News Briefs

Children’s enrichment open house set for Saturday

Agape Dance Academy, Innovative Martial Arts, Mountain Music School and Kumon Math and Reading Center are opening their doors to the public on Saturday, Aug. 19, to explore the amazing children’s enrichment programs all within walking distance from each other at the King’s Village Shopping Center in Scotts Valley.

Between 1:30 and 4:30pm, don’t miss this chance to see behind the scenes at these great after-school enrichment programs for children of all ages. Specifically, Agape Dance Academy will be featuring free dance classes, performances and Q&A sessions with refreshments served.

“We are very fortunate to have such rich programs available to families that are so conveniently located, and a lovely breezeway with the Bagel Shop for good food and fellowship while people wait for their student’s lessons to happen,” said Melanie Useldinger, artistic director at Agape Dance Academy.

Creative scheduling allows families to take advantage of these programs simultaneously, depending on the age and interests of each of their children. 

King’s Village Shopping Center is located at 230 Mount Hermon Road in Scotts Valley.

Road repairs scheduled for West Zayante, Bear Creek roads

Santa Cruz County Department of Community Development and Infrastructure has announced that storm damage repair work on West Zayante Road and pavement repair work on Bear Creek Road are both scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 21. 

To ensure public safety and expedite the repairs efficiently, a full road closure at 8335 West Zayante Road will be in effect from Monday, Aug. 21, through Friday, Aug. 25, from 8:30am-4:30pm. During the closure, motorists and pedestrians are advised to seek alternate routes and follow designated detour signs.

Road pavement repair will take place on Bear Creek Road, from Mesa Drive to Bear Canyon Road, starting Monday, Aug. 21, through Friday, Aug. 25, from 8:30am-4pm. Traffic will be reduced to one lane, and motorists are advised to plan for travel delays during this time.

“The Department of Community Development and Infrastructure appreciates the community’s patience and cooperation as we work on maintaining the integrity of local roads,” the county stated.

Free lecture to discuss ‘How Californians Saved Big Basin Park’

Saratoga Historical Foundation will present a free lecture, “How Californians Saved Big Basin Park,” on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 7pm on Zoom.

Author of “Big Basin Redwood Forest: California’s Oldest State Park,” Traci Bliss details in her lecture how and why a most unlikely coalition came together to change the trajectory of deforestation in California. She will share why 1900 marked a new era in the state’s history.

Hear the riveting story of how women journalists, Jesuit priests, Bay Area academics and the pillars of San Francisco Society joined forces to achieve an unimaginable victory for preservation.

Bliss will conclude her talk with an overview of the after effects of the 2020 CZU fire and the exciting plan for Big Basin’s future. The lecture is free and open to the public.

To register for the lecture, go to and click on Big Basin Park. For more information, call 408-867-4311.

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