Published in the May 31 – June 13, 2017 issue of Gilroy Life

By Eric Howard

Eric Howard

Did you know that we have a polo club in our backyard? Not only a polo club but also an indoor arena and an outdoor arena. Their motto is “Come for the polo, stay for the party!” South Bay Polo Club is a great place to bring your friends and family for a fun day basking in the shade of the willow trees field side, watching the exhilarating sport of polo. While you are at it why not BBQ while watching? Admission is free. They are centrally located at 1290 Masten Ave. (gate code is 1290). They provide plenty of polo playing opportunities for all levels. Check out their website for the next scheduled polo day. You can even try your hand at polo. Currently they are hosting an “Introduction to Polo” Clinic every Saturday at 9:00 a.m. They supply everything you need: helmet, horse, equipment, etc. For more information on this fun club or to reserve your spot, check out their website southbaypolo.com or contact Francesca at (650) 353-6898 or francescafinatopolo@gmail.com.

Fridays, starting June 2 and running into the fall, the Gilroy Demonstration Garden will sponsor the Downtown Gilroy Spice of Life Certified Farmers Market. The market will be open from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will showcase a variety of local farms and businesses, including a stand with the Garden’s own produce. Food trucks from Movable Feast will be in attendance. In addition, during the middle of the summer, Gilroy Downtown Business Association’s Fifth Street Live music series will provide music and entertainment as well. On Fridays, Downtown Gilroy will be the place to be this summer.

On Friday, April 28, CASA Center, Continuing Advancement for Special Needs Adults, attended the 12th annual Gifted Games held at Gilroy High School for special needs students ranging from preschool to High School and attended by 22 different schools from Gilroy to Hollister. CASA was able to host a table and meet with potential clients about services offered and felt it was an honor to be a supporter of the games and to cheer on the athletes. They are actively enrolling clients 18 and above. They are located at 8620 San Ysidro Ave. #116 but call Annie at (669) 888-5744 for a tour or further information.

STEPS 2 READING has expanded to Hollister, Morgan Hill, and San Martin during the summer months. Offering in-home and in-school tutoring for reading, writing and comprehension success. Your child will develop the underlying foundation necessary for success in language and literacy skills — and thus successes in all areas of school curricula. Call to discuss how your child can improve their skills over the summer and be prepared for 2017-2018 school year. To contact call (908) 370-6377 or email steps2reading@gmail.com.

Bryan Stow of the Bryan Stow Foundation recently presented an anti-bullying presentation to St. Mary School students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Bryan talked with students about what it means to be a bully and the effects of bullying. Bryan was a paramedic in the Bay Area and a S.F. Giants super fan. In 2011, he attended the opening day Dodgers game in Los Angeles against the S.F. Giants and was brutally assaulted by two men. The attackers nearly took his life, and while Bryan survived, he was left with many serious injuries and disabilities. Initially placed on life support, he spent many months in a coma, and when he came out of it, faced a long, uphill battle to regain his ability to speak, read, write, eat, stand and take care of his basic needs. As part of speech therapy, his therapist took him out to schools to tell his story. That effort turned into the Bryan Stow Foundation.

Eric Howard is the Business Relationship Manager for the Chamber of Commerce. Contact him at (408) 842-6437.