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Published on: 7/14/2014 11:31 AM

Dear Friend,

One of the most effective tools law enforcement organizations can use in fighting crime is you. Organized neighborhoods that have a good relationship with the police who patrol their areas are a tremendous asset to officers who are trying to catch vandals, burglars and other criminals.

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Police-community partnerships are celebrated each year on National Night Out, which this year is on August 5. Now is the time to start organizing your event and registering it with your local police department. Whether you plan a large barbecue, a potluck or an ice cream social, you will get to know your neighbors better and send a message to criminals that you are organized and fighting back.

If you want a police officer or official to visit your gathering in San Jose, you need to register by July 25. Call the SJPD Crime Prevention Unit at 408-277-4133 or click here for a registration form.

See you at National Night Out!

Also, check out the other summer events and activities listed below.


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Day on the Bay – Save the Date
Our annual Day on the Bay multicultural festival will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, at the Alviso Marina County Park. If you’re interested in registering for a booth or providing entertainment, please call our office at 408-299-5030 or click here for a registration form.

70th Santa Clara County Fair to Open on July 31
The 70th Santa Clara County Fair will open on Thursday, July 31, and run through Sunday, August 3, at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose.  Members of the local 4-H and Future Farmers of America will be showing their livestock throughout the event, including pigs, cattle, sheep, rabbits and chickens.  For information, visit

Summer Pops Series Offers Free Symphony Concerts
Target Summer Pops Series will return this summer with four free concerts by Symphony Silicon Valley beginning on Saturday, July 26, at San Jose State University, San Fernando and Fourth streets, San Jose. Other concerts are scheduled for July 27, August 1 and August 2. For information, visit the Symphony website.

County Parks Offer Summer Activities
Santa Clara County park system has grown to include 29 regional parks encompassing nearly 48,000 acres of land. Click here for a summer guide of activities.

Dinosaurs at the Milpitas Library
At 3 p.m. on July 31, the Milpitas Library, 160 North Main Street, will present Dinosaurs Rock with genuine dinosaur fossils. For more information, visit the library’s website.

STEM Workshops at the Tech
San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation offers hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) drop-in programs that are included in the admission cost.  They are on a first-come, first-served basis. Through August 17, you can explore the world of circuitry inside familiar gadgets and toys and learn how to create new sounds or movements. Guests are encouraged to bring unwanted toys to take apart, but toys will also be available. For more information, call 408-294-8324 or visit

San Jose Giants Summer Camps for Girls and Boys
Registration is open for the San Jose Giants second session of the eighth annual summer camp from July 16 to 19 at the Municipal Stadium.  The camp session will focus on developing baseball skills for boys and girls ages 8 through 14.  Register at

Wellness and Recovery Plan Group to Start in July
Downtown Mental Health, 1075 East Santa Clara St., San Jose, will start a new Wellness and Recovery Action Plan group for consumers from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays starting July 9. The eight-week series of workshops are for consumers who experience mental health challenges and may be dually diagnosed. For questions, call Lorraine Zeller at 408- 792-2132 or Karen Flink at 408-792-2140.

Akoma Arts Offers Drum and Dance Classes for Kids
African Drum and Dance Performance Workshops for Kids are underway at Hoover Community Center, 1677 Park Avenue, San Jose. The 5 to 6 p.m. sessions is for children ages 5 through 12, and the 6 to 7 pm. sessions are for ages 13 through 17. A $10 donation is requested. Contact Keith Hames at 408-506-6988 or visit

Bike Ride to Alviso Marina County Park
Join Guadalupe River Park Conservancy’s Executive Director Leslee Hamilton and Ranger Daniel Sanchez of the National Park Service’s Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail on Saturday, August 9, for a leisurely round-trip ride out to Alviso Marina County Park. On the way, you’ll learn about wildlife and history along the Guadalupe River. Bring your bike, helmet, water, sunscreen and a lunch. Meet at the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor & Education Center at 438 Coleman Ave in San Jose at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members.  Registration is limited to 20 riders, ages 12 an up, and closes on August. 6.  For more information, visit or call 408-298-7657.

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