Sunday, November 3
Los Gatos-Saratoga Observation Nursery School hosts a Turkey Trot 5K family fun run, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 19601 Black Road. Runners, walkers, and bike riders of all ages welcome. Email

Artists’ reception and children’s photography exhibition will be at Skyland Church’s Whitaker Hall, 25100 Skyland Road, from 3 to 5 p.m. Email

Wednesday, November 6 through
Thursday, November 7

Lexington School’s young thespians present Here Be Dragons, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at

Saturday, November 9
Raptor Fest will be at Rancho San Vicente in Calero County Park, 21151 McKean Road in San Jose, noon to 4 p.m. Reservations are required. Learn more at or

Lakeside School hosts a Goodwill donation drive, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 19621 Black Road.

Sunday, November 10
Pippa hosts a concert at her home on Summit Road, featuring Patsy O’Brien and Dick Hensold performing traditional songs from Britain and Ireland. Potluck begins at 6 p.m. Music begins at 7 p.m. Email  

Friday, November 15 through
Sunday, November 17

Theatre in the Mountains Stars-to-Be present Annie, Jr., at the Loma Prieta Community Center main stage, 23800 Summit Road. Friday performance is at 7 p.m., Saturday performances are at 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday performance is at 1 p.m. Tickets and more information is at

Saturday, November 16
Woodpecker workshop with Stephen Shunk, from 8 a.m. to noon. Fee is $45. To reserve your spot, call Los Gatos Birdwatcher at 408-358-9453.

Passport Day at Silver Mountain Vineyards, noon to 5 p.m. More information is at

Tuesday, November 19 through
Thursday, November 21

Auditions for Theatre in the Mountains’ middle-school production of The Addams Family, School Edition, will be at C.T. English Middle School. Registration and additional information is at

Saturday, December 7 and
Sunday, December 8

Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire will be at the Loma Prieta Gym/Community Center, 23800 Summit Road.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday


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