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Sunday Reads: Keeping It Local gift guide; Tushar Atre’s triumphant legacy

Keeping It Local: Looking for a way to support your community with your gift-giving? Start with books

Wallace Baine launches Lookout’s “Buy Local” gift guide with the type he’d most like to receive: books. He runs down his recommendations for the various people in your life, focused on Santa Cruz County writers. Dive in here.

The Volunteer Center connects our community with meaningful ways to give back during the holidays, including its latest...

Triumph through tragedy: Tushar Atre’s death spurred his friends to build a unique life opportunity for kids

“Helping girls grow with the flow in science, technology, engineering, art and math, as well as surfing” is the Drop In Coalition’s mantra. It was developed in honor of the Pleasure Point entrepreneur who bonded with and inspired his group of like-minded friends in the water and out. It also is geared toward rectifying one of Atre’s most troublesome questions when he began surfing: Where are the people who look like me? Lookout’s Mark Conley maps out Atre’s local legacy.

Can lithium cure what ails the Salton Sea?

researchers plunge a corer from a raft into the Salton Sea to collect a sediment sample
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Proposals to suck lithium from the brine of geothermal operations at the Salton Sea have raised hopes of new jobs and environmental improvement. Our partners at the Los Angeles Times examine the future of California’s largest and most troubled lake.

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Keeping ‘the tradition going for the families’: CZU damage can’t keep Crest Ranch from its holiday mission (Hillary Ojeda / Lookout Santa Cruz)
‘It’s OK that you’re not OK’: Gail Pellerin shares her pain of loss, wisdom on navigating the holidays (Grace Stetson / Lookout Santa Cruz)
Giving thanks with selflessness: Caregivers sacrifice holiday time with family to serve elderly clients (Andrew Lachman / Lookout Santa Cruz contributor)
THIS WEEK’S EATERS DIGEST: Rethinking holiday menus, fungi for dessert & preaching a Buy Local mantra (Lily Belli / Lookout Santa Cruz)