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Little Basin to host grand-opening

Little Basin Cabins and Campground will host a grand-opening celebration from11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 at 21700 Little Basin Road in Boulder Creek.

The day will include family activities, a barbecue, music, Earth Day projects, demonstrations, environmental education and more.

The celebration will kick off the 2012 camping season.

Little Basin opened as the result of a collaborative effort of California State Parks, Sempervirens Fund, Peninsula Open Space Trust and United Camps, Conferences, and Retreats. The state parks department purchased the land, and private funds set up a $1.3 million endowment to keep it open.

For information: or 338-8018.

Community Action Board to meet in valley

The Community Action Board - a group that conducts, administers and coordinates programs to combat poverty - will meet in Felton this week.

The public is invited to attend the April 18 meeting from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9 in Felton.

Low income residents in the San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley are invited to attend to give input on how the board can best serve them. For information: Catherine O'Kelly, 335-2140,

New story time starts in Felton

A new story time began this week at the Felton library branch, 6299 Gushee St.

Preschoolers are welcome at the library at 10:15 a.m. Thursdays for stories, songs, crafts and more.

For information: 427-7717 or

San Agustin makes donations

Donations totaling $6,500 were recently presented by San Agustin Catholic Church to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center.

The two organizations were the 2011 beneficiaries of the annual San Agustin Angels Auction.

Dave Farrell, the president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and Jennifer O’Brien-Rojo, the executive director of the women’s center, received the money from the Rev. Seamus O’Brien and Auction Committee member Tom Durick.

San Agustin will have its 19th Angels Auction on Nov. 10 at the Hilton in Scotts Valley, 6001 La Madrona Drive. Beneficiaries are yet to be chosen.

Historian to speak on racism in county

Sandy Lydon, author and Cabrillo College historian emeritus, will speak May 3 in Ben Lomond about “Snakes in Paradise: The Ku Klux Klan, Santa Cruz County and the Cycles of Racism.”

Lydon will explain how the KKK targeted Santa Cruz in the 1920s to establish local chapters as the group spread across the U.S.

The May 3 talk will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Park Hall, 9370 Mill St., in Ben Lomond. Cost is $25, reduced to $20 for San Lorenzo Valley Museum members and students. Proceeds will be used by the museum.

For information: or 338-8382

Ask the experts in Felton

The Satellite Telework Center, 6265 Highway 9, in Felton, will host its third Ask the Expert day April 14 as part of Second Saturday festivities in the valley.

From 11 to 3 p.m., Satellite member specialists will answer questions on financial planning, making sustainable decisions, eBay, digital photography and Web design.

The event is free to the public.

For information: or 222-2100.

Scotts Valley 4-H update

The Scotts Valley 4-H Club will take part in the Sectional Presentation Day on April 21. The club will also elect its officers in May.

Upcoming projects include quilting, card-making, beginning dairy goats, cattle and ukulele.

The Santa Cruz County Spring Fair, one of the club’s bigger events of the year, is also approaching. The Scotts Valley club will host a petting zoo and animal fashion show. Members will receive a prize for taking a friend who is not a 4-H’er to the fair.

n Julianna McCoy, 4-H Club member, contributed to this report
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