Stars on Ice Glide to San Jose
May 12 at 4 p.m.
Featuring some of the top American skaters from the 2014 and 2018 Olympic Games, including local Bay Area champions Nathan Chen, Mirai Nagasu, and Palo Alto’s own Vincent Zhou – the spectacular Stars on Ice showcase will offer a red, white, and blue celebration on ice at the fabulous SAP Center in San Jose, the home of the San Jose Sharks. Stars on Ice continues to be a pioneer in figure skating by offering fans the rare opportunity to witness some of the world’s most creative and cherished champions performing together in both individual and ensemble routines. Don’t miss being awestruck by their spectacular show on Mother’s Day in San Jose.
Tickets and Information
Tickets start at $25
525-West Santa Clara Street in San Jose
Photos courtesy of Getty Images for Stars on Ice
Fine Art in the Park in Los Altos
May 18-19, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Rotary Club of Los Altos is orchestrating the most amazing art show. The Annual Fine Art in the Park raises funds for the needs of the community-at-large while featuring fine art, music, and lots of exciting activities with a lavish food court including Chef Chu’s famous chicken salad to keep you refreshed and fulfilled. Over 165 regional and national fine artists will showcase their spectacular art work. It is one of the most popular and in-demand art shows for artists to exhibit and for art lovers to enjoy and collect. Bring your kids, pooches, and your zest for art. And don’t miss the Kiwanis Pet Parade in downtown Los Altos prior to attending the pet-friendly Fine Art in the Park show at city’s Lincoln Park. Free parking is available at Los Altos Town Hall and Gardner Bullis School. Shuttles will run to both sides.
No charge for admission
199 University Avenue in Los Altos
Photo courtesy of Los Altos Rotary Club
The Fragrant Mother’s Day Festivity
May 12, 10 am. to 5 p.m.
The sights and scents of magnificent roses will welcome your wonderful mom to the enchanted Russian River Rose Company located in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country. Experience the beauty and fragrance of 650 varieties of roses as you stroll down Rose Alley with huge rambling roses billowing down from 12’x12′ arches. Enjoy the secret garden treasures, especially my favorite “Children’s Garden,” the “Hollywood Stars,” and the “Humming Bird Wall.” Treat your mom to a beautiful rose tea, create a special rose water and rose perfume, taste a yummy rose water sorbet, and maybe even select a rose plant for Mom to take home.
But most of all, live up to the popular motto: Allow yourselves this day to really stop and smell the roses! All mothers will receive a special something. With only a one-hour drive from San Francisco no need to fly to France to enjoy this Monet-like Garden. Make it an annual outing!
Free admission, but donation is recommended
1685 Magnolia Drive In Healdsburg
No pets. No Picnics.
Photos courtesy of Mikala Kennan
KQED’s Check, Please!: Taste & Sip 2019
May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
The Bay Area’s favorite palate-pleasing experience is back! Join KQED and its effervescent hostess Leslie Sbrocco for this year’s Check, Please! Taste & Sip 2019. Sample gourmet foods from restaurants featured on the show and taste wines from around the Bay Area – more than 50 local culinary creators all under one roof! All food and beverages included in the ticket price, along with your very own collectors’ Check, Please! wine glass to keep at the end of the night. The evening will feature Live Jazz by the Nomad Band and an opportunity to audition for KQED producers for a chance to appear as a reviewer in the next season of Check, Please! Bay Area. I was lucky to be selected and loved every minute of it!
VIP tickets available for early entry from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with special bites from a select group of restaurants, Artisan Caviar, and sips from some of the Bay Area’s favorite winemakers.
Tickets and Information
Prices range from $85 to $135
Must be 21 years or older to attend
San Francisco Design Center Galleria
101 Henry Adams Street in San Francisco
Photo courtesy of KQED’s Check, Please!
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.