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“This playhouse was designed so well for theater and music performances and lectures,” Heather said. “It’s a more inti- mate, friendly setting than a big hall, and people like the fact that they can meet the performers during intermission.” Last December, El Toro hosted the T Sisters, a trio of songstress/ musicians from Oakland who charmed the audience with a blend of country, folk and rock tunes. According to attendee John Fletcher of Morgan Hill, “We first saw the T Sisters at the Aromas Grange, and we love their lively, spirited performances. They write a lot of their own material and it’s quite good.” “I thoroughly enjoyed this concert,” Jackie Gomes said. “It was my first time seeing the T Sisters, but not my first El Toro event. Each sister held her own and their harmony and musicianship were very impressive.” During intermission, the playhouse lobby was humming with conversations as attendees enjoyed champagne, compliments of Guglielmo Winery, along with coffee from Coffee Guys and gour- met treats from Lawson’s Bakery—all served up by volunteers and city staffers. Among the patrons was local resident, water district exec and amateur actor, John Varela. “My wife Vivian and I were invited to attend by Adam Escoto. He’s over there pouring the wine! We’re really enjoying this event and looking forward to seeing what this club has lined up for 2018. We’ll definitely be telling friends about it.” El Toro Social Club has Sunday concerts lined up between April and December 2018. Ideas for new program- ming and connections with entertainers are welcomed. Membership is free. Events often feature foods, wines and crafts from local vendors, and event tickets are reasonably priced. South County Lifelong Learning Scientists and medical experts tell us that being socially engaged and learning new things helps us keep our brains healthy. And besides that, it’s fun. As 2017 came to a close, South County Lifelong Learning wrapped up a great year of programming by treating attendees to a thought-provoking talk on Astronomy by Bill Hudson, a Gilroy resident, frequent presenter at Fremont Peak Observatory, and self-described “astro geek.” He kicked off his presentation by clearing up the ongoing confusion about Pluto (yes, it really is a planet). He took the audience back to the dark days of the Spanish Inquisition when Galileo was imprisoned as a heretic because he said the Earth was not, in fact, the center of the universe. Morgan Hill resident Pat Ryll said, “I’ve been coming to these presentations for about four months, and I love learning. This talk was fantastic, and the hands-on demonstrations helped me better under- stand just how big the universe is.” George Shamback agreed. “There’s so much we don’t know. It’s like peeling an onion, there’s always another layer, more to learn. Astronomy reminds us we can’t discount the possibility of other life forms out there. All this isn’t just an accident. There’s a purpose, an architect of all this.” Hudson helped attendees grasp the vastness of the Milky Way with a model he called “the Birdseed Galaxy.” Hint: how many bird seeds does it take to fill a football stadium? He wrapped up by pred ѥѡЃqݗeɽ͕ѡ)ЁͥɅѕɕɥͽ)ɽ͍ɴt)=ѡȀ܁ɽɅ́ѽՍ)ȵɅՉ́Ց聱)ɕєQх٥ѽ)չݕȀԁɕѡЁɥФ)ɕɅյЁɵ) ѡչѕ) M'é٥܁ɕ̸ͥ)Yչѕȁ]͉Ё)յхѥѽѡ)ѡMѠ չ11ɹ)ɽɅq]ոѡɽɅݥѠ)Ёɽѡ5ɝ!M) ѕȸ%Ё́ЁɅ)ͽѕɅѥͼѡ䁑eЁ)ͽѕ]Ѽͅѡ͕ɕЁѼ)́Ѽ٥ɹt)]͉ЁͅѡɽɅݥ)ЁݥЁՅ)ݽȁɥ)5ɝ!éɕȁѡ)Iͭݥ͡ݍ͔Ʌ)ɭ́ѕȁѡ啅ȸAɕ͕хѥ)ɔѕЁمɥٕ́Օ́ɽ٥)ѡ 䁽5ɝ!ɔѼ)ѡՉ)MѠ չ11ɹ)U ͕)ɥ qх5 ѥ!܁QQt($)%ՍѽA])ɥ؃ q51́ɕ ɕ Uٕѥ]əɔ ($)хéAY今t%ՍѽI)5 q=ٕ٥܁ $ !܁%Ё]ɭ́=ȁ չѥ̻t($)%Սѽ $M)5 q 剕ȁMɥ MeԁQe׊eɔQMЁѼ Mt($)%Սѽ $M)5ɔɵѥѥ͕聕ѽɽ͌)%1I=d5=I8!%10M85IQ%8)QPMѕ̀AѼ-ɬMхՙȤ)AI%05d)ѽ乍(