Growing Up in Santa Cruz

Teen Artes Exhibit Showcases Local Talent

A new exhibit by local high school students in the Teen Artes program, under the umbrella of Pajaro Valley Arts, opened in May in the PV Arts Porter Building on Main Street. The show features...

Want Free Childcare in Your Home?

If you’ve got a toddler or preschooler, finding quality childcare is probably an ongoing concern. Today, millennials spend more time with their children than any previous generation, and with their flexible work schedules, they need...

A Triumph of Potential: From Overlooked Youth to Rising Stars

As the bright lights illuminated the Santa Cruz TEDx stage, Alex and Martín stood side-by-side with me, their presence commanding the audience’s attention. These two young men from Santa Cruz County are a living embodiment...

Driving to School in a Fire Engine

Every year I try to bid on something at the Rio del Mar Elementary School charity auction, but I’ve never been able to afford the big ticket items. One year we got outbid on Giants...

2024 Educator of the Year Award Recipients Honored

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Santa Cruz COE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2024 Santa Cruz County Educator of the Year Awards, which recognize exceptional educators from across Santa Cruz...

Mount Madonna Class of 2024 Gets Ready to Fly

Mount Madonna School is pleased to announce Ona Musoll-Buendia as the 20243 valedictorian and Anya Gonzalez and Emma Monclus as co-salutatorians. These students earned this distinction through hard work and focused effort, edging out their...

What Fuels Misbehavior?

Imagine an iceberg. On top floats a small amount of ice but below, a whole lot is going on that is unseen. In Positive Discipline classes, you will hear the phrases, “behavior has a purpose”...

Summer Fun On a Budget

Keeping the kids entertained while on summer break can be an expensive endeavor. Registrations for summer camps, daycare, and recreation programs are only the tip of the iceberg. You also need to consider transportation costs...

Santa Cruz Symphony Goes to the Movies

The last concert of the Santa Cruz Symphony season offers more than simply an orchestral tribute to movie maestro John Williams. Join the street party before the concert, from 5pm-7:30pm in front of the Civic...

Hiking Fall Creek at Henry Cowell

It’s dawn and I’m the first to park in the Henry Cowell State Park parking lot up Felton-Empire Grade Road. I had to use my phone alarm to wake up. I hope hiking will get...

A Volcanic New Direction for Mystery Writer Leslie Karst

Known for her popular Sally Solari cozy mystery series, local author and parttime Hawai’i resident Leslie Karst has just whipped up a brand-new adventure mystery, Molten Death. The new cozy (non-violent, no bad words) mystery...

Music Teacher Reaches Autistic Kids Through Rhythm

The student and the teacher sit facing one other, their feet on the drum pedals, drumsticks in their hands. Autism may make the ten-year old’s speech unique, it may make his attention variable, but right...

Three Things You Won’t Regret This Summer

Summer is here and we are in the midst of the months where the weather has shifted and we can celebrate the sunniest time of year. What often happens for parents during the summer months...