Copper Pan Jams at Teen Nite: I.D.E.A. Fest

On Friday, April 25, Copper Pan Jams was proud to participate in Teen Nite: I.D.E.A. Fest at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. The event brought together over 300 people; of which 260 were students.

Subjects to Change presented I.D.E.A. Fest (Identity, Diversity, and Expression through Art), a night to explore the people and subcultures that make up our community and ultimately what makes us…us. Topics of the evening included gender, sexuality, and stereotypes through a variety of art and creative experiences.

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Thousands Attend Annual 420 Celebration at UC Santa Cruz

Thousands of people returned to UC Santa Cruz on April 20 to celebrate 420, the unorganized annual counterculture holiday.

Thousands of people, though not as many as in previous years, returned to Porter Meadow at UC Santa Cruz on April 20, 2014 (also Easter Sunday) to celebrate 420, the unorganized annual counterculture holiday. All these people have at least one thing in common; a love for smoking cannabis.

Although cannabis is widely consumed throughout California, only medicinal use is legal under state law. 420 (pronounced “Four Twenty”) celebrations at UC Santa Cruz, and cities throughout the world, are public demonstrations in support of cannabis.

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China Flat with My Dad

A hike to China Flat with my dad. It was a beautiful day, and the flowers were blooming!

My Dad and I went on another great hike! This time we went to China Flat and Simi Peak, which is the highest peak (2,043 ft) in the Simi Hills. April 9, 2014 was a beautiful day, and the wildflowers were blooming!

On April 11, I spoke with two representatives of the National Park Service for clarification on the Simi Hills, Simi Peak, and China Flat regarding their inclusion in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). Kate Kuykendall, the Public Affairs Officer for the National Park Service’s SMMNRA, said that it was a complicated answer. Kuykendall explained that the Simi Hills are not considered part of the Santa Monica Mountains, but are part of the “Santa Monica Mountains Ecological Zone”, and portions of the Simi Hills are within the SMMNRA.

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