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I made it to a little bit of tonight’s AAUW-Morgan Hill/Morgan Hill Times Candidate Forum (then came home and watched the rest on local cable).  Lisa did a great job moderating the SCC Open Space Authority candidates and questions about Measure G.

The sky here in town is often just gorgeous –and this time of year the hills are so green and sparkly. I saw this video posted in the MH Times’ feed and wanted to share it. There have been tons of rainbows as these little spring rain storms pass by and then the sun comes streaming back out.

I think we’re probably almost done with the rain for the season though and can look forward to months of consistently sunny weather around here (ah, yes, we love our weather — or rather, lack of weather — here). Its supposed to be in the 80s this weekend, but we’re leaving town tomorrow and will miss it.

After months of planning, Puzzle Day finally arrived and was a tremendous success! We’re utterly exhausted but very happy with how it all turned out. I’ll get final numbers and better photos later, but I think we had about 44 people compete in the Sudoku tournament, 48 in the crosswords, 60+ volunteers, and a good number of onlookers! Here are a couple of photos from my phone for now:

Puzzle dayCrossword final round

Our fearless Puzzle Day committee (aka The Puzzle People) met last night at Lisa’s for some final preparation for tomorrow’s event (which luckily leaves today to finish all the things we realized we still need to do).

Here’s some of the group stuffing registration packets and sharpening pencils. We also spent a lot of time preparing the giant puzzle boards for the crossword and Sudoku finals and testing out the temporary tattoos we had made.
Puzzle Day registration packet stuffingPuzzle Day pencil sharpening

Today is National Puzzle Day!  I was just on local KBAY talking (briefly and edited) about our upcoming big Silicon Valley Puzzle Day event Sunday.  We sent out another round of puzzle day press releases a couple of days ago reminding people that today is national puzzle day…  so if you’re around, don’t forget to stop by the Morgan Hill Library this Sunday for lots of puzzle fun!!!!!


Posted on: December 18, 2007

A drive-through Starbucks (for a soy chai and a piece of gingerbread cake) is a wonderful treat while trying to do errands with a baby on a very rainy day.

Better late than never, my letter to the editor about Friday (10/5) being California Arts Day was printed in today’s paper. Just in time for tonight’s Library, Culture and Arts Commission meeting which is nice.

(And yes, Mom, our NY Times daily subscription started today as well, so we’re all set for your visit!!)

Update: Borrowing my idea, Mom had a similar letter published in the Westport News!

Today is California Arts Day! I sent this letter into the local paper but it didn’t get published 😦 Oh well. So here it is for you instead:

California Arts Day is part of the National Arts and Humanities month-long celebration of arts and culture throughout the country. It is an opportunity to demonstrate the arts in every community in California and to celebrate every art form. I am delighted that Mayor Steve Tate is recognizing this celebration here in Morgan Hill with a resolution marking California Arts Day, presented at the City Council Meeting on October 3rd.

At the September 25th meeting of the Morgan Hill Library, Culture and Arts Commission, our commission heard from Josh Russell, Communications Manager for Arts Council Silicon Valley, who presented the recent findings of the Americans for the Arts’ “Arts & Economic Prosperity” report, which his group coordinated on the local level. He described the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences here in Santa Clara County. The study found that nonprofit arts and culture are a significant industry here – one that generates $166.5 million in local economic activity, supporting almost 4,000 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $80.28 million in household income to local residents. The full report is available from the Arts Council’s Web site at

Commemorating today as California Arts Day 2007 is the perfect reminder to carve out some time to celebrate the arts here in our community by taking our children, our parents, and our friends to enjoy the rich variety of arts right here in our town. Stop by the new Morgan Hill Library and see the wonderful sculptures, paintings, and mural that enhance the great new space. Get yourselves tickets for South Valley Civic Theatre’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace (playing through Oct. 13, 2007). Mark your calendars for The Poppy Jasper Film Festival (Nov. 9-11, 2007). Purchase artwork from a local artist. Sign your kids up for an art, music or dance class. Appreciate the wonderful public art projects located around our community. Create some art and music of your own!

A few photos from this weekend’s Taste of Morgan Hill — mostly the Friends of the Library booth (where I worked Sunday morning and which features a Save the Date Puzzle Day display)
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Since Emy mentioned it on her blog, I thought I should post about the big wildfire raging here in Morgan Hill. Here’s some of the news coverage its been getting. I admit we didn’t even notice it yesterday (mostly stayed inside and read and napped) but heard about it on the news this morning.

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