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Kush: Body, Mind, Bliss

Kush:  Body, Mind, Bliss

Just because the economy has mood swings, doesn’t mean that you have to follow similar suit. That is where Staycations come in handy. But what about one for the body, heart and mind? About 40 minutes away from our Santa Cruz lair resides the wonderful creative hamlet of Carmel. As most of us already know, that area is the perfect locale for a long weekend getaway, so whether you opt to stay at a Downtown Carmel lodge or hotel—I’d recommend Vagabound Inn or Hofsas House—you might also want to toss something else into the mix: Pampering.

For that, the one portal that registers the biggest mark on our Spa Meter this month is Kush Day Spa. Perhaps one of the most charming and inviting spas in Carmel, it was birthed by massage therapist John Jertberg, and his wife, Monica. Together, they boast more than 15 years of experience and Kush, which has benefited from increased buzz since it came into existence three years ago, offers a variety of treatments to sooth the senses—from Sweedish and warm stone massages to waxing and anti-aging facials.

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CultureBeat

Turkey Tunes

Turkey Tunes

GT’s Ultimate Thanksgiving Playlist:
10 songs to put you in the giving mood
this holiday
“The Thanksgiving Song” – Adam Sandler
“Give Thanks and Praises” – Bob Marley
“Thank You For The Music” – ABBA
“Thankful” – Kelly Clarkson
“Give Thanks and Praise” – Shaggy
 “Thank You For Being A Friend” – Andrew Gold
“November Rain” – Guns N’ Roses
“I Have You To Thank” – Gavin DeGraw
“Thank you Baby” – Shania Twain
“It’s Thanksgiving” – Nicole Westbrook

Mind & Body

Giving Thanks Through Yoga

Giving Thanks Through Yoga

NAVIGATING YOGA > Thanksgiving: a time we celebrate with turkey and cranberry sauce, national viewing of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and football games, and by spending time with family. With a holiday that has so many traditions "stuffed" into just one Thursday, it can sometimes seem tedious to take time to be, well, thankful. This year, try keeping your gratitude in check through yoga.

Whether you are a newbie to the practice or a seasoned yogi, yoga can be a wonderful way to give thanks, simply through the asana practice alone. When I teach, I have my students set a dedication for their practice, usually dedicating their practice to someone or something in their life that is important to them. By setting that dedication, your practice is no longer just about the physical exercise, or doing it simply for the enjoyment. It transforms into something bigger than yourself.

As you flow through your next yoga class, keep in mind who or what you dedicated your practice to; doing so will also allow your mind the freedom to stay present, to keep from wandering, as well as to continue to send those positive vibes out there, thereby staying along the path of karma yoga.

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The Ticker

When Slugs Fly

When Slugs Fly

SLUG REPORT > Flight machines fueled solely by human power are hard to come by these days. But last Saturday, Nov. 10, San Francisco’s McCovey Cove welcomed a carefully selected 35 teams that tried their hand at human-powered flight. This year’s event was the 10th anniversary of Red Bull’s Flugtag, which in German, translates to “Flying Day.”

Since 2002, teams have jumped at the opportunity to launch their homemade human-powered flying machines off a 30-foot high flight deck in San Francisco. This year, however, was a noteworthy one for Santa Cruzans because a team of UC Santa Cruz classmates and friends competed. Their team, When Slugs Fly, represented our Surf City and the university by dressing up in banana suits and performing a skit prior to pushing their giant banana craft (with the pilot onboard) into hopeful flight.

“It’s such a challenging and fun concept—creating a theme, building a craft and executing it [skit and all],” says Greg Gerschenson, pilot of the When Slugs Fly team.

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The Ticker

Morning After Highlights

Morning After Highlights

The big news of the night was President Barack Obama’s re-election. He received 74.7 percent of the reported votes in Santa Cruz County. His challenger, Mitt Romney, received 21 percent of local votes.

California had some notable wins and losses, as well. Although things were not looking good for Proposition 30 last night, the governor’s tax initiative pulled through and is now reported to have passed with 53.9 percent of the vote. Four other propositions emerged victorious—35, 36, 39 and 40—while the rest, including Proposition 34, which proposed repealing the death penalty in California, failed. Sixty-three percent of Santa Cruz County votes counted as of this morning were in favor of Prop. 34.

Santa Cruz County showed a high level of support—65.6 percent—for Proposition 37, which would have required the labeling of genetically modified foods. However, the proposition failed to pass statewide, garnering just 47 percent of the overall vote.

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The Ticker

Surf’s Up

Surf’s Up

The Coldwater Classic makes waves in Santa Cruz

Local pro surfer Nat Young, who was awarded the Wild Card to compete in this year's O'Neill Coldwater Classic competition at Steamer Lane the day before, wowed spectators' and fueled Santa Cruz pride on Thursday, Nov. 1, when he came out on top during his heat against 11-time world champion Kelly Slater. It made for an exciting start to the 10-day event.

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, the 21-year-old went up against 11 other surfers, including locals Bud Freitas, Noi Kaulukukui, Adam Replogle, Josh Mulcoy, Randy Bonds, Shaun Burns, Josh Loya and Jimmy Herrick, to compete for an O'Neill Wild Card, which is designed to place more Santa Cruz locals like Young in the contest. The other Wild Card was issued to Jason “Rat Boy” Collins.

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The Ticker

Babes In Campaign Land

Babes In Campaign Land

Can you match these baby photos with the Santa Cruz City Council candidates?

Even city council candidates were babies once. Five of the eight people running for four seats on the Santa Cruz City Council submitted photos of themselves as youngins—Jake Fusari, Cece Pinheiro, Pamela Comstock, Cynthia Mathews, and Micah Posner. Take a look at the photos and try to guess which is which. Then, scroll down to check the answers.

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The Ticker

Brown Rallies At UC Santa Cruz

Brown Rallies At UC Santa Cruz

Gov. Jerry Brown visits UCSC to urge a yes vote on Proposition 30

With just over a week to go until the election, and the fate of Proposition 30 at stake, Gov. Jerry Brown stopped by UC Santa Cruz this morning, Friday, Oct. 26, to urge UCSC students to vote yes on the ballot measure. Brown's dog, a Pembroke Welsh corgi named Sutter Brown, is meanwhile making campaign appearances elsewhere in the state.

Prop. 30 is Gov. Brown's way of asking voters to approve temporary increases in sales tax and income taxes on top earners in order to avoid $6 billion in cuts to public education. The cuts will be automatically triggered if Prop. 30 does not pass.  

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The Ticker

A Century of Dry Cleaning

A Century of Dry Cleaning

One thing’s for sure—clean clothes will never go out of style. Maybe that’s why Classic Vapor Cleaners, located at 285 Water St. in Santa Cruz, has been serving the public’s dry cleaning needs since 1911. To the untrained eye, it may be difficult to truly see the changes in dry cleaning technologies since then, but Classic Vapor says it has kept up with the latest and highest level of technologies and customer service.

“Our business model and commandment is really to educate ourselves, our staff, as well as our community,” says the fifth, and current, owner of Classic Cleaners, Pamela Whittington.

It is Santa Cruz’s longest continuously operating cleaners, and is celebrating its 100-year anniversary today, Wednesday, Oct. 24, by welcoming the people of Santa Cruz to enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne, hor d’oeuvres, and networking opportunities at their store.

This seasoned dry cleaning business encourages visitors to tour their facilities and learn about their adoption of more environmentally minded practices over the years, such as their EPA Certified Green Cleaning Processes.

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Mind & Body

Yoga for Heartbreak

Yoga for Heartbreak

NAVIGATING YOGA > Heartbreak. It's a feeling we all know—that pain in your chest brought on by the disappointment of another; when the one we love does not reciprocate in one way or another. This could be from the break-up of a long-term love or a short-term love you thought had the potential for more or the loss of a friendship. Even a disappointing first date or brief encounter can bring about forms of heartbreak. I believe that our heartbreak is often deeper when we experience the loss of what could be rather than what is. In this lies one of the better lessons in yoga: the idea that our expectations of what should and could be cloud our present and keep us from enjoying the moment. We’ve talked about how yoga can help bring us back to the present, how it can free us from the expectations that hold us back from being the happiest version of ourselves. We’ve talked about meditation—how meditation can clear the external and internal distractions that keep you being from present. Yoga can aid in mending a broken heart through these same practices.

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Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
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Foodie File: Beer Thirty

Cups runneth over at Soquel’s new beer garden

 

What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

Germany  |  Beekeeper

 

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.