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New to our neighborhood?
Here's some advice and helpful hints
by Walt Vierra and friends
October 2004

The Willow Glen Library
is located on Minnesota Avenue just west of Lincoln Avenue. It has a great children's book section.


Willow Glen has a farmer's market on Saturdays, at the southwest corner of Minnesota and Lincoln, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Buy local organic vegetables and fruit, cut flowers, and many other gourmet foods and garden goods. (Closed in the winter)

Welcome to North Willow Glen. Here are some helpful hints about your area...

  • Easy access to Highway 280, which connects to Hwys 101 and 17/880. You can also get on Hwy 87 (the Guadalupe) which connects to Hwy 85 to the south and San Jose downtown, San Jose airport and Hwy 101 to the north.
  • Schools nearby include Gardner Academy elementary school, Willow Glen and Hoover middle schools, and Willow Glen and Lincoln high schools.
  • Right to the north is the impressive new Gardner Community Center, with game and computer rooms, meeting rooms, a weight room and many other community resources. (It's right next to Biebrach Park.)
  • In our immediate area, within walking distance is Tlaquepaque restaurant specializing in fine Mexican food (Delmas and Willow), and Willows Smokehouse Deli, serving sandwiches and takeout barbecue prepared by the esteemed Ralph's Smokehouse in back (Delmas and Fuller).
  • It's a quick walk to Walgreens and Scott Videos at Bird Avenue and Willow Street.
  • Just a little ways down Willow to the west is Flower Flour, an excellent florist/pastry shop with sandwiches and good coffee. On the north side of the street, Sue's Indian Kitchen has great Indian food (love that tandoori chicken!).
  • Ralph's Smokehouse! We have a world-class meat smoking facility right in our neighborhood, on Delmas between Fuller and Hull. It's run by Montana Hutton. Hunters come from miles around to get their game smoked at Ralph's.
  • From our neighborhood it can be a enjoyable bike ride or walk to downtown Willow Glen. Downtown Willow Glen features coffee shops, restaurants, specialty shops and a new Long's, barber shops, banks, insurance, real estate and more.
  • The Hicklebee's Children's Book Store on Lincoln is a world-renowned resource for children's literary entertainment and education.
  • Look for the Willow Glen Resident, a local newspaper that features our Willow Glen area.

Some things to remember:

  • Slow down! Kids and pets live here too. We're tough on speeders and unsafe drivers.
  • Don't litter! Take some pride in your neighborhood.

ln closing I would like to invite you to just walk around our neighborhood. You can walk the tree-lined streets around Snyder, walk up sunny Delmas and along "Fuller Park" between Delmas and Bird (slated to be improved into a park). Go down Bird to Fisk, and sit on the benches in our new Hummingbird Park. Above all, see the pride of the homes and the residents of your neighborhood.

Thank You, and welcome to our neighborhood!

Copyright 2003