“Free” is a good price for everyone, and in Los Gatos, there’s an abundance of free music every summer with the three series, each on different days of the week: Music in the Park, Jazz in the Plazz, and Vasona Vibrations (plus the Fiesta de Artes weekend)!. Each year I compile a combined list of these three series in chronological order. I invite you to have a look and print it out! You can find the entire list at my Live in Los Gatos blog:
Summer 2011 is around the corner & now’s a great time to schedule your enjoyment of the fabulous, free musical venues which are coming our way! Below please find a compilation of the THREE different Los Gatos free musical concert series! Hope to see you there! (Info deemed reliable but not guaranteed – please double check the websites prior to going & always read up on the rules – things may have changed.)
(1) Vasona Vibrations 5-7pm every Saturday June & July at Vasona Park: http://www.southbayfolks.org/vasona/ Schedule of who plays what week:
http://www.southbayfolks.org/vasona/#psched Performances are held every Saturday in June and July from 5-7pm, on the lawn near the Ranger Office, and just down the hill from the pedestrian entrance at University Ave and Pepper Tree Lane. Referenced in the list below as VV. Please note that a fee is charged for parking within Vasona.
(2) Music in the Park Los Gatos Civic Center campus lawn Sundays 5-7 pm from June 19 – Aug 28
Get more information (rules, date, location)
(3) Jazz on the Plazz http://www.jazzontheplazz.com/ Wednesday evenings 6:30 to 8:30pm, June 22nd through August 24th. (No blankets on the lawns.) The Los Gatos Town Plaza is on West Main Street and Santa Cruz Avenue near the post office in downtown Los Gatos. Schedule of who’s playing what: http://www.jazzontheplazz.com/jazz_artists.asp Referenced in the list below as JP.
Schedule of performers, where and when in chronological order for the free musical concert series in Los Gatos:
|Date||Day||Series||Time||Performer & link (to performer’s website)|
|4-Jun||Sat||VV||5PM-7PM||Scott T. Miller and the Old Shoes Blues Band|
|11-Jun||Sat||VV||5PM-7PM||10th Avenue Band|
|18-Jun||Sat||VV||5PM-7PM||Tip of the Top|
|19-Jun||Sun||MIP||5PM-7PM||Livin’ in the USA – A Cross-Country Music Trip|
|25-Jun||Sat||VV||5PM-7PM||Golden State Ramblers|
|3-Jul||Sun||MIP||5PM-7PM||Bruce Gwynn & Big Rain|
|9-Jul||Sat||VV||5PM-7PM||Red Hot Chachkas|
|16-Jul||Sat||VV||5PM-7PM||The Amazing Dr. Zarcon’s Breathing Machine|
|17-Jul||Sun||MIP||5PM-7PM||The Best Intentions|
|3-Aug||Wed||JP||6:30-8:30PM||Blue Wednesday featuring John Németh|
|13-Aug||Sat||MIP||5PM-7PM||Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos “Fiesta de Artes”|
|14-Aug||Sun||MIP||5PM-7PM||Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos “Fiesta de Artes”|
|17-Aug||Wed||JP||6:30-8:30PM||Monterey Jazz Festival High School All Stars|
Los Gatos is a fantastic place in which to live and recreate, but no time more than the summer. Enjoy!
Today is Labor Day – it’s many things, but it’s also the end of summer. But it’s not the end of the dry season. In fact, the rains won’t really arrive until November. So between now and then, the fire danger will continue to rise in our hilly, rural areas.
A few days ago, the coastal hills near Stevens Creek Reservoir and the Montebello Ridge over Cupertino (just a little north of Los Gatos) burned fiercely. It took a couple of days and a lot of firefighters to extinguish it.
Now the hills by Mount Hamilton on the east side are ablaze too. We just took a quick drive to the top of Harwood Road to see the enormous plume of smoke rising over the hills by south San Jose.
What does this have to do with Belwood, Belgatos & Surmont? Earlier today, Bella and I took a walk down Bacigalupi Drive and into Belgatos Park, entering on the side, as we do most days. The grassy area there is parched. The path is covered in wood chips and tanbark. And to my horror, I saw two cigarette butts among the wood chips.
Smoking is not illegal in the park, as my husband (the volunteer parks commissioner) reminded me today. But it is very unwise to do it in the tinderbox areas which comprise most of the park.
Should we put a polite request at the entrance to the park that cigarettes are a great danger to the park, to Belwood and to Los Gatos as a whole, and that putting them out in the grassy areas is inadvisable???
To me it’s obvious: fire season and burning objects over dry grass don’t mix. But apparently it’s not obvious to everyone.
Fire season’s not over yet. Let’s hope that common sense prevails and we won’t have any more senseless fires.