|April 12, 2005
Who: The whole community
What: is invited to enjoy a special day at Gavilan College for the second annual GavFEST. This free spring festival is a celebration of family, fun, and community. It's a great chance to explore and enjoy your local college while listening to music, eating good food, and participating in a variety of hands-on activities. Kids of all ages will enjoy Multisensory Magic, Cardboard Boat Races, Creative Cauldron, the Ecology Station and other highlights. Admission is free, and parking is free. Support student clubs by purchasing hand-made wares, snacks and beverages. GavFEST Live will be cablecast on Channel 18 from noon-2 p.m. on that day. The Gav Cafe in the student center will be featuring their trademark Breakfast Burritos, and a food court with a variety of offerings from local restaurants will offer tempting alternatives for lunch and snacks.
When: Saturday, April 30, 2005, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The beautiful Gavilan College Gilroy campus, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd.
Cardboard Boat Races - this has ben an annual event for years. Contestants must create their boats entirely from cardboard, and race them across the Gavilan College pool. Come cheer for your favorite boat. (1 p.m. in the swimming pool)
Haircut and Manicure Demos - The students of Cosmetology will be showing their stuff with hairdos, manicures, and nail art. For a $3 donation you can see the rest of GavFEST in style. (All day, Cosmetology building)
Kids Activities: Kids will find plenty to do at GavFEST, from Storytime in the Library courtyard ares (10:30 a.m.) to Arts and Crafts (all day, child Development Center), to a Science Alive sampler (all day, Science courtyard)
Performance: On the Center Stage (next to the Student Center) will be Watsonville Taiko (10 a.m.) and local bands Seventh Season (11 :00 a.m.), Archer (12:45 p.m.), OI (2 p.m.) In the Arts Quad festival goers can enjoy Line Dance (10:15 a.m.), the band silent Connection (11 a.m.), the Gavilan Ensemble and Nate Pruitt singers (12:30 p.m.), and Hawaiian Dance (1:30 p.m.)
Food Court: The Gav Cafe, Hawaii'z Island Grill, Jumpin' Juice and Java, Straw Hat Pizza, and La Paloma will be serving lunch. In addition, many Gavilan College students clubs will be selling snacks and beverages.
Open House: For new students, prospective students, future students, and their families, the Student Center will be hosting an Open House with information and workshops about Admissions, Financial aid, the Transfer Institute, First Year Experience, Puente, MESA, Trio, and other programs and services. This is a great time to get all of your questions answered at once, or take a campus tour with the College Ambassadors. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a drawing for book scholarships and other great prizes.
Sycamore Lane: Student clubs and campus organizations will be setting up booths to sell snacks and beverages and show their stuff. Some of the booths will be special purpose, for example, a group of students form the Small Group Communications class has formed a community service group callled "Operation Frontline" They hope to raise $600 to purchase international phone cards for the troops stationed overseas. They will be holding a raffle and collecting donations at their booth to support the troops. there will also be vendors showing and selling locally produced art.
New this year:
Ghosts of Gavilan tour - retired instructor Mark Levine will lead a tour on the little known history of the Gavilan College campus, which may include some spooky facts! (2 p.m., meet between the library and science buildings)
Ecology Station at the Duck Pond (from 10:30 to 12:30.) Stop by to learn about pond ecology and duck biology and participate in a scavenger hunt. In Spanish and English.
Creative Cauldron - (Art 102, 12-12:45) a holistic creative experience that will include as many of the expressive arts as possible. For now we have confirmed painters/muralists, drummers, videographer/film, a variety of musicians and performers. It will take place in Art 102. There will be a variety of expressive tools available, however, participants are encouraged to bring their own.
Karaoke - join the fun with Karaoke! (All day, lawn near south wing of library)
Athletics: a 3-on-3 basketball clinic to get you going! (10 a.m., in the gym) Also in the Physical Education area are demonstrations and workshops by King's Martial Arts (10:30 a.m.), Fencing (10 a.m.- 12:00)), and a football clinic (10: a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Why: The purpose of GavFEST is threefold: to encourage the community to visit and enjoy this public college, to provide an opportunity for departments and student groups to reach out and 3) to allow prospective students and their parents a chance to get important information about programs, admissions, and financial aid in a family friendly manner.
This year's GavFEST has been made possible by community sponsors: Greenwood Chevrolet, Wells Fargo, Gilroy Chevrolet and Cadillac, The Gavilan College Educational Foundation, Obata Farms/Tom Obata, Giacalone Electric, Washington Mutual, and Anritsu
For a complete itinerary an more information go to: www.gavilan.edu/gavfest. (408) 848-4724
Anyone who needs an accomodation to attend should call (408) 848-4702 at least 48 hours in advance.