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Morning Lookout: weekend cycling fun and symphonic photography by Frans Lanting

Good morning, good morning, good morning! Not a moment too soon, today is Friday, May 20, and it will be another sunny day around Santa Cruz County, with highs in the 70s – and more of the same at the pressure for the weekend.

It looks like excellent weather to get out and about on two wheels, and Lookout’s Grace Stetson has a trio of routes mapped out, including where to stop for refreshments along the way. Check out his recommendations hereand Email us with your advice for more local walks.

Nature is Frans Lanting’s theme, and the famed Santa Cruz-based wildlife photographer’s multimedia project with composer Philip Glass is set to return to the Civic next month – and Wallace Baine has a preview.

We have a lot more to prepare you for the coming weekend:

All of that and some hopeful news, perhaps, about removing unwanted calls are among today’s headlines, so let’s get to it.

Three two-wheel trips – with meals – to make the most of your weekend in Santa Cruz

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

May is here, and it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy new bike paths and snacks along the way. Discover three routes from Lookout’s most passionate cyclist, Grace Stetson.

MORE HIKING TYPE? Six Hikes to Get Out and Soothe the Soul (Lookout)

Second ‘Life’: Lanting’s symphonic photography show returns for the first time in 16 years

Marin Alsop conducting a performance of Frans Lanting's Multimedia Symphony

The Santa Cruz Symphony presents the Frans Lanting/Philip Glass collaboration “Life: A Journey Through Time” at the same venue where it debuted in 2006. Here is the preview of Wallace Baine.

MORE FROM WALLACE: Find all his reviews here

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A midnight movie, downtown student discounts and make-at-home pasta dishes

Wide shot of the Del Mar marquee in downtown Santa Cruz

(Kevin Painchaud / Belvedere Santa Cruz)

If you’re a student looking for discounts, local events, and/or pasta recipes, the latest edition of Student Lookout from Max Chun & Co. is here for you. Find out what’s happening this week.

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Celebrate Esperanza’s 40th birthday, remembering Audrey as Shakespeare returns with a bang and a full B9 to go

Folk dancers from Esperanza Del Valle perform

Who needs The Weeknd when you have Weekender, amirite? Learn about our local arts and entertainment scene with the best tour guide around, Wallace Baine. This week’s newsletter is poppin’.

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For a weekend, UCSC becomes Monsters U

An illustration of a monster

(Via UC Santa Cruz Center for Monster Studies)

The UC Santa Cruz Monster Festival, which runs from today through Sunday, asks big questions about the characters, slipping between life and death, who have captured the human imagination for centuries. Get the preview here.

ACROSS THE LINE: Find Wallace’s curated list of all major events run here

Your phone has just been better protected against unwanted calls. But it’s not sure yet

A phone screen displays spam risky calls received

The FCC on Thursday approved a rule that should help block spam calls from outside the United States. But the agency has yet to take action against the growing scourge of spam text messages. Our Los Angeles Times Report Partners.

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Around the county…

Santa Cruz County feels paramedic shortage (KSBW-TV)
Watsonville police locate missing woman last seen a week ago (KION-TV)
Pajaro Valley School District Launches Expansion of Family and Student Services (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Scotts Valley council bans sale of flavored tobacco (Santa Cruz Local)

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Have a great Friday and a safe relaxing weekend! We meet on the other side.

Will McCahill
Santa Cruz Lookout