If you don’t have any plans for Saturday, Oct. 2, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., then come down to 5400 Camden Ave. in San Jose and enjoy the Almaden Valley Athletic Club Art and Wine Festival. This is the inaugural year for this get-together and admission is free.
This event will have 28 local artists and vendors selling their arts and crafts to the public. There will be soap makers, jewelry, print art and many other styles of arts and crafts. Each booth is individually run by the artist or vendor and a portion of the proceeds of this event will go to Turning Wheels for Kids, a local program that helps underprivileged kids receive bicycles throughout the year. This wonderful program also repairs kids’ current bikes and teaches the kids how to maintain them. Children learn the parts of the bikes, how to repair them and overall maintenance to keep their bikes in working order and keep them riding, and off the streets. If you would like to learn more about Turning Wheels for Kids and their mission, go to their website.
Local vineyards Charles Usher Vineyards, Perrucci Family Vineyard, Poetic Cellars, and Jazz Cellars Winery, will have tastings available on-site. Donated bottles from other vineyards will be available for tasting as well. $15 will get you an etched commemorative wine glass that includes two 1-ounce pours. They also offer a full glass for $5.
Come out and enjoy the festival with friends and family. My mom and many of her artist friends will have booths selling their paintings. Remember that proceeds from the inaugural Almaden Valley Athletic Club Art and Wine Festival go to Turning Wheels for Kids. In other words, local money spent on this local event will help local children in need. If this year is success then we may see it again next year, too.
If you are interested in participating in the Almaden Valley Athletic Club Art and Wine Festival or if you have any questions, please contact Becky Smothermon (408) 445-4919.
“Almaden Valley Athletic Club Art and Wine Festival” main page
“Almaden Valley Athletic Club” main page
“Turning Wheels for Kids” official page