Ben Lomond Village Alliance Ben Lomond Community Local News 

Ben Lomond Village Alliance

By Julie Horner Santa Cruz County Parks Department Superintendent Jesse Williams and Recreation Supervisor Sarah Shea met with the newly formed Ben Lomond Village Alliance recently to begin laying the groundwork to revitalize Ben Lomond’s historic Mill Street and surrounding areas. The goal is to partner with county representatives, local businesses, and concerned individuals from the San Lorenzo Valley to… Read More
Entertainment Live Music 

Santa Cruz Live Music Weekend Roundup: April 4 – 7

The weekend roundup of concerts and festivals. Easy at-a-glance quick reference music guide. By Julie Horner Thursday, April 4 Dan Frechette at Chaminade ResortThursday, April 4 | 5:30 – 8:30One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz Thirsty Thursday Trivia w/ Phil GomezCapitola Wine BarFirst and Third Thursdays | 4:00 – 7:00115 San Jose Ave, Capitola Reckless at Alice’s RestaurantThursday, April 4 |… Read More
Big Basin Redwoods State Park Fire Recovery Outdoors Parks Recreation 

Big Basin Redwoods State Park Update

California State Parks staff continues to move forward with the Big Basin Redwoods State Park Facilities Management Plan (BBFMP). Site planning and design considerations are in the works with the Reimagining Big Basin project team engaging stakeholders and the public in the recovery from the August 2020 CZU fires. A round of public meetings and an open house are to… Read More
bonny doon ecological reserve moon rocks Bonny Doon Hikes Outdoors Recreation 

A Visit to Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve

By Julie Horner Taking advantage of the early spring warmth among the protected Santa Cruz Sandhills at Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve, I strode out onto the moderately sloped 2.3-mile Silver Leaf Loop, which follows the Reserve perimeter through chaparral, ponderosa pine, and mixed conifer. The loop takes about an hour to walk, or you can take a shortcut on the… Read More
Entertainment Live Music 

Santa Cruz Live Music Weekend Roundup: March 28 – 31

The weekend roundup of concerts and festivals. Easy at-a-glance quick reference music guide. By Julie Horner Thursday, March 28 Slack Tide Currents at Alice’s RestaurantThursday, March 28 | 5:00 – 7:3017288 Skyline Blvd, Woodside Juke Joint Joy Ride w/ Brad Martin at Coasters Bar & GrillThursday, March 28 | 5:00 – 8:00Boardwalk Bowl, 115 Cliff Street, Santa Cruz Slow Coast… Read More
Columns Music 

The Santa Cruz Mountains Welcome Peter Rowan

Bluegrass Music Hall of Famer Plays the Brookdale Lodge By Julie Horner Bill Monroe once observed that bluegrass music has its roots in Celtic music; that lilt is in the heart of the songs and in the sounds of the fiddle, the mandolin, and the guitar. He called the commonality between the two genres “the ancient tones.” Over St. Patrick’s… Read More
Canham horse rescue with Sunset Animal Rescue Local News 

The Equestrian Way: Canham Farm Horse Rescue and Rehab Offers Sanctuary

By Julie Horner The horse is a symbol of the American West, ingrained in our imagination by fiction writer Louis L’Amour, TV’s Bonanza and Gunsmoke, and generations of Hollywood cowboys galloping off into the sunset. The Santa Cruz Mountains could still be considered the Wild West with its miles of forested trails, where each village in the valley is an… Read More
Entertainment Live Music 

Live Music Santa Cruz: March 22-24

The roundup of live music for the Santa Cruz area. By Julie Horner Friday, March 22 Dan Kocher Singer-Songwriter at Steel Bonnet BrewingFriday, March 22 | 5:30 – 7:3020 Victor Square, Scotts Valley Moonshine Crossroads at Kissed by an Angel WinesFriday, March 22 | 5:30 – 8:3075 Mt. Hermon Rd., Scotts Valley Lloyd Whitley Blues Band at Mission Street BBQFriday,… Read More