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Public art proposals sought

Professional artists who live in Santa Cruz County are invited to submit proposals for the third phase of the county of Santa Cruz’s “Outside the Box” public art program.

The program is aimed at beautifying traffic signal control boxes in unincorporated parts of the county. Artists’ proposals must address all four sides of the traffic boxes.

Locations and dimensions of the seven boxes under consideration can be found online at The deadline to submit a request for proposal is 5 p.m. March 8.

For information: 454-7901


Spring rec classes open

Registration for Scotts Valley Recreation Department classes opened Jan. 28.

New classes include Polynesian dance for children and adults and a variety of art classes, including “Fun, Paper, Scissors” and “Trashy Art.”

For children, offerings include music and beginning dance classes; T-ball, basketball and soccer groups; and clay classes.

Classes for adults include yoga, tai chi and pilates, mosaic and clay classes. 

Tennis instruction for children and adults is also available.

Swim classes begin at Siltanen Park on March 19.

Registration for adult dodgeball, softball, bocce and women’s soccer leagues is scheduled to begin soon.

The Winter-Spring 2013 activity guide can be found online.

For information: 438-3251 or


Play to open in Ben Lomond

The local theater group Spotlight Stage will perform “Little Shop of Horrors” in Ben Lomond for two weekends.

Directed by Andrew Ceglio of Cabrillo Stage, the musical spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies follows a down-and-out floral assistant who discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for blood. The plant grows into a singing carnivore that offers the floral assistant fame and fortune to supply his appetite.

The show, which will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays until March 3, includes hit songs “Skid Row,” “Somewhere That’s Green” and “Grow for Me.”

Performances will be at Park Hall, 9370 Mill St., in Ben Lomond. Tickets are $12.

For information:


Fire departments meet with valley schools

San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District administrators met with local fire officials Feb. 7 and reviewed the district’s emergency plans.

Three local fire protection district chiefs — Kevin McClish of Boulder Creek, Ron Rickabaugh of Felton and Stacie Brownlee of Ben Lomond — and Zayante Battalion Chief Dave Futch took part in the discussion.

District officials said the meeting resulted in clarification of their evacuation plans for students and school staff members in the event of an emergency.

The district will compile a list of possible evacuation sites and determine how much room is available for students indoors and outdoors.


Hospice seeks volunteers

Hospice of Santa Cruz County wants men and women to join its volunteer visitor program.

Volunteers give support directly to patients and their families, both in their homes and at skilled nursing facilities in the county.

Applications are due by Feb. 28, and an eight-session training course begins March 7.

For information: Radha Mallery, volunteer services manager, 430-3006 or; or


Women’s club installs cigarette receptacles

 The Valley Women’s Club has installed four cigarette-butt disposal containers in the San Lorenzo Valley.

They are located at Boulder Creek Brewery & Cafe, Junction Park, Henfling's Tavern and Don Quixote's International Music Hall.

The receptacles were purchased with part of a watershed education grant from the San Lorenzo Valley Water District and contributions from John Schumacher at Hallcrest Vineyards, along with other community sponsors.

Each bright red container bears a logo created by Bonny Doon artist Stephanie Sellers Sakasai, including the words “The Butt Stops Here.”

More receptacles will be placed in the valley in the coming months.

The club’s “The Butt Stops Here” campaign includes educational posters and mailers and a website. Money, labor and space for receptacles have been donated by local businesses and residents.

Contributions to support the campaign can be sent with the donor’s name, address, phone and email address to The Butt Stops Here, c/o The Valley Women's Club, P.O. Box 574, Ben Lomond, CA 95005.

The Valley Women's Club is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, federal ID 94-2900221. Contributions are tax deductible.

For information: Mark Becker, 338-0258; or

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