We're reminded far too rarely these days that cities aren't just buildings but people and neighborhoods. That spirit, however, is alive and well in West San Jose, where a fire swept through three homes on Mossbrook Circle last week.
"Since I've lived in that neighborhood for 41 years and the fire was just three houses away, I'm still in shock over what happened," said Dick King, who is director of sponsorships for the Tech Museum's Tech Awards.
But rather than just count himself lucky, King and another neighbor, Luann Abrahams, are leading an effort to collect donations that can be distributed to their devastated neighbors. So far, they've received more than $5,000 in gifts from more than 25 families, but there's always room for more goodwill.
Anyone who wants to contribute can do so at any Wells Fargo Bank branch for the Mossbrook Neighbors Fund with the account ending in 2917. King says they hope to distribute the donations early next week, so act soon if you're feeling generous.
SPARTAN FOR A DAY: San Jose State's Alumni Association is bringing back its enjoyable -- and enlightening -- Classes Without Quizzes event this Saturday. The public gets the chance to attend three classes at Clark Hall led by San Jose State alumni, faculty and even members of the community with specific knowledge of a subject.
You can learn the basics of drawing calligraphy with a bamboo pen from 1960 graduate Toshimi Kumagai, discover the basics of philanthropy or get a look behind the scenes of the Spartan Film Studios. Other topics include our water supply, neighborhood safety, a finance class aimed at women and San Jose's creative culture.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and registration is $10, including lunch and notebooks. That seems like a much better deal than today's current students get. Register or get more information at www.sjsualumni.com.
TAKE THE KIDS TO CAMPBELL: There are some great Easter-themed family events Saturday in Campbell, which is pretty typical of the Orchard City.
The first is the 34th annual Campbell Eggstravaganza, sponsored by the Campbell Kiwanis Club on the Campbell Community Center's fields. There'll be lots of activities for kids ages 1-12 starting at 9 a.m., with the egg hunt starting at 10:30 a.m. after the singing of the national anthem. It's BYOB, which in this case means "bring your own basket."
Then at noon, the 16th annual Bunnies & Bonnets Parade will commence at the east end of Campbell Avenue by the railroad tracks with lots of marching bands, classic cars and a few pooches. Both events are free to attend and you can get more information on them at www.downtowncampbell.com.