Spring and New Beginnings – April 2018

Welcome to our new website and the beginning of a few changes for SONA. We are taking this as a year to re-engange, renew our mission and revitalize our commitment to making our neighborhood a great place to live, work and play. Our goal is to make sure that you have what you need to make that happen, whether it’s a chance to meet neighbors, information on services, activities or events.  Join us in making this happen. 

This new site is for you. Tell us what you need as a resource for our neighborhood, what topics interest you, what you want in a handy one stop resource area and we will try our best to make that happen. 

If you have previously donated or become a dues paying member on our old site, we will remind you when it’s time to pay new dues and you will need to log into this site. 

SONA hold general meetings on topics of interest on the second Thursday of the month. We try to hold these meetings at least quarterly. If you have a speaker or interest, let us know. This month, on April 12 we will be hosting a care kit pack-a-thon for homeless residents served by Santa Clara County’s shelter in Sunnyvale. See our home page for more info.

Just a reminder that even though it’s early spring, the summer programs and camp offerings will start sign ups soon. San Jose offers a wide variety of opportunities for all ages and all income brackets. 

Hope to see you soon……Randi Kinman, President 

For those of you who have recently moved, changed your name or aren’t sure if you are registered to vote, use the easy online portal at the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters website. You can sign up for absentee ballots and volunteer to work at the polls. They always need poll workers, especially those with bilingual capacity. Of special interest to SONA residents is the County Supervisor District 4 race on June 5. We have a 51% rule, meaning a candidate must get 51% of the vote in June or it turns into a best of two scenario in November. 

Around the City

Join D6 Councilmember Dev Davis and D1 Councilmember Chappie Jones at a great ongoing event that allows you to get some exercise and learn about senior resources. Register in advance or just show up.

Faces of Genocide is a day long conference that brings the historic and current actions into view. There are discussion panels, displays, music, interactive activities and more. Resource agencies will be at this event, allowing you to learn more what you can do to help people here and abroad. Event runs from 8:30am-2:30pm.

Explore Mission College on Saturday, April 14 from 10am-2pm. This open house provides a venue for you and your family to discover all that Mission has to offer. Talk to students, faculty and staff, explore programs, learn about financial aid and much more. Register early to make sure you get a free lunch (hey, did you know they have a food truck program?) or drop in. 

It’s here! It’s here! This is the go to event for indoor and outdoor gardeners, wanna be gardeners or people who just want to see what gardeners do. Get there early to shop, stay for seminars and lectures, pack a lunch and enjoy a great setting. More info here.

Bascom Avenue Complete Streets program is a comprehensive look at how we want to change Bascom Avenue to serve all residents in the years to come. The next meetings are April 18 and 19 when staff will present the results of previous meetings as plans are refined. We encourage everybody to attend these meetings. 

San Jose celebrates Earth Day every year with a city-wide clean up effort. Join people from your district and wipe out graffiti, clean your neighborhood or help pick up litter elsewhere. All materials provided. If you are a student who needs service hours, this will help you along. Register in advance or just show up.