Wednesday, October 07, 2015

San Jose Unified to underwrite cost of SATs

From the Mercury News:
Taking a stab at the "opportunity gap" that blocks some students from college, the San Jose Unified School District will underwrite nearly the entire cost of SAT exams for juniors, and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams for all its high school students.
The district, with 32,000 students the largest in Santa Clara County, could become the first in the state to finance the Scholastic Aptitude Test -- widely required for admission to by colleges -- and the AP and IB exams, which test mastery of college-level classes that are expected of those applying to four-year postsecondary institutions.
All students, regardless of family income level, would be eligible for the subsidy. Students would pay $5 per exam.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Technology + sweet tooth = Halloween Treat Map!

Nextdoor is a private, free social network for your neighbors and your community. You can use Nextdoor for buying and selling via classifieds, sharing crime and safety news, and more.

This year, they are enabling a map of houses that are giving out treats for Halloween. You can add yourself and/or tell others that you will be sharing some treats (candy corn icon). But, wait, there's more! You can also designate your house as a hosting a haunted house (purple house icon). The map is just beginning to build, but check it out!

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Habit for Humanity breaks ground on Delmas

A new single family home will be built at 868 Delmas after a groundbreaking last week. Read all about it in the Mercury News.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What belongs in SJ recycling bins?

From the Mercury News:
"Nearly 40 percent of the stuff single-family homeowners dump into their recycling bins in much of the city is non-recyclable food waste and other junk, according to California Waste Solutions, the city's primary hauler. That's more than six times Oakland's 6-percent contamination rate, the company said."
So, what can't you put in the gray recycling container?
  • Padded envelopes, bubble wrap
  • Soiled paper or tissues
  • Disposable diapers
  • Packing peanuts, foam takeout containers and other polystyrene
  • Pillows, stuffed animals, carpet
  • Plastic bags (If they're clean, turn them in at a store recycling drop.) 
  • Shoes
  • Compact discs
  • Metallic gift wrap
  • Photographs

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Hot diggity dog!

BIG thanks to Willow Glen Meats for their donation of locally made hot dogs for Sunday's Party in the Park. Stop by their shop at 885 Delmas to see their selection of sausages, bacon, and other smoked meats plus sandwiches, yum.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Live music at the Party in the Park!

Come hear local musicians Duke Mantee and the Gold Money Band, right here in North Willow Glen. The band will be playing at the Party in the Park on Sunday. Bring a side dish to share, enjoy hot dogs off the barbecue, and get serenaded by the band while you enjoy time with neighbors.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Ice Cream, You Scream, we all Scream for Party in the Park

We are so thankful again this year that Willow Glen Creamery is donating Treat ice cream to Party in the Park! Expect big favorite flavors Mango and Chocolate Fantasy. And, let Jeff from Willow Glen Creamery know that you appreciate him and his generosity.

Party in the Park
Hummingbird Park (Corner of Bird and Fisk)
Sunday, August 9, 4:30-7:30 pm

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Party in the Park is Sunday!

Join us for Party in the Park, Sunday, August 9, starting at 4:30. We will be gathering at Hummingbird Park at Fisk and Bird. Bring a side dish to share and we will have hot dogs hot off the barbecue!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Greater Gardner Neighborhood: Historic Context Survey

Have you ever wondered about the history of our neighborhood? What led to the construction of this eclectic group of homes? Could parts of our neighborhood be considered historic?

At the request of the City of San José, the firm Archives and Architecture created a document titled Greater Gardner Neighborhood: Historic Context Survey. This 103 page document chronicles our neighborhood's history from the founding of the first pueblo in Spanish California to the document's publication in 2011. In it you will learn about significant figures and families in our area's history such as Isaac Bird and Henry W. Coe. There is a great deal of information regarding our housing inventory including some the authors regard as contributors to the historic nature of our neighborhood, potential historic resources, and even lists the 27 properties which meet the criteria to be San Jose City Landmark Structures.

If you are curious about this, you can click here to read the entire document.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Thanks to the Rotary Club for the July 4 fireworks!

In the Rotary Club of San Jose's 101th year of public service, they are again sharing with the city a professional, free fireworks show on July 4 at Discovery Meadow in downtown San Jose, 180 Woz Way. The show begins around 9:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to take public transit. The City of San José is among the event sponsors. Visit for more details.

Also, the July 4th Fun Festival & Fireworks Show will take place at Almaden Lake Park. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. with entertainment, food, and kids' activities. The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. Read more...

But, then, at San Jose Municipal Stadium, a fireworks display follows the Independence Day game between the San Jose Giants and Visalia. The game begins at 6:30 p.m. Visit San Jose Giants website.

San Jose Family Camp - discounts!

Join the fun at San Jose Family Camp this summer with amazing discounts! You do not need to be a resident of San Jose to stay at Family Camp. From the camp web site:

Family Camp at Yosemite provides an all-inclusive camping experience where guests of all ages can fish, hike, swim, participate in organized programs, or just sit back, relax and take it easy. It's a great experience the whole family will enjoy, so join us this summer and reserve your tent today!

San José’s Family Camp is located in the heart of the Sierras near Yosemite National Park, just east of Groveland, California. Family Camp is situated on 47 acres of leased land from the U.S. Forest Service. The Stanislaus National Forest and the middle fork of the Tuolumne River serve as the scenic backdrop to this mountain playground.

During the summer season, the camp provides three meals a day to campers, along with supervised recreational activities. Groups are welcome to rent out the camp during the pre- and post-seasons.

For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or

Monday, June 22, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Garage Sale 2015

Check out a some of the items available at the North Willow Glen Garage Sale on May 30 from 8am-2pm! This is just a partial list.

476 Fuller
everything is free

482 Fuller
two air conditioners, one window and one portable, women's clothes, household items, pictures, a round table, vacuum, kitchen items

508 Fuller
baby girl clothing, toddler boy clothing & shoes, women's clothing & shoes, TV's, a snowboard, handbags, a train table (child), home accessories, flower pots, a Britax car seat w/base, a breast pump, Boppy Pillow, a baby bouncer, wall art, etc.

514 Fuller
Ladies Clothes (Old Navy, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe) $1-$3, Women's jewelry (necklaces, earrings, bracelets) $5 or less, makeup and nail polish $1, kitchenware, household items, towels, bedding, blankets, twin sheet sets

664 Fuller
washer, dryer, refrigerator, free standing oven/stove, box spring & mattress

392 Hull
dinning set, sofa, and more

542 Hull
many items

345 Atlanta
maternity clothes, housewares, and some baby items

359 Atlanta
clothing, Kidarooz 2 in 1 bike trailer, kids bike

546 Atlanta
Bassett 57” bookcase/entertainment case, large Kidcraft dollhouse, Craftsman mantle clock, Norelco shaver, women’s clothes & shoes, men’s shoes (8 1/2), Takamine EF341SC electric acoustic guitar, guitar stands, comic books, iMac 20” computer with brand new 500GB hard drive, never used

428 Atlanta
white range hood with lights, teak Scandinavian Designs bed, with storage underneath and matching end tables, portable air conditioner on wheels, light fixtures, ceiling fans, paint and hardware items

901 Delmas
Household items and
Clothes & Shoes - women, men & kids

917 Delmas
kayak with paddles, woven string hammock, Nikon D70 camera body, semi-mummy sleeping bag, antique kitchenware, antique picture frames, windsurfer

975 Delmas
Tivo Series 2, toys, soccer cleats, clothes, books

569 Brooks
Pottery Barn Crib (Model - Kendall, color: Sun Valley Espresso)

1021 Bird
antique desk, iron lamp, vintage jewelry, china, clothing, notions & vintage kitchen items, upholstery fabrics, plant stand & much more

452 Shepherd Avenue
Peg Perego highchair, kids toys (lots!), boy's bike (for 10yr old), Chinese screen, Turkish chair, kids clothes, adult clothes, books, CDs, DVDs & DVD player, kitchen & household items, bedding (pillows, comforter, sheets)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Native Plant Sale This Saturday

California Buckwheat
With water conservation on everyone's mind these days, native plants have become a hot topic. There are numerous landscapes around the neighborhood featuring California native plants. Unfortunately the supply of them is not easily found at the big box stores so you may have to look a bit harder to find them for sale. Fortunately the California Native Plant Society has two sales a year and their spring sale is coming soon.

Speak with experts about unthirsty alternatives to a lawn, including native perennials, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses. Browse books, posters, and note cards featuring native plants. This year landscape designer Carrie Jensen, habitat designer Linda Ruthruff, and landscape architect Sherri Osaka will be at the plant sale all day to help you custom design your native parking strip garden. For the first time, there will also be a wildflower show.

NWGNA is planning on picking up a California Buckwheat to test out and see if it is fit for the Bird Avenue median. All signs point to 'yes' so we are excited to get one going in Fuller Park before making the leap to the median.

Check out the CNPS website for more information including a plant list. You can also watch Carrie Jensen's presentation on parking strips, why they're important and what we can do with them, here.

California Native Plant Society
Annual Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hidden Villa Ranch, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Generosity isn't just for year-end...

We all know that generosity isn't just for year-end, but Sereno Group Real Estate - The Benford Team is putting this into practice by making a generous donation to help refresh North Willow Glen's holiday decorations that are placed each December around our neighborhood. These decorations have been showing wear and tear after being used for a few years, and this fabulous real estate team is helping NWGNA purchase new decorations to renew our supply. We thank them now and we will continue to send gratitude at year-end when the wreaths and garland are placed again in North Willow Glen.

To extend your gratitude to Sereno Group Real Estate - The Benford Team, comment here and check out their web site for your real estate needs. Many thanks to the Benford Team!