Local Scene: Film Festival, Wine Auction

Future Women Leaders Conference April 6

Film Festival

The 2019 Poppy Jasper International Film Festival is scheduled for April 3-7 at a number of venues in Morgan Hill and Gilroy. The festival features a wide range of independent films created by producers, directors, writers and filmmakers from all over the world. Attendees will have a chance to discuss the films, and the craft of making movies, with the creators and producers who have entered films in the local festival. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit pjiff.org.

Women Leaders

The Future Women Leaders Conference will take place 8:30am-3pm April 6 at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road. Middle and high school students can participate in more than 15 engaging workshops, interact with elected leaders in the community and enjoy lunch and entertainment. For more information, visit fwlmh.org. Those interested in attending the free event are asked to register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-margie-snively-future-women-leaders-conference-tickets-54628656783.

Age Well, Drive Smart

The Hollister-Gilroy office of the California Highway Patrol will host a fee drivers’ safety class for senior citizen drivers 1 to 4pm April 24, at the Gilroy Senior Center, 7371 Hanna Street. The class is designed to help drivers age 65 and over tune up their driving skills, brush up on the rules of the road and learn safe driving practices. The curriculum addresses topics such as aging and its impact on safe driving, maintaining good physical health, self-assessment and more. To confirm your class reservation, call CHP Officer Chris Miceli at (408) 848-2324.

Become a Citizen

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County will host a free Citizenship Workshop beginning at 9am April 27 at Gavilan College’s Morgan Hill Campus, located at 17060 Monterey Road.

The workshop, which will have orientation sessions in English (11am) and Spanish (9am and 10am) allows individuals to come and see if they are able to become a United States citizen for no charge, according to Catholic Charities of SC Community Outreach Coordinator Gerardo Ivan Barba. To register, visit e-immigrate.info/register or call (408) 872-8997. Attendees should bring last five years of job history, home address and all trips outside of U.S.; green card and social security card; family information for all children and spouses (current and former); certified court records if arrested/cited; and proof of public benefits for fee waiver. Minimum requirements include that attendees must be 18 years of age or older; a green card holder for at least four years and nine months or two years and nine months if married to a U.S. citizen.

Wine Stroll

The Morgan Hill Downtown Association’s annual Wine Stroll will take place 1 to 5pm April 27 in downtown Morgan Hill. Ticket holders will be able to taste samples of dozens of Santa Clara Valley wines while shopping at local vendors and enjoying food at neighborhood restaurants. Tickets cost $39 in advance, or $45 the day of the event. For more information, visit morganhilldowntown.org.

Aviation Day

The Wings of History Air Museum at the San Martin Airport will host the 2019 Aviation Day 8am-2:30pm May 18. Admission is free, and the event will be held at the San Martin museum, 12777 Murphy Ave., and adjacent airport grounds. Festivities for the entire family include antique and vintage aircraft, cars, motorcycles and tractors on display, tethered hot air balloon rides, games, museum tours, model airplane building, radio-controlled aircraft demonstrations and a silent auction for unique items. Food and drinks will be available from vendors on site. Sport aviation enthusiasts will have a chance to get a close-up look at Icon Aircrafts’ A5 light sport aircraft. The event is sponsored by the Wings of History Air Museum, and all proceeds will go to benefit the museum, which is an all-volunteer non-profit organization. To learn more about the show, visit wingsofhistory.org.

South Valley Wine Auction

Support local charitable organizations and enjoy local wine and food at the South Valley Wine Auction, 6-9pm May 18 at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road. A VIP tasting is scheduled for 4:30-6pm. More than a dozen Santa Clara County wineries and Morgan Hill restaurants will provide dinner and wine tastings. Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships benefit the Morgan Hill Community Foundation. Tickets cost $75 per person, or $120 for VIPs. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit southvalleywineauction.org.

Mushroom Mardi Gras

The annual Mushroom Mardi Gras food, art and wine festival will take place May 25-26 in downtown Morgan Hill. The two-day event—a fundraiser for local student scholarships and nonprofit grants—will feature live music, food from all over the region, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities and cooking demonstrations. The event is free. For more information, visit mhmmg.org.

History at the House

From 10 to 11:30am the first Saturday of every month, the Morgan Hill Historical Society invites the community to the Hiram Morgan Hill House at Villa Mira Monte, 17860 Monterey Road, for “History at the House.” Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge of local history and landscapes during the ongoing monthly conversation. The event is open to the public and free.

Walk for fitness

The Morgan Hill Walking Group for Fitness meets for daily walks six days a week. Monday through Friday, the group walks from 6 to 7pm. On Saturdays, walks are from 9 to 10:30am. The group meets at the Morgan Hill Center parking lot at Hale and West Main avenues. The group walks at a moderate pace, rain or shine, year-round. Everyone is welcome, including pet dogs.

Bingo fundraiser every weekend

The Live Oak Emerald Regime hosts bingo every weekend at the Britton Middle School Auditorium, 80 W Central Ave. On Saturday, doors open at 4:15pm., warm-ups begin at 5:45pm, and games begin at 6:15pm. On Sunday doors open at 11:45am, warm-ups start at 1:15pm, and games begin at 1:45pm. For more information, visit emeraldregime.org/bingo.

Learn to breathe easy

An Explore Breath and Be Stress-Free workshop is held Sundays, 3:30-5pm, at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel, Morgan Hill. RSVPs are requested due to limited seating. For more information, call Krishna at 408.480.4493.

Bridge at the Rec Center

Bridge games are held Monday nights at the Centennial Recreation Center, 171 W Edmundson Ave. Open stratified games begin at 6:20pm.


Play pickleball, a tennis-type game in which a whiffle ball is hit over a low net with a paddle, Mondays, 8:30-11pm, at the Centennial Recreation Center gymnasium, 171 W Edmundson Ave. Play is free for rec center members, $8 for non-member seniors. Equipment is provided. For more details, visit usapa.org/whatis_pball.

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