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It was yet another beautiful day here in town, even if a little chillier than we had anticipated. Still, the sunshine made for a very pleasant summer day. The weekend is supposed to heat up again, so remember to stay cool and hydrated, especially if you’re itching for some outdoor adventures.

Leading off the docket for today: an iconic downtown building is officially for sale, marching towards its uncertain future.

Let’s kick it off there…

The Perg is for sale: Santa Cruz’s ‘oldest coffeehouse’ on the market for $3 million

College Ten students Cheru Robinson and Ray Diaz start the John R. Lewis dedication ceremony at the Quarry Amphitheater
Credit: via Caffe Pergolesi/Facebook

Let the bidding begin: Old Dr. Miller’s place, an iconic landmark of downtown Santa Cruz, is on the market, ready for its next life — for that real estate buyer/entrepreneur with a vision. Grace with the details.

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‘Grease’ is the word, John Prine’s generosity & decolonizing the surf

Haley Clarke (left) and Jack Bloome play the lead roles in Cabrillo Stage's new production of
Haley Clarke (left) and Jack Bloome play the lead roles in Cabrillo Stage’s new production of “Grease,” opening Friday. Credit: Via Jana Marcus

Weekender: Cabrillo’s rendition of “Grease,” Tommy Prine at Michael’s on Main, and a big move by KSQD highlight Wallace’s latest newsletter. See it all here.

PREVIOUSLY: Cabrillo Stage emerges post-pandemic with crowd-pleasing ‘Grease,’ ambitious ‘Candide’

Motiv nightclub needs to change dress code; Santa Cruz ‘isn’t noticing or calling out its own latent racism’

Aptos resident Kelly Spellman at the Blossom's Farmstore & Coffeeshop.
Credit: Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz

Opinion: Motiv nightclub in downtown Santa Cruz has a dress code that prohibits visible tattoos, “gang-affiliated” colors, excessively baggy clothes, sandals and flip-flops. UC Santa Cruz student and Black Lives Matter activist Faith Brown writes that the policy is an “invitation to racism.” Motiv refused to talk to Brown, but told Lookout its dress code is not regularly enforced. Read Brown’s op-ed here.

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Santa Cruz school districts’ transitional kindergarten plans taking shape, but much still left to do

Children play math games at Esperanza Elementary School on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif. L.A.
Transitional kindergarten, or “T-K” classes, would be provided to all 4-year-old children in California under a budget proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom. (Liz Moughon / Los Angeles Times) Credit: Liz Moughon / Los Angeles Times

Moving forward: While summer is just now officially kicking off, the school year already feels around the corner for Santa Cruz County school districts preparing to add a new grade level to their campuses: transitional kindergarten for 4-year-olds. Several districts have already submitted their TK plans — to meet a June 30 deadline — to the California Department of Education. Hillary has the story.

EXPLAINED: How the new expanded transitional kindergarten program offers parents more choice — and more quandaries

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Everyone in the pool: UCSC’s new Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center director builds on a 50-year program

A sexual abuse victim points to the photos of Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct
Credit: Courtesy of delfin bautista

Q&A: delfin bautista joined UC Santa Cruz this spring as director of the center that supports and advocates for the university’s LGBTQIA+ community. They have big plans for outreach, inclusivity, challenging wider Santa Cruz — and integrating queer studies into the UCSC curriculum. Read Hillary’s story here.

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More from here & elsewhere

First probable case of monkeypox diagnosed in Monterey County resident (KSBW)
Aptos High School student speaks on honoring her father in Washington D.C. (KION)
Esperanza Community Farms receives $50k grant (Pajaronian)
Supreme Court ruling puts target on California concealed carry law (Sentinel)
Republicans are defining the Jan. 6 hearings (FiveThirtyEight)

That’ll close out Thursday, friends. Check back with us tomorrow before the weekend commences.

Max Chun

Max Chun is the general-assignment correspondent at Lookout Santa Cruz. Max’s position has pulled him in many different directions, seeing him cover development, COVID, the opioid crisis, labor, courts...