San Jose Community Briefs for the Week of April 23rd – The Mercury News

Garden Club sale

Spring is the perfect time to wipe those gardening gloves off, and the San Jose Garden Club is hosting an event this coming weekend to help people plant. The club’s annual plant sales, which include vegetables, succulents, and flowers, benefit local green nonprofits, including Our City Forest and Veggielution. The event will take place on Friday and Saturday from April 30th to May 1st from 8 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. at 1190 Camino Ramon.

Brave spectators wanted

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), a local non-profit advocating for underrepresented communities in health and justice, is hosting a workshop for young residents on the recent rise in violence against the Asian-American community.

The workshop will focus on the history of anti-Asian violence in the US and how bystanders and victims can respond to violence.

The virtual event will take place on Thursday, April 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Zoom and is free for people aged 11 to 24. To register, visit

Your ride in San Jose

Her Drive, a national nonprofit that collects and distributes bras and menstrual care products for people who do not have access to them, is holding a fundraiser in San Jose through May 5th. Residents can donate new or carefully used bras that are individually wrapped, or tampons, soaps, and other products for menstruation and general hygiene by scheduling a pickup online at

Neighborhood notes

WILLOW GLEN >> Hicklebee Children’s Bookstore is hosting an online event for parents, librarians, and other adults interested in the latest major releases from the children’s publishing world. Tickets for the event, which will take place on Wednesday, April 28th at 7 p.m. via Zoom, can be found at Click on “Spring Preview with Valerie-Lewis”.

ALMADEN VALLEY >> Matt Mahan, a member of District 10 City Council, will be hosting his regular office hours for “Chat with Matt” on April 24th at 10:00 am through Zoom. Register at

CAMBRIAN >> Pam Foley, City Councilor for District 9, is hosting a town hall on Thursday, April 29, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on the planned Google Downtown West project. Google representatives will be in attendance to answer residents’ questions. The event will take place on Zoom – register at – and will be streamed on the Councilor’s Facebook Live.

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