Vendome Neighborhood Association

Vendome Voice: Volume 3 Number 2

May 2009

Welcome to the Vendome Voice 2.0

As announced in the last issue of the Vendome Voice, we’ve had to stop printing our quarterly newsletter, because the printing costs were too rich for our budget. However, the newsletter lives on, in online form.

We realize that not all of our neighbors have computers and/or Internet access, so we will make a limited number of paper copies available. If you know neighbors who would like to get a paper copy, let them know that we will have a few available at the quarterly meetings and other neighborhood events. Or, feel free to print this page yourself!

Thanks to Our Generous Donors

In the last issue of the Vendome Voice, we ¬†asked you to donate to the Vendome Neighborhood Association (VNA) to help fund neighborhood activities and communication. Thanks to all of you who responded with generous gifts — we have already raised $220.

It’s never too late to donate, though. Just make a check payable to Vendome Neighborhood Association and mail it to:

P.O. Box 90398
San Jose, CA 95109

Your donation is not tax-deductible — because the VNA is not a 501(c)3 — but is greatly appreciated.

If you want to see how the VNA spends its funds, you can always find current treasurer’s reports here. These are also presented at our quarterly meetings.

Special Guest Speaker at May Quarterly Meeting

Our guest speaker for the May Vendome Neighborhood Association meeting is Steve Demkowski, a Willow Glen bee enthusiast. Demkowski was recently honored by the Junior League of San Jose for his community work centering on educating people about bees.

Come to the meeting and learn about our busy, buzzy, and important neighbors — the bees. Steve enjoys sharing his knowledge of bees, honey and plants that attract bees.

Summer Barbecue

The Vendome Barbecue committee volunteers are hard at work planning our annual summer party to be held in Ryland Park this June.

Do you make the best chili in the world? Here’s your chance to prove it, by entering the second annual Vendome Chili Contest.

If chili is not your thing, this year we will also have a Vendome Pie Bake-off.

Either way, bring your best to compete for the grand prize, and Vendome bragging rights.

The barbecue is June 20th, in Ryland Park, from 11:00 to 3:00. Come meet new neighbors and see familiar faces.

T-shirts and other items featuring the Vendome Barbecue logo — shown here — are now available from our online store. You’ll look sharp for the barbecue, and a portion of the proceeds goes to the VNA.

Mentors Wanted

You may have read about mentoring opportunities in Sam Liccardo’s District 3 newsletter. The three San Jose agencies listed below are looking for volunteers to help mentor the young people in our community by providing positive role models.

Girls for a Change

A national organization that empowers thousands of teen girls to create and lead social change, Girls for Change provides girls with professional female role models, leadership training and the inspiration to work together in teams to solve persistent societal problems in their communities.

Mexican American Community Services Association (MACSA)

An organization cultivating health, education and culture. Core values are:

The Role Model Program

The Role Model Program’s culturally diverse, positive adult role models will inspire, motivate and empower underserved elementary and middle school youth to realize academic achievement, set ambitious dreams for their future, and prepare for post secondary education.

For more information, contact Tina Morrill at 408-298-8942.

Ryland Pool & 2009 Aquatics Season

The 2009 Aquatics season — including our own Rotary-Ryland Pool — starts on June 22nd.

This year, information and registration forms are available online. Check it out!

August Dumpster Day

The City-sponsored Dumpster Day is scheduled for August 15th, starting at 8:00 AM and going until 11:00, or until the Dumpsters are full.

The City provides the Dumpsters at no charge for your unwanted junk — but no electronic or hazardous waste will be allowed.

Because there's a fine line between trash and treasure, there will also be a donation station for things that you no longer want, but others might still find worthwhile.

Details on times and locations still have to be confirmed with the City, so watch for updates.

San Jose City Budget

The City Manager released the proposed City budget and the proposed cuts to neighborhoods are deep. There is still time to make our voices heard and to influence the budget while it is in the proposal stage. Once the budget is passed, it is very difficult to make any changes.

For more information, see the budget summary and proposed budget.

You can give your opinion to the Mayor and City Council at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2009. The meeting starts at 7:15 and is at City Hall.

Other upcoming budget-related meetings include:

Pumpkin Patch Kidz Returns

We weren’t sure we would be able to hold another Pumpkin Patch Kidz event this year, but we had a volunteer step up to coordinate it. So we’ll have the event after all, on Sunday, October 25th.

This fun event for both kids and adults includes a pumpkin decorating event and other games. The fun is made possible by the generous donors of pumpkins and other supplies — Zanotto’s Market have been very supportive in past years — as well as by our intrepid volunteers.

More details will be coming soon. Check back on for details.

Got an opinion? Comment? Suggestion?

We’d love to get your input for the next issue of the Vendome Voice. Send your contribution to tinam777 (at) We can’t promise all submissions will be published, of course, but we would certainly like to have other contributors to our newsletter.

The Vendome Voice is published by the Vendome Neighborhood Association, on behalf of the neighborhood.

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