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Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers

Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers is at the San Jose Public Library Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers, an exhibit that portrays the relationship between insects and the flowers they…

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 7:24 AM

Looking Back: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 27 Years Ago

In the month of May we observe Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This year, the San Jose Public Library has held celebrations at Village Square and Seven Trees Branch libraries. The…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Looking Back: Fuzzy Shimada, a Local Bowling Legend

Last month we explored the phenomenon of the once popular bowling alley disappearing from the San Jose landscape. This month we recognize local bowling legend Rokuro “Fuzzy” Shimada. Fuzzy was the…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Looking Back: Where Have All the Bowling Alleys Gone?

Image: The author of this blog stands ready to roll at the former location of Fiesta Lanes bowling alley. Located on the corner of San Carlos Street and Willard Avenue, Fiesta Lanes closed in 2002…

Ralph Pearce
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Looking Back: The Iconic Faber's Cyclery Building Stands Tall Once Again

I love old buildings, I just can’t help it. And the more dilapidated and neglected the better. My imagination shifts into overdrive as I ponder the remains of structures whose splintered wood,…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 5:59 PM

Looking Back: An Elementary School Reading List from 1967

From September 1967 to June 1968, I was in the third grade at Canoas Elementary School in the Meadowbrook tract (now Canoas Garden neighborhood) in Willow Glen. My classroom was A-3, and my teacher…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Looking Back: San Jose Public Library Cards Through the Years

For the first time in many years, the San Jose Public Library will soon be featuring new library card designs. There will be six new designs, two from each category of Adult, Teen, and Children.The…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Looking Back: John F. Kennedy Addresses the Citizens of San Jose

Some years ago, my dad mentioned that a cousin had seen John F. Kennedy speak at a presidential campaign rally here in San Jose. When I began working here in the California Room, I decided to check…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 3:10 PM

Looking Back: Light from a Closet Window

In May of 1963, my family moved from our house on Singletary Avenue (off The Alameda) to a house near Coe and Ramona (off Lincoln Avenue). On moving day, my mother took me into my new bedroom and…

Ralph Pearce
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 3:40 PM

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A Home Defender of the High Sierra

International Vulture Day, September 3rd The Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) is the most widely found, in number and range, of all scavenging birds of prey.  They occur only in the new World,…

Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 9:00 AM

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Santa Clara Valley Archives

Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl October 22, 2016 October is American Archives Month. What is an Archive? Archivists bring the past to the present. They are records collectors and protectors,…

Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 9:17 AM

Looking Back: Cesare Bini, a Santa Clara Valley Vegetable Peddler

Image: Cesare's Graham Brothers truck with its custom built bed. A hand crank was used to start the engine. Photo courtesy of the Bini Family. As a three-year-old living on Singletary Avenue (off…

Ralph Pearce
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 5:49 PM