Mateo Beltran, the 3-year-old San Jose boy whose video showing him insisting on having cupcakes for dinner went viral, is scheduled to kick off the parade Saturday morning at the 26th annual San Jose Children's Faire at Discovery Meadow Park.
Mateo's reasoned argument with his mom, Linda Beltran, garnered more than 4.3 million views on YouTube and landed them on "Ellen."
No doubt the city and San Jose Public Library, which are sponsoring the event, are hoping he'll be as big of a draw at the fair, which opens at 10:30 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. The parade around the grassy area next to the Children's Discovery Museum will happen right after the official welcome.
About 5,000 people are expected to attend this year's fair, themed "Spark Your Imagination" and tied to Month of the Young Child. There'll be more than 30 booths in the park with arts, crafts and other activities, plus staged entertainment including music from Andy Z and folklorico and hula dancers. Get more information at http://www.sjpl.org/moyc.
JAPANTOWN FESTIVAL: You can learn about the fine art of kimono dressing during the 37th annual Nikkei Matsuri festival Sunday in San Jose's historic Japantown neighborhood. The demonstration takes place at 1:30 p.m. inside the San Jose Buddhist Church gymnasium. June Sakamoto -- certified by the Aiko Yamano School of Beauty in Tokyo -- will explain the styles of kimono and talk about why the traditional form of dress was replaced in Japan by Western clothing in the late 1800s.
Of course, that's only part of the free festival, which opens at 9:30 a.m. with a performance by San Jose Taiko at Fifth and Jackson streets (The drum corps will perform again at 3 p.m.) and includes food booths, demonstrations of aikido, kendo and traditional Japanese dance, plus exhibits on bonsai, kimekomi doll crafts and more. It's a full day that includes a 5K run/walk in the morning and a health fair. Get more information on it at www.nikkeimatsuri.org.
DANCE MILESTONE: A different cultural celebration will be happening Saturday night at the Mexican Heritage Plaza theater in San Jose, where the Abhinaya Dance Company will hold its spring concert of classical Indian Dance. The program, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will feature an opening performance by the company's dancers and a solo performance by Artistic Director Mythili Kumar.
To celebrate more than 50 years of learning and performing Bharatanatyam, an ancient style of Indian classical dance, Kumar embarked on a performing tour of temples and cities in India in February. For tickets, go to www.abhinaya.org or call 408-871-5959.
BIG TIP FOR VMC FOUNDATION: Valley Medical Center Foundation Executive Director Chris Wilder and his brother, Apple analyst Todd Wilder, are what you might call "big into wine" and they put that knowledge to use Wednesday by pouring some of their favorites at a wine-tasting fundraiser for the VMC Foundation at the Silicon Valley Capital Club.
Tips they collected were donated to the foundation and there was a huge round of applause when Morgan Hill's Mike Cox -- CEO of Anaerobe Systems -- dropped a $5,000 check into the tip jar. I expect he got a generous refill for his glass after that.