Monday, August 1
Mountain-area 55-plus program meets at Redwood Estates Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for games, puzzles, and handicrafts. Free beverages and treats. For information, call Lynnette Vega at 650-747-0605.

Tuesday, August 2
Midpen sponsors a public meeting to study design and feasibility of Highway 17 wildlife passages, at 6 p.m., at Los Gatos United Methodist Church, 111 Church Street. For more information call Julie Anderson, 650-691-1200, or email

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

Sunday, August 7
Mountain Bible Church welcomes you to the Gazebo on the Loma Prieta Playfield beginning at 10 a.m. To learn more, call 408-353-2302, or email

Friday, August 12 
Back-to-school root-beer-float social at Loma Prieta Elementary School begins at 4:30 p.m.

Memorial service for longtime mountain resident and Lakeside School teacher Patty Bjorlie,
11:00 am at the Los Gatos History Club, 123 Los Gatos Boulevard.

Monday, August 15
Mountain-area 55-plus program meets at Redwood Estates Pavilion for a summertime potluck.
Dinnerware, drinks, and sandwiches are provided. You bring a salad or dessert to share.
Before the potluck, we’ll have time for games, puzzles, and handicrafts.
See you at 10:30 a.m. For information, call Lynnette Vega at 650-747-0605.

Friday, August 19
Summer movie night hosted by the Loma Prieta Community Foundation features Minions at 8 p.m. at the Loma Prieta Playfield and amphitheater.

Tuesday, August 23
Mountain Residents’ Night Out at the Gazebo on the Loma Prieta Playfield, beginning at 6 p.m.
Admission is free.

Sunday, August 28
Flea market at Redwood Estates Pavillion, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Reserve your spot at 408-353-1866.



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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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