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Excluding Spiders and Critters

The Green Way 


    Living in California means living with critters and bugs year round.  But wait! Maybe not in our home! Host of our favorite radio hour for “foodies,” Michael Olson, spoke with two experts about critters that bug us and "green" ways to exclude them from our presence.  Michael's guests came up with some non-toxic ways to combat them. 

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   Got spiders? Spray the corners of your rooms with a combination of water, vinegar and coconut oil. Spiders will stay away.


   We all have dust mites and some of us are allergic to them.  Once a month place your child's favorite stuffed animal in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for 24 hours.  This will kill dust mites.  According to Dr. Myles Bader an ounce of dust contains 42,000 dead dust mites. Dust mites are attracted to stuffed animals and mattresses where they feed on sloughed off skin.  A 10 year old mattress can weigh double its original purchase weight owing to the presence of dead dust mites. While you cannot put your mattress in the freezer, fortunately there's an easy solution.  Place a dryer sheet under each corner of the mattress.


  (Icons/Graphics) Mouse2.jpg  Field mice or city rats coming in? Place a few drops of oil of peppermint (get it at the health food store) on a cotton ball and place in strategic locations.


    Skunks: spray areas where you do not want them with ammonia & water. Are they living under your house or nearby(Site Photos) Skunk.jpg building?  They no more like the sound of human voices then we like their scent. Place an inexpensive transistor radio near their home and tune it to your local talk station. Better yet, get your entire block to try it! After they leave, block any openings with cement.


    Ticks? Get some guinea hens! They love to eat ticks.  Going hiking? Rub your clothes with dryer sheets (if you can stand the intense aroma) and the ticks will stay away from you.  Before your dog goes out for a walk, rub a dryer sheet over its fur, or when he/she comes in wipe him/her down with a lint roller.  

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    There also was great information on deer, raccoons, mountain lions, moles and gophers. Listen to the entire interview here. To get more information from Thomas Wittman of Gophers Limited go here and for information about Dr. Beale's book, Slug the Bug & Scare the Critters, go here



Good Theater 


(Icons/Graphics) SingingIntheRain.jpgWe heard from a friend who enjoys good theater and recently attended Singin' in the Rain put on by Kids on Broadway. 

    "If you  enjoy theater and have teens who enjoy theater, you don't have to have kids in the show or attend with kids. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of Singin' in the Rain. It's full of humor, dance and song with fantastic costumes and sets. Take a look at the amazing article written by Wallace Baine of the Sentinel about the male lead, James Durbin who has Tourette's syndrome.  And the lead female (in the Lucky Star cast) is missing her arm from the elbow down.  It is  inspirational and uplifting to see TEENS so confident and poised under these challenging conditions.  But it is not about these kids' disabilities - it is all about a group of teens putting on a darn good show that is thoroughly enjoyable! Enjoy!"

    This coming weekend is the closing weekend. Information here .


Allergy Season 


    Spring means flower buds and blooming trees — and for the millions of people who have seasonal allergies, it means sneezing, coughing, congestion, itchy eyes and more.   In the early spring, the(Site Photos) Acacia.jpg major culprit in Santa Cruz is wind-borne pollen with Mulberry, Ash, Acacia and Cedar/Juniper dominating.  The worst allergy symptoms occur during hot, dry or windy days when there's a lot of pollen in the air.  While the trees and blossoms are beautiful, the toll it takes on many children and adults is difficult.  In typical years, allergy symptoms are worse in the mornings but this year experts find that the pollen counts are remaining high all day long. 


Here are some tips for living a little more comfortably these next couple of months:  

  • Close doors and windows when pollen counts are high
  • Use air conditioning in your house and car. Air conditioning cleans, cools and dries the air or suffer and remain green.
  • Avoid outdoor activity when pollen counts are highest.
  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
  • Use a dehumidifier to reduce indoor humidity.
  • Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom and keep windows closed at night.
  • Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up pollen and molds. If you do outside chores, wear a dust mask.
  • Sweep up dust slowly, better yet "moist mop" - a clean house is a good defense.
  • Shower frequently, but especially after going outside, to rid your hair and skin of irritants; and toss those clothes you were wearing outside into the washing machine!
  • Change your pillowcase daily.

        Check local counts at for 4-day pollen forecasts.  or go to   Pollen season can vary from year to year depending on a variety of factors, including weather.

  Finding Events for You! 

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 full calendar listings here

E-Waste Collection, Capitola Mall or Shoreline School 4/5 & 4/6 

Drop off of your e-waste is FREE and items accepted include tv's, monitors, computers, and more - with no limit! 


Singin' In the Rain, Kids on Broadway to 4/6

Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a show-stopping title song dance number make this a fun experience for the whole family!


(Site Photos) DoginTunnel.jpgDoggy Sporting Event 4/6

Lure Coursing (all Breed); Racing (closed end muzzles required for groups); Earthdog (For small breeds); Agility for fun, jumpers course (all breeds).  Beginners are welcome to try the activities!

 full calendar listings here

In Search of Herps 4/6

Join herpetologist, Paul Haskins, for a saunter along park trails in search of herps --that is reptiles and amphibians.


Parks & Rec Meeting About Off Leash Time for Dogs 4/7, 4pm

Voice your opinions about off leash time and designated areas at City Council Chambers.


(Site Photos) Signing_Daddy.jpgSign Language Demo Class, Finger Babble 4/8

In the Demo class we will learn fun farm animal signs and some songs and activities to use them in!


She Loves Me, GBK School 4/10-19

The musical "She Loves Me," is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance and nostalgia.


Children of the Dragon, Children's Discovery Museum 4/12 & 13

Vietnamese Community Celebration, Music, dance, art . . . even food tasting . . . will highlight this exciting, colorful, and culturally rich two-day event featuring members of the local Vietnamese community.


Corduroy's Birthday! Book Cafe 4/13

Our favorite bear turns 40! By Don Freeman, Corduroy is the classic picture book about a girl named Lisa who falls in love with a little(Icons/Graphics) Corduroy.jpg brown bear wearing green overalls with one button missing. Capitola Book Café will read the story aloud to celebrate and will give away a 15” plush Corduroy stuffed animal to the child who correctly guesses the number of buttons in his jar!


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     We have new restaurant listings for you!  Family Friendly, Mexican , Italian --and more are coming.  Read our lively comments with descriptions of delicious dinners.   Keep checking back as new listings come in daily!  We need your help.  Send us your comments, especially when there's a good children's menu like the ones at Silver Spur or Tyrolean Inn.

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 School Open Houses
Waldorf Kindergarten
4/5, 10-noon
Waldorf Middle
4/5, 11-1
Waldorf K-8
4/8 9am
Twin Lakes Pre-8
4/15 9:30-11:30
Gateway K-8
4/10 9:30-11:30am
Aptos Academy PreK-8
4/10, 2-5pm
Waldorf 9-12
4/17 8am
Carden 4Yr-8th Grade
4/17, 5:30-7:30pm 

details here


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 Bavarian Buffet
All you can eat for $19.95!
 Thursday, April 3rd
 This is such a popular event,
may we suggest reservations?
Live Accordion Music!
Great Wine Specials!
9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond

Bellies, Birth & Babies

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     Join us for the Spring Expo at Simpkins Family Swim Center Community Room (979 17th Ave).  The evening is packed with positive energy and valuable resources for pregnant and postpartum women and their families. We will be showing the DVD “It’s My Baby, My Body, My Birth.”  This event is always free to the public, (donations welcome). BirthNetwork



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with Joya Winwood
Come sing with us! 



    There are many green cleaners on the market.  While there are no specific criteria that qualify a product as green, many claim to be biodegradable, phosphate- and chlorine-free deriving their ingredients from plants rather than chemicals.  Even if a product claims to be green, make sure to read the label!  Also:
* Spray your cleaner on a cloth, not surfaces --- you will use less.

* Use the cold setting on your washer when possible.

* Try washable, reusable cloths instead of paper towels.

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is growing!!!

We are expanding our Sales Team. (BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) LadyonComputer.jpgHelp us add more great local businesses to our Resources.

Email us if you would like more information!    Work part-time and set your own hours.  


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 Kung Fu Kids!
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 A Book for You! 

  We have a book to give away!  I opened it up and read the preface. By the time it ended I was wiping my tears -the kind that come when someone's story touches your heart!  The book is all about "bedrock strategies for a loving marriage."  Tell a friend about us and to put your name in the comments section when registering for our newsletter and you will both be entered to win this book!


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