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Roll-over accident on Pacheco Pass Highway
– A San Jose woman’s tire went flat as she drove her SUV toward
Gilroy on Highway 152, causing her to roll the vehicle, which
partially blocked traffic for about a half hour.
Roll-over accident on Pacheco Pass Highway

Gilroy – A San Jose woman’s tire went flat as she drove her SUV toward Gilroy on Highway 152, causing her to roll the vehicle, which partially blocked traffic for about a half hour. She and her passenger suffered only minor injuries.

Maria Ester Fula, 66, was driving a 1997 Ford Explorer westbound near Bell Station, east of Casa de Fruta, about 11:30am Wednesday when the left rear tire went flat, according to a California Highway Patrol report. Fula, who was in the left lane, first attempted to park near the center divider, said Officer Matt Ramirez. After seeing there was not enough room, she then veered to the right, but the lack of pressure in the tire caused the Explorer to veer sharply to the right, up a raised dirt embankment on the right-hand shoulder.

The Explorer rolled over once and came to rest on its left side, partially blocking the right lane of traffic. The lane was closed for about 30 minutes while emergency responders tended to Fula and Antonio Fula, 72, a passenger.

The Fulas were flown by Stanford Life Flight to Stanford University Medical Center, but mostly as a precaution, Ramirez said. They were wearing their seat belts and were saved from major injury, but had some complaints of pain.

Learn the ABC’s of backyard composting

Morgan Hill – The cities of Morgan Hill and Gilroy, in coordination with the County of Santa Clara, are hosting a free “Composting Basics” workshop from 10am to noon, Saturday, in Morgan Hill. All interested adults are invited to attend and learn the ABC’s of backyard and worm composting in a fun and informative class. Discover ways to recycle “garbage” – yard trimmings and food scraps – into the magic soil amendment gardeners call Black Gold. Local Master Composter volunteers conduct the workshop, and attendees will learn how to purchase low cost composting bins and equipment.

Details and to register call 918-4640 or email [email protected] Or, enroll online at www.ReduceWaste.org.

Therapist speaks on respiratory exercises

Gilroy – Saint Louise Regional Hospital, 9400 No Name Uno, will host a Better Breathers Club meeting featuring “Respiratory Therapy” in the boardroom on Thursday, March 17, from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Respiratory Therapist Susan Riddell will speak on respiratory therapies, including inhalers, and breathing techniques and exercises.

The American Lung Association of Santa Clara and San Benito counties hosts Better Breather Clubs as a resource and support group for people suffering from lung disease and their family. At these meetings, guests from various health disciplines speak about ways to breathe easier and more effectively manage their disease. The Gilroy group meets on the third Thursday of every third month.

The event is free, but spaced is limited so reservations are required.

To RSVP, or for details, call the ALA at 998-5864, BBC volunteer Jean at 779-7564 or visit www.lungrus.org.

South County blood drives this month

Morgan Hill – American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, March 8, from 2 to 7pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1790 E. Dunne Ave. A Gilroy drive is scheduled for Thursday, March 10, from 1:30 to 6:30pm at First Baptist Church, 8455 Wren Ave.

To donate blood you must be 17 years or older, weigh at least 110 lbs. and be in general good health. American Red Cross volunteer blood donors are required to provide identification before donating blood. Preferred identifiers include a government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license, or a Red Cross blood donor card. Otherwise, two other forms of ID are needed.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit BeADonor.com.

Auditions slated for SVCT’s ‘Aladdin Jr.’

Gilroy – South Valley Civic Theatre will be holding auditions for Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” at the SVCT, 8565 Monterey Road (behind Kelly Moore Paints) on Friday, March 18 with 6:30pm check-in for 7pm auditions, and Saturday, March 19, with 9:30am check-in for 10am auditions and 12:30pm check-in for 1pm auditions. Call backs at the director’s request will be held Saturday evening.

All roles are open for youth actors ages 8 through 14. Jafar may be cast as an older baritone role up to age 18. Please come prepared with a song of your choosing not from Disney’s Aladdin. An accompanist will be provided. All roles should be prepared to perform a cold reading and dress comfortably for a short dance routine.

Details: April at 607-2080 or Jon Reed at 887-9155.

Sale at St. Catherine Community Store

San Martin – The St. Catherine Community Store in San Martin is having a clearance sale with 50 percent off all of its already low-priced, gently used items from now until March 11.

Save on high quality women’s, men’s, including clothing for the workplace, kid’s clothes, including school uniform pants and shirts, baby clothes, toys, books, LP’s, dishes and glassware and other miscellaneous items.

Proceeds from the store fund programs that serve our neighbors in need. The store is located on San Martin Avenue, just east of Monterey Highway.

Ragtime artists perform tonight

Gilroy – Gilroy ragtime piano artists, Jack and Chris Bradshaw, along with “Washboard Kitty” Wilson, will present a concert, “The Joy of Ragtime” at the United Methodist Church of Gilroy, 7600 Church St., Gilroy, at 7pm tonight.

The hour- long concert will feature the lively, toe-tapping music of Scott Joplin, James Scott, Joseph Lamb and many other ragtime greats.

The Bradshaws, joined by Kitty Wilson, recently performed at the West Coast Ragtime Festival. They are members of the Sacramento Ragtime Society, and the South Valley Music Makers group here in Gilroy and have performed many times in Northern California.

The public is cordially invited to attend this family concert. Admission is free. A freewill offering will be taken to accept donations benefitting the Gilroy Chapter of the California Retired Teachers Association Scholarship Fund.

Christian singles gather Saturday

Gilroy – South Valley Singles Reunion and Revival at South Valley Community Church, 8095 Kelton Drive on Saturday, March 5 at 5:30pm. Open to all those who have come in the past or someone looking to find Christ-centered fun activities to do with other Christian singles. Great food and fellowship.

Details: Annette 930-8684.

Symphony presents Santa Cecilia

Gilroy – The South Valley Symphony is pleased to sponsor an upcoming concert with the Mariachi Santa Cecilia ensemble in a program, consisting of Mexican music to be held at St. Mary’s Church in Gilroy, Saturday evening, commencing at 8pm.

Comprised of 12 musicians, the group has previously appeared with the orchestra, but this time will be featured separately, performing traditional Mexican music. They are well known throughout the central coast area, performing regularly at the Berryessa Flea Market on weekends, as well as many other venues.

Due to the requirements of two generous grants received, one from the Calpine Gilroy Energy Center, and the other from the Raymond Family Foundation, the South Valley Symphony is able to present this concert at a reduced price of $5 per ticket. The Raymond Family Foundation desires that widest possible attendance be encouraged at this very special concert.

Tickets may be purchased at the following locations: In Gilroy at Rosso’s Furniture, 6881 Monterey St.; Porcella’s Music, 7357 Monterey St.; Estate Furniture Gallery, 7565 Monterey St.; Carole’s Hallmark, 779 First St., and at the St. Mary’s Catholic Parish office, 11 First St. In Morgan Hill at Rosso’s Furniture, 212 Tenant Station; BookSmart, 17415 S. Monterey Road; and The Music Tree, 17470 S. Monterey Road. In Hollister at Dorothy McNett’s Place, 800 San Benito St. In San Juan Bautista at Mission Gallery in downtown San Juan Bautista.

Send news items to City Editor Robert Airoldi. FAX to 842-2206,mail to Gilroy Dispatch, 6400 Monterey Road, Gilroy, CA 95020, or e-mail [email protected]

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