ANTS! What they are and How to Get Rid of Them

This time of year many in Boulder Creek are dealing with pesky little ants. Ever wondered where they come from and how to beat em? Doug Conrad from Boulder Creek Hardware has written a really informative article all about ants. The article is below. If you ever have any questions on building, terminating, cutting, painting etc… head over and ask Doug or Ann Marie at Boulder Creek Hardware.

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Doug’s How To:

Whether they are in your pants or at your picnic, ants are amazing little creatures; well maybe not in your pants. Like bees, ants are social creatures with a social structure of workers and queens. I’ve always been amazed at these little guys and in researching for this article I came across even more interesting facts about ants than anyone in Boulder Creek would care to know. But I have to bore you with a few of them. It is estimated that there are over 22,000 species of ants and only 12,500 have been classified. Sometimes their colonies can number in the millions and they exist on almost every land mass on earth. That’s a lot of ants. They can range in size from a super tiny .03 of an inch to just over 2 inches long. Most are black or red but there are some that have a metallic luster. The life span of ants increases according to the hierarchy. Since the fertile males are at the lowest rung, they live only for a few weeks. Worker ants are a little higher up, so they live for 2 – 3 years. Queen ants live the longest, with a lifespan of almost 25 – 30 years!

Customers often come in thinking they have termites when actually they have ants. Yes, some ants have wings. These are usually the male drones but the queen will have wings for the early part of her life. You can tell the difference between an ant and a termite by the wings. A termite’s wings are both the same size, ants are different sizes. Termites have straight antennae and ants are bent. It’s hard to tell but the ant’s waist is slender and the termites are not as much. That’s the basic difference between these two, but do you know what you get if you cross ants with tics? All sorts of antics!

Around here we basically have two types of ants that most of us consider pests. Continue reading

The Bar is Open – Boulder Creek Brewery

From Winslow, the head brewer:

The bar is back open! We have completed our brewery floor renovation and we’re celebrating with extended happy hour, a fresh batch of Dragon’s Breath IPA, and a very special beer. “The Trapper” is our Brettanomyces conditioned pale ale inspired by our favorite Brett. finished Trappist ale. Herbal hop aromas are complimented by a delicate fruitiness from wild yeast, creating a subtle ale with an unsurpassed depth of flavor. 

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ON TAP: Boulder Creek Brewery

We don’t just have a ‘brewery’ in Boulder Creek… we have a KICK A$$ BREWERY and brewmaster.

 

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From the brewer:

“Louisville Special” is our Kentucky Common, a long forgotten style that made up for almost 80% of beer sales in Kentucky before prohibition. Based on a Bourbon sour mash recipe, this Brown ale is brewed from corn, rye, and molasses, it was sour mashed for a hint of refreshing tartness. Come in and try a taste of beer history.

Boulder Creek Brewery: ON TAP

From our resident brewer, Winslow:

We have two new beers for the weekend, for a full 15 beer tap list.

“Red Ribbon Blonde”, our lightest ale, is inspired by the timeless Pilsners of Bohemia and the Czech Republic is made with the organic hops from the Hallertau , and the finest Pilsner malt from Germany. “Dr. Greenthumb” IPA is brewed with New Zealand Green Bullet and Pacific Northwest Zeus hops for an extra dank aroma of pine and tropical fruit. Come and get it while it’s fresh!

Boulder Creek Brewery On Tap

 

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Spotlight – Up the Creek

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Up the Creek opened their doors in November of last year. They feature local-themed clothing, jewelry, birdhouses, postcards, and beading supplies.

The designs on the clothing are Heather and Marcus Bray’s own concept, they show the beauty and local pride of Boulder Creek. Their line of clothing is meant for locals and tourists alike. It is displayed along both walls of the store and is printed in Boulder Creek keeping with the Bray’s theme of being local. They currently have three designs with more coming soon. Their first design shows our beautiful skyline. The second design shows our creek forest life. The newest design is on their yoga pants, it’s two paddles and the words Boulder Creek California. (see logo above and images below) They also carry Pleasure Point clothing as well, one of their designs is of a female logger and her dog.

The jewelry in the store is made by Heather Bray and is sprinkled throughout the store. She works with glass blown art beads and pendants which are strung on wire or leather cord. There is also faceted stone rings and pendants, as well as Swarovski crystal jewelry. The jewelry is made right there in the store while their 6-month-old dog Bruce keeps her company.

If you want to make your own jewelry the two display cabinets in the middle of the store have jewelry supplies. The supplies include findings, Swarovski crystals, natural stones beads, as well as Pandora style glass beads, and other fun stuff.

To help bring the feeling of the outdoors into their store they also sell birdhouses by Gary Herbert. These birdhouses are all handmade and extremely beautiful, they come in a variety of sizes. The one below is actually a bird feeder and would look beautiful in any yard.

There are also postcards towards the back of the store. These postcards are of photographs taken throughout the Santa Cruz mountains by Heather and Marcus. Next time you need a small gift and want to show some of our local beauty these are perfect.

It is all about being local with a clothing line that the town can call their own, which is also printed in Boulder Creek. Jewelry made by Heather and postcards of Heather and Marcus photography, who have been Boulder Creek residents for 4 years and now proud business owners. The handmade birdhouses by long time Boulder Creek resident Gary Herbert, and jewelry supplies for the local crafter making it a fun and completely Boulder Creek shopping destination. So drop by and check it out, pick up some apparel to show your local pride, or just say high to Bruce who is trying his best to be a good puppy behind the counter. They are open Wednesday – Saturday from 10am till 6pm and Sundays from 11am till 5pm.

For more info or to see it yourself visit them at:
13124 Central Avenue (aka Highway 9), Boulder Creek, CA 95006
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Up-the-Creek-LLC/403978439670620
or call: (831) 419-6708

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Sgt. Penguins Features The Bad Apple Artist Collective’s THE PENGUIN SHOW

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Sergeant Penguin’s Lively Arts is having a reception this Saturday from 12noon – 5pm in celebration of “The Penguin Show”. Art from the Penguin artists is being shown by “The Bad Apple Artist Collective” from November 30 – December 29.  “The Bad Apple Artist Collective” is an online group of traditional artists from all over the world. Each month a different set of artists are featured. Find out more about them and the artwork being represented by the Penguins at the reception.

Also check out the new stuff in the gallery and their new window display for Christmas. It should be a fun filled afternoon, with lots of art and conversation. They are located between the BC Computer Repair and the San Lorenzo Valley Museum at 12599 Highway 9.

Event hours Saturday 12/7/2013 from 12noon – 5pm.
Regular hours are Thursday – Sunday from 12noon – 5pm.
Read more about them on their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/SgtPenguinsDesigns

Tonight – Santa Comes to Boulder Creek

Tonight is the night – Santa is coming to town – and Boulder Creek is celebrating the holidays. Below is the schedule.
List of Events

5-6pm Live Music behind Joe’s Bar and the True Value Hardware Store

5:30-8:30pm Carriage Rides leaving from Jenna Sue’s/ Oh Suzannah’s

6:00 pm Santa Arrives behind the Hardware Store/ Joes Lot

6:15-8:30pm Pizza Pub Santa Photos

5-8pm Live music under the overhang in front of Red Pearl

 

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Spotlight – Sgt. Penguin’s

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How did Sgt. Penguin’s come to be, you ask? Well, it is a very interesting string of events. Laurie Hennig was walking by the day the tenant of 12599 Highway 9 was moving out. They made an offer to the landlord that day, snatching up what is a wonderful location before it was ever put on the market.

So that explains how they got the location, but where did the name come from? Well they already had a large group of artists together (most of them family) and Lynn Markley was the leader of the group. One day as she was driving she heard Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on the radio and it just came to her, Sgt. Penguin’s Lively Arts Designs. Lynn has been collecting penguins forever and the whole idea just started rolling like a large snow ball down a hill. They wanted a gallery name that would capture the whimsical feeling of their art and they found the perfect one.

They wanted, and have created, a gallery that is funky, whimsical, and so Boulder Creek. This art gallery is not stuffy at all, it is fun and fresh. There are ceramics throughout that look like animals but are actually functional pieces of art by the Hennig’s. Watercolor paintings by Arline Anderson sit behind the front door. Acrylic paintings by Stephanie Allison are in every room that give us a glimpse into her dreams. Tile work is in the back room by Sam Markley who does custom orders. Stain glass work by Christine Moorhead is in the windows and a few lampshades in the store. The free flowing sculptures made out of found natural materials are made by Donna Stewman. Sprinkled throughout the store and complementing the art are collectibles and vintage items found by Lynn Markley also known as the Sgt. Penguin. The combination of art and vintage items gives the gallery a very lived-in and inviting feel. There are two chairs in the front for you to sit and lounge while you enjoy the art.

So what is in the future for the Sgt. Penguin’s? Lots, they chose this location because of it’s ample parking. Their vision is for this gallery to become a destination spot, kind of like Mountain Feed in Ben Lomond. They want to have a sculpture garden outside by summer time, possibly live music a few times a month, and maybe wine tasting in the future.

Artist:
Dan & Laurie Hennig – One of the oldest ceramic studios in Santa Cruz, 40 years young in Boulder Creek.
Iver & Jennifer Hennig – Iver is the head of the Santa Cruz High ceramics department. He and his wife Jennifer have been creating together and living in Boulder Creek since 1995.
Arlene Anderson – Lived from 1920 – 2009, she was a Salinas girl who painted what she knew. The gallery is selling framed and unframed prints of her water colors.
Stephanie Allison – Is based in Clovis, California and is currently teaching ceramics and painting to middle and high school students. In her free time she paints.
Sam Markley – Is based in Salinas, California and takes custom orders for tile work.
Christine Charter Moorhead – Combines stain glass with natural items to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Lives and works in Boulder Creek.
Donna Stewman – Is based in Ben Lomond, has been a house designer for years, and is now enjoying a new found love of making art out of found natural items.

For more info or to see it yourself visit them at:
12599 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006
https://www.facebook.com/SgtPenguinsDesigns

or call: (831) 703-4632

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Preview of what their sculpture garden will look like in the future. Grand opening 11/9/2013.

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Ceramic sculpture by Dan & Laurie Hennig.

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Ceramic bowl by Dan & Laurie Hennig.

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Ceramic sculpture by Iver Hennig.
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Back room of the gallery.
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Tile work by Sam Markley, ceramic sculptures by Dan & Laurie Hennig.
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Acrylic painting by Stephanie Allison.
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Stain glass by Christine Charter Moorhead.
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Some of the vintage items you will find in the gallery, found and displayed by Lynn Markley.
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Branch sculpture by Donna Stewman, and water color prints by Arlene Anderson.

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