Archive for October, 2017

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

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

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

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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