The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland

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Holiday decorations will transform the Fairmont’s lobby into a Winter Wonderland. The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland will be on display from November 25, 2016 through January 1, 2017.

Near the Fairmont is the real Winter Wonderland along with Downtown Ice and Christmas in the Park.

The Fairmont
170 South Market Street, San Jose 95113
November 25, 2016 through January 1, 2017
All Day
Free

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Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Santana Row Tree Lighting Ceremony

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The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Santana Row Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The event includes photos with Santa Claus, live music, performances by local theater groups and at 7:00 pm the lighting of the 40-foot Christmas tree.

Starting at 5:00 pm take a photo with Santa Claus, listen to live music in Park Valencia, performances by local theater groups and much more.

Tree Lighting Ceremony
368 Santana Row, San Jose, 95128
408.551.4611

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 5:00 pm
Free

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Supermoon

supermoonIf you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe. — Carl Sagan

Supermoons, most of us can’t detect the difference between a supermoon and a regular full moon, using just our eyes. Finely tuned instruments or composite images do show that a supermoon is indeed closer to Earth and thus bigger than an ordinary full moon. Therefore, if we can’t see that a supermoon actually appears larger in the sky, we notice the increased brightness of the supermoon.
Supermoons bring the highest and lowest tides, they follow the date of full moon by a day or two.

The supermoon event happens Sunday November 13 and Monday the 14th.
The best time to observe the supermoon is when the moon is near the horizon during either moonrise or moonset; allegedly, Monday is best. …
Sunday Evening, Nov. 13 –  Moonrise – 4:52pm
Monday Morning, Nov. 14 – Moonset – 5:32am
Monday Evening, Nov. 14 – Moonrise – 5:40pm
Tuesday Morning, Nov. 15 – Moonset – 7:56am

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. — Douglas Adams

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Veterans Day Parade 2016

animated_american-flagVeterans Day is Friday, November 11.

Veterans Day Parade from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM begins from Delmas Avenue (near SAP Center) and travels east along Santa Clara Street to Market Street. The Parade then proceeds south on Market Street and ends at San Carlos Street.

California is home to 1,851,470 veterans.

This year the parade Grand Marshall is Brigadier General Laura Yeager.

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” – Abraham Lincoln

The National Park Service invites all visitors to remember our veterans by visiting any National Park Service site free on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016.

Veterans Day Parade
Delmas Ave and Santa Clara Street
San Jose, 95113
Friday, November 11
Free
Parking (plan early): Downtown

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Fall Back 2016

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It’s time we turn our clocks back an hour as we return to Standard Time, Sunday morning November 6 at 2:00 am.

Does this mean we get to spend an extra hour at our favorite bar? No, 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.

Do you like/dislike time change? Check out “Daylight saving time could end in California” a story from February in the Sacramento Bee.

Year Spring Forward Fall Back
2016 November 6
2017 March 12 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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Día de Los Muertos Celebration

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Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

Día de Los Muertos Celebration at San Jose Museum of Art
Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 11 am to 5 pm.

The celebration at San Jose Museum of Art will have live performances, cultural demonstrations, and artmaking experiences for the whole family.

Admission is free; however, reservations are recommended.

Schedule of Events:

11 AM – 4:30 PM
Hands-on artmaking for all ages

11 AM – 5 PM
See two hand-made, paper mache skeleton sculptures

11 AM – 5 PM
Local artist Lissa Jones will display a traditional altar, or ofrenda, in the cafe area of the Museum

11:30 AM
Spanish-language family tour of the galleries

12 – 1:30 PM
Take your photo with roaming skeleton performers

12:15 – 1:15 PM
Music by Mariachi Azteca

1 – 3:30 PM
Ofrenda demonstration by Phyllis Carrasco

1:45 PM
El Día de los Muertos festive wear competition

2 PM
Spanish-language tour of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial with curatorial associate, Marja van der Loo

2 – 3:30 PM
Take your photo with roaming skeleton performers

2:30 – 3:15 PM
Participatory dance performance with traditional folklórico ensemble Los Lupeños Juvenil

4 PM
Spanish-language family tour of the galleries

San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market Street. San Jose

Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 11 am to 5 pm.
Admission: free, reservations are recommended.

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Halloween Spooktakular Family Fun Fest

halloween02For pre-school aged children and their parents, the 2016 Halloween Spooktakular Family Fun Fest, Tuesday, October 25th from 10am to noon at Park Valencia, Santana Row.
The Halloween Fun Fest features free entertainment, interactive games, hands-on activities and educational activities. Wear your costume and trick or treat The Row. There will be arts and crafts, face painting, pumpkin decorating, halloween photos at more.

Park Valencia, Santana Row
368 Santana Row, San Jose
408.551.4611.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Free

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Mountain View Oktoberfest

oktoberfestThe 4th Annual Mountain View Oktoberfest will feature authentic German Beer, Cuisine, and Entertainment (Alpiners USA, SF German Band and Big Lou’s Accordion Princess).

The Mountain View Oktoberfest is open free to the public and is an all ages event but you must be 21 or older to drink. Proper Identification verifying legal age will be required.

You must purchase a stein and tickets if you would like to drink:

$8
per beer ticket

$30
4 beer tickets

$10
0.5L size Stein
(Requires 1 tickets to fill.)

$15
1.0L size Stein
(Requires 2 tickets to fill.)

The free kids area will include jumpy houses, face painting, games and prizes.

Mountain View Oktoberfest
Bryant St. at Dana St., Mountain View, CA 94041

Parking – parking lot behind Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant – 1 block West of Castro Street

October 1st and 2nd from 11:00am to 7:00pm

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Thunderbirds on the Wharf

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The 19th annual Thunderbirds on the Santa Cruz Wharf is this Saturday (9/24) from 9:00 am to 3:00pm featuring the classic 1955-1957, the 1958-1965 vintage and the retro, 2002-2005 Thunderbirds.

Guest may join in the events and participate in the raffles.

21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz

Admission: Free

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Weekend Citywide Garage Sale – Cupertino

garagesale01Cupertino’s Citywide Garage Sale is Saturday and Sunday September 17-18 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Looking for something special? No need to drive allover Cupertino looking from an item. Check this list.

Which locations are selling on Saturday, Sunday or both? Check this map (PDF).
Saturday only sale is indicated by a black circle, a Sunday only sale indicated by a blue triangle and both days are indicated by a red star.

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Paul McCartney

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Paul McCartney will be in concert October 4 & 5 at Sacramento’s new Golden 1 Center arena at 8:00 PM.

He will perform songs from his solo career and as a member with the Beatles and Wings.

Good luck getting tickets


Paul McCartney
Golden 1 Center
547 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814

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Free Outdoor Movie Night in St. James Park

This Wednesday August 31 – Jurassic Park.
In September (21), the movie will be Beetlejuice.

Pre-movie games for kids start at 6 p.m.
Movies are free and begin at dusk.

Movies are free; however, parking: $5 parking after 6 p.m. is available in city-owned garages, including those at Third Street near Santa Clara Street, Market and San Pedro streets, San Carlos and Second or Third streets and Fourth and San Fernando streets.  Public lots near St. James Park also offer plentiful parking. More info here.

St. James Park, San Jose
Second and St. James streets

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Doggie Sale! $20 at San Jose Animal Shelter

Through May 31

Through May 31

There is a major sale for lovable dogs needing forever homes at the San Jose Animal Care Center throughout May.  Until May 31 all full grown dogs (not puppies) are only $20! Even better, any dog who has been at the shelter for more than two weeks is ABSOLUTELY FREE.

I adopted a dog at the shelter last December, and Simon is now a wonderful addition to our family. I can’t recommend the shelter enough. Dogs are spayed/neutered, have their shots, and are microchipped, all for the one very low price. You also get a certificate for a free first vet appointment. My dog Simon is wonderful with children and came home already housetrained and knowing all his commands. Shelter dogs are wonderful dogs and will love you forever.

The San Jose Animal Care Center is a full-service animal shelter serving the cities of San Jose, Milpitas, Cupertino, Los Gatos and Saratoga, located at 2750 Monterey Highway, San Jose.

There are currently four pages of dogs up on their website. Here are just a few who need homes today – for only $20!! Dogs are first come, first serve, so get down to the shelter today!

MEISHA $20 ID#A987556

MEISHA $20 ID#A987556

BONNIE - FREE ID#A988272

BONNIE – FREE ID#A988272

JACK $20 ID#A992511

JACK $20 ID#A992511

 

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Radio Girls, by UCSC alumna Sarah-Jane Stratford

Coming June 14

Coming June 14

Summer is almost upon us, and we should all be starting our beach reading lists.  There is a book called Radio Girls that PopSugar recommends for Best 2016 Summer reading, and you should have it on your own list too. The book was written by UC Santa Cruz alumna Sarah-Jane Stratford, and it is one fantastic read.

Radio Girls is the best kind of historical fiction in that it tells a real story with real people, but from a fictional character’s point of view. I am not sure what I initially expected of this book, but it is definitely much more than I had imagined!

It covers part of the story of the beginning years of the BBC. As I read, I started googling the guest speakers they mentioned and found these very real people to be fascinating, but then I googled Hilda Matheson, a prominent character who works at the BBC in the book, and discovered she was a real person too. After discovering that most of the characters were real-life people, I realized this was actually a fairly true story told from a (fictional) assistant’s point of view. This upped my fascination level even higher than it was when I began the book.

I had never read a book that revolved around radio’s beginnings, and it really brought to light not only how much the world changed with that one invention, but how similar the change was then to these new internet days now. There was so much talk of the world becoming a smaller place, and how everyone with access to a radio could now get so much knowledge they had no access to before, and how it would help people who felt alone in the world. These are all things they say about the internet now. As far as we’ve come in the last 100 years, the radio also gave us a huge jump in technology and knowledge and connection with the world.

Sarah-Jane Stratford

Sarah-Jane Stratford

With this knowledge however comes the question of who will control the dissemination of that knowledge. BBC’s beginnings came at the same time as Women’s Suffrage in the UK, and those grumbling times are remarkably similar to today’s political atmosphere. Women’s Rights also meant loss of the men’s complete control of the world, and they certainly were not happy about it. World War I had just ended, governments were reorganizing, and businesses across borders were forming new alliances. The stock market crash in the US had just as great an effect across the Atlantic. There were at least two opposing views on each of these topics, and control of the BBC meant control of the information the world received.

In the middle of all this is young Maisie, our fictional heroine who lands a low-level job at the BBC hoping to find a husband, but instead finds a career and a new life plan. A life plan she could barely comprehend as it wasn’t even a possibility just a few years before. Along with Maisie comes a fictional storyline starring the BBC, Nestle and Siemens, and the Nazis. As Sarah-Jane Stratford mentions in the very informative Author’s Note, the actual storyline is fictional, but many of the events surrounding it are not, and many similar events were taking place.

Stratford earned a degree in History at UCSC and went on to obtain a Masters in Medieval History at the University of York in England. She wrote this book because of her fascination with Hilda Matheson from the BBC, and this fascination is transferred to the reader. She was an amazing, high-level career woman in times when there was no such thing, and she was a lesbian to boot. She is a fantastic role model to young women even in our own times.

And so is our young Maisie, who follows her dreams of being a reporter with various levels of success. But in Maisie’s case as it is always, it doesn’t matter how many times you fall down, it matters how many times you get back up. She takes her role as reporter very seriously, and even takes on some spy traits as she works to save free speech in the UK and retain women’s new rights as well.

This is an outstanding book that gets better and better as it goes along. I love that I learned so much, I love that I’ve developed a great interest in the amazing Hilda Matheson, and I really enjoyed the fictional plot. The fictional plot doesn’t get going until the second half, but spending the first half on Maisie’s moving up the ranks and learning about all the real-life changes that happened in those few short years was worth it all.

Sarah-Jane Stratford is also the author of two previous books, and has also written articles and essays for a range of publications, including The Guardian, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Marie-Claire, Bitch, Slate, Salon, Guernica, and BOMB.

Radio Girls will be released June 14. Many thanks to Penguin Books for an advance copy, this book is FIVE STARS without a doubt.

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