Saturday, June 3
Ann Scherer of Summit Properties hosts a meeting
for residents interested in forming a Toastmasters group in the mountains.
The meeting begins 10 a.m., at Cruz Properties,
23111 Santa Cruz Highway (Highway 17),
one mile south of Summit Road
near the Summit House Beer Garden and Grill.

Fox Equine Rescue benefit is from 2 to 6 p.m.,
at the Summit Riders arena, 24705 Miller Hill Road.

Sunday, June 4
Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire and Rescue
hosts its annual fund-raiser and barbecue,
beginning at 11 a.m.,
on the Loma Prieta Playfield and Gazebo,
at 23845 Summit Road. Admission is free.

Monday, June 5
The mountain-area 55-plus program
meets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
at the C.T. English Middle School campus at 23800 Summit Road.
Join us for table games, puzzles, crafts, and conversation.

Monday, June 19
The mountain-area 55-plus program
hosts their annual summer picnic
at the C.T. English Middle School campus
at 23800 Summit Road.
We’ll meet at 10:30 a.m. for games and crafts,
then begin a picnic lunch at 11:30 a.m.
Bring a salad or dessert to share with the group.

Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25
The Summit Wineries invite you to
Solstice on the Summit.
Admission fee is $25 per person.
Participating wineries include
Burrell School, Loma Prieta Winery, Villa del Monte Winery, Wrights Station Vineyard and Winery,
the Summit Store, and Silver Mountain Vineyards.
(Visit websites for open hours.)

Sunday, June 25
Mountain Bible Church
welcomes you to “outdoor church”
at the Gazebo on the Loma Prieta Playfield,
at 23845 Summit Road.
Join us for music, stories, and reflections.
Bring a picnic lunch and join us for a friendly game of baseball.

Playday and barbecue
at the Summit Riders Horsemen’s Association arena
begins at 10 a.m.

Saturday, July 22
The Joe Sharino Band
rocks the mountains from 6 to 10 p.m.,
at the Loma Prieta Playfield,
at 23845 Summit Road.

Saturday, July 29
Summit Riders Horsemen’s Association
fiftieth anniversary celebration
at the Redwood Estates Pavilion
begins at 3 p.m.

Saturday, August 5
Mountain Jam
at the Loma Prieta Playfield and Gazebo.
This free family music festival and picnic
includes activites and barbecue.

Sunday, August 27
Summit Rider’s Horsemen’s Association obstacle course challenge


To learn what you can do to fight airplane noise in the Santa Cruz Mountains,
visit http://sossantacruz.org/

For updates on Santa Cruz County road closures,
see www.sccroadclosure.org/



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 news@mnn.net.
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.

Click here for other wildlife sightings

For more information from
California Fish and Game
about mountain lions, click


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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 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 www.fire.ca.gov 



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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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