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Talent sought for contest

The Scotts Valley Exchange Club seeks talented young people, ages 6 through 18, to sign up and compete in its annual Search for Talent competition. First place is awarded $100, second place $50 and third place $25. The competition will begin at 1 p.m. at the Williams Theater at Olivet University, 800 Bethany Drive, in Scotts Valley.

The registration deadline is March 31.

For information: 438-1000

Environmental education grants available

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District is accepting grant proposals as part of its Classic Watershed Grants in the San Lorenzo River watershed.

Grants of as much as $2,500 each, plus $500 for outreach, are available to students, teachers, groups and individuals for education in the local watershed. In total, $17,500 is available.

Later this year, the district will announce a second funding cycle for data collection and restoration grants.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. March 14.

Application guidelines and grant requirements can be found at or at the district’s offices, 13060 Highway 9, in Boulder Creek.

For information: Betsy Herbert, or 430-4627

Scotts Valley High mock trial team falls in quarterfinals

In an upset, Scotts Valley High School’s top-ranked mock trial team was eliminated by Santa Cruz High’s team following the first round of the playoffs the evening of Feb. 15 at the Santa Cruz County Courthouse.

The team, led by teacher coach Jon Tiffany and attorney coach Ellen Campos, had advanced to the statewide competition in 2011.

“We did our best,” said Miriam Arghavani, team captain, following the Falcons’ elimination. “Santa Cruz (High) did amazing.

“The important thing is that we have a great team to represent Santa Cruz County (at the state competition).”

Young artists invited to submit work

The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center is inviting artists younger than 21 years to take artwork to the center from 2 to 5 p.m. March 18 to enter its 15th annual youth art show, “Spring Into Art.”

Work will be on display at the gallery March 21 to 31, from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. An opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. March 21.

The center is at 9341 Mill St. in Ben Lomond.

For information: 336-3513 or

Arts commission seeks poetry

The Scotts Valley Arts Commission invites poets of all ages to submit a poem to its annual Verse of the Valley contest. Winners of the contest are invited to read their poems in front of the Scotts Valley City Council. Poems will also be published in the Press-Banner.

The commission awards an honorarium of $50 each to the four teachers whose students’ poems win first place in their grade levels. There is also a “class poem” category.

Admission forms are available at Scotts Valley Recreation, 361 Kings Village Road, and in the offices of Scotts Valley schools. The deadline to submit a poem is April 20.

Fair booths available

March 31 is the deadline for local artists and crafters to apply for a booth at the Redwood Mountain Faire, which will be June 2 and 3 at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton. As many as 50 fine arts and crafts booths may be accepted for the event. All items must be handmade by the artist or exhibitor to be considered.

For information: or 216-6535.

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