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Tis the Season to Be Friendly Faces In our too-busy world it’s nice to bump into friends when we’re out at dinner, at the gas station, buying groceries or picking up the kids. South County is not too big, not too small, but just right. Community Connection It’s easy to connect with neighbors, business owners and elected officials. Have Coffee with the Mayor (Roland or Steve), pop in to a Chamber mixer (hit all three Chambers!), attend a PorchFest, or rub elbows with Morgan Hill or Gilroy PD at the annual National Night Out.  Community Mindedness Our calendars are packed year ‘round with events. At some, we volunteer. At others, we dress up for dinner, kick up our heels, and raise our paddles for worthy causes. We’ve got service clubs, community foundations, and many non-profit organizations focused on doing good and having fun—words to live by. Scenic Beauty Nestled between Diablo and Santa Cruz Mountain Ranges, our oak-studded hills, open space, and sparkling waterways inspire nature-lovers and fitness buffs. Just outside of town are horse ranches, farm lands, vine- yards, and public parks. That’s Scenic with a capital S. for all that this wonderful place we call home is! 18 Downtowns Free, summer music series and amazing car shows in downtown Gilroy and Morgan Hill. Our own “supper club” with entertainment (The Léal Granada Theater). GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN Stuff to Do No excuse for couch potatoes around here! We’ve got Gilroy Garlic Festival, Mush- room Mardi Gras, Taste of Morgan Hill, an international film festival, car shows, live music onstage and in the streets, downtown holiday parades, art and photography shows, and more. Best Weather Ever Climate change is real, but South County’s Mediterranean climate, with its moderate temperatures, blue skies and low humidity, can rival anyplace in the world. No wonder our out-of-state friends are jealous. Fine Vines and Wines Hail Santa Clara Valley! We’re California’s oldest Viticultural region, with our very own appellation and a Wine Trail to boot. Tasting rooms welcome wine connoisseurs and novices alike. We’ve got two Wine Pass- port Months—Spring and Fall. And great wine clubs. Fab Foodie Experiences Our downtowns offer it all, whether your taste runs to seafood, steak or vegetar- ian fare; Thai, Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Korean, or California fusion. You’ll never run out of fab foodie experiences in South County. Tee Times We’ve got an amazing range of golf courses, with Coyote Creek, Eagle Ridge, Cinna- bar Hills, Gilroy Golf Course. They offer challenges for golfers at all levels of skill and competitive spirit. What’s a mulligan or two among golf buddies? OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018