Thursday, April 27

See Calendar for new "History of Grizzly Bears" date

Friday, April 28
Mike and Ann Scherer of Cruz Properties
host a grand opening of their new office on Highway 17, next to the Summit House,
from 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 29
Friends of Los Gatos Library sponsors a Young Writers Workshop|

for aspiring authors ages 9 through 12, from 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.,
in the community room of the Los Gatos Neighborhood Center, 208 East Main Street.
Flyer-registration forms are available in the Children’s Library
or online at

The Lakeside School Foundation hosts its annual fund-raiser and auction
at the Toll House in Los Gatos,
from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Tickets available at

Bear Creek Stables hosts its spring open house,
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
at 19100 Bear Creek Road.
Meet baby goats and other animals, and learn more about the stables.



Late event addition

after our May issue closing date

May 20

Mini Book Fest
Santa Clara County Bookmobile
at Redwood Estates Pavilion
from 2 to 4 p.m.
Face painting, bubbles, new books for the summer, book
swaps, sign-ups for the
summer reading club,
and crafts.


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.

Click here for other wildlife sightings

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


Click Here for Ways to Prevent Erosion

Click Here for Santa Cruz County Burn Regulations

Have you updated your family disaster plan? Here's how...

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 



Ad Rates


How to submit an article

How to place a display or classified ad



Redwood Estates

Classified Ads

Products and Services

Hikes and other explorations




This old car


What to do about
Sudden Oak Death



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.






Date last edited: 2016
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