Tuesday, August 4
Mountain Residents’ Night Out will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Redwood Estates Pavilion in Redwood Estates. For updated information, check LPCF’s website at www.lpcf.org.
Sunday, August 9
Skyland Community Church memorial patio dedication, 25100 Skyland Road, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, August 10 through Thursday, August 13
Castle Rock youth rock-climbing camp for ages 10 to 15 at Castle Rock State Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, go to www.lgsrecreation.org, click on view classes, and search for Castle Rock.
Saturday, August 15
Free soccer party at the Loma Prieta District Playfield (Gazebo) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Soccer skills, drills, and scrimmages for children going into grades K-6. No soccer experience is required. Bring cleats and shin guards if you have them.
Saturday, August 22
Paper-making workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $65 includes all materials. To reserve a space, call Jeanne Tillman at 408-353-3921.
Fund-raising event at Regale Winery, from 6 to 9 p.m., to benefit families with a critically ill loved one at Good Samaritan Hospital. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, a silent auction, and raffle. Purchase tickets at https://eventbrite.com/event/17160580759/.
Saturday, August 29
Community day at Bear Creek Stables, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Follow the Friends of Bear Creek Stables Facebook page for more details, and RSVP at email@example.com.
August 31 through September 3
Theatre in the Mountains auditions for Lion King, Jr. will be August 31 and September 1, from 2:45 to 6 p.m. Callbacks will be September 2 and 3, from 3 to 6 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Loma Prieta Community Center, 23800 Summit Road. For more information, visit theatreinthemountains.org/rising-stars-audition-guidelin/.
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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.
here for other wildlife sightings
For more information from
California Fish and Game
about mountain lions, click
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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