West Valley community events restart after pandemic – The Mercury News


After a pandemic hiatus, two great events are back this weekend, both to benefit our local community.

The Saratoga Rotary Art Show returns to West Valley College this Saturday and Sunday, April 30 through May 1. New: Rotarians will be exhibiting their artwork at the Rotarian Art Booth.

“We thought it would show our members’ support for the arts, even if they’re not professionals,” said art show co-chair Alba Alamillo. “The show is a wonderful family event; Over 150 artists will showcase their work, with proceeds going to charities and nonprofits.

There is still time to join other walkers and runners and take part in the Grande Course this Sunday, May 1st. After more than four decades, the racetrack is moving from Highway 9 to a 4-mile course through Vasona and Oak Meadow Parks. A professional photograph is included with registration so you can prove you made it. A new 1-Mile Kids Fun Run will start at 8:10 a.m. and SJ Sharkie will cheer on the kids. Produces race support scholarships for local high school students and local and global Los Gatos Rotary service projects. Register at https://raceroster.com/events/2022/57933/2022-rotary-club-of-los-gatos-great-race.

These two years have been difficult for restaurants. The flights closed and Los Gatos lost a committed and involved businessman to Alex Hult. He’s a former president of the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce and a good guy who’s trained to give back.

There is a lot of activity at the north end of Santa Cruz Avenue. It’s inviting to see people enjoying the terrace at Out of the Barrel. Double D’s is building a new patio across the street that should add to the action. Tucked away in Village Lane, a few doors down from Manresa, is a new favorite of mine, The Tasting House. Denise and Mike Thornberry have created a warm and friendly French bistro. I love the small plates of gourmet food and cheese paired with wine. Their wine list includes over 400 bottles, many of which are unique, in small batches and in limited distribution. Their neighboring tasting shop offers national and international cheeses, artisanal chocolates, homemade dishes and gift items.

Mark your calendar for a great fundraiser to be held in person after two years on Zoom. Planning for the Cancer CAREpoint Garden Party is underway; the event is scheduled for August 28 at 2505 Samaritan Drive, San Jose. The organization provides cancer services free of charge to patients and their families, regardless of where they receive medical care or their type of cancer. www.cancercarepoint.org

Summer will be here before we know it, and Los Gatos is planning a return of the popular Promenade. The idea is to stroll the boardwalk for shopping, dining and listening to live music. Premiering on June 16 are the Summit Sisters and Legally Blue. The free event will take place every Thursday evening until August 4, except June 30. www.losgatoschamber.com

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