Saratoga Community Briefings for the week of Feb. 11 – The Mercury News

Art opening in Hakone

A sculpture exhibit by San Jose artist Ken Matsumoto is at Hakone Estate and Gardens and is set to open Feb. 20. Matsumoto has been working with stone slabs, concrete, glass and steel since 1976. The exhibition features his stone sculpture works.
The Hakone Foundation presents the exhibit at Saratoga Gardens, 21000 Big Basin Way.

ABBA tribute

When the artists of Arrival From Sweden couldn’t organize an international trip, it could have been Waterloo from the Montalvo Center for the Arts. Instead, the Saratoga venue found another ABBA cover band to perform on February 27.
Ticket holders are encouraged to try their luck with the ABBA tribute band Abbacadabra, performing at 3pm and 7pm at Montalvo’s Carriage House Theatre, 15400 Montalvo Road.
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Growing Up in Asia Contest

Asian Americans for Community Involvement, or AACI, is accepting entries through March 15 for its Growing Up Asian in America art, essay and video contest.

Founded by NBC Bay Area’s Lance Lew in 1995, the contest is open to K-12 students living or attending school in all nine Bay Area counties. Ten students will be selected for a cash prize and a chance to appear on NBC Bay Area.

The theme for this year’s competition is “A Home for You and Me”. Nominations should reflect what home means to each student and how young people can help others feel at home.

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