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Neptune Enters Pisces, Aquarius Solar Festival, Saturn Retrograde, Candlemas and the Groundhog & His Shadow

Neptune Enters Pisces, Aquarius Solar Festival, Saturn Retrograde, Candlemas and the Groundhog & His ShadowThursday is Groundhog Day (will the groundhog see his shadow and return to his burrow?). It’s also Candlemas Day, a day of significance astronomically and religiously, signifying a time in between winter solstice and spring equinox. In the Catholic Church Candlemas is 40 days after Christmas. The holy child and Mary are presented in the Temple. Beeswax candles are blessed. Friday, Feb. 3, after 14 years in Aquarius, Neptune enters its own sign of Pisces (after 164 years), remaining there until 2025.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor The new year is here—the Chinese New Year that is. Yes, the Year of the Dragon officially began earlier this week, and those who are drawn to Chinese astrology may be happy to know that the Year of the Dragon promises to hold great transformation. According to one report, it’s also The Year of Journalism. That’s a good thing, considering what journalism, and journalists, have gone through in the last five years.
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Local Talk

Desalinization issues continue. What are your thoughts?

Desalinization issues continue. What are your thoughts?
I’m thinking it may be a good idea. I’m concerned with the cost but our need for fresh water is only growing. 
Michael David 
Santa Cruz | Job Hunting
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Astrology

Mars Retrograde in Virgo

Mars Retrograde in VirgoEveryone has heard (and talks) about Mercury retrograde. Lesser known are Mars & Venus retrogrades, joining Mercury retrograde this year. Mars retrograded Jan. 23, a long three-month Mars retrograde. Mars, retrograding only every two years (51-84 days), is very significant for humanity. Mars provides us with the energy, assertion, desires and the will to exist, to be and to act. Mars rules our ability to proceed into the world. Mars, god of war and warriors, gives us strength and directs us outward into experiences that build our personality to become a strong vehicle for the Soul.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor Plus Letter to the Editor 

Awards season is upon us. Last week, The Golden Globes unfolded in a wild spectacle and the Oscars are next month. Locally, Santa Cruz is no stranger to honoring its own, which brings us to Santa Cruz Next and The Nexties. In its third annual outing, Santa Cruz Next honors a fine foursome whose local efforts to build a better community have been both noteworthy and inspiring.
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Local Talk

Who or what inspires you most in Santa Cruz?

Who or what inspires you most in Santa Cruz? The people are so nice and welcoming here. I’ve lived here for five months and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.
Beatrice Black
Santa Cruz | Penny Ice Creamery
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Astrology

Dragon: Year of Imagining

Dragon: Year of ImaginingSun enters Aquarius Friday morning—the “Light that shines on Earth and across the sea.” We have returned to Earth from the summit of Capricorn; we absorbed the Light Supernal (heavenly light), radiating now from our hearts— healing light, to serve humanity in Aquarius. We become the “waters of life for thirsty humanity.” This week has several important festivals and the red planet retrograding. New moon festival (3 degrees Aquarius, “Strengthening the arms of the New Group of World Servers”) is midnight Sunday.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor There’s no doubt that 2011 will go down in history as the year two locals generated the most buzz for Santa Cruz on a national level and helped raise awareness of the town’s creative verve and musical inspirations. Those locals are, of course, James Durbin and Chris Rene. In fact, this week, Rene, who turned heads recently on The X Factor, is our cover boy.
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Local Talk

What do you look for in your footwear?

What do you look for in your footwear?Form follows function. That's what I like. I want them to look good, but I really want them to feel good, because I can’t handle it if they don’t feel good.
Liza Scully
Santa Cruz | Landscape Designer

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Astrology

Cooperation and Cooperatives Aquarian Agenda, Serving Humanity

Cooperation and Cooperatives Aquarian Agenda, Serving HumanityMany ask what to think and do for the coming times. We have little time. Every moment must be filled with purpose and focus, Sagittarian ideals that build the new civilization (Capricorn). Let us have the willingness of action that determines specific results (from Will to Love). Cooperation, community, comradeship are the keys. Mars in Virgo (through June) provides the “quickening” needed to manifest a new way of being. 2012 is the UN International Year of Cooperatives (IYC 2012). 
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Catwalk on the Wild Side

Meet the artists and designers behind this year’s edition of FashionART, SantaCruz’s most outrageous fashion show

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Feeding Frenzy

Culinary journey ‘The Trip to Italy’ isn’t the foodie film you’d expect 

 

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From Google to the government to data brokers, why your privacy is now a thing of the past
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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

 

Santa Clara Wine Trail

My memories of growing up in England include my mother pouring port after Sunday dinner—and sometimes a glass of sherry before dinner. My family didn’t drink much wine back then, but we certainly made up for it with the port and sherry.