Monday, August 6
The mountain-area 55-plus program meets in the Loma Prieta Community Room, 23845 Summit Road, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join us for games, puzzles, and conversation.
Wednesday, August 8
Los Gatos Birdwatcher offers a 60-minute bird walk for children ages 5 through 12 at Rinconada Park in Los Gatos, from 11 a.m. to noon. Birds will be viewed through high-powered spotting scopes. Space is limited. Call 408-358-9453 to reserve your child’s spot. Fee: $10
Friday, August 10
The Loma Prieta Community Foundation shows final summer movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off at 8 p.m., in the Loma Prieta Redwood Amphitheater, next to the Loma Prieta Playfield at 23845 Summit Road.The movies are free. Popcorn, candy, and drinks will be for sale.
Saturday, August 11
Join Los Gatos Birdwatcher for a morning on the Bay looking for Caspian Tern, Forster’s Tern, plus Least and Black Terns. The tour will be from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 408-358-9453 to sign up. Fee: $35
Wednesday, August 15
John Leopold hosts a summit constituent meeting, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Loma Prieta Community Room, 23845 Summit Road.
First day of school for Lakeside Elementary School.
Thursday, August 16
Los Gatos hosts its final “Third Thursday” block party, from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy live music, street performances, and fun for the whole family at Town Plaza Park, Grays Lane (Loma Brewing Company), and Old Town. Shops will stay open until 8 p.m.
First day of school for Loma Prieta Elementary, Lexington Elementary, C.T. English Middle, and Los Gatos High schools.
Monday, August 20
The mountain-area 55-plus program meets at 10:30 a.m. in the Loma Prieta Community Room, 23845 Summit Road, to enjoy a special music-appreciation program featuring music of the swing era.
Sunday, August 26
Mountain Bible Church welcomes you to the Gazebo on the Loma Prieta Playfield on Summit Road, beginning at 10 a.m., to hear acoustic music, stories for children, and reflections from the scriptures. You can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy.
Saturday, September 15
Loma Prieta Museum annual farm-dinner benefit, 5 p.m. at the Mason-Taylor Ranch, 22849 Summit Road. For more information, see www.facebook.com/LomaPrietaMuseum.
The Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, a free, self-guided bicycle tour of chicken coops, gardens, and bee hives, is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find out more at www.tourdecoop.com.
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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