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The Great Re-opening of June 15th and Downtown Campbell

Posted on June 18th, 2021 by sheldon

You probably know this. On June 15th, California re-opened.

What does that even mean?

It means that most, but not all Covid-19 related public health orders have been lifted for all the lucky people who've been vaccinated. For people who haven't been vaccinated, the new rules are relaxed, but remain more similar than not to what they were before.

As of the June 15th re-opening, businesses no longer have any capacity limits and for everyone who've been vaccinated, they're not required to enforce masking and social distancing. Keep in mind that this doesn't mean they can't still request on their own to have everyone wear a mask while on their premises.

Businesses that had specific restrictions on how they were allowed to operate, will no longer have those restrictions. Bars can be bars straight up. They don't have to serve food with your beer anymore. Entertainment venues can do their normal thing with only precautions required for people who haven't been vaccinated.

Some places may still require everyone to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. If they do, they surely have a good reason. Please remember that every single small business is run by people who have families and we are all dealing with challenges that you can't see.

We're thrilled to be starting the return to the old normal, but the reality is that things are still a long ways from normal for people operating shops, restaurants, and services. 2021 is going to be a year of transition. Please help us get through this year by being your most compassionate and understanding self.

Farmers' Market + Outdoor Festivities

Many of you are probably eager to know when the Farmers' Market will be back in Downtown Campbell. That'll eventually happen, but there's no news for now.

Outdoor festivals and festivities? Some of those may happen and the organizers of those events want them to happen, but public health concerns are not the only logistical factors making their imminent return difficult.

Let's End the Pandemic for Good

If you haven't yet been vaccinated, please please please make it a priority to do so. The results are in and the so named Delta variant of Covid-19 has shown itself to be approximately twice as contagious as the initial strains of Covid-19 and might also be more severe. The good news is that if you've completed your shots, you're unlikely to get it and are well protected from developing a severe case even if you do.

Getting vaccinated is not only free, but you can actually collect a $50 reward for getting vaccinated and be entered into drawings for prizes donated by supporting organizations. If you need help finding a vaccination location, just go to...Read More

Parklets in Downtown Campbell to Continue thru Sept 30th

Posted on June 4th, 2021 by sheldon

On June 15th, the State of California will enter a full re-opening and there will no longer be any indoor or outdoor capacity limits for any businesses. Things will be changing, but the parklets program will not be one of them.

The Campbell City Council recently voted to keep existing parklets in place through September 30, 2021. If you've grown fond of having more outdoor dining and service options, you're in luck and we're in luck. It's not going away anytime soon.

Yellow Tier Restrictions

After a long pandemic year, Santa Clara made it into the Yellow and least restrictive tier last month on May 18th. In the Yellow tier, here's what's allowed.

  • Restaurants or bars that also serve food can have indoor seating up to 50% capacity
  • Gyms and fitness studios can operate at up to 50% capacity indoors
  • Entertainment centers can operate at up to 50% capacity indoors
  • Museums can operate at 100% capacity
  • Retail can operate at 100% capacity
  • Bars not serving meals can open indoors up to 25% capacity

California Reopens on June 15th

On June 15th, when California enters a full re-opening, the colored tiers of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy will be retired and the above capacity limits will no longer apply. All businesses in Downtown Campbell will be allowed to operate at 100% indoors and outdoors.

Outdoor options that you've come to appreciate will continue to be available assuming those businesses wish to continue making them available and most will do so for some time to come.

Although the economy will be fully re-opened, it does not mean all health restrictions are terminated. Masks will still be required indoors for anyone who hasn't been vaccinated and there will continue to be some specific situations in which masks are still required for everyone regardless of vaccination status.

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Vax for the Win: Get Vaccinated and Win Cash Prizes

Posted on June 4th, 2021 by sheldon

UPDATE: The big prizes have been given out, but they're still handing out $50 gift cards and other organizations are now donating really amazing prizes to encourage anyone who still hasn't been vaccinated yet to get their shots.


More than anywhere else, downtowns have a keen interest in seeing as many people vaccinated as possible. That's because our normal mode of operating is face to face and highly persona. We can't fully return to normal until the pandemic is completely behind us so if you're able to be vaccinated, please do so.

If you haven't been vaccinated yet, did you know that as part of California's Vax for the Win program you can get a $50 gift card and a chance to win prizes of $50,000 and $1.5 million as a reward for getting vaccinated? You just have to get at least your first shot by June 15th to qualify.

If you're ready to get vaccinated, just head over to myturn.ca.gov.

About the Prizes

2 Million Winners of $50
The first 2 million Californians to be vaccinated after May 27 will receive a $50 virtual prepaid card OR a $50 grocery gift card for Kroger stores or Albertsons stores.

30 Winners of $50,000 - JUNE 4 & 11
Thirty vaccinated California residents will win $50,000 each in cash. There will be 15 prize winners selected on June 4 and another 15 prize winners selected on June 11. Californians with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine who are 12 years of age and older will be eligible to win. (If someone under 18 wins, the cash will be put in a savings account for them until they turn 18.)

10 Winners of $1,500,000 - JUNE 15
Ten vaccinated California residents will be selected on June 15 to win cash prizes of $1.5 million each. Californians with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine who are 12 years of age and older will be eligible to win. (If someone under 18 wins, the cash will be put in a savings account for them until they turn 18.)

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Youth Summer Camps and Classes are filling up fast! Register online today!

Posted on May 21st, 2021 by Campbell Recreation Events

Click the links below to start exploring. Spaces are filling up fast! Register today to secure your spot! If the camp is already full, add your child's name to the wait list and we will contact you if a spot becomes available.

Current Openings:

Campbell Day Camp

Campbell Day Camp - Ages 4-12

July 6-9th

July 19-23rd

July 26-30th

Day Camp: Camper Cubs (4-5 YRS)

June 14-18th

June 21-25th

July 6-9th

July 19-23rd

July 26-30th

August 2-6th

Art Beat Camps

Design, Create, Build! (5-10 YRS)

Ultimate Art Camp (5-10 YRS)

Woodland Elves & Fairies Camp (5-10 YRS)

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Did you see this? Chrystal Bougon, the owner of All Bodies Welcome Hair Removal in Downtown Campbell was featured in a story about Covid-19, being fat, and stigma in the LA Times yesterday. We're proud to have Chrystal among our small business family especially since she and her business is such a good embodiment of the spirit of inclusion that we strive for.

All types of bodies are welcome at Chrystal's electrolysis studio. All types of bodies are welcome in Downtown Campbell too.

Did you see this? Chrystal Bougon, the owner of All Bodies Welcome Hair Removal in Downtown Campbell was featured in a...

Posted by Downtown Campbell on Sunday, May 9, 2021

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We know these are hard times for everyone and it is your continued support that has allowed us to stay open to this point.

As a small, family-owned and operated business, every purchase counts. If you are in a position to help, shopping online, visiting in-store, or simply spreading the word and extending an invitation to give us a try will make all the difference in keeping The Olive Bar in Downtown Campbell!

Visit us online: https://www.theolivebar.com/

Visit us in-store: https://g.page/CampbellOliveBar?share

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Earth to Arbor Day Family Scavenger Hunt

Posted on April 20th, 2021 by Campbell Recreation Events

Earth to Arbor Day Family Scavenger Hunt

Get out doors and celebrate Earth and Arbor day this month!

The Campbell Youth Commission and Parks & Recreation Commission are partnering to bring you an extra special Earth and Arbor day celebration this year! Bring your families downtown to locate some of our unique trees and features. If you can correctly guess their locations, you will win a gift card to The Campbell Creamery!

How to Participate

  • On April 22nd, we will share a map and photos of unique trees and features in downtown Campbell

  • Print these pages or look at them on your phone as you walk around downtown and try to locate these spots with your family

  • When you find a tree or feature, match it with the letters on the map!

  • Bring your answers to the Campbell Creamery on April 30th between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. The first 20 people to have at least 5 correct matches will be given a $5 gift certificate to the Campbell Creamery!

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2021-2022 School Year Information

Registration begins April 13th at 10 AM for Campbell Residents & April 14th at 10 AM for Non-Residents

Click here for information on How to Register

COVID-19 Protocols

Our team has worked hard to plan a fun, enriching and safe pre-school experience for your child. We have made modifications to our typical Pre-School program in order to comply with the current Order of the Health Officer of the County of Santa Clara.

Campbell Recreation Pre-School provides a safe and nurturing environment for your child's first school experience. Each classroom is designed to maximize a child's learning experience.

To engage active and growing minds and bodies, we introduce as many different materials and hands-on learning opportunities as possible such as art, music, a movement lab, and language, reading, and math readiness activities. Oral language and listening skills are developed through circle time activities. Social skills are developed during both structured activities and unstructured free choice play time.

Our pre-school has provided children with their first school experience for over 20 years. We believe a child's first school experience sets the foundation for a love of learning.

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Youth Dance, Art, Music, & Life Skills Classes Starting April 9-24th!

Posted on April 7th, 2021 by Campbell Recreation Events

Outdoor & Virtual Fitness Classes for Adults & 50+

Posted on April 1st, 2021 by Campbell Recreation Events

Stay active this Spring with Campbell Recreation! We have a variety of in-person and virtual fitness classes for adults and 50+!

Outdoor Fitness Classes

Small Group Personal Training 18+ 4/8-4/22 6:30 PM

Strength Training 50+ 4/2-4/30 9:40 AM

Spinning 18+ 4/5-4/28 7:30 PM

Zumba 18+ 4/17-5/16 10 AM

Virtual Fitness

Yogilates 50+ 4/1-4/29 10:30 AM

Yoga 18+ 4/3-4/24 8:00 AM

Stretch & Core 18+ 4/7-4/28 6:15 PM

Pilates 18+ 4/2-4/30 7:00 AM 4/5-4/28 6:00 PM Body Sculpt 18+ 4/6-4/29 6:15 PM

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Campbell Youth Commission Now Accepting Applications for 2021-2022!

Posted on March 18th, 2021 by Campbell Recreation Events

The Campbell Youth Commission is a joint effort project. Partners include the City of Campbell, Santa Clara County Library District, Campbell Union School District, Moreland School District and, Campbell Union High School District.

Youth Commissioners should be Campbell residents during the 2021-2022 school year and enrolled in grades 7 through 12. For those appointed to the commission, they will serve a one year term, September through May. Interested teens may reapply for up to a three term maximum. The Commission should be diverse, a strong representation of Campbell youth. The commissioners will be individuals who can contribute different elements to the group and together make a cohesive youth commission. Meetings will be held every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 7:00pm.

Requirements:

  • Campbell residents
  • Enrolled in grades 7 through 12 during 2021-2022 school year
  • Attend bi-monthly evening meetings on Mondays, September through May
  • Interest and enthusiasm for leadership and local government practices

Questions about the commission and application process should be directed to Julie Pieracci, Recreation Specialist at [email protected] or 408-866-2778.

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Outdoor Small Group Music Classes are back at the Campbell Community Center! Register ASAP to secure your spot!

Beginning Drum Set (9-15 YRS) Saturdays 10 AM 3/20-5/1

Beginning Ukulele (10+) Saturdays 12 PM 3/20-5/1

Guitar Level 1 (8-15 YRS) Thursdays 6:05 PM 3/25-5/06

Piano/Keyboard Level 1 (7-15 YRS) Thursdays 4 PM or 5:20 PM 3/25-5/6

Not ready for in-person? The SJG School of Music is also offering Private Online Music Lessons!

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Hello Red Tier My Old Friend...

Posted on March 13th, 2021 by sheldon

Hello Red Tier my Old Friend. I've come to talk of you again.

Well, we're back in the Red Tier again. Actually, we've been back in it for almost two weeks now.

We've been here before, but this time it's a little bit different because Santa Clara County is no longer practicing a more restricted version of the Red Tier guidelines produced by the State of California. Whatever it says is allowed in the Red Tier on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy website is what's now allowed in Santa Clara County.

The key differences between the Purple Tier and the Red Tier are:

  • Indoor dining allowed up to 25% of capacity.
  • Indoor gyms and fitness studios allowed up to 10% of capacity.
  • Retail allowed up to 50% of capacity.

Other details:

  • Bars and pubs still can't operate as drinks only establishments. You have to order food.
  • Most gyms and fitness studios are continuing to offer outdoor or online services even if they're allowed to have limited capacity.

Keep in mind that just because something is allowed doesn't mean that it's available yet. Some businesses are understandably hesitant to move too fast and others would like to do more, but don't have the staffing yet. Not being able to keep up with improving conditions and loosening restrictions is a nice problem to have, but still a problem. Please be patient and understanding as our businesses have had a very rough go at things in the past few months with all of the opening and closing they've had to do.

Thanks to the progress that we've made, it's looking very likely that Santa Clara County will end up in the Orange Tier again when we become eligible to exit the Red Tier on March 24th. Decreasing infection rates, warmer weather, and increasing vaccination rates are all good trends that point toward better days coming soon, but the lessons of past pandemics suggest that there's a good chance of seeing one last sneaker wave that hits when everyone lets their guard down too soon. I don't want to ever have to explain the Red Tier again so please please please continue to be the most responsible version of yourself until we're one month past the end of the pandemic. Be super diligent about keeping a mask on whenever possible when you're around people, especially if it's indoors.

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