Local Scene: Wine Auction, Fire Prep Seminar

Kids' Bike Rodeo is May 11

Chamber Seeks Board Members

The Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations to fill three vacant board member seats. Members participate as part of the board team to accomplish the mission of the chamber. They represent a diverse community perspective to the organization and are expected to likewise represent the organization back into the community. The selection process includes the application, a personal interview and then action by the currently seated board members. Applications are due May 15. For information, call (408) 779-9444 or email [email protected]

Fire Prep Seminar

Residents are invited to attend this free seminar on Fire Prevention and Preparedness. You’ll hear from Morgan Hill Fire Marshall Dwight Good and Emergency Services Coordinator Jennifer Ponce. Topics include: protecting your home from wildfires; creating defensible space; registering for critical alert and warning messages; preparing for emergencies. The seminar will be offered at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, El Toro Room, 17000 Monterey Road on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00am to noon. Register only for the date that you will attend. Contact Jennifer Ponce at (408) 776-7310 for more information or to register.

National River Cleanup Day

National River Cleanup Day is a chance for for individuals, families and groups to be a part of the solution to local water pollution. From 9am to 12pm May 18, spend the morning working with your friends and neighbors to improve the health of West Little Llagas and Edmundson creeks in Morgan Hill. Volunteers will meet at the Corporation Yard at 100 Edes Court at 9am and remove litter until noon. Gloves, bags, litter grabbers, water and snacks will be provided. Bring your own water bottle or use the free one that will be gifted to all volunteers. Participants younger than 18 will need to bring a volunteer waiver signed by their parent or guardian with them the morning of the event. Call (408) 310-4169 for more information.

Guys and Dolls

The Gavilan College Theater will present a musical fable of Broadway, Guys and Dolls, based on the story and characters of Damon Runyon, with the music and lyrics of Frank Loesser, and the book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Set in depression-era Times Square, Guys and Dolls tells the story of a couple of big city gamblers and the women who love them. It tells the overlapping stories of high-roller Sky Masterson, who falls in love with mission worker Sarah Brown, and lovable rapscallion Nathan Detroit, engaged for 14 years to Miss Adelaide, a headliner at the Hot Box Club. Nathan runs a famous floating crap game, and is on a quest to find a safe place to host the game as Adelaide continues her quest to convince him to marry her. Meanwhile, Sarah mistakenly believes Sky set up an illegal game at her mission, as she tries to fight her affection for the charismatic crapshooter. Shows take place May 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the Gavilan College Theater, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy. Tickets are $20 for general admission, or $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are on sale at the Gavilan College Bookstore, BookSmart in Morgan Hill, First Street Coffee in Gilroy, Nimble Thimble Quilt Shop in Gilroy or on brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are also available at the door of the venue. For more information, call (408) 848-4860.

Kids Bike Rodeo

A free Kid’s Bike Rodeo Festival featuring food trucks, live music and bike activities will take place 12 to 3pm May 11 at the parking lot at East First and Depot streets in downtown Morgan Hill.

Fundraiser for Music Students

Donate our unloved goods—including books, clothing, electronics—at the Sobrato Murphy Music Association’s Goodwill fundraiser 9am to 3pm May 11, at the Ann Sobrato High School parking lot, 401 Burnett Ave. All proceeds will benefit local music programs. Now items heavier than 50 pounds, no hazardous waste or trash. Tax deductible receipts are available.

Farm Fun and Plant Sale

Join the Sobrato Future Farmers of America as they host a day on the farm for the whole family, 8am to 2pm May 11 at the Ann Sobrato High School Farm, 401 Burnett Ave. FFA team members will lead agricultural and educational activities, face painting and a petting zoo. Plants will be available for sale. Event supports local schools and student enterprise projects.

Support Operation Freedom Paws

Local nonprofit Operation Freedom Paws will host its annual golf tournament fundraiser May 17 at Eagle Ridge Golf Course. Cost is $125 per entrant, and includes an 18-hole round, dinner, practice balls, goodie bag and more. Format is a four-person scramble, with a shotgun start at 10am. Registration is at 9am. All proceeds benefit Operation Freedom Paws, which empowers veterans and individuals with disabilities to restore their freedom to live life. For more information about the tournament or OFP, or to purchase an entry, call (408) 641-7137 or visit https://OFPGolf.eventbrite.com.

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.

Friday Night Music

The Chamber of Commerce’s annual summertime Friday Night Music Series starts June 14, with a performance headlined by the Houserockers. The event takes place 6 to 9:45pm every Friday (starting June 14) at the Downtown Amphitheater, 17000 Monterey Road. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and dancing shoes. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Food vendors Kiwanis Morgan Hill and the Morgan Hill Grange will donate 100 percent of sales proceeds back into the community for youth scholarships. Attendance and parking are free.

Summer Fun in the Park

Join the City of Morgan Hill 5:30 to 8pm June 27 for a free evening of fun activities and free gifts at Galvan Park, 17666 Crest Ave. At the Summer Fun event, families can meet and learn about free services provided by local nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Free food will be available for the first 250 attendees. Families are encouraged to bring their kids, as vendors will host fun and engaging games and activities.

Gypsy: Musical Masterpiece

The South Valley Civic Theater presents “Gypsy: Musical Masterpiece” at the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse, 17090 Monterey Road. Show times will take place between June 14 and July 6. The production is loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, a famous striptease artist, and her mother, Rose. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit svct.org.

One Step Closer Benefit

The benefit auction for One Step Closer Therapeutic Riding will take place 5:30 to 9:30pm June 30 at the Historic Coyote Ranch. The event features live entertainment, line dancing, a BBQ dinner and drinks, silent auction and more. Tickets cost $75 per person. For more information or to order tickets, visit osctr.org or call (408) 778-3567.

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