Local Digest

VTA promotes mass transit with free rides

San Jose – Seniors and county residents eligible for disabled and Medicare fares will be able to ride buses and trains for free early next year as part of a program to encourage mass transit use.

Beginning Jan. 1, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will offer free rides to disabled people and residents 65 and older. The rides will be offered between 9am and 3pm and after 6pm. The program ends March 31, 2006.

Details: VTA at 321-2300 or visit www.vta.org.

Gov. orders study of levee system

Sacramento – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill requiring the California Department of Water Resources and the California Department of Fish and Game to evaluate the impacts of a failure of the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta levee system. The delta is the major collection point for water that serves over 22 million Californians. Many of the levees in its 1,000 mile-system are more than 100 years old.

“Without question, a disaster for the delta levee system would be a disaster for all of California,” said Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, who sponsored the legislation. “With AB 1200 we can take a critical step forward in preventing a catastrophe that would impact all of California.”

Volunteers needed on election day

Gilroy – The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is looking for volunteer Election Officers to work in the polls in the Nov. 8 election. More than 4,220 volunteers will be needed to staff 844 polling precincts across the county that day. Election officers are responsible for setting up the polling place, processing voters and providing assistance as requested.

Anyone registered to vote in the state of California can become an election officer. In addition to serving a full day at the polls (usually 6am to 9:30pm), officers also must attend a three-hour training class.

Election officers can earn an extra stipend for bilingual skills. Bilingual election officers must be fluent in English and one of the following federally mandated languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese or Tagalog.

High school students who would like to learn more about the election process can participate in the Student Election Officer Program. To participate, students must be high school seniors at least 16 years old with at least a 2.5 grade point average. They must also get permission from their schools and parents or guardians.

Details: 299-POLL.

Visiting artist series features educators

Gilroy – The Visiting Artists Series is sponsored by the Gavilan College Cosmetology Department Advisory Committee and the Cosmetology Associations of Santa Clara Valley and the Central Bay. The following classes will be held at Gavilan, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd.

• Jan. 23, at 6:30pm, join Alicia Orabella, Redken Color Class, Keeping it Real. Orabella will share fashion trends utilizing her contemporary philosophy of “Keeping it Real” coloring techniques. She is a Redken facilitator of hair color, design and a “Redken For Men” core team member.

• Feb. 27, at 6:30pm, join Rose Hill, Makeup Artist for the Famous. For more than 30 years, Hill has used her creative prowess as a professional makeup artist and stylist in film, television, photography, special effects and more.

• March 8, at 6:30pm, join Gary Gerard, Master Classics II, The Beautiful Hair Remix Collection. Gerard, a world famous stylist, will share his simplified method for those who want to learn the new and exciting cuts. He has delivered more than 2,700 programs worldwide.

Cost: Professionals: at the door $45 or all three classes for $90. Students: at the door $30 or all three for $45.

To purchase tickets by mail, make checks payable to Advisory Committee and mail to: PO Box 123, San Martin, CA 95046.

Details: 848-4884; Ray at 683-4131; Lupe at (831) 724-4510; or Pat at (831) 688-8804.

Sip, swirl and savor at Art & Wine Festival

Gilroy – Gilroy knows how to throw a great party and will do so again Saturday, Oct. 8 at Christmas Hill Park from 10am to 5pm.

The first Gilroy Art & Wine Festival will provide food and wine lovers with opportunities to taste great award winning wines while also enjoying specialty items from fabulous local restaurants. Artisans, craftsman and entertainers will add to the festival fun while patrons enjoy this free of charge great Fall activity. A highlight of this new event will be the traditional Gilroy Arts & Culture exhibit usually held at the Willey House.

Learn the basics of bookkeeping

Gilroy – This workshop is for the small business owner who knows that bookkeeping is important for success, but is intimidated, confused, or unskilled in keeping financial records.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, from noon to 3pm at the Gavilan College SBDC office, 8351 Church St., Building E.

The cost is $20 payable in advance or at the door.

Call to pre-register, 847-0373.

Details: www.gavilansbdc.org.

Learn bicycle safety

Gilroy – A Bicycle Rodeo, sponsored by Gilroy Police Department in cooperation with Health Education of San Benito County, will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11am to 2pm at the Go Kids Facility, 885 Moro Drive. Join bicycle patrol officers, California Highway Patrol and other special guests.

Parents, your child will experience Safe Moves City. They will practice their skills on a course that includes sidewalks, streets, crosswalks, intersections, parking lots, bike lanes, railroad crossings, school buses and emergency vehicles. Free hot dogs and drinks provided.

Send news items to City Editor Robert Airoldi. FAX to 842-2206, mail to Gilroy Dispatch, 6400 Monterey Road, Gilroy, CA 95020.

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