St. Mary’s Country Fair in Los Gatos is a fun, annual community event that always occurs the second weekend of October. This year, it’s October Oct 6th – 8th, 2017.
Open to everyone, and with no admission fee, the three day fundraiser is a great place to enjoy so many cool things, including:
- carnival rides
- bouncy house (several)
- country store shopping
- arts & crafts (such as pumpkin decorating)
- martial arts displays
- dining (good and affordable!) – several food booths to choose from
- pancake breakfast on Sunday morning
- play games
- giant slide
- spaghetti dinner
- full service coffee shop
- talent show
- live bands
- bingo (of course!)
This is a fabulous place to walk through and simply bump into friends & neighbors from all over Los Gatos and the nearby communities. It’s also a fun place to take photos. Each day is a little different, some return again and again!
St. Mary’s Church and School are located in downtown Los Gatos on Bean Avenue near Tait (and near North Santa Cruz Avenue) in the historic Almond Grove neighborhood. You can also reach the party by coming from Main Street and Lyndon Avenue.
Like a bargain? There’s an easy way to save money. Visit the parish or school office before Friday at 2pm and buy your Butler ride tickets at a substantial discount – and avoid the lines! (Tickets are sold in the 2 weeks leading up to the fair most years.)
Also, much of the Almond Grove District of Los Gatos has permit parking only in the evenings. So don’t park in the neighborhood! There are lots of public parking spaces between North Santa Cruz and University Avenues in Los Gatos, and they are no cost, so park there instead. I usually like to park between North Santa Cruz Avenue and University Avenue in the public lot. If you’re in biking distance, consider cycling in – just remember lights are required when biking in the dark, and remember road safety!
October 19, 2012
The Los Gatos Community Foundation is once again putting on its formal gala, CATillion, to raise funds for the good local causes it supports. This year is the 8th annual event and the theme is “All That Jazz”. It will take place on November 3rd at La Rinconada Country Club. Cost is $150 per person.
In addition to the formal dinner, there will be a silent and live auction.
Where does the money go? Back into the community. The organization’s website says
“In the past seven years, this event has brought in over $250,000 allowing the Los Gatos Community Foundation, Inc. to funnel money back into the community through its its Grant programs and Scholarship programs as well as improvement projects throughout the Town of Los Gatos. This year we will be raising monies to support the relighting of the 154 trees along Santa Cruz Avenue in our beautiful downtown Los Gatos with energy saving LED lights.”
To learn more about attending or sponsoring this event, please see the LGCF’s website:
September 13, 2012
Kudos to students at Los Gatos High School’s Gold Ribbon Club and many local businesses for raising awareness and money in the fight against childhood cancers. This Saturday is “Childhood Cancer Awareness Day” in town and participating Los Gatos businesses (click on the link to see which ones) will donate money for pediatric cancer research via CureSearch for sales happening on that day.
Additionally, the club will be selling luminarias for $5 each and will have them on display that evening, according to the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce’s events page. The Chamber’s page also states ” If you would like to participate, or have any questions, please contact Lu Ann, 408-206-3931, firstname.lastname@example.org. Click for INFORMATION“.
July 20, 2011
May 09, 2010
Get ready, get set, splash! The highly popular annual charity fundraiser, The Silicon Valley Duck Race, is returning to Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos on June 13 2010.
The duck race website says that “The race is sponsored by Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley (JFS SV), a United Way Partner Agency, which serves a diverse community with quality social, vocational, counseling, crisis intervention, refugee resettlement services, and programs for seniors without regard for race, religion, ethnicity, or ability to pay. ” There are other non-profit sponsors too – the Duck Buddy Charities.
They are still looking for more sponsors, racers and volunteers!
May 07, 2010
Here’s a great opportunity to help a wonderful cause – St. Jude Hospital for Children!
Lynn Miano, the manager & photographer of the Los Gatos store, asked me to provide a little assistance with getting the word out about this effort. “This is a fun and great campaign we are doing the entire month of May and 100% of the sitting fees will benefit St. Jude Children
October 14, 2008
Starting October 16th, Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos will be transformed into a fantabulous Haunted Harvest Festival. Take a self-guided tour along the Goblin