The Campbell Historical Museum & Ainsley House encourages you to participate in the planning process for the new Civic Center Master Plan! The first public meeting was held on March 12, 2014, and there will be more to come, so please keep an eye on downtowncampbell.com.

An online survey is available through March 25, 2014 to gather additional input. You do not have to be Campbell resident to take part. Please click here to participate and let your voice be heard. The Master Plan will include future plans for the Historical Museum and Ainsley House.

The annual Bunnies and Bonnets Parade in Downtown Campbell is a family and community affair held on the day before Easter following the City of Campbell's annual Easter Egg Hunt. In past years, the parade has featured marching bands, baton dancers, classic cars, bagpipers, floats, dog clubs, and other assorted things of interest that make up the Campbell area community.

The parade is now approaching its 16th anniversary and we're seeking participants to help us make this year's parade the best one yet. If your group, club, or organization would like to march/participate in this year's parade on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12pm, please download the 2014 Parade Application Form and return it by Friday, April 4, 2014.

Participation is free for the general community and $50 for commercial floats. The parade will not be judged and no prizes will be awarded. This is all just for fun!

Want to help publicize the parade? Download the parade flyer!

The Spirit of Campbell, opening on March 1, 2014 at Campbell's historic Ainsley House (300 Grant Street), features historic and contemporary photography exploring the city’s unique identity. The exhibit will be on view through June 30, 2014.

History, architecture, nature, and people contribute to the identity of a community. The Campbell Historical Museum invited amateur and professional photographers to submit images that capture the essence of Campbell. Participating photographers include Terrie Anderson, Jennifer Biggerstaff, Jason Brickman, Patricia Dennis, Alfiya Ganieva, Charles Gibson, Arian Hormozi, Will Lawrence, Robert Laws, Melissa Masinter, Mark Moore, Bill Noyes, Smita Radhakrishnan, Alex Sokolsky, and Roxanne Tuttle. Their work will be exhibited along with with historic photographs from the museum collection.

Visitors to the exhibit are invited to vote on the contemporary photograph they feel best represents the spirit of Campbell. The winning entry will be accessioned into the museum’s permanent collection.

The Ainsley House is open by guided tour Thursday - Saturday, 12pm-4pm, with the last tour departing at 3:15pm. Admission is $6 general, $4 for seniors, and $2.50 for youth.

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The Campbell Historical Museum announces that Rock Bottom Brewery of Campbell's annual Fire Chief Ale Promotion, starting February 25, 2014, will raise funds for the care and conservation of over 400 fire department-related items at the Campbell Historical Museum.

The Fire Chief Ale Promotion kicks off with a keg tapping on Tuesday, February 25 at 6pm at Rock Bottom's Campbell Pruneyard location, 1875 South Bascom Ave. Fire Chief Ale, a full-bodied amber with a dry, mildly hopped finish, is one of the specialty beers brewed throughout the year by Rock Bottom Brewery. The promotion continues through March 31, 2014, with a portion of all Fire Chief Ale sales donated to the Campbell Historical Museum and the Burn Foundation. Rock Bottom will display photographs and objects from the museum for the duration of the promotion.

Of the 10,000 objects, photographs, and documents in the Campbell Historical Museum collection, over 400 are directly related to the history of Campbell's fire department and paramedics. Rescue 25, a custom 1974 Chevrolet used by Campbell's first firefighter paramedic team, was donated to the City's Historical Museum in 2009 and restored over the course of four years. In addition, the Museum owns a 1917 American-LaFrance Double Tank Chemical Car Fire Engine re-built with parts from Campbell's first fire truck. The Museum collection also includes dozens of photographs of Campbell fire fighters as well as uniforms, equipment, and other fire paraphernalia. The collection, owned by the City of Campbell, is available to researchers by appointment.

For more information about the Campbell Historical Museum and this fundraiser, please phone Julie Carpenter, Museum Specialist, at 408-866-2758.

The Downtown Campbell Business Association would like to remind customers that the City of Campbell has banned the distribution of single-use plastic bags as of January 27, 2014. Recycled-content paper bags or reusable bags may be handed out for a minimum charge of 10 cents per bag (this will increase to 25 cents on January 1, 2015).

The new ordinance does not pertain to restaurants, fast-food places, and nonprofit charitable reuse organizations such as Goodwill. The ordinance also allows retailers to provide protective bags for produce, meat, prescriptions, live fish, greeting cards, and garment bags (dry cleaning) at no charge.

We encourage everyone to bring your own bags when you shop! The City Council hopes the plastic bag ban will reduce pollution, free up landfill space, and protect our environment. For more information, please visit the City of Campbell's website.

The Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House invites both amateur and professional photographers to submit photographs that capture the places, people, events, and environments that make Campbell unique. The deadline has now been extended to Friday, February 14, 2014.

The museum plans to exhibit these public entries March 1 - June 1, 2014, as well as historical images from the permanent collection that reflect the people, places, and events of Campbell. If you would like to participate, please e-mail [email protected] for guidelines and an application form. (Please note: the subject heading of the e-mail must read: "2014 Exhibition Application".) Only one entry per person. For more information or questions regarding the exhibition, please contact Anna Rosenbluth at 408-866-2759, or [email protected].

Dan Vorheis, 1952-2014

Posted on January 16th, 2014 by Downtown Campbell

We regret to report that Dan Vorheis, a staff member at Moonfyre Metaphysical and a beloved member of the Downtown Campbell community, died on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 as a result of complications arising from influenza and pneumonia. His gentle, cheerful presence in our community, which he was a part of for many years, will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his brother, John Vorheis; his nephew, David Meininger; his adult children Darcy Johnson and Jereme Vorheis; his best friend and roommate of 30 years, Karen Glenn and her family; and his longtime friend Rockie Arambula.

Any contributions toward the repayment of Dan's medical bills and additional fees would be deeply appreciated by his friends and family. Donations are now being accepted at Moonfyre Metaphysical.

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