Almaden Little League Baseball 2019

Almaden Little League Baseball 2019Calling baseball’s little champs and enthusiasts! Almaden Little League Baseball registration is now open for the 2019 season.

The league welcomes children, both boys and girls, between the ages of 4 and 15 years, who live or attend school in 95120, 95141, or 95042. The Almaden Little League is a part of the Little League International and District 12. Prior experience of playing baseball is not required. So, if your child enjoys baseball and loves to have fun, Almaden Little League Baseball is a great place to meet new friends and learn to be part of a team.

Registration is open until December 31, 2018. For more information call 650-224-8955. To register online, visit www.almadenll.org.

Run Turkey Run 2018

It’s Thanksgiving month and Almaden’s most popular community event of the season is coming up. Bret Harte Middle School Booster Club’s “Run Turkey Run 2018” is on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2018. This family fun run event is the biggest fund-raiser for Bret Harte Middle School, and is gaining popularity with increased participation every year.

Both the 5K and 10K runs begin and end at Leland High School on Camden Avenue at 8:30 am. They are run on paved trails along the Los Alamitos Creek trail, making it easy to participate with family members including children and seniors.

The registration for Run Turkey Run is open, but prices increase after November 15th. Run Turkey Run spirit T-shirts are also available. All proceeds go to Bret Harte Middle School Booster Club. So, hurry and book your place at the start line!

For more details and to sign up, visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/SanJose/AVRTR

Almaden Halloween Haunts

Pumpkin patches, haunted houses, costume parties and great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. It’s Halloween, and Almaden Valley is abuzz with festive spirit. Here’s what is haunting the neighborhoods this week.

Castillero’s Cobra Crypt: This year, Almaden’s Castillero Middle School’s Drama Department has started a new Halloween tradition. It’s hosting the “Cobra Crypt”, a week-long Halloween fest that includes a pumpkin patch, haunted house, carnival, games and a variety of activities. The fest is every day from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm till October 31st. Tickets are $5. This is Castillero Drama’s biggest fundraiser, and by all neighborhood accounts, not to be missed.

Halloween Britannia Arms AlmadenThe Simpson’s Halloween at the Britannia Arms: On October 30th, at 7:30 pm at the Britannia Arms, you can enjoy a Simpson’s themed Halloween event. There will be a costume contest, Simpson’s trivia, special food and drinks, and more.

Neighborhood trick-or-treats: Almaden Valley boasts some of the best trick or treating neighborhoods in San Jose. Attractive areas include Chateau Drive and the Country Club neighborhood, the Pierce Ranch neighborhood, and the Graystone neighborhood, among others. The biggest attraction might be at Little Falls Drive in the Country Club neighborhood, which draws huge crowds for the spooky haunted house display at the end of the street. Venturing there is well worth it, and give yourselves ample time to park and stroll through the streets.

Happy Halloween!

September 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update

September 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update… September wrapped up on a quiet note in preparation for the upcoming holiday season. The number of single family homes on the market jumped from 33 in August to 39 in September, while the number of homes under contract dropped from 33 to 19 and the number sold remained 24 over the same time period. The drop in pending sales is very likely due to a buying frenzy that happened in August, perhaps buyers trying to beat the next interest rate hike. The average sold price per square foot edged up from $697 in August to $723 in September, indicating that buyers are still keen on Almaden Valley real estate and sellers are responding to the near-record average sale price per sqft by offering their homes to the market.

Observing the trends over the last year and more, it appears that our real estate market is luring home owners to sell and inventory is gradually increasing above the critical levels we’ve gotten used to. Generally speaking, as inventory increases in a seller’s market such as we’ve been experiencing, the balance reaches a point of equilibrium between the number of buyers and the number of homes on the market.  Overall, though, we are seeing the seasonal transition to a quieter real estate market.

If you’d like more information about current market trends or are thinking about buying or selling a home in the Almaden Valley, call, text or send me an email and I’ll be glad to help you out!

September 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market

Upcoming Events at Almaden Valley High Schools

Almaden Valley high schoolsAlmaden Valley high schools Leland and Pioneer both have exciting events that you can attend over the weekend and next week.

On Saturday, October 20, the Leland Parent Club is hosting its annual music and dance event, the Dandiya Raas Mela. The Dandiya and the Garba are traditional ritualistic dances performed during the Indian festival of Navratri or the “nine nights”.

This event is one of the biggest fundraisers for Leland High School. A special highlight of the event this year is a performance by the “Naach” group, a students club specializing in Bollywood dance. Tickets can be purchased both online and at the door. All proceeds go towards enrichment programs at Leland High. For more information, visit: http://www.lelandparentclub.com/dandiya.html

Next week, from October 24 to October 27, students at Pioneer High will be performing twin fall plays, 12 Angry Men and 12 Angry Women.

12 Angry Men is adapted from the American courtroom drama of the same name, while 12 Angry Women is a feminist adaptation of the same play.

Advanced reserved seats may be booked through phsdrama.ludus.com. Tickets will also be available at the door. So, come with you family and friends to watch this classic adaptation from a highly talented drama team and help raise funds for Pioneer High. For more information, visit: https://pioneer.sjusd.org/index.php/calendar/filter-by/event/699/2018/10/24/

Almaden Art and Wine Festival 2018

Almaden Art and Wine Festival 2018Almaden Valley’s most exciting annual event is here: The 42nd Almaden Art and Wine Festival is being held at Almaden Lake Park this Sunday, Sept. 16, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The setting itself is incredibly beautiful with dazzling white tents against the backdrop of Almaden Lake, bright yellow sunflowers, people in colorful attire strolling and sipping wine, musicians playing and artists showcasing their work.

The festival is organized by the Almaden Valley Women’s Club (AVWC) and provides a platform to local artists to display and sell their work and to local musicians with an audience to showcase their talent. It also gives family run and specialty wineries an opportunity to introduce their products through wine-tasting.

The Almaden Art and Wine Festival is an important local fund-raiser. The proceeds from the festival go towards supporting a host of local non-profits serving the areas of education, teens and women.

At the festival, there is entertainment for all ages. Kids have a 25 ft. rock wall and rappelling area, slides, bounce houses and a special stage for kid’s entertainment. Adults have a variety of local bands and performers on the main stage.

It’s an event not to be missed, so stroll in, sip some wine and prepare to be entertained.

For more information, visit: https://www.almadenwomen.org/

August 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update

August 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update… August was a busy month for buyers of single family homes in Almaden Valley. The number of homes under contract shot up a dramatic 89% from July, while the number of homes on the market dropped 25% during the same timeframe. We saw one of the highest numbers of homes on the market in July, and buyers responded enthusiastically.

We DID see the average price per square foot retract somewhat from July to August, from $713 to $697, but this could easily be a function of the fact that so much inventory came on the market at one time that buyers had more control than we’ve seen.

Traditionally, September is usually the starting month for the holiday cooling trend. After the excitement of the July/August bulge, it will be interesting to see what autumn brings.

If you have any questions about recent market trends or would like to get into the market, give me a call!

August 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market

Almaden NJB Youth Basketball League 2018-19

Almaden NJB Youth Basketball League 2018-19The Almaden NJB Youth Basketball League 2018-19 season registration is now open!

Is your young basketball enthusiast interested in being a part of the NJB? Well, it’s time to enroll. All players must reside in either 95120, 95118 South of Hwy 85, 95123 West of Santa Teresa Hills, 95124 East of Camden Ave and Hicks Road – zip code areas.

Following are the important dates:

  • Registration closes on: September 20, 2018.
  • Evaluation weekend: September 22 – 23, 2018.
  • First league game: December 2, 2018.

The Almaden NJB is affiliated with the National Junior Basketball League. For more information visit: http://www.almadennjb.org.

July 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update

July 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update… The Almaden Valley real estate market is entering the end of summer cooling phase. July saw a dramatic jump in the number of single family homes offered on the market; up to 43 from 26 in May and June. We haven’t seen this amount of inventory since late summer/fall 2016. The numbers of homes under contract and sold have dropped from June, which is not unusual for the summer months.

The average price per square foot dropped to $713 from $757 in June, which is also not unexpected given the time of year.

Evaluating sales data during this pivotal time of year can be difficult. The market will likely pick up the pace again after buyers return from their summer vacations. But the rapid increase in homes on the market could be an early sign that the market will shift slightly in favor of buyers.

If you’d like more information about current market trends or are thinking about buying or selling a home in the Almaden Valley, give me a call!

July 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market

Almaden Community Center Fall 2018 Catalog

Almaden Community Center Fall 2018The Almaden Community Center Fall 2018 Catalog is here, with a host of exciting new activities and programs lined up, including…

Art Start by CLAP (ages 3 – 5) – This activity focuses on developing fine motor skills through drawing, textures, collages and other art techniques. All material provided.

Cartoon Animation by Young Rembrandts (ages 7 – 14) – Develop a sense of humor by learning how to draw and illustrate goofy expressions and hilarious situations in cartoons.

Junior Chemical Engineering: Crazy Connections by Engineering for Kids (ages 5 – 7) – Experiment with bubbles, playdough and other material to learn more about solids, liquids and gases.

Chemical Engineering: Mix it Up by Engineering for Kids (ages 8 – 12) – Create your own rocket fuel or find out the secrets behind color pigmentation. Participants will use various ingredients to create mixtures, solutions and learn about chemical reactions.

Little Wilderness Medicine by Little Medical School (ages 5 – 12) – Learn valuable outdoor skills including how to deal with weather exposure, snake bites and other outdoor emergencies in this cool program about Wilderness Medicine.

Minecraft, Animated! By Techsplosion (ages 5 – 11) – Make fabulous stop-motion animated movies and create life-like sets using cameras and Minecraft characters.

Junior Wedo Lego Robotics: Robots in Motion by Engineering for Kids (ages 5 – 7) – Learn to use and program with Lego Wedo Robotics 2.0. After completion, kids can move on to Robo Battles.

Ninjago Workshop Using Lego by Play-well Teknology (ages 5 – 8) – Help defeat the evil Lord Garmadon by building cool Lego Ninjago machines and tools!

To register for these and other Almaden Community Center activities, call (408) 268-1133 or visit: www.sanjoseca.gov/prns