Archive for the ‘Benefit’ Category

Tied House donating event proceeds to San Bruno victims

I haven’t been able to get a ton of details but the Tied House brewery in Mountain View has announced on Twitter that proceeds from their monthly firkin tapping event will be donated to organizations assisting victims of the San Bruno explosion and fire. Slightly more details are available here and here. The event is tonight from 5 pm to 11 pm.

Hat tip to Better Beer Blog for this story.

Talented Local Chef Cooks for a Cause

Out at Veggielution Community Farm yesterday, classically trained (New York Culinary Institute of America) Chef Joseph Gaudet prepared a delicious and satisfying lunch to promote the Bounty of Hearts Delight Banquet, Veggielution’s annual fundraising dinner. Veggielution Community Farm began when two San Jose State students offered to establish organic vegetable gardens in local backyards in exchange for a place to grow vegetables. The project grew to what is now a large farm that produces around 800 pounds of produce a week (much of which is donated to local charities) and has as many as 80 volunteers come out to help on community workdays. Veggielution has always been about teaching (and learning from) the community and they now sponsor workshops, youth programs, internships, family days and cooking/nutrition classes for moms. Chef Gaudet gave us a sneak peak of the kinds of dishes that will be part of the banquet. We had his version of the BLT which was crispy, golden strips of pork belly and tempura green tomatoes wrapped in fresh lettuce leaves.

He also served a rich, creamy gumbo with influences from many cultures.

For dessert we enjoyed fresh picked Sugar Baby and Stars and Stripes watermelons.

Mark with watermelons right out of the field

The Bounty of Hearts Delight banquet will begin with appetizers (and a tour) at the farm and proceed to beautiful Eulipia Restaurant in downtown San Jose. To see the menu for the banquet you can go here.

How to Lose 20,000 Pounds in Eight Hours

On Saturday, August 7, the folks at 4others would like us to join them for a one-day food drive benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Their goal is to collect 20,000 pounds of food benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank.

To view a list of participating grocery stores (Santa Clara County) click here, and then get that extra weight out of your kitchen.

Saturday, August 7, 2010
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

4others on facebook

Help Kids Win $25,000 Worth of Computer Equipment.

AchieveKids Special Needs School

The great kids at AchieveKids, a local special needs school, need your support. They made the top ten in the nationwide Dell “Connect Your Classroom” contest. Now the finalists are in a vote-by-click competition.

Unlike many children, the special needs students do not have large networks of online friends to help them. So they need your support.

Help the kids win $25,000 worth of computer equipment.

Located in Palo Alto and East San Jose, AchieveKids serves children, aged 5 to 22, with emotional and/or developmental disabilities including mental retardation, autism, mood, disruptive behavior, anxiety, and psychotic disorders.

AchieveKids on facebook

All they ask is a click a day for the next 8 days! See Video and Please Vote Here

Food 4others Drive

The second Food 4others Drive benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank will take place on Saturday, August 7th.

The food bank serves 236,500 people every month. One in four people in our own county are at risk for hunger. The Food 4others Drive will conduct a one-day city-wide food drive. The goal is to collect 20,000 pounds of food in just eight hours.

Can you help? Volunteers are needed to pass out fliers to interested incoming customers and help receive donations at participating grocery stores. Donations can be dropped into the barrels located on site. All of the resources – fliers, poster, name tags, barrels, etc. will be provided for volunteers.

This event will take place from 9 AM to 5 PM on 8/7/2010

Together we can make a difference in our community!

Please let April know if you can volunteer during this time. She will give you all the details.

April Hunt

(408) 717-1488

Food 4others

facebook ~ Food 4others

Badwater for Good Water Walk

Check back with San Jose Metblogs for a list of participating grocery stores taking donations on Aug. 7th.

Pancakes for Charity, at “Hot San Jose Nights”

The Willow Glen Lions Club will be serving up pancakes at this coming weekend’s Hot San Jose Nights event – held in “Rodder’s Park” at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. All proceeds from pancake breakfast sales go to scholarships for children at Diabetes Society camp this summer. The Willow Glen Lions will also be collecting eyeglasses to be recycled – given to needy people at no charge.

Pancakes will be served July 10 & 11, 2010 Saturday & Sunday, 8-11 AM
Hot San Jose Nights just isn’t another car show, it is an event for the whole family

Entry: $10.00 or Lions Special Breakfast and Entry: $18.00
Contact Robert Cortez for group pre-purchase discount, Email:
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds 344 Tully Rd., San Jose, CA 95111

The Lions practiced cooking eggs, bacon, sausage, and pancakes at last night’s meeting – it was good!

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Hot San Jose Nights Event Highlights:

The Hot Rods Band, Joe Sharino Band, Elvis impersonator Rick Torres, Go Karts, Car Club Areas, Schoeppner Shows Carnival!, Nigel & Clive and the British Invasion, Bizzarro’s Collector Car Auction, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford Charity, CASINO, VendoRama indoors and outdoors!, Cruise to the Drive-In with actress Candy Clark from our featured movie AMERICAN GRAFFITI!, Swap Meet at the Fairgrounds

Images Copyright 2010 by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher

Stop the Gush: June 29th

There’s no question that the Gulf oil spill is affecting everyone across the nation in some way or another. But how can we help, we’re all the way out here in little ole San Jose? Well, if you can’t make it out to the Gulf to volunteer in person, there are plenty of ways to pitch in from right here at home; donations, make oil booms, support local groups sending funds and supplies, etc.

One of those many ways is by attending Stop the Gush, “a benefit concert to raise money for families affected by the Gulf oil spill and for advocacy in support of renewable energy” on June 29th at the Theatre on San Pedro Square.

The concert will feature two Bay Area independent bands, Careless Hearts and Tin Cat.

Proceeds from the concert will be donated to Global Green USA to help document the impact of the oil spill on the lives and livelihood of Louisiana fishermen and their families and to the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, BACC, for advancing clean energy solutions including electric vehicles.

Tickets are just $20 via Brown Paper Tickets or $25 at the door. However, seating is very limited so be sure to purchase your tickets soon!

Stop The Gush
Featuring bands Careless Hearts and Tin Cat
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St.
Tickets: $20/online, $25 at the door

Another boring Friday night? Do good and have fun at SLG!


You’ve already seen the newest movies, or you don’t care to see them, and nothing else seems just right for tonight? Why not make the short trip to downtown San Jose and visit SLG Publishing’s Art Boutiki and Gallery for great local live music, a potluck, awesome art, and of course some comics!

I checked out SLG last week for South First Fridays and had an amazing time, so I know tonight has to be just as much fun, if not more!

Tonight’s show is a benefit for the Perry family who are mourning the loss of both Ken Klein, a drug and alcohol counselor, and his girlfriend Jeri Perry. Jeri leaves her son Jason, a high school senior and local music supporter. The couple were struck by a drunk driver going around 100mph last month in Fresno. Just hours prior to the unfortunate accident, Ken had been helping out with a DUI program. All funds raised will go to Jason Perry and his family, and to help raise awareness of the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

The show starts NOW so make your way down there, or let a friend who’s downtown know where to go – SLG Artboutiki and Gallery is located at 577 South Market Street, San Jose.

Superhero Saturday Skating Party

Superhero Costume Contest and Raffle

For only $15 masked and caped crusaders can gain admission to ‘San Jose Skate’, get skates, a raffle ticket*, and give a donation for Aids & Cancer while dressed up as a superhero, villain, or comic book character.

Saturday May 8, 2010
San Jose Skate
397 Blossom Hill Rd
San Jose, CA 95123

Best Costume Contest

*Raffle Prizes: 2-for-1 San Jose Skate admission, Super gift baskets, restaurant gift cards, gas gift cards, and…

Happy 50th Birthday Tim!

I have been working as the Summer Camp Registrar for the Diabetes Society on Lincoln Avenue in Willow Glen. A few days ago, someone came back to my cubie to say that a woman was at the reception desk wanting to register some kids for camp. When I walked up, Donna Miller introduced herself and handed me two camp registration forms plus an envelope full of checks. She explained that in her family the birthday boy collects donation checks instead of presents. It was Tim Miller’s 50th Birthday recently and he wanted his gift to go to the Diabetes Society. The envelope contained eight checks totaling $575! What a generous and charming way to celebrate a big birthday!

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Photos Copyright 2010 Katy Dickinson

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