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November 30, 2021

Local Scene: El Roble school library benefit, new city clerk

Driving range event benefits El Roble school

El Roble Elementary School’s Day at the Driving Range, hosted by Garlic Country Driving Range, will be held Nov. 13 from 9am to 5pm.

Garlic Country Golf Range will donate all of its proceeds from the day to help support El Roble’s library renovation.

The golf range is located at 820 Las Animas Ave.

Pham appointed as next city clerk

The Gilroy City Council agreed to appoint Thai Pham as city clerk on Nov. 1, replacing Shawna Freels, who retired in April.

Pham currently serves as deputy city clerk for the City of Emeryville, a position he has held for the past three years. He has also worked for the cities of Westminster, Cerritos and Rancho Cucamonga.

The city clerk position handles elections and public records, among other administrative duties.

Pham holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from University of California, Irvine.

He is expected to start with Gilroy on Dec. 1.

Gala supports pediatric cancer research

Unravel Pediatric Cancer, a Gilroy non-profit organization founded by Libby and Tony Kranz, is hosting its largest fundraiser of the year on Nov. 13.

Proceeds from the Glitter Gala will support pediatric neuro-oncologist, Dr. Nick Vitanza and his team at Seattle Children’s Hospital, as well as Dr. Michael Koldobskiy of Johns Hopkins.

Every dollar donated will be matched up to $250,000.

The Kranzes founded Unravel in memory of their oldest daughter Jennifer, who was diagnosed in 2013 with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, an aggressive form of cancer that attacks the brain. Jennifer passed away three months later at the age of 6.

The organization works to raise awareness of the need for pediatric cancer research and the funds to support it. 

The gala takes place at Club Auto Sport, 521 Charcot Ave. in San Jose, from 6-11pm. Tickets are $150 per person. For information, visit

‘Shrek The Musical Jr.’ now open

The City of Gilroy Recreation Division and Little Theater Productions will present “Shrek The Musical Jr.” at the Gilroy High School Theater, 750 West Tenth St.

Showtimes are Nov. 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 7pm, and Nov. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 1pm.

Admission is $15 for adults or $12 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Reservations are available at [email protected]

Theatergoers must provide proof of vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of showtime. Masks are required in the theater.

For information, visit

Lions Club hosting fundraising supper

The Gilroy Lions Club will host its 46th annual Omelet and Pancake Supper on Dec. 3 from 5-7:30pm at the Presbyterian Church Hall, 6000 Miller Ave.

The dinner benefits the club’s efforts to promote eyesight conservation.

Admission for adults is $12, and children 12 and under are $5.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Call for muralists

Artists and arts organizations based in Gilroy are invited to apply for $15,000 in funding to design and install a mural at the 6th Street Studios & Art Center in Gilroy. 

Presented by Blue Shield of California and SVCreates, the mural will be a voice for Gilroy’s youth and reflect a vision for a healthy Gilroy community while recognizing its diversity.

Interested artists should submit their application, including project concept, by Dec. 3. The selected artists will be notified by Dec. 15.

For information, visit

Art Walk held every third Friday

6th Street Studios & Art Center hosts an Art Walk every third Friday in downtown Gilroy from 5-8pm.

The walk features stops with artists, entertainers, musicians and more.

To join the art walk as a venue or artist, email [email protected] or call 408.206.0018.

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