Ride Caltrain’s Freedom Train: On Monday, January 16, the nation will remember and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of America’s foremost and revered civil rights activists. To commemorate King’s achievements, Caltrain will once again operate its annual Celebration Train. The Celebration Train will provide free, ticketed service from San Jose to San Francisco, with stops in Palo Alto and San Mateo, and will be a ticketed event. The commemorative tickets, which must be acquired before the event, will be valid for the Celebration Train and for one southbound Caltrain trip after 1 p.m. MLK Day. More details about obtaining the tickets can be found here.
Shoot the Breeze with San Jose’s Deputy City Manager: Ever feel like shooting the breeze with a top city official—letting them know what you think about economic development, urban planning, sustainable transportation practices, etc.? Well, on Thursday night in San Jose, you’ll have that opportunity. SPUR, a regional think-tank, will host a “Drinks and Discourse” night with Kim Walesh, the director of economic development and deputy city manager of the City of San Jose. She’ll be giving her thoughts on the future of urban areas, and what it takes to run the 10thbiggest city in the country. The free get-together will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday at SPUR’s San Jose headquarters on South First Street. Numerous Valley Transportation Authority buses provide direct service to the SPUR offices.
Stop and Smell the Flowers!: This weekend, the Peninsula Orchid Society will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a flower show and sale in Redwood City. The event will feature displays of blooming orchids, plants for sale for families of all budgets, awards given to the best-looking flowers and other activities. The Peninsula Orchid Society Show and Sale will take place all-day on both Saturday and Sunday at the Red Morton Community Center located on 1400 Roosevelt Avenue. For those hoofing to the flower show on transit, SamTrans Route 274 has a stop that’s a five-minute walk from the community center.