Looking for Pictures of Santa Cruz!

We are working on a fabulous new website for our chapter and need some donated pictures of Santa Cruz!  If you’re a professional photographer or just have some awesome shots, please let us know!  We will credit your name on the site if your photo is used.

Contact Lindsay at: lsegersin@sccredcross.org

This Fourth of July, Think Beyond Fireworks

Chances are, you’re a little bummed about the fireworks ban and more than a little bummed about the cancellation of the big professional show in Scotts Valley.  This year is unfortunately exceptional; Santa Cruz County – once coined “asbestos county” because of its lack of wildfire – is exceptionally dry and prone to fire.  Any spark can start a fire that destroys the lives of the people and animals who live in the area.  We have seen 3 such destrutive fires in our county thus far, only one month into fire season.

On a typical 4th of July, fireworks cause more reported outdoor fires in the United States than all other causes of outdoor fire combined, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  While highly vegitated areas and mountainous areas are most prone to wildfire, any fire can become out of control in the current conditions.  If you live in a highly populated area, you are not free of fire danger.

This Fourth of July, please think twice before you set off any fireworks.  One year without fireworks can make a huge difference in Santa Cruz County.

Alternatives to Fireworks:

  • Scotts Valley will still be having the 4th of July Parade and concert by the Govenor’s Marching Band at Skypark. The parade will begin at 3 p.m. at Civic Center and Scotts Valley drives. The concert will start at 5 p.m.
  • Join the 4th festivities in Aptos, including the “Worlds Shortest Parade” and Picnic.
  • If you have children, consider these fun ideas from HGTV.com: http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/ah_entertaining_occasions/article/0,,HGTV_3115_1390110,00.html
  • Go to a movie – see one with plenty of explosions.
  • Go on a road trip to a location that has a professional fireworks show.
  • Check out the Boardwalk – an original piece of Americana.
  • Get a Pinata!  Explodes like fireworks, but with no fire – and the added bonus of candy.