15 points in the second half.

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Point guard Jonah Gonzales’ basket with 13.7 seconds left in the game brought the Mariners bench to their feet, and the defense kept Santa moments. A scoreboard error caused some confusion, but after a conference with the referees, the score was conovertime. Aptos never led in the game, keeping the score close for much of the 25-25, but a late surge by the Cardinals led to an 11-point lead at the half. The Mariners continued to struggle in the third quarter, but after falling further behind, the players started to to end the third quarter. Aptos’ Cole Welle led all scoring with 25 points. Luke Rossi added 15 and Gonzales 10 for the Mariners.

Photo Credit: Michael Oppenheimer

Aptos’ Jonah Gonzales drives around the Cardinals’ Keanon Williams early in the second quarter of the SCCAL Championship.

Five Straight Team Titles for Aptos Wrestling T he fact that Aptos Wrestling and Aptos Football have dominated the SCCAL the last few seasons is not an accident – it’s a program. Both are physical sports that require strength, determination and control. They are also both team sports and many of the football players are also wrestlers. Even though wresting is just two in

learning takedowns, escapes, pins and how to score points. Everyone on the team, no matter the weight class, is involved, and even when they aren’t wrestling, they are working hard on the sidelines supporting their teammate in the ring. Success like this also takes one other element — a good coach. Coach Reggie Roberts has been the sparkplug behind

this consistent success. He not only teaches wrestling, he teaches commitment and perseHere are some statistics for the past

Here are the names of this years wrestlers with the best individual records: Ian Else 106 lbs; Gio Zacarias 126lbs; Ramon Zacarias 120 lbs; Miguel Barranco 132 lbs; Adam Dorney 138 lbs; Danny Velez 145 lbs; Jacob Blair 152 lbs; Greg Bjur 160 lbs; Mitch Gearing 170 lbs; Jack Harris 170 lbs; Austin Bartlebaugh 170 lbs; Alex Marquez Hwt

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Girls Soccer

Aptos Season Record (21-5, SCCAL 11-2) Coast Section Boys Basketball Division III SCCAL Tournament Santa Cruz 72 – Aptos 69 (Feb 22) Aptos 63 – Harbor 55 (Feb 20) Aptos Scoring: Ben Dorfman 15; Dante Gomez 11; Shandy Victory 10; Jonah Gon-

Aptos 64 – St. Francis 48 (Feb 14 – SF) Aptos Scoring: Cole Welle 14; Ben Dorfman 13; Jonah Gonzales 10; Luke Rossi 8; Cole Rothman 7; Shandy Victory 5;

Girls Basketball

Aptos Season Record: (11-124, SCCAL 4-8) SCCAL Tournament Santa Cruz 61 – Aptos 37 (Feb 18) St Francis 49 – Aptos 35 (Feb 14 – SF)

Boys Soccer

Aptos Season Record: (10-5-2, SCCAL 6-2-2) Aptos Boys SCCAL Champions Aptos 4 – Santa Cruz 2 (Feb 19 – SC) Aptos 6 – St. Francis 0 (Feb 17 – Hm) Aptos 0 – Scotts Valley 0 (Feb 14 – SV) Aptos 3 – SLV 0 (Feb 12 – Hm)

Aptos Season Record: (14-4-1, SCCAL 9-2-1) Aptos Girls SCCAL Champions Aptos 3 – Santa Cruz 1 (Feb 20 – SC) Aptos Scoring: Payton Evers; S. Marquez; Bri Miltimore Aptos 8 – St. Francis 0 (Feb 18 – Hm) Aptos Scoring: Lisey Campos 2; Emily Harris 2; H. Bermingham; Kelsey Kusaba; S. Marquez; Bri Miltimore Aptos 2 – Scotts Valley 1 (Feb 13 – SV) Aptos Scoring: H. Bermingham; K. Kusaba Aptos 5 – SLV 0 (Feb 11 – Hm) Aptos Scoring: P. Evers; L. McLernon; B. Miltimore; M. Pesci; R. Salazar Harbor 2 – Aptos 0 (Feb 6 – Hm)

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additional information. Tickets $150 per person; $360 Boardwalk Wine Package (Beat “prohibition” with 2 Gala tickets & 2 bottles of wine; $2,000 Empire package (Be the “head gangster” and seat your own table of 10) Get your tickets now for what is sure to be the best party of the year. Visit: http:// www.sccbg.org RSVP Required. For information call 831-465-1989 or visit www.SCCBG.org

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Watsonville Wetlands Watch presentation 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Pajaro Valley High On Thursday, March 20, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch is hosting local horticulture expert Rich Merrill, who will take us on visual tour of his own beautiful and fascinating backyard in Scotts Valley. He’ll describe the plants and microhabitats, including the “hardscape� microhabitats in water elements, rocks/ boulders, mulch, Richard Merrill etc., best suited for and other useful garden creatures. Backyard habitats—created with both native and “exotic� plants—are delightful spots where you and your family can enjoy

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for the 62nd Annual Capitola Begonia Festival 2014. According to Kim Hogan, a former selected artist, “This is an experience of a lifetime I would wish for all fellow artists in our community.” This year’s theme is “Begonias on Broadway”. The artwork does not necessarily have to include the theme; selection does traditionally favor it. A list of all past themes and posters can be found on the website at www.begoniafestival.com. poster will measure 18” by 24” and both vertical and horizontal images will be considered. All mediums will be accepted. Graphics for the poster will be completed by the Begonia Festival Committee. Deadline for delivery of submissions will be required during the week of March 31 through April 5, 2014. For additional questions about submissions and delivery details, contact Kim Hogan at 831-566-3655 or email: kimberlyannhogan@att.net Miguel Fragoso is Rotary Club of Freedom’s nomination for Speech Contest FREEDOM — The Rotary Club of Freedom’s candidate in the Richard D King Rotary Youth Speech Contest is Miguel Fragoso. Miguel is a 12th grade student at Pajaro Valley High School. He won the club level competition on February 4 and moves on to the area level contest on Friday, February 28, 12 noon to 1:30 PM hosted by the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz at the Elks Club, 150 Jewell St, Santa Cruz. Miguel will be the valedictorian of the Miguel Fragoso 2014 graduating class at Pajaro Valley High School. Many people in the PVHS community are aware of this young man’s various achievements in the

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Ombudsman Volunteer Training he Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program of Santa Cruz and San Benito is recruiting volunteers to assist long-term care residents to live quality lives with dignity and respect. Volunteer Ombudsmen work with skilled nursing and assisted living facility residents to protect their rights and advocate for their safety and well-being. The Ombudsman Program of Santa Cruz and San Benito is conducting Volunteer Training from April 10 through the 26th. Ombudsman training includes 36 hours of classes, 15 hours of internship


With the Program Coordinator’s supervision, volunteer Ombudsmen work with at the lowest level whenever possible, monitor facilities and advocate for appropriate actions to meet the residents’ needs. having no family or visitors to support them, the Ombudsman is often their only resource available to advocate for and protect their rights while ensuring their safety and wellbeing with dignity and respect. For Santa Cruz training information and registration, please call: 831-429-1913 x 13. To learn more about the LTC Ombudsman Program and Advocacy, Inc services, visit our website at: www.advocacy-inc.org. Santa Cruz Art League presents 84th Annual Statewide Exhibit In a Golden State Juror delighted this year to host one of the most accomplished and collectable painters of our time. He is a painter, teacher, and author of several books on painting. For more about this year’s juror, lecturer and demonstration artist: www.brightlightpublishing.com/david-leffel-biography. html June 6 - July 6, 2014 Reception: June 14, 3-5pm “Best of Show” $5,000 Award plus $4,000 additional cash awards! Download Prospectus & Entry at: www.onlinejuriedshows.com “Briefs” page 24

Renovations Planned for the Civic Center T

The City of Santa Cruz and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music announces development of conceptual plans

he City of Santa Cruz and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music announce the development of conceptual plans for a possible renovation of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Through a rigorous and open proposal process, the

selected to lead the project, with funding provided by a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. ELS will be tasked with enhance the use of this historical building as a performing arts and cultural center. Because a number of events have moved, or are considering moving, to the new Kaiser Permanente Arena, the Leadership Team felt there was an opportunity to focus renovation planning on performing arts and cultural activities. Project Manager Jim Brown conducted the user needs assessment that suggests a wide range of improvements that

would make the facility more comfortable for patrons, accessible for performers, desirable to potential producers, and cost

operates the Civic Auditorium. In 2012, a Civic Planning Leadership Team was formed. Through the Cabrillo Festival, the team applied for and received funding from the Packard Foundation to conduct a needs assessment of current and potential Civic Auditorium users, and to design conceptual plans for a future Civic Auditorium renovation. “The Civic Auditorium has such a rich history in our community, and we are thrilled to be working with ELS to reimagine and reinvigorate a venue, unlike any other in our county, where our community gathers for so many diverse events,” said Ellen Primack, Executive Director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and chair of the Civic Planning Leadership Team.

“I’m pleased to see this project Santa Cruz’ residents,” said Martin Bernal, Santa Cruz’ City Manager. “A vision for an enhanced Civic that further supports our community and our economic vitality downtown is very much welcomed.” The Leadership Team selected ELS

historic theater renovation. Two past ELS projects include renovation of the California Theater in San Jose and the San Jose Civic Auditorium, a facility from the same era and with the same basic structure as the Santa Cruz Civic. “Civic” from page 23

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small highly select gathering were fortunate enough to enjoy an evening of Art Song masterfully rendered by San Francisco opera baritone, Eugene Villanueva and pianist John Churchwell. Beginning with the collection of Schubert’s songs, Der Wanderer, Auf dem Wasser zu singen, Abendstern and Auf der Bruch, both singer and pianist brought us into the reality that Schubert is truly one of the greatest musical geniuses of human artistic Eugene Villanueva achievement. With lanueva enhanced the performance with a subtle theatrical declamation that made every musical moment interesting, transnot to mention the artful tapestries John Churchwell wove into the musical fabric.

Four Hands – One Piano With this instrument under his hands, Churchwell exquisitely captured the essence of swirling clouds, rippling brooks, rustling leaves and trudges on cold, snowy slopes. In fact, I have never heard the now legendary Yamaha CFX sound better even when played by the expert soloists that Distinguished Artists has presented in recent years. Villanueva’s richly sonorous voice was sheer perfection with a technical range of tone colors needed to hold the enraptured attention of an audience for an entire recital. One is reminded of the mid-20th century legendary collaboration between baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and his “Unashamed Accompanist” of renown, Gerald Moore.

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Happy Anniversary to Senior Network Services T his year marks the 40th anniversary

August of 1974 that the doors were opened on the new senior community resource center for senior citizens who needed information and assistance. This was made possible by a 1968 Federal Outreach Program established by

nomic Opportunity. Santa Cruz County was chosen as one of twelve regions 65 or older and the national average was funded by public donations by businesses and individuals. The social workers and volunteers

who conducted the door-to-door outreach, later became involved in building the strong foundation of what was to

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consult their comprehensive directory for phone numbers and addresses of the many agencies that are available for seniors. This Senior Services Directory is published to be very valuable as a current reference book. Six other programs are available purpose agency. Case Management Program, which Staff of Senior Network Services. From left, sitting: Client Barbara Forbes, Staff Member Janet Westphal. From left, standing: Cindy Adams, Carol Sichak, Jeanne Allen, Executive Director Brenda Moss, Dalila Velez, Karen Shaw, Sherri Bartel. Not present: Maejean Foskett, Liz, Vasquez, Beth Hyytinen, Rose Carrera, Kathy Hamilton.

needs of a senior citizen who wishes to maintain independent living. Money Management Program provides assistance in completing the mechanics of paying monthly bills, plus help with health insurance paperwork. (This is the only program that requires payment on a sliding fee scale. The others are all free.) Family Caregiver Support Program caring for a person who is 60 years or older, and to grandparents 55 or older who are responsible for raising grandchildren. They will be provided with information and assistance to connect them with available resources, to assess and monitor case management services and will be referred to support groups and care giving training.

“Review” from page 19 Similarly, Villanueva and Churchwell performed with remarkable unity throughout, as if in single breaths of heartfelt beauty and emotion. Just as we could only dream of having attended one of those distinguished concerts then, Santa Cruz’ plethora of singers elsewhere to have missed this recital it means to be a singer and an accompanist, oh, forgive me, “collaborative pianist.” The performance included Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel, a collection of Italian favorites by Tosti, and an American 20 / March 1st 2014 / Aptos Times

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dependable low cost workers to relieve gerprinting of workers is required. Senior Network Housing Program provides detailed information and counseling to seniors about their housing housing arrangements with seniors and people seeking shared housing. References Health Insurance Counseling And Advocacy Program (HICAP). In this program, mation on supplemental insurance coverage, HMOs, prescription drug plans, Long Term Care, appealing denied claims and submitting complex claims. HICAP also provides educational forums. Brenda Moss, Executive Director who has been with the agency for 30 years, works with a is to link senior citizens with available services and to be the community information center for senior citizens and their family members. in located in the Live Oak Senior Center annex at 1777-A Capitola road, Santa Cruz, 95062. 831-462-1433. Senior Center, 114 East Fifth Street, Watsonville 831-728-1751. Satellite Sites are: the Louden Nelson Community Center, Santa Cruz and Senior Center of San Lorenzo Valley in Ben Lomond.

Folk set by Steven Mark Kohn. Altogether, it was an evening of captivating stories – stories of love, loneliness, nature, triumph and jubilation – set to exceptional music, read Pavarotti or Carreras (were it at all possible), the place would have been packed. Villanueva and Churchwell’s talent, notwithstanding, was no less equivalent. Already at the top of their game, their careers are surely destined for greatness. The Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series will next present the dynamic and electrifying Zofo Duet (Twenty Finger Orchestra) at Cabrillo College on March 21.

Is Divorce Mediation Right For You? What is divorce mediation? here are generally two ways for parties to end their marriage in California. Parties can litigate their disputes through the court system, or they can enter some sort of dispute resolution process which takes place outside of court. With mediation, parties hire a neutral professional to assist in unwinding their legal issues in a cooperative, supportive environment.



When parties hire me to provide mediation services, they have choices and control over how their funds are spent. One option is to pay for a mediation package, which is $1750, and the other option is to pay by the hour. It is my experience that parties can have their divorce mediated from start to depending on the complexity of the issues and the needs of the parties. In comparison, litigation can be enormously expensive. It is entirely possible for a litigant to spend $3,000 on one support hearing. As both parties in litigation generally have attorneys, that’s $6,000 spent

hen parties enter the court system to litigate their issues, in many respects they hand over control of their lives to their attorneys and to the court system. For some, this is the only recourse they remaining issues in the divorce have, such as when the party remain unresolved. It has on the other side will not been reported that the average cooperate, there are extremely litigated divorce in California divergent ideas about child is $40,000 per side. Even if a custody, or there is a substance party spends half that amount, abuse problem that must be that is still a lot of money spent dealt with in a more formalistic manner. When a decision Dana L. Santos that money improving their has been made to terminate the marriage, and the parties are able to post-separation living standard, and the deal with one another in a reasonable lives of their children. way, mediation is far superior to the court system. Parents, not the court, make decisions about their children. Parties, not the es. When parties get divorced, there court, make decisions about property and support. Ultimately, mediation allows children are involved. Unintentionally, and parties to retain control, instead of ceding sometimes intentionally, parties involve that control to others. How does the cost of mediation who select mediation are pre-disposed compare with the cost of litigation? the mediation, rather than exposing their tool, as compared with litigation. that children that are raised in supportive, respectful divorced households have much better outcomes than



laden divorced households. Children that are raised in an environment where each parent sees the other parent as the enemy are more prone to problems at school, drug and alcohol use, and having diflasting, healthy attachments with intimate partners. important goal in mediation that involves children is to establish cooperation and trust regarding parenting rules. While mediation is

not a substitute for family therapy, and is never intended to “reunite� parents, divorce mediation is a powerful tool for assisting parties in establishing positive coparenting relationships that last years after the divorce is over. Do people fall out of mediation? t is very rare, but occasionally parties fall out of mediation. In the 13 years I have been mediating, I have had one couple fall out of mediation and into litigation.


court to testify to what happened in mediation, as everything that is said or agreed to in mediation stays in mediation. If the mediation fails, the parties start at square one in court, and any agreements reached in mediation are abandoned unless otherwise agreed to in court.

Do you advise parties what is in their best interest? o. I will provide an overview of the law, and I will provide code sections of the law to parties if they wish to read neutral and my role is to assist the parties in obtaining their own agreement that meets the requirements of the law. I always recommend that each party consult with their own attorney, to advise them privately on their rights under California law.

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When will our water agencies explain … (Fill in the blank) "Y+IM!DAMSON 'ENERAL-ANAGER 3OQUEL#REEK7ATER$ISTRICT


see this from one source or another several times a week, but it is never sent directly to someone at the agency. It is typically followed by an item such as “why has development been allowed to continue” or “why nothing has been done to address our situation.” It is almost never followed by “what we can do to help and where do we get more information.” Don’t get me wrong, we basis, but they do so by contacting us. The people who make exclamations of the former kind have clearly not taken the time to attend a meeting, place a phone call or even send an email to people who can actually answer their question. Soquel Creek Water District is the second district I have had the privilege to manage. Like many who are trying to serve the public, it has always been my policy to have an open door. I welcome

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and we’d be happy to share the infornecessary. And when you read those words in emails or blogs about us or any other government entity, ask yourself if you believe the author actually made any attempt to request an answer or if they are just enjoying a soapbox. Why don’t we stop development? am going to take this chance to address the latest version of this question. Well, there are a lot of issues surrounding this question. If it were a matter of just saying no more, it would make the District’s job much easier. But the reality is that we have no power to do anything other than deny a connection to potential customers.


questions like these no matter how many times I hear them. I can assure you there are answers and I have been

providing them every chance I get. So the next time you’re reading something and see someone question, “Why hasn’t

“Water Wisdom” from page 25

Capitola Soroptimist Awards Dinner Third Grade Student to be Among Those Honored on March 25 CAPITOLA — Soroptimists International of Capitola-By-The-Sea will honor a 3 rd grade student who raised $700 for the Marine Mammal Center by growing and selling succulent plants with a special “Young Entrepreneur” award of $100, and two other women at its annual awards dinner on March 25 at Seascape Golf Club, 610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos. Zora Martin Etemadi, 8, been propagating and taking care of her succulent plants in the summer, used them to create various arrangements in repurposed containers from local thrift stores and held a one-day sale to raise the funds for the Marine Mammal Center. “We were so inspired by Zora’s story that we voted to make this special award,” explained Soroptimist President Laura Cross. “As Soroptimists, it’s part of our mission to encourage and support this kind of creativity and resourcefulness among women and girls.” Two other recipients will also be honored at the dinner including a Pajaro Valley High junior

“Civis” from page 19 Conceptual designs for the Civic will be drafted based on past studies and priorities established by a working group of Civic staff and current users. ELS will also look at ways to dovetail required building maintenance with renovation efforts. Designs will be completed in May of

“TEDx” from page 9 TEDx Santa Cruz is expected to sell out, with many of the presentations likely to be rebroadcast as part of the growing online library of TEDTalks. TEDx Santa Cruz is completely supported through sponsors and volunteer contributions from organizations like Ghostband, KAZU, Santa Cruz Tech Beat, Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, Gateway School, Santa Cruz Weekly, KUSP, Sub Culture Television, IP Society and Chowdahead Growth Fund. TEDx Santa Cruz attendees will enjoy presentations in the grand ballroom and a lunch catered by Paradox’s Solaire Restaurant and Bar. After the event, the audience will get a chance to mingle with the speakers, performers, and fellow guests at a festive after-party no-host reception, featuring the TEDxSantaCruz signature cocktail, the “Blast.”

who will receive the Violet Richardson Award for a young woman, age 14-17, who is making the community a better place through volunteer efforts. At the same time, the Women’s Opportunity Award will be presented to a 22-year-old single mother from Watsonville, who has been accepted into a nursing assistant program at Cabrillo College and is the head of her household. Reservations are required no later than March 18, and can be made by calling (831) 345-1385 or via email 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and awards program at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. Soroptimist, a coined Latin word meaning Best for Women, improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. For more information, or to become a member willing to work to help us help women and girls, visit the SI Capitola website at www.best4women.org or contact SI Capitola at info@best4women.org.

2014 and will be the foundation for future work with City leadership and the public to identify ways to support the development of this prized community resource. The Civic Planning Leadership Team is co-chaired by Ellen Primack, Executive Director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and Dannettee Shoemaker, Director of Parks

Tickets are $75 and the price includes the full-day conference, lunch and afternoon refreshments. Those interested in attending the event can purchase tickets at https:// santacruzfilm.secure.force.com/ ticket#sections_a0FF0000009HunQMAS For more information about TEDxSantaCruz, visit www.tedxsantacruz.org — Like us on Facebook: www.facebook. com/TedxSC — Follow us on Twitter Our hashtag is: #tedxsc TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers are combined to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

and Recreation for the City of Santa Cruz, which stewards the Civic. Other members include: Ceil Cirillo, former Redevelopment Agency Director,

Economic Development

and Redevel-

Program Manager, Community Foun-

Executive Director, Arts Council Santa

Handberg, Senior Vice President of Prop-

Executive Director, Santa Cruz County President of Art Space, has served in an advisory role.

“Poetry Contest” from page 5 A day bursting with wonder of Bottles, naps and stroller jaunts Overpowering my senses And dismissing all other wants Left behind are daily chores Of much less important tasks Of work place musings Or whatever anyone else asks

We might lie side by side on some tropical beach And be just you and me for a day. And the children are begging my time But you called up to say that you love me and so... I am sitting here writing this rhyme. Though the plumber just left and the house is a wreck And the cake that I baked just for you Sits unfrosted as yet on the top of the stove... All my visions of love have come true. VALENTINE’S DAY 2014

With chubby arms up to be held To be fed or even to play My tiny valentine beckons

Patty O’Hara Poetry Celebrating Over 30 Years of Marriage Winner VALENTINES DAY 1974 On this Valentine’s Day with romance in my heart I have visions of hiding away.

are grown And the grandchildren take up our time. I remember us then ... I remember us when I am sitting here writing this rhyme. Sure the times and the tides brought us close in the days When our journey had hardly begun. But we’ve weathered life’s storms through the dark and unknown And my love, you are still number one! Aptos Times / March 1st 2014 / 23

2012 Census of Agriculture Preliminary Results

has totaled 72 million acres since 1982.

at a record high. However, the prolonged drought and lack of disaster assistance producers and mid-sized farms to survive. The 2014 Farm Bill guarantees disaster assistance and provides additional stability for farmers and ranchers. “A bright spot in the data is the slight increase in young farmers and the stable number of small farms and large-scale

Fairgrounds manager Dave Kegebein announced approval of the settlement by the fair board. He said the legal fees spent to more than a full year’s speedway rental income. grounds and Ocean Speedway in 2011 over

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement concerning the 2012 Census of Agriculture preliminary results: “The preliminary data released today provide a snapshot of a strong rural America that has remained stable during

will help to further slow and reverse this trend.

“County News” from page 6

both local and regional food systems and exports, but we must do more for mid-sized operations. The 2014 Farm Bill will expand support for beginning farmers and new market opportunities for all producers. “Finally, the data illustrate the strength of diversity in crop production, markets, people and land use across the agricultural sector. While the aging nature of the farming population is a concern, we are hopeful that as we attract and retain the next generation of talent into rural America, this trend can also be reversed.”

related to the use of the racetrack and other fairground events. CAFA leader Max Kelley said the settlement means there’s a process in place to eventually reduce noise from the track. Track promoter John Prentice secured a three-year contract for racing at the fairgrounds last October subject to the lawsuit’s outcome. Prentice said shorter hours and fewer races will mean a loss in revenue. But he has agreed to a 20 percent track rent increase, raising the annual cost to approximately $80,000. Watsonville to Ask Voters for Sales Tax Increase n February 25, the Watsonville City Council unanimously voted to put a half-cent sales tax increase to last for seven years on the June 3 ballot. It will take two-


thirds approval of city voters to raise the sales tax within the city limits to 9 percent, the highest rate in Santa Cruz County. It is estimated that the tax will raise $2.1 million annually. The council approved a resolution that if the tax passed, allocates $1.26 million to the police department department for the 2014-15 of funds already budgeted for the current year. The base level for these two departments could not be reduced during the life of the seven-year tax.

revenue would enable them to increase the number of personnel and improve services.

“Briefs” from page 18 Deadline: jpeg & Prospectus deadline Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 11:59pm Questions: doreen@scal.org Santa Cruz Art League 526 BroadwaySanta Cruz, CA 95060 Open Wed. - Sat. Noon – 5, Sun. Noon – 4. Tel # 831-426-5787, Website: www.scal.org



Start Smart Presentation California Highway Patrol


teenage drivers and their parents. The Start Smart Program is aimed at helping future and newly licensed teenage drivers become aware of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. This program is designed as an educational tool for parents and teenagers in of death for 15-20 year olds. The primary objective of the program is to provide teens and parents with an understanding of how lives of numerous people. The Start Smart program also provides teens and parents with information on defensive driving,

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Classes are free of charge. The CHP has a Smart Start class scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, 6 - 8 p.m. at the Aptos Public Library located at 7695 Soquel Drive in Aptos. For more details, and to make a reserat (831) 662-0511.

The Old Becomes New

Santa Cruz Chamber Players Presents A Thread Of Time


hrist Lutheran Church in Aptos is a beitung ueber das Glogauer Liederbuch most delightful venue for chamber by Charles Wuorinen (1938-); two selecconcerts. On Sunday, February 16, tions from Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano by Claude Bolling (1930-) and The Santa Cruz Chamber players the Premier of Threads of Time presented just such a concert. One by Barry Phillips. The very aspect of the setting is immedicapable musicians were Lars ately noticeable and that is the Johannesson, flute/piccolo audience appears to be of one and Director of the ensemble; large supportive family. They Jeff Gallagher Bb clarinet/ mingle, chat and interact in a most positive way. violin, Amy Brodo cello, Susan Five works filled the afternoon with music: Shaker Lars Johannesson Bruckner piano and Barry Spiritual Set by Barry Phillips (1955-); Phillips drums. The Shaker Spiritual Set consisted of Variations on a Slovak Folksong by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959), Bear-

“Water Wisdom” from page 22 We have no power to prevent them from placing their own straw into the shared water supply. California is truly the Wild West of Water Law. Water rights — Municipal & Private


as the only two states in the union that do not regulate the use of groundwater through water rights. Overlying property owners have a right to pump reasonable amounts of water from under their lation or permits. Municipal users (water agencies) are considered “appropriators.” This means that use of the water does not depend on ownership of land. Municipal users have a right to pump water when the basin has surplus water but their rights are typical junior to those of private property owners in the basin, including agricultural users. Clearly, this paints urban communities into a corner when their sole source of supply is an over-drafted groundwater basin. And of course, you can now see to prevent connections and the property owner’s right to use the water underlying their property. Regulation of Groundwater


can declare a moratorium on new connections. If they are a Special District like Soquel Creek, that only means they can refuse new connections to their system. And this can only be done temporarily while additional supply is sought and brought online. But the water agency has no power to control the permitting of new wells. In our case, only the county can do that. But with the explanation above

violin and cello. The original melodies were with a drone on the cello, followed by the into a delightful four-part harmonization ending with the cello drone once again. Arguably all six works were composed with a “spiritual, hymn-like” setting in mind. Phillips explored several musically rich sound textures in both this work and his Threads of Time. Moments in which

comprised the overall musical texture. The Martinu work with Susan Bruckner on piano and Amy Brodo on cello was very well realized. (Czecho) Slovakia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1867-1918) and the Slovak language was not to be spoken in public, only Hungarian.

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you can see that all local governments are highly constrained in how they can regulate groundwater. While the county can declare a temporary moratorium on new well permits, this can clearly be challenged by property owners on the basis of California’s water laws. The result is often adjudication of the groundwater basin. This is a long, expensive legal process in which the courts decide how much water can safely be drawn, and who will be allowed putting our resources to more immediate solutions to over-drafted basins?


n the case of Soquel Creek Water District,

the past 10 years without a moratorium. The District has a program in place requiring builders, whether they’re building a retirement home on property owned for the water they are expected to use through conservation measures elsewhere in the District. When they come onto our system, they were required to put in and we have pump through our conservation messaging as well as increased rates for high water use. Faced with the possibility of more straws being dropped into the shared basin, aren’t Getting back to the original topic of this column, whenever anyone asks, I gladly share time you hear or see someone say, “When is the water agency (or any other government entity for that matter) going to explain …” question whether he or she has ever asked us for an explanation. We are always ready to answer your questions.


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35. Misfortunes 37. Flock members 39. Alluring maiden 40. Surveyor’s map 41. *King of the Elephants 43. Long forearm bone 44. Carried a torch 46. Buddhist teacher 47. *Piglet and Winniethe-Pooh, e.g. 48. Quill-dipping vessel 50. *”Froggy Goes to ____” 52. E or G, e.g. 53. Adam’s apple spot 55. *Shel Silverstein’s constrictor 57. *”The Jungle Book” protagonist 60. *Roald Dahl title character 64. Painting support

65. Poor man’s caviar 67. Dora the Explorer’s farewell 68. Accent mark 69. PC monitor technology, accr. 70. *Children’s literature, e.g. 71. Fusses 72. Lawyers’ league 73. Swelling 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.


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36. Flight segment 38. Actress ____ Gilbert 42. “Dancing with the Stars” number 45. Thumb drive, e.g. 49. Rolodex abbr. 51. Thick soup 54. Approximately, as in date 56. Helped 57. *Amelia Bedelia, e.g. 58. Norse capital 59. Marries 60. Self-referential 61. Pick-up ____ 62. Student’s quarters 63. Away from port 64. Greek H 66. Scepter’s partner © Statepoint Media

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By Robert Francis

San Francisco:

A 3D Keepsake Cityscape Illustrated by Charlotte Trounce Candlewick Press. $8.99 (Rating: Very Good) n unusual guide to San Francisco’s special attractions, this foldout, attractive cutpaper book opens accordion style to show the sights you’ll want to see on a trip to San Francisco. On one side is the Gold Gate Bridge, the glass Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, Alamo Square and the famous Painted Victorians, curvy Lombard Street, the Palace of Fine Arts, Pier 39 and the infamous Alcatraz Island. On the foldout’s other side you’ll


Chinatown, the towering Transamerica Pyramid, the downtown Museum of Modern Art and the S. F. Giants’ home, AT&T Park. A brief paragraph accompanies each scene and explains something about what you are viewing, plus there’s a small map of the city that highlights which section tions. The foldout also comes with its own slipcase to keep it safe. city, but it is also perfect for sharing with visitors before you whisk them up to San Francisco for a day of sightseeing. They’ll get a nice introduction to these famous attractions before you view them up close and personal.

Shouting Won’t Help:

Why I – and 50 Million Other Americans – Can’t Hear You By Katherine Bouton Picador. $16 (Rating: Good) s you’ll discover when you read this book, hearing loss is on the increase in this country. Presently about 48 million Americans


of hearing loss. More than half these individuals are under 55 years of age. And, like the author of this book, many of these individuals experi26 / March 1st 2014 / Aptos Times

enced the sudden loss of hearing early in adulthood and the cause is a mystery. Times,” Katherine Bouton began to lose her hearing when she was thirty years old. In this well-written and deeply felt narrative, she looks at this widespread and often mis17 percent of the population. As she recounts her own journey into deafness and then her return to hearing through the miracle of technology, Bouton explains what it is like to be deaf from an insider’s perspective. In doing so she also touches base with doctors, audiologists, neurobiologists and others seeking both causes and cures for the condition. Weaving her story along with the of hearing, Bouton has created a very informative and heartfelt story of this invisible disability that touches so many families. This is a must read book for those with hearing loss as well as anyone who has a family member, friend or employee dealing with the challenges associated with this all too common situation.

Women of Steel and Stone:

22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers


By Anna M. Lewis Chicago Review Press. $19.95 (Rating: Excellent)

to be female unfriendly because you never hear of the successes the women who enter them have achieved. Anna Lewis is determined to bring to the forefront the women who have made a name for themselves in architecture, engineering and landscape design. The group of nine architects includes

the American Institute of Architects, and Marilyn Jordan Taylor, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. The seven engineers discussed range from Emily Warren Roebling, who assumed her husband’s duties when he became ill and saw the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge project, to Ruth Gordon -

tural engineer in California. Of the six women with extended biographies in the landscape architect section, two standouts are Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, who designed the landscapes Canada and the United States, and Martha Schwartz, whose innovative design projects span 20 countries and four continents. In addition to the featured women, there is additional information about other women who worked in each of these three areas plus a listing of the top American undergraduate and graduate programs in Part of the “Women of Action” series, this book is designed for readers in their early teens but any individual interested in

The Ordinary Acrobat:

A Journey Into the Wondrous World of Circus, Past and Present By Duncan Wall Vintage. $16.95 (Rating: Excellent) f you are in the mood for a good circus


of his plunge into the world of the modern circus very entertaining. Along the way the author nostalgic look back to the old days when attending a circus was more of a family ritual, but du Soleil-fueled phenomenon. as a college student in Paris, the Wisconsin native was hooked. His obsession resulted in signing up for the competitive training Arts di Cirque. What happens next when this young American becomes engaged in a demanding regimen of tumbling, trapeze, juggling and clowning is quite a remarkable story. There are plenty of thrills and spills, outsized personalities and even a few surprises in this personal history of circus life and how this entertainment institution has evolved over the years. The book also features eight pages of color photos that picture this change over the years. The only downside to this excellent book is the rather small print the

publisher elected to use. It will be a little hard on aged eyes so that will slow what would have been a fast read down a bit. the enjoyment of what will be a very pleasurable read.

Jerry Bruckheimer: When Lightning Strikes Four Decades of Filmmaking


By Michael Singer Disney Editions. $60 (Rating: Excellent)

innumerable ways. His blockbusters range from “Flashdance,” “Glory Road” and “Top Gun” to “Pearl Harbor” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. Bruckheimer has also been the driving force behind a number of Hollywood notables like Johnny Depp, Washington. He has also nurtured an equally impressive group of seasoned directors including Paul Schrader, Michael Mann and Tony Scott. with page upon page of photos of this producer’s work. Along with a short narrative, it chronicles a body of work that is as remarkable as it is groundbreaking. These breathtaking color photos tell the story of a very special career and, as you’ll see, there’s a lot to say, hence the length of the book. Granted this book is a bit pricy, but after paging through it, you’ll agree it is worth every penny.

SPCA Featured Pet

Slovak and Hungarian music are quite closely related and both Bruckner and Brodo rendered a wonderful musical their dynamic balance was especially noteworthy. (jazz) piano, cello and drums was very well performed and received by the audience. Under the musical umbrella of a Minuet the cello providing the bass line in pizzicato; a well performed and enjoyed piece. The Premiere work by Phillips was again based on antiquity in four parts. The Robertsbridge was from a work composed around 1350; the Bell at St. Reinoldi source was the impressive bells of a church in Dortmund, Germany; the Preambulum’s


She’s As Sweet As Candy

ven with her leg in a cast, this one-year-old Maltese/Terrier is as sweet as Candy and that’s how she earned her name. Candy came to the shelter as a stray with a limp, which was the result of multiple fractures to her leg. Although her leg is still healing, it’s time for Candy to Candy is an adorable little girl who immediately wags her whole body to show her utter

little motor and she is not afraid to come over for attention. She loves to be held, touched, rubbed, petted and talked to.

origin was an organ work from Germany based on a harp composition in the 1100s. The four compositions used the piano and left the exploration of harmonics listener. A Sunday afternoon could not be better spent than listening to these talented musicians perform such music.

Slovak and Hungarian music are quite closely related and both Bruckner and Brodo rendered a wonderful musical and their dynamic balance was especially noteworthy.

toddlers. Candy is still young and acts very puppy-like. In a shelter environment and with her injury, Candy is being kept on crate rest with frequent potty trips. Candy has been very patient and while she very much enjoys her outdoor time, she takes her crate time in stride and chooses to nap or lay quietly in watch of all the things going on around her. In a home, she won’t have to be on crate rest but will need her activity monitored to ensure proper healing. It is important to know that Candy will need one or more future x-rays to make sure things are mending and all further medical care will be the adopter’s responsibility. Her vet seems to think her prognosis of making a full recovery is good, however there is a chance she may have a little hitch in her step for life. Candy is about 12 pounds and seems to have more of the Maltese like hair, which is soft, the groomer. Because she is a mix, there is no guarantee she won’t shed. Check out Candy on our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/SantaCruzSPCA The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501c3 charitable organization and receives no government funding,

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our community. For more information call the Santa Cruz SPCA at 4655000, or visit www.spcasc.org. 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.

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Aptos Chamber of Commerce Thursday March 13 March Breakfast Meeting

Announcements No-cost Youth Program in Aptos


no-cost after school youth program for youth ages six to

Wednesdays and Fridays in March and is sponsored by the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Aptos. All $25 non-members (Please call community youth in this age group for reservations, 688-1467) oin us for our March breakfast are invited to participate. Activities will include tutoring and homework meeting with special guest assistance, basketball and music speaker Barbara Mason, Economic Development Coordinator programs and a snack break. Sign up deadline is March 7th. of Santa Cruz County. Contact Jodi Capitola-Duran at: Reservations Required, stjohnyouthcoord@gmail.com, or 831-688-1467 831-708-2278, extension 17 for more information. 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., Best Western


Wednesday March 19 Do you know a hero in the Dine For History


relationships and self esteem. Weekly

Santa Cruz and Watsonville. For a schedule and more information, Orientations to Become go to www.coda.org or e-mail Advocates for Children gratefulcoda@gmail.com or call (831) 469-6096. Tuesday of month (for location details contact Danielle at 761Second and Fourth Mondays 2956 X102) South County, 5:30-7 p.m., third Wednesday of the

First and Third Wednesdays

Alzheimers Support Groups

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



WomenCARE Support Group Anytime during open hours: ominate them to be celebrated uesday Support Group is a 9 am-9 pm, Erik’s Deli Cafe, 102 at the Santa Cruz County gathering for women with all Heroes Breakfast 2014. Visit www. Rancho Del Mar, Aptos portion of your proceeds will redcross.org/santacruz before for women through all stages from February 21st! Learn more by diagnoses through treatment. calling (831) 600-4909. Museum. For more information or to register call (831) 457-2273 Kohl’s Scholarship Program ohl’s is now accepting nominaTuesday March 25 tions for its youth Scholarship Drop in Grief Support March Mixer Program. The department store 6:00pm at Aegis, 125 Heather chain recognizes kids ages six to 18 Terrance, Aptos at Bargetto Winery who have made a positive impact oin other adults who are grieving 5 - 6:30 p.m., on their community through the death of a friend or family 3535 N. Main Street, Soquel, $5 members, $10 non-members accepted now through March 14 at member. Learn helpful tools for he March Mixer co-hosted by kohlskids.com. Please encourage coping: Share stories and receive support from people who care. Soquel Creek Water District community members to nominate deserving youth and help Kohl’s No registration required, please and Bargetto Winery held at call (831) 430-3000 provide scholarship funding to the winery from 5-6pm. At the outstanding kids in your area. winery following representaTuesdays, Thursdays thru tives from Scotts Valley Water Saturdays District, Central Water District, Soquel Creek Water District, and Ocean Gate Zen Center Zazen City of Santa Cruz will hold a Instructions Regional Water Panel to discuss 7:00pm, 920 41st Ave. Suite Mondays the regional water situation B, Santa Cruz (next to Family Meal Solution Mondays and provide information on Cycling Center) 4:00pm-6:00pm, New Leaf Combest practices and conservation orning meditation schedule munity Markets, 1210 41st Ave. suggestions for businesses. is Tues. & Thurs. 6:45am; Capitola (Also down town and at Fri. 9:00am, & Sat. 8:30am West side stores) followed by “Come As You et fresh ideas for easy-toThursday April 10 Are Zen” at 9:00am. Zazen April Breakfast Meeting instruction First Tues. of each nutritious main entrees from a month at 6:30pm. 7:30 - 9:00 a.m., Best Western For more info. visit both munity Markets culinary team. oceangatezen.org and facebook. $25 non-members Monday, ranging from meat dishes, oin us for our April breakfast to gluten-free, to vegan. Try a Tuesdays thru Sundays meeting with special guest sample, get a recipe card, and learn speaker Barbara Mason, EcoSvaroopa® Yoga Classes tips for meal prep and leftovers. nomic Development Coordinator Featured recipes are posted on See website for times, Deerpark of Santa Cruz County. the New Leaf Community blog at Shopping Center, 783 Rio Del Call or email for reservations, Mar Blvd. Aptos www.newleafcommunity.com. es, you can do yoga! With the 831-688-1467 or meggie@ support of blankets, beginning aptoschamber.com PROFILE of Santa Cruz 9:00am-12:30pm, 2045 40th Ave. students relax into easy poses designed to release to deepest Clares St. Capitola Sunday April 27 tensions in the body along the Fashion Show PROFILE of Santa Cruz. Its free spine. Discover this unique form 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Seascape and it works. Last year it places 126 of Hatha yoga that deeply relaxes, of its members in jobs, and we can quiets the mind, reduces pain, Beach Resort, $45 per person help you too. Ongoing workshops accelerates injury recovery, and njoy a fabulous lunch at promotes better over all health. Seascape Beach Resort while will cover resume writing, comFor more information, visit www. munication, and interview skills. watching an amazing fashion aptosyoga.org, or call (831) 688-1019 show! Our show will feature at (831) 479-0393 or visit www. local models walking the runway First Tuesdays each month in the latest fashions from local






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DJ. This fun fashion soiree will also feature a trunk show with a dozen boutiques selling their wonderful merchandise.

on Soquel Dr. sleep, mood, and the body’s ability percent of the crab feed sold First Tuesdays and pen Support meetings on to handle stress. during this event also goes to the Third Wednesdays each month second Wednesday. Adult Only To learn more, call (831) 515-8699. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa

Freedom Blvd. Watsonville ASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) needs volunteers, 3-5 hours per week, to provide support, guidance, and a powerful voice in court for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Everyone welcome, men and bilingual folks especially encouraged. To RSVP call 761-2956 Ext. 102, or email Danielle@casaofsantacruz.org


Second Tuesdays each month

Free Job Seek Workshop!

6:00pm-7:00pm, Gateway Bible Church, 5000 Granite Creek Rd. Scotts Valley. For more information, visit http://hirewire.org

PFLAG (Parents, Families, and

Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

7:00pm-9:00pm, 900 High St. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz To learn more, call (831) 427-4016


Toastmasters: Speak for Success

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


TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly) 8:45 am, Felton Firehouse et support for loosing weight at these health group meetings. Learn more by calling (831) 335-3510.


Overeaters Anonymous

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

First Wednesday each month

Adoption/Child Welfare Orientation 6:00pm- 8:00pm 1400 Emeline Avenue room 206, Santa Cruz.

Tattendand/or adoptive parent is to orientation. The orientation is designed to review the child welfare system and to give you a chance to have your question

O meetings on fourth Wednesday. Any Questions, contact Judy Brenis at (831) 818-9619.

Drop-in Grief Support

Third Wednesdays


Meeting Schedule for the SCWD2 Task Force

12:00pm, Hospice of Santa Cruz County ospice of Santa Cruz County


Thursday March 6

support group for adults grieving the Town Hall Meeting on death of a family member or a friend. Alcohol and Drug Treatment 7:00pm, Soquel Creek Water This group is a place where you can District Headquarters, 5180 share stories, learn tools for coping, and for Santa Cruz Residents Soquel Dr. Soquel eetings are open to the public receive support from people who care. 5:30-7:30 pm, Aptos High School, 100 Mariner Way, Aptos CA. and the location alternates For more information, please call ll community member are between the City of Santa Cruz Police (831) 430-3000. invited to share thoughts on Community Room, and the Soquel early intervention, treatment and Creek Water District Headquarters. Third Fridady of Each Month recovery needs, and available Visit www.scwd2desal.org resources. Experts will share for more info. Friday Shakespeare Club best practices, existing successful 1:30 pm-2:30pm, Lounge of the modes and answer community Thursdays First Congregational Church, 900 questions. High St. Santa Cruz Capitola-Aptos eets monthly on the third Rotary Club Meeting Saturday March 8 friday, until May 17th. Come 12-1:30 p.m. at Seascape Golf Course. Contact Chuck at 831-462-6092 join us, a group of diverse women, Santa Cruz’s own Flying or e-mail charleswhitt@att.net for in stimulating discussions of Shake- Karamazov Brothers return more information. speare’s plays. Guests are welcome. after 10 years 8:00 pm , Rio Theatre ll ages welcome, 12 and under Second Thursdays each month Saturdays half price tickets at. Advanced Veterans of Foreign Wars 6:30 pm, 2259 7th Ave. Santa Cruz 8:00 -12:00pm at Cabrillo College tickets are available at Tomboy, Streetlight Records and online at ommander Ronals Petty leads he Aptos Market, with over www.pulseproductions.net. the meetings. 80 vendors, is open year There are great photos available For more information, call (831) round, with the best selections of here: www.fkb.com/MC/press.php 475-9804 fresh foods. In addition, family music, cooking demos Second and Fourth Thursdays activities, by professional chefs, gardening Wednesday March 12 Cabrillo Host Lions Club Dedication of the new Public workshops, seasonal fairs and 7:00pm at the Cabrillo Comevents are a part of the market. Artwork at Chanticleer Park munity Center, Aptos Village 3:00 pm. Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd. lease join the Santa Cruz ublic is invited to all programs. Scotts Valley Farmer’s Market County Parks for the DediContact President Jess Allen 9a.m.-1p.m. SV Community Center, cation of the new Public Artwork 831-684-2721 or Past President 360 Kings Village Drive at Chanticleer Park on Wednesday, Barbara Chamberlain at 831www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org The artist Madeline W. will 688-3356 for meeting/dinner reservations or information or visit in creating A Day at the Park, the Sundays www.cabrillohostlions.org. two limestone sculptures recently Over-Eaters Anonymous installed at Chanticleer Park. Third Thursday each month 9:00am-10:15am, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, Saturday March 15 7:00pm, Firehouse on Soquel Dr. Aptos 2900 Chanticleer Ave. Sc. A is a 12-step support group for peakers helping speakers Sunday March 16 those who wish to stop eating get gigs. Bliss Yoga Weekend compulsively. All are welcome. Call (831) 332-8221 for more Aptos Yoga Center, 783 Rio Del Free childcare with advance information. reservation by 5pm, Fridays. Call Mar Blvd, Ste 23B, Aptos. e propelled into the bliss of Fourth Thursdays each month (831) 429-7906. consciousness! Dive deep into the practices of Svaroopa® yoga Aptos Veterans of Foreign Wars Church Bible Study/Worship and dissolve the layers of tension Post 10110 9:45am: Bible Study; 11:00: you weren’t aware of. Enjoy 6:30 pm, Severinos, 7500 Old Worship, First Baptist Church change on every level: physical, Dominion Ct., Aptos 7565 Sunset Way, Aptos mental, emotional. With guest ommander Chuck Woodson ooking for a church? Come leads the meetings. worship with us! Belle Mann, PhD, CSYT. $275. For more information, call (831) Learn more at www.aptosyoga. 295-1939 org/events. Call to reserve your place. (831) 688-1019.














Dated Events


Clutterers Anonymous 5:30-6:45 Sutter Maternity & Surgical Center, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, Soquel Dr. Santa Cruz.


Tuesday March 4

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County

All day at Stockton Bridge Grille, up? Support is available. CLA in Capitola To register to one of the meeting and meeting every Friday. tockton Bridge Grille will be for directions, please call 454-4687. For more info call 426-1868 FREE holding a fundraiser for Big Tail Wagging World of Dog brothers Big sisters of Santa Cruz Mondays, Wednesdays, Second and Fourth Wednesdays B12 Fridays Ownership county. Also starting at 5:30 pm and Thursdays 6:30pm at the Santa Cruz SPCA, Santa Cruz/ Monterey Bay Branch 3:00pm-6:00pm, Thrive Natural there will be a 3-course crab feed. Co-dependents Anonymous Medicine, 2849 Park Ave. Soquel ADHD Support Group Meetings 2685 Chanticleer Ave., Santa $40 per person gets you a salad, o-dependents Anonymous is a 12-step 6:30-8:00pm Aptos Fire Station a side of pasta and crab! Thirty group for people who want healthy Cruz (cross street is Soquel Ave.). supports immunity, energy,

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Cruz county. Call 831-464-8691 for any further questions!



Sunday March 16

Festival of Irish Music and Culture 3:00 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 125 Canterbury Dr., Aptos, CA 95003


Music School of Santa Cruz Summer Music Camp Scholarship Fund including a concert, High Tea, and Celtic Crafts with a silent

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Announcements Call for artists for the Begonia Festival!


popular tunes. Come see our band for Free in Sunnyvale Every

in a First Friday art tour, visit Contact Lee McLaughlin, Booking Agent, at 408-993-BAND (2263) galleries are open 12-9 pm for for information about booking First Friday viewings.)

he Capitola Begonia Festival Comittee is excited to invite all (donations are tax deductible). local artists to submit a piece of www.PeninsulaBanjoBand.org

for the 62nd Annual Capitola Begonia Festival, 2014. According to Kim Hogan, a former selected artist, “This is an experience of a lifetime I would wish for all fellow artists in the community�. This year’s theme is “Begonia’s on Broadway.� The artwork does not have to include this theme, but selection does traditionally favor it. A list of past themes and posters can be viewed at www. begoniafestival.com. Deadline for entry of submissions is March 31 through April 5. For additional information, contact Kim Hogan at (831) 566-3655 or email kimberlyannhogan@att.net.

Volunteers Needed for the Monterey Symphony

from local galleries.


Lucky Steppers Modern Square Dance 6:30 pm, German American Hall, 230 Plymouth St. Santa Cruz quare dancing! Try it, you’ll like it! Friendship put to music, event is family friendly. Classes through Jan 29 are free. For more information, contact Sue or Don at (831) 72-7053 or e-mail at caller4u@att.net.


Second Fridays each month

Big Band Dance

7:30pm-10:00pm, at Mid-County Senior Center 829 Bay Ave, Capitola 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.


Second Sundays Each Month

Modern Square Dancing Class Downtown Santa Cruz 7:00pm, German-American Hall Antique Fair Santa Cruz, 230 Plymouth


all (831) 726-7053 or e-mail caller4u@razzolink.com for more information!

9:00am-4:00pm, Lincoln St.


of antiques and unique items. Come and check it out! Browse through a wide assortment of treasures including books and photographs, vintage jewelry, clothing, glass and ceramic collectibles, vintage hawaiian kitsch, turquoise, original artwork, and a whole lot his is a night for true “Social of whatnot! Tango.� Order a wonderful meal For more info, please contact us from the Star Bene Argentine Menu, at (831) 476-6940 or visit us on (or their well known italian menu), Facebook. and enjoy the ambiance of Argentina Tuesdays and join us in a social tango dance to BINGO music from the Golden Age of Tango. 6:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Elks Lodge, Private instruction and classes 150 Jewell St. by arrangement. For more osted by Soquel Sports Tuesday March 4 Foundation. Buy-In $15. Full information, call Michael (831) snack bar available. First Tuesday 239-2247. Big Brothers Big Sisters of each month is special $25 buy in


he Monterey Symphony is Last Thursdays each month seeking volunteers. If you love Monthly Argentine Tango at Star music and want to be involved, Bene Italian/Argentine Restarante please call (831) 646-8511 or visit www.montereysymphony.org for 4:30pm-9:30pm, Star Bene more information. Italian/Argentene Restarante,

Ongoing Events


Dated Events


feed. $40 per person gets you a salad, side pasta and crab! Call (831) 464-8691 for further questions.

Wednesday March 5 Ani Difranco returns to the Rio Theatre!


enny Scheiman opens at 8:00 pm, www.jennyscheiman.com. Tickets are available at Tomboy, Streetlight Records and online at www.pulseproductions.net. Ani’s website: www.righteousbabe.com

Thursday March 6

Watsonville Film Festival Hosting March Mixer 5 pm - 7pm, Appleton Grill, 30 West Beach Street Watsonville atsonville Film Festival is holding a mixer where all proceeds will be used to purchase tickets for students to attend this


Friday March 7

Swedish Music Mavericks Vasen 7:30 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 125 Canterbury Dr. in Aptos he Community school presents Swedish music maverick Vasen. Admission is $15 advance or $20 at the door. Tickets are available online at www.browpapertickets. com/event/587261 For more information, visit www. communityusicschool.org or call (831) 426-9155


Sunday March 16

St. Patrick’s Day Festival of Irish Music and Culture

3 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 125 Canterbury Dr. Crab Feed Fundraiser Aptos, CA 95003 First Fridays each month 5:30pm (3 course crab feed), www.soquelsports.com resented by the Community First Friday Art Tour Stockton Bridge Grille, Capitola Music School of Santa Cruz. he First Friday Art Tour is a ig Brothers Big Sisters will be Education, food and fun. Kid’s Wednesdays Santa Cruz Institute of Conholding a fundraiser. Thirty are super welcome. Session to temporary Arts event, managed in percent of all lunch/dinner Peninsula Banjo Band 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Harry’s Hofbrau, conjunction with the participating purchases during the day will be follow ‌ art venues. The event takes place donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters Free admission! Donations 390 Saratoga Ave, San Jose orty-seven years of performing year-round and illuminates some of Santa Cruz County. Also starting gratefully accepted at the door to at 5:30 there will be a 3-course crab of the most talented local artists in the Bay Area, over 250





You and a friend will turn a boring old everyday activity into something really, really fun, by all accounts, on the 15th and 16th! If a problem arises in one form or another, it’s important that you stay totally cool-as-a-cucumber-that’s-been-sliced-and-diced-and-used-to-create-theface-of-a-late-winter-snowman (eyes, nose, mouth, ears, mustache). That’s right: Stay so cool, you’re almost slightly chilled. Brrr! Mercury’s retrograde in your social sector can stimulate some confusing situations, or perhaps you could be feeling a little out of touch with friends picture, and your own spirit in love.


relaxed its grip! Breathe in this air of renewal and talk to your friends about everything that’s going on, and all it is that you’re feeling, and if they have some advice about what you should do next, go ahead and solicit it. Decisions come more easily, and you are likely to be clearer about what kind of changes you need to make to improve your life. Educational, legal, and travel plans tend to move forward now. Your personal magnetism is strong in March.


Don’t forget to really be honest with yourself about how much power you have, Gemini. A new perspective on an old issue transforms that issue for you this month. Communicate, communicate and then talk it over some more. You are called upon to bring more imagination and creativity to your work or business. Mid-month can bring a sudden awareness of overload in your daily life, and adjustments need to be made. You could also be feeling less energetic or physically up to par around this time. Finances can improve, and for some, a loan could come through, or you could receive a bonus this month.


You start the month out super in tune with the folks around you on the 1st and 2nd. In fact, it’s highly likely that they’ll call you on the 10th or 11th and ask you out on a really awesome you haven’t seen before. Decide how hard you’re willing to work.


Your emotions are on your sleeve right now, and your ruler’s square to Saturn can point to a feeling of lack of support, particularly from family members. Where are you headed? Where warm and wonderful on the very positive 12th -14th. Enjoy these fabulous days, preferably with a special somebody! Don’t let other people’s problems sideswipe you this month. It might be tempting to overreact and chase after too many good times, but resist that, too.


There are days when you just get so much done! And then there are days like the 1st and 2nd, when you probably won’t accomplish a heck of a lot. But don’t worry: After all, the journey is the destination, and as long as you’re enjoying yourself, that’s all that really matters. Sometimes what looks like a setback turns out to be the very best thing that ever happened to you. So roll with whatever comes your way! Cut yourself some slack. Enjoy some healthy recreation and break away from the routine.


The more active you can get (think: Hiking, walking, swimming, basketball) with your friends on the 12th- 14th, the better you’re going to feel. And feeling great is going to be great preparation for the fabulous days coming your way. Energy levels are strong, but be careful not to take on too much. When Mars is retrograde in your sign, from March 1-May 19, you may be retracing some of the steps you’re taking now, or second-guessing your recent decisions. It’s always good to reexamine a relationship, but feelings now might just be hollow self-doubt. Relax.


Enjoy the super spring-timey start to your month. By the challenging 5th and 6th, you’re going to need to be brave in order to overcome the obstacles that you want and need and are capable of overcoming. Being introspective will work to your advantage, especially this month, but you could blood pressure. If things get tense at home, smile and remember that you’re the lucky one! March ends on a high note, with more time for recreation and increased faith in life in general.


you have one on the 1st or 2nd, keep lying in bed, if you possibly can! If you must get up, then until later and get some more rest now, do it (it’s important). You are likely to come up with mitting to more of these than you can reasonably manage.


super productive projects. Harness your imagination, and there’s no telling where it might take you! Your ambition is stimulated, but it’s important not to take on more than you can reasonably handle, as there can be changes of heart during Mars’ retrograde from March 1-May 19, when you can strongly regret having too much on your plate. There’s a degree of altruism as well as sheer professionalism at play here. Don’t hesitate to describe your aspirations.


Ah, reevaluation. Sure, it can sound intimidating. But it can also be a total relief to reevaluate and realize that what you thought you had to have to be a complete human being isn’t so important, after all. So, even if a project scares you a little on the 1st or 2nd, reevaluate. Go for it! As the month opens, your sense of fun could encourage extravagance or some needless risk with money. By the 4 this danger should be over, but the memories of foolishness may linger. And some amazing news on the 26th and 27th wakes you up from your sleepy springtime slumber.


hard lately: Getting in touch with your feelings, communing with your deepest wishes, underneeds you too much. If your free spirit or reckless desires get you into hot water on the 18th, just remember just how darn charming and sincere you can be.

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Are You Prepared for the Unexpected? W hen you’re working to

objectives, you will encounter obstacles. Some of these can be anticipated — for example, you won’t be able to invest as much as you want for retirement because you have to pay for your mortgage. Other challenges can’t be easily anticipated, but you can still plan for them — and you should. Obviously, the word “unex-

of living expenses, held in a liquid, low-risk account. Investment risk and market volatility — Extreme price swings are unpredictable, and they can

To defend yourself against wild gyrations in the market, containing quality investments. can’t protect against loss or

unlimited number of possibilities. your life, you may want to watch for some “expected” unexpected developments. For example, during your working years, be prepared for the following: Emergency expenses — If you needed a major car or home repair, could you handle it? What about a temporary job loss? These events are costly — especially if you are forced to dip into your long-term investments to pay for them. To help guard against these threats, try to build an emergency fund containing six to 12 months’ worth

on your portfolio. And here’s one more thing you can do to cope with the ups and downs of investing: Maintain a long-term perspective. By doing so, you won’t be tempted to overreact to short-term downturns. Long-term disability — Onethird of all people between the ages of 30 and 64 will become disabled at some point, according to the Health Insurance Association of America. Disabilities can be economically devastating. As

disability insurance, but you may need to supplement it with

private coverage. Premature death — can really predict our longevity. If something happens to you, would your family be able to stay in your home? Could your children still attend college? To protect these goals, you need adequate life insurance. As you approach retirement, and during your retirement years, you may want to focus on these challenges: Living longer than expected — You probably don’t think that “living longer than expected” is necessarily a bad thing. However, a longer-than-anticipated life span also carries with it the risk of outliving your money. Consequently, you may want to consider investment solutions that can provide you with an income stream that you can’t outlive. Also, you’ll need to be careful about how much you withdraw each year from your various retirement and investment accounts. Need for long-term care — If you had to stay a few years in a nursing home, the cost could mount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. These expenses could jeopardize your to protect yourself. You could “self-insure,” but as that would be extremely costly, you may want to “transfer the risk” to an professional can help explain your choices. events in our lives. But in your role as an investor, you can at least take positive steps to prepare for the unexpected — and those steps should lead you in the right direction as you move toward your important goals.

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