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3Below movies, salsa dancing, and Flames Eatery spice up your week! 
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Downtowner Online: April 7 - 13
Dear Downtown San Jose Supporters, 

Enjoy movies on the big screen again at 3Below's Oscar Film Fest. WeCreate408's online creativity challenge is ongoing throughout this month. Remember to keep up with them on social media to participate in the daily challenges. 

Please register for our public meeting this Friday, April 9 at 8:15 am.

In this newsletter, you'll find:
We're all in this together. 
Friday, April 9, 8:15 am - SJDA Public Meeting
SJDA's public meeting is this Friday, April 9 at 8:15 a.m. via Zoom.  The agenda includes a review of the Downtown West development agreement with Google followed by guest speaker Zulma Maciel, director of the city's Office of Racial Equity. Register here.

Read more about Google's Downtown West plan, which includes a $200 million fund for community benefits.
#DTSJ Restaurants - SeeFood x Flames Eatery
Flames Eatery and Bar has been a part of Downtown San Jose for a long time. SeeFood, an app that improves the dining experience with visual menus, featured them in their latest video. Take a look to see why they're a San Jose favorite. Flames has everything from classic breakfasts to steaks to pizza. With a great atmosphere, delicious food and lots of downtown San Jose history, make Flames Eatery your next dining experience! Watch SeeFood's full 1-minute video and hear some special words from their owner Hassan.
Arts - 3Below Movies Return
The time has finally come! 3Below movies return to the big screen. 3Below curated a schedule of the best in new independent film, documentaries and foreign film for you.

For starters, join 3Below's Oscar Film Fest, which runs until April 25. Catch the films that received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Documentary, Best International Feature, Best Shorts and more on 3Below's big screen.  Enjoy the best films utilizing the full cinematic experience. 

Complete the experience with hot bites, small plates, skewers and cool sweets and treats from the newly renovated 3Below Cafe in the lobby.
More locally produced virtual and in-person entertainment:
  • Always:  Lights Up podcasts (new episode every Tuesday by City Lights) - Details
  • Always: Live From Home jazz past and live (7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays) experiences from San Jose Jazz and local artists - Details
  • Always: Anno Domini's Black Dagger Tattoo Arts Group Exhibition (open Fridays 5 - 9 pm and Saturdays noon - 5 pm) - Details
  • Always: San Jose Museum of Art (open Friday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm) - Details
  • Always: San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (free, appointments recommended) - Details
  • Always: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles - Virtual Museum from Home - Details
  • Wed., April 7 | 11 am: SJMQT's Textile Talks: Quilt History Projects That Hit Home - Presented by Quilt Alliance - Register
  • Always: KALEID Gallery (open Fridays 5 pm - 9 pm and Saturdays 12 pm - 5 pm or by appointment) - Details
  • Always: Works San Jose Online Exhibits - Details
  • Always: Children's Discovery Museum (open Friday - Sunday, reservations required) - Details
  • Through April: WeCreate408 Online Creativity Challenge - Details
  • Always: Hammer Theatre's Livestream and On Demand events - Details
  • Thur., April 8 | 7 pm: Content Magazine: Fast Forward (live streamed from the Hammer Theatre) - Details
The San Jose Downtown Foundation is looking for Board Members. Are you connected in downtown San Jose and interested in supporting the arts in a valuable way? Do you want to be involved in enhancing the cultural, aesthetic and educational environment downtown through our Downtown Doors program? We are looking for locals who want to help connect the foundation with companies and organizations to support our beautification programs. Contact Donna Butcher, dbutcher@sjdowntown.com if interested.
Physical Activities - WeCreate408 Kick-Off - Salsa Dance Lesson
#WeCreate408 is an online creativity challenge taking place throughout this month. Each day, you'll receive a new creativity challenge and share your answers on social media. This Thursday, April 8, join #WeCreate408's kick-off event! Although we couldn't have CityDance this past year, one of the most requested CityDance instructors, Sandy Chao, is back to lead a virtual salsa dance lesson. If you are a beginner or even an experienced salsero, sharpen up your footwork skills and get ready for San Jose CityDance to return in the fall! Details.
Other Essentials - SPUR Digital Discourse

Downtowns and central business districts are the economic lifeblood of cities, but COVID-19 hurt retail, restaurant and service sector businesses that relied on offices and tourism. One year later, many of those closures may have become permanent. The question is whether this damage is irreparable, or whether these places are resilient enough to rebound. This Wednesday at 5 pm, in the first discussion of SPUR's new three-part series, you will examine the current health of downtowns from around the country and explore the complex factors that they will face along their path to recovery. Free for SPUR members. $10 for non-members. Register here.

Speaking of businesses that rely on tourism and a bustling downtown community, let's talk about our MOMENT shops. In 2015, Knight invested in San Jose Downtown Association to study and implement options to transform the ground floor of the San Pedro Square parking garage in San Jose. That’s when MOMENT was born. Learn more below how this public space has helped build a more inclusive, resilient community that puts people first. Read this article by Chris Thompson, Knight program director for San Jose.

San Jose Love Stories - Thank You, Sharks Foundation & SAP
San Jose Love Stories highlight acts of kindness by our community for our community.

The Sharks Foundation and SAP have partnered to provide a $50,000 Community Assist Grant to sponsor the African American Community Service Agency's (AACSA) CARES COVID-19 Relief Program, a bi-weekly food and essential item distribution initiative aimed at preventing food scarcity, homelessness and emotional instability.

"AACSA CARES was birthed out of the pandemic to meet the needs of the community and make sure that we fill every void by informing the community with accurate information pertaining to COVID-19 and the vaccine, while providing food and much needed resources," said Milan Balinton, Executive Director of the African American Community Service Agency. 

"The Sharks are honored to stand alongside our partners at SAP in support of AACSA and the important and impactful work they do," said Heather Hooper, Director of Community Relations & the Sharks Foundation.

AACSA CARES occurs on the first and third Fridays of every month and provides clients with emergency boxes full of nutritious food and essential supplies, such as toiletries, disinfectants, hand sanitizers and PPE. AACSA CARES expects to annually serve 15,000 low-income African American, Latinx and other underserved individuals in Santa Clara County, with a focus on San Jose. The $50,000 grant from the Sharks Foundation and SAP will directly impact more than 4,000 lives.  


To learn more about how the Sharks Foundation is helping underserved youth and families in need in the community, please visit the Sharks Foundation's website.
Ashley's Picks
The San Jose Public Library celebrates #NationalLibraryWeek this week. This year’s theme, “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that the library is more than just a building with books. We celebrate with SJPL and applaud their efforts to bring the library into people’s homes during shelter in place. SoFA District is coming back to life as shelter-in-place restrictions continue to ease. SoFA Market, Haberdasher and the new gastro-lounge Good Spot are open for food and drinks and the ICA San Jose has started welcoming back guests for reserved exhibit viewings.
Keep up with Downtown San Jose with our weekly Downtowner Online and monthly Downtown Dimension e-newsletters.  Here's the March edition.
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