Thursday, April 27
See Calendar for new "History of Grizzly Bears" date
Friday, April 28
Mike and Ann Scherer of Cruz Properties
host a grand opening of their new office on Highway 17, next to the Summit House,
from 4 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 29
Friends of Los Gatos Library sponsors a Young Writers Workshop|
for aspiring authors ages 9 through 12, from 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.,
in the community room of the Los Gatos Neighborhood Center, 208 East Main Street.
Flyer-registration forms are available in the Children’s Library
or online at www.friendsoflglibrary.org.
The Lakeside School Foundation hosts its annual fund-raiser and auction
at the Toll House in Los Gatos,
from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Tickets available at www.lakesiderocks.org.
Bear Creek Stables hosts its spring open house,
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
at 19100 Bear Creek Road.
Meet baby goats and other animals, and learn more about the stables.
Late event addition
after our May issue closing date
Mini Book Fest
Santa Clara County Bookmobile
at Redwood Estates Pavilion
from 2 to 4 p.m.
Face painting, bubbles, new books for the summer, book
swaps, sign-ups for the
summer reading club,
To learn what you can do to fight airplane noise in the Santa Cruz Mountains,
For updates on Santa Cruz County road closures,
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.
here for other wildlife sightings
For more information from
California Fish and Game
about mountain lions, click
Here for Ways to Prevent Erosion
Here for Santa Cruz County Burn Regulations
Have you updated your
family disaster plan? Here's how...
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