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“Valor with Honor” and a Day of Remembrance Japantown San Jose

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team (第442連隊戦闘団) was a group of Japanese Americans who volunteered to fight along with the U.S. Army during WWII.

For it’s size, (3,500 men) the team was the most highly decorated American unit in WWII. Senator Daniel Inouye was a member of the 442nd.

The documentary, 442nd “Valor with Honor” will screen this Sunday at the Wesley Methodist Church

Note: Please use street parking to save spaces in the church/museum lots for seniors.

RSVP to or

Call (408) 294-3138 or (408) 867-4525

Sunday – February 19th, 2012
Wesley Methodist Church

566 North 5th Street San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 295-0367

2 pm – 4 pm

Free and open to the public.

Q&A after screening. DVDs for purchase.
442nd “Valor with Honor” Documentary Trailer

Executive Order 9066: On February 19 of 1942 President Roosevelt gave the military power which led to the internment of Japanese Americans.

The 32nd Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance “Civil Liberties Under Siege” is an event aimed at reflecting on the past and the importance of building trust between our diverse groups in San Jose.

Speakers include Karen Korematsu and Zahra Billoo, Also, enjoy a performance by San Jose Taiko. Join in with the candlelight procession through historic Japantown.

Sunday – February 19, 2012
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 N. Fifth Street
San Jose CA 95112

Free and open to the public. 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Stamp Out Hunger Letter Carriers Food Drive 2011

This Saturday, May 14, Stamp Out Hunger Letter Carriers Food Drive is in its 19th year to combat hunger and the largest single-day food drive for food banks in the Bay Area.

This food drive raises food to help Bay Area Food Banks ready themselves for summer, when emergency food requests increase dramatically.

Residents, who wish to participate, place a bag of non-perishable food items like canned tuna, peanut butter, soup, canned vegetables and fruits, dry beans and pasta, rice or cereal by their mailbox before mail delivery on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Letter carriers will collect the donations and deliver them to local food banks, then distributed to hungry people in the community.

Food bags also accepted at your local post office.

In Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, the food will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Other Bay Area food banks include:

San Francisco Food Bank

Alameda County Community Food Bank

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

Willow Glen Lions Mixer at Chase Bank

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The Willow Glen Lions Club held its 2nd annual mixer, generously hosted by Chase Bank on Lincoln Avenue at Minnesota. Our service club was chartered just over a year ago but we have gotten quite a lot done in a short time.  Lions enjoyed meeting potential new club members who also want to give back to their community. We were all impressed when one of the bank managers ate a hot pepper from the snack tray in exchange for a $40 donation to Lions charities.

The bank building still displays its murals inside and sculptures and mosaics outside, despite recently changing hands. I wonder who the artist was? I was glad to see the murals in detail.

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Images Copyright 2010 by Katy Dickinson

San Jose Fire Department Open House Oct 9 & 17

Select San Jose Fire Department stations will have open house on October 9 and 17, 2010 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

These open houses are an opportunity for the public to meet their local firefighters, to ask questions and pick up educational materials. The San Jose Fire Department not only provides information on fire safety, they provide information covering other emergencies along with child safety. Kids will receive stickers and can have their picture taken next to a fire engine.

This is a rare opportunity to interact with the fire department as budget cuts have eliminated some community outreach activities including station tours, along with fire safety and prevention presentations.

If you are unable to attend or are interested in addition education materials, you will find these online here. Information includes Child Car Seat Safety, Senior Fire and Fall Prevention, Senior Earthquake Preparedness, various Emergency Safety Tips (power outage, earthquake, etc.), Fire Safety – how to get your family safely out of the house in case of a fire, information about the installation and care of Smoke Detectors, Safe Surrender Baby Law, and other important information.

Visit your local fire station on the date indicated (some stations open both days):

October 9, 2010 –

98 Martha Street, 95112
800 Emory Street, 95126
3410 Ross Avenue, 95124
1201 San Tomas Aquino Road, 95117
2001 South King Road, 95122
4430 South Monterey Road, 95111
6461 Bose Lane, 95120
1771 Via Cinco de Mayo, 95132
1525 Wilson Way, 95002
3100 Ruby Avenue, 95135

October 17, 2010 –

1386 Cherry Avenue, 95125
800 Emory Street, 95126
1248 Blaney Avenue, 95129
2001 South King Road, 95122
5170 Coniston Way, 95118
1771 Via Cinco de Mayo, 95132
1525 Wilson Way, 95002
454 Auzerais, 95126
3100 Ruby Avenue, 95135
135 Poughkeepsie Road, 95123

Julian Street opens to two-way traffic

Julian Street near downtown San Jose has been converted to two-way traffic after decades as a high-speed one-way thoroughfare. Neighbors who’ve been working to make this change happen hope that calmer traffic on the street will contribute to a safer and more pleasant experience for people living on the street, and even encourage homeowners to live in their Julian Street houses rather than rent them out.

Neighborhood activists had been trying to make this happen for a long time, but what catalyzed it was the San Jose Strong Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI), begun 8 or 10 years ago to revitalize the city’s most neglected neighborhoods. When the Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) for the 13th Street SNI area first met, they established a top-10 list of improvements that would bootstrap the neighborhood out of its cycle of neglect. Number one was to convert high-speed one-way streets to pedestrian-friendly two-way streets. Portions of Third and Fourth Streets have already been converted, and today’s opening marks more or less the half-way point in converting the Julian / Saint James “couplet” to neighborhood-friendly streets. After Saint James, only Tenth and Eleventh Streets remain to be converted.

The SNI and the 13th Street NAC are currently implementing deep cuts due to the financial crisis at City Hall. I’m hopeful that despite that, we will see a few more successes like this conversion on Julian Street over the next couple of years.

Zombie-O-Rama II Infects San Jose

Feeling sluggish from this incredible heat? Maybe school just started or the work week is killing you. Have friends been saying you just don’t look like yourself lately? Come join the rest of us tomorrow night in downtown San Jose for an all-out Zombie-fest.

Zombie walks have been occurring for at least a decade in cities across the world, but come join San Jose in it’s second annual Zombie-O-Rama this Wednesday, August 25th. Bring the whole family out to SLG Art Boutiki in the SoFA district of downtown as early as noon and get decked out in almost-too-creepy-that-kinda-looks-real makeup (artists charging $5 with prices increasing with oozy-gooziness) or get your pre-Halloween juices flowing and arrive already infected from head to toe. I hear you will also be able to purchase awesome Zombie-O-Rama ’10 tshirts at SLG, so make sure you check the place out regardless!

The crawl will make it’s way across the street to Gore Park and officially begins at 5pm. This is when the fun really starts. Hundreds (to thousands – the Facebook event currently has 785 attending with tons more unanswered, and apparently some zombies still don’t use Facebook) of ‘zombies’ will hit the streets. The undead will make a giant loop around downtown (see the super informative map), which to unsuspecting, will be some sight to see. There is also said to be various events set up around the route designed just for the most zealous zombie.

I know a lot of people are excited about this night as a Zombie-Bar-Crawl. Many local bars and businesses will be offering deals such as happy hour prices or special creepy drinks to Zombies; and it’s a lot of fun to see/be a zombie moan and groan into a bar, make it onto their seat and throw back a drink before returning to the masses.

The terrible tour of downtown will meet up again at Gore Park at First/William for a frightful fashion show and then a free outdoor showing of Zombieland thanks to Starlight Cinemas. The film is rated R so parents should use discretion with the kiddies, but it is a creepy-comedy that shouldn’t be missed for the adults.

But wait, there’s more! Zombie-O-Rama has once again teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank to promote the undead donating their canned foods to the living. Last year nearly 2,000 pounds of food was donated so let’s try to out-donate and out-zombie the past making San Jose’s Zombie Crawl a positive sign of the times. Cans will be accepted at both Gore Park and SLG, which by the way is located at 577 S. Market Street.

I recommend getting together; carpooling, making a little ‘bike party’ of your own into town, or crawl onto VTA and zombify the rest of San Jose!

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

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Master Gardeners – They’re here for us!

Who needs University of California Extension Service Master Gardeners? Just about everyone. Whether you have a single house plant or a vast fruit orchard, Master Gardeners are the perfect resource for gardeners. In addition to their newsletters and hotlines, they present free community workshops around Santa Clara County. I have attended three of them so far: Organic, Sustainable Gardening, Canning and Preserving and Growing and Using Herbs. I have been gardening for about 50 years and still, every time I attend a workshop I am amazed at how much I have to learn about gardening. Last weekend I attended an herb workshop given by Sharon McCray. She has been teaching gardening for eighteen years and has 12,000 hours as a volunteer Master Gardener. Among other things, she taught us how to start herb cuttings in mini greenhouses made from plastic bags. Their next workshop is Friday, August 6 at 7:00 P.M. at Evergreen Library. The focus of the workshop is Cool Season Vegetable Gardening.

More Meatballs

In case you missed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs a couple of weeks ago at Muni Stadium, there’s another chance to see it free under the stars tomorrow night. The 13th Street Neighborhood Advisory Committee will show the film Tuesday, August 3rd, at Backesto Park, near the corner of 15th and Jackson Streets in San Jose. The event starts at 6 p.m., with free hot dogs, chips, and soda for the first 500 people. Film time will be around 8:30.

The show is part of National Night Out, an annual event meant to bring out communities to meet their local police departments and participate in public safety. Other neighborhoods around town will be having a variety of National Night Out events, so keep your eyes open, and consider dropping by.

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