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Hi folks. It is Thursday, Oct. 12, and Santa Cruz County can look forward to a mostly sunny day and temperatures in the 60s and 70s, with clouds rolling in as the afternoon moves along.

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Hillary Ojeda and Kevin Painchaud were on campus Wednesday night as the UC Santa Cruz community held a vigil for those lost in the ongoing violence in Israel. One participant described the event as a moment “to be sad together, but to find strength in being in community.”

From Seacliff State Beach, Max Chun has the latest on a dead whale calf that washed up last week. Researchers are keeping an eye on it, but because it’s quickly decaying in changing surf conditions, they’re unlikely to be able to determine a cause of death.

Ahead of his Weekender newsletter, hitting inboxes later Thursday, Wallace Baine surveys fall options from Santa Cruz County’s theater scene, including productions from Actors’ Theatre and Jewel Theatre Company.

In Lookout’s Community Voices opinion section, Lisa Harvey-Duren writes about efforts to build an inclusive playground at Jade Street Park in Capitola. A playground for children with disabilities would have made a world of difference to her late daughter, Kayla, she writes, and making it happen would benefit children, parents and caregivers alike.

And before we head into the Thursday headlines, this dispatch from the Santa Cruz Harbor:

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A Lookout member event at H&H Fresh Fish Co.
Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Thank you to all our members and readers who joined the latest installment of Lookout’s “Inside Santa Cruz” member event series Wednesday evening. H&H Fresh Fish Co. shared its local sourcing practices and 20-year history in Santa Cruz County. Co-hosted by Lookout’s food and drink correspondent, Lily Belli, members enjoyed a Q&A with oyster experts and a hands-on demonstration of how to properly (and safely) shuck an oyster, all while enjoying the H&H raw bar with sparkling wine courtesy of Shopper’s Corner. Be on the lookout for our next “Inside Santa Cruz” event, coming up in November. Want to be the first to hear about upcoming events and support our growing newsroom? Become a Lookout member today.

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At UCSC vigil for lives lost in Israel, community members share sorrows, and find hope

Dean of Students Garrett Naiman lights a candle Wednesday at the United for Peace event on the UC Santa Cruz campus.
Dean of Students Garrett Naiman lights a candle Wednesday at the United for Peace event at McHenry Library on the UC Santa Cruz campus. Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Community members, students and faculty from the UC Santa Cruz campus gathered Wednesday night to mourn the lives lost in Israel to attacks by militant group Hamas. Read the story from Hillary Ojeda, with images from Kevin Painchaud.

MORE: Santa Cruzans respond to Israel-Hamas war

How construction skills, sustainability, and local housing needs collide at Cabrillo College’s CEM department PC roadblock

Researchers monitoring dead gray whale calf at Seacliff, but cause of death likely to remain a mystery

The dead gray whale calf washed up at Seacliff State Beach last week.
Credit: Via Alison Gamel

The dead whale calf found on Seacliff State Beach continues to move south with the tide, said Long Marine Lab Marine Mammal Stranding Network lab manager Juli Limon. Scientists are likely unable to perform a necropsy on the carcass because it has decayed significantly since it washed up last week. Details here from Max Chun.

MORE: Gray whales: What to know about our West Coast leviathans and their uncertain future

10 must-see stops on the 37th annual Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour

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That’s plenty to sort through for the time being, and stay tuned for more from Lookout throughout Thursday. As mentioned above, Wallace Baine will be along later with Weekender, his weekly look at Santa Cruz County’s arts and entertainment scene, brimming with recommendations for fun stuff to do all over. Sign up now to get that and all of Lookout’s other newsletters, plus breaking news alerts via email and text, delivered right to you. And if you’re the adventuresome social media type, give Lookout a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Threads so you can be sure to pick up what we’re putting down.

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Take it easy this Thursday, friends — but take it.

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz

Upcoming events in Santa Cruz County

FRIDAY 10/20
The Mountain Affair @Ristorante Casa Nostra
Beers, Bikes and Bon Bons @Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Vine to View Dinner @Chaminade Resort & Spa
10 O’Clock Lunch Band @Mid-County Senior Center
“The Thin Place” by Lucas Hnath @Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre

Wonderland – The Gala @Hotel Paradox
Pickleball Tournament @Cabrillo College
20th Annual Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival @Crest Ranch
The 7th Annual Floating Pumpkin Patch @Simpkins Family Swim Center
Pleasure Point Sip & Stroll @Pleasure Point
Symphony Concert: Operas Of Seville @Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Uncork Corralitos @Alladin Nursery

SUNDAY 10/22
Symphony Concert: Operas Of Seville @Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts
Lydia Pense & Cold Blood @Moe’s Alley
Gaby Castro @Chaminade Resort & Spa
Solidarity Records: The Fully Baked Tour @Shanty Shack Brewing
An Evening With Patty Griffin & Todd Snider @Rio Theatre

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