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Plenty of indoor virtual activities this week, and some in the best parts of downtown. 
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Downtowner Online: Nov 18 - 24
Dear Downtown San Jose Supporters, 

As we all navigate through the purple tier, we hope you're staying safe indoors or wearing your mask when you need to go outside. We have virtual events for wine lovers, creatives and runners. You can continue supporting local businesses by ordering delivery or takeout. 

In this newsletter, you'll find:
We're all in this together. 
#dtsjopen - Content's Creativity Carries On Virtually
Despite COVID-19, the creativity over at Content Magazine hasn't stopped. They're bringing all the same amazing stories, art and music into the virtual space for you to enjoy.  Hear this special message from Content Cultivator Daniel Garcia. Read our Arts section below to RSVP for their latest virtual pick-up party this Friday. 
Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market & Holiday Market
Get your holiday gift shopping done early this year. Browse handcrafted artisan goods at our Holiday Market, open every Friday (except for Nov. 27) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at San Pedro Square! While you're there, shop fresh produce and pastries to keep you happy and healthy this holiday season. 
If you're looking for unique, handcrafted holiday gifts and want to support small businesses and artists, shop SJMADE. San Jose Made has over 1,200 products, such as art prints, stickers, pins, clothing, snacks and more. Visit their retail store at Moment or shop online and pick up your order there. 
#DTSJ Restaurants - Hyland Sushi Joins San Pedro Square Market
San Pedro Square, known for their large variety of cuisines, welcomes their newest vendor Hyland Sushi. Drop by the San Pedro Square Market patio to try their high quality rolls and apps. You can also order for pick-up through their website. Order their holiday party tray to spice up your dinner table this holiday season. 

If you missed the last of our Dine Downtown deals last week, we still want you to experience a taste of Downtown San Jose. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and enter our gift certificate giveaway
Channel your inner barista and learn latte art with Paper Moon Cafe. You'll get hands on experience on what to look for in espresso, how to fine tune milk to foam and how to pour designs. Each class is 90 minutes long and limited to four people. COVID-19 Purple Tier readiness protocols will be in place. Classes are on Nov. 21 and Dec. 5, 12 & 19. $60-80. 
If you're not a coffee person, then try Enoteca La Storia's November wine club virtual tasting this Thursday from 5 - 6:15 pm. Taste and discuss eight different wines, ask questions and finish off with a “Mystery Wine” tasting using a deductive tasting grid. Register for free and purchase a tasting kit ($35) if you want to taste along. 
Arts - Content Virtual Pick-Up Party 13.1 - Discover
Join Content Magazine for a Virtual Pick-Up Party this Friday from 7 - 9 pm to celebrate nine years in print and the release of Issue 13.1 "Discover." Connect with one another through a custom virtual design space and experience a blend of spoken word, music, artist workshops, studio tours and inspiring discussions with featured artists. General admission is $15. Free for Content members. One hundred percent of your support helps Content Magazine continue sharing the stories of South Bay artists and creatives. RSVP here.
Outdoor Activities - Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
Silicon Valley Turkey Trot has been a tradition for 15 years and this year is no exception. The race goes virtual this year and you can still pick up amazing race swag. By signing up, you're keeping the tradition alive and helping raise much-needed funds for our local charities. Choose from the 5K, 10K or kids fun run, design your own course and begin your run anytime between Nov. 21 - 29. Afterwards, relax and reward yourself with a Thanksgiving feast!

"Trying" continues at Tabard Theatre. Because of the Purple Tier, Tabard will re-broadcast the live performance from last weekend. Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.
Other Essentials - San Jose Teen Recreation Centers
The City of San Jose Teen Centers, under CDC safety measures, provides teens with a free safe space to socialize and participate in physical activity, healthy and fun recreation, enrichment activities and a quiet place to receive homework assistance. Face masks are required and daily health screenings will be performed. Sign up for their second session from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18. 

Locations and Contacts:
  • Alma Youth Center - Esther.Aguirre@sanjoseca.gov, 408-448-6400
  • Alum Rock Youth Center - Tomas.Loredo@sanjoseca.gov, 408-794-1060
  • Roosevelt Teen Center - Carina.Orozco@sanjoseca.gov, 408-794-7555
  • Seven Trees Teen Center - Kim.Ross@sanjoseca.gov, 408-794-1690
San Jose Love Stories - Urban Community's San Jose Ship Kits
Urban Community created San Jose Ship Kits in March with the initial goal of providing kits with medical, nutritional and emotional support to those affected by the shelter-in-place mandate. However, Urban Community continued distributing kits even after the mandate was lifted and has now served more than 100,000 families.

SJ Ship Kits secured 950,000 pounds of produce (which is about 800,000 meals) for 25+ food banks - just in time for the holidays. Our holidays may look different this year, but supporting each other as a community will always be the same. If you would like to help write this love story, get involved by donating or volunteering. 
SJDA Year in Review 2020 Meeting
SJDA’s annual year-in-review presentation will be virtual this year on Friday, Dec. 11, starting at 8:15 am. This meeting will also include the Golden Nail presentation and a farewell to SJDA and PBID Board of Directors members reaching the end of their terms. Stay tuned on our Facebook for updates. Register for this meeting here.
Light the Holiday Nights - Coming Nov. 26
We won't have our traditional Downtown Ice rink this winter, but we're keeping the holiday spirit alive with our Light the Holiday Nights public space activation. This passive, festive light experience is meant to brighten your evening as you pass through the heart of downtown at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park. Our 26-foot-tall stylized holiday tree will light the night starting at dusk Thanksgiving.
Ashley's Picks
Stay safe and entertained at home with these online events. Peek into the minds of local artists with San Jose Museum of Art: Creative Minds hosted by Chopsticks Alley Executive Director Trami Cron, in conversation with “Hidden Heritages: San Jose’s Vietnamese Legacy” featured artists Binh Danh and Trinh Mai. This Saturday, Socorra plays a farewell show live from the Art Boutiki before leaving San Jose for Austin, Texas - get your tickets early for the digital show. #DineDowntownSJ has wrapped for the year and indoor dining is closed until further notice, but you can still enjoy take out and delivery from your favorite #DTSJ restaurants.
So Much More to Look Forward to...
San Jose State's Spartan football team is crushing it this season.  The 4-0 Spartans face the 3-1 Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday at 4 p.m.  Watch it on CBS Sports Network.

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