It's hard to believe that we are already in the fourth quarter of 2019! The first recipient for the 4th quarter of 2019 is Felton Library Friends, a non-profit that supports the Felton Branch Library and new Nature Discovery Park. This organization was formed in 2005 after the Felton Library Branch was close to permanent closure. Since then, the group has advocated for better library services, fought more closure attempts, helped in the design of the new library, and contributed to the Measures S and R.
Being a homeowner comes with many benefits but it also means your to-do list might grow a bit longer, especially as winter approaches. Even though we live in a relatively mild climate, being properly prepared for the winter months is important. Here are a few key things to get done before winter arrives.
I am excited to announce the second recipient for this quarter, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. With two locations in Palo Alto and Santa Cruz, they go above and beyond to support and enrich the lives of adults and youth who are blind or visually impaired.
Between back-to-school, Halloween, and Labor Day, fall is often a bustling season! Not to add to your plate, but Santa Cruz has some great events and festivals taking place that you don’t want to miss! From the best street festival in the county to a chili-cook off, each month in the fall has something unique to offer.
Santa Cruz’s beer scene has skyrocketed over the past couple of years and finding a local brewery is easier than ever. From European style lagers to all organic beer, you are sure to find a beer that matches your taste. Here are my top five picks for local breweries, but be sure to check the map for a full list of brewing companies in Santa Cruz County.
When you think of Santa Cruz, the first thing to pop into your mind are probably images of sandy beaches and famous surf spots, but Santa Cruz County is also home to an assortment of golf courses. Here you’ll find top-ranked, semi-private, and public courses, and many of these fairways come with an ocean view, too. Below is your guide to the golf courses you can find in Santa Cruz County.
If you have ever moved, you are well aware of the numerous things to keep track of and how easily it can become overwhelming. Having a to-do list the weeks prior to the big day can help ease some of the burden. I’ve put together a checklist of things to keep in mind starting two months before your move.
One of the major draws to living in Santa Cruz is the mild climate that leads to year-round outdoor activities, but there’s something very special about summertime here. From anticipated events like Woodies on the Wharf to the traditional Boardwalk beach concerts, here are a few “can’t miss” events and free things to do this summer!
I am excited to announce that the second recipient is the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH). The MAH is more than just a museum and place to view art, it’s a local community space and the focal point of many downtown events.
Sam is excited to announce that he, along with his colleagues in the Santa Cruz and Aptos offices, have partnered with Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project for this quarter’s donations. One percent of all his commissions in the second quarter of 2019 will be donated to Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project, as will those of others participating in the program.
Getting your house ready to sell can be a daunting task. You’ll want to make the best impression possible to prospective buyers. Here are some suggestions to help you prep your home in a competitive market.
For the first quarter of 2019, Sam is donating to the Mountains 2 Sea program, which works with schools to help at-risk youth develop leadership skills and learn about environmental stewardship. The program aims to empower young people by working with schools and local organizations to help facilitate the programs they offer. Other current partners of Mountains 2 Sea include UC Santa Cruz, Pacific Edge climbing gym, Mount Hermon Adventures, and Save Our Shores.
You can easily spend an entire day visiting the museums along the coastal and mountain towns in the county, many of them offering a glimpse into the historic past of the cities, towns, and neighborhoods where they sit. (Hint: the logging and lumber industry are a big part of the history in many areas, particularly San Lorenzo Valley.)
Starting July 1, 2019 a change to an existing ordinance will take effect in Santa Cruz that brings the city in line with sewer maintenance measures already in place throughout much of California. The amendment to the ordinance focuses on the inspection and repair of lateral sewer lines, which carry wastewater from the property to the main sewer line of the city.
Sam is happy to announce his sponsorship of the Santa Cruz Warriors for the 2018-2019 season, joining other businesses and organizations that support the Sea Dubs in developing and maintaining their community programs.
Sam is excited to announce that he, along with his colleagues in the Santa Cruz and Aptos offices, have partnered with theBoys and Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County for this year’s donations. One percent of all his commissions in the last quarter of 2018 will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs, as will those of others participating in the program.
There is a lot of information available to help you understand how to best pack for a move. This does not address the specifics of what to do during the moment of packing. Instead, I would like to focus on something that can help the actual pack and move process, a lot less stressful! Specifically, I mean how to prepare for the pack a few months in advance.
For a town of its size, Santa Cruz has a surprising variety of great places to eat. From breakfast to fine dining, there’s several local restaurants that offer everything from basic dining staples to ethnic food, vegetarian dishes, and fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Santa Cruz has a reputation as a classic California beach town and it’s well deserved. With miles of beaches and countless tiny nooks among the cliffs, there are a ton of great beaches to choose from, depending on what sort of experience you’re after. Whether you’re looking for great surf, a beachside stroll, or just soaking in an evening sunset, Santa Cruz has something for every beach lover.
Santa Cruz may have a reputation as a sleepy beach town, but when the day gets started, coffee is the first priority of the day for most of us. There are many coffee shops and cafes tucked in just about every corner of town, and there are even multiple drive-through options for your morning Cup of Joe. We definitely love our coffee and local preferences tend toward small batch, fair trade, and organic options; as well as the occasional breakfast sandwich, snack or bagel to go along with it. With those criteria in mind, here is a list of the 10 best coffee shops you’ll find in Santa Cruz.
The City of Santa Cruz recently struck a partnership with electric bike maker, JUMP bikes, to provide affordable, electric-assist bike rentals throughout the city. After a successful trial run in San Francisco, the Uber- owned company brought the service to Santa Cruz, where it seems to be quite popular already.
Whether you’re looking for a school that offers a quality public education, a top notch private school, or a faith based educational option, Santa Cruz has plenty to choose from. Many of the schools in the area perform well in statewide rankings and Pacific Collegiate School, a local charter high school, consistently ranks among the top high schools in California.
Thanks to the strong agricultural and farming influence of the Central Coast, the farmers markets in Santa Cruz offer some of the best meat and produce you’ll find in the U.S….This guide will detail the local options, as well as explain a little about what you can expect at each one.
There’s a lot to love about our sunny slice of paradise, but it’s not always an easy city to get to know, especially if you’re new to town or planning to move here. This blog post aims to peel back some of the mystery of moving to Santa Cruz by providing 10 helpful resources for getting to know the area.