Celebrate Memorial Day and kick off the weekend with an evening of music by the San Ramon Symphonic Band on Friday evening.
The concert, "An American Portrait" will feature patriotic music performed by the band's 60 talented musicians under the direction of Larry Colon. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $6. Children and teens with valid student ID can enter free.
For details, visit www.SanRamonPerformingArts.com or call 925-973-3343.
ART AND WIND: Plan to spend some time this weekend at the San Ramon Art and Wind Festival (see story on A1) scheduled for San Ramon's Central Park on Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Professional kite flying demonstrations will amaze while the more than 175 arts and crafts booths will inspire. Meanwhile, take the time to enjoy a variety of entertainment on four stages including a new puppet show stage.
There will also be two large kids' activity areas and loads of food booths. The Cal Star and Coast Guard helicopters will also land each day at the festival.
Start the morning early on Monday and come out to see the colorful launch of four hot air balloons scheduled for 6 a.m.
For a complete schedule of activities, visit www.ArtandWind.com or call 925-973-3200.
The market is year-round from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in Bishop Ranch 2. It also operates every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April to October, in Bishop Ranch 3.
Market Director Harvindar Singh, a San Ramon resident for the past 25 years, continues to work hard bringing fresh local foods to the market and creating a place for people to come together.
The year-round market now features more than 40 vendors bringing organic produce, hot prepared foods and handcrafted products. An additional 10 vendors will be added this summer.
About 30 vendors are featured at the Thursday market, which, in addition to produce, is also an artisan food market with a greater emphasis on prepared foods for the lunchtime crowd.
Some favorite vendors returning this spring and summer include Dirty Girl Produce of Santa Cruz and its Early Girl tomatoes; Hamada Farms of Kingsburg bringing a wide assortment of stone fruits; and longtime vendor Roy Smit of Smit Orchards of Linden with his signature Fuji apples and fresh-pressed juices.
New vendors include Calvillo Brothers Organics of Watsonville, Mellow's Nursery and Farms of Morgan Hill, and Rio De Parras Organics from Salinas.
New artisan food vendors include Crepe and Brioche Bakery from North Beach, Anna's Choice of San Ramon, Sweet'ish Pancakes, and Grandpa's Delights of Turlock. They will join Brittany Crepes & Galettes, one of the Market's most popular vendors.
"Home Cooking at the Market" will begin in June featuring local chefs, home cooks, nutrition educators and cookbook authors sharing their recipes using fresh ingredients from the Market. Scheduled to appear include YiPing Restaurant of San Ramon.
The San Ramon Farmers Market is located at 2680 Bishop Drive on Saturdays and at 2641 Camino Ramon on Thursdays. For more information, call 510-894-9191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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