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Los Gatos, Saratoga fall events

Hello fabulous Live in Los Gatos Blog readers!  Here’s a quick update on a few Los Gatos, Saratoga events coming up in early fall:

Hope to see you at some of these soon!

Screen on the Green in Los Gatos

MoanaEvery September, the Town of Los Gatos hosts a free movie at Oak Meadow Park in the month of September for kids and kids-at-heart. This is the annual “Screen on the Green“.

September 15th’s the night for the 2017 Screen on the Green! Fun activities for children begin at 6:00pm, with train rides, carousel rides, face painting, games and more. The film, Disney’s Moana, will begin at 7:30pm and will be projected onto a 25′ inflatable screen on the meadow. A snack bar will be open from 6:30-8:30pm, so have dinner before or bring a picnic. Bring a picnic and some blankets, then come early to grab a good seat!

Attendees, it is important to bring layers and something low to sit on – blankets, cushions, or low backed lawn chairs, are alright. I always bring a flashlight for after the show. The gopher holes in the lawn are easy to find by accident with your foot.

For additional details, please see the Los Gatos town website page for Screen on the Green:

http://www.losgatosca.gov/342/Screen-on-the-Green

 

 

Los Gatos Park Dance

musical notesNeed something to do on Labor Day weekend? The Los Gatos Park Dance is back during the holiday weekend – the 5th annual at Oak Meadow Park. The first year over 2000 people attended and it’s been growing ever since!

Los Gatos Park Dance Details

Cost: FREE – courtesy of the Los Gatos Community Foundation

Date & Time: Saturday, September 2nd, 5:00 – 7:15pm

Location: Lyndon Bandstand, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos

Same musical lineup as the last couple of  years: The Johnny Neri Band opens for The Houserockers (a Los Gatos band).

What else: to get a good spot, arrive early! Bring a picnic supper. Beer and wine are allowed with meals (no other alcohol). Bring layers, as it cools down once the sun sets. Prepare to dance on the lawn, so wear comfortable shoes and watch out for gopher holes as you leave – they can be hard to spot in the dark.

Parking at Oak Meadow Park is free to town residents, but if you’re a local, you know that it fills up fast. You can park on nearby public streets if that happens, or try Vasona’s parking, which will cost a little.

 

Learn more about Music in the Park and the Dance through the link: http://lgmip.com/

dance - Los Gatos Park Dance

 

End of Summer Night Ride

Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad - End of Summer Night Ride happens here in Los GatosEach August, the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and W.E. “Bill” Mason Carousel host their End of Summer Night Ride, a spaghetti dinner fundraiser! This year, the event will be held on Saturday, August 19th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

The carousel and train keep up an active summer season by participating in parades and holiday events (the train always draws a major crowd during the Independance Day celebrations in Oak Meadow) and with more open hours through the long, dry days. Even during the chilly rains of autumn and winter, they celebrate with the Holiday Train run during the Festival of Lights and are open on weekends. But what keeps the carousels running and the trains on track? Volunteers and donations! And they always appreciate more of both.

These popular Los Gatos legacies rely on donations to survive, and there are multiple opportunities throughout the year to spend a little extra time with your favorite local attractions and help them keep doing what we love.

At the very end of the summer season, the railroad and carousel hold their second major fundraiser of the year – the End of Summer Night Ride and Pasta Dinner. Evening activities begin at 5:30pm, and the last train departs at 8:30pm. You can either purchase one combo train and carousel ticket, for one ride on each, at $6, or get the unlimited pass (sold per person) and ride as many times as you want all evening for $18. Remember that children 2 and under ride free with paying adult. Dinner is served from 6-8pm, and a $10 donation will get you a plate piled high with spaghetti and meat sauce, a garden salad or caprese, and garlic bread. Vegetarian options are available, and beverages are an extra fee (beer and wine will be available for purchase). Additional donations are always welcome.

Check out more event details, other events, and regular ticket pricing and open hours on the BJWRR website: https://bjwrr.org/event/end-of-summer-night-ride-pasta-dinner-3/

Share your interest in attending or invite your friends on the Night Ride and Pasta Dinner Facebook event page.

 

Los Gatos Historic Homes Tour

Victorian style house in downtown Los Gatos neighborhood

Victorian style house in Los Gatos

The annual home tour is back! Visit homes in the Almond Grove Historic District, which features a variety of architectural styles and eras dating back to the mid-1800s. No featured homes are listed as of yet, but last year’s tour showcased four homes and gardens as well as classic cars and vintage farm equipment.

This annual tour is the largest fundraising event held by and for the New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU, formerly Los Gatos Museum Association), which is celebrating its second year in the newly renovated civic center.

General admission costs $50, may be used on both tour days, and includes entry to a Thursday evening panel (April 20th, 7pm-8pm) at NUMU on Historic Homes Architecture and Restoration. Limited VIP tickets are on sale for $75 and include general admission, Thursday’s panel, and a private reception on Friday (April 21st, 6pm-8pm) at the Whitney Modern Gallery in downtown Los Gatos, featuring works by contemporary local artists with the theme of “Home.”

Want more? Visit the NUMU during open hours Wednesday through Sunday to see their current exhibitions. As of this writing, there are two historic collections on display focusing on local Native American heritage, and one art collection which depicts the changing eras of Los Gatos through mountain and valley landscapes.

Can’t wait?

Treat yourself to a guided history tour of the Town with the Discover LOST Gatos app (Android and iOS), which offers three different educational tours of varying lengths. Read a little about Almond Grove in my neighborhood blog post. Or learn about the other designated Historic Districts of downtown Los Gatos, which includes a map of locations. Feel free to drive through these beautiful historic neighborhoods, just be respectful that they are people’s private homes and properties.

 

April 22nd & 23rd, 10am-4pm

General $50, VIP $75 (general admission + private reception)

Order tickets online or by phone at 408-354-2646

http://www.numulosgatos.org/hht

https://www.facebook.com/events/215176622287334/

Holiday events in San Jose, Campbell, Los Gatos, and nearby

Below please find a lengthy – but still not fully comprehensive – list of fun holiday things to do in Santa Clara County between now and Dec 12th, listed in chronological order plus a list of ongoing events.  Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and happy holidays to one and all!

 

Date Time Event Address City Cost More info: Contact
Tue, Dec-1 5pm-7pm Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce Holiday Happy Hour and Open House Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce
10 Station Way
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Los Gatos Free Website
Tue, Dec-1 6-9pm Learn to Paint with VinoPaint “Holiday Ornaments” Tessora’s Barra di Vino
234 E Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell $35 Website
Wed, Dec-2 12:00pm and 12:30pm Holiday Tea and Tours at Ainsley House Ainsley House
300 Grant St
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell $35/$40 RSVP Required Website Laura: 408-460-7048 or email laura@campbellshowroom.com
Wed, Dec-2 6-8pm Christmas in the Park Movie Night: The Santa Clause Christmas in the Park
Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park
101 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
San Jose Free Website info@christmasinthepark.com
(408) 297-XMAS (9627)
Thu, Dec-3 12:00pm and 12:30pm Holiday Tea and Tours at Ainsley House Ainsley House
300 Grant St
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell $35/$40 RSVP Required Website Laura: 408-460-7048 or email laura@campbellshowroom.com
Thu, Dec-3 6:30-8:30pm Los Gatos Museum Gallery Holiday Reception NUMU – New Museums of Los Gatos
106 E. Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Los Gatos Website 408.354.2646
Fri, Dec-4 12:00pm and 12:30pm Holiday Tea and Tours at Ainsley House Ainsley House
300 Grant St
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell $35/$40 RSVP Required Website Laura: 408-460-7048 or email laura@campbellshowroom.com
Fri, Dec-4 5-9pm Kick Off Ice Rink & Tree Lighting Santa Clara Central Park
969 Kiely Blvd
Santa Clara, CA
Santa Clara Website Santa Clara Senior Center at 408-615-3170
Fri, Dec-4 5-7pm Pottery Painting Plate Pizza Party: Owl on a Winter Branch The Art Beat
68 E Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell $40 Website
Fri, Dec-4 5pm-7pm 43rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Town Plaza Park
Los Gatos, 95030
Los Gatos Free Website Jackie Rose at 354-6853
Fri, Dec-4 6-8:30pm Christmas Cozies Kids Workshop The Art Beat
68 E Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell $45 Website
Fri, Dec-4 7:30pm Festival of Lights: Santa Clara University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers Mission Santa Clara de Asís
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Santa Clara $5-$15 Website
Fri, Dec-4 7:30pm San Jose Dance Theater presents their 50th production of The Nutcracker San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose
San Jose Prices vary Website (408) 286-9905
Fri, Dec-4 7:30pm Los Gatos Ballet presents ‘The Nutcracker’ Flint Center of the Performing Arts                               21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014
Cupertino $20-$52 Website
Sat, Dec-5 10am-3pm Girl Scouts’ Winterfest 2015 Santa Clara County Fairgounds
344 Tully Rd.
San Jose, CA 95111
San Jose $15, $10 early bird Website
Sat, Dec-5 10am-2pm Northside December to Remember Northside Branch Library
695 Moreland Wy.
Santa Clara, California 95054
Santa Clara Website
Sat, Dec-5 10am-4pm Holiday Craft Faire 2015
Presented by Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends
Santa Clara City Library
2635 Homestead Road –                              Redwood and Margie Edinger Rooms
Santa Clara, California 95051
Santa Clara Free Website 1-408-615-2988 or holidaycraftfaire@yahoo.com
Sat, Dec-5 10am-6pm Holiday Gift Fair with a special Triton Free Friday performance by Charged Particles Triton Museum of Art
1505 Warburton Ave.
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Santa Clara Website
Sat, Dec-5 11am The 59th Annual Los Gatos Children’s Christmas/Holidays Parade Downtown Los Gatos Los Gatos FREE Website
Sat, Dec-5 11am-3pm Hands on History Days: Children’s Holiday Festival History Park, Kelley Park
635 Phelan Avenue
San Jose $5, Members and children 2 and under free Website
Sat, Dec-5 11am-3pm Dog Day presented by Unleashed by Petco Christmas in the Park
Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park
101 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
San Jose FREE Website
Sat, Dec-5 12:00pm and 12:30pm Holiday Tea and Tours at Ainsley House Ainsley House
300 Grant St
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell $35/$40 RSVP Required Website Laura: 408-460-7048 or email laura@campbellshowroom.com
Sat, Dec-5 2pm San Jose Dance Theater presents their 50th production of The Nutcracker San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Boulevard San Jose
San Jose Prices vary Website (408) 286-9905
Sat, Dec-5 2pm & 7:30pm Los Gatos Ballet presents ‘The Nutcracker’ Flint Center of the Performing Arts 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014
Cupertino $20-$52 Website
Sat, Dec-5 2-3:30pm Children’s Holiday Cake and Cookie Decorating Workshop! NUMU – New Museums of Los Gatos
106 E. Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Los Gatos $35 Website 408.354.2646
Sat, Dec-5 4-9pm 17th Annual Festival of Lights 3rd Annual Walk-thru Night! Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Rd • Los Gatos
Los Gatos $6/Children 3 & under free -PREPAY ONLY Website
Sat, Dec-5 5-8pm 30th Annual Carol of Lights Celebration Downtown Campbell
E Campbell Ave and N 1st St
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell Free Website
Sat, Dec-5 6pm, 7:30pm Nova Vista Symphony & San Jose Symphonic Choir present Holiday Magic 6 Church of the Ascension
12033 Miller Ave
Saratoga, CA
Saratoga $25/$15, under 12 free Website 408-624-1492
Sat, Dec-5 7:30pm San Jose Dance Theater presents their 50th production of The Nutcracker San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Boulevard San Jose
San Jose Prices vary Website (408) 286-9905
Sun, Dec-6 11am-2pm, registration 10:30am Santa Paws Benefiting Humane Society Silicon Valley Park Valencia, Santana Row
377 Santana Row
San Jose, CA 95128
San Jose $20 Website
Sun, Dec-6 12pm-5pm Horray for Hanukkah Childrens Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110
San Jose $13/$12 Infants under 1 free, $1 off with canned food donation Website Rabbi James Greene, rabbijames@apjcc.org or 408.357.7413
Sun, Dec-6 12:00pm and 12:30pm Holiday Tea and Tours at Ainsley House Ainsley House
300 Grant St
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell $35/$40 RSVP Required Website Laura: 408-460-7048 or email laura@campbellshowroom.com
Sun, Dec-6 1pm San Jose Dance Theater presents their 50th production of The Nutcracker San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Boulevard San Jose
San Jose Prices vary Website (408) 286-9905
Sun, Dec-6 2pm Los Gatos Ballet presents ‘The Nutcracker’ Flint Center of the Performing Arts 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014 Cupertino $20-$52 Website
Sun, Dec-6 7pm Cantabile’s 11th annual Holidays with Cantabille concert California Theatre
345 S. 1st St.
San Jose, CA 95113
San Jose $25-$60 Website
Mon, Dec-7 7:30pm You-Sing-It Messiah – San Jose Symphonic Choir California Theatre
345 S. 1st St.
San Jose, CA 95113
San Jose $20/$15 Website 408-286-2600 x. 23 or emailbmchenry@symphonysiliconvalley.org
Tue, Dec-8 10am-12pm Mommy & Me Free Kids Club, Celebrate the Season Santana Row, CinéArts Santana Row
3088 Olsen Dr
San Jose, CA 95128
San Jose FREE, optional One Warm Coat donation Website  408.551.4611
Tue, Dec-8 6-9pm Holiday Open House + Wine Stroll, benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank Santana Row
377 Santana Row
San Jose, CA 95128
San Jose $40, get $5 off with a canned food donation Website
Tue, Dec-8 6:30-6:59pm Northside Puppet Company Presents. The Grunch Who Stole Christmas Northside Branch Library
695 Moreland Wy.
Santa Clara, California 95054
Santa Clara Website
Wed, Dec-9 12:00pm and 12:30pm Holiday Tea and Tours at Ainsley House Ainsley House
300 Grant St
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell $35/$40 RSVP Required Website Laura: 408-460-7048 or email laura@campbellshowroom.com
Wed, Dec-9 6-8pm Christmas in the Park Movie Night: ELF Christmas in the Park
Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park
101 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
San Jose Free Website info@christmasinthepark.com
(408) 297-XMAS (9627)
Thu, Dec-10 12:00pm and 12:30pm Holiday Tea and Tours at Ainsley House Ainsley House
300 Grant St
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell $35/$40 RSVP Required Website Laura: 408-460-7048 or email laura@campbellshowroom.com
Thu, Dec-10 6:30pm-9pm, five 30min performances nightly Bethlehem: Experience the Birth Santa Clara First Baptist Church
3111 Benton Street, Santa Clara
Phone: (408) 241-7635
Santa Clara Free admission & hot drinks Website 408-241-7635
Thu, Dec-10 7pm Mix 106.5’s Very Merry Mixxer 2015 City National Civic
135 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95113
San Jose $15-$20 Website
Thu, Dec-10 8:00pm Heritage Theatre presents A Classic Rock Christmas Campbell Heritage Theatre
1 West Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell $44 Website 408-866-2700
Fri, Dec-11 12:00pm and 12:30pm Holiday Tea and Tours at Ainsley House Ainsley House
300 Grant St
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell $35/$40 RSVP Required Website Laura: 408-460-7048 or email laura@campbellshowroom.com
Fri, Dec-11 6:30pm-9pm, five 30min performances nightly Bethlehem: Experience the Birth Santa Clara First Baptist Church
3111 Benton Street, Santa Clara
Phone: (408) 241-7635
Santa Clara Free admission & hot drinks Website 408-241-7635
Sat, Dec-12 8am-5pm “Super Saturday” Toys for Tots “Stuff the Bus” Christmas in the Park
Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park
101 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
San Jose Donation Website 1 Website 2
Sat, Dec-12 9-11:30am Annual Breakfast with Santa The Fairmont San Jose
172 S Market St
San Jose, CA 95113
San Jose $20/$30 SOLD OUT Website
Sat, Dec-12 11am, 2pm Heritage Holiday Champagne Tea hosted by History San José Renzel Room at the Pacific Hotel
1650 Senter Road
San Jose, 95112
San Jose $45/$40 ’til 11/20, then $50/$45 Website Juanita Lara (jlara@historysanjose.org) or call 408.918.1045 for tickets. 408.287.2290
Sat, Dec-12 12:00pm and 12:30pm Holiday Tea and Tours at Ainsley House Ainsley House
300 Grant St
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell $35/$40 RSVP Required Website Laura: 408-460-7048 or email laura@campbellshowroom.com
Sat, Dec-12 1-3pm Holiday Lights Drop-in Workshop NUMU – New Museums of Los Gatos
106 E. Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Los Gatos $15 Website
Sat, Dec-12 1-3pm DIY Art: Festive Family Fun San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market Street
San Jose, California 95113
San Jose Free with Museum Admission Website
Sat, Dec-12 2pm, 7pm Santa Clara Ballet performs its 42nd annual Nutcracker Santa Clara Convention Center Theater
5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Santa Clara Ticket Prices Vary Website 408-247-3754 or info@santaclaraballet.com
Sat, Dec-12 6:30pm-9pm, five 30min performances nightly Bethlehem: Experience the Birth Santa Clara First Baptist Church
3111 Benton Street, Santa Clara
Phone: (408) 241-7635
Santa Clara Free admission & hot drinks Website 408-241-7635
Sat, Dec-12 7pm Carols in the California California Theatre
345 S. 1st St.
San Jose, CA 95113
San Jose $26-$36 Website
Sat, Dec-12 7pm A Winter Wonderland by the Academy of Classical Ballet Campbell Heritage Theatre
1 West Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008
Campbell $20 Website tickets: 408.866.2700, info: 408.355.3767

Los Gatos Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade

2015 Los Gatos Tree LightingTwo of the best attended and most celebrated holiday events in town are the tree lighting and the parade, both of which usually happen the first weekend in December.

43rd Annual Town Tree Lighting

This year, the Los Gatos Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place Friday, December 4th, at the Town Plaza Park (located at Main & Santa Cruz).   The fun begins at 5pm with entertainment and youth awards.  At 6pm the tree is lit, and Santa arrives just after to visit with the children until 7pm.  There are refreshments available to purchase (an important fundraiser) at the Chamber of Commerce’s Carriage Ride Booth.

Info for this year’s event on the town’s site:  http://www.losgatosca.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1073

Info from the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce on the tree lighting festivities: http://www.losgatoscommunityfoundation.org/tree.php

The 59th Annual Los Gatos Children’s Christmas/Holidays Parade!

In the morning following the tree lighting, the town’s residents return to the downtown area to line the E Main Street and N Santa Cruz Avenue for the holiday parade.  It begins at 11am but the parking is taken a lot sooner than that, so go earlier!

Sponsors: LGS Recreation, Los Gatos Christmas Foundation, Los Gatos Lions club, and the Town of Los Gatos

Learn more on the Los Gatos Lions Club Site (pdf):    Official 2015 Parade Program

Visit the Los Gatos Farmer’s Market!

The Los Gatos Farmers’ Market is a community treasure and gathering point for the townsfolk.  Every Sunday, Los Gatans gather downtown at the Town Plaza Park area for a little shopping, casual munching and entertainment.    The outdoors market iss full of organic produce, plants and cut flowers, ready made food, include delicious crepes, and often music or other entertainment.  While many Santa Clara County Farmers’ Markets are seasonal or subject to weather conditions, this one is open year round, every Sunday, from 8am to 1pm (though some booths begin to break down around 12:30 or so)

The Los Gatos Farmers’ Market is located in Downtown Los Gatos at the Town Park Plaza on Main Street & N. Santa Cruz Avenue (Montabello Way & Broadway).  Pets are not allowed in the market, which wraps around the park on the paved roadway, but may be in the park itself.

Over the years, I’ve taken a number of photos of this local gathering spot.  Some are current images and others are 5-10 years old.

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