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Scotts Valley 4th of July Parade route extended this year

Scotts Valley Police Department has announced the annual Scotts Valley 4th of July Parade and Flyover on Scotts Valley Drive beginning at noon on Thursday, July 4.

This year the parade route has been extended to accommodate viewers. The route will take place on Scotts Valley Drive between Civic Center Drive to El Pueblo. ADA parking and viewing will be located at 5007 Scotts Valley Drive.

A “Kids Zone,” located at 5060 Scotts Valley Drive, will be hosted by the Boys and Girls Club and Scotts Valley Recreation. Games, activities, a bounce house and five food vendors will be available starting at 10am.

Scotts Valley Police Department wants to remind the community that there will be no fireworks show this year.

To register for the parade, visit

Roaring Camp hosts Moonlight Train Dinner Party this summer

Gather friends and family for an evening of fun and relaxation at Roaring Camp’s Moonlight Train Dinner Party.

Start with a hearty chuckwagon barbecue dinner followed by a leisurely train ride in the moonlight aboard vintage railway cars. The steam train stops atop Bear Mountain to a glowing campfire and hot cider. Upon returning to Roaring Camp, dessert, a live band and dancing await.

The Moonlight Train Dinner Party is scheduled for Saturdays, June 22, July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 28. The event runs from 6-10pm.

Advance reservations are required. For reservations or information, call 831-335-4484 or visit

Roaring Camp is in Felton, six miles north of Santa Cruz. Exit State Rte. 17 at Mt. Hermon Rd. to Felton. Turn left on Graham Hill Rd., then drive 1/2 mile to the entrance.

Free pop-up pet vaccination clinic scheduled for next Friday

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter has seen several cases recently of parvovirus and distemper in puppies and dogs that have come into the shelter, as well as some cases of severe respiratory infections in cats.

Unfortunately, due to a shortage of veterinary professionals nationwide, it has become more difficult and expensive for pet owners to get animals in for regular preventative care in the last few years. For some pet owners, veterinary care is simply out of reach.

To help, the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter will offer free vaccination clinics for those with fixed or limited incomes at several locations throughout the rest of the year.

The next clinic will be held Friday, June 28, 10am-1pm, at Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, in Felton.

At Healthy Pets for All (HPfA) pop-up clinics, registered Veterinary Technicians, assisted by shelter staff and volunteers, will provide core vaccinations, dewormer, and flea and tick prevention to dogs and cats at clinic sites around Santa Cruz County. Some free pet care items and food will also be available, depending upon available donations and funding.

Healthy Pets for All is funded by donations and sponsorships. Individuals who would like to support this work can do so through the website

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