Sunday, July 18, 2010

I'm sorry, Did you say Free?

So I'm a cheapskate, and tightwad, a penny pincher, whatever you want to call it, its cool I know it. And even better I embrace it. So for those of you in the bay area looking to save a little dough this summer let me show you the way.
Fun for kids:
Story time,
Tabitha LOVES story time, especially baby storytime on saturday's at the Morgan Hill library. Why? because no one else is there (well maybe 3 kids max) but she's always the only one who stays the whole time and the story time lady lets her hold her bear and stand in front of the book and point at the pictures. its great. Morgan hill story times are:
Baby Story Time Sat 11am
Bilingual Story time Sat 10 am
Toddler story time Thurs 10 am
Preschool story time Thurs 10:45 am
Family Story time Wed 7pm
Morgan Hill Libray Special shows:
The Corny Crow Show with Steve Chaney at Morgan Hill Library 7/21/10 2-3pm : Laugh out loud at with this hilarious show featuring ventriloquism, juggling, and a bit of magic.
Marylee Sunseri @ Morgan Hill Library 7/22/10 10-10:30am: Join us for a special sing-along storytime with award winning children's singer-songwriter Marylee Sunseri.
Gilroy Library Story Times Wed 10:15-10:45 am and Tue 7-7:30 pm
Campbell Library Story times: Wed 10:30 am ages 2 1/2- 3 1/2, Wed 7:15pm 4 +, Thurs 10:30 ages 3 1/2 -6, baby story time Fri 11-11:30 am (Description: Infant to 18 months, come join us for books, songs, rhymes, and plenty of interactive fun! This series will run from August 13 through September17, 2010.)
The City of San Jose Library System has some great FREE events for kids this summer, check out the calender of Events Here. My recommendation for any of these events is to get there an hour early. Most of the events ask you to be there 1/2 hour early to get a ticket or get in line, so shoot for an hour because they are always packed!
We'll be going to the Princess Mermaid puppet show on 7/20/10 at the Cambrian branch library :Go on a musical adventure beneath the sea with Nick Barone's "The Princess Mermaid." This original story is filled with a dozen beautifully hand-crafted puppets and is designed to delight families and children of all ages. Attendance is limited. Please arrive 30 minutes early to receive a free ticket. Sponsored by Friends of Cambrian Library. (like I said I'm aiming for 1pm)

Do you want to take your baby to the circus? Well Ringling Brothers has a baby's first circus program where they will send you a free ticket for your munchkin (that doesn't expire) to go to the circus, only drawbacks you have to sign up before your little one is a year old. Check it out here.

Movies? For Free?
Why yes!
Morgan Hill has free Family Friendly movies on the 3rd saturday of the month all summer long, (Dates: Saturday, June 20, July 18, Aug 15 & Sept 19 – 3rd Saturday of each month (same at Street Fair dates)
What: FREE ‘family friendly’ outdoor movies at the Community Cultural Center. Movies to begin at dark.)
More Movies!
Picnic, Popcorn & Picture Show
Park Valencia, Santana Row, Winchester Boulevard and Olin Avenue; Wed at sundown, through Sep 24; 408.551.4600, www.santanarow.com
Gypsy Cinema Movies
Circle of the Palms, by the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose; 408.882.5064, populuspresents.com
Cinema San Pedro
San Pedro Street, between Santa Clara and St. John streets, San Jose; six weeks of free outdoor screenings hosted by Cinequest and POPULUS Presents

STARLIGHT CINEMAS

San Pedro Square hosts free outdoor films the second Wednesday of June, July and August. Movies begin at dusk, come early for the best seat. Bring Your own Chair, Blanket or Air Bed.


June 10 -Blazing Saddles (1974/ Rated R/ 93 minutes) Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder and Clevon Little

July 8 - Caddy Shack (1980/ Rated R/ 107 minutes) Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray

August 12 - Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975/ Rated PG/ 91 minutes)

More Starlight Cinemas dates:

Historic District every third Wednesday – shown on Post Street. Events preceded by Post Street Summertime Blues free concerts 5:15-7:15 p.m.


June 17 - To Catch a Thief (1955/ NR/ 106 minutes) Gary Grant, Grace Kelly, John Williams

July 15 - Casablanca (1942/ NR/ 102 minutes) Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman

August 19 - A Streetcar Named Desire 1951/ NR /122 minutes) Vivien Leigh,Kim Hunter, Marlon Brando


SoFA District every fourth Wednesday — shown at South First and William streets


June 24 - Mad Hot Ballroom (2005/ Rated PG/ 105 minutes)

July 22 - Romeo & Juliet (1996/ Rated PG-13/ 120 minutes) Leonardo DiCaprio; Claire Danes; John Leguizamo; Harrold Perrineu

August 26 - Shaun of The Dead (2004/ Rated R/ 99 minutes) Simon Pegg; Kate Ashfield; Nick Frost; Lucy Davis; Dylan Moran



Music too?

SCION'S MUSIC IN THE PARK

Presented by Dos Equis and Metro Newspapers

This summer, 13 events will take place, all at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, off Market Street and San Fernando Street. The schedule is once again blockbuster, filled with world-class performers.

Best of all, the shows are free. Park in the Market-San Pedro Garage for $3 after 6 p.m. And stay late, eating at one of many San Pedro Square establishments.

Mark your calendars with these free shows, each beginning at 5:30 p.m. And ending about 9 p.m.:


July 23: Matt Nathanson (pop / rock); supported by MiGGs

July 30: Colin Hay of Men at Work (pop)

August 6: Anthony David (R&B)

August 13: Better Than Ezra (pop / rock)

August 20: Sonny Landreth (blues / rock)

August 27: White Album Ensemble plays "Across the Universe" (Beatles tribute)

The Fair too!
Santa Clara County FairFest
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds; Aug. 2-4, 11am-11pm; 408.494.3100, www.thefair.org
The annual celebration of the valley's agricultural roots has dropped its usual $8 adult admission all the way down to…zero. A parking charge remains, but that's still a considerable savings for unlimited access to music, fireworks and exhibits.

Downtown San Jose Free Parking: Weekdays after 6 and all day weekends and holidays.
Market & San Pedro Square Garage
(between Santa Clara and St. John streets)
Third Street Garage
(between Santa Clara and St. John streets)
San Fernando & Third Street Lot
(Block 3) (between Second and Third streets, north of the San Jose Repertory Theatre)
San Fernando & Second Street Lot
(Block 2) (on San Fernando Street, between First and Second streets, across from Gordon Biersch Restaurant)
Pavilion Garage
(on Second Street, between San Fernando and San Carlos streets)
Second & San Carlos Street Garage
(on Second and Third streets at San Carlos, next to Camera 3 Cinemas)
Fourth and San Fernando Street Garage
(northeast corner of Fourth and San Fernando streets)
Check www.sjdowntownparking.com/freepark.htm for details

Wow That's a lot of Free! And Guess what? There's More! But we'll save that for another post!


1 comment:

Emily said...

These are awesome! We should totally go to some when I'm in CA. :-D

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