May 24 through 26
Hicklebee’s Book Fair at Loma Prieta Elementary School, 8 to 9 a.m., 3 p.m.
Thursday, May 26
Friends of Los Gatos Library annual business meeting features a presentation by Sharon Mosunic of the Los Gatos Police Department, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Los Gatos Council Chambers. Sharon will speak about Internet safety at library, home, and business, as well as other items of interest for town residents.
Saturday, May 28
Sudden Oak Death informative meeting begins at 10 a.m., at Christ Child Church, 23230 Summit Road.
Sunday, May 29
Visit artist June Lamen’s open studio, 1 to 5 p.m., 24243 Loma Prieta Avenue.
Saturday, June 4
Bear Creek Stables Open House to welcome the newborn baby goats, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pony rides, petting zoo, stable tours, and more. Snacks available. Find out more on our Facebook page (Friends of Bear Creek Stables).
Sunday, June 5
Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire and Rescue Firefighters’ Barbecue and fund-raiser, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Loma Prieta Playfield on Summit Road. Admission is free. For more details, go to www.lomaprietafire.org.
Monday, June 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. Join us for games, puzzles, conversation, fresh coffee or tea, and other treats.
Friday, June 10
Summer movie night hosted by the Loma Prieta Community Foundation features Labyrinth at 8:30 p.m. at the Loma Prieta Playfield and amphitheater on Summit Road.
Tuesday, June 14
Caltrans hosts a public workshop for the Highway 17 Access Management Plan, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Loma Prieta Elementary School forum, 23800 Summit Road. For more information, email Kelly McClendon, Caltrans 5 district transportation planner, at Kelly.email@example.com.
Friday, June 17
Mountain-area 55-Plus Program meets at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch in the Santa Teresa County Park Historic Area. Bring a bag lunch. RSVP by Wednesday, June 15. For information and reservations, call Lynnette Vega at 650- 747-0605, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday and Sunday,
June 18 and 19
The Summit Wineries hosts the Solstice-on-the-Summit Festival, from noon to 5 p.m., at Burrell School, Silver Mountain, Villa del Monte, and Wrights Station wineries. Enjoy local art and artisans, live music, tours, food, and excellent mountain wines. More information at www.thesummitwineries.com.
Saturday, June 18
95033free “Everything is Free” event
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Parking lot next to Building Blocks Preschool, 23800 Summit Road
To learn what you can do to fight airplane noise in the Santa Cruz Mountains,
For updates on Santa Cruz County road closures,
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.
here for other wildlife sightings
For more information from
California Fish and Game
about mountain lions, click
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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