Saturday, October 3
Loma Public Education Fund’s annual gala will be from 4 to 10 p.m. at Maison du Lac. Enjoy dinner, live music, dancing, and a silent and live auction. For more information, visit lpef.org/gala.
Monday, October 5
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. For more information, call Lynnette Vega at 650-747-0605, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 10
Pregnant Mare Rescue and Fox Equine Rescue benefit at the Summit Riders Horseman’s Association Showgrounds, 24705 Miller Hill Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us for horses and baby foals, great food, a raffle and silent auction, a clinic, and shopping.
Friday, October 16
Mountain-area 55-plus program meets at the Wilder Ranch State Park parking lot at 10:30 a.m. for a docent-led tour, followed by a picnic lunch. For information or to RSVP, call Lynnette Vega at 650-747-0605, or email email@example.com.
Saturday, October 17
Family Fall Fun at Bear Creek Stables, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet our little barn friends, enjoy face-painting, pony rides, and tours of the stables. Visit our Spooky Barn (if you dare!) or go on a candy walk. Costumes welcome. Snacks available for purchase or bring a lunch. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 18
Loma Prieta Museum hosts its monthly meeting at Mason-Taylor Ranch, 22849 Summit Road, 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 24
Paper-making workshop, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $65 includes all materials. To RSVP, call Jeanne at 408-353-3921.
The Loma Prieta Boo Bash Halloween carnival will be from noon to 4 p.m. at the gazebo on the Loma Prieta Playfield. Join us for food, fun, and prizes.
The adult Halloween Dance at the Redwood Estates Pavillion begins at 8 p.m. with live music, refreshments, and prizes. Tickets are $15. For tickets and more information, email email@example.com.
Sunday, October 25
Los Gatos Community Concert Association presents The Choral Project at the Los Gatos High School Theatre. Doors open at 2 p.m., concert begins at 2:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit www.lgcca.org.
A house concert in Pippa Siersema’s garden features musician and storyteller Jeff Warner. Potluck dinner at 6 p.m., music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information or to RSVP, call Pippa Siersema at 408-529-5610, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 26 to 30
Bring your pet to the Summit Veterinary Hospital between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a free picture and automatic entry into our Halloween costume contest. Winners will be notified on Saturday, October 31.
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If you see a mountain lion or other
interesting wildlife in our area,
call Neil at 408-353-1901 or email
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the animal, specific location, date, and time.
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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