Published in the January 3 -16, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life


Bocce Ball

  • Seniors can play bocce ball from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at the Centennial Recreation Senior Center, 171 W. Edmundson Ave. Free for seniors and members. All other times are open to the general community.


Free guitar lessons

  • Gorden Gibson teaches free guitar lessons at the Gilroy Senior Center, 7371 Hanna St., from noon to 1 p.m. Details: (408) 846-0414.

Line dancing lessons

  • Enjoy line dancing lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. at the San Martin Lions Club, 12415 Murphy Ave.

Second Monday

Parkinson’s support group

  • Meet at the Village Green Senior Living Center, 7600 Isabella Way, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Details: Judy at (408) 607-8254.

Last Monday

Parenting support group meets

  • Starting Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. at Informed Choices. Join with other moms to learn, share and journey through parenting. Nutrition, postpartum and breastfeeding are discussed as well as other topics. Details: (408) 847-8880.

Mon., Wed., Fri. & Sat.

Join the Gilroy Gators Masters

  • Workout hours are from 5 to 6 a.m. and most Saturdays from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Gilroy High School. Masters swimming is for adult swimmers looking to get in or stay in shape, or for triathletes looking for more swim time and/or instruction. Details: or email

Mondays, Thursdays

Duplicate Bridge

  • Games at 1:20 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Thursdays at the Gilroy Senior Center, 7371 Hanna St. Details: (408) 921-8512 or email

Free clothing

  • Cecelia’s Closet, a program under the Edward Boss Prado Foundation, will provide free clothing to families in need. No ID required, and no questions asked. The Closet is located at 35 Peebles Ave. Details: (408) 670-0266.


Ladies Golf Club

  • The Gilroy Ladies Golf Club is looking for new members. Details: (408) 779-0886 or (408) 776-7509.

Tues., Thurs., & first Sat.

Free household items, clothes

  • The Community Closet gives away clothes, shoes and household items to those in need in South County. The free giveaways take place from 10 a.m. to noon at The Community Closet, 13570 Depot St., San Martin.

Second Wednesday

SV Woodworkers meet

  • If you are a woodworker or enjoy working with wood you might enjoy joining the South Valley Woodworkers, serving South San Jose, Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Hollister. Group meets at 7 p.m. in Morgan Hill. Details:

Flower Lovers meet

  • The Morgan Hill Flower Lovers Club meets from 12:15 to 2 p.m. in the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center’s El Toro room. No dues are paid but a donation of $1 is requested to defray refreshment costs. Details: contact Suzanne Barrett at svbarrett683

Second, fourth Wednesday

Indivisible South Valley meets

  • Indivisible South Valley is a grassroots effort, aligned with the national Indivisible Movement, working to protect democracy and core values, with a focus on local communities. Meetings are from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Centennial Recreation Center, 171 W Edmundson Ave.


4-H meeting

  • Learn leadership and life skills at the Pacheco Pass 4-H meetings from 7 to 8 p.m. Details: email or call (408) 824-8201.

First Saturday

Flea Market

  • The Flea Market takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Martin Presbyterian Church, 13200 Lincoln Ave. Space available for $15.

Second Saturday

Poetry readings

  • Join the poetry fun with the longest running group in South County area from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Gilroy Public Library, 350 W. 6th St. All levels welcome.

First, third Sundays

Grief support group meets

  • This group provides a safe and respectful place to share grief. It meets at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 17175 Monterey St. Details: (408) 607-5779 or email

Jan. 6

Discussion, wine tasting

  • What would it be like without a little bubbly to welcome in the New Year? Well, come listen to local historian Ray Cosyn talk about Prohibition, how it began, ended and the impact it had on the country, especially the wine industry of California, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hiram Morgan Hill House at Villa Mira Monte. The presentation is free, no reservation required. Stay for wine tasting from noon to 5 p.m., showcasing Paradise Valley Vineyards and Mann Cellars. The wine tasting takes place Sunday, Jan. 7 as well and tasting fees are $5 per per-son per winery, applied to any purchase of wine. Pack a lunch and make a day of it.

Jan. 11 & 12

Movie details digital impact on teens

  • South County Cal-SOAP is presenting “Screenagers!,” a one-hour movie about teenagers and how the digital era impacts their lives. It runs from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in the Gilroy High School Theater, 750 W. Tenth St. This event is open to all families in the community. The $5 donation will go toward college scholarships. Details and tickets: (669) 205-5474 or at the door.

Jan. 13

Tour historic downtown Morgan Hill

  • Come experience the rich history of the buildings in downtown Morgan Hill from 10 a.m. to noon. Walk into the past and learn about the buildings and the characters who built, owned and operated them through the years. Docent led tours are free, donations graciously accepted. Meet at the Third Street Plaza at Monterey Road.

Jan. 14

Polar Bear Plunge

  • Do you have what it takes to complete the challenge? Splash down the water slide, complete the inflatable obstacle course and finish with a plunge into our instructional pool! The day begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Morgan Hill Aquatics Center, 16200 Condit Road. The cost is $10 for participants, $5 for spectators.

Jan. 20

Oakwood Open House

  • Learn more about Morgan Hill’s independent, non-sectarian, college-preparatory school for students in preschool-12th grade. Open House is a fun, family event. Oakwood is located at 105 John Wilson Way, Morgan Hill. Details:

Jan. 21

Play Duplicate Bridge

  • Join a large group of Bridge players who pair up with a partner to play the challenging game of Duplicate Bridge from noon to 4 p.m. at the Centennial Recreation Center, 171 W. Edmundson Ave. The games are facilitated by Winston Stone. The cost is $6. Details: (408) 782-1284.

Jan. 22

Building a raised vegetable bed

  • Learn various ways of creating a raised bed for vegetables from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Library. 660 W. Main Ave. Find out what might work for your space. UCCE Master Gardener Glenn Lattig will also discuss soil for this use and why compost is important.

Jan. 27

Father/Daughter Dinner Dance

  • Fathers and daughters are invited to spend a special night together enjoying a delicious dinner and dance from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road. If a father is unavailable, a grandfather, uncle, family friend or other family member is welcome to take their place. Visit or call (408) 782-0008.

Jan. 29

“Don’t Be Fooled” author at the library

  • Former journalist, professor and media researcher John McManus shares research insights with timely examples and tips to better assess what is real from” fake news.” From 7 to 8 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave. Details:

Jan. 30

Learn about Sister Cities

  • Interested in traveling to Italy this summer? The Sister Cities of Morgan Hill is expanding its cultural exchange with San Casciano, Italy. The program seeks interested Morgan Hill teens, ages 14-17 to travel to Italy in the summer of 2018 and host an Italian teen in the summer of 2019. A meeting will be held to give teens a chance to learn about an international experience, as well as form life-long friendships from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road. Details: (408) 465-2412 or email

Feb. 3

Historical conversations

  • Join others at a conversation with a notable contributor to the community and its heritage from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Hiram Morgan Hill House at Villa Mira Monte. This is a monthly interactive series where you can participate in the conversation or just listen and learn. Light refreshments will be served with wine tasting ($5 tasting fee) at the house after.

Feb. 10


Tour historic downtown Morgan Hill

  • Experience the rich history of the buildings in downtown from 10 a.m. to noon. Walk into the past and learn about the buildings and the characters who built, owned and operated them through the years. Tours are free, donations accepted. Meet at the Third Street Plaza.

Feb. 11

Learn about graywater

  • Learn about the water-saving potential for common types of graywater systems at a workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Johnson Lumber, 520 Tennant Ave. #C. The workshop will cover costs, codes and regulations; plant-friendly soaps and products; irrigation hardware decisions and requirements; and how to qualify for the “$200 Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebate Program.” To receive specific assistance with project ideas during the workshop, bring a simple drawing of your plan, photos of your laundry area and exterior wall nearest your clothes washer and a photo of landscape area to be irrigated with graywater. Details: Justin Burks at (408) 630-2684 or visit

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