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Silver Mountain Winery’s Harvest Festival
Mole & Mariachi Festival
Farm-to-Table Dinner at Chaminade
Santa Clara Valley Fall Passport Weekend
Hotel Paradox Features Flamenco Guitar Wednesdays

Silver Mountain Winery’s Harvest Festival
Harvest has started in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and crush has started at Silver Mountain Winery. Celebrate the Revered Grape from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 5. Tour the winery, see crush in action, browse artisan gifts, and wine taste from Silver Mountain’s winemaker Jerold O’Brien’s beautiful property up on the Summit. Small plates of Tonio’s fajitas will be for sale. Visit silvermtn.com or call (408) 353-2278.

Mole & Mariachi Festival
The first annual Mole & Mariachi Festival will be a benefit fundraiser for Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park, where the event will take place. Great local food will be featured as well as wine and beer, live music, dancers, artisan crafts, and, best of all, some delicious traditional Mexican mole made by local chefs. There will also be kids’ activities, a silent auction and more.  Mole dishes will be judged by attendees and by local celebrity judges. Admission to the Mole & Mariachi Festival is free—with donations welcome. The new festival highlights the comeback of Mission Adobe State Historic Park, which was scheduled to close in 2012, but was saved by Friends of Santa Cruz State Park. Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park, 114 School St., Santa Cruz, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. For more information visit thatsmypark.org or call 429-1840.

Farm-to-Table Dinner at Chaminade
The last in the summer series of farm-to-table dinners will be on Friday, Oct. 11. Starting with hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. and then dinner at 7 p.m., this event will feature ingredients from Field to Feast and Route 1 Farms. Summit to Sea wineries will be featured so it’s guaranteed there will be some splendid wines to enjoy on Chaminade’s beautiful outdoor patio. Visit chaminade.com or call 475-5600 for more information.

Santa Clara Valley Fall Passport Weekend
Wineries of the Santa Clara Valley are celebrating Fall Passport on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 & 6. This includes barrel tasting, barbecues, antipasti, winery tours, special discounts, music and more. Cost is $30. Visit SantaClaraWines.com for more information.

Hotel Paradox Features Flamenco Guitar Wednesdays
From 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday in October, Hotel Paradox will be featuring flamenco guitar on the Solaire Deck—complete with sangria specials. Sounds like fun. Hotel Paradox, 611 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, 600-4506, thehotelparadox.com.

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Heart Me Up

In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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