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Friday, May 3
Field trip to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History to see “We’re Still Here: Stories of Seniors and Social Isolation.” Lunch/coffee after at Abbott Square Food Court. Meet at 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, at 10:30 a.m. Email to RSVP.

Saturday May 4
Sudden Oak Death blitz training, 10 a.m., at the CAL FIRE Saratoga Summit Fire Station. For information, email

Mountain Mayhem hosts a dodgeball tournament fundraiser at the Los Gatos High School gymnasium, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find out more at

Sunday, May 5
95033free hosts a swap meet, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Loma Prieta gymnasium, at 23800 Summit Road.

Thursday, May 9
LPJUSD superintendent’s planning session is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Loma Prieta Community Center, 23800 Summit Road.

Friday through Sunday,
May 10 through 12

The Mountain Gals Vintage Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 24915 Soquel-San Jose Road.

Saturday May 11
The Summit Sisters perform from 8 to 11 p.m., at the Los Gatos Lodge, 50 Los Gatos Saratoga Boulevard. Learn more on Facebook:@SantaCruzMountainsMusic.

Sunday, May 12
San Jose Wind Symphony performs music from The Music Man at the McAfee Performing Arts Center in Saratoga. Concert begins at 3 p.m. Visit, or call 408-927-7597.

Tuesday, May 14
LPJUSD superintendent’s planning session, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Loma Prieta Forum, 23800 Summit Road.

Wednesday, May 15
Loma Prieta Club’s annual picnic fundraiser begins at 11 a.m., at Radonich Ranch, 25140 Highland Way. Call 408-353-2632 for tickets.

Main Street Burgers fundraiser to support Lakeside Elementary School.

Thursday, May 16
Brian Liddicoat presents the history of the Southern Pacific Railroad in the Santa Cruz Mountains, at 7 p.m., at the Loma Prieta School Forum. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 18
Blessing of the Hot Rods barbecue and wine tasting is at Christ Child Catholic Church, 23230 Summit Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Bring a lightly used coat, sweater, or hoodie to donate to our holiday coat drive.
Lakeside Elementary School hosts a Goodwill truck for your donations, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 19621 Black Road.

Open House at Bear Creek Stables, 19100 Bear Creek Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Riding demonstrations, pony rides, friendly goats, and refreshments.

Saturday and Sunday,
May 18 through 19

Goodwill donation and e-waste fundraiser at the Building Blocks Preschool parking lot, 23845 Summit Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 19
South Skyline Fire and Rescue holds its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser and open house, from 8 to 11 a.m., at the Saratoga Summit CalFire station, 12900 Skyline Boulevard (1/2 mile north of Hwy 9). 

Sunday, May 26
Rocket picnic from noon to 3 p.m., at the Loma Prieta School Field. To find out more, call 408-353-2302, or email

Sunday, June 2
The Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire and Rescue barbecue is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Loma Prieta Playfield, 23845 Summit Road. Food, fun, and prizes for many lucky winners.

Sunday, June 23
Everyone is invited to the Summit Riders Horseman's Association summer-schooling show in English and Western. Arena opens at 7:30 a.m. First class is at 9 a.m. Visit for information.

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