Kids

Tradition of giving

Kimberly Ewertz

Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.
Kimberly Ewertz

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The holidays are all about tradition and St. Joseph’s Family Center’s, (SJFC), tradition ensures hundreds of South County families are provided the opportunity to revel in the happiness of the holiday season through the nonprofit’s annual Toy and Food Giveaway. This [...]

School in the redwoods

Kimberly Ewertz

Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.
Kimberly Ewertz

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Situated on 355 acres of redwood forest with views of the entire Monterey Bay, Mount Madonna School (MMS) offers its students an environment like no other. “At MMS, we ask our students to take care of this beautiful land they are schooled on,” upper school Shannon Kelly [...]

Helping the children

Kimberly Ewertz

Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.
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In any given community hundreds of nonprofits are working to provide support and guidance to better its cause, but one organization in particular has made its name by serving the needs of more than 3,000 children each year. For more than 100 years Rebekah Children’s Services, [...]

Winning wildflowers

Susan Rife

Lover of arts & books; ukulele learner; therapeutic knitter; long-distance runner. Former Arts and Books Editor at Herald-Tribune.
Susan Rife
The 2018 Wildflower Run, sponsored and staged by the Morgan Hill branch of the American Association of University Women, bears little resemblance to the first Wildflower Run 35 years ago. That first race, in 1984, was open only to women and girls, 217 of whom participated, and [...]

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 [...]

Magazine makers

Debra Eskinazi

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

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Can you really be anything you want to be when you grow up? It’s a phrase commonly uttered to inspire young creative minds to greatness. And yet it’s a vision that comes true for few. But, for Carly Gelsinger, she always knew what she wanted to be—a writer. At the young [...]

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 [...]

Blazing trails

Debra Eskinazi

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

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With just as many teenage girls as boys being top consumers of technology, it’s a wonder more young women are not pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based professions. A 2015 Pew report on “Teens, Social Media & Technology” [...]

Boredom busters

It’s the final stretch of summer break and school is starting up soon, but the season is not over yet. Though summer camps are coming to a close and the children are bored at home, there’s still plenty do right here in the South Valley that will keep the youngsters busy. [...]

Summer fun

With less than a month before school begins, there is still time to eke out some fun in the last days of summer. There are still many activities available throughout the area to keep the kids entertained and out of the house. Bring a picnic and organize a family day—spend it [...]
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