Community briefs: Autism fundraiser at Chevys

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Autism fundraiser at Chevys
Chevy’s Restaurant at 8440 Murray Ave. will hold a fundraiser
Wednesday for Christopher Hernandez. Patrons who come to dine
Wednesday should mention they are there to support Walk for Autism
Autism fundraiser at Chevy’s

Chevys Fresh Mex restaurant at 8440 Murray Ave. will hold a fundraiser Wednesday for Christopher Hernandez. Patrons who come to dine Wednesday should mention they are there to support Walk for Autism Speaks.

Family and friends will participate in the May 21 fundraiser in San Jose for the son of Lydia H. Fernandez.

“Our personal interest in this annual event is that my husband and I have a child with autism,” Fernandez said.

The walk is a “a fun-filled, family friendly event and is our single most powerful force to fund vital research that will lead us to the answers we need,” according to the organization’s website.

Donations are tax deductible and will continue to fund research for the cure for autism.

Hernandez also sits on the board for Exceptional Kids Gilroy, a support and resource group that brings services to the community.

– To donate visit the Walk Now for Autism Speaks page.

– Scroll down and click on “2011 Walk Now for Autism Speaks: Bay Area”

– On the left hand side of the page under “Join or Support a Team,” type in “Family & Friends 4 Christopher Hernandez.” The team name will appear in the search results. Viewers will be able to see money raised and members recruited so far.

– Checks can also be donated by mailing payments to Autism Speaks-Northern California, 39120 Argonaut Way, Suite 492, Fremont, CA, 94538. Checks should be made payable to “Autism Speaks,” with “Family & Friends 4 Christopher Hernandez” listed in the memo.

– Call Lydia at 313-5651 or email at [email protected]

Click on the arrow button to download the flier to take to Wednesday’s fundraiser at Chevys.

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Scholastic Book Fair

A Scholastic book fair will be held at various times this week at the Si, Se Puede! Learning Center at 500 IOOF Ave., a supplemental after-school program for children in kindergarten through fifth grades.

All of the books are brand new and suitable for readers in the kindergarten through eighth grades. Some bilingual books will be available as well.

For questions call the Si, Se Puede! Learning Center at 847-9162. Dates and times for the fair are as follows:

– 3 to 8 p.m. May 2

– 3 to 6 p.m. May 3

– 2 to 5 p.m. May 4

– 3 to 6 p.m. May 5

– 3 to 4:30 p.m. May 6

Gavilan College Art Show

A reception will be held this from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday to shine the spotlight on the Gavilan Student Art Exhibition, on display in the Fine Arts Gallery at Gavilan College at 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd.

The exhibition went up in April and will continue through May 17. It showcases works from digital media, painting, art methods and two ceramics classes. Refreshments will also be served at the opening reception. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“It’s really diverse,” said Gavilan painting instructor Christine Canepa, highlighting a plethora of creations including abstract, representational, political, studies of master works and more.

“It’s really just a broad range of art work,” she said. “Everyone should come on out.”

For questions call Christine Canepa at 847-7158 or email [email protected]

Dinner & Concert Under the Stars

Gilroy Community Organization will host Dinner & Concert Under the Stars from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Gilroy Gardens, 3050 Hecker Pass Road. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served, and entertainment will be provided by the Watsonville Community Band. Cost: $20. Children ages 4 to 10 are $10. Children younger than 3 years old are free. Proceeds will support the Gilroy Memorial Day Parade, set for May 30. Details:

CMAP Community Night at Lizarran

Join the Community Media Access Partnership from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday for a special Community Night at Lizarran Tapas Restaurant, 7400 Monterey St. The Cinco de Mayo celebration features live music, video presentations, drink specials and raffle prizes. This is your opportunity to learn about all of CMAP’s resources for the community, including new equipment, youth programs and new shows. Mingle with CMAP staff, board members and local filmmakers in the community. Details and to RSVP: 846-4983 ext. 1. or [email protected]

An afternoon of music at the mission

South Valley Symphony, under the direction of Anthony Quartuccio, Jr., will present its final concert this year at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Mission San Juan Bautista. General admission is $35, children and students are $15. Cost includes a reception following the concert in the Mission Gardens. Tickets can be purchased at, Porcella’s Music – 7357 Monterey St. – and First Street Coffee Exchange – 1211 First St.

Band and Color Guard fundraiser

The Gilroy High and Christopher High Band and Color Guard will hold a fundraiser today at Papa Murphy’s, 767 First St. Let them know that you support the band, and they will donate 25 percent of the purchase to the schools. The next concert, “The Outdoor Concert”, will be May 25 at Christopher High School.

DeBrito apples for Mother’s Day

Gilroy High seniors and parents will sell DeBrito candy apples Friday and Saturday in front of Nob Hill, 777 First St. Proceeds raised benefit GHS’s Safe and Sober Grad Night. Cost: $10. Donations are also accepted. Details: 310-2272 or [email protected]

Bombshell Bully’s comes to 9Lives

Classic rock group Bombshell Bully’s will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at 9Lives, 7430 Monterey St. Cost: $8-$10. 21+. Details: 337-1799 or

St. Mary School spaghetti dinner

The St. Mary School Men’s Club will host its bi-annual Spaghetti Dinner on Friday in the school gym, 15 First St. Take out service begins at 4:30 p.m., and the sit down dinner is served from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 15 and free for children younger than 6. Details: Vicki Campanella at 842-8425.

Impressions Home and Garden Tour

The Gilroy Assistance League will hold its seventh annual signature fundraiser, Impressions Home and Garden Tour, featuring country homes of Gilroy on Friday and Saturday at 10748 Green Valley Drive. Tours will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m., with final check in at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $30 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local children’s programs. Details: 706-6235 or gilroyassistance

Natural Sciences Days at Gilroy Gardens

Students have the opportunity to experience a complete day of learning in multiple disciplines of science during the Natural Sciences Days on Friday, May 13, 20 and 27 at Gilroy Gardens. Details:

Mother’s Day cards and soap making

Children can learn how to create a handmade Mother’s Day card or handmade soap during a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at BookSmart, 80 E. Second St., Morgan Hill. Cost: $5. Details and to RSVP: 778-646.

Divos and Divas perform ‘On Broadway’

Divos and Divas will perform “On Broadway” Saturday at the La Vigna Event Center, Hecker Pass Winery, 4605 Hecker Pass Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. A benefit for the GAA, the evening will include a silent and live auction, hors d’oeuvres, wine and a no host bar. Details: (408) 842-6999.

Mount Madonna benefit concert

Mount Madonna School offers a night of music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to benefit MMS’ Capital Campaign at the school, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna. General admission is $25 in advance or $35 door. Details: 846-4032 or

View the hidden gems of east Gilroy

The monthly historic walking tour will explore the architectural gems of Gilroy’s east side Saturday. Meet at the Gilroy Museum, 195 Fifth St. at 10 a.m. for the tour that will last approximately two hours. Reservations for the free tour are appreciated by calling the Gilroy Museum at 846-0446.

AAUW quilt show and luncheon

The AAUW Quilt Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in a private garden at 727 Fifth St., Gilroy and will feature a wide variety of beautiful handmade quilts. Cost: $15. Ticket are available at the Nimble Thimble, 7550 Monterey St. Details: Susan Patereau at 981-2799.

Mother’s Day breakfast at Elks Lodge

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a champagne breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Gilroy Elks Lodge, 2765 Hecker Pass Highway. There will be omelets, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, hash browns, pancake, fruit and drinks. Cost: $15 for adults and $8 for kids. Open to members, their families and guests. Details: 842-9397.

Mother’s Day fundraiser for cancer research

Famous Dave’s restaurants throughout the area, including the one on 6925 Camino Arroyo, will show appreciation for mothers and breast cancer survivors by donating 50 percent of all dessert sales on Sunday to a local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Gala Corporation, the Costa Mesa food service group that owns Famous Dave’s, is looking to raise $3,000.

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