Discover fun activities to do in the South Valley region

Ongoing

Women’s Support Group

  • Join an eight-week personal study session with other caring women healing from post-abortion. These are individual or group sessions depending on the needs of the participants involved. Details: (408) 847-8880 or [email protected]

AARP Safe Driving Course

  • A refresher course for motorists 50 and older is currently taking place. You must call and register to get the dates and location. Participants will familiarize themselves with driver safety and new laws. No tests. Course, materials and instructor provided. There is a minimal DMV certificate fee. Details and to register: Call (408) 779-7117 between 1 and 7 p.m.

Mondays

Celebrate Recovery

  • Group meets at 6:30 p.m. at South Valley Community Church, 8095 Kelton Dr., Gilroy. Details: (408) 848-2363.

Food Addict Meetings

  • Food Addicts in Recovery, a 12-step program for those suffering from overeating, under-eating or bulimia, meet at 7 p.m., Advent Lutheran Church, 16870 Murphy Ave. Details: 800-600-6028 or www.foodaddicts.org.

Line Dancing Lessons

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

Monday & Thursday

Duplicate Bridge

  • Enjoy games that begin at noon Mondays and 10 a.m. Thursdays at the Gilroy Senior Center, 7371 Hanna St. Details: (408) 921-8512 or email [email protected]

Mon., Wed., Fri., & Sat.

Join the Gilroy Gators Masters

  • Swim from 5 to 6 a.m. and most Saturdays from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Gilroy High School. Sessions are for adults looking to get in, or stay in shape, or for triathletes looking for more swim time and/or instruction. Details: Visit www.gilroygators.org or email [email protected]

Tuesdays

Meditation Class

  • This fun class consists of a short introduction, a 20-minute meditation, and a brief discussion afterward. It takes place from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., at 16165 Monterey Road, Suite #200. Details: Please e-mail artofyogamorganhill.com.

4-H Meeting

  • Learn leadership and life skills at the Adam’s 4-H meetings. They are held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Gilroy Grange, 8191 Swanston Lane. Details: [email protected]

Fourth Tuesday

Free Ukulele Jam Session

  • Have fun with an enthusiastic group of players at the monthly Gilroy Ukulele Jam, 6 to 8 p.m., at Old City Hall Restaurant, 7400 Monterey Road. All playing levels are welcome to join; free beginner lessons available from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m.

Wednesdays

Alzheimer, Dementia Care Support

  • Find support, respite, and education 6:30 p.m. in the activities room at Merrill Gardens, 7600 Isabella Way. Details: Anne Seckinger at (408) 857-7811.

Student Recovery/Life Skills Class

  • “God Heals” is an 8-step program for middle and high schoolers providing free life skill classes that take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Cathedral of Faith, 7250 Forest St. Details: Suzie at (408) 497-2494.

American Sewing Guild

  • If you love to sew and work with fabric, you’ll enjoy meeting a group of enthusiasts who challenge and teach each other sewing skills. Meet at 10 a.m. in the Jackson Oaks area of Morgan Hill. Details: www.asgsanjose.org.

Wind Symphony Meets

  • The Morgan Hill Wind Symphony meets from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church, 16970 Dewitt Ave. No auditions are needed. There are openings in all sections. Anyone who plays a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument and has at least two years’ experience is invited to attend. Details: email [email protected] or visit www.mhws.org.

First Wednesday

Alzheimer’s, Dementia Support

  • Get support, respite and education at these monthly meetings in the Activities Room, at Merrill Gardens, 7600 Isabella Way. Details: (408) 857-7811.

Thursdays

Alanon Family Meeting

  • This weekly meeting for family and friends of alcoholics takes place at 7 p.m. at Gilroy First Baptist Church, 8455 Wren Ave.

4-H Meeting

  • Learn leadership and life skills at the Pacheco Pass 4-H meetings from 7 to 8 p.m. Details: Email [email protected] or call (408) 824-8201.

Creative Writing Class

  • No experience needed for this 13-week class that meets at 2 p.m., at Merrill Gardens, 7600 Isabella Way, Gilroy. Details: (408) 621-5114.

Third Thursday

Women in Touch

  • Women in Touch II invites others to renew friendships and make new ones. Meetings include lunch and entertainment are held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Gilroy Elks Lodge. The cost is $23 per person, reservations required. Call 408) 847-1964 or email [email protected]

Fridays

Friday Night Bingo

  • Doors open at 4 p.m. and early games start at 6 p.m. at the VFW, 74 W. Sixth St.

Celebrate Recovery

  • Group meets at 6 p.m. for food, 7 p.m. for large groups and 8 p.m. for small groups, at New Hope Community Church, 8886 Muraoka St. Details: (408) 781-4498.

Late Evening Gym

  • Come to a safe space and have fun from 6 to 9 p.m. at the El Portal gym, 222 I.O.O.F. Ave. Program for 13 to 19 though younger children allowed if accompanied by a parent or sibling older than 18. Permission slip needed if attending for the first time. Details: (408) 846-0460.

Second Friday

San Martin Horsemen Meet

  • The San Martin Horsemen’s Association meets at 7 p.m. at the San Martin Lion’s Club, 12415 Murphy Ave. Details: www.smhorse.org.

Saturdays

Ukulele Sunrise Jam

  • Players meet at 8:30 a.m. for an hour at Café 152 Bread Company, 60 4th St. The group plays songs from songbooks, which are available at www.GilroyUkuleleJam.com.

Running Group, Club Run

  • The South Valley Running Club is hosting a group run at 8 a.m. Various distances. All levels welcome. Membership is not required. Details: www.svrchome.org.

Weekly Bike Rides

  • Join others for a no-drop 15- 25-mile road ride around Morgan Hill. Starts at 7:30 a.m. at Bike Therapy, 17540 Depot St.

Second Saturday

Gilroy Poetry Fun

  • Join the Gilroy Garlicky Group of poets for poetry fun from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Gilroy Public Library, 350 W. 6th St. This is very low key with all levels welcome.

First & Third Sundays

Grief Support Group

  • Group meets at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 17175 Monterey St. It provides a safe place to share grief. Details: (408) 607-5779 or email [email protected]

Now through Feb. 28

Black History Month Exhibit

  • The 6th Annual Black History Month Exhibit, celebrating black women artists history has overlooked, is open from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Gilroy Center for the Arts, 7341 Monterey St.

Feb. 22

Audition For Shrek the Musical, Jr.

  • Auditions take place at 11 a.m. for children 6 to 11 and at 1 p.m. for those 12 to 17, at the Gilroy Senior Center, 7371 Hanna St. Please prepare a song to sing a capella and wear comfortable shoes and clothes for dancing. Check out www.facebook.com/LittleTheaterProductions for more information.

Feb. 25

Book Discussion

  • Discuss “The Tenth Muse,” by Catherine Chung at 7 p.m. at the Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. Details: www.sccld.org/events.

Feb. 26

Security in the Workplace

  • Allen Banks, CEO of Proactive Protection Agency, will discuss security preparedness in the workplace from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6070 Monterey Road. Sponsored by the Gavilan Employer Advisory Council. Register at events.r20.constantcontact.com and enjoy a breakfast buffet.

March 1

Marian Filice Youth Piano Competition and Music Festival

  • Piano students ranging from 5th – 12th grades will compete in the youth piano competition at 10 a.m., while all other musicians will perform during the music festival at 3 p.m. The competition takes place at the Gavilan College Theater, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., and will consist of two divisions. The junior division will be for students in grades 5-8. The senior division will be for those in grades 9-12. Contestants will be expected to have prepared two contrasting pieces from the classical repertoire performed by memory (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Contemporary). Free admission to enjoy the performances during the competition and the music festival. Details: (408) 848- 4796 or email [email protected]

March 4

Growing Warm Season Vegetables

  • Plan your summer garden now. Warm season vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, beans, cucumbers and squash will be discussed from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. Learn about basic requirements including irrigation, soil, nutrients, pest control, harvesting tips and space saving techniques. Harvest fresh vegetables from your garden all summer long. Presented by UCCE Master Gardener Joan Cloutier.

March 8

Drumming Workshop

  • Barbara Borden, percussionist, teacher and composer who is also the subject of a documentary, “Keeper of the Beat: A Woman’s Journey Into the Heart of Drumming,” will lead a beginning drumming workshop at 2 p.m., at the Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. Her goal is to introduce women to the restorative and transformative nature of drumming and music.

March 18

‘Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story’ film Screening

  • This documentary, which will be shown at 6 p.m., at the Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St., presents the life of Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr, one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940s. She was also a talented inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.

March 20

Let The Dice Roll

  • Come join the fun at the P.E.O. Annual Bunco Night from 6 to 9 p.m. at Old City Hall, 7400 Monterey Road. Along with Bunco there will be hearty appetizers, dessert, refreshments and a no host bar. Great raffle and unique silent auction items will feature a Gourmet Italian Dinner Party for eight to bid on.  P.E.O. Chapter CG, is a nonprofit philanthropic educational organization; proceeds benefit local women’s college scholarships, grants, awards and loans for women. Tickets are $30 and available at the Nimble Thimble, 7455 Monterey Road. Details: Call or text Paula at (408) 515-8051.

March 21

Build Your Soil

  • This class will do three things: explain what soil is, what you can do and cannot do with it, and how to “build” it into a rich, plant-friendly medium. It takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the boardroom at St. Louise Hospital, 9400 No Name Uno. Learn why Santa Clara Valley clay soil is really a gardening gold mine. They will also discuss fertilizers, both organic and inorganic, and talk about creating compost.

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