February 2022

  • February 2022

    The Year of New Rides

    New Ride in Monterey Leads 2022 Offerings By Erik Chalhoub 2020, as we all know, was an awful year. 2021 was mediocre for theme parks, but still better than the previous year. But 2022? We’re in for quite a treat. Between the new rides, returning events and a (hopefully) well-vaccinated state, there is a lot to look forward to as theme park junkies. Locally, the biggest surprise announcement in our region in years dropped recently, and I couldn’t be more excited. Are you a fan of the fantastical world of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s Haunted Castle, and love the thrill of chasing the high score in Justice League: Battle…

  • February 2022

    Tips on Saving Water

    2 Tips for Saving (Lots of) Water Here in California, we’re facing water shortages and severe drought. Local municipalities now have strict water restrictions and neighbors are “drought shaming“, i.e. reporting others’ misuse of water (washing cars, sprinkling lawns). Consumers are even going after commercial growers who export crops like almonds to foreign countries or bottled water companies (like Nestle) for selling our precious water reserves for profits.   So what can you do?   Tip #1: Set up a water catchment system to collect 1000s of gallons of rainwater I didn’t realize I could capture almost 8,000 gallons of water from just one storm until we tested out our new rain catchment…

  • February 2022

    Oral Health During Pregnancy

    Dental Care During Pregnancy Good for Pregnant Parent and Good for Baby by Dr. Sepideh Taghvaei, Chief Dental Officer and Co-Chair of Oral Health Access Santa Cruz February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Usually, promotion is focused on children’s dental health. This article will instead focus on the dental health of the pregnant parent. But why?  The pregnant parent is the most common source of transmission of cavity causing bacteria to their infants. A decision to keep the mouth of the pregnant parent healthy and treat cavities (decay) is also a decision to help protect your baby’s oral health. Going to the dentist and even getting dental x-rays is…

  • February 2022

    February Open Houses

    Gateway School K-8TUE & WED | FEB 1 & 2 | 9AM – 12PM SAT| FEB 5 | 10am – 1pmTUE & WED | MAR 1 & 2 | 9AM – 12PM 255 Swift Street, Santa Cruz(831) 423-0341 | [email protected] www.gatewaysc.org and schedule a tour to experience all that Gateway has to offer! Spring Hill SchoolTHUR | FEB 10 & 24 | 6 PM250 California Street, Santa Cruzspringhillschool.org/open-house-calendarJoin Spring Hill School for an interactive, virtual open house event! You will have the opportunity to meet teachers, ask questions, and experience our approach to education. To attend, register online through our website. Mount Madonna SchoolFRI | Feb 11 | 10:30AM-12:30PM491 Summit…

  • February 2022

    Solar vs Big energy

    Is California Attacking Local Solar Customers? by Casey Beyer, CEO, Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce For more than two decades, California solar energy companies, installers and customers have benefited from an incentive program known as Net Metering. What is Net Metering? It is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. For example, if a residential customer has a PV system on their roof, it may generate more electricity than the home uses during daylight hours. If the home is net-metered, the electricity meter will run backward to provide a credit against what electricity is consumed at night or other periods…

  • February 2022

    Girl Scout Cookies

    Sweetest Time of Year By steve Dinnen It’s cookie time again! Girl Scouts have just now launched their 2022 campaign to blanket America with Thin Mints and S’Mores. This year’s crop sees a new addition, the Adventureful, described as a brownie-inspired treat that features a caramel-flavored crème and a dash of sea salt. “I was a Girl Scout for nine years, and this is the one I’m going for,” said Eileen Ringwald. She’s director of marketing for the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast, which supports the nearly 400 girls in Santa Cruz County who belong to local troops. Ringwald said you won’t have to look far for your fill of cookies.…