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Willow Glen Farmers Market | August - October 2013
Source: southbayfarmersmarket.com

If you like locally grown produces, check out The Willow Glen Farmers' Market, which is the closest thing to a fresh produce heaven in the heart of Downtown Willow Glen.

Among all farmers, I would like to call out the Thomas Farm which offers a large diversity of flowers, vegetables and fruits, many of them not found anywhere else. Everything they have to offer is organically grown in Santa Cruz County, with an emphasis on sustainability.

Another one of my favorite farmers is the Black Hen Farm, which offers "humanely produced" organic eggs from rescued chicken. Their eggs come in many colors: chocolate brown, tan, blue, green, speckled, and white. Based on my experience, I believe them when they claim that their hens lead the good life!

Willow Glen residents, remember to collect your weekly basket of fresh produce every Saturday until the end of October, from 9.30am to 1.30pm, by the Garden Theater on Lincoln Avenue and support the local California Farmers.


Willow Glen Music In The Glen Festival | June 21- Aug 2, 2013

Source: mercurynews.com

The 10th Annual Music Series of Summer Concerts in Willow Glen will "rock" off on June 21, starting with the Groove Kings.

This year's festival will feature 7 open air concerts every Friday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, in the quad area of the Willow Glen Elementary School, at the crossing of Lincoln Ave. and Minnesota Ave.

Performers at the Music in the Glen Festival include Dianna and the Craving, Cold Storage Band, The Swing Solution Big Band, The Hitmen, Livewire, The House Rockers and Sage who will bring the series to a close.

The 2013 edition of Music in the Glen is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Willow Glen. Food (but no alcohol) will be sold at each concert. Proceeds raised will go to the Willow Glen Elementary School and the Kiwanis Turnaround Scholarship program for students in the San Jose Unified School District.

Bring your arm chair and blanket and enjoy Summer in music under the night sky of Willow Glen. 


Willow Glen Dancin' on The Avenue Festival | June 22, 2013
Source: willowglen.org

The 18th edition of Dancin' on The Avenue is coming back to downtown Willow Glen on Saturday 22 June 2013.

This annual event, sponsored this year by CEFCU and the Willow Glen Business Association (WGBA), will take place on Lincoln Avenue, between Minnesota and Willow, from 2pm to 8pm. Admission is free as always. Pre-order your beverage tickets here to avoid the lines.

Four stages will feature an interesting mix of music genres and bands such as the PT & the Cruzers (no pun intended!), the Peelers, Slingtown (country band) and the Blue House Band. The Community Stage will feature David Sharpe and the Papahugs Band (a Grammy Nominee) and various performances from local Willow Glen dance groups and musicians.

Do not miss the Kid's Court area on Willow Glen's Wells Fargo parking lot which will include a petting zoo, a balloon artist, face painting games and many more games and crafts for children.

Willow Glen families, come to work your feet and join us to kick off Summer 2013 with fanfare at the Dancin' On the Avenue Festival 2013.


Relay for Life in Willow Glen | June 8-9, 2013
Source: relayforlife.org

In 2013, Willow Glen get to host the next Relay for Life in San Jose after Almaden Valley just did on May 4-5.

Organized under the aegis of the American Cancer Society, The Relay for Life in Willow Glen is your opportunity to help and support the Willow Glen teams that are going to walk for one day and one night to support and honor family, friends and everyone still battling the disease as well as cancer survivors.

The Relay will start at 10.00am on Saturday 8 June 8, 2013, and will take place at the Ernesto Galarza Elementary School and Hammer Montessori at Galarza located 1610 Bird Ave. in Willow Glen, San Jose 95125.

Willow Glen residents, read about how you can support, donate and sign up for the Relay for Life Willow Glen here.


The Willow Glen 5K Run Walk | May 11, 2013
Source: willowglen5K.org

Get ready for the 2013 edition of the Willow Glen 5K!

Whether you run or walk, whether you are an amateur or a pro racer, you are welcome to join the 1,800 San Jose and Willow Glen residents who sign up every year to celebrate the spirit of Willow Glen.

Once you are done running or walking, the Willow Glen 5K Festival, hosted on the premises of Willow Glen Elementary School, will make it worth the effort with free massage and chiropractic consultations, pancake breakfast and plenty of activities for kids.


Photo With Santa Claus in Willow Glen | December 22, 2012
Source: willowglen.org

Santa Claus is coming to Willow Glen every Saturday in December... If you missed him, you can still get get a shot with him at Willow Glen's Buffington House next Saturday (22 December) between 3pm and 5pm.

No reservation is required, just bring along the kids and enjoy a afternoon out in Downtown Willow Glen. Do not forget to check out the "Charlie Brown" Christmas Tree Lights in the adjacent Willow Glen streets while you are out there.

This free event is presented by the Willow Glen Business Association.


Horse Wagon Ride in Willow Glen | December 21-22, 2012
Source: willowglen.org

Take a ride around Willow Glen and discover the Christmas-lighted streets of Willow Glen's neighborhoods in a historical horse-powered cart next Friday and Saturday. Reservations are required, tickets can be purchased here.

The wagon departs from Willow Glen's historic Buffington House. Roundtrip lasts 25 minutes.

This event was made possible with the support of the Downtown Willow Glen Business Association.


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Willow Glen Elementary | November 29, 2012
Source: willowglen.org

Stop by Willow Glen Elementary School on Thursday November 29, 2012 after school (between 5.30 and 8.30pm) to witness the Christmas Community Tree Lighting event.

Willow Glen kids and adults alike will enjoy an early evening of music, treats and will also be able to catch up with Santa Claus himself who will pay a visit to Willow Glen elementary like every year.

This free event is proudly presented by Willow Glen PTA and is sponsored by the Willow Glen Business Association.


First Annual Downtown Willow Glen Beer Walk | November 17, 2012
Source: willowglen.org

Willow Glen adult residents, come and sample the taste of beers from 25 different breweries alongside Lincoln Ave. on Sat 17 November 2012, from 2-6pm.

This event, sponsored by the San Jose Beer Walk Association, is taking place for the first time ever in Downtown Willow Glen this year.

The breweries which will be represented during this Beer Walk include Ninkasi, Mendocino, Sierra Nevada, Santa Cruz Ale Works, Lagunitas, Firestone Walker, Strike, Gordon Biersch, Faultline, Drake's and Devil's Canyon among many others. All tastings are 2-3 ounces per serving.

Tickets will be $30 if purchased in advance or $35 on the day of the event. A beer glass will be provided with the ticket. Processed of the event will benefit the Willow Glen Business Association.


Downtown Willow Glen Annual Trick or Treat | October 31, 2012
Source: willowglen.org

The Annual Willow Glen Trick or Treat on Lincoln between Minnesota and Willow is an event that no Willow Glen resident should miss.

The books for treats will be held in front of the Garden Theater located at 165 Lincoln Ave. Depending on your kids' age the event has been organized to take place as follows: Toddlers, Preschoolers, & Kids in Strollers from 11am-12:30pm ; School-Aged Kids in Costume from 3pm-4:30pm

The event will start at the First Congregational Church located at 1980 Hamilton Avenue in San Jose (95125) between Hamilton and Leigh from 9am to 3pm.


Willow Glen Thrift Box Annual Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser| October 13, 2012
Source: thriftbox.org

Looking for something to do on Sat. 13 October in Willow Glen? Look no further. Stop by the Annual Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser organized by the Thrift Box, a Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital charity shop, located downtown Willow Glen at 1362 Lincoln Avenue.

The venue will take place at the First Congregational Church located at 1980 Hamilton Avenue in San Jose (95125) between Hamilton and Leigh from 9am to 3pm.

This year's Annual "Cruise for a Cause" Car Show & Food Drive is organized by the Rompacoglioni Car Crew.

The show will be hosted in the parking lot of Bertucelli's La Villa Delicatessen located at 1319 Lincoln Ave in Downtown Willow Glen.


Willow Glen 5th Classic Car Show | September 9, 2012
Source: willowglen.org

This year's Annual "Cruise for a Cause" Car Show & Food Drive is organized by the Rompacoglioni Car Crew.

The show will be hosted in the parking lot of Bertucelli's La Villa Delicatessen located at 1319 Lincoln Ave in Downtown Willow Glen.

Visitors are welcome to bring canned food and contribute financially to the Harvest Food Bank.


Walk For Lupus Now in Willow Glen | September 8, 2012
Source: willowglen.org

Zenith Bodywork (1174 Lincoln Ave. #4 San Jose, CA 95125) and Willow Glen Massage (1174 Lincoln Ave. #3 San Jose, CA 95125) will be sponsoring a Chair & Table Massage fundraising event to help find a cure for Lupus.

Both local Willow Glen businesses will be offering massages for donations between 12pm-5pm on Saturday 8 September 2012. All donations will go to the Lupus Foundation of America.


2nd Annual Wine Walk in Downtown Willow Glen | August 23, 2012
Source: willowglen.org

The 22nd edition of the Willow Glen Wine Walk will take you for a stroll in historical Downtown Willow Glen and will include a wine tasting from local wineries.

This is a fundraiser event for the Willow Glen Business Association (WGBA). Tickets will be on sale at $25. Ticket holders will also receive a collectible souvenir glass, a tasting wristband, and a map to participating businesses and wineries.


Willow Glen Community Farmer's Market | August - September 2012
Source: willowglen.org

Just a short reminder to all Willow Glen residents that the next Community Farmer's Market will take place on September 8, 15 and 22 starting at 9.30am, at the Garden Theater Building, 1165 Lincoln Avenue in Downtown Willow Glen.

Most of the usual vendors of organic and non-organic fresh fruits and vegetables as well as food vendors will be there. Expect to find some crafts as well. Bring your pet to the designated area.

Even if you do need anything, come along to connect with your fellow Willow Glen neighbors and enjoy breakfast outside while the day is still young and cool.


The Willow Glen 20th Assyrian Food Festival | August 18-19, 2012
Source: assyrianfest.com

The Assyrian Church of the East also known as the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East is celebrating its 20th Annual Food Festival in Willow Glen.

This free admission event will take place on Saturday 18 August (11am-11pm) and Sunday 19 August (11:30am-9:00pm). Willow Glen residents, check out and discover traditional Assyrian food, beverages, music, dancing and much more.

The Assyrian Church is located at 680 Minnesota Avenue in Willow Glen.


Hicklebee's of Willow Glen | June - August 2012
Source: hicklebees.com

This popular bookstore nested at the South end of Lincoln Avenue in Downtown Willow Glen has become a Willow Glen institution and a famous place to gather for all bookworms of Willow Glen, kids and adults alike.

Hicklebee's organizes well attended reading events with local and national authors, almost on a weekly basis.

The bookstore also offers a unique gifting subscription service (Book Club of the Month).  Happy beneficiaries of this service will be sent a carefully selected gift on a monthly basis and/or for their birthday(s).

Hicklebee's is also well known among teachers and librarians in San Jose who consult with the staff to find the right books for their audience.

Willow Glen residents looking for bargains can also search Hicklebee's Hall of Savings where they will be able to find many recent titles from publishers' overstock and soon to be out of print books at 50% of original cover price.


Music in the Glen Concert Series in Willow Glen | June - August 2012
Source: willowglen.org

The 2012 edition of the Music in the Glen Concert series will take place as usual in the Quad Area of Willow Glen Elementary School.

These events are sponsored by the Willow Glen Business Association and the Kiwanis Club of Willow Glen. All food sales will benefit Willow Glen Elementary and the Turn Around Scholarship for SJUSD. No pets allowed. Make sure you bring your lawn chair or blanket to be comfortable.

The Concert Series will kick off on Jun 21, 2012 with The Groove Kings, starting at 6.30pm.


Willow Glen Library Scavenger Hunt | June-July-2012
Source: sjpl.org

The Willow Glen Branch Library hosts multiple activities, conferences, workshops almost every week throughout Summer 2012.

A comprehensive list of events held at the Willow Glen Branch can be found here. Highlights For Summer 2012 include a Graphic Novel Making Contest, a Book Trailer Contest (and win a Kindle Fire!), Furry Friends Visits and a Scavenger Hunt inside the King Library.

Remember that the Willow Glen Library Branch is closed Mondays and Tuesdays and opened until 8pm every Wednesday.


Dancin’ On The Avenue Willow Glen Festival 2012 | June 23, 2012
Source: dancinontheavenue.com

The 17th edition of this free annual Summer Festival aka DOTA) will take place on Lincoln Avenue throughout Downtown Willow Glen, from 3pm to 8pm.

This popular Willow Glen festival will feature live music stages (including a Community Stage for Willow Glen Dance Schools students), community performances (check out the Silicon Valley House Rockers, Blue House, Divas of the  Decades), plenty of food booths outside Willow Glen restaurants and retail businesses and of course plenty of activities for kids. A Kid's Court will be available on the parking lot of the Willow Glen branch of Wells Fargo.

Take your family and friends for an afternoon out to the main event of the Year in Willow Glen, which draws  more than 35,000 Willow Glen and Silicon Valley residents every year. This popular event is sponsored by the Willow Glen Business Association, the City of San Jose and Wells Fargo in particular.


The Willow Glen Community Farmers' Market| June - July 2012

Looking for organic or non-organic fruits, vegetables or crafts, art and free entertainment in Willow Glen?

If the answer is yes, The Willow Glen Community Farmers' Market, located at The Garden Theater building, at 1165 Lincoln Avenue in the heart of WDowntown Willow Glen, is for you and your family.  Bring your pet along, he/she will be taken care of in a designated pet area.

Note that the Willow Glen Community Market will be opened every Saturday in July.


Willow Glen Relay For Life | May 19, 2012
Source: relayforlife.org

The Willow Glen edition of the Relay for Life attracted this year over 543 participants and raised close to $180,000.

The 24h relay which took place at Willow Glen High School is the place to be if you want to make a difference against Cancer.

A Wrap Up party will take place this coming Thursday (June 14, 2012) at Mary Keenan's home at 7:30pm.


Willow Glen 5K Run/Walk | May 8, 2012
Source: willowglen5k.org

The Willow Glen 5K start and finish at the Willow Glen Elementary School in downtown Willow Glen and attracts over 1,800 racers every year.

The 3.1 mile race is a course on flat ground and is accessible to everyone at every age, who wishes to walk or run around Willow Glen.

For those not interested in running (or done running), the Willow Glen 5K Festival located at the corner of Lincoln and Minnesota Avenue offers entertainment, a playground for kids, free massage and chiropractic consults, food, goodies from sponsors and even a pancake breakfast.

Proceeds from the Willow Glen 5K Run/Walk benefit the Willow Glen Elementary PTA and other cooperating local schools. A 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization, the Willow Glen Elementary PTA provides funding for sports, arts and science programs at Willow Glen Elementary.

The Willow Glen 5K Run/Walk recurring main sponsor if the San Jose Swim and Racquet Club. A complete list of Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors in 2012 is available here.