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October 2011 Calendar

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 (look for greens, winter squash, and late berries in the autumn). 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 – Fifty Years Young! 50 years already? Yes! This year is Adrian Wilcox High School’s 50th birthday! With this year being such a remarkable landmark in Wilcox history, the WHS yearbook staff needs your help. We need all of you Charger and even WARRIOR alumni to pull out those photo albums and search for those high school memories. We would love to incorporate the past five decades of charger life. Every graduating class, every change, every student is important. We want to see what the quad looked like when you were a student, how you remember the hallways, the teachers, the dances, the games, EVERY aspect of Wilcox history. If you have any photos, memories or any stories you would like to share and be a part of this year’s yearbook, please send your submissions to

Sundays Through October 30 – Santana Row Farmer’s Market Santana Row’s California Farmers’ Market – more than 20 farmers and other vendors offering the season’s freshest fruits and vegetables as well as baked goods, artisan olive oils, specialty Asian produce and even dog treats. Live music throughout Market hours. Asian greens, asparagus, bell peppers, cherries, kiwifruit and strawberries are in-season in April. Santana Row’s Farmers’ Market is certified by the non-profit Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association. Sundays through October 30; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; rain or shine. Park Valencia, Santana Row, located on Olin Avenue just east of Winchester Blvd. For more information call 408-551-4611 or visit


Through November 17 – “Rhythm III” Photo Exhibit Scheduled at Main Street Café in Los Altos
“Rhythm III,” a group fine arts photo exhibit by several up-and-coming Bay area photographers, opens October 8 at the Main Street Café in Los Altos and runs through November 17. The photographers’ work was inspired by Dick Dischler’s Pre-Visualization and Mentoring Workshops held on an ongoing basis at Keeble & Shuchat Photography in Palo Alto. The exhibit runs through November 17 at the Main Street Cafe, 134 Main St, in Los Altos. An open reception is scheduled for Sunday, October 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The group’s work is available for sale at the exhibit.

Ongoing: Modern Dance Class -Intermediate At Ariel Dance Studio, 2385 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell, CA. Tuesdays and Thursdays, (9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.) first class $5/10 class card $100/drop-in $14. Call: 408-753-9004 or e-mail:

Ongoing – Tuesday Bluesday Pro Jam 6 to 9 p.m every Tuesday, Live band and karaoke every Friday 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. and live music 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Neto’s Market & Grill, 1313 Franklin St. for additional information.

Through October 30 – 4th Annual Halloween Haunt at California’s Great America
Halloween Haunt at California’s Great America is open Fridays – Sundays: September 30 to October 30 from 7 p.m. – Midnight. This is a separate Park admission. Complete with spine-tingling haunted mazes, themed scare zones, head-turning live stage shows, plus the park’s collection of world-class thrill rides. Halloween Haunt is Northern California’s biggest and scariest Halloween event! For more information, call (408) 988-1776, or visit

October 8 – Bunco at the Adobe – Santa Clara Woman’s Club
The Santa Clara Woman’s Club brings together women of diversified backgrounds who work together for the betterment of our community through creative and constructive endeavors. Our club gives us opportunities for knowledge and awareness of our community, fosters lifelong friendships, and provides a framework for working with other community service organizations. Bunco at the Adobe is from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. The proceeds benefit preservation of the historic Adobe and other charitable projects. Located at 3260 The Alameda. For more information, call (408) 243-7749 or visit

October 8 – Bluegrass Music at the Santa Clara Depot
Members of the Northern California Bluegrass Society (NCBS) now meet regularly at the Santa Clara Depot to host jam sessions celebrating bluegrass and other old-time music. And in honor of their performing site, many of the musical numbers are noteworthy railroad songs. The musicians entertain patrons and visitors to the depot and passengers awaiting Caltrain service. These jam sessions are currently scheduled for the second Saturday of each month. Saturday programs are performed between 12 to 3 p.m. Admission is FREE. SBHRS is located directly across from Santa Clara University. For more information, call (408) 243-3969 or visit

October 11 – “After Columbus: Italians and their Contribution to the California Experience” – de Saisset Museum
Special lecture by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s Executive Director Bob Senkewicz from 10 a.m. – Noon at the de Saisset at Santa Clara University. The lecture will focus on the historical experience of Italians in California, from the days of European exploration up to the present. Many of the earliest Italians came as part of a religious endeavor (establishing missions and universities, including Santa Clara College, as it was originally known) or in search of fishing grounds. The influx on Italian immigrants continued through the Gold Rush era and into the late 19th century and early 20th century; their presence and contributions to our State’s history is remarkable. For more information, visit

October 12 – One Act Play “Should Women Vote” by Santa Clara Players at the Mission Library
In honor of the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in California, the Santa Clara Players have created an original one-act play based on stories about the “pro and con” suffrage debate in the Santa Clara Valley on the verge of the October, 1911 election. Hours: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mission Library at 1098 Lexington St. To reserve a space at this free performance, stop by the Library Reference Desk or call (408) 615-2900.

October 13 – Evening With Industry Networking Event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054, event is FREE. Sponsored by Resources Global Professionals. Geared specifically to professional jobseekers with accounting/finance, IT, supply chain, legal, risk governance and human resources experience. This will be a powerful networking event bridging career seekers and business leaders together to discuss employment opportunities and trends. Must register in advance to Marie Norman: or 408.855.7903.

October 13-16 – Pacific International Quilt Festival
The Pacific International Quilt Festival returns to Santa Clara with a spectacular collection of over 800 quilts and works of wearable and textile art. Not only does this incredible event feature astounding works of quilt art, it also offers a wide array of workshops and lectures presented by world-renowned instructors. A 300 booth Merchants Mall can be found with the best in fabrics, notions, machines, wearable art and everything for the quilter, artist and home sewer. Admission for the Merchants Mall and Quilt Show is $15 and includes re-admission ($13, Sunday only). Accompanied children under the age of 16 are admitted free. Show entry for all four days is included with pre-registration. For more information, visit

October 14 – Arts Walk Santa Clara 2011 at the Central Park Arbor in Central Park
The start time will be 10 a.m. for registration and the 5K walks for the arts will start at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit

October 15 – Friends of the Library Book Sale
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central park Library. Offering more than 300 boxes of books for sale priced at 50 cents to $1 before 11:45 a.m., and $5 per grocery bag (we supply the bags) from Noon until 2 p.m.. Doors open at 9 a.m. for Friends Members.

October 15 – AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO SCU Presents Professional Visiting Artists Series
8 p.m., Mayer Theatre, Santa Clara University. Regular Orchestra: $35, Side Orchestra $28. Special discounted tickets available for seniors, students and Santa Clara residents. Call 408-554-4015 or buy online at Award-winning Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast-paced 90 minutes of hilarity. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray for Captain Spalding” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Jim Furmston, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Marx foil, Margaret Dumont and MGM’s Louis B. Mayer. A show perfect for all ages! “Nothing Short of Masterful,” Chicago Tribune

October 18 – Michael Monroe at Avalon Night Club
777 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara.

October 22 – Kenny “King” Smith Entertainment Presents “Legends of Love Tour” at Santa Clara Convention Center
Featuring live performances by celebrity impersonators such as Marvin gaye, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, Barry White and special guest host Dean Martin. Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Tickets $30 adcance, $40 at-the-door. For tickets, call 408-417-7827 or E-mail Proceeds to benefit American Diabetes Association.

October 22 – Silicon Valley Open/Choi’s Institute of Tae kwon Do at Santa Clara Convention Center
At Choi’s Institute of Tae Kwon Do, our goal is to achieve a balance between physical ability, and the mental and spiritual aspects of the martial arts. This combination of factors is key to a successful martial artist, and a well-rounded individual. For more information visit

October 22 – Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas at 7:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University. For tickets and information, visit

October 23 – Tech N9NE with special guests Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Jay Rock and Flawless at Avalon Night Club
Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
Tickets available at
777 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara.

October 24 – Dr. Lawrence Lessig – Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
With the influence of money and corporate campaign expenditures continuing to balloon, trust in our government is at an all time low. As many Americans believe that the core of our republic has been lost, Lessig discusses the evolution of our “economy of influence”. Program at 6:30 p.m.; Book Signing at 7:30 p.m. Location: St. Clare Room at Santa Clara University Library, 500 El Camino Real. FREE event. For tickets, call 1-800-847-7730 or register online at

October 28 through November 13 “My Three Angels” presented by Santa Clara Players at the Triton Museum Hall Pavilion
The play takes place on Christmas Day, revolving around three convicts in a French penal colony who prove that there are many facets to justice. Dates: Oct. 28, Nov. 4-5, 10-12, & 17-19 at 8 p.m.; and Oct. 30 & Nov. 6 & 13 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit

October 29 – National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Remove potentially dangerous old, unwanted or unused prescription drugs from your medicine cabinet and dispose of them at this event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Santa Clara Police Department, 601 El Camino. The safe disposal of these drugs, especially controlled substances, keeps the drugs out of the hands of children, teens and adults who might abuse them, and also prevents them from entering the wastewater system. For information, see the national Drug Enforcement Agency website at

The event is open to residents and non-residents. Year round, Santa Clara residents (only) may dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at a secured drop off location in the Santa Clara Police Department lobby during normal business hours. For anyone over 59 and unable to participate in the October 29 medication drop off, please call Heart of the Valley, Services for Seniors at (408) 241-1571.

October 29 – 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends Since 2001, hundreds of volunteers, donors, community groups and corporations have come together to raise over $2.5 Million. This has supported databases, literacy, summer reading, and various library collections and programs which touch the lives of thousands of Santa Clara City Library patrons.

Join us on Thursday, October 20 at 7 p.m. in celebrating the impact your support and the support of all our volunteers and donors have made at the Santa Clara City Library. Desserts and champagne will be served. Visit for more information.

October 31 – Lemonheads at Avalon Night Club
777 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara.
Evan Griffith Dando formed The Lemonheads with two high school buddies in late winter ’86, in their senior year at Boston’s tiny Commonwealth School. A few months later, they spawned what is now one of the most sought-after punk relics of the 80s, the indie EP Laughing All the Way to the Cleaners.

November 5-6 – Fall Train Show at Santa Clara Depot
The Fall Open House and Train Show of the South Bay Historical Railroad Society is at the historic Santa Clara Depot, 10 am to 5 pm each day. Admission is $5 for all persons 18 years and older. The SBHRS Open House includes two museum-quality model train displays (HO- and N-scale), numerous railroad historical artifacts, historical structures, and video programs on display for visitors to the event. Come on down and talk trains with your friends and members of the SBHRS. SBHRS is located at 1005 Railroad Avenue. For more information, call(408) 243-3969 or visit

November 9 – Dr. Susan Hockfield, President, MIT – Revving Up America’s Innovation Engine
President Hockfield will discuss a range of key priorities, from fostering research at the intersection of the life sciences and engineering to seizing the opportunities of advanced manufacturing. Time: Check-in 6:30 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m. Location: Kellogg Auditorium, Silicon Valley Bank, 3005 Tasman Drive. Price: $12 Members; $20 Non-Members. For tickets call 1-800-847-7730 or register online at

November 11 – Veteran’s Day Ceremony
3 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial on Kiely Blvd.

November 12 – Veterans Craft Faire at American Legion Post 419
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at American Legion Post 419, 958 Homestead at Lafayette. Vendors register by October 1, $40, or $45 by November 1. Visit or E-mail for more information.

November 11-20 – “Stuart Little” – Roberta Jones Junior Theatre
This musical version of the classic E.B. White book about a little mouse born into a normal New York family tells the exciting tale of a determined ‘underdog’ trying to survive in a ‘real people’s world’. Tix: Adults: $8; Child: $5. Performances on November 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. and November 13 & 20 at 2 p.m. at Mary Louise Mello Auditorium at Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Blvd. For more information, call (408) 615-3140.

November 12 – Bluegrass Music at Santa Clara Depot
Members of the Northern California Bluegrass Society (NCBS) now meet regularly at the Santa Clara Depot to host jam sessions celebrating bluegrass and other old-time music. And in honor of their performing site, many of the musical numbers are noteworthy railroad songs. The musicians entertain patrons and visitors to the depot and passengers awaiting Caltrain service. These jam sessions are currently scheduled for the second Saturday of each month. Saturday programs are performed between 12 to 3 p.m. Admission is FREE. SBHRS is located directly across from Santa Clara University. For more information, call (408) 243-3969 or visit

November 12-13 – Silicon Valley Ski and Snowboard Festival at Santa Clara Convention Center
At the core of the San Francisco and Silicon Valley Ski and Snowboard Festivals lie our passion and love for the mountains. Spend two days exploring gear manufacturer booths, interactive ski resort exhibits, a live snow play arena and the biggest winter sale you’ve ever seen. For more information, visit

November 14 – Small Business Workshop at Library 3 to 5 p.m. Central Park Library Redwood Room
Small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs will learn how the programs of the Small Business Administration (SBA) can help them start, grow, and manage their companies. Experts from SBA and their resource partners will provide information on management training, access to financing, and access to federal government contracting opportunities. Benefits, eligibility requirements, and application procedures will be discussed. To reserve a space at this free SBA Workshop, stop by the Reference Desk or call (408) 615-2900.

November 18-20 – Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo at Santa Clara Convention Center
The Santa Clara Expo spans 50,000 square feet at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Held since 1978, the Santa Clara Expo receives outstanding attendance. There are over 1,000 dealers and 5,000-8,000 public attendees each show from around the world. The expo also provides a venue for Dealers, Mints, Collectors, and Numismatic and Philatelic Organizations to gather, do business, market new products, present educational exhibits. Representatives of the American Numismatic Association and the Professional Numismatists Guild along with many other prominent authorities in their collectibles fields are featured speakers at educational forums and club meetings. In conjunction with every Santa Clara Expo you are sure to find the United States Postal Service. For more information, visit

November 19 – Friends of the Library Book Sale
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central park Library. Offering more than 300 boxes of books for sale priced at 50 cents to $1 before 11:45 a.m., and $5 per grocery bag (we supply the bags) from Noon until 2 p.m.. Doors open at 9 a.m. for Friends Members.

November 21 – Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News Special Correspondent at Betty Hangs Theatre at Santa Clara Convention Center
With all of the current political, social, and economic challenges facing our country, veteran television broadcaster Tom Brokaw asks “What happened to the America I thought I knew?” Time: 12:15 p.m. Check-In: 1:00 p.m. Program: 2:00 p.m. Book Signing Location: Elizabeth A. Hangs Theatre at Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway. Price: $45 – $115 (Includes copy of book). For tickets, call 1-800-847-7730 or visit

November 25 through January 2 – Global Winter Wonderland at California’s Great America Parking Lot
An enchanting five-acre Global Village featuring more than 40 illuminated structures, some as high as 40 feet will replicate some of the World’s most iconic landmarks, holiday themes and traditions. The village will also include holiday food, arts and crafts, dance and music performances from around the World. The event is produced by the International Culture Exchange Group, an international event organizer working to promote cultural exchange between countries. Hours: Weekdays (Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Weekends (Friday to Sunday 11 a.m. to Midnight). Thanksgiving Weekend: November 25-27, December 2-4, December 9-11 and Consecutive Days December 16 to January 2. These beautiful and amazing Chinese lanterns have never been presented in California or the U.S. on this scale. Features hand painted lighted replicas made of silk & wire of 40 beautiful iconic structures, plus holiday cuisine for purchase, Global Marketplace & Live Entertainment. Adults: $10; Children (5-12) & Seniors (62+): $8.

For more information, visit

November 29 – Sister Cities Youth Commission Spaghetti Buffet Fundraiser Dinner
For information and reservations contact Debbie Pavao:

December 2 – Annual City of Santa Clara Holiday Tree Lighting
Feel the spirit of an old fashioned small town Christmas! The City of Santa Clara celebrates its annual “Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony” at 6:00 p.m. with a special celebration – the 100th birthday of Teddy, the stuffed bear that sits on top of the tree every year. Children are encouraged to bring their own teddy bears, have cocoa and take photographs with Teddy. The event will take place at the corner of Civic Center Drive and Lincoln Ave., Santa Clara. Donations of canned food for Second Harvest Food Bank and donations of new teddy bears for those in need are appreciated. For more information, please call (408) 615-3170 or visit

December 2-3 – Santa Clara Historic Home Tour
Friday, December 2, 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, December 3 12 noon to 5 p.m. Tickets for the annual Santa Clara Historic Home Tour will go on sale beginning in October. The always-delightful Historic Home Tour began 33 years ago. One of the private homes on this year’s tour is the Oscar Eberhard House, a 1912 Period Revival Craftsman. Other architectural styles will also be represented. The public building on the tour will be the Harris-Lass House with its rooms festively decorated. For more information, call the museum hotline at (408) 249-7905.

December 2 through 11 – The Christmas Mouse Presented by Santa Clara Players
The Santa Clara Players will perform the original play by Michael Antonucci based on the music of Linda Arnold for children ages four and up.

This is the tale of Mrs. Robinson who is determined to win the Gingerbread House contest this year. But a Christmas mouse, who lives with the Robinsons, needs food for his family and friends and finds her creation. Unfortunately, the mouse has no self-control and destroys the entire gingerbread house, which renders him quite ill. Eventually, with some outside help, things get better and the mouse learns quite a lot about life and getting along with big people.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on December 2 and 9, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on December 3 and 10 and 3 p.m. on December 4 and 11 at the Triton Hall Pavilion behind the Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Avenue. Tickets are $10. Visit for more information.

December 3 – Toys for Tots Drive & Holiday Festival at the South Bay Historical Society (SBHRS)
The SBHRS will host a festival of Christmas and other Holiday Music, the service of Hot Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Hot Cider, and of course, the operations of both the HO-scale and N-scale model train layouts. And don’t forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a needy child in the Bay Area! SBHRS is hosting this event in lieu Caltrain’s Holiday Train Toys for Tots Program, which has been suspended by Caltrain due to budget issues. SBHRS is located at 2011 Toys for Tots Drive, Santa Clara. (408) 243-3969.

December 3 – Breakfast With Santa
Santa is making a special visit to Santa Clara this year to have breakfast with children who sign up with at least one adult per family. The Santa Clara High School Booster Club will prepare a tasty breakfast of pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee and children can have their photo taken with Santa and create unique holiday crafts. The event starts at 9 a.m. at the Santa Clara Senior Center. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Cost is $14 for residents and $18 for non-residents. Call 408-615-3140 for more information.

December 3 – Santa Clara Woman’s Club Fashion Show
“Ring in the season with fashion, food, and fun” is the theme for the annual event.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m., David’s Restaurant, 5151 Stars & Stripes Drive.
Fashions courtesy of Designer’s Corner.
Tickets are $45. Proceeds to benefit preservation of the Historic Adobe and other charitable projects.
Visit for more information or E-mail

December 10 – Holiday Craft Faire at Central Park Library
Will be held in the Redwood Room of the Central Park Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Everyone is invited to attend for a bit of holiday spirit and shopping. Vendor cost is $25 per table and applications are available at the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends office on the second floor of the Library, 2365 Homestead Road. Items should be primarily handmade; no food sales will be allowed. Spaces are limited and will be juried. Proceeds benefit Library programs. For more information, call 408-615-2988.

December 10-11 – Santa Clara Ballet Nutcracker
Artistic Director Josefa Villanueva presents the full-length traditional version of this holiday classic. Guest artists will join local dancers. Santa Clara Convention Center’s Elizabeth A. Hangs Theatre. Check back for performance times, or visit

January 26 – SCU President’s Speaker Series – Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak
Santa Clara University’s President’s Speaker Series presents Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist, Steve Wozniak at Mayer Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products. In 1976, Wozniak & Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. For more information, visit

February 24 to March 17 – Santa Clara Players’ Dial M for Murder
Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Dates: Feb. 24, March 2-3, 8-10, 15-17 at 8 p.m. Triton Museum Hall Pavilion. For more information, visit

April 5 – SCU President’s Speaker Series – James McLurkin
Santa Clara University’s President’s Speaker Series presents James McLurkin at Mayer Theatre at 7:30 p.m. McLurkin thinks swarm robotics is the future. The group of robots in his lab have worked together to navigate new terrain and cooperated to play music using these very techniques. Applications of this technology could be far-ranging, according to McLurkin, including the exploration of planets. For more information, visit

May 18 through June 3 – Santa Clara Players’ The Nerd
Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, whom he has never met but who saved his life in Vietnam. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, “you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you” so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly. Delight soon fades as Rick stays on and on, his continued presence leading to one uproarious incident after another, until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence, a dire development which is staved off by the surprising ending. Dates: May 18, 25-26, 31 & June 1-2, 7-9 at 8 p.m.; May 20, 27 & June 3 at 2:30 p.m. Triton Museum Hall Pavilion. For more information, visit


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