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Taking Action Now

Taking Action Now

Ecology Action ‘greened’ Santa Cruz before ‘green’ became a marketer’s dream. Now, with nearly four decades of environmental stewardship, the local giant is paving the way for a brighter—and Blue—future.

In celebration of the first Earth Day in 1970, a group of environmental activists roamed the Golden State, sprinkling Ecology Action groups across it as they went. According to legend, they planted dozens, each with a unique environmental focus. Only two remain today—one is a sustainable farming agency in Willits, California, the other is holding its ground as one of Santa Cruz’s most proficient non-profits. see full feature with Web Exclusive content on Josh Hoy and Wise Solutions ...
see also BLUE Notes
, Tips, resources and other news to keep the skies blue, the oceans clean and your life environmentally sound and Twenty simple things you can do to live a more sustainable life.

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High Tea

High Tea

The inside story on the booming local kombucha business
and why it’s putting Santa Cruz on the map


Fermented yeast and bacteria. If the soda-slurping generations of yesteryear had been told that a beverage based on that combination would be the fastest growing drink on the market someday, they would’ve laughed, or maybe even made a gagging gesture, and offered you another Dr. Pepper.

But the day is here and the drink is kombucha, a probiotic brew of tea and a multiple culture of yeast and bacteria.

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Science & Synchronicity

Science & Synchronicity

Can quantum physics help explain eerie coincidences?

“Synchronicity is no more baffling or mysterious than the discontinuities of physics. It is only the ingrained belief in the sovereign power of causality that creates intellectual difficulties and makes it appear unthinkable that causeless events exist or could ever exist.” -C.G. Jung, “Synchronicity”
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Surfing Vietnam

Surfing Vietnam

Local vet Pat Farley sheds light on the untold story of surfers during the war

I am a product of the Vietnam War. Though I’ve jokingly said that for years, it is true. During the war my mother was a Vietnamese civilian working as a translator for the United States Army in Saigon, where my father was stationed as an American helicopter pilot in the Navy. They met there. Just as the North Vietnamese were taking over Saigon on April 29, 1975, my mother fled Vietnam aboard a refugee boat amidst the historical chaos. My father was also on the coast, hovering overhead while commandeering his final mission in Vietnam. They were separated but four months later, my mother would ultimately relocate to San Diego where they reunited and eventually married.

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Wild at Art

Wild at Art

More than 400 artists unite in a stunning county-wide exhibit where assemblage meets collage

To call it an undertaking would be an understatement.

Susan Hillhouse, Theresa Myers and the team at the Museum of Art & History in downtown Santa Cruz have pulled off an undeniably impressive artistic feat. They have launched an inventive, county-wide art show,  “Assemblage + Collage + Construction,” which runs through April. The show features a cornucopia of talented artists from Santa Cruz County and beyond. Fourteen art galleries will showcase the work of about 400 artists, which includes Angelo Grova, Jack Howe, Michael Leeds, Robbie Schoen, Shelby Graham and many others.

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Ruth Boerefijn

Ruth Boerefijn

Boerefijin strings together creative beauty.

Boerefijn’s ‘connecting tissue’ at the Cabrillo Gallery is nearly indescribable—it’s beautiful and indeed airy—strings of aviary wire sculpted into a pattern, with delicate dangling objects attached that reflect light. Her piece at the MAH is also enormous in size, taking over an entire corner of a gallery room, with doorknob-shaped wire sculptures that connect and hang from the ceiling.

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Working It

Working It

The CrossFit Mystique

There’s a reason why it must be called “CrossFit.” You’re going to get fit, and you won’t be bored—you’ll be zigzagging through all types of fitness regimens, trying something new, in essence a cross section of exercise, every day (or as often as you workout). In Scotts Valley lies one of these updated gym experiences called Santa Cruz North—a CrossFit center. Santa Cruz North co-owner John Larson explains that CrossFit is really a way of exercising that is for all people, all shapes and all sizes.

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The Issue With No Name

The Issue With No NameHomeless camping, panhandling, drug dealing, drum circling, parading, petitioning and protesting. For those who are annoyed with the state of downtown Santa Cruz, these activities are all lumped together, and need to be dealt with. But is there such a thing as a “solution” to a culture?
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Naughty or Nice?

Naughty or Nice?

Bruce Willey's gripping Santa Cruz holiday tale

Verily, verily, I say unto you that when you were young you girt yourself and walked wherever you wished; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands and another shall gird you and lead you where you would not go.  —John 21:18


Their relationship began out of mutual romantic disinterest and had remained that way, but as friends they were steadfastly attracted to each other. Which is why, when they both became weary of living with housemates who borrowed recklessly or a found bed-headed stranger camping on the couch each morning above the sticky beer-stained floors, they had signed a lease on a sunny little two-bedroom in the Seabright neighborhood for $1,200 a month. In a few years they would be pushing into their thirties. It was time they stopped living like college students even though it was a hard habit to break.
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The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With campus expansion in full swing, the UCSC trailer park lives out its years as the quintessential banana slug community

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Throwing It All Away

Everybody’s for recycling, right? So why are we all doing it wrong? Our reporter gets down and dirty to uncover 10 secrets that will finally make the recycling process make sense

 

Aquarius Calling, Humanity Rising

Aquarius (11th sign after Aries) is the sign of service—serving one another, building community. Aquarius is fixed air, stabilizing new ideas in the world. When new ideas reach the masses the ideas become ideals within the hearts and minds of humanity. Air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) are mental. They think, ponder, study, research, gather and distribute information. For air signs, education and learning, communicating, writing, being social, tending to money, participating in groups and creating sustainable communities are most important. One of the present messages Aquarius is putting forth to the New Group of World Servers is the creation of the New Education (thus thinking) for humanity—one based not on commodities (banking/corporate values) but on virtues. Humanity and Aquarius Aquarius is the sign of humanity itself. We are now at the beginnings of the Age of Aquarius, the Age of Humanity (rising). The “rising” is the Aquarian vision of equality, unity, the distribution and sharing of all resources and of individual (Leo) creative gifts for the purpose of humanity’s (Aquarius) uplifting. This is the message in the Solar Festival of Aquarius (at the full moon) on Tuesday, Feb. 3. We join in these visions by reciting the World Prayer of Direction, the Great Invocation.Tuesday’s solar festival follows Monday’s Groundhog Day, or Imbolc (ancient Celtic fire festival) the halfway mark between winter solstice and spring Equinox). The New Group of World Servers (NGWS) during these two days are preparing for the upcoming Three Spring Solar Festivals: 1. Aries Resurrection/Easter Festival (April); 2. Taurus Buddha/Wesak Festival (May); and 3. Gemini’s Festival of Humanity (June). Aquarius and the new and full moons together are the primary astrological influences behind all of humanity’s endeavors. The NGWS are to teach these things, calling and uplifting humanity. Join us everyone. (301)

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Job Insecurity

Woman fights for her job in thoughtful, life-sized ‘Two Days One Night’
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