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What activities would you suggest to friends and family visiting Santa Cruz?

What activities would you suggest to friends and family visiting Santa Cruz?

I would suggest spending time in less touristy neighborhoods, such as Seabright. Catch a live show at The Rio Theatre and then head next door to Oyunna's restaurant for some amazing Mongolian food. When downtown I'd suggest Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Museum of Art & History.
Krystal Racca
Santa Cruz | Mom

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Astrology

Let Instability Do Its Work

Let Instability Do Its Work

We are moving toward Summer solstice. Friday is complex with multiple interactions and interchanges between the moon and planets Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Neptune.

Saturday is the last new moon (18 degrees Gemini) before summer. “Let instability do its work” is the Gemini personality-building keynote explaining the unpredictable changes, constant vicissitudes, lack of stability, structure, cohesion and unity among humanity, countries and nations. Instability has purpose, creating awareness that harmony is needed. Understanding Gemini’s personality keynote is important when encountering instability, conflict and chaos. 

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

 

Plus Letters To the Editor

It’s a full week here at Good Times as we unveil our annual GT Active publication, which spotlights some of the best the area has to offer in the realm of fitness, health and the great outdoors. You can find the publication at many spots where GT is already available. But take note: Some of the highlights in this year’s issue shed new light on a number of captivating topics—from the popular CrossFit regime, spinal network analysis and eating disorders to cycling, skydiving and helicopter tours. You may also be intrigued with the special centerfold poster from Santa Cruz Waves, which features the top pictures of the year from the popular, local online portal. Enjoy.

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Local Talk

What do you think our community could do to promote renewable energy solutions?

What do you think our community could do to promote renewable energy solutions?

My knee-jerk response would be a lot more solar. I know some people here who have really pushed the envelope on solar, and I'm just amazed that in a climate like this it hasn’t been adopted more.
Kirby Scudder
Santa Cruz | Writer/Gallery Director

 

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Astrology

The Task of Gemini—Revealing Duality

The Task of Gemini—Revealing Duality

The days, weeks and months of 2013 have slipped by. Time has accelerated. We’re moving into a new world where time and space are experienced differently. They’re collapsed. The particle has become the wave. And so, here we are in Gemini, the sign that reveals the concept of duality.

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

 

Plus Letters To the Editor

Memorial Day weekend has arrived—and so will the recovery from it on Tuesday. But let’s not go there—yet.  This week’s cover story may grab the attention of locals who lived through the ’60s and ’70s. It revolves around the new documentary with local ties, Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. The Angela in the title refers to Angela Davis, who became a prominent UC Santa Cruz professor back in the ’90s.

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Local Talk

What do you know about Monsanto?

What do you know about Monsanto?

I don’t know as much as I would like to know about Monsanto. But what I do know is that they have an agenda to control the seed supply of the whole world and they seem to want to make sure that everyone eats their seeds. Even though 50 countries have gotten rid of GMO food we are still  not even able to know what’s in our food. At the very least I know that they are trying to keep us from knowing what is in our food, because they have a big stake in it.
Blythe Stratton
Santa Cruz | Self Employed

 

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Astrology

Uniting All That Has Been Separated

Uniting All That Has Been Separated

The New Group of World Servers has been holding in safeguarding the Wesak blessing (the Will-to-Good for humanity) since the last full moon in April (Wesak). At Friday’s full moon lunar eclipse (an outer reality disappears), the Gemini Festival of Humanity & Goodwill (and World Invocation Day), this blessing will be dispersed to humanity for the purpose of creating Goodwill & Right Relations throughout the world. It’s a vital and important solar festival, working with the Forces of Reconstruction who appear in times of need to help humanity “restore the Ancient Mysteries and the original Plan on Earth,” hidden and obscured by the Forces of Materialism.

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Local Talk

What are you a total sucker for?

What are you a total sucker for?

A cold beer after a long bike ride, gossip, and fighting over politics.

Kyle McKinley
Santa Cruz | Lecturer

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Editors Note

From The Editor

From The Editor

Plus Letters To the Editor

The pace toward Memorial Day weekend is picking up  and there’s no shortage of festivities beforehand, either.  But for many locals staying in the area, the Santa Cruz Blues Festival remains one of best events to experience. This week, we take a look at this year’s fest, shining the light on one group in particular: Tedeschi Trucks Band. The bold, 11-piece, husband-and-wife-led ensemble headlines the fest and GT’s J.D. Ramey chats with Susan Tedeschi and delivers the full report. 

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Growing Hope

Campos Seguros combats sexual assault in the Watsonville farmworker community Farm work was a way of life for Rocio Camargo, who grew up in Watsonville as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her parents met while working the fields 30 years ago, and her father went on to run Fuentes Berry Farms.

 

Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial of the Pisces World Teacher) and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Festival), from April 19 to the 23, the long-awaited and discussed Cardinal Cross of Change appears in the sky, composed of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, with planets (13-14 degrees) Uranus (in Aries), Jupiter (in Cancer), Mars (in Libra) and Pluto (in Capricorn), an actual geometrical square or cross configuration. Cardinal signs mark the seasons of change, initiating new realities.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

Animal Magnetism

Bear, mouse dare to be friends in charming ‘Ernest and Celestine’ It’s not exactly Romeo and Juliet. It’s not even a romance, although it is a love story about two individuals separated by prejudice who find the courage to form an unshakable bond despite the rules and traditions that keep them apart.
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Foodie File: Red Apple Cafe

Breakfast takes center stage at Gracia Krakauer's Red Apple Cafe Before they moved to Aptos, Gracia and her husband Dan Krakauer would visit friends in Santa Cruz County and eat at the Red Apple Café all the time. Then they moved up here from Santa Monica five years ago, and bought the Aptos location (there’s a separate one in Watsonville) from the family who owned it for two decades.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

I feel like it would ruin the small old-town feeling of Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t be the same Surf City kind of vacation town that it is. Antoinette BennettSanta Cruz | Construction Management

 

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

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Cinsault 2012—la grande plage diurne The most popular wines on store shelves are those most generally known and available—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are all superb for sure. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Trout Gulch Vineyards’ Cinsault ($18), it opens up a whole new world.