Friday, September 9
The mountain-area 55-plus program
meets at 9:30 a.m.,
at the Redwood Estates Pavilion,
to carpool to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation Exploration Center.
Following a one-hour tour, we’ll have lunch at Fire Fish Grill.
For information, reservations, or help with carpooling,
call Lynnette Vega at 650-747-0605,
or email
RSVP by Friday, September 2.

Saturday, September 10
Mason-Taylor Ranch hosts its annual farm dinner,
beginning at 5 p.m., at 22849 Summit Road.
Purchase tickets at Summit Store
or email

Paper-making workshop led by Jeanne Tillman.
The five-hour session focuses on creating sheets of recycled papers with decorative flourishes.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Jeanne Tillman’s home, 15000 Old Ranch Road.
Cost is $65. For reservations, call 408-353-3921.

Sunday, September 11
Join us for the fall open house at Bear Creek Stables.
Enjoy horsemanship demonstrations, pony rides,
visit with the Neigh Savers rescue horses, and tour the stables
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 19100 Bear Creek Road.
Families are welcome.
For more information, visit the Friends of Bear Creek Stables on Facebook,
or email

Saturday, September 17
Skyland Church Harvest Festival,
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 25100 Skyland Road.
Shop for clothing, books, household items, plants, jewelry, freshly canned fruits and vegetables, and more.
Enjoy a home-cooked meal,
participate in the silent auction,

and listen to live music.

Monday, September 19
The mountain-area 55-plus program
meets at the Redwood Estates Pavilion
for games, puzzles, projects, and flu shots.
At 10:30 a.m.,
flu, pneumonia, and other shots will be offered by the Santa Cruz Avenue Safeway pharmacy.
If you are enrolled in Medicare, bring your card.
Call Lynnette Vega at 650-747-0605,
or email for information.

Sunday, September 25
Mountain Bible Church
hosts a brown-bag lunch discussion on mental-health issues
beginning at noon.
A former program educator with the National Alliance on Mental Illness
will discuss what families can do to help loved ones with mental illness.
Through personal experience with her own son,
she will discuss some misconceptions about mental illness and answer practical questions.
Frankness is desired in this confidential group event that is open to the community.

The Los Gatos Community Concert season
kicks off with the duo Kubecca,
at the beautiful Los Gatos High School Theatre,
at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at the door or online at


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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
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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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

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 



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Watch out for lurkers, strangers, and odd comings and goings.

If you see something suspicious don't be afraid to report it.

If you see a possible crime, call 911.






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