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Los Gatos Celebrates July 4th, Independence Day, Join in the Fun!

Los Gatos July 4 - Los Gatos Celebrates July 4th, Independence Day, Join in the Fun!

It’s officially summer and Independence Day is fast approaching. What are your plans for the fourth?

Downtown Los Gatos has plenty going on!

BlockParty2017 - Los Gatos Celebrates July 4th, Independence Day, Join in the Fun!First up, a block party:

Between 10:30 am and 4 pm the Saturday before Independence Day, a portion of Downtown Los Gatos will be closed to traffic for a patriotic block party! There will be live music on multiple stages, games, crafts, red, white, and blue decorations, face painting, a bounce house, and a dunk tank. Pedal in to avoid traffic and make use of the bike valet service! Enjoy shopping and dining at all your usual haunts downtown for a break from the sun. Catch the fun at North Santa Cruz Avenue from Main Street to Bachman Avenue.

Check out the block party events page on the Town website, share the flier with a friend, and plan the day with the schedule of events through the links.

Next up, the annual 4th of July Symphony and celebration!

JulySymphony - Los Gatos Celebrates July 4th, Independence Day, Join in the Fun!The San Jose Wind Symphony will come together once again at Oak Meadow Park under the bandstand. There will be great American music, barbecue, beer, snacks, games, a few words shared, train rides on the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, carousel rides, and good fun for the family. So take some friends, wine, and a picnic, or a pooch and a Frisbee and enjoy your day at the park! Bring something to sit on, protect yourself from the sun, and prepare yourself to have some fun! Remember, parking in Oak Meadow is free to Town residents, but spots are limited so carpool if you can. Flag raising is at 4pm, and the concert starts at 4:15pm.

For more information, please see the info page on the town’s website for the July 4th happenings and the event flier.

Have a safe and happy Fourth, everyone!

Drug Drop Off Event

got drugsTake back or expired or unused prescription medicines April 29 2017 from 10am to 2pm! Sponsored by the DEA, and locally in Los Gatos by CASA (Community Against Substance Abuse) and by the Town of Los Gatos, this is an opportunity to properly dispose of drugs so that they don’t end up in landfills or our water system – a growing problem.

In Los Gatos, meds can be taken to the Los Gatos Public Works Service Center at 41 Miles Avenue, Los Gatos. Other nearby sites are available too, see the list here. This is a nationwide event, so find the location nearest you!

What you can and cannot bring, per the town’s website:

ITEMS TO BRING:
Medications:
b” Controlled
b” Non-controlled
b” Over-the-counter medications

Recycling:
b” Glass-mercury thermometers (double-bag in zip-top bags)
b” Household batteries (please tape the ends of batteries)
b” Cell phones
b” Eyeglasses (collected for Lions Club)

Do Not Bring:
b” IV Solutions
b” Injectibles
b” Syringes

 

 

Thanksgiving Interfaith Service in Los Gatos This Tuesday

 

Cornucopia - Thanksgiving Interfaith ServiceThe annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service in Los Gatos is this Tuesday, November 22nd, from 7:30 to 8:30pm. All are welcome!  Each year, the ecumenical service is held at a different house of worship. The organization under which this happens is the Los Gatos Interfaith Clergy Association.

This year it is held at Los Gatos United Methodist Church, located at 111 Church Street.  A big highlight of the event, which often draws about 350 attendees, is the joint choir.  A reception is held afterwards.

Those attending the Thanksgiving Interfaith Service are encouraged to bring canned food to donate to Second Harvest food bank and St. Luke’s Pantry. Cash donations will be taken for refugee services, too.  The St. Mary’s website additionally requests these items: “Please bring suggested donation of liquid laundry soap, dish washer soap, and paper products like paper towels, toilet Paper, and Kleenex for New Immigrants Downtown San Jose.”

Thanksgiving Interfaith Service sponsors include:

Congregation Shir Hadash
Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA)
Los Gatos United Methodist Church
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
The Baha’i Faith of Los Gatos
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Los Gatos Ward
The Presbytarian Church of Los Gatos
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos
And also chaplains from Good Samaritan Hospital, the Terraces and Stanford Health Care.

For more information, please click on the following article from the Mercury News:
http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/11/10/los-gatos-interfaith-thanksgiving-service-is-coming-up/

I wish each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Los Gatos Spring Pottery and Fine Art Sale

The Spring Pottery & Fine Art Sale is this weekend, April 23-24, at The History Club of Los Gatos from 10am – 5pm. Local artists will have their works on display!

For more information on the pottery workshop and directions, check them out at their website at http://blossomhillcrafts.com/sale/ or call 408-356-9035

Silicon Valley Open Studios: Los Gatos Artists Share Their Work

svos_logoThe Silicon Valley Open Studios will take place May 7 & 8 from 11am to 5pm in Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga and San Jose.  This is the 30th annual “open studios” event in Silicon Valley (and more areas are covered the 2 weekends after this one too). It is a free event and a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists in their studios, see a diversity of art types and purchase some pieces too.

Directories for the event are found at a variety of places, the closest to Los Gatos being University Art, 456 Meridian Ave., San Jose and Triton Museum, 1505 Warburton, Santa Clara, although the website suggests that directories may be found at many libraries as well, so check the Los Gatos and Saratoga public libraries.

For more information, please see the Open Studios website:   http://www.svos.org/

Los Gatos Thanksgiving Interfaith Service 2015

cornucopiaEach year during Thanksgiving week, several local faith communities join together (via the Los Gatos Interfaith Clergy Association) to give thanks and welcome the entire community to join them at an interfaith service. The location rotates from one house of worship to another annually. This year it will be Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 7:30 pm to 9pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Rose Ave, Los Gatos (last year it was at Congregation Shir Hadash – each year it changes venues).

Donations of food to support St. Luke’s pantry and Second Harvest Food Bank plus money donations can be accepted too.

The service is participatory with the various congregations and their choirs involved, and afterward there is a reception.

Sponsoring communities are:

Congregation Shir Hadash
Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA)
Los Gatos United Methodist Church
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
The Baha’i Faith of Los Gatos
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Los Gatos Ward
The Presbytarian Church of Los Gatos
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos

Los Gatos Fall Wine Walk in downtown and Old Town

Los Gatos Fall Wine Walk 2015The Los Gatos Fall Wine Walk takes place this weekend, Saturday Sept 19th, from 1:30 to 5:30pm in the downtown. Tickets are $50 in advance ($55 at the event, but it appears to usually sell out). Loads of info on the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce’s website – check before going to see if tickets are still available:

http://www.losgatoschamber.com/winewalk.php

 

http://business.losgatoschamber.com/events/details/los-gatos-fall-wine-walk-2015-3878

Los Gatos and Monte Sereno Community Garage Sale

Los Gatos and Monte Sereno Community Garage Sale“Reuse and recycle” is a battle cry for Californians, particularly here in the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Jose is said to be the best large city in the U.S. for recycling.

Here in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno, we can get in the act by participating in the community garage sale, which takes place on Saturday October 3rd.

Want to learn more? Find all the details on the Town of Los Gatos website:

http://losgatosca.gov/330/Community-Garage-Sale

 

The Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival Returns!

Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival

It’s back! Every summer, the Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival returns to Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos for a wonderful but very quick season with three shows in four weeks, two by William Shakespeare and one by a more contemporary playwright.

All shows begin at 8pm so layer up and bring a blanket as the nights cool down significantly.

For the 2015 season, through weekends of July 17th to August 8th, these plays will be performed:

The Tempest

Pericles

The Adventures of Cyrano!

There will also be an Opera Night with the Lyric Theatre and a Fight Night fundraiser evening performance, information listed under the special events page.

Get all the details at http://www.fteshakes.org/los-gatos/

Additionally, prior to their Los Gatos opening, there are shows at the Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale, which are more affordable and sometimes slightly earlier.  This series, runs the same shows from May 30 to June 27th with curtain times at 7:30pm or 8pm. There will be a special show, Fight for the Farm with stage combat demonstrations to benefit the Full Circle Farm. Learn more at http://www.fteshakes.org/sunnyvale/

To get all of the specifics and to order your tickets (shows often sell out – especially on closing weekend in Los Gatos), please visit the Festival Theatre Ensemble online right away:

http://www.fteshakes.org/

See you at the theatre!

Los Gatos Rotary Club Crab Feed & Auction, Benefitting the Los Gatos Charities Foundation

Los Gatos crabfestEach year the Rotary Club of Los Gatos hosts an “all you can eat” crab feed and auction, the proceeds of which benefit the Los Gatos Charities Foundation.  The 2015 event is Saturday, January 24th, from 6pm to 9pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Howley Hall, the gymnasium), 219 Bean Avenue, Los Gatos (about a block off of North Santa Cruz Avenue).

The cost is $65 for adults, $35 for kids.  In addition to crab, there will also be pasta.  Beer & wine may be purchased too.

Get all the details and a link for purchasing tickets here:

http://losgatosrotary.org/crabfest-2015/

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