SCOTTS VALLEY

Developer to hold meeting on Town Center

Property Development Centers, which recently signed a six-month contract with Scotts Valley related to development of the Town Center, will host a public meeting from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday to get input on the proposed project.

The meeting will be at the Scotts Valley Community Center, 360 Kings Village Road. For information, call 925-738-1400 or 831-440-5600.

In December, the City Council approved entering into an exclusive negotiating agreement with the Pleasanton-based developer, which also was connected to the Safeway shopping center on Mission Street in Santa Cruz.

Scotts Valley

Transformed landscapes presented at event

The Scotts Valley Water District will host a Water Wednesday event from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at 2 Civic Center Drive.

The topic will be "Regenerative Landscapes" and feature local landscape designer Jan Nelson's slides of transformed local landscapes. Presenters will discuss how to landscape within the surrounding environment, using water wisely.

Native plants, native pollinators, beneficial insects, and reducing the use of polluting herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers also will be discussed.

Admission will be free. Visit www.svwd.org, call 831-438-2363 or email lravinale@svwd.org.


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WATSONVILLE

Youth Council to discuss safety, education

Watsonville Youth Council will discuss public safety, education and city spending during a meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 11 at the City Council chamber, 275 Main St., fourth floor.

The youth council is an unofficial body that aims to advise city leaders on issues important to youth. Its 11 members are drawn from Watsonville high schools.

For information, visit www.facebook.com/watsonvilleyouth.

COUNTY

Child welfare training offered

The Children's Network of Santa Cruz County and United Way of Santa Cruz County will host a free training for mandated reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust, 85 Nielson St.

The training will be free, and will be repeated April 2 at United Way, 4450 Capitola Road, Suite 106, Capitola.

To register, visit www.unitedwaysc.org or call 831-465-2201.

WATSONVILLE

Farm Bureau sponsors poster, poetry contest

The Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau and Agri-Culture seek entries for the annual National Agricultural Day poster and poetry contests.

The poster contest is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The poetry competition is for students in seventh through 12th grade.

The theme for both contests will be "Grown in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley."

Winners will receive a $200 award and an invitation to the National Agriculture Day Spring Luncheon on March 20 at the County Fairgrounds.

Entries must be postmarked or delivered by Feb. 27 to the farm bureau office, 141 Monte Vista Ave., Watsonville, CA 95076.

For information, contact 831-724-1356, 831-722-6622, sccfb@sbcglobal.net or visit www.sccfb.com.

SANTA CRUZ

Homeless center director to speak with group

Monica Martinez, executive director of the Homeless Services Center, will speak to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom on the state of homelessness in Santa Cruz County on Feb. 19.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Quaker Meeting House, 225 Rooney St. Martinez will discuss the 180/180 proposal for housing the most vulnerable and at-risk of the homeless population.

Admission will be free but donations will be accepted. This event will be co-sponsored by the Alliance for Human Rights.

Contact 831-428-5096 or chair@wilpf.got.net. Visit wilpf.got.net.