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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Popular globetrotting pop collective Adventures in Helsinki transforms Santa Cruz’s historic Rio Theatre into a throbbing, futuristic discotheque as its latest tour storms American shores. Formed in Melbourne, the ambidextrous dance band stirs fans with a tornado of flamboyant sounds, infectious anthems, and commitment-free instrument swapping. With hits such as “Do the Whirlwind” and latest single “Contact High,” lead crooner Cameron Bird and his cakewalking team of tunesmiths tickle ear bones and rehabilitate ankles in support of its latest album, Moment Bends. During the kaleidoscopic performance, the band lures in dance floors with 10-foot hooks and sounds culled from hypnotic synths, romantic glockenspiels, and strummed chest hairs. Filling out the bill, girl-group garage rockers The Sandwitches enchant with sardonically lovelorn themes and harmonies.
Girls become royalty for a day at Britty's Glamour, where beauty experts treat little ones to lavish treatments for hair, skin, and nails. Party packages combine nail polish and updos with entertaining endeavors—including karaoke and fashion shows—as a perfect way to celebrate a birthday or Mensa acceptance letter. Party hosts also travel to guests' homes, where they deliver the same party services and beauty treatments that they do at their shop.
At Ananda Yoga Scotts Valley, permanent and visiting teachers welcome students of all ages, abilities, and body types. The non-profit studio hosts classes such as private sessions, those that are coupled with meditation, and chair yoga. Additionally, the studio also hosts open hours, where guests are welcome to explore calm and peace in their own practice.
Wix furnishes budding craftsmen with the tools to engineer custom candles and soaps on hardwood picnic-style tables in a spacious craft studio. After a brief instructional rundown, freshly learned candlestick makers and soap sculptors are set free to choose base wax or soap color, mold shape, and one of more than 30 scents such as bubblegum, coffee, and molten happiness. Crafters then embed colorful dry pieces of wax or soap into molds in shapes such as hearts, stars, and moons before a staff member pours in a melted scented mixture that holds the final product together like handcuffs made of wedding vows. Wix's accommodating staff also walks visitors through assembling a beeswax pillar candle using three sheets of beeswax. Candles and soaps are ready for pickup within two days.
Jump on a treadmill, tune out, go home. Repeat. This is exactly the type of workout rut the founders of CrossFit Watsonville were hoping to break free of when they opened this results-focused gym––the first CrossFit facility of its kind in Watsonville. Here, intensity is the key to a successful workout, and the encouraging trainers motivate guests to push past their personal limits each day, whether that means lifting five pounds or carrying five tired classmates to the water fountain. Using a workout system originally developed for military training drills, the trainers lead ever-changing routines that are scalable to any fitness level and can include tasks such as burpees, push-ups, squats, and sled pulls. Best of all, the gym offers more than 25 classes per week so members can drop by for a plateau-blasting workout whenever their schedule allows.
At Roudon-Smith Winery, winemakers surrounded by unique murals create barrels of rich reds and refreshing white wines using high-quality grapes from the Santa Cruz Mountains and other regions of California. Whether crafting an elegant pinot noir or a richly colored zinfandel, the winemakers follow a philosophy of minimal intervention, seeking to preserve the essential qualities of the fruit.