Published in the June 14 – June 27, 2017 issue of Gilroy Life

Free guitar lessons
• Gorden Gibson will teach beginning guitar at the Gilroy Senior Center, 7371 Hanna St., from noon to 1 p.m. The lessons are free. For more information, call (408) 846-0414.

Line dancing lessons
• Enjoy line dancing lessons from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the San Martin Lions Club, 12415 Murphy Ave.

Second Monday
Parkinson’s support group
• Meet at the Village Green Senior Living Center, 7600 Isabella Way. For more information, call (408) 842-2240.

Monday, Thursdays
Duplicate Bridge
• Games takes place at 1:20 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Thursdays at the Gilroy Senior Center, 7371 Hanna St. For more information, call (408) 921-8512 or email

Ladies Golf Club
• The Gilroy Ladies Golf Club is looking for new members. Call (408) 779-0886 or (408) 776-7509.

Line dancing with Lu
• Free line dancing lessons with Lu from 7 to 10 p.m. at Old City Hall, 7400 Monterey St.

First Wednesday
Support group
• A local dementia support group meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Village Green of Gilroy, 7600 Isabella Way. For more information, call (408) 441-0223.

Second Wednesday
SV Woodworkers meet
• Enjoy working with wood and sharing you knowledge? Join the South Valley Woodworkers, serving South San Jose, Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Hollister. The group meets at 7 p.m. monthly in Morgan Hill. For more information, visit

Last Wednesday
Caregiver support group
• The dementia group meets from 10:15 to 11 a.m. at CIEL, Create, Inspire, Enrich, Learn, 7680 Monterey St., #102. The fee is $8 or donation requested. For more information, call (669) 327-5222 or visit

Caregiver support group
• The dementia group meets from 10:15 to 11 a.m. at CIEL, Create, Inspire, Enrich, Learn, 7680 Monterey St., #102. The fee is $8 or donation requested. For more information, call (669) 327-5222 or visit

4-H meeting
• Learn leadership and life skills at the Pacheco Pass 4-H meetings from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information, email or call (408) 824-8201.

Caregiver support group
• The dementia group meets from 10:15 to 11 a.m. at CIEL, Create, Inspire, Enrich, Learn, 7680 Monterey St., #102. The fee is $8 or donation requested. For more information, call (669) 327-5222 or visit

Friday Night Bingo
• Doors open at 4 p.m. with early bird games starting at 6 p.m. at the VFW, 74 W. Sixth St.

Celebrate recovery
• This group meets at 6 p.m. for food, 7 p.m. for large group discussion and 8 p.m. for small groups. They meet at New Hope Community Church, 8886 Muraoka St. For more information, call (408) 398-5107.

Second Friday
Horsemen meet
• The San Martin Horsemen’s Association meets at 7 p.m. at the San Martin Lion’s Club, 12415 Murphy Ave. For more information, visit

Flea Market
• The Flea Market takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Martin Presbyterian Church, 13200 Lincoln Ave. Space available for $15.

First, Third Sundays
Grief Support Group
• This group provides a safe and respectful place to share grief. It meets at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 17175 Monterey St. For more information, call (408) 607-5779 or email

June 17
Ornamental All-Stars
• Want to replace drought damage to your landscape with drought-tolerant plants that are not prickly cactus? Learn about plants that survived strenuous testing at U.C. Davis during the drought at this class that takes place from 10 .m. to noon at the South County Teaching and Demonstration Garden located behind St. Louise Hospital, 9400 No Name Uno. They are good survivors, have beautiful flowers, and don’t use much water. A few are even edible! That’s a big win for you and your garden. Presented by Carol Peck, UCCE Master Gardener in Santa Clara County.

Volunteers to plant trees
• Our City Forest, the leading urban forestry nonprofit in the San Jose, is looking for about 60 volunteers to help plant 22 trees from 8 to 11 a.m. at Paradise Park, 445 La Crosse Drive. Experienced tree planters are encouraged to sign up to coach other volunteers. Registration is required. To register, contact Lauren at or (408) 998-7337 ext. 108. Volunteers between the ages of 13 and 17 without a parent or guardian present must fill out a waiver form and bring it to the event. (Form will be emailed upon registration.) Volunteers 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please arrive by 7:45 a.m. Bring water, snacks, sun protection and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Closed toed shoes required.

June 20, 21 &22
Estate planning and Medi-Cal seminars
• Join attorney Jim Ward for a free 90-minute educational, seminar, breaking down inheritance tax myths, inaccurate information regarding qualifying for Medi-Cal and the legal steps needed to protect assets with a sound Living Trust. Seminars are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at San Juan Oaks Golf Club, 3825 Union Road, Hollister; 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Law Office of Jim Ward, 7888 Wren Ave., Gilroy; and 11 a.m. Thursday at the Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. Call (408) 847-4800 for reservations.

June 21, 28 & July 5
Learn to write a memoir
• Have you ever thought about writing your life stories but don’t know where to start? Now is your time! Unleash the story within and gain practical tools to write it well from 6:30 to 8:3-0 p.m. in room LI100 at Gavilan College. Beat writer’s block and learn how to mine vivid stories from your real life in an easy, non-threatening and inspiring environment. Don’t worry about grammar and spelling, your instructor will guide and help you along the way. Students who complete class will finish with a mini-memoir. Tuition is $79. For more information, visit

June 24
Single-payer health care discussion
• The South County Democratic Club, Indivisible South Valley and Indivisible San Benito will host an informational event to learn about Senate Bill 562, single-payer health care for California. If this bill becomes law, California will enact single-payer health insurance for all state residents. The discussion takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. Assembly-member Ash Karla, co-author of the bill; William Wallace, vice president of The California Alliance of Retired Americans; Greg Miller, retired CNA; and Bob Sigala, activist, will present the information.

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Marty Cheek

Publisher at Gilroy Life
Marty Cheek is the publisher of Morgan Hill Life and Gilroy Life. He is also the co-author with Congressman Jerry McNerney of the book Clean Energy Nation: Freeing America From the Tyranny of Fossil Fuels. Email: Phone: (408) 782-7575
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