February 22, 2024
Events include Music in the Park, ‘Endless Summer’ and the Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival .

Ever heard rock ‘n’ roll and blues on an accordion? Summer’s last Music in the Park on Sunday, Aug. 27, 5-7 p.m., will feature Andre Thierry on his accordion accompanied by his band. The free summer concert series is held on the Los Gatos Civic Center lawn.

For those who like to sing it themselves, Charley’s, at 15 N. Santa Cruz Ave., is hosting the finals of the Karaoke Idol contest Aug. 30 beginning at 9 p.m. Cash prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded to the top three singers. For the past eight weeks, singers have advanced to the semifinals, and the top 10 finalists are set to belt it out for the Karaoke Idol title. www.charleyslosgatos.com

The Los Gatos Morning Rotary is getting great response for its “Endless Summer” event set for Saturday, Aug. 26, 3-6 p.m. on the Civic Center lawn. “It promises to bring an exciting  to summer with a free event for the entire family,” says Rotarian Ginger McDonald. The event will feature musical acts Tony Lindsay and The Hitmen, a fine art show, a cornhole competition and a bistro presented by Santa Cruz wineries, local breweries and restaurants. The event benefits youth scholarships, art and science education and leadership training plus assistance for families in need.

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The Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival: Fiesta de Artes, is coming up Sept. 16-17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days.  Since 1972 the festival has featured free concerts by great local bands, hundreds of artists and fine local wines. All funds raised go back into the community through charities, youth groups and scholarships.  Kiwanian Nancy Pearson says, “Our club was formed in December of 1923, so we will be celebrating 100 years in Los Gatos. Our Fiesta de Artes has been around for over 50 of those years, our turn-around scholarships for youths facing adversity for almost as long.”

This year’s event takes place on the Civic Center lawn with over 200 artists and live music all weekend from some favorite local bands. The Megatones will headline on Saturday and The Houserockers on Sunday. Gourmet food trucks from Moveable will be on hand and local vintners  Testarossa, Gali Vineyards, Armitage and Enoteca Direct will be pouring. Craft beer will also be available. [email protected]

With the recent devastating wildfires on Maui and the effects of Hurricane Hilary being felt locally, disaster preparedness is a hot topic. The Santa Clara County Fire Department is registering volunteers for the CERT Academy to train residents in disaster preparedness skills. In the event of a disaster or public safety emergency, CERT volunteers will be able to assist their family and neighbors when first responders are not immediately available to help. Participants will learn disaster preparedness, disaster medical operations, disaster psychology, fire suppression, light search and rescue and terrorism awareness. www.sccfd.org

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