Ticket was one of 265 sold for $100 each

O.J. Macias with the classic VW Bug he won from the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill. Photo courtesy Rotary Club of Morgan Hill.

Congratulations to Gilroy resident O.J. Macias, who was the winner of the 1964 Volkswagen Beetle raffled off by the Morgan Hill Rotary Club, raising more than $25,000 for the club.

Rotarian Rachel Hill told us that O.J. was not at the Dazzle event but he was called about the win. He came right over to Fortino Winery with his wife and two boys, Ethan 10, and Isaiah 8, who jumped right into the back seat.

His ticket was one of 265 sold for $100, though the total amount raised from the event has not been calculated, but it is expected to set a record, Hill said.

“For 16 years the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill has presented Dazzle, raising funds that go right back into the community with programs like community grants benefiting dozens of local organizations, scholarships for top achieving local students, vocational training, feeding seniors, enhancing local parks, and much more,” she said.

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Diane King, a 1977 graduate of Live Oak High School and Morgan Hill resident since 1965, will sign copies of her new book, “You’ve Got This,” at 6 p.m. July 24 at BookSmart.

King, who is a registered nurse (and worked with my late mother at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose years ago — yes, it really is a small world) calls the book a reflection on her life with her husband prior to his sudden and unexpected death in January 2017, and a hand extended in comfort and encouragement that the sharp blade of grief will dull over time, and that life can retain its meaning after a devastating loss.

She hopes the book might help others understand and learn in a healthy manner how to deal with the profound lesson of losing a loved one. She also shares her experience dealing with life’s adversities. At the end of each chapter, she offers suggestions that might help others who have experienced losing a loved one.

“I wrote this book with the hopes that it might help at least one person who is faced with dealing with the loss of a loved one,” she said. “We are all affected by death at some point in our lives; hopefully, this will make the transition easier for those facing grief.”

Childhood hunger is all too common in the summertime, when school is out of session. Some children don’t have access to free or low-cost breakfast or lunch. So, once again the Santa Clara County Library District is teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and the Silicon Valley YMCA to offer free, nutritious lunches to children and their caregivers at three South County locations this summer — Morgan Hill and Gilroy libraries, and San Martin/Gwinn Elementary School.

During the 2018 Lunch in the Library program, 5,783 meals were served at the three locations, a 42 percent increase from the year before. According to SHFB, kids who don’t get enough to eat often suffer emotional and physical effects that can last into adulthood. SHFB also points out that low-income kids who have access to food assistance are healthier and perform better at school than those who don’t.

Listed below is information about this summer’s local free meal sites.

From noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday June 10 to Aug. 2 at the Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave.; and from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 11 to Aug. 8, at San Martin Gwinn Elementary School, 100 North St., San Martin.

Updates can be found at sccl.org/summer2019/.

Image result for Where's WaldoWhere’s Waldo? In Morgan Hill, of course. The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 20 or so local businesses throughout the community in July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Morgan Hill!” passport, which contains the names of all the participating and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. And to make things a little more challenging, Waldo’s nemesis, Odlaw, will also be hiding in BookSmart. Collecting store stamps or signatures at 20 or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing July 31, with the top prize being a copy of Where’s Waldo? Destination: Everywhere!, a tribute to Waldo’s many decades of wandering. Each business will provide a prize so there will be at least 20 winners.

There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Morgan Hill, call BookSmart at (408) 778-6467.

Marty Cheek