Wings of History Air Museum Free Open House

Free admission to the Wings of History Air Museum on Saturday, May 20 from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. See various airplanes (including antique, modern and Warbirds), antique cars, antique farm equipment, steam engines and hot air balloons.

Free airplane rides for kids 8 years to 17 years old. Limited space, pre-register here (2017-05-20 South County).

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017
7:30 am to 3:30 pm (hot air balloons from 7:00 am)

Admission: Free

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Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day 2017

Free Häagen-Dazs kid size scoop of your favorite flavor in either a cup, sugar cone, or cake cone on Tuesday, May 9 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm; limit one kid scoop per guest.

Participating Häagen-Dazs Shops:

Häagen-Dazs Shop
Valley Fair Mall
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 2458
Santa Clara, 95050-6709
(408) 260-8882

Häagen-Dazs Shop
San Francisco Premium Outlets
2774 Livermore Outlets Drive
Livermore, 94551
(925) 243-9908

Häagen-Dazs Shop
Stoneridge Mall
1144 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton, 94588
(925) 468-0293

Häagen-Dazs Shop
Santa Rosa Plaza
1071 Santa Rosa Plaza
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 545-2722

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Jane’s Walk San Jose 2017

Walks are May 5-7 at various times.

“Jane’s Walks are free, locally organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighborhoods. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane’s Walk is more of a walking conversation. Leaders share their knowledge, but also encourage discussion and participation among the walkers.”

Walks include:

Illuminating Downtown — May 5, 8:00 PM, 1.5 Hours
The walk includes interacting with illuminated artworks.
Meet at the east side of the parking lot under the 87 underpass along Santa Clara. The walk will begin at 8pm.

Capitancillos California Native Plant Demonstration Garden — May 6, 10:00 AM, 1.5 Hours
A .6 mile walk along Capitancillos Drive in South San Jose viewing a demonstration garden of mostly California native, chaparral plants.
Meet at 1448 Oak Canyon Place, San Jose
RSVP required at: https://170605_janeswalk.eventbrite.com

A beginner’s guide to downtown San Jose — May 6, 2:00 PM, 1 Hour
A walk that starts at the Diridon Station, past the Shark Tank, and through downtown, to check out restaurants, bars, and other interestingl places.
Meet outside the train station near the car turnaround.

I Wish Downtown San Jose Had…
May 6, 10:00 AM, 1 Hour
May 6, 4:00 PM, 1 Hour
May 7, 1:00 PM, 1 Hour
Walk around downtown and discuss the opportunities, potential and future of what you wish downtown had.
Meet at the base of the San Pedro Square sign.


Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower 2017


On May 5 and 6 (peak), 2017 before dawn, is the Eta Aquariids meteor shower.

The Eta Aquariids meteor shower is debris from Halley’s Comet.

The best time to watch these meteors is in the early morning hours, before the beginning of morning twilight (see below).

Give yourself at least an hour of viewing time for watching as there will be lulls. Remember that it may take up to 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

Some meteors may fly in the dark hour before dawn for a few days before and after May 5/6.

May 4 — morning twilight: 4:31 AM
May 5 — morning twilight: 4:29 AM
May 6 — morning twilight: 4:28 AM
May 7 — morning twilight: 4:26 AM

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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History – Free Admission


Free admission to the Santa Cruz Museum on the first Friday of every month.
Museum exhibits focus on the natural history of the Santa Cruz region and the Monterey Bay.
Wildlife & Habitats — On display… Owls, Hawks, a Golden Eagle, Reptiles, Amphibians, Foxes, Coyotes, Bobcat, Mountain Lion, Jack Rabbits, Brush Rabbits, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, California Quail, Hummingbirds Song Birds, Nests, Calls, Squirrels, Raccoons, Skunks.
Geology of Santa Cruz — The Museum features fossilized bones of whales, dolphins and an entire sea cow skeleton.

Parking is available on Pilkington Avenue or in surrounding streets. From April-September you must get a free parking permit from inside the Museum to park on the museum-side of Pilkington Ave.
Public transit — Santa Cruz Metro.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
1305 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, 95062
831-420-6115

Free admission on the first Friday of every month.
Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm | Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm | closed Mondays.

 

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Record Store Day 2017

Saturday, April 22 is Record Store Day.

“This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records.”

The artists releasing special vinyls include Madonna, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, Willie Nelson, David Bowie, and others.

Participating Stores (Not all of the stores will choose to participate in all promotions, or carry all releases. Call store!):

Needle to the Groove
410 E Santa Clara St
San Jose, 95113
408-418-3151

Needle to the Groove
131 I Street
Fremont, 94536
510-371-8027

Needle to the Groove
3780 Peralta Blvd.
Fremont, 94536
510-574-0766

On The Corner Music
530 E. Campbell Ave
San Jose, 95008
408-871-0305

Streetlight Records
980 S. Bascom Ave.
San Jose, 95128
408-292-1404

Streetlight Records
939 S. Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz, 95060
831-421-9200

Rasputin Music and DVDs
1820 S. Bascom Ave.
Campbell, 95008
408-558-0781

Rasputin Music and DVDs
1939 W El Camino Real
Mountain View, 94040
650-965-8030

Rasputin Music and DVDs
15590 Hesperian Blvd.
San Lorenzo, 94580
510-276-8921

The Record Man
1322 El Camino Real
Redwood City, 94063
650-368-9065

Vinyl Solution Records
151 W. 25th Ave
San Mateo, 94403
650-571-0440

Metavinyl
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, 95060
831-466-9027

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Free Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s is thanking its customers for their support by offering a free scoop of ice cream Tuesday, April 4, 2017 between noon and 8:00 pm.
As we know about free offerings, the line will be long.

San Jose
115 East San Carlos
San Jose, 95112
408 275 8827

Find a participating Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop here

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Blossom Festival 2017

The Blossom Festival 2017 is March 18 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Saratoga Heritage Orchard and Civic Center area.

Antique cars, vintage motors, children’s crafts, craftspeople, and live music from the 30’ and 40’s calibrating the original Blossom Festival that debuted in 1900. Also, vintage farm vehicles, artists, along with prune and apricot tasting.

Saratoga Heritage Orchard
13650 Saratoga Ave
Saratoga, 95070

Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Admission: Free

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Spring Forward

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Spring forward this Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Clocks are set forward one hour at 2:00 a.m. Many people set their clocks Saturday before bed.
Check if you need to reset the computer, microwave, phone, digital camera and other devices.
Daylight Saving Time begins 2:00 a.m. on the Second Sunday in March and lasts until 2:00 a.m. on the First Sunday of November.

Pacific Daylight Time is 7 hours behind of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Offset: UTC -7 hours

Year Spring Forward Fall Back
2017 March 12 November 5
2018 March 11 November 4
2019 March 10 November 3
2020 March 8 November 1
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Bay Area Pet Expo 2017

The Bay Area Pet Expo at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds is Saturday and Sunday, March 11 &12.
Admission to this indoor event is free (Parking $8.00) and non-aggressive, well-behaved pets are welcome — all pets must be on a fixed lead or in a carrier with proof of appropriate vaccinations.
You will be required to sign a pet waiver at the entrance or you may fill your pet waiver form out in advance here (pdf).

The Expo features pet-friendly exhibitors, pet care tips, grooming, pet behavior & training, along with free nail trims, discounted vaccinations.
Don’t have a pet? Pets are available for adoption.

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
344 Tully Rd
San Jose, 95111

Admission: Free
Parking is $8

Saturday, March 11 — 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, March 12 — 11:00am to 4:00pm

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Free Pancake Day at IHOP

Tuesday, March 7 is National Pancake Day. Get a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes between 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at participating IHOP restaurants.

The pancakes are free, but consider at least a $5.00 donation to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (local: Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital). Extra good: make a $5 donation and receive a coupon good for $5 off your next visit.

National Pancake Day
IHOP Restaurants
Find your IHOP here

Tuesday, March 7, 2017!
Free pancakes 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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National Frozen Yogurt Day at Yogurtland

YogurtlandNational Frozen Yogurt Day is celebrated annually on February 6th.

Get a free yogurt and toppings in commemorative cup at Yogurtland Monday, February 6, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Find your Yogurtland location and check with them if they are participating. Yes, this should be easier.

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Free Lunar New Year Celebration

roosterA free Lunar New Year celebration at the San Jose Museum of Art Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

This family-friendly celebration honors the various Lunar New Year traditions including Vietnam, China, and Japan.

11 AM – 4:30 PM Hands-on art-making for all ages.
Design a noise-maker that mimics the sound of a rooster. Hey, it is The Year of the Rooster.
Create a paper lantern with a Lunar New Year-themed cutout design.

3:30 – 4:30 PM: Rising Phoenix Lion Dance Association will perform a traditional lion dance. The performance will take place in the City View Plaza. Located across Market Street from the Museum. In the event of rain, a demonstration will take place in the Museum’s First Floor, Lobby.

To skip the line, please register and print your tickets in advance.

San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market Street
San Jose, 95113
408.271.6840

Saturday, January 28, 2017
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Admission: Free (reservations recommended)
Parking: Park SJ

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TheatreWorks’ Crimes of the Heart: Sweet, Charming, Fantastic

Meg (Sarah Moser), gets a reaction from her sisters Lenny (Therese Plaehn) and Babe (Lizzie O'Hara). Photo: Kevin Berne

Meg (Sarah Moser), gets a reaction from her sisters Lenny (Therese Plaehn) and Babe (Lizzie O’Hara). Photo: Kevin Berne

I saw a show at Theatreworks last night that not only had me laughing, but completely kept my mind off politics for two and a half hours. The show is worth the price of admission just for that.

But aside from that. Crimes of the Heart is playing at the Mountain View Center of Performing Arts, and they have done a stupendous job. This is the story of three adult sisters who must come together at their Southern family home after one has been arrested for shooting her husband. The eldest sister is neurotic Lenny, turning 30 that very day and well on her way to coming an old maid. Middle sister Meg has come in from Hollywood where she claims she’s been making it big as a singer. And then the youngest, pretty Babe, who is insisting she shot her husband purely because she didn’t like “his stinkin’ looks”.

The sisters try to suss out exactly what happened between Babe and her husband with the help of young lawyer Barnette Lloyd (Joshua Marx). Mr. Lloyd has a little crush on Babe and also a lifelong vendetta against her husband. Cousin Chick (Laura Jane Bailey) pops in and out, and she has her own longstanding issues with the sisters. And then there’s Doc Porter (Timothy Redmond) whose heart had been crushed by Meg when they were young.

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Barnette Lloyd (Joshua Marx) acts as lawyer to Babe Botrelle (Lizzie O’Hara) who is out on bail. Photo: Kevin Berne

The show is sweet and it is charming. It walks up to the line of tragedy and then pulls back and has you in tears from laughing. The sisters are played by three incredible actors: Therese Plaehn (Lenny), Sarah Moser (Meg) and Lizzie O’Hara (Babe). The characters could easily veer into over-the-top portrayals, but these women hold tight and present amazingly real and tender yet hilarious performances. No matter what any sister has done, no matter what happens, you see and believe there is an unbreakable family bond of love between them.

There were a few other unsung stars of this show. Andrea Bechert is the Scenic Designer, and the Mississippi home where the play is set was just incredible in detail, and an unfathomable amount of work was put into it. Cathleen Edwards was the costume designer and did an excellent job of dressing every one of the characters according to the time (1974), place and status of each. And because the entire show was fantastic, much applause must be given to director Giovanna Sardelli.

We all need a break now and then. This weekend I really needed the happy escape from reality that I found at TheatreWorks. If you need a moment to take your mind off world events or life in general, I definitely recommend you see this show, and the amazing women who star in it.

Crimes of the Heart
TheatreWorks
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Through February 5

 

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