February 2021

  • February 2021

    Unique Preschools

    Creating New Ideas for Preschools By Jeanette Prather Thinking outside of the box in education has become a super norm as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Outdoor schooling becoming more popular, more accessibility to personalized learning and governmental funding supplementing early education, to name a few of the scholastic pivots. Some preschools are taking these opportunities to continue developing their own new and alternative curriculums.             “This year, I’ve set up a classroom outside so that we can safely be together,” said Westside Parent Education Nursery School (WPENS) director and teacher Cory Cherk, who is also a 25-year veteran of the preschool co-op scene and a current parent education…

  • February 2021

    Valentine Gift Guide

    Ann’s Picks Norrie’s Gift & Garden Shop UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden shopucscarboretum.com/ [email protected] Offering unique, interesting, and beautiful plants in the outdoor nursery or buy online. Also shop for household items, jewelry, gifts, and more. Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz 831.420.6115 santacruzmuseum.org [email protected] Unique gifts for all ages celebrating the beauty and nature of Santa Cruz County, including apparel, books and field guides, science, souvenirs, surfing, and more. Woodhouse Blending & Brewing 119 Madrone St. Santa Cruz woodhousebrews.com [email protected] Offering delicious small-batch traditional & non-traditional beers as well as handcrafted barrel-aged blends. Delicious Brazilian-inspired cuisine by @sampakitchensc. Live music. Spacious…

  • February 2021

    Kiddos, Coloring, and Cookies

    Ryker and Asher Big Foot Coloring Contest Winners January coloring COntest Ryker and Asher colored our January Big Foot coloring page at their preschool Play, Laugh, and Learn and each won a dozen cookies generously donated by Cookies Cruz! Do you want your chance to win great prizes? Entries for our March Coloring Contest end March 20. Your kiddo could win a fun filled box from Bookakery Boxes.

  • February 2021

    February 2021 Celebrations

    Monday 1 Sutter Maternity Postpartum Wellness Group Mondays 10:00-11:30am Call 831-477-2229 for log-in Santa Cruz County Moms onlyNational Freedom Day This day was founded to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as U.S. citizens, freedoms that we should never take for granted. Specifically, the holiday commemorates the day in 1865 when President Abraham Lincoln signed what would later become the 13th Amendment. This amendment is so important because it effectively ended slavery in the United States. Freedom is one of the founding principles of the United States of America National Get Up Day National Dark Chocolate Day National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day Tuesday 2 Gateway Tours by Appointment February…

  • February 2021

    Sand Mining Ends in Monterey

    It’s A Big Deal Sand Mining on Our Sanctuary Shores Ended Katherine O’Dea, Save Our Shores Executive Director | Santa Cruz The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the removal of that sand was causing the highest rates of erosion along the entire California coast. This month marks the final taking of sand from the last coastal sand mine operating in the U.S. on the shores of our Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Marina, CA. The closure was achieved as a negotiated outcome of a multi-year advocacy campaign initiated by concerned citizens and activists in Monterey County including Ed Thorton, a Professor of Oceanography at the Naval Post Graduate School, Marina…

  • February 2021

    Vaccine Timeline

    Understanding Vaccine Timeline and Questions By zach friend, county supervisor TUES | FEB | 2Supervisor Zach Friend hosts a COVID -19 Tele-Town Hall,  6-7 pm Supervisor Zach Friend will host a tele-town hall on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, from 6-7 pm with Dr. David Ghilarducci, EMS Medical Director and Deputy Health Officer for the County of Santa Cruz. Dr. Ghilarducci is a board-certified EMS Medical Director with extensive public safety and front line experience. Dr. Ghilarducci was previously a Fire Captain and Acting Battalion Chief with the Santa Clara County Fire Department and after transitioning to medicine served as president of the Emergency Medical Director’s Association of California, EMS Medical…

  • February 2021

    February Teachers of the Month

    The Pinnacle of Dedication A tribute to the Mount Madonna School Faculty by Christine Smith As we wind down 2020 and welcome 2021 with cautious optimism, I tip my hat to a group of individuals who are as good as it gets, and maybe even better: the faculty at Mount Madonna School! Blessedly, our world is full of good – good art, good innovation, good people. So, when it comes time to recognize a person for their contributions, the choice can be tough. Look at Time magazine, which has often chosen a group of individuals rather than just one person for its coveted recognition as “Person of the Year” –…

  • February 2021

    Just Wear the Mask

    Just Wear the Mask by brad kava Wearing a mask during a highly contagious pandemic is no more depriving one of freedom than are laws demanding we wear seatbelts or forbidding smoking in restaurants and public halls. Just wear the mask. Do we really have to say that after a year of a pandemic ravaging the country? I guess we do because there are days at the local parks when two thirds of the kids and parents aren’t wearing them. Maybe they figure they are safe because they are outside, but you know how close kids get when they are playing. Even if mask wearing for the youngest ones is…

  • February 2021

    Computer Value

    Is a Cheaper Computer Really Better? By Luigi Oppido As the new year comes, and we close off whatever you wanna call 2020, deals abound for new computers with all new technology and brand new software. How do you know when a deal is a deal? Computers break down into four or five basic components. Processor, ram, storage, video card, and if a laptop, screen type. Without getting into each item and diving into the history of computing here’s a brief synopsis of each item: ProcessorThe better the processor, the faster click-to-completion. Meaning, if I want to double-click on a program, how long does it take for it to launch, and…