Mount Madonna School presents ‘Pippin’

Mount Madonna School is preparing for its high school production of Pippin, running Jan. 24-26. Presented by a troupe of traveling performers in the form of a fractured fairy tale, Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to become extraordinary. Heir to the Frankish [...]

Role models in tech

Kimberly Ewertz

Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.
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Not only does this year usher in a new decade, but 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. There’s no better time than the present to pay homage to women everywhere. Silicon Valley Reads, a program instituted in 2003, encourages reading and [...]

Passion for home

Susan Rife

Lover of arts & books; ukulele learner; therapeutic knitter; long-distance runner. Former Arts and Books Editor at Herald-Tribune.
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International prize-winning pianist Astrid Morales Torres will present a program she calls a “musical journey” through Europe, America, Russia and Mexico as the second in a series of preview concerts for the forthcoming Coyote Creek Music Festival. Morales, who is presently [...]

Three-story colonial estate

This San Martin home is designed with the car collector in mind. Located at 13460 Colony Ave., the 7,387-square-foot home features eight bedrooms and six baths. It comes with a 6,800-square-foot garage/workshop with an attached four-car garage. The Southern Colonial estate, [...]

After 10 years, Ron Erskine hangs up pen

Ron Erskine

Ron Erskine is a local outdoors columnist and avid hiker.
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Time in nature is at least restorative, at best transformative. This notion has been part of me from the start. Like my nose, my toes and my bones, it was part of the original package. Scientific research has confirmed the benefits of time in nature, but I don’t know why we [...]

Happy New You

Happy New Gear! Was Santa good to you and your bicycle? Awesome! Were you able to join in Bike Therapy’s Jingle Holiday Lights Ride five days before Christmas? Super! Is it too cold to ride? Never! Just add an extra layer (or two) and enjoy. Some of my all-time favorite spring [...]

Luxurious tech home

Technology covers every inch of this newer Morgan Hill home. Located at 19070 Clayton Ave., the 5,200-square-foot home includes five bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Technology upgrades include a garage with a Tesla charger, Bluetooth self-watering planter boxes, upgraded solar, the Nest [...]

Smart at home

Erik Chalhoub

Erik Chalhoub is the editor of South Valley. Prior to joining the magazine in March 2019, he worked for seven years at The Pajaronian in Watsonville, the last four as managing editor.
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“Smart” gadgets dominate every aspect of modern life, from watches, phones, TVs, cars to even homes. With the prices of such gear dropping over the past decade, smart tech can make popular gifts during the holiday season. But the festivities are in the rear-view mirror, and [...]

Garden themes

Kate Russell

Kate Russell is a UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara county.

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Avoid compacting your wet clay soil by staying indoors and planning a themed garden. Traditional garden themes include floral cottage gardens, manicured Renaissance gardens and classic kitchen gardens, with their successive plantings of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Garden [...]

Home with smart features

This Eagle Ridge home is equipped with some of the latest smart home features, such as Nest thermostats and Ring video doorbells. Located at 7602 Braid Court in Gilroy at the end of a cul-de-sac, the 3,528-square-foot home includes five bedrooms and five baths. The home is [...]
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