San Jose Group Briefs for the Week of December 25th – The Mercury Information

Online survey of online resources

It is polling season in San Jose and city officials are urging residents to provide feedback on the city’s online resources. The short survey, which can be found at, asks residents which platforms – from the city’s mobile app to social media – they go to for updates. Residents will also be asked for feedback on how these resources could be improved in 2021.

Volunteers needed on vacation

San Jose residents have more options than ever to give back during this weird holiday season. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented need and the city’s numerous nonprofits have closed the void for the vulnerable residents of San Jose. However, that means they need more volunteers to reach out to everyone. Residents who wish to donate their time can volunteer through the Silicon Valley Strong website at

Library ed programs

San Jose parents searching for an alternative to watching Frozen for the 15th time can tune into the San Jose Public Library’s early intervention program on Facebook Live. The daily live streams feature stories and music, with each day devoted to a different age group. At you can view the schedule and watch the streams with the little ones.

Neighborhood notes

ALMADEN VALLEY >> The Almaden Lake Park will see some changes in the new year, including the installation of an all-inclusive playground as well as a new play garden and nature area. The projects are in the fundraising phase with the hope of raising nearly $ 4 million to increase city and county contributions. The Almaden Valley Rotary Club Endowment has set up a community and business fund to donate to the capital campaign. More information is available at

The Pat Dando Legacy Committee officially unveiled the long-awaited Pat Dando statue, which was designed for the Almaden Branch Library, on December 19th. The detailed sculpture shows the former San Jose Councilor and Vice Mayor sitting on a bench reading to two children.

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