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Control Issues

Control Issues

As she comes to Santa Cruz to speak at this week’s Anthropocene Conference, science fiction legend Ursula K. Le Guin tells GT how her life and work have been affected by Taoism and anarchism.

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Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll

Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.

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Best of Santa Cruz The Rest

Best of Santa Cruz The Rest

Best Doggie Daycare

Bed and Biscuits
Fur couture
Their grooming offerings include rhinestone bling that can be affixed to dogs’ ears, and temporary tattoos.

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Best of Santa Cruz Arts and Entertainment

Best of Santa Cruz Arts and Entertainment

Best Band

Requiem for the Dead

Listen Up18: The amount of shows Requiem for the Dead, since forming in 2012, has played—including six in Santa Cruz.

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Best of Santa Cruz Food and Drink

Best of Santa Cruz Food and Drink

Best Brunch

Harbor Cafe

The Harbor Café has been a Santa Cruz institution for more than 50 years.

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Best of Santa Cruz Health and Fitness

Best of Santa Cruz Health and Fitness

Best CrossFit Gym

CrossFit Santa Cruz

CrossFit focuses on functional movements done at high intensity with lots of variance. It combines weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular activities in as many ways as possible.

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Best of Santa Cruz Shops

Best of Santa Cruz Shops

Best Bicycle Shop

Bicycle Trip

Project Bike sells about 900 bikes a year and services more than 3,000.

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Best of Santa Cruz Critics' Picks

Best of Santa Cruz Critics' Picks

Best Cute Overload

Beau and Theo’s Nap Habit

In the fall of 2013, the Shyba family adopted a 7-week-old puppy from the Santa Cruz SPCA. Theo, as he came to be called, had been abandoned as a baby along with his siblings. Upon moving in with the local family, Theo immediately began napping with the family’s son, Beau, who was not quite 2 years old. The rest—as they say—is history.

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Best of Santa Cruz Pros

Best of Santa Cruz Pros

Best Alternative Health

Dr. Juli Mazi

What it is? Naturopathy is an alternative-medicine system based on the theory that diet, exercise and massage can be used to treat illness.

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Growing Hope

Growing Hope

Campos Seguros combats sexual assault in the Watsonville farmworker community

Farm work was a way of life for Rocio Camargo, who grew up in Watsonville as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents met while working the fields 30 years ago, and her father went on to run Fuentes Berry Farms.

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Is This a Dream?

A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Stocking Stuffers

The men behind the women of the Kinsey Sicks Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet explain their own special brand of ‘dragtivism,’ and their holiday show at the Rio
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Tramonti Pizza

Why there’s no such thing as too much Italian food in Seabright

 

Guitar or surfboard?

Guitar. The closest thing I ever came to surfing was sliding down a rock hill. Charlie Tweddle, Santa Cruz, Hats and Music

 

Fortino Winery’s Intriguing Charbono

At the opening celebration of the new Santa Clara Wine Trail in August, one of the wineries we visited was Fortino. This is where I first tasted their intriguing estate-grown Charbono—a varietal that is one of the rarest in California, with only 80 acres grown statewide.

 

Beyond the Jar

How Tabitha Stroup has built her rapidly expanding jam empire