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Friday, May 8, 2020

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I hope this finds you well.

The weather has started to warm up over the last few days. Unfortunately, that means we are heading into fire season.

This week is Wildfire Preparedness Week. Officials are warning that this fire season is likely to be more active that last because of the relative lack of rain and snow in March and April.

We are all likely going to be spending a lot of time in our front and back yards this summer so now is a good time to create defensible space in your yard and prepare your home for fire season.

Defensible space is a buffer created by removing dead plants, grass, and weeds. Preparing your home includes using construction materials to help a home withstand flying embers. The Santa Clara County Fire Department has tips and information here.

Today, the final steel girder was put into place at the County’s Vietnamese American Service Center on Senter Road in San Jose.

When it opens next year, the center will be a 30,000 square foot, one-stop hub for Vietnamese residents to obtain County health and social services in a culturally competent and language-accessible manner. These services and resources include senior wellness programs, health screenings, mental health services, dental services, vaccinations, and pharmacy.
COVID-19 has not reduced the need for blood donations in our County. In fact, many health care providers are worried about blood shortages because people are unable or unwilling to donate because of the pandemic and the shelter-in-place orders.

Tomorrow, the Asian Real Estate Association Silicon Valley chapter is hosting a blood drive at Asian Americans for Community Involvement, 2400 Moorpark Ave. in San Jose.
You cannot catch COVID-10 by donating. blood, platelets or plasma. It is not transmitted via blood. Donation staff will be taking all social distancing precautions.

You can find more information and signup to donate here.
While we will not have a SoFA Music Festival in Downtown San Jose this year, we can still enjoy and experience the art and music of Downtown’s South First scene every weekend through virtual SoFA Saturdays beginning tomorrow.

SoFA Saturdays will include multiple channels featuring live performances, highlights from past festivals, podcasts and Q&A’s, a martial arts channel, and a “chill” channel devoted to sound healing, instruction and guided meditation.

Featured local musicians this week include Sunny State, Casey Wickstrom, and Nehal & Austin.

You can find more information and the link to the channels here.


Sunday is Mother’s Day and if you are having trouble getting a card because of shelter-in-place, San Jose’s Happy Hollow Park and Zoo has created a series of cards that you can download and print at home.

You will find them here.

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!
Be well,
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here
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