Kids of all ages are certain to have an engaging time at Train Days on Sept. 16-17. The event – now in its ninth year – is held on the grounds of the Los Altos History Museum, and attracts many families from across the Bay Area.
Visitors can mingle with model train collectors and eye elaborate railroad layouts and scenery, scaled renditions of prototypes, whimsical engines, as well as cars with steam, lights, even sound. And best of all, many of these displays are interactive, allowing one and all to have a chance to pull a switch to see what happens!
This compilation of “eye candy” is augmented by the presence of local Boy Scouts who will act as conductors, plus leading experts in the field — including rail safety authorities — and gurus representing state train clubs.
Climb aboard from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 51 San Antonio Road (in the Civic Center next to the library), Los Altos. Admission: $5, free for kids 4 and under. Those under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Food and ice cream trucks will be onsite.
By the way, if you haven’t caught the museum’s “Eichler Homes: Modernism for the Masses” show, this is another opportunity. The exhibit runs through Oct. 8. Details: 650-948-9427; www.losaltoshistory.org.
Coins, stamps and more: The CoinExpo Santa Clara, being held Sept. 15-17 this year, is well-known for offering scarce coins, gold and silver bullion, plus stamps and other collectibles. This year, for the first time in decades, representatives of the U.S. Mint will join the 60-plus select vendors with their “Ellis Island” commemorative silver coin and other products.
The action will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. Admission: $6. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 17. Details: 415-601-8661; www.griffincoin.com.
Vintage threads: The 27th Vintage Fashion Expo happens Sept. 16-17. This extravaganza is for collectors of vintage clothing, accessories for men and women, costume and estate jewelry, buttons, eyewear, handbags and fabrics.
Get in on the hunt at the Hall of Flowers, 1199 Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way, San Francisco. Hours and admission: 9-10:30 a.m. (early bird, $25), 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. ($12 online, $15 at the door), Sept. 16. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ($12 online, $15 at the door) and students $5, Sept. 17. Details: 415-515-0351, or www.vintagefashionexpo.com
Collectibles sale: A “Collectible and Gift” sale in support of NARF, the Nike Animal Rescue Foundation, will occur Sept. 9 at the rear of the Maids Quarters, 34 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos. China, small furniture, Asian cachepots, purses and scarves, holiday décor and more are up for grabs. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A walk for homeless pets will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Los Gatos Creek Park, Campbell. Details: www.narfrescue.org.
History bash: The Morgan Hill Historical Society hosts its 48th annual Founders’ Dinner on Sept. 16. This special occasion honors residents who have helped shape the community. The bash will be held at the Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center, 1700 Monterey Road. Tickets: $65. Social hour 5 p.m. Dinner 6 p.m. Reservations: www.morganhillhistoricalsociety.org, or phone Ellie Weston at 408-779-8250.
Emmy nominee: Fans of the PBS hit “Antiques Roadshow” should know the series has been nominated for an Emmy award. It‘s the 14th time the “roving history lesson” is up for the prestigious prize. All winners will be announced Sept. 17 on CBS; see your guide for local TV times.
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Published at Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:00:52 +0000