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October 15 2011

C O M M U N I T Y N E W S T H AT M A K E S A D I F F E R E N C E

Vol 20 No. 20

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

Into the Woods

Eucalyptus Elkhorn Slough II ~ Ann Thiermann.

October 18 thru January 18 urated by Joan Blackmer, Into the Woods features the works of nine local artists who explore the natural beauty, strength and mythical character of trees. Artists featured in the show are Charles Berger, Larry Darnell, Joan Hellenthal, Bridget Henry, Aaron Johnson, Jim MacKenzie, Michelle Stitz, Ann Thiermann and Paul Zaretsky. The Into the Woods exhibit wraps throughout the Bank’s 5 banking offices and boasts over 100 works in oil, woodcut, pastel, and photography. Aaron Johnson’s oil paintings and woodcut prints explore the natural world and our human relationships within it. His paintings use the traditional materials of oil on linen canvas and the woodcuts are printed from multiple woodblocks on a 1947 Vandercook hand press. In Charles Berger’s colorful “Spirit Tree” photographs, the peeling bark of eucalyptus trees depict animal, human and supernatural forms harkening back to the mythology of Aboriginal culture.

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Community Heroes Wes and Gary Hunter

APTOS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES 2011 AWARD RECIPIENTS he Aptos Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce:

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Man of the Year: Jeff Talmadge, Talmadge Construction, Inc. Woman of the Year: Leslie DeRose Businesses of the Year: Erik’s Deli Café and Baskin Robbins

Foundation of the Year: Dominican Hospital Foundation Organization of the Year: Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Market Outstanding Achievement: Cabrillo Stage Community Heroes: Wes and Gary Hunter

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These individuals and organizations will be recognized because of their continuous dedication to our community. Please join us in honoring them at the Aptos Chamber Annual Dinner on Friday, October 28, at 6 p.m. at the Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos. For reservations please call 831-6881467.

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15th Annual Progressive Dinner Limited Amount of Tickets Still Available he organization Agri-Culture is sponsoring its 15th Annual Progressive Dinner on Saturday, October 29th. One hundred participants are whisked away, aboard buses, to three unique agricultural operations not generally open to the public for an exciting evening. Each stop features a separate part of the meal and is kept a secret until guests arrive. This fun event is Agri-Culture’s major fundraiser of the year. Proceeds are used to fund the many community and educational programs sponsored throughout the year. Tickets are available at $100/person. For additional information and/or reservations, please contact the Agri-Culture office at 722-6622, email agri-culture@sbcglobal.net or online at www.agri-culture.us.

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15th Annual Progressive Dinner • Agricultural History Project Docent Training Data Gives Glimpse into Pollution Contributors • Animal Therapy for Surviving Parents and Siblings • BLM Offers Shrub Tour at Fort Ord Scottish Music Duo To Perform At Community Series – November 1 St. Andrew Church 9850 Monroe Ave, Aptos scwd2 Desalination Program Monthly Project Update Spring-in-November Blooms! – New Exhibit Opens at the County Government Center UC Santa Cruz Physicist Bill Atwood awarded Panofsky Prize Music Devotee Donates Concert Grand Piano ‘Show Us Your Recycle Style’ – rePLANET Video Challenge • Sandhill Cranes Return to Central Valley Wintering Grounds Elder Protections Made Permanent • National Survivor’s Day brings attention to Suicide Prevention Governor Signs Bill to Streamline Environmental Review Major Consumer Assistance Bill Signed by the Governor Debt Collectors Making Threats Of Jail To Debtors • Soquel High School Choir Receives Caralyn Steinberg Grant • Start Smart Presentation Get Your Praise On! – Inner Light Choir Classics Concert Identity Smarts: Start Protecting Your Identity

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Cristina & Brian King, President/Superintendent Cabrillo College.

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he Agricultural History Project is looking for new volunteers who are willing to donate four hours of their time per month to serve as a museum docent. Docents greet visitors at the Codiga Center & Museum and provide general information about AHP’s collections. The next training is on Saturday October 15 from 10 am to 4 pm at the AHP, 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville ant the entrance to the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Ron Tyler, retired Santa Cruz County farm advisor, will share his knowledge of our area’s agriculture past, present and future in the morning and AHP specific exhibits and procedures will be discussed in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided. Current docents are welcome to attend also. “Briefs” > 6

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Cade Bell to be new Aptos Girls Basketball Coach • Aptos High School Scoreboard

Business Profile 20 Princeton Capital For Home Loans – Local Lender Means Better Service by Gail Penniman

Home & Garden 25 Making Halloween festive on a budget

Calendar – Arts & Entertainment • Pages 28 & 29

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

Featured Columnists 22 The Book Bag By Robert Francis – Paperback thrillers and clever suspense yarns…

26 Music Review by Michael Tierra – An Impassioned Performance by Soheil Nasseri

27 EarthTalk® – Cleaning Greener for your Health and the Environment 30 Central Coast Commentary by David deMilo – California Dreamin’ SPCA Featured Pet • Page 31 – The Beagles Have Landed!

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Man of the Year Jeff Talmadge, Talmadge Construction eff Talmadge is a General Contractor and President of Talmadge Construction, Inc. The Design/Build Remodeling Company was established in 1984 in Santa Cruz. A move to Aptos in 1995 led to Jeff’s many years of volunteer efforts in the area. The Valencia Hall Coalition approached him to spearhead the volunteer labor to relocate and restore the old Grange Hall and turn it into a rentable event site that benefits the County Parks system – 2 years of weekends organizing and working alongside community volunteers saved the county many thousands of dollars and provides a place where the community can gather for meetings, weddings or special events.

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Paul Zaretsky’s images of Joshua trees, Dogwoods, Aspens and Cypress trees hugging the coastline, are motivated by environmental concerns and the hope that others will be inspired by his photographs to gain a better appreciation for the natural places that remain. Other featured artists explain their process and the inspiration that guided their journey in creating work for Into the Woods: Joan Hellenthal: “Forest views from my studio window have given me never ending inspiration for my series of Treescapes. The constantly shifting color from sunrise to sunset as well as the changing light throughout the seasons intrigues me.” Jim MacKenzie: “The most striking thing to me about exploring Santa Cruz’s forests and woodlands with a camera is the vast diversity of size, form and character of the trees that inhabit and define these areas. Each of these creatures, whether gnarled, twisted, and sprawling, or straight and tall,

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Poetry of Trees ~ Joan Hellenthal

He joined in the effort to build a 1000foot fence around the Aptos Community Garden donating 80 hours directing, training and working alongside volunteers. He was able to procure donated materials and hammers so everybody who came to work got the experience of driving nails. It was a busy project and today there are plots of full vegetables, flowers and a real community spirit there. As part of his Jeff Talmadge work with Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary, Jeff organized volunteer labor for rehabilitation work at Easter Seals' Camp Harmon and participated in several community beautification projects. Jeff currently serves on the Board of uniquely responds to the environmental conditions and microclimates of the site, the nutrients available to it and the nature of its surrounding community.” Michelle Stitz, on creating The Forest Series: “I used my oil-in-resin method to track patterns of retrieval, methodically layering paint and resin as I attempted to capture a dear memory in a wooded place. I painted the same vision over and over itself in each layer and in each piece. Each rendition is slightly different in the recollection and the depiction and each is a fragment of a greater whole.” Bridget Henry: “I love everything about the woodcut process. I love the feeling and the sound when I carve the wood, when I mix a viscous pool of ink, and when I first roll color on the board. I love the possibility of paper, the problem solving and the pace.” Ann Thiermann: “If I can excite all the senses of my viewer and share the contagious joy I feel when painting “plein air,” I have succeeded.” In addition to the 100+ works of art by nine local artists, the Into the Woods exhibition includes a historical glimpse at the draw of “big trees” as a tourist attraction in Santa Cruz and California. Incorporated into the show are framed historic postcard images of “big trees” as tourist attractions that drew a wide audience of travelers. These postcards were reproduced with permission of and in partnership with the Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center. n ••• The public is welcomed to the Artists’ Reception on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 from 5:30-7:30 at the Bank’s Santa Cruz office, 720 Front Street, Santa Cruz. Exhibit Locations: Aptos – 7775 Soquel Drive; Capitola – 819 Bay Avenue; Santa

Directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz County, (CASA). When the organization envisioned launching a capital campaign to purchase a house to use as CASA headquarters, Jeff was on board with the other committee members inspecting potential properties and raising funds. Once the home was purchased Jeff worked with the volunteer architect and engineer to create the remodel plans needed to complete a renovation, which would bring the 3000 square foot residence into code compliance as an ADA accessible commercial building. Once plans were approved, Jeff coordinated a schedule for the volunteer labor that was necessary in order to control the costs for the project. For seven months, Jeff headed up a “Chamber Awards cont.” > 5

October Blue Oak ~ Aaron Johnson

Cruz – 720 Front Street; Scotts Valley – 4604 Scotts Valley Drive; Watsonville – 595 Auto Center Drive Exhibit Viewing Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 am – 5 pm, Friday 9 am – 6 pm excluding Holidays. Exhibition & Media Contacts: Mary Anne Carson, Santa Cruz County Bank mcarson@sccountybank.com, 831.457.5003 ext 2118 www.sccountybank.com The Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative is an outreach effort to promote professional artists and art education by providing exhibiting artists with promotional assistance and by mounting public exhibitions in its banking offices throughout the county. In 2007, Santa Cruz County Bank received the ArtWORKS Emerging Business Award granted by the Santa Cruz Arts Commission for its support of the arts.


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group of volunteers each weekend and made sure each person had a job and felt like they were a part of the community effort. Jeff spent about 600 hours in total to keep the project cost at $360,000 saving over $250,000 in renovation costs. This now beautiful home serves the community’s most vulnerable, enhances the overall aesthetics of the neighborhood and on many days one can smell the fresh baked cookies made by the CASA children. Jeff has the ability to empower volunteers to make a difference and get satisfaction of a 'job well done'. He makes it a priority to find projects for anybody who comes to help, no matter the skill level.

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Woman of the Year Leslie DeRose fter growing up in San Jose and taking a quick detour to Morgan Hill, Leslie found her home in Santa Cruz County in 1983. Leslie has lived in downtown Santa Cruz, Live Oak, Aptos and finally settled in Watsonville where she married, owned a business with her husband and raised her 2 children, Becka and Jacob. Experiencing life in different areas of the county has allowed Leslie the opportunity to understand the diversity of our County and the importance of being a steward of her community. Leslie spent close to 10 years supporting businesses as the Membership and Media Services Leslie DeRose Manager for the Aptos Chamber of Commerce. In her role there she was tasked with assisting businesses to identify opportunities that would help them thrive, as well as to advocate for them by working closely with local government, law enforcement and other public agencies. In August of 2007, Leslie decided to take her commitment to her community to the next level and ran for a seat on the Board of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. She won the seat and along with the six others, who make up the Board, led the District through what has been, arguably, some of the most difficult fiscal times in District history. She is now one year into her second term. Additionally, she volunteers as a Board member of Think Local First-Santa Cruz County, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop community awareness of the advantages and benefits of supporting independent and locally owned businesses. The organization has allowed Leslie to continue to foster relationships throughout Santa Cruz County

and be a positive force in community development. Leslie is also a Class 23 graduate of Leadership Santa Cruz County, and is a member of Leadership Alumni Association. She has enjoyed volunteering for many other causes that benefit our community such as, the Aptos History Museum, Aptos Community Foundation, Aptos Adopt a Family, Teddy Bear Tea, Toys for Tots and Second Harvest Food Bank Holiday Food Drive. Business of the Year

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Erik’s Deli of Aptos and Baskin Robins rik’s Deli and Baskin Robbins of Aptos are true assets to the Aptos community. Owners Lindsey and James Bryant of Erik’s Deli and Keang and Dee Dee Lee of Baskin Robbins have teamed together in a joint effort to support numerous non-profits throughout Santa Cruz County. They show they care by hosting fundraisers to support local charities and forming great relationships with community members and customers. They have donated partial proceeds, food donations, and direct cash donations to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society, Mar Vista Elementary School, Holy Cross Youth Choir, Rio Del Mar Elementary School, Salesian Sisters School, Twin Lakes Church, and Second Harvest Food Bank, along with many others.

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Foundation of the Year Dominican Hospital Foundation he mission of the Dominican Hospital Foundation is to ensure that philanthropic resources are available to respond to and support the changing health care needs of the people within the area served by Dominican Hospital. As a non-profit hospital and center for health, Dominican relies on voluntary contributions, grants, and estate gifts to help continue its 70-year tradition of providing services to all who need care regardless of their ability to pay. Donations large and small enable the Dominican Hospital Foundation to subsidize services, underwrite outreach programs and help purchase new technology that would not otherwise be available in a community our size.

Today, the Foundation's Board of Trustees is made up of 55 community members, who volunteer their time and expertise. The board represents the community Dominican Hospital serves, seeks donations to support the hospital, invests restricted and endowed funds and represents donors in funding specific equipment and programs that enable Dominican Hospital to provide the best healthcare possible to our community. The Dominican Hospital Foundation is ready to assist interested donors and prospective donors in developing a personal, charitable expression that will benefit our community for years to come. Some gift programs also provide the donor with lifetime income and significant tax benefits. Dominican Hospital and its Foundation are continually looking ahead to anticipate future needs and develop model programs to benefit the people of Santa Cruz.

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senting full-scale Broadway musicals to the greater Monterey Bay area. Producing a diversity of musical theatre works with the goal of educating as well as giving its audiences quality family entertainment, Cabrillo Stage is recognized as one of the three major annual performing arts events in Santa Cruz County. Cabrillo Stage started in 1981 by Lile Cruse, and each summer since, Cabrillo Stage has provided thousands of Santa Cruz County residents and visitors with unforgettable, critically acclaimed productions such as Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of “Chamber Awards final” > 11

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Organization of the Year Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Market he Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets is the oldest and largest certified farmers market in the Monterey Bay area. For the past 35 years, the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Market has been bringing together 80 farm families, mostly from the tri-county area, to sell their unique produce and flowers. The Monterey Bay Farmers are certified with the state and only sell produce that they grow themselves. Along with local farmers, Santa Cruz County Chefs also participate in the Farmers Market by providing demos and food tastings. This year-round market draws in over 4,000 customers each weekend with wonderful baked goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, seafood, live music, and beautiful plants. Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Market is number one in the state of California for its markets and number 9 in the nation. To help support the community, the Monterey Bay Certified Farmer Markets donates three local spaces per month to local non-profit organizations. Outstanding Achievement Cabrillo Stage Professional Musical Theatre abrillo Stage is a non-profit, nonunion, professional, summer stock, musical theatre company dedicated to pre-

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Data Gives Glimpse into Pollution Contributors

ave Our Shores (SOS), the leader in ocean awareness and advocacy on the Central Coast, has just released data totals from Coastal Cleanup Day 2011 on September 17. In Santa Cruz and Monterey counties 4,584 volunteers removed a total of 17,503 pounds of debris from 81 cleanups sites around the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in just 3 hours. A look into what items were removed during the cleanup paints a picture of the habits and products that cause the most

harm in the marine environment. Cigarette butts total: 36,082. (Total smoking related items removed: 38,824.) OS data reports that cigarette butts are the #1 item found polluting beaches and rivers on the Central Coast. Cigarette butts are made of plastic and toxic materials, and are seen as a major threat to marine species locally and worldwide. SOS has been spreading awareness about this #1 polluter through their publications, beach and river cleanups, advertisements, and radio PSAs. They have worked with the Cities of Santa Cruz and Capitola to install 18 BaitTanks (stainless-steel cigarette butt receptacles) in hightraffic areas, and data collections near these BaitTanks show a steep decline in cigarette butt litter by an average of 70%. Two BaitTanks are installed on the Monterey Wharf, and expansion of this program is underway. Plastic bags total: 4,750. ave Our Shores recently celebrated a victory two years in the making when the Santa Cruz

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County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags. SOS sat on the Task Force to write the ordinance, supplied data to back the need for the ordinance and collected support for the ban from businesses and citizens alike. SOS formed the Central Coast Sanctuary Alliance, a coalition of 70 environmental organizations and local business, with the mission of banning singleuse plastic bags around the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. SOS is working with local leaders, businesses, and citizens to see that similar plastic bag ban ordinances are implemented, often a multiyear process, in each jurisdiction bordering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Food wrappers/containers: 12,127 • Caps/ lids: 6,412 • Plastic beverage bottles: 2,158 • Straws/stirrers: 2,129 • Pieces of fishing line: 223 • Fishing nets: 296 “Briefs” from pg 3

Please contact the AHP office at 831-7245898 to register. ••• Animal Therapy for Surviving Parents and Siblings ragon Slayers, a free animal therapy program based in Aptos, is opening up an additional free service for the siblings and parents of children that have prematurely passed away. Dragon Slayers is offering a day of your choice at their animal therapy facility interacting with camels, donkey, Watusi bulls, yak, donkey cart rides plus a fun frizzle Serama (The world’s smallest breed of chicken) circus and lots and lots of entertaining event to help sooth broken hearts. There will be a free lunch in the Dragon Slayers’ award winning zoological garden plus the opportunity to feed gentle, tame, loving therapy animals and to have all this recorded in fabulous photographs. For 40 years Dragon Slayers has provided the handicapped community with a free animal therapy program and have very competent volunteers and students to help with this new, additional service working to help in the healing process after the loss of a child. Dragon Slayers has both Spanish and signing interpreters available on-site. Contact the Director, Josef Rivers at 831688-6699 or visit the website: www.josefriversdragonslayers.org

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ave Our Shores will continue to identify problematic pollution and identify ways to combat it locally. Learn more at saveourshores.org. “Our goal is to inspire our community to make the connection between their actions on land and the impact their actions have on our Marine Sanctuary,” says Laura Kasa, Executive Director of Save Our Shores. n ••• BLM Offers Shrub Tour at Fort Ord he Bureau of Land Management will offer an introduction to shrubs of the Monterey Bay area Saturday, Oct.15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fort Ord. Participants should meet at the former thrift store parking lot by the main Fort Ord entrance (Light Fighter exit off Highway 1, on the south side of Light Fighter Drive). “In the spring the focus is on wildflowers and annual plants which are only here for a short time. But what about the longer-lived plants which are present in this area during the rest of year? This BLM led-walk is a chance to learn to identify common local shrubs, which you might encounter whenever you are out hiking or biking no matter what the time of year. We will drive a short distance onto Fort Ord Public Lands and then take an easy walk looking at shrubs as we go,” said Susan Hubbard, tour leader. n For more information contact her at shubbard@blm.gov or (831) 394-8314. BLM - Central California District, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825

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Scottish Music Duo To Perform At Community Series

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eltic Music Night at St Andrew, a community outreach program celebrating Celtic music and culture, is proud to present their next musical guests—an internationally known duo from Australia who will be performing a concert of traditional Scottish music to kick off the fall season of their donation-based concert series which is open to all ages, and where kids & questions are encouraged. Australian fiddle & piano duo Catherine Fraser & Duncan Smith show

David Brewer • Catherine Fraser

November 1 St. Andrew Church 9850 Monroe Ave, Aptos

true mastery in performance, not just of their instruments, but of the Scottish fiddle idiom. Drawing on Catherine’s Scots heritage they have breathed fresh life into the traditional repertoire as well as composing many beautiful original melodies, descriptive of the Australian Scots experience. Showing a rare level of emotional depth, this duo is recognized for their moving performances, combining elements that are powerful & lyrical, driving & delicate, exuberant & expressive. They have had rave reviews of their performances in Scotland, North America, New Zealand & Australia, with critics commenting on the “extraordinary talent & taste” evident in their creative blend of repertoire. “Duo” > 13

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scwd2 Desalination Program Monthly Project Update

City of Santa Cruz Water Department Releases Draft 2010 Urban Water Management Plan he City of Santa Cruz (City) recently released its Draft 2010 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP). This plan, which is required of California water suppliers that serve more than 3,000 service connections or 3,000 acre-feet per year, was developed by City Staff and is an update to the previously adopted 2005 UWMP. The draft 2010 UWMP was reviewed at the October 3, 2011 Water Commission Meeting and includes: • A description of the City’s water service area, including current and projected population through the year 2030

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and other factors affecting water management planning Existing and planned sources of water supply Past, current, and projected water use An assessment of forecasted water supplies and demands during normal, dry and multiple dry water years to ensure water supply reliability A description of the measures to promote water conservation and efficient use A summary of the City’s water shortage contingency plan

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The plan also details new state requirements to establish baseline daily per capita water use and calculate future water use targets. Copies of the City’s Draft 2010 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) are available for public review at the Water Department office (212 Locust Street, Santa Cruz), at the Central Library (224 Church Street, Santa Cruz), and on-line. To access the on-line draft 2010 UWMP and get more information on how to submit comments, go to www.cityofsantacruz.com. Under What’s New select News Updates then select the Plan Update of 9/292011. Interested members of the public and local businesses are encouraged to provide comments to the City of Santa Cruz and participate in the plan review process. The Water Commission will continue its review of the UWMP at its November 7 meeting. Upon completion of the Water Commission review, a public hearing will be held before the City Council to receive comments on the Draft 2010 UWMP. Following the public hearing, the City Council will consider adoption of the 2010 UWMP, which will then be filed with the California Department of Water Resources. In similar news, Soquel Creek Water District’s 2010 UWMP was adopted by the District’s Board of Directors on September 20, 2011. The final report will be posted this month on the District’s website at www.soquelcreekwater.org. Links to Recent Opinions on the Proposed Desalination Project hile it has been standard practice to primarily focus these email updates on information, studies, and status updates related to the scwd2 Desalination Program, there are also the many opinions by community members on the proposed desalination project. The scwd2 project website includes both media articles and opinion pieces related to the desal project. We encourage the public to stay engaged in this public process as we continue to evaluate desalination. Energy Plan Update: Detailed Assessments of Potential Energy/GHG Reduction Projects Available on our Website The project assessments (PAs) for each of the 16 potential energy/greenhouse gas reduction projects have been prepared and will be available on the scwd2 website by the end of the week. These draft PAs are currently under review by our Energy Study Technical Working Group and the scwd2 Task force. Discussion on the draft PAs is scheduled for the October 19 Task Force meeting.

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Upcoming Community Meeting n informational community meeting on “Desalination: Energy Use and Greenhouse Gases” is scheduled for December 8, 2011 at Live Oak School, 1916 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz, from 6 to 8 pm. More information will be forthcoming in next month’s email update. Inquisitive Minds Want to Know … his ongoing section will answer frequently asked questions related to the proposed desalination project and/or our local water supplies. For more FAQs, please visit the FAQs section of www.scwd2desal.org. Q: If Soquel Creek Water District has a Water Demand Offset Program, why do they still need a supplemental supply? A: To avoid exacerbating groundwater overdraft during the interim before a supplemental supply is available, the District implemented a Water Demand Offset Program (also known as a “water neutral development policy”) in August 2003. This policy requires applicants for new water service to offset projected water use of the proposed development by retrofitting existing properties with water efficient devices. The most cost/beneficial retrofit has been replacing older toilets with high efficiency models. With the recession significantly lowering the number of new service connections, the District completed the toilet retrofits for customers who had signed up for the program. These credits are now banked and available for purchase by developers. The current bank is over 30 acre-feet and would meet the offset requirements for approximately 120 new single-family homes. The water demand offset program is not an alternative to developing a supplemental supply for these reasons: 1) Even at 100% build out, there could not be enough water neutral development to close the existing gap between sustainable groundwater supply and current demand; 2) The amount of water saved through retrofits is limited based on what can be effectively done to permanently reduce water needs of existing customers; 3) The Water Demand Offset program is not a supply alternative, it merely accelerates conservation that would otherwise occur. The District has already planned for continued conservation in its demand projections and assumes that total demand in 2030 will be less than today. Nonetheless, in the absence of a significant supplemental supply with a reliable yield of approximately 1,500-2,000 acre-feet per year, groundwater overdraft would persist which would eventually lead to seawater intrusion. n

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Cade Bell to be new Aptos Girls Basketball Coach

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ade has been a fixture in the local basketball circle for a long time, coaching many succesful youth and AAU boys and girls teams throughout the county, winning many tournaments and championships along the way. He has also served as the head girls JV coach at Soquel HS for several years. His JV teams have won the past two SCCAL JV championships, compiling an overall record of 35-6. Cade is a graduate of Wonewoc High School in Wonewoc, Wisconsin,

where he played football and basketball. He served in the US Army from 19901994, working as an engineer, and today he is a Licensed General Contractor and the owner of Bell Builders. He is married to Michelle, a middle school teacher, and has two daughters, Breanna and Lilyanna. Bell replaces Tony Pepperdine, who since 2006 has been the Mariners’ coach. Last season Aptos was 5-7 in the SCCAL and finished fourth. The 2011/2012 season begins on Oct. 31. n

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Aptos Season Record: 5-1, SCCAL 2-0 Aptos 35 – Scotts Valley 21 Aptos – 20 First Downs, Rushing yds 50-310, Passing yds 59, Comp-Att-Int 4-160, Fumbles-Lost 0-0, Penalties-yds 9-80 Aptos Scoring – Michael Strom 26 yds interception return (Books Nicholson kick) 10:31 – 1st Q, Tyler Morgan 21 yd run (Nicholson kick) 3:11 – 1st Q, Morgan 13 yd run (Nicholson kick) 0:29 1st Q, Riggs Powell 86 yd run (Nicholson kick) 1:12 3rd Q, Cody Capurro 3 yd run 3:36 4th Q Aptos 42 – St Francis 7 Aptos – 21 First Downs, Rushing yds 59-255, Passing yds 87, Comp-Att-Int 7-14-0, Fumbles-Lost 1-1, Penaltiesyds 5-50 Aptos Scoring – Cody Capurro 6yd pass from Cody Clifton (Capurro run) 5:51 1st Q, Jeremy Medina 3yd run PAT blocked 11:54 2nd Q, Tyler Morgan 2 yd run (Eli Ungerecht) run 4:23 2nd Q, Riggs Powell 1 yd run (2pt failed) 0:13 2nd Q, Dustin Samms 6 yd run (Brooks Nicholson kick) 5:42 3rd Q, Tanner Lardie 3 yd run (Nicholson kick) 2:50 3rd Q

Boys Water Polo

Aptos Season Record 9-2, TCAL 6-1 Aptos 12 – Salinas 7 Aptos Scoring – Ben Pickard 4, Jack Pickard 3, Tanner Gilbert 2, Jacob Stockwell 2, Ryan Wingo 1, Ian Weckler 8 saves, Nick Guzman 3 saves Aptos 12 – Santa Cruz 10 Aptos Scoring – Jacob Stockwell 4, Ben Pickard 3, Jack Pickard 3, Tanner Gilbert 2, Ian Weckler 7 saves

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Aptos Season Record SCCAL 3-5 Aptos 188 – Harbor 190 (DeLaveaga GC) Medalist Ellie Laustalot (H) 29 Aptos Scoring – Chloe Tsudama 34, Ashlyn Wenger 34, Ashley Enos 37, Katie Amirsehhi 40, Zinnia Martinez 43, Kaelee Mechem 43 Aptos 200 – SLV 238 (Seascape GC) Medalist Chloe Tsudama (A) 32 Aptos Scoring – Ashlyn Wenger 36, Ashley Enos 40, Katie Amirsehhi 46, Zinnia Martinez 46, Kaelee Mechem 47 “Scoreboard” > 17

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Spring-in-November Blooms!

New Exhibit Opens at the County Government Center

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new art exhibition presented by the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County introduces an exploration of color and form borrowed from nature. This display, interpreted by five local artists, generously rewards viewers with the look and feel of springtime through

Not Weeds to Me • Lynn Larson, Colored Pencil

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Horrors, Forever Plaid, West Side Story, Annie, and Funny Girl, to name a few, as well as regional premieres of new musicals such as Honk! In 2001 Jon Nordgren became producer and has since been known for it’s innovative sets, beautiful costumes, an outstanding pit orchestra and talented, professional performers. Cabrillo Stage is committed to providing a nurturing, supportive, artistic environment that allows all of its artisans, professional and non-professional, the opportunity to create musicals with high quality production values.

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Community Heroes Wes & Gary Hunter, Aptos Locals es and Gary Hunter run a tree service in Santa Cruz County but they are known for their involvement with the youth of our community. If you or your children have been involved in track or baseball in Aptos over the last ten years, you certainly know them. You may have seen them handing their famous chocolate covered strawberries or giant handmade cookies out to kids and, sometimes, parents in the community. If they aren't umpiring or running the snack shack, you

expressions of our surrounding flora and fauna. Stephanie Martin’s Etchings examine the relationships between humans and the natural world across time and cultures, as revealed through legends and myths. The sheer magnificence of the plants and birds portrayed carry many symbolic meanings. Lynn Larson’s In the Garden series consists of vivid watercolors and colored pencil drawings/illustrations inspired by the beauty in her garden. Her work is known for its clarity, bold use of color and vibrant energy. Andree Le Bourveau’s Serigraphs (silkscreen prints) reflect a more literal interpretation of subject matter as much of her work is often taken from her photographs. Included is her series of botanical prints portraying

will certainly see them at football games, baseball games, track events for both the Jr. High and High School, and even the Aptos Parade. These two brothers have made a name for themselves by graciously giving back to the community of Aptos. Aside from their specialty for food, it is their remarkable way of encouraging children that makes them so unique. They both are umpires and use that as an opportunity to teach the players as well. Often after a game, you will see them connecting with a player that had a bad game giving them encouragement and maybe a free cookie. They have a positive way of validating kids, inspiring them to do better, and encouraging them to be involved. They are very involved in the Aptos Junior High Track program and assist in coaching, recruiting and building confidence in our children during those awkward teenage years. As one student said "the beauty of Wes and Gary is that regardless of how well you perform, they will be there with a smile! They always have positive feedback at the end of a meet or game, and they always encourage you to keep on going!" Quite simply, Wes and Gary have a magical way of connecting with students and helping them feel validated. n

dangling passionflower, honeysuckle and morning glory vine, vibrant Stargazer lilies, and delicate peonies. Jeanne Rosen Sofen’s Acrylic Works reflect her fascination with the luminosity created by light hitting the stones submerged in a creek to the mirror-like reflections revealing only the surface forms of the water. Drawn to the forms and textures of rocks; Jeanne uses various rice papers to enrich the tactile quality of her paintings, intensifying the contrast between the rocks and water. Heather Richmond’s Glass Works are inspired by the Monterey Bay and surrounding environment, and include small fused glass pieces and glass beads created using a torch, then constructed into jewelry or ornaments. The public is invited to the First Friday Art Tour and reception that will take place at the County Government Center (701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz) on

October 25 – December 21 Santa Cruz County Government Center 701 Ocean Street, 1st & 5th Floors Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ••• Public Reception/First Friday Art Tour December 2, 5 to 8 p.m.

December 2, 2011, 5 to 8 p.m. from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County in collaboration with The Santa Cruz County Department of Public Works sponsors four exhibits each year. Applications to exhibit are open to all artists residing in Santa Cruz County and available in August of each year. n ••• For more than 30 years, the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County has been leading and advancing the arts by providing funding, advocacy and support to artists and arts organizations. Visit our website: www.ccscc.org.

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UC Santa Cruz Physicist Bill Atwood awarded Panofsky Prize

Professor to be presented prize in Experimental Particle Physics

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he American Physical Society (APS) has awarded the 2012 W. K. H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics to William Atwood, adjunct professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The award recognizes Atwood “for his leading work on the design, construction, and use of the Large Area Telescope on the Fermi Gamma-ray Satellite, enabling numerous new results in gamma-ray astrophysics and fundamental physics.” Atwood played a central role in the conBill Atwood ception and development of Fermi’s Large Area Telescope (LAT). The LAT is one of two instruments onboard Fermi and is the most sensitive and highest-resolution gamma-ray detector ever launched. The Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope (www.nasa.gov/mission_ pages/GLAST/main/index.html), formerly called GLAST, is an international and multi-agency space observatory that studies the cosmos in gamma rays, the most energetic form of light. At UCSC, Atwood is a member of the

Santa Cruz Institute for Particle P h y s i c s (SCIPP). S C I P P re s e a rc h e r s led by UCSC physicist R o b e r t J o h n s o n developed the LAT’s tracker and e l e c t ro n i c s . SCIPP director Steven Ritz, who served as project scientist for Fermi and is currently deputy principal investigator for the LAT, has been (L) Visible Light Image (left) and a Large Area Radio Telescope Image from the Fermi satellite involved in ple worldwide, Fermi has been a great sci- $10,000, a travel allowance, and a certifithe project since 1996. “Thanks to Bill’s pioneering work, entific success,” Ritz said. “In just these cate. Atwood also received the 2011 Bruno along with the efforts of thousands of peo- first three years, Fermi has given us surPrize from the American prises and new insights across a wide vari- Rossi ety of topics. Its discoveries include dozens Astronomical Society in recognition of his of pulsars observed to pulse only in contributions to the Fermi space telegamma rays, powerful flares from the Crab scope. Awarded each year by the High nebula, enormous gamma-ray-emitting Energy Astrophysics Division of the bubbles near the center of our galaxy, American Astronomical Society, the Rossi breakthrough results on the origin and Prize is the top award for high-energy propagation of cosmic rays, important new astrophysics research. Named in honor of constraints on dark matter and tests of fun- Bruno Rossi, an authority on cosmic ray damental physics, and more. And the best physics and a pioneer in the field of X-ray astronomy, the prize includes an engraved is yet to come!” The Panofsky Prize will be presented certificate and a $1,500 award. The winners to Atwood at an awards ceremony at the will give a joint lecture at the 219th AAS APS meeting in Atlanta in April 2012. meeting in Austin, Texas, in January 2012. “This is an important community Atwood will also give an invited talk at the meeting. Friends of W. K. H. acknowledgement of the outstanding work Panofsky, director emeritus of the SLAC done by the LAT team,” SCIPP director National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Steven Ritz said in an email to his colAPS Division of Particles and Fields, leagues at UCSC. “SCIPP and UCSC can be Stanford University, and SLAC, estab- especially proud of the leading work done lished the prize in 1985. Awarded annu- by many people here.... Warmest congratually to recognize and encourage out- lations to Bill [Atwood] who, with Peter standing achievements in experimental Michelson, started the whole thing going particle physics, the prize consists of back in 1992.” n

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Music Devotee Donates Concert Grand Piano

Cabrillo Music Department Piano Dedication at the Franz Liszt Bicentennial Celebration

n September the Cabrillo College Music Department received a significant contribution of a Yamaha seven-foot, ebony C5 Concert Grand Piano from Douglas Tozier. Tozier, who died unexpectedly after making the gift, will be honored at the Cabrillo Music Recital Hall on October 19, at 12:30 PM, with a Music Department concert celebrating Franz Liszt’s 200th Birthday. The Yamaha Concert Grand donation is significant not only in the quality and value of the piano, but also because of the man who gave it. Douglas Tozier, a Vietnam veteran and the cofounder of Santa Cruz Gymnastics, was a passionate devotee of piano music. His home in the Santa Cruz Mountains was designed by local architects Thatcher and Thomson, specifically around the piano. The piano occupied the central position in the house with all rooms feeding into the central space that housed the piano and overlooked the mountains. “The location of that piano in his house is a direct metaphor to the location of piano music in his life - it was central, “ commented Tozier ’s friend and Cabrillo music instructor Fred Squatrito. After Mr. Tozier, who suffered from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), lost the ability to play piano, it became very important to him that the piano should go where it would be used and loved by people who would appreciate it, so he chose the Cabrillo College Music Department. Tozier also donated his entire collection of piano literature— about 100 volumes of music from various composers— as well as a collection of violin music that belonged to his father, accomplished violinist Bradford Tozier. “Duo” from pg 7

Catherine and Duncan will be performing a full concert of music as part of the Celtic Music Night Fall Series on Tuesday, November 1st, starting at 7 pm in the Sanctuary of St. Andrew Church, located at 9850 Monroe Avenue in Aptos. Tickets are not being sold as the concert is free but suggested donation is $15 per person at the door, and seating will be first come first serve. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. The series will continue every Tuesday through November with different featured musical guests each week. Celtic Music Night was founded in

Cabrillo instructor Fred Squatrito (from right), Doug Tozier, Cabrillo instructor Susan Bruckner, and some Cabrillo music students.

The piano was delivered to Cabrillo on September 9, as 35 students from the Music Theory III class, along with several faculty members, were in attendance at the Music Recital Hall to witness the set-up and meet Mr. Tozier. One student, soprano Sydney Gorham, sang a Schubert song and Instructors Fred Squatrito and Susan Bruckner played some Liszt, followed by students taking short turns on the new piano. This brought great joy to Mr. Tozier, seeing the appreciation the piano received from students and faculty, and he also stayed to listen to Leanora Brown, a guest artist from the University of Utah, rehearse for her Master Class. “We told Doug how excited we were to have such a fine instrument in the

Recital Hall, and he countered immediately, in his heavily slurred speech from

ALS, that HE was the one who was excited!,” recalled Squatrito. “Doug’s wife later told me that the experience of the Master Class being given on his piano and the quality of artistry he heard in Leonora Brown was one of the greatest days of his life,” continued Squatrito. Unfortunately, Mr. Tozier passed away suddenly on September 20, from a fall that caused fatal injuries. “We in the Cabrillo Music Department were deeply saddened to learn of the Doug’s passing,” said Michele Rivard, Music Department Chair. “His contribution to the Cabrillo Music Department insures that his memory lives on and his love of music will be passed down, enriching the lives of Cabrillo’s music students.” Franz Liszt Bicentennial Celebration and Dedication of the Tozier Piano Wednesday, October 19 - 12:30 PM. Performances by the Advanced Piano Class, Cabrillo faculty and guests. Cabrillo Music Recital Hall, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Parking: $4 in all lots. n

2008 by well-known bagpiper David Brewer of the popular Bay area Celtic music band Molly’s Revenge in collaboration with St Andrew Church as a way to fill a void between the realms of a concert, jam session, and class by combining elements of all three, and in particular to give young people and families an opportunity to learn and participate. David hosts the event, welcoming all with a bagpipe procession at the beginning, and then opening the floor to questions at the end before leading a post-concert jam session. People of all ages and experience levels in Celtic music are welcome to attend. n www.tpgonlinedaily.com Aptos Times / October 15th 2011 / 13


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‘Show Us Your Recycle Style’ rePLANET Video Challenge

California high school groups will compete to win $500

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tarting October 1st, rePLANET is launching a 30-day student video challenge to increase recycling awareness among California youth. The contest asks California high school groups to show their “Recycle Style” in a 1 to 3 minute video highlighting why recycling is important and how it benefits the community.

The winner will be announced on November 15, 2011, when people across the United States celebrate America Recycles Day. The winning group will receive a $500 Visa gift card and their video will be featured on the rePLANET website. The contest, organized by rePLANET, California’s largest collector of aluminum, plastic and glass containers, is designed to boost recycling efforts among California’s youth. “Today’s high school students are tomorrow’s leaders. Offering them opportunities to incorporate healthy habits and environmental stewardship today will encourage them to take responsibility for a world that will soon be under their guardianship,” said Matt Millhiser, Director of Marketing for rePLANET. “That’s why rePLANET is so pleased to introduce this exciting recycling video challenge for California high school students, a program that encourages and rewards creative approaches to recycling. We hope students enjoy the contest and create videos that inspire others to follow their lead by recycling all beverage containers.” The rules are simple: Videos must be uploaded to Youtube.com and submitted through www.replanetusa.com between October 1, 2011 and November 1, 2011. The video must be 1 to 3 minutes long.

All participants must be in grades 9-12 during the 2011/2012 school year. Submissions must be from a California high school student group, club, sports team or church youth group. Complete rules can be found at www.replanetusa.com. n ••• Since 1999 rePLANET has partnered with our customers and communities to

encourage recycling while keeping a neighborhood’s quality of life high and its property values stable. At our more than 400 centers statewide customers can recycle CRV (California Redemption Value) aluminum, glass and plastic containers. All centers are state certified and meet requirements for supermarkets and other beverage retailers to comply with the state of California’s Beverage Container Recycling Law.

will winter in the Central Valley from October through February. Cranes have long been attributed with a “helpful nature,” as their social bonding behaviors draw much interest. Fifteen species of cranes are found worldwide and are revered in many cultures. The greater and lesser sandhill cranes of the Pacific Flyway are silver in color, the adults are distinguished with deep red crown markings that are not feathers, but are actually

skin surface. T h e Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Wo o d b r i d g e Ecological Reserve is located off of Woodbridge Road, north of Lodi and east of Interstate 5. The South Unit is open seven days a week for visitation and a series of interpretive panels provides guidance for recognizing and appreciating these marvelous birds. DFG manages the reserve with annual flooding of the reserve and mowing of grasses to

create the habitat required for crane family “roosting” and “loafing.” Docent led tours are also available the first three Fridays and Saturdays of the month. A donation of $10 per adult is suggested. Visitors should pre-register online at www.dfg.ca.gov/delta/cranetour. Tours begin an hour and a half before sundown as the cranes fly in to the reserve’s North Unit. This area is only accessible to visitors on the tour. n Lodi’s 15th Annual Sandhill Crane Festival will also be held Nov. 4-6. More information about the festival may be found at www.cranefestival.com.

Sandhill Cranes Return to Central Valley Wintering Grounds

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lying down through Sierra passes with juveniles in tow, the majestic sandhill cranes are coming home to delta habitats where visitors can get a good look. The greater sandhill, summering in northern California, Oregon and Washington, and attaining a height up to five feet with wingspan of seven feet, is easy to spot and observe at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve in Lodi this time of year. The slightly smaller lesser sandhill subspecies is also viewable at the reserve as it returns from its summer respite in Alaska. Both the greater and lesser sandhills

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Elder Protections Made Permanent SACRAMENTO — State Senator Joe Simitian’s (D-Palo Alto) bill to make permanent protections against elder financial abuse has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The legislation, which makes permanent, mandated reporting of elder financial abuse, passed the Assembly and the Senate with unanimous support. Senate Bill 33 deletes a 2013 sunset date in the Elder and Dependent Adult Financial Abuse Reporting Act. That law, which Simitian authored in 2005 (SB 1018), requires financial institutions to report elder financial abuse when reasonable belief and corroborating evidence indicate that there is abuse. “Elder financial abuse is a devastating crime,” Simitian said. “Advanced age and accumulated assets make seniors a tempting target; and what’s worse is that all too often the perpetrator is a family member or a caregiver. A simple, timely phone call can help prevent the loss of a lifetime’s savings.” Simitian noted that in 2005 there was some concern that mandated reporting might not work as planned. Nevertheless,

Simitian was “confident that it would help protect seniors from financial abuse, and would not produce frivolous reporting.” Now, he explained, “the evidence demonstrates that mandated reporting works.” Data from Adult Protective Services shows that the number of confirmed cases

of elder financial abuse rose over 16 percent in 2007 when Simitian’s mandated reporting law went into effect. Between April 2007 and December 2010, financial institutions reported over 26,000 cases of elder financial abuse statewide. Moreover, the percentage of abuse reports that were

confirmed as actual cases of abuse remained relatively constant. “Elder financial abuse requires early notice and immediate action,” Simitian said. “Bank employees are in the best position to report financial abuse as soon as it happens, and the data confirms that. By deleting the 2013 sunset date, we ensure that bank employees continue to act on their suspicions. It’s a simple and practical way to help protect the elderly community.” California has the largest elder adult population in the nation – more than four million people over the age of 65 – and this figure is projected to double over the next 20 years, according to the California Department of Finance. In total, a coalition of more than 60 groups supported SB 33, including AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), the California Commission on Aging, the California State Sheriffs’ Association, the California Bankers Association and the California Credit Union League. n ••• For more information on SB 33, visit www.senatorsimitian.com/legislation

National Survivor ’s Day brings attention to Suicide Prevention

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aturday, November 19 has been named National Survivor’s Day. On that day, people will be gathering at hundreds of sites around the country, and around the world, to acknowledge the loss of someone they loved to suicide. People will be coming together to watch a one hour broadcast, and to share in the healing and support of gathering with others that have experienced this tragedy. This event is put on

by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. A local Survivors of Suicide Day conference will be held in La Selva Beach at the La Selva Beach Community Church, 26 Florida Avenue, on November 19 from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. About Suicide or every person who dies by suicide, there are numerous survivors left behind to cope with the tragic loss. Each

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year, more than 34,000 people in the United States die by suicide. • Currently, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. • Worldwide, approximately 1 million people die by suicide each year. This represents a global mortality rate of one death every 40 seconds. This toll is higher than the total number of deaths each year from war and homicide combined. • Worldwide, suicide is now among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 (male and female). About AFSP’s International Survivors of Suicide Day • AFSP’s International Survivors of Suicide Day is a day of healing, support and sharing for bereaved individuals and families who have lost a loved one to suicide. • The broadcast of International Survivors of Suicide Day has been produced, created and sponsored for the last

13 years by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. • There are over 250 locally organized conference sites being held throughout the U.S. and around the world on a total of 6 continents. • Since AFSP’s International Survivors of Suicide Day was launched in 1999, growth in the number of sites and attendance has increased greatly. This growth illustrates the immense need for survivors to connect with others who have experienced a similar loss. n ••• To learn more about International Survivors of Suicide Day, visit www.afsp.org or call 239 6040 or email lucaswilley@comcast.net for further details.


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Governor Signs Bill to Streamline Environmental Review SACRAMENTO — Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law State Senator Joe Simitian’s (D-Palo Alto) bill to streamline regulatory and environmental reviews for infill development and renewable energy projects. Senate Bill 226 streamlines the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance process in ways that assist business expansion and help create immediate jobs. However, the new law also maintains important environmental safeguards while balancing economic development and community interests. When the Governor signed SB 226, he noted that the law will “avoid costly and repetitive permitting for certain renewable power projects.” Simitian welcomed the announcement; “California has the second highest unemployment rate of any state, and a streamlined CEQA process will get worthwhile projects off the ground sooner rather than later and help generate much needed jobs.” The California Environmental Quality Act, passed in 1970, requires state and local agencies in California to follow a protocol of analysis and public disclosure of the environmental impacts of proposed projects, and adopt all feasible measures to mitigate those impacts. Senate Bill 226 streamlines the CEQA process for so-called “urban infill” projects that meet specified requirements. “The goal,” said Simitian, “is to avoid duplicative review that is costly, both in terms of time and money, while retaining rigorous environmental review for projects, or project elements, that raise genuinely new issues.” “This has the immediate effect of expediting new urban housing and mixed-use “Scoreboard” from pg 9

Scotts Valley 192 – Aptos 200 (Seascape GC) Medalist Chloe Tsudama (A) 33 Aptos Scoring – Zinnia Martinez 38, Ashley Enos 40, Ashlyn Wenger 41, Katie Amirsehhi 48

Girls Volleyball

Aptos Season Record 15-4. SCCAL 7-1 Aptos def. Harbor (25-21, 25-21, 25-23) Aptos Scoring – Dierdre Wilson 10 kills, 3 aces: Nikki Miyashita 7 kills: Alex Bol 5 kills, 2 blocks, 2 aces: Carly DaRosa 6 kills, 4 blocks, Shannon Cotton 21 assists, 10 digs. Aptos def. Mount Madonna (25-15, 25-14, 25-23) Aptos Scoring – Dierdre Wilson 9 kills, 7 digs: Nikki Miyashita 7 kills, 5 digs: Alex Bol 7 kills, 6 blocks, 5 digs:

projects in the Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco Bay Area regions, as well as some smaller communities,” Simitian noted. “It will help create new, high-wage construction jobs and affordable housing in major urban areas.” The infill provisions are especially significant for the building and development industry. “We strongly support Senator Simitian’s efforts regarding infill projects,” said Chuck Toeniskoetter, Chairman of Toeniskoetter Development Inc., a real estate investment, development and property management firm in Silicon Valley. “The amount of time and effort required to go through a full EIR for infill development is costly and cumbersome; especially in small communities where infill is crucial for economic growth.” Meea Kang, President of Domus Development and the California Infill Builders Association, also voiced support for SB 226. “California’s infill builders support SB 226 because it encourages the types of development we know are most effective at reducing energy consumption and the state’s contribution to climate change.” She continued to note that, “speeding up regulatory reviews for infill projects that meet high environmental standards will help California prepare for a growing population and create incentives to focus growth closer to jobs and public transportation.” In addition, a number of environmental Shannon Cotton 17 assists. Aptos def. Santa Cruz (25-12, 25-17, 26-24) Aptos Scoring – Nikki Miyashita 8 kills, 7 digs: Karly DaRosa 6 kills, 6 blocks, 9 digs: Dierdre Wilson 7 kills, 6 digs: Shannon Cotton 20 assists Aptos def, San Lorenzo Valley (25-13, 25-15, 24-26, 25-8) Aptos Scoring – Dierdre Wilson 7 kills, 15 digs, 3 aces: Alex Bol 12 kills: Makenna Walsh 9 kills, Nikki Miyashita 6 aces, Shannon Cotton 25 assists

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Aptos Season Record 11-2, SCCAL 10-0 Aptos 7 – Soquel 0 Singles – Haley Kepler (A) def. Lily Voght 6-1, 6-0: Teagan Knight (A) def. Jenny Servin 6-0, 6-0: Rachel Riddick (A) def. Lexie Lyons 6-0, 6-1: Jade Yvanovich

advocates supported SB 226. “This bill will help increase our use of renewable energy sources as well as encourage smart growth for sustainable urban communities,” said Warner Chabot, CEO of the California League of Conservation Voters. “It will provide economic benefits to California’s solar industry and will help support urban development to reduce pressure on open space and agricultural lands,” he added. Senate Bill 226 also makes solar projects on rooftops of buildings or in parking lots eligible for a statutory exemption. “This provision provides a dual incentive – one to the owner of a building, the other to a solar developer – to build and use clean solar energy,” said Simitian. “These projects create immediate jobs in the form of construction and installation of solar facilities and reduce delays on projects that are built within existing footprints.” Two other facets of the new law are designed to help businesses cut through red tape and eliminate delays to get projects underway. If a project already has an exemption from the CEQA process, SB 226 will prohibit the project’s greenhouse gas emissions from automatically removing that exemption. The project must still meet state emission standards, but it means that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) doesn’t have to be done, saving time and money. The bill also allows public agencies to hold two initial mandated hearings on projects at the same time, rather than consecutively reducing delays. n ••• The bill takes effect January 1, 2012. For more information on Simitian’s CEQA streamlining legislation, visit www.senatorsimitian.com/legislation. (A) def. Gabby def. 6-0, 6-2. Doubles – Sienna Owyang & Kelly McQuinn (A) def. Maddie Griffith & Alyssa Beaton 6-4, 6-3: Serena Calacagano & Alison Hoffman (A) def. Tori Maushardt & Sammi Weiser 6-0, 6-1: Sanika Kshirsager & Jamie Ferrell (A) def. Margarita Servin & Grace Harrison 6-0, 6-4. Aptos 7 – Santa Cruz 0 Singles – Teagan Knight (A) def. Rachel Zhang 6-0, 6-2: Rachel Riddick (A) def. Emma Brokaw 4-6, 6-4, 1-0: Jade Yvanovich (A) def. Katie Walton 6-3, 7-6: Jordie Wiseman (A) def. Kianna Day-Smith 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 Doubles – Sienna Owyang & Kelly McQuinn (A) def. Alexis McNeal & Cibel Quinteros 6-4, 6-2: Serena Calacagano & Alison Hoffman (A) def. Jillian Rexroad & Sophie Shen 6-2, 0-6, 6-2: Sanika Kshirsager & Jamie Ferrell (A) Def. Ana Chavez & Becky Hardie 6-2, 6-1 n www.tpgonlinedaily.com Aptos Times / October 15th 2011 / 17


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Major Consumer Assistance Bill Signed by the Governor S AC R AM E N TO — Legislation authored by Assembly member Bill Monning (D-Carmel) to help California consumers access information and assistance about their health plans and providers was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on October 7, 2011. (Chapter 552, Statutes of 2011) “I am extremely pleased that Governor Brown signed AB 922. This enables the state to provide Californians with a single source of correct and current information about Bill Monning health care coverage,” said Assembly member Monning. “There are numerous governmental and non-profit entities that currently provide help and AB 922 provides consumers with a onestop location for assistance.” The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as federal health care reform, is estimated will expand health care coverage to over 4 million Californians not currently covered by

health insurance. AB 922 will streamline the confusing number of agencies that cur-

rently exist to assist consumers by making the Office of Patient Advocate (OPA) a one-

stop-shop for assistance in finding a suitable health care plan, and provide Californians with clear and understandable consumer information by making current programs consistent with the new federal requirements. The OPA will also catalog and direct complaints about health care coverage as required by federal health care reform. AB 922 also moves the Department of Managed Health Care and the Office of the Patient Advocate from the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency to the Health and Human Services Agency, creating a clear internal chain of command for the Administration with regard to health care coverage. The Secretary of Health and Human Services will be responsible for overseeing the state’s progress on providing access to expanded health care coverage. n ••• Prior to his election to the Assembly, Assembly member Monning was a Professor at the Monterey College of Law and a Professor of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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rinceton Capital in Aptos is our local office of a company that has been helping homeowners with their mortgages since 1993. Working as a mortgage broker as well as a mortgage broker, Princeton Capital controls loan pricing and decision-making from the start of the process to the finish. Dmitri Timm is our local Princeton Capital loan officer whose focus is on personal service, hands-on loan origination and processing and being someone you can count on to produce great results. Because his local headquarters and underwriting staff is in Los Gatos, Timm is confident in saying that he is involved personally with every phase of the home loans he handles. Having a local underwriting office means he can quickly solve any problems, fast-track quick-closing situations and smooth any wrinkles that might come up in a timely manner. He’s local and available. In 2010, Princeton Capital closed over $1.8 billion in home loans in the U.S. and home loans are all they do. With this special focus on financing the American Dream,

they offer all kinds of mortgage options including FHA, VA, jumbo, first-time buyers, investment property, CalVET as well as private money lending. Princeton Capital’s parent company is PHH Mortgage, which is the 4th largest home lender in the country. Being part of PHH means Timm can shop for loans from many more sources than a small brokerage can. He offers the advantages of a big company along with the close, personal attention of a small, local company: the best of both worlds. In Northern California, from Monterey to Sonoma and east to Lake Tahoe, there is a Princeton Capital office in each Coldwell Banker office, making for one-stop shopping for homes and loans. Loan Rates: Never Better, Really t is true what is being said. Based on historical 30-year charts there has never been a lower rate for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage than right now. There are also amazingly low rates for 20, 15 and 10-year home loans as well. What does this mean for a homebuyer or an owner who is thinking about re-financing?

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It means this is the time to sit down with Timm so he can look at the numbers and tell you how much you can save on your current home payments or how much more home you can afford to buy now as opposed to a few years ago. Timm likes to make the numbers speak for him because they prove the point. Here’s an example: On a $300,000 mortgage at 6% interest, from day one you would only pay 17% toward the principle with your first monthly payment. On that same $300,000 loan at 4% interest, you would pay 30% toward the principle with your first monthly payment. That is almost doubling the principle payment! On that same loan size, you would save $366 dollars per month as well. Loans Are Still Being Written uidelines for loan qualification have become stricter in the past few years, but that does not mean that loans are not being written. It does mean that people who are interested in re-financing or buying need to work with a trusted and reputable loan officer who can

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Dmitri Timm guide them through the process and alert them to any potential issues with their loan ahead of time so they can present a financial picture that will prove them loan-worthy. First Time Home Buyers imm says it is never too soon to start for a first-time homebuyer. In the “good old days,” people could shop for a house, find one they love and then go and apply for a mortgage. Not so today. Now it is best to start with the loan professional, get the financial house in order and see what size and kind of loan you qualify for. Timm says, “working with a respected and reputable lender adds credibility to your offer and can make the difference between your offer being accepted (by the seller) or not.” Real estate listing agents are going to look carefully at the financial readiness of the buyer as well as the mortgage company they are working with before they advise their clients to accept an offer, so a reputable loan officer on your team can play a major role in your buying process. With home prices at historic lows, an abundance of short sales and rock bottom interest rates, this a perfect combination for first-time buyers. It is also a time for homeowners to position themselves to reduce their monthly payment, pay their home off faster or even both! Dimitri Timm will show you what is available to you in your unique situation and will guide you each step to the way. n ••• Visit his very informative website at w w w. p r i n c e t o n c a p . c o m / d i m i t r i t i m m . Alternatively, you can reach him directly at Princeton Capital 7979 Soquel Drive, Aptos. 831-662-6591.

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Debt Collectors Making Threats Of Jail To Debtors

he Consumer Affairs Division of the Santa Cruz District Attorney’s office is warning county residents that some debt collectors are using illegal tactics in order to frighten people owing debts into paying the collection agency large fees. A Santa Cruz resident complained to the Consumer Affairs office that he received an unnerving call from someone named Olivia Gates who called his home claiming to be from State of Florida Check Investigative Services. She told him that he was going to be extradited to Florida in the next three hours where he was being indicted on three counts of fraud. He asked if her office was a government agency and she replied that it was. She advised him that he would serve eight to twelve months in prison. Later in the conversation, Ms. Gates offered to drop the charges and close

the case if he sent her $900. When he didn’t agree to the payment, Ms. Gates ended the call by saying, “we’ll see you in prison.” The consumer explained to the Consumer Affairs Office that he had written a NSF check to cover a Payday Loan in Florida where he had lived in 2007, but that he had paid the merchant back with the help of his church. But since the caller had his social security number and driver’s license, he was worried that the debt had not been discharged when it was paid. He was equally unsure as to whether a debt collection agency or an individual had called him. According to the Federal Trade Commission, debt collection agencies are required to follow the law when contacting debtors. Important to note that: • Debt collectors are required to identify themselves and to advise the consumer

CommunityBriefs Soquel High School Choir Receives Caralyn Steinberg Grant he choir of Soquel High School received a $500 Caralyn Steinberg grant. The money will be used to help purchase sheet music for Mr. Mark Bidelman’s vocal music classes. To support choral music in our schools, her family established the grant fund in memory of Caralyn Steinberg. Caralyn was an enthusiastic member of the Gold Standard Barbershop Chorus from 2005, until her death in December of 2009. This year, eight of the county’s high schools applied and six received grants of $500 each: Aptos HS, Santa Cruz HS, G.B. Kirby Prep, Scotts Valley HS, Soquel HS and St. Francis Catholic HS.

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Music Teacher Mark Bidelman, with the Soquel Concert Choir looking very pleased, receives a Caralyn Steinberg Grant from Gold Standard Chorus president Roy Prevost. ••• Start Smart Presentation he California Highway Patrol is offering a traffic safety program for teenage drivers and their parents. The Start Smart

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Program is aimed at helping future and n e w l y licensed teenage drivers become aware of the responsibilities t h a t accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. The program is designed as an educational tool for parents and teenagers in an effort to reduce the number of teenage injuries and deaths resulting from traffic collisions. Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds. The primary objective of the program is to provide teens and parents with an understanding of how poor choices behind the wheel can affect the lives of numerous people. The Start Smart program also provides teens and parents with information on defensive driving, traffic laws in California, dynamics of traffic collisions, tips on avoiding traffic collisions, and DUI awareness. Smart Start classes are free of charge. The next class will be on October 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Santa Cruz Police Department, located at 155 Center Street in the city of Santa Cruz. For more details, and to make a reservation, please call Officer Sarah Jackson at (831) 662-0511. n

who the original creditor is. • Debt collectors must follow up with a written notice with advice as to what steps to take if you do not owe the debt. • Illegal acts include threatening acts of violence, falsely implying that debt collectors are government representatives, falsely implying that you have committed a crime, threatening arrest if you don’t pay the debt, and threatening a lawsuit when they do not intend to take that action. The District Attorney’s office advises consumers and others who are receiving debt collection calls to take these steps: • Ask for the full name and address of the debt collector, and send them a letter to cease all telephone contact with you. Ask for proof that you owe the debt.

• Obtain a free copy of your credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com to see if your credit has been affected by a debt. • Report any illegal acts by debt collectors to the Federal Trade Commission at 877- 382-4357. • Screen calls with an answering machine if the calls are continuous. n Contact the District Attorney’s Consumer Affairs Division with any questions at 454-2050.

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the opponents to the project turn up dead. In reporting on the crimes Nora becomes involved in tracking down the killer and nearly becomes the third victim in the village’s crime spree. There’s plenty of action in this story and lots of local color. If you enjoy reading suspense stories with a decidedly local flavor, you’ll want to get a copy of “Murder in the Pines.”

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By Rita Lakin Dell, $7.99 (Rating-Good) f you have followed this series featuring Gladdy Gold, you know that Jack and Gladdy have finally tied the knot. Now Gladdy is about to upset the apple cart by announcing that she wants her new hubby to join her successful senior citizen sleuthing team. Ida, Sophie and Bella aren’t thrilled with Gladdy’s decision and decide to strike out on their own. The volatile situation reaches the “ignition” point when a Lanai Garden newcomer is found dead and another resident, Arlene Simon, is named as the prime suspect in the killing. There’s enough work here for two agencies, but perhaps the Golden Girls will get back together to help their old friend. Those who enjoy “niche” mysteries will find this series about an indomitable group of senior citizens a hoot. Gladdy Gold has been dubbed “Miss Marple in Yiddish” and her adventures have been lauded as “sassy, funny and smart.”

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turning point both women face at this particular juncture of their lives. Elizabeth, the responsible sibling, lives in North Carolina and is planning her long-delayed wedding to her fiancé. Gloria, the free spirit, arrives at her sister’s Great Smoky Mountains farm seeking refuge, claiming that she is running from her latest man who supposedly wants to kill her. At this time in her life Elizabeth doesn’t want to get embroiled in Gloria’s drama, plus she doesn’t necessarily believe her sister anyhow. Both women share a past that actually goes farther back than either of them realizes and, like it or not, they are going to have to rely on each other to get through what awaits them as this gripping story unfolds. They are also about to come to a new understanding of the mysterious powers of sisterhood and what it really means to be “family.”

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By Jordan Dane Harper. $7.99 (Rating- Good) his fourth title in the Sweet Justice series finds covert operative Alexa Marlowe trying to find out what happened to her former lover and boss, Garrett Wheeler, who has gone missing and been replaced by someone Alexa doesn’t trust. While Alexa’s investigation takes her south of the border and into the armed fortress of a drug cartel boss, ex-bounty hunter, Jessie Beckett, has to deal with troubles of her own. Her DNA has been linked to a murder committed when Jessie was only a child. Figuring out how and why this link exists may well hold the key to Jessie’s past, her mother and who she really is. Plenty of action on two fronts will keep you tuned in to this thriller from start to finish. There’s a reason the Sweet Justice novels have attracted a wide audience and you’ll understand why after you read “Reckoning…”

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By Rita Mae Brown Ballantine. $7.99 (Rating-Good) he author of the popular Mrs. Murphy cat cozy mystery series launches a new set of characters with this novel. Mags Rogers, with her pooch, Baxter, leaves her Wall Street job behind and goes to stay with her great-aunt Jeep Reed and her dog, King, in Nevada. The rhythm of ranch life suits Mags and Baxter just fine until a water dispute turns nasty and pulls the ex-New Yorker into the brouhaha. When her relative becomes a suspect in a death associated with the dispute, Mags begins doing a little investigative snooping. What she and her four legged sidekick come up with not only points to the killer but also to a fascinating connection between Buffalo Bill and Jeep’s ranch. If you have enjoyed Mrs. Murphy’s past exploits you’ll be equally enamored with this new sleuthing duo that brings together some savvy animals with a couple of likeable humans! n


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Inner Light Choir Classics Concert

SOQUEL — The Inner Light Choir has been invited to participate in a February 2012 performance in New York’s historic Carnegie Hall as part of a 300 voice mass choir singing African-American spirituals classically arranged by internationally acclaimed composer Dr Jacqueline Hairston. To raise money to help fund the cost of sending 70 members for their 5-day/4-night stay in New York, the choir is holding a concert on Saturday, November 5, 2011, featuring some of Inner Light’s Sunday favorites. The 80-voice Inner Light choir is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, and interfaith group dedicated to healing through music. “We want the community to see who we are, both individually and collectively,” stated Valerie Joi Fiddmont,

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Identity Smarts: Start Protecting Your Identity

dentity theft stories are being told everyday across the US but how big is the crime, really? The Chicago Tribune recently reported that cybercrime costs more than $388 billion globally, more than the illegal drug market in heroin, cocaine and marijuana. October marks the start of National Crime Prevention Month. This commences a time to spread the word about crime prevention in communities across the nation. As families begin to prepare for the fall and winter festivities, various steps can be taken to help protect consumers from identity theft. LifeLock, the industry leader in identity theft protection is taking the lead on educating Americans on the current threats of identity theft and offers the following free steps for consumers to take to help better protect their personal information: E-Commerce: With the holidays quickly approaching online shoppers are especially vulnerable to attack. Look for evidence that you’re doing business on a secure site. In your computer’s browser bar, look for the https:// before entering any sort of personal information.

S t a y Alert: If you get a phone call, email or text message from someone purporting to be from your financial institution asking for personal information to update y o u r records, DO N O T respond. This is usually a scam. When in doubt, disconnect the phone call and call the agency back at a number you trust. If you receive the inquiry in email or text form, consider forwarding to the fraud department of the agency misrepresented. Secure Your Information: Home invaders and car thieves have changed their perspective; they no longer want your

television or your car itself – those items only turn a resale profit once. If they can get their hands on your Social Security card, tax return or any documents containing your personal information they’ve struck gold. Your personal information goes for top dollar on criminal websites. Lock your information in a safe place, preferably not on your person. Social Networking Dangers: Facebook and Twitter can be as safe as you make them. Understand that just because you are asked to provide your phone number, address, date of birth and other personal

information on these sites, they are NOT REQUIRED. Limit the personal information you make available on these sites and reduce your vulnerabilities. Protect Your Children’s Information: More and more children’s identities are being stolen so that identity thieves can commit employment or benefit-related fraud. Children make prime targets because thieves can get away with it for years before its detected. Under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, consumers can request one free credit report a year from all three of the major credit bureaus. Request your free credit report for your child when you request your own at www.annualcreditreport.com. Be wary of look-alike websites offering free reports as they often charge additional fees. Like pumpkin pie, proactive tips are best when shared so spread the word. National Crime Prevention Month provides an opportunity to shed light on protection tips to help all consumers. n ••• For additional recommendations on how to protect your personal information or to learn more about identity theft, visit LifeLock.

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Music and Arts for Inner Light Ministries. The concert will showcase the talents of choir members in song, dance, photography and videography. “We intend to share our gifts. We will be doing the inspirational songs that make you cry and the songs that make you dance. You are encouraged to sing-along. It’s a participatory experience.”

out spending a fortune in the process. There’s no need to fear, though - just consider these tips for a festive All Hallows’ Eve that won’t leave your credit card haunting you: * Set a budget - The first step of any shopping venture should be to set a budget that the whole family agrees on, and stick to it. Halloween is no different, so make sure you decide in advance how much you want to spend on costumes, decorations, candy and any other miscellaneous merriment. * Mix new and used - One of the best ways to save money and create a completely original costume is to combine new and previously owned pieces. For instance, pairing a fancy little girl’s dress and vintage jewelry with new accessories like a wig, tiara and wand makes for a completely customizable and unique princess look. You could also purchase a prepackaged costume, such as a vampire, and then punch it up with secondhand items like tuxedo pants, shiny dress shoes and white gloves to make the look even more authentic. * Take the road less traveled - When shopping for a Halloween costume, visit a thrift store and be sure to browse every department - especially areas you don’t typically shop. For instance, if you’re looking to create a men’s pirate costume, check the women’s section for billowy and ruffled tops and loose-fitting pants. Many men may not realize the women’s section offers completely different styles and textured materials, which could be perfect for a variety of costume ideas. Women, too, should check out the men’s and boy’s sections Choir Classics Concert: Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm). Inner Light Center — 5630 Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA 95073. n ••• Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Advance Tickets: Inner Light Ministries, 5630 Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA 95073, www.innerlight ministries.com, 831-465-9090 ext. 6. Information: (831) 465-9090, ext 6, or www.innerlightministries.com

for things like vests and authentic uniforms. * Consult the experts - If you’re having trouble pulling together the exact look you’re going for, search online and in magazines for inspiration. Some stores, like Savers and Value Village even offer trained costume consultants who are completely dedicated to helping people put together the perfect costume on any budget. They can help shoppers find a new ready-made costume, offer advice in mixing themed accessories with clothing items found in their closets, or find unique secondhand finds for those looking to create a completely handmade look. * Do-it-yourself decor - When shopping for decorations, don’t feel like you need to pay top dollar for standard storebought goods. Crafting spooky Halloween decor for just a few bucks can be as simple as applying a layer of black spray paint to secondhand silk flowers or quirky ceramic knick-knacks, like owls, crows and cats, and sprinkling them around your “haunted house” for a creepy surprise. n ••• For more Halloween costume ideas and

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An Impassioned Performance by Soheil Nasseri

he Distinguished Artists Concert and Lecture series offered another cultural coup on Sunday with the presentation of Iranian-American pianist, Soheil Nasseri. Over the years, John Orlando and Distinguished Artists Concert and Lecture series has consistently been able to present artists of the highest caliber that one would only expect to hear in one of the major cultural capitols of the world, New York, Paris, London, Berlin or Milan and in an outstanding hall and on a superb instrument. While it was obvious from the beginning of the program that Mr. Nasseri was up to the highest standards set by the many outstanding pianists presented on the series over the years, this one was special with the Beethoven Hammerklavier Sonata Op 106 which up to that time was the longest sonata ever composed, running the full gauntlet of every human emotion possible within it’s 45 minute performance span, arguably the greatest sonata ever conceived. Did I say that it is one of the most difficult piano pieces both technically and interpretively? The first half of the program consisted

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spontaneously for a of the West Coast prespecial gathering of miere of Sonata No 2 nobility and highby Hormoz Farhat. by Michael Tierra minded musical conUnfortunately it posed a challenge for some who were not noisseurs in Wagner’s spacious living prepared to hear an unfamiliar contempo- room-study-library. At its conclusion, the berobbed Wagner “thundering, rather than rary work at the beginning of a program. This was followed by a rare perform- running” down from the balcony, flinging ance of the 3 Novellettes from Op 21 by his arms around Liszt’s neck and sobbing Robert Schuman. Seldom played because, with emotion thanking him for the wonthey pose a formidable technical and inter- derful gift received.” Sunday’s performance showed how pretive challenge that few performers are Soheil Nasseri with his prodigious effortwilling to risk. We were then given a fine perform- less technique, a wide range of expressive ance of the Chopin Fantasy in F Minor Op tonal colors and dynamics conjured with 49. This piece shared the vague episodic abandon the most impassioned and riveting performstory line similar to the Schumann pieces. of Beethoven’s No one seems to know who gave the ance premier performance of Beethoven’s mon- Hammerklavier. One gets the sense that umental Hammerklavier Sonata Op 106. Evidently the true first performer of this Beethoven was trying to cram enigmatic work and the one who in 1836 the impressions and experifirst “making comprehensible a work not ences of a lifetime into a 45 yet comprehended” according the critique minute 4 movement work. If by the composer, Hector Berlioz, was non it is not performed well it seems to have a tendency to other than Liszt. There is a touching account of Liszt ramble, sometimes aimlessly. I’ve heard several interplaying the famous adagio of this work

pretations of this work, both in live performance as well as recording and even listened to a couple since Mr. Nasseri’s Sunday performance, none even come close to his unique rendering. Almost on cue with the fading away of last note of the electrifying final note of the fugue, the audience seemed to rise with thunderous applause. Encore? Well it seemed that only a soothing, faith-affirming performance of an arrangement of the famous “Sheep May Safely Graze” honoring this masterwork, which Soheil said, reflects Beethoven’s personal homage to J.S. Bach. n

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Cleaning Greener for your Health and the Environment Dear EarthTalk: I want to use cleaning products that are healthier for the environment, but I worry that baking soda and the like won’t really get my tub and toilet germ-free. Should I continue using bleach products in the bathroom? — Margaret Pierce, Columbia, MO

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hen it comes to household cleaning products, most mainstream brands make use of chlorine bleach, ammonia or any number of other chemicals that can wreak havoc on the environment and human health. Ammonia is a volatile organic compound that can irritate the respiratory system and mucous membranes if inhaled, and can cause chemical burns if spilled on the skin. Bleach contains sodium hypochlorite, which can cause eczema and other skin ailments as well as breathing difficulties if inhaled. And when it reacts with other elements in the environment, toxic “organochlorines” can form, damaging the ozone layer and causing health issues such as immune suppression, reproductive difficulties and even cancer. Fortunately, growing public concern about the health effects of toxic exposure have led to an “explosion of environmentally friendlier and non-toxic products,” says the health information website, WebMD. “There are many products in this category—from laundry detergents and fabric softeners to multi-surface and floor cleaners, to tile and bathroom cleaners— that are…safer for people and the planet.” WebMD warns that while many are indeed safer, others are “greenwashed,” meaning they are “marketed as natural while still including suspect chemicals.”

How does one know? “Get in the simple practice of looking at product labels to see if the cleaning manufacturer is clearly disclosing all ingredients,” reports WebMD. “If it is not…it could mean the manufacturer is trying to hide a particular suspect ingredient.” Also, just because a product has an eco-certification printed on its label doesn’t necessarily mean it should be trusted. To make sure, check the Eco-Labels section of Consumer Reports’ Greener Choices website, which gives the low-down on what labels really mean and whether they are backed up by government regulations. Another good resource is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Household Products Database, which provides ingredient lists for thousands of products on U.S. store shelves. If you want to play it safe and natural when cleaning your home, WebMD suggests using white distilled vinegar—it kills mold and mildew, eliminates soap scum and sanitizes, all in one fell swoop—to clean windows, tile, cutting boards and countertops. Another effective yet gentle natural cleaner for countertops and bathtubs is baking soda, especially when mixed with a few drops of mild soap. Borax can be called in for tougher stains. If you’re interested in cleaning greener, there are many sources of natural cleaning recipes online.

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Announcements

Volunteers Wanted: Senior Peer Counselors f you are 55 or older, become a senior peer counselor. Attend free eight week training sessions, beginning September 29th. Learn valuable counseling and listening skills, and help homebound seniors through difficult life transitions. For more information, contact Barbara at (831) 459-9351, ext. 206

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Svaroopa® Yoga

eeling tight? Have trouble touching your toes? Think you’re NOT flexible? You CAN enjoy the benefits of Svaroopa® Yoga with the support of extra blanket propping. Learn how to release the deepest tensions in your body that keep you from living the active lifestyle you want to live. Tuesdays: Sept 27 & Oct 4, 11, 18, from 7 8:30 pm. $90. Call for more information. Aptos Yoga Center, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Ste. 23 B, Aptos. 688-1019, www.aptosyoga.org

Ongoing Events First Mondays of the Month

Lecture Series on "Great Decisions"

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7:00pm-8:30 pm, Episcopal Church of St. John, 125 Canterbury Dr. in Aptos ectures will be lead by Dr. Laina FarhatHolzman, sponsored by Santa Cruz Beach, American Association of University Women. For more information, call (831) 688-0541

Second and Fourth Mondays First and Third Wednesdays

Alzheimers Support Groups

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

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Tuesdays

Ocean Gate Zendo

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7 p.m., 920 41st Ave., Suite B, Santa Cruz. (next to Family Cycling Center) lease join us on Tues. nights at 7pm beginning with a 30 min. meditation, fol-

lowed by a Dharma talk. Tea & cookies served after the talk, during a discussion/question period. Visit oceangatezen.org for more info.

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Drop in Grief Support

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

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Women Care Drop in Cancer Support

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

Tuesdays thru Fridays, Sundays

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Svaroopa® Yoga Instruction at Aptos Yoga Aptos Yoga, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. Ste.23B, Aptos. 831-688-1019 varoopa® Yoga is very different from what most of us think of as yoga. With the support of blankets, beginning students relax into easy poses designed to release the deepest tensions in the body along the spine. This release deeply relaxes the body, quiets the mind, reduces pain, accelerates injury recovery, and promotes better overall health. Classes five days each week. First Class free. For more information, call 688-1019 www.aptosyoga.org

First Tuesdays of the month

Tail Wagging World of Dog Ownership

6:30pm at the Santa Cruz SPCA, 2685 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz (cross street is Soquel Ave.). his free, drop-in group will coach you in training your newly adopted dog and helping you overcome some of their challenging behaviors and common problems. These sessions are for people, so please leave your dogs at home. Space is limited. Please call to reserve your spot at (831) 475-1580

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First Tuesdays and Third Wednesdays each month

Orientations to Become Advocates for Children

North County, 5:30-7p.m., first Tuesday of month (for location details contact Danielle at 761-2956 X102) South County, 5:30-7 p.m., third Wednesday of the month at the CASA Office, 294 Green Valley Rd. Suite 326, Watsonville. ASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Santa Cruz County needs your help. Volunteer 3-5 hours per week to provide support, guidance, and a powerful voice in court for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Everyone welcome, men and bilingual folks especially encouraged. To RSVP call 761-2956 Ext. 102, or email Danielle@casaofsantacruz.org

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Wednesdays

Aptos Toastmasters

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Noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Rio Sands Motel, 116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos. f you have trouble or fear of public speaking, this is a perfect opportunity for you to get over your fears! Call 970-2229 for more information.

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12:00pm at St. Philip Episcopal Church, 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley. ear of public speaking is the #1 fear in America. Since public speaking fears are so common, realize the tremendous power of influence that you will hold when you master speaking skills. Come and find out how you can lose your fears and realize your full potential at Redwood Ramblers Toastmasters Club.

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Coastal Professionals

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

Every Other Wednesday (next: Oct 26)

Ongoing Constitution Classes

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7:00 pm Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney St. Santa Cruz iew video lessons of an in-depth teaching about our Constitution, one of the most respected and copied documents in our nations history. For more information, visit www.meetup.com/santacruz-freedom-forum or email scfreedomforum@gmail.com Next Dates: Oct. 12 & 26 Nov. 9&23

Second and Fourth Thursdays of the month

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ome as you are Zen focuses on Buddhist practices that enhance our daily lives. This will be an informal talk with time for discussion. Free - donation accepted. Visit oceangatezen.org for more info.

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Aptos Certified Farmers Market

8:00 -12:00pm at Cabrillo College, Aptos. he Aptos Market, with over 80 vendors, is open year round, with the best selections of fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, seedlings, flowers, local honey, fresh eggs, fresh fish, artisan baked goods and gourmet foods. In addition, family activities, music, cooking demos by professional chefs, gardening workshops, seasonal fairs and events are a part of the market.

Scotts Valley Farmer’s Market

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

Sundays

Main Beach Volleyball Club Blenders Program

9:30am - 11:30 am Cabrillo College Gym 5-6th grade coed, 7-8th grade girls. Contact Jan Furman at 831-345-1441

Becoming and Emotionally and Spiritually Healthy Person

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10:30 am Shore Line Community Church, Capitola apitola pastor Daniel Cubb will teach a five part series on overcoming the effects of codependency. The teachings will help those who wants to understand, recognize and fix any problems of codependency they face, with the help of christian teachings. Teachings are free and open to all public, Contact Daniel Cubb at daniel@shorelifecc.org

Dated Events

Cabrillo Host Lions

7:30pm at the Cabrillo Community Center, Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd. ublic is invited to all programs. Contact President Paul Henry 831-688-31 or Past President Barbara Chamberlain at 831-688-3356. For meeting/dinner reservations or information or visit www.cabrillohostlions.org.

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Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club Meeting

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

Fridays

Clutterers Anonymous

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

Saturdays

Come As You Are Zen

9-10:30 am, Ocean Gate Zendo, 920 41st Ave. Suite B, Santa Cruz (next to Family Cycling Center)

Saturday Oct 15 Pancake Breakfast and Rummage Sale

9:00am-12, Breakfast, Rummage Sale from 9:00-3:00pm, Aptos Academy, 1940 Bonita Dr. Aptos he Aptos Academy will hold a pancake breakfast and a large rummage sale of items by students' families. Breakfast options are bacon and eggs or pancakes, juice and coffee. Proceeds from the breakfast ($8 for adults and $5 for kids) will benefit The Aptos Academy, a WASC-accredited school for students in PreK through 8th grade. www.aptosacademy.org

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Saturday October 15 Sunday October 16 Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

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9:00am-5:00pm, on Main Street in Half Moon Bay ome celebrate the fall harvest and autumn splendor with a huge display of gigantic pumpkins, three stages of entertainment, live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a haunted house, harvest inspired crafts, home-style foods, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting a monster 1,200

pound pumpkin, pie eating, costume contests, and more! For more information, call 650-726-9652 or visit miramaevents.com

Sunday October 16 Greenfield Harvest Festival

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City of Greenfield, El Camino Real between Oak and Apple Streets ree music festival that beings with a community parade and will showcase on four stages, local and regional talent in the various music genres that include Salsa, Reggaeton, Banda, Norteña, Rock and Roll and more! For more information, please visit www.firstnightmonterey.org

Friday October 21 Lecture on the Impact of GMOs

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5:00pm-7:00pm Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St. Santa Cruz ffrey M. Smith, international best-selling author, filmmaker, and the world’s leading consumer advocate for healthier nonGMO choices, will discuss GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and their current impact on our health and the environment, how to protect yourself, and how to help end the genetic engineering of our food supply. GMOs are organisms that have been created through the gene-splicing techniques and have been linked to thousands of toxic and allergic reactions. Most American processed foods now contain aberrant proteins from recombinant DNA technology.

Tuesday October 25 Sons In Retirement(SIR) Luncheon Meeting

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11:30am, Aptos Seascape Golf Course 610 Clubhouse Drive,Aptos. peaker will be Alex Kugushev. His topic will be "Resilient America: An immigrant (and long a citizen) examines our nations adaptive continuity". SIR is organization for retired men for which there are no dues or fees, political or religious agenda. Outside activities include golf and bocce. Information at 688-0977.

Tuesday November 1, 8, 15 Learn to Meditate with Ease

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Aptos Yoga, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Ste 23B Aptos ain powerful, effective tools to quiet your mind and help you settle into meditation in a three part class. Learn to sit into deep and easy meditation from the beginning. Includes discussion on meditation and yoga philosophy. To register email chudala@aptosyoga.org or call 688-1019.

Saturday, November 5 Intro to Svaroopa® Yoga

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9:00am-10:30am Aptos Yoga, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Ste 23B Aptos xperience how Svaroopa® Yoga works in your body at this introductory class – free with no obligations. Supported by blankets, relax into poses that release deep tensions in your spine. This unique form of yoga quiets your mind, reduces pain, accelerates injury recovery, and promotes a healthier you. Free. For more information call (831) 6881019 or visit www.aptosyoga.org n


Your October Horoscope Annabel Burton • Astrologer ©

Although the first few weeks of October are a kind of preparation time for you the Sun moves into Scorpio on the 24th. Much of the time leading up to this sees you doing background research, exploring possibilities and perhaps taking yourself off somewhere relaxing for much needed rest and energy renewal. As it is, you are working behind the scenes and not getting the recognition you deserve but it's coming. Keep on doing what you are doing as your persistence pays off. A change of fortunes occurs around mid month.

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Announcements

Halloween and Harvest Carnival

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10:00am-4:00pm The Aptos Academy 1940 Bonita Dr. Aptos un for the whole family! Climbing wall, dunk tank, haunted house, horse rides, cake walk, Halloween-themed games and prizes, jump house, face painting, and more. Plus live music, seasonal crafts, raffle items, and food concession. This is the 9th annual fundraiser for The Aptos Academy, a WASC-accredited, nonprofit PreK-8th grade school. Admission is free. For more information visit www.aptosacademy.org

Apply for Exhibitions at the County Government Center

rtists and crafts people residing in Santa Cruz County are invited to apply to exhibit their art in Santa Cruz County Government Center. Eighteen of the artists who enter will be chosen to have their artwork displayed in four shows during 2012. Artists must reside in Santa Cruz. You may not enter if you have exhibited their art at the county building within the past year. To apply, artists must submit an application packet by November 7, which can be found at ccscc.org.

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Ageless Art Project

rtists/Crafts people volunteers Share your talent and make creative expression possible by leading an art group of care facility residents. Become an Ageless Art Project Volunteer. For information call 459-8917 ext. 208

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SPECTRA Arts Learning

he Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County is seeking stories and anecdotes from people with current or past experience with SPECTRA Arts Learning. These stories will serve as examples of successes students have found through the Council’s SPECTRA program over the years, and may be used to promote the Council’s Arts Learning Resource Directory. If you are an artist, parent, teacher or student with a story to share about your experience with SPECTRA, you are invited to send a brief narrative to Sonia Deetz at the Cultural Council: sonia@ccscc.org.

Ongoing Events

Mondays and Wednesdays

Salsa Rueda Class

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7:00pm at Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz. earn Salsa Rueda. For more information visit www.salsaruedasantacruz.com or call 831-457-7432

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BINGO

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

Tuesdays and Weekends

Live Music on the Esplanade

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

Wednesdays

Peninsula Banjo Band

7p.m. in Cabritos Mexican Bistro at 685 El

Tuesday, October 25 October Harvest Fair and Silent Auction Hosted by the SCCWC

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Camino Real in Sunnyvale orty-seven years of performing in the Bay Area, over 250 popular tunes. Come see our band for Free in Sunnyvale Every Wednesday. No cover. Contact Lee McLaughlin, Booking Agent, at 408-993-BAND (2263) for information about booking the band for Non-profit events (donations are tax deductible). www.PeninsulaBanjoBand.org

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First Fridays of each month

First Friday Art Tour

he First Friday Art Tour is a Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts event, managed in conjunction with the participating art venues. The event takes place year-round and illuminates some of the most talented local artists from local galleries. To find out where to participate in a First Friday art tour, visit firstfridaysantacruz.com (Most galleries are open 12-9 pm for First Friday viewings.)

Fourth Friday of each month

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Musical Me Inc. Family Jam Night

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

Fourth Saturdays of each month

Writers and Poets Open Mike

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2:00pm-4:00pm, Porter Memorial Library, 3050 Porter St. Soquel riters and Poets are invited to a new monthly open mike reading series. Come and read your fiction, essays, or poetry. For more information, call Jean at (831) 475-4221

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

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Dated Events Saturday October 15 Sunday October 16 Santa Cruz Chamber Players

Saturday starts at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 3:pm, Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Dr. Aptos anta Cruz Chamber Players Present “ReImaginings Great Music by Great Composers inspired by other Great Composers” For more info, visit scchamberplayers.org

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Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

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9:00am-5:00pm, on Main Street in Half Moon Bay ome celebrate the fall harvest and autumn splendor with a huge display of gigantic pumpkins, three stages of entertainment, live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a haunted house, harvest inspired crafts, home-style foods, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting a monster 1,200 pound pumpkin, pie eating, costume contests, and more! For more information, call 650-726-9652 or visit miramaevents.com

Wednesday October 19 CHADD (Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Meetings

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6:00-7:00pm, Aptos Public Library HADD is a national organization that provides information, resources, and support for those with ADHD and their families. For more information, visit judyadhdcoaching.com

Friday, October 21 Santa Cruz County Heritage Foundation’s 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

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Spring Hills Golf Course upport the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds and have an amazing time golfing! A BBQ will take place as well as cocktails at the historic Cassidy Hall. The Heritage Foundation is a non-profit corporation who's mission is to raise capitol improvement funds for our fairgrounds. For more information, or to donate, call (831) 612-9118

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11:30am-1:30pm, 925 Freedom Blvd. Watsonville peaker Maggie Middleton shares "Maggie's Story," A story of one woman's journey from grief to grace. To make a reservation, call (831) 728-5331 or (831) 335-9486

Friday October 28 Saturday October 29 Legend of Sleepy Hollow Comes to Life

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Trains depart Boardwalk at 6:00pm, 6:15pm, 8:00pm, and 8:15 pm ou will ride vintage railroad cars through a Redwood forrest. A haunted house, games, and costume contests add to the festivities. Tickets are $27 per person, parking is $8, for tickets and information, call (831) 335-4484 or visit roaringcamp.com

Saturday October 29 Halloween and Harvest Carnival

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10:00am-4:00pm The Aptos Academy 1940 Bonita Dr. Aptos un for the whole family! Climbing wall, dunk tank, haunted house, horse rides, cake walk, Halloween-themed games and prizes, jump house, face painting, and more. Plus live music, seasonal crafts, raffle items, and food concession. This is the 9th annual fundraiser for The Aptos Academy, a WASCaccredited, nonprofit PreK-8th grade school. Admission is free.

Tuesday, November 1 Marine-Life Exhibit Free Day

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10am-5pm At the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz. eymour Marine Discovery Center opens its doors to the public at no charge for the final time in 2011. Visit http://seymourcenter.ucsc.edu for regular pricing and more information.

Saturday November 5 Inner Light Choir

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7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00), Inner Light Center,-5630 Soquel Dr. Soquel oin the Inner Light Choir in singing inspirational and beautiful songs. The choir is a multigenerational, multi-ethnic, and interfaith group dedicated to bringing healing music. Information about tickets can be found at innerlightministries.com, or by calling (831) 465-9090. n

The month starts form a high which you are keen to continue. Of course, this is a continuation of what you have already been doing but you are encouraged by your early success. Later, the Full Moon in Aries brings renewed energy, particularly regarding creativity, children and pursuing what you love to do. Friendships and alliances formed at this time are long lasting and have a good balance of give and take. You are able to go in the direction you want with the right support and this is not the time to strike out on your own. People are more than willing to meet you half way.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

There is nothing that comes so naturally to you than getting to the top of the path you have chosen to climb up. Accolades and rewards come easily this month, but of course you cannot help but set yourself another target or goal to aspire to. In this respect, you can be an inspirational leader but do have humour to not take yourself and those around you too seriously. The Sun joins your ruler Saturn on the 14th of the month so note this day and also the 12th which brings a fiery and reactionary Full Moon. It could lead to a break through and a chance to show what you really can do.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

While the Sun is in LIbra, this brings a time of ease and harmony for you, since you are also an air sign. This is perfect for all kinds of communication and understanding. Something you have been grappling with mentally for a while now comes clear and makes total sense. This in itself can revolutionize the way you do things, and of course you realize that your energies may be spent better elsewhere, which brings its own set of questions. But trust in yourself and the decisions you make. The Full Moon brings a sense of completion and satisfaction around the 12th.

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)

It's time for a change, and one which has been on the cards for while. But you see that some things now have to be dealt with once and for all and although this has not been something you look forward too, nevertheless the feeling of freedom and lightness is worth it. Avoid hanging on to what no longer serves you just because it has become habitual. Instead, embrace what is new, inspiring and out of the ordinary. You are creating your own rules, which fit in with you much more than the second hand version you have been living by. Bravo!

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

This month brings balance, or at least you hope so. Consider various aspects of your life where peace of mind has been lacking and harmony simply not part of the picture. You have power within yourself to make adjustments in what you do to bring order back again. Perhaps it is about timing and how you spend your time, and certainly more organization will help. Relationships are under the spotlight too, and Venus lends a helping hand in the first week. A Full Moon in your sign on the 12th brings a significant change which puts the ball fairly and squarely into your court.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

Limitations have their uses and your point of view is changing. What seemed to be a barrier to your success amazingly turns into a stepping stone, and this could be in the form of an authoritarian figure or someone who seems to have your interests at heart but offers a good deal of stability. The ~Sun in LIbra helps you to focus on your well being and health matters and you are keen to change your lifestyle to make sure you are in a tip top condition. You need your energy as the Sun highlights your relationships from the 24th.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

This is a month for moving forward and making great leaps at long last, after a long period of preparation. With both Venus and Mercury helping you for the first ten days or so, think about your creativity and getting the balance back by planning and doing more fun things that entertain you. You have been working so hard recently that this element may have been bottom of your list of priorities. Still this is set to change as you rediscover joys of years gone by. The Full Moon on the 12 brings revelations from a friend which amaze you.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

Home is where your heart and this month it's more of a focus than usual. What happens, and the people who are involved is what you are interested in. Venus here brings harmony and the Sun shines a light on you. Expect new announcements, people going in different directions and a reason to celebrate. The Full Moon on the 12th is in fiery Aries and this could be the start of a whole new chapter for you, particularly in your career. This is where you are juggling your needs and those of people who rely on you. There are changes in the way things have been done before.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Travel is the order of the day for this month, Leo, and while you may not be going anyway far, you are making connections and creating links to those people who are new and inspiring to you. It could be that your expertise is sought elsewhere and you are burning the midnight oil with with writing and researching, all for a good reason. It's the detail that interests you too, and changing the smaller things brings you joy and a sense of creativity. Treat yourself, of course, as you always deserve it and are definitely worth it!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)

You are thinking about your finances and the focus this month is on your cash, how you spend and how you earn it. You are by nature fairly frugal and understand the importance of getting your money's worth but this month you push it to new levels. Also, take note of how you value yourself too, and check that confidence, or the lack of it, isn't holding you back. Believe yourself to be exceptional and worthy and see if this doesn't make a difference with what you aspire to for and achieve. The Full Moon in Aries on the 12th brings a revelation and determination to let go of the past.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)

This is your birthday month and for you, a time of setting your intentions and goals for the coming year. The Sun is joined by both Venus and Mercury for the first ten days or so and this is when you are at your best; charming, eloquent and feeling pretty pleased with yourself and the world. Get out and about and spread your own sunshine where it's needed. You give the impression that you can make things happen and you have your finger on the pulse, which is true. Take note of the Full Moon in your opposite sign of Aries on the 12 which is dynamic for your relationship. ••• Find Out More www.AnnabelBurton.tv

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s someone who grew up in a small town outside of Boston, California always held a special allure. Living here now for 16 years, I can see it wasn’t really California itself that I found so attractive, but the concept of it. The Concept of California included great weather, of course. Those who did not grow up in climates that are cold and damp 75% of the time and hot and damp the rest of the time cannot fully appreciate the joy of living in a place where it’s sunny, dry and warm 300 days a year, and is never buried in snow. An agreeable climate increases one’s freedom to do things, to move about, enjoy the outdoors and the cities, and remain healthy. At least that part of the California concept is still intact. It included music, too, and not just the Beach Boys or Jan and Dean. The local music scenes in San Francisco and LA always had their own sound, in the 60s, 70s and 80s when I was growing up. Emphasis on local: Even pop bands like the Doobie Brothers sang about “Loma Prieta, my mountain home.” Localized culture is a good sign that a city is more than just a place to work and live, but also a place where exciting new things can happen, and where you can be in the middle of it. The deeper meaning of the California concept was always about individual freedom. You know: “Do your own thing.” Over its history, whether ranching or prospecting or getting oil out of the ground or water to farms and cities, the state attracted smart, enterprising people from all over the world – people who weren’t afraid to think differently (to borrow a tag line from a clever Apple ad), people whose ideas in business and the arts often ran contrary to conventional wisdom, who succeeded wildly, and sometimes failed comically. Most of this is still celebrated in movies and books.

That’s exciting stuff to a kid in the suburbs of the northeast corridor, the land of conventional wisdom. My opportunity to live in California came early in my career in information technology, at a time when the heart of that business had clearly moved west.

The deeper meaning of the California concept was always about individual freedom. You know: “Do your own thing.” Over its history, whether ranching or prospecting or getting oil out of the ground or water to farms and cities, the state attracted smart, enterprising people from all over the world — people who weren’t afraid to think differently ...

When I was a teenager, Boston was the king of the high tech world. Blue signs marked the city’s beltway, Route 128, as the “The Nation’s Technology Highway.” Today, it is embarrassing to remember those signs. What the east coast computing moguls missed was the power of

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software being invented by new, young people working outside the orbit of the established tech companies. New software languages were being developed, driving new types of applications, computing paradigms and devices – and ultimately, new ways of living. George Gilder’s book, “The Microcosm,” provides a detailed and thoughtful account of the industry’s evolution in those days, driven largely by innovations in micro-processing, that enabled the things we can do with software today. In one passage, he captures not only the ethos of the industry that grew up here, but the best features of the entrepreneurial California culture, the antithesis of big government and old school corporate culture: “The United States did not enter the microcosm through the portals of the Ivy League, with Brooks Brothers suits, gentleman Cs, and warbling society wives… From the … the genius and sweat of the outsider… comes most of the progress in the world and in Silicon Valley.” Nobody needed tax incentives or government regulations to buy minicomputers, personal computers, software, MP3 players, or cell phones. Over the years these products targeted real needs and wants in the business and consumer markets. Government played a role in the development of the industry by helping to supply an educated work force, and inexpensive and easy ways to start new businesses and expand old ones. Now I look back on the decay of Boston’s tech leadership, and wonder if California can learn to appreciate what it’s got, before it’s gone. By the time Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis ran for President “Living in California” > 31


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against George H.W. Bush in 1988, the “Massachusetts Miracle” was already in decline. Politicians treated the industry as a new golden goose, replacing the textile, manufacturing and merchant industries that had been chased off by the extreme effects of unionization: Stifling work rules, and rising and uncompetitive labor costs. For New England’s tech industry, that folly was repeated, without unions. By raising taxes, fees and instituting expensive permitting processes, state and local governments made it more difficult to build and operate new facilities. Arguably, southern New Hampshire wouldn’t exist today without Massachusetts’ tax and regulatory policy. Massachusetts did not have the California state education system to supply its tech business with qualified people, but it did and continues to have the highest concentration of quality private colleges in the nation. In an increasingly mobile and networked country, a supply of local college graduates is not enough to keep businesses around. Instead of its monomaniacal focus on “finding new revenue” from existing sources, Sacramento might consider find-

ing ways to make it easy and cheap to do business in California, whether you’re starting a software company, building a house, trying to sell a new bottled tomato sauce at a local farmers’ market, or trade at the Santa Cruz Fair Grounds. If those things are cheap and easy for people with new ideas, maybe then the “new money” will come. I find it ironic and telling that the Jerry Brown, who came of age in the 1960s and still carries the moniker Governor Moonbeam, never even uses the word “freedom” anymore. How is it that the liberal champions of love and freedom became the party of bureaucracy and regulations? If we tax and regulate ourselves into conformity and mediocrity, then the California Concept will wither and leave us only with the weather. As an old, grizzled New Yorker friend of mine once said of Anaheim, we will become “Long Island with palm trees.” The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship is not a partisan thing. Liberals ought to be as concerned about this as conservatives. My call to action is this: Instead of basing public policy on so-called economic justice, why can’t liberals and conservatives agree that California innovation solves problems and enriches all of us… and go from there. n

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nly two days after giving birth, sweet Maggie and her big family of seven puppies were surrendered to the shelter because the owner didn’t want the responsibility of puppies Maggie, a four-year-old Beagle mix, was bewildered and frightened by the sudden abandonment yet she remained set on caring for her puppies no matter what. Fortunately, they all went into a wonderful foster home and have had the chance to grow up in a safe, clean and fun environment with children to play with and lots of love. Bongo, Banjo, Bumper, Basia, Bear, Bambi, and Bihotza are absolutely beautiful puppies with personalities to match. They are now eight-weeks-old and ready for their “fur”-ever homes. They are Beagle mixes and will mature to be solid medium size or larger. Each puppy is uniquely colored, playful, confident, Bongo is a born leader, confident and playful and always looking out for his siblings. Banjo is quite content with entertaining himself with toys and doesn’t cry for attention. Bumper wants nothing more than to be carried around and babied while Basia will follow you from room to room, always trying to keep up with what’s going on. Bear is the biggest of the litter that craves attention and is a roly-poly who loves to eat! Bambi won’t let you forget she’s there, she knows what she like sand won’t let you forget it. Bihotza is a sweetheart who’s eager to romp and wrestle with the boys but doesn’t mind cuddling up close. All that puppy charm cannot compare to Maggie who has been an amazing mother. She is a complete gem as well as completely housebroken. She understands commands; sit, stay, come, no and is great on the leash. She adores children, loves to snuggle and is so eager to please. Our adoption package for dogs and cats includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, micro-chipping, an ID tag, collar, a free health exam with a licensed Veterinarian, one month’s free health insurance, discounted crate purchase and other animal care materials. If you would like to help animals like this adorable family of mom and pups and his orphaned friends, please consider donating to the Santa Cruz SPCA. The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501c3 charitable organization and receives no government funding, relying solely on public donations to run its many programs that benefit the animals and people of our community. For more information call the Santa Cruz SPCA at 465-5000, or visit www.santacruzspca.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. n

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