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September 27, 2021

Cabrillo Gallery’s faculty and staff exhibit returns in virtual format

This week, faculty and staff from Cabrillo College’s visual arts department will get their chance to shine with the opening of the school’s first art exhibit of the year. “Adaptations: Cabrillo College Art, Photography & Art History Faculty & Staff Exhibition” will open virtually Monday...

Mural ushers in new Silver Circle room at Watsonville Hospital

WATSONVILLE—A group of four local artists is creating a mural inside the Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley’s (CHT) building at Watsonville Hospital (WCH), where the volunteer-led Silver Circle senior program has found a new home. Kati D’Amore, Joyce Oroz, Linda Bjornson and Joanne Andrews...

Watsonville artist commissioned for new mural at Cabrillo College

APTOS—A new mural by Watsonville-based artist Francisco Alonso is slowly coming together at Cabrillo College’s main campus in Aptos. Funded by a grant from the Cabrillo Foundation and the Cabrillo College Student Senate, the mural project is part of the institution’s ongoing efforts to promote...

Watsonville Strawberry Festival returns this weekend

The Watsonville Strawberry Festival will return Sunday to downtown, bringing with it a full day of strawberry delicacies, live entertainment, artisan vendors and more. Like most events in 2020, South County’s premier festival was canceled in response to the pandemic. And for a while, the...

A guide to hiking in the Pajaro Valley

Summer is in full swing along the Central Coast, and with it comes a surge in outdoor activity and recreation. From mountain biking to horseback riding, fishing to swimming, the Pajaro Valley in particular has plenty to offer.  Hiking is perhaps the most popular and...

Community farm wraps up series of outdoor art workshops

WATSONVILLE—Situated on the outskirts of Watsonville, just down the road from Pajaro Valley High School, sits Esperanza Community Farms. Established in 2017, the farm provides affordable organic produce to about 100 local families through a biweekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, while aiming to promote...

New downtown mural honors Watsonville’s top crop

Watsonville mural
WATSONVILLE—A new outdoor mural is taking shape thanks to three local artists and the backing of a business owner at the heavily traveled intersection of East Lake Avenue and Brennan Street. Jessica Carrasco, Mateo Gonzalez (aka Primo) and Paul De Worken started work on the...

Watsonville artist selected for Strawberry Festival, Rail Trail designs

WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville Strawberry Festival will return on Aug. 8, a year after the pandemic forced the cancelation of the event in 2020. With it comes all the usual excitement—strawberry treats, live entertainment, vendors and more—as well as the selection of this year’s official poster...

Annual sculpture exhibit returns to Sierra Azul Nursery

WATSONVILLE—Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens in Watsonville is once again brimming with art as Pajaro Valley Arts’ annual “Sculpture Is” exhibit returns for the 15th year. Installed in late May and officially opened on June 7, the popular outdoor exhibit will be up through October....

New pastry shop opens in downtown Watsonville

Ricarmi
WATSONVILLE—A new bakery that offers a dazzling and colorful line of pastries, cakes, fancy cookies, cupcakes and more has recently opened in downtown Watsonville. Ricarmi Panaderia y Pasteleria at 11 East Fifth St. is the realization of a longtime dream for Ricardo Lopez and Armida...
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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 24

Ethic studies bill is discriminatory  On Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk is the ethnic studies bill. I must note that he doesn’t need to sign it....