CDF suspends burn permits

Gilroy – All permits for open burning will be suspended beginning at 8am Friday, said Chief Steven F. Woodill of the California Department of Forestry Santa Clara Unit.

Open burning permits in unincorporated areas surrounding Gilroy under CDF responsibility are affected. Agriculture, land management, fire training, and other industrial-type burning may proceed if a CDF fire official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit. Anyone who is planning a burn under special permit also must check with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for additional regulations and requirements.

Campfires still will be allowed in designated campgrounds.

Give in honor of Dick Nicholls

Gilroy – Join community members Saturday and donate blood in honor of Richard “Dick” Nicholls, who died June 15 and who would have turned 61 Saturday. The Dick Nicholls Blood Drive takes place from 9am to 2pm at the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association, 7473 Monterey St.

Those unable to donate Saturday, may do so in his honor at either of the Gilroy Community Summer Drives scheduled for July 14 and Aug. 11. Times and places will be available at the July 2 event.

Customers may be due refund

Gilroy – As many as 250,000 customers of Allstate Insurance Co. may be due refunds now that the broker has agreed to pay about $30 million to settle charges that it used unpublished and non-specific eligibility requirements to set rates for customers who lacked an insurance history or had poor credit.

Last year, the California Department of Insurance charged the company with violating about 20 sections of the state’s insurance code.

To learn if you’re due a refund, call Allstate at (800) 351-0646.

Learn how to support troops

Gilroy – The founder and president of Operation Interdependence (www.oidelivers.org) will be in Gilroy Saturday to show how people can support the troops overseas without impacting military resources.

Supporting the troops may be as simple as giving 15 minutes of your time once, volunteering an hour each week or each month, writing a letter of support to the troops, packing goodie bags or donating goodies to be included in care packages.

Details: Karen at


Summertime tunes Sunday

Gilroy – The latest Summer Concert is on its way. Enjoy musical tunes for the whole family at the Christmas Hill Park Amphitheater every other Sunday from 5-7pm.

Upcoming concerts include:

July 10, Silver Creek; July 24, Sidesaddle; Aug. 14, Los High Tops; Aug. 28, The Corvairs.

Compete with Wal-Mart

Gilroy – Through a joint effort, Wal-Mart, the Gilroy Economic Development Corporation and the Gavilan College Small Business Development Center will offer workshops on How to Gain, Know and Retain Customers in Competitive Times.

Instructor Tim Hendrick teaches Retail Marketing at San Jose State and is a Marketing consultant for the Gavilan College SBDC.

As marketing, communication and promotion to local consumers has changed, the message is becoming more and more integrated.

This course will take an integrated approach to positioning any retail operation to consumers and incorporate both traditional and non-traditional forms of marketing and communications to meet these goals.

This free two-hour workshop will provide information every small business owner would want to know.

Call today to reserve your space. Workshops will be held on the following days:

Tuesday, Aug. 9 and 16 from 6 to 8pm at the Gavilan College SBDC. Located in the Dry Creek Village Center, 8351 Church Street, Building E.

Due to limited space (20 per workshop) you must call in advance to pre-register (408) 847-0373.

What’s going on in Sacramento?

San Martin – Mr. Tim Clark of Johnson Clark Associates, among California’s major political consulting firms, will be featured at the monthly meeting of Gilroy/Morgan Hill Republican Assembly at 7:30pm, Thursday, July 14 at the Church of the Valley (COTV), 13380 Depot St. in San Martin.

Details: 408-782-7555.

Learn the basics of composting

Morgan Hill – The cities of Gilroy and Morgan Hill in coordination with the County of Santa Clara host a ‘Composting Basics for Beginners’ class Saturday from 10am to noon in Morgan Hill.

Admission is free, and all interested adults are invited to attend and learn the ABC’s of backyard and worm composting in a fun and informative classroom experience.

Discover ways to to recycle ‘garbage’ – yard trimmings and food scraps – into the magic soil conditioner gardeners call Black Gold.

Local Master Composter volunteers conduct the workshop, and attendees will learn how to purchase low cost compost bins and equipment to get started composting.

All adults in the class will have the chance to win a free Earth Machine backyard compost bin.

For class location and to register call 918-4640 or visit www.ReduceWaste.org.

County fair kicks off in August

San Jose – The 2005 Santa Clara County Fair will be held on Aug. 5, 6 and 7 on the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road in San Jose.

Admission is free and parking is only $8 per car. The fair opens at 11am, gates close at 7pm and the carnival is open until 9pm.

Indoor and outdoor exhibits, plenty of food and music, and a carnival for kids both big and little.

This year’s theme is “Green Beans, Pork ‘n’ Bean and Jelly Beans.”

Interested vendors can contact Delana Romero at 494-3134.

Details: 494-3100, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.thefair.org.

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