Good morning! ☀️ I’m Giovanni Moujaes, filling in for the esteemed Morning Lookouter Will McCahill, who’s enjoying some well-deserved R&R. It’s Friday, April 15 — Good Friday, to be exact, for those who celebrate Easter.

If you’re receiving this newsletter via email, you’ve already made my day 🙌 We experienced a technical outage with our email provider this week that’s still ongoing, but after a couple long nights and dozens of hours working to get it resolved, we think we may have found an interim solution. Just to be sure ✅ Send me a text at our breaking news Subtext channel with the name of your favorite sandwich in town to let me know you got Morning Lookout today in your lunch bo… I mean, inbox. I promise to take one of you up on your 🥪 recommendation this weekend and post it to our Instagram with a shoutout. Can you tell I’m hungry?

Speaking of food: You might want to consider moving your picnics, brunches and family potlucks indoors this Saturday with more rain in the forecast 🌦 The sun is expected to make a comeback on Easter Sunday, thankfully. Let’s hope these April showers bring some beautiful May flowers across Santa Cruz and California 🌻

On to the headlines, shall we?

MAH’s ‘Beyond the Grave’ springs to life this month

The Museum of Art & History launched a series of performances in Evergreen Cemetery in 2021

The MAH and Indexical combine forces to present a contemplative and provocative artistic experience at Santa Cruz’s historic Evergreen Cemetery. Wallace Baine has the details.

MORE LOCAL MUSIC: In its rebirth, UCSC Quarry to debut summer music series

Weekender: A flourish of festivals, another helping of Joze and bearish on trivia

Weekender with Wallace Baine

The weekend is in sight, and who better to turn to for arts and entertainment tidbits, a guide to Santa Cruz County’s hottest events and more than Wallace? Check out Weekender here.

DO YOU BOLO? Our full events calendar is your place to go for things to do

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Student Lookout: 4/20, camping getaways, and movies filmed in Santa Cruz

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You may have seen our correspondent Max Chun make an appearance on our sister newsletter Lookout PM this week. He’s also the host of Student Lookout, our hub for students and young adults to enrich their Santa Cruz experience with affordable recommendations of fun, food, and frivolities. Take a peek at this week’s edition and share it with a student in your life.

DEALS, DEALS, DEALS: Catch the latest Student Lookout every Friday

The push to get children vaccinated is stalling. It poses new COVID-19 dangers

August Lopez, 6, holds his 8-year-old sister Ruby's hand as she gets her COVID-19 vaccine at Arleta High School on Monday.
August Lopez, 6, holds his 8-year-old sister Ruby’s hand as she gets her COVID-19 vaccine at Arleta High School on Monday. Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times

Despite months of outreach and on-the-ground efforts, the COVID-19 vaccination campaign for young children remains stuck in neutral — prompting experts to say more needs to be done to inform parents about the benefits of inoculation. More from our partners at the Los Angeles Times.

THE STATE: California backs away from COVID vaccine mandates for kids

Haven’t made Easter plans?

The dining room at Restaurant Malik Williams incorporates natural touches with stone-top tables

Don’t sweat it! Our favorite foodie friend, Lily Belli, has the scoop on where to go for brunch, an Easter egg hunt and some chocolate mousse truffles you might want to bring to a gathering. Get the details.

MORE FROM LILY: All of Lookout’s food and drink coverage in one spot

Puzzle into the weekend

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Around the county …

Scotts Valley Fire mirrors neighbor’s annexation commitment (Sentinel)
Watsonville City Councilwoman warns: beware of scam (Pajaronian)
More rain chances in the forecast as we head into the weekend (KSBW)
Watsonville Community Hospital needs $15 million to stay open (KION)

That’s it for today, my sandwich-loving friends (and those who prefer a warm slice of toast). If you’re enjoying our coverage, please tell your family and friends about our Lookout Newsletter & Text Center, where they can sign up for all the newsletters and alerts we offer. You can also keep tabs throughout the day by bookmarking our website and following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Have a great day and an even better weekend! 😃

Giovanni Moujaes
Lookout Santa Cruz

Follow Giovanni Moujaes on: Twitter, LinkedIn. Giovanni Moujaes (he/him) was the director of audience growth at Lookout Santa Cruz, coming to the publication with more than five years of experience managing...