• August 2021

    Kids Back to School

    By Mikayla Shults Oasis I only got a few months of regular, in person high school. A lot of these students missed their first year of middle and high school. Like most people, I struggled with online school and the isolation from the outside world. At some point, after I had stopped participating in school almost completely, I realized I need a different way to learn. So I joined Oasis, an independent studies school on the Cabrillo campus. I haven’t been in any classes there and the only students I know are the people I got to transfer there. While most of the people I interviewed said they will be…

  • August 2021

    Let Us In

    From Selling Floors to the Hollywood Ceiling Santa Cruz Grandfather Sells Successful Movie Plot By Jeanette Prather Callero, who explains he loves a strong female character that kicks the butts of the male character, wants to have a theatrical screening of Let Us In at the Rio, and 100% of the proceeds go to charity. “I like storytelling,” said Joe Callero, co-writer and executive producer of Let Us In, a family-friendly movie released in 2021. “I’ve got a bunch of screenplays and for several decades have been a frustrated writer who likes to think logically about plotlines.” Callero mentioned that his most recent production, Let Us In, will see performance numbers by the end…

  • August 2021

    Plant Based Health Bar

    Local Plant-Based Health Bar By brad kava As a mom of three kids who moved to Santa Cruz from Stockholm, Sweden two years ago, one of the first new experiences for Jessica Wikingellism 33, was making lunch. In Sweden, schools provide food for all the students. “I am not a chef, nor do I like to cook, so naturally I started to look for healthy snacks to put in my kids lunch boxes,” she recalls. “I also wanted something for myself since I often forget to eat lunch while working from home or running errands. I have always cared for my health being an old track and field athlete and also…

  • August 2021

    Memories of Santa Cruz

    Memories of Santa Cruz What was it like to Grow Up in Santa Cruz 90 Years Ago? BY growing up staff Jacque Rowland has fond memories of growing up in Santa Cruz. She is now in her 90’s, living in Scotts Valley, and looking forward to the birth of her 21st grandchild due to arrive in August. I was only a toddler when the Great Depression struck, sending shock waves throughout the nation. I doubt if Santa Cruz felt it as keenly as the big cities. I surely don’t remember soup-lines or hearing of any in Santa Cruz who jumped out of windows after losing a fortune. My parents were…

  • 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

    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

    Sweetest Job

    A Day-in-the-Life of a Driscoll’s Strawberry by Jeanette Prather The Sensory Panel team at Driscoll’s is composed of seven individuals who went through an extremely specific three-month training for flavor analyzing before moving on to testing and evaluating the berries, is one of the many steps that Driscoll’s takes to ensure that its berries meet the standard of “Only the Finest Berries Who knew that one strawberry could yield hundreds of taste testers, a plethora of scientific analysis, as well as a cascade of careers? For Driscoll’s, the Central Coast’s centuries old and family-owned berry farm, this is not just a far-out question but rather just a day-in-the-life of your…

  • July 2021

    Capitola Library

    The New Capitola Library Bringing the Outside In By Suki Wessling The years of fundraising, wrangling over details, and suffering through closure and construction have paid off: the Capitola Library is open and it’s beautiful The years of fundraising, wrangling over details, and suffering through closure and construction have paid off: the Capitola Library is open and it’s beautiful! Melanee Barash, Branch Manager, showed me around before opening day and I was astounded by the thought put into the project, which was designed by architects Noll & Tam. There were several important elements that they wanted to integrate: The old library was comprised of several portables joined together, and thus…