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HOLIDAY CHEER More than 3,000

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toys are collected by St. Joseph’s and distributed each year during its annual toy drive.


Gifts of gratitude Generosity takes center stage at St. Joseph’s Family Center BY KIMBERLY EWERTZ


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he spirit of giving runs deep in the South Valley, especially during the holiday season and Gilroy-based St. Joseph’s Family Center (SJFC) is grateful for the community’s generosity and participation in their annual Toy Giveaway day, which takes place this year on Dec. 21. More than 750 families who preregistered in October for the event will flock to the center—wish lists in hand—handing them off to volunteers who gather from the thousands of donated toys the perfect gift for the child or children in their family, ages 10 and under. Last year the number of donated toys provided each child with two gifts. ➝ 6




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WARM HEART Gilroy Firefighters began a toy drive when the

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Toys for Tots program ended, which they share with St. Joseph’s.


“We usually get donated 3,000 plus toys, there’s a lot of toys that come in,” Vicky Martin, Director of Community Engagement at St. Joseph’s, says. “We’ve heard from several children it’s the only toys they get. So it’s nice that we can give them a couple.” The continuous support of local vendors, and even those outside the community, like St. Anthony’s Church in South San Jose, are key to the toy drive’s success. The same can be said for local resident, Vicky Goicovich. Six years ago when David Cox, Executive Director of SJFC, was notified that the Toys for Tots program would no longer serve the Gilroy area, he immediately reached out for help. Goicovich was his first call. She jumped right in by enlisting the students at St. Mary’s, where her children attended, in a community toy drive. Since 2010 the number of

volunteers, including many of the students who volunteered six years ago, has grown into the hundreds. “Dozens of volunteers coordinated pick-ups, sorting and bagging of toys during the holiday season,” Goicovich says. “Each year a team of volunteers helps organize the giveaway day,” says Goicovich. “Suzanne McCarthy has been a lead volunteer for the past six years and helps coordinate efforts with many local schools. We spend the day ensuring volunteers receive breaks, provide snacks and water, and oversee the students and other volunteers.” Goicovich gives a great deal of credit not only to her volunteers, but also to the Gilroy Fire Department who through the cooperation of the firefighters’ local 2805 began their own toy drive when the Toys for Tots program ended. “One hundred percent of the donations collected through


SPECIAL HELPERS SSt. Joseph’s volunteers gear up for the toy drive each December—this year’s drive is Dec. 21. the local 2805 go directly to St. Joseph’s, so all the toys stay in the city of Gilroy,” Las Animas fire station engineer, Nick Garrett, says, adding that he’s worked closely with Goicovich, whom he considers, “a really nice lady, a very good heart,” over the past six years, and he’s always amazed at the generosity of the community. “The community of Eagle Ridge, they have a party every year, kind of like a pot luck, and that’s a huge donor for us,” says Garrett. “Walgreens on First (Street), they always come through huge. They give bags and bags of toys.” The goal for last year’s drive was 2,000 toys. The day before the giveaway, Goicovich and her merry band of volunteers delivered 2,400 toys to the doorstep of SJFC. This year they’ve upped their goal to 2,500. “The barrels go out right around Thanksgiving and the giveaway is on the 21st, so to get that kind of

response from the community is huge,” says Garrett. “It’s the reason we’re still able to do it. We keep getting bigger every year, so let’s keep it rolling.” Cox believes another advantage of the annual toy giveaway is a growing awareness throughout the community. “I think what’s really nice about our agency is that it does really expose people first-hand to the need that’s out there, because a lot of people in the community are not aware of the need, or to the extent, or the size, or the breadth,” Cox says. “That exposure I think, really is beneficial.” “We love, we love, the support we get from the holidays, it’s overwhelming sometimes,” he says. “But we’d love to channel that enthusiasm, we’d love to channel those resources, we’d love to channel that energy and that awareness so that it is all year long, that’s always our goal.”

Gilroy fire stations: 7070 Chestnut Street, 880 Sunrise Dr, and 8383 Wren Ave. St. Mary’s, School 7900 Church St, Gilroy Police Department 7370 Rosanna St, and City Hall 7301 Hanna St, and Walgreens 770 First St. For more information or to donate, go to:

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Fall color hikes

Ron Erskine

COLORFUL DAYS The dazzling displays of Western sycamores, bigleaf maples, white alders, and Fremont cottonwoods.

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fter a scorching summer, the milder fall temperatures are a welcome relief. A languid and restful peace infuses autumn days as though, still lingering in our DNA, we feel a remnant urge to seek refuge and bed down for the winter. It's a perfect time to return to the inland trails we set aside during a searing summer. Fall has special charms for us to enjoy. Yes, the hills are brown, the creeks are dry, and the flowers are gone, but the murk is clearing from our sky, and the crowds

have gone home. If you are feeling the itch for an autumn stroll, here are a few of my favorite late season walks close to home. Coast Range trees whisper their autumn hues compared to the color-clamor of the eastern hardwood forests, but our western sycamores, bigleaf maples, white alders, and Fremont cottonwoods can still dazzle. These trees thrive where water flows, and one of my favorite creekside walks is along Hunting Hollow Road in Henry Coe State Park. Even the drive out Gilroy Hot Springs Road that follows Coyote Creek to the park's

Hunting Hollow entrance is well worth a fall visit. This level trail—a rarity in Coe Park—features some magnificent sycamores often dangling wisps of lichen like Christmas tree tinsel. A short walk from the trailhead, look for one sycamore in particular that has found a loophole in the Law of Gravity, somehow holding up a massive trunk reaching so far horizontally that it simply must fall. The paved trail and highway noise along Coyote Creek Parkway are a stark contrast to Hunting Hollow's peace and quiet, but I am always surprised by the nooks and crannies of fall color and creekside beauty one can find there. Most people start from the visitor center at the end of Malaguerra Avenue in the northwest corner of Morgan Hill, but there are several spots off Monterey Road north of Morgan Hill where colorful sycamores show off: the end of Burnett Avenue, Coyote Creek Golf Drive (a half mile north of Palm Avenue), and Metcalf Park (I cross Metcalf Road and walk south toward Coyote Ranch). Bald Peaks separates the headwaters of Llagas Creek and Calero Creek; one headed south to Monterey Bay, the other northbound toward the San Francisco Bay. It is along this rolling ridge that Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve and Calero County Park join forces to offer a combination of creekside trails that pop with autumn color and far-reaching ridge top views. Figueroa Trail on the Calero side and the Longwall Canyon Trail on the Rancho Cañada side follow creek beds colored with maples and sycamores. If you are feeling chipper, both trails join others that climb 1,000 feet to the top of Bald Peaks where your reward is a view of the San Francisco skyline and Mt. Tamalpais. For now, resist the urge to bed down for the winter, and embrace the crisp and colorful days of autumn.

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COMMUNITY CELEBRATION Join The Hollister Downtown Association at the 27th annual Lights On Celebration. This family-friendly, all day community event features a holiday car display, Dec-A-Tree Contest, food vendors and live entertainment. This year’s parade is themed, “Winter Wonderland” and features over 80 entries. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus for pictures immediately following the parade. Attendance and parking are free. Celebrate Saturday, Nov. 25, 10am-8pm on San Benito Street. For entire lineup of events and more information, visit


FAMILY COMEDY Don’t miss the first ever Morgan Hill Library Laugh Out Loud with stand-up comedian, Steve Mittleman. Steve has been in comedy for decades, was the winner of The Big Laff-Off on Showtime and has appeared on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, HBO and Comedy Central. All ages are welcome to enjoy a hysterical evening of clean laughs Monday, Nov. 27 at 7pm at the Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave. For more information, visit

YOUTH AUDITIONS Youth ages 5-18 are invited to theater auditions to star in The Gilroy Children’s Musical Theater’s production of “Rock The Mic!” This high-energy youth pop concert features a hit parade of chart busting hits from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and today. Auditions will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, 4:307pm at Morgan Hill Community Center, 17000 Monterey Road. For more information or audition signups, visit

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CHRISTMAS CONCERTS The San Benito Oriana Chorale offers musical performances beginning Dec. 10.

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s the winter season approaches, signs of its coming are brought in stages: The appearance of autumn foliage. The longer nights. The comings and goings of Thanksgiving decor. The crowds swarming department stores. And just like clock-work—the choir’s heard singing. One of these choirs is San Benito Oriana Chorale, which has been gracing San Benito County with its talents for 32 years. Founded in 1985, the chorale was named after Queen Elizabeth the First, who was a patron of the musical arts. It was originally led

by Jeanna Balda, with the assistance of her friend Nettie Fields. It is now led by Rachel Romina, who has been its musical director since 2014. Prior to being its director, Romina was its piano accompanist six years prior and has experience in assisting choirs and soloists in the bay area. She is also the music director and worship leader at Christ Fellowship Church in Hollister. Oriana’s piano accompanist for the Christmas concerts is Masae Araki, who Romina says the chorale is “blessed to have.” “She is a stunning soloist, as well as sensitive and musical accompanist,” Romina says of Araki.

The 38-member choir has been preparing for its 2017 Christmas concerts for the past three months. The concerts will feature a wide array of genres and musical styles, including two Latin motets from the 1500s, the African-American spiritual “Go, Tell It On the Mountain,” a doo-wop arrangement of “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” and various carols. Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” will also be sung with Oriana alumni singers. Along with the adult choir, the eighteen member Oriana Youth Chorus will also be performing in the Christmas concerts. The youth chorus, ages seven to seventeen, will perform three pieces in the first

By JENNY ARBIZU half of the concert. “The rehearsals have been very productive and a lot of fun,” Romina says. “I love working with this group of singers. They are extremely dedicated, focused and full of energy. They are like family.” Concerts schedule: Dec. 10 at Christ Fellowship Church, 2066 San Benito Street at 3pm; Dec. 12 at Mission San Juan Bautista, 406 Second St, San Juan Bautista, at 7:30pm; and Dec. 15 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 1200 Fairview Road at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at Postal Graphics; $15 in advance, $20 at door, $10 for students. For more information, visit

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Enjoy a delightful adult comedy for the holidays at Limelight Actors Theater’s production of Inspecting Carol, the annual fundraiser for Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research. Everything goes wrong and hilarity is piled upon hilarity in this hit that is A Christmas Carol meets The Government Inspector meets Noises Off. Silent auction and door prizes at every performance, and guests are invited to bring their own dinner and wine to enjoy, corkage fee applies. Inspecting Carol runs through Saturday, Dec. 9 at Gilroy Center for the Arts, 7341 Monterey St, Gilroy. Seating is reserved, for more information and tickets, visit

GILROY HARVEST@NIGHT Enjoy gourmet food, craft beers, fine

wines and live entertainment at Harvest@Night Beer, Wine & Food Fest. Enjoy live music from Miko’s Mon’taj, playing a variety of classic rock ‘n roll and

pop tunes. Rides will not be in operation, and while children are always welcome, this event is intended for adults 21 and over. Experience the last weekend of Harvest@Night Friday through Sunday, Nov. 24-26, 6-10pm at Gilroy Gardens, 3050 Hecker Pass Highway. For more information, visit WINTERFEST FAIRE Stop by the third annual Winterfest Crafter’s Faire, enjoy refreshments and find perfect gifts from the large selection of handmade items. Sponsored by the Gilroy Senior Craft Store and the City of Gilroy Recreation Department, the faire features heirloom quality items, holiday wreaths and decorations

and home decor. Shop handmade gifts galore on Saturday, Dec. 2, 10am-4pm at the Gilroy Senior Center, 7371 Hanna St. For more information, call 408.846.0417. HOLIDAY KICK-OFF Ring in the holiday season in true small town America style at the Downtown Gilroy Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting. Festivities will begin at 2:30pm and will include a Doggie Dress-Up, a variety of vendors representing non-profit organizations throughout the community, and performances by the Gilroy High Chamber Choir and Studio Three dancers. The parade will begin around 5:30pm and Santa and the 2017 Grand Marshal


Enjoy honoring and sharing your own culture, or discovering the celebrations of your neighbors at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Dreidels, donuts, and singing with the Yavneh Day School are just a few of the fun activities happening at this year’s Hanukkah cultural celebration, Menorahs and Miracles. Menorahs and Miracles will be held Sunday, Dec. 3, noon–4pm at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, 180 Woz Way, San Jose. For more information, visit

will light the tree immediately following. Kick-off the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 2, 2:309:30pm in Downtown Gilroy, 7780 Monterey St. For more information, visit


ACT ONE South Valley Civic Theater presents Act One, the story of Moss Hart, from his beginnings as a poor child, son of immigrants, in the Bronx to Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, including his collaborations with the most famous theater people of the day. Featuring an elaborate set drawing upon ideas from the original Broadway set design, the play promises to be funny, heartbreaking and suspenseful. Show runs through Saturday, Dec. 9 at The Morgan Hill Playhouse, 17090 Monterey Road. For more information, visit

Enjoy the cheapest, most delicious breakfast ever served for supper. The Gilroy Lions club presents the 43rd annual Omelet & Pancake Supper, the club’s major fundraiser, with 100 percent of the profits benefiting sight preservation in the South County area. Made-to-order omelets, pancakes, coffee and Tang will be available at this all-you-can-eat event. Experience this unique night out Friday, December 1, 5-7:30pm at Gilroy Presbyterian Church Fellowship hall, 6000 Miller Ave, Gilroy. For more information, call 408.847.5564.

WINERY CHRISTMAS Enjoy Guglielmo’s 29th Annual Christmas at the Winery and browse the huge selection of holiday decor and Christmas items. Featuring award winning wines, gourmet food, hot mulled wine, holiday carolers and musicians. Be sure to visit the expanded gift shop, open daily through Christmas Eve. Experience Christmas at the Winery Saturday and Sunday Dec. 2-3 and Dec. 9-10 from 10am-5pm each day at Guglielmo Winery, 1480 East Main Ave, Morgan Hill. $10 admission includes wine tasting, under 21 free. For more information, visit

SAN MARTIN HOLIDAY KICK-OFF Kick off the holiday season the right way with Clos LaChance Winery. Enjoy live music, wine specials and new merchandise options. Maneuver through holiday shopping early while wine tasting Friday through Sunday, Nov. 24-26, 11am-4pm at Clos LaChance Winery, 1 Hummingbird Lane, San Martin. For more information, visit


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HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE Head to St. Catherine’s Second Annual Holiday Boutique and purchase wonderful creations and Christmas gifts from local vendors. Shop the unique handmade items while enjoying coffee and donuts that will be provided. St. Catherine’s Second Annual Holiday Boutique will be held Sunday, Nov. 26, 8am-2:30pm at St. Catherine’s O’Donnell Parish

Center, 17400 Peak Ave. For more information, visit or call 408.779.3959.




15 winning vintage wines from their library cellar to celebrate the holiday season. Guests are invited to taste and/or purchase hand-selected, limited, super-premium wines. Quantities are limited. Experience Holiday Library Wine Tasting weekends from Nov. 24-Dec. 31 at Solis Winery, 3920 Hecker Pass Road, Gilroy. For more information, visit


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Burn extra calories after Thanksgiving by joining Open Space Authority docents for the family-friendly Hike Your Pie Off. Wind through oak woodlands to fantastic views on the 4-mile trail, and look for amazing birds of prey, deer or coyote in the distance. Dress for the weather, and bring water and snacks. Heavy rain will cancel the event. Hike off your pie Saturday, Nov. 25, 9am-noon at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, 550 Palm Ave. For more information visit,


longest running tradition, La Pastorela, is a pageant that vibrates with stirring action, vivid color, and robust humor set to glorious live music and dance. The performance is a musical retelling of the journey of the shepherds to Bethlehem after a sign from the Angel of the Lord and their trials along the way. Experience this special Christmas offering from Nov. 24-Dec. 17 at Old Mission San Juan Bautista, 406 Second St, San Juan Bautista. Performance is presented in Spanish. For more information, dates and tickets, visit

EVENTS COMEDY THEATER Join the laughter as Pintello Comedy Theater presents Sylvia, the story of everyday empty-nesters, Greg and Kate and their trials with Sylvia, a stray dog— played by a human, who turns their world upside down in the best way. All tickets are $20; contains strong language. Enjoy the comedy Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-25 at 8pm at Gilroy Grange Hall, 8191 Swanston Lane. For more information and tickets, visit HOLIDAY WINE TASTING Solis WInery is offering their award-

CHRISTMAS TREE FUNDRAISER Prepare for the holidays and find the perfect Christmas tree at the Nonprofit Christmas Tree Sale Fundraiser held by Knights of Columbus Council 1792, San Benito County. The fundraiser is open to the public and all proceeds will go to San Benito county parishes and related charities. The Nonprofit Christmas Tree Sale Fundraiser will be open daily 8am-8pm, Nov. 25-Dec. 24 (while supplies last) at St. Benedict’s Church Hall grounds, 1200 Fairview Road, Hollister. For more information call, 831.524.2389. COWBOY CHRISTMAS Drinking and shopping, what more could one ask for? Head to The 19th Hole Booze and Food on Nov. 26, rain or shine, for their annual Cowboy Christmas Boutique. Enjoy a cocktail while shopping the local vendors both inside and out. Attendees are invited to stay for lunch or dinner after completing their shopping. Cowboy Christmas will be held Sunday, Nov. 26, 10:30am-4pm at The 19th Hole Booze & Food, 7071 Airline Highway, Tres Pinos. For more information, visit AFTERNOON MEDITATION Gift yourself a break during your busy day and rest in the silence of your soul at Blue Lotus Meditation & Yoga Center’s Afternoon Meditation Group. Initial instruction will be followed by silent meditation. Join the group for part or all of the sitting. Join the Afternoon Meditation Group Tuesday, Nov. 28, 1-1:45pm at Blue Lotus Meditation & Yoga Center, 8347 Church St, Gilroy. The group will

meet every Tuesday through the end of January, free will offering accepted. For more information, visit BRAIN DOCUMENTARY Discover a better brain and be entertained as the American Association of University Women present the award winning documentary My Love Affair with the Brain. Dr. Rochelle Woods, Chief of Adult Psychiatry at Kaiser and Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Neurology, will lead a discussion and answer questions following the film. View the documentary and discuss Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7pm at Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave, Morgan Hill. For more information, email THE NUTCRACKER Witness an enchanting and unforgettable holiday experience at The Nutcracker, presented by South Valley Dance Arts. This sparkling and original production of the Nutcracker is set in the Art Nouveau period and will transport audiences to a magical place filled with some of the most breathtaking costumes, sets and dancing. Experience this South Valley holiday tradition Friday, Dec. 1, 7pm and Saturday, Dec. 2, 1pm and 6pm at the Ann Sobrato Performing Arts Center, 401 Burnett Ave, Morgan Hill. For more information, visit CRAFT FAIR Join Morgan Hill United Methodist Church for their charity fundraiser Holiday Craft Fair. Many beautifully handmade embroidered, knitted and crocheted items will be available, along with delicious baked goods and more. Enjoy free hot chocolate and apple cider and enter the raffle to win one of two large quilts. Proceeds will benefit House On The Hill, the Make a Wish Foundation, Chemo Hats for Hospitals, and toys for the pediatric department at the County Hospital. The Holiday Craft Fair will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, 10am-6pm at the Morgan Hill United Methodist Church, 17175 Monterey St, Morgan Hill. For more information, call 408.310.7177.



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HOLLISTER Bourdet's Farm and Christmas Tree Lot 1271 Los Viboras Road 831.636.1971 Open: Nov. 24 - Dec 23 9am-8pm Monterey and Leyland Cypress, Cut trees: Oregon cut trees, Noble, Douglas fir, Grand firs, Monterey Cypress, Silvertips. FRESH PINE “Choose and cut” or retail tree farms add the perfect addition to the holidays.

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those twinkling lights and prepare to trim your best tree yet. With the turkey behind us, why put it off any longer? Find a tree farm nearby:

SAN MARTIN Battaglia Ranch 13580 Murphy Ave. 408.683.4730 Open: Nov. 24 - Dec 23 Hours: 9am-7pm Tree Varieties: Monterey Pine, Leyland Cypress, Monterey Cypress, Noble Fir, Douglas Fir, Nordmann, Grand Fir, Fraser Fir. Ten-foot trees available, wreaths, garlands, flocking available,


AROMAS Thompson's Christmas Tree Ranch 207 Aromas Road 831.726.9126 Open: Nov. 24 - Dec 24 Hours: Weekends: 10am to sundown, Weekdays: 3pm to sundown Tree Varieties: Scotch, Monterey, Douglas, Colorado Blue Spruce, Nobles. Hot drinks, candy canes, gift shop, wreaths and walking sticks. Please contact vendors to verify hours and information.

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he season of giving is upon us and that’s not complete without smells of pumpkin spice and pine. The time-honored tradition of taking loved ones by the hand and meandering through tree lots in search of that perfect douglas fir or blue spruce is now. You know the location—and the tree is just the right size—that box of pristine ornaments and family heirlooms has been dusted off. Whether they’re glass, intricate globes, handmade trinkets or cute little elves, there’s no denying this is something you’ve looked forward to all year long. Grab the mulled wine, get out the tinsel and garlands, test

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ocals know that the one of the very best places to purchase wine is at Rocca’s Market in San Martin. Family owned since 1927, the market is now in the hands of Tom and Dan Rocca, the founders’ grandchildren. While Tom takes care of the produce department, Dan specializes in its wine selection. “About 30 years ago, before I knew anything about wine, we had a wine salesman come in and tell me our wine selection was terrible,” explains Dan. “So he took me to Napa for a crash-course in wine-tasting. While there I discovered that I actually had a very good nose and palate for wine.” Now, with a selection of over 500 different wines, Rocca’s was

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Get it right here HOLLISTER BEESWAX CANDLE PRODUCTS, 748 San Benito St, 831.262.9014 HAZEL’S TREASURES, 898 San Benito St, 831.638.0526 IRMA’S FASHIONS, 230 Fifth St, 831.637.2653 JOHNNIE’S GIRL, 535 San Benito St, 831.245.6186

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he holiday season is here, which means it’s time to decide who’s been naughty or nice. Instead of running to the computer for what and where to shop this year, treat yourself to a day of discovery by checking out the numerous local shops and boutiques in your community, or just a few miles beyond. You’ll be surprised to find countless unique and one-of-a-kind gifts available like, Rosy Ring Candles, gourmet chocolates, doTERRA essential oils, Brighton brand accessories, 100 percent handmade beeswax candles and lotions, cupcake

shaped bath balms, and Mary Frances handbags—many of them by local vendors. So give the gifts friends and family members will treasure for years to come, and have fun shopping locally this year.

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Realtor’s Corner

human connection. I’m a helper and I always have been and to be able to help people either get into their first home or buy up or buy down to retire—whatever their life is throwing them. It just thrills me to be part of it and see them through it.

What was your most difficult transaction? A mobile home. It was mobile home in a co-op park and maneuvering all of the different avenues as far as the park approval made it really challenging.

How should a homeowner looking to sell during the holidays proceed?

Michael Hawk

HUMAN CONNECTION Intero’s Vahlya Edredge works with clients in the South Valley and San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.


How did you begin your real estate career? It’s actually kind of funny—I was working at a local bank and my significant other said “have you ever thought about going into real estate?” I responded, “Not really, but I have always wanted to work for myself.” He told me, “As well as you connect with people, I think it would be a great thing to do. It

would give you more time, more flexibility, more income.” And I thought, you know I’ll look into it. I started taking the courses online, I took the state exam-passed it on the first go and and catapulted myself into it and haven’t looked back.

What’s the best part of this business? The connections that I get to make with people, I live for

What do you do for fun? When I have time, I’m an avid road cyclist and I’m also a scuba diver. I try to spend as much time in the water as I can. You can either find me on my bike or in my wetsuit. Contact Vahlya Eldredge at or 831.227.3098.

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Vahlya Edredge knows financing and real estate

They really need to narrow down what their motivation is as far as why they want to do it. Go through an interview process to find the best agent that is going to meet their needs. The holidays are usually a hectic time for everybody and they need somebody who is up to the challenge. As far as the holiday goes, it’s a time to declutter. If you’re going to put your house on the market, it’s a good time to start donating things you don’t need anymore. If I had a seller come to me and say we really want to do this— this is what I would tell them. Any holiday decorations should be minimal—as crisp and clean as possible.


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Ridgemark Golf and Country Club. 1,675 S.F., 2 bdrm, 2 bath. Master bedroom bath updated. Enter through private courtyard, formal entry, high ceiling in living room/dining room features built in book shelves, unit was customized with extra storage tvhroughout, inside utility room. All appliances, paint and new flooring installed 5 years ago. Opens to private patio ideal for entertaining. Golf and tennis within minutes of your home. Clubhouse with full service restaurant and bar. Refrigerator, washer/dryer included with no warranty.


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OFFICE SPACE DOWNTOWN HOLLISTER A quick walk to City and County Offices and Court House, as well as all the downtown activity. These bright, sunny offices can be rented separately or combined as one office. 357 and 361 Fifth Street, approximately 670 and 1156 sq. ft., respectively. Each have their own restrooms, separately metered utilities, air conditioning, new carpeting with parking in the rear as well as street parking. $1.25/sq. ft. plus utlities. No NNN.

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A 2Br/2B.5Ba home on the bluffs in Ridgemark Golf & Country Club! Don’t miss the opportunity to own this home with spectacular views of the hills of San Benito. Private courtyard in front & back patio w/views. Large family room to accommodate large furniture & big screen TV. Kitchen w/newer appliances & double oven. Dinette area overlooks the courtyard & spacious dining room w/views. Two master suites upstairs w/built-in storage. 2-car garage. Convenient & secure location for the golfers & tennis players in your family.

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