Viva CalleSJ: San Jose ‘open streets’ occasion returns Sunday – The Mercury Information


Viva CalleSJ, San Jose’s widespread “open streets” occasion, returns this Sunday with a brand new spring version. For a number of hours, about six miles of streets by way of downtown and East San Jose will probably be closed to automobile site visitors however open to cyclists, runners, walkers and skate boarders.

In fact, no person informed Mom Nature, so the final legs of this week’s uncommon Might rain nonetheless could also be lingering when the opening ceremony takes place at Emma Prusch Farm Park at 9:30 a.m., with Mayor Sam Liccardo and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, now an government at Lyft, kicking issues off.

“Open streets” occasions have been going down in different U.S. cities and components of the world for years, and San Jose began its fall occasion in 2015. However Neil Rufino, deputy director of San Jose’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Providers Dept., says there has lengthy been a need to extend Viva CalleSJ’s frequency.

“We’ve all the time had a purpose to have this appear to be a part of a life-style effort, extra of a program than a one-off particular occasion,” he mentioned

The occasion, which runs from 10 a.m. to three p.m., is recycling the “Downtown and East Certain” route from this system’s first 12 months, with Market Avenue (and later South First Avenue) closed from St. James Avenue south to Keyes. Story Highway will probably be closed from Emma Prusch Farm Park’s web site on King Highway west to First Avenue, and Willow Avenue will probably be closed from First Avenue west to Freeway 87. There’ll be a number of locations alongside the route the place automobile site visitors can cross, and exercise hubs with meals vans and reside music at public areas alongside the best way.

St. James Park can have a Pokemon Go scavenger hunt. Plaza de Cesar Chavez will host an “worldwide village” and embrace actions aimed toward older adults. Fingers-on arts and crafts actions will probably be held Parque de los Pobladores within the arty SoFA District, and Emma Prusch Farm Park would be the web site of the Silicon Valley Bikes pageant in addition to different performances.

Rufino says the family-friendly occasion, which attracts about 100,000 folks of all ages, is an efficient means for folks to get to know their neighbors and discover components of San Jose they may not usually get an opportunity to. “Being extra bodily energetic is a part of the occasion,” he mentioned, “and we additionally need folks to help all the companies alongside the route, too.”

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RAISING WOMEN’S VOICES: The West Coast premiere of the Canales Undertaking’s “Hear Her Track” is going down Sunday on the Hammer Theatre Middle in downtown San Jose. Conceived by opera singer Carla Canales and led by Kurt Crowley, the music director of Broadway’s “Hamilton,” the mission brings collectively composers and musicians to create unique songs with a purpose of offering insights into the character of ladies’s management and the challenges they face.

The four p.m. present — going down within the Hammer’s intimate Hammer4 efficiency area — will function Canales, joined by singers Celisse Henderson and Elizabeth Stanley, together with musicians Michaelle Goerlitz and Kelley Maulbetsch. Go to for tickets.

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