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Sing for music programs

On Sunday, Nov. 4, students from all around the Monterey Bay area will converge on the Civic Auditorium to participate in the 10th annual Sing for Your Life event.

Produced by the Gold Standard Chorus, Sing for Your Life has earned $58,000 for participating schools in the past nine years.

Music teachers use the funds for sheet music, accompanist salaries, field trips and other items not covered by shrinking school budgets.

There will be two performances by students from local high schools.

Students from Monte Vista Christian School and Scotts Valley High School will perform at the 1 p.m. show, and students from San Lorenzo Valley High School will participate in the 7 p.m. show.

For information: 218-1771, or


Homework help at local libraries

With a grant from the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, the Santa Cruz Public Library System will offer free homework assistance at the Scotts Valley and Boulder Creek branches each week.

A credentialed California teacher will be on site to oversee a team of volunteer helpers assisting students aged 18 and younger with their schoolwork.

The program will be at the Scotts Valley Library every Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. and at the Boulder Creek branch Wednesdays between 3 and 5 p.m.

For information: 427-7706, ext 7665 or


Discounted rainwater barrels

As part of the Scotts Valley Water District’s plan to encourage water conservation, the district is offering customers 50-gallon rain harvesting barrels for $30 — marked down from $149.

The goal of the barrels is to reduce the strain on the aquifer by lessening use of potable water on deck plants and gardens.

The 50-gallon plastic barrels feature a locking lid, mosquito screens and two overflow ports and meet Environmental Protection Agency safety standards.

A Rainwater Demo Day is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, between 9 and 11 a.m. in the district’s lower parking lot, located at 2 Civic Center Drive.

For information: 438-2363 or


Yard waste disposal event

The Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District encourages those in San Lorenzo Valley to drop off approved yard waste for a free at the Ben Lomond Transfer Station on designated days in November instead of burning the waste.

Scheduled for the first three Fridays and Saturdays of November — Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 — San Lorenzo Valley residents within the ZIP codes of 95005, 95006, 95007 and 95018 can participate.

According to a district press release, residents must present a driver’s license or utility bill at the scale to prove residence in the approved areas.

For a full list of materials that will and will not be accepted, visit

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