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September 23, 2023

Briefs: Corralitos Grange awards scholarship

CHP will be on full alert for Memorial Day

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) starting at 6pm on Friday and continuing through 11:59pm on Monday, which is Memorial Day. During that time, all available CHP officers will be out on patrol with a focus on removing impaired drivers from the roadways.

During the MEP, CHP officers will be working to assist and educate motorists and enforce traffic safety laws throughout the county, actively looking for unsafe driving behaviors including: impaired driving, distracted driving, unsafe speed, and people not wearing their seatbelts.

Job fair organized to support flood victims 

The Monterey County Workforce Development Board is teaming up the County of Monterey and the Santa Cruz County Workforce Development Board on June 7 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 100 Salinas Road in Pajaro, to host a job fair from 1-4pm in response to recent flooding that devastated the area in March.

“We’re reaching out to the community to attend and hope that flood victims, jobseekers and employers will come out to support Pajaro residents. We want to help put people back to work,” said Monterey County Workforce Development Executive Director Christopher Donnelly. “We’re happy to be hosting the event in an effort to spur economic improvement to an area that’s been severely impacted due to flood damages.”

Job fair participants can expect to see employers and businesses from the local area in attendance, which is designed to support families impacted by recent flooding and the effects of winter storms.  

Employers are asked to contact Monterey County Workforce Development Board Business Services Specialist Diego Anguiano at 597.4375 or Business Services Specialist Laura Kershner at 796.3341 to register to attend. Employer space is limited to 20 businesses that are currently hiring. 

Elks Lodge seek volunteers, invite public to dinner

The Watsonville Elks Lodge will be planting jasmine along the fence on the East Lake Avenue side of the lodge property on May 27 at 10:30am.

Volunteers are welcome to help out.

The public is welcome to join the Elks at the weekly dinner Wednesday nights, starting with a no-host bar at 5:30pm and dinner at 6:30pm. Call on Monday for reservations. 

For information, visit the lodge at 121 Martinelli St. or call 724.2493.

Watsonville High Class of 1953 announces 70th reunion

The Watsonville High School Class of 1953 will hold its 70th reunion on Aug. 3 from noon to 4pm at the Seacliff Inn By Hilton, 7500 Old Dominion Court in Aptos.

The committee is hosting the luncheon and bar for all students, spouses or companions. For anyone wishing to stay at the inn, reservations may be made at 688.7300.

Confirm your attendance with either:

• Frank Herring, P.O. Box 2038, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. Phone number: 707.484.0159

• Cecil Hamblin, P.O. Box 764, Copperopolis, CA 95228. Phone number: 915.9368

Pinto Lake County Park seeks volunteers

Santa Cruz County Parks is looking for volunteers in and for the Watsonville area. Pinto Lake County Park is expanding its interpretive programs and needs volunteers and docents. 

There will be opportunities for community members of all ages. There is a welcome kiosk in need of docents at the front of the park, as well as trails, a disc golf course, and picnic areas that need volunteers to provide information about the park and upcoming programs. There may be opportunities for light park maintenance if desired.

Volunteers will work under the guidance of park staff. Bilingual volunteers are highly recommended to join. 

The volunteer interest form is located at tinyurl.com/bdhw2n2e. For information, email [email protected].

Bargetto Winery release to benefit flood victims

Bargetto Winery will release its 2019 La Vita on June 11, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Community Bridges and its Pajaro flood relief fund.

La Vita is a blend of Santa Cruz Mountains varietals grown in the Regan Estate Vineyards in Corralitos. 

The 2019 vintage La Vita honors Lawrence Bargetto, winery president from 1963-1982 with a photograph taken by Jim Hobbs. The unveiling of the new label will take place at the release event. 

Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of La Vita goes to a local nonprofit organization. At the release party, Community Bridges will be recognized as the 2019 beneficiary.

Housing Matters will receive a grant from last year. 

“La Vita wine is our finest effort in winemaking, starting from growing these unique grapes, to producing the wine, to designing the art-series label,” said John Bargetto, director of winemaking. “Each year the wine gets richer and more complex. The wine series has won numerous gold medals and the 2006 won ‘Best Italian Blend in California’ award. We are very pleased to be able to, in a formal way, give back some of the proceeds to the Santa Cruz community, which has been so supportive of Bargetto Winery during our past 90 vintages.”

The release party is set for June 11 from 3-5pm at Bargetto Winery, 3535 N. Main St. in Soquel. 

Tickets are limited, and cost $45 ($40 members). They can be purchased at bargetto.com/events2/la-vita-release-party.

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