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Thursday, Nov. 14th, 6:15 pm, San Jose Woman’s Club, 75 S. 11th St.
Featuring: Historic Movies of Santa Clara Valley, nostalgic potluck (1950’s style), trivia, sales tables, silent auction and other surprises!
Celebrating our agricultural and cultural heritage. Bring your favorite dish from the 1950s. Recipe samples here
Period dress (30’s, 40’s or 50’s) and hats are encouraged. Awards for the best outfits and recipes. Check out the fun from past Movie Nights here!
There is free street parking after 6 PM or $5 parking at the SJSU South 10th Street garage.
Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so we know how many people to expect.
We are pleased that our friends at The Retro Dome have been successful in finding a home for the holidays. As you may know, their lease was abruptly ended at their former location so they've been working hard to secure a new permanent home. Although their search continues, they have established a relationship with Syufy to present their wildly entertaining Sing-along and Quote-along movies at the historic Century 21 theater.
The Retro Dome is back with a fantastic line-up of film events including, for the first time, Disney classics ON THE BIG SCREEN thanks to a partnership with The California Academy for the Creative and Performing Arts and its film education focus. Maybe you've seen these movies at home on your TV, but you haven't seen them like this. We highly recommend a trip to Century 21 to take in any of these classic movies with your family.
If you are planning to attend any of these movie events, please use the coupon code: 3PAC when you place your order. Your order will be tracked and THE PRESERVATION ACTION COUNCIL OF SAN JOSE will receive $3 for every ticket you purchase. This is a wonderfully easy fundraiser for our organization. You'll get to experience an award-winning movie event, and THE PRESERVATION ACTION COUNCIL OF SAN JOSE will benefit with a donation from The Retro Dome, and you make a statement about the historic Century 21 theater and it's importance to our community. Details here
Thursdays, 9/26, 10/24, 11/14, 2013, at 7:30 pm Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Tickets: $15 per lecture, $40 for the series.
All three lectures will be presented at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709, and will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets ($15 per lecture, $40 for the series) may be obtained by mail order, online, or at the door. For complete information and ticket purchases, visit the BAHA website http://berkeleyheritage.com, e-mail email@example.com, or call (510) 841-2242.
On Aug. 25th our brave participants met at the bandstand at Cesar Chavez Plaza Park and received their clues in a packet that could not be opened until exactly 3:00. There were 14 teams and the race was on. By 5:30 all teams reported in at the Sonoma Chicken Coop on N. First Street. Three teams were able to find 14 out of the 15 clues. Congratulations! The clues were very challenging. PAC*SJ was pleased to have teens and families participating in our first ever Treasure Hunt!
A great big thanks to all our donors, shoppers and volunteers.
You may know that the Century Theatres on Winchester are at risk of being demolished as the City explores possibilities to redevelop the site.
Along with our friends at the Retro Dome/Guggenheim Entertainment, we have launched an online petition asking our City leaders to preserve one or all of the Domes and direct the new developer to incorporate the Dome(s) into any proposed development.
Join the many Silicon Valley residents in favor of preserving these historically significant venues. We believe the Domes should be saved and reused, and incorporated into any development proposal. One example of reuse would be preserving Century 22 to provide a home to The Retro Dome, which occupied a sister Dome on Saratoga Avenue but was recently displaced when plans were announced to demolish the former Century 25. A wonderfully historic building would be saved from the wrecking ball and The Retro Dome would be reborn and serve as a home to multiple Silicon Valley-based performing arts groups.
Sign the petition now: Watch for more information as the campaign to Save the Domes moves forward.
The 2013 Fabulous Hats! Party was a great success with 300 guests shopping at the sidewalk sale and visiting the Stelling House. Plans are underway for the next Hats! Party so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have hats or vintage accessories to donate.View some of the fabulous hats we had for sale here.
You can sign up for email notifications on the city web site:
"The City of San Jose is committed to providing the
opportunities to encourage residents and other interested parties to
follow development activity in their community and to actively
participate in the land use development process.
To this end the City offers an email subscription service where by you
can be informed of recently submitted development applications in your
community. if you sign up for this service, you will receive an email
informing you that the Planning Division has received a development or
permit application located within a given geographic area that you
select. This service provides notification on most planning permits. If
you would like to be noticed via email, choose subscribe and it will
take you to the registration process."
Here's the link: www.sjpermits.org/permits/general/emailform.asp
In fact, we sold out two days before the tour. Over 700 tickets were sold, with many visitors coming from all over the bay area and even from the central valley to view the San Jose Prairie houses. We were surprised and thrilled to discover that there are so many Prairie Style enthusiasts -- some who came wearing their Frank Lloyd Wright T-shirts. We received many positive comments and some requests for another tour.
PAC*SJ thanks the Chair of the Prairie Homes Tour and Gala, Krista Van Laan, and the committee for the long preparation and hard work to make this major effort a great success. We are grateful to the homeowners who graciously opened their homes to show the world the beauty of the Wolfe & Wolfe homes. We also thank the many other volunteers, docents, sponsors, supporters and the many visitors who walked through these wonderful houses.
Visit www.frankdeloswolfe.com for more on the Prairie-style architecture of San Jose’s own Frank Delos Wolfe and his son Carl.
Are you a Facebook member interested in getting local news
more quickly? "Like" Preservation Action
Council on Facebook.
(1) Search for Preservation Action Council. (2) Select the one
Organization. (3) Like it.
When important things happen, you will get a message. If you want to share a preservation story, you can write on the wall and share a picture or a link.
OK. Smokey didn't say that, but PACSJ may need a
mascot of it's own soon. Help prevent the loss of even
more historic structures to fire and vandalism by helping the City
enforce its Vacant Building Ordinance. File an online
on the City's website.
Start here: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/codeEnforcement/
On the left side under "Online Services" click on "Submit an Online Blight Complaint." From there fill out the appropriate information. If enough people file complaints maybe the City will pay attention and work harder to protect these historic resources.
Explore historical downtown San Jose - One
smartphone = 3 walking tours! SJPL has created three walking tours of
downtown San Jose that you can take using your smartphone and your
feet! Go to www.scanjose.org
to see images from the California Room
Collection while standing at the locations that the photographs were
taken. Think of it as a time machine in the palm of your hand!
There are three tours to choose from:
A Walk Around the Plaza - takes you on a loop around Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Tragedies and Calamities - a no holds barred look at some of the tragic events in San Jose history
Old Santa Clara Street - highlights some of the great architecture that has sprung up and come down over the years.
George was an accomplished architect, published author, public
avid researcher and friend. In his career, George took great pride in
his architectural work and
helping his clients accomplish their goals for their family homes. He
was an acknowledged scholar on Frank Lloyd Wright and the expert on
Frank Delos Wolfe. He treasured his clients, business and historical
preservation associates and loved the work they did together. More on George's work.
Preservation Action Council has created the George Espinola Memorial Fund and is now receiving tax deductible donations to preserve his architectural legacy and to continue his educational interests. Funds may be used to encourage printing his books, educational tours, research into the works of his favorite architects and more. Please take this opportunity to support George's efforts to educate the community about San Jose's architecture.
Checks, payable to Preservation Action Council of San Jose, may be sent to: PAC-SJ, History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112. Please indicate the donation is for the George Espinola Memorial Fund. PAC*SJ is a 501 c 3 non profit organization and donations are tax deductible as permitted by law. Donate via PayPal here
Well this is pretty cool. A modern way to check out history in Silicon Valley. Just download the $1.99 app for your iPhone/ iPad and get a digital tour guide to Silicon Valley's historic sites. There are currently 125 sights -- key attractions include the birthplaces of the computer chip, disk drive, video games, video recorder, Ethernet, Apple, Google, HP, and numerous other important gizmos and corporations. SiliconValley.com article here
Signposts Revisited is now
This new publication combines author Pat Loomis' previous two books, Signposts and Signposts II and tells the stories of how our streets were named. Signposts Revisited is a must-read for anyone interested in local history. The book is a combined project of PAC-SJ, California Pioneers of Santa Clara Valley, History San Jose, and the Argonauts Historical Society.
Signposts Revisited is available through the PAC-SJ office for $25. If you would like the book mailed, please add $3 for shipping and handling. Call the office at 408.998.8105 or email: email@example.com to place an order. The books will also be available at all of our events.
The book is also available as a premium to new and renewing
PAC-SJ members who JOIN
at the $100+ level.
PAC-SJ is looking for a few qualified applicants to be considered for openings on our Board. Help us pursue our mission of preserving the architectural heritage of San Jose and help educate homeowners, developers, and decision-makers about the importance of historic preservation