Ainsley House Holiday Teas and Tours

The annual Ainsley House Holiday Teas and Tours will be held from noon to 2pm Dec. 9-12. Guests will be treated to a special Ainsley House tea blend, sparkling cider or champagne, and an assortment of sandwiches and desserts. The Ainsley House is located at 300 Grant St. in Campbell. Admission to the event is $50-$60. For information, visit

Saratoga Retirement Community Meeting

A virtual public meeting for the Saratoga Retirement Community project will be held on Dec. 9 at 6pm. where attendees are invited to share their comments on the type and extent of environmental analysis to be included in the Environmental Impact Report. The 249-unit project is proposed for 14500 Fruitvale Ave. in Saratoga. For information, visit


Hootenanny! will perform pop hits at Number 1 Broadway, 102 South Santa Cruz Ave. #B (Upstairs), on Dec. 9. Doors open at 7pm, with music starting at 9pm. For information, visit

Stand Up Comedy

Comics Frankie Marcos, Ian Levy, Nicole Tran, Sk Morton, Leslie Lang and Emily Van Dyke will perform at Pruneyard Cinemas, 1875 S Bascom Ave. in Campbell, on Dec. 10 and 11 at 7pm. Hosted by Jason Toupes and Hank Romeo. Attendees must be 18 or older. Tickets are $20. For information and tickets, visit


Los Gatos Ballet’s “Nutcracker” returns in person to McAfee Performing Arts, 20300 Herriman Ave. in Saratoga. Showtimes are Dec. 17 at 7:30pm, Dec. 18 at 2pm and 7:30pm, and Dec. 19 at 2pm. Admission is $28-$58. For information and tickets, visit

Carriage rides

Horse-drawn carriages ride through the streets of Los Gatos will delight riders with lights, sights and sounds of a small town. Rides begin at Town Plaza. To book a ride, visit

The Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos

The club meets the first three Thursdays of the month at noon at Flights Restaurant, 165 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road #5306. First two Thursdays of the month feature guest speakers. Next meetings: Dec. 2, local architect Terry Martin on accessory dwelling units). Dec. 9: Author and retired Special Ops Game Warden Lt. John Nores on environmental and wildlife protection.

The Los Gatos Morning Rotary Club

The Club meets every Wednesday morning 7:30-8:30am at Los Gatos Lodge, 50 Los Gatos-Saratoga Road. Program includes featured guest speakers.

Los Gatos Lions Club

The Los Gatos Lions Club meets every Wednesday. A breakfast meeting is held at Moore Buick, 15500 Los Gatos Blvd., at 8am and a noon meeting at Los Gatos Lodge, 50 Los Gatos-Saratoga Road, with a guest speaker. The club has been active since 1946.

Public Meetings

Town Council

The Los Gatos Town Council meets virtually on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7pm. For information, visit

Planning Commission

The Los Gatos Planning Commission meets virtually on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7pm. For information, visit

Santa Clara County Supervisors

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors meets virtually on Tuesdays at 9am. For information, visit

Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District

The board meets every other Tuesday at 5pm. For information, visit

Los Gatos Union School District Board of Trustees

The board meets monthly at either 6:30pm or 4pm. For a schedule, visit

Other Town commissions

The Town of Los Gatos has various committees that serve as advisory bodies for the Town Council. For information and a schedule of meetings, visit

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