Community briefs, April 19, 2019

Community Awards and Art & Wine Auction Gala

APTOS — The Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce on April 26 will hold its annual Community Awards and Art & Wine Gala at Seacliff Inn in Aptos at 5:30 p.m.

Retired Capitola Police Captain Tom Held will be named the Man of the Year, and Capitola Police Sergeant Sarah Ryan will be named Woman of the Year.

Other awardees will include:

Business of the Year: Vinocruz Wine Bar + Kitchen

Volunteer of the Year: Mardel Carnahan

Community Spirit: Trudie Ransom

Lifetime Achievement: Michael Termini

Special Recognition: Gayle Ortiz & Toni Campbell

Tickets are $70 per person.

Guests will receive the commemorative 2019 Capitola Art & Wine Festival glass (the official tasting glass of the 37th annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival to be held Sept 14 & 15, 2019), and enjoy wine tasting from festival wineries, live and silent auction featuring beautiful artwork from festival artists, no-host bar, dinner, and awards presentation.

To buy tickets visit


Mosquito Awareness Week

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — After significant rainfall this winter, Santa Cruz County Mosquito and Vector Control is advising residents during Mosquito Awareness Week of the need to dump and drain all standing water.

Above average rainfall throughout the winter helped end California’s drought. But the rains left behind another threat: stagnant water in containers, flower pots and empty pools that can create mosquito breeding sites.

Mosquito Awareness Week runs from April 21-27. Residents are being asked to turn over empty containers, store flowerpots and buckets upside-down and drain water trapped in tarps and tires. Water collecting in plant saucers and flower pots should be emptied approximately once a week. See for more tips.

Santa Cruz County MVC delivers free mosquito-eating fish for water troughs, ponds and unmaintained pools or spas. The District also advises wearing repellents when out at dusk and dawn and keep windows and doors screened. Recommended repellents include products containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR3535.


Dominican Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

SANTA CRUZ — Dignity Health Dominican Hospital was recently awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. Dominican underwent a rigorous onsite review during which Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

Dominican also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines — Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes Dominican’s commitment to providing the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment of stroke according to nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines.


Santa Cruz County Bank named Super Premier Performing Bank

SANTA CRUZ — Santa Cruz County Bank was recently awarded its ninth consecutive designation of Super Premier performing bank by The Findley Reports, Inc. based upon 2018 financial performance. 

For a bank to achieve the Super Premier performance rating it must meet four key performance ratios established by Findley Reports, Inc. Super Premier is the highest rating level established by Findley Reports, Inc. Santa Cruz County Bank met the four criteria at a high level of performance: (1) growth, (2) return on beginning equity, (3) net operating income as a percentage of average assets and (3) loan losses as a percentage of gross loans.


Spring half price cat adoption special

WATSONVILLE — The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS) is experiencing an overload of adoptable adult cats in its shelter and is seeking forever homes for these cats. To encourage more animal adoptions, the adoption price for all cats will be half price through May 31.

Shelter animals are also quite a bargain since their fees include spay/neuter, microchip (including registration), age appropriate vaccinations, routine treatment for fleas/worms and a free pet wellness exam with local participating veterinarians.

For information and to view adoptable animals, visit the shelter location at 1001 Rodriguez St. in Santa Cruz and visit our website


STD Awareness Month

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — Sexually transmitted disease (STD) Awareness Month is not just about awareness, but also about action. Local health officials urge everyone who is sexually active, especially young people, to take charge of their sexual health and get tested.

STD testing is now more crucial than ever because rates continue to rise in Santa Cruz County and statewide. Rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis continue to grow, and syphilis has re-emerged as a significant public health concern. Still, all STDs can be prevented and treated, and most can be cured.

National statistics estimate that one out of every two young people will have an STD before age 25. Chlamydia is the most common reportable STD in California. In Santa Cruz County, between 2014 and 2018, reported cases of chlamydia increased from 911 cases to 1,246 cases per year.

STD testing is covered by private medical insurance, Medi-Cal and Family Planning Access Care and Treatment (PACT). You can access testing from your primary provider or a low-cost clinic. For those who don’t have a provider or health insurance, visit the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency’s website to learn more about testing options (


SACO hosting Rack of Lamb BBQ

WATSONVILLE — The Slavic American Cultural Organization is hosting its annual lamb barbeque at Moreland Notre Dame Gymnasium, 133 Brennan St. in Watsonville, on April 27, at 4 p.m.

Adult tickets are $35 and children under 12 are $10. No tickets will be sold at the door. Reservations must be made by April 24. Take out is available at 6 p.m.

For information, call Susan at 722-3268 or Maryann at 408-828-52065


Students invited to apply for city internship program

WATSONVILLE — City and school district officials are inviting high school students to apply for the Summer in the City internship program.

This program gives incoming juniors and seniors enrolled in a Pajaro Valley Unified School District high school an inside look of the inner-workings of local government, while preparing them to enter into the workforce.

A total of 21 students will be selected to participate in the program.

The internship runs weekdays on June 17 through July 5. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon, with the internship taking place from 1-5 p.m.

Participants will receive a $500 stipend, and 2.5 elective credits.

For information, call Elizabeth Padilla at 768-3018 or [email protected]


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