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

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St. Mary’s Country Fair in Los Gatos

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.

St Mary's Country Fair in Los Gatos - 1st weekend in October every year

St Mary’s Country Fair in Los Gatos – 1st weekend in October

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
  • dancing
  • dining (good and affordable!) – several food booths to choose from
  • pancake breakfast on Sunday morning
  • raffle
  • 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!

Details

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.

Purchase advance tickets for rides, raffles, food, and more using this form. To get all the details on the hours, booths, events, please check the St Mary’s Country Fair website.

Extra tips:

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!

CATillion Gala Fundraiser in Los Gatos

October 19, 2012

All That Jazz is the theme for the CATillion Gala sponsored by the Los Gatos Community Foundation November 3 2012The 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:
http://www.losgatoscommunityfoundation.org/catillion.php

Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in Los Gatos

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, luannf@comcast.net. Click for INFORMATION“.

Garage Sale at The Venue – Fabulous Fundraiser!

July 20, 2011

The VENUE will have a garage sale to support the Facility! Please suport The Venue by contributing Items to the sale, or buying from the Garage Sale! They would like to use the money for new games and equipment for the teens to use, as well for the kitchen upgrade this summer so that healthy and yummy food can be be sold in The Venue Cafe this coming school year!

Garage sale details:
 
Address: The Venue, 4 New York Ave. Los Gatos 95030.
Time: Saturday July 23rd from 10am to 1pm
Furniture: Sofa’s, End Tables, Storage Cabinets, Book Cases
Computers: File servers, computers, Key boards, mouse, Computer Monitors, power leads for computers and networking equipment and cables.
Electronics: TV’s, DVD’s Karaoke, Microwaves, Office Calculator, First Data Credit Card Terminal.
Music Recording and performing equipments, Microphones and stands,  Harbinger mixers, Dance Revolution Platforms
Office supplies: clocks, Whiteboards, notice boards, stationary, 4 drawer filing cabinets, files and folders, envelopes, Filing trays, Clothes: T shirts etc.
Home & furnishings, dishes, platters, area rugs, Picture frames,
Large Fish Aquarium – Stand alone fully housed and kitted out with pump, and fully interior decoration for fish. (comes with supplies for cleaning and feeding.
Games: x box Video and PC games, Board games, chess sets, pool Table Balls and brushes.
 
Contact:
 
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Third Annual Silicon Valley Duck Race Will Be June 13, 2010

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! 

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Classic Kids Photography "Rock Your TuTu" Fundraiser in May for St Jude Hospital

May 07, 2010

Here’s a great opportunity to help a wonderful cause – St. Jude Hospital for Children!

Classic Kids Rock Your TuTu for St Jude Hospital (May Special - all sitting fees go to charity)

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

Mary Pope-Handy

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