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What’s your secret to avoiding the summer swarms?

What’s your secret to avoiding the summer swarms?

Probably, for me, I would go mountain biking back in Soquel Demonstration Forest or Wilder [Ranch] to get away from the crowds.
Andrew Westerman
Live Oak | Electrician

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What activities would you suggest to friends and family visiting Santa Cruz?

What activities would you suggest to friends and family visiting Santa Cruz?

I would suggest spending time in less touristy neighborhoods, such as Seabright. Catch a live show at The Rio Theatre and then head next door to Oyunna's restaurant for some amazing Mongolian food. When downtown I'd suggest Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Museum of Art & History.
Krystal Racca
Santa Cruz | Mom

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What do you think our community could do to promote renewable energy solutions?

What do you think our community could do to promote renewable energy solutions?

My knee-jerk response would be a lot more solar. I know some people here who have really pushed the envelope on solar, and I'm just amazed that in a climate like this it hasn’t been adopted more.
Kirby Scudder
Santa Cruz | Writer/Gallery Director

 

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What do you know about Monsanto?

What do you know about Monsanto?

I don’t know as much as I would like to know about Monsanto. But what I do know is that they have an agenda to control the seed supply of the whole world and they seem to want to make sure that everyone eats their seeds. Even though 50 countries have gotten rid of GMO food we are still  not even able to know what’s in our food. At the very least I know that they are trying to keep us from knowing what is in our food, because they have a big stake in it.
Blythe Stratton
Santa Cruz | Self Employed

 

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What are you a total sucker for?

What are you a total sucker for?

A cold beer after a long bike ride, gossip, and fighting over politics.

Kyle McKinley
Santa Cruz | Lecturer

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Do you unplug often enough? Or do you need help?

Do you unplug often enough? Or do you need help?

I needed help so I got the Internet off my phone. Being a caregiver, I have more time to be with people because I know that the Internet is a false sense of connection, but I still like connecting both ways.
Dana Kaiser-Davidson
Santa Cruz | Caregiver

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What makes you proud to be American?

What makes you proud to be American?

I'm proud that I have the freedom to do what I please—surf when I want to surf, work when I want to work.
Scott Liess
Santa Cruz | Plumber


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On the Waterfront

As the wharf celebrates its centennial, a personal reflection on its essential place in Santa Cruz’s history

 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of September 26

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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

 

Apricot Wine for Dessert

Thomas Kruse Winery, a participant in the new Santa Clara Wine Trail, has been around for a long time—since 1971, to be exact. When our little group arrived to try some wine at the Kruses’ low-key tasting room, Thomas Kruse and his wife Karen were there to greet us. Theirs is a small operation, and they’re proud to offer quality wine at affordable prices. “Because we are small and low-tech, it’s easy to relate to the whole winemaking process,” says Karen—and the Kruses take pride in making wine “just like it has been made for centuries.”