San Jose Neighborhood Briefs for the Week of November 20th – The Mercury Information

Trot Turkey

While large family gatherings are being put on hold amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are still safe ways to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. Applied Materials’ annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, which aims to raise $ 1 million for nonprofits in South Bay, is in full swing this year with a virtual race. Participants can sign up to run or walk a 5 km or 10 km route that they can design themselves. Register online at

City finances education

San Jose’s SJ Learns initiative is offering local education organizations – including school districts and charter schools – more than half a million dollars this year to fund programs for younger TK-3 students. The selection process for the 2021-22 school year has begun and interested applicants must submit a letter of intent by December 6th to qualify and receive the application. For more information and a letter of intent, please visit

Overlook the square

City officials are seeking feedback on downtown Plaza de Cesar Chavez, the popular outdoor area and the venue for many of the city’s biggest events. A brief survey allows residents to share their thoughts on the condition, layout, and use of the park. Frequent visitors to the park can share their findings, and residents who do not venture to the park regularly can share why. To take the survey, visit

Neighborhood notes

ROSE GARDEN >> Playful People Productions, a non-profit theater group in the Rosengarten that stages family-friendly productions, is hosting a free, fun, virtual night on November 20th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event is designed to get the family off the couch with a range of musical theater games including dance competitions, trivia and improvisation. Send an email to [email protected] to register and receive the link to the online event.

CAMBRIAN >> Earlier this month the city held a public meeting to get feedback from residents on the development proposal for Cambrian Park Plaza. Residents who were unable to attend can view the recorded meeting by emailing [email protected]

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