Worldly bikes

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Hot enough for ya? Sure, it’s toasty, but there are ways to bicycle around that. Ride as early as possible. Slather yourself with sunscreen before and during your ride! If you haven’t discovered solar-specific clothing like arm covers, start exploring; every bit of added UV [...]

Revitalizing tradition

Wallace Baine is a staff writer for New SV Media with extensive experience covering community arts in the region.
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Driving west toward Gilroy on Leavesley Road, the unmarked back side of the Gilroy Premium Outlets appears on the horizon as a fortress, marking a clear boundary between a commercial hive of shopping bags, parking lots and brand names and a much quieter wide-open landscape. Most [...]

Garlic all the way

With the Gilroy Garlic Festival mere days away, you may be wondering what this year’s event is bringing to the table (other than the strong-smelling bulb). Todd Trekell, the 2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival president, says the festival’s committee surveyed customers last year [...]

Recreating that Gilroy feel

Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.
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This isn’t Chris Dufur’s first win. In fifth grade he entered a computer science class poster contest and came in first. “I had a drawing of the Scooby Doo dog and he was sitting at the computer,” Dufur said.  “Everybody loved that.” This year, with his mother’s [...]

Savoring sips

Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.
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Get ready to “Party Like It’s 1979,” as the Garlic Festival celebrates 40 years of family fun Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29. Genuine Iron Chef Michael Symon hosts the Garlic Showdown on Sunday, and there’s a new kids’ cooking competition, plus an electronic [...]

Winning wildflowers

Lover of arts & books; ukulele learner; therapeutic knitter; long-distance runner. Former Arts and Books Editor at Herald-Tribune.
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The 2018 Wildflower Run, sponsored and staged by the Morgan Hill branch of the American Association of University Women, bears little resemblance to the first Wildflower Run 35 years ago. That first race, in 1984, was open only to women and girls, 217 of whom participated, and [...]

Auditions for a Dickens’ classic—‘Oliver Twist’

Calling all young actors! Gilroy Recreation Department is holding tryouts for its spring performance. South Valley sat down for a chat with the show’s director Hilary Little. Why did you choose this play for your theater company? Not only is this musical widely popular [...]

Time for tinsel

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
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The season of giving is upon us and that’s not complete without smells of pumpkin spice and pine. The time-honored tradition of taking loved ones by the hand and meandering through tree lots in search of that perfect douglas fir or blue spruce is now. You know the [...]

Gifts of gratitude

Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.
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The spirit of giving runs deep in the South Valley, especially during the holiday season and Gilroy-based St. Joseph’s Family Center (SJFC) is grateful for the community’s generosity and participation in their annual Toy Giveaway day, which takes place this year on Dec. 21. [...]

Heart of living

Akanksha Bhalla is an independent writer in the South Valley.
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At a time when even the festival season is shrouded by disturbing events from around the country and the world, and people struggle to celebrate without feeling guilty or bogged down—the resilience of the human spirit could provide that unequivocal reason and cause for [...]
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