Visit historic wineries, see spectacular views and meet the winemakers at the Santa Clara Valley Passport Weekend. Passport holders are entitled to attend all three days of fun beginning on Friday, March 17 at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road. Continue on Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19 from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $40 online and $45 in person and include a souvenir glass. For more details go to santaclarawines.com.
It’s time to spring into action at the annual AAUW Wildflower Run and help support education for women and girls. There are lots of opportunities for friends and family, from a flat and fast 10K course to the great 5K stroller trot and the Senior 2K run or walk. Register early for a special T-shirt. Groups of 10 or more receive discounts. On your mark, get set, go, on Sunday, March 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Live Oak High School on 1505 East Main Ave. in Morgan Hill. Register at wildflowerrun.org.
Learn the joys of keeping chickens at UC master gardener Candice McLaren’s Chix in the City, Hens in the Hood class. Find out about different breeds and options of birds, the eggs they lay, and whether raising them from chicks or rescuing them is the way to go. Get great ideas on coop design and placement. Take a trip just over the hill on Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at the UC Cooperative Extension on 1430 Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville. Find more information and other classes at mbmg.ucanr.edu.
Talent from Home
Next Generation, part of the South Valley Symphony concert series, presents a collection of performances by local musicians. Guest artists include Greg Chambers, Sobrato High School Band Director, performing the theme from Taxi Driver. Catch the violin solo by first-place winner of the Al Navaroli Young Musician’s Competition, Robert Chien, plus so much more talent to be heard on Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Gavilan College Theater on 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy. Tickets are $25 for adults and free for children and students. Visit southvalleysymphoney.org.
Bach To Blues
Gavilan College Music Department, coordinated by music instructor Maria Amirkhanian, brings together members of the faculty and other special guests for the annual Bach to Blues event featuring highly accomplished musicians. This year the performances will be dedicated to the memory of local professional singer and guitarist John Garcia, a former music instructor and supporter of the event. Come enjoy a variety of music on Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at Gavilan College Theater on 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd. Tickets are $15. Visit gavilan.edu
Spring is coming and the birds will be hungry, so come join in on a BookSmart Art Workshop and create a pinecone bird feeder made with peanut butter. Peanut allergies beware! These workshops are a creative art outlet designed for kids ages 4 to 12. Drop in during the morning and join as space permits. Get ready for some spring crafting with Nancy Domnauer on March 11 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at 1295 East Dunne Ave. Suite 120. Workshop fee is $5 and material cost may be $2 or more. Visit mybooksmart.com.
A new group is in town and wants to invite you to a meetup where Getting to Know You is the main theme, with a goal of building a more positive community and creating a venue to connect with neighbors. A grassroots group with no business affiliations, just a desire to enrich relationships within the community. Come join the group on Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m. at GVA Café on 17400 Monterey St. Find out more at meetup.com/getting-to-know-you-95037.
Facts and Scandals
Take a class on Little Known Facts of Morgan Hill and the scandal that shaped it. The presentation will divulge little facts about street names and other fascinating information. Learn about the city’s namesake and his wife and why they left California. Kathy Sullivan and Jean Haneke from the Morgan Hill Historical Society both have a passion for history and enjoy being engaged to help preserve it. Come learn about the city on Wednesday, March 15 and the 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Center on 17000 Monterey Road. Tickets are $20. Go to brownpapertickets.com.
Spend an enchanting evening with Carnival of the Animals and Mozart inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns’ humorous classic, performed by two brilliant dueling pianists. Join soloists Orion Weiss and Alessio Bax as they create excitement with their musical bantering. The mood changes in the second half as vocal soloists and the chorus join the orchestra in Mozart’s sublime Requiem. Reserve seats beginning Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m. at The California Theater on 345 South First St. For tickets and seating go to symphonysiliconvalley.org.
It’s time for all winners to get uncorked and head out to Clos LaChance Winery for the After Dark Dance Party in an elegant yet informal atmosphere. Call in the girls or that special dancing wine partner and join David Johnson as he turns up the music and dims the lights in the Grand Salon. The tasting room will be open on Saturday, March 11 at 6 p.m. Music goes from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at 1 Hummingbird Lane. Get more details at clos.com.