Archive for June, 2012

Lake Cunningham Skatepark – Top 10 Skateparks in the World!

Wanna know something cool? San Jose is home to one of the largest skateparks in the United States.

Wanna know something else that’s cool? A Red Bull UK blog post identified the Lake Cunningham Regional Skatepark as one of the 10 best in the world.

You should check out the competition. San Jose is in good company.

You can read all about it in a blog entry called  Girls, Girls, Girls: Juliet’s Top 10 Skateparks in the World on the Red Bull UK blog.

For more information about Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park, visit the official website.

Visit the official community activist website supporting the skate park at

Lake Cunningham Regional Skatepark
2305 S. White Road
San Jose, CA 95148

(408) 794-SKATe (7528)

The First Day of Summer (Summer Solstice) Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Here in San Jose, California summer means we will have nothing but bright sun shiny days.
A ride on the Farmers Airship Zeppelin would be an amazing way to enjoy our beautiful West Coast weather.

On October 28th, 2008 I was invited to go up in the Zeppelin. It was the most exciting experience!

Instrument Panel
Katharine Board – The only female Zeppelin pilot in the world.

Farmers Airship Zeppelin
Track the Ship – Current Location

Airship Ventures Gift Store

Zep Cam

New farm-fresh option for the valley

The San Jose area now has a new way to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables. My neighbor, Paige Bayer (the local organizer of the wildly successful Bakesale for Japan last year), launched an “online farmer’s market” called SV Local Market just a few weeks ago.

SV Local Market operates somewhat like a community supported agriculture (CSA) co-op, with different pre-selected baskets of fruits and vegetables available by subscription. But they also offer the option to select exactly the items you’re interested in. Choices include the basic fruits and vegetables as well as extras like “sweet treats”, jams and jellies, and loose leaf tea. All of the source farms appear to be located in the Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Juan Batista counties, and many are certified organic.

SV Local Market has 5 pick-up locations, two near downtown San Jose, two in south San Jose, and one each in Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara. Pick-ups are available on Wednesday afternoons.

House of Thunder Harley BBQ and Bubba Blackwell Show

The last time I was on a motorcycle was back in my high school days, and that was on my then boyfriends little Honda!

To me motorcycles are a naughty – wicked living on the edge thrill. I love the way they look and sound. I enjoy talking to the riders and snapping a photo… Ms. Valley Vixen on hers and Vince on his big red bike.

The FX hit drama “Sons of Anarchy” is teaming up with Harley-Davidson to make a custom SOA bike.

The award winning (2011 Silver Bar and Shield Award) House of Thunder Harley-Davidson store in Morgan Hill is hosting a BBQ this Saturday.
– talk to them about the SOA bike…

American Daredevil Bubba Blackwell will preform amazing stunts on Harleys! He will do two shows: 12:30 and 3:30 PM.

Also, enjoy the live bands and much more. The show is free but do bring a bit of cash for the BBQ

Where: House of Thunder Harley-Davidson
16175 Condit Road – Hwy101 and Tennant Ave. Morgan Hill.

When: Saturday, June 16

House of Thunder


San Jose Bike Party ~ The Legs Ride

Tonight “The Legs Ride” will start in the parking lot behind the Asian American Community Center.

When: June 15th at 8 PM

Where: Back lot at 2400 Moorpark Ave., San Jose.

If you don’t want to put on your leg revealing outfit and join the party it is always good to know their route.

Most of the riders try to be safe and courteous, but it can be a frustrating experience for auto traffic.

The Legs Ride – the route:

From behind VMC, down Moorpark, through Santana Row
Winchester to Forest
down Bascom to Union to 85.
then Samaritan to Bascom
up Union and through downtown Campbell
then Saratoga Ave to Payne to Winchester to Moorpark behind VMC

Route information and maps.

San Jose Bike Party their site.

Flag Day June 14th 1917

Is your flag up to commemorate the birth of the Stars and Stripes?

Mine is!

Here’s to the Red, White, and Blue.


PAC*SJ walking tours start in Alviso

The Preservation Action Council of San Jose (PAC*SJ) began a new series of walking tours of San Jose neighborhoods this morning in Alviso.

The Alviso tour, led by Sharon McCauley, highlighted the history of formerly-independent Alviso as the “gateway to San Jose” in the days before the railroad linked Santa Clara Valley communities with San Francisco and points beyond. Highlights included the South Bay Yacht Club (active since 1888) and the Bayside Canning Company, one of the areas first Chinese-American-owned businesses, and one of the largest canneries in the country in its time.

A real treat was a presentation by Claire Britton-Warren (pictured) on the disaster of the steamship Jenny Lind in 1853. A boiler explosion en route from San Francisco killed numerous passengers just as they prepared for dinner. Among the dead Charles White, namesake of today’s White Road, and Jacob Hoppe, an early newspaperman and promoter of Alviso and Santa Clara County.

Two more walking tours are planned. On Saturday, June 16, in the Historic Hensley District, near downtown; and on Saturday, June 23, in Japantown. The tours begin at 10 am and last 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Tickets are $15 per person, or $10 for PAC*SJ members, available from the PAC*SJ website.

Donut Nation is donut history

I just caught this video through a friend who’s a cousin of the director:

Director David Angel Rodriguez’s obsession with donuts showed itself earlier in his career when he one way or another inserted a donut into most of his paintings, photos, and other art projects. At one point he painted an entire gallery pink to transform it into a donut shop take-home box. Finally, he became such a donut expert that his friends convinced him to make this video. For many years, the only copy of the video was on a VHS tape in a random box, after he lost the original editing files during a move.

What I love most about the video is the footage from Lou’s Donuts, which was an institution on Santa Clara Street for many years (before my time in San Jose, though), until the landlord ignominiously bulldozed the building to build a Walgreen’s about 10 years ago. David got some of the footage from the owners of Lou’s, who used to show it in a back room devoted to World War II and donut memorabilia. Other footage was taken specially for the film at Lou’s, Krispy Kreme, and Queen’s Donuts, another local favorite.

Rodriguez is “between websites” at the moment, but is planning a new film project for the near future.

Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser coming to the SJ Rep!!

YouTube Interview with Mad Men\’s Vincent Kartheiser

PRx Digital talks to Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell) about his starring role in The Death of the Novel,” a new play by Jonathan Marc Feldman at the San Jose Repertory. As Kartheiser wraps up Mad Men Season 5 on AMC, he turns his attention to his role as Sebastian, a brilliant young novelist coping with great personal loss in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.

He goes into seclusion in his Manhattan apartment, refusing to write again. A mysterious and beautiful stranger intrudes, telling incredible stories of her own. Is she yet another fan of his work, or is she something else entirely? This play is about finding the tenacity to thrive in a dangerous, unpredictable world, and to create again.

In this interview Kartheiser talks about the energy and passion he brings to his roles, such as Pete Campbell in Mad Men. The production, directed by Rick Lombardo, runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 23, 2012 at the San Jose Repertory Theatre.

As always, Metblogs is looking forward to next season, and as great fans of Mad Men, this show in particular!  Click the link for the quick 2 minute interview with Vincent!  See you at the Rep in September!  And this month, and July, etc.  There is ALWAYS something great happening at the Rep.

SubZERO lets it all hang out

I had a fantastic time at the annual SubZERO art festival last night. The festival has been getting a lot of press in the Mercury, Metro, etc., calling it the best thing going in San Jose, the highlight of the year, San Jose’s best street festival, and so on, and it did not disappoint.

What seemed to attract the most attention were artists who made art of themselves:

Lots more photos after the break!

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