Activities

Registration is required for events as noted. Drop-ins are welcome at all other events. Rain may cancel. Some hikes are several hours long. Please bring water and snacks and dress for the weather. No pets, please. For more information or directions, call Teri Rogoway at 408-224-7476.

December 2016

Fiesta Navideña

Fiesta Navideña

Friday, December 9, 2016
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose

The Somos Mayfair organization presents Fiesta Navideña, a celebration of our communities’ rich culture through performances from students and professional dance companies, children’s activities, Christmas tree lighting, free photo booth, and more!

 

Light Painting Photography!

Light Painting Photography!

Saturday, December 17, 2016
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Alum Rock Park

Through the use of various lights and long exposure on your camera, you can learn to take amazing photographs! This event will be photographing the Mineral Springs. The event is free and parking is $6 for parking. Don't miss out on this opportunity! The mineral springs await your artistic expression with light. Please meet at the innermost parking lot.

 

Starry Nights in Open Space

Starry Nights in Open Space

Saturday, December 17, 2016
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Join astronomers from the San Jose Astronomical Association for a peaceful and cool evening out under the stars. Feel all your stress melt away as you look at the Milky Way from our parking lot. We have lots telescopes so no gear of your own is needed. They are happy to share their knowledge and view of the night sky. Please dress warm and bring water to drink and a flashlight if you like. Rain or clouds cancel. This is a family friendly event, but probably best for children 5 years and older. Please, no touching the telescopes or eyepieces. No smoking, pets, or photography are allowed at this event.

 

First Day of Winter Beginner’s Bird and Plant Identification Walk

First Day of Winter Beginner’s Bird and Plant Identification Walk

Sunday, December 18, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Lake Cunningham Park
2305 S. White Road, San Jose

Come deepen your appreciation of nature by learning the names of birds and plants around you! As winter begins, join us for a beginner’s bird and plant identification walk. Lake Cunningham is a major destination for waterfowl and migratory birds, and its native garden is a valuable habitat for many of our local birds. Our Docent will show you how to identify the common birds of our area, as well as the native plants they depend on for food, shelter, and nesting. Difficulty Level: The distance is 4 miles round trip on a level path. Notes: Bring a hat, water, your bird and plant list, and binoculars. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Parking fee is $6. Space is limited. RSVP to Arvind Kumar to reserve your spot and to receive directions and details. Cosponsored by CNPS, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, and the Open Space Authority.

 

January 2017

Healthy People Healthy Parks—Japanese Friendship Garden Walks

Healthy People Healthy Parks—Japanese Friendship Garden Walks

Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017
12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Kelley Park, Japanese Friendship Garden
1300 Senter Road, San Jose

Join us for a gentle, healthy walk around the beautiful and serene Japanese Friendship Garden. We will be meeting every Wednesday in January to get some exercise and learn about the culture behind this amazing place. Children of all ages welcome. Please bring $10 for parking in the lot near Happy Hollow, or $6 if you park south of the garden in the History Museum Parking. Please meet us at the top of the garden.

 

Healthy People Healthy Parks–Tai Chi in the Park

Healthy People Healthy Parks–Tai Chi in the Park

Saturday, January 7, 2017
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge
1751 Grand Boulevard, Alviso

Come enjoy gentle and peaceful exercise in the park’s fresh air with Morning Crane Healing Arts Center. This class will be sponsored through June 2017.

 

Great Rocks Geology Walk

Great Rocks Geology Walk

Saturday, January 7, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Alum Rock Park Mineral Springs
15350 Penitencia Creek Road, San Jose

Join Dr. Hein, a world traveler and renowned Geologist, as he teaches us about the local geology’s fascinating facts! Please wear closed toe shoes and bring $6/car for parking. We will meet in the innermost parking lot of Alum Rock Park, near the Youth Science Institute. Rain will cancel.

 

Akoma Arts and Drums Class

Akoma Arts and Drums Class

Monday, January 16, 2017
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Martial Cottle County Park
5283 Snell Road, San Jose

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, join us for a family friendly, fun, and enriching experience with Akoma Arts and Drums! Their classes and workshops integrate traditional and modern approaches to music, rhythms, movement, and sound to promote physical, mental, and emotional balance. Don’t miss the chance to have this exceptional interactive experience. There will be plenty of drums for everyone. Come dance, sing, and drum with us! Parking is $6 and the class is free.

 

Starry Nights in Open Space

Starry Nights in Open Space

Saturday, January 21, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

4289 Casa Loma Road, Morgan Hill

Join astronomers from the San Jose Astronomical Association for a peaceful and cool evening out under the stars. Feel all your stress melt away as you look at the Milky Way from our parking lot. We have lots telescopes so no gear of your own is needed. Please dress warm and bring water to drink and a flashlight if you like. Rain or clouds cancel. This is a family friendly event, but probably best for children 5 years and older. Please, no touching the telescopes or eyepieces. No smoking, pets, or photography are allowed at this event.

 

PHOTO CREDITS: Fiesta - Liv Ames; American Kestrel – Tom Ingram; Starry Nights – Ed Wong; Light Painting - JD Moore; Garden - Ron Horii; Tai Chi - Morning Crane Healing Arts Center; Alum Rock - cc Elaine; Drums - Dorothy Holford; Stars - Tamer Sherif.