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Southern Kitchen Coffee Shop Celebrates 25 Years

Cocoa at Southern KitchenOn Saturday, March 3rd, Southern Kitchen marks an impressive 25 years of service*. This family-owned restaurant has been providing savory and sweet flavors with a touch of the South on E. Main Street for years – if you don’t know them you should!

Southern Kitchen invites you to celebrate with them, with a ribbon cutting and champagne toast from noon to 1pm (details on the Los Gatos Chamber events page). The restaurant’s web page does not have any information on the event, but it is advertised some on their social media pages. Regular hours should still be in effect, so if you can’t make it Saturday at noon, drop by weekdays from 7am to 2pm and weekends from 7am to 3pm for a scrumptious meal.


Event page: https://www.losgatoschamber.com/events/details/ribbon-cutting-southern-kitchen-25th-anniversary-10583

Southern Kitchen’s website: http://www.southernkitchenlg.com/

*I just hit my 25th anniversary in real estate, too! Apparently 1993 was a very good year for beginnings!

Los Gatos Library Celebrates Its 1st Anniversary Feb 10 – 16, 2012

February 05, 2013

Happy First Anniversary to the Los Gatos Public Library! Festivities run from February 10th to 16th, 2012. They are outlined on the town’s website via this pdf – please click for all the details:


Doesn’t it seem like it was just yesterday when we had the ground breaking ceremony for the library?



St. Mary's Church in Los Gatos Prepares to Celebrate its 100th Anniversary

November 01, 2011

St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception - mission church of the Jesuits in Los Gatos CAIn 2012, St. Mary of the Catholic Church in Los Gatos will be celebrating its 100th anniversary as a parish.  The planning begins now!  Several groups of volunteers are actively figuring out every angle for the centennial festivities.  One, though, needs a lot more lead time than the rest….The History Committee.

The St. Mary’s History Committee is collecting and requesting photos, momentos, recollections on the history of the parish. Some of these materials may be shared digitally at the time of the celebration.  Others may go into a publication for the same event. Some may be utilized in both. Do you have any info, photos or stories to share?

The online parish bulletin states that:

Your recollections may be a paragraph or a page and can be submitted digitally or in hard copy.  If hard copy photos are submitted, please label the back with your name and phone number so they can be returned to you after being scanned. Please e-mail any information to history@stmaryslg.org or 100 Year History Committee, c/o Chris Miller, St. Mary Parish, 219 Bean Ave, Los Gatos, CA, 95032.

A little bit on the history of St. Mary’s in Los Gatos

Do you know much about the history of St. Mary’s in Los Gatos? It began as a Jesuit mission, first in the home of a local Catholic family and later in a church building on Santa Cruz Avenue (now “North Santa Cruz Avenue”) between Bean and Main.   In 1912 the Jesuits gave the mission to the Archdiocese of San Francisco, at which point it was made a parish in its own right. 

Side note: The relationship between the parish and the Jesuits remains very good, despite the parting of ways 99 years ago. The Jesuit Novitiate – now called the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center –  is only a mile or two away from the parish and priests from there do help out at St. Mary’s from time to time, at special occassions such as First Reconciliation or for vacation coverage for Masses. Originally this was where young men would enter the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits, but now it is a retirment center, assisted living facility and also the provincial headquarters for the Jesuits in California.

The parish website has a page with a concise time line of the parish’s history. Additionally, there are more pages with detailed history by time block:

The Parish Begins …1912 – 1937

1937 -1962

A New Church . . . 1962 – 1987


Related Reading:

Here are a few links with just a small hint of religious history in Los Gatos (I am sorry that every house of worship is not represented here – I did look for the history of more faith communities online but didn’t find a lot there – if anyone sends me links to theirs I will be happy to include it here):

A Little Known Hero with Ties to Los Gatos (Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ)

Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos (1881 +)

History of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (1882 – 1982)

History of Calvary Church in Los Gatos (1948 +)

Congregation Shir Hadash (1980 +)

The W.E. "Bill" Mason Carousel at Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary on July 10, 2010: Join in the Festivities!

July 02, 2010

carousel shadow(1) - The W.E. "Bill" Mason Carousel at Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary on July 10, 2010: Join in the Festivities!The W.E. “Bill” Mason Carousel is celebrating its 100th Anniversary on July 10th between 11am and 2pm and you’re invited!  There will be special events happening and rides will be “by donation” only. Also, return again July 26th for Billy Jones Day!

If you’d like a little more history on the Carousel, the town has a great article you can read online here.

For more information call 408 395-7433 and bookmark the site for the carousel and the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad to keep current on all of their events.

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