Saturday, September 8
The New Museum Los Gatos opens Sis Boom Bah!, an exhibition exploring the legends of Los Gatos High School.
Saturday and Sunday,
September 8 and 9
The 35th annual Capitola Art and Wine Festival in Capitola Village features the works of more than 150 artists and the wines of 22 Santa Cruz Mountain wineries. An artisan’s marketplace will feature locally made foods and crafts, and a children’s art and music area will offer craft projects and musical play. Enjoy local dance groups, street performers, and live music. The festival is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, September 15
The Harvest Festival at Skyland Mountain Church is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 25100 Skyland Road. More information is at skylandchurch.com/harvest-festival.
Loma Prieta Museum annual farm-dinner benefit, 5 p.m. at the Mason-Taylor Ranch, 22849 Summit Road. For more information, see www.facebook.com/LomaPrietaMuseum.
Los Gatos Birdwatcher offers a birding tour of San Bruno Mountain and Devil’s Slide, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information and to register for the trip, call 408-358-9453.
Representatives from the League of Women Voters will provide nonpartisan, concise explanations of the November 2018 ballot measures at 2 p.m., at the Los Gatos Public Library, 100 Villa Avenue. Ballot measures’ provisions, fiscal effects, main arguments for and against, and the supporters and opponents will be covered.
The Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, a free, self-guided bicycle tour of chicken coops, gardens, and bee hives, is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find out more at www.tourdecoop.com.
Monday, September 17
The mountain-area 55-plus program highlights the music of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein, creators of Oklahoma and The Sound of Music. We meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Loma Prieta Community Room, 23845 Summit Road.
Wednesday, September 19
Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors board meeting is at 12:30 p.m., at Nonno’s in Redwood Estates.
Sunday, September 23
Concert pianist Ilya Yakushev performs at 2:30 p.m. in the Los Gatos High School Theatre, 20 High School Court. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $5 for students, and $65 for a whole family. Doors open at 2 p.m.
Thursday and Friday,
October 4 and 5
Los Gatos Lions will accept donations of eyeglasses in front of Lunardi’s, Nob Hill, and the Los Gatos Post Office, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 6
95033free swap meet is 9 a.m. to noon in the Loma Prieta Gymnasium, 23800 Summit Road.
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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