Monday, February 1
Mountain-area 55-plus program meets at the Redwood Estates Pavilion, 21450 Madrone Drive, in Redwood Estates, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday and Friday,
February 4 and 5
Theatre in the Mountains Shining Stars present You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Historic Hoover Theater, 1635 Park Avenue in San Jose, 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at

Saturday, February 6
Theatre in the Mountains Shining Stars present You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Historic Hoover Theater, 1635 Park Avenue in San Jose, 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at

Saturday and Sunday,
February 6 and 7
Friends of Los Gatos Library’s book sale, from noon to 5 p.m., in the former children’s room of the old library, 110 Main Street in Los Gatos.

Wednesday, February 10
Town-hall meetings at the Lakeside Community Center, 19621 Black Road, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday,
February 13 and 14
A Wine-Lover’s Weekend sponsored by The Summit Wineries: Burrell School, MJA, Silver Mountain, Villa del Monte, and Wrights Station. Noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Sunday, February 14
The Los Gatos Community Concert series features the Valinor Quartet, at 2:30 p.m., at the Los Gatos High School Theatre. Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students. You can also purchase tickets at

Monday, February 15
Mountain-area 55-plus program meets at the Redwood Estates Pavilion, at 10:30 a.m., for a presentation from the Flying Doctors, followed by a potluck. Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share. For information or reservations, call Lynnette Vega at 650-747-0605, or email

Wednesday, February 17
Supervisor John Leopold meets with constituents, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Loma Prieta School Forum.

Saturday, February 20
Hike and explore local history at Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve with docent Jenny Whitman and volunteers from Bear Creek Stables. We will meet at 10 a.m. Call 408-354-1787 to reserve your spot, and directions to the meeting location will be provided.

Tuesday, February 23
Santa Clara County Fire hosts a Community Wildfire Protection Plan meeting, 7 p.m., at the Redwood Estates Pavilion.

February 26
C.T. English Movie Night, 7 to 9 p.m.

Sunday, February 28
Help assemble care packages to our troops overseas at 11:30 a.m., at Christ Child Church, 23230 Summit Road. Find out more at, or

Thursday, March 24
Attorney and Santa Cruz historian Brian Liddicoat will present the history of the historic South Pacific Coast Railroad, at 7 p.m., at Loma Prieta Elementary School.


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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.

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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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