Music, Art, Movies and Mole Sauce: Free Summer Series at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

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The following is a guest post by Jennifer Squires. Jennifer is a writer who works with Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. She lives in Aptos.


Head inland just a little this summer to enjoy the third annual Summer Series at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.

The park, which dubbed itself “Your State Park Downtown,” will host seven events with a wide spectrum of cultural experiences, fine art and outdoor movies, culminating with the third annual Mole & Mariachi Festival on Sept. 19.

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Santa Cruz Real Estate: Where Has All the Housing Gone?

santa cruz real estate market report, march 2015

The following market report is provided by Liz Kroft  & Lance Hulsey of Mainstream Real Estate Group.


Ask a few locals what the weather was like this morning and you’ll get wildly different answers depending on where each person lives within Santa Cruz County.

Your friend in Aptos may tell you it was foggy, someone in Seabright might gloat that it was warm and sunny, and yet another from Ben Lomond may tell you it was absolutely frigid.

We’re accustomed to microclimates, but there’s something similar which might not be as obvious:

Micro markets.

The “Santa Cruz Real Estate Market” is as nuanced as our local weather patterns. Each city and neighborhood has a unique housing market. This is important to keep in mind as we discuss the broader “Santa Cruz County” market.

Speaking of weather, and our local real estate market, rain isn’t the only thing we’re currently in short supply of.

At this point we all know that low housing inventory is also in short supply.

The supply of new homes is not keeping pace with the job and population growth that we’re seeing in Santa Cruz County. With historically low mortgage rates and other incentives, buyers are ready, yet sellers remain on the sidelines.

What gives?

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Do-It-Ourselves Fest: 3 Days of Music, Art, Camping & Stoke in the Santa Cruz Mountains 

Santa Cruz DIO Festival 2015

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Stevee Stubblefield, co-founder of the DIO Fest.  We invited Stevee to write this post to share the overall awesomeness that is the Do-It-Ourselves Fest.  This music festival, with a unique community spirit, takes place later this month in the Santa Cruz Mountains and benefits a worthy charity.  It also sounds like a ton of fun.


DIO Fest 2015 PosterWhen walking through security at most major music festivals, you’ll often hear something along the lines of, “You’ll have to pour out your canteen ma’am, there are no outside beverages allowed into the event.  Waters are available for $5 each.”

This type of scenario is the norm at most of today’s largest music festivals.

Over the last 20 years, the scene has exploded – Coachella, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and more.  These events are surely a lot of fun and feature some truly stellar acts, I’ve enjoyed them myself, but they’re not the only way to experience authentic music, art and culture.

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