Published in the January 20 – February 2, 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 [email protected]

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.

Second Wednesday
SV 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.

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.

Jan. 23
Pruning deciduous fruit trees
• Learn the basics of pruning deciduous fruit trees from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the St. Louise Demonstration Garden, 9400 No Name Uno. Also learn how to promote good branching structure and encouraging new fruiting wood that results in a healthy tree that is easy to maintain in the long term. Canceled if rain and rescheduled for Jan. 30.

Oakwood School open house
• Come learn more about Morgan Hill’s independent, non-sectarian, college-preparatory school for students in preschool through 12th grade from 10 a.m. to noon at the school, 105 John Wilson Way. The open house is a fun, family event and no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.oakwoodway.org.

MH Values Youth
• This half-day event will connect youth, families and the community and help youth use the developmental assets effectively. The event is free and is for those 4 and older, parents, guardians and those working with youth in the community. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road. Free food will be provided for all registered participants. For more information, call (408) 782-9154 or email [email protected]

Jan. 30
Sobrato band fundraiser
• The Sobrato Swing Marching Band will host a Goodwill Fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sobrato High School parking lot, 401 Burnett Ave. Bring unwanted clothes, books, electronics, small appliances and exercise equipment. Help them fill the trailer to raise money for new instruments and additional uniforms. We cannot accept furniture or large appliances. No single item more than 50 pounds and no pet items. Event takes place rain or shine.

Jan. 30 & 31
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 [email protected]

Feb. 3 & 17
Great Decisions
• Great Decision is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs and provides background 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. The first February discussion will focus on “Middle East Alliances,” the second “The rise of ISIS.” 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.

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Feb. 6
Winter book sale
• Friends of the Morgan Hill Library Winter Book Sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Library, l660 W. Main Ave. All books are $1 or less, children’s books are .10 each. At 2 p.m. there is a bag sale. A bag of books is $5 with a library book bag, $4 if you bring your own standard size bag. There is a member only preview from 9 to 10 a.m. before the sale opens to the public and memberships are available at the door. Teachers and nonprofits may take books for free at the
end of the sale but must pre-register with Carol at (408) 782-9029.

Feb. 13
Enjoy Valentine’s Day
• Attend the annual Chocolate and Wine for Valentine event from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Community Center. Enjoy the fine wines, chocolates, finger foods and items by local artisans. This Teachers Aid Coalition event benefits local public school teachers and students. Purchase $25 tickets at BookSmart, 80 E. Second St. and at 370 W. Dunne Ave #3. For more information, call (408) 888-8770.

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Robert Airoldi