National Pancake Day Celebration

Tuesday (February 27, 2018) participating IHOP restaurants will celebrate National Pancake Day with a free short stack of pancakes. You will be asked to consider leaving a donation ($5.00) for local charities.

Check with your local IHOP if participating and for exact hours of participation.
Find your IHOP here.

IHOP: “There is a limit of one free short stack per guest. The offer is valid at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last and is not valid with any other offer, special coupon or discount. “



IHOP National Pancake Day

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

7:00 AM to 7:00 PM — Check with your local IHOP if participating and for exact hours of participation.


Valentine’s Day


Happy Valentine’s Day to all.
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Feathers of Fury 2018


Bring your soft pillow Sunday, February 11, 2018 before noon to the Camera 12 Cinema area for the 8th year of Feathers of Fury: (Valentine’s Day) Weekend Pillow Fight.

Dress up in costume (optional) and bring your feather pillow, a bandana for your mouth (you don’t want to spend the day coughing).

Pillow Fight info:

Wait until the whistle/airhorn signal to begin.
Soft pillows only.
NEVER swing at people without pillows.
Swing lightly as most everyone will be swinging at the same time.
Go outside the “play” area if you don’t want to participate.

This is a free fun event.

Camera 12 Cinema
201 S 2nd Street
San Jose, 95113

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New Year’s Eve East Coast Countdown


Sunday, December 31, 2017 Christmas in the Park presents a New Year’s Eve East Coast Countdown.  This free event begins at 7:00pm and continues until just past midnight. Christmas in the Park is open on New Year’s Eve, December 31, from 9:00am.

There will be a special family oriented attraction from 7:00-9:00pm, conduct an “East Coast” countdown and then live music until the new year.

Plaza de César Chávez
1 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, 95113

Admission: Free

Parking
Public Transit

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Supermoon 2017

Credit: Sky and Telescope

There will be a Supermoon December 3 and 4. A supermoon is a new or full moon that comes close to Earth in its elliptical orbit; this is called a Lunar Perigee.
The full moon comes on December 3 and lunar perigee takes place on December 4.
The best time to observe the supermoon is when the moon is near the horizon during either moonrise or moonset:
Sunday Morning, Dec. 3 –  Moonset — 6:46am
Sunday Evening, Dec. 3 –  Moonrise — 6:18pm
Monday Morning, Dec. 4 – Moonset — 7:56am
Monday Evening, Dec. 4 – Moonrise — 7:00pm

The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you — Neil deGrasse Tyson

NASA: A Supermoon Trilogy

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Christmas in the Park 2017


Once again Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose is transformed into Christmas in the Park from the day after Thanksgiving through New Years Day.

The free event includes more than 550 decorated Christmas trees, over 40 animated displays/exhibits, visits with Santa, nightly entertainment and more.

Special areas of Christmas in the Park include Reindeer Ranch, Snowflake Falls, North Pole Plaza, Gingerbread Village, Candy Cane Lane and Mistletoe Row. There is also Adoption Alley where you can adopt a cat or dog to take home.

Christmas in the Park kicks off at 6:00pm on Friday, November 24 with the lighting of the 60-foot Christmas tree. Christmas in the Park is then open daily 9:00am to midnight.

Christmas in the Park is expensive to produce and operate. Thus, they ask you to visit their food court. All of the proceeds go directly toward bringing this event free.

Plaza de César Chávez
1 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, 95113

Admission: Free

Parking
Public Transit

From the day after Thanksgiving (11/24/2017) through New Years Day (1/1/2018).

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Fall Back 2017


This Sunday at 2:00 am, November 5, we turn our clocks back an hour as we return to Standard Time.

Remember, bars actually stop serving alcohol at 1:59 am, one minute before the clocks are set back one hour.

This is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Year Spring Forward Fall Back
2017 November 5
2018 March 11 November 4
2019 March 10 November 3
2020 March 8 November 1
2021 March 14 November 7
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Lunchtime Lego

Wednesday, November 15 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm is Lego Time at the Mountain View Public Library. All ages are welcome in the Children’s Room. There will also be Duplos for toddlers.

This free event takes place on every third Wednesday of the month.

Mountain View Public Library
585 Franklin Street
Mountain View, 94041
(650) 903-6887

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Autumn Lights Festival

Thursday, October 19 thru Saturday, October 21 is the 6th Anniversary Autumn Lights Festival at the Gardens at Lake Merritt in Lakeside Park. The event is from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Local artists create gigantic and small works of art using light. The event will blend larger-than-life art and lighting installations, live music, art, fire dancers, food and drink (food and drink available for purchase).

Advance Tickets suggested:

$20 advance/$25 event day for adults
$7 advance/$10 event day for youth (ages 6-17)
Children aged 5 and younger enter free

Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue Ave
Oakland, 94610

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Search for Life Beyond Earth


Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on: Will the 21st Century be the Time We Discover Life Beyond Earth? in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College.

Dr. Tarter is a pioneer leading the effort to search for signals from civilizations among the stars. The 21st century will be the century of biology on our planet.  Dr. Tarter believes that this idea will be extended beyond the surface of our world and that we may soon have the first opportunity to study biology that developed on other worlds. The techniques we will need are different, depending on whether we are searching for microbes or mathematicians, but both are within reach.

Dr. Jill Tarter holds the Bernard Oliver Chair for SETI at the SETI Institute, serves on the management board for the Allen Telescope Array, is President Emeritus of the Board of the California Academy of Sciences and continues to make groundbreaking contributions to the worlds of science, education, and the arts. Jodie Foster portrayed a fictionalized version of Dr. Tarter in the film Contact.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early to locate parking.

Parking lots 1 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. Visitors must purchase a parking permit for $3 from dispensers in student parking lots. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change.

Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, 94022
(650) 949-7360

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
7:00 pm
Admission: Free
Parking: $3.00

Campus Map (PDF) — Smithwick Theater, 1000

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Fear Overload Scream Park


Fear Overload Scream Park offers 2 haunted houses on select dates in San Leandro.
The 2 haunted houses include The Plastic Surgeon and Static Noise.
“The attractions are not recommended for children under the age of 12.”

The Plastic Surgeon
“The Plastic Surgeon was a bullied, neglected child tormented for having hideous facial deformities. Grown up, he became more than a man, he became a leviathan of pain, dabbling in the methods of bodily torture, mainly to the face. If he couldn’t have the face he wanted, no one could.”

Static Noise
“A little white noise is good to put you to sleep but static noise will probably just drag you to depths of the underworld. Inhabited by a ghastly girl, the warehouse full of useless TVs will come to life whenever flesh is in the vicinities. Beware the grasp of the girl who watched too much TV as a child and eventually died as a cause. Built to keep the spirit at bay, the girl inhabits any television set she can get her hands on in the warehouse but be warned, if you enter the house and stare too long at the set, you may find something reaching out for you. And it is not because of the 3D gimmicks.”

Admission varies: General Admission $25 – $30; Fast Pass Admission $32 – $40; VIP Admission $40 – $50; VIP Bundle Event Ticket $80. Online processing fee varies $2.25 – $5.00 per ticket.

Tickets available online here.

Fear Overload Scream Park
Bayfair Center (across from Century Theaters)
15555 E 14th Street
San Leandro, 94578
(510) 730-2221

Park at the Century Theaters Parking Lot and enter the mall. Next to the Davita Dialysis. Parking is free.

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Cupertino Carnival 2017


The Cupertino Carnival 2017, a three-day festival featuring live music, entertainment, real amusement rides, jump houses/inflatables, games, arts and crafts, a wide variety of food and more at St. Joseph of Cupertino School and Parish; from Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17.
Admission is free; however, there is a cost for rides, games and food. Note: three to four tickets are required for each ride.

Schedule (subject to change):

Friday, September 15 | from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Saturday, September 16
11:00 am 
Carnival Opens
11:00 am – 10:00 pm 
Amusement Rides, Arts & Crafts, Games, and Food Booths
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Free Show 
Master Magician Phil Ackerly
(Main Stage)
1:00 pm – 9:30 pm 
Silent Auction 
(Parish Hall)
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Free Show 
Martial Arts
(Main Stage)
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Free Show 
Happy Birds
(Main Stage)
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Free Attraction 
Hey Balloon Lady
(Main Tent)
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Free Show 
China Dance & Arts
(Main Stage)
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Free Concert 
Big Daddy Rockers
(Main Stage)
10:00 pm 
Carnival Closes

Sunday, September 17
10:30 am 
Carnival Opens
10:30 am – 4:30 pm 
Amusement Rides, Arts & Crafts, Games, and Food Booths
10:30 am – 2:00 pm 
Silent Auction 
(Parish Hall)
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Free Show 
Master Magician Phil Ackerly
(Main Stage)
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm 
Free Show
East West Dance
(Main Stage)
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Free Attraction 
Hey Balloon Lady
(Main Tent)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free Concert 
Plastic Paddy Band
(Main Stage)
4:00 pm
General Raffle Drawings 
(Main Stage)
4:30 pm 
Carnival Closes

Cupertino Carnival 2017
St. Joseph of Cupertino
10120 N. De Anza Blvd
Cupertino, 95014

Free parking is available at Stevens Creek Blvd., beside the school ground and at Lazaneo Dr. beside Intero Realty. There will be a shuttle bus ferrying patrons between the Lazaneo Dr. parking lot and the carnival.

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Free Drive-In Movie Night in San Jose


Sunday, September 3, 2017 Capitol 6 Drive-In presents Customer Appreciation Night. Gates open at 6:00 pm, there will be activities/events and live music. Movies then start 8:00 pm. All free.

Scheduled movies include:
Despicable Me 2
Guardians Of The Galaxy 2
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Pirates Of The Caribbean
Transformers
War Of The Planet Of The Apes

Capitol 6 Drive-In
3630 Hillcap Ave
San Jose, 95136

Sunday, September 3, 2017
Gates open 6:00 pm

Admission: Free

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Free Outdoor Movie Nights at Saint James Park 2017


Saturdays in August is Free Outdoor Movie Nights at Saint James Park.
Movies are free and begin at dusk; about an hour before the film will be fun and games for kids of all ages.  Also, costumes are encouraged – prizes to those who dress on theme.

Bring a blanket or low-chair to sit on.
You may bring your dog if Fido is “dog/people friendly”.
Bring food or purchase something from the food trucks.

August 5 – Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone
August 12 – Cars
August 19 – Nacho Libre
August 26 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Saint James Park
2nd Street and St. James Street
San Jose, 95112

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Total/Partial Eclipse of the Sun

The eclipse is August 21, 2017 (see below for times).

A solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and us.  Those of us in California will see a partial eclipse.  If you wish to see a total eclipse, head on up to Salem, Oregon.

Never look directly at the sun without appropriate eye protection. One way to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing is with eclipse glasses. Eclipse glasses are available from Amazon from about $8.00 to $18.00; also from Walmart online.

Partial eclipse in San Jose begins 9:01 am and ends 11:38 am with maximum 10:15 am.
Total eclipse in Salem, Oregon begins 9:05 am and ends 11:37 am with maximum 10:18 am.

Check out NASA’s Eyes Eclipse 2017 Web Application. “In this interactive, web-based 3D simulation, you can click anywhere on the Earth to preview your view of the August 21st, 2017 total eclipse.” On the right under Explore the 2017 Solar Eclipse click Launch Interactive.

Watch online with NASA’s Eclipse Live Streaming. <— !

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