Gilroy

Tours in two towns

Debra Eskinazi

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
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Spacious parcels, stunning views, fertile gardens and interiors adorned with items from around the world describe some of the finest sites in this year’s homes and gardens tours. It would be enough if it were one tour, but Mother’s Day weekend offers two distinct tours in [...]

Passport month

Laura Ness

Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

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It’s almost here, and instead of just one weekend, Passport lasts the entire month of March this year. So you have ample opportunity to make that $45 investment pay off in Rhones, Italians, cabs or whatever suits your fancy in the Valley of Heart’s Delight. The Wineries of [...]

The trials of Saintjohn

Wallace Baine

Wallace Baine is a staff writer for New SV Media with extensive experience covering community arts in the region.
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A 10-year-old boy steps off a Greyhound bus in San Jose with his mother. After a trip that took the better part of two days, the boy blinks in the California sun for the first time. He is 1,700 miles away from everything he’s ever known—friends, family, school, everything. [...]

Building a scene

Debra Eskinazi

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

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Few people have embarked on a filmmaker’s journey, but with the advances in technology—quite literally, at our fingertips—making our own movies is easier than ever. This is one of the messages that L. Mattock Scariot, director of the upcoming Poppy Jasper International [...]

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 [...]

Return to peace

Have you had enough chaos, confusion and conflict in your life?   If so, would you like to figure out how you can avoid the added stress? These are the kinds of thought-provoking questions Dr. Paula Whang-Ramos will ask her clientele at Blue Lotus Center (BLC) in Gilroy. As the [...]

Peoples pays it forward

Kimberly Ewertz

Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.
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Throughout his 74 years, Gilroyan David Peoples, owner of Garlic City Mercantile, has given back to the community in countless ways, so much so he was voted Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 1993. Peoples’ participation in the Garlic Festival, Gilroy Sister [...]

From mundane to magnificent

Debra Eskinazi

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

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Few people can claim to be as “at one with nature” as Julianne Skai Arbor, better known as Tree Girl. An arborist and conservation educator, Arbor details her relationship with the African Baobab, European Yew, Giant Sequoia and other trees in her new book, Tree Girl: [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]
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