Saratoga community briefs for the week of June 10 – The Mercury News

Hammering home history

The Saratoga Historical Foundation was set to break ground for its new blacksmith exhibit on Saturday, June 4. The exhibit will open will demonstrate the work a blacksmith of the 1850s would have handled. Interactivity and sound effects will add to the ambience. Also planned is a nonfunctional outhouse as part of the turn-of-the-century theme of all the structures in the Saratoga Historical Park.

The blacksmith exhibit, along with the McWilliams House, one-room schoolhouse and the museum, are used to educate visitors about pioneer living as well as Saratoga’s history. The museum is located at 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road. For more information, visit

Chamber mixer

The Saratoga Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business Social on June 15, 5-7 pm, at the offices of Kiran Rapal, DDS, Inc., 12967 Saratoga Ave. The free networking event also features a raffle and a business card drawing. Registration is requested to

State honors 55 Plus

Los Gatos-Saratoga Community Education and Recreation was awarded high honors by the California Parks and Recreation Society last month. The community center’s 55 Plus Program, which provides myriad services to the West Valley’s older residents, was given the Key to the Community Award. The 55 Plus Program ran continuously through the pandemic with virtual and socially distant services, one of the few such programs to do so in the Bay Area.

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