Community briefs: Gavilan student nets $20,000 scholarship

Community briefs: Gavilan student nets $20,000 scholarship

Dustin Goerlitz, 21, a student attending Gavilan College who
also volunteers at the Si, Se Puede! Learning Center in Gilroy, is
seeing signs. Dollars, that is.
Gavilan student nets $20,000 scholarship

Dustin Goerlitz, 21, a student attending Gavilan College who also volunteers at the Si, Se Puede! Learning Center in Gilroy, is seeing signs.

Dollars, that is.

After applying in February for the Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Program from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Goerlitz recently found out he has been selected to receive a $20,000 scholarship distributed over two years.

The program enables “outstanding” UC-qualified junior level community college transfer students to complete their undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz, according to the university.

One scholarship is awarded to one student at each community college in the surrounding areas, said Goerlitz, who beat out three other Gavilan candidates.

“He volunteered with us starting in September 2010 to complete service learning hours for a college class, and then just kept on coming,” said Si, Se Puede! employee Thomas Guzowski. “He continues to be a loyal and awesome volunteer at our center and is one of the few college volunteers that stayed on after his hours were completed.”

Goerlitz is in his third year at Gavilan and is studying cognitive psychology. He moved to Gilroy when he was 12 years old and is a graduate of Gilroy High School. Goerlitz will attend UC Santa Cruz beginning fall 2011.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “It will pretty much be to where I don’t have to pay for much of anything my first year there.”

Fruit and Veggie Fest at Arteaga’s

The Network for a Healthy California is hosting a Fruit and Veggie Fest community event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Arteaga’s Super Save Market at 6906 Chestnut St. in Gilroy.

The event will feature fruit and vegetable recipe tasting, physical activity demonstrations such as Zumba and free health screenings.

There will also be a singing contest for local community members. The judges for this will be Reyna Santillan, a local radio personality and singer, Mao Pimentel, a music and record producer, and a representative from the music program at Gavilan College.

For more information call Joe Prickitt at 793-2710.

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 children ages 8-17 and tethered balloon rides. There will be a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. Details: 683-2290 or wingsofhistory.org.

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: gilroyartsalliance.org.

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]

Yoga class will benefit Japan earthquake victims

Local yoga instructor Dolores Kent and one of her students, Jon Vickroy, will be hosting a Japan earthquake relief yoga class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 21 at Vickroy’s home, located at 8725 Burchell Rd. in Gilroy.

“This is the essence of what yoga is, to be in community and help others,” according to a press release for the event.

Participants are asked to bring their own mat, picnic lunch, blanket and donation receipts.

To donate , click here.

For questions, call 710-5277.

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