Calendar and Briefs

Briones makes dean’s list

Jason Briones, of Morgan Hill, was one of 264 students named to the spring 2023 dean’s list at Presbyterian College. This honor recognizes students who have achieved between a 3.3 and a 3.9-grade point average for a semester, and is a testament to students’ dedication to academic excellence, says a press release from the college.

Presbyterian College was founded in 1880 by the Rev. William Plumer Jacobs in the historic city of Clinton in the foothills of South Carolina. The college offers various undergraduate majors and has established three graduate programs in occupational therapy, physician assistant, and pharmacy.

Leedy earns academic honors

Mackenna Leedy, of Morgan Hill, was among those who earned dean’s list recognition at George Fox University for the spring 2023 semester. Traditional undergraduate students must earn a 3.5 grade point average or above on 12 or more hours of graded work to earn a spot on the dean’s list. Leedy is a senior majoring in psychological science, says a press release.

George Fox University is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best National University.” More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Oregon, and at teaching centers in Portland and Redmond, Oregon.  

Valencia named to dean’s list

Nyla Valencia, of Morgan Hill, was among the more than 7,100 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa named to the dean’s list for the 2023 spring semester. Valencia is an undergraduate first-year student in Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is majoring in Biology.

Coffee with the mayor

Join Morgan Hill Mayor Mark Turner and special guest, Santa Clara County Supervisor Sylvia Arenas, for coffee and an information conversation about Morgan Hill, 9-10am June 24 at the Centennial Recreation Center, 171 West Edmundson Ave. 

Vereyken named to dean’s list

Gunnar Vereyken, of Morgan Hill, has been recognized on the dean’s list for the spring 2023 semester at Norwich University. Full-time undergraduate students, who earned a semester grade point average of at least 3.40 are awarded Dean’s List honors, says a press release from the university.

Free meals available for children at libraries

Free lunches are now available to children ages 0-18 and their caregivers at the Morgan Hill and Gilroy libraries. 

These meals must be eaten at the library, as the grab-and-go service is no longer being offered due to federal Covid-19 waivers expiring.

No registration is necessary and meals are available while supplies last.

The Santa Clara County Library District, the Silicon Valley YMCA and Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley partner every year to offer the free meals.

The summer months can be difficult for families who rely on school breakfasts and lunch to feed their children. According to a Summer Meals report by SHFB, “families usually spend an additional $300 per month on food during the summer, which can be a significant financial strain.”

Meals will be served Monday through Friday from noon to 1pm through Aug. 4 at the Morgan Hill Library Program Room, 660 West Main Ave. At the Gilroy Library, 350 West Sixth St., meals will be served Monday through Friday from 1-2pm in the Children’s Activity Room through Aug. 11.

Santa Clara County Fair to make full-scale return 

The Santa Clara County Fair is back to full-scale for the first time since 2019, running July 26-Aug. 6.

From early 2020 through late last year, the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, managed by the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Management Corporation, served as the County’s key emergency response center providing Covid-19-related services to thousands of residents on a daily basis including testing, vaccines and booster shots. 

In the interim, the SCCFMC staff made investments in the Fairgrounds facilities equipment and kept a reserved section of the Fairgrounds active for hosting smaller scale events and a Junior Livestock fair and auction.

“We are proud of the programming we have been able to provide the community these past couple years and even more thrilled to be able to bring the full Fair back this year,” Executive Director Abraham Andrade said.

Included activities with the admission ticket are:

• Four stages featuring a variety of free entertainment; including a mix of music from different genres and eras

• Comedy hypnosis show starring Terry Stokes

• The Canine Show from “America’s Got Talent”

• Exotic animals at Safari Encounter

• Daily livestock shows

• Little Hands on the Farm, where kids will have access to interactive ag education activities

• Home Arts displays

• Fair foods, including Angelo’s Pepper Steaks, Silvas Linguini Sandwiches and others

The County Fair will be open daily July 26-Aug. 6 except for July 31 and Aug. 1, located at 344 Tully Road in San Jose.

Tickets are on sale now and available at

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