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June 30, 2022

‘Night of the Living Composers’ returns to Aptos

Santa Cruz’s NewMusicWorks (NMW) on Saturday will host its annual showcase of chamber music featuring songs by living composers from across the U.S. “Night of the Living Composers” will be held at the Samper Recital Hall in Aptos and will feature the NMW Ensemble, led...

Watsonville Film Festival joins Bay Area organizations for film screening, concert in Plaza

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WATSONVILLE—Mexican Independence Day is Sept. 16, and the Watsonville Film Festival (WFF) is teaming up with two Bay Area organizations to bring a celebratory event to the community. Celebrando La Cultura, to be held Sept. 15-18, will include film, music and dance. It begins with...

Watsonville is in the Heart launches digital archive

Hundreds of visitors flocked to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) on April 9 to celebrate the launch of a new digital history archive. The Watsonville is in the Heart (WIITH) Digital Archive aims to preserve the histories and contributions of Filipino-Americans...

Local author releases debut mystery novel

WATSONVILLE—Author Tony Di Leonardo was visiting the Watsonville Square shopping center when he first noticed Kelly’s Books. Walking into the small independent bookstore, he started chatting with owner Kelly Pleskunas about his debut novel, “Death by Drive-By,” which had just been released in December...

County artists participate in First Friday event

Ten artists helped dress up a section of Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz last week during the first-ever “Color Our Street! Chalk Art Event.” As part of the monthly First Friday Art Tour, the project gave artists an open slate to create original...

Field view | Photo Gallery

Do you have a recent photo you’d like to share? Send it to us for consideration by emailing it to [email protected] or mailing it to 21 Brennan St., Suite 14, Watsonville, CA 95076. Please include a brief description of the photo as well as the...

Fairy tales with a twist

Janie Scott, Director and Choreographer of Cabrillo Stage’s latest theater musical “Into the Woods,” admits she is a bit of a geek for Stephen Sondheim.

A burger that’s worth it | Try This

A weekly column that celebrates local businesses — especially eateries, watering holes, coffee shops and the like. Tony Nuñez Food: The Farm House: Dino’s Stuffed Burger The Farm House restaurant has been open for some time now, but because our offices are downtown I have not had...

Fourth annual Pajaro Valley Pride held at YWCA

Pajaro Valley Pride’s annual celebration returned in a different capacity this year—with a brand new location and more activities. The Watsonville YWCA invited the non-profit to use its facility on East Beach Street, prompting the organization to move the event from downtown.

Nonprofit kicks off First Friday in Seascape Village

A series of First Friday art shows will kick off in Seascape Village this summer thanks to Stable Life Services (SLS), a nonprofit aiming to support individuals with special needs and their caregivers. First Friday is a monthly art tour featuring local artists in venues...
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County budget includes investments in Watsonville

SANTA CRUZ—The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the proposed $1.033 billion budget for 2022-23, including a $680.7 million general fund. The...