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Time for tinsel

Debra Eskinazi

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 [...]

Get it right here

Kimberly Ewertz

Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.
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The holiday season is here, which means it’s time to decide who’s been naughty or nice. Instead of running to the computer for what and where to shop this year, treat yourself to a day of discovery by checking out the numerous local shops and boutiques in your community, or [...]

Gifts of gratitude

Kimberly Ewertz

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. [...]

Requiem for a backpacker

Ron Erskine

Ron Erskine is a local outdoors columnist and avid hiker.
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Early October 2017. 9,500 feet. Emigrant Meadow Lake. Emigrant Wilderness. It is late afternoon. I lay tucked in my sleeping bag staring at the ceiling of my small one-person tent. Every two or three minutes, I slap the rainfly to remove snow collecting there. Six inches are on [...]

Vets’ voices

Kimberly Ewertz

Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.
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After serving more than eight years in the military, including two tours in Iraq—where she saw mortar and rocket fire almost daily—Marine Sgt. Molly Howe is beyond grateful for the benefits provided to her as a veteran. The Gilroy native graduated a semester early from [...]

Heart of living

Akanksha Bhalla

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 [...]

The Secrets of Katherine Filice

Debra Eskinazi

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
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If you asked Katherine Filice a year ago whether she thought she’d be taking her art to London in her first-ever art show, she’d have said no. Before then she may have not shown it to anyone, let alone an entire contemporary art scene at Artrooms Fair London. Filice’s [...]

Light of the lamp

Neera Siva

Contributor at South Valley magazine
Neera Siva is a health enthusiast, mom, patent attorney and writer, in no particular order. She and her family live in Santa Clara County. Check out her website at healthierbites.com, or follow her on twitter @neera_avis.
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It’s mid-October, and in a quiet South Valley neighborhood this past weekend, several residents were out wrangling Christmas lights that they had hastily put away in January. Some chided themselves for not having done a neater job packing the lights away and fussed over fused [...]

Linger a little longer

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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Be careful not to bump the noses of the two large, but gentle, Australian Shepherds as you enter Bear’s Hideaway. Not only are they there to greet you but one of them, Bear, is the namesake of this San Juan Bautista shop, which specializes in wine, beer and cigars. Lori [...]

Who are the Lutherans?

Debra Eskinazi

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
Debra Eskinazi

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What do Lutherans believe about sin? What does bread and wine symbolize to Lutherans? Who was Martin Luther anyway? Beginning with Protestant reformers in 16th-century Europe, this year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which spawned Lutheranism—one of [...]
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