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April 2012 Newsletter

March 31st, 2012

Presented by Councilmember Ash Kalra

I would like to present my April 2012 Newsletter, D2 Review – Volume 4 Issue 4. Please click on the image below to view the newsletter:

Join Us this Week for Events in District 2!

March 27th, 2012

District 2 Quarterly Community Meeting

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: Southside Community & Senior Center
Rooms 8 & 9 – 5585 Cottle Road, San José, 95123

Please join the Office of Councilmember Ash Kalra to discuss issues in District 2, transportation services and projects, crime prevention, and more!

To RSVP, please contact Stacie Shih at (408) 535-4925, or email

Rain or Shine! Annual Spring Fest at Southside

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Place: Southside Community & Senior Center
5585 Cottle Road, San José, 95123

Please join Councilmember Ash Kalra and the Southside Community & Senior Center for Spring Fest, a family-friendly festival providing free informational resources, an Easter egg hunt, children’s activities, crafts, food trucks, and more! Please call (408) 629-3336 for more information.

Guess What? July is Women’s Motorcycle Month–Let’s Ride!

June 29th, 2011

Ride out!

So, July is a lot of things–National Ice Cream Month, National Grilling Month–but it’s also Women’s Motorcycle Month! So, if you’ve got a bike of any kind get out and ride the highway sometime next month. In fact, I’ve found the perfect event for women bikers right here in San Jose. Check it out…

From July 5th through July 7th, the Women on Wheels 25th International Ride-In is taking place. So what’s that entail you ask?  The rally will take place at Dolce Hayes Mansion located at 200 Edenvale Avenue beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The Ride-In will have rides each day through Thursday the 7th  and if you happen to get hungry on that hog, there will also be vendors! Sign up today.

For those of you that have been thinking about a bike, there are plenty of dealerships in the local area. Here are a few recommended spots:

photo courtesy of flickr

Amazing Staycations around San Jose!

June 24th, 2011

Plan an amazing Staycation at the Seascape Beach Resort on Monterey Bay!

If you had a week off to do absolutely nothing at all, what you do? Many people would jump at the chance to take a nice vacation! However, instead of traveling someplace out of the state, you can have a fabulous staycation right here! Located within driving distance of San Jose, the Seascape Beach Resort on Monterey Bay is a great choice! This spectacular vacation destination offers more than 280 spacious beach villas and suites. Best of all, each comes with fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes, private balconies, and fireplaces. You can play a round of golf or treat yourself to a spa treatment at this place. Now this is what I call a staycation!

The Seascape Beach Resort on Monterey Bay is located at One Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos, CA 95003-5854. For reservations, please call 1-800-929-7727.

Photo Credit: The Tahoe Guy

Raging Good Time at Raging Waters San Jose

June 22nd, 2011

Take a fun trip to Raging Waters with your entire family!

If you want to let loose and have a great time with your family, you should plan a trip to Raging Waters in San Jose! There are plenty of heart pounding rides for you to enjoy, especially if you’re a daredevil! Bombs Away is a new ride this year that is five stories above Lake Cunningham! Basically you enter an enclosed capsule, the trap floor drops, and you drop straight down in a freefall! Just thinking about this ride makes my heart drop! Raging Waters is located at 2333 South White Road, San Jose, CA 95148. For questions or more information, please call 408-238-9900.

Attention military members! Military Appreciation Day at Raging Waters is on July 17th. Military personnel and their family will have the opportunity to enjoy the exclusive use of a beautiful private catered area by the lake.

Photo Credit: Alan Chatto

Restaurant Week in San Jose

June 17th, 2011

Make sure your appetite is ready for Restaurant Week in San Jose from June 22nd until July 3rd! Save room for dessert!

Mark your calendar because Dine Downtown San Jose is almost here! From June 22nd until July 3rd, some of the best restaurants in San Jose are participating in this amazing promotion! For 12 days, customers will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious three-course prix-fixe meal for only $20-$40. Dine Downtown San Jose Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity for you to try all of the amazing new restaurants in the area. You can enjoy a delicious meal for only $20 at the following restaurants during this promotion:

  • Eulipia Restaurant and Bar-374 S. First Street
  • Sonoma Chicken Coop-31 N. Market Street
  • Britannia Arms Downtown-173 W. Santa Clara Street
  • Azucar Latin Restaurant & Lounge-71 E. San Fernando Street

For a list of additional participating restaurants, please visit the official Dine Downtown San Jose Restaurant Week website.

Photo Credit: Jing

Dia de San Juan: Puerto Rican Cultural Festival in San Jose

June 15th, 2011

Attend the Puerto Rican Cultural Festival on Saturday, June 25th!

The 33rd Annual “Dia de San Juan” Festival will take place on Saturday, June 25th at History Park. The fun event will feature live music from some of the best bands around. For example, Latin Rhythm Boys from the Bay Area are scheduled to perform at the festival! Make sure you bring your appetite because there will be delicious authentic Puerto Rican Food for you to enjoy! This amazing scholarship fundraising event will began at 11 a.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

  • The Pastele Factory-140 N. Soderquist Road, Turlock, CA 95380 (209-620-8565)
  • Kumar’s Island Market-1440 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95116 (287-0557)
  • Hope Chest-921 A. Street, Hayward, CA 94541
  • Hammer and Lewis-19 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA

History Park is located at 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112. For more information about the festival, please visit the official website for the event.

Photo Credit: Jose Oquendo

Outdoor Dining in San Jose!

June 10th, 2011

Enjoy delicious cuisine in San Jose!

This is the best time of the year to enjoy the great outdoors! In fact, I always search high and low for restaurants in the city with outdoor dining. You should do the same! There are plenty of amazing restaurants in San Jose to choose from including:

  • La Costa
  • 1805 Alum Rock Ave
  • San Jose, CA 95116
  • (408) 937-1010
  • This is the best place to enjoy traditional Mexican food!
  • Dia de Pesca
  • 55 N Bascom Ave
  • San Jose, CA 95128
  • (408) 287-3722
  • The outdoor patio has a beautiful fountain surrounded by stone benches!
  • Bill’s Cafe
  • 1115 Willow St
  • San Jose, CA 95125
  • (408) 294-1125
  • This is the best place to go in San Jose for a delicious brunch!
What’s your favorite restaurant in San Jose?
Photo Credit: John Benson

Pictures Around San Jose!

June 7th, 2011

I have a question for you: Have you ever taken time out of your day to really look at all the beautiful places that the city of San Jose has to offer? For instance, you’ve probably passed by the San Jose Civic Auditorium plenty of times, but did you stop to really admire the beauty of the building? For your enjoyment, here are pictures of some of the beautiful places around San Jose!

You've probably attended an event at the San Jose Civic Auditorium in the past, but have you ever taken the time to admire the beauty of the building? Do you know when this place was built? Photo Credit: Brain

This picture was taken at the Montgomery Theater in San Jose. When is the last time you went to the theater to see a show? Photo Credit: Brian

This picture was taken at the San Jose Veterans Memorial in 2009. Did you visit the Memorial on Memorial Day a couple of weeks ago? Photo Credit: Don BeBold

Events in San Jose this Weekend

June 4th, 2011

Have fun at one of the many festivals in the San Jose area this weekend!

Are you sitting at home bored right now? It’s time to get off the sofa and get going! There are plenty of fun events and activities taking place this weekend in the San Jose area. Call your friends and tell them to meet you at the following events:

  • WHAT: Loma Prieta Fire & Rescue 49th Annual BBQ
  • WHEN: Sunday, June 5 from 11 a.m. until 4 pm.
  • WHERE: Loma Prieta Field in Los Gatos CA
  • WHY: Annual BBQ fundraiser to raise operating funds for the Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Have fun this weekend!
Photo Credit: Ron Hall