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May 27, 2022

Murals honoring people with disabilities will be unveiled Saturday | News Briefs

New murals that celebrate people with disabilities will be unveiled to the public Saturday at Ramsay Park.

The murals will feature images of people with disabilities participating in athletic activities. The celebration comes as part of Disability Awareness Month.

Shared Adventures, a nonprofit dedicated to making outdoor spaces accessible for those with disabilities, helped coordinate the project while Santa Cruz Arts Council partially funded the mural. Shared Adventures founder Foster Anderson, Watsonville Mayor Jimmy Dutra and community representatives will speak at the unveiling about disability rights. 

The ceremony will take place at Ramsay Park from 2-3pm. 

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Watsonville artists to showcase work at ‘Cultivando Cultura’

This Friday, celebrate Watsonville’s arts and culture scene with live music, artisan vendors, Baile Folklorico and more. 

Arte del Corazón, a nonprofit that supports underrepresented artists, and the Santa Cruz Arts Council joined together to create the first annual ‘Cultivando Cultura.’ The festival will feature art by local, Watsonville-based artists. 

Arte del Corazón Executive Director Monica Galvan, an artist herself with a bachelor’s in art from UC Berkeley, hopes that the events put on by the organization create space for more Latinx artists to showcase their work. 

Cultivando Cultura will take place Friday at Romo Park, 335 Main St., from 2-7:30pm.

Local leader chosen to shape California’s future 

Edgar Ibarra was selected to help to shape California’s future. 

Ibarra is the Leadership and Program Coordinator for the MILPA Collective, an organization that provides a space for, and led by, formerly incarcerated individuals. He has been selected as a commissioner for California 100, a commission that hopes to create a California that is more equitable and sustainable over the next century.

As a commissioner, Ibarra will bring his experience with the criminal legal system and wisdom from his elders to shape the future generations of California. He will advise on the 13 different issues that California 100 will focus on, which include criminal justice and economic mobility. 

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Watsonville High graduate has chance at national ag title 

Pamela Donoso, a recent Watsonville High School graduate, is a finalist in a national agriculture contest, and will have a chance to win a scholarship and national title. 

Donoso has been working on a project researching fruit production, focusing on picking in local strawberry fields in Watsonville. She has already won a state title in Fruit Production, alongside Watsonville student David Estrada, who won in the Nursery Operations Category. After winning her California title, she competed for a spot as a National Proficiency Finalist, which chooses only four students from across the country. 

Donoso is the first student in Watsonville history to be chosen as a finalist in the national contest. In the coming weeks, she will represent Watsonville and California and will take the stage on Oct. 29 to see if her project will win her a national title and scholarship.


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