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Winter 2011 Almaden Community Center Activity Guide – UPDATED 2022


San 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 – UPDATED 2022

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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. [EVENT IS CLOSED]

Magician Brian Scott’s Access to Oddities Show Coming to Almaden Valley – UPDATED 2022

photo: Magician Brian ScottAccess to Oddities is a hilarious and interactive one of a kind show. Magician Brian Scott combines magic, comedy, and pure fun that the whole family with enjoy.

Brian Scott has spent a lifetime being intrigued by the bizarre and strange world of magic, and has integrated into his show entertaining oddities from around the world. With these oddities, he creates an experience that allows the audience to not only see but also partake in these strange occurrences first-hand.

Brian Scott will have you laughing, scratching your head in wonder, and being just plain amazed. The show features baffling and comical magic, audience participation, and surprising mind-reading demonstrations that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief.

Brian Scott’s Access to Oddities will be entertaining you at the Almaden Community Center on Saturday, October 23, 2010, from 1:00-2:00pm. [EVENT IS CLOSED]

Pumpkin Picking and Art Activities in Almaden Valley

Photo by Caitlin Childs

Pumpkin Picking at the Park is a fun-filled day with activities for pre-schools and their parents to enjoy together. The morning starts with art activities at Almaden Community Center, followed by a guided tour of Emma Prusch Park.

At Emma Prusch Park you and your child will go on a wagon hay ride, get a close up look at different farm animals, and pick a pumpkin to take home with you. You are also welcome to bring lunch and have a picnic in the park.

The event is Wednesday, October 27, 2010, from 9am to 12:30pm. The price is $20 per child. Pre-registration is required. You can register online. Emma Prusch Park is located at 647 South Kind Road, San Jose, CA 95116.

2010 Pioneer Day & Casa Grande Re-Opening in New Almaden – UPDATED 2022

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. [EVENT IS CLOSED]

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

Almaden Community Center 2010 Halloween Party – UPDATED 2022

Image: Child Halloween DrawingA safe and fun Halloween party in Almaden Valley for kids ages 4-7. Children should go in costume. They will enjoy food, games, crafts, and stories.

The party is at the Almaden Community Center on Friday, October 29, 2010, from 5pm to 7pm. The price is $21 per child for San Jose residents, and $25 for non-residents. You can register your child online. [EVENT IS CLOSED]

Do you know of any other events or activities happening in Almaden Valley for Halloween? If so, we’d like to know. Send us an email, submit the form, or tell us about it in the comments to this post.

Junior Tennis Classes and Summer Camp at Almaden Country Club – UPDATED 2022


Sign your child up for Junior Tennis Classes or Junior Tennis Summer Camp. These programs are directed by USPTA / USPTR Tennis Pros, Nancy Ghantous and Coach Reggie. The programs emphasize tennis fundamentals and skills in a fun and positive learning environment.

Tennis classes and Summer camp are available for ten weeks, from June 7, 2010 through August 13, 2010. You can sign up for one week or as many weeks as you wish.

Tennis classes and Summer camp are available for children of all ages and skill levels. Lessons are at the Almaden Country Club. To learn more about the programs or to register your child, contact Nancy Ghantous, Head Tennis Pro, at 408-268-4240, ext. 51 or 408-644-6641.

Pee Wee
Ages 4 & 5
Daily M-F, 9:00-9:30am
Introduction to the game of tennis and development of hand-eye coordination.
Price: $10 / 30 min.

Ages 6 and up
Daily M-F, 9:00-10:00am
Emphasis on the basics, rules, and how to play. For beginning players.
Price: $15 / 1 hr.

Ages 8 and up
Daily M-Th, 5:00-6:30pm
Emphasis on stroke development, tactics, and match play. For intermediate players.
Price: $20 / 1.5 hr.

Ages 8 and up
Daily M-F, 4:00-5:00pm
Emphasis on stroke refinement, singles and doubles strategy, and tactics in match play situation.
Price: $15 / 1 hr.

Ages 12 and up
Friday only, 5:00-6:30pm
Singles and doubles strategy and tactics, match play, and overall development as a tournament player. For advanced players.
Price: $20 / 1.5 hr.

Tennis Camp
Daily M-Th, 9:00-11:00am
Price: $40 / 2 hrs.

Summer 2010 Art Camp at Lord of the Light Art Studio & Gallery in Almaden Valley – UPDATED 2022

[photo: lord of the light art studio & gallery] Lord of the Light Art Studio & Gallery teaches students the fundamentals of fine art. The studio has a unique curriculum that is designed to bring out and develop a student’s imagination and creativity.

The Summer Art Camp is a two-week, fun-filled learning experience that includes art history, color theory, origami, animation, and much more. Students also learn pencil drawing skills and how to use medias such as oil pastel, soft pastel, charcoal, and watercolor.

Summer Art Camp will help your child experience new freedom and give your child a new love for art. The camp is for kids in 1st – 7th grade.

The tuition is $260 per student, per session. Fifteen percent of all tuition collected for the 2010 Summer Art Camp will be donated to each of the San Jose Unified School District schools the students are attending.

You have three Summer Art Camp sessions to choose from:

Session 1: Animal Drawing, Animation & Self-Portrait
Dates: June 7-18, 2010, 1:00-2:30pm
Art History: Leonardo Da Vinci
Origami Art: Flower
Art Show: Friday, June 18, 2010, 1:00-2:30pm

Session 2: Horse Drawing, Animation & Still Life Art
Dates: July 5-16, 2010, 1:00-2:30pm
Art History: Georgia O’Keeffe
Origami Art: Balloon
Art Show: Friday, July 16, 2010, 1:00-2:30pm

Session 3: Flower Drawing, Animation & Abstract Art
Dates: August 2-13, 2010, 1:00-2:30pm
Art History: Georgia O’Keeffe
Origami Art: Balloon
Art Show: Friday, August 14, 2010, 1:00-2:30pm

You can register your child at the Lord of the Light Art Studio & Gallery located in the Old Almaden Plaza next to Sonoma Chicken Coop in Almaden Valley or call the studio at 408-997-3112. [EVENT IS CLOSED]

Old School Etiquette for Boys in Almaden Valley – UPDATED 2022

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Photo by Ariane Hunter

Good manners never go out of style! Raise a perfect gentlemen with Old School Etiquette for Boys. This class will help your son with his manners, appearance, and confidence at social gatherings.

Topics include good posture, public speaking, being a good sport, and table manners. The class ends with a dinner to practice all of the skills the boys have learned. This class is also a great refresher for returning students. The class is for boys ages 7-12.

The class meets six times at the Almaden Community Center on Wednesdays, April 28 – June 2, 2010, 3:45pm to 4:45pm. The price is $79 per boy. You can register your son online. [EVENT IS CLOSED]

Cheerleading Summer Camp – UPDATED 2022

[photo: cheerleader pom pom] Cheerleading Summer Camp participants learn everything from fundamental arm movements, kicks, jumps, and turns to flips, chants, routines, and proper warm-ups and stretching.

Campers perform a full cheer routine for parents, guardians, and friends on the last day of class. This camp is guaranteed to be a blast. Cheerleading Summer Camp is for boys and girls ages 6-11.

The price is $95 for the week. The camp is at the Almaden Community Center, June 28, 2010 through July 2, 2010, 9am – 12pm daily. You can sign up online. [EVENT IS CLOSED]

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