Thursday through Saturday
November 28 through 30
GreenWaste garbage collection will not occur on Thanksgiving Day.
If your regular collection day falls on or after Thanksgiving,
your collection will be delayed by one day.
Saturday, November 30
Registration closes for cooking-and-baking-with-lavender class
at Whitaker Hall, Skyland Church.
Cost is $50 per person.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 408-858-8947.
Monday, December 2
55-plus program meets at 10:30 a.m.
at the Loma Prieta Community Center
for games, puzzles, crafts, and conversation.
For information, call 650-747-0605.
Wednesday, December 4
Mountain Lions in our Midst
presentation by Santa Cruz Puma Project,
7 to 8:30 p.m.,
Louden Nelson Center, Santa Cruz.
For information, visit www.LandTrustSantaCruz.evenbrite.com.
Saturday, December 7
Loma day at Peacock Tree Farm,
17950 Mountain Charlie Road.
Half of the day’s proceeds go to the Loma Public Education Fund.
Xmas trees, saws, netting, and free hot cider. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mountain Christmas Cantata and sing-along.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints chapel,
23285 Summit Road.
For information, call 408-353-4624.
December 7 and December 8
C.T. English holiday art and gift faire.
10 am. to 5 p.m. on Saturday;
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Loma Prieta Community Center.
Over fifty local artisans and vendors
present art, cosmetics, and foods.
Raffles. Santa Claus. And more..
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