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GILROY Compassion for Those in Need

A New Art Show and Two New Comedies by Sylvia Wallace Myrvold

But before I get to that, a word about helping those in need. Founded in 2011, the Gilroy Compassion Center is working to provide services for homeless residents of South Santa Clara County. They have created a dedicated shelter and one-stop center, offering year- round services, employment training, oppor- tunites for education and a warm, dry place for at least the weekday mornings. They are partnering with service providers with links to medical care, mental health care, drug and alcohol treatment, education and job training. The center is only open from 9am to


1pm. There are clean bathrooms available, and telephone and internet access as well as resource listings, clean clothes and compas- sionate people to help the less fortunate re- enter society. Imagine how hard it would be to get something going if you were always cold and had no clean clothes? How would a potential employer contact you if you had no phone or email address? The center’s mission statement clearly states their objective to be: “to provide services for homeless residents of South Santa Clara County in a manner that is

e at Out & About typically give our attention over to all the fun things

you can do in downtown Gilroy. N

safe, respectful, responsible and communi- ty-based.” You can help them by making a dona-

tion of cash or goods. They are in need of good clothes, blankets, towels, coats, jack- ets, shoes, toiletries and so much more. And of course, they can always use your mone- tary donations. Please, send contributions to: The Gilroy Foundation, (put “for the Gilroy Compassion Center: in the memo line of your checks.) The mailing address is P.O. Box 233, Gilroy, CA 95021. If you would like more information you can call them at 408 763-7120 or go to the website Email questions to them at gilroycompassioncen-

ow, back to our usual habit of shining a spotlight on fun things that bring some relief from your

busy days. There is a new exhibit opening up at the

Gilroy Center for the Arts with an artists reception on January 7 from 4pm to 6pm. This month will feature the Valle del Sur Art Guild, based in Morgan Hill. Local participating artists include: Sheri Chakamian, Joanne Robinson, Laura Wrede, Karen Garnett, Erika Montoya, Julia Seelos, Jeanie Watson, C.J. Myers and Lance Trot. The Valle del Sur group show will be at the center through January 29. The center is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2pm to 6pm, Saturdays from 11am to 5pm and Sundays from 11am to 2pm. (The guild will host a special free demo event, The Art of Colour Creation, on February 7 from 6 to 8pm at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center.)

Laughter comes to the old Grange Hall •

at 8191 Swanston Lane as Pintello Comedy Theater kicks off their 10th anniversary season with a production of Neil Simon’s Rumors. Directed by


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