Digest 3.17.05

Kids Discover Arts workshop Saturday
Gilroy
– Local professionals will conduct workshops and activities for
children ages 5 to 11 from 10am to 3pm Saturday at Wheeler
Community Center, corner of 6th and Rosanna streets. There will be
more than 20 hands-on workshops for the children.
Kids Discover Arts workshop Saturday

Gilroy – Local professionals will conduct workshops and activities for children ages 5 to 11 from 10am to 3pm Saturday at Wheeler Community Center, corner of 6th and Rosanna streets. There will be more than 20 hands-on workshops for the children.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets or strollers are allowed inside and no one will be allowed in at 2pm. Admission is free and concessions will be available. Children should wear paint-friendly clothing.

Details: 846-0460.

Come celebrate library’s centennial

Gilroy – The Gilroy Library has been in its current location for 30 years, but did you know that it was born nearly 100 years ago?

The public is invited to enjoy the day as officials and residents kick off a celebration into the library’s centennial year at 11:30am Saturday.

Journey into the library’s past with Muriel Brem and Elizabeth Barratt reading from the writing of Gilroy’s second librarian Irma Whitney Kilgore. See the vision of the library’s future plans for a new building.

The Gilroy Library Book Sale is open from 10am to 1pm. The Gilroy Writer’s Project features guest speaker Cathleen Rountree from 2 to 4pm.

Las Animas fundraiser at Fresh Choice

Gilroy – Las Animas School is holding a fundraising night at “Fresh Choice” on Thursday, March 17 between 4 and 9pm. Fresh Choice will donate 20 percent of sales back to the Home & School Club.

Get a flyer at Las Animas’ office and present it to the cashier. Fresh Choice is located by the Outlets across from Office Max.

Pet fair Saturday at Petco in Gilroy

Gilroy – The Friends of San Martin Animal Shelter (FOSMAS) need your help to find loving families for the homeless companion animals currently at the shelter and in foster homes.

Come to the pet fair on Saturday, from noon to 5pm at Petco.

Stop by to find a new furry friend; make a donation to help cover spay/neuter, food, and litter expenses; or sign-up to volunteer for the shelter.

Details: 683-4186 or visit the Web site at www.fosmas.org.

Help fund trip for safety patrol program

Gilroy – The children involved in the Elementary School Safety Patrol Program, fifth grade students who provide safe crossings for all elementary school children, are subjected daily to confusing traffic conditions surrounding our schools while maintaining discipline and order to the children they cross. Their job involves leadership, citizenship, and responsibility, and is a valuable contribution to the safety of all elementary school children and to the community as a whole.

Help by donating to their annual Raging Waters trip, designed to reward the school safety patrol members.

This year the field trip will be provided for about 350 students. The cost is about $5,000. A donation in the amount of $100 would help provide this day of fun for some truly deserving children, but any amount appropriate will be greatly appreciated.

All donations should be made to “Student Safety Patrol Program” and mailed to the Gilroy Police Department, 7370 Rosanna St., Gilroy, CA 95020. Funds must be raised by May 24.

Intoxicated Hollister girl hospitalized

Hollister – A 17-year-old Hollister girl was taken to Hazel Hawkins Hospital with a blood alcohol level of .43, more than five times the legal limit, after friends found her unconscious near her home Saturday night, police said.

The teen’s condition is unknown because hospital personnel are prohibited from releasing medical information on patients due to state law, said Frankie Valent, marketing director for Hazel Hawkins. Most authorities consider the lethal dose of alcohol to be about .40, which can kill someone or put them in a coma by slowing their breathing, heart rate and gag reflex, according to the Mayo Clinic’s Web site.

The girl, whose name is being withheld because she is a minor, left her house in the 1200 block of Rancho Drive about 6pm Saturday to attend a party, Hollister Police Capt. Richard Vasquez said. A little more than 30 minutes later, one of her friends carried her into her home, unconscious, after finding her lying next to a dumpster near her house, Vasquez said.

The girl’s mother told police her daughter has a history of coming home intoxicated, but none of her friends would tell police where she was, what she was drinking or how much alcohol she consumed, Vasquez said.

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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