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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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Valley Women’s Club Announces Grant Recipients

The Valley Women’s Club of the San Lorenzo Valley (VWC) recently announced the winners of its second annual Community Grant Program competition.  Recipients this year
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River & Road Cleanup 2014

Mark your calendars for the 28th Annual River & Road Cleanup, Saturday, September 20. Rail or shine, we’ll all work together to pull trash and recyclable
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Action Alert Climate CO2 Levels Reach 4PPM

More to Fossil Fuel Divestment than the Dollar Commentary by Stephanie Sakasai, VWC Board Member Photo of flash floods in Solomon Islands in the city
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VWC’s New STEM Scholarship

By Sheila DeLany, Chair Thanks to VWC member, Sue Tarjen, a special, stand-alone scholarship for a young woman going into a STEM field (Science, Technology,
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Bad News for Sequoia Sempervirens

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
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Valley Women’s Club Announces Grant Recipients

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The Valley Women’s Club of the San Lorenzo Valley (VWC) recently announced the winners of its second annual Community Grant Program competition.  Recipients this year are: KBCZ Boulder Creek, SLV Foundation for Education, Valley Churches United Missions, Senior Citizens Organization of SLV, South Street Centre, Boulder Creek Recreation and Park District, Lompico Community Center, and
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River & Road Cleanup 2014

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Mark your calendars for the 28th Annual River & Road Cleanup, Saturday, September 20. Rail or shine, we’ll all work together to pull trash and recyclable materials out of the San Lorenzo River and nearby roads. The cleanup goes from 9am to 3pm on Saturday and we ask that you register at one of four checkin locations
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Audrey Hepburn Shares Her Insights

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than
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Midwifery Takes Another Legislative Step

AB 1308 Passed By Stephanie Sakasai Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1308 into law on October 9, 2013. After more than two decades of and backed by numerous studies demonstrating the general safety and costs savings associated with home births, the midwives successfully resolved the long standing resistance to change in 2013 lobbying for the
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Action Alert Climate CO2 Levels Reach 4PPM

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More to Fossil Fuel Divestment than the Dollar Commentary by Stephanie Sakasai, VWC Board Member Photo of flash floods in Solomon Islands in the city of Honiara. Residents were caught unprepared. To date, 21 have been confirmed dead, a number expected to rise. 12,000 people have been affected. Many are calling this one of the
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Mountain Community Theater Presents August: Osage County

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Directed by Peter Gelblum; May 30-June 15 Mountain Community Theater is proud to present the area premiere of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County, one of the most acclaimed plays of the last decade, winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an enormous success on Broadway. Tracy
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A Bit of Mothers’ Day History

Anna Jarvis Founded the Day to Honor Her Mother, but… One nice thing about the internet is the opportunity to go into greater depth about things we take for granted, like Mothers’ Day. According to an interesting article on the mental floss website, Mothers’ Day founder, Anna Jarvis, was later disillusioned by the commercialism of
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Senator Boxer & Others Introduce International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA)

From U.S.Senator Barbara Boxers recent News email: Dear Friend: The recent kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian school girls underscores the horrific violence that too many women and girls face every day. That’s why this week I joined with a bipartisan group of colleagues to introduce the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), legislation that
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VWC’s New STEM Scholarship

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By Sheila DeLany, Chair Thanks to VWC member, Sue Tarjen, a special, stand-alone scholarship for a young woman going into a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) has been created by the Valley Women’s Club for this year. Sue is executrix of the estate of her dear friend, Deborah Ann Albright. In her friend’s
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The Environmental Committee is Busy

May 17 has two events that you may want to help with. Firsth there is a short, concentrated River Clean-up in recognition of National River Clean-up Day, from 9 to 11 at the Felton Covered Bridge Park. (Just come or click here to RSVP) Also on May 17 is Sanctuary Day on the Santa Cruz Wharf,
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The Redwood Mountain Faire Is Better than EVER!

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Discount Tickets Available Locally The 5th Annual Redwood Mountain Faire (www.redwoodmountainfaire..com) presents an extraordinary line-up, featuring Lukas Nelson and P.O.T.R., Pimps of Joytime, the Chop Tops, and Flor de Cana – along with 18 other bands performing on two stages over two days, Saturday and Sunday, May 31 and June 1, at Roaring Camp in
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National River Cleanup Day on the San Lorenzo!

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Come help us on May 17 at 9am! Thank you for your interest in helping cleanup the San Lorenzo. All of our cleanups begin at 9am at the sites described below. RSVPing is not required (except at Henry Cowell where a limited number of entrances are available), but is very helpful for us in coordinating
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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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