The city of Sunnyvale turns 100 years old this year, and the Sunnyvale Historical Society and Museum Association is putting on a celebration today and Sunday worthy of such a milestone.
Sunnyvale may have incorporated as a city in 1912, but the first Spanish settlers arrived in the area much earlier. Once part of what was called "The Garden of the World" due to its colossal agricultural output, the city now is home to many notable high-tech companies.
Sunnyvale has plenty of celebrations of the milestone set for this weekend. The festivities kick off with a huge parade at 10 a.m. The pageant -- 1,400 participants, plus thousands of onlookers -- will begin at Fremont High School and end at the Community Center.
The parade route terminus leaves you at the Historical Society and Museum, where there will be activities galore guaranteed to evoke old-time memories. You can see a working blacksmith, plus tool and treadle sewing machine demonstrations.
Later, take a hay ride or a bike tour, go on a scavenger hunt, see a model railroad diorama or pan for gold. If that's not enough, toss bean bags or play horseshoes and marbles.
There also will be a re-creation of a 1912 general store similar to one located years ago on Murphy Street. View vintage weights and scales, an old coffee grinder, a cash register and other artifacts some might find curious.
By the way, this store is more than an exhibit. You'll be able to buy commemorative souvenirs, penny candy, even antiques at the "working" emporium.
To take part in the wingding, head to Sunnyvale Heritage Park, 570 E. Remington Drive. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Admission is free. Details: 408-749-0220, or www.sunnyvale100.com.
Duo art exhibits
I want to alert you to a pair of art exhibits on the Stanford campus worthy of your attention. Both are open to the public and free of charge.
The Cantor Arts Center has an intriguing survey of the political satire produced in early 19th-century France. The presentation, "When Artists Attack the King: Honoré Daumier and La Caricature, 1830-1835," will be up until Nov. 11. The 50 works on display have all been culled from the center's collection.
For details, call 650-723-4177, or go to www.museum.stanford.edu.
At the Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion, you can view a group of powerful images at "The Battle for Hearts and Minds: World War II Propaganda," which runs through Feb. 2.
Some of the pieces on display are similar, or copies, of examples sold earlier in the month at an important dispersal at New York's Swann Galleries.
For more news on the Hoover expo, call 650-723-3563, or go to www.hoover.org/library-and-archives.
A Pacifica first
On Sept. 15-16, St. Peter's Catholic Church in Pacifica will host its first Antiques and Collectibles Show, and the plan is to make it an annual event. Co-chairwoman Charleene Smith says 20 to 25 vendors are slated for the premiere event.
To get in on the fun, be at 700 Oddstad Blvd. from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 16. Admission is free. For details, call 415-602-6410, or go to www.stpeterpacifica.org/antiqueshow.
A note of thanks
Where I hail from, summer starts Memorial Day and ends Labor Day. Since August will soon be over, I wanted to be sure to acknowledge the many readers who turned out to see me at several recent events.
Whether you know it or not, antique shows like those in Moss Landing and San Juan Bautista are fundraisers that aid worthy community causes. Historic sites, such as the Harris-Lass House in Santa Clara, preserve our precious past.
So I tip my hat to one and all. And I look forward to seeing you at future activities.
Contact Steven Wayne Yvaska at firstname.lastname@example.org or 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190.