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In the Valley this Week: December 5 – 11

The following is a list of events happening in Santa Clara and throughout the Silicon Valley. Want to share an event to be featured? Please email the details to info@svvoice.com for consideration.

 

Thursday, December 5

  • Meet Our Instructors, A Professional Student Course Fair for 2020: UCSC Silicon Valley Extension — 3175 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara. 4:30 – 7 p.m. A free, drop-In event. More info: extension@ucsc.edu.
  • Haute Holiday Soiree: Santana Row. 6 – 9 p.m. Wine tastings, hunky Santa photos, mistletoe making, holiday sweet treats, live music and more. Proceeds benefit the JW House. Tickets: $40 at www.SantanaRow.com.
  • Civic Center Concept Plan and Utility Building Project Community Meeting: Central Park Library. 6 – 8 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to engage in our community and gather input to help shape future development projects.
  • Active Transportation Plan Workshop: Sunnyvale Community Center. 6 – 8 p.m. Do you have ideas on how to improve walking and biking in Sunnyvale? Do you want to make it safer for youth to walk and bike to school? Join the City of Sunnyvale and give your feedback on its proposed projects. The meeting will be open-house style with a short presentation at the beginning — stop by anytime.
  • SCU Department of Theatre & Dance’s Choreographers’ Gallery: Louis B. Mayer Theatre, Santa Clara. Dec. 5 – 6. Tickets: $12 – $22 at http://scupresents.org/.

 

Friday, December 6

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  • Autotech Council presents Automotive User Experience: Alliance Innovation Lab, 3400 Central Expressway, Santa Clara. 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tickets: $200 at https://autotech.cvent.com/19AP6
  • Annual Holiday Tree Lighting: Central Park, Santa Clara. 5 – 9 p.m. More info.
  • Holiday Historic Home Tour: City of Santa Clara. Dec. 6 – 7. Tickets: sc-hometour.com.
  • SCU Department of Music’s 20th Annual Festival of Lights: Mission Santa Clara. Dec. 6 – 7. Tickets: $18 – $28 at http://scupresents.org/.
  • Bay Area Drama Company presents Divided By: Sunnyvale Theater. Dec. 6 – 14. Performances in English and Hindi. Tickets: $26 – $36 at https://www.bayareadrama.company/.
  • San Jose Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts — 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose. Dec. 6 – 8 & Dec. 13 – 15. Tickets: $40 – $95 at www.sjnutcracker.com 408-286-990
  • Guggenheim Entertainment presents “Who’s Holiday!”:  3Below Theaters & Lounge — 288 So. Second St., San Jose. Dec. 6 – 22. Rated R – parental research recommended for 16 and under.Tickets: $40 – $45 at www.3Belowtheaters.com or 408-404-7711.
  • Peninsula Youth Theatre’s The Secret Garden: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Dec. 6 – 7. Tickets: $6.50 – $13 at mvcpa.com or 650-903-6000.
  • Western Ballet’s The Nutcracker: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Dec. 6 – 8. Tickets: $28 – $33 at mvcpa.com or 650-903-6000.

 

Saturday, December 7

  • Breakfast with Santa: Sunnyvale Community Center. 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. An inter-generational event with holiday cheer, a delicious breakfast, fun crafts, photos with Santa and live performances. Bring nonperishable, easy-to-open food items for community seniors in need. Admission $5 before Nov. 27, $7.50 after at https://activitiesregistration.insunnyvale.org/
  • Peanuts Run & Ride: California’s Great America, Santa Clara. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit www.runandriderace.com to learn more and register.
  • Mission Launch Party: Viso Student Engagement Center, Mission College. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Have you been thinking about going back to school but don’t know where to start? Let Mission College’s counselors, faculty, and staff help you take the first steps and get you setup on the path to success. RSVP today to reserve your spot and for more info.
  • Holiday Makers Market in the Park: Santana Row. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Shop local artists selling US Handcrafted goods like jewelry, handbags, ceramics, glassware, soaps, succulents and more.
  • 20th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration: Historic Murphy Avenue, Sunnyvale. 5 – 7:30 p.m. More info.
  • Leaving No One Behind: The Adobe — 3260 The Alameda, Santa Clara. 5 – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy refreshments, a silent auction, raffle prizes, and more. There is ample parking across the street in the parking garage. Tickets: https://leaving-no-one-behind.eventbrite.com
  • Peninsula Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players’ French Art Songs & Motart’s “Gran” Masterpiece: Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara 7:30 p.m. Free event.
  • Symphony Silicon Valley presents Khachaturian & Brahms: California Theatre — 345 South First Street, San Jose. Dec. 7 – 8. Tickets: $50 – $98 www.symphonysiliconvalley.org or 408-286-2600.
  • TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents a new musical, Pride and Prejudice: Lucie Stern Theatre — 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. Dec. 7 – Jan. 4.  Tickets: $30 – $100 at theatreworks.org or 650- 463-1960.

 

Sunday, December 8

  • Santa Paws Benefitting Humane Society Silicon Valley: Park Valencia, Santana Row. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bring your canine and feline friends for a keepsake photo with Santa Claus. The proceeds benefit Humane Society Silicon Valley.
  • Menorahs and Miracles – A Hanukkah Celebration: Children’s Discovery Museum — 180 Woz Way, San Jose. 12 – 4 p.m. Admission: $0 – $15 – Included in the price of admission.
  • Steinway Society presents Albert Cano Smit (Piano Concert): West Valley College Theater — 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga. Pre-concert lecture at 1:45 p.m. and concert at 2:30 p.m. Meet-the-artist time follows the concert. Tickets: $40 – $60 at www.steinwaysociety.com or 408-300-5635.
  • San Jose Wind Symphony’s “English Gardens”: McAfee Performing Arts Center, Saratoga. 3 p.m. Tickets: $0 – $22 at http://www.sjws.org/buy-tickets.
  • Repair Café: Sunnyvale Public Library. 4 p.m.  Bring your broken stuff and your curiosity — Repair Café will help you with your repairs. First come, first served. http://www.repaircafe-paloalto.org/

 

Monday, December 9

  • Community Outreach Meeting for the Coleman Highline Development Parking Garage: Santa Clara Senior Center. 6 – 7 p.m. RVSP: Trang@tntldservices.com. More info.
  • Sunnyvale Planning Commission Meeting: Council Chambers. 6:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, December 10

  • Chili For Charity Toy Drive: D & M Traffic Services, Inc. — 843 Reed St., Santa Clara. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to their shop and enjoy a warm bowl of chili.
  • Council and Authorities Concurrent Meeting: City Hall Council Chambers. 7 p.m.

 

Wednesday, December 11

  • Senator Wieckowski Office Hours: Central Park Library, Santa Clara. 3 – 5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended and can be made by calling 510-794-3900 or by e-mailing senator.wieckowski@senate.ca.gov.
  • Community Input – Reimagine Education for Our Students: Cabrillo Middle School — 2550 Cabrillo Ave., Santa Clara. 5 – 8 p.m. Reimagine education for Santa Clara Unified School District’s students. What skills, knowledge, and mindsets do students need to graduate with in order to be successful in their ever-changing future? This is a self-paced drop-in session that typically takes about one hour to complete. There will be childcare and refreshments. More info: www.santaclarausd.org/strategicplan.
  • Santa Clara Planning Commission Meeting: City Hall Council Chambers. 6 p.m.

 

Reoccurring Events

  • November 16 – December 12 – ‘In Creased’ Art Exhibit: Gillmor Center’s Vargas Gallery, Mission College. Nov. 16 – Dec. 12. missioncollege.edu/depts/art/vargas/
  • November 22 – January 20 – Winter Ice Rink: Downtown Sunnyvale. www.citylinesunnyvale.com/icerink/
  • November 20 – December 15 – The San Jose Stage Company Presents The Humans: 490 S. 1st St., San Jose. Nov. 20 – Dec. 15. Tickets: $32 – $72 www.thestage.org
  • November 16 – January 26 – Judy Shintani Art Exhibit: Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara. Through January 26 every day except Mondays and holidays.
  • November 1 – January 24 – Ken Gonzales-Day: Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building, Santa Clara University. The exhibit runs Nov. 1 – Jan. 24 with interruptions.
  • October 4 – December 6 – Unbound – The Art of Deterioration: Santa Clara University’s de Saisset Museum. Oct. 4 – Dec. 6 with interruptions.
  • October 4 – June 13 – Making an Impression – Printmaking Possibilities: Santa Clara University’s de Saisset Museum. Oct. 4 – June 13 with interruptions.
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – Mission Bistro Open for Lunch: Freeberg Hospitality Management Building, Mission College. A student-run Mission Bistro. Open every Tuesday and Thursday during the semester for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 7 – 8 p.m. – Racist Anonymous: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church — 1957 Pruneridge Ave., Santa Clara. RA holds weekly meetings to better understand how to confront discrimination on anything based upon outward appearance including race, gender, LGBTQ and disability among others. RA is a 12-Step program patterned after AA.

 

More Events:

  • Thursday, December 12 – Santa Clara Unified School District School Board Meeting: 1889 Lawrence Rd., Santa Clara. Usually at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 12 – Fair Housing Plan Meeting: City Hall Council Chambers — 456 W. Olive Ave., Sunnyvale. 6 – 7:30 p.m. The County of Santa Clara, the City of Sunnyvale and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law are holding a community meeting focused on fair housing topics. Attend to learn about the topics and provide your input. RSVP to Leif Christiansen by email or by phone at 408-730-7451.
  • December 13 & 15 – Santa Clara Chorale presents Resounding Joy: Santa Clara Mission. Tickets: $12 – $39 https://www.scc.org/concerts.html
  • Saturday, December 14 – Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale presents “Carols in the California”: The California Theatre — 345 South First St., San Jose. 7 p.m. Tickets: $26 – $36 at www.symphonysiliconvalley.org or 408-286-2600.
  • Saturday, December 14 – Home for the Holidays: Mission Santa Clara de Asis. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 – $35 at http://www.sjsu.edu/music/.
  • Saturday, December 14 – Symphony Silicon Valley presents Carols in the California: California Theatre, San Jose. 7 p.m. Tickets: $26 – $36 atsymphonysiliconvalley.org.
  • Saturday, December 14 – Wreaths Across America: Los Gatos Memorial Park — 2255 Los Gatos-Almaden Rd., Los Gatos. 11 a.m. For more information including how to donate a wreath in honor of a deceased veteran go to www.WAALosGatos.org or call Los Gatos Memorial Park 408-356-4151.
  • December 14 – 15 – Santa Clara Ballet presents The Nutcracker: Santa Clara Convention Center Theater. Dec. 14 – 15. Tickets: $26 – $45 at santaclaraballet.com
  • December 14 – 15 – Bayer Ballet Company’s Snow Queen: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Dec. 14 – 15. Tickets: $38 – $53 at mvcpa.com or 650-903-6000.
  • Monday, December 16 – Schola Cantorum’s 53rd Annual Messiah Sing: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. 7:30 p.m.. Tickets: $18 – $26 at mvcpa.com or 650-903-6000.
  • December 17 – 22 – Broadway San Jose presents Waitress: San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts — 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose. Dec. 17 – 22. Tickets: $43–$153 at broadwaysanjose.com or 800-982-ARTS (2787).
  • Thursday, December 19 – Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts — 500 Castro Street, Mountain View. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $47 – $62 at mvcpa.com or 650-903-6000
  • Thursday, December 19 – A Chanticleer Christmas: Mission Santa Clara. 6 p.m. Tickets: $35 – $75 at www.chanticleer.org.
  • Friday, December 20 – 12th Annual South Bay Holiday Gospel Concert: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $34 – $39 at mvcpa.com or 650-903-6000.
  • Friday, December 20 – Peninsula Women’s Chorus presents Reinventing Love: Mission Santa Clara. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 – $40 at pwchorus.org.
  • Saturday, December 21 – Hot Club of San Francisco: Sunnyvale Theatre. 8 p.m. Tickets: $23 – $29 at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4349856
  • Saturday, December 21 – Winter’s Gifts – Spirit: First United Methodist Church — 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Tickets $10 – $70 https://sjco.org/concerts-events/
  • Saturday, December 21 – Big Band Christmas “All the Classics”: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: $33 – $59 at mvcpa.com or 650-903-6000.
  • Saturday, December 21 – iSing Girlchoir presents Family Holiday Concert: Mission Santa Clara. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets at https://isingsv.com/.
  • Sunday, December 22 – Winter’s Gifts – Spirit: Mission Santa Clara at Santa Clara University — 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. Tickets $10 – $70 https://sjco.org/concerts-events/
  • Tuesday, December 31 – Noon Year’s Eve Across the Time Zones: Children’s Discovery Museum — 180 Woz Way, San Jose. 10 – 4 p.m. Admission: $0 – $15 – Included in the price of admission.

 

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