Published in the October 11 – October 24, 2017 Issue of Morgan Hill Life

Another successful Taste of Morgan Hill is in the books. According to Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Horner, vendor spaces were sold out, the Kids Zone area was bigger and more popular than ever, the car show was sold out Saturday with 185 classic cars, and the Saturday night concert was a huge success as hundreds of people packed West Third Street to dance to the music of Pacific Soul. The key to the festivals success lies with the planning, this year done by Sunday Minnich Productions and the hundreds of volunteers who do everything from pick up trash to pouring wine and beer. “Untold hours of meetings, phone calls, volunteers, staff coordination are behind the scenes of making our beloved town’s last hurrah,” said volunteer Tim Goodell. As the chairman of the board of the Chamber of Commerce for the past two years I couldn’t agree more. Thank you to all the volunteers who are vital to our success.

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Photo courtesy Library,Culture Arts Commission
Some of the art work on display at the inaugural art show.

The inaugural Morgan Hill Children’s Art Show, sponsored by the Library, Culture and Arts Commission and local artist Lina Velasquez was held Sept. 30 at the downtown Pop-Up Park at the corner of Second Street and Monterey Road.

About 35 art pieces created by children between the ages of 5 and 13 from various students, local art schools, and local school “Voices” were displayed using various media.

On display was everything from a panda, a lion, landscapes and flowers, to a special portrait of a grandmother by one young student.

“Our goal is to develop a love for art in our youth and community, and we had so much fun we will definitely do it again next year”, said Norma Bussing, LCAC Commissioner.

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Great job! We’re looking forward to next year’s art show.

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On another Chamber of Commerce note, award nominations are now out for Celebrate Morgan Hill. This year, the chamber is adding Small Business of the Year (20 employees or less) and Nonprofit Organization of the Year to the traditional Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Educator of the Year, Student of the Year and Large Business of the Year. The celebration will be held March 3, 2018. Go to www.morganhill.org to nominate your favorite!

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Rock for a Reason: A Night at the Movies fundraiser held at Miramar Vineyards in San Martin raised nearly $4,000 for the Morgan Hill Community Foundation. The money raised will go toward music scholarships and the nonprofits Peace Pole monument project.

Music as Language produced the show with help from more than 25 local businesses and sponsors. All proceeds were matched by Modern Woodmen of America. Rock for A Reason featured Brandon Walters, Danny Gerz, Brian Gibbs of Tool Shed Studios, Esha K., and the Music as Language staff, along with local students who performed movie hits from the 1930s to today. Attendees enjoyed a silent auction, great wine, food vendors, and entertainment.

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