SAN LORENZO VALLEY

Valley Churches United Mission seeks holiday donations

Residents are asked to drop off donations of food, grocery store gift cards and cash for Valley Churches United Mission's holiday food drive this weekend.

Items can be dropped off 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Scotts Valley Safeway, 253 Mount Hermon Road, or Felton Safeway, 6255 Graham Hill Road.

Through Christmas, residents can also drop donations 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends at the VCUM office, 9400 Highway 9, Ben Lomond.

For a list of drop-off locations, go to www.vcum.org or call 336-8258.

SANTA CRUZ

Discussion, dinner reflect on temple shooting

UC Santa Cruz will present a panel discussion and dinner Thursday to explore what can be learned from August's shooting at a Sikh temple that killed six people in Wisconsin.

The event will be 5:30-7 p.m. at the Cowell Conference Room. Admission is free and open to the public.

The event was initiated by the UCSC Sikh Students Association.

To RSVP, contact 459-3527 or cmahaney@ucsc.edu. For information, go to sikhstudies.ucsc.edu.

SANTA CRUZ

Moose Lodge hosts holiday boutique Saturday


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The Santa Cruz Moose Lodge, at 2470 El Rancho Drive, will have a holiday boutique 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, featuring handcrafted gifts, crafts, jewelry, decorations and food items.

Hamburgers will be sold 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For information, email ladiesof545@scmoose545.org.

APTOS

Pilates studio teams up with Second Harvest for food drive

Body in Motion Pilates of Aptos has teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank for a food drive throughout November.

The pilates studio, at 783 Rio del Mar Blvd., Suite 55, is dedicated to helping needy families of Santa Cruz County have a healthy holiday season.

Most needed food items include peanut butter, beans, tuna, canned meat, stew, soup, pasta, cereal and canned foods with pop-top lids.

For information, call 685-1779 or email info@pilatescalifornia.com

ZAYANTE

Transit corridors plan meeting slated for Thursday

County officials will solicit public input on the Transit Corridors Plan for Sustainable Communities 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Zayante Fire House on Zayante Road.

The plan will integrate transportation and land-use policies to create a more sustainable way of life in unincorporated parts of the county. Once developed, it will protect environmental resources, support economic growth and increase opportunities for residents, officials say.

The Zayante Fire House is at 7700 E. Zayante Road, Felton.

For information, go to transitcorridorsplan.org.

SCOTTS VALLEY

Residents at Oak Tree Villa now have Internet access

Residents at Oak Tree Villa now have Internet access.

The assisted living facility is one of 16 affiliated with Brookdale Senior Living to get access via Connected Living, a cloud-based platform tailored to senior citizens providing secure access to the Internet, email, video chat, photos, a library and games.

Each facility offers classes, activities, and on-site support to help residents gain new computer skills and stay in touch with family and friends.

SANTA CRUZ

Hoteliers join tourism board

Tony Eichers, general manager of The Hotel Paradox, and Dilip Patel, owner of Knights Inn, have been elected to the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council board of directors. Each will serve a two-year term.

Eichers has 29 years of experience in luxury hotel management and operations. He came to Santa Cruz from the four-diamond Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa, where he was vice president and general manager.

Patel, who has been in the hospitality industry for 25 years, is president of the Santa Cruz County Lodging and Hospitality Association. He has lived in Santa Cruz since 1987. He also owns Valley Inn in Fresno.