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The Valley Women’s Club is dedicated to community action, awareness and leadership in environmental, educational, 
social, and political concerns that affect the health and welfare of the San Lorenzo Valley and our community.

What’s Happening in the San Lorenzo Valley!

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Save Your Stuff for the VWC Scholarship Rummage Sale!

VWC Rummage Sale Needs Your Donated Items! …for our annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, 6/14 It’s time to begin gathering your finest rummage for The
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Kindergarten Bags Distribution and High School Scholarships

For six years the Valley Women’s Club’s Education Committee has distributed a special bag to each incoming SLV Schools’ kindergartener, filled with materials to help
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SLV Redemption & Recycling

County Recycling Contract: Support the VWC!

For over 23 years, the SLV Redemption & Recycling Centers (SLV RRC), a program of the Valley Women’s Club, has provided recycling services under contracts
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Poetry for the Felton Library, 4/24/14

Paul Machlis, Felton Library Friends SLV Poetry Reading April 24, 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to the Tenth Annual San Lorenzo Valley Poetry Reading
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Supervisor McPherson says a few words at the 2014 VWC Annual Meeting

VWC Annual Meeting: Fun and Fascinating

The VWC’s Annual Meeting featured delightful music (thanks to Peter Young, Ti Lamb, Rick Edny and Sam Sternlight), delicious food (potluck!), fascinating updates on many
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2014 Community Grants – Deadline 5/21/14

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Valley Women’s Club of the San Lorenzo Valley - 2014 Community Grant Program Announcement The Valley Women’s Club is now inviting proposals to be funded under its 2014 Community Grant Program. Deadline for applications: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 5:00pm What is the goal of the Community Grant Program? The goal of the Community Grant Program is to
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Smithsonian on Recycling: You May Be Doing It Wrong

A thought-provoking article by The Smithsonian provides a glimpse into the growing complexity of recycling: “Recycling technology has improved a lot over the last decade, which in a way has made the logistics of what you can and can’t toss in the recycling bin a lot more confusing. “All garbage goes somewhere; it does not go
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Save Your Stuff for the VWC Scholarship Rummage Sale!

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VWC Rummage Sale Needs Your Donated Items! …for our annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, 6/14 It’s time to begin gathering your finest rummage for The VWC annual Rummage Sale!  The Rummage Sale generages funds for the VWC scholarship fund that provides scholarships for SLV High School Graduates attending Cabrillo College. You can donate items beginning Saturday, May
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Kindergarten Bags Distribution and High School Scholarships

For six years the Valley Women’s Club’s Education Committee has distributed a special bag to each incoming SLV Schools’ kindergartener, filled with materials to help them (and their parents) be better prepared for their school experience. This year a very large special donation was given to the VWC to support the bags and we would
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Fun Facts!

Marc Shargel is an award winning undersea photographer who recently presented an illustrated talk on The Secret History of Monterey Bay, at the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Exploration Center. His photographs are beautiful and remarkable as you can see on his website.    His books are collectors’ items! There is a “Vintage Trailer Museum” in Ben
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List of GMO Foods Published

  The Center for Food Safety has published a list of brands in various processed food categories telling which have GMOs, which may have GMOs, and which do not have GMOs. The Guide also explains a lot about the issue, which is helpful. Read the report here.    

Scotts Valley City Council Debates Single Use Plastic Bags

May Be Considered at April 16 Meeting The debate about single use plastic bags has come to Scotts Valley after a group of youngsters (under the tutelage of Save Our Shores) presented their concerns to the City Council. Various viewpoints have been expressed in Letters to the Editor in the Press Banner and the Sentinel,
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Bad News for Sequoia Sempervirens

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We know that there is enormous pressure on the amazing coastal redwoods that grace our Valley and points north. Underscoring this is the fact that one major environmental organization, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, declared coast redwoods, Sequoia Sempervirens, an endangered species. This was just this past December, 2013. The
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Importance of Riparian Corridors and Oldest Forests Underscored in Recent Research

Research (both in Finland and locally) confirms that riparian corridors are “biological hotspots” for both the woodland along the stream and for within the stream. However, the alteration of habitat due to logging significantly reduces the biodiversity in both areas, not just in the woodland. (Biological Conservation – Volume 170, February 2014, Pages 10-19, Woodland
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Environmental Committee Booth at Sanctuary Celebration


Saturday, May 17, 2014, 
11:00am – 5:00pm, 
Santa Cruz Wharf 
 A great event honoring both the 100 year-old Santa Cruz Wharf, and the extraordinary Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of our nation’s most spectacular marine protected areas, will be celebrated at the Wharf with free live music, crafts, educational talks and demonstrations and
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Watershed Stewards Program Coming to SLV

A highlight of the February Environmental Committee meeting was a presentation by John Drips, a member of the local Watershed Stewards Project. John discussed the Project, a statewide environmental restoration program by the CCC and its AmeriCorps, locally supported by the Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District. The mission of the Project is “to conserve,
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Coho Letter Received by County and SLVWD

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County Planning Department and Fish & Game Commissions Responded Coho Restoration Map Santa Cruz The Coho Restoration Subcommittee has been working to inform and motivate local agencies and local government to incorporate the NOAA Coho Restoration Plan’s guidelines into their policies and procedures. (And to be ready to do the same with the Steelhead Restoration
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Reflections on Animals, Communication and Earthquakes

By Lyse McGilvery It is fascinating to watch and listen to animals, especially birds and dogs. Do dogs and birds have an actual language where they communicate specific situations, or are they just barking and tweeting for the fun of it? All indications are that they do have a specific language, depending on tone, loudness,
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County Recycling Contract: Support the VWC!

SLV Redemption & Recycling

For over 23 years, the SLV Redemption & Recycling Centers (SLV RRC), a program of the Valley Women’s Club, has provided recycling services under contracts with the County of Santa Cruz. That contract is now out to bid, and though we feel confident the County will renew the contract with SLV RRC, we are asking
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Redwood Mountain Faire Announces Music Line up

The VWC Needs You to Volunteer to Help! Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 Wow and wahooo! The music lineup of 22 bands on two stages over the two days of the Faire is now online on the Faire website! The VWC needs every one of its members and their friends to volunteer to help
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Poetry for the Felton Library, 4/24/14

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Paul Machlis, Felton Library Friends SLV Poetry Reading April 24, 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to the Tenth Annual San Lorenzo Valley Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m., at the Felton Community Hall (6191 Highway 9) David Swanger, former Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate, will read from his own poetry and
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VWC Annual Meeting: Fun and Fascinating

Supervisor McPherson says a few words at the 2014 VWC Annual Meeting

The VWC’s Annual Meeting featured delightful music (thanks to Peter Young, Ti Lamb, Rick Edny and Sam Sternlight), delicious food (potluck!), fascinating updates on many VWC projects and programs, and enlightening talks by our elected representatives including State Assembly Member Mark Stone, Supervisor Bruce McPherson, Leslie Villegas, Field Representative for State Senator Bill Monning, and
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Recycling Centers Get Green Biz Award

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The County of Santa Cruz has awarded the SLV Redemption & Recycling Centers their “Green Business Certification Award”  for exceeding environmental regulatory requirements, preventing pollution, and conserving natural resources. Ana Maria Rebelo, the Monterey Bay Area Sustainability Program Coordinator, said “we’re proud of your accomplishments and effort to protect the environment” as she presented the award.
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Community Grants 2013 Report

The VWC Community Grant Program 2013 Report has been published. The full report can be read by clicking here. The Community Grant Program is a new program of the Valley Women’s Club. The goal of the VWC Community Grant Program is to support and strengthen local organizations and individuals who are working to create community programs
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Hammer Marcum Awards 2013 Photos

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Promoting a Caring Community

A Social Safety Net Community Forum For San Lorenzo Valley & Scotts Valley Residents Sponsored by the Crosson North County Democratic Club Monday, February 24, 2014,  6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Bruno’s BBQ 230 Mount Hermon Road Scotts Valley  Attend the Community Forum to: Learn about safety net services available to help meet basic needs of food, shelter
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