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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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Santa Cruz Restaurant Week

A huge part of Santa Cruz Restaurant Week has always been about offering a great dining experience for an affordable price. For some locals, the $25 flat-rate cost has provided the opportunity (or the excuse!) to try new spots, and indulge in Santa Cruz fine dining in a way they might have thought too pricey before.

 

Scorpio Sun, New Moon Eclipse, Mercury Direct

The Sun enters Scorpio’s mysteries Thursday under a new moon and partial solar eclipse (something essential has come to an end, its purpose completed). In Scorpio we harbor secrets, are devoted to something deep, dark and hidden. Sometimes it’s ourselves. We can bring great suspect to our assessment of others. Scorpio is the scorpion, the serpent and the eagle—three levels of development. As the serpent we take shelter in our beliefs. Sometimes we bite (or sting). The eagle vanquishes old beliefs through its sharp intellect, soaring high in the air, seeking to understand through perspective. Understanding releases us from the bondage of fear. The eagle is like the mother soothing feelings of mistrust, offering protection. Knowledge does this, too.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Light Humor

College comedy questions a post-racial America in ‘Dear White People’
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