Virtual Jazz on the Plazz in 2020! This season itwill be Jazz OFF the Plazz for the 2020 season. Enjoy live streaming on Wednesday evenings, no cost to the public (there’s a tip jar online for the musicians). The first concert is tomorrow night, Wed., June 3rd, starting at 6 p.m. and the series runs every Wednesday through August 26th.
Where to take in the virtual Jazz On the Plazz concerts
This series appears to be the lone survivor in the usual summer lineup of free musical concerts in Los Gatos – Vasona Vibrations and Music in the Park are skipping the 2020 season and plan to be back next summer.
The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce is working hard to keep local industry strong!
You may have seen signs in lawns or someone wearing a shirt which reads “We got this LG!” in bold letters. This is a campaign run by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, which is working non-stop to support the many local businesses that are affected by the pandemic.
The upbeat message of this campaign is to stay positive and to strengthen community spirit! If you love strolling through downtown Los Gatos, or you’re missing your favorite shop, you can still support many of these businesses from a safe social distance so that when you’re able to come back, they’ll be there, too. But it’s not just lawn signs and t-shirts. We Got This LG! is introducing events like the Shop Local Raffle and a Mother’s Day Virtual Gift Shoppe to incentive’s shopping and introduce locals to more Los Gatos businesses.
Of course, to join the campaign you’ll want to know what’s open. The Chamber is keeping track of that, too, and has provided information on which shops, restaurants, and even services that are providing socially distant experiences.
The restaurant list is your one-stop-shop, which offers hours of operation, delivery vs curbside pickup information, links, and phone numbers. (Their list is much more extensive than my Takeout Food for Shelter in Place from March!) Check out the merchants page for information on pickup or mail delivery on practically everything: wine, clothes, toys, fresh flowers, gallery artworks, and craft supplies! Under “Other Services” are a collection of service-providing local businesses that are providing remote or curbside options, such as online fitness classes, curbside or delivery repairs, and tele-consultations. On the essential services page you can find out what’s open for your essential needs in Los Gatos.
Beyond the campaign, the Los Gatos Chamber continues to be an essential resource to businesses as well as for customers and clients. Take a look at their calendar and you can see there are Digital Marketing Webinars, virtual mixers, and classes to help members manage the changing market. The Chamber is also supporting FeedtheNeed (aka #FEEDtheNEEDBAYAREA) to help bring free hot meals where they are needed most: seniors, displaced employees, and medical workers. You can find out where meals have already been distributed in Los Gatos and donate to the cause though the link.
Most importantly, remember this won’t last forever and…
Yesterday the Town of Los Gatos provided an update on the status of Music in the Park during this coronavirus pandemic. Sadly, the Sunday afternoon music events must be skipped in 2020 due to health and safety reasons. Here’s the town’s statement about Music in the Park skipped in 2020:
UPDATE: Due to the unprecedented events of the COVID-19 pandemic, the anticipated continuation of restrictions on large gatherings, and to maintain the health and safety of our community, the Town of Los Gatos has made the decision to postpone the 2020 Music in the Park Summer Concert Series. We look forward to continuing this beloved family friendly tradition in 2021.
In 1994 Los Gatos and Listowel, Ireland, became sister towns. (Listowel is in County Kerry on the very pretty southwestern side of Ireland.) On Monday May 4th 2020, the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce will be having a virtual visit with the mayor of Listowel starting at 11:30 am.n Also on the video chat will be Rob Rennie, who visited there not too long ago.
Virtual Great Race for 2020: The Great Social Distancing Race
Normally we’d be having the annual Great Race this time of year (and you can read about 2019 below), but due to the novel coronavirus, or Covid-19, this year it will be a virtual race and you can sign up and participate anytime between now and May 1st. From the website linked below:
Our virtual race allows you to run 4 miles in a venue and at a time of your choice prior to May 1. Time and distance verification is encouraged through Strava, Garmin, or Asics Runkeeper for which you were all sent an email for a free download when you registered for the Great Race. However, it is not required and the honor system will be respected.
The annual Great Race from downtown Saratoga to downtown Los Gatos takes place on Sunday April 19, 2020, commencing at 8:30 a.m.. While many participants do jog or run, others walk or stroll. It’s a family-friendly fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Gatos and is open to all.
The Great Race course is 4 miles long, but some who wish to go both ways can put in 8 miles, known as the Gr8er Race.
The Rotary club offers this fun event each year with the help of a number of sponsors. For many years in a row, Sereno Group, where I work, has been a major sponsor for years. Many other local business back this great fundraiser too. See the list of sponsors, a map of the route, and run information at the Rotory Club link below.
Tomorrow is Super Tuesday, and in addition to the presidential primary, there are a number of other issues on the ballot. Please remember to vote!
This year voting is being done a little differently. Ballots and booklets on the propositions were mailed out a few weeks back. A number of locations have been open for dropping off ballots for awhile. If you aren’t sure where to go, please check the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters website. Or phone them at 408-299-8683.
There are two types of locations: some are drop off only, and others are voting locations.
Ballot Drop Box locations in and near Los Gatos include these:
Los Gatos Public Library
Los Gatos Town Hall
Monte Sereno City Hall
Saratoga City Hall
West Valley College Fox Center
Vineland Branch Library (Cambrian)
Vote Centers – locations where you can actually vote and not simply turn in your ballot
Los Gatos Lodge – El Gato Room
The Pavilion at Redwood Estates
Belwood Cabana Club (east Los Gatos)
And MANY other locations – please check the link above for the complete list.