Digst 3.31.05

‘Tip For a Cure’ for Relay for Life
– The Gilroy Relay For Life Committee members will be working at
the first of the ‘Tips For a Cure’ events hosted this time by The
Claddagh Pub and Restaurant in Gilroy.
‘Tip For a Cure’ for Relay for Life

Gilroy – The Gilroy Relay For Life Committee members will be working at the first of the ‘Tips For a Cure’ events hosted this time by The Claddagh Pub and Restaurant in Gilroy. Not only will we be working for “tips” but The Claddagh will also be donating 10 percent of all receipts to the relay. This is an easy way to support our community’s Relay For Life.

Please join us after 6pm Friday at The Claddagh, located at 1300 First St.

ICF breakfast benefits scholarships

Gilroy – Branch 28 of the Italian Catholic Federation presents it’s semi-annual Scholarship Breakfast and Bake Sale Sunday April 3, 7:30 to 11:30am at St. Mary’s Church Cullen Hall, 11 First St.

Breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee will be served. Proceeds benefit branch 28 scholarship programs and other ICF charities.

Donation is $5 for adults and $3 children under 12.

Details or tickets: Shirley Silva at (408) 683-2214 or Emma Moretti at (408) 842-0145.

Adopt an animal at pet fair this weekend

Gilroy – The Friends of San Martin Animal Shelter (FOSMAS) is partnering with Petco during their National Pet Adoption Days to help find loving families for homeless companion animals.

Come to the FOSMAS pet fair on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm, at Petco-Morgan Hill, and Petco-Gilroy (just north of the outlets on San Ysidro). Stop by to find a new furry friend; make a donation to help cover spay/neuter, medical, food, and litter expenses; or sign-up to volunteer for the shelter.

Details: The San Martin Animal Shelter at (408) 683-4186.

Raffle benefits girl’s softball teams

Gilroy – Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) and Sports, a non-profit girl’s softball organization, will be selling raffle tickets outside of Nob Hill, 777 First St. in Gilroy, every Friday through Monday in April.

The sale will be held from 3 to 7pm on Fridays, 8am to 5pm on Saturdays, 1 to 5pm on Sundays and 3 to 7pm on Mondays. The tickets cost $2 each or $5 for 3. The prizes are a shopping spree at Nob Hill in the amounts of $150, $250 and $500.

Proceeds will help pay for the cost of the Gilroy Stanford Cardinals’ softball games, including equipment and transportation. The drawing will be held on May 2. Participants do not need to be present to win.

G.P.A. is a non-profit organization that helps girl’s keep their grades up and play sports.

Players are required to keep a grade point average of at least 2.5. Rather than be kicked off the team if grades slip, girls are encouraged to improve with a tutor that the organization provides.

Details: 515-0163.

Workshop helps focus on marketing plan

Gilroy – Good planning is the basis of any successful business start-up, and a necessity for a loan application. This workshop will lead you to 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, 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.

Get an overview of marketing essentials

Gilroy – Learn how to get started the right way by participating in this 2 1/2-hour workshop presented by the Gavilan College Small Business Development Center.

“Get Your Business Up and Running” presents an overview of marketing essentials, produce selection, business goal setting, legal issues, licenses required, risk evaluation, bookkeeping, financing, and management issues.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, from noon to 2:30pm at the Gavilan College Small Business Development Center offices located in the Dry Creek Village, 8351 Church Street, Bldg. E.

The cost for this 2 1/2-hour workshop is $20 payable in advance or at the door.

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

Downtown flea market returning in April

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 by 20-feet 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: Linda at Collective Past at 842-0180.

Annual Gators swim clinic next week

Gilroy – Gilroy Gator Swim Team will hold their annual “Swim Clinic and Swim Team Tryouts” Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 8 from 5 to 6pm each evening at the Gilroy High School pool. Swimmers ages 5 though 18 are invited to join in the fun. Registrations forms received after March 28 may be subject to a $5 late fee.

Checks must be made payable to GGST. Registration is now open from 5 to 6pm at the Gilroy High pool officer Monday through Friday.

Space is limited to the first 100 participants with a completed registration form and paid fee.

Details: Kelly Kramer, membership chairperson at 842-8975.

Concert benefits SVB scholarship fund

Gilroy – The South Valley Ballet is having a dance concert and dessert auction to raise money for the SVB scholarship fund, community outreach and our up-coming three-act ballet “La Fille Mal Gardee.”

It will be the first three act repertoire ballet ever done in the South Valley. We have been acting as a non-profit for 30 years as Morgan Hill Dance Company, but this year we applied for non-profit status and changed the name to South Valley Ballet.

The new name represents the group better, since they have dancers from Gilroy, Hollister, Los Banos, Aromas, Watsonville,San Jose, Morgan Hill and Salinas in the performing company.

The Spring Dance Concert and Dessert Auction is a fundraiser for the new company and scholarships. The dessert auction will be held Saturday, April 9 at 7pm at the Gilroy High School Theater.

The Gilroy High School Theater is located at 750 W 10th Street. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Details: 776-1661, or Info: www.geocities.com/morganhilldance.

South Valley Symphony concert April 9

Morgan Hill – The next concert of the South Valley Symphony is scheduled for Saturday, April 9 at 7:30pm at the Advent Lutheran Church located at 16870 Murphy Ave., Morgan Hill.

Featured presentation will be Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto No.1 with Mr. Dale King as soloist.

Ticket are available at the Music Tree and BookSmart in downtown Morgan Hill; Carole’s Hallmark Store located at 779 First Street, Estate Furniture Gallery at 7565 Monterey Street and Porcella’s Music, 7357 Monterey Street in downtown Gilroy; Mission Gallery in downtown Juan Bautista and Dorothy McNett’s Place in downtown Hollister.

Tickets will also be available at the Advent Lutheran Church, 45 minutes prior to the concert.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors age 60 and older and $7 for students ages 12 to 18.

Details: Al Navaroli (408) 842-3934, or FAX to (408) 842-9776).

Countywide environmental review meeting slated

Morgan Hill – The Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan will be discussed at a public meeting, Tuesday, at 7pm, at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, Hiram Morgan Hill Room, 17000 S. Monterey Road.

The HCP/NCCP is a comprehensive forward-looking environmental review process for the entire county conducted by a consortium of local agencies under the auspices of the California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Details: visit http://hcp.sccgov.org.

Learn the basic skills of interacting with nature

Morgan Hill – On Saturday, Henry Coe State Park, 9000 E. Dunne Ave., will hold “Basic Skills for Interacting with Nature” at 10am. Move into the flow of nature using skills perfected by the Native Americans. Mike Meyer will teach a few simple skills, including stalking and wide angle vision. Plan to spend three to four hours, and bring snacks and water.

They will also hold the evening program “Natural History of Coe Park” at 8pm. Winslow Briggs, author of The Trails of Henry W. Coe State Park, will reveal the harmony of the plants and animals that thrive in Coe Park.

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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