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Sunday, April 1
Christ Child Catholic and Mountain Bible churches host an Easter sunrise celebration at the Gazebo on the Loma Prieta Playfield on Summit Road, beginning at 7 a.m.
Children’s Easter egg hunt, Redwood Estates Pavillion, 11 a.m.
Monday, April 2
The mountain-area 55-plus program meets at 10:30 a.m., at the Loma Prieta Community Center room, 23845 Summit Road, for table games, puzzles, handcrafting, and conversation.
Thursday, April 5
Loma Prieta and CTE bands will perform at 7 p.m. in the Loma Prieta/C.T. English gymnasium
Saturday, April 14
Hour-long sudden-oak-death training on how to take samples, 10 a.m. at the CalFire station at 12900 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos (near Hwy 9/Hwy 35 crossing). Sampling packets and instructions provided. Find out more at www.sodblitz.org
Thursday, April 19
The Loma Prieta Museum hosts a presentation where local pioneer families share what it was like growing up in the Summit area almost a hundred years ago. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. at the Loma Prieta Elementary School forum.
Saturday, April 21
The New Museum of Los Gatos hosts the 23rd annual Los Gatos historic homes tour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the historic Johnson Avenue neighborhood. Tickets are available at numulosgatos.org/hht.
Community brush chipping in the Redwood Estates Pavilion parking lot, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm.
Monday, April 23
The mountain-area 55-plus program meets at 10:30 a.m., at the Loma Prieta Community Center room, 23845 Summit Road, to read the play Harvey by Mary Chase. Audience listeners are welcome, too.
Saturday, April 28
The Lakeside School Foundation annual auction and fundraiser is at the Lexington Ridge Inn. Tickets are available at www.lakesiderocks.org.
Family Science Day is from noon to 4 p.m. in the Loma Prieta Elementary School Forum.
Friends of Los Gatos Library present Olympic gold medalists in synchronized swimming, Sonja and Bianca Van Der Velden-OLY, at the Los Gatos Library (upstairs in the Tech Room), beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday
April 28 and 29
Loma Prieta Winery donates 50 percent of the weekend’s proceeds to the Loma Prieta Education Fund.
Sunday, April 29
Two on Tap performs at the Los Gatos High School Theatre at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students. Tickets are available online at www.lgcca.org.
Saturday, May 19
Blessing of the Hot Rods car show and wine tasting will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Christ Child Catholic Church, 23230 Summit Road. Enjoy great cars, wine, food, music, and raffle baskets.
Saturday and Sunday
May 19 and 20
Goodwill donation and E-waste fundraiser at the Building Blocks Preschool parking lot, 23845 Summit Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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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