Belwood Annual Halloween Party: Details & Request for Volunteers

Haunted RE Sign

Volunteers are needed for the annual Belwood Halloween party!

The event is scheduled for Sunday October 29th, 2023 in the afternoon. Planning is still underway, so check the HOA’s event page for more information and future updates.

Expect games, costumes, and fun for kids, or get involved as a volunteer to help make this day special. Celebrations will be held at the Cabaña.

Per the September 2023 Bellringer newsletter:

Belwood Halloween party needs your help

Come join the commiee organizing the Halloween party.

Need some help planning the games prior to the event. Day of the event will need some Ghosts
and Goblins to run some kids games for a couple hours, great job for some young teens.

Party is Sunday Oct. 29th in aernoon. This is a Belwood tradion for the lile ones to wear their
costumes and have some fun. It will be fairly low key event with decoraons, food, drinks and
some games for kids.

If can join our commiee or have some ideas you can contact Debbie Gary
debbiegary@comcast.net

Belwood Halloween PartyPast years have run from around 3pm – 6pm or 7pm. Activities have included games with prizes set up on the Cabaña lawn, pizza, snacks, and beverages (non alcoholic) for sale, a costume parade, and a haunted house or Halloween movie.

Help is needed for committee planing, running the games, and set-up / clean-up – it’s a great opportunity to accumulate Community Service hours and get to know your neighbors! If you’d like to sign up as a volunteer, contact Debbie Gary at debbiegary@comcast.net .

Belwood Bingo and Movie Night

Belwood Cabana Movie Night

The next “Belwood Bingo and Movie Night”  is tonight, Aug 19th, for paying cabaña members and their guests. At 6 pm the music starts, at 6:30 pm it’s bingo, and the film, Captain Marvel, starts at 8:15 pm.

What to bring to the Belwood Bingo and Movie Night

This is an outdoor event, and things get cool to cold after the sun goes down. Dress in layers and bring something comfy to sit on – blankets, sleeping bags, lawn chairs etc.

Bring your picnic supper, or if you’ve already eaten, there will be popcorn, cotton candy, and other treats are available for purchase!

For more information, keep an eye on the Belwood HOA website page for this event (and hopefully another one in July or August).

Belwood Cabana June 2016

 

The address is 100 Belwood Gateway, Los Gatos CA 95032

Belwood of Los Gatos July 4th Celebration

Belwood 4th of July PartyThe Belwood of Los Gatos community is hosting its annual Independence Day or 4th of July celebration and the details will soon be announced on the Belwood HOA website. Last year, neighborhood festivities ran from 1pm – 5pm at the cabaña.  Read all about it on the Belwood HOA site!

Annual 4th of July Party

The party is open to Belwood members and their invited guests only. This will be the second July 4th community party out of lockdown (they were annual until 2019, but were put on hold from 2020-2021), and it’s a great opportunity for newer residents, especially, to get to know their neighbors.

Please note that our warm, dry, and windy summers make the risk of fire danger very high. Fireworks are illegal in most of Santa Clara County without a permit due to the safety hazard. A sign at Belgatos Park warns that fireworks are strictly prohibited. There are some spectacular professional firework displays and festivities around the Valley that you can enjoy, including the, which is less than 10 minutes by car and 20 minutes by bike from Belwood!

Belwood Cabaña is on FacebookGot Facebook? If so, you might consider tagging photos shared of the event with the unofficial Belwood Cabaña page on Facebook. It’s another great way to keep in-touch and stay updated with the community.

Trails near Belwood, Belgatos, Surmont and Heritage Grove neighborhoods

A Heintz Open Space hiking trails entrance with park signHave you explored all of our nearby parks? The Belgatos Park Trails connect directly to two open space preserves with a large network of paths, to hike, bike, or venture on horseback: the The Heinz Open Space Preserve and Santa Rosa Open Space Preserve.

Or if you’d like to learn more before you explore, check out the Town’s park guide, or print a copy and bring it with. We have additional details on Belgatos Park here on the Belwood Blog as well as park-related articles and news for neighborhood residents which can be found under the Belgatos Park tag and Trails tag.

Interactive Map of Trails

My husband, Jim Handy, drew out the local trails on Google Maps and this provides a much better sense of what’s where. Enjoy!


View Blossom Hill Trails in a larger map

Halloween Party at Belwood of Los Gatos

 

Belwood Halloween Party Returns

It’s official – the Halloween party is back!

The September 2022 Bellringer, the community’s newsletter, has announced it. After a two-year hiatus, Belwood is ready to have this family-friendly monster bash yet again. This event is held at the cabana club for members. The party will start around 3pm with wrap-up at 7pm on Sunday, October 30, check the Belwood event page and newsletters for updates. Feel free to reach out to Belwood’s Events Coordinator, Mary Schepman, by email through hoa@belwoodhomes.org if you have ideas or would like to help! Volunteers needed!

Info below is from previous years

Halloween fun in the Belwood of Los Gatos Community!

Put on a costume and celebrate Halloween at the Belwood of Los Gatos cabana club, Sunday Oct 27th, 2019 from 3- 6pm. Enjoy games, prizes,  pizza, snacks & the spirit of All Hallows Eve. The featured event will be either a spooky haunted house or a movie, beginning at 6pm. Costumes highly encouraged!

Belwood residents and invited guests only, please. Free admission, donations appreciated.

Learn more at the Belwood Homes Halloween Party event page.

Volunteers needed! Find sign-up information through the link above.

Belgatos playground closed

Today my family and I enjoyed a walk in the neighborhood with the dry, warmer weather. Lots of neighbors were out biking, hiking, and walking dogs, and we wondered if the Belgatos Park playground would be in use, or off limits due to the coronavirus restrictions. Not surprisingly, it was cordoned off.

 

Belgatos Park playground closed due to restrictions for Covid-19

 

In addition to the police tape, there’s a sign to keep people from being in too-close proximity on the equipment.

 

Belgatos Park sign that playground is closed - coronavirus Shelter In Place

 

Be safe out there!

Little Free Library in Belwood of Los Gatos!

Little Free Library in Belwood of Los GatosA couple of nights ago, I was out walking in the neighborhood with my daughter when we noticed a “Little Free Library” stand at 100 Belhaven Drive (at the corner with Harwood Road).  It had a few books inside and said “take a book, return a book”.  Apparently there are little free libraries all over the place, but it was the first we’d learned of it.

The website for Little Free Library says that their mission is

  • To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.
  • To build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.
This appears to be a new phenomena.  Navigating around the website, there’s a link to a map with their sites. This new one in Belwood isn’t shown, but there’s one in Almaden, 2 in Cambrian, 1 in Campbell, and another in West San Jose. Kudos to our neighbors for getting it started here!
For more information, please see www.LittleFreeLibrary.org.