Saturday, July 31, 2010

Our City Forest Tree Tour

From a listing in the SF Chronicle:

Tree Tour on the Tree Mobile
Saturday, Aug 21 10:00a to 11:00a
at CVS Parking Lot, San Jose, CA

All aboard Our City Forest's 16-passenger shuttle bus for a driving tour of the beautiful trees in Willow Glen!

Your arborist guide will introduce common street tree species, teach about CA natives, & more!

Price: FREE
Phone: (408)998-7337x105
Age Suitability: Teens and up

*Limit 15 participants*

RSVP REQUIRED! Contact Amanda Grebner at (408) 998-7337x105 or

Our City Forest is a 501(c)(3) urban forestry nonprofit serving San José.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Come join us for our next General Meeting. All are welcome!

We would like to hear from the community on how NWGNA can reach its full potential. Please let us know of any suggestions you have to better our little community.

We're coming off of a successful and very fun Fourth of July picnic and we've had some great General Meetings this year with lots of guest speakers including a Master Gardener, SJPD, and even a surprise appearance from our San Jose City Council member. Help us keep our momentum up and going strong by joining our discussion. Hear about the great strides made to keep High Speed Rail out of our backyards! We'll also be talking about a proposed neighborhood fruit and vegetable exchange, community garage sales and whatever you'd like to suggest. We hope to see you there!

North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association General Meeting
Tuesday at 6:30 pm
Word of Faith Church, 873 Delmas Ave at the corner of Delmas and Fuller

Friday, July 23, 2010

Flier delivery help needed

We will have fliers later today for next week's NWGNA general meeting and are looking for flier delivery help around the neighborhood for this weekend.

Please call Bill at 408-893-6684 or email to if you can help.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Willow Glen People's Choice Awards: Voting Open

The Mercury News / Willow Glen Resident are asking for votes in the Willow Glen People's Choice Awards for your favorite parts of the neighborhood and surrounding area. Ballots are available online and the deadline is July 23 at noon. check with Mayra Flores De Marcotte for more information.

Meeting on draft medical marijuana ordinance

The City of San Jose will be holding a community meeting on the draft Medical Marijuana Ordinances on:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Roosevelt Community Center
901 East Santa Clara Street [near 21st St.]

At this meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to self-select a topic to provide input that will help staff further develop the Ordinances for City Council consideration. Key topics include:
  • Registration Process & Requirements
  • Operating Requirements
  • Taxing Marijuana Businesses
  • Land Use Policy
The staff report and draft ordinance are on-line at

Saturday, July 17, 2010

It's a lemonade moment for Trace Elementary School

Parents of students from Trace Elementary School had a lemonade stand in front of the school today to help raise funds for teachers' supplies after the recent fire and raised $750. When life gives you lemons...

Greater Gardner Coalition meeting notes available

Meeting notes are available for the Greater Gardner Coalition - Strong Neighborhood Initiative meeting from Wednesday, July 7, 2010.

Topics include:
  • Police report on local crimes
  • High-speed rail
  • Diridon Good Neighbor Update
  • National Night Out

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Give your input for future county parks

Parks Acquisition Plan Public Workshops
The County of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public input to guide the County’s future parkland acquisition efforts. The voters approved the current Park Charter Fund in 2006, ensuring funding through 2021 for acquisition, development, operation, and maintenance of the County’s 46,000-acre 28-park system. Fifteen percent of the funding is allocated specifically for land acquisition.

Three community workshops are scheduled for July for the public to provide input on future direction of the County’s purchase of parkland, including trails.

The last of three meetings will be held at the Mayfair Community Center in San Jose on July 14, 7 to 9 PM.
Location: 2039 Kammerer Ave., San Jose

The workshops will provide an overview of current County parks, the planned Countywide Trail System, and future park expansion areas as identified in the County General Plan. While the updated Parks Acquisition Plan will not identify specific parcels to be acquired, the public will have an opportunity in these workshops to help identify acquisition criteria and provide other thoughts about parkland acquisition to County staff. A summary of the public input will be presented to the Board of Supervisors in August.

For more info, contact Tamara Clark Shear at

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Supporting Trace Elementary School

In the early morning hours of July 5, there was a five-alarm fire at Trace Elementary in the Rose Garden neighborhood. The fire tore through a 28,000-square-foot building on the Trace campus, destroying 19 classrooms and the school library, causing an estimated $10 million in damage.
If you can help with a donation, either financial or in kind, the details will posted on the San Jose Unified School District web site.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Photos available from July 4 potluck BBQ

Check out the photos from yesterday's event! A good time was had by all. Many thanks to the great volunteers.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Be careful out there...

A child playing with a sparkler ignited a three-alarm fire today in San Jose, causing an estimated $400,000 to $500,000 in damage. Remember the all fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal in San Jose and can cause significant damage and injury.

Rec swim at Biebrach Pool

In addition to swim lessons, the team running Biebrach Pool this year are offering rec swim times every day but Sunday, just a few blocks away. Check out the details.

Water Balloon Filling Party

We will be having a water balloon toss on Sunday in Fuller Park, so we need to fill a bunch of water balloons ahead of time. If you can help, meet us in the front yard of 1012 Spencer on Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 01, 2010