|April 13, 2004
WHO: Families, teens, adults, prospective and current students, and everyone in the community
WHAT: Is invited to GavFEST, a full day of fun, creativity and entertainment
WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WHERE: Gavilan College Gilroy campus, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd.
ADMISSION: Free! (Parking too!)
DETAILS: For a complete itinerary of events, go to www.gavilan.edu/pio/gavfest.html
Get ready for the first GavFEST -- a full day of fun, creativity, and entertainment on the beautiful Gavilan College Gilroy Campus. Admission is free to this one-of-a-kind event. Part open house, part arts festival, part celebration, GavFEST promises a good time for the whole community. Raffles will be conducted throughout the day, with a grand-prize drawing at the Student Center at 3:30 p.m. Student clubs will be selling beverages and snacks, and the college cafeteria will be open for lunch.
The campus will be split into four "quadrants" for the day, each with it's own theme. Events, hands-on activities, and raffles are scheduled throughout the day in all quadrants, and in the Student Center. The festival will officially get started with a performance by Watsonville Taiko in the "Purple Quad."
The Purple Quad will celebrate music and the arts, with performances by Watsonville Taiko, Baile Folklorico, student musical ensembles, and more. Visitors may participate in Line Dancing, Slam Poetry, Haiku, and Meditation/Mural Creation workshops, create Sunprints and ceramics, or view student films and a student art show.
The Yellow Quad will host children's activities, with free Smoothies and Storytime, Kids' Hip Hop, Art and Activities (and an Art Auction) in the Child Development Center. There will also be a hnads-on "multisensory maze" for all ages, and awareness activities on living with disabilities. GavTV Channel 18 will be doing a live broadcast from noon to 2 p.m, GavFEST Live, showcasing video and performances from around the festival. The Digital Media lab will be open, and visitors will be invited to experiment with Digital Storytelling.
The Blue Quad will feature athletic and science activites, such as Boot Camps for teens and adults, the annual Cardboard Boat Races in the pool, a guided Nature Hike, a softball clinic, Science Alive sampler workshops for kids, and free blood pressure screening.
The Green Quad will give visitors a chance to experience career and academic programs with free hairstyling and nail art demos, a debate on current events, future teachers workshops, model airplanes, and a chance to find out just what a Cisco router is, and see how it works.
Finally, the Student Center will feature an Open House of college services and programs for prospective students, campus tours by the college Ambassadors, a resource fair of community non-profit organizations, and performances on the Center Stage by musical groups Nominal, Nightmare on Bourbon Street, Ron Johnson, and Triplex.
Visitors will carry a "passport", and get it "punched" in each quadrant they visit. Once the passport is punched, the bearer becomes eligible to enter the grand prize drawing in the Student Center. Prizes include a plasma-screen TV and thousands of dollars in book scholarships. Passports will be available in many locations in the community, at all Gavilan College locations, and in this month's issue of Out & About magazine. Next week, all high school juniors and seniors throughout the Gavilan College district will receive GavFEST information in the mail.
"It's a way to thank the community for their support of Measure E, and to invite those who haven't visited the campus before to explore all that Gavilan College has to offer." said Gavilan College President Steve Kinsella. "By consolidating all of our spring events into one day, we're working efficiently, generating energy and excitement, and encouraging people to experience aspects of the campus and community they might not have had the opportunity to learn about before."
The idea for GavFEST initially came about as a way to save money: by having all departments schedule their major Spring events on the same day, the college would be better able to control the associated maintenance, custodial, and promotional costs. It would also give people the chance to "sample" different aspects of Gavilan College on one visit.
GavFEST sponsors include KDON, Out & About, South Valley Disposal, Saint Louise Hospital, 3-B Productions, Screen Designs, The Music Tree, The Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce, The Gavilan College Educational Foundation, The Gilroy Dispatch, Morgan Hill Times, and Hollister Freelance. For more information about GavFEST, go to the website or call (408) 848-4724.
note: complete festival itinerary attached