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Music at Skypark concert series returns

The free community-wide outdoor Music at Skypark concert series returns for its 14th season on the last Sundays of August and September this summer (Aug. 27 and Sept. 24). The concerts are staged at Skypark in Scotts Valley. There’s no admission charge.

The Aug. 27 concert day starts with a Vintage Motorcycle Show from 10am-12pm. Wolf Jett (folk, blues, Southern Americana) plays 1:30-3pm, followed by headliner SambaDa (samba, reggae, funk) from 3:30-5pm. These bands both advertise they play upbeat danceable music.

The all-volunteer Kiwanis Club of Scotts Valley puts on these concerts and dedicates all profits to the music programs at local schools. Concert profits over the years now top $175,000. Kiwanis and local businesses will offer food, wine, beer and other concessions for sale.  

Volunteer opportunities and sponsorships are available. Visit for details or contact Mike Stewart at 831-334-8899 or Jim Melehan at [email protected].

“Music at Skypark continues to be the main source of funding for our District’s music program,” said Beth Hollenbeck, the former music director of Scotts Valley Unified School District. “On behalf of our students, staff and administration, please know how deeply grateful we are for your support of this growing program.”

Summer Paving Program in full swing on Smith Grade Road

The County of Santa Cruz Department of Community Development and Infrastructure has announced that its Summer Paving Program will begin road repairs on Smith Grade Road, between Empire Grade Road and Bonny Doon Road, on Monday, Aug. 28, until Friday, Sept. 1, between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

Traffic will be reduced to a single lane with traffic-control measures in place, and the commuters traveling through the area are asked to plan for 15-minute delays.

Valley Churches United to celebrate 40 years

Valley Churches United has announced its 40th Anniversary Ruby Gala to be held Sept. 22 at Roaring Camp’s Bret Harte Hall from 6-10pm.

Join the festivities and celebrate 40 years of serving the community. Come and hear the stories and learn more about an organization that provides vital services and bridges the gap for those in need throughout San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley and Bonny Doon.

Appetizers and a delicious buffet will be provided by Bruno’s Bar and Grill. The evening entertainment will also include a silent and live auction, local beer and wine and live music by the very popular Joint Chiefs Band.

In addition, there will be presentations of the Angel of the Year awards, as outstanding community leaders and volunteers are recognized for their desire to give back and serve. 

Ticket sales are available at For sponsorships, auction donations and more details, call 831-336-8258 ext. 229.

Fire Safe Council offers home wildfire safety evals

Fire Safe Council of Santa Cruz County is offering free home wildfire safety assessments to residents living in wildfire risk areas, through the HIZ (Home Ignition Zone) Pilot program. 

It’s a free educational service that residents can request, to have a trained volunteer provide suggestions about home hardening and defensible space. The process takes about an hour, and is scheduled at a mutually convenient time between resident and assessor.

The pilot program’s current focus is the San Lorenzo Valley area. To request this service, use the form on this webpage:

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