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Updated on: 4/17/2019 7:45 AM
Upcoming Events 

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Los Gatos: Wildfire Preparedness Community Meetings 2019
Dates: April 10, ​25, 30 & May 8, 14
Locations: Varies
The Santa Clara County Fire District in conjunction with local communities will be hosting a series of community wildfire preparedness meetings this spring.  These meetings will help reduce wildfire risk and better prepare your family and your home in the event of an emergency. 
More information: www.sccfd.org

Morgan Hill: Earth Day Celebration
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
Location: Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill
Join the City of Morgan Hill for a FREE event in honor of Earth Day! Learn about our local environment and ways to get involved to make a difference. This is a fun and educational event with free giveaways, family-friendly crafts, games, and informational resources. There will be booths held by Henry Coe State Park, Our City Forest, Make A Wave Club, and many more! All ages are welcome.
More information: http://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1421

San Jose: Community Meeting: A Discussion on Public Safety
Date: Monday, April 22, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Location: John Muir Middle School, 1260 Branham Lane, San Jose, CA 95118
Hosted by Councilmember Pam Foley; Mayor Sam Liccardo, Police Chief Eddie and County Supervisor Mike Wasserman will attend as well. There will be an update on the details surrounding the arrest of Bambi Larson's alleged murderer, information about our current laws, and how to advocate for change in policy. 
More information: www.eventbrite.com

San Jose: Board of Supervisors Meeting
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 9:30 am 
Location: Board Chambers, 70 West Hedding St, San Jose
The public is invited to attend the regular meeting of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
More information: www.sccgov.org ​

Morgan Hill: Coyote Valley Landscape Linkage Project
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm 
Location: Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Avenue, Morgan Hill
Gail Basson, project manager for the project will speak about tracking wildlife movement between the Santa Cruz Mountains and Diablo Range, including the Morgan Hill connection.
More information: www.sccl.org​

Gilroy: Legislative Summit
Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Location: Hilton Garden Inn – Gilroy, 6070 Monterey Road, Gilroy
The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce is holding their yearly legislative summit with prestigious guests: Congress members Zoe Lofgren and Jimmy Panetta, State Senator Bill Monning, State Assemblymember Robert Rivas, County Supervisor Mike Wasserman, Morgan Hill Mayor Rich Constantine, Gilroy Mayor Roland Velasco, and Water District Board Member John Varela. $45/ticket.
Purchase Tickets: gilroy.org/events/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=112

San Jose: Walk, Run, Fun! Sister County 5K
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Martial Cottle Park, 5283 Snell Avenue, San Jose
Join the County of Santa Clara/Hsinchu, Taiwan Sister County Commission for the “Walk, Run, Fun! Sister County 5K” fundraiser for a day to promote physical activity with family, friends and community. Adult early bird registration by March 24 is $25, $30 by April 15. Children: (10 & under) $25 by April 15 ($20 early bird before March 24). Registrants will receive a souvenir T-shirt, learn about Martial Cottle Park, participate in prize drawings and tour the organic Jacobs Farm after the walk/run. Free parking. Register: www.WalkRunFun5K.org
More information: sistercounties@ceo.sccgov.org or 408-299-5115

San Jose: 10th Annual International Children’s Festival
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm 
Location: Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way, San Jose
International Children’s Festival unites world cultures in the Bay Area through food, fun and dance. Join in and explore a variety of cultures from your neighborhood! Pony Rides, petting zoo, cultural dances of more than 20 different countries, ethnic foods, and more! The event is FREE, but RSVP is required. 
More information: www.childrensfest.org 

Saratoga: Current State of Real Estate & Stock Markets
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Location: Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga 
Presenters from the Financial Planners of America will give an overview of the current state of the real estate and stock markets and how you can recognize opportunities.
More information: www.sccl.org​

San Jose: 8th Annual Business Summit 
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm 
Location: 70 W Hedding, San Jose, CA
Attend informative and inspirational workshops, participate in business networking, and gain resources for you and your business, in celebration of National Small Business Week. The County will also offer business matchmaking opportunities with select departments. Registration is free.
Register at: https://smbizsummit2019.eventbrite.com

Gilroy: Hora de cuentos en español (Spanish Storytime)
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Location: Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth Street, Gilroy 95020
Acompáñenos a escuchar cuentos, canciones, y rimas para familias con niños. También habrá una manualidad simple y tiempo para jugar. (Join in for stories, songs, and rhymes for families with children. There will be a simple craft and time to play. Speakers of all languages are welcome to attend.) 
More information: www.sccl.org​

Los Gatos: Wine Walk
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Downtown Los Gatos (N. Santa Cruz & Main Street) 
Fine Wine, Live Music, Great Shopping, and Charming Downtown. Sip tastings from dozens of local wineries. Stroll through Downtown Los Gatos to enjoy wine tasting and food samples at local shops and restaurants. Must be 21 or older to participate. Event will be held rain or shine.
More information: https://bit.ly/2Orzyy2

Morgan Hill: Cops & Robbers Ball
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm 
Location: Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill
The 8th annual Cops & Robbers Ball, presented by the Community Law Enforcement Foundation will benefit the Morgan Hill Police Department. The event will feature a reception, dinner, presentation of the Public Safety Award, silent & live auctions and dancing. $125/person.
Tickets & Information: http://www.morganhillclef.org/copsrobbersball.html

Santa Clara Valley: 2019 Going Native Garden Tour
Date: Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 
Location: Various Locations
Are you interested in gardens that are water-wise low maintenance and attractive to humans as well as birds and butterflies? This is a free, self-guided tour of home gardens landscaped with California native plants. Gardens from Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Redwood City and San Mateo are open on Saturday. Gardens in San Jose, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, and Gilroy/Morgan Hill are open on Sunday.
Registration required: www.gngt.org

Mountain View: Silicon Valley FACES - Build A Future Luncheon 
Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm 
Location: Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View 
For over 50 years, FACES has enabled thousands of youth in Santa Clara County to break down barriers and become leaders of change in their communities.  Past delegates have gone on to organize peaceful rallies in their communities including Black Lives Matter, March for Our Lives and immigration support. Their delegates have also gone on to become leaders in their communities by becoming elected officials, teachers, law enforcement, and social justice advocates. Please join them to meet past and current delegates to hear their inspirational stories of transformation and change.
More information: https://conta.cc/2TE8g8L

San Martin: Aviation Day
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm 
Location: Wings of History Air Museum, 12777 Murphy Avenue, San Martin
A fundraising event for the Wings of History Air Museum. There will be plenty of family friendly actives including: Model Building, Air Plane Rides for Kids (8-17), Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides, Model Aircraft Demos, and Antique Aircrafts, Cars & Tractors. 
More information: wingsofhistory.org

Gilroy: 13th Annual Hearts of Gilroy Women’s Luncheon and Auction
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Eagle Ridge Golf Club, 2951 Club Drive, Gilroy
Join Community Solutions for a day of fun, fashion and philanthropy. Each year, community members, donors and volunteers join together to raise funds to provide critical services for local children and families affected by abuse, violence and mental health issues.  Prizes are awarded to the women wearing the best shoes and a guest is surprised with the Heart of Gilroy award to recognize her active involvement in making Gilroy a better place to live, work and thrive. 
Tickets & information: https://bit.ly/2CIpDj1

San Jose:  Healthier Kids Foundation's Annual Symposium
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm 
Location: SCC Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose
Healthier Kids Foundation is hosting their 9th Annual Symposium on the Status of Children’s Health that will focus on how we can pioneer smart solutions to remove children's health barriers. This year will focus on current data relative to children’s health in our community.
Tickets & Information: hkidsf.org/hkf_events/9th-annual-symposium-status-childrens-health/


Community Announcements

Accepting Internship Applications (now through May).  My office is looking for a spring and/or summer intern. High school, college, and graduate students as well as non-students are encouraged to apply. While working, interns can expect to learn about how a County Supervisor's office operates. The ideal candidate will possess strong communication skills and an interest in local government. Visit my website for more information and to apply: Supervisor Mike Wasserman - Intern with Mike.

The County of Santa Clara announces the release of the Historic Grant Program.
The Board of Supervisors established the Historic Grant Program (HGP) in 2018 with the purpose of celebrating history in Santa Clara County with a preference for Projects that acknowledge and celebrate untold stories and/or underrepresented/disadvantaged communities. This can include, but is not limited to, the history of women, Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Italian Americans, Native Americans, LGBTQ, viticulture/viticultural communities, agriculture/ agricultural communities, individual communities, technology, and politics and government. $5 million in available funds / $1 million in each Supervisorial District. For more information, download the Historic Grant Program Procedural Guide from Parkhere.org.

Fourth of July Fireworks Grant Funding Opportunity
. Government agencies and nonprofit organizations planning to hold 2019 Fourth of July fireworks events in Santa Clara County may benefit from the County's grant program established to fund safe and legal fireworks displays. The County is allocating a total of $25,000 to sponsor up to two fireworks events in each of the five supervisorial districts ($5,000 per district). Interested organizations must complete an application. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., April 5, 2019. Fireworks Events must be open to any resident in Santa Clara County, be family-friendly, and consider public/fire safety educational elements. A County panel will review and evaluate submissions. The Board of Supervisors will review the panel's recommendations in May 2019. Sponsorship recipients will be notified and receive funds following Board approval. www.sccgov.org/sites/ceo/Pages/fsi.aspx

Linda L. Lester Scholarship Fund is a program of the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau, in cooperation with American AgCredit.
Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to 2019 recipients. The scholarships are for local high school seniors and college students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better and plan to major in agriculture, such as agricultural business, forestry, viticulture, animal science, crop science, environmental science, agricultural engineering, agricultural education, agricultural communications, food science, and others. The Deadline is Friday April 19. For more information please visit: santaclarafarmbureau.org/programs/  

The County of Santa Clara launched a
House Sharing program in partnership with Catholic Charities to provide residents with more affordable housing options. The program is simple: people willing to rent a room in their home are matched with people seeking affordable housing. Catholic Charities is the trusted matchmaker to ensure that room providers and renters are screened and compatible. House Sharing is an arrangement by which two or more unrelated people share a home. This could be a homeowner or renter (House Provider) renting out vacant bedrooms to a person (or persons) seeking housing (Renters). Catholic Charities will be hosting weekly office hours at the Morgan Hill Centennial Recreation Center to better assist the South County clients. Individuals interested in participating in the House Sharing program should call (408) 325-5134 or email HousesharingSCC@catholiccharitiesscc.org. For more information, please visit www.catholiccharitiesscc.org/house-sharing-home​.

Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance Available to Santa Clara County Taxpayers
. Low income, elderly, disabled, and limited English-speaking taxpayers in Santa Clara County can once again seek tax preparation assistance through VITA, the free nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program coordinated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and United Way Bay Area. This year, VITA tax preparation services are temporarily offered at nearly 40 sites, including two County libraries in Cupertino and Milpitas, and the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency CalWORKs Employment Connection Center in San Jose.
https://www.sccgov.org/sites/opa/newsroom/Pages/VITA2019.aspx

SCCLD Libraries to Waive Fines and Fees in Exchange for a Food Donation. Food for Fines program forgives up to $100 per account during month of April Starting on Tuesday, April 2, the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) is offering Food for Fines for a second time, a program in which patrons can waive up to $100 in fines and fees in exchange for a non-perishable food donation of any amount. In its initial month-long offering in 2018, the equivalent of nearly 30,000 meals were collected for the food insecure in partnership with Second Harvest of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ www.sccl.org​

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