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Fun Group

An outing, of varying nature, located somewhere in the Bay Area, is arranged every month.

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June Event – An Exhibition of Vintage Pinball Machines – June 4, 2016

Bing! Ping! Flip! Thud! Join us as we visit the Museum of American Heritage and explore the bright and colorful world of pinball, tracing the development and history of the game from its early beginnings during the 1700s, to the current revival it is experiencing today.

Of course, no pinball exhibit is complete without actual games to play–and MOAH has seven vintage machines to choose from, including playable games from the 1930s and even a completely transparent machine that offers 360 degree views of its inner mechanisms!

What: Pinball! An Exhibition of Vintage Pinball Machines

Where: Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Meet at main entrance.

Cost: Free!

For more information, visit or call (650) 321-1004.

July Event – “Schooled” – July 21, 2016

The San Francisco Mime Troupe premiers “Schooled” for their 57th Season.

Education. It’s like the weather: everyone has an opinion but nobody does anything about it. That’s how Livina Jones feels about her son Tom’s new school, Eleanor Roosevelt High. With it’s old textbooks, crumbling classrooms, and racist treatment of kids just like hers Livina believes Roosevelt is exactly the sort of school that can benefit from a little free-market common sense. The nanny-state government has failed to see students as individuals, and failed to give them the real-world skills they’ll need to get ahead. So who says it isn’t time for some big money, for-profit schooling?

Edith Orocuru, for one. She’s the long serving history/civics/American government/basketball coach at Eleanor Roosevelt, and she’s willing to fight for her version of education as long as her reconstructed hips will allow. But is she fighting for a system that can be fixed, or is she just too blind by her past to see how times have left her and her school behind? And when an efficiency expert, Ms. Babbit, is assigned to improve her class is it a sign that Edith is behind the times, or a sign of something more sinister? And with privatization on the line, and a Wall Street heavy hitter lined up to fold the entire district into his conglomerate, suddenly the next School Board election is more about a hidden agenda than the open curriculum. And when did the hall monitors start wearing brown shirts and arm bands?

What: The San Francisco Mime Troupe performance of “Schooled.”

Where: Mitchell Park, South Field, 600 East Meadow Drive & Cowper Street, Palo Alto

When: Thursday, July 21, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. (Music at 6:30 p.m.)

Cost: Free. Donations accepted.

For more information, visit or call (415) 285-1717.

August Event – Candlemaking! – August 13, 2016

Come create personalized candles for every occasion!

In addition to choosing shape, size, and color, you can turn the candles into one-of-a-kind centerpieces, bouquets, and time capsules!

What: Candlemaking

Where: Glow Candle Lounge, 1140-7 Lincoln Ave., San Jose, CA 95125

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

Cost: Studio Day Pass plus whatever candle and accessory options you select. The studio pass covers pips, color, fragrance, wick, hot wax pour, and buffing. Pieces are ready for pick up the next day but can be expedited ($5) in about an hour. Kids Studio Pass – $7.00. Adult Studio Pass – $9.95.

For more information, visit or call (408) 292-GLOW (-4569).