Celebrate spring and more reopenings with flowers, art, coffee and studio workouts this week! 
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Downtowner Online: April 14 - 20
Dear Downtown San Jose Supporters, 

If you missed last week's public meeting which included a presentation about Google's Downtown West plan, you can still watch it on our Youtube channel

In this newsletter, you'll find:
We're all in this together. 
#DTSJ Restaurants - Beans & Blooms
Spring is here so celebrate with some bright, colorful flowers to decorate your home! Project Fleur and Academic Coffee are partnering to bring you coffee beans delivered with your flowers. 

This Friday, get this jewel-toned bouquet and Academic Coffee's Peruvian coffee beans delivered to your door. This can be a one-time delivery or you can subscribe for monthly or bi-weekly deliveries. Order here.
Arts - Congressional Art Competition
If you're in middle or high school and in California's 19th Congressional District, then here's an art opportunity for you! Each spring, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren hosts a Congressional Art Competition, an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent around the country, as well as in California's 19th Congressional District.

This competition is open to all middle and high school students in the district, and the winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork will also be featured on's Congressional Art Competition page. Submissions will be accepted virtually, and the deadline is Saturday, May 1. Please share this with any young artists that would be interested! More information.
More locally produced virtual and in-person entertainment:
  • Thu., April 15: 12th Annual Poetry Invitational - Details
  • Fri., April 16: Hammer Theatre's Black Cab Jazz - Raul Midón - Details
  • Until April 25: sjDANCEco's (Virtual) Annual Spring DANCE Festival - Details
  • Until April 25: 3Below Theaters' Oscar FilmFest 2021 - Details
  • Through April: WeCreate408 Online Creativity Challenge - Details
  • Now Open: Sign up for Tabard’s Summer Theatre camps - Details (Help them out by taking their re-opening survey here!)
  • Now streaming on-demand: Opera San José’s “Love & Secrets: A Domestic Trilogy - Details
  • Always:  Lights Up podcasts (new episode every Tuesday by City Lights) - Details
  • Always: Live From Home jazz past and live (7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays) experiences from San Jose Jazz and local artists - Details
  • Always: Anno Domini's Black Dagger Tattoo Arts Group Exhibition (open Fridays 5 - 9 pm and Saturdays noon - 5 pm) - Details
  • Always: San Jose Museum of Art (open Friday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm) - Details
  • Always: San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (free, appointments recommended) - Details
  • Always: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles - Virtual Museum from Home - Details
  • Always: KALEID Gallery (open Fridays 5 pm - 9 pm and Saturdays 12 pm - 5 pm or by appointment) - Details
  • Always: Works San Jose Online Exhibits - Details
  • Always: Children's Discovery Museum (open Friday - Sunday, reservations required) - Details
  • Always: Hammer Theatre's Livestream and On Demand events - Details
Physical Activities - Orangetheory Classes Return to the Studio
You'll get to work out under the orange lights inside the studio soon! Orangetheory returns to the studio on Monday, April 19. Their last day at the Earthquakes Stadium will be Thursday, April 15. Start booking your classes and don't show up to the wrong location! 

Keep up with Orangetheory on Facebook and Instagram for updates! 
Other Essentials - Why Cities Matter Summit

Why do cities matter? Join Silicon Valley Leadership Group for this "Why Cities Matter" summit this Friday, April 16, at 9 am to discuss housing, infrastructure and placemaking in a post-COVID world. 

Toni Atkins, President Pro Tempore of the California Senate, will kick it off with an overview of the new California housing package. Joining later in her first major talk with Silicon Valley since being named to the Federal Transit Administration will be Nuria Fernandez. To conclude the program, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, will sit down with Mayor Sam Liccardo for a conversation on infrastructure. Register for this virtual event here

Click here to watch SJDA Executive Director Scott Knies talk about why cities matter, while walking you through Downtown San Jose. 

San Jose Love Stories - Thank You, Community Got Us
San Jose Love Stories highlight acts of kindness by our community for our community.

Community Got Us is a mutual aid collective dedicated to building community with unhoused people in East side and South side San Jose. They spend their weeks with the community, distributing food, prepping care packages, cooking meals and checking in frequently with those in need. 

A majority of their volunteers work full time and/or go to school and spend their extra time helping out because they believe in the power of love, mutual aid and community. If you would like to learn more about Community Got Us or help write this love story, please check out their Instagram for ways to donate or volunteer. 
Groundwerx Employee of the Month - Jesus Franco
The Groundwerx crew keep downtown clean and safe for us each day. You can catch them in their orange uniforms picking up trash, removing graffiti, pressure-washing and safely escorting people throughout downtown.

This month, we want to highlight Jesus Franco and all the amazing work he's been doing for the downtown community.  
Jesus has been an employee with Groundwerx since August 2009. Jesus' expertise is removing stubborn graffiti from buildings and surfaces that seem impossible to remove, like marble and sandstone.  After he's done, you would never have known there was once graffiti there.  

Jesus is the type of person who goes out of his way to help or to make your day. He's also known to have some of the silliest puns and dad jokes in downtown. He is always there when you call on the radio for immediate clean up assistance and has always been a dependable employee.  
What do you love about your job?
I love to talk with all the downtown residents and businesses.  

What’s your favorite restaurant or place downtown?

What do you do to stay positive at work?
I like to share my experiences with my co-workers & downtown visitors.
This past month, Jesus has...
  • Removed 83 bags of trash for a total of 2,075 pounds
  • Removed 79 cases of graffiti
  • Cleaned 397 block faces
  • Cleaned 516 public litter cans
  • Cleaned 1,826 street fixtures, including 1,432 along the VTA transit mall

To report graffiti and things that need to be cleaned within the district, use the Groundwerx Everywhere app for iPhones or Android or call dispatch at 408-287-1520. Their hours are 6 am - 8:30 pm. 
Ashley's Picks
This Third Thursday, San Jose Museum of Art and Poetry Center San Jose presents 12th Annual Poetry Invitational, a free online stream hosted by Janice Lobo Sapigao featuring poems inspired by current SJMA exhibits. Soak up the sun at Camino Brewing Company’s beer garden and enjoy delicious Mexican Filipino fusion food from Cara x Cruz San Jose this Thursday through Saturday. Art Boutiki welcomes the Maya Victoria Band this Saturday for a livestream performance of soulful jazz with hip-hop and island reggae influences.
Watch SJDA's April Public Meeting
Last Friday, we had our April public meeting, featuring a review of the Downtown West development agreement with Google followed by a talk with guest speaker Zulma Maciel, director of the City's Office of Racial Equity. 

If you missed it, you can watch it all here:
Read more about Google's Downtown West plan, which includes a $200 million fund for community benefits. Click here to read through the Google presentation from the meeting. 
Keep up with Downtown San Jose with our weekly Downtowner Online and monthly Downtown Dimension e-newsletters.  Here's the March edition.
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