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The Tech After Hours

After Hours…

is the monthly themed event where adults only can enjoy science, technology, entertainment and cocktails together with their friends. Each month provides an exclusive and fun setting of music, games, hands-on exhibits with something unique to discover. Enjoy giant games like 4-foot tall Jenga-style blocks, over-sized chess, and giant Four-in-a-Row.The museum takes on a different mood at night. You can explore the entire museum with other kid-minded adults. You don’t want to miss this exclusive nighttime fun setting of music, giant games, hands-on exhibits, and more! Learn about science and technology, or just relax and have fun with your friends!

The theme changes every month, so take  a look on the website! There is now wine tasting on the roof at after hours – the fee is $12.  The ticket price to get into the TECH is $9, there are also group rates…… AND it is free if you go during your birth month!

Celebrate your birthday at The Tech Museum’s After Hours event! If your birthday occurs in the month of this After Hours event, get in FREE! Just show your ID and YOU get in for FREE! (Please bring a valid ID)! Thursday July 3 2014- 7:00 pm to 11:59 pm

The TECH website

The TECH location

East Bay Bike Party!

This is a monthly event, full of fun and silliness. The theme and location changes every month.  Google for monthly information. join the FaceBook page or read the blog

The East Bay Bike Party is a monthly mobile party for riders of all experience levels, ages, and bike types, to meet, ride, and play together on the streets.  It will start at dusk, around 7:30. In addition to a fun bike ride, there are costumes, DJs, and all sorts of fun stuff to do.  Mingle with other bikers, stop for a quick bite.  Get to the finish and dance all night long!
NOVEMBER’S party will begin at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, very close to the 12th Street Oakland BART station and the theme is  all about SUPER MARIO BROS!  In addition to the (safe!) riding we will encounter games villains  and obstacles to overcome at various stops along the way.  Should be an incredible evening. Bring your bike and come dressed as your favorite Mario Bros. character.
Every month is a new theme and everyone is expected to dress up in the theme.  Your bikes too!  You can add lights, feathers, decorate your bike helmet, bring a radio, even bring along your Dog! There is a great deal of latitude and creativity in this party! When the theme is announced we’ll get dressed up (again!) and go crazy on the streets! Drinks and food are easy to find.


* Lights – Rides are at night. Best to be SEEN.
* Locks – Thieves can ride off on unattended bikes. Lock bikes together at the party stops.
* Layers – It’s all outdoors, and the temp typically drops a few degrees by night’s end.
* Water, refreshments, snacks, plastic bag – You’ll expend some energy, and need a way to pack your trash.
* Tube, patch kit, pump, tools – The ride is unsupported, please come prepared.


And if you LOVED this one, try the San Jose Bike Party!   OR the SF Bike Party! 


Communications Hill Here we Come!

Urban hikes are fun and this one is no exception. It is part of a new development in South San Jose and included a grand staircase of more than 220 stairs, to get your heart beating faster.
This is a great way to get outside, discover a new neighborhood and build up your strength. It is closer than many hikes that we do on Skyline or at the ocean and shore. It also has the advantage of being close to many different restaurants and coffee places.

MEET: Waterford Park on Sand Pebble and Vistapark Dr. San Jose

WALK: Up Communications Hill, yes it is steep but easier on your knees than walking the stairs first thing! Keep going. Turn right on LINA St (away from the stairs you’ll go down later) and take a loop hike around Altino past the playground, Donnici, a short bit on Adeline, Batista past Azores for a stunning view of San Jose (beautiful at night), continue on until you reach the stairs again,  on Lina St. There are many stairs , and two beautiful wide stairways that are well lit.

There are often people walking in this area, so it feels safe. It is more that a 2 mile loop. If you want more of a workout, go up and down the stairs again! Or you can do a few push ups at the bottom of the Stairs on Mullinix Way.

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Afterwards, you can head to the local Starbucks at Captol and Timberloop (behind the Home Depot) for a refreshment. For something more substantial, go the the PLANT Shopping Center where there is everything: Boiling Crab, Johnny Garlic’s, Applebees, and more.

For information on other Bay Area hikes, you may click the HIKES category on this site, or use the SEARCH TOOL  in the top left to find just what you are looking for!

EARTH DAY EVENTS around the Bay

My favorites so far are listed below, lots of things to do outside, with children and all kinds of activities:

Filoli Center in Woodside, the tulips are blooming, the roses are ready to burst and the cafe is serving pear tart, it is beautiful. Schedule a Nature Education Docent to give you a hike up to the pond!

HAPPY HOLLOW ZOO in San Jose, hosted by City of San Jose Environmental Services. Visit www.hhpz.org.

Earth Day Festival arrives in San Francisco. On SATURDAY April 23, the Bay Area will come together to celebrate Earth Day SF in Civic Center Plaza

VEGAN Earth Day in Berkeley on Friday on the campus 7pm

Downtown Berkeley Earth Day Celebration is on Saturday

Junior Center of the Arts and Sciences, in Oakland on Saturday

Earth Stroll in SF on Crissy Field on Saturday 10-3pm

KQED Lists Earth Day Events

And of course, a great place for kids, on any day, is the Oakland Zoo which is home to over 660 native and exotic animals. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 525 acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay, their earth day celebration was a bit earlier, on April 17th.

Save the BAY SF, has a newsletter and will send you dates of events.