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Friday, April 12
The Los Gatos Lions Club hosts its annual golf tournament at the Coyote Creek Golf Club in Morgan Hill. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. To find out more, visit www.lglions.org.
Sunday, April 14
FireSafe (at home) chipping applications due: Hutchinson/Summit west of Highway 17 and Summit Road/Melody Lane/Mountain Charlie
Sunday, April 21
Mountain Bible and Christ Child Catholic churches host an Easter gathering at the Gazebo on the Loma Prieta Playfield, 23845 Summit Road. This gathering begins at 7 a.m., with a children’s egg hunt to follow at 8 a.m.
Friday, April 26 through
Sunday, April 28
Theatre in the Mountains presents Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids, featuring first- and second-grade thespians. For tickets and more information, visit www.theatreinthemountains.org.
Saturday, April 27
Local mountain filmmakers premiere a nature/adventure documentary film--
The Devil’s Road: A Baja Adventure
at the Rio Theatre.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
If you like history, Baja, nature, or real-life exploration, see this film.
For a preview, visit www.devilsroadfilm.com.
For tickets, visit
Lakeside Elementary School holds its annual auction and fundraiser at Black Ridge Vineyards, 18570 Black Road. Email email@example.com for tickets and more information.
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Lexington School holds its Mardi Gras-themed gala at the Lexington Ridge Inn, 18501 Bear Creek Road, in Los Gatos.
Sunday, April 28
Jazz harpist Motoshi Kosako performs at the Los Gatos High School Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Get your tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 408-529-8913.
FireSafe (at home) chipping applications due: Redwood Lodge/Summit Woods and Montevina/Brush Road
Saturday May 4
Sudden Oak Death Blitz training will be at 10 a.m., at CalFire’s Saratoga Summit Fire Station. For information, email email@example.com.
Mountain Mayhem hosts a dodgeball-tournament fundraiser at the Los Gatos High School gymnasium, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find out more at https://dmkissner.wixsite.com/mountainmayhem/dodgeball.
Thursday, May 9
LPJUSD superintendent’s planning session is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Loma Prieta Community Center, 23800 Summit Road.
Tuesday, May 14
LPJUSD superintendent’s planning session is from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Loma Prieta Elementary School Forum, 23800 Summit Road.
Wednesday, May 15
Loma Prieta Club’s annual picnic fundraiser begins at 11 a.m., at Radonich Ranch, 25140 Highland Way. Contact Fern Thompson at 408-353-2632, or any member of the Loma Prieta Club for tickets ($25 each).
Thursday, May 16
Brian Liddicoat presents the history of the South Pacific Coast Railroad in the Santa Cruz Mountains, at 7 p.m., at the Loma Prieta Elementary School Forum. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/lomaprietamuseum.
Saturday, May 18
Blessing of the Hot Rods barbecue and wine tasting is at Christ Child Catholic Church, 23230 Summit Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.
Lakeside Elementary School hosts a Goodwill truck for your donations, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 19621 Black Road.
Saturday, May 18 and
Sunday, May 19
Goodwill donation and e-waste fundraiser will be held at the Building Blocks Preschool parking lot, 23
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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 www.fire.ca.gov