Sitting in lawn chairs or on the back of pickup trucks, locals in San Juan Bautista came out on Friday for the annual bonfire...
The booming voice of Chuck Obeso-Bradley echoed along San Benito Street as he kicked off a night of marching bands, cars transporting waving local dignitaries, and an array of entrants festooned in twinkling Christmas lights with smiling grownups and children.
Every year for an entire month, we rekindle our seasonal obsession with thousands of Christmas songs and convince ourselves we’re happy because Josh Grobin’s illuminating voice leaves us no other choice.
What the heck is this popular phenomenon called “hot yoga?” Thanks to the company I work for, I now know. For Christmas, the company offered its employees an annual membership to their choice of several area fitness and health centers. On the list this year was Bikram Yoga Morgan Hill - I decided to sign up and see what it’s all about.
By now, I imagine things are beginning to wind down a bit for everyone. Christmas has come and gone and now we’re getting ready to head into the New Year. Gifts have been opened, exchanges have been made and deal-seeking crowds have dispersed.
’Twas the fortnight before Christmas when Steve Johnson was putting up festive Christmas decorations outside his home in San Martin and witnessed something strange going on in the field next door. Walking over, he discovered an injured juvenile peregrine falcon on the ground, with some turkey vultures circling it with curiosity. Steve rescued the 15-inch long raptor and brought it to the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center.
With rainy weather over the final shopping weekend before Christmas and more storms forecast for Christmas Day, the California Highway Patrol prepared itself for “some of the toughest challenges.”
Traditions of Christmas can be hard to change. New traditions may face some resistance. I have been caught between the old and new before. With the easygoing nature of my family, anything new or different has been completely embraced as part of the celebration.
The Youth Alliance will be participating in La Posada at the Rancho Park Neighborhood Center, 1200 Rancho Drive, on Wednesday, at 3:30 p.m. The Mexican Christmas tradition celebrates the nine days of La Posada (or the Lodging) from Dec. 16 through Christmas Eve. On each night, a home is selected, where the doors open to all with an invitation for refreshments, caroling and dancing.
With the holidays fast approaching, my thoughts turn to family gatherings, gift-giving and sparkling wine - not necessarily in that order. Since the topic of family gatherings would far exceed the limited word count of this column, I will focus on gift ideas for the wine lover on your list and sparkling wines that can be essential to getting through family gatherings.