• April 2021

    Alissa Bookakery winner

    Alissa, Age 10 Flower Lady | Grand Prize Bookakery Box March coloring COntest Our March contest was sponsored by  The Bookakery winner Alissa, age 10, won this incredibly fun box filled with silly books and a baking activity! Thanks, Bookakery for bringing adventure to our readers! Do you want your chance to win great prizes? Entries for our April Coloring Contest end March 20. Your kiddo could win four tickets to ride the train at Roaring Camp

  • April 2021

    Santa Cruz Housing Market HOT

    Santa Cruz Housing Market: Hot, Hot, Hot! By Seb Frey It’s no secret that right now the real estate market in Santa Cruz is hot.  Actually, you could say it’s overheated!  There’s no shortage of stories of homes receiving dozens of offers and selling hundreds of thousands of dollars over asking price. But in a way, that’s yesterday’s news.  The thing to know about the real estate market is that it’s dynamic.  What’s true yesterday may not be true today, or what’s true today may not apply tomorrow.  For example, interest rates have risen substantially over the past several weeks – up about 0.75% give or take.  That might not…

  • April 2021

    Creating Positive Childhood Experiences

    Creating Positive Childhood Experiences By Nicole M. Young, MSW April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, which makes me pause to think about all the hardships and trauma children and families have experienced this past year. COVID-19. Displacement due to wildfires. Racism. Social isolation. Hunger. Lost jobs. Financial instability. Struggles with remote learning. Hate crimes. These multiple “storms” have left their mark. Communities across the nation have reported increased calls to domestic violence and mental health hotlines. Recent results from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Household Pulse Survey, suggest “the proportion of U.S. adults with symptoms of anxiety disorder and/or depressive disorder have quadrupled since before the pandemic,” especially…

  • April 2021

    Mom and Son Artists

    Zephy Pfotenhauer and Dante Clark Mother and Son Duo Mother and son Zephyr Pfotenhauer and Dante Clark (11) have been working together creatively for as long as Dante can remember. A professional artist and designer, Zephyr is often inspired by Dante for her own work and regularly enlists his help in completing various projects, from murals to printmaking. Dante is a longtime member of Art Lab in Boulder Creek and particularly enjoys building in Lego, Minecraft, wood and clay in worlds both real and virtual. A 6th grader at the Nature Academy, he is looking forward to returning to school, seeing friends and exploring the county with his classmates. Until…

  • April 2021

    Playing Music

    Nurturing the Teenage Musician by Susan Willats For music students, who often spend a lot of time practicing and playing alone (especially those who don’t have a school music program available), playing with other musicians can be a true game-changer. We all know it’s not easy being a teenager. (It’s also not easy parenting a teenager, but that’s a topic for a different article.) Teenagers who play musical instruments face additional challenges: finding time (or motivation) to practice on a regular basis, worries about disappointing their instructors, and possible stigma or labeling from other kids at school. Research continues to show great advantages to those who play music, but it…

  • April 2021

    Book Review 2020 Hindsight

    Book Review Local Photographers Create Living History By Brad Kava When two of the top local news photographers looked back on last year, with its traumas, disasters and a community that fought to come together, they realized they were seeing a huge piece of history, something people would be interested in seeing for years to come. So, Kevin Painchaud, of Lookout Santa Cruz and Growing Up in Santa Cruz, and Shmuel Thaler, of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, decided to pack 2020 into a special edition glossy book. The resulting work—“2020 Hindsight: Looking Back on a Tumultuous Year in Santa Cruz County”—is the kind of keepsake most everyone in this county…

  • April 2021

    Life After Covid

    We polled kids around town about what they most want to do when shelter in place orders are lifted and we got a lot of answers. What do you think they miss most? Read on! Polled at Seacliff Skate Park Weslie Rose10 years old – Fifth grade Soquel Elementary“I’m looking forward to going to amusement parks again. I just love the rides and always have fun. I miss my friends too, and really want to go back to school.”   Caleb Gregory10 years old – 4th GradeTwin Lakes Elementary “I’m looking forward to the arcade at the Boardwalk. Me and my dad play games there and I really miss it.…

  • April 2021

    Which Parent Are You

    Which Parent Are You? by Chris Jackson One parent steps in and prevents the child from failure and negative outcomes. The other parent says, “I’m not doin’ that. Either (the child) does it, or it won’t get done.” Which one seems healthier? Are you surprised it’s the second parent? Healthier for the parent and for the child. “But, if I don’t help her register at the DMV, I’ll be the one driving her around.” No you won’t. Don’t do it. “But she’ll miss her classes and lose her job.” Yup. “But then I’ll have to pay more to support her.” Well, you could consider other options for that too.The term…

  • April 2021

    Where are they now Caleb

    This Kid has Grown Up with Growing Up by linda kay Over the years so many kids have graced the cover of Growing Up in Santa Cruz. We are curious about what’s become of them! Caleb Malabuyo, now a junior at Scotts Valley High School, was featured on the August 2012 cover of Growing Up in Santa Cruz. He remembers the photo shoot. “I was totally trying to seem nonchalant about it, but I was actually really excited to be in a magazine.” He remembers when the magazine came out. “I had mixed feelings at first because in all the photos we took I had this cool new Sharks hat…