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Los Gatos Library Groundbreaking Ceremony

June 21, 2010

Groundbreaking for the new Los Gatos libraryToday the townsfolk of Los Gatos broke ground for what will be a beautiful and wonderfully useful library.  A wide variety of people were in attendance, including residents (young and old) and neighbors of the town, people working on this project for us, town employees, and some members of the media.  Cameras were flashing nonstop.

The ceremony was MC’d by Kim Vestal, who’s been a longstanding south bay radio personality and Los Gatos resident.  She did a fabulus, fun job.  Also at the microphone were Pamela Jacobs, the Assistant Town Manager; Lyn Dougherty, the Library Board Chair; Carol Hamilton, President of Friends; Diane McNutt, Mayor of Los Gatos; Parthenia Hicks, Los Gatos Poet Laureate, who recited her poem for the occassion, “The Ground Breaks Open“. Special kudos to Parissa Koo, a Los Gatos High School student, who sang for us and who appears to be a true “rising star”.  Also kudos to the two Los Gatos High School cellists who performed prior to anyone speaking and to the Los Gatos High School Jazz Combo, which provided music for the groundbreaking.

If you wanted to attend but weren’t able to do so, here’s a pdf file of the program that was handed out today (along with a bookmark).  I took a few photos with my blackberry – hope you enjoy them. (You can track the library’s progress by clicking to view the town’s webcam here.) There are more photos at the end of the show – just click on the link to view them!

Los Gatos "Second Saturday" June 12, July 10 and Aug 14 2010

June 12, 2010

The “Second Saturdays” events are back this summer!  Come to downtown Los Gatos and shop, dine, and be pampered & entertained during the second Saturdays of each month.  These events are coordinated by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, and you can read about the day’s entertainment and “specials” on the Chamber’s website.  There’s a cute 36 second Animoto slideshow you can view online too. See you there!

A Feast at Southern Kitchen in Los Gatos

Cocoa at Southern KitchenYesterday my daughter and I were running a few errands in downtown Los Gatos & popped into Southern Kitchen for a late lunch at around 1:30pm. I believe this was my first visit to this eatery, but it sure was memorable!

The air conditioner was at full blast and ceiling fans running but the lunch crowd was mostly gone, making the place a little too cool, so Clair opted for a hot cocoa to warm up while we perused the menu. To her surprise and mine, the hot chocolate included an absolute mountain of whipped cream, and it required either a spoon or a straw to reach the actual beverage!

Slogging through the menu, which consisted of two-thirds breakfast offerings, we noticed the country music, plantation shutters and menu items all reinforced the “southern” character of the place. The kitchen is open to the dining area and a large white board contained the daily specials with lots of variety.

Clair’s drink was filling enough that she didn’t want much lunch after it, so settled on an all-seed bagel & cream cheese. I was looking for lighter fare, and ordered a Diet Coke and a Greek Salad.

Greek Salad at Southern Kitchen Los GatosOur table server was exceedingly gracious and our food was brought very quickly. The bagel came with a giant mound of cream cheese and the Greek Salad was so enormous that it could have been a meal for two. (I took half of it home with me.) The presentation was beautiful too and I again felt a little compelled to take a photo of it.

The atmosphere or ambiance is, low-key, inauspicious, friendly and open. There are some booths or booth-backs and tables & chairs fill the middle. The walls are brick and sport various prints or paintings and a large framed mirror.

Since we were there at an off time, parking was easy – but we left when Los Gatos High School was getting out, so there was a wall of traffic coming down Main Street at that hour. Luckily, the drivers were nice and let me out easily!

I will definitely return, next time to try out the very extensive breakfast menu. And I’ll make sure I’m hungry!

Southern Kitchen
27 East Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030
408 354-7515

(Southern Kitchen is located near I Gatti, across from The Purple Onion and close to the Penthouse Apartments – nearest cross street is College Avenue).

Open for breakfast and lunch, closing at 3 pm.

Fabulous Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Los Gatos is Back! Mark Your Calendars for June 13th & Reserve Your Spot Today!

May 22, 2010

Los Gatos Historic Walking Tour - a benefit for the Museums of Los Gatos - June 13, 2010A fun, hands-on way to learn a bit about Los Gatos history is the downtown Los Gatos Historic Walking Tour.  Offered about once a year, the guide through the downtown and through the past benefits the Museums of Los Gatos. There’s lots of participation from the community as local residents play the roles of famous Los Gatans of years gone by, bringing history to life.

The tour begins at the Art Museum of Los Gatos: 4 Tait Ave., Los Gatos, CA 95030.  The date is Sunday, June 13th, 2010.  Three tours are offered, beginning at 1pm.  These tours DO sell out, so don’t wait! 

To reserve your spot, and to buy the tickets, call 408 395-7386.  Cost is $25.  (Great price – lower than in the past.)

I’ve been on this tour twice and really enjoyed it, so give it a strong endorsement.
 

A Week of Wine, Food & Fashion in Los Gatos: April 26 – May 1

April 20, 2010

Whether you live in Los Gatos or anywhere in Silicon Valley, you’ll want to visit the downtown area of Los Gatos next week (April 26-May 1 2010) as there will be multiple events happening along the theme of fashion, food and wine.  To learn more, check the pages for the “Los Gatos Week of Wine, Food and Fashion“. There are great descriptions online of vendors, restaurants and shops involved, so have a look!

Los Gatos in the News

August 05, 2008

Los Gatos FlowerLos Gatans recently have been amazed to see so much big crime-related news of their fair town hit the web. Usually the Los Gatos events of the unsavory variety consists of things like drunk in public, things stolen out of unlocked cars, or personal fights gone physical.

But not so long ago, Los Gatos had a murder – the first in 5 years in this “low crime town”.

Then, Lunardi’s Market, a favorite grocery store here in town, had thefts from their debit machines in the checkout stands that totalled hundreds of thousands of dollars.

And in the last week or two, there were two bank robberies.

Those are just the major items. Since when did Los Gatos get so much crime?

On the plus side, of course, is that suspects have been apprehended in all but one of the bank robberies – so far. Many thanks to the Los Gatos – Monte Sereno Police for that.

The poor economy is hard on most everyone, so perhaps that explains some of the uptick in Los Gatos crime.

Yesterday’s San Jose Mercury (and the Los Gatos Weekly-Times), though, ran a piece about why our fair town continues to attract businesses. The article is “‘Quality of life’ attracts businesses to Los Gatos“.  

It is good to be reminded about what’s right in town and too easy to dwell on what’s wrong. Recently my husband and I spent a Sunday afternoon strolling downtown Los Altos – a lovely town where we’d once considered living. We were amazed that two-thirds of the shops were closed on a perfect summer day. A few interesting places were open, but more often we found that shops that appealled to us were not open. It was a reminder of how vibrant our downtown is. That’s just one aspect of the “quality of life” in Los Gatos that can’t be beat. Add to that our summer music, Shakespeare, movie nights and so much more, and you have a community that’s highly desireable even when things are seeming bleak in many areas of the economy or valley life generally.

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