Belwood Annual Halloween Party, Haunted House Events: Details & Request for Volunteers

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Volunteers are needed on Saturday October 26th to set up the haunted house (for the next day) and also on Sunday beginning at 3pm.  Help on Saturday, then stay for the movie night, which begins at 7pm!

The annual Belwood Halloween Party is Sunday, October 27, from 3 – 6pm at the Cabaña.

Per the Belwood HOA website and the Bellringer newsletter:

3:00pm:  Games (and prizes) on the Cabaña lawn

3:30 Magic Mirror opens

4:00pm:  Pizza & drinks for sale

5:00pm:  Haunted house tours begin

6:00pm:  End of Party & Clean-up

Help is needed –  volunteers are sought to help with the games, haunted house actors and others to help with the food & drinks plus setup.  Teenagers can use this as an opportunity to accumulate Community Service hours.

If you’d like to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Michelle Heap at 356-8482 or garyandmichelle1@gmail.com.

Sound of explosion at Belblossom and Westhill, gardener injured, in east Los Gatos

Belblossom police neighbors PGE tiny - Sound of explosion at Belblossom and Westhill, gardener injured, in east Los GatosUpdate: 

It appears that turpentine was on the ground and there was some speculation that a spark from the electric tools seems to have caused this terrible explosion and injury. That assertion was retracted at a community meeting about the Los Gatos explosion March 26th 2012. Please click the link to read the full update.

Yesterday at around 2pm, a large, explosive sound rocked the Belwood, Belgatos and Surmont areas of east Los Gatos.  The thundering noise sounded to me like a transformer blowing out – but worse (I was walking down Bacigalupi with my dog at the time).  Neighbors wondered what caused it: gas explosion, rifle, transformer, or what? Several of us apparently called police.

When I phoned in, I was told that the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Dept was investigating.  They thought that a tree trimmer had hit a power line but weren’t sure at that time.

About an hour later, I came through the area after seeing a post on the Facebook group page for Belwood area residents that the noise originated from something happening in the “class d area” (meaning Surmont/Belgatos). Whatever it was came from a front yard of a house at the corner of Belblossom and Westhill.   P, G & E crews were investigating. A police officer was taking a report.  And neighbors gathered to share what they knew, thought or experienced with the big boom of two o’clock.

PGE Trucks on Westhill - Sound of explosion at Belblossom and Westhill, gardener injured, in east Los Gatos

A Belblossom home owner there told me that a gardener was doing something when the explosive sound occurred, that it put him in shock and that his ankle was broken.  I was very relieved that he was still alive, as was everyone else there.

Belblossom police neighbors PGE - Sound of explosion at Belblossom and Westhill, gardener injured, in east Los Gatos

At that time, it remained unclear what happened exactly.  P, G & E crews were still on scene, investigating.

Today I’m not seeing anything in the news about this, so wanted to share what I had heard (and seen) so far.  Wishing a very speedy and easy recovery to the person who was injured.  I hope that the P,G & E crews can figure out what happened so that it never happens again.

Investigating behind yellow tape - Sound of explosion at Belblossom and Westhill, gardener injured, in east Los Gatos

St. Mary’s Country Fair in Downtown Los Gatos

The annual St. Mary’s Country Fair is next weekend, Oct 7 – 9th, 2011 (beginning Friday at 5pm and ending Sunday at 5pm).  It’s always the 2nd weekend in October and is a huge fundraiser for both the school and parish programs. All are welcome!  Free admission, great food, entertainment, dancing on Saturday night to live music and of course rides and activities too. Click on the link above to get more information.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church is located at 219 Bean Avenue in downtown Los Gatos (a block or two in from North Santa Cruz).  The fair can be accessed via Bean or by Lyndon (off of Main).

Three free summer music concert series in Los Gatos

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.)

Vasona Vibrations stamp (Small) - Three free summer music concert series in Los Gatos(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.

Music in the park 200 - Three free summer music concert series in Los Gatos(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)

http://www.town.los-gatos.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=350

Music in the Park site: http://www.lgmip.com/ Schedule info (who plays which day) http://www.lgmip.com/miperformers.asp Referenced in the list below as MIP.

jazz logo header 200 - Three free summer music concert series in Los Gatos(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
22-Jun Wed JP 6:30-8:30PM Spencer Day
25-Jun Sat VV 5PM-7PM Golden State Ramblers
26-Jun Sun MIP 5PM-7PM Foreverland
29-Jun Wed JP 6:30-8:30PM Pamela Rose
2-Jul Sat VV 5PM-7PM Kitchen Help
3-Jul Sun MIP 5PM-7PM Bruce Gwynn & Big Rain
6-Jul Wed JP 6:30-8:30PM Claudia Villela
9-Jul Sat VV 5PM-7PM Red Hot Chachkas
10-Jul Sun MIP 5PM-7PM Aja Vu
13-Jul Wed JP 6:30-8:30PM Nellie McKay
16-Jul Sat VV 5PM-7PM The Amazing Dr. Zarcon’s Breathing Machine
17-Jul Sun MIP 5PM-7PM The Best Intentions
20-Jul Wed JP 6:30-8:30PM Kendra Shank
23-Jul Sat VV 5PM-7PM Jessica Johnson
24-Jul Sun MIP 5PM-7PM Take 2
27-Jul Wed JP 6:30-8:30PM Barbara Morris
30-Jul Sat VV 5PM-7PM Celtic Heart
31-Jul Sun MIP 5PM-7PM Petty Theft
3-Aug Wed JP 6:30-8:30PM Blue Wednesday featuring John Németh
7-Aug Sun MIP 5PM-7PM The Shanks
10-Aug Wed JP 6:30-8:30PM Giacomo Gates
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
21-Aug Sun MIP 5PM-7PM Jukebox Heroes
24-Aug Wed JP 6:30-8:30PM Jack Jones
28-Aug Sun MIP 5PM-7PM Journey Unauthorized

 

Los Gatos is a fantastic place in which to live and recreate, but no time more than the summer. Enjoy!

Paving in Belwood of Los Gatos

Paving Belwood – video and post with still photographs

The following video was shot by my husband, Jim Handy:

Road work ahead tiny - Paving in Belwood of Los GatosFor the last week or two, road construction crews have been busy in the Belwood of Los Gatos, Surmont and Belgatos neighborhoods (and other parts of east Los Gatos too). We have received notices on our front porch about road closures, paving dates for various roads and when we can and cannot park on the streets.

As the roadwork began, first the manhole covers were reworked.  That involved removing the paving immediately adjacent to each one, which was a loud job.  Next crosswalks were rubbed out  of existence by a noisy grinding machine, bots dots got scraped away, several stretches of sidewalks and driveways were pulverized into large chunks of concrete (seemed onto to happen where the driveway went over the sidewalk for some reason).

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What can you use the Belwood Cabaña for?

Did you know that the Belwood of Los Gatos cabaña can be rented by members for a variety of purposes?

thumb dandelionflower - What can you use the Belwood Cabaña for?Today (Saturday, August 25) the Leigh High School cheerleaders held a carwash fundraiser in the cabaña parking lot from 9am – 1pm.  My family and I have rented it in the past for parties; most notably we did an 8th grade reunion party there for our son’s class from St. Mary’s Elementary School a year after the kids all graduated. A lot of people rent it for birthday parties and use the large lawn area for the “bounce houses” which are so popular with kids today.

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Belwood cabaña collage - auto club met not too long ago - a fun sight!

Having a neighborhood cabaña is a nice plus. It can be a gathering point for folks to meet their neighbors in and around the pool.

In the Surmont, Belgatos, and Belwood neighborhoods, the cabaña is where we vote, it’s where we enjoy the summer bingo & movie on the lawn and where the holiday boutiques are held.

 

If you’re a member or resident and want to rent out the facility, your go-to person is Gina Wagner, who can be reached at 358-2229. The possibilities are endless!