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Willow Glen Holiday Lights

Light-O Course and Potluck Social

Date: (Sat.) Dec. 17, 2011
Location: San Jose, CA
Event Director: - 857.361.8984
Course Setters: Brad Wetmore, Steve Harrison, David Harrison
Type: C; Score-O walk/run through San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood while enjoying the festive decorations, followed by the annual BAOC potluck social and awards ceremony.

Please note that fees and time limits apply, unless otherwise mentioned below. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

We hope that you can clear your schedule and come out and join us for the third annual Willow Glen Light-O on Saturday, December 17.

This event will be a Light-O — a nighttime Score-O in which every control is a house decorated with festive lights. Make your outing as easy or as hard as you want. You decide how many, and which, controls you want to find in either 60 minutes or 90 minutes. You can go by yourself or with a group. Can you find more than your friends? Just remember to get back on time, because there are penalties for being late!

Bring a flashlight or headlamp, and a pencil or pen. Runners, walkers, families, scouts, neighbors — everyone is invited.

The event will be held at the cafeteria at the Willow Glen Elementary School on the corner of Lincoln Ave and Minnesota Ave in San Jose (see the directions below).

When you finish, plan to stay and socialize with your fellow BAOC'ers and friends at the annual BAOC Potluck Social and Awards Ceremony. It's a potluck, so please bring something to share! Following dinner, this year's recipient of the BAOC Club Service Award will be announced.

For those who can't get enough orienteering, there is a combined COOL & public event at Bayfront Park earlier in the day. That event was originally supposed to be at Vasona Park, but was moved to Bayfront late last week. (Make sure your friends know about the changed location.)

Get your shopping done early, invite your friends and loved ones, and let's enjoy the last event of the 2011 season and celebrate another great year of orienteering!

Event schedule

5:00 – Building opens: Registration begins (self registration will be available for BAOC members)
5:55 – Mass start for families and juniors
6:00 – Mass start for everyone else, and individual starts begin
6:30 – Registration and individual starts close
7:40 – Potluck begins (approximate time)
8:00 – Course closes
8:15 – Service Award Presentation
9:30 – Building is closed


Except for the free offer described below, the course fees will be as follows:

     Member entry fee, first person . . . . Adult $10    Junior $5
     Non-member entry fee, first person . . Adult $15    Junior $5
     Each additional person . . . . . . . . Adult $5     Junior $3
     Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20 max.
     Notes:  A Junior is defined as anyone age 8 through 20.
             Children under 8 accompanying parents or youth group leaders are free.

Note: Please use the sign-up form ( to enter information for your group even if you are not staying for the potluck, so we'll know how many maps to print. You can still attend the event, and run the course, if you haven't signed up, but there's a chance you wouldn't get a map.

Since this will be a mass-start event, please don't plan to show up at the last minute. There could be a crowd at registration, and you could miss the start!

Free Offer

There will be a bring-a-friend-to-try-out-orienteering free offer at this event:

BAOC members can introduce a friend (or two) to orienteering, and the friend(s) can run for free. At registration, the friend will fill out the normal form and just say they are a friend of _________. (The member is not required to accompany the friend on their course.)

This would be a good time to invite your friends, your child's friends, your relatives, your neighbors, house guests, or co-workers to try orienteering. Of course they'll miss the thrill of our steep hills and muddy fields and trails at this event, but you could break them in gradually.

Map and Course

The map is at 1:15000 scale with 5-foot contours. There are some interesting street patterns and opportunities for off-street navigation in quite a few of the blocks — some parkland, schools, and passageways are sprinkled about the map.

The course will be Score-O format with 60- and 90-minute options. Controls will be environmental, such as:

   At house #456, how many reindeer are on the roof?
        A – 3      B – 8      C – 9      D – 42

There will be beginner clinics if requested, but if you can find your way around with a street map, you should be able to navigate around Willow Glen.

See the Course Setter's Notes for more information.


Running shoes and shorts should be fine, but you may want warmer clothing depending on the weather. The event center has bathrooms where you can change.

Please bring a pencil (preferred) or pen to mark your answers, and bring a headlamp/flashlight — although Willow Glen is brightly lit in spots, you will need a flashlight!

Potluck Social

Everyone will be hungry after going out on the Light-O course.

So we don't end up with 20 salads and 0 entrees, please use the sign-up form ( to indicate what you'll be bringing. We know that some people will not decide until the day of the event what they are going bring, but it will turn out fine. Our club always has such good potluck dinners!

BAOC will be providing the utensils, plates, cups, napkins, and hot and cold drinks. (We'll offer hot tea, and hot and cold cider.) Many of you probably will bring your own utensils, plates, and cups to eliminate waste. (Please note that alcohol is not allowed on the campus.)

We hope to see many of you out there ... rain or shine!

Driving Directions

Take Interstate 280 towards downtown San Jose (South/East) from Interstate 880. Exit on Meridian Ave. South. Proceed 0.9 miles to Minnesota and turn left (east). The school is on the right, 0.9 miles down Minnesota, at the corner with Lincoln. There is limited parking on the school grounds, and there is plenty of street parking nearby.

There's a map here that shows the location of the event. (Drag the map to center San Jose, and then click on the "+" symbol to zoom in.)