Are you looking for something to do this weekend as early as this tonight or this weekend? No worries folks with P.K.’s Weekend Roundup on snaptwig.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 (sometimes a few weeks beyond so you can plan ahead). With spring in bloom there’s plenty to do whether you’re looking for Orangecello making class with Gioia on Saturday (registration required by noon Friday at latest, so hurry!). Or, maybe you’re looking to find your inner “Chi” or learn a few Zen techniques to better your life (ooh la la, do we have a few secrets for you this week!) or maybe a free business class on March 10 in San Jose with invaluable information. Just remember that no matter where you go or who you spend your time with, give it your all, be safe and please designate a sober driver if you hit the town and decide to drink. Always make those memories count as they should always be cherishable, charitable and magnificently unforgettable. Ciao for now.
Starting Thursday, February 28, 2013 (through this weekend, but RSVP required, or immediate deadlines!)
Thursday, February 28, 2013 – (event: March 2: RSVP for Orangecello and cooking class by today (or noon, Friday, at the latest!)
Los Gatos – Cook with Gioia and Valentina, a Lunch and Orangecello Liquor event located at 16395 Roseleaf Court in Los Gatos; don’t miss this spectacular event. Reservations are required for this event; so hurry, RSVP 1-408-640-6628. Oranges provided for Orangecello class (students need to bring their own decorative gift bottle, etc.); class $50 in advance; or $90 for both classes (great deal for both, learn new recipes by a famous chef!). Call for details. Guest Artist Valentina Cirasola who is an author and designer plus, you guessed it, the chef du jour for Saturday’s Class. She will be preparing recipes from her own recipe books so this is a special and exciting class not to be missed. Including the preparation of a four-course meal and the Orangecello if you join Gioia for the day. Oranges included for the Orangecello; students just need to bring their own 34 oz. Vodka (or Everclear 95 proof), 1 peeler, container with large mouth for combining alcohol and peels. (Fresh oranges provided); doesn’t this sound absolutely scrumptious? Last day to register is Thursday, February 28 (or Friday at noon, March 1, at the latest…so hurry, register ASAP! The cooking class is a mix of special recipes that include Leeks and Gorconzola Frittata, Fried Olives in Tomato Salsa and Pollo al Limone, Tiramisu; $50 per person or $90 for both classes (again, a great deal). We can’t wait! Email or call 1-408-640-6628 for RSVP by Friday, March 1, noon (limited number of students allowed so please RSVP early with number of students attending).
This weekend, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 1, 2 & 3, 2013
Friday, March 1, 2013
Your home (or anywhere) – It’s time to find Zen, your inner “Chi” and learn more about yourself – and learn some ZaZen, which is meditation, learning how to focus, become more sensitive to others, become more aware (re-sensitize all of your senses). And the best part is, according to Marc, is that YOU get to choose what you get to become sensitive “to” or about – thus, the finding of “your” inner self, your intuition will tell you what you need to work on, or become more focused on. From ZaZen to the utilization of all of your Zen tools in your Zen Tool Box, such as your “Intellect” – that will help you do better in business, relationships and everything in life – if you use all of your tools, and Zen helps you do that, you can live a much more fulfilling life.
Zen “enhances your ability to notice” according to Marc Isaac Potter; and how do you do that, you ask? (According to Marc, Mudra Zen is all you need to do – simply practice sitting meditation, which is just to “sit” – and you can learn to do this by watching Marc’s YouTube video on ZaZen (traditional meditation period is 45 minutes, but you can do whatever you’d like or can afford to begin with, even if three to five minutes – until you develop what is best for you). Like this and what you’ve learned? Visit Marc’s website; or, if interested in Marc’s online Zen Class, email Marc at: firstname.lastname@example.org (and in the subject line, write: “Zen Class Request”) so that he will know that you are interested in the online class. Stay tuned for more Zen in the coming weeks and how Zen can enhance your everyday life.
Friday, March 1, 2013 – (event: Dare to Dream through March 3)
San Jose – Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream will be at Oakland’s Oracle Arena 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” through March 3 at the Oracle. Tickets range between $92.50 and $27. Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000; tickets to be subject to additional fees.
Friday, March 1, 2013 – (event through March 3)
San Francisco – Looking for a leathered good time before the heat, or is that heat at the leather of a good time? Whatever it is, the Leather Alliance announces the “Leather Weekend” with various events throughout the city from the Contestant Meet & Greet to the Making the Connection Seminars to the 2012 Leather Community Awards to the Victory Beer Bust – all happening at various places throughout San Francisco; this event might even start with a SOMA bar crawl on Thursday, February 28, from 7 to 10 p.m. so check out all the details and events at the Leather Alliance website. Go get crazy!
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!
Friday, March 1, 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. Be sure to check out the NCRR train excursions, and afterwards, walk the town of Niles and do a little antique shopping. And no matter where you end up, you’re sure to have a good time. Visit the NCRR site for the Niles or Sunol train maps, as well as pricing, ticket and general information.
Friday, March 1, 2013 – (event runs through March 3; plus April preview)
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 March 3, 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. “The Threepenny Opera” is a musical-saga that is not only revolutionary but also inspiring and extremely creative; a must-see musical for all April 3 through April 12, 2013; 2 hours 45 minutes.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Your Town – Can’t decide what to do for that scholar going back to school? How about a “scholarship” or grant? We always talk about that “perfect” or “unique” gift that is personalized, memorable and usable. A scholarship is an investment in the future of the one you love be it a student, friend, sibling, child or friend so consider that as a unique gift the next time someone has a day to celebrate.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
El Cerrito – Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, a perfectly safe and great way to spend time with the family, and, it’s on dry land and indoors so it’s safe to say you’re good to go in any weather. And now there’s no excuse to spend time with the family; and per Kendra: Saturday & Sunday, March 2 & 3 is the Animation Cel-a-bration Weekend at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, where before Real 3-D and CGI, groups of dedicated craftsmen produced works of art with brush and pen on cels. Relive the magic of these animated classics and learn about the traditional techniques behind them. Animation artist and teacher Steve Segal (worked on animated masterpieces such as “Toy Story,” “A Bugs Life,” etc.) will be on hand to provide unique insight. Pay one price all day: Children age 14 & seniors, $10; adults $15. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays. Old-fashioned fun chock-full with over 30 pinball machines set on free play, penny arcade games and a carousel carnival (win prizes), miniature circus, magic shows and interactive displays honoring America’s bygone amusements. Also, March 9 & 10 check out Wizard of Oz Weekend, learn about the great and powerful Wizard of Oz with Dorothy and friends through the museum of bygone amusements. Hunt for the Scarecrow, Tin Man or Cowardly Lion and win prizes. One-price for all day fun. Grownup Game Night on March 12, and so much more; Playland-Not-at-the-beach is located at 10979 San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito. For additional info visit the site or call 1-510-592-3002. Remember, Playland-Not-at-the-beach is for ages three to 103 (or older, for that matter).
Saturday, March 2, 2013
San Jose – Right next door to Opera San José is the Caffé Frascati where the Opera San Jose company sometimes hangs out – and speaking of which, did you know that they sometimes have Opera Night? That’s right, folks, so check out which night suits you best from open mic to opera night to your night, or just come and hang with friends – at least until Opera San José’s next production as they continue their 29th season; next production coming real soon.
Saturday, March 2, 2013 – (event date: Through March 10)
San Jose – Did we mention the Cinequest Film Festival 23 (through March 10) in downtown San Jose? With a hot movie comes the spark of greatness, and with that comes the movie, “Sparks” that promises to delight superhero fans with an opportunity to see something they’ve never seen before – and then some. With two Hollywood’s rising stars, Chase Williamson and Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism); supported by award-winning actors Clancy Brown (Highlander, The Shawshank Redemption), Clint Howard (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Jake Busey (Starship Troopers) and William Katt (Carrie, The Greatest American Hero) – “Sparks” promises to surprise and entertain like no other movie. “Sparks” is due to release to the public March 1.
With great power comes great villains – a superhero thriller with a dark side filled with love, defeat, betrayal, evil, torment, self-doubt, heroism, charm, loyalty, and all that goes in a great action filled with twists and excitement – want more? Stay tuned for more with P.K.’s review of “Sparks” to follow in just a day or two.
Saturday, March 2, 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, March 2, 2013
San Jose – The Nederlander Concerts presents: Aaron Lewis on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the San Jose Civic. Hot off the heels of his first full-length solo release “The Road,” Aaron Lewis will make his San Jose Civic debut on Saturday, March 2. “Touring and connecting with the audience has a huge influence on my music,” says Lewis. “This new record was essentially written and recorded while I was out on the road and the songs really reflect all the emotions that come with that.” Price $25-$30. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.
Sunday, March 3, 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, March 3, 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, March 3, 2013 – (event: Through March 16)
Santa Clara – The Santa Clara Players presents “Harvey” 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. 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, March 3, 2013 – Notice of date change
Campbell – The Venetian Mask Making class in downtown Campbell at Carla Almanza-deQuant’s studio has been postponed to April. Details to follow in the coming weeks.
Monday, March 4, 2013 – Happy Tuesday Eve! P.K.’s message
Your city – Hello (just seeing if you’re paying attention) …Change your frame of mind, change your life; make your world a better place to be (not just for you, but for everyone else in it). Hint for a better Monday: Don’t ever dread another Monday again; start recognizing Mondays as “Tuesday Eve” and skip the whole “dreading Monday” thing. Not only can you change your whole frame of mind that Mondays are bad, but you can actually learn to look forward to them, (or any day of the week you dread) and whimsically get through the week without an awful day. Remember, subliminal messages can work if you give them life; and sometimes it really is all in perspective. Half the battle is in the attitude, if you choose to believe.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
San Jose – That’s right folks, the San Jose Sharks are back on with the next few SJ Sharks home games as follows: 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!
Tuesday, March 5, 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 – March 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.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
San Jose – Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE! Get the Sillies Out! on March 5 at 3:00 pm at the San Jose Civic. Winner of Billboard’s Creative Content Award, Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! has performed in front of countless fans across the U.S. and Canada over the past three years, and the new show “Get the Sillies Out!” is sure to be one you won’t want to miss. They have taken the fan favorites from the past two tours and combined them with some all-new music and other surprises that we can’t tell you about… yet. Price $24.50-61. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.
Wednesday, March 6, 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).
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Fremont – Filoli Gardens has an “Afternoon Tea” fundraiser event every fourth Wednesday of the month – see site for further details. Also on Saturday, April 6, 2013 is “Spring Fling” with live music – bring the entire family. Also, on May 9 &10 through May 12, 2013 will be the “Filoli Flower Show” – with so many other events coming so stay tuned for additional events highlighted. Filoli is located just 30 miles south of San Francisco; one of the loveliest gardens in the Bay Area, reminiscent of Disneyland for all its glory and splendor. Filoli is located at 86 Canada Road in Woodside.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – (event dates: March 13 & April 6)
San Jose – The HP Pavilion concerts are awesome with ice skating pros this weekend, and if you missed the Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream be sure to check out P.K.’s review on snaptwig.com or check out March 1 as it is at the Oracle through March 3). Also in March at the HP Pavilion is the incredible “Maroon 5” and “Owl City” appearing March 13; tickets range from $151 to $5875. And following that incredible show at the HP Pavilion is the beautiful and very talented “Rihanna” will also be at the HP Pavilion on April 6; tickets range from $89 to $5367. The HP Pavilion is located at 525 W. Santa Clara Street in San Jose. Enjoy and remember to exercise your theater etiquette!
Wednesday, March 6, 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, March 7, 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, March 7, 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 a hot cocoa by the fire listening to the ocean waves as the whispers of jazz music from inside can barely be heard? Whatever your desire, cozy up indoors or out 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, March 7, 2013
Santa Ana –Those looking for a Disneyland adventure, it’s always a grand time for a weekend or week getaway – especially whether for a new love, love of 30 years or a love that needs rekindling. The best part? You don’t need to make reservations way in advance. Call today. 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
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Your City, USA – Students all over the United States are being sought to submit their “Doodle 4 Google annual drawing” for the Doodle 4 contest. Children ages K-12 are invited, from all over the United States, to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign the Google Homepage logo for millions to see. That’s right, children, get creative and go to work – and what will you win? A lot of cool prizes, aside from the notoriety! This year’s theme, “My Best Day Ever…” – one talented student artist will see their artwork appear on the Google homepage, receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and a $50,000 technology grant for their school along with some other cool prizes! 22 days remaining so enter today! (Check out P.K.’s article on this for further details.)
Thursday, March 7, 2013 – enlighten your soul and brighten your world with art and technology
San Jose – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is always a great way to spend a weekday or weekend afternoon 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 & Monday. Visit their website or call 1-408-283-8155.
Santa Clara – The Triton Museum of Art is also another museum worth the visitlocated at 1505 Warburton Avenue at Don Avenue in Santa Clara. Showcasing all sorts of artwork from artists all over the Bay Area, Parking is free. Visit their website or call 1-408-247-2136.
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. This amazing art that very well could be the “worst” you’ve ever seen – or maybe the best of the worst and not so bad – and see how the artists are doing now. We all have to start somewhere, right?
Santa Clara – Educate yourself 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. 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 fine 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. 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. Check out the art on display now.
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.
Thursday, March 7, 2013 – or any day of the week
Your home –anytime – Don’t feel like going out? Check their Facebook pages out (and “Like” them) to get your heart (and their heart) pumping and to hear some new (and old) awesome tunes. 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 np event.
–Leona Lewis sings “Bleeding Love” is a great song for this time (or any time) of year.
–If you don’t know Lifehouse’s song, “Already Gone” you are missing out on one heck of an amazing song.
–Oh, and whether a Wallflower or if you just happen to like the group, check out their tune, “One Headlight” – another amazing song (and some of them aren’t bad looking, either).
–Have you heard Oasis’ hit, “Wonderwall”? An oldie but a goodie.
–Why not make a list of your favorite songs for you and your sweetheart?
–And let’s not forget “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers…for the lovely him or her that should be with you not them *wink*
–“I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons (long version, but the original, official music video)
–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? Oh yes, “One Last Kiss”) by Scott Harvey …one in every color, for every mood and taste *wink* …so whether you end up with a first kiss, last kiss or no kiss and a full bottle of wine between two (or just yourself) …just check out P!NK’s song, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” as it mixes well with just about anything.
Thursday, March 7, 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 and Roulette (and thanks to those who helped us find Brandy a home). Are you Jacq and Roulette’s new forever parents? (Check out last week’s slide show for their adorable photos.)
Friday, March 8, 2013 – (event date: Saturday, March 9, so plan ahead)
San Jose – Free business owner networking meeting sponsored by Real Estate Investment Expert Linda McKnight with this month’s networking meeting: “Hello…Here’s my card…Now what?!?!” – this exciting meeting business workshop is not only free, it will be filled with invaluable information, with a guest speaker who shares through humor and a wealth of experience and knowledge her brilliant tips, strategies and techniques for getting the most of your time and effort while in networking situations. The guest speaker,Master Neurolignuistics Programming Trainer, Danni Burton, is world-renowned with a Masters in Advanced Language Skills; she is also a Motivational Speaker, Business Mentor and an Internationally certified Graphologist. She originally worked in corporate Silicon Valley in HR and Marketing; however, in 1984 she founded her own consulting firm and since has founded the “Speak Easy Club” and “Small Business Showcase.” Highlights of the seminar include: The magic of rapport… building it, losing it and regaining it; how to find common ground with humor, metaphors & stories; following your fellow networker’s “communication breadcrumbs”; the memorable way to offer & receive a card; and choosing “Impressive” vs, “Ho Hum” card design and language. The Santa Teresa Library, located at 290 International Circle in San Jose has Free WiFi and plenty of electrical outlets so laptops are most welcome. Please bring your promotional material [flyers, brochures, biz cards, samples] and join us to learn AND network. This is a FREE Event and everyone is welcome! Feel free to forward to your friends! Next Month: Organizational Tools for Running Your Business – Like A Business! For additional information and questions, please call Linda at 1-408-679-1288.
Friday, March 8, 2013 – (event through March 10)
San Jose – The American Dance Awards will be held from March 8 through March 10 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Competing at American Dance Awards is all about opportunities. From cash scholarships to special awards, the priceless critiques offered by our highly respected panel of judges, and the chance to perform with some of the most talented dancers. The emphasis isn’t on winning but personal gain. ADA encourages the dancers to meet dancers from other studios. It’s about camaraderie, not the color of the ribbon. A great opportunity is “America’s Dancer of the Year” Competition. The quality and friendly service as well as a focus on education are what we are all about and those traits we look forward to continuing in the future. Times Vary.
Friday, March 8, 2013 – (event through March 17)
San Jose – “In the Heights” at the Montgomery Theater presented by CMT San Jose through March 17; this Best Original Score, high-energy show brings Tony-winning hip-hop dance moves to the stage through a contemporary Latin-flavored score; all the while telling a universal story of family, love and perseverance. This ground breaking musical is the show to see in San Jose this March.
Saturday, March 9, 2013 – (event also on March 10)
San Jose – ACS presents: San Jose Spring Home & Landscape Show on March 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center located at 150 West San Carlos Street in San Jose. The Home Show consistently attracts a large, qualified audience, ready to buy and eager to learn about the latest products and services for their homes. Our extensive experience with consumer shows enables us to deliver a highly qualified audience directly to your booth at each of our Home Shows. Open to the public; free to attend. Visit for additional information.
Saturday, March 10, 2013 – (time change)
Bay Area Examiner readers – Daylight Savings Time begins March 10 so be sure to “spring forward” to catch that extra hour of awesome daylight! And don’t forget, come fall, it’s “fall back” – but don’t worry, that won’t be until November 3, 2013 (but you can plan ahead and mark your calendars if you’d like). Remember, the time change occurs on a Saturday night/Sunday morning vs. the previous Sunday/Monday to ensure all is right with the working world, (no more excuses for being late, ha ha).
Friday & Saturday, March 16 & 17, 2013
San Jose – Also at the Center for the Performing Arts Hay Foundations “You Can Do It!’ through March 17 at the Center for the Performing Arts. This information packed weekend conference is designed to occupy your mind with 20 minute bursts of incredible wisdom from cutting edge authors, speakers and documentary filmmakers in the mindful spirituality, health, holistic, and sustainability lifestyles movement. These trendsetting speakers will ignite your passion with topics ranging from relationships and personal transformation to mindfulness, health and so much more! Times Vary.
Saturday, March 23, 2013 – (also March 24 at 2:30 p.m.)
San Jose – Symphony Silicon Valley presents: Verdi’s Requiem on March 23 at 8 p.m. and on March 24 at 2:30 p.m. at the California Theatre. To celebrate Verdi’s 200th anniversary, the orchestra and chorale perform his dramatic Requiem in the resonant and resplendent California Theatre. Written for the concert hall rather than the cathedral the Requiem moves from the “awe and majesty” of Judgment Day to the tenderness of a prayer for peace. With opera credits that range from Milan to the Met, Maestro Bisanti returns to conduct this moving work by the great Italian master of vocal magic. Price $38 to $78. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.
Saturday, March 10, 2013
Felton – The amazing Ciao Bella Act II restaurant for those into eccentric, fun and exciting, and you don’t have to be celebrating anything to enjoy this dining and entertainment special.
Friday, March 10, 2013
Santa Clara – The Santa Clara Chorale Presents “The Great American Songbook”
This concert features music of great American composers including Broadway, Jazz, and Spirituals on March 10 at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church located at 305 North California Avenue in Palo Alto; and also on March 15 at 8 p.m. at Mission Santa Clara located at the 500 El Camino Real in Santa Clara. Additional information is available on their website above. (Again, thank you for the updated info; as always, it is greatly appreciated.)
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 Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Willson’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.
A note from Kevin Cornelius: “Roberta Jones Junior Theatre continues our 45th Anniversary Season with “The Music Man!” This colorful production features a cast and crew of over 70 young people, ages 8-18, and a superb 10-piece orchestra of local musicians. Performances are in the beautiful Mission City Center for Performing Arts at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara. We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a wonderful musical experience for the whole family to enjoy!”
With their new 2012-2013 musical season consisting of so many great performances there’s never a better way to see a variety of talents in so many ways than through this incredibly talented youth group. Season subscriptions receive exclusive, early seat selections and can be purchased early. Individual seat seals for musicals do not go on sale until later giving season subscribers first priority for the best seats in the house! Adults: $8; children $5. Robert Jones Junior Theatre is a program of the City of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department. For additional information please visit Roberta Jones’ website. Performance dates: March 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m.; March 17, 24 at 2 p.m.; for tickets and additional info. (Thank you for the updated information!)
Saturday, March 16, 2013
San Jose – At the historic California Theatre on March 16 the San Jose Youth Symphony Philharmonic Concert will be performing at 7 p.m. and will include Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Fantasy on Serbian Themes,” Op. 6; Faure’s “Elegie for Cello and Orchestra,” Op. 24; Chaminade’s “Concertino for Flute and Orchestra,” Op. 107; Romberg’s “Flute Concerto in B minor,” Op. 17; and selections from Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride.” Price $5 to $15; for tickets.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
San Jose – Also at the California Theatre on March 17 is the San José Symphonic Choir with the premier of the volunteer Choral Society in California, presenting choral masterworks and contemporary pieces since 1924. It has been under the inspiring leadership of Maestro Leroy Kromm since 1985. The 110-voice Choir commissions and performs works by local composers, pieces that bring attention to concerns in our communities. Price $24 to $30.
Friday, March 22 – (event through March 24)
San Jose – At the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts March 22 through March 24, Ballet San Jose presents: Program 2 Spring Repertory; times Vary. This mixed repertory program features the Company Premiere of Les Rendezvous, one of Sir Frederick Ashton’s signature works. Set to music from the opera L’Enfant prodigue by Daniel Francois Espirit Auber, this suite of light-hearted dances for young people in a park was the first major ballet created by Ashton for the Vic-Wells Company in London. Prices $30 to $105; tickets are available at http://www.balletsj.org/. Visit the site for additional information.
Friday, March 22 – (event through March 24)
San Jose – The San Jose Civic Center announces the Starpower Talent Competition from March 22 through March 24 at the San Jose Civic. “Starpower” is entering its 26th year in the in the world of dance competitions. In 2013 Starpower will continue to use its innovative Star Scoring Program with three levels of competition. Star, All-Star, and Power. Starpower is constantly adding new awards, scholarships, and performance opportunities for every dancer. Starpower’s stages host tens of thousands of performers of all ages from coast to coast and is making quite an impression across the globe. Times vary; for registration and additional information, visit the site above for additional information.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
San Jose – “The Beatles Come Together” show to be held on March 23 at 7:30 pm in the Montgomery Theatre. “Come Together” is a show that takes you back to the days of the British Invasion and recreates the excitement of Beatle Mania. Come enjoy a live tribute to The Beatles. Price $32 to $47. Tickets are available at SJTix; visit the site above for additional information.
Friday, March 29, 2013
San Jose – “In the Mood” on 3/29 at 3:00 pm at the San Jose Civic. Much more than a concert, “In the Mood” presents a retro 1940s musical revue featuring the “In the Mood” Singers and Dancers with the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra. The music and the arrangements are as authentic as it gets. This was a time that all America was listening and dancing to the same kind of music. Price $27 to $57. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster; visit the above site for additional information.
A sneak peek into April:
Saturday, April 20, 2013 – Earth Day Weekend celebration at Guadalupe River Park
San Jose – Did you know that Earth Day is April 20? That’s right, and what can you do to celebrate? How about a 1k, 5k or 10k race? Join the Super Guadalupe River Run for a 5k or 10k run, or a 1k kids’ run? What a way to celebrate Earth Day! The 5k and 10k finishers receive a reusable water bottle, and then folks can stick around for the Guadalupe Garden Festival, the trail ribbon cutting, go bird watching or all sorts of activities afterwards. Registration between $10 and $45 – however, check out P.K.’s savings tip: Registration fees for the run go up for adults after March 31 so register early! (Thank you for the info!) Register here for this fantastic event; check out map, details and event schedule at the site above for details.
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.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compare to what lies within us.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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 snaptwig.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. And, a quick thank you to all who have contributed to the Weekend Roundup; your contributions help to spread the word about these free and nonprofit events, and “hot” happenings around the Bay. Your contributions are welcome and appreciated.
Answer to last week’s Mystery Photo: The answer to last week’s Mystery Photo was a photo of a cherub statuary with the question, “Where is this Cherub fountain located?” The fountain sits in front of a historical home in the city of Santa Clara; one that is actually in front of the Harris-Lass Mansion, a guided tour that can be provided by the Harris-Lass Historic Museum located 1889 Bellomy Street in Santa Clara (more info). Check it out as it was built in a Italianate-style (very beautiful) built in 1865. Admission is only $3 to $1. Call 1-408-249-7905 for additional information.
This week’s Mystery Photo: This week’s Mystery Photo is of a decoration in a window display “inside” a restaurant establishment, inside the same city as last week’s Mystery Photo. It is also a famous family restaurant that has a few locations, and they are known for a few specialties, such as their cinnamon rolls and cakes; and homemade meals such as soups; and well just about everything.
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