Are you looking for something to do this weekend, as early as this weekend? No worries folks with P.K.’s Weekend Roundup on rootshed.com, not only will you find activities that include the latest and greatest, but also your favorite, too. We’ve compiled some of the hottest happenings from inland to the coast, from the exquisite to the slightly bizarre, from this weekend to the next and just a few days and sometimes a few weeks beyond so you can plan ahead. With the New Year almost upon us there are many traditions of old to combine with new, many things to be grateful for and a new year coming with more than the magic of the season to carry us through a New Year. So let our worries fade, and let us take you to places of fun and excitement whether for some ooh-la-la romance with your sweetheart; quiet time alone or some much needed family time – whatever you decide to do just give it your all, be safe, designate a driver if you plan to drink and make those new memories cherishable, charitable and magnificently unforgettable. Ciao for now.
This weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 28, 29 and 30, 2012
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 28, 29 and 30, 2012 (through Dec. 31)
San Francisco – Looking for something “different” but fun?/ How about a chocolate factory tour? Yes folks, sometimes the finest things in life are still free, and still “chocolate.” So how about a free chocolate factory tour? A new start-up chocolate factory in San Francisco is inviting folks to check out their new factory where they are making some of the finest chocolate in the Bay for a limited time, so be sure to follow the rules (such as attendees must be at least five minutes early; no children under eight years of age; no cameras, phones, recording devices, backpacks, purses, anything at all allowed on the tour with you; and please be prepared to read the “Good Manufacturing Practices” manual provided by TCHO). This is a great way to experience something fun and different and since it is one of the leading “good” addictions in America – why not see how it’s made? TCHO is located on Pier 17 along the Embarcadero. Tours held daily; reserve your tour date now. Visit the TCHO website for more about the start-up company as well. Tours through the end of December.
Saturday, December 29, 2012 – (events through Dec. 30 and Jan. 6, 2013)
San Jose – The Winchester Mystery House “Spirit of Christmas” evening and daytime walk-through Mansion Tours are spectacular. Although the Mansion Tours are available year-round, “The Spirit of Christmas” daytime tours are available through January 6, 2013, with evening tours through December 30, 2012. Other tours also available throughout the year; visit the Winchester Mystery House website for additional information and pricing.
Saturday, December 29, 2012 – ending very soon near you!
San Jose – Have you driven through your city of lights lately? How about downtown San Jose, or Santana Row? Or perhaps another nearby town to see how beautiful the light displays are; where ever you live, be sure to visit nearby towns, your town or a neighborhood to appreciate all of the hard work they all put in before the lights come down (generally by New Year’s Day). And, be sure to check out the winners of the holiday lights contests in your city. A special thank you to all who decorated this year.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
San Jose and the Bay Area – From San Jose to San Francisco there are so many great shows coming to the Bay Area with the amazing Broadway San Jose’s “Rock of Ages” to the spectacular “Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream” with the amazing three-show production spectacular featuring every little girl’s favorite “Tangled” (see P.K.’s sneak peek into February 2013 for more details) – with so many more shows to look forward to in the coming year and with so many other wonderful things to dream about with theater, opera, musicals and ballet the stages throughout the Bay will be filled with wonderful talents that make eyes bright and hearts come alive so stay tuned to rootshed.com and the Events section as P.K. explores and reviews all that is magical and bright, and so much more. Happy New Year to all of our faithful readers.
Saturday and Sunday, December 29 and 30, 2012 – (ends Jan 6, 2013)
Santa Clara – At last, Global Winter Wonderland is sharing all its glory and wonder with everyone in the Santa Clara and Silicon Valley so head on over to see what the fuss is all about. Twinkling lights galore, excitement, recycled bottles and materials like never before – and a new piece of info making this amazing display of holiday lights even more magical – we even wonder if there’s a Guinness World Record to be had here somewhere? What do you think? Visit Global Winter Wonderland at Great America located at 4701 Great America Parkway in Santa Clara through January 6, 2013; take public transportation to this event. Tickets: $18 general; $16 junior and senior; and children age 4 and under free. Parking is $20 preferred “VIP” up front; $10 general – cash only; season pass: $29.99. Remember, the $10 parking gets you a better view of teh new SF 49er stadium being built so a treat for a little walk. No pets allowed; lockers available; as well as strollers and wheelchair rentals on first-come, first-serve basis behind Guest Services. Call for tickets 1-888-768-7469.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Santa Clara – Yes, a Saturday’s market to offset the usual Sunday affair and this one in Santa Clara: The Santa Clara Farmer’s Market is also a year-round event held in front (or back near the post office) at Franklin Mall in Santa Clara (at Jackson Street and Homestead Road), and happens to be quite the quaint little farmer’s market indeed – perfect for those Saturday shoppers who like to get it done and out of the way. From caramel corn to flowers and vegetables to fresh fruit you’re bound to find what you need (with many growers that are also at the Campbell’s Farmer’s Market); live entertainment, laughter, trades, goods and treats. Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 29, 2012 – (through Dec. 31, 2012)
San Francisco – “Victorian Holiday of Lights in the City” – a free event with the “Union Street Fantasy of Lights” lasting through December with the line of Victorian houses along Union Street; an annual tradition now for over 20 years. Main location to start can be 2040 Union Street in San Francisco (folks are encouraged to bring a toy(s) for the San Francisco Firefighter’s Program throughout the event; many shops offering specials and extended hours. Public transportation options available at 511.org; enjoy the holidays a lot more when the communities come together. Some parking validated by many of the Union Street merchants for the 2001 Union Plaza Garage, 1910 Union Street Garage (Wells Fargo) and the Lombard Street Garage (enter on Moulton Alley at Webster).
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Campbell – Venetian mask making and fresco classes with artist Carla Almanza-deQuant at her studio in Campbell located at 346 E. Campbell Avenue in downtown Campbell. To register call 1-408-640-6628. From Fresco classes to Venetian mask making to Gioia Italian art and so much more; experience art at its finest with Gioia Italian Art & Products for shopping at the Los Gatos boutique or online. And remember, the number “13” is a very lucky number for Italians so the new year ahead promises to be a good one. January 2013 also marks the beginning of a year of color, such as in Venice with costumes and masquerade balls (with a special Masquerade Ball coming to Campbell on February 8, 2013; stay tuned to Gioia and P.K. for further details).
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Niles – Shopping and Movie Night. Visit the town of Niles for shopping, from antiques to uniques; Niles is always a great place to find that Christmas gift you’ve been looking for. And don’t forget the “Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum” for silent movie night every Saturday night at the Edison theater located at 37417 Niles Blvd. begins at 7:30 p.m. check the website for which silent film will be played.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Fremont or Sunol – The “Train of Lights” tickets are on sale now and run out quickly every holiday so be sure to check the website for availability. This is the perfect time for that romantic holiday excursion through the mountains or to plan a family getaway or to start a tradition of new. The Train of Lights annual fundraiser is one of the most important annual fundraisers of the year so be sure to check out the website for details and get your tickets early so you don’t miss out on this truly amazing event. And while you’re in Niles, why not visit the town of Niles and explore the shops or see a movie – there are cute antique shops and many little handcrafted gifts available for that unique flair for that special person in your life.
Saturday and Sunday, December 29 and 30, 2012 – (ends Dec. 30, 2012)
San Jose – HP Pavilion in San Jose – if you haven’t yet seen this woman in concert, it is quite a show! At HP Pavillion until then are various shows, such as “How to Train Your Dragon” through Dec. 30, 2012
Saturday and Sunday, December 29 and 30, 2012 – (ends Dec. 31, 2012)
Los Gatos –The Los Gatos 14th Annual Fantasy of Lights is always a great way to end a long week, or start off a wonderful week ahead with the family. Enjoy the beautiful decorations and drive through festival of lights at Vasona Park, a park that is already beautiful and a land now filled with assorted holiday lights and décor made by local businesses and volunteers contributing to what is always an amazing display of holiday traditions to brighten eyes and touch holiday hearts. This Los Gatos Fantasy of Lights runs through December 31, 2012, open every day including holidays. Vasona is located at 333 Blossom Hill Road in Los Gatos. Open daily from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call 1-408-355-2201 for additional details; be sure to see P.K.’s article on Fantasy of Lights for complete bus schedule and event details.
Saturday, December 29, 2012 – enlighten your soul and brighten your world with art and technology
San Jose – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is always a great afternoon visit with new exhibits up now for the new year. Schedule to go with your sweetheart or child on the weekend or an afternoon during the week. Located at 560 South First in downtown San Jose and with a collection of amazing exhibits from very talented artists from all over the Bay Area, this is a great way to spend an afternoon with your sweetheart. Open Saturdays from Noon to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday. Visit their website or call 1-408-283-8155.
Santa Clara – The Triton Museum of Art is also another museum worth the visit and if you’re closer to Santa Clara, then maybe the Triton Museum might be on your list of museums to visit; located at 1505 Warburton Avenue at Don Avenue in Santa Clara. Showcasing all sorts of artwork from artists all over the Bay Area, this is another museum worth spending an afternoon in. Parking is free. Visit their website or call 1-408-247-2136. Currently on exhibit: Karen Frey.
Santa Clara – Educate yourself and your children with the latest technology at The Intel Museum, the place where folks can “Journey through decades of Innovation.” The Intel Museum truly is a place of wonder where technology is concerned, and where kids and adults alike can share the world of technology and a little tech knowledge. Discover the making of silicon chips or cruise the Intel Museum store for holiday gifts. Located at 2200 Mission College Blvd. in Santa Clara. Open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information or museum schedule, call 1-408-765-5053.
San Carlos – Carlos at the Hiller Aviation Museum located at 601 Skyway Road in San Carlos. This is not only a place where those interested in flight, exploration or flying – but children are always amazed by technology. Explore the wonderful world of aeronautics with your child, or what the heck, go by yourself. Call 1-650-654-0200 for additional information. http://www.hiller.org/
Anywhere – Art-o-mat – Truly fine art for an affordable price for collectors; smaller versions of the original artwork that artists create available in incredible, vintage cigarette machines renovated into art vending machines that are also pieces of art. Definitely one way to replace greeting cards and they are the same price! For just $5 people can own a piece of fine art and add to their collections; children can learn about fine art – there are simply no limitations when it comes to art.
Santa Clara – The de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University is also another great museum to check out; located at 500 El Camino Real in Santa Clara. For additional information visit their website or call 1-408-554-4528.
Oakland – Free first Sunday of the month is “free” admission day at the Oakland Museum of California located at 100 Oak Street in Oakland. Visit the website for additional information on exhibits, new hours of operations and event info.
Los Angeles – Ki’i Boards Fine Art – Have you given up surfing and want to turn your surf board into fine art? Do you love the ocean and the theme and fine art and want to incorporate the two? The ideas are endless and so is the art by this extremely talented young lady – Tara Berger out of southern California
San Francisco – First Tuesday of every month comes the Conservatory of Flowers – a great place with a lot of incredibly beautiful flowers – no doubt as beautiful as you are, ladies. A great place to take a date gentleman, and a great place to take the kids – they have a good time, too. Current exhibits include Boomtown’s Barbary Coast’s Gold Rush Days through April 14, 2013.
Saturday, December 29, 2012 – (Special $12 adoption fee ends Dec. 31)
San Jose and Sunnyvale – Adopt-a-pet, save a furry little life and provide a “forever’ home to that new Christmas or New Year’s gift for your family member with the Humane Society of Silicon Valley’s December special: $12 (normally $175) for all adult animals – that’s a huge savings! Santa’s checklist will be an easy one this year with HSSV as the adoption house, with some of your pet’s favorite toys, food and other pet accessories so stop by the Sunnyvale and San Jose (off Saratoga Avenue near Westgate) to adopt, shop and wrap up your holiday adoption – Petco is your one-stop adopt and shop this holiday season.
The adoption benefits of going through Humane Society of Silicon Valley include everything from spay/neuter surgery to all vaccines and routine de-worming – the benefits are as priceless as the felines or pooches awaiting your smooches – and your time is equally priceless, so don’t forget to tell a friend and remember, if you can’t adopt get those volunteer hours in and check off yet another item off that Santa list.
Petco San Jose is located at 500 El Paseo de Saratoga Avenue in San Jose; 1-408-370-2732; and Petco Sunnyvale is located at 160 East El Camino Real in Sunnyvale; 1-408-720-1419. Tipper and Peri, two adorable, lovable cats are still available for adoption at the San Jose Petco looking for their forever home. Thank you to those who chose the last three cats we featured! Choose a new pet who is looking for a “forever” home and thank you to everyone who has shown their support; these (now purring) and furry animals needed you and you came through!
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Ben Lomond – Towne & Country Antiques and Uniques is a unique antique store and quite frankly one of the best on our list, and one that will absolutely become one of your favorites – especially during the holidays when shopping needs to get done. From the outdoor garden area with iron structures and statues be it mermaids, angels or animals to various iron structures to the indoors where collections of sorts from dolls to houses to furniture and sorts covering every holiday from St. Valentine’s to Christmas with displays that will make you feel right-at-home. The owner, Jan, will also make you feel welcome and is very helpful, and one of the friendliest owners we’ve met in a long time. Be sure to add “Towne & Country Antiques and Uniques” to your list of antique shops and spend an afternoon browsing for that have-to-have treasure find. Towne & County Antique and Uniques is located at 9280 Highway 9 in Ben Lomond. For additional information and hours please call 831-336-5993.
Saturday, December 29, 2012 – or anytime, really
Campbell – Sonya Paz Gallery just moved to their new location in Campbell, with some things on sale, other functional, wearable and original art is just too fabulous not to own. Now located at 195 E. Campbell Avenue in downtown Campbell, fun, creative and innovative this gallery is the place for Sonya Paz fine art fans. Check it out!
Saturday and Sunday, December 29 and 30, 2012
Los Gatos – Are you looking for some of the best BBQ rub on the planet, or maybe you’re just crazy for cat statuary – or perhaps it is the live entertainment on a Saturday night you’re looking for, such as some of the finest Country & Western this side of the coast? Whatever it is you’re looking for and whatever your mood, The Cats Restaurant and Tavern is a can’t-be-beat kickin’-it-up-good-time for entertainment, good food, good friends and good times. And don’t forget for those not wanting to drive that one or two exits up Hwy. 880/17 there is always the Catch a free shuttle offered by The Cats that can be caught from the parking lot across from the Toll House Inn in downtown Los Gatos (free shuttle every 25 minutes, from 5 p.m. until midnight; every Friday and Saturday). Savings Tip for Examiner readers: According to co-owner, Mark Thomas, “Like” The Cats on Facebook and receive a free “Cowboy Chip Platter” appetizer. The Cats is located at 17533 Santa Cruz Highway in Los Gatos. Call 1-408-354-4020 for additional information.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Campbell – Campbell Farmer’s Market – That’s right folks, Campbell’s Farmer’s Market is still one of the best Farmer’s Market’s around; attended by thousands so meet your old friends or heck, why not meet some new ones. Purchase some plants or pick out some fresh fruits and veggies and let the kids walk off some useless energy before heading home to do that book report; soak up some sun or a few drops of rain and let that good energy form beneath whatever sun you can find – just enjoy a little family time. Held on Sundays in downtown Campbell from 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; find everything from bread to soup to nuts-or whatever your needs for the week ahead, including live entertainment, taste-testing and shops open downtown – this is one market that just can’t be beat.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Your home, with your sweetheart, televised – When was the last time you were a lounge lizard with your sweetheart and watched a little football? Get ready for 2013 in style by not only getting in a little cuddle time but how about preparing to save money by cuddling instead of shopping – not only will you save a return or two, but likely an argument and some “splainin’ Lucy” time. So check out your favorite team (mine just so happens to be the San Francisco 49ers …although years ago I also used to also follow the WA Redskins…) Check out your local TV Guide, newspaper or cable listings for game time; or check out your team’s website, such as the San Francisco 49ers for details and schedule (or, if you’re lucky, you’ll be at the game and can share photos with us!) Go SF!
Sunday, December 30, 2012 – or any day of the week
Your home –anytime – Don’t feel like going out and just want to stay home? Why not go online and do a little holiday shopping or check out the latest music video – and hey, have you checked out the Examiner site recently? We have just about everything on every topic so check us out!
P.K.’s music video fav’s and picks of the week:
–Train – still one of the greatest artists ever with two favorites, “Drops of Jupiter” and Save Me San Francisco.”
–The Stragglyrs are a “rootsy” group who produce some of the best folk-rock and country rock music in the Bay Area who also write some quality songs that are nothing short of superb. Tom Thomson on lead and rhythm guitar and vocals; Bill Mishler on drums and vocals; Chris Purdum on bass, rhythm guitar and vocals; and the newest member, Hank Van Buren on rhythm and lead guitar and vocals. Check their website for a listen and their calendar for their next gig – you’ll be glad you did.
– Doc Roc and the Disorderlies – That’s right, there is a cure for what ails you with Doc Roc and the Disorderlies you get the hottest cover music in the nation or, some of their awesome originals. From good old-fashioned Rock & Roll, jazz and all sorts of mix of music that you can dance to or just listen to while surfing the web or sitting in that lovely Bay Area traffic. And a hot little piece of trivia for you, the drummer of the band really is a doctor. From private parties and local clubs to weddings and Bar Mitzvah because these guys are among the best.
– MATCHBOX TWENTY “3AM” watch the video, with a new CD release, “North.”
–Phillip Phillips – the hot new sound is always at “Home” in your heart.
–Gary Allen “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain” – his website should have the video front and center; if not, search it, it’s well worth it. Word on the music strip is that those who donate to Hurricane Sandy victims can receive a free Gary Allen download; check out details here,
–Christina Perry “A Thousand Years” – from the movie, Twilight – their latest, where Edward “gets the girl.” And, well, where us women realize that the one we love is worth fighting for, (as long as he fights back, that is). An absolutely great song; among the best – so do give it a listen.
–Taylor Swift sometimes adds a little humor as her signature, however, check out her new song, “I Knew You Were Trouble” …indeed a new (and cool) look for Swift.
–And what about Owl City with “Fireflies” – another cool favorite. Who can resist that cutie on the keyboard but more importantly it’s a great song with hope.
–Christina Perri “A Jar of Hearts” – Ghosts must leave the building for this song is a definitive way to get over someone they’ve loved for a thousand years or more – once they’ve decided that person can’t hurt them anymore.
–Maroon 5 area always coming out with a hit, their latest:” One More Night” -indeed worth a listen.
–“Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars – a cute song for those who are missing their Bruno fix.
–Music video by the Queen of Country Music, Carrie Underwood, who sung this song, “Blown Away” with her amazing voice at the Billboard Music Awards 2012 – and while you’re there, heck out her new single, “Two Black Cadillacs.”
–P!nk is always in and it’s never complete without that one last kiss (isn’t there a wine by that name?) so be sure to check out this song, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” by the extremely talented and beautiful P!nk.
Looking for a “live” moon rise or glow, or how about a sunset, or sunrise for those early risers? The “in” thing for the “lucky” year 2013 is to not make broken promises and to start living life half-full (yes, with optimistic style). It is time to wake up your soul, let go of the unnecessary and take claim on breathing in and out again. This planet is full of so many beautiful people and the landscaping is gorgeous from the heavens above (that I call an Angel’s canvas because it changes daily) to the mountains, rivers and oceans that surround us) to the beauty that exists inside each and every one of us, just take a moment to view a “different perspective” from the comfort of your home. Begin with a view through a live through another’s eyes and then let your gut guide you from there; sometimes a 360 view and a new perspective (and a few deep breaths and exhales) can do wonders so smile and let the new year be the beginning to good health and good times. Whatever your desire, a trip to Mt. Tam, Lake Tahoe or somewhere else – start with a glimpse of one of these beauts here:
Mount Hamilton – The hamcam at Mt. Hamilton is a great thing to check out anytime, from home or office – just to check out what’s going on in the sky from where you are
Mount Tamalpais – not only is this one place you’ll definitely want to go check out for a morning or afternoon hike if not for the beautiful view, the webcam is a neat thing, too
Mount Umunhum – There is also the famous Mount Umunhum live webcam, at the foothills of the valley (although not many know the name of the mountain – but it’s the one that everyone looks to when they want to see if there is any snow)
Lake Tahoe – The ever beautiful Lake Tahoe webcam is a must when it comes to live cams so naturally we included it; with a special inclusion toward the bottom of the same page of Heavenly and Yosemite, so enjoy!
Special important message to please spread to those you love: Be safe this New Year’s Eve, designate a sober driver if you plan to drink.
Your home, anytime (casual attire, jammies)– Online shopping at one of your favoirte artist’s websites such as Art-o-mat or Ki’i Boards
Monday, December 31, 2012 – For New Year’s Eve and those in need in CA & NV:
Your city, CA & NV – Free in your city in Bay Area – Free towing for those in need during the holidays on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve – with AAA “Tipsy Tow” for California and Nevada; visit the website for additional information.
Monday, December 31, 2012 – New Year’s Eve events
San Francisco or Berkeley – HornBlower cruises (leaving from Berkeley and San Francisco) on New Year’s Eve; a dining cruise is different and a great way to start off the new year with dinner, dancing and a fireworks show.
San Francisco – Kick off the New Year at Davies Symphony Hall with a New Year’s celebration like no other.
San Carlos – Looking for a “daytime” party for the young ones? Look on the ground instead of in the air at the Carlos at the Hiller Aviation Museum located at 601 Skyway Road in San Carlos is also a great place to celebrate New Year’s for the entire family to get some quality time in so for those looking to explore a little more about flight and all that makes Hiller Aviation the exciting place it is, join them from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a special “noon” New Year’s Eve party s – where children are always welcome, and amazed by technology. Call 1-650-654-0200 for additional information.
San Francisco – Jump aboard the USS Hornet in San Francisco and experience New Year’s Eve unlike any other; 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.) and they usually sell out (as most NYE events do); featuring music by “3 O’Clock Jump.”
San Francisco – Spend New Year’s in the city of SF with “The SF Pub Crawl” hosted by SF New Years.net – check the website for additional details, pricing and other events throughout the city of San Francisco and Bay Area for a New Year’s gala bash bingo of event listings; most events begin at 5 p.m.
Pebble Beach – “Fairy tale New Year’s Eve Party” – Spend the New Year with a fairy tale kind of ringing in, but with the kind of reality you’ll be talking about all year long.
Santa Clara – Single and looking to mingle? Check out the Singles Event of the New Year at the Santa Clara Convention Center located at 5001 Great American Parkway in Santa Clara. This New Year’s Single’s Bash promises to bring singles to mingle and who knows from there, right? 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s music and all sorts of VIP treatment with various packages with complimentary champagne toast included in ticket price (varies). Check website for details; begins at 7 p.m.
A look into a new and wonderful new year of 2013:
Coming soon: Winners of the final round of the Ballet San Jose Nutcracker-inspired photo contest; stay tuned to rootshed.com for details.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 – Happy New Year to all of our faithful readers!
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
San Jose – A special Wednesday Farmer’s Market in San Jose to catch up on grocery shopping for the family, and get a head start on the remainder of your holiday shopping. Add some ooh-la-la for that special recipe or enjoy a little time to yourself while the kids go off and do some of their own shopping – let them shop for dinner and cook one night, wouldn’t that be fun?! Whatever you do, just enjoy yourself for an afternoon at the Cambrian Park Farmer’s Market San Jose held at the lot at Camden and Union Avenues in San Jose on Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This market sponsored by the Cambrian Park Plaza Merchants Association.
Saturday, January 12, 2012
Santa Clara – Santa Clara Swim Club’s Annual Swim-A-Thon to support the historic club. Support the swimmers, count laps and keep track of time – all at the International Swim Center in Santa Clara located behind the Santa Clara Library on Homestead Road.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
San Jose – ”Born This Way Ball Tour: Lady Gaga” at the HP Pavilion in San Jose – if you haven’t yet seen this woman in concert, it is quite a show! At HP Pavillion until then are various shows, such as after “How to Train Your Dragon” through Dec. 20 is: “The Harlem Globetrotters” on January 20, 2013.
Sneak peek into February 2013:
San Jose – Broadway San Jose, A Nederlander Presentation in association with Team San Jose proudly presents four additional shows in the 2012-2013 season, including the South Bay debuts of “Rock of Ages,” theatrical phenomenon Blue Man Group,” Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Billy Elliot” and “Green Day’s American Idiot.” – Beginning again on January 29, all will be on stage at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Dates, times and prices vary; visit Broadway San Jose’s website for details. For season ticket information, call 1-866-395-2929 or 1-408-792-4111.
San Jose – Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream is coming to San Jose’s HP Pavilion with an all new ice skating production of Disney On Ice magic and merriment of three productions in one with “Tangled,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and Cinderella.” A class of world skater spectacular performers combine modern-day princesses and princes with humor, adventure, amazing talents and romance to bring to life more than stories filled with the modern-day fairytale that audiences will expect – from the variety of tales filled with charm and excitement such as Rapunzel, Flynn and Maximus who embark on an hilarious journey going beyond the normal seek-and-find to Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen’s magical and musical adventure leading to a fateful kiss to fanciful dreams of Cinderalla and her prince charming and that all-too-familiar glass slipper that makes an unforgettable fairytale come true with all sorts of beauty, sparkle and spirit on the ice when Disney On Ice presents “Dare to Dream” in February 2013 at the HP Pavilion. Tickets: FR $80, VIP $50, $27 and $20 with some opening night seats available for $15 (not premium seating). Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000; tickets to be subject to additional fees.
New Orleans – Not that there s much to prepare for with the SuperBowl XLVII, however, while we are on the subject, good luck SF 49ers!
Woodside – The famous Filoli Mansion in Woodside opens in just a few short months (as we all know how time flies) and this is always a lovely place to visit whether for the beautiful 654 acre-garden reminiscent of some of the most beautiful gardens in the world including one of the happiest places on the planet –the lovely Disneyland in Southern California; or, if it is to roam the inside of the two-story beautifully decorated historical home, each room exquisitely decorated to fit its era and charm. No wonder it takes more than 700 volunteers to events like the most recent “Let There Be Magic” that ran over the Thanksgiving holidays. Come February 5 and spring 2013 there be over one million bulbs in bloom in the gardens (and folks, that is a lot of bulbs, and a site no one will want to miss), not to mention a great photo op! So gather your best friend or a family member and roam the gardens, visit for lunch or perhaps an afternoon tea. Whatever your fancy, just wear comfortable shoes and bring a camera because you’ll be in awe over this incredible historical mansion that sits in the middle of beautiful tall grass (well, until the deer get to it), oak and assorted trees and amidst an assortment of tasty fruit trees so divine (with fruit to die for) and the location is just before the 92 exit to Half Moon Bay off the beautiful and scenic highway 280. The historic Filoli site is located at 86 Cañada Road in Woodside, CA 94062.
Regular season ticket info: Filoli opens again for its regular season beginning February 5, 2013. Non-member admission on non-event days (special events may have special event rates): $15 general; $12 seniors and $5 for students; free for seniors (65+) and children age four and younger. Entrance fees include entrance to house, garden, garden shop and café with all-day access; and include any guided tour or nature hike. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (last admission is at 2:30 p.m.); Sunday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m..; closed Mondays. For additional information on tickets that vary per event and visit, check the calendar at www.filoli.org or call 1-650-364-8300, ext. 508, weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Event ends December 1, 2012.
“An optimist stays up until midnight to ring the New Year in; a pessimist stays up to ensure the old year leaves. The question is, can one be both while walking a straight line?” –Unknown
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Stay tuned for more of the creative and behind-the-scene goodness as P.K. researches and unfolds and shares a little of that sweetness with y’all. And remember, support the arts, music and education as it feeds the brain and calms the soul, balancing life and opening our hearts to new experiences. Stay tuned to the rootshed.com for more ways to stay healthy, alternatively-wealthy and wise – with much more excitement to come.
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