I've got exciting news for Northern California antique and art aficionados.
The folks who coordinate the Treasure Market -- a huge sale of paintings, books, fine jewelry, furniture, crystal, porcelains and much more -- will have a giant warehouse sale in Menlo Park on Oct. 20. All proceeds assist the renowned Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.
For the record, the next Treasure Market was to happen in 2013. Because the Easter holiday and spring recess at Stanford occur the same week, the extravaganza is postponed until March 2014.
The October liquidation helps the organizers plan for the main event, but it also gives buyers access to an astonishing assortment of items in every price range.
As the sale date draws near, I'll have specifics. In the meantime, donations are still being accepted. For information, call 650-326-4533.
A good old time
The Morgan Hill Historical Society is sponsoring an old-fashioned summer gathering Aug. 4 on the grounds of Villa Mira Monte. If you have yet to walk about the home of this South County museum, this is a good opportunity to do so.
There will be free activities and games for kids, plus musical entertainment. The Morgan Hill Police Department will display artifacts, and docents will be available to discuss town history.
Participants are asked to bring their own picnic foods, blankets and chairs. If you don't wish
The fun happens from 4 to 7 p.m. at 17860 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. For additional information, call 408-779-5755 or go to www.morganhillhistoricalsociety.org.
A fabulous fair
The 49th annual San Juan Bautista Antique and Collectibles Faire will be Aug. 12. The event, the oldest of its kind in California, continues under the tireless efforts of the San Juan Bautista Rotary Club.
About 80 antiques vendors will set up in the heart of the mission town founded in 1797. Showgoers can expect what a local merchant calls a "small, but mighty" show.
San Juan Bautista -- a beguiling spot made famous by the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock suspense movie "Vertigo" -- has more than a dozen antiques stores open year round. After you have shopped in those stores, check out the myriad garage sales on nearly every byway.
I'm delighted to say I'll be on hand from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to hobnob with visitors and give free evaluations of your heirlooms or flea market finds. Look for me in front of the Santa Barbara Bank and Trust at Third and Mariposa streets.
And don't leave this charming enclave without stopping for a meal. Mexican cuisine seems to rule in this neck of the woods, but this year I'll try the Happy Rooster, a newly opened down-home eatery at 313 Third St.
San Juan Bautista is about an hour and fifteen minutes south of San Jose in San Benito County. Follow Highway 101 to Highway 156. The show is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but savvy buyers arrive much earlier. Admission is free. Ring up Donna Holmes at 831-623-1168 for more details.
A shop closes
The Youth Science Institute's Thrift and Gift Shop will soon be shutting its doors. The emporium has greatly reduced all remaining merchandise.
The resale store is at 3151 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose. Call 408-272-1301.
The nonprofit Youth Science Institute will keep up its tradition of serving 30,000 students annually through a variety of science education programs and summer camps. Go to www.ysi-ca.org for more about the organization.
Contact Steven Wayne Yvaska at email@example.com or 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190.