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Tia Sundberg

Tia Sundberg is a crafting diva, knitter, Halloween fanatic and freelance writer for South Valley magazine.
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Small town tradition comes alive as Morgan Hill celebrates Independence Day with its annual Freedom Fest. Celebrated in Morgan Hill since 1876, this year’s theme is America’s National Parks, 100 Years and Counting and events will include a time-honored Patriotic Sing, Family [...]

American history

Tia Sundberg

Tia Sundberg is a crafting diva, knitter, Halloween fanatic and freelance writer for South Valley magazine.
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Motorcycle riders and enthusiasts by the thousands throng to Hollister each Fourth of July weekend to experience the famous Hollister Independence Rally. Originated in 1947, this event is believed to be the catalyst for the rise of the “American Biker” image and the [...]

Wine rides

Bev Stenehjem

Bev Stenehjem is a wine columnist for South Valley Magazine and is the author of the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, Arcadia Publishing. Bev also promotes the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley association on Facebook and Twitter. Reach her at [email protected]
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Anyone planning a day at our local wineries with a group of friends should consider booking the chauffeured services of California Passport Tours; a boutique travel and transportation company offering food and wine tasting experiences to local wineries in south Santa Clara [...]

Women in movement

A rebel in her own right, Sharareh “Sheri” Chakamian didn’t go with the flow and become an engineer or a doctor as most kids from her home country of Iran did. Instead, she went against the grain and took off on her own path. She became an artist and an art teacher. [...]

Hiram’s speakeasy

Bev Stenehjem

Bev Stenehjem is a wine columnist for South Valley Magazine and is the author of the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, Arcadia Publishing. Bev also promotes the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley association on Facebook and Twitter. Reach her at [email protected]
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Pssst—what’s the password? You better have it if you want to get through the Speakeasy door in the back of the building at the upcoming Prohibition Party fundraiser dinner party this Saturday night at Villa Mira Monte in Morgan Hill. This lovingly restored Victorian was the [...]

Chocolate with a twist

Susan Rife

Lover of arts & books; ukulele learner; therapeutic knitter; long-distance runner. Former Arts and Books Editor at Herald-Tribune.
Susan Rife
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect show for community theater groups than Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, with a cast that can be expanded to accommodate any number of aspiring and experienced actors, and of all ages from little kids to grandparents. And imagination is the key [...]

In the air

Bev Stenehjem

Bev Stenehjem is a wine columnist for South Valley Magazine and is the author of the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, Arcadia Publishing. Bev also promotes the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley association on Facebook and Twitter. Reach her at [email protected]
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At 104 years, Morgan Hill Cellars is the oldest winery in our Santa Clara Valley wine region. I stopped in to say hello to Maryclaire and Mike Sampognaro, high tech retirees and owners of the winery to see what was new since my last visit. Maryclaire started me off with their [...]

Top gifts for Dad

Tia Sundberg

Tia Sundberg is a crafting diva, knitter, Halloween fanatic and freelance writer for South Valley magazine.
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Homemade paper necktie cards, coupons for yardwork, soap on a rope—-classic Father’s Day gifts, that just don’t fly anymore. This year, why not give back to the community and shop locally to spoil Dad at small businesses with our top five picks below: Oofos Recovery Shoes: [...]

Vine dining

Bev Stenehjem

Bev Stenehjem is a wine columnist for South Valley Magazine and is the author of the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, Arcadia Publishing. Bev also promotes the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley association on Facebook and Twitter. Reach her at [email protected]
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The moon and the stars have aligned, bringing the next Outstanding in the Field dinner to Gilroy on Thursday, June 29. This extraordinary farm-to-table dinner is a collaboration between three titans of the food and wine industry: a visionary chef, legendary winemakers and a [...]

Magnificent melody

Tia Sundberg

Tia Sundberg is a crafting diva, knitter, Halloween fanatic and freelance writer for South Valley magazine.
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Lifelong violinist and Morgan Hill native, Kimia Ghaderi returns to her hometown in the California debut of “Apex Piano Trio”. Ghaderi began her musical journey at the young age of four and grew up performing in the spotlight of the symphony with the accomplished San Jose [...]
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