On Saturday, March 3rd, Southern Kitchen marks an impressive 25 years of service*. This family-owned restaurant has been providing savory and sweet flavors with a touch of the South on E. Main Street for years – if you don’t know them you should!
Southern Kitchen invites you to celebrate with them, with a ribbon cutting and champagne toast from noon to 1pm (details on the Los Gatos Chamber events page). The restaurant’s web page does not have any information on the event, but it is advertised some on their social media pages. Regular hours should still be in effect, so if you can’t make it Saturday at noon, drop by weekdays from 7am to 2pm and weekends from 7am to 3pm for a scrumptious meal.
All of Santa Clara County (the San Jose and Silicon Valley region) has great weather, low crime, beautiful hills in sight and excellent schools. So why chose Los Gatos to call home in particular?
Los Gatos enjoys all of the features that most people want, such as good schools, nice neighborhoods and low crime. The downtown area is nestled into the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, making it especially scenic. It’s more than that, though: it’s a fun place in which to live. It’s got great community involvement. There’s truly something for everyone in this lovely town which was once dubbed the “Gem City”.
Beautiful architecture in Los Gatos
In a valley full of tract housing and strip malls, Los Gatos offers several historic neighborhoods with lovely Victorian architecture. While most of the town’s subdivisions are not so old or distinctive, the downtown area includes several districts you’ll enjoy seeing, among them these: Edelen, Almond Grove, Fairview Plaza, Broadway, and Glenridge. The downtown commercial district includes a few historic buildings, too.
The outdoors is well appreciated in Los Gatos, and it is a big part of what makes this town special. The Los Gatos Creek Trail pleases athletes, who can enjoy fabulous scenery for biking, rollerblading, running, or walking. We have great parks throughout the town, and they have everyone in mind from little tots to people on horseback. Our county park, Vasona, has boating and kids and adults can take sailing lessons. Doglovers even have a dog park which is shared with neighboring Campbell.
Outdoor wintertime festivities include the tree lighting ceremony the first Friday evening in December, carriage rides through the historic downtown, and a holiday parade the first Saturday in December plus a beautiful Fantasy of Lights display each night at Vasona Park from about Thanksgiving through the last day of the year. There is a Plein Art show, an arts & crafts fair, a Fourth of July town picnic, and an annual fall carnival too – you name it!
Overall, we have enjoyed a milder summer here in Los Gatos this year. We didn’t have quite so many days that broke a hundred degrees. Just as well, since there were more “staycations” here too!
As the summer begins edging toward fall, perhaps you’re not feeling relaxed and energiezed – maybe you’ve been all work, no play. But even if you’re not going on a trip, you can still indulge in a little local R & R, and much of it’s at no cost. Need a couple of ideas?
San Jose State also has a great, free music concert series called the Summer Pops Music Series that just began on Aug 22nd and the San Jose Music in the Park has one more event left. Please visit the San Jose Metblogs page for the schedule (which includes both) – there are four more to come, including one later today)
Are you “music’d out”? Need something else to do? Few more ideas:
Testarossa’s Wine & Cheese Weekend is happening now! Today from noon to four pm, visit the Testarossa tasting room and for $10 per person, sample five cheeses along with their delicious wines. (Also note Sept 6th, “Music on the Patio”. See site for more info.)
Los Gatos enjoys two museums (one art, one history) plus a museum gallery. Events and museum access are low cost to free – please see the museums’ events page online for details
For a list of more venues, from the RIngling Brothers Circus to Mountain Winery events, please visit the Merc’s events page online – loads of local events in San Jose, Saratoga, Campbell and all over Silicon Valley
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Los Gatos is hopping with things to do in early August! Take a look at these events and see what fits into your schedule!
Aug. 4: 12 noon – 2pm (FREE MUSIC) at Borders in Old Town, Los Gatos – Debbie Thacker, a songwriter with mixed pop, jazz and folk,
Aug. 4: Annual Los Gatos Shakespeare in the Park – Pericles, Prince of Tyre at Oak Meadow Park at the corner of Blossom Hill Rd. & University Ave. (Tickets 800-838-3006, Office 408-996-0635) www.festivaltheatreensemble.org
Aug. 8: Jazz on the Plazz (FREE MUSIC) – Nancy Kelly & Giacomo Gates (A Tribute to Louis Prima) at Park Plaza at Main St and Santa Cruz Ave. www.jazzontheplazz.com
Aug. 9-12: 8pm-11pm nightly In the Park After Dark Movie Week at Vasona Park . Join park staff for a family movie under the stars. Bring a low beach chair (or blanket) and a flashlight. Please call 408-354-2608 for movie titles and information.
Aug. 11: Los Gatos Dammit Run hosted by Los Gatos Athletic Association. 5.0 miles. Starts and finishes at Los Gatos High School. (Call 408-354-7365, 395-4311)
Los Gatos is home to many wonderful events, many of which are free – but few of which are as highly anticipated as the Grand Hallows Ball at Border’s in Old Town Los Gatos (50 University Avenue). July 20th. The party runs from 9:30 – midnight. Books go on sale at 12:01am July 21st and those who pre-ordered will be paying 40% less. See you there!!
While we’re talking upcoming events, here are a few more happening nearby in the next few days:
Friday July 20: Eddie Money performs at the (Santa Cruz) Beach Boardwalk’s Free Friday Night Concerts, one at 6:30pm and one at 8:30pm.
Friday July 20: 8 pm Los Gatos Shakespeare in the Park – Julius Caesar at Oak Meadow Park at the corner of Blossom Hill Rd. & University Ave. (Tickets 800-838-3006, Office 408-996-0635) www.festivaltheatreensemble.org
Sat/Sun July 21-22: Relay For Life of Los Gatos 10am Saturday – 10am Sunday. An overnight event at Fisher Middle School ground to walk or run laps to raise money for American Cancer Society. For more information, or to register, call 408-688-0108.
Saturday July 21: 5 – 7pm (FREE Music) Vasona Vibrations Outdoor Music Series – Ambergrass Unlimited (sibs Anne and Phil Pflager doing country/bluegrass) at Vasona Park. www.southbayfolks.org/vasona
Saturday July 21: 12 noon – 2pm (FREE MUSIC) Music at Border’s in Old Town, LG Katie Joy, acoustic singer/songwriter
Saturday July 21: 8pm Los Gatos Shakespeare in the Park – Pericles, Prince of Tyre at Oak Meadow Park at the corner of Blossom Hill Rd. & University Ave. (Tickets 800-838-3006, Office 408-996-0635 www.festivaltheatreensemble.org
Sunday July 22: 5 – 7 pm (FREE MUSIC) Music in the Park – San Jose Opera Guild (Operatic Arias) at Civic Center lawn at 110 E. Main St. 5:00 to 7:00 PM (Community Services 408-354-6820) http://www.losgatosca.gov/index.asp?NID=1220
Sunday July 22: Los Gatos Shakespeare in the Park – Tartuffle by Moliere at Oak Meadow Park at the corner of Blossom Hill Rd. & University Ave. (Tickets 800-838-3006, Office 408-996-0635) www.festivaltheatreensemble.org