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March 3, 2021

Watsonville Film Festival launches virtual film series

WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville Film Festival (WFF) on March 11 announced that it was canceling its eighth annual festival, which was scheduled to begin the next day, due to growing concerns of COVID-19. The decision came less than a week before the county and state issued shelter-in-place...

Corralitos winery navigates pandemic, heatwave

Winemaker Alex Prikazsky says it had always been a dream of her father, Bob Prikazsky, to open a winery someday. “My folks would go tasting on the weekends,” she said. “We’d go to wine auctions together. There was always this idea in the back of...

County yoga studios offering live classes online

WATSONVILLE—As the second day of Santa Cruz County’s shelter-in-place order dawned Wednesday morning, Watsonville Yoga, Dance and Healing Arts owner Phoenix Artemisia was busy setting up for class—just not as she normally does. Artemisia’s mat was unrolled on the ground of her studio on Main...

Watsonville, Monterey County organizations to hold virtual Pride

Every August for the past five years, Watsonville organization Pajaro Valley Pride (PVP) has held an event to show support for and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in South Santa Cruz County. But due to Covid-19, the annual march and celebration were canceled, sending organizers back...

Local author releases third book in trilogy

WATSONVILLE—For the past eight years, Nikki Lewen has been writing and releasing a trilogy of novels—all the while being a full-time teacher and coach at Watsonville High School. This year, all that hard work has paid off as Lewen celebrates not only the release of...

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...

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...

Capitola Plein Air paints its fifth year

CAPITOLA—Forty artists from across the county fanned out around Capitola last week with canvas, easels, chalk and tubes of color in tow, in hopes of distilling a handful of the coastal city’s choice land and seascapes on canvas and paper.  The efforts were part of...

“Birds of Prey” a stylish, upbeat thrill ride

The character of Harley Quinn was initially written to be in a handful of episodes of “Batman: The Animated Series” in the 1990s. But audiences loved her so much that she became a recurring character, with her own backstory. She was eventually written into...

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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...