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An Opportunity to Give

TsunamiWays for locals to help the people of Japan
The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has left thousands of Japanese citizens dead while tens of thousands are still missing. Although the problems caused by the damaged infrastructure and the unfolding nuclear crisis have made recovery difficult, there are many ways local residents can help Japan recover.
The United Way, which operates a chapter in Santa Cruz, has set up a website where people can donate. Funds will be given to the Central Community Chest of Japan, which is helping to address the immediate needs of those affected by the disaster. Donate at

The American Red Cross is also accepting donations for the victims of the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami. Donate at
Several local businesses are helping out as well. Many local wineries, including Bonny Doon Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, and Silver Mountain Vineyards have committed to donating tasting fees collected this weekend to the Red Cross.

Students at UC Santa Cruz can support the Japanese Student Association, which will be selling T-shirts at the beginning of next quarter as part of its fundraising effort.
Please leave any other ideas in the comment section below.

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Help Japan Benefit Concert Apr. 23rd at the Rio
written by Pauline, April 01, 2011
The Japanese Cultural Fair of Santa Cruz is presenting a special benefit concert at the Rio, April 23rd (6:30 doors, 7:30-9:30 show):

Help Japan: A concert to benefit the JCCCNC ( Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

Sandy Lydon (MC)
Watsonville Taiko
the Santa Cruz Hougaku Kai (feat. Tsugaru shamisen by Kyle Abbott)
Ho'omana Hawaiian Band with Hula Dancers
San Jose Taiko

Tickets $20 adv $25 door.

Tickets available at:
Bookshop Santa Cruz
Capitola Book Cafe
Streetlight Records (in Santa Cruz)
and online for more information see and see the Help Japan Benefit Concert page on facebook (

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