Los Gatos welcomes back the sounds of summer – The Mercury News

Music fans have reason to cheer. After a pandemic hiatus, Los Gatos will have a concert-filled summer.

The popular Promenade evenings are back beginning Thursday, June 16, at 5 pm. North Santa Cruz Avenue will be closed for folks to mingle with friends, listen to live music and support local shops and restaurants. The series opens Summit Sisters on the North Stage and Legally Blue on the South Stage. www.Losgatoschamber.com

Jazz on the Plazz returns with a jampacked summer concert series beginning Wednesday, June 29, honoring the great Dave Brubeck. Produced by Los Gatos Music and Arts, Jazz on the Plazz is free to attend, although purchasing a season package for $240-$360 will guarantee good seating.

Performers include Svetlana and The Delancey Five on June 29 and the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Stars on July 6. On Aug. 10, Brubeck’s sons will play as the Brubeck Brothers Quartet. www.jazzontheplazz.com

There will once again be Music in the Park on the Civic Center Lawn every Sunday, July 17-Aug. 21. Suburban Bliss opens the series July 17. www.losgatosca.gov/350/Music-in-the-Park

Charley’s is bringing salsa to Los Gatos. Every Thursday night there will be a live band with a salsa DJ, a happy hour from 6-8 pm, and social dancing starting at 9:30. Beginners can get lessons every Thursday night from 8-9 pm www.charleysloggatos.com

Mother’s Day marked the 33rd year of Courageous Kids Day, an event that provides “a day away from cancer” each year to hundreds of young cancer patients and their families at California’s Great America. Founder Gay Crawford said, “It’s more than a play day; it provides emotional escape from the everyday trials of cancer. It’s a day when these patients can just be kids, their brothers and sisters can enjoy time with their siblings outside of a hospital room, and parents can watch their kids have fun without worry.”

A big hit were the red capes with the words “Super Hero” emblazoned on the back, given to all the courageous kids. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the event relies on many Los Gatos and Saratoga volunteers like Bob Steinfeld, Heather Duffy, Nick Shain and Clareen Dunivin, who donated a quilt for a free drawing to a courageous family. Hats off to this year’s event chairs, Donna Adam and Pam Dunnett.

The Butter Paddle will showcase Annie Morhauser of Annieglass, on Saturday, June 4, noon-4 pm Morhauser is a master glassmaker, evidenced by her work on display at the Smithsonian. Complimentary engraving will be offered on purchases made May1-June 4, and buyers will be entered to win one of her “sweetheart” bowls her. The Butter Paddle is the fundraising arm of Uplift Family Services (formerly EMQ) and has been run by dedicated volunteers since 1967. www.butterpaddle.com

If you have business or social news about Los Gatos, I’d like to know: debby@debbyrice.com.

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