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Remi Cavagna celebrates his stage 3 win in Morgan Hill.

The Amgen Tour of California discovered the rustic rolling hills of southern Silicon Valley’s Morgan Hill last year when the time trials started and finished in downtown. A rider and fan favorite, the 2019 race edition made a triumphant return to the city with the finish of Stage 3 Tuesday afternoon. And while we heard of a view traffic problems and the city apologized for a delay in reopening the roads, it was by all other accounts a successful event with worldwide recognition for the city.

“We want to thank the entire community for your wonderful support of this event and your patience with the inconveniences associated with hosting it,” a press release read. “We want to especially thank the hundreds of Morgan Hill residents who volunteered to help make the event possible and so successful!”

I worked through the event, but it was fun watching the racers climb and descend Mt. Hamilton and ride through southeast San Jose and into Morgan Hill on my computer screen.

Want to help a senior? Visit the Volunteer Driver Recruitment event for the Get’n Around Town Program from 10 to 11 a.m. June 17 at the Centennial Recreation Senior Center. They are looking for volunteers to drive older adults around Morgan Hill for errands, grocery shopping, and/or doctor visits between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. This program truly makes an impact on an isolated senior’s life. Call the Senior Center to attend or sign up online at

It’s a wonderful way to give back.

Congratulations to the staff, students and parents of Live Oak High School. Principal Maria Reitano told us they recently received official word of their WASC accreditation review. Live Oak has earned a six year accreditation (with a one-day mid-cycle review). “This is a positive affirmation of our work and we should be very proud,” she told us. “Kudos on a job well done, Acorns!”

We couldn’t agree more, Maria.

There’s still time to get involved with this year’s Mushroom Mardi Gras, the 40th annual event that raises thousands of dollars for local scholarships. If you’d like to help out, visit You will also earn money for the group under which you sign up, so it’s a win-win. See you at the festival!

In advance of July’s Gilroy Garlic Festival, we’re getting more news every week, and this week we’re pleased to announce that artist Chloe Crossman’s poster was awarded first-place and prints will be available for sale during the festival.

Crossman, who lives in Southern California, said she has been making art — and loving garlic — for as long as she can remember.

In her watercolor poster (pictured), she wanted to create something fun and fresh that focused on the beauty of garlic flowers and also captured the spirit of the festival. She said she is looking forward to attending the festival for the first time this year. “I’m really excited to eat as much garlic as I can,” she said. William Harris of Maricopa, Ariz., took second and Priscilla Martinez from Watsonville took third.

Colbie Caillat

Finally, it’s been announced that for the first time in its 41-year history, the festival is welcoming a Grammy Award-winning, singer/songwriter to perform. Colbie Caillat will appear with her new band Gone West Saturday, July 27.

And, Alexander La Motte, executive chef at the Rosewood CordeValle Resort in San Martin, will bring his culinary expertise to the festival Sunday, July 28. La Motte will emcee the Garlic Showdown competition for professional chefs on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage.

Marty Cheek