C O M M U N I T Y N E W S T H AT M A K E S A D I F F E R E N C E
Vol 17 No. 12
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‘LIGHT UP A LIFE’ MEMORIAL CELEBRATION
Remembering our loved ones Second Annual Heartland Hospice Event Honors Our Loved Ones 3:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Capitola Village Bandstand
Santa Cruz Nutcracker makes it’s 10th-straight appearance at the Civic Center.
THE ORIGINAL SANTA CRUZ NUTCRACKER TEN YEARS AT THE CIVIC! Featuring guests from the Houston Ballet and Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchestra conducted by the incomparable John Larry Granger
anta Cruz Ballet Theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary performing The Nutcracker with Maestro John Larry Granger conducting the Santa
Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Over the previous nine years, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre has set the holiday mood for over 25,000 audience members of all ages. No matter what your relation-
ship to this wondrous music; no matter how many times you may have attended, danced in or played in the orchestra, all agree that The Nutcracker is a gift. The performers truly enjoy telling
the story and bringing the magic alive, not just for children, but also for those who count on The Nutcracker to welcome in the season.
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ayor Mike Termini has proclaimed Saturday, Dec. 1 Heartland Hospice Day in Capitola. To commemorate this special day, Heartland Hospice is hosting their second annual “Light up a Life” in the village of Capitola by the bandstand from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. “Heartland Hospice is a much needed member of our service community,” said Mayor Mike Termini, “we are honored to be in partnership with them to create this wonderful, family-friendly holiday event.”
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Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Announces 2012 Community Recognition Award Honorees
he Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce has selected the following individuals and businesses as the recipients of its 2012 Community Recognition Awards:
Man of the Year Peter Prindle native of Santa Cruz, Peter Prindle has brought integrity, vision, hard work and a dedicated to his hometown to the tasks of building community. Pete worked first as teacher, counselor, and administrator in the public schools, beginning as a teacher’s aid, an elementary school teacher, a counselor at Aptos High, and an administrator in the Pajaro Valley Schools. After his parents passed away in 1998 Peter and his brother Todd formed the Peter Prindle Prindle Management Company to manage the family’s commercial properties. Throughout his life, he has worked as a volunteer and leader of community organizations and boards. He has held nonprofit board leadership positions with Long Marine Lab, UCSC Arboretum, the Santa Cruz Public Works Commission, LOBA, both the Sunrise Rotary and the Santa Cruz Rotary Clubs, the Downtown Management Corporation, the Cabrillo College President’s Circle board, and the Santa Cruz Chamber. He played important roles in the development of the Seymour Center, the formation of the Sunrise Rotary Club, and as the only two-term president of the Chamber.
Woman of the Year Donna Murphy onna Murphy has worked at the heart of two Santa Cruz communities — the scholarship and culture of UC Santa Cruz and the safety-net services and social resources of the United Way and its member agencies. Donna Murphy As the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, she has brought the skills of an endowment development strategist for higher
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education (U. Oklahoma, Tulane University Health Science Center) and the sensibilities of a community organizer to UCSC. She has proven to be an ideal partner in the effort led by Chancellor George Blumenthal and former Mayor Ryan Coonerty to resolve long-standing disagreements and to forge a meaningful partnership between the university and the city for economic development, sustainable solutions to environmental problems, and shared investment. Donna has modeled this community engagement in her work in the community. In addition to being a willing participant and committee member in dozens of community projects, including the Chamber’s Women in Business programs, Economic Development Council and a downtown retail study group, she has served on the United Way of Santa Cruz County board of directors for five years, chaired the annual United Way Campaign in 2009 and 2010, and is the 2012 United Way Board Chair. Business of the Year Cruzio Internet ruzio, Santa Cruz’s premier Internet Service Provider (ISP), grew from an entrepreneurial notion of co-founders Peggy Dolgenos and Chris Neklason. Founded on the belief there should be a local public access Internet alternative, they started Cruzio in 1989 as a text-only bulletin board. As the World Wide Web was developed in the early 1990s and the first graphical browser launch in 1994 Peggy and Chris “quit their day jobs” and evolved their community bulletin board into an ISP. Competing effectively with multi-national communications companies as well as other local providers, Cruzio has become the ISP-of-choice for many local businesses and households. Cruzio serve more than 9,000 Santa Cruz County connections and have repeated been voted the “Best Internet Service Provider” and “Best Website” by the readers of local weeklies, Good Times and Santa Cruz Weekly.
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The Original Santa Cruz Nutcracker –Ten Years at the Civic ‘Light Up a Life’ Memorial Celebration
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Community News Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Announces 2012 Community Recognition Award Honorees Cal State Dancers Featured at Cabrillo Winter Dance Concert Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive ‘Set a Plate For Kate’ — 2012 theme for fighting hunger Cabrillo Stage Resurrects Marx Brother in Musical Farce ‘A Night At The Nutcracker’ Soquel High School Students Take Part in 2012 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge • CHP to Accept New Officer Applications Early in January Think Local, Shop Local, We’re Local Too! CAP Report Highlights Improvements for County Residents • City of Capitola Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events Senator Joe Simitian honored for SB 1538 • ‘Smart Solutions’ Conference on Homelessness The Cobbler’s Tale Sundays in Soquel Concert Series hosts Black Cedar Duo SCPD Announces Sergeant Promotions • California Department of Fish and Game Events Calendar New Report Details Human Trafficking Trends in California Cyber Security for Holiday Shopping Online Android Smartphone Users: Be Aware of Malware and How to Avoid Attacks Regional Transportation Survey Results • ‘Start Smart’ Teenage Driver Program
Sports Wrap 14 Harbor Volleyball Looks Forward to Second Shot at Sacred Heart – Soquel High Football Earns First Round Victory in CCS Playoffs • Soquel HS & Harbor HS Sports Roundup
Calendar • Arts & Entertainment – Pages 26 & 27
Cal State Dancers Featured at Cabrillo Winter Dance Concert Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater The concert will also feature new he Cabrillo College Dance Department is proud to present their work by choreographer and FLEX annual winter concert, an evening of Company member Molly Katzman. original and diverse dance works created Cabrillo faculty members David King and by guest, faculty and invited student cho- Cid Pearlman, who co-produce the concert, are each creating a new works for reographers. Cabrillo student dancers will perform this year’s concert as well. Amy Farhoodexuberant new choreography in an excit- Sterling brings together students from her ing mix of contemporary techniques and Watsonville and Aptos classes in her styles, from popping and locking to post- exciting Salsa extravaganzas. I ••• modern physical theater. The Cabrillo Winter Dance Concert This year’s concert features special performances by members of the Cal State Friday & Saturday, November 30 & December East Bay Touring Company with choreog- 1 at 7:30 PM Matinee Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. raphy by CSUEB dance professor Nina Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Haft. Tickets: $14 General, $12 Local choreographers creating work for the concert include Robert Kelley, Students/Seniors, $10 Student Activity Card. David King, Amy Farhood, Cid Pearlman, Available on the Internet or by phone at Molly Katzman, Holly Lampe, and Dixie www.cabrillovapa.com or 831-479-6154 FunLee Shulman. The dances on the program showcase the variety of dance forms taught at Cabrillo, from ballet to Hip Hop. The Cabrillo Winter Dance Concert gives students an opportunity to participate in the artistic process of dance making and practice performing in front of hundreds of audience members. This year, eleven of the dancers have had the opportunity to work with Robert Kelley, the director of Santa Cruz Ballet Theater. Photo Credit: Beau Saunders
Monthly Horoscope • Page 27 - Your December Horoscope Annabel Burton, Astrologer©
Featured Columnists 19 Work in Progress by Camille Smith – They’re coming! They’re coming! … They’re here!
24 The Book Bag by Robert Francis – Pre-holiday reading for children awaiting Santa…
28 Money Matters by Brian Cooke and Cole Strickland – Living Alone? Financial Tips to Keep You on Track
30 Classical Reflection by Josef Sekon, DMA 31 Seniors in Action by Noreen Santaluce – Mark Your Calendars for a Christmas Celebration
SPCA Featured Pet • Page 31 – Keep Your Pets Safe & Happy This Holiday Season
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Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive ‘Set a Plate For Kate’ — 2012 theme for fighting hunger
crowd of 300 community movers and shakers from local schools, government, businesses, media and nonprofit organizations gathered together at the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz to kick-off Second Harvest’s annual Holiday Food Drive. The attendees were told that this year’s goal is to raise enough donations of food and money for 3.5 million meals. To get the message out, a little imaginary girl call Kate is at the center of the food bank’s theme, “Set a Plate For Kate.” She appears on posters, cutouts, websites, Face Book and as the central character in a video. The point is to help spread the word that many people in our community are in need of a helping hand. It could be the result of a job loss, health crisis, or a family emergency but many are at risk of not having enough money to provide adequate food for themselves and their children. Second Harvest is asking people to visit their website at www.thefoodbank.org/ plateforkate to watch and share the “Set a Plate For Kate” video. There are also instruction on how they can raise meals by taking a picture with Kate and then posting it on their social media sites such as Face Book and Twitter and also sending Second Harvest the photo so they can post an album on their Face Book so everyone will see where Kate has been with her many friends. For every “like” a photo receives, $1 will be donated to the Holiday Food Drive which means another four healthy meals
Willy Elliott-McRea accepts $10k donation from Bay Federal President Carrie Birkhofer. for some family. The person(s) photo receiving the most “likes” with be honored at Second Harvests Annual Award Dinner in March of 2013. Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a real child that Kate represents. Whether it’s from our home, our school, our place of work, our church, or our service organization, together we can make a difference for those in our community who need food for a healthy meal. Here is one story about a way to give of your talents to end hunger. Carolyn Jones a 12-year-old Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and her 14-year-old brother Dakota Jones, also a Black belt in Tae Kwon Do, are breaking boards to fight hunger. Last year this brother sister team broke 200 boards
and raised over $2000 for the Twin Lakes Church Second Harvest Food Drive. This year the Break-A-Thon has been expanded to include additional hunger fighters. Carolyn stated, “Last year made enough to provide more than 8,000 meals.
With these additional hunger fighters on our side we hope to hit over 30,000!” Anyone wanting to help with this year’s Holiday Food Drive, please visit www.thefoodbank.org/plateforkate website to find out how you can be a resource for this community effort. I ••• Since 1972 when Second Harvest Food Bank became the first in California and the second in the nation, their mission has been to end hunger and malnutrition. Second Harvest Food Bank operations are streamlined and efficient, providing 55,000 clients per month with nutritious food and leveraging every dollar donated to provide four meals for needy families, all with a small staff and a low 5 percent overhead. How do they do it? Donations, community support, and the gracious help of a host of volunteers help Second Harvest maintain a focus on their mission and the low-income families, children, seniors, and working poor who need them the most. Visit www.tpgonlinedaily.com for more images from the Holiday Food Drive.
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Cruz Ballet Theatre is able to reach more people, and enjoys all of the advantages of the Civic Auditorium, from their fantastic support crew to the use of the large kitchen backstage. (Especially on the two-show days... the volunteer kitchen staff feeds all of the dancers, crew, and volunteers as well as the orchestra musicians!)
Another challenge that leads to an artistic reward is the transformation of the Civic from a basketball arena to a theatre, one that allows the orchestra to be in full view of its audience. Many large productions with sizeable orchestras or bands have access to and use a "pit" which is in front of, but lower than the stage ... therefore out of sight. Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre also transforms the Civic's stage into a larger one by installing a thrust that brings the dancers forward, to the audience, as well as giving them more room to dance. At the end of The Nutcracker, the entire dancing cast is on stage to wave goodbye to Clara and her Prince; there is room for everyone, which creates a perfect picture of all the dances that the audience has enjoyed throughout their journey with Clara. Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre celebrates not only the holidays but also its community. In the large cast you will find community leaders at the Act I party, dancers from Cabrillo College's Dance Department part of the Spanish variation, young dancers from all over the area with roles that are age-appropriate to the story, and alumni, who studied with Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher, returning to perform guest artist roles. Gabriel Williams, who will be back again this year as the Snow King and in Act II's Arabian variation, spent several years with the Trey McIntyre Project, among other companies. Melody Mennite, now prima ballerina with Houston Ballet, has become a favorite Sugar Plum Fairy and will be joined by her Cavalier, Joseph Walsh, principal dancer with Houston Ballet. Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre hopes that you will join the orchestra and the dancers to enjoy the gift that is The Nutcracker. I
under Medicare, Medicaid and many insurance plans. Heartland Hospice provides care to those who qualify for hospice services regardless of the ability to pay or insurance coverage. Participants in “Light up a Life” are invited to decorate a Luminary bag in honor of a loved one, and illuminate the bag in unison at about 5:15pm. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Celina and the C Monkeys, who will be
singing the beautiful song “somewhere over the rainbow”, ukulele Hawaiian style, at the moment the bags are lighted. She will also be performing throughout the event as participants are decorating their bags. “I’m just really happy to be able to support Heartland Hospice and the community by singing again at this incredible event,” said Celina Gutierrez. Free food and beverages will be served throughout the event, and participants can come anytime between 3:30 and 5 to decorate a bag, with the battery- powered lighting taking place at 5:15pm. I ••• Heartland Hospice Services in Capitola, 824 Bay Avenue, # 40 Capitola, CA 950102104. Phone: 831-476-2158, Website: www.hcr-manorcare.com/HeartlandHospice/ capitola.aspx
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Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre presents In 2002, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre took a leap from the smaller venue of Cabrillo College Stage to the Civic Auditorium, which seats twice as many in the audience and accommodates 150 people making the production happen onstage, backstage and in front of the stage. Co-Artistic Directors Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher say that they would never have considered this move without John Larry Granger's involvement. Robert and Diane were and continue to be completely invested in Granger's vision of what a ballet orchestra must be. He conducts The Nutcracker from memory so that he can watch the dancers and respond immediately, leading the orchestra without a hitch. This kind of finetuned musical relationship is why Granger hand-picks his Nutcracker orchestra every year. Most importantly, it is the audience that benefits - not only is this Nutcracker glorious looking, but because the musicians are not playing from an orchestra pit but rather are in full view of the audience, they are more involved and immersed in bringing this story to life. When asked about the impetus to move to the Civic, Kelley said that it had long been a goal for Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre to produce a Nutcracker with live orchestra. They reached a point with their production that made them want a "grand venue", and the move to the Civic along with their partnership with Larry Granger seemed a natural progression. In addition, Robert wanted this performance to be in downtown Santa Cruz...another wish granted! This is not to say that taking the step to increase the scope of everything wasn't scary, but the 10th anniversary makes it clear that this was the right move. Santa
The Original Santa Cruz Nutcracker The holiday magic of Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker will be performed for the tenth time at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium with a 55–piece symphony orchestra conducted by John Larry Granger. Performances Friday, Dec. 14 • 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 • 1 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 • 1 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online through www.scbt.org or www.santacruztickets.com, or in person at the Civic Auditorium Box Office: 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz, or by calling 831-420-5260. The Nutcracker Sweet Treats backstage event, a separate event and delight for children of all ages featuring meet-and-greet with the cast, can be purchased separately. Sat & Sun 11:30 a.m.
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“Heartland Hospice” from pg 1 Heartland Hospice located in Capitola, has been serving all of Santa Cruz County for over 10 years and is dedicated to providing care wherever patients call home. Whether it is in the home lived in for years, a skilled nursing center or assisted living center, Heartland Hospice tailors their caregiving to fit each patient’s needs and each family’s unique situation. Heartland caregivers help manage pain and symptoms enabling our patients to live life as fully and comfortable as possible. Our social workers and spiritual counselors help create a comforting environment for patients and families to share thoughts, hopes and concerns. Our special bereavement program provides additional emotional support. Hospice care is a covered benefit
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Cabrillo Stage Resurrects Marx Brother in Musical Farce ‘A Night At The Nutcracker’ brings together song, slapstick comedy and the ballet for a zany Christmas treat
abrillo Stage, the professional musical theatre company at Cabrillo College, concludes their 31st repertory season with the West Coast premiere of the musical farce A Night At the Nutcracker, playing December 14 through 30 at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater. The Marx Brothers played havoc with the worlds of opera and horse racing. What if they’d had a crack at a ballet company? The hilarity ensues in this musical comedy when the world’s greatest detective, Felix T. Filibuster teams up with Pinchie the silent butler and his Italian friend, Pepponi. Together they come to the rescue of Constance Stuffington, patron of the arts, whose fortune has been swindled away. Can opening night of the city’s Nutcracker Suite Ballet be saved in time? With slapstick comedy, one-liners, chases, beautiful girls, musical numbers and the craziest version of The Nutcracker you’ll
ever see, A Night at the Nutcracker is a Christmas musical treat that’s fun for the whole family! Audiences can expect to see their favorite Cabrillo Stage actors, such as Nicholas Ceglio as Groucho (Felix T. Filibuster), Max Bennett-Parker as Chico (Pepponi) and Matt Dunn as Harpo (Pinchie). Andrew Ceglio directs the production, while Music Director Jon
Nordgren conducts the full pit orchestra. Evening with the authors — December 15! Don’t miss a rare treat to meet and talk with the authors of A Night At the Nutcracker, Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, along with composer Ed Alton, on Saturday, December 15. There will be a free reception open to the public,
from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Cabrillo Sesnon House. Reception is limited to first 160 guests. Please RSVP at www.cabrillostage.com. After the evening’s performance, expect a lively Q&A at the post-show discussion with authors, actors and directors in the Crocker Theater. I ••• “A Night At The Nutcracker” Cabrillo Stage • December 14 – 30 Wednesday – Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m., weekend matinees at 2:00 p.m. Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA Tickets: Online at www.cabrillostage.com. Staffed box office at 831-479-6154 starting November 27. Prices $20 - $40 (includes ticket fees). Night with Authors: Saturday, December 15, 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Sesnon House. Please RSVP at www.cabrillostage.com for admittance.
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Soquel High School Students Take Part in 2012 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge BOULDER CREEK — Four students from Soquel High School participated recently in the 2012 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge, one group of 69 high school students from nine schools from the Santa Cruz and Bay Area region. The event was November 7 to 10 at Redwood Christian Park, near Boulder Creek, California. Students from Soquel High School came in 4th place out of 17 teams. One of the highlights for the students
this year was the opportunity to weigh in on a soon-to-be-approved Timber Harvest Plan for a 96 acre managed forest. After spending a day visiting the site to collect field data and interact with natural resource professionals, students made recommendations on some particulars of the THP, with the goal of creating sustainable forest products while leaving behind a healthy and resilient ecosystem. During the Challenge, teams of students also completed field training, followed by a field test, to assess their technical forestry knowledge and data collecting skills. “What an incredible opportunity for our students to learn and work with the experts on a real world issue! They pushed themselves to apply all of their creativity and academic knowledge to brink of exhaustion, maintain a sense of humor and camaraderie!” said Soquel teacher Miriam Kaplan. Isaias Elizondo,
Soquel student Isaias Elizondo works on the field test, one of the many activities at the 2012 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge last week. a senior at Soquel, summed it up as follows: “The Forestry Challenge is a great way to learn new skills and meet new peo-
ple! It is more fun every year!” I See more Forestry Challenge images at www.tpgonlinedaily.com
CHP to Accept New Officer Applications Early in January SACRAMENTO — The California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced today that it will accept applications in January from individuals interested in a career as a CHP officer. “This is an opportunity to serve along-
side some of California’s finest who provide the highest level of safety, service and security throughout the state,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “A career with a law enforcement agency like the CHP offers unlimited
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opportunities for someone who is looking for a challenge.” Applications will be accepted online only during a three-day period from Thursday, January 3 through Saturday, January 5. This brief application period marks the first time in three years that the CHP has accepted applications. Those interested in applying, or seeking additional information, should visit www.chpcareers.com. “Officers are needed throughout California,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Through this process, we are determined to find qualified men and women from
diverse backgrounds who are committed to carrying out the CHP’s mission and making a difference in their communities.” To be considered, candidates must be 20-35 years old, a U.S. citizen, have no felony convictions and be a high school graduate. Each applicant will be required to complete a selection process including a written test, physical ability test, appraisal panel interview, background investigation, medical/vision evaluation and psychological evaluation. I ••• The CHP’s recruitment Facebook page is www.facebook.com/chp.recruiting.
Think Local, Shop Local, We’re Local Too! T o truly make a difference in our community, it’s important to Shop Local and support local businesses. Why should we all Shop Local? The reason is that most donations of money, material and services to our community’s schools, the arts and to local non-profits come from local businesses and business owners. As a local business ourselves, TPG, Inc. helps local businesses by informing you about their goods and services, as well as what they are doing in and for our community. So, remember to read the Aptos Times,
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CAP Report Highlights Improvements for County Residents
he findings of the annual Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project (CAP) were released at a large community and media event on Monday, November 19 at Twin Lakes Church. The United Way of Santa Cruz County has convened the project every year for the last 18 years and Applied Survey Research (ASR) collects the data and prepares a comprehensive report. Distinguished speakers who presented the report findings included: Bonny Hawley, Bonnie Lipscomb, Audra Earle, Henry Castaniada, Will O’Sullivan, and Keisha Frost. Recent improvements in quality of life for Santa Cruz County: • Unemployment went down from 12.1% in 2011 to 9.9% in June 2012 in the county (with Watsonville at
21.0%). • The cost of rent for a two-bedroom unit went down from $1,864 in 2011 to $1,627 in 2012. • Foreclosures went down from 1,264 in the county in 2010 to 1,150 in 2011. • Teen births went down from 32.1 births per 1,000 teen girls ages 15-19 in 2009 to 29.8 births per 1,000 teen girls in 2011. • Eighty-six percent of CAP survey respondents were satisfied with the local system of education in 2011, the highest rating of satisfaction over the last ten years. • Total crimes in the county decreased 16% from 11,459 crimes in 2005 to 9,642 crimes in 2010.
Comparisons by ethnicity: 80% of White CAP survey respondents reported enjoying their life “to a great extent” in 2011, compared to 48% of Latino survey respondents, a statistically significant difference. 58% of Cabrillo College degrees and certificates in 2010/2011 were awarded to White students, as compared to 27% to Latino students. 85% of Latino CAP survey respondents spent over 30% of their household take-home pay on housing costs in 2011, compared to 46% of White survey respondents, a statistically significant difference. 90% of White CAP survey respondents had health insurance in 2011, com-
pared to 51% of Latino survey respondents a statistically significant difference. 63% of the homeless in the 2011 point-intime count were White as compared to 23% who were Latino. 60% of White CAP survey respondents found recreational use of marijuana acceptable in 2011, as compared to 20% of Latino survey respondents, a statistically significant difference. 42% of White CAP survey respondents said they would “never” use alternative transportation (bus, car pool, or bike, etc) as compared to 26% of Latino survey respondents in 2011, a statistically significant difference. 89% of teen births (ages 19 and under) were to Latina teens, as compared to White teens (9%). I
City of Capitola Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events Free 3-Hour Parking in Capitola Village Thanksgiving through Christmas! urfin’ Santa arrives on Capitola Beach this Sat, Nov 24 at 12PM! It’s also Small Business Saturday. Visit with Santa, support your local small businesses, and the parking is free! Tis the season!
November 24 Surfin’ Santa @ Capitola Beach 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm o! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus is coming to town…Surfin’ Santa that is! Santa and his reindeer will arrive on the shores of Capitola Beach by outrigger canoe at 12PM. Santa will then settle in his beach chair for a nice long visit with all the kids. Be sure to bring your camera to capture Santa’s wave-riding arrival. Could be your best Christmas photo yet…and a happy memory for sure!
December 1 Winter Gala @ Whole Foods Market Capitola, 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm t’s a festive Whole Foods Market Capitola “After-Hours” Party! Sample delicious food and wine, plus get great ideas for your winter gatherings. First 50 guests in the door receive a gift bag. $6 Food Tasting; $6 Wine Tasting or $10 for both! Tickets available at Whole Foods Market Capitola customer service desk or online at: http://wfmcapitolawintergala. eventbrite.com/
December 7 Caroling in Capitola Village @ Capitola Village, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Meet at Christmas Tree on Capitola Avenue at 6PM (in front of Quality Market). Enjoy a performance by the Soquel High Jazz Singers followed by caroling. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Refreshments provided by Shadowbrook Restaurant. December 11 Holiday Luncheon @ Shadowbrook Restaurant, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Make your reservation for the Capitola-Soquel Chamber Holiday Networking Luncheon at the Shadowbrook Restaurant. Enjoy a special holiday performance by the award-winning Soquel High Jazz Singers. Networking Luncheons are a great way to connect with business people and community members, hear about current issues, enjoy lunch and be on your way in 90 min-
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utes. Bring plenty of business cards! Seating is limited and reservations and advance payment are required. Can’t make the luncheon? Donate a raffle prize to represent your business! Call the CapitolaSoquel Chamber for reservation 831.475.6522. December 13 Holiday Mixer @ Inspire Salon 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm ‘Tis the season for a Holiday Mixer hosted by the hip and happening Inspire Salon! Enjoy holiday cheer including delicious appetizers, decadent desserts, wine tasting, great raffle prizes, local art, and of course networking. Bring your business cards! Visit this cool new salon, meet the stylists and check out their services including hair, make-up, tanning, waxing and special events. Mix, mingle and get inspired! 1220-C 41st Ave, Capitola in the Begonia Plaza. For more
info call Inspire at 831.475.5989 or find them on Facebook. I
Free 3-Hour Parking in Capitola Village Thanksgiving through Christmas! Surfin’ Santa arrives on Capitola Beach this Sat, Nov 24 at 12PM! It’s also Small Business Saturday. Visit with Santa, support your local small businesses, and the parking is free! Tis the season!
Senator Joe Simitian honored for SB 1538 Bill requires full disclosure after mammogram to improve cancer detection SACRAMENTO — State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) was honored by a breast cancer advocacy group for championing legislation to improve breast cancer detection in women with dense breast tissue. Simitian was named Champion of “Exposing the Secret” for his work authoring Senate Bill 1538. Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in September. SB 1538 requires that following a mammogram, women with dense breast tissue be informed of the following: • That they have dense breast tissue; • That dense breast tissue can make it harder to evaluate the results of a mammogram; • That it is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer; • That information about breast density is given to discuss with their doctor; and • That a range of screening options is available. An estimated 40 percent of women who have mammograms have dense breast tissue. Because dense breast tissue appears white on a mammogram, and cancer appears white, it can be difficult to see the cancer. The bill makes California the fifth state with a breast density notification law
(following Connecticut, Texas, Virginia and New York.) SB 1538 will take effect April 1, 2013. “It’s incredibly gratifying to be recognized for this legislation,” said Simitian. “But it’s even more gratifying to know that because of our efforts, lives will be saved. This bill is about a patient’s right to know. Patients with dense breast tissue need to know that it can hide a cancer, and that additional screening options are available. Early detection is the key.” The award was presented to Simitian by Amy Colton, a Santa Cruz resident, nurse and breast cancer survivor who suggested the bill idea in 2011 in Simitian’s “There Oughta Be a Law” contest. Colton was never informed of her breast density during years of routine mammograms, and only discovered that she had dense
breasts after completing her treatment for cancer. Colton presented the award on behalf of the board of directors of Are You Dense, Inc., an advocacy organization dedicated to informing the public about dense breast tissue and its impact on early detection. “Senator Simitian is a true champion in every sense of the word, and so deserving of this award. He took on this issue because he believes in the fundamental right of women to be informed of pertinent health information about their own physiology,” said Colton. “Despite last year’s
veto, he did not give up and the women of California now have him to thank for opening the door to early detection of breast cancer for women with dense breast tissue.” “This award recognizes the incredible work Senator Simitian did carrying the breast density inform bill across the finish line,” said Dr. Nancy Cappello, president and founder of Are you Dense, Inc. “Innumerable number of women and their families will benefit from this life-saving legislation.” A similar bill was vetoed in 2011. Since Brown’s veto last year, two separate studies from the first year of a similar law’s implementation in Connecticut have shown a 100 percent increase in breast cancer detection rates in women with dense breast tissue who had supplementary screenings. I ••• For more information about SB 1538, visit www.senatorsimitian.com. For more information about dense breast tissue, visit www.areyoudense.org
‘Smart Solutions’ Conference on Homelessness “Community Engagement Summit” Saturday, Dec. 1, Cabrillo College
he issue of homelessness strikes a passionate chord in Santa Cruz County, with strong and divergent views in the community. There are many public and community based organizations providing programs and services to people who are homeless yet no single entity or program can address the issues on its own. A communitywide response is needed and that means each and every one of us has a part to play.” … from the Summit Invitation. Concerned citizens ready to learn more and get involved are invited to join in the conversation about homelessness and be part of the solution at an event called “Creating Smart Solutions to Homelessness: A Countywide Community Engagement Summit” on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Cabrillo College in Aptos. Summit objectives: • Create broader and more diverse community engagement on homelessness.
• Develop better communication & coordination among those concerned about these issues. • Improve understanding of the realities of homelessness in Santa Cruz County. “Homelessness” > 12 www.tpgonlinedaily.com Capitola Soquel Times / December 2012 / 11
The Cobbler’s Tale B
ased on a short story by Leo Tolstoy – Once upon a time there was a cobbler, a good and honorable man. One Christmas Eve he dreamed that the next day, on Christmas, Christ was coming to his humble shop. Christmas morning he got up early and went to the woods to gather green boughs to decorate his shop for so great a Guest. He laid out a fine woolen cape and some blankets to give to the Lord. He lit a fire and set out bread and meat, and put the kettle on to boil. All morning he waited, then a feeble old man came to his door asking to rest. The cobbler invited him in to sit and rest by
the fire where he gave the old man hot tea and cakes. When he left, the cobbler gave him a package of his best bread and meat. The day became afternoon. He saw a wounded soldier; his feet wrapped in bloody rags, limping slowly down the street. The cobbler called and invited him into his shop. He bathed the soldier’s feet, wrapping them in clean cloth. He then gave the grateful soldier the sturdiest shoes in the shop. When the soldier left, there was a new strength in his step. As evening approached, the cobbler became discouraged. Just then a young woman walked by shivering and crying,
carrying a baby in her arms. The cobbler called to her asking what was wrong. “Oh, sir,” she said, “My husband died of the fever so I couldn’t pay the rent. The landlord put us out of our home and I’m traveling to the next town to stay with my husband’s parents. But it’s so far, I’m so hungry, and my baby is so cold.” The cobbler brought her in to share his dinner with her. He took the woolen cape and the blankets he had set aside for the Christ and gave them to the woman to keep her and the baby warm. Then, he hitched up his horse and cart and drove the woman to the next town. It was very late and Christmas was
over when he finally got home. Sure that he had missed the Christ he cried out, “Why, Lord? Why did you not come? Was I so unworthy?” He sank to his knees in tears. Then it seemed he heard a Voice, sweeter than any other: “My child, I kept my word. Three times I visited you and three times you showed your love for Me. I was the old man; I was the poor soldier; I was the cold and hungry woman and her baby. You warmed Me at your fire. You bandaged My wounded feet. You fed Me and clothed Me. Did I not say, ‘Whatsoever you do to the least of My brethren, you do it to Me.’” Merry Christmas I
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ed officials, professionals, and people who are homeless or formerly homeless is being sought. The sponsors are especially seeking greater participation and representatives of the business community and neighborhood groups. Event sponsors include: County Board of Supervisors Chair John Leopold, Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane, Watsonville Mayor Eduardo Montesino, United Way of Santa Cruz, Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, Community Television of Santa Cruz County and other community and business leaders. I ••• Event registration is required. Please go to www.smartsolutionstohomelessness.org to learn more and to request an invitation.
Share information about proven, successful models and solutions working in other communities including some that are taking shape in Santa Cruz County. Develop a shared vision for change and agreed upon action steps. Form an ongoing community leadership group to carry the work forward on shaping policies to address homelessness. Participation from all geographic areas of Santa Cruz County and representatives from all stakeholder groups including business, faith-based organizations, service providers, neighborhood groups and service clubs, law enforcement, elect12 / December 2012 / Capitola Soquel Times www.tpgonlinedaily.com
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Harbor Volleyball Looks Forward to Second Shot at Sacred Heart Soquel High Football Earns First Round Victory in CCS Playoffs
fter placing second in the Central Coast Section Div. IV Tournament, the Harbor High varsity girls volleyball team earned a win in the first round of the CIF NorCal Championships, defeating West Valley (23-13, 25-14, 25-14). The top-ranked Pirates were stunned in the CCS championship when No. 2 Sacred Heart earned an upset in four games (25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23). Harbor now is looking forward to a rematch in the NorCal Div IV Championships. A win there would give Harbor it’s first appearance in the state finals since the Pirates won the D-II title in 1992. The most recent CCS championship game for the Pirates was in 2008, which featured Karissa Cook, now the starting setter for the NCAA’s No. 1-ranked Stanford Cardinal. ••• Hale Hauls Soquel High through CCS D-IV First Round Win oquel High’s Fabiano Hale scored six touchdowns and rushed for 375
yards on 39 carries in the CCS D-IV first round against Carmel High. But it was Soquel’s lone completed pass of 30-yards from Lucas Cordoza to Kevin Kiff on a third-and-6 play that moved Soquel to the Carmel 4-yd line. That set up the Knights with Hale running the last four yards into the end zone to score the winning points against the Padres in a wild 49-42 win at Pacific Grove High. The Padres’ Thomas Spanos had four touchdowns with one of his on a 92-yard kick return. Spanos had two touchdown receptions and scored on a 39-yard run. Running back Holden Smith on 21 carries ran for 117 yards and scored a touchdown while Carmel quarterback Connor Marden completed 13 of his 20 passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns. I ••• CCS D-IV Semifinal — Soquel plays Sacred Heart Prep on Saturday, November 24 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart, 150 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton CA
Harbor High School varsity girls volleyball team
Soquel High and Harbor High Schools Scoreboard Football
Girls Water Polo
Soquel Season Record (9-2, SCCAL 5-1) Harbor Season Record (3-7, SCCAL 1-5) CCS Div IV Playoffs Soquel 49 – Carmel 42 Soquel Stats: N/A First Downs, Rushing yds 65-479, Passing yds 30, CompAtt-Int 1-4-0, Fumbles-Lost N/A, Penalties-yds N/A Soquel Scoring: Fabiano Hale 6 yd run (Tanner Mihelic kick) 9:23 1st Q; Lucas Cordoza 28 yd run (Mihelic kick) 11:52 2nd Q; Hale 3 yd run (Mihelic kick) 8:05 2nd Q; Hale 30 yd run (kick, fail) 1:04 2nd Q; Hale 14 yd run (run, fail) 5:59 3rd Q; Hale 1 yd run (Hale, run) 9:48 4th Q; Hale 4 yd run (Kevin Kiff pass from Cordoza 3:05 4th Q
MBL-Gabilan All League Team MVP: Machaella Parelius (Soquel) Freshman of the Year: Taylor Thorson (Soquel) First Team: Machaella Parelius Sr, (Soquel); Liliana King-Adas Jr, (Soquel); Jillian Tarr Sr, (Soquel) Second Team: Tally Hoover Jr, (Soquel); Taylor Thorson Fr, (Soquel); Hanna Hutchinson Sr, (Soquel) Richard Chamberlin Sportsmanship Award: Marissa Azua (Soquel) MBL-Pacific All League Team Freshman of the Year: Jazmin Bale (Harbor) First Team: Augusta Greer So, (Harbor); Rachel Reinsma So, (Harbor); Second Team: Jazmin Bale Fr, (Harbor); Julia Fleming Sr, (Harbor) Richard Chamberlin Sportsmanship Award: Trisha Lizarraga So, (Harbor) I
Girls Volleyball Harbor Season Record (34-6) SCCAL Regular Season Champions Second Place CIF D-IV Championships NorCal First Round
Harbor (No 3) def. West Valley (No. 6) (25-13, 25-19, 25-18) Harbor Scoring: Kelsey Shaver 13 kills; Patrice Williams 10 kills, 2 blocks; Molly Tobin 6 kills, 10 digs; Morgan Matias 5 kills; Grace Thompson 32 assists; Sydney Hogan 17 digs SCCAL All-League Co-MVP: Bria Morgan (OH – Soquel)
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Ragine Graves (S – Soquel) Junior: Kelsey Shaver (Harbor); Sophomore Sarah Savoca (Soquel) COACH Mark Hull (Soquel) First Team: Delanie Borek (OH–Harbor); Camille Steber (L–Soquel) Second Team: Grace Thompson (S –Harbor); Alex Quinn (MB–Soquel); Rylee Scofield (L–Harbor)
“Awards” from pg 2 Cruzio continues to lead local Internet development, most recently through their $500,000 investment in high-speed fiber optic resources connecting their operations center directly to a node in San Jose. Such connections are a critical piece of the economic infrastructure necessary to attract and retain technology companies. Cruzio has developed options to make these highcapacity resources available to many customers and is working with local governments to increase their reach. In 2009 Cruzio diversified their business by purchasing a portion of the former Sentinel newspaper building at 877 Cedar Street, introducing expanded business services including a co-location data center and launching Cruzioworks Co-working office space. Organizations of the Year The Tannery Art Center Project • The City of Santa Cruz Redevelopment Agency • Artspace Projects, Inc. • Tannery Arts Center, Inc. Director Ceil Cirillo hen faced with this economically important commercial site burdened with expensive environmental remediation requirements, complicated transportation investments and uncertain community support at the height of the dotcom recession, Ceil saw an art center campus. She organized a group to explore this notion and, with the unwavering support of the City Council, had by 2007, acquired the site, entered into an MOU with Artspace Projects to develop the campus, completed environmental remediation, and committed to a concept that included affordable housing for artists, studios, offices, and a performing arts and education center. In 2007, construction was begun on the first phase, the construction of 100 units of housing for 260 artists and their families. In 2008 hundreds of artists lined up to apply for this housing. The resulting lottery filled the 100 studio-apartments (and a three-year waiting list) many months before the 2009 move-in date. Despite the downturn in the economy and the unavailability of construction financing, the RDA took the lead in successfully applying for and receiving more than $7 million in state and federal grants to rehabilitate three of the remaining historic buildings on the site and to develop the Digital Media and Creative Arts Center/Working Studios (the Studios). Phase II construction began in 2010 on the Studios and was completed in 2012 with a grand opening celebration featuring 52 local artists and 2,000 attendees cele-
Past honorees include century-old Santa Cruz family and business names like Bargetto, Haber, Leask, McPherson, Ow, and West as well as many of our contemporaries who continue to be key contributors ... brating opening of the Center and the lease up of the Studios. The RDA is currently completing construction on the Kron House office space, which is expected to become the new home for the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County in early 2013. The final phase will convert the last Tannery building into a 200 seat performing arts. The Tannery Arts Center, Inc., is currently soliciting donations and grant funds to complete the funding necessary for this last element of the Center. The Chamber’s 2012 Organization of the Year award is being shared not only by the three principal organizations responsible for the project but also by the literally hundreds of community volunteers, local government staff and City Council Members, and the many dozens of local artists who demonstrated their capacity – our communities’ capacity – to find creative solutions, to undertake complex projects, and to achieve extraordinary outcomes. Entrepreneurs of the Year Five3 Genomics ive3 Genomics is the iconic entrepreneurial start-up for Santa Cruz’s future. Three UCSC graduate students, Stephen Benz, J. Zachary Sanborn, and Charles Vaske, all working independently in genomics research in the laboratories of internationally recognized UCSC faculty members (Dr. David Haussler (Biomolecular Science & Engineering) and Dr. Joshua Stuart (Engineering)) realized that they could integrate elements of the work each was doing into a ground-break process. The key product of their work makes it possible to efficiently compare genomes. By converting the 3 billion base pairs that form every genome into a graphic representation, the process of identifying differences in these strings of genetic “code” can be done visually. One of the initial applications is the comparison of the genome as it appears in a healthy cell and in a cancerous cell. By identifying how the genomes of healthy and diseased cells differ, researchers expect to identify treatments that are successful in destroying those that contain anomalous genomes. Of course, great ideas don’t necessarily become successful businesses. Stephen, Zachary, and Charles succeeded in part because of their interest in commercializing this process. One of the things that
makes Five3 Genomics’s story heartening is its successful use of local entrepreneurial resources. In addition to the unparalleled experience of working in the genomics laboratories under the tutelage of some of the most-recognized genetics researchers in the world, they used UCSC’s “VC one-toone” program to meet with venture capitalists, eventually meeting Dr. Patrick Soon Shiong who provided working capital for the enterprise. They also got support from Peter Koht in the City’s Economic Development and rented their first office, a carrel at NextSpace, which quickly grew into a small office and then a large office there. They met the principals of a local design group, Octopus Creative, who not only put together their business website but also helped them develop the visual aspects of their analysis software. This first Entrepreneurs of the Year award recognizes the achievement of Stephen Benz, J. Zachary Sanborn, and Charles Vaske in converting their experience, knowledge, and entrepreneurial courage into Five3 Genomics. Lifetime Achievement Award Bruce Woolpert – GraniteRock ruce Woolpert was a man of extraordinary gifts: a powerful intellect and scholar, an inspiring leader, a creative business executive, a dedicated friend, a steward and visionary for his community. His life-long dedication to improving his hometown of
Watsonville and his investment in Santa Cruz County, especially his work to improve its education programs and its economic environment are unparalleled. A native of Watsonville, he took over the family business, GraniteRock in 1986 and elevated it to become not just a remarkable local company but a nationally recognized model. The first small business to receive the coveted Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1992, under Bruce Woolpert Bruce’s leadership GraniteRock attracted recognition for decades, including Fortune 500’s “Best Places to Work in America,” the California Governor’s Golden State Award, and, for Bruce, selection by Fortune Small Business magazine as a “Best Boss.” Presentation of the Awards he award winners will be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Recognition Dinner, November 30, 2012 at the Cocoanut Grove. This dinner has brought business and community leaders together to celebrate the work and honor the contributions of the sustainers and stewards of Santa Cruz for more than 120 years. This year’s recipients join a distinguished group of Santa Cruz County leaders. Past honorees include century-old Santa Cruz family and business names like Bargetto, Haber, Leask, McPherson, Ow, and West as well as many of our contemporaries who continue to be key contributors such as Baskin, Mathews, Nickelson, Cirillo, Rebele, Packard and the Seaside Company, Granite Rock, O’Neill, Redtree Properties, the Cultural Council, Goodwill, and United Way. I
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Sundays in Soquel Concert Series hosts Black Cedar Duo
he Black Cedar Duo performs at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 2402 Cabrillo College Drive in Soquel on Sunday, December 9, at 1 p.m. With Steve Lin on guitar, and Kris Palmer on flutes and recorders, Black Cedar uses this versatile mix to explore and create repertoire ranging from Renaissance love songs, to Appalachian folk songs, to recent compositions from Asia and our own local composers. “They perform beautifully together: perfect synchronization of subtle rhythms and phrases,” writes the South Bay Guitar Society. This concert is their seventh appearance in their Fall 2012 Northern California tour, following shows in San Jose, Berkeley, Oakland, Fort Bragg, Ukiah, and Kensington. The duo presents two English lute songs by the Elizabethan Renaissance master, John Dowland. If My Complaints, and Come Away, Come Sweet Love are some of the finest examples of Dowland’s sensitive and melancholy love songs. Black Cedar performs them on recorder and guitar at this concert. The duo’s rendition of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, one of the most beautiful sonatas of the early Romantic period, is also on the program. Originally written for piano and arpeggione (a rare, six-stringed musical instrument that was fretted and tuned like a guitar but bowed like a cello), Dr. Palmer and Prof. Lin perform the work on African wood flute and guitar. Also on the program, two works for alto flute and guitar: Northern California composer, David Smith’s Russian River Portraits, newly composed for the Black Cedar Duo, and Toru Takemitsu’s meditative Toward The Sea. Written in homage to Hermann Melville’s novel, Moby Dick, Takemitsu emphasizes the spiritual dimension of the book, stating, “meditation and water are wedded together…The music is a homage to the sea which creates all things and a sketch for the sea of tonality.” This work was commissioned in 1981 by Greenpeace to support their Save the Whales camBlack paign.
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The concert concludes with the Appalachian folk song tradition and the Negro-American experience from excerpts of Robert Beaser’s Grammy-nominated 1986 collection, Mountain Songs: lyric ballads from the southern mountains of Appalachia, and Negro-American spirituals from the Deep South. I ••• n addition to this appearance in Soquel, Black Cedar continues its commitment to the ARC of Alameda County with a series of free concerts for the developmentally disabled throughout their 2012-2013 season. “Without these concerts, our clients wouldn’t have access to attending any concerts,” says Dr. Shannon Jurich, Director of the ARC. “For them to have access to such incredibly talented musicians is novel, exciting, and humbling.” Sundays in Soquel Sunday, December 9, at 1:00 p.m. Mount Calvary Lutheran Church 2402 Cabrillo College Drive in Soquel. Exit 436 for Park Avenue East off of Highway 1, left on Cabrillo map: http://goo.gl/maps/R0LWC Free admission, www.mountcalvary.info phone: 831-475-6962. Email: email@example.com Program: If My Complaints and Come Away, Come Sweet Love by John Dowland • Russian River Portraits by David Smith • Arpeggione Sonata by Franz Schubert • Toward The Sea by Toru Takemitsu • Mountain Songs by Robert Beaser
Cedar Duo: Kris Palmer & Steve Lin
They’re coming! They’re coming! … They’re here! By Camille Smith
he Holidays. Family gatherings. Gift giving. Travel. Regardless of what this season means to you, whether you are looking forward to it or pulling up the cushions for coin so you can get-away to Bali, chances are you’ll experience some level of stress. Perhaps just reading these words “family gatherings” stressed you out a little. If I added “The Mall” to the list, I’m betting “a little” would be replaced by “a lot”! So we have a baseline for this conversation: we can’t avoid stress. It comes with the territory called being human. Stress can be a constructive response to life’s obstacles. But stress is meant to be short-lived. It’s meant to be followed immediately by a
period of relaxation and recovery. It’s when the stressful state is prolonged, when we bottle up and hold onto tense energy, that stress becomes draining and destructive. So, if we can’t avoid it, what is the point of even talking about it? The point is to be self-aware able to self-correct our behavior so we don’t wind up as extras in our own version of “The Walking Dead.” (I’ve been wondering why people watch that show. Maybe they watch it to say, see, “I’m not that bad, so back off!”)
Ten Ways to Reduce Stress (before, during and after) the Holidays 1. Get enough sleep. Being rested will serve you much more than having everything perfectly done. 2. Exercise. Go outside if you can and take a walk. We all open up when we’re walking, so if you want to have a heart-to-heart with someone, try doing it on the move. (PS: Wait until after the holiday to begin your IronWoman/Man training.) 3. Laugh. Play games for fun like Pictionary or Catch Phrase (not Monopoly; it’s too competitive and finance-based.) 4. Don’t over eat. It’s tempting, and we don’t feel good whenever we overdo. Too much sugar stresses our bodies. 5. Don’t over drink. It’s tempting, and we can say things we don’t mean when we’re sloshed. Too much alcohol stresses our bodies. 6. Don’t push other people’s buttons. A tried-and-true holiday stress-buster. Just because you can get someone’s goat, don’t. A personalized version of the Serenity Prayer by Making them react or Julia Goralka. Read her zany tips: A Christmas lose it says more recipe for coping with holiday stress. about you than them. accept to serenity the me grant God, 7. Do apologize. the relatives I cannot change, If you misstep, apologize immetomorstores the face to courage The diately. They did row for everything I forgot today, notice, even though it looks And the wisdom to remember that this like they didn’t. will all be over with soon. Amen. That you noticed is all the evidence you need. 8. Make s p e c i f i c requests for support. Don’t hint. I know
you wish they would just do it without you asking them. Get over that. Let people know you need them to pitch in. Let them know you count on them. Appreciate them for doing so. 9. Be sensitive, not sucked in. One person’s holiday joy is another’s holiday headache. This season can be a time of joy, delight, appreciation and love. It can also be a time of sadness, disappointment and resentment. Let people have their own experience, don’t try and make them do the holidays like you do. Listen, be compassionate, and let them be. You do not need to fix them. You can ask that they self-manage and be responsible for how they
are showing up and interacting with others. 10. Watch my video: Bright Side of Burn Out: How to recognize & fix it. It’s FREE at www.wipcoaching.com/thebrightside-of-burnout/ enter code: NOBURNOUT. You’ll learn four steps that will help you reduce the flames and be more of your wonderful self. Regardless of where your head and heart are at regarding the fast-approaching holidays, whether you are alone during this season or with others, with a family of origin or a family of choice, I invite you to make this is a season in which you and I expand our capacity to be kind, awake and whole human beings. That’s a season worth greeting. I
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SCPD Announces Sergeant Promotions T he Santa Cruz Police Department is pleased to announce the promotion of David Forbus and Jose Garcia to Sergeant. Sergeant Forbus and Sergeant Garcia, both 12-year veterans of the department, will be assigned to the Operations Division. “It is a testament to our department to have the caliber of applicants we were graced with for sergeant,” Chief Kevin Vogel said. “Sergeant Forbus and Sergeant Garcia embody the work ethic, commitment to service and community values that are hallmarks of our department. Our community can be proud of the next generation of leadership at the Santa Cruz Police Department.” Sergeant Forbus hroughout his career, Sergeant Forbus has worked in patrol, investigations, the Neighborhood Enforcement Team and a countywide narcotics task force. Sergeant Forbus is a Field Training Officer and was a founding member of the Emergency Services Unit (SWAT). He is a certified gang and narcotics expert and while assigned to investigations he worked on a number of high-profile cases.
In addition, Sergeant Forbus received the Hazardous Duty Award for disarming a suspect that attacked him with a knife. He holds a degree in Sociology from Chico State University lives in Santa Cruz County with wife and two children. His brother, Daniel, is an officer at the Santa Cruz Police Department and his father Don was a Deputy Sheriff in Santa Cruz County. He was born and raised in Santa Cruz. Sergeant Garcia ergeant Garcia started his work with the Santa Cruz Police Department as a volunteer. He became a non-sworn Community Service Officer before being hired as a police officer 12 years ago. Over the course of his career, Sergeant Garcia has worked as a foot patrol officer in the Beach Area, worked
in property crimes, sex crimes and as a homicide detective. He has served on multiple local/federal taskforces dealing with narcotics and gangs. While assigned to investigations Sergeant Garcia was the lead investigator on some of the highest profile homicides and gang-related incidents in our city’s history. Sergeant Garcia is one of the founding members of the Emergency Services Unit (SWAT) and is a certified Hostage Negotiator. He currently serves as a K9 handler for the department. Sergeant Garcia is a firearms instructor and certified gang and narcotics expert. In addition, Sergeant Garcia was instrumental in developing and expanding the Spanish language Citizen’s Police Academy. He lives in Santa Cruz County with his family. I
“It is a testament to our department to have the caliber of applicants we were graced with for sergeant. Sergeant Forbus and Sergeant Garcia embody the work ethic, commitment to service and community values that are hallmarks of our department. Our community can be proud of the next generation of leadership at the Santa Cruz Police Department.” — Chief Kevin Vogel
California Department of Fish and Game Events Calendar WEEKENDS — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve holds docent-led walks every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available to borrow at no cost. Visitor Center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use fee is $4.32 per person, age 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. Directions and more information at www.dfg.ca.gov/ lands/er/region4/elkhorn.html. • Guided Wetland Tours of Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 12:30 to 2 p.m. at 3207 Rutherford Rd, Gridley (95948). On the Pacific Flyway at the base of the Sutter Buttes, Gray Lodge WA is one of the premier birding spots in northern California. This public land provides appealing habi-
tat for waterfowl, shorebirds and other wildlife. Migrating ducks arrive through fall and winter populations grow to hundreds of thousands. Local experts lead a 0.3-mile stroll on a paved trail to an elevated viewing deck and discuss wildlife adaptations, natural history, conservation efforts and how to identify wildlife. Tours are included in the $4 entrance fee and self-guided visitors are welcome. Tours are cancelled in heavy rain. Please make reservations for groups of 12 or more. For information or scheduling, contact the Gray Lodge WA Naturalist Office at (530) 846-7505 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/wa/region2/ graylodge/index.html. “Wetlands” > 28 www.tpgonlinedaily.com Capitola Soquel Times / December 2012 / 21
New Report Details Human Trafficking Trends in California LOS ANGELES — California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today released The State of Human Trafficking in California 2012. The report outlines the growing prevalence of the crime of human trafficking in the state, the increasing involvement of sophisticated transnational gangs in perpetrating the crime and the modern technologies that traffickers use to facilitate it. Human trafficking involves the recruitment, smuggling, transporting, harboring, buying, or selling of a person for purposes of exploitation, prostitution, domestic servitude, sweatshop labor, migrant work, agricultural labor, peonage, bondage or involuntary servitude.
While human trafficking often involves the smuggling of human beings across international borders, numerous Americans are trafficked around the United States ever year. Human trafficking strips people, especially women and children, of their freedom and violates our nation’s promise that every person in the United States is guaranteed basic human rights. The report finds that from mid-2010 to mid-2012, California’s nine regional antihuman trafficking task forces provided training to 25,591 law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim service providers and other first responders. During the same period, the task forces identified
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1,277 victims, initiated 2,552 investigations, and arrested 1,798 individuals for the crime. California is one of the nation’s top four destination states for trafficking human beings. Despite public perception, 72 percent of trafficked human beings in the state cite the United States as their country of origin, with the remainder coming from foreign countries. The report also describes the evolving challenges California faces in addressing this crime, which has become a $32 billiona-year global industry. Among the key findings in the report, organized criminal networks and street gangs are increasingly responsible for trafficking persons into and throughout the state. The prevailing wisdom among these criminals is that human trafficking is more profitable and has a lower risk of being detected than drug trafficking. In addition, innovations in technology make it possible for traffickers to recruit victims and perpetrate their crimes online. However, technology is also key to successful enforcement as the Internet, social media and mobile devices provide new avenues for identifying perpetrators, reaching out to victims and raising public awareness about human trafficking. Key Highlights from The State of Human Trafficking in California 2012 From mid-2010 to mid-2012, California’s nine regional human trafficking task forces identified 1,277 victims, initiated 2,552 investigations, and arrested 1,798 individuals. In the same two-year period, California’s task forces provided training to 25,591 law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim service providers, and other first responders.
Seventy-two percent of human trafficking victims whose country of origin was identified by California’s task forces are American. The public perception is that human trafficking victims are from other countries, but data from California’s task forces indicate that the vast majority are Americans. Labor trafficking is under-reported and under-investigated as compared to sex trafficking. Fifty-six percent of victims who received services through California’s task forces were sex trafficking victims. Yet, data from other sources indicate that labor trafficking is 3.5 times as prevalent as sex trafficking worldwide. Local and transnational gangs are increasingly trafficking in human beings because it is a low-risk and high, renewable profit crime. It is critical for federal, state, and local law enforcement and labor regulators to collaborate across jurisdictions to disrupt and dismantle these increasingly sophisticated, organized criminal networks. Early and frequent collaboration between law enforcement and victim service providers helps victims and prosecutors. Victims who receive immediate and comprehensive assistance are more likely to help bring their traffickers to justice. Traffickers are reaching more victims and customers by recruiting and advertising online. Traffickers use online advertising and Internet-enabled cell phones to access a larger client base and create a greater sense of anonymity. I ••• For more information on the trafficking of human beings and to view the report online, go to www.oag.ca.gov/human-trafficking.
Cyber Security for Holiday Shopping Online
emember the days when keeping track of your wallet and hiding packages in the trunk were all you had to do to ensure your holidays were safe and secure? Fast forward to 2012 when the National Retail Federation says nearly 52 percent of holiday gift-givers will be shopping online — and staying secure requires more effort. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a joint initiative of the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, logged more than 300,000 complaints of online crime in 2011. The adjusted dollar loss of those complaints topped $485 million, the IC3 says. To avoid becoming an unhappy holiday statistic, consider these eight tips to help ensure your online shopping stays as safe as possible this holiday season: 1. Update your software — Before you start shopping, make sure your virus protection, anti-malware and firewall software are all up to date, active, and set to update automatically. Check your browser to ensure it’s the most up-to-date version and if there are any security patches you should download.
2. Be a wary buyer — If an online deal looks too good to be true, it usually is. It’s unlikely you’re really going to get a brand new iPad for just $10, so treat inflated offers with a healthy dose of skepticism. Scammers will often offer these ‘deals’ as a way to entice you to provide personal and financial information that they can then use to steal your identity or your money. Be wary of the type of information requested for your purchase. While a legitimate seller will certainly need your credit card information and mailing address, there’s never a reason why a merchant should need your Social Security or driver’s license numbers. 3. Shop securely — Avoid sites that don’t have clearly identifiable protections in place. Web URLs should start with ‘https’ — the ‘s’ indicates ‘secure’ — and look for a lock symbol toward the bottom of the page that indicates the online merchant has security software in place. Use credit cards for purchases — rather than a debit
card or bank transfer — as they offer additional layers of consumer protections for online shoppers. 4.Don’t shop through emails — Clickable links in emails can be suspect and may take you to a page whose sole purpose is to collect your personal information. If you get a suspicious email offer purporting to be from a reputable vendor, bypass the email link, go directly to the vendor website and look for the deal on the merchant’s website. 5. Do your homework — Check out an unknown vendor through reputable online resources like the Better Business Bureau. Look for consumer complaints. Check out consumer review sites to see what others have to say about the vendor. 6. Save your backup — Save receipts, order confirmations and order numbers. This information can help you if you don’t receive the merchandise you’ve paid for and need to pursue it with the company or file a consumer complaint. 7. Shop on a trusted network — Keep your online shopping activities confined to net-
works you know are secure - such as your own secured home wireless network. Be careful using public networks or Wi-Fi hotspots for your online shopping - they may be easier for hackers to access. 8. Keep an eye on your credit — Unfortunately, holiday shopping and identity theft go hand in hand these days. Throughout the holiday season, pay especially close attention to your credit accounts. Check your credit report at least once during and after the season. Consider looking into identity protection for a comprehensive identity theft detection, protection and resolution product designed to help people protect against the damages (often financial) caused by identity theft. Holiday shopping online can be convenient and easy — and a great source of bargains. But while you’re shopping for the perfect holiday deal, be sure to take steps to protect your financial information and your identity from thieves and scammers. Preventive measures and smart shopping practices can help ensure the season is bright for you, and not for cyber crooks. I Brandpoint Media
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FeaturedColumnist The Book Bag by Robert Francis
The Book Bag
Pre-holiday reading for children awaiting Santa …
by Robert Francis
It’s a Small World Christmas Around the World By Calliope Glass Illustrated by Susan Chen Fang Disney Press. $5.99 (Ages: 3 and older) s you page through this picture book you’ll see that children around the world celebrate Christmas in different ways. While Katie is decorating the family Christmas tree in New York, a little boy in Holland is setting out his wooden clogs so that Sinterklaas will fill them with walnuts, candies and small gifts. You’ll see South African children singing carols by candlelight, youngsters in Mexico attacking a piñata filled with candy, and some little girls in Sweden carefully wearing wreaths with candles as they serve hot chocolate and lussekatt to their family members on Santa Lucia morning. Other holiday customs in places like South Korea, Brazil, France and Australia are also shown. There is also a page of stickers included with the book so you can decorate the Christmas tree, place gifts where you like and move the children representing each country from one page to another. The stickers do pose a choking hazard for very young children so please be careful. On the book’s final page, you’ll also learn how to say “Merry Christmas!” in seven different languages. So, greet friend and family with a hearty “Ookissiemoossie ohmooheelay!” or “Vrohlick keerstfeast!”
Just Right for Christmas By Birdie Black Illustrated by Rosalind Bearshaw Nosy Crow/Candlewick, $15.99 (Ages: 3 and older) story about the joy of giving, this picture book begins on Christmas Eve when a king sees some beautiful red cloth
and purchases it so that his sewing maids can make a lovely cloak for the princess. This is where the story really becomes interesting. The cloth scraps are bundled up and placed outside the castle door. The castle’s kitchen maid finds the red cloth scraps and takes them home to make her mother a jacket. And so it goes. A badger who takes them to make a hat for his father discovers the remaining cloth scraps. A squirrel finds what remains of the cloth and makes a pair of gloves for his wife. Finally, a little mouse finds just a little red scrap left and thinks that it would make the perfect scarf for her son. On Christmas Day, everyone opens their gifts and finds a beautiful red garment or hat. Not only is all the red cloth put to good use, but everyone agrees that this is how Christmas should feel. Don’t be surprised if this special Christmas story becomes a family favorite in the years to come. Not only is every scrap of cloth put to excellent use, but all the characters felt good about the gifts they made from this wonderful, red cloth.
Santa Retires By David Biedrzycki Charlesbridge. $7.99 (Ages: 4-7) hristmas is over and an exhausted Santa and Mrs. Claus decide to take a little vacation. Off they go to a tropical paradise called Mistletoe Island. From the minute they set foot on the island, Mr. and Mrs. Claus are delighted with the weather, fun activities and delicious food.
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When his reindeer come for a visit, Santa drops a bombshell. He is going to retire and become a beachcomber. Now what’s going to happen back at the North Pole? Will there even be a Christmas without Santa? Who will step in and oversee the toy making? These are all good questions. You’ll find the answers when you read this companion book to “Santa’s New Jet.” Young children will love this humorous story and the big, bold illustrations.
Santa Paws 2 (The Santa Pups) Adapted by Catherine Hapka Disney. $4.99 (Ages: 7 and older) ix months before Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Paws celebrated the arrival of their four pups. Now, with just three weeks before Santa starts his journey to deliver toys, the rambunctious pups (Hope, Charity, Jungle, and Noble) are making a nuisance of themselves in the toy workshop as the elves try to finish their work. Determined to show that they are ready to assist in the preparation, the pups hatch a plan to “borrow” some of Santa’s magic crystals and visit Pineville where they will grant as many Christmas wishes as they can. Things get slightly out of hand, though, when the Santa Pups accidentally grant a little boy named Carter his holiday wish, which is to make Christmas go away. Oh, no! With the help of Mrs. Claus, the wellmeaning pups are going to have to figure out how to reverse their magic or December 25th won’t be a very merry day. This chapter book features eight pages of color photos from the Disney movie featuring these cute little pups. Proficient young readers will find this a
fun read and one they’ll want to share with their friends.
Christmas at the Toy Museum By David Lucas Candlewick Press. $15.99 (Ages: 3 and up) t’s Christmas Eve at the Toy Museum but all the toys are in for a big surprise. When the museum closes and everyone has left, the toys all g a t h e r around the Christmas tree and are shocked to discover there are no gifts under the tree. That’s w h e n Bunting, an old toy cat, comes up with an excellent idea. “Let us not be downhearted! Why don’t we all give one another ourselves?” What a splendid idea! The toys all agree and begin wrapping one another in festive holiday paper. Soon there are lots of gifts under the tree. When Christmas morning arrives, the fun begins as the unwrapping starts. The last person unwrapped is Bunting. Unfortunately, there is no one left for the poor old cat to unwrap. That means he doesn’t have a present! How sad! At this point, the angel atop the Christmas tree intervenes. She flies down from her perch and gives Bunting a very, very special golden box tied with a golden ribbon. What’s in the box? Sorry, you’ll have to read the book to find out! This clever picture book stresses the idea that it is better to give than receive and isn’t that what Christmas is all about? You’ll love the illustrations of all the toys and the book’s message is one that can’t be restated too often. “Christmas at the Toy Museum” in definitely an early gift you might want to give your child or grandchild or perhaps even donate to the local school in your neighborhood. I
Android Smartphone Users: Be Aware of Malware and How to Avoid Attacks Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
he IC3 has been made aware of various malware attacking Android operating systems for mobile devices. Some of the latest known versions of this type of malware are Loozfon and FinFisher. Loozfon is an information-stealing piece of malware. Criminals use different variants to lure the victims. One version is a work-at-home opportunity that promises a profitable payday just for sending out email. A link within these advertisements leads to a website that is designed to push Loozfon on the user’s device. The malicious application steals contact details from the user’s address book and the infected device’s phone number. FinFisher is a spyware capable of taking over the components of a mobile device. When installed the mobile device can be remotely controlled and monitored no matter where the Target is located. FinFisher can be easily transmitted to a Smartphone when the user visits a specific web link or opens a text message masquerading as a system update. Loozfon and FinFisher are just two examples of malware used by criminals to
lure users into compromising their devices. Safety tips to protect your mobile device: W h e n purchasing a Smartphone, know the features of the device, including the default settings. Turn off features of the device not needed to minimize the attack surface of the device. Depending on the type of phone, the operating system may have encryption available. This can be used to protect the user’s personal data in the case of loss or theft. With the growth of the application market for mobile devices, users should look at the reviews of the developer/company who published the application. Review and understand the permissions you are giving when you download applications. Passcode protect your mobile device. This is the first layer of physical security to protect the contents of the device. In conjunction with the passcode, enable the screen lock feature after a few minutes of inactivity. Obtain malware protection for your mobile device. Look for applications that specialize in antivirus or file integrity that helps protect your device from rogue applications and malware. Be aware of applications that enable Geo-location. The application will track the user’s location anywhere. This application can be used for marketing, but can be used by malicious actors raising concerns of assisting a possible stalker and/or burglaries. Jailbreak or rooting is used to remove certain restrictions imposed by the device manufacturer or cell phone carrier. This allows the user nearly unregulated control over what programs can be installed and how the device can be used. However, this procedure often involves exploiting significant security vulnerabilities and increases the attack surface of the device. Anytime a user, application or service runs in “unrestricted” or “system” level within an operation system, it allows any compromise to take full control of the device. Do not allow your device to connect to unknown wireless networks. These networks could be rogue access points that
capture information passed between your device and a legitimate server. If you decide to sell your device or trade it in, make sure you wipe the device (reset it to factory default) to avoid leaving personal data on the device.
Smartphones require updates to run applications and firmware. If users neglect this, it increases the risk of having their device hacked or compromised. Avoid clicking on or otherwise downloading software or links from unknown sources. Use the same precautions on your mobile phone as you would on your computer when using the Internet. I ••• If you have been a victim of an Internet scam or have received an e-mail that you believe was an attempted scam, please file a complaint at www.IC3.gov.
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Announcements Second Harvest Food Bank Programs: New Leaf Community Markets
ere's a smart and easy way to support the Second Harvest Food Bank this holiday season. For every 10 pounds of Smart Chicken® purchased at New Leaf Community Markets during the month of November, New Leaf and MBA Poultry, Smart Chicken's Producer, will donate one pound of smart poultry chicken to the food bank. For more information, visit www.newleaf.com
Body in Motion Pilates 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. Suite 55, Aptos ody in Motion Pilates in Aptos is hosting a canned food drive throughout the month of November to benefit Second Harvest. All are welcome to visit the studio and donate food items. For additional information, call (831) 6851779 or email email@example.com
Be a Holiday Helper and make a difference!
ake the holiday season a positive one for the often forgotten care facility residents throughout our community by becoming a Holiday Helper. I-You ventures Holiday Helpers generously purchase, wrap, and label gifts so they are ready to be delivered to facility residents. Gift suggestions include: socks, slippers, combs, card games, lotion, necklaces, etc. All gifts should be dropped off at Family Service Agency, 104 Walnut Ave. Suite 208, SC. For further information, contact Carolyn or Sandra at (831) 459-8917 x208 or visit www.fsa-cc.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Visit http://nar-anon.org/Nar-Anon/ California.html for more information.
Ongoing Events First Mondays
Great Decisions Lecture Series 7:00pm-8:30pm, Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 125 Canterbury Dr. Aptos ecture series on "Great Decisions", put out by The Foreign Policy Association. Lectures led by Dr. Laina Farhat-Holzman, sponsored by Santa Cruz Branch, American Association of University Women (AAUW). For more information, call Lois Holcomb (831) 688-0541.
Second and Fourth Mondays First and Third Wednesdays
Alzheimers Support Groups Monday: 2:00 - 3:30pm Wednesday: 5:30 – 7:00pm Conference Room at Elena Baskin/Live Oak Senior Center, 1777-A Capitola Rd, Santa Cruz acilitated by Jill Ginghofer, this group is for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimers.
Women Care Drop in Cancer Support
rop in Support Group is a gathering for women with all types of cancer. We offer support for women through all stages from diagnoses through treatment. For more information or to register call (831) 457-2273
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
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 Tuesdays Each Month
Tail Wagging World of Dog Ownership
8:00am to 9:30am at Aptos History Museum, Old Dominion Court, Aptos. earn tips and make connections. Local professionals meet weekly to focus on business building and collaboration. Interested business owners, independent professionals and guests welcome. For more information: 621-1153, www.CoastalProfessionals.net
6:30pm at the Santa Cruz SPCA, 2685 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Cruz (cross street is Soquel Ave.).
First Tuesdays and Third Wednesdays Each month
Orientations to Become Advocates for Children North County, 5:30-7p.m., first Tuesday of month (for location details contact Danielle at 761-2956 X102) South County, 5:30-7 p.m., third Wednesday of the month at the CASA Office, 813 Freedom Blvd. Watsonville ASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Santa Cruz County needs your help. Volunteer 3-5 hours per week to provide support, guidance, and a powerful voice in court for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Everyone welcome, men and bilingual folks especially encouraged. To RSVP call 761-2956 Ext. 102, or email Danielle@casaofsantacruz.org
Second Tuesdays 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.
Freedom Forum Presents: Constitution Classes 7:00pm, Quaker Friends Meeting House, 225 Rooney St. Santa Cruz or more information, visit www.meetup.com/ santacruz-freedom-forum/
Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club Meeting 12-1:30 p.m. at Seascape Golf Course. ontact Doug at 831- 724-9192 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
6:00pm-7:00pm, Gateway Bible Church, 5000 Granite Creek Rd. Scotts Valley or more information, visit http://hirewire.org
1:00-2:00pm, Louden Nelson Community Center, Rm. 5 301 Center St. Santa Cruz For more information, call (831) 429-7906
Second Thursdays Each Month
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
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Veterans of Foreign Wars 6:30 pm, 2259 7th Ave. Santa Cruz ommander: Ronals Petty. For more information, call (831) 475-9804
Second and Fourth Thursdays 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 831-6842721 or Past President Barbara Chamberlain at 831-688-3356 for meet-
Dated Events Tuesday November 27
Pacific Speakers Association
Sons in Retirement Luncheon Meeting
7:00pm, Firehouse on Soquel Dr. Aptos peakers helping speakers get gigs. Call (831) 332-8221 for more information.
11:30am, Severino's Restaurant, 7500 Old Dominion Ct. Aptos peaker will be Steve Blank on "The Secret History of Silicon Valley". Retired or bored? Come join us "just for the fun of it". For more information, call (831) 688-0977.
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 www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org
Come As You Are Zen Second and Fourth Wednesdays
Free Job Seek Workshop!
(Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) 7:00pm-9:00pm, 900 High St. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz o learn more, call (831) 427-4016 or visit www.pflagscc.org
Third Thursday Each Month
First Wednesday Each Month
7:00pm. 920 41st Ave. Suite B, Santa Cruz (next to Family Cycling Center) lease join us on Tues. evenings at 7pm for two 30 min. periods of sitting meditation with a 10 min walking meditation in between, followed by tea and discussion. Zazen instruction 6:30pm first Tues. of each month. Morning meditation schedule Tues. & Thurs. 6:45am & Sat. 8:30am followed by "Come As You Are Zen." Visit oceangatezen.org for more info.
ing/dinner reservations or information or visit www.cabrillohostlions.org.
9-10:30 am, Ocean Gate Zendo, 920 41st Ave. Suite B, Santa Cruz (next to Family Cycling Center) ome as you are Zen focuses on Buddhist practices that enhance our daily lives. This will be an informal talk with time for discussion. Free — donations accepted. Visit oceangatezen.org for more info.
Santa Cruz Bingo 4:00pm, 707 Fair Ave. Santa Cruz anta Cruz Bingo supports local charity. All games have a minimum of a $150 prize, smaller crowds mean you have better odds. For more information, visit www.santacruzbingo.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call (831) 427-1007 and press 4.
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.
Church Bible Study/Worship 9:45am: Bible Study; 11:00: Worship, First Baptist Church 7565 Sunset Way, Aptos ooking for a church? Come worship with us!
Wednesday November 28 Periperal Neuropathy Support Group 1:00pm, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 420 Melrose Ave. Santa Cruz ur speaker will be Acupuncturist Kaz Wegmuller. Peripheral Neuropathy is a disease resulting from a long list of causes. Common symptoms may include pain, numbness, and a tingling in the feet and hands. Often, balance is impaired from this progressive condition. Please join us if you or a loved one suffers from this condition. For more information call (831) 477-1239.
CHADD ADHD Support Group Meeting 6:30-8:00pm, Mar Vista Elementary School, 6860 Soquel Dr. his meeting is open to anyone who has ADHD, loves someone with ADHD, or wants to learn more about ADHD. For more information, contact Judy Brenis at email@example.com or call (831) 684-0590.
Saturday December 1 Holiday Book Sale 11:00am-3:00pm, Downtown Library 224 Church St. Santa Cruz he Frids of the Santa Cruz Public Library will hold a special book sale. The sale will follow the Downtown Holiday Parade. Vintage, children's, and holiday-themed books and popular fiction will be the main attractions. Although used, all books will be in gift condition. Free gift wrapping will be offered while wrapping supplies last. For information, call (831) 427-7716.
Saturday December 8 Luncheon for American Association of University Women 11:00am, Seascape Golf Course, Aptos he American Association of University Women will hold their annual holiday luncheon. Fiat Musica, a women's chorus of the UCSC Women's Club, will sing Hanukkah and Christmas songs. This luncheon is a fundraiser to provide scholarships for re-entry women attending USCS and Cabrillo. A raffle, book sale, craft and bake sale will be part of the event which is open to the public. For reservations and further information, contact Jeanne Jorgensen at (831) 477-7025. Cost of luncheon is $22.
Tuesday December 11 Aptos Sons in Retirement Luncheon Meeting 11:30am, Severino' s Restaurant 7500 Old Dominion Ct. Aptos adies day with entertainment by "The Bad Intentions" who feature what they call Folk Fusion music with an infusion of country, swing, and blues. For more information, call (831) 688-0977. I
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Announcements 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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org (831) 239-2247
First Fridays Each Month Ongoing thru November 30
First Friday Art Tour
‘Case of Ageless Art’ Exhibit
The Santa Cruz Public Library, 224 Church St. anta Cruz is exhibiting a "Case of Ageless Art". Exhibit will take place from November 5-30th. Watsonville’s Valley Heights Senior Community Residents, under the guidance of Ageless Art Project Volunteers, created the exhibited arts and crafts.
BINGO 6:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Elks Lodge, 150 Jewell St. osted by Soquel Sports Foundation. BuyIn $25. Also, we have a special BINGO, celebrating our 2nd anniversary, on Sept. 28 at 6:30. Buy-in only $15. www.soquelsports.com
he First Friday Art Tour is a Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts event, managed in conjunction with the participating art venues. The event takes place year-round and illuminates some of the most talented local artists from local galleries. To find out where to participate in a First Friday art tour, visit firstfridaysantacruz.com (Most galleries are open 12-9 pm for First Friday viewings.)
First and Third Fridays Each Month
Friday Shakespeare Club 10:30am-12:30pm, First Congregational Church, 900 High St. Santa Cruz or more information, visit www.fridayshakespeare.org, or call Kris at (831) 421-0930 or Nanette at (831) 438-3615.
Free Trivia 7:00pm, Boulder Creek Pizza and Pub, 13200 State Route 9, Boulder Creek reat fun and prizes too! Come and enjoy some amazing pizza, breadsticks, drink, friends, and trivia! Who could ask for more?
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 paradisebeachgrille.com
Peninsula Banjo Band 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Harry’s Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave, San Jose orty-seven years of performing in the Bay Area, over 250 popular tunes. Come see our band for Free in Sunnyvale Every Wednesday. No cover. Contact Lee McLaughlin, Booking Agent, at 408-993-BAND (2263) for information about booking the band for Non-profit events (donations are tax deductible). www.PeninsulaBanjoBand.org
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
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
including Friday, December 21
Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train Roaring Camp Railroads
seasonal tradition returns to Santa Cruz with the Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train.
Ride vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, as they roll through city streets past homes of Santa Cruz. Add your voice to the holiday sing along, sip hot spiced cider, listen to musical entertainment, and enjoy a visit from Santa. Choice of one holiday activity and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is included with Holiday Lights Train ticket price. For more information, visit www.roaringcamp.com, or call (831) 3354484.
Dated Events Thursday November 29 Why the World Doesn't End 7:00pm, Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave. oin us for a dynamic evening of poetry, stories, and discussion celebrating Michael Meade's timely new book. Tickets are $12, order them at www.mosaicvoices.org. Proceeds go to support at-risk youth and Multicultural Projects.
Thursday November 29 thru Saturday December 1 Ladies of the Jury by Scotts Valley High School Drama 7:30 p.m., Scotts Valley High School Student Union. See Dec. 6-8 for description
Saturday December 1
Event is free, $5 donation appreciated. For more information, visit www.slvmuseum.com or call (831) 338-8382.
Sunday December 2 40 for 40! 4:00pm-6:00pm, Community Foundation of SCC, 7807 Soquel Dr. Aptos oin us for the kick-off of the Baroque Festival's 40th concert season. This elegant afternoon will begin with cookies and coffee. Lux musica is offering music by Haydn and company, along with the Kirby Chamber Singers, all to the tune of tasty appetizers and wine. The proceeds of this celebration will benefit our upcoming 40th season. Tickets are available at www.santacruztickets.com, or by calling (831) 459-2159.
Thursday December 6 thru Saturday December 8 Ladies of the Jury by Scotts Valley High School Drama 7:30 p.m., Scotts Valley High School Student Union. cotts Valley High School students will act out a cast of colorful characters from different cultures and walks of life in Fred Ballard’s 3-act comedy “Ladies of the Jury”, presenting an amusing jury room romp that is fun for the whole family. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults: they can be purchased at www.shotix4u.com.
Holiday Benefit Dance 8:00pm to 12:00pm, VFW Post 7263 Hall 2259 7th Ave. Santa Cruz ts that holiday time again, the VFW post 7263 and the Santa Cruz Blue Star Moms are presenting live music by "The Digbeats" for an evening of good music, dancing, and friendship! Please join us for some good times. For more information, call (831) 475-9804.
Saturday December 8 Meet the Author
Holiday Tree Walk at Roaring Camp
1:00pm-3:00pm, Crossroads Bookstore, 1935 Main St. Watsonville eet and chat with Joan Rose Leonard, author of the recently published novel The Healer of Fox Hollow, and The Soup has Many Eyes, a memoir of her family's escape from the pogroms of Eastern Europe. For more information, call Kelly at (831) 728-4139 or check out Joan's website at joannroseleonard.com.
Holiday Art Sale
Saturday December 1 Sunday December 2 et into the holiday spirit by bringing family and friends to ride Roaring Camp's daytime steam train to Bear Mountain. At the summit, guests may sip hot cider and delight in viewing a tree-lined walk of beautifully decorated holiday trees. To add to the festive spirit and bring hope to those in need, visitors may bring new and unwrapped toys to Roaring Camp's depot to benefit Santa Cruz Toy's for Tots campaign. For train times and ticket information, visit www.roaringcamp.com, or call (831) 3354484.
Sunday December 2 10th Annual Christmas Tree Trimming Event 12:00pm-4:00pm, San Lorenzo Valley Museum, 12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek hildren ages 3 and up are invited with their parents to spend a fun filled afternoon together creating a wide variety or ornaments, string popcorn and cranberries, decorate sugar and gingerbread cookies, make corn husk angels, and wreaths and door swags from fresh greenery. While enjoying the fun at the museum, check out the wide variety of local history books (great for gift giving).
10:00am-3:00pm, 3140 Mar Vista Dr. Aptos nique gift items: portrait paintings, multicolored foil paintings, purses, journal covers, and more. For more information, call (831) 662-8248.
Aptos Redwood Village Holiday Open House 4:00pm-6:00pm, 9909 Soquel Dr. Aptos njoy wine tasting, appetizers, refreshments, and carolers. Drop by the many fine shops and services in Redwood Village.
Friday December 14 thru Sunday December 16 The Original Santa Cruz Nutcracker
Inspiration is a wonderful thing - you cannot see it or touch it and yet you feel it. Someone is inspiring you these days and you see this person as a leading light. Of course, you love what is real and tangible, and yet the intangibles change lives as much as the realities. Allow this thought to penetrate and you see that you have the best combination. The Full Moon at the end of this month is a turning point for you, bringing these ideas to light at last. Enjoy. And of course it is the season to be jolly. Your humour is a little dark but perfect for the times we are in.
Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18) While you have been considering serious questions about your life direction recently, the important thing is to align what you love with what you do and get paid for. New developments here point you in the right direction and help and advice comes from an unexpected quarter. It is up to you to take the appropriate action but you have been waiting for the right moment. Love and romance are key for you over the Christmas Season, and while you are happy to be friends with everyone there is just one special person you want to be with. Practicalities take precedence at the end of the month!
Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) Exciting new developments around friends overseas or anything with a foreign flavour set you on course for a new way of being. Perhaps it won't seem so dramatic at first but you have been on a steady pathway of growing and understanding for some time, and your basic philosophy is changing due to what you have recently learned. This is a great time for mending bridges, and renewing friendships but also being kinder to yourself since you sometimes give yourself quite a hard time. Practical solutions can be better than expected towards the end of the month after a stroke of good fortune.
Aries (March 21-April 20) This is a month for different choices and options and your energies are shared between various factions of your life. Career plans are helped and new directions are a possibility for you. Make the most of the first week to push forward and create waves. Discover new information that can have a real influence on what you bring into your life, and it is likely that connections far and wide can result in adventure and change. The only thing holding you back is you! The Christmas Season brings joy and a new addition to your family.
Taurus (April 21-May 21) In some ways you are glad to see the back of 2012 and look forward to the new plans you have in mind for next year. But you have also achieved some outstanding in some areas and new relationships are warm and very special. While you acknowledge that there are certain aspects over which you have little control, nevertheless your creative mind set has unleashed ideas and thoughts in others and this is your gift, making the intangible real and practical. Wait till after the 21st to launch into a brand new direction.
Gemini (May 22-June 21) You have mixed feelings about reaching the last month of the year and while the Sun is in your area to do with relationships, then this is the time to renew your vows and strengthen what you have with your special other. This year Christmas is different and you acknowledge that life is a constant stream of change which you are very much part of. There is not time to be stuck in a rut and by the 11th you feel shift is happening. Mercury, your ruler, is now in Sagittarius and links and connections with the media are great. You are brilliant at self promotion at this time!
Cancer (June 22-July 22) The month starts intriguingly with a highly emotive set of circumstances that you are drawn into. But you are well equipped to deal with what is happening and your role in being a lynch pin is important to bring stability once more. You work hard at creating the circumstances which bring peace and fulfillment and seek out those who are positive and supportive. After the 21st the Sun moves into Capricorn, your opposite sign. This is significant for long term partnerships and with the Full Moon in your sign at the end of the month, a greater understanding and a new chapter in your life is just beginning.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 23) Important choices are there for you at the start, based around trying to fit in with all the social demands that are placed on you! It is important to factor in time with your nearest and dearest and while there is a certain frantic quality to the Season of Goodwill, you manage to make is special and simple for those you love. Using your artistic skills, this year you are clever at the detail and love to see the joy in others. A special offer for you around the last week looks almost too good to be true, but is it?
Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22) This is a wonderful time for courses, learning, discovering and finding out. You are travelling more than usual and making connections with a wide variety of people. This means you are busy, busy, busy! But there is a purpose to all this and you have felt rather impatient that some situations that you are eager to move forward have been a little slow in getting going. You are brilliant at the practicalities and will find that your organizational skills are perfect in the run up to Christmas. Mid-month you are drawn to the past with a trip down Memory Lane.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23) You are so busy organizing your finances that you barely notice Christmas until it is upon you! But you are looking at the bigger picture and this is a great time to venture into self employment and start your own business. You have plenty of ideas and have been doing your homework and research. Make the most of current trends to push forward with your plans. Your ruler, Venus, goes into Scorpio mid-month and here passion is more evident which adds a sizzle to your relationships! Whatever is going on behind the scenes can now be a little more open and less secretive!
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Earlier in the month, all is going well for you when it comes to socializing, creating the right relationships and connections with others and it's not hard to make new friends. It could be that long lasting relationships are not what you need right now, and variety, of course, is the spice of life. This means that you are upbeat and more into having fun than anything else. But the mood changes a little later and you are more serious and able to stand back a little to give invaluable advice to someone who could do with your help.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) 1:00pm and 4:30pm, Santa Cruz Civic That familiar feeling of juggling so many different elements and trying to Auditorium, 307 Church St. Santa Cruz keep everyone happy is back again this month but not for too long. There is an intensity at the start but you do enjoy what the month brings, espeanta Cruz Ballet Theatre celebrates its 10th cially as some of you will be celebrating your birthday. Luck is with you anniversary performing The Nutcracker and chance encounters can lead to doors opening with both business with incomparable Maestro John Larry and/or love. You are glad that certain aspects are now part of your past, and you are looking forward with hope and optimism. The Full Moon in Granger conducting the Santa Cruz Ballet Cancer at the end of your month highlights the need for change and transTheatre Orchestra. formation. Tickets: $5-$15 depending on seating. For ••• Find Out More www.AnnabelBurton.tv tickets visit www.santacruztickets.com. I www.tpgonlinedaily.com Capitola Soquel Times / December 2012 / 27
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Living Alone? Financial Tips to Keep You on Track
By Brian Cooke and Cole Strickland, LPL Financial Advisors
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iving the single life no longer is an anomaly: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 45% of households nationwide are maintained by a single person.1 Being single affects many areas of financial planning, including retirement, financing health care later in life, and other key issues. If you are single, or expect to be because of a pending divorce, consider the following as you plan your finances. Retirement n increasing percentage of preretirees are planning for their own retirement. What steps should solo planners take to shore up their finances for a comfortable retirement? Set long-term retirement savings goals. If you have access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan, contribute as much as you can afford. For 2012, the maximum employee contribution is $17,000, and workers aged 50 and older can contribute an additional $5,000 catch-up contribution. Consider funding an IRA. For 2012, the maximum contribution is $5,000, and investors aged 50 and older can contribute an additional $1,000. Invest as much as you can. Investing as much as you can afford
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for retirement over the long term is beneficial because you will not have the luxury of falling back on a partner’s pension. In addition, your household will have one Social Security check to fund retirement expenses. Parenting und for your children, but don’t forget yourself. If you have children, your financial planning could be especially challenging because you may be required to fund tuition, childcare, and other costs on one salary. As you raise your family, be sure not to shortchange your needs. Put away something for retirement, even if it is only a small amount each week. Over time, this amount may compound and serve as the basis of your retirement nest egg. Be sure to appoint a guardian for your children in the event that you are not able to care for them. Insurance and Health Care eview your options for disability insurance and long-term care insurance. It is critical to purchase these types of insurance while you are healthy and the premiums are affordable. These insurance purchases increase the chances that you will have adequate cash flow if you are not able to work because of a disability, or if you require assistance with activities of daily living later in life.
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EVERY MONDAY — Volunteer Stewardship Field Crew Mondays at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Rd., Royal Oaks (95076), 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Help preserve natural habitat by doing seed collection, planting, trail maintenance and weeding introduced species. Details at www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/region4/ elkhorn.html or www.elkhornslough.org. SANDHILL CRANE WETLAND TOURS, the first three weekends of each fall/winter month through February at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve near Lodi. The docent-led tours start approximately 90 minutes before sundown and run to about 30 minutes after sunset. Pre-
tour registration is required online at www.dfg.ca.gov/delta/cranetour and may be made up to six weeks in advance. Suggested donation is $10 per adult. The South unit of Woodbridge ER is accessible to the public at any time. It features informative interpretive panels, and viewing of sandhill crane ‘flyover’ at sundown is common. The Woodbridge North unit (accessible
Prepare for health care expenses. You may need to direct a lawyer to draft a health care proxy in which you designate a loved one to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are not able to do so yourself. Housing hink carefully about the type of housing situation that suits your needs. Carrying a single-family home, especially in an expensive housing market, frequently is difficult on one income. Be sure that your home is affordable enough to permit you to invest for retirement and other financial goals. Your situation may present additional considerations, but the suggestions mentioned here may help you manage your finances successfully. I ••• 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) 476-7283 if you have any questions. LPL Financial LLC, 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) 476-7283. LPL FINANCIAL,LLC.TRACKING# 1-106889
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only by tour) includes a bird-viewing blind and typically receives the ‘flyin’ where the cranes come to roost for the night. For more information please visit the website or call (209) 948-7708. GUIDED SWAN TOURS in rice fields near Marysville, Saturdays in December, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Driving tours along a short route with very little walking required. See tundra swans, ducks, geese, cranes, shorebirds, white pelicans, herons, egrets and raptors. Preregistration is required on the DFG website, www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/ 2/SwanTours. Tours are free, but registrants are encouraged to make a donation online to the California Wildlife Foundation to support this program. For more information, please call (916) 358-2852. I
Regional Transportation Survey Results Preliminary steps for the 1024 Regional Transportation Plan
ere are the results of the latest survey from the Regional Transportation Commission. Over 260 people completed the survey about travel patterns and barriers to using various travel modes and the information will be helpful in developing the project list for the long range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The resulting project ideas have been forwarded to the local jurisdictions for their consideration of transportation projects to propose for the 2014 Regional Transportation Plan. Key results from the survey are as follows: Heavily traveled destinations include: Downtown Santa Cruz, Capitola Mall and
41st Avenue area, East side of Santa Cruz, and out of county toward the Bay Area. Besides driving by themselves, most people would consider walking or bicycling for trips less than 2 miles and taking the bus, carpooling or bicycling for trips greater than 2 miles. The two main reasons hindering people from carpooling are the need for flexibility or to make stops en route. The main reasons that hinder people from taking transit is that it takes too long, and that service does not go where/when people want to go. For trips less than 2 miles, the main barriers for using the following modes are: Bicycling — safety concerns riding near
traffic, too many things to carry, need to do errands and fear of getting their bicycle stolen Walking — Takes too long, too many things to carry, traffic is unpleasant and not enough sidewalks For trips longer than 2 miles, the main barriers for bicycling are: safety concerns, too far of a distance, too many things to carry, the time needed and the need to do errands. When asked what type of bicycle rider people consider themselves to be, the most said they would comfortably ride on busy roads with bike lanes (38%),
followed by those who would like to ride more but do not feel safe on bike lanes near traffic (21%), and bikers who ride comfortably on busy roads without bike lanes (19%). About 17% said they were not interested or not able to bike and 5% said they tended to ride on sidewalks. Currently, the RTC is soliciting project lists from sponsoring agencies and developing financial projections. The next steps for public involvement will be a review of the project priority list. This will likely take place early next year. I The RTP Project Team
‘Start Smart’ Teenage Driver Program
he California Highway Patrol is offering a traffic safety program for teenage drivers and their parents. The Start Smart Program is aimed at helping future and newly licensed teenage drivers become aware of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. The program is designed as an educational tool for parents and teenagers in an effort to reduce the number of teenage injuries and deaths resulting from traffic collisions. Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds. The primary objective of the program is to provide teens
and parents with an understanding of how poor choices behind the wheel can affect the lives of numerous people. The Start Smart program also provides teens and parents with information on defensive driving, traffic laws in California, dynamics of traffic collisions, tips on avoiding traffic collisions, and DUI awareness. Smart Start classes are free of charge. The next class will be on Tuesday, December 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room at 155 Center Street. I For more details, and to make a reservation, please call the Santa Cruz CHP Office at (831) 662-0511. www.tpgonlinedaily.com Capitola Soquel Times / December 2012 / 29
Ravishing Romantics at the Santa Cruz County Symphony Second Concert of 2012 Season
he search for the new Director of the Santa Cruz Symphony continued with the second of five con-
Anthony Quartuccio Jr.
impressive virtuosicerts. On Sunday, ty with flawless Nov. 18, Anthony technique and brilQuartuccio Jr. directby Josef Sekon, DMA liant legato phrased the orchestra with a fine presentation of three works ing throughout the concerto. It was obvious that she knew the work intimately as from the Romantic period. The concert began with a refreshing she gently gestured and reacted with work not heard enough, Richard facial expressions to practically every Wagner ’s Overture to the Flying nuance that entered into the developDutchman (1860). As the work pro- ment of the composition. Her cadenza at gressed it gathered the necessary momen- that end of the first movement was most tum to bring Wagner’s brilliant orchestra- impressive along with the entry of the tion abilities to the fore. The motives pre- winds. Ms. Kanagawa’s playing in the sented in the overture that play a signifi- high register and well executed divisi cant role in character identification in the lines were performed with perfection, enough to bring the audience to their opera were well defined. The amazing eighteen-year-old feet with a standing ovation at the end of Mayumi Kanagawa was the soloist in the the first movement. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 92 (1905) by Jean Sibelius. Ms. Kanagawa’s Major, Op. 47 (1812) was the final work of delicate, floating sound introduced the the concert and it was indeed in the full opening theme that captivated the audi- spirit of intention. Maestro Quartuccio ence. Ms. Kanagawa demonstrated her pulled out all stops in an excellent per-
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Mayumi Kanagawa formance. Again, special note of the excellent work by the brass and winds throughout the work! Questions asked by Symphony supporters that continue to grow are: “Who is on the “Select Committee, what are their credentials, qualifications and why hasn’t this list been made public as in similar situations?” I
SPCA Featured Pet
By Noreen Santaluce
Mark Your Calendars for a Christmas Celebration hristmas Memories, Remember the and taking lessons in tap dancing in Alice Time…” will be the theme of this Peterson’s Thursday morning classes. Since coming to the Choraliers, Alice year’s annual Choraliers’ Christmas Show at the Mid County Senior Peterson has done the choreography for Center on Bay Avenue in Capitola on the dancers and has up-graded the skills of December 16. The curtain will rise at 2:00 the group by introducing them to Jazz, Tap p.m. to take you into a family living room and Broadway styles of dancing. She also where three generations unpack the designs their costumes and serves as phoChristmas decorations. Each of the tree tographer and archivist for the group. ornaments brings back a memory to the Alice and her husband, Steve, perform perfamily members as they discuss old hap- cussion and dance with the Flamenco penings and some family secrets are dance group “Viva España.” Her background includes performancrevealed. The flashbacks are dramatized in song es with “Los Schleppos Tipicos,” “Typica and dance numbers performed by twenty- 36,” “Los Amiguitos” and “Os Marineiros” To add to your Christmas enjoyment, four members of the Choraliers group. The plot thickens when the toys are stolen by a why not take an hour or so on the aftermischievous elf played by Josephine noon of December 16 to relax and enjoy the Chapatte. All the toys will soon come to music and comedy of the Choraliers. Light life and fill the stage with merriment. One refreshments are included for a donation dance number will be the Sugar Plum of $5.00. I ••• Fairies from “The Nutcracker” as you have Mid County Senior Center, 829 Bay Ave never seen it before, and another will be a version of the “Peppermint Twist” from in Capitola. 476-4711 the fifties. This year’s show was written by and will be produced by Wanda Kocina, Music Director, and Alice Peterson, Choreographer, assisted by Lois Duncan and Jeremy Griffey and accompanied by Charlotte Gaidos on piano and Alice Yerkes on violin. Wanda Kocina’s musical expertise is the result of her twelve years experience as Choir director for her church. While acting as Musical Director for the Choraliers for seven years, she has been enjoying organizing medleys and making new arrangements for old favorite songs. In this production, she will be offering several opportunities for the audience to sing along. Six years ago, Wanda started also performing in Two of the toys that come to life, puppets Mary Healy (on the left) Choraliers dance numbers and Patricia Samaras
C Keep Your Pets Safe & Happy This Holiday Season
he Santa Cruz SPCA reminds pet owners that although this is a time for sharing, it is unhealthy to share holiday meal leftovers with companion animals. Animals often suffer from digestive problems after the holidays because humans invite their animals to celebrate with high fat meals such as ham, gravy, and turkey skin. Turkey bones are hollow and can easily break and splinter into sharp pieces, causing blockage and perforation of the intestinal tract. A pet that has a turkey bone lodged in the digestive system may not exhibit any symptoms for one or two days. However, when they do occur, symptoms include loss of appetite, listlessness, vomiting or diarrhea, and expensive surgery may be required to remove the blockage. Companion animals that are given leftover turkey can also suffer from salmonella food poisoning. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include gastrointestinal upset, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite and listlessness. Consult a veterinarian immediately should a companion animal exhibit any symptoms for salmonella poisoning or turkey bone ingestion. Holiday feasts are all about family gatherings and holiday cheer, but loud celebrations can be stressful for animals. Knowing your pet’s temperament can prevent accidents and added stress. If lots of people are coming over and your pet is not used to parties and lots of noise or is food aggressive, consider placing, them in a quiet part of the house until the guests leave. If your pet is a party animal and loves to mix and mingle, be sure to ask your guests not to slip them table scraps or treats.” If you plan to be out of town for the holidays, for the safety of your pet ensure that you use a reputable boarding facility, such as Bed and Biscuits (bedandbiscuits.com) or have a trusted pet sitter come to your home. Also, make sure that your companion is wearing proper identification and is licensed and microchipped, all of which will greatly increase the chances of you being reunited with your pet if he or she slips out the door.
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