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

Mission Chamber Orchestra

The Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose is celebrating their 15th anniversary with an evening party including music, dancing, dining, an auction and a raffle. For more information, visit

Lifeways of the Ohlone Indians

The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy offers a wide variety of fascinating educational opportunities. On Wednesday, September 29th Santa Cruz District Archaeologist Mark Hylkema will be presenting a learning experience on the Lifeways of the Ohlone Indians, one of the tribes that inhabited our area. For more information and registration, see

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:

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: