Local Digest 06/14

Give the gift of life

Gilroy – The American Red Cross wants to thank the Gilroy community for its support at the latest blood drive. For the third month in a row, Gilroy has surpassed the American Red Cross’ goal to collect 42 pints of blood at monthly drives. Donors for the months of June, July and August will be entered into a weekly drawing for three $100 gas gift cards.

Details: call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit www.BeADonor.com.

Behind bars for MDA

Gilroy – Three city officials will be locked up behind bars on Wednesday in an effort to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Charged with being caring and good-natured, Fire Chief Dale Foster, Community Development Director Wendie Rooney and City Clerk Rhonda Pellin will be “arrested” by Gilroy police and taken to “jail” at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 8200 Arroyo Circle.

They will be held until they can post bail – set at $1,800 each – with the help of donations from the community.

The money will help fund MDA clinics, support groups and summer camps in the South Bay. Most importantly, raising bail contributes to the vital funds necessary for research so that MDA can find treatment and cures for more than 40 neuromuscular diseases.

To help free the jailbirds, go to Applebee’s on Wednesday or contact the fire department’s education office at 846-0372; Rooney at 846-0208; or Pellin at 846-0204.

Parent Club Social

Gilroy – All Solorsano Middle school parent volunteers past, present and future are invited to attend a pot luck Parent Club Social, Wednesday, 7pm at Solorsano Middle School.

Details: Julie Robinson at 842-9636.

Celebrate Dads downtown

Gilroy – Collectors and antique lovers unite and celebrate Father’s Day in Gilroy at the Annual Father’s Day Antique and Collectables Street Faire this weekend. Come visit Historic Downtown Gilroy and enjoy great food while shopping for treasures.

Certified appraisals available from 11am to 1pm. One item will be appraised at no charge with additional items appraised at a nominal fee. The streets come alive with stories from the past and tastes from today from 10am to 4pm Sunday.

Details: Dave Peoples at 408-842-6501 or visit www.gilroyvisitor.org.

Sale benefits shelter

San Martin – Friends Of San Martin Animal Shelter (FOSMAS) will be hosting their annual Rummage Sale on Friday, from noon to 8pm; Saturday, from 8am to 7pm, and Sunday, from 10am to 4pm. The sale will be held at the shelter, 12370 Murphy Ave.

Find great deals on furniture, household items, pet supplies, tools, garden decorations and more. Proceeds will help purchase food and medical supplies needed for the animals at the shelter.

Details: 683-4186 or the shelter at 686-3900.

Learn the basics of retail

Gilroy – Would you like to enhance your retail skills? Would you like to learn the basic skills needed to work in a retail environment? In this 8-hour workshop you will learn the basics needed to work in retail. Customer service, cash register operation and cash handling, dealing with difficult customers, work attitudes and ethics and more. Certificates will be presented upon completion of the workshop.

This workshop will be held on Saturday, from 8am to 5pm. Please call for workshop location.

For additional workshop dates or to register: Debi Simmons at the Gilroy EDC 847-7611.

Send news items to City Editor Robert Airoldi. FAX to 842-2206, mail to Gilroy Dispatch, 6400 Monterey Road, Gilroy, CA 95020, or e-mail [email protected]

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