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Saturday, November 4
Artist Ann Wu will give a 45-minute presentation on ancient Chinese ideographs at the Friends of Los Gatos Library Bookstore, 110 E. Main Street in Los Gatos, at 11 a.m. For more information, visit

The New Museum of Los Gatos unveils its new Los Gatos history gallery and hosts a winter celebration. Curator and artist-led talks from noon to 4 p.m. General admission is $10. Admission is $6 for members of the military, seniors, and students over 18 years, and free for members and visitors under age 18.

Sunday, November 5

Las Cumbres Holiday Bazaar is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Las Cumbres Community Center, located off Skyline Boulevard at 18260 Las Cumbres Road. Shop for local hand-crafted items, books, and more.

Friday through Sunday,
November 10 to 12

Theatre in the Mountains presents Madagascar, Jr., at the Loma Prieta Community Center, 23800 Summit Road. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available at

Wednesday, November 15
Pedorthist Winston Yamate answers your foot questions at the Summit Whole Body Fitness Club from 6 to 8 p.m. To make a reservation or to find out more, call the gym at 408-353-2100. Space is limited.

Sunday, November 19
Los Gatos Community Concert Association presents the Neave Trio, at 2:30 p.m., at the Los Gatos High School Theatre. Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students. Buy advance tickets online at

Saturday and Sunday,
December 2 and 3

Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire is at the Loma Prieta Gymnasium and Community Center, 23800 Summit Road. Enjoy a large selection of handmade crafts and gift items. Admission is free. Open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit

Saturday and Sunday,
December 9 and 10

The Loma Prieta and C.T. English Home and School clubs sponsor a Goodwill fundraiser in the Building Blocks parking lot, 23845 Summit Road. Bring your e-waste, old clothes, books, and household items to the Goodwill trailer from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.






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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.

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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

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 



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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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