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Los Gatos Weekender: Holiday Shopping Stroll, Santa at Town Plaza Park

More than 50 shops will be open until 9 p.m. tonight as part of the downtown Los Gatos 'Holiday Shopping Stroll.'

Shop until 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in downtown Los Gatos. Courtesy Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce.
Shop until 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in downtown Los Gatos. Courtesy Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce.

LOS GATOS HOLIDAY SHOPPING STROLL THURSDAY

The Los Gatos Visitors Bureau, a partnership between the Town of Los Gatos and Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, teams up with downtown merchants to extend holiday shopping hours until 9 p.m. at more than 50 downtown Los Gatos stores for its "Holiday Shopping Stroll" Thursday, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. Details: 408-354-9300.

SANTA CLAUS AT TOWN PLAZA PARK

Santa will be at Town Plaza Park, corner of Main Street and Santa Cruz Avenue, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays Dec. 15 and 22. There's no fee to sit on Santa's lap, but a $5 per person donation is recommended. Bring your camera to capture the moment. There will not be a photographer at the park. Santa "Paws," will also take place at the same time and on the same dates. All four-footed friends are invited to sit on Santa's lap and their photos taken. Details: 408-354-8700.

2ND FRIDAYS HAPPY HOUR SHOW

Los Gatos Saratoga Recreation's 55-Plus Program presents its Happy Hour Variety Show at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at the Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center, 208 E. Main St. Performing will be the Ku'u Aloha I Ke Akua Band, whose repertoire includes Hawaiian song favorites, Hawaiian dancers and favorite music from the '40s, '50s and '60s. Guests will learn how to dance "the hukilau." Everyone is welcome. Recommended $5 donation at the door. Free parking, light refreshments and door prizes. Details: 408-354-1514

ART IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS NEW EXHIBIT
The Town of Los Gatos and the Museums of Los Gatos have partnered on a new exhibit showcasing renowned Bay Area artists' works of part of the Art in the Council Chambers program Nov. 1 through Jan. 30, 2014. The program, which has been going on for 13 years, normally presents four exhibits in the chambers, 110 E. Main St., with an evening artist reception being held for each show. The first exhibit features more than 50 artists currently appearing in the Los Gatos Museums Gallery. Details: 408-354-6834.

BACKWARD IS FORWARD EXHIBIT AT LOS GATOS ART MUSEUM

The Museums of Los Gatos presents Backward is Forward: Layer and Impact in Printmaking exhibit through Jan. 12, 2014 at the Art Museum of Los Gatos, 4 Tait Ave. The show features prints by Enrique Chagoya, Hung Liu, Sam Francis, David Gilhooly, Gregory Edwards, Michael Mazur, Frank Lobdell, Andrew Romanoff, Inez Storer, Nathan Oliveira, Erik Bakke, Joan Miro, Marguerite Saegesser, Ruth Wall, Kathy Aoki, Vicky M. Chen, Tom Killion, Jessica Dunne, and Robin McCloskey. Artists have been using printmaking processes for centuries to create thought-provoking works of art, however the details of the medium are often a mystery to viewers. Details: 408-395-7386,

'AMERICAN BOHEMIA: THE CATS ESTATE IN LOS GATOS' EXHIBIT AT HISTORY MUSEUM

The History Museum of Los Gatos at Forbes Mill, 75 Church St., presents "American Bohemia: The Cats Estate in Los Gatos" noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Details: 408-395-7375


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