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5 Things You Need to Know About Watsonville: Midweek Edition

Watch police officers and teenagers battle it out on the soccer field this weekend.

Here's a quick midweek news recap to get you up-to-date on weekend happenings, some good news and some bad news.

The Aztecas soccer program challenged the Santa Cruz County Probation Department, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office and the police departments from Santa Cruz and Watsonville to soccer games this weekend. 

The Saturday afternoon doubleheader is a fundraiser for , which targets at-risk Watsonville teens, and also a way for the kids to build better relationships with law enforcement officers.

Spectators are asked for a minimum donation of $5 to watch the games at Soccer Central, in , from 3-5:20 p.m. The first 50-minute game starts at 3:30 p.m.; the second at 4:30 p.m.

The Aztecas, founded and coached by probation officer Gina Castañeda, also will be the subject of later this month.

Second Harvest received a $40,000 grant from the host of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the organization announced Wednesday.

The Monterey Peninsula Foundation gave the food bank funding for its Food For Children program, which provides fresh fruits and vegetables and basic staple foods to 9,000 children each month. The program offers nutrition and physical education classes as well as cooking demonstrations to the community members who are most vulnerable to obesity and diabetes.

“We are very grateful for the Monterey Peninsula Foundation’s continued commitment to child health in Santa Cruz County,” CEO Willy Elliott-McCrea said in a prepared statement. “This grant will provide eight meals for every $1 given because it arrived during our annual Webster Foundation match, which doubles all contributions through the end of August.”

Second Harvest, based in Watsonville, serves the entire county.

The Special Olympics Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run passed through Watsonville on Wednesday.

Runners, led by Lt. Terry Traub, started at the police station around 8 a.m. and ran up Main Street to Freedom Boulevard, then along Freedom to Corralitos Road, where they handed the torch off to California Highway Patrol officers.

The run was expected to take about an hour.

State Parks rangers, police from Santa Cruz, Capitola and , sheriff's deputies and officials from the District Attorney's Office also took part in the day-long, cross-county run.

More than 500 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county and local agencies will be running the Special Olympics’ Flame of Hope through Northern California that began Friday. The run, which is also a fundraising campaign, concludes June 24 at the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games at UC Davis.

Average gas prices across the Bay Area dropped by double digits at the beginning of June compared to prices a month ago, according to the AAA, which monitors the rates.

San Francisco Bay Area motorists can expect to pay $4.02 per gallon on average,
compared to $4.32 in mid-May, AAA reported.

It's a little cheaper in Watsonville, where motorists can expect to pay about $3.90 for a gallon of regular gas, according to GasBuddy.com. The two Valero stations— and —were the cheapest in town at $3.85.

Two European grapevine moths have been found in Aptos.

One was trapped in September; the second was found last week, according to a story in the San Jose Mercury News. Moths have been found elsewhere in the state; the response from the is to quarantine an area around where the moths were found.

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