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Photos taken by Social Wave at the Color Me Spring 2013 fashion event are now on the Downtown Campbell website! View the DowntownCampbell.com album here.

Many photos were also taken by Geoffrey Smith II, a photographer with The Metro. View Smith's album on metroactive.com.

Color Me Spring, a fashion event held at Villa Ragusa on Thursday, April 25, 2013 featured a fashion show, food tastings, local vendors, live entertainment, and raffle prizes. It was presented by the Downtown Campbell Business Association and Villa Ragusa.

Beginning April 14, 2013, San Jose Water Company will be conducting road work in Downtown Campbell, 10pm-6am, Sunday nights to Friday mornings. On some days, the work hours may be extended to 10am. Expect road closures during those hours. Water services will not be interrupted.

Why the hassle? San Jose Water Company will be retiring its 79 year old water main in Downtown Campbell and will replace the main with new pipeline along East Campbell Avenue from 3rd Street to the railroad tracks. The work will also include a water main replacement on Central Avenue from East Campbell Avenue to City Hall.

Beginning the week of April 21, 2013 there will be Mainline trenching on E. Campbell Avenue. This work will progress from east to west, block by block. It is anticipated that it will take approximately one week to trench per city block.

For more information, please read the SJ Water Company's notice; download the work map; or contact San Jose Water Company's Contractor, Lewis & Tibbitts, at 408-925-0220 or San Jose Water Company at 408-279-7900.

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 15th 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, March 30, 2013 at 12pm, please download the 2013 Parade Application Form and return it by Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

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!

Kaleido Lamps Valentine's Promotion! Receive 20% off our beautiful lights. Get a heart shape light for your loved one. Let our lights represent your words to show him/her how important he/she is to you and your life. We would love to brighten your sweet day! Come and see us at 197 E Campbell Avenue in historic Downtown Campbell.

Christmas in Campbell

Posted on December 10th, 2012 by Downtown Campbell

Christmas is coming, and the good merchants of Downtown Campbell are bringing holiday cheer to the community every Friday (6pm-9pm) and Saturday (12pm-3pm), December 7 - 22. Join us for great shopping, special sales, and holiday entertainment!

Why get stuck at the mall? Bring your family to Downtown Campbell, support local merchants by doing some holiday shopping, savor a delicious meal, and enjoy the relaxed, charming, small-town atmosphere.

Kicking off the holiday season in Downtown Campbell will be the traditional Carol of Lights, a celebration for kids of all ages. The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, 4pm-8pm, with bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, musical entertainment, dance performances, Santa Claus, and SNOW!

This festive and popular display of holiday spirit is made possible entirely through volunteer labor and private donations. Funds are needed to help us provide all the great activities at the event! Please consider making a contribution through our website or by check. No amount is too small. For more information, please click here.

The Campbell Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking volunteers for the 18th Annual Oktoberfest, taking place October 13 and 14. Being a volunteer at this event is lots of fun! From meeting new people to listening to all the live music, you won't want to miss being a part of such a great event.

Shifts are available:
Saturday, 9:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, 1:15pm-5:45pm
Sunday, 9:30am-1:00pm
Sunday, 12:45pm-4:45pm

To volunteer, please download and fill out the Oktoberfest Volunteer Form and return it to the office of the Campbell Chamber of Commerce.

Temporary Road Closure

Posted on August 27th, 2012 by Downtown Campbell

The City of Campbell would like the community to be aware of a temporary road closure of a portion of East Campbell Avenue in Downtown Campbell, from Central Avenue to the light rail tracks.

In order to minimize impact on businesses and commuters, the majority of the work will be performed at night. The closure will take place on Wednesday night, August 29, 2012 lasting until early Thursday morning, August 30. The road will also be closed on Tuesday, September 4, 7am-11am.

This work is being done to create a new utility connection for electrical service to 400 E. Campbell Avenue (the former Gaslighter Theater). The utility connection will require trenching on E. Campbell Avenue from an existing transformer in the westbound travel lane on E. Campbell Avenue to the project site. The closure is due to the narrow roadway and proximity to the light rail tracks.

Other work will taking place during the daytime hours, August 29 - September 7, 2012, will have traffic control in place as needed. This will allow through traffic, but the community is advised to expect traffic delays.

For more information, please contact Ed Arango, Civil Engineer, City of Campbell, 308-866-2166.

Update: We had to drop Singin' in the Rain from the runoff because the copyright owners are currently not allowing any showings of it

After four weeks of collecting nominations for the Sundown Cinema Audience Choice movie for 2012, we're down to four finalists in contention to win the honors to be the movie for our season end finale! With one exception, there's a definite musical theme to our finalists this year.

Voting closes at 4pm on Friday, August 24th. The winner will be announced at our showing of The Candidate later that night. You may vote for as many movies as you like. Let the voting begin and may the best movie win!

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The Downtown Campbell Business Association (DCBA) wants to hear what you think about the new layout for the Sunday Farmers' Market. In the DCBA's negotiations with Urban Village Farmers' Market Association and the City of Campbell, the decision was made by all parties to change how farmers' booths are arranged along East Campbell Avenue beginning July 15, 2012.

If you have attended the market since July 15, please let us know what you think! Send an e-mail to [email protected] answering the following questions and adding any comments you'd like to make. Your feedback will be taken into consideration as the groups decide whether or not to continue with the new layout.

1) I shop the Downtown Campbell Farmers' Market…
a. every Sunday
b. 2-3 times per month
c. once a month or less

2) My thoughts about the new Farmers' Market layout are…
a. I like the new market layout and will return to shop
b. I prefer the shopping experience of the original market layout
c. I don't have a preference

UPDATE: We messed up the deadline date for the end of movie nominations. Movie nominations must be in no later than 5pm on Tuesday, August 7th (not 14th).
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The 2012 Sundown Cinema season is approaching the half-way mark and that means it's time to start collecting suggestions for our August 31st season finale, the Audience Choice Film.

In this first round of the selection process, you can make up to three movie suggestions for the Audience Choice Film. You may email your picks to [email protected], reply to this post, or submit your favorite films in person at Sundown Cinema. The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Tuesday, August 7th.

The most-nominated movies will be announced on downtowncampbell.com on August 15th, and you can vote for them in our online poll. Whichever movie gets the most votes by 4pm on Friday, August 24th will be screened on August 31st at our finale.

Send us your suggestions and may the best movie win!

Sundown Cinema is seeking reliable, responsible volunteers with a good sense of humor to serve during our 2012 season, June 29 - August 31!

What is Sundown Cinema? It's a free outdoor movie series held on Friday nights in the parking lot next to Therapy in Downtown Campbell. Now in our 9th year, we screen classic films geared for all ages. Sundown Cinema is run entirely by volunteers and we pay for our operating budget through donations from the audience and sponsorships by local businesses and organizations. This is cinema run by the community for the community!

All of our volunteers work hard but we have a lot of fun. Many of our volunteers return year after year, but it's inevitable that some move away and have other issues take priority, so we're always looking for new folks to join our team!

We ask each volunteer to serve 3 Fridays over the course of our 10-week run - we'll work with your schedule to pick dates that work for you. Every Friday night, we have two main volunteer jobs:

Concessions Stand
Two people serve at the popcorn and concessions stand from 7pm until the movie ends (usually 11pm or a little later).

Greeting
Two people serve as greeters on the sidewalk, handing out Sundown Cinema flyers and answering questions from passersby and the audience. One greeter serves 7pm-9pm, and the other greeter serves 7pm until the end of the movie (usually 11pm or a little later).

Don't worry! We'll train you! If you're interested, please contact [email protected] by June 18, 2012.

Need a new home for those good (but bulky) books piling up in your living room? Ready to part with your old CDs & DVDs but know somebody else would enjoy them? Simply Smashing invites you to donate them to our book drive and the Los Gatos Chapter of Women's Networking Alliance will donate them to the Blue Star Moms of the South Bay. Your donations will be included in care packages sent to our troops all over the world.

Now through June 30, 2012, make a book/CD/DVD donation at Simply Smashing and we'll take 10% off your entire regular-price purchase! (Can not be combined with other offers. Excludes furniture, artwork, exchange, trade. layaway, and gift certificate purchases. There will be no price adjustments on previous purchases.)

The past few years as more and more people have laptops and smartphones we've been seeing more and more people come to the summer movies in Downtown Campbell with them pulled out. I'm sure this year we'll add tablet devices to the list of things people will bring with them to the movies.

To date, we haven't had a policy on use of personal electronic devices during movies. Our approach has been to only lay down rules when something gets to be a problem. It might be time to have a policy. Each year we've received more complaints from people that they're being distracted by someone in the crowd using a laptop or smart phone.

We're going to let our audience set the policy. Please vote on whether we should allow unlimited use of any electronic device, impose a complete ban, or allow limited use of smartphones for important matters. If you have anything extra to say, please post a comment with your thoughts.

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Outdoor movie fans, keep your Friday nights reserved this summer. Sundown Cinema will be back for its ninth straight season starting on Friday, June 29th.

We have another great movie lineup this year with a highly selective collection of movie classics along with a few blockbusters. As always, by Sundown Cinema tradition, the last movie will be decided on in the final weeks by audience input.

Sundown Cinema 2012 Movie Schedule

  • June 29 - The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
  • July 6 - Rocky (1976)
  • July 13 - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  • July 20 - Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (1969)
  • July 27 - Harold & Maude (1971)
  • August 3 - The Big Sleep (1946)
  • August 10 - Mary Poppins
  • August 17 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
  • August 24 - The Candidate (1972)
  • August 31 - Audience Choice

Sponsorship Opportunities Available for Sundown Cinema
Sundown Cinema is a movie series produced by the community for the community and it's completely dependent upon volunteer labor, sponsorships, and donations. If your business or organization would like to support the movie series and get some terrific exposure at the same time, please click here and download our Sponsorship Kit. Opportunities start at just $100. For additional information, please e-mail [email protected].

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Stone Griffin Gallery invites you to check out our website featuring original and limited edition artwork of Campbell's beloved water tower.

Here at Stone Griffin Gallery, we sell other artwork (of course). California landscapes is probably our featured specialty, along with local landmarks (such as the tower). Figurative and abstract works flesh out our offerings.

Anyway -- we decided to purchase the domain name www.campbellwatertower.com and put up a site just of Campbell Water Tower artwork! We have photographs on stretched canvas, original oils, limited edition giclee work, and watercolor pieces.

Please check out the website, and please visit the gallery at 234 E Campbell Avenue in Downtown Campbell!

Stone Griffin Gallery has moved to its new location at 234 East Campbell Ave. in Downtown Campbell! At its grand re-opening during Campbell's July 15 ArtWalk, Stone Griffin premiered a collection of images featuring Campbell's venerable landmark, the water tower.

Stone Griffin Gallery specializes in images of the water tower — the collection includes dramatic images of the tower reproduced on canvas and smaller framed pieces. Featured in the collection is an original 18" x 24" framed watercolor by local landscape artist Dick Zunkel. Smaller limited signed canvas reproductions complete the collection. Stone Griffin Gallery features the largest collection of California landscapes in the area.

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