Ranch Day at Coe
Meet farm animals and learn how to churn butter, spin wool, tool leather, drive a tractor, ride a horse and rope a steer at Ranch Day at Coe Park, 10am to 3pm June 2 at the Henry W. Coe State Park Hunting Hollow entrance in Gilroy. Ranch Day offers a wide variety of fun activities and games for children and families. The event is free, but a required parking fee is $6. A hot dog lunch will be available for $3.50. Kids may want to bring rubber boots to play in the creek. The Hunting Hollow entrance to Coe Park is located on Gilroy Hot Springs Road.
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 Chamber’s mission. 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, 10am 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 individuals, families and groups to be a part of the solution to local water pollution. From 9am to noon 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 Guys and Dolls, a musical fable of Broadway 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 are May 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the Gavilan College Theater, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy. Tickets are $20 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. For more information, call (408) 848-4860.
Support Operation Freedom Paws
Local non-profit 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 bags 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. To register for the tournament or for more information about OFP, call (408) 641-7137 or visit https://OFPGolf.eventbrite.com.
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 non-profit 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.
Jake’s Wish Fundraiser
Help at-risk dogs in need find their forever home while enjoying live entertainment, local beer and wine, food trucks and a silent auction at a June 2 fundraiser for local non-profit Jake’s Wish Dog Rescue. The fundraiser, known as Jake’s Fest, will take place from noon to 6pm at Kelly Brewing, 70 E. Fourth St. Attendees can bid on a variety of exotic silent auction prizes, including trips to Mexico, Hawaii and Carmel and plenty of fun wine excursions. The fundraiser will also feature a kissing booth, photo booth and several vendors selling ceramics, T-shirts and more. Proceeds benefit Jake’s Wish Dog Rescue, a volunteer-driven non-profit established in 2014 with a mission to help dogs in underserved shelters that are most at risk. Jake’s Wish has rescued and placed more than 1,000 dogs in the last five years. For more information about Jake’s Wish and Jake’s Fest, visit jakeswishrescue.org/ or search for “Jake’s Fest 2019” on Facebook.
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 6-9:45pm Fridays 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 June 27, 5:30-8pm 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 non[-profit 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. Shows are June 14-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
A benefit auction for One Step Closer Therapeutic Riding will take place June 30, 5:30- 9:30pm at the Historic Coyote Ranch. The event features live entertainment, line dancing, a barbecue dinner and drinks, a silent auction and more. Tickets cost $75 per person. For more information or to order tickets, visit osctr.org or call (408) 778-3567.