Harry Potters Returns to San Jose
March 31 through April 4
The secret is out: Symphony Silicon Valley announces the “Return of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!” The Harry Potter film concert series will enchant and introduce the young and the young at heart audiences to the second film in the Harry Potter franchise. Set to the exciting and bewitching music by composer John Williams and conducted by the film series creator and producer Maestro Justin Freer, the film will be projected in high-definition on a 40-foot screen positioned above the talented musicians of the Silicon Valley Orchestra. Get ready for the exuberant action as the cars fly, trees fight back, spiders talk, letters scold, and Harry discovers his own unsettling ability to speak to snakes. This is a year of adventures during the second year of Harry Potter’s amazing journey into the world of wizardry, all created and written by J.K. Rowling, the most magical wizard of them all.
Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers Entertainment
Heart & Soles Run in Santa Clara
March 25 at 8:00 a.m.
Love to run or walk? Hit the pavement and show your support for children’s health and wellness at the family-oriented 4th Annual Heart & Soles event, starting at the beautiful Santa Clara University and weaving through Avaya Stadium, the state-of-the-art home of the San Jose Earthquakes. All 6K/10K participants will receive a one-of-a-kind jersey-themed race shirt, a race bib, and the finisher medal with Silicon Valley’s creation of chip timing. Dedicate yourself to helping local kids engage in healthy exercise and make better food choices on daily basis. There is also a Kids Fun Run for ages 2 to 7. Join me at the race where you’ll have more fun than watching TV.
Tickets and Information
Registration prices range from $15 to $45
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real in Santa Clara
Photo courtesy of Heart & Soles Run
Final Treasure Market at Stanford in Palo Alto
March 31, April 1 & 2
The Last Hurrah! Treasure Market is a popular resale event that has offered the Bay Area community art, antiques, china, collectible books, crystal, silver, linens, furs, and jewelry from around the world since 1958. The items for sale, donated by local residents, Stanford alumni, designers, art and antique dealers, and collectors, are organized into several areas: paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and photographs; fine antiques, collectibles and heirloom furniture; oriental rugs and carpets; books including first editions, autographed copies and volume sets; fine china, silver, and crystal; jewelry and furs; Asian and world art. The Final Art and Antiques Event and Sale benefits Cantor Arts Center’s Art Acquisitions Fund. Festivities begin at Friday’s opening-night party and sale, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., when guests can enjoy wine, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and music. This is truly a treasure hunt mecca for the professional and amateur collectors.
Tickets and Information
Prices range from $5 to $100
Stanford Campus Arrillaga Center for Sports
341 Galvez Street, Palo Alto
Free parking is available in the Galvez lot across the street
Photo courtesy of Treasure Market
Story Time and Garden Family Walk
First and third Sunday of every month at 10:30 a.m.
San Francisco’s Botanical Garden, located in the city’s Golden Gate Park, is inviting families for a captivating story time and a lovely walk in their stunning gardens. Everything is abloom and the scenery is simply breathtaking. Don’t forget to bring your camera; a Kodak moment is around every tree. Highlights include the native wildflower bloom which should be really lovely in April with a beautiful mix of irises, poppies, meadowfoam and more. This is pollinator heaven! The gardens have a very happy population of pipevine swallowtail caterpillars/butterflies that has been introduced into the garden by volunteer biologist Tim Wong. It’s definitely worth a look and it’s a great story of conservation right in the heart of the city.
Lina Broydo immigrated from Russia, then the Soviet Union, to Israel where she was educated and got married. After working at the University in Birmingham, England, she and her husband immigrated to the United States. She lives in Los Altos Hills, CA and writes about travel, art, style, entertainment, and sports. She hardly cooks or bakes, with no borsch or piroshky on her home cooking menu. Therefore, she makes reservations and enjoys dining out, mostly sushi.