• October 2021

    2021 Baby Photo

    James Powars Wilder  Named after his grandpa Jim Wilder and great grandma Patricia Powars. He’s known around town as Sweet Baby James. He was born March 15th 2021 and just turned six months. Both his parents were born and raised in Santa Cruz and he has a huge extended family that are all close by! He has two older sisters whom he absolutely adores (and vice versa) He loves to laugh and be the center of attention. His smile, baby rolls and chubby cheeks bring joy to all that cross his path!

  • October 2021

    Sea Walls Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz Gets 19 New Ocean-Themed Murals by Bridget Lyons Photos by Bridget Lyons During a week-long flurry of “artivism”—activism through art—Sea Walls Santa Cruz transformed 19 outdoor walls into vibrant murals. The festival was the latest edition of the PangeaSeed Foundation’s Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program that invites engagement with ocean advocacy. You’ve likely already noticed some of the murals, since they’re located in high traffic areas, such as along Mission Street on the West Side, on either side of Soquel Avenue in Midtown, and in various locations downtown, including the bus depot and the Front Street garage. Taylor Reinhold and the Made Fresh Crew, the local artist…

  • October 2021

    2021 Halloween

    Pumpkin Picking Sunnside Produce Pumpkin Patch2831 Daubenbiss ave, SoquelArata185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019Post Street Farm122 Post St., Santa CruzCapitola Produce Pumpkin Patch700 Bay Ave., CapitolaRodoni Farms4444 Coast Road (Highway 1)Crystal Bay Farm40 Zils Road, WatsonvilleGizdich Ranch55 Peckham Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076Live Earth1275 Green Valley Road, Watsonville Halloween movie countdown Addam’s Family Beetlejuice Casper Coraline Corpse Bride Hocus Pocus It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Frankenweenie Nightmare Before Christmas Paranorman EVENTS Saturday 2Roaring Camp: Harvest Faire & Steam Festival 11:00 AM-5:00 PM Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads. Welcome Fall…

  • October 2021

    A-Mazing Halloween

    A-Mazing Halloween in the Fields By Brad Kava When you think about a corn maze, unless you are a big Stephen King fan, you figure you can get though one in five or 10 minutes—if you get out at all! Not at Hollister’s Swank Farms, where last year’s record time was a speedy 25 minutes and that was by some people who really worked hard to get through seven acres of twisting turns. Others may want to bring a picnic to survive. The Swank family, who manage 25 acres of fun, have let their imaginations run as wild as their crops and, besides their two Sunflower Experience weekends in September…

  • October 2021

    Santa Cruz First

    A Santa Cruz First Children Receive College Funds for Going to the Dentist Did you know children from low-income households with savings of just $1-$499 for post-secondary education are three times more likely to go to college—and four times more likely to graduate? Starting children with savings early in life can improve their social-emotional development, a proven predictor of increased academic achievement later in life. College Savings Account programs send all children the message that they have the potential and the support needed for academic success and economic mobility, regardless of where they come from or their family’s finances. Dientes Community Dental and Santa Cruz Community Ventures (SCCV) have announced…

  • September 2021

    Youth Action

    Bringing Youth to Where the Action Is United Way Helps Teens Find Their Voice By Suki Wessling Amanda Gamban Natalia Galdamez Andrea Magdaleno Once upon a time, Andrea Magdaleno was hesitant to get involved with youth groups. Now a student at Cabrillo, she’s a leader in Jóvenes SANOS, a youth group that promotes health and well-being in Watsonville. Natalia Galdamez says she was a “troublemaker” when she joined Salud y Cariño, a girls’ empowerment organization, in the fifth grade. Now she’s a youth leader in three groups who advocates for her community. Both young women are now on the Steering Committee for a new program sponsored by the United Way,…

  • September 2021

    MusicalMe Turns 25

    MusicalMe Turns 25 By Jeanette Prather Within three years we had 500 students, and over the past 25 years we’ve serviced over 75,000 students! “When MusicalMe first started, we had 35 students, then we went to 80 students the following session, and all the way to 150 students the next spring,” said Lizz Hodgin Weihrauch, Director of MusicalMe, Inc. “Within three years we had 500 students, and over the past 25 years we’ve serviced over 75,000 students!” MusicalMe, a local and family-owned business under the parent company Music Together, specializes in offering developmentally appropriate music classes for children from birth through eight years old. “Music Together has communicated its basic…

  • September 2021

    Good Shepherd Success

    Story of a School’s Success Good Shepherd School’s Survival During the Pandemic By April A. Muzzio While public schools in the area were forced to close, our Good Shepherd School thrived based on 5 key factors: 1. Pivot The lockdown was mandated on March 13, 2020 and we were ready for full distance learning the following Monday, March 16, 2020. The 13th was a scheduled professional development day and we used that day and the weekend to prepare for distance learning. Our school didn’t miss a beat! Due to the small class sizes, we had a ThinkPad and/or Chromebook for every student!For the 2020-2021 school year, we were able to…

  • September 2021

    Buddy lessons

    Buddy Lessons Supporting Students’ Learning and Social and Emotional Well-being By Sarojani Rohan With so many parents seeking out positive learning experiences for their children, teachers and administrators are often asked just what it is that sets their school apart. At Mount Madonna School (MMS), located atop a mountain overlooking the Monterey Bay, the inspiring natural environment of 375 acres of redwood forests and oak meadows is one significant and unique offering for students and their families. To enhance its pillars of academic excellence, positive character development and creative self-expression that infuse all of the classes (Pre/K through grade 12), MMS maintains a particularly successful buddy program to support students’…

  • September 2021

    Cover Story Jimbo Phillips

    Parenting 101 for Artists: The Phillips Family Nurtures a Third Generation By Suki Wessling The making of a dynasty might not seem obvious when you’re in the middle of it.“He started off where his kind of art was a little underappreciated, so he wasn’t making very good money when I was little,” says artist Jimbo Phillips of his dad, artist Jim Phillips who is famous for his Screaming Hand and Santa Cruz logos. “He’d be like, ‘You should go to college and be a doctor or something and make good money’.” Good thing Jimbo didn’t take his dad’s advice. The Phillips family has nurtured three generations of artists, so we…