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Published on: 8/21/2014 2:41 PM

Dear Friend,

You’re invited to let us know how the high cost of living in Santa Clara County is affecting you and your family. county logo blue

A free forum called “The Price We Pay for Living in Santa Clara County” will be offered in two sessions, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., on Monday, August 25, 2014, in the Isaac Newton Auditorium at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose.

Presented by the County Office of Human Relations and the Human Relations Commission, the forum offers you an opportunity to speak out or submit testimony in writing. Translation and free child care services will be provided.

Your feedback is important to me and the other Supervisors as we make decisions on policies and budget issues. Click here for more information and to register or call the Office of Human Relations at 408-792-2310 or my office at 408-299-5030.

Below are other events, programs and activities you might benefit from.


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Sign Up for Day on the Bay’s Resource Fair
Register now for a booth at our 5th annual Day on the Bay multicultural festival, which will be on Sunday, October 12, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alviso Marina County Park.  To reserve a booth, volunteer or perform on one of our stages, visit our DOB Webpage or email Johnson Tran at  or call the Office of Dave Cortese at 408-299-5030.   Deadline to register for a booth is September 19.

September 11 Peace Picnic to Honor James McEntee
Supervisor Dave Cortese, the American Muslim Voice Foundation and Santa Clara County Friends of Human Relations invite you to the Peace Picnic: From Fear to Friendship from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, at the James  McEntee Plaza at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding, San Jose. The event will honor the victims and first responders of the September 11, 2001 attack, with a special tribute to James McEntee, a peacemaker who served as the County’s Director of the Office of Human Relations for decades. The free event will include a multi-faith service, cultural performances, refreshments and children’s activities.  For more information, visit or call Supervisor Cortese’s office at 408-299-5030.

Save the Date for Carry the Vision
Registration is open for Carry the Vision, the 9th annual Community in Compassion Conference and Youth Leadership Summit on Sunday, October 19 at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. The keynote speaker is Father Greg Boyle, Homeboy Industries founder and author of “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” The event also provides workshops and panels, community dialogue and lunch. The community conference is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Youth Leadership Summit is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is presented by Supervisor Dave Cortese and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. For more information and to register, visit

Summer Writing Project Deadline is August 31
Attention aspiring authors. There is still time in Santa Clara County Library District’s Summer Writing Project to submit your novella and perhaps get it published. The SCCLD has joined forces with JukePop Inc. and Black Hill Press to identify up-and-coming literary talent. A novella is longer than a story but shorter than a novel – about 10,000 to 30,000 words. You must be 18 or older, follow JukePop’s criteria and submit your entry no later than August 31, 2014.  Black Hill Press will select three novellas and publish them with artwork by Jeanie Phan. For more information, visit the Summer Writing Project page.

San Jose Anti-Graffiti & Litter Program
Learn how to keep your community free of litter and graffiti. The staff of the Anti-Graffiti and Litter Program (AGLP) will host informational resource tables on Tuesday, August 26 and Tuesday, September 9, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Edenvale Branch Library, 101 Branham Lane, San Jose. AGLP staff will also give a presentation on the Anti-Graffiti and Litter Program to the Edenvale/GreatOaks Plan Implementation Coalition at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, at the Edenvale Community Center. For more information, call the AGLP team at 408-535-3538.

Historic Homes Designed by Prominent Architects Open for Tour
Four homes in San Jose’s Naglee Park, San Jose and one on The Alameda will be open for the Wolfe and McKenzie Home tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 23.  The homes were designed by prominent, local architects Frank D. Wolfe and Charles McKenzie during their partnership between 1899 and 1910. These homes will be open to the public for the first time. The tour is presented by the Preservation Action Council of San Jose. For more information and tickets, visit the PACSJ webpage.

Stroll the Alameda for a Tasting Treat
San Jose’s Shasta Hanchett Neighborhood Association and the Alameda Business Association will present the 4th Annual Stroll the Alameda from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 24.  Tickets for the Wine and Beer Stroll are $25 each in advance and include 12 tastes and a souvenir glass. The event also offers entertainment.   Click here for more information.

Information Meeting Set for Partners in Reading
Join the Partners in Reading free informational meeting at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 150 East San Fernando Street, San Jose. This meeting will be 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, and will provide an opportunity to learn about the Partners in Reading program, which teaches participants to read and write better. For more information call 408-808-2361 or visit

Learn About Being an Advocate for Foster Children
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is looking for volunteers to work one-on-one with foster children, providing emotional and educational support and making sure their voices are heard at court hearings.  To find more out about being a Court Appointed Special Advocate, you can attend an open house planned for 6:15 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, 1400 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose or visit:

Library District Looking for Reading Tutors
The Santa Clara County Library District’s Reading Progam offers free one-on-one tutoring to adult students to improve reading and writing skills.  Tutors spend two hours per week with their students. To become a volunteer, attend an orientation session from 2 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9, at the Milpitas Library, 160 North Main Street, Milpitas.

Register Now for Fall Classes
Registration is under way for the San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department’s fall session of classes and activities. Find out more by visiting

OYP is Seeking Youth Leaders
The Opportunity Youth Partnership islooking for youth and young adults from age 16-24 to help youth who are disconnected from school and work. OYP is a part of Kids in Common, an organization that focuses on improving children’s lives in Santa Clara County. Participants will receive stipends. For more information, contact Katrina Slater at or call 408-795-3768.

Parenting Classes
The Bill Wilson Center offers a seven-week course for parents and caregivers who are experiencing difficulties parenting their teenaged children. This class uses the highly effective Systematic Training for Effective Parenting material. Classes are held at Bill Wilson Center, 3490 The Alameda in Santa Clara on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. starting September 11. Fees are based on a sliding scale. There is no charge for parents whose children have been in the Bill Wilson Center Residential Program. For more information, call 408-243-0222.

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