Friday through Sunday,
January 12 to 14

The Santa Cruz Fungus Fair will be at the Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, in Santa Cruz. Enjoy displays of local mushrooms and fungi, speakers, cooking demonstrations, and activities for children. The fair will be open on Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 (general), $5 for seniors (60+) and students, and free for children under age 12 with an adult admission.

Friday, January 19
Find out about college-scholarship programs and financial aid at a presentation at 9:45 a.m., in the College and Career Center at Los Gatos High School. For more information, visit www.poescholarships.org.

Sunday, January 21
Guitar virtuoso Andy Hackbarth performs at the Los Gatos High School Theatre, beginning at 2:30 p.m. This performance pays tribute to the father of classical guitar, Andres Segovia. Tickets are available online at www.lgcca.org, or at the door ($25 general, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students).

Monday, January 22
The mountain-area 55-plus program will visit NUMU, the New Museum of Los Gatos, at 106 E. Main Street in Los Gatos. We will meet at 10:15 a.m. in front of the museum for a docent-led tour beginning at 10:30 a.m. After our tour, we’ll enjoy a no-host lunch at Pedro’s, 316 N. Santa Cruz Avenue, in downtown Los Gatos. The cost for this excursion is $15. To find out more, call Lynnette Vega at 650-747-0605, or email lahondalynnette@earthlink.net.

Thursday, January 25
The Stoney Mountain Ramblers will perform a benefit for the Loma Prieta Education Fund at the Summit House Beer Garden and Grill, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The restaurant is located on Highway 17, just south of Summit Road.

Saturday, January 27
Lexington School holds its Food, Wine, and Song fundraiser, at 5 p.m., at the Los Gatos History Club, 123 Los Gatos Boulevard in Los Gatos. Buy your tickets at bit.ly/fws2018.




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Wildlife in the Mountains

If you see a mountain lion or other interesting wildlife in our area,
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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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