Local Events

Saturday, August 23
Mountain Jam 2014 music festival, noon to 6 p.m., Gazebo and Loma Prieta Playfield

Monday, August 25
First day of school for Building Blocks Preschool

Tuesday, August 26
Heavenly Harp duo house concert at the Zerweck home, 15724 Adams Ridge Road, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 31
Ed Miller and John Taylor concert at Pippa Siersema’s home, next to Mountain Bible Church on Summit Road, potluck at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m.

September 2 to 3
Theatre in the Mountains holds auditions for The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr., for children in grades 3 through 5. For information, go to www.theatreinthemountains.org.

Sept 3
Backyard Bash Fundraiser for Local Families Fighting Cancer
At Radonich Ranch
4:30 - 9:30 p.m
Join your neighbors on the mountain for a "backyard bash" fundraising event to benefit the Davis and Avoy families in their fight
against cancer. Tickets are $150 per person, including dinner, drinks, and dancing. Silent auction as well as a raffle. Wines provided by Loma Prieta and Radonich Ranch.
RSVP: https://sites.google.com/site/backyardfundraiser/

Saturday, September 13
Paper-making workshop with Jeanne Tillman, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 408-353-3921.

Friday, September 19
( Note date change)

Mason Taylor Ranch harvest jubilee at 22849 Summit Road, 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Summit Store. $75

Saturday, September 20
Harvest festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Skyland Church, 25100 Skyland Roa


For updates on Santa Cruz County road closures,
see www.sccroadclosure.org/

Mt. Charlie Road between Summit Road and Glenwood Drive will be subject to traffic delays between 8:30 a.m to 4 p.m.
from August 20 through September 5.


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 news@mnn.net.
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.

Click here for other wildlife sightings

For more information from
California Fish and Game
about mountain lions, click


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Click Here for Santa Cruz County Burn Regulations

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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 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 



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If you see a possible crime, call 911.






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