Monday, December 12, 2022

Is one of these your jacket?

There was a great group gathered for the North Willow Glen holiday party last night! However, these two jackets were left behind. Please call Lila at 408-667-0355 to arrange to pick them up.

Saturday, December 03, 2022

Elvin magic, right here in North Willow Glen


If you see these two elves out delivering yard trees this morning, give them a hearty wave and a thank you. Bernadette and Brian are long-time North Willow Glen neighbors who organize the holiday yard tree purchases and delivery. We thank them for their holiday cheer and energy!

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Many thanks to this morning's volunteers!

Many thanks to Kirk, Ani, Stewart, Bill and Dan (who is taking the photo) -- they added holiday cheer to the neighborhood this morning and we are very appreciative! Thanks, all!

Neighborhood decorating starting now


We are decorating the neighborhood right now and we would love to have your help. Meet us at the corner of Delmas and Fuller!

Monday, November 21, 2022

Holiday decorating, 9:00 am Saturday!


We will be decorating the neighborhood again this Saturday and we would love to have your help. It doesn't take very long and it's a fun way to kick off the holiday season by brightening the neighborhood for everyone. Join us at 9 am on Nov. 26 at the corner of Delmas and Fuller!

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Creating lighted arches for the holidays

Neighbors in North Willow Glen are creating lighted arches for the holidays. If you would like to create your own, here is a quick how-to.

Materials that we used for each arch:

  • One light string (we used this one from Home Depot with 100 lights along a 28.5-foot lighted length)
  • Two 10-foot 1/2-inch PVC pipes
  • One 1/2-inch coupler
  • Two pieces of 3/8-inch rebar cut each into two-foot lengths

Directions and what we learned:

  • If your lights come packaged in two bundles, note where the middle of the bundles are so that you can distribute your lights across the two pipes semi evenly.
  • Connect the two pipes with the coupler and push them together as hard as you can.
  • Attach your light string to one end of the PVC with blue painter's tape
  • Twist the light string around with somewhat even spacing, maybe 3 or 4 inches apart with the light string that we used. Have a person twist the pipe from one end to help you quickly twist the lights on.
  • Attach the lights to the second end with a twist tie.
  • Pound the rebar stakes into the ground (watch for any irrigation pipes) about one foot down
  • Place one end of the arch onto the first stake and bend your arch to fit it into the second end.
  • Light 'em up and enjoy!

Friday, November 18, 2022

Flier delivery help needed

We are looking for one additional volunteer to help us get holiday party flyers to about 30 houses. It's a nice excuse for a walk, so let us know if you're available.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Save the date: NWGNA holiday party Dec. 11

Celebrate the holidays with your neighbors! You and your family are invited to an open house with holiday refreshments and cheer at Lila and Joel's house at 562 Fisk Ave. on Sunday, December 11 from 5:00-8:00pm. Snacks and desserts are welcome, but not necessary.

Holiday neighborhood decorating, Nov 26


We will be decorating the neighborhood again on Saturday, Nov 26 and we would love to have your help. It doesn't take very long and it's a fun way to kick off the holiday season by brightening the neighborhood for everyone. Join us at 9 am on Nov. 26 at the corner of Delmas and Fuller! 

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Holiday tree orders due Nov 9

Each year going back to 1954, neighbors in Willow Glen have placed a small Christmas tree in our front yards and decorated them with colorful lights with a single white light on top. We’re continuing the tradition this 2021 holiday season!

Trees are $25 due to an increase in transportation costs from our tree farm. 

You will need to provide your own lights and mounting rebar or tree stand. Order with a credit card at No cash or checks are accepted for our block this year. If you have any questions, please contact Bernadette McCann: or text/call 408-504-7141

All orders are due on or before Friday, November 5.

Trees will be distributed on Saturday, December 3.

Monday, September 12, 2022

2022 San Jose Trail Count Survey

The City of San Jose wants to hear from you about local trails. Their annual trail county survey is open until Monday, October 10, 2022. Please follow the link below to share your thoughts on all things trail. The results will be used, in part, to guide the City’s trail development.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Become a trained volunteer with CERT

What will you do when disaster strikes? Earthquakes, fire, flood... Become a trained CERT volunteer and join over 700 San Jose residents.

What is CERT? A nationwide organization that trains individuals to be prepared to know how to help family, neighbors and neighborhood in a disaster. Professional responders can rely on CERT trained volunteers.
  • Free training to residents and individuals who work in San Jose
  • Training offered throughout the year
  • 20 hours of classes over multiple weeks via Zoom
  • One Saturday in person for hands-on experience
Interested in learning more? Go to or scan here:

Saturday, September 03, 2022

Many thanks to today's volunteers!

This morning, a great crew of 25+ volunteers helped spruce up Hummingbird Park with more wood chips, spot painting on the fence, and general clean-up. Special shout-out to Councilmember Dev Davis and San Jose City Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services for their help in getting this team organized. Also, hearty high-five to neighbors Dan Erceg, Mary Pizzo, Martin Delson, and Bill Rankin for guiding the volunteers. An amazing collaborative effort!

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Hummingbird Park Community Day: Saturday

Join Council District 6 and the Volunteer Management Unit for the Hummingbird Park beautification event!

Council District 6 and PRNS invite you to Hummingbird Park to support our curb appeal project. No experience is necessary. All tools and instruction will be provided. Please bring a filled water bottle, snacks, and wear closed-toe shoes.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Trash Talk with Councilmember Dev Davis - next Saturday

Join Councilmember Dev Davis for the next Trash Talk. Help clean up around District 6 while chatting with Dev.

Saturday, August 27, 2022
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Gardner Community Center
520 W Virginia St, San Jose, CA 95125

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

NWGNA Friends & Neighbors Meeting - Tonight 6:30 pm

Join us tonight for our NWGNA Friends & Neighbors meeting, happening soon:

6:30 Welcome - Bill Rankin, President 
6:35 Department of Transportation 
6:55 Councilmember Dev Davis 
7:15 Introducing Steve Tuohy, Treasurer 
7:20 Friends and Neighbors Q&A 
8:00 Adjourn

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 367 319 8603
One tap mobile
+16699006833,,3673198603# US (San Jose)

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Survey to rename Columbus Park

The City is planning to rename Columbus Park (now part of D6) and it is circulating a survey to help select a new name.

Link to survey: All are welcome to contribute.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Report Illegal Fireworks using the SJ 311 app

The San Jose All Districts Leadership Group is hosting a community meeting tomorrow, Tuesday June 14 at 6:30 pm with an overview of how to file a fireworks complaint using the San Jose 311 app and answer questions. Presented by City of San Jose Code Enforcement Supervisor Jason Gibilisco.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

(Re?) Introducing the North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association

We have had some new neighbors in the last few years and many of you have not had as many opportunities to get to know each others as we have had in the past. Here's an opportunity to learn more about your neighborhood and get involved.

North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association has been serving this community for 20 years. We are residents committed to sustaining the character of this diverse neighborhood.

NWGNA is not a HOA and we don’t collect dues. Many of our board members have been providing leadership and activities for 10+ years. What activities you ask? 
  • Holiday decorations at Fuller Park and Hummingbird Park; along Fuller and Bird Avenues @ Hull, Atlanta and Fisk.
  • Party in the Park held in August (August 14, 2022 - Save the Date)
  • Semi-annual Dumpster Days
  • Open space beautification of Fuller Park, Hummingbird Park, traffic islands and across from Taqueria Tlaquepaque Restaurant.
  • We provide input to various city and county officials regarding a wide range of issues, such as public safety, maintenance of public space, railroad projects, and Housing impacts.
This is where we need your help. We know there are many neighbors who are interested in improving and preserving this neighborhood, and deserve to have their issues heard. These are possible roles that you can play in our neighborhood as part of the North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association. Each of these are two-year terms, with elections held in December.

President proposes board meeting agenda and chairs the board meeting. President provides the main point of contact for individuals and city officials to reach NWGNA. This individual also is a signer for the association’s bank account.

Vice President will chair board meetings when the President is unavailable and track progress for budget and activities assigned to other board members.

Treasurer is a signer for the association’s bank account and issues payments for goods and services approved by the board. Treasurer reports the association’s bank balance and grant funding activities during the board meeting. This person must be able to use Excel (or equivalent) to generate financial statements for the board and track funds received and spent under grant programs.

Secretary publishes the board meeting agenda in advance of the board meeting, and arranges for Zoom details to be shared with the board and invited guests. The Secretary takes minutes during those meetings and publishes the minutes within three days of the meeting.. Additional duties are writing letters on behalf of the board, and creating messaging for newsletters and activity flyers.

Social Media Specialist updates NWGNA social media sites on Facebook, NextDoor and via our neighborhood email list. This individual is instrumental in expanding our reach by establishing sites on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and emerging social sites. Experience creating visual and other media (photos, video, audio) is desired.

Advocates volunteer to provide input on NWGNA issues, activities and trends during board meetings, and distribute meeting and activity flyers approximately 3 times each year.

Let us know if you are interested:

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Emergency preparedness classes are resuming

Teacher guiding student to put out a fire in emergency preparedness class

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is restarting their training classes for emergency preparedness.

The 20-hour CERT training will educate volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks.

Due to the pandemic, the CERT Basic Training is now being offered as a combination of online training and a one-day hands-on skills training. The online ZOOM training will be a bi-weekly class estimated to take 12-hours from April 19 to May 14.

Tue, Apr 19, 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Thu, Apr 21, 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Tue, Apr 26, 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Thu, Apr 28, 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Tue, May 3, 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Thu, May 5, 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Tue, May 10, 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Sat, May 14, 9:00am – 4:00pm

To register for this CERT Basic Training Course that is now scheduled to start on Tue, Apr 19, please complete the registration form at:

IMPORTANT: Space in this class is limited. This class is free and open to anyone over the age of 18, but preference will be given to San Jose residents. Participants who will be 14 to 17 years old on Tue, Apr 19, may attend if accompanied in the course with their parent or legal guardian.

COVID-19: The in-person skills portion of the class will be taught, in small groups, in a fashion that complies with all applicable public health orders. Individuals who are at high risk for COVID-19 due to pre-existing health conditions should not sign up for this class. If public health orders become more restrictive, the in-person skills portion of the class may need to be rescheduled or canceled.

You must register and receive email confirmation to attend the classes. For more information, contact

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Downtown Transportation Plan Community Meeting - Feb 28

Downtown Transportation Plan Community Meeting
Co-hosted by The Diridon Area Neighborhood Group (The DANG) and City of San Jose Department of Transportation (DOT)

Monday, February 28
6:30 pm

Department of Transportation staff and consultants will review draft Downtown Transportation Plan Materials and answer community questions. Let your voice be heard on this important topic!

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 878 8010 6336
Passcode: 682936