We welcome Holy Cannoli and their delicious pastries and treats to downtown San Jose!
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Downtowner Online: Jan 13 - 19
Dear Downtown San Jose Supporters, 

Exciting news! This week, we officially welcome Holy Cannoli to downtown San Jose! Chef's Market is extended until the end of the month so you still have time to order food for yourself and simultaneously feed those in need. This is the last week for downtown building illuminations so go see them while they're still up. 

In this newsletter, you'll find:
We're all in this together. 
#DTSJ Restaurants - Welcome, Holy Cannoli!
Holy Cannoli! It's about time they opened! Drop by 138 E Santa Clara St. and sweeten up your week with some tasty treats. They've got everything -- breakfast, lunch, coffee and pastries.

Holy Cannoli also does full-service catering in the Bay Area and their food truck is available for hire any time. 

Read more about their grand opening here.
Good news! Chef's Market is extended to the end of January. All the action is still located at 300 S First St. in downtown San Jose. For every meal you order for yourself, a meal is donated to someone in need through San Jose Ship Kits/Hunger at Home.

You can order from any (or all) of the restaurants listed and pick up with touchless delivery at the South First drive-thru. Runs daily from 11 am - 6 pm. Order now.
Arts - ICA Social Club & SJMQT Textile Talks
If you want to deep dive into the arts, then join ICA's Social Club: A Master Class in Collecting Contemporary Art. Enroll by Jan. 25 to get "behind-the-scenes" access to experts and leaders in the world of contemporary art. Connect with artists and other art enthusiasts through a series of happy-hours, classes and virtual events. This program kicks off on Jan. 28 with a Zoom event that's free and open to the general public. 
If textile art is more up your alley, then join the Quilt Museum's Textile Talk today at 11 am. Meet Quilt Alliance director Amy Milne for a virtual studio crawl and visit four artists in their home or workspaces to learn how their spaces nurture them. 

To further unlock your inner artist, register for the Quilt Museum's upcoming Talk the Talk webinar about learning to overcome your fear of public speaking, identify interesting aspects about your artwork, keep your audience focused, speak during Zoom events and write an impressive & effective Artist Statement, with tips, suggestions and examples.
Outdoor Activities - Downtown Lights & Illuminations
This is the last week to see downtown building illuminations and video projections along First Street from the SoFA District to the Historic District. Don't miss out on seeing buildings glowing and bringing a warm, hopeful wave of color throughout downtown streets. The projections run nightly until Jan. 17 from 6 - 9:30 pm on weekdays and until 10 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
Check out these locations:
  • 300 S. First Street - First and San Carlos
  • The Fairmont Hotel Annex along First Street
  • The Pavilion - 150 S. First St.
  • Security and Leticia Buildings at 70 S. First St.
  • Bamboo Panda Mural - First and San Fernando
  • City Hall Rotunda
  • Tower at 200 E. Santa Clara St.
Other Essentials - Get a Discount on Your Electricity Bill
Here's how you can save some money this month. If you're receiving lower wages or lost your job due to COVID-19, you may qualify for a discount on your electricity bill. The California Alternate Rates for Energy Program (CARE) offers a monthly discount of 30-35% on electricity and 20% on gas. The Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA) offers a monthly discount of 18% on electricity for households of 3+ people. Eligibility for these programs is based on your current income and you may qualify even if you receive unemployment benefits. Learn more here or call 833-432-2454.
Groundwerx Employee of the Month - Meet Mirko!
Beginning this month, we're excited to share with you Groundwerx's employee of the month. 

Groundwerx crews risk their lives every day to keep downtown clean, safe, friendly and lively. They do graffiti removal, pressure-washing, trash removal, biohazard cleanup, safety escorts and more. Without them, our downtown wouldn't be the place we know and love. 

This month, we're putting the spotlight on Mirko Veraja!
Try takeout from China Wok to find out why it's Mirko's favorite place for downtown dining. 

To report graffiti and things that need to be cleaned within the district, use the Groundwerx Everywhere app for iPhone or Android or call dispatch at 408-287-1520. Their hours are 6 am - 8:30 pm. 
San Jose Love Stories - Thank You, Elyse Restaurant
San Jose Love Stories highlight acts of kindness by our community for our community. Elyse Restaurant has already given so much to our downtown community, in terms of support, acts of kindness and delicious food. With the help of our community, Elyse has donated 4500 meals to families in need since Thanksgiving. 

If you or someone you know is in need of food, Elyse is distributing 1000 meals on Sunday, Jan. 17 from 2-3 pm at 151 S Second Street. Enjoy a helping of chicken fettuccini and chicken wild rice soup to keep you warm. 

If you'd like to be a part of this community act of love, you can reach out to Elyse to help distribute meals. Also, you can let Elyse know of any shelters, churches or families in need of a meal. 

If you know of any other downtown businesses doing acts of kindness for the community, we want to hear about it and share their story! Please reach out to Jessica at

Note: Photo taken before latest restaurant orders.
Ashley's Picks
This Friday, Chopsticks Alley presents Fragments, a virtual art exhibit that will run through the end of March featuring art addressing assimilation, tradition, the longing to belong and the ache of change. Jazz trio Third Light heads to the Art Boutiki stage for a free live stream concert this Saturday. Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day this week with San Jose Public Library’s virtual events.

Kids can join the “Dream” craft activity on Thursday and adults can join San Jose Strong’s Mary Celestin, NAACP San Jose/Silicon Valley’s Reverend Jethroe Monroe and San Jose Peace and Justice Center’s Dr. Starat G. Lin for a discussion and activity based on the infamous “I Have A Dream” speech. The virtual commemoration of Dr. King is at 7 p.m. Friday.
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