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February 2013 • Vol 16 No. 2 • www.tpgonlinedaily.com ‘Art in the Library’

The ‘Art in the Library’ program is establishing the Scotts Valley Library as an art destination by attracting renowned artists. The next exhibit, ‘About Face’ begins January 19 and will be celebrated with an artist reception hosted by local State Farm insurance agent Laureen Youngmeyer on Saturday, January 26, from 2-4pm. Full Story on page 2

2013 Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest

Whether it’s the memory of Love, Love that has stood the test of time, or the rush of young Love, that is what we celebrate each February 14, Valentine’s Day. What could be more romantic than to express through your own poetry about that Love for your loved one — and for our readers — to read. So it’s time to send us your poem about those tender feelings and romantic thoughts to our annual poetry contest. Full Story on page 7

Supervisor McPherson Appoints Staff

On January 8, 2013, newly elected Fifth District Supervisor Bruce McPherson announced two staff members and nominated his first commissioners. McPherson’s staff members are Robin Musitelli and Virginia “Gine” Johnson. Full Story on page 5

Town Center Moving Forward

Representatives from the Pleasanton-based Property Development Centers, the development arm of Safeway, met with Scotts Valley Residents on Wednesday, January 30. Their purpose was to answer questions about the longplanned Scotts Valley Town Center. According to Scotts Valley Mayor Randy Johnson,

“The turnout numbered about 65 citizens whose mood was respectful but who posed tough questions to Deborah Karbo, vice president of development for Property Development Centers (PDC) and Tom Fitzpatrick, development representative for PDC. It was made clear to them that the citizens and the City of Scotts Valley ... continued on page 4


‘About Face’ — A study of Personality and Character

‘Art in the Library’ Showcases Local Artists in Newest Library Installation

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

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

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

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Scotts Valley Artisans’ Second Anniversary Party and Silent Auction 6 – 9 p.m. Sat., Feb. 9 • 230-D Mt. Hermon Rd Scotts Valley (Next to the Cinelux Theater)

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cotts Valley Artisans Non-Profit Community Art Center is holding its Second Anniversary Party on Saturday, February 9, which will feature a silent auction and local food, wine and desserts. Included in the silent auction will be original artwork from over 100 local Santa Cruz County artists, as well as goodies and activities from many local businesses. Wine will be provided by Scotts Valley’s newest winery, 37th Parallel, who will be on hand to pour. Bruno’s BBQ and Cutesy Cupcakes will provide food. Entry into the event is free, and those interested in participating in the silent auction will be assigned bid numbers at the door. This event will also mark the opening of the Laurie Zeszut Gallery at Scotts Valley Artisans. Laurie, a long-time Santa Cruz resident and renowned local artist has donated a large inventory of her limited edition, numbered serigraphs to help raise

funds for Scotts Valley Artisans and its umbrella organization, the Regional Artisans Association. These serigraphs, along with many additional original works will be on display in the rear gallery space. In addition, master ceramicist Mattie Leads will also be a featured artist in the Laurie Zeszut Gallery during the month of February. Mattie creates large- scale, hand painted ceramics that are enthusiastically collected and on display in homes, galleries, and businesses throughout Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Bay area. All funds raised from this event will go to Scotts Valley Artisans to support its 5600 sq. ft. space devoted to displaying and selling the work of Santa Cruz County artists and artisans, along with its many projects and programs. “SV Artisans” page 9


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Town Center Moving Forward by Noel Smith

Community News

‘About Face’ — A study of Personality and Character • Scotts Valley Artisans’ Second Anniversary Party and Silent Auction Scotts Valley Girls Attend San Mateo Workshop • Annual Concert at the UCSC Music Center Recital Hall • ‘In Dreams’ Art Exhibit • Gold Standard Chorus Seats Officers Supervisor McPherson Appoints Staff • Tax Rates Up, Causing Average Net Income to Drop ‘Meet the Author’ – John Chandler • ‘A Day to Remember’ Bridal Show Offers One Stop Planning 2013 Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest by Noel Smith Caltrans Upgrades Trip Planning Website for California Motorists • Refurbished Collector’s Corner Opens at Santa Cruz Goodwill • Pajaro Valley Quilt Association35th Annual Quilt Show • $64 Million in New Transportation Funding Approved

Business Profiles

8 SunCoast Awning by Colleen Hughes 15 Scotts Valley Spa & Boutique by Cynthia Howe

Local Sports

10 Colin Kaepernick – The Real Deal! Story and Photos By Dave Love 17 Valley Scoreboard

Scotts Valley Chamber News • Pages 11-14 11 Scotts Valley Chamber Board of Directors Announce Their 2013 Executive Team • Calendar of Upcoming Events 12 ‘A Keeping Of Your Green!’ — Fifth Financial Planning Clinic — FREE to the Public • Scotts Valley Chamber Treated to a Night Out At the Movies 13 Scotts Valley Chamber Ambassadors Welcome New Members • Thank You to Our Renewing Members 14 Welcome our Newest Business Member • Greetings From Our Newly Elected Fifth District Supervisor • Welcome to Our NEW Members Private School Open House

16 Private School Survival Guide for Parents By Robert Kennedy

Calendar • Arts & Entertainment – Pages 20 & 21

Scotts Valley Girls Attend San Mateo Workshop anine Snyder and Nikki Olivas, two members of Beth Hollenbeck’s chorus at Scotts Valley High School, spent a day with high school singers from Northern California in the Sweet Adelines, Region 12, Young Women In Harmony workshop in San Mateo. The girls were coached by Sweet Adelines master teachers and prominent quartets before performing for the region 12 convention. With only a few hours of actual rehearsal, the girls received a standing ovation. The Gold Standard Barbershop Chorus of Santa Cruz, www.scbarbershop. org, local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society,  in its goal to “keep the whole world singing,” is proud to support Sweet Adelines youth outreach programs.

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From Left: Janine Snyder and Nikki Olivas, on the risers with Cindi Sharp, YWIH Coordinator, during Sweet Adelines Regional 12 workshop at the San Mateo Marriott, Jan. 19, 2013. ••• Annual Concert at the UCSC Music Center Recital Hall 120 Talented Fingers Celebrate Piano Ensemble! – Sunday, February 10, at 2 p.m. welve well-known Santa Cruz pianists will again flex their fingers (120 in total) in a concert that has become a tradition for duo-piano music lovers. The duo-pianists performing are: Josephine Alvarado, Karen Cole, Thomas Cole, Chris Dennis, Ray Fernando, Laureen Herr, Nicki Kerns, Lynn Kidder, Lavinia Livingston, Zack Myers, Ivan Rosenblum and Vlada Volkova-Moran.

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Monthly Horoscope • Page 21 - Your February Horoscope -

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

••• Gold Standard Chorus Seats Officers old Standard Chorus installed its 2013 officers in a ceremony at the Pasatiempo Grill:  (l to r:) Glenn Davis, music VP, Ian Blackwood, treasurer; Jack Gordon, president; Dan Jett, secretary; Les Stagnaro, VP at large; and Gerry Stone, VP membership. 

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18 The Book Bag by Robert Francis – From vampires and party girls to former Nazi operatives and winter secrets … 19 Pet Potpourri by River May – Fleas – The Year Round Pest 22 Newtown and Gun Control By James S. Rummonds 23 Fireplace and Space Heater Safety by Mike DeMars-Fire Inspector, Central Fire Protection District

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Renowned Tango dancers John and Nancy Lingemann will join them. They are well known for their Tango classes and many performances in Santa Cruz, as well as in the Carmel area. This Concert is an exciting opportunity to experience the thrill of Tango dancing at its best, along with masterful performances of the music of composers from the 19th, 20th, and 21st century, music that is seldom heard, explicitly written for duo-pianists. The music will be played on UCSC’s beautiful matched Steinway grand pianos. This event is a benefit for Talent Bank Awards Festival, a scholarship program of the Music Teachers Association of California, Santa Cruz branch. Suggested donation is $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors. ••• ‘In Dreams’ Art Exhibit Feb. 1 – April 26 • Presented by Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative n Dreams explores a world that is seemingly surreal and dreamlike. What images appear in your dreams? Six local artists share their viewpoints through a variety of mediums in playful and sometimes unexpected, ethereal scenes. Join us Friday, March 1 from 6-8pm for a First Friday Opening Reception. Meet the artists of the show, view the art and mingle with other art lovers. Curated by Joan Blackmer Exhibiting Artists: Karen Kvenvold Bailey • Andrea Borsuk • Selena Castro • Chris Miroyan • Sharon King • Tom Trujillo. Exhibit Locations Santa Cruz County Bank Branches: Aptos – 7775 Soquel Drive • Capitola – 819 Bay Avenue • Santa Cruz – 720 Front Street • Scotts Valley – 4604 Scotts Valley Drive • Watsonville – 595 Auto Center Drive Exhibit Viewing and Bank Hours: Monday through Thursday 9am – 5pm, Friday 9am – 6pm excluding Holidays.

John & Nancy Lingemann, tango dancers

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“Town Center” from page 1 will not sacrifice their vision of a multipurpose development that will retain the character of our community for expediency or just for increased city revenues.” The concept of a 17-acre mixed-use retail and residential development fronting on Mount Hermon Road and occupying the balance of the Skypark property called Town Center has been simmering for several years. But the weak economy and the lack of a developer with the money to self-finance such a project has provided an almost insurmountable barrier to achieving successful development. The city’s long-held vision would have about 150,000 square feet of retail space to be rented by local and national retailers. A Safeway store as the anchor for the project would occupy about 50,000 square feet. In addition, residential development would include affordable housing and senior apartments. The final element of open spaces for community events and gatherings would make this indeed a “Town Center.” The size of the proposed project and the commitment by the City to oversee the design gave most of those

The city’s long-held vision would have about 150,000 square feet of retail space to be rented by local and national retailers. A Safeway store as the anchor for the project would occupy about 50,000 square feet. In addition, residential development would include affordable housing and senior apartments. present confidence that the result would not be just an oversized strip mall. As PDC intends to not only to be the buyer of the property, but also the developer and the manager/landlord of the completed property, many of the obstacles to a Scotts Valley Town Center will have been overcome. First, the 17 acres must be purchased from three landowners; 7.2 acres of the Skypark airport owned by the city of Santa Cruz, property owned by the Scotts Valley Redevelopment Agency, and that held by the City of Scotts Valley.

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Mayor Randy Johnson (left) and Council Member Jim Reed review plans for the proposed “Town Center” project.

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Scotts Valley City Councilmember, Jim Reed pointed out, “The state has abolished all the state’s redevelopment agencies and directed them to sell off their assets and we believe both the Cities of Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley are amenable to a purchase by a qualified buyer in order to move the project forward. We are very optimistic that we have found a developer that is just as excited about this addition to Scotts Valley as are the residents.” PDC does not yet have a concrete design in place for the project as that was the primary purpose for the meeting to get community input, but expects to return in 2-3 months with a design concept to present to the City and its citizens. PDC has just another 4 months of their exclusive agreement with the city to come up with an acceptable concept before the property could go into escrow for acquisition. Both Johnson and Reed agreed that the first elements of the Town Center could be finished and in operation in as little at 2-3 years. Johnson said, “PDC has the economic muscle to make this all happen. We are very pleased that they seem as anxious as we are to bring the Town Center expeditiously into reality.” n


Supervisor McPherson Appoints Staff O n January 8, 2013, newly elected Fifth District Supervisor Bruce McPherson announced two staff members and nominated his first commissioners. McPherson’s staff members are Robin Musitelli and Virginia “Gine” Johnson. Musitelli is a 30-plus year resident of the San Lorenzo Valley, currently living in Brookdale. As a journalist, she reported for the Valley Press, the San Jose Mercury and Santa Cruz Sentinel, covering education, politics and environmental issues. At the Sentinel, she worked as a reporter when McPherson was editor. “I loved working with Bruce then, and look forward to working with him again,” she said. For the past 12 years, Musitelli has been an analyst for Second District Supervisor Ellen Pirie and is on the Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz County Horsemen’s Association. Johnson is the former Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Santa Cruz-based nonprofit Ecology Action. Under her leadership, Ecology Action evolved from a small recycling operation into one of the state’s leading voices on reducing global warming, eventually becoming a co-owner of the transformed former Sentinel building in downtown Santa Cruz. Johnson has more than 35 years of business experience, including extensive governance experience, having served on six local

Virginia Johnson • Robin Musitelli nonprofit boards. She currently serves on the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County Advisory Council and the County Commission on the Environment. Johnson and her husband have lived in Scotts Valley for 28 years. “I am honored to support Supervisor

McPherson and look forward to providing the best possible service to the Fifth District,” Johnson said. Commission Nominations enee Shepherd was nominated for a four-year term as the Fifth District

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representative on the County Planning Commission. Shepherd, a Felton resident, has served as Fifth District Planning Commissioner since 1989, first appointed by then Supervisor Fred Keeley, followed by Supervisors Jeff Almquist and Mark Stone. Shepherd is widely regarded as a pioneering innovator in introducing international specialty vegetables and herbs for home gardeners and gourmet restaurants. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of California in Santa Cruz and teaching in the Environmental Studies Department there, she founded Shepherd’s Garden Seeds in 1985. Renee left Shepherd’s Seeds in 1996 and then founded Renee’s Garden, offering seeds through garden centers and nurseries and online. In addition to her passions for gardening and cooking, Shepherd has many community, environmental and equestrian interests. McPherson nominated Rick Jones as his alternate Planning Commissioner. Jones, also a resident of Felton, served as a water quality investigation and compliance employee of the County Department of Environmental Health and has experience as a real estate broker. A past resident of Capitola, Jones served on the City of Capitola Planning Commission for eight years and was a previous alternate on the County Planning Commission. n

Tax Rates Up, Causing Average Net Income to Drop

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ocial Security taxes went up for workers nationwide on January 1st by 2% from 4.2 % to 6.2%. This means that every American family earning $50,000 annually will pay around $1,000 more in Social Security taxes in 2013. With the increase in federal taxes for those families whose household yearly income is $1 million, their 2013 federal income taxes will increase by about $170,000. California income taxes add another $90,000 to that total income tax for our family earning $1 million in income and takes 13.3 percent of income over $1 million. In addition, the new California income tax rates for those making $250,000 or more are retroactive to January 1, 2012. The statewide sales and use tax rate

increased one quarter of one percent (0.25%) from 7.25 percent to 7.50 percent on Jan. 1, 2013. California voters approved this rate increase when they approved Proposition 30 on Nov. 6, 2012. California sales tax generally applies to retail sales of goods and merchandise except those sales specifically exempted by law. “Use Tax” is the same rate as the sales tax and generally applies to the storage, use, or other consumption of goods in California purchased from retailers in transactions not subject to the sales tax. Use tax may also apply to purchases shipped to California consumers from other states, including purchases by mail order, telephone, or Internet. The sales and use tax rate increase does not apply to purchases of gasoline. However,

the sales and use tax rate increase does apply to purchases of diesel fuel. Basic State Sales/Use Tax = 8.25 % County of Santa Cruz (All unincorporated areas) Sales/Use Tax 8.25 %

City of Capitola Sales/Use Tax 8.5 % City of Santa Cruz Sales/Use Tax 8.75 % City of Scotts Valley Sales/Use Tax 8.25 % City of Watsonville Sales/Use Tax 8.5 % n

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

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

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

dency, the first time a Democratic candidate lost a presidential election in 20 years. John Chandler is a former Cabrillo instructor and a longtime writer. He has published in: “Quarry West,” The Chicago Quarterly”, “Porter John Chandler Gulch Review” and “Phren-Z’”. He’s read both his fiction and his poetry locally and has had two plays

produced. He is a student of yoga and Spanish, as well as a disc golf player. He’s the father of two grown children, plus the stepfather of two grown children. He lives in Santa Cruz with his wife, Wilma. The “Meet the Author” programs at The Porter Memorial Library are informal coffee hours set around the fireplace. They feature local authors who discuss their works and answer questions from the audience. The “Meet the Author” programs are held each year on the second Wednesdays in January,

February, March and April from 10:3011:30 a.m. Refreshments and coffee will be served, with The Ugly Mug providing the coffee. Limited parking is available behind the library. Enter from Soquel Drive into the Bagelry parking lot and drive through to the left. n ••• For more information, call the library at 475-3326 during library hours: MondayFriday - 12 - 4 p.m. and Saturday - 10a.m.-2 p.m., or find us on the web at: porterml.org

‘A Day to Remember’ Bridal Show Offers One Stop Planning

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he 18th annual “A Day to Remember” Bridal Show will be held at the Monterey Conference Center, Sunday, February 3, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Brides will be given the opportunity to meet the area’s finest wedding professionals. They will also be able to plan their entire wedding all in one day. “Brides can book many services, as they meet with the vendors one-on-one,” says Labeth Hall of PR Plus Events, organizer of the event. Videographers, photographers, hotel reception sites, bridal stores, DJ’s, tuxedo stores, jewelry, beauty specialists, caterers, decorators and limousine rentals are just a few of the vendors that will be present at the show. Brides should come prepared with pre-printed labels with their name, address, phone number and email addresses to register for prizes at the vendor’s booths. Doors open at 11 a.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per person. Brides get free admission when accompanied by two paying guests and the first fifty brides to register at the event will receive a complimentary gift!! Every bride will be given a gift bag which they can pack full of special offers, coupons and a copy of Coastal Wedding Magazine. Coastal Wedding magazine is full of wonderfully helpful articles. There are tips on staying organized while planning your wedding, who pays for what, planning your reception, even a timeline so you can be confident that when the big days comes

you will know all is done and you can relax and enjoy your day. For all brides, there are suggestions on wedding dress styles and accessories. And of course, a beautiful array of the latest and greatest in wedding, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses. Did you know the trendy colors for weddings this year are poppy red and emerald green? They are both beautiful

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and vibrant colors and Coastal Wedding has great suggestions on how to use those colors to give you wedding the wow factor! Is this your second wedding or are you a mature bride? We have great ideas for you … Savor and enjoy the new issue of Coastal Wedding Magazine with articles such as: Honorable Duties – Everything the Maid of Honor Needs to Know •

Wedding Banquet on the Go – Gourmet Catering Trucks • You’re Engaged! – Plan the Perfect Celebration • Countdown to “I Do”! – She said YES! So, What’s Next? • The Perfect Venue – Central Coast Locations for Exchanging Vows with Wedding Site Directory Guide Brides will also receive a registration card at the entrance to be entered in the Grand Prize Giveaway for a honeymoon at The New Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. This romantic adventure includes 4 days / 3 nights accommodations and more. Many other great prizes including makeovers, photography sessions and gifts will be given away during the drawing at 2:30pm. Brides must be present to win! The largest bridal show on the Central Coast will also feature an elegant designer fashion show that will take place at 2 p.m. “We will be featuring styles for the entire wedding party from flower girl dresses to tuxedos,” said Hall. The models will show fashions from Bridal Veil Fashions, Campus Bridal and The Nest. The tuxedos modeled will be from Men’s Warehouse. The latest trends in hair, makeup and accessories will also be featured. “A Day to Remember” Bridal Show is a PR Plus Event, cosponsored by KDON radio, and the Monterey Marriott. n ••• For more information about the show, please contact Labeth Hall at prplusevents@westco.net or visit the website at www.montereybridalshow.com


Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest

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

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hether it’s the memory of Love, Love that has stood the test of time, or the rush of young Love, that is what we celebrate each February 14, Valentine’s Day. What could be more romantic than to express through your own poetry about that Love for your loved one - and for our readers - to read. So it’s time to send us your poem about those tender feelings and romantic thoughts to our annual poetry contest.

It’s time for poets throughout our county to make public their feelings for those they love in celebration of Valentines Day and be one our poetry contest winners. Times Publishing Group is sponsoring its 13th Times Publishing Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest to reward three local poets (and their sweethearts) with the ultimate in Valentine’s Day romance. It’s time for poets throughout our county to make public their feelings for those they love in celebration of Valentines Day and be one of our poetry contest winners. The 2012 Times Publishing Annual Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest drew poems from Watsonville to Boulder Creek and even from New York. Some were funny, some romantic, some touching. All were a joy to read! As usual, a winning poem was chosen for each of our three newspapers; the Aptos Times, Capitola Soquel Times, and Scotts Valley Times. Express your love – in 250 words or less – (see “Contest Rules” for complete details) and tell the world what makes your Valentine special! n ••• 2013 Poetry Contest Rules Please Read Carefully Write a poem about, or to your Valentine and send it to us. Only one poem per poet and no more than 250 words and 25 lines. Submit it via email to info@cyber-times.com with Poetry Contest in the subject line or mail it to 9601 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003. Be sure to include your name, address, day and evening phone numbers, e-mail address, and for whom (fiancée, spouse, parent, child,

lost love, etc.) your Sunshine’s warmth poem is written. or storm or rain The Scotts Valley Times’ Three First Place Confrontation, joy, winning prize is a winning poems and or pain three honorable A bumpy road, a Valentine’s Day mention poems will risky ride (Thursday, February 14) be selected by the Is better traveled side Times Publishing ediby side dinner for two at the torial staff: from south Santa Cruz/Scotts county representing So, draw me near the Aptos Times; from and hold me tight Valley Hilton’s StoneCapitola/Soquel/ Warming up the house Bar & Grill Santa Cruz reprecoldest night senting the Capitola Chase away the Soquel Times and from Scotts Valley/San wintery chill Lorenzo Valley representing the Scotts Valley Let your love my trembling still Times. (Note: We welcome submissions from all readers living within Santa Cruz County.) While we have another day The Scotts Valley Times’ winning prize Though time ticks the years away is a Valentine’s Day (Thursday, February 14, Loving you I’ll always be 2013) dinner for two at the Santa Cruz/Scotts Glad that you’re the one for me Valley Hilton’s Stonehouse Bar & Grill. All entries must be received by 5 pm on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. The winner will be notified on or before Friday, February 8. Please call us at 831/688-7549 if you have any questions. The winning poems will be published in the March 1 editions. ••• 2012 Winners Scotts Valley Times – Jan Mennite Aptos Times – Tricia Contreras Capitola Soquel Times – Paul Vogt The One – Jan Mennite This poem was written for my spouse on our 30th anniversary: March 7, 2012. The frosty autumn day we met Your tender look I won’t forget When first you took my heart in hand And whisked it off to wonderland We were young and love so new Unaware of how time flew Through the years two lives converged And this united one emerged

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By Colleen Hughes

unCoast Awning is a thriving business that planted its roots in Santa Cruz back in 1934. Originally, the San Lorenzo Awning Company located on Ocean Street, the Langrish family purchased the business in the early 1940’s and moved to its current location on River Street. Clive Langrish is 88 today and helped run the business for almost 50 years. As the current owner Erik Anslinger and I talked in the show room, he pulled out a box of Sees Candy (my favorite — nuts and chews) that Clive continues to send to SunCoast every holiday season. Erik is grateful to stay in touch with one of the original owners of the business. February 2013 will mark the Anslinger families third year in business here. He draws upon the rich history of this once small awning shop in order to continue providing the Santa Cruz community with local sales and service for awning and shade needs. Erik is proud to say, “SunCoast is the only awning business in Santa Cruz County.”

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“This has been a busy time of year. We have hired on a few extra hands during the holiday season.” SunCoast employs 2 full time installers and 4-6 during their busiest season in the summer months. Patricia Amann has been in the industry for 12 years. She not only runs a very busy office but also utilizes her 31 years of sewing experience. There are times when a canvas will need repair for a tear and she is the one to do it. “Our client base is about 50/50 with residential and commercial business and our business is predominantly referral based.” SunCoast offers customized graphic work, retractable and stationary awnings and some that work at the push of a button. SunCoast serves Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Francisco Bay Areas. Their website lists some of their customers: Logo’s Books and Records, The

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Stanford Shopping Center, O’Neill, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Annie Glass, Roaring Camp Railroads, Comfort Inn, Paradise Beach Grill and Slatter Construction. Many of Santa Cruz county and city offices as well as educational institutions shade their buildings with canopies and awnings from SunCoast; SLV Unified School District, UCSC, Santa Cruz Fire and Police Departments. Great America Amusement Park in Santa Clara chose SunCoast to design and install the canopy covers for their Amphitheater. “That was a big job and one that we are proud of,” said Erik. Erik noted, “The retractable awning business has really increased in the past 2 years. These can be found not only in the commercial market but the residential market as well. We plan to expand our product offering, some of which include solar screens that control glare and heat.” Often times Erik observed, “Customers have a special design request for custom covers for their cars, boats and barbeques. We are also called in to even make repairs for the Fire Department hose covers.” Patricia spoke of the two SunCoast vinyl products that are used at Longs Marine Laboratories (the UCSC Marine Biology Facility). They are called “seal bags.” These heavy-duty vinyl “bags” are used to transport seals and other marine life

(recently a baby whale). They are also utilized to weigh the seals, which is no easy task. Patricia remarked “they smell so bad when they come back in for repairs. UCSC actually cleans them before returning for repairs but there is no getting rid of that smell. It’s awful.” SunCoast refers Terry Fisher Cleaning to provide for cleaning canvas, canopies, awnings and of course, the seal bags. SunCoast has been working on a high profile project, The Kaiser Permanente Arena and new home of the Santa Cruz Warriors D-League Basketball team. SunCoast created the awning covers for the walkways to the bathrooms and the locker rooms. There are other ideas they are considering for the arena that are still in the planning stages. December 23 was the first home game season opener at the Arena. Patricia was there to cheer the Warriors on. Prior to the season opener, I had begun to take notice of the SunCoast Awnings around town. I had seen The Fish Lady Market, Stagnaro Brothers and Bailey Properties. They were nice looking awnings and did their job providing shade on that sunny day. SunCoast also contributes to the community through its efforts in supporting local literacy programs as well as supporting different projects at Santa Cruz High School. n ••• SunCoast Awning 907 River Street in Santa Cruz. Their showroom hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and they are closed on the weekends. You can call them at 831 423-7918 or 408 370-7999. Also check out their website at suncoastawning.com and take a look at their photo gallery and the long list of local businesses and residents that use SunCoast Awning as their source for Awning, Canvas and Canopy needs.


“Briefs” from page 3 All of the officers are enthusiastic about bringing another year of barbershop to the Santa Cruz area and continuing the chorus’s traditions of Valengrams in February, visits to the county’s high schools, the Cabaret Show in June, Sing for Your Life in November and holiday caroling in December. If you sing, please visit the chorus at www. scbarbershop.org. ••• Caltrans Upgrades Trip Planning Website for California Motorists Motorists can now access planned lane closure information before they leave home SACRAMENTO — Caltrans has upgraded its website to give California motorists access to planned lane closures on highways statewide so they can make more informed route decisions and reduce travel times. “Thanks to this upgrade, motorists can plan to avoid scheduled lane closures on statewide routes before they even get on the road,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “This information will allow travelers to adjust their trip plan so they can get where they’re going more quickly.” Real-time statewide route information on lane closures is easily accessible from an interactive Internet search site at www. lcswebreports.dot.ca.gov/lcswebreports/ Online users can search for planned lane closures statewide, by region, county or route number, on specific dates, during certain times, and by type of closure. For general information about traveling on California’s roads and highways including trucks, cars and bicycles, visit the DOT website: www.dot.ca.gov/roadsand traffic.html n

For additional road and traffic information, visit Caltrans QuickMap at http:// quickmap.dot.ca.gov ••• Refurbished Collector’s Corner Opens at Santa Cruz Goodwill new look and a new selection of collectibles will greet visitors to the Collector ’s Corner beginning January 16 at 10 a.m. During the holiday season, the Corner was upgraded and redecorated, and new items were added to the inventory. Now it’s ready for reopening. The popular Collector’s Corner, located inside the Goodwill retail store 204 Union Street in Santa Cruz, Tel # 4231078, is staffed and managed by members of the Goodwill Auxiliary, a volunteer group dedicated to support the mission of Goodwill. The volunteers monitor the thousands of donations received by Goodwill and identify a selection of jewelry, silver and collectibles. These valuable items are cleaned, reconditioned, and then offered for sale at the Collector’s Corner at surprisingly low prices. The Collector’s Corner normal operating hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the second Saturday each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ••• Pajaro Valley Quilt Association 35th Annual Quilt Show 2013 PVQA Quilt Show Think Global, Quilt Local ebruary 23-24, Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Avenue  Watsonville, Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Exhibiting over 400 quilts, dolls and wearables. Special exhibits include: • Black and White Quilts, • Young People’s Quilts, and Local Landscape Fabric Art. Other attractions include: Featured Speaker: Gloria Loughman • Fashion Show - Saturday, 12:30 • Live Auction - Sunday 12:30 Gloria Loughman • Ongoing Demos • Bed Turning • Over 40 vendors • Flea Market • Certified Quilt Appraiser Ample Free Parking! Lunch and snacks available to purchase, Quilt by provided by Eric’s Gloria Loughman Deli. Coffee and espresso drinks available to purchase, provided by Pacific Coffee Roasting Co. For more information, go to pvqa.org and click on the Quilt Show tab. ••• $64 Million in New Transportation Funding Approved SAN LUIS OBISPO — Continuing the push to rebuild California’s infrastructure,

the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $64 million to 43 projects that will reduce traffic congestion and repair highways, local streets, and bridges. “We are putting transportation dollars to work supporting jobs and making improvements that w i l l benefit Californians now and for decades to come,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. The allocations include $42 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. In total, approximately $14.7 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been distributed statewide. The remaining allocations ($22 million) came from assorted transportation accounts funded by state and federal dollars. Among the projects that received funding today were: $1.3 million to construct new and upgrade existing guard railing, improve crash cushions and improve drainage to reduce the number and severity of traffic collisions at 31differnt locations along Hwy. 1 in the City of Santa Cruz from Laguna Road to the Waddell Creek Bridge. n

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“SV Artisans” from page 2 These include the Mural-in-a-Day Project, the Art in Public Places Program, SantaCruzArtists.com non-profit online art market, its Artist-in-Residence program and a multitude of other activities, projects and programs designed to highlight and promote Santa Cruz County’s most valuable natural resource: its immense population of resident artists and artisans. Scotts Valley Artisans is a non-profit community art center featuring the work of over 130 Santa Cruz County artists and provides permanent and affordable showcases for local artists to display and sell their work. Our goal is to expand the reach and elevate the profile of artists in Santa Cruz County, to increase access to

affordable, handmade art for the community, and to foster programs and events that will solidify Santa Cruz County’s reputation as a nationally and internationally recognized arts destination center. n ••• For more information visit Website: www. scottsvalleyartisans.com or contact Dawn Teall at 831-439-9094 or dawn@scottsvalleyartisans.com. www.tpgonlinedaily.com Scotts Valley Times / February 1st 2013 / 9


Colin Kaepernick — The Real Deal! Story and Photo By Dave Love

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

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hese are the tattoos on the arms of 49er quarterback, Colin Kaepernick- who “went in battle” in his first professional championship playoff game… and won. These inscriptions are about a warrior asking God for divine assistance. Kaepernick asked his parents

to help him pick out these passages. His mother, Teresa Kaepernick said, “They are about asking God to help kick somebody’s butt. When you look at them, it’s not surprising to see that an athlete chose those two verses.” Colon Kaepernick has been “kicking butt” ever since he took the reigns of starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. In the playoff game against the Packers, Kaepernick dismantled the opposition. His performance was one of the best by an NFL quarterback with a rushing record of an unbelievable 181 yards breaking Michael Vick’s single game quarterback rushing mark of 173 yards. An NFL record was also set by throwing and rushing for 444 total yards in the same game, while logging 263 yards through the air. Kaepernick also had a collegiate history of record setting.

He is the only quarterback in the history of division 1 college football to have passed for over 10,000 yards and rushed for over 4000 yards in a collegiate career, along with being the only division 1 quarterback to have passed for over 2000 yards and rushed for over 1000 yards in a single season for 3 consecutive seasons. Kaepernick is the only quarterback to have been drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft in 2009 (Chicago Cubs) but decided to continue his football career at the University of Nevada. He was a high school two-time all-state baseball player in California and was listed on Major League Baseball’s website for 2006 and was reported to have a 92 mph fastball as a high school senior. Kaepernick was born November 3, 1987 in Wisconsin, adopted by Rick and Theresa Kaepernick and moved to Turlock California at age 4. He started youth football at 8 years old as a defensive end and punter before becoming the starting quarterback at the age of 9 and known for his long pass throwing ability. Young Colin wrote a letter to himself when he was 11 years old which stated his desire to become either a Green Bay Packer or 49er, which is ironic in light of his first play-off game! His vision for the future and his resolve to pursue his dreams have now become a reality the only difference is that he is 220 pounds, not 140! “Kaepernick” page 17

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Scotts Valley Chamber Board of Directors Announce Their 2013 Executive Team T he Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce began their 2013 schedule of Board meetings with a very positive energy. We have a lot we want to accomplish this year for our member Businesses and our Community. The first big step was the election of our Board Leadership Team for 2013. We are proud to announce that filling those shoes are Board President, Danny Reber, Cinespots; Board Vice President, Diane Bianconi, DBM Enterprises; Secretary, Ruth Callahan, NextMedia360/KBAY Radio; and Treasurer, Dean Austin, Wells Fargo Business Banking. Danny Reber has served for one year as President of the Board and was unanimously elected to a second term. Danny has served our Chamber of Commerce well this past year and we have every confidence in his Leadership. Danny Reber and his Wife, Michelle, have lived in Scotts Valley their whole lives. For the last eight years he has worked locally in Advertising, Sales and Marketing. Currently Danny works for Cinespots as a marketing consultant, selling the advertising you see before the movie starts. Danny is very active in the Community and has been involved in multiple community projects and fundraisers. He was Scotts Valley “Man of the Year” in 2006. He is also a Past President of the Scotts Valley Rotary Club where he received the “Lead the Way” Presidential Citation as well as Rotary International’s “Significant Achievement Award” for his work on the Scotts Valley Middle School

From left: Vice President Diane Bianconi, President Danny Reber, Secretary Ruth Callahan, and Treasurer Dean Austin Beautification Project. Danny was has worked fervently and very sucrecently appointed to serve on the cessfully in serving as Chairperson of Scotts Valley Water District’s Board of our Chamber’s Scotts Valley Awards Gala for the past four years. Diane is Directors. “I am truly honored to serve one of the lead organizers of the Scotts as President for the Scotts Valley Valley Fourth of July parade and Chamber of Commerce Board of continues to keep the parade growing Directors,” shares Danny. “It ties in each year. She serves as a volunteer at perfectly with my work and I get to the Santa Cruz Red Cross where she serve my Community at the same served as communications director time. Like all things Scotts Valley, for almost four years. Diane is a third our Chamber really stands out when generation Santa Cruzan whose compared to others. It is more than ancestors came from Italy because the just a group of local businesses, it is word in the old country was that the truly a family. It feels so great to be Central Coast of California had idenpart of a group that brings such, real, tical weather. With her business, DBM tangible help to our local business Enterprises, Diane provides fullservice fundraising and auctioning community.” Diane Bianconi of DBM Enter- service from the beginning to end of prises is a very active Auctioneer/ a particular event or campaign. The Event Planner in our community. She Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group,

Fallen Officer Foundation, Jacob’s Heart and Terra Redwood School are just a few of the local groups whose events profit margins have been enhanced thanks to Diane’s efforts. “I’ll always want to help the Scotts Valley Chamber,” Diane says. “They’re a great group, very devoted and dedicated to the Community. It’s an awesome organization and I’ll do whatever I can to help.” Ruth Callahan joined our Board of Directors in 2011 and has been a great asset. Ruth works as an Account Executive for KBAY 94.5 and KEZR 106.5 Radio. Ms. Callahan has been working with the Scotts Valley Chamber for the past five years as the marketing coordinator for the Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival. 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 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 Santa Cruz Triathlon Association; Women in Business board of Santa Cruz; the Strawberry Festival in Watsonville and many others. “Executive Team” page 14

Check out our Local Shops as you prepare for Valentine’s Day!

Calendar of Upcoming Events February 21

• Happy Hour Networking, 5:30 - 7:00 pm Location to be announced

February 28

• Scotts Valley Chamber Business Networking Mixer, 5:30 - 7:00 pm Santa Cruz Boxing & MMA 208 Mt Hermon Rd. (Camp Evers), Scotts Valley

March 14

• Happy Hour Networking, 5:30 - 7:00 pm Location to be announced

March 16

• Scotts Valley Free Financial Planning Clinic, 2:00 – 6:00 pm Scotts Valley Community Center

March 28

• Scotts Valley Chamber Business Networking Mixer, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

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Please mark your calendar for these 2013 upcoming events

May 31

• Membership BBQ and Bocce Tournament Skypark, 361 King’s Village Rd., SV

July 11

• Taste of Scotts Valley Scotts Valley Hilton, 6001 La Madrona Dr., SV

August 10 & 11

• Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival Please plan to Volunteer!

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Call the Chamber Today or Visit www.scottsvalleychamber.com

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‘A Keeping Of Your Green!’

Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce Hosts Fifth Financial Planning Clinic — FREE to the Public FREE Financial Planning Clinic Saturday, March 16, 2 – 6 p.m. Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Road

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he Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the fifth Scotts Valley Financial Planning Clinic for our Community. This Free, Pro Bono event offers the public an opportunity to address specific financial questions and concerns with our local professional financial planners. These professionals are volunteering their time and expertise to meet one-on-one with you and provide you ideas on “A Keeping Of Your Green!” This clinic provides our local community with financial information they may not have taken the time to ask about.

Do you have questions regarding Debt Management, Cash Flow, when to take Social Security, funding your Retirement or a College Fund? Perhaps you are experiencing a special circumstance that has affected your finances, such as Job Loss, Job Change, Underwater Mortgage or have had a Change in Marital Status. These are just some of the subjects attendees can discuss with our professionals. Attending this event may be the first opportunity you have had to meet face-to-face with a professional financial planner. And it’s Free. From 2 – 3 pm we will present a seminar that will address issues you may be wondering about. This seminar will be presented by our Clinic Organizer Ted George, MSFP of George Financial Advisors, in conjunction with another of our Financial Advisors. Each attendee will be able to meet indi-

vidually with one of our professional financial planners for 20 – 30 minutes. Individual sessions are being offered between 3 pm – 6 pm following the 60 minute Educational Seminar and are scheduled on a first-come first served basis, so be sure to register when you arrive for the Seminar at 2 pm. The Scotts Valley Financial Planning Clinic is a pro bono benefit to the public, and there is no selling, product marketing or soliciting. In other words, there are no strings attached for the consumer. This is a Free service offered to our community by our Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce business partners. Watch the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce website for updates on the “Special Events” tab at http://www. scottsvalleychamber.com/scotts-valleyfinancial-planning-clinic. You can also visit with us on our Facebook page. Be sure to

“like” our page – Scotts Valley Financial Planning Clinic - and stay informed. Don’t miss this opportunity to start out 2013 right by meeting with a Professional Financial Planner and begin to find some answers on how to Keep Your Green. Scotts Valley Financial Planning Clinic, Saturday, March 16, 2 – 6 pm, Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley – FREE!

Scotts Valley Chamber Treated to a Night Out At the Movies

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ur First 2013 Business Networking Mixer was hosted by the Scotts Valley CineLux Café & Lounge located in our newly remodeled Scotts Valley CineLux Theaters. The official Ribbon Cutting for the Café was the highlight of the evening with owner Paul Gunsky and Theatre Manager Tom Cole handling the big gold scissors. Assisting in the ceremonial ribbon cutting was Mayor Randy Johnson and Fifth District Supervisor Bruce McPherson, as well as past Mayor Donna Lind, along with Chamber Board of Directors and Ambassadors. CineLux showcased their new food menu as we celebrated the fresh new look of our Scotts Valley CineLux Theater. Guests received the VIP treatment and were the first to taste of the delicious food CineLux plans to offer at their new Café & Lounge. Attendees wore their “glitz” to celebrate an evening at the theatre and had a great time networking with new and existing business members of the Chamber. After the evening of tasting was complete, guests were treated to a movie of our choice. What a great evening at the Movies! Thanks to Tom Cole, Paul Gunsky and Michael Taffe for a Fabulous Night at the CineLux Café & Lounge. Be sure to watch for their opening to the Public sometime mid February.

CineLux Manager Tom Cole serves the new Cafe delicacies • Owner Paul Gunsky & Manager Tom Cole cut the official Red Ribbon • Fire Board Member Rudy Cabigas and Fire Chief Daniel Grebil enjoyed the yummy food • Happy Raffle winner Maria Kelly and Laureen Yungmeyer • The Scarborough Sisters toast to the CineLux Cafe & Lounge • Raffle Time with Chamber Director Sharolynn Ullestad, Ambassadors Steve Hoversten, Becky McMillion and Winner Linda Lovelace of VCUM • The beautiful balcony level of the Cafe 12 / February 2013 / Scotts Valley Times www.tpgonlinedaily.com


Scotts Valley Chamber Ambassadors Welcome New Members

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irst order of 2013 business for the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors was to welcome two new members, Danielle “Dani” Sumner and Penny Jangrus of Comerica Bank. Dani Sumner was born and raised in Santa Cruz County. She grew up in Felton, and currently resides in Scotts Valley. A graduate of CSU Monterey Bay, Dani has volunteered with many different nonprofits, some of which were Dominican Hospital (in their E.R. and O.B. divisions), Big Brother Big Sisters, and POSTPONE where she assisted in educating high risk teenagers in postponing early childhood pregnancies. Dani is new to Comerica Bank as the Banking Center Manager for Comerica’s Dani Sumner Scotts Valley Branch, however, not knew to banking. Ms. Sumner says she is honored animals. Dani is a member of PETA, The and excited to have the opportunity to Humane Society, Sierra Club, and supports manage a bank located in her “backyard” our two local shelters: ASPCA and Animal Friends Rescue so to speak, and be Project (AFRP). involved with the [Dani Sumner’s] Both her dogs are Chamber within rescues from local the community she interest in this shelters. Her family not only works in, community extends is also local, so she but also lives in. far beyond her enjoys spending time Her interest in this together with them. community extends profession. It seems Dani’s hobbies are far beyond her probanking runs in the running, brewing fession. It seems family as her soon to beer, cooking and banking runs in the eating. Having a family as her soon be grandmother-in-law, mother who is a chef, to be grandmotherBetty Elward, was the Dani is well schooled in-law, Betty Elward, bank manager at the in the culinary arts. was the bank We Welcome, manager at the same same location for over Dani Sumner to location for over 30 30 years when it was our Scotts Valley years when it was County Bank. Chamber of ComCounty Bank. She merce Ambassador retired from banking before County Bank became Comerica Team and look forward to all the new Bank. Dani’s big plans for 2013 include adventures 2013 brings! Next month we will introduce the her wedding, which will take place here in other new team member of our Scotts Santa Cruz County this summer In her free time, Dani enjoys going on Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambasruns with her dogs. As a huge advocate for sadors, Penny Jangrus.

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Thank You to Our Renewing Members Shadowbrook/Crows Nest Budget Blinds Scotts Valley Property Management Assist International Scotts Valley Artisans SV/SLV Soccer Club Paul McKellar Landscape Design

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Newest Chamber Member Hosts February Business Mixer

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oin with us for our February Business Networking Mixer hosted by our Newest Chamber Member - Santa Cruz Boxing & MMA. Come experience boxing

and Jiu Jitsu demonstrations with owner Brian Dunniway. C h a m b e r Members — Be sure to bring your raffle items to showcase your business and plenty of business cards to share with your new

contacts. Admission is $5 for Chamber Members and $10 for prospective members. Don’t miss it! Mark your calendars now for a fun Boxing experience — Scotts Valley style!

February Business Networking/Ribbon Cutting Mixer Thursday, February 28th, 5:30 – 7 pm Hosted by: Santa Cruz Boxing & MMA 208 Mt. Hermon Road, Camp Evers Shopping Center

Greetings From Our Newly Elected Fifth District Supervisor

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as Treasurer, a position that he has so capably been handling for our Board. Dean serves as Vice President, Principal Business Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo Business Banking. Dean has worked with our Chamber for many years. His involvement with the Scotts Valley Chamber came as an Ambassador when he was Bank Manager for our Coast Commercial Bank here in Scotts Valley. Dean has served on our Chamber Board of Directors for six years and has been a key player in keeping our Scotts

Valley Art & Wine Festival the success it has been. He has also served on the Board for the Santa Cruz Symphony, the Board of Directors for the Dominican Hospital Foundation and is actively involved in the Wells Fargo Community volunteer efforts throughout our county. We are proud to have these dedicated and talented individuals leading our Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2013 and are looking forward to a great year with the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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able do that with the active support and input from the Chamber of Commerce and numerous public service organizations. I encourage you to continue that enthusiasm which in turn will result in continued success. I feel very fortunate to represent you on the County Board of Supervisors and know that through open communication and cooperation we will make Scotts Valley, our 5th District and all of Santa Cruz County an even better place to live for all of us.  My best to each and every one of you in 2013! Sincerely, Bruce McPherson

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leadership that will help lead us in 2013 — and by extension the 5th District and all of Santa Cruz County. As a key “northern entrance” to Santa Cruz County, Scotts Valley provides us with a well-established residential community and a very positive image to visitors to our area. The schools here are among the best in the state, the public services provided — from recreation and public safety to business opportunities — are top notch. Members of the Scotts Valley City Council, special districts and a variety of commissions have shown tremendous leadership in some lean economic times during the recent years. They have been

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By Cynthia Howe

t the Scotts Valley Spa & Boutique, they know how to prepare you for your tomorrow. You’re unique, and you require a relaxing place where your preferences and concerns are heard and catered to. You also desire a place where you can expand your self-awareness and focus on your health! . Julie Lewis and Carol Marting have that in mind, and so much more. Scotts Valley Spa & Boutique is a fullservice day spa providing its guests with a variety of relaxing services catered by professional practitioners, including massages, waxing, wraps, nail services, spray tanning, teeth whitening and clinical skin care.   “The warm Thaiyuveda Herbal Compress Massage is wonderful in the winter time.” Carol shared. “The treatment is well known in Pebble Beach and other destination spas, but we offer it right here, and for a more reasonable rate.” Julie and Carol have so much more to be excited about as well. They have decided to begin offering additional opportunities for their clients to improve their lives through education and professional treatments.  This year they will begin offering bimonthly classes at the spa beginning in February. Topics include professional skin care options, the benefits of essential oils, personal fitness training, nutrition and much more. The educators will be gleaned from the local professional community.

Space is limited, and there will be a nominal fee for the classes, but the proceeds will benefit a variety of local charities.  “There’s a great deal of interest developing for these classes,” stated Julie. “I suggest those who are interested call the spa or go online and ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest information.” Scotts Valley Spa & Boutique, in order to accommodate its wide client base, has been utilizing text messaging and e-mail services to confirm appointments and inform clients regarding their specially requested services. Clients are also able to request appointments online through the Spa’s website or their Facebook page.

“We’re one of the few full service day spas in the area that engage our customers through modern technology.” shared Julie. “We know our client’s schedules are busy. We’re here to enrich their lives and

it’s important for us to make it as easy as possible.” The Spa’s whimsical boutique includes locally hand-made jewelry, accessories, professional skin and body care products, and a variety of gift items. In addition to the professional skin care treatments are CosMedix, Glo Therapeutics, and other skin care products that will extend your experience as you utilize the knowledge you have gleaned from the professionals at the Spa while maintaining your skin care at home.  This winter take the time to pamper yourself or those you love. Calls are already being received for Valentine’s Day treats. Visit Julie, Carol and their talented staff of professionals for a unique experience of care, pampering and education. n ••• Scotts Valley Spa & Boutique, 4301 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA, 831-439-9900, Tuesday — Saturday, 9am to 5pm, Evenings by appointment,www.scottsvalleyspa.com.

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Private School Survival Guide for Parents

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By Robert Kennedy

t’s a big step sending your darling off to private school. She will probably survive the transition just fine. But how about you? How will you restrain yourself and avoid being an over-protective or heli-

copter parent? Let’s look at how to cope with private school at four grade levels. Preschool hen you send your baby off to preschool or nursery school, you will go through all kinds of angst; especially if she’s your first child; or only child. You can offset much of the worry by selecting your preschool or nursery school carefully. The best schools will be hard to get into. Places will be limited. But once she’s accepted, then determine how you can be helpful without getting in the way. Most schools will welcome assistance with everything from class activities to fun-

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draising. The key is to stay involved as a team player rather than as the leader which you are probably accustomed to being. Elementary School his is where things begin to get interesting from a parenting perspective. Why? Because the elementary years are the time when most children learn those core skills, which cast the die for a lifetime of learning. If you have been serious about parenting, you taught your child to read ages ago - probably when she was two or three years old. You limited her television watching and video games so that she developed her imagination and ability to experience situations vicariously. That worked well in your home. But now children raised in different kinds of households surround her. Once again, just like with preschools and nursery schools, you can head a certain amount of worry and concern off at the pass by selecting your child’s elementary school carefully. One of the things you need to look for is an educational philosophy and approach that is closely aligned with your own. When the inevitable question arises as to why her friend Rachel is allowed to stay up after 9 p.m. or is allowed to watch programs that you consider inappropriate, well, then you need to explain simply why she may or may not do certain things. Always project love and concern in your explanation. Being dictatorial will send the wrong message. Nevertheless, stand your ground. You, after all, know what is best for her. Middle School h! The pre-teen years. Plenty to worry about, of course, but the truth is that these years are fundamentally shaped and influenced by the foundations that you have laid in the primary grades. Having said that, you will need a school that offers skilled, engaging, compassionate teachers who can be evaluated from every angle. That’s what middle school students are always doing, aren’t they? Always seeing where they fit in, trying to fit in, learning how to fit in. When they see a math

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San Lorenzo Valley Season Record: (8-13, SCCAL 3-6) Aptos 60 – San Lorenzo Valley 44 SLV Scoring: William Mullins 24; Lucas Trader 6; Alex Kander 5; Duncan Mackie 3; Ajay Morrison 3; Aiden Brown 2; Ian Johnson 1; Scotts Valley Season Record: (0-19, SCCAL 0-9) St Francis 74 – Scotts Valley 41 SV Scoring: Ari Wargon 13; Willie Johnson 11; Joseph Espinola 9; Jack Codiga 4; Ari Mostoufi 2; Danny Snider 2; Alec Smith 1;

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San Lorenzo Valley Season Record: (0-18, SCCAL 0-9) Aptos 58 – San Lorenzo Valley 36 SLV Scoring: Hailey Holm 21; Leah Viele-Verner 11; Daniella Boro 4 Scotts Valley Season Record: (12-9, SCCAL 6-3) “Kaepernick” from page 10 Faith has been a major influence in Kaepernick’s life and sports. Here are his thoughts on religion and sports. “I don’t think most people look at football players as what they’re doing out here is trying to glorify the Lord,” Kaepernick said. “I think a lot of people think of it as, “Oh it’s a game, let’s go win.” Ultimately, that’s your goal, that’s what you want to do, but you also want to glorify the Lord on your way to doing that. “My faith is where my game comes from. I’ve been very blessed to have the talent to play the game that I do and be successful at it. I think God guides me through every day and helps me take the right steps and has helped me to get to where I’m at. When I step on the field, I always say a prayer, say I am thankful to be able to wake up that morning and go out there and try to glorify the Lord with what I do on the field. I think if you go out and try to do that, no matter what you do on the field, you can be happy about what you did.” About his rise to starting quarterback, “It’s almost indescribable. Growing up, I was the kid that was running around looking at high school athletes in my area that were doing well and saying ‘Man, one day I’m going to be like that,’ and then I’d meet someone that was in college or the pros and think ‘Man, that’s my dream, that’s what I want to become,’ and to be

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

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

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Blood Money

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

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

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

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

of the best flea medication. Treating one episode of toxicity could be more costly than a lifetime of any flea medication for one pet. Fortunately, newer flea medications available from your veterinarian are very safe, extremely effective and break down quickly in the environment. For dogs, I recommend Comfortis® or Trifexis®, which contain the active flea ingredient Spinosad. This product actually won a green chemistry award for its development and, since it is administered orally, can’t wash off in baths or the ocean. This a major advantage for our local canine beach bums. For cats, I recommend Revolution topical treatment. Trifexis® and Revolution® protect your pets from heartworms and intestinal worms in addition to their excellent flea control properties. Despite the amazing efficacy of these newer flea products, they will fail if you overlook the next step; the need to treat the environment. These little buggers know how to breed! A single female flea can lay thousands of eggs (up to 50 a day) in her lifetime. Therefore, treating the house and yard is

a must to prevent these eggs from developing into hungry adults. I recommend Fleabusters® powder to treat the house and Fleabusters® nematodes to treat the yard. These are non-toxic products that are much more effective than dangerous flea bombs and insecticide yard sprays. They don’t require a prescription and are available from your veterinarian or through the website: http://www.fleabuster.com/. Although a flea is not zoologically speaking a “Bug,” nothing could describe them better. No need to bug out though. Just follow the two steps to stay sane and healthy; treat every pet year round and treat the environment. n ••• Dr. May is the owner and Medical Director of Capitola Veterinary Hospital, 1220 H 41st Avenue Capitola. Tel #: 831-476-7387. Website: http://capitolaveterinaryhospital.com/

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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 Nar-Anon acilitated by Jill Ginghofer, this hat is co-dependency? What group is for caregivers and is enabling? What is this members of people with insanity? Am I the only one who family feels this way? Join Nar-Anon, a Alzheimers. world wide fellowship of relatives and friends of addicts who have Tuesdays been affected by someone else’s Women Care Drop in Cancer addiction. Three meetings are Support now being held in Santa Cruz rop in Support Group is a County, on Sundays, Tuesdays, gathering for women with all and Fridays. For a meeting near you call (888) types of cancer. We offer support for women through all stages from 374-1164 or email diagnoses through treatment. saveyoursanity@aol.com For more information or to Visit http://nar-anon.org/Narregister call (831) 457-2273 Anon/California.html for more information.

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Ongoing Events Mondays thru Fridays

Svaroopa® Yoga Classes

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

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7:00pm-8:30pm, Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 125 Canterbury Dr. Aptos ecture series on “Great Decisions”, put out by The Foreign Policy Association. Lectures led by Dr. Laina Farhat-Holzman, sponsored by Santa Cruz Branch, American Association of University Women (AAUW). For more information, call Lois Holcomb (831) 688-0541.

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

Second Tuesdays each month

Free Job Seek Workshop!

6:00pm-7:00pm, Gateway Bible Church, 5000 Granite Creek Rd. Scotts Valley For more information, visit http://hirewire.org

PFLAG

(Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) 7:00pm-9:00pm, 900 High St. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz To learn more, call (831) 4274016 or visit www.pflagscc.org

Community Calendar

House, 225 Rooney St. Santa Cruz For more information, visit www.meetup.com/santacruzfreedom-forum/

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

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Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club Meeting

12-1:30 p.m. at Seascape Golf Course. Contact Doug at 831- 724-9192 or e-mail dnakashima@razzolink. com for more information.

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Free Intro to Svaroopa® Yoga Class

Overeaters Anonymous

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Worship, First Baptist Church chefs, gardening workshops, 7565 Sunset Way, Aptos seasonal fairs and events are a part ooking for a church? Come of the market. worship with us!

6:30 pm, 2259 7th Ave. Santa Cruz Toastmasters: ommander Ronals Petty leads Scotts Valley Farmer’s Market the meetings. Speak for Success For more information, call (831) 9a.m.-1p.m. SV Community 12:00pm-1:00pm, St. Philip’s Center, 475-9804 Episcopal Church, 5271 Scotts 360 Kings Village Drive Valley Drive, Scotts Valley. iving a business presentation? Second and Fourth Thursdays www.santacruzfarmersmarket.org Interviewing for a job? Cabrillo Host Lions Club Improve your speaking skills in a 7:00pm at the Cabrillo ComCome As You Are Zen Tail Wagging World of Dog friendly, supportive environment 9-10:30 am, Ocean Gate Zendo, Ownership munity Center, Aptos Village with Redwood Ramblers Toast920 41st Ave. Suite B, Santa 6:30pm at the Santa Cruz SPCA, masters. Open to all levels. Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd. Cruz (next to Family Cycling ublic is invited to all programs. 2685 Chanticleer Ave., Santa Drop-ins welcome. For more Center) Contact President Jess Allen Cruz (cross street is Soquel Ave.). information, call 831-335-3693. ome as you are Zen focuses 831-684-2721 or Past President on Buddhist practices that Barbara Chamberlain at 831Ocean Gate Zen Center enhance our daily lives. This will Overeaters Anonymous 688-3356 for meeting/dinner Zazen Instructions 6:30-7:30pm at Teach by the Beach reservations or information or visit be an informal talk with time for discussion. Free — donations www.cabrillohostlions.org. 6:30pm. 920 41st Ave. Suite #50 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos accepted. B, Santa Cruz (next to Family For more information, call (831) Cycling Center) 429-7906 Third Thursday each month Visit oceangatezen.org for more info. azen instruction 1st Tues of ea. Pacific Speakers Association month at 6:30 pm. Ocean Gate First Wednesday each month 7:00pm, Firehouse on Soquel Dr. Santa Cruz Bingo Zen Center will be offering a 6 Aptos Child Welfare Review 4:00pm, 707 Fair Ave. Santa week class beginning Jan. 8 at 7:30 6:00pm- 9:00pm 1400 Emeline peakers helping speakers get Cruz pm on Being Time. This will follow Avenue room 206, Santa Cruz. gigs. anta Cruz Bingo supports a 30 min. meditation. Morning he orientation is designed to review Call (831) 332-8221 for more local charity. All games have a meditation schedule is Tues., Thurs. the child welfare system and to give information. minimum of a $150 prize, smaller 6:45 am; Fri. 9:00 am (followed you a chance to have your question crowds mean you have better answered by child welfare staff. by service) and Sat. 8:30 am with odds. Fridays “Come As You Are Zen” at 9:00 am To register to one of the meetings For more information, visit www. Clutterers Anonymous Visit oceangatezen.org for more and for directions, please call santacruzbingo.com or email 5:30-6:45 Sutter Maternity & info. 454-4024. Surgical Center, 2900 Chanticleer info@santacruzbingo.com. You can also call (831) 427-1007 and Ave, Soquel Dr. Santa Cruz. Coastal Professionals press 4. First Tuesdays and ired of Clutter? Stuff piling up? Support is available. CLA Third Wednesdays each month 8:00am to 9:30am at Aptos History Museum, Old Dominion meeting every Friday. Sundays Orientations to Become Court, Aptos. For more info call 426-1868 Over-Eaters Anonymous Advocates for Children earn tips and make connections. FREE 9:00am-10:15am, Sutter North County, 5:30-7p.m., first Local professionals meet weekly Maternity and Surgery Center, Tuesday of month (for location to focus on business building and 2900 Chanticleer Ave. Sc. details contact Danielle at 761collaboration. Interested business Saturdays A is a 12-step support group 2956 X102) South County, 5:30-7 owners, independent professionals Aptos Certified Farmers Market for those who wish to stop p.m., third Wednesday of the and guests welcome. 8:00 -12:00pm at Cabrillo College, eating compulsively. All are month at the CASA Office, 813 For more information: 621-1153, Aptos. Freedom Blvd. Watsonville www.CoastalProfessionals.net he Aptos Market, with over 80 welcome. ASA (Court Appointed Free childcare with advance vendors, is open year round, Special Advocates) of Santa reservation by 5pm, Fridays. Call with the best selections of fresh Second and Fourth Wednesdays Cruz County needs your help. (831) 429-7906. fruits and vegetables, plants, Volunteer 3-5 hours per week to Freedom Forum Presents: seedlings, flowers, local honey, provide support, guidance, and fresh eggs, fresh fish, artisan baked Church Bible Study/Worship Constitution Classes a powerful voice in court for goods and gourmet foods. In 7:00pm, Quaker Friends Meeting children who have been removed addition, family activities, music, 9:45am: Bible Study; 11:00:

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Docent Training Class

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ADHD Support Group Meeting

Wednesday Feb 20

Wellness Lecture: The Mood-Food Connection

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

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6:30-8:00pm, Mar Vista Elementary School, 6860 Soquel Aptos Sons in Retirement Luncheon Meeting Dr. Aptos 11:30am, Severino’s Restaurant, For more information, contact Judy Brenis at jbbrenis@comcast. 7500 Old Dominion Ct. Aptos peaker will be Luke Rizzuto. net, or call (831) 818-9619. Luke is a coordinator and avid participant in the 2013 Thursday Feb 7 re-enactment of the 1908 “Greatest Lecture on Reversing and Auto Race Around the World”, as immortalized in the movie “The Preventing Diabetes 6:00pm-7:30pm, New Leaf Com- Great Race”, staring Tony Curtis, munity Markets, 1101 Fair Ave. Jack Lemmon and Natalie Wood. Luke will be bringing the vintage Santa Cruz ew Leaf Community Markets Chevrolet which he will be driving will host a lecture and Q&A in the 2013 race. Call (831) 6880977 for more information.  n

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Your February Horoscope

Arts & Entertainment

Announcements Sleight of Hand!

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

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Ongoing thru April 26

The Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative Presents:

In Dreams

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

Tuesdays

BINGO

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

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Free Trivia

7:00pm, Boulder Creek Pizza

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

and Pub, 13200 State Route 9, Boulder Creek reat fun and prizes too! Come and enjoy some amazing pizza, breadsticks, drink, friends, and trivia! Who could ask for more?

Aries (March 21-April 20)

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

Tuesdays and Weekends

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

Taurus (April 21-May 21)

Live Music on the Esplanade

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

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Gemini (May 22-June 21)

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

Wednesdays

Peninsula Banjo Band

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

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

Ongoing Events

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Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

Bene Italian/Argentine Restarante

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

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Fridays thru Sundays

Feb. 15&16, 21-23, March 1&2

San Lorenzo Valley High School Presents: Tommy

7:00pm, except Sunday, at 2:00pm, SLV High School Performing Arts Center, 7105 Hwy 9, Felton Advance tickets available online at http://tinyurl.com/slv-tommy

First Fridays each month

First Friday Art Tour

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

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

First and Third Fridays

Friday Shakespeare Club

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

redwoods. As guests ride at branch Thursday Feb 7 level through a virgin forest by thru Saturday Feb 9 steam train, fascinating information about the California coastal The Aptos Academy Production of redwoods and forest eco-system is ‘The Emperor and the Nightingale’ revealed. 7:00pm, with Sunday Matinee For more information and tickets, at 2:00pm, Aptos Academy 1940 Bonita Dr. Aptos call (831) 335-4484. Admission is $5.00, children 4 and under are free.

Fourth Saturdays each month

Writers and Poets Open Mike

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11:00am-4:00pm, Natural Bridges State Beach earn about the migration patterns of butterflies, whales, and birds. Day will include activities, skits, games, and live music! For more info, visit http://parks. ca.gov/?page_id=26414.

2:00pm-4:00pm, Porter Memorial Library, 3050 Porter St. Soquel (no meeting Jan., July, Aug. or Dec.) riters and Poets are invited to a new monthly open Second Fridays each month mike reading series. Come and Big Band Dance read your fiction, essays, or 7:30pm-10:00pm, at Mid-County poetry. Senior Center 829 Bay Ave, For more information, call Jean at Capitola (831) 475-4221 allroom dancing to live music by The 10th Ave. Saturdays Band. Refreshments, large floor, friendly atmosphere, free Live Jazz and Local Art parking. Open to the publicat Zizzo’s Coffee singles welcome! 11:30am-1:30pm, Zizzo’s Coffee, Suggested donation, $6 per 3555 Clare’s St. Capitola person. Proceeds benefit MCSC. isten to live jazz featuring For more information, call (831) members of the Santa Cruz 476-4711. Jazz Society. So many talented musicians and singers! And an exhibit of local art will be Fourth Friday each month featured 7 days a week. Musical Me Inc. For more information, contact Family Jam Night Christine Shelton-Anderson at 6:30-8:30p.m. 239 High St., Santa (755) 544-5651. 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 Friday February 1 scholarship fund.) First Friday Art Tour For more information call 8315:30-8:00pm, Santa Cruz County 438-3514. Government Center, 701 Ocean St. Weekends Thru March irst Friday will feature the Rain Forest Weekends artwork of Efren Adalem, at Roaring Camp Karen Asherah, Vera Hansen, 12:30pm, Roaring Camp Erike Perloff, and Melinda earn about California’s own Picatti. rain forest- a rain forest of

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Dated Events

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Migration Festival

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Valentine’s Day Reception

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

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Saturday February 23 Clam Chowder Cook-off and Festival

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

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Aptos High School 3rd Annual Zumbathon

10:00am-1:00pm, Aptos High School Gymnasium, 100 Mariner Way, Aptos itch the workout, join the party! This fundraiser will support Aptos High School teams and clubs. Tickets are $10. and available at aptoshs.net or at the door. Don’t delay, this promises to be a sold out event! n

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

Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)

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

Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)

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

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)

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

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

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

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)

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

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

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

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)

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

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Newtown and Gun Control

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By James S. Rummonds

ahm Emanuel is famously quoted as saying, “You never let a serious crisis to go to waste.” He explained by adding, “And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Without taking any literary license, I think it is safe to rephrase Emanuel (current mayor of Chicago), as saying that every serious crisis presents an opportunity to accomplish things that but for the crisis, you probably couldn’t accomplish. Examples are many: The Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 9/11, the Great Recession, and so on. So let’s breakdown this proposition in the context of Newtown. There is no question that the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings in Newtown, was one of the most evil events to engulf this country in memory. Yet, more children die every day from auto accidents, poisoning, drowning, and fire than the 20 children killed in the Newtown massacre, but the sheer horror of a deranged monster breaking into an elementary school and slaughtering 6 and 7 year olds, is truly beyond comprehension. I along with millions of others asked how could such a horrific event happen in Newtown, Connecticut, USA. Almost immediately after the horrendous act itself, I felt another cringe of embarrassment with the politicians that jumped on their soapboxes in self-righteous enthusiasm to demonize firearms and demand that the Second Amendment be abolished. President Obama appointed Vice President Biden to head up a commission “...to find the solution to gun violence” (how about the solution to mass killings by mentally ill individuals?). Next, without any investigation, hearings or serious research into the subject, Biden tells us that President Obama will act on his own through executive orders if necessary to curb gun violence. Does Obama view Newtown as the opportunity to disarm the populace? There are Statists aplenty that want to abolish the 2nd Amendment as it applies to individuals… and what, parenthetically, is a Statist? At their core Statists believe in

There is no question that the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings in Newtown, was one of the most evil events to engulf this country in memory. Yet, more children die every day from auto accidents, poisoning, drowning, and fire than the 20 children killed in the Newtown massacre, but the sheer horror of a deranged monster breaking into an elementary school and slaughtering 6 and 7 year olds, is truly beyond comprehension. the doctrine that your life, money and property are not yours, but the property of the State. Statists believe that it is up to the government to determine how much of your money you will be allowed to keep, how you spend your money, what property you can own (if any) and what is politically correct thought. Statists do not believe that individuals are capable of organizing and regulating their own lives and fortunes. They do not believe in individual liberty, personal responsibility and private property – and that the government should have the power to regulate the ownership of firearms. Few would argue that a legitimate function of government is the reasonable regulation of firearms. But the Second Amendment has far more meaning than its effect on the regulation of firearms. The Second Amendment makes clear the intent of the Framers of the Constitution was that the people retain power over the State. It was Thomas Jefferson who said: “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” Jefferson is saying that the right of the individual to keep and bear arms is essential to our liberty. Every time a deranged individual uses a firearm to commit a heinous act it’s as if Statists were waiting in the wings to hear the gun shots so they can run back out onto the national stage to blame guns; not

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


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

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Mike DeMars-Fire Inspector, Central Fire Protection District

ireplaces and portable space heaters can be a convenient heat source during cold weather. Both require a certain amount of care and maintenance to operate safely in the home. If not used properly, they could present fire or electric shock hazards. Space heaters are a convenient way to stay warm. However, they have been the cause of many home fires when used carelessly. Like all appliances, they are safe if used in manner in which they were intended. Before using a space heater, make sure that you have read the instruction and warning labels. A space heater is a “heatproducing appliance” and should not be left unattended. As an extra precaution, the heater should be unplugged when not in use. If possible, use a heater with a long enough cord to be connected directly to an electrical outlet. The use of extension cords or power strips, with heaters, can cause overheating and present a fire hazard. Be sure to protect the power cord from damage. Placing cords under rugs or furniture can damage the cord’s protective insulation. Inspect the cord occasionally for damage. Damaged cords can overheat. Combustible materials must be kept away from the heater at all times. Maintain a three-foot safety zone around your heater. Items such as bedding, clothing, furniture and papers should kept out of this area as well as any flammable liquids. Children should stay out of the safety zone also. Portable heaters should not be present in a room with unsupervised children. Serious burns could result from direct contact with heating elements. Do not use space heaters in damp areas such as bathrooms. Moisture can damage the appliance and cause it to malfunction. When choosing a location for your heater, choose a flat level surface. Do not place heaters on furniture or tabletops. They can be easily tipped over onto combustible materials. Space heaters can provide heat safely if they are used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Fireplaces are an excellent source of heat and provide a relaxing atmosphere in the home. Like any other heat producing appliance, it must be properly maintained. A fireplace should be cleaned and inspected annually.

A dirty chimney can cause a fire. It is best to use hardwoods such as oak, madrone and hickory as fuel. Using soft woods like fir or pine leave much more residue as they burn. That residue is a black, tarry substance called creosote. Creosote deposits are byproducts of the wood burning process and can contribute to a chimney fire. Even if you are using the correct fuel, make sure that it is dry. Wood with a low moisture content will burn cleaner and produce less smoke. If your fireplace has doors or screens, leave them closed while burning. These will prevent stray sparks from entering your home. Combustible materials should be kept clear of the fireplace. Keep at least a three-foot safety zone around your fireplace at all times. Never leave a fire burning unattended and remember to extinguish the fire before going to sleep. On the exterior of your home, there are several safety tips to keep in mind for the fireplace. Make sure that a spark arrestor is installed properly on top of the chimney. Tree branches should be trimmed back at least ten feet from the chimney opening. Leaves should be cleaned from the roof and out of ant gutters. Also, check for any obstruction in the flue, such as bird nests, before using the fireplace for the first time of the season. Other fire safety practices to keep in mind are; make sure that you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home, keep a fire extinguisher handy, have a fire/emergency plan for your family and practice it. n

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