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Downtowner Online: Oct 7 - 13
Dear Downtown San Jose Supporters, 

Museums are cautiously announcing their reopenings, and virtual and social distanced events are planned for this month, so there's much to look forward to as we head deeper into the fall season. Also, stay tuned for a big release from Google about development on the west side of Downtown. We will share information on our social media as soon as it becomes available.

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. The traditional “State of the Downtown” address by Executive Director Scott Knies will kick off the meeting, followed by introducing the new SJDA Board members, a review of 2019-20 finances, and the “two-minute drill” recap of SJDA’s work by each of the association’s subcommittees over the past year. 

Businesses, please make it official:  Vote for SJDA’s Board of Directors for the 2020-2022 term by submitting your ballot online. We need 30 more votes.  It only takes about one minute and you become eligible for a drawing for one of three prize packages containing a $25 dining gift certificate and $10 in Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market “Carrot Cash.”

By registering, you will receive a link providing access to the Zoom webinar. The meeting will also be streamed live on Facebook. Email questions to
Register Now
Dine Downtown 2.0 in its second week
These are different times, but some of downtown's most beloved restaurants are in the mix along with some new participants in Dine Downtown 2.0, continuing for six weeks through Nov. 15. There's plenty of time to discover restaurants AND revisit old favorites, all making delicious food.

The Grill on the Alley joined this week, and entree selections include filet mignon pot pie, prosciutto-wrapped Alaskan halibut and heirloom tomato risotto -- all the artistry of Chef Brandy M. Monsada.  Oh, The Grill adds a drink pairing -- Pumpkin Pie a la Mode Martini.  Yes, please!

Mezcal has also joined up, with their Oaxacan entree choices pollo al horno, lemon pepper salmon and green vegan enchiladas.  With either tortilla soup or Caesar salad to start! Mexican vacation for an evening, anyone?  Four others:  71 Saint Peter Mediterranean Grill, Habana Cuba, Poor House Bistro, Farmers Union and Tiki Pete also have prix fixe menus.
If you'd rather go for chef's specials or food-and-drink pairings, try The Nest Asian Bistro, Paper Moon Cafe, Tiki Pete (Pete has all types of offers), MakiBQ, Voltaire Coffee House, Pastelaria Adega, Voyager Craft Coffee, Hawaiian Poke Bowl, Academic Coffee, District, Cubamex Sandwich Shop and Enoteca La Storia. Check out our Dine Downtown page to see who's open and who's offering specials.  We're looking for more participants, so we'll keep updating  the website, so check back often. Or, keep up with us on Facebook, Instagram and our website for updates. 
#dtsjopen - Children's Discovery Museum Reopening!
The Children's Discovery Museum reopens this Friday, Oct. 9, bringing back safe, family fun for you and your kids. Explore Bill’s Backyard, the museum’s new half-acre outdoor play space. Families and children can expect the same fun-filled experience that inspires creativity, curiosity, and laughter in a safe and comfortable environment with health protocols in place. Hear a special message from Executive Director Marilee Jennings. CDM is #dtsjopen!

So much more to look forward to.  Be sure to read the important information at the bottom of today's Downtown Online.
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. As we move into fall, pumpkins, persimmons, winter squash, pears, apples and pomegranates are harvested and available at the Market. Use these fall fruits and vegetables to decorate your tabletops, bake into tasty fall dessert or include in a salad. 
Until Nov. 6, kids can visit Potter the Otter at the Market's SJDA booth to claim a free grocery tote and Potter book while supplies last. Your child can earn $1 in Carrot Cash to spend on fresh produce by showing us a completed coloring sheet of our furry friend. Earn another $1 in Carrot Cash if you take the VTA downtown and show your valid VTA Light Rail or bus pass. Free parking at the Market and San Pedro Square Garage is available for the first 90 minutes of your shopping trip. See you there!
#DTSJ Restaurants - Oktoberfest at San Pedro Square Market
Oktoberfest is now happening at San Pedro Square Market! Stop by to celebrate good food, good friends and good beer. Try Pizza Bocca Lupo's Oktoberfest pizza with mozzarella cheese, sausage, sauerkraut and spicy honey mustard drizzle. Go to Loteria Taco Bar for fried pickles served with chipotle crema. Prost! 
Arts - Film & Music Festivals
Experience the joy of a live film festival, reinvented for an online experience. The Cinequest Film Festival, re-imagined as CINEJOY, runs through Oct. 14. You can now buy tickets to the Showcase, featuring 116 breathtaking films 24/7, globally, during CINEJOY.
Speaking of film, check out the online edition of the 11th annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival, a celebration of African film, music, food, art, fashion and culture, on Oct. 9-11. Chike Nwoffiah, founder of the festival, is an accomplished actor, theater director, filmmaker and supporter of San Jose arts. Now in its 11th year, the festival is transforming perceptions and giving Africans a chance to share their stories.
This Sunday, Oct. 11, the SoFA Fall Music Festival presents 15 LIVE bands on LIVE stages streamed into the comfort and safety of your home. Lineup includes Odd Numbers, Love District and Super Soul Bros plus 12 other local bands that will keep you rockin' on your SoFA.

Channel your inner creative using these Arts resources.
Up on the Roof with 3Below Theaters - Opens Oct. 8
3Below Theaters and SJDA are excited to announce Up on the Roof, a new outdoor movie series where you can join us up on the roof for dinner and a movie. Beginning Thursday, we have four weeks of meaningful movies lined up to feed the soul along with a menu of hot bites, cold treats and movie theater sweets for the full experience.

Opening night:  John Lewis: Good Trouble and Selma.  Friday:  Miss Representation and The Great American Lie.  Saturday:  Wall-E and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.  Sunday: I Am Not Your Negro and If Beale Street Could Talk. Tuesday:  The Farewell and Crazy Rich Asians. 

One showing per ticket. 40+ movies in all.  Hear are COVID-19 patron guidelines, FAQs for ticketing, and event descriptions. Use code ROOF at checkout and save $3 per seat. Movie schedule.
Outside Activities Indoors - Virtual VIP Valley Water Walk Tour
You can explore the outdoors without being outdoors. Join Valley Water this Friday, at 9:30 am (right after the SJDA Annual Meeting) for a Virtual VIP Water Walk Tour of their critical water infrastructure. This is an opportunity to engage the region's elected officials, their staff, and key advocacy stakeholders as you explore Valley Water’s facilities that are helping to provide safe, clean water to Santa Clara County’s businesses, residents, and our environment. 

The tour will feature virtual visits to Anderson Dam, the Pacheco Reservoir, the Downtown Guadalupe River Flood Protection Project and the cutting-edge Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center. Each tour stop will include a Q&A segment with subject matter experts and project managers. RSVP by end of day today.

Our Gym page has more at-home and in-person, outdoor, social-distanced workouts.
Other Essentials - Digital Literacy & Affordable Home Internet
To address the digital divide in our communities, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is providing eligible residents resources on affordable and low-cost home internet services. Prices are $10 to $20 per month, with the first two months free. PRNS's event Thursday at Mayfair Community Center will assist eligible residents with the application enrollment process. Interested residents can schedule an appointment by calling (408) 829-9855. No walk-ins. 

Residents who meet at least one of the following criteria are eligible for the Affordable Home Internet Service program:  
Child is enrolled in the National School Lunch Program; Receive CalFresh (food stamps) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Receive Medi-Cal; Have a Household Income Under $40,000/year.
City residents' survey:  Through Oct. 16, you can help shape the future of the city by completing this online survey
The survey includes questions about City services provided to residents, as well as the quality of life in San Jose in general. Share your feedback about many topics, including parks, roads, libraries and public safety. Please help shape the future of San Jose.
San Jose Love Stories - Drive-Thru Food Distribution
San Jose Love Stories highlight acts of kindness by our community for our community. 

For those in need of food, the drive-thru food distribution in East San Jose hosted by School of Arts & Culture in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank hands out food every first and third Monday of the month from 10 am to noon. Registrations will take place in the King Road parking lot. After registration, food pickup will be at the Alum Rock Avenue parking lot. 

Although we're social distancing, we stay strong together. 
Ashley's Picks
This is a big week in the reopening of #DTSJ. Dine Downtown is back through Nov. 15 and provides multiple ways to support and reconnect with your favorite #DTSJ eateries. Get a quick breakfast from Academic Coffee by pairing a warm buttery croissant with your choice of espresso, Americano, drip coffee or cold brew. Yum! 3Below Theaters kicks off a dinner-and-a-movie initiative ‘Up on the Roof’ this Thursday featuring a meal from their cafe and a selection of movies screened on the rooftop of the Second & San Carlos Street parking garage. Up on the Roof will continue Tuesday through Sunday in the evenings during the month of October. Experience CINEQUEST's Cinejoy, films and commentary from directors, stars and producers from your living room, through Oct. 14. And this Sunday, SoFA Music Festival will once again bring live music to your home with virtual performances from local acts filmed at local venues.
So Much More to Look Forward to...
We have a couple of big things to look forward to these next few days and weeks:
Moving on up to the Orange Tier:  On Monday, Santa Clara County health officials announced our county is expected to advance up to Orange tier (moderate risk) by the State of California on Oct. 13.  If so, restaurants may start serving INDOORS at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer; and churches and other social gatherings may be able to hold indoor services at 25% capacity, or 100 people, whichever is fewer, STARTING OCT. 14. 

This chart shows how Orange differs from Red, Purple and Yellow tiers.
Good news, indeed, but with caution.  Supervisors Cindy Chavez, Susan Ellenberg, and Dave Cortese all commented that this is a milestone in the progress toward opening everything back up, but now taking the proper precautions is more important than ever.  The more open we are, the more at-risk we become.  Any misstep that causes us to go backward would be a major setback.
A city within the city:  Second, stay tuned for Google to share more of its plans this week on the 80 acres it owns on the west side of downtown. Expect to see a proposed development the likes of which San Jose has never been seen before -- a true city within the city, a central social place with an incredible mix of uses and open space -- you get the idea.  No pressure!   
Events making comebacks, too:  A number of Downtown events and reopenings have been announced.  Get ready for:
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