Digest 11/11

Veterans Day

ceremony today

Gilroy – Local veterans and their supporters will commemorate Veterans Day on Friday, during an 11am ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Building at the corner of Eigleberry and Sixth streets.

The ceremony will include a performance by the Gilroy High School band, an invocation by St. Mary’s Rev. Dan Derry, and speeches by Santa Clara County Supervisor Don Gage.

$30,000 grant received by SCH

Gilroy – South County Housing Corporation received a $30,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Bank Foundation to help fund its programs for low-income families in Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

The Wells Fargo grant will support South County Housing’s Financial Fitness program.

The program seeks to help families in its housing developments access and achieve economic opportunity and security through knowledge.

The classes are designed to improve lives by teaching families about financial matters, including banking, loans, savings and checking accounts, how to save for a home or higher education, money management, budgeting, and maintaining good credit.

South County Housing Corporation is in its 26th year of building affordable homes and apartments and providing neighborhood services. Based in Gilroy, it serves Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties.

Details: Jack Foley at 843-9273, 842-9181 or e-mail [email protected]

Gilroy blood drive

surpasses goal

Gilroy – On Nov. 7, the American Red Cross and the Gilroy Community joined together to hold a blood drive and reached 112 percent of the goal to collect 42 pints of blood. Fifty-seven potential donors turned out to achieve that goal.

Each pint of blood is used to save up to three lives, so the Gilroy blood drive will help 141 people in Northern California to survive physical traumas and fight potentially fatal diseases.

“The Gilroy community has enthusiastically supported the critical need for blood by providing more pints of blood than expected for a community its size,” said Sara O’Brien, Red Cross spokeswoman. “The Red Cross wants to thank the community and encourage them to continue to help their neighbors by donating blood.”

The next mobile blood drive in Gilroy will be on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the First Baptist Church, 8455 Wren Ave. from 1:30 to 6:30pm.

Details: 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or www.BeADonor.com.

Stuff the van with toys for kids

Gilroy – The KB Toy Outlet in Gilroy is hosting a Toys for Tots “Stuff the Van” challenge on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4pm. Shoppers are encouraged to purchase toys for the children of our community and then Stuff The Van.

KB Toy is providing a 10 percent discount on purchases as part of this effort. Each day, a commercial size van provided by Gilroy resident Juan Marquez of Landtech Capital will be awaiting the donations at the front of the store.

Donations of new, unwrapped toys only please.

Details: Juan Murillo at 848-5423 or Juan Marquez at 460-6987.

Search is on for cannery workers

Gilroy – Did you work at the old Gilroy cannery for a summer? A year? A decade? We would like to hear your stories.

As part of a redevelopment project, South County Housing Corporation has launched the Cannery History Project. This project, in conjunction with the Gavilan College History Department, will employ Gavilan students to gather, preserve and share human histories of Gilroy’s cannery community.

SCH has purchased the site in downtown and plans a mixed-use development of approximately 210 residential units and 40,000 square feet of office, food service and retail space. Rather than losing the history when the buildings are replaced, SCH wishes to make the stories of people who worked at the cannery known.

Details: Former cannery workers or their family may contact Leah Halper at 848-4946 or [email protected]

Celebrity fashion show Saturday

Gilroy – Leadership Gilroy’s “Just Believe” Celebrity Fashion Extravaganza is Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6pm at the San Juan Oaks Golf Club. The evening includes a social hour, dinner, live auction and 105 models in 30 different segments which are all choreographed to music. Tickets are $75 per person. Proceeds benefit Leadership Gilroy’s 2005-2006 program.

Details: 842-6437.

Help send gifts to troops overseas

Gilroy – Please join us as we celebrate by writing Christmas cards and filling Christmas stockings.

This will be an incredible event. We have at least 20 volunteers and if each person can collect just 25 Christmas cards, we’ll have enough for 500 C-rats.

This will be held Friday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 8pm at James Suner Group Bldg., 7436 Monterey St.

Details: 848-2630 or 847-3079.

Holiday Lights 2005 starts Nov. 25

Gilroy – Bonfante Gardens Holiday Lights returns for an expanded second season. Guests can enjoy a holiday experience that includes thousands of twinkling lights, a decadent holiday feast, holiday shopping, Santa’s Workshop, themed rides and more!

New for 2005, Bonfante Gardens adds a new 40-foot by 80-foot ice rink that families can enjoy together.

Holiday Lights runs from 4pm to 9pm Nov. 25-27, Dec. 3-4, 10-11 and 17-23.

Rebekah’s hosts auction, dinner

Gilroy – The local nonprofit Rebekah’s Children’s Services will be hosting an auction dinner at Bonfante Gardens’ Snowflake Plaza, 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy (Hwy152), 6 to 10:30pm, on Dec. 2, to benefit program clients.

The $75 traditional holiday dinner includes a stroll through the park to see holiday lights and bid during live and silent auctions. Guests should dress comfortably for a winter evening at the park. The plaza is a covered pavilion warmed by heat lamps. Rides and other park attractions will not be operating that evening.

Details: 846-2142 or www.rcskids.org.

Entries available for downtown parade

Gilroy – The Gilroy Downtown Business Association is accepting entries for this year’s Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3 and invites interested individuals and groups to participate.

This year’s parade theme is “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and it will start at Eighth and Monterey streets and end at First and Monterey streets.

The parade committee is looking for floats, vintage cars, performers and others interested in participating. Details: 848-2573.

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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