Upcoming Events

NOTE: It has been a busy year for me, but I am trying to get this website back on its feet for 2018. I will try posting upcoming events each Thursday at 2pm. -danny

Saturday, November 25: Rides-for-Toys

The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety invites kids to ride on a real Sunnyvale fire engine on Saturday, Nov. 25th between 10 a.m. and 1:30 pm, with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy. The annual “Rides for Toys” event supports needy kids in town during the holiday season.

Suggested retail value of each donation: $25. Cash donations also accepted.

Saturday, November 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Toys-R-Us Parking Lot
130 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
See Also: http://svcommunityservices.org/

Saturday, December 2: 18th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

Start the holiday season with the tree lighting ceremony at Downtown Sunnyvale. Entertainment provided by Dance Attack, Columbia Middle School, Homestead High School, Fremont High School, and Santa Claus.

Saturday, December 2, 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Historic Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale
See Also: http://www.sunnyvaledowntown.com/holiday-tree-lighting.html

Sunday, December 3: Les Artisanes French Boutique and Cafe

Les Artisanes are a local group of independent French designers. Join them to enjoy French creations and gourmet food. Lunch will be hosted by Saveurs Provence.

Sunday, December 3, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fairbrae Swim & Tennis Club
696 Sheraton Dr, Sunnyvale
See Also: https://www.facebook.com/events/127073804622690/

Sunday, December 3: Story Time with Author Arjun Rihan of The Wrong Stripes

Rudy the zebra has a peculiar problem: his stripes zag instead of zig. Unable to fit in with his herd, he sets off on an adventure with the hope of finding someone like himself. On his journey, Rudy discovers a world full of animals with vibrant spots, dazzling points, and other mesmerizing patterns. But will he find what he is looking for?

Sunday, December 3, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Bookasaurus
125 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale

Sunday, December 3: Caltrain Holiday Train

Glowing with thousands of lights and holiday decorations, the Holiday Train will stop at nine train stations over two nights. During the 20-minute station stops, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and the gang will get off the train to greet children and spread holiday cheer. Bring the family to join in the fun, and bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Holiday Train Toy Drive.

The Caltrain Holiday Train will stop in Sunnyvale on Sunday at 7:50 p.m. The Sunnyvale event will feature Sideshow events and a balloon artist. The train will make stops in Mountain View and Santa Clara on Saturday. The Mountain View event will feature the Peninsulaires Barbershop Chorus. The Santa Clara event will feature the Salvation Army Band and an open house event at the South Bay Railroad Historical Society.

See Also: http://www.holiday-train.org/

Tuesday, December 5: El Camino Real Corridor Specific Plan Advisory Committee

The El Camino Real Corridor Specific Plan Advisory Committee (ECRPAC) will hold its sixth meeting to begin discussion on development standards and design guidelines for the ECR corridor. Based on the City Council selected land use alternative and the draft vision statement for the Specific Plan, the project team will provide a presentation on topics including node/district identity, distribution of density/uses along the corridor, and design strategies to ensure minimal impact on adjacent properties. Feedback from the ECRPAC will allow the project team to further refine these concepts for review by the ECRPAC at a future meeting.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Senior Center (Laurel Room)
550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale
See Also: http://plansunnyvaleecr.m-group.us/

Wednesday, December 6: FREE Workshop – Slash Your Energy Bills this Winter!

Green@Home is a program sponsored by the City of Sunnyvale and offered by Acterra, a local non-profit.

December 6, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunnyvale City Hall – Council Chambers
456 West Olive Avenue
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/acterra-greenhome-in-sunnyvale-1503379603

Saturday, December 9: Breakfast with Santa

Kick off the season with holiday cheer, fun crafts and a delicious breakfast. Bring your camera or pay $5 for a photo. Live performances by The Singing Children and The Entertainers Choir. Bring nonperishable items to our food drive for home-bound seniors.

Admission: $5 per ticket, $7.50 per ticket after Friday, Dec. 1
For tickets visit the Senior Center front desk or call 408-730-7360.

Saturday, December 9
Seating at 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Senior Center Orchard Pavilion
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale

December 15-16: 2017 Holiday Pottery Sale

Pick up a unique, handcrafted ceramic for yourself or a loved one. Free admission with plenty of parking. Sunnyvale Pottery Studio instructor Hsin Chuen Lin will be holding a pottery demonstration at the sale with the date and time to be determined. Part of sale proceeds will go towards supporting the Sunnyvale studio.

December 15-16, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Community Center Park
550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale

Saturday, December 16: An Evening with Andy Weir

Andy Weir, the author of last year’s hit novel, The Martian, is coming to Sunnyvale to discusses his new novel, Artemis. Seating is limited, admission will be on a first-come, first-served. Seats may not be saved or reserved. Doors will open at 4:15 p.m. and the event will run until 6:00 p.m. with a book signing to follow. Bring your own copy of The Martian or Artemis to be signed by the author. Copies of Artemis will be  available for purchase on-site by Leigh’s Favorite Books. Ample parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Theatre.

December 16, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunnyvale Theatre
550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale
Contact: 408-730-2772 or 408-730-7302

Caltrain Grade Separation Community Meetings: August 10, 24

(Via Ria Hutabarat Lo, PhD, Sunnyvale Transportation and Traffic Manager)

There are two upcoming community meetings regarding the Caltrain Grade Separation Feasibility Study. This study will assess the feasibility of separating the road and railway at Mary Avenue and Sunnyvale Avenue.

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This project is being considered due to safety concerns, congestion delays, pedestrian/bicycle access issues, and noise impacts associated with having active at-grade railway crossings in urbanized communities. Anticipated increases in service frequency along the Caltrain railway line will improve regional access for Sunnyvale commuters but exacerbate concerns associated with railway crossings—if they are not grade separated.

Depending on the selected alternative, the impacts of grade separation could potentially include the following:

  • property acquisitions
  • access modifications
  • temporary road closures

The City of Sunnyvale will hold two community meetings to describe project goals, process, and schedule, and obtain initial community feedback. Each meeting will be tailored to the respective crossing location. Meeting details for each location are as follows:

Mary Avenue Railroad Crossing
6:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2017
Washington Park Building, 840 W Washington Ave, Sunnyvale
Also: Online Survey

Sunnyvale Avenue Railroad Crossing
6:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, August 24, 2017
Sunnyvale Library, 665 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale
Also: Online Survey

Survey on Accessory Dwelling Units

Sunnyvale is reviewing regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also known as “granny flats” or “in-law” units. An ADU is a small dwelling located on the same property as a single-family home, which includes its own kitchen/bathroom. It can be a part of the main home or a separate structure.

Sunnyvale’s current code places the following limits on ADUs:

  • Minimum lot size 8,500 square feet
  • Maximum unit size 700 square feet
  • 1 bedroom maximum
  • 20-year deed restriction requiring owner occupancy

This study will consider possible changes to allow more ADUs to be built, and to what standards. The concern is to allow residents to expand the housing supply while avoiding negative impacts to quality of life.

The State of California has declared that ADUs are consistent with single-family home zoning and density standards and considers ADUs to be a viable option to create more affordable housing in existing neighborhoods. ADU standards were recently liberalized state-wide. This study will also serve to reconcile Sunnyvale’s regulations with the new state standards.

Background on ADUs in Sunnyvale:

Residents are invited to share their perspective on ADU regulations at http://sunnyvale.peakdemocracy.com/portals/209/Issue_5092

New regulations will be reviewed by the Housing and Human Services Commission in July, the Planning Commission in September, and City Council likely in October.

Sunday: Affordable Housing Community Meeting

Sunday, June 25, the Faith and Action Committee from St. Cyprian are hosting a community meeting to review what is going on with affordable housing. Sunnyvale City Council Officials will be present for this Community Meeting.

Attend this meeting in order to:

  1. Express the need to protect Renters
  2. Learn what is the plan for Housing in the City of Sunnyvale
  3. Share the results of the St. Cyprian Parish Survey focused on Housing
  4. Establish a direct relationship with Sunnyvale City Officials and with allies from our community.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 1:00pm – 2:30pm
St. Cyprian’s Parish Hall
1133 W Washington Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

For more information, call 408-442-4190

 

Saturday: LinkedIn Neighborhood Project Preview

(Via Adina Levin)

On Saturday morning, LinkedIn is hosting a project preview/open house for the new LinkedIn buildings at 700 Middlefield Road Mountain View, which in an early stage of the development application process.

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LinkedIn is proposing an open and permeable campus that creates cyclist cut throughs for commuters. LinkedIn will also be sharing their transportation program with attendees so they see the many ways employees get to work using alternatives to single occupancy vehicles.

All are welcome, pre-registration appreciated so they can plan for food.

Saturday, June 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
950 W Maude Ave Sunnyvale
Unity Conference Room, 1st floor

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neighborhood-project-preview-june-17-2017-1000-am-tickets-34585939476

May 31: Learn About Electric Heat Pumps

The City of Sunnyvale and Sunnyvale Sustainability Commission are hosting their first speaker of 2017 on May 31, at 7 pm, in the City Council Chambers.

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Heat Pump Diagram, via Salt River Project

Pierre Delforge of the Natural Resources Defense Council will share why and how to convert to electric heat pumps for water and space heating in homes and businesses. With carbon-free electricity coming to Sunnyvale, switching to electricity instead of natural gas–a fossil fuel–for major heating appliances can save money and protect the climate.

Refreshments served at 6:30 p.m. Event commences at 7:00 p.m. Register for free at Eventbrite.

Pierre Delforge is the Director of Energy Efficiency in the High Tech Sector at the Natural Resources Defense Council. At NRDC, he focuses mainly on reducing the consumption of electricity by the rapidly growing I.T. and consumer electronics sectors. Previously, Delforge was lead energy and climate strategist for Hewlett-Packard’s sustainability group. He began his career in the United Kingdom and France before moving to Silicon Valley in 2004. He holds degrees in computer science from Cambridge University and L’Ecole Centrale Paris. He is based in San Francisco.

This Saturday, May 20: Children’s Arts Festival

HOTA2012-118Hands on the Arts is an all-day children’s art festival, held annually the third Saturday in May. The event features more than 30 workshop booths where children can try their hands at different art forms. Professional artists lead workshops using a wide variety of arts and craft materials and techniques, as well as music and dance. Many of the workshops introduce children to unique art forms from different cultures, such as Indian rangoli, Chinese silk knotting, Japanese brush painting and Mexican folklorico dancing. All supplies are included in the $10 per child admission fee. (Adults and non-participating children are welcome at no charge.)

Who: Recommended for children 2 years and older

What:

  • Access to explore 30+ music, dance and art workshops
  • All arts supplies and artist instruction
  • A Hands on the Arts Festival souvenir bag

When: May 20, 2017 (rain or shine) 10am to 4pm

Where: Sunnyvale Community Center
550 East Remington Dr.
Sunnyvale CA 94087

The 2017 Hands on the Arts Festival, which will be the 32nd annual, will focus on supporting the City’s “STEM to STEAM” initiative. Some of the workshops at the festival will integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics with art, as maker projects.