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April 2012


Vol 17 No. 4

Serving Central Santa Cruz County

Michael Olson named 2012 Al Smith Friend of Agriculture

Michael Olson Broadcast Personality and Speaker for Agriculture Presented Award

project is eight to ten years in the future, final figures have to wait until the go ahead is given and construction bids are received. Here are the current estimates:

he 2012 Al Smith Friend of Agriculture award was presented today to the Michael Olson who is an award winning broadcast personality and speaker. The award was presented at the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau and Agri-Culture’s National Agriculture Day Spring Luncheon held at the Codiga Center & Museum located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. This year’s presenter was Laura Tourte, Director, University of California Cooperative Extension Service, which was the 2011 award recipient. Al Smith was the founder of Orchard Supply Hardware and donated 3,000 acres (Swanton Pacific Ranch) on our north coast to Cal Poly. The ranch has row crops, timber and even a one-third-scale railroad, which was Al’s hobby. This is why the award is on a piece of redwood with a train depicted on it. The award is presented annually to an individual, business or organization not involved in production agriculture but has done much for the industry.

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Will Santa Cruz, Capitola, Soquel and Aptos areas support Desalination?

n part one of Water Wars — The ‘Why’ of Desalination for Santa Cruz County — a summary of the reasons for considering desalination in order to provide a sustainable and reli-




Calling all Bowlers BBBS Fund Raiser


able water supply for our area — even under drought conditions — was presented. (find it at However, it isn’t enough to just find rational justification for a public project; two other hurdles must be cleared, cost and


By Noel Smith



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the effect on the environment. Cost of the scwd2 desalination project includes both the cost to build, and the cost to operate. ••• Cost of Construction s the proposed start of the actual construction of the




Water Wars — Part 2


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Calling all bowlers and non-bowlers alike!

Fun and funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters at Bowl for Kids’ Sake ig Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County is inviting all bowlers and non- bowlers alike to the annual bowl-a-thon, “Bowl for Kids’ Sake,” on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday April 29 at the Boardwalk Bowl in Santa Cruz. Last year, over 600 people participated and helped raise more than $103K for local youth mentoring. All proceeds directly create and support matches between caring adult mentors and at-risk youth in the local community. Bowlers can find out how to register teams and collect pledges at Anyone can participate by forming a team (or teams) of five bowlers or signing up as an individual. Each team member collects at least $100 in pledges to support Big Brothers Big

Sisters youth mentoring programs. Participating bowlers, top fundraisers and lucky strike bowlers are eligible to win t-shirts and prizes donated by local merchants. The grand prize for the top fundraiser is a Luxury Prize Package, complete with: an overnight stay in a deluxe beach front room at the Santa Cruz Dream Inn, dinner for two, two movie tickets, and a bottle of Soquel Vineyards Wine. Match Maker teams, teams raising $1,000 or more, will be entered in a drawing for a special prize donated by the Seaside Company. n ••• For more information on how to get involved with Bowl for Kids’ Sake, contact Erin at 831-464-8691, or visit Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2012 event Major Sponsors are Boardwalk Bowl, Ow Family Properties, Granite Construction, Toyota of Santa Cruz, Bay Federal Credit Union, Superior Foods, Plantronics, Santa Cruz Sentinel, GoodTimes, KWAV, RegisterPajaronian, and Comcast Spotlight.

Table of Contents


VOL. 17 NO. 4




Cover Water Wars – Part 2: The Economics of Desalination for Santa Cruz County By Noel Smith Michael Olson named 2012 Al Smith Friend of Agriculture 2 3

6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 23 26 30

Community News Calling all bowlers and non-bowlers alike! – Fun and funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters at Bowl for Kids’ Sake Artists Wanted for ‘Prints Galore!’ Presented by the Santa Cruz Art League • Searching for Talent … now! • The Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series Presents The Yamaha CFX Piano Series • Sons of Italy offering countywide scholarships • Rekindling The Spirit – Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series Stellar Santa Cruz County Spellers of 2012 Live Oak to Host Technology Open House – An opportunity to view one school district’s leap into 21st Century learning The Begonia Festival Needs Your Help Sixth Annual Walk to Stop the Silence in Watsonville Harvey J Nickelson named to Santa Cruz County Bank’s Board of Directors Santa Cruz County Spring Fair – Free Event brought to you by the 4-H Clubs of Santa Cruz County Poll Shows Opposition to New Taxes – California Small Business Owners Resist Withholding and Split-Roll Property Taxes Santa Cruz Chamber Players present The Democratic Muse Cabrillo Gallery Hosts Jessica Dunne Exhibit – Familiar Mysteries, March 16 April 20 Toola the Sea Otter dies at Monterey Bay Aquarium – ‘Most Important Animal’ in History of Aquarium’s Sea Otter Program National Agriculture Day – Poster Contest and Poetry Contest Winners for 2012 • Monterey Bay Dahlia Society Tuber Sale and Award Winning Growers at Deer Park Trips for Kids Santa Cruz – Taking kids for a ride that makes a difference By Noel Smith Keeping Kids Physically and Mentally Active During Vacation • Department of Fish and Game Calendar for the month of April Historic Supreme Court ruling says EPA can’t deny access to justice Caltrans Hwy. 1 Rumble Strip plan • Veterans Sought for Forestry Crews


Sports Wrap Sixteen Teams to Compete in 2012 Amgen Tour – World Class Field Assembled for America’s Premier Cycling Race

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Kids Camp Ready for Camp? By Dottie Reed Need a Mentor? Go to Camp!

Calendar • Arts & Entertainment – Pages 28 & 29

Monthly Horoscope • Page 29 - Your April Horoscope - Annabel Burton, Astrologer© 21 22 24 25 27 30 31

Featured Columnists MathBox by Burt Lundy – Squares in Your Head, General Case The Book Bag by Robert Francis – the “Muse” is alive in Santa Cruz County… Money Matters by Brian Cooke and Cole Strickland – It’s Springtime! Time to Renew Your Goals Work in Progress By Camille Smith – What’s Your Beef? Out & About - By Josie Cowden Pet Potpourri by River May, DVM – Angry Dogs! Seniors in Action By Noreen Santaluce – ‘Spring Fling’ at Soquel Congregational Church SPCA Featured Pet • Page 31 – Not Just a Number …

Artists Wanted for ‘Prints Galore!’ Presented by the Santa Cruz Art League urors: Robin McCloskey and Jane Gregorius • Robin McCloskey is a San Francisco Bay Area printmaker, digital artist and teacher at Dominican University. Her work combines photo derived and manipulated imagery with traditional and experimental printmaking techniques. • Jane Gregorius, P r o f e s s o r Emerita, Cabrillo College, works in silkscreen monotyping and printmaking (most often with a political theme), she also makes artists’ books, collages, gouache paintings and recently is experimenting with mixed media and installation. • $1,000 in Awards • Exhibit open from July 6 — August 5, 2012, Reception: July 14th, 3-5pm Send SASE to: Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Deadline: Jpeg & Prospectus deadline Friday, April 27, 2012, 5pm (jpegs received - not postmarked) For information and your questions contact: Santa Cruz Art League open Wed. - Sat. Noon – 5, Sun. Noon - 4 Phone: 831-426-5787



••• Searching for Talent … now! ow is the time for talented young people, ages 6 thru 18, to sign up for this year’s Search for Talent, to be held April 14 At 1 p.m. at the Olivet (formerly Bethany) Theater. No audition is necessary. If you are, or have a child or grandchild who is a musician, a singer, a dancer, part of a duet or a trio, this is a chance to shine! Call 831-438-1000 (the Pathfinder Co.) for an entry form, and start practicing! Three divisions are scheduled: elementary, junior, and senior. Each lst place is awarded $100; each 2nd place, $50; and each 3rd place, $25.


Now is the time to sign up. Deadline is March 31. Space is limited. Hurry! The Exchange Club of Scotts Valley sponsors this event annually. (And we’ve been doing this for over 30 years! American Idol is a Johnnie-come-lately!) ••• The Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series Presents The Yamaha CFX Piano Series Benefit for the Juanita Orlando Grand Piano Fund, located at First Congregational Church, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz • Saturday, April 21, 8 pm Robert Bowman — Music by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin • Sunday, May 6, 7 pm Antonio Iturrioz — Music by Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, Gottschalk and Scriabin • Saturday, June 2, 8 pm Chetan Tierra — Music by Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Franck Tickets: Suggested Donation from $25 at the door Information: 831-539-0000 • Contact Person: John Orlando 831-539-0000 ••• Sons of Italy offering countywide scholarships he Watsonville Sons of Italy, Lodge #2016, is hosting countywide scholarships for high school students graduating this year. The scholarship due date is April 13, 2012. The general criteria for the scholarship applicants are: he/she must be of Italian heritage and a member of Watsonville Sons of Italy, Lodge 2016; he/she must have a home address within the Santa Cruz County boundary; and he/she must have a 3.0 or better grade point average. Also required are: a detailed paragraph of up to 300 words on their Italian heritage; a minimum of two letters of recommendation from teachers, administrators or members of the community; and a complete official transcript and recent test scores, i.e. SAT or ACT. Applications can be downloaded from the Watsonville Sons of Italy website at If you have any questions, there is contact information on the application. ••• The Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series Presents Rekindling The Spirit am absolutely thrilled to perform the divine Beethoven Romances with the Cadenza Chamber Orchestra and share a program with pianist John Orlando.




“Briefs” > 4 Capitola Soquel Times / April 2012 / 3



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Lindsay Nelson editor

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Times Publishing Group, Inc. 9601 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003 The Times Publishing Group Inc., publishers of the Aptos Times, a bi-weekly publication, the Capitola Times and Scotts Valley Times, each printed monthly, Coastal Weddings Magazine, printed twice annually and Hospice Magazine, printed once annually, is owned by Patrice Edwards. Entire contents ©2012. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form is prohibited without the publisher’s written permission. PHONE: (831) 688-7549 FAX: (831) 688-7551 GENERAL E-MAIL: Patrice Edwards: Publisher’s Assistant: Editor: Opinions / Letters: Calendar Listings: Graphics Dept: Billing Inquiries: Classified Sales: Production:

CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE AT: mission statement We at the Times Publishing Group, Inc. are dedicated to providing a voice for the individuals and organizations in our community while highlighting the outstanding accomplishments of our local businesses. We seek to promote healthy family values through our coverage of youth activities, school news, senior events, community groups and entertainment.

“Michael Olson” from pg 1

Michael Olson Agriculturalist and Consultant: Michael Olson cultivated his first crop at the age of six with what he imagined, at the time, was the world’s biggest tractor. He has since participated in the commercial production of beans, beets, blueberries, cattle, garlic, hay, oats, shallots, strawberries, turf grass, wheat and wine grapes in the states of California, Montana and Oregon. Michael consults on farming projects throughout the world – ranging from the City of Watts to the island nation of Cyprus, to the jungles of the Amazon. Journalist, Author, Speaker and Broadcast Personality: Michael Olson is an award winning broadcast personality and speaker. He has appeared on and/or hosted more than 1,000 TV and radio shows, authored award-winning books, and has been published and quoted in hundreds of magazines, newspapers and websites. Michael’s book, MetroFarm, is a recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Book of the Year Award. Professionals like Charles Walters of ACRES USA said, “MetroFarm tells how to convert an opportunity into a real going concern. Each process is laid out with impressive thoroughness, every chapter organized around the logic of practicality. For every task or problem needing solution, Olson offers a progression of steps arranged in the correct sequence so that the desired goal is achieved.” Bob Hoffstetter, of New Farm Magazine stated, “MetroFarm is filled with marketing and business management basics that entertain and enlighten. Case studies show how successful metrofarmers possess the vision and persistence to prosper.” Paul Otten, Northland Berry News said, “What a book! Its obvious MetroFarm was not written by someone sitting in an ivory tower, it comes from the trenches, from the school of hard knocks. A superb job!” Michael has served as the executive producer and host of the award winning and syndicated Food Chain Radio Show, broadcasting for 760+ Saturdays from the studios of KSCO Radio. “Briefs” from pg 3

Please join us in celebrating an evening of glorious music in our community! — Rebecca Jackson Rekindling The Spirit of The Age of Enlightenment An exceptional program of Philosophy, Music and History aturday, March 31, First Congregational Church, 900


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Michael Olsen works in the field

He has produced, written and/or photographed feature-length news for a variety of media, including the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, Small Space Gardening, NBC, ABC, Australian Broadcast Commission, and KQED Public Television networks. His production and photography contributed to a National Emmy nomination for NBC Magazine with David Brinkley. His recently authored Tales from a Tin Can, the oral history of a World War II US Navy destroyer, earning a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly. Michael has given numerous keynotes, speeches, lectures and workshops: from the “Acres USA Conferences in St. Louis” and the “Institute of Biological Agriculture, Drummondville, Quebec” to “ Natural Bridges School in Santa Cruz” and “Much Ado About Books in Jacksonville, Florida” including agricultural topics from “We are What We Eat” and “Let Thy Food be Thy Medicine” to “The Three Laws of the Food Chain”, “Economies of Scale” and “Becoming a Price Maker Instead of a Price Taker”. CEO, Andrew Van Valer said, “Michael Olson mesmerized our group with his details, entertaining stories, and

High Street, Santa Cruz 11 a.m. Panel Discussion on “Rekindling The Spirit of The Age of Enlightenment” moderated by Nancy Brown (free to the public) 7 p.m. Pre-concert lecture by historian Don Adkins 8 p.m. CONCERT: Cadenza Chamber Orchestra, Maya Barsacq, Director – Rebecca Jackson, violin – John Orlando, piano

more importantly, his passion for communities. Michael has a great skill of transferring his vast experiences and knowledge to a group that inspires them to take action. He is what every one wants to hear in a speaker — himself! Michael is passionate about our food supply and our economy.” Community Builder: Michael gives generously of his time as he volunteers for our local community and international organizations. To name a few: Michael serves as a board of director member for Think Local First and Aptos Community Garden. He is a member and past president of the Santa Cruz Host Lions where he recently received the rarely granted commendation from the Lion’s International President, Sid L. Scruggs: “Michael Olson is recognized for being a “Beacon of Hope” to those in need around the world.” Business Person: Michael’s business ventures include the designing, blending and packaging of a State of California certified and registered “specialty fertilizer” for container-grown house and garden plants and for the national lawn and garden market. He is a partner of MO MultiMedia and the general manager of the KSCO / KOMY radio station since January of 1994. Education: University of California: BA English / Chinese Literature. Also presented at the luncheon were the winner of the 2012 National Ag Day Poster and Poetry Contests. Attached is a list of the winners. It was announced at the luncheon Kevin Bargetto was selected as the 2012 recipient of the Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship. Attached is information about Kevin. Masters of Ceremonies for the event were Past-President John E. Eiskamp and 1st Vice President Cynthia Mathiesen. Willy Elliott-McCrea, Executive Director, Second Harvest Food Bank, was the featured speaker, speaking on the topic of “Health Grows Here.” n ••• Submitted by Marlene Olson for the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau: 831-566-4203 (Cell)

Program: Beethoven Romances I & II – Mozart’s Piano Concerto in B Flat, K. 450 – Anica Galindo’s Trinitas Tickets start at $25 Premium reserve tickets $40. or 831-6569507 or and at the door. Information at or 831-539-0000. n

Rebecca Jackson

“Water Wars Part 2” from pg 1

$2M: Permits (city, county, state and federal) $60M: Cost of the 2.5 million gallon-perday seawater desalination plant $22M: Cost of the seawater intake $12M: Cost of Infrastructure (Includes the connecting pipeline between the Santa Cruz Water Department and the Soquel Creek Water District – The seawater pipeline from ocean intake to desal plant – Desal plant’s brine disposal pipeline to the municipal wastewater treatment plant) $4M: (Rough estimate) Other costs include property acquisition, staff/project management, environmental support, legal support, etc.). Estimated Total = $100 Million. Because this is the first major municipal desalination project on the West Coast in 20 years, the total cost may rise by another 20 to 30 percent due to regulatory requirements at all levels of government. A current estimate used by scwd2 for planning purposes of the total project cost is approximately $115 million. ••• Paying for Construction he $115M cost of the project’s construction will be shared between the Santa Cruz Water Department, which will be responsible for 59 percent ($68M) and the Soquel Creek Water District responsible for 41 percent ($47M). Both the Santa Cruz Water Department and the Soquel Creek are looking at financial mechanisms and models to independently fund their portion of the desal project. According to Piret Harmon, Administration and Finance Manager, Santa Cruz Water Department, the department has two capital project/contingency funds. One of approximately $30M collected from its rate fees and $7M collected from its connection fees. A portion of both funds would be available for building the desalination project. Harmon estimates that the two funds could provide the Santa Cruz Water Department’s portion of the construction costs. Soquel Creek Water District has simi-


lar contingency ($14.9M) and capital improvement ($12.4M) funds, portions of which would be available to help fund construction. There may also be government grants available at the time of construction to help pay for the project. However, this will probably depend on the state of the economy at that time. General Manager of the Soquel Creek Water District, Laura Brown, said that part of the funding of the project for the Soquel Creek Water District could be either through the selling of revenue bonds, or through low-cost State Revolving Fund (SRF) loans both of which will be paid back though the revenues collected from rate payers. Cost of Operation he cost of operating the desalination plant, according to Harmon, is estimated at $3M per year, which will be allocated depending on which entity is using the water. The Soquel Creek Water District will be paying for the plant’s operation during the wet winter months while the Santa Cruz Water Department will be covering the cost of operation during the dry portions of the year when they have first priority and are using the water. Initial estimates provided by Harmon show that the average split for operating the plant over a 6-year period between the two water providers is $500,000 per year for the Santa Cruz Water Department and $2.5M per year for the Soquel Creek Water District. Because the Santa Cruz Water Department has first priority on the water produced by the desalination plant, they are providing 59 percent of the cost of construction. However, because they only will be using this water on an as-needed basis, i.e. dry periods, they will be paying an estimated one-sixth of cost to operate the plant. The Soquel Creek Water District will be using most of the plant’s output so will be paying an estimated average of five-sixths of the operating cost. Cost to Consumer ccording to a presentation made by Harmon to the Santa Cruz Neighbors on February 21, the estimated increase in water costs contributed to desal in a singlefamily residential water bill from the Santa Cruz Water Department will be about $5 per month. This will include both its por-



tion of the capital cost to build and the cost of operating the plant. At the April 3 board meeting, the Soquel Creek Water District staff will be presenting to its Board of Directors a financial analysis of the additional cost added to its customer’s water bill for the District’s portion of the cost of construction and operation of the proposed desalination plant. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the

District Office, 5180 Soquel Drive, Soquel, California. For a copy of the April 3 agenda and Board Packet visit the district’s website at n ••• Coming soon, Water Wars – Part 2a: Cost to Soquel Creek Water District Customers Water Wars – Part 3: Effect on the Environment • Energy and Water Conservation

Both the Santa Cruz Water Department and the Soquel Creek are looking at financial mechanisms and models to independently fund their portion of the desal project.

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Stellar Santa Cruz County Spellers of 2012

or close to 30 years, the most gifted spellers from school sites across Santa Cruz County have been coming together to show off their superior word formation knowledge. Saturday, February 25, 2012, followed suit with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education hosting Spelling Bee concurrent Championships at UCSC for students in grades 4-6 and 7-9. School sites sent their top two spellers in each division to participate in the competition. After registering and picking up gift bags which included a commemorative t-shirt (by Sports

Design), and a pen and slug pin (donated by the Bay Tree Bookstore), the students moved into two rooms, one for grades 4–6 and the other for grades 7-9. Following a review of the rules, the spelling bee began. The Spell Master read each word, gave a definition and put each word into a sentence. Spellers were then given 15 seconds to write down the word before a proctor checked the spelling. The two and half hour competition allowed for students to spell 50 – 60 words. At the halfway point of the event, spellers and their families were treated to cookies donated by Pacific Cookie Company and apple juice compliments of S. Martinelli’s

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& Co. In a field of over 90 students in the elementary Holt division, Larkin, a 5th grader from Westlake Elementary School, earned first place in the championship when he correctly spelled all but six out of 58 words properly, giving him the title of Santa Cruz County Spelling Bee champ and the opportuni- First place winner Holt Larkin of Westlake Elementary (from left), Madeline ty to advance to the Lipscomb of Bonny Doon (second) and Ian Ly of Spring Hill (third). state spelling bee. Also advancing to the ing the next level of competition. The state spelling bee is second-place winner, third place winner was Jesse Wade of Madeline Lipscomb, a student at Bonny Rose Arbor School. The state championships for students Doon Elementary School. The third place in grades 7–9 will be Saturday, May 12, at winner was Ian Ly of Spring Hill. The state championships for students Miller Creek Middle School, 2255 Las in grade 4–6 will be Saturday, April 21, at Gallinas Avenue in San Rafael. The top three finalists in each divithe San Joaquin County Office of Education, Wentworth Education Center, sion received a trophy donated by Brinks Awards and Signs along with two full day 2707 Transworld Drive in Stockton. In the 7–9th grade division, with passes per winner to the Santa Cruz Beach approximately 40 participants, Andrew Boardwalk donated by the Santa Cruz Miller, an 8th grader at Ocean Grove Seaside Company. Additionally, the Santa Charter, earned the title of Santa Cruz Cruz Sentinel will provide each of the top County Spelling Bee champ, missing only four finalists with a travel stipend of $150 two of 65 words, and will advance to the to help cover the costs of the state contest. In addition to recognizing the top state spelling bee competition. Going to the state championship along with Miller three students in each division, a raffle is second-place winner Margaret was held for the remaining participants Hedrick, an 8th grade student at Mission as each student participating was a Hill Middle School. Having represented “spelling champion” in their own right. Santa Cruz County in previous State Prizes included: Spelling Bee competitions (Miller in • Four more all day passes to Santa Cruz grades 4, 5, 7 and 8 and Hedrick in grades Beach Boardwalk, 6, 7 and 8), they know what to expect dur- • Five gift certificates for private Tai Kuan Do lessons at Choi’s Tai Kuan Do, • Ten passes to the Santa Cruz Roller Palladium Furthermore, every student received gift certificates from Papa John’s Pizza in Scotts Valley along with gift certificates from Taco Bell. Congratulations to the 2012 Santa Cruz County Spelling Bee participants. All of the students did an outOcean Grove Charter Eighth Grader Andrew Miller (left) won the 7-9th standing job representing their schools as maggrade division, Margaret Hedrick of Mission Hill (right) took second nificent spellers. n and Jesse Wade of Rose Arbor placed third.



Live Oak to Host Technology Open House

An opportunity to view one school district’s leap into 21st Century learning

Pads, iPods, computers, interactive white boards, students texting in answers to a quiz. This is the future of education, and it is happening right now in the Live Oak School District. Bordering the Santa Cruz Harbor, this small school district has made technology a focus and is bringing the future to Live Oak students now. The array of technology ranges from MacBook Pros for every teacher and a Promethean Interactive Whiteboard system in every classroom, to iPad and iPod carts traded amongst the classes at each site. Additionally, in class MacMini labs

and roving MacBook carts are widely available at each site. Kris Cirillo, the district’s Director of

Technology shared “We’re extremely proud of how we have added technology to our district, especially in this difficult economic period. It really is a model for other small districts.” The district is putting their technology on display with a community open house, Technology in Our Schools. The open house will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 6:30 – 8:00, at Shoreline Middle School, 855 17th Avenue. Open classrooms and teacher presentations will showcase the use of technology, grade kindergarten “Technology” > 9 Capitola Soquel Times / April 2012 / 7


Sixteen Teams to Compete in 2012 Amgen Tour

World Class Field Assembled for America’s Premier Cycling Race

LOS ANGELES — Race organizers have named the 16 teams to compete in the 2012 Amgen Tour of California, May 13 to 20. Including some of the world’s best international and domestic squads the teams are comprised of United Cycling International (UCI) Pro, Pro Continental and Continental squads. Since the inaugural race in 2006, the Amgen Tour of California in 2012 will play a significant role as the top competitors test themselves in preparation for the Tour de France and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games taking place in London this summer. The 2012 Amgen Tour of California will start in Santa Rosa on May 13 and travel more than 750 miles throughout some of California’s most majestic and iconic highways, roadways and coastlines before the final stage on May 20 in downtown Los Angeles. The 16 elite teams include: RadioShack-Nissan-Trek, whose roster includes Amgen Tour of California

Gamin Barracuda

defending champion Chris Horner, Jens Voigt and current U.S. National Road Race Champion, Matthew Busche.

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No. 1-ranked team in the world, Omega Pharma–QuickStep, featuring three-time Amgen Tour of California winner Levi Leipheimer and Tom Boonen


Garmin-Barracuda, featuring Amgen Tour of California veterans Dave Zabriskie and Tom Danielson 2011 Tour de France champion BMC Racing including veteran cyclist and fan favorite George Hincapie and one of the fastest rising stars in cycling today, Tejay van Garderen. The Rabobank Cycling Team, featuring Laurens Ten Dam and Luis Leon Sanchez. Liquigas-Cannondale is set to compete featuring American cyclists, Ted King and Timothy Duggan, as well as Peter Sagan, who has taken multiple stages in previous editions of the Amgen Tour of California. Competing in the Amgen for the first time will be the Australian GreenEDGE Cycling Team, who plan to bring Luke Durbridge and Robbie McEwen AG2R La Mondiale is also on the roster, featuring Nicolas Roche and Rinaldo Nocentini. “AMGEN” > 12


The Begonia Festival Needs Your Help elebrating our 60th consecutive year, the Capitola Begonia Festival Committee is seeking area newcomers, past festival participants, and all who want community involvement to join us! We are staffed 100% by volunteers, and we need people who can help with our fundraising efforts, publicity, web site maintenance and leadership. We have grown from a small town festival to a Labor Day Weekend EXTRAVAGANZA. We invite interested persons to come find out what it’s all about. We need volunteers who can help with our fundraising efforts, publicity, web site maintenance and leadership. A substantial number of the current leadership team is moving on, opening up opportunity for new members. Now is your chance to be involved in the best Festival ever! You will have lots of support from experienced volunteers during monthly planning meetings, occasional social gatherings and work sessions throughout the year focused on the 60th Annual Capitola Begonia Festival. We’re having a party!! We have grown from a small town festival to a Labor Day Weekend EXTRAVAGANZA. The Begonia Festival was a 5-

event festival in 2001, and has 14 events this year. Funding comes from the strong financial support of local businesses, along with fundraising efforts by the volunteers. We also have longstanding support from the City of Capitola. We have a loyal and committed team of event chairpersons that need team members for both planning during the year and help with the events during the Festival. We invite you to come find out what it’s all about. We are having an informational workshop on March 12 at 7:00 - 9:00pm at Jade Street Community Center in Capitola. There, you will be introduced to the Festival and get a glimpse of what it takes to build a float. Our regular meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm at City Hall; doors are opened at 6:30pm for socializing before the meeting begins. You can also contact us through our website at In 1972 “They Said it Couldn’t be Done”, and yet it was. In 2000, they said we would never see our 50th, and yet here we are at the 60th! With your help, we will continue this wonderful tradition of providing a weekend full of FREE, FAMILYFRIENDLY, and FUN events! n



Sixth Annual Walk to Stop the Silence in Watsonville

pril is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and encourage individuals and communities to support children and families. Survivors Healing Center invites community members to join us in the fight to end child sexual abuse. The Walk to Stop the Silence takes place in the City of Watsonville during April’s “National Child Abuse Prevention Month.” The goal of the Walk to Stop the Silence is to increase awareness of child sexual abuse in our community and reach out to those victimized. Survivors Healing Center encourages families, service providers, churches, community members

and law enforcement to come and join us. Join us in the fight to end child sexual abuse in our communities! Take action and join the movement! We invite community members to raise funds for our programs. Go to our website: www. to sign up to be a walker or to donate! Save the Date! The Walk to Stop the Silence led by Survivors Healing Center in collaboration with: Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.), Brown Berets Watsonville, Defensa de Mujeres, DJ Bahia Tropical, Girlzpace Watsonville, Headstart, Janus of

“Technology” from pg 7

• Media and Literacy, Podcasts and Vodcasts: Donna Lewis, Room 103 • Adobe Projects at Cypress High School: Kaitlin Douglass & Lara Rankin, Room 107 • Interactive White Boards and Learner Response Systems: Jeremy Powell, Room 202 • iPods, Fluency and Reading Intervention: Nancy Krueger, Room 203 • Math, Computers, and Interactive Learning: Mariko McMillan, room 104 • 21st Century Classroom: Margarita Dreyer, Room 204 • Technology and the Primary Classroom: Karyn Adams, Room 201 For more information, contact Tom Medeiros, Instructional Technology Coordinator, at (831) 475-6565, ext. 303. Or email

through high school. The evening will include presentations on Media and Literacy, Video Production, podcast and vodcasts, iPods and Fluency, and The 21st Century Classroom, and much more. n ••• Open Classrooms The following rooms are open all evening, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, for community drop in. • Technology and Special Education: Michelle Buchanan, Room 101 • Middle School Video Production: Jeff Eckert, Room 207 • Computer Education and Web Design: Susan Rivas, Computer Lab • Educational Technology at Del Mar: MaryAnn Hilton & Peggy Jenkins, Room 102

Santa Cruz, Latina Affairs Commission, Male Survivor, Mountain Oak Comprehensive Care, Pajaro Valley Shelter, Papas, Salud Para La Gente, Sanctuary Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Residential Recovery, Si Se Puede, Walnut Avenue Women’s Center, Watsonville Police Department and White Hawk Danza Azteca. A special thank you to the following people, groups and companies for their fiscal sponsorship of the Walk: Hosts: Bread for the Journey (Santa Cruz Chapter), Dr. Albert Crevello, MD and Rosemary Zarate-Crevello, LMFT, Cartwright, Scruggs, Fulton and Walther, Master Car Wash, Nordic Naturals, The Santa Cruz Sentinel. Sponsors: Angel of Dreams Boutique, C&N Tractor, Data Distributing, D’ La Colmena, Lloyd’s Tire Service, Odwalla, Pure Water, Santa Cruz Stoves and Fireplaces, Shorelife Community Church, Temple Beth El and Western Design Flooring America Walk to Stop the Silence: Watsonville

City Plaza (Main Street and Beach Street) Saturday, April 21, 2012, Registration: 9:30 am Walk: 11 am – 2 pm “Child sexual abuse is a silent pandemic– with terrible consequences that wreak social and emotional havoc on children, adult survivors and society.” Approximately one in every three girls and one out of every six boys are sexually abused by the age of eighteen, (ACE Study 2005) and these are only the reported statistics. n Capitola Soquel Times / April 2012 / 9


Harvey J Nickelson named to Santa Cruz County Bank’s Board of Directors


anta Cruz County Bank, (SCZC.OB), a locally owned and operated fullservice community bank headquartered in Santa Cruz County, today announced the appointment of Harvey J. Nickelson to its Board of Directors. The appointment precedes the anticipated departure of Founding Director Steve John

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Stepping Stones Decorative Rock & Bark Soil Amendments Screened Dirt • Fertilizers Ponds & Pumps • Water Plants Synthetic and Organic Fertilizers

Harvey J. Nickelson

“Come see our large selection of landscape materials” Masonry Supplies • Block & Brick Rebar • Cobblestone


5035 Freedom Blvd, Aptos

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Mon-Sat 7:30 - 5:00

who will vacate his board seat in May of this year. Chairman George Gallucci stated, “In May the Board of Directors will extend a fond farewell to one of the Bank’s original Founders, Steve John. Steve’s resignation from the board is the result of his acceptance of the position as CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, a non profit organization which stages the AT & T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Steve’s participation, support, and guidance throughout the years will always be remembered and deeply appreciated. We are very fortunate to replace Steve with a new board member with considerable banking expertise and deep community connections. “SCCB” > 13


Santa Cruz County Spring Fair

Free Event brought to you by the 4-H Clubs of Santa Cruz County


pring Fair held at the Santa Cruz County Fair Grounds on April 28, 10 am-3 pm is a great family destination. Smaller and more intimate than the county fair held in September, this fair offers many of the same attractions. Enjoy the horse show, poultry show, rabbit show and petting farm. Watch the fashion review, where youth are challenged to put together outfits given certain constraints, and show them off with poise. Enjoy the animal dress up contest. Only 4H project animals can be entered in the live animal category, but all are welcome to enter the stuffed animal dress up contest. See a variety of items exhibited that have been made by local youth. Bid on delicious treats at the dessert auction with winners every half hour throughout the afternoon. There will be fun, low-cost carnival games, and a $6 barbeque lunch available. At 11 am, Gail Harlamoff will be giving a demonstration on dog training tips and techniques and showing off her bull terrier’s skills. At 2 pm, we hope to have a fire truck for youth to explore and ask questions of firefighters. Complete a Scavenger Hunt form and turn it in before you leave and you will be entered in a drawing to win a Jamba Juice gift card worth $5. There will be four winners chosen! Entry to the Spring Fair is FREE. And all activities are priced only to cover the costs of the activity and prizes. This is a non-profit event put on to benefit the families of Santa Cruz County. Come to the fair grounds at 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville and continue past the main entrance to the Horse Show Entrance where you will be directed to parking and

the fair entrance. The Spring Fair is brought to you by 4-H clubs of the Santa Cruz County, a youth development organization run entirely by volunteers. 4-H offers children the opportunity to learn a wide variety of skills and hobbies like robotics, robotics, gardening, engineering, scrap booking, knitting, welding, cooking, tanning, quilting, and animal care, to name a few. It is

Beach Ball Showmanship

Dessert Auction

designed to develop self-confidence and an interest in citizenship and leadership. For more information on 4-H and the clubs in Santa Cruz County, go to Youth_Development/ or email n ••• For questions regarding the Spring Fair or the 4-H contact Mindy Gillen, volunteer leader of the Scotts Valley 4-H club at or 831-566-1178. Capitola Soquel Times / April 2012 / 11


Poll Shows Opposition to New Taxes

California Small Business Owners Resist Withholding and Split-Roll Property Taxes SACRAMENTO — Small business owners are strongly opposed to tax withholding on payments to independent contractors and split-roll property taxes (Different tax rates for residential and commercial property) according to a recent survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business, California. Each year, the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s leading small business association, polls its members on issues vital to their survival as entrepreneurs at both the state and federal level. When asked if NFIB should support legislation that requires income tax withholding on payments to independent contractors, nearly 86 percent of respondents said ‘no’, with 10 percent voting ‘yes’ and nearly 4 percent voting ‘undecided’. California small business owners also

“AMGEN” from pg 8

The 2012 Amgen Tour of California complete roster includes the following 16 teams: UCI ProTeams BMC Racing Team (USA) Rabobank Cycling Team (NED) Garmin- Barracuda (USA) RadioShack-Nissan-Trek (LUX) Liquigas-Cannondale (ITA) Omega Pharma - QuickStep (BEL) AG2R La Mondiale (FRA) GreenEDGE Cycling Team (AUS) UCI Professional Continental Teams Team Spidertech Powered By C10 (CAN) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA) Project 1t4i (NED) Colombia-Coldeportes (COL)

strongly opposed “split-roll” proposals to tax commercial property at a different rate than residential property. Nearly 80 percent said ‘no’, 9 percent responded ‘yes’ and 11 percent were undecided. Small business owners were overwhelmingly supportive of reforms requiring public-sector unions to obtain written permission from each member prior to using a portion of their dues for political activities. More than 90 percent voted ‘yes’, with 4 percent voting ‘no’ and more than 5 percent ‘undecided’. Finally, when polled about whether NFIB should support reforms to move public employees from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans, 84 percent voted ‘yes’, 5 percent voted ‘no’ and 10 percent voted ‘undecided’. “These numbers underscore Main Street’s concerns that now is not the time

for new taxes, mandates or ‘business as usual’ in Sacramento,” said John Kabateck, NFIB/CA executive director. “Small business owners overwhelmingly oppose new and unanticipated costs as the way out of a recession and believe that government should be doing everything possible to provide incentives and support to create jobs. We hope that the Governor and Legislature will not forget the views of their constituents, the number one job creators in our communities, during budget negotiations and throughout this session.” n ••• NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 states. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at

UCI Continental Teams Team Optum Presented By Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling (USA) Team Exergy (USA) Bontrager Livestrong Team (USA)

the world.” In addition to the pro cycling teams confirmed for the 2012 Amgen Tour of California, Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer® team will also be returning, to celebrate cancer survivors and raise awareness about the free support services available to people affected by cancer from the four non-profit Breakaway from Cancer partner organizations. n ••• For more information about the teams competing in the 2012 Amgen Tour of

“These 16 teams represent the most prestigious field of talent ever to compete in our race and we are honored to have them join us for the seventh edition of the Amgen Tour of California,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. “Cycling fans will see some favorite and familiar faces back in California this May, as well as a few new teams who will be racing with us for the first time. We look forward to presenting another impressive race for fans around

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California, please visit the official race website, For more information about Breakaway from Cancer, visit The largest cycling event in America, the 2012 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 13-20, 2012. In a 2011 poll conducted by, the Amgen Tour of California was voted the fourth best race in the world, and the No. 1 race in America.

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Santa Cruz Chamber Players present



The Democratic Muse

he Democratic Muse explores the influences of pop, Broadway, folk and jazz idioms on American classical music of the era, while celebrating ideas of independence, freedom and individualism, as well as the richly collaborative New York artistic environment of the early to mid-20th century. The composers represented on this program belonged to a generation of artists (including Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, Edward Weston, and Georgia O’Keeffe) deeply influenced by the conviction of photographer Alfred Stieglitz that the American artist should reflect the principles of American democracy. These composers and artists not only exhibited independence and commitment to a uniquely American aesthetic in their artistic endeavors, but also were influential in promoting the work of one another. Violinist Shannon Delaney and cellist Kristin Garbeff will join artistic director and pianist Mary Jane Cope. Selections by Leonard Bernstein include “Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano”

Saturday, April 14 at 8 PM & Sunday, April 15 at 3 PM

Music by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Lukas Foss and Aaron Copland “SCCB” from pg 10

“We welcome Harvey and look forward to his contributions to our board and Bank,” Gallucci concluded. Steve John stated, “I have valued the many years spent together with the Board building our bank.” “It has been an honor and privilege to work with Steve John for the past 8+ years,” commented President and CEO David V. Steve John Heald. He further stated, “I look forward to Harvey’s contributions to the Board of Directors of Santa Cruz County Bank. His extensive banking knowledge and strong value for community engagement compliment our corporate culture.” In 1982, Harvey J. Nickelson founded Coast Commercial Bank, which was a highly regarded and well performing community bank. Harvey served as President and CEO of Coast Commercial Bank until

Photos Credit: David Cope

Kristin Garbeff (from left), Mary Jane Cope and Shannon Delaney

(1937) and “Anniversaries” (1942-1970). Other works will be George Gershwin’s “Three Preludes” (1930); Aaron Copland’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano” (1942-1943); and two works by Lukas Foss: “For Lenny” (1988) and “Three American Pieces, for Violin and Piano” (1944-45). Saturday, April 14 at 8 PM & Sunday, April 15 at 3 PM at Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos (Off Freedom Blvd at Hwy 1 exit) Tickets: (831) 420-5260 OR at the door 1/2 hour before each performance. $25 General/$20 Senior/$10 Youth; age 12 and under free. n Contact: (831) 425-3149 2003, then as a Marketing and Public Relations Consultant for Greater Bay Bancorp, which acquired Coast Commercial Bank. In his 40-year banking career, he has been recognized by numerous Chambers and community groups for his leadership and service in the community. Harvey currently serves as a Board Member of the Santa Cruz County Cancer Benefit Group. Headquartered in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County Bank is a full service community bank serving the banking needs of individuals and businesses throughout Santa Cruz County. The Bank operates five full-service banking offices and two selfserve banking centers. The Bank’s full-service banking offices are located in Aptos, Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. The Bank commenced operations on February 3, 2004 in Santa Cruz. n ••• Santa Cruz County Bank’s common stock is listed on the Over the Counter (OTC) Bulletin Board under the stock symbol SCZC. More information on the Bank may be obtained through its website: or by calling 831.457.5000. Capitola Soquel Times / April 2012 / 13


Cabrillo Gallery Hosts Jessica Dunne Exhibit


he Cabrillo Gallery hosts the exhibition Jessica Dunne: Familiar Mysteries. The exhibition continues through Friday, April 20, 2012. Events are free and open to the public. Winner of the Cabrillo Gallery Exhibition Award, San Francisco resident and artist Jessica Dunne, exhibits her recent paintings, monotypes, and aquatints of urban and rural landscapes. Best described as a realist painter, her subject matter challenges the concept of realism and place. A blend of eerie emptiness resonates from her work, even in those pieces depicting a traffic-burdened freeway. Despite the emptiness, there is not a sense of loneliness. Dunne’s ability to capture a deep moment of contemplation, and warmth, resonates throughout all of her work. “A few years ago, while driving down the highway at night in my hometown, I was overwhelmed with nostalgia for my childhood,” states Dunne. “I then realized there was a brownout and–with all the streetlights extinguished–the dark road was as I had experienced it as a child,

Familiar Mysteries, March 16 - April 20

Jessica Dunne’s Guiding Light

before we replaced stars with sodiumvapor bulbs. Over the years, on visits to my childhood home, I had been incensed by the new three-story beach ‘mansions’ and tee-shirt dealerships, yet had taken little notice of the street lighting that had altered the nature of night itself. The dark highway was a visual prompt into a memory of my past, something that rarely hap-

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pens, especially in contrast to the constant reminders of other times through taste, sound and smell. This is how I came upon my current project, an exploration of night as seen through a car’s windshield. In a few years, the highway power cartel will replace the greenish mercury-vapor and pink sodiumvapor streetlights that dominate my work

with sun-like halide bulbs, once again altering our nocturnal world (and my palette). My goal is to get my present experience down on canvas before it disappears. A wonder in the mystery of these relationships forges the forms, imagery and atmosphere, which frequently surface through their own suggestion or volition. I employ restrained combined uses of various mixed mediums, solid and liquid, on a variety of grounds, in an attempt to evoke a visceral response to one’s own experience of nature and consciousness.” n ••• Jessica Dunne: Familiar Mysteries When: March 16 - April 20, 2012 Cabrillo Gallery, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos - Free Event! Cabrillo Gallery is located in the Library building, room #1002, in the center of the uphill side of the Cabrillo College campus. Hours Monday – Friday, 9 – 4 pm including Monday and Tuesday evenings 7 – 9 pm. The Cabrillo Gallery is free and accessible to all. Parking can be found in any of the numerous metered parking areas.


Toola the Sea Otter dies at Monterey Bay Aquarium

‘Most Important Animal’ in History of Aquarium’s Sea Otter Program


he Monterey Bay Aquarium announced the death of Toola, a female sea otter who was arguably the most important animal in the 28-year history of the aquarium’s pioneering Sea Otter Research and Conservation program. Toola died early the morning of March 3 in the aquarium’s veterinary care center, of natural causes and infirmities of age. She was the first rescued sea otter ever to raise pups that were successfully returned to the wild; and was the inspiration for state legislation that improved sea otter protection. Toola was about 15 or 16 years old and was rescued as a mature adult (5+ years of age) when she was found stranded on Pismo Beach on July 21, 2001. She suffered from neurological disorders, likely caused by infection of her brain by the protozoan parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. The otter’s seizure disorder required twice-daily anticonvulsant medication and prevented release back into the wild. Toola quickly became a pioneer for the aquarium because she was the first otter ever to serve as a surrogate mother for stranded pups. She raised 13 pups over the years, including one that was weaned from her as her health declined just one day before she died. Of the 11 pups released to the wild, five are known to have survived – including the first animal she reared in 2001. Her pups have gone on to give birth to seven pups of their own, five of which have been weaned successfully. Two more of her pups are on track for release later this year. Toola’s most famous pup is the subject of a new feature film, Otter 501, which debuted in February at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. On exhibit, Toola’s story of exposure to the toxoplasmosis parasite that can be carried by cats inspired then-California State Assemblymember (now Insurance

Commissioner) Dave Jones to introduce legislation to better protect California’s threatened sea otter population. His bill, co-authored with current California Resources Secretary John Laird, became law in 2006. Among other provisions, it created the California Sea Otter Fund that has generated more than $1 million in voluntary taxpayer contributions to support research into disease and other threats facing sea otters in the wild. “Toola was without question the most important animal in the history of our program,” said Andrew Johnson, manager of the aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation program. “She showed us that captive otters could successfully raise orphaned pups for return to the wild. She inspired a critical piece of legislation that is helping protect sea otters. And she inspired millions of visitors to care more about sea otters. We will miss her.” “I will argue that there is no other single sea otter that had a greater impact upon the sea otter species, the sea otter programs worldwide, and upon the interface between the sea otters’ scientific community and the public,” said aquarium veterinarian Dr. Mike Murray. Although she was at the aquarium for more than a decade, she remained a wild animal at heart, said Associate Curator of Mammals Christine DeAngelo – and a strong-willed one, too. “It was clear to everyone on the sea otter exhibit team that Toola, not me, was really in charge,” DeAngelo said. “When she wanted to work on something in a training session, she’d give me a ‘look’ or vocalize and I’d immediately cave in and do whatever she wanted. Now that she’s passed, we’re in need of another head trainer to run the place!” The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation program has been studying the threatened southern sea otter since 1984. The aquarium has rescued nearly 600 ill and injured otters, raises and releases stranded pups, and has placed non-releasable animals on exhibit in Monterey and at other accredited aquariums across North America. The aquarium’s research team plays a key role in field studies of sea

otters in California, Alaska and Russia and works on behalf of policies at the state and

federal level that will advance the recovery of sea otter populations. n Capitola Soquel Times / April 2012 / 15


National Agriculture Day

Poster Contest and Poetry Contest Winners for 2012


he organizations Agri-Culture and the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau are pleased to announce the winners of the annual National Agriculture Day Poster Contest and the National Agriculture Day Poetry Contest (list of winning entries attached). It was announced that Claire CorneauSaiki, 5th grader from Baymonte Christian School in Scotts Valley received 1st place honors in the 2012 Agri-Culture and Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau National Ag


Winning Poem

Day Poster Contest. It was also announced that Kirbie Daily, 8th grader from Salesian Elementary and Junior High in Corralitos received 1st place honors in the 2012 National Ag Day Poetry Contest. The contest theme, which is open to all public and private schools in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley, is “Grown in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley”. Farm Bureau President, Chris Enright stated, “We received many excellent entries for both of these contests. We are honored that so many students took the time to artistically express what is grown in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley.” Claire and Kirbie will each receive a $200 savings bond, a ribbon and gifts. The winning posters and poems were on display at: National Agricultural Day Spring Luncheon Codiga Center, Agricultural History Project, located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Wednesday, March 21st from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. n ••• 2012 Poster Contest Winners 1st Place: Claire Corneau-Saiki, 5th Grade Baymonte Christian School Scotts Valley 2nd Place: Hailey Adney, 5th Grade Twin Lakes Christian School Aptos 3rd Place: Madelyn Guy, 5th Grade Mar Vista Elementary School Aptos Special Award: Ashley Lobato, 3rd

Winning Poster

Grade Amesti Elementary School Watsonville Honorable Mention: Jered Palomares, Kindergarten Ann Soldo Elementary School Watsonville – Gracie Bissell, 1st Grade Las Animas Elementary School Gilroy – Jordan Meyers, 2nd Grade Linscott Charter School Watsonville – Elsie Langholz, 4th Grade Linscott Charter School Santa Cruz – Shae Cornwald, 5th Grade Mar Vista Elementary School Aptos – Juan Pablo

Chavez, 5th Grade Amesti Elementary School Watsonville 2012 Poetry Contest Winners 1st Place and Overall Winner: Kirbie Daily, 8th Grade Salesian Elementary & Jr. High School Corralitos 2nd Place: Jose Suarez, 8th Grade Salesian Elementary & Jr. High School Corralitos 3rd Place: Rogelio Rocha, 8th Grade Salesian Elementary & Jr. High School Corralitos

Monterey Bay Dahlia Society Tuber Sale and Award Winning Growers at Deer Park he Monterey Bay Dahlia Society will be holding its annual tuber and plant sale April 7 at the Deer Park Shopping Center in Aptos. The sale is located behind the shopping center in front

of the Red Apple Cafe. Doors will open at 9 am. There will be hundred of types of dahlias for sale. Come early for best selection $3.00 and $5.00. The Dahlia is a native of Mexico and its national flower but it was named in 1789 for Swedish Botanist, Anders Dahl, author of Observationes Botanicae. Patricia Santana, owner of Manuel’s Restaurant in Seacliff, is in her second year of growing Dahlias. “Since I originally came from Sweden and am now part of the Mexican culture, I find this flower’s history exciting. I call myself an enthusiastic amateur Dahlia grower. There are so many varieties. It blooms all summer long and even into the fall. The more you harvest the flowers, the more it blooms. I plan to give them to my family and friends and to put

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lots of Dahlias on the tables at my restaurant because it’s the official flower of Mexico.” Santana is in the process of preparing a place to grow her favorite flower in the vacant lot behind Manuel’s Restaurant. Last summer, at the American Dahlia Association National Show in Santa Clara, three local members, Kevin Larkin & Karen Zydner, Kristine Albrecht, and Mary Bannister won the three top prizes at the show. Their tubers plus the other 40 members’ roots and plants will be on sale. The Monterey Bay Dahlia Society holds it’s local meeting at the Simpkins Swim Center the second Friday of the month at 7 pm. n ••• To contact the Monterey Bay Dahlia Society: Website


Trips for Kids Santa Cruz

Taking kids for a ride that makes a difference


By Noel Smith

magine living in Santa Cruz County, one of the most beautiful areas in the world for mountain biking. Here you can ride among the redwoods finding spectacular views of Monterey Bay from mountain trails. Now imagine that you are a young person without a bike or even the hope of having one; that you don’t have the transportation available to take you out to Nicene Marks Park or Wilder Ranch and that you don’t have a mentor to ride along with to show you the techniques of mountain biking or to teach you how to do it safely. Now this young person can find the opportunity for such a life-changing experience with Trips for Kids® Santa Cruz (T4KSC). T4KSC provides mountain bike outings and environmental education for kids who would not otherwise be able to take part in such adventures. Trips for Kids Santa Cruz is a chapter of the international nonprofit Trips for Kids committed to giving at-risk and disadvantaged youth the experience of mountain biking in Santa Cruz County. T4KSC provides the equipment, transportation, mentoring support and skills instruction to help kids discover the sport of mountain biking while learning new skills in the great outdoors. T4KSC believes the trust, self-confidence, and enjoyment of mountain biking can lead to greater changes for good in the lives of at-risk and disadvantaged youth. The Santa Cruz chapter was founded in 2011 by attorney Allison Cruz and is solely a volunteer organization. Cruz is an attorney whose young clients range from those who have seen abuse and neglect, to juvenile delinquents. “I thought I would do what I can to hopefully have a positive effect. I decided it might help if these often underprivileged kids could get their adrenaline rushes from mountain biking instead of through gang activities.” T4KSC board member, John Fuchs said that fell in love with guiding kids while of coaching his daughter’s teams in volleyball and basketball. He also coached the Aptos High School golf team for four years. Besides his family and his business, John’s other passion is mountain biking. “Trips for Kids has provided me an incredible opportunity to make a difference in young people’s lives who may be in search

Trips for Kids Santa Cruz makes a difficult treck through the woods. of healthier lifestyle choices. I look forward to helping kids… one ride at a time.” The first Saturday of each month, the Santa Cruz chapter of Trips for Kids meets at their new clubhouse they call the “Launch Pad.” This is a 1,100-square-foot trailer donated by John Martinelli on Harvest Drive located on the 20-acre former Birds Eye property now owned by S. Martinelli & Co. in Watsonville. Dave Smith of Shuttle Smith Adventures loads up the bikes (Up to 12), and the kids and off they go for a day of riding trails in the upper campus of UCSC, Wilder Ranch or Nicene marks Park. On May 5, Cinco de Mayo (which happens to fall on a Saturday this year), T4KSC will be riding along the Pajaro River levee. According to Fuchs, T4KSC now has 18 bikes and is looking forward to having enough kids taking part so they can start a second ride and even expand to two Saturday rides per month. For Those Wanting to Volunteer, T4KSC’s mission is to change lives through riding a bike. They need volunteers to: • Be a supportive role model for a young person, which can be life changing. • Teach bike skills, provide support and help kids learn to meet challenges. • Tune bikes, build shelves, find donations, and help make it all happen. If you’d like to share your bike skills and expertise with Trips for Kids Santa

Cruz, contact Megan Melack through email at Kids who are interested in riding with Trips for Kids Santa Cruz should first go to and download the consent and agreement forms to fill them out! Next, you should bring: • Your Trips for Kids Santa Cruz Rider Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian. You cannot go on the ride if this form is not signed and with you. • A backpack with additional clothing for changing temperatures in Santa Cruz. Don’t forget a jacket even if it is warm out. • Clothes for hot and cold weather (don’t forget a jacket, even if it’s nice

out) and a backpack. • Bike shorts if you have them, soccer or basketball type shorts work well, too! • A sturdy pair of shoes for walking and biking. Athletic shoes work best. • Remember to eat a good breakfast on the day of the trip and come prepared to have fun! Do Not Bring: • Electronic devices (iPods, games, etc.) Cell phones are okay, but must remain silent. • Any clothing or other item that may be considered gang-related (i.e. no red or blue clothing, no letter belts, no red or blue at all). • Weapons of any kind • Drugs, alcohol or cigarettes For more information, contact the following people: Riders Allison Cruz — Volunteers Megan Melack — Donors Mark Davidson — Roxanne Harrison — T4KSC would like to thank Martinelli’s (John Martinelli) for donating the Launch Pad at their new facility in Watsonville; Erik’s Deli (Lindsey and James Bryant) and Baskin Robbins (Keang and Dee Dee Lee) for holding a fundraiser on March 21. Good people helping a great cause! n ••• For more information, visit Capitola Soquel Times / April 2012 / 17


Ready for Camp?


Dottie Reed

hat is the best age to start camp?” asked a prospective camper ’s mom yesterday. It’s a great question, and given that it was asked in three phone conversations this past week alone, seems to call for some conventional wisdom offered to a broader audience. As a simple but dependable guideline, a child is usually ready for overnight camp when he or she can successfully spend one night away from home with a buddy. On average, sleepovers start at age eight or nine, as the social skills and independence

This “rule of thumb” (and over 100 years of institutional experience) often serves as an eye-opening, if not comforting, benchmark for parents who might otherwise assume their children are too young for sleep-away camp, and for campers who aren’t sure if they’ll be able to manage.

that emerge in first and second grade provide kids with the confidence to spread their wings. For some, this might not happen until age eleven or twelve or later, but the bottom line is that one productive night away from home sets the stage not just for surviving but, in fact, thriving in a three-and-a-half and, yes, even seven-week session. This “rule of thumb” (and over 100 years of institutional experience) often serves as an eye-opening, if not comforting, benchmark for parents who might otherwise assume their children are too young for sleep-away camp, and for campers who aren’t sure if they’ll be able to manage. You may experience a major disconnect between your head and your heart before your child goes to camp for the first time. We know that we want our children to be happy and not sad; to be successful and strong; to say and do the right things so they will make friends; to be comfortable in their own skin as well as respect the uniqueness of others. We reason that if we keep them by our side, provide the answers and safely pave each step of the way, we can be sure they’ll land where we want. But what happens beyond that landing pad? Ultimately, kids struggle both academically and socially if their “inner compass” for solving problems, making decisions, and establishing relationships — all necessary skills for a successful and satisfying life — has never been activated. You certainly don’t want that to occur at the

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college gate. Letting go can feel like cutting off your right arm, especially when there is the potential for your child to experience homesickness or uncertainty, or make a mistake, or not eat because he or she is a picky eater. You might intellectually recognize that your child will benefit from (not to mention enjoy!) an experience away from home, but, boy, the parental heart pounds at the very idea of letting him or her go. “Independence Education” follows a learning curve similar to math, reading, or sports. A teen or young adult doesn’t understand calculus, write a cohesive term paper, or consistently throw strikes without

having acquired essential building blocks along the way. Similarly, a teen or young adult doesn’t wake up confident, independent and eager to try new things on a specific birthday. So how does he or she get there? By having adults offer appropriate doses of independence at appropriate times and have the courage to say, “Go for it. I know you can do it.” Certainly there are many ways to offer such opportunities to your child. Excellent summer camps, however, were established to partner with parents in this very mission. If you do determine that this summer is “Ready?” > 20

Basketball Jones Aptos: June 25-29 Santa Cruz: July 30 - August 3

Phone: 800.348.3803 Web Site: Aptos: Aptos High School • Santa Cruz: Mission Hill School

Basketball Jones Hoop Camps is a great avenue for any young basketball player who is looking to improve their basketball game. With over 200 camps under our belt and over 15,000 campers having gone through our program there is NO trial and error. We are cofident that this is the camp for your child to refine their basketball skills, improve on team concepts, have fun and meet new friends! We have sold out both of our camps in Santa Cruz County the past five years!

Monte Vista Horsemanship Camp Phone: (831) 206-9707 Week-Long Sessions web: email: Sleep-Over or Day Sessions Mailing Address: 2 School Way, Watsonville, CA 95076 June thru August The week-long Horsemanship Camp at Monte Vista Christian School is a wonderful opportunity for boys and girls to spend hours every day riding and learning about horses. We have wonderful school horses for riders of every experience level. We offer Western and English riding, as well as crafts, swimming, archery and marshmallow roasting at the evening campfire. Sign up today for an unbelievable summer camp experience! Call Cassie Belmont at (831) 206-9707, email or visit for more information today!


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Need a Mentor? Go to Camp!

entoring encourages the positive relationships that are critical to the development of children and youth that are developed and encouraged each year at camp. The idea of a mentor is an ancient one. In Greek mythology, when Odysseus, King of Ithaca, went to battle in the Trojan War, he placed his friend, Mentor, in charge of his son and his kingdom. Today, Mentor has become synonymous with someone who imparts wisdom to and shares knowledge with a less experienced person. Mentoring relationships are special and often life-changing. The camp experience is uniquely designed to foster these relationships. When counselors and camp staff engage with campers, they are not just teaching – they are using the core elements of positive mentoring relationships. Camp counselors share and teach through stories and anecdotes. They impart wisdom from their own successes and failures, and offer the insight that comes from experience.

Camp counselors model appropriate behaviors. They show campers how to play fairly, show empathy, and win and lose gracefully. Camp counselors guide campers through the learning landscape of life. They teach the things that cannot be taught in school – how to live with others, how to build friendships, how to lead and how to work as a team. Camp counselors support campers emotionally. They offer reassurance when situations become difficult or overwhelming. Counselors are there to not only lend a hand, but to help campers work through difficult moments and feel the sense of accomplishment that comes from conquering obstacles. These relationships aren’t just a nice addition to childhood and young adult development — kids need them. They need nurturing mentors — people outside of their family that take an interest in who they are, root for their successes, and help “Kids Camp” > 20

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Learn to Swim!

in Santa Cruz! Also in Watsonville

We start babies at four months in our comfortable 940 pools.

722-3500 Call Jim—New Classes forming!

“This is the way to start babies in the water.” -Mike Bottom US Olympic Team

BIRTHDAY PARTIES & SATURDAY SWIM now available at our indoor pool

2012 World Cup Summer Camps

Super FUNdamentals (Boys and Girls, ages 6-14) 9 am — Noon • $125 Little Skillsbuilders (Boys and Girls, ages 4-6) 9:30 am — 11 am • $75

Pacific Edge Rock Climbing Phone: (831) 454-9254 Rock Climbing Camps webl: One-Week Camps Mailing Address: 104 Bronson St., Ste. #12, Santa Cruz 95062 Starting June 18 Have more Fun working out! Pacific Edge offers exciting alternatives for fitness. Rock climbing challenges your mind while building every muscle in your body. Climbing can provide a lifetime of learning and fitness. We are a full service technical rock climbing school. We have a weight room, cardio deck, saunas and showers. Pacific Edge also offers Yoga, Pilates, and Core Conditioning, in our beautiful Studio with 15 classes each week. Pacific Edge, the Santa Cruz Resource for Fitness, Fun & Community, since 1993.

Frontier Ranch Mission Springs Summer Camp Overnight resident camp for kids grades 4-9 June 17 thru August 11

Phone: (831) 335-9133 Fax: (831) 335-7726 email: Mailing Address: 1050 Lockhart Gulch, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 website: Camp Director: Brian McCutchen

Frontier Ranch, a summer camp for grades 4-9, is located at Mission Springs in the Mountains of Scotts Valley. We offer 7-day resident camps that are packed full of fun programs and adventurous activities. Since 1967, Frontier Ranch had been a place where friendships are fostered, and where campers are encouraged to try new things and grow as a person. Frontier Ranch is a faith-based Christian Camp. Check us out on the web!

June 18 - 22

Scotts Valley (Skypark Sports Complex)

June 25 - 29

Soquel (Anna Jean Cummings Park)

July 2 - 6

Ben Lomond (Highlands Park)

July 16 - 20

Aptos (Polo Fields)

July 23 - 27

Santa Cruz (Mission Hill Middle School)

July 30 - Aug 3 Scotts Valley (Skypark Sports Complex) August 6 - 10

Soquel (Anna Jean Cummings Park)

Don’t miss these amazing opportunities for your young player to enjoy and celebrate the greatest game in the world: SOCCER! Call for information on small-group and team discounts!

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opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACAaccredited camps that meet up to 300 health and safety standards. For more information, visit

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heart might ache, but your head will know that overcoming homesickness will launch your child to the next stage of independence. Going to camp gives kids the confidence to embrace further adventures, knowing that if they did it once, they can do it again. Believe it or not, camp sessions fly by. And once kids are back home and you can listen to camp stories, hear them sing the camp songs, and sense their pride in all they have done and accomplished, you’ll know in your head and your heart that you’ve given a wonderful gift. n Dottie Reed is the head administrator at Camp Pemigewassett in Wentworth, New Hampshire. Contact the author at

them learn that failures are critical stepping stones on the path of success. Each year for millions of children and youth, those relationships are developed at camp. Contact Public Relations at 765.349.3317 or to interview an ACA spokesperson or for more information about how camp develops positive mentoring relationships. For customizable public service announcements or article reprints, visit our Media Center at n ••• The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACAAccredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning

the time for sleep-away camp, it is totally natural for both your child and you to be nervous ... and even more so as summer approaches. For better or worse, know that it will be harder on you than on your child. While you’re at home “letting go,” he or she will settle in and, under the guidance of supportive and caring staff, be doing all the things you hope for: making new friends, trying new activities, living in a gorgeous and healthy place. And if your child feels homesick — which most everyone, regardless of age, experiences in an unfamiliar setting — your

Jim Booth Swim School Call Jim — New Classes Forming!

Phone: (831) 722-3500 web:

Jim Booth Swim School is known for its gentle classes where infants are taught to swim and are never dunked or forced. Parents feel comfortable that they are starting their children in a safe and sensible way. Jim Booth Swim School gives children of all ages the foundations required to be great swimmers for their entire lives. Mike Bottom, a member of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team said, “This is the way to start babies in the water.” For more information call Jim Booth Swim School at (831)722-3500 or visit

Catalyst Soccer Seven One-Week Classes June 18 thru Aug 10

Phone: (831) 423-3556 web: email: Mailing Address: PO Box 1175, Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Catalyst Summer Soccer Camps 2012: Player and Skill Development! This summer, Catalyst Soccer is celebrating the beautiful sport of soccer with a top level development and instruction for all soccer loving young players. Catalyst Soccer has been at the forefront of youth soccer development since 1999 and has helped develop thousands of young players towards the skillful side of the game with their passion and professional approach to youth development. We hope to inspire, educate and celebrate during this amazing sport this summer with Catalyst Soccer. Boys and Girls who love soccer will love the FUN and LEARNING of Catalyst Soccer! For more information on a summer camp in your neighborhood, please call Catalyst at (831) 423-3556 or go to



Squares in Your Head, General Case

n the first column, I showed how you could square any 2-digit multiple of 5 in your head. For example, 35 X 35 can be found by multiplying 3 x 4 to get 12, the left 2 digits of the answer. The right two digits are 25, so 35 x 35 = 1225. In the second column, I showed how you could use this to get the numbers above and below easily. For example, 31x31 can be found by taking 30x30, which is 900, and adding 60+1 to get 961. Similarly, 29x29 can be found by taking 30x30 to get 900, subtracting 60, then adding 1 to get 841. Both of these tricks are special cases; one for numbers divisible by 5, another for numbers just above or below an easy to compute number. In this column I’ll show a general technique that can be used for any whole number, even numbers bigger than 100. Let’s suppose you wanted to square 23, that is, 23 x 23. The idea, as I said before, is to change a hard problem into an easier one. So do this: subtract 3 from one 23 to get 20. Then add 3 to the other 23 to get 26. Now instead of 23 x 23, we have 20 x 26, which is much easier. Just double 26 to get 52, add a 0 to make 520. (Not

Both of these tricks are special cases; one for numbers divisible by 5, another for numbers just above or below an easy to compute number. In this column I’ll show a general technique that can be used for any whole number, even numbers bigger than 100.

through yet). Finally, because we went up and down by 3,we must add 3 x 3 = 9 to 520, giving 529, which is the answer. This method is based on the fact that A x A = (A + B)(A - B) + (B x B). If we want to square A, we can add and subtract B to/from it to get an easier problem, then add B x B. In the example, A = 23, and B = 3. Let’s do a more interesting example. Suppose you want to square 97, and you don’t have pencil, paper or calculator. No problem, it’s easy. Add 3 to 97 to get 100,

subtract 3 to get 94, multiply 94 by 100 (just add 2 0’s) to get 9400. Now finish by adding 9, which is 3 x 3, and the answer is 9409. As you practice, you’ll gradually memorize the squares up to about 20 or 25, and this will help you do larger problems. For example, let’s square 87 mentally. No problem. I know that 13x13 is 169. So I add and subtract 13 from 87 to get 100 and 74, multiply those to get 7400, then add 169 to get 7569: 87x87 = 7569. This will also work on three digit

numbers. Suppose I want to square 108. Drop 8 to 100, add 8 to get 116. Multiply these to get 11,600. Finally add 8x8 = 64, and you’ve got it: 108x108 = 11, 864. Once you become good at squaring your two digit numbers, this skill can be used to make multiplying other numbers easy. For example, 17x19 is very easy. They are two apart. Just square the number between them (18) and subtract 1: 17x19 = 18x18 - 1 = 323. In the next column I’ll show you how to use the squares and other tricks making it easier to do calculations in your head. n Bert Lundy is the Director of Learn for Excellence tutoring center, 1929 Main St., Watsonville. 831-761-8900. Capitola Soquel Times / April 2012 / 21

FeaturedColumnist The Book Bag by Robert Francis

The Book Bag by Robert Francis

Barnstorming: A Gail McCarthy Mystery


By Laura Crum Perseverance Press. $14.95 ptos mystery writer Laura Crum has just released another in her long running Gail McCarthy mystery series. Set in the coastal hills of South Santa Cruz County, this latest novel finds Gail enjoying a solitary ride on the trails she so loves when she stumbles upon a dead equestrian. A second shooting follows and now the fifty-year-old vet (Gail’s gone back to her old profession) joins her good friend Detective Jeri Ward in trying to find the sniper before more victims turn up on the area’s trails. If you have read the dozen novels which preceded this one, you will have followed this attractive heroine from the time she joined the local veterinarian practice fresh out of school, through her marriage and subsequent motherhood to this point in her life. Watching Gail mature has been a long and pleasing ride and obviously, we aren’t at the end of the journey quite yet. You won’t want to miss this next installment of the vet’s life and adventures as she enters middle age.

Reading Lips: A Memoir of Kisses


By Claudia Sternbach Unbridled Books. $14.95 ptos resident Claudia Sternbach constructs this very entertaining memoir around the kisses that shaped her life. In recreating these special moments, the author gives her reader a sense of the ups and downs of her life and the interesting path she has traveled. You’ll find them all here. Platonic and not so platonic kisses. The hello and goodbye variety. The desired kiss that never materialized and the unwanted sloppy smooch that one could have done without. Not only is Claudia Sternbach an accomplished writer, which means she can

The “Muse” is alive in Santa Cruz County …

easily hold her reader’s attention, but she also deserves high marks for the clever way she fashions this book around the various types and intents of the kiss.

Drifting on a Headwind Adventures in Remote Corners of the World


By Jim Harlan Uncommon Adventures Press. $14.95 former Aptos High student, Jim Harlan’s new book chronicles the experiences of a young man who sets out in an old car on a journey that will eventually take him to some pretty exotic places around the globe. Living by his wits and the kindness extended to him along the way by strangers, the intrepid traveler overcomes perils on land, under the sea and in the air. He walks away from a jungle airplane crash, faces guerilla warfare on two continents and outsmarts smugglers as he visits Africa, Mexico, Central America and Asia. Those who enjoy true adventure stores will find this a captivating read and one that is all but impossible to set down.

Life in the Fast Lane


By L. Susan Cabrera Poetry collection his self-published little book offers 26 of Cabrera’s poetry. Covering a range of experiences and emotions that will elicit a few smiles as well as some knowing nods from the reader, the poetry collected here looks at what the author calls “the dilemmas we create by our fast-paced lives.” “Our many obligations as employees, family members, friends and citizens can be overwhelming,” writes Cabrera in the book’s preface. “Before we know it, our lives are passing us by and we haven’t really had the chance to live them. It’s so easy to be thrown off balance and lose sight of who we are as human beings.”

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Poems like “Closet Cleaning Phobia,” “Cellphonitis” and the “Crazy List Loop” contain sentiments that anyone can relate to. While a short piece on carrying list making to extremes will evoke a few chuckles, another poem that focuses on stress (“The Stressing Match”) will also strike a familiar cord in the reader.

Princes Dressed Like Paupers


By Glennon Culwell Outskirts Press. $12.95 he author, pastor-at-large of Gateway Bible Church of Scotts Valley, explains the title of this book in this manner. “Our title is suggestive and descriptive regarding the manner in which God uses trials in our lives – his ‘princes’ (messengers), often dressed like paupers, are at work in our lives accomplishing God’s purpose for us. The beginning is often difficult but the end result is glorious!” The author shows how God takes the most unusual circumstances and uses them for good. He discusses how failure can lead to a victorious Christian life, weakness can produce strength and suffering can instill patience in one. Showing how these and a number of other “princes dressed like paupers” are used by the Almighty to transform one’s life is the subject of this thirteen-chapter volume that also includes helpful discussion/study guides for each section.

The San Simeon Zebras


By C.J. Sage Salmon Publishing. $19.95 n over thirty poems in this collection, the Rio Del Mar poetess looks at the positive and negative interaction between humans and animals. In these short verses you’ll meet a sloth, some “tall, long-legged, feathery, flightless” ostriches, an egret, solitary elephant seals and, of course, sundry zebras.

Some of the eye-catching titles here are so provocative that they demand you read them immediately. How can you possibly pass up “A Natural History Told while Termites Gnawed the Joists of the Museum,” “How to Hold a Hummingbird” or “Skunk Hour”? C.J. Sage’s previous work has appeared in The Antioch Review, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, and Shenandoah. She now edits The National Poetry Review and Press.

The Dark Figure In the Doorway: Last Poems


By Morton Marcus White Pine Press. $17 he author of eleven volumes of poetry, Morton Marcus taught at Cabrillo for three decades and was one of the most prolific poets in the area. Put together shortly before he died in 2009, this final collection contains some of the poet’s most heartfelt reflections on the vagaries of the human condition. Those who knew this gifted teacher, critic and poet will wish to possess this final collection of his work. Begin at the end of the collection with “I Have Lived Long Enough” and “All We Can Do” and then work your way forward as you sample the many poems brought together here.

The Incredible Dream World of Peter Daniel


By Allen Morford Illustrated by Kathryn Clausen his self-published children’s book by Watsonville resident Allen Morford is about a young boy who visits a number of magical places when he closes his eyes to go to sleep at night. Along with his dog, Mo, young Peter Daniel’s dreamland adventures involve a ship, hot air balloon, double deck bus and a train. Using these modes of transportation, he visits Easter Island, the pyramids, and mysterious jungle ruins. Of course, no matter how far afield his nighttime adventures take him, Peter always makes it back to his bedroom before daybreak. n


Keeping Kids Physically and Mentally Active During Vacation

Start Planning Now to Protect Your Kids From the Dual ‘Summer Slide’ to Prevent Learning Loss, Weight Gain


By Carrie Scheiner

orking parents are already lining up child care plans for the summer. While they’re at it, educators say all parents of school-age children should also plan for preventing the dreaded summer slide. “The ‘summer slide’ is the information and skills children forget during summer break from the end of one school year to the beginning of the next school year,” says Carrie Scheiner, who created Exploracise (, to provide parents and educators with award-winning products and programs that combine learning, exercise and healthy lifestyle choices. The education slide is well documented by numerous studies, which were synthesized in the 1990s by Harris Cooper,

then a professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He found that children could forget one to three months of learning over the summer. “While some people are aware of the learning loss, many aren’t aware that children tend to gain weight more rapidly when they’re out of school,” Scheiner says, citing a 2007 study by Paul Von Hippel of Ohio State University. “He found that kids, especially those at risk for obesity, gain as much weight during the summer as they do all school year.” What can parents do to keep young brains and bodies engaged in healthy ways over the summer? Scheiner offers these tips: • Journal current achievement levels. How do you know if your child is affected by summer slide if you don’t remember where they ended the year? Create a summer journal and, in the first few pages, document what they most recently learned in their major subjects. Were they adding and subtracting double-digit numbers? Doing long division? What were some of their vocabulary or spelling words? Throughout the summer you can track their progress and, at the least, maintain those levels — or maybe even move on to more challenging material. • Try a weeklong educational day camp. We all want our kids to have fun dur-

ing the summer, and they can. Enroll in the fun, active day camps that focus on art, music or swimming. But toward the end of the summer, have your children attend one week of math camp and one week of reading camp as a refresher. • Feed the brain during free time. Kids have a lot more free time in the summer. With fewer scheduled activities, even kids who attend a camp may have more time to hang out in the evening. How can you feed their brain during this extra time? Visit the library and check out print books, audio books, educational DVDs, and even educational computer games. Many websites offer activity ideas that you and the kids can enjoy together. For instance, a free e-book,

“10 Top Fun Wise Games: Making Learning Math Fun” is available at • ACTIVE-ate the brain. Getting active exercises both the body and the brain. Just like our body needs exercise to stay healthy, so does the brain to keep those neurons firing. Encourage kids to stay active and play outside during the summer and allow only limited, scheduled times for sedentary activities like video games or TV. n ••• Carrie Scheiner was inspired by her own children to develop the first Exploracise® program that creatively teaches math facts during a complete workout. Scheiner earned a bachelor’s degree in math with a minor in secondary education, and a master’s in statistics from Rutgers University.

birds, raptors and wading birds. A $5 donation is suggested. Call (530) 757-4828

the morning of the trip for a recorded message regarding trip cancellations or additional information. Please visit for more information. April 21 ild Pig Hunting Clinic, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, King City. The cost is $45 and space is limited. Youths 16 years and younger are free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The clinic will cover will pig biology, hunting techniques and requirements, methods for locating wild pigs, locations to hunt, field dressing and care of game. Registration forms are available online at huntered/advanced/index.aspx. April 30 ast day of recreational Pismo clam season in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Details at invertebrate/bivalves.asp. n

Department of Fish and Game Calendar for the month of April


Weekends lkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led 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 lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html. April 1 irst day of recreational red abalone season. More information at marine/invertebrate/abalone.asp. April 14 ublic Tour of Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 9 a.m. to noon with an experienced field trip leader on the second Saturday of each month, October through June. View 16,000-acres of flooded seasonal and permanent wetlands, native grasslands and




young riparian forests. Look for migrating and resident waterfowl, shorebirds, song-

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It’s Springtime! Time to Renew Your Goals

Cultivate your retirement patch now, and watch it grow


ardening is rewarding — you can spend more time outside, and see direct results from your labor. It’s also a useful model for investing. Planting a few seeds in good soil and letting time take its course can reward you with a plentiful harvest when it’s time to retire. Anyone with a green thumb knows there’s one thing you need for a great garden — dedication. Take tomatoes. You can’t just plant a few seeds, walk away, and expect to have perfectly ripe fruit in a couple months. Weeds crowd out the good stalks. And without direct sunlight, plants won’t flourish. The difference between success and failure is usually just rolling up your sleeves and getting to work. Seeding your portfolio hen thinking about your retirement, it’s helpful to have a gardener’s perspective. Just as you pore over your seed


Money Matters Brian Cooke

By Brian Cooke and Cole Strickland, LPL Financial Advisors catalogs in the winter to pick the best varietals, you need to take time to understand the funds that you own, and consider the market conditions that are necessary for a particular type of fund to flourish. If the economy is than less robust, for example, it may make sense for you to concentrate on large, established companies that pay healthy dividends. Smaller companies can be the fastest to grow at the end of a recession, as they can use their earnings to quickly develop new products and services. An extended down stock market may suggest that there’s greater stability in high quality corporate bonds. Bonds can dampen volatility and can provide regular income, although maybe not so much in today’s current low-yield environment. Keep a weather eye robably the most important decision you can make in your retirement


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account is to have the right balance of stocks, bonds and cash that meets your time horizon, risk appetite and return objectives. If you have ten or more years before you harvest your savings, you probably can own more stock funds; as you approach or enter retirement, you may want to prune them back in favor of bonds and cash. Do this once a year and you should be in great shape for the future. Pay attention to market trends that might affect your investments’ ability to grow. Keep in mind that a fund could be up or down solely because the overall market is up or down. Or it can lose value because a certain sector in which it invests falls out of favor - such as financial stocks for most of 2011. Once you connect what’s happening in the economy to your portfolio, you can decide to do nothing to your asset allocation (hold), reduce your risk of

losses (sell, when prices are high) or take advantage of lower prices to add to your position (buy, when prices are low). Actively seeding, weeding and pruning is as important to a healthy garden as it is your retirement portfolio. It takes a little bit of time and attention, but the results are well worth it! n ••• This article is not intended to provide specific investment or tax advice for any individual. Consult your financial advisor, your tax advisor or us at (831) 476-SAVE if you have any questions. LPL Financial, Member FINRA/ SIPC Brian Cooke and Cole Strickland, MBA are Financial Advisors with LPL Financial LLC. CA Insurance Lic. #0D63585, CA Insurance Lic. #0G22630LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC 1500 41ST Ave. Suite 244 Capitola, CA 95010 (831) 476SAVE (7283). LPL FINANCIAL LLC. Tracking #1-039451


What’s Your Beef? R By Camille Smith

emember Wendy’s 2006 commercial with the old lady complaining about the patty size with the slogan, “Where’s the beef?” watch?v=Ug75diEyiA0? Complaining is often a way we identify our dissatisfactions and things we want to change. On the other hand, if we don’t know we are complaining, it can adversely affect our performance, putting us in a mood of being victimized and powerless. My colleague, Barbara Fittapaldi, presents three types of complaints. Understanding these distinctions can increase your power and effectiveness. Pay particular attention of the listener’s role. ••• Recreational Complaint: “This weather is horrible.” “I can’t believe the number of emails I have!” “Couldn’t they get a clue and put a better selection of sodas in the machine?” Characteristics: No intention to change or solve something; no request to

do anything or intention to be responsible for the situation. These complaints are for the sheer enjoyment of complaining. Listener’s action: Acknowledge what is said in a way that doesn’t agree or disagree with the person’s statement. (“I hear you.”) Don’t try to get them to change their view. Don’t get hooked into complaining with them. (“Yeah, this rain is really lasting a long time.”) Let it go; don’t get entangled. Caution: This could devolve into gossip if you jump on their complaining bandwagon. ••• Expressive Complaint: “I’ll never get my work done if people keep emailing me!” “Why does this always happen to me?” Characteristic: Complaint is accompanied by anger, frustration; emotions express being wronged, victimized, powerless. No intention to change something; no request. Listener’s action: Lend a sympathetic ear for a short time in order for the speaker to “empty their glass” and vent. Acknowledge their state: “I see you are upset.” Don’t agree or disagree with what they are complaining about. Do not let the vent go on for an extended period of time. If their venting doesn’t release the steam, take action to move the conversation to a committed complaint by asking them: “Do you still want me just to listen, or is there something you want to have happen?” If they say there is something they want to have happen, ask them what request they can make. Caution: Expressive complaining can leave both parties discouraged and in an unproductive, sour, Eeyore mood which can negatively influence performance for a little or a lot of time. Thus, the coaching tip to move to a committed complaint. Even asking the complainer “What request could you make?” will leave you both more empowered, even if the conversation doesn’t go any further. ••• Committed Complaint: “I wish I knew who was going to make the decision about this customer issue. “ Characteristic: An ‘almost, hidden’ request for something to change. Listener’s action: Ask: “What request you can

Go online and listen to some Choirs that sing complaints: watch?v=ATXV3DzKv68

Recreational complaint

make, and of whom?” Use committed speaking and listening (accept; decline; counter offer) to support the complainer to formulate the request. (Complainer: I’m going to request Ben to designate someone by the end of today and let the team know via email.”) Complainers are upset: either a little (recreational complaints) or a lot (expressive complaints). Regardless, because they are upset, they are not present. When we are not present, our performance tanks. Thank goodness for listeners — they can help complainers return to being present and regain their performance power. And you thought speaking was powerful! n ••• Camille Smith, Office: 831-685-1480. President, Work In Progress Coaching ~ Turning potential into

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Historic Supreme Court ruling says EPA can’t deny access to justice

WASHINGTON D.C. — In a prece- el. But then they were devastated by EPA, dent-setting victory for the rights of all which came in, without hearings or notice, property owners, the United States and claimed the property is “wetlands” — Supreme Court today held that landown- and ordered them to return it to the ers have a right to judicial review if the agency’s liking, on pain of astronomical U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fines. With good reason to believe the land is effectively seizes control of their property not “wetlands,” the Sacketts wanted to by declaring it to be “wetlands.” The Court ruled in favor of Mike and contest EPA’s claim. But EPA denied their Chantell Sackett, of Priest Lake, Idaho, request for a hearing — and the Ninth Circuit ruled they had no who were told by EPA and by the Ninth Circuit “This is a great day for right to immediate judicial review. It held that that they could not get Mike and Chantell they would first have to direct court review of EPA’s claim that their twoSackett, because it con- go through a years-long “wetlands” permit thirds of an acre parcel is firms that EPA can’t process, which could cost “wetlands” and that they deny them access to 12 times the value of their must obey an EPA’s “compliance” order or be fined justice. EPA can’t land! Pacific Legal of up to $75,000 per day. repeal the Sacketts’ Foundation Principal The Sacketts’ saga: EPA overreach and a fundamental right to Attorney Damien M. Schiff argued the Sacketts’ Ninth Circuit denial their day in court.” case at the Supreme Court Mike and Chantell — Damien M. Schiff, PLF on January 9. Sackett bought a small Principal Attorney “EPA is not above parcel in 2005 with the the law,” said Schiff. intent to build a three-bedroom family home. The lot is in a residen- “That’s the bottom line with today’s rultial area, and neighbors have built their ing. This is a great day for Mike and own houses. The Sacketts obtained a coun- Chantell Sackett, because it confirms that ty permit to build, and started laying grav- EPA can’t deny them access to justice. EPA

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The Sackett's Lot

Mike and Chantell Sackett and Damien Schiff

can’t repeal the Sacketts’ fundamental right to their day in court. And for that reason, it is a great day for all Americans, for all property owners, and for the rule of law. The justices have made it clear that EPA bureaucrats … can’t order property owners …while denying them any meaningful right to appeal to the courts. … It will have to put in some honest work and use credible science, because the regulators must be able to justify their wetlands orders in a court of law. “… while today’s ruling strengthens everyone’s individual rights and property rights, and everyone’s access to justice, it does not weaken legitimate environmental

protection one iota,” Schiff continued. “In the case of urgent pollution threats, EPA will still have the power, as it does now, to seek an immediate court injunction. But when there is no emergency, … EPA will have to be prepared to show a reviewing court that its wetlands regulations are really necessary — not just a power trip.” Mike Sackett issued this statement: “We are very thankful to the Supreme Court for affirming that we have rights, and that the EPA is not a law unto itself and that the EPA is not beyond the control of the courts and the Constitution. The EPA used bullying and threats of terrifying fines, and has made our life hell for the past five years. It said we could not go to court and challenge their bogus claim that our small lot had ‘wetlands’ on it. As this nightmare went on, we rubbed our eyes and started to wonder if we were living in some totalitarian country. “Now, the Supreme Court has come to our rescue, and reminded the EPA — and everyone — that this is still America, and Americans still have rights under the Constitution. We want to thank Pacific Legal Foundation for defending us, without charge! Without Pacific Legal Foundation, this day would have not come, and this Court ruling that vindicated the rights of all Americans against bureaucratic bullying, would not have happened.” The Sacketts were asking the Supreme Court: When property owners are hit by an EPA wetlands “compliance order,” do they have a right to meaningful judicial review — The Supreme Court answered, in effect, that EPA is under the law, not above it, and that Americans still have the right to their day in court. n ••• Donor-supported Pacific Legal Foundation ( is the leading watchdog organization that litigates, without charge, for limited government, property rights, individual rights and a balanced approach to environmental regulations, in courts nationwide.



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Ristorante Barolo t was an absolute joy to go into Ristorante Barolo the day it re-opened in February after a complete maker-over by the TV crew of the popular show “Restaurant Impossible.” And it was equally thrilling to meet Robert Irvine, the show’s demanding star whose goal is to completely transform a restaurant – in terms of décor, menu and service. Gone is the rather drab, old-fashioned interior of the Barolo. It is now all spiffed up with a much brighter look – with modern white and charcoal colors that much better show off the beautiful Victorian interior of the dining room. The staff was overwhelmed with customers on the eve of opening, but good food was enjoyed by all. Chef Giovanni Guerisoli always does a good job and I have heard that the restaurant is doing well as the word has spread about the makeover. Ristorante Barolo in the Bayview Hotel, 8041 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 688-8654.


Santa Cruz Salmon Jerky asey Cowden (no relation) and Jeremy Klaniecki have come up with a spicy salmon jerky that is absolutely delicious. Handcrafted right in Santa Cruz and packed in gluten-free brine, only fresh Canadian king salmon is used. I love the convenient packaging as it’s easy for a last-minute meal or snack – and just perfect to take on a picnic. You can find it at many places locally such as AJ’s Market, Beauregard Winery, Cabrillo Fitness, DeLuxe Foods of Aptos, La Selva Market and The Summit Store. And, last but not least, Cowden’s mother owns The Fish Lady store in Soquel, so it’s no wonder he’s interested in piscatorial delicacies. Info: Casey Cowden’s cell: 831-210-0603.

ful that there are so many different kinds to be found in this country. Most people from Great Britain, however, prefer a simple hearty, black-leaf brew, so it’s rare to find a Brit swooning over mangosteen tea, rhubarb tea – or other such alien concoctions. Although I have leaf tea in my cupboard, I find the convenient tea bag is often the way to go – and one particular tea called British Blend, made by Tetley, is good and strong and much like the tea back in dear old Blighty. The leaf of this Nepali tea comes in tiny rolled-up balls and when you add boiling water, it opens up – and then you just need to add milk. My quest is to find more of this delicious tea, so please contact me if you know where to find it.

Info: 1-888-776-0679. Email:


Dining Etiquette t a recent dinner party, I observed a friend shoveling food onto a fork with her finger. I refrained from telling her she had a perfectly good knife at the side of her plate because that would have been rude.

The knife is made to go with the fork so that we don’t have to use our fingers. The rule is that we never touch our food – unless it’s the kind of food that we have to pick up and eat – like a chicken leg. n ••• Josie Cowden is a freelance writer and proofreader. Contact her at

Classic Novels


Delk Bees Honey y new favorite honey is produced by Scott Delk of Delk Bees Honey. This honey is unusual in that it’s infused with different flavors. I absolutely love the coffee-infused one, but try the ginger, rosemary and basil flavors – and the garlic, too. They’re all delicious. Delk tells me his honey is now in all seven New Leaf stores.

ACROSS 1. *Harry Potter's antagonist 6. Hole puncher 9. Attention grabber 13. Beyond suburban 14. Sheepish cry 15. Supports climbing plants 16. *Holmes would try to verify this 17. Make a mistake 18. Popular jewelry stone 19. *Toni Morrison's Pulitzer winner 21. *Emerald City visitor 23. Before tac 24. Sports award 25. Siesta


Nepali Tea hen I was in Nepal some time ago, I bought a big bag of Nepali tea to bring back home. It has lasted me for ages, but I’m just about to run out. Does anybody know where to buy it? This particular Nepali tea is called CTC (crush, tear and curl) because of how it’s processed. It’s actually one of the cheaper teas from Nepal, but I love it. Hailing from Great Britain, I’m a huge fan of tea, so I’m thank-

By Josie Cowden

Delk Bees Honey Display

28. *"A Clockwork Orange" protagonist 30. Performed alone 35. Away from wind 37. Heart feeling 39. Mother-of-pearl 40. Live bait 41. "Now _____ entertainment!" 43. Not Sunni 44. Used to call someone's attention, pl. 46. Expression of pain 47. Dissenting clique 48. Street of shops, especially in orient 50. Fraud or imposter 52. U Rah ___! 53. Mixed breed canine 55. ___ de Janeiro 57. *It chronicles Leopold Bloom's journey through Dublin 61. *Twist and Heep creator

10. A team reserved for 45. Delilah's trusting victim emergencies 11. Comedian with red, 49. Street in Paris 51. One millionth of a curly hair meter 12. 3-point shot 15. Heavy elementary 54. Former Russian leaders particle 20. Enthusiastic approval 56. Giraffe-like African animal 22. Roman goddess of 57. Short for ukuleles fertility 24. Car emission, e.g. 58. Singer/actor Lovett 25. Honorific title given 59. Hindu discipline to Muslim rulers 26. Central Pacific greet- 60. Evoke emotion DOWN 61. Ashton's ex ing 1. Not bright 62. Give off 27. Actress Rosie 2. "____ of thumb" 29. Repeating sound 63. Number of baseball 3. Seed cover fielders 4. 15th century North 31. Lad's counterpart 64. Tiresias in "Oedipus America explorer 32. Autumn color Rex," e.g. 33. *"Fear of Flying" 5. Famous picture 67. Smoker's lung author Jong book pig residue 34. *It happened in 6. Tucked in Venice 7. *One main topic in Tolstoy's 1869 clas- 36. *Jane Austen classic © Statepoint Media 38. ____ A Sketch sic 42. African river, also 8. Hog fat, pl. Answers on 31 » spelled "Chari" 9. Jumping stick

65. _____ Protocol on climate change 66. Consumed 68. China Grass 69. NBA great _____ Baylor 70. St. Louis player 71. Speak one's mind 72. Make hot and dry 73. ___ Lanka 74. Used as fertilizer and explosive Capitola Soquel Times / April 2012 / 27




hat is co-dependency? What is enabling? What is this insanity? Am I the only one who feels this way? Join Nar-Anon, a world wide fellowship of relatives and friends of addicts who have been affected by someone else's addiction. Three meetings are now being held in Santa Cruz County, on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. For a meeting near you call (888) 374-1164 or email



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 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.


Mondays thru April 30

Food for Life: The Power of Food for Disease Prevention and Survival


6:00pm-8:00pm, Westside New Leaf Community Market, Santa Cruz he Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is sponsoring an eight-week course entitled, “Food for Life: The Power of Food for Disease Prevention and Survival.” Gain the knowledge that will enable you or family members to prevent disease or better manage it through nutrition. Topics include how foods fight diabetes, beneficial low-fat, high-fiber foods, using the glycemic index, disease-fighting compounds, and healthy weight control. For more information and registration, visit or call (831) 3253811 or email



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

Drop in Grief Support

6:00pm at Aegis, 125 Heather Terrace, Aptos


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

Tuesdays thru Fridays, Sundays


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

Second Tuesdays Each Month

Free Job Seek Workshop!


6:00pm-7:00pm, Gateway Bible Church, 5000 Granite Creek Rd. Scotts Valley or more information, visit


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

Toastmasters: Speak for Success

12:00pm-1:00pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley. iving a business presentation? Interviewing for a job? Improve your speaking skills in a friendly, supportive environment with Redwood Ramblers Toastmasters. Open to all levels. Drop-ins welcome. For more information, call 831-335-3693.


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.

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First and Third Wednesdays

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

Every Other Wednesday

(Next: March 28 • Thru April 15)

Free Tax Assistance


9:30am-11:30 am, Mountain Community Resources, Highway 9 ree tax assistance will be provided by the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union on a walk in basis. To learn more, call (831) 335-6600

Fourth Wednesday each Month

Ongoing Constitution Classes


7:00 pm Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney St. Santa Cruz iew video lessons of an in-depth teaching about our Constitution, one of the most respected and copied documents in our nations history. For more information, visit or email


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


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

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

Scotts Valley Farmer’s Market


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

Overeaters Anonymous

Saturday March 24


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. 1:00-2:00pm, Louden Nelson Community Center, Rm. 5 301 Center St. Santa Cruz For more information, call (831) 429-7906

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

1:00pm-4:00pm Capitola Mall No meeting on Thanksgiving 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 Commander: Ronals Petty. For more information, call (831) 475-9804

Second and Fourth Thursdays

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 831-6883356. For meeting/dinner reservations or information or visit



Clutterers Anonymous

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

Dated Events

Babel-Ashkenaz, A fusion of devotional songs, Jewish Iraqi and Klezmer Music


8:30 pm, Temple Beth El oin Temple Beth El as they welcome BabelAshkenaz, a fusion of devotional songs featuring Jewish Iraqi and Klezmer music as part of the opening night Gala for the Jewish film festival. Tickets for concert are $15, or $25 for both concert and opening film. To learn more, contact Dror Sinai at or call (831) 234-0619

Aptos Yoga Anniversary Celebration


9:00am, Aptos Yoga, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. Ste 23B, Aptos ptos Yoga invites the community to help celebrate its 2nd anniversary with a day of FREE events including Svaroopa® yoga classes, Ayurvedic Cooking Talk & Tasting, presentation: "How to Lead a Balanced Life," puppet show and puppet making, and performance by Blues and Jazz singer/songwriter, Adrea Castiano. See website for details: or call 688-1019.

Tuesday March 27


Sons in Retirement Luncheon Meeting

11:30 am, Severinos Bar and Grill, 7500 Old Dominion Ct. Aptos peaker will be Bill Fisher, CEO of Alzheimers Association Northern California and Nevada.Subject "Update on Alzheimers Disease and the Movement to Defeat it". Call 688-0977 for information.

Saturday March 31 The Aptos Academy's Annual Auction and School Gala


5:00pm-9:00pm, Chaminade Resort and Spa he Aptos Academy, a non-profit community school, invites the public to this year’s gala entitled: “Learners of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow.” The fun-filled event features wine tasting, no-host cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and silent and live auctions, all in an elegant setting at the Chaminade Resort and Spa in Santa Cruz. All funds generated will support the school’s Tuition Assistance and Enriched Arts Programs. For ticket information, call (831) 688-1080 or visit

Wednesday April 11 The Alzheimer's Association 15th Annual Education Conference 2012

8:00am-4:00pm, Mount Hermon Conference and Treatment Center, 34 Conference Dr. Mt Hermon his is a very special day of learning and sharing for professionals and caregivers who are caring for a loved one. We hope you will join us for workshops, self care, lunch and networking! To learn more call (831) 464-9982. Register online at www.edconference, SantaCruz. Early registration ends on March 15!


Tuesday April 24 Parenting Workshop: Dealing with Disobedience


5:30pm-8:00pm, Mountain Community Resources, Highway 9. Also May 15 and June 5 mprove your parenting skills! These workshops will include free food, free childcare, and one on one parenting support. Topics will include supporting your partner, dealing with fighting and aggression, being bullied, and the power of self esteem. Events are free! To learn more, call (831) 3356600

Sons In Retirement Luncheon Meeting


11:3oam,Severinos Restaurant, 7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos heme for meeting "Cinco de Mayo" Speaker will be Oscar Guzman on Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862, SIR is organization for retired men for which there are no dues, fees, political or religious agendas. Call 688-0977 for information.

Wednesday May 2 How to Avoid Remodeling Pitfalls and Create a Great Remodel!


6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Capitola Community Center 4400 Jade Street, Capitola earn how to avoid the stress and costly home remodeling pitfalls during this free 45 minute workshop. Your project does not have to become an overwhelming challenge! Discover how you can create a fun and rewarding home remodel or new home building project. Seating is limited, to register on line email n

Your April Horoscope Annabel Burton • Astrologer ©

This month brings so many opportunities and you feel you are finally getting clear of what has held you back or caused you to rethink and take a more modest approach. Now you are getting confident and more positive. Of course, this is helped by having Jupiter in your sign, but your ruler, Venus, will be spending some time in Gemini. Here you are quick witted, open to ideas and willing to try something new. Also you are curious to discover and this leads to a brand new path. After the 22nd you are reassured by the Sun in Taurus, which is cue to grab what is on offer with both hands.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)



Ageless Art Project

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


SPECTRA Arts Learning

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

Ongoing Events


Live Team Trivia


6:00pm 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



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).


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

First Friday Art Tour

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

Every other Friday

Shakespeare Club of Santa Cruz


10:30-12:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 900 High St. Santa Cruz, Next: March 30 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 no meeting Jan., July, Aug. or Dec.) riters and Poets are invited to a new monthly open mike reading series. Come and read your fiction, essays, or poetry. For more information, call Jean at (831) 475-4221


Dated Events Friday March 23 thru Sunday March 25 Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats!

Friday: 7:00pm; Saturday: 3:30pm & 7:00pm; Sunday: 3:30pm, Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, SC CPA provides quality entertainment and lasting 'memories' for the entire family. Come see 21 6-16 year olds bring to life your favorite Cats characters, including Grizabella, Mr. Mistofelees, Macavity, and the Rum Tum Tugger. The show takes place in a junk-yard on the night of the Jellicle Ball! Admission: $12 general, $10 children, students, and seniors. Tickets available at the door or in advance at Jones & Bones in Capitola or Elite Martial Arts in Scotts Valley.


Saturday March 24


Aptos High's Fourth Annual Dinner Dance

5:00pm, Corralitos Padres Hall his fun filled night starts with a silent auction including 2 Giant's tickets and a House in Truckee. Dinner will be a BBQ with

meat donated from Corralitos Meat Market. We will have a chili, salsa, and desert cook off with prizes for first place in all 3 categories. End your night dancing to the Beat Street, featuring Aptos High's own Mark Hull. Tickets are available at

Sunday March 25 Watsonville Community Band 64th Spring Concert Series!


3:00pm, Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz o charge for admission! Bring the family!

Wednesday March 28 thru Friday March 30 Free Classes at Dance Synergy


3:00pm-5:00pm, Dance Synergy, 9055 Soquel Dr. Aptos ids aged 7 and up are invited to enjoy this fun dance class. Classes will offer kids the opportunity to build confidence, learn new skills, and perform awesome dance routines for an audience! Parents are welcome to attend. Kids 7-12 dance from 3-4pm, kids 12 and up from 4pm-5pm. For more information, email Caitlin at Santacruzperformingartsdance, or Call (831) 295-1268 or visit

Saturday March 31


or more information, contact Aimee at (831) 425-5954 or Judith at (831) 475-7733 n

Wednesday April 4 Lecture: China's Economy and its New Challenges


1:30pm-2:30 pm, Monterey Peninsula College, Lecture Form 103 ichael Ipson, who served as China Country Manager for International Finance Corporation, the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group, from 2007 to the beginning of 2010, will review China's economic reform program since 1979 and analyze the challenges China faces as it addresses unequal development, environmental problems, a weak global economy and inflationary pressures. To learn more, call (831) 646-4224 or visit

Saturday April 7 Monterey Bay Dahlia Society Sale


9:00am, Deer Park Shopping Center in front of Red Apple Cafe he Monterey Bay Dahlia Society will be holding its annual tuber and plant sale. There will be hundreds of types of dahlias for sale. Come early for best selection! Plants will be $3-$5

There are always plenty of choices and you are able to deal with this, in spite of your recent efforts to simplify your life. Like a butterfly you alight on particular flower for a few moments and then you are on to the next in an endless quest for the perfect and most interesting idea. This month with Venus entering your sign, your social life is brilliant, but you don't get too close to anyone for too long. You like the variety and strange juxtapositions of different people and the fact that you are the link between them all. The Taurus Sun helps you to make sense of a situation that has been puzzling for a while.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

The Early Full Moon this month falls in LIbra so think about balance and equilibrium, Are you enjoying too much of a good thing, or simply spending too much time and effort working when you could be playing? Now is your chance to get back on track. Indeed, since the Sun highlights your career until the 20th, you may be thinking of what this means to you in the broader sense. Where are you headed and are you happy with your choices? Consider more time on reflection and creating perfect harmony, between mind, body and your spiritual needs.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

You cannot help but enjoy the fact that the season is turning into Spring with Summer not too far behind. Initially, you begin to see green shoots that promise of better times to come. The Aries Sun highlights your adventurous spirit and you are attracted to pastures new and those people who buoy you up rather than drag you down. You are less tolerant of negativity and find ways to avoid this, which is necessary for your well being. However, do watch your spending for this month. Demands on your resources are quite high but with your natural creativity you will find ways to counteract this.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)

Mars still is working its way through your sign and turns direct mid month. This is good news since you feel you have had to deal with delays and putting your plans on the back burner which can be deeply frustrating. Still, with so much cosmic activity around, you find other pursuits to divert you. At last, you are out in the garden enjoying the new green leaves and fresh flowers that so help calm your soul. Relationships continue to be interesting and you find someone's behaviour a little puzzling, to say the least. All becomes clearer after the third week.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)

Common sense prevails although there are few mad moments this month. With Uranus in your opposite sign of Aries, joined by the Sun, the strange and unconventional is oddly appealing. Added to this, Saturn in your sign offers a note of caution. You are in a situation where you are attracted to doing something completely different, and then you appear to be dragged back by someone of something deciding this isn't right for you. this allows you to focus on what is workable, but also a new exciting venture which works out fine. You have to be persistent.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)

Soquel Congregational Church Presents: Spring Fling

Saturday April 7 Sunday April 8



We live in strange times and this month brings a variety of experiences, none of which seem to have a long lasting effect. On the one hand, Jupiter's influence can bring a variety of people into your who may or may not play a leading role in either love or business partnerships, but you are also seeing what is workable and practical for the future. There is a certain amount of backtracking and this is fine, as it allows you to get things right. You are incredibly organized in other areas and anything that involves team work is good for you. You are more focused on your personal life after the 20th.

Saturday April 14 Sunday April 15

March is an intriguing month for you, with lots of different experiences and definite breaks from routine, You feel you are moving forward at long last but you have had helpful links to from Jupiter to your sign. There is a focus on family life and working from home and you see ways to increase your income using your own creativity and ideas. After the 20th, these activities become more practical and tangible and you go down a new path with exciting prospects. You turn what could have been a bit of a disaster to an opportunity of a lifetime.

10:00am-1:30pm, Soquel Congregational Church, 4951 Soquel Dr. Soquel. An easter brunch will be served from 11:00am-1:00pm. resented by the ladies of the craft group, this fabulous event will feature traditional and unusual hand crafted articles, which will be sold at reasonable prices. Wanda's famous fudge will be sold, along with bird houses, sturdy shopping bags, hand-knitted baby clothes, and more! For further details, contact (831) 475-2867

Sunday April 1 The Best of the Central Coast Annual Santa Cruz Watercolor Society Show Awards


By Nina Simon: 2:00pm-4:00pm, Santa Cruz Art League Gallery 526 Broadway SC or more information, contact Aimee at (831) 425-5954 or Judith at (831) 475-7733

Dance Synergy Scholarship Event


2:00pm-4:00pm, Dance Synergy 9055 Soquel Dr. dmission is free and entertainment will include dance performance, dance instruction, silent auction, raffle, and the amazing surfing magician. All proceeds and donations will go to funding scholarships through the SPCA. to learn more email Caitlin at Santacruz, visit, or call (831) 295-1268

The Best of the Central Coast Annual Santa Cruz Watercolor Society Show Awards by Nina Simon 2:00pm-4:00pm, Santa Cruz Art League Gallery 526 Broadway SC

Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt at Roaring Camp

Easter Eggspress departs at 11:00am. 12:30pm, and 2:00pm, Roaring Camp, Felton op aboard the Roaring Camp Eggspress, for the Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt. Hear the story of Peter Rabbit as the train chugs up Bear Mountain. Visit the Easter egg patch and hunt for colorful chocolate eggs! Prizes for those who find specially marked eggs. Easter crafts and games for children riding the train. Parking is $8. Train rides are $24 for adults and $17 for children. To make reservations, call (831) 335-4484 or visit

Santa Cruz Chamber Players Present "The Democratic Muse"

Saturday at 8:00pm Sunday at 3:00pm, Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Dr, Aptos he Democratic Muse explores the influences of pop, Broadway, folk and jazz idioms on American classical music of the era, while celebrating ideas of independence, freedom and individualism, as well as the richly collaborative New York artistic environment of the early to mid-20th century. Artistic director and pianist Mary Jane Cope will be joined by violinist Shannon Delaney and cellist Kristin Garbeff. Admission: $25, $20 Senior, $10 youth, age 12 and under free. Visit for tickets or get them at the door 1/2 hour before performance. To learn more, visit n


Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

You get back your old enthusiasm once more, after feeling a little jaded by recent events. But you turn around what was not promising at all into something quite special. This month's sun in Aries is great for getting involved in those activities which are fun, sociable and creative so either initiate these or take part. In terms of relationships and your love life, Venus, planet of love and romance goes into Gemini this month, highlighting all kinds of relationships but it's perfect for the long term long lasting kind. Love is definitely in the air!

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

Initially, a tricky aspect between Neptune and Mars could mean unexpected expense and a drain on your resources. But you deal with this effectively and must not let it spoil the superb opportunities that are around this month. Your key focus is on communication, research and sharing ideas with others which could lead to a whole new way of thinking. You are inspired by what you discover and this sets you in a new direction which is much better for you. You are also entering a deeply creative time which means that you learn from mistakes and experiment to a certain extent which is as how it should be.

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)

Discover new ways of exploring your natural talents. Sometimes, it is easy to take for granted what you find easy but is actually quite a skill. this month you see what is so natural to you that others can benefit from. Now you have to find a way to integrate this into a service for others or take you into a new jobs market. Times are tough but your ability to be adaptable is going to set you on the right path. Later this month, important meetings with people who are on your side and open doors for you leads to some great offers. You are on your way at last!

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

You are full of energy and raring to go with new plans and ideas in the pipeline. Relationships are helped with Venus in the sign of Gemini for some time to come so if single, you need to be sociable and say yes to offers which involve cinema, travel and partying. Meanwhile, helpful influences can bring more stability to your finances and you can either begin your own business or find ways to be creative with your cash, especially after the 21st. Mercury in your sign from the 17th also helps to keep your month full of variety and interest. ••• Find Out More

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Angry Dogs!

ogs behaving aggressively should be reported to the County Animal Control Officer at 831-454-7227. Chances are you or someone you love has been bitten by an aggressive dog in your lifetime. Over 5 million people are bitten by dogs every year in this country and unfortunately, most of these victims are children. Dog bites leave people in pain, shock, frightened, and confused. Approximately 20 dog attacks result in fatality each year. Any size or breed dog can become aggressive and injure a person as demonstrated by the tragic instance of a Pomeranian that killed a 6-week-old baby. Fortunately, understanding canine aggression and educating our children can help us assess the danger a dog poses and prevent

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Caltrans Hwy. 1 Rumble Strip plan altrans is in the initial stages of scoping a centerline and shoulder rumble strip project on Highway 1 from Mission St/Shaffer Road to Swanton Road past Davenport to reduce head-on and run-off-the-road crashes. The RTC has received a large number of comments from members of the public concerned about adverse impacts to bicycle travel. The RTC shares the concern and directed staff to coordinate with Caltrans to ensure that the project balances safety considerations for all road users. The rumble strip topic will be discussed at the RTC’s next Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting, scheduled for Monday, April 9 at 6:30 pm at the RTC office. An agenda and

injury in many circumstances. Aggression is a broad category of natural behaviors in dogs. It includes body language, vocalizations, and sometimes physical attack. Most often dogs will display some signs of aggression before actually biting. Being able to recognize the sometimes-subtle body language of an aggressive dog and sharing this knowledge with children is therefore important to avoid injury. Warning signs that a dog may be aggressive include; direct eye contact, hair standing on end, an elevated head and tail, a rigid stance, lips retracted, growling, and hugging or mounting behavior. Some of these signs are obvious. However, many times they are misinterpreted as play or affection. You have probably seen compilations of the cutest pet photos that are often circulated on the Internet. One of the photos will usually show a dog with one or both arms around a toddler or newborn baby. This clear demonstration of dominant behavior, which should trigger red flags of potential aggression, is often viewed with heartwarming feelings. Now that you can spot an angry dog, and you’ve taught your children to do the same, how should you react? Dogs showing signs of aggression should not be stared at, yelled at, or approached. It is best to walk away calmly and quietly with your body sideways to the dog while keeping head and arms lowered to show that

you are not a threat. Never run from a threatening Your dog. flight may trigger the prey drive of the dog and increase the chance of attack. If an unrestrained aggressive dog approaches you, stand still. Do not smile. Displaying your teeth may be misinterpreted as aggression by the dog. Keep your hands at your sides, and stay quiet and calm. If you have anything that can act as a shield, (i.e. backpack, umbrella, jacket, stick, bicycle, etc) try to keep this between you and the dog. Always look away from the dog. If you are on the ground, curl up into a ball, like a rock. Keep your knees to your chest and your hands clenched into fists over your ears with your elbows pointing forward to protect your face and throat while remaining quiet. The best way to teach children these concepts is through role-playing since it is almost impossible to think about how to behave in a fearful situation. Make it a game with taking turns being the aggressive dog and the victim. A little education, planning and practice may prevent serious injury or tragedy. n ••• Capitola Veterinary Hospital, 1220 H, 41st Avenue, Capitola CA 95010, Phone # 476-7387. To Contact River May, DVM Email

CommunityBriefs packet will be posted the week prior to the meeting. ••• Veterans Sought for Forestry Crews nited States military veterans interested in forestry work can join new California Conservation Corps veterans crews based in Northern California. Members of the residential crews will live and work from CCC centers in Auburn and South Lake Tahoe and receive paid training from the U.S. Forest Service in wildland firefighting and chain saw use. The crews will work on fuel reduction and other forestry-related projects; some work may require 10-day camping/work stints away from the base center. To qualify, veterans must be between the ages of 18 and 25, have


an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions and not be on probation or parole. Those interested in applying for the program need to contact the CCC by Monday, April 2. Those who complete the CCC’s veterans program may be eligible for the USFS Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program that can ultimately lead to full-time positions with the Forest Service. Veterans selected for the crew will receive a living stipend, room and board and basic health insurance. Uniforms, safety gear and tools are provided. For information on joining the San Bernardino crew, contact the CCC’s Tina Ratcliff at (916) 341-3123 or



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‘Spring Fling’ at Soquel Congregational Church

his annual event will be held on 2000, the two groups had merged into one Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to and have been creating and selling their 1:30 p.m. and will feature a Bazaar, creations to raise money for the church an Easter style Brunch and a tour of the 142 ever since. These talented women meet on Thursday mornings to work together on year old Little White Church. If you have ever wondered about the creating their popular Bazaar items and to story behind this picturesque New bring in the projects they have been finishing at home. The money that England style church, this is they have raised throughout your chance to find out, Soquel the years has gone to benefit while doing some spring Congregational their church in many ways. shopping and enjoying Church The present members brunch in the church’s with the length of service in 4951 Soquel Drive, Soquel Parrish Hall. (Yes, that is the the Church Craft Group are: correct spelling. Find out why when Earle Hale takes you on a tour Virginia Keith – 18 years, Carol Youngmark – 16 years, Margaret Haney of the church facilities.) The talented ladies of the Church and Wanda Willbanks – 15 years, Jean Craft Group have been working on new Huboi and Olive Tarkington – 12 years, and traditional items for this Spring Sale Beverly Turner – 7 years, Patricia Ferguson since their Christmas Bazaar in December. – 4 years, Margaret Applegate and Kay New items include embellished birdhous- Harlan – 2 years, Renee Sayer – “many” es, miniature terrariums, re-useable sturdy years. These women produce and sell an shopping bags, tortilla warmers and tai- incredible amount of popular gift items lored carrying bags to be attached to walk- each year as they volunteer their talents ers. Traditional and well known are the and efforts to benefit their Congregational hand knitted baby sweaters, filmy scarves, Church. n ••• sweaters, jackets, Afghans, bed jackets, Spring Fling Schedule place mat sets, table runners, jewelry, • 10:00 a.m. Parrish Hall doors open for Easter baskets and decorations, hand start of the sale painted and hand crafted greeting cards • 10:30 a.m. Tour conducted by Earle and Wanda’s Famous Fudge. Hale This activity was first started in the • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Brunch ($7) will 1950s by two groups of women. One met be served by members of the Eve Circle to construct greeting cards and the other • 1:30 p.m. Closing Time worked on craft items. There were from 20 Call 475-2867 for further details. to 25 members of each group. By the year

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e started out as just a number, A880765, sitting alone in a cold cement run at a high-kill shelter down in Bakersfield. Although he was terrified and unsure, this one-year-old Terrier mix wagged his tail wildly whenever shelter volunteers walked by begging to be taken out. He would literally hug their legs pleading them not to leave him. Soon everyone was in love with this sweet boy and started to rally together to get him out of the shelter and into a rescue. They sent out mass emails, made hundreds of phone calls, one of which reached the Santa Cruz SPCA, and after a five-hour drive, he arrived in Santa Cruz and was named Andy. Andy quickly adjusted to the SPCA’s open environment and it became clear that he very much enjoyed the social, high paced environment with a constant flow of people. He’s a very happy boy with a good amount of energy and high level of athleticism. This sweet guy would make an excellent running, hiking or biking partner. Not only is he fun but this guy is beautiful too! He’s got a gorgeous and thick wire coat that’s a mix of deep red and black. His eyes are a piercing yellow gold and just add to his striking appearance. Andy would be best as a companion to a female dog or as an only dog in the household. He tolerates other boys but likes to be the boss. As he was recently neutered, this bossiness should fade in the months to come. Terriers are smart, active, fearless and a ton of fun but they also require strict training and solid boundaries. If you’re looking for a fun and spunky companion who will bring you a lot of love, laughs and life you may want to come by and take a peek at Andy. Although life hasn’t treated him well, he’s moved on and is now ready for a bright future with a new family. Is yours the one? Our adoption package for dogs and cats includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, micro-chipping, an ID tag, collar, a free health exam with a licensed Veterinarian, one month’s free health insurance, discounted crate purchase and other animal care materials. If you would like to help animals like Andy and his orphaned friends, please consider donating to the Santa Cruz SPCA. The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501c3 charitable organization and receives no government funding, relying solely on public donations to run its many programs that benefit the animals and people of our community. For more information call the Santa Cruz SPCA at 465-5000, or visit 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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Seated: Jeanne Huboi. Standing from the left: Pat Ferguson, Olive Tarkington, Carol Youngmark, Virginia Keith, Margaret Appleton, Kay Harlan, Beverly Turner. Not present: Wanda Willbanks, Margaret Haney, Renee Sayer. Capitola Soquel Times / April 2012 / 31

Capitola / Soquel Times April 2012  

Community news that makes a difference.

Capitola / Soquel Times April 2012  

Community news that makes a difference.