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Downtowner Online: June 9 - 15
Dear Downtown San Jose Supporters, 

Please join our public meeting this Friday to discuss behavioral health and homelessness and engage in a Q&A with City officials.   

In this newsletter, you'll find:
We're all in this together. 
#DTSJ Reopenings
Now that we're in the yellow tier, we're slowly and surely getting back to the places and activities we've always enjoyed. Here's what's reopening or will reopen soon: Welcome Back
#DTSJ Job Openings - Apply Now!
With downtown businesses reopening with more capacity, they'll need more hands on deck. Each week, we'll share downtown job listings for those of you who are looking for a job! 
  • Silicon Valley Capital Club is looking for a server, mixologist, front desk receptionist and dishwasher. Email resumes to dani.bongatti@clubcorp.com. They're doing interviews ASAP. 
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is looking for a Visitor Services Representative. More information here.
  • MINIBOSS is looking for barbacks. If interested, send your resume to info@sjminiboss.com.
  • City Lights Theater Company plans to reopen in September and they need electricians, carpenters, designers and technicians. Full details here
  • San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is looking for a Visitor Services Associate to work on weekends. Full details here.
View the full virtual job board here.
This Friday - SJDA's June Public Meeting
This Friday, join SJDA's June public meeting, which will focus on behavioral health and homelessness and engage in Q&A with Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez and San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez.

Register for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market Open Every Friday
It's officially Farmers' Market season. The Market is back in town and we’ve moved to a new location in SoFA! 
The Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market, presented by Excite Credit Union in association with Kaiser Permanente, is now located on South First Street between San Salvador and William streets. It's less than a 15-minute walk from any point downtown.

The Farmers' Market is every Friday until Dec. 17 from 10 am to 2 pm. Get your weekly pick of fresh fruits and vegetables and browse artisan vendors' handcrafted goods. Check out our website for the full list of produce and artisan vendors attending the Market this week. 


While you're at the Farmers' Market, enjoy live music by the U19 Jazz group on these dates: June 11 & 18, July 9, August 6 & 13. 
June means it's stone fruit season. You can expect to see peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines filling up the stands at the Farmers' Market. Stone fruits are sweet, juicy and rich in vitamins A, C and E, making them an excellent addition to any smoothie or salad. Browse PCFMA's "In Season" page to see which produce are waiting for you at the Market! 
How to get to the Market (besides walking):
  • Parking is free for the first 90 minutes in the Second & San Carlos Garage. Check ParkSJ.org for parking information.
  • Check VTA.org for nearby bus stops and schedules. Show your light rail or bus pass for $1 in Carrot Cash to spend at the Market.
The Downtown Farmers’ Market accepts WIC-FMNP coupons and Cal Fresh-EBT.
For more information about the Market, visit our website. To read about PCFMA's COVID-19 safety protocols, click here. Though we've moved into the Yellow Tier, we still have to be careful.  Can't wait to see you at the Market for fresh food, fresh air and great vibes! 
#DTSJ Restaurants - Guildhouse Opening Soon
Keep your eyes and ears open because Guildhouse is only weeks away from their grand opening! They are the newest downtown home for the gaming community to play tabletop, PC and console games. 

You can expect a bar and restaurant, tournaments, leagues, a full production studio, in-house esports teams and a robust technology infrastructure. Our words can only do this place so much justice. Check out these photos to see what's in store! 
Arts - The Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards
Are you an emerging artist? The Rotary Club of San Jose is looking for accomplished, but relatively unknown, artists living and working in Santa Clara County.

The Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards is a program created in honor of our community’s iconic columnist and patron of the arts Leigh Weimers, who did so much to publicize and support the arts in Silicon Valley. These cash awards are meant to support and encourage emerging artists.
Artists in all genres may apply for this award. Previous awards have ranged between a $1000 and $5000 cash prize, and up to four winners will be invited to show their work and/or speak at a lunch meeting at one of the world’s 10 largest Rotary Clubs. Apply here.
More locally produced virtual and in-person entertainment:
  • May 16 - June 16: Tabard Theatre Company: Dirt Rakers - Details
  • June 4 - 20: Silicon Valley Shakespeare and The Tabard Theatre Company present Shylock (both live-streamed and in person) - Details
  • June 12 - 18: sjDANCEco's "Looking Back- Seeing Forward" season-closing program of world premieres - Details
  • Now Open: Sign up for Tabard’s Summer Theatre camps - Details 
    • June 14 - 18: Tabard Theatre Company's “In the Limelight” Summer Camp (Ages 6 to 10)
    • June 21 - 25: Tabard Theatre Company's "Lights, Camera... Acting" Camp (Ages 9 to 13)
    • July 5 - 16: Tabard Theatre Company's "Digital Acting for Teens" (Grades 7 to 12)
Ongoing:
  • SJMA's new exhibition "Break + Bleed" now open - Details 
  • Opera San Jose Performances (streaming on-demand) - Details
  • Lights Up podcasts (new episode every Tuesday by City Lights) - Details
  • Live From Home jazz past and live (7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays) experiences from San Jose Jazz and local artists - Details
  • The Tech Interactive (tickets required) - Details
  • San Jose Museum of Art (open Friday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm) - Details
  • Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose (free, appointments recommended) - Details
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles - Virtual Museum from Home - Details
  • KALEID Gallery (open Fridays 5 pm - 9 pm and Saturdays 12 pm - 5 pm or by appointment) - Details
  • ANNO DOMINI Gallery (open Thursdays & Fridays 12 - 7 pm;
    First Fridays 5 - 9 pm; Saturdays 12 – 5 pm) - Details
  • Works San Jose Online Exhibits - Details
  • Children's Discovery Museum (open Friday - Sunday, reservations required) - Details
  • Hammer Theatre's Livestream and On Demand events - Details
  • 3Below Movies - Details
Outdoor Activities - Camp Guadalupe & Veggielution
Santa Clara County has made scholarships available for children ages 7-10 to attend the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy's Camp Guadalupe for the whole summer or a portion of it! 

Camp Guadalupe is a drop-in camp that provides participants with an educational, affordable, and engaging way to enjoy the summer from June 15 to August 12. Kids can learn in outdoor classrooms, learn and refine their scientific skills and interact with other kids. 
To be eligible for this program, children & youth must:
  • Live in Santa Clara County
  • Be between the ages of 7-10 years old
And be one of the following:
  • Current or former foster youth
  • In informal probation
  • Receive free or reduced lunch
  • Or a recipient of CalWORKs / CalFresh benefits
To apply:
  1. Fill out the registration form and include Camp Guadalupe when doing so.
  2. Send an email to Lauren McCawley, GRPC Education Programs Associate, (lauren@grpg.org) the first and last name of the guardian so that the County is informed you are one of the scholarship applicants.
On Thursday at 8 pm, learn more about the outdoors with Veggielution, talking about compost, climate and community. Helping plants grow tall, strong and nourishing is a special kind of creativity. The Next Stage salutes the art of gardening with Cayce Hill, Emily Schwing and Rosa Maria Gordillo from Veggielution. Come learn more about this amazing nonprofit, which connects people from diverse backgrounds through food and farming to build community in East San Jose. FREE tickets here.
Other Essentials - SJPL's Free Summer Food Program
The San Jose Public Library's FREE summer food program has begun. Until August 13, seven SJPL branch libraries will provide a grab-n-go meal for children and teens (ages 2-18). Details.

Stop by any of these participating locations every Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm:
  • Album Rock Branch
  • Edenvale Branch
  • Educational Park Branch
  • Hillview Branch
  • Joyce Ellington Branch
  • Tully Branch
  • West Valley Branch
San Jose Love Stories - Thank You, Recovery Cafe San Jose

San Jose Love Stories feature acts of kindness by our community for our community. Thank you, Recovery Cafe San Jose, for hosting so many PRIDE events and providing PRIDE resources this month. Last week, they hosted a Pride Ride to visit LGBTQ-significant locations in downtown. 

This Thursday from 11 am - 2 pm, Recovery Cafe is hosting their very first PRIDE Health and Wellness Resource Fair! Get vaccinated while enjoying live entertainment, exercise classes and raffle prizes. You'll also get to learn more from participating community organizations. Free and open for all. 

Recovery Cafe is a healing community for those traumatized by homelessness, addiction and/or mental health challenges. Learn more about their mission here. If you would like to help write this love story, please consider volunteering with them or donating to their organization. 
Groundwerx's June Employee of the Month - James Fowler
The Groundwerx crew does so much to keep our downtown community clean and sanitized, including graffiti removal, providing safety escorts and trash removal. Congratulations to Groundwerx's June employee of the month, James Fowler!

Get to know James!
When did you join Groundwerx? What types of work did you do prior to joining Groundwerx?
"I joined Groundwerx on March 1, 2021. I previously worked as an associate technician and a glazier, where I was responsible for cutting, installing and removing glass panels."   

Where did you grow up?
"I was born and raised in San Jose, CA."

What do you love about your job?
"I love that fact that I get to exercise while working. I enjoy walking -- it makes me feel better."

What's your favorite restaurant or place downtown? 
"My favorite restaurant is the Old Spaghetti Factory in San Pedro Square." 

What is the difference between downtown now vs. non-pandemic times?
"The difference is that, now most restaurants are open. When I started here in March, everything was closed due to the pandemic."

What has changed since you started here?
"The biggest change that I noticed is that when I started here in March, there were very few people in downtown. Now there are a lot more people downtown."
This past month, James has...
  • Removed 24 graffiti tags
  • Cleaned 514 blocks
  • Cleaned 1064 public trash cans
And, in collaboration with PRNS, he provided supplemental service in St. James Park:
  • Removed 8 graffiti tags
  • Picked up 21 bags of trash from the park, totaling 525 pounds of trash
  • Serviced the parks public trash cans 226 times, removing a total of 5,650 pounds of trash
  • Cleaned 100 street furnitures
Thank you, James, for all that you do for downtown. 
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
Tonight, the Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose and San Jose Public Libraries presents ICA x SJPL Artist Mix featuring artist Amir H. Fallah and ICA representatives discussing Amir’s work through the lense of his selected films, literature and music. This Thursday, Original Gravity Public House presents A Celebration of Women in Beer, an event with female-run local pop-ups and beer from local female brewers with a portion of the profits going to the Bay Area chapter of Pink Boots Society. Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, or MACLA, has finally reopened with a new exhibit from Natalia Ancisco on display now through August 15. You can visit MACLA and check out the exhibit Friday through Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. or by appointment.
Keep up with Downtown San Jose with our weekly Downtowner Online and monthly Downtown Dimension e-newsletters.  Here's the June edition.
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