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The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival

The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival

Bach’s Coffeehouse • Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 7:30pm, UCSC Recital Hall The stimulating charm of J.S. Bach’s comic work “Coffee Cantata” comes equal parts from the delightful performance, playful composition, and humorous story that pokes fun at prudish moralists. The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival will present this work in its entirety Saturday evening May 4. […]

Invention Convention Winners

Invention Convention Winners

By Scott J. Turnbull “All sorts of things can happen when you’re open to new ideas and playing around with things.” — Stephanie Kwolek, chemist who invented Kevlar and winner of the Lavoisier Medal for Technical Achievements   One of our Board Members frequently reminds us not to ask our students the old question, “What […]

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

More Than A Century of Celebration By Maya Tabasz The greatest love is a mother’s then comes a dog’s, then comes a sweetheart’s.                                                            — Polish proverb Mother’s […]

From Tragedy to Advocacy

From Tragedy to Advocacy

By Kona Gleitman In the early evening, last October, a mountain lion jumped over a six-foot metal fence in the Miller family yard, and killed daughter Scarlet’s three pet goats. It was devastating. Researchers from the UCSC Puma Project came and stayed at the house in an attempt to collar the lion for tracking and […]

Cabrillo Launches “Landed”

Cabrillo Launches “Landed”

First College in California to Launch Program; Already Helping K-12 School Employees in County Buy Homes Cabrillo College announced it has become the first institution of higher education in California to launch with Landed, a down payment assistance and homebuyer education program aimed at helping educators and school employees afford to buy homes. The program […]

Celebrating 100 Years of the Cement Ship, Part 3

Celebrating 100 Years of the Cement Ship, Part 3

By Kevin Newhouse In the two previous parts of this story, I told you how and why the S.S. Palo Alto (The Cement Ship) was built and how she ended up in Aptos. Launched in May 1919 and arriving in Aptos in January 1930, the Cement Ship was part of the Seacliff Amusement Corporation’s plan […]

Honoring Lisa Berkowitz

Honoring Lisa Berkowitz

Four Decades of Commitment to Santa Cruz County Seniors by Amy Hanley Lisa Berkowitz, Program
Director for Santa Cruz County
Meals on Wheels (MOW), a
program of Community Bridges, has been serving Santa Cruz
County seniors for 40 years. 
Under her watch, over eight
million meals have been
provided to seniors in need. Not
only is that a vast number of
meals, but […]

Lift Line Goes Electric

Lift Line Goes Electric

Community Bridges Program Awarded $242K for Vehicles and Charging Stations Lift Line, a program of Community Bridges, has been awarded $242,000 by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) to purchase an electric vehicle (EV) for transit use and install two Level 3 fast charging stations. This funding, provided through the California Climate Investments […]

Fire Station Burrito Breakfast

Fire Station Burrito Breakfast

“We are a family” is how one volunteer described being a member of the volunteer fire team. The all-volunteer firefighters are not paid. Yet every one of the firefighters and medical staff undergoes the same extensive training as paid firefighters. Bonny Doon Fire Team was dispatched 138 times in 6 months. Volunteers are equipped to […]

Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser

Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser

For Aptos History Museum at Best Western Seacliff Inn Attention wine collectors, wine drinkers, and fans of Marilyn Monroe! A seven bottle collection: 5 bottles of limited addition “Marilyn Merlot” wine and 2 Norma Jeane wines, will be available in the silent auction at the Aptos History Museum’s Annual Fundraiser and Cinco de Mayo celebration […]