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August 2012

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

Vol 17 No. 8

Serving Central Santa Cruz County

Day Worker Center OK’d Over Resident’s Objections

Location of the new Day Labor Center

Planning Commission sides with taxpayer-supported Community Action Board By Noel Smith

the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, and $1,000 to the Capitola Police Department to fund National Night Out Aug. 7 from 5-7:30 p.m. at Jade Street Park. Target also donated to this year’s Wharf to Wharf.

he newly approved Day Labor Center at 2261 7th Ave. is within a thousand feet of three elementary schools (Green Acres Elementary School [K-5th grade], Tierra Pacific Charter School [K-8th grade] and VHM Christian School [Pre-School – 8th grade]), at least two preschools and one high school (Harbor High). The Center will be located on 7th Avenue, a major artery providing access to the Santa Cruz yacht harbor and Twin Lakes Beach, which is a twolane street with no on-street parking. On the south side is the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7263 while on the north side is the entrance to Holy Cross Cemetery and across the street is the Santa Cruz County Animal Services Center. Bus route 66 services 7th Ave. as buses go between the Metro Center in Santa Cruz and the Capitola Mall.

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Santa Cruz County Chambers combine to cut the ribbon at Capitola Mall’s Target.

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Making known it wants to become a well regarded and an integral part of the community, Target made a generous first step. Store manager Valerie Custodio announced $7,000 in donations: $2,000 to Soquel Elementary, $2,000 to the Soquel Union School District, $2,000 to

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n unusually positive attitude towards big business filled the Capitola Mall as the Chambers of Commerce in Santa Cruz County representing Capitola Soquel, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley and

Aptos cut the ribbon to the new Target Store. Much is expected of the new two-story Target by the City of Capitola in increased sales tax revenue and by the Mall’s owner Macerich in drawing in new tenants for those empty retail spaces that exist throughout the complex.

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Cabrillo Host Lions Install New Officers istrict Governor of Lions 4c6, Ray Maglalang, installed the new officers for the Cabrillo Host Lions at the June 26 awards meeting at the Lions Clubhouse in Aptos Village Park. New President Robert Madsen will lead the club for the coming year. Lion Steve Irving is First Vice-President and Lion Tim Piumarta is second V.P. Other officers include Secretary David Chamberlain and Treasurer Thomas Schmida. Cabrillo Host Lions Event Calendar abrillo Host Lions meet the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m. at the Cabrillo Community Center in Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd. For information contact 831-688-3356 or cabrillohostlions@yahoo.com. All meetings are open to the public. If you wish dinner, reservations are required. July 21: Beach Clean-up Hidden Beach 912 a.m. July 26: America’s Cup: Return to San Francisco presented by Lion Larry Tartaglino August 9: China: Brett Lindeke. Brett is from Aptos but has lived a number of years in China

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August 23: Heather Burke. Overseas missions for children. Sept. 6: Special meeting for final instructions for the fair Sept. 11-16. Volunteers welcome. Sept. 27: Advocacy: Presenter Kathleen Johnson. ••• Capitola Finance Advisory Committee Vacancy ne (1) seat of an unexpired term on the Capitola Finance Advisory Committee is up for appointment. This Council Member appointment is to be made by Council Member Sam Storey for a term, which will end in December 2012. Applications are requested from interested persons to serve on the Capitola Finance Advisory Committee. Application Deadline: Friday, August 17, 2012. Regular Meetings of the Finance Advisory Committee are held on the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 420 Capitola Avenue. City residents,

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Cover Target Fills Void in Capitola – Opening brings hope to local businesses and City leaders By Noel Smith Day Worker Center OK’d Over Resident’s Objections – Planning Commission sides with taxpayer-supported Community Action Board By Noel Smith 2 3 5 6 8 9 11 12 13 17 18 21 23 26

Community News Cabrillo Host Lions Install New Officers – Cabrillo Host Lions Event Calendar • Capitola Finance Advisory Committee Vacancy Nick Costa and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse By Noreen Santaluce • First Annual Lock Out Hunger – Presented by AA Safe and Security Co. August 5, 12 p.m.–3 p.m. Agricultural Producers in 29 States Eligible for Disaster Assistance Review of ‘A Chorus Line’ – The Theater’s Paean to Broadway Dancers By Noel Smith • Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta Sails in September Countywide Constitution Day Essay Contest – By Board President Arnold Levine and V.P. Gina Locatelli • Habitat for Humanity to Open a ReStore in Santa Cruz Toast to the Coast Party: Save Our Shores Honors 2012 Ocean Heroes • Main Street School has New Principal Anything Goes – July 27 - August 19 The Bite is On! – Fishing for Salmon off California Coast is Best in Years Seymour Center offers guided tours on the Santa Cruz Wharf Spring Forward Against Cancer Tennis Tournament – 17th Annual Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Takes Place Sunday, September 23 • Make Sure Your Seventh Grader Is protected Against Pertussis Wine, Live Music in the Fields of Live Earth Farm – Fourth annual organic dinner in the fields fundraiser Creation of Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit • New eReg Program Helping Businesses West Nile Virus Found in County Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival – Relax in the Park with Art, Wine, Food, & Live Music August 11-12

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Home & Garden Cool weather crops for this fall

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Business Profiles Bargetto Winery – A Family Institution for Over 100 Years By Cynthia Howe

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Sports Wrap Wharf to Wharf Men has 3-Peat

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Back to School Top five back-to-school organizing tips • When Parents Get Involved Kids Perform Better Calendar • Arts & Entertainment – Pages 28 & 29

Monthly Horoscope • Page 29 - Your August Horoscope - Annabel Burton, Astrologer© 19 22 24 25 27 30

Featured Columnists Money Matters by Brian Cooke and Cole Strickland – 401(k) or IRA? Finding the Right Plan for Your Business The Book Bag by Robert Francis – It’s no mystery why these authors are so popular… Social Security and Women By Terry McFall, Social Security District Manager in Santa Cruz Work in Progress by Camille Smith – The garage is clean — what’s left to pass on? Out & About by Josie Cowden Seniors in Action by Noreen Santaluce – Tony Alonzo — Vigorous Volunteer SPCA Featured Pet • Page 31 – Mr. Bojangles Will Happily Dance For You

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Nick Costa and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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y completing his painting of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, artist Nick Costa has achieved one of his long-term goals. He states that most of the paintings of this predicted event show the four horsemen, but never the devastation that would occur if the four powers of the Apocalypse (Death, Famine, War and Plague), were released at once. His rendition is a representational painting emphasizing the Apocalypse, not the horsemen. Therefore, his painting clearly depicts the burning cities, the floods, the exploding volcanoes, the destruction of the crops, and a new factor, an atomic explosion. Nick has always been deeply interested in art. In grammar school, he spent most of his class time sketching. After graduating from Scranton Central High School in 1961, Nick served for four years as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He was a member of the crew on the Davy Crockett, a part of the Nuclear Weapons Program. After his discharge, he obtained an AA Degree from Merritt College in Oakland, and then graduated from Cal State University, Hayward with a BA Degree in Two Dimensional Art. He started his career at Art Design, an advertising agency in Pennsylvania and went on to be V.P. Marketing Art Director for a medical manufacturer in the 1980’s. During those years, he also worked as a professional photographer. “Briefs” from pg 2

18 years of age or older, with an interest in the financial policy of the City of Capitola, including the City’s budget, investments, revenue projections and assumptions, revenue enhancement programs, etc., are encouraged to apply. Upon review of applications the Mayor with the concurrence of City Council will make his appointment at a Regular Meeting of the City Council on Thursday, September 13, 2012. Applications may be obtained from the Receptionist at Capitola City Hall, 420 Capitola Avenue, or by calling (831) 4757300 and requesting an application be sent to you. In addition, applications are available on the City’s Website (for printing) at http://www.ci.capitola.ca.us/capcity.nsf/ CtyCnclComm.html by clicking on current vacancies.

Nick Costa with his painting “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”

After coming back to California, Nick was a loan specialist with The Small Business Administration in San Francisco and worked for several banks managing the SBA departments, while pursuing his art interests on the side and raising his three children. In 2004, he retired to become a full time artist and spent some time writing for and performing with the Sandy Crews Sketch Comedy Group. Currently he is working on several series of paintings, including scenes of Yosemite, Coal Breakers, landscapes and abstracts. His painting of the Apocalypse and several of his other paintings will be on display in the patio of D’Anna’s Deli, 2841 Porter Street in Soquel on Saturday, August 4 from 10 am to 2 pm. While there, try one of their pannini sandwiches or a breakfast scramble. n ••• First Annual Lock Out Hunger Presented by AA Safe and Security Co. August 5, 12 p.m.-3 p.m. 712 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz ome and enjoy some tacos (Provided by Taquitos Nayarit), family fun, music, a jump house for the kids, and raffle prizes. Help Lock Out Hunger in your community. “It is unbelievable hard to imagine that kids go hungry in Santa Cruz County. Join AA Safe and Security in our efforts to Lock Out Hunger.” – Scott Edelstein (President/CEO) A benefit event for Second Harvest Food Bank. Bring a can of food and/or some cash to donate. Lock Out Hunger August 5, 12 p.m.-3 p.m. 712 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz n

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The ribbon cutting took place in front of Target’s mall entrance with representatives from all the Chambers, the city of Capitola, Target and Macerich taking part. After the ceremony, attendees lined up to a festive selection of food at a nominal $5 in the Mall’s courtyard. The store is one of the largest employers in mid-county with its 300 employees; some having transferred from the Watsonville store to be closer to home. The new Capitola store takes the place of Gottschalks department store in the mall, which closed its doors three years ago. The store occupies approximately 100,000 square feet, which is about 30,000 square feet smaller than Target’s Watsonville store on Main Street. The store itself is a departure from the traditional Target model in that it covers two stories. Women’s clothes and the food section are some of the departments on the ground floor along with a pharmacy and Starbucks while, electronics, entertainment and the men’s department can be found on the second floor. Target will carry more clothing and beach items as it tailors its store to the community. Escalators and elevators connect the two levels with parking lots on both levels just outside the south entrance. Target district manager Robert Trujillo said that the store could add $5 million to $10 million per year to the tax base making Capitola mayor Michael Termini hopeful for the City’s budget. n ••• Capitola Target Store in the Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola, in former Gottschalks location next to Clares Street Store size: 100,000 square feet on two levels with parking for both levels Target Store manager: Valerie Custodio Number of employees: 300 Grand opening all day Sunday, July 29 Store Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday – Saturday. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Doors from Target to Capitola Mall close M-F 9 p.m. – Sat. 8 p.m. – Sun 7 p.m. Store information: 227-2101, www.target.com or /www.shopcapitolamall.com

The [New Target] store is one of the largest employers in midcounty with its 300 employees; some having transferred from the Watsonville store to be closer to home.

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The Entrance to Target, across from the two-story parking garage.

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Mary Hay of the Capitola Chamber and Marsha Strong-Smith wander the mall after attending the Target ribbon cutting.


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Agricultural Producers in 29 States Eligible for Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today designated 39 additional counties in eight states as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat. During the 2012 crop year, the USDA has designated 1,297 counties across 29 states as disaster areas, making all qualified farm operators in the areas eligible for low-interest emergency loans. The additional counties des-

ignated today are in the states of Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming. The U.S. Drought Monitor currently reports that 61 percent of the continental United States is in a moderate to exceptional drought. Earlier in the week, USDA also designated the entire state of Missouri a disaster area due to drought in response to a request from the state’s governor.

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Increasingly hot and dry conditions from California to Delaware have damaged or slowed the maturation of crops such as corn and soybeans, as well as pasture- and rangeland. To deliver assistance to those who need it most, USDA Secretary Vilsack last week effectively reduced the interest rate for emergency loans from 3.75 percent to 2.25 percent, while creating greater flexibility for ranchers within the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for emergency haying and grazing purposes. In addition, the disaster designations announced today fall under a new, streamlined process that simplifies Secretarial disaster designations and will result in a 40 percent reduction in processing time for most counties affected by disasters. The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to designate disaster counties to make disaster assistance programs available to farmers and ranchers. During times of need, USDA has historically responded to disasters across the country by

providing direct support, disaster assistance, technical assistance and access to credit. USDA’s low-interest emergency loans have helped producers recover from losses due to drought, flooding and other natural disasters for decades. By reducing the interest rates to 2.25 percent, emergency loans immediately come into line with other rates in the marketplace and provide a much-needed resource for producers hoping to recover from production and physical losses associated with natural disasters. “Disaster Assistance” > 12

Location of future Day Worker Center • GoogleMaps

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The purpose of the center is to signup day workers and provide a place for those using their services to pick them up between the hours of 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday though Sunday. The center is designed to serve up to 40 clients per day with one fulltime employee and up to five volunteer staff members. There are 10 on-site vehicle parking spaces and 15 bicycle parking spaces for those workers who have their own transportation to leave them for the day, and for staff parking. The parking lot will also serve as parking for those contracting for the worker’s services as there is no onstreet parking. Also, if the facility closes at 1:30 p.m., there may be a problem for those workers who park there when they go to work. However, Staff has been tasked with discouraging using the Center as a pick-up and drop-off point. Part of the facility’s design to make it secure are fences with gates that are only open during the Center’s hours of operation. The neighbors of the Day Worker Center, of whom 168 of them banded together as S.O.S. – Save Our Street, have spent months fighting what they feel is the

wrong location for such a facility. Principal Judy Seagreaves of Virgil Hauselt Memorial (VHM) Christian School and principal Linda Lambdin of Tierra Pacifica Charter School both wrote letters to the group in May that said they did not want the center on Seventh Avenue. Even though even the planning commission itself during discussion admitted that there were probably more appropriate locations in industrial areas for such a facility, after four hours of public input and debate, the vote was 4-0 in favor of the Center at that site. County Supervisor John Leopold, whose District 1 includes Live Oak, supports the center. The property and building where the Center is to be located belongs to the Catholic Diocese of Monterey and is supported by the Rev. Richard Garcia, bishop of Monterey. The building is currently a 1,000 sq. ft. unoccupied single family dwelling. Unless the Planning Commission’s decision is appealed to the Board of Supervisors, the Center is expected to open in mid-October under the supervision of Mireya Gomez-Contreras, who will be running the center for the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County. n www.tpgonlinedaily.com Capitola Soquel Times / August 2012 / 5


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Review of ‘A Chorus Line’

The Theater’s Paean to Broadway Dancers Comes to Life

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here are many reasons for choosing a career and each person has his or her own list. The Broadway musical, A Chorus Line, is a wonderful opportunity to look “behind the curtain” literally, at what makes this group of 17 Broadway dancers tick as we watch them kick. As anyone who has seriously taken dance lessons is aware, it’s a demanding profession requiring amazing athleticism. In addition, on Broadway, it often takes acting and singing as well. The cast of the Cabrillo Stage production captures the “behind the curtain” intent of this musical with wonderful performances. Highlights he reasons for the cold haughtiness of Sheila (Lauren Bjorgan), the search for acceptance by Bebe (Samantha Pistoresi) and the longing to fulfill her dreams by Maggie (Janice Engelgau) is revealed in the song, “At the Ballet” where they find escape from their lives in dance. The comedy number “Sing” gives Kristine (Crystina Robinette) an opportunity to highlight her lack of singing talent with her stage husband Al (Adam Saucedo) who manages to hit all the right

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notes. “Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love” gives the cast an opportunity to relive those adolescent embarrassing moments as life meets innocence. Diana (Zoe Schneider-Smith) tries to conquer method acting but no matter how hard she tries … “Nothing.”

In “The Music and the Mirror,” Cassie (Noelani Neal) begs Zach (Bill Olson), the Director to just let her dance so she can reenter the world she most feels part of, the world of dance. The breakout performance of the show was Val (Lizzie O’Hara) in “Dance Ten, Looks Three” telling how she changed

Regatta. Food, sailing, and music – it’s all on deck and tons of fun. The event runs from 1:00 P.M. -7:00 P.M., at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club, at the Lower Harbor in Santa Cruz. Sailing takes

place from 1:00 P.M. — 4:00 P.M., followed by a catered Barbecue from KISS Catering. Island Breeze will provide live music. If you do not own a boat, don’t worry. You do not need a boat to participate! You can sail on the Chardonnay II for $55 per person, which includes a 2-hour cruise, dinner, music, and all the fun. We will be hosting two raffles. The $100 raffle includes a 7-night stay in a 3 bedroom, 3-bath home in Costa Rica’s Cabillitos del Mar near Dominical. Airfare for two is included. We will only be selling 100 tickets for

her life when she found a way to get noticed - and to get dance parts - by buying some augmentation for her T & A. Fun Number, fun performance. For the emotional highlight of the show, Diana sings in “What I did for Love” about the sacrifices made by those who love dance and in spite of the life of a dancer. Then comes the moment when the final eight, four men and four women, for the show’s chorus line are chosen. Who will survive the director’s final cut? Ahh… you have to see the show. The Finale takes place with all the cast on stage in gold costumes and top hats singing and dancing the show’s theme song and dance, called “One,” a song of triumph and hope for another day and another show in the chorus. The Cabrillo Stage production of A Chorus Line triumphs. Director Janie Scott, Conductor Jon Nordgren, the orchestra (marvelous musicians!) and cast have created a first class rendition of one of the classics of Broadway, “A Chorus Line.” (One, Singular sensation, Ev’ry little step he takes — One, Thrilling combination, Ev’ry move that he makes – One smile and ...) n

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this special $100 raffle. And our $10 raffle will provide a lucky winner with gift certificates to many local favorite businesses. “Regatta” > 8


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Countywide Constitution Day Essay Contest

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By Board President Arnold Levine and V.P. Gina Locatelli

he Santa Cruz County Board of Education is celebrating Constitution Day by hosting a countywide essay contest. The Constitution Day Essay Contest will be open to all ninth grade students who will attend a Santa Cruz County public, private or home school in 2012-13. Students will have the summer to work on their essays. The deadline for entries is September 5, 2012, which

will be just after county schools begin their new year. How did the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights develop our nation? Is there a particular part of the U.S. Constitution that means something special to you? Would you propose an amendment to the U. S. Constitution? If so, what? These are the three theme choices available to students. The first place winner will win $500; second place will win $300; and third place will win $200. Each of the top three winners will also receive books about the U.S. Constitution. Honorable Mention cash awards will be given if additional funds are available. Beginning in 2005, a federal law required all schools that receive federal funds to hold an educational program on the United States Constitution every year

on or near September 17, the anniversary of the signing of our country’s founding document. At the beginning of 2011, the County Board of Education Trustees established a Constitution Day ad hoc committee and launched the contest to inspire youth to learn about the U.S. Constitution and to get to know its Founding Fathers. Some of the 2011 sponsors that supported the cash prizes and volunteered for the event included: KSCO, Charlie Freedman, Michael Olson, Cabrillo Host Lions, Steve Henderson, Watsonville Rotary, Dr. Nancy Bilicich, Supervisor Greg Caput, Francisco Diaz, County Superintendent Michael Watkins, Deputy Superintendent Bryan Wall, Ken and Jeanine McCrary and the County Board of Education Trustees: Vic Marani, Arnold Levine, Jack Dilles, George “Bud” Winslow, Dr. Aaron Hinde, Gina Locatelli

••• Contest rules can be obtained at Santa Cruz County Office of Education Constitution Day Essay Contest, or at: www.santacruz.k12.ca.us/ed_services/constitution _day.html. Feel free to call Trustee Locatelli with any questions at 831-768-9984.

gram, the ReStore provides an environmentally — and socially — responsible way to keep good, reusable materials out of landfills. On Saturday, August 18, the ReStore will celebrate with a Grand Opening from 9 am to 1 pm. The ribbon cutting, officiated by Santa Cruz Vice-Mayor Hilary Bryant, will take place at 10:00 am. At that time, the ReStore will be open for business until 5:00 pm. After the Grand Opening, ReStore hours will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Habitat’s ReStore accepts and re-sells donations of materials such as new and reusable building materials, furniture and household goods. Pick-up service is avail-

able throughout Santa Cruz County. Donations are tax deductible. Habitat’s ReStore is currently accepting donations. To arrange for a donation pickup or learn about donation drop-off hours please call 831-824-4704. “With several new affordable housing projects in the works, Habitat for Humanity Santa Cruz County is incorporating new ways to bring in money to support construction. This will help Habitat continue to develop modest and affordable homes. We are encouraging homeowners, contractors and suppliers to ‘go green’ and support Habitat. Donors can feel good about recycling and shoppers can get great

deals on quality materials,” said David Foster, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Santa Cruz County. Habitat’s ReStore is also currently seeking volunteers to help in store operations. If you have a free day or a few hours during the week, the Habitat ReStore in Santa Cruz has many volunteer opportunities. There is a need for safe drivers to pick up donations, friendly volunteers to assist customers, and volunteers who like to organize and arrange incoming donations and help put items on display. For information on volunteering at the ReStore, please call Kayla at 831-4694663 or email volunteer @habitatsc.org n ••• Habitat for Humanity ReStore 719 Swift Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060, Tel #: 824-4704

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community for 30 years! We thank our major sponsors who have helped contribute generously to this year’s Regatta. Major Sponsors include: Santa Cruz Yacht Club, Akela, Kiss Catering, Chardonnay II, West Marine, Martinelli’s, Kiwanis International, KWAV 96.9 FM, and Comcast Spotlight. n ••• Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta: sailing, barbecue, music and raffle September 2, 2012, 1-7 pm Santa Cruz Yacht Club Cost: Individual skipper/sailor $70 until Aug. 30: $75 thereafter or Participant only $35 until Aug. 30: $40 thereafter. For more information, contact 464-8691 or visit www.santacruzmentor.org.

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abitat for Humanity Santa Cruz County is opening a ReStore right here in Santa Cruz at 719 Swift Street, Santa Cruz. The ReStore, a homeimprovement re-sale store open to the public, encourages homeowners who are starting home remodeling projects to recycle their reusable home building materials by donating reusable materials to Habitat’s ReStore. New and used home-improvement materials are donated daily to Habitat’s ReStore and are sold at discount prices to the public. Revenue from sales will directly support Habitat’s home construction and assists in both eliminating substandard housing and creating homeownership right here in Santa Cruz County. In addition to raising funds for Habitat’s building pro-

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“This is a great event,” said Marie Cubillas, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “We’re thrilled to be in partnership with the Santa Cruz Yacht Club. This is truly a tradition of goodwill. Our friends in the sailing community have continued to support our quest of helping children navigate the challenges of growing up.” This is the 21st year that Big Brothers Big Sisters have been selected by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club as the beneficiary of the regatta. The event is a crucial fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County who have now served the children in our


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Toast to the Coast Party: Save Our Shores Honors 2012 Ocean Heroes

ave Our Shores, the leader in ocean awareness, advocacy, and citizen action on the Central Coast, is pleased to announce the recipients of their annual Ocean Hero awards. The Save Our Shores 2012 Ocean Hero Award goes to Mark Stone, whose leadership authoring and passing Santa Cruz County’s single-use plastic bag ban led him to working with Save Our Shores on pollution prevention three years ago. An attorney at law since 1993, Mark was appointed, elected, and reelected as the Fifth District Supervisor for Santa Cruz County beginning in 2003. Mark Mark Stone represents Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Mateo Counties on the California Coastal Commission. Save Our Shores is honored to award Supervisor Mark Stone as their Ocean Hero of 2012. The Save Our Shores 2012 Business of the Year Award goes to REI, whose environmental leadership on behalf of the ocean stamps them as an ocean champion

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for the Monterey Bay region. Save Our Shores chose REI for their continued support of SOS beach cleanups and Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, as well as their help expanding Save Our Shores’ advocacy efforts and Sanctuary Steward program into Monterey County. Because of REI Marina’s outreach to their customers, network and readers regarding the work of SOS, SOS often sees twice as many volunteers at their Monterey Monthly Beach Cleanups. The 2012 Volunteer of the Year, Haig White, was announced and awarded at a previous Save Our Shores event in May. Haig is honored for his ongoing enthusiasm for ocean conservation and clean beaches, his many hours of service and excellence as a Save Our Shores Sanctuary Steward, and for usually bringing his lovely wife Sienna along for the ride. Mark Stone and REI representatives will receive special recognition at Save Our Shores’ annual Toast to the Coast celebration at Seascape Beach Resort on Sunday, August 26, from 5-10pm. The Toast to the Coast features a sustainable clambake dinner, drinks, dancing and the popular Summer Raffle. Grand Prizes in the

Summer Raffle include a 3-day SCUBA trip with Worldwide Diving Adventures, a private sail for 48 people aboard the Chardonnay II, a getaway at Costanoa Lodge, and more. Need not need to be present to win. Information, Toast to the Coast admission tickets, and Summer Raffle tickets are at saveouravailable shores.org/Toast. n ••• Save Our Shores is the Central Coast leader in caring for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy and citizen action. Our core initiatives are

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Plastic Pollution, Clean Boating, and Ocean Awareness. For more information visit: www.saveourshores.org.

Main Street School Has New Principal

t a Special Board Meeting on Wednesday, July 18, the Board of Trustees appointed Annette Bitter as the new Principal of Main Street School in the Soquel Union Elementary School District. Ms. Bitter is replacing Craig Broadhurst who accepted the position of Principal at New Brighton Middle School. Ms. Bitter comes to us from the Monterey Peninsula Annette Bitter Unified School District where she has been the Principal of Los Arboles Middle School for the past year. Prior to that, Ms. Bitter was the Principal of Cole Elementary School in the Clovis Unified School District for five years. Ms. Bitter will join the administrative team in the Soquel School District as an experienced principal with an impressive track record in creating outstanding learning environments for all children. In working with her previous staffs, she was able to provide a comprehensive collaborative style that enabled her school sites to be extremely effective in educating “at risk” students. Her extensive curriculum back-

ground and solid leadership training will be an asset to our district. Ms. Bitter stated, “I’m ecstatic to be joining Main Street Elementary School and look forward to working with its dedicated staff, parents, and students. Main Street has an outstanding reputation, and I feel fortunate to be part of such a great team.” n

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‘Anything Goes’ Takes to the Stage July 27

ll aboard for Cole Porter’s Tony Award winning musical! This saucy and splendid revival is one of the great Broadway musicals! As the S.S. American heads out to sea, from New York to England, Billy Crocker, a young lovesick Wall Street broker, stows away on the ship in hopes of winning the heart of his beloved Hope Harcourt. His boss, Yale graduate Elisha J. Whitney, is also on board, planning to relax before making an important business deal in England. Hope is on her way to England to be married to Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, a stuffy, hapless British nobleman. Also onboard are “Moonface” Martin, a second-rate gangster on the lam labeled “Public Enemy 13,” and his friend Bonnie, both of whom have disguised themselves as a minister and a missionary. These unlikely pairs set off on a cruise to true love...proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this hilariously bumpy ride are memorable Cole Porter favorites, including “I Get A Kick out of You,” “It’s De-lovely” and “Anything Goes.” It’s the perfect family show! “Anything Goes” seems to have lived up to its name as there have been three Broadway productions (1934, 1987 and 2011), each one different, one OffBroadway production (1962), one TV ver-

Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter

Originally book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse New book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman

Directed and Choreographed for Cabrillo Stage by Kikau Alvaro

Musical Direction by Michael J. McGushin

sion (1954) and two movies (1936 and 1956)– both starring Bing Crosby! There is a legend behind the name of the show and the title song. It is said that at a late night production meeting where the show was being reworked before its opening in 1934, one of the exhausted production team members said in frustration, “And just how in the hell are we going to end the first act?!” “At this point,” responded one of the producers, “anything goes!!” The show became a big hit. Two years later, the 1936 film version of Anything Goes hit the theatres and held little resemblance to the stage production. The book and score were dramatically changed with only two of the original songs included. Additional songs were included by Hoagy Carmichael and other composers. Eighteen years later in 1954, the television version, starring Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman who had also starred in the

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original 1934 production, changed the plot and songs again to include more of the original score than the movie version along with songs from other Cole Porter shows. The second movie version was filmed in 1956 with the book being drastically changed once more with additional songs by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen. The Off-Broadway revival in 1962 revised the script yet again, incorporating several of the changes from the movie versions. The 1987 revival (which Cabrillo Stage is performing) changed the show one more time, keeping many of changes made through the years, but re-orchestrating the score and adding some of the songs that had been omitted in earlier shows. Cast: Briana Michaud (Reno Sweeney), Andrew Ceglio (Billy Crocker), Nina Feliciano (Hope Harcourt), Max Bennett-Parker (Moonface Martin), Robert Coverdell (Sir Evelyn Oakleigh)

Major Musical Numbers • “I Get A Kick Out Of You” - Reno Sweeney • “You’re The Top” - Reno Sweeney & Billy Crocker • “It’s Delovely” B i l l y C ro c k e r, H o p e Harcourt & S A T B Chorus • “Anything Goes” - Reno Sweeney & SATB Chorus • “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” - Reno Sweeney & SATB Chorus • “All Through The Night” - Billy Crocker, Hope Harcourt & Male Quartet n

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The Bite is On!

Fishing for Salmon off California Coast is Best in Years

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f your fishing gear has been in the garage collecting dust, now’s the time to pull it out because the salmon are here, and the bite is on! Anglers and sport fishing charters off the California coast are returning to the docks with full boats and happy customers as the strong ocean salmon bite continues, making 2012 one of the best salmon seasons in years. Mild weather and good ocean conditions are contributing to what fishermen and Department of Fish and Game (DFG) officials hope will continue to be a robust year for ocean salmon fishing. Hopes are also high for big returns to California rivers this fall. “Thanks to the favorable ocean conditions and plentiful food, all the reports we are receiving from the coast are very positive,” said DFG Northern Regional Manager Neil Manji. “The charter boats are coming back early enough to make two trips a day because everyone has been catching their limits.”

Mild weather and good ocean conditions are contributing to what fishermen and Department of Fish and Game (DFG) officials hope will continue to be a robust year for ocean salmon fishing. Hopes are also high for big returns to California rivers this fall.

The daily bag and possession limit is two salmon per person and the minimum size limit is 20 inches. After several years of closed and reduced salmon fishing seasons, DFG and federal officials earlier this year estimated there would be thousands of adult salmon off the coast available for harvest. When ready, the fish will move inland for a run to their traditional spawning grounds. Early forecasts predicted 819,000 adult Sacramento River fall-run Chinook and 1.7 million Klamath River fall-run

Chinook adults off the coast. Since the opener in April, recreational harvest estimates for Chinook salmon off the California coast are the highest recorded since 2004. North of Horse Mountain, the totals are the highest since 2006 and five

times those from 2011 during the same time period. San Francisco’s area harvest is the highest since 2006 and landings in the Monterey area are the best seen since 2004. In the Fort Bragg area, landings have been more moderate, although comparable to seasons that occurred there in 2003 and 2004. “In my 26 years of working with salmon on the North Coast, I have never seen such a remarkable beginning to a salmon season. If the start of the season is any indication of what’s in store for the second half, anglers should not miss this opportunity of a lifetime. Get out there and take advantage of this epic bite!” added Manji. n

32-lb. king salmon caught near Trinidad, California. “Disaster Assistance” from pg 5

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For additional information and updates about USDA’s efforts, please visit www.usda.gov/disaster or USDA’s drought page. States having counties designated as disaster: Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming n ••• U.S. agriculture is currently experiencing

Photo Credit: Mark Scratchard

one of its most productive periods in American history thanks to the productivity, resiliency, and resourcefulness of our producers. A strong farm safety net is important to sustain the success of American agriculture. USDA’s crop insurance program currently insures 264 million acres, 1.14 million policies, and $110 billion worth of liability on about 500,000 farms. In the past 3 years, USDA provided 103,000 loans to family farmers totaling $14.6 billion. Over 50 percent of the loans went to beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.


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Seymour Center offers guided tours on the Santa Cruz Wharf

n collaboration with the City of Santa Cruz, UCSC’s Seymour Marine Discovery Center is now leading free 30-minute public tours on the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf every Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. The Seymour Center’s marine science interpreters are also available between tours to answer questions about the variety of wildlife visible at the wharf. What are the sea lions hanging out the end of the wharf up to? Why is the water green? What time of year can you see whales? Answers to these questions and more are now readily available from the Seymour Center docents at the wharf. Extending a halfmile into the Monterey Bay, the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf is an ideal location for visitors and scientists alike to learn about the ocean without boarding a boat. The new tours feature the work of UCSC scientists and collaborators, whose research projects at the wharf contribute to marine conservation. Visitors will learn about the wharf’s sustainable

energy test bed, how sea lions make decisions in the wild, and what studying the green water tells us about the health of the bay. “It was a natural connection for us as part of UCSC’s Long Marine Lab,” said Chris Reeves, visitor programs manager for the Seymour Center. “The tours are a great opportunity to connect visitors with the science behind what they see, and for them to learn a little about how science contributes to ocean health.” Tours meet at the stage on the west side of the wharf between Olitas and Marini’s, and end a short walk away at the sea lion overlook. Tours run year-round, rain or shine. According to Jeff Myll, one of the Seymour Center docents leading the tours, the first question from many visitors is, “How did those sea lions get up under the wharf?” “It’s really been a lot of fun for visitors to connect their general questions with the research going on at Long Marine Lab,” Myll said.

In addition to the docentled tours, blue-and-green signs at several locations on the wharf and elsewhere along the coast of Santa Cruz provide information accessible with a smart phone as part of a selfguided “Ecotour” program sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz and UC Santa Cruz. Visitors are welcome at the Seymour Center at Long Marine Laboratory every day during the summer and six days a week beginning in September. The center is a “living classroom” featuring aquariums, exhibits, touch tanks, whale skeletons, fullscale elephant seal models, the Ocean Discovery Shop, and unsurpassed ocean vistas. The aquariums and exhibits feature the everyday tools of ocean exploration and focus on research conducted by scientists locally and around the world. Interactive stations provide hands-on learning experiences, and docents lead tours and bring marine science to life. The Seymour Center is located at the end of Delaware Avenue in Santa Cruz. Seymour Center docent-led tours of

the Santa Cruz Wharf presenting information about the science and wildlife at the wharf in 30-minute tours, Saturdays and Sundays, 1 & 3 PM, year-round. Docents available to answer questions between tours. Tours meet at the stage on the west side of the wharf between Olitas and Marini’s. Docents available to answer questions between tours, near the sea lion overlook. n ••• Wharf tours are free. For more information about the Seymour Center or the wharf tours, call (831) 459-3800 or http://seymourcenter.ucsc.edu

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Cool weather crops for this fall

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he growing season isn’t over with the arrival of cool weather. Until the first hard frost hits, you have plenty of time to plant, pick and plate cool-weather crops. You’ll save yourself some money in the grocery’s produce aisle too. Fall is a great time for gardening thanks to cooler, milder temperatures, a decrease in garden pests, and moister, well-draining soil. These conditions make it ideal for crops that prefer cooler weather. Some vegetables taste even better when nipped by light frost. July through August is the optimum time for planting cool crops, so don’t delay. Planting in summer ensures crops will have time to mature before the first freeze in fall. Choose varieties that mature quickly; you can find the days to maturity on plant tags. Starting with transplants, rather than seed, will help make the growing process much easier. If you’ve been diligent in your garden all summer, you won’t have much work to do preparing it for cool crops. If your garden got a little ahead of your efforts, don’t worry. It won’t take long to get it into tiptop shape for a second season of planting. Just follow these simple steps: Tidy up emove spent plants, like early planted beans, cucumbers or lettuce, since they’re pretty much done for the season and can harbor pests. Clear away holes left from pulling plants, and get rid of weeds before they go to seed. Throw away anything distressed and compost the rest. Discard any fallen fruits, rotting produce can attract pests. Take note of where

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everything was planted so you can be sure to rotate crops. Set up the soil reshen garden soil by removing the existing layer of mulch and replace it. Straw makes an excellent cover because it’s easily scattered, it’s also a favorite home for spiders that will help control insect pests in your garden. You can also use a layer of shredded leaves for mulch. Loosen compacted soil and fluff it up with a garden fork. Major tilling isn’t necessary; just move soil enough to allow new plant roots to settle in and let water get through. Test soil (you can buy a testing kit at most garden retailers) to see if it needs

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help. Add amendments, if needed. At the very least, work some compost in where your plants will be growing. If you’ll be using a cold frame or hoop, set it up early so that it’ll be ready to go when you need it and you won’t risk damaging plants and roots once they begin to grow. Pick your plants tarting with transplants will buy you lots of time. Since plants are six weeks or older when you put them in the ground, you’ll harvest sooner than if you start from seed. Look for transplants from an established grower, like Bonnie Plants. Sold in biodegradable, environmentally friendly pots, you’ll find fall varieties selected for your geographic region at most local garden retailers.

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Here are some top crops for fall planting: Top bunch collards — This hybrid is heavy yielding, early maturing, and more uniform than traditional varieties. They grow best in full sun, tolerate partial shade, are rich in vitamins and sweetened by frost. Space transplants 36 inches apart. Spinach — A cool-weather vegetable related to beets and Swiss chard, Bonnie’s Spinach is a fast-growing plant, yielding many leaves in a short time in fall. Although spinach prefers full sun, it’s one of the few vegetables that produce a respectable harvest in partial shade. Winterbor kale — This nutritious leafy green is a vigorous producer that endures winter easily. Cut the outer leaves so that the center can continue growing. Space transplants 12 inches apart. Early dividend broccoli — Popular, productive and easy to grow, this broccoli is high in fiber and calcium. Space transplants 18 inches apart. Mustard greens — Offering spicy hot leaves, this is a very fast-growing, nutritious vegetable, and always tastes sweeter when nipped by frost. Space plants 12 inches apart. Bonnie hybrid cabbage — Grows large, round, blue-green heads. Cabbage is especially high in beta-carotene, vitamin C, K and fiber. Get started now to ensure your fall harvest is healthy, hefty and fulfilling. With preparation, the right plants and some diligence, you can bet on fresh, low-cost produce well into fall. n ARA Content


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BARGETTO WINERY A Family Institution for Over 100 Years

By Cynthia Howe

“Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of good wine.”

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— St. Thomas Aquinas

estled in the southern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine enthusiasts will find a rest for their sorrows and strife, a charming winery that breaths of history, beauty and most of all, life: Bargetto Winery. The Bargetto Family has been making wine in California for over 100 years. To begin at the beginning of this remarkable winery you have to go back to 1890 when Phillip Bargetto began his journey from Castelnuovo in northern Italy to begin a new life for he and his family in San Francisco. His brother John followed him in 1909. By 1928, most of the Bargetto family from Italy had joined the brothers in California. In 1910, the original Bargetto family winery, South Montebello Vineyard and Wine Company, opened its doors in San Francisco. As the years went by and the Prohibition movement grew strength, the brothers decided to make a change. They moved their production to Soquel in 1917 and soon bought their current site in Soquel, and naming it “Bargetto Winery.” An old barn on the property served as their first production center. While prohibition

barred them from selling their wine, they did make it for family and friends while they sold apples and other produce for income. Finally, prohibition ended in 1933 and the brothers could then devote themselves to their passion, making good wine. Sadly, in 1936, Phillip passed away and John was left to carry on along with his two sons, Ralph and Lawrence. The latter inherited the business on John’s death. Lawrence ran the business during the 60’s and 70’s. He introduced stainless steel fermentation and added Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to their production. He also created Chaucer’s, a line of dessert-style wines that have recently grown in popularity over the past few years. The third generation of California Bargettos now runs the Winery. It is the oldest producing winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and the richness of history and beauty are deeply woven in the tapestry of Soquel. Visiting the winery on North Main Street is like taking a picnic to a beautiful park, only to discover a hidden door, a somewhat ordinary door, but behind it is a magical secret garden... with a wide selection of wine. Upon entering, you are welcomed by the fragrance that speaks pungently of fruits, spices, wines and oak. In the quaint tasting room, you find old pictures that tell the story of a family passionate about life

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and living. Those who serve the wine are knowledgeable and enjoyable, adept at creating a comfortable environment where you can enjoy the wines and their unique characteristics. As you venture further, you find the perfect outdoor setting along the Soquel Creek. Visitors enjoy the natural and unique ambiance, perfect for an intimate and lingering meal. Add a bottle of wine from the Bargetto collection, and you have all the elements for a memorable moment in life. Just off the patio is the beautiful La Vita Room, lined with beautifully aged redwood from wine tanks once used in the original winery just after World War II. Both of these rooms are available for special occasions such as weddings, receptions, luncheons, private wine tastings, anniversary or birthday celebrations. The Bargetto family loves to celebrate life, making their winery the perfect setting for any occasion. Bargetto’s most recent wine, La Vita, reveals once more the artistic creativity of the Bargetto family and its commitment to life. La Vita is Italian for “the life.” This beautifully crafted wine earned a double gold award for its 2006 at the 2011 California State Fair. The prestigious award came after a great deal of dreaming, planning, planting and years of hard work. La Vita began as a dream in 1995. John Bargetto planted a specific collection of grapes from northern Italy: Dolcetto, Nebbiolo and Refosco. These vines were added to their Corralitos Regan Estate Vineyards. Adding these varietals to this area took some risk, as they had never been grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains before. However, two years later in ’97 they had their first harvest. The blended wine, consisting of 58% Dolcetto, 24% Refosco and 18% Nebbiolo was then aged in oak barrels for two years, afterwards spending another two years in heavy Italian glass bottles. The first bottle was sold in 2001. Since then it has received 4 gold medals, two silver, and La Vita has been adding “The Life” to its consumers ever since, earning precious medals along the way.

The Bargetto family also exhibits its passion for life by being environmentally sound and socially benevolent. Minimizing their impact on the beautiful Monterey Bay Sanctuary is of great concern. They have, and continue to make, adjustments to their production and facilities to ensure that their environmental footprint lessens each year. They also give to the community through much of their proceeds of the La Vita Wine. Past recipients include CASA, (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Siena House, Porter Street Library, Good Shepherd School, St. Francis Soup Kitchen, Santa Cruz Ballet Theater, Jacob’s Heart and Hospice, among others. Bargetto Winery represents everything wonderful about California wines. Take some time and take someone special and learn from the Bargetto family, enjoy “La Vita!” n ••• From Highway 1 take the Porter Street/Bay Avenue Exit and head toward the hills, away from the ocean. Turn right on Main Street and continue for about a mile. They are open daily from noon to 5pm. If you would like a tour, call ahead at 831/475-2258.


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Spring Forward Against Cancer Tennis Tournament

17th Annual Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Takes Place Sunday, September 23

SANTA CRUZ — The 17th Annual Spring Forward Against Cancer Tennis Tournament will be held at Imperial Courts 2505 Cabrillo College Dr., Aptos, CA on September 23 and is a fundraiser for Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group. Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group, located in

Santa Cruz, is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer in the Santa Cruz community. Working with a dedicated group of volunteers and partners, the organization raises community consciousness through events and outreach providing vital financial support for several Santa Cruz beneficiary organizations including Hospice of Santa Cruz, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Association and more. This event was the first fundraising event for Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group and began in 1995. Now in its 17th year, this exceptional gathering of tennis enthusiasts has grown, offering players, families and friends a fun day of tennis followed by a delicious BBQ, with all proceeds donated to our beneficiaries. Spend the day playing tennis, laughing with old friends, making new friends and enjoying a delicious BBQ all while raising money for a great cause. The donation for this event includes a two level mixed doubles Round Robin and an amaz-

ing meal prepared by Scott Carter and his crew. Nontennis players are invited to join us for the food. Spaces are limited to 36 players so sign up! Diane Carter will be sending out sign ups closer to September. The Carters and volunteers have put together this event for 11 years. Every year it gets better and better. Everyone has such a fun time for such a great cause and they would love to have you join them. Spring Forward Against Cancer Tennis Tournament: Sunday, September 23. Start time 12:00 p.m. Imperial Courts. For more info, call (831) 234-9422 or email Diane Carter dianetcarter@comcast.net. Background on Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group: SCCBG has funded cancer research and local groups — including many that support people living with cancer — since 1995. Proceeds from this year’s Gourmet Grazing benefit these local cancer support

and research organizations: Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support and Services, The Katz Cancer Resource Center, UC Santa Cruz Cancer Research, and WomenCARE. n ••• To learn more about Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group go to http://sccbg.org or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/ SantaCruzCancerBenefitGroup. To make a donation mail to SCBG P.O Box 2564, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 • Voicemail / Fax (831) 465-1989.

Make Sure Your Seventh Grader Is Protected Against Pertussis

SACRAMENTO — As students head back-to-school, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman, urges parents to ensure their 11- and 12-year-old children have been immunized against pertussis, also known as whooping cough, and other dangerous diseases to keep them healthy during the new school year. In 2010, more than 9,000 pertussis cases were reported in California, including 10 infant fatalities, the most in over 60 years. “Immunizations create a shield at school and home,” said Dr. Chapman. “Given recent outbreaks and epidemics nationwide, it is important that children be protected against these dangerous and highly contagious diseases, like whooping cough.” In 2010, a new law was signed by Governor Brown requiring a whooping

cough booster before middle and high school students can re-enter school. All incoming seventh graders must provide proof that they have met the Tdap requirement before starting school. “I encourage parents to check-in with their medical provider now to make sure that their kids are caught up on immunizations and can start school on time,” added Dr. Chapman. If a child does not have health insurance, or is only partially insured, a doctor or local health department can provide information about the Vaccines for Children Program, which provides free or low-cost vaccines. Local health departments are offering expanded immunization clinics during the month of August, National Immunization Awareness Month. For the most complete and up-to-date information on required vaccinations, visit shotsforschool.org. Website: www.cdph.ca.gov n

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Wharf to Wharf Men has 3-Peat

enya’s Shadrack Kosgei wins his third Wharf to Wharf while leaving the field in the dust. Last year’s second place finish taught him not to let someone else set the pace. With his time of 27 minutes, 20 seconds, the 27 year old Kosgei defeated his nearest opponent by 19 seconds. The winner of the 40th Wharf to Wharf also recorded winning times of 27:51 in 2004 and 27:01 in 2010. Coming in 13th and the top local Shadrack Kosgei entrant was Mitch Moriarty of Aptos running a 30:19 for the 6-mile run. Ben Bruce, the top American finisher placed second in 27:39. On the women’s side, Risper Gesabwa won the 6-mile race from Santa Cruz to Capitola, in 30 minutes, 58 seconds. This was nearly three minutes off the Kenyan’s 2011 fifth place time of 33:42. The top American finisher in second place was Stephanie Rothstein who ran the course in 31:30 Three-time Wharf to Wharf silver and one-time bronze medalist, Alemtsehay Misganaw of Ethiopia, again took the bronze in 31:54. Scotts Valley High student Vanessa Fraser, 16, took the top local women’s award for the second year in a row beating her 2011 time by seven seconds with a finish of 35:15 and in ninth place. She credits a program called “Girls on the Run” for getting her started in running. Top Ten Men: 1 Shadrack Kosgei –

The 2012 Wharf to Wharf race gets underway.

Kenya – 27:20 • 2 Ben Bruce – Flagstaff AZ – 27:39 • 3 Joseph Chirlee – USA – 27:51 • 4 Tonny Okello – Uganda – 27:58 • 5 Andrew Carlson – St Paul MN – 28:08 • 6 Giliat Ghebray – Union City CA – 28:11 • 7 Linus Chumba – Kenya – 28:38 • 8 Josphat Boit – Kenya – 29:14 • 9

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Jameson Mora – Casa Grande CA – 29:18 • 10 Daniel Tapia – Castroville CA – 29:25 Top Ten Women: 1 Risper Gesabwa – Kenya – 30:58 • 2 Stephanie Rothstein – Flagstaff AZ – 31:30 • 3 Alemtsehay Misganaw – Ethiopia – 31:54 • 4 Clara

Peterson – San Anselmo CA – 31:59 • 5 Bekelech Bedada – Ethiopia – 32:00 • 6 Valentina Galimov – Russia – 32:47 • 7 Lindsey Scherf – San Francisco – 33:27 • 8 Ashley Carroll – xx – 34:47 • 9 Vanessa Fraser – xx – 35:15 • 10 Heather Gibson – xx – 35:19 n

Fourth annual organic dinner in the fields fundraiser

WATSONVILLE — On September 22, the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program will host Dig!, the 4th annual organic dinner in the fields fundraiser at Live Earth Farm. Chef Jonathan Miller of Eat Right at Home will regale us with fresh, local flavors from the very fields where the fare is served. Paired with delicious local wines, and accompanied by live music and a farm tour this is a food and wine event not to be missed. Dig! will feature local chefs, farmers, artisans and

winemakers celebrating the abundance grown in the Pajaro Valley. Freshly prepared appetizers will be followed by a tour of the diverse, organic farm fields at their peak with Farmer Tom Broz. After the four course seated dinner, the event will culminate with student produced entertainment and dessert in the renovated turn of the century redwood barn. Through LEFDP’s programs local, under served “LEFDP” > 20


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401(k) or IRA? Finding the Right Plan for Your Business

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he types of retirement plans that are available to small-business owners today may rival those used by large corporations. If you’re a small-business owner, take a few minutes to compare the features and benefits associated with some of your options. 401(k) Plans amed after the section of the tax code that created them, traditional 401(k) plans are funded largely through employee payroll deduction. Employee contributions are made on a pre-tax basis, which reduces a participant’s taxable income. Investment returns potentially compound on a taxdeferred basis until qualified withdrawals, which are taxable, are made during retirement. Maximum employee contributions for 2012 are $17,000, plus a $5,500 catch-up contribution for those aged 50 and older. Employers may offer a matching contribution, which is tax-deductible by the business, although they are not required to do so.

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Money Matters Brian Cooke

By Brian Cooke and Cole Strickland, LPL Financial Advisors

... traditional 401(k) plans are funded largely through employee payroll deduction. Employee contributions are made on a pre-tax basis, which reduces a participant’s taxable income.

There is also a Roth 401(k), in which contributions are taxable but qualified withdrawals during retirement are taxfree. Most plan sponsors offer either a traditional 401(k) or a 401(k) with a Roth 401(k) feature. SEP IRAs and SIMPLE IRAs f you have employees in addition to yourself and want a plan that’s relatively easy to administer, you may want to consider a SEP (simplified employee pension plan) IRA or a SIMPLE IRA. In general, employees who are expected to earn at least $550 in 2012, have worked for you for three of the preceding five years, and are age 21 or older are eligible to participate. The maximum annual contribution, which is tax-deductible, is

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up to 25% of compensation or $50,000 — whichever is less. SIMPLE IRAs are limited to companies with 100 or fewer employees earning at least $5,000 in the preceding year. Employees may contribute up to $11,500 in 2012, plus a $2,500 catch-up contribution for those aged 50 and older. There are two types of SIMPLE IRAs: a matching plan and a nonelective contribution plan. With a matching plan, the employer provides a matching contribution up to 3% of annual salary. With a nonelective contribution plan, employers contribute a fixed amount of 2% of an eligible employee’s salary (up to $5,000) regardless of whether the employee contributes. Note that a SIMPLE IRA can be set up in conjunction with a

401(k) plan. When it is, employee contributions cannot exceed the $17,000 annual limit. There’s more to learn about each of these plans. Your financial advisor can help you sort through the facts and select a plan or a combination of plans that fits your needs. You should also consult with your tax professional who can help you determine which solution may be the most appropriate for your situation. 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 LLCl, Member FINRA/ SIPC Brian Cooke and Cole Strickland, MBA are Financial Advisors with LPL Financial LLC. CA Insurance Lic. #0D63585, CA Insurance Lic. #0G22630, 1500 41ST Ave. Suite 244 Capitola, CA 95010 (831) 476-SAVE (7283). LPL FINANCIAL, LLC.TRACKING# 1-044967

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BacktoSchool

Top five back-to-school organizing tips T he start of a new school year is like a fresh box of crayons — full of possibilities. Ginny Bean, mother of three and publisher of Ginny’s catalog, suggests families take advantage of this clean slate by establishing some new organizing routines. Think ahead. Mornings are chaotic in most households with school-aged children. Consider handling as many daytime preparations as possible the night before. Lay out clothes. Pack lunches. Set out the breakfast dishes and cereal. Pack backpacks. Bean suggests making systems kidfriendly, so young helpers can feel involved, and save mom some time in the process. “Carve out a spot on a lower shelf of the pantry for lunch boxes and lunchmaking supplies. Then make children responsible for putting away their empty lunch boxes at the end of the school day, or even packing their own lunch.” Tackle school paperwork. Make a habit of sorting through children’s backpacks with them the same day they come home. Allot time after school, when you arrive home from work, or after dinner, depending on your family’s schedule. Use a tiered letter sorter or filing system with designated slots for each child’s papers, and an “A.S.A.P.” space for teachers’ notes, permission slips and

anything else that requires immediate attention. For schoolwork and artwork you want to keep, try a two-step approach. First, purge unwanted items as soon as they come in the door. Collect the possible keepers in a storage bin or wheeled cart with

color-coded drawers that allow for easy separation by child or project type. Go through stored items at regular intervals, perhaps once a month or once a quarter. Keep in mind, the more you accumulate, the easier it will be to pare down, as the best pieces will stand out from the crowd.

Designate a homework spot. Decide on the best spot in your home to set up homework central. Take into consideration how involved you need to be with homework and your child’s style. Does he focus better with people around or in a private setting? Is he better suited to sit at a desk or curled up in a favorite chair with a laptop cart? Once you have a place picked out, gather together handy homework tools and supplies into a nearby bin, drawer or cabinet. Stock up on age-appropriate supplies such as pens, pencils, erasers, paper, crayons, markers, a ruler, dictionary, calculator and a pencil sharpener. Create a communication hub. Include the family calendar, a chalk or bulletin board for posting messages and reminders, a binder for key documents, colored markers, pens and pencils. If you’re a visual person, consider color-coding your calendar by assigning each family member a different color. Remember not to forget. Use wall hooks and baskets or bins near the front door to corral the items you need to remember each day: backpacks, books, lunches, gym shoes, sports equipment and musical instruments. n ••• For Ginny’s catalog, visit Ginnys.com or call 800-487-9024. ARA Content

hildren spend five times as much time outside the classroom as they do in school. With all this time away from teachers, it’s important for parents to support their children’s learning. In fact, children whose parents are involved with them in family literacy activities score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests, according to the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL). “Learning can happen anywhere and at any time,” advises Emily Kirkpatrick, Vice President of NCFL. “Go beyond homework help and find learning moments in everyday life that fit in with your schedule.” Here are some tips for how you can take a more active role in your child’s education:

• It all starts with you. With some preparation on your part, you can be a better resource for your child. Make sure that you, and those who spend time with your child, are well equipped to support learning. • Turn a household shopping trip into a fun chance to do math. Take a walk outside to discuss nature or the community. Make a lesson plan out of the world around you. • Develop a partnership with your child’s teachers. Talk with them about homework and be sure you understand what is expected. • Some children need and want time to play when they get home, while oth-

ers may want to get homework out of the way first thing. Set a schedule for your child that works for him or her, and make it a routine. Just be sure that your expectations are clear. • Reinforce the idea that homework is not punishment, but a chance to practice new skills. You can help make it fun by rewarding progress. • Ask your children thought provoking questions, like what they wonder about. For inspiration, you can turn to free online resources that emphasize fun in learning, such as such as www.Wonderopolis.org. • Help set a timeline so that school assignments are not left until the last

minute. Older children with assignments that will take several days or weeks to complete may need your help learning to manage their time. • Checking to be sure assignments are complete is great, but don’t forget it is your child’s assignment, not yours. Do not do homework for your child. • Read to your children or with them every night. Not only is this an enjoyable way to spend time together, it will benefit the child and help instill a love of learning. By getting more involved, you can help your children make this school year their most successful one yet. n Statepoint Media

Dig! fall fundraising event on the September 22, to support farm visits, transportation costs, and garden supplies for the 1500 students who will visit Live Earth Farm in 2012. The Live Earth Farm Discovery Program (LEFDP) is a farm-based education

not for profit organization in Watsonville, California. LEFDP makes seed to mouth, farm to fork, and child to community connections through a variety of hands-on educational programs serving the youth of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and Monterey counties and beyond. A special emphasis is

placed on reaching under served people in the community to bolster individual, community and environmental health. n ••• Live Earth Farm Discovery Program, Jessica Ridgeway, Education Director, 831728-2032. Website: www.liveearthfarm.net

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Creation of Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit

SACRAMENTO — Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the creation of the Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit in the Department of Justice which will focus on protecting consumer and individual privacy through civil prosecution of state and federal privacy laws. “In the 21st Century, we share and store our most sensitive personal information on phones, computers and even the cloud. It is imperative that consumers are empowered to understand how these innovations use personal information so that we can all make informed choices about what information we want to share,” said Attorney General Harris. “The Privacy Unit will police the privacy practices of individuals and organizations to hold accountable those who misuse technology to invade the privacy of others.” The California Constitution guarantees all people the inalienable right to privacy. The Privacy Unit will protect this constitutionally-guaranteed right by prosecuting violations of California and federal privacy laws. The Privacy Unit centralizes existing Justice Department efforts to protect privacy, including enforcing privacy laws, educating consumers and forging partnerships with industry and innovators. The Privacy Unit’s mission to enforce

and protect privacy is broad. It will enforce laws regulating the collection, retention, disclosure, and destruction of private or sensitive information by individuals, organizations, and the government. This includes laws relating to cyber privacy, health privacy, financial privacy, identity theft, government records and data breaches. By combining the various privacy functions of the Department of Justice into a single enforcement and education unit with privacy expertise, California will be better equipped to enforce state privacy laws and protect citizens’ privacy rights. The Privacy Unit will reside in the eCrime Unit and will be staffed by Department of Justice employees, including six prosecutors who will concentrate on privacy enforcement. Joanne McNabb, formerly of the California Office of Privacy Protection, will serve as the Director of Privacy Education and Policy, and will oversee the Privacy Unit’s education and outreach efforts. Protecting the privacy of Californians is one of Attorney General Harris’s top priorities. The creation of the Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit follows the forging of an industry agreement among the nation’s

SACRAMENTO — Taxpayers are finding the Board of Equalization’s new electronic registration system, eReg, to be quick, convenient and timesaving. More than 25,000 taxpayers have used eReg since it went online June 18 and many say they are pleased with the flexibility it offers. Customers can access eReg anytime and anywhere from their computer to apply for a seller’s permit, pay use tax and register for other tax and fee programs. Another bonus: if users don’t have time to finish the application process – they can save their application and finish it later. In addition, eReg allows you to: • Register for a special tax or fee account such as International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) accounts and Cigarette and Tobacco Products Retailer’s Licenses • Add a new business location • Easily make use tax payments • View the status of your account(s) online • Access helpful reference materials, forms and publications eReg is one of several cutting edge eservices BOE has launched to improve the taxpayer experience and help businesses

succeed. BOE ePay, a mobile application, allows taxpayers to make payments to their BOE tax and fee accounts from their iPhone, Android or any other mobile device. eFile is a free electronic filing system enabling taxpayers to go online to file tax returns and make payments. Find out more exciting information about eReg from our short video at: youtube/yajs02nalvQ. For a comprehensive list of features and to learn how eReg can help you, visit: www.boe.ca.gov/ elecsrv/ereg. n The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects more than $50 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit www.taxes.ca.gov.

leading mobile and social application platforms to improve privacy protections for consumers around the globe who use apps on their smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices. The platform companies who signed on to that agreement — Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook, Google Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, Microsoft Corporation and Research in Motion Limited — agreed to privacy principles designed to bring the industry in line with California law requiring apps that collect personal information to post a privacy policy and to promote transparency in the privacy practices of apps.

Attorney General Harris established the eCrime Unit in 2011 to prosecute identity theft, data intrusions, and crimes involving the use of technology. The eCrime Unit provides investigative and prosecutorial support to the five California regional high-tech task forces funded through the High Technology Theft Apprehension and Prosecution Trust Fund Program and provides coordination for out-of-state technology-crime investigation requests. The eCrime Unit also develops and provides training for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, the judiciary and the public on cyber safety and the importance of strong information-security practices. n

New eReg Program Helping Businesses

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FeaturedColumnist The Book Bag by Robert Francis

The Book Bag by Robert Francis

The Body in the Boudoir

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By Katherine Hall Page Morrow. $23.99 (Rating: Very Good) arking the 20th installment of the very popular Faith Fairchild series, this suspense novel takes a step back and returns to Faith’s early life as a New York City caterer. We are back in the 1990s and Faith Sibley is leading the good life with her own successful business and a cozy apartment. Then the young woman meets the handsome, charming Reverend Thomas Fairchild and her existence is turned topsy-turvy. Since she is the daughter and granddaughter of clergymen, Faith doesn’t really want to marry a minister but it is love at first sight, Of course, there will be complications before the couple can wed. First, Faith is not warmly embraced by one member of Thomas’ New England family. Then there is issue of the brickwork that mysteriously keeps falling off her uncle’s Long Island mansion where the wedding will be held. For some reason it comes down when the young bride is in the vicinity! Other “distractions” include the fact that someone seems to be trying to derail Faith’s sister’s financial career and Faith’s new assistant seems to have some interesting family skeletons in the closet that date back to her family in Italy. The path to the altar nearly turns into to a dead-end, though, when it appears that someone is trying to make sure the bride never ties the knot. Not only are the wedding plans apparently being methodically sabotaged but Faith herself seems to be the target of someone who wants her festivities to end in the graveyard rather than the honeymoon suite. On the other hand, perhaps Faith may not be the real intended victim here. You know how odd some family gatherings can get! If you have followed this character,

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you’ll definitely want to read this latest suspense yarn. On the other hand, if Faith Fairchild is a total stranger, what better time than now to make her introduction!

The Wurst Is Yet to Come

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By Mary Daheim Morrow. $23.99 (Rating-Excellent) or the past 21 years, readers have been following the sleuthing exploits of bedand-breakfast owner Judith McMonigle Flynn and her cousin Renie. In this 27th novel in the “Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery” series, Judith and Cousin Renie agree to staff the B&B Association’s information booth during the Oktoberfest celebration in the mountain hamlet of Little Bavaria. There’s been talk that the state is considering lifting her B & B license because Hillside Manor has had yellow “Crime Scene” tape stretched across its entrance too many times, so Judith hopes to maintain a low profile and mend a few fences while helping out the B & B Association. Naturally, she isn’t in town long enough to drink a beer and down some schnitzel when Judith is drawn into the murder investigation of Dietrich Wessler, the beloved patron of the village. Unfortunately, Judith’s crime solving reputation has gone before her and the local police chief asks her for some help. Not too keen on the idea, given the high profile of the case and the scrutiny she’s been under, Judith reluctantly agrees, but only if Renie will pose as the actual sleuth. This should work out perfectly, or so Judith thinks. Of course, nothing is as ever as simple as it first appears and both women are in for some major surprises. Lederhosen, oompah band music, lots of lager and polka dancers can’t keep this visit the Little Bavaria from turning into one of the “wurst” experiences Judith and Renie have had in quite awhile.

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A perfect blend of humor and suspense, this is a series that mystery readers keep returning to year after year, which explains why it has had such a long and successful run.

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By William Dietrich Harper. $25.99 (Rating-Very Good) n his previous adventures Ethan Gage has searched for the Rosetta stone, uncovered Norse secrets in mid-America, hunted for the Mirror of Archimedes and utilized Fulton’s newfangled submarine to escape from imprisonment in Tripoli. How can this adventurer who was mentored by Ben Franklin top these exploits? When Gage tries to sell a precious stone in Paris, the government steps in to interrogate the American to find out how he came into the possession of the emerald which is believed to be part of a legendary, lost treasure trove. This starts a chain of events that takes Gage and his wife Astiza to the Caribbean in early 1800s where the couple becomes involved in the first successful slave revolt in history as they search for the treasure of Montezuma. Hot on his heels are both French and British agents who want the wealth for their own governments. This series is set in the aftermath of the American and French Revolutions at a time when the Industrial Revolution was beginning to alter European society. William Dietrich has created a lively set of adventures for his action hero that take him from North America to Europe and North Africa but also allows Gage to rub elbows with such real personalities as Napoleon, Toussaint L’Ouverture, Tecumseh and Thomas Jefferson. “Each of these books combines thriller pacing and a dash of comedy with a careful depiction of like and politics in the time period,” explains the author. “The volumes

are carefully researched because Ethan’s adventures are interwoven with actual history…The goal is twofold: to provide a panoramic portrait of a fantastic period in history, and to provide a cracking good read of suspense and revelation.” William Dietrich has achieved his goal in both counts! If you enjoy thrillers with exotic settings and featuring an authentic, historical backdrop, this is a series you’ll want to become familiar with.

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By Peter De Jonge Harper. $25.99 (Rating-Good) ritty homicide detective Darlene O’Hara takes the reader on a tour of New York City’s Lower East Side and introduces an eclectic collection of colorful characters with names like Popsicle, Fudgesicle and Freek in this new thriller. When an Alzheimer’s patient tells his caregiver he killed his partner in crime seventeen years ago, the police are skeptical. No matter though, they decide to search the community garden where the skeletal remains supposedly were buried. What they find is not the ancient skeleton of a petty crook but the body of a ten-year-old boy. Obviously this is not what the officers expected to exhume and it sets in motion an investigation that takes O’Hara into the seedy corners of Tompkins Square Park, through the marginal areas of Brooklyn and even south to Florida, where she teams up with Connie Wawrinka, an investigator with the Sarasota Police Department. The two detectives uncover a tribe of criminals who prey on the weakest members of society. Both the very young and the very old are at risk. O’Hara is determined to end the cycle of violence even if, in the process, she has to get a little heavyhanded herself. An edgy character who seems quite comfortable when it comes to poking and peering into the darker corners of society, Darlene O’Hara is a throwback to less genteel times when men and women investigators used plenty of slang and drank rotgut whiskey not Chardonnay or Merlot. n


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West Nile Virus Found in County

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he California Department of Public Health / West Nile virus program notified the Santa Cruz County Mosquito and Vector Control (SCCMVC)of this season’s first find of West Nile virus (WNV) positive dead birds in Santa Cruz County. These finds were expected, as there has been WNV activity in neighboring counties. The timing has been typical for finds within the County in previous years (our total for 2011 – one bird, 2010 – six birds, 2009 – 1 bird, 2008 – 3 birds, 2007 - 6 birds, 2006 - 7 birds, 2005 – 2 birds, 2004 - 36 birds). As in previous years, the SCCMVC will coordinate with the County Health Services Agency and the State Department of Public Health. Staff will conduct surveillance for mosquito breeding sources in the areas surrounding the finds, and residents who reported the dead birds have been notified. Last year California had 158 reported human cases and nine deaths attributed to West Nile virus. This year, as compared to 2011, California WNV activity looks to be starting faster in most areas of the state, with five human cases so far. No human or equine WNV cases have been found in the County this season or in years past. We will continue to submit dead bird finds and trapped mosquitoes for WNV testing, and we have two sentinel chicken flocks from which we obtain and submit blood samples. The SCCMVC is increasing its vigilance in controlling the larval stages of vector species of mosquitoes as the weather warms. The public is asked to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to drain any standing water around their homes and report standing water or green swimming pools in their neighborhood.

We also encourage the public to report dead birds and tree squirrels to the State hotline at 1-877-WNV-BIRD. Mosquito and Vector Control can also provide free mosquito-eating fish for yard water features and un-maintained pools. West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in Santa Cruz County for the first time in 2012 in two birds: an American Crow with a chronic WNV infection and a Great Horned Owl with a new WNV infection. Incident he crow was found in Live Oak and the owl was found in the Summit area. The discovery of positive birds had been expected as there has been WNV activity in neighboring counties. So far this year, there have been no human cases reported in Santa Cruz County. Actions osquito and Vector Control technicians will conduct surveillance for mosquito-breeding sources in the Summit area and Live Oak. Public Health is coordinating activities with the California State Department of Public Health and the Mosquito Abatement Program throughout the county. Health care providers in the county have specific information on signs and symptoms of West Nile Virus and have been performing testing as appropriate. Information NV is transmitted to humans and animals by mosquitoes and is not transmitted by casual person-to-person contact. Rarely, it has been transmitted via blood transfusions or organ transplants. New blood bank procedures now screen for WNV. Horses can become ill from WNV but cats and dogs seem to be resistant to WNV. There is a vaccine available for horses, which has been proven safe and effective. There is no vaccine as yet for humans. You may report a dead bird or dead tree squirrel by calling 1-877-968-BIRD (2473) or by visiting www.westnile.ca.gov. Public Health has posted a video on how to handle a dead bird on its website at www.santacruzhealth.org. Recommendations he best way to protect yourself from WNV is to prevent exposure to mosquitoes.

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Drain all standing water at least once a week to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Be sure to check rain gutters, plants, buckets, pool and spa covers, birdbaths and any other items in your yard that may contain standing water. Dress in long sleeves and long pants when outdoors. Avoid going outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Use mosquito repellent that contains DEET or picaridin on exposed skin when you go outside. You may also spray clothing with repellents that contain DEET or permethrin. Do not spray repellent on skin under clothing. Do not use permethrin directly on skin. Repellents are safe and effective when used according to the directions on the package. Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s DIRECTION FOR USE, especially when using on children.

Make sure window screens are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home. n ••• Additional Resources: For more information on West Nile Virus: www.santacruzhealth.org/ fightthebite/index.htm; www.westnile.ca.gov/; Santa Cruz County Mosquito and Paul Binding, Manager • Santa Cruz County Mosquito and Vector Control CSA 53 • 831-454-2590.

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Social Security and Women

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ugust 26 is known as Women’s Equality Day. On that date in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was signed, giving women the right to vote. Social Security treats men and women equally. Men and women with identical earnings histories are treated the same. However, there are things women in particular should know about Social Security. Although treated equally by Social Security, there are trends and differences in lifestyle that can affect benefits. For example, women tend to care for many people: spouses, children, and parents. Taking time away from the workplace to care for a newborn child or aging parent can have an impact on your future Social Security benefits. Also, despite significant strides through the years, women are more likely

to earn less over a lifetime than men. Women are less often covered by private retirement plans, and they are more dependent on Social Security in their retirement years. And, women tend to live about five years longer than men, which means more years depending on Social Security and other retirement income or savings. If a woman is married to a man who earns significantly more than she does, it is likely she will qualify for a larger benefit amount on his record than on her own. Want to learn more? Visit our Women’s page at w w w. s o c i a l s e c u r i t y. g o v / w o m e n . Follow the link on that page to our publication, What Every Woman Should Know. You can read it online, print a copy, or listen to it on audio. We provide alternate media as well to reach as many women as

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Social Security treats men and women equally. Men and women with identical earnings histories are treated the same. However, there are things women in particular should know about Social Security. Although treated equally by Social Security, there are trends and differences in lifestyle that can affect benefits.

possible and to provide the information the way you’d like to receive it. Learning about your future Social Security benefits and how men and women are treated just the same in the eyes of Social Security: what better way to celebrate Women’s Equality Day? ••• QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS uestion: How can I get a copy of my Social Security Statement? Answer: If you are age 18 or older, you may get your Social Security Statement

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conveniently online at any time after creating an account at www.socialsecurity.gov/ mystatement. The Statement provides estimates for retirement, disability and survivors benefits, as well as a way to determine whether your earnings are accurately posted to your Social Security record. Social Security sends paper Social Security Statements in the mail only to people age 60 and older and, beginning July 2012, to workers the year they turn 25. “SSN and Women” > 31


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The garage is clean — what’s left to pass on?

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ful place and I can sleep walk about certain things. What I don’t want to go to sleep about is the mental space that opened up as I cleared out the past: Beyond the tangible stuff, what will I leave behind? What is my legacy? What’s yours? A legacy is … • Something what we pass on to the next generation. • What we’ll be remembered for. • Something we may never see come to fruition or know its impact. “The legacy we leave is part of the ongoing foundations of life,” says business philosopher and author Jim Rohn. “Those who came before leave us the world we live in. Those who will come after will have only what we leave them. We are stewards of this world, and we have a calling in our lives to leave it better than how we found it, even if it seems like such a small part.” The nuance I add to the distinction legacy is this: When you think of your legacy, don’t think last will and testament. Think last conversation and temperament. Our daily interactions and deeds create a legacy of character, commitment and concern. The impact is felt right now in the lives we touch every day. Those of us who have the awesome opportunity to impact the younger generation, especially parents and teachers, know this to our core. This impact doesn’t stop after childhood. I see it occurring in the workplace every day. As a manager, how did your last conversation make the person feel? Empowered or puny? As a co-worker, did you speak to your cubiclemate as someone more or less powerful in face of his or her circumstances? As a (www.success.com/articles/861-live-your-legacy) leader, did you Want support in the process? Call me! speak to your team’s greatness 1. Grasp why your legacy is important. or limitations? 2. Choose your legacy. The impact of the legacy and 3. Focus your legacy. whether it’s car4. Live your legacy now. ried on or left behind is in the eye of the beholder. S o m e l a rg e r- t h a n life legacies inspire and encourage us to

fter last month’s uber-cleansing garage clean-out [link to my blog which has July column — www.wipcoaching.com/blog/ or TPG online version), I now walk unimpaired across the floor, dodging only the occasional fur ball. The walk is both exhilarating and disconcerting. Exhilarating because every step acknowledges weeks of effort that produced the results: space for a vehicle, letting go of inconsequential stuff, putting the past in the past and opening up space for the future. Disconcerting because the space is unfamiliar and disrupts my automatic, unthinking habits. (Where is that dog leash?) New habits will soon take their right-

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dream big. Think JFK and the space program, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights, Mother Teresa and service to others, Steve Jobs and personal computing. The large-in-my-life legacies in the inspiring category are my parents, my brother, my high school band teacher (Mr. Lutz), close friends and a long list of managers and colleagues. Some legacies of public figures, brilliant at the start, lose their shine and cause us to shudder. Think Enron and business ethics. Think Nixon and Watergate. Think Joe Paterno. I also have some legacies in this category. (BTW: It’s quite possible my name may show up on both lists. Like I said, the impact is in the eye of the beholder.) John Maxwell in his The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership says it this way: “Too often, leaders put their energy into organizations, buildings, systems or other lifeless objects. But only people live

on after we are gone. Everything else is temporary.” As the leader of your life, how you treat others, day-in-and-day-out, is the core of your legacy. What do you want people to say about you when you’ve left the meeting room? What behavior of yours do you want people to emulate? What values and principles guide your communications, negotiations, leadership and business decisions? And two important followup questions: Are you living them today? If not, what do you need to change? Even if you never touch a box in your garage, clearing out the past from your relationships to make space for a new, consciously created future is far better use of your time and energy. Besides, while most of us won’t be leaving a legacy of hospital wings or libraries, we’ll all be leaving a legacy of relationships. Choose your legacy and start living it today with all the generations in your life. n

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Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival

Relax in the Park with Art, Wine, Food, & Live Music

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cotts Valley is gearing up for the 13th Annual Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival. It’s the place for all Santa Cruz County residents to be the second week of August. This two day event will be

held from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, August August 11 and 12, in beauti10 am ful SkyPark in Scotts Valley – take the Mt Hermon Exit off Highway 17

Join the VOLUNTEER TEAM!

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and follow the signs to 361 Kings Village Road. Sponsored by the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Scotts Valley Arts Commission, this premier event is held in a beautiful open park setting, so the mood is comfortable and relaxed as you wander past more than 100 artists’ booths — many of which are local artists — offering a variety of fine art styles and techniques. You’ll find magnificent jewelers, breath taking photography, creative art in oil and acrylic, wood creations, ceramic, metal and glass wonders, fabric art, and so much more! Don’t miss the opportunity to lose yourself in Fine Art while strolling through Skypark sipping award-winning wines. The Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival showcases many of the foremost wineries from the Santa Cruz Mountains and surrounding area, so there are plenty of “tastings” to go around. It’s a great way to experience the wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains without having to drive from winery to winery – just a casual walk through the park for two days. To celebrate our 13th year of the Festival, 13 Wineries will be pouring their excellent wines this year including: Bargetto Winery, Bruzzone Family Vineyards, Chaucer’s Cellars, Dancing Creek, Hallcrest Vineyards, Heart O’ the Mountain, Odonata Wines, Poetic Cellars, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, and – joining us for the first time – 37th Parallel Winery, Mica Cellars, MJA Vineyards, and Wargin Wines. You’ll want to taste them all, so plan on coming to the Festival both Saturday and Sunday. Voted the “Community’s Favorite

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Local Artist Sharon Medler displays this year’s Winning Festival Poster.

Event” year after year, the Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival offers a fantastic food court with a variety of delicious selections. Of course, for our beer connoisseurs, the Festival also offers a good beer selection for your pleasure. So, grab some food and drink and relax on the hay bales, at picnic tables, bring your own blanket, or sit under the shade tent while enjoying the musical entertainment from the nearby stage. This year the featured bands will be Aftershock, Sparkletones, Adonis DNA, Stella By Barlight, Incendio and Joint Chiefs Band. There’s sure to be a band that will become your favorite. It’s a Great Day in Skypark at the Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival, August 11 and 12. If you would like to join the Volunteer Team, applications are still being accepted. For more information, call the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce at 831-438-1010 or visit www.scottsvalleychamber.com. n


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Knox Garden Boxes arren Knox is very well known locally for his roofing company, Knox Roofing. But many of you may not know that he makes the most beautiful and practical garden boxes. Knox invited me over for lunch recently to show me his boxes and take me on a tour of his garden. He obviously has a green thumb as every inch of his vast garden has some plant or other growing – and it all looks superbly healthy and well taken care of. I was envious to say the least, as my own garden is lacking on many counts. But most impressive of all are Knox’s garden boxes, which he sells. The boxes are heavily constructed of insect- and rot-resistant lumber — and you can grow whatever you want in them. Knox had an abundance of herbs growing in one — basil, sage, oregano, parsley, rosemary, dill and marjoram, and in others, he had tomatoes, lettuce, beets, rhubarb – and so much more. The boxes are on legs (standing about waist high) — which makes for much easier gardening as you don’t have to bend over — and they’re easy to maintain. Also, pesky critters such as gophers can’t get to the plants. With boxes coming in many shapes and sizes, they’re an attractive addition to your home. I want one for right outside my front door, so my neighbors can see what I’m growing. Accessories are available such as heat lamps, greenhouse domes, automatic watering, and casters so that you can move them around easily. Knox Garden Box, 46 El Pueblo Road, Scotts Valley, 461-9430. www.knoxgardenbox.com.

Mini Vacations Just a Stone’s Throw Away Our Stay at the Hofsas House in Carmel ometimes it’s nice to have a brief getaway from home without having to board a plane or drive for hours and hours. My husband and I often head south to Carmel. It takes less than no time to get there and one is in a completely different setting. One place we stayed recently is the Bavarian-style Hofsas House on 4th San Carlos streets. It’s a small hotel with about 40 rooms, swimming pool, and with Continental breakfast served every morning – and it’s only a five-minute walk to the center of town, which makes it really convenient. Owner Carrie Theis was so welcoming when we checked in that we felt right at home straight away. A champagne and cheese pairing can be arranged for your arrival, and the hotel can also set up a firewood and s’mores bundle to take to the beach. As Mrs. Theis mentioned, the beach in Carmel is still fire, alcohol and pet friendly, which makes it an attractive destination for many people. And the Hofsas House is pet-friendly, too – a huge bonus for people wanting to take Fido away on their trip. We ended our short stay with a fabulous dinner at Mundaka, a fun and upbeat Spanish-style tapas restaurant, which I highly recommend. Hofsas House, 4th and San Carlos, Carmel, 831-624-2745. www.hofsashouse.com. Email: carrie@hofsashouse.com. Mundaka, 7th and San Carlos, Carmel, 831-624-7400. www.mundakacarmel.com.

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U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West free event at the Steinbeck Center in Salinas is showcasing the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base in California. The band will perform all kinds of music, as well as military marches. Local Watsonville Band opens the concert, and the whole event promises to be a splendid affair. The event is on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. It’s free and open to the public but tickets are required from www.brownpapertickets.com. Steinbeck Center for Arts & Culture at Sherwood Hall, 940 North Main St., Salinas. Info: www.steinbeck.org.

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By Josie Cowden

Etiquette get such a lot of positive feedback about my notes on etiquette, and people tell me how much they look forward to reading that particular section of my column. For my July 1 column, I wrote about the importance of men standing up when a woman is introduced or comes into a room. That extends to a husband standing to greet his wife when

she walks into their home. A husband should open the car door for his wife, help her off with her coat – and always wait for her. It’s terrible when the husband walks off with total disregard for his wife. n ••• Josie Cowden is a freelance writer and proofreader. Contact her at ravenone274@comcast.net.

Children’s Books

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Announcements

Nar-Anon

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 saveyoursanity@aol.com

Ongoing Events Second and Fourth Mondays First and Third Wednesdays

Alzheimers Support Groups

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

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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

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Drop in Grief Support

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

Ocean Gate Zen Center

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7:00pm. 920 41st Ave. Suite B, Santa Cruz (next to Family Cycling Center) lease join us on Tues. evenings at 7pm for two 30 min. periods of sitting meditation with a 10 min walking meditation in between, followed by tea and discussion. Zazen instruction 6:30pm first Tues. of each month. Morning meditation schedule Tues. & Thurs. 6:45am & Sat. 8:30am followed by "Come As You Are Zen." Visit oceangatezen.org for more info.

First Tuesdays Each Month

Tail Wagging World of Dog Ownership

6:30pm at the Santa Cruz SPCA, 2685 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz (cross street is Soquel Ave.).

First Tuesdays and Third Wednesdays Each month

Orientations to Become Advocates for Children

North County, 5:30-7p.m., first Tuesday of month (for location details contact Danielle at 761-2956 X102) South County, 5:30-7 p.m., third Wednesday of the month at the CASA Office, 813 Freedom Blvd. Watsonville ASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Santa Cruz County needs your help. Volunteer 3-5 hours per week to provide sup28 / August 2012 / Capitola Soquel Times

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port, guidance, and a powerful voice in court for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Everyone welcome, men and bilingual folks especially encouraged. To RSVP call 761-2956 Ext. 102, or email Danielle@casaofsantacruz.org

For more information, call (831) 688-3312, or visit www.aptoschristianfellowship.com.

Elegant Treasures Flea Market

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8:00am-3:00pm, Inner Light Center, 5630 Soquel Dr. Soquel pscale Resale-gently used quality items, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, housewares, sporting goods, electronics, clothes, shoes, art, books, plants, toys, and more! Fundraiser, free admission.

Second Tuesdays Each Month

Free Job Seek Workshop!

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

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(Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) 7:00pm-9:00pm, 900 High St. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz o learn more, call (831) 427-4016 or visit www.pflagscc.org

Wednesdays

Coastal Professionals

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

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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.

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Lectures on Western Civilization

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

Overeaters Anonymous

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

First Wednesday Each Month

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

Second and Fourth Wednesdays

Freedom Forum Presents: Constitution Classes

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

www.tpgonlinedaily.com

Sunday August 5 First Annual Lock Out Hunger

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Local Weekend Farmers’ Markets

or more information, visit www.meetup.com/ santacruz-freedom-forum/

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Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club Meeting

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

Overeaters Anonymous

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

Second Thursdays Each 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 Each Month

Cabrillo Host Lions Club

7:00pm at the Cabrillo Community Center, Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd. ublic is invited to all programs. Contact President Jess Allen 831-684-2721 or Past President Barbara Chamberlain at 831-6883356 for meeting/dinner reservations or information or visit www.cabrillohostlions.org.

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Pacific Speakers Association

7:00pm, Firehouse on Soquel Dr. Aptos peakers helping speakers get gigs. Call (831) 332-8221 for more information.

Fridays

Clutterers Anonymous

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

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8:00am-9:15 am, Aptos Yoga Center, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. Ste 23B nwind the tension of the week and start the weekend off right. Supported by blankets, relax into poses that release deep spinal tensions, reducing stress and increasing flexibility and strength. Preregistration is required. For more information call (831) 688-1019, or visit

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Aptos Certified Farmers Market

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

Scotts Valley Farmer’s Market

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

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 — donations accepted. Visit oceangatezen.org for more info.

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Wednesday August 1 Speaking Out for Healthier Food, ‘The Truth about GMOs Tour!’

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6:30pm, Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St. SC pproximately 75% of processed foods in the US contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and most of us eat those daily without knowing it. Why does it matter? Get the facts-- join the internationally renowned speakers Jeffrey Smith and Ocean Robbins for a discussion about the dangers of GMO food, and the importance of voting "Yes" for the November ballot initiative that would require labeling of GMO foods. Suggested donation: $5-$10. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/gmofreesmith

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10:00am-12:00pm, Aptos Christian Fellowship, 7200 Freedom Blvd ome for free quality kids clothes, sizes 018. Accepting donations now until August 3rd, (if you are interested in donating, put clothes under the sign by the church door).

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12 p.m.-3 p.m. 712 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz, Presented by AA Safe and Security Co. elp Lock Out Hunger in your community. Come and enjoy some tacos (Provided by Taquitos Nayarit), family fun, music, a jump house for the kids, and raffle prizes. “It is unbelievable hard to imagine that kids go hungry in Santa Cruz County. Join AA Safe and Security in our efforts to Lock Out Hunger.” – Scott Edelstein (President/CEO) A benefit event for Second Harvest Food Bank. Bring a can of food and/or some cash to donate.

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Baby Boot Camp

9:00am-12:00pm, Fleet Feet, Aptos oms, babies and families are welcome to come out and meet the team from Baby Boot Camp Santa Cruz, where moms get fit! Visit us at Fleet Feet for deals, freebies, and prizes! Representatives from various companies will be there to sponsor this event! This event is FREE! Call Dawna Lipari for more information at (831) 761-2229.

Saturday August 11 FREE intro to Svaroopa ® Yoga Classes

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9:00am-10:30am, Aptos Yoga Center, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. Ste. 23B, Aptos xperience this unique and highly beneficial form of Hatha Yoga. With the support of blankets, relax into easy, powerful poses that release deep tensions along the spine. Relax your body, quiet your mind, and increase flexibility and strength, For more information, call (831) 688-1019, or visit www.aptosyoga.org.

Tuesday August 28 Aptos Sons In Retirement Luncheon

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11:30am, Severinos Resteraunt, 7500 Old Dominion Ct. Aptos peaker will be member John Ponist, retired Deputy Public Defender, County of Los Angeles, on the important steps to follow if faced with a legal problem, plus some of the interesting cases he was involved in. SIR is an organization of retired men, for which there are no dues, fees, political or religious agendas. Call (831) 688-0977 for more information.

Wednesday August 29 Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group Meetings

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6:30pm-8:00pm, Community room at Aptos Fire Station on Soquel Dr. eetings are free and open to the public, especially those with ADHD or those who care about someone with ADHD. We will hold break out sessions for parents of young chidlren with ADHD, parents of teens with


Your August Horoscope Annabel Burton • Astrologer ©

There are plenty of ideas in the pipeline for you, so you are spending time tweaking these, finalizing details and considering your options. You have a proactive approach when it comes to your cash and buying and selling is good for you at this time. Make the most of the current climate to be the first in queue and of course, do your homework first. Interesting and unusual situations arise which you haven't encountered before, and this makes life exciting and dramatic at times! You are encouraged to go with the new rather than hang on to the old.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)

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elive history by traveling back to the era of Isaac Graham, the mountain man who settled in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the 1830s. To learn more and get information about train departure times, visit www.roaringcamp.com.

Announcements

Cabrillo Stage 2012 Season

Cabrillo Crocker Theatre, 6500 Soquel Dr. Aptos ummer season for Cabrillo Stage runs from July 13-August 19. A Chorus Line plays from July 13-August 12, Wednesday-Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, with weekend matinees at 2:00pm. Anything Goes plays July 27-August 19, Wednesday-Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, with weekend matinees at 2:00pm, and Escaping Queens has sold out, except for a play on Saturday, August 18. Tickets are sold at www.cabrillostage.com, or call (831) 479-6154.

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Sunday August 12 35th Annual Music Saw Festival at Roaring Camp

ove Music and Supporting the Arts? The Monterey Symphony needs you! Come join our group of dedicated individuals who help the Monterey Symphony provide professional concerts and education programs for our community. Volunteers provide services at concerts, assist with fundraising efforts and various special events. Call (831) 645-1127 to learn more!

Ongoing Events Monday thru Friday thru Aug. 16

Peaceful Interludes and Tranquil Landscapes

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8 am-5 pm, Santa Cruz County Government Center at 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz n art exhibition presented by the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County. This exhibit will run from June 5th to August 16, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. This new art exhibition features five artists whose works convey a sense of richness in the depiction of, and a connection with, their subjects and natural surroundings. Featured artists include Marie Gabrielle, Caroline McCall, Susan Trimingham, Erika Gakovich, and Timothy Lydgate. To learn more, Visit the Cultural Council's website at www.ccsscc.org.

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BINGO

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

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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 paradisebeachgrille.com

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Peninsula Banjo Band

7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave, San Jose orty-seven years of performing in the Bay Area, over 250 popular tunes. Come see our band for Free in Sunnyvale Every Wednesday. No cover. Contact Lee McLaughlin, Booking Agent, at 408993-BAND (2263) for information about booking the band for Non-profit events (donations are tax deductible). www.PeninsulaBanjoBand.org

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Monterey Symphony Volunteers Needed

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Salsa Rueda Class

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

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) 4754221

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Fridays

Argentine Tango at Dance Synergy

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8:00-8:30pm class; 8:30-10:00+pm, practice 9055 Soquel Dr. Aptos e will cover the fundamentals of leading and following traditional Argentine Social Tango, focusing on what you need to dance well and enjoy yourself at the Milongas, (Tango dance party) and other social Tango events. For questions, contact Michael, stclare7@tangoworld.net (831) 239-2247

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First Fridays Each Month

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

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Second Fridays Each Month

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7:30pm-10:00pm, at Mid-County Senior Center 829 Bay Ave, Capitola allroom dancing to live music by The 10th Ave. Band. Refreshments, large floor, friendly atmosphere, free parking. Open to the public-singles welcome! Suggested donation, $6 per person. Proceeds benefit MCSC. For more information, call (831) 476-4711.

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Musical Me Inc. Family Jam Night

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

Fourth Saturdays of each month

Writers and Poets Open Mike

2:00pm-4:00pm, Porter Memorial Library, 3050 Porter St. Soquel no meeting Jan., July, Aug. or Dec.)

Friday July 27 thru Sunday July 29 (Also August 3-5)

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Trains depart from 8:30am-5:00pm, Roaring Camp, Felton homas the Tank, the classic story-book engine chugs into Roaring Camp Railroads for a Day Out With Thomas, Mystery on the Rails Tour, 2012. Thomas fans are invited to come spend the day to ride their favorite No. 1 engine, meet Sir Topham Hat, and take part in a variety of interactive activities. For pricing and more, call (831) 335-4484. To order tickets, call TicketWeb at 1-866-4687630 or log onto roaringcamp.com.

Saturday August 4 Monday August 6 Auditions for Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Saturday: 1:00pm-5:00pm, Mon: 7:00pm10:00pm, Park Hall lease come prepared with a song of your choice from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." 32 bars max. Wear clothes and shoes you can dance in.

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Starlight Evening Train Experience from Santa Cruz Boardwalk

vening trains depart from the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz for a relaxing and music-filled, two and 1/2 hour round-trip excursion along the San Lorenzo River Gorge and the forested Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. For more active passengers, stream train cars will be reserved for dancing. For ticket price information and more, call (831) 335-4484 or visit www.roaringcamp.com.

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10:00 am, Roaring Camp, Felton he world's greatest saw players will join other acoustic musicians in a variety of musical performances, including spontaneous acoustic jams, a Saw-off competition, and a Chorus of Saws. Admission to the festival is free, parking is $8. For more information, call (831) 3354484.

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6:00pm-9:00pm, Center for Spiritual Living, 1818 Felt St. Santa Cruz s. Eszterhas will be giving a slideshow and lecture at the Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Cruz as a benefit for the Center for Animal Protection and Education's 20 year anniversary. Beverages and vegan hors d'oeuvres will be served. A silent auction and raffle will ad to the evening's events. Ms. Ezterhas will have a selection of her photos for purchase with a portion of the cost benefitting CAPE's Veterinary Fund. Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 general admission, $10 for seniors and students. Visit http://photographsbysuzi.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Shelley at (831) 336-4695.

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Moonlight Dinner Train Party

6:00pm-10:30pm, Roaring Camp, Felton reat your family to an evening of fun and relaxation at Roaring Camp's Western Themed Moonlight Dinner Train Party. Start with a hearty steak BBQ dinner in the moonlight, followed by a leisurely train ride aboard the vintage railway cars. The stream train stops atop Bear Mountain to a glowing campfire, hot apple pie, and a country western band. Tickets $45 for adults, $35 for children. Parking is $8 per car. For more information, call (831) 335-4484 or visit www.roaringcamp.com.

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You are busy and active this month, and seem to attract all kinds of people into your circle. You are willing to stand up for yourself and perhaps others too, who are less confident. As such, you may meet opposition but you are more than capable to taking your cause to the end as it is the right thing to do. Venus, your ruler, makes life more interesting regarding your profession and career, and while there is a creative element you find that collaborating with people and being at one with time, reaps rich rewards. Be patient, though!

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)

You may have been dealing with certain trying issues for a while, and a little frustrated that getting through these is not as easy as you had hoped. But this month, things are changing, and it may be not as a result of your efforts but Fate lending a hand as it often does to take your life in another direction entirely. This works out better for you in the long run so you may as well go with it. After the 24th you find renewed energy and confidence to take some brave steps and accordingly rewarded with a wonderful feeling of triumph!

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

Life can be very harmonious this month, as several wonderful occasions show you what is there to be celebrated. New job or a new home perhaps? Either way you have the energy back that you need to get great ideas and follow them through. It helps that you and another are in total agreement, so you feel less pressured to argue and put over your viewpoint. You are quite often lucky, by being in the right place at the right time and this is particularly so on the 1st, and the 25th, but be a little cautious around the 15th.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

While it is true that you have a reputation for getting there in the end, even your patience has been wearing a bit thin. This month brings exciting developments that you cannot help but welcome particularly concerning new beginnings, fresh starts, and being able to close the door on one issue that you are happy to leave. Romance is blossoming this month too especially after the 8th when Venus enters your chart area of relationships. This works well in business terms too as you are making some amazing breakthroughs, workwise.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

You start the month with a Full Moon in your sign and this is key for partnership matters. Either way, there is something to celebrate and take note of as you may have reached a decision that can only be of benefit for you both. At any rate, a new sense of achievement is there and this boosts you throughout the month. You are empowered by the fact that a brave decision pays off really well although you may have been putting it off for a while. Later, there is a change of emphasis for you as you see practical ways to make more cash.

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)

Although practicalities take precedence for much of this month, this is as a result of your previous plans which are now reaching fruition. You see that you are proved to be right after all, which means self doubt can be quietly let go. Others warm to you and you are the person they come to for advice and moral support. You are happy in this role and feel as though you are doing good in the right quarters. Later, from the 23rd, the Sun moves into Virgo and here relationship matters become your priority.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

This month, while the Sun is in Leo, you can enjoy yourself, feel free to be creative and have a fun attitude. Added to this, your ruler, Mars, is now in Libra and can bring excitement in terms of new relationships. For existing ones, use this time to be proactive and plan some romantic times with your loved one. This is a great month for travelling, learning new skills and discovering hidden talents. Secrets come to light at the end of the month and after the 23rd you are more business like and focused.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

While initially you are dealing with interesting developments regarding your finances, after the first week, your opportunities come from networking, getting out and about and otherwise being very sociable. You combine business with pleasure when you meet someone new with has some brilliant ideas worth pursuing. Although demands from home and family can be trying, you find you have the energy to make the best decisions and embark on adventures that appeal to everyone. Later this month, a creative idea can be a money making project.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

You are getting to grips with having, Jupiter planet of abundance, in your sign and as such find that opportunities come more easily and you meet just the right people at the right time. This really helps your current ideas to gather momentum, and you are super busy. This is the way you like it as the last thing you need is to be at a loose end. Don't take anything too seriously just now. Life has a way of turning out great so simply let it be. You are less inclined to put the world to rights and simply seek out more of what is good for you.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

A change of job or an improvement in your finances is possible, provided you are alert to what is available to you. The last thing you need to do is give yourself a hard time and be super critical, but developing self confidence helps to give the impression you know what's what, even though your are not sure inside. Still, appearances count and this month you are perhaps spending more and treating yourself to nice new things. Two Full Moons make this a special month in many ways, and there will be memorable moments to treasure forever.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

5:30 pm, Roaring Camp, Felton rains depart from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and travels along the picturesque San Lorenzo River Gorge and forested Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to Leo (July 23-Aug. 23) Roaring Camp. Upon arrival, a delicious steak Mercury will be in your sign for the whole of August, so you can dinner will be served. After dinner, relax and be assured of having plenty to do, places to see and people to dance to musical entertainment. On the return visit. You are naturally sociable and this sounds great but watch your energies levels as it is possible to have too much of a good trip to Santa Cruz, Big Trees & Pacific Railway time! Initially, you are out of your comfort zone as new experibrings the forest to life with dazzling color and ences can be hard to adjust to but this settles down soon enough. Your imagination and creativity get a boost after the 7th and light. ensure that you and a loved one are singing form the same hymn Advance purchase is recommended, tickets sheet at the start. ••• $45 for adults, $35 for children. For more Find Out More www.AnnabelBurton.tv information, call (831) 335-4484. n www.tpgonlinedaily.com Capitola Soquel Times / August 2012 / 29


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Tony Alonzo — Vigorous Volunteer

hen Tony Alonzo retired from a 26-year career in the California Youth Authority, it was a gain for Santa Cruz County because he brought his boundless energy and spirit of optimism to volunteering to help others here. He promptly offered his services to the Mid County Senior Center, where he has been a driving force in the kitchen, the gardens and the Board Room. As a Director-At- Large and Vice President in charge of Ways and Means, he has promoted the many activities offered at the Center and has brought new ideas into action. The highly successful Tuesday Night Live dinners and get-togethers constitute one of Tony’s projects that keeps growing in attendance. He initiated and manages the Wednesday Night BBQs in the garden gazebo that he helped install. Another of his projects is his Friday morning Senior Stretch Class for men and women. It’s focus is to delay the age-related decline in muscle mass and function known as Sarcopenia. He teaches exercises that may be performed standing or sitting or while watching television. Using his knowledge and skills as a Certified Massage Therapist and working with Dr. Karl Knoph, Tony facilitated two seminars on Healthy Aging in the Adaptive Fitness Program that were held at the Senior Center. Tony has helped plan and manage several special events, including the 35th Anniversary Celebration of the building of the Mid County Senior Center. In 2003, he added to his volunteer work by starting at the Grey Bears in the gleaning program. Now, he is part of the composting program and sorting and distribution of donations from the stores. Tony can be seen driving a forklift carrying supplies from building to building or stirring up pancake batter at the July 14th Grey Bear Benefit, where 293 pancake breakfasts were served.

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Every Monday, Tony uses his skills as a Certified Massage Therapist at the San Andreas Regional Wren Avenue Training Center in Gilroy. He serves as a consultant and works with an average of 12 people with special needs in a program that he developed to improve range of motion, strength, flexibility and relaxation. When Tony retired at age 50, he had decided not to fight against the process of ageing, but to work with it. Ageing may be a natural process, but it can be mitigated by exercise, a reasonable diet and a positive mental attitude. His philosophy is expressed in the phrase, “Giving is the secret.” He advises people to guard against ANT-Automatic Negative Thoughts, which can develop into Automatic Negative Talk. He strives to be a pos-

itive conduit for people to bring about cooperation and unity. All of this, he accomplishes with humor and a sense of fun. Which helps to explain why Tony is so popular with the people that know him, and it seems that everyone knows and appreciates Tony. Another result is a successful marriage. He and his wife Karol celebrated their 45th anniversary in January with their three children and their families. I asked Tony where he gets all his energy that lasts throughout his busy days. He answered, “It’s a combination of proper night rest, good nutrition, exercise and a positive optimistic attitude. I start every morning by repeating my mantra – I can, I will, I must.” n


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e once lived with a family in a home with a sprawling fenced yard where he romped and played the day away. Upon an unfortunate foreclosure, Bojangles, a five year-old Shetland sheepdog/Spaniel mix and his family were forced to move into a small apartment. His owners felt that Bojangles was no longer happy due to the limited space and made the heart-wrenching decision to bring him to the shelter. At first, the beautiful tri-colored boy was anxious and confused at yet another lifealtering change, but as the days went by he began making friends with the other dogs and thoroughly enjoying his daily volunteer walks. A recent “sleep-over” with a volunteer revealed him to be a wonderful and polite houseguest. He knew where to go potty, did wonderful on a long beach walk, got along brilliantly with their large dog and slept soundly all night. One of his favorite things is a large green lawn! His eyes light up and he literally smiles as he zooms around, throwing himself to his back wiggling and rolling around in total bliss. Another little quirk of this adorable boy is to do a hilarious doggy dance around your feet when asking to go on an adventure. He makes it impossible for you to ignore him! Even though this boy is five years old, he has the temperament of a much younger dog. This doesn’t mean he is a bounce-off-the wall kind of boy who is hard to handle but it does mean he still loves to go on long walks, play with others and lead an active life. Bojangles is a great size for many lifestyles, weighing about 35 pounds with a short and stocky build. He doesn’t have the exact length and type of fur as a purebred Shetland Sheepdog but it is still on the longer end and would need regular brushing and periodic trims. This goofy, sweet, affectionate dog has a true thirst for life and would make a great human or canine companion. He’s well socialized with dogs of all sizes, wonderful with children, fearless in fast paced environments and a true joy to have around. He does need a home with a yard to play in as well as a family who likes to get out and walk or dance! Our adoption package for dogs and cats includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, an ID tag, collar, a free health exam with a licensed Veterinarian, one month’s free health insurance, discounted crate purchase and other animal care materials. If you would like to help animals like Bojangles 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 4655000, or visit www.santacruzspca.org. The SPCA is located at 2685 Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz, CA 95065 and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 p. n

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If this applies to you, you should receive your Statement about two to three months before your birthday. Also, you can get an instant, personalized estimate of your future retirement benefit using our online Retirement Estimator at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator.

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uestion: My neighbor, who is retired, told me that the income he receives from his part-time job at the local nursery gives him an increase in his Social Security benefits. Is that right? Answer: Retirees who return to work after they start receiving benefits may be able to receive a higher benefit based on those earnings. This is because Social Security automatically re-computes the retirement benefit after crediting the additional earnings to the individual’s earnings record. Learn more by reading the publication, How Work Affects Your Benefits, at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10069.html.

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uestion: What is the difference between Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability? Answer: Social Security administers two major programs that provide benefits based on disability: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI benefits are based on prior work under Social Security, and are financed with Social Security taxes paid by workers, employers, and self-employed persons. To be eligible for an SSDI benefit, the worker must earn sufficient credits based on taxable work to be “insured” for Social Security purposes. SSI payments are made on the basis of financial need and are financed through general tax revenues. Adults or children who are disabled or blind, and have limited income and resources, may be eligible for SSI disability. The monthly payment varies up to the maximum federal benefit rate, which may be supplemented by the state or decreased by income. Learn more by reading our publications, Supplemental Security Income, at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/ 11000.html, and Disability Benefits, at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10029.html.

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Can I get both uestion: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security benefits based on my disability? Answer: Many people eligible for Social Security disability benefits also may be eligible for SSI. The disability decision for one program is the same for the other, but you must meet additional resource and income limits to qualify for SSI benefits. Learn all about SSI and whether or not you may qualify by reading the publication, You May Be Able To Get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/11069.html.

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uestion: Is there a time limit on collecting Social Security disability benefits? Answer: Your disability benefits will continue as long as your medical condition does not improve and you remain unable to work. We will review your case at regular intervals to make sure you are still disabled. If you are still receiving disability benefits when you reach full retirement age, we will automatically convert them to retirement benefits. Learn more by reading our publication, Disability Benefits, at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10029.html.

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uestion: I get Social Security because of a disability. How often will my case be reviewed to determine if I’m still eligible? Answer: How often we review your medical condition depends on how severe it is and the likelihood it will improve. Your award notice tells you when you can expect your first review using the following terminology: • Medical improvement expected — If your condition were expected to improve within a specific time, your first review would be six to 18 months after you started getting disability benefits. • Medical improvement possible — If improvement in your medical condition is possible, your case will be reviewed about every three years. • Medical improvement not expected — If your medical condition were unlikely to improve, your case would be reviewed about once every five to seven years. n

Retirees who return to work after they start receiving benefits may be able to receive a higher benefit based on those earnings. This is because Social Security automatically re-computes the retirement benefit after crediting the additional earnings to the individual’s earnings record.

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