Interview with James “JD” De Leon

Interview with James “JD” De Leon

By Jessica Johnson Artist James “J.D.” De Leon’s Santa Cruz roots run deep. His grandfather made guitars and ran a music store on the ocean side of 41st Avenue, stoking the De Leon family’s cross-generational love of music. His father went on to work for Columbia Records and his mother once had a Billboard Top […]

Yuja Wang Triumphs

Yuja Wang Triumphs

By Josef Sekon Ever since Maestro Danny Stewart announced the Spring 2017 Santa Cruz concert schedule and revealed Yuja Wang would perform not one, but two piano concerti, the excitement began and culminated into reality on Sunday, at the Mello Center in Watsonville. The concert sold out! More than 300 enthusiasts attended the Friday Open Rehearsal […]

Scotts Valley Property Management

Scotts Valley Property Management

A Family Run, Full Service Company By Edita McQuary Jeanne Jensen Shada was a teacher in San Jose and Scotts Valley for twenty-three years before she retired from teaching and took on becoming an entrepreneur. Her teacher qualities of intelligence, creativity, and perseverance transferred very well for Jeanne when she earned her realtor’s license and […]

Perfect Union

Perfect Union

Fitness and Nutrition By Edita McQuary Jennifer Hardwick’s mantra is to always focus on the positive and it has worked well for her. Perfect Union, her Scotts Valley fitness and nutrition studio, is in its fourth year and strives to help clients attain their individual fitness and nutrition goals. A graduate of Bethany College with […]

Many Hands Gallery

Many Hands Gallery

By Jessica Johnson Many Hands Gallery is a local gem hidden in plain sight. Located in Capitola and sharing a parking lot with Gayle’s Bakery, Many Hands Gallery features an extraordinary selection of work by local artists – from carefully crafted jewelry to large ceramic pieces and just about everything in between including blown glass […]

The Body Shop Fitness Studio

The Body Shop Fitness Studio

Where All Training is Personal By Jessica Johnson To Sunita Bancroft, the owner of The Body Shop, all good training is personal. Together with her “right-hand” Debbie, who runs the administrative side of the business, Sunita Bancroft has been offering one-on-one personal training as well as small group fitness classes at the Body Shop in […]

Get Support to Stay Afloat

Get Support to Stay Afloat

Nicole M. Young, MSW This has been the wettest winter in a long time. After a multi-year drought, the torrential rain is a welcome relief — until it isn’t. Mudslides, floods, fallen trees, power outages, closed roads and destroyed buildings turned everyday life upside down. The stormy weather won’t last forever and someday the chaos […]

Village Santa Cruz has Launched!

Village Santa Cruz has Launched!

By C.J. This Village has a simple mission — to support community members to live independently as they age in their homes by providing social connection, inter-generational interaction, and practical assistance. The launching is a celebration of the efforts of an advisory committee and the community that has been receptive to the idea. In April […]

Aptos Post Office is NOT a Drive-In

Aptos Post Office is NOT a Drive-In

On Monday, February 27 at about 4 p.m. a small sedan was driven entirely into the Aptos Post Office through the front wall. When the AMR paramedics and the Aptos/La Selva Fire Department arrived, the driver of the vehicle had already been removed from the automobile and was seated in a chair. Amazingly no one […]