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What can we do to make a better future for young people in Santa Cruz?

What can we do to make a better future for young people in Santa Cruz?

I think we need to be building connections between junior highs, high schools, and community youth arts and sports programs.
David King
Santa Cruz | Dance Teacher

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What’s your favorite piece of public art in Santa Cruz, and why?

What’s your favorite piece of public art in Santa Cruz, and why?

The mural that's on River Street by the town clock that has the dog and the guy with the liberty spikes and the person in the wheelchair all holding hands and skipping.

Perry Hernandez
Santa Cruz | Network Engineer

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If you found out you had one year to live, what would you do?

If you found out you had one year to live, what would you do?

 

I would focus on two things: friends and family, and trying to do social change to leave the world a better place than how I found it.

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Are video games art?

Are video games art?

Of course. If you look closely at how they're created, there are artists, designers, musicians and engineers that come together to produce something that people can enjoy.

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What is the most urgent issue for the City Council to address?

What is the most urgent issue for the City Council to address?

Homelessness and drug use. We need to take care of our population in town, and we need to help the people that need help.

Damon Shanle
Santa Cruz | Controller

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What’s your dream job?

What’s your dream job?

My dream job is taking people out into the wilderness and showing them the beauty that’s there for them.

Kristen Burkhart
Santa Cruz | Student

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What are some simple tips for conserving water?

What are some simple tips for conserving water?

Drink more beer and less water, collect rain water from catch barrels, and if you live in the mountains near a spring you should try to set up some sort of system through that.

John Morefield
Ben Lomond | Motorcycle Mechanic

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Mountain Mystic

When Cora Evans died in Boulder Creek in 1957, her thousands of pages of religious writings hadn’t yet been published. More than a half a century later, Evans’ fiery visions and spiritual devotion have inspired a crusade within Catholicism to make her the Santa Cruz Mountains’ first saint

 

Wesak (Water) Taurus Solar Festival, Buddha Blesses the Earth

A most important celebration occurs Sunday, May 3—the Wesak Taurus Buddha Solar Festival/full moon. At the moment of the full moon the Buddha’s presence enters the Earth plane for eight minutes. He brings the Will-to-Good from the Father, which, when reaching humanity becomes goodwill (Mother Principle). Held yearly in a valley hidden deep within the Himalayas, the Wesak festival is prepared for for months in advance (beginning at Winter Solstice). On festival day, amidst pilgrims, disciples and Holy Ones gathered in the valley, the Buddha is invoked through movement, symbols and mantrams. At the moment of the full moon, hearing the words, “We are ready, Buddha, come,” the Lord of Illumination (brother of the Christ) appears in the clouds above the altar to emanate forth the will and purpose of God to earth. The blessing of the father is then held in safekeeping for distribution at the June full moon Goodwill Festival. The day of Wesak (May 3, 8:42 p.m. West Coast) all disciples (east and west) place crystal vessels filled with pure water outside (in gardens, on rooftops, porches and steps) under the heavens. As the Buddha blesses the world, all waters, including waters within our bodies, are blessed. The Buddha is accompanied by the Forces of Enlightenment to illuminate humanity’s minds. Humanity then begins to express new constructive, productive and beneficial ways of the Art of Livingness. Wesak covers five days—two days (before) of dedicated preparation, the actual festival “Day of Safeguarding,” and two days (after) distributing goodwill (the NGWS to humanity). Join us in the Valley by reciting the Great Invocation, mantra of direction for humanity.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of May 1

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Hole in the Wall

Popular Aptos spot opens for dinner

 

How do you connect with the natural world?

My connection to the natural world is through my art. I totally feel it there very physically in nature and even right here on the street. Jonathan Rosen, Felton, Pastor

 

Hess Collection Winery

My friend Emma from London came to visit for a few days in early March, so I took her wine tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains—a rare treat for her, as there aren’t too many vineyards in the middle of London. Her visit reminded me how fortunate we are to live in this paradise of ultra-fresh produce, with grapes growing in wild profusion.

 

Springtime Walkabout

May Day Flower Festival, free tours of the UCSC Farm, and a nondairy chocolate indulgence