Thursday, January 10
Theatre in the Mountains hosts a planning meeting for the summer production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, in the portable conference room between the gym and Loma school, at 7 p.m. For more information, email Bridget Freiri at

Groundbreaking for the first segment of the Coastal Rail Trail will be from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., at the west base of the San Lorenzo River Railroad Trestle Bridge in Santa Cruz. The groundbreaking ceremony will be followed by a free community party including speakers, refreshments, commemorative giveaways, and Coastal Rail Trail engineering displays. Free parking will be in the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk River parking lot.

Friday through Sunday,
January 11 through 13

The 45th annual Fungus Fair will be at the Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, in Santa Cruz. The fair is open on Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m., and admission is $5. On Saturday and Sunday, the fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission on Saturday and Sunday is $10, $5 for seniors and students.

Saturday, January 12
Summit Toastmasters hosts a presentation from the Santa Clara Firesafe Council, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the basement at Mountain Bible Church, 23496 Summit Road. They will cover topics including defensible space, ember-aware concepts, checklists, “go bag” contents, community evacuation maps, and creating a family-emergency plan. RSVP to  

Ride the U.C., Santa Cruz, loop with the mountain-biking club. All ages and skill levels are welcome. We meet at the Mountain Bible Church parking lot at 8:15 a.m. For more information, go to

Wednesday, January 16
County Supervisor John Leopold holds a constituents meeting at the temporary Community Center room next to Building Blocks Preschool, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 27
Karen Trolan, author of I Can Still Do It!, will speak at the Los Gatos Library, at 2 p.m.

Friday, February 8 through
Sunday, February 10

Theatre in the Mountains presents
Once Upon a Mattress, featuring our sixth- to eighth-grade performers. Tickets are available at Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m on Sunday.

Wednesday, March 20
Mark Hylkema will present the history of the early Native American residents of the Santa Cruz Mountains, at 7 p.m., at Loma Prieta Elementary School. For more information, visit

Thursday, May 16
Local railroad historian Brian Liddicoat will present the history of early railroads in the Santa Cruz Mountains, at 7 p.m., at Loma Prieta Elementary School.

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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.

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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

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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.

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