All over town, Saratoga is ready to celebrate the return to a more “normal” summer.
Saratoga’s Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the return of the Wildwood Music Fest, a free outdoor concert. Wildwood Park will be rockin’ on June 26, 1-7:30 p.m., with three bands and food trucks. The community is invited to bring a lawn chair and rock to Nigel and Clive and the British Invasion, Fishhook and One Country. There will be beer, wine, sunshine, green grass and a good time for all. www.saratogachamber.org
Saratoga Chamber of Commerce President Chuck Page invites the community to a business social and ribbon-cutting celebrating the newly redecorated Chamber office and his new Chuck Page Insurance office next door on June 23, 5-7pm. www.saratogachamber.org
The “America the Beautiful” patriotic decorating project kicks off its 11th year on June 21. The Saratoga Village Development Council project, spearheaded by Patricia Himel and Laurel Perusa, encourages Village businesses and shops to show their patriotic spirit by decorating with American flags and red, white, and blue bunting. Perusa says, “This has become a beloved Saratoga tradition that shows we appreciate our country and are proud to be an American.”
Another Village decorating event just wrapped up, The Saratoga Education Foundation (SEF) hopes you had an opportunity to visit the Village during Memorial Day weekend to see artwork from elementary and middle school students from the Saratoga Union School District (SUSD). Organizer Ramya Vasu says, “SEF would like to thank all students that participated in the Life in Saratoga Art Show, and all businesses that allowed us to display the art.” www.sef-ca.org
Speaking of art, Montalvo Arts Center is wasting no time reopening and reconnecting with several community events. First, the long-awaited opening of “Creando Espacio,” an installation on the Great Lawn celebrating the beginning of a journey in search of a better life by Bay Area artist and Lucas Artists Fellow Hector Dionicio Mendoza. And the popular sunset cinemas are back, outside under the stars on the Great Lawn. Coming up: “Ghostbusters,” July 25; “Coco,” July 30; and “The Birds,” Aug. 27. Get tickets and all the details at www.montalvoarts.org.
A part of the Village for many years, Soo Lee of Saratoga Cleaners just completed the Boston Marathon. The run is a huge accomplishment, made even more extraordinary because Soo is a double liver transplant recipient. His run benefited the American Liver Foundation.
“My transplants have impacted my family, my overall lifestyle, and have given me a renewed perspective on how to live out my dreams,” Soo says. “I know how lucky I am to be given this third chance at life and have been intentionally living out each day, crossing off the items on my bucket list: running marathons, climbing mountains, biking, and winning the U.S. National Parks photography contest. I became the first liver transplant recipient in the world to scale Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro. It was my honor to celebrate my double transplant’s 20th anniversary by participating in the Boston Marathon.”
The upper end of Big Basin is an active place with Hero Ranch Kitchen and its new sister restaurant Flowers. Maître d’ Alexander Robu makes you feel welcome and looks like a million bucks in his snappy suits. The original cocktails, like Omani Gimlet and Bay Cosmo, and dishes like Wagyu Carpaccio and Misoyaki Black Cod are delicious. www.flowerssaratoga.com
As they have been doing for many years now, the nondenominational congregation at Saratoga Federated Church has reached out to help their neighbors. The church community dedicates a special week of service three times a year. Recently, more than 100 people participated in projects including park and trail maintenance at three Saratoga locations, packing hygiene kits for the homeless, cooking meals for people who are housebound, relocating an outdoor exhibit at the Saratoga History Museum, sprucing up the garden at a young mother’s group home, sewing dresses for impoverished girls around the world, and a food drive supporting the House of Hope in Los Gatos. Anyone can volunteer by visiting www.saratogafederated.org.
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