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Friday, April 23, 2021

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I hope this finds you well.

Santa Clara County has now administered 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This puts us well on our way to meeting the goal of having 85% of County residents fully vaccinated by the end of summer.

The County also has a plentiful supply of vaccine. Every vaccination site in Santa Clara County currently has appointments available. In addition, the County will be operating several walk-up vaccination sites this weekend where you do not need an appointment.

WALK UP VACCINATION SITES

Overfelt High School
1835 Cunningham Ave
San Jose, CA 95122
Saturday and Sunday, April 24th and 25th 10am-3pm, while supplies last
Wristbands distributed 90 minutes before clinic starts
Saturday 650 doses available
Sunday 500 doses available
16 years and older

Grand Century Mall Parking Lot
1111 Story Rd
San Jose, CA 95122
Saturday, April 24th 9am-3pm, while supplies last
18 years and older


Anyone ages 16 and older who lives or works in Santa Clara County is now eligible to get vaccinated.

Vaccination appointments can be made online at www.sccfreevax.org. That website also contains the most up-to-date information about how to get vaccinated.

Residents without access to the internet can make vaccination appointments by phone for the County Health System sites through the Valley Connection Call Center at 408-970-2000 or by dialing 2-1-1.  

The Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4:30pm.  Assistance is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and multiple other languages.

 
 
Free COVID-19 Appointment Testing
  • Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Parking Lot A:
    • 344 Tully Rd., San Jose
    • Monday from 7 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Friday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • Click here to schedule an appointment.
Free COVID-19 Drop-In Testing
  • South County Annex (formerly Del Buono Elementary):
    • 9300 Wren Avenue, Gilroy
    • Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church:
    • 467 N. White Rd., San Jose
    • Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents can make appointments (often same day) and find more testing locations throughout the County at www.sccfreetest.org or by calling 2-1-1. 
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, in partnership with the City of San Jose, has calming kits available for low-income San Jose families. Each kit includes helpful items such as a feelings wheel, squeeze heart, and calming strategy cards to help kids feel better during tough times.

These kits are designed to help young children regulate emotions, understand their feelings, and be better prepared to engage with others and learn in school.

To register and schedule a time to pick up a kit, call 1-888-479-0837 or use this form.

 

The County of Santa Clara is now accepting applications to the Agricultural Resilience Incentive (ARI) Grant Program. The County will provide up to $30,000 in funding for compost and mulch application, and 25 other pre-approved practices that improve soil health.

Healthy agricultural soils help to hit the brakes on climate change by pulling carbon out of the air. The County of Santa Clara will compensate farmers, ranchers, and agricultural property owners for providing this public service through the ARI grant program.

The deadline for applications is May 1.

The funding is provided upfront, not as reimbursement. There is no minimum or maximum acreage requirement, and free technical assistance is available from the University of California Cooperative Extension.

You can find more information and apply here. you can also email michael.meehan@pln.sccgov.org or call 408-517-5805.

 

Each spring, the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sponsor a nationwide art competition for young people. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent around the country, including in our own 19th Congressional District represented by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all middle and high school students in the District. The winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from each participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork will also be featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page.

In the past, the artwork had to be delivered in person to Congresswoman Lofgren's office in San Jose to be considered. This year, submissions will be accepted virtually. 

The deadline is Saturday, May 1, 2021.

The guidelines for the artwork remain the same, and the photo submissions must show the width and depth of the piece.

Rules
Artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions.

•    Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
•    Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
•    Collages - must be two dimensional
•    Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
•    Mixed Media - use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
•    Computer-generated art
•    Photography

All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted.

To enter the 2021 Art Competition please follow these steps:

1.    Fill out the Art Competition Student Release Form
If a student is unable to include a signature from their art teacher because schools are closed, an email from an art teacher certifying the artwork’s originality will be accepted in lieu of the signature. Please attach that note in the same email, alongside your other submission materials.

2.    Take 3-8 photos of the artwork
The photos must not be blurry
The photos must not be edited to misrepresent the artwork in any way
The photos must showcase the artwork in both daylight and indoor lighting
The photos must show the width and depth of the piece.

3.    Email the student release form and photos to ca19artcompetition@gmail.com by 11:59pmPT on Sunday, May 1, 2021.

 

Be well,
 
Cindy
 
Copyright © 2021 Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, All rights reserved.


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