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Día de Los Muertos Celebration

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.

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
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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

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



JACK $20 ID#A992511

JACK $20 ID#A992511


Wings of History Air Museum Free Open House

Wings History Museum
Wings of History Air Museum free open house to the museum and displays Saturday May 14, 2016 from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Airplanes of all kinds, including antique, modern and Warbirds will be on display, along with antique farm equipment and steam engines.

Take a free ride on a tethered balloon between 7:00 am to 9:00 am, weather permitting, wind calm.

Kids get a free airplane ride for those 8 years to 17 years old —  limited space, pre-register.

There will be kids’ activities including model-making and a maze.

Breakfast (from 8am) and lunch (11:00am to 2:00pm) will be available for purchase.

Wings of History Museum
12777 Murphy Avenue, San Martin, 95046
(408) 683-2290

Jazz on the Wharf

Santa Cruz WharfSunday, April 24, 2016 enjoy jazz on the century old half-mile Santa Cruz Wharf. This free family-friendly event starts at 11:00 a.m. on the Wharf Stage.

The wharf has shopping, dining and recreation.

For adults, a variety of wines will be available for sale, proceeds benefit the Friends of Parks and Recreation.

Parking is available on the Santa Cruz Wharf — parking rates

Jazz on the Wharf
21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, 95060
(831) 420-5273

04/24/2016 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Admission: Free

Northern California Regional Botball Tournament

botballMiddle and high school aged students in the Bay Area pit their home-made autonomous robots (no remote controls allowed) against each other in the Northern California BotBall tournament Saturday, April 16, 2016. Students use science, engineering, technology, math, and writing skills to design, build, program and document robots in a hands-on project.

The robot’s actions are based on information from the sensors, combined with the computer program (C, C++, and Java) written by the students in advance. Botball robots are completely autonomous and rely on this computer programming to start, stop, and maneuver on the game board.

The free to watch tournament begins 10:00 am and is held at the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field.

Tournament Event Schedule:
• 8:00 am- Registration / Open Practice
• 10:00 am – Seeding Rounds Begin
• 1:00 pm – Lunch Break
• 5:30 pm – Awards Presentation Begins

Northern California Botball Tournament 2016
NASA Ames Research Center
N152 Conference Building, Moffett Field

Saturday, April 16, 2016
10:00 am
Admission: Free

Getting there — Go on the US 101 freeway to the Moffett Field exit, then:
Show your drivers license to the guard at the gate, and say you are attending the Botball Tournament in the NASA Conference Center, N152.
You can get a map at the visitor’s control, or just drive straight, down Clark Rd to just before the Shuttle model, turn right on Wescoat Rd, then in a couple blocks, turn right on McCord Ave, and in one block, stay right at the ‘Y’ (note sign to N152) to Dailey Rd for another block and you’ll see N152 on the right. The parking is on the left, across the street.

Lunar New Year Celebration at SJ Museum of Art

Lunar2016Saturday (February 13, 2016) from 11 AM to 5 PM is a free Lunar New Year Celebration at the San Jose Museum of Art.
Therebwill be live performances and hands-on art-making activities.

11 am to 4:30 pm: Artmaking:
– Shadow Puppets
– Not-so-Traditional Landscapes
– Zodiac Stickers
– Paper-Folding Coy Fish
11:30 am to 12:15 pm Megumi, Storyteller
12 to 4 pm Public Drop-In Tours
1:45 to 2:30 pm Megumi, Storyteller
3:30 to 4:30 pm Rising Phoenix Lion Dance

Free, reservations are highly recommended.

San Jose Museum of Art
110 S Market St, San Jose, 95110
(408) 271-6840

Shaping Sound proves they can dance!

photo courtesy Shaping Sound

Photo courtesy Shaping Sound

We had the pleasure of being invited to review the Shaping Sound show at the Flint Center last weekend. And seriously, what a show it was!! Along with a fully packed Flint Center and such a positive, excited energy from the entire crowd.

Shaping Sound, under the artistic direction of Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson, is an evocative collaboration by diverse artists who describe themselves as ‘visual musicians’, i.e. their dance gives shape and form to sound. If the names sound familiar it’s because the launch of their dance company was followed during the Oxygen show “All the Right Moves.” And the dancers and directors have been all over your television: “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing With the Stars,”, “Glee,” “American Idol,” “The Voice” and “The 2013 Prime Time Emmy Awards.”  Besides choreographer Travis Wall, and SYTYCD Season One winner Nick Lazzarini, you will likely also remember dancers Ricky Ubeda, Kathryn McCormick and Jaimie Goodwin from SYTYCD. Unfortunately Goodwin had been injured and was not able to dance on Sunday, so most of the dances focused around the beautiful McCormick.

The first act was a lively set of dances, many arranged in a speakeasy type setting, set to music such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. No music list was provided so I’m going off my memory and what this writer recognized. The first dance, called “Broken in Chaos,” used full company but there was one standout right away: Mountain View’s native son Nick Lazzarini.  Let me clarify, I never saw SYTYCD Season One, I have no idea who Lazzarini is. But my eyes couldn’t leave him in that first set, and then my guest turned and told me it was Nick. So I was legitimately impressed. The final set of the first act, “Rouge Lounge”, was a really high energy dance with the entire group that had the audience screaming for more.

But after intermission is when things got REAL good.

The first set in Act Two is set to Bohemian Rhapsody, and it was FANTASTIC.

The men of Bohemian Rhapsody dance "Escape from Reality"

The men of Bohemian Rhapsody dance “Escape from Reality”

All the men stood under spotlights and I wish I had dance language to tell you what was going on, but the loud music along with the fantastic lighting effects, and the dancers themselves had the crowd going WILD.  I LOVED it.  I wish I had a video of that dance, I’d play it over and over and over again. No one in the audience will forget that number. And Act Two just kept on with the entertainment and we were really impressed that most of the crew were dancing the entire time. Those dancers have a LOT of energy.

But my second favorite dance was almost at the end, “The Light”, and it was a duet with Ricky Ubeda and Travis Wall. Excuse me if duet is not the correct word, I really don’t know the dance language. It was a beautiful contemporary dance showing so much love and affection and tenderness, it brought a big smile to my face even up to the very last movement. Thank you for that one, Ricky & Travis.

I’m so sorry that there was only the one show in the Bay Area, so you will have to wait until the next tour to see it. But if you are a fan of SYTYCD, or of dance itself, or you just look forward to a couple hours of great entertainment, I recommend watching out for their next tour and then getting tickets early – the entire Flint Center was sold out!

Good luck to all the dancers on the rest of their tour, and get well soon to Jaimie Goodwin!

Tour Schedule
Nick Lazzarini on Instagram
Shaping Sound on Instagram
Shaping Sound on Facebook

Northern California Botball Tournament 2015

2015 Northern California Tournament this Saturday, April 18, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm at NASA Ames Research Center. FREE to watch.

The robot compete by performing various tasks which are judged for speed and accuracy: however, during the head-to-head competition, the robots can be programed to sabotage their competitors.

Event Schedule:
8:00 AM – Registration / Open Practice

10:00 AM – Seeding Rounds Begin

1:00 PM – Lunch Break

2:00 PM – Double Elimination Rounds Begin

5:30 PM – Awards Presentation Begins

NASA Ames Research Center, N152 Conference Building, Room 171
Moffett Field, CA 94035

April 18, 2015
from 10:00 am
FREE to watch

Event Directions:
Go on US 101 freeway to the Moffett Field exit, then:
Show your drivers license to the guard at the gate, and say you are attending the Botball Tournament in the NASA Conference Center, N152. Drive straight, down Clark Road to just before the Shuttle model, turn right on Wescoat Road, then in a couple blocks, turn right on McCord Ave, and in one block, stay right at the ‘Y’ (note sign to N152) to Dailey Road for another block and you’ll see N152 on the right. The parking is on the left, across the street.

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