Community briefs: Garlic Festival Foods takes home silver

GALs tour benefits local programs

Garlic Festival Foods takes home silver
A mustard with local ties won a silver medal at a worldwide
competition April 29 in Middleton, Wis., according to the National
Mustard Museum.
Garlic Festival Foods takes home silver

A mustard with local ties won a silver medal at a worldwide competition April 29 in Middleton, Wis., according to the National Mustard Museum.

Garlic Festival Foods took home second place in the garlic mustard category with its Sweet and Spicy Garlic Mustard, which is available at Garlic City Mercantile in Downtown Gilroy.

The mustard was bested by Norfolk, Neb., company Singing Pig and its Wine Garlic Mustard but finished ahead of the 2008 winner, Obester’s Garlic Mustard, distributed by Le Nebbia Winery in Half Moon Bay.

Garlic Festival Foods was founded in Gilroy in 1986 by Caryl Simpson and has offices in Hollister and Santa Clara.

March for Babies fundraiser event

The March of Dimes will hold a March for Babies fundraising and awareness event beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday at Christmas Hill Park. The money raised through March for Babies will support lifesaving research, community services, education and advocacy that helps babies get a healthy start. Details: 490-2946 or [email protected]

Vallie Bishop Room dedication ceremony

Rebekah Children’s Services invites the public to a ceremony for the dedication of the Vallie Bishop Room at noon Wednesday at 290 IOOF Ave. Bishop was a child services champion who passed away in March. Details: 846-2100 or

Open house and fly-in at San Martin Airport

The Wings of History Air Museum and San Martin Airport will hold an open house and fly-in from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will be free airplane and helicopter rides for kids ages 8-17 and tethered balloon rides. There will be a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. Details: 683-2290 or

City sponsoring homebuyer workshop

The City of Gilroy is sponsoring a workshop to teach locals the basics of becoming successful first-time homebuyers.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The program is hosted by Project Sentinel, a nonprofit agency that provides services to help people resolve housing problems.

Topics will include: reviewing the overall process and ramifications of ownership, assessing financial qualifications and navigating the loan approval process.

Lunch will be provided. The workshop is free, but early enrollment is required.

To enroll or receive more information on the program, contact Sandra Nava at 846-0290 or [email protected]

Jake Nielsen comes to 9Lives

Blues bands Jake Nielsen and Junior Boogie will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at 9Lives, 7430 Monterey St. Cost: $8-$10. 18+. Details: 337-1799 or

Girls Scouts camping at Gilroy Gardens

Girl Scouts can camp at Gilroy Gardens on Friday and Saturday or May 20 and 21 while learning about the park’s irrigation and water system. Registration begins at 4 p.m., and there is a full schedule of fun and educational events planned. Details:

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 Friday, May 20 and 27 at Gilroy Gardens. The park is not open to the general public during these days. Details:

South Valley Civic Theater opens ‘Curtains’

South Valley Civic Theater presents “Curtains”, the whodunit musical comedy, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays running Friday through June 11 and at 2:30 p.m. May 22 and June 5 at the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse, 17090 Monterey St., Morgan Hill. There are no shows Memorial Day weekend. Details: 842-SHOW or

Standard first aid certification course

This American Red Cross will present a first aid course at 9 a.m. Saturday at 2731 N. First St., San Jose. The course meets OSHA guidelines for first aid programs and combines lecture, interactive video demonstrations featuring emergency scenarios that are likely to occur in a workplace environment and hands-on training to teach participants lifesaving skills. Cost: $80. Details:

LOHS class of 1961 celebrates anniversary

The Live Oak High School class of 1961 will celebrate half a century from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The catered barbecue will take place at the home of Marco Renella in Gilroy. Details: Sue Adams Priest at (408) 779-9932 or Renella at [email protected]

Local songwriters showcase works

Songwriter’s Showcase features original live music from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Gilroy Center for the Arts, 7341 Monterey St. Bring your own dinner beginning at 7 p.m. Cost: $15 for adults and $10 for students. Details:

Meet rehabilitated WERC wildlife

Meet the furred, feathered and scaled friends that the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center has helped during a free event from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Old Machado School, 15130 Sycamore Ave., Morgan Hill. There will be games and fun activities for the kids, and cake and punch will be served. Donations are accepted. Details: 779-WERC (9372) or

Sierra Club hike at Uvas Canyon Park

The Sierra Club will hold a hike Sunday at Uvas Canyon County Park. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Home Depot parking lot off of East Dunne in Morgan Hill or at 10 a.m. at the lower parking lot at Uvas Canyon. There is a $6 to $10 entrance fee to the park. You do not need to be a member to attend the hike. It is a moderate hike at an easy pace. Details: Linda Barbosa at [email protected]

Invitation to the Dance concert

Morgan Hill Wind Symphony presents a spring concert, “Invitation to the Dance” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Bible Church, 280 Llagas Road, Morgan Hill. The event is free. Details:

20th annual Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon

The 20th annual Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon will feature a 3/4 mile swim, a 16-mile bike ride and a five-mile run Sunday at Uvas Reservoir. Cost: $100. If you would like to volunteer for this event email [email protected] Details: Ryan Coelho at 515-2860 or [email protected] or visit

Leave your comments