Calendar of events Feb. 4 to March 25


Saturday 2/5
An Evening in Tuscany
Sacred Heart Parish School will host its annual fundraiser,

An Evening in Tuscany,

Feb. 5, at Bolado Park Pavilion. Happy hour and auction preview
begin at 5 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m., followed by dancing until
midnight to the Money Band. Tickets are available at Sacred Heart
Parish School, 670 College St., 637-4157. Must be 21 years of age
to attend. All proceeds benefit Catholic Education at Sacred Heart
Parish School.

Friday 2/4


Jupiter String Quartet

The Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s third concert of the season is Feb. 4, at 8 p.m., at the Sunset Center in Carmel. The concert will feature the Jupiter String Quartet, with Ben Kim, on piano. The music will include pieces by Kurtag, Beethoven and Shostakovich. Tickets are $31 to $55. For more information, call 625-2212 or visit


A ‘Tribute to ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’

The Paper Wing Theatre presents a tribute to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” The story is based on Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ with the adventures of Everett Ulysses McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete, who are sprung from a chain gang and try to reach Everett’s home to recover their buried loot. The live musical tribute is placed in 1930s Mississippi. The show runs Feb. 4-26, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. The Paper Wing Theatre is located at 320 Offman Ave. at the lighthouse. Tickets for general admission are priced at $22 and $20 for seniors, students, and military. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at For more information call 905-5684 or e-mail at [email protected]

Saturday 2/5


An Evening in Tuscany

Sacred Heart Parish School will host its annual fundraiser, “An Evening in Tuscany,” Feb. 5, at Bolado Park Pavilion. Happy hour and auction preview begin at 5 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m., followed by dancing until midnight to the Money Band. Tickets are available at Sacred Heart Parish School, 670 College St., 637-4157. Must be 21 years of age to attend. All proceeds benefit Catholic Education at Sacred Heart Parish School.


Science Alive open to middle schoolers

Gavilan College will host Science Alive, a one-day conference of hands-on science workshops for middle school students in grades 6-8. More than 300 students attend the workshops from around the Bay Area each year. Students can choose from 22 different workshops, including Magic with Physics, Build a Hovercraft, CSI: Where the Evidence Never Lies, and more. Registration is $10 and includes workshops and lunch. Students who participate in free, or subsidized meal programs automatically qualify for a fee waiver. Check in is 7:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., at the Gavilan College Student Center, in Gilroy. The students will participate in three workshops before lunch, then watch a physics show in the afternoon before participating in a raffle and door prizes. The conference ends at 3:30 p.m. To register or find out more, visit or call 408-846-4947.


Coyote Creek Bird Walk

Jane Haley, a National Park Service docent and Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (W.E.R.C) will continue her series of bird walks Feb. 5, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The walk will continue along Coyote Creek, north of Morgan Hill. The participants will have the chance to view migratory birds as well as observe the local birds, their habitat and ecological importance. Because of the terrain, the walks are not recommended for children. The programs are free but space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to register, contact W.E.R.C at 408-779-9372 or e-mail [email protected]

Monday 2/7


Rehearsals continue for Oriana Chorale

Rehearsals continue for Oriana Chorale’s Spring concert “Oriana Goes Pop.” The concert will include choral arrangements of contemporary “pop” music will challenge your voices and provide you with an exciting opportunity to express yourself musically in mid May. All ages are welcome. No tryouts. For more information, visit


Carmel Orchid Society special presentation

The Carmel Orchid Society will host a special presentation by orchid expert Ron Parson, “Cymbidium Seedling Surprise,” Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 4590 Carmel Valley Road, in Carmel Valley. For more information about the Carmel Orchid Society, visit or e-mail [email protected]

Wednesday 2/9


Women’s Club of Hollister meeting

Fall invite the women of the community to their monthly luncheon to be held at San Juan Oaks on Feb. 9, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. In honor of “Heart Month,” a guest speaker will be speaking about heart disease and how it affects women. This volunteer organization has been meeting for 97 years in San Benito County and is active in the community raising funds and giving back in projects like the Kids in the Park and the Library Champagne & White Elephant Tea. Reservations should be made with Peg at 408-607-3108 or [email protected] and the price is $17.

Friday 2/11


Stage Company show

San Benito Stage Company presents ‘The Foreigner,” a play by Larry Shue. The dinner theater show is Feb. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26, with Friday and Saturday shows at 7 p.m., and Sunday shows at 2 p.m., at the Vault, 452 Fifth St. Tickets are $30 and include dinner and show, and are available by advance purchase only. Tickets can be purchased at Postal Graphics, 636-3787 or by calling the Stage Company at 636-0122. Visit for more information.

San Benito High School Alumni Social

A San Benito High School Haybalers alumni social for all graduating classes will be held Feb. 11, at the Vault Restaurant, from 6 p.m. to midnight. The event is open to any alumni 21 and older. Ticket price is the alum’s graduation year, such as $19.97 for a 1997 graduate. The event includes dining, drinking, dancing and lots of memories. Tickets are available at the Student Payment Center, 1220 Monterey St. Call 637-5831 for more information.

Open mic night

An open mic night will be hosted at the Blak Sage Gallery, 727 San Benito St., in Hollister, Feb. 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to perform poetry, music or song, any age, any style and any language. Residents are invited to bring something to share or just to come and listen. The event is free. For more information, call 636-9100 or 634-0263.

Saturday 2/12


Hozhoni Arts display up

Blak Sage Gallery will host Hozhoni Arts, with works by original California artists, author and illustrator Hozhoni, Feb. 12-28, 727 San Benito St. An artists’ reception will be hosted Feb. 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Live Essence sittings will be held Feb. 19. For more information, call 636-9100 or e-mail [email protected] The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


V-Day 2011 benefit

Gavilan College will present a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s, “The Vagina Monologues,” directed by Julie James, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. as part of V-Day 2011. Proceeds benefit Emmaus House, in Hollister, a domestic violence shelter, and Community Solutions, which offers domestic violence and sexual assault support services in South County and San Benito County. Tickets are $15 for adults or $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the Gavilan College Bookstore, BookSmart and Garlic City Books. For more information, visit

Sunday 2/13


Community Volunteer Fair

The Community Foundation for San Benito County and Sacred Heart Parish School present a community volunteer fair, Feb. 13, at the Sacred Heart School Gymnasium, 670 College St., from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Participants will have a chance to meet with members of more than 30 local nonprofits such as CMAP, Fishes and Loaves, the San Benito Arts Council, Si, Se Puede! Learning Center, Heritage Foundation, and more. There are opportunities for volunteers of all ages to get involved. For more information or a full list of participating organizations, call 630-1924 or visit


‘All You Need is Love’

The San Jose Wind Symphony will present the third concert in its “Poltergists, Passion and Paws!” series Feb. 13, at 3 p.m., at the McAfee Center, 20300 Herriman Ave., in Saratoga. The concert, ‘All You Need is Love,” will feature the suite from the ballet “Romeo and Juliet,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “All You Need Is Love” and more. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. For more information, call 408-927-SJWS (408-927-7597) or visit


Nora Jane Struthers performs

Nora Jane Struthers will perform at the West Side Theatre, 1331 Main St., in Newman, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Struthers call her music “classic Americana.” Tickets are $12 for general admission or $15 for reserved seating. For more information, visit , e-mail [email protected] or call 209-862-4490.

Tuesday 2/15


Health Seekers workshop

The YMCA will host Health Seekers Workshops Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., at the YMCA office, 351 Tres Pinos Road, Ste. A201. The Feb. 15 workshop is titled “How to have a healthy heart at any age.” It is sponsored by Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital and will include Dr. Clapper, a cardiologist, as the speaker. For more information, call 637-8600 or visit


Pinnacle Quilters meets

The Pinnacle Quilters of San Benito County meets monthly in San Juan Bautista on the third Tuesday of the month in the San Juan Community Center, 10 San Jose St. The next meeting is Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. for the social, with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. A visitor fee of $5 is charged.

Friday 2/18


San Benito Cattlewomen Annual Pedro Party

The San Benito Cattlewomen organization is hosting its annual Pedro Party Feb. 18, at 6 p.m., at the Tres Pinos Church Hall, 7290 Airline Hwy. It is $10 per person, with play time starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be many prizes. For more information, call Charlotte Cabral at 637-8925.


19th Annual Pet Photo Day

The Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center in Morgan Hill is hosting its 19th annual pet photo day fundraiser Feb. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Feb. 20, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Granary, 17500 Depot St., in Morgan Hill. Donations are $50 for one 5″x7″ photo (cash or check only.) 100 percent of the donations benefit the orphaned, sick and injured animals at W.E.R.C. To set up an appointment, call Ava Geddes at 408-778-7539 or e-mail [email protected]

Saturday 2/19

Los Altos Hills

California Gardens: Beauty & Sustainability with Native Plants symposium

The California Native Plant Society is hosting a one-day symposium on native plant gardening and design, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, in Los Altos Hills. The meeting will be in Smithwick Theater. The theme is creating and maintaining attractive and sustainable landscapes using California native plants. Topics range from plant selection to garden design and maintenance to habitat value, chosen to inform, educate and inspire landscape professionals, home gardeners and native plant enthusiasts. To register, call 650-260-3450 or visit

Saturday 2/26


Path of the Padres hikes start up

Reservations are open for the Path of the Padres Hikes at San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area. The hikes take place most Saturdays and Sundays, from Feb. 16 to April 23, as well as some Fridays. The path through the Diablo Range is so named because it was taken by the padres as they came from Mission San Juan Bautista 35 miles along the Los Banos Creek, and into the Central Valley in the early 1800s. Participants will see plants that grow along the creek as well as animals will they learn about California history. The hikes are open to the public, ages 6 years and older, by advance reservation only, with a group of 10 needed to conduct the tour. The hike begins at the Los Banos Creek Reservoir boat launch ramp at 8 a.m. and returns at 3:30 p.m. A pontoon boat carries passengers for about 30 to 40 minute to the west end of the reservoir. Along the way, short stops are made so hikers can observe wildlife along the shoreline. The hike is five miles round trip and is moderately strenuous. It takes about five hours. Sturdy footgear is recommended and hikers should carry a lunch and a minimum of two quarts of water. A reservation fee of $12 is paid for those over $12 or $7 per child, age 6 to 12. A family of five may reserve space for two adults and three children for $30. Parking is $10 per car. For more information, call 209-826-1197.


Saturday 3/5


Bach to Blues

Gavilan College will host the Bach to Blues concert, featuring the Watsonville Taiko, March 5, at 7:30 p.m., at the Gavilan College Theater, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd. The concert is an annual showcase of regional talent, featuring Gavilan College faculty, students and performers from the community. This year’s special guest performers are the Watsonville Taiko, a drumming community that combines folklore, mythology and symbolism. Other artists include pianist Maria Amirkhanian, flamenco guitarist Alberto Marques, blues guitarist John Garcia, voice instructor Nate Pruitt and winner of the Marian Filice youth piano competition. Tickets are on sale now at the Gavilan College Bookstore, Porcella’s Music, the Music Tree and Gavilan College sites in Morgan Hill and Hollister. General admission is $15, seniors/students are $10, VIP seating with a special gift is $30. All proceeds benefit the Gavilan College music program. For more information, call Maria Amirkhanian at 408-848-4796

Friday 3/11


Jelly Belly RV visits

The Jelly Belly RV will visit Casa de Fruta, March 11, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Samples of Jelly Belly Cold Stone Ice Cream Parlor Mix, Sunkist Citrus Mix, Superfruit Mix, Sunkist Fruit Gems, BeanBoozled and Dips will be given out during the event. For more information, call Suzan Slater at 408-843-9059.

Sunday 3/13


Watsonville Community Band concerts

The Watsonville Community Band will hold a series of concerts, starting March 13, at the Steinbeck Institute for the Performing Arts, Sherwood Hall, in Salinas, at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Other concerts in the 63rd spring concert series include March 20, at the Henry Mello Center for the Performing Arts, in Watsonville, at 2 p.m., March 23, at the Hollister Veterans Memorial Building, at 7:30 p.m., and March 27 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, at 2 p.m.

Friday 3/25


White Elephant CHampagne and Tea

Friends of the Library will be holding the second White Elephant Champagne and Tea at San Juan Oaks Golf Course, March 25, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and guests are asked to bring a treasure from home to donate to the auction/raffle in exchange for one raffle ticket. The afternoon includes light snacks, tea, coffee and champagne, entertainment and shopping. For more information or for tickets, call Gayle Jackson at 638-1068 or e-mail [email protected]


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