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Saturday, April 2
Young Writers Workshop for aspiring authors, ages 8 through 12, is from 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., in the community room of the Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, 208 East Main Street in Los Gatos. Find out more at

Monday, April 4
The mountain-area 55-plus program meets at the Redwood Estates Pavilion, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for games, snacks, and conversation.

Friday, April 15
Summit Store hosts “Shop for Our Schools”, donating ten percent of the day’s sales to the Loma Prieta Education Fund. Store hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 16
Mountain churches host a litter-pick-up day, meeting at 9 a.m. at Mountain Bible Church. Orange vests, litter bags, and beverages will be provided.

Monday, April 18
The mountain-area 55-plus program meets at the Redwood Estates Pavilion at 10:15 a.m., to carpool to the Ainsley House and the Campbell Historic Museum, followed by a no-host lunch at the Campbell Brewing Company.

Wednesday, April 20
Supervisor John Leopold meets constituents, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Loma Prieta School Forum, 23800 Summit Road.

Saturday, April 23
Family Science Day at C.T. English Middle School is from 2 to 5 p.m. See middle-school science-fair projects and interactive exhibits.

Lakeside School Foundation’s annual fund-raiser is at the Toll House in Los Gatos. For more information, call 408-354-2372, or email Desiree Hedberg at

Saturday and Sunday, April 23 to 24
Loma Prieta Winery hosts “Sip for Our Schools,” donating half of the weekend’s sales to the Loma Prieta Elementary Fund. Winery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Map/directions at

Thursday, April 28
The Loma Prieta school district board of trustees hosts a community-input meeting about recovery and master plans for the community center, school grounds, and north campus, at 6:30 p.m., in the Loma Prieta Elementary School forum.

Saturday, April 30
Sudden Oak Death blitz training at the CDF fire station, 12900 Skyline Boulevard (near Highway 9 and Skyline), begins at 10 a.m. Attend a brief and informative training session, and get sampling packets and instructions. For more information, visit

Building Blocks Spring Carnival is at Maison du Lac, 23107 Summit Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy games and activities, a silent auction, barbecue, a full bar, and live music. For more information, visit


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Highways 17 and 1

Monday, April 4 in Scotts Valley:
Northbound Hwy. 17 from Sims Rd. to Mt. Hermon Rd.
#2 (right) lane closed for fence repair from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays up to 10 minutes

Tuesday, April 5 in Santa Cruz:
Northbound Hwy. 1, at the Fishhook
Alternating lane closures for bridge work from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays up to 15 minutes

Wednesday, April 6 in Scotts Valley:
Southbound Hwy. 17, at Mt. Hermon Rd.
Lane 2 (right) closure for bridge work from 9:30 am to 2:30 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays up to 10 minutes

Thursday, April 7 in Scotts Valley:
Southbound Highway 17, from Mt. Hermon Rd. to Sims Rd.
Lane 2 (right) closed for sign repair from 9:30 am to 2:30 p.m.
Motorists can expect delays up to 10 minutes


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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
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.

Click here for other wildlife sightings

For more information from
California Fish and Game
about mountain lions, click


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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

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 



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Watch out for lurkers, strangers, and odd comings and goings.

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If you see a possible crime, call 911.






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