Getting a COVID-19 vaccination at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose has become a more enjoyable experience. This is mainly due to a pilot program that provides live music such as Afro-Latin American jazz, R&B, and mariachi to people waiting for their shot or waiting for the observation period after receiving the vaccine.
And while the music is entertaining, it also serves a greater purpose.
Omar Rodriguez, owner of Kooltura Marketing, said it was important to find creative ways to “build a bridge between access and trust between hard-working communities that have historically been underserved to public health services and resources.” And part of it can be as simple as providing music to encourage people to get vaccinated and make it as comfortable as possible.
And it’s just nice to have music from the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, which was best known as a cultural hangout and performing arts space in East San Jose before it popped up in the COVID-19 pandemic switched to beat. Last year the plaza was used to pick up groceries for those in need and later became a testing ground and now a vaccination clinic.
Gardner Health Services has vaccinations in the plaza on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, but the music only plays on Thursdays through May 6th. Upcoming artists include the Danny Gerz Quartet, the Ryan Trujillo Trio, the Oscar Pangilinan Quartet and the Monique Valenzuela Mariachi Trio.
Santa Clara County’s protocols are being followed, and funds are being funded by the School of Arts and Culture, San Jose Jazz, Republic Service, and San Jose Jazz board member Bob Escobar, and Latinas Contra Cancer CEO Darcie Green , provided.
NO FOOLIN ‘: Two more signs that things are returning to prepandemics happened on April 1st, but these are not April Fool’s jokes. Firstly, VTA will again raise tariffs for buses and light rail vehicles. You may recall that the transit agency drove for free last year and used back door panels to protect drivers. With transit workers now eligible for vaccinations and COVID-19 cases declining, VTA announced that it will start collecting tariffs and boarding again. People who go to vaccination appointments can still use these websites for free by showing their vaccination cards or appointments.
Also on April 1, the city of San Jose will resume parking fees at regional parks such as Alum Rock Park, Almaden Lake Regional Park, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, and Lake Cunningham Regional Park.
Park fees were suspended last year to encourage people to go outside after indoor recreation areas were closed, but the city is bringing the revenue stream back online to help park maintenance and operation staff. In case you forgot, these parks cost $ 6 per day to park. However, annual passes issued from April 2019 to March 2020 will be recognized until they have been given a full year of value.