Friday, January 10 through
Sunday, January 12

The Fungus Fair is at the Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, in Santa Cruz. The fair is open on Friday from 2 to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Find out more at

Saturday, January 11
Author Jim Bostwick discusses his best-selling book, Acts of Omission, at 2 p.m., in the Los Gatos Library.

Wednesday, January 15
Bollywood dance fitness class at Summit Whole Body Fitness, from 4 to 5 p.m. Drop-in fee is $15. Call Jenny Yamate at 408-353-2100.

Friday, January 17
Lasagna on the house. Lasagna night at The Mountain Hang Out, Skyland Church, 5 to 8 p.m.

Sunday, January 19
Chris Coole and the Lonesome Ace String Band will perform on The Great Room stage on Miller Hill Road. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25. Make a reservation at, or call 415-519-8031.

The Maxwell Quartet performs at the Los Gatos High School Theatre. Doors open at 2 p.m., concert begins at 2:30 p.m. Find out more at

Friday, January 24
Hosted lunch, discussion, and screening of the film, King in the Wilderness, in Whitaker Hall at Skyland Community Church, 25100 Skyland Road. Noon to 3 p.m. Email

Saturday, January 25
A free solar seminar will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at the Loma Prieta School community room, 23845 Summit Road next to Building Blocks.

Sunday, January 26
Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers will present a workshop, jam, and concert at The Great Room on Miller Hill Road. Program starts at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.), with a fiddle workshop until 2:30 p.m., an hour to jam, and a concert from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Admission is $20 per person.

Sunday, January 26
95033free swap meet is from 9 a.m. to noon in the Loma Prieta gymnasium, 23800 Summit Road.


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