It’s a great week for San Jose birth­day cel­e­bra­tions

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The city of San Jose is cel­e­brat­ing its 240th birth­day on Satur­day, and it’s a fair com­pli­ment to say the city re­ally doesn’t look that old. Of course, knock­ing down most of your his­toric build­ings will keep a city look­ing young and fresh, the mu­nic­i­pal equiv­a­lent of grandma’s face-lift.

And like any­one of a cer­tain age, San Jose’s get­ting all ornery and de­cid­ing to blow out the can­dles when­ever it damn well wants to. The city’s big 2-4-0 doesn’t ar­rive un­til Nov. 29, but that’s a Wed­nes­day af­ter the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day and it could rain, so y’know, it’s in Oc­to­ber this year.

The cel­e­bra­tion will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Per­alta Adobe, which was built in 1797 and is the only orig­i­nal struc­ture re­main­ing from El Pue­blo de San José de Guadalupe, as it was known in the old, old days. (Wouldn’t you love to see them fit that on a Sharks T-shirt?)

“The Per­alta Adobe is such a unique and im­por­tant place in San Jose and Cal­i­for­nia his­tory and we are so ex­cited to cel­e­brate and share it with the com­mu­nity,” His­tory San Jose CEO Al­ida Bray said. It also doesn’t hurt that the adobe is sur­rounded by the much newer San Pe­dro Square Mar­ket, which has been down­town’s party cen­tral for the past six years.

Dur­ing the party, you can ex­plore the Per­alta Adobe or take a tour of the his­toric Fal­lon House across the street. There’ll also be his­tory-in­spired hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties for fam­i­lies, folk­lorico danc­ing by Los Lu­peños de San Jose and, of course, birth­day cake. It’s free to at­tend, but Fal­lon House tours and ac­tiv­ity wrist­bands for kids are $5.

SINGING CEL­E­BRA­TION >> An­other big an­niver­sary this week be­longs to San Jose State, whose Cho­raliers have been en­ter­tain­ing cam­pus au­di­ences since 1947. With the help of about 120 alumni from over the decades — along with SJSU’s Con­cert Choir — the group will cel­e­brate its 70th an­niver­sary with a gala per­for­mance Satur­day.

While the choirs are cur­rently un­der the di­rec­tion of Jef­frey Benson, Char­lene Archibeque — who’s served as the cho­ral di­rec­tor for 35 years — is re­turn­ing as guest con­duc­tor at the 7:30 p.m. con­cert at St. Joseph Cathe­dral Basil­ica in down­town San Jose. Tick­ets are $15 to $30, and a $50 ticket in­cludes ad­mis­sion to a wine and cheese re­cep­tion fol­low­ing the per­for­mance. Get tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion at­sic.

THREE DECADES OF SER­VICE >> The 30th an­niver­sary of the open­ing of the Fair­mont Ho­tel in San Jose was ac­tu­ally last week, but we’ll let that de­tail slide. To mark the oc­ca­sion, Gen­eral Man­ager Michael Musarra says the ho­tel is pledg­ing to ac­com­plish 30 char­i­ta­ble acts of ser­vice over the next year. The Fair­mont has se­lected var­i­ous non­prof­its to ben­e­fit from this ef­fort, which will in­clude fundrais­ing events at the ho­tel, cloth­ing and food drives and em­ployee vol­un­teerism.

“We are proud to have reached this mile­stone an­niver­sary, and we want to thank the San Jose com­mu­nity for its con­tin­u­ous sup­port,” Musarra said. “We rec­og­nize that there are many ar­eas of need and many dif­fer­ent ways to serve the com­mu­nity, so we wanted this ini­tia­tive to pro­vide a va­ri­ety of ways for our col­leagues to get in­volved with the causes they are pas­sion­ate about.”

IT’S BRA DAY >> The sixth an­nual BRA Day — the Cancer CARE­point event in honor of breast re­con­struc­tion aware­ness — is hap­pen­ing at 6 p.m. to­day at the court­yard of the Ho­tel Va­len­cia in San­tana Row. The fun as­pect of the in­spir­ing event is the plethora of bras dec­o­rated by com­mu­nity mem­bers — and judged by a panel that in­cludes U.S. soc­cer star Brandi Chas­tain. The im­por­tant part, though, is the in­for­ma­tion that will be im­parted by Dr. Ka­mak­shi Zei­dler and Dr. Pamela Munter, who pro­vide up­dates on breast cancer re­search.

The cost to reg­is­ter for the event is $30. Go to www.can­cer­care­point_bra­ for de­tails.

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