Blood Donations Are Critically Needed

Both Stanford and the Red Cross are in critical need of blood donations.

Stanford’s Blood Center has a site at 295 E. Hamilton Avenue and their general web site is: https://stanfordbloodcenter.org/  

The Red Cross main location is on North First Street, San Jose.  Their web site is:  https://www.redcross.org/local/california/northern-california-coastal/about-us/locations/silicon-valley.html

The Red Cross has a blood drive this Saturday, Feb 13 at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 2350 Winchester Blvd., from 9 AM to 3 PM. 

Santa Clara County Announces “No Wrong Door” for COVID Vaccinations

On Feb 4 Sara Cody, Santa Clara County’s Health Officer, announced anyone 65 and older can get their vaccine from anywhere in the county. 

The county’s new “no wrong door” policy makes it possible for seniors to get vaccinated regardless of who their normal medical provider is.  “A Kaiser patient can go to the county, a Stanford patient can go to Kaiser, a county patient can go to Stanford (to get vaccinated),” said Dr. Cody. “It doesn’t matter where you go, we want you to get vaccinated.” 

County officials said that the change would become effective immediately within the county hospital system, while it might take a few days for all of the South Bay’s vaccine providers to make the transition.

Campbell Toy Program…Marilyn Clough

Here’s an opportunity to help brighten Christmas for Campbell area children, especially necessary for young families this difficult year.  Collection boxes will be available until Saturday, December 12, for toys, games, books, school supplies, art/craft supplies, balls, etc.  Most of our local shopping areas will have them.  Check https://campbelltoyprogram.com/ for details before you go shopping (carefully, of course!).

Caregivers Count … Ken Schieck

  1. A free virtual conference for families and friends caring for a loved one
  2. By Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County
  3. Co-sponsored by San Jose Regional AARP Office

Event Dates and Topics:

  • Sept 12:  Emotional Well-Being
  • Sept 19:  Paying for Care
  • Sept 26:  Technology Tools
  • Oct 3:      Reducing Stress & Dealing with Parents and Resistance

Registration Info at www.caregiverscount.net

Do you like to sing?

A free sing-along group meets on zoom Thursdays 7:30-9:00.  We used to meet in person at the Chai House.  We have a couple of songbooks to help us remember the words which you can order on Amazon if you like the group.  What we do is the leader is unmuted, and the rest of us sing along at home.  It’s less satisfying than being together but does give that boost that singing familiar music does for the soul.  If you are interested, please contact Nancy_Tepperman@yahoo.com, and she will put you on the email list.  You can find Nancy’s phone number in the Dispatch if you prefer to call.

Phil Ackerly Magic – Home Edition

Set the date on your calendars, smartwatches, and phones, Phil Ackerly’s Magic, Comedy & Fun will be up-close and on-line in his home studio on Sunday, May 3rd, at 5:30-6PM. 

Phil will present a 30-minute show free on Zoom and you are invited to join in the fun.  It’ll be the same fun and “wow” moments that you have enjoyed before, plus some some new magic that Phil’s been busy creating. 

You’ll need the link and password below to log on. 

Phil’s Zoom Show Link – May 3, 5:30PM

Phil Ackerly is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom show on May 3. 

Join Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5509600865?pwd=NVFtQXpDQ0dHZ25rT2swYkxXK2tKdz09

Meeting ID: 550 960 0865 

Password: showtime 

One tap mobile 

+16699006833,,5509600865#,,#,776174# US (San Jose) 

+13462487799,,5509600865#,,#,776174# US (Houston) 

Dial by your location 

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) 

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) 

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Meeting ID: 550 960 0865 

Password: 776174 

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kec0nWZgoh 

I am going to be an author! I am in the middle of writing a book on magic for kids; ages 6-9 yrs, 18,000 words, 100+ pages, illustrated.  The book will be published by Rockridge Press and available in August online and at local bookstores across the country.  Stay tuned for updates as the book takes shape through the creative process.

I’ve been creating video content: Here’s a routine that I created at home using my phone and video editing software.  www.vimeo.com/makephilappear/diversity

Thank you for your support.

Phil Ackerly

www.makephilappear.com

408-781-6735

The most important thing we should be spreading right now is optimism, positivity and support.  Negativity as Zero R.O.I.

Magic & Comedy Dinner Theater will return soon.  Stay healthy, stay connected and stay positive. We are all in this together.