Glass pumpkin patches sprouting in the Bay Area

Before the carved pumpkins show up on the front porch, the hand-blown glass versions decorate homes throughout the Bay Area.

LOS GATOS: The Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch returns to the front lawn of Los Gatos High School the weekend of Sept. 21-22. Proceeds support arts and English programs at the school. Details: Free admission. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 20 High School Court, Los Gatos.

PALO ALTO: More than 10,000 glass gourds will be featured at the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch at the Palo Alto Center on the weekend of Sept. 28-29. Glass-blowing demos are planned for both days, and local vendors will sell food and drink. Proceeds from pumpkin art at this 24th annual sale will benefit arts groups on the Peninsula and throughout the Bay Area. Details: Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

DANVILLE: The Danville Fall Festival will feature an exhibit and sale of 1,000 glass pumpkins along with a full festival lineup of children’s costume parade, live music, classic car show, food and drink booths and 150 arts and crafts booths. Details: Free admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-20, Hartz Avenue.

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Bridge: Sept. 21 2019

“Simple Saturday” columns are meant to help aspiring players improve technique and develop logical thinking.

After you’ve played bridge for a while, you may get the feeling that a variation of Murphy’s Law applies: “Things that seem to be going right are there just to give you a false sense of security.” As declarer, allow for adversity.

At today’s 3NT, South played low from dummy on the first heart. If West had led from the queen, as was likely, South might make overtricks. But East produced the queen and shifted to a low spade: ten, queen, three. West’s spade return forced out the ace.


South next led a heart to dummy and let the ten of diamonds ride, but West played low. When declarer repeated the finesse, West won and shifted to the jack of clubs, and South ended up down three.

Whatever can go wrong, will. South must win the first heart with the ace and finesse in diamonds. West takes the king, but when South gets back in, he has nine winners to cash.


You hold: S J 9 4 3 H A K 6 D 10 5 C A Q 6 2. Your partner opens one club, you respond one spade and he next bids two diamonds. What do you say?

ANSWER: Partner’s two diamonds is a “reverse” that has made it impossible for your side to play at two clubs if you had a weak hand but liked clubs better than diamonds. Hence, partner has a strong hand, and slam is possible. Jump to four clubs to suggest excellent club support and slam interest.

North dealer

N-S vulnerable


S J 9 4 3

H A K 6

D 10 5

C A Q 6 2


S Q 7

H 10 7 5 4 2

D K 8 3

C J 10 7


S K 8 6 5 2

H Q 9

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Word Game: Sept. 21, 2019

TODAY’S WORD — TORCHES (TORCHES: TORCH-es: Burning stocks used to produce light.)

Average mark 34 words

Time limit 40 minutes

Can you find 45 or more words in TORCHES? The list will be published Monday.

YESTERDAY’S WORD — TECHNIQUE teen thee then thence thin thine tine tune tunic
entice equine etch ethic ethnic etui cent chin chine chit chute cinque cite cute cutie hence
hint hunt nice niche niece inch itch queen quench quiche quiet quince quint quit quite
unit unite untie

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1. Words must be of four or more letters.

2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed.

3. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible.

4. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed.

Contact Word Game creator Kathleen Saxe at

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Horoscopes: Sept. 21, 2019

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Alfonso Ribeiro, 48; Nancy Travis, 58; Bill Murray, 69; Stephen King, 72.

Happy Birthday: Make plans that will accommodate your dreams. Learning something new, visiting a place you’ve never been or exploring what’s available in your community will all lead to new introductions or incentives to make life improvements that will result in greater happiness. Taking action will motivate others to join your quest. Don’t let the past stand in your way. Your numbers are 7, 11, 19, 28, 32, 39, 47.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t share your plans until you have everything in place. Keep personal information a secret, and expand your knowledge to protect against outside interference. Stay focused, and nurture a relationship that is important to you. Romance is on the rise. 4 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don’t stew over something you cannot change. Be optimistic, and pull the positive out of whatever situation you face. Aim to stabilize and secure your life and your relationships with those who count. Pick your battles and your friends wisely. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Make the most of your day. Spend time with people you love, and avoid troublemakers who tend to meddle in other people’s affairs. Learn from the past who is trustworthy. Personal improvements and romance are favored. 3 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Keep busy, start a new hobby or rearrange your home to accommodate something you want to pursue. Use your imagination, and you’ll come up with a plan that will help you eliminate a stressful situation. Don’t give in to bullying. 3 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Take care of your needs and the needs of those you love. Recognize who is on your team and who isn’t. Family dynamics will be tested, but in the end, …read more

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