Thursday, January 10
Theatre in the Mountains hosts a planning meeting for the summer production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, in the portable conference room between the gym and Loma school, at 7 p.m. For more information, email Bridget Freiri at
Groundbreaking for the first segment of the Coastal Rail Trail will be from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., at the west base of the San Lorenzo River Railroad Trestle Bridge in Santa Cruz. The groundbreaking ceremony will be followed by a free community party including speakers, refreshments, commemorative giveaways, and Coastal Rail Trail engineering displays. Free parking will be in the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk River parking lot.
Friday through Sunday,
January 11 through 13
The 45th annual Fungus Fair will be at the Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, in Santa Cruz. The fair is open on Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m., and admission is $5. On Saturday and Sunday, the fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission on Saturday and Sunday is $10, $5 for seniors and students.
Saturday, January 12
Summit Toastmasters hosts a presentation from the Santa Clara Firesafe Council, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the basement at Mountain Bible Church, 23496 Summit Road. They will cover topics including defensible space, ember-aware concepts, checklists, “go bag” contents, community evacuation maps, and creating a family-emergency plan. RSVP to email@example.com.
Ride the U.C., Santa Cruz, loop with the mountain-biking club. All ages and skill levels are welcome. We meet at the Mountain Bible Church parking lot at 8:15 a.m. For more information, go to dmkissner.wixsite.com/adventure/mountain-biking-club.
Wednesday, January 16
County Supervisor John Leopold holds a constituents meeting at the temporary Community Center room next to Building Blocks Preschool, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 27
Karen Trolan, author of I Can Still Do It!, will speak at the Los Gatos Library, at 2 p.m.
Friday, February 8 through
Sunday, February 10
Theatre in the Mountains presents
Once Upon a Mattress, featuring our sixth- to eighth-grade performers. Tickets are available at www.theatreinthemountains.org. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m on Sunday.
Wednesday, March 20
Mark Hylkema will present the history of the early Native American residents of the Santa Cruz Mountains, at 7 p.m., at Loma Prieta Elementary School. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/lomaprietamuseum.
Thursday, May 16
Local railroad historian Brian Liddicoat will present the history of early railroads in the Santa Cruz Mountains, at 7 p.m., at Loma Prieta Elementary School.
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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