Love is in the air at the Saratoga Museum, in the shops of the village – The Mercury News


‘Love is in the Air,’ an exhibit premiered at the Saratoga History Museum on January 14, showcases a nostalgic collection of vintage Valentine’s Day and the ways people celebrate Valentine’s Day in the world. Argentina, for example, extends its Valentine’s Day celebration and calls it “Sweet Week”, during which friends and lovers exchange kisses and sweets. The museum is located at 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road in Saratoga. Hours of operation are Fridays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free entry. www.saratogahistory.com or 408-867-4311.

Love Notes will begin appearing in the Village in the coming weeks. This annual outpouring of love, sponsored by the Saratoga Village Development Council, occupied Big Basin Way for two weeks in February for more than a decade, with the exception of last year when the pandemic put the kibosh on the ‘event. Jill Hunter, former board chair, leads the charge each year, soliciting submissions from schools, preschools and adult residents of Saratoga.

Many have asked what was going on at the ancient site of the Villa Notre-Dame de Fatima. Kalesta Health Care Group bought the property about three years ago from the Dominican Sisters in Kenosha, Wisc., But externally nothing has changed.

The facility should be renamed Villas de Saratoga. Kalesta co-founder Ryan Williams said, “New signage is underway and will be in place soon. He adds that the facility’s skilled nursing wing has been renovated to “align with the clinical strength of the building.”

Show must go on! Redwood Middle School presents “Disney’s Moana Jr.”, with live and streaming options, January 14-16 at McAfee Center in Saratoga High. The musical follows Moana as she sails across the Pacific to honor her ancestors. It’s a good lesson in empowering bravery and selflessness. COVID-19 precautions will be enforced, and those 12 and older need proof of vaccination at the door. Buy your tickets at redwoodpta.ludus.com.

It’s worth taking a little detour from Saratoga-Los Gatos Road to Park Avenue to see the beautifully restored 1915 Arts and Crafts-style building designed by famous architect Julia Morgan, which today houses the Saratoga Foothill Club. The building earned the distinction of being listed on the National Register of Historic Monuments in 1978. It is a great venue for events; not only is the interior great, but there are secret and not-so-secret gardens on the grounds. www.saratogafoothillclub.com

The Saratoga Parks and Recreation Commission’s Let’s Work program will coordinate volunteers to beautify and maintain the trails at Quarry Park on February 12.

For another longer-term volunteer opportunity, the Town of Saratoga is looking for residents to serve on road safety and planning committees. Applications for the latter must be sent by February 18. Learn more at www.saratoga.ca.us/comvac.

Saratoga’s first fish and chip restaurant has dropped anchor. Owners Mario Ariza and Nestor and Carlos Zubizarreta started with a stall at the San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose before moving on to that second location for Anchors Fish & Chips & Seafood Grill at 14441 Big Basin Way . Besides the fish and chips (the halibut is excellent), Chef Mario serves lobster rolls, seafood salads, oysters and grilled fish dishes.

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