San Jose Group Briefs for the Week of October 30th – The Mercury Information

Food bank needs volunteers

Half a million residents are currently receiving food aid from Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, and the nonprofit is calling on volunteers at its warehouse and at more than 100 new food distribution locations to meet unprecedented needs. To volunteer, visit

Green space subsidies

Valley Water, which oversees the area’s water supply and natural water sources, distributes millions in grants each year. By November, the district will be accepting grant proposals from organizations that want to improve the condition of the waterways and green spaces in the region.

Three types of grants are available for this funding round: grants of up to $ 50,000 each for projects related to the maintenance and awareness of watersheds, more than $ half a million for open space projects, and a minimum of 60 mini-grants of up to 50,000 USD up to USD 5,000 for smaller projects related to increasing community involvement. To apply, visit

Parks open again

The youngest residents of San Jose can finally stretch their arms on the climbing poles again. The Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Department has officially reopened nearly 300 city playgrounds amid relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.

As with all other municipal facilities that will reopen during the pandemic, users are expected to follow the most up-to-date safety guidelines, including personal disinfection of devices that are not regularly disinfected by municipal staff and wearing masks with everyone Time.

Spooky is reading

If the kids can’t go door to door this Halloween, maybe they can take a trip to Sleepy Hollow town. Or step into the Magic Tree House and join it on one of its spookier journeys. This Halloween, the San Jose Public Library is giving away a free book to readers under the age of 18. On October 30th and 31st, 1pm to 6pm, residents can go to the library to get their free book. Costumes are welcome, but not necessary. For more information on how and where to pick up the books, visit

New museum hours

October 30th marks the start of the new opening hours for the San Jose Museum of Art. The museum is now open Friday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm. The museum has introduced new COVID-19 safety requirements for staff and visitors to meet county guidelines. Face masks and social distancing are required, and the facility’s cloakroom, among other things, will be closed.

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