Saratoga community briefs for the week of Oct. 16

Spirit of the season

Halloween fans won’t be able to visit their usual haunts this year, but Saratogan Jack McCarthy has developed an online game for those who want to scare up some entertainment.

Players in “The Ghosts of Craven Manor” acts as the spirits of the title, scaring the locals and trying to avoid the exorcist hired by the neighbors.

McCarthy and his staff at Fantasy Escape Games create live online games that blend traditional escape room puzzling with interactive theatrical elements. After booking a private game, players meet over Zoom with a game facilitator who runs their adventure. The game’s difficulty level is adjustable to make it family-friendly.

“Craven Manor” is set to go live Oct. 16-Nov. 8. Tickets are $15-$17.50 per person at, and private group games are available seven days a week.

Mindful year

The Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care is hosting “A Year to be Mindful,” a free virtual 15th anniversary celebration. The coalition’s event will be livestreamed in English on Oct. 16 and in Mandarin Oct. 17.

Sponsors of the professional healthcare forum include Alameda Family Funeral and Cremation in Saratoga.

Both forums are set for 10 a.m.-noon. The Oct. 16 forum is targeted at healthcare professionals, attorneys and trained volunteers. The Oct. 17 forum is for the Mandarin-speaking general public.

Keynote speaker for both forums is Cynthia Pan, MD, chief of geriatrics and palliative care medicine at New York Presbyterian Queens and associate professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Hospital. Pan will share her insights and experiences with COVID-19—as a patient, palliative care physician and medical educator.

Register for the Oct. 16 forum at  and the Oct. 17 event at Zoom login information will be emailed to registered attendees.

For more information, contact Shirley Pan at

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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