• June 2021

    Santa Cruz Mountain Pump tracks

    Get Pumped! Our Guide to Santa Cruz County’s Kid-Friendly Pumptracks Do you have an up-and-coming cyclist in your life? Take them to a local pumptrack and boost their skills! A pumptrack is akin to a skate park but is built for cyclists of all ages — even the littlest ones. It’s called a pumptrack because, instead of pedaling or pushing, you generate momentum by pumping your body up and down. Pumptracks are a great way for young riders to build their skills and confidence, and provide hours of fun for the whole family.  Here in Santa Cruz, we’re blessed to have a multitude of pumptracks throughout the county. To figure…

  • June 2021

    Dads and Grads Gift Guide

    It’s always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you’re going. -Anthony Burgess Graduation is an exciting time. It marks both an ending and a beginning; it’s warm memories of the past and big dreams for the future. Adventure Sports Unlimited303 Potrero Street, #15, Santa Cruz831.458.3648asudoit.comExplore our underwater backyard and be mesmerized by the bounty of what our beautiful Pacific Ocean has to offer. Starting at $525. Blue Water Ventures127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060831 459 8548BlueWaterVentures.orgJoin us kayaking in search of whales or among the sea otter pups in the protective wetlands of Elkhorn Slough.…

  • June 2021

    Check out These Red Balls

    Forget Blue Ball Park: Check out These Red Balls In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, the internationally renowned public art installation known as the RedBall Project will be popping up across Santa Cruz County this June. The RedBall Project is an inflatable mobile sculpture created by Kurt Perschke that has been making headlines around the globe since 2001. Considered “the world’s longest–running street art work” the RedBall has been to over 30 cities from Paris to Portland. “On the surface, the experience seems to be about the ball itself as an object,” said Perschke, “but the true power of the project…

  • June 2021

    Expanding Broadband in Santa Cruz County

    Expanding Broadband in Santa Cruz County by zach friend, county supervisor It is estimated that as many as 1 in 3 California households lack broadband access with a disproportionate number of those households consisting of seniors, those with low-incomes and adults self-identifying as having a disability The pandemic highlighted the critical need for access to affordable, high-speed internet. For students participating in remote learning, parents attempting to work remotely and our families needing to access tele-health, high-speed internet is an essential resource. Yet, many households in our community, and throughout the state, either have limited bandwidth to meet their needs or are priced out of options. The County has taken…

  • June 2021

    A Plethora of Pets

    Families Have Added Exotic New Members During the Pandemic by Jeanette Prather Who can turn down that furry little faced-friend, or even a not-so-snuggly yet scaly reptile? Pets come in all shapes and sizes, providing pet owners mountains of happiness, friendship, messiness, and love. One of the silver linings of sheltering in place during the pandemic is that pet adoptions are up all over the country. People have had more time to raise and train animals and happy to have a companion…and in some cases, some unconventional ones. Who can turn down that furry little faced-friend, or even a not-so-snuggly yet scaly reptile? Pets come in all shapes and sizes,…

  • June 2021

    Killian Rose O’Brien

    Killian Rose O’Brien Local Artist Killian is finishing up the 2nd grade at SLV Elementary. She was first drawn to art when her Aunt Laura took her to some Drawn-2-Art classes when she was in preschool. She is currently taking weekly art classes with our small pod of friends from her other Aunt Suzanne, she is so lucky to have such artistic people in her life! In her own words: “Art is fun to me and it is just a thing I do to calm myself down. It is fun to me to draw weird shapes and make it into a creature. I like shading and that is what I…

  • June 2021

    Kate Pavao

    Kate Pavao of the Live Like Coco Foundation by suki wessling Welcome back to our monthly feature of moms who have faced the task of pandemic parenting while also continuing their work in our community. Research has shown that women have suffered greater economic and personal fallout from the pandemic, losing jobs or having to work while also caring for children. When local mom, writer, and community volunteer Kate Pavao talks about ‘Marie Kondo-ing’ her life, she’s not referring to physical stuff. She’s working on focusing on what’s important, especially at a time when so many people need so much. “I used to manage a freelance writing/editing business as well…

  • June 2021

    Exploring New Options

    High School Grads are Exploring New Options The pandemic hasn’t stifled them. It’s opened new doors By Jeanette Prather Gap years, YouTube sites, starting college while in high school…these are some of the new ways local teens are facing graduating during a historically challenging pandemic. Many have given up on the usual go directly to college path. “It’s been a full year since COVID-19 flipped life on its head. High school students everywhere have adapted to quarantine, switched to online learning, and seen their junior and senior years widely transformed,” wrote blogger Jeff Rutherford early in 2021 on KnowledgeMatters.com. “At the forefront are our 2021 high school graduates, who are…