Published in the May 23 – June 5, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life

By Lelannie Ornelas

We had an exciting month. Morgan Hill, along with San Jose, hosted the Stage 4 individual time trial for the 2018 Amgen Tour of California. Each spring the Amgen tour of California challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along courses that navigate hundreds of miles.  People from all around came to visit our beautiful town and enjoy the festivities. The starting line was at Monterey Road and Fourth Street right in the heart of our downtown.

May is national bike month and in celebration there were several activities leading up to the Amgen Tour starting from May 4 through 16.

Morgan Hill Bike party presented “May the Fourth be With You” ride, where riders were encouraged to wear “Star Wars”-themed attire. May 9 was bike-to-school day, May 10, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition held its 24th annual Bike to Work Day, May 11 was the free community concert featuring Isaiah Pickett and the Cocktail Monkeys. May 13 was the Mother’s Day Bike ride and pancake breakfast, and May 15 Specialized Bicycle Headquarters held its open house. This was all leading up to the May 16 Amgen time trials. We were honored and proud to host the event that brought thousands of people to our town.

So, what’s up ahead?

May 26 and 27 marks the 39th annual Mushroom Mardi Gras. This event is for the entire family. Enjoy the beautiful arts and crafts, take a gander through the beer and wine garden, taste the delicious food, stop by munchkin land for the kids, and enjoy live entertainment.

June 1 is the kick-off of the popular Friday Night Music Series with Entourage. This is a great experience for the entire family to listen to great music, enjoy the beautiful summer weather and it’s free! This event will continue through Aug. 17.

Let’s also not forget about the 142nd Fourth of July Parade through downtown.  The planning is currently on its way. Businesses and participant’s parade through the streets of downtown showcasing their patriotic spirit while viewers get to see all the beauty that is our town and our country.

The lineup is already getting started for summer events, and I’m sure there will be more to come, so mark your calendars,  invite friends and family to share the beauty that is Morgan Hill.

Lelannie Ornelas has lived in Morgan Hill for the past 12 years and works at Gavilan College. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.


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