Silicon Valley Wanderings

By Robert Haugh
Pumpkin Palooza Costume Mystery Party

Friday, October 27

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Santa Clara Central Park Library Redwood Room
2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, 95051

Celebrate Halloween with a creepy and fun after hours mystery at the Library. There will be yummy food, decadent desserts and prizes, including one for best costume. Doors close at 7:30 pm. For grades 7 through 12.

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Sunday, October 29

Fall Festival and Haunted House Fundraiser
12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Jamison Brown House
1507 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, 95050

You can make a difference in the fight against illiteracy by attending KPMG’s Fall Festival. This event supports KPMG’s Family for Literacy program. Funds raised through tickets for the haunted house, games, activities, food and beverages will go toward new books that benefit children in underserved Silicon Valley communities.

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Tuesday, October 31

YAC Children’s Halloween Party
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Walter E. Schmidt Youth Activity Center (YAC) 2450 Cabrillo Avenue
Santa Clara Teen Center, 2446 Cabrillo Avenue

The annual Children’s Halloween Party is sponsored by the Santa Clara Parks & Recreation Department. The free event includes carnival games, bounce houses, arts and crafts, entertainment, costume contest and lots of treats! Refreshments will be sold by the Youth Commission. Preschool age children through 5th grade are welcome to participate, and everyone is encouraged to come in costume.

For more information, call 408-615-3760.


Friday, November 3

Future of US Soccer Forum

6:30 to 9 p.m.

Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, 95054

Albert Puig (UEFA pro license, 11 years with FC Barcelona, Catalan Football Federation instructor), Hugo Perez (US National Team Hall of Fame, Director of the Silicon Valley Soccer Academy, former pro player in U.S, France, Sweden and El Salvador) and Mark Christie (San Jose Earthquakes Academy coach, Director of coaching Bay Area Barcelona, founder of Euro Soccer Training) will speak about their experience and expertise in soccer and what the future has in store for the sport. Open to soccer coaches, camp leaders and presidents of teams and leagues.

Discussion items will include European culture vs. U.S. culture, secrets of La Masia, Barcelona philosophy, immediate solutions and future plans. There will be a Q&A session as well.

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Saturday, November 4

Agnew Park and Playground Rehabilitation Project – Public Outreach Meeting
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Agnew Park
2150 Agnew Road, Santa Clara 95054

This Community Meeting is set to discuss Agnew Park Playground and Park Rehabilitation. voice your opinion and help design your neighborhood park. The meeting will cover Modern Play Theory, Options and Initiatives and  Brainstorming Session of Themed Play Pieces.

For more information contact: 408.615.2260 or visit

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