La Oferta

February 26, 2024

Events Around the Bay 

By Lina Broydo

Stanford Jazz and SF Jazz Present Sergio Mendes at Stanford’s Frost Amphitheater in Palo Alto

July 8, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Welcome back Sergio! One common thread weaves throughout the staggeringly diverse tapestry of music that Sérgio Mendes has created over his remarkable six-decade career: the spirit of joy.

From his pioneering contributions to the foundations of bossa nova alongside the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, through the era-defining Latin-pop sound of his iconic group Brasil ’66; his scintillating collaborations with jazz legends like Cannonball Adderley and Herbie Mann to his chart-topping adult contemporary smash “Never Gonna Let You Go;” on through his 21st-century reinvention with the Black-Eyed Peas and John Legend or his Oscar®–nominated theme song from the animated hit Rio: An infectious spirit of joy pervade everything Mendes has ushered into the ears of listeners.

A true gem of a concert!

The Museum’s Store will feature environmentally themed gifts, including plantable greeting cards and notebooks that sprout into flowers.


Ticket prices start at $35


Frost Amphitheater at Stanford at 351 Lasuen Street

Photo courtesy of Stanford Jazz


Apricot STEM Fair at Los Altos History Museum 

July 1, 2023 from 10a.m. to 3p.m.

Do you know what STEM is? Learn all about it at the museum’s interactive event of fun family activities showcasing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) creativity of a more climate-resilient world. “The Apricot STEM Fair celebrates the need for continued adaptability. Just as this valley transformed from the Valley of Heart’s Delight to Silicon Valley, we need to think about what innovations are coming up next to keep things we cherish, like our Blenheim apricots, thriving in a changing climate,” said Executive Director Elisabeth Ward.

“The event aims to shed light on how STEM disciplines drive sustainable practices and encourage environmental stewardship. Through hands-on experiments, games, and demonstrations, attendees will have the opportunity to discover innovative solutions that address the challenges of climate change.” Inspired by this educational day at the Los Altos History Museum, what’s next? Get good grades and apply to the best universities in the neighborhood. Have you heard of Stanford? SJSU? SCU? Foothill College?

The event is free to attend and supported by a grant from Valley Water promoting public education of orchard sustainability practices. Additionally, attendees may indulge their taste buds with State of Mind pizza, Emily’s hand-churned, artisanal ice cream from Oaxaca, Mexico, and magical lemonade.

Local organizations working toward climate resilience will be present, offering information and resources to families.

I always shop for gifts at the museums gift shops!


51 S. San Antonio Road in Los Altos

To learn more about the STEM Fair, visit

Los Altos History Museum

Photo courtesy of Los Altos History Museum


Celebrating 150 Years of Cable Cars in San Francisco 

Cable Car Parade for 100th Anniversary of Powell Street Cable Cars Looking Down Powell Street Towards Sutter Street | March 28, 1988

San Francisco, one of the most picturesque cities in the world, is celebrating the city’s iconic cable cars as they are turning 150 this year. Be a tourist in your own City by the Bay and have fun riding the cable cars backward’ while looking forward! Today the SFMTA is kicking off a series of events that mark this sesquicentennial by offering residents and visitors a chance to learn more about the rich heritage and cultural significance of the cable car.

The six-month celebration will take a journey through time and help people rediscover the allure of these cherished, moving city landmarks. Since their invention, cable cars have woven their way into the fabric of San Francisco, becoming a beloved symbol of the city.

As part of the 150th anniversary celebration, unique “ghost” cable cars from vanished lines will make a remarkable return. Discover the craftsmanship behind these engineering marvels with the first-ever public tours of the Muni Shop where cable cars are built and maintained. When was the last time you had a ride on the city’s cable car?

You’ll be able to immerse yourself in the captivating stories of Chinatown, the Barbary Coast, Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Union Square, Polk Gulch and the Financial District. 

Happy 150th Birthday Cable Cars! From the inaugural ride on “Big 19” to the captivating walking tours and special passes, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Check on the Cable Cars discounted fares through the end of the year!

Photo courtesy of SFMTA


Matteo Bocelli, Francisco Fullana and Eugene Kohn Perform Italian Classics  and more…

July 15, 2023 at 6:30p.m.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the rising international star Matteo Bocelli (the talented son of Andrea Bocelli) as he takes audiences on a journey through some of the most beloved songs of all time—Italian classics such as Quando Quando Quando, ballads like Can’t Help Falling In Love and Caruso, favorite opera arias, and pop hits Fall on Me and Perfect Symphony.

Bocelli will perform some of his original compositions as well, including selections from his upcoming debut album and previously released singles SoloTempo, and Dimmi. Joining Bocelli is an award-winning Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana, winner of the Festival’s 2023 Khaledi Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Classical Music. The brilliant Maestro Eugene Kohn conducts. Food and wine will be available for purchase.

Matteo Bocelli’s appearance is sponsored in part by the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco


Call the Box Office for tickets at 707-346-5052.

The Italian Cultural Institute

710 Sansome St in San Francisco

Photos courtesy of Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco