Vasona Park’s Fantasy of Lights (Light Festival)

2022 Fantasy of Lights in Los GatosThe 24th annual Fantasy of Lights show at Vasona Lake County Park begins soon! Occasionally people call me to ask about it – please note that I do not run the event – I am only posting information about it. Full info can be found on the county’s park website, linked below.

24th annual Fantasy of Lights:

Get your tickets now, they sell out fast! Entry with prepaid tickets only!

What: The Fantasy of Lights

When:

Walk-thru Weekend Dec 3 & 4, 2022 from 4 to 9 pm

Drive-thru Nights Dec 6 – 30, 2022 with 30 minute slots from 6pm to 9:30pm

Open rain or shine. As always, the Fantasy of Lights is closed on Christmas Day (Dec 25).

Where: Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road (near University Avenue) Los Gatos, CA

How much: Tickets must be purchased in advance available online through EventBrite.

Walk through cost is $10 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 4 – 12, and free for 3 and under (tickets still required for free entry!)

Drive through cost is $20 per regular vehicle (up to 12 passenger capacity), $50 per oversized vehicle (13+ passenger capacity).

More details:

Please visit the Santa Clara County Parks page for the Fantasy of Lights to get more information and updates on this event.

Please check the county’s page for this event.

More questions? PLEASE do NOT call me about this event. Please contact the SCC Parks Dept and check out their website for the Fantasy of Lights! The Vasona phone number is (408) 355-2201.

Please visit Live in Los Gatos for year round events, neighborhood information, photos around the town, interesting real estate market data, haunted places and the occasional historical tidbit.

 

Los Gatos is a wonderful place to visit during the holidays, but it’s also a great place to live year round! If you are interested in buying a home in Los Gatos (or selling one), please contact me, Mary Pope-Handy (contact information in the sidebar). I’m both a Realtor based in the Town of Los Gatos and a resident myself, working full time in helping nice folks to buy and sell homes here and throughout the west valley and greater Silicon Valley communities.

If you aren’t familiar with the area, here are a few things to know!
Buy a home in Los Gatos (info on neighborhoods, school districts, homes for sale to browse online, links to important local sites & info)
Relocating and buying a house in Los Gatos
Los Gatos real estate on Facebook
Monthly Los Gatos real estate market update
Los Gatos real estate market statistics & trends for houses
Los Gatos realty trends and stats for condos & townhouses

 

 

 

North 40

The North 40 communities are filling in the land once full of orchards in the corridor between Highway 17, Highway 85, Los Gatos Boulevard, and Lark Avenue. The project is being built by two companies, including SummerHill, which is doing the first phase, Bellaterra. off Lark and Los Gatos Blvd. This area has the Los Gatos Union School District and the Saratoga Los Gatos Joint Union High School District (Los Gatos High).

Grosvenor also will be building, and Eden Housing, which works on affordable homes, is partnering with SummerHill on less expensive senior housing referenced below.

 

Map of the North 40 area in Los Gatos

 

Bellaterra is providing 253 new housing units in Los Gatos. Per their website, 120 units have been sold so far. SummerHill is a highly regarded and well known name in Los Gatos.

• The Towns – 97 Rowhomes – 2-3 Beds, 1,508-1,974 sq.ft. approx.
• The Flats – 80 Condos – 1-3 Beds, 1,039-2,089 sq.ft. approx.
• The Bungalows – 76 Urban Homes with Yard per Plan – 1-3 Beds, 910-1,999 sq.ft. approx.

 

North 40 is underway - some of the completed homes

 

Yesterday we took a quick drive through some of the accessible area in Phase 1, Bellaterra,  to see how it looks so far. The photos above and below are of the same area in the North 40 but from different positions.

 

Bellaterra in the North 40 area of Los Gatos - construction by Summerhill Homes

 

Typical of new construction, we saw many attached homes of 2 and 3 stories. The three story units that we glimpsed did not appear to have any outdoor space, and the rowhouses or townhouses we saw had some balconies, but otherwise we did not see private outdoor space. The website says otherwise, though, so I presume we didn’t see it all.

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Los Gatos Halloween Pet and Kids Parade

Los Gatos Halloween Pet and Kids Parade - remembering Howling HalloweenCelebrate the season in style with the Los Gatos Halloween Pet and Kids Parade! It’s so nice to have a pet and children parade back!

Details on the Los Gatos Halloween Pet and Kids Parade

The event takes place on October 30th 2022 from 3 – 5 p.m. (check in at 2:45 on Grays Lane near Loma Brewing, which is at the intersection of Grays with N Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos).

Come in costume and bring the whole family. Many downtown merchants will be participating in handing out treats to the costumed visitors participating.

The cost is $10 per family or $5 per individual, and the recipient of funds raised will be The Street Dog Coalition.

Howling Halloween – a precursor

Years ago, we had a fun dog costume parade in Los Gatos each October called the Howling Halloween Pet Parade. The proceeds used to go to the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department’s K9 unit – a wonderful cause. That event was hosted by Society Dog, a pet supply company that closed several years ago.

You can learn more about the Los Gatos Halloween Pet and Kids Parade and buy tickets at their EventBrite page.

 

Los Gatos Commons

Los Gatos Commons signThe Los Gatos Commons is a popular senior condominium community off of Alberto Way in Los Gatos, very close to the downtown shopping and dining district (see map, below). This complex was developed in 1978, so is 44 years old as of this writing in 2022.

There are 110 condo units, at The Los Gatos Commons, ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms. Most units have carports, but there are a few with 1 car garages available. A plus for many residents is that it is gated – a rarely found amenity in Silicon Valley.

Like other senior communities, of which there are very few in Santa Clara County, properties are more affordable here than what you might find in non age-restricted condominiums nearby.

Homes share a clubhouse, pool, spa, and fitness room, as well as beautifully maintained landscaping. Units have covered parking.

Nearby amenities include easy access to highways 9 and 17, a close proximity to downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment, such as the public library and parks. The location is hard to beat!

 

Los Gatos Commons Map

What do HOA Dues cost at The Los Gatos Commons?

The Los Gatos Commons home owner association dues start at about $425 – $600 and are more for larger units. Two recent 2 bed sales have had $507 monthly fees, and one had a $520 monthly fee. The fee covers things like common area maintenance, cable/dish services, and water.

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Los Gatos Beer and Wine Walk

Los Gatos Beer and Wine Walk - graphic with beverages plus Leo in the middle - Los Gatos catThis weekend will be the first Los Gatos Beer and Wine Walk, and it promised to be a popular event! We’ve had Spring Wine Walk and Fall Wine Walk, but this is the first such event in town that includes beer.

Particulars of the Los Gatos Beer and Wine Walk 2022:

  • Date is Saturday October 15, 1 – 4 pm
  • Location is downtown Los Gatos
  • Tickets are $50 each if paid in advance, or $55 the day of the event if not sold out
  • The event will be on, “rain or shine”
  • Must be 21 to participate

For all of the details, please see the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce’s website

 

 

Related:

Los Gatos Wildcat Theatre – presentations in October 2022
Visit the Los Gatos farmer’s market!
List of Los Gatos neighborhoods – list with links to articles on each
OktoberFest LG

LGHS Wildcat Theatre

Image for LGHS Wildcat Theatre presentation - And then they came for meLGHS Wildcat Theatre presents And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank on October 14 and 15.

And Then They Came for Me is a unique theatrical experience: a multimedia play that combines videotaped interviews with two childhood friends of Anne Frank and their Holocaust experiences with live actors recreating scenes from their lives during World War II. Part oral history, part dramatic action, part direct address, part remembrance, this production is like a historic newsreel brought to life on the stage. This is what live theatre does especially well–moving a big subject like the Holocaust into the realm of personal understanding and connection. It will open your heart with curiosity and compassion.

Don’t miss this stirring presentation by the LGHS Wildcat Theatre!

Presentation details – LGHS Wildcat Theatre

Friday, Oct 14 at 7pm

Saturday, Oct 15 at 1:30pm Understudy cast

Saturday,  Oct 15 at 7pm

Tickets: Students $12 and Adults $15

Purchase tickets for the presentation at this link.

Los Gatos High School Theater
Prentiss Brown Auditorium

20 High School Court
Los GatosCA 95030

You will enter through the main door facing Main Street.  These are the steps visible if you are standing on the front lawn of the school.

Parking:

The closest parking is on Main Street, on High School Court, or along Church Street.

LGHS Wildcat Theatre Presents - And then they came for me

Related reading:

Events in and near Los Gatos (on this site)

St. Mary’s Country Fair in Los Gatos

St Mary's Country Fair - Stage and RideSt. Mary’s Country Fair in Los Gatos is a fun, annual community event that occurs the second weekend of October (skipped last year due to Covid).

 

Open to everyone, and with no admission fee, the three day fundraiser is a great place to enjoy so many cool things, including:

  • Butler Carnival rides (separate tickets)
  • bouncy house
  • country store shopping
  • arts & crafts (such as pumpkin decorating)
  • martial arts displays
  • dancing
  • dining (good and affordable!) – several food booths to choose from
  • raffle
  • play games
  • giant slide
  • full service coffee shop
  • margarita booth
  • talent show
  • live bands
  • bingo (of course!)
  • Harvest Market

Hours for the Country Fair:
Friday, October 7, 5 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, October 8, 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday, October 9, 10 am to 5 pm

Hours for the Harvest Market Thursday Oct 6:
11 am to 4 pm no entrance fee
Evening Shopping from 5 pm to 9 pm $20 entrance fee
Shop, Appetizers, Drinks, Raffle & Music
Tickets presale or at the door

 

See even more at the event’s website: http://stmarysfair.squarespace.com/

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!