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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Come Join us at the Downtown Campbell Artwalk

Every third Friday, Downtown Campbell hosts it's very unique and fun Artwalk, a casual, "tour-on-your-own" style artwalk. Which is a great opportunity to visit with the art gallery owners to view their exciting handmade artistic creations in a friendly, casual and creative atmosphere. We have a info card with the resident art galleries located here in downtown, plus you get the added bonus of the guest artists that often participate monthly with their artwork!

Guest Artist Margaret Fairchild with one of her paintings
Showcasing her work at Recycled Books for artwalk.

From photography, fine art paintings, Raku ceramics, jewelry, textiles, silkscreen shirts (made to order while you wait no less), polymer clay creations and more, our artwalk is filled with great talent that brings additional depth to this monthly event.

To add to this festive event there is also an array of music placed on each block of downtown. The enjoyable sounds of classic guitar accompanied by vocals or perhaps a three piece group covering some classic jazz. No matter where you, you're sure to be soothed by some upbeat melodies.

The Community Canvas exhibit feature of the artwalk is a favorite for all aspiring young (or older) artists! This is a enjoyable opportunity to create a mini masterpiece for yourself, or add some of your flavor and creativity to a community painting! We have recently seen a few regulars come for the community canvas each artwalk who are getting more and more creative every month!  Come on over and indulge in the fun!

Hop on for a fun ride for artwalk!

During the warmer months Kwik Karts offers their people powered pedal powered services to downtown Campbell with their three-wheeled versatile vehicles are powered by trained, local drivers to provide a fun and practical mode of green transportation throughout our downtown. Now mind you, our downtown is a petite in its size, just over four blocks long, but with all of the artful finds you will encounter, you may need some ped-power to help you transport your new art pieces back to your car!
Get involved creating artwork - come on down!

So, if you feel yourself puzzled of how to spend your (third) Friday of each month, look no further, come visit, have some dinner at one of our fine eateries, stroll the avenue and meet the artists and get acquainted with what our downtown has to offer!
To view more about the artwalk, schedule and participating artitsts, visit the official website:

Waggin' Wednesdays in Downtown Campbell

Downtown Campbell hosts a dog walk every Wednesday evening. All dog owners are invited to come walk their dogs in downtown, have fun, let their dogs socialize and 'sniff' out some new friends.

All Downtown Campbell restaurants that have patios are dog friendly, most all the shops are dog friendly (often with dog treats) so leash up Fido and come make an evening of Downtown Campbell!

Waggin' Wednesdays is Wednesday evenings 6pm to 8pm year around. We have designed this as an informal dog walk: there is no leader or schedule, just come on down and visit — and meet people as you exercise the doggie!

Of course, please be considerate: pick up as necessary and make sure your dog 'plays nice' with others.

We have other dog friendly events throughout the year. This Saturday is the Bunnies & Bonnets parade, and while it is probably too late to enter — there is always next year.

Visit our website for more information:, and while you are there be sure to sign up for our email newsletter so you don't miss a thing!

History of Campbell's Water Tower

Just in the off chance that anyone reading this is as interested in the Campbell Water Tower as much as me, I thought to post a little bit of the history of the tower.

Benjamin Campbell, the founder of the City of Campbell, along with family, friends and neighbors created the Campbell Water Company in 1892. There were different wooden tanks and pump houses over the years, what survives to this day is a steel tank and tower, and a wood and stucco pump house building.

The pump house building — with the words 'Campbell Water Company' painted on it — was constructed in 1927. The water tank — a 75,000 gallon steel tank — was purchased from Pittsburg-Des Moines Steel Company in 1928 and installed on a tower, which makes the structure 130 feet tall. The tower was painted a two tone apricot and plum color in 1997 with the letters spelling Campbell added. About ten years later the tower was repainted the current beige color. This color was chosen by a long time resident of Campbell, who remembers the tower used to be a beige color.

The Stone Griffin Gallery offers photographs and original artwork of the water tower, come in and have a look!
Stone Griffin Gallery
415 E Campbell Ave
Campbell, Calif 95008

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Have you Tried Deep Fried Olives?

Olives aren't just for martinis anymore! Everyone knows that olives can be eaten straight from the jar and most of us have had them sliced into salads and pastas. . .

But did you know you can deep fry stuffed olives in a simple batter as savory hors d'oeuvres? They would be a great surprise treat for guests at your next dinner party.

This recipe for deep fried olives on The Food Network looks really delicious: Italian Fried Olives

And on I found this one for: Fried Gorgonzola Olives

Both are highly rated by readers so I bet they're really delicious! If you try them come back and leave a comment to let me know how they turned out.

You can batter and fry them or batter and bread then fry them. Either way they'll be a surprise treat for your guests.

Heat the Oil

Batter the Olives

Fry the Olives

Straight from the jar or deep fried discover the delicious flavor of gourmet stuffed olives.

The Olive Bar offers Chardonnay Almond Stuffed, Chardonnay Garlic Stuffed, Chardonnay Pimento Stuffed, Feta Cheese Stuffed, Vermouth Blue Cheese Stuffed and Zesty Lemon Stuffed olives you can take home and fry up!

Want to learn more about different olive oils? Attend their next tasting class at:
The Olive Bar
Thursday, April 28th, 2011
Cost $5.00
Please call the store for more details. 408 370-1901

By: Stacie Tamaki a fan of in Downtown Campbell, CA