San Jose Community Briefs for the Week of March 19th – The Mercury News

Non-emergency upgrade

The city of San Jose has strengthened its non-emergency network SJ311 by adding waste services such as garbage collection to the platform and improving accessibility by adding website options in Spanish and Vietnamese and improving backend technology to allow users and employees to use the City can communicate in different languages. Visit to view new website features.

COVID town hall

Health care lawyers and medical professionals from across the Bay Area will meet on March 25 to discuss COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on black residents at a regional black town hall. The Zoom event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will feature speakers like California surgeon Dr. Nadine Burke Harris include. The event will focus on vaccination efforts. To register, visit

Get cunning curbside

History San Jose is launching two new online programs this month. On March 20th at 10 am, residents can take part in the first workshop “Curbside Crafts”. The event focuses on quilting and uses safe, user-friendly materials to allow residents of all ages to participate. Participants can register to receive materials with their event registration or purchase their own materials prior to the workshop.

On March 25th at 6pm in History San Jose, the first part of its member-only series “Storage 2 Stories” will be shown, in which curators spotlight artifacts from the museum’s collection. To register for either event, visit`

Virtual gallery tour

The San Jose Museum of Art will officially reopen this month but will continue to offer virtual programs. The museum is organizing a virtual gallery tour of the “Barring Freedom” exhibition on March 25th at 8pm, in which, in collaboration with the City Lights Theater, racism in the country’s criminal justice system will be highlighted. The tour concludes with an interactive art activity using common household items. To register for the free event, visit

Sports registrations

Registration for the spring sports and recreation season in San Jose is open. Residents can register for sports camps and leagues online at Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, residents must adhere to new rules, including limiting the number of activities a person can register for at the same time and providing slack between activities.

Utilitarian art

The Santa Clara Valley Water Youth Committee has partnered with local artist Paul J. Gonzalez to renovate creek benches across the county, including benches at Alamitos Creek and Penitencia Creek in San Jose. The recently unveiled benches are now adorned with hand-painted tiles, the design of which is unique to the creek and the park in which they sit. Each bank design was approved by the city’s art commission.

Neighborhood notes

ROSENGARTEN >> The former bathhouse Watergarden around 1010 The Alameda will soon house an office building, the design of which is heavily influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The current design focuses on open air with indoor and outdoor plans as well as functional windows in the building to allow airflow. The builders expect the construction work to be completed by the end of the year.

WILLOW GLEN / CAMBRIAN / ALMADEN VALLEY >> The San Jose High School presentation team won their first National Grand Champion title at this year’s Contest of Champions Nationals, held practically due to COVID-19 restrictions. The team prevailed against the more than 150 participants at the annual event. Team members include Willow Glen residents, Caitlin Conway and Lily Valdez, Talia Solovei, who lives in Cambrian Park, and Almaden Valley residents, Simonne Marshall and Alexandra Sullivan. In addition to winning as a premiere for Presentation, this is the first time a team from Northern California has won the championship.

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