Growing Up in Santa Cruz

Vote to Save Watsonville Community Hospital for All of Us

When my 5-year-old son gouged his head on a park bench, we sat outside Dominican Hospital’s emergency room for four hours waiting to be treated. I’m not complaining. I understand things take time and there...

It Is Not Just a Housing Project. It Is a CommUNITY!

Growing up in the housing projects in NYC shaped the very essence of my being. While there were physical barriers present, they were not the focal points of my upbringing. Instead, the essence of my...

Expressing Love Through Quality Time

I loved celebrating Valentine’s Day as a child. My favorite memory is of the Valentine’s “mailbox” that appeared every February. It was a big box that my mom decorated with colorful paper, hearts and lace...

Celebrating Detective Teamwork with Laurie King

Fans of the Russell & Holmes series will gather at the downtown MAH for a celebration of 30 years of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (the first in the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes series with a...

Joaquin Is a Warrior And So Are His Fans

Joaquin Aluffi was just shy of his fifth birthday when he had a major allergic reaction playing in the grass. His lungs shut down and his throat swelled and he was rushed to the emergency...

Implementing Routines Improves Family Harmony

Imagine your children leaving for school in the morning and getting ready for bed at night without needless hassles. Imagine your children showing you what they need to do each day and taking the steps...

The Times They Are a Changin’

The thing about “the times” is that they’re always changing. It’s their nature. I want it to be my nature too. I want to be the kind of grandmother who adapts to new ideas. Not...

Buchanan Turns Childhood Passion Into Full Time Profession

Santa Cruz painter Noah Buchanan began his studies in classical drawing, painting and anatomy at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. After taking a BFA from UCSC, he received a Masters of...

Providing Healthy Smiles for Children

February is Children’s Dental Health Month and the perfect opportunity to write to you, amazing parents, about why your kids’ oral health matters and how to ensure healthy smiles for your children. Here are answers...

Santa Cruz Symphony Offers Family Concert

Here’s a concert that will please the entire family, and inspire young audiences toward future musical experiences. The delightful and humorous musical creation, Carnival of the Animals by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns will take families...

Why Grades May Not Reflect Academic Skills

Many parents mistakenly believe their children are functioning at or above grade level for several reasons. Grades Reflect More Than Just Academic Performance: Class grades are not solely based on academic abilities. They often include...

Embracing Self-Love and Acts of Kindness

February is known as the month of love, yet it’s not just about romantic love – it is a great time to make space for self-love and spread it to those around you. This month...

Cool Clothes Seen on the Streets and in Schools

In downtown Santa Cruz, we talked to the most stylish people on the street. From linens closing out summer, to pinstripes making an early fall appearance, classic trends have taken over Front Street. Let’s take...