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The Holiday Season in Los Gatos: So Much To Do!

100_2661December is upon us, and with it are all kinds of holiday wonders in beautiful Los Gatos.

Lots is happening in and around our quaint corner of Silicon Valley, and keeping up is half the battle. To make your holidays a little less stressful and a little more jolly, I have organized a list of events and activities going on in Los Gatos this holiday season. Below you will two lists – one with unique holiday events by date and a separate list of ongoing events. These lists do not include religious services, so please check your preferred place of prayer for those schedules.

 

Here’s the rundown on carriage rides, the Fantasy of Lights, the tree lighting ceremony, the Los Gatos holiday parade, and more:

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See’s Candies is celebrating National Lollypop Day

See's logoIf you have been meaning to visit the new See’s Candies at 15466 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos, tomorrow is the ideal day to do it. It is National Lollypop Day, and all See’s Candies are giving away one lollypop (or lollipop)* per person. The Mercury News says “Their “lollypops” come in four flavors — Chocolate, Butterscotch, Cafe Latte and Vanilla.”   Buon Appetito! (All See’s are participating, by the way!)

Oh and it’s not a bad idea to visit the Sees.com website as they are also running a contest: enter to win a year’s worth of lollipops or a $50 gift card.

*Apparently, both spellings are correct: lollipop and lolypop

References:

http://www.sees.com/

http://blogs.mercurynews.com/eat-drink-play/2016/07/19/free-candy-sees-lollypops/

Free Distribution of Water Saving Devices ~ Friday, August 7 Santa Clara Valley Water District

Water dropFrom 10:30am to 2:30pm on Friday August 7 2015, stop by the Los Gatos Public Library to pick up your free water saving devices courtesy of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.  If that date doesn’t work for you, you can go to the Gilroy Public Library on Thursday, August 6 or the Mitchell Park Libary in Palo Alto on Wednesday Aug 6 during the same hours.

The SCVWD is giving away shower timers, aerators, low flow shower heads, hose nozzles, moisture meters, buckets to collect shower water, and more.  It’s free, so stop by and increase your water savings!

Los Gatos Public Library is located at 100 Villa Avenue, Los Gatos, adjacent to the Civic Center and close to Los Gatos High School. Beat the drought, conserve water, and get a helping hand from the water district!

Learn more at http://www.valleywater.org/droughtgear/

Vasona and Oak Meadow Parks

Kids sailing at VasonaSomething is always happening at the big and beautiful, 150 acre Vasona Lake County Parkand adjacent 12 acre Oak Meadow Park (belonging to the Town). These sister parks are connected and share the Los Gatos Creek, meandering trails, the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad at Oak Meadow. The parks enjoy beautiful scenery, both within the many acres and also looking up at the coastal range that separates this valley from the Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

It’s a wonderful place for a family or company picnic and is often the site for beginning races, walk-a-thons, and other charitable causes, and it’s also the location for many cultural festivals throughtout the year. Most recently, there was an enormous, two day Iranian/Persian New Year’s Festival called Norouz that drew several thousand people from all over Silicon Valley. The San Jose Mercury News covered it and had a great little video on their website on this event, take a look! As you can see, Vasona and Oak Meadow aren’t just a couple of nice parks, they’re places for the community to gather, enjoy themselves and nature and to do it in a gorgeous spot.

Here are some of the regularly scheduled, annual events at Oak Meadow and Vasona that invite us to enjoy some recreation time there:

 

June & July: Vasona Vibrations (free concerts Saturdays 5-7pm)
July & August: Shakespeare in the Park
August: In the Park After Dark Movie Week
Saturday evening on Labor Day Weekend: Los Gatos Park Dance (begun in 2013)
September: Screen on the Green
October: Halloween Train Rides (Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad)
December: Fantasy of Lights

And because these are parks, there are great learning opportunities and classes available there too. The Parks and Recreation Department offers sailing lessons – as you can see from the pic, my kids enjoyed these a few years ago (and may teach there this summer too). Paddleboats can be rented in summer as well. A hands-on approach to introducing kids to nature is provided by the extremely popular , which recently enjoyed an expansion at Vasona.

Historically, these parks are interesting too and there are some things you might not know about them. Continue reading

Bandstand Boogie in Los Gatos!

August 15, 2011

Bandstand Boogie in Los GatosMark your calendars!!  Bandstand Boogie will be happening on Saturday during Labor Day weekend in Los Gatos

What is it?  This is a free musical event sponsored by the Los Gatos Community Foundation to raise funds for the Los Gatos Youth Sports Project (the sports park). A portion of the proceeds from the food, wine and beer concessions as well as the raffle will go to support the cause.

When & where is it?  Saturday September 3rd from 2pm to 10pm at Oak Madow Park, Los Gatos, at the historic Lyndon bandstand.

If you are on Facebook, do check out the fan page (like it!) 
and event page there to comment and see who else is coming and let your friends know that you are too.

Want to see the poster a little better?  Click on the image and you’ll get the full sized PDF.

Here’s the schedule for the Bandstand Boogie lineup:
2:00pm – Neil Hogan (acoustic fingerstyle guitar master)
3:00pm – James Robinson (amazing jazz/flamenco solo artist)
4:00pm – 5606 (Punk/Rock Powerhouse!)
5:30pm – OTR (Dance covers from 60’s – Today)
7:30pm – The Houserockers (Rock & Soul!)

This should be a lot of fun – see you there!

The Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival

May 15, 2011

The Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival is a new and free daylong musical event making its debut this Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at the Jewish Community Center on Oka Road in Los Gatos. All are welcome and there will be a variety of music, food, and fun for people of all ages (including a KidZone). Parking is free too. 

To get more details, please read the article on JWeekly.com:
Silicon Valley Jewish Music Fest to premiere at Los Gatos JCC.  I hope to see you there!

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!

Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series 2010: Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz and Vasona Vibrations Schedule of Events and Performers

May 21, 2010

To view the 2011 schedule of the free music series in Los Gatos, please click here. The list below is for 2010.

2010 Series:
Summer 2010 is almost here & it’s time to plot out your attendance at the wonderful offerings of the three Los Gatos free musical concert series! Here is the info you need to make the most of these great offerings. (Info deemed reliable but not guaranteed – please double check the websites prior to going & always read up on the rules as some things have changed.)

Vasona Vibrations Logo (Los Gatos Free Musical Concert Series)(1) Vasona Vibrations 5-7pm every Saturday June & July at Vasona Park: http://www.southbayfolks.org/vasona/ Schedule of who plays what week:
http://www.southbayfolks.org/vasona/#psched Performances are held every Saturday in June and July from 5-7pm, on the lawn near the Ranger Office, and just down the hill from the pedestrian entrance at University Ave and Pepper Tree Lane. Referenced in the list below as VV.

Los Gatos Music in the Park (Los Gatos Free Musical Concert Series)(2) Music in the Park LG civic center lawn Sundays 5-7pm June 20 – Aug 29
Basic info (rules, date, location)
http://www.town.los-gatos.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=350
Music in the Park site:
http://www.lgmip.com/ Schedule info (who plays which day) http://www.lgmip.com/miperformers.asp Referenced in the list below as MIP.

Jazz on the Plazz (Los Gatos free musical concert series)(3) Jazz on the Plazz http://www.jazzontheplazz.com/ Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm, June 23rd through August 25th. Check the FAQ section of the site for info on the rules and more. The Los Gatos Town Plaza is on West Main Street and Santa Cruz Avenue near the post office in downtown Los Gatos. Schedule of who’s playing what: http://www.jazzontheplazz.com/jazz_artists.asp Referenced in the list below as JP.

Date Day-Series Time Performer & link (to performer’s website)
6/5 Sat – VV 5-7pm The Sherry Austin Band
6/12 Sat – VV 5-7pm Flatpick Sidekicks
6/19 Sat – VV 5-7pm David Correa and Cascada
6/20 Sun – MIP 5-7pm Lee Alverson’s Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John
6/20 Sun – MIP opener Opener: Fran

Free Los Gatos Music Series Begins June 2nd

May 01, 2007

Summers in Los Gatos include three different musical concert series, all free to the public: Jazz on the Plazz (most Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm, June – August, Los Gatos Town Plaza), Music in the Park (some Sunday afternoons, varying times, June-August, Civic Center Lawn), and Vasona Vibrations (every Saturday, 5-7pm, June/July, Vasona Lake County Park). 

The Los Gatos Observer has made one conveniently integrated list of all three of these, so you’ll want to print out this page and bookmark it too in case there are any changes.  The fun begins June 2nd. With 31 free concerts in all, and a variety of musical styles presented, there truly is “something for everyone”.

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