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September 27, 2021

At 75, Watsonville artist Aranda keeps it fresh

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville artist Guillermo Aranda sat in his second-floor studio on West Lake Avenue last week working on a new painting of a heron. The unfinished work was spread out on a table covered with various paints, sketches and several drafts of birds in flight—one...

‘Weathering With You’ a beautiful film with an unclear message

Japanese director Makoto Shinkai made a name for himself when he released “Your Name” in 2016. The fantasy-drama about two teenagers who swap bodies achieved global critical acclaim and became the highest-grossing Japanese animated film of all time. Shinkai followed this success with “Weathering With...

Freedom Meat Lockers is a delight | Try This

Todd Guild Freedom Meat Lockers One of my favorite things to do for lunch in Watsonville is head over to Freedom Meat Lockers, which in addition to its high-quality selection of carnivores’ delights, also offers a deli counter. Normally when I hear the word ‘deli’ I cringe,...

UCSC produces podcast about 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Daniel J. Story was a second-grader living in the Midwest when the Loma Prieta Earthquake struck California on Oct. 17, 1989. He recalls it flashing on the news, and his teacher being worried about people she knew in the area. But Story admits...

‘Watsonville is in the Heart’ 2021 calendar released

WATSONVILLE—For the second year running, a group from Watsonville’s Filipino community is releasing a calendar highlighting family histories.  The “Watsonville is in the Heart” calendar is part of the Tobera Project, an ongoing project aiming to preserve, honor and celebrate that history, especially those of...

WHS teacher publishes Spanish-language book on education

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WATSONVILLE—Juan Carlos Pozo Block has spent the past two decades teaching in Watsonville, working with students from various backgrounds and levels of education. This year, that experience culminated in a new book in which the author, who goes by the pen name JC Pozo, shares...

Watsonville native embraces his roots while diving into L.A. music scene

For rapper and singer Kabwasa, staying connected to his hometown of Watsonville is a priority—even as he makes waves in the music scene in Los Angeles. Raised in a house just off Rodriguez Street, Kabwasa was surrounded by music from an early age. He attended...

City to host Drive-Thru Trunk-or-Treat event Friday

WATSONVILLE—The City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department and the County of Santa Cruz will host a Drive-Thru Trunk-or-Treat event Friday between 4:30-7:30pm, or until supplies last. Families are invited to drive their vehicles through Ramsay Park, 1301 Main St., starting at the Main...

City’s youth art contest still open for submissions

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WATSONVILLE—The City of Watsonville is currently holding a special art contest for local youth, and there is still a week left for pieces to be submitted. The “Thankful Youth Art Contest” aims to inspire young people in the Pajaro Valley to share their creativity through...

PV Arts opens ‘Mi Casa es Tu Casa’ exhibit

WATSONVILLE—In late September, Pajaro Valley Arts (PVA) was finally able to open its gallery’s doors after a six-month closure due to Covid-19. For the first two weeks, the organization displayed “Campesinos: Workers of the Land,” a show that had been installed the week shelter-in-place...
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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....