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July 31, 2021

Local Scene: Freedom Run, Patriotic Sing

Morgan Hill Aquatics Center is now open for recreational swimming

Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi inducts locals

Nine Morgan Hill students and a San Martin student, all attending San Jose State University, were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, a collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

The students are David Bahar, Jenelle Bannister, Adam Brewer, Daniel Haroutian, Melissa Loera Nunez, Lyric Medrano, Cristina Rodriguez, Katherine Scott, Casey Singleton and Cheyenne Duarte.

They are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.

Patriotic Sing rehearsals

Rehearsals for this year’s 33rd annual Freedom Fest Patriotic Sing will take place on the lawn of Grace Hill Church, 16970 De Witt Ave, on June 15. More rehearsals are scheduled for June 22 and June 22, June 29 and July 1 at the Morgan Hill Downtown Amphitheater, 17000 Monterey Road. All rehearsals will take place from 6:30pm to 8pm. Children entering grades 1 through 6 are invited to participate in the July 3 performance of the traditional songs of America. Participants are asked to bring masks, water, lawn chairs and blankets. Covid-19 restrictions will apply. 

Register for Freedom Run

Sign up now for the annual Fourth of July children’s one-mile run and 5K run/walk to start your Freedom Fest celebration. The children’s run starts at 7:45am July 4, and the 5K (open to all ages) starts at 8:15am. Starting near the corner of West Dunne and Peak avenues, the run takes place just before the Fourth of July parade in downtown Morgan Hill. Register online at No registrations available on race day. For more information, contact Charles Weston at (408) 779-6686 or [email protected]. Proceeds from the Freedom Run go toward Freedom Fest fireworks and parade expenses. 

Blood drive at Morgan Hill Inn

The Morgan Hill Inn, located at 16250 Monterey Road, will host a blood drive in partnership with Stanford Blood Center from 12pm to 4pm June 13. Walk-in availability may be limited, and interested blood donors are asked to make an appointment online at or by calling (888) 723-7831. Donors will be asked to wear masks. 

President’s List

Morgan Hill resident Thao Le Truong was named to the Spring 2021 President’s List at Georgia State University. To be eligible for the President’s List, degree-seeking students must have earned a GPA of at least 4.0 for a minimum of nine semester hours of academic credit taken at Georgia State during the fall or spring term with no incompletes for the semester. Eligible students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all classes taken at Georgia State.

Charity baseball tournament

Loma Clara Senior Living, a senior residential community in Morgan Hill, will host a baseball tournament open to the local community from 12pm to 2pm June 19. The charitable event will benefit 4MOM, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The community hopes to raise $1,000 in proceeds to donate. Members of the community are encouraged to sponsor teams, participate in raffles and enjoy a day of fun. Refreshments will be provided, and items in the raffle include baseballs signed by MLB players. Loma Clara is located at 16515 Butterfield Boulevard. 

Aquatics Center open

The Morgan Hill Aquatics Center will open as of June 7 for summer recreational swimming. Non-members will need to purchase tickets and schedule a time to enter the Aquatics Center, by visiting Admission grants access to the facility’s water slides, spray feature, recreation pool and instructional pool. Members of the Centennial Recreation Center can gain early access to the Aquatics Center, and do not require reservations. The Aquatics Center is located at 16200 Condit Road. 

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