SANTA CRUZ

Mount Hermon zip line, redwoods featured in campaign

Mount Hermon's zip line through the redwood forest, rated excellent by travelers on TripAdvisor, and hiking, biking, camping and horseback riding in Santa Cruz County are two of the 13 destinations featured in a new travel campaign that kicked off Monday.

"We're encouraging modern families to come to California for a good, old-fashioned 'unplugged' vacation," said Caroline Beteta, president and chief executive officer of Visit California, which developed the campaign.

The campaign showcases the abundance of family travel experiences available for spring break, summer vacation and beyond. It incorporates digital advertising, parent blogger engagement, and a content partnership with Nickelodeon, the online radio station Pandora and the "Moms who Rock" series.

Teen actor Rico Rodriguez, from the ABC sitcom "Modern Family," leads a cast of kids enjoying California's beaches, theme parks, zoos, aquariums and museums. The spot will air nationally in the U.S. on cable TV and syndicated CBS programming, as well as in Canada.

For information, go to www.santacruzca.org.

SANTA CRUZ

'Chasing Mavericks' out on DVD

"Chasing Mavericks," the fictionalized account of the late Santa Cruz surfer Jay Moriarity, will be released Tuesday on DVD and Blu-ray.

The film, released in theaters in October 2012, stars Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston. It tells the story of Moriarity and his mentor relationship with Santa Cruz big-wave surfer Rick "Frosty" Hesson.

The DVD release includes several special features including deleted scenes and commentary from director Michael Apted and writers Brandon Hooper and Jim Meenaghan. It also includes behind-the-scenes features including "Surf City," "Surfer Zen" and "Live Like Jay."

For information, see the Guide in Thursday's Sentinel.

SANTA CRUZ

Dominican to offer free back, neck pain seminar

A physician, physical therapist and pharmacist from Dominican Hospital will discuss the latest prevention, treatment and medication options for back and neck pain from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital's Education Center, 1555 Soquel Drive.

The event is free. For information, call 831-462-7706.

WATSONVILLE

Agri-Culture scholarship deadline approaches

The deadline for applying for $4,000 in scholarships presented by the nonprofit Agri-Culture is Wednesday.

Eligible applicants must live in Santa Cruz County or the Pajaro Valley Unified School District or belong to the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau, and be entering or enrolled in a college and majoring in agriculture. Selection criteria includes leadership skills, commitment to agriculture, grades and financial need.

The recipient will receive the $2,000 Jimmie Cox Memorial Scholarship and a $2,000 award from American AgCredit.

For information, contact Agri-Culture at 831-722-6622, email agri-culture@sbcglobal.net or visit www.agri-culture.us.

APTOS

Soroptimists to present awards March 12

Soroptimist International of Capitola-By-The-Sea will honor two women at its annual awards dinner March 12 at Seascape Golf Club, 610 Clubhouse Drive.

Reservations are required no later than March 5 by contacting 831-234-6227 or info@best4women.org. No-host cocktails will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and awards at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.

Justine Dice, a junior at Soquel High School, will be honored with the Violet Richardson award for her community service work as the volunteer Teen Representative on the Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women. She will be presented with $1,000.

Lacy Pollock, a Cabrillo College student, will be presented with a $2,000 for the Women's Opportunity Award. She is a single mother working toward a degree in financial planning and is particularly interested in working with families who have lost a loved one, women who are going through life changes and families with children.