Saturday, August 5
Mountain Jam
is a free family music festival and picnic
featuring local bands and musicians,
from noon to 7 p.m.,
at the Loma Prieta Playfield and Gazebo,
23845 Summit Road.

Monday, August 7
The mountain-area 55-plus program
meets at the Loma Prieta Community Center,
23800 Summit Road, f
rom 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,
for games, puzzles, and conversation.

Wednesday, August 16
Supervisor John Leopold
meets constituents
at 5:30 p.m.
at the Loma Prieta Community Center
P.E. portable building,
23800 Summit Road.

Monday, August 21
The mountain-area 55-plus program
meets at the Loma Prieta Community Center,
23800 Summit Road,
from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,
for a presentation
about Medicare and other health-insurance options.

Tuesday, August 22
Mountain Residents Night Out
is from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
at the Redwood Estates Pavilion,
21450 Madrone Drive.
Enjoy barbecue and meet
our local deputies, firefighters, CHP officers,
and representatives of other community organizations.
For more information, visit www.lpcf.org, or www.redwoodestates.net,
or call RESA at 408-353-1866.

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

Friday through Monday,
September 1 to 4
The 65th and final Capitola Begonia Festival
will be in Capitola Village.
For more information, visit www.begoniafestival.com.

Saturday, September 16
Loma Prieta Museum
annual farm-dinner benefit,
5 p.m.
at the Mason-Taylor Ranch,
22849 Summit Road.
Buy your $95 ticket at www.Eventbrite.com,
or email LomaPrietaMuseum@gmail.com.
For more information,
see our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LomaPrietaMuseum.




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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