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It's a great summer with Starlight Cinemas, CityDance and Music in the Park!
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Downtowner Online: July 28 - Aug 3
Dear Downtown San Jose Supporters, 

Starlight Cinemas continues this week with "The Perfect Game." If you haven't heard, Music in the Park is back with J Boog! Get your tickets before they're all gone (VIP tickets are already sold out)! 

In this newsletter, you'll find:
We're all in this together. 
#DTSJ Reopenings & Upcoming Events
We can't wait for you to come back downtown again! Here's what else you can get excited for: Welcome back!
Starlight Cinemas - July 28, Aug. 4 & 11
The San Jose Downtown Association is back with Starlight Cinemas, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union. Get ready for free summer outdoor movies at dusk (about 8:45 p.m.) at St. James Park. We still have three events left!
This evening, sit back, relax and enjoy your snacks while "The Perfect Game" plays on the big screen. Catch the new Disney movie, "Raya and the Last Dragon" on Aug. 4. We'll close off the series Aug. 11 with a classic, the 1984 version of "The Karate Kid." 

Get excited for:
Grab food to-go from a downtown restaurant and arrive an hour before dusk for pre-movie fun and games. Park in the Third Street or Market & San Pedro garages. Parking is free for the first 90 minutes. ParkSJ.org
Get Your Tickets Now - Music in the Park - Aug. 27
Remember last summer when we held a Music in the Park Showdown on social media so you could vote for the top Music in the Park show EVER? Well, you voted, we listened and we're bringing him back. Get ready to vibe to Airfield's Music in the Park reggae legend J Boog on Aug. 27 at Plaza de Cesar Chavez! He was our 2019 show closer and we're excited to bring him back as this year's featured artist. We only have one show this season, and TICKETS ARE ON SALE! $25 general, $30 day of show. The popular VIP section is already sold out! See you there!

If you missed the 2019 showdown, check out the bracket below and follow J Boog to the championship! 
Coming Up - SJDA Public Meeting - Aug. 13

Please join SJDA's public meeting on Friday, Aug. 13 at 8:15 am.

In the midst of COVID-19 restrictions last year, the San Jose Downtown Association completed a short-term strategic plan that envisioned "getting to the other side of the pandemic" with new paths forward in the ensuing recovery. The Stabilization Plan surfaced a number of major recommendations for the organization and downtown that were endorsed by the SJDA and PBID Boards in August 2020.

Our August public meeting revisits the 2020 Stabilization Plan with a report on what we promised we would do, and what we actually did. Join the meeting and help hold us accountable as businesses, customers and patrons return to downtown. 

Register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

#DTSJ Job Openings - Apply Now!
With downtown businesses reopening with more capacity, they'll need more hands on deck. Here's who's hiring this week!  View SJDA's full virtual job board here.
Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market Open Fridays
The Downtown San Jose Farmers' Market, presented by Excite Credit Union in association with Kaiser Permanente, is 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. Catch U19 Jazz group on Aug. 6 & 13.
Santa Clara County is developing a local Voters' Rights Act to create a more inclusive county where all eligible voters are aware and informed of their rights and options to vote. The development of the local VRA involves a series of community engagement forums, one of which is at our Farmers' Market this Friday, July 30. You can receive more information about the local Voters’ Rights Act Tool Kit for Santa Clara County. 
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.
  • VTA plans to resume light rail service in August. Check VTA.org for updates. 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. Can't wait to see you at the Market for fresh food, fresh air and great vibes! 
#DTSJ Restaurants - Original Gravity's 9th Anniversary
This Saturday marks Original Gravity Public House's 9-year anniversary! Stop by for beers and to celebrate with the crew.  They'll have tons of special beer going on tap along with two collaboration can releases. Chill out while the DJ spins vinyls on the back patio, shop limited-edition merch and try Hooligan Smoke Club's incredible BBQ. 
Arts - GenARTS Artisan Market
GenARTS Silicon Valley hosts an Artisan Market this Sunday, Aug. 1 from 12 - 4 pm at Camino Brewing Company (718 S First St.). Drop by to browse and shop from a variety of amazing local vendors. You can also see the RPM: Revolutions Per Minute gallery, shop around, get food and listen to music by Analogue. Get your tickets to the Artisan Market and view genARTS' other events here
Reminder: Many of the virtual arts programs remain up on your favorite arts groups websites and are free to view. Check them out and binge watch. 

Ongoing:
  • SJMA's current exhibitions on view - Details
  • Opera San Jose Performances (streaming on-demand) - Details
  • Lights Up podcasts (new episode every Tuesday by City Lights) - Details
  • San Jose Jazz - 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 Wednesday - Sunday, three sessions per day, reservations required) - Details
  • Hammer Theatre's Livestream and On Demand events - Details
  • 3Below Movies - Details
Outdoor Activities - CityDance San Jose Returns! - Starts Aug. 6
In partnership with the San Jose Museum of Art, the Office of Cultural Affairs presents the return of CityDance San Jose. These three lively and FREE events will be on Aug. 6, Sept. 3, and Oct. 1 at the Circle of Palms from 6 - 9 pm. Guests will participate in an hour of instructor-led dance lessons followed by live music and dancing.

Grab a bite to eat and a drink at the Museum's El Cafecito by Mezcal, check out the new exhibits at the Museum (also free on first Fridays), and dance the night away! State COVID-19 protocols and guidelines will be in place to keep everyone safe while enjoying the event. Please bring a mask to enter the Museum.

Dance now. Think later. 
Other Essentials - National Night Out
On Tuesday, Aug. 3, join your neighbors throughout San Jose to celebrate National Night Out, a crime prevention event sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the San Jose Police Department.

More than 38 million neighbors from more than 16,000 communities across the nation will participate. This annual community-building campaign promotes police/community partnerships and neighborhood spirit to make our neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live.
National Night Out is designed to:
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships
  • Increase crime-prevention awareness
  • Generate support for and participation in local crime-prevention efforts
  • Build connections within the community and get to know your neighbors
Take part in this citywide effort by lighting up your street by turning on outside lights and spending the evening online with your community and local police department. You can expect an evening full of crime-prevention tips, community member messages, music, giveaways and fun! 
San Jose Love Stories - Thank You, Local Color
San Jose Love Stories feature acts of kindness by our community for our community.

Local Color is known for their commitment to supporting the resilient, passionate, artistic and vibrant communities of the South Bay. They recently launched a new fiscal sponsorship program called Local Commons. 
By building collective capacity through “commoning,” Local Commons connects people to resources and assists by being a reliable structure that elevates inspiring individuals and collectives.

Commons members will receive support from skilled individuals during the grant submission process and join a network of local creative professionals to fill roles in impactful community-driven projects.

Thank you, Local Color, for supporting and encouraging the arts in our community. Learn more about Local Commons here
Ashley's Picks
This Friday genARTS presents Revolutions Per Minute, a month-long event series at Camino Brewing Company. The opening night celebration will feature live vinyl DJ sets from Needle to the Groove, an exhibition of original artworks by local artists and food from Molly’s Catering. San Jose’s Dead Engine heads to the Art Boutiki this Saturday for a night of ‘70s-influenced, heavy-groove rock and roll music. The Art Boutiki is still offering two ways to enjoy the show - free online or in-person for $15. This Sunday, get ready for Silicon Valley Pride at SoFA Market’s Drag Brunch featuring DJ AyumiPlease and a "sick" lineup for local drag performers.
Downtown San Jose PBID Stakeholder Survey
Since 2007, the San Jose Downtown Association has managed the Downtown Property-Based Improvement District (PBID). The PBID collects an assessment on Downtown properties within a specific boundary to fund enhanced services, including the uniformed Groundwerx clean team and safety ambassadors, tree maintenance and flower planting, public art, business development assistance, and more. Through the PBID, property and business owners have had a role in helping to achieve the goal of a Downtown San Jose that is clean, safe, beautiful and vibrant. To learn more about the San Jose Downtown Association and the PBID, visit sjdowntown.com.

The PBID is reauthorized every 10 years. The current term expires in 2022, and as part of the reauthorization process, SJDA is seeking feedback on how it can continue to provide services that are of value to Downtown stakeholders. 

Please take about 5-10 minutes to complete this survey and join us in guiding the future of the Downtown San Jose PBID! Take the survey in English, Spanish or Vietnamese. Your input will be considered as plans are made to continue PBID services in Downtown San Jose.
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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