Monday, October 3
Representatives from the League of Women Voters will present a pro- and con- review of November’s ballot measures at the Redwood Estates Pavilion, beginning at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, October 5
Dine at Willow Street (11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.) or Main Street Burger (11 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.) and raise money for Loma Prieta Elementary and C.T. English Middle schools. A portion of the proceeds from the day’s sales will benefit the schools. For a flyer, visit www.lomaprietahsc.org.
Friday, October 7
Poets Jane Clarke and Caroline Bracken read at 5 p.m. at the Friends of Los Gatos Library bookstore, 100 Villa Avenue, Los Gatos.
Saturday, October 8
The Friends of Los Gatos Library bookstore, 100 Villa Avenue in Los Gatos, features readings by authors and poets, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find out more at www.writersweeklosgatos.com.
Paper-making workshop led by Jeanne Tillman. The five-hour session focuses on creating sheets of recycled papers with decorative flourishes. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jeanne Tillman’s home, 15000 Old Ranch Road. Cost is $65. For reservations, call 408-353-3921.
Octoberfest at Nonno's in Redwood Estates
from 2 to 9 p.m.
Live music by Burnin" Vernon and the Aftermath
All you can eat German and Italian foods
$30 in advance, $35 at the door
For information, call 408-353-5633
Loma Prieta Education Fund hosts the annual Gala at Maison du Lac. For information or tickets, visit lpef.org/gala.
Tuesday, October 18
Lakeside Elementary School hosts two parcel-tax study-group sessions, at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., at 19621 Black Road.
Thursday, October 20
Mountain-area 55-plus program meets at the Redwood Estates Pavilion at 9:45 a.m. to carpool to the the Cantor Arts Center on the Stanford University campus. Bring a bag lunch or purchase food at the museum’s café.
Narrow Gauge Railroad and Lumbering History presentation at Loma Prieta Elementary School, at 7 p.m., by Brian Liddicoat, Santa Cruz historian.
Sunday, October 23
The Los Gatos Community Concert Association presents Alina Kiryayeva at the Los Gatos High School Theatre, at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.lgcca.org.
Saturday, October 29
Boo Bash at Loma Prieta Elementary School, from noon to 4 p.m.
Lakeside School Harvest Festival, from noon to 4 p.m.
Monday, October 31
Stock up your pantry at the Shop for Schools event at Summit Store. Ten percent of your purchase is donated to the Loma Prieta Elementary Fund to support education programs.
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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