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April 22, 2021

Arte del Corazón returns Friday

On Friday, as part of the monthly First Friday Art Tour around Santa Cruz County, Arte del Corazón will return as "Easter Mercado Artesanal" in Romo Park, across Main Street from the City Plaza. Organizer Monica Galvan said the event, which coincides with the...

Piano ensemble raising funds for student music scholarships

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—For the past 19 years, the Celebrate Piano Ensemble (CPE) has provided local pianists a way to explore pieces for two pianos (four to eight hands), all the while aiming to benefit school-age music students in Santa Cruz County. CPE’s annual February concert...

Restoration of iconic Watsonville High mural begins

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WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville High School community last year was shaken when a beloved three-decades old mural on the wall of the school’s cafeteria was painted over during a construction project. The move, directed by site administration and the district facilities department, outraged the artists involved in...

Local artist seeks new home for community safety mural

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In late July of 2019, a large, four-panel mural by Peter Bartczak of Clown Bank Studios was hoisted up onto the side of the old Watsonville City Hall. The mural depicted a family of ducks, carefully crossing a street in a crosswalk in front of...

Watsonville Buddhist Temple adapts during pandemic

The Watsonville Buddhist Temple (WBT) is one of the Pajaro Valley’s oldest institutions, having served as a center for both religious worship and community service since 1906. Founded by immigrants who arrived in the Pajaro Valley toward the end of the 19th century, the temple...

Global art project eyes Santa Cruz County

This summer, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) will celebrate its 25th Anniversary.  While the museum has been shuttered for most of the pandemic, staff has stayed connected to the community through outdoor exhibits, social media engagement and other projects. No one...

Watsonville Film Festival 2021 – Movie Trailers

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https://player.vimeo.com/video/363839532 Cholitas: Five indigenous Bolivian women, or cholitas, set out to climb the highest peak of the Americas, Mount Aconcagua. 82 minutes. In Spanish & Aymara with English and Spanish subtitles. En español y aymara con subtítulos en inglés. Watch CHOLITAS_trailer or watch full film in...

Moveable Murals exhibit returns to downtown Watsonville

The first phase of Pajaro Valley Arts’ (PVA) annual Moveable Murals exhibit has been installed in downtown Watsonville, and this year’s show brings something new into the mix. Now in its third year, Moveable Murals showcases local artists in public venues across the city. This...

New media company highlights Watsonville through film

Gabe Medina and Marcus Cisneros had no idea how quickly their new media company, Calavera Media, would take off during the pandemic. Having started as a loose collective of creators, working with colleagues from Digital NEST and the greater filmmaking community of Watsonville, they officially...

Local father-daughter musical duo releases first album

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WATSONVILLE—April Bennett was only about 2 years old when she went up on a stage with her father, Steve Bennett for the very first time. Steve was in the house band at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton for many years, and April would often join...
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O’Neill Sea Odyssey hosting Virtual Earth Day event Thursday

SANTA CRUZ—On Thursday, April 22, O’Neill Sea Odyssey and its partners will celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day with a free virtual event...