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Spirit Weavers

Spirit Weavers

More than 200 years ago, Santa Cruz was inhabited by peoples who had lived here for millennia. They spoke a different language, called Awaswas, and they called the place Aulinta. The coming of Mission Santa Cruz in 1791 nearly destroyed them. In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, “Santa Cruz Is in the Heart—Volume II,” Geoffrey Dunn explores their culture, their near genocide, and the tenacity of their human spirit.

It was in 1890 that an aging and articulate gentleman—identified as “a Mission Indian” from Santa Cruz named Lorenzo Asisara—consented to an interview for Edward Sanford Harrison’s “History of Santa Cruz County,” scheduled to be published in 1892, just in time for the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ “discovery” of America. Asisara’s interview was something of an anomaly in Harrison’s expensively gilded and leather-bound volume that generally celebrated the “prominent” rung of Santa Cruz County society and culture. 

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Knowing the NEXTies

Knowing the NEXTies

The fourth annual NEXTies celebrates inspiring movers and shakers in Santa Cruz County. Meet this year’s honorees ...

When it came to selecting the four honorees of the 2013 NEXTies, Santa Cruz NEXT—a non-partisan group committed to providing a fun, hip and diverse environment to discuss issues affecting the next generation of our community—had 29 nominations to choose from. Their hope was to recognize community members whose work has national impact, while being inspirational and unique. Most importantly, their work has the power to act as a catalyst for greater action by our community to tackle issues and inequalities on the Central Coast.

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Best of Santa Cruz County

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks

It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, Editor
Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX
| Shops | Food & Drink | Arts & Entertainment | Health & Fitness | Professionals | The Rest |

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Best Shops

Best Shops

Category: Winner
Adult Store: Camouflage
Antiques: Mr. Goodie’s
Arts & Crafts: Palace Art
Auto (New): Toyota of Santa Cruz
Auto (Used): Toyota of Santa Cruz
Auto Repair : Specialized Auto           
Bank (local): Santa Cruz County Bank 
Beachwear: O’Neill Surf Shop
Bicycle Shop : The Bicycle Trip
Bookstore: Bookshop Santa Cruz
Butcher Shop: Shopper’s Corner

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Best Food & Drink

Best Food & Drink

Category: Winner
Açai Bowl: Cafe Brazil
Appetizer: Hula’s
Bagel: The Bagelry
Bakery: The Buttery
Bar: 515
Barbecue: Aptos Barbecue
Beer Selection: 99 Bottles
Bloody Mary: Harbor Café
Burger & Fries: Betty Burgers
Burrito: Tacos Moreno
Bread: Companion Bakeshop

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Best Arts & Entertainment

Best Arts & Entertainment

Category: Winner
Art Gallery: Museum of Art & History
Local Band: Extra Large
Billiards: Fast Eddy’s
Dance Club: Motiv
Dance Studio: Pacific Arts Complex
Festival: Capitola Art & Wine Festival
Karaoke: Coasters
Local Solo Musician: Joe Ferrara
Movie Theater: Del Mar Theatre
Music  Venue (Dedicated): The Catalyst
Music Venue (Bar/restaurant) : The Crepe Place

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Best of Health & Fitness

Best of Health & Fitness

Category: Winner           
Acupuncture: Five  Branches
Aerobics Studio: Santa Cruz Dance Co.
Alternative Health: Well Being Center
Beauty Supply: Westside Beauty Supply
Bike Trail: Wilder Ranch
Botox: Ultra Derm
Class Instructor: Lee Pate
Day Spa: Caress Day Spa
Eyelash Extension: L’Atelier Salon
Facial: TraMi Skin Care
Fitness Center: Toadal Fitness

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Best Professionals

Best Professionals

Category: Winner
Aerobics Instructor: Lee Pate
Artist of the Year: Jimbo Phillips
Astrologer: Risa D’Angeles/Good Times
Bartender: Marv Easterby @ Jury Room
Carpenter: Richard Singer
Chef: Mark Gallagher
Chiropractor: John & Christina Amaral
Contractor: John Fuchs
Customer Service (Retail): Stripe
Customer Service (General): Portola Property Mgmt
Dentist: Alan Heit

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Best of the Rest

Best of the Rest

Category: Winner
Activist Group: Take Back Santa Cruz 
Beach: Seabright
Childcare: Santa Cruz Toddler Care
Computer Training: Cruzio
Doggie Daycare: Little Pup Lodge
Green Service: T. Paul Sek
Green Business: T. Paul Sek
Locally Owned Business: VICE
Local Hero: Sgt. Baker & Det. Butler
Mover & Shaker (Local): Danny Keith

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Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

A local film, inspired by a true story, joins the global movement to shine light on the issue of rape. PLUS: Learn more about what is unfolding this month for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“It’s like cloudy vision,” Deborah Allen says, her eyes glistening with the hint of tears.

Her voice catches as she continues to explain why it is still so difficult, at nearly 60 years old, to talk about being raped at the age of 15.

“I had a 12-year-old client tell me once that it feels like a wall,” she goes on. “That’s what it feels like. It’s like the body is trying to protect my memory.”

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Green Swell

Local surfboard company greens up the industry with an eco-conscious business model

 

Two Fish Bound by a Golden Cord

Until March 20, (Spring Equinox), Earth and her kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal, human) experience the influence of Pisces, sign of the World Savior. Whereas the task of Aquarius is as world server, the Pisces task is saving the world—tasks given to the two fishes. Pisces never really enters matter, and as the last sign of the zodiac includes all the signs. During Pisces, having gathered all the gifts of the previous 11 signs, it is a good time to prepare for new initiating plans when Aries (sign of beginnings) begins. No wonder Pisces, like Scorpio, is so difficult (both are ruled by Pluto, planet of death, new life, regeneration, transformations). Both signs (with Scorpio drowning in dark and deep waters) find life on Earth a hardship, disorienting (from the spiritual perspective), at times feeling betrayed. Life is a paradox, especially for Pisces. Each zodiacal sign represents and distributes a different phase and facet (12) of the Soul’s diamond light, Pisces is the “Light of Life itself, ending forever the darkness of matter.” It takes two fish to complete this work (creating eventually an extraordinary human being). One fish turned toward the material world (in order to understand matter), the other fish toward the heavenly world. Around the two fish is a silvery cord binding them together. The two fish are forever bound until all of humanity is redeemed (lifted up into the Light). This is the dedication of all world saviors (Buddha, Christ, the NGWS). Thus the sacrifice and suffering experienced by Pisces. Knowing these things about Pisces, let us help them all we can. Sometimes all of humanity is Pisces.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Seal Change

Celtic selkie lore comes alive in dazzling ‘Song of the Sea’
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