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December 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. 24

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

43rd Annual California Coast Wrestling Classic

Coach Reggie Roberts directs practice

Hosted by Aptos High School Tuesday and Wednesday December 20-21 he Aptos High School Wrestling program headed by coach Reggie Roberts announced they would be hosting one of the largest sporting events in AHS history. Coach Roberts has been working since June to make this event a success in addition to his new job as the father of an 8-month-old son. “I want to set a new standard for the California Coast Wrestling Classic so that this will be an annual event for all those who take part in or support high school wrestling.” This high school wrestling tournament has long enjoyed a strong reputation of being one of the toughest wrestling tournaments in the state of California dating all the way back to the 1970’s. Over the past 5 years, there had been a decline in the number of participating teams at the former host school. To bring back the tradition of this storied holiday tournament, a strategic decision was made to relocate the tournament to the new and spacious, multimillion dollar Performing Arts Center at Aptos High School.

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Hospice’s Tree of Light shines in front of the Community Foundation building in Aptos.

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ny is intended to help grieving friends and families find a measure of comfort and perhaps a spark of hope through the lighting of candles and the tree. Nearly 150 people attended

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wo local non-profits successfully joined together on Sunday, December 4 to offer support to individuals and their families experiencing grief during the holidays. Hospice of

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the event, gathering in the chill of night to honor their loved ones, while members of the Pacific Voices Choir offered songs of hope.

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Ending Hunger in SC County

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By Ryan Coonerty & Rene Schlaepfer

he Holiday Food Drive raises food and funds for a countywide network of agencies that can reach out to every family in need. Sadly, the demand for food has increased 58% in the last five years. Your neighbors, friends and coworkers in Santa Cruz County now receive 500,000 meals from local food providers every month. Nearly half of those helped are children. This is a difficult, but eminently solvable problem. We can end hunger in our community. Second Harvest provides food to 200 local food programs throughout Santa Cruz County where 3000 volunteers pack and distribute it to hungry people. All we need now is the commitment to say that we will no longer tolerate any child going to bed hungry in our community. It takes all people across this county – from north to south, Republicans and Democrats, religious and secular – coming together to contribute what they can. Twin Lakes Church is an example of how this can be done. Five years ago, when the economy was good, the church raised a respectable 45,000 pounds of food. Each year, interest has grown. As church members developed new events, enthusiasm and momentum grew and so did their combined contributions. This year, Twin Lakes set an ambitious goal of raising $1.40 a day for ten

weeks (a $100 donation) from every man, woman and child in the congregation the equivalent of one million pounds of food. Like everyone else, members of Twin Lakes have been profoundly affected by the economy. Many people couldn’t write checks, so they improvised. They sold old books, household items, saved spare change and sacrificed a meal out. Six-year-old Travis made homemade kites and sold them door-todoor, raising an amazing $680. Since Second Harvest can provide four meals for every dollar, he raised enough to provide 2,720 meals! In giving, the sense of community and meaning of the holidays grew at Twin Lakes Church. Those who contributed, those who needed help, and our entire community are stronger as a result. As your Holiday Food Drive CoChairs, we need your help. We still need 800,000 pounds to meet our goal of 2.5 million pounds. If everyone gives a little, we can feed a lot. Imagine ending hunger in our county in 2012. Imagine what else we can accomplish when we put aside our differences and focus on the ties that bind us – love for our children, care for our community, and a commitment to each other. To find out how you can help, visit www.thefoodbank.org. n ••• Ryan Coonerty, Mayor of Santa Cruz, and Rene Schlaepfer, Pastor at Twin Lakes Church, are co-chairs of the Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive.

he Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau has been informed that it will receive five “Activities of Excellence” awards at the California Farm Bureau 93rd Annual Meeting. The awards are for Membership, Policy Implementation, Leadership, Ag Education and Public Relations. The county will also receive two President’s Awards for Public Relations and Leadership. A local delegation of 10 will be attending the California Farm Bureau Federation’s 93rd Annual Meeting in Sparks, Nevada, December 4-7. The official delegates representing the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau are Chris Enright, President and Cynthia Mathiesen,

1st Vice-President. Alternate Delegates are David Van Lennep, 2nd Vice President and John E. Eiskamp, Past-President. Also attending from Santa Cruz County are: Jess Brown, Executive Director; Silvia Prevedelli and Nita Gizdich, Board Members; Matt Bissell, Board Member and District #10 Representative on CFBF Board of Directors; Bill Ringe, AgriCulture President; Darlene Din, Consultant; and Chase Renois, County Young Farmers & Ranchers committee member and District #10 Representative on Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee.

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SCCFB Recognized by State Organization

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Cover Hospice’s Tree of Lights Ceremony – Community Foundation showing the power of non-profit partnerships. 43rd Annual California Coast Wrestling Classic – Hosted by Aptos High School Tuesday and Wednesday December 20-21 2 3 5

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Community News Ending Hunger in SC County By Ryan Coonerty & Rene Schlaepfer – SCCFB Recognized by State Organization Precautions for the Holiday Heart Attack Season Exercising Proper Public Hygiene – Hand hygiene, helps to avoid illness for you and your family Put Your Grocery Bill on a Diet – Expert Shares Secrets for Bringing Home More for Less • Focus Agriculture Program for County Residents Christmas Production brings back ‘Plaid Tidings’ – Cabrillo Stage Revisits Audience Favorite at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater • FOLLIES DOLLIES ‘Adopts a Family for the Holidays’ Community College Outstanding Educator Award – National Communication Association Honors J. Dan Rothwell • Community Foundation Santa Cruz County Receives Certification Chamber Music in the Gypsy Style By Barbara Cronise scwd2 Desalination Program Monthly Project Update The Cobbler’s Tale Get Ready for the Holidays CDPH Urges Californians to Get Flu Shot – New vaccination rates among health care workers announced • Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter – The Rabbit Haven and The Bagelry Team Up to Find Rabbits Homes this Winter Fishing for a Great Holiday Gift? – Buy a 2012 License for Your Favorite Angler • Wanted: Hunter Education Instructors for 2012 Is 90 the New 85? – NIH-commissioned Census Bureau report describes oldest Americans Using Credit for Holiday Buying Latest (2010) California Homicide Rate Statistics Poisonous Mushroom Alert! – Local Public Health Officials Warn Against Consumption of Wild Mushrooms 2010-2011 Comparison: California Gas and Diesel Prices Continue to Rise

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Sports Wrap Aptos Alumni Girls Basketball Game • Aptos High School Scoreboard

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Business Profiles Wild Rose Artist Supplies & Custom Framing – Come See Our Holiday Specials By Gail Penniman

Precautions for the Holiday Heart Attack Season

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emperatures are dropping and the holidays have arrived. Danger! We have officially entered what is often referred to as “The Heart Attack Season.” “In addition to the cold weather restricting our blood circulation, most of us do things during the holidays that are very hazardous to our health, especially if we’re in poor shape to begin with,” says Dr. Debra Braverman, a specialist in rehabilitative medicine in the cardiology department at The Albert Einstein Medical Center. Heavy meals, excess alcohol and lack of exercise all can contribute to problems with our heart health. Combine the stresses of holiday travel, visits from in-laws and a disrupted medication schedule, it’s not surprising that according to studies, heartrelated deaths increase by 5 percent during this time of the year. Beware of fatty foods and large portions – Stay away from foods high in sugar, fat, cholesterol and salt, and make sure your holiday dinner table consists of lots of veggies, fruits, lean protein and whole grains.

Exercise – Try 30 minutes of light exercise each day to help strengthen the heart by delivering more oxygen to the body. Exercise also lowers blood pressure and helps decrease cholesterol levels. Avoid holiday heart attack triggers – Excess physical exertion, overeating, lack of sleep, emotional stress, cold temperatures Don’t overuse alcohol and say no to illegal drugs – Stop after two glasses of wine, two beers, or one drink that uses hard liquor. Some illegal drugs put an amazing amount of stress on the body and being under the influence of drugs or alcohol clouds judgment. Getting a DUI or spending time in jail is not a great way to celebrate the holidays. Stop smoking – Replace your smoking routine with a 30-minute exercise session, which will help distract you and get your mind off smoking. Light exercise is also a great way to combat stress, which can often trigger nicotine cravings. Enjoy yourself, take it easy, and have a Happy Holiday! n

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try,” said Enright. Enright further stated, “It is also an opportunity to meet, make new friends and perform the important work to prepare our organization for the year ahead.” n

Calendar – Arts & Entertainment • Pages 28 & 29

Monthly Horoscope • Page 29 - Your December Horoscope - Annabel Burton, Astrologer© 22 25 31

Featured Columnists The Book Bag By Robert Francis – Last minute gift ideas for those who like books… EarthTalk® – Garlic & Onions May Help to Prevent Some Cancers All About Retirement By Terry McFall, Social Security District Manager in Santa Cruz SPCA Featured Pet • Page 31 – Homeless, Hairless and Voiceless

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Up to 64 teams, one thousand wrestlers and over 2,000 spectators are expected to attend this 2-day high school wrestling event. On both days of the tournament, there will be a special tailgating area with live entertainment for the spectators. Participating teams and officials will be staying at The Seacliff Inn as the host sponsor. This event has already booked over 50 teams from schools from California, Nevada, Oregon and Arizona. In hosting this event, Aptos High’s wrestling team will be able to generate funding for its fastgrowing program and a viable solution to the programs’ yearly fundraising concerns. Many local businesses and organizations are supporting the tournament as official sponsors of the tournament. Tournament Format 64 man double elimination Awards Top 8 Champions receive Trophies, wall brackets, and a T-shirt —- Placers 2-8 receive custom medals – 2. Top 5 teams – 3. Two Outstanding Wrestle Award‘s (OW’s – Upper and Lower) – 4. Quickest Fall – 5. Character Award For 43 years, the beautiful coastal region of Santa Cruz County has hosted one of the longest running holiday wrestling tournaments in California. Improvements to this year’s tournament include: • A new multi-million dollar venue - In relocating to a much larger facility at Aptos High School with their 2-yearold, state-of-the art PAC Center, we’ll be able to conduct this popular event on 10 mats in two gyms (The previous “Hospice” from pg 1

In traditions all over the world, candles are lit to mark the changing season, and to remind us of the promise of light in a time of darkness. As individual candles were lit, symbolically illuminating the tender presence of loved ones lost, attendees were invited to speak the name of their loved ones. The crowd responded by saying, “We Remember Them” after each name spoken. “This event offers a unique opportunity for friends and family to share their grief, their memories and their hope with a community who cares and understands,” says Ann Carney Pomper, Executive Director. “There is strength in numbers, and this ceremony can help to provide healing during what can be a very difficult season for many people.” The Tree of Lights is both a remembrance service and a way to raise much-

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venue at Scotts Valley had 8 mats in one gym). There is plenty of parking available and teams will be staying at the Seacliff Inn within just a half-mile from Seacliff State Beach. • Expected to compete will be several out-of-state teams. • First place team to receive free entry into next year’s CCWC tourney. • Former U.S. Greco Olympian (’64), Pat Lovell will be there in an advisory capacity to the tournament with his 30+ years of experience. • Weigh-ins at 8 am on Tuesday and We d n e s d a y ’ s . Wrestling to begin at 10 am on Tuesday, and 9 am on Wednesday. • Spectacular 3 mat finals design • Awards for each weight class will take place immediately after their follow weight class. n ••• CCWC History Top five Teams over the past 4 years: 2010 — 1. Alisal; 2. Madera South; 3. Placer; 4. Granada; 5. Jesse Bethel

2009 — 1. Granada; 2. Placer; 3. Los Gatos; 4. Kingsburg; 5. Ceres 2008 — 1. Elk Grove; 2. San Benito; 3. Sutter Union; 4. Palma; 5. Los Gatos 2007 — 1. Gilroy; 2. Ponderosa; 3. Los Gatos; 4. Crater (OR); 5. Del Oro Aptos High School, 100 Mariner Way Aptos, CA 95003 For more information, go the tournament website: www.calicoastwc.com

needed funds to support Hospice programs. Over 350 families and friends have remembered and honored loved ones this year by dedicating a light on the tree. Each light represents a thoughtful donation made in memory of a loved one, or to celebrate a special relationship. HSCC’s partnership with Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County highlights how two organizations dedicated to non-profit work in our community can successfully collaborate to support our community. “The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz was happy to open our center for philanthropy to the community for this wonderful annual tradition. Tree of Lights is a special way for families to come together and honor their loved ones,” says Lance Linares, Executive Director Community Foundation Santa Cruz County.

“We are honored to be part of it and partner with Hospice of Santa Cruz County.” The tree will remain lit during the entire season as a reminder of the love and memories of special people in our lives. HSCC will continue to receive funds for Tree of Lights throughout the holiday season which will contribute to the $1 million needed annually to provide hospice care for those who are uninsured or underinsured; community-wide grief support, including children’s programs; Transitions care for those not yet ready for hospice; and the We Honor Vets program as well as on-going education and outreach. n ••• For more information about Hospice of Santa Cruz County and how they can help your family, call 831-430-3000, or visit them online at www.hospicesantacruz.org.


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Exercising Proper Public Hygiene

Hand hygiene, helps to avoid illness for you and your family

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ith flu season upon us, proper hand washing is the single most important part of hand hygiene. Here are some tips from Ronda Hatcher, RN, Infection Prevention Manager at Dominican Hospital. You can’t see the viruses and bacteria that exist on inanimate objects – but that doesn’t mean they’re not there. Telephones, ATMs, bathroom faucet handles and doorknobs are common areas where hands can become contaminated. These inanimate objects can harbor viruses and bacteria such as E. coli, staph aureus, and influenza. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness. Researchers estimate that if everyone routinely washed their hands, a million deaths a year could be prevented. Effective hand washing at home or away in 5 Easy Steps 1. Use either an alcohol gel or soap and water. Use warm water if it’s available. Always wash your hands before, after handling or eating food, and after going to the bathroom. 2. Rub hands together to make a later and scrub all surfaces for at least 15 seconds. (Sing the “happy birthday” song to yourself, twice.) 3. Rinse hands thoroughly under running water. 4. Dry hands completely using a towel or air dryer. 5. When in a public facility, use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and to open the door when leaving. So how can you keep your family healthy this flu season? Get a flu shot – it’s not too late. Wash hands frequently. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently. Keep a bottle on your desk, and a small one in your car. Encourage your employer to provide hand sanitizer dispensers in common areas like stairwells and conference rooms. Cough/sneeze into a tissue, paper towel, handkerchief, or into the crook of your elbow; never into your hands. Keep your bare hands away from your face. Use a tissue, paper towel, napkin, or a clean handkerchief when touching your mouth, nose and eyes. If you’re sick, please, PLEASE stay home from work or school.

Viruses and bacteria live practically everywhere — shopping malls, grocery stores, playgrounds, petting zoos, restaurants. They can survive up to two hours on shopping carts, escalator handrails, stair banisters and doorknobs to infect their next victim. Hand hygiene or hand washing is the single most important thing that you can do to help prevent the spread of infection and to stay healthy and well. How about gloves? When asked about wearing gloves as protection, Hatcher advises that wearing gloves in public would not help prevent the spread of germs. When a person wears gloves, they believe their hands are kept clean; when in fact microbes already on the hands are multiplying at a rapid rate due to the heat and moisture under the gloves. Glove wearers need to clean their hands with a hand cleaner sanitizer (gel/foam) or wash with soap and water after the gloves are removed. The simplest way to prevent the spread of organisms is to gel or wash your hands frequently. It’s easy to carry a small sized sanitizer in your pocket or car. Would Face Masks such as they wear in Japan give any protection against colds or flu? “Japan has a much higher density of people, so yes this does make sense;” writes Hatcher, “but only for illnesses that can be contacted through a droplet or airborne method. When outbreaks of respiratory illness occur (colds, influen-

za, tuberculosis, measles, etc.); wearing masks can be very helpful. The mask

keeps the organisms from spreading via coughing, sneezing, talking etc. “The usage of wearing masks is actually becoming more prevalent in the United States,” Hatcher continued, “The CDC recommends that hospitals provide respiratory stations which include masks, Kleenex and hand sanitizer. Dominican has respiratory hygiene stations available throughout the hospital which visitors are strongly encouraged to use when they are coughing or sneezing or believe they have a respiratory illness. I have also noticed an increase in mask usage in schools and airplanes; people are starting to understand how important it is to keep their germs to themselves when in close proximity.” If a mask is unavailable, coughing or sneezing into the crook of the elbow (instead of into the hand) also helps prevent the organisms from spreading. School children are now being taught this method. n

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Put Your Grocery Bill on a Diet

Expert Shares Secrets for Bringing Home More for Less

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his year, our holiday feasts will cost more than ever, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Food prices jumped a whopping 4 to 5 percent in 2011 and are expected to continue climbing next year. But you can have your fruitcake and eat it, too, without breaking the bank, says Toni House, author of Savvy Shopping: How to Reduce Your Weekly Grocery Bill to $85 Per Week – or Less! A mom with executive-level experience in accounting and the restaurant industry, House pared the monthly grocery bill for her family of four to $250. And nobody complained. “It takes savvy shopping,” she says. “Worried about going broke serving big holiday meals? Forget it. You can save on the Christmas trimmings and trim the 2012 household budget with planning, patience and grocery shopping ‘guardrails’ to keep your cart in line.” Toni House offers these tips: • Be patient – wait for good deals. Save pricier purchases for double coupon

days, and with the holidays coming up, save now so you can splurge a bit on the holiday meal. The more you rush, the less you save. • Be detail-oriented. There is a lot of fine print involved in being a savvy shopper, from expiration dates to special offers to asterisks. Know exactly when a coupon expires, how much it’s for, how much more it will be worth on double coupon days and whether or not it’s worth the price in the first place. • Plan ahead. Plan a menu for at least three meals in advance; combined with leftovers; that should give you five days or more of meals, depending on the meal. This puts you in control of your shopping list; and not the other way around. Instead of always playing catch-up, replacing what you’ve run out of, you buy only when it’s on the menu. Same goes for cereal, yogurt, bananas, fresh herbs and spices, etc.

• Avoid Expensive Foods. Instead of making expensive foods (meat) the centerpiece of each meal, design menus that use the most expensive foods less often. For instance, from now on at least twice a week, try using meat as more of a filler than a main dish. Instead of making spaghetti with meat balls, or sausage, or chicken breasts, make spaghetti with a meat sauce of ground turkey, ground sausage or ground chicken breakfast sausage. • Only buy what you can eat at the grocery store. That means no paper plates, toilet paper, plastic cups, Army men, toothbrushes, jar candles, greeting cards. Grocery store prices for non-food items are higher than you’ll pay almost anywhere else, so make a hard-and-fast rule and stick to it. • Use coupons – but just for what you actually need. Let’s say you just bought twice as many hot dog buns as you needed last week and now you’ve run across a two-for-one coupon for…

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more hot dog buns? Do you really have room in your freezer for all those buns? House’s $85-a-week budget does require tossing out some pricey products your family may have grown accustomed to (brand-name cereals, pre-packaged snack cakes) and changing the way you plan meals. But there are plenty of delicious, often healthier, and less expensive substitutes. “You are the leader of your family unit, not just at home but at the grocery store,” House says. “Your new quest to become a savvy shopper might meet with some…resistance… at first. Take the bull by the horns and lead the family in the right direction.” n ••• Toni House has a bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s in business administration. How to Reduce Your Grocery Bill is her second “Savvy Shopping” book. Her first was “Save Your Money, Save Your Family.” Find her money-saving blog tips at www.saveyourmoneysaveyourfamily.com.

Focus Agriculture Program for County Residents

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pplications are currently being accepted for Class XXIII (23) of Focus Agriculture, a “first-in-thenation program,” designed for selected community leaders to learn about agriculture in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. The program consists of once-amonth, daylong seminars, held over a period of nine months. Speakers, ranging from elected officials to representatives from environmental groups, address the class. The sessions cover such topics as: • Environment and technology • Ethnic groups in agriculture • Regional diversity of commodities produced Many farm tours and hands-on experiences. Twenty people will be selected for Class XXIII (23).

In announcing the application process for Class XXIII (23), Agri-Culture President, Bill Ringe, stated, “Many people who are involved in the community are interested in agriculture. Focus Agriculture was created to allow community leaders an opportunity to learn, through discussions and hands-on experiences, about local agriculture.” Alumni of the program include: John Laird, California Secretary of Resources Agency; Katherine Beiers, Past Mayor, City of Santa Cruz; 2nd District Supervisor Ellen Pirie, 4th District Supervisor Greg Caput; Willy Elliott-McCrea, CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank; Maggie Ivy, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz County Convention and Visitors Council. “Focus Agriculture” > 11


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Christmas Production brings back ‘Plaid Tidings’

Cabrillo Stage Revisits Audience Favorite at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater

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abrillo Stage, the professional musical theatre company, completes their 30th anniversary season with the holiday musical comedy, Plaid Tidings, which performs in the Crocker Theater, December 16 through 30. An Audience favorite, Plaid Tidings is the Christmas version of Stage’s 2008 smash hit Forever Plaid, which will combine two members of the original cast, Max Bennett-Parker and Tad Kistner, with new cast members Matt Dunn and Sean Gorski. The storyline of Forever Plaid centers around four hilarious young male singers from the late 1950s who were killed in a car crash on the way to their first big concert, and then miraculously revived for the chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. In the Christmas version, Plaid Tidings, The heavenly quartet return with their tight swingin’ harmonic renditions of musical hits from the ’50s and ’60s. This nostalgic holiday extravaganza is the very best of Forever Plaid wrapped up in a nifty package with a big bow on top! Stuffed with “Plaid-erized”

Christmas standards like “Mr. Santa,“ “Let It Snow” and “ H a v e Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” the boys are back to perform their Christmas Special. At first, they aren’t sure why they’ve returned, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they’re needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. Plaid Tidings director Andrew Ceglio, who also directed the original production, shares his take on the show: “Forever Plaid is more than just a musical revue, it is a

FOLLIES DOLLIES ‘Adopts a Family for the Holidays’

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n Tues., Dec. 13, members of the FOLLIES DOLLIES, a Santa Cruz Chapter of the Red Hat Society, gathered at the Aptos office of Above The Line (ATL)/Homes for Kids to present a Holiday Gift for the agency’s “Adopt a Family for the Holidays” program. Dollies “Queen” Sally Shaman-fogel and “Vice Queen” Charlotte Gaidos, with Dollies: Bobbe Martin, Past “Queen” Elizabeth Carr, Jackie Lockwood, Jeanne Gualco, Lillian Clements, Lynn Knudsen, Past “Vice-Queen” Mary Wright and Pat Cultera presented their check for $275.00 to ATL Executive Director, Suzanne Stone along with her staff Tracy Gill, Deborah Arnold, Jean Haebe, Gail Lewis, Marsha Best and Ross Lewis. Also present was ATL Board Member to-be Jacob Martinez. ATL/Homes for Kids is a not-for-profit treatment foster care program serving infants, toddlers and youth up to age eighteen, providing services which promote healthy development in a nurturing atmosphere where children can feel secure

and develop communication and socialization skills as well as achieve school success. When appropriate, ATL’s Homes for Kids supports reunification with birth parents mentored by the foster parents with whom their children are living. For further information about Above the Line and Homes for Kids, and/or to make a much needed and appreciated donation, please call: 831-662-9081 x201, or go to their website: www.abovetheline.org. In addition to being Red Hatters, FOLLIES DOLLIES are volunteers at the Market Street Senior Center and for the wellknown, yearly Santa Cruz FOLLIES productions, most Dollies being current or former cast members. After the Holidays the Follies Dollies will be preparing for the BIG audition Jan. 21st from 10-2 p.m. at 222 Market St. for “Copacabana Finale” the 2012 Show of the Santa Cruz FOLLIES. If interested in joining the fun, and are 50 or over years, come to the audition with your talent, music, etc., or call 423-6640 for more information. n

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with story many themes including compassion, courage, love and friendship. What I love about the show is the journey the characters go through as they progress through the storyline. The ‘Plaids’ were not a famous boy-band when they were alive, but they continued to perform out of a deep love for what they did. The characters, with all their human flaws, follow their dreams and realize that life is what you make it.” Singing in the closest of harmony and executing their charmingly outlandish

dance moves, the “Plaids” will keep audiences rolling in the aisles when they’re not humming along to some of the great pop hits and Christmas songs of the 1950s and 60s. Cabrillo Stage will be showing Plaid Tidings at 7:30 PM evenings, as well as 2:00 PM. matinees. For complete schedule, please go to www.cabrillostage.com. Cabrillo Stage presents Plaid Tidings, December 16 – 30 Evenings at 7:30 PM, Matinees at 2 PM. No performance on Sunday, Dec. 25. Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Tickets: $16 - $34, plus service fees. Online sales now available. Box office 4796154 or www.cabrillostage.com. ••• Cabrillo Stage is a non-profit, non-union professional summer stock musical theatre company dedicated to presenting full-scale Broadway musicals to the greater Monterey Bay Area by producing a diversity of musical theatre works with the goal of educating as well as giving its audiences quality family entertainment. Producing Artistic Director, Jon Nordgren.

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Aptos Alumni Girls Basketball Game

ptos High School will be hosting its first annual Girls Basketball Alumni Game on Thursday, Dec. 22, in the new gym. Tip-off is at 6:30 pm. According to athletic director Mark Dorfman, the alumni participating include Stephanie Vomvolokis, ‘83; Kayse Hagins, ‘91; Jamie McCabe, ‘04; Kate Hemrick, ‘03; Brittney Holmquist, ‘04; Katherine Nicholson, ‘06; Erin Loftin, ‘01; Andrea Nicholson, ‘02; Ashley Denny, ‘02;

Megan Castro (Ramos), ‘90; Brooke Holmquist, ‘00; Kari Nagamine, ‘03; Jessica Stief, ‘11; plus many more. Dorfman also expects a number of “special guest coaches.” All former players are invited to attend and participate. For more information, please contact either JV coach Katie Hemrick at 254-6328, or Athletic Director Mark Dorfman at mark_dorfman@pvusd.net or 688-6565 x483. It should be a fun night.

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First Team Offense Offensive Linemen – Tyler Price (Aptos, Sr.), Alex Yerena (Aptos, Sr.), John Yvanovich (Aptos, Sr.) First Team Defense Defensive Line – Chase Whitney (Aptos, Sr.)

Aptos High School Scoreboard Football

2011 SCCAL All League VP – Riggs Powell (Aptos Sr.) Co-Defensive Player of the Year – Cody Capurro (Aptos, Sr.) Co-Lineman of the Year – Tanner Lardie (Aptos, Sr.) Coach of the Year – Randy Blankenship (Aptos)

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Community College Outstanding Educator Award

National Communication Association Honors J. Dan Rothwell

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t the recent National Communication Association (NCA) Conference in New Orleans, Cabrillo College Communications Studies Department Chair J. “Dan” Rothwell was named ‘Community College Outstanding Educator.’ The NCA is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to communication, with members including researchers, educators and professionals in the communication industry. “The Cabrillo College faculty, staff and students are thrilled for Dan,” said Renee M. Kilmer, Cabrillo College vice president of instruction. “A tremendous asset to Cabrillo’s instructional program and faculty leadership, he is highly regarded by his peers and loved by his students. As NCA is the

flagship organization for the communication industry, this is a highly prestigious honor.” The members of Cabrillo College’s Communications Studies Department unanimously nominated Rothwell for the award, which is the second teaching award he has received in the past 18 months. In 2010, Rothwell received the Ernest L. Boyer International Award in Teaching, Learning and Technology, conferred jointly by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Florida State College, and the National Council of Instructional Administrators. “Dan is many things, but above all else, he’s an exceptional teacher,” said Kanda Whaley, NCA award nominator

and Communications Studies instructor at Cabrillo College. “Over and over again I’ve heard his students say they have to work hard, that the content is challenging, and that Dan’s expectations are high. But they always follow that by saying how fun his classes are and how much they’re learning. One student even referred to his classes as ‘life changing’.” Both the $300 check that Rothwell received for the NCA’s Community College Outstanding Educator award and the $5,000 check he received for the Ernest L. Boyer award he donated to the Cabrillo College Foundation, to be put toward student scholarships for Communications Studies majors. n

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Community Foundation Santa Cruz County Receives Certification

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ommunity Foundation Santa Cruz County received notification this week it has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability. The notice comes from the Council on Foundations (www.cof.org/), a national professional association based in Washington, D.C. “This is similar to the Good

Housekeeping Seal for community foundations,” said Executive Director Lance Linares. “It means we’ve demonstrated a commitment to maintaining a high level of quality and stewardship.” The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grant making and adminis-

tration every five years. This is the second time the Community Foundation has successfully gone through this rigorous review process. Sue Farrar, finance and administration director led the Community Foundation’s recertification. “Getting this seal is important for our board of directors,” Farrar said. “Because it tells our donors, their professional advisors and our local nonprofits that we’re good stewards of their funds and are doing things right,” she said. Over 200 community foundations have already been confirmed in compliance nationwide. “When people make a charitable bequest, establish a fund or set up an annuity, they are putting their trust in us,” Linares said. “The National Standards seal provides a level of quality assurance to the

public and says our house is in order,” Linares added. The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program is the first of its kind for charitable foundations in the United States. Through philanthropic services, community leadership, and grants and resources for nonprofits, the Community Foundation helps people support the causes they care about and make Santa Cruz County a better place to live, now and in the future. The Council on Foundations is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit membership association of more than 2,000 grant making foundations. For more information on the Council, visit its website at www.cof.org. n ••• Learn more at www.cfscc.org.

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Chamber Music in the Gypsy Style

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By Barbara Cronise

lively January concert of dance music written by great classical composers promises to lift the winter blues for concertgoers in the Santa Cruz Chamber Players’ third offering of the season. The concert will take place in Aptos on January 21 and 22nd, and includes works by Antonin Dvorak, Johannes Brahms, Bela Bartok and Fritz Kreisler. “Alla Zingarese: A Winter Music Festival Inspired by Eastern European Folk Dance,” will be directed by pianist Ian Scarfe, a music associate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a regular pianist who performs and tours with several chamber ensembles, and is founder and director of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival. Joining him are violinists Roy Malan and Philip Brezina, cellist Erin Wang and violist Polly Malan. Mr. Scarfe writes: “Classical composers were not immune to the effects of the folk music and dance music surrounding them; on the contrary, they often

embraced this music and incorporated it into their own styles! This will be a lively concert—every note in it will be fun for performers and audience alike. The composers were each influenced by various styles of folk music: Brahms and Kreisler by the gypsy fiddlers, Dvorak by the dance festivals in his native Bohemia, Bartok by his work studying the ethnic music of Romania…” Dances will be featured in the first half of the program. Mr. Scarfe and Roy Malan will play two works by Kreisler: La Gitana and Slavonic Fantasy. Trio arrangements include the Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 6, a virtuosic piece for the violin, and two of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, which Mr. Scarfe describes as having “a more rhapsodic tinge.” Bartok’s Six Romanian Folk Dances (arranged for violin and piano) will, as Mr. Scarfe relates, be “infused with 20th-century harmonies.” In the second half of the program, the ensemble will perform Dvorak’s chamber

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music masterpiece, the Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 (1887). According to Mr. Scarfe, “This is one of Dvorak’s most popular works, and is composed on a symphonic scale. The middle movements are given the titles of two of Dvorak’s favorite dances, the “Dumka” and the “Furiant,”

and, even in the outer movements, the spirit of the dance is always present – the last movement is a rollicking polka.” n ••• The Santa Cruz Chamber Players, a notfor-profit organization, will present “Alla Zingarese: A Winter Music Festival Inspired by Eastern European Folk Dance,” on Saturday, January 21, at 8:00 PM, and on Sunday, January 22, at 3:00 PM. Both performances will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos (near the Highway One exit and east of Freedom Blvd). $25 General/$20 Senior/$10 Youth (18 & under or full-time student with ID); free for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door ½ hour before each performance or at www.santacruztickets.com (831) 420-5260). For information call (831) 425-3149 or go to www.scchamberplayers.org.

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1) The water shortage issues both agencies are facing are not growth-related. They are a result of several environmental conditions that have been exacerbated by current uses. The overextraction of the groundwater aquifer has resulted in an unsustainable groundwater basin that is vulnerable to contamination by seawater intrusion. There is an inadequate water supply to meet customer demands

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during drought conditions. And, the anticipated restrictions on the amount of surface water that can be taken to ensure there is enough water in local streams and rivers to protect threatened and endangered species. Technical studies conducted by the SCWD and SqCWD have shown the need for a supplemental supply that is intended as a replacement for some of the current supply each agency now relies on, but must reduce for environmental reasons. 2) No decision has been made on whether or not to construct the proposed desalination plant. The agencies have identified a need for supplemental supply in addition to conservation and curtailment. Desalination was identified as this supplemental supply component and this project is currently in the evaluation phase. A draft environmental impact report (EIR) of the project is scheduled to be released in spring 2012. In order to fully inform the environmental review process and gather technical information, it has been necessary to fund numerous studies and interact with the community, regulators and technical experts. Approval of the project would follow certification of the EIR. For more information on the environmental review process, visit http://www.scwd2desal.org/PageProject-phases_EIR.php. 3) The City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District both have award winning conservation programs in place- but conservation alone does not solve our water shortage problems. Currently both agencies are looking at what new conservation programs they can enact in the coming years. Some in our community argue that more conservation could eliminate the need for a supplemental supply – but conserva-

tion is already included in a diverse water portfolio that includes the proposed desalination project. 4) Desalination requires more electricity than existing surface and groundwater treatment processes; however, it’s useful to put the electricity needs into perspective. The proposed power needs during the average annual use of the proposed desal project by Soquel Creek Water District during non-drought conditions and the City of Santa Cruz during drought conditions is comparable to the electricity used by a midsize hospital or the electricity used for a mid-sized indoor shopping mall. For more information, visit http://www.scwd2desal.org/PageEnergy.php. 5) Desalination with reverse osmosis membranes is a proven technology and is used in more than 120 countries in more than 15,000 plants that produce hundreds of million gallons per day. Desalination facilities currently in operation locally include the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the City of Sand City. A larger facility in Tampa Bay, FL is also in operation. That facility did experience start up issues related to public/private ownership and pretreatment modifications; however, these issues do not apply to the scwd2 project since our project includes two public municipalities and a yearlong pilot study that evaluated the optimal pretreatment process specific for water from the Monterey Bay. Several other coastal California communities are looking at desalination as a potential source to replace their state imported water that has been limited due to the environmental impacts. n ••• For more FAQs, please visit the FAQs section of www.scwd2desal.org.


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The Cobbler’s Tale

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Based on the short story "Where Love Is, God Is" by Leo Tolstoy

nce upon a time there was a cobbler, a good and honorable man. One Christmas Eve he dreamed that the next day, on Christmas, Christ was coming to his humble shop. Christmas morning he got up early and went to the woods to gather green boughs to decorate his shop for so great a Guest. He laid out a fine woolen cape and some blankets to give to the Lord. He lit a fire and set out bread and meat, and put the kettle on to boil.

All morning he waited, then a feeble old man came to his door asking to rest. The cobbler invited him in to sit and rest by the fire where he gave the old man hot tea and cakes. When he left the cobbler gave him a package of his best bread and meat. The day became afternoon. He saw a wounded soldier; his feet wrapped in bloody rags, limping slowly down the street. The cobbler called and invited him into his shop. He bathed the soldier’s feet,

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wrapping them in clean cloth. He then gave the grateful soldier the sturdiest shoes in the shop. When the soldier left, there was a new strength in his step. As evening approached, the cobbler became discouraged. Just then a young woman walked by shivering and crying, carrying a baby in her arms. The cobbler called to her asking what was wrong. “Oh, sir,” she said, “My husband died of the fever so I couldn’t pay the rent. The landlord put us out of our home and I’m traveling to the next town to stay with my husband’s parents. But it’s so far, I’m so hungry, and my baby is so cold.” The cobbler brought her in to share his dinner with her. He took the woolen cape and the blankets he had set aside for the Christ and gave them to the woman to keep her and the baby warm. Then, he

hitched up his horse and cart and drove the woman to the next town. It was very late and Christmas was over when he finally got home. Sure that he had missed the Christ he cried out, “Why, Lord? Why did you not come? Was I so unworthy?” He sank to his knees in tears. Then it seemed he heard a Voice, sweeter than any other: “My child, I kept my word. Three times I visited you and three times you showed your love for Me. I was the old man; I was the poor soldier; I was the cold and hungry woman and her baby. You warmed Me at your fire. You bandaged My wounded feet. You fed Me and clothed Me. Did I not say, ‘Whatsoever you do to the least of My brethren, you do it to Me.’” Merry Christmas! n


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Get ready for the holidays

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is the season for gathering and celebrating. If you’re hosting a party or get together with family or friends, get your home ready in no time with these simple tips. Make a lasting first impression in the entryway of your home. Place a festive or brightly colored rug to create a welcoming feel. In the front hall closet, create room for guests’ coats by moving some of your family’s coats, hats and

scarves to a bedroom or guest room. A closet with open hangers will make your guests feel right at home. Evaluate the areas that guests are likely to gather - the kitchen, living room and dining room. It’s easy for clutter to gather on flat surfaces. Clear off counters and tabletops and consider removing year-round decorations in favor of cheery holiday decor to make it feel warm, festive and inviting.

If you’re looking for changes that will make an impact, consider replacing old switch and outlet covers with new ones. Replacing old cabinet handles can also give your kitchen an updated look and feel. With your house ready for guests, there’s just one more thing to do – turn on the outside Christmas lights and don’t forget to play traditional Christmas music to help set the mood. (Now where did I put my eggnog?) n


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By Gail Penniman

A RTIST UPPLIES USTOM RAMING Come See Our Holiday Specials

ild Rose Artist Supplies and Picture Framing at the Crossroads Center on Main Street in Watsonville is owned by Tracy LeCroy. She and her staff share the desire to support local artists and to encourage the budding creativity of their broad spectrum of customers. Gifts for the Young or the budding artist, the Wild Rose team has created high quality artist sets. Gift sets on hand include drawing, watercolor, oil, and acrylic paints in a variety of prices from $15 to $60. For children, Tracy suggests Jumbo sidewalk chalk, or finger paints & paper, and origami. Tracy says, “We also carry Dover coloring books, and lots of crayons, paints, oil pastels and colored pencils for kids.” If you are out of ideas for something new and special this year the staff at Wild Rose are eager to help you find the perfect gift. They can create customized gift sets on the spot. If you spend more than $50, you will receive a complimentary, Wild Rose Artist Apron! Gifts for the Discerning ild Rose also offers a selection of hand-made gifts for the home by local and international artisans. In addition, the shop is proud to

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carry jewelry made by Tracy (semiprecious stones), and local artists such as Beth Blosser, (blown glass), Roberta Lee Woods, (multi- media, collage and encaustics), Courtney Wells, (bottle cap art). “We also carry a large selection of Volare lead-free pewter earrings, rings and bracelets imported from Turkey, polished with silver,” says Tracy. You’ll find a wide selection of hats, purses and pouches from kitschy, French rubber chicken bags and coin purses, imported hemp pouches, hand-made designs, Maruca handbags and one-ofa kind rosette pouches made by local artist Vicki Golsh. This time of year you’ll find all kinds of unique gifts like hard and soft bound journals, both lined and unlined, nesting dolls, object d’arte, cast iron hearts, pigs, dragon-

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flies and hen tape dispensers and fish staplers. They also carry ICU reader, eyewear with matching cases and Papaya note cards. Gifts for the Artist rofessional and novice artists will find the supplies they need to create their vision from fine graphite and colored pencils, paint and brush markers to oil paints and encaustics. Wild Rose carries a great mix of craft materials and decorative papers for the collage and scrapbook artist. Check out the new primed art boards from Ampersand or mixed media paper pads. Gifts for the Art Lover ild Rose is also a full-service frame shop with thirty-five years of combined experience in

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custom, archival framing. They have a large selection of ready-made, acid-free mats and frames to fit standard sizes up to 24’ x 36”. Bring in your family photo, print or original artwork and Wild Rose’s expert staff will assist you with your choice of ready-made or custom designs that will bring out the best in your family photo or compliment your decor. If you need something framed for the holidays they will make sure you get it in time. If you order a custom-made frame of $100.00 or more you will receive a free photo album while supplies last. Your eyes can feast on the many framed, original artworks and prints that adorn the walls of Wild Rose. “We like to have framed art to show off the different styles of framing available and they are all for sale,” Tracy says. From modern art to traditional landscape, there’s something for everyone. A gift of framed art will become a family heirloom passed down through generations. n ••• Wild Rose Art Supplies and Custom Framing 1929 Main Street (in Watsonville Crossroads Center across from Nob Hill Foods), Watsonville, CA 95076. 831-722-4282, www.wildroseart.com. Store hours: Monday-Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 pm to 5 pm.


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CDPH Urges Californians to Get Flu Shot

New vaccination rates among health care workers announced

SACRAMENTO — Dr. Ron themselves and others,” said Dr. Chapman, director of the California Chapman. “Since the flu season typically Department of Public Health (CDPH) and peaks in December and January, I urge state public health officer, urged people to get immunized now.” In conjunction with National Californians to get immunized against Influenza Vaccination influenza. Each year in Week, CDPH released the United States more Flu season begins its annual report on than 200,000 people rates are hospitalized, and each year in vaccination among health care as many as 49,000 people die after contractSeptember and ends employees across the state. The report found ing influenza. in March, and that the employee vacFlu season begins rate has each year in September influenza vaccination cination increased slightly from and ends in March, and influenza vaccinais recommended for 62.6 percent in the 2009-10 flu season to tion is recommended all Californians six 64.3 percent in 2010-11 for all Californians six for reporting hospitals. months and older. This months and older. The report also shows year’s vaccine will that hospital-reporting protect against the H1N1 strain, as well as H3N2 and influen- compliance grew to 98 percent in the 201011 flu season from 80.9 percent during the za B. “…it is a perfect time to remind 2009-10 season. “Vaccination of all health care workers Californians to get a flu shot to protect

is strongly recommended in order to prevent transmission of the illness to patients, especially those with long-term medical

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, The Rabbit Haven and The Bagelry Team Up to Find Rabbits Homes this Winter

conditions who are at high-risk for serious complications from the flu,” said Dr. Chapman. n

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n November 6, SCCAS animal control officers rescued 114 rabbits that were living in horrendous conditions from a breeder in Aptos, CA. All the rabbits have received proper nutrition, medical care and lots of tender loving care from SCCAS and the Rabbit Haven staff and volunteers. The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter is now inundated with rabbits! Starting November 30, 2011, Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS), the Rabbit Haven and the Bagelry have joined forces to find rabbits homes! All rabbits are very social, spay/neutered and microchipped and will be adopted out for only $25. Also, all adopters will receive a $5 “Bagel Bucks” coupon from The Bagelry that can be used at all three of their locations (320 Cedar St., 1636 Seabright Ave., 4763 Soquel Dr.). Rabbits are very social as well as active and playful, making them excellent indoor companions that are part of the family. They also can be litter box trained. Rabbits are available for adoption at both SCCAS locations, 2200 7th Ave. in Santa Cruz and 580 Airport Blvd. in Watsonville. The Rabbit Haven will also have rabbits available for adoption at the following location: Saturday, December 17 – Pet Pals 3600 Soquel Dr., Soquel, CA 11 am to 4 p.m. n ••• For more information, please visit www.scanimalshelter.org or www.therabbithaven.org.

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Fishing for a Great Holiday Gift?

Buy a 2012 License for Your Favorite Angler

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f you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for the angler in your life, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has a suggestion. In California all anglers 16 years of age and older will need a new annual sport fishing license to take or pursue any fish, shellfish, reptile or amphibian (including catch-and-release fishing) in 2012. And during the holiday season, DFG’s real-time Automated License Data System (ALDS) makes it easier than ever to give a gift that will bring joy year-round. The 2012 sport fishing licenses and gift vouchers can be purchased online at www.dfg.ca.gov/OnlineSales. Annual licenses are also available for purchase.

To buy a license for yourself or someone else, you must be able to provide all required information, including date of birth, address, phone number and physical description. If you want to buy a license for someone else but don’t have all of the required information, you can also purchase a gift license voucher that the recipient can exchange for an annual 2012 sport fishing license. A California sport fishing license offers a full year of more fishing opportunities than any other state in the country. California has 1,100 miles of ocean coastline, 4,172 lakes and reservoirs, 29,664 miles of streams and rivers, and 1,800 miles

he Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is currently seeking qualified hunter education volunteer instructors for its 2012 statewide education courses. “There’s a long legacy of hunting in this great state,” said DFG Director Charlton H. Bonham. “At the department, we’re going to continue to seek ways to manage our resources for hunting and fishing as well as improve access and opportunity. But we need help in cultivating the next generation of sportsmen and sportswomen who will step in our shoes once we have gone. We thank those that already volunteer to teach our hunter education courses, and we’re looking to recruit even more.” In 2009, approximately 30,000 students completed the state’s 10-hour minimum hunter education course. The courses are offered throughout the state, on weekends and weekday evenings. The courses are taught by veteran hunters who volunteer their time to help ensure that the newest generation of hunters has a thorough understanding of safety, ethics and conservation. “The backbone of California’s hunter education training effort rests on the volunteer instructors, who give their time, passion and energy to the program,” said Captain Roy Griffith, DFG’s Hunter Education Program Administrator. “These dedicated individuals have passed on a tradition and trained well over one million outdoor enthusiasts since the start of the program. As a result, they have increased safety and conservation within the community.”

To become a hunter education instructor, applicants must meet the following requirements: Be at least 18 years of age Successfully complete the hunter education course prior to submitting an application Have not have been convicted of any felony Completed a course of study prior to taking a supervised examination covering the basic topics of hunter education The testing process to become a certified instructor takes about two hours and applicants must score a minimum of 80 percent. After passing the exam, the volunteer will take an oath and work with an experienced instructor before leading his or her own class. n ••• To retain current Hunter Education Instruction (HEI) certification, an instructor must teach one class per year and attend one conference. More information on the requirements can be found www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/.

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of bay and Delta waters. A sport fishing license is an angler’s passport to these amazing opportunities. In addition to native fresh and saltwater fish, DFG trout hatcheries will plant roughly 7 million rainbow trout in 2011 and salmon hatcheries annually release more than 20 million young salmon. Those are millions of reasons to give the angler on your holiday gift list a 2012 California Sport Fishing License. Along with a sport fishing license, the DFG California Fishing Passport Program

challenges anglers to fish their way around the state in search of 150 different fish and shellfish species. And like a traveler’s passport book, for each successful catch, participants will receive special stamps in their books to mark their accomplishments. n ••• For more information about the Passport Program, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/fishingpassport. To learn more about ALDS, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing.

Wanted: Hunter Education Instructors for 2012

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Is 90 the New 85?

NIH-commissioned Census Bureau report describes oldest Americans

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n 1980, there were 720,000 people aged 90 and older in the United States. In 2010, there were 1.9 million people aged 90 and older; by 2050, the ranks of people 90 and older may reach 9 million, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, commissioned by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health. The report describes this rapidly growing segment of the population, which suggests that the designation of oldest-old should be changed from 85 to 90 years. The report, 90+ in the United States: 2006–2008, details the demographic, health and economic status of America’s oldest adults. “With the aging boom it is critical to develop demographic data providing as detailed a picture as possible of our oldest population,” said NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D. “The information on a variety of factors—income, health status, disabilities and living arrangements—will be par-

ticularly useful to researchers, planners

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and policymakers.”

Based on the American Community Survey, the 27-page report describes in detail this rapidly growing population and states that a majority of the 90-plus population are widowed white women who live alone or in a nursing home. Most of them are high school graduates. Social Security provides almost half of their personal income, and almost all of them have health insurance coverage through Medicare and/or Medicaid. The vast majority says they have one or more types of disability. The report says: • An average person who has lived to 90 years of age has a life expectancy today of 4.6 more years (versus 3.2 years in 1929–1931), while those who pass the century mark are projected to live another 2.3 years. • The majority (84.7 percent) of those 90 years and older reported having one or more limitations in physical function. Some “Census” > 21


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Using Credit for Holiday Buying

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hen it comes to the use of credit to fund holiday shopping, people tend to fall into two extremes of thought. Some believe in a cash-only approach to holiday spending, while others think it’s impossible to get through the holidays without maxing out their credit cards. For most, the approach that allows you to spread cheer without breaking the bank exists somewhere between the two extremes. Using credit during the holidays should be just like using credit at any other time of year. If you do use it, you should use it wisely and avoid overspending. Using credit can make sense for holiday shopping, especially if you’ll be buying big-ticket items (such as electronics) and could benefit from the extra layer of consumer protection that many credit cards afford. Buying with a credit card can also yield financial rewards; many credit card companies offer incentives such as cash back to encourage credit card use during the holidays. So, how do you make decisions about credit use that will keep your holiday season bright without putting a damper on your personal credit and cash flow in the “Scoreboard” from pg 8

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months - and possibly years - to come? The credit experts at Experian offer a few tips: 1. Establish a budget — The holidays arrive at the same time every year, and we all have 12 months to plan for them. Give yourself a very early gift, and start your holiday budgeting in January of each year. Decide how much you’ll spend on holiday gifts and how much you’ll need to save each month to accrue that amount by the time the holidays arrive. Set that amount aside in an interest-bearing account. 2. Check your credit — It’s always a good idea to understand your credit and know your score before you make any big credit moves, such as funding your holiday shopping with credit cards. Websites like www.freecreditscore.com make it easy to check your score and learn about how your credit moves Welle 15, Jake Harrell 13, Justin Montoya 9, Ryan Parker 8, John Sakoda 8 Aptos 105 – Dixon 85 Aptos Scoring: Jake Harrell 34 pts, 12 rbds; John Sakoda 18 pts; Justin Montoya 16 pts, 5 rbds; Danny Victory 8 pts, 8 ats

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may affect your score and your overall financial well-being. 3. Make a list — You’ve got your budget in mind, now it’s time to decide how you’ll use your money. Create a detailed gift list of those you’ll be buying for and what you plan to purchase or spend for each recipient. Having a plan in hand before hitting the mall can help ensure you don’t resort to budget- and credit-busting impulse buys. 4. Keep your credit under control — Although incentives from credit card companies can help save you cash during the holiday season, those incentives may not be a good enough reason to open a new account. Don’t be tempted to open new accounts in order to fund your buying or to get a discount or better deal. Opening too many accounts in a short time frame can negatively impact your credit score. Instead, look for incentives from

cards you already have and use. 5. Don’t spend beyond your means — It can be tempting to overspend on credit cards, especially during the holidays, thinking you’re just spreading the cost of your purchases over a few months. Remember, when you buy on credit and take more than a month to pay off the balance, you’re not just spreading out the cost, you’re increasing it. The same holds true for those tempting low-APR promotional checks sent by credit providers. The vast majority of those promotions incur fees, thereby increasing your total purchase price while potentially simultaneously damaging your credit profile. If you can’t afford to pay off your balance in a month or two - and minimize the cost of using credit then you probably should reconsider how much you’re spending. Gift giving is one way we show the people in our lives that we care about and appreciate them. By keeping an eye on your credit and making smart credit moves, you can ensure the holidays stay happy for all, including your wallet. n ARA Content

cy at older ages, the oldest segments of the older population are growing the fastest,” 66 percent had difficulty in mobility-related said Richard Suzman, Ph.D., director of activities such as walking or climbing stairs. NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social • An older person’s likelihood of liv- Research, which supported the report. “A ing in a nursing home increases sharply key issue for this population will be with age. About 1 percent of what are whether disability rates can be reduced.” “Previous seminal work on demogracalled the young elderly (aged 65–69) live phy designated age in a nursing home. 85 as the cutoff for The proportion rises to 3 percent for ages “... the oldest segments of what we termed the 75–79, 11.2 percent the older population are oldest-old,” Suzman added. “With a rapidfor ages 85–89, 19.8 growing the fastest ...” ly growing percentpercent at ages 90–94, — Richard Suzman, Ph.D age of the older pop31.0 percent at ages ulation projected to 95–99 and up to 38.2 be 90 and above in 2050, this report propercent among centenarians. • Women aged 90 years and older out- vides data for the consideration of moving number men nearly 3 to 1; 74.1 percent of that yardstick up to 90. Can 90 be the new the total population aged 90 and older in 85?” n ••• 2006–2008 were women. 90+ in the United States: 2006–2008 was • Whites represent 88.1 percent of the total 90-and-older population. Blacks written by Wan He and Mark N. Muenchrath, make up 7.6 percent, Hispanics 4 percent both of the U.S. Census Bureau. Copies of the report are available at www.census.gov/ and Asians 2.2 percent. • The annual median income for peo- prod/2011pubs/acs-17.pdf. The NIA leads the federal government ple 90 and older was $14,760. Men had a higher income than women: $20,133 vs. effort conducting and supporting research on $13,580. Social Security represents 47.9 per- aging and the health and well being of older people. The Institute’s broad scientific program cent of total personal income. “Because of increasing numbers of seeks to understand the nature of aging and to older people and increases in life expectan- extend the healthy, active years of life. For more “Census” from pg 20

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FeaturedColumnist The Book Bag by Robert Francis

The Book Bag by Robert Francis

Blood, Iron, and Gold How the Railroads Transformed the World

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By Christian Wolmar Public Affairs. $17.88 (Rating-Excellent) n 1830, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway opened. Fifty years later nearly a million miles of track spanned the globe as this mode of transportation changed how people did business, interacted with one another and even fought wars. Filled with fascinating information on how a group of visionaries made travel across continents as easy as purchasing a ticket and climbing into a rail carriage, “Blood, Iron, and Gold,” details how the railroad made fresh milk and other perishables widely available and how it created the mail order business. The advent of the passenger train opened the doors to the idea of vacationing, and helped relieve famine but, unfortunately, spread epidemics as well. Although they still have an important role to play in commerce, railroads began a slow decline with the advent of the automobile and later the airplane. Wolmar also discusses this decline during the postwar period and the more recent renaissance of the railroad. If there is anyone on your gift list this holiday season that loves trains, there’s little question that this book would be a much-welcomed addition to his/her collection of railroad literature.

North American F-86 Sabre 1947 Onwards Owners’ Workshop Manual

By Mark Linney Zenith Press/Haynes. $28 (Rating-Very Good) he North American F-86 Sabre was the first operation Allied swept-wing transonic jet fighter of the post-war era and it

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saw action in the Korean War against the Soviet MiG-15. From prototype to production versions, Mark Linney tells the story of this high-performance fighter. He describes the plane’s development, combat record and couples this historical material with full descriptions of the F-86A’s anatomy and systems. You’ll also find insights into flying and maintaining the legendary jet fighter as well as a treasure trove of 250 color and 50 black and white photos plus numerous technical diagrams and sketches. Any military plane enthusiast will enjoy spending hours pouring over this book and digesting its contents. Aptly named, this “Workshop Manual” provides information not available to non-professionals until now and it’s a valuable resource for those who might be considering restoring a F-86.

Pike Place Market Cookbook

By Braiden Rex-Johnson Sasquatch Books. $19.95 (Rating-Very Good) isitors to Seattle have flocked to the Pike Place Market and its eclectic array of shops and restaurants. Located on a nine acre, hilly parcel in the heart of the city, the market features sweeping views of the waterfront, a world famous fish market, fresh produce vendors and arcades where artists and craftspeople sell their work. Food is perhaps the center attraction of Pike Place Market, though; hence, this cookbook shares some of the recipes volunteered by the chefs, food vendors and foodies who either work in or frequent this important culinary destination. As one would expect, the book features a wide range of appetizers, soups and

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salads, entrees, and desserts. But given the nature of the market’s surroundings, the vegetarian entrees and seafood recipes are what you really want to pay close attention to. The Spicy Vegetable Stew and the Butternut Squash and Oregon Blue Cheese Lasagna are show stoppers as well as the Pasta con Fagioli. Seafood lovers will want to try the Halibut Cheeks en Papillote, Crabmeat Tagliatelle in Creamy Lemon-Tomato Sauce or the Grilled Salmon with Roasted Hazelnut Butter. Along with the mouthwatering recipes you’ll also finds anecdotes and sidebars about some of the area’s famous personalities and restaurants.

Modern Chinese Cultural Encounters Volume 1: Studying and Traveling in China

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By Judy Zhu iUniverse. $13.95 (Rating-Excellent) f you are looking for something to read on the long flight to Asia, this might be the ideal book to immerse yourself in. Born and raised in China, Judy Zhu is now a professor at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey. In this book, she offers some hints on how to adjust to the cultural differences you’ll encounter on a trip to her native land. The short book begins with eighty multiple-choice questions to test the reader’s awareness of correct social behavior in China. Following the quiz the author goes into detail explaining the correct answers. She covers a number of topics from student-teacher dialogue and general social interaction to gift giving, tipping and food. Easy to read and very informative, this little, inexpensive book will give the reader “a leg up” when he or she gets off the plane for a visit to China. If this is your first trip to the country, you’ll really appre-

ciate this cultural “briefing.”

Churchill by Himself The Definite Collection of Quotations

Edited by Richard Langworth Public Affairs. $29.95 (Rating-Very Good) n his role as Chancellor of the Exchequer and then Prime Minister during perhaps the most critical period in England’s modern-day history, Winston Churchill had the opportunity to speak to an untold number of people. A powerful and persuasive speaker whose pronouncements were often tempered with a biting wit, Churchill’s words still resonate with listeners today just as they did during his own lifetime. Richard Langworth served as president of The Churchill Center for nine years and has written “A Connoisseur’s Guide to the Books of Winston Churchill.” Perhaps no one is better qualified than Langworth to compile this 540-page collection of Churchill’s quotes. The most memorable aphorisms and commanding moments of the statesman’s speeches are brought together in this cross-referenced volume offering a comprehensive, accurate portrayal of his timelessness, prescience, wit and wisdom. Since Churchill is so often misquoted, Langworth also provides a short selection of “Red Herrings: False Attributions” which will include quotes which are either falsely attributed to him or things he never said at all. For example, Churchill never said, “Democracy is the worst system, except for all the other systems.” And although he used it, Sir Winston did not originate the expression, “Every dog has his day.” Anyone interested in Winston Churchill’s life will relish this collection of definitive quotes, which span his entire life in and out of politics. n

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Latest (2010) California Homicide Rate Statistics

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Justice today released the annual “Homicide in California 2010” report showing the rate of homicide crimes per 100,000 in population decreased 7.8 percent from 2009. The total number of homicides declined from 1,970 in 2009 to 1,809 in 2010. The homicide clearance rate, or percentage of reported crimes that have been solved, has increased for the fifth consecutive year. This year’s rate of 63.8 percent is the highest since 2001. The “Homicide in California 2010” report details information about the crime of homicide and its victims, demographic data on persons arrested for homicide, and information about the response of the criminal justice system. Also included is information on the death penalty, the number of peace officers killed in the line of duty and justifiable homicides. Among the highlights: • 80.3 percent of homicide victims were male, 19.7 percent were female. • 44.5 percent of homicide victims were Hispanic, 29.6 percent were black, 18.2 percent were white, and 7.4 percent were categorized as “other.” • Females were more likely to be killed

in their residence, while males were more likely to be killed on streets or sidewalks.

• When the victim-offender relationship was identified, 44.4 percent (the largest proportion) involved victims

who were killed by friends or acquaintances. However a greater percentage of black victims were killed by strangers than were white or Hispanic victims (47.7 vs. 25.4 and 35.4, respectively). • Of homicides where the weapon was identified, the majority (71.2 percent) involved a firearm. • Of the homicides where the contributing circumstances were known, 36.1 percent were gang-related. • By the end of 2010, there were 709 persons under sentence of death in California. Of these, 34 were sentenced in 2010, 10 of which were in Los Angeles County. • There were 116 Justifiable Homicides (Homicides in self defense or during the commission of a crime); 83 committed by peace officers and 33 by private citizens. • Four California peace officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2010. n ••• A copy of the “Homicide in California 2010” report is attached to the online version of this release at www.oag.ca.gov.

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Garlic & Onions May Help to Prevent Some Cancers Dear EarthTalk: Given the preponderance of carcinogenic chemicals out there today, is it true that eating certain foods like garlic or onions can actually help prevent cancer? — M. Stone, Boston, MA

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atural healers have extolled the cancer-preventing virtues of garlic and onions for years, but only recently do we have enough scientific research to draw some conclusions. Several animal studies showing promising results using garlic and other members of the allium family (onions, leek, shallot, and chive) to prevent tumors have led to hundreds of studies involving human garlic eaters. While it is near impossible to pinpoint a direct link between garlic consumption and cancer prevention, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports that “several population studies show an association between increased intake of garlic and reduced risk of certain cancers, including cancers of the stomach, colon, esophagus, pancreas, and breast.”

To wit, a multi-year study of 25,000 people from Switzerland and Italy found that those who ate the most garlic and onions were up to 88 percent less likely to develop various types of cancer (including cancers of the esophagus, mouth, throat, colon, breast, ovary, prostate and kidney) than those who said they ate little or none. “High onion intake, for example, was associated with a 56 percent lower risk of colon cancer and a 25 percent lower risk of breast cancer compared to no onion intake,” reports Karen Collins of the non-profit American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). According to Collins, another study found a 32 percent lower colon cancer risk among Iowan women who ate at least one garlic clove a week compared to others who ate one once a month or less, while an analysis of several studies worldwide “linked a 31 percent lower risk of colon cancer with consumption of about four to five cloves of garlic weekly.” And the results of several studies conducted in China show that that those who eat five cloves of garlic a week are half as likely to develop stomach cancers than non-garliceaters. Meanwhile, AICR reports that isolated components of garlic have shown the

ability to slow or stop the growth of tumors in prostate, bladder, colon, and stomach tissue. Just how do allium plants prevent cancer? “Like many vegetables, onions and garlic contain antioxidants that can block highly reactive free radicals from damaging cell DNA and starting the cancer process,” reports Collins. “Laboratory studies have shown that onion and garlic compounds can increase enzymes that deactivate carcinogens in the body, enhancing our ability to eliminate carcinogens before they do any damage.” Some researchers, however, say that study limitations—that is, the accuracy of reported amounts and frequency of garlic consumed and the inability to compare data from studies that used different garlic products and amounts—make a definitive declaration on the topic unlikely anytime soon. And without such definitive conclusive proof of a causal link, the U.S. Food

and Drug Administration will not allow food purveyors to state the health benefits of the garlic in their products on their labels. NCI would like to see better-designed human dietary studies using predetermined amounts of garlic to discern potentially effective intakes as well as more studies directly comparing various garlic preparations. “Given this protective potential, the challenge now is to identify amounts that will provide optimal effects,” says Collins. In the meantime, don’t skimp on the garlic and onions. n ••• Contacts: National Cancer Institute, www.cancer.gov; American Institute for Cancer Research, www.aicr.org. EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com.

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Studies seem to indicate that consumption of onions, garlic and other members of the allium family (leeks, shallots and chives) reduces the risk of certain cancers.

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Poisonous Mushroom Alert!

Local Public Health Officials Warn Against Consumption of Wild Mushrooms

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anta Cruz County received the second report this year of a hospitalized person who became seriously ill after eating mushrooms collected in the La Selva Beach area. Both illnesses were probably due to the mushroom Amanita phalloides. Warning: • Wild mushrooms should not be eaten unless they have been determined edible by a recognized mushroom expert. • Individuals who develop any of these symptoms—abdominal pain, cramping, vomiting, and/or diarrhea after eating wild mushrooms should immediately contact the California Poison Control System at 1-800-8-POISON (1800-876-4766) or 1-800-222-1222 and seek immediate medical attention. In past years, multiple hospitalizations, gastrointestinal illnesses and even deaths, have been caused by the consumption of wild mushrooms. The deaths have

been linked to the Amanita ocreata mushroom, also known as the “destroying angel” and the Amanita phalloides mushroom, commonly called the “death cap” mushroom. Poisonous mushrooms are found throughout Santa Cruz County. The most common are: • Amanita phalloides • Amanita ocreata • Galerina autumalis (deadly) Eating poisonous mushrooms can cause abdominal pain, cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, liver damage resulting in the need for liver transplant, and death— the symptoms usually occur 6 to 12 hours after ingestion. After gastrointestinal symptoms subside, liver damage may appear. n ••• Mushroom resources recommended by the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz County are: www.fungusfed.org, www.namyco.org, www.mnamyco.org and www.mykoweb.com

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Announcements

Sixty-Third Anniversary of Human Rights

or the Month of December, The United Nations Association of Santa Cruz is Celebrating the 63rd Anniversary of the 'Universal Declaration of Human Rights.' The UNA will have a "Peace, Human Rights & Justice" Display at the Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church St. (831 420-5700) and the Aptos Librry 7695 Soquel Dr. Aptos (427-7702)

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Become a CASA Advocate

or a child who has been neglected or abused, the world is a lonely place. In santa cruz county there are more than 250 kids living in foster care because they have suffered severe abuse or neglect at home. You can be a friend, mentor, and a powerful voice in court for a child in foster care. Join more than 1,000 members of our community who have been trained to serve children in foster care and as sworn officials of the court. Becoming a Court Appointed Security Advocate means volunteering 3-5 hours a week. For more information, call CASA at (831) 761-2956 today and find out how you can help.

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

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, followed 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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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

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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Fridays

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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Aptos Toastmasters

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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

Second and Fourth Thursdays of the month

First Tuesdays of the month

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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Tuesdays thru Fridays, Sundays

Lectures on Western Civilization

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

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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

First Wednesday of the Month

Child Welfare Review

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

Fourth Wednesday each Month

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

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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.

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

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1:00pm-4:00pm Capitola Mall ouncil Member Harlan will meet with residents and persons interested in discussing City issues at Capitola Mall. She looks forward

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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) 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

Dated Events

Sunday December 18 Tuesday December 20 Training for Signature Gathering for GMO Foods Labeling

Sunday: 3:30pm, Tuesday 12:30 pm, New Leaf Community Markets community classroom, 1101 Fair Ave. Santa Cruz elp get labeling for genetically engineered foods on the California ballot in 2012. We have the right to know what's in our food. Volunteers are needed to gather signatures beginning in early January. The future of our food supply depends upon the

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success of this effort. Attend a free, onehour training given by GMO-free Santa Cruz. RSVP to gmofreesc@gmail.com to get more info visit ww.facebook.com/nongmosantacruz or www.labelgmos.org

Wednesday December 21 ADHD Support Group

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6:30-8:00, Mar Vista Elementary School Library he Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay CHADD affiliated ADHD support group will meet. For more information, contact Judy Brenis at jbrenis@sbcglobal.net or call 684-0590

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Christmas Potluck & Movie Night

Potluck Dinner 7:00pm-7:45pm or the potluck dinner, bring a dish that serves 6-8 people. We hope to have a good selection of entrees, side dishes, drinks and desserts. We provide plates, cups, dinnerware, napkins, and filtered water. There will be two video presentations, John Harris' Brilliant "Its all and Illusion," and a heart-warming christmas story! No one turned away!

Saturday December 31 New Year's Eve All Ages Dance Party

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8:00pm-1:00am, 418 Project, 418 Front St. Santa Cruz n uplifting, family-friendly evening featuring four great musical acts to raise our spirits and dance in the New Year. Featuring headliner Love Eternal, a six-piece Roots Reggae and Rock band, Mystic Truebudoors, who play World and New Age Fusion that nourishes the spirit, plus singer-songwriters Ashley Love and Marya Stark. $7, for more information visit www.loveeternal.org

Saturday, January 7 Free Intro to Svaroopa® Yoga

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9am - 10:30am. Aptos Yoga, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Ste 23B, Aptos. xperience how Svaroopa® Yoga works in your body at an introductory class – free with no obligations. Supported by blankets, you’ll 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. To register call 688-1019 or email chudala@aptosyoga.org. www.aptosyoga.org.

Thursday January 19 Open House at the Aptos Academy

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6:00pm- 8:00pm, The Aptos Academy, 1940 Bonita Dr. Aptos he Aptos Academy invites you to an evening Open House. Join us at our beautiful five-acre campus to learn how PreK- 8th grade students are inspired by individualized, arts-enriched academic programs, and daily PE. Meet our friendly, dedicated teachers, and explore the Science Fair in our fully equipped theatre. The Aptos Academy is an affordable, WASC-accredited, non-denominational, nonprofit school. For more information, call (831) 688-1080 or visit www.aptosacademy.org. n


Your December Horoscope Annabel Burton • Astrologer ©

This month begins on a high as Venus and powerful Pluto meet, bringing passion and love into your life. You are distracted by this so that other matters are on hold for a while but you are keen to make an impression with long lasting consequences. A situation that is in the balance resolves itself after the 25th and in fact Christmas Day could be a turning point for you as you reflect on the previous months. Your priorities are changing which can have far reaching consequences, and the time for actions starts from the 22nd.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

Announcements

This month brings a helpful alliance between Neptune in your sign and Saturn. This can have the effect of making your dreams real, and some of your wackier ideas being a working reality. By now you will have done your homework and research on what is important and begin to allow a venture to take shape at last. Venus enters your sign after the 21st and brings a more peaceful and collaborative time, especially when you are dealing with others. After the 22nd, you know your limitations and can work with what you have to greatest effect.

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)

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The 2012 Aptos History Calendar is finally Available!

his calendar, created by Heidi and Dick Garwood of Aptos, features photographs and brief anecdotes describing historical events in mid-county. It also features ads from many local advertisors! Buy it now at seven Aptos locations as well as the Capitola Book Cafe.

While much of this month you are thinking about the path you want to take and your direction long term, you are also mindful of how this fits in with your relationship. Mars here has been stirring things up and if you are in a new relationship, then it is in the exciting and passionate time. You are juggling with so many demands on your time it's hard to know how to do as much as you want without being burned out. But you are resourceful and will go with the flow without worrying too much about the consequences. Let intuition be your guide but be grounded in commonsense particularly after the 21st.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

Holiday Tree Walk

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December 17-23: train departs at 11:00am & 12:30pm assengers riding the stream train will delight in the tree-lined walk of festive holiday trees displayed atop Bear Mountain. Guests may sip hot cider and view beautifully adorned trees, decorated by area businesses an organizations as they raise funds for their respective organizations. For more information, visit www.roaringcamp.com

You are more positive and upbeat and looking forward to the season of goodwill. Indeed, you have plenty to keep you occupied and although parties and celebrations may not be quite what you expect, nevertheless you are resourceful enough to make this a happy time for those who feel less than enthusiastic. Initially there may be conflict around a work or health issue, but this doesn't dampen your spirits. You are ambitious and looking for a change regarding work and this could come through in the New Year.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

Donate to the Holiday Boutique and Santa's Workshop!

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9400 Hwy. 9, Ben Lomand. he Holiday Boutique remains open from through Christmas! Visit the shop and purchase slightly used items or drop off donations. There are many ways to volunteer, from baking cookies to building senior boxes. For more information, call (831) 336-8258

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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

While you have had the feeling that certain matters have been on hold for a while, this is set to change this month, when your preparations are now on track and your expectations are high. Your personal hopes and wishes are more likely to be fulfilled, but this has a lot to do with other aspects of your life reaching a natural conclusion. Venus links to Pluto at the start of the month and this helps you to feel effective and passionate about what is important and fairly ruthless about what isn't. Harmony prevails from the 22nd onwards.

Love Eternal

Tuesdays and Weekends

The Three Sisters

Friday & Saturday nights at 8:00pm; Sunday Matinees at 2:00pm and a special performance, on Nov. 18 at 10:00 am or ticket information, call (831) 479-6154 or visit www.ticketguys.com Tickets are $15 for students/seniors, $18 for general public

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

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Shakespeare Club of Santa Cruz

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Peninsula Banjo Band

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

Fridays

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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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First Fridays of each month

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

First Friday Art Tour

Fridays thru Sundays thru Nov. 19

Cabrillo Theatre Arts Presents:

Every other Friday 10:30-12:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 900 High St. Santa Cruz, Next: Decebmer 16 hakespeare's club is seeking new members to join in the study of his plays. For more information, visit www.fridayshakespeare.org

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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

Dated Events Saturday, December 17 Santa at the Rio Sands Motel

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2:00pm-5:00pm, The Rio Sands Motel 116 Aptos Beach Dr. anta Clause at the Rio Sands Motel! Free raffle for 2 night stay anytime! Refreshments will be served.

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8:00pm-1:00am, 418 Project, 418 Front St. Santa Cruz n uplifting, family-friendly evening featuring four great musical acts to raise our spirits and dance in the New Year. Featuring headliner Love Eternal, a six-piece Roots Reggae and Rock band, Mystic Truebudoors, who play World and New Age Fusion that nourishes the spirit, plus singer-songwriters Ashley Love and Marya Stark. $7, for more information visit www.loveeternal.org

First Night Monterey 2012: A FantaSea

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3:00pm-Midnight, Historic Downtown Monterey community celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve First Night is Monterey's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event. Our theme for 2012 is "A FantaSea of Art." Explore the website for overview of program, tickets information and sales. Download the complete program guide in December. Plan your night ahead by reviewing program and performers - it's a big night! For more information, visit firstnightmonterey.org

Saturday January 21 Sunday January 22 Alla Zingarese: A Winter Dance Festival Inspired by European Folk Dances

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Saturday: 8:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm, Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Dr. Aptos eaturing Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A Major and works by Brahms, Bartok, and Kreisler. Director and pianist Ian Scarfe with violinists Roy Malan and Philip Brezina, violinist Polly Malan, and cellest Erin Wang. Tickets will be available at the door and 1/2 hour before performances, you can also purchase them at santacruztickets.com n

Relationships are under the spotlight and you could be catching up with past loves or those who have been away for a while. this is a time when team work is best for you and a helpful ally brings you the assistance you need to get a project off the ground at last. Mercury goes direct again after the 14th and those matters that have floundered somewhat are now back on track. Use your resourcefulness to plan ahead for the New Year and enjoy the spirit of Christmas in a simple and creative way.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

Intriguing developments at the start of the month could mean new love for some of you, and perhaps a really meeting of hearts and minds for others. Venus in your chart area of relationships bodes well for the month, at least until the 21st. After this time the Sun enters this area. This is a time when you feel less like taking charge and are happy to be guided by your special other. You could do with some serious rest and relaxation and a last minute break is tempting. The lunar eclipse on the 10th in Gemini invites you towards a more spiritual and peaceful time.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

The Sun is in the most playful part of your chart initially and you can make the most of this by rediscovering your inner child, making things for Christmas and not being to precious about being perfect or caring what other people think. Mercury is here too, promising plenty of activity and invites and you are witty and great company to be around (nothing new here!). Take note of the eclipse around the the 10th as this puts a focus on your friends and associates. You have an ideal and a vision you want to share to make the world a better place.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)

All month Mars is working its way through your sign. On the one hand you are ready to battle, and on the other you want to create something new and change the way things were done previously. This could get you into all sorts of hot water, but you have what it takes to make things happen. Your relentlessness could leave you feeling somewhat exhausted, so do the right thing and delegate if necessary. You take the initiative, which is fun, and as such you could stir things up at home. Your travel plans are looking great after Christmas Day.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)

You have been feeling under pressure to do more than you are willing to do and take on board commitments that you are not absolutely sure of. This may mean that others think you are stubborn but you have good reasons. You are protective of your space and don't want to be invaded! Be clear and make sure there are no misunderstandings. The lunar eclipse on the 10th works well for you and allows you to rise above petty squabbles. All is peaceful later and you can enjoy the festive season. You win respect for some hard decisions towards the end of the month.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)

What you hear and understand can have quite an impact on you initially and it's these kind of chance encounters that can lead you down a different path. Take note of how you feel towards someone new and see that there could be a great future collaboration here that you can both benefit from. You are particularly clever with your cash in December and boost your income in ingenious ways, particularly after the 14th. You reach a kind of turning point on the 10th as an idea takes hold. After the 21st, travel is an important feature and you could be changing your mode of transport.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

This month Mercury has been retrograde in your sign, which may have the effect of holding things up a little but also giving you valuable time to rethink something that is important and precious to you. this has an impact on your closest relationship which was helped by Venus in your sign. Now with the lunar eclipse in your opposite sign of Gemini on the 10th certain agreements can be made which enhances your future together. Your focus is on your resources after the 22nd. Counting the cost of Christmas? ••• Find Out More www.AnnabelBurton.tv

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

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2010-2011 Comparison: California Gas and Diesel Prices Continue to Rise

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he California State Board of Equalization (BOE) announced California’s gasoline and diesel consumption figures for August 2011. In California, gasoline consumption fell 1.7 percent in August 2011, while diesel fuel consumption rose 11.1 percent. “Gasoline consumption continued a six-month decline this year,” said Betty T. Yee, First District Member of the BOE. “Unless gasoline prices lower, Californians will face increasing financial pressure in the months ahead.” California’s gasoline consumption declined 1.7 percent to 1.27 billion gallons in August 2011 compared to 1.29 billion gallons used in August 2010. In California, the average price for a gallon of gasoline in August 2011 rose 63 cents to $3.82, a 20 percent increase compared to August 2010 when the average price was $3.19 per gallon of gasoline. Nationally, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in August 2011 was up 92 cents to $3.70 per gallon, a 33 percent increase over the average price of a gallon of gasoline of $2.78 in August 2010. California’s diesel consumption increased 11.1 percent for a total 228 million gallons in August 2011 compared to the total of 205 million gal-

In California, the average price for a gallon of gasoline in August 2011 rose 63 cents to $3.82, a 20 percent increase compared to August 2010 when the average price was $3.19 per gallon of gasoline. Nationally, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in August 2011 was up 92 cents to $3.70 per gallon, a 33 percent increase over the average price of a gallon of gasoline of $2.78 in August 2010.

lons of diesel consumed in August 2010. The average price of diesel fuel in California was up 85 cents to $4.01 per gallon in August 2011, a 27 percent increase over the average price of a gallon of diesel of $3.16 in August 2010. Nationally, the average price of a gallon of diesel was up 90

cents to $3.86 in August 2011, a 30 percent increase over the average U.S. price of a gallon of diesel of $2.96 in August 2010. Figures for September and third quarter 2011 are scheduled to be available at the end of December 2011. n


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SPCA Featured Pet

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or Feather, Pixie and Jheri Curl, life has not been particularly kind to them. These three American Hairless Terriers females were recently surrendered to the shelter from a breeder who needed to downsize her load of nearly 30 dogs. They had been de-barked and were used to a strict schedule of crating and every other day feedings. When they arrived at the Santa Cruz SPCA Feather, Pixie and Jheri Curl were in a fearful daze having only each other for comfort. Within a day, these three hairless sweethearts were making themselves at home in our warm office and giving kisses and cuddles. Once the initial shock of being uprooted had passed, their true colors began to show bright and warm! These girls absolutely ADORE affection and are proving themselves top rate lap dogs. When invited, each girl will climb into your arms, give a few kisses and sit contently for however long you will let them. Yes, they may look and feel a bit different but they have the loyal and loving hearts of a dog WITH fur. Their spotted skin is smooth, warm and soft, resembling a human baby! They are completely paper-trained which would make apartment or city living a cinch. Although they are a “terrier” breed, these three have relatively low energy and don’t need a ton in the way of exercise. Even though they are debarked, these girls still have a soft voice that can be heard and will use it when they feel something is threatening their home. They get along well with other small dogs as well as cats but we would not recommend they go to a home with small children. The American Hairless Terrier is a relatively new breed and is a Rat Terrier with no hair, weighting around 10-12 pounds. Fortunately, they don’t have all the health issues common in other hairless breeds and are completely hypoallergenic. Because of their lack of fur, they are prone to sunburns and get cold very easy so it’s important that they be indoor dogs that wear sweaters or shirts when outdoors. If you are looking for an intelligent, alert, loving, affectionate and loyal lap companion who won’t shed or get fleas and will make a perfect watchdog than we highly recommend you come and meet Feather, Pixie, and Jheri-Curl today! 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 orphaned animals like Feather, Pixie and Jheri-Curl, 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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By Terry McFall, Social Security District Manager in Santa Cruz

ocial Security is as American as baseball and apple pie. Not everyone likes apples or baseball games, but almost every American who reaches retirement age will receive Social Security retirement benefits. In fact, 96 percent of Americans are covered by Social Security. If you’re ready to retire in the near future, this article is for you. We’d like to share with you a few important items about Social Security retirement benefits and how to apply for them. When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn “credits” toward Social Security benefits. If you were born in 1929 or later, you need 40 credits (10 years of work) to qualify for retirement benefits. To qualify for retirement benefits, 10 years is the minimum. However, the amount of your benefit is determined by how long you work and how much you earn. Higher lifetime earnings result in higher benefits. If there were some years when you did not work or had low earnings, your benefit amount may be lower than if you had worked steadily or earned more. Also, your age when you retire makes a difference in your benefit amount. The full retirement age (the age at which full retirement benefits are payable) has been gradually rising from age 65 to age 67. You can retire as early as age 62, but if benefits start before you reach your full retirement age, your monthly payment is reduced. Find out what your full retirement age is by referring to the convenient chart in our publication, Retirement Benefits, at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10035.html . It’s in the second section. Just as you can choose an early retirement and get a reduced payment, you also can choose to keep working beyond your full retirement age to take advantage of a larger payment. Your benefit will increase automatically by a certain percentage from the time you reach your full retirement age until you start receiving your benefits or until you reach age 70. The decision of when to retire is an individual one and depends on a number of personal factors. To help you weigh the factors, we suggest you read our online fact sheet, When To Start Receiving Retirement Benefits, available at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10147.htm.

You may want to consider your options by using our Retirement Estimator to get instant, personalized estimates of future benefits. You can plug in different retirement ages and scenarios to help you make a more informed retirement decision. Try it out at www.socialsecurity.gov/ estimator. When you decide to retire, the easiest and most convenient way to do it is right from the comfort of your home or office computer. Go to www.socialsecurity.gov where you can apply for retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes. In most cases, there are no forms to sign or documents to send; once you submit your electronic application, that’s it! In addition to using our award-winning website, you can call us toll-free at 1800-772-1213 (TTY, 1-800-325-0778) or visit the Social Security office nearest you. Either way you choose to apply, be sure to have your bank account information handy so we can set up your payments to be deposited directly into your account. n ••• To learn more, please read our publication, Retirement Benefits, at www.socialsecurity.gov/ pubs/10035.html.

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