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Summertime kicks off

Memorial Day has recently passed, and graduation ceremonies are underway. While the weather is still not quite there yet, it is beginning to feel a lot like summer. And there are plenty of events coming soon that will usher in the season. In this issue, we highlight two iconic summer events in the South Valley: Friday Night Music Series in Morgan Hill and Downtown Live in Gilroy (see page 12). The Houserockers light up the Morgan Hill Downtown Amphitheater

on June 14, while local favorites JJ Hawg kick off Gilroy’s series on June 20. Writer Susan L. Rife goes behind the curtains to find out how the lead roles in South Valley Civic Theatre’s Gypsy are preparing to capture the difficult mother-daughter relationship centered in the Tony Award-winning play (see page 6). As always, our comprehensive calendar is a great way to find that summer activity you’ve been looking for. ERIK CHALHOUB

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Stretch, connect with nature, unwind and wine taste at Yoga in the Vines Jun. 9.









Mount Madonna School’s Broadway-caliber 41st annual production of Ramayana! follows Hanuman, the monkeys and princes Ram and Lakshman, as they journey to rescue the Princess Sita from the demon King Ravana. The production features a cast and crew of nearly 200 students. Friday, Jun 7, 7pm and Saturday and Sunday, Jun 8 and 9, 2:30pm each day at Mexican Heritage Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Ave. For information, visit

Clos LaChance, a certified, sustainable wine grower, will host outdoor yoga. Participants will breathe and open, gently stretch and unwind, and move through flow and twists. After yoga, participants are invited to head to the tasting room and try reserve wines. Dress for the outdoors and bring a yoga mat and water bottle. Sunday, Jun 9, 9:30-10:45am at Clos LaChance, 1 Hummingbird Lane. For information, visit

The family-friendly Hollister Anime-Comic Con, hosted by Ohana Comic Con, celebrates fandom, comics, collectibles, pop culture and more. All ages are invited to dress to impress and enter the cosplay (costume) contest beginning at 2:30pm. Cameras are OK, children 12 and under enjoy free admission and parking is free. Sunday, Jun 9, 11am-4pm at Veterans Memorial Building, 649 San Benito St. For information, visit

Guglielmo Winery presents its summer concert series, Vines & Vibes. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic dinner or purchase a meal onsite and relax while enjoying a bottle or glass of Guglielmo’s wine. Area bands will perform throughout the series. Attendees must be 21 or over, and no outside alcohol is permitted. Wednesday, Jun 12, 6-9pm at Guglielmo Winery, 1480 E Main Ave. For information, visit

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KEEPING WATCH Ingrid Rottman

as Mama Rose and Chloe Angst as Gypsy Rose Lee star in South Valley Civic Theatre’s production of Gypsy.

Mama knows best South Valley Civic Theatre closes out 50th season with Tony Awardwinning musical BY SUSAN L. RIFE


In Morgan Hill, Ingrid Rottman will play Mama Rose, with Chloe Angst in the title role and Lindsay Summers as her more-talented sister June. The story begins on the vaudeville circuit in Seattle, as Rose powers ahead with the budding careers of her two daughters, June and Louise. Louise is the shy one; June is more suited to the stage. But when June elopes, Mama Rose’s attention turns to Louise, who becomes Gypsy Rose. The SVCT pairing of Rottman with Angst seemed preordained. “When I read with her, she gave me everything I needed,” Rottman said of her audition with Angst. Both women have strong vocal backgrounds—Rottman is a professional singer; Angst studied vocal performance at Sacramento State—and bear enough ➝ 10

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here never was a stage mother before or since who was as horrifying as Rose Horvick, the tyrant at the heart of Gypsy, the Tony Award-winning 1959 musical that will bring South Valley Civic Theatre’s 50th anniversary season to a close. Gypsy, loosely based on the memoirs of strip-tease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, made famous such tunes as “Let Me Entertain You,” “Small World” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Mama Rose has been played by Broadway powerhouses from Ethel Merman to Bernadette Peters and Patti Lupone. Although it won no Tony Awards in its initial Broadway run, subsequent revivals have yielded trophies.




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A Blind Six Tasting Experience will be hosted by La Vie Dansante Wines and The Grapevine Morgan Hill. Attendees can learn the secrets of how a sommelier can take a sip of wine and accurately describe what it is, where it came from and who made it. This event offers participants the opportunity to taste six wines– three whites and three reds–and attempt to guess what they are and where they are from. Monday, Jun 10, 6:30-8:30pm at The Grapevine Morgan Hill, 17520 Depot St, Morgan Hill. For tickets and information, visit


GILROY BOOK SALE The community is invited to join the Friends of the Gilroy Library book sale to browse

the variety of reads. Proceeds from purchases go toward supporting the collection and programs at the Gilroy Library. The sale is held on the second Saturday each month.

Saturday, Jun 8, 10am-1pm at the Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. For information, visit or call 408.842.8207. ANNIVERSARY DINNER The public is invited to join the American Legion Gilroy Post 217 at its 98th anniversary event, featuring dinner and member recognitions. Assemblymember Robert Rivas will serve as master of ceremonies, and attendees will also enjoy presentations of Veteran of the Year, Community Volunteers of the Year and Community Leadership Awards. Saturday, Jun 8, 5:30pm at Gilroy Veterans Memorial Building, 74 W. Sixth St. Tickets are $30 per

person and must be purchased in advance. Funds raised will benefit the Legion scholarship programs at local schools. For information and tickets, call 408.607.3280 or email KONMARI PRESENTATION A talk hosted at the Gilroy Library will help attendees learn an efficient way of organizing and tidying up. “Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” presented by a certified KonMari consultant/ educator, will guide attendees through the process of tidying up, decluttering and organization based on the six principles of the KonMari Method. The presentation will be followed by


The Henry Coe 5K/10K Fun Run and Walk will race through Hunting Hollow Valley. Participants will traverse a relatively flat dirt trail course surrounded by views of late spring flowers, green hills and the oaks, sycamores and bay trees of Henry Coe State Park. T-shirts are included with registration fee while supplies last, group discounts are available and registration for ages 0-10 is $10. Saturday, Jun 8, 9am at Hunting Hollow Entrance, Gilroy. For information, visit

a question-and-answer session, and questions are encouraged. Wednesday, Jun 12, 7-8:15pm at Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. For information, visit


MORGAN HILL JUNE JAMS The Morgan Hill Library presents June Jams, a series of interactive musical experiences for young children. These special programs will take the place of the regularly scheduled Thursday morning Toddler & Preschool Storytimes throughout June. Families, preschoolers and toddlers are invited Thursday, Jun 13, 10:30-11:15am at Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave. For

As spring begins turning to summer, the Soap Root Plant can be found blooming late in the day upon evening’s approach. The public is invited to join an Open Space Authority docent on a late afternoon hike and experience these flowers coming to life. This free 4.3-mile hike includes an elevation gain of 500 feet. Participants are advised to bring plenty of water and a snack. Sunday, Jun 9, 3-8pm at Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve, 4289 Casa Loma Road, Morgan Hill. To register, visit

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MUSIC SERIES Morgan Hill’s biggest free concert series, the 2019 Friday Night Music Series– Rockin’ the UpBeat Vibes, runs Fridays through Aug 30. The event features music, booths offering local goods and services, local wines, and free admission and parking. No outside alcohol permitted; beer, wine, food and more are available for purchase on site. All food proceeds from this event will go toward youth scholarships in the community. Friday, Jun 14, 6-9:30pm at Morgan Hill Downtown Amphitheatre, 17000 Monterey

HOLLISTER PORTUGUESE FESTIVAL The Portuguese Festival returns Jun 8-9 at S.D.E.S. Portuguese Hall, 695 Seventh St, Hollister. The festival includes the presentation of the 2019 queens, sidemaids and officers at the Queen Coronation and Dance Saturday, Jun 8, 8:30pm. Then, on Sunday, Jun 9, the parade begins at the hall and ends at Sacred Heart Church for 11am Mass followed by the serving of Portuguese sopas, a live auction and music. For information, visit ➝ 11

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SONG & WINE The 2019 KRTY Song and Wine Series at Clos LaChance offers country music favorites performed by the songwriters themselves. Firstcome, first-served seating; lowerback lawn chairs encouraged and folding chairs available. 21 or over, no outside alcohol allowed. Food will be available for purchase and outside food and sealed

water bottles are OK. Thursday, Jun 13, 6-9pm at Clos LaChance Winery, 1 Hummingbird Lane. For information, visit





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SISTER ACT Chloe Angst (left) and Lindsay Summers perform as Mama Rose’s daughters in Gypsy.


physical resemblance to make a mother-daughter relationship plausible. Angst, who commutes from Fremont to Morgan Hill for the show, said Gypsy is a show she’s wanted to be in since she was a little girl, and Louise a role she’s wanted to play for years. “When I was young, what drew me to the show was it had kids in it,” she said. “As I got older, I realized how perfect the story is. It’s a lot deeper than it was when I was a kid. And my mother was never a Mama Rose.” With her opera background, she said, the role vocally “hasn’t been too much of a challenge. It’s definitely more of an acting role than a singing role.” Angst relates well to Louise before her transformation into Gypsy Rose Lee. “I’m very much like Louise. I’m quiet and awkward,” she said. “I’m

a tomboy, mostly like Louise before she became a stripper.” But, she said before donning glittery high-heeled shoes for rehearsal, “I’m excited to be sparkly.” Mama Rose provides her own challenges to the actor portraying her. “Rose is all over the place,” Rottman said. “She’s multifaceted, manipulative. … What I really like about her is she’ll do just about anything for her kids. I’m a lot like Mama Rose—I’ll tell my kids, ‘You are good, but there will always be somebody better.’ ” Adrianne Wilkinson, who appeared in SVCT’s 2017 production of Vanya, Sonia, Sasha and Spike, and was producer for the 2018 production of Guys and Dolls, this time is wearing hats as director, costume designer and set designer. She sees directing as “a chance to help others find

something within themselves that they didn’t know they had.” Gypsy is a directing challenge, she said, because “it’s almost too big; you’ve got to tone it down a little.” Wilkinson loves shows with historical underpinnings. For Gypsy, she said, “I made our Rose read the biography of Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother,” part of a background study to make characters real on the stage. And she can relate to Mama Rose’s singleness of purpose. “I think the real thing is Rose’s love of stardom,” she said. “Mama Rose is addicted to getting her kids to be stars.” The production also stars Scott Lynch as Mama Rose’s love interest Herbie, Nick Bedford as Tulsa, Saidee Avila as Baby June and Veronica Hinch as Young Louise. Carol Harris is music and vocal director, and Valerie Valenzuela is choreographing the show. The director said Gypsy closes

SVCT’s season with a show that “is a tribute to relationships, and a tribute to theater and to passion. It’s a show all about theater. To have this as our final show is, I think, pretty great.” And, she notes, it’s nice to wrap up the season with a female-centric show. The company’s shows this year have been more male-focused—Aladdin Jr., It’s a Wonderful Life, Godspell and 1776. “It’s nice for the girls to have their turn,” she said. The 2019-2020 season will tilt toward the girls, with Cinderella, Steel Magnolias, Heathers, Cabaret and Beauty and the Beast. South Valley Civic Theatre performs “Gypsy” June 14-July 6 at the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse, 17090 Monterey Road. Admission is $16-$25. For tickets and information, visit or call 408.842.7469.



Gilroy Hot Springs Road. RSVP is required to Chere Bargar at For information, visit CONTAINER GARDENING Gardening enthusiasts who lack the space for a vegetable garden are invited to UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County’s Container Gardening event. Participants will learn which plant varieties do well in containers of various shapes and sizes and how to prepare the soil. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required. Saturday, Jun 15, 10am-noon at St. Louise Hospital Teaching & Demo Garden, 9400 No Name Uno, Gilroy. For information, visit mgsantaclara. File photo


The Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club will host its 50th Annual Endurance Run and Lowland Tour on intertwining routes in the Hollister countryside. This event will bring together more than 45 restored and original pre-1940 automobiles and 35 pre-1927 speedsters. The race will commence Sunday, Jun 9, 8:15am at Fifth and San Benito streets in Downtown Hollister. For information, visit

EVENTS EQUESTRIAN RIDE The community is invited to ride or hike into Open Space Authority property normally closed to the public. Riders can travel about four miles to the stone house and back, or continue about 10 miles up the ridge and enjoy lunch on the ridge. Be prepared for creek crossings, rocks and steep terrain. Attendees are advised to bring lunch and water. Sunday, Jun 9, 9am hikers depart, 10am equestrians depart. Henry Coe State Park Hunting Hollow,

DOWNTOWN LIVE Gilroy’s family-friendly Downtown Live free concerts return Thursday nights. In addition to live music, food trucks will be present for hungry attendees. JJ Hawg will hit the stage Thursday, Jun 20. Downtown Live will be held Thursdays, 5-9pm in Downtown Gilroy. For information, visit PARTY IN THE PARK Live music, games, wellness activities and a movie screening are scheduled at the annual Gilroy Party in the Park. This event features free activities and resource tables for families in the South County area, raffles, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and pony rides, free school backpacks and more. Friday, Jun 21, 5-9:30pm at San Ysidro Park, 7700 Murray

COMEDY DRAMA Belles: The Reunion, the South Bay premiere of the 2016 follow up to Mark Dunn’s popular comedy-drama, Belles, arrives at Limelight Actors Theater. The production follows the Walker sisters from Memphis as they return after 25 years, back on the phone for another crisisfilled weekend. Guests are invited to bring their own dinner and wine to performances. This production runs Friday, Jun 21-Sunday, Jul 14 at Limelight Actors Theater, 7341 Monterey St, Gilroy. For information, showtimes and tickets, visit FAMILY RODEO The 86th annual Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo features rodeo contests including bull riding, roping categories, cattle sorting, horsemanship and more. Attendees can acquire fine leather, jewelry and handcrafted tack at the Western Art & Tack Show, enjoy free events in the Kids’ Corral and view memorabilia of San Benito County’s cowboys and cowgirls at the Saddle Horse Association Museum. The event also includes musical entertainment, wine and beer tasting, a live auction and more. Friday, Jun 28-Sunday, Jun 30 at Bolado Park, 9000 Airline Hwy, Tres Pinos. For tickets and information, visit SUPER-DUPER EXHIBIT Families are invited to join Sid the Science Kid from the awardwinning PBS Kids TV series at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Guests will use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power and the five senses. “Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit!” will be open May 25-Sep 2 at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, 180 Woz Way, San Jose. For information, visit

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YAPPY HOUR Yappy Hour is held the second Thursday of every month at Paine’s Restaurant, with a portion of proceeds from the event benefiting Pet Friends and Rescue Non-profit Organization of San Benito County. Pet Friends Rescue works to help eliminate cruelty and neglect of abandoned companion animals and encourage a community atmosphere of education, care and concern that will strengthen the human/animal bond. Thursday, Jun 13, 4-8pm at Paine’s Restaurant, 421 East St, Hollister. For information, visit

EARLY DAYS Attendees can meet early Californians including cattle drivers, mountain men, Civil War soldiers, pioneers, Victorian ladies and more. Enjoy crafting and cooking demonstrations and taste an old-fashioned soda in the saloon. Saturday and Sunday, Jun 15-16, 11am-4pm at San Juan Bautista State Historic Park, 19 Franklin St, San Juan Bautista. For information, call 831.623.4881.

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ROCK AND SOUL The Houserockers kick off the Friday Night Music Series in Morgan Hill on June 14.

Rockin’ the night away Summer concert series begins in South Valley By ERIK CHALHOUB

MAY 3, 2019



ith the first day of summer just two weeks away, it’s time to get rockin’

in the South Valley. The Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce will present the annual Friday Night Music Series beginning June 14, 6-9:30pm at the Morgan Hill Downtown Amphitheater, 17000 Monterey St. The free series continues through Aug. 30. Kicking things off will be The Houserockers. The 10-piece rock and soul band hails from Los Gatos, with a five-piece horn section, two guitars, bass, drums and keys. The band, formed about 20 years ago, was named “Best Cover Band in the Bay Area” by winning KFOX Radio’s Last Band Standing contest. They perform songs from a variety of well-known bands, such as The Rolling Stones, Earth, Wind & Fire and the Beatles.

Soul Kiss continues the series on June 21. The Hollister-based band is known for its high-energy covers of rock, blues, funk and country songs. Every Friday night, beer, wine, food and more will be available for purchase. Kiwanis Morgan Hill will donate all food proceeds toward youth scholarships. Music begins at 6pm, featuring local youth, singing groups and duos. The opening bands will perform at 6:40pm, with headlining bands taking the stage at 7:30pm. Downtown Live returns to Gilroy on Thursday nights from June 20-Aug. 15. The free concerts, with bands performing a variety of rock, reggae, hip-hop and other tunes, begin at 7pm. Rock ’n’ rollers JJ Hawg will kick off the series on June 20. In addition to live music, Downtown Live features food trucks, vendors and a kid zone, which open at 5pm.

Friday Night Music Series headlining bands: JUNE 14: The Houserockers JUNE 21: Soul Kiss JUNE 28: Country Cougars JULY 5: Shane Dwight JULY 12: Moondance Band JULY 19: The Hitmen JULY 26: Puro Bandido

AUG. 2: Uptown Funk — Bruno Mars Tribute Band AUG. 9: The Heat AUG. 16: Journey Revisited — Journey Tribute Band AUG. 23: Caravanserai — Santana Tribute Band AUG. 30: The Boys of Summer — Eagles Tribute Band

DOWNTOWN LIVE LINEUP: JUNE 20: JJ Hawg JUNE 27: Barely Functional JULY 11: Polo Jones JULY 18: Low Noon JULY 25: Jordan T AUG. 1: Steely Nash AUG. 8: Rock The Heat AUG. 15: Sweet Daddy & The Bad Cats

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Event closes this weekend By SUSAN L. RIFE


he second annual NorCal Music Festival comes to a close this weekend with chamber music and orchestra masterworks, including guest artists the Ghaderi-Focks Duo. The pair—Kimia Ghaderi, violin, and Andrew Focks, piano— will perform a program of works by Bach, Telemann, Mendelssohn, Kreisler, Rachmaninoff, Richter and Ramnath at 7:30pm June 8 at Advent Lutheran Church, 16870 Murphy Ave. in Morgan Hill. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Ghaderi and

Focks have been musical collaborators since 2012. The final series of Orchestra Masterworks Concerts will be a program of works by festival co-founder Kyle T. Jones and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, at 7:30pm June 7 at Advent Lutheran, 7:30pm June 8 at First Christian Church in Berkeley, and 5:30pm June 9 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco. The NorCal Music Festival runs through June 9 in various locations from Morgan Hill to San Francisco. For ticket information, visit


The truth about garden myths

Kate Russell

INEFFECTIVE WEED CONTROL While vinegar may kill weeds above ground, it doesn’t affect the roots.

Many chemicals do more harm than good By KATE RUSSELL


baking soda back to the colony to explode? It doesn't really happen. As for slugs and snails, well, baking soda is a salt. Salt does terrible things to slugs and snails. But salting your fields never ends well for plants. As for baking soda's fungicidal properties, it works well in the lab and not in the field. If you have fungal problems, try using potassium bicarbonate, instead. What about killing weeds with vinegar? It sounds so easy! Does it really work? Well, it depends. Grocery store vinegar is five percent acetic acid and 95 percent water. Horticultural strength weed-killing vinegar is eight percent acetic acid or higher. Vinegar is food, while acetic acid is a potentially

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an gardeners simply turn to their kitchen cabinet for inexpensive, natural remedies for the most common garden problems? Garden quick fixes are a dime a dozen and often do more harm than good. This is especially true for Epsom salts, vinegar, dish soap and baking soda. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is said to control powdery mildew, kill ants, slugs and weeds, and make tomatoes taste sweeter. But it doesn't do any of those things. Baking soda is highly alkaline. Adding it to already alkaline Gilroy soil will not improve the taste of anything. And those claims about ants taking

dangerous chemical. Vinegar may kill the aboveground portion of weeds, but not the roots. Of course, if you do it enough, the plant will eventually use up all the food stored in the root system, killing it. Probably. But, it would have been simpler to just cut it off or pull it out in the first place. What about dish soap—the miracle bug killer? Soaps remove an insect's protective waxy coating, making them dry up and die. Unfortunately, soaps do the same thing to plants. While specially formulated insecticidal soaps are very useful in the garden, you need to understand that many dish soaps are harsh detergents that contain bleach, fragrances, colors and other chemicals that can harm or kill your plants. The sheer volume of claims made about Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) should indicate a problem. Magnesium sulfate is said to improve blooming, germination, photosynthesis, nutrient uptake, fruit production and flavor while deterring pests and killing weeds, reducing blossom end rot, transplant shock, leaf curling and chlorosis, without risk of building up in the soil. All these claims are inaccurate. Sadly, there is no scientific evidence of Epsom salts repelling slugs, insects, grubs, voles, rabbits or anything else. As for blossom end rot, adding Epsom salts may actually interfere with your plants’ ability to take up calcium, making the condition more likely, rather than preventing it. These garden cure-alls should be filed under “too good to be true.” A healthy, productive garden does not come with quick fixes. Before jumping on any bandwagon, be sure you take the time to read the science behind those claims.



Small town, Saturday nights

TOM PETTY TRIBUTE The Petty Breakers take the stage during Hollister Concerts on July 13.

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Hollister Concerts brings touring bands to local community




n the southeastern foothills of Hollister lies a 600-acre ranch, favored with views of sprawling hills and a vast sky. It’s land that Al Guerra’s extended family has owned for nearly 40 years. And it’s here, more than 10 years ago, where Al found himself admiring the terrain with his eldest child, Jason. “It just kind of occurred to us, ‘Hey, we could sit here, listen to music, and enjoy the scenery; drink a beer or a glass of wine,’ ” Al recalled. And with that, a vision was born. Since that epiphanic day, Pepper Tree Ranch (originally a working

cattle ranch) has since become home to Guerra Cellars and Hollister Concerts—a family-favorite hotspot to take in good tunes and enjoy warm, summer evenings. Such bands as 38 Special, Los Lobos, Y&T, and Bonfire, an AC/ DC tribute band have been hits at Hollister Concerts so far, and “have always had the best crowds,” said Danielle Burke, Guerra Cellars wine club manager and concert coordinator. “Their music always gets the crowd going, and in such an intimate setting, it couldn’t get any better.” This summer’s line-up is proving to offer the same exciting entertainment for locals and visiting crowds.

The Long Run (Eagles Tribute) and Neon Circus (Brooks and Dunn Tribute) will kick off the 2019 summer series on Saturday, June 22. Continuing the line-up is The Petty Breakers (Tom Petty Tribute) and Mirage (Fleetwood Mac Tribute) on July 13; Queen Nation (Queen Tribute) and Idol X (Billy Idol Tribute) on Aug. 3; DSB (Journey Tribute) and Turn the Page (Bob Seger Tribute) on Aug. 24; and Bonfire (AC/DC Tribute) and Fast Times (80s Tribute) on Sept. 14. What began as a hobby for Al, who also owns a movie theater, has now become profitable enough to possibly become a business opportunity for a younger family member one day. “My kids all have careers, so it’s not like they’re going to make it a business,” Al said. “But maybe my grandkids would take it to the next level.” And what he envisions as the next level is to ultimately headline national artists. “Hollister supports us very well, but there’s only so many people in Hollister to draw from,” he said. “So we really try to concentrate on Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Watsonville and Salinas to get some people here. It’s nice to not have to go to San Jose and then drive back in order to see somebody you’d like to see. I’d like to see us be able to do that.” Hollister Concerts at Pepper Tree Ranch is located at 500 John Smith Road in Hollister. For information, visit or email All ages welcome to concerts; children 12 and under are free. No pets are permitted, other than service animals. Guerra Cellars’ Tasting Barn at Pepper Tree Ranch is open Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5pm from May through September.


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Open Sat 12-3pm Jose Vargas (831) 524-1559 Listed by Charlene King (831) 801-5464 2 YEARS NEW ~ Darling 3Br/2.5Ba filled w/many amenities. Stylish kitchen. No HOA dues. 240 Slate Avenue, Hollister $499,900

Open Sat 12-4pm Monica Weltz (831) 801-0592 WOW! MANY EXTRAS ~ 4Br/2Ba w/sep living & dining rooms, fab kitchen & nook area open to family room. Great entertaining space in backyard. 6445 Sussex Place, Gilroy $774,999

Open Sun 1-4pm Tammy Davis (831) 801-3179 Listed by Charlene King (831) 801-5464 FABULOUS RANCH ~ Rare 1-story 4Br/2.5Ba that has it all! Beautiful yard, master suite, privacy! 1060 El Cerro Drive, Hollister $578,900 NEW PRICE

S hannan Matthews

Mobile: (209) 410Ͳ8078 REALTOR® DRE #01700762 Dedicated to Results Buying and/or selling a property is a big deal! You need someone to handle the process with experience, grace and tenacity. As a fulltime Realtor, I’m committed to clear & consistent communication along with a partnership approach that means I listen to YOU, provide guidance where needed and then execute the plan! Heartfelt integrity,  my promise to stay market/tech savvy, an enormous work ethic & great industry relationships are just a few additional  perks I have to offer! I have been an area resident since 1994 and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1992. I recognize the unique opportunities that our area provides and strive to stay connected and involved with my community to be the best advocate possible for you and your family!

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Open Sat 1-4pm Eileen Stone (408) 506-0067 Listed by Charlene King (831) 801-5464 CUSTOM FEATURES ~ Fabulous 4Br/2.5Ba. Airy living room, glam kitchen, room for RV. 500 Chardonnay Way, Hollister $619,900


Sun 12-3pm Shannan Matthews (209) 410-8078 Listed by Charlene King (831) 801-5464 D A R L I N G!!! ~ 3Br/2Ba on corner lot w/great access to large backyard. Pride of ownership shows. 1201 Brighton Drive, Hollister $524,900


17,203 Sq.Ft. lot on the 18th Tee 2832 Sq.Ft. Updated Home • 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath

Family Room, has a retreat with a stone fireplace, ideal for a reading room + wet bar. Formal Dining room, Sunken living Room, Home “Lives Big”. Master bedroom has floor to ceiling fireplace and access to study or retreat. 6x6 walk in marble shower, dual shower heads + a Rainbird head. It just gets better and better. Enjoy your new kitchen, all new appliances, island + a breakfast area. PLUS walk in pantry. Room for everything.


Reduced: $828,800




Side yard, backyard with deck to enjoy the panoramic views of the hills, the full golf course view on the 18th tee. Cathedral beam ceilings in Living Room, built in fireplace with gas logs, generous use of brick, ash entertainment area, book shelves that are reflected in a mirrored wall in the Dining room, plus a built in cabinet to store your precious treasures. 3 Bedroom, 3 bath 2700 +/- S.F. Upgraded kitchen with newer custom cabinets and granite counter tops, island where you can enjoy your breakfast. State of the art stainless steel appliances, including refrigerator, 5 burner stove toop, Fisher/Paykel 2 drawer dishwasher, microwave, double ovens/convection, microwave, refrigerator, bar sink. Family room off the kitchen with work area, floor to ceiling brick fireplace with gas log insert. Inside utility room + bath with shower, breezeway takes you to your oversized deep 3 car garage with storage.

Asking: $752,880



That’s how you feel living at Ridgemark Golf and Country Club – a 18 hole gated community! Large oversized corner lot, approx.. 13,000 + S.F.. 3 car garage – 682 S.F. New exterior paint and trim, lot slopes up from the street, new sod in private backyard, fresh plants in the front and new drip system. – it looks great! 2159 S.F.

Asking: $615,000

Featured Property NEW PRICE

Open Sat 1-4pm Tammy Davis (831) 801-3179 Listed by Charlene King (831) 801-5464 GREAT VIEWS ~ At end of cul-de-sac. Solar owned/heated pool. 4Br/3Ba, 1Br/1Ba down. 6635 Angela Court, Gilroy $824,900


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Majestic Hills of Santana Ranch


Open Sat 12-3pm Host: Shannan Matthews (209) 410-8078 Open Sun –1-4pm Host: Jose Vargas (831) 524-1559 Listed by Charlene King (831) 801-5464 Fabulous quality built 3-years-new home has upgraded Anderson Homes features including: tile flooring w/hardwood appearance, upgraded cabinets, two-tone paint & large walk-in closets. 4Br/3Ba including 1Br/1Ba downstairs. In the kitchen, the counters are granite w/rich wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances & spacious island— a great space for the chef in the family while entertaining. Cozy up to the fireplace in oversized family room w/great views of the landscaped, park-size backyard.

1637 Santana Ranch Drive, Hollister Offered for $745,000

We are an award winning company offering superior service in each of our five locations! 330 Tres Pinos Road, Suite D1, Hollister (831) 245Ͳ0321 1544 Constitution Blvd, Salinas (831) 800Ͳ7341 534 Abrego Street, Monterey (831) 648Ͳ7271 237 Mt. Hermon Road, Scotts Valley (831) 438Ͳ8400 13117 Highway 9, Boulder Creek (831) 338Ͳ2125 or 338Ͳ2184

26 Years of Helping Buyers and Sellers

2160 Alturas Ct. Hollister Priced to Sell at $649,950

3200 square feet, 4 huge bedrooms 2.5 baths His and her walk-in closets in master suite. Pool, leased solar, awesome neighborhood! A great value!

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Daniel J. Furtado, Broker 408.313.0833 | 831.313.1656 CalBRE: 01131718


$1,900 Month/$2,400 Deposit Upstairs apartment Very clean with covered carport. Garbage and water paid by landlord. 3 Bedroom 1 Bath AVAILABLE MID MAY


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200 Tres Pinos Road Excellent Location/Good Parking 2 units available starting at $325 to $525

Call Marilyn Ferreira 831-901-0161 Hollister Rental Properties BRE# 00409787

$2,200 $1,550 $2,500 $4,400

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$1,700 $1,800

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$2,980 Month/$3,480 Deposit Beautiful home on corner lot, great room with fireplace, A/C & Gardner included. 4 Bedroom 3 Bath

2 Bedroom Apartments starting at $2095. Pool. Park like setting.  Contemporary Landscaping. 1129 Monte Bello Drive Gilroy, CA 95020






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