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What are your thoughts on the new roundabout on Center and Pacific?

What are your thoughts on  the new roundabout on Center and Pacific? I'm glad it's done. It's created a lot of traffic out here but I think overall it will probably be a better solution to what they had before.
Kelly Mercer
Santa Cruz | Volunteer Coordinator

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Astrology

Lazy, Dreamy, Unhurried Days

Lazy, Dreamy, Unhurried DaysOn Tuesday the Sun (0 Cancer, summer solstice) reached its farthest northern position at the Tropic of Cancer (23 degrees 27, north pole, Earth’s axis, maximum inclination). For 72 hours the Sun is still in this northern position. After three days of stillness the pole begins to slowly tilt in the opposite direction, the light begins to decrease, the days grow shorter, the nights longer. An imperceptible change (of light) overtakes the atmosphere. Summer’s here. The life force, rushing into spring and creating tall leggy green growth in the plant kingdom, settles down into an unhurried, lazy, dreamy subdued heat. The human kingdom, expressing heavenly energies, seeks, instead of long overheated laborious work, more mellow activities—leisure, rest, relaxation, vacations. Summer, we all think, is supposed to be fun. If we watch carefully, we notice that plants begin to grow differently as they head toward harvest. Newborns in the animal kingdom turn into teenagers.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor


Just how prepared is Santa Cruz for climate change, anyway? It’s a great question and this week, GT’s News Editor Elizabeth Limbach looks into the matter. With climate change comes ocean changes, something that will no doubt affect our area—as the recent tsunami debacle proved. In a revealing testimony from Ecology Action’s Chuck Tremper, we discover that we may not be making huge environmental strides at all. Are we being the great environmental stewards we can be? Learn more and become part of the conversation taking place around this vital matter. Keep sending your thoughts to [email protected]  Also in news, writer Caitlin Sullivan takes a different look at local water issues.

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Local Talk

What downtown establishments do you do the most business with? Why?

What downtown establishments do you do the most business with? Why?


Malabar, the Sri Lankan restaurant on Front Street, because it's family owned by an adorable family and they take really good care of you when you go. It's the best food in Santa Cruz.

Haley Jackson

Santa Cruz | Student



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Astrology

The Trinity, Father’s Day and More

The Trinity, Father’s Day and MoreArt notice: Davenport Gallery (450 Highway 1) show: Concerning the Spiritual in Art (ends June 26). Santa Cruz artists “depicting the mysterious.” It’s illuminating, enticing and beautiful. The show began in Gemini (gifts of the hand) and ends in Cancer (sign of the “Gate where Spirit enters matter”). Artists always stand at the gate, a borderland between things seen and unseen. The artist’s task is to bring spirit into matter.
Tuesday is Summer solstice (or Midsummer-June 21-24), Sun at the Tropic of Cancer. In Masonry and Christianity, it’s St. John the Baptist Day. As summer begins, we enter into the influence of Cancer, sign of mother, family, home, the embryonic waters nurturing new life. Cancer, with Moon as its ruler, nurtures the masses of humanity. In our very earliest incarnations on Earth everyone entered the planet through Cancer.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the EditorPlus Letters to the Editor

Big congratulations are in store for the Diversity Center in Santa Cruz. . Organizing something as vast as Gay Pride every year is a big enough challenge, but to have an unusual weather system to contend with only made it that much more challenging. Quick on their feet, and braving last week’s unpredictible rain storm that left Pride’s stomping grounds, San Lorenzo Park, a big soggy mess, the folks at the Diversity Center quickly set up camp in the Santa Cruz Civic. There, plenty of food and entertainment were on hand as locals celebrated diversity as only Santa Cruzans can. Kudos to the Diversity Center’s executive director Jim Brown, and the board of directors, for making this year’s event memorable for all. Keep track of what our local group is up to—or learn more about volunteering or making a contribution, at diversitycenter.org.
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Local Talk

What venture would you like to see open up where Borders recently vacated?

What venture would you like to see open up where Borders recently vacated?

A great jazz club upstairs and a cool

restaurant downstairs that has salad, soups and healthy treats.

Shana Wright

Santa Cruz | Self Employed

 


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Opinion

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

I finally got around to sorting through a box of old electronics in my garage. Maybe you have one too, a purgatory for devices that have been replaced by the latest and greatest but seem too valuable to throw away. There they wait, unloved and trussed up in their own cords, like a geek’s version of Toy Story 3.

“I should probably keep this as a backup,” we think, blowing dust off a chirpy phone cradle modem. The box is full of sounds going extinct. Aren’t you going to miss that Windows 95 startup sound? Or dialing that rotary phone?: Zzzzik! Cla cla cla cla cla cla. Wait, is that a dot matrix printer? Those things sounded like bees trying to sting a live microphone to death.

My box had about fifty pounds of recording hardware that has since been replaced by cheap computer software that weighs nothing. Beneath that was a jumble of obsolete cables, and then, at the bottom, encased in a patterned plastic designed to vaguely remind a mostly blind person of wood, was my first answering machine. From the ’80s.

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Astrology

Festival of Humanity & World Invocation Day

Festival of Humanity & World Invocation DayThe Gemini Solar Festival of Goodwill & World Invocation Day occurs Wednesday at 1:14 p.m. (PST) at 24 degrees Gemini. The full moon this year is accompanies by a total lunar eclipse, signifying something in form disappears. The Gemini festival is the time in which the Christ, Hierarchy and New Group of World Servers, distribute to humanity the Shamballa force (Wesak blessing from our God, Sanat Kumara)—the Will-to-Good, which becomes Goodwill when humanity receives and absorbs it. The blessing, released by the Buddha, has been held in trust and safe guarded by the Christ for the entire month since the last full moon. Gemini (which gathers and disperses energies) is the 3rd Spring full moon festival. At each of the festivals (Aries, Taurus, Gemini) great forces—that of Restoration (Aries), Enlightenment (Taurus) and Reconstruction (Gemini) – are released to the Earth and humanity for the purpose of accelerating evolution.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

I spent much of the Memorial Day Weekend writing about my Polish family and a clothing optional retreat I suddenly found myself trapped in recently. Maybe I should clarify that. My Polish family was not with me at the clothing optional retreat. Once you comsume dozens of pierogis together and go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve—and then scream at each other—there really isn’t any need to add nudity into the mix. How unholy—or unruly—would that be. No ... I’ve returned to the important task of writing a memoir. Two actually. One that will document my Polish family’s World War II history; the other about my various escapade searching for ridiculous—well, wildly fascinating—signs from the Universe. (And eating, of course.) All this got me thinking: How often do we allow ourselves to digest what is really happening in our lives—on a monthly basis; on a weekly basis, on a daily basis? Living is great.

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Force of Nature

Santa Cruz’s Carlie Statsky brings her love of the natural world to the hyper-personal art of wedding photography

 

Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius

The magical time of Mercury’s retrograde cycle is here once again, until Feb. 11, and then some. The Mercury retro cycle actually lasts eight weeks when we consider its retrograde shadow, giving us six months a year for review. We know the rules of Mercury retro: Be careful with everything; cars, driving, money, resources, friends, friendships, groups, interactions, thinking, talking, communications. Avoid big purchases, important meetings and important repairs. Mercury retrograde times are for review, reassessment and rest. Our minds are overloaded from the last Mercury retro. Our minds need to assess what we’ve done since October—eliminating what is not needed, keeping what’s important, preparing for new information in the next three months (till mid-May). Mercury in Aquarius retrograde … we reinvent ourselves, seek the unusual, we don’t hide, we’re just careful. We live in two worlds; outer appearances and inner reckonings, with both sides of our brain activated. Yet, like the light of the Gemini twins, one light waxes (inner world), the other (outer realities) wanes. Like Virgo, we see what’s been overlooked—assessing, ordering and organizing information. It’s an entirely inner process. When speaking we may utter only half of the sentence. We’re in the underworld, closer to Spirit, eyes unseeing, senses alerted, re-doing things over and over till we sometimes collapse. Because we’re in other realms, we’re wobbly, make mistakes, and don’t really know what we want. It’s not a time for decisions. Not yet. It’s a time of review. And completing things. Mercury retro: integration, slowing down, resolution, rapprochement.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of January 23

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Bye Bye Benten!

Benten closing, plus Award-winning gin, a massive burrito and chocolate review

 

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Scanning the shelves of Deluxe Foods of Aptos, which carries an impressive selection of local and imported wines, I picked up a bottle of Trout Gulch Vineyards Chardonnay 2012, described as “a local favorite” by the busy market.

 

Cremer House

What’s old is cutting-edge again in Felton

 

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