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County department moving to Gilroy
– Citing a tight budget year to come, the county’s public
assistance department is moving its San Martin office to its Gilroy
office on Leavesley Road.
County department moving to Gilroy

Gilroy – Citing a tight budget year to come, the county’s public assistance department is moving its San Martin office to its Gilroy office on Leavesley Road.

The San Martin District Office of Santa Clara County Social Services Agency Department of Employment and Benefit Services moved to Gilroy Friday. Its clients, who receive health, financial, nutritional, and employment assistance, will be transferred to the Gilroy office beginning Monday.

The San Martin office opens about 50 new client cases and responds to more than 1,000 public inquiries per month, according to the county. About 60 percent of the 1,400 low-income families served are from Gilroy, while the rest are from South San Jose, Morgan Hill, San Martin, and unincorporated South County.

Social Services Agency Director Will Lightbourne, in an announcement about the move, said “it is always difficult to make choices that affect families when working with fewer staff and resources.”

The decision best serves the community in these lean economic times by putting existing staff and resources in one central location, Lightbourne said.

New applicants who want to apply for public assistance, Medi-Cal, and/or Food Stamp assistance may now visit the South County District Office at 190 Leavesley Road in Gilroy, 848-3900.

Learn to start a successful business

Gilroy – Good planning is the basis of any successful business start-up, and a necessity for a loan application. This workshop will focus on a marketing plan, financial projections and a strategic plan to put your business on the road to success. The workshop will be held on Monday, March 7 from 6 to 9pm at the Gavilan College SBDC offices in the Dry Creek Village Center, 8351 Church Street, Building E.

Please note that registration begins at 5:45pm. The cost for this three-hour workshop is $30 (includes price of workbook) payable in advance or at the door.

Due to limited space please call in advance to pre-register (408) 847-0373.

Story time at Gilroy Premium Outlets

Gilroy – Each Saturday in March, a different children’s store at Gilroy Premium Outlets will be hosting Once Upon a Saturday, a storytelling time from 10:30 to 11am. Parents and children will receive a goodie bag filled with a VIP Coupon Book, a children’s book donated by Book Warehouse, special additional discounts at participating children’s stores and restaurants.

Once Upon a Saturday will be held at the following locations and dates: today, Carter’s, Bldg. B#280; March 12, The Children’s Place, Bldg. B#350; March 19, Strasburg Children, Bldg. B#160; March 26, Oshkosh, Bldg. B #400.

Details: Call the management office, 408-842-3732.

SV Symphony presents Mariachi 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, tonight at 8pm.

The 12-member group has 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.

Chamber scholarship applications available

Gilroy – The Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Education and Vocational Education scholarship applications are being accepted.

Any graduating senior may applying for the $7,500 available. Deadline is Friday, April 8.

Details: 842-6437 or e-mail a request to [email protected]

Downtown Flea Market

Gilroy – The 2005 downtown Gilroy Flea Market, at the Lewis Street parking lot, will be held from 8:30am to 3pm on the third Saturday of each month, April through October, except in July when it will be on the fourth Saturday.

Spaces 9-feet-wide by 20-feet-deep are available for $20 per space. Set up will be from 7 to 8:30am the day of the event. Vendors must supply their own chairs, tables, umbrellas, etc., and are responsible for trash cleanup of their space.

Details call Linda at Collective Past at 842-0180.

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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