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Dr. Michael Tierra L.AC. OMD, AHG is one of the forerunners of the North American Natural Health movement and was amongst one of the first groups of acupuncturists to be licensed in the country. He began his herbal and natural healing studies in 1968 while living in a community in the Klamath National Forest in northern California. There he learned the wild forest plants and healing ways of the Karok and Yurok Indians.

Michael Tierra
Feb 07, 2018
Feb 10, 2018
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

High School Students will give 4-5 minute speeches on the 2018 Rotary theme

Annual Rotary Speech Contest
Feb 14, 2018
Feb 14, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Executive Director at Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission

San Francisco Bay Area
Government Administration
Current Executive Director at Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission
Past Board Member - ex officio at Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), Director at Calaveras Council of Governments, Project...
Education University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan
George Dondero
Feb 21, 2018

Dan Lazarus was born and raised in Stamford Connecticut. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a B.S in Environmental Studies he moved westward to pursue opportunities in environmental education. Dan began working with the county only three months ago and is excited to bring renewed energy and innovative outdoor education to the San Lorenzo Valley.

Dan Lazarus
Feb 28, 2018
Mar 06, 2018
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The County of Santa Cruz is pleased to announce that local hotelier Pravin Patel has been cleared to begin restoration of the hotel, lobby and retail spaces at the historic Brookdale Lodge.

Patel purchased the property in 2015, envisioning returning the Lodge to its former glory as a regional destination and source of community pride in the San Lorenzo Valley. Working closely with the Santa Cruz County Office for Economic Development, Patel was recently issued permits allowing him to perform the work necessary to reopen the hotel and several shops serving the residents of Brookdale and the surrounding area.

Pravin Patel
Mar 07, 2018

Updates on upcoming projects

  Homeless Service Center

  Redwood Mountain Faire

Club Assembly
Mar 14, 2018

Norm was born and raised in Southern California, relocating to the San Lorenzo Valley after graduating from Cal Poly in 1995.  He opened Felton Family Wellness Chiropractic Clinic in 2000.  He has served in the Felton Fire District as well as assisting with Katrina rebuilding projects. Norm is also involved with the Cub Scouts.

Norman Crandell
Mar 21, 2018

Libby Leyden comes most recently from the Mitchell Daily Republic in South Dakota where she was a crime and courts reporter. She earned her Master’s degree in journalism from the University of California Berkeley, where she was also a research assistant for the award-winning investigative reporting program. Leyden worked at KQED, the World Policy Journal and HGTV Magazine. She spent six months in South Africa in 2013 and 2015 preparing her Master’s thesis about environmental and ecological issues.

Libby Leyden
Mar 28, 2018

 Dave Kuty is a docent at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. The former Silicon Valley engineer, became interested the biology of the redwoods forest and especially of the albino redwoods. He first observed albino redwoods in 1990.

Dave Kuty
Apr 04, 2018
Club Assembly
Apr 11, 2018

The County Administrative Office is responsible for the preparation and supervision of the County’s budget, legislative analysis, contract and grant administration, intergovernmental relations, supervision of non-elected department heads, and oversight of all departmental functions. The County Administrative Officer is responsible for management, review, and recommendations related to the Board of Supervisor’s weekly meeting agendas.

The County Administration Officer is also the ex-officio Clerk of the Board, Director of Emergency Services, Executive Director of the Public Finance Authority, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz County Redevelopment Successor Agency, and a member of the Santa Cruz Regional 911 Joint Powers Authority (JPA) Board and the Animal Services Authority Board of Directors. The County Administrative Office also administers activities related to tourism promotion, including activities associated with the countywide Tourism Marketing District. The CAO also oversees the Homeless Action Partnership Strategic Plan, as well as Economic Development and Cannabis Licensing activities.

Carlos Palacios
Apr 18, 2018
Jessica Locatelli
Apr 25, 2018

Dylan Skybrook is the Manager of the Santa Cruz Mountains Stewardship Network. Prior to that, Skybrook was an independent systems leadership and sustainability consultant working with organizations such as United Way, Arts Midwest, Impact Hub Minneapolis/Saint Paul, the Minnesota Social Innovation Lab and many others. Skybrook designed several online learning modules on systems thinking and complexity at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota as well as guest lecturing on the topic at Kaos Pilots in Aarhus, Denmark and the Masters in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability program at Blekinge Tekniska Hogskola in Karlskrona, Sweden.

Dylan Skybrook
May 02, 2018
Club Assembly
May 09, 2018
May 12, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

A successful education professor, writer and researcher with many years of experience, Traci Bliss received her Ph.D. from Stanford University. During her time as a doctoral candidate, she focused her dissertation on the history of education reform and completed a minor in political science. Traci Bliss also earned a master of arts in social studies and history from Stanford University, where she finished her California Secondary Teaching Credential in social studies.

Most recently, Traci Bliss worked as a professor at the Idaho State University College of Education. During her time at ISU, she received several national and international awards for her documentaries of accomplished teachers. For nearly a decade she developed innovative programs to support teacher quality as a consultant to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. 

Today, Traci Bliss, a professor emerita, serves as President of the History Forum of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. She authors articles and gives lectures on environmental history in Santa Cruz County.

Traci Bliss
May 16, 2018

Our compassionate staff build a warm, friendly, safe place for San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley residents, offering stability and hope for the future. Mountain Community Resources is part of the Community Bridges family of programs.

Roxanne Moore
May 23, 2018

Nina Simon is the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and author of two books: The Participatory Museum, and The Art of Relevance. Her work has been shared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR, and TEDx. 

Nina Simon
May 30, 2018
Jun 01, 2018 – Jun 03, 2018
Jun 01, 2018 – Jun 03, 2018

The 34-member volunteer Boulder Creek fire department covers 21 square miles of mountainous terrain and serves approximately 15,000 citizens.  Many people who live in Boulder Creek and Brookdale don’t realize they are protected by a volunteer fire agency, whose dedicated volunteers provide the same level of service as a paid fire department. 

Kevin McClish
Jun 06, 2018
Club Assembly
Jun 13, 2018

Lauren Donnelly-Crocker grew up in Southern California and moved to Santa Cruz to attend University of California, Santa Cruz and study marine biology. She spent two years after graduating studying Humpback Whales on the East Coast. When she discovered her passion for education and spent seven years teaching outdoor science schools. She began working at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in 2014 as the Visitor Programs Manager--educating volunteer docents. After receiving her master's degree in Nonprofit Management, she moved into her current role as the Development Director at the Seymour Center. 

Lauren Donnelly-Crocker
Jun 20, 2018

Jeff Gaffney was appointed Parks Director in January 2015.  He began his career in parks and recreation in 1990 as a recreation leader for the city of Gilroy helping at-risk youth and eventually became a Park Ranger for the County of Santa Clara.

In 2002 he signed on with California State Parks and over the years worked throughout the state.  He was eventually promoted to Superintendent for Hollister Hills and in 2006 promoted to District Superintendent for the San Andreas District.  During his last couple of years in the State Parks, Jeff was able to facilitate the acquisition of 24,000 incredibly diverse acres in eastern Kern County.

In the past Jeff served as president of the State Park Peace Officer Management Association and was president of both regional and Statewide Park Ranger associations.  He is actively involved in the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) as well as the California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS).

Jeff is continuing to build partnerships throughout Santa Cruz County and looking for every opportunity to have County Parks collaborate for long term solutions to our community's current social, recreation and health challenges.


Jeff Gaffney
Jun 27, 2018
Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley
PO Box 294
Felton, CA 95018