Community briefs: High-speed rail public meeting

GALs tour benefits local programs

Attend an open house to learn more about the next steps in the
environmental review process for the San Jose to Merced section of
the High-Speed Train project from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Attend an open house to learn more about the next steps in the environmental review process for the San Jose to Merced section of the High-Speed Train project from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Gilroy Senior Center, 7371 Hanna St. The allignments that will be evaluated in the Draft Environmental Impact Report will be available to view. Details: (800) 881-5799 or cahighspeedrail.ca.gov.

Fundraiser for Gilroy Prep School

Gilroy Prep School is holding a fundraiser Wednesday at Chevys Fresh Mex, 8440 Murray Ave. Mention that you are there to support the school, and 25 percent of the proceeds will go to them.

Rare planes on display in Hollister

The national Wings of Freedom tour will come to the Hollister Airport through today. This tour features the iconic B-17 Flying Fortress, the only fully restored and flying B-24J Liberator and the legendary P-51 Mustang. Ground tours and displays are open from 9 a.m. to noon. There are also 30-minute flight experiences scheduled before and after the ground tour times. Details: Hunter Chaney at (800) 568-8924 or [email protected] or visit collings foundation.org.

Students share the Path of Knowledge

Mount Madonna School 12-grade students will share their recent experiences in India through the Vidya Dharma Project – The Path of Knowledge – at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Assembly Room at Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna. Details and to RSVP: 847-2717 or visit MountMadonnaSchool.org.

Small business financing workshop

The Gilroy SBDC Outreach will hold a grand opening and workshop Friday at the office at 7471 Monterey St. A reception will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and a Small Business Financing Workshop by Carlos G. Mendoza, district director of U.S. Small Business Administration, follows from 9 to 11 a.m. The workshop covers the increase lending to small businesses and how they are working to stabilize and invigorate our economy. The event is free. Details and to register: bit.ly/ sbdcworkshops or call Veronica Munoz at (831) 675-SBDC (7232).

Confederate Railroad comes to 9Lives

Country band Confederate Railroad will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at 9Lives, 7430 Monterey St. Cost: $35. Details: 337-1799 or ninelivesclub.com.

Safe & Sober Grad Night Bunco fundraiser

Help support graduating high school seniors during a Bunko fundraiser Friday at Lizarran Tapas Restaurant, 7400 Monterey Road. The no-host cocktail bar opens at 6:30 p.m. and the Bunko begins at 7:30 p.m. There will be a light appetizer and a raffle. Cost: $25. Details: Denise Brolin at 848-3861.

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

Girls Scouts camping at Gilroy Gardens

Girl Scouts can camp at Gilroy Gardens on Friday and Saturday 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: gilroydardens.org.

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