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Author to sign book

Scotts Valley resident Ed Sams will sign copies of his new novella, “Wicked Hill,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at Inklings Books and Things in the Capitola Mall.

“Wicked Hill” is the story of Amy Scoggins, a hired girl for two old sisters, who use her to play wicked tricks upon each other. In the book, the two women, Misses Henrietta and Marietta Wicks, work Amy day and night, and even invade her dreams at night. When the snow begins to fall, she realizes she is trapped on Wicked Hill until spring. She must withstand the wicked ways of the two old witches all winter long, without becoming a witch herself.

A native of East Tennessee, Sams has published short stories, essays and poems in regional journals and national periodicals across the United States. He has lived in Santa Cruz County for 30 years and teaches in the English department at San Jose State University.

Inklings Books and Things is in Ste. 1B inside the Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., in Capitola.


Road closure planned Friday

Highway 236 will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, for grinding and paving work at the corner of Highway 9 and Highway 236 in Boulder Creek.

The highway will close between the junction with Highway 9 and Pine Street. The Highway 9 northbound left turning lane to Highway 236 will also be closed.

Caltrans crews will post detour signs directing traffic to either Forest Street or Lorenzo Avenue to access either highway. California Highway Patrol crews will also help with traffic control. Motorists can expect up to 15-minute delays.

The work is intended to improve safety by removing and replacing worn pavement.

Lane closure information is available at


Blue Star Moms collect names, addresses

The Santa Cruz County Chapter of the Blue Star Moms will send Christmas packages to troops deployed in foreign lands. The organization has an Oct. 25 deadline to mail the packages, and is looking for the name and address of anyone who is deployed with any branch of the U.S. Military.

Names and addresses can be emailed to Blue Star Moms Secretary Marsha Nord at


Gourd art begins in Scotts Valley

Art instructor Carmen Bergmann will host a beginning gourd class from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in Scotts Valley. The class will detail how to decorate gourds using color, pine-needle coiling and other decoration.

Cost is $55, plus a $15 materials fee, at Scotts Valley Artisans, 230-D Mount Hermon Road.

For information: 439-9094 or


Schools receive music grant

The San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley high school choirs have each received a $500 Caralyn Steinberg grant to help pay for accompanists.

The grant fund was established in memory of Caralyn Steinberg by her family to support choral music in local schools. Steinberg was a member of the Gold Standard Barbershop Chorus from 2005 until her death in December 2009. 

This year, seven Santa Cruz County high schools applied. St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School was the third to receive the grant.

The total awarded in the past three years is $5,400.

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