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9th Annual Santa Cruz Harp Festival.





2 PM – afternoon matinee, very kid and elder friendly

Our Lady Star of The Sea Church 515 Frederick St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

The Community Music School presents the 9th annual Santa Cruz Harp Festival, a celebration of the harp in its many forms: from the folk harp to the historical wire strung harp to the Classical pedal harp typically seen in orchestras. The concert features wonderful soloists, a harp “petting zoo” at intermission where audience members can try the harps, and the Community Music School Harp Orchestra conducted by Shelley Phillips performing traditional music from France, Venezuela, Germany, medieval Europe and Anglo/Celtic America.

Jennifer Cass – pedal harp
Leah Daugherty – Celtic harp & vocals
Cathleeon O’Connell – wire harp

with special guests:
Lars Johannesson – flute
Sue Brown – violin

Free admission! Donations are greatly appreciated too  – we are a non-profit educational organization. CDs and music books will be sold to raise funds as well.

Admission FREE.

The end of the world is coming…..

…and Its an awesome thing

Santa Cruz is full of LOVE

Santa Cruz LOVE

We are coming of the end of a cycle that started many years ago. In the early part of the last millennium people began to come awake, create art, music, communication. Bad things came with the expansion of human knowledge and unparallelled growth world wide. It is probable the rate of death in related to war in the 20th century alone is close to ten figures. It was a crappy century.

There’s good news

Things are improving for humans all over the planet, and its happening at an accelerated rate. People all over the world are figuring out new ways to create sustainable economies in small communities. To get a quick idea of how quickly people are connecting with technology is to check cell phone usage world wide.

In October it was reported that there are now 6 billion cell phones in use on Earth.  For many users in developing countries the cell phone is the only link to the internet. That means, that people who have no running water have Facebook and are looking for new opportunities  to enter the global market. Its hugely more complex than cell phone usage.  There are wars, riots, food insecurity as western corporate culture clashes with local values and needs.

Woman are doing it for themselves

Before I push the “chicks can do it” propaganda I want to say I don’t always buy the rhetoric. I do not believe any woman can do any job better than any man or visa versa. I am aware of the facts and figures on white dudes income and power in this country. However, the 99 percent is full of white dudes who are in the same boat and all of us who are women and people of color.  The Mayans said, not that the world is gonna end, but that we are moving into a gentler time.

The world gets in touch with its feminine side

No matter what you believe, humans are getting tired of war, fed up with rape, disapprove of human slavery and wanting better lives.  Consider doing a few things in the last week of 2012 in celebration of a better world developing.

LocallyMayans saying since Dick Clark is dead we cant ring in new year

Give your time or money at the MAH and keep your eyes open to more chances to promote arts and media in education in 2013. This not lip service. Our kids need real chances to see what they can do, and Santa Cruz people know that new media can open their eyes, move beyond violence and hopelessness.

Contribute to local projects

“Jane” the Movie

Go to, and support the many local art and film events, like the Santa Cruz Film Festival, Tedx the Fringe Festival, First Friday..and many more!

If you have a Santa Cruz event or activity that needs a little help getting the word out, please send an email to Us here for inclusion in this blog, and the calendar. Also, join the The santa cruz party, party Facebook group and send info out to your Santa Cruz neighbors about events.

Buy local, think global

Give your friends and relatives rabbits, chickens and lamas this Christmas, then send them to Africa, (the animals that is)

Give to Heifer

“Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.

It all started with a cow.

Moved by the plight of orphans and refugees of the Spanish Civil War as he ladled out meager rations of powdered milk, Dan West, an Indiana farmer, volunteer relief worker and Church of the Brethren member, grasped that the people needed “a cow, not a cup”—cows that could produce milk so families would not have to depend on temporary aid. From that simple idea, Heifer International was born.

In 1944, the first cows sent abroad were donated by West’s neighbors and distributed throughout Europe following World War II. More than 67 years later, Heifer has expanded its mission, just as it expanded to 30 types of animals it now provides—from goats, geese and guinea pigs to bees, silkworms and water buffalo.”  

So keep your chin up! This time in history will be exciting and surprising in its complexity and growth. It wont be smooth and there will be turmoil, But good things always come from the bad. ~bb


some links:  http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2012/70.aspx#.UNCupnfNnTo