Events, Art and Entertainment

Silicon Valley Art, Entertainment, Events and Fun Things To Do

The Saratoga holiday season begins this Saturday, November 26, 2016, with the Chamber of Commerce Holiday Wine Stroll followed by Tree Lighting & Celebration of Light.

Tickets for the Wine Stroll are on sale now online or by phone for $40 and will be available day-of for $45. The Stroll goes from 2pm to 5pm. Visit the website or call 408-867-0753 for more details.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the website at saratoga.ca.us/treelighting

 Tree Lighting Flyer

  1. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,901 sqft
  2. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,259 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.26 ac
  3. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,180 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,115 sqft
  4. 6 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,161 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,403 sqft
  5. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,231 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,481 sqft
  6. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,095 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,543 sqft
  7. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,226 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,638 sqft
  8. 6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,816 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.01 ac
  9. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,655 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,560 sqft
  10. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,416 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,395 sqft

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(all data current as of 2/24/2017)

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Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and there are interfaith services going on next week which welcome all.

In Los Gatos, the ecumenical service is tonight at 7:30pm at Los Gatos United Methodist Church, located at 111 Church Street. For more information, please see a post on my Los Gatos blog, Live in Los Gatos:
http://liveinlosgatosblog.com/thanksgiving-interfaith-service-in-los-gatos-this-tuesday/

In Saratoga, the interfaith service is Thursday morning from 10-12 at Congregation Beth David.  Read all the details here:
http://www.sivicouncil.org/blog/event/51st-annual-saratoga-interfaith-thanksgiving-service/

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! Hope to see you at one of these events!

 

  1. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,901 sqft
  2. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,259 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.26 ac
  3. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,180 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,115 sqft
  4. 6 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,161 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,403 sqft
  5. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,231 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,481 sqft

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21st Annual Rose Garden Homes Tour Oct 15-16 2016

Each autumn, the St. Martin of Tours School puts on a fabulous tour of lovely homes in San Jose’s Rose Garden neighborhood.  While anyone driving through this central San Jose area can appreciate the diverse and beautiful architecture, often the best  features of these homes are found inside.

This year is the tour’s 21st Anniversary! The homes tour is a large scale fundraising effort for the school. Tours are self-guided with hosts in each home ready to answer questions and share interesting historical facts and stories about the homes. On display will also be floral designs, artwork, and perhaps some treasures. The garden segment of the tour includes the Tea Garden, a spot to sit and enjoy complementary refreshments or a gourmet lunchbox (available to preorder until October 9th with your tickets). The tour also features a boutique, where 100% of the proceeds will benefit St Martin of Tours School (credit cards accepted!) and a donation drawing.

Tour dates are Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th from 10am-4pm both days. No children under 12 are allowed on the tour. Come any time within the tour hours to begin, but note that it is recommended that visitors allot about 2 hours to view every home and the tour ends promptly at 4pm.

Tickets are available at the door, online, or through families in the school.

To read about the homes from last year’s tour, and to learn more about this year’s tour, and to purchase tickets visit the official Rose Garden Homes Tour website.

Get Tickets!Katherine Sullivan is selling tickets (full disclosure: she is a cousin of mine) and she can be reached at katcsullivan@gmail.com

 

  1. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 886 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,132 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,555 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,901 sqft
  3. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,515 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,454 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,060 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,314 sqft
  5. 5 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,950 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,011 sqft
  6. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,404 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,838 sqft
  7. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,275 sq ft
  8. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,231 sq ft
    Lot size: 696 sqft
  9. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,952 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,094 sqft
  10. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,679 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,804 sqft

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St Mary's Country Fair, Los GatosThe St. Mary’s Country Fair is about to begin and will continue through Sunday afternoon – don’t miss it! There’s no admission charge and plenty to do, such as:

carnival rides
arts & crafts for kids to do
games
giant slide
talent shows
raffles
food of all kinds
beverages (including wine, beer & margaritas in the evenings)
live music & dancing Friday through Sunday (Friday is the Hella Good Party Band and Saturday it’s the Bobby Love and Sugar Sweet Band in the morning and Bentpeter in the evening, and Sunday noontime is the Ruth Gerson Band and Special Guest: Gerson Family Band)

Sundays usually feature a petting zoo and pony rides too!

This is the one big fundraiser put on by the school and church each year. All are welcome! The event is held on the campus of St. Mary’s parish church and school, located on Bean Avenue off N. Santa Cruz in downtown Los Gatos.

Need more information? Please see a post I did on it over at my Live in Los Gatos blog, Mark Your Calendar: St. Mary’s Country Fair Oct 7th – 9th, 2016, 5pm-10pm

If you happen to be at the fair tomorrow morning, stop by the burrito booth and say hello! I’ll be working there from 10am – 1pm.

  1. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,089 sq ft
    Lot size: 41,382 sqft
  2. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,835 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.07 ac
  3. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,507 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,568 sqft
  4. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,583 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 2 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 3,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 30,187 sqft
  6. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,871 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,020 sqft
  7. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,227 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,888 sqft
  8. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,368 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,350 sqft
  9. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,610 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
  10. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,177 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,052 sqft

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Halloween Pumpkins

GENERAL:

Pumpkin patches: schools, grocery stores, and churches often have patches, and sometimes you might spot a pumpkin or two among the other squash at a farmers market, but there are also organizations like this that host them all over the bay area: http://www.abctreefarms.net/san_francisco/pumpkin/location

And there are plenty of Haunted Houses/Mazes/Walks around the bay area: http://www.sanfranciscohauntedhouses.com/

Halloween events by area in Santa Clara County & Silicon Valley

LOS GATOS

8th Annual Sereno Group Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Saturday, October 1st 10am-3pm – Harvest Festival with the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad

Fri-Sun Oct 7- Oct 27, 5:30-8:30pm – The 3rd Annual Pumpkin Train at the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad

Saturday, October 31st 9am – Zombie Runner Halloween Run Marathon/Half Marathon/ 5 Mile

 

CAMPBELL

Saturday, October 1st and 8th, 2016 – 5:00pm – 11th Annual Jack O’Lantern Workshop ($)

Campbell’s Octoberfest (and all posts here):
Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 9:00am – 2016 Oktoberfest 10K & 5K Fun Run/Walk

Sunday, October 30, 2016 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm – Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Campbell

 

 

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wine-pouringA San Jose tradition for decades, the Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival is a very enjoyable non-profit fundraiser that appeals to just about everyone in Silicon Valley! This year’s event runs Sept 11, 2016 from 10am – 6pm at Almaden Lake Park (located at Almaden Expressway and Coleman Road, near the base of Almaden Valley and nearly touching the Blossom Valley area of San Jose).

To get all the details, please visit the Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival website. I hope to see you there!

  1. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,464 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,058 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,470 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,482 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,327 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,971 sqft
  4. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,393 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,876 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,320 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,812 sqft
  6. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,558 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,768 sqft
  7. 5 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,278 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,102 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,759 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,787 sqft
  9. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,369 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,588 sqft
  10. 6 beds, 7 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 9,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.28 ac

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Italian Family Festa San JoseThe Italian Family Festa San Jose returns for the 36th time this weekend, Aug 27-28.  One big change is that it will be held at a new location this year, History Park San Jose (near Kelly Park).  Hosted by the Italian American Heritage Foundation, it offers free admission, is open to all and offers food, wine, entertainment, a grape stomp, and more.  There’s bocce ball and “bambino” bocce too!

A few words to know:

Hatfesta = party
mangia = eat
bocce = a sport somewhat like lawn bowling, but played on gravel or a hard surface, not on grass

(Hope to see you there – I’ve never been, but spent a year of college in Florence, Italy, and traveled around that bel paese, so really feel like I’m an adopted daughter of Italia…. )

Sorry, pets not allowed (service animals ok). Please visit the festival’s website to get ALL the details!

http://www.italianfamilyfestasj.org/

Italian Family Festa San Jose
August 27, 2016 – 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
August 28, 2016 – 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR for the Italian Family Festa San Jose

History Park San Jose  – the history park’s address is technically on Senter, but the entrance is  actually 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose, CA 95112
Some photos from the 2015 Italian Family Festa San Jose:

Little Italy San Jose

 

 

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GGF_2015_Flameup_3Greet the morning with the sweet smell of fresh Garlic in the air – the Gilroy Garlic Festival is back!

If you’ve ever caught the vivid aroma of the stinking rose early in the day it’s likely a breeze coming over the southern Santa Clara County city of Gilroy, the Garlic capital of the world. Whether you love or hate the pungent allium, this herb is a favorite for many foodies in Silicon Valley and around the world.

Gilroy celebrates their favorite bulb one weekend of the year during the Gilroy Garlic Festival, the last weekend in July. This year it’s back for the 38th annual event held on July 29, 30, and 31, 2016. So what to should you expect from “summer’s ultimate food fair?” Food, food, food, fun, shopping, music, and more!

Gourmet Alley is “all about the food” – classics like garlic bread, garlic fries, calamari, scampi, and sausage are available at the booths, and at the end aisle, watch the Pyro-Chefs stoke up five foot tall blazes from their frying pans. Weird food lovers will enjoy a plenitude of flavors from other booths around the festival, including free samples of garlic ice-cream, alligator and buffalo meat, or ice cream in a half cantaloupe. There’s also the range of standard festival food stalls, beer, wine, coolers, and non-alcoholic chilled drinks.

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Please join us for the Almaden Music in the Park series every Thursday in July! Correct hours are 6:30pm to 8pm. Last week was the first one, and it was so much fun! A few other Realtors at Sereno Group and I are sponsoring the event. At our table, under the green awning, we give away water bottles and red vines. Please stop by and say hello! (And if you are one of my blog readers, I really would love to meet you, too!)

Almaden Music in the Park crowd July 7 2016

Almaden Music in the Park crowd July 7 2016

Almaden Music in the Park 2016 corrected times 700 x 893 px

Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill - wine barrel signSouth County is rich with wineries! Recently my husband and I visited one of them, Guglielmo, when we were in Morgan Hill for some friends’ pool party. Jim hadn’t been to Guglielmo Winery in decades, and somehow I’d never been there before at all.

Set in a beautiful campus, the Guglielmo Winery is venerable as one of the older wineries around and begun in 1925. The Guglielmo website states that “Guglielmo Winery is the oldest, continuously operating, family owned winery in Santa Clara Valley.”

It has a nice mix of the “hark to yesteryear” items, both outside and in, with more contemporary decor and landscaping. It’s a very nice blend of old and new.

Inside, there’s a rustic, rambling set of rooms that serve as both 2 wine tasting stations and a really fun store full of kitschy, funny, and useful things.  Close to the cash register was the area for white wines, and in the back was another for reds.  We were at the former.  The wine we tried was delicious and we came away with two bottles of the Tre and one of a sparkling wine.

In summer, the winery provides free music at its Vine and Vibes series on Wednesdays.  There are other events too – check out the schedule at their site:
http://www.guglielmowinery.com/events/

The winery is located at 1480 East Main Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA. There’s a small tasting fee of $5 per person as of this writing (July 2016), and the fee is refunded if you purchase $25 worth of wine or more. http://www.guglielmowinery.com/

Here are some images of the winery when we visited on July 2nd. Enjoy!

  • Guglielmo Winery grape vines with eastern foothills in the distance
    Guglielmo Winery grape vines
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