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February 24, 2024

Watsonville Strawberry Festival returns Aug. 4-6 to downtown

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The community is gearing up for the Watsonville Strawberry Festival 2023, a beloved annual event that celebrates the region's rich agricultural heritage. This year’s festival promises to be a delightful extravaganza, with a special focus on showcasing local arts and crafts vendors, a Berry...

Murals on the move: New artwork installed on City Hall building

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A new phase of the ongoing Moveable Murals project, at the City Hall building, 250 Main St., went up on the exterior walls Tuesday.  Seven murals, ranging in size from 4-by-8-feet to 8-by-20-feet, were installed to showcase the artwork of Watsonville and Aptos High School...

PHOTO: Cabrillo Stage visits Rotary Club

cabrillo stage hunchback of notre dame watsonville rotary club kristi garcia omar rodriguez
Kristi Garcia and Omar Rodriguez of Cabrillo Stage sing “Some Day” at Watsonville Rotary Club's lunch gathering Wednesday as a sampling of the theater production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Joined by actor Juan Castro and music/vocal director Michael McGushin, the group performed...

Q&A: Watsonville Taiko sensei describes Obon

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The community is invited to the Obon Festival at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple (423 Bridge St.) Sunday, July 16 from noon to 5pm. Watsonville Taiko will perform at 3pm. The event is free and open to the public.  We spoke with Ikuyo Conant, Sensei and...

Cabrillo Stage presents ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

cabrillo stage hunchback of notre dame rehearsal
Cabrillo Stage’s diverse cast, crew and choir are bringing the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” to life. The production, opening July 6, is based on the novel by Victor Hugo and contains songs from the 1996 Disney film. Set in the Paris cathedral, the...

Watsonville Center for the Arts celebrates one year

Watsonville Center for the Arts Ballet Folklorico Ollin dancers
The Watsonville Center for the Arts announced its one-year anniversary as a thriving arts and culture hub in downtown Watsonville. This milestone marks the realization of a long-held dream for the local community, providing a dedicated space to nurture cultural arts, provide creative opportunities...

Mastering the perfect slice of ‘za

A lot comes to mind in the art of mastering the perfect slice of pizza. For starters, portions are important because nobody wants to have too much sauce or too much cheese below a mountain full of toppings that prevents the dough from fully baking.  Slice...

Q&A: Cristal González Avila speaks about her artistic inspirations

Cristal González Avila
Youth in grades 3 through 8 are invited to a five-day workshop entitled “The Mask We Wear & the Stories We Tell.” Facilitated by Cristal González Avila, it runs June 27 through July 1 at the Watsonville Center for the Arts. This hands-on workshop...

Outdoor sculpture show opens for 17th year at Sierra Azul Nursery

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“Sculpture IS: In the Garden 2023,” an outdoor exhibit of more than 90 sculptures, has just opened at Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens in Watsonville. In its 17th year, the annual exhibit, produced by Pajaro Valley Arts (PVA), features artists from around the Monterey...

PV Arts opens ‘Emergence’ show

tim sterling pv arts emergence exhibit
“Emergence,” the latest exhibition at Pajaro Valley Arts, has opened at the Pajaro Valley Gallery, 37 Sudden St. The exhibit showcases 33 artists with more than 100 works in a wealth of mediums. Based on the definition of emergence—“coming into being or prominence”—the artwork features new...

Murder arrest at Seabright Beach

A Santa Cruz man was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of killing a woman on Seabright State Beach. The Santa Cruz Police Department said...

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