• June 2021

    SLVHS 2021 Graduates

    The Future of SLVHS 2021 Graduates For San Lorenzo Valley High School’s Class of 2021, our seniors have indicated that 84% will be attending a college or university in the Fall and 16% will be taking a career path, which includes attending a trade school, apprenticeship program, military service, gap year or are undecided. For our seniors attending a higher education institution 77% will be staying in California, while 23% will be heading out of state. Some of the states students will be going to include Hawaii, Washington and even states as far as Alaska, Florida and Louisiana. 59% indicated they will be attending a CA Community College such as…

  • June 2021

    June 2021 Calendar

    GUiSC accepts listings for family-oriented events that are free or cost less than $10, to be considered in the monthly calendar of events. Events costing more than $10 for non-profit organizations or benefits will also be considered. GUiSC does not guarantee that a submitted event will be included in the calendar. The calendar editors will select calendar entries and photos. Photos for the calendar may be submitted by email. Digital images must be high resolution, 200-300dpi. Calendar Deadline: 15th of the month prior to publication. (i.e. June 15 for July issue) Submit Event Ocean Film Festival World Tour – Santa Cruz Month of June Virtual Screening at the Rio Theatre…

  • June 2021

    Santa Cruz is a Top Housing Market

    Santa Cruz is a Top Housing Market But That’s Not Necessarily Good News by Seb Frey …areas with strong housing demand and rising prices combined with robust economies, lots of good-paying jobs, and the amenities that make a place desirable. These markets have lots of restaurants, bars, and shops as well as reasonable commutes to work. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that the Santa Cruz real estate market has gone completely bonkers. Prices are skyrocketing, supply remains very constrained, and buyers are in a world of hurt. And it’s not just first-time buyers who are feeling the burn (although they do feel it most acutely).…

  • June 2021

    The Moms of the MOD

    The Moms of the MOD By Jeanette Prather and Rhiannon Crain What the moms of the MOD have learned from this incredibly bizarre year, has been that our small, non-profit children’s museum is, like the children who occupy it, very resilient and necessary. The silence in the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery (MOD) was almost deafening. For over one year the MOD sat in darkness, remembering a time when children were running through the museum playing and adults were forging relationships. Being one of the two moms that continued to show up in hopes we could weather the storm and open our doors was no easy task. At times…

  • June 2021

    How to Shop for a Good Inexpensive Computer

    How to Shop for a Good Inexpensive Computer By Luigi Oppido Everybody today wants a fast computer, but not many people want to pay for it. How do you find a good quality computer without breaking the bank? For example, you can go to the big box stores, check out their inventory and sometimes you’ll see a great deal. But that great deal might not be exactly what it says. A lot of the big box stores try to draw you in with cheap computers that have an inadequate hard drive space for storage, or even processors that can’t do the most basic tasks on todays operating systems. How do…

  • June 2021

    Behind the Scenes

    Behind the Scenes: Santa Cruz County Office of Education Inside Education, May 2021 By Suki Wessling The final Inside Education meeting of the year featured three organizations that help kids and young adults get out and about in our community. The Department of Rehabilitation Student Services aims to help students with all types of disabilities transition from their education toward independence, employment, and a successful life. The DOR helps train students to be successful on the job and to have the tools and resources to live independently. Students 16-21 who have an IEP, 504 plan, or a disability can take part in their program, which matches students with a counselor…

  • June 2021

    Don’t Forget to Dance with Your Baby

    Don’t Forget to Dance with Your Baby 7 Reasons a Baby Twitches & Moves from Tongue to Toes by Sue Doherty Have you noticed how often a baby twitches while sleeping or waves, wiggles, and squirms about while awake? Is all this movement necessary? What can the science of sensorimotor development tell us about these phenomena? Let’s look at the sleeping infant first. When a baby sleeps, if they are developing typically, you will observe them profusely twitching. Professor Mark S. Blumberg studies such twitches called “myoclonic” twitches. As he puts it, there are “intriguing relationships between twitching and the skills that babies are developing.”  Twitches send sensory feedback from…

  • June 2021

    Who Holds the Power?

    Who Holds the Power? Laura Maxson, LM It’s hard not to feel frustrated by the state of maternity care in the United States. We spend more than any other country on our health care, yet we have some of the worst outcomes for mothers and babies, with black and brown families bearing the brunt of maternal mortality and morbidity (childbirth-related death and illness). There are some glimmers of hope this year with the federal government’s response to Black Maternal Health week with some mandates in training and spending, but real change in our broken maternity system is going to take continued pressure on the powers that be. Much of that…

  • June 2021

    Fuel for the Future and Catalina Island

    Fuel for the Future and Catalina Island By Lisa Catterall In the May 2021 issue of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, researchers at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, which operates the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, published the results of a study that may move humanity forward in the replacement of fossil fuels. One possible replacement for oil as an energy source is fuel that comes from plant sources. Because matter and energy are always conserved, however, there is a scale issue with trying to slake the thirst of humanity for oil and oil products by growing plants on land. We just can’t sustainably grow or…