THE LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE OF MORGAN HILL, GILROY & SAN MARTIN
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JANUARY 12, 2018
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SMALL WORLD Gardeners can create their own towns with tiny houses and little figurines complete with succulents, groundcovers and mini conifers.
Fairy lands Johnson’s Garden Center helps locals create small scale gardens STORY & PHOTOGRAPHS BY
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hoever said they didn’t have enough space for a garden, perhaps hasn’t considered creating one in miniature. Now those longing to use their green thumbs can mimic a full-scale garden in a small pot. Ashlee Hill, 38, horticulturist and buyer at Johnson Garden Center in Morgan Hill at 520 Tennant Ave. has been creating miniature gardens or fairy gardens for nearly a decade. Hill says it’s a great way to decompress. “People don’t realize you don’t have to have a huge garden to be a gardener,” she says. “You can build yourself a small container garden and love it just as much, and there’s just as much pruning to do.” Hill says it’s a great hobby to get people outside, where they get lost in their little gardens and find a reprieve from everyday life. “It’s like a little piece of heaven for somebody,” Hill says.➝ 6
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small rocks for pathways and blue glass to mimic water.
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Even people without space to garden can reap the benefits of a green thumb—tinkering, trimming and pruning their way through a garden of their own design. The sky’s the limit or maybe it’s the sea—from mushroom houses, fairies, goblins and garden gnomes to mice with riding saddles, tiny adirondack chairs, tree-round cut table tops, toadstools and, perhaps oddly, even sea creatures like mermaids and hammerhead sharks. The possibilities of one’s imagination offer endless choices for creative designs. Although Hill had been creating these miniature gardens for a while, she says there is often resistance to them. Hill says at the nursery where she used to work, her boss scoffed at the idea of bringing in miniature gardens—but it’s often the case
they aren’t marketed correctly, displaying only the merchandise and no inspiration. “I told him, you watch, people are going to love this,” says Hill. “And so we started building fairy gardens. The next thing you know people were like ‘Wow, that’s really cool. I wish we could do that.’” When Hill arrived at Johnson’s nursery three years ago, she says the nursery had a small stock of fairy garden supplies and was going to cut them from its inventory because the items weren’t moving. That’s when Hill decided to reframe the marketing campaign. “I said, ‘Well, let’s build some here—can I build some here?’” Hill remembers. “I built a couple and included them with the fairy garden display and they started selling really fast.” Like any garden product, Hill is
But none of these would be complete without the addition of hardscape to really enhance the authenticity of this garden mimicry. Hill uses large rocks at the base of trees as mock boulders, often acting as a retaining wall. “You have to have that, otherwise when you go to water it the soil will wash away (much like lifesized erosion we see in our own landscapes),” Hill says. Other elements Hill includes for hardscape might be small rocks for pathways or creeks, chipped clear or blue glass to mimic water. She says what is most surprising is how much she really gets into it. “It seems so silly like it’s kids toys—it’s more than that,” says Hill. “It’s relaxing. You don’t even know what they’re going to look like before you start.” Johnson’s manager Bruce Bowling says he thinks it’s a great introduction for little kids—and big kids—to get into gardening. Bowling, 48, says they used to have some basic kits with everything included, but they didn’t sell well. Bowling still can’t believe the investment that people put into these designs, but thinks the best part for them is being able to create their own. And because Johnson’s wants to get the most for its customers, they partner with several vendors to offer a variety of garden elements, plants and figurines for these tiny worlds. And they want to create more. One Johnson’s supervisor, Sandy Uhlendorf, 57, says they began ordering from trade shows and the fairy gardens on display are a big inspiration to customers. “The thing that surprises me is how into it people get,” she says. “I mean the fact that they continually come back and they look for more pieces.” Johnson’s offers free miniature garden seminars to its customers, who only have to pay for the merchandise. “I think people get excited about picking the house, and picking the little figurines, and then coming out and actually picking the succulents and the groundcovers and the little mini accent conifers and all these little plants we have to go with it,” says Bowling.
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confident people just needed to be shown how it could be used. A simple display wasn’t going to entice imagination, but a whimsical world in miniature might. For gardeners interested in creating a miniature garden or fairy garden, the first consideration ought to be the vessel, Hill says. “You can put them in a wheelbarrow, a wagon, flower carts, but the most commonly used is a 16-inch terra cotta bowl,” she says. Hill says the next part is choosing structures and figurines that are the right scale create a realistic garden in miniature. “It’s important to select items according to scale and based on the size of the vessel,” Hill says. Hill recommends gardeners choose items that are proportionate to one another including houses, chairs and fairies, gnomes or people that might be included in the design. “That’s why it's important to get the house first—determining how can I tuck it in there and make it look like an actual tree,” Hill says. For the final element, gardeners will want to select appropriate plants for their gardens, where miniature dwarf trees or shrubs and groundcovers are paired with small-leafed perennials. That plants are miniature or dwarf describes not their size precisely, but their rate of growth, typically only one to three inches per year. Perfect specimens for trees might include boxwood, euonymus, lemon cypress, euro trees, azaleas and compact myrtle, Hill says. She says people often are timid when it comes to cutting into the root ball, but says this important in getting the plants to fit and it doesn’t bother them. Hill notes other miniature or dwarf plants that might make the perfect shrubs in this scale would include dwarf hebe, heuchera, coprosma (kind of waxy looking small leaved red shrub), armeria, abelia, lantana, erodium, and ironically, a tiny grass named mondo. Some of Hill’s favorites for ground cover include elfin thyme, wooly thyme, mini isotoma which comes with blue or white flowers, brass buttons and baby’s tears—a low creeping plant often found in terrariums.
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APP PROGRAMMING Third through eighth graders are invited to learn to make mobile apps for Android devices. Participants will use an online programming tool that allows all skill levels to quickly start programming and building fully functional apps. No programming background or experience necessary and instructions will be provided so children can continue to work on apps and games at home. Start programming Wednesday, Jan. 17, 4:305:30pm at Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave. For more information, visit sccl.org/Locations/Morgan-Hill.
BUNCO FUNDRAISER Enjoy a fun-filled evening of bunco and raising money for South County Tail Waggers’ medical fund. Attendees will enjoy a DJ playing awesome music and complimentary appetizers, dessert and refreshments. Win amazing raffle and silent auction items, including a three night stay in a gorgeous Napa home Friday, Jan 12, 5-9pm at Old CIty Hall Restaurant, 7400 Monterey Road. Tickets are limited, for more information or to purchase tickets, visit tinyurl.com/y7x2gqlv.
RANT KING Head to Monterey for an evening of comedy with Lewis Black, known as the king of the rant. Experience “The Joke’s on Us 2018 Tour” and see Black use his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. Have some laughs Friday, Jan. 12, 8-11pm at Golden State Theater, 417 Alvarado St. For more information, visit lewisblack.com.
Join the Gilroy Center for the Arts at “Still. I Rise.” This exhibition shines light upon incarcerated women by providing a platform for their voices to be heard through self-expression, healing, transformation, and the inspiration to rise, turning pain into beauty through art. Attend the exhibit reception Saturday, Jan. 13, noon-4:30pm followed by a Friendraiser, 6-8pm at the Gilroy Center for the Arts, 7341 Monterey St. Experience the exhibition through Jan. 27. For more information, visit gilroycenterforthearts.com.
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Children’s theater in Gilroy novel the show is set in Victorian England and follows the journey of Oliver Twist, an orphan searching for a family. Always looking for kindness in others Oliver crosses paths with many memorable characters and learns that sometimes goodness is found in the most unlikely places. With adventure, humor, heartbreak and uplifting tenderness, OLIVER has something for the whole family.
Who should try out? In our tradition of casting everyone, we are looking for children and teens ages 6 to 17. Theater can be a very positive experience for all children. If your child loves to sing and dance and is outgoing theater is a natural outlet for their talents but it is wonderful to see how the shy somewhat introverted child can grow and blossom in the creative and team building environment of children’s theater.
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KID’S PRODUCTION The Gilroy Recreation Department invites young actors ages 6-17 to try out for ‘Oliver Twist.’
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Auditions for a Dickens’ classic—‘Oliver Twist’
By DEBRA ESKINAZI
Why did you choose this play for your theater company? Not only is this musical widely popular with audiences in New York and London but it is a treasured piece at children's theatre companies everywhere. This show offers several featured parts for younger and older performers and has a wildly enthusiastic ensemble sure to steal the show. Songs like “Consider Yourself,” “Oom Pah Pah” and “As Long As He Needs Me” show why this musical is a true theatre classic loved by all ages.
Personally, this classic is very dear to me as I grew up having performed in it three times in Gilroy, twice as a child and once as a teen graduating to the role of Nancy. I was fortunate to perform with my two sisters and my mother in the most recent production making it a true family affair. I look forward to seeing how much of family affair we will have this time around with a cast including siblings, cousins and friends that are like family.
What is the setting for the play? Based on Charles Dickens classic
Please join us for “Know the Show!” A fun, family event we are hosting at 11am, Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Gilroy Senior Center. We will sing some songs together, look at the different roles available, watch video clips and learn a bit of the audition dance. The whole family is invited to attend and we look forward to seeing some new and familiar faces very soon! Gilroy Recreation Department invites children ages 6 to 17 to audition for its April, 2018 production of ‘Oliver Twist’, Saturday Jan. 27 11am (ages 6-11) 1pm (ages 12-17) at Gilroy Senior Center, 7371 Hannah Street. For details please contact the Gilroy Recreation Department, 408.846.0460 or Little Theatre Productions at Facebook.com/TheatreHil or HilaryLittle408@gmail.com.
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Head to the “Garlic Capital of the World” and enjoy a “Taste of Garlic” in a range of creative and delicious dishes presented by participating restaurants during Gilroy Restaurant Week. The Gilroy Welcome Center and Gilroy Chamber of Commerce are teaming up with local restaurants to host Gilroy Restaurant Week in honor of California Restaurant Month. Join the celebration for a chance to win $500 in the “Taste of Garlic” contes and enjoy Gilroy Restaurants, where garlic is always on the menu, Jan. 14-28. For more information and a list of participating restaurants and locations, visit gilroyrestaurantweek.com.
GILROY FAMILY BINGO Bring the family to Family Fun Bingo Night to play,
laugh, eat and win prizes. Doors will open at 6pm with bingo cards and daubers available for purchase and games will begin at 6:30pm. Refreshments including pizza,
drinks, snacks and desserts will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit current and future years’ funding of the Luigi Aprea Elementary School Kindergarten Yard Duty. Have family fun Friday, Jan. 12, 6-7:30pm at the Luigi Aprea Elementary School MultiPurpose Room, 9225 Calle Del Rey. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/ybnv7x5q. MELLOW JAZZ Enjoy an evening of wine and song with vocalist Scotty Wright at Bella Viva Wine Bar. Wright is a singer, songwriter and pianist that has entertained Monterey Bay music lovers for years with mellow jazz, a warm, inviting sound and an open,
friendly personality. Make the end of a great day even better at this free performance on Friday, Jan. 12, 6:30-9:30pm at Bella Viva Ristorante e Caffe, 7423 Monterey St. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/y9tkqffl. DISASTER PREPAREDNESS Find out what to do after a disaster at the Disaster Preparedness Workshop at the Gilroy Library. Discover what to do if returning home after a fire of flood is not an option, how to reconnect with family and friends following a major disaster and how to stay safe in an earthquake. Participants will also learn how to create a disaster kit. Get prepared Wednesday, Jan.
Take a day to map out goals for the year at the New Year’s One Day Women’s Retreat. Participants will figure out daily practices to deepen passions, creativity and relationships and use a “LifeMap” to create a plan to follow. The retreat also features a yoga class, meditation, nutrition class, detox presentation and much more. Find fulfillment and bliss for the new year Saturday, Jan 13, 10am-4pm at The Healing Space, 503 Vineyard Blvd, Morgan Hill. For more information and to sign up, visit doloreskentyoga.com.
17, 7-8pm at Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. For more information, visit sccl.org/Locations/Gilroy.
COUNTY SPEAKER Join County Supervisor Joe Simitian as he shares what he learned touring three 2016 Presidential Election battleground states at Bridging the Divide: Listening to Trump’s America. Learn what Supervisor Simitian discovered about America beyond the Bay Area during more than 100 conversations in counties in three states that historically voted for Democratic candidates but “flipped” in 2016 to support Donald Trump. This free presentation will be followed by a Q&A Thursday, Jan.
Have a fun and relaxing time while painting at Moya Art Gallery and Studio’s Frida Pop Art Paint Night. Participants at this unique event will receive all the materials needed to paint and take their own pop art style portrait of famous Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo. Frida Pop Art Paint Night will be held Friday, Jan. 12, 6pm at Moya Art Gallery and Studio, 7516 Eigleberry St, Ste. 100, Gilroy. For more information and tickets, visit tinyurl.com/ycxskjuq.
18, 7-8pm at Gilroy Library, 340 W. Sixth St. For more information, visit sccl.org/Locations/Gilroy.
MORGAN HILL OPEN SPACE Enjoy an evening under the stars with astronomy enthusiasts eager to share the view at Starry Nights in Open Space. Dress warm and bring drinking water and a sense of wonder for the night sky; telescopes will be provided. Enjoy the view Saturday, Jan.13, 7-9pm at Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve, 4289 Casa Loma Road. Space is limited, registration is required and cloudy skies or rain will cancel. For more information visit, openspaceauthority.org.
INSPIRATIONAL CLASS Kick off 2018 with South County Lifelong Learning and be inspired to be your best self for the new year at the two-part interactive class The Spark That Lights the Flame. Session one features Debbie Vasquez and focuses on rediscovering the life participants want to live, strategies to overcome being stuck and pushing to try new things. Session two features a panel of guests and offers an opportunity to hear from others who live a life of passion and purpose while having different stories and adventures. Be inspired Wednesday, Jan. 17, 10am-noon at Morgan Hill Community & Cultural ➝ 14
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COMPASSIONATE DINNER Get involved and join the Gilroy Compassion Center for a delicious spaghetti dinner benefiting the Compassion Center and its mission to provide services for homeless residents of South Santa Clara County. All proceeds will go directly to purchase necessary winter items for clients of the Compassion Center. Enjoy spaghetti with homemade sauce made from scratch, garlic bread, salad and dessert. Pick up and take out is available, reusable bags are encouraged for take out. Have
a meal for a great cause Thursday, Jan. 18, 5-8pm at 875 A Fillippelli Dr. For more information, visit gilroycompassioncenter.blogspot.com.
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13 fun playing games of skill and logic to January’s Game Night. The Game Night program strives to provide an outlet for families to get together to socialize and have fun playing games. Most games will be appropriate for children ages 8 to adult, but everyone is welcome at this free event. Game Night will meet Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7-8:30pm to play Scrabble in the El Toro Room, Morgan Hill Community Center, 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. For More information, visit morganhillmath.org.
Enjoy an evening of comedy at The District Theater as talented Los Angeles comedians perform. National headliner, Davey Wester, showcases relatable honesty, Doc Willis is from Netflix, Adult Swim and Comedy Central fame, Jen Murphy is known for her work on numerous television programs and her own TLC special and Jon Schieszer is a national headliner and sarcastic Midwest native. Have some laughs Jan. 18, 7pm at The District Theater, 7430 Monterey St, Gilroy. For more information, visit thedistricttheater.com.
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BOOK SALE The Gilroy Library invites the community to join the Friends of the Gilroy Library book sale. All ages are welcome to browse from the wide variety of great reads. Proceeds from purchases go toward supporting the collection and programs at the Gilroy Library. The sale is held on the second Saturday of every month. Find a great read Saturday, Jan. 13, 10am-1pm at the Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St, Gilroy.
For more information, visit sccl. org or call 408.842.8207. ROCKIN’ BLUES Catch a rockin’ blues show with Duke Mantee and the Gold Money Band at Grinds Vines Automobilia Cafe. Enjoy a great variety of blues, rockabilly and rock covers and original tunes all performed Duke Mantee and the Gold Mantee’s way, with a sense of humor and style. Dancing is allowed and encouraged Saturday, Jan. 13, 7-10pm at Grinds Vines Automobilia Cafe, 17400 Monterey St, Morgan Hill. For more information, visit gvacafe.tumblr.com. GAME NIGHT Morgan Hill Math invites families who like to have
PRESCHOOL INFORMATION Parents and caregivers that are preparing children for preschool, pre-kindergarten and transitional kindergarten are invited to meet with local educators and to learn about the preschool programs that are available in Morgan HIll. This free community event will be held Thursday, Jan. 18, 6:30-8:30pm at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. For more information, email email@example.com. FARM TOUR Join the 2018 EcoFarm Bus Tour for an informative all-day trip visiting four organic farms in and around Hollister. Lunch will be catered with many ingredients from the farms on the tour. Buses depart from Asilomar Conference Grounds at 8am with a second meeting place at 8:45am in San Juan Bautista. Join the EcoFarm Bus Tour Wednesday, Jan. 24, 8am-5pm. The San Juan Bautista meeting location will be sent to registrants by email. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/yancdwdx. MISSION 10 RACE Register now for the 35th annual Mission 10 Race, sponsored by Hollister Rotary Club. Participants of the Half Marathon, now TAC Distance Certified, will run through the scenic Anzar Hills and past Anzar Lake, and participants of the 5k race will compete for prizes for the top theme teams. WIth four different races, including a 1-mile kids fun run, there is something for everyone. All proceeds benefit local
scholarships and charities. Join the 2018 Mission 10 Race Saturday, Jan. 27 at Mission Plaza, Second St, San Juan Bautista. Register now at mission10.racemine.com. WATERCOLORS EXHIBIT Visit Mission San Juan Bautista and view Nancy Burtch Hauk’s California Mission watercolors exhibit. The exhibit, “Loving Watercolor: Paintings of the California Missions by Nancy Burtch Hauk (1944-2016),” features watercolors and gouaches of Hauk’s favorite missions. Many paintings in this show are recent finds that have never before been exhibited. The exhibit is open through March 2018, MondaysSaturdays, 9:30am-4:45pm and Sundays, 10am-5pm at the Mission San Juan Bautista Museum, 406 Second St, San Juan Bautista. For more information, call 831.238.5254. GRANT REQUESTS The Gilroy Assistance League is now accepting grant requests for the year 2018 that will benefit Gilroy youth organizations. Thanks to generous donors and sponsors and a very successful 2017 Home Tour Gilroy Assistance League will be able to award $26,000.00 in grants this year. A formal grant request must be completed and returned no later than Monday, Feb. 26. Grant request proposal forms may be downloaded at gilroyassistanceleague.org. For additional information, call Gina Anderson at 408.843.8604. LEAF LIFTER Leaves are a major cause of local flooding. Leaves will fall, accumulate in the streets and clog up storm drain inlets, grates, and gutters. Neither City crews nor the street sweeper can effectively remove leaves throughout the entire City. Simply raking and removing leaves in the street and gutter can a big step is taken toward protecting homes and the neighborhood. The leaves removed today won't cause a flood tomorrow! Be a “Leaf Lifter” today! For tips, visit valleywater. org/Services/FloodSafetyTips.aspx.
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NATIONAL CHAMP Gilroyan Chase Harrison took first place in the U.S. at the BMX Race of Champions.
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he happiest of new gears to you! Let’s start the new year with some cool bicycle news. A super-sized Cycle Guy salute to Gilroyan Chase Harrison, who recently took first in the nation for 5-year-old rated experts in the BMX Race of Champions. You “ROC,” Chase! It was 20 years ago today that I rediscovered cycling, and used it as a part of a plan to shed a very large amount of unwanted tonnage. If you find yourself looking to do the same in 2018, here are Cycle Guy’s secrets to success.
1. Get a bicycle. It’s a low-impact, calorie-burning form of exercise that’s actually FUN! 2. Get legit support. I went with Weight Watchers, since they taught me how to change eating habits, and not give up favorite foods. Find a program that works for you. 3. If possible, find a trusted buddy who will keep you honest. It’s also nice if they’ll meet you for exercise rides and sessions. (That way, you’re less likely to skip). 4. Pray, and please ask others to pray for you. I will. 5. Maintain reasonable goals,
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EASE UP When social pressures and anxiety ramp up, people should focus less on the destination and more on the journey.
Learning to accept the perfect imperfections By NEERA SIVA
t’s the new year, and the time naturally lends itself to both reflection and resolution. Looking back, if there’s been a common thread this year, it’s been an unfortunate one—stress. It seems as if there’s been a rise in the stress level of the people around us here in Silicon Valley. I’ve had several acquaintances, unconnected to each other, succumb to the pressure cooker that is our collective home, reporting
clinical levels of anxiety or depression or worse. There’s been article upon article talking about stress here in Silicon Valley. Blaming it in on the competitive culture. The expense of living here. The overabundance of studious types who prefer code to people. The gloom and doom of factors that you simply can’t change. And then, of course, there’s the conflicting messages about how you can manage stress. Work less, that’s the source of your stress!
Work more, an engaged mind is a happy one! Organize! Don’t be so over-organized! Take time to reflect! Don’t dwell! Put away your phone! No, wait, use this app to meditate! Venting is therapeutic! Don’t complain so much! Eat healthy! Awww— indulge in some comfort food! In typical Silicon Valley fashion, these messages are a) backed by science and b) punctuated by a story of a perfect someone who has conquered stress so perfectly well that they’re building an app for it that is so promising they’ve already raised X million dollars for it. Compound this with the fact that we’re a goals-and-results population whose denizens are used to getting the A-grades required of whatever top-of-the-world program they’re from, and you have a recipe for stress-relief disaster. But what if we’re doing it all wrong? What if we’re focusing too much on the result (having no stress), that we’re not enjoying the journey of enjoying whatever stress-relief method we try. Fortunately, (or unfortunately?), a study published this past year by scientists at UC San Diego show that when it comes to changing habits, brains are built to fail— the circuits, once wired, are hard to rewire. Habits are hard to build and take time (and countless failures to do so). So, here’s to those who make a New Year’s resolution this year is to embrace the journey toward stress-relief. Not ignore it. Not be the perfect poster child for how to do it well. But...be human about it. Enjoy the process of changing the habit circuits, while acknowledging how hard it can be. Neera Siva is a health enthusiast, mom, patent attorney and writer, in no particular order. She and her family live in Santa Clara County. Check out her website at healthierbites.com, or follow her on twitter @neera_avis.
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