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What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

What’s the nicest thing you’ve done for someone this week?

I helped my friend update and replace his plumbing in a low-ceiling, nasty old basement.
Thomas Radetzk
Germany  |  Beekeeper

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Astrology

Mercury Enters Libra

Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

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Editors Note

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Astrology

Entering Virgo

Entering Virgo

Friday night begins our time under Virgo, sign of the Madonna gestating a new state of awareness for humanity. Virgo is also Ceres, mother of Persephone descending underground when autumn begins. The mother weeps at the loss of her daughter (spring and summer). Reflecting her grief, the trees and plants drop their leaves.
Sun entering Virgo brings a sign and element change, from Leo’s fire to Virgo’s practical earth. Food, health, grains, service and small animals are in the news and on our minds. It’s one month till autumn. Pumpkins and persimmons are ripening. Venus is in Leo. We radiate warmth; we’re generous, playful and affectionate. Everyone shows off in an ardent, passionate, warm-hearted, romantic and over-dramatic way, reflecting Leo’s fiery nature. Think of life as Shakespeare wrote: life is a play, we are its actors on the same stage together.

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Local Talk

How should Santa Cruz develop downtown around the San Lorenzo River?

How should Santa Cruz develop downtown around the San Lorenzo River?

I would envision an artisan farmers market plaza with fresh foods and street art, and I think it would help with the really gnarly energy that’s down there.
Phoenix Rose
Santa Cruz | Artist/Show Promoter

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Editors Note

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Astrology

The Thought Form of Solution

The Thought Form of Solution

It’s our last week of Leo before the sun enters Virgo (next Friday/Saturday). The planets this week make complex patterns and relationships (vibrational cadences and rhythms) with the outer planets, mainly Neptune—the planet that veils, obscures, protects and finally refines us. Neptune offers us entrance into a deeply spiritual sense of comfort and solace. Neptune is the personality ruler of Pisces (saviors of the world) and soul ruler of Cancer (world mother). “The fish goddesses who leapt from earth (Virgo) to water (Pisces) unitedly give birth to the Fish God (Christ, the Soul) who introduces the waters of life  (Neptune & Aquarius) into the ocean of substance (matter, mother bringing light to the world. Thus does Neptune work.” (Esoteric Astrology).

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Local Talk

Is Burning Man a cult?

Is Burning Man a cult?

People who come back seem to have their own little in-jokes that no one else gets. I still don’t get it, and I don’t think it’s a cult.
Christian Gomes
Santa Cruz | Music Retail

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Astrology

Leo Solar Festival Full Moon

Leo Solar Festival Full Moon

We continue in Leo, the sign where humanity begins to recognize itself through creativity and love. Leo flows through the sun, absorbs the heart of the sun and streams into earth and her kingdoms. Love comes directly from Sirius to the heart of the sun into our hearts and minds. Combining the inner esoteric influences of Leo this month, we see great amounts of love and wisdom attempting to penetrate into the earth, providing us with a great opportunity to radiate goodwill, the primary component needed for peace on earth. Sunday is the Leo solar festival at the time of the full moon. The New Group of World Servers will be calling to recognize their gifts so they can turn to the world and offer their gifts. This assists in restoring the mysteries on earth and helps to “seal the door where evil dwells.”

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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.