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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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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

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

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

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

Diabetes Society Camps Filling Up Fast

The Diabetes Society in Willow Glen is offering a great variety of educational and fun camping programs for Summer 2010 for kids, teens, and families living with type 1 diabetes. Because the Diabetes Society recently went through a fiscal restructuring, fewer camps are being offered; however, available camping dates and locations are filling up fast. For more information, check out the Diabetes Society web site.

Since 1963, the Diabetes Society has been providing public education and one-on-one consultations to individuals with diabetes. The Diabetes Society (1165 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 300, San Jose, CA 95125)  is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization with no regional, state, or national affiliations. Its operations are funded through donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, service clubs, special events, fees for service, and membership dues.

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Photos Copyright 2008 Diabetes Society

Two Auctions

Every year, I attend two charity fund raising auctions: the Via Ball which benefits Via Services, and the SAMA Middle Eastern Feast and Auction, sponsored by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Saratoga, benefiting medical relief programs in Haiti, the Holy Land, and Africa.

Via is most famous for the year-round Camp Costanoan, a residential, outdoor education, recreation and learning center for children and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities and special needs. Via was established in 1945 as the Crippled Children’s Society of Santa Clara County. This year was the 15th Annual Via Ball: a grand event held at Villa Ragusa in Campbell. People with big hearts and Silicon Valley celebrities with big wallets dress up fancy to bid at the auction, have executive chefs and master sommeliers compete for their attention, and dance after dinner. Top auction bids go to Felicia Horowitz’s annual hand-made mosaic quilt, which this year was an amazing 7,000+ piece tribute to Van Gogh’s sunflowers and by itself raised over $10,000. At this year’s Via Ball, my husband John and I bought forty pounds of dried figs (split with another family who were also bidding), our table’s flower centerpiece, and some gift certificates. I get many of my ideas for how to improve the SAMA auction from going to the Via Ball.

SAMA has been holding its annual dinner for 11 years but SAMA’s auction fundraiser is only three years old. Our SAMA committee is entirely made up of volunteers and the event is held in the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School hall. SAMA uses the same auction management software as does the Via Ball – see my 2008 review of Auction! for details. SAMA’s 2010 Middle Eastern Feast was prepared by Nina Amireh, Lucy Asfour, and Andrew Bate plus an energetic crew of volunteers from St. Andrew’s youth group. Entertainment was provided by Gregangelo and Velocity Arts and Entertainment, a whirling dervish.

Each year, the most popular SAMA auction items are in the food and wine category, with the Willow Glen Caboose Brunch and Nina’s “Middle Eastern Dinner for 8” getting top bids in 2010. The Robert Lewis oil painting “New Vineyard, Old Manor” raised the most money of any single auction item. Our family bought a silver dish, a set of Bart Ehrman’s New Testament Lectures on CD, plus an inlaid mosaic frame and chessboard made by Izzat Ashkar of Syria. The entire SAMA auction raised just a few thousand dollars more than Felicia Horowitz’s quilt. SAMA supports programs such as The Four Homes of Mercy, a refuge for the severely disabled based in Jerusalem.

Via Ball

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SAMA Auction and Middle Eastern Feast

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Images Copyright 2010 by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher

Auction – Whirling Dervish – Middle Eastern Feast

Historic Caboose (WP668) Photo copyright 2009 Katy Dickinson

The committee at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is working hard to prepare for the annual SAMA (St. Andrew’s Medical Assistance) Dinner and Auction.

SAMA is supporting medical relief in Haiti, a hospital in Namibia, a hospital for the severely disabled
in Palestine, and a clinic for children with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe.

You are invited to attend SAMA’s dinner and auction, featuring entertainment by
Gregangelo, Whirling Dervish. Wow!

Middle Eastern Feast, Live Auction, and Silent Auction
Tickets are $35/person or $100/family
Sunday, February 28, 2010 @ 5 PM
St. Andrew’s Hall, 13601 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga, California
Childcare or transportation provided on request.
Call: 408-867-3493 or 408-252-5211

Two of the items up for auction are caboose brunches
The historic caboose (WP668) located at a private home in Willow Glen.
– by John Plocher – Brunch for six in a private 1916 historic railroad caboose (Western Pacific Feather River Railway WP668)

Other Auction Items (partial list)
* New Vineyard, Old Manor
– Plein Air Oil Painting on Canvas by well known Pacific Grove artist, Robert Lewis

* Wine – 1994 Treasure
– Martini Family wine collection – Vineyard Selection Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Monte Rosso Vineyard Heritage Collection.

*Wine – 1994 Treasure
– Martini Family wine collection – Russian River Valley Reserve Merlot.

*Rabbit Etching
– Original delicate and realistic red and white etching of rabbits by famous San Francisco artist Eleanor Creekmore Dickinson. 1983. 7-3/4″ x 5-3/4″. Etching 12 of 20. Signed and Framed.

SAMA exists to provide hope and healing to a hurting world.
In 2010, SAMA sent funds for medical relief in Haiti.
SAMA also supports health programs in Africa.
Medical Programs SAMA has supported long-term in the Holy Land include:
Ahli Arab Hospital (the only Christian hospital in Gaza)

Help Haiti: Use iTunes to Donate!

Donate Now!

Donate Now!

I was on iTunes getting ready to download a movie, when in the background the TV news announced that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donated $1 million to help with the devastation in Haiti. So, I thought, what am I waiting for? I was about to do a Google search for the Red Cross, when I noticed that iTunes was one step ahead of me. All I had to do was click on “Haiti Earthquake Relief Donate Here”.

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Contreras Family Fundraiser

Mi Pueblo Food Center at Capital Square

Mi Pueblo Food Center at Capital Square

The young 12-year-old son of Yesenia and Samuel Contreras was shot in the head Halloween night. It is difficult to imagine the emotional agony his parents have been suffering. Mathson Middle School Principal, Orlando Ramos, agrees with me that it is a miracle that their son is alert and responsive.

Now the residents of San Jose can lend the Contreras family a hand. The Alum Rock School District is inviting the community to the parking lot of the Mi Pueblo Food Center at Capital Square. While enjoying the sounds of a student mariachi band the public can show their support by donating checks.

Mi Pueblo Food Center at Capital Square
320 N. Capitol Ave.
Saturday, December, 19

Checks may also be sent to The San Jose Police Officers Association:

1151 N. Fourth St.
San Jose, CA 95112

Or to: The San Jose POA

Second Harvest Donation in Willow Glen



Mr. Ray and a colleague are hosting a one-night event to gather food for Second Harvest.
The event will be held at the Grapevine in Willow Glen.

Bring at least 4 food items and receive a complimentary glass of wine!!

Tuesday, December 15th from 6-8PM
1389 Lincoln Ave

Most needed items are:

Meals in a can – stew, chili, or soup
Tuna/canned meat
Peanut butter
Canned foods with pop-top lids
Low sugar cereals
100% fruit juices in single serving boxes
Canned fruit packed in its own juice
Low salt canned vegetables.

Please do not donate items packaged in glass or bulk quantities of rice, flour, or sugar.

Toll Free Donor Hotline: (866) 234-3663
General donations, drive questions, and credit card gifts by phone

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