Events, Art and Entertainment
Silicon Valley Art, Entertainment, Events and Fun Things To Do
Greet 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.
Mark your calendars! Please join us for the Almaden Music in the Park series every Thursday in July! The evening hours are 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Graystone Park.
Here’s the 2018 lineup:
A few other Realtors at Sereno Group and I are sponsoring the month long 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!)
These musical evenings are open to everyone, without cost to the general public. In the few years in which I’ve been a co-sponsor, I’ve noticed that the first week is nicely attended, but the audience grows each time and by the last night, it’s a large crowd with loads of dancing. So don’t wait – go to the first Almaden Music in the Park concert and make as many of them as you can!
Graystone Park address: Camden Ave & Mt Carmel Dr, San Jose, CA 95120. Street parking.
Last Father’s Day, mid June 2017, we trekked to South County to do some fruit picking and fruit tasting at Andy’s Orchard in Morgan Hill. I highly recommend it, though the website for Andy’s Orchard says that their cherry harvest has been smaller than usual this year. They are again offering this event on Father’s Day 2018, but do check their website (see link below) to make sure that the tour you want is not sold out.
We walked through the orchard during the earliest available time slot since it was a heat wave weekend. The orchard had all kinds of varieties of cherries (I remember one with a funny name, the Black Republicans), but also pluats, nectarines, and a wide number of stone fruits, too. We were encouraged to taste as we went, and had no trouble complying. Many of us had buckets that we filled (and paid for the fruit later). It was so interesting to try one type of cherry after the next and to learn about how the trees are cared for.
Next was the open air tasting station, where we were able to enjoy and compare a huge number of apricots, peaches, nectarines, pluats, apriums, cherries, etc. Had we known when we walk the orchard how much more food would be there for us, we might all have had a little more restraint. By the time we got to the tasting stations, I was already pretty full and well past the amount of fruit I should have had for that period of time.
Take a look at some of the photos to give you a sense of the vast offerings! What it does not well convey is how delicious the fruit was!
You can learn more about Andy’s Orchard and check out their event schedule at their website: https://andysorchard.com/
Please stop by a Sereno Group office listed below to take part in a FREE e-waste, e-recycling
collection event on Sunday April 21, 2018 9:00AM- 1:00- PM.
A FREE e-waste collection event is being held in 3 area Sereno Group offices on Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 9:30am to 1:30pm:
Where to go to drop off the approved items?
Corner of Emerson and Lytton Avenue
LOS ALTOS * SHREDDING AVAILABLE AT THIS LOCATION *
369 S. San Antonio Road (Sereno Office Parking Lot)
LOS GATOS * SHREDDING AVAILABLE AT THIS LOCATION *
214 Los Gatos – Saratoga Road (Sereno Office Parking Lot)
1425 Lincoln Avenue (WG Elem. School Parking Lot)
2407 Porter Street (Sereno Office Parking Lot)
What to Bring, what’s accepted:
- Computers / Laptops / Servers
- Televisions / Monitors
- DVD / CD Players
- Fax Machines / Printers
- Copy Machines
- Toner Cartridges
- Speakers / Stereo Equipment
- Rechargeable Batteries
- Telecome Equipment / Telephones / Cell Phones
- Wire / Cabling / Printed Circuit Boards
- Aluminum / Scrap Metal
- Microwave Ovens
Items NOT Accepted:
- Alkaline Batteries
- All Lightbulbs
- DLP TV’s
GreenMouse Recycling shreds and Grey Bears reconfigures all hard drives so no one can access your personal information!
Additional details: https://www.serenogroup.com/Earth-Day-E-Waste-Event
This March, travel back in time to the early- to mid-20th century and celebrate Santa Clara Valley’s heritage with the Saratoga Historical Foundation and the City of Saratoga’s Blossom Festival.
When the hills of Los Gatos, Saratoga, and the surrounding regions were covered with fruit blossoms every year, a Blossom Festival was held with parades, food, games, and theatrical performances. These massive celebrations saw visitors come from miles around to enjoy the beauty of the valley and the festivities.
On March 24th from 10am-4pm, the Saratoga Heritage Orchard and Civic Center area will be host to a new Blossom Festival. The event is free and family friendly. Children may enjoy kids craft and activity tables and a petting zoo. History buffs can rub elbows with costumed characters from Saratoga’s by-gone-days, see vintage vehicles, motors, and tractors, and swing to a live band playing tunes from the 1930s-40s. Foodies might enjoy gourmet food trucks, prune and apricot tasting (the prize crops of the Valley of Heart’s Delight), and docent-led orchard tours. There will also be artists, craftspeople, entertainment, and more!
Join us in the orchard under a snowfall of pink and white flower petals and celebrate the beauty of the changing season at the Saratoga Blossom Festival!
Saratoga Heritage Orchard and Civic Center area
13777 Fruitvale Avenue in Saratoga, CA
March 24th from 10am-4pm, free to all!
The historic Naglee Park Home Tour in San Jose will take place on Saturday April 21, 2018 from 10am to 4pm. Sponsored by the San Jose Woman’s Club, this is the seventh year of the annual tour. This year, proceeds go towards the renovation of the Women’s Club 1929 Spanish Revival Clubhouse.
Tours include access to seven homes along two adjacent blocks in Naglee Park, and shows off both their lovely living quarters and gardens. Visitors have the option of pre-ordering a lunch box, and wine and refreshments will be available at the Refreshment Garden. The tour also features a lecture and open-air market.
For tickets and information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sjwc-naglee-park-vintage-home-tour-tickets-42695715033
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How does an afternoon of fine wines, springtime sunshine, and a stroll through a charming old downtown sound? Good? Well then, you might be interested in visiting Downtown Willow Glen during this year’s Spring Wine Walk!
Willow Glen invites you to “Sip and Stroll the Avenue” on Saturday, April 12th from 2pm to 5pm. Attendees will receive a wristband, wine glass, and a map to guide you around the day’s tasting locations.
Tickets are currently available online through Eventbrite for $30 per person and, if available, tickets will be sold on the day of for a bit more ($45/ person). Grab your friends and go for the group price ($30 in advance per person for a group of 10+).
Be sure to read through the links below for check-in information, parking instructions, and more.
Information and Ticket Purchasing: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/willow-glen-2018-spring-wine-walk-tickets-41436677217
Downtown Willow Glen event page: http://www.willowglen.org/Wine-Walks
If you enjoy touring open houses, historic properties, and taking in attractive decor, you don’t want to miss the annual spring home tours in the San Jose area! Take a look at the opportunities listed below:
Note: Certain tours have not yet been updated for 2018, so the 2017 information will remain available until new details can be added.
Spring home tours in the San Jose area
AIA Santa Clara Valley: 3rd Annual Silicon Valley Home Tours, A Tour by Architects – May 5, 2018
10AM-4PM. Last year prices, no 2018 update: Early Bird: General Admission $75, AIA Members $59, After 5/21/17 and Day of $75
35th Annual Willow Glen Home Tour – May 5-6, 2018
10AM-4PM, Early Bird $40, At the Door for $50
No updates for 2018 to date. 22nd Los Gatos Historic Home Tour – Last Held on April 22 & 23, 2017
10AM-4PM, General Admission $50, VIP $75
No updates for 2018 to date. Fremont Older House & Garden Tours – Last Held on April 23, 2017
9AM-4PM, tours are full, but you can join the wait-list (mark in on your calendar for next year’s spring home tours early on!).
No updates for 2018 to date. Eischler Home Tours San Mateo Highlands – Last Held on May 6 & 7, 2017
10AM-3PM, Single Day $60, Two Days $100, Optional: Box Lunch $14, Poster $30, and VIP Happy Hour (May 6, 7PM-10PM) $50
Gilroy Assistance League: 13th Annual Impressions Home and Garden Tour – Last Held on May 12 & 13, 2017
No updates for 2018 to date. Wolfe & Higgins – Citywide Architectural Home Tour, Master Architects of the Spanish Revival – Last Held on August 26, 2017
Early Bird: General $35, Preservation Action Council Members $30, Day of: $40
GNGT: Going Native Garden Tour 2018 – April 7 & 8, 2018
10AM-4PM, Free with RSVP
Gamble Garden Tour – April 27 & 28, 2018
Updated information for 2018 will be available in January. Here’s the information from 2017: 10AM-4PM, Members $30, General $35, Volunteer $25, Lunch Tickets $15
No updates for 2018 to date. The Aromas Country Garden Tour – Last Held on May 13, 2017
10AM-4PM, tickets not available online
If you miss out on these events, there are a number of historic estates and gardens in the area with regular open hours.
The Ainsley house in downtown Campbell is open Thurs-Sun, March-December, 12PM-4PM (final tour at 3:15PM) with regular tours. Admission is $8 adult, $6 senior, $4 youth (7-17), and free for under 7.
The Winchester Mystery house may have some unusual sides to it, but in essence it’s a stunning mansion surrounded by a pristine garden. Prices vary by tour.
History San Jose has also provided virtual tours of both the Luis Maria Peralta Adobe, 1797, and the Carmel and Thomas Fallon House, 1850s. Find links to the tours on the page linked below.
Have we missed a tour of houses or homes that should be included? Please jot me a note or give me a call and we’ll get this page updated (and promote your event at no cost, of course). Be sure to include the dates, name of the tour, and a URL where people can get more information, please.
Only a few have announced dates yet, so this post may be updated when I am alerted to more.
On Thursday, November 23, after starting the turkey and before the guests arrive, head over to the Saratoga Federated Church at 20390 Park Pl for the 52nd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service from 10am-noon. This celebration is hosted by a different religious community each year in the Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno area and is the perfect chance to share community time and spread thanksgiving with your neighbors. Congregation Beth David is the only website with information on this event at the present (please use the link to learn more).
Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! Hope to see you at one of these events!
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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 22nd 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 pre-order through October 6th 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 14th and Sunday, October 15th 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, and more please visit the official Rose Garden Homes Tour website.
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