Published in the April 11 – 24, 2018 Issue of Morgan Hill Life

Heather Geddes

Got a lot of library fines racked up for late returned books, CDs or DVDs? Well, Morgan Hill librarian Heather Geddes wants you to relax. Now is the perfect time to clear your karma and do a good deed.

The library wants you back and it’s making it especially easy in April. Until the end of this month, bring any non-perishable food donation to any of the libraries (or bookmobile) in the Santa Clara County Library District, and the library will waive up to $100 in outstanding fees and fines. That’s a win-win for you and our community.

The Santa Clara County Library District and Second Harvest Food Bank have joined forces to bring patrons back to the library and deliver food to those in need. Did you recently locate that item from the library that you thought was lost long ago? Bring it in with your food donation and the lost item fee will be waived. Don’t have any fines but want to help? All non-perishable food donations are welcome.

SCCLD Libraries are located in Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, and Saratoga. For more information, visit

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When Emi Lord and her fellow Mount Madonna School fifth-grade classmates walk the red carpet at The Forum in Inglewood April 19, not only will her class’s environmental project on humpback whales be on her mind, she’s also hoping to meet some of the celebrity performers and activists and talk with them about the project.

WE Day, and the multi-faceted WE organization ( was started more than 20 years ago by Craig and Marc Kielburger. With their original Free the Children effort, the brothers — just children themselves at the time — set out to work with developing communities to free children and their families from poverty and exploitation, and the scope just kept expanding.

“I am excited about WE Day because we were chosen for our work and it’s probably a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for all of us,” Lord said. “It’s really special to me because it shows how hard work can really make a difference and pay off.”

Two Mount Madonna School classes, the fifth and ninth grades, were invited to participate based on their class environmental efforts and in-depth projects aimed at protecting humpback whales fifth grade and reducing plastic pollution.

“It will be so cool to meet famous people who care about kids doing things to help the world,” said fifth-grader Izaak Ocampo-Sobkoviak, “And exciting that we got noticed for our work to help the humpback whale!”

Among those scheduled to appear at the California WE Day are the inaugural youth poet laureate, Amanda Gorman, actors Morgan Freeman, Martin Sheen, Jennifer Aniston, John Stamos, Lily Collins and Will Ferrell, musicians including Dierks Bentley, Selena Gomez, Cameron Kasky and Jackie Corin, co-founders of the #NeverAgain movement and organizers of The March for our Lives, model and activist Winnie Harlow, Good Starts Young Ambassador and actress Monique Coleman, the Kielburger brothers, and many others.

Take lots of selfies with celebs, Mount Madonna students and teachers, and share some with us.

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New York City’s Time Square

Sitting in the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse, patrons of South Valley Civic Theatre shows and other performances will be sore no more. The intimate 172-seat theater had a reputation for stiff and uncomfortable chairs. But, at the recent South Valley Civic Theater annual board meeting, out-going president Peter Mandel pointed out the new chairs that had recently been installed. The announcement received much applause.

Mandel also invites the public to join him on a trip to his hometown, a little place called New York City, on a special trip to see shows and explore historic sites. SVCT has organized the five-day, four-night trip starting July 16 to kick-off its 50th anniversary.


“We’re going to Broadway. It’ll be a great time,” Mandel said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We tried to price it and size it so that it’s acceptable and not too long . . . It’s all for roughly $2,000.”

The cost includes tickets to see Broadway shows “My Fair Lady,” “Come From Away,” and “The Band’s Visit.” It also includes a Broadway workshop and a guided tour of Radio City Music Hall. The New York City highlights include visits to Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Times Square, Top of the Rock, Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, Chinatown and Little Italy, a Soho art gallery walk, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, and a ferry trip to see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

The price also includes airfare and hotel, breakfast and dinners. For details and to reserve a space, visit

Sounds like a fantastic trip!

Robert Airoldi

Robert Airoldi

Robert Airoldi is the editor of Morgan Hill Life newspaper. If you have a story idea or an Around Town column item you want to tell him about, you can reach him at (408) 427-5865 or at
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