Tuesday, August 4
Mountain Residents’ Night Out will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Redwood Estates Pavilion in Redwood Estates. For updated information, check LPCF’s website at www.lpcf.org.

Sunday, August 9
Skyland Community Church memorial patio dedication, 25100 Skyland Road, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Monday, August 10 through Thursday, August 13
Castle Rock youth rock-climbing camp for ages 10 to 15 at Castle Rock State Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, go to www.lgsrecreation.org, click on view classes, and search for Castle Rock.

Saturday, August 15
Free soccer party at the Loma Prieta District Playfield (Gazebo) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Soccer skills, drills, and scrimmages for children going into grades K-6. No soccer experience is required. Bring cleats and shin guards if you have them.

Saturday, August 22
Paper-making workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $65 includes all materials. To reserve a space, call Jeanne Tillman at 408-353-3921.

Fund-raising event at Regale Winery, from 6 to 9 p.m., to benefit families with a critically ill loved one at Good Samaritan Hospital. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, a silent auction, and raffle. Purchase tickets at https://eventbrite.com/event/17160580759/.

Saturday, August 29
Community day at Bear Creek Stables, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Follow the Friends of Bear Creek Stables Facebook page for more details, and RSVP at eventsignup2015@gmail.com.

August 31 through September 3
Theatre in the Mountains auditions for Lion King, Jr. will be August 31 and September 1, from 2:45 to 6 p.m. Callbacks will be September 2 and 3, from 3 to 6 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Loma Prieta Community Center, 23800 Summit Road. For more information, visit theatreinthemountains.org/rising-stars-audition-guidelin/.




To learn what you can do to fight airplane noise in the Santa Cruz Mountains,
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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.

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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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If you see a possible crime, call 911.






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