Upcoming Events to Expand the Mind

Rachel Khong
Amah Mutsun

By: Carly Gelsinger

We are lucky to live in a region rich with diversity and culture. Sometimes, however, we have to seek it out instead of staying in and watching TV. On Feb. 24, our wonderful local libraries are hosting two events to get you out of the house this winter and invigorate your mind. You could even go to both events with a break for lunch (and book browsing!) between. 

Native American History - Our area's original residents--the Amah Mutsun Indian tribe--will be telling their story at the Morgan Hill Library at 12 p.m. and the Gilroy Library at 3:30 p.m. Thousands of years before the Spanish settled in the San Juan Valley, the Mutsun lived here. The Mutsun tribe is still an active community in our region and they love interacting with people to share what they're about. There are more than 600 registered Mutsun, each of whom can trace their individual descent directly to a Mission San Juan Bautista Indian and/or a Mission Santa Cruz Indian. Beyond their annual meeting, the Mutsun tribe hosts historical and educational events in San Juan Bautista, Gilroy, and Morgan Hill. The Mutsun are passionate about their culture and love bringing the community into awareness about their rich history. The program on Feb 24 will show a short film, discussion, and a Q&A. Refreshments will be provided. 

Meet the Author of Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel. Rachel Khong, author of bestselling debut novel Goodbye, Vitamin will be speaking at the Gilroy Library at 11 a.m. and the Morgan Hill Library at 3 p.m. She'll talk about her writing process and share selections from her work. Her novel is about a Millennial coming home to find that her father is suffering from Alzheimer's. It has been named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, O, the Oprah Magazine, Vogue, San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, and more. Khong lives in the Bay Area. 

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