There's a new dog park in town! Here are the details.
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Downtowner Online: Feb 17 - 23
Dear Downtown San Jose Supporters, 

We're excited to announce the opening of a new dog park in SoFA. For more details, keep reading! 

In this newsletter, you'll find:
We're all in this together. 
#DTSJ Restaurants - Outdoor Dining Experiences
Until indoor dining is an option again, our downtown restaurants are putting all their effort into giving you the full, enjoyable al fresco dining experience. Let's highlight some of the coolest outdoor dining set ups we've seen so far. 

All aboard the El Dorado at 55 South! Enjoy a nautical-themed dinner on their ship (with a tiki bar) beneath the twinkling lights.

Haberdasher SJ gives a whole new meaning to "patio" dining by busting out lawn chairs and tables on their sidewalk area. What's better than drinks and eats out on the patio?
SoFA Market, home to a variety of delicious cuisines, offers both parklet dining and back patio dining so you can take your pick of scenery. 

San Pedro Square Market offers you both dinner and entertainment. Experience delicious drinks and top-notch cuisine outside under the mood lighting and with big screen TVs to keep you entertained throughout your meal.  
Need some luck? Academic Coffee celebrates the Year of the Ox with this special Lunar New Year lucky basket, available on their website and at their cafe. Each basket includes a Vietnamese phin filter, a bag of Indonesian dark roast grounds, a lucky red envelope and condensed milk (or house-made pandan syrup for a non-dairy option). It's a Lunar New Year tradition to give lucky red envelopes to your friends and family to symbolize good wishes and luck for the year ahead. In each lucky red envelope, you'll find a random gift, such as stickers, gift cards and even a super rare exclusive experience! Each basket is $38. 
Arts - Bill's Backyard Reopens
Bill's Backyard at the Children's Discovery Museum is an outdoor learning environment where kids can explore, climb, build, dig and learn how their actions make a difference. Kids can safely discover the natural world through the Jr. Ranger Station, Tree Climber, Look Out Tower and Tunnel, Dig Pit, Dry Creek and Garden. 

Bill's Backyard reopens for members only beginning Feb. 19 and for the public March 5. Reservations are required and capacity will be limited. Face coverings and social distancing will be enforced. Here's what to expect.
This Thursday is National Girls and Women in Sports Day. To celebrate, San Jose Jazz, San Jose Museum of Art, SJSU's Institute for the Study of Sport, Society & Social Change and the Wall of Song Project come together to explore the power of art, sport and the rituals of collective singing to create positive social change. 7 pm. Register here.
It's not everyday that a San Jose-based singer-songwriter releases her debut single. This Friday, San Jose native Maddy Michaels shares her debut single, Sanity, a pop-power ballad that talks about her vulnerability and experience with overwhelming anxiety. Maddy says, “In sharing my mental health experience with others, I want to let them know they are not alone and encourage them to connect not only to my music but to those around them as we embark on this journey called life.”  Learn more.
Outdoor Activities - SoFA Pocket Park Opening
The San Jose Downtown Association and Veggielution present the SoFA Pocket Park, a place for dogs and their owners to play, relax and have fun while social distancing. The dog park opens this Thursday, Feb. 18 from 10 am - 1 pm. Located at 540 S. First St. in Downtown San Jose. Social distancing and masks are required.
Other Essentials - SJAccess to Wi-Fi Hotspots
Stay connected when you need it most with San Jose Public Library's wifi hotspot devices, available for online requests. Work from home with ease and stay connected to the internet. SJPL also offers digital literacy programs and other useful resources. Learn more.
San Jose Love Stories - Thank You for Sharing the #DTSJlove
San Jose Love Stories highlight acts of kindness by our community for our community.

This week, we want to shine the love back on you. This Valentine's Day weekend, we saw lots of smiling faces and love throughout downtown. Here are some lovely photos of our downtown residents at the San Jose Valentine's Day arch. 

This past weekend, it was great to see the community come together to share the #DTSJlove. Local Color decorated downtown storefront windows with hearts. Colorful lights illuminated the Circle of Palms and downtown buildings. The Fairmont projected heart animations on its building. Restaurants and retail businesses offered Valentine's Day specials for you and your special someone to celebrate. Let's keep the #DTSJlove going. 
Ashley's Picks
Art Boutiki’s Drink and Draw returns virtually this Thursday featuring music on vinyl - invite a friend and BYOB for some online comradery. For Third Thursday, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose Jazz, Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change, and the Wall of Song Project present Feeling Good: Celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day Through a Wall of Song. The online showcase will explore the power of art, sport and the rituals of collective singing to create positive social change. Pow Wow San Jose and the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy are still helping bring public art to #DTSJ. You can check out one of the newest completed murals by local artist Kristina Micotti along the Guadalupe River Trail continuing up to street level on Santa Clara Street.
Keep up with Downtown San Jose with our weekly Downtowner Online and monthly Downtown Dimension e-newsletters.  Here's the February edition.
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