San Jose community briefs for the week of April 23

Garden Club sale

Spring is the perfect time to dust off those gardening gloves, and the San Jose Garden Club is hosting an event next weekend to help people get planting. The club’s annual plant sale—which includes vegetables, succulents and flowers—benefits local green nonprofits, including Our City Forest and Veggielution. The event will take place next Friday and Saturday, April 30-May 1, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at 1190 Camino Ramon.

Brave bystanders sought

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), a local nonprofit that advocates for underrepresented communities in health and law, is hosting a workshop for young residents in light of the recent spike in violence against the Asian American community.

The workshop will focus on the history of anti-Asian violence in the U.S. and ways bystanders and victims can react to violence.

The virtual event will take place on Zoom on Thursday, April 29, 4-6 p.m., and is free for people ages 11-24. To register, visit

Her Drive in San Jose

Her Drive, a national nonprofit that collects and distributes bras and menstrual care products for people who don’t have access to them, is hosting a collection drive in San Jose through May 5. Residents can donate new or gently used bras, individually wrapped pads or tampons, soaps and other menstrual and general hygiene products by scheduling a pick-up online at

Neighborhood Notes

WILLOW GLEN>> Hicklebee’s children’s bookstore is hosting an online event for parents, librarians and other adults interested in the newest big releases from the children’s publishing world. For tickets to the event—which will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.—visit and click on “Spring preview with Valerie-Lewis.”

ALMADEN VALLEY>>District 10 City Councilmember Matt Mahan is hosting his regular “Chat with Matt” office hours April 24 at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Register at

CAMBRIAN>>District 9 City Councilmember Pam Foley is hosting a town hall Thursday, April 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m., regarding the proposed Google Downtown West project. Representatives from Google will be present to answer residents’ questions. The event will take place on Zoom—register at—and will be streamed on the Councilmember’s Facebook Live.


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Author: Michelle Pitcher

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