Local Digest 11/19/05

Harvey Bear Ranch trails to close

Gilroy – The trails at Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch will be closed for the winter to give the newly built walkways time stabilize, according to park staff. The trails will be closed beginning Dec. 1 and will stay closed as late as June 1, 2006, depending on the length and severity of the rainy season.

The trail system will be closed for this extended period to allow the newly constructed trails to settle, compact and accumulate vegetation (new growth and accumulation of duff).

Closing new trails for the first winter after construction is a management practice designed to provide a better and more stable trail system in the long-term and to meet our obligations to protect water quality and wildlife habitat.

Details: 355-2215.

Participate in holiday 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.

Check-in is 4pm with the parade starting at 5pm.

Details: Dawn Guillen at

848-2573.

‘Inspecting Carol’ opens this weekend

Morgan Hill – South Valley Civic Theatre presents “Inspecting Carol,” a hilarious adult comedy that’s sweeping the nation.

Mix together a struggling theater company, a tired production of “A Christmas Carol,” a really bad actor and a visiting inspector from the National Endowment for the Arts and you end up with this zany off-the-wall holiday farce.

It is produced by Frank Mc Gilla and Bruce O’Hara and directed by Kae Jenny-Spencer.

Shows play Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm through Dec. 10., with two Sunday matinees at 2pm Nov. 27 and Dec. 4.

Performances are held at the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse on the corner of Monterey and Dunne avenues in Morgan Hill.

Tickets are $12 for seniors and students and $15 for adults.

Tickets may be purchased at the Gilroy Visitors Bureau, BookSmart in Morgan Hill and the Morgan Hill Community Center.

Details: 842-SHOW or www.svct.org.

Chance to buy unique gifts

Gilroy – Come and get in the Christmas spirit at the annual St. Mary School Christmas Boutique Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9am to 7pm.

Browse the handcrafts, jewelry, Christmas decorations, art work and clothing items offered by artisans and retailers from around the South County area.

There will be 35 vendors selling goods at St. Mary School, Cullen Hall, 7900 Church St. Shop for items for yourself or for others.

Enjoy music, food, beverages, and a benefit drawing.

Details: 842-2827.

Gav College Holiday Marketplace

Gilroy – Holiday shoppers looking for something special and unique are invited to browse the 4th annual Gavilan College Holiday Marketplace Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, from 10am to 2pm.

Money raised from the marketplace will benefit Gavilan College student clubs.

This event is free and open to the public. Campus parking is 75 cents.

There will be musical entertainment during the marketplace, and the Gavilan Cafe will be open, selling a variety of food and beverages.

Details: Vendor Applications are still being accepted. Call 489-6445 or go to www.gavilan.edu/pio.

Handmade arts and crafts available

Gilroy – The 3rd Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair will be held at the Gilroy Senior Center from 10am to 4pm this weekend.

Admission is free.

There will be 20 vendors selling handmade items.

Details: 848-0465.

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