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August Event 

A San Francisco Mime Troupe Performance
August 29, 2012

Come see the Tony Award-wwinning SF Mime Troupe performing its 53rd season production:
“For the Greater Good, or The Last Election.”
 Pity the poor 1 per cent! Abused in that sliver of press they don’t own, condemned in the streets by a rabble who don’t appreciate the benefits of being trickled down upon, and raked over the coals by the few politicians who aren’t lined up to kiss their wealth and power. Talk about an oppressed minority!

Finally, someone is stepping up to tell the story of these steaming sacks of benevolence as the San Francisco Mime Troupe presents For the Greater Good, or The Last Election, a tale that will warm the heart of every billionaire. Based on the classic 19th century melodrama The Poor of New York, the Troupe turns the story on its head, telling it from the point of view of the misunderstood Godzillionaires who have made this country what it is today: broke.

Michael Gene Sullivan directs Velina Brown, Ed Holmes, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, Victor Toman and Reggie D. White in this musical satire about “true” American values. Written by Michael Gene Sullivan, with additional dialogue by SFMT, music, lyrics, and musical direction by Pat Moran.

What: San Francisco Mime Troupe Performance of “For the Greater Good, or The Last Election.”
Where: Mitchell Park, South Field, 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, CA.
When: Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Performance at 7:00 p.m. (Music at 6:30).
Cost: Free. Donations accepted.
For more information, visit or call (415) 285-1717.


July Event
A Stroll Through McClellan Ranch Park
July 7, 2012

Join us as we take a stroll through McClellan Ranch Park!

The 18-acre natural preserve park was a horse ranch in the 1930’s and 40’s. The site houses a nature museum and community garden. Preserved are the original ranch house, milk barn, livestock barn, a replica of Baer’s Blacksmith Shop, originally located at De Anza and Stevens Creek Boulevards, and the old water tower from Parish Ranch, now Memorial Park.  There is also a beautiful, self-guided tour through a wooded area with Stevens Creek on one side and an open meadow with deer on the other.

It is also home to the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, which was founded in 1926 and with over 3,000 members is one of the largest National Audubon Society chapters in California.

What: A Stroll Through McClellan Ranch Park

When: Saturday, July 7, 2012. Meet at the entrance to the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society at 10:00 a.m.

Cost: Free. Donations accepted.

Where: 22221 McClellan Road, Cupertino, California 95014

For more information, visit or call the Cupertino Parks & Recreation Administration at 408-777-3200.

June Event
A Visit to San Jose’s Japanese American Museum
June 16, 2012
The mission of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) is to collect, preserve and share Japanese American art, history and culture with an emphasis on the greater Bay Area.

Established in November of 1987, JAMsj grew out of a 1984-86 research project on Japanese American farmers in the Santa Clara Valley. The farming project collected family histories, historical photographs, private memoirs and other unpublished documents.

After viewing the museum’s current exhibit, we’ll also have information and maps for you to further explore San Jose’s Japantown.

What: A Visit to San Jose’s Japanese American Museum

Where: 535 North Fifth Street, San Jose, California 95112

When: Saturday, June 16, 2012. Meet outside main entrance at noon.

Cost: Members and Children (under 12): Free. Adults: $5. Seniors (65 and older with valid ID) and students (with valid ID): $3

For more information, visit or call (408) 294-3138.

May Event
A Tour of the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden
May 12, 2012
  Join us as we tour the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden and view a world class collection of almost 4,000 plants of more than 3,000 varieties of heritage, modern, and miniature roses. The roses were initially planted by more than 750 volunteers in March, 1995.

What: A Tour of the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden

Where: The garden is located at the intersection of Spring and Taylor Streets, San Jose, California. As there are no buildings, there isn’t an address. However, you can find directions at

When: Saturday, May 12, 2012. Meet at the center of the circular garden at 2:00 p.m.

Admission: Free!

For more information, visit or call 408-298-7657.


April Event
The Annual GREENLIGHT Earth Day Film Festival
April 19, 2012
The GREENLIGHT Earth Day Film Festival is a celebration of Earth Day featuring film projects that explore  environmental citizenship and show how individual actions can reduce environmental impacts.  Films featured   at the 2012 Festival will be produced by local artists, with an emphasis on student-produced films.   Enjoy films produced locally, inspired globally at this festive green-carpet affair!

What: Annual GREENLIGHT Earth Day Film Festival

Where: Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA

When: Thursday, April 19, 2012. Meet at entrance at 6:45 p.m. Show is 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Admission: Free! After-five attire is encouraged.

For more information, visit


March Event
Playland at the Conservatory
March 17, 2012

Conservatory of Flowers

 Step right up for a ride back in time as the Conservatory of Flowers presents an all new garden railway display
celebrating the legendary Playland at the Beach and a bygone era of seaside amusement that was located on San
Francisco’s West End. In a dazzling display landscaped with hundreds of dwarf plants, model trains and
trolleys wend their way past the famed Sutro Baths, zip around a replica of the Victorian-era Cliff House and
whiz through a fantastic mini version of San Francisco’s beloved Playland at the Beach. Young and old alike
will marvel at the sight of its most famous attractions including the Big Dipper, Diving Bell, Fun House,
Airplane Ride and more all creatively crafted from recycled and repurposed materials while the sounds of the arcade and even Laffing Sals boisterous voice transport visitors right back to the midway. The exhibit also includes real memorabilia and photographs from Playland and beyond in a fascinating display that tells the story of San Francisco’s lost ocean-front treasures.

What: A Visit to San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers.

Where: Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

When: Saturday, March 17, 2012. Meet outside main entrance at 9:50 a.m.

Cost: General Admission/ San Francisco Residents Admission (with proof of residency).

$7.00/ $5.00 for Adults

$5.00/ $3.00 for Youth ages 12-17, Seniors age 65 & over, and College Students with ID

$2.00/ $1.50 for Children ages 5-11

Free for Children ages 4 and under

For more information, visit or call 415-831-2090.



February Event
All About Owls!
February 11, 2012

Owl - © Mike Spinak

 Learn all that youve ever wanted to learn about owls here at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge!  Where do owls eat? How do we not hear them when they flap their wings? Are owls the brainiacs of the bird world? Through an interactive presentation and other activities, learn the answers to all these questions.

What: An Informative Presentation about Owls

Where: The Environmental Education Center in Alviso, CA. Note: Do Not use internet driving direction, as the center does not show up in most systems. Directions:

1. If coming from Milpitas or 880, get on 237 West toward Mountain View. If coming from Sunnyvale or 101, take 237 East.

2. Take the Zanker Rd. Exit and head toward Alviso and the Bay (North).

3. At about .7 miles, the road will curve to the left and become Los Esteros Rd.

4. At about 1.2 miles later, after crossing the railroad tracks, make a sharp right onto Grand Blvd.

5. Follow Grand Blvd. to the Environmental Education Center.

The distance from 237 to Grand Blvd. entrance road is about 2.1 miles. If you reach Spreckles Ave., you have gone too far and need to U-turn.

When: Saturday, February 11, 2012. Meet outside of the main entrance at 1:15 p.m.

Cost: Free. Note: Reservations are required. Call Debra at 408-262-5513 ext. 102 for reservations.

For more information, visit or call 408-262-5513 ext. 102.