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October 7-13

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·       Featured events

·       This week’s events Stage and Concerts / Live & Local / Miscellaneous Events / Film / Kids / Sports

·       Literature / ArtMuseums and galleries

·       Dancing / Dining and Business promotions 

·       Downtown Living

·       Volunteer Opportunities / Coming up / SAP Center of San Jose

·       Parking / Pedicabs / Traffic / SJ Mineta Airport

Featured Events

Saturday – Pumpkins in the Park - Guadalupe River Park Conservancy presents: Pumpkins in the Park, including carnival games, free kids’ activities, giant pumpkin patch, kid-sized straw maze, costume parades at 10:20 am, 11:50 am, 2:30 pm and Children’s Discovery Museum costume swap, 10am-4pm, Guadalupe River Park / Discovery Meadow, (Woz Way & San Carlos);

Saturday – Sinatra centennial celebration benefit concert - The legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra would have observed his 100th birthday in 2015. To celebrate the occasion, the Stroke Awareness Foundation will welcome Frank Sinatra Jr. for a Centennial Celebration. Joined by Symphony Silicon Valley, under the direction of music director Terry Woodson, Frank Jr. will host a benefit gala commemorating Ol’ Blue Eye’s 100th birthday — an unforgettable evening filled with nostalgia and beautiful music. 7pm, California Theatre, $150;

Thursday-Friday – C2SV – Creative Convergence Silicon Valley – Five of the biggest names in digital media and marketing will speak at the upcoming Creative Convergence Silicon Valley festival:  Brian Fanzo,  livestreaming expert and voice of the millenials; Bryan Kramer, author of the business best-seller, “Shareology;” Jeremiah Owyang, collaborative economy expert; Michael Brito, leader in personal branding and social marketing; Robert Scoble, digital journalist followed by millions.

Other highlights:  Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times science and technology writer John Markoff will talk about his new book “Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots;” Markoff will also interview software pioneer Philippe Kahn, who invented the cameraphone; Jane McGonigal will speak on harnessing the power of games to solve global problems; City of San Francisco CIO Miguel Gamiño Jr. will talk about how local governments are using technology to become more efficient, effective and transparent; Entrepreneur Brienne Ghafourifar is one of the youngest people to ever to do a $1 million capital raise. She’ll discuss how her new venture, Entefy, is going; Todd Weaver will share his thoughts on reinventing personal computing with privacy as its primary objective.

Musical performances by A Yawn Worth Yelling, Andrew Bigs, Anya Kvitka, Babes, Beejus, Containher, Continuum Kingdom, Craig White, David Knight, Dinners, DJ Basura, DJ Combsy, DJ Malcolm Lee, Grace Love & the True Loves, GRMLN, Jean Baudin, Julius Papp, Natural Curves, Ryan Gaughan of Among Criminals, Sheriff Ramb, Steely Nash & the Cuts, Survival Guide, Sweet HayaH, Together Pangea, Westacy Ent, X Rated Funk Squad, Young Gully, Ziggy.  SoFA District and California Theatre; $20-$199;;

Sunday – Viva Calle SJ Celebrates Open Streets in San Jose - San Jose is embracing the global “ciclovia” phenomenon by producing its very own open streets program titled Viva CalleSJ, set to take place on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The vehicle-free event will for one-day, temporarily transform miles of busy streets into vibrant public spaces, promoting good health practices, active transportation alternatives, and engaging activities to people of all ages,abilities, and backgrounds. the heart of San José’s downtown, through the center of the city,west through the unique and charming Calle Willow Business District, all the way to the East Side and Emma Prusch Farm Park. As part of the dynamic event, The 50 Tour will make a stop at St. James Park during Viva CalleSJ, displaying all eight Lombardi Trophies won between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders. The City of San José and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition have partnered to develop this unique event to connect and encourage residents throughout San José and the Bay Area to think differently about their relationship with public spaces. To receive the latest program updates, follow Viva CalleSJ via Facebook, Twitter,Instagram or visit For more information, contact Ed Solis at (408) 793-5550.

Sunday -VivaCalleSJ, Viva Scavenger Hunt - Inspired by open streets programs held in cities around the world, VivaCalleSJ is San Jose’s inaugural undertaking in temporarily transforming six miles of streets into a paved park for a day of festivities. Join up with other urbanists for a scavenger hunt along this route and uncover the hidden secrets of some of the city’s most fascinating neighborhoods. 10am-3pm; Free to public;

Saturday – Oktoberfest at The Market - 3rd annual event includes classic Oktoberfest Music featuring The Showcase Band, followed by the Golden Gate Oktoberfest Dancers and Alfie and XS. Enjoy our Market- twist on German food and classic Oktoberfest games like brat tosses and stein hoisting. Free and open to the entire family.  Drinking tickets available for purchase at

San Pedro Square Market, 87 N. San Pedro St.

Saturday – Oktoberfest at Gordon Biersch — Gordon Biersch, the Bay Area’s largest brewing company, will bring Oktoberfest to its San Jose brewing facilities, 357 E. Taylor St. Try a selection of the brewery’s signature German-style beers, traditional and contemporary food options, live music, audience contests, free brewery tours, and even a five-story tall Ferris wheel. noon to 9 p.m., $20;;

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This week’s events 

Stage and Concerts

Wednesday-­ Sunday – Standup Comedy at the Improv -­ 8pm Wednesday: (18+) American Me Comedy ($15); 8pm Thursday: (18+) Full Throttle Comedy ($15); 7:30pm and 9:45pm Friday (18+), 7pm and 9:15pm Saturday (18+), and 7pm Sunday (18+) DL Hughley ($30); Tuesday – Magique Bazaar Tricky Tuesdays; 62 S. Second St.

Wednesday-Sunday, through Oct. 25 — RFK – David Arrow returns from New York to star as Robert F. Kennedy in San Jose Stage’s sizzling season opener.  This is the California premiere of the play written by Jack Holmes.  Wed-Thur 7:30pm, Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm, $30-35; San Jose Stage, 490 . First St.

Thursday-Saturday, through Oct. 18 — City Lights Theatre Co. presents Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — City Lights Theatre Company has been inspiring and challenging audiences with a host of plays and musicals. This season, they return with Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a play adapted by playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher, from the novella “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson. This new and shocking version is a theatrical feast of depravity, lust, horror, and love; 8 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2pm Sunday;  $15-$25.  529 S. Second St.

Thursday-Sunday – World premiere of Homeward Bound by Tabard Theatre Co. -  An Orphan Train Journey – Set in 1910, Homeward Bound follows six girls on an orphan train from New York City to points West, last stop San Jose.  Written by Cathy Spielberger Cassetta. Theatre on San Pedro Square; Thursday 10am, Friday and Saturday 8pm and Sunday 2pm, $15-$40;

Thursday-Sunday, through Nov. 1 – The Star-Spangled Girl by Northside Theatre Co. – By Neil Simon and directed by Angie Higgins. Starring Gretta Stimson, Jason Salazar, and Davied Morales. This fast-moving, hilarious comedy deals with two earnest young men struggling to put out a “protest” magazine, and the all-American girl who moves in next door and manages to send both of them into a romantic tail spin. Olinder Theatre, 848 E. William Street; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm; No performance Oct. 31; $17-$22

Friday-Sunday- Pirates of Penzance - Also known as The Slave of Duty, this is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. The opera’s official premiere was at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City on 31 December 1879, where the show was well received by both audiences and critics. Its London debut was on 3 April 1880, at the Opera Comique, where it ran for 363 performances, having already been playing successfully for over three months in New York.  Performed by Lyric Theatre.  Friday-Saturday 8pm and Sunday 2pm, Montgomery Theatre, at San Carlos and Market streets;

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Live & Local ~ Downtown San Jose’s Music Spotlight 


Thursday – Black Pearl fundraiser for Silicon Valley Cares at the Glasshouse — 5:30-8:30pm, 2 S. Market St.,  $30;

Downtown San Jose boasts about 40 venues that offer live music every week ranging from open mic nights at a coffee house to superstar performers at SAP Center or San Jose Civic.  Find out more and browse through many different venues at our Live and Local table

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Miscellaneous Events

Wednesday – SPUR hosts How to Get People Out of Cars - “Get people out of cars.” How many times have you heard that phrase? Leaders in the South Bay are actually doing it. Hear the latest on what the industry calls “transportation demand management” straight from those who are getting it done every day. Speakers include: Tom Harrington from Intuit, Carolyn Helmke from Stanford University, Adina Levin from Friends of Caltrain. 12:30PM; Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members;

Thursday – Book Launch Party for Rita Cameron’s new book, Ophelia’s Muse - The launch party at the San Jose Women’s Club will feature a talk about Pre-Raphaelite art, wine & cheese, a Victorian photo booth, and guest caricatures. Ophelia’s Muse, published by Kensington, depicts the passionate but doomed romance between the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painter Dante Rossetti and his model, muse, and wife, Lizzie Siddal. Free. RSVP a or; 6:30-9pm; San Jose Woman’s Club, 75 S. 11th St.;

Friday – Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market -  Fall fruits such as figs, grapes and apples have made their way into the market, sharing table space with summer stone fruits.  Go each week to collect fresh produce, hot foods, flowers and more. Also, live music and fun – always.  San Pedro Street between Santa Clara and St. John streets. 10 a.m.-2pm Fridays, (408) 279-1775;

Friday-Sunday – Ultimate Idol - Ever wonder about the backstage shenanigans, backstabbing and back-to-back murder plots that occur with alarming frequency on TV talent shows? Join our panel of judges — the insulting Brit, the ditsy pop star and the industry insider — as they struggle through a day of show auditions like no other! This oddball cast of characters is determined to slay you with jokes, puns and absurd situations, and possibly slay each other in the 6th Annual FUCSJ Mystery Musical Comedy. 2:30pm, First Unitarian Church of San Jose

160 N. Third St; $15 suggested donation. $10 for youth under 18;

Saturday – Devil’s Night 11:  Underground Wrestling Alliance – The eleventh anniversary of Devil’s Night is here. The season finale of UGWA. Everything has led to this show. You’ll see all three UGWA Championshipss on the line, as well as the rest of the UGWA roster in action. Plus, Deathgrave will be the house band for the night. 8:30pm, The Ritz, 400 S. First St.; $10; 21 and over.

Tuesday – SPUR hosts the Future of Passenger Rail -Though passenger rail was once at the forefront of accessibility and comfort in the United States, it has not evolved significantly over the past century. Countries around the world with more robust rail systems have continued to innovate, but what does a 21st century rail lifestyle look like here? What is the future of passenger rail? Speakers include: Will Baumgardner from Arup, Leos Novotny from Leo Express. 12:30pm; Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members;

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Camera 12, 201 S. Second St., at Paseo de San Antonio

$5.50 until 5pm, $9 evenings; $7 student/senior/children/military/SJ Library holders

Pan, The Walk, Lost in Hong Kong, Goodbye Mr. Loser, The Martian, Sicario, Everest, The Intern, The Green Inferno, Hotel Transylvania 2, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Black Mass, East Side Sushi

Opening Oct. 16:  Crimson Peak, Goosebumps, Bridge of Spies

Camera 3, Second and San Carlos streets

Trash, Goodnight Mommy, Yakuza Apocalypse, A Walk in the Woods

Saturday midnight:  The Room ($750)

Oct. 15 9:30pm and Oct. 17 at midnight:  Cult Movie Series: Childs Play

Opening Fri, Oct. 16th: Labyrinth of Lies; Boruto: Naruto The Movie

The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater at The Tech Museum of Innovation: With a 280-seat theater, experience the immersive power of films. Robots is featured. Plus, Mysteries of the Unseen World, Humpback Whales, Jerusalem. The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater, The Tech at 201 S. Market St.  408-795-6321, $8-10.

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Wednesdays-Thursdays – Outdoor Environmental Science Homeschool Program - Environmental science classes designed specifically for homeschool students. GRPC leads hands-on, outdoor programs that focus on the Guadalupe River watershed and the cultural and natural history of Santa Clara County, integrating scientific learning with an intimate experience of nature and place.  The Solar Series will begin in October with lessons about solar energy and its importance for the wildlife of the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens. Students will be empowered to build a solar car to race in the Solar Derby and use the sun’s energy to cook a tasty treat.  Note:  The last class of the Trash to Treasure Series: Repurpose is this Thursday.  1:30-3pm; ages: 5 to 12; $15 per student per class; Guadalupe Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave;

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Sports and Fitness

Registration for Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot and TiVo Santa Run Silicon Valley – Register for the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving and / or Santa Run on Dec. 13;;

Mondays and Wednesdays – Breakthrough Boot Camp - An outdoor workout that utilizes the field, track, bleachers and other structures. 8:30am.  275 N. 24th St.

Saturdays, Oct. 10-Nov.14 (6 weeks) – Fall Walking Series - Step by Step, you’ll be healthier as a result of this class that leads you through the paved trails along the Guadalupe River.  Join Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and fitness instructors Kristin Strellis and Janet Schumacher, Saturday mornings for fun, fitness and friendship along the Guadalupe River trails.  Whether you are looking to start a fitness program or add to your current program, they will be out on the trails with you providing instruction, motivation and accountability.  Interval training, safe for all fitness levels, will be used along with additional strength and flexibility exercises. 8:30am to 9:30am; 18 and Up; $30/members, $40/non-members; Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave. Pre-registration required;; 408-298-7657.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Fitness Boot Camp - Get into great shape while working out with a small group of other fitness-minded people. Request a free one-week trial. 6am-6:50am, 7am-7:50am, 120 Stockton Ave.,

Saturday – San Jose Sharks  -- Sharks begin their regular season quest for the Stanley Cup Wednesday at the LA Kings.  First regular season home game is Saturday vs. Anaheim Ducks.  More home games:  Oct. 22 vs. LA Kings, Oct. 24 vs. Carolina, Oct. 28 vs. Nashville.  SAP Center;

San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium

Oct. 16 – Earthquakes vs. Sporting Kansas City (end of regular season)                           

San Jose State Spartans football at Spartan Stadium

Oct. 17 – Spartans vs. San Diego State, TBA
Oct. 24 – Spartans vs. New Mexico, 4pm
Nov. 6 – Spartans vs. BYU,
Nov. 27 – Spartans vs. Boise St., 12:30pm

San Jose Barracuda ice hockey at SAP Center

Friday – Rockford IceHogs, 7:30pm
Oct. 21 – San Diego, 7:30pm
Oct. 23 – San Diego, 7pm

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Classes, conferences, meetings and seminars

Wednesday – By the Numbers: Practical Accounting and Finance for HR – Get up to speed on important accounting and finance principles and gain a new perspective of HR in terms of your company’s financial health. You’ll learn relevant terminology and gain confidence in your discussions about financial matters and concepts. 9:30am-4:30pm; Intacct – 300 Park Avenue, Suite 1400; NCHRA Members $249 / General $329;

Monday – Wednesday (Oct. 14) – Apigee Global Conference – Apigee will present its unique global conference focused on building API-powered digital business. “We could think of no better place to host our annual conference for digital innovators from all over the world than Downtown San Jose,” said Chet Kapoor, CEO of Apigee. San Jose Convention center;

Oct 14 – Pathways of Hope and Opportunity: Out of Poverty Action Summit - presented by Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. With a renewed focus on alleviating, preventing, and reducing poverty, our Hope and Opportunity Summit celebrates Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County’s 60 years of Changing Lives for Good. The Summit will engage community leaders in a three-part conversation to create a shared action agenda that moves people out of poverty in Santa Clara County. 7am-4pm, The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S Market St; $60 for each am and pm sessions, $100 all day; $250 60th Anniversary Innovation and Inspiration Gala 6-9pm;



Thursday – Cinequest meetup – Includes screening of the animated comedy, “Behind My behind” by San Jose native David Chai. Free, 4:30-6:30pm, Nemea Greek Taverna, 96 S. First St.

Through Feb. 7 – Artists Including Me: William Wegman - Introduces viewers to lesser known, deeply personal works in which Wegman reflects on his lifetime of engagement with art history, popular culture, humor, and philosophy in art.  San Jose Museum of Art.

Through Nov. 1 – Found / Made - The exhibition is an exploration of exchanges between quilt making and art making. Art and quilts push the boundaries of traditional quiltmaking with repurposed fabrics, unusual materials and innovative techniques. San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

Through Jan. 10 – Covert Operations – Investigating the Known Unknowns - Covert Operations is the first survey of a generation of artists who respond to the uncertainties of the post-9/11 world. They unearth, collect and explore previously covert information, using legal procedures as well as resources such as the Freedom of Information Act, government archives, field research and insider connections. In thirty-five powerful works, international artists push the idea of art beyond conventional thinking.This exhibition is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. San Jose Museum of Art.

Daily – Downtown Doors - Downtown Doors program expanded with art work from local high school students now featured on 100 service doors and utility boxes.  The new  2015 images are now up in the downtown core.  Download the map and explore the Doors by visiting

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Museums and galleries

Anno Domini - the second coming of art and design – Open noon-7pm Tuesday-Friday; noon-5pm Saturday. 366 S. First St. Free. 408-271-5155

Art Ark Gallery - 1035 S. Sixth St – Open by appointment only.

Art Object Gallery - Open 1-4pm Thursday-Saturday. 592 N. Fifth St. Free. 408-288-9305

Casa Jalisco – Open 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. 320 S. First St. Free. 408-890-5507,

KALEID gallery - Open noon-7pm Tuesday – Friday; Noon-5pm Saturday. $2 Tuesdays every third Tuesday of the month. 88 S. 4 St. Free. 408-271-5151 or

MACLA - Open noon-7pm Wednesday -Thursday; noon-5pm Friday-Saturday. 510 S. 1St. Free. 408-998-2783 or

Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery - Open 11am-4pm and 6-7:30pm Tuesday; 11am-4pm Wednesday – Friday. Art Building, San Jose State University, 1 Washington Square. Free. 408-924-4328

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum - Open 10am-5pm Monday – Friday; 11am-6pm Saturday-Sunday. 1342 Naglee Ave. $9, $7 seniors/students, $5 ages 5-10, free for ages 4 and younger. 408-947-3636 or

San Jose City Hall - Various exhibits. Open 8am-5pm, Monday – Friday. 200 E. Santa Clara St. Free. 408-535-8168

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art - Open 10am-5pm, Tuesday – Friday (First Friday 10am-10pm); Noon-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. Closed Monday. 560 S. 1st St.  Free Admission. Donations welcomed. Coming up Sept. 26-Oct. 24:  35th annual silent and live auctions. $50-$100. 408-283-8155 or

San Jose Museum of Art – 11 am-5pm Tuesday – Sunday. 110 S. Market St. $8.  408-271-6840.

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles – Open 10am-5pm Wednesday – Sunday (free from 7-11pm on the first Friday of every month). 520 S. First St. $8 Adults-$6.50 Seniors/Students. 408-971-0323 or

Seeing Things Gallery - Gallery, books and zines. 11am-7pm Tuesday – Friday and noon-6pm Saturday; 30 N. 3rd St. 891-7553

SPUR San Jose Urban Gallery - 11am-5pm Tuesday-Friday, 76 S. 1st St.

The Tech Museum of Innovation - Open daily 10am-5pm. 201 S Market St. Pricing: Adult admission for the galleries only $15. Add an educational IMAX film for only $5.  Children (ages 3-17) or $20 for a combo ticket, active students with ID and seniors will pay only $10 for museum entry and $8 for an educational film in IMAX – or $15 for a combo ticket. 408-294-8324 or

Works/San Jose – Open noon-4pm Tuesday – Saturday (to 7pm Thursday). 365 S. Market St. 408-295-8378.

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Business Promotions

New Happy Hour menu at The Grill on the Alley, 172 S. Market St.

Hawaiian Airlines Farmers’ Market Discount – $50 off round-trip coach and $100 off roundtrip First Class Webfares between SJC, OAK, SFO, LAX and JFK and one Hawaiian Island. International discounts of $100-$300 off coach and business, respectively, between US and New Zealand, Australia or China.  Book before Nov. 15, travel before Dec. 15.  Click here for booking page:  Enter program code: SJDA

Hawaiian Airlines Downtown Ice airfare discounts - The readers of Travel + Leisure have ranked Hawaiian Airlines as the top domestic carrier serving Hawaii, according to the magazine’s 2013 World’s Best Awards. Go to, use promotion code “SJDA” and get year-round discounts on flights to the islands and beyond.  Click here for booking page:

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Dancing and Nightlife

Agenda Lounge – 399 S. First St.  408-287-3991 · Aura Night Nightclub – 389 S. First St.  408-279-1888 · Beso Club – 417 S. First St. 818-359-4235 · The Brit – 173 W. Santa Clara St.  408-278-1400 · The Continental  – 349 S. First St.  · Dive Bar – 78 E. Santa Clara St. 408-288-5252 · Fahrenheit Ultralounge – 99 E San Fernando St.  408-998-9998 · Freddie J’s – 97 E. Santa Clara St. · Habana Club Restaurant – 238 Race St. 408-998-2822 · Lido Nightclub – 30 S. First St.  408-298-4318 · Liquid Lounge – 32 S. Third St.  Loft Bar and Bistro – 90 S. Second St.  408-291-0677 · Myth Tavern & Lounge – 152 Post St.  408-286-7678 · Studio 8 – 8 S. First St.  408-279-4444 · SP2 – 72 N. Almaden Ave. · San Jose Bar and Grill – 85 S. Second St. 408-286-2397 · South First Billiards  – 420 S. First St.  408-294-7800 · Splash 65 Post St., 408-292-2222 · Temple Bar and Lounge – 52 S. First St. · The Ritz – 400 S. First St. · Tres Gringos – 83 S. Second St. 408-278-9888

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Downtown Living

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Thursday-Sunday, through Nov. 15 – The Dancing Cat – Final Weeks - Located at 702 E Julian at 15th Street, The Dancing Cat provides visitors the opportunity to meet friends, read, study, or simply lounge with adoptable cats in a comfortable, open room, under a ceiling of colorful lanterns.  Approximately a dozen lucky adult cats are in residence at any given time enjoying a cage-free environment, allowing their authentic kitty natures to emerge.  Whether you are looking to adopt, or meet up with other cat-loving community, this unique venue is not to be missed. noon to 6 pm Thursday through Sunday with extended hours on Friday and Saturday.  Reserve a spot at  $5-$10 donation requested.

Wildfire support – Meriwest has just announced a fundraising campaign in support of the Middletown and Lake County wildfires.  Meriwest will match community donations.  Check (the bottom of the page has a banner linking to our fundraising platform, and under “Latest News” is a landing page with information).

GRP&G Donor Walkway - A paver or bench plaque in the Donor Walkway at Arena Green is lasting way to honor or remember someone special. This enduring tribute is also a tax-deductible way to support park development.  Pavers are available in three sizes for a donation of $250, $500, or $1,000 and bench plaques are $2500. The Arena Green area of the Guadalupe River Park is centrally located (right across from the Shark Tank!) and used for events and recreational activities. For more information, visit

The Tech Museum of Innovation - Experience the inner workings of one of the most unique museums in the country at The Tech Museum of Innovation in downtown San Jose.  You don’t have to be an engineer or a teacher to empower our visitors to build a robot or navigate the world of cyber security with fun games and activities. You’ll have a real impact on STEM education and design-challenge learning for kids in the Bay Area. With volunteerism comes:  Free admission to the museum and educational IMAX films; Free downtown parking, popcorn and soda while you volunteer; Discounts in The Tech Store, The Tech Café and IMAX special events; Ongoing training and support. 408-795-6190;;

Trinity Cathedral - The church’s beloved 18 historical bells are due back late this summer with the six new bells to give Trinity its expanded carillon. To help bring back the bells $70,000 must be raised the to cover the cost of the new bells, keyboard, cabling and bell frame as well as extensive strengthening of the historic bell tower.  Opportunities to sponsor the casting of a new bell or the refurbishing/retuning of one of the existing bells in memory or honor of someone run from $5,000 to $11,000;  Contact Paul Archambeault at (408-293-7953)

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Coming Up

Wednesday, Oct. 14 – Reception for Capt. Dave Tindall -  Welcome the new captain of SJPD Central Division, 6:30pm, Trinity Cathedral.

Oct. 14 – What Will It Take to Achieve Vision Zero?-In a transformative shift in thinking about safe mobility, San Jose, San Francisco and cities across the country are committing to Vision Zero, a significant effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries among all road users. What are San Jose’s strategies and what can we learn from the European cities that have dramatically increased road safety while boosting overall mobility? Speakers include: Jaime Fearer  from CA Walks, Zahir Gulzadah from San Jose Department of Transportation, Colin Heyne from Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Leah Shahum from Vision Zero Network. 12:30PM, Free for SPUR members, $10 for non-members;

Oct. 15 — HERcity offers a lesson in Craft Brew 101 - HerCitizens will sample six different craft beers and ciders while learning from experts about how different brewing styles create varying flavors. The leading women of San Jose’s craft beer industry – Jenny Lewis, CEO of Strike Brewing Co., and Brandi Ivy, brewer of Hermitage Brewing Co. – will answer questions and guide the tasting.  Also on hand, savory tastes and desserts from Teresa Lopez at Angelou’s Mexican Grill.  NOTE:  Twenty percent of each ticket supports The Women’s Gathering Place, which provides services and resources for homeless women; 5:30- 8pm, ISO Beers patio, 75 E. Santa Clara St. #120 $32 if purchased Wednesday or before and $37 Thursday until the event. Tickets and info at

Oct. 18 – OktoBRAfest - Hoist a beer, enjoy a sausage and support homeless and at-risk women at the 2nd annual OktoBRAfest. County Supervisor Cindy Chavez is the honorary host and ​Lissa Kreisler, KBAY Morning Show Host, will emcee the fest, which is hosted by the Be A Dear And Donate A Brassiere Section, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Bra Cupcake Decorating Contest,  the Ms. and Mr. OktoBRAfestContest (wear your best lederhosen and your undergarments on the outside!), German music and dancing, a raffle for fabulous local stay-cations.  Dance Instructor Bud Ayers will teach Polka. Proceeds will benefit the The Women’s Gathering Place, a drop-in center in downtown that provides a safe community for homeless and at risk women. 3-5pm, San Jose Woman’s Club – Landmark Ballroom, 75 S. 11th Street; $20 advance, $25 at the door –;

Oct. 24 and Nov. 28 – Tails and Trails - Leisurely nature walks for humans and their doggy friends. Meet new friends and explore the Guadalupe River and its many art pieces and exhibits. Learn about flora and fauna species all along the way. Each walk will focus on a different region of the park and discovering areas such as Arena Green, Discovery Meadow, Confluence Point, Little Italy, and our Historic Orchard and Heritage Rose Garden.  9-11am, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave. $10-$15; pre-registration is required ; 408-298-7657.

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Montgomery Theater

Oct. 9-11 – Lyric Theater: Pirates of Penzance
Oct. 15 – Alfio in concert
Oct. 17 – Kawayan Folk Arts presents Kadiliman
Oct. 18 – Hello Gorgeous – Tribute to Barbra Streisand

California Theatre

Oct. 16-17 – sjDANCEco: Masterpieces and Mad Genius

City National Civic

Oct. 15 – Pepe Aguilar, 7:30pm
Oct. 21 – Judas Priest and Mastadon, 8pm
Oct. 22 – Veggie Tales Live – Little Kids Do Big Things, 6:30pm
Oct. 29 – Danzig – with Superjoint, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain

Center for the Performing Arts

Oct. 16-18 – Silicon Valley Ballet: Giselle
Nov. 3 – Bo Burnham
Nov. 18 – David Desaris, 7:30pm

SAP Center of San Jose

Oct. 19 – Madonna – Rebel Heart Tour

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Parking / Pedicabs / Traffic / SJ Mineta Airport


Sunday – VivaCalleSJ Street Closures on Sunday 7am-4pm: St. John St (Whole Road) between Third St and Market St; Market St (Whole Road) between St. John St and San Fernando St; Market St (Southbound) between San Fernando St and San Carlos St; Market St (Whole Road) between San Carlos St and Reed St; First St (Whole Road) between Reed St and Keyes St; Willow St (Whole Road) between Lelong St and Prospect St; Graham Ave (Whole Road) between S. Almaden Ave and Sherman St; Goodyear St (Whole Road) between Sherman St and First St; Keyes St (Whole Road) between First St and Senter Rd; Story Rd (Whole Road) between Senter Rd and King Rd

Please note the following street intersections do allow vehicles to cross during the event:

·      St. John St and First St
·      Santa Clara St and Market St
·      San Carlos St and Market St
·      San Salvador St and Market St
·      Willow St and Vine St
·      Willow St and Almaden Ave
·      Keyes St and Second St
·      Keyes St and Third St
·      Keyes St and Tenth St
·      Keyes St and Eleventh St
·      Story Rd and Lucretia Ave
·      Story Rd and McLaughlin Ave


DASH shuttle – The DASH shuttle, which connects Diridon station to downtown’s core with free rides, runs 6:30am to 9:15 pm.  Shuttles are every 10-15 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes later.

Pedicabs – Eco City Cycles - Look for Eco City Cycles door-to-door pedicab service. The service is available Wednesday-Saturday from 7 pm-2 am.  Call ahead for reservations or pick ups 408-771-7723. Negotiate your

Bike sharing – Bike share stations can be found at 15 locations around downtown.  Also in cities up and down the peninsula. Memberships now available;

Mineta San Jose International Airport

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Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice:


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Special SJDA Downtown Ice Airfares to Hawaii

Use promotion code: SJDA to get 5% off roundtrip web fares to Hawaii from San Jose. Flight 43 departs San Jose for Honolulu daily at 9:10 a.m., and Flight 44 returns at 9:05 p.m. each night.

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