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Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Even just reading the categories in this year’s gift guide makes me remember why I love Santa Cruz.

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Dilated Pupil

Dilated Pupil

In our last issue of Dilated Pupil, things got kind of … weird. I mean, we interviewed the UCSC banana slug mascot, and he talked about how living on campus helped him to come out as a hermaphrodite—“twice the junk at half the speed” is I believe how he put it.

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Food & Drink 2015

Food & Drink 2015

Hard economic times make for a lean dining scene, but by the same token, the seeds of recovery usually take root in the restaurant landscape before they can be seen in other sectors. When people have money to spend again, their hunger for interesting tastes returns as well, and in Santa Cruz, empty spaces are being filled and local favorites are expanding to meet this budding demand. Christina Waters documents these changes in this issue, and local foodies will be happy to see the spaces vacated by Benten and Louie’s Cajun Kitchen opening again with concepts that will add new dimensions to Santa Cruz dining.

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Visitor Guide

Visitor Guide

It’s ironic that many visitors experience Santa Cruz primarily via car. This area is known for its natural beauty, we have the beach and the redwoods, and yet a vacation here can easily be reduced to a series of car trips—back and forth, here and there, point A to point B. That will certainly get you to a lot of great places in Santa Cruz, but I’ve noticed that a deeper theme has risen from the stories in this Visitor Guide.

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Home & Garden Magazine 2015

Home & Garden Magazine 2015

Did you know a Santa Cruz man has a vision for completely revolutionizing how we grow our food—and a multimillion-dollar tech company has bought in? Did you know modern homesteaders have found a hub for everything they need to live off the land in Ben Lomond? Did you know there are both pros and cons to growing succulents?

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Senior Project

Senior Project

First: yes, it's true, this is not your grandfather's senior magazine.

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Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Yeah, it takes a village and everything, but boy is it hard to shop for. Individuality is highly prized in Santa Cruz, which is why our Gift Guide this year focuses on a wide array of individuals you may need to find something for this holiday season. Need something for the foodie in your life? The hipster? The outdoors type? The wine lover? You’ll find dozens of recommendations inside, for all types of near and dear, and they’re all based on a guiding principle of shopping at independent, local businesses, keeping our holiday dollars right here in Santa Cruz County. Happy holidays to you and yours!

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Dilated Pupil

Dilated Pupil

It was either Pliny the Elder or Green Day who said, "Make the best of this test, and don't ask why; it's not a question, but a lesson learned in time." How about the ancient wisdom, right? In any case, there are actually hundreds of questions that can come up for college students in Santa Cruz County, and in this issue of Dilated Pupil, you'll find hundreds of answers.

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Good Times 55+

Good Times 55+

Santa Cruz is one of the most creative and artistic cities in the U.S. - just ask Atlantic Monthly, which ranked us fifth just a couple of years ago. Does that stop when we reach retirement age?

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Santa Cruz Visitor Guide

Santa Cruz Visitor Guide

In the late 1970s, Lee May was looking to “get out of the big-corporate world,” as he recalls now. He and a partner started some weeklies locally, and in 1977 he hit on the idea of a Visitor Guide for Santa Cruz. “It was a little black-and-white tabloid we put out six times a year,” says May.

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On the Run

Is there hope for California’s salmon?

 

Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey

Monday, Feb. 8, is Aquarius new moon (19 degrees) and Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey (an imaginative, intelligent and vigilant creature). Monkey is bright, quick, lively, quite naughty, clever, inquiring, sensible, and reliable. Monkey loves to help others. Often they are teachers, writers and linguists. They are very talented, like renaissance people. Leonardo Da Vinci was born in the year of Monkey. Monkey contains metal (relation to gold) and water (wisdom, danger). 2016 will be a year of finances. For a return on one’s money, invest in monkey’s ideas. Metal is related to wind (change). Therefore events in 2016 will change very quickly. We must ponder with care before making financial, business and relationship changes. Fortune’s path may not be smooth in 2016. Finances and business as usual will be challenged. Although we develop practical goals, the outcomes are different than hoped for. We must be cautious with investments and business partnership. It is most important to cultivate a balanced and harmonious daily life, seeking ways to release tension, pressure and stress to improve health and calmness. Monkey is lively, flexible, quick-witted, and versatile. Their gentle, honest, enchanting yet resourceful nature results often in everlasting love. Monkeys are freedom loving. Without freedom, Monkey becomes dull, sad and very unhappy. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), the Chinese official title of Marquis (noble person) was pronounced ‘Hou,’ the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. Monkey was thereby bestowed with auspicious (favorable, fortunate) meaning. Monkey years are: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.  

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of February 5

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
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Wine and Chocolate

West Cliff Wines gets its game on, plus a brand new chocolate cafe on Center Street

 

How would you stop people from littering?

Teach them from the time that they’re small that it’s not an appropriate behavior. Juliet Jones, Santa Cruz, Claims Adjuster

 

Dancing Creek Winery

New Zinfandel Port is a ruby beauty

 

Venus Spirits

Changing law could mean new opportunity for local spirits