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5 Things You Need to Know Today, Sept. 21

Dedicate this day to your health and begin with a local workout and inspiring words tonight from a woman who lost almost half her weight.

1. Beginner runners: Plan to get up early today for a run with and co-owner of in Los Gatos. Christine is leading this free beginners running workout at 7 a.m. every Wednesday. The group meets in front of the store at 55 W. Main Street rain, hail or shine for the workout on Los Gatos Creek Trail. Details: 408-354-7365.

2.Registration is free by calling 1-888-724-2362, but pre-registration is highly recommended. Unregistered attendees are not guaranteed seating in the hospital's auditorium. Check-in starts at 6:30 p.m. Parking is free. Curlee lost half of her original weight during the competition, finishing second to her sister Olivia Ward.

3. Four Chamber of Commerce organizations from Campbell, Saratoga, Scotts Valley and Los Gatos will have a networking event, 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, at 1 W. Campbell Ave., in Campbell. The event gives business owners and community leaders a chance to interact with each other, build good working relationships and sample food, wine and microbrews. , Hobee's, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards, Poetic Cellars and Silver Mountain Vineyards will represent Los Gatos at the mixer. members Hotel Los Gatos, American Wireless, Fortino Winery and Testarossa Winery will donate items for the raffle. Cost $5. RSVP to the Cambell Chamber, 408-378-6252 or www.campbellchamber.net.

4. Alvaro Fernandez, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sharp Brains will open the Friends of Los Gatos Library Friday Forum fall 2011 season at 7 p.m., Sept. 23, in the Los Gatos Town Council Chambers, 110 Main St. Fernandez is the author of the acclaimed book The Sharp Brains Guide to Brain Fitness. He teaches "The Science of Brain Health" at San Francisco State University and the UC-Berkeley Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Details: 408-399-5700.

5. The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Community Garage Sale takes place Oct. 1. On Sunday, Oct. 2, the Town of Los Gatos and will hold its annual Second Chance Day Donation Drive at the Adult Recreation Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., to encourage sellers to give away unsold items for local shelters and nonprofit organizations. Details: http://www.LosGatosCA.gov/SecondChance, www.losgatosca.gov, or 408-354-6834. If you didn't submit the location of your sale to the Town of Los Gatos in time for inclusion in the Shopper's Guide, you can announce your sale for free on Los Gatos Patch by clicking here.

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