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Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk

March 31, 2016

Los Gatos Wine WalkThe Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk will take place on Saturday, April 30th 2016 from 1:30 to 5:30pm. It is again located in the the down town and Old Town areas of Los Gatos. Enjoy wine tasting, free music, shopping, and the ambiance of our Gem City.  Sponsored by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, this popular event is $45 in advance (til tomorrow!) and $50 from April 2nd to the day of the event, so get your tickets today!

For more details and info on how to register, please see the Los Gatos Chamber’s website. Cheers!

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

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 Celebrates Independence Day, July 4, 2010

June 28, 2010

Los Gatos Celebrates July 4, 2010

Independence Day is upon us again!  Come celebrate in beautiful downtown Los Gatos!

The town’s festivities for July 4, 2010, commence at 11am and run through 7pm, most of it at the Civic Center (110 E Main Street, LG, 95030), but some of it across the street on the lawn at Los Gatos High School. There will be plenty of entertainment with music, dancing, games, picnicing and also a great BBQ. (Including one of the weekly “Music in the Park” events.)

To get the whole story, see the town’s online flyer by clicking this link. Enjoy, and happy Independence Day!

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

Full Spectrum Jazz Performs Monthly at the Los Gatos Lodge

October 01, 2009

Once a month or so, the highly talented band,  Full Spectrum Jazz, performs at the Los Gatos Lodge. Over the summer they played at Jazz on the Plazz in Los Gatos, so you may be familiar with them already.  This is a local group, and a few members are even residents of the town of Los Gatos. Their next performance there will be in the evening of October 15th (please check the schedules online at the band’s website and the Lodge’s website).

Full Spectrum Jazz plays a variety of jazz styles, and at times also employ a vocalist. When we were there in mid-September, Duane Lawrence joined them for part of each set. Duane has a beautiful voice & is an enthusiastic singer – the two complimented each other very well.

Below are some photos I took in mid-September. Unfortunately the lighting was such that members to the far left and far right were not too well illuminated, so my apologies that a number of band members and Duane Lawrence are not in these pics (they just didn’t turn out).  Come check them out for yourself two weeks from now!  (There’s no cover charge and drinks & munchies are reasonably priced.)

Full Spectrum Jazz performs at the Los Gatos Lodge monthly

Full Spectrum Jazz performing at the Los Gatos Lodge

Joel Karp & Roger Levinson are featured in a song composed by Roger Levinson

The Los Gatos Lodge is located at 50 Los Gatos – Saratoga Road, Los Gatos, California.  (Los Gatos-Saratoga Road is also known as Highway 9)  It is just east of Highway 17, between the freeway and Los Gatos Boulevard.  There’s plenty of parking too.

Free Music Lineup This Weekend in Los Gatos

July 06, 2007


The weather this weekend is anticipated to be nearly perfect in Los Gatos, with temps reaching only to the low or middle 80’s. It’s a perfect time to be outdoors, and what better way than to take in some of the town’s delightful free music?

Here’s what’s doing in downtown Los Gatos this weekend:

Saturday, July 7, 12 noon – 2pm at Border’s in Old Town: Daphna Rahmil (Jazz & Folk)

Saturday, July 7: 5 – 7 pm at Vasona Park: Leanne Weatherly Band (Jazz)

Sunday, July 8, 6:30 – 8pm at the Civic Center Lawn: Becca and Carlos Reyes (country)

Good News!

July 05, 2007

Border's at Old Town, Los Gatos, CA - photo by Mary Pope-HandyJust when you thought summers in Los Gatos couldn’t be much nicer, something new comes along to make it even better. Los Gatos already had three wonderfully diverse summer music series (see list care of the Los Gatos Observer) but this week, yet another has been added to the list of offerings. 

The new venue will take place on Saturdays, July 7 through Aug 25, from 12 -2 pm on the deck at Border’s in Old Town. A variety of acoustic music will be provided by singers and songwriters. For more info and a list of performers and dates, please read the article from Tuesday’s Los Gatos Weekly Times, “New sounds at Old Town in Los Gatos this summer“.

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”.

Mary Pope-Handy

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