• July 2021

    Stop Fires

    High Schooler’s Invention Can Stop Fires Before They Spread By Brad Kava Fence-mounted FACE’s can build a wall of protection. Arul with a FACE prototype, which he expects to ship in September. A FACE prototype placed in an attic. As the thick of the fire season approaches, Santa Cruzans may want to protect themselves with an amazing invention created by a 17-year-old high school student. Arul Mathur, who lives in Danville, but has been studying online with Soquel’s Merit Academy, has created something he calls F.A.C.E., or Fire Activated Cannister Extinguisher. You put them around your house and when triggered by high temperatures, they shoot out a fire retardant in…

  • July 2021

    Fourth of July

    Fourth of July Celebrations By brad kava There may not be fireworks but the Fourth of July is back big in Santa Cruz!   Aptos’s “World’s Shortest Parade” is back after a year off, with a huge assortment of family friendly people and crazies marching the few blocks between Wells Fargo and Trout Gulch. This is the event that made Growing Up fall in love with the town many years back. There won’t be a breakfast or park event because of the last minute drop of Covid restrictions, but we are thrilled. Come check us out, handing out the latest Growing Up with the cover story about berries. It’s berry…

  • July 2021

    Ava Barret

    Ava Barret Local Artist You don’t need to be good at art to call yourself an artist. My name is Ava Barrett, and I am an artist. I have been dancing at the tannery arts center for seven years. And I know what your thinking. What does dance have to do with these pictures I have painted? Well, dance is my main outlet for creativity. Recently I have been given fantastic opportunities to work with professional dancers to further my artistry. Within those seven years, I have seen tremendous growth in my body and mind, now onto the subject of painting. I took art classes as a kid but never…

  • July 2021

    July 2021

    MONTH LONGBanff Centre Mountain Film Festival Virtual Festival This year, bring the adventure home! Fluff up your couch cushions, grab a snack of choice, and make sure you have good internet connection, because the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour is Virtual! Travel to the most remote corners of the world, dive into daring expeditions, and celebrate some of the most remarkable outdoor achievements, all from the comfort of your living room. Films can be purchased individually or as a bundle. Visit riotheatre.com for more information about the online programs and how you can support your local screening. You may also go directly to the Banff affiliate link for…

  • July 2021

    Playwright Winners

    Actors Theatre Young Playwrights Winners Press Release Ten local high school students have been named as winners of the Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre’s Young Playwrights’ Festival and their scripts will be offered in various productions in the coming months. “Ocean Disaster,” by Julien Jacklin, and “Mother & Daughter” by Lila-Rose Roberts, both from Georgiana Bruce Kirby School, along with “Together at Last,” by Stella Pfefferkonn of the San Lorenzo Valley Nature Academy, will have their plays featured on the Actors’ Theatre Radio Hour on KSQD (90.7 FM) at 9 p.m. June 20. Six young playwrights will have their works presented on Zoom Forward, on June 25 at 5 p.m., a…

  • July 2021

    Alice’s Avengers in Underland

    Alice’s Avengers in Underland press release Alice and a host of singing and dancing superhero’s, dive deep into Underland to fight Gotham City’s most vile villains in their Underland hideout in Little People’s Repertory Theater’s Alice’s Avengers in Underland. This original rock music by Janinne Chadwick opens July 21st at Park Hall in downtown Ben Lomond. LPRT is back with live theater, promising to entertain audiences of all ages. Alice’s Avengers in Underland parodies pop music, classic rock and iconic pop-culture icons, from Tom Petty to Lizzo. Under the Direction of Jocelyn Mcmahon-Babalis, with Gabe House as musical director and choreographer, Sadie Rose, over 65 local kids will perform once…

  • July 2021

    Santa Cruz Montessori

    Santa Cruz Montessori Students Fight Hunger Press Release It all started with a news story showing mile-long lines for food banks around the country in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Santa Cruz Montessori teacher Kristin Tosello shared this news with her 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the Junior Class. She also streamed videos from the Second Harvest Food Bank that showed that one in five people in Santa Cruz County and one in four children in Santa Cruz County face food insecurity.The images and the statistics hit home with the Montessori students, shocked at the number of hungry people in their own community. But instead of simply feeling…

  • July 2021

    Mac vs PC

    Mac vs PC By Luigi Oppido Let’s start with the differences. Both machines are virtually the same inside. The same components  live inside both machines just like any other computer, Ram, CPU, hard drive etc. The difference starts with the operating system and the functionality and communication of those components, and of course, what you can do with them! This question plagues the computer user every time the trigger needs to be pulled on a new machine. What do I get? Mac or PC? And why? Common today, Macs are mostly found in laptop form and run the Apple operating system called OSX or OS11. Microsoft computers called PCs normally…