Wednesday, January 11
An extraordinary meeting of the Riva Ridge Tennis Club will be held on January 11. If you are a member and have not received an invitation by U.S. mail, call Guy Simpson at 408-353-8682, or email

Friday, January 13
The Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz hosts the 43rd annual Fungus Fair at the Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street in Santa Cruz, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday,
January 14 and 15

The Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz hosts the Fungus Fair at the Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, January 15
Monthly meeting of the Loma Prieta Museum, at 2 p.m., at the Mason-Taylor Ranch, 22849 Summit Road. Check to confirm meeting time at

Saturday, January 21
Mountain Bible Church and Christ Child Catholic Church invite you to their monthly mountain bike ride at U.C., Santa Cruz. Carpools meet at Mountain Bible Church on Summit Road at 8:15 a.m. For more information or to RSVP, call David Kissner at 760-214-7144, or email

Sunday, January 22
The 95033free group hosts its first swap event of the year at the Loma Prieta Community Center, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, email

Monday, January 23
The Mountain-Area 55-Plus Program meets at the Redwood Estates Pavilion, 21450 Madrone Drive in Redwood Estates, for table games, puzzles, and conversation.

Saturday, January 28
Lexington School hosts its annual Food, Wine, and Song fund-raiser, at the History Club of Los Gatos, 123 Los Gatos Blvd. Visit to buy tickets.

Tuesday, February 7
The Mountain Emergency Response Corps hosts the first of four free workshops on disaster preparedness for the mountain community, at 7:30 p.m., at the Redwood Estates Pavilion.

Thursday, March 23
Mark Hylkema presents the history of the early native American cultures of the Santa Cruz Mountains at 7 p.m. at Loma Prieta School. Find out more at


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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
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.

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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

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 



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Crime Alert!

Mail theft. Arson. Vandalism. Burglaries.

Watch out for lurkers, strangers, and odd comings and goings.

If you see something suspicious don't be afraid to report it.

If you see a possible crime, call 911.






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