Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Water-wise Wednesday Triple Tip

There are three very relevant water-wise meetings happening in San Jose this week.

Drought Tolerant Landscaping
Tonight, 6:30-8:00 pm
San Jose Public Library, West Valley Branch, 1243 San Tomas Aquino Road, San Jose

This year’s drought has left us all a little more conscientious about the amount of water we use.  Now that fall is upon us, it is the perfect time to re-think your landscaping to reduce the amount of water you use.  Join Master Gardener Lisa Strand as she talks through steps you can take now to make your landscape more drought-friendly.  She’ll cover which California natives and other low-water plants grow well in our area, and teach you how to get them successfully established. She’ll also discuss how to convert your lawn into a beautiful water and wildlife-friendly garden.  

Waterwise Gardening: California Native Plants for Year Round Color!
Saturday, October 15, 10:30-11:30 am
Bascom Branch Library, 1000 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose

Join Master Gardener Rebecca Schoenenberger as she teaches you how to save water, time and money without sacrificing beauty in your garden. Learn which California native plants will provide year-round color and thrive in your garden. Plant list will be distributed to all participants. We will also cover 'how-to' do the project. She will share her experience designing, installing and maintaining many California native plant gardens. Her gardens have been featured in the Going Native Garden Tour--an event not to be missed.

California Native Plant Society Native Plant Sale
Saturday October 15, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hidden Villa Ranch, Los Altos

Be sure to bring boxes and a wagon to this event. You'll need them to cart your haul back to your car. Arrive early for the best selection.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Water-wise Wednesday Tip

This tip comes courtesy of Santa Clara Master Gardeners monthly tips and events.
Adjust Irrigation with Weather ChangesYour landscaping will need less water as the weather cools, even in the absence of rain. It's a good idea to re-program your irrigation system monthly. If that sounds like too much work, you might want to consider a "smart controller". After programming in basic information such as zip code, plant and soil types, it uses data from historic weather patterns, current weather sent from local stations, and/or temperature and moisture sensors to adjust the watering times. This can save effort and oh-so-valuable water.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Beautification Day is Tomorrow

Let's pitch in to keep North Willow Glen looking great.

NWGNA Beautification Day
Sunday, October 5th, 9 am -12 pm
Meet at the corner of Delmas and Fuller

We'll be there with gloves on.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Mayoral Candidates Forum Tonight

If you are still on the fence about your choice for mayor, consider attending tonight's Mayoral Candidates Forum at Starlite Banquet Hall. Hear from Councilman Liccardo and Supervisor Cortese themselves about the issues facing our city. The event will be moderated by the League of Women Voters, though you will have a chance to submit questions that matter most to you. Hope to see you there.

San Jose Mayoral Candidates Forum
Starlite Banquet Hall
680 Minnesota Ave.
Tonight 6:30 pm

Monday, September 29, 2014

Help Keep North Willow Glen Looking Great

Over the years as the city has cut back on services, citizens have taken an ever increasing role in maintaining and improving their neighborhoods. Nowhere in San Jose is that more evident than in North Willow Glen. Our neighbors are responsible for maintaining so many great things we see around us such as the plantings and signature fences at our gateways, plantings at our many traffic calming islands, and decorations around the holidays. Neighbors are also responsible for what we don't see. By pitching in for the unglamorous tasks such as weeding, collecting litter, and removing graffiti, North Willow Glenners refuse to let our neighborhood become blighted.

In addition to those who work on a constant basis to keep North Willow Glen we can also use volunteers on our annual Beautification Days. This surge of volunteers working together can make a sizable difference in the appearance of our little area in a short amount of time. Please consider joining your neighbors in keeping North Willow Glen a great place to live. Contact us at with ideas you have to beautify a part of North Willow Glen you'd like to improve.
 Or simply arrive at the corner of Delmas and Fuller with your favorite gloves and tools and we will make you part of the crew.

NWGNA Beautification Day
Sunday, October 5th, 9 am -12 pm
Meet at the corner of Delmas and Fuller

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mayoral Debate Thursday

What are your priorities for city government? What issues are important to San Jose neighborhoods. This is perhaps your best chance to hear our final two candidates for mayor speak in a live forum and so close we can walk to it; Thursday, October 2nd at Starlite Banquet Hall, 680 Minnesota Ave. at 6:30pm. Learn about the candidates' visions for San Jose's next four years and beyond.

The event is moderated by the League of Women Voters and co-sponsored by District 6 Neighborhood Leaders and United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Are you missing this cat?

This kitty was spotted on Spencer between Willow and Atlanta today and may have an abscess that affects her ability to chew. If you are missing her, check out this area.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Friends & Neighbors Meeting Tuesday

Great meeting coming up next week. Check your doorstep for a flier in the coming days. 

Tuesday, September 23 
6:30-8:00 pm 
Word of Faith Church 
Delmas & Fuller 

Emergency Response 
SJPD and SJFD officials will be on hand to answer questions and update us on new developments including the implementation of Community Service Officers. 

NWGNA Board Elections
Help continue making North Willow Glen one of the best neighborhoods in San Jose. Contribute to our community in a new way by nominating yourself for a leadership position on the board.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Please take the CalTrain survey

Caltrain is conducting a survey now about service and the newer train cars themselves, but there is also an area for additional comments at the end. Please consider taking the survey at

VTA Open House - Tamien parking project

There are two open houses this week to learn more about VTA projects, including the Tamien parking structure project.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014; 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose
Location is served by VTA Bus lines 23, 77 and 522.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014; 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
VTA Downtown Customer Service Center
55-A West Santa Clara Street, San Jose
Location is served by VTA Light Rail and Bus lines 22, 23 and 522.

More information is available on the VTA's web site.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Missing child

A message from CITY OF SAN JOSE This is the San Jose Police Department with an Alert SCC with an At Risk Missing Juvenile broadcast. The juvenile is missing from 2920 Rorty Drive in San Jose. He is a Sergio Rogelio Zepeda Jr. Light Skinned Hispanic Male, 4'00ft tall, 40lbs., brown hair, brown eyes, rash or burn mark on the left corner of his lip, blk short sleeved Super Mario Brothers T-Shirt with White, Red, and Baby Blue writing. He may also be wearing a diaper and is known to take off his clothing. Not currently on medication, but autistic and non-verbal, He can utter words but can't communicate in sentences. He is not aware of his surroundings. If you locate the child please call 9-1-1 or 408-277-8911 immediately.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

See you at next year's Produce Share

This summer's produce share in Hummingbird Park has finished up and we will re-start next spring. If you still have excess fruits and veggies to share, feel free to use either our Facebook page or the Yahoo! Groups email list to offer it to neighbors for pick-up from your porch. Thanks again for a bountiful year!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Emergency regulation to control water use during drought

From San Jose Water Company and the State Water Resources Control Board:
The Board has determined that the following water use activities by San Jose Water Company customers are not allowed:
  1. Watering outdoor landscapes in a way that causes “runoff” onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures.
  2. Washing a vehicle with a hose without a shut-off nozzle or other device that will immediately stop the flow of water when not in use.
  3. Using drinking water to wash driveways and sidewalks.
  4. Using drinking water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is recirculated.
Violation of any of these four prohibited or restricted water use activities may be punishable by a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500) for each day in which the violation occurs. These violations are defined as infractions under Water Code section 1058.5(d) and therefore enforceable by local law enforcement, or public agencies charged with enforcing the mandatory use restrictions.

Read more on the water company web site.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Produce Share this Sunday!

What can you bring to this Sunday's produce share? Let us know and we'll see you on Sunday, 1:00 to 3:00 in Hummingbird Park.