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January 06, 2017

Celebrate 30 Years of the Screaming Hand!

All Photos by Garrick Ramirez

If there was ever a time to celebrate a severed, screaming hand, this past Halloween-themed month of October seemed like the right one. The blue Screaming Hand, that indelible icon of skateboarding culture, celebrated its 30th birthday with creation of an eye-popping exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of History & Art (MAH). Created in 1985 by Santa Cruz graphics artist Jim Phillips, the howling appendage—which has been emblazoned on t-shirts, skateboards, and stickers all over the world—is honored with a fitting tribute to its influential legacy.

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December 28, 2016

Happy New Year! Now Take a Hike

Photo by @eressler

If you want to start the New Year off on the right foot, then lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails at some of Santa Cruz County’s best state parks. On January 1st, state parks across the country are offering free guided hikes to encourage folks to get outdoors and learn about the local flora and fauna right in their own backyard (or perhaps someone else’s backyard if you’re still on vacation). We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that are sure to send you into 2017 feeling healthy, happy, and ready for the next adventure.

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December 27, 2016

Visit Our Happy Place: Venus Spirits

Venus Spirits interiors by stripe design
Photo courtesy of Garrick Ramirez

Santa Cruz is a renowned destination for wine and craft beer but, recently, it’s also begun attracting the attention cocktail and spirits fans thanks to a small-batch distillery producing a game-changing gin and the only “tequila” produced in California. Opened just two years, Venus Spirits is racking up awards for its delicious, organic spirits that have started popping up in some of the best restaurants and bars along the California coast. To truly appreciate the cool things happening under their label, you need to visit their stylish Westside tasting room and discover one of Santa Cruz’s best kept secrets.

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December 20, 2016

Your Santa Cruz County Holiday Stress Relievers

Photo by @lizkroft_sc_realtor

The holidays are supposed to be a time for slowing down and enjoying the company of good friends and family, but it’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of Christmas shopping, decorating, gift exchanges, holiday work mixers, baking, party planning, and everything else that comes with making the holidays bright. And then there’s the extra stress at work as you try to get everything done before your vacation. Phew. It’s enough to turn the best of us into a real grinch and just hibernate until January.

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December 09, 2016

Your Off-Season (& Rainy Day) Guide to the Boardwalk

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

With a sunny beachfront locale, open-air thrill rides, and an endless parade of frozen treats, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the very definition of summer. But that doesn’t mean the fun ends with the first bell of the school year. The Boardwalk is open year-round, and quieter months mean more deals and less crowds. Don’t stash those My Boardwalk cards just yet. Below, you’ll see why the off-season—and even a rainy day—is a great time to enjoy the Boardwalk.

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