Sunday, November 3
Los Gatos-Saratoga Observation Nursery School hosts a Turkey Trot 5K family fun run, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 19601 Black Road. Runners, walkers, and bike riders of all ages welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists’ reception and children’s photography exhibition will be at Skyland Church’s Whitaker Hall, 25100 Skyland Road, from 3 to 5 p.m. Email ChildrensPhotoShow@gmail.com.
Wednesday, November 6 through
Thursday, November 7
Lexington School’s young thespians present Here Be Dragons, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at www.lexhsc.org/schoolplay.
Saturday, November 9
Raptor Fest will be at Rancho San Vicente in Calero County Park, 21151 McKean Road in San Jose, noon to 4 p.m. Reservations are required. Learn more at ParkHere.org or openspacetrust.org.
Lakeside School hosts a Goodwill donation drive, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 19621 Black Road.
Sunday, November 10
Pippa hosts a concert at her home on Summit Road, featuring Patsy O’Brien and Dick Hensold performing traditional songs from Britain and Ireland. Potluck begins at 6 p.m. Music begins at 7 p.m. Email email@example.com.
Friday, November 15 through
Sunday, November 17
Theatre in the Mountains Stars-to-Be present Annie, Jr., at the Loma Prieta Community Center main stage, 23800 Summit Road. Friday performance is at 7 p.m., Saturday performances are at 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday performance is at 1 p.m. Tickets and more information is at theatreinthemountains.org.
Saturday, November 16
Woodpecker workshop with Stephen Shunk, from 8 a.m. to noon. Fee is $45. To reserve your spot, call Los Gatos Birdwatcher at 408-358-9453.
Passport Day at Silver Mountain Vineyards, noon to 5 p.m. More information is at www.silvermtn.com.
Tuesday, November 19 through
Thursday, November 21
Auditions for Theatre in the Mountains’ middle-school production of The Addams Family, School Edition, will be at C.T. English Middle School. Registration and additional information is at www.theatreinthemountains.org.
Saturday, December 7 and
Sunday, December 8
Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire will be at the Loma Prieta Gym/Community Center, 23800 Summit Road.
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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 www.fire.ca.gov