Local Events

Sunday, November 2
En plein air painting workshop with Julia Munger Seelos, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Bear Creek Stables, 19100 Bear Creek Road. Tuition is $95. Email

Monday, November 3
Mountain-area 55-plus program meets at 10:30 a.m. at Nonno’s, 21433 Broadway in Redwood Estates. Play bocce ball at 10:30 a.m., followed by all-you-can-eat pizza and salad bar at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $15 per person.

Monday, November 3 and Wednesday, November 5
Middle-school auditions for Theatre in the Mountains’ production of Narnia, the Musical. Register for an audition slot at www.theatreinthemountains.org/narnia-registration.

Wednesday, November 5
Lexington School play, A Midsummer Sprite’s Dream. Opens November 5. Three performances.

Thursday through Saturday, November 13 to 15
Los Gatos High School presents Harvey. Performances are on November 13, 14, and 15 at 7 p.m., and November 15 at 1:30 p.m. Los Gatos High School Theatre, 20 High School Court in Los Gatos.

Friday through Sunday,
November 14 to 16
Theatre in the Mountains presents its third- through fifth-grade production of The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr., at the Loma Prieta Community Center. Visit
Sunday, November 16
First meeting of the Summit Historical Museum, 3 p.m. Location will be published at www.facebook.com/MasonTaylorRanch.

Monday, November 17
Mountain-area 55-plus program meets at 10:30 a.m. at the Loma Prieta Community Center, 23800 Summit Road. Table games, puzzles, fresh coffee or tea, fruit, and other treats will be served.
Wednesday, November 19
Meet with John Leopold, Santa Cruz County supervisor, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Loma Prieta Community Center, 23800 Summit Road.

Saturday and Sunday,
November 22 and 23
U.C., Santa Cruz, Arboretum gift and wreath sale and Norrie’s gift shop holiday open house. Find out more at http://arboretum.ucsc.edu.

Saturday, December 6
Join us for the third-annual interfaith Christmas concert and sing-a-long at 7 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 23185 Summit Road. For more information, call Jackie Reimers at 408-353-1869.

Sunday, December 7
Merry Mountain Christmas: A Holiday Open House, 1 to 4 p.m., Presentation Center, 19480 Bear Creek Road. Free and open to the public. For information, call Becky at 408-354-2346.




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.
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Be sure to give me a short description of the animal, specific location, date, and time.

We'll share the results here.

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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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