Monday, February 27
County Supervisors Update Road Status
Community Meeting at Lakeside School
19621 Black Road
7 p.m.

Friday, March 3
Lakeside School’s PTA hosts a movie night at the Lakeside Community Center, 7 to 9 p.m. More information is at

Saturday, March 4
Lexington School’s lower-grade play, For the Love of Poetry!, will be performed at noon and 4 p.m. Tickets and more information are available at

Sunday, March 5
Pippa Siersema hosts a house concert featuring Maivish. Potluck begins at 6 p.m., and music begins at 7 p.m. Donation is $20. For reservations and information, email, or call 408-529-5610.

Monday, March 6
Mountain-area 55-plus program meets at the Redwood Estates Pavilion, 21450 Madrone Drive in Redwood Estates, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Enjoy games, puzzles, refreshments, and conversation.

Tuesday, March 7
The Mountain Emergency Response Corps (MERC), the local unit of the Red Cross, will offer a presentation on how to prepare for and respond to disasters, whether at home or out in the community. (This class was washed out last month.) It will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Redwood Estates Pavilion.  For information, email George Smith at

March 10 through 12
James and the Great Peach, Theatre in the Mountains, Loma Prieta Elementary School Forum, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. Tickets at

Monday, March 20
Mountain-area 55-plus program meets at the Redwood Estates Pavilion, 21450 Madrone Drive in Redwood Estates, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lisa Myers, owner of The Los Gatos Birdwatcher and Let’s Go Birding, will share information about birding in the Los Gatos area.

Wednesday, March 22
Luke Rizzuto shares his adventures of re-creating the Great Race of 1908 on Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m., in the Loma Prieta Elementary School forum. Admission is $10, with all proceeds going to LPEF. Children under age 16 are free.

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

Saturday, March 25
Family Science Day will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at Loma Prieta Elementary School. This free event features creepy crawlies, rockets, and mysteries unlocked. Family Science Day attracts about 500 people, including students, parents, and community members. On display will be science-fair projects, interactive exhibits on marine biology, zoology, genetics, acoustics, natural-resource conservation, geology, and other applications of science.

Sunday, March 26
Acoustic Eidolon performs at the Los Gatos High School Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students. More information at

Tuesday, April 4
The Mountain Emergency Response Corps hosts a free workshop on disaster preparedness for the mountain community, at 7:30 p.m., at the Redwood Estates Pavilion.

Thursday, April 27
Lisa Robinson, president of the San Lorenzo Valley Museum, will present the history of grizzly bears in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m., at the Loma Prieta Elementary School forum. For more information check Facebook page


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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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