A New Year in Aptos

Good morning, and welcome to a new year in Aptos! Many people are all too happy to bid good riddance to 2016. It was certainly a contentious year with seemingly more downs than ups. In Aptos, though, it feels easier somehow to just let it roll off you, like water off a duck’s back. Late […]

Polo Grounds Restroom Now Open for Business!

Polo Grounds Park in Aptos is well known to many area families; many weekends of the year, the park hosts up to 2,000 people who come to play soccer, baseball, ride their BMX bikes, walk their dogs, and other sports and recreational activities. Until now, all these thousands of weekly visitors had only a few […]

Thrive Natural Medicine

A lot of people – especially people in Aptos and the wider Santa Cruz area – are coming to realize that the current American medical system with its heavy emphasis on pharmaceutical solutions to common ailments is often not the best way to lead a genuinely healthy life. There’s a lot more to being healthy […]

Time Lapse Video shows Hihn Apple Barn Moving

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’re probably aware that the construction work for the new Aptos Village began several months back. For months, passers by have seen the Hihn Apple Barn up on jacks, as it was being prepared to move to its new site. Last month, on September 22, the move began. […]

Mar Vista Harvest Festival set for October 30

One of the most enjoyable events of the fall season is set to happen again. The Mar Vista Harvest Festival will be back again this year, taking place on October 30th from 12 to 4 PM. This was an amazing event last year, and hundreds of people in our Aptos community showed up to enjoy the festivities. This […]

Learning to Surf

Ahh, summertime! Last year I wrote about how we registered our son for Capitola Junior Guards.  That was the last year, it seems, when folks had to get up at o’dark:30 to wait in line to make sure they got the session they wanted (now it’s all done online, boo hoo!). He is now in […]

Zach Friend Interview: Aptos Village

In the ninth and final segment of our Zach Friend Interview Series, the Supervisor talks about the Aptos Village Project. Zach stresses that the county’s role in the project at this point is very specific, focusing primarily on traffic improvements such as new signal lights, sidewalk, widening Soquel Drive, installing a dedicated left turn lane, […]

Zach Friend Interview: Housing Affordability

In the eighth segment of our Zach Friend Interview Series, the Supervisor talks about housing affordability and what needs to happen to improve it in Santa Cruz county. According to Friend, too many people live in substandard and overcrowded housing conditions, and it is simply unacceptable for this to be happening in a place and […]

Aptos Cares

A couple of weekends ago, Comcast Cares Day came to Mar Vista Elementary School, where my son is currently enrolled in first grade. Each year, the good folks at Comcast sponsor community service events throughout the country, enlisting thousands of volunteers to help make their communities a better place. Comcast provides tools and materials, and […]

Libraries Measure S Presentation

Janice O’Driscoll, the interim director of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL), and Kate Canlis, Vice President of Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, made a presentation last week at the Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club to discuss the state of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and Ballot Measure S, a $67 million bond measure to […]