Local Digest

Pianist helps open symphony season

Gilroy – The opening concert of the 32nd season of the South Valley Symphony is Saturday, at 7:30pm at the Gavilan College Theater.

Featured selections will be the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Edward Grieg with soloist Kanako Inagawa, pianist. Inagawa performs a full schedule of concerts each season, including solo appearances with orchestras, solo recitals and chamber music programs. She has performed with the Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Metropolitan Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic National Orchestra of Poland and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Admission prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors ages 55 and older and $8 for students ages 12 to 18. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free when accompanied with a paid adult. Tickets may be purchased at Porcella’s Music and Estate Furniture Galley and Carole’s Hallmark store located at 779 First St. in Gilroy. In Morgan Hill tickets are available at Booksmart 17415 S. Monterey Road and in San Juan Bautista at the Mission Gallery. Tickets also are available at the theatre box office, 45 minutes prior to the start of the performance.

Details: Al Navaroli at 842-3934.

Learn to ride at bicycle rodeo

Gilroy – Gilroy youth have a chance to learn about bicycle safety at the annual Bicycle Rodeo Saturday, from 11am to 2pm.

The kids can ride through the “Safe Moves City” obstacle course, get fitted for a free bicycle helmet and chow down on free hot-dogs and drinks.

This year’s event will be at the Go Kids Facility, 885 Moro Drive, at Hirasaki Drive.

Details: 846-0521.

Council candidates square off at forum

Gilroy – A consortium of five neighborhood associations from around Gilroy will interview candidates vying for city council seats in the Nov. 8 election.

The forum will also provide local residents with an opportunity to ask questions of candidates. The event takes place Thurs., Oct. 20 from 7 to 9pm at the Gilroy High School Theater, at the corner of Tenth and Princevalle streets

Details: 375-0924.

Mesa Ridge Road, Miller Avenue closures

Gilroy – The start of a housing development by Dividend Homes will force a one-month closure of Miller Avenue, from the intersection with Thomas Road north to the Presbyterian Church, staring on Oct. 24.

The project will also force closure of Mesa Ridge Road, between Miller Avenue and Dawn Way, from Oct. 17 to Nov. 4.

Details: 846-0450.

Cannery Open House Wednesday

Gilroy – Former employees of the old Cannery off Lewis Street and the general public are invited for a reunion and open house next week at the former manufacturing site.

The gathering, which takes place Oct. 19 at 6pm, will include a presentation of the latest plans by nonprofit South County Housing to convert the site into 200 homes and 40,000 square feet of retail space. Guests are encouraged to bring pictures of the old Cannery and its workers for use in a history album.

Details: Nancy Wright at South County Housing at 843-9247 or visit www.scounty.com.

Second candidate to challenge Pombo

Pleasanton – A second Democratic challenger has announced his intention to run for the congressional seat held by powerful Tracy Republican Richard Pombo.

Pleasanton resident Jerry McNerney, who lost to Pombo in 2004, has said he will try again for the seat.

In August, Danville resident Steve Filson said he will challenge Pombo.

High court to review use of taxes

Sacramento – The California Supreme Court has agreed to review a challenge to a 1996 voter-approved initiative giving the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority the ability to buy and protect land with tax dollars.

The challenge was filed by the Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, who claimed the law contravened another state law limiting the government’s authority to raise property taxes.

In July, the 6th District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the open space authority.

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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