19th Annual Aids Walk 2009

On Saturday, April 4, 2009, core members of CSA took part in the 19th Annual Santa Cruz Aids Walk.

The route was made up of a 10 kilometer walk, starting from the end of the Santa Cruz wharf, stretches to Natural Bridges, and all the way back to the wharf.  The walk is hosted by SCAP [Santa Cruz Aids Project], in partnership with the University of California Santa Cruz’s SHOP [Student Health Outreach & Promotion].

Thank you to the members who took the time to contribute to the effort,
CSA reached our goal and raised $360+
to fight aids as well as promote HIV-related programs and services in the city of Santa Cruz by directly funding them.

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PhotobucketThank you to the Aids Walk staff for the complimentary Aids Walk t-shirts as well as the Boardwalk mini golf and laser tag passes.
We enjoyed our time and wish you many more successful Aids Walk efforts to come in the future.

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CSA Bowling Night!!

Hey everyone!! Coming up on Tuesday October 14th, 2008 from 8:00pm – 11:00pm, is our Bowling Night! It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, CSA members, and have a great time bowling with your friends!

Rides will be provided to this event as it is off campus at the Boardwalk Bowl near the Boardwalk. If you do need a ride, please meet at the Bookstore parking lot at 8:00pm. The drivers will be leaving on time and there will be no rides after 8:30pm

Please also remember to bring cash with you to play a few rounds. If you have your own ball or shoes, great! Bring them with you!

That’s all for now! More information to come later. Keep checking in!

Santa Cruz Chinatown Tour, Round 2

Thursday, May 17th

1:00PM
Meet at the small plaza behind Mobo Sushi on Front Street (which is between Trader Joe’s and Riverfront Cinema downtown)

Although the chinatown of Santa Cruz is no more, it was once where Downtown Santa Cruz is today. It was first developed in the mid-1860s, but after many years of struggles, a disastrous flood in 1955 persuaded the small population of remaining residents to disperse.

The tour will be lead by George Ow, who not only is apart of the last family that moved out of Santa Cruz Chinatown, but is one of the last remaining survivors of Santa Cruz Chinatown. He will show you where buildings once were and share his very touching life experiences.

So grab some lunch downtown and head over to the meeting spot!!! Transportation accomodations may be requested via email (csaucsc@yahoo.com), but are not garaunteed.

Some pictures from our May 8th trip:



[UPDATE]
George Ow sent a letter to CSA after our May 8th Santa Cruz Chinatown Tour giving some more insight about the commonly unknown struggles he and other Chinese residents faced during the time of Santa Cruz Chinatowns.
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Santa Cruz Chinatown Tour

When is it?
Tues, May 8th
and
Thurs, May 17th
(same tour, two dates)

Where to meet?
1PM. Behind Mobo Sushi on Front Street (which is between Trader Joe’s and Riverfront Cinema downtown). At this time, transportation will not be provided.

What? SC Chinatown?
The chinatown of Santa Cruz is no more. It was once where Downtown Santa Cruz is today. It was first developed in the mid-1860s, but after many years of struggles, a disasterous flood in 1955 persuaded the small population of remaining residents to disperse. The tour will be lead by George Ow, one of the last remaining survivors of Santa Cruz Chinatown. He will take you where buildings once were and share his life experiences.

How much?
This event is free!

Angel Island Tour [Postponed]

After some deliberation, the Angel Island Tour will be postponed. The “Immigration Station” is being remodeled until January 2008. Access to the park and perimeter of the buildings is still availible, but access inside the buildings themselves will not. We feel that only being able to walk inside the buildings and seeing sights like the wall carvings by immigrants would allow for the FULLEST experience possible at Angel Island. We will hopefully revive this event next year.

On the brighter side, our film night that was going to accompany this event is still on schedule. We are hoping to show the film “Carved in Silence” which is a documentary about Angel Island that features scenes recreated in the barracks and interviews with detainees.

Check back for more information soon!

Angel Island Tour

During the upcoming weekends, a small scaled trip to Angel Island State Park may happen. Angel Island, deemed as the “Ellis Island of the West”, is the largest island located in the San Francisco Bay once used as an “Immigration Station” for Asian immigrants during the early 1900s. Due to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Chinese populations were affected the most.

The tour will consist of a walk and talk to see the immigration station with a park ranger. Since parts of the island are underconstruction, the tour may be more limited than a typical trip. Transportation to the island and the tour cost are estimated to be around $20-25. We will either head back to SC after the trip or we may possibly find a place to hang out afterwards.

If you are simply interested and/or if you are open to driving (with gas accomodations), please contact us (csaucsc@yahoo.com). Email us your name and if you can drive, how many people you can transport by April 30th. This trip will be limited to 20-30 people.

More details are to come soon!

For more information about Angel Island State Park, please visit their site.