Archive for May, 2014

Santa Cruz Longboard Surf Contest

Longboarders from across California take over Steamer Lane each Memorial Day weekend, as nearly 200 contestants compete for top honors in divisions from youngsters to surfing legends 70 years of age and over.

The competition May 24-25 begins at 7 a.m. Saturday with heats running through 5 p.m.

Spectators are invited to watch the surfing and enjoy commentary, music, refreshments, T-shirts and raffle drawings.  The awards ceremony follows the last heat Sunday. You need not be present to win at the raffle, but you must be able to pick up your prizes in Santa Cruz. Raffle drawings go on throughout the weekend.

The Santa Cruz Longboard Surf Contest is the longest-running longboard surf contest on the West Coast.

Santa Cruz Longboard Surf Contest
West Cliff Drive & Pelton Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Saturday, May 24, 2014 | 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 25, 2014 | 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free to watch from the shore

Monster Black Holes

Astronomer Chung-Pei Ma, PhD, of UC Berkeley, will discuss Monster Black Holes: What Lurks at the Centers of Galaxies, a free, illustrated, non-technical lecture, Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. The public is invited. Seating is first come, first served.

Black holes can grow to monstrous size, swallowing the mass of millions or billions of suns. Dr. Ma will describe recent discoveries of record-breaking black holes, each with a mass of 10 billion times the mass of the Sun. New evidence shows that these objects could be the dormant remnants of powerful “quasars” that existed in the young universe.

A cosmologist and astrophysicist, Dr. Ma’s research interests include the origin and large-scale structure of the universe, the formation and development of galaxies, and the growth of giant black holes. Her specialty areas include: theoretical cosmology; dark matter and energy; galaxy and structure formation; black holes; gravitational lensing; cosmic microwave background.


Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the Smithwick Theater. 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) 949-7888

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
7:00 pm

Admission: free
Parking: $3.00

Tinkerers and Crafters-Get to Maker Faire Sunday!

Maker Faire is back at the San Mateo Event Center May 17, 18 and well worth taking some time away from watching the grass grow in the back yard!

What is Maker Faire you ask? It’s actually hard to fully describe it. Sure, there are tons of do-it-yourself robot competitions, workshops and kits and 3-d printers galore, but this isn’t strictly a faire for geeks and techies. Basically it’s a place for all ages, kids and adults to go and learn about everything from crafting and up-cycling, creating art from recycled materials and a lot of ingenuity and electronics of all kinds. Where else can you learn to make a tub of grass play music?

I spent the better part of the day there on Saturday and I saw:

  • A dramatic dragon sculpture you can ride
  • A fire breathing Pegasus on wheels
  • A race of up-cycled kids toy cars
  • Crafting from making tie-dyed t-shirts to jewelry, scrapbooking,  knitting and tapigami.
  • Robot wars
  • A number of flying drones, one even had a facial recognition scanner (scary!)
  • Do it yourself kits to build computers, robots and 3-d printers
  • Kids creating their own rockets, computers and making music
  • Kids and adults alike playing like kids in a candy store.

There is so much to do here plan to spend some time. Many of the exhibits are hands on. You can really play with the toys and learn.

Getting there
I highly recommend taking Caltrain to the Hillsdale station. From there it’s a short walk to Maker Faire. If you absolutely must drive I saw lots of parking at the Caltrain lot, but anywhere else within a mile of the event is nearly impossible and the traffic was quite heavy coming in.

Tickets
Ticket prices vary, check Eventbrite for buying online. I also recommend getting your tickets in advance. You can then easily scan your phone at the entrance and skip the lines.

 

When and where?
Maker Faire is at the San Mateo Event Center Saturday May 17 10AM-8 PM and Sunday 10AM-6PM.

Maker Faire is brought to you by Maker Media.  Maker Media publishes MAKE magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.

 

Sunshine and Superheroes

Sunshine and Superheroes, Opens Saturday, May 23, explores the cultural impact of the nation’s largest comics convention, Comic-Con. The exhibition examines themes of gender in comics and changes in comic culture over the years.

The presentation includes vintage comic books, Comic-Con paraphernalia, superhero outfits, along with original student-produced videos and an interactive photo booth with costumes for visitors to try on.

Sunshine and Superheroes: San Diego Comic-Con
May 23, 2014 through May 31, 2015

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street
Oakland 94607
510-318-8400
888-OAKMUSE (625-6873) – Toll-free

Wednesday – Thursday, 11 am – 5 pm
Friday, 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday–Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Admission rates –
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$15 general
$10 seniors (ages 65+) and students, with current ID
$6 youth, ages 9 – 17
Free for children 8 and under and for OMCA Members.
Note: Admission is free the first Sunday of every month.

Enter the Museum parking garage entrance on Oak Street between 10th and 12th streets.
 Parking is $1/hour with Museum validation.
 Parking without validation is $2.50/hour.
 Take your ticket to the Ticketing booth on Level 2 for validation.

Kristi Yamaguchi’s Reading Adventures


Kristi Yamaguchi’s second annual Reading Adventures at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo on Saturday May 17, 2014.

Joining Ms. Yamaguchi to read their favorite childhood books are celebrity authors and athletes including Bob Barner and Dave Keane.

Check out the zoo’s animal education exhibits and take part in the many literacy-themed stations.

Schedule —
11:00      Kristi Yamaguchi welcome & reading (book signing to follow)
12:00      Dave Keane illustration & reading presentation (book signing to follow)
12:45      Conservation Ambassadors Animal Show
1:30        San Francisco 49er’s Will Tukuafu
2:00        Bob Barner – Music and drawing presentation (book signing to follow)
3:00        entertainment – Disney Jr.’s Choo Choo Soul

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
1300 Senter Road
San Jose 95112
(408) 794-6400

Saturday, May 17, 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

General Admission (ages 2 – 69) — $12.95
General Admission for 70 years+ — $9.95
General Admission (ages 0 – 1) — FREE

REBOOT:Music Live at The Tech

REBOOTElectronic music fans are going to flock to the Tech next weekend for live performances from world class musicians staged amid the largest exhibition of interactive, collaborative digital music installations ever created.

Unleash your inner musician and immerse yourself in a new world of musical performances led by revolutionaries who are redefining the intersection of humans and machines.

Panel Discussion with the Artists moderated by ANI 

Interact and make your own music with:

  • 14 installations by renowned artists that allow you to collaborate and explore the boundaries of music making.
  • Red Hot and Sympathetic Resonance, two large-scale, electro-acoustic experiences bring a technological twist to familiar acoustic instruments.
  • The multi-player ConnecTable invites spontaneous jam sessions with friends and strangers alike – no rehearsal necessary!
  • The Space Palette puts futuristic soundscapes at participants’ fingertips – literally.
  • Stepping Tones’ immersive projection mapped environment lets participants create and visualize beats by hand.
  • The Laser Harp Alembic surrounds visitors with an orchestra of sounds, each just a pluck of the air away.

$15 Limited Presale Tickets HERE

RSVP to the Facebook Event HERE

Saturday, May 10th
7pm-1am
at The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 South Market St, San Jose

 

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Veggielution Farm Stand


Interested in locally grown produce? Check out Veggielution Farm Stand located at Emma Prusch Park, 647 S. King Rd in San Jose.

Veggielution claims their produce will always be sold at prices set lower than market rate for organic fruits and vegetables.

Summer Vegetables including:

  • Italian and Thai Basil
  • Green Beans
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet and Blue Corn
  • Slicing and Lemon Cucumber
  • Asian and Italian Eggplant
  • Muskmelon
  • Okra
  • Sweet and Hot Peppers
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatillos
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

Year-round Vegetables including:

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Cilantro
  • Collard Greens
  • Curly and Dino Kale
  • Garlic
  • Onion and Scallions
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Napa Cabbage

Veggielution is a small nonprofit farm operating for the community. To help sustain the farm they have a Farm Box program. Each week you go to a “market-style” pick-up at the Farm Stand where you will find bins labeled and filled with each type of vegetable. There are also pickup locations Tuesdays at Williams Street Park / Olinder School and The Studio Climbing Gym.

For more information about the Farm Stand and Farm Box program (408) 634-3276.


Veggielution Farm Stand
647 South King Road
San Jose, 95116
(408) 634-3276

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