Calls to “Save the Frogs!” rang out among a crowd of supporters surrounding the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011. Save the Frogs! supporters gathered to protest the pesticide atrazine, which causes male frogs to develop female traits, according to a report from the Washington Post. Although the EU banned atrazine in 2004, the fight to end its use in the United States continues with another rally on October 12—the International Day of Pesticide Action.
These efforts for frog conservation epitomize the goal of Save the Frogs!, but the threats to frogs run far and wide. They face extinction from disease, habitat destruction, and international trade—factors that have led to the disappearance of up to 200 amphibian species since 1979. Concerned about this trend, Dr. Kerry Kringer founded Save the Frogs! in 2008. Since then, he has sponsored educational programs and protests like the one in DC to limit frog importation and increase conservation efforts. Every year on April 27, Save the Frogs! also coordinates a worldwide amphibian conservation day—Save the Frogs Day—in 50 countries, including its second base in Ghana. With time, Save the Frogs! aims to keep frogs safe around the world and stabilize their population growth in the wild.
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As a member of the world-wide Ananda yoga community, Ananda Yoga Scotts Valley holds classes with specific focuses. These include yoga postures, chair and restorative yoga, meditation instruction, and classes in yoga philosophy and practice.
While a majority of your month will be spent toning and groaning in class, your 60-minute massage offers a tangential escape into tranquility. Combining elements of traditional Swedish and sport techniques, this full hour massage is designed to leave your many muscular regions relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on whatever yoga pose, weighted lift, or air guitar rift that may await. Club One Fitness hosts over 500 classes weekly, which may include spinning, rowing, Aqua Fit, BalleCore, Pilates, martial arts, dance, and 12 different types of yoga. Beyond organized gatherings, each fitness center provides various amenities including saunas, steam rooms, sun decks, as well as state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment.
Though one could contest a work of art’s artiness, there is no debating that a well-crafted necklace is more aesthetically pleasing than a pile of old banana peels with an Austrian flag sticking out of it. Create artistic eye candy with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get any one art class (up to a $40 value) at A Work of Heart on Lincoln Avenue. The value of this Groupon can be applied toward classes costing more than $40, and you can pay the difference.
A Work of Heart is a fully stocked art studio that trains both kids and adults to maximize creativity through a variety of exciting, hands-on classes. Novice artists and creative gurus can increase their imaginative powers by taking a class taught by A Work of Heart’s talented teachers. Apprentice tailors ages 8 and up can learn the basics of mending during the Intro to Sewing class ($40), which teaches youngsters how to thread sewing machines, wind bobbins, and perform proper stitches. Students of all ages can paint, tear, and fold themselves a 5”x5” Mini Juicy Journal ($25), craft two personalized silverware-inspired pendants in the Vintage Spoon Necklace class ($30), or design a trendy Steampunk Clock ($35) out of parts scavenged from hardware stores, incapacitated tin men, and bottomless garage pits. During the Craft Rave: Midnite Madness, all species of crafters are welcome to use A Work of Heart’s plentiful tools and supplies to stamp, scrapbook, and spawn a new museum of masterpieces from 6 p.m. until midnight. Coffee and tea are included, but students can bring bottles of wine or snacks to share such as candy, grits, or filet mignon.
Inside A Work of Heart’s studio, eyes are greeted by a library of fabrics, chalks, cardstock, stencils, and enough punches to knock out an army of paper dolls in true mixed-media-art fashion. The crafty confines are equally suited for a group of family members looking for a unique outing or a gaggle of gals on an artful girls’ night out. Checkout the schedule and then call ahead to schedule your desired class.
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Local coach Bob Kittle is both a fixture and good omen in Santa Cruz baseball. He nabbed the position of head coach at Cabrillo College after a 13-year stint at Santa Cruz High School, where he passed 47 players—12 of whom carried Division I scholarships—on to four-year schools. After seven Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League title wins and a community effort that saw Bill Dodge Field built, he now guides college players toward burgeoning baseball careers. He prefers to focus on the willpower behind the sport, telling the Santa Cruz Sentinel that "winning and success will take care of itself" when his students are devoted.
Bob runs the Santa Cruz Baseball School as a year-round venue for players to hone their on-the-field skills. Through the nonprofit organization, he coaches kids with private lessons, high-school leagues, and recruiting tips to impress colleges, such as how to tell the difference between a diamond and a parallelogram. The school's summer camps engage 7- to 14-year-olds with game-play drills and speed-boosting techniques. Past instructors include Neil Walton of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Lauren Gagnier of the Detroit Tigers.