In towns across the country, there’s only one place to be on a Friday night in autumn: the local high school football stadium. That’s why a grandmother and athletic director are teaming up to raise money for new stadium lights.
Articles by Georgia Perry
Called a “museum visionary” by Smithsonian magazine, Nina Simon and her staff—one of whom moved here from Sweden solely for the chance to learn from her—have transformed downtown’s Museum of Art and History (MAH) from a traditional and largely unknown museum into a thriving, active hub for the entire city of Santa Cruz by asking one question: “How do we take what makes participation work on the web and embed it into a physical space?”
“I once worked at a library where people dropped off children in the morning and picked them up in the afternoon,” Katherine Beiers told the Santa Cruz Library Joint Powers Board in December.
One of the most sobering facts to come to light after last week’s tragedy is that Jeremy Peter Goulet, who shot and killed two Santa Cruz police officers, could potentially have been behind bars at the time the shooting occurred.
Last Tuesday, while snipers were on the roof of Whole Foods on Soquel Ave., Cabrillo student Nicholas Goray was inside.
When most people see a problem, what do they do? Volunteer a few hours of their time? Donate a couple hundred bucks, or perhaps organize a silent auction? No disrespect—these are all great things to do, but it’s safe to say that in Santa Cruz County the gauntlet has officially been thrown.
When Chris LaVeque says the word “artisan,” he says it like that—with quotation marks around it, as in, “I don’t really consider what we’re doing [finger quote] ‘artisan.’” The owner of El Salchichero butcher shop, 28-year-old LaVeque has a round, rosy-cheeked face, but a voice as deep and authoritative as a professional athlete.
On evenings throughout February and March, dozens of fans will flood the pub, just as they do every year. They will erupt into raucous applause when their favorite player does well, and grumble and drink another beer when the score isn’t in their favor. Over the course of several weeks, they will witness wins, losses, and wild upsets. They will watch the pool of competitors narrow from damn near 100 down to 24, and then 16. And then the elite eight, the finalists who will battle it out for the win, the title…
Crimes of passion, bizarre mating rituals, forbidden love—it’s all here in Santa Cruz. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we take a look at just how strange local romance can get.
In the multipurpose room at Bonny Doon Elementary School—a gymnasium-meets-theater-meets-conference-room complete with basketball hoops, a piano, gymnastics mats and a stage built into the wall—local mushroom expert Henry Young is knee-deep in his talk, “Mushrooms 101.” The Rural Bonny Doon Association recruited him to teach them how to identify the mushrooms they’ve seen popping up in extra abundance around their properties lately thanks to the heavy rains. Forty-five of the Association’s members have shown up and are listening intently.