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
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.
The SJWC does not have any information on their website as of yet, however the Eventbrite page, where you can purchase tickets, has details, as does the Facebook Event Page.
For tickets and information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sjwc-naglee-park-vintage-home-tour-tickets-42695715033
Historic Naglee Park Home Tour in San Jose was on the same date, April 21, back in 2012 for the 3rd annual tour.
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.
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.
The 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
- giant slide
- talent shows
- petting zoo
- cake walk
- raffles and bingo
- food of all kinds and beverages (including wine, beer & margaritas in the evenings)
- a variety of live shows
- live music & dancing Friday through Sunday (Friday is the Hella Good Party Band and Saturday it’s the The Peelers Band, and Sunday noontime is Ryan Scripps)
New this year is the Alumni Happy Hour, where former students check in and qualify for half off drinks.
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.
The fair is open Friday, October 6th from 5pm – 10pm, Saturday, October 7th from 10am – 10pm, and Sunday October 8th 10am – 5pm. More detailed schedule information can be found on the event squarespace, such as the entertainment page.
Need more information? Check out the country fair website, or like the facebook page. 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 6th – 8th, 2017.
On Saturday, September 16th, the 37th Annual Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival begins! On Saturday from 10AM – 6PM and on Sunday from 10AM – 5PM, make the most of the end of summer with arts, festival food, wine and beer, live entertainment on three stages, open house at City Hall, a passport stamp game, and two childrens’ venues: Kids Kingdom and Toddler Town!
For more information on the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival, please visit the event page on Santa Clara City government’s website. Use links below to quickly navigate to different areas within the event page.
Don’t forget to plan for sun and expect higher than average traffic. Bring extra sunscreen, water, and clothing to keep the sun off you in the late summer heat! It should be tons of fun! See you there!
Panning on strolling the booths? Shopping opportunities abound! Check out the list of artists and the map of booths on the festival’s Artist page.
Going for the performers? See the lineup of musical talent at the festival page. Enjoy live music and more at the annual Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival!
Going for a glass of the good stuff? Find the list of vintners and breweries with available beverages, open hours, and where to find water (stay hydrated!) through this link.
Interested in a pancake breakfast by the boyscouts? Or want some fried up food to pair with your beverage? Check out the food page here.
Need directions? Use the Google map to find directions from your house to Santa Clara Central Park.
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Fiesta de Artes in Los Gatos (art & wine festival)
Summer means outdoors Shakespeare! The Los Gatos troupe, Festival Theatre Ensemble, has closed its doors for good, but don’t despair – there’s more to see in Saratoga!
Silicon Valley Shakespeare, formerly known as the Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company, is gearing up for the upcoming season of outdoors performances. This group has been active for 16 years and is a well-loved regular in the Saratoga summer arts scene. Every year they hold two sets of outdoor performances. The first are free performances of a Shakespeare classic in Willow Street Park of Willow Glen, San Jose. Bring your own seating and come early for the best spot. Following that, they produce a second Shakespeare play and another more contemporary work at the troupe’s usual venue, Sanborn Skyline County Park in the hills over Saratoga. Tickets may be purchased in advance for the Saratoga performances.
This year, the first show in San Jose will be the Merry Wives of Windsor held in June, providing locals the opportunity to enjoy free, live theatre within the community (donations are welcome). In Saratoga, see the Prince of Denmark in Hamlet from July through September, or catch the contemporary addition to Sherlock Holmes‘ adventures in the new case by Jeffrey Hatcher from August through September.
It’s a great deal, too, with tickets priced at $25. Senior (60+), college student, and educator discounts for $20, and kids come free with paying adult. Tickets are available to purchase online, so buy tickets ahead of time. Shows run through September 3rd.
Check the Silicon Valley Shakespeare website for more!
Looking forward to those fabulous free summer concerts? So am I! This year we’ve combined the schedules of four different festivals, Los Gatos Music in the Park, Vasona Vibrations, Jazz on the Plazz, and Fiesta de Artes, plus some Fourth of July activities in a post on my Live in Los Gatos blog. Remember to check the festival web sites for rules, schedule changes, and directions.
Follow this link to get to the schedule on the Live in Los Gatos Blog!
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