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The ninth annual WAMMFEST comes at an interesting time politically this year. In addition to celebrating the merits of medicinal pot, the Saturday, Oct. 22 event hosted by the state’s first medical marijuana collective, the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana, will also be a forum for those who support medical marijuana to speak against the recent federal plan to close California cannabis clubs. WAMMFEST began after the organization was raided by the DEA in 2002. The 2011 installment will be held at San Lorenzo Park from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 22 and will feature live music, local food, art, crafts, and more.

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The Ninety-Nine Percent

The Ninety-Nine PercentFRESH DIRT > Occupy Santa Cruz protestors rally for national and local causes

A man dressed up like a Wall Street banker, wearing a wrinkled button down shirt, khakis and sneakers, wheels a speaker system out of a car parked in front of the Santa Cruz Courthouse.

Someone else speaks into a megaphone, “Alright everyone, let’s march!”

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Calling All Conferences

It’s all fine and dandy that Santa Cruz is a go-to destination for beach days and weekend getaways. But the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council has its eyes set on another market of visitors—meetings, retreats and conferences—and is intent on luring them here soon, and en masse. In order to market Santa Cruz as the ideal work-away-from-work locale for companies throughout the Bay Area and beyond, the CVC has designed a new “Meeting Planners’ Guide” and FAQ on their website, santacruz.org. Its main selling point? There’s no better place to team build than with a backdrop of Pacific Ocean or redwood trees.

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Bill for the Elderly Signed Into Law

When the Chanticleer Home, a residential care facility for elderly in Santa Cruz, was found to be in violation of a half-dozen state health and safety regulations in mid-2010, the facility gave a two-week notice to its residents of the possible closure.  The situation caught the attention of local Assemblymember Bill Monning, who authored a bill that would require Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) to notify all residents and/or their responsible parties members of any potential closure with ample time. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, Sept. 30

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The Changing Face of UCSC

The Changing Face of UCSC

SLUG REPORT > With the incoming UC Santa Cruz freshman class comes a new set of demographics, and, this is year, some unprecedented numbers.

Forty-five percent of freshmen are on track to be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year university, the highest percentage ever for UCSC. And one third of students are from what the UC system calls “underrepresented” backgrounds—up 4 percent from last year.

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Students Helping Students

Students Helping Students

 

SLUG REPORT > Lydia Lambert knows what it means to turn her education into action. The UC Santa Cruz student from Mountain View took a class called “Crisis in Haiti,” which inspired her to join and help build the UC Haiti Initiative (UCHI), a collaboration between the UC and the public university of Haiti formed after the 2010 earthquake.
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Son-Rise in Santa Cruz

Community members interested in learning more about The Son-Rise Program, an autism treatment method through The Autism Treatment Center of America, will have the opportunity on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m., when certified Son-Rise teacher Carolina Kaiser will hold a free autism education event in Room Four of the Louden Nelson Community Center. Kaiser’s stop in Santa Cruz follows Good Times’ Aug. 18 cover story about a local family’s experience with autism and The Son-Rise Program, in which she was interviewed. Kaiser lived at the Son-Rise headquarters for more than 10 years, providing program trainings, and now travels the world to assist families with special needs children.

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Our Big Fat Greek Festival

Get your Opa! next weekend at the annual Greek Culture and Food Festival, which kicks off downtown at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 18. This free event, brought to you by members of Santa Cruz's Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, features live Greek music and dancing, not to mention scrumptious foods and pastries from the Mediterranean. All along Church Street, between Cedar and Center, you'll find homemade mousaka, pastitsio and kabobs, plus crafts, family activities, and a whole lot of Greek people having a good time.

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Stowaway Acid

Two Santa Cruz refuse truck drivers had an unpleasant surprise when doing their routes on Tuesday, Aug. 23: someone had illegally disposed of a strong, unspecified acid in their trash can. The drivers noticed fumes coming from the truck’s load and called for a hazardous materials spill response, after which the entire load was taken to the landfill and buried. A Public Works press release says the drivers experienced bad headaches and difficulty breathing due to “toxic effects of exposure to an unspecified gas.” The department is reminding residents to dispose of all acids, alkalis, ammonia, bleach pesticides, solvents, fuels and other such wastes to a Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Center. Learn more about this at cityofsantacruz.com.

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Plastic to Fuel

Plastic to Fuel

FRESH DIRT > Local nonprofit uses a new technology that can help clean up the oceans

Remember that scene in Back to the Future where Doc (Christopher Lloyd) is stuffing garbage into his tricked-out DeLorean time machine that converts trash into fuel? Well, we may just be on the verge of a new era wherein converting garbage to fuel is an everyday activity. At least that is what a few environmentally conscious local sailors believe can happen.

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Field Work

Santa Cruz Mountain winemakers explain how the harvest works, and what kind of wine to expect from this year's crop

 

Libra's Two Choices

Libra (our last week) is the sign of creating right relations and values. In Libra we are asked to choose how to be, our identity in the world. We can maintain a hermetic sealed-off attitude (my life, my work, my money, etc.) or we can gain knowledge of world events and learn more about those in need. Libra is a group sign—self with others. Here are some events occurring in our world this week concerning food, poverty, spirituality, values and global realities. The UN (a spiritual experiment) each month places a “light” upon world problems. This week a light shines on Rural Women, Farms, Food & Poverty. Before we choose to respond we must have knowledge. “So we can each do our part.” Oct. 15 - International Day of Rural Women (unrecognized with few resources); Oct. 16 - World Food Day & Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth; Oct. 17 - Eradication of Poverty Day (international). During the month of Libra (with Saturn exalted), we pause, contemplate and assess what it is we know, don’t know, and need to know. Libra receives and distributes Ray 3 of divine intelligence, right relations, right choice and right economy (Venus). Use your intelligence “tips the Libran scales” in terms of being able to see and then choose between the two paths Libra offers (return to the past or step forward into Scorpio’s Discipleship). Libra (the oscillating light) prepares us for the great tests and conflicts in Scorpio. In Libra we are subtly tested as we learn the nature of polarized energies (s/he loves me, s/he loves me not). In Libra we learn more about ourselves through others. Libra’s Ray 3 asks us to become more adaptable and skillful. And then we are to teach each other what we know. In Libra, we all become teachers. In all these ways love is cultivated.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Docs Without Borders

United Nations Association Film Festival showcases documentaries from around the globe
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Martin Ranch Winery

Friends who are wine club members of Martin Ranch invited us to the winery’s fun and festive annual barbecue, where the wine is flowing and the food just keeps on coming. Music and dancing are part and parcel of the action, and a good time is guaranteed.

 

Beer Bus

Santa Cruz’s new Brew Cruz, award winning ales, mole by el Jardín, and Wildcat Ridge Chardonnay