Category Archives: Weekender

Weekender 12/8/16

Weekender 12/8/16

We have a South Bay centric Weekender this time!  As I am from this area, I hope that you’ll be able to join in some of the fun and wonderful atmosphere of one of  my favorite areas of the greater SF Bay Area.  Take a look:

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First-Ever Winterfest at Avaya Stadium, Saturday, 12/10 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm.  This event is tied to the Earthquakes Toy Drive for Sacred Heart Community Services (the toy give away will precede the 12:00 noon start).  For the actual event, think snow, without the long drive to the mountains!  There will be over 2100 cubic feet of snow just to play in, giant snow globes, jump houses and much more.  Please review all the information and activities on the link below.

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Ready for some old-fashioned holiday fun?  There’s no better place than San Jose’s downtown Willow Glen.  The city is bringing back the cable car rides for viewing the nearby neighborhoods and their holiday lights.  This event begins on Friday night, 12/9/16 and runs through Wednesday, 12/21.  Pick-up is at the Bank of America on Lincoln Ave.  Please click on the link below to see the cable car’s schedule and associated fees.  Downtown also has great spots for holiday photos…grab a hot chocolate and walk through town!

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Perfect time to catch a San Jose Sharks game too.  They are in town taking on the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, 12/10.  Game time is 7:30 pm.  Our beloved Tiburones  are having a good year, finding lots of ways to win.  See link below for their whole schedule and additional information.  Go Sharks!!

Here is the link for additional details:  Weekender 12/8/16

Whatever you end up doing this weekend, make it a great one!

Rob

Weekender 12/1/16

Weekender 12/1/16

True confessions:  I took last Thursday and Friday off to celebrate Thanksgiving.  I had my chef hat on as my wife and I cooked up a wonderful meal and were able to share the day with folks near and dear to us.  Hope your Thanksgiving Holiday was a good one too!

Today is the first of December.  Wow.  Has this year flown by!  The chill is in the air and there are lots of holiday themed activities going on this weekend.  Here are a few:

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This Saturday and Sunday, 12/3 and 12/4, CalTrain will be running it’s Holiday Train between San Francisco and Santa Clara.  Their decorated train cars will make nine, 20 minute stops over the two day period.  At each stop, children can have a meet & greet with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and the whole gang.  This event is a fundraiser, so if you are able, please bring an unwrapped toy for donation.  You can help bring magic into your child’s Christmas and into the life another child too.  See the link below for additional details and schedules!

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Great America in Santa Clara is open with a holiday themed experience that has something for everyone!  It is called their “Winterfest”.  They have decked the halls just for you.  Come out and bring your little ones too.  This event runs through the holidays – see the link below for hours and additional details.

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If you are in the Campbell area, do not miss the 31st annual Carol of Lights.  This annual event is on Saturday, 12/3 beginning at 5pm, running till 8:00 pm.  There are bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, live entertainment, a visit by Santa Claus and SNOW!

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Are you ready for some football?  The Raiders host the Bills at home on Sunday.  Looks like game time is at 4:00 pm.  See the link below for additional details.

Here is the link:  Weekender 12/1/16

Whatever you end up doing this weekend, go out and make it a great one!

Rob

Weekender 11/17/16

As we savor the last few days of Fall, here are some of the happenings going on this weekend – Hope you a great weekend even if it consists of a comfy couch, a mug of hot chocolate and good book!  If you are out and about, think about catching one of these:

It’s Baacckkk….San Jose’s Downtown Ice!  The ice rink, located at 120 S. Market St in the heart of Downtown San Jose, opens on Friday, 11/18 at 5:00 pm.  If you miss this weekend, it will be operating until after New Year 2017.  See link below for hours of operation, specific date and planned events.

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In the City?  Pier 39 will have its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, 11/19 at 2:00 pm.  This year the production will include performers from the current production of Disney’s Lion King.  Fun, music and crafts.  Kids of all ages can drop off their letters to Santa while they are there too!  See link below for additional details.

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Are you a Harry Potter fan?  Premiering this week….the film based on J K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts.  See link below to find theater near you!

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49er Faithful?  They are in town this weekend hosting the New England Patriots at Levi Stadium.  Looks like they have the Sunday night game with a 4:25 start time.  See link below for additional details.

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Link to additional details as noted above:  Weekender 11/17/16

And….should you be a collegiate Water Polo fan, Santa Clara University is hosting their league championships this weekend at the Sullivan Aquatics Center.  Competitions will be held Friday, 11/18 through Sunday, 11/20.  Below is a snapshot of the tournament and  a link to the website if you are looking for updates:  WWPA Schedule 2016

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Whatever you end up doing this weekend, make it a great one!

Rob

Weekender 11/12/16

Weekender 11/12/16

Burnin’ the midnight oil….Getting ready for a great weekend.

Maybe you are in the mood for a little early Christmas shopping?  If you are in the San Mateo area, head out to their annual Harvest Festival.  It out at the San Mateo Event Center at 1346 Saratoga Dr.  You’ll find Handmade Arts & Crafts, Music, Food and more!  This event runs Saturday, 11/12 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday, 11/13 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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Seen the Warriors yet this season?  They are taking on Phoenix on Sunday 11/13…..see the link below for their whole schedule and more!

Here is the link:  Weekender 11/12/16

More than anything, get out there and make it a great one!

Rob

Weekender 11/3/16

Weekender  11/3/16

The weekend is just around the corner!  Looking for something new to get out and see or do?  Take a look at this weekender for some inspiration:

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Rain in The Valley must mean snow in the Mountains!  This Saturday and Sunday,  November 5th and 6th  don’t miss the SnowBomb Ski and Snowboard Festival.  There are activities in San Francisco, San Jose and the Sacramento Area.  Admission is free and if you buy a Powder Pass or VIP ticket, you will also get free lift tickets, beer and wine tasting.  See link below for additional details!

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Speaking of Mountains, the Mountain Winery is hosting their New Orleans Party in the French Quarter evening this Friday, Nov 4th.  Live Entertainment and of course great food and wine.  Doors open at 6:30.  See link below for additional details!

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Then….Sunday is always a chance to catch some football.  While the sports world has been a buzz about the 49ers, the Raiders have been quietly winning, a lot.  They are hosting the Denver Broncos this weekend for the Sunday night game.  See link below for additional details!

Here is the link:  Weekender 11/3/16

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And of course, the Broncos of Santa Clara University Men’s Water Polo Team is hosting it’s last regular season league game this Saturday at 12:00, noon.  They are taking on LMU and it promises to be a great game!

Whatever you end up doing this weekend, go out and make it a great one!

Rob

Weekender 10/27/16

Weekender 10/27/16

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Well, looks like we could be in for a damp, pre-Halloween weekend, but do not let those rain drops dampen your fun!  There’s lots of spooky fun to had all around the Bay Area this weekend.  Take a look the link below for sampling of what is going on.  Stay safe and have a Happy Halloween my friends!

Link to some Halloween Fun:  Weekender 10/27/16

Whatever you end up doing this weekend, go make it a great one!

Rob

Weekender 10/21/16

Weekender 10/21/16

Cheers to a Wonderful Weekend ahead!  Ahh….the glorious fall days of Northern California.  Get out there and enjoy them….need some ideas?

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Film and Wine Paring?  The San Jose International Short Film Festival is happening this weekend, through Sunday, 10/23.  Some of the world class short film festival’s highlights:

  • Wine and Film Pairing
  • Meet and greet with Filmmakers
  • VIP Lounge

See link below for schedule and additional details.

 

Ready for some Pumpkin fun? Shoreline Lake’s 5th annual Pumpkin Splash is a celebration of everything Pumpkin.  Rweekender_pumpkinuns through 10/31 at 3160 N Shoreline Blvd.  Mountain View, CA.

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Paddleboats
  • Foof & Fun

See link below for schedule and additional details.

Is this the Forty Niner’s week?  Off to a rough start this season, the SF 49ers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.  Festivities begin at 4:05 pm.  See link below for schedule and additional details.

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 Every caught a collegiate Men’s Water Polo game in person?  This weekend, beginning tonight at 7:00 pm, is SCU Men’s Water Polo’s home tournament, otherwise know as the Rodeo.  Kind of a mix of soccer and rugby, water polo is played in a deep swimming pool.  The event schedule is posted at SCU website.  Here is the link:  http://santaclarabroncos.com/sports/m-wpolo/2016-17/schedule.  Come catch a game.  You may be confused by some of the rules, but you’ll be amazed by the skill and fitness of these athletes.

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Here is the link for additional details:  Weekender 10/21/16

Whatever you end-up doing this weekend, make it a great one!

Rob

Weekender 10/6/16

Weekender 10/6/16

No matter how busy you are this Fall, be sure to make time to get out enjoy this special time of year here in the greater SF Bay Area.  The days are gloriously sunny, the evenings cool and cozy!  Browse through my Weekender for some inspiration, but whatever you do, get out there and make it a great one!  Rob

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San Francisco Feet Week

Be a part of the fall tradition here in the Bay Area. Check out Fleet Week.  Official viewing area is on the Marina Green, but much of the event is visible on the waterfront area.  Ships are docked and visitors may go onboard; The Blue Angels are in town along with the Air Force’s F22 (Pictured Above).  Visit the Humanitarian Relief Village;  Learn how the Air Force prepares both itself and our communities in case disaster strikes.  Event runs through 10/10 with Air Show on the 7th, 8th and 9th.  See link below for additional details.

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Los Altos Wine Walk

Enjoy the bounty of our local wineries at this year’s Los Altos Wine Walk.  Event to be held this Saturday, 10/8, at the Rancho Shopping Center.  Check-in near the stage.  Early Bird pricing is $30.  Day of will be $35 and runs from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  See the link below for additional information.

Local Sports

Football:  The SF 49ers are in town this weekend, hosting the Arizona Cardinals at Levi Stadium tonight.  See link below for additional details.

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Baseball:  Another reason I love the Fall….the best of baseball is happening right now.  Catch our  local team in the Wild Card hunt as they take on Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field Friday night at 6:15 game time.

At the Box Office

I have seen this book everywhere I go lately….and the movie debut is this Friday:  The Girl on the Train.  Catching a good movie is always a great get away.  See link below for additional details.

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Here is the link:  Weekender 10/6/16

Weekender 9/22/16

Weekender 9/22/16

Today is the first day of Fall.  Do you feel it?  I had to dig out a sweater this morning as I headed out the door.  Really love this time year!  Looking for some Fall fun this weekend?

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A sure sign that Fall has arrived is an Oktoberfest celebration.  Raise a glass and say “Ein Prosit!” when you head up to San Francisco’s Oktoberfest at Pier 48.  Enjoy Music, Singing, Dancing, Food & Drink Friday 9/23, 5 pm to Midnight; Saturday, 9/24, 11 am to Midnight; Sunday 9/25, 11 am to 6 pm.  See link below for additional details.

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Keeping with an outdoor theme, if you are down in South County, be sure to experience the 27th Annual Taste of Morgan Hill.  You’ll find Live Entertainment, Music, Arts & Crafts, a Car Show, a family friendly Kid Zone and lots of Food & drinks!  Saturday, 9/24 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday 9/25 10am – 6 pm.  See link below for additional details.

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The waning days of the regular baseball season are at hand….Another chance to enjoy this great fall weather:  Cheer on the A’s as they host the Texas Rangers this weekend at O.co.  Friday’s game is at 6:35 pm, Saturday’s and Sunday’s games are both 1:05 pm starts.  See link below for additional information.

Here is the link:  Weekender 9/22/16

Whatever you end up doing this weekend, make it a great one!

Rob

Weekender 9/15/16

Weekender 9/15/16

There are a plethora of happenings all around the greater San Francisco Bay Area this weekend.  Here are a few:

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Santa Clara is hosting their 36th Annual Art & Wine Festival.  They will have 160 booths, 25 community groups serving Festival Food Favorites, 6 wineries, a beer garden, and for the little ones, the Kids Kingdom and Toddler Town.  Located in Central Park, 969 Kiely Blvd.  Saturday, 9/17 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday, 9/18 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  There literally is something for everyone – see link below for additional details!

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Milpitas will be the site of it’s 11th Annual Middle Eastern/Greek Food Festival.  Begins Friday, 9/16 at 6:00 pm, Saturday, noon to 10:00 pm and Sunday, noon to 8:00 pm.  The star of this even is food, but there will also be games, live entertainment, arts & crafts and folk dancing.  Location:  St. James Orthodox Church – see link below for additional details!

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San Francisco the Bay Area’s beloved SF Giants will be hostin the St Louis Cardinals this weekend.  Friday’s game time is 7:15 pm, Saturday’s game time will be 6:05 and Sunday’s game time will be 1:05 pm.  See link below for additional details!

Here is the link:  Weekender 9/15/16

Whatever you end-up doing this weekend, make it a great one!

Rob