Archive for June, 2008

July 4th Fireworks & Festivities 2008

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America’s birthday, time to celebrate with parades, barbecues, picnics, festivals, and fireworks!

Here are some places to view fireworks and enjoy a day of celebrations:

San Jose

San Jose America Festival at Guadalupe River Park’s Discovery Meadow.

Enjoy international music, multicultural crafts and a variety of ethnic and festival foods. Activities for children are in Kidland.

Performances all day Friday at the Main Stage and the Blues Stage. There are also concerts Saturday and Sunday that include Night Ranger, Starship, Amanda Miguel and Diego Verdaguer.

July 4 – San Jose America Festival and Fireworks Show; Free

    Gates open 12:00 pm; fireworks 9:30 pm

July 5 – Dia de la Familia Preciosa; $10

    Gates open 3:00 pm

July 6 – Kinhcert on the Green: $15

    Gates open 1:00 pm

Directions, Public Transportation, Parking, Bicycles

Event Map

FAQs (everything you need to know)

Santa Clara

Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza. Central Park, 909 Kiely Boulevard; Free

Pancake Breakfast at 8 am, followed by games and entertainment throughout the day including a carnival area, petting zoo, face painting, and swimming at the International Swim Center. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase foods at the event.

Fireworks at 9:30 pm

Schedule & food prices (PDF)


Independence Day Festivities. Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Boulevard; Free

Water activities at Milpitas Sports Center Pools during the day; pool party 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Barbecue, at the pool party 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm; nominal fee.

Concert & Fireworks at Milpitas Sports Center Football Field; 8:00 pm (gates open at 7:30 pm); bring a picnic dinner.

Morgan Hill

Pancake Breakfast, 5-K Run & 1 Mile Walk, Historic 4th of July Parade, Downtown Family Festival, Live Entertainment & Car Show. Beginning 7:00 am.

Fireworks about 9:30 pm.

Annual Street Dance & Live Concert – Thursday, July 3rd; Downtown Morgan Hill – 7:00 pm

Event information


Berkeley Marina; Free

Activities will include entertainers, arts & crafts, free sailboat rides, free dragon boat rides, a giant slide, art projects, face painting and massages; beginning 12:00 pm at the Berkeley Marina.

Fireworks, end of the Berkeley Pier at 9:30 pm.

There is valet bicycle parking free of charge near Adventure Playground!

Event schedule

Redwood City

Activities will include arts & crafts, food, kids area, parade, and yes, fireworks.

Festival – 9:00 am

Fireworks, Port of Redwood City – 9:30 pm

Bike, Car, Train

All this week, any form of exercise (like biking) is dangerous for your lungs. Yesterday a garbage truck flies over the center divider and crashes into a truck carrying coffins on 880 near San Leandro. Both drivers killed and 880 closed for 10 hours. This morning, BART 12th street station is shut down due to a bomb threat with bomb dogs and the bomb squad being called in (turned out to be a false alarm.) 

Commuting is getting more dangerous every day.

World’s Going to Hell

We went to Oregon last weekend. On the way up, we saw the lightning storm and on the way back we had to drive through the fire. Could barely see what was ahead of us, the visibility was so poor.We have a filter going on inside our apartment and keep all the windows closed. If I spend too much time outside, I start coughing and my eyes get really itchy. According to some of the news reports I’ve been hearing on the radio, I’m not the only one. Heard that there was going to be more dry lightning storms over the next few days so be prepared! Oh, and the lake at Mount Shasta is drying out. It’s such a depressing sight. 

Remembering Frontier Village Picnic

Frontier VillageRemembering Frontier Village has gathered at its old site, now Edenvale Park, to reminisce about the amusement park with a summer picnic the past seven years. This year’s picnic is this Saturday, June 28 beginning at 11:00 am.

There will be booths set up with various memorabilia, past employees will be on hand to reminisce, the Frontier Village gun fighters re-enact their old gun fighting show, a guided tour of the park pointing out where all the old attractions once stood, along with other activities.

Scheduled for this year’s picnic are four of the original Antique Autos; one of them will be available for free rides.

There are plenty of tables, chairs, and barbeque grills.

Remembering Frontier Village Picnic
Edenvale Park
200 Edenvale Avenue, San Jose

Saturday, June 28
Beginning 11:00 am

Admission: Free
Parking: Free

For more information check here.

Next picnic: Saturday, June 27, 2009

Jazz on the Plazz

JazzThe Sixth Annual Jazz on the Plazz is a midweek concert series featuring local, national, and world-renowned jazz artists.

Beginning this Wednesday, June 25 and every Wednesday through August 27, this free concert is presented at the Los Gatos Town Plaza, located at the intersection of W. Main Street and N. Santa Cruz Avenue.

The series kicks off with a performance by Claire Martin, an acclaimed jazz vocalist from England. She recently released her 12th album, He Never Mentioned Love. Check the Jazz on the Plazz website for a schedule of upcoming artists in the series.

Pack a picnic dinner (you may also bring beer or wine) and bring lawn chairs, blankets, and/or folding tables. Get there early to park nearby and to get a good place to sit. Parking is available in the area.

For more information, including artist profiles, schedule, seating and alcohol policies, check here.

Los Gatos Town Plaza
W. Main Street and N. Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos

Wednesdays through August 27
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Admission: Free

9-1-1 for Kids

9-1-1 for Kids9-1-1 for Kids is a website packed with information covering emergencies and calling 9-1-1. The information is directed towards children but has many helpful and useful tips for teens, adults, and seniors.

Information on the site includes what 9-1-1 is all about, how to dial 9-1-1 from landlines, pay phones, and wireless, and what to say when reaching the dispatcher. I think what to say to the 9-1-1 dispatcher is crucial; in many emergencies time is of the utmost importance.

The site includes how to prepare and what to do in emergencies like fire, earthquakes, and floods. A downloadable document also includes this information, along with a printable page in which you may include contact phone numbers that your child can give the 9-1-1 dispatcher or can dial for assistance. Download the document Teaching Kids About Emergencies here. (PDF)

There is a fun video for kids to watch on the site, The Great 9-1-1 Adventure, teaching them the proper use of 9-1-1.

There are very helpful 9-1-1 tips on the site, including “Do not hang up on an accidental 9-1-1 call. Inform the dispatcher that the call was an accident before you hang up.”

Your child may have been presented with this information at school; however, reinforcing the importance of what to do in an emergency may be helpful when a child is placed in a stressful situation.

9-1-1 for Kids is through the collaborative efforts of the San Jose Police Department, the California chapter of the National Emergency Numbers Association (CalNENA), the State of California 9-1-1 Program Office, the Texas State 9-1-1 Commission, corporate and individual donors, and children’s entertainment professionals.

9-1-1 for Kids Website

Another HOT one in San Jose

San Jose Weather - June 21, 2008It’s going to be another hot one in San Jose!

Keep an eye out on pets and the elderly. If you’re going to do any outdoor activities, be sure to stay hydrated and if doing lots of physical activity, keep those electrolytes in balance with a sports drink.

If ever, especially at 103 degrees F, you start feeling chills — that’s a really bad thing. It means you are dehydrated. Stop whatever you’re doing and evaluate whether you should continue. I’ve been there on long bike rides and it’s a bad place to be. Be sure to drink before you’re thirsty — if you’re thirsty, it’s too late.

Personally, I think the best activities for weather like this is to check out a museum or two :) The South Bay has some great ones, to name a few:

This is all, of course, an excuse to beat the heat.

Pro-Am Beach Soccer Championship

SoccerIt is going to be another hot weekend. Time to head for the beach. This weekend there will be more than just hanging out at the Boardwalk for entertainment. There is the Pro-Am Beach Soccer Championship Saturday and Sunday in Santa Cruz.

Wait a minute; soccer on the beach? The ball will just sit there stuck in the sand! Nope, the ball is kept in the air and not dribbled on the sand. The “field” is much small than a regular soccer grass field and there are five players per team.

Next thing you know there will be sand fields popping up everywhere; in backyards, at work, and in parks.

Pro-Am Beach Soccer Championship
Main beach below the Boardwalk and Seabright Beach, Santa Cruz

Saturday and Sunday, June 21 – 22
Beginning 8:00 am

Schedule, field map, parking, and more information here.

June 19 is Free Transit Day

Transit LRThis Thursday, June 19, transit will be free all day on Bay Area bus and light rail systems, and until 12 noon on BART, trains, and ferries. The region’s 30 transit systems including BART, Caltrain, the ACE train, Dumbarton Express, SamTrans, along with VTA light rail and buses will participate.

This is the last free ride since “Spare the Air” day began in 2004. Last summer there were two “Spare the Air” days that cost $4.6 million. With a lack of federal funding the two government agencies, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, have determined that the money could be better spent in long-term projects other than reducing emissions for only a few days.

“Spare the Air “ will become “Spare the Air Every Day” and will urge the public to reduce energy use every day.

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)


Google Transit

Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Canceling the San Jose Mercury News

Sorry Mercury News but it’s time to turn you loose. Your content has been suffering and it seems as if your bill shows up in my mail almost as fast as a little red Netflix mailer. Now you have the nerve to want $8.00 more. You need $28.00 for the seven day subscription? I can’t go on. It’s over.

But then with this mornings Gmail, you try to tempt me back. For only $39.00, if I act fast enough, I can sign up for 26-Edition weeks of the Mercury News in digital form. OK, I might give you one more chance.

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