Monday, November 2
Mountain-area 55-plus program meets at the Redwood Estates Pavilion, 21450 Madrone Drive in Redwood Estates, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Enjoy table games, puzzles, fresh coffee or tea, fruit, and other treats.
Saturday, November 7
Camo Night, 4 to 9 p.m., for youth in grades six through twelve. Sign in, pay, and carpool from the Mountain Bible Church parking lot at 4 p.m. Call 408-353-2302 or email MountainBible@gmail.com.
Wednesday, November 11
Theatre in the Mountains You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown auditions and callbacks for seventh-graders going to Yosemite
Friday and Saturday,
November 13 and 14
Theatre in the Mountains’ Rising Stars present The Lion King, Jr., Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., at Harbor High School’s Little Theatre, 300 La Fonda Avenue, in Santa Cruz. Tickets and more information at www.theatreinthemountains.org
Sunday, November 15
Theatre in the Mountains’ Rising Stars present The Lion King, Jr., at 1 p.m., at Harbor High School’s Little Theatre, 300 La Fonda Avenue, in Santa Cruz. Tickets and more information are at www.theatreinthemountains.org.
Holiday Bazaar at the Las Cumbres Community Center, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop for handmade crafts including pottery, purses and totes, scarves, photography, jewelry, candles, and more.
A house concert in Pippa Siersema’s garden features Ewen Henderson and Gary Innes. Potluck dinner at 6 p.m., music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. RSVP at 408-529-5610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, November 16
Lakeside School town-hall meeting at 7 p.m., in the Lakeside School community center, at 19621 Black Road. For more information, call Susan Ady at 408-354-2372, or email email@example.com.
Mountain-area 55-plus program meets at the New Museum Los Gatos, 106 E. Main Street in Los Gatos, at 10:15 a.m. for a docent-led tour, followed by lunch at the Live Oak Senior Nutrition Program. RSVP to Lynnette Vega at 650-747-0605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday and Tuesday,
November 16 and 17
Theatre in the Mountains You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown auditions for grades 6-8
Wednesday and Thursday, November 18 and 19
Theatre in the Mountains You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown callbacks for grades 6-8
Saturday, December 5
Los Gatos Children’s Christmas/Holiday Parade, 11 a.m., rain or shine
Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire at the multipurpose room at R.J. Fisher Middle School in Los Gatos, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 6
Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire at the multipurpose room at R.J. Fisher Middle School in Los Gatos, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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If you see a mountain lion or other
interesting wildlife in our area,
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We'll share the results here.
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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