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Listen every day this week at 2:50 (Friday @ 11:20am) to take 3 friends to a fun game...
either Saturday, December 14th VS Gongaga @1pm OR Monday, December 16th VS New Mexico @ 7pm!!
One of my FAVES is a World Premiere, born right here in San Jose...
Steampunk meets Madonna? The amazing San Jose Rep created its very own musical adaptation of THE SNOW QUEEN. Fantastic songs & costumes--and doesn't the Queen look like Madge? See it through Dec. 22nd. (I loved it!)
'Gotta hand it to Carrie Underwood for giving it her all in "The Sound of Music Live" last night. But I guess I was expecting "more" from it. Was I the only one who kept dozing off throughout its 3-hour broadcast?
Cathi Nordin Lol! Carrie Underwood was really sweet, but the movie just wasn't the same as the original version. I don't think this version even comes close to becoming a classic! My granddaughters, ages 8 and 10, also didn't find it very appealing. We're going to watch the original version...
Dee Douglas i think that carrie is just a little too demure to match the chutzpah and forwardness of Julie Andrews. I always find it odd that people want to make 'do-overs' of such classic movies and music. Although I love Carrie Underwood and most of her endeavors, the 'new' Sound of Music felt more like a high school play.
More Spirited Bay Area Holiday Fun to Enjoy this Week and Beyond... (Dates and times updated 12/5/13 at 4:55pm)
Till 12/22 The San Jose Rep The Snow Queen.
Fri 12/6 Capitola Tree Lighting, Capitola Village @ 5:30pm.
Fri 12/6 Cupertino Tree Lighting @ 6-8pm.
Fri12/6 Emeryville Holiday Tree Lighting, Parade, & Winter Wonderland @ 5-7pm.
Fri 12/6 Santa Clara Holiday Tree Lighting Festivities Santa Clara Civic @ 6-7:30pm. Lighting @ 6:45pm.
Sat 12/7 Aptos Village Holiday Craft Fair & Tree Lighting @ 2-5pm.
Sat 12/7 Campbell Carol of Lights @ 4-8pm.
Sat 12/7 Gilroy Downtown Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting @ 3-9pm.
Sat 12/7 Gilroy Gardens Holiday Lights opens @ 4-9pm. Continues 12/7-9, 12/14-23, and 12/26-30.
Sat 12/7 Los Gatos Children's Christmas/Holidays Holiday Parade @ 11am.
Sat 12/7 Morgan Hill Tree Lighting & Holiday Parade @ 5:30-7:30pm.
Sat 12/7 Oakland Children's Holiday Parade @ 2pm.
Sat 12/7 San Francisco Union Street Holiday Festivities-Fantasy of Lights Christmas Celebration@3-7pm.
Sat 12/7 Santa Cruz Downtown Holiday Parade 10am-noon.
Sat 12/7 Santa Cruz Harbor Lighted Boat Parade @ 5:30pm.
Sat 12/7 Scotts Valley Tree Lighting Community Center @ 8pm.
Sat 12/7 Sunnyvale Annual Breakfast with Santa at the Senior Center 8-9:30am. Sat 12/7 Sunnyvale Holiday Celebration & Christmas Tree Lighting @ 4:30-8:30pm.
Sun 12/8 San Jose Theatre on San Pedro Square 3rd Annual Decembrance 2013 Musical @ 7pm
Sun 12/8 Watsonville Annual Holiday in the Plaza @ 2pm, Tree Lighting @ 6:15pm.
Mon 12/9 Mountain View Community Tree Lighting @ 5:30-7:30pm
Thurs 12/12 Downtown Santa Cruz Snow Night @ 4-7pm. Fri & Sat 12/13 & 14 The December People at the Firehouse Arts Center Pleasanton.
December 2nd-6th Listen at 12:50 pm every day this week to take a friend to... The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Flint Center Dec. 14th ~~~~~~ If you're missing someone special this season, I hope you're feeling the closeness of family & friends. I just put together family photos to share at Christmas; not easy with the loss of my mom this year. Here's to LOVE & PEACE for you this holiday!
Gina Six Kudo I'm with you Jona, I'm sorry again for your loss, I know it's hard to deal with, but at least we know we were loved.
Steve Alt Jona...lost my grand Daughter when she was almost 4 months old this year so your post is MOST meaningful! Thank You!!!
Jona Denz-HamiltonSteve Alt: My heart goes out to you. I know the pain of losing a young family member too. I hope your family is finding good ways to cope. Bless you.
Steve Alt Thanks Jona...your post helps and all the best to you this holiday.
Marsha Zanetti Kane will keep you in my thoughts, jona... the loss of a mother is hard..love your post...
Carolyn Pranke ((Jona)), my parents passed a while ago, it does take a long time to adjust. However, I recently reconnected with first cousins I hadn't seen in 30 years. So, when one door closes, another one does open....
Becky Obbema So sorry Jona, it's been a rough and rocky road this year. Be kind to yourself this holiday season.
Dee Douglas Hugs. Though it can't take the place of your mom, know that you have friends and family around you that love you so much. Take time for yourself to grieve when you need to and allow the good thoughts of others to help fill the void.
Ken Stout I lost my dad to colon and liver cancer so I know how much that sucks.
Lorraine Macias Mendoza Jona, thanks. It's been hard. Lost my Dad in 97, and my Mom this last September . I know you know how I'm feeling.
"Hugs " but our parents are forever in our hearts and so many memories to remember all the love
( but it still hurts)
Doris Dorn yes, these firsts are always so dang hard.
Ivy Daley Jona, I know, I lost my dad this year. Thanksgiving was strange without him
Sandi Stramback Photos are such a wonderful link to our memories of days past ... Every Holiday is hard when you lose a loved one. Miss my Son.
The TV news is going on about how COLD it's getting here this week, upper 20s starting tomorrow night. LOL--the Nat'l Weather Service is referring to Chicago's nearly identical forecast as "unseasonably MILD!"
My forecast: Fuzzy socks!
'Can't wait to see the media showing of the world premiere of The SNOW QUEEN at the San Jose Rep Wednesday. It's billed as having an original pop rock score, alluring ballads, and urban steam punk flair--too cool! What would Hans Christian Andersen say?
Patricia Monsees Yuck I need my 70s!!! Steve Alt A low of 33?? WOW...it is supposed to be 3 below to 6 above for our overnight low tomorrow night and 3 just got 3 inches of snow! OH the high tomorrow??? 28 Jona Denz-Hamilton Citrus, Steve--gotta pray for it! (20s later this week).
Carolyn Pranke Ha Jona Denz-Hamilton, I am enjoying these "warm" temps in December! David Lopez My truck. The heater is the bomb. Brandy Mason hot chocolate a rip roaring fire in the fire place. It does feel like a brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr colddddd freezing fridgid weather come through. Dee Douglas we are likely having an ice storm come through here friday so we went and got gas for the generator today. my favorite warm-up is hot chocolate or coffee with the carnation chocolate mint creamer! yum.
Cliff Feldman my favorite warmer upper is when people run their AC when its 70 degrees...let's warm the whole planet! James Denz Cliff, are you kidding? Jona, isn't it cool ice skating around lighted palm trees? John Lyle A high of 52 in Chicago? I doubt that!! I'm in Minneapolis today and it's snowing and in the 20s. It's supposed to be getting below zero in a couple days. So I'm heading south to warm and sunny Iowa! Then home to sunny and (must be) warmer California in a few days!
Jona Denz-Hamilton to John Lyle: You doubt me LOL? The National Weather Service for Chicago says: "Wednesday: Cloudy... Unseasonably mild. Highs in the upper 50s. South winds 10 to 15 mph."
Ready, set, go! Here are some great Holiday Events coming up this week:
Wed 11/27-12/4 Bill Graham Menorah Lighting Union Square daily.
Wed 11/27 San Francisco Ghirardelli Menorah Lighting @ 5pm.
Fri 11/29 San Jose Christmas in the Park Tree Lighting @ 6pm.
Fri 11/29 Saratoga Tree Lighting & Open House @ 5-8pm
Sat 11/30 Capitola Surfing Santa @ noon.
Fri 11/29-12/31 Los Gatos Fantasy of Lights at Vasona Park.
Fri 11/29 San Francisco Ghirardelli Tree Lighting @ 5:30pm.
Fri 11/29 San Francisco Union Square Tree Lighting @ 6pm.
Sun 12/1 Los Altos Festival of the Lights Parade @ 6pm.
Bye bye Volvo, old friend! I was sooo bummed out when its valves got all bent last year. That ended its life for us, but I found it a great new home on Craigslist with a guy and his 7 kids (who need a car) who delights in fixing Volvos!