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Serving Our Community For 22 Years • Capitola, Soquel, Live Oak, Pleasure Point

February 2013 • Vol 18 No. 2 • Supervisor’s Staff Comes Prepared

Usually people work their way UP the political ladder but Supervisor Zach Friend has found two extremely experienced political professionals for his staff whose experience was gained at the state and national level. Patrick Mulhearn worked for former Assemblyman, ... Full Story Page 5

CYT Santa Cruz Presents Bye Bye Birdie On February 8, Santa Cruz County will have the opportunity to experience the rollicking Rock and Roll romance, Bye Bye Birdie. CYT (Christian Youth Theater) Santa Cruz is producing this fun full-length musical in which 45 students ages 8-18 will perform this quirky comedy chockfull of eccentric young ... Full Story Page 7

‘Meet the Author’ – John Chandler

The Porter Memorial Library, at 3050 Porter Street, invites the public to a free “Meet the Author Fireside Chat” at 10:30 a.m. on February 13, 2013. Local author, John Chandler, will read from his novelin-progress, “After Life With Uncle Horace.” The novel relates the loss of innocence of a teenage boy who grew up in a university family in Princeton, New Jersey, in the early 1950’s. Full Story Page 10

SUESD Board to Vote on Parcel Tax The Soquel Union Elementary School District Board is scheduled to vote on a $90 per parcel tax at its February 6 regular board meeting at 6:30 p.m. A special board meeting will be held prior to that on Wednesday, January 30 at 9 a.m. to present the parcel tax plan and to answer questions from the public. Both meetings will be held at

the District Office Board Room, 620 Monterey Avenue Capitola, California. When asked why the District needed a parcel Tax, District Superintendent Henry Castaniada said, “Over the past five years the District has had to cut $1.3 million of its $14 million budget. continued on page 4

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‘In Dreams’ Art Exhibit Feb. 1 – April 26 • Presented by Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative n Dreams explores a world that is seemingly surreal and dreamlike. What images appear in your dreams? Six local artists share their viewpoints through a variety of mediums in playful and sometimes unexpected, ethereal scenes. Join us Friday, March 1 from 6-8pm for a First Friday Opening Reception. Meet the artists of the show, view the art and mingle with other art lovers. Curated by Joan Blackmer Exhibiting Artists: Karen Kvenvold Bailey • Andrea Borsuk • Selena Castro • Chris Miroyan • Sharon King • Tom Trujillo. Exhibit Locations Santa Cruz County Bank Branches: Aptos – 7775 Soquel Drive


The Wind Has a Mind of It’s Own by Andrea Borsuk

• Capitola – 819 Bay Avenue • Santa Cruz – 720 Front Street • Scotts Valley – 4604 Scotts Valley Drive • Watsonville – 595 Auto Center Drive Exhibit Viewing and Bank Hours: Monday through Thursday 9am – 5pm, Friday 9am – 6pm excluding Holidays. ••• Children’s Taiko Workshop in February et your kids Taiko Drumming in Santa Cruz! Children between 8 -11 years and over are invited to a Children’s Workshop for 4 Sundays in February to learn the art of Taiko. The study of Taiko includes rhythm, power, movement, etiquette, discipline, Japanese language and culture. These classes will from noon to 1pm every Sunday in February and held at Grey Bears, 2710 Chanticleer, Santa Cruz. Cost for workshop is $45.


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No. 2 Volume 18




Table of Contents


Cover SUESD Board to Vote on Parcel Tax by Noel Smith

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Community News ‘In Dreams’ Art Exhibit • Children’s Taiko Workshop in February Supervisor’s Staff Comes Prepared – Second District has Experienced Duo in Violante and Mulhearn By Noel Smith • CYT Santa Cruz Presents Bye Bye Birdie Pinnacles to Become National Park • San Lorenzo Valley High School presents The Who’s ‘Tommy’ Sanctuary Docent Program Starts Soon • Joint VA/DoD Clinic to be named for General Gourley CHP Encourages Teens to ‘Start Smart’ and Stay Safe ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at Mount Madonna • ‘Meet the Author’ – John Chandler ‘Slight of Hand’ Exhibit Opens at Pajaro Valley Arts Council January 16 - February 17 Happy New Year — scwd2 Desalination Program Monthly Update In the Village – From the Capitola Village Residents Association ‘About Face’ — A study of Personality and Character • Community Foundation Santa Cruz County 2013 Scholarships Available Gold Standard Chorus Seats Officers • Pajaro Valley Quilt Association35th Annual Quilt Show • Refurbished Collector’s Corner Opens at Santa Cruz Goodwill • $64 Million in New Transportation Funding Approved • Valentine’s Day Reception featuring local Artist Neno Villamor • Caltrans Upgrades Trip Planning Website for California Motorists Ecology Action Receives Governor’s Environmental & Economic Leadership Award • Caregiver Training Series Taking Place at Cabrillo College Cultural Council Funding Awards – $144,500 Given to Arts 2013 Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest by Noel Smith Setting up a home office that fuels productivity


New in Town Gallery of Tile and Stone • She Sell Sea Shells and More


Memorials Arlene Dorn Trowbridge • Beverly Regan Bargetto

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Local Sports 18 Colin Kaepernick – The Real Deal! Story and Photos By Dave Love 20 Mid-County High School Scoreboard Business Profile 22 Upper Crust Pizza & Pasta in Soquel By Cynthia Howe


Gallery of Tile and Stone

he Gallery of Tile and Stone on Soquel Ave. in Santa Cruz has new owners, Lee Baldwin and Sherri Zysk of Aptos. The Gallery is an elegant salon where you can select quality wall and flooring surfaces with the help of professional designer Misty Caparra. From crisp European to rustic Mediterranean opulence, from classic limestone to iridescent glass, the design team at the Gallery will help you create the home or office setting of your dreams. They’ll guide you to that elusive blend of material, color and texture that will bring alive your kitchen, bathrooms, entryways, and more. n ••• The Gallery of Tile and Stone, 730 Soquel

Lee Baldwin and Sherri Zysk

Ave. Santa Cruz 95062, near The Buttery and Whole Foods. Tel: 831 425-8453. Gallery Hours: Tues. – Thurs. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

She Sells Seashells and More


Owner: Alyce Shepardson • The Mercantile 115 San Jose Avenue Capitola

opened She Sells Seashells and More in The Mercantile, in Capitola August 2012. The focus of my shop was to showcase local artists. I quickly out grew the original space and expanded across the hall along with my partner, Cecil Hodges tripling our shop size. We just reopened January 2013 to make room for more local artists and include local gourmet foods. “Seashells” page 17

Public Safety 23 Structure fire in Live Oak By Mike DeMars, Central Fire District Public Information Officer Calendar • Arts & Entertainment – Pages 28 & 29 Monthly Horoscope • Page 29 - Your February Horoscope - Annabel Burton, Astrologer© Featured Columnists 21 Innovation in Education: 21st Century Robotics By Henry Castaniada - Superintendent Soquel Union Elementary School District 24 Newtown and Gun Control By James S. Rummonds 25 Your Supervisor Says … Subject: County Commissions by Zach Friend — Second District Supervisor 26 The Book Bag by Robert Francis – From vampires and party girls to former Nazi operatives and winter secrets… 27 Pet Potpourri by River May – Fleas – The Year Round Pest 31 Seniors in Action by Noreen Santaluce – New Year Means Senior Celebration SPCA Featured Pet • Page 31 – Desi Deserves More Capitola Soquel Times / February 2013 / 3


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The passage of Proposition 30 does not restore the $1.3 million, it merely stopped the bleeding so we will not lose more of our funding in the current year.” According to the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services, Harley Robertson, “The parcel tax would raise about $800,000 per year in additional funding for the District. This would include exemptions for senior citizen and handicapped property owners. There are about 10,000 properties and 16,000 registered voters in the district.” For example, Castaniada noted that some of the positions the District currently provides are paid for directly by the parents such as library and media specialists. “These positions wouldn’t exist if the District had to pay for them,” said Castaniada, “That’s not what we want; we want to have the District able to have the funds available to provide the quality of education our students deserve. That’s what this parcel tax is about; to restore and maintain quality educational programs and facilities in our District.” According to District documents, since 2008, SUESD has experienced $1.3 million in cuts due to state reductions in education funding, which has meant increased class sizes and loss of funding for art, music and libraries. If a parcel tax is passed, all funds would stay in SUESD and could not be taken away by the State. Because the voteby-mail election would take place May 7, 2013, the revenue would be available and positively impact the 2013-2014 school year budget. The parcel tax would expire in 8 years. According to a District presentation, the funds from the parcel tax measure would: • Protect academic programs in reading, writing, math and science • Maintain advanced math and science programs for high-performing students • Attract and retain qualified teachers

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Support smaller class sizes Retain school libraries and librarians Maintain art and music programs Keep schools safe and clean In order to ensure that the funds are used as intended: • No funds could be used for administrators’ salaries • Citizen oversight and annual reports to our community would ensure funds are spent as promised Additionally: • The measure would expire in 8 years and could not be renewed without voter approval • Senior citizen homeowners aged 65 or older could receive an exemption In order to meet election deadlines, the Board would have to pass its resolution for the parcel tax at its February 6 meeting. The voters would have to pass the parcel tax measure by a 2/3 (66.7 percent) majority. According to Tricia Webber of the Santa Cruz County Clerk’s Office, the ballots would be mailed to all registered voters on April 8 and would have to be returned to the county clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on May 7 to be counted. Voter registration could continue until April 30 in order to be mailed a ballot for the election. According to the District administration the reason for having the board vote on February 6 2013 is that SUESD schools need additional funds to help maintain the quality of education for students in the 2013-14 school year. If the District waits for another regularly scheduled election in 2014, District schools would not receive • • • •

additional revenue from the measure until the following school year in 2015. Castaniada said, “It’s important that the message get out to the entire community about the parcel tax and its significance to maintaining a quality education in our schools because just 17 percent of our households have children in our schools. Having good schools doesn’t affect just that 17 percent, it affects everyone and the quality of life in our community by providing opportunities for a better life for the next generation.” n ••• Wednesday, January 30 special board meeting at 9 a.m. District Office Board Room, 620 Monterey Avenue Capitola, California to present the parcel tax plan and to answer questions from the public. Wednesday, February 6 regular board meeting at 6:30 p.m. District Office Board Room, 620 Monterey Avenue Capitola, California to vote on a $90 per parcel tax

Supervisor’s Staff Comes Prepared

Second District has Experienced Duo in Violante and Mulhearn


By Noel Smith

sually people work their way UP the political ladder but Supervisor Zach Friend has found two extremely experienced political professionals for his staff whose experience was gained at the state and national level. Patrick Mulhearn worked for former Assemblyman, now State Senator, Bill Monning for four years while Allyson Violante was part of Congressman Farr’s staff for six years. I asked them why they chose to work in government at the local level. They both were adamant that they felt local government could be more responsive to the individual and to the community than was possible at the state and federal level. Violante said, “Local government has the opportunity to respond more quickly and more specifically to the needs of the community.” Mulhearn added, “Local government can also be more responsive because it works in a non-partisan arena which simplifies the issues involved.” Supervisor Friend noted, “Santa Cruz County is different than many counties in that 65 percent of the people

Patrick Mulhearn, Allyson Violante & Supervisor Friend that live here depend on county government to deliver public services such as roads, parks, planning, devel-

opment and law enforcement. It’s important that we in county government listen to our citizens because there is no other level in many cases they can go to for an answer or for a public service.” Both Violante and Mulhearn will be specializing in particular areas of government concern becoming the resident experts for the Second District with a cadre of outside contacts and professionals to consult with as needed. Because of the number of complex issues that come before the Board of Supervisors, in this way they can help Supervisor Friend to evaluate such issues before he makes recommendations, takes action or votes. “And we shouldn’t forget,” said Supervisor Friend, “That whatever action the board takes affects all five districts of the County. So, you have to be sure that such actions or ordinances are really necessary for all and not counter productive for some. That is why I’m fortunate to have found two such experienced and dedicated people for my staff to help me as I represent not only the people of my district, but all of Santa Cruz County.” n

CYT Santa Cruz Presents Bye Bye Birdie


n February 8, Santa Cruz County will have the opportunity to experience the rollicking Rock and Roll romance, Bye Bye Birdie. CYT (Christian Youth Theater) Santa Cruz is producing this fun full-length musical in which 45 students ages 8-18 will perform this quirky comedy chockfull of eccentric young lovers, fame crazed towns people, a woman out for revenge, a man struggling to cut the apron strings with his despotic mother, and a gaggle of teens with idol mania that would give Justin Bieber a run for his money! Bye Bye Birdie is CYT Santa Cruz’s second show in their third season. The company opened in January 2011 and, over the last two years, has produced six full-length musicals; Bye Bye Birdie will be the company’s seventh show. Alongside their productions, the organization also offers classes in singing, dancing, and acting. These classes, lead by experienced and qualified teachers, train students in performance arts, helping to develop the confidence and joy that comes with honing their artistic gifts. Performances of Bye Bye Birdie will be at Louden Nelson Center at 301 Center Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Tickets are

$15.00 for adults and $12.00 for kids/ seniors. Additionally, school groups (there must be 10 or more in the group) and homeschool groups qualify for the special ticket price $12 (10 ticket minimum and they must be purchased in advance through CYT). Don’t miss this exciting performance! Christian Youth Theatre (CYT) is the largest national youth theatre organization and Santa Cruz hosts one of its newest affiliates. This non-profit educational organization offers after-school classes in drama, dance, and voice for kids ages 6-18. CYT also produces high quality, family friendly musicals three times a year. CYT is not affiliated with any church and people of all faiths are welcome. By employing quality teachers and directors, CYT teaches theatre in a healthy environment while promoting qualities of commitment, self-esteem, confidence, and integrity. With these goals in mind, CYT aims to develop character in kids, one stage at a time! n ••• Performance Dates and Times: Friday, Feb 8 @ 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb 9 @ 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb 10 @ 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb 12 @ 10:30 am & 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb 15 @ 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb 16 @ 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb 17 @ 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at Capitola Soquel Times / February 2013 / 5

Pinnacles Becomes National Park

Obama Signs Congressman Farr’s bill to establish the United States’ 59th National Park WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama signed Congressman Sam Farr’s (D-Carmel) bill, H.R. 3641, to create Pinnacles National Park today. Pinnacles becomes the 59th national park and the first on California’s Central Coast. With its creation, California is now home to nine national parks, more than any other state. “The Central Coast has long been recognized for our beautiful shoreline, where mountains meet the sea,” said Congressman Sam Farr. “Visitors have traveled the world to see our coast but now they are going to come to also see our cliffs.” The park draws its name from the volcanic spires that were formed by the eruption of the Neenach Volcano over 23 million years ago. Established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt, the 26,000 acre Pinnacles National Monument is the 11th oldest National Monument in the United States. The legislation passed both chambers

of Congress unanimously because of its broad, grassroots support due to the positive impact it would have on the surrounding communities. Located in both

Monterey and San Benito counties, the legislation had support from both Chambers of Commerce and Visitors Bureaus. Ken Burns, director of “The National Parks:

America’s Best Idea” also supports the legislation. “By elevating Pinnacles National Monument to national park status we also elevate the region’s appeal to potential visitors,” Farr said. “These new tourists will spend their dollars at local businesses and ultimately be the driving force that helps this region between the two counties grow and eventually prosper.” The Pinnacles system is home to 149 species of birds, 49 mammals, 22 reptiles, six amphibians, 68 butterflies, 36 dragonflies and damselflies, nearly 400 bees and many thousands of other invertebrates. Over 30 endangered California condors reside in the cliffs of the Pinnacles. Since 2003, the Park Service has been involved in the California Condor Recovery Program to re-establish California condors to the area. Additionally, the caves located in the new park are breeding grounds for the Towsend big-eared bat, a species of special concern. n

San Lorenzo Valley High School presents The Who’s ‘Tommy’


he original Rock Opera — The Who’s “Tommy” — is brought to compelling, vibrant, ROCKING life by the top-notch “triple threat” singing, dancing and acting abilities of it’s cast of 32 SLV High School students. Written primarily by Pete Townshend and released in 1969, this rock masterpiece was performed at The Woodstock Festival with the sun auspiciously rising as the band began to play “See Me, Feel Me.” It was staged by the Seattle Opera in 1971, presented in concert with

Walker who as a result The Who and the of severe trauma London Symphony SLV High School suffered in early Orchestra in 1972 Performing Arts Center childhood “shuts and as a feature film 7105 Hwy 9, Felton down,” becoming in 1975. TOMMY Show times “deaf, dumb and became a fully 7 p.m. – February 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 blind” as described staged Broadway 7 p.m. – March 1, 2 in the song “Amazing Musical Production 2 p.m. Matinee – Sunday, March 3 Journey.” Tommy in 1993, receiving suffers further abuse 5 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score for Pete while in this state. When by chance he is put in front of a pinball machine he Townshend. The show tells the story of Tommy miraculously excels at the game, becoming the “Bally Table King” during the ubiquitous favorite “Pinball Wizard.” Other hit songs include “I’m Free,” “Sensation” and “Listening to You,” chronicling Tommy’s journey from adversity to triumph of the Spirit

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The talented cast includes Ryland Gordon as Tommy, Sophie Widman as Mrs. Walker, Jack Olsen as Capt. Walker, Miles Viele as Cousin Kevin, London Murray as The Gypsy Queen, Kai Harbert as The Hawker and Sierra Laird as Sally Simpson. Artistic and Musical Direction by Arindam Krishna Das. Choreographed by Nadia Lewis. Acting Coach - Scott Kravitz General Admission: $15 Students/ Seniors/SLV Faculty and Staff: $10 ASB: $9 (Cash or local checks accepted.) Community Night Thursday February 21 - all tickets $9 Advance tickets available online at A limited number of tickets will be available at the box office 30 minutes before show time. n

Arlene Dorn Trowbridge


March 29,1919 ~ January 12, 2013

rlene Dorn Trowbridge went to be with her Lord January 12, 2013, at the age of 93, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in Oakland California on March 29, 1919 to Ralph and Clara Ryan. Arlene was the great granddaughter of Irish immigrants who married in St. Michaels Cathedral, Limerick, Ireland in the 1840’s. Her father Ralph was an inventor and machine shop owner in Oakland California. Arlene attended Asbury College in Wilmore Kentucky for one year before marrying Robert Henry Dorn and raising a family. She returned to college in her

pursuing a master’s degree in 40’s and was graduated from the Mexico, Arlene was instrumental University of California at Santa in starting the Bi-National Cruz in 1968. Except for short Program to enable children of periods in New York State and migrant farm workers to maintain in Chowchilla California, Arlene continuous schooling in the US has lived in the Santa Cruz and Mexico which is in practice area since 1938. She has been a in Mexico and many states in the member of the High Street ComU.S. today. In recognition, Arlene munity Church for many years and was one of the three women Arlene Trowbridge received the highest award the who initiated the Habitat for Humanity Mexican Government can bestow on a foreigner in 1997. program in Santa Cruz County. Arlene is survived by her three After receiving her teaching credential from San Jose State in 1969, Arlene taught daughters, Mary Louise Young (Wayne), elementary school in Watsonville. While Merilyn Smith (Mike), Joy Claire Kilner

Beverly Regan Bargetto B everly Regan Bargetto died peacefully in her Soquel home on January 14, 2013. She was 88 years old. Beverly was born in San Francisco, CA on March 27, 1924 to Edward and Winifred Regan. She is preceded in death by her younger siblings Maureen and Edward and her beloved husband Lawrence (Larry). Her Irish clan came from County Cork and County Tipperary in Ireland and she traveled to the Emerald Isle to meet her relatives on several occasions. In San Francisco, she attended the French American School, St. Cecilia, St. Rose Academy High School and Lone Mountain College for Women (USF) where she graduated in Spanish and History in 1946. She made many lifelong friends during these years, especially in college. She began her teaching career in catholic education at Schools of the Sacred Heart and at St. Cecilia in San Francisco. Later she would teach at Soquel Elementary School. In 1954, Beverly married Lawrence

Beverly supported Lawrence in the establishment of Good Shepherd School where she was a substitute teacher. She was an involved parishioner at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Capitola for nearly 60 years.

equally enjoy time at that table Bargetto, son of an Italian winewith her children, their families making family in Soquel, CA. and friends in spirited and She loved the “country life” in humorous discussions. Soquel, the wine business, and Her daughter, Loretta raising her five children on the wrote, “Our mother was a family property. The city girl woman of grace and great integrated well into this lively strength that she shared genItalian family, but she never erously with all those around forgot her Irish heritage! Beverly supported Law- Beverly Bargetto her. She was a great role model, rence in the establishment of Good personally and professionally. Mother Shepherd School where she was a sub- enjoyed interacting with the community stitute teacher. She was an involved over her many years, whether it was at parishioner at St. Joseph’s Catholic church or at the winery. Her favorite wine event each year was pouring wine Church in Capitola for nearly 60 years. With the untimely death of Law- and visiting with friends at the Capitola rence in 1982, Beverly took the reigns Art & Wine Festival. She will be greatly of Bargetto Winery and served as its missed.” Beverly is survived by her five president for 21 years, providing leadership, practical business sense, and children: Martin (Barbara), Loretta John (Sharon), Richard grace. Her personal touch with cus- (Carlos), tomers and employees was appreciated. She also enjoyed her participation in the Women for Wine Sense at a time when few women were involved in the wine industry. Beverly helped to establish the family estate vineyard in Corralitos, and it was named in her honor, Regan Vineyards. Her character, strength and serenity were manifested in many ways, including her love for her five children and ten nieces and nephews who grew up on the family property. She was never happier than at the dining room table, participating in theological and philosophical discussions with Lawrence and his friends. Later, she would

(Doug) and son, Robert Jay Dorn (Linda), nine grandchildren, and twenty two great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her son, Meade Ralph Dorn, and by her husbands, the late Robert Dorn, the father of her children, and the late Col. Frank H. Trowbridge. She is also survived by her brother-in-law and close friend, Roy Trowbridge. n ••• To send your condolences to Mrs. Trowbridge’s family, share your memories, view or post photos, light a candle in her memory, please visit

(Romualdo) and Donna (Greg) and her eleven grandchildren: Adriana, Gabriella, Gianna, Kevin, Elisa, Lily, Lucas, Genevieve, Oliver, Gabriel and Isabella. She is also survived by the children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren of Ralph and Marguerite Bargetto and her first cousins William J. Regan and Claire Hare. The family would like to express gratitude to Beverly’s generous caregivers, Brigid, Ana, Mary, and Rosa, who tirelessly provided loving and consistent care for her. n ••• In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Good Shepherd Catholic School Endowment, 2727 Mattison Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95065 or the Alzheimer’s Association , 1777A Capitola Rd., Santa Cruz, CA 95062 in memory of Beverly Bargetto. Capitola Soquel Times / February 2013 / 7

Sanctuary Docent Program Starts Soon

Save Our Shores Seeks Community Leaders to Become Educators for the Ocean


ave Our Shores (SOS) announced that their volunteer training program is starting in February. The Sanctuary Steward Program prepares citizens to become high impact marine educators, community organizers and resident experts on issues affecting the Monterey Bay. Stewards help to educate the greater community on issues such as pollution prevention, marine debris, habitat conservation and marine fisheries. Program participants receive a professional level education from highly renowned marine biologists, scientists and conservationists. In turn, Stewards make a personal pledge of 50 volunteer hours per year to volunteer for Save Our Shores. These highly trained Stewards are poised to take leadership roles in hosting beach clean-ups, making presentations and attending special events.

“I had three goals for the summer of 2011. Do something that would benefit my local community, be outdoors as much as possible and hopefully learn something in the process. The Save Our Shores Sanctuary Steward program allowed me to achieve all three. The most fulfilling moment for me as a Save Our Shores Steward was on July 4. I was told on numerous occasions how much my efforts were appreciated, and how thankful they were for my being there.” - Curtis Luckado, Sanctuary Steward Class of 2011 In 2012, Save Our Shores volunteers prevented 26,000 lbs of trash from harming our ocean and marine wildlife. They also helped to educate over 23,000 community members on issues affecting the ocean. Imagine what our beaches would look like without Save Our Shores volunteers? Save Our Shores encourages people to join the

Sanctuary Steward Docent program and give back to the ocean this New Year. Save Our Shores relies on volunteers to carry out their mission of advocating for the beaches and waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The 2013 Sanctuary Steward Docent Program is now forming. Classes will be held every Thursday night from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m. from February 21 to April 11. The application deadline is February 7.

Community members passionate about the ocean are encouraged to apply. Information and applications can be found online at or by calling (831) 462-5660 x3. Save Our Shores is the Central Coast leader in caring for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy and citizen action. We focus on educating youth about our local watersheds, tackling marine debris on our beaches and rivers, supporting habitat conservation efforts, implementing our DockWalker program and providing our community with educated and inspired Sanctuary Stewards! For more information about Save Our Shores visit our interactive website www. or call at (831) 462-5660. Address: 345 Lake Avenue, Suite A, Santa Cruz, California 95062. Tel #: 831.462.5660. Website: Caring for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy and citizen action. n

Joint VA/DoD Clinic to be named for General Gourley

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Farr (D-Carmel) today introduced H.R. 272 to name the future Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense outpatient clinic in Marina “The General William H. Gourley Federal Outpatient Clinic: A Joint VA-DoD Health Care Facility” in honor of Gen. Gourley’s lifetime of service to his country, his fellow military service members and veterans. “General Gourley was a champion of our nation’s service men and women,” Farr said. “His constant devotion and

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determination to build the joint clinic on Fort Ord has resulted in a facility that will truly benefit the military and veteran community living on and around the Monterey Peninsula” Gen. Gourley, who passed away last year, was a key actor in the clinic’s development. His interest in designating a section of Fort Ord as a joint clinic for both veterans and service members began when the base first appeared on the BRAC list. “VA Clinic” page 9

CHP Encourages Teens to ‘Start Smart’ and Stay Safe

SACRAMENTO — Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death of teenagers across the United States and in California. Each year, thousands of young drivers and their passengers are killed in 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. According to the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System for 2010, the most recent year for finalized data, there were more

“VA Clinic” from page 8 Because of his efforts, the clinic, which is only the second joint clinic in the United States, will serve over 80,000 veterans and active and retired military service members in the area. Gen. Gourley’s military service began in the late 1960s when he served in Germany, where he shared MREs (Meal, Ready-to-Eat) with Elvis Presley. He later served in Korea and Vietnam. After returning from his tour in Vietnam, he was assigned to the Pentagon and rose to work with

than 57,000 drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 involved in collisions in California. A teen driver was determined to be at fault in 67 percent of those collisions. “The first year behind the wheel for a teen driver can be one of the most dangerous times in their life. Teens are far more likely to be killed in a vehicle collision than in anything else,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Developing safe driving habits is the first step toward avoiding a collision.” Designed for newly licensed teen drivers and their parents, the CHP offers Start Smart, a two-hour driver safety education class that is conducted throughout the state. The free program is an interactive driver safety class for teens and their parents. “CHP” page 19

then General Colin Powell on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In his retirement, Gen. Gourley worked to enhance life for active duty soldiers and veterans living in Central California by working to improve TRICARE service on the Monterey peninsula; establish a veterans ceremony on the old Fort Ord; make health care more affordable and accessible to military retirees; and placing the groundwork for a joint DOD-VA health care clinic. The introduction of this bill will ensure Gen Gourley’s legacy as an advocate for current members of the military and veterans will prevail. n Capitola Soquel Times / February 2013 / 9

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at Mount Madonna

Lyrical Songs and Depth of Script at the Hawks’ Nest Theater


ount Madonna School invites you to its high school production of Fiddler on the Roof, January 25-27 at the Hawks’ Nest Theater. Evening performances are planned for Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26 at 7:00pm; and a matinee show on Sunday, January 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students under 18; all seats are reserved. To purchase tickets, call (408) 847-2717. 
 Set in the small Russian village of Anatevka, Fiddler tells the story of Tevye, a poor dairyman, as he tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of a changing society and growing antiSemitism. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof continues to touch audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. 
 Comments by MMS performing arts director Sampad Martin Kachuck. “In the musical theatre pantheon, there are few musicals as well crafted as Fiddler on the Roof. From the range of lyrical songs and varieties of dance, to the depth of the script, the play serves as a shining example of theatrical excellence. Therefore, it is not a play selected lightly. To do it justice takes huge commitment and willingness from all

More than anything, Fiddler is an experience of the heart, of love for family and traditions, and the realistic conflicts that arise within both when change and dire circumstance presents themselves. “As Tevye, struggles with maintaining some type of balance between his religious faith and his devotion to family, and between what he knows and what he must now accept, not only do the characters surrounding him onstage also share similar struggles, but we in the audience find connection as well. 
 “High school students know about love of family and the challenges of establishing independence from their parents, about honoring existing and external wishes and methods, while still wanting freedom to chart their own life course. This is the stuff of countless literature, movies and songs. These connecting points are what make Fiddler on the Roof so compelling for performers of all ages. 
 “I am thrilled to witness the students in this cast take on the challenges of the production with such commitment and openness,” Kachuck adds. “Whether we hit Broadway quality or not, and we will certainly strive for it. As a directing team, we couldn’t be prouder of their engagement.” n

‘Meet the Author’ – John Chandler reads from his current work


Porter Memorial Library, February 13 at 10:30 a.m.

he Porter Memorial Library, at 3050 Porter Street, invites the public to a free “Meet the Author Fireside Chat” at 10:30 a.m. on February 13, 2013. Local author, John Chandler, will read from his novel-in-progress, “After Life With Uncle Horace.” The novel relates the loss of innocence of a teenage boy who grew up in a university family in Princeton, New Jersey, in the early 1950’s. That period in our history saw the rise of McCarthyism and anti-communism as well as the defeat of Stevenson for the Presidency, the first time a Democratic candidate lost a presidential election in 20 years. John Chandler is a former Cabrillo instructor and a long-time writer. He has

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published in: “Quarry West,” The Chicago Quarterly”, “Porter Gulch Review” and “Phren-Z’”. He’s read both his fiction and his poetry locally and has had two plays produced. He is a student John Chandler of yoga and Spanish, as well as a disc golf player. He’s the father of two grown children, plus the stepfather of two grown children. He lives in Santa Cruz with his wife, Wilma. The “Meet the Author” programs at The Porter Memorial Library are informal coffee hours set around the fireplace.

They feature local authors who discuss their works and answer questions from the audience. The “Meet the Author” programs are held each year on the second Wednesdays in January, February, March and April from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Refreshments and coffee will be served, with The Ugly Mug providing the coffee. Limited parking is available behind the library. Enter from Soquel Drive into the Bagelry parking lot and drive through to the left. n ••• For more information, call the library at 475-3326 during library hours: MondayFriday - 12 - 4 p.m. and Saturday - 10a.m.-2 p.m., or find us on the web at:

‘Slight of Hand’ Exhibit Opens at Pajaro Valley Arts Council


January 16 - February 17 • Opening Reception Sunday January 20, from 2 – 4 p.m.

his exciting exhibit features 400 small format pieces by 54 fabulous fine artists, who have been invited because like magicians, their artwork shows mystery, mastery and outstanding dexterity! Their work looks like legerdemain, effortless, MAGIC! This exhibit is stunning! Each artist is showing a cohesive grouping/series of work. There is a tremendous variety in terms of subject matter, media, color, and texture. You will see painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, sculpture, ceramic, glass, mosaic, and fiber. Each room of the gallery has a personality, and we know you will enjoy the variety of styles represented. We are doing something completely “off the wall” for PVAC, in that we are

letting our patrons take pieces home as they are purchased. Artists will renew their grouping throughout the show, so visit more than once to see how the exhibit changes. All pieces will be for sale, and most pieces are $300 and under. You will have the opportunity to win, via raffle, some valuable, terrific pieces of art donated by the Board and Gallery Committee of PVAC. Visit during our new, extended gallery hours WednesdaySunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Participating Artists: Efren Adalem • Wendy Aikin • Jody Alexander • Barbara Bailey-Porter • Steve Barisof • Bonnie Barisof • Mike Beebe • Jean Beebe • Hildy Bernstein • Carol Bowie • Glen Carter • Judy Cooper • Hilary Couch • Melita Cowie • Barbara • Downs • Mary-Jo Dunn-

Ruiz • Fanne Fernow • Janet Fine • Marie Gabrielle • Jim Grant • Connie Grant • Jane Gregorius • Karen Hansen • Kristin Hayward • Hedwig Heerschop • Stephanie Heit • Diana Henrichsen • Bridget Henry • Lisa Hochstein • Susan Hoisington • Susana Howe • Nancy Howells • Liz Lyons Friedman • Mary Manfre • Catharina Marlowe • Stephanie Martin • Susan Matulich • Chris Miroyan • Bev Moore • Marilou Moschetti • Mary Neater • Bruce Nicholson • Jim Potterton • David Reese • Sally-Christine Rodgers • Beth Shields Judy Stabile • Susanna Waddell • Darnell Walton • Lynda Watson • Mary Weeks • Roberta Lee Woods • Daniella Woolf • Larry Worley • Pat Worley n ••• Gallery Hours: Wed.-Sun. 11 – 4 Capitola Soquel Times / February 2013 / 11

Happy New Year — scwd2 Desalination Program Monthly Update F or the past four years, our monthly updates on the scwd2 Desalination Program have provided current information on the evaluation of desalination as a supplemental water supply for the City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District. In 2012, we continued to focus on preparing the environmental review of the proposed 2.5 mgd seawater desalination project and informing the community about the project. Other highlights from the past year include: • Awarded the National Grand Prize for Environmental Communications from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers on communicating perspectives on water supply and desalination energy use. • City of Santa Cruz councilmembers adopted Ordinance 2012-3 to require voter approval for desalination plant construction, and the Charter of the City of Santa Cruz was subsequently amended, which solidified the requirement. • Amended the Agreement between the City of Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District to establish the process for the joint lead agencies to consider and take action on the EIR and the proposed project. • Created a new project overview handout, had information booths at several community outreach events (Earth Day Festival, SC Business Fair,

Capitola-Aptos Business Showcase, and SC County Fair), met with and answered questions with many members of the public including presentations made to various community clubs and groups. • Completed the Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Desalination Facility Preliminary Design Report. • Soquel Creek Water District Board of Directors adopted the 2012 Integrated Resources Plan Update which set the basin recovery goals and evaluated ten alternatives to achieve that goal, explored mandatory water restrictions in lieu of a sufficient supply, and reaffirmed the scwd2 Desalination project as the preferred alternative to further consider. • Featured in the dedicated “Deconstructing Desalination” Series of the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Look for the Draft EIR in spring 2013 hile previously planned for release in late 2012, additional time has been spent to: Evaluate the impacts based on new information regarding the current water supply; i.e., the District’s overdrafted


groundwater conditions and revised estimates for recovery, and the State and Federal regulations that will require the City to leave more water in streams/rivers to protect fish and threatened species than previously anticipated. Analyze various and cumulative alternatives that have been proposed or altered since the initial scoping process such as additional water conservation, mandatory restrictions, surface/ground water exchange, and expanded use of recycled water. Incorporate policy decisions such as the Santa Cruz City Council and Soquel Creek Water District Board declaration to design the desal facility to be net carbon neutral and include components such as solar panels and energy recovery devices. The report is scheduled to be ready in early spring 2013 and will be followed by a public review period that includes the opportunity for the public to provide written and oral comments on the document. The EIR and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process are the foundation upon which the community and elected officials will evaluate and make critical decisions about the future of our water supply. For more information on how to participate, visit www.scwd2desal. org/Page-Project-phases_EIR.php. ••• For information, visit

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In the Village

From the Capitola Village Residents Association (CVRA)


By Nels Westman

ood progress is being made on the construction of a temporary 230space parking lot on the site of the former Pacific Cove Mobile Home Park. The Park was recently closed due to risks to residents posed by an underlying storm drain system, a storm drain which failed in 2011 resulting in extensive flooding, evacuation and damage. The design goes to the Council in January and the environmental impact process is underway. Final construction approval will be considered by the Council after that. If all goes smoothly, the temporary lot could be open for business in July 2013. The addition of 230 public parking spaces should go a long way to relieving parking impacts in residential neighborhoods adjacent to the Village. It should also

reduce the traffic impacts of cars cruising the Village and neighborhoods looking for parking spaces. As planned the temporary lot will also function as the shuttle bus parking lot, replacing the lot that the City leases out near the Post Office. This will result in much faster turn around time for the shuttle bus and dramatically improved utilization. It will also enable the City to charge shuttle bus users for parking. As a result, the additional parking revenues from Pac Cove will pay the debt service on constructing the temporary parking lot. The temporary lot will be a major improvement for anyone — Village residents, adjacent neighborhood residents, merchants and visitors — who is impacted by the historic shortage of parking in Capitola Village n

CVRA talks to Capitola Police Chief regarding motorcycle noise and speeding in Capitola Village


By Molly Ording

recent conversation with new Capitola’s new Chief reiterated the challenges and limitations faced by law enforcement officials in dealing with complaints about motorcyclists’ and their bikes’ excessive & offensive noise. Chief Escalante reported that he had just recently checked into a more restrictive decibel level ordinance passed by the City of Denver in response to on-going motorcycle noise problems in that city. However, in researching this, he learned that, in the state of California, Rudy Escalante local authorities are prohibited from adopting additional local ordinances with stricter decibel standards than the State vehicle code allows. Vehicle Code Sections #27200 and 27207 spell out the decibel levels allowed within the State of California. However, decibel level standards have been lowered recently in the State of California from 88 to 80 DBA and

motorcyclists will now be required to display an EPA sticker signaling compliance. However he stated, not having the required sticker is not reason enough to cite a motorcyclist for excessive noise. There must be an accompanying infraction to cite the rider. He said though, as older bikes are retired and the lower noise levels become the standard, noise levels should generally be decreased. In addition, he stated, beginning in the Spring there will be a CPD Officer in the Village 4 days a week to monitor disruptive behavior and, hopefully, discourage motorcycles’’ excessive noise and speeding when entering or leaving the Village. He is also willing to use the “Ghost Car” and the “Radar Speed Monitoring Trailer” when possible, in varying locations to discourage noise and speeding. Chief Escalante added that he is also reaching out to other jurisdictions with similar problems for other possible solutions to this issue and that his department would continue to conduct traffic enforcement as applicable. “Chief” page 17 Capitola Soquel Times / February 2013 / 13

‘About Face’ — A study of Personality and Character

Newest library installation will make a real impression on the community


he ‘Art in the Library’ program is establishing the Scotts Valley Library as an art destination by attracting renowned artists. The next exhibit, ‘About Face’ begins January 19 and will be celebrated with an artist reception hosted by local State Farm insurance agent Laureen Youngmeyer on Saturday, January 26, from 2-4pm. The show will run through April 27. For this first new showing of 2013, Program chair Valri Peyser has selected: Sefla Joseph • Susan Hancey • Katharina Short • Richard Bennett • Liz Crain • Mary Altier • Dee Hooker • June Pace About Face” is an exhibition bringing together eight local artists focusing on faces and how they communicate personality and aspects of character. The subject matter is presented in various styles of art including painting, mixed

media, photography and sculpture. Faces are a fascinating subject in the world of art. Every face has history with a story behind it. This show explores the different methods and stories the artists choose to express. “The physical building of the new Scotts Valley library lends itself so well to art with its large, expansive walls and wonderful natural light,” notes Peyser. “So it is very gratifying that the community is embracing ‘Art in the Library’ so enthusiastically, and our county’s many experienced and respected artists are eager to participate.” The library had more than 150,000 visitors last year and is the second busiest branch of the Santa Cruz Public library system. Library employees report positive feedback on the Art Program and all visitors eagerly await the opening of the new patio that

will expand the library facilities in the spring of 2013. “The work by our county’s accomplished artists enhances the experience of visiting the library, making the space more dynamic and visually interesting,” said Derek Timm, the new president of the Friends of the Library – Scotts Valley Chapter. “The Art in the Library program is a natural extension of the library’s commitment to cultural education.” The ‘Art in the Library’ program launched its first showing in Summer 2011 and each display runs up to three months in length featuring six to twelve artists at a time. More information on Friends of the Library — Scotts Valley and the ‘Art in the Library’ program may be found at http://

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Community Foundation Santa Cruz County 2013 Scholarships Available APTOS — There’s financial help for students in Santa Cruz County through scholarships at the Community Foundation. Students can apply now for one or more of the nine academic scholarships established by local donors, available for the 2013-2014 academic years. In 2012, $34,000 was awarded to eight local students. This year’s scholarships range from

$750 to $2,000 per year, with several renewable for up to four years. A single, online application is all that is needed to be considered for any or all of the nine awards. There’s a video tutorial to help students

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with the application. The application and help is online at scholarships. Awards are made on a competitive basis, considering both academic and nonacademic factors. Some target students from specific areas of interest to the donor, including specific high schools, or academic and career focus. The application deadline is midnight

on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. S t u d e n t s , parents or school counselors wanting more information can email Gretchen Ellis, program associate, at gellis@cfscc. org or call her at 831.662.2071. n Since 1982, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County has worked to help donors their advisors and local nonprofits invest in the future of Santa Cruz County.

“Briefs” from page 2 Watsonville Taiko Group (WTG) is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to foster the evolving cultural expression and traditions of Taiko drumming through performances and public education. The specific purpose of WTG is to study, learn and preserve the art of traditional and modern styles of Taiko drumming. For more information on this workshop go to Kidsclasses.html ••• Gold Standard Chorus Seats Officers old Standard Chorus installed its 2013 officers in a ceremony at the Pasatiempo Grill: (l to r:) Glenn Davis, music VP, Ian Blackwood, treasurer; Jack Gordon, president; Dan Jett, secretary; Les Stagnaro, VP at large; and Gerry Stone, VP membership.  All of the officers are enthusiastic about bringing another year of barbershop to the Santa Cruz area and continuing the chorus’s traditions of Valengrams in February, visits to the county’s high schools, the Cabaret Show in June, Sing for Your Life in November and holiday caroling in December. If you sing, please visit the chorus at www.


From Left: Glenn Davis, music VP, Ian Blackwood, treasurer; Jack Gordon, president; Dan Jett, secretary; Les Stagnaro, VP at large; and Gerry Stone, VP membership. ••• Pajaro Valley Quilt Association 35th Annual Quilt Show 2013 PVQA Quilt Show Think Global, Quilt Local ebruary 23-24, Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Avenue  Watsonville, Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exhibiting over 400 quilts, dolls and wearables. Special exhibits include: • Black and Gloria Loughman White Quilts, • Young People’s Quilts, and Local Landscape Fabric Art. Other attractions include:


Featured Speaker: Gloria Loughman • Fashion Show - Saturday, 12:30 • Live Auction - Sunday 12:30 • Ongoing Demos • Bed Turning • Over 40 vendors • Flea Market • Certified Quilt Appraiser Ample Free Parking! Lunch and snacks Quilt by available to purchase, Gloria Loughman provided by Eric’s Deli. Coffee and espresso drinks available to purchase, provided by Pacific Coffee Roasting Co. For more information, go to and click on the Quilt Show tab. ••• Refurbished Collector’s Corner Opens at Santa Cruz Goodwill new look and a new selection of collectibles will greet visitors to the Collector’s Corner beginning January 16 at 10 a.m. During the holiday season, the Corner was upgraded and redecorated, and new items were added to the inventory. Now it’s ready for reopening. The popular Collector’s Corner, located inside the Goodwill retail store 204 Union Street in Santa Cruz, Tel # 4231078, is staffed and managed by members of the Goodwill Auxiliary, a volunteer group dedicated to support the mission of Goodwill. The volunteers monitor the thousands of donations received by Goodwill and identify a selection of jewelry, silver and collectibles. These valuable items are cleaned, reconditioned, and then offered for sale at the Collector’s Corner at surprisingly low prices. The Collector’s Corner normal operating hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the second Saturday each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ••• $64 Million in New Transportation Funding Approved SAN LUIS OBISPO — Continuing the push to rebuild California’s infrastructure, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $64 million to 43 projects that will reduce traffic congestion and repair highways, local streets, and bridges. “We are putting transportation dollars to work supporting jobs and making improvements that will benefit Californians now and for decades to come,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.


The allocations include $42 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. In total, approximately $14.7 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been distributed statewide. The remaining allocations ($22 million) came from assorted transportation accounts funded by state and federal dollars. Among the projects that received funding today were: $1.3 million to construct new and upgrade existing guard railing, improve crash cushions and improve drainage to reduce the number and severity of traffic collisions at 31differnt locations along Hwy. 1 in the City of Santa Cruz from Laguna Road to the Waddell Creek Bridge. ••• Valentine’s Day Reception featuring local Artist Neno Villamor Saturday Feb. 9, 12 – 3 p.m. She Sells Seashells and More in the Mercantile in Capitola Village en percent off all artwork for Neno Villamor of Diva Design Studio. Neno creates Cast Paper sculptures, which are original sculptures created using clay in low relief and cast in handmade paper. The paper is a blend of Abaca (banana fiber) and Hemp, which are both renewable resources. Neno’s artwork is in She Sells Seashells and More and showcased throughout the Mercantile now through March 15, a must see! Ten percent off any item in ‘She Sells Seashells and More’ with red and/or heart motif. Twenty percent off Chocolate Vision’s


chocolates including handmade chocolate heart boxes. Free box of Valentine Chocolates with any purchase of Neno Villamor’s artwork. Live music performed by local guitarist, singer/songwriter Steve Walters. She Sells Seashells and More in the Mercantile in Capitola Village will be open normal business hours this day 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Reception only from 12 – 3 p.m. ••• Caltrans Upgrades Trip Planning Website for California Motorists Motorists can now access planned lane closure information before they leave home SACRAMENTO — Caltrans has upgraded its website to give California motorists access to planned lane closures on highways statewide so they can make more informed route decisions and reduce travel times. “Thanks to this upgrade, motorists can plan to avoid scheduled lane closures on statewide routes before they even get on the road,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “This information will allow travelers to adjust their trip plan so they can get where they’re going more quickly.” Real-time statewide route information on lane closures is easily accessible from an interactive Internet search site at lcswebreports/ Online users can search for planned lane closures statewide, by region, county or route number, on specific dates, during certain times, and by type of closure. For general information about traveling on California’s roads and highways including trucks, cars and bicycles, visit the DOT website: n ••• For additional road and traffic information, visit Caltrans QuickMap at http:// Capitola Soquel Times / February 2013 / 15

Ecology Action Receives Governor’s Environmental & Economic Leadership Award

Ecology Action is the first two-time winner of California’s Highest Environmental Honor

SANTA CRUZ — Ecology Action, a leading provider of innovative marketing and engagement programs that overcome barriers to reducing energy use and achieving environmental sustainability, announced received California’s prestigious Governor’s Environmental & Economic Leadership Award at a ceremony in Sacramento. Ecology Action is the first two-time winner of the GEELA award. Ecology Action earned the award for its work delivering energy efficiency services in California that resulted in the equivalent of removing 15,792 cars from the road or planting 17,172 acres of trees.

Ecology Action’s kWh savings are enough to power 46,966 singlefamily homes each year and its programs save enough water to fill 8,420 swimming pools. From 2002 through 2011, resource savings achieved by Ecology Action’s cumulative energy efficiency program measures include: • 304,341,357 kWh of electricity • 1,344,792 Therms of natural gas  • 210,493,266 gallons of water each year  Ecology Action earned the award for

“Enhanced Environmental and Economic Leadership,” a category specifically for prior GEELA award recipients who “have sustained exceptional leadership and can demonstrate significant and robust improvements in voluntary efforts previously recognized, which conserve California’s precious resources, protect and enhance our environment and/or strengthen the economy.” Ecology Action previously earned a GEELA award in 2003 in the

“Environmental-Economic Partnerships” category. “We’re thrilled to receive this honor for the second time,” said Jim Murphy, executive director/CEO of Ecology Action. “It’s gratifying to have years of hard work, innovation and partnerships recognized by Governor Brown. Most of all, we continue to be excited by the transformation taking place across California as businesses and individuals realize growing benefits—both economically and environmentally—from energy efficiency gains.” n ••• “Award” page 20

Caregiver Training Series Taking Place at Cabrillo College


his comprehensive, hands-on series of seven classes, for new and seasoned caregivers, is designed to increase knowledge, skills and confidence in providing hands-on care to seniors and people with disabilities. Each class will include instruction, discussion and practical application of essential caregiving skills. Students who complete all 7 classes in the series will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Classes are designed specifically to:

• Improve caregiving skills and confidence • Learn about the aging process • Discover resources in the community for caregivers • Meet other caregivers • Engage with community professionals in Human Services, In-Home Support, Nursing, and Elder Care, and Advocacy. Spring 2013 Series begins Saturday,

March 23, 2013 (classes are every other weekend for a total of 5 Saturdays). The Caregiver Training Series has been offered in the community since 2010 and is the result of a collaborative effort among agencies specializing in public health, human services, geriatric care, in-home caregiving, and advocacy. Registration is now open at http:// healthcare.html. Cost is $275 for the entire series ($30-$55 per class) An early bird discount will be applied on all enrollments prior to February 25, 2013. Questions? Email santacruzcaregiver@ or leave a message at 831-7088576 n

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Cultural Council Funding Awards

$144,500 Given to Arts Organizations and Projects throughout the County

Santa Cruz — The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County announces awards of over $145,000 to 41 arts organizations and art projects throughout Santa Cruz County. Supported projects span the full diversity in the Santa Cruz arts scene from contemporary classical music to Folklorico Mexicano, and from Shakespeare to kids’ art camp. This is the second round of funding announced by the Cultural Council since July 2012, making a total of $187,000 in arts support. For a full list of grantee organizations and projects, visit Funding decisions were based on artistic quality, community impact, and management capacity, and grants were awarded in variety of categories supporting organizations, art projects, and professional development. “It is exciting to look forward to a year of art in Santa Cruz

“Chief” from page 13 I also asked him about the legality of parking several motorcycles in one parking space. He stated that as long as the back wheel of each bike is against the curb, multiple bikes may be parked in one space. However, if they exceed the two-hour time limit, each bike will be cited.

“Seashells” from page 3 I design and handcraft my own jewelry. I create themed charm bracelets and design other jewelry pieces. I have

County, and to be able to support our deeply creative community,” says Grant Program Manager Jim Brown. This year, the Cultural Council opened its organizational support grants to all arts organizations with annual budgets over $30,000. Past grants have been by invitation only. This expanded the pool of applicants from seventeen last year to twenty-five this year. “While this change makes our grant process more competitive, it gives the Council the opportunity to hear from and fund organizations doing the strongest work,” Brown said. Brown added, “While we were able to make more and larger grants this year, there were still many worthy projects that we were not able to fund. We are working now to

increase grant funds through community support.” Cultural Council staff selected two panels of volunteers to review and score applications. Every effort is made to ensure that the panels reflect the full diversity of our arts community. These volunteers contribute many hours reviewing as many as 45 applications, and the Cultural Council would like to thank them for their service: Laurence Bedford, owner of the Rio Theatre; Kathy DeWild, County Recreation Supervisor and staff to the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission; Elizabeth Gummere, Board President of the Santa Cruz Film Festival; Mary James, Board President of Jewel Theatre Company; Isabelle Jenniches, Rydell Visual Fellowship awardee; Valeria Miranda, Arts and Sustain-

ability Consultant; Wes Modes, visual artist and Santa Cruz Free Skool teacher; Martha Seaver, Board Member of Jewel Theatre Company; and T. Mike Walker, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Art League. The Cultural Council continues to make changes to its grants program to strengthen its impact on the arts sector based on a program evaluation completed in 2011 and a new strategic plan to be released in the coming months. Look for updates in funding priorities and application procedures this summer when guidelines are released for the 2014 grant cycle. n ••• The Cultural Council’s mission is to promote, connect, and invest in the arts in order to stimulate creativity and vibrancy in Santa Cruz County. Visit CCSCC website:

through March 15. n ••• She Sells Seashells and More, The Mer-

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Thanks, Chief Escalante, for the information! Keep up the good work in trying to make Capitola Village a quieter, safer and more pleasant place for residents and visitors alike to enjoy! n ••• Capitola Village Residents Association • Website:

been designing, making and selling jewelry for over 10 years. I am also a photographer, specializing in nature photos. Currently we are featuring sculptor/painter Neno Villamor Capitola Soquel Times / February 2013 / 17

Colin Kaepernick – The Real Deal! Story and Photos By Dave Love

“You armed me with strength for battle: you humbled my adversaries before me.” — Psalm 18:39 “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear though a war break out against me, even then I will be confident.” — Psalm 27:3


hese are the tattoos on the arms of 49er quarterback, Colin Kaepernick- who “went in battle” in his

first professional championship playoff game … and won. These inscriptions are about a warrior asking God for divine assistance. Kaepernick asked his parents to help him pick out these passages. His mother, Teresa Kaepernick said, “They are about asking God to help kick somebody’s butt. When you look at them, it’s not surprising to see that an athlete chose those two verses.” Colon Kaepernick has been “kicking

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butt” ever since he took the reigns of starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. In the playoff game against the Packers, Kaepernick dismantled the opposition. His performance was one of the best by an NFL quarterback with a rushing record of an unbelievable 181 yards breaking Michael Vick’s single game quarterback rushing mark of 173 yards. An NFL record was also set by throwing and rushing for 444 total yards in the same game, while logging 263 yards through the air. Kaepernick also had a collegiate history of record setting. He is the only quarterback in the history of division 1 college football to have passed for over 10,000 yards and rushed for over 4000 yards in a collegiate career, along with being the only division 1 quarterback to have passed for over 2000 yards and rushed for over 1000 yards in a single season for 3 consecutive seasons. Kaepernick is the only quarterback to have been drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft in 2009 (Chicago Cubs) but decided to continue his football career at the University of Nevada. He was a high school two-time all-state baseball player in California and was listed on Major League Baseball’s website for 2006 and was reported to have a 92 mph fastball as a high school senior. Kaepernick was born November 3, 1987 in Wisconsin, adopted by Rick and Theresa Kaepernick and moved to Turlock California at age 4. He started youth football at 8 years old as a defensive end and punter before becoming the starting quarterback at the age of 9 and known for

his long pass throwing ability. Young Colin wrote a letter to himself when he was 11 years old which stated his desire to become either a Green Bay Packer or 49er, which is ironic in light of his first play-off game! His vision for the future and his resolve to pursue his dreams have now become a reality the only difference is that he is 220 pounds, not 140! Faith has been a major influence in Kaepernick’s life and sports. Here are his thoughts on religion and sports. “I don’t think most people look at football players as what they’re doing out here is trying to glorify the Lord,” Kaepernick said. “I think a lot of people think of it as, “Oh it’s a game, let’s go win.” Ultimately, that’s your goal, that’s what you want to do, but you also want to glorify the Lord on your way to doing that. “My faith is where my game comes from. I’ve been very blessed to have the talent to play the game that I do and be successful at it. I think God guides me through every day and helps me take the right steps and has helped me to get to where I’m at. “Kaepernick” page 20

Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest

It’s Time for the Annual Times Publishing Group, Inc Writing Competition By Noel Smith


hether it’s the memory of Love, Love that has stood the test of time, or the rush of young Love, that is what we celebrate each February 14, Valentine’s Day. What could be more romantic than to express through your own poetry about that Love for your loved one - and for our readers - to read. So it’s time to send us your poem about those tender feelings and romantic thoughts to our annual poetry contest. Times Publishing Group is sponsoring its 13th Times Publishing Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest to reward three local poets (and their sweethearts) with the ultimate in Valentine’s Day romance. It’s time for poets throughout our county to make public their feelings for those they love in celebration of Valentines Day and be one of our poetry contest winners. The 2012 Times Publishing Annual Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest drew poems from Watsonville to Boulder Creek and

It’s time for poets throughout our county to make public their feelings for those they love in celebration of Valentines Day and be one our poetry contest winners. “CHP” from page 9 During the course, officers and speakers illustrate the critical responsibilities of safe driving and collision avoidance techniques. Parents are also reminded of their responsibility to teach their new driver and model good driving behavior. “Our goal is to have teens and their parents leave the class more aware, better educated, and better prepared,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Our Start Smart program has had a positive impact on thousands of parents and teens in recent years.”

even from New York. Some were funny, some romantic, some touching. All were a joy to read! As usual, a winning poem was chosen for each of our three newspapers; the Aptos Times, Capitola Soquel Times, and Scotts Valley Times. Express your love – in 250 words or less – (see “Contest Rules” for complete details) and tell the world what makes your Valentine special! 2013 Poetry Contest Rules – Please Read Carefully Write a poem about, or to your Valentine and send it to us. Only one poem per poet and no more than 250 words and 25 lines. Submit it via email to with Poetry Contest in the subject line or mail it to 9601 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003. Be sure to include your name, address, day and evening phone numbers, e-mail address, and for whom (fiancée, spouse, parent, child, lost love, etc.) your poem is written. Three First Place winning poems and three honorable mention poems will be selected by the Times Publishing editorial staff: from south county representing the Aptos Times; from Capitola/Soquel/Santa Cruz representing the Capitola Soquel Times and from Scotts Valley/San Lorenzo Valley representing the Scotts Valley Times.

(Note: We welcome submissions from all readers living within Santa Cruz County.) The Capitola Soquel Times winning prize is a Valentine’s Day (Thursday, February 14, 2013) dinner for two at a local restaurant. All entries must be received by 5 pm on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. The winner will be notified on or before Friday, February 8. Please call us at 831/688-7549 if you have any questions. The winning poems will be published in the March 1 editions. n ••• 2012 Winners Capitola Soquel Times – Paul Vogt Aptos Times – Tricia Contreras Scotts Valley Times – Jan Mennite Our Bond — Paul Vogt Dedicated to my wife, Rhonda We share a bond so tender, It abides within our hearts; It binds our lives together, We can’t be pulled apart.

The Capitola Soquel Times’ winning prize is a Valentine’s Day (Thursday, February 14) dinner for two at a local restautant We share each other’s feelings, Our joys and heartaches, too; Our precious bond is the strength That helps us make it through. From our youth we shared this bond Through music and with dance; We were ravished with each other Through our passion and romance. On life’s path we’re walking With its many twists and turns; The bond we share is stronger now For each other we still yearn. As life moves on, the outside ages But our youth remains inside, When the lights go off, our passion rages; In our hearts it still abides. The decades fly so very fast, Our hearts still bound together; The bond we share is selfless love, It has bound our hearts forever.

Smart Start classes are free of charge. The next class will be on Thursday, January 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room at 155 Center Street. For more details, and to make a reservation, please call the Santa Cruz CHP Office at (831) 662-0511. Parents and teenagers can sign up for a Start Smart class by contacting their local CHP office. To locate a CHP office near you, visit Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. n Capitola Soquel Times / February 2013 / 19

Mid-County High School Scoreboard Boys Basketball

Soquel Season Record: (13-6, SCCAL 6-1) Aptos 63 – Soquel 61 Soquel Scoring: Tucker Wiget 17; Sam Walters 14; Scott Akrop 5; Jerry Levy 5; Jake Rubens 5; Cody Valcarcel 5; Lucas Cordoza 2 Soquel 72 – San Lorenzo Valley 49 Soquel Scoring: Cody Valcarcel 13; Ryan Rueilli 12; Sam Walters 11; Tucker Wiget 9; Dylan Hunter 7; Nathan Vincent 7; K.C. Snowden 6; Jerry Levy 5; Tristen Hodges 2; Lucas Cordoza 2 Soquel 68 – Harbor 27 Soquel Scoring: Sam Walters 13; Nathan Vincent 10; Ryan Rueilli 8; Tucker Wiget 8; Cody Valcarcel 8; Tristen Hodges 7; Dylan Hunter 7; Jerry Levy 5; Scott Akrop 2 Harbor Scoring: Sam Jackson 10; Trey Whitley 7; Sam Pinheiro 4; Tony Gamban 2; Deane Rinaldi 2; Nick Sanhof 2 Harbor Season Record: (5-13, SCCAL 1-5) St. Francis 56 – Harbor 36 Harbor Scoring: Trey Whitley 12;

“Kaepernick” from page 18 When I step on the field, I always say a prayer, say I am thankful to be able to wake up that morning and go out there and try to glorify the Lord with what I do on the field. I think if you go out and try to do that, no matter what you do on the field, you can be

Sam Pinheiro 10; Josh Bernard 3; Deane Rinaldi 3; Tony Gamban 2; Daniel Gross 2; Sam Jackson 2; Joseph Scalcini 2

Girls Basketball

Soquel Season Record: (17-2, SCCAL 7-0) Soquel 66 – Aptos 33 Soquel Scoring: Madison Rocha 24; Tyler Stewart 22; Tori McBride 5; Natalie Diaz 4; Keahna Clark 4; Zulieca Rodriguez 4; Makenna Provancha 3 Soquel 71 – Harbor 9 Soquel Scoring: Natalie Diaz 13; Makenna Provancha 12; Tyler Stewart 11; Sarah Bargetto 7; Keahna Clark 7; Madison Rocha 9; Zulieca Rodriguez 6; Alli Walters 4; Tori McBride 2 Harbor Scoring: Shannon Postle 7; Hannah Christianson 2 Harbor Season Record: (6-11, SCCAL 1-4) St. Francis 65 – Harbor 24

happy about what you did.” About his rise to starting quarterback, “It’s almost indescribable. Growing up, I was the kid that was running around looking at high school athletes in my area that were doing well and saying ‘Man, one day I’m going to be like that,’ and then I’d meet someone that was in college or the

Boys Soccer

Soquel Season Record: (6-4-4, SCCAL 3-2-1) Soquel 4 – Santa Cruz 3 Soquel Scoring: Alex Camayo (Ramon Zambrano) 10:00; Zambrano 50:00; Omar Marquez 62:00; Zambrano 73:00; Goalkeeper Eduardo Covarrubias (80:00) 15 saves Soquel 1 – San Lorenzo Valley 1 Soquel Scoring: Jorge Mendoza (Alan Alcocer) 25:00; Goalkeeper Eduardo Covarrubias (80:00) 9 saves

Harbor Season Record: 4-5-3, SCCAL 2-2-2) Harbor 3 – St. Francis 0 Harbor Scoring: Kaitlin Delucchi 8:00; Mollie Brown (Rachel Lapp) 38:00; M. Brown (Fiona Frye) 70:00; Goalkeeper Jessica Bailey (80:00)

Scotts Valley – 1 Soquel 0 Harbor Season Record: (7-4-1, SCCAL 5-0-0) Harbor 2 – Aptos 0

Girls Soccer

Soquel Season Record: (8-2-2, SCCAL 3-1-2) Soquel 1 – Santa Cruz 1 Soquel Scoring: Holly Trousseau (Annakin Cowell, Katie Macy) 18:00; Goalkeeper Xiamara Delgado (80:00) 5 saves

pros and think ‘Man, that’s my dream, that’s what I want to become,’ and to be a in a position where you can be a role model for kids like that and send a positive example, a positive message to them, I really want to take advantage of that opportunity and send the right message and be a good role model to those kids.” Colin Kaepernick’s future is bright. It looks like he will be leading the 49ers into another dynasty and hopefully to a Super Bowl victory this year at the age of

“Award” from page 16 The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award Program is California’s highest environmental honor. The program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the State’s economy. For more information, visit www.calepa.  Ecology Action is a California-based 20 / February 2013 / Capitola Soquel Times

Soquel 7 – San Lorenzo Valley 1 Soquel Scoring: Kendra Bonsall (Chris foster) 5:00; Annakin Cowell (Katie Macy); K. Bonsall (A. Cowell); K. Bonsall 24:00; Bella Montgomery (K. Macy) 27:00; K. Bonsall 48:00; Zoe Leroy Antaki

25, the same age Joe Montana was when he quarterbacked the 49ers to their first Super Bowl, No. XVI in 1982. n non-profit founded in 1970 passionately driven to empower individuals, businesses and communities to take actions today that achieve environmental and economic sustainability. Ecology Action delivers marketing and engagement services statewide to serve consumers, businesses, public utilities, government agencies and community partners through numerous programs, some of which include Energy Upgrade California, RightLights, LodgingSavers, CasinoGreen, Earth Day Santa Cruz and Bike-to-Work. Ecology Action • 877 Cedar St #240, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Tel: (831) 426-5925 Online,,

Innovation in Education: 21 Century Robotics st


By Henry Castaniada - Superintendent Soquel Union Elementary School District

he energy surrounding Ms. Molly Deich’s Robotics Club at New Brighton Middle School is captivating. Ms. Deich, one of New Brighton’s science teachers, has created a dynamic Robotics Club that requires her students to become deeply involved in the areas of science, technology, math and engineering. On Friday afternoons she encourages her students to partake in marine advanced technology robotics that require fortitude and group collaboration. These inquisitive students build from ground zero a robotic design that competes in underwater challenges that require months of preparation. Our future scientists work in partnership with coaches and college students while applying research data during the design stages of the project. Our students are truly receiving the academic rigor and relevance that encourages “out of the box” thinking in trying to solve real life environmental challenges. Ms. Deich has been instrumental in obtaining grants through MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education). In conjunction with district support, she is receiving the necessary materials to organize this highly energetic club. Her passion to provide opportunities for students to engage in solving real world complex issues is the reason she created this club. She is thrilled to embrace MATE. MATE, who is based out of Monterey, supports institutions interested in developing or improving technology-related education programs. (Insert Picture of Students by the Pool) This year’s theme for the Robotics Club involves monitoring ocean systems, specifically the unique environment around hydrothermal vents. As students

design their robots, they will be assisted by a team of experts; Mr. Dan Atwell, Mr. Niels Kisling and Mr. Geoff Bud. Mr. Atwell is a retired engineer who was a mentor and coach for the Aptos High School Robotics Club. Mr. Atwell helped coach Aptos to a first place win in an international competition in Hawaii in 2011. Mr. Atwell has taught over 3,500 students in designing and building robots and operating Robotic Operated Vehicles (ROV’s). A second member of the coaching team, Mr. Geoff Bud, was a former student at New Brighton Middle School. Geoff is now a senior undergraduate student in UCSC’s Robotics Engineering Program. It is the perfect blend to give a future engineer the opportunity to work with middle school students during their design stages.

Rounding out this talented team of coaches is Mr. Niels Kisling. Mr.

Kisling is a wonderful parent volunteer who actively provides needed encouragement when the ROV’s are operating with glitches. Mr. Kisling enjoys getting involved in the design stage of these projects. In addition, we are fortunate to have engineering students from Cabrillo to assist with team designs and the building of the robots for which they receive college credits. The Robotics Club infuses the scientific method of inquiry. Our students are gaining invaluable skills in the 21st Century, which will require our next workforce generation to be inquisitive and to work collaboratively with local groups, as well as with groups around the world. Giving our students the opportunity to be creative thinkers and meet the very demanding requirements for their spring competition has created a wonderful synergy of excitement. “Robotics” page 25


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Upper Crust Pizza & Pasta in Soquel By Cynthia Howe

“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”


— Dave Barry, writer

hether it’s the beer or the pizza, Upper Crust Pizza & Pasta is the place where people meet with friends and family to enjoy wonderful food, a casual atmosphere and relaxing accommodations. Upper Crust Pizza & Pasta in Soquel first opened at 2501 Soquel Dr., Santa Cruz in 1992 as a second location to the original restaurant at 2415 Mission Street in Santa Cruz. Birthed from a passion for true Sicilian food, Sharon and Joe Carollo established their success on authentic homemade sauces for the variety of dishes found in their restaurant.  When Ernesto Chavez purchased the Soquel location from the Carollo’s in 2004, it was like a story straight from the pages of American history. Ernesto first started with the restaurant over

two decades ago as a dishwasher. His strong work ethic led him through every position available to him, until the greatest opportunity, the greatest challenge, opened for his future. Ernesto bought the Soquel restaurant from the Carollo’s and he’s been working hard and enjoying his customers ever since, one square at a time. 

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So, why is the pizza square? Although it fits quite nicely in the typical pizza box, the reason their pizza is square is because it’s prepared the authentic Sicilian way To truly make a Sicilian style pizza, the square pie begins with dough that is over an inch thick. At Upper Crust Pizza & Pasta, the dough is homemade

from scratch. Then the pie is layered with a variety of fine meats and vegetables built upon authentic sauces from the old country. The final layer creates a blanket of creamy cheeses, a variety of sharp, mild and somewhat distinct. Baked in a brick oven and sold by the pie or by the slice, this pizza is a delight. In addition to the square pizza, they also have a thin crust round pizza that is crispy and laden with rich toppings. Their full traditional Italian menu includes such things as lasagna, ravioli, spaghetti and rigatoni. Their sandwiches, including an authentic muffaletta, are hearty with quality meats, veggies and cheeses. Their signature dishes include the Pizza Bianchi and the Sicilian Muffaletta. The Pizza Bianchi is based on a white sauce rather than the traditional red and layered with a variety of mouth-watering toppings. The Sicilian Muffaletta originated in New Orleans from Italian immigrants. They are layered with a marinated olive condiment and then an assortment from meats and cheeses such as capicola, mortadella, salami, pepperoni, ham, Swiss cheese and provolone.  At Upper Crust Pizza & Pasta, the casual, yet cozy environment makes it the perfect place for families and groups. A number of sport teams, consisting of young and old, rely on the location to enjoy good food and plenty of hospitality. Students appreciate the affordability of the restaurant and its delivery service and on a Monday night you’ll find a great group of men watching football, enjoying Buffalo Wings, pizza and beer from a wide assortment. Check their website at for weekly specials such as baby back ribs or allyou-can-eat pasta night. Vegetarians enjoy the Upper Crust Pizza & Pasta menu as well. There is a vegetarian version of almost everything on the menu, making this restaurant the perfect place for friends with a wide variety of tastes and preferences. n ••• Upper Crust Pizza & Pasta in Soquel is located at 2501 Soquel Drive open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Call (831) 476-2333 for phone orders, delivery information or about their weekly specials

Structure fire in Live Oak Mike DeMars, Central Fire District Public Information Officer


ultiple 911 calls were received reporting a fire in a home at 60 Geoffrey Drive in Live Oak. Callers described a fully involved structure fire. Central Fire District firefighters arrived on scene to find a single family home with smoke and flame venting from the roof. As firefighters began to fight the fire, an unidentified woman was discovered partially unclothed and standing on the deck of the house. She appeared to be disoriented about her surroundings and was removed from the area by Sheriff’s deputies. She appeared to have no physical injuries, but was transported to Dominican Hospital for further evaluation. Firefighters, meanwhile, were making an aggressive attack on the fire through the front door of the home. A second crew had advanced a hose line to the rear of the structure where the main body of fire appeared to be concentrated. To prevent the fire from spreading to an adjacent home, a third hose line was used to protect that exposure. Shortly into the firefighting operations, it was determined that the interior

of the home was completely involved in fire and unsafe for firefighters. At this time, The Incident Commander switched from an offensive fire ground operation to a defensive one. The focus at this point was to prevent the fire from spreading to the adjacent home. With the home now fully involved in fire, a second alarm assignment was dispatched. Support from several neighboring fire agencies responded to the fire scene or to fire stations vacated by Central Fire District crews. The fire was contained to the home of origin and extinguished. Damage to the house next door was limited to several windows cracked from radiant heat. The home has been declared a complete loss. There was no one home during the fire and were no injuries reported. The woman discovered on the property is not a resident and is unknown to the homeowners. Incident Summary: Time to contain and control fire: 45 minutes • Number of Central Fire Department units and personnel: Engines –5, Truck -1, Chief Officers – 2, Firefighters – 16, Fire Prevention Officer - 1. • Automatic aid/mutual aid used:

Santa Cruz Fire Department – 1 chief officer and 2 engines, Aptos La Selva Fire Protection District – 2 engines, Scotts Valley Fire Protection District – 1 engine, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department – 4 deputies, AMR – 1 Field Supervisor The fire is being considered suspicious and remains under investigation. The cause is undetermined at this time. n Capitola Soquel Times / February 2013 / 23

Newtown and Gun Control


By James S. Rummonds

ahm Emanuel is famously quoted as saying, “You never let a serious crisis to go to waste.” He explained by adding, “And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Without taking any literary license, I think it is safe to rephrase Emanuel (current mayor of Chicago), as saying that every serious crisis presents an opportunity to accomplish things that but for the crisis, you probably couldn’t accomplish. Examples are many: The Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 9/11, the Great Recession, and so on. So let’s breakdown this proposition in the context of Newtown. There is no question that the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings in Newtown, was one of the most evil events to engulf this country in memory. Yet, more children die every day from auto accidents, poisoning, drowning, and fire than the 20 children killed in the Newtown massacre, but the sheer horror of a deranged monster breaking

There is no question that the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings in Newtown, was one of the most evil events to engulf this country in memory. Yet, more children die every day from auto accidents, poisoning, drowning, and fire than the 20 children killed in the Newtown massacre, but the sheer horror of a deranged monster breaking into an elementary school and slaughtering 6 and 7 year olds, is truly beyond comprehension. into an elementary school and slaughtering 6 and 7 year olds, is truly beyond comprehension. I along with millions of others asked how could such a horrific event happen in Newtown, Connecticut, USA. Almost immediately after the horrendous act itself, I felt another cringe of embarrassment with the politicians that jumped on their soapboxes in self-righteous

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enthusiasm to demonize firearms and demand that the Second Amendment be abolished. President Obama appointed Vice President Biden to head up a commission “ find the solution to gun violence” (how about the solution to mass killings by mentally ill individuals?). Next, without any investigation, hearings or serious research into the subject, Biden tells us that President Obama will act on his own through executive orders if necessary to curb gun violence. Does Obama view Newtown as the opportunity to disarm the populace? There are Statists aplenty that want to abolish the 2nd Amendment as it applies to individuals… and what, parenthetically, is a Statist? At their core Statists believe in the doctrine that your life, money and property are not yours, but the property of the State. Statists believe that it is up to the government to determine how much of your money you will be allowed to keep, how you spend your money, what property you can own (if any) and what is politically correct thought. Statists do not believe that individuals are capable of organizing and regulating their own lives and fortunes. They do not believe in individual liberty, personal responsibility and private property – and that the government should have the power to regulate the ownership of firearms. Few would argue that a legitimate function of government is the reasonable regulation of firearms. But the Second Amendment has far more meaning than its effect on the regulation of firearms. The Second Amendment makes clear the intent of the Framers of the Constitution was that the people retain power over the State. It was Thomas Jefferson who said: “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” Jefferson is saying that the right of the individual to keep and bear arms is essential to our liberty.

Every time a deranged individual uses a firearm to commit a heinous act it’s as if Statists were waiting in the wings to hear the gun shots so they can run back out onto the national stage to blame guns; not the sick people that used them. The names of these crimes are part of our collective conscience: Columbine Colorado (April 1999), Blacksburg, Virginia/Virginia Tech (April 2007), Tucson, Arizona/Gabby Giffords (January 2011), Aurora, Colorado/ Cinemark Movie Theater (July 2012), and now Newtown, Connecticut/Sandy Hook Elementary School (December 2012). After each mass killing by a mentally ill person, the same cry erupts claiming that the Second Amendment does not mean what it says, that it does not confer on individuals the right to keep and bear arms. That government needs to pass new laws abridging or abolishing rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Getting back to the “Biden Commission,” what has it done to investigate and report on the roots of the Newtown killings and similar horrendous acts? What role does the breakdown of the intact family play? What role does the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness play? What role does the torrent of Hollywood and video game violence play? Are current laws being enforced? Has a real blue ribbon presidential commission been appointed and charged with finding answers to how, why and who is committing these mass killings? I googled commission, gun violence, Newtown and U.S., and what I got was that the president would take executive action on gun control if necessary. Is the issue really that simple that it can be solved by executive fiat? This is the crisis that Statists view as an opportunity to accomplish through emotion what could not be accomplished through calm and objective deliberation. But why should responsible individuals be treated the same as criminals and the criminally insane in dealing with issues as fundamental to a free society as the Second Amendment? It’s not our gun laws that need review in 2013; it’s our society’s values. n ••• By the way, Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago had 513 homicides in 2012 and has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country. In 2012, our US Military had 310 fatalities in the war in Afghanistan. ••• Get engaged — we want to know what you think. Log on to and search for Sandy Hook and share your thoughts.

Your Supervisor Says …

Subject: County Commissions Zach Friend — Second District Supervisor


ounty advisory bodies play a key Santa Cruz with her husband and young role in providing advice to the Board family she became the Assistant Director of of Supervisors but many in the com- Government and Community Relations for munity don’t know who serves in these UCSC. She and her family live in Aptos. Al served as Supervisor Pirie’s compositions. I believe it is important that the community know who is serving in these missioner for the last six years. He has an positions so they have another person to extensive background in the public and interact with on local policy issues. The private sectors including serving on the County Board appoints local residents to Marin County Board of Supervisors for more than 40 advisory bodies with most over a decade. Al was a realtor and served of terms beginning in April. However, a as the government relations director for few commissions required appointments the Marin Association of Realtors for three before this point and I wanted to introduce years. He is a U.S. Army veteran and lives with his wife in Aptos. my appointees to the community. The second commission I made an The first is the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission focuses on appointment to was the Commission on the issues surrounding the County General Environment. This commission is charged Plan including zoning, permits and even with recommending policies and action annexation or abandonment questions. programs designed to improve and protect the environment. Board members are The commission asked to appoint advises the Board a member and an The Planning in reviewing county alternate to serve Commission focuses on policies, works to in the member’s build cooperation absence. issues surrounding the with other public My appointCounty General Plan and private organizaments were Casey Hemard (as the including zoning, permits tions to implement effective environcommissioner) and even annexation or mental policies and and Al Aramburu reviews pending state (alternate). abandonment questions. and federal legisCasey holds a Board members are asked lation that may have BA from the Unian environmental versity of Alabama to appoint a member and impact in our area. and a law degree an alternate to serve in My appointment from Louisiana to the Commission State University. She the member’s absence. on the Environment was counsel for the was Jeffrey TalUnited States House of Representatives Committee on Energy madge. Jeffrey was one of the first and Commerce before becoming counsel certified Green Building Professionals for the U.S. Department of Health and in Santa Cruz County. He led an effort Human Services. When she moved to with the Silicon Valley Chapter of the

“Robotics” from page 21 Our students will work for months to build their robot and be challenged intellectually throughout this process. Because of the tremendous success of this program, the number of students who are participating in the Robotics Club has doubled since last year. In addition, I am extremely excited to witness the significant increase of girls participating in this club. One of the culminating events for

the students that are participating in our Robotics Club is a formal presentation at a school board meeting. During the students’ formal presentation, they explain specific roles that each team member is responsible for and how this works throughout the trials of their robotic design. The highlight of the evening is a demonstration of their robot. More information on this presentation will be posted on our website in late spring at n

National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) in establishing a Green Building training program for their over 200 members. His company uses green and sustainable practices in their course of work. Talmadge was the 2011 Aptos Chamber Man of the Year and lives in Aptos with his wife. n •••

If you are interested in applying for a commission visit the County of Santa Cruz website [] to see information on all of the advisory bodies and current openings. From the main webpage click on the “government” tab and then “commissions, committees and advisory bodies.” If you have any questions please call my office at 454-2200 and we’d be happy to help!

Super Bowl


1. Idealized image 6. Snake in the grass 9. Attired 13. Bourne actor 14. U.N. labor agency 15. Domenikos Theotokopoulos, a.k.a. El _____ 16. Like NCAA’s eight 17. Microprocessor chip, for short 18. Number of planets 19. *Expensive Bowl purchase 21. *Tied with Steelers for most appearances 23. Big fuss 24. Hoodlum 25. Car wash option 28. Camera setting

30. *Found on many players 35. Corner pieces 37. Snoopy 39. As opposed to best 40. Etna output 41. Where one is treated for drug or alcohol dependence 43. Flood survivor 44. Time on the job 46. Foolhardy challenge 47. Tyrant’s power 48. Listed on driver’s license 50. Chapter 11 issue 52. “___ for the course” 53. Royal Indian 55. E in B.C.E. 57. *Cause of Superdome leak 61. One who inspires fear 65. Set of values

66. *Coach’s ___ talk 68. Factual evidence 69. No person 70. Draft choice 71. Lacks 72. Very pleased with oneself 73. *It’s won more than its counterpart 74. Affirmatives


1. Brainchild 2. French Sudan, today 3. Gulf V.I.P. 4. “_____ go!” 5. Iroquois tribe 6. *Record-holder for touchdowns and points scored 7. Mont Blanc, e.g. 8. _____ football 9. Stewie Griffin’s bed

10. Construction set for kids 11. Common flu feeling 12. Some letter toppers 15. Cheap showy jewelry 20. Pitcher’s domain 22. *Wide receiver, aka wide___ 24. Taqueria offering 25. Like one from Prince Charles’ domain 26. Winged 27. *47 29. Three-____ sloth 31. *____ Dorsett, won one Super Bowl ring 32. Girl Scout unit 33. Japanese port 34. Catchall category 36. Belted out 38. Bygone era 42. Type of sailing ship 45. *Joe Montana, only ______ winner of Super Bowl MVP

49. “The Joy Luck Club” author 51. *Named after Vince Lombardi 54. Birthplace of anime 56. Saints’ lights 57. Barbie dolls’ boyfriends 58. Nucleus plus electrons 59. Biblical pronoun 60. *Peyton is still seeking his second one of these 61. Work detail 62. Famous seamstress 63. “Going, going, ____!” 64. Salamander in terrestrial stage, pl. 67. Will Ferrell played one © Statepoint Media

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From vampires and party girls to former Nazi operatives and winter secrets … The Blood Gospel

By James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell William Morrow. $27.99 (Rating-Excellent) ames Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell collaborate on a gothic tale that will make vampire fiction fans howl in delight. The aftermath of an earthquake in Masada, Israel, uncovers a long buried tomb that holds some remarkable and dangerous secrets. A trio of investigators, Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert, Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest, and Dr. Erin Granger, an archaeologist, are sent to explore the site. What they find is a subterranean t e m p l e secreting the mummified remains of a crucified girl. When investigators are attacked, it becomes obvious that there are others who want to possess the artifacts the temple contains. The most important is a book reportedly penned by Christ Himself, which holds the secrets of His divinity. The race to recover the volume will stretch from the Holy Land to Rome. These three quite disparate individuals, from totally different walks of life, are pitted against an adversary who not only calls upon special and dark powers that date back centuries but is also driven by an unholy passion that drives him to unheard of lengths to succeed. Citing Rembrandt’s painting “The Rising of Lazarus” as the partial inspiration for this novel take on vampirism and the Catholic Church, the authors explain that this tale “examines the line between faith and science”. They point out that blood not only plays an important role in Catholic ritual, but ancient Rome was also s city soaked in blood. Hence, they decided to tweak vampire mythology to play out against this background and create a work that would revolve around a secret sect or order called the Sanguines.


The final product is a book that showcases the strengths of two well-respected novelists and promises to keep readers spellbound until the final page. “The Blood Gospel” has “action movie” written all over it; the only question is how long it will take to bring it to the big screen!

Blood Money

By James Grippando Harper. $26.99 (Rating-Very Good) efense attorney Jack Swyteck is caught up in a controversial case that focuses a lot of unwanted media attention on his client and the lawyer as well. Dubbed “Shot Mom” by the press, cocktail waitress Sydney Bennett is accused of killing her two-year-old daughter because the child purportedly cramped Sydney’s party time. Not only does the case generate a lot of attention from the journalistic crowd, but the public is also incensed when the jury finds Sydney not guilty. A crowd of righteous Florida vigilantes gathers outside the jail when the woman is to be released and a young college student who resembles Sydney is attacked and left in a coma. W a s this purely a tragic case of mistaken identity or something far more sinister? Swyteck, who has b e e n accused of being on the “wrong side” of this case, is hired by the student’s parents to find out if this were a carefully orchestrated plan. As Swyteck looks into the situation, he unearths a rather nasty and sinister plot that will present one of the biggest challenges he has thus far faced in his career. But determined to see justice served, he’s not going to let up no matter the personal cost until the evil here is exposed. Those who have followed this courtroom series will not want to miss this latest installment. Some would say this is


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one of the best Grippando has produced to date.


By Stuart Neville Soho. $26.95 (Rating-Very Good) t is the early 1960s and American President John F. Kennedy is planning a historic visit to Ireland. The government wants everything to go smoothly, but the deaths of some Germans granted asylum after World War II could cause serious trouble for the Irish Republic. A note found on one of the dead men is addressed to former Hitler favorite, Colonel Otto Skorzeny, and warns, “We are coming for you.” Not only has he avoided accountability after the war, but the Colonel is quite knowledgeable of the “ratlines” or the secret routes used to move Nazi war criminals from one safe haven to another. Skorzeny’s political power and his source of unlimited funds makes him a person of interest for Irish intelligence operative Albert Ryan, Ryan is tasked with solving the murders while keeping a lid on what they suggest about the country’s policies and association with war criminals. From start to finish, the intriguing premise of this thriller makes it one that has already elicited praise such as “terrifyingly authentic” and “a flat out terror trip”! Irish author Stuart Neville’s fan club will add quite a few North American members after word of this nail-biter gets out!


Cover of Snow

By Jenny Milchman Ballantine. $26 (Rating-Good) aybe she should have known something was wrong, or maybe not. But when Nora Hamilton discovers her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide, she is faced with some difficult questions.


After the initial shock wears off, the widow, who lives in the Adirondack Mountains, realizes that her spouse left no note. The more she mulls over the situation and the days leading up to the discovery, N o r a begins to believe that there’s more here than meets the eye. Why would a well-respected police officer that loved his wife and enjoyed serving his small rural community suddenly and inexplicitly decide to take his own life? The more she searches for an explanation, the more Nora finds an odd and suspicious resistance from her husband’s colleagues and even his mother. Something isn’t right and as she continues to seek answers to questions people don’t want to hear, Nora begins to understand that there’s a conspiracy here and someone will do just about anything to keep the village’s secrets hidden. This thriller heralds the debut of a New Jersey woman who has been teaching writing for a while. Jenny Milchman has shown here she definitely can practice what she preaches and this is unquestionably the beginning of what will be a sterling career as a suspense author. n

Fleas — The Year Round Pest T iny, black, blood sucking, merciless pests! I’m talking about Fleas. Keeping your pet and your house free of fleas is an important part of keeping your pet and human family happy and healthy. Not only do fleas cause incessant itching for your pets and family, they can be the cause of serious illness. Fleas transmit tapeworms and mycoplasma infections and commonly cause flea allergy dermatitis. Flea allergies can even cause vomiting of hairballs in cats secondary to chronic over grooming. But you don’t believe fleas can make people sick? 25 million people who died from “The Black Plague” might think otherwise. So how do we get rid of these little buggers? Thankfully, you can achieve this goal with two basic steps. The first step in ridding your pets and house of fleas is to treat every animal in the house with flea control medication year round. Yes, every pet and all year round. Even pets that don’t go outside need to be treated. I regularly see indoor only pets with flea infestations. Although spring and summer seem to be the worst, I treat patients with flea related medical problems at all times of the year in our area.

I share many of my client’s wishes to minimize exposure to toxins or unnecessary medications and flea control products are no exception. These concerns must be balanced against the likely need to treat flea illness with more risky medications, such as steroids and antibiotics, when ineffective flea control is used. I am often saddened to see animals suffering from serious flea illness who were treated with ineffective flea remedies such as; flea collars, essential oil (neem, eucalyptus, tea tree, and citronella) and grocery store “spot on” flea products. Not only do these products not work well, some of them can be very toxic or even deadly. During my decade long career as an emergency veterinarian, I was often faced with patients suffering serious toxicity from these products which are falsely marketed as less expensive and more natural alternatives to prescription veterinary flea products. Treating one episode of flea allergy dermatitis with your veterinarian is likely to be more costly than a year supply of the best flea medication. Treating one episode of toxicity could be more costly than a lifetime of any flea medication for one pet. Fortunately, newer flea medications available from your veterinarian are

very safe, extremely effective and break down quickly in the environment. For dogs, I recommend Comfortis® or Trifexis®, which contain the active flea ingredient Spinosad. This product actually won a green chemistry award for its development and, since it is administered orally, can’t wash off in baths or the ocean. This a major advantage for our local canine beach bums. For cats, I recommend Revolution topical treatment. Trifexis® and Revolution® protect your pets from heartworms and intestinal worms in addition to their excellent flea control properties. Despite the amazing efficacy of these newer flea products, they will fail if you overlook the next step; the need to treat the environment. These little buggers know how to breed! A single female flea can lay thousands of eggs (up to 50 a day) in her lifetime. Therefore, treating the house and yard is a must to prevent these eggs from developing into hungry adults. I recommend Fleabusters® powder to treat the house and Fleabusters® nematodes to treat the yard. These are non-toxic products that are much more effective than dangerous flea bombs and insecticide yard sprays. They

don’t require a prescription and are available from your veterinarian or through the website: Although a flea is not zoologically speaking a “Bug,” nothing could describe them better. No need to bug out though. Just follow the two steps to stay sane and healthy; treat every pet year round and treat the environment. n ••• Dr. May is the owner and Medical Director of Capitola Veterinary Hospital, 1220 H 41st Avenue Capitola. Tel #: 831-476-7387. Website: Capitola Soquel Times / February 2013 / 27

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Community Calendar

men and bilingual folks especially encouraged. To RSVP call 761-2956 Ext. 102, or email

House, 225 Rooney St. Santa Cruz For more information, visit

Second Tuesdays each month



Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club Meeting

cooking demos by professional ocal group will gather for its chefs, gardening workshops, regular monthly meeting to 6:00pm-7:00pm, Gateway Bible seasonal fairs and events are a part discuss our options for the end Church, 5000 Granite Creek Rd. 12-1:30 p.m. at Seascape Golf of the market. of life. Meeting to take place in Course. Scotts Valley the conference room upstairs. Contact Doug at 831724-9192 For more information, visit Scotts Valley Farmer’s Market Newcomers and guests welcome or e-mail dnakashima@razzolink. 9a.m.-1p.m. SV Community (there is a lift). com for more information. Center, For more information, please call PFLAG 360 Kings Village Drive (831) 251-2240. (Parents, Families, and Friends of Overeaters Anonymous 1:00-2:00pm, Louden Nelson Lesbians and Gays) Thursday Jan 31 Community Center, Rm. 5 301 Come As You Are Zen 7:00pm-9:00pm, 900 High St. Center St. Santa Cruz Open House / Science Fair 9-10:30 am, Ocean Gate Zendo, First Congregational Church of For more information, call (831) 920 41st Ave. Suite B, Santa 6 - 8 p.m., Aptos Academy, 1940 Santa Cruz 429-7906 Bonita Dr. Cruz (next to Family Cycling Drop in Grief Support To learn more, call (831) 427eet our wonderful teachers, Center) 6:00pm at Aegis, 125 Heather 4016 or visit tour our facility, and browse Second Thursdays each month ome as you are Zen focuses Terrace, Aptos through the Science Fair while on Buddhist practices that oin other adults who are Veterans of Foreign Wars Wednesdays enhance our daily lives. This will finding out how our school could grieving the death of a friend 6:30 pm, 2259 7th Ave. Santa be an informal talk with time for be just what you’ve been looking or family member. Learn helpful Toastmasters: Cruz discussion. Free — donations tools for coping: Share stories for! Speak for Success ommander Ronals Petty leads accepted. and receive support from people 12:00pm-1:00pm, St. Philip’s Call 688-1080 for more the meetings. Visit for more who care. For more information, call (831) information, or to set up a tour at Episcopal Church, 5271 Scotts info. No registration required, please 475-9804 a more convenient time. Valley Drive, Scotts Valley. call (831) 430-3000 iving a business presentation? Interviewing for a job? Second and Fourth Thursdays Santa Cruz Bingo Improve your speaking skills in a 4:00pm, 707 Fair Ave. Santa Ocean Gate Zen Center Saturday Feb 2 friendly, supportive environment Cabrillo Host Lions Club Cruz 7:00pm. 920 41st Ave. Suite 7:00pm at the Cabrillo Comwith Redwood Ramblers Toastanta Cruz Bingo supports Docent Training Class B, Santa Cruz (next to Family munity Center, Aptos Village masters. Open to all levels. local charity. All games have a 3:00pm, San Lorenzo Valley Cycling Center) Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd. minimum of a $150 prize, smaller Museum lease join us on Tues. evenings Drop-ins welcome. For more ublic is invited to all programs. crowds mean you have better his 1 hour class will cover at 7pm for two 30 min. periods information, call 831-335-3693. Contact President Jess Allen odds. he basics of opening.closing of sitting meditation with a 10 min 831-684-2721 or Past President For more information, visit www. Overeaters Anonymous the museum, greeting visitors, walking meditation in between, Barbara Chamberlain at or email 6:30-7:30pm at Teach by the 688-3356 for meeting/dinner bookstore sales, exhibits, handling followed by tea and discussion. You Beach #50 Rancho Del Mar, reservations or information or visit Zazen instruction 6:30pm first can also call (831) 427-1007 and research questions and more. Aptos For more information, contact Tues. of each month. Morning press 4. For more information, call (831) Lynda at (831) 338-8382 meditation schedule Tues. & Third Thursday each month Thurs. 6:45am & Sat. 8:30am fol- 429-7906 Sundays lowed by “Come As You Are Zen.” Pacific Speakers Association Sunday Feb 3 Visit for more First Wednesday each month 7:00pm, Firehouse on Soquel Dr. Over-Eaters Anonymous Exhibit Training Class 9:00am-10:15am, Sutter info. Aptos Child Welfare Review 1:00pm, San Lorenzo Valley Maternity and Surgery Center, peakers helping speakers get 6:00pm- 9:00pm 1400 Emeline Musuem 2900 Chanticleer Ave. Sc. gigs. First Tuesdays each month Avenue room 206, Santa Cruz. A is a 12-step support group xhibit training classes will be he orientation is designed to Call (831) 332-8221 for more Tail Wagging World of Dog for those who wish to stop held to cover the story that review the child welfare system information. eating compulsively. All are Ownership each exhibit tells and the history and to give you a chance to have welcome. 6:30pm at the Santa Cruz SPCA, your question answered by child surrounding that story. Fridays Free childcare with advance 2685 Chanticleer Ave., Santa welfare staff. For more information, contact reservation by 5pm, Fridays. Call Cruz (cross street is Soquel Ave.). To register to one of the meetings Clutterers Anonymous Lynda at (831) 338-8382 (831) 429-7906. 5:30-6:45 Sutter Maternity & and for directions, please call Surgical Center, 2900 Chanticleer 454-4024. First Tuesdays and Ave, Soquel Dr. Santa Cruz. Church Bible Study/Worship Wednesday Feb 6 Third Wednesdays each month ired of Clutter? Stuff piling 9:45am: Bible Study; 11:00: ADHD Support Group Meeting Coastal Professionals Orientations to Become up? Support is available. CLA Worship, First Baptist Church 6:30-8:00pm, Mar Vista 8:00am to 9:30am at Aptos meeting every Friday. Advocates for Children 7565 Sunset Way, Aptos Elementary School, 6860 Soquel History Museum, Old Dominion For more info call 426-1868 North County, 5:30-7p.m., first Court, Aptos. ooking for a church? Come Dr. Aptos FREE Tuesday of month (for location worship with us! For more information, contact earn tips and make connections. details contact Danielle at 761Judy Brenis at jbbrenis@comcast. Local professionals meet weekly 2956 X102) South County, 5:30-7 to focus on business building and Saturdays net, or call (831) 818-9619. p.m., third Wednesday of the collaboration. Interested business Aptos Certified Farmers Market month at the CASA Office, 813 owners, independent professionals 8:00 -12:00pm at Cabrillo College, Freedom Blvd. Watsonville and guests welcome. Thursday Feb 7 ASA (Court Appointed Aptos. For more information: 621-1153, Lecture on Reversing and Special Advocates) of Santa he Aptos Market, with over 80 Wednesday Jan 30 Cruz County needs your help. vendors, is open year round, Preventing Diabetes Volunteer 3-5 hours per week to with the best selections of fresh Local Hemlock Discussion Group 6:00pm-7:30pm, New Leaf Comprovide support, guidance, and fruits and vegetables, plants, Second and Fourth Wednesdays 2:00pm-3:00pm, Aptos Fire munity Markets, 1101 Fair Ave. a powerful voice in court for seedlings, flowers, local honey, children who have been removed Freedom Forum Presents: fresh eggs, fresh fish, artisan baked Protection District Station, 6934 Santa Cruz Soquel Dr. Aptos ew Leaf Community Markets from their homes because of abuse Constitution Classes goods and gourmet foods. In will host a lecture and Q&A or neglect. Everyone welcome, 7:00pm, Quaker Friends Meeting addition, family activities, music,

Free Job Seek Workshop!


Mid-County Pony Baseball


egistration for the spring season is now open. Recreational baseball league for 13-14 year olds and under with games at the Polo Grounds in Aptos. Registration deadline is January 23. Player registration packets available at www.midcountypony. com.

Ongoing Events Mondays thru Fridays

Svaroopa® Yoga Classes

See website for times, Deerpark Shopping Center, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. Aptos es, you can do yoga! With the support of blankets, beginning students relax into easy poses designed to release to deepest tensions in the body along the spine. Discover this unique form of Hatha yoga that deeply relaxes, quiets the mind, reduces pain, accelerates injury recovery, and promotes better over all health. For more information, visit www., or call (831) 688-1019


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













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Dated Events



by Nutritional Consultant Sandi Rechenmacher who will discuss how to reverse and prevent diabetes, as well as healthy weight loss. She will present how and why to eat the “Power Plate,” a delicious diet that creates optimal health. Preregistration is required. To register, visit www.newleaf,com or call (831) 426-1306 x0.

Saturday Feb 9

Free Intro to Svaroopa® Yoga Class

9:00am-10:30am, Aptos Yoga, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. Ste 23B, Aptos xperience how Svarropa® Yoga works in your body at an introductory class, free with no obligations. Supported by blankets, you’ll relax into poses that release deep tensions in your spine. This unique form of yoga quiets your mind, reduces pain, and accelerates injury recovery. Preregistration required. For more information, visit www., or call (831) 688-1019.


Wednesday Feb 20

Wellness Lecture: The Mood-Food Connection

6:00pm-7:30pm, New Leaf Community Markets, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz deally, food provides the building blocks for proper neurotransmitter production, brain balance, and blood sugar balance. Some dietary choices can contribute to imbalances in these important brain chemicals and weak havoc on our mood. Join nutritionist Rebecca RovayHazelton to learn which dietary patterns are likely to contribute to emotional imbalance, and how to eat to support your emotional well being. Preregistration required. For more information, visit www.newleaf. com, or call (831) 426-1036 x0.


Tuesday Feb 26

Aptos Sons in Retirement Luncheon Meeting

11:30am, Severino’s Restaurant, 7500 Old Dominion Ct. Aptos peaker will be Luke Rizzuto. Luke is a coordinator and avid participant in the 2013 re-enactment of the 1908 “Greatest Auto Race Around the World”, as immortalized in the movie “The Great Race”, staring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Natalie Wood. Luke will be bringing the vintage Chevrolet which he will be driving in the 2013 race. Call (831) 6880977 for more information. n


Your February Horoscope

Arts & Entertainment

Announcements Sleight of Hand!

January 16th - February 17th Opening reception January 20th, 2:00pm-4:00pm Regular hours: WednesdaySunday, 11:00am-4:00pm. eaturing 400 small format pieced by 54 fabulous fine artists, this exhibit is stunning! Patrons will be able to take home pieces as they are purchased. Artists will renew their grouping throughout the show, so visit more than once to see how the exhibit changes.


The California State Summer School for the Arts Applications Available


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?

To find out where to participate in a First Friday art tour, visit (Most galleries are open 12-9 pm for First Friday viewings.)

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

10:30am-12:30pm, First Congregational Church, 900 High St. Santa Cruz For more information, visit, call Kris at (831) 421-0930 or For more information, call Jean at Nanette at (831) 438-3615. (831) 475-4221


Big Band Dance


Tuesdays and Weekends


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).


SSSA is a four-week, intensive pre-college program for talented and motivated high school students in the arts, held on the campus of the California Institute of Arts (CalArts) in Valencia. Instruction to be offered in dance, music, theatre, visual arts, creative writing, film/video and animation. Applications are due February 28. To learn more, visit, or Last Thursdays each month e-mail Peggy at Monthly Argentine Tango at Star

Ongoing Events Ongoing thru April 26

The Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative Presents:

In Dreams


n Dreams explores a world that is seemingly surreal and dreamlike. What images appear in your dreams? Six local artists share their viewpoints through a variety of mediums in playful and sometimes unexpected, ethereal scenes. Exhibited artists to include Karen Kvenvold Bailey, Andrea Borsuk, Selena Castro, Chris Miroyan, Sharon King, and Tom Trujjillo. Exhibit locations include 7775 Soquel Dr., 819 By Ave., 720 Front St., 4604 Scotts Valley Dr..



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


Free Trivia

7:00pm, Boulder Creek Pizza

Bene Italian/Argentine Restarante

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


First Fridays each month

First Friday Art Tour


he First Friday Art Tour is a Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts event, managed in conjunction with the participating art venues. The event takes place year-round and illuminates some of the most talented local artists from local galleries.

It is only a matter of time passing that changes things for the better or for the worse. You are very much aware of this and on balance, you can see an improvement which has been long overdue. Take note of events at the start as this gives you clues for later on. A small happening is the beginning of a new phase which feels a lot better than before. But you have learned some useful lessons along the way so nothing is ever wasted. Mars in your sign through the month ensures that you follow through and will act decisively and with the right intention.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

A stunning start to the month ensures that your projects and plans make great leaps forward. Expect the unexpected as a new opportunity lands in your lap. You may find it necessary to be resourceful and inventive, and when you try something new, you are a little surprised at how easily it all comes together. It is a great month for getting together with friends and people who share your passions. After the 19th you want to escape a little and perhaps plan a small break. Choose somewhere mysterious and enchanting.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

First and Third Fridays

Important changes and decisions around your career plans are likely. While you have a mind to make some improvements here, it is partly because you have to but also because the time has come for fresh challenges. Most activities you undertake will put you in the spotlight as people take more than the usual notice. Now this may be a good thing or perhaps you feel your privacy and space are being invaded. Even so, there are good chances for meeting some fascinating and influential individuals this month. Love and romance continue on a steady course.

Friday Shakespeare Club

Second Fridays each month

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 publicsingles welcome! Suggested donation, $6 per person. Proceeds benefit MCSC. For more information, call (831) 476-4711.



Live Jazz and Local Art at Zizzo’s Coffee

11:30am-1:30pm, Zizzo’s Coffee, 3555 Clare’s St. Capitola isten to live jazz featuring members of the Santa Cruz Jazz Society. So many talented musicians and singers! And an exhibit of local art will be featured 7 days a week. For more information, contact Christine Shelton-Anderson at (755) 544-5651.


Fourth Friday each month

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Musical Me Inc. Family Jam Night

6:30-8:30p.m. 239 High St., Santa Cruz. ring your favorite music to dance to and any instruments you’d like to share or perform with. Sliding Scale donation per family of $10-$25 (all proceeds going to our scholarship fund.) For more information call 831438-3514.


Weekends Thru March

Rain Forest Weekends at Roaring Camp

12:30pm, Roaring Camp earn about California’s own Feb. 15&16, 21-23, March 1&2 rain forest- a rain forest of San Lorenzo Valley High School redwoods. As guests ride at branch Presents: Tommy level through a virgin forest by 7:00pm, except Sunday, at steam train, fascinating infor2:00pm, SLV High School mation about the California coastal Performing Arts Center, 7105 redwoods and forest eco-system is Hwy 9, Felton revealed. Advance tickets available online at For more information and tickets, call (831) 335-4484.

Fridays thru Sundays

Annabel Burton • Astrologer ©

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)


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.


Saturday January 26 Golden West Casino Night

7 -11 p.m., Aptos Academy Auditorium, 1940 Bonita Dr. ome try your luck while you support our school’s youthful arts! Tickets are $40 and include chips, a glass of wine, light snacks, and fifty dollars in chips; prizes for top winners.   Call 688-1080 to reserve your seat!


Gemini (May 22-June 21)

Thursday Feb 7 thru Saturday Feb 9

The Aptos Academy Production of ‘The Emperor and the Nightingale’ 7:00pm, with Sunday Matinee at 2:00pm, Aptos Academy 1940 Bonita Dr. Aptos Admission is $5.00, children 4 and under are free.

Saturday February 9 Migration Festival

11:00am-4:00pm, Natural Bridges State Beach earn about the migration patterns of butterflies, whales, and birds. Day will include activities, skits, games, and live music! For more info, visit http://parks.


Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)


This month, your ruler Venus, enters Aquarius. For you this is a time to be creative, flirty, impulsive and look for the joys of living. Be light hearted and less focused on serious matters at this time. Some things you can resolve easily but it is important not get worried and dragged down by what you cannot change. Instead, fill the space with simple little things that are easy to accomplish. You certainly don’t need to push yourself too hard to achieve something that is just beyond your reach. Be kind and know that you can be your own best friend.

Featuring local artist Neno Villamor 12:00pm-3:00pm, She Sells Seashells and More, Capitola Mercantile, 115 San Jose Ave. Capitola eception will feature the beautiful artwork of Neno Villmor of Diva Design Studio. 10% off all of Neno’s artwork, 10% off any item with a red heart, 20% off Chocolate Vision’s chocolates including handmade chocolate heart boxes. Live music will be performed by local guitarist, singer/songwriter Steve Walters.


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ttend this fabulous fundraiser and taste delicious variations of clam chowder! Proceeds go to benefit the Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department.


Friday February 1

Aptos High School 3rd Annual Zumbathon

Clam Chowder Cook-off and Festival

10:00am-1:00pm, Aptos High 5:30-8:00pm, Santa Cruz County School Gymnasium, 100 Mariner Way, Aptos Government Center, 701 Ocean itch the workout, join the party! St. This fundraiser will support irst Friday will feature the Aptos High School teams and clubs. artwork of Efren Adalem, Tickets are $10. and available at Karen Asherah, Vera Hansen, or at the door. Don’t delay, Erike Perloff, and Melinda this promises to be a sold out event! n Picatti.


Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)

This is an important time of year since the Sun, your ruler, shines a light on relationships. You discover new things not only about your other half but also about yourself. You see how you can achieve fairness and balance, and you have the change to redress situations that are out of alignment with your inner happiness. Plenty of talking can reveal the heart of the matter and from these revelations you can move forward. Recently you have felt the pull of Saturn which perhaps clips your wings somewhat, but this is becoming a thing of the past. It is time to fly!

Valentine’s Day Reception

Saturday February 23

First Friday Art Tour

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

This is a month where being constructive pays off. This means that you must do what you say you will do and also incorporate as much fun as possible. So trips and outings are in order, as you love to have something to look forward to. Intriguing new beginnings around your love life can put a spring in your step, and you share plans with your long term partner if you are in a relationship. After the 19th you discover that any barriers and hold ups are easing although the 23rd is not the best day for travel plans. Take part in team events and joint ventures this month too, if the opportunity arises.

Although you are more than comfortable in dealing with tangible things and organization of your life and others, you sometimes look for work where there is none. Discover the joys of doing nothing once in a while and allow your restless mind to rest and contemplate. This helps give you strength and also enables you to feel less stressed and as though you having to always catch up or meet a deadline. Later in the third week, relationships are highlighted for you. Looking for love? you could find it at this time.

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8:00pm, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar Street Santa Cruz ur own Tammi Brown joins the group for this special celebration. Tickets are $22. For more information, visit www.culturalheritagechoir. com.

Self belief is a marvellous thing. It can give you courage so that you take steps in your chosen direction, and also enable you to be confident and walk your talk. This month you see more of this coming into play and consequently it can be mildly life changing. Impulsive decisions turn out to be strokes of genius as you reap the rewards of actually doing what you have been thinking about for long enough. Your ruler, Mercury, in the mysterious sign of Pisces for much of February, highlights your career directions, which is subtly transforming.


Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

Resolutions that began last month are now beginning to take effect. If there was anything you need o do that requires patience, persistence and determination, now is the time to do it. If you are tempted to stray off your chosen path, simply get back on it again. There are times when a different attitude can really turn things around and this is one of them. As part of a long cycle for you, Saturn in your sign offers you the chance to show how serious you can be if necessary. You have new found ambition and this current enthusiasm shows no sign of waning.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

You are usually what is known as the luckiest sign of the zodiac, and there is no exception this month. While the Sun in Aquarius works miracles with your ruler Jupiter in Gemini, your fortune lies in the written and spoken word and all kinds of communication, media and information received and given. You are not averse to learning new skills, including languages and this also works well for in terms of travel too. Being out and about, meeting people and exchanging news and views leads to invaluable knowledge and discoveries which can change your life for the better.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

This month the focus is on your resources, both financially and emotionally. Self confidence gives a strong message to others that you know exactly what you are doing and that what you bring about is absolutely what you intended. Sometimes this is not the case, and happy coincidences occur. February brings exactly this. You are amazed at how the Universe responds to your thoughts and what you put out there in the world so consider this when you monitor your intentions. You are unusually creative and can find great joy in the tangible and what you have to show for your efforts.

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)

You are in your birthday time and for those whose birthdays fall at the beginning of the month, this is an exceptionally constructive and satisfying start to the next twelve months. Although you are only too well aware of what holds you back, you can turn this around and see this as a kind of supportive structure to show that limitations can be a useful guide within which you must work. Without it, you have no budget or time scales and so your immediate momentum can get lost. This is not so for you now, so be assured that you will make headway in your chosen path. •••

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regate an area of the living room, convert a spare bedroom or set yourself up in the basement or garage, you should start thinking about-home office furniture. The type of office furniture you pick and the way you organize your space will significantly impact your productivity. Whatever your preferences are, investing money up front in the style of office furniture that makes you comfortable will naturally lead to greater productivity. At the very least, this ensures that you won’t be tempted to relocate to the bedroom instead of working at your desk. Likewise, an upfront investment in office supplies and equipment will help you get your work done faster and avoid distractions. The cost of outfitting a home office basic home office setup can cost you under $500 if you already have a computer that you can relocate to your new space. There are a number of functional office furniture options that look expensive but are actually quite affordable, especially if you are willing to put the furniture together yourself. A printer and a phone with voicemail can round out a basic home office setup. A more advanced home office


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esi, a beautiful three-year-old Terrier/Poodle mix, had eight BBs removed from his thigh and tail area. He was bleeding, starving and terrified, and expecting the worst when animal control officers captured him and brought him into a Southern California shelter. He cowered in the corner of his pen for days on end, not even venturing out for food or water. His name was put on the euthanasia list almost immediately. The Santa Cruz SPCA heard about his situation and sent for him immediately. When Desi arrived at our shelter, he was shaking so badly his crate rattled. Upon picking him up to carry him in, his whole body flinched and he even closed his eyes, not wanting to know what was coming next. It was so heart wrenching to see such a precious animal expect a painful and terrifying experience at every turn. It took less than a week for him to start showing us the real Desi. He carefully watched the other dogs play together happily and joyfully greet visitors, staff and volunteers. Soon, he began to emulate that behavior and with each positive experience, his confidence grew. Now just three weeks later, watching his tail wag or seeing him make an effort to greet someone new and lick his or her hand feels like a victory. He’s even learning to thoroughly enjoy body rubs and head scratches. The things that used to cause him to shy away or flinch don’t seem to faze him anymore. He even has a daily morning ritual of coming in the house and rolling around on every single dog bed he can find with a true smile on his face. If you would like to help animals like Desi and his orphaned friends, please consider donating to the Santa Cruz SPCA. The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501c3 charitable organization and receives no government funding, relying solely on public donations to run its many programs that benefit the animals and people of our community. For more information call the Santa Cruz SPCA at 465-5000, or visit The SPCA is located at 2685 Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz, CA 95065 and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 p.m. The SPCA Mall Adoption Center and Gift Shop is located at the Capitola Mall near Target and is open on Friday from 11am-5pm and Sat-Sun 11am-4pm. n

ew Years Day of 2013 was a festive event for the Mid County Senior Center as the newly elected Board of officers started off their term of office with an Open house, Luncheon and Afternoon Dance Party. This was based on a tradition started by Alice Crawford many years ago and expanded to offer entertainment to the one hundred and thirty mane and women of all ages who attended. Following a lavish buffet potluck luncheon, The Island Breeze Band provided the dance music, Bruce Ink led the crowd in Line Dancing, and Brad and Sandy Wilson demonstrated West Coast, East Coast Swing Dancing. In the Annex, the Senior Center Archives were on display and Lindy Patania gave demonstrations in Tai Chi. Incoming President Jim Bowman stated that this is only the first of several big events for the general public that are being planned for the coming year, including a Mardi Gras Evening and a Roaring Twenties Night. He will be appointing an Entertainment Committee to work on these ideas and to make good use of the excellent facilities of the Mid County Senior Center including “The best dance floor in the area.” He will be assisted by an experienced Board of Directors consisting of First Vice President Linda Minton, Second Vice President Jeremy Griffey, Treasurer Mary Reed, Recording Secretary Teri Mantz, Corresponding Secretary Donna Fernandez, Past President Dixie Guzzo and four Directorsat-Large: Tony Alonzo, Alice Crawford, Joanna Phillips and Bob Peterson.

Front row (from left): Joanna Phillips, Dixie Guzzo, Mary Reed. Back Row (from left): Alice Crawford, Jim Bowman, Linda Minton, Jeremy Griffey, Donna Fernandez, Bob Peterson, Teri Mantz, Tony Alonzo. There are also thirty Activities Directors who manage the busy Activities Schedule every week from Monday through Friday. These classes, exercise sessions, card games and workshops are open to the public for small donations. The Weekly Tuesday Afternoon Bingo Games, the “Tuesday Night Live” Dinners and the monthly “World Famous Ranch Breakfasts” are well known and open to the public. If you haven’t checked them out, you really should. Watch for the big events coming up this year and meanwhile, why not check out the many activities offered. Mission Statement: Mid County Senior Center is a member-owned nonprofit center where individuals 50 years old and older may pursue their interests in recreational, social, educational and health activities. n ••• Mid County Senior Center, 829 Bay Ave in Capitola. (Behind the Wood Worm Party Store.) 476-4711

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