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THE LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE OF MORGAN HILL, GILROY & SAN MARTIN

JANUARY 19, 2018

A section of the Gilroy Dispatch & Morgan Hill Times

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EMPOWERING

WOMEN The Learning and Loving Education Center is helping thousands BY KIMBERLY EWERTZ PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT ELIASON

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ducation is empowering—those seeking an education have their sights set on success. The Learning and Loving Education Center of Morgan Hill has been empowering women with an education since 1994 when Sister Pat Davis and the Sisters of the Presentation founded it. The center was established to meet the needs of a neglected sector of the communities of Morgan Hill, Gilroy, San Martin and Coyote Valley—low-income immigrant women. These women needed an education and the center was created with them in mind. “Immigrant women didn’t have a chance really, to learn English, so they decided to make a literacy center for women,” says Christa Hanson, the center’s executive director. “And it started with 20 women, and kind of a little day care for their children.” Hanson was a board member of the center who threw her name in the hat six years ago when the former director, Sister Pat Davis, stepped down. Hanson brought with her a 30-year association with the Diocese of San Jose, along with her experience in teaching and her 22 years as principal of St. Mary’s School in Gilroy. ➝ 6 READY TO READ The Learning and Loving Education Center in Morgan Hill

is being honored for its work in the new-immigrant community. Featured: Student Maria with teacher Martha Haro.


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LEADING IN LITERACY Teacher Barbara Palmer pauses while offering English instruction to students at the Learning and Loving Center in Morgan Hill.

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“I knew all about this place,” she says. “I knew it back and forth and it was a good fit.” It certainly appears that was the case in early December when Hanson received a visit from Mayor Steve Tate announcing the center was voted the 2018 nonprofit of the year by the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce. “I was flabbergasted,” says Hanson. “I’m more excited about it because I think it gives dignity to the women. This is a good place and these people are worthwhile. They’re an important part of the community.” The Learning and Loving Education Center, along with seven additional honorees will be presented awards on March 3, at the 2018 Celebrate Morgan Hill Awards Dinner, held at Britton Middle School. According to Hanson the center has provided education, resources and community connections for thousands of immigrant women and their families for more than 20 years. Since coming on board, Hanson has worked with organizations and nonprofits throughout the community to, “ascertain the needs of the people and try and meet those

needs as best we can without duplicating efforts.” Working hand in hand with Morgan Hill Adult Community School, Gavilan College, Community Solutions and Rebekah’s Children’s Services, Hanson believes they’ve made progress. One specific need Hanson recognized and addressed was a lack of food for the women and their children at the center. “How can you learn if you’re hungry?,” says Hanson. “We created a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. Loaves and Fishes, which is under its umbrella, brings us a hot breakfast and a hot lunch every day we’re open—that’s free of charge. There’s always those kind of needs that we’re looking at.” Hanson points out a common trait shared by every woman who utilizes the center no matter her age or documentation status—determination. “They want to learn,” says Hanson. “We had 16 women last year that went on to Gavilan College. To see those women want to do that is really exciting.” The center, located at 16890 Church Street, #16, in Morgan Hill,

offers a laundry list of programs and classes including five levels of ESL classes, grammar and writing, nutrition and parenting classes. Computer classes from the basic skills up to advanced applications including Microsoft Publisher and QuickBooks are offered. Free preschool for children 22 months to 5 years is offered to center participants, and along with the educational classes, yoga, art, sewing and knitting classes are also available. “We find many of the women are really artistic and really good with their hands,” says Hanson. “They’re good at a lot of things—they blow your mind.” Another important resource available at the center is GED classes. “We had 14 last year earn [high school equivalency certificates] so it’s really exciting,” says Hanson. Most of the teachers are volunteers and former educators from the public or private sector says Hanson. “We get the best of all teachers.” says Hanson, adding that as of now they have approximately 40 volunteers. Class sizes average between 12 to 17 students and as of the end of last year the center’s enrollment was at 172.

Hanson admits funding is the biggest challenge, as is the case with most nonprofits. “We charge the women $70 a year total for the program,” she says. “Preschool is free. If they can only pay half of that, or part of that, it’s fine. Or if they can’t pay at all, no one is turned away.” The center holds an annual fundraiser at St. Catherine’s Hall, which includes dinner and a silent auction. They plan to hold this year’s event in April. A very unique aspect of the center is that a number of the staff, past and present, began as students. “They know the program and they’re very dedicated,” says Hanson. “It’s very exciting to see that happen.” Gilroy resident and the center’s computer instructor, Barbara Estrada, first came to the center in 1999, for help with English—she never left. Estrada believes her experience as a student and a teacher taught her the importance of education. “I feel so proud of all I’ve accomplished here,” says Estrada. Lynn Hasbany, a longtime associate of the center began working as a volunteer ESL teacher in 1994. Over the years she’s transitioned into her current position, curriculum coordinator. “For me it was just fun to be a part of it and to be connected with the women,” Hasbany says. “This has become a home away from home for a lot of the students. I love it here, I love the community, I love the staff, I love the students.” Hanson shares Hasbany’s love of the students and is proud of their accomplishments. She not only loves the students—she loves the accomplishments they’ve made. “To see the people at the GED graduation get their equivalency certificates, they’re the most meaningful graduations I’ve ever been to, and as principal I’ve been to a lot of graduations. But those are the most meaningful to me. It’s a safe place, it is a loving place, and it is a place where people care about each other.”Last names of the students have been omitted at the center’s request. For more information regarding the Learning and Loving Education Center, go to: learningandloving.org, or call, 408.776.1196.


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GILROY

RESTAURANT WEEK Head to Gilroy and enjoy a “Taste of Garlic” in a range of creative and delicious dishes presented by participating restaurants during Gilroy Restaurant Week in honor of California Restaurant Month. Join the celebration for a chance to win $500 in the “Taste of Garlic” contest 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.

MORGAN HILL

ANZA EXPEDITION Learn about the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition at the Anza Expedition Hike history walk. Participants will hike along the 4-mile Arrowhead trail, a certified interpretive site for the Anza Expedition, and learn about the expedition and the experience of the families that undertook the journey. Please bring drinking water and a snack for the trail. Heavy rain will cancel. The Anza Expedition Hike will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, 10am-noon at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, 550 Palm Ave. Visit openspaceauthority.org.

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BREWING CELEBRATION Join Elkhorn Slough Brewing Co. at Rhapsody in Brew, a pairing of beer and food in six movements, to celebrate two years of brewing. Attendees will enjoy new, cellared and specialty one of a kind beers along with small plates designed to compliment each beer by Ate3one. Guests will be treated to live jazz music by James Murray and other special surprises. Join the celebration Sunday, Jan. 21, 4:30-7pm at Elkhorn Slough Brewing Co, 65 Hangar Way #D. For more information, visit elkhornsloughbrew.com.

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Teens ages 11 to 18 are invited to unlock their creativity at Media Maker Workshop multimedia class at the Gilroy Library. Participants will explore Adobe Creative Cloud and make their own photo mashups with Photoshop or learn to edit a video with Premiere. Registration recommended to ensure attendance, drop-ins welcome space allowing. Get creative Monday, Jan 22, 4-5:30pm at Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. For more information, visit sccl.org.

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MULTIMEDIA WORKSHOP

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TALENT SEARCH San Benito Stage Company holds auditions for its Feb. 3 talent show.

All the world’s a stage San Benito Stage Company invites all acts on stage

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outh Valley magazine was able to chat with producers Amy Redmond Waran and Allison Barnes, about the upcoming san Benito Stage Company talent show on Feb. 3.

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When will auditions for San Benito Stage Company’s First annual talent show take place? Auditions will be held this Friday Jan.19 from 6-9pm at Jan. 20 from 9-11am at the Granada Theater in Hollister.

Who can audition for this talent show?

Are there prizes involved in the show?

Anyone who is 6 years old or older, who can sing, dance, act, in a band, or just have a special talent is welcome to audition. We will not be accepting acts with potential danger, political stances or vulgarity.

Yes. There is a grand prize of $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place.

Is there a fee to enter? There is not a fee to audition, but if an act is chosen to be in the talent show, there is a cost of $25 per act.

Are there any requirements for auditionees? People interested in auditioning should prepare a piece that is no longer than five minutes. Singing acts need to bring their own pre-recorded music (without vocal track) or

By STAFF REPORTS accompaniment. Other acts need a CD of their music or a device that can be plugged in with an auxiliary cable. Acts that are selected for the show will be asked to attend an informational meeting in the late afternoon on the 20th to explain the rules and expectations for the show. Amy Redmond Waran and Allison Barnes are producing SBSC’s Sidecar Talent Show. The talent show will be Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7pm at the Granada Theatre in Hollister. For more information contact San Benito Stage at 831.636.0122 or info@sanbenitostage.org.


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LUNAR LANDING

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Learn how America went to the moon at The Wings of History Air Museum’s January workshop. Participants will experience a semi-technical slide and verbal presentation of the details of the July 20, 1969 lunar landing by Ed Ferner, former employee of Grumman Aerospace Corporation during the ‘60s, who was assigned to the Lunar Excursion Module project. Seating is limited, attendance is by reservation only and no walk-ins will be permitted. Get an insider’s view Saturday, Jan. 27, 1-2:15pm at the Wings of History Air Museum Clubhouse, 12777 Murphy Ave, San Martin. For more information or to register, email museum1903@gmail.com.

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GILROY PARTY BAND Enjoy a great party night at The District Theater with Superbad. Experience

Superbad’s large stage presence and rich full sound as they perform a variety of musical styles ranging from the ’70s to today. Experience “The Baddest

Band in the Land” Saturday, Jan. 20, 8-11:55pm at The District Theater, 7430 Monterey St. For more information, visit superbadtheband.com. COMPETITION REGISTRATION Piano students from fifth to 12th grades are invited to register to compete in the Marian Filice youth piano competition and music festival at Gavilan College. Contestants will be expected to prepare two contrasting pieces from the classical repertoire performed by memory. The competition will consist of a junior and a senior division with winners in each division. Nearly $2000 in prize money will be awarded and honorable mentions

will be recognised. The competition will be held Sunday, Mar. 4 at 10am at Gavilan College. The deadline for entry is Friday, Jan. 26. For more information contact mamirkhanian@gavilan.edu, for applications, visit gavilan.edu/music.

MORGAN HILL FENCE INSTALLATION Join the Open Space Authority Land Steward Team and install a wildlife-safe fence at the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. All necessary tools, safety equipment and training for the day will be provided, as well as water, coffee and lunch. Please adhere to the dress code for safety and comfort


DINNER DANCE

Fathers and their daughters, ages 4 to 11, are invited to the annual Father Daughter Dinner Dance in Morgan Hill. Guests will enjoy a delicious dinner and dance into the night. A grandfather, uncle, family friend or other family member is welcome to take a father’s place if not available. Join the fun Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. Register at mhreconline.com with activity code: WSY005, or call 408.782.0008.

create vision boards that can be set up at home, and will learn how looking at the board each day will align the brain with the outcome the creator wants to attract. Start 2018 out on the right foot at this free workshop Wednesday, Jan. 24, 7-8pm at the Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave. For more information, visit sccl.org.

VISION BOARDS Set goals and dreams for the year at the Vision Board Workshop at the Morgan Hill Library. Learn how to help dreams come true and stay inspired throughout the year by creating a vision board. Participants will

DANCE PARTY Head to Clos LaChance for an After Dark Dance Party. Enjoy music from Hackjammers as the lights are dimmed, the sound is turned up and they perform all evening long. Pizza prepared by Chef Lou will be

SAN MARTIN

Teens and their parents are invited to a free Driver Safety Education Start Smart Class presented by Gilroy High School and the Gilroy CHP office. Students from all schools are welcome. Community service hour credits will be given to students enrolled within Gilroy Unified School District, but enrollment in Gilroy High School is not a requirement to attend. Start driving smart Thursday, Jan. 25, 6-8pm at Gilroy High School, 750 W. Tenth St, Gilroy. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/ydyufrzv.

available for purchase. Please note outside food is not permitted, and attendees must be 21 or over. No tickets are required, just grab some friends and join the party Saturday, Jan. 20, 7-11pm at CLos LaChance Wines, 1 Hummingbird Lane. For more information, visit clos.com.

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.

HOLLISTER

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BUS 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 participating farms. Buses depart from Asilomar Conference Grounds at 8am with a second

MISSION 10 RACE Register now for the 35th annual Mission 10 Race. Participants of the Half Marathon, now TAC Distance Certified, will run through the scenic Anzar Hills and past Anzar Lake, and participants of the âž? 12

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and wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, long pants, and layers for the upper body. Volunteers must be over 14 years old and youth volunteers (ages 14 to 17) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Volunteer at this important wildlife migration corridor Saturday, Jan. 20, 10am-3pm at Coyote Valley OSP, 550 Palm Ave. For more information or to register, visit tinyurl.com/y8mna422.

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11 by 15 minutes of practice with instructor assistance. First time dancers are invited to experience salsa with a free one-hour long session. Classes will be held the second and fourth Monday of the month. Learn this unique, energetic dance Monday, Jan. 22, 7-9pm at Old City Hall, 7400 Monterey St, Gilroy. For more information, visit thebabaluclub.com.

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Experience one of the most beautiful concertos ever written for the cello as Symphony Silicon Valley presents legendary cellist Lynn Harrell playing Schumann’s Cello concerto in A minor, Op. 129. A consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher, Harrell’s presence is felt throughout the musical world. Head to the Symphony Saturday, Jan. 20 at 8pm or Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2:30pm at The California Theater, 345 S. First St, San Jose. For more information and tickets visit symphonysiliconvalley.org.

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curriculum and watch performances at this fun, family event. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the campus with a student guide and view demonstrations and activities for students in various classrooms. Learn more about Morgan Hill’s independent, non-sectarian, collegepreparatory school Saturday, Jan. 20, 10am-noon at Oakwood School, 105 John Wilson Way, Morgan Hill. For more information, visit oakwoodway.org.

OPEN HOUSE Parents and children are encouraged to learn more about Oakwood School by visiting its Open house. Meet students, chat with teachers, review

SALSA CLASS Learn Salsa with Club Babalu Salsa Dance Instruction. Level I and II classes are available, both offering 45 minutes of full instruction followed

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. Register now at mission10. racemine.com.

VEGETABLE GARDENING Learn about building a raised bed for vegetable gardening at the Morgan Hill Library. Attendees will learn various ways of creating a raised bed for vegetables and will discover solutions for their individual spaces. This event, presented by UCCE Master Gardener Glen Lattig, will also cover what soil to use and why compost is important. Prepare for gardening Monday, Jan. 22, 7-8:30pm at the Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave, Morgan Hill. For more information, visit sccl.org. YOUNG PROFESSIONALS South County professionals that are either young in age or young in business are invited to join South County Young Professionals Network for its first 2018 event at the New Year Kick-Off Mixer. Attendees will enjoy local wines, live music, catered appetizers and Lighthouse 55 cupcakes while socializing, learning from, and developing connections with other like-minded individuals. Attend the mixer Wednesday, Jan.24, 6-8pm at ARTspace Annex, 217 Fifth St. For more information, visit sypn.org. SCAVENGER HUNT Discover night phenomena with family and friends at the Youth Night Scavenger Hunt at Calero County Park. Participants will work through team activities designed to ignite curiosity in youth ages nine and above. Dress for cool weather, please note that rain will cancel the event. Hunt for fun at this free event Friday, Jan. 26, 6:30-8pm at Calero County Park, 23205 McKean Rd. Meet near the park office. Reservations are required, please call 408.918.7779 to register.

EMPOWERING YOUTH Build family connections and join voices to empower youth in the community at the free Morgan Hill Values Youth workshop. Numerous organizations will be on hand to provide resources and information about services offered in the community, a youth panel will provide a unique perspective for attendees to ask candid questions regarding challenges faced by today’s youth and lunch will be provided for all registered participants at no cost. Discover opportunities to impact youth in a positive way Saturday, Jan. 27, 10am-2:30pm at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. For information or to register, visit mhvaluesyouth.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, Mondays-Saturdays, 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 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.


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A PASSION FOR PLANTS

Rare plants no longer

PLANT EXPLORATION Living plants were dug from their native habitat, sealed into glass nurseries and shipped across the ocean.

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ake a look around your garden or almost any landscaped area in California. Now remove the majority of the different plants. Without the intrepid plants explorers of the last two centuries, our gardens would be much different than they are today. Back in the 1800s, civilization had reached the point where there was more time for leisure activities, one of which was gardening with ornamental plants. Certainly food crops had been grown intensively for thousands of years, but gardening for pleasure, on a grand scale was something new. Humankind has always been competitive, and the gardener is no different. People were ready to garden, wanted plants that would

outshine their neighbors’ gardens, and there were adventurers ready to search, find and share plants from around the world. Consider the difficulty of transporting plants from distant countries in 1830. There were no airplanes to quickly move plants from far-off lands to England. Instead, plants, seeds or bulbs had to survive a sea voyage of months. Few did. How frustrating for plant lovers to hear of new, unusual plants, see dried herbarium specimens of those rare plants, but not be able to get their hands on the living plants themselves. What an answer to prayers when Nathaniel Ward designed and built the 1833 version of our modern terrarium, the original Wardian Case. Living plants were dug from their

native habitat, sealed into these glass containers, placed on board sailing ships and almost miraculously survived the long ocean voyage back to European lands. Plant explorers of the late 1800s and early 1900s have been immortalized by having plant species named for them, such as hookeri (Joseph Hooker), fortunei (Robert Fortune) and wilsonii (E.H. Wilson). This may appear to be a token of “white man’s arrogance,” but considering how many of these men lost their lives searching for and identifying new plants, it becomes a sign of honor and respect. These explorers are responsible for the amazing variety of plants we see in our gardens daily. For instance, camellias and many maples are native to China, eucalyptus came to us from Australia and nearly half of the world’s succulent species originated in South Africa. But plant exploration didn’t end there or then. The World Was My Garden is the name of one of the fascinating books written by David Fairchild. This extraordinary American explorer was responsible for introducing tens of thousands of useful plants to the United States. As creator and chief of the USDA Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction Division, Fairchild and his explorers traveled the world to find new edible plants suitable for home and commercial cultivation including apricots, apples, muskmelons, iris, roses, cherries, avocados, and the Meyer lemon. Imagine being without those crops? We owe a debt of gratitude to these passionate plant explorers. The local chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers is hosting the Festival of Fruit July 27-29. Check it out at: crfg.org/event/crfg-festival-of-fruit/ Nancy Schramm is the third generation owner of Carman’s Nursery. She and her husband have lived in Gilroy for more than 30 years. Contact her at 408.847.2313 or visit carmansnursery.com


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GETTING OUT

Into the crisp air

Ron Erskine

WILDFLOWER WALKS Getting outside this spring is easy when you have the right resources at your disposal.

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A guide to getting out this spring

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fter a dry December, it looks like some rainy weather may be in store. Hopefully, it won’t be long before the hint of green in the hills grows rich, the creases in the hills gurgle with runoff, and the flowers begin to pop. If you just pulled into town or have never hiked our area before, I recommend the three trail guides published by Wilderness Press: “South Bay Trails,” “Peninsula Trails,” and “East Bay Trails.” If Big Sur calls to you, they also publish

a trail guide that covers the entire Santa Lucia Range. I also use Tom Taber’s “The Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Book” that overlaps “Peninsula Trails” somewhat but adds parks and trails closer to the coast. Now that I know where to go, who do I go with? There are the usual special interest resources: Facebook, Meetup, and the like, but many local parks and organizations schedule regular docent-led events. Henry W. Coe State Park has its own Meetup group (coepark.net > Programs and Events > Meetup) as well as regular weekend wildflower walks.

Close to home, Rancho Cañada del Oro, Coyote Valley OSP, and Sierra Vista OSP are three preserves managed by Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority that traverse great landscapes and offer fabulous views. But for a special adventure, don't hesitate to call Teri Rogoway at the SCVOSA. She will gladly rustle up a docent who will lead you and your friends on a hike into the great properties not yet open to the public; places like Doan Ranch, Timber Ridge, and Palassou Ridge in Gilroy, or Blair Ranch near Morgan Hill. A walk along the crest Coyote Ridge, that seemingly uninteresting string of hills east of Highway 101 in Coyote Valley, will surprise you like few other places. It is the key habitat for the Bay checkerspot butterfly, a threatened species endemic to the Bay Area. Year in and year out, Coyote Ridge wins the spring gaudy wildflower show. Looking east, the view across the San Felipe Valley is breathtaking and is likely to include tule elk. Last time I was there, I saw 23. The Santa Clara Valley OSA website says Coyote Ridge OSP will open this year. But if it doesn’t, they regularly schedule docent-led hikes there. Check the “Events” page on their website throughout the spring. And, of course, you are always invited to join the Brokeoff Challenge. We had fun on our first prep hike New Year’ss morning. Five more local hikes, then Lassen National Park this summer. As you log trail miles, you might begin to wonder about the flora and fauna you pass. There are plenty of field guides that will help you name things, but “Secrets of the Oak Woodlands” is a gem of a book that does more. It briefly introduces 22 common species; how they make a living, and the part they play in our environment. Spring is fleeting. Make the most of it.


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THE HOLLISTER PROJECT is a total of 66 acres immediately adjacent to the city limits. You could do 1 acre ranchettes today or wait to be annexed to the city to do a mixed zoning. Adjacent to the Hwy 25 Eastside Bypass. Sellers are open to an option or seller carry.

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33 ACRES OF PRIME FARM LAND with good water and easy access. Great location between Morgan Hill and Gilroy with easy access to Hwy 101. Just 40 minutes to Salinas. Currently planted to corn. Seller will consider carrying the financing. $1,388,883

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PERFECT FIRST HOME or investment. This unit is in the very back, private, corner of the complex and it has just been refurbished with new paint, mini blinds, light fixtures, dishwasher, carpet and vinyl. Move in condition. $299,992

40 ACRES for your private estate or personal retreat. Solitude and star gazing are just the beginning of what you can enjoy from this ridge above the valley floor. The views are something to behold and perfect for you to plan your home around Mother Nature’s art. $298,892

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1932 SPANISH BUNGALOW ON 1/3 ACRE in the country just waiting for your imagination and enthusiasm. Absolutely original (no renovations or refurbishments). Character and charm in need of tender loving care. Wait until you see the main bath$274,947 room.

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50+ BEAUTIFUL ACRES for your dream estate. Located on the west side of Hollister for great views out over the San Juan Valley and Fremont’s Peak. Excellent well shared with the neighboring parcel. Seller may be willing to carry the financing for five years. $649,946

97 ACRES OF PRIME ROW CROP. Good soil, good water and a great Mediterranean climate. Great location for shiping in any direction. Currently farmed conventional. Large barn-workshop and equipment yard. Williamson Act Taxes in place. $2,500,000

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20 ACRES just north of Gilroy by the hospital. Just what you have been looking for with a small ranch house that has a basement, a pool and character. Good soil and good water make for good farming. Excellent investment property.

40 ACRES at the Old Summit Ranch is half way between Los Banos and Gilroy. Almost immediately adjacent to exceptional state and county parks. One half shared well, with a pump and electricity. Within a gated community. Beautiful views $699,996

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FOUR PARCELS - 78.9 acres. Several dwellings, big old barn, farm lease and Bill Board Income equal $6,000 per month. Rural Residential 5 Acre Zoning. Huge potential for the right buyers. Stop and think about the uses in the area and then check with the County. $3,650,000

219 ACRES on the edge of Panoche Valley. If you are looking for a weekend get away you may have found it. Hunting, deer or birds? Only an hour from Hollister or Los Banos. Some level along the valley floor; some elevated with great views. $149,941

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18 ACRES OF FARM LAND with two very nice homes, three large barns and several out buildings. 12 acres are being farmed with two wells. The two homes are two of the nicest around. The barns have character and charm and might be used for several different things. Just minutes to Costco and Walmart. $1,498,894

11 ACRE EQUESTRIAN ESTATE: Two homes, an 18 stall barn, a hay barn, an arena, a round pen and several turn out fields with shelters. Formal or family comforts. Entertain around the pool and enjoy the views. Just 3 minutes to town and about 40 minutes to Monterey or San Jose. $1,499,994

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17+ ACRES JUST SOUTH OF GILROY. Currently in conventionally farmed row crops. Good soil. Good, newer well and water. Electricity and telephone. County paved road, as well as, freeway frontage. Near Gavilan College, new developments and new schools. $999,990

80 ACRES with beautiful views out over the valley and Chesboro Lake. On a clear day you can see for miles. Commute to San Jose on the back roads and stay out of traffic. 1 or 2 wells on the back side of El Toro Mountain.

8 ACRES of almost all level land with a seasonal creek running along the southern property line.The flag lot allows privacy. Great location just a short distance from the Outlets, the coffee shop and the freeway. Equal distance to San Jose or Monterey. $599,995

25 ACRES WITH POTENTIAL Newly surveyed parcel with a well and 5 acre zoning. Beautiful rock out-croppings and majestic oak trees. Just a short distance from the historic downtown. Perfect for a private estate or a small subdivision. Equal distance between San Jose and Monterey. $474,947

$874,947

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CUTE AND COMFY. Just right for one or two.The two bedroom with a nice living room and a great kitchen. Neat and clean. Located in one of the best parks in the county and is convenient to $39,930 $139,931 most everything.

40 ACRES FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD. Whether you are a star gazer looking for the dark of night or a hunter you will find these 40 acres perfect to escape from the noise of every day life.

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