A resource for folks living in or moving to Los Gatos, by Mary Pope-Handy

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Fiesta de Artes in Los Gatos

Saturday August 13th and Sunday August 14th marks the return of the Fiesta de Artes Art & Wine Festival, the only Art & Wine Festival in town all year! This has been a Los Gatos tradition for decades, two in fact, with 2016 as the 20th anniversary of the event sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.

What happens at the Fiesta de Artes?

Think food & drink, art & shopping, dancing & socializing! Once again, there will be more than 150 vendors with a huge variety of artists and vendors displaying and selling their artwork, plus booths with food and wine and of course loads of music throughout both days. The hours are 10am to 6pm.

Where is the Fiesta de Artes held?

It’s on the Civic Center lawn near the town’s library and nearly across the street from Los Gatos High School. The street address is 101 E. Main St., Los Gatos, CA.

 

For more information, please visit http://www.lgfiesta.org/

Kid friendly things to do in and near Los Gatos

Kids sailing at VasonaWill you be visiting Los Gatos for a day or weekend, or staying for a lifetime?  Either way, there are tons of things to do for children of all ages both in and near Los Gatos.

Outdoors

If the weather’s fine, as it often is here, you might start by introducing your kids to Oak Meadow and Vasona Parks, which are adjacent to each other.  Oak Meadow includes a great airplane that kids can climb on, a beautiful carousel and a small train that loops into Vasona and back. Vasona has paddle boats that can be rented (seasonally).  And of course there’s lots of playground equipment and sprawling lawn for those who want to toss a ball or frisbee around.  For time outdoors, these parks are hard to beat.  Read more about these very cool parks here:  http://liveinlosgatosblog.com/vasona-and-oak-meadow/

The Youth Science Institute is a program offered at Vasona to help educate students on nature.  This is not a one day event but is extremely worthwhile.  Check it out: http://www.ysi-ca.org/

If your little people like to hike and explore, the Montalvo estate and grounds in Saratoga is a great nearby option on a dry day, too.  Montalvo is an arts center but there are wonderful trails which can be enjoyed.  But no picnicing, sorry!  Learn more at my Valley of Heart’s Delight blog: http://sanjoserealestatelosgatoshomes.com/great-time-of-year-to-visit-villa-montalvo/

All ages: any of the free music events, all of which are out doors, virtually all summer long in Los Gatos!
http://liveinlosgatosblog.com/los-gatos-free-music-concert-series-music-in-the-park-jazz-on-the-plazz-and-vasona-vibrations-schedule-of-events-and-performers/

Touristy but still fun

Roaring Camp and Big Trees   http://www.roaringcamp.com/

The Mystery Spot http://www.mysteryspot.com/

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk  http://beachboardwalk.com/

California’s Great America in Santa Clara (amusement park, rides)   https://www.cagreatamerica.com/

Time to eat!

There are MANY great kid-friendly restaurants in Los Gatos.  A few of my favorites are these:

 Indoor Fun

The Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose https://www.cdm.org/

The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose  https://www.thetech.org/

Petroglyph (in Los Gatos, Willow Glen, and Santa Cruz locally) http://www.petroglyph.com/

More?

Looking for more ideas?  There’s a slightly longer list of kid friendly things to do on another of my blogs. Have a read:

http://sanjoserealestatelosgatoshomes.com/kids-in-silicon-valley-fun-places-to-go/

Los Gatos Celebrates July 4th, Independence Day, Join in the Fun!

Independence Day is fast approaching!  What are your plans for the fourth?

 

Los Gatos July 4 2015

 

Downtown Los Gatos has plenty going on between 11am and 4:30pm.   Usually events are on the Civic Center lawn, but this year it’s at Oak Meadow Park. There will be a food court (staffed by service club volunteers), games, music, a few words shared, some ceremonies and ribbon cutting and more.

Many thanks to the sponsors of the day: the Town of Los Gatos , LGS Recreation and Los Gatos High School. For more information, please see the info page on the town’s website for the July 4th happenings and also click on the link for the event too.

Get all the details here:  http://www.losgatosca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14862

 

Los Gatos July 4 2015 page 2

 

Los Gatos historic home tour

Los Gatos historic home tour 2015

The annual Los Gatos historic home tour returns to town the weekend of April 11th and 12th, 2015, and you can purchase tickets now or sign up to volunteer.  Sponsored by the Museums of Los Gatos, now called NUMU, the annual event showcases beautiful houses in town, and this time around will include gardens, too.

The NUMU site offers this teaser: “The 2015 tour features four houses including a 1910 bungalow, 1905 craftsman, 1885 folk Victorian, 1904 Richardson Victorian and an acre-sized outdoor collection of household items, classic cars and farm tools that illustrate the architectural roots of Los Gatos.”  Please visit the link below or click on the image at the right to get all of the details and to purchase your advance tickets (more costly if you wait to the day of the event).

http://www.museumsoflosgatos.org/site/historic-homes-gardens-tour/

Tim Rogerson, Disney Artist, at Amour D'Art Fine Art Gallery May 10th, 2014 from 1-6pm

Disney art fans, take note! Tim Rogerson, Disney artist, will be at a downtown Los Gatos gallery in a couple of days. Take the opportunity to purchase pieces and watch him paint original artwork in person on Saturday, May 10th from 1 to 6pm! There will be wine tasting from the Loma Prieta winery also. The Amour d’Art Gallery is located at 216 N. Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, CA. Additional details at http://www.amourdart.com

Amour d'Art Gallery event in Los Gatos May 2014

Los Gatos Girls Night Out

January 26, 2013

The third annual “Girls Night Out” in Los Gatos is this upcoming Monday, January 28th, 2013, from 5:30 to 8pm at the Toll House. Sponsoring this event is the Los Gatos Visitor’s Bureau, which is a partnership between the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Los Gatos. The Chamber’s website describe the evening as

. . . an evening of fun at the Toll House Hotel featuring beautiful fashions, fun shopping, sample beauty services, delicious light appetizers, fine wines and more!

For all the details and the opportunity to register, please see the Chamber’s website:
http://losgatoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/girls-night-out-2013-787

 

Looking For Something To Do In Los Gatos?

February 08, 2011

Feeling like you want to get out, engage with the Los Gatos community and wondering what you can do?  I’ve got some ideas for you!

The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce has a wonderful events calendar that covers every month of 2011.  There are three neat items showcased for February alone.  Take a moment and pop over to the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce Community Calendar for 2011 and bookmark the link!

If you have time to volunteer in Los Gatos, the town welcomes your participation!  We have one of the highest rates of volunteerism in our region. Check out the opportunities to give back to the community, get to know your neighbors and have fun in the process on the Los Gatos town website

Our local hospitals can use your helping hands, too.  Years ago I worked as a chaplaincy volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital for a year or two (they provided training) and I loved it.  But there are many different volunteer jobs they have at Good Sam – here’s the link to find out. (Sadly, I could not find a link for chaplaincy volunteers at Good Sam. I hope that program hasn’t been ended. It was quite valuable.) The same is true at El Camino Hospital of Los Gatos.  Learn about volunteering at El Camino and volunteering as a chaplain at El Camino.

Perhaps you want to get fit?  There’s no shortage of opportunities with our great weather and oodles of places to swim, play tennis, lift weights and work out.  One of the highest ranking fitness centers in Silicon Valley is right here in Los Gatos at the Jewish Community Center (which anyone can join).  I still need to get over there and see it myself but I’ve heard nothing but raves about it.

The weather’s been fine and it’s a great time to get out & get involved.  Hope to see you around the town!

Winding Down the Summer of 2010 in Los Gatos

August 20, 2010

Sunset (taken at La Jolla Aug 9, 2010)Many Los Gatos school children are either back in school or shortly will be back in the classroom.  Technically, summer lasts almost another month, but the unofficial end of the season usually coincides with the academic schedule or Labor Day rather than the actual calendar date.

It’s been a very cool summer, generally, one that didn’t require a lot of air conditioning for most of us. Many days it felt more like spring than summer.  My family and I just returned from a vacation to San Diego (which I highly recommend!), where we heard it was the coldest summer in 70 years.  Sounds like all of California had an extra mild season!

There’s still a little summer left to be enjoyed, though!  If you have worked and busied yourself and wondering if you totally missed the boat on summer fun, it’s time to take a break and sneak in some helpful R & R.

Here in town, you can enjoy several great “end of summer” events, several of which are no-cost:

  • There are 2 more afternoons of Music in the Park and one more Jazz in the Plazz. (Dates are Aug 22, 25 and 29 – check link above for details.) 
  • Visit Oak Meadow Park on Saturday, Aug 28th for the “End of Summer Night Ride” with a pasta dinner, carousel rides and a train ride at the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad. 
  • Labor Day plans?  Calvary Church of Los Gatos invites you to their Chill & Grill on Monday, Sept 6th from 11-3 (no admission fee – this sounds like a great event, please check via the link!). 
  • On September 11th there’s Claws for a Cause at C Hannegan’s.

Enjoy the end of summer!

Fiesta de Artes in Los Gatos Aug 7 – 8 2010

August 04, 2010

In 2011, the dates are August 13 – 14th.  Please join us!

2010 post follows:

A great summertime tradition in Los Gatos is back this weekend with the return of Fiesta de Artes on the Civic Center Lawn (on Main Street near LG High School) Aug 7-8, 2010. Running from 10am to 6pm both Saturday and Sunday, this is a much beloved Art & Wine Festival (the only one in Los Gatos).  Visitors will enjoy loads of musical entertainment, a variety of food and wine, and more than 150 vendors.  Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, the Fiesta de Artes has been a part of summers in Los Gatos for over 30 years.  Come on out and enjoy!

For more information, please visit http://www.lgfiesta.org/

Los Gatos "Second Saturday" June 12, July 10 and Aug 14 2010

June 12, 2010

The “Second Saturdays” events are back this summer!  Come to downtown Los Gatos and shop, dine, and be pampered & entertained during the second Saturdays of each month.  These events are coordinated by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, and you can read about the day’s entertainment and “specials” on the Chamber’s website.  There’s a cute 36 second Animoto slideshow you can view online too. See you there!

Mary Pope-Handy

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