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Fall & Winter 2011 Outdoor Activities at Santa Clara County Parks in Almaden Valley

Following are the Fall & Winter 2011 Outdoor Activities at Santa Clara County Parks located here in beautiful Almaden Valley, including Almaden Quicksilver County Park and Calero County Park.

You can also download the Santa Clara County Parks Fall & Winter 2011 PlayHere Guide.

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2011 Casa Grande Open House

photo: Casa GrandeCasa Grande & New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum are having its annual open house. This is a great opportunity to experience this National Historic Landmark.

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Martin-Fontana Parks Association Fundraiser – Help Save Our Park Trees!

Join your friends and neighbors and enjoy lunch or dinner at Amato Pizzeria this Wednesday August 10, 2011 anytime from 11am-10pm.

Fifteen percent (15%) of the proceeds will help the Martin-Fontana Parks Association buy shrubs and trees for the October 2011 phase of its park renewal plans.

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35th Annual / 2011 Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival

logo: Almaden Valley Art & Wine FestivalThe 35th Annual / 2011 Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival features something for everyone, so bring your family and friends.

The festival features a wide variety artwork and hand-crafted items from local artists, wine and beer tasting, food booths, live music and entertainment, and children’s play area. Check out the festival booth map.

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Summer 2011 Outdoor Activities at Santa Clara County Parks in Almaden Valley

Santa Clara County ParksIf your family loves spending time together doing outdoor activities, then you’re going to love this one.

Following is the Summer 2011 Calendar of Outdoor Activities for Almaden Quicksilver County Park and Calero County Park. Both parks are conveniently located here in beautiful Almaden Valley.

The events include everything from history hikes, wildlife hikes, geocaching, moonlight paddles, bat sightings, and mining adventures.

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Deep Gulch History Hike in Almaden Quicksilver County Park

logo: almaden quicksilver county parkTake a walk back in time on this 2.5-mile strenuous but leisurely paced trek up the Deep Gulch Trail.

Stop along the way at areas of historical interest, and discover how this route was used back when the mining operation was active.

Almaden Quicksilver County Park encompasses 4,152 acres and is the site of over 135 years of mining history and former home to more than 1,800 miners and their families.

Remnants of the mining era also offer an exciting look into the mining operations of the latter part of the 19th century.

As an added bonus, during the early Spring the park offers one of the most spectacular wildflower displays in the region.

Meet at the Hacienda entrance of Almaden Quicksilver County Park on Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 10:00am – 12:00pm.

Reservations are required. Call the park office at 408-268-3883. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, snacks, and water.

View the Almaden Quicksilver County Park Historic Trail Guide.

Spring 2011 Wildflower Scavenger Hunt in Almaden Quicksilver County Park

photo: Wildflower Scavenger Hunt - Almaden Quicksilver

Photo by Jason Hollinger

New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association is holding its annual Wildflower Scavenger Hunt.

Join Docent Kitty Monahan and Friends of New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association as they take you on a wildflower scavenger hunt in beautiful Quicksilver Park.

This outdoor hunt for flowery delights will take you through various stations at Jacque Ridge along Wood Road Trail in Almaden Quicksilver Park.

The meeting location is at the Wood Road Trail parking lot. The event is Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 10am to 12pm.

The event is free. Registration is required. You can register online. For more information call 408-355-2240 or view the flier.

Learn the Art and Science of Professional Trail Work in Almaden Quicksilver Park

logo: Almaden Quicksilver ParkHelp the expert County Parks Trail Crew with new trail construction, tread work, and brushing.

Work along some of the most beautiful and pristine trails in Santa Clara Valley while learning the art and science of professional trail work. No special skills are required but the work may be moderately strenuous.

This volunteer work day will focus on brushing trails near the Mockingbird entrance of the Almaden Quicksilver Park. Tools, work gloves, and snacks will be provided. Please bring your own water bottle, which we can refill for you.

The mission of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department is to provide, protect, and preserve regional park lands for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of current and future generations.

This event is at the Mockingbird entrance of Almaden Quicksilver County Park on Saturday, February 12, 2011, from 9:15am to 11:30am. RSVP online.

View the Almaden Quicksilver Historic Trail Guide.

2010 Pioneer Day & Casa Grande Re-Opening in New Almaden

Bring the whole family for a day of fun at Pioneer Day in New Almaden. Enjoy food, games, history, and speeches from officials.

The event will also celebrate the grand re-opening of the newly renovated Casa Granda, an historical landmark built in 1854, and now home to the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. The event is free. Lunch and gifts will be available for purchase.

Pioneer Day will be at the Casa Grande in New Almaden on Saturday, November 13, 2010, from 11am to 3pm. The event is being held by the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association.

Updated December 29, 2010: Photos of Casa Grande Reopening on November 13, 2010.