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    Happy Giving Hands

    Local Teens Educate, Fundraise and Donate Local high school student, Mikayla Shults, founded Happy Giving Hands when she was nine and left in the dust after a short time. She raised money to make “blessing bags” for homeless people in Santa Cruz. These bags included necessities like deodorant and toothpaste/toothbrushes. Now Happy Giving Hands will be the following: open to all schools in Santa Cruz (elementary-high school) donate period products and other necessities to menstruators in need be a safe place for all genders, races, sexual orientations; HUMANS educate youth in our community about periods and period poverty 🩸We are so happy to embark on this new journey where we…

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    July 2020,  Uncategorized

    JULY EDITORIAL

    July Editors Notes We are living through tough times right now all over the world. Sure, we haven’t been asked to make the sacrifices people had to make in bigger catastrophes. Other generations would laugh at our “problems,” like being asked to wear masks or to stay home and watch Netflix, but we are also seeing firsthand the plight of losing the business you loved and built as the economy goes into a tailspin. Like most, we are shaking our heads trying to awaken from a bad dream and wondering what will come next and how we will deal with it. The good news is that our community is filled…

  • July 2020

    Youth Protest

    Youth Led Protests Paddle Out for Peace PHOTOS BY KEVIN PAINCHAUD On Tuesday, June 2, at noon, 22 year old Megan Rodriguez organized a “Paddle Out for Peace” event. The purpose of the event is to spotlight the racism and discrimination displayed in and out of the water. Rodriquez is mixed race and moved out to Santa Cruz in 2015 from New York. Coming from the diverse community of NY, witnessing and feeling the racial tension in our waters was a bit shocking. Rodriquez states, “most of the racial comments came from the children. I’d ask them why they said certain things, and they’d say that they heard these things…

  • July 2020

    Sarah Jane

    Sarah Jane Local Artist and Mother Giving Back Through Art When shelter in place started, I decided I would offer online painting classes through facebook to help parents at home fill time for their kids. These are still available and free at paint live with Sarah Jane. When George Floyd was murdered and more stories began to emerge of the wrongful deaths of POC, I felt awoken but powerless. I have two little kids at home and didn’t feel safe marching. So I took to the canvas. I put my heart and love into a memorial portrait of Breonna Taylor to be auctioned off and raise money for the BLM…

  • July 2020

    Cabrillo Promise

    Free Tuition for Cabrillo College CABRILLO COLLEGE CABRILLO COLLEGE PROMISE FREEFirst and second year of tuition to any graduating senior from the Cabrillo College District service area. The Cabrillo College Promise eliminates financial barriers to highe education, making a college degree a reality. For information and to apply, visit cabrillo.edu/services/promise/ . DUAL ENROLLMENTTake Cabrillo Classes for free while in high school.Hundreds of students jumpstart their college education by enrolling at Cabrillo College while they are still in high school. Through Dual Enrollment, high school students may attend classes at Cabrillo for free, with the permission of their high school counselors. For every one unit of college credit received at Cabrillo,…

  • July 2020

    Cabrillo

    Cabrillo Extension Offers Online Camps CABRILLO COLLEGE EXTENSION In response to the ongoing Shelter in Place Orders for Santa Cruz County, Cabrillo College Extension has moved many of their popular workshops and summer camps to a virtual format with live instruction. Classes in creative arts, culinary, health & wellness, home & garden, as well as Extension’s summer youth camps are offered via live instruction that can be enjoyed from home. Students can interact with instructors and fellow students to complete projects and learn new skills, and classes are full of instructor-led demonstrations, social interaction, and expert guidance. The Cabrillo Extension staff now works from home, but they have stayed connected…

  • July 2020

    Local Heroes

    Helping Heroes Get Homes BY ILYANNA HENDRICKS After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks shook the nation and claimed the lives of 412 first responders and injured countless others, Ruth Johnson and her family wanted a way to give back to the brave men and women around the country who strived to make a difference in their communities. Together, they created Homes For Heroes, a non-profit organization that works with more than 3,200 real estate agents and mortgage professionals around the country who strive to “provide extraordinary savings to heroes who provide extraordinary services.”  Wendy Guin, an agent who assists Maggie Barr at Keller Williams Realty located on Soquel Avenue, is…

  • July 2020

    Autism

    Special Programs for Kids with Autism BY NATALYA DRESZER Preston is 6 and he has autism. He goes to school to learn, and goes to the Autism Family Network (AFN) to have fun. The Autism Family Network is a community organization in Santa Cruz that focuses on connecting families to special needs resources and support groups, and creating inclusive events for families. During Shelter-In-Place they’ve been hosting dance parties and support groups online. Preston’s mom, Karyn Homeriki, 37, said the Autism Family Network is a great resource for their family. She heard about AFN through Preston’s school, Chrysalis School in Santa Cruz, which focuses on special needs education for children…

  • July 2020

    Meal Planning

    Meal Planning Get the Most Value Out of Your Food Budget BY GRETCHEN HEIMSOTH As we find ourselves riding out this pandemic, many of us are facing the reality that we need to try to more with our dollar in the direction of food and nutrition. Stressors are higher, as well as the need to keep ourselves and our families healthy. I want to give a little focus on things we can avoid, something we can learn and practice and healthy, low cost, nutrient-dense staples to maximize your food budget. These tips, as well as a little thought and prep time, you can find yourself eating a more varied and…