February 3 – 9 Weekly Review

The Watsonville Parks and Recreation Commission meeting scheduled on Monday, February 4 at 6:30 pm is cancelled due to a lack of a quorum.

The County Parks and Recreation Commission meets Monday, February 4 at 7:00 pm at Simpkins Swim and Community Center, 979 17th Ave, in Santa Cruz. Click HERE for the agenda. Items on the agenda include a presentation on the Live Oak Library Annex project; and a resolution to encourage County Parks access.

The Grange Permaculture Guild Committee meets Wednesday, February 6 at 6 pm at the Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave in Santa Cruz.

The Regional Transportation Commission holds its Highway 9 Plan Open House Wednesday, February 6 at 6 pm at Boulder Creek Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room, 400 W. Lomond St., in Boulder Creek. Click HERE for more information. The Draft Plan Document is available at https://sccrtc.org/projects/streets-highways/hwy-9-plan/#draftreport

Between Paradise and Peril, Thursday, February 76:30 – 8:30pm at Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center 500 Harkins Slough Road Watsonville. UCSC Professor Gary Griggs discusses the fascinating natural disaster history of the Monterey Bay, from earthquakes and landslides to floods, droughts, El Ninos, and cliff erosion as described in his new book entitled “Between Paradise and Peril.”

The County Fish and Wildlife Commission meets Thursday, February 7 at 7 pm at the County Planning Department Conference Room. Click HERE for the agenda. Items on the agenda include discussion on Wildlife Conservation and Current Issues; Significant Tree Ordinance and idea of expanding coverage outside coastal zone; and Update and discussion of PG & E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program.

Sustainable oceans: coral reef management in the Western Pacific, Thursday, February 7 at 7 pm at Cabrillo Horticulture Building, Room 5005, 6500 Soquel Drive, in Aptos. Nicole Crane, Cabrillo College faculty in Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences, presents her documentary: “Sustainable oceans: coral reef management in the Western Pacific” and will discuss positive developments in the field of ocean management.

The Santa Margarita Groundwater Agency holds Workshop 2 – Water Budgets: How Do We Balance All Needs, Saturday, February 9 at 9 pm at Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9 in Felton. Assemblymember Mark Stone is the featured speaker. Click HERE for details.

San Lorenzo River Series Tour Saturday, February 9 at 10 pm at 1101 Felton Empire Road, in Felton. Community members are invited to enjoy a free redwood ecology tour in Fall Creek hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and the Coastal Watershed Council. Participants will learn about and discuss redwood natural history, the wildlife that rely on them, fire ecology, logging practices, and more. Registration required at https://coastal-watershed.org/events/.

Save Our Shores holds a Beach Clean-up at Del Mar Beach, Saturday, February 9 at 10 am. Meet off the main Esplanade next to the main bathrooms.

World Wetlands Day 2019, Saturday, February 2, 9:30 am – Noon, at the Watsonville Nature Center at Ramsay Park, at 30 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville. City of Watsonville and Watsonville Wetlands Watch Wetland Stewards will host many educational activities, and the Nature Center will be hosting nature walks.

January 27 to February 2 Weekly Review

The Grange Garden Committee meets Sunday, January 17 at noon, Under the Council Oak Tree in the Live Oak Grange Garden. The Live Oak Grange Garden Committee is open to all Grange members who wish to participate in the community garden.

Save Our Shores meets Sunday, January 27 at 3 pm at the Museum of Art and History, 705 Front St, in Santa Cruz. Meet author Dan Haifley, Save Our Shores’ first executive director and the current director of O’Neill Seas Odyssey. He will talk about the history of Save Our Shores, and also sign copies of his new book. This book launch is sponsored in part by The History Forum.

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday, January 29, at 9 am at the Board of supervisors Chambers. Click HERE for the Agenda. Click HERE for the Santa Cruz Online Agenda Review.

The Regional Transportation Highway 9 Draft Plan Open House is Thursday January 31, from from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Felton Community Hall, 6191 Hwy. 9, in Felton Click HERE for more information. Click HERE for the Highway 9 Draft Plan.

The Environmental Committee of the Valley Women’s Club meets Saturday, February 2 at 10:30 am at the Henry Cowell Park Nature Store. Call Nancy to reserve free parking. 338-6578 or (cell) 345-1555.