Are you looking for something to do this weekend, as early as this tonight or tomorrow? No worries folks with P.K.’s Weekend Roundup on Examiner.com, not only will you find activities that include the latest and greatest, but reader favorites as well. We've compiled some of the hottest happenings from inland to the coast, from the exquisite to the slightly bizarre, from this weekend to the next and just a few days – and occasionally a few weeks out – so you can plan ahead. Can you believe “St. Valentine’s Day” is just a few days away? With it being in the middle of the week, it’s this weekend or the next to celebrate getaways so be sure to check out P.K.’s Valentine articles to make your day perfect (and be sure to check out all the other great Valentine-related articles on Examiner.com). From free business seminars that include tax and financial tips for 2013 to the theater and heart-pumping events, we have you covered for the day to honor love (and the one you love). For now, however, get ready for some magical heart-touching moments (no matter who’s by your side) and remember to give it your all, be safe and please, designate a sober driver if you decide to drink. Always make those memories count as they should always be cherishable, charitable and magnificently unforgettable. Ciao for now.
This weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Feb 8, 9, & 10, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
Niles – Niles is the place to be for Valentine’s weekend, whether shopping, antique shopping or just walking the town with a dear, sweet friend. The Niles romantic Valentine’s on the Rails Wine Tasting Train for St. Valentine’s Day is the perfect way to start your weekend off, and what better place to do that than in a quaint little town such as Niles? There is so much to do and so many great folks for such a small, hidden away gem of a town. There are plenty of excursion rides and other getaways so check out their website. For the Niles or Sunol train maps, as well as pricing, ticket and general information, visit the website.
February 8, 2013 – (event runs Feb. 9 through Feb. 24)
San Jose – Opera San José continues its 29th season and presents, “II trovatore” set in 15th Century Spain, with English supertitles performances are scheduled through Feb. 24 at the historic California Theatre located at 345 South First Street in downtown San Jose. Composer Giuseppe Verdi’s classic has it all: Personal vendetta, a doomed love triangle, and one gypsy’s lifelong obsession for revenge that creates a compelling and dramatic love story folks won’t want to miss. Everything you want in an opera: Vengeance, war, jealousy and passion – with an emotional heart-stopping score (just in time for Valentine’s Day).
Based on the play “El Trovador” (Te Troubadour) by Spanish playwright Antonio Garcia, this incredibly powerful opera score features breathtakingly beautiful arias and one of the most famous melodies ever written, the “Anvil Chorus.” This amazing opera was first performed in Rome in 1853 and with a total of 190 performances in the first three years, today it’s known as a staple in operatic repertoire worldwide. From Opera San Jose’s founding music director David Rohrbaugh (amazing, conducting more than 60 productions and more than 600 performances with Opera San Jose including company premieres such as “La rondine” “Falstaff” and “Werther”) – he also taught for 30 years at San Jose State University and co-directed the Opera Workshop with Opera San Jose General Manager Director, Irene Dalis. “II trovatore” also is with international stage direction by Brad Dalton (so very talented and amazing from credits such as “Faust” to “Anna Karenina” to “Madama Butterfly”) conducting in the United States and abroad. The Feb. 17 & 19 performances will be conducted by Andrew Whitfield, resident chorus master for Opera San Jose (also incredible, serving as assistant conductor for Opera San Jose for many performances including “The Pearl Fishers” and “Faust”). Visit Opera San Jose’s website for additional info, including tickets. Librettist: Salvadore Cammarano; conductor: /David Rohrbaugh; assistant conductor Andrew Whitfield – indeed an opera not to be missed!
Friday, February 8, 2013 – (book signing and champagne event)
Palo Alto – Champagne Regained at Vino Locale in Palo Alto located at 431 Kipling Street. The place where you can find the romance if you’re craving a romantic getaway. For a champagne region of France getaway, that is and meet local author Jacqueline Stewart, who will be signing her new book, “Champagne Regained” at Vino Locale. (Paired with Terra Savia’s award-winning 2011 Brut Rouge champagne, which means “wise earth” in Laticn and their sparkling rse is made form estate-grown organic grapes in Sanel Valley. This is an event you won’t want to miss. ($5 tasting fee waived with purchase.) Check out their website for other Valentine events at Vino Locale.
Friday, February 8, 2013 – (event runs through March 3, 2013)
San Jose – The Stage presents, “Red” winner of six 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Play, by John Logan (directed by Kenneth Kelleher) takes you into mind of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko; an up and close – and very personal portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability; this is a startling snapshot of a brilliant artist at the height of his fame. Intrigued? You should be – check it out through Feb. 15, 2013. Dates and times vary; tickets and information available via the website. (1 hour, 30 minutes.)
Coming in April: “The Threepenny Opera” (Die Dreigroschenoper) by Kurt Weill, composed by Bertolt Brecht and directed by Kenneth Kelleher with 20th Century musical theater rolling on unstoppably into the 21st with an absolute relevance in today’s world. Old-fashioned opera and operetta forms, incorporating a sharp political perspective and the sound of 1920s Berlin dance bands and cabaret. A musical-saga that is not only revolutionary but inspiring and extremely creative – a must-see as well (April 3 through April 12, 2013; 2 hours 45 minutes).
Friday, February 8, 2013
Campbell – The 18th Annual VIA Masquerade Ball to be held at Villa Ragusa in Campbell – event begins at 5:30 p.m. Shop for your mask at Gioia Company Italian Art & Products
Saturday, February 9, 2013 – (any day of the week)
Anywhere – Give the gift of life, or the gift that keeps on giving this Valentine’s Day by donating your blood to the Red Cross. If you have someone that would rather you donate than give them a gift (such as that person who “has everything”) – give them the gift of life by donating your blood to save a life. The life you save might be your own, or someone you love, and that is priceless.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
San Jose – “Learn the Tax Facts for 2013” and network with like-minded entrepreneurs with a real estate investment specialist and business expert, Linda McKnight. This month’s FREE class will be “2013 Tax Facts” Laws Workshop to be held at the Santa Teresa Library located at 290 International Circle in San Jose (zip code 95119) on Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost for this event is free. This monthly small business workshop provides valuable small business education and easy networking with like-minded entrepreneurs with February’s guest speaker to be Expert Payroll Consultant Maliya Castro of Prime Pay.
It’s a new year, which means changes to the tax laws; this amazing workshop folks can learn about the new tax laws are and how they affect you and your business in 2013. Guest speaker Castro brings 13 years of Operations and Sales Payroll experience with her as she shares the new tax laws that will affect small businesses. In addition to working directly with small business owners, Castro also regularly earns the trust of CPA’s, bankers, bookkeepers and a host of other colleagues as she assists and educates their clients. Castro has counseled countless small businesses in the Bay Area on their payroll situations, saving them time and money while increasing their efficiency in handling employee processes. Seminar highlights include: Learn the “new” tax facts for 2013; Identify the difference between an “employee” and a “1099 Independent Contractor”; and Workforce management tools and resources for supervising small business employees. Questions? Call 408-679-1288 or email Linda at email@example.com; folks can also visit Linda on LinkedIn, Facebook or YouTube. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards as this is an innovative way to learn, network and build your existing professional network. Last month's workshop: "Are you deflecting your wealth?" See the video attached to this article or click the video link.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Santa Clara – Yes, a Saturday’s market to offset the usual Sunday affair and this one in Santa Clara: The Santa Clara Farmer's Market is also a year-round event held in front (or back near the post office) at Franklin Square Mall in Santa Clara (at Jackson Street and Homestead Road), and happens to be quite the quaint little farmer’s market indeed – perfect for those Saturday shoppers who like to get it done and out of the way. From caramel corn to flowers and vegetables to fresh fruit you’re bound to find what you need (with many growers that are also at the Campbell’s Farmer’s Market); live entertainment, laughter, trades, goods and treats. Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
San Jose – Open your heart and help with the “Pajama and Book drive” for those little children in need. That’s right folks, those in need during “danger season” (the coldest season) that is upon us (as I’m sure we have all felt). So help these little ones out – and I’m sure all hearts will be touched. In the spirit of Heart Day, let’s give a little as we honor love around the world. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
San Jose – That’s right folks, the San Jose Sharks are back on with the next few SJ Sharks home games as follows: Feb. 9 against the Coyotes at 1 p.m.; Feb. 26 against Avalanche at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 28 against the Red Wings at 7:30 p.m.; March 2 against the Predators; and March 9 against Blues at 1 p.m. Other games listed (not home games) well into March and April will be listed on the Sharks game schedule on their website. Go Sharks!
Saturday, February 9, 2013
San Jose – The wonderful world of books is now hosting a “Book Sale” at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. library located at 150 E. San Fernando Street in San Jose. Sale to be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. Cost: Free to attend; $5 per bag of books collected (bags provided). Questions? Call 408-808-2681. Revenues to be donated back to the library (to benefit a variety of programs that benefit the community).
Sunday, February 10, 2013
San Jose – A Sunday is never complete without a free Japantown Farmer’s Market nearby to attend for the week’s groceries and good homemade cookin’ and downtown “Japantown” is hosting theirs every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at Jackson Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets. Call 408-298-4303 for additional information or just show up!
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Los Gatos – Festa Gioia Open House Valentine Celebration from noon to 8 p.m. located at 16395 Roseleaf Court in Los Gatos. Jewelry, ceramic heart glass plates, inlaid wood boxes, glass hearts, gift boxes and so much more. Lunch and shop Italian-style. For Limoncello Making or Venetian Mask Making classes, contact Kathy at 1-408-640-6628. A glass of wine, a cup of tea and Gioia Italian Art & Products; a formula for a relaxing evening when you shop online at Gioia. Hint: Print the Valentine postcard with this Weekend Roundup and bring with you to the Festa Gioia Open House Valentine celebration for a 15 percent discount on Gioia merchandise.
Sunday, February 10, 2013 – (event time: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Marin – The San Rafael Gem Faire with assorted jewelry, gems, crystals, silver, rocks, minerals and so much more at incredibly low prices. Event will be held at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall located at 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael; Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; with free hourly door prizes and drawings throughout the weekend. For additional information call 1-415-499-6800.
Sunday, February 10, 2013 – (event: Dare to Dream begins at the HP Pavilion Feb. 20)
San Jose – Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream will be at San Jose’s HP Pavilion with an all new ice skating production of Disney On Ice magic and merriment of three productions in one with “Tangled,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and Cinderella.” A class of world skater spectacular performers combine modern-day princesses and princes with humor, adventure, amazing talents and romance to bring to life more than stories filled with the modern-day fairytale that audiences will expect – from the variety of tales filled with charm and excitement such as Rapunzel, Flynn and everyone’s favorite fairy tale horse, Maximus who embark on an hilarious journey. Don’t miss this unforgettable fairytale-come-true with all sorts of beauty, sparkle and spirit on the ice when Disney On Ice presents “Dare to Dream” on Feb. 20 at the HP Pavilion. Tickets: FR $80, VIP $50, $27 and $20 with some opening night seats available for $15 (not premium seating). Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000; tickets to be subject to additional fees. (Also at the Oracle Theater in Oakland on Feb. 27.)
Sunday, February 10, 2013 – (event date: Feb. 9 – at your favorite winery)
San Carlos. – Wine tasting is a great way to spend an afternoon with an old friend – why not spend an afternoon going through a vineyard tour, or maybe tour one of the older wineries in the Bay Area with an old friend? Check out which winery will be hosting a Valentine’s Celebration, such as Domenico’s on February 9, with 9 vineyards pouring – includes a chocolate fountain (with each winery pairing a treat with their wine as an added treat). Domenico in San Carlos will host and provide the chocolate fountain; cost is only $10 for non-club members; and free for two guests for club members. Other wineries may be hosting an event so be sure to check with your favorite winery such as Odonata with an event on Feb. 16 (see Feb. 16 listing) in Santa Cruz or Lightheart in San Martin (if we know about it we’ll have it posted).
Sunday, February 10, 2013 – (event date: Feb. 23 & 24)
Santa Clara – Don’t miss the 72nd Annual Camellia Show in Santa Clara at the Community Center located at 969 Kiely Blvd. in Santa Clara. Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with over 70 exhibitors and 3000 bloom varieties, including miniature and dinner-plate size varieties. As a special bonus for this event, the Santa Clara Art Association will be participating with a horticultural-inspired Art Show with a variety of art on display at the Camellia Show. Don't miss this spectacular event co-sponsored by the Camellia Society of Santa Clara and Santa Clara Parks & Recreation. Admission is free. Entries are being accepted on the first day of the show (Feb. 23, from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.) from those who wish to submit their fabulous blooms from their garden; (Note: Camellia Soceity Members will be on hand to help identify and place entries). For detailed information, contact 1-408-615-3080. (P.K.’s Valentine Gift Hint: See P.K.’s Valentine’s spectacular unique gift ideas that include this spectacular show included in one of the gift ideas!)
Monday, February 11, 2013 – (Event: Monday through Wednesday)
San Jose – Dance the night away in downtown San Jose – and if you don’t know how, learn at one of these spectacular lounges that will teach you – bring a partner or meet one there. Learn at the Fairmont Lounge (located at 170 South Market Street in San Jose) on Fridays; or maybe on Monday’s at the Azucar Latin Bistro Mojito Bar and Lounge (located at 81 E. San Fernando Street in San Jose) on Monday’s – or maybe the Agenda Lounge (located at 399 South First Street in San Jose) or the Beso Club (located at 417 South First Street in San Jose) on Wednesday – downtown San Jose can teach you how to dance so you can hit the clubs in style and look like you know what you’re doing.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Santa Clara – The Santa Clara Library is located at 2635 Homestead Road in Santa Clara with “Storytime” for toddlers and families on the following dates and at the following times: Family time storytime – Feb. 5, from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Redwood Room at the Santa Clara City Library on Homestead Road. Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Family Storytime in the evenings, at 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.). Both storytimes to be held in the Redwood Room of the Santa Clara City Library located at 2635 Homestead Road in Santa Clara. Family storytimes, songs, fingerpains and longer storytimes are geared for children who are accustomed to storytime programs. For additional information, call 408-615-2916. Children of all ages invited for preschool storytime and family storytime; please be courteous and arrive early to find parking; space limited and doors close when room is at capacity or 15 minutes after program begins. Registration not required.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 – Superbowl XLVII – Congratulations to the incredible San Francisco 49ers for a great game played; and congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens for winning Superbowl XLVII! Also, don’t forget to stay tuned for the update on the wager placed by the two mayors in a recent game; also, check out P.K.’s update on that new stadium (“Update on the Santa Clara football stadium, new home of the San Francisco 49ers”) all of this and more only on Examiner.com
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 – (various events at the HP Pavilion)
San Jose – The HP Pavilion concerts with many great singers coming in 2013 with the famous “P!NK” due February 18, (tickets range from $174 to $2170); and in March is the incredible “Maroon 5” and “Owl City” coming on March 13, 2013; tickets range from $151 to $5875. And following that incredible show at the HP Pavilion is the beautiful and very talented “Rihanna” coming to the HP Pavilion on April 6, 2013; tickets range from $89 to $5367. The HP Pavilion is located at 525 W. Santa Clara Street in San Jose. Enjoy!
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
San Jose – A special Wednesday Farmer's Market in San Jose to catch up on your family shopping needs at the Cambrian Park Farmer’s Market San Jose held at the lot at Camden and Union Avenues in San Jose every Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. And don’t forget the camellia bush or plant, so you can enter the blooms in the Santa Clara Camellia Flower Show (see Feb. 23 & Feb. 24)
Thursday, February 14, 2013 –Valentine’s Day tour a unique way…
San Jose – Eco City Cycles takes you where you need to go, and they are the only pedi-cabs in San Jose! Drinking and don’t want to drive? Want to add a little romance for that first through umpteenth date? Looking for a tour of the city but don’t know what’s there? Can’t remember where you parked your car? Call Eco City Cycles and negotiate your own price.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Half Moon Bay – When was the last time you took your sweetheart to The Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay for “happy hour” for a “Chip Shot”? Or, maybe just for a hot coffee by the fire outside to listen to the ocean waves, or maybe indoors for some jazz music? Check this out! Whether you cozy up indoors or outdoors with a blanket the benefit is sitting next to your sweetheart and listening to the ocean or live entertainment – as if it matters when you are with the love of your life, right?
Thursday, February 14, 2013 – Happy St. Valentine’s Day!
Your City – Happy heart day to all of you; and to those looking for a movie to see, this one is for singles, couples or anyone looking to jumpstart a heart that needs to feel again. From the writers of “The Notebook” another love story from the heart where people just know some things are worth fighting for – “Safe Haven” opens on Valentine’s Day in a theater near you. Opens on Valentine’s Day at a theater near you.
Thursday, February 14, 2013 (Happy St. Valentine’s Day)
Those looking for a Disneyland adventure, it’s always a grand time for a weekend or week getaway – especially with St. Valentine’s just around the corner (ehem, gents – it’s always a grand time and a great romantic ‘fun’ getaway). Stay tuned for P.K.’s update on which Disneyland hotels, as well as which nearby hotels rate. Whether for the holidays, special occasions or anytime, Disneyland is your kind of place. Disneyland truly is the happiest place on earth with all its new attractions
Friday, February 15, 2013 – enlighten your soul and brighten your world with art and technology
San Jose – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is always a great afternoon visit, or schedule to go with your sweetheart or child on the weekend. Located at 560 South First in downtown San Jose and with a collection of amazing exhibits from very talented artists from all over the Bay Area, this is more than a gallery. Also, check out the “Make Art Here” area (more on the website). Open Saturdays, from Noon to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday. Visit their website or call 1-408-283-8155.
Santa Clara – The Triton Museum of Art is also another museum worth the visit and if you’re closer to Santa Clara, then maybe the Triton Museum might be on your list of museums to visit; located at 1505 Warburton Avenue at Don Avenue in Santa Clara. Showcasing all sorts of artwork from artists all over the Bay Area, with the recent (through Feb. 3) a statewide watercolor competition on exhibit; this is another museum worth spending an afternoon in. Parking is free. Visit their website or call 1-408-247-2136. Currently on exhibit: Karen Frey.
Massachusetts – “The Museum of Bad Art” because it is actually true, folks – everyone has an opinion, and the beauty of art truly sometimes is “in the eye of the beholder,” good, bad or indifferent. Check out this amazing art that very well could be the “worst” you’ve ever seen – and maybe not so bad – and then check out how the artists are doing now. Hey, we all have to start somewhere, right?
Santa Clara – Educate yourself and your children with the latest technology at The Intel Museum, the place where folks can "Journey through decades of Innovation." The Intel Museum truly is a place of wonder where technology is concerned, and where kids and adults alike can share the world of technology and a little tech knowledge. Discover the making of silicon chips or cruise the Intel Museum store for holiday gifts. Located at 2200 Mission College Blvd. in Santa Clara. Open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information or museum schedule, call 1-408-765-5053.
San Carlos – Carlos at the Hiller Aviation Museum located at 601 Skyway Road in San Carlos. This is not only a place where those interested in flight, exploration or flying – but children are always amazed by technology. Explore the wonderful world of aeronautics with your child, or what the heck, go by yourself. Call 1-650-654-0200 for additional information.
Anywhere – Art-o-mat – Truly fine art for an affordable price for collectors; smaller versions of the original artwork that artists create available in incredible, vintage cigarette machines renovated into art vending machines that are also pieces of art. Definitely one way to replace greeting cards and they are the same price! For just $5 people can own a piece of fine art and add to their collections; children can learn about fine art – there are simply no limitations when it comes to art.
San Jose – The San Jose Museum of Art is but another great place to hang and also a great place for the every third Thursday San Jose Made (SJMADE) and GoGo Craft (for just $5 after 5 p.m.) where a platform for local San Jose makers, labels, brands, small businesses and artists can showcase and sell current projects and goods. For one night only, SJMADE will gather a small group of independent makers in SJMA’s lobby for our SJMADE Mini Mart where folks can peruse the wares and then create a unique up-cycled cup cozy or t-shirt bracelet with the help of GoGo Craft, a mobile crafting workshop that provides exciting and accessible make-and-take projects for participants an all skill levels. Admission to SJMADE Mini Mart is free; admission to workshop and galleries is just $5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Santa Clara – The de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University is also another great museum to check out; located at 500 El Camino Real in Santa Clara. For additional information visit their website or call 1-408-554-4528. The de Saisset Museum exhibiting Ukranian-born and Oakland based artist Valentin Popov with his pop art that speaks to you through his sense of humor. Check out his art now through March 17, 2013 at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara.
Oakland – Free first Sunday of the month is “free” admission day at the Oakland Museum of California located at 100 Oak Street in Oakland. Visit the website for additional information on exhibits, new hours of operations and event info.
Sacramento – Art by Michelle Cordova – her amazing Apple Hill-themed art greeting cards and Delta Landscapes available on small, easy to hang canvas (such as for Art-o-mat) are now available at Trezhers Gift Shop located at 3214 Riverside Blvd. (across from Vic’s Ice Cream, closed Sun. & Mon.).
Los Angeles – Ki’i Boards Fine Art – Have you given up surfing and want to turn your surf board into fine art? Do you love the ocean and the theme and fine art and want to incorporate the two? The ideas are endless and so is the art by this extremely talented young lady – Tara Berger out of southern California
San Francisco – First Tuesday of every month comes the Conservatory of Flowers – a great place with a lot of incredibly beautiful flowers – no doubt as beautiful as you are, ladies. A great place to take a date gentleman, and a great place to take the kids – they have a good time, too. Current exhibits include Boomtown’s Barbary Coast’s Gold Rush Days through April 14, 2013. Check out the slide show photo of the San Francisco Conservatory, how beautiful just the architecture of the green house.
Friday & Saturday, February 15 & 16, 2013
Los Gatos – Are you looking for some of the best BBQ rub on the planet, or maybe you’re just crazy for good live entertainment on a weekend – whatever you're looking for be it Country & Western mood or just BBQ – with no shortage of BBQ fixin’s here, The Cats Restaurant and Tavern is a good-time for all. And don't forget for those not wanting to drive that one or two exits up Hwy. 880/17 from San Jose they can always catch a free shuttle offered by The Cats. Catch the shuttle from the parking lot across from the Toll House Inn in downtown Los Gatos (free shuttle every 25 minutes, from 5 p.m. until midnight; every Friday and Saturday). Savings Tip for Examiner readers: Co-owner Mark Thomas said for those who "Like" The Cats on Facebook, they can receive a free "Cowboy Chip Platter" appetizer. The Cats is located at 17533 Santa Cruz Highway in Los Gatos. Call 1-408-354-4020 for additional information.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Santa Cruz – In celebration of Valentine’s Day and the release of Odonata’s new “Rose Petit Syrah (a dessert syrah) with pairing of chocolate for this dessert syrah, join Odonata Wines at their new tasting room in Santa Cruz for an event you won’t want to miss. As Denis would say, “come taste the first hint of Spring,” and of course, he’d continue with, “And – the unveiling of a new vintage.” Event pricing: Save 10 percent off bottle and 15 percent off case pricing at event only.
Saturday, February 16, 2013 – (Check for adoption fee specials)
San Jose and Sunnyvale – Adopt-a-pet, save a furry little life and provide a “forever’ home for your family member for any occasion with the Humane Society of Silicon Valley’s because everyone knows that HSSV is the best place to get a pet, with some of your pet’s favorite toys, food and other pet accessories available at Petco Sunnyvale and San Jose locations (off Saratoga Avenue near Westgate).
The adoption benefits of going through Humane Society of Silicon Valley include everything from spay/neuter surgery to all vaccines and routine de-worming – the benefits are as priceless as the felines or pooches awaiting your smooches – and your time is equally priceless, so don’t forget to tell a friend and remember, if you can’t adopt get those volunteer hours in to help these little munchkins feel loved. Petco San Jose is located at 500 El Paseo de Saratoga Avenue in San Jose; 1-408-370-2732; and Petco Sunnyvale is located at 160 East El Camino Real in Sunnyvale; 1-408-720-1419. Choose a new pet who is looking for a “forever” home and thank you to everyone who has shown their support and for giving the past almost dozen animals we’ve shown a loving home – your support is much appreciated. These purring and furry animals needed you and you came through! Be sure to check out the photos of Jacq, Brandy and cats (Roulette and Brandy) who all need a forever home – are you their new parents?
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Campbell – Campbell Farmer’s Market – That’s right folks, Campbell’s Farmer’s Market is still one of the best Farmer’s Market’s around; attended by thousands so meet your old friends or heck, why not meet some new ones. Purchase some plants or pick out some fresh fruits and veggies and let the kids walk off some useless energy before heading home to do that book report; soak up some sun or a few drops of rain and let that good energy form beneath whatever sun you can find – just enjoy a little family time. Held on Sundays in downtown Campbell from 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; find everything from bread to soup to nuts-or whatever your needs for the week ahead, including live entertainment, taste-testing and shops open downtown – this is one market that just can’t be beat.
Sunday, February 17, 2013 – (every first and third Sunday through June 16)
San Jose – A singles country dance? You bet, and right here in San Jose. Or, maybe you’re just a little bit country but like to dance and are looking for something to do on a Sunday – so how about a Community Dance? The Bay Area Country Dance Society is hosting a dance with live music for couples, families and yes, even singles. Every first and third Sunday through June 16 there are quite a bit of happening singles events happening in San Jose. Check out their website; Events held at First Unitarian Church of San Jose located at 160 North Third Street in San Jose. bacds.org/newcomers.
Sunday, February 17, 2013 – (event: Through March 16)
Santa Clara – The Santa Clara Players presents “Harvey” February 17 through March 16, 2013 at the Triton Museum Hall Pavilion. The play surrounds wonderful and witty Elwood P. Dowd who has an imaginary friend – a six-foot imaginary “rabbit” who also happens to become the reason David is committed by his sister, although who, come to find out also starts to see for herself this “imaginary friend.” Oh my, only she starts to look like the “loony” tunes one do things start to make sense, or more crazy. And oh my how the story unfolds with all sorts of humor laced with mystery, intrigue and the never ending imaginations that run as wild as Harvey, the rabbit – at least until the truth comes out. This is one play you won’t want to miss – if you can handle it. Shows are March 22 and March 24; March 7 through March 10; and March 14 through March 16. Sunday matinee shows are at 2:30 p.m. The Triton Museum Hall Pavilion located at the Triton Museum (parking around to the side/back) located at 1511 Warburton Avenue in Santa Clara. 1-408-248-7993.
Sunday, February 17, 2013 – or any day of the week
Your home –anytime – Don't feel like going out? How about some tunes to get your heart pumping? Check out these latest releases:
P.K.’s music video fav’s and picks of the week:
–The Stragglyrs are a “rootsy” group who produce some of the best folk-rock and country rock music in the Bay Area playing somewhere near you with quality songs that are nothing short of superb, some with politically correct (or incorrect) – you choose!
–Doc Roc and the Disorderlies – That’s right, there is a cure for what ails you right here in the Bay Area with Doc Roc and the Disorderlies and, you get the hottest cover music in the nation or, maybe even some of their awesome originals. From good old-fashioned Rock & Roll, jazz and all sorts of mix of music and they play at all sorts of nonprofit so check out their schedule for the next show!
–Have you seen Justin Timberlake’s new release, “Suit & Tie” (set to outsell Sexyback)?
–Another great one by Bruno Mars “When I was Your Man” – it is a great song for that lost love of yours that got away… (guys, pay attention to the song – it’s NEVER too late to say you’re sorry or try to make things right); and of course, “Locked Out of Heaven” – another great one.
–Christina Perry “A Thousand Years” – from the movie, Twilight – their latest, where Edward "gets the girl." And, well, where us women realize that the one we love is worth fighting for, (as long as he fights back, that is). An absolutely great song; among the best – so do give it a listen.
–Why not make a list of your favorite songs for you and your sweetheart?
–Music video by the Queen of Country Music, Carrie Underwood, who sung this song, “Blown Away” with her amazing voice at the Billboard Music Awards 2012.
–P!nk is always in and it’s never complete without that one last kiss (isn't there a wine by that name in northern California?) …be sure to check out, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” by the extremely talented and beautiful P!NK. (Note: She will be at the HP Pavilion Feb. 18.)
Monday, February 18, 2013 – (any day of the week or weekend)
Since “living” and giving is the theme for 2013, how about a “live” moon-rise or glow, with the naming of a star for your sweetheart? Try witnessing a sunrise together – in your pajamas, partial birthday or bathing suit (just seeing if you are paying attention); webcammin’ is the “in” thing whether it be from the tops of Mt. Tam or beautiful Lake Tahoe. And we have it here for you:
Online – Name-a-Star with “Star-Namer” after your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day or any special occasion – starting at just $19.95 with all sorts of packages available.
Online – Register a star with “Online Star Register” for just $48.95 – either one will be a unique gift you won’t be able to resist for that special someone in your life.
Mount Hamilton – The hamcam at Mt. Hamilton is a great thing to check out anytime, from home or office – just to check out what’s going on in the sky from where you are
Mount Tamalpais – not only is this one place you’ll definitely want to go check out for a morning or afternoon hike if not for the beautiful view, the webcam is a neat thing, too
Mount Umunhum – There is also the famous Mount Umunhum live webcam, at the foothills of the valley (although not many know the name of the mountain – but it’s the one that everyone looks to when they want to see if there is any snow)
Lake Tahoe – The ever beautiful Lake Tahoe webcam is a must when it comes to live cams so naturally we included it; with a special inclusion toward the bottom of the same page of Heavenly and Yosemite, so enjoy!
Monday, February 18, 2013
Your home, with your sweetheart, televised – Just be a lounge lizard with your sweetheart, watch an old movie like “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “You’ve Got Mail.”
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
San Jose – Twirl beneath the lit palms of Downtown San Jose Ice, bring your own skates and get in for free – that’s right folks, on Tuesdays it’s BYOS “Bring Your Own Skates” night and admission is free night. Wednesday is college night (with college ID) and skate for $10 – and, the first 30 will receive a free coupon for a free donut at Psycho Donuts; now that’s a deal that can’t be beat. Also, Aloha Fridays – dress Hawaiian and skate for $10 (also register to win a Hawaiian getaway courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines and JW Marriotto Ihilani Resort. (See site for details.)
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Ben Lomond – Antique shopping mid-week? You bet, especially when it’s Towne & Country Antiques and Uniques where you can find all that amazing statuary, or that hard-to-find antique bedroom or dining set; or maybe that antique jewelry piece or maybe just that hard unique “find” you’ve been searching for. Ask the owner, she’ll know where to send you if she doesn’t have it – she’s that good. Just off Highway 9 on your right (head through Scotts Valley into Felton off Highway 880/17, when you get to Felton, turn right onto Hwy. 9 and go down a few miles and she’s on your right).
Friday, February 22, 2013
Fremont – Filoli Gardens is open again with the spectacular “Daffodil Day Dreams” beginning February 22 (through Feb. 24, 2013) – this is one event you won’t want to miss with the beautiful daffodils in bloom – more than a million of them, what a sight to see and can you imagine the photo op? With talks, tours and demonstrations as Filoli members, visitors and staff watch the flowering of the daffodils – an amazing event that many are looking forward to. The perfect post-Valentine’s Day gift (give them a voucher for a visit on Valentine’s Day, and then accompany them on Feb. 22, 23 or 24 for the time of their life). What a treat.
A few other events of interest might be on Wednesday, February 27 “Afternoon Tea” fundraiser event continues every fourth Wednesday of the month – see the site for further details. And also on Saturday, April 6, 2013 is “Spring Fling” with live music – bring the entire family for live entertainment Also, on May 9, 10 through May 12, 2013 is the “Filoli Flower Show” – with so many other events coming so stay tuned for additional events highlighted and more details to follow in P.K.’s articles. Filoli is located just 30 miles south of San Francisco and is one of the most loveliest gardens in the Bay Area, reminiscent of Disneyland for all its glory and splendor – a garden of delight you won’t want to miss; plan for an entire day to ensure a proper visit for a tour of the gardens (in fact, you may want to visit several times to see everything).
http://www.filoli.org/ Filoli is located at 86 Canada Road in Woodside.
A sneak peek into March:
Friday, March 1, 2013 (Event runs: (March 1 through March 3)
Santa Clara – From March 1 through March 3, 2013 this amazing group of women will put on the show of a lifetime featuring “Showtime” – another incredible presentation by the Santa Clara Women's League featuring "Showtime" with the production of “Doomstown Fractured Fairy Tales or Once Upon a Time” with this year’s production better than ever. This year’s melodrama features talents like never before, with curtain for Friday and Saturday’s Showtime beginning at 7 p.m.; with Sunday’s matinee viewing at 2:30 p.m. – this is one annual event folks will not want to miss. Sponsored by the Santa Clara Women’s League this event is a fundraiser for the Senior Center’s Health and Wellness programs – sponsor something worth sponsoring, and see the show of the season, and likely of the year! For additional information call 1-408-390-9544. Thank you for the information!
March 2, 2013 – (event: Cook and class)
Los Gatos – Cook with Gioia Lunch and Orangecello Liwuore located at 16395 Roseleaf ‘Court in Los Gatos; don’t miss this spectacular event. Reservations are required or this event; call 408-640-6628.
Friday, March 15, 2013 – (event runs March 15 through March 24)
Santa Clara – The Roberta Jones Youth Theatre presents “The Music Man” from March 15 through March 24, 2013 at the Mission City Center for the Performing Arts located at 3250 Monroe Street in Santa Clara. Tickets: $8 to $5 – this fantastic play is one you won’t want to miss. The Roberta Jones Youth Group will have two other Disney productions later in the season: Winnie the Pooh (June); and The Little Mermaid (July). However, in March, the “The Music Man” (based on the book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey) will be on center stage with their fantastic crew (and they are extremely talented, trust me) – with this play about an affectionate tribute to “Small town U.S.A.” of a bygone era, Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River city, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for “Marian” the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall (and you know what they say about love – it is the cure for what ails you – just in time for a following of one of the most romantic day’s of the year). Performance dates: March 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m.; March 17, 24 at 2 p.m.
And, a sneak peek into April:
Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, 2013
Half Moon Bay – The 23rd Annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show in Half Moon Bay so don’t miss this spectacular showcase of motorized mechanical marvels from throughout the 20th and 21st Centuries with more than 2,000 ultra-cool antique, vintage, classic, custom and exotic displays for public viewing. From hot rods and dragsters to sports cars and vintage war birds to 40s and 50s classis to the homebuilt aircraft tricked-out trucks and rides, kinetic art, rolling sculptures, extreme toys, mega-modified machines, military vehicles and even a display of the latest “green” technology vehicles. More on this in the weeks to come as there will be entertainment for the entire family with food, kids amusements, go-kart and truck rides, live music and so much more. Tickets: $20 for adults ($30 for 2-day pass); $20 ($15 for 2-day pass) for seniors 65+ and ages 11 to 17; kids 10 and under are free. Event to be held at the Half Moon Bay Airport located on Highway 1 about 5 miles north of Hwy. 92. Info line: 1-650-726-2328 and for additional info.
“Life’s question ought to be: “What makes you come alive?” – because what the world needs is more people who come alive and “live.” –Unknown (a revision of sorts from Harold Whitman’s quote)
Life is filled with all sorts of uncertainty, but with only two known certainties–uncertainty and unconditional love. Accept them, and embrace the second with vigor and then just live. –Unknown
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Stay tuned for more of the creative and behind-the-scene goodness as P.K. researches, unfolds and shares a little of that sweetness with everyone you know for what will be a spectacular year (and we all know it will be). And remember, support the arts, music and education as it feeds the brain and calms the soul; and as we strive to balance life by opening our hearts to new experiences by staying tuned to the Examiner.com you’ll be able to find even more ways to stay healthy, alternatively-wealthy and wise. Stay tuned for much more excitement to come in 2013.
Answer to last week’s Mystery Photo: Last week’s photo was of two cats, the question: What type of cats were they? Answer: “Cornish Rex” – and they are adorable, are they not? Little hair and perfect for those with allergies. Those looking to adopt a cat should check out HSSV’s adoption perks and specials in the Weekend Roundup and on HSSV’s site. This week’s Mystery Photo: A smile is worth a thousand of the sweetest words, and then some – sometimes even a sweet treat. I suppose that may have already given it away, but where does this “smile button” appear? Hint” It does exist in a “downtown” area somewhere in the Bay Area.
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