Saratoga Blossom Festival!

Blossom Festival - celebrating Saratoga's orchard historyIn April, 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.

When is the Saratoga Blosssom Festival?

This year, the Saratoga Blossom Festival will take place on April 13 from 10am-4pm in the Saratoga Heritage Orchard & Civic Center area.  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

April 13th from 10am-4pm, free to all!





Willow Glen Wine Walk

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:

Downtown Willow Glen event page:




Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival This September!

Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival this weekend!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.


Related reading: 

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Fiesta de Artes in Los Gatos (art & wine festival)




Plein Air Art Exhibit and Sale in Los Gatos

Los Gatos Plein AirA fabulous annual Silicon Valley event, the Plein Air Art Exhibit returns to Los Gatos this month, on June 20-21, 2014.  It is sponsored by the Los Gatos Morning Rotary and is described on its website as

Los Gatos Plein Air 2014 is a fine art exhibition and sale that will be held in Los Gatos, California on Saturday, June 21, 2014. This juried event brings nationally recognized Plein Air artists to Los Gatos to paint “en plein air”, which refers to the 19th century style of painting “in the open air” on location.

The artists’ reception and silent auction take place the evening before.

Please have a look at the Plein Air site for all of the details:




Free E-Waste Drop Off Events in Campbell & Los Gatos Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Saturday July 23rd, e-waste items will be taken by West Valley Collection & Recycling at no cost in two locations from 9am to 2pm:

  1. The Los Gatos United Methodist Church – 111 Church Street, Los Gatos, off Main Street by Los Gatos High School
  2. Campbell Church o Christ – 1075 West Campbell Avenue, Campbell. Entrance around back, please enter on Hedegard Avenue

What can be accepted: TV monitors, computers, laptops, DVD and CD players, printers, scanners, vacuum cleaners, electronic toys and games.

What cannot be accepted: sorry, no kitchen appliance or light bulbs.




Live Glassblowing Demonstration in Japantown this Friday, August 28th at 8pm

During the fabulous Obon Festival in July, my husband and I popped into Wunderboy Glass and Mechanica in Japantown (San Jose) and happened upon them doing live glassblowing. The photos below were from that day, July 12th. Pics weren’t planned so were taken with my treo – quality not the best but hope you enjoy them nonetheless!




Today I got an email from them, stating that Wunderboy Glass and Mechanica is hosting a live glassblowing this Friday evening at 8pm; it will be hosted at Art Object Gallery in Japantown – a great area full of shops and restaurants, so go early and enjoy a meal in the neighborhood first. (Address: 592 North Fifth Street San Jose, CA 95112) Since we enjoyed watching them, I wanted to let you know about it too.

Additionally, Also on Friday evening, in the Art Object Annex Gallery, you will also be able to see and purchase our glass work along with work by some of the South Bay Areas best known artists. Pieces by Luis Gutierrez, Reid Winfrey, Sara Cole, Joe Sax, Randy Shiroma, Ken Matsumoto, Mario Uribe and Rachel Lazo.




You will also have the opportunity to preview work by members of the Women’s Caucus for Art, whose opening will occur on Saturday from 6-9pm in the Art Object Main Gallery.  If you’re anywhere in Silicon Valley, this is a worthwhile event!




“Autumn in the Rose Garden” Homes Tour in San Jose This Month!

rosesDo you love touring beautiful homes? If so, mark your calendar!

St. Martin of Tours School in San Jose, which is on the edge of the Rose Garden neighborhood, is hosting its 13th Annual Autumn in the Rose Garden Homes Tour. It will run on Saturday & Sunday, October 18-19 from 10am – 5pm. Tickets are discounted if purchased in advance and there’s an optional gourmet lunch available too.

The Rose Garden area includes some of the most beautiful real estate in Silicon Valley. There’s a wide variety of architectural styles, from Victorian and Craftsman to Mid Century Modern, Spanish or Mediterranean to Colonial and ranch.

For all the details, please see the webpage devoted to the tour on the school’s site: