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Obsessive Beauty

A Chocolate Lover’s Dream

A Chocolate Lover’s Dream

If you happen to find yourself on Broome Street the next time you visit NYC (as Christa and I did on our Big Apple adventure last month), a stop at Marie Belle New York is an absolute must. This delectable confectionary and tea boutique houses what may be the most toothsome and tantalizing candies east of the Mississippi. Upon entering the aromatic space, your senses will go into immediate overdrive. Combine the scent of chocolate, a delicate robin’s egg blue and chocolate brown color palette and an ambiance replete with stained glass, chandeliers and dark wood and you’ll have the sudden feeling that you have stepped straight into the pages of an Edith Wharton novel.

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The Ticker

Hands Across the Sand

Hands Across the Sand

Santa Cruz joins in symbolic gesture opposing offshore oil drilling
On Saturday, June 26, Santa Cruzans joined hands at Main and Cowell beaches as part of a national, peaceful protest against near- and offshore oil drilling. Sparked by the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, the event was organized and sponsored by nonprofit Hands Across the Sand (handsacrossthesand.com), and had local support from Save our Shores and the Surfrider Foundation. Local ocean conservationist Lea Haratani, who will be featured in the Thursday, July 1 issue of Good Times, wrote the following poem for the occasion:

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The Ticker

California Schools Receive $415 Million for Improvement

On Thursday, June 24, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that California will receive $415,844,376 to improve its Tier I and Tier II schools, which are defined as the “persistently lowest-achieving” schools in the state. The funds are the latest from the School Improvement Grants program, a part of the stimulus bill. Santa Cruz County has five schools that fall under Tier I and Tier II; Monterey County has 11, and San Benito County has one. School districts will be applying for their share. “We owe it to our children to give them every chance possible to get a good education,” says Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel). “And we owe it to our schools to provide the resources for that mission.”
Obsessive Beauty

Tis' the Season

Tis' the Season

And you thought Santa Cruz wasn't on the cusp of fashion? Think again. Tis' the fashion show season for our humble town by the sea. On Saturday, June 26, you've got two fashionable decisions to make. And later, on July 9, it's time to invoke  your inner fashion goddess once again. Let's start with your itinerary: On Saturday, June 26, sometime during the day, you're going to swing by Cameron Marks (402 Ingalls St.) on the Westside and check out the expansive trunk show featuring a handful of designers, chat about skin care and drench yourself in new jewelry. And while you're there, pick up some food at the Kelly's Dinner Market beginning at 6 p.m. Once you're happy and stuffed, hoof it over to Katwalk Salon (902 Soquel Ave.) for an 8 p.m. runway show hosted by the ladies of Idle Hands, a co-op boutique in downtown Santa Cruz, where they're holding a charity fashion show for one of Santa Cruz's Derby Girls, "Babs Bomber," who's out of commission dealing with an injury. Then, a few weeks later, you're going to swing by Stripe at 107 Walnut Ave. around 6 p.m. for their fashion show, "The Thistle in the Kiss," at 8 p.m., where clothing by Lex Designs, jewelry by Stripe, and accessories by Nuala will walk down the runway. Summer just got a whole lot better in Santa Cruz.

Obsessive Beauty

To Do

To Do

Cameron Marks Trunk Show and Kelly’s Dinner Market
In our ever-increasing desire to expose fashionable finds to Santa Cruzans (and those far away as well), we recently stumbled across an event that’s not to be missed—the Cameron Marks Trunk Show and the Kelly’s Dinner Market, both going on in the same location on Saturday, June 26.

Cameron Marks is an upscale boutique on the Westside of Santa Cruz, and Kelly’s French Bakery is a beloved eatery next door. In the expansive adjacent courtyard, local restaurants and dining kings and queens will be selling their scrumptious dinner items from 6 to 9 p.m. A local jazz band will entertain guests.

In addition to eating some fine foods, fashionistas will be treated to V.I.P. pricing on items at Cameron Marks, which is holding an extensive trunk show from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. where items like Blank Verse Jewelry will be on sale, as well as Tina Frey Designs, and a bunch of clothing items from designers like Lina Rennell, Sofie Olgaard, Mika Organics, Samantha Sung, and Mr. Larkin. Also on hand is a rep from a cosmetics line, COR, who will discuss and unveil this line of skincare.

Fine dining and shopping—how could you miss it?


The Kelly’s Dinner Market and Cameron Marks Trunk Show are on Saturday, June 26. Food is for sale from 6-9 p.m. and shopping is available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., 402 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz.

CultureBeat

Jonah Hexed

Jonah Hexed

O.k. Admission time: I find nothing appealing about Megan Fox. Maybe if she ever manages to act past her "just look at how hot I think I am" performance style and pulls off a memorable character at some point, I might change my mind but I honestly don't see it happening. I somehow sat through the entire first Transformers flick and have a vague memory of seeing some flashing colors and loud noises that came out of a box marked Transformers 2 one time - but there is nothing that I can imagine that could get me to watch the new Jonah Hex movie that released this past week. Awesome comic book character or not, I'm sorry Ms. Fox: You're a cinematic deal breaker.

So far it's looking like I'm not alone as the movie which hit theaters this past weekend stirred up about as high a gross from the U.S. box office as a foreign documentary and that's really too bad. The story potential about a scarred up antihero seeking revenge in the old west is one of those great iconic ideas that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Sure, it's something that's been done a million times but that's only a testament to what a strong formula it is. In any case, it's too bad about that bit of casting. I might actually have shelled out 10 bucks to catch it at some point.

Here's this week's release list for what you can find in the comic shops this week. It's kind of light for me personally not counting that awesome 3rd volume hardcover of Saga Of The Swamp Thing.

The Ticker

Santa Cruz Houses Homeless Veterans

Santa Cruz County was recently awarded with 25 rental vouchers for homeless veterans from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and will be able to house as many as 60 homeless veterans. The voucher program is part of the $75 million nationwide initiative to assist homeless veterans. Similar to the federal Section 8 housing choice program, eligible veterans rent a market-rate rental unit with 30 percent of their gross monthly income, and the Housing Authority pays the remainder. “Though they served and sacrificed so much for our country, too many of our veterans find themselves on the streets and in homeless shelters,” said Shaun Donovan, HUD Secretary.
CultureBeat

First Friday Art Walks

First Friday Art Walks

It has been interesting while being on the road with our Inspired by California film project visiting other art communities. We have seen several First Friday Art Walks, some of which consisted of only six venues, but were very well attended. One of the art communities that we visited that stands out in my mind is Laguna Beach.

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Mind & Body

The Original Karma and the Moving Tale

The Original Karma and the Moving Tale

I didn't go out again yesterday, even though I was game to give it another try, but Mom was still jittery from the nasty "almost lost in a hole" incident.  We got a good night's sleep, after Mom took a Valium. At 5:30 a.m. this morning, the garbage behemoths rounded the corner of Jordan Street and just about flipped off my tight pink collar. I shivered under the bed.  This guttural jolt amped my nerves, and thus the day began.

Mom had some water with her vitamins .. note to Mom: don't forget the hair vitamins today.  I know you're bored with taking the fallen hair out of the tiny drain in that wacky tub.  Then came her chai, after waiting a bit too long for the pan to heat on that flimsy stovetop. Stage three of the collar controversy began, especially after Mom cut off the harness with scissors, as I growled and held back my attack instincts because my Mama is the best, just a little misguided right now. So, this morning, Mom decided to take me out on the leash while she fetched her New York Times.  Seeing the paper on the front stoop was nostalgic and familiar for her. I shivered again, in the lovely cool Santa Cruz ocean air, still tense from the garbage trucks.  I could hear their growl in the distance.

I couldn't walk down the steps ... Those growls were still scaring me, and then the head popped ... there "it" was: Killer Cat is how the neighbors refer to this Manx creature.  He found me.  I ran in the house, freaked ... then, after a few moments of shivering, I perched myself at the front studio window ... to be continued

 

The Ticker

The Gaiety of Farming

The Gaiety of Farming

UCSC farm presents 2nd annual Queer Farmer Field Day on June 19
With the raucous annual Pride Parade just around the corner in San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz queer students are preparing for a very different celebration: the 2nd annual Queer Farmer Field Day. Because while risqué costume parades and inebriated dance parties are all good and well, the Queer Farmer Field Day celebrates community in quite a different way.

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We Can Rebuild You

A look back at how downtown Santa Cruz recovered from the 1989 earthquake

 

International Earth Day—Mother Earth Day

Every April 22, humanity celebrates International Mother Earth Day and Earth Day. As more than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year, Earth Day has become the world’s largest civic observance. The massive concern to build right relations between humanity and the living being we call Earth is evidence of humanity’s love of the Mother. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with a significant resolution affirming “the interdependence existing among human beings, other living species (the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal and human) and the planet itself, the Earth which we all inhabit.” The Earth is our home. Celebrating Earth Day helps us define new emerging processes (economic, social, political) focused on the well-being of the kingdoms. Through these, humanity seeks to raise the quality of life, foster equality and begin to establish right relations with the Earth. We dedicate ourselves to bringing forth balance and a relationship of harmony with all of nature. Learn about planting a billion trees (the Canopy Project); participate in 1.5 billion acts of green. Disassociation (toward Earth) is no longer viable. We lose our connection to life itself. Participation is viable—an anchor, refuge and service for all of life on Earth. Visit earthday.org; harmonywithnatureun.org; and un.org/en/events/motherearthday for more information. From Farmers Almanac, “On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, companionship with nature! Go barefooted. Walk through woods, find wildflowers and green moss. Remain outside, no matter the weather!” Nature, Earth’s most balanced kingdom, heals us. The New Group of World Servers is preparing for the May 3 Wesak Buddha Taurus solar festival. We prepare through asking for and offering forgiveness. Forgiveness purifies and like nature, heals.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Mission Critical

How reading Lisa Jensen’s reviews taught me to love film
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