• October 2020,  Uncategorized

    Is Halloween Really Canceled?

    Is Halloween Really Canceled? BY christy shults Online neighborhood groups are filled with Halloween protest post. Has Halloween really been canceled? It is not. Like everything else this year, Halloween will look different from usual. Large groups are still not allowed, and this will dramatically affect parties and trick-or-treating. We posed the question to our readers and received a wide range of responses, along with some great suggestions on how to keep the magic alive. I think this year is for decorations! Let people walk or drive by and enjoy whatever spooky or fun creations you can put together. I’m so sad, I love Halloween and I love trick-or-treating with…

  • September 2020,  Uncategorized

    Trail Now

    Forget the Rail, Trail is the Way to Go Now By Brian Peoples It has been a decade since the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission bought the Santa Cruz Branch Line. But reserving the rail corridor for a train is preventing the construction of a world-class Santa Cruz Coastal Trail. 10 reasons why the Santa Cruz Coastal Trail should be built NOW: Never-Ending Costly Studies. three train studies conducted over the last five years and costing $2.5 million have proven that a train would not reduce traffic, would cost over $1 billion and would increase adjacent surface-street traffic and congestion. Legal Restrictions. Federal guidelines require that any trail built…

  • brad kava growing up in santa cruz
    July 2020,  Uncategorized


    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…

  • Brad and Jen

    June Editor Note

    Editor’s Note To say these are confusing times is an understatement. With all of our scientific knowledge and advancement, a pandemic has sent us back to a primitive world, when family and tribes were central to life. Despite the high tech gadgets that keep us linked, there are still the daily questions: What comes next? When can we see our friends? Is it safe outside? What will school be like when and if it opens?The only reassuring note we saw in the news today was the Disneyland is planning to open in the middle of July. At least that was a smile we could pass on to the kids…although, like…

  • Uncategorized

    Suzanne Fiore

    Local Artist Spotlight Suzanne Fiore Suzanne’s love of animals, nature, monsters, pop-culture, and storytelling has molded her into the artist she is today. She creates illustrations in both traditional and digital media. Would you love to own one of her one of a kind pieces? You can visit her website fiorecreation.com. Follow Fiore Creations on social media to see her imagination come to life @fiorecreation on Instagram and Facebook.Your kids can get hands-on instruction from this talented artist either through one-on-one lessons or at Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center’s camps or after school programs. Suzanne received her BFA in traditional illustration from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She…

  • MothersDay-01

    Letters to Mom

    Letters for Mother’s Day Here is your chance to show your female role model or guardian (mom, aunt, friend, etc) your love! Write a letter for Mother’s Day and send to [email protected] to have it published for FREE in our May issue! Here’s the details: Write 250 words about what your mother means to you and send us a great photo of her and maybe the whole family too, and we will print it in our May Mother’s Day issue. Send your message to [email protected]⁠ by April 25.⁠And, we have a gift for the family. Ten of you will be chosen in a random drawing to get four passes to…

  • April 2020,  Uncategorized

    Artist Spotlight

    Artist Spotlight Bliss Gervais I’m Bliss Gervais and Santa Cruz is the town I grew up in, so I am delighted to be in this magazine! My husband, Peace, was also born in Santa Cruz.Our parents gave us our unusual names and we happened to meet eachother and instantly felt a strong connection. Now we are raising our wonderful son here. His name is Chakra and he is almost 7 years old. I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. My family is very creative in many ways and I tried a wide variety of art forms at an early age. Pen and paper has always…