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Spectrum donated $5,000 to St. Joseph’s Family Center of Gilroy on Nov. 15. Contributed photo

Spectrum donated $5,000 to St. Joseph’s Family Center of Gilroy (SJFC) through the company’s national community philanthropic program, Spectrum Employee Community Grants.

SJFC works with other nonprofit organizations to coordinate and streamline access to resources to poverty-stricken families and the unhoused.

Spectrum and SJFC were joined by Mayor Marie Blankley on Nov. 15 in celebrating the grant at St. Joseph’s Family Center Food Pantry.

“Through Spectrum Employee Community Grants, we’re proud to provide support to vital community organizations with which our local employees are already volunteering their time and talent,” said Lisa Ludovici, director of government affairs for Spectrum. “Together, we’re building stronger communities where our customers and employees live and work across America.”

Spectrum Employee Community Grants has provided funding to more than 430 local nonprofits in 33 states throughout the company’s service area since its inception in July 2019, according to the company.

Holiday festivities begin soon in Downtown Gilroy

Downtown businesses are encouraged to get into the holiday spirit and decorate their storefront windows for the Downtown Gilroy Business Association’s Window Display Contest.

To participate, businesses can take a photo of their decorated storefront and share it on social media by tagging @downtowngilroy95020.

The judges will be strolling downtown on Nov. 30 to select the display to receive the trophy.

The Downtown Gilroy Business Association is also gearing up for the annual Holiday Festival and Parade, taking place Dec. 2.

The event begins at 3pm with activities and entertainment in downtown Gilroy. The parade begins at 5pm, followed by the tree lighting at 6:30pm.

For information, visit downtowngilroy.com/events/holidayfestival.

Pacific Brass Band to perform Holiday Concert

The Pacific Brass Band will perform its Holiday Concert on Dec. 2 at 4pm at the Gilroy Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 6000 Miller Ave.

Admission is a free-will donation to Gilroy Presbyterian Church at the door.

San Jose Downtown Ice prepares for skating season

San Jose Downtown Ice opens Nov. 17 for families from throughout the Bay Area who have made ice skating at the iconic rink a holiday tradition.

“This is Downtown Ice’s 26th season since its debut in 1994,” said Alex Stettinski, CEO of event partner San Jose Downtown Association. “Children whose parents took them to skate downtown years ago are now moms and dads bringing their kids to enjoy our rink and all that downtown San Jose has to offer during the holidays.”

The circular rink located in and around the Circle of Palms plaza at 120 S. Market St. will be open daily through Jan. 15. Ninety-minute sessions will occur every two hours.Tickets can be purchased online at sjdowntownice.com.

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