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S.C. COUNTY SYMPHONY The Gift of Music HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING Host a Simple Party THE NUTCRACKER A Santa Cruz Tradition MAKE THE PLEDGE To Shop Local HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS For the Entire Family HOLIDAY DINING Local Restaurant Specials CHARITY LISTINGS Give This Holiday Season HOLIDAY CALENDAR Don’t Miss These Holiday Events Cover Artist: Ken Kearney

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his holiday season, the Santa Cruz County Symphony is offering a special sort of gift for your friends and family – musical gift packages for the remaining three concerts of the Symphony’s watershed 55th Season. Exceptional live classical music makes a perfect gift for the aspiring musician and music-lover alike. Your loved ones will attend three live performances of exceptional classical music, and you will receive the satisfaction of knowing your gift will enrich their lives with creativity and culture and will continue to do so long after the holiday decorations come down. This year, consider giving a meaningful gift that will both inspire and uplift the spirits of your loved ones… the gift of music! This season is particularly exciting and unique for the Symphony – Maestro John Larry Granger has stepped down from his conductor’s podium with a 21-year legacy of leading the orchestra through profound artistic growth. After turning away over two hundred skilled applicants, the Symphony has selected a few highly talented conductors to lead each of its concerts, all fiercely competing to become the Symphony’s next Maestro- or Maestra. To help make this difficult decision, the Symphony is calling on its audiences to rate the performances of each of the conductors, engaging audiences to get involved in this important selection. Each conductor brings a unique conducting style and each will lead remarkably different performances. There’s never


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been a better time to sample this musical gem in our community.

JANUARY CONCERTS “Around the World” Saturday, January 26, 8 p.m. Santa Cruz Civic Sunday, January 27, 2 p.m. Mello Center, Watsonville In this concert, Dr. Diane Wittry, Music Director of the Allentown Symphony, takes us on a musical tour that spans the globe- from Austria to Appalachia to the Caribbean- and three centuriesfrom Mozart’s joyous Marriage of Figaro Overture written in 1786  to Miguel Del Aguila’s “Conga” written in 1994.  The concert also features the South Korean dynamo, Yoonie Han, performing Beethoven’s third piano concerto. Music is so often used as a means of defining our view of life.  Whether it is music to dance to, music to sing, or music that simply moves the heart and soul, this music changes us.  This concert is full of beautiful melodies and driving rhythms.

MARCH CONCERTS “Transcendence” Saturday, March 23, 8 p.m. Santa Cruz Civic Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m. Mello Center, Watsonville Come share the infectious joyful energy of Rossini, Bruch and Brahms!  Rossini’s timeless, playful and frequently hilarious Overture to the Barber of Seville features world famous melodies, while Bruch’s

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passionate, thrillingly virtuosic Violin Concerto features rising star Francesca dePasquale.  The program concludes with Brahms’ transcendent second Symphony, a radiant and breathtaking portrait of the ways in which we shape our own destiny.  Don’t miss the highly accomplished and charismatic young conductor Daniel Stewart, in his Santa Cruz County Symphony debut performances!

MAY CONCERTS “Bohemian Rhapsodies” Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m. Santa Cruz Civic Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m. Mello Center, Watsonville Rebecca Miller of the New London Professional Orchestra invites you to join us on a Bohemian journey! First, we visit the small market town of Galanta, childhood home of Zoltan Kodaly and famous for its gypsy band. You will experience a fresco of Hungarian life in the 1800s through the colorful orchestration of a set of ancient passionate, beguiling, and exhilarating dances. We’ll pass through the French-occupied Vienna of 1809 for Hans Boepple’s performance of Beethoven’s ‘ultimate’ piano concerto – one of the grandest and most difficult in the repertoire, and one that pushes the boundaries of the genre and the instrument to its absolute limits.  Finally, experience the sweet fragrance and unspoiled beauty of the Czech woods and meadows through Dvorak’s depiction of Bohemian life – humor, pride, optimism, and passion are all luminously woven into his 6th Symphony.



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Holiday Entertaining ost a holiday party that’s simple and festive with a combination of pre-made and homemade delights from the celebration experts at Wilton. For starters, a cookie pan does double duty for holidayshaped homemade Crispy Cheese Crackers. Serve these aromatic rosemary treats, made into Christmas trees, snowmen and stockings, alongside a colorful assortment of fresh vegetables and made-from-scratch fire-roasted jalapeño dip. “Guests will think you spent hours baking in the kitchen when you wow them with a seasonal selection of hand-decorated gingerbreads,” says Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. Easy to assemble with all the trimmings included, there’s a ready-to-decorate gingerbread kit to fit any yuletide gathering. Complete with bread, each pre-baked ginger­ kit contains decorating accessories like candies and icings to per­sonalize your own mini


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village, Christmas tree, gingerpop cookies and more. For another fun twist on a traditional gingerbread house, Siler recommends getting the kids involved. They’ll love the marshmallow-y Holiday House Treat made of cinnamon toasted oats cereal. Once the house is built, watch the kids decorate their yummy creation with a variety of gumdrops, licorice, icings and candies. To cater to a more sophisticated palate, Siler suggests Salted Caramel Bacon Cordial Cups. A lavish blend of vanilla pudding, crisp-cooked bacon and whipped cream is flavored with caramel ice cream topping and piped into edible, dark cocoa Candy Melt cordial cups. They’re bite-sized holiday bliss. Don’t forget eggnog. This year, give your favorite prepared eggnog a chocolate kick and serve Eggnog Hot Chocolate garnished with peppermint Candy Curls. For more holiday recipe project and decorating ideas, bread or to purchase ginger­ kits, visit

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The Original Santa Cruz Nutcracker Ten Years at the Civic! eaturing a large cast of dancers including guest artists from the Houston Ballet, plus the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchestra: 55 professional musicians conducted by the incomparable John Larry Granger Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary performing The Nutcracker with Maestro John Larry Granger conducting the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Over the previous nine years, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre has set the holiday mood for over 25,000 audience members of all ages. No matter what your relationship to this wondrous music; no matter how many times you may have attended, danced in or played in the orchestra, all agree that The Nutcracker is a gift. The performers truly enjoy telling the story and bringing the magic alive, not just for children, but also for those who count on


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The Nutcracker to welcome in the season. In 2002, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre took a leap from the smaller venue of Cabrillo College Stage to the Civic Auditorium, which seats twice as many in the audience and accommodates 150 people making the production happen onstage, backstage and in front of the stage. Co-Artistic Directors Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher say that they would never have considered this move without John Larry Granger’s involvement. Robert and Diane were and continue to be completely invested in Granger’s vision of what a ballet orchestra must be. He conducts The Nutcracker from memory so that he can watch the dancers and respond immediately, leading the orchestra without a hitch. This kind of finetuned musical relationship is why Granger hand-picks his Nutcracker orchestra every year. Most importantly, it is the audience

that benefits - not only is this Nutcracker glorious looking, but because the musicians are not playing from an orchestra pit but rather are in full view of the audience, they are more involved and immersed in bringing this story to life. When asked about the impetus to move to the Civic, Kelley said that it had long been a goal for Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre to produce a Nutcracker with live orchestra. They reached a point with their production that made them want a “grand venue”, and the move to the Civic along with their partnership with Larry Granger seemed a natural progression. In addition, Robert wanted this performance to be in downtown Santa Cruz...another wish granted! This is not to say that taking the step to increase the scope of everything wasn’t

scary, but the 10th anniversary makes it clear that this was the right move. Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre is able to reach more people, and enjoys all of the advantages of the Civic Auditorium, from their fantastic support crew to the use of the large kitchen backstage. (Especially on the two-show days... the volunteer kitchen staff feeds all of the dancers, crew, and volunteers as well as the orchestra musicians!) Another challenge that leads to an artistic reward is the transformation of the Civic from a basketball arena to a theatre, one that allows the orchestra to be in full view of its audience. Many large productions with sizeable orchestras or bands have access to and use a “pit” which is in front of, but lower than the stage... therefore out of sight. Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre also transforms the Civic’s stage into a larger one by installing a thrust that brings the dancers forward, to the audience, as well as giving them more room to dance. At the end of The Nutcracker, the entire dancing cast is on stage to wave good-bye to Clara and her Prince; there is room for everyone, which creates a perfect picture of all the dances that the audience has enjoyed throughout their journey with Clara. Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre celebrates not only the holidays but also its community. In the large cast you will find community leaders at the Act I party, dancers from Cabrillo College’s Dance Department part of the Spanish variation, young dancers from all over the area with roles that are age-appropriate to the story, and alumni, who studied with Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher, returning to perform guest artist roles. Gabriel Williams, who will be back again this year as the Snow King and in Act II’s Arabian variation, spent several years with the Trey McIntyre Project, among other companies. Melody Mennite, now prima ballerina with Houston Ballet, has become a favorite Sugar Plum Fairy and will be joined by her Cavalier, Joseph Walsh, principal dancer with Houston Ballet. Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre hopes that you will join the orchestra and the dancers to enjoy the gift that is The Nutcracker.

BOX: Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre presents The Original Santa Cruz Nutcracker The holiday magic of Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker will be performed for the tenth time at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium with a 55–piece symphony orchestra conducted by John Larry Granger. Performances: Friday, December 14 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 15 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 16 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online through or You may also purchase in person at the Civic Auditorium Box Office, 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz, or by calling 831-420-5260. An additional Nutcracker Sweet Treats backstage event, a delight for children of all ages, can be purchased separately.

Join us as Nutcracker magic comes alive prior to curtain!

Meet our guest artists, Houston Ballet principal dancers Joseph Walsh and Melody Mennite.  You will have the opportunity to have your photo taken with them and other costumed characters that will be on hand to greet you. You will also receive a cookie, compliments of Pacific Cookie Company and an ornament for your tree to commemorate this holiday tradition. Available on Saturday and Sunday only, prior to the 1:00 PM performances. Please arrive at 11:30 AM Holiday Gift Guide


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The Move Your Money campaign asserts that simply moving our money to local banks will empower our communities with real economic muscle. And American Express, along with many U.S. cities, has declared the Saturday after Thanksgiving to be Shop Small Business Saturday, offering incentives to shoppers and free advertising for small businesses. What these groups have realized is that supporting locally-owned businesses creates vibrant local economies, and that healthy local economies in turn will help revitalize the national economy. Meanwhile, Think Local First Santa Cruz County continues its efforts to promote a strong local economy. This holiday season Think Local First is sponsoring the third annual Shop Local Week campaign, which encourages us to consider our shopping habits particularly now as the holiday shopping season is upon us. During the week of November


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29 - December 6 county residents are being asked to shop at locally owned businesses in a show of support of our local economy. Anyone can become eligible to win one of the many gift certificates donated by local businesses. Simply e-mail shoplocal@ and state your pledge to shop locally during this week. Then save at least one receipt from one of the Think Local First member businesses – a list of over 600 county businesses are on the website ( Winners’ names will be drawn at the Egg Nog mixer on December 6 at KSCO radio station. Last year three lucky participants each won over $500 worth of gift certificates for goods and services. We are empowered to create real economic change simply by considering where we spend our money throughout the holidays and beyond.

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Strengthening our locally owned business community promotes authentic and meaningful relationships between employees, business owners, customers,

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Locally owned businesses spend their profits locally, purchase more goods from local suppliers, and employ their own office and support staff.


When more money gets re-circulated in the community, general prosperity as well as tax revenues increase, creating a more vibrant and sustainable economy.


A unique local identity and cultural diversity are created when businesses are themselves unique and locally based, creating an attractive place to live and visit.


Locally owned businesses tend to stick around when times get harder. A local owner doesn’t easily pack up and leave town for “better” pastures. This creates more stability in the local economy.


Because they focus primarily on local markets, locally owned businesses tend to be smaller and place a high premium on being easily accessible by local residents. This promotes sustainable neighborhood economies while at the same time reduces our carbon footprints.

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Local business owners take better care of the environment and participate in the community. Local businesses on average, give a greater portion of their profits to local not-for-profit organizations. The number of local businesses now offering online shopping is also growing, offering e-commerce directly on their websites and making it easier than ever to shop local from the convenience of home. For ultimate simplicity, Cruzio Internet maintains an ever-growing directory of local businesses with online shopping at Shopping online saves consumers time and money, while continuing to support local businesses.

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Local businesses employ Santa Cruz residents who work, live and play here. This means that, per capita, more dollars stay in the County rather than being shipped back to corporate headquarters in another state. When money remains local, it means that more tax dollars circulate in Santa Cruz, sustaining roads, social services, and schools. According to studies of comparable communities on, for every $100 spent in a locally owned business, $45 stays in the community. In contrast, a corporate, non-local business spends a scant $13 locally in Santa Cruz while sending $87 to their headquarters. Just making a simple switch in where you stop to get your morning muffin and cup of coffee can help support local schools and libraries.

It’s important to be aware of and to focus on purchasing goods and services locally. Visit to find a listing of over 600 local businesses that have joined the “Think Local” revolution. Whether it’s a grocery store, café or a bank, nearly every daily purchase can be made from a Santa Cruz County-ownedand-operated business helping residents’ wallets and growing the local economy. Now that’s a resolution for improving the financial system everyone can get behind. Think Local First is network of locally owned businesses and organizations joining together to promote economic vitality and to preserve the unique character of Santa Cruz County. For more information about the benefits of shopping locally, visit

Think Local, Shop Local, We’re Local Too! To truly make a difference in our community, it’s important to Shop Local and support local businesses. Why should we all Shop Local? The reason is that most donations of money, material and services to our community’s schools, the arts and to local non-profits come from local businesses and business owners. As a local business ourselves, TPG, Inc. helps local businesses by informing you about their goods and services, as well as what they are doing in and for our community. So, remember to read the Aptos Times, Capitola Soquel Times, Scotts Valley Times, Coastal Home & Garden, Coastal Wedding and the Holiday Gift Guide when looking to Shop Local… because, We’re Local Too! Times Publishing Group, Inc. and its publications,


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Exotic olive oil and bread from Gayle’s deserve a beautiful serving dish.  This bread and oil plate is patterned with a unique crystal glaze which contains tiny crystal seeds that grow organically during the  firing process.  No two are alike. The optional small bowl turns this dish into a traditional Chip ‘n’ Dip.  The shades of crystal glaze are cobalt blue to gold to creams and greens on vases, bowls and dinnerware.  Priced  from $19 to $80 there is a gift for every hard to buy for person.  We offer free gift wrap, custom orders, UPS or USPS shipping.  So find a gift made in America that you won’t see at the mall at the Craft Gallery and Craft Gallery Annex in Capitola Village.

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◀ Remote Controlled Toys Duratrax Evader EXT2 Ready-to-Run Radio Controlled Truck: This is a “Hobby Quality” RC Truck that’s ready to go. All you need is a battery and charger. Unlike most RC trucks in the toy industry, it is repairable. We have parts on the wall to keep you on the road. Speeds up to 25 MPH. Sale price $139.99 Reg. $199.99 Heli-Max 1SQ Ready-to-Fly Quadcopter: Entry level, no experience needed mini Quadcopter that hover effortlessly. Fly indoors and out. Everything included: Transmitter, USB-compatible charger, Lipo flight battery, extra set of (4) rotor blades and “AA” batteries. Sale price $109.99 Reg. $139.99

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▶ Antiques & Collectibles Dusty Treasures, Antiques & Collectibles offers a vast collection of Antique, Vintage and Collectible merchandise.  Treasures and Antiques include Fenton Glass, Jeannette Glass, Crystal, Pottery, Manufacturing Products and Packaging, and much more.  Collectibles include Disney, I Love Lucy, Automobile Memorabilia, an impressive collection of Coca Cola products memorabilia and many other items in demand in the collectibles market.

DUSTY TREASURES • 723F E Lake Ave., Watsonville (408) 422-3896 •

◀ Exciting Treasures Come on down to Fat Willy’s Antiques and Collectibles and explore our 5,000 square foot Warehouse. Full of furniture and unusual Antiques. We carry a 15 foot dining room table, phone booth, roulette table and lots of pictures. You must come and experience the warehouse for yourself!

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▶ Knox Garden Box Come visit the Knox Woodworks Showroom for unique, one of a kind gifts made from local woods. We have handmade jewelry boxes, a wide variety of bird houses, beautiful wood chairs lamps, tables and more. And, don’t forget the Knox Garden Box for that gardener in your home!

Knox Garden Box • 46 El Pueblo Rd. • Scotts Valley, CA 95066 (831) 461-0634 •

◀ Wall of Boots General Feed & Seed is your Santa Cruz, California location for both English saddles and Western saddles. Our selection of saddlery is the most complete in the area.  Not just saddles, but boots, hats, helmets, riding gear and bits and bridles.  Of course, we also have a great selection of horse blankets as well.

General Feed & Seed Co. 1900 B Commercial Way • Santa Cruz, Ca 95065 831-476-5344

▶ Unique Floral Arrangements Come do some of your Holiday Shopping at Susi’s Flowers. Much more than gorgeous flowers. Jewelry, soaps, ornaments, candles, odds and ends for the home & garden. Susi’s Flowers • Susi Jackson • 25 Rancho Del Mar • Santa Cruz, CA 831-662-8820 • • Holiday Hours: Monday 10-4, Tuesday-Friday 9:30-5:30, Saturday 10-4

◀ Glass Lockets So Santa Cruz! Wm Clayton Greene Jewelers offers these whimsical glass lockets in Sterling Silver and 14K Gold. Each pendant contains genuine pearls, birthstones, starfish or sand dollars which are also available in 14K gold. Our sterling lockets (with your choice of sea life) start at only $79 and include an 18” sterling chain. Order by December 20th for Christmas delivery!

Wm Clayton Greene Jewelers 245-Y Mt. Hermon Rd. • Scotts Valley, CA 95066 (831) 438-1844 Holiday Gift Guide

Hanukkah or Chanukah


his is the eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah also known as the Festival of Lights. For 2012, this is from December 8th to the16th. The festival commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

Judah Maccabee and the other Jews who took part in the rededication witnessed what they believed to be a miracle. Even though there was only enough untainted olive oil to keep the menorah’s candles burning for a single day, the flames continued flickering for eight nights, leaving them time to find a fresh supply. This wondrous event inspired the Jewish sages to proclaim a yearly eight-day festival. The holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves is forbidden. Preparing an elaborate meal forms one of the most popular traditions associated with the Hanukkah festival. In the modern era, an exchange of gifts between family members is also often observed.

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ou want to bring out the best for your next holiday gathering, ensuring a memorable meal for family and friends. With a few simple tips and easier-than-you-think recipes, you can do just that. Each of these suggestions incorporates Smucker’s® Orchard’s Finest® Preserves, a gourmet line of preserves made with the best fruit from the best places. The preserves contain only four ingredients, and add rich flavor to both sweet and savory holiday dishes. For more recipes to round out your holiday menu, visit www. Dress It Up Here are four delicious ways to dress up your holiday salads. Just start with this basic vinaigrette recipe, and mix in your favorite Smucker’s® Orchard’s Finest® Preserves flavor and one other simple ingredient. Basic Vinaigrette: Mix 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon water, 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Whisk in 1/4 cup

Crisco® Pure Canola Oil. Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette: Add 1/2 cup Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest Pacific Mountain Strawberry Preserves and 2 teaspoons finely minced basil. Raspberry Cranberry and Rosemary Vinaigrette: Add 1/2 cup Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest Lakeside Raspberry Cranberry Preserves and 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh rosemary. Citrus Ginger Vinaigrette: Add 1/2 cup Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest Pacific Grove Orange Marmalade Medley and 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root.

Red Tart Cherry Glazed Ham Makes: 16 servings Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes

(1) 4 to 5-pound fully cooked boneless ham, sliced 1/4 inch thick (1) 12-ounce jar Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest Michigan Red Tart Cherry Preserves (1) tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon  ground nutmeg Dash ground cloves, if desired (2) tablespoons raisins, if desired 1. HEAT oven to 325°F. Overlap slices of ham in shallow baking pan; cover with aluminum foil. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 140°F. 2. COMBINE preserves, vinegar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. 3. ARRANGE ham slices on serving platter. Spoon 1/4 cup glaze over center of ham. Serve with remaining warm glaze.

Dining in Santa Cruz County By Noel Smith ariety is the spice of life when you dine in our county during the holidays. You can dine at the beach on the edge of Monterey Bay, on a wharf over the bay, in one of our picturesque coastal communities, or under the redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Living next to one of the most beautiful and seafood-rich bays in the world, we have an amazing variety of seafood to choose from in the menus of many of our local restaurants. Considering the history of California and its strong ties to Mexico, we have many fine authentic Mexican restaurants to choose from. We also have a close affinity to our sister communities across the Pacific giving us a choice of excellent Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indian cuisine. Our local commercial fishing industry established by families emigrating from Italy have left us with a legacy of first rate Italian and seafood restaurants. The finest local eating-places have combined these selections with the best from American and French dishes to provide eating experiences found few places on the West Coast. In addition to the fantastic variety of cuisine to be found, the wineries of Santa Cruz have established themselves as the source of some of the finest reds and desert wines to be found anywhere. So, spoil yourself and your guests with some of our best appellations


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to make for the perfect dining experience. Combine this variety of choices with the excitement of holiday dining with friends and family in an unforgettable setting, and there are many opportunities for memorable moments. Some suggestions for your dining list:

Sanderlings Restaurant at Seascape Resort Aptos (831) 662-7120 CafÊ Cruz Restaurant Bar and Rosticceria Soquel (831) 476-3801 Rio Del Mar. Mexican Cuisine Restaurant Aptos (831) 662-8795 Sid’s Smokehouse Slow Smoked BBQ & Wood Fired Pizza Aptos (831) 662-2227 Inquire at these establishments for their weekly and Holiday Specials and be sure

to let them know that you found their name in the Santa Cruz County Holiday Gift Guide from Times Publishing, Inc. There are many more exceptional restaurants to be found throughout our county in places and communities such as Capitola Village, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz Wharf, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Soquel and Aptos. Have a happy holiday dining celebrating in Santa Cruz County!


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2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Aptos Adopt-A-Family


9601 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA 95003 831-688-7549 (TPG, Inc. Office) Patrice Edwards & Cathe Race - Chair Persons

The Adopt-A-Family program of Aptos sponsors families every year to make their holiday season an enjoyable one. You can help by sending in a donation or offering to sponsor a family yourself! This is your way to give back to the community. Charity begins at home.

prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Get your disaster preparedness kits and register for CPR and First Aid classes at

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County 1500 41st Avenue, Suite 250 Capitola, CA 95010 831.464-8691, Marie Cubillas - Executive Director

Alzheimer’s Association Santa Cruz Chapter 1777-A Capitola Road Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831-464-9982, Dale Thielges: Site Director

Above the Line - Homes for Kids 9081 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA 95003 831-662-9081, Suzanne Stone - Executive Director

Above the Line is a non-profit collective dedicated to providing housing, education, placement and other vital services to at-risk children and youth in Santa Cruz. Through our Foster Family Agency, Homes for Kids, we offer regular orientations to those interested in learning what is involved in becoming a foster parent. Training classes teach those qualified parents the knowledge and skills needed to be successful foster parents. Our team of social workers also provide 24/7 support to our foster families and children. After school programs for at-risk youth are also available.


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The Santa Cruz Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association offers countywide services for families coping with Alzheimer’s disease. These include: a Helpline, 1-800272-3900; six support groups; an informational library; a newsletter; a wanderer’s identification program; and a speakers bureau. The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest private research funder in the nation and is committed to conquering this catastrophic disease. For more information call the Alzheimer’s Association of Santa Cruz at 464-9982.

American Red Cross Santa Cruz County Chapter 2960 Soquel Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95062 831.462-2881, Rita Chick - CEO

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its congressional charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross Movement, provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County’s mission statement is: “To assist children and youth to achieve their highest potential by providing quality mentoring relationships.” The agency has been changing the way children grow up in Santa Cruz County for over 27 years and has served over 3,500 youth by creating mentoring relationships between children and carefully screened adult volunteers who provide guidance, friendship and appropriate role modeling. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring services have proven to have a positive impact on the lives of children and youth.

Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz

543 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831.423-3138, Tom O’Rourke - Executive Director

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, social and character development of girls and boys ages 7 to 18. It is the only youth service organization in the greater Santa Cruz area that provides daily dropin-programs five days a week. The Club offers programs that build self-esteem and develop values and skills during the critical periods of growth. Members come to the Club looking for fun and a sense of belonging. The Club has a core of career professionals who provide leadership through

informal guidance using individual assistance, small group, and drop-in activities. Membership is kept low at $20.00 per year to encourage all kids to take advantage of what the Club has to offer.

Central Coast Center for Independent Living

318 Cayuga St. Ste: 208 Salinas, CA 93901 831.757-2968, Elsa Quezada - Executive Director

CCCIL’s Mission Statement: “Many people with disabilities are excluded from full participation in society. CCCIL is an advocacy and information center organized by and for people with disabilities, serving Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties. CCCIL’s purpose is to make our communities more accessible, and to empower people with disabilities with information and skills to live fulfilling lives in our communities.” CCCIL’s services, provided in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language, are: information and referral, individual advocacy, housing assistance, personal assistance services, peer support, independent living skills training and systems advocacy.

Community Bridges

236 Santa Cruz Ave. Aptos, CA 95003 831-688-8840, Sam Storey - CEO

Community Bridges is one of the largest local social services providers, touching the lives of twenty thousand plus residents in the county. Our programs include Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County, Lift Line, WIC, Live Oak Family Resource Center, La Manzana Community Resources, Watsonville Law Center, Child and Adult Care Food Program and our Child Development Division’s three child care centers.

Family Service Agency of the Central Coast 104 Walnut Avenue, Suite 208 Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831.423-9444, David Bianchi - Executive Director

Family Service Agency of the Central Coast is a private, non-profit agency serving the community since 1957. They offer a variety of clinical, crisis, educational, outreach and supportive services designed to maintain and strengthen family and community life. Their programs include: Counseling Services, Senior Outreach, Suicide Prevention, I-You Venture and Renaissance.

Hospice of Santa Cruz County

Children’s Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition 65 Nielson Street, Ste. 108 Watsonville, CA 95076 831.763-3070, Devon Dabbs Founder

Children’s Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition is a local non-profit organization providing seriously ill children in our area with community-based medical care coordination, emotional support, financial assistance & safe reliable transportation to & from medical treatment at UCSF and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto. All services are provided free of charge to families in need. Our goal is to see that someday, no family of a child with a life threatening condition will be left to navigate their way through the nightmare of treatment, remission and/or death alone.

940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 831.430-3000 Michael Milward - Chief Executive Director

Hospice of Santa Cruz County provides expert medical care, emotional and spiritual support to patients and families in our community so that the final months of life can be spent at home - in comfort and with dignity. Compassionate grief support is available to hospice family members and anyone in our community coping with the loss of a loved one. The H.U.G. (Healthy Understanding of Grief) program helps hundreds of children each year sort through their feelings of grief and loss in a healthy manner. Transitions ease the burden of uncertainty for seriously ill individuals not yet ready for hospice care. Clients & families are helped in creating a network of support and are offered assurance and education regarding end-of-life planning.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz & San Benito

800 Ohlone Parkway Watsonville, CA 95076 831.722-7110 831.662-0991, Willy Elliott-McCrea - CEO

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County provides food and basic necessities to people in need throughout our community. In operation since 1972, The Second Harvest Food Bank serves 60,000 working poor families, seniors and children each month. Second Harvest acquires food from many sources: food industry donations; community food drives; food purchases; and government commodities program. Second Harvest provides food to 180 programs and agencies operating pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, group homes, childcare, rehabilitation programs and more. The Community Food Hotline makes emergency food assistance referrals. Call 662-0991 from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday - Friday, if you or someone you know needs food. For more information or to make a secure online donation, go to Every $1 donated provides 5 meals.

Valley Churches United Missions

9430 Love Creek Road, Ben Lomond, CA 831.336-8258,, Annette Marcum - Unpaid Director

Valley Churches United Missions is hosting the 28th Annual Valley Christmas Project. The Christmas Project provides food, toys, gifts, basic necessity items and gift certificates to families, seniors, disabled and homeless. We serve areas from San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, Bonny Doon, Summit and Holiday Mission Outreach countywide. Cash, food, food vouchers, gift certificates, new toys, cookies, senior gifts, Christmas trees, gift-wrap, poinsettia plants, new blankets, socks, jackets and teenage gifts are accepted. Please send cash donations to Valley Churches United Missions, P.O. Box 367, Ben Lomond, CA 95005. Holiday Gift Guide



Ongoing Events:

beautifully adorned trees decorated by area businesses and organizations as they raise funds for their respective organizations. For tickets contact Roaring Camp at 831-335-4484

November 30, December 1&2

Nutcracker will feature eighty dancers, a fifty-five piece Orchestra conducted by John Larry Granger with Guest Stars from Pacific Northwest and Houston Ballets.

Dated Events:

Heritage Holiday Craft & Gift Fair

November 9 - December 24

Santa Claus is at the Capitola Mall!

Santa’s arrival: November 9th 5:30pm8:00pm, Santa’s Mall Hours: 10:00am8:00pm. Frosty and Rudolph will join Santa Claus, all day and everyday until Christmas Eve. For a list of photo hours please visit

November 22 – December 25

Capitola Village FREE 2-Hr Holiday Parking

The parking meters will be bagged, offering FREE 3-Hour parking November 22 – December 25. Come on down and do some shopping, have a bite to eat and enjoy the old-fashioned holiday charm of Capitola Village.

11:00am-8:00pm on Friday, November 30, 10:00am-3:00pm Saturday, December 1, and 11:00am-4:00pm on Sunday, December 2 at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave Watsonville. Crafts, gifts, antiques and collectables, food court, toy trains, visit Santa and free carousel rides. Great family fun! Call for more info 831-612-9118.

December 8-9

20th Annual Holiday Gift Fair

10:00am-5:00pm at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Nature Store, Felton. Select holiday gifts from a large variety of nature-oriented items. Includes crafts fair and kids activities. Call 831-335-0782 or visit

December 6-9, 13-16

Christmas Crafts Boutique & Concert

Thurs- Sat. 1:30pm Sunday 11:00 at the Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center Event includes boutique, buffet, and fabulous concert. Boutique features all handcrafted items by more than 30 local crafters. Fee for buffet/concert, tickets required. Call for times, 831-335-4466

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

November 23-25, December 1&2

Holiday Tree Walk

Passengers riding the steam train will delight in the tree-lined walk of festive holiday trees displayed atop Bear Mountain. Guests may sip hot cider and view Holiday Gift Guide

Surfin’ Santa Comes to Capitola

12:00pm-2:00pm, Capitola Beach Ho…Ho…Ho… Santa Claus is coming to town. Surfin’ Santa that is! Santa & his Reindeer will surf into Capitola Main Beach. Be sure to bring your camera to capture Santa’s wave-riding arrival. Once Santa has toweled off, he’ll settle in his beach chair to hear holiday wishes and have a nice visit with all the children. Call the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce for more information at 831475-6522.

December 1

Scotts Valley Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Lights Festival

November 24; December 1,2,8,9,15,16,21,22 & 23 Starting from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk ride the holiday train through the streets of Santa Cruz and back as you sip hot-spiced cider, sing carols and meet Santa Claus. Ticket includes one activity at Neptune’s Kingdom. For tickets call 831-335-4484 or

November 24

The Nutcracker

December 14, 15, 16

Presented by the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Friday, December 14 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 15 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 16 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Seating is reserved. Civic Auditorium 307 Church St., Santa Cruz, CA. The

5:00pm, Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Rd. Scotts Valley Join us for the Scotts Valley Tree Lighting Ceremony! Music and fun starts at 5:00pm, as we light the Christmas tree, welcome Santa, and enjoy food and games. FREE, call 831-438-1010 or visit www.

December 1

Lighted Boat Parade

5:30pm, rain or shine at Santa Cruz Harbor, Santa Cruz. Features 50 decorated boats parading throughout Santa Cruz Harbor. This festive family oriented event is a great kick

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December 1

Downtown Santa Cruz Holiday Parade

10:00am-11:00 am at Pacific Ave., downtown Santa Cruz. Join in the fun as floats, marching bands, horses, classic cars, Santa & downtown’s Grand Marshal go down Pacific Ave. Don’t forget to bring your canned food for the many bins Second Harvest will have along the parade route. Donate and help fulfill a great need in the community while celebrating the holiday season with the many spectacular parade participants. For more information visit

December 14

December 2

Jingle Shells Art & Crafts Festival

12:00pm-5:00 pm at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, whale lighting at dusk (5:45pm) ! The festival features oceanthemed gifts and books while proceeds directly support marine science education. Meet artists and authors, shop for unique holiday gifts, enjoy live music, refreshments, free gift wrapping, children’s activities, and explore Seymour Center exhibits, aquarium, and touch tanks. For more information, visit

December 1

Aptos Village Holiday Tree Lighting

December 1

Watsonville Holiday Factory Sale

9:00am-4:00pm at various shops and factories in Watsonville. Visit local factories for great discounts on brand names like Smith & Vandiver, Annieglass and Orion Telescopes. For more information visit

4:00pm-Dark, Aptos Village Tree Celebrate the Holidays with friends and family at the annual Tree Lighting in historic Aptos Village. Help decorate the tree with your homemade ornaments, sing carols and witness the lighting of the tree at dusk. Please bring a non-perishable food item or a new unwrapped toy for the Toy and Food Drives. *Free event.

December 1&2

20th Annual Art in the Cellars,

11 a.m. -5 p.m. at Bargetto Winery, 3535 North Main St., Soquel Come celebrate at Bargetto Winery and enjoy artists, carolers, food, fun, and wine. Buy your wine and holiday gifts at one stop and support a local business! For more information call (800) 422-7438 or visit Holiday Gift Guide

December 6

Snow Night- Downtown santa cruz

5:00pm-8:00pm, Downtown Santa Cruz. Kids 12 and under are invited to frolic in the snowy Pacific Ave and Cooper Street.

Boulder Creek Holiday Variety Show

6:00pm-8:00pm, Boulder Creek Recreation Hall Boulder Creek invites you to enjoy a fun variety show, music, carols, and a bake sale! Visit or call 831-338-4144.

December 15

Holidays on the Ranch

11:00am-3:00pm, Wilder Ranch State Park Celebrate the holidays like they did in early 20th century Santa Cruz! Holiday event will include crafts for kids, games to play, cookie decorating, and more. For more information, call 831-426-0505.

December 31

A New Year’s Eve Party

7:00pm-1:00am at Cocoanut Grove ballroom, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with party favors, a balloon drop, festive decorations and countdown at midnight. Enjoy a delicious prime rib dinner and listen to live music by The Alison Sharino Band. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Full bar. 21 & over. Tickets are available online by visiting or by calling 800-838-3006. You can also call the Cocoanut Grove at 831-423-2053.

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