Our Theme Parks; Prom Princesses; Sister Cities

Gilroy Gardens

Gilroy Gardens is opening Saturday April 1 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. just for Gilroy residents, who get free admission and free parking. The park officially opens to the public on Sunday April 2.
This year’s theme is “A New Season of Fun is Blooming!” Guests can look forward to an Easter Picnic and Egg Hunt on April 16, Mother’s Day Brunch on May 14, Father’s Day Camp Out on June 17, and BBQ on June 18. The Guinness World Records live show will be at the amphitheater all summer, as well as Pony Up! and the Petting Zoo this fall.
Now through Memorial Day everyone Pays the kids price for a Value Membership, which includes unlimited visits all season long for $48 per person at www.gilroygardens.org.
Its sister park, California’s Great America opens March 25 and will introduce the Patriot, the first floorless coaster in the area, April 1.
Patriot will take riders to a nine-story height before plummeting them into a 360-degree loop and a series of hairpin turns. The floorless ride includes state-of-the-art blue and white floorless trains positioning guests with their feet dangling inches above the track.
To celebrate Patriot, all current and past military service members will be provided free admission from March 25-May 29 (with valid ID), along with special $30 tickets for up to six guests (available at the Front Gate).
Gilroy Sister Cities
Enjoy an international dinner with foods from Gilroy’s sister cities Saturday night, including
Takko-Machi, Japan. The dinner is at the IFDES Lodge, the Portuguese Hall at 250 Old Gilroy St. Tickets are $50 and available from Al Pinheiro Insurance, (408) 842-4619.
Prom Dresses for Princesses
Princess Project’s goal is to give teens who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend their school prom a chance by providing formal dress and accessories– for free. It may seem trivial to some, but for a teen missing out on this tradition due to cost/dress it can feel alienating and makes prom just another event about haves versus have nots, promoters say.
In its 12th year in Silicon Valley, the group will have a dress giveaway March 25-26.
For information: http://princessprojectsiliconvalley.org/
Gone Swimmin’
Gavilan College will be offering “Swim For Fitness” class this semester, despite the closure of the campus swimming pool for repairs. The half-unit class, Kinesiology 61, levels A, B, and C, begins on March 28, and will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 p.m – 7:25 p.m. It will be given at Christopher High School.
This course is excellent for swimmers of all skill levels. Work on the Gavilan College swimming pool is expected to be completed over the summer, with on-campus instruction resuming in the fall.
To register for this class, go to: http://www.gavilan.edu/admit/index.php

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