LIVE OAK

Day worker center opens Tuesday

A new center for day workers is expected to open Tuesday at 2261 Seventh Ave.

The center, which drew the ire of several neighbors because of its location and other concerns, will be open 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. It also will be open 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.

The center is a program of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County. It is intended to protect workers who are vulnerable to unfair treatment. People who want to hire day workers should call 831-475-9675 or log on to www.dayworkercentersc.org.

COUNTY

Authorities crack down on distracted driving

Police will target enforcement on drivers who talk on cellphones Tuesday as part of monthlong effort against distracted driving.

Tickets for driving while using a handheld cellphone start at $159 and increase to $279 with subsequent tickets, police said. In April 2012, more than 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting or using a cellphone without a hands-free device while driving.

Police advised drivers to turn off cellphones and put them out of reach while driving. Callers are advised not to call or text message anyone if they think the recipient is driving.

SCOTTS VALLEY


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City to host 11th annual Mountain Charlie Challenge

The 11th Annual Mountain Charlie Challenge will be May 4 at Skypark, with 50K, 100K and 100-mile ride options, all with staffed rest stops and support vehicles.

New this year will be a Family Fun ride, a 10-mile ride around Scotts Valley, guided and supported as well. Anyone who wants to participate but doesn't own a bike may sign up at Active.com or www.svef.net to reserve a bike for free.

The all-day event will feature live music, children's activities, obstacle courses, safety, bike and helmet fittings, arts and crafts, local artists, a barbecue lunch, beer, wine, raffles and a silent auction. For information, go to www.svef.net.

SANTA CRUZ

Fundraiser for cancer group slated for April 13

The Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit Group will host its 18th annual Spring Forward Against Cancer event at 5:30 p.m. April 13 at the Top of the Ritt, 101 Church St.

The event will include a reception, live and silent auction, sit-down dinner, music and more. All proceeds benefit Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services, Katz Cancer Resource Center, UCSC Cancer Research and WomenCARE Cancer Advocacy.

Tickets cost $150 per person, $300 per couple or $2,000 for tables of 10. RSVP is required. To purchase tickets, go to www.sccbg.org. For information, call 831-465-1989 or go to www.sccbg.org.

MOSS LANDING

Anglers urged to take care in harbor

The start of the recreational salmon season on Saturday has wildlife experts worried about the potential for accidental collisions of fishing boats and sea otters.

Large numbers of otters live in the harbor area, including a group that hangs out near the north jetty.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Moss Landing Harbor District and Friends of the Sea Otters are among the organizations urging anglers and boaters to go slow in and around Elkhorn Slough and the harbor to avoid injuring or killing sea otters.

The slough is a no-wake zone with a posted speed limit of 4 knots, or about 5 miles per hour. Harbor staff plan to patrol on opening day to ensure compliance.

BOULDER CREEK

Fundraiser slated for SLV Museum

A fundraising dinner will be at 6 p.m. June 13, with proceeds benefiting the San Lorenzo Valley Museum and its programs. The evening also will feature live and silent auctions.

The dinner will be at Scopazzi's, 1330 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek.

For information, call 831-338-8382 or email slvmuseum@sbcglobal.net.

WATSONVILLE

Lady Help of Christians hosts spring festival

The Spring Festival, a tradition for 50 years in the Pajaro Valley will be held noon-5 p.m. April 28 at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, 2401 E. Lake Ave.

The event will feature music, food, a drawing and games, as well as a barbecue chicken feast with ravioli, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert.

The event is free, but dinners cost $15 apiece. Orders are available for takeout. Proceeds will go to the St. Francis Association, a parents' organization supporting the mission of St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School.

For information, call 831-588-9470.