Canines of the County Talk Coming to Almaden Valley

photo: Coyote in Northern California

Photo by Franco Folini

If you’re a canine enthusiast, then this talk is for you. Learn about Santa Clara County’s wild canines, such as coyotes and foxes, in Canines of the County. See photos of canines in the wild and learn about their behavior.

This talk is presented by the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority. The Open Space Authority protects sensitive lands, preserves natural communities, and manages open space in ways that promote agriculture and compatible recreation.

Canines of the County is at the Almaden Library, in the Program Room, on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. The event is free. No registration required. Just show up and enjoy. Fun for all ages.

Almaden Valley Counseling Service’s Winter 2011 Effective Parenting Program

logo: almaden valley counseling serviceLearn how to really STEP up to the challenge of parenting. Join Almaden Valley Counseling Service’s seven-week effective parenting program.

The program is based on the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) model. Classes are for the parents of pre-school age, school age, and teenage children. You will learn how to:

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Nationally Recognized Author and Astronomer Speaking in Almaden Valley

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As a part of the Doris Dillon Author Series, author and astronomer, David Aguilar, will be giving a talk about the solar system and space science in Almaden Valley.

David is the author of 13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System and other space-themed nonfiction for elementary-school students.

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Papa Hugs Musical Performance Coming to Almaden Valley

logo: papa hugs productionsPapa Hugs is coming to Almaden Valley to share his original program of singing, dancing, and fun! Children and their families will laugh and sing along to the songs.

Papa Hugs, a.k.a. David Sharpe, will be accompanied by his Playtime Characters, including Wonder The Kangaroo, Scary Bug, Robbie the Robot, Fitness the Frog, and Stinky Beetle.

PapaHugs’ music is educational, interactive, upbeat, silly, and fun. It teaches children about relationships, health, our environment, and the world around us. PapaHugs songs are straight from the heart and welcome you with open arms.

The show is at Almaden Branch Library on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. The program is made possible by the Friends of the Almaden Library.

2010 Breakfast with Santa at Almaden Community Center

photo: Breakfast with Santa in Almaden

Photo by By Axel Bührmann

Attend the annual Breakfast with Santa event. The morning starts with a tasty breakfast for your entire family.

Children will then be able to participate in a variety seasonal arts and crafts, and take their creations home with them.

Santa will be making a special visit. Children can get a picture taken with Santa and receive a special gift. (Pictures will also be available for purchase.)

Breakfast with Santa is at Almaden Community Center on Saturday, December 11, 2010, from 9:30am to 12:00pm.

Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The price is $10 per person. Children one and half years of age or younger are free.

Yuletide Festivities at Casa Grande in New Almaden

Photo by Eco Dalla Luna.

Take a visit back in time for a real holiday treat at the newly renovated Casa Grande. Enjoy the afternoon with your family in a beautiful Victorian setting while learning about local history in the Quicksilver Mining Museum.

Sip hot spiced cider, munch on delicious cookies, and enjoy the holiday décor in this exquisite historic building. You can also purchase holiday gifts and local crafts from the unique gift shop.

At Casa Grande in New Almaden December 10, 2010 through January 2, 2011, from 12:00 to 4:00pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (except Christmas Day). For more information, call 408-323-1107.

Star Party and Heavenly Story Time in Almaden Valley

Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Join the San Jose Astronomical Association for Stories Under the Stars and Star Party.

From the stargazing station telescopes, see Jupiter, Ring Nebula, Great Global Cluster in Hercules, Coathanger, Albireo, and other show objects of the autumn sky.

The event is at the Almaden Library and Community Center on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, from 5:30-8:00pm. Story time starts at 5:30pm, followed by the star party at 6:00pm. For more information, call 408-808-3040.

Check out the star party etiquette and helpful tips. You can also subscribe to Ephemeris, San Jose Astronomical Association’s monthly newsletter.

Winter 2011 Almaden Community Center Activity Guide

photo: Almaden Community Center Activity GuideSan Jose Parks Recreation & Neighborhood Services has released its Citywide Activity Guide for Winter 2011. The guide includes all of the activities planned for the Almaden Community Center.

Almaden Valley residents have a variety of activities to choose from, including the following: arts and crafts, camps, dance, early childhood recreation, education and enrichment, health and fitness, music and theater, sports leagues and drop-ins, cooking, specialty programs, senior programs and events, and family events.

Registration begins Saturday, December 11, 2010. Programs and classes begin the week of January 18, 2011. Download the guide and register online.

View the most recent Almaden Community Center Activity Guide.

Mysterious Mountain Lions in Almaden Valley

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Photo by Doug Reynaud, Open Space Authority Technician

Did you know that mountain lions are the fourth largest cat in the world? An adult male may be more than eight feet long from nose to the end of his tail.

Join Teri Rogoway, Open Space Interpreter, from the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, for an evening of exploring these mysterious and incredible animals.

Learn what they eat and how they hunt, where and when you may spot one, and what to do if you encounter one while hiking.

The presentation is at the Almaden Library on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 6:30pm.

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.