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Vol 14 No. 11

Serving Scotts Valley, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek & Felton

The ROP Rocks!

Tomi: Police Dog

Not your grandfather’s vocational school! By Noel Smith was fortunate to be invited to take part in a program known as “Inside Education” in which local citizens are given the opportunity to be provided monthly glimpses into our local educational systems. So far we have been given presentations on school finance (My head is still spinning!) and Preschool Education (Cute!) both of which I will be writing about in the future. The latest glimpse was into The County Office of Education’s Regional Occupational Program, which provides Career Technical Education classes throughout the county.


Soldiers listen to the announcement of Germany’s Surrender (left).

VETERANS DAY 11.11.11: LEST WE FORGET WWII Veterans Talk About the Last Days of the War

the Philippines in October of 1944. That was when General WII veteran Tom Cutting Macarthur landed and declared, “We have returned.” That was — Okinawa real jungle warfare whereas Army sergeant, squad leader Okinawa reminded me more of 9 man platoon, 383rd regiment California with rice paddies. 96th infantry division. I knew what war could realI saw my first action when we landed at Leyte Gulf in ly be like when I landed in sec-

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ond wave on April 1, 1945. However, the landing went very nicely. The 96th infantry Division, in company with the 7th Infantry Division and the 1st and 6th Marine Divisions, met much lighter than expected opposition during the landing. This was part

of the Japanese plan for an extended battle of attrition to delay for as long as possible the expected invasion of the main islands of Japan. We found out that that was the Japanese plan; let us land and then attack.

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Lessons from Steve Jobs Demanding is not the same as Temperamental. He was never satisfied… and let you know it Beautiful is not the same as pretty. He saw things different Choosing the best ideas is not the same as having the best ideas. He recognized synergy Persistence is not the same as Stubbornness He always found another way Presenting Brilliantly is not the same as having something brilliant to present. He was a magician … with real magic Being Successful is not the same as Never Failing He found success through his failures Based on an article by Eric Savitz, Forbes Staff

••• Preserving the Past — Building for the Future! he theme for the 26th annual Harvest Dinner produced by the Agricultural History Project to be held November 12, 2011 is Preserving the Past – Building for the Future! The event will be held in the Crosetti Building at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, which is located on Highway 152, four mile east of Watsonville. The Harvest Dinner will feature a buffet dinner prepared by Monterey Bay Caterers, raffle, live and silent auctions and exhibits showing the time line of inventions from 1850 to 1970. The Harvest Dinner has been an annual event for the Agricultural History Project for 26 years. Proceeds from the event will go toward the capitol campaign for the Tractor Barn, exhibits on the history of agriculture and maintenance of the infrastructure. The Agricultural History Project is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of agriculture on the Central Coast. Reservations for the event can be made by calling 831-724-5898 or tickets may be purchased online at event/202939. Cost for tickets is $50.00. ••• The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County Relocates fter eight years in its current location on Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz, the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County is relocating to 1101 Pacific Avenue, Suite 320, in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. The move is effective November 1, 2011. “We are excited to be relocating to vibrant downtown Santa Cruz, particularly since the Cultural Council now has a satellite office in Watsonville, located on



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the campus of Pajaro Valley High School. Together, these locations will increase our reach and presence throughout the county,” said Michelle Williams, Executive Director of the Cultural Council. The move was prompted by the county’s purchase of the Live Oak Business Complex, where the Cultural Council has maintained its office. The county’s Center for Public Safety will take up residence in the Business Complex. For more information about the move, email or phone (831) 475-9600. ••• Department of Fish and Game (DFG) November Calendar eekends — Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve docent-led walks, every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books available to borrow at no cost. Visitor Center and main overlook are fully accessible. Day use fee is $2.50 per person, ages 16 and older. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a separate tour. Directions and more information at elkhorn.html. November 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 — Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours at Woodbridge Ecological Reserve near Lodi, the first three weekends of each month through February 2012. Tours begin approximately 90 minutes before sundown and run to about 30 minutes after sunset. Pre-tour registration is required online at delta/cranetour. Donations of $10 per adult are suggested. The public is also welcome to visit the Woodbridge South Unit, open daily for self-guided Delta bird-watching tours. For more information please visit the website or call (209) 9487708. (Lodi’s 15th Annual Sandhill Crane Festival will also be held Nov. 4-6. See ••• Looking for a Great Fair Theme WATSONVILLE — “We are already starting work on the 2012 Fair and one of our first tasks is to pick a theme” said Santa Cruz County Fair manager Michael Bethke. He explained “We’re looking for a few good ideas from which to choose a theme and we would like the community to add their creative ideas to the effort. The most recent themes have come from the many fertile minds to be found in our community.” Past themes have focused on youth, agriculture, animals, having fun, meeting friends, and the area’s rich history.


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Table of Contents





Cover Veterans Day 11.11.11: Lest We Forget By Noel Smith The ROP (Regional Occupational Program) Rocks! – Not your grandfather’s vocational school! By Noel Smith

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Community News Lessons from Steve Jobs • Preserving the Past – Building for the Future! • The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County Relocates • Department of Fish and Game (DFG) November Calendar • Looking for a Great Fair Theme VCUM Kicks off Annual Thanksgiving & Christmas Project Food Drive • Community Food Drive for Valley Churches United: Win a 3G iPad! • Valley Christmas Project History of Veterans Day – Veterans Day Ceremonies at Golden Gate National Cemetery • Dinner at Scopazzi’s honoring San Lorenzo Valley Veterans Holiday d’Eleganz By Josie Cowden Fundraiser for Bonny Doon Elementary School Solar PV Panels • Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center Calendar News for Scotts Valley – Town Center Housing Plan Moving Forward • SV Education Parcel Tax Measure Financial Bail-Out May Be on Ballot • Appeals court awards Scotts Valley $2 million; County improperly withheld property tax revenues Chekhov’s Three Sisters: Presented by the Cabrillo College Theatre Arts Department Flu Vaccine Now Available in California Pianist Antonio Iturrioz honors composer Leopold Godowsky – Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series Saturday, Nov 5 & Sunday, Nov 6 Santa Cruz County Symphony Presents – Homegrown Talent in Special Performance of 3 Concertos by the Master Survivors of Suicide Day – November 19 at the La Selva Beach Community Church Humpback Heaven • Cabrillo College opens its Veterans Information Center Fifty-five Students Bring C.S. Lewis’s Beloved Narnia to Life • Cabrillo College Hosts Annual College and Career Night – Monday, November 7, - 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Aptos Campus: Cafeteria - Gym - Library A Tom Lehrer Revival (It’s about time!) Sports Wrap • Page 8 – Valley Scoreboard

Letters to the Editor • Page 13 – Jim Reed chooses not to run

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Business Profiles AA Safe & Security – Over 50 Years of Security Solutions By Gail Penniman Tuosto Insurance in Soquel Village – Specializing in Senior Health Insurance Solutions By Gail Penniman

Scotts Valley Chamber News • Pages 15-18 Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce Honors 2011 Community Awards Recipients – “Black Ties & Red Roses” Dance Gala Nov. 12, 6 pm at the Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley • Calendar of Upcoming Events Christmas Tree Lighting Festival And Santa’s Arrival • Scotts Valley Chamber Adds New Member to Its Board of Directors Last Chance to Book Your Travel to Ireland for St Patrick’s Day 2012 • Thanksgiving Food Drive Has Begun Neighboring Businesses Host a Fantastic October Business Mixer • November Business Networking Mixer – Scotts Valley Artisans • Happy Hour Networking – November 10 – Hosted by Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley from 5:30-7 p.m. Calendar • Arts & Entertainment – Pages 28 & 29

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

Featured Columnists The Book Bag by Robert Francis – Non-fiction ideas for early holiday shopping… Just Cruzin’ by Noel Smith – Rehabilitation is the New Paradigm Work in Progress by Camille Smith – Who will invite you into the room? Out & About by Josie Cowden Fire Safety for the Holidays by Mike Conrad, Division Chief Aptos La Selva Fire District SPCA Featured Pet • Page 31 – Mom of the Year and her Fabulous Five

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“ROP” from pg 1

That’s a lot of words so let me try to explain. When I went to high school there were shop classes and vocational schools. There was wood shop, metal shop, auto shop, and mechanical drawing class mostly attended by the boys at our school; then there were the homemaking classes for the girls. The vocational school in our city had a seamy reputation because many of those who couldn’t fit into a “normal” school ended up at the vocational school. I found out later that that was a very unfair characterization because many future technicians and engineers started out with a vocational education. Until yesterday, I was under the impression that a practical hands-on vocational education in our high schools had gone the way of the dinosaur; that it was all books, theory and computers. Wow! Can I sign up and start over? Shop and vocational classes are still there in high school; they just hid them under new names! Instead of just the four possibilities I had, in our county ROP provides six career pathways, 44 courses with 128 separate classes at 22 sites serving approximately 4,000 mostly 10-12 grade students with 75 teachers and 8 counselors. Talk about commitment! That is a lot of resources devoted to helping young people find their careers. With the cost of a four-year education rising into the stratosphere and the enormous economic burden it puts on families and students, it’s a relief to those in our county schools and our community college that there is another path to a good job and financial security.

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Until yesterday, I was under the impression that a practical hands-on vocational education in our high schools had gone the way of the dinosaur; that it was all books, theory and computers. Wow! Can I sign up and start over?

That’s the great thing about this country, there are always other opportunities and ROP is one. So, if you have a son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, niece, nephew, neighbor or are one of those fortunate enough to still be in high school, here is some information to consider or to pass on. To find out more about Career

Technical Education go to: and The instructors in the ROP are professionals in the areas they are teaching and they pride themselves in bringing real life into the classroom. Here is just a quick sampling of some of the courses being offered: Administration of Justice – Instructor Sheriff’s deputy Nick Baldridge, and his canine partner Tomi Cabinetry & Construction Technology – Instructor Hal Rovick Artistic Welding – Instructor Hildebrand Dental Assistant Program (Must be 18) – Instructor Debbie Reynon Sports Medicine – Instructor Matt Ryan Bicycle Performance & Technology – Instructor S. Hess Veterinary Science – Instructor Grace Clark ROP doesn’t just start and end in high school, the local program’s opportunities can take you from middle school all the way through Cabrillo College. Next time you see a teenager looking for a challenge, find out if they know about the Regional Occupational Program. Taking part in ROP, they may find themselves at the beginning of a financially rewarding and satisfying career. n


“11.11.11” from pg 1

All was relatively quiet until the fourth day when the Japanese artillery began to pound us. Okinawa was a military training area for the Japanese and had many underground fortifications designed to inflict as many casualties on us as possible. Many of the Japanese artillery guns were in caves. They would be rolled out, fire on our soldiers for 5 minutes and before our spotters could find them so we could return fire or bomb them, they would go back into their caves. Okinawa was the first U.S. invasion of the Japanese homeland so our troops were fighting both soldiers and civilians, or soldiers posing as civilians. There were no “friendly natives” to help us. Everyone on the island was the enemy. It was very tedious fighting. They had a knack of hiding. They would conceal themselves in caves or underground so that if we failed to find them, they would pop up and attack us from behind. After two weeks, I was wounded and flown back to Guam. Returning to duty, I was on a ship in Manila Bay getting ready to invade Japan when the atomic bombs were dropped ending the war. ••• WWII veteran Al Gratton - Okinawa Marine PFC, 12 man squad, BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) rifleman, 6th Marine Division I had my 17th birthday on Guadalcanal and was in the 4th Marine Division during the invasion of Guam. After landing on Okinawa we headed north. For the first 3-4 days, resistance was light. It took about 2 1/2 weeks to secure the northern part of the island. Then we headed south where we continued the fight. The Japanese had artillery mounted on rails hidden in caves. They would roll the gun our, fire 2-3 rounds and go back inside their caves. It took almost three months of fighting for us to secure the island. As far as the conditions, there was a week or two where there was so much rain and mud that vehicles couldn’t move. ••• WWII veteran Jay Baker - Okinawa Army PFC, 321st Combat Engineer, 96th infantry division We came ashore on the second day. Our job was to clear and build roads, build bridges and clear mine fields. We had to make it possible for heavy equipment like tanks and artillery to move off the beach and across the island. The hardest part was clearing a minefield because often the only way you knew it was there was that some soldier had stepped on one

Cornerstone of Peace Memorial with names of all military and civilians from all countries who died in the Battle of Okinawa.

and couldn’t be moved until we said it was safe. I was there for the whole campaign and then was sent to the Philippines in preparation for the invasion of Japan. I was on board a ship getting ready to go when we dropped the bomb. That saved a lot of people, both Americans and Japanese. ••• he battle for Okinawa resulted in the highest number of casualties in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Japan lost over 100,000 troops killed or captured. U.S. losses were over 62,000 casualties of whom over 12,000 were killed or missing. This made the battle the bloodiest that U.S. forces experienced in the Pacific. Several thousand servicemen who died indirectly (from wounds and other causes) later are not included in the total. One of the most famous U.S. casualties was the war correspondent Ernie Pyle, who was killed by Japanese machine gun fire on Ie Shima. Just four days from the closing of the campaign, Lieutenant General Buckner was killed by Japanese artillery fire while inspecting his troops at the front line. He was the highest-ranking U.S. officer to be killed by enemy fire during the war. The day after, a second general, — Brigadier General Claudius M. Easley — was killed by machine gun fire. Aircraft losses over the three-month period were 768 U.S. planes, combat losses 458, 310 operational accidents. Japanese aircraft losses were 7,830 with 2,655 due to operational accidents. Navy and Marine


Corps fighters downed 3,047, while shipboard anti-aircraft fire felled 409, and B29s destroyed 558 on the ground. At sea, 368 Allied ships, including 120 amphibious craft, were damaged

while another 28, including 15 amphibious ships and 12 destroyers, were sunk during the Okinawa campaign. The U.S. Navy’s dead exceeded its wounded with 4,907 killed and 4,874 wounded, primarily from kamikaze attacks. Neither the Army nor the Marine death toll exceeded the Navy death toll in the battle for Okinawa. During and shortly after the battle for Okinawa, the following events took place that pushed it into the back pages of history: April 1, 1945 The Allies land on Okinawa; April 5, Russia enters the war against Japan; April 12, President Roosevelt dies; April 18, war correspondent Ernie Pyle killed during the battle for Okinawa; May 8, Germany Surrenders (VE Day); June 21, Allied Victory on Okinawa declared; 11 days later on July 2, first atomic bomb detonated at Yucca Flats, New Mexico; 46 Days later on August 6, an atomic bomb destroys Hiroshima; September 2, 1945 Japan surrenders and WWII is over. n ••• C OVER PICTURES :LEFT: Fighting men of the US Army’s 77th Infantry division listen to radio reports of Germany’s surrender on May 8, 1945. RIGHT: Marines in camouflage battle dress establish a beachhead on Okinawa, largest of the Ryukyu Islands, 375 miles from Japan. Scotts Valley Times / November 2011 / 5


VCUM Kicks off Annual Thanksgiving & Christmas Project Food Drive

Community Outreach Program Run Since 1982


Annette Marcum, Director & Founder

t. Andrew’s Episcopal Church preschool children, dressed in their Halloween costumes launched the 30th Annual Thanksgiving and Christmas project school canned food drive. The preschool has done this since 1985. Instead of receiving a treat at Halloween, each of the children brought a food item for the canned food drive. This is a good way to teach children whose ages range from 2 to 4 years how to help others by giving. Valley Church United is collecting food and cash from now to Christmas to provide Holiday meals to more than 1200 households in the San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley areas. Area schools, churches, businesses and community folks are help-

ing by taking a grocery bag from their local stores and churches in order to collect food and give it to VCUM for distribution. Flyers at the location locations tell what kinds of food to put in the bag. In the San Lorenzo Valley, donations can be dropped off at the VCUM Holiday Boutique, 9400 Highway 9, Ben Lomond from 10 am to 5 pm weekdays and 11 am to 4 pm on weekends. After hour donations are accepted at the Ben Lomond Gas Station on Highway 9 from 7 am to 7 pm. n ••• The Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce located at 360 Kings Village Rd. will accept items weekdays from 10:30 am to 3 pm. Cash donations can be sent to VCUM at

oin us on November 18, 2011 from 4 7PM at 235 Mt. Hermon Road, Scotts Valley (Scotts Village Center across from Century21) for a Community food

drive and fundraiser benefiting Valley Churches United. Come socialize with your fellow neighbors, wine taste and enjoy snacks.


PO Box 367, Ben Lomond, CA 95005. People who live in San Lorenzo Valley or

Scotts Valley who require assistance can call VCUM at 336-8258 x221.

Raffle tickets on sale now to win a 3G iPad and other great prizes! 1 for $5 or 5 for $20! Tickets on sale at these locations: Century 21 Showcase- 237 Mt. Hermon Rd, SV (831) 438-8400, Century21 Showcase- 13210 Central Ave, BC (831)

338-2125, Valley Churches United- 9400 Highway 9, BL (831) 336-8258, RPM Mortgage – 740 Front St, SC (831) 471-1977. Come the day of the event with a bag of food or cash donation and receive a FREE raffle ticket. Call for Details. n

Community Food Drive for Valley Churches United: Win a 3G iPad!

Valley Christmas Project A Program of Valley Churches United Missions Serving San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley Celebrating 30 years of community outreach

Holiday Boutique & Santa’s Workshop Open October 20 through Christmas Shop & Drop Donations at the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce by the Community Center VCUM 9400 Hwy. 9, Ben Lomond Weekdays 10 am – 5 pm Weekends 11 am – 4 pm Another Drop Location: The Gas Station On Hwy 9 7 am-7 pm daily

Other Ways to help: Volunteer • Bake Cookies Decorate Senior Boxes Make Christmas Cards 10 am – 3:30 pm Monday — Friday Call 336-8258 to Volunteer All proceeds benefit the needy Cash donations can be mailed to: PO Box 367, Ben Lomond, CA 95005

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History of Veterans Day: 11.11.11

Veterans Day Ceremonies at Golden Gate National Cemetery


orld War I – known at the time as “The Great War” — officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing

Google Map location of the Golden Gate National Cemetary.

from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at Nov. 11, 10:30 am 11:00 a.m. 1300 Sneath Lane With the approval San Bruno 94066 of this legislation (650) 761-1646 (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation.“ Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. n

Dinner at Scopazzi’s honoring San Lorenzo Valley Veterans; Fundraiser for SLV Museum


lease join the SLVM for dinner at Scopazzi’s Restaurant in Boulder Creek in honoring our local veterans on Veterans Day. Enjoy a wonderful dinner with your choice of prime rib, salmon, or eggplant parmesan. After dinner, we will be spotlighting our San Lorenzo Valley veterans and publically acknowledging their service. All

veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms, hats, medals etc and/or bring military memorabilia for display on a special veterans table. We look forward to connecting with our veterans who have served from WWII through to the present so please bring a “SLV Veterans” > 11 Scotts Valley Times / November 2011 / 7


Holiday d’Eleganz


By Josie Cowden

hirley Jones is coming to Santa Cruz from Ch. 8 KSBW will be master of cereOn Friday, Nov. 18, actress, singer monies for the Friday luncheon – with and television star Shirley Jones will Miss Jones as the featured speaker at 1 p.m. – from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As well as starring be appearing in Santa Cruz. The Academy Award-winning star in movies, Miss Jones is probably most known for portraying the (for Best Supporting Actress widowed mother of five chilin “Elmer Gantry”) will dren in the sitcom “The Nov. 18 and 19 share her memories as part of the Dominican Hospital Cocoanut Grove Partridge Family.” Harriet Mainis is the Foundation Guild’s annual chair for the Friday luncheon Holidays d’Eleganz – to be event and is credited with Presented by held at the Cocoanut Grove. inviting Miss Jones to come This festive event Dominican here to speak. She has includes celebrity speaker Hospital worked tremendously hard Miss Jones, a luncheon, Foundation Guild putting the whole event silent auction and boutique together, including organizshopping. Gorgeously decoing the silent auction and rated Christmas trees will be on display – an annual tradition for the procuring an eclectic assortment of wonDominican Guild – and tickets to win one derful items to bid on – including a table of of these special trees will be sold that day Annieglass fine glassware, wine, jewelry, and the next, with a drawing the following trips and more. The Friday luncheon is followed the evening at the grand gala and ball. Viewing of the trees and boutique shop- next day, Saturday, Nov. 19, with a grand ping, with vendors from the Bay Area, gala and ball, also held at the festively decstarts when the doors open at 10 a.m., and orated Cocoanut Grove. This stellar event begins at 5:30 p.m. with complimentary lunch is served at noon. Michelle Imperato, anchorwoman wine and hors d’oeuvres served while

guests look over the silent auction. Guests will also enjoy a delicious dinner starting at 7:45 p.m. – with a live auction conducted by Bob Slawinski. Then it’s time to dance the night away to the music of Live Action Heroes. Heart to Heart is an added fundraiser this year at the luncheon. Vibrant red feather boas will be sold for $100 (or $75 in advance) to show support for Dominican Hospital’s Cardiac Care Program. There is also a Holiday Luncheon Jewel drawing for a lavish 18 ct. white gold diamond pendant and chain – with tickets available for $20 each or three for $50. The proceeds of this year’s fundraiser will benefit Dominican Hospital Cardiac Care Program and Community Outreach Services. This year, the Dominican Hospital Foundation Guild is celebrating not only its 25th anniversary, but also Dominican Hospital’s 70th year serving our community. The guild has raised more than $2.2 million over the years – to support the hospital with direct care, new equipment, community outreach programs and more. The Saturday grand gala and ball will honor both anniversary celebrations with

an elegant evening. Join the excitement and call the Dominican Hospital Foundation office to be included in celebrating Dominican’s milestone years. n ••• Tickets are $75 to the luncheon on Friday, Nov. 18, and $150 for the grand gala ball on Saturday, Nov.19. Info: Dominican Foundation Office – 831-462-7712. For online reservations and event information:

Scotts Valley/San Lorenzo Valley Scoreboard SportsWrap



Aptos 42 – San Lorenzo Valley 14 LV –First Downs 10, Rushing-yds 32-65, Passing yds 66, Comp-Att-Int 7-18-1, Fumbles-Lost 2-0 Penalties-yds 3-13. SLV Scoring – Cole Morris 12 yd fumble ret. (Ben Knudson kick) 8:11 1st Q,

Jonny Cooper 3 yd run (Knudson kick) 1:00 2nd Q. SLV Season Record 3-6, SCCAL 1-4 Scotts Valley 49 – Santa Cruz 29 SV – First downs 26, Rushing-yds 46444, Passing yds 58, Comp-Att-Int 4-9-0, Fumbles-Lost 2-2, Penalties-yds 4-45.

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SV Scoring – Victor Passanisi 3 yd run (Noah Beito kick) 9:55 1st Q, Collin Corbella 27 yd run (Beito kick) 5:59 1st Q, Passanisi 26 yd run (Beito kick) 10:17 2nd Q, Corbella 2 yd run (Beito kick) 2:18 2nd Q, Corbella 72 yd run (Beito kick) 7:02 3rd Q, Andrew Stumbo pass from Jack Pasquini (Beito kick) 3:56 3rd Q, Joe Gillette 22 yd pass from Pasquini (Beito kick) 6:38 4th Q. SV Season Record 7-2, SCCAL 4-1 ••• Girls Volleyball SLV Season Record –6-15, SCCAL 4-11 SV Season Record – 3-18, SCCAL 1-14 San Lorenzo Valley def. St. Francis (25-21, 16-25, 22-25, 25-11, 15-3) (SCCAL Tournament)

Mt Madonna def. Scotts Valley (25-21, 25-20, 25-19) (SCCAL Tournament) San Lorenzo Valley def. Scotts Valley (19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-19) Santa Cruz def. Scotts Valley (23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 19-25, 15-8) V Scoring– Emily Payne 11 kills, Mikayla Fish 6 kills, Christina VasuCramer 4 blocks. Aptos def. San Lorenzo Valley (25-11, 25-19, 25-13)



Boys Cross Country

San Lorenzo Valley 15 – Santa Cruz 50 ) SLV Nick Hicks 15:29, 2) SLV Landis MacMillan 15:31, 3) SLV Jacob Hicks 15:35, 4) SLV Matt Abernathy 16:10, 5) SLV Stephen Bracken 16:24.


Girls Cross County

San Lorenzo Valley 15 – Santa Cruz 50 ) SLV Anna Maxwell 16:41; 2) SLV Clair MacMillan 17:40, 3) SLV “Sports” > 11


Fundraiser for Bonny Doon Elementary School Solar PV Panels


Solar to Reduce School’s Energy Costs & Serve as Learning Tool for Students

Fundraiser will be held to benefit The Offset Project’s Monterey Bay Fund (MBF) and Bonny Doon Elementary School on Thursday, December 1 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz. The proceeds collected through this effort will go directly to fund the completion of the solar PV system being placed on Bonny Doon Elementary School. The event will consist of an evening of wine and cheese/light appetizers, music and open art galleries from 5 - 7 p.m. followed by a brief presentation on the project and an auction from 7 – 8 p.m. Attendees will include partners who have helped make this project possible as well as local government, community and business members. Bonny Doon parents and MBF staff will also be attending. All money raised at the event will be matched 25 percent by the Monterey County Gives! Program. The Bonny Doon Elementary site will be the very first beneficiary of the MBF program. The goal is to provide long-term utility bill savings and energy security for the school. The project will also provide new

Typical Solar Pannel layout on a school

opportunities in the classroom for the Bonny Doon School students to learn about renewable energy using real-time energy monitoring software that shows

how much electricity the system is generating. School officials are excited to participate in the MBF program and eager to see solar panels on campus buildings.

MBF will provide the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) generated by the new system, providing a long term funding stream that will help make similar projects possible at other local schools and nonprofit organizations in the future. This means that each MBF project will create the foundation for the next, making the program sustainable and selfpropelling. Each of these projects will lead to significant, verifiable long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in the Monterey Bay Region, and will help our communities meet their GHG reduction goals. The Monterey Bay Fund and Solar for Schools is made possible thanks to the following community partners: Monterey Bay Climate Action Compact, Monterey Regional Resource Efficiency Coalition, RC Cubed, Santa Cruz County Green Schools Program, Monterey Green Business Program, GroundWork Renewables, Monterey County Weekly, New Leaf Community Markets and Portola Hotel & Spa. The cost is $50 per person and includes food & wine. Tickets are available at or can be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Ashley Huffman at or 831-649-2334. n

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center Calendar: November thru December


Gallery Exhibition “The Gift of Art” thru December 24 e turn our gallery into a BIG artful gift shop! Heaps of handmade goodies! Over 40 local artists participating in

this show. Find that unique gift for that special someone in your life! Jewelry, textiles, ceramics, wood, glass, baskets, paintings, cards and more! Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 12 6 p.m. FREE Admission - All are welcome! ••• Classes & Workshops Adult Classes • On-Going Classes Life Drawing Tuesdays, 7:00–9:15 pm with facilitators rop in sessions for beginners or pros featuring a different model every week. Third Tuesday is long pose night with 2 models Raku with Dale Bates Fridays 6 – 9 pm ire a little Raku with the master. Weather dependent. Clay Studios at the Art Center With Jody Snyder, Linda Levy and Travis Adams Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 2–5 p.m. e l f - d i re c t e d studio time & Projects. Clay Expressions Wheel & Hand with Travis Adams Wednesdays 12 – 6 pm



uitable for beginning through advanced potters, this class is for experiencing an ancient creative and functional outlet that we all deserve in our lives. Beginning Ukulele With Marty Carlson Mondays 5:00 - 6:30 pm earn to play your ukulele, starting with the C chord. Play songs together with others, the best way to learn. No prior experience necessary. Per class: $2 donation Intermediate Ukulele With Rick Duncan



Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm ngoing class. Come a half-hour early for a basic introduction to the ukulele. Per class: $2 donation Youth Classes: Art Saturdays - Session II Four Saturdays, Nov 12, 19, Dec 3 0 am - 12 p.m. - Gaga for Gifts with Lori Wilson. We will sculpt and paint items to give as gifts for the holidays


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News for Scotts Valley

Town Center Housing Plan Moving Forward he Scotts Valley City Council has directed city staff to prepare a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to be distributed to architects. An RFQ to architects would give the City control over the design of a senior/affordable residential project, which is in close proximity to the new Library and part of the Town Center Plan. The RFQ would come from the City at this time due to the current freeze by the state of California on Redevelopment Agency activities. The Agency purchased two parcels in this area totaling just over one acre in size with Affordable Housing funds located adjacent to the Library and across the street from the Scotts Valley Senior Center. The Town Center Subcommittee believes a multi-family structure of approximately 40 units could be built on this parcel for senior/affordable residential housing. The proximity to the Senior Center, bus services, the Library, the existing Kings Village shopping centers and the future Town Center makes this a prime location for both senior/affordable housing. A number of units could be restricted to seniors with he remaining units available to those who qualify for affordable housing. During the past year the Town Center plan has seen some phases completed or in the late stages of development. In June of this year, the new public library was opened to the public. In addition to the 40unit senior/affordable housing project, the current Town Center plan also includes 100 multi-family, stand-alone homes and 200 multi-family, mixed-use (Commercial/ Residential) units.


SV Education Parcel Tax Measure Financial Bail-Out May Be on Ballot uring the state’s current budget crises, educational funding for the Scotts Valley Unified School district has been cut by $3 million. There is also another potential loss of $1.2 million over the next two years that is predicted will result in massive staffing and maintenance cuts. In order to keep these cuts from crippling local public education or even losing

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Drawing of the Town Center Housing Plan.

control of the SVUSD to the state, a temporary $96 per parcel for the next four years would raise about $2 million to be spent on retaining staff and educational programs. If approved, the tax measure could raise up to $650,000 each year. Part of the measure would include the establishment of a citizen’s oversight committee to ensure the funds are properly spent. It is estimated that about 25 percent of the households in the school district have school-aged children. However, parcel tax supporters say that voting for the measure would be smart because good schools raise real estate values, lower crime rates and create a greater sense of community. For all those interested in finding out more about the District’s financial situation and a possible education parcel tax, visit the SVUSD website: www.svusd.santacruz. and the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation website:


Appeals court awards Scotts Valley $2 million; County improperly withheld property tax revenues he 1st District Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in a clash over property taxes between Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz County. In a unanimous ruling, the three-court panel of judges upheld a 2007 lower-court ruling that the city is owed 7 percent of the property taxes collected rather than the 3.7 percent the county’s been paying back to the 2003-04 fiscal year. This is an estimated $2 million payday for the city. The county Treasurer-Tax collector collects all property taxes in the county then distributes them to fund

special districts, schools districts, fire districts and incorporated cities. Cities such as Scotts Valley typically get about 7 percent of those taxes. However, the county claimed that because Scotts Valley had a Redevelopment Agency that received some funds from collected property taxes, it was owed the smaller percentage. The lower court and the appellate court ruled redevelopment funds should not be counted as part of the city’s allocation. However, the appellate court ruled the city owed the property taxes that the county collects to fund local schools. There is still some possible litigation between the county and the Scotts Valley Redevelopment Agency to be resolved. n



Chekhov’s Three Sisters: Presented by the Cabrillo College Theatre Arts Department

abrillo College’s Theatre Arts Department will present Anton Chekhov’s drama Three Sisters, November 4 through 19, at The Cabrillo Black Box Theater. Directed by Cabrillo drama instructor Sarah Albertson, audiences can expect an all-encompassing environmental set by Skip Epperson, which allows the audience to sit in every corner of the action. Chekhov’s Three Sisters is a story about the decay of the privileged class in Russia and the search for meaning in the “Sports” from pg 8

Jessica Germany 18:22, 4) SLV Jessica Jensen 18:36, 5) SLV Hyllery Hershberger 19:12.

Girls Water Polo

SLV Season Record – 19-4, TCAL 12-3 Santa Cruz 5 – San Lorenzo Valley 3 (TCAL Tournament) LV Scoring – Cami Kellogg 3, Hayley Smith 1. San Lorenzo Valley 16 – Gilroy 8 SLV Scoring – Cami Kellogg 9, Marissa Petras 4, Charlotte Steinberg 1, Hayley Smith 1, Sarah Sergeant 1, Taylor Friend 5 saves, Brooke Fultz 6 saves.


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modern world as seen through the eyes of the Prozorov family. The three sisters, Olga, Masha and Irina, and their brother Andrei, aspire to return to their native Moscow, a place that represents happiness and the perfect life. Yet, Moscow ultimately proves to be a dream and the family is forced to seek out meaning in life for themselves. “Chekhov examines the human struggle to reach for our dreams and live productive lives,” explains Albertson. “And he achieves that with warmth and humor.”


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Boys Water Polo

SLV Season Record – 10-5, TCAL 11-7 San Lorenzo Valley 9 – Gilroy 5 LV Scoring – Devon Northcott 4, Russell Hofendahl 3, Elijah Schoepp 1, Sam VanPykeren 1, Jake Kersten 7 saves. Girls Golf SCCAL Championship / CCS Qualifiers (DeLaveaga GC, par 70) Natalie Ifland, Scotts Valley, 85 Ellie Laustalot, Harbor, 89 Kristina Davis, Santa Cruz, 91 Chelsea Ficklin, Santa Cruz 92 Jemina Cheylam, Scotts Valley 95 Chloe Tsudama, Aptos 96 Alisa Jin, Harbor, 98 Jelena Cheylam, Scotts Valley, 99 n

Events Open House & Holiday Sale “The Gift of Art” Saturday, November 26, 12 - 6 pm ll are welcome to this free event! Abundance of great holiday gifts make it a pleasure to find that unique gift for that special someone. Refreshments and Entertainment. Come and see what’s happening at the Art Center! n ••• Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center 9341 Mill Street Ben Lomond. Tel. 831.336.3513

2:30 - 2:30 p.m. Art with Letters & Numbers with Anouk Johanna We will learn to write our names in Egyptian hieroglyphs, create collages with letters and numbers, paint numbers like sculptures in a landscape, learn basic calligraphy. FREE Teen After School Art Program Thursdays, 2:30 - 5 p.m. at SLV High School art room. •••


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the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, at the Redwood Keg, Boulder Creek Hardware, Liberty Bank in Felton, or online with a credit card at For more information, call Lynda Phillips at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum, (831) 338-8382. Call SLV Museum to arrange for early memorabilia drop-off. Last year this event was sold out, early ticket purchase recommended. Tables of 8 can be reserved by calling Scopazzi’s. n Veterans Day Dinner (11/11/11) at Scopazzi’s, 13300 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA 95006

short summary of your military history and a photograph for inclusion in our Collection. Your military history is an important part of our local history and is important to preserve for future generations. The Santa Cruz County Veterans Honor Roll listing all falling military going back to the Civil War will be on display. The funds raised from this dinner will be used to benefit the Museum and its programs. Tickets are $45 prime rib, $40 salmon or vegetarian, and $35 for veterans and active duty personnel and $45/$50 at

The cast of twenty-two actors includes Cabrillo students and community players, as well as Equity Actor Erik Gandolfi in the role of Vershinin. Gandolfi has performed over the years at various regional theatre companies including Shakespeare Santa Cruz, PCPA, Sierra Repertory Theatre, VITA Shakespeare, Theatre Artists of Marin, Pacific Rep and Jewel Theatre Company of Santa Cruz. Scotts Valley Times / November 2011 / 11


Flu Vaccine Now Available in California

California Department of Public Health Director Urges Californians to Get Immunized

SACRAMENTO — With influenza cases now confirmed in California, the state’s public health officer is urging those who want protection from the flu to get immunized. “Thousands of serious illnesses and deaths can be prevented this flu season if Californians get immunized with a seasonal flu vaccine, our best defense against the flu,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). CDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are again recommending flu vaccine this year for everyone six months of age and older. It is especially important that certain groups be vaccinated, like those who live with or

care for others who are at a greater risk of developing complications. These groups are: • • • •

Pregnant women Children younger than five Adults 50 years and older People of any age with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes • People who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities • People who live with or care for those at high-risk for complications from the flu, including health care and day care workers.

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that can leave its victims incapacitated for several days with fever, muscle aches, sore throat and cough. Each year an average of 24,000 people die from influenza and its complications in the United States. Californians can obtain their flu shot from their health care providers or workplace wellness center:

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• To find a flu clinic near you, visit • For information about low- and nocost flu vaccines, contact your local health department. • For more information about the flu, visit the CDPH Immunization Branch website at

To help stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses, Californians should also: • Stay home when sick. “Three Sisters” from pg 11

“Having an Equity actor this semester offers the student-actors an opportunity to perform with professionals, in addition to the highly skilled actors from the community,” says director Sarah Albertson. n ••• Cabrillo Theatre Arts Department presents Three Sisters November 4 - 19 Friday & Saturday Nights at 8 PM Sunday

• Cover their coughs or sneezes with an elbow or a tissue, and then properly dispose of used tissues. • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding contact with eyes, nose and mouth. • Stay healthy. Everyone benefits from eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, not smoking, and getting adequate rest and exercise. n •••

Matinees 11/6 & 11/13 at 2 PM Special Matinee 11/18 at 10 a.m. Cabrillo College Black Box Theater, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos Tickets: 831-479-6154 or $18 General, $15 Students/Seniors, $12 w/Activity Card or Under 10. Contest: “Like” the Cabrillo Visual and Performing Arts Complex on Facebook and you could win a pair of tickets to see Three Sisters! Go to:



Pianist Antonio Iturrioz honors composer Leopold Godowsky

n 1977, Pianist Antonio Iturrioz was practicing 10 hours a day preparing to compete in a prestigious international piano competition. But through a heartbreaking setback, he discovered a new purpose for his career, championing the legacy of a little known pianist whom he believes is one of the greatest pianists of all time—Leopold Godowsky.

Antonio Iturrioz

On Saturday November 5, Iturrioz will screen “The Buddha of the Piano” his documentary film on Godowsky’s career as a performer, teacher, arranger and composer. Sunday, Nov. 6, 3 p.m., Cabrillo College VAPA 5001 Music Recital Hall — Pianist Antonio Iturrioz performs music of Leopold Godowsky, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, Strauss and Blumfield On Sunday November 6, Iturrioz performs a piano program featuring “a big chunk of Godowsky, including some of the legendarily difficult pieces,” along with Strauss’s Metamorphoses, and other works. T i c k e t s : w w w. Ti c k e t G u y s . c o m 831-656-9507 or Cabrillo Box Office, 479-6 331 M-F 9:30 – 4:30 Bldg 2100 A, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA Iturrioz was preparing for the 1977 Van Cliburn international piano competition, but six months before the competition, an old injury in his right hand flared up,

Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series

Saturday, Nov 5 & Sunday, Nov 6 Saturday: 7:30 p.m. Cabrillo College Erica Schilling Forum (450) — film “The Buddha of the Piano” (2010, directed by Antonio Iturrioz). Sunday 3 p.m., Cabrillo College Music Recital Hall (VAPA 5001) — Pianist Antonio Iturrioz performs music of Leopold Godowsky, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, Strauss and Blumfield requiring surgery. “As I was recuperating from the surgery I began to explore the world of left hand piano music and discovered the vast and beautiful music written for the left hand alone.” After complete recovery of his right hand, Iturrioz still included left hand piano music in his performances. His 2004 documentary film “The Art of the Left Hand” features Leopold Godowsky, the most prolific of left hand composers. “In my opinion he was the greatest pianist of all time,” says Iturrioz, “and the greatest arranger… also a composer.” One of the last of the lineage of the post-Romantic composers with Rachmaninoff and Busoni, Godowsky was a famous teacher and arranger in the

1890s to 1920s to a generation of pianists in the Jazz and Ragtime era such as Fats Waller, and ragtime pianist James P. Johnson. He was a good friend with Art Tatum. But Godowsky’s timing in music history was unfortunate—His music came at the end of an era. Recently a revival of interest in romantic performance traditions has brought about a Godowsky renaissance, and the subsequent reappearance of a number of his major works in print, on record, and in concert. Mr. Iturrioz continues to play recitals and show his films in the U. S. and in Europe. He teaches privately in Sonoma and Napa Counties. More information can be found at n

LettersToT TheEditor


Jim Reed choses not to run few weeks ago, after the Board of Supervisors split Scotts Valley’s representation between two districts despite the clearly expressed wishes of our community, I began exploring a possible campaign for Fifth District Supervisor since my preferred candidate, Scotts Valley Mayor Dene Bustichi, was prevented from running by the supervisors’ inexplicable gerrymander. I did so for several reasons — the county’s seeming unwillingness to innovate, backward attitudes on job creation from some Supervisors and the fact that an open seat in troubled times would spur district residents to new thinking about the future. Finding approximately 20 hours a week to test the waters seemed an easy thing for me to find in theory. In practice, however, this proved impossible to arrange without unacceptably disrupting my family and professional life, even for only a few weeks, which left me wondering where I’d get the bandwidth for a yearlong campaign.

Above all, I enjoy immensely serving on the Scotts Valley City Council. And it soon became clear that turning my and my family’s lives upside down for the next year to get a job I might not enjoy as much as being a Councilmember didn’t make sense. I’m disappointed that voters won’t have the choice of any Scotts Valley City Councilmember for Supervisor, since I believe the Council’s record of fiscal tightfistedness, responsibly growing our economy and pro-active engagement with the community is sorely needed at the county level. I am especially grateful to the people who took the time to sharpen my education on county issues and those in Scotts Valley and the San Lorenzo Valley who responded positively to my explorations. I hope they and all Fifth District residents will be active in the critical conversation to come about the future of our communities and Santa Cruz County. Jim Reed Scotts Valley City Councilmember Scotts Valley Times / November 2011 / 13




Over 50 Years of Security Solutions

By Gail Penniman

n Santa Cruz County, AA Safe & Security represents the most complete source locals can find for locksmith and security requirements, whether for business, residential, commercial, educational, industrial or institutional applications. The company is a full-service lock and security company that works with big clients such as Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Cabrillo College and UCSC as well as apartment complexes and individual homeowners. You can walk in and get a key made or have your locks re-keyed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. AA Safe & Security provides auto locks and accessories, decorative door hardware, key boxes, closed circuit TV systems, residential and commercial safes, high security locking systems, loss and liability control systems, storefront door hardware, keyless entry systems, loss prevention alarms, access control systems, bike locks, keyless entry systems, ADA compliance hardware and much more. They are proud to carry high security locks made by Medeco. ••• Secure at Home very 13 seconds a home is burglarized in this country. In over half of residential burglaries, entry is gained through a door. If anyone, such as a babysitter, cleaning service or auto mechanic, has access to


a key, then a duplicate key can be made without identification. A Medeco key cannot be duplicated by just anyone. With their patented key control system, Medeco dealers are the only ones authorized to duplicate a key and only with proper identification and record keeping. Scott Edelstein, owner of AA Safe & Security, calls this “closing the circle of security.” When you hand out a key to someone who works for you and the key is returned, you will have peace of mind knowing that there are no other keys outside of your control. “What you want is real security not feel-good security,” Edelstein says. He also states that homeowners will buy themselves high-end entertainment equipment and home furnishings and then protect them with a lock off the rack from a discount home store for about the price of a pizza. Well-known brands of locks have been available for so many years that the companies have re-used combinations several times. His company is available to change out the hardware and locks or in many cases can install Medeco lock cylinders into an existing lock. Medeco security locks have unique combinations: no two are alike in the entire world. Installation of Medeco cylinders or locks and using their key control system, will add two new levels of security to any home.

Another form of home security is a fire and burglary rated safe. AA Safe & Security carries American made wall safes, floor safes, gun safes, and small to large capacity safes that are bolted down securely to the floor. The safe can be moved to a new home or sold with a home as a valueadded feature. A safe is a life-time investment to protect cash, jewelry, insurance certificates, deeds, photos, collectibles, tax returns, computer drives and disks, or anything you would not want stolen or destroyed in a fire. Although bank safe deposit boxes are a good form of security, a home safe provides more space and access to your valuables on your schedule around the clock and at a moment’s notice. ••• A Community Asset ince 1956 AA Safe & Security has had community safety as its number one goal. The expert staff is what Edelstein refers to as his company’s greatest asset, a group of individuals with decades of experience, professionalism and courtesy. They are available first as security consultants, analyzing the needs before suggesting and implementing solutions unique to each situation. AA Safe & Security holds a Green Business Certification and is a member of


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Think Local First Santa Cruz. They are involved with the local school districts and assist in ADA code compliance for public and private clients. AA Safe & Security takes the time to interface with Sheriff’s Department on a regular basis. Edelstein is currently working with the Sheriff to implement a local neighborhood watch program, preparing a combined powerpoint presentation to educate the citizens. His goal is to get all members of the community to think proactively about their security and safety needs. AA Safe & Security has established long-term relationships in our area and continues to do so, working with home owners, contractors, business owners, and large public and private institutions to discuss and solve their security needs. Whether the job is small or large, AA Safe & Security addresses it with this goal in mind: meet and exceed the client’s expectations and provide the safety the situation dictates. n ••• Visit their newly re-formatted website at Located at 712 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Telephone: 831-4235415. Store hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 AM to 6 PM, Sat. 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

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Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce Honors 2011 Community Awards Recipients


“Black Ties & Red Roses” Dance Gala • Nov. 12, 6 pm at the Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley

he Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce invites our Community members to join us in celebrating our 2011 Awardees at the annual Scotts Valley Community Awards Gala, November 12, 6 pm, at the Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley. This will be a gala evening with delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts, both live and silent auctions, entertaining Awardee presentations, and NEW this year, an evening of dancing to the music of the “Sparkletones,” so be sure to wear your dancing shoes. While Celebrating our 54th year as the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce, members and friends will recognize these outstanding Community Leaders. ••• Woman of the Year Scotts Valley’s Vice Mayor, Donna Lind onna has been very active in serving her Community for many years. Her outstanding law enforcement career with the Scotts Valley Police Department, which spans four decades, is well documented at City Hall and local newspapers. One of her major accomplishments while serving on the SVPD was Donna Lind the development of the Department’s first Juvenile Officer Program, which received statewide recognition. Donna currently serves as the Fallen Officer Foundation President, which assists First Responders throughout the County in all types of need. She has held this position for several years. She continues to volunteer to provide outreach for seniors including recently participating in a Senior Scam Prevention Program for seniors in Santa Cruz County. Donna serves as a facilitator for the Women’s Support Group that assists women not only in Santa Cruz County, but throughout the Nation. She has been active on her Church Council and


serves as Vice President of the Scotts Valley Chamber Ambassadors, working to assist Scotts Valley businesses with events and connecting them to other opportunities. Donna is someone who continually steps forward to participate or assist our Service Organizations. Where there is a worthwhile event in the Community, Donna is usually there. In addition to all of this, Donna serves on our Scotts Valley City Council, currently as Vice Mayor. Sharemi Ullestad Memorial Youth of the Year Tyler Marshall yler is an active senior at Scotts Valley High School where he is an athlete and scholar. He maintains a 4.2 GPA at SVHS. A three sport Varsity Athlete all four years of High School, Tyler plays on the basketball team, was Team Captain Varsity Golf 2009, and served as Team Captain Varsity Football 2011 — with 2 years as a Varsity starter. Tyler has also been active in SVHS Tyler Marshall Student Government all 4 years and has served as the ASB Rally Officer. Outside of School, Tyler participates in the Scotts Valley leagues as an Umpire, which he has done for 5 years. Tyler has logged over 200 hours in the Dominican Hospital Junior Volunteer Program and aspires to become a medical doctor and Officer through the Naval ROTC program. Man of the Year Don Dumller on has been there behind the scenes for many years to support the many causes in the Scotts Valley Community. He supports the Community service clubs every year at their various fundraising events, the Fallen Officer Foundation, our local schools, the DARE program, Cops & Rodders and the various Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce events. As owner


of Leo’s U-Save Liquors, Don never hesitates to negotiate with distributors to assist with supporting these many fundraisers. Many of the funds raised in our Community over the years have ridden on the back of Don’s negotiated discounts and donations of product. He works closely with the SV Police Department in Don Dumller their campaign to cut down on teenage drinking and has been a repeat recipient of the Responsible Merchant Award for many years. Don is also involved with the American Diabetes Association and has volunteered at walks and races, setting up refreshment stands along the route. Business of the Year Scotts Valley Market ne of our many generous, supporting businesses in Scotts Valley is Scotts Valley Market. They are committed to the Community and assisting with raising funds for our schools, Valley Churches United Missions, Scotts Valley Police Department DARE program and our many Communitybased service organizations. They have donated Child Identification kits to the Scotts Valley Police Department as well as the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.


Calendar of Upcoming Events November 2 • Business Walk Series, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

November 10 • Happy Hour Networking, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley, 6001 La Madrona Dr. Scotts Valley

November 12 • Community Awards

Gala Celebration, 6:00 – 10:30 pm

Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley, 6001 La Madrona Dr. Scotts Valley

November 17 • Business Networking Mixer, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Scotts Valley Artisans, 222 I Mt. Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley

November 24 Happy Thanksgiving

Office closed Nov 24 & 25


December 3 • Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5 pm Scotts Valley Market

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Remember our Country’s Heroes on Veteran’s Day!

Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Rd.

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he Scotts Valley Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival will take place on Saturday, December 3, at 5:00 pm, at the Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Road. Mark the date on your calendar now before all the Christmas

Festivities fill the space on your December calendar. This annual event is presented by our Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce businesses and community members to create a fun evening for our children of the Community… and all of us who are children at heart, especially around Christmas. This Festival serves as a major fundraiser


for Valley Churches United Missions. Be sure to come at this “Season of Giving” with arms loaded with cans of food for those less fortunate this Christmas. The Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony features talented musicians of the community coming together to perform. You’ll be greeted by the Vine Hill Service Club and honor our flag with the Boy Scout

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Troop. We’ll sing Christmas carols together led by our musical team from Gateway Bible, listen to the music from the Scotts Valley High School Chorale, Vine Hill Service Club, and more. Our SVMS cheerleaders will be on hand to help light up our Community Christmas Trees and welcome Santa as he arrives into town atop our own Scotts Valley Fire Engine. Visit with Santa and have your picture taken by a professional photographer, Jesse Gabriel Photography, for only the price of a donated can of food. Enjoy warm soup in the Community Center as you wait for your opportunity to meet Santa. Create your own Christmas art project with our resident artist, Denise Kiser Shaw. Mark your calendars now for this great Festival, December 3, at 5 pm. Bring your family, friends, neighbors and associates of all ages and lots of food cans as we Light Up Scotts Valley together as a Community at our Scotts Valley Christmas Tree Lighting Festival.

Scotts Valley Chamber Adds New Member to Its Board of Directors

e are proud to introduce to you our newest member to the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Ruth A. Callahan, Account Executive for KBAY 94.5 and KEZR 106.5 Radio. Ms. Callahan has been working with the Scotts Valley Chamber for the past four years as the marketing coordinator for the Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival.

Welcome to Our New Member! Beauty 360

Melissa Montes 257 Mt. Hermon Rd. Scotts Valley, CA 95066 831-438-4934 • 16 / November 2011 / Scotts Valley Times

She has worked in the broadcasting industry for over 20 years and is an expert in media placement and marketing products and services. During this time she has been involved in creating and executing marketing plans for small business in retail; business-tobusiness marketing Ruth Callahan campaigns; trade shows; writing copy and overseeing committees for festivals and special events. Over the years, Ruth has served on a number of committees such as the All Chamber Mixers for Aptos, Capitola, Soquel, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley; the

businesses showcase board for the Capitola, Soquel, Aptos Chambers; the Santa Cruz Triathlon Association; Women in Business board of Santa Cruz: the Strawberry Festival in Watsonville and many others. Ruth is looking forward to using her marketing expertise as she works with our Board of Directors to assist our Scotts Valley businesses. When Ms. Callahan is not busy working with her marketing clients and serving on volunteer committees, she maintains her high energy level with outside activities. Ruth participates in Triathlons, enjoys golf, attends Oakland A’s games, loves to ski, and has a passion for travel. Welcome Ruth A. Callahan to the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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LAST CHANCE to Book Your Travel to Ireland for St Patrick’s Day 2012


ake St. Patrick’s Day 2012 the most memorable of your life by celebrating the day with the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce … in Ireland. Where better to experience the Luck o’ the Irish than with the locals in Ireland itself. The Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce invites you to join with them for an 8-day journey in March 2012. Spots for this tour are filling up fast! We will be staying at the world renowned Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort. This facility now offers guests the opportunity to share Manor living in a new and exciting way; being part of a five star resort and yet having the freedom of villa living. Ideally located within a 15minute walk from the Manor house, Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort is set in the heart of an 840-acre estate. Each villa has two, three or four bedrooms with private bathrooms and fully equipped kitchen. The Adare Golf Club championship golf course was commissioned by the Earl of Dunraven in the 1890’s, and features the designs of renowned Eddie Hackett. This will be our home for the entire time we are in Ireland – so no packing up your suitcases and moving here and there while we visit other sites. We will visit the Cliffs of Moher where a magical vista awaits you. The Cliffs are 200 yards high at the highest point and span for 6 miles along the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. We will visit Dingle, which many may recognize as the film setting for “Ryan’s Daughter” and enjoy this market town and fishing port. The town of Adare will be our setting for a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, where there will be many festivities. Celebrate the legend of how St. Patrick banished the snakes out of Ireland.

Watch the parades and get acquainted with the locals at the restaurants and pubs. Next, we will visit the small town of Cashel, where we will pause to visit the unforgettable “Rock of Cashel.” The dramatic limestone rock crowned with secular and religious buildings dominates the flat countryside for miles around. We’ll travel onward to historic Kilkenny. In medieval times, this was a prosperous trading center and the narrow streets still follow ancient routes. Visit Kilkenny Castle, built in the 13th century, home to the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years. Then we’ll enjoy a medieval-style dinner and entertainment in Bunratty Castle. All this for only $2199 per person, including round trip air from San Francisco. Time is running out to be a part of this fantastic Ireland Adventure. Don’t miss out!! Call the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce TODAY at 438-1010 to make your reservation for St Patrick’s Day 2012! You’ll be glad you joined us!

Thanksgiving Food Drive Has Begun


uring Thanksgiving, we ponder all the things we have to be thankful for. But for some, it is a reminder of how hard the year has been financially and what they do not have. We invite you to share with those less fortunate by filling a bag to feed a family with food items providing the ingredients to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner. Valley Churches United Missions has provided a list of the items recommended for each food basket: Include a Local Store Certificate ($20) to purchase a Turkey/perishables, 1 large can of yams, 1 can fruit, 1 can meat or tuna, 1 can cranberry sauce, potatoes (fresh or boxed), 1 box rice, 1 box pasta, 1 package stuffing mix, 2 cans vegetables, 2 cans soup, 1 dessert item (do not include frozen or perishable foods.) These Thanksgiving Dinner ingredients bags can be dropped off at the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce office at 360 Kings Village Road, Monday-Friday, 10-4. Or you can drop them at the VCUM Holiday Boutique at 9400 Highway 9, Ben Lomond, Monday-Friday 10-5 and Saturday/Sunday 11-4. “Give Thanks” at this season by Giving to others’ a great Thanksgiving dinner. Valley Churches United Missions and the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce are Thankful for those who support us in aiding those less fortunate in our Community.

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Neighboring Businesses Host a Fantastic October Business Mixer

ay Federal Credit Union and InSight Eyecare, both located on Mt. Hermon Road in the shopping area next to CVS Pharmacy, joined together to host one fantastic Business Networking Mixer. We viewed the newly remodeled Insight Eyecare facility and celebrated with a Grand Re-opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony. G u e s t s were served delicious food prepared by Mint Café and wine poured by Skov Winery and Sones Cellars. It was a great evening

of celebration and networking as these Next Door Neighbor businesses joined forces for a fabulous evening. A big “Thank you” to Wendy Von Bach of Bay Federal Credit Union and Becky McMillion of InSight Eyecare for a great evening of networking fun.

“Community Awards” from pg 15

to pay for and fund because they knew these important features would add so much to the library experience. The media wall in the library, the fireplace, the solar tubes throughout the building, the flowers and artwork and so much more are a result of the Friends’ efforts. The members of this organization also donate their time to sort books that are donated to the library for book sales, and regularly volunteer to help library staff in a variety of ways. In just over 3 years, they came into existence in early 2008, the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library has raised over $220,000 all of which has gone into the Library and our Community. Many of the best parts of the new Library are there solely because of what they have done. Beautification Project of the Year Interact Clubs of SVHS & SVMS ogether with the support of the Rotary Club of Scotts Valley, the SVHS and SVMS Interact Clubs did numerous things to make our community and world a better place to live. In addition to beach clean-ups and a mural in honor of Daniel Garcia, these students volunteered their time to plant trees at the barren Scotts Valley High School campus. Terra Bella Landscaping consulted with the Interact Clubs, the Scotts Valley Rotary Club, and the Scotts

They recently stepped forward to assist with a major fundraiser dinner for a local Sheriff’s Deputy who was suffering from a terminal illness. They are one of those businesses that work quietly behind the scenes assisting whenever there is a need, both in terms of food and raising money. Where there is a Community event, you will most likely find a Scotts Valley Market truck making their delivery. Organization of the Year Friends of Scotts Valley Library he beautiful new library that we have in Scotts Valley is in large part the product of the inspiration and hard work of the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library. Virtually every part of that building includes extra touches that the City did not pay for, but the Friends stepped up


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in the Scotts Valley Chamber Newsletter

oin with Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce members at the Scotts Valley Artisans for our November Business Networking Mixer and get a look at their beautiful store filled with fantastic Art by local artists. You can spend the evening Christmas shopping or start making your own “Wish List.” There will be plenty of food and beverage for all so be sure to bring lots of business cards for networking and fantastic raffle items to showcase your business. The store is

Scotts Valley Artisans

November 17, 5:30 – 7 pm Kings Village Shopping Center 222 I. Mt. Hermon Road Scotts Valley

located next to Erik‘s Deli Café in Kings Village Shopping Center. Admission is $5 for members, $10 for prospective members. See you there!

Happy Hour Networking – November 10


Hosted by Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley from 5:30-7 p.m.

6001 La Madrona Drive, Scotts Valley ime to “wine up” as we get ready for our Community Awards Gala at the Hilton. We’ll relax with wine and the “$5 Chamber specials” the Hilton is preparing for the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce Happy Hour. Come join in the relaxed networking and support our local Chamber member.


Happy Hour Networking


SVHS Interact Officers Valley Unified School District to provide a comprehensive plan for the quad area of the high school. Tree selection and lay out were done carefully to ensure success, as many people had attempted in the past to plant trees at the SVHS with little success. The Interact Club worked hard to dig the holes big enough for these 25-gallon trees. The students named the trees as they went, and worked hard to make this project a success. The impact these trees have made at SVHS is substantial. Everyone who has been on the campus has noticed. Although the trees are just starting to get big enough to provide shade, kids are already crammed around them to enjoy the shade and appreciate the little bit of nature that has been brought to the otherwise barren campus. •••

he Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor these deserving individuals, businesses and organizations of the Community and invites you to join them in honoring these outstanding leaders. Tickets for the Chamber’s Community Awards Gala are $75 each and are available through the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce at 438-1010 or, or purchased online at the Chamber website Bring your friends and neighbors as Scotts Valley celebrates Community – Party style! Be sure to wear your dancing shoes and enjoy the evening. The Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley has graciously set aside a block of rooms for our Community Awards Gala attendees with a very special rate for those not wanting to drive home afterwards so you can dance till the band plays their last note. Make your reservations for your evening stay directly with the Hilton and inform them you are with the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce. Make your reservations by November 7 so you don’t miss this gala dance party as the members and friends of the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrate our Community in style with “Black Ties & Red Roses” — November 12.

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Santa Cruz County Symphony Presents

Homegrown Talent in Special Performance of 3 Concertos by the Masters


ood things come in threes. In his final season conducting the Santa Cruz County Symphony, Maestro John Larry Granger has programmed a unique concert featuring three up and coming young artists in back-to-back performances of three concertos by three master composers – Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. For the second concert of the 2011/12 Season, the Santa Cruz County Symphony’s welcomes the return of pianists Aaron Miller and Chetan Tierra, native sons of Santa Cruz, and violinist, Nikki Chooi on Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m. at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, and Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. at the Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts in Watsonville. The concert opens with Beethoven’s stirring Violin Concerto. While relatively obscure during his lifetime, this harmonious work shows Beethoven’s clarity of musical purpose like no other and is now regarded as one of the greatest violin concertos ever written. To perform this demanding piece, the Symphony welcomes Nikki Chooi, 2009 winner of the prestigious Irving M. Klein International

String Competition. The competition is recognized as the world’s leading competition for young string musicians. Also featured is Mozart’s passionate Piano Concerto No. 24. This work is Mozart’s most integrated concerto, seamlessly fusing soloist and orchestra, and is considered by many to be one of his greatest works. Santa Cruz’s own child prodigy, Aaron Miller, returns to the stage to perform this dramatic work. Aaron Miller has been familiar to local audiences since his first performances with the Santa Cruz County Symphony at the age of twelve, well before his studies at Julliard and the New England Conservatory. The concert’s final work is Tchaikovsky’s energetic Piano Concerto No. 1, one of the most popular of Tchaikovsky’s compositions and among the best known of all piano concertos. It is fitting that the piece, which Van Cliburn played in his famed 1958 triumph in Moscow, will be performed by a finalist of the acclaimed Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The Symphony welcomes back Santa Cruz’s star pianist, Chetan Tierra, to top off this memorable concert. Good things really do come in threes!

Free Pre-Concert Talks take place before both performances: at 7 PM in the Civic Auditorium, prior to the Saturday evening concert; and at 1 PM in the Watsonville Mello Center, prior to the Sunday matinee concert. The Pre-concert talks are free and open to all concertgoers. Season Sponsors: The 2010/11 season is generously sponsored by the Glenwood Equestrian Center; the Symphony League of Santa Cruz County; and Plantronics. Concert Sponsors: The “Three’s Company” concerts are made possible with support from Susan Cony and Diane & Don Cooley. Tickets: Single tickets ($20-$65) are now on sale: 831.420.5260 or — 2011/12 Symphony Season Tickets are available by calling 462-0553, ext. 10.

“Three’s Company”

Van Cliburn finalist Chetan Tierra performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 Aaron Miller performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24

Klein Sting Winner Nikki Chooi performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto Student Rush: On the day of the concert, bring a Student ID to the box office between 6:30-7:30pm at the Civic Box Office or to the Mello Box Office between 12:30-1:00, and pay just $10! n ••• For more information visit:

Chetan Tierra • Nikki Chooi • Aaron Miller

“Briefs” from pg 2

The theme chosen will earn its author free passes to the 2012 fair. Themes may be mailed to the Fair office at 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076, emailed to info@santacruz, or submitted on line at www.santacruz The deadline is Monday,

November 7. The Santa Cruz County Fair celebrates the rich agricultural history of our community and people, and invests heavily in bringing this heritage to our youth. The 2012 Fair will be held September 11-16, 2012 at the Fairgrounds located on Highway 152 just east of Watsonville. n Scotts Valley Times / November 2011 / 19



Specializing in Senior Health Insurance Solutions


By Gail Penniman

enior health insurance is the focus of Tuosto Insurance, owned by Lou Tuosto, a Santa Cruz local with nearly 35 years in our community. He became licensed to sell insurance after high school and worked at it during his student years at UCSC and Bethany University. Insurance has literally been his only career and he loves what he does: providing answers to the need for comprehensive protection in the golden years for the members of the community he calls home.


It’s Open Enrollment Time! eginning on October 15 and extending to December 7 is open enrollment for seniors to make any changes they want to their Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D (prescription coverage) health insurance. Lou works with all the major insurance companies and can make sense out of the confusion and customizing a plan for each person. With so many options to consider, he puts together benefit packages that are tailored to the individual’s needs, which could mean different plans for a wife and hus-

band. Recently about 2500 seniors in our area received notices that they have been dis-enrolled from their HMO policies. This happened because there is a great deal of flux in the insurance industry. Lou says, “There is no reason to panic. Seniors have lots of options. Getting a termination letter does not mean they’re out in the cold. They are guaranteed access into virtually any plan with no issues in order to qualify such as waiting periods for pre-existing conditions. That is one of the stipulations when a Medicare HMO leaves the area.” Education is one of Lou’s benefits to our community. He hosts regular meetings as well as a live talk show on TV in which the issues of Medicare are dissected and discussed in detail. He recommends that all seniors and their loved ones go to and type in their zip code. They will see all the different plans available in our area to begin the shopping process. Talking to Lou can help narrow the selection down to what is best for each person. Furthermore, buying insurance from a local broker like Lou Tuosto has a

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priceless benefit: he knows the local doctors and interfaces with their billing staff. If any administrative errors are made in the processing of a claim, he is often is the problem-solver for his clients. As a problem-solver, Lou suggests to veterans that they look into and access their VA benefits. The Palo Alto VA facility is one of the best medical facilities in the state and utilizing VA benefits can save a senior a great deal of expense. Additionally, he will look at the costs and benefits of a retiree’s health insurance coverage available through his or her retirement plan. He frequently can find similar or better coverage at lower rates through Medicare and supplemental insurance through one of his plans. It pays to have a consultation reviewing how current coverage compares to what else is available through Lou’s sources.

“Let’s Talk” and Free Meeting Opportunities et’s Talk” is a live call-in senior talk show that airs on Comcast channel 27 and Charter channel 73 every 2nd Thursday from 7:30-8:30 PM. The studio call-in number is 425-8844. Lou and his in-studio guests will answer callers’ questions about the changes in senior coverage in Santa Cruz County, which has lost some senior HMO plans because of low fee structures due to the county’s status as a “rural” area. The show is re-played on Thursdays at the same time. Lou also hosts regular meetings at IHOP on 41st Avenue. Representatives from our area’s two medical groups, Physicians Medical and Palo Alto Medical, attend these meetings and answer questions posed by the attendees. Tuesday and Thursday evenings until the end of the year, these meetings will help answer all the questions seniors have about choosing a medical group, getting referrals, billing procedures and other managed care concerns. Please call Lou Tuosto at 475-


Lou Tuosto

3723 for a reservation to attend these meetings.


Other Needs of the Senior Population ou says that there is a segment of the population who ought to consider getting long term care coverage. This will protect them for convalescent care, extended care and home health care. Statistically, a large segment of the population will need some sort of long term care toward the end of life. The least expensive way to provide for long-term care is to transfer risk from the individual, their family and their estate to an insurance company. “It is better to make a mistake and never need that type of insurance than to need it and not have it in place,” Lou says frequently to his clients. Long-term care insurance minimizes risk. Another feature of Tuosto Insurance is a wide variety of annuity products. Annuities are wonderful financial instruments because they are well insulated from the risk of loss that stocks and bonds are subject to. Zero risk is non-existent, but annuities offer less risk than just about any other investment today. For example when an annuity provides a lifetime income, a person can never out-live his or her income. This is very secure for seniors who want to minimize risk in all aspects of life, but especially in the financial because they can’t go out and re-earn any lost assets. These are ideal investments for folks in their 60s and 70s and the interest rates are extremely competitive with other investments and avoid the risks of volatility in other markets. n ••• Take advantage of Tuosto Insurance as a local resource for information, guidance and peace of mind. 4701 Soquel Drive Ste B, Soquel, at the corner of Old San Jose Road. 831-475-3723.


Survivors of Suicide Day

November 19 at the La Selva Beach Community Church


very 40 seconds someone, somewhere dies by suicide, leaving behind stunned friends and family whose lives will be changed forever. Mine was changed on October 17, 2007 when a best friend went home and hung himself. His friends and family were devastated. How could this happen? I went back over and over again, to see what I could have missed. Was he trying to tell us something? How could this have happened to such a great, happy, and full of life guy? A few weeks later, as I was struggling to make sense of a senseless tragedy, I heard about “Survivor ’s Day.” Survivor’s Day is an annual event sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “Survivors,” those left behind when someone dies by suicide, gather at hundreds of sites around the country and around the world. There is a one-hour program broadcast to these sites, with a panel of people that have lost someone close to them to suicide. Several experts lead a discussion with a group of people that have lost someone close to them to suicide. A parent, a spouse, a child; they talk about all the things that can come together and lead to someone taking their own life. About ways that those left behind can deal with the loss. How

people have learned to heal, and move on with their lives, and to hold close and cherish the memories of the one that has been lost. This year the panel will include Doreen, who lost her fiancée Chris. He was 23 years old, a chef and musician. Tony lost his fifteen-year-old daughter three weeks before her 15th birthday. Dr. Robert Neimeyer lost his father the week before his 12th birthday. Kerry Payne’s father was 60 years old, raced cars, and was a high-spirited, fun-loving guy. Faith lost her 31 year old son who had served in the Navy for five years as a medic and who managed a clinic. Randy Wiffler died four years ago at age 46. His daughter Alexis is on the panel and says her dad was an entrepreneur who owned his own business and loved classic cars, fireworks, traveling, and making his own wine. Too often, those left behind are unable to talk about their experiences, about what they are feeling; anger, guilt, shame, hurt. When someone dies of cancer, or in a car crash, people will talk to them about their loss, try to console them. But when someone dies by suicide, frequently people just don’t know what to say. Left alone, survivors can struggle to move on in their own lives. Survivor’s Day is a chance for people to come together and to bring some light in to a dark, dark place. Life does not end when a loved one dies, but with-

out healing the lives of those left behind can be diminished. The panel on the Survivor’s Day broadcast shows how it is possible to continue, to celebrate life, and to celebrate the memory of the one who has been lost. If you or someone you know has lost someone to suicide, please go to the AFSP website ( There is more information there about the AFSP,

other resources, and about “International Survivors of Suicide Day.” Locally, there will be a gathering for Survivor’s Day at 9:30 AM, Saturday, November 19th at the La Selva Beach Community Church, 26 Florido Avenue, La Selva Beach. n ••• For more information, please contact Lucas Willey at 684-1774, Scotts Valley Times / November 2011 / 21

FeaturedColumnist The Book Bag by Robert Francis

The Book Bag by Robert Francis

Designing California Native Gardens The Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens

By Glenn Keator and Alrie Middlebrook University of California Press. $29.95 (Rating-Excellent) ere’s a beautiful and very informative book that any gardener who lives on Monterey Bay will love reading. Lavishly illustrated, this volume discusses the variety of native plants that can be used to create not only beautiful but also ecologically sound gardens and landscapes. Structured around major California plant communities (bluffs, redwoods, coastal scrub, grasslands, oak woodlands, mixed evergreen woodlands, riparian, chaparral, mountain meadow and wetlands), each chapter includes sample plans for a native garden design along with original drawings, color photos, a plant list, tips on gardening with individual species and much more. If you would like to use less water and fewer fertilizers, attract wildlife, and fully engage your senses, then this is a book you’ll want to consult before either remaking your present garden or starting completely from scratch. Perhaps with the changing climate conditions, which are, becoming so unpredictable now, more than ever before, is the time to consider going native!


The Plot Whisperer Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master


By Martha Alderson Adams. $14.95 (Rating-Very Good) anta Cruz resident Martha Alderson has assisted dozens of writers in unleashing their muse and in this helpful guide, she shows how to create plot lines, thematic signifi-

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cance and subplots that all work in harmony. “Anyone who wants to write or is in the process of writing a novel, short story, memoir, or screenplay faces the daunting task of creating several plots and multiple scenes. This book will guide you through the process of writing the story inside of you,” writes Alderson. The key parts of this book include “The Outlining of the Plot,” “Create the Characters and Setting” and “The Journey” that takes the reader from the opening chapters to the climax and denouement of the story. Throughout the text, the author sprinkles “”Plot Whisper” sidebars that offer special tips on how to make that idea for a story a reality.

Just Tacos 100 Delicious Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


By Shelley Wiseman Taunton Press. $19.95 (Rating-Excellent) nce a humble street food, the taco has been elevated to a staple of Mexican haute cuisine. Why are tacos so popular? “Almost anything can be enclosed in a tortilla – add an interesting sauce, some crunchy veggies, and you’re good to go,” writes Wiseman. Of course, the key is what goes inside the taco and the sauce that tops it. That’s where this well, illustrated cookbook comes in. From traditional recipes to Nuevo Cuisine, you’ll discover all sorts of ingredients to make your tacos a memorable treat that your family and guests alike will ask you to make again and again. After explaining how to make your own tortillas, the author devotes special chapters to ingredients. After “Vegetable,” “Seafood,” “Chicken, Turkey, and Duck”, “”Pork,” and “Meat,” the emphasis

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switches to “Breakfast” and finally “Quesadillas, Sopes, and Tostadas”.

Koala: Origins of an Icon

By Stephen Jackson Allen & Unwin. $18.95 (Rating-Very Good) ere’s a fun book that delves into the fascinating history and unique ecology of an animal that is loved by both children and adults. Besides looking at the history and behavior of the koala, the author discusses the ongoing threats to its existence and the controversial debate on how to manage the populations of Australia’s favorite marsupial. After coexisting successfully with Aborigines for thousands of years, the koala was considered sloth-like by the early Europeans and valued for little more than its fur. Unfortunately, by the early twentieth century millions of the animals had been hunted, driving the species to the brink of extinction. How they survived the abuse of humans and the indigestible fare (eucalyptus leaves) they loved to munch upon is story of an iconic creature that is unbelievably resilient. Stephen Jackson, a field biologist, zookeeper, and wildlife park curator, has written what may well be the definitive guide on the koala. With 22 black and white photos and over fifty illustrations and line drawings “Koala: Origins of an Icon” is a valuable book any naturalist or animal lover will want to add to his or her library.


Apartment Gardening


By Amy Pennington Sasquatch Books. $18.95 (Rating-Good) or those who live in apartments, condos or homes with limited outdoor space, this handy book explains how to cultivate home grown veggies without stress.

Learn which plants to grow, how to set up a container garden and how to care for the “crop” until harvest time. In addition to growing instructions, the author also includes nearly thirty recipes that you can use to bring the bounty from patio, deck or courtyard to your table. Whether it is herbs, flowers for your table, or veggies like snap peas, green beans, cucumbers, lettuce, or strawberries, you’ll find how to grow enough produce to make “fresh” the watchword at your evening meals. After you’ve read and digested what Amy Pennington has to say, you’ll realize that limited space gardening is a project that you can tackle no matter how unsuccessful you may have been in the past trying to grow things. Follow Amy’s simple instructions and bon appétit!

The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic


By Robert O’Connell Random House. $17 (Rating-Good) ncient history enthusiasts will want to read this account of what happened two thousand years ago in this decisive battle that gave Carthage a victory over Rome in 216 B.C. Besides altering the balance of power in this part of the world, the bloody battle has obsessed military minds and countless armies over the centuries have tried to imitate Hannibal’s success. Military historian Robert O’Connell not only offers a stirring account of this apocalyptic battle of the Second Punic War, the strategic thinking of the combatants and the misery of battle in multifaceted theatres, but he also explains why this event still matters today. If you are fascinated by military history, this is a must read. n



Humpback Heaven!

hese unedited pictures were taken this week while I was out on our boat observing whales just outside the Santa Cruz Harbor with my daughter-in-law, Sarah, and three granddaughters. These Humpback whales are making a pit stop in Monterey Bay to feed on anchovies and play during their migration. The whales get dive bombed by all sorts of birds in attempts to scavenge the anchovies that aren’t swallowed by these magnificent giants of the sea. — Tom Dexel Photo Credit: Sarah Swanson-Dexel

Cabrillo College opens its Veterans Information Center


abrillo College and its Student Veterans opened its new Veterans Information Center, on Wednesday October 19 in Building 900, Room 919 (on the end of the pedestrian bridge on the upper campus. Congressman Sam Farr spoke during the Dedication Ceremony. The Veterans Information Center is

designed to serve the College’s student Veterans and members of the community who have served our country. Veterans currently enrolled at Cabrillo College number more than 200 students. The Veterans Information Center’s purpose is to serve as a center for connecting returning Veterans to educational benefits, health benefits and other services available. The Center will also

be a safe place for Veterans to study between classes or just to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and will be a site for all Cabrillo College Veterans Club meetings and future Veterans Support Group meetings. The Center will provide the following services: • Peer to Peer mentoring • Command Sponsorship • Academic Counseling • Tutoring Dr. Francisco Ponce, Cabrillo’s Academic Counselor for Veterans, will be

available at the Veterans Information Center Tuesdays, 0800 to 1200 hours. Dean Kaufman, Santa Cruz County’s Veteran Advocate, will provide assistance for Veterans seeking benefits from the V.A. and will act as a bridge to connect Veterans to their benefits from 1300-1700 every Monday. In addition, several community members and graduate students at San Jose State University will volunteer at the Center to provide support and re- entry services for Veterans in the Santa Cruz County community. n Scotts Valley Times / November 2011 / 23



Rehabilitation is the New Paradigm

ere we are in the middle of a recession, jobs are scarce and unemployment in Santa Cruz County running between 10-14 percent. Now there is a group of people arriving in our community that will have to find apartments, food, clothes, transportation and some way to support themselves. Is this another group of immigrants? Or possibly new arrivals from the plains states fleeing from the ravages of drought? No, this new group consists of released prisoners from our jails and prisons. The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote ruled that our state’s prisons are overcrowded. The justices ordered the nation’s largest state prison system to cut its inmate population within two years. They pointed out that California’s 33 adult prisons were designed to hold 80,000 inmates but that there are about 145,000 prisoners presently incarcerated. It has been mandated that the prison population must be reduced by 34,000 prisoners with a deadline of July 2013. The state’s legislature and Governor Brown passed the Public Safety Realignment Act AB109, which will put more low-level offenders on the streets sooner than they would be under the cur-

rent sentencing rules. They will either be released into rehabilitation programs, put on parole, or serve shorter sentences in a local jail rather than in state prison. Beginning October 1, 2011, the state’s 58 counties have begun to house and supervise the state’s “nonviolent” criminals and parole violators as they are sentenced by the courts. The state has assured its citizenry that incarcerating low-risk convicts in a county jail or putting them on parole rather than keeping them in prison will not jeopardize public safety because those who commit violent crimes like robbery, rape, murder or who are sex offenders will remain in state prisons. The question is: Will changing how we punish criminals like drug users, burglars and shoplifters cause California’s declining crime rate to rise as the state concentrates on locking up serious offenders? How successful will counties be as they experiment with alternative programs such as electronic monitoring, work release, vocational training and drug treatment? Many in Law enforcement are predicting a surge in property crimes such as

shoplifting, burglary and ID theft. In this difficult economy, to the surprise of sociologists, crime rates have dropped to 1960s levels in California and nationwide… at least until AB 109 came into effect. The Santa Cruz County Jail’s capacity is 311, but the jail’s population frequently exceeds that with prisoners often numbering over 400. This doesn’t include the 30bed Blaine Street women’s facility or the men’s medium-security jail outside Watsonville, which currently houses about 115 people. Formerly prison-bound lower-level offenders will now likely serve their sentences in the County Jail. However, they must first be classified as non-violent, nonsexual and non-serious offenders. The new “realignment” plan, as estimated by the state, will eventually increase our County Jail’s average daily population by about 78 prisoners. The state also estimates the county’s Probation Department caseload will increase by 140 parolees – 70 additional from the state and an increase of 80 locally sentenced offenders to keep the local jail population within limits. However, as part

of AB 109, judges can now sentence nonviolent, non-sexual and non-serious offenders to up to three years in County Jail rather than the previous limit of one year. Estimates by local authorities say the number of offenders in the County’s justice system will rise significantly. The Alternative Release options being expanded to handle the influx of state mandated prisoners into county jails are: workrelease programs, GPS electronic monitoring, and drug treatment programs. This will require additional evaluation and monitoring for each person eligible for the new “custody alternatives” programs. Questions about the new Public Safety Realignment Act: Will it increase the crime rate? How much will it cost local governments? Will recidivism rates go up? Or down? The largest prison system in the U.S. is “Rehabilitation” > 31

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Who will you invite into the room?

By Camille Smith

emember the old TV game show answer is: Camille’s communities. Today’s $100,000 Pyramid hosted by Dick answer comes from being introduced to a new way of thinking Clark? Players about community, attempted to guess a The topic of community that has memberone category from the ship based on shared descriptions given by may not seem to fit the commitments and their teammate. world of work I usually choice, not geographLet’s play! Here are my descriptions: write about. However, the ical proximity or entitlement. a college sorority more I investigate this new The topic of reunion, a women’s retreat, a high school view, the more I see funda- community may not seem to fit the world reunion, the Global mental principles that can of work I usually Women’s Leadership about. support any purpose-ori- write N e t w o r k However, the more I ( If ented group working well investigate this new you answered together to achieve their view, the more I see “women-only fundamental princievents,” you’d hear goals. That’s a fit for me. ples that can support the incorrect buzzer. any purpose-oriented My Ohio high school group working well together to achieve was co-ed and GWLN includes men. Two months ago, the answer was: their goals. That’s a fit for me. What is the new view of community groups Camille associates with. Today, the and why is it important? In his book, Community, The Structure of Belonging, Peter Block ( frames community as a possibility to belong. Here’s an excerpt: Community is about the experience of belonging, with belonging having 2 meanings: one, the experience of being connected and among friends and, two, the experience that something belongs to me. What I consider mine, I will build and nurture. ... The theory comes down to three everyday questions out of which community is actually lived: 1.) Whom do I choose to invite into the room? 2.) What is the conversation that I both become and engage in with those people? 3.) When there are more than two of us together, how do we create a communal structure that moves the action forward?” be·long·ing Belonging to a community by choice, not entitlement, is espe1. The experience of being cially important now because we connected and among aren’t in Kansas anymore, Toto. Heck, we aren’t even in the friends good ol’ US of A anymore! Before you call me a commie, 2. The experience that somelet me explain: The historical thing belongs to me. What I American individualistic way of being, personified by consider mine, I will build the lone ranger doing whatand nurture ever he wanted to the land and people, is no longer sustainable, let alone appropriate. (You’re right, it never was.) The command-and-control,

fear-based work culture it spawned is ineffective and dissatisfying for everyone it touches. Belonging means we are connected and “at home” with each other, unafraid, clear that we have each other’s back. When we belong, we make choices that honor our self, the other and the whole. What would show up if Block’s 3 questions framed your next office meeting or family gathering? How would you show up? “Small world, isn’t it?” peppers our daily conversations. That recognition makes our interdependence undeniable and it makes being disconnected impractical, even undesirable. Whether times are bouncy and uncertain or smooth and clear, the one constant that helps me “forward the action” – mean-

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ing, what I am committed to – are my relationships. From this new perspective, I now see these relationships as my communities. None of us succeed by our self. We succeed because people participate with us. Adding belonging to our participation lights up the phrase “we are in this together” with possibility. Serendipity: In the process of writing this, someone I’ve volunteered with for 6 years asked if I would be her partner in a business opportunity. She said she was asking me because “you’ve always been there for me, always come through. I want this business to be known for quality and commitment. I know you’ll bring that to the coaching we offer.” With this, we began to create ourselves as a community. Who will you invite into the room? n


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Take an online assessment and receive coaching from Camille Go to, enter promocode: TPG to receive a $175 discount…and get a grip. Questions? Call Camille, 831-685-1480 Scotts Valley Times / November 2011 / 25



Fifty-five Students Bring C.S. Lewis’s Beloved Narnia to Life

n November 11, Santa Cruz County will witness magic. CYT (Christian Youth Theater) Santa Cruz is producing Narnia, a full-length musical based on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Fifty-five students ages 818 will be telling the story of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy as they travel to the magical world of Narnia and become part of a battle between good and evil. Performances are at Christian Life Center, 1009 Mission Street in Santa


Cruz. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for students and seniors. Performance Dates and Times: Friday, Nov 11 – 7:30 pm Saturday, Nov 12 – 3:00 pm, 7:30 pm Thursday, Nov 17 – 7:30 pm Friday, Nov 18 – 7:30 pm Saturday, Nov 19 – 3:00 pm, 7:30 pm Tickets are available online at Don’t miss this exciting performance! n ••• 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!

Cabrillo College Hosts Annual College and Career Night on Nov. 7 in Aptos ollege-bound Santa Cruz County students and their parents will have a chance to meet with repre-

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sentatives from more than 60 public, private, and out-of-state colleges and universities at College & Career Night 2011, on Monday, November 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cabrillo College main campus, 6500 Soquel Drive in Aptos. All students and parents who want to get a head start on college planning are invited to attend. The event is open to the public and is free of charge - last year

more than 4,000 people participated. Parking is available in all student lots, also free of charge. Cabrillo instructors and career counselors will be speaking to students and parents about planning career paths from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Robert E. Swenson Library (building 1000) and the cafeteria (building 900). Upstairs in the library (room 1051) financial aid advisors will

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Dominican Hospital Brings Shirley Jones to Santa Cruz or Dominican Hospital’s annual Holidays d’Eleganz, Miss Shirley Jones, star of movies and TV, will be coming to Santa Cruz on Friday, Nov. 18. Miss Jones will be the guest speaker at a luncheon to be held at the Cocoanut Grove. The Holidays d’Eleganz is a two-day event with a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 18 and a grand gala ball on Saturday, Nov. 19. Tickets are $75 for the luncheon and $150 for the grand gala. For more information call the Dominican Hospital Foundation office at 462-7712 or buy tickets online: See the full story in this issue.



Chic Boutique he recently opened Chic Boutique is exactly what this area needed – a more upscale store full of stylish clothing at reasonable prices. Heysa Janssen, who also owns the lovely Cinnamon Bay clothing store in Seascape Village, Aptos, really wanted to have a store where women could find something smart and sassy without having to drive out of town to find that certain special outfit. New and exciting clothing is coming in daily so stop by and check out the selections. There are plenty of dresses, blouses, jackets, pants and accessories to choose from – and all just perfect for the holiday season. Chic Boutique, 7548 Soquel Drive, Aptos (in the Aptos Center next to Pacific Coffee Roasting). Tel: 684-2442.


Ma Maison for Thanksgiving he lovely Ma Maison Restaurant will be putting on its usual splendid spread for Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 24 – served between 1-5 p.m. for $35 per person – not including tax and tip. Executive chef Lionel Le Morvan always prepares his traditional French cuisine with great gusto, so you can expect a delicious meal to give thanks for. Check them out online for their Christmas menu, too. Ma Maison Restaurant, 9051 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Reservations: 688-5566. For the full menu check the website:


Randy Adams Needs a Helping Hand attended a fundraiser recently at Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery in Owners Soquel. Christine & Vann Slatter had donated their wonderful property, as well as copious amounts of wine, to give a helping hand to Randy Adams. About 100 people showed up to Randy Adams share food and wine and bid on donated items in a silent auction. Randy, aged 60, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and now, after surgery to remove the tumor and a couple of strokes, has to be in a wheelchair to get around. His house needs remodeling to make it wheelchair accessible, so if you can help with a donation, please call 239-4155.

Coco-Roons – made by Wonderfully Raw Gourmet Delights h, just wait until you taste these delicious little delicacies. Wonderfully raw and bursting with the freshest ingredients, they are all pleasure – but without the guilt. Coco-Roons are macaroon-like bites containing coconut, organic raw almond flour, organic cacao nibs, organic unfiltered maple syrup, organic coconut oil, organic vanilla extract and Himalayan crystal salt – and that’s it. They are gluten free, vegan, made without preservatives – and they taste terrific. And what’s more, they’re made locally in Watsonville. You can buy them at New Leaf Community Markets, Staff of Life, DeLuxe Foods of Aptos, and Whole Foods. Flavors available now are Vanilla Maple; Chocolate; Lemon Pie; Cacao Nibs; Chocolate Chip. Coming soon will be Apple Pie; Almond Strawberry and “PB & J.” Wonderfully Raw Gourmet Delights, 26B Hangar Way, Watsonville, 229-9735.

By Josie Cowden

begin eating together. Do ask the hostess if help is needed with setting out food on the table. Do not clear away a single plate until everybody has finished that particular course. Do stay at the table until every diner has finished eating, including dessert and coffee. Some people get up from the table and plonk down on the sofa to

watch TV right after the main course is over – expecting the pumpkin pie to be delivered on their laps. Thanksgiving dinner is a very special occasion, and should be shared together — preferably at the table. ••• Josie Cowden is a freelance writer and proofreader. Contact her at

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uicide Prevention of the Central Coast is seeking volunteers for its suicide crisis line! Join a community of volunteers dedicated to providing support for people experiencing loss, suffering, and isolation. Training begins Tuesday, October 11. For more information, call (831) 459-9373

Volunteers Needed


Volunteers Wanted: Senior Peer Counselors

f you are 55 or older, become a senior peer counselor. Attend free eight week training sessions, beginning September 29th. Learn valuable counseling and listening skills, and help homebound seniors through difficult life transitions. For more information, contact Barbara at (831) 459-9351, ext. 206


urvivors healing center is a place where people victimized by sexual abuse can heal. The goal of this center is to prevent the sexual abuse of children and youth in our community. SHC is forming new ongoing twelve-week, closed intensive therapy groups for men and women who are survivors of sexual abuse. Call (831)423-7601 to register

Survivors Healing Center


re you bothered by someone else’s drinking? Al-Anon is a 12-Step program for family and friends of alcoholics. There are meetings every day of the week and there are no dues or fees. For a meeting near you call 831-462-1818 or visit Everyone is welcome.


Ongoing Events First Mondays of the Month

Lecture Series on "Great Decisions"


7:00pm-8:30 pm, Episcopal Church of St. John, 125 Canterbury Dr. in Aptos ectures will be lead by Dr. Laina FarhatHolzman, sponsored by Santa Cruz Beach, American Association of University Women. For more information, call (831) 688-0541

Second and Fourth Mondays First and Third Wednesdays

Alzheimers Support Groups

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



Learn helpful tools for coping: Share stories and receive support from people who care. No registration required, please call (831) 430-3000 for information.


Women Care Drop in Cancer Support

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

Tuesdays thru Fridays, Sundays


Svaroopa® Yoga Instruction at Aptos Yoga Aptos Yoga, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. Ste.23B, Aptos. 831-688-1019 varoopa® Yoga is very different from what most of us think of as yoga. With the support of blankets, beginning students relax into easy poses designed to release the deepest tensions in the body along the spine. This release deeply relaxes the body, quiets the mind, reduces pain, accelerates injury recovery, and promotes better overall health. Classes five days each week. First Class free. For more information, call 688-1019

First Tuesdays and Third Wednesdays each month

Orientations to Become Advocates for Children

North County, 5:30-7p.m., first Tuesday of month (for location details contact Danielle at 761-2956 X102) South County, 5:30-7 p.m., third Wednesday of the month at the CASA Office, 294 Green Valley Rd. Suite 326, Watsonville. ASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Santa Cruz County needs your help. Volunteer 3-5 hours per week to provide support, guidance, and a powerful voice in court for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Everyone welcome, men and bilingual folks especially encouraged. To RSVP call 761-2956 Ext. 102, or email



Aptos Toastmasters


Noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Rio Sands Motel, 116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos. f you have trouble or fear of public speaking, this is a perfect opportunity for you to get over your fears! Call 970-2229 for more information.

7 p.m., 920 41st Ave., Suite B, Santa Cruz. (next to Family Cycling Center) lease join us on Tues. nights at 7pm beginning with a 30 min. meditation, followed by a Dharma talk. Tea & cookies served after the talk, during a discussion/question period. Visit for more info.

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

Drop in Grief Support

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Ocean Gate Zendo



6:00pm at Aegis, 125 Heather Terrace, Aptos oin other adults who are grieving the death of a friend or family member.

12:00pm at St. Philip Episcopal Church, 5271 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley.

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ear of public speaking is the #1 fear in America. Since public speaking fears are so common, realize the tremendous power of influence that you will hold when you master speaking skills. Come and find out how you can lose your fears and realize your full potential at Redwood Ramblers Toastmasters Club.

Coastal Professionals


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

This will be an informal talk with time for discussion. Free - donation accepted. Visit for more info.


Aptos Certified Farmers Market

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

Scotts Valley Farmer’s Market

First Wednesday of the Month

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

Child Welfare Review



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

Fourth Wednesday each Month

Ongoing Constitution Classes


7:00 pm Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney St. Santa Cruz iew video lessons of an in-depth teaching about our Constitution, one of the most respected and copied documents in our nations history. For more information, visit or email

Main Beach Volleyball Club Blenders Program

9:30am - 11:30 am Cabrillo College Gym 5-6th grade coed, 7-8th grade girls. Contact Jan Furman at 831-345-1441

Becoming and Emotionally and Spiritually Healthy Person


10:30 am Shore Line Community Church, Capitola apitola pastor Daniel Cubb will teach a five part series on overcoming the effects of codependency. The teachings will help those who wants to understand, recognize and fix any problems of codependency they face, with the help of christian teachings. Teachings are free and open to all public, Contact Daniel Cubb at

Dated Events



Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club Meeting

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

Second and Fourth Thursdays of the month

Cabrillo Host Lions

7:30pm at the Cabrillo Community Center, Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd. ublic is invited to all programs. Contact President Paul Henry 831-688-31 or Past President Barbara Chamberlain at 831-688-3356. For meeting/dinner reservations or information or visit



Clutterers Anonymous


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


Come As You Are Zen

9-10:30 am, Ocean Gate Zendo, 920 41st Ave. Suite B, Santa Cruz (next to Family Cycling Center) ome as you are Zen focuses on Buddhist practices that enhance our daily lives.


Monday November 7 Cabrillo Hosts Annual College and Career Night


6:00pm-8:00pm Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr. n the lower campus, parents and students can meet with representatives from over 60 public, private, and out of state colleges. On the upper campus, celebrate Cabrillo's Annual Open House, where students and parents can learn about all academic and career programs and how to apply for financial aid. For more information, please call (831) 4774650

Wednesday November 9 Caregiving and Family: Finding a Balance

1:00-3:00 pm, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, Solari Room, 7807 Soquel Dr. Aptos his two-hour workshop will offer family caregivers caring for a loved on with memory loss or confusion practical tools for balancing their caregiving duties with other aspects of their lives. Though this event is free, pre-registration is required. To register, call Health Projects Center at (831) 459-6639


Wednesday November 16 Freedom Forum: Who Declared a War on Health?


7:00pm, Live Oak Grange 1900 17th Ave. Santa Cruz hould GMO's be labeled? Are nutritional supplements dangerous? Are vaccines being mandated for our children dangerous? Why is medical marijuana under attack? Discuss these probing questions and more! Event is free, donations are accepted.

Saturday, November 5 Saturday, November 12

Thursday, November 17

Intro to Svaroopa® Yoga

9:00am-10:30am Aptos Yoga, 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Ste 23B Aptos xperience how Svaroopa® Yoga works in your body at this introductory class – free with no obligations. Supported by blankets, relax into poses that release deep tensions in your spine. This unique form of yoga quiets your mind, reduces pain, accelerates injury recovery, and promotes a healthier you. Free. For more information call (831) 6881019 or visit



Sunday, November 6

Friday November 18

Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony Fall Concert

Dominican Foundation Guild Holiday Luncheon


3:00pm, UCSC Music Center Recital Hall he Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, representing 15 schools from Santa Cruz and surrounding counties, will present its Fall Concert. Works by Mendelssohn, Debussy, and Vaughan Williams will be performed. Tickets may be purchased online www.sccys, or at the door. Adults: $10, Seniors: $8, and Students $5.

Successful Strategies for High-density, Green Affordable Housing

6:00pm-7:30pm The Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St. Santa Cruz oors open at 5:30 pm, when light refreshments will be enjoyed and you will be able to view members exhibits in the atrium. At 6:00, Jeff Oberdorfer will begin his presentation. Jeff is the Executive Director of First Community Housing in San Jose. He is bringing award-winning, mixed-use, transit-oriented, community centered and environmentally sustainable projects to our side of the hill.


10:00 am, Cocoanut Grove Grand Ballroom, 400 Beach St. Santa Cruz he Dominican Guild invites you to usher in the holiday season with a Holiday Luncheon and a celebrity speaker, Miss Shirley Jones. The luncheon will also include a silent auction, tree viewing and boutique shopping. Come enjoy the festivities! for more information call (831) 462-7712 or visit n

Your November Horoscope Annabel Burton • Astrologer ©

This month begins on a high note, or at least there is a bit of drama playing out and you are not quite sure how this will turn out. Trust in the power of the Universe to bring you what you need when you need it, but it may be in a guise that you hadn't thought of. Still, you have the ability to create something amazing out of circumstances that initially seem anything but. An eclipse in your sign at the end of the month can be a turning point in your own secret ambitions and your path becomes clearer as the Sun enters your sign on the 23rd. Remember, you are the adventurer or the zodiac!.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)



The 2012 Aptos History Calendar is finally Available!

6:30. Buy-in only $15.

Tuesdays and Weekends

his calendar, created by Heidi and Dick Garwood of Aptos, features photographs and brief anecdotes describing historical events in mid-county. It also features ads from many local advertisors! Buy it now at seven Aptos locations as well as the Capitola Book Cafe.


Holiday Tree Walk


November 25, 26, 27; December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18: train departs at 11:00am & 12:30pm assengers riding the stream train will delight in the tree-lined walk of festive holiday trees displayed atop Bear Mountain. Guests may sip hot cider and view beautifully adorned trees, decorated by area businesses an organizations as they raise funds for their respective organizations. For more information, visit


Donate to the Holiday Boutique and Santa's Workshop!


9400 Hwy. 9, Ben Lomand. he Holiday Boutique remains open from through Christmas! Visit the shop and purchase slightly used items or drop off donations. There are many ways to volunteer, from baking cookies to building senior boxes. For more information, call (831) 336-8258


Ageless Art Project

rtists/Crafts people volunteers Share your talent and make creative expression possible by leading an art group of care facility residents. Become an Ageless Art Project Volunteer. For information call 459-8917 ext. 208


SPECTRA Arts Learning

he Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County is seeking stories and anecdotes from people with current or past experience with SPECTRA Arts Learning. These stories will serve as examples of successes students have found through the Council’s SPECTRA program over the years, and may be used to promote the Council’s Arts Learning Resource Directory. If you are an artist, parent, teacher or student with a story to share about your experience with SPECTRA, you are invited to send a brief narrative to Sonia Deetz at the Cultural Council:

Ongoing Events

Mondays and Wednesdays

Salsa Rueda Class


7:00pm at Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz. earn Salsa Rueda. For more information visit or call 831-457-7432




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

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


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).


Ballroom Dancing


7:30- 11:00pm at Mid-County Senior Center, 829 Bay Ave, Capitola. ive music by The Rainbows. Refreshments, large floor, friendly atmosphere, free parking. All for a donation of $8 per person.


First Fridays of 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 yearround and illuminates some of the most talented local artists from local galleries. To find out where to participate in a First Friday art tour, visit (Most galleries are open 12-9 pm for First Friday viewings.)

Fridays thru Sundays thru Nov. 19

Cabrillo Theatre Arts Presents: The Three Sisters

Friday & Saturday nights at 8:00pm; Sunday


Matinees at 2:00pm and a special performance, on Nov. 18 at 10:00 am or ticket information, call (831) 479-6154 or visit Tickets are $15 for students/seniors, $18 for general public

Every other Friday

Shakespeare Club of Santa Cruz

10:30-12:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 900 High St. Santa Cruz, Starting November 4th hakespeare's club is seeking new members to join in the study of his plays. For more information, visit


Fourth Friday of each month


Musical Me Inc. Family Jam Night

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

Fourth Saturdays of each month

Writers and Poets Open Mike


2:00pm-4:00pm, Porter Memorial Library, 3050 Porter St. Soquel riters and Poets are invited to a new monthly open mike reading series. Come and read your fiction, essays, or poetry. For more information, call Jean at (831) 475-4221

Dated Events Saturday November 5 Inner Light Choir


7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00), Inner Light Center,-5630 Soquel Dr. Soquel oin the Inner Light Choir in singing inspirational and beautiful songs. The choir is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, and interfaith group dedicated to bringing healing music. Information about tickets can be found at, or by calling (831) 465-9090.

Friday November 11 Saturday November 12 Holiday Craft Event

11:00am-6:00pm Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm Saturday. The Lodge on the Corner, 121 Martinelli St. Watsonville. ree admission and lots of crafts! And a very special drawing for prizes! For more information, call Rosalie Johnson (831) 722-2819


Friday, November 18 Dominican Foundation Guild Holiday Luncheon


10:00 am, Cocoanut Grove Grand Ballroom, 400 Beach St. Santa Cruz he Dominican Guild invites you to usher in the holiday season with a Holiday Luncheon and a celebrity speaker, Miss Shirley Jones. The luncheon will also include a silent auction, tree viewing and boutique shopping. Come enjoy the festivities! For more information call (831) 462-7712 or visit

Saturday November 19 Golden West Casino Night


7:00pm-11:00pm. Aptos Academy Auditorium, 1940 Bonita Dr, Aptos. njoy an exciting evening of gaming, food, and wine. Try your hand at Roulette, Black Jack, Craps, and 3 Card Poker with professional dealers. Winner prizes include a trip to Vegas, air miles, and other great items. The cost of admission includes 50 dollars in play money, hors d'oeurves, and a glass of wine. Raffle tickets, wine and beer bar available. This event is a fundraiser for the tuition assistance and CASA education programs at The Aptos Academy, a nondenominational, WASC- accredited PreK8th grade school. Ticket price is $40. For information and tickets call 688-1080.

Saturday December 3 Vinnie Hanson Book Signing


1:00pm-3:00pm Cross Roads Books, 1935 Main St. Watsonville ocal author Vinnie Hansen is a recent retiree after 27 years of teaching at Watsonville High School. She will be signing her locally set mysteries featuring intrepid heroine, Carol Sabala, a baker and private investigator. For more information, visit, or contact the author

Sunday December 11 Third Annual Mad Hatter's Tea Party


12:30pm- 3:00pm, Seascape Beach Resort, 1 Seascape Resort Dr. his 3rd annual festive tea party will feature local actors, including children, as Alice, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter. All proceeds and one unwrapped toy per person will be donated to Santa Cruz Toys for Tots. Donations: $29 ages 2-12, $40 ages 13 and up. For more details, visit or call (831) 662-7108 n

The influence of Jupiter works well for you at the start of the month. You have the chance to take on something that you would normally not feel confident about, but right now you are certainly not fazed by whatever comes your way. The Scorpio Sun highlights any dealings you have with large organizations or groups of individuals brought together for a common purpose, friends and associates, so any joint endeavour is favoured. The Full Moon on the 11th can be flirtatious and exciting for you. It's time to not take things too seriously and have fun. Foreign travel is also a feature in November.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

While the Sun is in Scorpio, your opportunities are focused on career and professional life. Changes here are for the better and you have the ability to push forward with your ambitions. Making an impact on the world may not be the top of your agenda but it could happen regardless! A lot of what transpires is a result of a chance remark or a synchronistic meeting. Fate plays a part in bringing what you need. New ideas are easy for you to cope with and some of the time you have to share that vision with others who are still catching up. Revolutionary solutions are now the norm!

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)

This is a time when you can be swayed by argument and you are willing try out new lifestyles and ways of being. You are keen not to be too hemmed in and can be adaptable to change which others find difficult. Indeed you can see the advantages of letting go the past and previous traditions. You have a great meeting of minds with a potential soul mate and look forward to making plans. Allow any conflict at the start of the month to work its way through, which it will. The end of the month you are organized and clearer about what you want, after a period of experimentation.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

You enjoy the pleasures of creating space and letting go of what no longer works for you. You can be quite ruthless in your decision making but it is done with confidence borne from what you have observed and perceived. There is a focus on your finances too, this month, and you find new ways to be clever with your cash and create more, either by buying or selling or providing a service that is valuable to others. Your ruler, Mars, enters Virgo on the 11th and you can be proactively mindful of your health and well being. Good times are to be had in the last week.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

The month begins with you at a crossroads, perhaps a continuation from the previous month. Important changes are going on but the message is that you are in an opportunistic time with the chance to broaden your horizons and explore a little more than usual. This could be unsettling for those around you who prefer to know exactly where you are what you are up to! Your ruler, Venus, spends most of the time in optimistic and fiery Sagittarius giving you the boost you need and confidence to take on what can be a daunting task. Romance is a key feature for those of you who are looking for it.

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

You are juggling demands at work and an increasing need to be organized and practical on the home front. As a Gemini, you have clever ways to get the best of both worlds and create a win/win situation. Your ruler, Mercury, enters the seventh house of relationships this month bringing people and situations to you that are fun and informative. Conversation and communication are key and you are travelling around more than usual. This suits you fine and you are inspired by what you discover. Take note of the last week when your luck changes dramatically.

Gemini (May 22-June 21)

This is a most creative time for you, when you are inspired to take an art class, get immersed in music and concerts, or otherwise enjoy any activity that isn't work related. New friendships emerge from a shared interest and you are glad to have the opportunity to escape form routine. If you have children, then this month their achievements make you proud. The Full Moon on the 10th in earthy Taurus can be a time for luscious feasts and celebrations. Take note of the 25th when a change of routine at work could herald new responsibilities and more cash.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Your focus is on home and your family life. You are happy to curl upon the sofa under a warm blanket with your loved ones around you and you love the idea of creating a cosy nest to keep out the cold. Links with the past can bring dreams and messages and you are compelled to act on what you discover. Professionally, you get the recognition you fully deserve and a reward because of it, either monetarily or otherwise especially around the Full Moon on the 10th. As the Sun moves into Sagittarius on the 23rd you feel inspired and energised, and look forward to the Festive Season.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)

This month brings Mars, the action planet, into your sign. While you have had so many plans and ideas that haven't yet come together, this is set to change and you have renewed vigour and enthusiasm that helps with all that you do. It may be that you come up against opposition but you are more than capable of getting others onside and cooperating with you. While travel can play a key role, it could be that you change your vehicle or visit those places that you haven't been to before. it's a good time to take up a course or hobby too.

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)

Money is on your mind, Libra, and you are doing other things besides your normal job that could bring in the cash. Discover skills you didn't know you had by trying something new. It's a great time to learn and earn. You also do well with networking and marketing. Believe in yourself and have some fun. Life need not be serious, although this may fly in the face of your experience. The Full Moon in Taurus could bring wonders to your love life and in any case, your passion is catching. You make the very best of what you have and turn situations to your advantage.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)

It's time to take stock and make plans and set your intentions for the year to come. it may seem early but while the sun is in your sign, you find that you are most effective and able to bring into being what it is that you want. A little bit of luck is on hand for you! The Full Moon on the 10th brings into focus your relationship and any tensions here are now out in the open. This is a good thing and clears the air. If you are single, then this is the window of opportunity for you. You are fortunate with cash all this month but particularly in the last week. ••• Find Out More

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Fire Safety for the Holidays


By Mike Conrad, Division Chief Aptos La Selva Fire District

an you believe it? The Holidays are fast approaching and along with them, I want to address some of the fire safety issues that go with them. First, I hope by now you have taken advantage of the good weather and have prepared around your home for winter. Cleaned the gutters on the house, made sure water runs away from your property and not on to your neighbor’s property, cleaned the chimney and had your furnace checked. Make sure that all combustibles that may have been placed close to heating appliances during the summer while not in use have been moved away. We will often see house fire’s that result from a chair or other household item being placed next to or on top of a furnace during the summer to save space and then forgot about until the heater comes on and the item catches fire.

Second, don’t forget to change the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors when you change the clocks this month. Your first line of defense is always going to be a properly working detector. Also, if you can’t remember when you purchased your detectors it may be time to replace the entire unit. Detectors have a useful life of about 10 years. Check with the manufacturer of your detectors to see what they recommend. Third, the occurrence of home fires peeks during the holiday season on average during this time fires cause 900 million dollars in loss, account for hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries many of these too children. Almost a third of these fires start in the kitchen with the increased use during this time of year. What can we do to improve safety in the kitchen?

• Make sure all handles and appliance cords are safely out of the reach of children. • Stay focused while cooking, the holidays are busy and full of distractions and one can easily lose track of items on the stove or in the oven. Historically Thanksgiving Day see’s the most home fires than any other day throughout the year. Are you going to deep fry a Turkey this year? Interesting information I can across from State Farm Insurance, they report approximately 1000 fire’s a year occur as a result of people deep frying turkeys. If this is in your Thanksgiving Day menu plans please make sure to do it outside away from combustibles and follow the instructions to the letter, the risk of injury and fire are very high when this cooking style is done incorrectly. Candles are also responsible for many holiday season fires. Keep your candles in a non-tip container approved for candle use. Never leave a burning candle unattended and always extinguish before leaving home or going to bed. Be careful using candles that have items embedded in the wax like leaves or other combustible items, many of these types over the years have been recalled because if left to burn they can heat up the items which catch fire and drop to the table of floor starting a house fire. n ••• If you have any questions for Chief Mike, e-mail him at,


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Mom of the Year and her Fabulous Five

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o mother should ever be abandoned and forced to raise kids on her own but this sweet Shepherd/Boxer mix named Mia suffered that plight and was doing her best with a litter of five. She made a nest out of an old couch, kept her puppies safe, and nourished for nearly six weeks, setting out to scavenge food for herself in the process. When the family was picked up, they were in good condition aside from fleas, ticks and dirt but had nowhere safe to go, as the shelter was over-crowded and the pups were still too young for adoption. A caring shelter worker fostered Mia and her puppies for a few weeks and found a soft landing for them at the Santa Cruz SPCA. The five eight-week-old pups Faith, Fabio, Fabrice, Fable, and Fabien are now looking for forever homes. The puppies are painfully adorable with rolly polly bellies, squished faces and intoxicating puppy breath. We guess their mix to be Shepherd/Boxer/Terrier and feel they will grow into larger dogs around 50 pounds. Right now, they do a lot of sleeping but it doesn’t take much to bring out their curious and playful nature. They tend to turn each other’s body parts into proper toys and would rather chew on tails and paws than balls and ropes. Each puppy has distinctive coloring with signature patches of white and stunning blue, green or amber colored eyes. Our adoption package for dogs and cats includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, an ID tag, collar, a free health exam with a licensed Veterinarian, one month’s free health insurance, discounted crate purchase and other animal care materials. If you would like to help animals like Mia, her puppies and their 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. n

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A Tom Lehrer Revival (It’s about time!)


eter Nichols, local writer, musician and community activist, performs the first in a series of one-man shows celebrating the sardonic humor of Tom Lehrer’s songs Friday, Nov. 18 at the Backstage Lounge next to the Rio Theater on Soquel Ave. in Santa Cruz. The show, titled “Me & Tom,” features Nichols in the role of “Me” and will be the first local revival of Lehrer’s satirical, witty and often hysterical meanderings in nearly 30 years. Locals may remember Nichols as the amusing County & Western entertainer posing — with some of Santa Cruz’s finest players — as “Johnny Mello and the Golden State Gamblers.” Through the mid and late 1970’s, he headlined many local venues including the “old” and “new” (now the current) Catalyst. He worked the county fair circuit up and down I-5, performed on KFAT radio and produced his own records before going into self-imposed performance hibernation around 1980. Lehrer, hailed as genius by some and pointless by others, left home for Harvard at the age of 15, graduated at 18, and spent most of his life in academe as a Harvard and later UCSC math professor. His selfproduced 12-song EP, “Songs by Tom Lehrer” (1953) quickly became a cult clas-

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sic. He shunned the demands and celebrity of the music business and performed his last major concert in 1967. Though his performing career was short, he has made a lasting impression on multiple generations of youthful listeners. Nichols claims to have produced the first ever dramatization of a Tom Lehrer song, “Tom Lehrer’s Lobachevsky,” currently playing on Community TV channels 27 and 73 and on YouTube at According to Nichols, “Me and Tom” is the perfect way to waste a Friday evening for all fans of Tom Lehrer and anyone who thinks they could qualify if only given the chance. The Backstage Lounge, at 1209 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, opens for dinning and drinks at 6:00 PM, and the show starts at 8:30. A $5 donation is suggested. For more details, call (831) 7631895. n

“Career Night” from pg 26

Schedule of Events and Venues 6 – 8 p.m. Cabrillo Gymnasium (Building 1100): Four-year college and university representatives will be on-hand to answer questions about their institutions. 6 – 8 p.m. Robert E. Swenson Library (Building 1000) & Cabrillo Cafeteria (Building 900): Cabrillo College instructors and career counselors will speak to students and parents about planning career paths. 6 – 8 p.m. Robert E. Swenson Library (Upstairs) Room 1051: Financial aid advisors will give workshops on how to apply for financial aid for community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. n “Rehabilitation” from pg 24

being forced to change from emphasizing incarceration, to rehabilitation at the county level in order to make the new paradigm work.

The goal is admirable, but it remains to be seen what the reality will be. n ••• Noel would appreciate your comments. Post them on our website: or email Scotts Valley Times / November 2011 / 31

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