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2020 BAO Cultural Events

Join us in exploring new cultural adventures! Registration is required and space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible using the registration button below. Once you register, we will send details about the meeting location and other important information.

BAO members get a discount on the events. Basic BAO Membership is free and Premium BAO Membership is $25 for 12 months and pays for itself after the first few events. If you are not already a BAO member, and want to join to receive discounts, please Click Here before registering for the cultural events.

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Event 1: Slot Machines, Quack Medicine, Antique Cars & Lunch

Museum of American Heritage

Friday January 24, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Travel back in time to the first half of the twentieth century when pennies, nickels and dimes were dropped into slots across the nation and coin-operated machines such as vintage cash registers, vending machines, and slot machines were widely used. We will take an expert-guided tour of the Museum of American Heritage (MOAH) whose current exhibit, Cointraptions, include coin-operated machines that were used in general stores, toy stores, parlors, restaurants, bars, casinos and gas stops. We will also tour their quack medicine exhibit, antique cars and vintage print shop. Our docents will share the history of the century-old home and the story of the family who lived there. Afterwards, you will have time on your own to visit the exhibits and the garden. We will spend 90 minutes at the MOAH. Next, we will go to downtown Palo Alto for a healthy lunch (not included, optional). Space is limited so reserve your spot now.

Location: Museum of American Heritage Palo Alto CA 94301
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Event 2: WAITING LIST ONLY Southern Hemisphere’s Old World Wine Tasting

Wine Tour & Tasting

Monday February 10, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

This two-hour premium wine tour will take us through the most famous wines of Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and Uruguay. Throughout the experience, we will learn about the history of each country’s wine making and a detailed description including the color, taste and aroma of each wine. We will have snacks to go along with the tasting and bottled water to keep you hydrated. Space is limited to 20 people so reserve your spot now.

Location: San Jose, CA 95118
Additional Benefits: Guided wine tasting, snacks and bottled water are included.
Photo by Kelsey Knight on Unsplash
To register, please CLICK HERE

Event 3: Valentine's Day at the Euphrat

Euphrat Museum Tour

Friday February 14, 2020 from 10:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Celebrate Valentine's Day with an expert-guided tour of the Euphrat Museum's special exhibit, Women Pathmakers, in recognition of the 100-year anniversary of the August 18, 1920 ratification of the 19th amendment that granted American women the right to vote. The exhibit honors women whose courage and creativity helped change the world with a look at what women across the globe are facing today. The show also highlights famous mathematicians and Nobel Prize Laureates. Following the tour, we will go out for a group Middle Eastern lunch (not included, optional). Space is limited so reserve your spot now.

Location: Cupertino, CA 95014
Additional Benefits: Parking fees and expert guided museum tour are included.
Photos from Smithsonian Institution and NASA restored by Adam Cuerden
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Event 4: An Aviation History Buffet

Moffett Field History Tour

Wednesday March 18, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM

If you are an aviation and/or history buff, this event is for you! BAO organized a one-hour, private tour of the Moffett Field Historical Society Museum (when the museum is closed to the public). Learn about the period 1930's - 1950's from Lighter-than-Air to the Air National Guard and their search and rescue aircraft. Hear stories about WW-II, Korean, Vietnam and the Cold War. Artifacts on display are historic aircraft, including cockpits you can get into, Navy women's uniforms and more. Our expert guide experienced this history first-hand during their service to our country. After the tour, we will head to lunch at a Vietnamese fusion restaurant (optional and not included). Space is limited so reserve your spot now.

Location: Mountain View, CA 94043
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Event 5: Intel Museum Tour & Lunch

Intel Museum Tour

Friday March 27, 2020 from 10:45 AM to 2:30 PM

Join us for a one-hour, docent-led tour of the Intel museum in Santa Clara. Learn Intel's history including how the company grew from a startup to a Silicon Valley giant and the role of their microprocessors for complex scientific and financial analysis using supercomputers, videoconferencing in space, flash memory used in our digital cameras, electronic toys, robots and cell phones. Throughout the museum, there are interactive exhibits to help you understand how the microchips are made and how they work. We will split into two groups for the tour. After the tour, we will go out for the Best Burgers in Silicon Valley (veggie, turkey or beef) with a large selection of beer and cider. They also have a variety of salads, Philly cheesesteak and char-broiled chicken sandwiches. Lunch is optional and not included. Space is limited so reserve your spot now.

Location: Santa Clara, CA 95054
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Event 6: Take a Ride on the Wine Train!

Wine Train

Sunday April 26, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM

We begin the morning with a trip through time on an historic Gold Rush era Niles Canyon train with antique passenger cars and a conductor in full regalia that takes us from Fremont to Sunol. The scenery through Niles Canyon is a beautiful old forest. Our expert docent will teach us about the history of trains in the Niles Canyon from 1962 to the present. When we arrive in Sunol, we will relax with some wine tasting at a local garden, and then enjoy a group picnic lunch. After lunch, you have a choice of either taking a leisurely walk on a nearby trail or visiting the quaint town of Sunol before taking the train back to Fremont. Space is limited so reserve your spot now.

Location: Fremont, CA 94536
Additional Benefits: Educational train ride, lunch and wine tasting are included. BAO will arrange carpooling.
Wine glass image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay
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Event 7: Experience the New Almaden Mining History

New Almaden Mining Tour

Friday May 15, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

The small village of New Almaden was once a world famous quicksilver (mercury) mining community. The New Almaden Mine, first developed by Mexicans, produced mercury beginning in 1845, making it California’s oldest and most valuable mine, producing $70 million in mercury. The mine's mercury was used to process silver in Mexican mines and later gold in the California Gold Rush. Mexican, Chilean, Chinese and English immigrants as well as Americans worked together to extract the mercury from cinnabar. We will experience the diverse history of New Almaden, mining technology and the lifestyle of the mining families through a guided tour of the artifacts and stories in the Mining Museum. Then we continue with a two-mile guided walking tour of the village that takes us to more than 20 historic sites including the famous Casa Grande, miners’ homes, offices, the jail, blacksmith, firehouse, church, hotel and stores. Afterwards, we enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch in the garden.

Location: San Jose, CA 95120
Additional Benefits: Two tours and lunch are included.
To register, please CLICK HERE

Event 8: FREE Wildlife Habitat Restoration Volunteer Event & Lunch

Earth Day Volunteer Day

Tuesday May 21, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Celebrate wildlife by joining us for a Restoration Volunteer Event customized for BAO members! Help Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge by spending two hours weeding and mulching to help native plants grow at the refuge. Just for BAO: All volunteering activities will be standing up. For the past two years, we accomplished a huge amount - we cleared and mulched a large area for the local wildlife to thrive. This is a beautiful outdoors spot with bay breezes to spend the late morning. Our efforts will help preserve this important wildlife ecosystem for native plants and butterflies. All skill levels are welcome. Gloves and tools are provided. We will end with a social picnic lunch. Pay upfront and you will be reimbursed with cash at the end of the event. Space is limited to 20 people so reserve your spot now!

Location: Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge San Jose CA 95002
Additional Benefits: Lunch is included.
To register, please CLICK HERE

Event 9: TBD

Event 10: Celebrate 100 Years of Women's Right to Vote

Los Altos Museum Tour

Wednesday July 15, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

One hundred years ago, the 19th amendment was ratified, and women were finally granted the right to vote in the United States. The fight did not end in 1920, and the struggle for women's equality continues here and around the world. Join us for an expert-guided, private tour of the Los Altos History Museum. The museum's exhibit called Rise Up! is curated by museum staff and an advisory council of women’s rights advocates and tells the stories of local women leading the fight for equality from 1920 to today. We break for a bring-your-own picnic lunch, then take a second tour the 1930's J. Gilbert Smith House to view artifactsand hear about the history of this era. Tour size will be limited so reserve your spot now.

Location: Los Altos CA 94022
Additional Benefits: Museum and house tour are included.
To register, please CLICK HERE

Event 11: Crime Scene Investigation Bay Area

CSI Bay Area

Friday August 21, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM

Are you fascinated with forensic TV shows like Crime Scene Investigation? Have you wondered what it’s like to work in a REAL crime lab? This virtual tour of the Santa Clara County Crime Lab walks through all the different areas of the lab via photographs and stories from real cases. The presentation is given by a criminalist with over 17 years of experience who has worked on many different kinds of cases, from crime scenes to shoeprints to bloodstain patterns. She is an engaging presenter with lots of local crime stories.

Location: San Jose CA 95110
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
To register, please CLICK HERE

Event 12: Kirigin Winery Tour, Tasting & Picnic Lunch

Kirigin Winery

Wednesday September 16, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Did I mention this event includes a free bottle of wine of your choice? Join us for a 90-minute tour and tasting at Kirigin Cellars, one of California’s oldest wineries, established in 1916 by the Bonesio Family as Uvas Winery. Since then, they have used the techniques and wisdom that Nikola Kirigin brought from his family’s ancient wine-making processes in Croatia. The current owner has modernized the facilities and handcrafts wines from 11 different wine grapes grown on 33 acres of vineyards. We will tour their historic buildings, learn about their wine-making process and taste six wines including their to die for Vino de Mocca dessert wine. After the tour, we will picnic in an area surrounded by aromatic wine barrels and beautiful flowers. Space is limited so reserve your spot now.

Location: Gilroy, CA 95020
Additional Benefits: Tour, tasting, bottle of wine and lunch is included. Participants receive a 50% discount on wines purchased during the event. BAO will arrange carpooling.
To register, please CLICK HERE

Event 13 TBD

Event 14: Historic Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs Walking Tour & Lunch

Hot Springs Walking Tour

Wednesday November 11, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Join us for a visit to Gilroy Hot Springs, discovered in the early 1860s by Mexican shepherd Francisco Cantua. It was developed into a destination mineral water resort by H. K. Sakata. After WWII, it became a healing transitional home for Japanese-Americans from Internment Camps. It is now a National Park Service's National Historic Site and California Historic Landmark. Our expert guide will take us on a 90 minute walking tour of the grounds to see ten different historic sites including the mineral springs, shrine, bath houses and Grand Hotel. We end with an included group picnic lunch. Space is limited so reserve your spot now.

Location: Gilroy CA 95020
Additional Benefits: Tour and lunch are included. BAO will arrange carpooling.
To register, please CLICK HERE


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