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ROLE MODELS Resilient Families Gilroy is a growing program that promotes family wellbeing.

hree years ago, licensed marriage and family therapist and certified family life educator Ana Morante helped establish a resource that ensures the health and stability of the families and children of the Gilroy community: Resilient Families Gilroy—Familias Resilientes Gilroy. The program teaches the safe, secure and loved (SSL) curriculum and promotes intergenerational healing, family wellbeing and resilience. “Safe, secure and love are the main principles of healthy secure attachment, which is the number one predictor of a person’s well-being, physical and mental,” Morante said. Morante discovered Resilient Families through her association with Sacred Heart in San Jose where Dr. Barbara Burns, professor of Child Studies at Santa Clara University, founded the program. To make this resource a reality for Gilroy, which according to the Department of Family and Children Services has

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the highest number of referrals for child abuse and neglect, Morante reached out to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and arranged a meeting with Father Robert Brocato and Burns. “The initial conversations happened in January or February 2017, and the first class was offered in October,” Morante explained, adding that a dozen mothers attended the first class. “I was excited to see the response, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen because at the time, nobody in the community knew about it,” Morante said. The main component of the program is the community-led six-week class for parents with children ages 0 to 3. This class offers information and skills to support sensitive parent-child attachment by stressing six key factors: emotional presence, stress management, selfcare, compassionate listening, brain development and dealing with change within the family. Graduates of the class are

encouraged to volunteer to serve in the role of promoters (promotoras), who are trained in the SSL curriculum and lead the class. Gilroy resident Juana Martinez has been involved in the program since it first began. “So I said, this is for me… because I always said if I become a mother, I want to be a good mom,” Martinez said. After attending the first class, Martinez realized how important it was to be the role model for her child. “For me, the important person was my husband, he was going to be the role model, that’s the way it was when I was growing up in Mexico,” Martinez said. “So it was shocking to me when I realized how important a mom is. I always say I’m grateful to Resilient Families because I am very different now. I think after the second class, we were like family. A family that can understand me, my feelings, my worries and my challenges.” She was so impressed with the program she volunteered

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to become a promoter, and taught her first class in 2018. “I always say that I am a promotora, but I am not teaching, we share with other mothers,” Martinez said. “We share experience, we laugh, we cry, and then everyone has something to teach, so I’ve been learning a lot.” In March, when the shelterin-place order went into effect, Morante was determined to find a way to continue the program because she knew it had become a vital part of her participants’ lives. “It has been a brand new experience for all of them,” Morante said. “Some of our promotoras were comfortable with technology and some were not, so we had to really teach them basically how to open a computer, open a window, and how to conduct a Zoom meeting. All this stuff. That’s been a challenge we’ve been working through.” “The promotoras have been amazing and putting a lot of time and energy into learning so we can do ➝ 6



PROMOTORAS Graduates of Resilient Families are encouraged to return and volunteer with the program.


virtually, the program is available to all Santa Clara County parents.” Research conducted by the DFCS confirms Morante’s belief that the program provides mothers with the tools needed to develop a healthy attachment with their children. “And prevents these families from going through the system,” Morante added. Faculty member for the child development and educational studies program at Gavilan College, Claire Boss, was already a fan of the Resilient Families program after learning about it from her student, a past participant. So when Boss had the opportunity to collaborate with Morante in


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5 classes online,” Morante said, adding that some of the parents also needed help with the technology. Moving the program online allowed Morante to offer classes several times a week, instead of the once a week in-person classes. “We are able to offer different days and different times so we’re able to reach more people,” Morante said. There was one more advantage resulting from the move to online classes. “Since the DFCS is paying for the program it was limited to certain zip codes before the pandemic,” Morante said. “Here in South County we could only pick parents from 95020. Now that the classes are held

April of this year, she was all in. “We started talking about the project and how my students could get involved,” Boss said. Morante shared with Boss her hope to document the participants reactions to the program and share their testimonials on the Resilient Families Gilroy website. “We discussed the idea that interviewing those who are actually engaged in the process, it helps to know the successes of the program and that information is really helpful especially for the future of the program,” Boss said. Boss feels her student volunteers, who recorded parent testimonials, benefited as much from the experience as the parents who shared their stories. “They themselves felt such privilege that the mothers were so entrusting to share their stories,” Boss said, adding, she too feels lucky to be able to help support the program and having the opportunity to meet and work with Ana. “It’s so intentional, her work, and then when you hear these stories, you hear just how valuable this program is to mothers and to fathers, and to the community,” Boss said.

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Library and UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County will present an online workshop on how to grow culinary herbs on Nov. 7 from 3-4pm. UCCE Master Gardeners Joan Cloutier and Pamela Trounstine will cover basic cultural requirements of many herbs that grow well in the South Bay climate. Most are easy to grow and also attract pollinators and beneficial insects. Herbs in containers will also be discussed. To register, visit

2020 will take place Nov. 8 from 9-10:30am. This year, due to Covid-19, attendees are encouraged to participate virtually from wherever they are and post on social media. All the funds raised during this virtual, family-friendly 5k walk/ fun-run will go directly toward pediatric mastocytosis research via The Mastocytosis Society. For information and to register, visit


Solis Vineyard, 3920 Hecker Pass Road in Gilroy, will host an outdoor, all levels yoga class on Nov. 8 from 10:30-11:45am.


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BUSY MARKET Morgan Hill resident James Kleier shops for fresh grapes at Ken’s Top Notch Certified Organic produce stand at the Saturday Farmers Market in downtown Morgan Hill. Attendees are advised to bring a mat. Wine tasting will follow. Instructor Liz Falvey is a certified yoga teacher, specializing in Vinyasa Flow Yoga. She teaches yoga, dance and various movement classes at Gavilan and Evergreen colleges. For information and to register, visit yyy34mtc.


COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS VIRTUAL GALA Community Solutions will hold its annual gala in a virtual format on Nov. 7 from 7-8pm. The online, livestreamed event will feature stories by Community Solutions clients, free raffle drawings and a live silent auction. For information and to register, visit

VIRTUAL PAINT PARTY Gilroy-based Moya Art Gallery And Studio will present the “Grinchmas Virtual Paint Party” on Nov. 13 at 6pm. Attendees can follow along as Nacho Moya takes them on a step-bystep process. To participate, attendees will need a canvas, paint brushes, a cup of water, plastic plate, napkin and


acrylic paint. The class is free. For information and to view the live event, visit moyaartgalleryandstudio.


STAR Arts will host a virtual performance of “The Addams Family” on Nov. 13 at 7pm. For tickets, visit stararts.


Gallery 1202’s Fall 2020 program will be spearheaded by the group show, “Women (Un)Silenced: A Survey of Contemporary Black Artists.” The show will take place in the gallery’s location, 7363 Monterey St. in Gilroy, through Nov. 20. The closing reception will be Nov. 20 from 6-9pm. Masks and timed entry required. “Women (Un)Silenced” showcases six American artists who give voice to those who have been historically silenced. Each of these artists seeks to challenge their audience to adjust and question their perspective on issues such as mental health, misogyny, racism, culture and gender by using the female figure as a tool in their respective medium. Mediums include photography, painting, digital illustration and textiles. For information, visit


YOGA IN THE VINEYARD Solis Winery in Gilroy will host an outdoor yoga class on Nov. 8. Market is held every Saturday 9am-1pm at 6000 Miller Ave. Come and enjoy local vegetables and fruit, homemade soap, bakery items, hummus, garlic, flowers, and more. For information visit

MORGAN HILL MORGAN HILL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION PHILANTHROPY NIGHT The Morgan Hill Community Foundation’s Philanthropy Night recognizes individuals

who have been nominated by their non-profit organization for impact to people and nonprofits in the local community. This year’s virtual event takes place Nov. 13 from 6:45-8pm, and will include both live discussion and presentations as well as pre-recorded segments. For information on how to access the event, visit


Sidewalk Saturdays takes place every Saturday from 9am-1pm on East Third Street

in downtown Morgan Hill. The outdoor retail marketplace features local shops. Face masks are required to attend. For information, visit facebook. com/SidewalkSaturdays MorganHill.


Station parking lot, the Morgan Hill Certified Farmers’ Market brings together farmers, food producers and consumers from Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Hollister every Saturday, 9am-1pm on Third and ➝ 35



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arvest has been relatively painless for some in the Santa Clara Valley. For others, it’s been painfully difficult. It’s all a matter of where grapes are sourced. Most of Santa Clara Valley escaped the scourge of smoke, but other grape-growing regions weren’t so lucky. French-born winemaker Christian Roguenant of Lightpost Cellars confessed, “This is the worst harvest


in my career—the worst since 1984 in France. It rained every day during harvest. The fruit was so moldy, you had to wear a mask.” The good news is that he and owner Sofia Fedotova decided to make sparkling, and had already picked Chardonnay and Pinot for that program before the August fires erupted. While they were unable to obtain grapes from several ➝ 10 Pinot vineyards in the Santa Cruz

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Fire season has a mixed impact on Santa Clara Valley winemakers

HARVEST SEASON Denise Besson of Besson Family Vineyards picks pinot grapes at the Gilroy ranch.

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Mountains due to smoke taint, other vineyards came through for them. “We did get some Pinot Noir fruit from another newly planted vineyard in Santa Cruz which looks beautiful and it does not appear that we will have an issue there,” Fedotova said. “Our production scaled back for 2020 vintage as we have plenty of wine right now in the barrels and these are looking wonderful. We are really excited, as these are truly great wines. We are about to bottle 2018 vintage in a month. We age most of our reds for 24 months in a barrel.” Longtime Santa Clara grapegrowers, the Besson family sees a bountiful, taint-free harvest. The first beautiful big bunches of Pinot Noir were picked back in early September from the ranch where George Besson lives. His daughter, Denise Besson, said they picked Chardonnay and Zinfandel the fourth week of September. It looked amazing. Assistant Winemaker Niklas Zorn of Guglielmo Winery was wrapping up picks of the last of the estate Cabernet, Grignolino and Carignan in early October. They had already picked Zin, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Sagrantino, Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto plus some Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Chalone. “So far no smoke taint coming through, although we are on the lookout,” Zorn said. “Testing I have seen from parts of Alexander Valley and Chalone are clean, while other winemakers I am in contact with have been rejecting fruit and trying to figure out what to do. It is making the bulk market go a bit crazy.” He was very excited about their first Arneis, sourced from

FRESH OFF THE VINE Denise Besson and her husband James Fahey work on the crush pad with Pinot Noir.

Paso Robles, and was looking forward to the Nebbiolo they source from the same region. “Hopefully smoke taint won’t be a factor in what we have decided to bring in, but I believe we are very lucky compared to other areas that have lost buildings/fruit,” Zorn said. Church Creek first brought in estate Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc from a neighboring vineyard. Winemaker Carl Barsody reported they picked Tempranillo, Pinot Noir and some Sangiovese at the beginning of October, observing, “Plenty of fruit this year.” Not everyone would concur, especially those counting on fruit from Monterey and Santa Cruz

counties, which were hard hit by fires. One of those being winegrower Geoff Mace of Calerrain, who admitted, “Toughest harvest yet, honestly. Being a dad of two small children that are home from school has been so challenging. I end up working early morning hours, getting home for school and then dragging the kids to the winery until the evening. They are troopers, though. I’ve got all our Chardonnay and Pinot in. Had to skip SLH this year, which is disappointing for us and the grower. So sad what is happening up north. These fires are just too much.” ²





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prefers to pick up heavy objects or fill up sandbags for weighted exercises—a no-frills approach— while Vasquez uses Peloton, the popular in-home, connected workout service that contains the latest bells and whistles and gives users a dynamic hi-tech experience. Vasquez has been a Peloton member since December 2018 and since that time has completed 300 rides. The 31-year-old has unlimited streaming access to all of Peloton’s workouts, which includes its renowned spin classes. However, Vasquez said Peloton also offers other workouts like bootcamp strength-training sessions, which she streams onto her TV from her iPad or smartphone. Peloton was exploding in popularity even before the pandemic started, but sales have sky-rocketed since mid-March as people started working out from their own homes.

The forerunner of the smart home workout center—Tempo, Tonal and Mirror are some of the new fitness brands that feature trainers and a community of studio classes— Peloton allows users to choose from a variety of instructors. “It’s absolutely amazing,” Vasquez said. “You choose an instructor depending on the mood you’re in. One day I might want someone motivational. Another day I might need some laughs so I pick a funny instructor. Another day I might be well rested and ready for a really intense workout, so I’ll pick an instructor who will kick my butt.” Speaking of kicking butt, that’s what Eastus does with regularity. A CrossFit Gilroy trainer, Eastus had no troubles exercising once fitness facilities had to close. The 51-yearold Spartan World Championship competitor does a variety of climbs, sled pulls and weighted ➝ 16


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he coronavirus pandemic has forever changed the fitness industry, forcing gyms and fitness studios across the country to shut down. High-profile national gym franchises such as Gold’s Gym and 24 Hour Fitness filed for bankruptcy, and the latter had to permanently close more than 130 of its facilities throughout the country. Although gyms and local indoor recreational centers are starting to reopen locally at a reduced capacity, it’s all but guaranteed that many of those gym-goers or rec-users won’t be coming back. During the Covid19 era, people have had to evolve to get their workout fix. One has to look no further than a couple of Gilroy residents to see there are a variety of ways to exercise during the pandemic. Friends Jana Eastus and Laura Vasquez are working out more now than pre-pandemic times, utilizing different methods. Eastus



15 carries using equipment anyone can buy at a cheap price. “I’ll tie a rope to my tree for climbs, drag a tire around the neighborhood, use a skateboard for ab-rollouts and fill anything with sand and carry it around for long periods of time,” she said. When Eastus isn’t outside pushing, carrying or climbing, she’s running on a trail or in her garage gym, which contains all the necessary equipment to keep her physically strong and mobile.

However, Eastus noted you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars in equipment to get in the best shape of your life (she definitely hasn’t). One of the best exercises that hits all the major muscle groups is the Farmer’s Walk, which involves carrying heavy objects in both hands and walking for a prescribed distance. A lack of equipment or gym is no excuse for not working out, said Eastus, who varies her workouts and focuses on jacking up her heart rate. One of her go-to workouts


include 10 burpees, 20 weighted lunges, 30 sit ups, and 30 squats. That’s one round. She’ll complete 10 rounds as fast as she can, comparing her numbers each time. Even though Eastus uses classic bodyweight exercises to get physically fit, she’s not averse to technology. She uses a Garmin smartwatch trainer to track her progress and other metrics such as sleep and recovery. What does the data say? “It tells me all the time I need a rest day,” she said with a chuckle. ²

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FINDING INSPIRATION Razya and Aspen Pollock are walking daily to raise money for the Golden Heart Fund.

have an underlying health condition or not,” she said. “It’s critical that we continue to move. Our normal activities don’t exist anymore. It’s really important to be aware of that and find other ways to keep moving. “As much as these times are different, there are ways to do things virtually. Covid-19 should send a message loud and clear: we are people helping people. This is how you do it.” For information about the Golden Heart Fund, visit

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azya and Aspen Pollock are well-known in their Hollister neighborhood. Donning their San Francisco 49ers gear, the motherdaughter duo walk daily along their streets, playing rock n’ roll hits such as Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle” to keep their energy high. For Razya, a lifelong fitness enthusiast, her motivation comes from her daughter. Aspen, 22, was diagnosed with Peroxisomal Biogenesis Disorder at a very young age. The genetic disorder, of which she has a mild case, affects her motor movements as well as her hearing and vision. But it doesn’t slow her down, even with a recent knee surgery. “She has a lot of challenges, but when she says ‘Hi Mommy, let’s go,’ that inspires me,” Razya said. Razya and Aspen have even more inspiration for their walks. The two are participating in The Golden Heart Fund’s 49In49 Virtual Fitness Challenge, which raises funds for the foundation that helps former football players dealing with physical, mental and other challenges.

Participants are broken down into teams, each captained by a former 49ers player, and are challenged to complete 49 miles of walking, running or rolling on their own time from Sept. 20 to Nov. 8. Less than a month into the challenge, Razya and Aspen, who are on the team captained by former 49er Ronnie Lott, have well exceeded their goal, with more than 100 miles clocked. Aspen walks about a mile a day, with her mother pushing her wheelchair for the remainder of the daily workout. “I never push her too hard,” Razya said. “She’s naturally motivated like me. We love fitness.” Razya added that she wants to show her daughter that there are plenty of opportunities to do good for others in a world that has seemingly shut down during the Covid-19 pandemic. She also hopes that sharing her participation in the challenge will inspire other children and their families to give back. “With 49In49, it gives children what I think is so huge, a tool that allows them to think, ‘Wow, I can help others,’” she said. “You can do activities that make a difference.” In addition, Razya hopes that others will be encouraged to get out and move, which has become increasingly uncommon as people shelter at home to weather the pandemic. “It’s really important whether you

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full menu of vegan cocktails and local craft beers. Nyssa said she’s noticed an increase in vegetarian options at Morgan Hill restaurants, but vegan items—those that don’t contain animal products such as dairy and eggs—are extremely limited. Craft Roots helps fill that gap, she said. “I wanted to make sure there were no questions for people with our lifestyle,” she said. “I wanted them to come in and feel free to order anything off the menu without concern of cross-contamination.” The couple, who said they instill healthy eating habits in their two young children, hit their three-year all-vegan diet anniversary in July. Nyssa said the decision to become vegan came abruptly one night after “falling into the wormhole” of YouTube documentaries on unhealthy processed foods. “We looked at each other and said, ‘you want to do this?’” she recalled.


“He jumps up and he’s like, ‘Uhh, I guess.’ The very next morning we dumped our entire fridge out. “It was a big learning experience, and we’ve never looked back.” J said the response to Craft Roots has been “overwhelming.” It also received a trio of awards in the 2020 Best of Morgan Hill awards, including Best New Restaurant, Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant and Best Vegetarian Dishes. “We understand that the word ‘vegan’ can be off-putting,” he said. “We wanted to break those molds and show people that with a little bit of creativity, we can make this menu super relatable.” “We really struck gold with our staff,” he added. “They are working for more than just a paycheck, it’s something they believe in. To have it here in Morgan Hill means a lot for us.” For information, visit

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oing vegan has never been easier in the South Valley. Local residents and those from the Bay Area and beyond have been flocking to downtown Morgan Hill to check out Craft Roots, a restaurant with a purely plantbased menu that recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. J Gaich owns the business with his wife Nyssa and parents Nick and Ellen. “We understand that there are not thousands of vegans that live in this town,” he said. “Our whole business model is to create a menu that is super approachable and familiar.” The menu, described as a “balance between comfort and healthy,” includes a cornflake fried king oyster mushroom sandwich, kale Caesar salad and the popular buffalo cauliflower bites. Ingredients are sourced from local organic farms such as Spade and Plow and Mariquita Farm. Craft Roots, located at 17230 Monterey Road, also has a


Happy Cranksgiving Finding inspiration during dark times BY CURT HENTSCHKE



GO FOR A SPIN Riding a bicycle is a great escape from the troubles of the world.

Remember, we are blessed to live in an area where we are surrounded by beautiful roads and trails that can be cycled year round. Remember, especially as Christmas approaches, the cycling industry has been experiencing an uptick in business. Please be sure to contact Santa Claus (or your local bike shop) as early as possible. And finally, please remember that (social and political unrest, the coronavirus, wildfires, distance learning, and the rest of 2020


notwithstanding), if we really stop to think about it, we can still give thanks this Thanksgiving. You may even want to take Doyle’s advice on Nov. 26. Grab your family (or “quaranteam”), pedal out, and share your blessings. Curt “Cycle Guy” Hentschke, a retired Gilroy teacher, has pedaled more than 60,000 miles of South Valley and San Benito County trails. Send your cycle celebrations to Check for last minute changes before attending.

Curt Hentschke

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K, I’ll admit it. I was in a funk. It was time to start the November column… and, like many of you (I suppose), I found myself wallowing in my personal “When will this pandemic be over?” pity party. After a half-year of scripting a sorrowful succession of somber cycling scoops, I was desperate to deliver some positive news for a change. I began my column research online, checking out the local bike shops. On Bike Therapy’s alwaysinformative website, I came across the following quote: “When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” Thank you, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; your 1896 Scientific American quote was just what I needed! Readers, I hope it helps you, too. Remember, the pandemic will pass, and we will emerge stronger and wiser.



here’s no shortage of fitness options in South Valley and San Benito County. From traditional gyms, to yoga studios, kickboxing, golfing and everything in between and beyond, it’s all here. All you need is motivation. Like everything else it’s touched, the pandemic has changed the way we work out. Local fitness centers have adapted by offering virtual sessions and outside workouts. As Santa Clara and San Benito counties have slowly reopened, many gyms are now allowing indoor workouts by reservation and with reduced capacity. Choose any of the following fitness options that meet your needs and get active.

Morgan Hill

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America Taekwondo Center


16795 Monterey Road, Unit A, 408.779.8650;

Anytime Fitness

715 Cochrane Road, 408.776.8980

California Sports Center

Mt. Madonna YMCA

Centennial Recreation Center


16959 Monterey Road, 408.776.0141 morgan-hill

171 West Edmundson Ave, 408.782.2128

Club Pilates

1053 Cochrane Road #100, 408.905.7491;

Coyote Creek Golf Club

1 Coyote Creek Golf Drive, 408.463.1400;

Dolores Kent Yoga

503 Vineyard Town Center, 408.710.5277;

Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

16145 Monterey Road, 408.607.4878

Morgan Hill Aquatics Center

16200 Condit Road, 408.782.2134

Awareness CrossFit

Morgan Hill Athletic Club

Brethren CrossFit

Morgan Hill Pilates

15650 Vineyard Blvd., Suite G, 669.888.3650;

375 Tennant Ave., 408.390.3890

126 Cochrane Plaza, 408.782.7060

16275 Monterey Road, Suite M, 408.465.9261;


171 West Edmundson Ave., 408.762.6000 mt-madonna-ymca

1295 East Dunne Ave. #160, 408.763.4701

Orangetheory Fitness

50 East Third St., 408.762.5858

Rosewood CordeValle

1 Cordevalle Club Drive, San Martin, 408.695.4500;

Prisma Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Leandro Vieira 408 Tennant Station, 408.663.4441

The Little Gym of Morgan Hill

15750 Vineyard Blvd., Suite 190, 408.776.8125

Titans Sports Academy

700 Jarvis Drive #120, 408.782.2872;

West Coast Martial Arts

15650 Vineyard Blvd., 408.778.2544 ➝ 28

Hawaiian Bliss

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Gilroy Antdawgs MMA Training Center

6901 Monterey Road, 408.337.5774

Anytime Fitness

755 First St., 408.846.4222

Best Yoga Studios

60 Fourth St., 408.848.0400

Coast Range CrossFit

1300 First St., Suite B, 408.840.3553

CrossFit Gilroy

8840 Muraoka Drive, 408.767.2560

Eagle Ridge Golf Club 2951 Club Drive, 408.846.4531

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Fit Republic


8540 Church St., 408.663.5230

Full Circle Martial Arts

1395 First St., Suite 101, 408.763.0000

Gilroy Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

7560 Monterey Road, 925.639.4009

Gilroy Golf Course

2695 Hecker Pass Road, 408.848.0490;

Muscle House Gym

110 Old Gilroy St. #A, 408.843.8154

9Round Fitness

1321 First St., Suite A, 408.337.1225

Pound4Pound Sports Fitness

7648 Monterey Road, 408.767.2835 pound4poundsportsfitness

Snap Fitness

8050 Santa Teresa Blvd., 408.848.8701;

Ultimate Pole

7560 Monterey Road #204, 408.607.3460;

USA Sports Gilroy

7800 Arroyo Circle C, 408.848.8720

XIOS Strength & Conditioning

7387 Monterey Road, 408.337.5849

Yoga Bella

8060 Santa Teresa Blvd. #130, 408.842.9688;

Hollister Anytime Fitness

1760 Airline Highway, 831.636.4699

Cold Storage CrossFit

320 Hillcrest Road #104, 831.801.2544;

CrossFit San Benito

827 Industrial Drive, Suite 101,



Enterprise Academy Of Martial Arts

817 Industrial Drive #B, 831.638.9384

Fusion Elite All Stars 401 San Felipe Road

Hollister Boxing Academy

320 Hillcrest Road #102, 831.537.7750

Live to Cycle Fitness

193 McCray St. #304, 408.833.8440

Main Street Kickboxing

401 Hillcrest Road #D, 831.638.1077

Oasis Chiropractic

190 Maple St., 831.636.1397

Ridgemark Golf Club & Resort

3800 Airline Highway, 831.637.8151

Rovella’s Gym & Health Spa 854 Industrial Drive, 831.636.8500

San Juan Oaks Golf Club 3825 Union Road, 831.636.6113

USA Sports

864 Industrial Drive, 831.635.0872

Monterey County Eye Associates MEDICAL AND SURGICAL DISEASES OF THE EYE Treatment for cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and glaucoma. Optical shop and contact lens service. Appointments available in Salinas and King City Hablamos Español • Most insurances accepted Brittney Dautremont, DO • Leland H. Rosenblum, MD Eric J. Del Piero, MD Additional services provided by Anna Shi, MD, Roger Husted, MD and Careen Caputo, OD • Lorena Soto, Optician In King City — Stephanie Luna, Optician

1441 Constitution Blvd., Building 400, Suite 100 Salinas, 831-424-1150 406 Canal Street, King City, 831-385-6400

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Harlequin Bugs

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hey may look like something from the Renaissance Faire, but harlequin bugs are nothing to jest about. These black and orange stinkbugs feed on members of the cabbage family. Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, radishes, cabbages, horseradish, turnips, kale and other cole crops are the harlequin bug’s favorite hosts. These sap-sucking pests chew on stems and leaves, leaving a trail of white or yellow blotches. Since harlequin bugs use pheromones to attract mates, large crowds of harlequin bugs can cause extensive damage with all that feeding. Heavy infestations can cause plants to wilt, brown and die. Also known as calico bugs, harlequin cabbage bugs, and fire bugs, harlequin bugs (Murgantia histrionica) are shiny black with yellow, orange, or red markings. Immature harlequin bugs almost look like bizarre lady bugs with their rounded shell and white lines across their back. Adult harlequin bugs have the telltale shield-shaped back of the stinkbug family (Pentatomidae). Harlequin bugs are often confused with Bagrada bugs, but harlequin bugs are significantly larger, and the white markings of Bagrada bugs and harlequin nymphs are different. Adults can reach 3/8 of an inch in length. If you allow yourself to get

past the bit about how these are pests, they really are strikingly beautiful. These pests tend to lay their blackand-white striped eggs in November. This is probably because that is when their favorite foods are being planted. Clusters of 12 barrel-shaped eggs are laid on leaves. Allowed to hatch, they will spread out as they go through four or five molts before reaching adult size, usually around March or April. Harlequin bug adults often hide in weedy areas, or near blackberries. Now is the time to inspect plants for eggs and nymphs. Eggs can simply be brushed off of host plant leaves. When they hatch, they will starve. Nymphs should be hand-picked and dropped in a bucket of soapy water. Or, you can step on them. Keep in mind that they are called stinkbugs for a reason. They smell bad when threatened. Also, since many members of the stinkbug family eat mustard, you don’t want to smack one that happens to be crawling up your arm or leg. Members of the mustard family use chemicals, called glucosinolates, for self-defense. Harlequin bugs use those chemicals for their own defense and it can burn your skin. You can reduce or


Colorful pests cause havoc on cabbage family BY KATE RUSSELL

eliminate hiding places by clearing out weedy areas and composting or destroying old cole and mustard crops. Insecticides are generally ineffective against stinkbugs. Parasitic wasps are believed to attack harlequin bug eggs, so avoid broad spectrum insecticides. Keep a lookout for these beautiful pests and their striking eggs. Enjoy them, and then end them. Kate Russell is a Santa Clara County Master Gardener and author of The Daily Garden, a gardening blog where readers learn how easy it is to grow food at home.

INFESTATION Harlequin bugs may look pretty, but they are sap-sucking pests that feed on members of the cabbage family.



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classical piano artists will be performing for Steinway Society this fall through the Home Concert Hall virtual series. The series features Russian performers Zlata Chochieva in November and Vyacheslav Gryaznov in December, as well as American pianist Andrew Li in January 2021. The series will be sponsored by the Music Teachers’ of America (MTAC) Santa Clara County Branch in memory of long-time member Frieda Ann Murphy. The series will consist of recordings produced specifically for Steinway Society – The Bay Area that will not be available elsewhere on the internet. For tickets, visit steinwaysociety. com/tickets.


Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6359 will be honoring all paratroopers, “Rakkasans,” that served with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team during the Korean War this Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, at its post in San Juan Bautista, 58 Monterey St. All former members, their families and

Ministries will host its Annual Outdoor Christmas Boutique on Nov. 14 from 10am-2pm at Sunnyslope Christian Center, 1520 Sunnyslope Road in Hollister. Face coverings and social distancing are required. For information, visit

LIGHTS ON CELEBRATION The Hollister Downtown Association’s annual parade will be held at the Hollister Municipal Airport this year from Nov. 28-29. Santa Claus will be flown in on Nov. 28 to greet residents at the Reverse Parade. This year will be a two-night event. The Lights On Celebration parade theme is “Inside Santa’s Workshop.”

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BOLADO PARK FARMERS MARKET Power Broadcasting and Medina Farms host a farmers market beginning at Bolado Park, 9000 Airline Highway in Tres Pinos. The market runs Sundays from 9am-1pm, weather permitting. It features farms from throughout the state, as well as food trucks and a flea market. For information, call 831.722.1122.

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