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80º | Mostly sunny | 5% chance of rain | Sunrise: 7:03 a.m. | Sunset: 6:49 p.m.

Consider this your invitation to the world of whiskey
A person pouring whiskey into a glass.
Immerse yourself into the ultimate whiskey adventure as the tour makes it’s way to San Jose. | Photo provided by Whiskies of the World
Prepare to be whisked off your feet, San Jose. Whiskies of the World is coming to town (Hayes Mansion, 200 Edenvale Ave.) on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Sip your way through the largest whiskey-tasting tour in the country. This showcase features 100+ expressions of the most prized scotches, craft bourbons, newly-recognized American single malts, and other unique whiskies from around the globe. Guests can try some of the most fascinating + popular distilled spirits on the market and mingle with their makers and ambassadors during this immersive tasting experience.

A general admission ticket ($125) includes:
  • Free-flowing access to whiskey pours (brands like Heaven’s Door, Brenne French Whisky, Kanosuke, Breckenridge, Widow Jane, and more)
  • Delicious hors d’oeuvres
  • A souvenir tasting glass
Enhance your experience with VIP admission ($175) which includes all the perks of general admission — plus, 45-minute early access and exclusive VIP pours.

Bonus: Take things to the next level by adding a 30-minute masterclass for an additional $10 the cigar and whiskey pairing (coming soon).
Whiskey is the official beverage of which state?

A. Idaho
B. Washington
C. Kentucky
D. Alabama
Friday, Sept. 15
  • El Grito 2023 | Friday, Sept. 15 | 4 p.m. | San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose | Free | Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with mariachi, ballet folklorico, and more.
  • Family Movie Night: “Cars” | Friday, Sept. 15 | 5:30 p.m. | Willow Glen Elementary School, 1425 Lincoln Ave., San Jose | Free | Come early for popcorn + cotton candy — the movie starts at sunset (~7:15 p.m.).
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Luna Park’s Chalk Art Festival 2023 | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Backesto Park, 525 N. 13th St., San Jose | Free | Browse 250+ chalk art pieces and enjoy live music, dance, food trucks, and vendor booths.
  • Bark in the Park | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | William Street Park, S. 16th + E. William streets, San Jose | $10 | Who let the dogs out? Actually, it doesn’t matter — we’re here for it.
  • Chile, Mole, Pozole | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 1-5 p.m. | School of Arts & Culture, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose | $5-$10 | Enjoy mole + pozole, salsa tasting, live music, and more.
  • “Libre” | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 2-8 p.m. | 1Culture Gallery, 136/144 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose | Free | This all-female artist exhibit showcases what being “Libre,” or free, means to them.
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • Oakridge Farmers Market | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Westfield Oakridge, 5420 Thornwood Dr., San Jose | Free | Get fresh produce, live entertainment, and more at this year-round market.
  • Groove Market | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 4-9 p.m. | Goodtime Bar, 30 Fountain Alley, San Jose | Free | Grab a glass of natural wine, jam to music, and shop local vendors.
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News Notes
  • This week, City Council approved $2.8 million in service cuts — which mainly affect Viva CalleSJ + Viva Parks — to compensate for 14.5% salary hikes for ~4,500 city workers over the next three years. Mayor Mahan predicts that the city could see $10 million budget cuts a year for the next five years. (The Mercury News/KRON 4)
  • The San Jose Sports Authority recognized four new inductees into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame: soccer Olympian Lorrie Fair, Sharks legend Patrick Marleau, MLB All-Star Dave Stieb, and Quakes star Chris Wondolowski. The 28th annual induction ceremony will be held at the SAP Center on November 8. (KTVU Fox 2)
  • Several San Jose councilmembers are planning a study session early next year to learn more about the Muwekma Ohlone people, an Indigenous tribe from Santa Clara County. The session is part of an effort to include the tribe in future development discussions regarding their native land. (San José Spotlight)
  • AJI Bar & Robata at downtown’s Signia hotel is serving a specialty “Menu for Maui” through Sunday, Oct. 1 to benefit the Kokua Hospitality and Restaurant Fund. Get a taste of ube custard french toast, braised short rib Loco Mocos, and fish + poi. Reserve your table now.
  • San Jose Mineta Airport officials are piloting a personal, autonomous mobility vehicle from SJ-based start-up Blueberry Technology. This system allows passengers who would normally be assisted in a wheelchair to scan their boarding pass + navigate to their gate without assistance.
  • San José Works will host its seventh annual Holiday Job Fair on Thursday, Sept. 14, 3:30-5 p.m., at Eastridge Center. Shoe Palace, AMC Theaters, Evergreen Valley College, Macy’s, and Aramark at the SAP Center are among the many employers + resource booths that will be present.
Fun Fact
  • Whiskey returned 314% over the last 10 years. Invest in fine whiskeys and wines with Vinovest to diversify your portfolio and watch it age like fine wine.*
  • It’s been a record-hot summer — and we still haven’t drank water since 1997. But this water brand makes us want to actually stay hydrated. It’s infused with fruit essences and has zero calories, diet sweeteners, and sugar, and still manages to taste great. New customers score 36 bottles for $36 + free shipping.*
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W.I.T.C.H (We Intend To Cause Havoc) performs at San Jose Jazz Fest.
San Jose Jazz Fest won “Best Music Festival,” with Boogie on the Bayou as its runner-up. | Photo via San Jose Jazz
Metro Silicon Valley has released its 2023 “Best Of Silicon Valley” list and it’s full of well-deserving winners + runner-ups.

For those unfamiliar, the Metro invites readers to participate in its annual poll to decide what San Jose loves the most about Silicon Valley in categories like arts + culture, family, and recreation. Some winners include:

🎷Best jazz/blues club — Mama Kin | runner-up: Poor House Bistro

🎸 Best local band — Lavender Fields Band | runner-up: The Houserockers

🥾 Best bike route/trail — Los Gatos Creek Trail | runner-up: Vasona Trail

The food + drink winners will be published at a later, undisclosed date for the newspaper’s Part Two issue.

For now, check out the rest of the best, then tell us — do you believe another business is worthy of recognition? Let us know at the button below.
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The Wrap
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There’s so much happening this weekend, but I’m really looking forward to Bark in the Park. Last year, I went without a dog and it was just a little embarrassing. This year though, I’m convincing my parents to let me bring my little westie so we can grab all the compliments, er I mean, free swag.

Answered: D. The correct answer to our Quiz is Alabama — the official state beverage is Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey.
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