Drag show raises funds for Pajaro flood victims

A Drag Queen & Burlesque benefit show to raise money for the Pajaro community affected by the recent flood will take place on April 2 from 1-7pm at Fruition Brewing, 918 East Lake Ave. in Watsonville.

The event is presented by Watsonville Drag Queens La Angel Baby and Xinistra, and Pajaro Valley Pride.

A donation drive begins at 1pm, followed by a performance by DJ Atmos and the drag queens at 4pm. 

All proceeds will be donated to Campesina Womb Justice, which provides direct mutual aid assistance for farm workers affected by the flooding, and Raíces y Cariño, which gathers and distributes needed items to flood victims.

The event will also feature a giveaway, with every $10 donation an entry to win prizes such as gift cards from local businesses. Giveaway entries can be made through Venmo by including your name and contact email to @PVPFloodRelief.

Prom drive underway

Organizers of a prom dress and suit drive are gathering donations until April 15.

Prom dresses/suits, formal shoes and jewelry, and gift certificates for hair and makeup are being accepted.

Drop-off locations are at:

• Santa Cruz County Probation Department: 1430 Freedom Blvd., Suite B in Watsonville and 303 Water St., Suite 9 in Santa Cruz

• Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office, 701 Ocean St., Room 200, Santa Cruz

• Santa Cruz County Office of the Public Defender: 315 Main St., Suite 204 in Watsonville and 420 May Ave. in Santa Cruz

• Community Action Board, Luna Y Sol: 406 Main St., Suite 203, Watsonville

• Comerica Bank: 1998 Main St. in Watsonville, 1 Rancho Del Mar in Aptos, 1960 41st Ave. in Capitola, 25 River St. in Santa Cruz and 228 Mount Hermon Road in Scotts Valley

• Splash Car Wash: 2110 41st Ave., Capitola

• The UPS Store: 1961 Main St., Watsonville.

For information, email [email protected].

Alliance urges members to update Medi-Cal information

Central California Alliance for Health, the Medi-Cal managed health care plan for residents of Merced, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, is urging people with Medi-Cal to update their county with any changes to their information to ensure they do not lose their coverage.
During the pandemic, Medi-Cal members were able to continue their coverage without the typical annual redetermination process. Once the federal government ends its continuous Medicaid coverage protection on March 31, the full Medi-Cal eligibility redetermination process will resume. 

On Feb. 17, the Department of Health Care Services began mailing an outreach letter to Medi-Cal members informing them of the steps they must take to minimize their risk of losing Medi-Cal health coverage. The letter encourages Medi-Cal members to update their county office with any changes to their information (County office phone numbers: Monterey County, 877.410.8823; Santa Cruz County, 888.421.8080). 

Examples of changes that need to be reported include changes to address or other contact information, if someone in the household becomes pregnant or gives birth, changes to who is living in the household, income changes, immigration status changes and any other changes that affect a family’s eligibility.

To ensure members are aware of the steps they need to take to keep their Medi-Cal coverage, the Alliance has launched a bilingual media campaign in its tri-county service area, created member flyers and has a website at

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