Caltrans is paving two short sections
of southbound Highway 17
Monday, May 16 through Wednesday, May 18
Two-mile section of southbound Highway 17 from south of the Summit (by Summit House restaurant) to Laurel Curve Road
Thursday, May 19
1.5 mile section of southbound Highway 17 from Vine Hill Road to Granite Creek Road.
The #2 (right) lane of southbound Hwy. 17 at each location may be closed from 7 a.m, to 2 p,m. Anticipate delays of 15 to 20 minutes.
Saturday, May 14
Fox Equine Rescue and Youth Horsemanship Center’s annual spring benefit is from 2 to 6 p.m., at 24705 Miller Hill Road. Enjoy pony rides, barbecue (with veggie options), live music, and more. Find out more at www.FoxEquineRescue.org.
The Girls on the Run 5K race at Vasona Park starts at 8 a.m. Register at www.gotrsv.org.
Monday, May 16
The 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.
Wednesday, May 18
Loma Prieta Club Picnic at Radonich Ranch, 25140 Highland Way. Admission tickets available from club members, raffle tickets available at Summit Store.
Friday, May 20
LPEF Annual Golf Tournament at the DeLaveaga Golf Course. More information at www.lpef.org.
Saturday, May 21
Blessing of the hot rods car show and wine-tasting event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Christ Child Catholic Church, 23230 Summit Road. Enjoy specialty cars, wine tasting, tri-tip sandwiches, raffle baskets, live music, and more.
May 24 through 26
Hicklebee’s Book Fair at Loma Prieta Elementary School, 8 to 9 a.m., 3 p.m.
Thursday, May 26
Friends of Los Gatos Library annual business meeting features a presentation by Sharon Mosunic of the Los Gatos Police Department, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Los Gatos Council Chambers. Sharon will speak about Internet safety at library, home, and business, as well as other items of interest for town residents.
Saturday, May 28
Sudden Oak Death informative meeting begins at 10 a.m., at Christ Child Church, 23230 Summit Road.
Sunday, May 29
Visit artist June Lamen’s open studio, 1 to 5 p.m., 24243 Loma Prieta Avenue.
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
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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