Saturday, April 30, 2011

A La Carte & Art Festival, Mountain View Ca, May 21-22, 2011

Presented by the Mountain View Central Business Association, the festival will feature two days of stellar live music, a fine arts and crafts show with 200 of the west coast’s top artists showing their latest handcrafted wares, artisan specialty food purveyors, health and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, home and garden exhibits, festive food and drink with premium wine, microbrews, margaritas and mojitos, a farmers’ market with fresh seasonal produce, a multitude of kids’ amusements in the Tons of Fun Zone, and "A La Car & Art"—a classic and custom car show. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is free.
Castro Street will be closed to traffic from Church Street to Evelyn Avenue for the two-day festival. There is ample free parking available on streets and in lots surrounding the downtown area. Read More...

Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College

  • Where: 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003
  • Date: Weekly on Saturdays
  • Time: 8:00am–12:00pm
  • Next on: Today, April 30, 2011
  • Considered one of the premier farmers markets and ranked in the top 10 best farmers markets in California, locals, chefs and tourists love to shop at the Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College. With it's upbeat and relaxed atmosphere, it's a great way to start the weekend.
    With over 80 vendors, this market offers a bountiful array of locally grown produce and specialty items including farm fresh organic eggs, organic honey, fresh seafood, grass fed meat, locally produced olive oil, artisan cheeses, sauerkraut, cut flowers, potted plants, seedlings, fair trade coffee, tea, chai and fresh baked goods.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Saratoga Rotary Art Show, Saratoga Ca, May1, 2011

A Community Event and Fundraiser
You'll find a wide variety of fine art: paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, photography, glassworks, woodworks and mixed media -- something for everyone!
Enjoy wine tasting from superb local wineries. Food and entertainment will be featured.
Bring the family and enjoy a day of art, entertainment for all ages, a large selection of food, and wine tasting. Both admission and parking are free.
Best of all, you will be contributing to worthy causes. All net proceeds from the Show go to the Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation, which has returned over $2 million to local non-profits through its grant program. You might call this the Art Show with a heart.
Please come to our Show -- whether you are an artist, an art lover, a potential Saratoga Idol, or just want a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. We believe you'll have a great time. We look forward to seeing you. Read More...

Cherry Blossom Festival, Cupertino Ca, April 30-May 1, 2011

Cherry Blossom Festival Blooms in Cupertino’s Memorial Park The city would like to invite everyone to the 28th annual Cherry Blossom Festival honoring Cupertino’s sister city relationship with Toyokawa, Japan. The festival will be held at Memorial Park, Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, 2011. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is FREE. The festival offers a wide selection of Japanese food and beverages, entertainment, demonstrations, cultural exhibits, art, crafts and clothing for sale. A special children’s section will feature activities, hands-on arts & crafts, and a petting zoo.

During the festival, a series cultural displays and demonstrations will be featured inside the Cupertino Senior Center and outdoors in Memorial Park. Indoor cultural exhibits and demonstrations include Bonsai (miniature trees/plants), various Japanese dolls and doll making demonstrations, ikebana (flower arranging), Suiseki (Japanese rocks), origami (paper folding), shodo (calligraphy), Japanese swords, and sumi-e (brush painting). Outdoor displays will include a demonstration of Japanese kite flying (Sunday only), and Akita and Shiba Inu dogs. All-day outdoor entertainment takes place in the park amphitheater. Among the scheduled events are Taiko groups, Japanese dancers, various martial arts, children and adult musical performances. Read More

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Concours d’Elegance, Palo Alto, June 26, 2011

Stanford University Campus will again be the home of the 2011 Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance on June 26, 2011.  This very prestige   community  event, that has donated close to $1.5 million dollars since its conception in 1967  is the annual fund raising event of the Palo Alto Host Lions Club Charities, the charitable arm of the Palo Alto Host Lions Club.  Funds from this event benefit over 50 local charities within our community.
We are proud to announce that his years featured European Marque is the BMW. The featured American Marque is the Ford Flathead years 1903 to 1953.
Last year’s event included over 500 vintage and exotic cars, attracted close to 10,000 people and raised close to $100,000 in charitable donations. Along with an upward of 500 vintage and exotic cars expected again this year,  other attractions on the field will include: cars you may never have an opportunity to see again, special car exhibits, cars for sale, non car exhibits, food and live entertainment.

Pacific Coast Dream Machines, Half Moon Bay, May 1, 2011


"The Coolest Show on Earth"

21st Annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Coming Up May 1
NIKE HERCULES Missile, The "Flying Wing", Freestyle Motocross, Monster-Cycle Headline

It’s time to get revved up for “The Coolest Show on Earth” and, while having some serious fun, benefit a great cause in need of your support –– the Coastside Adult Day Health Center.
Whimsical, fascinating, amusing, educational, curious, and unique are a few words that describe the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, Half Moon Bay's massive annual celebration of mechanical ingenuity, power and style. It’s a remarkable show-and-tell spectacle, an outdoor museum-for-a-day, featuring 2,000 magnificent driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries.
In short, a feast for the senses for motorheads!
What’s coming? World-class cars of every era and style, Model T fire engines, vintage buses, custom motorcycles, tricked-out trucks, sleek streamliners, one-of-a-kind antique engines and tractors and historic military aircraft will be among the mesmerizing displays. This year’s spectacular 21st annual show takes place on Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Half Moon Bay Airport.

Children’s Musical Theater San Jose presents “Starmites” April 28-May1, 2011

A comic-book stage creation of intergalactic superheroes and villains. Join Eleanor, Spacepunk, and the Starmites in their fight against the evil Banshees (weird women with dangerous hair-dos). Great fun for all ages.
Montgomery Theater, get your tickets here.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Oktoberfest, Campbell Ca, October 16-17, 2011

Many cities across the U.S. and the world celebrate Oktoberfest, but none like Campbell, California. As a matter of fact downtown Campbell might well be mistaken for a German village when it celebrates Oktoberfest. The festival aims to be among the most authentic around. Spaten Beer representatives will be pouring an official Oktoberfest beer dating back to 1810 and the days of King Ludwig. German foods, including many types of Bratwurst, plus German potato salad and sauerkraut and red cabbage will delight the taste buds. Enjoy the many exciting experiences of our Oktoberfest celebration, And if someone asks why you are here ... tell them Ludwig sent you.

San Jose Museum of Art: Free Community Day: Art of India, May 14, 2011

San Jose Museum of Art
110 S. Market Street
San Jose, CA
San Jose Museum of Art celebrates the visual and performing arts of India at this fun-filled day for the whole family. Enjoy live music and strolling performers as you take in the art in the galleries. Get creative with hands-on activities inspired by traditional Indian crafts, and see demonstrations of Rangoli (traditional sandpainting), Bhangra dance, and more. Free admission all day!
May 14, 2011
11 am–5 pm
Free Museum Admission

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mountain View Arts and Wine Festival, September 10-11, 2011

Mountain View is home to many Silicon Valley titans, AOL and Google foremost among them. A six-block stretch of main road called Castro Street houses most of Mountain View's cultural life, and in September, the bustling street hosts the Mountain View Art and Wine Festival. The festival, which started in 1971, boasts more than 650 aspiring and established artists from all across the country. Perhaps more than any other festival, the Mountain View Arts and Wine Festival has a particular emphasis on the arts. The other attractions common to most art festivals--live music, food, wine--take a backseat to the art. With all the art of a reputable San Francisco gallery but none of the pretension, Mountain View's festival is a boozy, entertaining way to get introduced to new artists. The festival is free and runs in September, a beautiful month to be in Mountain View when the healthy sun spills generously upon the tree-lined sidewalks.

It’s a festival like no other. An authentic and moveable feast for the senses. The cool, vibrant, multicultural Castro Street vibe. Exceptional handcrafted work by 600 of America's top artists and craftmakers. Stellar live music on stage and street throughout downtown. Fabulous food and drink. The new Comcast Pigskin Party Lounge with giant screen TV. Home and garden exhibits. Health and wellness displays. An organic and green products showcase. A special remembrance ceremony to honor the heroes from 9/11. Tons of fun and games for kids. An affordable, sun-splashed, memorable, leisure-filled weekend. There’s even a convenient booth to pay for drink tickets, glasses and t-shirts with credit cards! If all that sounds good to you, head to downtown Mountain View for the 40th Annual Art & Wine Festival, September 10-11. Considered one of America's top art festivals, huge throngs of art lovers are expected to pour into Silicon Valley's epicenter for this “Cultural Community Celebration” presented by the Chamber of Commerce Mountain View. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is free. Read More...

Connoisseurs’ Marketplace, Menlo Park, Ca, July 16-17, 2011

Menlo Park Gets Festive for 25th Annual
Connoisseurs’ Marketplace

The name might be a mouthful, but Menlo Park's July festival is... a mouthful. Besides the 250 plus artists bringing their finest work to display, this festival is known as much for art as for food. Local artisans from all over the Bay Area bring an endless variety of cuisine to downtown Menlo Park. The air in and around Santa Cruz Avenue becomes saturated with rich, sweet and spicy bouquets. On a single, increasingly well-known corner of Santa Cruz Avenue, near Fremont Park, sits the Connoisseur's Corner. Here artisans display hand-crafted delectables such as chutney, honey and balsamic vinegar, all for festival goers to sample and purchase. This festival attracts one of the biggest crowds of any Bay Area festival. Connoisseur's Marketplace is free and features a Kid Zone so the kiddies can entertain themselves while the adults go and indulge in good wine and drink. Full bellies are a priority, but with that achieved, there's plenty of art and live music to enjoy.

Chefs’ Demos, World-Class Collector Cars, Wine & Microbrew Tasting Added to Popular Summer Festival

The long, laid-back days of summer are here, bringing with them the very best of the Bay Area’s popular festival season. For a sun-splashed weekend featuring world-class art by 250 of America’s top artists, two days of great music, engaging chefs’ demos, fabulous food and drink, tons of fun for kids, artisan specialty food purveyors, a new collector car show, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays and an organic and green products showcase, head to downtown Menlo Park for the 25th Annual Connoisseurs’ Marketplace, July 16-17. Take a nice, easy stroll down charming, tree-lined Santa Cruz Avenue and experience an authentic feast for the senses. Presented by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, large crowds are expected to pour onto the downtown streets for this vibrant celebration of visual, performing and culinary arts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is free.

Los Altos Farmers Market, Thursdays, May 5 to September 29, 2011

The Los Altos Farmers Market returns to State Street between Second and Fourth with the finest, just picked local fruits and vegetables, ranch eggs, fresh cut flowers and live plants, bakery items, unique prepared foods, locally caught fish as well a jewelry and handcrafts. All this in beautiful, easy on the eyes, Los Altos.

Los Altos Arts and Wine Festival, July 9-10, 2011

Los Altos Art and Wine Festival 2011

Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10 from 10AM to 6PM
The highly-rated Arts & Wine Festival showcases the distinctive works of artists and craftspeople from over a dozen states. The Festival also features select vintages by the glass from local wineries as well as a wide variety of foods including Thai, Chinese, Mexican, All American favorites like sausages, hot links and roasted corn, sweets of all kinds, and more.

Enjoy our day long free concerts from performers such as Double Funk Crunch, California Beach Boys, Debbie Thacker, and The WoogieMen.

The Festival is a great event for the whole family with a large selection of rides, activities and entertainment for children all weekend in the Kidzone.

Los Altos' reputation is eclipsed by that of the bigger Bay Area cities. That it is Jim Morrison's city of birth is one of its few claims to fame. The city is mostly quaint and quiet. Besides its close proximity to a major fault line, the only event other than an earthquake that is guaranteed to get things in Los Altos moving is the Arts and Wine Festival. Los Altos is an ideal place to host such a festival. The downtown area is easy to navigate and easy on the eye. The main thoroughfares are tree lined and shaded from the hot California sun. The festival takes place in July, one of the hottest months in California, so some solar respite is always a bonus. The event attracts people from all corners of the bay on the 11th and 12th of July. Local wine merchants save their most special elixirs for the festival, live music plays throughout the day, and artists take to the street and sell their pieces and wares. The event packs the streets to the brim, so it's best to get there early

Silicon Valley Duck Race, Los Gatos, Ca, June 12, 2011

Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Sunday, June 12, 2011
11AM - 3PM

2011 Silicon Valley Duck Race & Festival

It’s time to get Quacky! The rubber duckies are kicking off their summer at the Fourth Annual Silicon Valley Duck Race in Vasona Lake Park on Sunday, June 12, 2011.  Rubber duckies are only $5 each; the more you sponsor the greater your chance to win $1,000,000.  There will be lots of food, fun and games on this egg-ceptional day. Support 15 local charities in Silicon Valley whose missions are to connect individuals to resources, shelter, and support services. Click here for more details on duck sponsorship and charities benefitting from your lucky duck purchase.

Mamma Mia, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, June 7-12, 2011

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose, CA, 95113
(408) 792-4111
June 7-12, 2011
MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including
“Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,”
Mamma Mia is a musical based on the songs from ABBA.  The story takes place on a Greek island.  On the night before the daughters wedding, there comes a question to who her father could really be.  This is because  Shopie comes to reading about three men from her mothers past.  This story enhances love, laughter, and frienship.  Every night is a great night!
Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

San Jose Jazz Festival, August 12-14, 2011

2010 San Jose Jazz Festival
San Jose Jazz Festival
August 12-14, 2011
The sounds of jazz come to downtown San Jose every August. From Friday afternoon to Sunday evening, music lovers converge on the heart of Silicon Valley to enjoy three days of jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B, electronica and many other forms of contemporary music.

Jazz is the basis for most of the popular music of today, and the AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival showcases that breadth. Like the tradition of innovation here in Silicon Valley, jazz composition and performance continue to evolve and change. During the three days of the festival, the cravings of even the most diverse music lover can get satisfied.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Farmers' Market, Santa Clara Ca


Market Schedule

Thursday10:00 AM to 2:00 PMYear-round

Market Location

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 710 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara, Ca

About the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Farmers' Market

You can find the Kaiser Santa Clara Farmers' Market in the courtyard between the Medical Office Building and the hospital every Thursday - rain or shine!
Local farmers bring the best of California agriculture to Kaiser Santa Clara every week. Stop by to taste the best locally-grown fruits and vegetables around! Live Music.

Extra Five

The Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Farmers' Market is offering an incentive program that offers a $5 bonus when you purchase at least $10 in EBT/CalFresh tokens at the Farmers' Market. If you receive CalFresh benefits (food stamps), bring your EBT card to the farmers' market every time you shop. See the market manager in the bright yellow shirt to purchase tokens to spend in the market and claim your bonus. The Extra Five program continues at the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Farmers' Market until December 31, 2011.

San Mateo Event Center Farmers' Market, San Mateo Ca


San Mateo Event Center Farmers' Market

Market Schedule

Wednesday10:00 AM to 2:00 PMMarch 30, 2011 to November 16, 2011

Market Location

San Mateo Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo Ca

About the San Mateo Event Center Farmers' Market

It's here, the San Mateo Event Center Farmers' Market!  Every Wednesday California's farmers bring you the very best fruits and vegetables. Enjoy the spirit of your community and the taste of California's best at your San Mateo Event Center Farmers' Market!
The market will be closed on the following dates: May 18, June 8 through June 22, and November 9.
Parking is FREE for farmers' market visitors!

VA Palo Alto Farmers' Market, Palo Alto Ca


VA Palo Alto Farmers' Market

Market Schedule

Wednesday10:00 AM to 2:00 PMApril 13, 2011 to November 16, 2011

Market Location

3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto, Ca

About the VA Palo Alto Farmers' Market

Make a healthy diet a part of your personal wellness plan with fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. You can find them at your farmers' market at the VA in Palo Alto every Wednesday. Live Music.

Extra Five

The VA Palo Alto Farmers' Market is offering an incentive program that offers a $5 bonus when you purchase at least $10 in EBT/CalFresh tokens at the Farmers' Market. If you receive CalFresh benefits (food stamps), bring your EBT card to the farmers' market every time you shop. See the market manager in the bright yellow shirt to purchase tokens to spend in the market and claim your bonus. The Extra Five program continues at the VA Palo Alto Farmers' Market until December 31, 2011.

Evergreen Farmers’ Market, San Jose Ca

Evergreen Farmers’ Market

Market Schedule

Sunday9:00 AM to 1:00 PMYear-round
Wednesday9:00 AM to 1:00 PMYear-round

Market Location

Evergreen Village Square, Ruby Ave. at Classico Ave., San Jose, Ca

About the Evergreen Farmers’ Market

The Evergreen Farmers’ Market makes its home in Evergreen Village at the intersection of Ruby Avenue and Classico Avenue. Spend the morning in the Village and enjoy park while shopping for the best California-grown produce available. Live Music.
The Evergreen Farmers’ Market is open every Wednesday and Sunday, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, year-round.

Extra Five

 The Evergreen Farmers’ Market is offering an incentive program that offers a $5 bonus when you purchase at least $10 in EBT/CalFresh tokens at the Farmers’ Market. If you receive CalFresh benefits (food stamps), bring your EBT card to the farmers’ market every time you shop. See the market manager in the bright yellow shirt to purchase tokens to spend in the market and claim your bonus. The Extra Five program continues at the Evergreen Farmers’ Market until December 31, 2011.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ninth Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® April 27, 2011, San Jose, Ca

Are you man enough to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes? This annual event brings together men and women to walk (in high heels) from Plaza de Cesar Chavez through the streets of downtown San Jose to build awareness to the problem of sexual assault in our community. The walk begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends at a location at the San Jose Repertory Theatre where all can enjoy a festive reception and marvel in their achievements.
The YWCA Silicon Valley hosts this unique event during Sexual Assault Awareness Month to call attention to the staggering statistics associated with sexual assault: one-in-three women and one-in-five men, regardless of socio-economic status, will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. This event is a light-hearted approach to a very serious subject and increases awareness of how sexual assault impacts individuals and families right here where we live. Proceeds support the YWCA’s Rape Crisis Center and other YWCA assault-prevention services. Read More

Saturday, April 16, 2011

FanimeCon, May 27-30 2011, San Jose Convention Center

FanimeCon 2011

May 27-30 2011
San Jose Convention Center, California
By Fans, For Fans
It's that time again! FanimeCon is on it's way. One of the largest anime conventions in Northern California, FanimeCon takes place May 27th-30th at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Bringing together a variety of events, FanimeCon is open to anyone interested in anime and Japanese culture to immerse themselves together with other fans to enjoy the festivities. Make sure to take a look at all of the events, guests and registration information posted on the website and get prepared for FanimeCon
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BayCon 2011, May 27th - May 30th, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara


The Masquerade

The masquerade will be run in the same style as last year's, different than prior years. It's won't be as flashy as before, but also not as time-intensive for the folks entering. It doesn't have as much stage time, but it will provide everyone with a better opportunity to see people's wonderful costume creations up close and in all their glory. There's no venue for big, theatrical presentations -- but it's also not as daunting or intimidating for the first-time costumer who typically just likes to wear their outfits while roaming the halls. There are positives and negatives, both ways; we're hoping the focus will still be on what's important, which is giving the amazing Costumers who attend BayCon an opportunity to show off their imagination, innovation, and talent, and to allow the costume enthusiasts to show those costumers who enter just how much their work is enjoyed!
This year, anyone interested in presenting for judging at the masquerade Ball will be asked to show up at 6 PM at the Green Room off the Grand Ballrooms, where you will be given your number, have your name and costume title taken down, and meet with the judges if you wish to have your work included in the Workmanship category. During this time, you will also have the opportunity to have professional photos of your costume taken. We will not have specific entry lighting or sound cues this year- there will be appropriate mood music playing during the contest. Read More

de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0550
Phone: 408-554-4528

The de Saisset Museum, founded in 1955, is a free museum of art and history operated by Santa Clara University. It is one of only three museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Association of Museums. An active program of free docent tours covers the Mission and the California History collection. Every year, thousands of children are introduced to their region’s history through this program.
The Museum's permanent collection includes Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and 19th century prints by artists such as Albrecht Durer, William Hogarth and Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Modernist prints include works by Chagall, Matisse and Picasso. It also has a strong photography collection featuring Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, Edward Curtis, Imogen Cunningham and Judy Dater. It also houses the University’s California History Collection, which includes Native American artifacts from the pre-European contact period and Spanish Colonial works.

San Jose Sikh Gurdwara Sahib, San Jose, Ca

San Jose Sikh Gurdwara Sahib

San Jose, California: In an event highlighting the influence and permanence of the Bay Area’s Indian community, Gov. Jerry Brown and other political leaders joined thousands of colorfully dressed Sikhs who on Sunday celebrated the opening of their greatly expanded temple in the Evergreen hills of San Jose, making it the nation’s largest gurdwara.
The open house marking the $20 million addition to the Sikh Gurdwara-San Jose drew Brown, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and other dignitaries including clergy from Christian and other faiths. They joined thousands of Sikhs who had traveled to the packed celebration from all over Northern California.
For several hours during the afternoon, hundreds of Sikh men and women patiently waited in a long line to bow and pray in the vast, newly completed prayer hall before the Guru Granth Sahib, the religious text of Sikhism. Thousands moved on to the eco-friendly vegetarian kitchen, called a langar, where an army of volunteers had cooked spinach-and-mustard-leaf saag, spicy dahl and sweets — enough to feed a crowd estimated to be around 10,000 people. READ MORE

ARIZONA CACTUS GARDEN, at the Stanford Arboretum

In the mid-1880s, when the Stanfords had plans for a home where the Mausoleum now stands, Mrs. Stanford had landscape architect, Rudolph Ulrich, design a cactus garden, known then as 'the Arizona Garden'. Upon the death of the Stanford's son, however, plans to build the home were abandoned. (See Mausoleum). Half a century later, during World War II, garden maintenance was discontinued, and up to 80 percent of the specimens were lost.
Stanford University Archives
Current Plans
Ongoing garden restoration includes new plantings and some reduction in tree cover to allow the cacti and succulents needed sunlight.

U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Ca

U.S. Geological Survey
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
USGS Employee Information Line: 1-800-223-8081 (Option 1) or 650-329-5555

Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

This self-guided tour introduces you to the Western Region Center and the scientific research conducted here. The tour is most appropriate for a group of 6 or less and for students age 10 and older. Guided tours for larger groups may be arranged by calling the Earth Science Information Center at 650-329-4390. Every stop on this tour is wheelchair accessible, either by elevator or by ramp. For any other special needs, please call the number above.
Beginning and ending in Building 3 (see map in center of booklet), your tour should take approximately one hour. Exhibits are located in the halls and lobbies of Buildings 1 and 3 and are available for viewing weekdays (except national holidays) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Please do not enter buildings that are not designated as part of the tour; these offices and laboratories do not contain exhibits.
Picnic tables are available for your use, and sandwiches, snacks, and drinks may be purchased in the snack bar located at the south end of Building 20. Restrooms, including those with wheelchair accessibility, are available and well marked in the buildings designated for the tour. 
The tour includes 14 stops, which are shown on the map. Directional signs are posted along the tour route. Many of the trees, shrubs, and rock specimens along your walk and elsewhere on the grounds are labeled. Icons in this booklet provide a generalized identification key to features on this tour:
  • Building tours
  • Trees and shrubs
  • Rocks and minerals

Montalvo Arts Center, April 16, 2011



15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, CA 95070

Enjoy a day of fun, food, and art for all ages, including live music and performance, visual arts in the Project Space Gallery, hands-on art making, and tours of the grounds and Historic Villa. Experience exciting artworks and performances in all artistic disciplines created by Bay Area student groups responding to the theme of Sustainable Communities: Living, Working and Playing Together as part of the Student Arts Festival co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County of Education. Visitors also have the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes in Open Studios at Montalvo’s Lucas Artists Residency Program – and the chance to talk with the artists-in-residence and witness them in creative action. Wear your walking shoes, and plan to spend the day!

Free parking & shuttle service from West Valley College, Lot 5. Limited on-site parking at $10 per car.

New this year: Feast on a variety of international cuisine from some of the best gourmet food trucks in the Bay Area! Check back regularly to see an updated list of which food trucks will be here - and come ready to eat!
Confirmed Food Carts & Trucks:

Student Arts Festival

Montalvo Arts Center and the Santa Clara County Office of Education present the second annual Student Arts Festival, showcasing original collaborative artworks by students in grades K-12. Encouraging students to reflect upon the theme Sustainable Communities: Living, Working and Playing Together, this Festival includes all arts disciplines, from poetry to dance, new media, and more!

Senator Phelan's Birthday

This year's Arts Splash! corresponds with what would be Montalvo founder Senator James D. Phelan's 150th birthday (April 20)! To celebrate, we'll be serving cake provided by Whole Foods Market!


  • Jazz on the Front Veranda by the Jeff Taylor Quartet
  • Spring plant sale in the Solarium
  • $1 Face Painting
  • Beer & Wine Garden
  • Hands-on Art Workshops
  • Villa & Grounds tours
  • ...and more!
There will be so many activities to do at Arts Splash! Keep checking back here for updates and a schedule of the day's events

Anno Domini Gallery, Sunday, April 17 · 6:30pm – 10:00pm


Corpus Callosum, Little Wings and Paige Starling Sorvillo @ Anno Domini

Anno Domini Gallery
366 So. First Street
San Jose, CA
The first in a series of music and performance art showscurated by Corpus Callosum at the Anno Domini Gallery in downtown San Jose. Scheduled to occur every two months, Corpus Callosum invites some of their favorite performers to share the stage in an intimate gallery setting.This months music feature is California/Oregon based songwriter Little Wings whose music has been covered by Feist, The Microphones and Calvin Johnson. The Performance art feature for the month is Butoh artist and director of Blindsight performance, Paige Starling Sorvillo. With more music by Banty Hen and Corpus Callosum.
Doors at 6:30 – space is limited!
7:00 – Banty Hen
7:30 – Paige Starling Sorvillo
8:00 – Corpus Callosum
9:00 – Little Wings
$7 // All ages
Tell your friends!

SubZERO Festival Returns, JUNE 3, 2011

We’re ramping up our planning for the 4th Annual SubZERO Festival in downtown San Jose. Mark your calendars and save the date.
Artists, geeks, performers… hope you’re already deep in the planning of what you’re going to bring to the streets of SoFA District?! Email us at with interest and/or questions regarding participation. We can’t wait to see you all again!
In the meantime be sure to check out the amazing video of the performance mashup by The Bangerz + San Jose Taiko from last year’s festival. Keep in touch with us via Twitter (@subzerofestival) and show us some love on Facebook.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Alviso Marina County Park, Alviso, Ca

Welcome to Alviso Marina County Park, gateway to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This 18.9-acre bayside park, though small in size, offers a great deal of activities within its boundaries and on into the Wildlife Refuge. Both the pathways and boardwalks of the County Park and trails around the ponds in the adjacent Wildlife Refuge offer fantastic views of the mountains surrounding the bay, and of the wildlife that call these ponds home.
Hiking, biking and bird watching are favorite activities in both the park and the refuge, while picnicking and strolling along the manicured pathways can be enjoyed within the County Park. Dogs are allowed in the County Park's pathways and picnic areas, but are not allowed on the trails, levees and boardwalks. While bikes are allowed on all pathways and trails in the park, please walk your bikes on the boardwalks.
The launch ramp provides one of the few clear routes in the San Jose area through the salt marshes out to the open waters of the San Francisco Bay. Navigational charts can be obtained through or a local retailer (Ref. No. 18AHA18651). When using the waters of the bay, please respect the sensitive nature of this unique ecosystem.
For inquiries about the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, visit their web site. Teachers and groups may call (408) 262-5513 for information about the Environmental Education Center, and information about trails and interpretive programs can be obtained by calling (415) 792-3178.
How to Get There
Alviso Marina County Park is located at:
Mill Street, Alviso (the park has no physical address)
(408) 262-6980

Museum at Forbes Mill, Los Gatos, Ca

James Alexander Forbes, hoping to strike gold by piggybacking on the California Gold Rush, began building Forbes Mill along the banks of the Los Gatos Creek in 1853. His plan was to capitalize on the gold miners'' demand for bread by operating a flour mill. The mill was the first building and the first business in what eventually became Los Gatos.
He was plagued by financial problems, however, and by the time the mill was producing Santa Rosa Brand flour, eight other mills had sprung up. The competition proved too much for Forbes, and in
1857, the mill and the surrounding 2,000-acre Santa Rosa Ranch--comprising much of the area east of Los Gatos Creek-- were sold off in a bankruptcy auction.
The mill did have a profitable run following its purchase in 1869 when it became the Los Gatos Manufacturing Co. In 1881, an annex was built onto the mill.
Today, the the mill is gone, but the annex is the site of the Forbes Mill Museum, a small, regional history museum operated by the nonprofit Los Gatos Museum Association, which also operates an art and natural history museum in town.
For years, the Museum Association struggled with financial problems. Then, in the summer of 1996, the association board learned that a woman who had lived in Los Gatos as a child had died and left $600,000 to the two small museums.
James Alexander Forbes never did "strike gold" with his mill, but to the longtime volunteers who learned of the windfall during a meeting at the Forbes Mill Museum, it felt quite a bit like striking gold.
The museum promotes the understanding of the regions rich local history including stories from the gold rush, showcase of clothes worn, the legacy of the South Pacific Coast and Southern Pacific Railroads and the interurban trolleys, and the historic James Alexander Forbes Santa Rosa flour mill. Tours are available. There is convenient parking.
  Operating Hours
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 to 4:00 PM.


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