Ongoing – Farmers Market Every Saturday morning The Downtown Santa Clara Farmers Market continues its popular year-round engagement every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jackson Street between Benton and Homestead. Each season brings in new crops of fruits and vegetables. Check out colorful bouquets of cut flowers for your home, or plants for your patio and garden. Call 408-241-1281 for more information.
Ongoing – Zumba and U-Jam Classes at Rhythm Attic
Zumba classes starting October 1 Mondays 5:45 p.m., Tuesdays 6:45 p.m., Thursdays 6:45 p.m., Fridays 7 p.m., Saturdays 9:30 a.m. U-Jam classes Wednesdays 5:45 p.m. First class is free, no experience needed. Classes are held at The Rhythm Attic, 1515 Walsh Avenue, Santa Clara. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing – Square Dance Class At Resurrection Lutheran Church
Classes starting September 14 7 to 9:30 p.m. Lessons held every Friday at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 2495 Cabrillo Ave, Santa Clara, 95051. Call Bob Steele at 408-248-5743 for more information.
January 27 – Far East Dragon Lion Dance Association – Celebrate Lunar New Year at SC Library!
The Far East Dragon Lion Dance Association presents the art and splendor of the traditional lion dance. Please note: Seating is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. Program doors will close once room capacity has been reached. No one will be permitted to enter once doors have closed. No exceptions. 2 to 2:45 p.m. at Santa Clara Library, Redwood Room, 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara. (408) 615-2916
Through February 3 – Triton Museum Karen Frey
The encaustic paintings of Karen Frey add an almost surreal quality to what would otherwise be straightforward representations of cityscapes and still lifes. Encaustic is the application of pigment suspended in wax, applied in a molten state and, in the case of Ms. Frey, then burnished to a highly delicate and translucent sheen. Triton Museum, 1505 Warburton Ave. Santa Clara. (408) 247-3754.
February 6 – Dennis Almarose signing his new sci-fi book Crystal City at Illusive Comics & Games
5 to 7 p.m. Dennis Almarose signing his new sci-fi book Crystal City at 2725 El Camino Real, Suite 105, Santa Clara, CA 95051. Visit http://www.illusivecomics.com for more information.
February 16 – Bright Lights Big Dreams/Starting Arts
Come on, Bay Area, show us your talent! The first annual Bright Lights, Big Dreams Bay Area Youth Talent Search is your chance to show your stuff for the chance to perform onstage and win prize money. Starting Arts celebrates the Bay Area’s talented young performers (ages 8 – 18 years old), and gives them a showcase to perform on stage in front of a live audience and a panel of celebrity judge son February 16th! For more information, please visit http://www.startingarts.com/blbd/
February 16-17 Travel & Adventure Expo at Convention Center
This two-day event is your ticket to discover authentic travel experiences, snap up the deals and win trips and giveaways, and be entertained and delighted at this amazing travel extravaganza. You’ll hear travel tips from the experts including travel legend Rick Steves, Joe Diaz and more. Experience ziplining, rock wall climbing, and see cultural performances. For more information, visit http://www.adventureexpo.com
February 17 through March 16 – Santa Clara Players Present “Harvey”
When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. Shows on Feb. 22 & 24; March 7-10, & March 14-16. Sunday shows at 2:30 p.m. All other shows at 8 p.m. For information and/or reservations, call (408)248-7993 or visit http://www.scplayers.org/
February 21-24 – Stitches West at Santa Clara Convention Center
STITCHES is a fiber experience for knitters and crocheters. It includes classes on topics from design to finishing with every topic in between. The STITCHES Market is a shopping experience you won’t want to miss with vendors who come from across the United States and around the world to display the latest yarns and gadgets sure to inspire your creativity. The one-hour market sessions are designed to give you a taste of a topic to see if you want to pursue it further, and the free demonstrations and book signings occur for your enjoyment. For more information, visit http://www.knittinguniverse.com/west/
February 23 to 24 – 72nd Annual Camellia Show
Hundreds of delicate blooms of different sizes and colors will be on display. Free show is open for viewing on Saturday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Blvd. Santa Clara. (408) 615-3080. http://www.scccamelliasociety.com/
March 1 to 3 – Showtime 2013 – “Doomstown Fractured Fairy Tales or Once Upon a Time”
This annual production of SHOWTIME, an original melodrama by local talent, raises money to support the Senior Center’s Health and Wellness program. Curtain time is 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for Saturday and Sunday performances and $5 for Friday’s performance. Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Blvd. Santa Clara (408) 390-9544. http://santaclarawomensleague.org/
March 9-10 – Toy and Model Train Expo
The Nor-Cal Division of the Train Collectors Association “speaks your language” and shares in the pleasure of collecting and operating toy and model trains. The Toy and Model Train Expo open to the public on both days and will feature 17 operating train layouts, several displays of toy and model trains, and informative clinics. Visit http://www.TrainExpo.org/ for more information.
March 15 – “The Great American Songbook” – Santa Clara Chorale
The Santa Clara Chorale brings back its popular Sounds of the Stage program, a celebration of music written for the musical theater and opera stage. Performance time is 8 p.m. at Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. For ticket information, call (408) 554-4023.
March 15 to 24 – “Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man” – Mission City Center for Performing Arts
Book, Music and Lyrics by: Meredith Wilson. March 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2013 at 7 p.m. March 17 & 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. Mission City Center for Performing Arts, 3250 Monroe St. Santa Clara. Tix: $8 Adults, $5 Children. More information, visit http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=239
April 9 – “The End of Overeating” – Dr. David Kessler
The Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship presents “The End of Overeating.” On a given day, it’s a question that we ask ourselves more than any other, and how we answer affects everything from our lifespan to our mood. What should I eat? For many Americans, a growing number of health problems can be traced back to obesity and being overweight. Dr. David Kessler has long been an advocate for public health, and in The End of Overeating he uncovers the origins of the obesity epidemic and explains how we can take control of our eating. Events will be held in the Louis B. Mayer Theatre at Santa Clara University. Time: 7:30 p.m. General admission tix: $25. 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. For more information, call (408) 554-4000 or visit http://www.scu.edu/visitors/speakerseries/2013/index.cfm
May 4 – Santa Clara Chorale Season Finale – “G.F. Handel’s Messiah”
Join the Chorale, soloists, and Jubilate Baroque Orchestra for this reflection on the birth, passion, and resurrection of Christ as told by G. F. Handel. Performance at 8 p.m. at Mission Santa Clara at Santa Clara University. From overture to final “Amen” chorus including the renowned “Hallelujah” Handel’s music will move and delight.
May 14 through June 8 – “Spreading It Around” – Santa Clara Players
This light-hearted comedy finds Angela Drayton, a wealthy widow living in a retirement community in Florida. When she grows tired of footing the bills and handling out money to her unappreciative children, she and some of the other residents start the “S.I.N. (Spending It Now) Foundation”, an organization which gives to those really in need. Fearing they will lose their inheritance, her greedy son, and his shopaholic wife show up to try to have her committed for incompetence. Turning the tables, Angela shows them just how competent she is, and then shows them the door. Shows on May 17,19, 24-26, 30-31; June 1-2, & June 6-8. Sunday shows are at 2:30 pm. All other shows at 8 p.m. Shows at the Triton Museum – Hall Pavilion 1511 Warburton Avenue. For information and/or reservations, call (408) 248-7993 or visit http://www.scplayers.org/.
May 30 through June 2 – 46th Annual Santa Clara International Swim Meet
USA Swimming Grand Prix meet comes to Santa Clara as the 46th Santa Clara International Swim Meet. Meet features many of the world’s top swimmers. Heats begin at 9:00 a.m. with Finals each evening at 5:00 p.m. George F. Haines International Swim Center at Central Park located at Homestead and Kiely Blvd.
June 2 – Santa Clara Chorale – “Encore Concert”
The Chorale reprises its “greatest hits” of the seaon at the beautiful St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 1957 Pruneridge Avenue in Santa Clara at 2:00 p.m. The concert is FREE. For more information, visit http://www.scc.org/
June 9 – Annual Tea and Vintage Fashion Show
The lovely, shaded garden of the Harris-Lass Historic Museum at 1889 Market St. will be the setting for an “Afternoon Tea and Vintage Fashion Show”. The fashion show will feature vintage hats and dresses of the 19th and early 20th century. Tickets are $30 each. 1889 Market Street, Santa Clara. (408) 249-7905
June 14 through 16 – “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Kids” – Community Recreation Center
Based on the stories of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney Animated feature film. Music and Lyrics by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman and Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Time: 2:00 p.m. Mary Louise Mello Auditorium, Community Recreation Center 969 Kiely Blvd. Tix: $8 Adults, $5 Children. For more information, call (408) 615-3140 or visit http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=239
July 23 through 25 – “Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR” – Mission City Center for Performing Arts
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story and the Disney Film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker and Ron Clements Music by Alan Menken. Book by Doug Wright. Time: 7:00 p.m. Mission City Center for Performing Arts, 3250 Monroe St. Santa Clara. Tix: $8 Adults, $5 Children.’ For more information, call (408) 615-3140 or visit http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=239