Monday, May 1
The mountain-area 55-plus program meets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,
at the Redwood Estates Pavilion. Join us for games, puzzles, and conversation.

Saturday, May 6
Building Blocks Preschool hosts its Spring Carnival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
at Maison du Lac.
Enjoy games, animals, face painting, a treasure hunt,
bouncy houses, a silent auction, barbecue, a full bar, live music, and more. Admission is free.

Saturday, May 6
The spring 95033free swap meet will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Loma Prieta Community Center. 

Sunday, May 7
The Los Gatos Community Concert Association presents
Paul Morocco’s Olé, at the Los Gatos High School Theatre, at 2:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, May 9
The Mountain Emergency Response Corps
offers a free presentation, Helping Children in Times of Stress,
beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the Redwood Estates Pavilion. 

Wednesday, May 10
Reverse mortgages and trusts.
Sponsored by Angelé Price and Monica Lussler
at the Redwood Estates Pavilion, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 11
Join mountain artist Gordon Smedt
at the opening reception for his solo show, Big Boy,
from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.,
at Whitney Modern Contemporary Fine Art Gallery,
24 North Santa Cruz Avenue, second floor, in Los Gatos.

Monday, May 15
The mountain-area 55-plus program
meets at 11 a.m.,
at the Redwood Estates Pavilion,
to carpool to the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum,
followed by lunch at Stagnaro Brothers Restaurant. 

Thursday, May 18
A free workshop
on preparing your home for sale
will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m.,
at Skyland Church, 25100 Skyland Road. 

Bear History Presentation
Loma Prieta Elementary School Forum
7 p.m. 

Friday, May 19
LPEF “Fore the Kids” golf tournament
at the DeLaveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz.
More information at www.lpef.org/golf

Saturday, May 20
The Blessing of the Hot Rods
car show and wine-tasting event
will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
at Christ Child Catholic Church, 23230 Summit Road. 

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.

Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21
CTE and Loma Prieta HSC
host a donation drive
for Goodwill of Silicon Valley,
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
at the north campus
near Building Blocks Preschool,
23845 Summit Road.

Saturday, May 27
Summit SOD Blitz,
Christ Child Church,
23230 Summit Road,
10 a.m. 

Sunday, May 28
Kite and rocket picnic
on the Loma Prieta Playfield
on Summit Road,
from noon to 3 p.m.


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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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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