July 2 to 4
Los Gatos will make a big traffic problem bigger
by closing South Santa Cruz Avenue
at Wood Road (across from the post office)
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, July 3
Mountain Bible Church welcomes you to the Gazebo on the Loma Prieta Playfield,
beginning at 10 a.m.
Find out more by calling 408-353-2302, or email mountainbible@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 7
Mountain-area 55-plus program meets at 10 a.m. at the Redwood Estates Pavillion
to carpool to the Mozart Foundation Automobile Museum in Mountain View.
For information, reservations, or carpooling help,
call Lynnette Vega at 650-747-0605, or email lahondalynnette@earthlink.net.

July 9 and 10
Believing that if something doesn't work, do it again,
Los Gatos will make a big traffic problem bigger
by closing South Santa Cruz Avenue at Wood Road
(across from the post office)
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friday, July 15
Summer movie night hosted by the Loma Prieta Community Foundation
features Skyfall at 8:30 p.m. at the Loma Prieta Playfield and amphitheater.

Saturday, July 16
All-class Loma Prieta and C.T. English reunion,
at the old Loma Prieta school site beginning at noon.
Send your email address or other information to CTreunion@yahoo.com,
or join the “Loma Prieta Alumni” group on Facebook.

Monday, July 18
Mountain-area 55-plus program meets at 10:30 a.m.
at the Redwood Estates Pavillion,
21450 Madrone Drive in Redwood Estates,
for table games and puzzles. 

Saturday, July 23
The Joe Sharino Band returns
for the fifth-annual Rockin’ in the Mountains dance
at the Loma Prieta Playfield on Summit Road.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The band plays from 7 to 10 p.m.

Tuesday, July 26
State Senator Jim Beall
holds a water and fire-safety workshop
at the Redwood Estates Pavillion,
21450 Madrone Drive in Redwood Estates.

Saturday, August 6
Open house at the Soquel Demonstration State Forest
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
RSVP by July 31 at www.soquelforest.com
to reserve a free food voucher and a “priority” shuttle seat.


To learn what you can do to fight airplane noise in the Santa Cruz Mountains,
visit http://sossantacruz.org/

For updates on Santa Cruz County road closures,
see www.sccroadclosure.org/



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 news@mnn.net.
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


Click Here for Ways to Prevent Erosion

Click Here for Santa Cruz County Burn Regulations

Have you updated your family disaster plan? Here's how...

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 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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Mail theft. Arson. Vandalism. Burglaries.

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

If you see something suspicious don't be afraid to report it.

If you see a possible crime, call 911.






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