Silicon Valley Wanderings
By Robert Haugh
Hello Fall and goodbye monsoon weather. Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the events in and around the Mission City.
Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17
Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival at Central Park
The 37th annual event features beer and wine tasting, 160 unique arts and craft vendors, a wide variety of food offerings, a Kid’s area and live entertainment. One of the featured performers is The Spazmatics.
Proceeds benefit several non-profit organizations.
More info and full schedule: http://santaclaraca.gov/visitors/art-wine-festival-3828
Saturday, September 16 through Sunday, October 15
Northern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Casa de Fruta
Highway 152 in Hollister – 10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy
Take a step back in time to the quaint village of Willingtown. See exotic performers from throughout the globe ranging from traditional Morris and English Country, to Celtic and Gypsy Tribal.
Other attractions include sword fights, jousting, over 200 fine artisans, many choices of traditional Renaissance-style food as well as modern fare, games and rides, a petting zoo and the Saturday evening Celtic rock concert series.
Saturday, September 16
The Teal Run 2017
2 Gilman Ave, Campbell, 8:30 a.m.
The Teal Run is a 5K run/walk to support ovarian cancer research and local Bay Area cancer support services, such as Stanford Cancer Institute, Cancer CAREpoint and Bay Area Cancer Connections. In the the first two Teal Runs, approximately $80,000 was raised.
Jona Denz-Hamilton of K-BAY will be the emcee, and S.J. Sharkie will be making an appearance. Also featuring a free photo booth, face painting and balloon art.
Thursday, September 21
City of Santa Clara Blood Drive
City Hall Council Chambers, 1500 Warburton Avenue
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Donate blood and help save lives.
It’s a fun ride by starting after 7:00 pm a LOT of cars and trucks full of bikes are going to descend on Pruneridge Shopping Center! Especially starting at 7:30. I think the ride starts a bit after 8:00 pm and according to their website, they are going leave via Pruneridge and take an immediate left onto Saratoga toward the university and our former downtown! That will be a disaster at Pruneridge and Saratoga.
Plus, the parking lot is NOT big enough for this ride! Very good if 100 riders, but if there are 1,000 riders and hundreds of cars? That’s the wrong location for this!
I’ve been on these rides and 80% know how to ride. The rest are various kinds of unaware to ignorant to brazenly stupid about the rules of the road.
Looks like it hits SJ (Willow Glen) and Campbell (downtown) so it should be a fun ride.