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What charities would you like to see people support this season?

What charities would you like to see people support this season?

Any charity that helps feed people who are hungry. The Homeless Services Center, Homeless Garden Project, Second Harvest Food Bank, Valley Churches United—those are really local oriented.
Judy Allen, Scotts Valley, Consulting

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What should be on everyone’s bucket list?

What should be on everyone’s bucket list?

Hang gliding, because you're free as a bird.

Jenni, Santa Cruz, Student/Administrative Assistant

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What’s the most underrated movie?

What’s the most underrated movie?

Dogville. The best movie that everyone else hates.
June Rose, Santa Cruz, Sock Flinger

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How do you feel about your tax dollars going to space exploration?

How do you feel about your tax dollars going to space exploration?

I think that the tax dollars could be spent more on a local level, something that “we the people” could relate to and connect with.
Steve Rogers, Santa Cruz, Sommelier

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What is Santa Cruz’s biggest eyesore?

What is Santa Cruz’s biggest eyesore?

People smoking cigarettes downtown.
David Finn, Santa Cruz, Graduate Student

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What’s the most outrageous situation you ever saw at a restaurant?

What’s the most outrageous situation you ever saw at a restaurant?

When a drunk customer ripped the urinal off the wall, then started a fight with the bartender in the cafe downstairs. It was an off-the-wall situation, for sure.
Damani Thomas, Santa Cruz, Chef/Owner

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What artist or artists participating in the encore weekend of Open Studios should not be missed?

What artist or artists participating in the encore weekend of Open Studios should not be missed?

Sarah Bianco, because the lightness of her being exudes from her paintings.
Joseppe Percuccio
Santa Cruz | Teacher

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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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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.

 

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How are you going to make a tangible difference in your community this year?

Spread more kindness and compassion.