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High school wins yearbook design award

The latest edition of the San Lorenzo Valley High School yearbook, “Sempervirens,” was recognized for excellence and featured in the “2013 Gotcha Covered Look Book, Volume 11,” which recognizes the best in yearbook design.

The winning yearbook was created by the 2012-13 San Lorenzo Valley High School yearbook staff under the direction of Dave Poetzinger, their adviser.

The yearbook was one of 400 yearbooks selected by a panel of educators from about 3,000 submissions. Criteria include creative themes, cover design, relevant coverage, photography and storytelling copy.  

Poetzinger and the yearbook staff were surprised with a copy of the “Look Book” during class Tuesday, April 16, by Principal Karen van Putten, Harry Dong of Larry’s Photography and Melissa Pfeiffer, a Jostens yearbook representative.

Poetzinger has advised the yearbook staff for 23 years.

Students will receive yearbooks later this spring.


Spring fair this weekend

A small spring fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 E. Lake Blvd., in Watsonville.

The admission-free fair is a nonprofit event sponsored by 4-H clubs in the county and will include an animal farm, a poultry show, a bounce house and an animal dress-up contest.

Also on tap are low-cost carnival games and a barbecue lunch costing $5 to $8, along with race cars, a fire truck and a dog training demonstration.


Matching grant for nonprofit expires soon

Donations made to Valley Churches United Missions until Tuesday, April 30, will be matched by the Alan Feinstein Foundation of Rhode Island.

During Valley Churches’ annual Buck for Hunger drive, the Feinstein Foundation agreed to match all donations of money from March 1 to April 30. The foundation is dedicated to fighting hunger and furthering education. 

Donations can be sent to VCUM, P.O. Box 367, Ben Lomond, CA 95005, or pledged online at

The charity had a 2012 budget of nearly $1.12 million, 94 percent of which paid for items such as emergency food, gas vouchers, job training materials, school supplies, minor emergency dental care and disaster relief.

For information: 336-8258


Parade, festival participants wanted

Community members can sign up to march in the Felton Remembers Parade on Memorial Day or participate with a booth at the festival after the parade.

The Felton Remembers Parade begins at 10 a.m. May 25, and the Covered Bridge Festival follows at 11 a.m.

Those who wish to march in the parade should call John Fasolas, 335-9024. Prospective festival participants should call John MacDonald, 335-1212.


Faire announces musical lineup

Organizers of the Redwood Mountain Faire have announced the lineup for the 2013 music festival, scheduled June 1-2 at Roaring Camp Railroad, 5401 Graham Hill Road, in Felton.

The annual fair — presented by the Valley Women’s Club as a fundraiser for nonprofits in the San Lorenzo Valley area — will feature 22 acts on two stages during the weekend.

On June 1, the featured performers are Poor Man’s Whiskey, The Joe Craven Trio, Birds of Chicago, MoonAlice, The Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men, Carolyn Sills, Harpin’ Jonny & Larry Hosford, Mary McCaslin & Steve Palazzo, Vito & Friends, The McCoy Tyler Band and The Steven Graves Band.

On June 2, Coco Montoya, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Lacy J. Dalton, B-Side Players, Miss Lonely Hearts and Ancestree will perform, along with Wooster, Thrive, My Stupid Brother, a surprise act and North Pacific String Band.

Tickets bought in advance cost $18 for the two-day festival, $13 for students and senior citizens. Children age 10 and younger are admitted free.

The day of the concerts, ticket costs rise to $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.

Applications for reduced-fee nonprofit information booths are still being accepted. Inquiries can be directed to 216-6535 or

Volunteers are also needed. Volunteers receive free entry in exchange for four hours of work.

For tickets and information:


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