Happy Thanksgiving

Dedication – New Almaden Mining Museum

Join the New Almaden Mining Museum for their dedication on November 13th from 10am to 3pm. The event is free, lunch and gifts will be available for purchase. Visit www.95120lifestyle.com for more information.

Harvest Festival

The Almaden Community Center is holding their fourth annual Harvest Festival. There will be food, a crafts fair, a pumpkin patch, story time and haunted houses. For more information, see http://www.sjlibrary.org/about/locations/almaden/events.htm

Underage Drinking and Driving Community Forum in Almaden Valley

Leland High School, in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s Traffic Safe Communities Network, will be holding a community forum in Almaden Valley to discuss a number of topics and issues related to teen drinking and driving.

The event is for students, parents, and interested members of the community. The forum will include presentations by representatives of medical response teams, police officers, the District Attorney’s office, and counseling services. A major component of the forum will be a question and answer segment.

Motor vehicle crashes are the major cause of injuries and deaths for teens, and alcohol is one of the primary causes for the collisions. This community forum was organized in response to the recent fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on September 21, 2010, involving two 2010 Leland High School graduates.

The forum is at Leland High School on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, at 7pm.

First Annual Broomstick Ball

Silicon Valley Cares, a non-profit organization dedicated to benefiting local charitable organizations, is holding their First Annual Broomstick Ball on Saturday, October 16, 2010. Costumes are encouraged for this night of music, dancing and food. For additional information visit www.siliconvalleycares.com

Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival

Well, today is the day for annual Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival.  If you have never been, you really need to go.  Local artists.  Great food.  Entertainment for adults and kids.  Something for everybody.   For more information:   http://www.almadenwine.com/

Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival

Impressionism Exhibits – De Young Museum, San Francisco


My husband and I went to see the “The Birth of Impressionism – Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay” exhibit at the De Young Museum over Labor Day weekend.  What a treat!   The Musee d’Orsay in Paris is closed for renovations and they have sent their art collections travelling around the world.   In addition to Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Degas, there were several less famous artists.  Whistler’s Mother was even there.  My favorite was  “Les Barques, régates à Argenteuil” by Claude Monet, 1874.  (see photo to left)

If you missed this exhibt, don’t worry.  You can see still see “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay”.   It starts September 25 and goes through January 18, 2011.  For more information, go to: http://deyoung.famsf.org/.

TurningWheels for Kids Fundraiser at UNWINED Wine Bar & Shop

Turning Wheels for KidsTurningWheels for Kids is a local non-profit organization that provides new, sturdy, and safe bikes and helmets to local children who would otherwise not have their own.

A bike is a rite of passage for a child. Beyond the fun and smiles, a bike provides many benefits such as the lifelong habits of exercise and outdoor activity. TurningWheels for Kids has distributed over 8,000 bikes since 2003, and plans on hitting its annual goal again in 2010.

The TurningWheels fundraiser event is $40 per person, which includes some great wine, food, and desert from local chef Ivan Barnes.

The event is at UNWINED on Sunday, June 6 from 4-7pm. Walk-ins are welcome. The bar and shop will be open for regular business during this event.

Attend the Almaden Business Association June 2010 Mixer

Almaden Business Association LogoAttend the Almaden Business Association mixer and network with other local businesses. Meet prospective partners, customers, and colleagues in an informal atmosphere.

Almaden Business Association members help each other market and grow their businesses, advocate solutions to issues impacting local businesses, and support community service programs in their neighborhoods.

The mixer event is at 300 San Jose on Thursday, June 3, 2010 from 5:30-7:30pm.

CreaTV San Jose’s 2010 Party – “A Taste of Things to Come”

[post card: a taste of things to come] CreaTV San Jose, a non-profit, public benefit corporation serving the City of San Jose, invites you to attend its 2nd Annual May Party – A Taste of Things to Come.

This is an evening that will tickle your taste buds and whet your appetite for exciting things to come to CreaTV San Jose.

The party will feature award‐winning local wines, scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, decadent chocolate, inspired music, great company and a few surprises.

All proceeds for this event will help support CreaTV San Jose’s mission is to inspire, educate, and connect San Jose communities, using media to foster civic and social engagement.

The party is at Sonoma Chicken Coop in Almaden Valley on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 from 5:30 to 8:00pm. The price is $25 per person in advance, and $35 per person at the door. You can purchase tickets online.