Local scene: Fourth events; book sale

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Fireworks show on tap; booths set up

Gilroy’s annual fireworks display is scheduled for July 4 at 9:30 p.m.

The fireworks, which will be set off at Gilroy High School, can be seen from nearby neighborhoods and Christmas Hill Park.

“Safe and sound” fireworks, meaning those that do not leave the ground or explode, are permitted in most areas of the city. For more regulatory information, visit cityofgilroy.org/910/Fireworks-Information.

Fifteen community groups will be selling these types of fireworks at various locations in Gilroy from July 1-4:

• Church of the Apostolic Assembly: 7150 Camino Arroyo

• Christian School Parents Club: 303 East Tenth St.

• El Camino Club (CHP): 971 First St.

• Gavilan College: 1203-1260 First St.

• Gilroy Elks Lodge: 825 First St.

• Gilroy High School Cheerleader Boosters: 7940 Monterey St.

• Gilroy High School Quarterback Club: 6900 Automall Parkway

• Gilroy High School Wrestling: 8850 San Ysidro Ave.

• Gilroy Police Association: 8400 Church Street.

• Gilroy Little League BallPark Fund: 691 First St.

• Gilroy Pop Warner Football: 8401 Church St.

• Gilroy Youth Football & Cheer: 80 W. Tenth St.

• South County Baseball Boosters: 727 First St.

• Stick and Move Amateur boxing: 8000 Santa Teresa Blvd.

• Victory Outreach Gilroy: 777 First St.

Gilroy Gardens will also get into the 4th of July spirit with various festivities taking place from July 1-4.

The park will feature summer food and cocktail specials, with activities such as a giant Connect Four game and a red, white and blue cornhole.

All serving and retired military will enjoy free entry with valid ID during the holiday weekend.

The book sale returns on July 9

The Friends of Gilroy Library holds a book sale every second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library, 350 West Sixth St.

The next sale will take place on July 9. Books will be on sale for $5 a bag for members or $8 for non-members.

The Isabel Jewell bookstore is open Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The store has many boxes of children’s fiction, as well as many books in Spanish.

Regular prices are 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardbacks. Children’s books are 25 cents and 50 cents.

Blood and platelet donors wanted during the holidays

As summer officially begins and people gather for the holidays, the American Red Cross reminds communities that patients now rely on the generosity of blood and platelet donors, especially around the 4th of July.

The Red Cross sees a drop of around 21% in blood donations during holiday weeks, including Independence Day. When blood and platelet donations dwindle, the blood supply also dwindles, making it difficult to have blood available when hospitals need it.

In Gilroy, a blood drive will be held July 14 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7999 Miller Ave.

To make an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross blood donation app, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1.800.733.2767.

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