Friday through Monday,
September 1 to 4
The 65th and final Capitola Begonia Festival will be in Capitola Village. Find out more at www.begoniafestival.com.

Wednesday, September 6
Join your neighbors for a dinner-night-out fund-raiser at Patxi’s Pizza, 1875 S. Bascom Avenue in Campbell. Print out a flier at www/lakesiderocks.org, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Lakeside School.

Recycling expert Leslie O’Malley explains recycling, and how to do it, at this free presentation at the Loma Prieta School Forum, 23900 Summit Road, at 6 p.m. This event is sponsored by 95033free and the Loma Prieta Community Foundation.

Friday, September 8
The Los Gatos High School Alumni Association is sponsoring an alumni night at the home football game against San Benito High School. A section in the stands will be reserved for graduates and their families. The game begins at 7 p.m., but arrive early for parking in the school lot.

Saturday, September 9
Recycled paper-making workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $85 and includes materials and instruction. Call Jeanne Tillman at 408-353-3921 to reserve your spot, or send a check payable to Jeanne Tillman, 15000 Old Ranch Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033.

Saturday, September 16
Loma Prieta Museum annual farm-dinner benefit, 5 p.m. at the Mason-Taylor Ranch, 22849 Summit Road. To buy your $95 ticket, go to www.Eventbrite.com, or email LomaPrietaMuseum@gmail.com. For more information, see our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LomaPrietaMuseum.

Summit Toastmasters hosts an open house at 9:30 a.m., in the community room at Mountain Bible Church, 23946 Summit Road. Join us for food, drinks, raffle and door prizes, and a whole lot of fun.

Skyland Church hosts an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a luncheon, music, a bake sale, plants, canned goods, clothing, books for sale, and art projects for children.

Monday, September 18
The mountain-area 55-plus program meets at 9:30 a.m. at C.T. English Middle School to carpool the U.C., Santa Cruz, Arboretum and Botanic Garden for a docent-led tour. Bring a bag lunch. To reserve your spot, call Lynnette Vega at 650-747-0605, or email lahondalynnette@earthlink.net by September 11. 

Saturday, September 23
Lakeside School Foundation presents Jim Ripper and the Nightprowlers at the Las Cumbres Community Center, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy live music, food, wine by Black Ridge Vineyards, local brews, a taco truck, and refreshments for the kids. Buy tickets at www.lakesiderocks.org.

Saturday and Sunday,
September 23 and 24
Lupin Lodge, an Euro-style clothing-optional retreat/resort established in 1935, hosts Earthdance to celebrate world peace through dance and prayer. Lupin Lodge is at 20600 Aldercroft Heights Road. Call 408-353-9200, visit relax@lupinlodge.org., or visit www.lupinfestivals.com.

Wednesday, October 4
Dinner-night-out fund-raiser for Lakeside School at Chipotle, 640 Blossom Hill Road in Los Gatos, from 4 to 8 p.m. Print out a flier at www/lakesiderocks.org, and a portion of the proceeds benefits Lakeside School.

Saturday, October 7
Enjoy food, beer, and music at Nonno’s Octoberfest, 21433 Broadway in Redwood Estates. A $30 advance ticket buys you a souvenir glass, all-you-can-eat German and Italian foods, and live music by Burnin’ Vernon and the Aftermath.

Tuesday, October 10
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill perform Celtic music at Skyland Church, 21500 Skyland Road. Potluck dinner is at 6 p.m. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 at www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets at the door (if available) are $25.

Saturday, October 14
Recycled paper-making workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost of $85 covers materials and instruction. Call Jeanne Tillman at 408-353-3921 to reserve your spot, or send a check payable to Jeanne Tillman,
15000 Old Ranch Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033.





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Mountain Wildfires
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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 



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