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What is the most overlooked issue in the county, and what can we do about it now?

What is the most overlooked issue in the county, and what can we do about it now?

I think water pollution is the main issue. And I think we need to address it because in the near future we’re going to be out of clean water, especially since it's radiated now. Drinking water is going to be a major issue.
Lori Unsworth
Watsonville | Retired Teacher

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Astrology

Wesak Taurus Buddha Full Moon Festival

Wesak Taurus Buddha Full Moon Festival

The April full moon, Taurus Wesak festival is this Saturday, May 5. This festival, the annual return of the Buddha to bless the Earth and the four kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal and human), is of momentous importance. On the day and night of Wesak (May 5, 8:35 p.m. West Coast, 10:35 p.m. Midwest, 11:35 p.m. East), esotericists around the world place crystal bowls filled with water in the open air. As the Buddha blesses the world, all waters are also blessed.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

Our biggest issue of the year has arrived. Welcome to the official Best Of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. Your votes were cast during the first few months of the year and now the results are finally tallied. There were some surprise winners this year, especially in the category of Restaurant of the Year (although it’s one of your longtime favorites) and New Business.

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Local Talk

Describe the ideal reality show based in Santa Cruz.

Describe the ideal reality show based in Santa Cruz.

I think my ideal reality show about Santa Cruz would be following the youth that live here and all of the different challenges that they face—their triumphs, the social interactions. I think that would be pretty interesting.
Rivka Sheehan
Santa Cruz | Sales/Cashier


 

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Astrology

From Darkness to Light

From Darkness to Light

The New Group of World Servers everywhere is preparing gardens, patios, fire escapes, windowsills and outside areas for the placement of crystal bowls for the Full Moon Wesak Taurus festival Saturday (May 5). Planning since Winter Solstice we invite everyone to prepare with us for the blessings of the Will of God via the Buddha.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

 
Brace yourself: the week ahead in Santa Cruz County is full of activities. 
Leading the pack is National Dance Week, overseen by Santa Cruz Dance.
Locals who have experienced this festive week of dance-related activities—from live performances in all places visible and unlikely to a slew of classes offered—already realize the scope of its creative reach. So, be sure to check out this week’s insert, where you will find the Dance Week program. See you on the streets of Santa Cruz and beyond, where all the magic unfolds. (Quick note: kudos to Motion at the Mill for a memorable performance offering last week.)
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Local Talk

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

I would be able to fly so I could see the world from above and visit all the different cultures, religions and magic around the world.
Demian Lee
Santa Cruz | Freelancer

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Astrology

Earth Day—Earth, Humanity’s ‘Shadow’

Earth Day—Earth,  Humanity’s ‘Shadow’

Sun enters Taurus Thursday, Saturday’s a new moon and Sunday’s Earth Day with Mercury and Uranus connecting Aries (all things new). A message is available for humanity concerning the Earth (a conscious Being) concerning our present future, which we, World Servers, must create. Mercury (Raphael and Hermes, the Healers) will help. The Great Invocation, the great Mantram of Direction for Humanity, was given at the 1945 June full moon festival (after WW II).

 

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

 

PLUS Letters to the Editor 

Sometimes, life can feel like a juggling act. (How do we do it all—really?) But imagine some of the challenges facing local students with families. It’s one of the topics explored in our News section this week, where writer April Short uncovers some of the changes happening with Family Student Housing (FSH) at UC Santa Cruz. FSH is designed to assist those with families reach their educational goals. 
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Astrology

Mars Direct, Retrogrades and Rapprochement

Mars Direct, Retrogrades and Rapprochement

You (readers) are my gift from the stars. Let us continue our journey into the future, the stars directing our Noah’s Ark from above, all of us working together in goodwill and community below. 
 
 
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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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Fortino Winery’s Intriguing Charbono

At the opening celebration of the new Santa Clara Wine Trail in August, one of the wineries we visited was Fortino. This is where I first tasted their intriguing estate-grown Charbono—a varietal that is one of the rarest in California, with only 80 acres grown statewide.

 

Beyond the Jar

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