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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 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

Lover of arts & books; ukulele learner; therapeutic knitter; long-distance runner. Former Arts and Books Editor at Herald-Tribune.
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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 [...]

Realtor’s Corner: Jackie McAbee

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
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How do you help buyers find the right home? Because I specialize in relocation for buyers moving to our newly emerging real estate market in San Benito County, the goal of my initial consultation with my buyer is to determine which stage they are in their life; are they a [...]

In the air

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 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 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 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 [...]

Realtor’s Corner: Joe Velasco

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
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What does being a successful Realtor mean to you? A successful realtor to me means, someone who is an expert in the marketplace and who has a proven track record. It also means having expertise in presenting the home in the best way possible—online, in print media and in [...]

Desert Bloom

Ron Erskine is a local outdoors columnist and avid hiker.
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After five years of drought, winter rains doused the southern California deserts this past winter. The result has been a desert wildflower super bloom that has made national news. On average, a special desert spring like this occurs about every ten years. Friends who have made [...]
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