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Future Train

Future Train

The RTC studies passenger rail options on a line from Davenport to Watsonville

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Local News

Well, All Right

Well, All Right

Should Soquel Creek Water District be worried about chromium levels?

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Town Hall

Monning Talks Health, Boating

Monning Talks Health, Boating

California Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) stopped by our office recently, with the legislature on recess for the month of July, to talk about his new bill to regulate boating and relive his failed efforts to require warning labels on sugary drinks.

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Local News

Hokey Pokey

Hokey Pokey

What started out as a long discussion over housing the homeless suddenly turned into a bloody mess, thanks to the Internet.

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Environment

This Sucks

This Sucks

County health officials warn about the threat of West Nile virus

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Local News

Off and Running

Off and Running

Four more candidates enter the 2014 Santa Cruz City Council race

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Local News

Crash for Carpools

Crash for Carpools

One man spins his wheels trying to bring an unsuccessful transportation program to light

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Local News

Briefs: Changing Colors, Outgrowing Home

Briefs: Changing Colors, Outgrowing Home

Changing Colors

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Local News

3-D Revolution

3-D Revolution

Two UCSC students carve a niche in the world of 3-D printing with an affordable new device

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Briefs: Just for Funds, Splash Dance

Just For Funds

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In Black and White

Women in Santa Cruz use underground zine as a medium for a raw look at gendered violence

 

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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Ate3One

Foodies in the 831 will want to follow this food truck

 

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.

 

Hole in the Wall

Popular Aptos spot opens for dinner