Events Around the Bay

By Lina Broydo
Lina Broydo
Lina Broydo
November 7, 2013 Updated: December 6, 2013

Sip n’ Shop for the Holidays
Club One, Santana Row
Nov. 8, 6–9 p.m.

Time for the shop-and-pamper-yourself event at Club One Fitness Center located on the stunning and fashionable promenades of Santana Row in San Jose. Sip champagne and enjoy complimentary chair massages, salt and sugar rubs, acupuncture demos, and complimentary hair and makeup touch-ups. Also on hand are yoga and Pilates experts and personal trainers to inspire you to stay fit and healthy through the holidays and beyond. A boutique-style trunk show will feature consignment designer clothing, handbags, and accessories. Call 408-985-5555 for more information.

Growing Asian VegetablesCupertino,Nov. 13, 7–8:30 p.m.

Join Master Gardener Jean Lee as she shares her expertise of growing Asian vegetables in her year-round East-West “fusion” garden in Cupertino. Accompanied by a slide show, Ms. Lee’s lecture includes a demonstration of how and when to plant your future harvest. Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Ave., Cupertino. Cost: free. Hope you invite me to taste your new gourmet creation. For more information visit

45th International Taiko FestivalZellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Nov. 9–10

Drumroll, please! Now you can hear and see some of the top taiko champions from the Bay Area and Japan in the 45th International Taiko Festival. Scheduled to participate in this year’s event are Japan’s Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka and San Francisco’s Taiko Dojo, who were featured in four major motion picture movies: “The Right Stuff;” “Rising Sun,” starring Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes; George Lucas’ “Return of the Jedi;” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now.” Reserve the best seats in the house and don’t forget to bring your earplugs. For more information visit

Penguins & Pajamas Sleepovers at California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Unroll your sleeping bag and enjoy the museum’s unique after-hours experience. Listen to the evening songs of rainforest birds, interact with a penguin specialist, and learn about Pierre—the wetsuit-wearing penguin. Sing a lullaby to Claude, the Academy’s famed albino alligator. Settle in for the night with a snack while listening to storytime and stargazing at a planetarium show. In the morning, rise and shine and head over to the Academy Café for a continental breakfast. Visit for information.

Lina Broydo
Lina Broydo