Vendome Voice: Volume 3 Number 3
Welcome to the final 2009 edition of our neighborhood newsletter, the Vendome Voice.
We welcome your comments about the newsletter, and about the Vendome Neighborhood Association (VNA). Please send your comments, suggestions or compliments to board (at) vendome (dot) org. Or if you have a story you’d like to see published in the Vendome Voice, please send it to the same address.
You can find more information about what is happening around the neighborhood — as well as all the back issues of the Vendome Voice — on our website, vendome.org.
Rotary Ryland Pool Celebration
With much jubilation — and relief — we celebrated the completion of the Rotary Ryland Pool project on Saturday, September 26th.
After the speeches (what would a celebration be without speeches?), the pool was open for three hours. Donations to the Friends of Ryland Pool, including one from the VNA, made it possible to open the pool and serve refreshments to all.
We also unveiled the new signage for the restored pool — including a commemorative plaque, a beautiful new welcome sign on the outside gate, and an educational plaque.
The Vendome thanks the many partners who helped throughout the restoration of Rotary Ryland Pool: the Rotary Club of San Jose, the City of San Jose, Brian’s Welding, Erie Landmark Company, Sonia’s Sweets, and the hard-working Friends of Ryland Pool.
If you are interested in joining the Friends of Ryland Pool, please contact Tina Morrill at tinam777 (at) yahoo (dot) com. Our upcoming projects include fundraising, and a scholarship program for low-income kids to enjoy the pool and learn to swim.
Day of the Dumpsters
On Saturday, August 14th, the City of San Jose provided several Dumpster bins along North San Pedro. The City provides the free bins as a service to the neighborhoods on a rotating basis; our previous Dumpster Day was about three years ago.
On a related note, a portion of the San Jose CAP Grant that the VNA received for 2009-2010 is allocated for our own Vendome Dumpster Day. The planning for this event has not yet begun, so we don’t have a date set yet, but watch this space for updates.
Pumpkin Patch Kidz
The Vendome Neighborhood Association (VNA) held our third Pumpkin Patch Kidz event on Saturday, October 31st. The party started at 10 AM and was set to end at noon, but because everyone was having so much fun, the party rolled on into the afternoon.
The picnic area in Ryland Park was taken over by pirates, dinosaurs, pumpkins and other creatures. We munched cookies, swigged cider and decorated pumpkins with markers, stickers, glitter and other embellishments. There were about 50 people who attended, including kids who brought along their adults, as well as a “pirate ship” and a few pooches.
We heard from several people how great it is to have these types of events, since they encourage us to socialize with our neighbors. There were several new parents, who were happy to connect with other parents and learn about parent groups and other valuable resources.
The VNA thanks Zanotto’s Downtown Market for helping us get pumpkins and a great cookie tray. Zanotto’s, our local grocer, continues to support our neighborhood in many ways.
Cirque du Soleil
The circus is returning! Cirque du Soleil is once again pitching its tents in the E Lot at Taylor and North San Pedro Streets, at the north end of our neighborhood. This year’s show is called “Ovo” and is, in the words of the Cirque website, “an immersion into the teeming and energetic world of insects.”
The Cirque begins to set up their tents on December 14th. The performances run from February 4th to 21st (and possibly beyond). They will leave the site by April 2nd.
In past years, the Cirque and the City gave a small number of free tickets to nearby neighborhoods, who are affected by the traffic that the event generates. For this year, we do not yet know whether there will be free tickets for any of the surrounding neighborhoods. In the event we do get free tickets, we’d like your opinion about how they should be distributed. We will be discussing this question at our next Vendome Neighborhood Meeting, on Tuesday, November 17th. If you cannot make this meeting, you can send your input to cirque (at) vendome (dot) org, by November 30th. (Please do not use this address for requesting tickets; this is only about gathering your input.)
Get Involved with the VNA
The Vendome Neighborhood Association’s Board of Directors are elected at the last neighborhood meeting of each year. This year, we have a few positions up for grabs, and we hope that neighbors will consider helping out. It doesn’t take much time, and it’s a great way to give back to your community.
These Board positions are up for election at our November 17th quarterly meeting:
- Vice President. Attends Board meetings, and serves in President’s stead if needed. Joan Giampaolo is the incumbent Vice President.
- Secretary. Records minutes at quarterly neighborhood meetings and the Board of Directors meetings, for posting on the Vendome website. Kevin Kelley is the incumbent Secretary.
- Treasurer. Keeps track of VNA funds, balances the books, and reports on financial activity to the Board, at quarterly neighborhood meetings, and for posting on the Vendome website. Randy Saldinger is the incumbent Treasurer.
- Member at Large. Attends quarterly neighborhood meetings, and Board of Directors meetings, as a voting member. This position is unfilled at present.
If you’re not interested in joining the Board, another way to contribute is to become a Block Captain. These are the people who distribute fliers to the neighborhood about 5 or 6 times per year, making sure that people know about upcoming events and our quarterly meetings. We currently need Captains for Acacia, Filomena and Miller. If you’re willing to help, please contact Tina Morrill at tinam777 (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Vendome Appreciation Corner
The VNA would like to thank all of the people who contribute so much to our neighborhood, including:
- Our Block Captains: Chuck Aldrete, Caroline Bressler, Nancy DeMattei, Linda Dunlap, Mark & Jodie Gerhardt, Joan Giampaolo, Tom Mitchell, Tina Morrill, Rudy Ortega and Chris Shay.
- Nancy DeMattei, who coordinates our quarterly Ryland Park Gardening Days. Thanks to Nancy and her all-volunteer crew, we have a community flower garden in Ryland Park.
- Our Summer Barbecue Committee, who worked so hard to make the 2009 barbecue better than ever: Caroline Bressler, Kevin Kelley, Karen Melendez and Fabian Nodal.
- California Bank & Trust, who allow us to use their community conference room for our quarterly meetings, and Joyce Ibarra, their Customer Service Manager, who stays late at the Bank while we have our meetings.
- Zanotto’s Downtown Market, for their many donations and discounts for Vendome events.
The Vendome Voice is published by the Vendome Neighborhood Association, on behalf of the neighborhood.
The newsletter is written, edited and designed by:
- Kevin Kelley
- Tina Morrill
- Randy Saldinger