Santa Cruz Wire Header

Winterize Your Vegetable Garden

PDFPrintE-mail

Farm & Garden

Written by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ (October 2009) - Fall is a lovely season everywhere on the Central Coast except, perhaps, in the vegetable garden.
Look up, and behold the brilliance of the turning leaves in the slanting autumn light. Look down, and see the blackened remains of your cucumber vines, and a slumping hedgerow of dying tomatoes.
It’s tempting to walk away from this depressing scene, and not return until April. But don’t give in to seasonal slothfulness! A quick garden clean-up before the rains hit will keep the bugs and plant diseases at bay for a healthy spring garden.
And with a bit more effort, you can plant a winter garden with snap peas, lettuce and other cool-loving veggies that thrive in our mild, wet winters.

Read more: Winterize Your Vegetable Garden

 

Hungry for Books: Monarch School Students Read for the Record

PDFPrintE-mail

La Vida Local

Written by Tara Leonard

SANTA CRUZ (October, 2009) -- Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is about a ravenous young insect on his way to becoming a beautiful butterfly. For children everywhere, the ability to read is critical in helping them to spread their academic wings and succeed in school and beyond. That’s why, on a sunny October morning, students at Monarch School in Santa Cruz joined others around the globe in reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar as part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record program.

Read more: Hungry for Books: Monarch School Student...

 

"Lower Walnut, Indeed!" My Downtown

PDFPrintE-mail

La Vida Local

By Don Rothman, Special to Santa Cruz Wire
SANTA CRUZ (October 2009) -- We cross all sorts of thresholds everyday. Awakening from sleep, we cross one. There are the literal ones as we walk from room to room or leave the house. When we get in our car or saunter into a coffee shop, yet others. We notice them especially when something unexpected happens. The word for threshold in Latin is liminal. A modern dictionary tells us the word now means “belonging to the point of conscious awareness below which something cannot be experienced or felt.” I’d like to borrow this evocative word to describe my experience of downtown Santa Cruz, a place that periodically is scorned for its low-life, frightful vulgarity and underworld ambiance. I descend into the downtown just about everyday, and I guess I’ve been fortunate not to have succumbed to oblivion, rage, or numbness. In fact, I love this daily descent, a stark contrast with profound similarities to my 34 year ascent up to the City on a Hill, UCSC.

Read more: "Lower Walnut, Indeed!" My Downtown

 

Bike Traffic School - Tough Love on Two Wheels

PDFPrintE-mail

La Vida Local

Written by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ (October 2009) - Five students sit in Gary Milburn’s classroom, all assigned to traffic school for running stop signs, going the wrong way, or wearing iPod headphones while threading through traffic.
The four men and one woman are quiet, resentful and a little embarrassed to be here, but Milburn’s first comments catch them by surprise. “You’re all here because you did something right,” Milburn says, with complete sincerity. “You rode your bike instead of driving a car.”

Read more: Bike Traffic School - Tough Love on Two ...

 

Tattoo Remorse - Better Think Before You Ink

PDFPrintE-mail

Healthy Living

Written by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ (October 2009) - Tattoos have waxed and waned in popularity over the centuries, but the current craze for body ink took off in the late 1980s, and Harvard dermatology professor Richard Rox Anderson, M.D., often wonders if he was partially responsible.
Anderson developed the modern tattoo-removal laser in the late 1980s, a technology shift he suspects touched off the tattoo tsunami.
“The popularity of tattooing soared in the US shortly after laser tattoo removal was commercialized,” Anderson said. “Nobody knows exactly why. (But in) my opinion, one of the deterrents to getting a tattoo – its permanence – was removed in the public’s collective mind.”

Read more: Tattoo Remorse - Better Think Before You...

 

Pogonip Closure Brings Relief, Resignation

PDFPrintE-mail

La Vida Local

Written by Tara Leonard

SANTA CRUZ (September, 2009) -- Park regulars have responded to the closure of a portion of Pogonip with a mixture of relief and resignation. As details emerge about a thriving drug operation in the area, city agencies appear overwhelmed and under-funded in their fight to maintain control of the 640-acre city park. Meanwhile, park visitors wait and wonder what will happen next.

Read more: Pogonip Closure Brings Relief, Resignati...

 

Percy Jackson, Coming of Age As a Demigod

PDFPrintE-mail

Arts and Review

Written by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ (September 2009) - Boys in literature have always struggled to come of age, enter the ranks of men, and claim their place in the world. But the stakes are ever higher for modern literary heroes.
Harry Potter had to save the world from the powers of dark magic while going through puberty.
And Percy Jackson, hero of the excellent series Percy Jackson & The Olympians, must overcome dyslexia and attention deficit disorder and preserve all of Western Civilization. It’s a tall order for a hapless 12-year-old, and a wild, five-volume ride for the rest of us.

Read more: Percy Jackson, Coming of Age As a Demigo...

 

North Fork Ranch: Where Kids Can Be Kids (So Parents Can Too!)

PDFPrintE-mail

Destinations

Written by Tara Leonard

SHAWNEE, COLORADO (August, 2009) -- “Did I ever tell you about the time I was stalked by wolves?” Trevor asked, his eyes twinkling beneath a well-worn black cowboy hat. One hand on the reins, he twisted in the saddle to survey his audience and launched into an outrageous tale of Wild West adventure. I was so distracted by the gorgeous, fluttering aspens and clear blue mountain sky that I missed some salient details, but trotted my horse up closer just in time to hear, “You always shoot between the eyes, but these were two wolves and they each had one eye closed to trick me!”
Welcome to North Fork Ranch where the entertaining wranglers are just one of many unexpected pleasures. (North Fork Ranch lesson #1: How do you know when a wrangler is lying? His mouth is moving.)

Read more: North Fork Ranch: Where Kids Can Be Kids...

 

Plant A Salad Garden For Fall, And Winter

PDFPrintE-mail

Farm & Garden

Written by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ (August, 2009) - Cool summer weather throughout coastal California has put a damper on this year's tomato season, disappointing home gardeners from Marin to Monterey with scrawny plants, flower drop and late-ripening fruit.
But a bad year for tomatoes can be a great year for salad greens. While the tomatoes in my garden are a fraction of their normal size, (and the heirloom varieties got yanked out weeks ago, ending their misery), the salad beds have been producing bushels of tender greens since early spring.
It’s too late in the season to start over with new tomato plants. But there’s plenty of time to grow your own salad mix from seeds and starts. Plant now, and begin eating home-grown salads by Labor Day.

Read more: Plant A Salad Garden For Fall, And Winte...

 

Discover Your Inner Tarzan with Zipline Canopy Tour

PDFPrintE-mail

Santa Cruz

Written by Tara Leonard

FELTON, CA (August 2009) - If you’ve ever walked through a redwood forest, tilted your head back, and wondered what it would be like to soar among those majestic branches, I’ve got an adventure for you. You just have to fling your body off a 150-foot high platform while attached to a cable strung between two trees. Don’t worry. After the first time, once your heart stops jack-hammering and you realize that you really aren’t going to die, it gets easier. Then it turns into one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life. At least that was my family’s experience during a recent Mount Hermon Redwood Canopy Tour in Felton. And if my 70-year-old mother can do it, you can too.

Read more: Discover Your Inner Tarzan with Zipline ...

 

Have Reptile, Will Travel

PDFPrintE-mail

Family Life

Written by Tara Leonard

SANTA CRUZ (July 2009) - It’s a typical 5-year-old’s birthday party. Balloons bob along the ceiling. A pile of brightly wrapped gifts teeter on the sofa. A three-foot-long lizard lumbers among the captivated guests. Well, it’s typical if the animals from Lick Your Eyeballs have been invited!
“Gentle touches,” Audra Barrios instructs as little hands reach out to stroke Esqueleto, a 3- foot long Argentine black & white tegu. Esqueleto scuttles across the deck on short, stocky legs to the delight of the fearless children while several parents, who are trying hard to be good sports, recoil at the sight of his long, forked tongue. “Remember our rule about not touching an animal’s face,” Barrios adds, deftly steering the lizard back into the circle of children.

Read more: Have Reptile, Will Travel

 

"House of Night" - Vampire Tale Aims Below the Belt

PDFPrintE-mail

Arts and Review

Written by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ  (July 2009) - Book agents have been hunting vampires for the past few years, inspired by the “Twilight” series of young adult books, and its millions of fans. Young readers are lusting for bloody tales of the supernatural, and publishers are racing to put more vampire books on the shelves, quickly, before this terrible thirst fades.
The industry’s mad scramble to cash in on a trend has produced a raft of “Twilight” lookalikes, including the wretched and popular “House of Night” series, written by mother-daughter team P.C. and Kristin Cast. Where “Twilight” coyly titillates, “House of Night” aims straight for the crotch with scenes portraying oral sex, masturbation during a dark ritual, and the orgasmic pleasures of drinking blood.
Is it too late to issue a spoiler alert for this review?

Read more: "House of Night" - Vampire Tale Aims Bel...

 

Fun on the Fairway at Delaveaga Disc Golf Course

PDFPrintE-mail

Santa Cruz

Written by Tara Leonard

SANTA CRUZ (July 2009) -- Known as “The Tunnel” the 8th hole at Delaveaga Disc Golf Course features a narrow, 350-foot fairway with a canopy of low-hanging trees. On the left is the road, on the right, a plunging, tree-covered slope. I lined up my shot and let her fly, only to watch helplessly as my Frisbee careened off an oak tree, bounced on the hard-packed dirt and wobbled pathetically to a stop about twenty feet from where it started. Laughter erupted from my fellow golfers, one of whom was wearing a Frisbee on her head. Pebble Beach it is not. But if you’re looking for a fun, free way to spend a summer afternoon this is the place for you.

Read more: Fun on the Fairway at Delaveaga Disc Gol...

 

Refinish, Recover and Recycle Thrift Store Chairs

PDFPrintE-mail

Maria Gaura

Written by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ (July 2009) - Everyone loves a thrift store bargain. But that interesting coffee table or retro chair usually carries baggage from a former life, such as ratty upholstery or lime-green paint. Sure, it can be fixed, but it's hard to know how much time and money it will take to transform your bargain into a beauty.
Recycling vintage furniture can be creative and rewarding if you choose your project carefully. Here are some tips for tackling one of the easier projects - recovering and refinishing dining-room chairs.

Read more: Refinish, Recover and Recycle Thrift Sto...

 

Cruz Carz - Hitting the Road for a Low-Speed Getaway

PDFPrintE-mail

Santa Cruz

Written by Maria Gaura

SANTA CRUZ (July 2009) - They’re tiny and zippy, painted a piercing yellow, and look like a Boardwalk ride gone AWOL. If you’ve been on West Cliff Drive lately, you’ve probably seen a couple of Cruz Carz whizzing past, the shotgun passenger shooting video with an iPhone, and passers-by photographing them in return.
They looked like fun, and since this is a “staycation” summer for us, my daughter and I headed over to the Cruz Carz rental lot and took one of the little three-wheelers for a spin.

Read more: Cruz Carz - Hitting the Road for a Low-S...

 

Page 7 of 9

«StartPrev123456789NextEnd»