Local Color's murals and window art brighten up downtown street life.
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Downtowner Online: Sept 16 - 22
Dear Downtown San Jose Supporters, 

This week, we have arts-focused exhibitions and virtual events to spark your creativity and inspiration. When you're downtown, make sure to stop and admire the new murals and window art decorating downtown street life.  And find the hidden bugs on each of the recently painted window murals!

In this newsletter, you'll find:
We're all in this together. 
SJDA's Annual Meeting 2020 - Friday, Oct. 9
Please register to attend the San Jose Downtown Association Annual Meeting on Friday, Oct. 9, 8:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Upon registration, you will receive a link providing you with access to the Zoom webinar. Note that webinar space is limited. The meeting will also be streamed live on Facebook. If you have questions, please email
#dtsjopen - Local Color Livens Up Downtown Streets
Have you checked out all the new murals and window artwork in downtown lately? From Patrick Hofmeister’s huge Third Street garage mural to all the #HellaGardens window murals, Local Color has made downtown streets even more colorful and inviting to welcome you back. Hear what Local Color’s Haley Cardamon has to say. We are #dtsjopen!
Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market Open Every Friday
Drop by the Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market, open for the rest of the season every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at San Pedro Square. Visit to take your pick of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables and delicious hot food. Select from beautiful handmade goods showcased by a growing number of artisan vendors. The Market is open exclusively for seniors and those most at risk from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and everyone else after 11 a.m.

Washing your produce is important all year long, but it's especially important now with the poor air quality and wildfires. Follow Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association's tips to scrub away any potential contaminants. 
  • Even if you are going to be slicing or peeling the produce (like citrus or melons), wash BEFORE enjoying because dirt and bacteria can be transferred from the knife onto the fruit.
  • Use a washing solution to soak your fruits & veggies for a few minutes. To make your own produce wash: mix 1/4 cup white vinegar and a splash of lemon juice in a large bowl of cold water.
  • Use a soft brush to gently scrub firm produce (like melons) and root veggies (like beets).
  • Strain and rinse completely, and make sure to fully dry your produce before storing. If you store your fruits and veggies while still wet, they will spoil more quickly. (Also, avoid washing berries and other softer fruits until right before eating, or they will spoil faster if washed and stored).
Arts - SOFA Art Gallery and Museum Events
Anno Domini celebrates 20 years of street art, subculture and art as activism with their "First Decade" anniversary group exhibition, which features a selection of artists from their 2000-2010 exhibition program. This is open for viewing on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5-9 pm through Oct. 17.  While you're in the neighborhood, be sure to visit KALEID Gallery (open Friday & Saturday evenings as well) and The OUTSIDER featuring local artists & creatives in the parking lot on Friday evenings from 5-9 pm.

Spend your Friday afternoon with San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) for an Instagram Live conversation between artist Amir H. Fallah and Executive Director Alison Gass about ICA's inaugural Facade Project. Get a sneak peek at the artist's studio and the artwork installation that will cover the front of the ICA's building this fall. Catch past PSA Convos on their IGTV channel

Here's even more art for you! Catch the Quilt Museum’s Textile Talks every Wednesday at 11 am. This month's online exhibition is all about Gems from Our Past, featuring bright, high-contrast and bold prints from 1850 to 1940. Plan an arts-focused movie night with your family to watch the fashion documentary Martin Margiela: In His Own Words. Your rental of this film is an easy (and fun) way to help support the museum. Also, mark your calendars for the upcoming workshop, Get Your Sh!t Together!, to gain insight on how to jumpstart your artist career, with professional artist, gallerist and educator Stephen C. Wagner.

For fun art activities you can enjoy from home, check out our Arts page.
#DTSJ Restaurants - Ludwig's Socially Distanced Oktoberfest
Good news! Ludwig's has added a new date for their socially distanced Oktoberfest. After the amazing responses and selling out in just three days, you have a second chance to join the fun on Friday, Sept. 25. Tickets are on sale with reserved seating and limited space. Ludwig's will still have all their regular Oktoberfest fun, with a best-dressed contest and annual Stein Holding competition, just all from the safety of your table. Safety protocols and more information here.
Visit our Eat page for takeout, delivery, gift cards and outdoor dining options. As more businesses reopen, we want to hear about it so that we can update our Web pages.  Please let us know you're open by filling out this form.
Outdoor Activities - Coastal Cleanup 2020
If you need an outdoor pick-me-up, go pick-IT-up at the California Virtual Coastal Cleanup. Take part in this live, DIY environmental effort spearheaded by Santa Clara Valley Water to keep trash from reaching the bay and our coasts via city sewers. Prevention is key, so for a few hours every Saturday morning in September, you're encouraged to go out to your yards and streets to collect trash and stop it from ending up in the wrong places. When in public, please remember to wear your mask and stay six-feet apart. We can still help keep our coasts clean while safely socially distanced.

Looking for an at-home workout? Browse our Gyms page.
Other Essentials - San Jose Public Library's Free Services
Take advantage of San Jose Public Library's ongoing educational programs, online resources and access to free virtual homework clubs and online help from a librarian. Students can easily access and use SJPL’s electronic and print resources freely using a library card. SJPL also offers Express Pickup, an easy, contactless, and convenient way to check out physical books and items.
If you're in search of a job, attend the virtual job fair (Sept. 15-17) presented by San Jose City College and work2future. The Santa Clara County COVID-19 Assistance Navigation (CAN) can also connect you with resources and safety net programs like unemployment to help you get through this crisis. To get started, call 408-809-2124 or visit
San Jose Love Stories - Thank You to Our Farmers' Market Vendors
San Jose Love Stories highlight acts of kindness done by our community for our community. 

This week, we want to highlight a group of community members who have been there for us since June -- our Farmers' Market vendors and crew. Despite the pandemic and, more recently, the poor air quality, our Farmers’ Market vendors continue to power through to bring us fresh produce, hot food and artisan goods every Friday.

"We're out here, we gotta make money, we gotta give food to everybody because that's important, that's how we live," said Alejandra Hernandez, an employee at Medina Berry Farm, who was set up at the Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market last Friday.

This is their livelihood. They're in it for the long haul. To continue writing this love story, grab your mask - preferably an N-95 -- and shop at the Farmers’ Market this Friday, 10 am - 2 pm.

Stay strong, stay safe, stay healthy.
Ashley's Picks
Tonight, Whatshisface x Palesea go live for a virtual concert from the Art Boutiki stage featuring their lo-fi '90s neo-soul inspired hip-hop and R&B stylings. San Jose Museum of Art and Sangam Arts presents digital Third Thursday: ‘Love, Loss, Life’-- a historical and musical journey across San Jose through the voices of Vietnamese, Chicano and African American immigrants. This Friday, City Light Theater’s The Next Stage welcomes Gloria Garcia Stanley and Stan Prentice performing traditional parlor music.
ParkSJ - 90 Minutes Free Parking in City Garages
We're getting the word out so everyone can take advantage again and again:  The first 90 minutes of parking are free when you park in any of these Park SJ garages: Also, downtown employees earning less than $20 per hour can qualify for 50 percent off monthly parking.  Details at
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