Wisteria Arbor pathway Columns Gardening 

Spring Gardening: Arbors and Trellises

By Josh Reilly “Arbors and Trellises” sounds like the title of a 70s soft-rock album, brimming with meaning. A reference to lofty, light weight, airy structures, often geometric and angular in form, but built to provide living space for winding, cascading plants, all curves and knots, billows and waves, tendrils and holdfasts. Things that prefer to live up in the breeze.… Read More
H Orientalis Lenten Roses Ben Lomond Columns Gardening 

A March Garden

by Josh Reilly In February, a gardener’s anticipation borders on intolerable. Especially in those parts of the SLV subject to frost. A lot of what we see growing happily in Santa Cruz, right now, undamaged by frost, is under threat here. Alas, many winter-flowering plants are a lost cause here, with a few very worthwhile exceptions (see below). Flower buds… Read More
Classic VW bus after the CZU fire Columns Real Estate 

Real Estate: Home Is Where the Heart Is

SLV Homes By M.C. Dwyer Life events are often the motivating factor behind people’s decision to move, and emotions usually play a big role in the decision-making process. In addition to managing all the rational details of a home purchase or sale, it’s important that people be assured when they’re outside of their comfort zone – learning about new neighborhoods,… Read More
irish stout mountain fermenter Columns Food & Drink 

A Toast to the Irish Stout! Sláinte!

Catching up with Emily Thomas of Santa Cruz Mountains Brewing By Greg Roe and Mike Desmidt March is brimming with reasons to celebrate: Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day! Ireland also celebrates the legend of Saint Brigid the Patron Saint of Beer and Brewing. The stories say she was working at a leper colony, and to… Read More
Elisha Brooks Columns History 

Streetwise: Elisha Brooks

Hidden histories of street names in the San Lorenzo Valley By Lisa Robinson While many local places are named after our babbling brooks – Brook Lane, Brook Drive, Brookdale, Brookside – Brooks Road in Ben Lomond is named for Elisha Brooks. Elisha, his wife Ellen, and their daughter Alice moved to their new cottage in Ben Lomond in 1904. Elisha… Read More
Columns Music 

Pure Passion: Musician and Educator Diane Bock

Local Music Teacher Holds Down the Beat By Michele Murphy Passion, that’s the word that comes to mind when talking with accomplished musician, innovative music teacher, and Scotts Valley resident Diane Bock.  Besides her voracious appetite for learning new material to play, Ms. Bock, as her students call her, is focused on fresh ways to teach the magical language of music… Read More
Alison Steele Recipes from a Mountain Garden Columns Food & Drink 

Alison Steele: Recipes from a Mountain Garden

New columnist alert! Alison Steele is on deck bringing us delicious home cooking inspired by her Boulder Creek organic garden. A Virginia transplant from 2003, Alison lives with her husband, two children, and cat in downtown Boulder Creek where she raises quail, chickens, fruit trees, vegetables and herbs. On the weekends she teaches reskilling workshops in her garden including knitting,… Read More
Felton california movie location the primal lure Columns History 

History: The Movies Come to Felton

Plenty of Real Scenery for “The Primal Lure” By Randall Brown December 1915. The movie scouts needed to find a location for a Canadian Northwest story. The scenario called for forests, mountain trails, open clearings, and a river. Their instructions were clear: “No phony scenery.” They chose Felton. Carpenters quickly set to work recreating “Fort Lu Cerne,” a frontier trading… Read More