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Music in May: Tenth Anniversary Concert

Music in May: Tenth Anniversary Concert

Rebecca Jackson’s Festival Features Stunning Poem/String Sextet Premiere By Richard Lynde Music in May (MiM), bigger and better than ever in its 10th year, again showcased a roster of world-class musicians selected by local Juilliard-trained Rebecca Jackson, founder and former Miss Santa Cruz County. Jackson’s radiant congeniality has inspired these annual gatherings into what now […]






Choosing The Best-For-You Hybrid/Electric

Choosing The Best-For-You Hybrid/Electric

By Roddy Scheer Dear EarthTalk: I’m finally ready to make the switch from my old gas-guzzler to an electric or plug-in hybrid car. What are the best bang-for-my-buck deals on these newfangled vehicles? — Mickey LaMonte, Boston, MA ••• With each new model year, automakers continue to expand their offerings of affordable and fun electric […]






How to Lower Your Medicare Drug Costs

How to Lower Your Medicare Drug Costs

By Greg Dill Driving near Monterey, Calif., recently, I stopped at a roadside stand to buy some freshly picked strawberries. May is high season for California strawberries, and the fields were exploding with beautiful, ripe fruit. The gentleman working the stand, Jack, asked what I do for a living. When I told him I work […]






Playroom / Toys

Playroom / Toys

Please simplify me, Pam! My kids have so many different toys they play with each day, and the mess is hard to manage. ••• It’s never too early to instill the joy of sorting and organizing in kids! They sort blocks, so keep the “fun” going. It can start small with keeping their shoes matched […]






Patrick Wants to be YOUR Long-Term Companion

Patrick Wants to be YOUR Long-Term Companion

A Good Samaritan brought Patrick (A234193) to the shelter because they were worried about him living on the streets. He was previously neutered and has a “tipped” right ear (to signify that he is fixed), but whoever neutered him failed to implant a microchip. No one came looking for him therefore he is trying to […]






Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

By Jessica Johnson Since we are halfway through the year I thought it would be a good time to update you on the exciting achievements of some of my interview subjects. This idea was generated by the news that a couple of them had books coming out this summer, and as I reached out to […]






Saving Storage Space

Saving Storage Space

Under Bathroom Sink How do I wrangle all the stuff I have under my bathroom sink? I rarely use it, but when I do, I have to dig for it. If you’re like me, you likely have too many bottles of (almost the right color) fingernail polish, bath salt packets that will make for a […]






Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus Featured in Superb Verdi’s Requiem

Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus Featured in Superb Verdi’s Requiem

A superb performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s (1813-1901) Requiem Mass can be profoundly moving. Maestro Danny Stewart, the Santa Cruz Symphony coupled with the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus, well prepared by Director Cheryl Anderson, provided just such an experience to close the 2016-17 season. It was monumental and compelling throughout the 90 minute performance! The May concert […]






Protect Your Pet from Sun Exposure

Protect Your Pet from Sun Exposure

By Tiffany L. Mitchener, DVM With the long “dog days” of summer approaching, it is time to get outside and get active. But time spent outdoors increases sun exposure for you and your pet. Too much sun can lead to a sunburn or worse — skin cancer. You know how to protect yourself from the […]






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