Friday, December 2
Friends of Los Gatos Library presents their annual holiday-music concert. The San Jose Chamber Orchestra string quartet will perform. Join us for hot wassail, holiday treats, and a variety of holiday music, at 7 p.m. at the Los Gatos Council Chambers, 110 East Main Street, Los Gatos.
Saturday, December 3
Los Gatos Children’s Holiday Parade begins at 11 a.m., in downtown Los Gatos.
Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Loma Prieta Community Center, 23800 Summit Road.
LPEF Christmas-tree fund-raiser is at Peacock Tree Farm. A portion of the day’s proceeds will go directly to support programs at Loma Prieta Elementary and C.T. English Middle schools.
Ed Miller and John Taylor perform in concert at Pippa’s on Summit Road, next to Mountain Bible Church. Potluck begins at 6:30 p.m., the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. For reservations and information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 408-529-5610.
The mountain churches invite you to their annual interfaith Christmas concert and sing-along, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints chapel, 23185 Summit Road.
Sunday, December 4
Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Loma Prieta Community Center, 23800 Summit Road.
San Jose Wind Symphony presents “The Night Before Christmas” beginning at 3 p.m., at the McAfee Performing Arts Center at Saratoga High School, 20300 Herriman Avenue, Saratoga. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.sjws.org or call 408-927-7597.
Monday, December 5
The mountain-area 55-plus program meets at the Redwood Estates Pavilion, 21450 Madrone Road in Redwood Estates, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for games, puzzles, and conversation.
Sunday and Monday,
December 11 and 12
The C.T. English and Loma Prieta Home and School clubs hold a Goodwill donation-drive fund-raiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your old clothes, books, and household items to the north campus near Building Blocks Preschool. We cannot accept auto parts, weapons, construction debris, liquids of any kind, pet-related items, and any items over fifty pounds.
Monday, December 19
The mountain-area 55-plus program hosts its annual holiday potluck, sing-along, and gift exchange, at the Redwood Estates Pavilion, 21450 Madrone Road, Redwood Estates, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Bring a salad or dessert to share, and a gift (no more than $5) for the gift exchange. RSVP to Lynnette Vega at 650-747-0605, or email email@example.com.
Saturday, December 24
Mountain Bible Church hosts a candlelight Christmas-eve program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.mountainbible.com, or call 408-353-2302.
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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