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Amgen Take Two

Amgen Take TwoThe Amgen Tour will lay its finishing line in Santa Cruz once again
At a press conference held at Bicycle Trip on Soquel Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 22, Mayor Cynthia Mathews officially announced that Stage 3 of the Amgen Bike Race, the race's only coastal route, will be finishing in Santa Cruz.
"We are delighted to be bringing this international race back to Santa Cruz... it elevates the sport of cycling and our cycling industry here to the national stage where we belong." says Mathews.
Matt Twissleman, chairman of the Santa Cruz Local Organizing Committee, says he was pleased with the decision to move the race from February to May of next year.  "We see this as a huge positive," says Twissleman. "The weather's gonna be great in May."  He went on to say great weather is not only better for cyclists and spectators but also opens up the state geographically.  "Now they can bring it to the Sierras... it's going to be longer and harder," he says.
The race will have eight stages and last from May 16 to May 23, coming to Santa Cruz on the 18th.
Karen Kefauver, social media chair for the event in Santa Cruz, will be posting information about the race on Twitter under the name TOCSantaCruz, and urges people to join the Facebook page "2010 Amgen Tour of California - Santa Cruz Stage 3."  More information can also be found at amgentourofcalifornia.com.
The Ticker

Close Call for Shakespeare

UC Santa Cruz Arts Chancellor David Yager and Artistic Director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz Marco Barricelli were pleased to announce that SSC will survive another season. After concerns that the program would be unable to balance its 2009 budget, the theater group is preparing for its 29th season.  Yager and Barricelli held a conference call at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct.13, 2009 to announce the good news. Visit goodtimessantacruz.com for more about this and other UCSC updates in GT’s newest blog, News from the Hill, which will dole out university-related news and features each week.

CultureBeat

SKATE LIKE A GIRL #6: Girl, you’ll be a woman soon…

SKATE LIKE A GIRL #6: Girl, you’ll be a woman soon…

Look around the rink at any roller derby practice and you’re bound to see women of various ages, usually mid-twenties through mid-forties, and it will be safe to assume that the majority have experienced a coming-of-age event in her life, whether as part of a cultural, religious or familial celebration, or a more casual social event. Ask enough questions at the right time during an after party and you’ll hear details of bat mitzvahs, quinceañeras, confirmations or sweet-sixteens. Dig deeper, or buy a round of shots, and you might hear about other rights of passage that might not include members of the immediate family, guest lists, or places of worship, but may have necessitated covert activity, recovery time and/or bail.

What these momentous events usually have in common is that they generally take place before the age of reason (I’d like to think that’s approximately twenty-six), and that they change the participant into wiser women, when all is said and done and the dust eventually clears.  Look around the rink again. Out of the forty or so women skating, there are twenty or so who are facing yet another coming-of-age event in her life, at a later age than any of them ever expected: her first roller derby bout. In front of people. Real live people. Strangers, friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. And she’ll be wearing less clothing than she might wear to bed.

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The Ticker

Tackling the Green Economy

Tackling the Green EconomyAn opportunity for green businesses to share ideas

Local green entrepreneurs are uniting for the first Santa Cruz Green Business Camp on Oct. 22. The conference brings local small and medium-sized businesses together to share ideas and perspectives on achieving a green economy. Conference organizer and consultant for Sustainability Works, a company that helps monitor and manage sustainability performance and offers sustainability workshops, Matthew Marichiba stresses the importance of green businesses gathering and discussing their ideas. “The underlying intention is to crank up the local green economy, and the unconfrence format is a perfect way to spark the conversations that need to happen,” he says.
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Delayed Landscaping for Highway 1/17 Merge Project Finally Approved

On Wednesday, Oct. 14, the California Transportation Commission approved $1.5 million to be used for landscaping at the Highway 1 and Highway 17 interchange area after almost a year of delay due to funding shortfalls.

The landscaping is intended to offset the uprooting of mature trees and other vegetation, an unavoidable step in the Highway 1/17 Merge Project, and restore the dense roadside vegetation that residents and tourists alike have some to expect of the Santa Cruz area. Plants removed during the project will be replaced at nearly a three-to-one ratio.  Over 3,700  plants are proposed to be planted along the roadside, among them 1,700 vines to cover soundwalls, a mix of native trees and shrubs, and over seven acres of native grasses and wildflowers. It is estimated that as the plants grow and assimilate they will come to require no irrigation in roughly six years.  Landscaping crews will begin work as soon as possible.
The Ticker

Shakespeare Santa Cruz Safe for 2010

Shakespeare Santa Cruz Safe for 2010Shakespeare Santa Cruz Balances Budget and Moves Forward

On a rainy, windy day at UC Santa Cruz, Arts Chancellor David Yager and Artistic Director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz Marco Barricelli were pleased to announce one of UCSC's unique theater programs would survive another season.

After concerns that the program would be unable to balance its 2009 budget, Shakespeare Santa Cruz is ready to prepare to enter its 29th season in 2010.  Yager and Barricelli held a conference call at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct.13, 2009 to announce the good news.
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The Ticker

Revisiting the Epicenter

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks will offer locals a hands-on chance to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake by leading a hike deep into the heart of the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, to the epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake, on Oct. 18. The guided hike will take participants off the beaten-track to locations where evidence of the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes can be seen. The event is a fundraiser for Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. Visit ThatsMyPark.org for more information. (Or see page 28.)

CultureBeat

Out of the Pages of Comics

Out of the Pages of Comics

With so many super-hero movies dominating the silver screen this past decade it can be easy to forget that comic books have a lot more to offer than just a bunch of shredded up, scantily clad men and women running around beating on each other. I'd even argue that the idea of comic books as a genre unto itself is more than misleading as a comic book can be ANY genre it chooses. Westerns, Horror, Romance, you name it. This also applies to cinematic adaptations with Whiteout and The Surrogates currently in theaters being two perfect examples.

With that in mind I thought it might be fun to compile a top five list (because come on, who doesn't love lists?) of movies that you may or may not know originally found their way into the world through the pages of a comic book.


 

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The Ticker

Local Advocate Awarded

Kathleen Johnson, executive director of Santa Cruz's Advocacy, Inc., has been awarded the Howard Hinds Memorial Award by the National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) for her advocacy for nursing home residents.
Johnson served as coordinator for the Long Term Care Ombudsman, one of Advocacy, Inc.'s programs, for over 11 years before becoming the non-profit agency's executive director. NCCNHR president Norma Harris said Johnson was honored for "Remarkable dedication to preserving the dignity and rights of residents needing long term care and leadership which has made Advocacy, Inc. one of California's most exceptional Ombudsman programs."
Gov. Swarzenegger recently cut all funds for local Ombudsmen from the state budget.
Johnson will be receiving the award at NCCNHR's national convention on Oct. 25, in Washington, D.C..
The Ticker

It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October has long been the national month to focus on preventing domestic violence, but it takes on new meaning in California this year because of state budget cuts. In this summer’s budget revise, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger axed all funding for domestic violence support services (totaling $20.4 million). 823: The number of domestic violence calls to police in 2007 Santa Cruz County, according to the 2008 Community Assessment Project.

 
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Is This a Dream?

A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams

 

Giving and Giving, Then Giving Some More

2014 is almost over. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah, begins. We are in our last week of Sag and last two weeks of December. Sunday, Dec. 21 is winter Solstice, as the sun enters Capricorn (3:30 p.m. for the west coast). Soon after, the Capricorn new moon occurs (5:36 p.m. for the west coast)—the last new moon of 2014. Sunday morning Uranus in Aries (revolution, revelation) is stationary direct (retro since July 22). Uranus/Aries create things new and needed to anchor the new culture and civilization (Aquarius). We will see revolutionary change in 2015. Capricorn new moon, building-the-personality seed thought, is, “Let ambition rule and let the door to initiation and freedom stand wide (open).” Capricorn is a gate—where matter returns to spirit. But the gate is unseen until the Ajna Center (third eye), Diamond Light of Direction, opens. Winter solstice is the longest day of darkness of the year. The sun’s rays resting at the Tropic of Capricorn (southern hemisphere) symbolize the Christ (soul’s) light piercing the heart of the Earth, remaining there for three days, till Holy Night (midnight Thursday morning). Then the sun’s light begins to rise. It is the birth of the new light (holy child) for the world. A deep calm and stillness pervades the world.The entire planet is revivified, re-spiritualized. All hearts beating reflect this Light. And so throughout the Earth there’s a radiant “impress” (impressions, pictures) given to humanity of the World Mother and her Child. The star Sirius (love/direction) and the constellation Virgo the mother shines above. For gift giving, give to those in need. Give and give and then give some more. This creates the new template of giving and sharing for the new world.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Stocking Stuffers

The men behind the women of the Kinsey Sicks Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet explain their own special brand of ‘dragtivism,’ and their holiday show at the Rio
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