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Vol 21 No. 3

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

2012 Supervisor Races

Candidates Friend, Rivas, Locatelli and Deitch.

By Noel Smith t’s not often that two open seats appear on the Santa Cruz County board of Supervisors. Three districts are up for election in 2012 with incumbents Ellen Pirie of District 2 and Mark Stone of District 5 choosing not to run for reelection. Pirie has been on the board since she was first elected in the year 2000 while Stone was appointed to the board in 2003 and then first elected in 2004. District 1 incumbent Supervisor John Leopold is running for his second term. Elections for open seats are always interesting because they get the most candidates fighting it out to get on the Board.

I COE sponsored Inside Education visits Tierra Pacifica Charter School.

County Office of Education Expanding



Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest Times Publishing


would be about double, approximately $3 – 4 million, according to a prominent local developer. Why another building? County Superintendent Michael Watkins said his agency is currently at 95 percent capacity and

‘Snoopy!!! The Musical” Christian Youth Theater


n this day of lower property values, there are many bargains to be found in the commercial real estate market and the County Office of Education (COE) found such an opportu-


nity just across the street from its headquarters at 400 Encinal St. The COE is buying a 10,000 sq ft building at 399 Encinal St. from Wave Crest Development of Santa Cruz for $1.45 million. The current cost to buy the land and build a similar building


By Noel Smith


in order to provide additional space for professional development and support for programs such as Migrant Head Start, New Teacher Project and others the COE needed more space.

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health, economic and envioroptimist International ronmental benefits of re-introof Capitola-by-the-Sea ducing amaranth, a high prohas selected Rose tein grain native to Mexico, Leopold of Santa Cruz the into local diets to help fight 2011 winner of the Violet malnutrition. She also is presRichardson Award given to a ident of the National Honor young woman who provides Society and the Thespian outstanding volunteer service Society at her school and has to the community. She will be appeared in several produchonored at an awards dinner tions. in March, and will receive a Soroptimist, a Latin word $500 cash award. meaning Best for Women, is a A student at Pacific worldwide service organizaCollegiate School, which Rose Leopold tion for women who work to encourages community service, Leopold began working with the Santa improve the lives of women and girls in Clara Chapter of Amigos de las Americas local communities and throughout the and spent two months in rural Oaxaca, world. For more information, visit the SI Mexico in the summers of 2010 and 2011. Capitola website at contact SI Capitola at While there, she taught nutrition classes to or women and children that featured the


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Community News Santa Cruz Teen Wins Capitola Soroptimist’s Violet Richardson Award Gold Standard Chorus Seats Officers • Veterans of Foreign Wars – Deputy of the Year Award • February Department of Fish and Game Calendar • Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative Presents ‘REPEAT!’ – January 30 – April 20, 2012 2012’s Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest – 12th Annual Times Publishing Group, Inc Competition By Noel Smith Santa Cruz Search & Rescue Team needs your support! • Polo Grounds Pathway Being Built by Cabrillo Lions Club ‘Outside the Box – Abstractions in Art’ – Scotts Valley ‘Art in the Library’ Showcases Renowned Local Artists • Coast Watershed Council gets Grant The Art of the Rydell Fellowship 2006-2009 – Presented by PVAC • Exhibit from January 12 — February 12, 2012 CYT Santa Cruz presents ‘Snoopy!!! The Musical’ – Forty Young People Present the Peanuts Gang Cabrillo College now has Centralized Ticketing • Cabrillo College has Area V Vacancy for Board of Trustees Musical Building Blocks – Winds and Piano in Combination • IRS e-file: Taxpayers Can File their Forms Immediately IRS Free File: Do Your Federal Taxes for Free • How to Recover From the Malicious Erasure of Files Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship and American AgCredit Scholarship • MarineBIOS, Marine and Coastal Map Viewer Free Homeowner Workshop January 30 – $4,000 in Rebates Available for Home Energy Upgrades • Wedding Bells on Valentine’s Day Survey Says Americans Want Unemployment Fixed Help Save Endangered Species at Tax Time! Timeshare Marketing Scams South Indian Dance Company Abhinaya – Saturday, February 25 at 8:00 PM, Cabrillo Crocker Theater California’s Solar Market Doubles in Two Years Treasure Hunting through Attic – Historian Says Pan the Paperwork for Gold


Letters to the Editor The COE and the School Districts – Same Goals, Different Paths


Sports Wrap Aptos Scoreboard


Home & Garden Tax credits and deductions for home improvement in 2012 Calendar • Arts & Entertainment – Pages 28 & 29

Monthly Horoscope • Page 29 - Your February Horoscope - Annabel Burton, Astrologer© 22 24 25 26 27 31

Featured Columnists The Book Bag by Robert Francis – Give a child a book for Valentine’s Day… MathBox by Bert Lundy – More Squares in Your Head Work in Progress by Camille Smith – Riddle: What time will it be when the future shows up? The Power of Feng Shui By Denise Vivar – Finding Mr. Right in the Modern Age Out & About by Josie Cowden Reversal of Seasons by Mike Conrad, Division Chief Aptos La Selva Fire District SPCA Featured Pet • Page 31 – Avril Is So Uncomplicated


Gold Standard Chorus Officers

Gold Standard Chorus Seats Officers old Standard Chorus installed its 2012 officers in a ceremony at Peachwood’s: (L to R) Ian Blackwood, treasurer; Allen Takahashi, music VP; Dan Jett, secretary; Les Stagnaro, VP at large; Jack Gordon, membership VP; Jordan Johnson, director; and Nick Roberto, president. A senior at Soquel High School, Nick is the youngest person ever to have served as chapter president. His first official act after installation was to lead the chorus in singing Harmony Leads the Way. All of the officers are enthusiastic about bringing another year of barbershop to the Santa Cruz area and continuing the chorus’s traditions of Valengrams in February, visits to the county’s high schools, the Cabaret Show in June, Sing for Your Life in November and holiday caroling in December. You may visit the chorus at ••• Veterans of Foreign Wars — Deputy of the Year Award n January 25, Aptos Post 10110 VFW presented Deputy Roger Galvin with the Deputy of the Year Award. Every year a deputy is honored with this award for their outstanding work and dedication. Deputy Galvin was chosen because of his passion and commitment to the public he serves. An example of how Deputy Galvin’s hard work paid off was when he began to investigate a residenRoger Galvin tial burglary case. Deputy Galvin identified a potential suspect and continued to do follow up on the case. He learned the potential suspect was pawning the stolen property in San Francisco. After a long and thorough investigation, Deputy Galvin interviewed the suspect and obtained a full confession. He was able to return $30, 000 worth of antique silver pieces back to the victim and the suspect was arrested for multiple burglaries involving several victims. •••


February Department of Fish and Game Calendar eekends - Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docentled walks, every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books available to borrow at no cost. Visitor Center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use fee is $4.32 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. Directions and more information at ••• Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative Presents ‘REPEAT!’ January 30 – April 20, 2012 epeat! is an exhibit displaying a playful exploration of repetition by six artists utilizing mixed media, photography, assemblage and construction. These artists showcase repetition and process in many different forms, bringing new meaning and context to simple shapes and patterns. The works in this show will delight and surprise your old notions of repeated imagery. Artists’ Reception: Join us for our opening reception on February 8 from 56:30 p.m. at 720 Front Street, Santa Cruz. Meet the artists, purchase artwork and network with other art lovers. Curated by Joan Blackmer. Exhibiting Artists: Dotti Cichon, Fanne Fernow, Angela Gleason, Jane Gregorius, Charlotte Kruk and Daniella Woolf. Exhibit Locations – Santa Cruz County Bank offices: Aptos – 7775 Soquel Drive • Capitola – 819 Bay Avenue • Santa Cruz – 720 Front Street • Scotts Valley – 4604 Scotts Valley Drive • Watsonville – 595 Auto Center Drive Exhibit viewing and bank hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. excluding Holidays.


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“Elections” from pg 1

The general themes of those running are usually “Time for a Change” or “Stay the Course” or some variation. Also, what do those that say they will be running think will be the important issues for them during the campaign. Times Publishing has asked each of those that have declared they will be a candidate for these offices when the filing period officially opens on February 13 for their three top issues and for a statement in order to inform our readers. Locally elected officials with their ideas and political positions often have great impact on their communities so it is important to become familiar with the candidates in order make an informed decision when voting. This is the first of a series of articles to help you become acquainted with those running for office and to help the candidates communicate with the voters. We asked them to provide a 250-word statement and what were the three top issues. Those potential candidates for 2nd District Supervisor that we asked to participate were: Doug Deitch, Zach Friend, Gina Locatelli, Vic Marani, Kirby Nicol and Antonio Rivas. Those responding were Doug Deitch, Gina Locatelli, Zach Friend, and Antonio Rivas. Those not replying at this time were: Vic Marani and Kirby Nicol. ••• Douglas Deitch 1. Fiscal Responsibility/Community Development/Term Limits: mplement pay/pension/parity cuts necessary to maintain county financial solvency, starting @ 20% from the top w/ 2term Supervisor limit Establish new pay principle, with no one paid more than our county judges or medical doctors (around $180K/year) Emphasize real estate and other taxes and our local economy as revenue sources using highest and best use principle Recognize new financial reality – eco Douglas Deitch and poverty based state and federal funding sources are no longer available Community Development Emphasize local economy in sustainable and green industry based on agricultural, educational, and intellectual property development Protect and enhance affordable and Senior housing opportunities/Consider one county wide unified mobile home rent control protection policy/law 2. Water Supply onsider only one possible Monterey Bay wide regional desal plant cooper-



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ating w/ Monterey County effort … Form one new regional, state created Monterey Bay wide regional water agency/authority merging PVWMA, SqCWD other regional districts Declare Pajaro and Soquel Creek Water District ground water emergency as our laws have required since 1998 3. Transportation Appreciate that widening Highway 1 is sensible transportation. “Sensible transportationalists” never address these four compelling Community needs and realities: • The needs of emergency vehicles for swift and safe access to hospitals and emergency facilities • The needs of our two biggest industries here, agriculture, it’s workers, it’s product, and tourism... i.e. “intercounty transportation”. • The needs of our new green and clean electric personal vehicles to have decent and adequate roads for intra county transportation needs. • Measure J here, which makes the local “growth inducement” anti widening argument a specious and locally inapplicable argument against widening our local roads here. Websites:,, ••• Zach Friend decided to run for a simple reason: We live in an amazing place and I want to do everything I can to keep it that way. These are difficult economic times and we’ve seen how cuts can place vital services at risk. We’ve seen declines to infrastructure, threats to parks funding and significant strains in public safety. But I believe that the challenges we face are not insurmountable. With clarity of Zach Friend vision, and commitment to tackling large problems over scoring easy political points, I know we can create a future for our county that our children will be proud of. Decisions by the Board of Supervisors will determine what our community will become. I believe three key issues we face are: • Keeping our neighborhoods safe • Repairing our roads • Maintaining our parks and farmland These are challenging times, but we should expect no less from our local leaders. I’ve been fortunate to live locally for over 13 years. Like so many, I came to study at Cabrillo and UCSC. I earned my Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown


University and returned home with my wife, Tina, to start our lives and our family here together. We’ve dedicated our professional lives to public service spending the better part of the last decade in local government and public safety. I want to create an environment where your voice, values and vision are carried to the Board. I want to hear your thoughts. Write me at or visit ••• Antonio R. Rivas s a Former Two Term Mayor & ViceMayor and eight years with the Watsonville City Council. My wife is a Registered Nurse with Watsonville Community Hospital. Married for 42 years and we have raised three wonderful and caring children. I have worked for 35 years in public education, ten years with the Pajaro Valley Unified School District and currently I’m a School Counselor/Teacher with Salinas Union High School District. If elected, I pledged to: • Cut my salary by 15%. • Continue to ensure and protect rental control for our county Mobile Home owners. • Continue to ensure services for our seniors and youth. • Continue to ensure that our communities are safe. • Provide our Sheriff Antonio Rivas Department the proper funding and resources. • Bring new ideas and vision in order to bring better-paying jobs to our communities. • Support our local businesses, agricultural industry and our airport. • Make sure to treat the taxpayers’ money more carefully and be transparent on how we allocate their dollars. Some of my accomplishments: • Member of the Santa Cruz County Transportation Commission, Santa Cruz Cultural Arts Board, Santa Cruz County Criminal Justice Board, Pajaro Valley Student Assistance Board, Pajaro Valley Unified School District Bond Committee and other boards and committees. • President of the Monterey Bay Division of League of Cities. • Ensure funding for the construction of the Watsonville Civic Center. • Coordinated with our Educational Institutions to create after school programs and educational opportunities.


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“Expansion” from pg 1

The County Office of Education uses its resources for the benefit of all the school districts in the county. According to COE Director of Fiscal Services, Jean Gardner, “We have supported our districts, through program collaboration, infrastructure and technology support and development and many other ways. This is not taking money out of the classroom, we receive funding for new teacher support and other programs as this is one of our core functions that we provide to an entire region. Districts generally do not have the economy of scale to provide these services locally as well as we can regionally.” If each district had to use its funding in support of all the services and programs provided by the COE and mandated by the state and even the federal government there would be far less money flowing into their classrooms. These services include curriculum development, professional development, regional occupational program, alternative education, student support services, child development, academic competitions and financial services to name some that are available to the school districts and to the students of Santa Cruz County. (COE Website: Each of these educational and professional programs provided, supported, or supervised by the COE brings education dollars into the county that would not be otherwise available. In a time of reduced funding for education, this is a valuable undertaking by the COE that is providing educational opportunities for the county’s schools and students that ordinary funding sources do not and cannot provide. Education is always about investing in the future. Whether it’s facilities, teachers, curriculum or services, the payoff isn’t today, it’s tomorrow. The County Office of

Superintendent Michael Watkins (from right), Tom Torlakson State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Santa Cruz County Board Of Education Trustee Vic Marani.

Education bought its current headquarters in 2007 for $6.9 million and then upgraded its facilities for another $2 million. Unfortunately it cost COE $850,000 for the lease on its previous location which was left empty after they moved out. However, the 30-year savings on the purchase is projected to save the COE $13.4 million over renting for the same period. The $1.45 million for the new facility comes from its $18 million reserve fund. Because of its fiscal policies, the COE’s current reserve equals about 30 percent of its annual budget. This has allowed the COE to provide $2 million in grants to county school districts over the past two years to help them through this difficult financial time. Gardner told the Times, “We have run our programs very conservatively over many years and have a healthy fund balance. We are able to assist districts and expand programs in these ways because of

that. In recent years, with the onset of the state budget crisis, our board also directed our office to adopt a budget with minimal deficit spending. We made reductions and this also resulted in increasing our fund balances when others were draining reserves.” One activity that has helped the districts meet their education and student service goals is the COE’s alternative edu-

cation program. Students in the program now number over 950 in comparison to just a little more than 600 in 2006-7. This program works closely with families and organization to help these students get on the right path to a good education and a healthier, productive life. COE Trustee Vic Marani said, “The County must also serve the most disenfranchised population by reaching out to them and their families to get them out of gangs back into school and on the road to a better future. Otherwise, we’ll be building more prisons. Some students cannot succeed without additional support and these kids can slip through the cracks. That is why one of the COE’s functions is to run Alternative programs.” Count Office of Education Superintendent, Michael Watkins said, “The COE is not in competition for education dollars with the districts we serve. We are here for the children whether it’s helping districts with their professional development, coordinating their programs, overseeing their finances, providing support services, or for the students, alternative and occupational education programs. We are here to give taxpayers with more educational bang for their hard earned dollars and to provide our children, no matter their background, with a solid education and hope for the future.” n

LettersToT TheEditor The COE and the School Districts Same Goals, Different Paths here is a difference between local school districts and the County Office of Education. The local districts are in charge of the curriculum offered in their programs while the County Office provides countywide programs for special education and alternative education students, serving students who are not served adequately or cost effectively by the districts. The cookie cutter, one-size fits all approach to high school education is designed to force all students to be fouryear college ready. This inevitably pushes some students out the door who aren’t looking for that path. Every day I see stu-


dents and parents who are confused and discouraged by the new requirements, particularly those students who are more interested in a career that doesn’t require a college degree (80% of careers don’t, a figure that has remained stable since the 1950’s). In our county, the most recent statistics generated by the California Community College system reveal that fewer than 30% of our county students go on to four-year college; what happens to the other 70%? Those students also deserve a high-quality education, one that positions them to compete in the local labor market and earn family-supporting wages that will allow them to stay in our county. “COE” > 9 Aptos Times / February 1st 2012 / 5


2012’s Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest

12th Annual Times Publishing Group, Inc Competition


By Noel Smith

hether it’s young Love, Love that Three first Place winners will be selected has stood the test of time, or the with the winning poems published in the memory of Love, it is Love that March 1 issues of the Aptos Times, Capitola is at the center of what we celebrate each Soquel Times and Scotts Valley Times. n ••• February 14, Valentine’s Day. And what 2012 Poetry Contest Rules could be more romantic than to write poetPlease Read Carefully ry about that Love for your lover - and for rite a poem about, or to your our readers to read. So, submit your poem Valentine and send it to about those tender, passionus. Only one poem per ate feelings and romantic thoughts to our annual The Aptos Times’ winning poet and no more than poetry contest. prize is a Valentine’s Day 250 words and 25 lines. Submit it via email to Times Publishing dinner for two at Group is sponsoring its 12th Sanderlings Restaurant — with Poetry Contest in Annual Times Publishing Seascape Beach Resort. the subject line or mail it Annual Valentine’s Day to 9601 Soquel Dr, Aptos, Poetry Contest to reward three local poets (and their sweethearts) CA 95Be sure to include your name, with the ultimate in Valentine’s Day address, day and evening phone numbers, e-mail address, and for whom (fiancée, romance. It’s time for poets throughout the spouse, lost love, etc.) your poem is writcounty to again wear their hearts on their ten. Three First Place winning poems will sleeves making public their feelings for be selected by the Times Publishing editothose whom they love. By entering the 2012 Times Publishing rial staff: from south county representing Aptos Times; from Annual Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest, you the could be one of our three First Place winners. Capitola/Soquel/Santa Cruz representing The 2011 Times Publishing Annual the Capitola Soquel Times and from Scotts Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest drew Valley/San Lorenzo Valley representing poems from Watsonville to Boulder Creek the Scotts Valley Times. (Note: We welin every style imaginable. Some were come submissions from all readers living funny, some romantic, some touching, and within Santa Cruz County.) The Aptos Times’ winning prize is a all were a joy to read! A winning poem was chosen for each of our three newspapers Valentine’s Day dinner for two at (Aptos Times, Capitola Soquel Times, and Sanderlings Restaurant – Seascape Beach Resort. Scotts Valley Times). The winning poems will be published To express your love – in 250 words or less – (see “Contest Rules” for complete in the March 1 editions. All entries must be details) tell the world what makes your received by 5 pm on Monday, February 6, Valentine special. All entries must be 2012. The winner will be notified on or received by 5 pm, Monday February 6. before Friday, February 10. Please call us at

“Elections (cont.)” from pg 4

I ask your support and to be your representative, advocate for you as your County Supervisor. Email: ••• Gina Locatelli am a believer in hard work, service to the community and good money management. Financial accountability is an officeholders’ responsibility and should be brought to every layer of government.



No one is exempt from doing the right thing; you simply do not spend what you do not have. My philosophy is “if there is a problem, there is a solution.” I believe in simplistic Gina Locatelli approaches to complicated issues. I believe in the importance of teamwork and cooperation in business and in the boardroom and that those serving the people especially should be

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831/688-7549 if you have any questions. ••• 2011 Winners Aptos Times – Robin Moyer Capitola Soquel Times – Bob Lilley Scotts Valley Times – Barbara Obey

My years went by waiting, for romance to bloom, but you’d send a Valentine, to free me from gloom.

The years, they kept passing, now with child of my own, your love remained solid; I was never alone. So, this year dear mom, as I wait at your side, knowing your passing has finally arrived.

Aptos Times First Place — Robin Moyer In Tribute to My Mom, Diane

As a kid, we’d spend hours with doilies and glue, glitter and hearts, for all the Valentines I knew. You’d run off to check on your pasta and sauce, sausage and meatballs, a salad to toss.

We’d practice a tap, from the dances you knew, curl my hair in white rags, start the next day anew. As I aged, so you aged, with class and with grace, greeting me always, with a smile on your face.

held accountable for their actions. As Trustee for the Seventh District on the Santa Cruz County Board of Education, and the Agriculture Chairman, of Santa Cruz County Fair, my experience as a student, a parent, a businesswoman, and lifelong Santa Cruz resident will bring useful and practical insight to the County Board of Supervisors. If elected I will work to represent you and to earn your trust as your Supervisor n

My heart, in these words of farewell do I send, to my Valentine, my mom, and yes mom, my friend.

With honor and reverence, I dedicate this to my dear mother Diane. After hours in a nursing home sitting by my mom’s side as she passes, I came home and saw that this contest was taking place again. I thought it was fitting that I write this tribute to her. She was an amazing woman, a professional dancer in her youth, and a housewife, I honor my mother Diane with this tribute.

This is the first of a series of articles to help you become acquainted with those running for office and to help the candidates communicate with the voters.


Santa Cruz Search & Rescue Team needs your support!


he County’s Search & Rescue Team needs your support. It is as easy as going out for pizza! On February 1st Woodstock Pizza is giving up to 25% of your purchase to the team. You MUST have a coupon with you when you make your purchase. Go to the team’s website to download and print out your coupon. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team is a non-profit organization that consists of extremely dedicated volunteers and full time deputies under the direction of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. The team is comprised of unpaid volunteers with specialized search and rescue training provided by the team. The team’s mission is to provide highly trained search and rescue resources to the citizens of Santa Cruz County and other agencies according to the State Of California Mutual Aid Plan. The Santa Cruz County SAR team is on call and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in almost any conditions. All team members donate their time, taking time off from work and away from their families at all hours of the day and night, to search and to train for search-


es. The team utilizes dogs, horses, motorcycles, ground and air units to complete their searches. During any given week, the SAR team may respond to multiple “call outs” that may include: • A wilderness technical rope rescue • An urban search for an elderly Alzheimer walk away or missing child • Downed aircraft search, rescue and recovery • Community preparedness and preventative SAR education All proceeds of this fundraiser will help pay for over twenty team members to receive National accredited training. Their goal is to search in the most efficient means to find the lost/missing person(s) as quickly as possible. n

Polo Grounds Pathway Being Built by Cabrillo Lions Club

oon there will be a new walker & jogger pathway along the perimeter of the Polo grounds County Park in Aptos. The Cabrillo Lions Club of Aptos members built about 1800 feet of a five foot wide pathway which connected to an existing pathway making the total length about 2500 feet and have been working on the pathway for the last several weeks, which is nearing completion. Cabrillo Lions at work on the Polo Grounds Pathway project. Tom The Lions first hired a Garske drives his own tractor, which he trailered to the site of the contractor to grade the Cabrillo Lions’ project. Also shown (from left) are George path route and then Piumarta, Tom Schmida, Roger Houston and Fil Munoz. installed headers (pressure treated 2 x 4 lumber). They filled the three- four hours, with eight to ten Lions meminch header forms with deconstructed bers working on the project. The Cabrillo Lions Club is an Aptos gravel, which is similar to sand, then service club, which has been serving the added a California Gold gravel topping. Next, they used a paving roller to smooth community for over fifty years. The club is the final surface of the pathway. There always looking for new members interestwere about ten work sessions each three to ed in helping the community. n Aptos Times / February 1st 2012 / 7


‘Outside the Box – Abstractions in Art’

Scotts Valley ‘Art in the Library’ Showcases Renowned Local Artists

SCOTTS VALLEY — The ‘Art in the Library’ program is quickly establishing the Scotts Valley Library as an art destination by attracting renowned artists for the program’s second installation ‘Outside the Box – Abstractions in Art,’ which will be installed and ready for public viewing on February 4. The showing features an impressive list of high-quality, respected local artists. For this 2nd ‘Art in the Library’ showing, Program Chair Val Peyser has selected: Mike Bailey Carol Bowie Mike McClellan James McElheron Moto Ohtake Eric Peterson Beth Shields Denise Shaw & SVMS art students The installation will include these artists’ abstract interpretations in a variety of mediums including painting, photography and sculpture. “The physical building of the new

Scotts Valley library lends itself so well to art with its large, expansive walls and wonderful natural light,” notes Peyser. “So it is very gratifying that the community is embracing ‘Art in the Library’ so enthusi-

astically, and our county’s many experienced and respected artists are eager to participate.” The library has more than 15,000 visiting every month, and library employees report strongly positive feed-

back on the ‘Art in the Library’ program. “The work by our county’s accomplished artists enhances the experience of visiting the library, making the space more dynamic and visually interesting,” said Elizabeth Walch, president of the Friends of the Library — Scotts Valley Chapter. “The Art in the Library program is a natural extension of the library’s commitment to cultural education.” The ‘Art in the Library’ program launched its first showing in Summer 2011/12, and each display runs up to three months in length, and features six to eight artists at a time. Library and exhibit hours are Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Sundays. n ••• More information on Friends of the Library — Scotts Valley and the ‘Art in the Library’ program is found at Artists interested in being considered for future shows may access an application at

importance of local rivers and watersheds — and why we need to protect them.” The health of coastal watersheds is directly connected to the local economy and quality of life. Watersheds impact everyone: drinking water supply, public health, recreation, wildlife, aquatic life and the tourism economy. Local residents are the single most important resource to protect watersheds. By educating and mobilizing residents to care for watersheds, CWC helps local leaders

and resource agencies to preserve the Central Coast’s natural resources. n ••• The Coastal Watershed Council is the principal organization responsible for preserving and protecting watersheds on California’s Central Coast through watershed monitoring, education and stewardship. CWC invites the community to get involved today in the stewardship of local watersheds by calling (831) 464-9200 or visiting the CWC website at

Coast Watershed Council gets Grant


he Coast Watershed Council (CWC), the principal organization responsible for preserving and protecting watersheds on California’s Central Coast through watershed monitoring, education and stewardship, announced today it has received a $35,000 grant from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. The grant will provide watershed education programs to 150 4th & 5th grade students at Ohlone Elementary School in Watsonville. CWC staff will work with teachers and students for one year beginning January 2012 to improve science literacy related to watersheds (drainage basins that lead to the ocean). The program will include classroom instruction, field trips to connect students with nature, and the development of tools that can be utilized by teachers in future classes. “This grant will make it possible for CWC to reach more teachers and students in Watsonville so we can share our effective watershed education programs and improve science literacy,” said Greg Pepping, executive director, CWC. “Reaching elementary school students with engaging environmental science curriculum is an essential component of understanding the critical

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The Art of the Rydell Fellowship 2006-2009

Presented by PVAC • Exhibit from January 12 — February 12, 2012


his exhibit is only up for a month, so don’t miss it! We are featuring the work of the Rydell Fellows from 2006-2009: Skip Epperson, Terri Garland, Hanna Hannah, Robert Larson, Will Marino, Beverly Rayner, Felicia Rice, and Daniella Woolf. In addition to a celebration of the beautiful and unique work by each of the artists, we honor the generosity and dedication to the arts by Roy and Frances Rydell and the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. Arlene Gotshalk & Helene Woolsey curated this exhibit. To read more about the Art of the Rydell Fellowship, go to To read more about the Rydell Fellowship go to The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz Email to schedule free field trips. •••

PVAC Call for Artists: Encaustic! Entry Period: January 16 - February 3 ou are invited to submit your work for consideration in the PVAC’s juried exhibit Wax: Contemporary Encaustic Works, running March 1 - April 15, 2012. Juried by Wendy Aikin and Daniella Woolf, WAX hopes to introduce the public to this ancient painting technique that’s enjoying a (literally) hot comeback! Pieces must include encaustic as the primary medium. Two and three-dimensional work will be considered. PVAC members are granted an additional entry. To read the complete call, visit: On-line entry will be open January 16 - February 3. Congratulations, Judy Stabile! – 2012 Gail Rich Award Winner To say we at PVAC are proud is indeed an understatement. Our very own Judy


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Forcing all students to comply with this approach to high school graduation often leaves them after graduation with no job skills and no college education. Rather than “rob” districts of students as the Sentinel article (1/19/2012-Tensions boil…) alleges, some students and families are voluntarily opting out of the comprehensive high school factory model. The County Office of Education Alternative Education program provides a variety of educational options for those students who don’t fit the mold found in these programs. If districts want to keep their students, they need to design programs that are responsive to individual students and stop beating the drum about a four-year

college education being the only option Some of the highest paying careers in our county do not require a college degree, but do require career training, which the County Office ROP programs do offer. You only have to speak to our returning college graduates to discover that many of them are unemployed or working in jobs in the tourism industry here, not in their college majors. College is a wonderful option for the students who desire it and can afford it, but the statistics in our county don’t bear out the fantasy that it’s the only option. Carol Polhamus, Career and Technical Education Project Director Natural Bridges High School and Green Careers Center • Ponderosa High School and Green Careers Center

Stabile has been designated to receive the esteemed Gail Rich Award on Tuesday night at the Rio Theater. Judy, our newly elected President of the PVAC Board, has been a leader at PVAC for 14 years. As the Sentinel so aptly put it, “she is a pillar of the South County visual arts scene” she is and has been an inspiration to many artists in Santa Cruz County and that influence has in recent years stretched beyond our county, state and even country. Her tireless work for Photo Credit: Shmuel Thaler PVAC as a mentor, curator, Gallery Committee Judy Stabile 2012 Gail Rich Award Recipient This is the last workshop before submember, and Board member is a source of pride for all of us who benefit from missions are due on March 5. You must the product of these efforts: mounting attend workshop to receive LOGIN ID. To arguably the best art exhibits in confirm your attendance, contact: the County. Congratulations Judy on the or call (831) 475-9600 x 16. For more information: recognition you so deserve! Cultural Council Grants Workshop html “Money for the Arts” Pajaro Valley Arts Council PVAC 37 Friday, February 3, 10-11:30 am, PVAC Sudden St., Watsonville, CA 95076 - (831) Gallery Workshop for individual artists & 722-3062 - Gallery Hours: Thursdays & Fridays groups to help you apply for $250-$3000 grants in: Music, Theatre, Dance, Cultural 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Saturdays and Sundays Festivals, Visual Arts, Traditional Arts, and 12 to 4 p.m. • Free Admission • ADA Accessible n Folk Arts. Aptos Times / February 1st 2012 / 9


CYT Santa Cruz presents ‘Snoopy!!! The Musical’


Forty Young People Present the Peanuts Gang

n February 17, Santa Cruz County will experience the characters from Charles M. Schultz brought to life. CYT (Christian Youth Theater) Santa Cruz is producing Snoopy, a fulllength musical based on the Peanuts comic strip. Forty students ages 8-18 will be telling the story of Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Woodstock, and Snoopy. This family friendly show will be a treat for Cast Rehersals for “Snoopy!!! The Musical” all ages! Saturday, Feb. 25th – 3:00pm, 7:30pm It’s remarkable! Fantastic! Sunday, Feb. 26th – 3:00pm Entertaining! Yes, Charles M. Schulz has Special School Days Shows: done it again. “SNOOPY!!! The Musical” is Tuesday, Feb. 21st – 9:30am and the sequel to “You’re a Good Man Charley 12:30pm Brown” and deserves each of its three Tickets are available online at exclamation points. Based on the world- Don’t miss this renowned “Peanuts” comic strip, it exciting performance! n delights every audience with the quiet ••• knowledge and wit of its characters. Christian Youth Theatre (CYT) is the Musical numbers include: The Big Bow- largest national youth theatre organization and Wow, Don’t Be Anything Less (Than Santa Cruz hosts one of its newest affiliates. Everything You Can Be), Where Did That This non-profit educational organization offers Little Dog Go, and Daisy Hill. after-school classes in drama, dance, and voice Performances are at Olivet for kids ages 6-18. Community Theater, 800 Bethany Drive in CYT also produces high quality, family Scotts Valley. Tickets are $15 for adults, and friendly musicals three times a year. CYT is not $12 for students and seniors. affiliated with any church and people of all ••• faiths are welcome. By employing quality Performance Dates and Times: teachers and directors, CYT teaches theatre in a Friday, Feb. 17th – 7:30pm healthy environment while promoting qualities Saturday, Feb. 18th – 7:30pm of commitment, self-esteem, confidence, and Sunday, Feb. 19th – 3:00pm integrity. With these goals in mind, CYT aims Friday, Feb. 24th – 7:30pm to develop character in kids, one stage at a time!

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Cabrillo College now has Centralized Ticketing

Tickets for arts events available online and in-person starting February 9


he Cabrillo College Visual and Performing Arts Division (VAPA) presents new centralized ticketing and box office options for campus arts events, starting with the spring semester on February 9. Previously tickets to most campus events were only available at the door, night of show. Beginning with the spring season, the new VAPA Box Office located at the Crocker Theater will now offer three easy ways to purchase tickets to campus arts events. Purchase tickets • Online - Visit Tickets can be mailed or picked up at the Box Office. • Via Phone - 831-479-6154 Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. • In Person - Box Office, Thursdays and Fridays, 12:00 to 4:00 pm, and one hour prior to events. Box Office Hours & Information The Box Office is open Feb. 9 through May 25, Thurs. and Fri. from 12 pm to 4 pm

• Please bring ID to retrieve tickets at the box office. • For student tickets purchased online, student ID is required at events. • Student Activity Card (SAC) holders must purchase tickets in-person to receive a discount. No phone or online SAC card purchases. Box Office Fees All ticket prices include a handling fee • Online purchases = $1 fee per ticket* • Mailed tickets = $2 fee per transaction • Online tickets $21 to $42 ea. - $2 per ticket online fee. • Online tickets $42 or more ea. - $3 per ticket online fee. n ••• Cabrillo VAPA Box Office: Online at • In-person, at the Crocker Theater, Feb 9 - May 25, Thursdays and Fridays, 12 to 4 PM Parking is free at the Arts Complex and at Twin Lakes Church, Monday -Thursday after 7 PM, Friday after 5 PM, and weekends.

Cabrillo College has Area V Vacancy for Board of Trustees


Applications for Provisional Appointment Due February 10 by 12 noon

abrillo College today announces that due to the resignation of Rebecca Garcia, a vacancy exists in the seat representing Area V of the Board of Trustees of the Cabrillo Community College District. The Board of Trustees is now soliciting nominations to fill the seat. The provisional appointment will begin immediately following selection by the Board of Trustees on February 21, 2012, and the appointee will fill the position until the next regular election of the Board of Trustees in November of 2012. Anyone interested in serving on the Board during this interim period is encouraged to do so by submitting a brief statement of interest and qualifications. Statements must be received in the President’s Office at Cabrillo College by Friday, February 10, 2012 at 12 noon. Statements may be submitted via email (, via fax (831/479-6153), or in person (Cabrillo College - Room 806, Building 800, 6500

Soquel Drive, Aptos). Eligible candidates for the seat must reside and be registered to vote in Trustee Area V. Trustee Area V includes a portion of the City of Watsonville and the southern portion of Freedom, southeast of South Green Valley Road. Please contact the Santa Cruz County Office of Elections at 454-2060 to verify whether you reside and are registered to vote in Trustee Area V. Also, please feel free to contact the Cabrillo College President’s Office at 479-6302 if you have any questions about the position. n ••• Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. Cabrillo College is a dynamic, diverse and responsive educational community that is dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic, career, and personal development goals.


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Musical Building Blocks

Oboe and clarinet will play composer n this concert, the melodic variety of the wind quintet teams up beautifully with and oboist Alvin Etler’s Duo from 1945. Then, Carl Reinecke’s the delightful Trio for Oboe, Horn and sonorities of the piano, Piano adds a latecreating an array of Winds and Piano romantic flourish. “building organic Finally, the smaller blocks” of sound. The in Combination “building blocks” are audience will hear Music by then fully assembled for compositions from the Hindemith, Etler, Reinecke, the concert finale, late 19th and 20th cenGordon Jacob, Villa-Lobos, and composer British turies featuring delightHovhaness. Gordon Jacob’s magful combinations of Directed by num opus, Sextet (1956). these melodic instruoboist Peter Lemberg, with Peter Lemberg ments. Jeffrey Gallagher, Lars plays oboe and English Paul Hindemith’s Johannessen, Jane Orzel, John horn with the San masterpiece for wind Orzel, and Ivan Rosenblum. Francisco Chamber quintet, “Kleine Orchestra and with Kammermusik” opens many other orchestras the program. The ensemble then performs in smaller combi- in the Bay Area as well, most notably the San Francisco Opera. nations both with and without piano.

Lars Johannessen, flute, is an active performer and teacher in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. He also performs Celtic, Swedish and other traditional music. Jeffrey Gallagher, clarinet, also performs on flute, oboe, English horn, bass clarinet and soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones Jane Orzel, bassoonist, plays Principal bassoon with the Monterey and Santa Cruz County Symphonies and is Music Director and organist for the First United Methodist Church in Salinas. John Orzel is a member of the Santa Cruz County Symphony and is also a composer. Mr. Orzel, is a scholar of folk music primarily Polish, Hungarian and Romanian music. Ivan Rosenblum, pianist-teacher-composer-arranger, taught education and

music at UCSC from 1970-1980, and maintains an active piano and chamber-music coaching studio in Santa Cruz. n ••• Performances Saturday, February 4, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 5, at 3 p.m. Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos (exit Hwy. 1 at Freedom Blvd) Tickets: Available at the door 1/2 hour before performance and at (831) 420-5260 Contact (831) 425-3149 or email and at (831) 420-5260

record. Software vendors and paid tax return preparers use the latest encryption technology. Plus, within 48 hours, an electronic acknowledgement is issued that the return has been received by the IRS and either accepted or rejected. With most people receiving a refund, the fastest way to get a refund is by e-filing and using direct deposit. Taxpayers can get their money automatically in as few as 10 days. Last year, more than 79 million refunds were electronically deposited into taxpayers’ accounts, saving them a trip to the bank. For people who owe taxes, e-file offers payment alternatives such as filing now and scheduling payment on the April tax deadline. Taxpayers who still want to pay by check can do so by e-filing and then mailing a payment voucher.

Taxpayers can e-file their tax returns one of three ways: through a tax return preparer, through self-preparation software or through IRS Free File. The IRS does not charge for efile. Many tax return preparers and software products also offer free e-filing with their services. Free File offers free tax preparation and free electronic filing. Taxpayers are encouraged to use tax return preparers who offer IRS efile. Taxpayers should also only use paid preparers who sign the returns they prepare and enter their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs). Preparers are required to sign the returns they prepare and include their PTINs. Although paid preparers sign returns, taxpayers are legally responsible for the accuracy of every item on their return. Preparers are also required to give taxpayers a copy of their returns.

When using e-file, you also use an esignature and an electronic filing PIN. If you prepare your own return using software you must use the self-select PIN method on the return. When using a paid preparer, you can still use the self-select PIN method or the practitioner PIN method. The Electronic Filing PIN is a temporary PIN used by the IRS to verify your identity when you e-file. n

IRS e-file: Taxpayers Can File their Forms Immediately

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service opened the 2012 electronic tax return filing season reminding taxpayers that e-file remains the best way to get fast refunds and ensure accurate tax returns. The electronic transmission system revolutionized the way the IRS processes tax returns and made speedy refunds possible. More than 112 million income tax returns were e-filed last year, or 77 percent of all individual returns filed. “E-file is the best option for taxpayers. E-file enables taxpayers to file more accurate returns and receive their refunds quickly and safely,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. E-file has proven itself year in and year out as a safe and secure method of filing a tax return and has a proven track

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IRS Free File: Do Your Federal Taxes for Free

WASHINGTON — More than 33 million returns have been filed through IRS Free File since its debut ten years ago. Everyone can use Free File using either the brand-name software offered by IRS’ commercial partners or the online fillable forms. Individuals or families with 2011 adjusted gross incomes of $57,000 or less can use Free File software. Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms, has no income restrictions. “Free File can save you time and money. You can prepare and e-file your tax return at no charge. And, the software helps you find the tax breaks you are due,” said Diane Fox, director, Free File program. “Free File helps make taxes less taxing.” Free File software is a product of a public-private partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, LLC. The Alliance is a consortium of approximately 20 tax software providers who make versions of their free-file products available exclusively at All Free File members must meet certain security requirements and use the latest in encryption technology to protect taxpayers’ information. Seventy percent of taxpayers – 100 million people - are eligible for Free File software. It’s perfect for first-time filers, families looking to save money or older Americans adept at using the Internet.

People with an adjusted gross income of $57,000 or less are eligible for at least one software product. Each of the Free File software providers sets their own eligibility requirements, usually based on qualifiers such as income, state residency, age or military status. The easiest way to locate a software provider is to use the online “get help” tool at that, with a little of a taxpayer’s information such as income, age and state residency, can identify matching free-file products. Or, taxpayers can review all providers and their offers.

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Some software providers also offer state income tax preparation free or for a fee. Also, the IRS is working with select volunteer tax sites such as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. There are 200 locations nationwide that have set up Free File kiosks where taxpayers can use computers to prepare their own returns with Free File.

For taxpayers whose incomes are more than $57,000, there’s Free File Fillable Forms, available only at the IRS website. This program is best for taxpayers experienced in preparing their own federal tax returns. For people who prefer doing their taxes the old fashioned way – by paper – this is an electronic alternative. Free File Fillable Forms performs some math calculations and provides links to some IRS publications. It does not use the familiar question-and-answer format used by software. Taxpayers can e-file the forms free. It also does not support state income tax returns. Taxpayers must access the free-file products through or authorized kiosks to avoid any charges for preparing or e-filing a federal tax return. Once taxpayers have selected a Free File software product, they will be directed away from to the partner’s site to prepare and e-file their returns. The IRS does not retain any personal information from the taxpayers. The IRS also encourages businesses, state and local governments, charities and churches to inform their employees, clients and customers about Free File. n

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The FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) encourage businesses and individuals to employ mitigation strategies and best practices such as: Implement a data backup and recovery plan to maintain copies of sensitive or proprietary data in a separate and secure location. Backup copies of sensitive data should not be readily accessible from local networks. Regularly mirror and maintain an image of critical system files. Encrypt and secure sensitive information. Use strong passwords, implement a schedule for changing passwords frequently, and do not reuse passwords for multiple accounts. “Hacking” > 14

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Tax credits and deductions for home improvement in 2012

ith the new year under way, you may be thinking about needed home improvements and how you’ll use your credit to fund them. While it’s important to understand your credit b e f o re m a k i n g m a j o r h o m e improvement decisions, you should also consider another kind of credit - tax credits for energy efficient home improvements. For the past few years, the federal government has offered tax credits for certain home improvements aimed at increasing a home’s energy efficiency. While the most popular and generous tax credits, such as the one that allowed you to claim up to 30 percent of improvements such as a new roof or hot water heater, have expired, you can still get credit for other significant energy-efficient improvements. According to, you can claim a tax credit for 30 percent of the cost of installing a geothermal heat pump, small wind turbine or solar energy system in your home. The credit has no upper limit and applies to both existing homes and new construction, but not

to rental properties. This credit is good until Dec. 31, 2016.

You can also get a credit of up to 30 percent of the cost of residential fuel cells, up to $500 per .5kW of power capacity, says. This credit is also available until Dec. 31, 2016. While the initial cost of these improvements may seem significant, they can dramatically decrease home energy bills in the long run. Depending on the type of home improvement or repair you undertake, you may also be able to claim a deduction on your taxes. Before launching a significant home repair or improvement, it may pay to consult with your tax accountant to see what, if any, portion of the cost may be deductible. And, as you do home repairs throughout the year, keep receipts and discuss the improvements and possible deductions with your accountant when he or she is preparing your tax return. Knowing ahead of time which, if any, tax credits or deductions your home

improvement may qualify for can help you make a better decision about how to use credit to fund the work. Since how you use credit affects your overall credit score, knowing the cost of a project before starting it can help you better manage your credit. If you’re unsure how a home improvement project may affect your credit score, websites like can help you understand your credit. The site offers members a Credit Score Estimator that can help you understand how big financial decisions, like applying for a home improvement loan, may affect your credit score. n ••• To learn more about tax credits for energy efficient home improvements, visit To learn more about tax deductions, visit You can find a list of regional tax credits, rebates and savings at

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range of tips, best practices, and threat information for business and home users. To receive the latest information about cyber schemes, please visit the FBI Web site and sign up for e-mail alerts by clicking on one of the red envelopes. n ••• If you have been a victim of cyber crime, please file a report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at

Enable network monitoring and logging where feasible. Be aware of social engineering tactics aimed at obtaining sensitive information. Securely eliminate sensitive files and data from hard drives when no longer needed or required. The US-CERT Web page at hosts a wide 14 / February 1st 2012 / Aptos Times


Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship and American AgCredit Scholarship


gri-Culture is accepting 2012 Spring Scholarship Program applications for students majoring in agriculture: The Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship $2,000 award for a student entering or currently attending college and majoring in agriculture will be made for the remaining years


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in college (max. 4-years) with verification of registration for each session of full time classes. American AgCredit Scholarship Program Starting in 2012, we are proud to announce a partnership with American AgCredit so that the recipient of 2012 Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship will also receive a $2,000 award from the American AgCredit Scholarship Program. To be eligible for these scholarships, students must live in Santa Cruz County or within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District boundaries, or be a member of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau. Criteria for the scholarship are based on student leadership skills, a demonstrated commitment to the industry, grades and financial need. February 24, 2012 is the deadline for submitting your application for the AgriCulture Scholarship Programs. To request an application, please contact the Financial Aid office at your school or the Agri-Culture office, 141 Monte Vista Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076, 722-6622 or Email: Applications are available on our Website:

MarineBIOS, Marine and Coastal Map Viewer

he California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) today announced a new marine and coastal map viewer, called MarineBIOS. This interactive map is a new tool for accessing California statewide marine spatial planning data. Users can visually explore and retrieve pertinent marine and coastal spatial planning information compiled for past and present DFG projects, including Marine Protected Area (MPA) planning. Located at wer.asp, the website is an in-depth source of information about California’s MPAs, as well as some of the more common spatial planning data that was used to create those MPA regulations. For example, users may look up information on the distribution of kelp canopies, benthic and intertidal habitats, important marine managed areas or points of interest relevant to marine user groups. The site is a strong starting point for potential additional data and customized tools in support of DFG projects and constituents.

“This map viewer marks a significant milestone in our effort to manage and make available planning data for marine and coastal constituents,” DFG Director Charlton H. Bonham said. “It’s also cost-effective as it was done in-house, using existing department technology and expertise.” DFG’s Marine Region and Biogeographic Data Branch collaborated to develop this new website by building on the department’s existing Geographic Information System capability. “MarineBIOS” > 18 Aptos Times / February 1st 2012 / 15


Aptos High Scoreboard Boys Basketball

Aptos 75 – Scotts Valley 39 Aptos Season Record: (13-5, SCCAL 5-1) ptos Scoring: Danny Victory 12 pts, 3 assists; Jake Harrell 11 pts, 5 rbds, 5 steals; Justin Montoya 14 pts; John Sakoda 7 pts; Antonia Andrade 5 pts, 5 rbds; Chris Galvan 2 pts; Cole Welle 12 pts, 6 rbds; Cody Clifton 2 pts; Ben Brenkwitz 5 pts; Rewyn Reyes 5 pts.


Aptos 67 – Soquel 65 (OT) ptos Scoring: Jake Harrell 25 pts, 20 rbds; John Sakoda 5 pts; Justin Montoya 3 pts; Danny Victory 17 pts, 5 assists, 3 steals; Ryan Parker 8 pts, 3 rbds, 3 steals; Cole Welle 7 pts, 10 rbds; Antonia Andrade 2 pts

(McKenzi Evers) 42:00, Rettig 48:00, Brianna Bermingham 68:00, Bermingham (Lighthill) 74:00 Aptos Goalkeepers: Madison Montana (40 min.), Courtney Rogers (40 min.)


Aptos 3 – San Lorenzo Valley 0 ptos Scoring: Graceann Rettig 20th; Emily Murrer (Lindsey Moore) 28th; Aaryn Ashworth 48th. A p t o s Goalkeepers: Courtney Rogers (40 min.); Madison Montana (40 min.)


Girls Basketball

Soquel 57 – Aptos 21 Aptos Season Record: (6-10, SCCAL 2-3) ptos Scoring: Camisa Composti 8 pts; Jackie Houser 5 pts; Kendall Bivens 4 pts; Karianna Krowder 2 pts; Mariah Rojas 2 pts.

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Santa Cruz 55 – Aptos 36 ptos Scoring: Dierdre Wilson 15 pts, 10 rbds; Camisa Composti 6 pts, 4 assists; Josie Bruce 5 pts; Vanessa Ramos 4 pts; Kristin Haduca 3 pts; Megan Maxwell 3 pts.

Girls Soccer

Aptos 1 – Santa Cruz 0 Aptos Season Record: (10-2-1, SCCAL 4-1-1) ptos Scoring: Brianna Bermingham 4:00 Aptos Goalkeeper: Courtney Rogers 10 saves (80 min.)


Aptos 7 – St. Francis 0 ptos Scoring: Lindsey Moore (Emily Murrer) 19:00, Jessica Wilson (Murrer) 27:00, Graceann Rettig (Mariena Lighthill) 30:00. Wilson

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Aptos 2 – North Salinas 2 Aptos Season Record: (1-7-3, SCCAL 1-3-1) ptos Scoring: Gustavo Gutierrez (pk) 28th, Gustavo Gutierrez (pk) 80th Goal Keeper: Eric Kirby 6 Saves (75 min.), Gutierrez 3 saves (5 min.)


Aptos 0 – St. Francis 0 Aptos 1 – San Lorenzo Valley 0 ptos Scoring: Arturo Milanes (Taylor Goetzl) 32nd Aptos Goalkeeper: Erik Kirby 4 saves (80 min.)



Aptos Season Record: (5-1, SCCAL 2-0) Mid-Cal Tournament ptos: 172 lb class Joe Else, 197 lb Class Riggs Powell



Aptos 33 – Soquel 0 06 – Jacob Porter (A) pin; 113 – (nm); 120 – John Porter (A) dec, 7-5; 126 – Kevin Feeley (A) pin; 132 – Miguel Barranco (A) pin; 138 – Jarred Lalanne (A) dec, 12-8; 145 – Allen Bjur (A) wbf; 152 – Greg Bjur (A) dec, 10-4; 160 – (nm); 170 – (nm); 182 – (nm); 195 – (nm); 220 – (nm); 285 – (nm) n

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Free Homeowner Workshop January 30

$4,000 in Rebates Available for Home Energy Upgrades

CAPITOLA –– Homeowners in Santa Cruz County are invited to attend a free workshop on Monday, January 30, 2012 to learn about Energy Upgrade California (, the new statewide program that helps homeowners save money, reduces energy use and creates local jobs. The event will provide homeowners with information about how to access rebates of up to $4,000. Energy Upgrade California is helping thousands of homeowners across the state, while creating “green jobs” for contractors in their local communities. The program delivers technical assistance, tools and training to contractors and rebates to homeowners – providing incentives to speed the implementation of home energy efficiency. After a home energy upgrade, families are not only more comfortable, they also realize substantial monthly savings on their home energy bills. Colin Clark, Senior Program Manager at Energy Upgrade California said, “The before and after results of upgrades are often impressive, with homeowners reducing their energy consumption by 10 to 50%. Most homes have gaps and cracks in the ceilings, walls and ducts. When added together, those gaps and cracks are equivalent to having a hole in the house the size of a hula hoop.” Contractors point out that Energy Upgrade California does not just look at individual appliances — it takes a “whole house approach” beginning with a comprehensive home energy assessment. Their reports to homeowners identify potential upgrades that could be made. Upgrades might include installation of a high efficiency heater or air


conditioner, insulation, changes to ducts and registers or new windows — all things that address “air leakage” in or out of a home. By looking at all the system components together and prioritizing their replacements, homeowners realize the greatest comfort and savings and maximize the return on their investment. Homeowners will learn how to: • Lower their utilities bill and reduce energy use • Increase home comfort and indoor air quality • Get started on a home energy upgrade today Monday, January 30, 6 – 7:30 p.m. City of Capitola Council Chambers 420 Capitola Ave. Capitola, CA 95010.

Wedding Bells on Valentine’s Day

edding bells will ring this Valentine’s Day at the Santa Cruz County Government Center when the county’s deputy marriage commissioners will perform civil marriage ceremonies throughout the day and evening. The County Clerk’s Office will perform wedding ceremonies in the Redevelopment Conference Room, located at 701 Ocean Street, 5th Floor, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14. The cost of performing the wedding ceremony is $75. Weddings will be broadcast live on the Internet via the county’s “WedCam” on the County Clerk’s website at

RSVP: VIDEO: atch?v=loa2Ftxcba4&feature=player_embe dded. n Energy Upgrade California is a collaborative program between the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, utilities and local governments that provides tools to accomplish and promote a “whole house” approach to home efficiency improvements. Based on “building science” principles, the program emphasizes an integrated approach to energy efficiency, starting with an assessment of current systems to identify solutions that will improve the comfort and energy performance of a home. For more information, visit

The conference room will be transformed into a romantic wedding room to ensure a magical and memorable ceremony for the couples, thanks to the decorating services of Alexis Party Rental and cookies donated by Pacific Cookie Company. Couples will get to celebrate their vows with a delicious cupcake donated by Sassy Cakes and Cupcakes of Capitola and make a toast with cider thanks to a donation from Costco. Each bride will get to carry a rose thanks to Obie’s Floral who is providing flowers at a discounted rate. Couples must reserve a time by calling “Be Mine” > 18 Aptos Times / February 1st 2012 / 17


Survey Says Americans Want Unemployment Fixed


mericans continue to see unemployment as the top economic concern as we head into 2012. According to a survey released today by financial services firm Edward Jones, given the opportunity to choose between five areas of concern in 2012, 39 percent of Americans would fix unemployment, followed by the national debt (28 percent). Forty-four percent of woman said they would fix unemployment in 2012 compared to 34 percent of men. Conducted by Opinion Research Corporation, the survey of 1,006 respondents revealed that gender has a significant influence on prioritizing concerns as men were closely split between unemployment and national debt being the top priority (34 percent and 33 percent respectively); while women showed a larger disparity between the two (44 percent versus 22 percent). Americans age 65 and older felt the most strongly about the issue of national debt (33 percent). Twenty-three percent of Americans indicated they would favor mending retirement or Social Security in the New Year. Twenty Seven percent of respondents ages 65 and older showed this as the area they would remedy. Americans were less concerned with economic issues abroad and uncertainty in the stock market as only five percent of Americans said that they would fix the European economic crisis while only 3 percent would resolve market volatility.

Other key findings from the survey included: More than one-third (36 percent) of Americans with a household income of less than $35,000 would fix Social Security. Forty-five percent of Americans with an annual household income of $50,000 to $75,000 chose to resolve unemployment.

In the West and Midwest, 43 percent of Americans would remedy unemployment. Only nine percent of college graduates would fix retirement or Social Security while 39 percent of those who did not complete high school chose this concern. n

“Be Mine” from pg 17

and have at least one witness present. A traditional marriage license costs $75 and licenses are issued by the County Clerk. To obtain a marriage license, the bride and groom must appear in person with valid identification, complete a form providing personal information, and take an oath. n For more information, please call 831454-2060 or visit the County Clerk’s website at

“MarineBIOS” from pg 15

viewers for the department, its constituents and partners. n ••• More information about the DFG Marine Region is available at The DFG Biogeographic Data Branch website is located at

831-454-2060 or by coming to the County Clerk’s Office located at 701 Ocean Street, Room 210, Santa Cruz. Ceremonies will be held every 30 minutes. Each couple may have no more than 15 guests. Couples who are late for their scheduled ceremony may have to reschedule for another day. Couples must have a valid marriage license prior to the scheduled ceremony

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Help Save Endangered Species at Tax Time!

alifornia’s wild animals and plants need your help, and there’s an easy way to do it! Just make a voluntary contribution on line 403 and/or line 410 of your state income tax return (Form 540). By contributing any amount over one dollar you can support the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Fund and/or the California Sea Otter Fund. What you donate this year is tax deductible on next year’s return. Californians can receive a state income tax credit from the Franchise Tax Board for helping wildlife. “The voluntary donations made by Californians at tax time are incredibly important in our efforts to save threatened and endangered species,” said DFG Director Charlton H. Bonham. “These funds have provided critical support for many state-listed species such as the Bakersfield cactus, Owens pupfish, San Francisco garter snake, California tiger salamander, marbled murrelet, Mohave ground squirrel and many more. These donations will help ensure that California’s extraordinary biodiversity is maintained for future generations.”

There are 387 listed plant and animal species. Money raised through the tax check-off program helps pay for essential DFG research and recovery efforts. Such work allowed the California brown pelican and American peregrine falcon to be delisted in 2009. Since 1983, the tax check-off fund for Rare and Endangered Species has raised more than $18 million and supported numerous projects, including the establishment of a controlled breeding program for

endangered riparian brush rabbits using a newly discovered population of wild rabbits resulting in a significant expansion of riparian brush rabbit populations on public lands. The critical support of California taxpayers has enabled wildlife biologists to achieve important recovery milestones to conserve our vulnerable species. More information on the Rare and Endangered Species Preservation tax check-off program is available at

A second tax check-off fund was created specifically to facilitate recovery of the California sea otter, which is listed as a State Fully Protected Species and a Threatened Species under the federal Endangered Species Act. Based on the most recently completed survey, there are fewer than 2,800 sea otters remaining in California. This small population is extremely vulnerable to oil spills, environmental pollution, predation by white sharks and other threats. The California Sea Otter Fund has become especially vital during the current economic downturn, because other sources of support for sea otter conservation and research have decreased or are no longer available. Citizens of the state of California make this fund possible entirely through voluntary contributions. There are no other dedicated state funding sources available to continue this important work. n ••• By contributing any amount over one dollar on line 410 of your state tax form 540 you can support the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Fund and/or the California Sea Otter Fund. Aptos Times / February 1st 2012 / 19


Timeshare Marketing Scams


imeshare owners across the country are being scammed out of millions of dollars by unscrupulous companies that promise to sell or rent the unsuspecting victims’ timeshares. In the typical scam, timeshare owners receive unexpected or uninvited telephone calls or e-mails from criminals posing as sales representatives for a timeshare resale company. The representative promises a quick sale, often within 60-90 days. The sales representatives often use high-pressure sales tactics to add a sense of urgency to the deal. Some victims have reported that sales representatives pressured them by claiming there was a buyer waiting in the wings, either on the other line or even present in the office. Timeshare owners who agree to sell are told that they must pay an upfront fee to cover anything from listing and advertising fees to closing costs. Many victims have provided credit cards to pay the fees ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Once the fee is paid, timeshare owners report that the company becomes evasive – calls go unanswered,

numbers are disconnected, and websites are inaccessible.

In some cases, timeshare owners who have been defrauded by a timeshare sales scheme have been subsequently contacted by an unscrupulous timeshare fraud recovery company as well. The representative from the recovery company promises assistance in recovering money lost in the sales scam. Some recovery companies require an up-front fee for services rendered while others promise no fees will be paid unless a refund is obtained for the timeshare owner. The IC3 has identified some instances where people involved with the recovery company also have a connection to the resale company, raising the possibility that timeshare owners are being scammed twice by the same people. If you are contacted by someone offering to sell or rent your timeshare, the IC3

recommends using caution. Listed below are tips you can use to avoid becoming a victim of a timeshare scheme: • Be wary if a company asks you for upfront fees to sell or rent your timeshare. • Read the fine print of any sales contract or rental agreement provided. • Check with the Better Business Bureau to ensure the company is reputable. To obtain more information on Internet schemes, visit Anyone who believes they have been a victim of this type of scam should promptly report it to the IC3’s website at The IC3’s complaint database links complaints together to refer them to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration. n

In some cases, timeshare owners who have been defrauded by a timeshare sales scheme have been subsequently contacted by an unscrupulous timeshare fraud recovery company as well. The representative from the recovery company promises assistance in recovering money lost in the sales scam.

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South Indian Dance Company Abhinaya


Cabrillo College Presents 5th Annual Evening of World Theatre Saturday, February 25 at 8:00 PM, Cabrillo Crocker Theater

abrillo College Theatre Arts presents the Fifth Annual Evening of World Theatre with the Abhinaya Dance Company, featuring acclaimed dancer and artistic director Mythili Kumar, on February 25 at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater at 8:00 PM. Discover the rhythm and beauty of South Indian classical dance forms with the Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose. Founded by its artistic director Mythili Kumar in 1980, the company presents

innovative and professional performances of Indian dance forms, primarily Bharatanatyam. The evening’s performance will feature Kumar, whom The Times of India, Mumbai dance critic praised, saying, “For a long time now, one had not witnessed a Bharatanatyam recital with a touch of rarity and class, marked by style and substance as the performance by Mythili Kumar … A grand evening with a great dancer.” Endowed with abundant grace and a commanding stage presence, Mythili Kumar performed extensively in India before moving to the U.S. in 1978. Trained in three different Indian classical dance forms – Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi, Mythili gained recognition for her versatility when she performed all three styles in a single performance. In 1980, she began teaching Bharatanatyam in the Bay Area at the request of a few friends, naming it the Abhinaya School of Dance. Touring the USA and Canada with musicians from India, to great acclaim, provided the inspiration for Kumar to

inculcate this passion in her students as well. The school gained a reputation for excellence from its first student performance as well as its first original production of Shiva-the Cosmic Dancer in 1986. With the award of the company’s first grant, and the successful audition of its first batch of students for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, the path was laid for Mythili to continue with her innovative and creative work. Presenting performances of the highest caliber that have won praise from the community, the school garnered continuous support from various funding agencies, eventually leading to the transformation of the school to a non-profit organization in 1990, known as the Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose. The company has toured throughout India and many parts of the U.S. Kumar has been honored by World Arts West with the Malonga Casquelord Lifetime Achievement Award and a “Sustained Achievement Award” by the Bay Area Isadora Duncan Award committee. Mythili

has received choreography grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and her creativity has led her to choreograph several original productions as well as solo pieces over the years that have constantly won acclaim. n ••• Abhinaya Dance Company Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m. Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Free Parking on weekends Tickets: Price: $18 General, $15 Seniors/Students, $13 w/SAC card. Online Tickets: or 831-4796154 Aptos Times / February 1st 2012 / 21

FeaturedColumnist The Book Bag by Robert Francis

The Book Bag by Robert Francis

Ten Little Caterpillars

By Bill Martin Jr. Illustrated by Lois Ehlert Beach Lane. $17.99 (Ages 2-6) he big, vibrant, colorful illustrations make this picture book something special and one that small children will enjoy looking at. A number of little caterpillars crawl over a variety of large flowers, leaves and veggies. Other creatures like spiders, ladybugs, birds and even a large fish, are included in the various scenes. The text is fairly simple and the author does provide the names of all the foliage, flowers and other critters as well as a limited narrative. Then, at the end of the book, you’ll find ten caterpillars, such as the mourning cloak and cabbage looper, along with an illustration of the moth or butterfly they change into. This illustrated guide also includes a little information on what each caterpillar likes to munch upon. Not only is this a very eye appealing book, but it also serves as the ideal introduction to caterpillars and the transformation they undergo to become moths or butterflies.


Light Up the Night

By Jean Reidy Illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine Hyperion. $16.99 (Ages 4-8) he youngster featured in this book begins by introducing the reader to his universe and the planets and stars that “glow bright and light up the night.” From outer space he then heads down towards Earth, his “own little piece of the universe.” The journey continues as the next focus is on the child’s country, then his town, his house, his room and then his very own bed. The rhymed narrative makes this not only a pleasant read aloud book but also


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one that beginning readers should be able to handle without too much d i f f i c u l t y. Introducing children to the concept that we are part of a much bigger world is also a good idea and this picture book does so in a free and easy manner.

Home-Field Advantage

By Justin Tuck Illustrated by Leonardo Rodriguez Simon & Schuster. $16.99 (Ages 4-8) rofessional football player Justin Tuck of the New York Giants narrates this picture boot that explains why he is such a tough professional a t h l e t e . “When people ask me how I got to be so tough, I say, ‘You’d be tough too, if you grew up with my five sisters!’” In this book, Tuck describes the time when he was a little boy and his sisters decided to give him a haircut. Snip, snip, snip! What he ended up with was a “reverse Mohawk” and poor Justin was so embarrassed he hid in his room. The illustrations in this picture book are cute and draw the reader into what is a “so-so” narrative. Anyone with lots of siblings can relate to this story, but otherwise it probably won’t appeal to a wide audience other than Tuck’s New York fan base. I seriously doubt that plastering “NFL SUPERSTAR” on the cover will do much to boost the sales of this book!


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Race the Wild Wind A Story of the Sable Island Horses

By Sandra Markle Illustrated by Layne Johnson Walker. $17.99 (Ages 4-8) ocated off the coast of Nova Scotia, arc shaped Sable Island is the home to about 300 wild horses. This picture book tells the story of how these sturdy animals have weathered storms and other inclement conditions and actually thrived in the rugged environment. T h e story begins with the horses swimming ashore after being taken out to the island on a sailing ship. Once on the island, the small herd had to acclimatize itself to the sand, wind and odd sea creatures they shared their new home with. Although there was no shelter from foul weather and snow, there was enough to eat and no natural predators to fear. Over the years the horses not only adapted to their new surroundings, they also thrived. Sandra Markle’s beautiful horse illustrations make this picture book all the more enjoyable. Any child who loves horses will relish this story and re-read it again and again.


No Two Alike


By Keith Baker Beach Lane. $16.99 (Ages 3-7) ust as no two snowflakes are alike, we see in this picture book that the two red birds also featured here are different. As the two curious birds explore their winter environment, they find there are different critter tracks in the snow, different branches on the trees, and even different snow covered fences separating the fields. The birds fly past birdhouses that are the winter homes of different sizes and kinds of birds and they notice different ani-

mals in the forest below. By the final page, the message is quite clear – we may be similar, but not exactly alike. With its wonderful winter motif, this picture book not only stresses the uniqueness of each creature and object shown, but with the white, snowy background, the brightly colored creatures like the birds also pop out at the reader.

It’s a Small World Sticker & Activity Book


Illustrated by Nancy Kubo Disney Press. $6.99 (Ages 5 and up) his activity book features lots of reusable stickers that can be put to good use in all sorts of ways. The youngster is invited to match animals to the clues describing them, pair smiling faces with hats from around the world, create his or her own jungle and safari scenes and place famous landmarks in the proper location. Some sections of the book show a scene from some international city and then in the space beneath it the child is asked to recreate the scene using the selection of stickers. The youngster can also let his or her imagination dictate how a scene should look given just the background or the child can use the stickers to make up an original story. Since the stickers do pose a choking hazard, no youngster who is still likely to place things in his or her mouth should be given this book. For older children, though, this is an ideal way of not only learning a little about geography and other cultures, but the use of the book also encourages creativity.

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More Squares in Your Head

n the first MathBox column, I showed how you could square any 2-digit multiple of 5 in your head. To recap, the idea is to multiply the left digit by one more than itself and place 25 next to it. For example, to square 45, (45 x 45), add 1 to 4, getting 5; multiply 4 x 5 = 20, place 25 beside it and you’re done: 45 x 45 = 2025. This trick only works for numbers ending in 5. In this second lesson, I’ll show you how to do another set. In mental math, the idea is to change a difficult problem into an easier one. Since you now know how to multiply all the multiples of 5 quickly, we’ll expand on this idea. Suppose you wanted to multiply 31 times itself in your head. My 9year old son can tell you immediately that the answer is 961. How can he do it so quickly? It’s based on the algebra equation (n + 1)2 = n2 +2n+1. It may be hard to multiply 31 times itself in your head, but it’s easy to square 30 (see last lesson), getting 900. Then all you have to do is add 2 x 30, which is 60,

and add 1, making 61. The answer is 900 + 61 = 961. In other words: for the numbers ending in 0 or 5, we can get the square of the number just above it by doubling the number, adding 1, and adding this to the square we know – which is easy, especially for those ending in 0. So to get 51 x 51, all I do is take 502 = 2500, add 101 to it (double 50 to get 100, then add 1). So 512 = 2601. Similarly, 612 = 3600 + 121 = 3721; 412 = 1600+80+1 = 1681 and so on. Most of you probably think it’s hard to square the number 101 in your head. It’s trivial using this trick: 1012 = 1002 + 200 + 1 = 10,201. You can do a similar trick for numbers just below the easy squares. To get 29 x 29, we again take 302 = 900. Again, we double 30 to get 60; but subtract 60 from 900 instead of adding; then add 1. So 29 x 29 = 900 - 60 + 1 = 841. Similarly, 392 = 1600 80+1 = 1521, 492 = 2500 – 100+1 = 2401, and 892 = 8100 – 180 + 1 = 7921. To do these, you must practice, but with practice, it

In mental math, the idea is to change a difficult problem into an easier one. Since you now know how to multiply all the multiples of 5 quickly, we’ll expand on this idea.

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becomes easy. In the next lesson I’ll show you another more general technique which can be used to square all of the 2-digit numbers, including these you already know, and even 3-digit numbers! n ••• Bert Lundy is the Director of Learn for Excellence tutoring center, 1929 Main St., Watsonville. 831-679-7900.


Riddle: What time will it be when the future shows up?


By Camille Smith

To kick off the “how” discussion, let’s look at our relationship with the future. Our conventional, well-entrenched wisdom tells us that the future is something out there that will show up some day. Tomorrow, maybe, but not today. Oh, and about tomorrow. Orphan Annie reminds us: “Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya Tomorrow! You’re always a day away!” (For those who prefer Steve Miller’s “Fly like an eagle”: Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future) Maybe that puts a crimp in our plans. Maybe not. hat time is it? For another perspective of the future, consider Eckhart Tolle’s view of time from The Power of Now: • We are conditioned to think in terms of [three distinct domains of time] past, present and future. • We are preoccupied with looking both backwards and forwards, anything rather than focus on the present, the here and now. • We focus on the past because this is what gives us our sense of identity and what has led us to the life circumstances that we currently face. • We focus on the future because this is where all our dreams and fears will play out. • We can never actually experience the past or the future. The past is gone. We only ever experience it as a whole series of NOW’s when we talk or think about it in the present. The same will be true of the future: when it arrives it will be NOW. The only thing that ever has any What is not started today is never finished tomorrow real, underlying validity, — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is the present, the Now. Combine what Your turn: Take one action now that matches Tolle says with your the future you desire. own experience and Ghandi’s familiar shift to you invited I In December’s column, quote: Be the change Big a creating from making resolutions to you wish to see Enough WHY? for 2012 — a shift from being in the world. resolved (with crossed fingers) to being comWhen we “be” mitted. the change we wish to see, we (Link to either TPG’s online of last column or behave today, now, in a the-new-year-with-a-big-enough-why/) manner that’s consistent with the future we desire. By doing so, we generate the future now.

ow’s it going? One of the questions that naturally arises once you have your B.E.WHY is, HOW? How do I make the unpredictable happen? There is a methodology to achieving breakthrough results. That’s what we’re talking about here, not just incremental improvement, but a break from the predictable. (BTW, incremental is fine and appropriate in many situations.) Repeatedly and reliably producing breakthrough results requires, among other things, expanding self-awareness, questioning beliefs, going beyond comfort zones, thinking in new ways, and welcoming breakdowns. All that requires a particular way of being.


Whatever you want to experience or be someday, in the future, act and be that way today. Behave today in a way that’s consistent with your future commitment. If you are committed to someday working with people who respect and trust each other, act, as best you can, in a trusting manner with your co-workers today. If you are committed to having more transparent relationships, reveal yourself today. And do it again when the next today comes around. Being and repeating the behavior consistently brings about the change we wish to see. WIPC TIP: Kick start your year by creating and keeping a commitment that takes no more than a week or two to complete. This spark of success will light the fuse for fulfilling other commitments for the year.

Planning’s good, acting gets results. Where you are is the best (and only) starting place. This isn’t about doing it perfectly; it’s about engaging and discovering your own answer to How? Take action NOW, not tomorrow, which is (sing along with me) always a day a way. Now, answer the riddle. Take care, Camille Smith n ••• Office: 831-685-1480 ~ Mobile: 831-2515190. President, Work In Progress Coaching ~ Turning potential into results ~ Camille LIVE Video: the-brightside-of-burnout/ Free Webinar: Values & Engagement: Global Leaders: Aptos Times / February 1st 2012 / 25


The Power of Feng Shui

Finding Mr. Right in the Modern Age


By Denise Vivar

he course of true love never did run smooth,” reasons Lysander in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, attempting to soothe Hermia as she despairs over love’s tribulations. Indeed, tragic love has historically been a popular theme - think of Lancelot and Guinevere, Orpheus and Eurydice, Rama and Sita, Bogart and Bergman, Pepé Le Pew and Penelope Pussycat. It would seem just about everything gets in the way of love’s progress: age, class, family, wars, body odor. If only someone enlisted the help of feng shui! Feng shui could have addressed these issues and more. This ancient energetic art originally used in burial rites, then later in homes and businesses, addresses many aspects in our lives regarding our families, communication, health, wealth, work and relationships. Things might have been different for poor little Romeo Montague had he and the Capulets worked on their relationship and family

sectors. But of course removing the drama removes the story’s seduction and box office appeal. Modern day love is no less fraught with its trials and perhaps even more so as we gather together less and Twitter more. Just finding one’s potential love interest is a challenge. Without the matchmakers and family to introduce us to potential partners, we’re left on our own to find and secure a match and we often stumble at this game. And the biggest obstacle to finding love is our own psyches. Now we contend with body image issues, lack of confidence, and financial insecurities. The voice in our head tells us that we are unattractive and undesirable. We stand at life’s thresholds time and again (literal and metaphorical), shackled by timidity, shame or indecisiveness and we are frustrated because we cannot attract the love we so deserve. “Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?”

Feng shui principal asserts that our internal environment, our psyche, is indelibly connected to our external environment and each are strongly affected by one another. Feng shui not only deals with placement of objects, but also with flow of energy and balance of elements the disposition of which are married to our thoughts, attitudes and behaviors. The issue of attracting love in our life would then be addressed on a holistic level - our relationships are a product of all that we believe and invite into our lives. For centuries, people have proclaimed the profound results of the conscious align-

ment of their internal environment with their external environment. Many a wooing woman has described feeling more secure, attractive and better able to connect with others by applying the principles of feng shui. It stands to reason that if we meet love and life on our terms with confidence and the feeling of wholeness we are nothing less than utterly alluring. n ••• Denise Vivar assists single women looking for Mr. Right by helping them break through blocks to finding and attracting the right man using the power feng shui. Workshop starting Feb. 13. Contact her at PowerOfRadiance@ for more information.

nvironment California Research & Policy Center released a new report analyzing the amount of solar power installed by cities across the state as of the third quarter of 2011. The report reveals a diverse array of cities in which solar power is booming, an indication that California’s solar market is maturing and becoming mainstream. Compared with a similar 2009 analysis, this report shows that California’s solar market has doubled in two years. “From Fresno to San Francisco and Clovis to Culver City, solar power is becoming a mainstream technology throughout California,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate with Environment California Research & Policy Center and co-author of the report, California’s Solar Cities 2012: Leaders in the Race Toward a Clean Energy Future. “Solar power is booming in California and with the right leadership we can continue to benefit from the cleaner air and local jobs that this industry inevitably brings.” Of the over 700 cities analyzed in the report, San Diego leads the pack in terms of the number of solar roofs installed, with more than 4,500 projects on residential, commercial and government buildings. San Diego also leads in terms of the electricity generated, measured in solar capac-

ity, with nearly 37 megawatts installed. “San Diego didn’t become the state’s No. 1 solar city by happenstance; it was the result of local policies and programs that encourage investment in solar power,” said San Diego Mayor Sanders. San Diego is followed by Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco and Fresno, each having more than 2,000 solar installations. Bakersfield, Santa Rosa, Roseville, Clovis and Sacramento round out the top 10, each with more than 1,000 solar installations. Oakland and Chico make it in the top ten in terms of solar capacity. Overall, California has gone from having 500 megawatts of solar in 2009 to having 1,000 megawatts today. “Solar used to have a reputation of being for the hip and hippy. This analysis shows that solar is benefiting all Californians—solar is just as much Fresno and Chico as it is Santa Cruz and Sebastopol. People all across the state are lowering utility bills and creating good jobs by tapping into the sun,” said Adam Browning, executive director of Vote Solar. Comparing 2009 with 2011,

Sacramento (2.86 times) and Los Angeles (2.78 times) lead the top 10 cities in terms of growth as measured by capacity. In terms of the number of installations, Los Angeles (2.89 times) and Bakersfield (2.18 times) have experienced the most growth. Solar has reached its greatest penetration in the northern Bay Area, the Sierra foothills and the Central Valley. The small towns of Sebastopol (Sonoma County), Newcastle (Placer County) and Nevada City (Nevada County) lead the state in terms of number of solar installations per resident. Herald (Sacramento County), Edwards Air Force Base and Lebec (Kern County) lead in terms of solar capacity per capita. Governor Jerry Brown has called for expanding California’s solar market to 12 gigawatts by 2020. To date, more than 60 elected officials statewide have endorsed Governor Brown’s vision. Environment California and allies are advocating that local and state leaders continue to push big policy initiatives to continue expansion of one of California’s strongest markets. Key steps moving forward include:

expanding net metering – the ability for a homeowner or business to receive a credit on their electric bill to offset electricity usage during the night; adopting a feed-in-tariff program to enable owners of warehouses and parking lots to generate wholesale solar electricity; and mandating that all new buildings be equipped with solar systems. California’s rapid expansion of its solar market is bringing cleaner air and jobs to the state. Every megawatt of solar power installed prevents the emission of nearly 700 pounds of smog-forming pollution per year and cuts more than 900 metric tons of global warming pollution per year as well. A recent report by the Solar Energy Industry Association shows that California is home to over 3,000 solar companies that employ more than 25,000 people and that the market is poised for further growth in 2012. “It’s been almost 30 years since Kyocera sold its first solar module in San Diego, and we now have regional production capacity approaching 200 megawatts annually,” said John Rigby, president of Kyocera International, Inc. “We foresee unprecedented growth, especially for solar installers, as California pursues its goal to have 12 gigawatts of solar generation statewide over the next decade.” n

California’s Solar Market Doubles over the past Two Years


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Bakeries in Watsonville wo bakeries in Watsonville well worth a visit are Bagel Café & Bakery and Freedom Bakery & Confections. I sampled their goodies recently and they’re turning out some delicious stuff. Bagel Café makes semi-sweet bread – similar to brioche – that is simply delicious, as well as every flavor of bagel you can imagine. They also make specialty coffees, salads, cakes, pies and pan dulce. Freedom Bakery makes a cookie that I absolutely love. It’s a latte shortbread dipped in Belgian chocolate. They specialize in custom made cakes, gifts and favors of all kinds for weddings, parties and corporate events, so they don’t have a store we can visit, unfortunately. But their custom cakes and cupcakes are available at Windmill Market in San Juan Bautista and Scotts Valley Market in Scotts Valley. Bagel Café & Bakery, 1830 Main St., Watsonville, 722-3838. Freedom Bakery & Confections, 125 Hangar Way #120, Watsonville, 866-5487266.


Eat Local am a great believer in supporting local businesses – including eating local food. When I received a book in the mail entitled “Eat Local: Simple Steps to Enjoy Real, Healthy & Affordable Food,” I was more than happy to keep it on my bookshelf for reference. “Eat Local” includes the why’s and how’s of finding, purchasing, preserving and using local foods, eating seasonally, and eating less meat. The author is Jasia Steinmetz, a food and nutrition professor of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the School of

Health Promotion & Human Development. “Eat Local” covers a wide range of topics such as: Convenience; Children’s Health; Economics; Key benefits of local foods; Seasonal local food-eating strategies; Local food cooking and preparation tips – and much, much more. The book is available at and other online booksellers. Learn more at

The Penny Ice Creamery’s second location — The Picnic Basket he Penny Ice Creamery people – and that would be owners Kendra Baker and Zachary Davis – opened up a second location last year in June called The Picnic Basket. As well as their delicious ice cream, they serve salads and soups made with ingredients from local farms and artisan food makers including The Rib King, El Salchichero, Companion Bakers, Verve coffee, and kraut from Farmhouse Culture. This place really does a brisk business with all these different choices. It’s time to pay them a visit if you haven’t done so already. The Picnic Basket, 125 Beach St., Suite B, Santa Cruz, 427-9946.


By Josie Cowden

the knife? How is one expected to slice through meat, potatoes and what have you with the blunt edge of a fork. Does one have to commit the absolute sin of biting off a chunk of food at the end of one’s fork while the rest remains suspended on the tines? If one is served tiny bites of food, such as a bowl of rice, then a

fork is not really needed. Otherwise, I prefer not to struggle with just a fork and I always politely ask my host for a knife as well. n ••• Josie Cowden is a freelance writer and proofreader. Contact her at

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Chowhound Cooking Classes f you have ever thought of upping your skills in the culinary arts, i.e. learning to cook really healthy and tasty food, then Denise Ward has the answer. Ward has four cooking classes coming up in February and more set for March. The classes are held in Ward’s Aptos home and they’re always upbeat and fun – and you get to eat the spoils afterward. Info: or email or call 600-5794.

Distinguished Artists Concerts and Lecture Series his is a heads up for two wonderful concerts set for Feb. 4 and Feb. 5 at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater in Aptos. They will feature the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin and acclaimed piano soloist Sara Davis Beuchner. Info:


Dining Etiquette can never understand why one is given just a fork to eat a meal. Please, where is

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ired of Clutter? Stuff piling up? Support is available. CLA meeting every Friday. For more info call 426-1868 FREE



Volunteers Needed to Help Get GMO Foods Labeled

olunteer signature gatherers are needed to get “The Label GMO Food Act” on the 2012 California ballot this fall. According to the US Congressional Research Service, 60% - 70% of processed foods likely contain genetically engineered materials but they are not labeled as such. One-hour training workshops will be held to review the procedures to successfully gather signatures. Volunteers are asked to commit to a three-hour time slot per week over an eight week period from midFebruary through April 18. Trainings will take place at the New Leaf Community Markets, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm. To sign up or for more information, visit or email


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 for more info.


Aptos Certified Farmers Market


Tuesdays thru Fridays, Sundays

Ongoing thru April 1



re you bothered by someone else’s drinking? Al-Anon is a 12-Step program for family and friends of alcoholics. There are meetings every day of the week and there are no dues or fees. For a meeting near you call 831-462-1818 or visit Everyone is welcome.

Ongoing Events


Rain Forest Excursions at Roaring Camp

Everyday at 12:30 pm earn about California's own Rain forests (of coastal redwoods.) As guests ride at branch level through a virgin rain forest by steam train, fascinating information about the California coastal redwoods and forest ecosystem is revealed. Tickets are $24 for adults, $ 17 for children. Parking is $8. For more information, call (831) 335-4484

First Mondays of the Month

Lecture Series on "Great Decisions"


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.




Women Care Drop in Cancer Support

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


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

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



Cooking Course on Cancer Prevention and Survival

thru February 15, 6:00pm-8:00pm, New Leaf Community Markets, 1101 Fair Ave. Santa Cruz hysicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is sponsoring a 4-week course entitled “Food for Life: The Power of Food for Cancer Prevention and Survival.” Learn how


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proper diet can help prevent and survive cancer. Topics: how foods fight cancer; beneficial low-fat, high-fiber foods; dairy and meat alternatives; cancer-fighting compounds; and healthy weight control. $95 To register, visit classes, call 831-325-381l, or email

Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay ADHD Support Group Meetings


6:30pm-8:00pm at Mar Vista Elementary School on Soquel Dr. or more information, contact Jude Brenis at or call (831) 684-0590

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

First Wednesday of the Month

Child Welfare Review


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

Fourth Wednesday each Month

Ongoing Constitution Classes

7:00 pm Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney St. Santa Cruz


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

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 or email

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




Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club Meeting

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

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


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 to meeting with her constituents and encourages Capitola residents to stop by and meet with her. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (831) 475-7184

Second Thursdays of the Month


Veterans of Foreign Wars

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

Second and Fourth Thursdays of the month

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



Clutterers Anonymous

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

Dated Events

Saturday, January 28 Capitola Church to Host County-Wide Men's Breakfast

8:30 am, Shorelife Community Church in Capitola uests will be joined by speaker Jim Stump, Founder & President of Sports Challenge International and sports mentor at Stanford University. Other guests will include several cardinal student-athletes, including members of the Stanford Football Team. $5 per person for breakfast. Tickets available thru Jan. 25th, call (831) 462-7490

Wednesday February 1


Open House: Good Shepherd Catholic School

5:30-7:30pm, 2727 Mattison Lane, SC our the school, visit classrooms, view the all-school art exhibit in the gym, and ask questions of the Good Shepherd faculty and parents. Good Shepherd Catholic School offers affordable Catholic education in preschool through 8th grade. Financial assistance is available. To learn more, visit wwwgsschool, or call (831) 476-4000

Saturday February 4 Intro To Svaroopa® Yoga


9 – 10:30 am, Aptos Yoga, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Ste 23B, Aptos. 688-1019 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, and accelerates injury recovery. For more information and registration, call 688-1019 or email n

Your February Horoscope Annabel Burton • Astrologer ©

Intriguing changes are happening quite subtly. Your ruler Neptune, slips into your sign and a shift in your attitudes and beliefs is likely. You may be a little lethargic and not at all competitive or motivated but this is fine. You have a way of having your finger on the pulse and can easily tune into the mood of the moment. You have an intuitive link to others which could be the start of something very important. The Sun moves into Pisces on the 19th and this is the start of a new phase for you. In the meantime, set your intentions and and also your boundaries.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)



Thursdays thru February 9

Learn to Square Dance with the Lucky Steppers

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


SPECTRA Arts Learning


Ageless Art Project


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:

Ongoing Events


Live Team Trivia


6:00pm (starting February 6th), Brunos BBQ 230 G Mt Hermon RD. Scotts Valley eams for trivia can be as few as one person or as large as 20! Great prizes for 1st and 2end place teams. No cost to play.

Mondays and Wednesdays

Salsa Rueda Class


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




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.

Tuesdays and Weekends

Live Music on the Esplanade


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

6:30 pm, German-American Hall, 230 Plymouth St. Santa Cruz he Lucky Steppers invite you to learn to square dance! Classes are held every thursday night. Couples are welcome. Call (831) 722-1131 for more information.

Ballroom Dancing

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


First Fridays of each month

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

First Friday Art Tour

Every other Friday

Shakespeare Club of Santa Cruz

10:30-12:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 900 High St. Santa Cruz, Next: January 27 hakespeare's club is seeking new members to join in the study of his plays. For more information, visit


Fourth Friday of each month


Musical Me Inc. Family Jam Night

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

Fourth Saturdays of each month

Writers and Poets Open Mike


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



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).

Friday January 27 Saturday January 28 Love as Activism: The Revolutionary use of Soul Force


Friday: 7:00 pm- 9:30 pm, Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00pm ev. Deborah Johnson and Andrew Harvey will present the key principles of Love as Activism. The event will also include music by

the Inner Light Choir. Organic lunch available for $10

Friday January 27 thru Sunday January 29 Frank Duncan Presents: Dance Synergy


Friday & Saturday: 6:30 and 8:30, Sunday: 2:30, Dance Synergy 9055 Soquel Dr. Aptos rank Duncan is putting on another fun and upbeat show! Bruce Hall is coming from Los Angeles to partner with Duncan in singing and dancing roles while he will be accompanied on piano by Dashiel Reed. Performances will be held in Duncan's Dance Synergy Studio: A 40-seat intimate setting. Tickets are $30 and will include cheese, cracker, and wine. To learn more, visit or call (831) 359-1630

Saturday, January 28 Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream Symposium

1:00pm-5:00pm Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SC County, 6401 Freedom Blvd. Aptos his is a workshop which explores new ways of seeing the big sustainability, spiritual, and social justice opportunities and challenges of our time. This workshop will include videos from innovative leaders on topics ranging from the planet's dwindling bio diversity to growing economic disparities, as well as lively participation in breakout groups. For details and registration, visit, for more information call (831) 566-8458 There will be a small donation asked for at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Monday January 30 Free Introductory Meeting for Denise Vivar & Feng Shui Metamorphisis


6:00-7:00pm, Le Salon Santa Cruz, 402 Ingalls St. Santa Cruz his is a free introduction to the Feng Shui workshop. In the workshop participants will focus on the internal environment and move outward. Discussions and exercises on

topics such as body esteem, self-knowledge and relationship issues, as addressed by leading psychologists and spiritual teachers, will be followed with feng shui assignments to support the practice. The workshop series will begin the next week. For more information, contact Denise at

Saturday February 4


Play Day in the Arts: Just Making Boxes

10:00-1:00pm, Downtown Felton ust Making Boxes is about using recycled materials and making one-of-a-kind boxes. This class is designed for professional women who wish to take a break & have a play day. Great time for Valentine's Day gifts. $45, includes boxes and materials. Call Janet: 831-335-0553 or email

Saturday February 4 Sunday February 5 Building Blocks: Winds and Piano in Combination

Saturday: 8:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm Christ Lutheran church 10707 Soquel Dr. Aptos he audience will hear compositions from the late 19th and 20th centuries featuring delightful and diverse combinations of these melodic instruments directed by oboist Peter Lemberg, with Jeffrey Gallagher. Tickets are available for 1/2 hour before the performance, and at For more information, call (831) 425-3149 or e mail


Saturday February 11


Aptos Highschool's Zumbathon

11:00am-1:00pm, Aptos High Gym ow's your new year's resolution to get fit going? Need motivation? Want to have some fun? Well ditch the workout and join the PARTY! Don't miss the fun workout and dancing with friends. Support the school and save our programs. $10 entry fee. All proceeds go to support and sustain vital school programs & provide classroom supplies. n

It's time to change the rules a little and do something different. You are encouraged to be self expressive and allow your differences to shine, rather than trying to conform to what others expect from you. Initially, fantastic chemistry makes a relationship sizzle, and you have plans for a weekend away and a chance to get to know someone. Venus enters your sign on the 8th and you can look forward to a period of greater cooperation and a willingness from others to go with your ideas. After the 19th, you are a little more spiritual and reflective.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

Changes in your working life maybe something to do with your recent plans, or you find that you are having these disruptions forced on you. See this as a starting point for a new way of being. Perhaps ideas and dreams have been on the back burner while you attend to more practical concerns around money, but this could change this month. Jupiter is helpful in your sign and encourages growth and making the best of what you have. As such you are amazingly resourceful.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

At last, you see your way forward, and while you have felt the situation hasn't been quite right previously, helpful influences ensure that you are on the right track. Sometimes you need confirmation this is so. Everything happens at the time it needs to although you have been justifiably impatient. You could be signing up for a course or learning new skills, which are more in line with what you really enjoy rather than what you are obliged to do. After the 19th, check out opportunities around work and see how circumstances conspire to put you in the spotlight.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

You instinctively feel that this is turning out to e a year of change and as such you are in the process of a leaving a situation but you will soon enter a new one. This could be around a relationship, or your working life, or simply you could be ditching outworn beliefs that no longer serve you. Welcome what is coming as it shows that you are on the right path. Take note of the Full Moon on the 7th as this falls in your chart area of finances, and what you do to earn a living. Working for yourself is becoming more of a possibility.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

This is an important month for you Leo, as you and your special other take steps to deepen your relationship. The Sun in your opposite sign can give you clues about who you are and how others see you and you must take credit for how special you are, and what a difference you make. You know everyone needs to be appreciated, and you could do with a little more than you have been getting! The Full Moon on the 7th is your time to shine and brings matters to a head. After the 19th a shift in energy results in an important decision and a new way forward.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)

You feel at home this month, Virgo, and see that the world seems to be on the same wavelength as you, or much of it is. Your ruler, Mercury, joins the Sun in Aquarius — emotionally you are cool headed and practical, and can make sound judgments, but it always pays to do things a little differently with new information. Leading a healthy lifestyle is preferable as prevention is better than cure, so by practicing everything in moderation you will avoid your body and mind getting too stressed.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)

You cannot help learning just by watching, listening and absorbing what is going on around you. Some lessons take longer than others, and you may need more practice but even so, when you get chance to look back you see how far you have come. This month continues to offer you hope and opportunities and you see things in a wider context. The Aquarian Sun is inclusive of everyone, a great leveller and your natural fair mindedness has a chance to shine and put right what is necessary. Venus enters your opposite sign on the 8th, enhancing your relationships.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)

This month, Neptune, the most spiritual plenty enters Pisces. This is harmonious with your sign and you will find that relationships and situations that are guided by emotion play out much more than those based on logic. How you feel is more important than what you do and your goal needs to be find a peaceful heart and mind. Be authentic in what you do and how you express yourself, particularly around mid month. Take nothing for granted and work with what you are naturally good at.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

You are travelling more than usual and there are plenty of people you want to see. Your plans are getting off the ground but you are waiting for some important information. Practical matters are being attended to and this is a great time to start an early spring clean or change your environment. Lend a helping hand to those who are just starting out. Creating better circumstances by taking on board good advice from experts and those who have had experience. Let your ambitions start to take shape.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

You are beginning to see your plans take shape and this month you are focusing on your finances. It may be necessary to budget a little or invest wisely, but you are also keen to help out someone who could do with a bit of good luck. Your common sense approach can give clear guidance to others which is welcome and useful. Have you ever thought of writing a book? If this is one of your recent ideas, it's worth pursuing. You add a new string to your bow through an unexpected opportunity.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

This month Neptune leaves your sign, and the fog clears. Perhaps this new clarity will motivate you to make the changes you know you must, if you are to see the progress you want. Mercury in your sign is also helping you to formulate plans, and play around with fresh ideas. It is as though you are looking for something but haven't yet found it. This makes more sense towards the end of the month when you get tangible results of just starting with a theory. Relationships improve with a feeling of cooperation rather than confrontation. ••• Find Out More

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Treasure Hunting through Attic

Historian Says Pan the Paperwork for Gold


rom PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” to A&E’s “Storage Wars,” reality TV has capitalized on our fascination with discovering treasure in household junk. It happened to historian Michael Mendoza, whose patient culling through boxes of old papers was rewarded when he found a Civil War veteran’s personal account of his experiences. The 17-page letter was so rich in detail, Mendoza ( used it as the basis of his first novel, “Glorious Reality of War.” Mendoza owned an antiques store in 1997 when 95-year-old Alice Bowersock died in San Diego, Calif., he says. He acquired her estate: furniture, knickknacks, and stacks of boxes full of photographs, insurance policies and letters. Most people, Mendoza notes, might trash the papers right off the bat. “Don’t,” he says. “Toss or sell the knickknacks, and keep the paper. It can be invaluable.” Collectors value ephemera Michael Mendoza because such paper records are unique and irreplaceable, he says, so he pored through the boxes page by page, finding birth and death records, paintings and prints, old books. “And then I saw the letter – a documented firsthand experience of the Civil War. It was written in 1925, typed on 8½-by-14-inch paper,” Mendoza says. “Reading it, I got a real good sense of who (the writer) was.” Charles Wesley Rickard was 64 when he wrote the letter to his daughter, Alice, who had asked him to write about his war experience. He was a 15-year-old Iowa farm boy, he wrote, when “a great desire came over me to go to the war. My parents were loathe to give their consent, and so I made life miserable for them until they finally gave in.” In 1862, he enlisted as a Union fifer because he was too young to serve as a private. “I had never seen a fife before,” Rickard wrote. “But I

could use a rifle, and I was bound to go as something.” When the fighting began, he was in the thick of it. Three years later and all of 18 years old, he remembers noting how very young the new replacement troops looked. Mendoza kept Rickard’s letter and sold off some of the memorabilia. “I knew the value was more in presenting it as a historical fiction novel,” he says. Finding inspiration for a novel may not equate to striking it rich for everyone, but people willing to invest time in sorting through old family papers stand to profit, Mendoza says. “Many things are valuable on their own, like first editions of classic books,” he says. “But don’t forget the family records. Even if you’re not into genealogy, you should save those, because once you throw them away, they’re lost to the next generation.” Mendoza offers these tips for dealing with old paperwork: • Don’t throw it away simply because it’s damaged. Mendoza found a first-edition copy of “Gone with the Wind” that was so waterlogged, it was destroyed. “I sold it for $80,” he says, “and that was cheap.”

• Put together items on the same topic to improve chances of selling to collectors. Collectors like to buy in lots, Mendoza notes. They’d rather have a whole bunch of things than just one. Among Alice Bowersock’s belongings, Mendoza found photographs and documents from her father’s time helping to build the Panama Canal. Mendoza pulled all the canal material together and sold it to a collector. • Store papers in an open zipper bag in a dry place. If the paper is very valuable, invest in bags designed for that purpose. Otherwise, zipper baggies from the grocery store do fine. Don’t seal them, though, because if there’s no air circulation, the paper might stick to the plastic. • Digitize everything. Scanning your documents and photographs allows you to study them without damaging them. For the record – Mendoza is still going through Alice Bowersock’s boxes. n Michael Mendoza holds a master’s degree in American history and is an adjunct instructor for Central Texas College. He lives in Santee, Calif., and plans a sequel to “Glorious Reality of War.”

“Many things are valuable on their own, like first editions of classic books. But don’t forget the family records. Even if you’re not into genealogy, you should save those, because once you throw them away, they’re lost to the next — Michael Mendoza generation.”



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ne cold winter day this adorable four-month-old Chihuahua mix tiptoed out of the bushes and crawled into the arms of a woman waiting at a bus stop for her son. As they began the short trek home, the little black dog followed them to their doorstep, begging not to be left behind. They kept her overnight and brought her to an overcrowded shelter the next day. Little Avril waited for her owners to come get her but day after day … but no one came. Now she patiently yet eagerly waits at the Santa Cruz SPCA for something very simple and uncomplicated…a new home. Avril is as sweet as sweet comes. She provides excellent snuggles and kisses and seems to thoroughly enjoy everyone she meets. Her tail wags at the sight of a person and she is very responsive to voice. Avril is about eight pounds and although she is young, she is not super high energy and would do fine in a smaller house with a few walks a day. She would also do great as a companion to another dog but could be the only dog as well. Avril is the type of dog that could probably fit into most any loving home whether there are kids, cats, or other dogs. She simply wants someone to love and care for her. In return, she will give back her heart, her love, her kisses and her snuggles. If Avril sounds like a good fit for you, come and see how uncomplicated this girl really is! Our adoption package for dogs and cats includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, an ID tag, collar, a free health exam with a licensed Veterinarian, one month’s free health insurance, discounted crate purchase and other animal care materials. If you would like to help animals like Avril and her orphaned friends, please consider donating to the Santa Cruz SPCA. The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501c3 charitable organization and receives no government funding, relying solely on public donations to run its many programs that benefit the animals and people of our community. For more information call the Santa Cruz SPCA at 465-5000, or visit The SPCA is located at 2685 Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz, CA 95065 and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 p.m. n

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Reversal of Seasons By Mike Conrad, Division Chief Operations, Aptos La Selva Fire Protection District .

s it just me, or did this past summer seem cold and damp and this winter so far is warm and dry? I am sure you are all aware of the lack of rain we have had this winter, it started off with a bang early but the last couple of months have been bone dry. So dry in fact that across portions of California including Santa Cruz County and our neighboring counties there is a ban on backyard burning. Areas have fuel moistures that are as low as what we might see in August or September. I wish I knew what this all means are we in for a dry winter which can mean a higher fire danger this summer, if so now would be a good time to start working on your brush clearances so that as we get into summer all you have left to do is maintain it which will leave you more time to enjoy the summer. If this means we are due to get a lot of rain during the last half of winter now is the time that you must make sure your property is ready to receive a lot of rain by clearing gutters, eaves and protecting areas of bare soil. The TV weather people are calling for a chance of rain the week of January 16 I guess by the time this appears in the paper we will know if we got it or not. The fire weather people are saying that there is only a small amount of precipitation expected over the next 30 days so only time will tell. However again in either case this would be a good time to make sure you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store for us. This year I hope to use this article to help people get more familiar with the Aptos la Selva Fire Protection District. The Fire District was established in 1930 at which time it was a completely volunteer organization. The first full time employee was hired in 1964 at which time the Fire District started to change to a completely

paid organization as it is today. The current fire station #1 located at 6934 Soquel Dr. was built in 1968; it was followed by station 2 at 300 Bonita Dr. in 1973. Many people ask about the appearance of station 2, it was built as a home with a large two-car garage. This was done for two reason first the station was built during the prop 13 time and the District was unsure of its continued funding sources for this station so it was constructed as a home to be able to sell it if the funding was no longer available to utilize it as a fire station. The second reason was so that as a fire station it would blend in with the community and its surrounding homes. In 1985 station 3 at 312 Estrella Dr. in La Selva became part of the fire district as a result of at first a Joint Powers Agreement and then in 1986 a consolidation of the Aptos and La Selva Fire Districts. These three stations are located to protect the Fire districts 17 square miles and 22,000 residents in addition to the thousands of annual visitors who come to experience the wonders of the place we call home. All three of our stations are staffed 24 hours a day 365 days a year by a Fire Captain, Firefighter and a Firefighter/Paramedic. If you would like a tour of one of our fire station please call the office and an appointment can be schedule for you. If you happen to drive by and see the doors open feel free to stop in, and if the crews are not busy with training or some other project they are more than willing to show off their station and equipment to you. To schedule a station tour, please contact Deputy Fire Marshal Wallace at 685-6690. n ••• If you have questions for me or ideas you would like to see in future articles feel free to contact me at

This year I hope to use this article to help people get more familiar with the Aptos la Selva Fire Protection District. Aptos Times / February 1st 2012 / 31


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