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November 26, 2021
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Article inspires generational transfer of musical instrument

Boy must grow into this accordion
When Virginia Primon was a shy teenager in the 1950s, playing accordion was something that got her onto a community float, to serenade people along the streets of San Jose during a community parade. After going to college to become a teacher, she just didn’t...

Wine-focused afternoon declared a big success

Pouring White Wine
As the thermometer inched up toward a pleasant 74 degrees Saturday, about 1,000 people descended on the streets of Los Gatos to taste the wares of local vintners, during the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce’s annual Wine Walk. “It was fabulous,” said Chamber Executive Director...

RIP Bob Long: Celebration-of-Life Rock Show Saturday for Community “Pillar” Killed by Covid-19

Remembering Bob Long
Los Gatos resident Eric Drew is grieving, because one of his best friends just died. When Rotarian Bob Long was claimed by Covid-19 Aug. 27, he said, Los Gatos lost a key resident. “He was a pillar of the community,” he said of Long, who was...

Doobie Brothers put legacy of Los Gatos’ Chateau Liberté in lights on Times Square

Doobie Brothers Billboard on Times SquareDoobie Brothers Billboard on Times Square
The legendary Santa Cruz Mountains music venue Chateau Liberté has been further immortalized with the Oct. 1 release of the Doobie Brothers’ 15th studio album, Liberté. Guitarist and band co-founder Patrick Simmons confirmed the obvious reference to an I Heart Radio audience on the album’s...

IMMERSIVE: The potion we all require (photo gallery)

Swinging Sword Swallower
I sip an amaro and bourbon beverage called Awaken the Spirits out of a clear skull, as a spectre of a woman with a white beehive wig, satin dress and corset gently caresses my left shoulder—then floats on. Short ribs and a parsnip purée...

Young accordion student wins scholarship, plays first-ever performance (video)

accordion students
The weekend before his 11th birthday, Los Gatos resident Colin Kennedy was honored with a $500 scholarship at the Cotati Accordion Festival. He also got to perform at the North Bay event Sunday. “It was pretty nerve wracking,” he said, explaining what it felt like to...

Youth horror film fest raises money for Children’s Hospital

scary movies for a good cause
Local youth are reaching out to aspiring movie-makers across town as they launch the second-annual Scares for Cares Movie Event to raise money for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. The idea is to help those going through a hard time by scaring people’s pants off...

Sip wine downtown; students named to President’s List; local shines out in Charleston

los gatos wine walk 2021
Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce’s Wine Walk returns to downtown on Oct. 2 from 1-4pm. Attendees can sip tastings from more than two dozen local wineries, as well as try food samples from local establishments. Must be 21 or older to participate. Admission is $50 per person....

Exhibit depicts work inequality for women

Sawyer Rose exhibit
Sculptor Sawyer Rose uses art to depict the work inequalities that women face in her exhibit, “Carrying Stones,” on display at New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) through Jan. 23, 2022.  Upon installation in May, Rose premiered two new sculptures and two more were added in...

Festival pairs opportunity with wine

After all the craft sales, beer sipping and classic rock dancing, organizers of the Fiesta de Artes festival announced that they had successfully funded another year of Turnaround Scholarships. And while sponsorships dipped from previous years, quick action by volunteers resulted in a big increase...