Ballet academy

Name removal | Santa Cruz dancer Emily Moran accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Academy – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz Ballet Theater and its academy The Studio School of Classical Ballet has announced that the company’s senior dancer Emily Moran has been accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow as part of its international training program.

Moran, 19, a graduate of Harbor High School, will train with the prestigious institute and also study the Russian language starting this fall for a year.

The Santa Cruz resident also trained at Motion Pacific and with Tannery World Dance before focusing on ballet and training at the Studio last season.

Habitat receives a grant

Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay announced it received a $25,000 Wells Fargo grant to build a Habitat for Humanity home in the Live Oak neighborhood of Santa Cruz for a family in need.

Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay is one of more than 220 Habitat for Humanity organizations to have received a Wells Fargo grant as part of its nationwide initiative to help low- to middle-income families build and improve homes across the country.

“I am so proud of our organization for continuing to build more affordable homes, even in the face of such incredible challenges over the past year,” Habitat Monterey Bay CEO Satish Rishi said in a prepared statement. .

The grant is part of a $7.75 million donation Wells Fargo is making to Habitat for Humanity International through Wells Fargo Builds.

Pioneers enjoy a picnic

More than 80 people attended the annual Soquel Pioneer and Historical Association picnic at Pringle Grove in Soquel on August 1.

Soquel Pioneers board members gather among the millstones of the Castro Lodge Adobe built in the early 1800s. Board members include Laura Hamby, top row, left to right, David Lewit treasurer; Jim Hobbs, President; Carolyn Walker; Lynne Caldwell; Deborah Maddock; Lisa Nelson, bottom left to right, Lynda Lewit, secretary and Frank Perry vice president. (Contributed)

The picnic returned this year after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Soquel Pioneers, visit

Four doctors added

Coastal Health Partners, a multi-specialty medical group serving Santa Cruz County and surrounding communities, added four board-certified specialty physicians to further expand the surgical services it offers.

The doctors – two general surgeons, an orthopedic surgeon and an orthopedic/spinal surgeon – bring expertise in their respective areas of practice as well as extensive experience in performing
Advanced, minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgeries.

Coastal Health Partners is affiliated with Watsonville Community Hospital. The four surgeons who have joined the medical group are:

• Dr. Sarah Brant, general surgeon specializing in gastrointestinal/colorectal, endocrine, breast,
and minimally invasive surgery.

• Dr. Faisal Mirza, orthopedic surgeon specializing in total arthroplasty, shoulder and
sports medicine.

• Dr. Ryan Nolan, general surgeon specializing in robotics and minimally invasive
gastrointestinal and abdominal surgery.

• Dr. Kris Okumu, orthopedic/spinal surgeon specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery
and robot-assisted total joint replacement surgery.

Pamela Davis honored

Nonprofits Insurance Alliance CEO, President and Founder Pamela Davis of Santa Cruz has been named to NonProfit Times’ 2021 NPT Top 50 Powers and Influencers list. The publication celebrates 50 of the nonprofit sector’s leaders for innovating, influencing the broader sector, and for developing organizational models that can be replicated.

“I am honored to be recognized among an esteemed group of leaders who are moving the nonprofit sector forward during challenging times,” Davis said in a prepared statement.

Founded in 1989 in Santa Cruz, the alliance now has more than 22,000 policyholder members and is the nation’s first property and casualty insurer serving nonprofits exclusively, according to a press release.


The following local student was honored for their academic achievement:

Jalie Edgemon, of Ben Lomond, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Winter 2021 term and the Spring 2021 term at UCLA.

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