Local Events

Saturday, October 4
Loma Prieta Education Foundation Gala,
4 p.m. at Maison du Lac.
More information is at www.lpef.org.

Monday, October 6
Mountain-area 55-plus program
tour of Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.
Meet at the Loma Prieta Community Center at 9:45 a.m. to carpool.

Saturday, October 11
95033free swap meet and breakfast
Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m.
Swap meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Loma Prieta Community Center

Food, Wine, and Song
adult fund-raiser for Lexington Home and School Club,
Black Ridge Winery.
See www.lexhsc.org for information and tickets.

Wednesday, October 15
Loma Prieta HSC
at Willow Street Pizza and Main Street Burger,
lunch and dinner

Friday, October 17
Community remembrance
of the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake
4:30 p.m.
at the Gazebo behind Building Blocks Preschool,
23845 Summit Road.

Lakeside School walkathon, 9 a.m. to noon

Sunday, October 19
Summit Riders play day

Monday, October 20
Mountain-area 55-plus program
10:30 a.m.
Loma Prieta Community Center

Saturday, October 25
Flu-shot clinic administered by the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), at the Loma Prieta Community Center, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $30 if not covered by insurance.

Loma HSC’s annual Boo Bash, noon to 4 p.m., Loma Prieta Community Center

Youth camo-night. Games, treats, and fun for mountain youth in grades 6 through 12. Meet at the Mountain Bible Church parking lot at 23946 Summit Road at 4 p.m. to sign in and carpool to the forest.

Halloween dance (21 and up only), starting at 8 p.m., at the Redwood Estates Pavillion. $15 entrance fee. For more information, email resaservice@comcast.net, or call 408-353-1866.




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see www.sccroadclosure.org/



Wildlife in the Mountains

If you see a mountain lion or other interesting wildlife in our area,
call Neil at 408-353-1901 or email news@mnn.net.
I'll post the sighting.
Be sure to give me a short description of the animal, specific location, date, and time.

We'll share the results here.

Click here for other wildlife sightings

For more information from
California Fish and Game
about mountain lions, click


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Mountain Wildfires
How did they happen, and what we can do to stop them

Protecting Your Home from Fire

Here’s a checklist on how to improve your landscaping from CalFire at www.fire.ca.gov:

Create a defensible space of one hundred feet around your home. It is required by law.

Create a "lean, clean, green zone" by removing all flammable vegetation within thirty feet surrounding your home

Create a "reduced fuel zone" in the remaining seventy feet or to your property line.

You have two options in this area:

A. Create horizontal and vertical spacing between plants. The amount of space will depend on how steep your property is and the size of your plants.

B. Large trees do not have to be removed as long as all of the plants beneath them are removed.

Remove lower tree branches at least six feet from the ground

Landscape with fire resistant plants

Maintain all plants with regular water, and keep dead braches, leaves, and needles removed.

When clearing vegetation, use care when operating equipment such as lawnmowers. One small spark may start a fire; a string trimmer is much safer.

Stack woodpiles at least thirty feet from all structures and remove vegetation within ten feet of woodpiles.

Locate LPG tanks (butane and propane) at least thirty feet from any structure and maintain ten feet of clearance.

Remove all stacks of construction materials, pine needles, leaves, and other debris from your yard.

For other ways to protect your home from fire, visit www.fire.ca.gov 



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