Published in the March 30 – April 12, 2016 issue of Morgan Hill Life

Daily
Walking program
• Join others in evening and Saturday morning walks. Meet at Main and Hale avenues for walks from 6 to 7 p.m. They also take 90-minute walks every Saturday at 9 a.m. These walks are at a moderate pace and include some hills. For more information, call (408) 779-7592 or e-mail Mariepsych@aol.com.

Second Monday
Cookbook book club
• Join the Cookbook Book Club from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library, 660 W. Main Ave. Each month will feature a different theme and participants can select a cookbook/recipe within the theme and share it with the group. They are also planning a potluck-style sharing of the recipes each meeting.

Every Tuesday
Bingo benefits seniors
• Bingo is played at the Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road, to raise funds to benefit the Morgan Hill Senior Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. with games at 6:30 p.m. For ages 18 and older. There is a $20 buy-in, $30 electronic and paper buy-in. For more information, call (408) 782-1284 or visit www.fmhsc.org.

Kiwanis meet regularly
• The Morgan Hill Kiwanis Club meets at 7 p.m. at Mama Mia’s, 275 E. Dunne Ave. For more information, call (408) 659-0350.

South Bay Singers meet
• A new season has started for the South Bay Singers and the group invites new members to join. They meet at 7 p.m. in the LDS Church, 1790 E. Dunne Ave. The group is rehearsing for its spring concert. Those interested in joining can simply come to a rehearsal. New singers can try one or two meetings to see if it’s something they enjoy before actually joining. For more information, visit www.southbaysingers.com.

Second Wednesday
South Valley Woodworkers meet
• If you are a woodworker or enjoy woodworking and would like to share your skills and experience you might enjoy the South Valley Woodworkers. They meet at 7 p.m. Visit www.southvalleywoodworkers.org for more information.

Every Thursday
Learn public speaking skills
• Are you interested in building your public speaking and leadership skills? If so, come and check out the Morgan Hill Toastmasters Club’s weekly meeting at 7:30 a.m. at BookSmart, 80 E. Second St. For more information, visit www.morganhill.toastmastersclubs.org.

Every Friday
Breastfeeding support group
• Join others at 10 a.m. at the Casa Natal Birth Center, 50 W. Main St., Suite D. Call (408) 778-7583.

Learn about history
• Meet others at noon for a round table history conversation at Villa Mira Monte, 17860 Monterey Road, Contact Mike (408)234-6377 for details.

Every weekend
Bingo benefits bands
• The Live Oak Emerald Regime holds bingo games at Britton Middle School, 80 W. Central Ave., to support bands. Saturday, doors open at 4:15 p.m., Sunday, doors open at 11:45 a.m. For more information visit www.emeraldregime.org/bingo_page.htm.

April 1
South Valley Wine Auction
• The 18th Annual South Valley Wine Auction, the premier food and wine event of South County, takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Community and Cultural Center, corner of Monterey Road and Dunne Avenue. The event benefits Morgan Hill Unified School District athletic programs. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. For more information, visit www.southvalleywineauction.org.

April 1 & 2
‘The Wiz’ hits the stage
• See a musical version of “The Wizard of Oz” set to funky 1970s music. The family-friendly shows take place at 1 p.m. matinee April 1 and 7 p.m. April 2, at the Oakwood School gym, 105 John Wilson Way.

April 2 & 3
Wine tasting in the midst of history
• Looking for something deliciously fun and educational? Visit Villa Mira Monte’s regional wine tasting room at the historic Hiram Morgan Hill House, from noon to 4 p.m., 17860 Monterey Road. Paradise Valley Vineyard’s Cabernet and Merlot will be served for a tasting fee of $5 that applies to bottle purchase. Taste the wines, or bring a picnic snack, or buy a bottle and enjoy the ambiance. For more information, email ksullivan@morganhillhistoricalsociety.com.

April 6
Morgan Hill Flower Lovers meet
• Celebrate the Morgan Hill Flower Lovers Club’s 91st anniversary with ice cream and dessert at the monthly meeting from 12:15 to 2 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Guest speaker, Tony Eulo will provide an update on the landscape project for the center.

April 6 & 20
Discuss events at Great Decisions
• Great Decision is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs and provides information and policy options on the eight most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for discussion groups across the country. They take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave. For more information, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/greatdecisions-mh.

April 8
Zentangle art class
• Learn something new. Zentangle is a simple-to-learn, fun way to create beautiful images by drawing
structured patterns. It’s mindful, meditative and relaxing and no artistic experience required. The class takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at BookSmart, 80 E. Second St. The cost is $35 plus $10 material fee, and tickets are available at www.mybooksmart.com/joomla or by calling BookSmart at (408) 778-6467.

April 10
• Maestro to perform in SJ Bautista
Maestro Michael Nowak & Orchestra Novo will perform at 4 pm at Old Mission San Juan Bautista, 406 2nd St., San Juan Bautista. Acclaimed, violin soloist and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concertmaster, Margaret Batjer will perform the timeless, Vivaldi Four Seasons. Batjer began her career at 15 and is an esteemed chamber musician. Also on the program, Ecos Armónicos, composed by Cal Poly professor and musicologist, Craig Russell which has its roots in early mission music. For 30 years, Dr. Russell studied music of the missions and has turned the fragments that remain into full compositions. Premium tickets are $50, general are $30 and available at www.orchestranovo.com/mission-harmonies-with-margaret-batjer. For more information, call (805) 441-6688 or email Zette@OrchestraNovo.com.

Farm Fun Day
• Sobrato FFA is holding their annual Farm Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 401 Burnett Ave. There will be free food, carnival games, information booths, a hedgerow tour, an heirloom plant sale and a rummage sale.

April 12
Meeting to discuss group trip to Israel
• Residents of South County are invited to participate in Congregation Emeth’s second group trip to Israel, scheduled from Oct. 26 to Nov. 7, 2016. Rabbi Debbie Israel will lead the tour along with a professional Israeli guide. An informational meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m., at Congregation Emeth, 17835 Monterey St. Larry Ritter, owner of ITC Tours, will discuss the tour and questions will be answered in a group discussion. It is an interfaith trip and all are welcome. RSVPs are required. To RSVP or for more information, email rabbi@emeth.net or call (408) 778-8200.

April 13
Art & play in pre & K
• Parents of toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten age children are invited to come for a morning of activities and fun experiences with your children at the Mount Madonna School Preschool and Kindergarten from 9:30 to11:00 a.m. RSVPs encouraged. Contact Benna Dimig at (408) 846-4042 or benna.dimig_AT_mountmadonna.org.

April 16
Gospel and bluegrass fundraiser
• Come and hear gospel and bluegrass music and help feed the hungry in South County at the same time at the Third annual Gospel/Bluegrass Fundraiser for Reach Out/Food pantry featuring local favorites Bluer than Blue. The show takes place at 7 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church, 16870 Murphy Ave. Bring a few cans of non-perishable food or cash donation to support St Catherine’s Reach Out Food Pantry. For more information, call (408) 779-0254 or (408) 316-4745.

April 17
New 50-plus social club
• Interested in meeting others in the community, attend a local concert with great musicians, tour estates and ranches in the area, learn a new skill, hike/explore Morgan Hill and the surrounding community in a fun-loving and social environment? Join an informational meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. where attendees will discuss ideas for this new 50-plus El Toro Social Club. Appetizers and beverages provided. The meeting takes place at Villa Mira Monte, 17860 Monterey Road. For more information, contact debbie.vasquez@mhcrc.com.

April 30
Cops and Robbers Ball
• The 5th Annual Cops and Robbers Ball in support of the Morgan Hill Police Department takes place from 7 p.m. to midnight, at the Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road. The cost is $95. For more information, visit info@morganhillclef.org.
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