Saturday, November 10, 2018

Payment for holiday yard trees is due Monday

Payment for holiday yard trees is due *Monday* by midnight.

You can place your tree order online at or get a check made to Willow Glen Tree Account to Pam at 1023 Bird Avenue. If you are dropping off a check, give Pam a heads up ASAP

Trees are $21 each if you order online but $20 if you order by check. All trees will be delivered this year, not picked up.

Friday, November 09, 2018

Weigh in on Biebrach Park Improvements

Many of you in North Willow Glen may use Biebrach Park, particularly if you or your children are over six years of age. Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) will be addressing the playground at Biebrach Park soon. They are asking for preferences among two options they have created as well as what changes the community would like going forward. For details on the options, they have provided a link to a slide deck. Follow this link for the PRNS presentation and survey.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Crime prevention meeting tonight

Join the San Jose Police Department Crime Prevention Unit tonight for a community meeting and learn how to recognize and report suspicious activity.

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 7:00 to 8:45 pm
Location: Gardner Academy Cafeteria, 502 Illinois Avenue

Co-hosted by the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and Greater Gardner Committee, North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association, and Gardner Neighborhood Association.

From SJPD: Due to the nature of this meeting, only adult members of your households should attend.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Deadline to order holiday trees: One week from Monday

The Shukait family is being awesome yet again by organizing the ordering of holiday yard trees for our area. Many thanks to them!

PLEASE NOTE how this year’s process has changed:

  • Trees will be smaller than in the past, which neighbors have requested.
  • Informational fliers are being distributed to the neighborhood in the next few days. 
  • Even without the flier, you can place your tree order online at 
  • An alternative to ordering online is to get a check made to Willow Glen Tree Account to Pam at 1023 Bird Avenue. Trees are $21 each if you order online but $20 if you order by check.
  • Payment is due *early* - Monday, November 12 at 11:59 pm.
  • Only trees will be available through this process. Wreaths and rebar will not be sold this year.
  • Your tree will be delivered to your front yard on Saturday, Dec 1. There will be no opportunity to pick up trees, delivery only. 
Read more about this tradition at
Read information about mounting your tree:

Saturday, October 27, 2018

An update about holiday trees

An update from Pam and Keith Shukait about the holiday yard tree orders:
"Wanted to give everyone an update on the holiday yard trees. I have found a source that has agreed to supply us trees! The process will be a little different this year, with the ability to order and pay for your tree online. For those not online there will be the option to get me payment. There will be no wreaths or rebar sold. As soon as I receive the flyers, I will be posting here, along with asking volunteers to deliver for me. The trees will be smaller than we have had in the past (which many of you have asked for). They will be 4-5 feet tall. At the time of delivery (Dec. 1st), I will need volunteers to help pick up and deliver the trees to my house (about 100 trees). There is a central distribution site and they don't deliver. Any help will be appreciated and I am more than happy to give students volunteer hours! " 
MANY THANKS to the Shukait family who have organized these tree orders for quite a few years. :-)

Monday, September 10, 2018

Robbery Prevention Workshop

Marta Dominguez, Crime Prevention Specialist, San Jose Police Department, is inviting all neighbors to attend a Robbery Prevention Workshop at the Willow Glen Community Center on September 19, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Topics include:
  • How to discourage, deter and prevent crimes such as robberies and carjackings 
  • Robbery trends in San José 
  • Judicial process 
  • Information on how to host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting 
A flyer is available in English, Vietnamese, and Spanish.

BART community working groups & workshop

From Erica Roecks at VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Program:
VTA is currently in the process of preparing a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy and Access Planning Study (TOD/Access Study). The Study will identify strategies to develop housing and commercial space near three future BART stations (Alum Rock/28th Street, Downtown San Jose, and Santa Clara). This study is being conducted as part of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Project.
As [Community Working Group] members for VTA’s BART Phase II Project, we need your help in notifying your various networks about the TOD/Access Study and encourage them to participate in the scheduled workshops. Dates and times for these workshops are listed in: Upcoming Meetings and the next set of workshops are scheduled for September 11th through September 13th from 5:30-6:30 PM, immediately following the CWG meetings.
The September workshops will focus on TOD Opportunities and Constraints and the November workshops focusing on TOD Strategies and Guidelines.
Please forward this email to anyone who might be interested in transit-oriented development in your station area and encourage them to attend the workshop. More information on the TOD/Access Study can be found on the Study’s webpage:
In addition, the Background Conditions Report has been posted to the TOD/Access Study webpage under "Quick Links" on the right side.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Saturday: South Bay creeks clean-ups

South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition has some great volunteer opportunities this Saturday:’s time to prepare for the winter rains that will sweep trash into the Bay and beyond with a cleanup on September 8th. The need has never been greater as we battle to keep our creeks free of trash.
Please join us for our next cleanup on September 8th from 9 -11 am. You’ll be surprised how much we can accomplish in just two hours with your help. As Margaret Mead once said “We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment”.
We will have two sites open for this event:
Los Gatos Creek - Willow Glen Trestle
Coyote Creek - Notting Hill Drive

We supply the tools, gloves, and drinking water (please bring your own bottle). Bring a hat, wear sturdy shoes, and wear clothing that can (and probably will) get dirty.

And, don't forget we are subject to Park Department rule regarding participating minors which means: Persons under the age of 18 must obtain written consent (which you can download here) from parent or legal guardian to volunteer. The minimum age of a PRNS volunteer shall be 13; volunteers between the ages of 13 and 15 must have a parent, legal guardian, or other parent-authorized program or school representative present during their service. A volunteer over the age of 15 may provide service without the presence of a parent, legal guardian, or program supervisor.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.
Carol Szymkiewicz
Operations Manager
South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition
408 835 0156

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Thanks to all for another great party!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our seventh annual Party In The Park! It was another great event in a great neighborhood.

We were a bit too busy during the ice cream scooping to get shots of that, but kids of all ages enjoyed wonderful ice cream courtesy of Willow Glen Creamery.

Oh, the anticipation!

Kenneth did an excellent job with barbecuing! 
Neighbors brought an amazing selection of side dishes

Our produce share was fun with kale, plums, and lemons

Pretty pretty plums

Ready to eat!

Lemons were shared around with neighbors

Monday, August 06, 2018

Party in the Park, Sunday!

Come join us for our seventh annual Party in the Park -- this Sunday!

We'll have live entertainment from Duke Mantee and the Gold Money Band from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. We'll have a barbeque fired up with hot dogs of all kinds on the grill, including veggie. We'll have snacks and provide beverages, but most importantly Treat Ice Cream. And because we all love variety, please bring a snack or side dish to share.

We'll be hosting an impromptu Produce Share at the same time. Bring any extra veggies, fruits, or other garden goodies to share. See you at Hummingbird Park, on the corner of Bird and Fisk!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Volunteer this Saturday at Fuller Park!

If you like detail work and enjoy painting, especially in the fresh air and sunshine, please join us this Saturday for a community painting day at Fuller Park! We'll be adding a new coat of white paint to the long white picket fence. We'll clean and prep the surface with care, then we will paint it all!

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018
Time: 8:45 AM to 12:00 noon
Place: Fuller Avenue at Delmas Avenue, San Jose, 95125

Please note:
  • No pre-registration: simply show-up and help-out!
  • All tools and training will be provided.
  • Please wear clothing that can get a bit dirty.
  • Closed-toe shoes are required.
  • A hat and sunscreen are recommended.
  • Please bring your own FILLED water bottle!
Questions? Please call (408) 595-3483 or email

Sunday, July 08, 2018

SAAG meeting tomorrow

The Station Advisory Group (SAAG) was formed to gather input on future development around Diridon Station, including the Google development. This group meets monthly at 6:00 pm and they meet next tomorrow, July 9 at City Hall, Rooms 118-120.

Now is the time to be heard as these developments take shape! 

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Party in the Park: Save the Date!

Our annual Party In The Park will be August 12, 4:30 pm. Mark it down, save the date!

Monday, July 02, 2018

Creek cleanups coming up

The South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition is hosting some creek cleanups soon around San Jose. Pick your favorite area and see how you can lend a hand.

Guadalupe River
Willow Street at 87 Freeway

Los Gatos Creek
Auzerais Avenue

Coyote Creek
Notting Hill Drive

Monday, May 21, 2018

Tuesday night: Friends & Neighbors meeting

Join us on Tuesday night for our next Friends & Neighbors meeting on May 22. Our main topic will be a crime prevention presentation by Marta Dominguez from the Crime Prevention Unit of SJPD.

She will cover:

  • Reporting: 911 vs 311
  • Residential burglaries 
  • Vehicles thefts and break-ins
  • Neighbors working together
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Place: Word of Faith Church, 873 Delmas

See you there!