La Oferta

June 12, 2024

Events Around the Bay

By Lina Broydo

The Sounds of Music by Haydn, Clyne and Mendelssohn Fill Frost Amphitheater at Stanford

July 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Stanford Live and San Francisco Symphony will enrich your cultural life in Silicon Valley by a beautiful concert conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

In his second appearance at Frost, Finnish composer and new music director of San Francisco Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the brilliant orchestra in a program of “Within Her Arms” by Anna Clyne; and Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 (Italian) by Felix Mendelssohn.

The concert will feature principal trumpet Mark Inouye performing Joseph Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto.

Bring a picnic blanket, a wine basket and enjoy a wonderful Saturday night with the music which will mesmerize and delight you.

Set in the stunning ambience of the Frost Amphitheater located on the grounds of Stanford, one of the most famous universities in the world, you will be finally admitted to Stanford with no exams to pass.


Tickets start at $25


Frost Amphitheater is located at 351 Lasuen Street

Free parking

Photos courtesy of SF Symphony


A Taste of Venice in Napa Valley

Just an hour drive from San Francisco is a gorgeous paradise for romance while riding a gondola with a real gondolier, who sings (in Italian) and wears a typical gondolier’s striped shirt.

It is the closest you can get to Venice, without flying to Italy at present time. Napa River is also a perfect getaway for the entire family or as my kids say: “its cool.”

From waterskiing and wakeboarding with some aficionados claiming that it is better than the Delta (can you hear me, Michael??).

Fishing for salmon, striped bass, sturgeon, steelhead; canoeing and swimming – it is the perfect way to experience the river.

Make it a weekend getaway, visit a number of wineries and deli shops in the area, stroll along the river and have a sunset dinner at one of the many outstanding restaurants along the way.

But it is the gondola rides that bring me to this place to reminisce about my wonderful and romantic visits with my husband to Venice, my favorite city in Italy.


$145 for one-hour ride up to six passengers


Trips depart Thursday-Tuesday

O’Malley’s Napa Valley Gondola

700 Main Street in Napa

Photos courtesy of O’Malley’s Napa Valley Gondola


Summer Night Opera in the Vineyard 

July 25; doors open at 5:30 p.m.

This is California living. Warm summer night. Singers to charm you. Arias live. Ensembles before your eyes. Broadway and ballads. Purchase Arias a la Carte.

Delicious Retzlaff wines.

Hundred-year-old pepper tree canopy. Grassy meadow for your picnic at tables of eight family, friends, or strangers. A historic Livermore homestead surrounded by vineyards, a melodic oasis in time. Bring your own picnic and purchase Retzlaff wines on site.

You may buy complete tables or individual tickets. Important notice: To sit with friends make advance arrangements to purchase at a particular available table.


$65 for individual tickets


1356 South Livermore Avenue in Livermore

Carpooling recommended.

Photos courtesy of Livermore Valley Opera and the Retzlaff Winery


An Exclusive Classic Car Show in Los Altos Hills

July 25, from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Vroom, Vroom: You are invited to view over seventy vintage and unique cars at a classic car show in Los Altos Hills. No, Tesla did not make it at present time. Sunday in the Hills will present Live Music and Lionel Trains.

It will feature Food Trucks with an extensive menu of Sweet Waffles; Fried Chicken; Herb Crusted Grilled Chicken and Veggies. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages will be provided and I’ll be pouring.

No pets allowed even if it is your favorite pooch.

If you have a classic car to exhibit register at



Purissima Park

27400 Purissima Road in Los Altos Hills

Advanced registration is required.

Limited to Los Altos Hills residents only

Photos courtesy of Classic Car Show