Community News

Palm Valley’s First Annual Yard Sale!

April 27th, 2011

Mark your calendar for Palm Valley’s First Annual Yard Sale on Sunday, May 15th!

I’m sure many of you have started your annual spring cleaning routine, right? Furthermore, I’m sure you have a bunch of items that you no longer want or need. If this is the case, you should make plans to participate in Palm Valley’s First Annual Yard Sale on Sunday, May 15th! This is the perfect opportunity for you to turn your junk into cash! On the other hand, if you don’t have anything to sell, you can stop by the yard sale to shop until you drop!

The yard sale will take place at Palmia Park from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The fee is only $20 to reserve a spot. (One 8″ table will be provided) If you would like to participate in the yard sale, you must RSVP by May 13th by calling 408-229-9813.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Housing Industry Foundation.

Photo Credit: Mark Peters

Bright Green Day in San Jose!

April 25th, 2011

Don’t miss Bright Green Day across the street from City Hall!

Did you have fun celebrating Earth Day last Friday? Did you have such a great time that you’re counting down the days until Earth Day next year? If so, I have great news for you! You don’t have to wait until 2012 to celebrate Earth Day again. Luckily, the city of San Jose is hosting a fantastic Earth Day celebration this weekend!

This fun event, Bright Green Day, will take place on Friday, April 29th. The Clean Energy Showcase will be open on Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th across the street from City Hall. The event will feature informative workshops and guided tours. You’ll also get the opportunity to view the first interactive, outdoor demonstration in the United States that includes full scale installations of progressive and modern energy technologies! For more information about Bright Green Day in San Jose, please visit the official website for the event.

Photo Credit: Kenneth Lu

Baskin-Robbins: Ice Cream for 31 Cents!

April 22nd, 2011

We all scream for ice cream!

Grab your keys, hat, and 31 cents for the annual 31 Cent Scoop Night event at Baskin Robbins! If you love Baskin-Robbins, you understand the magnitude of this event! On the other hand, if you’ve never had ice cream from Baskin-Robbins, this is the perfect opportunity for you to taste one of the many yummy flavors. I mean, what do you have to lose? It’s only 31 cents! Plus, by participating in this event, you are supporting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In fact, Baskin-Robbins is planning to donate $100,000 to this worthy organization.

Oh yeah, speaking of firefighters, maybe you should try the new Flavor of the Month: Firehouse #31. It mixes red cinnamon ice cream and hot candy pieces. It’s the hottest ice cream in San Jose! There are more than 20 Baskin-Robbins locations in the San Jose area. Pick the most convenient location and get there early! Scoop Night begins at 5 p.m. on the dot!

Photo Credit: Micah Sittig

Run or Get the Horns: The 9th Annual Running of the Bulls!

April 18th, 2011

Sign up to run with the bulls!

I don’t know what it is, maybe I want to feel a rush or something, but I’ve always wanted to participate in the Running of the Bulls event in Spain! Every time I tell friends, they always give me a blank stare as if I’m going out of my mind. If you want to live on the wild side just like me, you should sign up for the 9th Annual Running of the Bulls on May 8th! Best of all, you don’t have to travel all the way to Spain to participate! This fun event is located around the corner in Palo Alto!

This is how it works: Olympic and local runners will be dressed in bull and cow uniforms while they chase down runners. The bulls and cows will be released in intervals with a delayed start. So, even if you choose to run rather than walk, you’ll probably still get the horns! Your goal is to run as fast as you can because you’ll have a better chance of winning a really great prize if you beat a lot of bulls and cows to the finish line! Interested? Sign up online for only $25 bucks!

Photo Credit: Simonglucas

Boys & Girls Club Summer Program!

April 14th, 2011

Your child will have a blast this summer at the Boys & Girls club!

It’s time to start thinking about your summer plans. I now it’s only April, but school will be out before you know it! Have you thought about enrolling your child in a fun summer program? Are you interested in the idea, but you don’t think you’ll be able to afford it? What if I told you that you could enroll your child in a 7 week program for only $450 bucks? You would think you were dreaming, huh? Well wake up because it’s reality!

The Boys & Girls Club is offering a fantastic 7-week summer program for children between the ages of 6-18. The program will include fun activities, special events, and even cool field trips! Your child will have a blast playing ping-pong, flag football, basketball, and other fun sports! If this sounds like something you’re interested in, don’t wait another second! There are only 125 slots available at each site!

Site Locations:

  • 285 Azucar Avenue, San Jose
  • 4955 Edenview Drive, San Jose

Photo Credit: Mike Baird

Classes at Ciro’s at Palm Valley!

April 12th, 2011

Sign up for the evening Boot Camp class at Ciro’s!

You know the early bird gets the worm, right? With that said, I hope you already signed up to take a class at Ciro’s. If not, you may be out of luck because, as most of us predicted, seats went as fast as hotcakes!

In fact, the Tuesday Zumba class is already full! Can you believe it? You probably can if you are a Zumba fanatic. One thing I can’t believe is the amazing prices! It’s hard to believe that it will cost you less than $30 bucks a month to take Zumba classes at Ciro’s! That’s truly unbelievable! Note to all procrastinators: The evening boot camp (session one) class is already full, too!  However, there is still space available in some of our other classes including:

  • Thursday Zumba
  • Morning Boot Camp
  • Evening Boot Camp (Session 2)
  • Meditation
  • Tennis Lessons (Group and Private)

Get a move on! Go online today to register for a class! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Ciro’s staff at 408-229-9813.

Photo Credit: Fort Rucker

Ballroom Dancing: Learn to Dance like the Stars!

April 8th, 2011

Take Ballroom Dancing Classes at Crystal Ballroom Dance Studios!

Is “Dancing with the Stars” your favorite television show? Would you like to learn to dance just like the stars on the television show? If so, you should take classes at Crystal Ballroom Dance Studio! Classes take place every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:45 p.m. Best of all, it’s only $15 to attend a class! You don’t have to worry about signing up; it’s perfectly OK to just drop in! Also, you don’t have to worry about bringing a partner to the class. The experienced dance instructors at Crystal Ballroom Dance Studio teach a variety of classes including:

  • Quickstep
  • Merengue
  • Argentine Tango
  • Rumba
  • Foxtrot
  • Waltz
  • Cha-Cha

Crystal Ballroom Dance Studio is located at 3595 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95117. For questions or more information, please call 408-260-8900.

Get your dancing shoes ready!

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Speak UP! Attend the District 2 Budget Meeting on Wednesday!

April 4th, 2011

Don’t keep quiet! Speak up!

You can’t find the answer without asking the question. Your voice will not be heard if you choose not to speak up. If you want your voice to be heard, make plans to attend the District 2 Budget Meeting on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at the Southside Community & Senior Center.

This meeting will give District 2 residents the chance give their input as well as voice their concerns about the 2011-2012 budget. If you think something should be a high priority, speak up at the meeting! Councilmember Ash Kalra will be at the meeting to present the 2011-2012 City Budget, as well as answer questions  from concerned citizens. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and should last a couple of hours. For questions or more information, please call 408-535-4925 to speak with Stacie Shih. The Southside Community & Senior Center is located at 5585 Cottle Road in San Jose.

Photo Credit: Alexis Nyal

Spring Classes at the Edenvale Community Center

April 2nd, 2011

The next Top Chef!

Did you know that the Edenvale Community Center is offering Spring Classes this month? There will be a variety of classes for residents of all ages. If your child aspires to be the next Julia Child, the Jr. Chefs cooking class may be just the thing! There is even a Kids Cooking Creations class that will meet every Wednesday from April 13 to May 18th from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Participants must be at least 6 years of age, but not older than 13. Hurry to register your child for this class as there are only 10 opening seats remaining! Plus, the last day to register online is on April 16th!

On the other hand, if your child loves basketball, but didn’t make the team at school, non-competitive basketball will be a good fit! Other fun classes include:

  • Fitness Classes
  • Health Classes
  • Dance Classes
  • Gymnastics
  • Yoga

For questions or more information about the classes offered at the Edenvale Community Center, please call 408-794-6580.

Photo Credit: Woodley Wonder Works

The 17th Annual Spring Garden Market is this weekend!

April 1st, 2011

Learn how to grow a beautiful garden this weekend!

Don’t forget that the 17th Annual Spring Garden Market will take place on Saturday at History San Jose! This fun event will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Bring your wallet or purse because I’m sure there will be something you want to purchase at the plant sale! In fact, over 300 different flowers, vegetables, and herbs will be available for purchase. Did you know that there are more than 75 different varieties of tomatoes? How about peppers? I was shocked to learn that there are more than 100 different varieties of peppers! In addition to buying all the plants your heart desires, you’ll really learn a lot at the Master Gardener Sustainable Gardening Showcase. Special events include:

  • Short Talks will be all around! (You can learn how to turn trash to treasures)
  • Ask all the questions you want at the Plant Clinic
  • UC Gardening Publications Display

History San Jose is located at 1650 Senter Road in San Jose. For questions or more information, please call 408-282-3105.

Photo Credit: Lola Audu