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Celebrate Piano Ensemble annual benefit

Celebrate Piano Ensemble will present their annual benefit concert at Peace United Church of Christ on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 4pm. 

This concert raises funds for childrens’ music scholarships: the Opportunity Grant and Talent Bank programs.

Your support will help keep music lessons going for our youth.

This year’s program includes music for two or more pianists by Bach, Barber, Benjamin, Brahms, Mignone, Rachmaninoff and Schubert. 

Performers include Susan Bruckner, Alice Coulombe, Roger Emanuels, Anna Kazimi, Nicki Kerns, Lynn Kidder, Janice Kuch, Lavinia Livingston, John Orlando, Carol Panofsky, Ivan Rosenblum, Marina Thomas, Kumi Uyeda and Vlada Volkova-Moran.

Donations may be made by visiting and clicking on the PayPal button or sending a check made out to SCCMTAC to 131 Cave Gulch, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. For information, contact Nicki Kerns at [email protected] or 334.1215. 

Santa Cruz METRO Seeking Public Input 

Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (METRO) has released the draft plan for its Reimagine METRO Phase 2 at  

Residents are invited to visit the website to:

Review the plan and proposed map.

An online survey to provide feedback on the planned changes can be found in English at and Spanish at

The survey will be available through March 3. 

Register for or three public in-person meetings at

For information, visit 

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