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September 2012


Vol 17 No. 9

Serving Central Santa Cruz County

California Launches New Grade Level

Young students have a new option Eight Hundred School Districts to Offer Transitional Kindergarten

By Noel Smith s the school year begins, districts throughout California will begin offering transitional kindergarten — TK for short — the first new grade level in the state since the introduction of kindergarten in 1891. This school year, more than 800 school districts are expected to provide transitional kindergarten. This is the first year of a new two-year kindergarten for children with fall birthdays who are too young to enter regular kindergarten. Approximately 40,000 California students will be offered the new age-appropriate curriculum this fall in more than 2,000 classrooms. An estimated 125,000 California children will be eligible for TK once the program is fully phased in over the next three years. “These are tough economic times, and school budgets have been cut to the bone. Transitional kindergarten is one of the few bright spots on the educational horizon,” said State Senator Joe Simitian, the author of the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010.


Festival Season is here! Clockwise from top left: Capitola Art & Wine Festival • Capitola Begonia Festival • Santa Cruz Greek Food and Cultural Festival • Santa Cruz County Fair






Seeking an end to a perfect summer in paradise



Changing Lanes, Changing Lives Surviving Cancer



Annual Coastal Cleanup

••• the 60th Begonia Festival in Capitola Art & Wine Capitola by the sea. Music, Entertainment, Movies, Sand f that wasn’t enough, the folSculpture contest, a not-tolowing weekend, September be-missed Nautical Parade, 8-9 is the Capitola Art & Wine and much more. It’s just a Festival. great time for both adults and kids. ... continued on page 5



ow truly blessed we are to have such a variety of fun stuff to do and see. While the rest of the country has been sweltering and wishing for rain, we have had our foggy, cool


mornings and sunny, zephyrous afternoons to enjoy. Now is time for celebration as the summer ends! ••• Begonia Festival ver Labor Day weekend, Aug 31-Sep 3, we have


By Noel Smith


Sharing the Road with School Buses

Locally owned & operated

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‘Disaster Preparedness Fair’ he Santa Cruz County CERT Council, in association with several Santa Cruz County fire agencies, is sponsoring its 5th annual “Dangers in Paradise” disaster preparedness fair this weekend. The event will take place at the Home Depot store located at 2600 41st Avenue. The event will provide information on how to prepare you and your family to plan for and survive major disasters such as fires, earthquakes and severe storms. There will be hands on demonstrations and information available from fire departments, law enforcement and other agencies involved in emergency and disaster preparedness. The fair takes place on Sunday, August 26, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ••• Intensive Therapy Groups for survivors of Child Sexual Abuse New Groups starting in September 2012 urvivors Healing Center (SHC) is forming new eight-week intensive therapy groups for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. SHC’s goals are to empower those victimized by sexual abuse through a healing process and to


prevent sexual abuse of children and youth in our community. SHC welcomes everyone into a safe and supportive healing environment. We offer separate groups in English and Spanish for men, women, lesbian and bisexual women, mothers of survivors, parents of survivors, young adults (17-22), teens (14-16) and preteens (10-13) in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. Goals of the therapy groups are to break isolation, develop healthy coping skills, reduce shame, increase self-esteem and build healthy boundaries. Healing is facilitated using group discussion, writing, meditation, expressive arts, meditation and guided imagery. You are not alone. You are not to blame. Join a group of 6-7 individuals. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale. Call now to pre-register: (831) 423-7601. ••• Unclaimed Santa Cruz County Money Individuals and Businesses Posted he Santa Cruz County AuditorController has posted names of individuals and businesses that have


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Table of Contents


VOL. 17 NO. 9





It’s the Season of Festivals! – Seeking an end to a perfect summer in paradise By Noel Smith California Launches New Grade Level by Noel Smith

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Capitola Soroptimists “Bras For a Cause” Winners Selected


he top three winners of Soroptimist International (SI) of Capitola-ByThe-Sea’s 7th annual “Bras for a Cause” competition were awarded cash prizes Sunday, August 19, at a silent and live auction held at Seascape Golf Club. Winners are: First Place: Chelsea Larson for her “dia de los muertos” black bra featuring skeleton faces on each cup — $150 Second Place: Kathryn Hannay for her bra “Mermaid” constructed of local organic kelp — $100 Third Place: Christina Mosley for her

beautiful multi shades of blue jeweled bra called “Starry Night” — $50 Gift certificates and trophies were presented to winners in other categories including: Holly Tate—Best crafted “Over the shoulder pumpkin holder” bra constructed of specially selected orange glass beads that formed pumpkin faces on each cup Terri Ryan—Most creative use of materials for her chalkboard “Write on bra” “Bras” > 11

Community News

‘Disaster Preparedness Fair’ • Intensive Therapy Groups for survivors of Child Sexual Abuse • Unclaimed Santa Cruz County Money Capitola Soroptimists “Bras For a Cause” Winners Selected Soquel, Live Oak First TK Classes to Start August 29 Capitola Art & Wine Festival turns 30! • OPA! The 32nd-annual Greek Food and Cultural Festival Changing Lanes, Changing Lives – Aptos Resident Survives Cancer by Turning Negative to Positive By Courtney Dimpel 2012 Golden Carrot Award 60th Begonia Festival — How We Got Here By Carolyn Swift, Director, Capitola Historical Museum • 60th Anniversary Begonia Festival Poster • 30th A&W Commemorative Poster Artist Santa Cruz County Fair & Horse Show ‘Come See the Berry Best!’ UCSC receives $1 million gift to support Center for Ocean Health • Hospice of Santa Cruz County Needs Volunteers Annual Coastal Cleanup Day September 15 Rotary Club of Capitola/Aptos Looking for Members • Vista Center’s Low Vision Expo at Louden Nelson Center California’s Top Game Warden Retires after Cadets Graduate • 809 Area Code Fraud Alert Cabrillo Gallery Presents Art: A Bridge Beyond Borders Sharing the Road with School Buses By David Silvey • Highway Workers Facing Danger and Death Each Day Land Trust of Santa Cruz County Seeks Accreditation September 30 is 4th Annual Santa Cruz Neighbors’ Night Out

Chelsea Larson’s first-place bra “Dia de los Muertos.”

Business Profile 13 Fiorito Interior Design By Cynthia Howe Back to School 19 Conversations About Online Child Safety

Calendar • Arts & Entertainment – Pages 28 & 29

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

Featured Columnists 22 The Book Bag by Robert Francis – Bedtime stories featuring lots of monkey business…

24 Money Matters by Brian Cooke and Cole Strickland – Health Care, Housing Eat Into Retiree Budgets

25 Work in Progress by Camille Smith – Want success? Learn to Embrace Failure

27 Out & About by Josie Cowden 31 Seniors in Action by Noreen Santaluce – Ninety Plus Club

SPCA Featured Pet • Page 31 – Posey, the Blind Puppy, Is a

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This legislation changed the state’s kindergarten entry age and created transitional kindergarten. “It will get kids off to a strong start at no additional cost to the state. I’m excited for what this opportunity will mean for our kids, our teachers, our schools, and for California.” In spite of Simitan’s “no cost” assertion, the state’s Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance advocated saving $224 million in Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2012 budget by pulling the plug on Transitional Kindergarten classes scheduled to begin this fall. Since 1951, California has had its kindergarten cut-off date set at Dec. 2. If your kids were 5 years old after that date, they would enter kindergarten at the beginning of the next school year. Under the new law, the cutoff date is moved forward to Sept. 1 over three years. This year’s cut-off will be Nov. 1; in 2013, it will be Oct. 1; and in 2014, the cutoff will be Sept. 1. All those children born between Dec 2 and the new cutoff dates during the transition will attend a TK class. After 2014, the roughly 125,000 children born each year between Sept. 1 and Dec. 2 will be in a “transitional kindergarten” class structured to be more developmentally appropriate. Their next year will see them entering a traditional kindergarten class. The other 375,000 children born each year will only experience one year of kindergarten. All districts are required to offer transitional kindergarten this year, but attendance by children in the new TK is voluntary, as is attendance in kindergarten. Some districts already have two-year kindergarten programs but the majority of districts will be instituting the TK grade level for the first time this school year. Research indicates that beginning school at an older age improves children’s social and academic development. And, as a February 29, 2012 editorial “California to some kids: No” in the Los Angeles Times asked, “Why should only the children with birthdays from Sept. 2 to Dec. 2 be entitled to the extra year of kindergarten, especially when, as they start regular kindergarten, they would be among the older and more developmentally ready students?” Most states have earlier cutoff dates for entering school because many younger children aren’t ready for the challenges of a modern, more academic kindergarten. A

Soquel, Live Oak First TK Classes to Start August 29


ccording to Superintendent Henry Castaniada, the Soquel Union Elementary School District already has 23 students signed up for the District’s first-ever Transitional Kindergarten Class. The new class will be held at the new Opal Cliffs School with Michele McBride as the teacher. If you live in the Soquel Union Elementary School District and your child’s 5th birthday is between July 1 and December 2 this year, he or she is eligible to attend the SUESD Transitional


ccording to Carol Watt, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, the Live Oak School District already has 37 students signed up for the District’s two Transitional Kindergarten Classes. The new classes will be held at Live Oak Elementary School. If you live in the Live Oak School District and your child’s 5th birthday is between November 2 and December 2 of this year, he or she is eligible to attend the District’s Transitional Kindergarten with Classes to start Wednesday, Aug. 29. Those parents who have not yet reg-

September 1 cut off date for kindergarten rather than December 2 would result in fewer children in California’s school systems saving the state and its school districts close to an estimates $700 million the first year if implemented. Transitional kindergarten will be adding additional cost to the districts without any additional funding from the state other than ADA dollars, which keep dropping each year. The TK program adds more children to elementary schools. The state mandated TK classes and curriculum requires additional teachers, teaching assistants, classroom facilities and teacher training. “Transitional kindergarten will help children, families, and educators experience the best possible entrance to school,” said Ada Hand, president of the California

In spite of Simitan’s “no cost” assertion, the state’s Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance advocated saving $224 million in Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2012 budget by pulling the plug on Transitional Kindergarten classes scheduled to begin this fall.

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Kindergarten with Classes to start Wednesday, August 29. Those parents who have not yet registered their boy or girl for the Transitional Kindergarten Class, please contact Janet Lindenbaum, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, at the Soquel Union Elementary School District office by calling (831) 464-5639. There will be a TK Orientation for those registered at the Opal Cliffs School, 4510 Jade Street next to Jade Street Park, on Tuesday, August 28 at 11:00 a.m. n

istered their boy or girl for the Transitional Kindergarten Class, please contact Live Oak Elementary School, 1916 Capitola Road Santa Cruz, CA 95062, Tel # (831) 475-2000 during Office Hours, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday on school days only, or call the District office. Parents interested in more information about enrolling their child in a TK class, contact the Live Oak School District office at 984-1 Bostwick Lane Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Tel # (831) 4756333. n Kindergarten Association. “Even children who are intellectually and developmentally ready but not mature or emotionally prepared can find kindergarten a challenge.” “Today’s kindergarten classroom is a much different place than many of us experienced when we were growing up,” Simitian said. “We’re placing rigorous academic demands on these kids, and the youngest are struggling to catch up. Evidence shows that giving these ‘young fives’ the gift of time can make a big different in their long-term success. The fact that we’re able to do this at no immediate cost to the state is a real bonus in these challenging economic times.” The LA Times editorial summed it up saying, “Make no mistake, many youngsters would benefit enormously from a two-year kindergarten program, as well as subsidized preschool. (The state preschool program has a waiting list of 83,000 children.) With an extra year to make up for any deficits in young children’s knowledge and skills, schools could prepare them for more successful academic futures. It’s too bad the state (and many school districts) can’t afford that right now, but it can’t.” n


Capitola Art & Wine Festival turns 30!


njoy a fun weekend for the whole family and a celebration of artistic expression and local winemaking. It’s the 30th Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival September 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in beautiful Capitola Village by the Sea. The quaintness of the Village, Capitola Beach with its vista looking out over Monterey Bay, and the sound of surf all serve as the backdrop for this wonderful celebration. The Capitola Art & Wine Festival combines Art, Wine, Music & Food all in charming Capitola Village overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay. Stroll the Esplanade admiring the works of over 150

September 8 - 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

local and visiting fine artists, while sipping wine from 21 exceptional Santa Cruz Mountain wineries. The artists’ media ranges from the smallest piece of exquisite jewelry to monumental art for your home or yard and everything in-between for the kids and for the young at heart there is even a local face-painter. A Children’s Art Area with ongoing craft projects is conveniently located in the center of

the Festival on Lawn Way. Browse through exquisite artwork, listen to live music and enjoy a great line-up of exciting entertainment all weekend including local dance and performing arts groups and street performers. The food court areas feature gourmet specialties from local restaurants and caterers; it’s truly a weekend in paradise! You will be inspired by the energetic

dance performances from the Santa Cruz Dance Company, No Limits Dance, Dancenter, Elaine’s Dance Studio, and Te Hau Nui Polynesian Dance Company. The Coffis Brothers kick off the live music with some rock & roll at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday followed by the Sam Morrison Band’s Award Winning Southern Rock Showcase at 5 p.m. Sunday’s entertainment line-up includes performances by Santa Cruz Pipes & Drums, local funk favorites Extra Large, and the red hot rockin’ soul of The Fundamentals.

This drink won’t be found here in the States! New this year, we have added a Kid’s pavilion featuring various carnival games, as well as our usual Mt. Olympus climbing wall. Euro Style Fashions Inc. will hold a fashion show of contemporary Greek women’s clothing. Also, Greek Dancers in traditional garb from all over the Bay Area will perform a variety of dancers that have been performed for hundreds of years. Belly Dancers from local dance studios will also

perform. See our website or Facebook page for a schedule of dancers. Free Admission. 2012 Greek Festival Friday, September 14: 5 -10 pm Saturday, September 15: 11 am - 10pm Sunday, September 16: 12 – 8 pm ••• For more information call (831) 429-6500 or visit us at All Proceeds benefit the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church of Santa Cruz.

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OPA! The 32nd-annual Greek Food and Cultural Festival


he Greek Community of Santa Cruz County is proud to present this annual, award winning (Voted Best Festival) and free event that features live Greek music and dancing, not to mention scrumptious foods and pastries from the Mediterranean. All along Church Street, between Cedar and Center in Downtown Santa Cruz, visitors will find homemade moussaka, pastitso and kabobs, tours of our church, plus crafts, family activities and a whole lot of Greek people having a good time. The Santa Cruz Greek Festival has grown from a small affair in the courtyard of the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, to a huge block party alive with the sounds of live Greek Bouzouki music and the smells of delicious Greek specialties like BBQ Souvlaki (soo-vla-kee) and Gyro (YEERO).

The festival also features its usual handcrafted variety of wonderful dishes such as Moussaka (Moo-SA-Ka) lamb dishes, calamari, Pastitso and many more. The tavern will be serving Greek and American beer, wine and traditional Greek spirits. After dinner delicacies include the ever-popular baklava (Bak-la VA), Loukoumades (Loo-koo-mathes), and Diples, a large but delicately rolled pastry, pre-fried and quickly dipped in honey and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Also in the pastry booth we are featuring Kutaisi, a shredded wheat pastry saturated with honey and spices. In the Kafenio (Coffee Shop) in addition to our handcrafted Greek coffee, we are whipping up authentic Greek Frappe, shaken by hand in the traditional style of cafes served everywhere in Greece.

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the enjoyment of all. You don’t have to spell or perfectly pronounce the delicious foods of the Mediterranean, just enjoy. ••• Santa Cruz County Fair elping to make September the most celebrated month of the year is the County Fair from September 11-16. This is when you get to see all those farm animals, equipment and livestock that is such a part the history of our region. The 4-H and the FFA youth get to show what they’ve learned and the county’s best apple pie is chosen. If that is not exciting enough for you, there are the carnival rides, horse shows, professional entertainment and the food to help fill your day. Truly, there is such a thing as a perfect ending to your summer. n

If you like browsing though one of the most picturesque places on the planet looking for that perfect piece of art, decoration or jewelry, Capitola is the place to be. Try some of the best wine California has to offer from grapes grown in the Mountains of Santa Cruz, listen and dance to local entertainment and feast on gourmet offerings from artichokes to zucchini. Life can’t get any better! ••• Santa Cruz Greek Food and Cultural Festival till more to come! September 14,15 & 16 is the Greek community’s offering to Santa Cruz as they bring the Greek culture’s best in food, dancing and entertainment for


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Changing Lanes, Changing Lives

Aptos Resident Survives Cancer by Turning Negative to Positive


By Courtney Dimpel

onna Rummwell, a 63-year-old Aptos Resident and breast cancer survivor will compete in her first team relay triathlon on September 9 in Pacific Grove. All three women on the team are over 60-years-old and call themselves, “Team Splash, Flash, and Dash.” With a firm handshake and radiating personality, one can tell right off the bat that Donna is living the life she dreamed of. Full of stories about her many passions including racing Ferraris at Sears Point and Laguna Seca Raceway, walking on the beach with friends and family, and turning fascinating sea creatures into watercolor works of art, Donna rarely has a minute to spare. She clearly has a lot she wants to do, and isn’t wasting any of her precious time. Shortly after her 50th birthday, Donna was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer, the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States, after skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women today, after lung c a n c e r . According to the American C a n c e r Society, more than 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually in the United States, and more Donna and her daughter than 39,000 Jessica finish the 2011 Wharf will die from to Wharf race. the disease.

Donna Rummwell takes driving lessons at Sears Point in a 1978 308 Ferrari after her last chemo treatment in 2001.

“I knew I had a lump in my breast for a little while,” said Donna, “I was teaching fourth grade in Palo Alto at the time, and the news came on the first day of class back in 2000. I was upset and very concerned about how this would affect my students. I was very fortunate to have a great job with good insurance, and amazing support group that consisted of friends, coworkers, and family who were a tremendous help during the surgery and throughout treatment. It’s a sad reality, but some people don’t have that.” Donna’s treatment was aggressive; double radical mastectomy, chemo, and radiation. She lost her hair, but not her will to live her life the way she had always dreamed. “I always wanted to

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brought me closer to family, particularly my daughter who is now in the process of becoming a nurse. It was a wake up call. It’s strange how we can make big life changing decisions when faced with challenges. While I loved teaching, and influencing children in a positive way, I felt stuck in my career. For me, cancer ended up being a good thing. If I look at the big ‘life’ picture, the little things don’t stress me out as much.” The past few years have been rough for Donna, losing several friends to cancer. “If there’s one thing I can impress upon people it’s that you never know what is going to happen in your life.” Currently, the view is pretty good from where Donna and her husband Myles are standing (or sitting in the cockpit of a Ferrari!). “Staying in remission requires a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle,” she says. “I make sure to exercise, and I’m always looking forward to the next event. Cancer does change lives, and attitudes!” Cancer gave Donna a reason to live life with a purpose. “Like any decision it was a choice; a choice that can be made at any time, anywhere, with anyone. You don’t need to have cancer to live the life you dreamed. That’s why I wanted to share my story.” n

own a house on the ocean, so my (now) husband Myles and I sold our homes in Silicon Valley and moved to Aptos. I’ love to go fast and am intrigued by exotic vintage cars, so I learned how to drive them on the track. And, I’ve always been passionate about art so I started painting again and now sell my watercolor pieces.” Some, (the cup half empty folks) would have fallen into depression with this type of news. Not Donna. Instead, she said, “I always ask myself how can I make something good come out of a situation. It was no different with cancer. It forced me to Donna and husband Myles with their Ferrari in 2001, receiving a gold make changes, and award at the Concour at Chateu Julien Winery in Carmel. “Briefs” from pg 2

unclaimed funds with the County due to uncashed checks issued more than three years ago. The current lists of these checks and claiming instructions can be found on the County webpage, These lists are also periodically

published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to check the website periodically as additional lists of uncashed checks will be posted there. For more information, contact the County Auditor-Controller’s Office at 4542500. n


2012 Golden Carrot Award


he Go for Health! Collaborative is pleased to announce the winners of the fourth annual Golden Carrot Award. The Golden Carrot Award was created in 2008 to recognize Santa Cruz County restaurants that have gone the extra mile to assist residents in making healthful food choices when they eat out. The award is given to restaurants that meet specific criteria for providing healthful food options to patrons. The growing number of children and adults who are obese or overweight has become an epidemic in our country and our local community. Overweight and obesity can lead to devastating chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and early death. We have seen our local community impacted by this epidemic over the last decade. Several social and environmental factors contribute to

our nation’s weight problem. One major change is an increase in food consumption away from home. When eating out, consumers typically have less information about the nutritional value and calorie content of food, and find it more challenging to determine options. healthful For this reason, the Go for Health! Collaborative has partnered with the local food industry to increase healthful food choices on local restaurant menus. The winners of the 2012 Golden Carrot Award are: Alfresco 1520 Pacific Ave, K1 Santa Cruz 95060 Auntie Mame’s 3103 Scotts Valley Dr. Scotts Valley 95066 Cafetal 2525 Soquel Dr, Ste B Santa Cruz 95065 Chaminade Resort & Spa 1 Chaminade Ln. Santa Cruz 95065

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Charlie Hong Kong 1141 Soquel Ave Santa Cruz 95062 El Chipotle 4724 Soquel Dr. Soquel 95073 Falafel of Santa Cruz 1501 Mission St Santa Cruz 95060 Hoffman’s Bistro 1102 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz 95060 La Mission/Café El Palomar 1719 Mission St. Santa Cruz 95060 Little Shanghai 1010 Cedar St Santa Cruz 95060 Monterey Caterers 152 W. Lake Ave Watsonville 95076 Peachwood’s Steakhouse 555 Hwy 17 Santa Cruz 95060 Pleasure Pizza East Side 800 41st Ave Santa Cruz 95062 Restaurante Los Piños 2019 N. Pacific Ave Santa Cruz 95060 Second Street Café 28 2nd St. Ste 100 Watsonville 95076 Shadowbrook Restaurant 1750 Warf Rd. Capitola 95010 Sweat Pea’s Café 2121 41st Ave, Ste 107 Capitola 95010 Taqueria Agave 1836 Soquel Ave Santa Cruz 95062 The Farm Bakery Café 6790 Soquel Dr. Aptos 95003 The Greek Authentic Cuisine 435 Front St. Santa Cruz 95060 The Picnic Basket 125 Beach St, Ste B Santa Cruz 95060 West Marine Galley 500 Westridge Dr. Watsonville 95076

An Ultimate Winner is selected each year based on their demonstrated effort to go above and beyond to create a healthful eating environment in the community. These winners are models for other Santa Cruz County restaurants in offering healthful options to their patrons. Last year’s Ultimate Winner was Charlie Hong Kong (located at 1141 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, 95062). This year, The Picnic Basket (located at 125 Beach St, Ste B, Santa Cruz, 95060) joins Charlie Hong Kong among the Ultimate Golden Carrot Winners. A press conference at The Picnic Basket will be held on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 at 4pm. Free samples will be available of their healthy food options. The Picnic Basket will offer tastings of their healthful and nutritious menu items, and welcome all members of the community to sample their wares and discuss the importance of a healthful diet, especially for children. Members of Go for Health and the County Public Health Department will present The Picnic Basket with their award. The Go for Health! Collaborative is based in Santa Cruz County with over 150 member agencies who are seeking to increase opportunities for nutrition and physical activity to address the high rates of childhood obesity. The collaborative has developed a comprehensive plan to work towards reducing this epidemic. Congratulations to all of the 2012 Golden Carrot Award winners! n


60th Begonia Festival — How We Got Here


By Carolyn Swift, Director, Capitola Historical Museum

autumn approaches the s California coast, summer fog begins to drift offshore. Skies are clear, days warm, and evenings balmy. This is the Golden State at its best. Nowhere is a late summer sky brighter and in a more festive mood than in Capitola, a city with so much “flower power” that it was once known as the Begonia Capital of the World. Brilliant reds, vivid pinks, radiant corals, bright whites—colorful shades of the Capitola Begonia Festival are a natural favorite to chase away the “woe is me, it’s the end of summer” blues. Capitola was charmed when it incorporated in 1949 and new city boundaries embraced the fields of nearby nurseries spreading out to the west. When a symbol was needed for an annual celebration, the choice was easy. Vetterle and Reinelt hybridizing gardens, Antonelli’s Begonia Gardens and the enduring Brown Bulb Ranch all had award-winning lath


and green houses within walking distance of the beach. The flower industry took root shortly after 1900, when a diversity of bulbs and flowers had been introduced here. The vibrant Begonia, however, was easily the most celebrated. Primary grower James Brown was by 1919 a renowned producer, supplying flower seed as well as Begonias, Freesias and Gloxinias, which he imported from Europe. Brown traveled through Europe in 1920, returning with a honed expertise that helped him double his production. Thirty years later, Capitola profited more as vacationers came to see the Begonia fields as well as the sun-kissed beach. Aware of the floral backdrop around them, few Capitola residents were surprised by the appearance of a Begonia festival. It also emerged not as a single event or idea, but as a series of happenings that eventually led to something big. The first occasion took place shortly

60th Anniversary Begonia Festival Poster


he painting, “Life is But a Dream” by Capitola Watercolor artist, Karen Nevis, was selected as this year’s 60th poster image, as it captures the Festival’s ‘couple’ floating in their ‘Dream Boat’ down Soquel Creek approaching Stockton Bridge and Monterey Bay. The watercolors of Karen Nevis are best loved for their vibrant color and unique quality that transcends her images. Her paintings have also been on previous Capitola Begonia Festival posters as well as the Capitola Art & Wine Festival, The Santa Cruz Half

after World War II, when Capitola-Santa Cruz Airport managers Esther and Russell Rice began promoting Capitola as the

Marathon, and the annual Wharf-toWharf Race. Karen is a Santa Cruz County Open Studio artist and sits on the Capitola Art & Cultural Commission. To contact Karen go to:

Waikiki of the West.

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30th A&W Commemorative Poster Artist

iz Lyons Friedman of Aptos California is the poster artist for the 30th Anniversary Capitola Art & Wine Festival Commemorative. Friedman is originally from New York and studied art earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Printmaking from Daemen College and a Masters Degree in Art from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Exhibiting since the seventies, Liz’s work has been shown and sold in galleries in Buffalo, San Francisco, Carmel, Capitola and Los Angeles. Her works

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Street performers The Great Morgani and Jetlag the Clown are crowd pleasing family favorites. The Festival was started in 1982 by Barbara Reding, Eric Johnson and the late Carrie Jacobson May to showcase local artistic talent. Fifty Artists participated on the Esplanade that first year in the “Capitola Village Art Festival.” The

have been accepted in juried exhibitions in Arizona, Colorado, California, New Mexico, New York, Florida and Connecticut. Some of Friedman’s recent accomplishments and awards: 2012 - 60th Annual Sausalito Art Festival Commemorative Poster Artist • 2011 - 35th Anniversary Aptos Farmers Market Commemorative Poster Artist • 2010 - 25th Anniversary Santa Cruz County Open Studios Commemorative Poster Artist • 2010 - 3rd Place 8th Annual Daniel Smith Company National Art Competition

Capitola Chamber of Commerce became involved the next year in 1983. The late Jay Collins created the first Poster, Wine Tasting was added and the name was changed to the “Capitola Art & Wine Festival.” The Festival is still hosted by the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce and is admission free. Parking is easy and also free at the Bank of America Parking lot on 41st Avenue in front of the Capitola Mall with a free shuttle to the Festival. n

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Santa Cruz County Fair & Horse Show


‘Come See the Berry Best!’

September 11-16, County Fair Grounds Highway 152, Watsonville

uess what, we still have a County Fair! California has stopped helping to fund county fairs in our state so many have dropped by the wayside. If you want to make sure we have a fair next year, be sure to go to the 2012 Santa Cruz County Fair! This year the theme is “Come See the Berry Best!” with the local berry industry being highlighted. Strawberries are the county’s top earner for 2011 with $198.3 million in gross revenue with raspberries increasing to $132.4 million. These two

crops represent almost 60 percent of Santa Cruz County’s gross agricultural revenue record of $565.7 million in 2011. No wonder they are the “Berry Best!” But the fair is also about giving the community the opportunity to show off its hobbies, skills, businesses, and the achievements of its seniors and its youth. The County Fair is also about having a good time. Whether it’s the livestock, the entertainment, the rides, the newest potato slicer or the variety of foods (Tri tip, Funnel Cakes and Cinnamon Buns top my list) the

“Begonia Festival” from pg 9

complement the Olympic swimmers as they performed water ballets. Twelve Begonia-trimmed floats were judged in a water parade, followed by a “fantasy dance” at the Capitola Ballroom. Capitola Begonia Festival was organized with an official title two years later. Over coffee, Helen Antonelli and Vivian Benias designed a pageant to showcase the Begonia blossom by itself. Spotlighted in the 1954 festival were six floats using 35,000 blossoms picked local fields. As the fall of 2012 draws nearer, Begonia Festival organizers ready preparations for a weekend that looks back toward “My Favorite Year.” It is intended to give everyone—newcomer and old hand—the opportunity to review sixty festivals and choose in a personal way the themes that have been so delightful that they stand to receive another bow. n

“Bras” from pg 3

support women and girls of Santa Cruz County through various SI programs and donations to WomenCARE, which provides free support services for women diagnosed with cancer, and Gemma, a program of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc., which helps women reunite with their families and the community after incarceration. n ••• Soroptimist is a worldwide service organization for women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. For more information, or to become a member willing to work to help us help women and girls, visit the SI Capitola website at or contact SI Capitola at

Esther, a longtime friend and classmate of the Browns, went to their fields and chose giant blossoms to give away to visiting aviators. Decades afterward, she kept a stack of letters and photographs sent by the pilots once they returned home and showed off their impressive prize to family and friends. Peggy Slatter Matthews added water to the mix in 1950. A professional swimmer who had performed in the late Thirties with the Billy Rose Aquacade in San Francisco, she came to Capitola and soon organized its first autumn water carnival, choosing Begonias to decorate the barges used by swimmers in her Capitola Water Fantasy production. Considered now to be the start of the modern festival, the 1952 water fantasy show introduced live background music to

Cynthia Chase—Most outrageous bra entitled “Under Lock and Key” featuring a variety of keys and locks Stacey and Jeff Smith—Most humorous for their gigantic hat bra called “Beach Blanket Bra-ba-Lon” Sky Champagne—the 11-year-old winner of the People’s Choice award for her bra of assorted puzzle pieces called “Please find the missing piece to cure cancer!” in honor of her Nana, Sherri Larrabee Artists Stella Page and John McKinley and local business owner, Lisa Cecchettini served as judges of more than 45 artfully crafted bras. Proceeds from the event are used to

fair has it all. Be sure to get the Fair Guide and visit the Fair’s website to see the enormous range of experiences that will be waiting for you this year at the Santa Cruz County Fair! n Aptos Capitola Soquel Scotts Valley Times / May 15th 2012 / May 1st 2012 / 11


UCSC receives $1 million gift to support Center for Ocean Health


Gift from UCSC alumni Christine and Robert Holo to help fund center’s new education wing C Santa Cruz alumni Christine and Robert Holo of New York City have made a major gift in support of the campus where they met as undergraduates, pledging $1 million to help fund a new education wing at the Center for Ocean Health. The couple, who have two teenage children, said their daughter’s interest in marine science and ocean conservation was an important factor in their decision to support the Center for Ocean Health at UCSC’s Long Marine Laboratory. “Our daughter is passionate about marine science and has educated us about issues like

that can accommothe problem of plasdate larger classes tics in the oceans. She and seminars. The liked the idea of supnew lecture room in porting this project, the Center for Ocean and we feel it is going Health will be named to productively serve the Holo Family and benefit a large Lecture Room. number of people Robert Holo, over a long period of who earned his B.A. time,” said Christine in history at UCSC in Holo, who earned her 1987, is a partner in B.A. in biology at Christine and Robert Holo the law firm of UCSC in 1990. The project will include the expansion Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. “Chris and I of an existing classroom into a lecture room both have fond feelings for Santa Cruz, and we feel that much of the success we have today is attributable to the great and affordable education we got as undergraduates at UC Santa Cruz,” he said. The Center for Ocean Health is a premier research facility for coastal conservation, policy, and research. Built entirely with private support, the center opened in 2001 with 23,000 square feet of labs, offices and classrooms, providing much needed facilities for faculty, researchers and students. As the marine science research and teaching programs have grown over the past ten years, so has the need to increase the capacity of the Center for Ocean Health, said Gary Griggs, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences. “Of all the projects at Long Marine Lab, the Center for Ocean Health expansion is the most critical,” Griggs said. “The world is confronting a growing number of

issues relating to ocean health, and we now have more researchers and graduate students working on those issues. The Center for Ocean Health provides space for both teaching and research that will help resolve those problems, and we are grateful to Christine and Robert Holo for stepping forward with this important gift.” The Center for Ocean Health expansion will provide 16,000 square feet of additional facilities for interdisciplinary research and education focused on marine conservation science and policy. The total cost of the planned expansion is $12 million. “This is a huge gift in terms of giving us leverage for raising the additional funding needed to complete this project,” Griggs said. At the Center for Ocean Health, UC Santa Cruz has brought together some of the world’s leading coastal and marine scientists, government and non-government coastal conservation and policy experts, and public education leaders. Their projects and partnerships are addressing a wide range of concerns, including complex coastal water science and policy issues; troubled sea otter populations in Alaska and California; the socio-economic impacts of storms and sea level rise on coastal communities; toxic algal blooms; and sustainability of coastal fisheries. The additional capacity provided by the expansion will serve ongoing efforts and support new programs for many decades into the future. n

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SCOTTS VALLEY — Hospice of Santa Cruz County (HSCC) is offering you an opportunity to serve the community as a hospice volunteer. Every day Hospice of Santa Cruz County brings care, comfort and support to those facing a serious illness. Volunteers are a vital part of the HSCC team and the delivery of their care. “Volunteers are a crucial part of the comprehensive care and support we bring our patients and their families,” said Michael Milward, chief executive officer, Hospice of Santa Cruz County. “The efforts of our volunteers help us fulfill our mission. We are fortunate to have committed volunteers and we are seeking more individuals to serve in this important role.” Last year HSCC served over 850 people. More than 100 volunteers played an

active role in providing companionship, emotional support, caregiver respite, practical support and clerical assistance. “Each of our volunteers provides a unique offering of interests, skills, talents and life experiences, said Radha Mallery, volunteer services manager, Hospice of Santa Cruz County. “ We match each volunteer’s role with his or her personal goals, skills, and interests. Our volunteers often tell us that this is the most rewarding and fulfilling role they ever played.” Volunteering takes no advanced medical training. It can be as simple as reading to a patient, running errands to help a busy family caregiver or speaking with a patient to ease their mind and console their spirit. “Hospice” > 14



By Cynthia Howe

“An Interior is the natural projection of the soul.”


— Coco Chanel

sk any interior decorator and they will tell you, a home manifests those who live there. Jeff Fiorito, founder of Fiorito Interior Design works with homeowners who want to reshape their domestic surroundings for comfort and aesthetics. Jeff started Fiorito Interior Design in 2006. He is an Allied member of American Society of Interior Designers. However, his gift of creativity and passion for the arts began in childhood. “As a child, I was always decorating my room in different ways. One Christmas I put holiday lights on the ceiling and tacked a sheet over them so the light was diffused through a “cloud,” Jeff shared. As a teenager, his free time was spent in poring over magazines such as Architectural Digest and Metropolitan Home. He worked as a display artist in retail shops. But as he grew up, he fell in love with another field, acting. “My first career did not directly involve interior design. I am a professional actor, and have appeared on stages throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. I have made numerous television commercials over the years and have made appearances in films, television shows, and corporate films for a myriad of companies in Silicon Valley,” Jeff reflected. Both acting and design reflect Jeff’s creative nature, and both have acted as the proverbial ‘iron-sharpening-iron’, improving both his interior design and his time on stage. “Just like a one act play, the set tells a story about the people who live or work

there, what they do, and what happens there. It informs the audience of time, place, and function.” Jeff explained. “The same principle applies to our own homes. Sets do not exist by accident and neither should our homes. People should be able to choose what story their home tells. In fact, the motto for my business is, “Shape your home, shape your surroundings, shape your life.” While pursuing his acting career, Jeff found himself delighting in the creative machinations of decorating his own home. His friends and colleagues began asking him to decorate theirs as well. He finally had to admit that he really wanted to pursue a career in Interior Design. He went back, earned his degree, and embarked on a new professional chapter. Six years has passed and he has built a solid reputation in the industry. He is known for helping his clients’ communicate their needs as well as understand their own desires for their space, in order to create rooms that are unique, attractive and functional. “It is my job to push boundaries and enhance and enrich lives. The feel-

ing of wanting to come home every night to be in your very own lovely space, the feeling of ease and relaxation one can have in a beautifully appointed room cannot be overstated,” Jeff shared. Jeff works with the highest qualified architects, and contractors. An interior remodel is a collaborative effort and he relies on his fellow experts, whether they are carpenters, tilers, plumbers or even vendors, talented tradespeople or manufacturers. He has numerous professionals to call upon to ensure the actualization of his vision for his client. Fiorito Interior Design is a frequent patron on the San Francisco Design Center, as well as other wholesale workrooms and showrooms across the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area’s. Furthermore, Jeff follows industry innovations closely in order to bring a wide knowledge base to his clients. As one with an extremely creative heart, it is no surprise that Jeff spends a great deal of his free time fostering relationships with local artists, sculptors and painters. He has made the Santa Cruz Open Studio tour circuit numerous times, and some of the pieces he finds often find their way into Jeff’s vision for his client as he makes connections between artist and homeowner, their style or inner voice. It is that inner voice that Jeff has come

to admire in his clients. Whether it’s a bathroom remodel, or a complete home project, Jeff loves to realize not only his vision, but his client’s vision as well, and his clients are more than satisfied. “I literally had a client tell me once, after creating a new living room for her and her family, ‘I used to see rooms like this in magazines or in other people’s houses, but I never thought I could have something like this!” Jeff shared. Jeff enjoys working with the innovative ‘green’ products available for his growing clientele who are environmentally conscientious. There are beautiful floorings, paints and countertops available today, unlike five years ago, and Jeff’s creative gift often helps transform spaces from within. “Of course, the ultimate in ‘green’ interiors is to simply re-use what a client already has. Refinishing clients’ current pieces, bringing in antiques, resurfacing cabinet doors or reupholstering furniture with new organic fabrics can have drastically positive results,” shared Jeff. Often a client simply needs a new color palette, a rearrangement of furniture and a thorough lighting project to create a whole new atmosphere. Whatever you may be contemplating, large or small, explore your options by calling Jeff Fiorito at 831-588-3411, or visit his website at n Aptos Capitola Soquel Scotts Valley Times / May 15th 2012 / May 1st 2012 / 13



Annual Coastal Cleanup Day September 15

n September Save Our Shores (SOS), the leader in ocean advocacy and citizen action on the shores of Monterey Bay, will coordinate the largest community cleanup of the year on the Central Coast: Annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m. – 12 noon. California’s coast and waterways have historically been collecting spots for annual accumulations of trash and debris. This debris, if not removed, can be harmful and even fatal to all manners of marine wildlife, can damage our state’s economy and can even become a human health hazard. After the massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in March 2011, the Japanese Government estimated that as much as 1.5 million tons of debris washed out to sea. The West Coast has already begun to feel the impacts of that debris. Items as small as a soccer ball and as large as a 100-ton pier have washed ashore north of the California border. None of the items recovered in California so far have been confirmed to have been tsunami debris, but in order to achieve a better understanding of when or

if the debris from the tsunami is reaching our shores, California Coastal Cleanup Day organizers along the coast will be distributing a new, simplified data card for use at select beaches. These data cards will collect information about items that could potentially indicate tsunami debris, and will provide a baseline of data against which future cleanups will be measured. Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to join together, take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, learn about the impacts of marine debris and how we can prevent

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them, and to have fun! Taking place locally at nearly 80 cleanup sites throughout Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, from Waddell Creek in the north to Big Sur in the south, Save Our Shores expects about 5,000 community volunteers to participate on September 15. Statewide, the event will take place at more than 850 locations, and globally, volunteers in over 100 countries around the world will participate in Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, the single largest volunteer event on the planet. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers in California removed more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes and waterways. Information, pre-registration and cleanup maps can be found at: “This year’s Coastal Cleanup Day will be an opportunity for the Monterey Bay community to come together in support of our unique and beautiful marine environment,” says Rachel Kippen, Program Coordinator with Save Our Shores. “The “Hospice” from pg 12

Like, retired professor Chuck Atkinson, a HSCC volunteer for the past five years. Atkinson discovered Hospice of Santa Cruz when he retired from teaching at UC Santa Cruz and attended HSCC volunteer training. “At first I was unsure about what to expect. But I felt HSCC was a place where I could be with people supporting others on the front lines at the end of life,” said Atkinson. “To be a HSCC volunteer has really upped the ante. It’s helped me be more present for others and for myself.” “Its really about small deeds of kindness that so profoundly enhance the lives of our patients and those who love them,” said Mallery. “All of our patient care volunteers will receive training that will support them in the skills they need for their volunteer role. Our next training session

thousands of volunteers we hope to see cleaning our waterways and beaches will inspire a stewardship and ethic that extends far beyond September 15th.” In 2011, Save Our Shores coordinated over 4,500 volunteers in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties who worked together to remove more than 17,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from local beaches and waterways in just 3 hours. With the support of business sponsors, supporters, SOS Members and volunteers, Annual Coastal Cleanup Day embodies the true spirit of community and citizen action. From the California Coastal Commission’s press release: “This year’s event will provide one of the first opportunities for Cleanup organizers to measure a baseline of debris on our shores that may have washed up as a result of last year’s tsunami in Japan. In order to achieve a better understanding of when or if the debris from the tsunami is reaching our shores, California Coastal Cleanup Day organizers along the coast will be distributing a new, simplified data card for use at select beaches. These data cards will collect information about items that could potentially indicate tsunami debris, and will provide a baseline of data against which future cleanups will be measured.” n ••• Save Our Shores is the Central Coast leader in caring for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy, citizen action and providing our community with educated and inspired Sanctuary Stewards. begins in September and we encourage individuals who are interested to complete an application.” HSCC volunteer training begins September 27. Training is held at the Hospice of Santa Cruz County office, 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley. Applications are being accepted through September 17. Applications are available on HSCC’s website at n ••• Since 1978, Hospice of Santa Cruz County has cared for more than 14,000 individuals facing serious illness and their families. We are the oldest and only non-profit hospice serving Santa Cruz and northern Monterey counties helping people live better by providing care, comfort, support, enhancing dignity and supporting personal choices on how to live with their illness. Hospice of Santa Cruz County, 940 Disc Drive Scotts Valley, CA 95066, (831) 4303000. Website: Aptos Capitola Soquel Scotts Valley Times / May 15th 2012 / May 1st 2012 / 15



Rotary Club of Capitola/Aptos Looking for Members

f you believe in Service Above Self then you are a prospective member of Rotary Club. We provide local charities funds to help sustain their good work in the Santa Cruz County. We also participate in International trips to help bring health care and education to third world countries. Our Club is in the recruitment stage and need local business people, like you, to join our club. We encourage you to be our guest on any Thursday from 12:00 – 1:30 PM at Seascape Golf Course. The meetings include networking, humor, education and great food. Our annual goals include fundraising for local charities. We do that by volunteering at:

Blues Festival: 4th of July Parade and Picnic Human Race Annual Fundraising Evening Event: this past year we had a very successful John Fisher Celebrity Roast dinner. The Mission of the Capitola/Aptos Rotary is to prioritize “service above self” through the funding of targeted local and international philanthropic projects. The Club also promotes ethical awareness and integrity, emphasizing the dignity of all job occupations and professions, and works to advance international goodwill and peace. Capitola/Aptos Rotary fosters strong fellowship and friendships among its associations with business, community and professional leaders. We encourage you to join us and be a part of our worthwhile organization. If you believe in “Service Above Self” then this Club is for you.

Rotary Club of Capitola/Aptos representatives present checks to local charities at its Annual Luncheon, including: RotaCare, 2nd Harvest, Boy Scouts Troop #609, Aptos Museum, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Capitola Flood Relief, CASA of Santa Cruz County, Dientes Community Dental, California Grey Bears Helping Hands, Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Jacobs Heart, Meals on Wheels Santa Cruz County, Rotary Interact Club, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Save Our Shores Beach Clean Up, Siena House Maternity Home of Santa Cruz County, Symphony League of Santa Cruz County. We meet every Thursday at Noon ••• at Seascape Golf and Country Club, Rotary Club of Capitola/Aptos Website: 610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos. Mailing address P. O. Box 591 Capitola, CA For more information, please contact Rex 95010. n at

Vista Center’s Low Vision Expo at Louden Nelson Center


ista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired will host its 15th annual Low Vision Expo on Saturday, September 8, at the Louden

Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz 95060, across from the Vista Center. Registration is at 10 a.m. Events take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Speakers at this year’s Expo are: Dr. Alok Bansal of Northern California Retina Vitreous Associates Medical Group; Peter Cantisani, an Accessibility Technology Consultant, and finally Michael Parker, Director at Access Ingenuity. The very latest in equipment and technology will be demonstrated by a variety of exhibitors, and participants will have the opportunity to learn about critical resources in the community, including services provided

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through Vista Center and other local organizations. Vista Center is the only non-profit agency in Santa Cruz County dedicated to serving the special needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, and has been providing a wide variety of critical services for the past 31 years. These include programs that take place at Vista Center or in the home of the client, and outreach events in the community. While Vista Center serves individuals of all ages, over 95% of their clients are over the age of 45, and have vision loss due to age-related illness. Vista Center empowers individuals who are blind or visually impaired to embrace life to the fullest. This is an informative event not to be missed! n ••• Low Vision Expo Program 10:00 - 12:30 p.m. Registration/Visit Exhibitor Hall (Exhibitor Hall is open 10am-3pm) 10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Welcome & Introductions 10:45 - 12:00 p.m. A discussion of treatments for various eye diseases including, but not limited to, ARMD,

Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, etc. – Presented by Alok Bansal, M.D. 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch – Free with PreRegistration 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Peter Cantisani, an Accessibility Technology Consultant, will focus on apps for the iPhone and iPad. Mr. Cantisani has just authored a book titled, “Twenty-six Useful Apps for Blind iPhone Users.” 1:50 – 2:40 p.m. A review of non-Apple products such as Openbook, Sera, mobile speak and Topaz with Michael Parker, the Director of Access Ingenuity 3:00 p.m. LV Expo Concludes ••• For more information about the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired visit


California’s Top Game Warden Retires after Cadets Graduate


DFG Enforcement Chief and Wildlife Professional of the Year Nancy Foley Steps Down

hirty-six cadets graduated from the California Game Warden Academy during ceremonies August 17 at the Performing Arts Center in Paradise. “I remember what I felt like the day my badge was pinned,” said Nancy Foley, Chief of the Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Law Enforcement Division. “I see the same eagerness in the eyes of today’s graduating class of cadets.” Foley presided over the graduation on her last day as California’s top warden. She is retiring after a distinguished 25-year career at DFG. Annually, wardens make contact with more than 295,000 people and Nancy Foley issue more than 15,000 citations. They often work alone and in remote areas that do not allow for immediate backup. In California, the average warden has a patrol district of more than 600 square miles. In addition to law enforcement, wardens often recommend recreational activities and serve as educators to the public by speaking to schools, service groups and media. The graduating class included 19 spon-

sored warden cadets who will begin field training immediately. Another 17 self-sponsored cadets paid their way through the academy planning to become game wardens. DFG hopes to hire them. All the cadets spent the last 31 weeks in intensive training at Butte College in Oroville, where the academy is located. In her last official duty before retiring, Chief Nancy Foley presided over the California Game Warden Academy graduation in Paradise. “Chief Foley took California’s game wardens from under the radar to international acclaim,” said DFG Director Charlton H. Bonham. “She will be missed.” The Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) top law enforcement officer was chosen as the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) Professional of the Year for 2011. The WAFWA Professional of the Year award is presented to an employee of a member agency who has made the greatest contribution to the management, protection or enhancement of fish and wildlife resources within their respective state/province and/or the western region. “Chief Foley has spent a lifetime commit-

ome scam artists are using the 809 area code to trick consumers into running up high charges on their phone bills sometimes thousands of dollars. Be alert when responding to e-mails, phone calls, numeric pages or voice mail messages that tell you to call a phone number with an 809 area code. The Scam Works Something Like This: You get an e-mail, voice-mail, text message, or page telling you to call a phone number with an 809, 284, 876 (or some other threedigit) area code to collect a prize, find out about a sick relative, etc. You assume you are making a domestic long distance call as 809, 284, 876 (and other three-digit area codes involved in this scam) appear to be typical three-digit U.S. area codes. When you dial the 809, 284, 876 (or other three-digit) area code plus the number, however, you’re actually connected to a phone number outside the United States, often in Canada or the Caribbean, and charged international call rates. (In this case, 809 goes to the Dominican Republic, 284 goes to the British Virgin Islands, and 876 goes to Jamaica.) You don’t find out about the higher international call rates until you receive your phone bill.

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ted to the protection of California’s diverse fish, wildlife and habitat resources and we could not be more proud to have her recognized by WAFWA for her leadership in enforcement and conservation,” said Director Bonham. “Nancy is a dedicated professional who leads by example and is directly responsible for California being a national leader in wildlife management and protection of resources.” WAFWA represents 23 states and Canadian provinces, spanning from Alaska to Texas and Saskatchewan to Hawaii. WAFWA is a strong advocate of the rights of states and provinces to manage fish and wildlife within their borders. As head of the Law Enforcement Division since 2006, Foley has worked to make DFG the premier wildlife enforcement agency in the nation. Under Chief Foley’s leadership, wardens have made hundreds of cases against poachers who violate California’s fish and wildlife laws for personal profit or, in some cases, for no known reason at all. In response to the increase in marijuana growing and other drug crimes on public lands, wardens at Foley’s direction have vigorously pursued associated

environmental crimes such as poaching, pollution and habitat destruction, and then followed through to clean up the sites. She integrated state wardens with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help protect vital west coast assets by training and coordinating with federal partners. DFG’s large patrol vessels also assist with security of harbors, ports and other infrastructure. She was instrumental in relocating the Warden Academy to Butte College in Butte County in 2008. Foley upgraded equipment to allow wardens to do their jobs with the latest in safety, firearms and communication devices. In addition, Foley spearheaded the creation of the K-9 program and helped put the work of California’s game wardens in the spotlight on the National Geographic Channel’s Wild Justice series. Prior to becoming chief of DFG’s Law Enforcement Division, Foley finished first in her academy class and spent 10 years as a patrol warden, lieutenant and captain. Other positions included working in DFG law enforcement in the Special Operations Unit and the Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR). n

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Conversations About Online Child Safety

cademic performance expectations, attendance at school functions, and balancing extra-curricular activities with time for homework - parents and children have a lot to talk about at the beginning of the school year. Few conversations, however, will be as important - or as fraught with tension - as discussing how children should, and should not, behave online. While many kids look forward to reuniting with school friends from last year, they’ll be meeting new people, too. Many of those interactions will take place, in part, in the digital world, bringing online child safety front-of-mind for parents as back-to-school season arrives. To help protect your child while he or she is online, start the school year with three important conversations:


How to behave when connecting online he anonymity of the Internet makes meeting strangers seem appealing and safe. But kids should use at least the same level of caution when meeting someone new online as they would in the real world. Explain to kids why they should never initiate or accept online contact from someone they haven’t first met in person; given all the information we tend to give away in

our online profiles, it’s like walking up to a stranger on the street and inviting him or her into your home. Review the privacy settings on your child’s social media accounts so that your son or daughter understands what’s visible to friends, and what is visible to everyone else (preferably, nothing). Create the social media accounts with your child so that you know what sites she uses and who her online friends are. Establish designated times when children are allowed online for social media use and times when they can use the Internet for schoolwork. Never allow children to use the Internet behind closed doors. Yes, they’ll probably say everyone else does it and that you’re ruining their lives, but keeping Internetenabled devices in a common area can help make it easier for you to protect your child.


How to behave when interacting online s a parent, you have two concerns for your child’s online life: first, that he or she experiences no harm from online interactions. Second, that he or she causes no harm to others. “Online Safety” > 20

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Phone: (831) 786-2180 Mailing Address: 294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville, CA 95076 Web Site:

Pacific Coast Charter School (PCCS) is a unique, high-quality K-12 public education option that blends personalized learning and independent study with academic, college prep, arts and enrichment courses taught by credentialed teachers. PCCS provides parents and students a broad-sweeping educational roadmap that leverages the school's supportive network of teachers, extensive multi-media library and academic and enrichment programs-all geared towards maximizing each student's potential. PCCS believes that students excel in a self-directed, self-paced educational environment that includes access to a variety of learning opportunities, environments and methods. At PCCS, under the guidance and supervision of their parents and teachers, students create individualized learning plans which enable them to pursue their unique individual interests and goals while meeting the education requirements of PVUSD and the State of California.

Delta Charter High School Grades 10-12 Phone: (831) 477-5212 Fax: (831) 479-6173 Public Charter School web: Principal: Rob Martin Alternative for Location: Cabrillo College Campus • 6500 Soquel Dr. Bldg. 1190, Aptos 95003 High School students Delta Charter High School is an independent public charter school, located on the Cabrillo College campus. Delta is designed for students who have not been successful in other educational settings but are motivated to make some changes. A dedicated faculty and staff, small class sizes, access to a college campus, counseling support, positive learning environment and a focus on student accountability are cornerstones of Delta's academic program. Delta offers classes tailored to a variety of learning styles, interests, and abilities, and works to prepare students for community college and beyond. Teachers individualize curriculum when necessary so that students may improve their academic skills and earn credits towards graduation. Delta is on a trimester system and has openings for new students at the beginning of each 12-week term. Students must complete an interview process to be considered for acceptance. The school also has an independent studies program.

Delta Charter High School An alternative public charter high school on the campus of Cabrillo College — for students who have not been successful in their regular high school. • Strong Academic Program • Class size under 20 Students • Independent Studies Program • Interesting and engaging curriculum • On-site counselor • High School diploma • All students enrolled in Cabrillo College prep course

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Cabrillo Gallery Presents Art: A Bridge Beyond Borders

Innovations in Contemporary Printmaking by Mexican and American Artists

Artists that work in print form freAPTOS —The Cabrillo Gallery and the Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) quently work in studios sharing equipGallery hosts the exhibition Art: “A Bridge ment, skills, and ideas. Rarely isolated, Beyond Borders” (El arte es un puente sin these artists develop relationships that are fronteras), Innovations in Contemporary collaborative and sympathetic. As artists, Printmaking by Mexican and American they find this energy to be universal and one that forms bridges and Artists with an opening reception at both venues on August 27 thru transcends many cultural boundaries. Thursday, September 6. The September 28 Two years in the planMPC Gallery reception will ning, the exhibition features be held from 12:30-2:00 p.m., and the Cabrillo Gallery reception from Robynn Smith, a professor of art at MPC, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Both receptions are free and who contacted Erin Goodwin-Guerrero, who has a long history living and working open to the public.

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in Mexico, about creating an exchange printmaking exhibition somewhere in Mexico. In turn, Erin contacted Jose Ramon Vasques Bernal, of Galeria Ajolote in Guadalajara, about the exhibition concept. Because of Jose Ramon’s long-time commitment to mentoring printmakers, he was a logical contact. Jose Ramon’s enthusiasm, coupled with the help of Tobin Keller and Melissa Pickford, have brought this exhibition to fruition. The Cabrillo Gallery believes this exhibition will help to promote an increased cultural understanding as well as long lasting friendships. Represented artists: Tim Craighead, Erin Goodwin-Guerrero, Jane Gregorius, Ernesto Flores, Pantea Karimi, Tobin Wynne Keller, Carlos Larracilla, Miquel Angel Lopez, Jose Luis Lopez, Gabriel

Mariscal, Roberto Pulido, Fanny Retsek, Patricia Sanchez Flores Saiffe, Robynn Smith, Alex Dicer, Miquel Vega, and Benito Zamora. n ••• “A Bridge Beyond Borders,” August 27 — September 28, 2012 Reception: Thursday, September 6, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. ••• Cabrillo Gallery, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos FREE EVENT The Cabrillo Gallery is located in the Library building, room #1002, in the center of the uphill side of the Cabrillo College campus. Hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 4:00 PM including Monday and Tuesday evenings 7:00 – 9:00 PM. The Cabrillo Gallery is free and accessible to all. Parking can be found in any of the numerous metered parking areas.

“Online Safety” from pg 19

behavior, encourage him to have a robust social life in the real world - the environment in which we really learn how to behave with others.

The digital world makes communication fast and easy, yet its drawbacks are many: it’s highly conducive to impulsive behavior, it’s difficult to accurately convey tone and intention, and it’s nearly impossible to erase something once it’s posted online. Children need to understand the limitations of this form of communication, and that missteps online can have a longterm impact in the real world.


Cyberbullying he anonymity of the Internet has made it easier for people to be mean to each other, and given rise to a whole new type of bullying: cyberbullying. A study by found that 58 percent of fourththrough eighth-graders have had mean or hurtful things said to them online, and (even more disturbingly) 53 percent admitted to having said something mean or hurtful to another person online. Help your child understand the type of behavior that constitutes cyberbullying so that she can both avoid cyberbullies and avoid engaging in acts of cyberbullying. In addition to monitoring your child’s online

How to behave when interacting in person hile you’re teaching about appropriate online behavior, it’s important to reinforce lessons about being a good person in face-to-face interactions. Bullying has been around as long as people have; teach children how to recognize instances of in-person bullying, and help them learn techniques for coping with bullies. Being a good citizen of the digital world starts with being a good person in the real world. Reinforce with kids the importance of good behavior both online and in person, and - most importantly lead by example. Employ tools like Safetyweb ( to help keep kids safe online. The tool helps parents monitor online activity, and includes an active blog/forum that allows parents and pros to discuss the latest child-rearing challenges of the digital age. n ARA Content



Sharing the Road with School Buses


By David Silvey

ccording to the American School Bus Council, school buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury. Today, as compared to years ago, school buses are built with safety in mind. In fact, a study by the U.S. Department of Transportation states that children are safer riding the bus to and from school than being driven in a car by an adult. When you are sharing the road with school buses, follow these tips. • Yellow and Red Flashing Lights — School buses have yellow lights to warn drivers they will be making a stop and red flashing lights and an extendable stop sign to tell drivers to

stop. Yellow does not mean go faster, it means slow down. Be aware of your surroundings and always come to a complete stop. Do not continue driving until the lights have turned off and the sign is pulled in. • Passing a School Bus — It is illegal to pass a school bus on the right side of the road because you cannot be aware of where the bus needs to stop to load or unload. Always wait for the bus to move to the right lane or stay a safe distance behind it. Additionally, it is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. It is vital that you stop your vehicle at least 10 feet away from the school bus to allow passengers to enter and exit safely. • Railroad Crossings — In most states it is required that school buses stop at all railway crossings. Be alert when a crossing is ahead and a school bus nearby so that you can stop as well. • Divided Highways — You must always stop for flashing red lights;

however, most states do not require drivers to stop when on the opposite side of a divided highway. Use extreme caution if you are in this situation as passengers may be trying to cross in that area, especially if there is a crosswalk. Buses Need Turning Space — Just like trucks, buses have a wide turning radius. Remember to provide them with ample turning space so they can maneuver easily on the road. Watch for Children Waiting for the Bus — As the driver, you are responsible for keeping an eye on the road and on children waiting for the bus. Come to a complete stop at all stop lights and stop signs, drive slowly near bus stops and watch for children crossing the road. Slow Down — Use caution if you are driving in residential areas and school zones. Fines for speeding in an area can be hefty. Allow for Extra Time During Your Commute — School bus drivers have

to follow the same speed limit rules as every other driver; however, they make frequent stops which can delay traffic. Know the bus routes in your community and allow ample travel time when school is in session. n ••• David Silvey is a Vice President at AlliedBarton Security Services,

construction zone on Highway 99 in Bakersfield on July 25 and was killed after colliding with a dump truck. In Redding, Caltrans tested temporary rumble strips in the areas leading up to work

zones, and the results are encouraging: 46 percent of traffic slowed down. The tests are now expanding statewide. Highway construction and maintenance work is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Since the 1920s, 178 Caltrans employees have died while on the job. n

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Highway Workers Facing Danger and Death Each Day

SACRAMENTO — Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and construction industry contractors today are calling on all Californians for their help in the ongoing effort to make highway work zones safer for workers by moving over one lane, if it’s safe to do so, or slowing down when passing a maintenance or construction crew or emergency personnel stopped on the side of the freeway. In July alone, six motorists and contracted workers were killed — including three by drunk drivers — and multiple others injured in highway work zones. “Every day, highway workers put their lives in danger just by going to work,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “These tragic incidents are sobering reminders that motorists must never drink and drive, and we all must do everything we can to keep our highways safe.” “Highway workers and emergency personnel risk their lives every day while helping to make our roads safer,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “We will continue to work with Caltrans to make highway work zones as safe as possible. However, even with appropriate safety precautions, we need the public’s help to exercise common sense when driving and to refrain from driving impaired, speeding and other distracting behaviors that can lead to driver error.”

“Over 700,000 men and women make their living in California’s construction industry. Their livelihoods should never be a life or death proposition,” said Tom Holsman, chief executive officer for the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC). Those killed include: Regan Johnson, a 24-year-old Caltrans contractor’s employee, was killed July 11 by a suspected drunk driver while working on Highway 99 in Fresno. A motorcyclist died on July 18 when he clipped a “road closed” sign near a work zone on Highway 49 in Tuolumne County, causing him to veer off the highway directly into a telephone pole. Two contract workers, 56-year-old Ramon Lopez and 58-year-old Ricardo Zamora, died July 22 when they were both struck by the same vehicle following a collision between two suspected drunk drivers in separate vehicles in a highway work zone on Interstate 405 in Torrance. A minivan struck a contractor’s truck as it was picking up cones in a construction zone on Interstate 10 in El Monte on July 24, killing the van’s driver and his dog. Both of the Caltrans contract workers in the truck were injured. A truck driver failed to slow down in a Aptos Capitola Soquel Scotts Valley Times / May 15th 2012 / May 1st 2012 / 21

FeaturedColumnist The Book Bag by Robert Francis

The Book Bag by Robert Francis

Two Little Monkeys

By Mem Fox Illustrated by Jill Barton Beach Lane. $16.99 (Ages: 4-8) f you like minimalist picture books, you’ll love the adventures of Cheeky and Chee. You’ll quickly discover that these cute, little monkeys must take refuge in a tree. Why? You’ll see! And, when they discover there’s a need to “relocate” (without going back to the ground), it gets really interesting. But, the monkeys are able to swing out of harm’s way so all ends well. The very simple, brief, rhymed text, featured in this picture book accompanies a set of illustrations that mainly picture Cheeky and Chee in their arboreal perch. With its limited, simple text, this story will entice your little monkey to tell you the story after just a few assisted readings. This also might be a fun book to use with twins since Cheeky and Chee are obviously identical siblings.


Monkey and Elephant

By Carole Lexa Schaefer Illustrated by Galia Bernstein Candlewick Press. $14.99 (Ages: Five and up) new series featuring Monkey and Elephant, this picture book for children five years of age and older features three short stories that are just the right length for beginning readers. It is a very hot day in the jungle and Elephant and Monkey try to find some


Bedtime stories featuring lots of monkey business …

relief from the heat. As they look for some shade, the two friends begin to bicker about walking too fast or too slow. They find water but that causes another problem when Elephant sucks up all the water with his trunk. Next, the duo decides to sing to make the time go faster, so they make up a song or two. Finally, Elephant and Monkey encounter three wildcats who decide that Monkey might be an ideal afternoon snack. Of course, Elephant makes sure that doesn’t happen! In the end, the pair finds some shade and their friendship has weathered some of the little problems that the search for shade has created. Elephant and Monkey cuddle together and reaffirm the fact that they really do like one another very much. This may not be the most inspired text ever penned for a young reader, but with plenty of word repetition, short sentences and a manageable vocabulary, this is a fairly easy book for a beginning reader. To build confidence, “Monkey and Elephant” might be a good transition book to more challenging (and interesting) reading matter.

Monkey Colors

By Darrin Lunde Illustrated by Patricia Wynne Charlesbridge. $6.99 (Ages: 3-6) dozen monkeys from all around the world are featured in this attractive paperback. The monkeys are featured both individually on full-page spreads and together in group settings. To assist the young reader in understanding where the monkeys live, a large map with inset pictures of each animal identify its homeland. Another “fact section” offers additional information about the monkeys. For exam-


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ple, you’ll learn that when a red-shanked douc langur wants to play, it closes its eyes to show its pale blue eyelids. That’s the monkey’s “play face” and means, “let’s have some fun.” The resourceful parent can use this book to not only teach a child about various types of monkeys but also to focus on different colors, some basic counting skills, and even a brief geography lesson. The artwork is excellent and the vibrant colors jump right off the page and attract the reader’s eye.

How Do You Feel?

By Anthony Browne Candlewick Books. $14.99 (Ages: 3 and up) nthony Browne explores feelings in this picture book featuring a little monkey who manages to capture every mood the author wants to emphasize. The book begins with a question – “How do you feel?” “Well, sometimes I feel bored…and sometimes I feel lonely,” explains the picture book’s narrator. Keep turning the pages and you’ll discover the monkey expressing happiness, sadness, anger, guilt, curiosity and a number of other emotions. Of course, the oversized illustrations and the expressive simian face will mirror each of the key words in the text. Whether it’s expressing shyness, being worried about something or being sleepy, the monkey manages to express the feeling. At the very end of the book, you’ll find two pages of smaller illustrations repeating each of the emotions so you can have some fun seeing if your child can recognize the expressions without the key words and text.


Disney Nature: Chimpanzee The Making of the Film

By Christopher Boesch and Sanjida O’Connell Disney. $30 (Ages: all ages) nother of their movie tie-ins, this latest Disney book focuses on the making of the feature length film Chimpanzee. Conceived by Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, the movie follows the lives of a group of chimps living in the Tai National Park, a rain forest in West Africa’s Ivory Coast. The chimps here have been observed and studied for over three decades by Dr. Christopher Boesch from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany. Thanks to this film, the species has been introduced to the general public in a way not seen before. This well illustrated and informative volume chronicles the making of this groundbreaking production. The reader will follow the process from the time the idea was “pitched” to Disney to the challenges that took place trying to film in a wild setting. Over the three years it took to shoot the film there were many setbacks as well as moments of heart rendering success. All these challenges are discussed in the narrative. Once the “stars” of the project, Oscar and Freddy, are introduced, they’ll win the reader’s heart just as they captured the emotions of the movie audience. The unusual relationship that developed between these two chimps is captured in this book, as is the story of how their story was developed for the big screen. If you saw and enjoyed the movie, you’ll love this book. But even if you didn’t make it to the film, you’ll still find this a fascinating and very enjoyable read. n

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Health Care, Housing Eat Into Retiree Budgets


he Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) recently examined the expenditures of retirees, and this insight may be helpful for pre-retirees who are planning for their later years. It may come as little surprise that housing expenses consumed a significant portion of retiree budgets, and health care expenses increased with age. When EBRI compared expenses for those between the ages of 50 and 64 with those aged 85 and older, the percentage of income attributed to health care doubled even though total spending declined significantly.1 For example, total spending declined from $46,213 for households with individuals between the ages of 50 and 64 to $25,765 for households with individuals aged 85 and older. Housing was the largest expenditure for both groups, declining from 47% of spending for the younger group to

Money Matters Brian Cooke

By Brian Cooke and Cole Strickland, LPL Financial Advisors 43% of spending for the older group. The percentage of expenditures for health care increased from 9% for those between the ages of 50 and 64 to 18% for those aged 85 and older. 80% Spending Ratio he consumption patterns of retired households revealed that, in terms of spending, they consumed on average 80% as much as working households. This differential may exist because certain expenses, such as investing for retirement and workrelated costs, are no longer part of household budgets after individuals leave the workforce. Two-thirds (66%) of retired households experienced a drop in spending compared with their working counterparts. In terms of income, the median annual income of retirees was 57% that of working households.


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Households with long-term care (LTC) insurance and private health insurance typically spent more than those without these benefits, even after controlling for income and other factors. EBRI could not explain why LTC was such an important factor in expenditures. It may be that households with higher incomes are better able to afford both LTC insurance and private health insurance. EBRI also noted that individuals in poor health frequently reduce spending, especially when they near retirement. Although every household has unique spending patterns, a review of the EBRI study, Expenditure Patterns of Older Americans, 2001-2009, may be helpful for planning purposes. Given recent increases in property taxes in many communities, retirees may continue to face rising housing expenses in the years ahead. Concerns about the financial condition of Medicare

may require retirees to shoulder an everincreasing portion of their medical costs. Even though LTC insurance and private health insurance may result in higher expenditures, they may become necessities for many. n

Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute, Expenditure Patterns of Older Americans, 2001-2009, February 2012. 1

••• 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# 1-082905



Want success? Learn to Embrace Failure

By Camille Smith

t bugs me when someone shouts, “Failure is not an option!” The icing on the buggy cake comes if their declaration is punctuated with teeth grinding and fist-clenching. Sure, I hear their determination and desire that they must succeed, no matter what, come hell or high water, or no water at all, if that’s the case. Still, it bugs me. It seems out of touch with reality and, in my experience coaching people, as they increase their level of success it’s not the best way to actually succeed. Ken Peter, in his blog “Failure Is an Option,” captured my sentiments when he wrote: Preparing for the possibility of failure isn’t a sign of weakness – it’s the sign of a professional.

Failure isn’t the opposite of success. It’s part of it. People up to groundbreaking, out-of-the-ordinary outcomes must be comfortable with failure. It could be said that they have to pursue it. Michael Phelps’ coach tells how he would intentionally crack Phelps’s goggles so Michael would learn to swim that way if it ever happened in a race. In the 2008 Olympics, Michael’s goggles failed and filled up with water, severely impairing his vision. He was reduced to counting strokes rather than seeing his opponents. He won gold. Rafael Nadal’s coach made him practice with under-inflated tennis balls and poorly-strung rackets so whatever the circumstance, Rafael would know what it was like to adjust and play on. The parachute designed to slow down the descent of Curiosity, the Mars rover, ripped to shreds during some of the wind tunnel trials. The scientists didn’t know what the problem was. They did know that if the parachute didn’t work flawlessly, the entire mission would fail. Because failure was not an option, and hope was not a strategy, they conducted experiment after experiment and added more cameras to see the failure in

Failure isn’t the opposite of success. It’s part of it. People up to groundbreaking, outoutcomes of-the-ordinary must be comfortable with failure. It could be said that they have to pursue it.

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greater detail. When it failed, they were ecstatic. The additional visual data let them see what to fix. Curiosity is on Mars today. There are no shortages of failures in business (Facebook’s IPO, Enron, Netflix split into Qwikster), in state and federal governments, in social, religious institutions, public and private. Failure doesn’t

stop progress. Stopping stops progress. Mary Pickford, actress of the silver screen, is credited with saying: “Supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.” n

“Most success springs from an obstacle or failure. I became a cartoonist largely because I failed in my goal of becoming a successful executive.”

— Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill

“Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, ‘I have failed three times,’ and what happens when he says, ‘I’m a failure.’”

— Samuel I. Hayakawa


TIMES ARE UNCERTAIN , DO YOU : 1. Feel out of control? 2. Stop communicating effectively? 3. Get crankier than usual?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these and you’re ready to get a grip and learn how to say “No” to these same questions, here’s a special offer:

Take an online assessment and receive coaching from Camille Go to, enter promocode: TPG to receive a $175 discount…and get a grip. Questions? Call Camille, 831-685-1480 Aptos Capitola Soquel Scotts Valley Times / May 15th 2012 / May 1st 2012 / 25


Land Trust of Santa Cruz County Seeks Accreditation

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National Commission Invites Public Comment on Application he Land Trust of Santa Cruz County is applying for accreditation from a national commis-

sion that reviews the policies and practices of conservation and landpreservation groups. A public comment period is now open. “Accreditation ensures that the Land Trust is worthy of the trust our donors, government agencies and our community bestow upon us,” says Land Trust Executive Director, Terry Corwin. Land trusts nationwide are working to accomplish meaningful conservation outcomes in a challenging economic environment. The Land Trust Alliance, a national organization of conservation groups, provides tools and models to make optimum use of precious conservation dollars. “Land Trust” > 31





London and the Olympic Games y husband and I went to London in August for the Olympic Games. The whole experience of being at some of the events and feeling the great vibe in this magnificent capital city was absolutely marvelous. England is the country of my birth, so I got to catch up with many friends and family as well, including spending a day with my cousin and his wife in the beautiful countryside of Derbyshire. It was certainly a far cry from our last adventure — a trip to Borneo and trekking in the rainforest to see orangutans in the wild.


Gourmet Grazing on the Green he ninth annual Gourmet Grazing on the Green cancer benefit put on by the Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group — takes place in Aptos Village Park on Saturday, Sept. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. This fabulous food and wine festival is an opportunity to sample some of our best restaurants, wineries and breweries — and various other vendors — in an afternoon of organically themed “gourmet grazing.” This year will be bigger and better than ever — with around 20 restaurants and 20 wineries participating. The beneficiaries of funds raised are Hospice of Santa Cruz County; Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support and Services; Katz Cancer Resource Center at Dominican Hospital; UCSC Cancer Research; and WomenCARE. Tickets are $65 each or $500 for a group of 10. Purchase tickets at New Leaf Community Markets or online at


Mortgage Results inding a good mortgage company is not always easy. In my opinion, it’s important that the broker is kind and caring, as well as efficient and trustworthy. Mary

Russell fits the bill here. She has her own company in Aptos called Mortgage Results. With more than 16 years of experience in mortgage lending, she has plenty of good advice to offer and always goes the extra mile. Mortgage Results, 8070 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 661-5214. Email:

Sid’s, Suda, Avanti, Louie’s Cajun Kitchen and the Davenport Roadhouse here is a lot happening on the restaurant scene these days. Sid’s opened on Soquel Drive not that long ago (where SmoQe used to be) — complete with delicious barbecue menu. Suda opened on Portola Drive (by the same owners of Harbor Café) with a full bar and remodel. The owners of Clouds Downtown, Lou & Kristi Caviglia, have reinvented their restaurant and it’s now called Louie’s Cajun Kitchen and Bourbon Bar. Ristorante Avanti closed its location on Mission Street and then opened up in a larger space (where Hawgs used to be) on the same street and with the same great food. The Davenport Roadhouse has new owners (Helmut & Queenie Fritz), and they are continuing the tradition of good food with a California flair. All these restaurants are up and running, so give them a try.



Solaire Restaurant in the Hotel Paradox olaire promises to be one of the area’s most stunning restaurants (in the new Hotel Paradox on Ocean Street – due to open in September). The executive chef at Solaire, Ross McKee, used to be at Shadowbrook in Capitola and Aquarius in Santa Cruz, so he has a wealth of experience. I was given a private tour of the hotel before opening by McKee and Guy Freshwater, the

Solarie Restaurant in Hotel Paradox

By Josie Cowden

Food & Beverage Outlets Supervisor, and it’s going to be a stunning new addition to our local hotel and dining scene. Hotel Paradox, 611 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, 425-7100.


Café Mare ndrea Mura has gone into partnership with existing owner of Café

Mare, Jean Pierre Iuliano. Mura already worked at Café Mare so was a perfect fit to go into partnership with Iuliano. These two Italians make authentic Italian food, and the duo has recently revamped the menu. Remodeling plans are also in the works. “Out & About” > 30

Back To School

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60. *Student's personal 8. "____ 22" 38. Make like a cat domain, pl. 9. Roentgen's machine 42. Pace of music 64. Less bright then 10. Popular Japanese 45. Breadcrumb, e.g. supernovae soup 49. Site of next summer 65. Rocks in a drink 11. End of prayer Olympics 67. Physicists Marie and 12. Sun in Mexico 51. Popular North and Pierre _____ 15. Jimmy Carter Central American 68. Nancy _____ of farmed this shrubs "Entertainment 20. Valerie Harper's role, 54. Like a hurtful remark Tonight" 1974-1978 56. Malodorous mammal 69. As opposed to don'ts 22. Solar beam 57. Mother ____ 70. Carl Jung's inner self 24. Beat Generation pio- 58. At any time 71. "The Way We ____" neer 59. *Popular seasonal 72. Half the width of ems 25. *Students must lure 73. Shot at summer learn how to take 60. Is it really more? Olympics these 61. One of Great Lakes 26. Unfit 62. Frost residue DOWN 27. Earth in Latin 63. *Taken at teacher's 1. Essence of idea 29. Loads request 2. 1/36th of a yard 31. Elizabeth Gilbert's 64. Betty Friedan's org. 3. Harry Potter's mark "Eat, ____, Love" 66. Swindle 4. Having no horns 32. Sitcom trial 5. Trying experience 33. Idealized image © Statepoint Media 6. Coat of ____ 34. *English homework 7. It comes dark or 36. *Famous dog in Answers on 31 » marbled basal readers Aptos Capitola Soquel Scotts Valley Times / May 15th 2012 / May 1st 2012 / 27

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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

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.




Women Care Drop in Cancer Support

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


Drop in Grief Support

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

Ocean Gate Zen Center


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 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

their homes because of abuse or neglect. Everyone welcome, men and bilingual folks especially encouraged. To RSVP call 761-2956 Ext. 102, or email

Second Tuesdays Each Month

Free Job Seek Workshop!


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



(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


Toastmasters: Speak for Success


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


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

Child Welfare Review


6:00pm- 9:00pm 1400 Emeline Avenue room 206, Santa Cruz. he orientation is designed to review the child welfare system and to give you a chance to have your question answered by child welfare staff. To register to one of the 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 or more information, visit santacruz-freedom-forum/



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


Third Thursday Each Month


Pacific Speakers Association

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


Clutterers Anonymous


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



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

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 for more info.



Over-Eaters Anonymous


9:00am-10:15am, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, 2900 Chanticleer Ave. Sc. A is a 12-step support group for those who wish to stop eating compulsively. All are welcome. Free childcare with advance reservation by 5pm, Fridays. Call (831) 429-7906.

Dated Events

North County, 5:30-7p.m., first Tuesday of 12-1:30 p.m. at Seascape Golf Course. month (for location details contact Danielle at ontact Doug at 831- 724-9192 or e-mail Monday August 27 761-2956 X102) South County, 5:30-7 p.m., for more third Wednesday of the month at the CASA Scotts Valley 4-H Club information. Office, 813 Freedom Blvd. Watsonville to Hold Annual Welcome Meeting ASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) 6:30 pm, El Rancho Dr. Scotts Valley Overeaters Anonymous of Santa Cruz County needs your help. embers of 4H are holding their annual 1:00-2:00pm, Louden Nelson Community Volunteer 3-5 hours per week to provide supopen house. They will display fruits of Center, Rm. 5 301 Center St. Santa Cruz port, guidance, and a powerful voice in court their labors in projects such as archery, public For more information, call (831) 429-7906 for children who have been removed from 28 / May 15th 2012 / May 1st 2012 / Aptos Capitola Soquel Scotts Valley Times


Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club Meeting


speaking, robotics, crafts, emergency preparedness, market animals, cheese making, horse grooming/safety, hand spinning, and ukulele. New members will learn about 4H traditions and opportunities. Anyone who signs up for membership will receive a free 4H hat. To contact club leader, email

Tuesday August 28 Aptos Sons In Retirement Luncheon


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


Hemlock Discussion Group Meeting

2:00pm-3:30pm, 6934 Soquel Dr. Aptos he local Hemlock discussion group will meet to discuss options for the end of life. Newcomers and guests welcome, (there is a lift). For more information call (831) 251-2240

Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group Meetings


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 ADHD, and adults with ADHD. For more information, contact Judy Brenis at or call (831) 684-0590

Saturday September 1 Family Beach Discover Walk at Seacliff State Beach


1:00pm, Seacliff Visitor Center oin Docent Norm Beeson for a fun filled family beach walk to explore the mysteries and wonders of Seacliff State Beach and our incredible Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We'll see what the day has to offer on this easy, 1 1/2 mile, 1 1/2 hour walk. Bring beach friendly shoes,

water, sunscreen, a snack, and an inquisitive spirit. Meet at the Seacliff Vistor Center.

Saturday September 8 Sunday September 16 We Dig the Trails! Volunteer with the Nisene Marks Volunteer Trail Crew!


Saturday: 9:00am / Sunday: 9:30am, Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, Entry Kiosk he Nisene Marks Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the third Sunday of every month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts until mid afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch, and water. Join us for a unique perspective of the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. For more information, visit

Sunday September 16 Veterans of Foreign Wars Flea Market


7:00am-3:00pm, VFW Post 7263 at 2259 7th Ave. Santa Cruz o reserve a sales table, call (831) 475-9804 or (831) 426-7968. Tables will be available for $15, each located on both the inside and outside. First come, first reserved. Vendors may start setting up at 6:00am the day of the Flea Market. Any items left by vendors will be considered abandoned.

Saturday September 22 pARTy In the Library


7:00pm, Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley he Friends of the Library, Scotts Valley, are excited to invite you to our fourth annual fundraising event. The elegant evening will host a raffle, as well as a silent and live auction featuring art from paintings, pastels, jewelry, clay, photography, glass, fabric, living art, and more! Tickets: $20, available at the Scotts Valley Library, Zinnias, and Mollie's Cafe.

Saturday September 29 Founder's Big Day at Big Basin Redwoods State Park


9:00am-5:00pm, Big Basin Redwoods State Park oin us as we honor the visionaries, valued workers and visitors that shaped the character of Big Basin over the past 110 years. Revel in the beauty of the majestic old growth redwoods that inspired the movement to Save the Redwoods! Celebrate our wild heritage in California's oldest state park with morning coffee talk, old redwood loop walks, a rustic logging presentation, our famous melodrama, and an old fashioned games for the kids to round out the day! For details, call (831) 3388883, or visit n

Your September Horoscope Annabel Burton • Astrologer ©

This is the last month that Saturn is in your sign and you have learned some important and sometimes painful, lessons that have nevertheless given you important tools and a philosophy for the future. But you are also benefitting from Jupiter's influence to encourage you to broaden your horizons and step outside your comfort zone. This becomes especially important in September. You are helped by Venus, your ruler, spending time in the wonderfully outgoing and fun loving sign of Leo from the 8th, so this is perfect for new friendships and getting involved with those of like mind.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)



Zizzo's Coffee Local Art Exhibit

iew fun and whimsical paintings by our local "artist-of-the-month" Angelo Lopez. Angelo is an accomplished artist having illustrated several children's books and painted murals at local libraries. Come let Angelo's artwork make you smile. Many other local artists are on display as well, including Gary Comb's new sea glass jewelry collection. Zizzo's coffee is located in the Brown Ranch Market Place, 3555 Clares St. Capitola. Hours: Mon-Sat: 6:00am-6:00pm, Sun: 7:00am - 5:00pm. For more info. call (831) 477-0680


Cabrillo Youth Strings Music Program Begins Fall Semester

egistration for the Cabrillo Youth Strings/Suzuki Music Program is underway. String players ages 5-18 are welcome to join the private lesson, chamber, and orchestral programs. Auditions for the orchestral groups will be held on Friday, September 7th at 3:454:15pm and 5:55-6:15. The first rehearsal will be Friday, September 7th, from 4:15-5:55pm. Auditions and rehearsal will be held in the Music Building, VAPA 500. For more information, call (831) 479-6101.

Ongoing Events Ongoing Weekdays thru October 19

Fiber and Flora: An Art Exhibition Presented by the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County Government Center, 701 Ocean St. 1st and 5th floors. (Public reception: Friday, September 7th, 5-8:00pm.) he new art exhibition presented by the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz features two artists whose work is very different in discipline, but are both rooted in the exemplary use of color in their subjects. Also included in this exhibit is an assortment of art created by Santa Cruz County employees.





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.

Wednesdays & Fridays


Salsa Rueda Class

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

Last Thursdays Each Month

Monthly Argentine Tango at Star Bene Italian/Argentine Restarante


4:30pm-9:30pm, Star Bene Italian/Argentene Restarante, 21245 East Cliff Dr. his is a night for true "Social Tango." Order a wonderful meal from the Star Bene Argentine Menu, (or their well known italian menu), and enjoy the ambiance of Argentina and join us in a social tango dance to music from the Golden Age of Tango. Private instruction and classes by arrangement. For more information, call Michael (831) 239-2247.


Argentine Tango at Dance Synergy


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, (831) 239-2247


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 (Most galleries are open 12-9 pm for First Friday viewings.)

First Friday Art Tour

Second Fridays Each Month

Big Band Dance

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.

Fourth Friday Each Month


Musical Me Inc. Family Jam Night

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

Fourth Saturdays Each Month

Writers and Poets Open Mike

2:00pm-4:00pm, Porter Memorial Library, 3050 Porter St. Soquel (no meeting Jan., July, Aug. or Dec.) riters and Poets are invited to a new monthly open mike reading series. Come and read your fiction, essays, or poetry. For more information, call Jean at (831) 4754221


Dated Events Saturday August 25 4th Annual Rummage Sale in support of Second Harvest Food Bank


8:00am-2:00pm, Soquel Creek Water District, 5180 Soquel Dr. Soquel onated items can be dropped off at the Soquel Creek Water District. For more information, call (831) 475-8500.


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

Saturday September 1 Santa Cruz Starlight Evening Dinner and Train


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 Roaring Camp. Upon arrival, a delicious steak dinner will be served. After dinner, relax and dance to musical entertainment. On the return trip to Santa Cruz, Big Trees & Pacific Railway brings the forest to life with dazzling color and light. Advance purchase is recommended, tickets $45 for adults, $35 for children. For more information, call (831) 335-4484. Friday, September 7

Public Reception for Fiber and Flora: An Art Exhibition


5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Santa Cruz County Gov’t Center, 701 Ocean St. 1st and 5th floors. he new art exhibition presented by the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz features two artists whose work is very different in discipline, but are both rooted in the exemplary use of color in their subjects. Also included in this exhibit is an assortment of art created by Santa Cruz County employees.

Saturday October 13 Sunday October 14


Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

9:00am-5:00pm, Mail St. Half Moon Bay he World Pumpkin Capitol of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous champion pumpkins, three stages of smashing entertainment, nonstop live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling haunted house, harvest inspired crafts, homestyle foods, and more! For more information, call (650) 726-9652 or visit n

This month you have Mars going through your sign. This brings energy, action and hones your ability to get what you want once your intentions are set. Be aware of conflict, however, as you are likely to stand up for what you believe in rather than be quietly diplomatic. You have passion too, to follow your dreams and can work hard at what supports you and yours. Meanwhile you discover new people and social situations which are supportive and gives you confidence and self belief. The best time to travel is in the first week.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

You are benefitting from Jupiter your ruler, being in the most powerful position just now, to help all kinds of partnerships and relationships. Be open to new people coming into your life bringing expertise and optimism, and also the chance for you to discuss new shared ventures and plans. Venus helps with travel and exploration and this brings the possibility for travel for pleasure but also commercial opportunities come through overseas connections. You are finally reaping the benefits for your considerable recent efforts.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

This is the final month that Saturn, your ruler, will be in the career part of your chart. It is likely that you have established your position and found that the respect you have earned has been from your efforts and sheer hard work and you can teach others a thing or two! For you there are no short cuts, but you know the value of gaining experience and knowledge through practical application. A romantic start to the month gives you a boost although surprising changes here are delightful and fortuitous for those seeking new love.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

This month is great for love and romance and you may find that a business partnership leads to something more if you are single. Take note of the 16th where there is a fresh start around your finances. Some good advice can save you some cash. Use your powers of persuasion from the 18th as you have the ability to be more witty and articulate and charm your way into a situation that is going to be fantastic for you. Create balance in your life by discovering more equality between giving and taking; one of these is out of synch and perhaps you need to be more receptive to what is on offer.

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)

This is a month for negotiation, shared dreams and building a future with someone on your side. It is also about you being open to offers and people who are good to know and from whom you can learn much, but also you have your own qualities to share. There needs to be a more equal footing in an existing relationship so discussions can be insightful but rewarding. It could be that you need more space too so you are possibly house hunting, especially after last month's Full Moon in your sign. Allow what you started to reach completion in its own time.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

Now is the time to get organized and be ready for the new season. You have had a period of confusion which is soon to end and this helps you to make the most of current circumstances to downsize and streamline your wardrobe and your life. You are also keen to adopt a new healthy lifestyle regime and of course exercise is easier when you do something you love, especially if there is competition involved. Love and romance is possible with someone younger after the 17th. Jealousy can be a feature too, either from what you feel or the fact that someone coverts what you have.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

Initially you may have unusual expenses that you could do without, but if you are investing in the future then this is well worth it. The point is you want value for money and you have to work harder to get the best deal. Still, you are generally pleased with developments and you are encouraged to make the most of fantastic stars for your social life after the 6th. With the New Moon on the 16th, there is a fresh start and the promise of more enjoyable times, since you may have rearranged your working life to allow more time for what you want to do. This is also a very creative period.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

This month sees an emphasis on practicalities and your domestic life. Important changes here mean that you have to change your routine somewhat to accommodate what is now part of your set up. Money is in short supply in the first week but this eases up after the 7th. At this time, it is a matter of making the most of who you know and your contacts to point you in the right direction. Jupiter's influence is at its strongest throughout the month so be open to possibilities, the chance to travel and perhaps learn new skills. Your world is opening up considerably.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

Last month's Full Moon was the ending and culmination of a period that could have been quite a life changer. Now you spend some time adjusting to recent changes and know that you will make the best of whatever comes your way. It is important to be accepting just now, as everything happens for a reason. Venus has been in your sign for the last few weeks and this is fabulous for your love life and discovering what pleases you. Now that you have a new insight into this your next steps become practical and self nurturing. After the 23rd, you see that home is exactly where the heart is.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Tuesdays and Weekends


Live Music on the Esplanade

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

Be prepared for an amazing month although initially it may not start that way. Arguments and disagreements make way for a fabulous new period as Venus enters your sign from the 7th. Not only are you going to be lucky in love but your finances are on the up too. This can be a simple as receiving gifts or the repayments of debt, but there is more for you, at any rate. This is a good period to reassess your health and well being and follow those practices that support your long term vitality. Keep your wits about you to be alert to some fantastic opportunities.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)



Peninsula Banjo Band

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

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

While the Sun is in your sign, you can look back and decide what has worked for you in the last twelve months and what you are glad to see the back of. This is because it is a time of change, but what you have chosen for yourself rather than having to adapt to enforced circumstances. Of course, you feel more empowered and ready to take on new challenges and projects. Make sure that the people you have onside have your best interests at heart. Discuss as much as you need to for your peace of mind. The New Moo on the 16th is a great starting point. ••• Find Out More

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)

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September 30 is 4th Annual Santa Cruz Neighbors’ Night Out


he City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Police Department, Fire Department and other City Departments along with UC Santa Cruz are encouraging the residents of Santa Cruz to participate in the fourth annual Santa Cruz Neighbors’ Night Out, to be held Sunday, September 30 from noon to 8 pm. The Santa Cruz Neighbors’ Night Out program is pleased to announce that they are accepting names of party sponsors for this year’s Santa Cruz Neighbors’ Night Out, an event celebrating our community. The program is asking for neighbors, Neighborhood Watch Liaisons, apartment/condo complex leaders, mobile home park neighbors and/or block captains to be “Party Sponsors.” The event seeks to unite neighbors one block at a time, by creating

an opportunity for all residents to participate in a block party, barbecue, ice cream social, potluck or other public event. One of the goals of Santa Cruz Neighbors Night Out is to reduce the potential for misunderstandings or conflicts by promoting familiarity and open communication among neighbors. These activities will give neighbors an opportunity to introduce themselves, exchange phone numbers for neighborhood watch lists or future neighborhood events. The event is timed The event seeks to unite to enable neighborhoods neighbors one block at to include new or returning UC Santa Cruz stua time, by creating an dents in the festivities. opportunity for all residents The first Santa Cruz Neighbors Night Out to participate in a block event in 2010 had 31 party, barbecue, ice cream neighborhood block parties participating. Last social, potluck or other year over 40 neighborhoods participated. It public event. would be fun to see 100

neighborhoods participating this year or next! Early registrants will be able to request visits from the Police and Fire Department staff, Self defense demo, UCSC Chancellor, Vice Chancellors and Student Interns, or select from a list that will be distributed upon receipt of the RSVP. Comments from Neighbors: “Santa Cruz Neighbors made it very easy to participate. Thank you!” • “I initially had my doubts about the block party. But it is an excellent idea! I now know that my neighborhood will pull together in times of need as well as for fun.” • “Great event, community builder. We moved to Santa Cruz this last year and many neighbors pass by, wave, etc, but after the party, neighbors stop and talk, we know names! That feels great.” Deadline to sign up as a Block Party Sponsor is September 14! n Please visit our website for more info:

and I always look forward to the variety of events it offers, but we especially love to check out the animals. Where else would you have the opportunity to pet a pig, or stick your fingers into the thick wool of a doe-eyed sheep? I am always in awe of the giant pumpkins, the perfectly grown vegetables and the beautifully turned out home-baked good, especially the apple pies. And after your mouth starts watering looking at all these goodies, then head to one of the many food stands where you can enjoy a wide assortment of delicious offerings. Then there’s the photography, the art, the collectors’ items on display, the quilts, the equestrian events and so much more. We are

very fortunate that the fair is still going in these economic times, and the entrance fee is very reasonable, too. This year, the fair is from Sept. 11-16 at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville. Please support your county fair; it’s one of our local treasures. Info:

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You’ll Find it here

They have a full bar and do a delicious brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Café Mare, 740 Front St., Santa Cruz, 458-1212.

Second Annual Project HOPE Art Voodoo Dinner at Monkeyflower Ranch his fundraising dinner takes place at a working organic sheep farm in north Monterey County on Sept. 22. Tickets are $75. Info:



Santa Cruz County Fair ne thing that goes straight on my calendar every year is the Santa Cruz County Fair. My husband

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SPCA Featured Pet


Posey, the Blind Puppy, Is a Great Catch

he was found wandering aimlessly around a Little League Field at night, utterly confused and seemingly abandoned. Neighbors said she had been sighted for at least a few days. It was then discovered that Posey, a 10-week-old black Labrador Puppy, was completely blind and most likely born that way. It’s very likely she was dumped because of it. When no owner stepped forward to claim her after the mandatory hold period, Posey’s future became very uncertain until she received a lifesaving rescue from the Santa Cruz SPCA. Posey is an absolutely beautiful girl with a very sweet and kind nature. She’s curious yet cautious with her surroundings which is a positive thing for a blind puppy. She gently explores the world around her using her heightened sense of smell, hearing, taste and touch sensation. When you enter her playpen, little Posey will sniff you out and climb right into your lap for a cuddle. She may be blind, but Posey knows nothing else so her behaviors are not much different than a “sighted” puppy aside from being a little more guarded with her movement. There is no reason why Posey couldn’t enter a home with other dogs or cats, as she will adapt and bond with anything at this age. Early socialization is extremely important and highly encouraged. Contrary to some beliefs, training a blind puppy is not much different but should involve more in the way of “scenting” certain things like toys, and doggy doors. Also, teaching an extensive variety of consistent voice commands is key. Because of the startle response some blind dogs exhibit, it’s probably best that she doesn’t go to a family with children under five. There are many resources out there for people who have blind dogs and the benefit of Posey is that she is a clean slate. Her adopter can do all the socializing and training the way they sit fit. However, it is very important that she go to someone who is motivated to do the continuous training required for a dog like her. Posey is a very special puppy that deserves an equally special home who will treat her as a loved member of the family and will make that extra effort to ensure her safety and future success. Aim for Posey, she’s a catch! If you would like to help animals like Posey and her orphaned friends, please consider donating to the Santa Cruz SPCA. The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501c3 charitable organization and receives no government funding, relying solely on public donations to run its many programs that benefit the animals and people of our community. For more information call the Santa Cruz SPCA at 465-5000, or visit The SPCA is located at 2685 Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz, CA 95065 and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 p.m. The SPCA Mall Adoption Center and Gift Shop is located at the Capitola Mall near Target and is open on Friday from 11am-5pm and Sat-Sun 11am-4pm. n


embership in the newly formed Ninety Plus Club at the Mid County Senior Center is growing as it becomes obvious that there are many ninety-year-olds and some hundred-years-olds in this area. Can it be the climate? Audrey Wann and I have conducted four meetings on the second Fridays of May, June, July and August. These meetings have featured planning, exploring ideas for the club and appropriate speakers. Namely Tony Alonzo on moderate exercise, John Daughtery on transportation possibilities, and Laury McInerney with Leslie Evans on the Jewel Cultural Arts Program. Sena Knornchilde entertained us with songs and guitar playing. For the August meeting, we were invited by Kayla Gerry, Activities Director at La Posada to attend a Magical Nineties Party there in honor of residents who were ninety or over. Entertainment included magician Mickey Magic. Notable among the group were Cathy Yost who is one hundred and two and Lydia Gallick who will be one hundred in March. Both ladies are attractive and reasonably active, enjoying life and taking part in the activities offered at La Posada. The September 14 meeting will take

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place at the Mid County Center from 1 – 3 p.m. It will start with songs from the twenties and thirties played by Betty Torchio on the piano and Pearl Kidder on the marimba and piano. We will read and act out parts in a short play by Liz Means and discuss the possible future compilation of a book. Light refreshments will be served. On September 21, the Jewel Cultural Arts Group will be taking some of our members to lunch at The Crows Nest as a special event. Since members of this group are some of the last of the generation with personal memories of The Great Depression and World War II, Audrey Wann has suggested that we start a compilation to preserve the memories of those of us who wish to participate with the idea of having it published. If you are in your ninety’s or older and any of this appeals to you, please join us at the September meeting to meet some of your contemporaries and bring your ideas for future meetings. Men and women are welcome. n ••• Mid County Senior Center, 829 Bay Avenue in Capitola (Behind the Bookworm Party Store.

La Posada Activities Director Kayla Gerry hangs with Ninety Plus Club members Lydia Gallick, 99 (left) and Cathy Yost, 102 at the Magical Nineties Party. “Land Trust” from pg 26

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By Noreen Santaluce

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards, see n ••• To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit, or email your comment to Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments; (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 112 Spring Street, Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Comments on Land Trust of Santa Cruz County’s application will be most useful if submitted by Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. Aptos Capitola Soquel Scotts Valley Times / May 15th 2012 / May 1st 2012 / 31

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