Highlands park senior and community center Community 

Highlands Park Senior and Community Center: The Heart of the Valley

By Julie Horner The Highlands Park Senior Center has served as a hub for San Lorenzo Valley residents for more than 40 years. It was built for and dedicated to the nonprofit Senior Citizens Organization of San Lorenzo Valley in 1978 with the intent that the community would have the building in perpetuity. Tucked unassumingly among the maples, oaks, and… Read More
Valley Churches United MIssions Community Local News 

Memorial Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Valley Churches

By Julie Horner The Boulder Creek Men’s Club remembered club president and community activist Dan Kelly with a fundraiser acknowledging Kelly’s charitable contributions to the San Lorenzo Valley. The “Friends of Dan Kelly Golf Tournament” was held at the DeLaveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz on October 1st, 2022. In keeping with Kelly’s legacy, all proceeds from the event were… Read More
Community 

Rainbow Rose Tattoo and Art Gallery Opens in Boulder Creek

By Julie Horner In Body Art as Visual Language, Enid Schildkrout writes, “Body art is not just the latest fashion. In fact, if the impulse to create art is one of the defining signs of humanity, the body may well have been the first canvas. Body art communicates a person’s status in society; displays accomplishments; and encodes memories, desires, and… Read More
Community Infrastructure Local News 

SLV Fire Officials Respond to RTC: Oppose Forced Abandonment of the Felton Branch Line

January 26, 2022 Dear Supervisor McPherson and members of the SCCRTC: We write you today to urge you not to proceed with any efforts to abandon freight service on the Felton Branch Rail Line or the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line. These rail lines ensure there is a rail connection for Santa Cruz County and the rest of California, which… Read More
Alba Schoolhouse Ben Lomond California Community Fire Recovery Local News 

Rebuilding Community in Ben Lomond: The Historic Alba Schoolhouse to be Rebuilt

By Julie Horner It’s full steam ahead for rebuilding the historic Alba Schoolhouse in Ben Lomond, which was destroyed in the 2020 CZU fire. Last August, the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to replace the structure, which has served as a school, a library, and most recently as a community center for the mountain… Read More
Downtown Felton Community Local News 

Shopping and Gathering in the Walkable Towns of the San Lorenzo Valley

By Steven Robins and Julie Horner Felton Sun-soaked and surrounded by lush forest, downtown Felton is a natural meeting place at the gateway to San Lorenzo Valley’s small town corridors. It is here residents and visitors gather to enjoy shopping and sipping local. Simpatico (home décor), Mountainside (handmade jewelry), Tomboy Outpost (western vintage), Wild Iris (floral), Crooked Beauty (crafting), Heads… Read More
Community Photography 

Boulder Creek Fall Town Sweep

The Boulder Creek Business Association hosts a day of action twice a year to pull weeds, sweep sidewalks, clear gutters, and wipe down garbage cans in the historic downtown district. Called “Boulder Creek Town Sweep,” the event draws community members and local groups to lend a hand keeping this small town in the Santa Cruz Mountains sparkling. Boulder Creek photographer… Read More
Clampers at Boulder Creek IOOF Cemetery Boulder Creek Community Local News 

Clampers Volunteer at the Boulder Creek IOOF Cemetery

E Clampus Vitus volunteers joined forces with members of the Boulder Creek International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) at the Boulder Creek IOOF Cemetery on Saturday, July 17, 2021 to help keep the historic cemetery grounds clear of underbrush and to install and maintain hardscape. The E Clampus Vitus team makes regular rounds to assist at the cemetery; a team… Read More