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

Los Gatos Events

Pumpkin Train at Oak Meadow Park

The Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad is getting into the Halloween Spirit!  Costumes are encouraged!  Get all the details at

http://bjwrr.org/pumpkin-train-at-oak-meadow/

Or, find information on the BJWRR calender page.

pumpkin train - Pumpkin Train at Oak Meadow Park

Why Live in Los Gatos?

June 22, 2012

Why Live in Los Gatos?

All of Santa Clara County (the San Jose and Silicon Valley region) has great weather, low crime, beautiful hills in sight and excellent schools. So why chose Los Gatos to call home in particular?
 
Los Gatos enjoys all of the features that most people want, such as good schools, nice neighborhoods and low crime. The  downtown area is nestled into the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, making it especially scenic.  It’s more than that, though: it’s a fun place in which to live.  It’s got great community involvement. There’s truly something for everyone in this lovely town which was once dubbed the “Gem City”.

Beautiful architecture in Los Gatos

Beautiful downtown Los Gatos, California (Silicon Valley)In a valley full of tract housing and strip malls, Los Gatos offers several historic neighborhoods with lovely Victorian architecture. While most of the town’s subdivisions are not so old or distinctive, the downtown area includes several districts you’ll enjoy seeing, among them these: Edelen, Almond Grove, Fairview Plaza, Broadway, and Glenridge.  The downtown commercial district includes a few historic buildings, too.

Outdoor living

The outdoors is well appreciated in Los Gatos, and it is a big part of what makes this town special. The Los Gatos Creek Trail pleases athletes, who can enjoy fabulous scenery for biking, rollerblading, running, or walking.  We have great parks throughout the town, and they have everyone in mind from little tots to people on horseback. Our county park, Vasona, has boating and kids and adults can take sailing lessons. Doglovers even have a dog park which is shared with neighboring Campbell. 

In summer, the townsfolk enjoy free music on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays with Jazz on the Plazz,Vasona Vibrations and  Music in the Park Oak Meadow Park features Shakespeare in the Park under the stars too. 

Outdoor wintertime festivities include the tree lighting ceremony the first Friday evening in December, carriage rides through the historic downtown, and a holiday parade the first Saturday in December plus a beautiful  Fantasy of Lights display each night at Vasona Park from about Thanksgiving through the last day of the year.  There is a Plein Art show, an arts & crafts fair, a Fourth of July town picnic, and an annual fall carnival too – you name it!

Downtown Los Gatos, CA

Winding Down the Summer in Los Gatos

August 23, 2009

Overall, we have enjoyed a milder summer here in Los Gatos this year.  We didn’t have quite so many days that broke a hundred degrees.  Just as well, since there were more “staycations” here too!

As the summer begins edging toward fall, perhaps you’re not feeling relaxed and energiezed – maybe you’ve been all work, no play.  But even if you’re not going on a trip, you can still indulge in a little local R & R, and much of it’s at no cost. Need a couple of ideas? 

Music, music everywhere:

As you know, we have free music in Los Gatos:

Music in the Park 8/23/2009 5-7 pm Led Zepagain  
Jazz on the Plazz 8/26/2009 6:30 – 8:30 pm Cleo Laine & John Dankworth  
Music in the Park 8/30/2009 5-7 pm Journey Unauthorized

San Jose State also has a great, free music concert series called the Summer Pops Music Series that just began on Aug 22nd and the San Jose Music in the Park has one more event left. Please visit the San Jose Metblogs page for the schedule (which includes both) – there are four more to come, including one later today)

Are you “music’d out”?  Need something else to do?  Few more ideas:

  • Testarossa’s Wine & Cheese Weekend is happening now!  Today from noon to four pm, visit the Testarossa tasting room and for $10 per person, sample five cheeses along with their delicious wines.  (Also note Sept 6th, “Music on the Patio”. See site for more info.)
  • Los Gatos enjoys two museums (one art, one history) plus a museum gallery.  Events and museum access are low cost to free – please see the museums’ events page online for details
  • For a list of more venues, from the RIngling Brothers Circus to Mountain Winery events, please visit the Merc’s events page online – loads of local events in San Jose, Saratoga, Campbell and all over Silicon Valley

Got a favorite local event?  Feel free to post it in a comment below. Although normally I delete “ads” that seem like spam, this time I’ll make an exception – feel free to promote YOUR favorite local South Bay event here on Live in Los Gatos!
 

Funstuff in Los Gatos

August 04, 2007

Los Gatos is hopping with things to do in early August! Take a look at these events and see what fits into your schedule!

leothelg lion - Funstuff in Los GatosAug. 4: 12 noon – 2pm  (FREE MUSIC) at Borders in Old Town, Los Gatos – Debbie Thacker, a songwriter with mixed pop, jazz and folk,

Aug. 4: Annual Los Gatos Shakespeare in the Park – Pericles, Prince of Tyre
at Oak Meadow Park at the corner of Blossom Hill Rd. & University Ave.
(Tickets 800-838-3006, Office 408-996-0635) www.festivaltheatreensemble.org

Aug. 5 : 5:00 to 7:00 PM Music in the Park (FREE MUSIC) – Sage (Rock & Roll, great band!) at Civic Center lawn at 110 E. Main St. (Community Services 408-354-6820) http://www.losgatosca.gov/index.asp?NID=1220

Aug. 8: Jazz on the Plazz  (FREE MUSIC) – Nancy Kelly & Giacomo Gates (A Tribute to Louis Prima) at Park Plaza at Main St and Santa Cruz Ave. www.jazzontheplazz.com

Aug. 9-12: 8pm-11pm nightly In the Park After Dark Movie Week at Vasona Park
. Join park staff for a family movie under the stars. Bring a low beach chair (or blanket) and a flashlight. Please call 408-354-2608 for movie titles and information.

Aug. 11: Los Gatos Dammit Run hosted by Los Gatos Athletic Association. 5.0 miles. Starts and finishes at Los Gatos High School. (Call 408-354-7365, 395-4311)

Aug. 11 & 12: Fiesta de Artes at Los Gatos Civic Center hosted by Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos (Terry Martin 408-395-8016) http://www.los-gatos.ca.us/los_gatos/assoc_clubs/kiwanis/fiesta.html  10 am to 6 pm. Great art, wine, music, and food!  http://www.lgfiesta.org/  This is a don’t miss fun event!

Harry Potter Release Party at Borders…and other events around Los Gatos

July 19, 2007

Having fun...Los Gatos is home to many wonderful events, many of which are free – but few of which are as highly anticipated as the Grand Hallows Ball at Border’s in Old Town Los Gatos (50 University Avenue). July 20th. The party runs from 9:30 – midnight. Books go on sale at 12:01am July 21st and those who pre-ordered will be paying 40% less. See you there!!

While we’re talking upcoming events, here are a few more happening nearby in the next few days:

Friday July 20: Eddie Money performs at the (Santa Cruz) Beach Boardwalk’s Free Friday Night Concerts, one at 6:30pm and one at 8:30pm.

Friday July 20: 8 pm Los Gatos Shakespeare in the Park – Julius Caesar at Oak Meadow Park at the corner of Blossom Hill Rd. & University Ave. (Tickets 800-838-3006, Office 408-996-0635) www.festivaltheatreensemble.org

Sat/Sun July 21-22: Relay For Life of Los Gatos 10am Saturday – 10am Sunday. An overnight event at Fisher Middle School ground to walk or run laps to raise money for American Cancer Society.  For more information, or to register, call 408-688-0108.

Saturday July 21: 5 – 7pm (FREE Music) Vasona Vibrations Outdoor Music Series – Ambergrass Unlimited (sibs Anne and Phil Pflager doing country/bluegrass)  at Vasona Park. www.southbayfolks.org/vasona

Saturday July 21: 12 noon – 2pm (FREE MUSIC) Music at Border’s in Old Town, LG Katie Joy, acoustic singer/songwriter

Saturday July 21: 8pm Los Gatos Shakespeare in the Park – Pericles, Prince of Tyre at Oak Meadow Park at the corner of Blossom Hill Rd. & University Ave. (Tickets 800-838-3006, Office 408-996-0635 www.festivaltheatreensemble.org

Sunday July 22: 5 – 7 pm (FREE MUSIC) Music in the Park – San Jose Opera Guild (Operatic Arias)
at Civic Center lawn at 110 E. Main St. 5:00 to 7:00 PM (Community Services 408-354-6820)
http://www.losgatosca.gov/index.asp?NID=1220

Sunday July 22: Los Gatos Shakespeare in the Park – Tartuffle by Moliere at Oak Meadow Park at the corner of Blossom Hill Rd. & University Ave. (Tickets 800-838-3006, Office 408-996-0635) www.festivaltheatreensemble.org

Need more ideas for this weekend?  Check out the Villa Montalvo (Saratoga) events calendar, and also the (Saratoga) Mountain Winery’s concert offerings as well.  

Mary Pope-Handy

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