• July 2020

    Backyard Campout

    Organize a Memorable “Staycation” BY JHONEE FILLMORE I am not sure what type of vacation plans you had arranged for this summer but chances are you are rearranging.  June is looking as if we might all need to get creative and plan something fun and exciting at home.  You and your family have been home a great deal these past couple of months so you ask…. “What can we do that is different?”   I am speaking from personal experience when I share this idea. My family has been living this fun every weekend for the past month. We have been using this as a weekend getaway but you can…

  • July 2020

    Train Pet

    More Free Time? How About Using it to Train an Adopted Pet BY IVAN ROCHA Pets are in high demand across the nation as the quarantine leaves people craving a COVID-companion. The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter is quieter than it has likely ever been thanks to locals that have opened their homes to the animals in the shelter. Erika Anderson, the program and development manager at the Shelter, said there have been more people in search of pet-partners through this pandemic. “It seems that people feel that maybe now is a really good time to get a pet because they’re home a lot and have the time to spend…

  • July 2020

    Anti-racism

    Anti-racism Resources for Parents BY NICOLE M. YOUNG, MSW I am a woman of color, raised in a White family, mother of two bi-racial children. I’ve experienced racial ignorance, microaggressions (words and actions that seem trivial, but are hurtful because they’re based on stereotypes), prejudice, and racism in my personal and professional life – even in my own family. But I am not Black, and I can’t even pretend to know what it’s like to live in fear that doing everyday things like jogging (Ahmaud Arbery), sleeping at home (Breonna Taylor), driving (Sandra Bland), watching birds (Christian Cooper), or waiting for a friend at Starbucks (Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson)…

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    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 FREE First 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 ENROLLMENT Take 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…

  • 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…