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Christmas in the Park 2017

Once again Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose is transformed into Christmas in the Park from the day after Thanksgiving through New Years Day.

The free event includes more than 550 decorated Christmas trees, over 40 animated displays/exhibits, visits with Santa, nightly entertainment and more.

Special areas of Christmas in the Park include Reindeer Ranch, Snowflake Falls, North Pole Plaza, Gingerbread Village, Candy Cane Lane and Mistletoe Row. There is also Adoption Alley where you can adopt a cat or dog to take home.

Christmas in the Park kicks off at 6:00pm on Friday, November 24 with the lighting of the 60-foot Christmas tree. Christmas in the Park is then open daily 9:00am to midnight.

Christmas in the Park is expensive to produce and operate. Thus, they ask you to visit their food court. All of the proceeds go directly toward bringing this event free.

Plaza de César Chávez
1 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, 95113

Admission: Free

From the day after Thanksgiving (11/24/2017) through New Years Day (1/1/2018).
From 11/25/2017 open daily 9:00am to midnight.

Parking

Closest facilities to Christmas in the Park are:
Fairmont Plaza Garage, 50 W. San Fernando St., under the ice rink
Pavilion Garage at Second and San Fernando streets
Central Place Garage and Lot between Second and Third streets at San Fernando
Surface lots at Second and San Fernando and San Carlos and South Market streets
CityView Plaza Garage, 115 S. Market St.
95 S. Market Garage

 

Lunchtime Lego

Wednesday, November 15 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm is Lego Time at the Mountain View Public Library. All ages are welcome in the Children’s Room. There will also be Duplos for toddlers.

This free event takes place on every third Wednesday of the month.

Mountain View Public Library
585 Franklin Street
Mountain View, 94041
(650) 903-6887

Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival


The free San Francisco Center for the Book’s 14th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival is Sunday, September 17, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival includes public printmaking and book arts extravaganza that includes free hands-on printmaking and book arts activities, demonstrations, art gallery and studio tours, and more.
Steamroller Printing: relief printing — a process where a protruding surface is inked and brought into contact with paper — using a steamroller on the road surface of Rhode Island Street as a humongous makeshift printing press.
The resulting “Featured Artists Roadworks” prints are then sold for $500 (3’x3′) and $250 (18″x18″) and Roadworks “Roadworks ‘Personal Prints’ Artists'” prints are sold for $40 each.

SF Center for the Book
375 Rhode Island Street
San Francisco, 94103
(415) 565-0545

Sunday, September 17, 2017
1:00 am to 4:00 pm

Admission: free

Free Drive-In Movie Night in Concord


Sunday, September 3, 2017, Solano 2 Drive-In presents Customer Appreciation Night. Gates open at 6:00 pm, there will be activities/events and live music. Movies then start 8:00 pm. All free.

Scheduled movies include:
Despicable Me 2
Guardians Of The Galaxy 2
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Pirates Of The Caribbean
Transformers
War Of The Planet Of The Apes

Solano 2 Drive-In
1611 Solano Way
Concord, 94520

Sunday, September 3, 2017
Gates open 6:00 pm

Admission: Free

Friday Night Bands on Santa Cruz Beach


This summer from June 16 through September 1, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk presents bands from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s to play free concerts on the beach Friday nights. There will be two shows at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

Schedule:

June 16 — Eddie Money
June 23 — Brian Howe (Bad Company)
June 30 — Great White
July 7 —  Quiet Riot
July 14 — Blue Öyster Cult
July 21 — Eric Burdon and The Animals
July 28 — Los Lobos
Aug 4 —  Y & T
Aug 11 — Pablo Cruise
Aug 18 — Gin Blossoms
Aug 25 — Band To Be Announced
Sept 1 — Papa Doo Run Run

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz, 95060

Fridays June 16 through September 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm

Important Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk information:
“Access to the prime seating area begins at 4pm; no blankets or chairs are permitted in the roped-off areas before 4pm. The line formed on the beach will be given first priority for access to prime seating area.

Please limit blanket size to 3×5 feet per person, about the size of a beach towel. Only low-back chairs are allowed; high-back chairs will be required to move to the back of the beach area. Please allow others space and a good view.

Smoking is not permitted on the beach or Boardwalk. Alcohol and glass are prohibited on the beach. Recording of concerts is not allowed.

Please keep walkways and stairs clear; dancing permitted in front of the stage only.

Accommodations for guests with disabilities at the Friday Night Concerts are provided on a “first-come, first-served” basis in two locations. One section is reserved for guests who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The other section is reserved for mobility-impaired guests plus one companion. If you require other special accommodations, please contact the Manager on Duty at least 48 hours in advance of the concert at (831) 423-5590. “

20th Annual Bay Area Classic Yo Yo Contest

Over 100 of the top yo-yo competitors will compete in the 20th Annual Bay Area Classic Yo Yo Contest on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The free to view Contest will be held at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose.

Contest Schedule:
9:00 AM – 12:30: Prelims
12:30 – 1:00 PM: Break / On Stage Demo’s
1:00 – 4:00 PM: Finals, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 1A (in this order)
4:00 – 5:00 PM: Awards

Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest 2017
Children’s Discovery Museum
180 Woz Way
San Jose, 95110

Admission to the contest is free

Admission to the museum is $15.00

Museum hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Public parking ($5-$7) available in lots on Woz Way, Auzerais Street, and Almaden Boulevard. Additional downtown parking information.

Public Transit information.

Free Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s is thanking its customers for their support by offering a free scoop of ice cream Tuesday, April 4, 2017 between noon and 8:00 pm.
As we know about free offerings, the line will be long.

Macy’s
170 O’Farrell St
Macy’s Department Store
San Francisco, 94102
415 263 7239

Fisherman’s Wharf
Pier 41
San Francisco, 94133
415 249 2656

Argonaut
475 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, 94109
415 567 5873

Haight Ashbury
1480 Haight Street
San Francisco, 94117
415 626 4143

Berkeley – Center Street
2130 Center Street
Suite 102
Berkeley, 94704
510 900 2460

Napa
1136 Main Street
Napa, 94559
707 696 9683

Jack London Square
505 Embarcadero West
Oakland, 94607
510 663 3477

Find a participating Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop here.

Free Astronomy Lecture

The free lecture Galileo’s Telescopes and Observations – The Great Inflection Point in the History of Science presented by San Francisco Amateur Astronomers is Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 7:45 pm to 9:30 pm at the Presidio Officers’ Club. Galileo Galilei significantly improved the optical performance of the telescope and began a series of celestial observations.
“This talk will lay out the key developments in the history of science related to astronomy preceding Galileo, describe in detail what is known about the optics and construction of his telescopes, and then discuss his observations and how they radically changed the science of astronomy.”

Presidio Officers’ Club
50 Moraga Avenue
San Francisco, 94129
(415) 561-4400

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 7:45 pm to 9:30 pm
Admission: Free

Presidio Map (PDF)
Public Transit

Bay Area Pet Expo 2017

The Bay Area Pet Expo at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds is Saturday and Sunday, March 11 &12.
Admission to this indoor event is free (Parking $8.00) and non-aggressive, well-behaved pets are welcome — all pets must be on a fixed lead or in a carrier with proof of appropriate vaccinations.
You will be required to sign a pet waiver at the entrance or you may fill your pet waiver form out in advance, waiver here (pdf).

The Expo features pet-friendly exhibitors, pet care tips, grooming, pet behavior & training, along with free nail trims, discounted vaccinations.
Don’t have a pet? Pets are available for adoption.

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
344 Tully Rd
San Jose, 95111

Admission: Free
Parking is $8

Saturday, March 11 — 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, March 12 — 11:00am to 4:00pm

Free Pancake Day at IHOP

Tuesday, March 7 is National Pancake Day. Get a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes between 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at participating IHOP restaurants.

The pancakes are free, but consider at least a $5.00 donation to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (local: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, Oakland). Extra good: make a $5 donation and receive a coupon good for $5 off your next visit.

National Pancake Day
IHOP Restaurants
Find your IHOP here

Tuesday, March 7, 2017!
Free pancakes 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

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