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California has some top-notch tourist attractions—with top-shelf prices. Here are some that won’t break the bank.


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Digital Nest Helps Silicon Valley Youth Fly in the Digital Age

What do you think of when you think of Silicon Valley? Something sleek? Google, keycards and lanyards? You probably don’t think of furrowed fields of strawberries, and you certainly don’t think of the old post office in Watsonville. But here, …


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Nonprofit to test heart health of student athletes

A Los Gatos nonprofit started by the family of a teenager who died unexpectedly has launched a partnership with the Campbell Union High School District to test the hearts of some students. On June 16, the District voted to require …


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Pumpkin Patch Will Reopen in Coyote Valley

The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority has entered a three-year lease to allow Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch and Fruit Stand to reopen at a new location at Laguna Avenue and Santa Teresa Boulevard in Coyote Valley. The 60 acres …


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County Health Prepares to Vaccinate Children Under Five

Santa Clara County health officials said June 17 that they are ready to open Covid-19 vaccine eligibility to the county’s youngest children once they are federally authorized as expected next week.  Federal regulators are on track to approve the Moderna …


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Mount Madonna School Celebrates Graduates

Mount Madonna School announced Grace Timan as its Class of 2022 valedictorian and Ben Pearson as salutatorian.  Timan, who started attending MMS as a preschool student, and Pearson in kindergarten, earned this distinction through hard work and focused effort, edging …


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Extremists Threaten Violence at LGTBQ Children’s Story Hour

Men made homophobic and transphobic remarks against a member of the LGTBQ+ community who was hosting the June 11 event at the San Lorenzo Library.


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Gilroy’s Infinity Sports Club makes history in Cal Cup

Three days after the Infinity U14 field hockey team made history by winning its division in the prestigious California Cup tournament, assistant coach Ted Thomas was still on Cloud Nine and trying to process it all.  After all, the Gilroy-based …


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Gilroy Assistance League Awards $21K in Grants

The Gilroy Assistance League (GALs) awarded more than $21,000 in funds to eight local organizations during its annual Grants Luncheon on April 27 at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Gilroy. During the event, grant recipients were officially announced and recognized …


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Students at Charter School Serve Their Unhoused Neighbors

As homeless numbers continue to rise in Santa Clara County, 7th grade students at Charter School of Morgan Hill used project-based learning to help their community better understand this crisis. They created Project MERCY to assist unhoused neighbors, and help …


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California’s Reparations Could Include Tuition, Housing Grants

California’s first-in-the-nation task force to identify reparations said business loans, housing grants, tuition, wage and job protections could provide redress for African Americans.


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Walking the El Camino

I have just returned from walking the El Camino, an 80-mile pilgrimage of seven days from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. , along with Jerusalem and Rome. The route is a UNESCO world heritage site; over 200,000 …


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Gilroy Gardens Opens up to Cyclists for Second Year

To celebrate National Bike Month, Gilroy Gardens is opening its park to bicyclists during a free event on May 20 from 4-7pm. Ride the Gardens made its debut in 2021, and its 300-attendee cap was quickly reached.


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Nature Center Reopening at Vasona Lake

The Youth Science Institute Nature Center is set for a grand reopening on May 28 from 11am to 1pm. The public is invited to explore the new nature dioramas depicting the wildlife community living along Los Gatos Creek as it …


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OT Park brings unique therapy to Morgan Hill

Pediatric Occupational Therapist Dr. Hiral Khatri has a passion for helping children of all ages and abilities thrive and become independent in their daily school, social and home lives. This passion, along with her extensive education and experience, led her …


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Local Scene: Poetry contest, Youth Commission seeking applicants

Poetry contest now open Poets of all ages are encouraged to enter the Los Gatos Poetry Contest hosted by Los Gatos Poet Laureate Jen Siraganian.  Individuals who live, work or attend school in Los Gatos are eligible to submit one …


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Summer aquatics program to return

Public swimming programs will return to the Christopher High School pool in the summer, two years after they were canceled due to pandemic restrictions. The Gilroy City Council on Feb. 7 approved a two-year, $358,750 contract with San Diego-based Swimming …


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Mint Condition Fitness supporting Boys & Girls Clubs

When the body burns fat, where does it go? In Los Gatos, those burned calories can be converted into cash for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley. Mint Condition Fitness, which has helped Los Gatans and residents from …


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Council approves family center lease at San Ysidro Park

The Gilroy City Council unanimously approved a lease agreement Jan. 24 with the County of Santa Clara, First 5 and Catholic Charities to establish a First 5 Family Resource Center at San Ysidro Park. Under the agreement, the county would …


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Backyard Pirate Paradise

Rich Firato has been known as Morgan Hill’s “benevolent pirate” for many years. He has opened his authentic backyard pirate cove to hundreds of local friends, families, children and community members for charity fundraisers, Halloween parties, private tours and countless …


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