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Man Skateboarding Across US Stops in Santa Cruz

When you think you've heard it all when it comes to ways to trek across 
the nation you meet Real Saltman Oswald . "The idea started with me and my friends we're watching Forrest Gump. He's riding across America and my friend saw that I wasn't doing anything expect skating around and he said why don't you skate across America," says Oswald.

Just last week the 34 year old self proclaimed naturalist left San Francisco with nothing more than a his skateboard, toiletries, and a vehicle sun shield, which he uses as bedding while he camps around the nation.

For eight hours a day he plans to kick his way into skateboard history. From the Central Coast to eventually the shadows of Central Park. Along the way he plans to raise awareness towards funding a bike pathway that connects the nation for non motorized vehicles.

Grateful Dead Archives Featured in Atlantic Magazine

The March issue of The Atlantic features a story of the U.C. Santa Cruz Library's Grateful Dead Archive, spotlighting music professor Fred Lieberman and the academic and scholarly impact of the archive.

Green writes:

"The Grateful Dead Archive, scheduled to open soon at the University of California at Santa Cruz, will be a mecca for academics of all stripes: from ethno musicologists to philosophers, sociologists to historians. But the biggest beneficiaries may prove to be business scholars and management theorists, who are discovering that the Dead were visionary geniuses in the way they created 'customer value,' promoted social networking, and did strategic business planning ... "

Aptos' Severino's Leads Chowder Cookoff Winners

The 29th Annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook Off & Festival was a clamoring success with 77 teams competing under sunny skies at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Since 1981 the event has raised nearly $900,000 for Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation programs.

Results of 2010 Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook Off & Festival:

Best Professional Boston
1st Place
Severino’s Grill, Chef Antonio Gomez (Aptos)
2nd Place – Blackboard Catering, Chef Clint Hughey  (Santa Cruz)
3rd Place – Lil Biscuit House, Chef Martin Krawetz (San Mateo)

Best Professional Manhattan
1st Place

Biker gangs involved in rare Santa Cruz street fight

Rival motorcycle gang members armed with hammers and crowbars fought in a downtown parking lot during the lunch hour Wednesday, though authorities say violence involving the clubs is unusual in the county.

Hells Angels were fighting with Vagos near Front Street and Soquel Avenue around 12:45 p.m., according to 911 callers. But the fight had broken up and the participants had fled by the time cops showed up, Santa Cruz police spokesman Zach Friend said.

Click here for the story from the Mercury News

Fair Puts Fun in Fungus


Experience the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair to learn all there is to know about the fascinating world of mushrooms. This unique Santa Cruz tradition features two days of fantastic fun with fungus for the whole family. Bring the kids and stroll through a re-created woodland habitat displaying hundreds of foraged mushrooms; the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair also features a special room full of hands-on activities for the kids, including a fungus exploration area, clay mushroom building, face paints, and more! Vendors will be selling books, mushrooms and other related mushroom items and fungal food will be offered for sale both days.

Highlighted this year are top chefs and mushroom epicures Jack Czarnecki (The Joel Palmer House) and Jozseph Schultz (India Joze) who will provide amazing cooking demonstrations that will be sure to thrill your palate.

Snow in Santa Cruz area

A rare snow event in our area!  Snow was falling Monday morning in the lower Santa Cruz mountains.  Lots of folks came out to take pictures and talk about it.

Here are some snapshots from Central Coast News on KION-TV 5-7am.

Whoville Gingerbread House in Santa Cruz

Dr. Seuss's Whoville comes alive in Rice Crispy form on November 25th, 2009 at Chaminade Resort in Santa Cruz.

This year, the chefs at Chaminade have created a Whoville Rice Crispy Village, bringing to life all the memories and personality of that mean ol' Grinch, his dog Max, and the rest of the Whoville gang.

The village is the result of eight chefs, 300 pounds of sugar, 20 pounds of fondant, 100 pounds of rice krispies, 50 pounds of marshmallow and limitless imagination.

The Whoville Rice Crispy village will be on display from November 25th through Christmas Day, 2009.

The event is free.

Chaminade Resort & Spa is located at One Chaminade Lane in Santa Cruz.