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Women Who Lead: Powered by XS founder, Karen Ortiz

Eastridge #WomenWhoLead Series


Founder of Powered by XS



Can you tell us a bit about your journey and how you began Powered by XS?

I began focusing on my passion for health and fitness shortly after resigning from my corporate job. Starting Powered by XS, a community fitness program for the community, was truly a combination of following my passion and being surrounded by amazing people, including Eastridge Center, who supported my vision and helped me make it a reality. Together, we partnered to offer affordable Yoga, Self-defense, Family Yoga and other fitness classes to men, women and children in our community. Today, we have served 150+ individuals and families at Eastridge Center.

Powered by XS does a lot to empower residents in our community. Can you tell us more about steps you take to support women and girls?

We are an inclusive program and welcome all ages, all levels, and backgrounds! The class that makes me feel most empowered is our Self-Defense class. Women and girls love this class because we get to practice safety techniques to help us feel confident, safe, and “know what to do” if we are ever faced with a situation where we need to defend ourselves! Everytime I walk out of this class learning something new and feeling more aware.

What is your favorite thing about Powered by XS?

My favorite thing is doing what I love while meeting amazing people along the way! I have met so many wonderful people along the way, our community is quite amazing. My favorite feeling is hearing students tell me how our classes have changed their life. Whether it be learning a new yoga pose or practicing self-care after a long day at the office.

What purpose do you wish Powered by XS to serve?

The mission of the program is to offer affordable fitness classes to the community. Through our class offerings we hope to develop healthier and thriving communities in East San Jose and beyond.

What are a few / some of the hardest challenges you face as a Latina woman?

I reflect on this and sometimes, but I think for me it’s more internal than it is external. I often feel like I have to ”work extra hard” because I look very very young, I am a woman, and Latina. I face this challenge most often in a corporate setting and many times it was frustrating. I value fairness and equality and I wish to be treated as such. Overtime, I have learned to speak up for myself and be my best advocate. Know your worth and don’t settle for less!

What strengths do you find in working with a group of like-minded women?

I feel like we bring out the best in each other. It is truly magical to see what happens when we work together and cultivate a community amongst each other. We inspire, empower, and are an ear and a shoulder to lean on when we need it!

Beauty brand recommendations?

I like to do exotic hair and face masks once in awhile while I binge watch something on Netflix.

Favorite ways to stay fit and healthy?

I LOVE HOT YOGA. Having a good day? Go to Yoga.

Having a bad day? Go to Yoga.

Helps me stay grounded, feel balanced, and empowered. I always learn something new about myself and feel like a million bucks after!

And I also love juicing and acai bowls.


CONNECT with Karen & Powered by XS on Instagram @PoweredByXS.



The Eastridge Women Who Lead is an 8-part series featuring the extraordinary women who are leaders in the East Side San Jose Community and pillars of Eastridge Community Programming. For more empowering content, including in-person workshops and speakers, join us for CosmeCon 2019 on April 6th. More information here. Love this story? Please consider sharing on social media or attending an event to support!

Eastridge x Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services

Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services has teamed up with Eastridge Center to bring new weekly community classes for both kids and active older adults and a new East Side San Jose Teen Center!

REGISTER HERE! Search “Eastridge” for Eastridge Center activities.


Morning Stretch 8:30-9:30am – Center Court

Senior Stroll 10-11am – Meet in Center Court

Piano Lessons 4:30-5:15 – Classroom (left of Community Room)


Senior Stroll 10-11am– Meet in Center Court

Teen Center open 4-9pm – Community Room


Piano Lessons 10-10:45am – Classroom (left of Community Room)

Guitar Lessons 11-11:45am – Classroom (left of Community Room)

Pre-Ballet 2:15-3:00pm – Community Room

Teen Center open 4-9pm – Community Room


Tuesday-Friday, February 19-22

Age Grades: 1st – 6th

Parks & Rec opens new Eastridge Teen Center

Eastridge opens new Teen Center

hosted by San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services






January 25th, Eastridge Center celebrated the grand opening of their new teen center, hosted by San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services. Located in the Eastridge Community Wing & Community Room, the event was attended by more than seventy-five teens ages 13 to 17.

Sylvia Arenas, councilwoman for San Jose City Council District 8, gave opening ceremony remarks before attendees enjoyed free roller skating at Aloha Roller Rink, bowling at Round1, a DJ in the Community Wing, and activities in the Community Room including ping pong, corn hole, video games, DIY slime, arts and crafts, and even pizza and snacks! The event was a successful kickoff for the Teen Center, which will be open every Friday and Saturday from 4-9pm.

“Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Evergreen Community Center takes great pride in opening the first Teen Center program at Eastridge Center. This program provides youth with a safe place to engage with one another in fun, free social activities,” says Leticia Espino, Recreation Supervisor for Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services.

Made possible through an ongoing partnership with Parks and Recreation, additional 2019 activities offered at Eastridge Center include weekly piano and guitar lessons, a Senior Stroll Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10-11am, and Daily Stretch for active adults on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:30am. A new one-week youth camp will be hosted in the Community Room starting President’s Day, February 18.

“The team at Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Evergreen Community Center has been an outstanding partner in bringing this new Teen Center and full calendar of community programming to life. Eastridge has been a gathering place for 48 years; the completed 2018 remodel and murals project were only the beginning of a commitment to investing in our local community through events, public art, and innovative partnerships like this,” says Rah Riley, Eastridge Center Marketing Manager.

Registration is open for all Eastridge Center community programs at and





Eastridge in 2018


2018 at Eastridge Center…


Victoria’s Secret PINK Bus Tour


Grand Opening Weekend

Easter Bunny

Enjoying new amenities (family lounges!) and shopping the deals


ICSC Maxi Awards – Eastridge takes home three!

New Community Fitness Classes & Senior Health Fair


Every season is a season to #MeetAtTheMural


KidzGroove joins the Eastridge family with weekly workshops and performances

Back-to-School Fashion Show

Vietnamese Moon Festival Celebration

POW! WOW! San Jose new mural & Hellaween Event



Eastridge wins the 2018 San Jose Business Support for the Arts

Cornerstone Award

Bath & Body Works Remodels

Santa Arrives for the Holiday Season at Eastridge



25th Anniversary of Saxophone Christmas

Community dance partner KidzGroove awarded 1st annual Eastridge Arts Legacy Award

Aloha Winter Rollerland Opens roller rink pop-up


THANK YOU for make 2018 an incredible year for the Eastridge Community. Here’s to 2019!

Santa at Eastridge 2018


Photos with Santa hours vary through November and December. Please check dates below!

Santa Break Times

Monday-Saturday break times: 1PM-1:45PM & 5PM-5:45PM
Sunday break time: 2PM-3PM

Schedule an appointment here to skip the line.


November 10: 11AM-7PM

November 11: 11AM-7PM

November 21: 11AM-8PM

November 22: (Closed for Thanksgiving)

November 23: 10AM-8PM (Black Friday)

November 24: 11AM-8PM

November 25: 11AM-7PM

November 26: 11AM-8PM & Monday Morning Story Time with Mrs. Clause at 10am

November 27: 11AM-8PM

November 28: 11AM-8PM

November 29: 11AM-8PM & Pet Nights with Santa 6p-7pm

November 30: 11AM-8PM


December 1: 10AM-8PM

December 2: 11AM-7PM

December 3: 10AM-8PM & Monday Morning Story Time with Mrs. Clause at 10am

December 4: 10AM-8PM

December 5: 10AM-8PM

December 6: 10AM-8PM & Pet Nights with Santa 6p-8pm

December 7: 10AM-8PM

December 8: 10AM-8PM

December 9: 11AM-7PM

December 10: 10AM-8PM & Monday Morning Story Time with Mrs. Clause at 10am

December 11: 10AM-8PM

December 12: 10AM-8PM

December 13: 10AM-8PM & Pet Nights with Santa 6p-8pm

December 14: 10AM-8PM

December 15: 10AM-8PM

December 16: 11AM-7PM

December 17: 9AM-9PM & Monday Morning Story Time with Mrs. Clause at 10am

December 18: 9AM-9PM

December 19: 9AM-9PM

December 20: 9AM-9PM & Pet Nights with Santa 6p-8pm

December 21: 9AM-9PM

December 22: 9AM-9PM

December 23: 9AM-9PM

December 24: 8AM-6PM Christmas Eve



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Home to more murals than any center in the nation!

Discover San Jose’s best collection of public art – 20,000 square across four massive murals around Eastridge Center, located in Eastside San Jose.



Mural by Brendan Monroe  /   @BrendanTheBlob   /   Located between 24 Hour Fitness & TOMI  /  #EastridgeMurals


Mural by CYRCLE  /   @Cyrcle   /   Located on JCPenney facing the VTA Eastridge Station  /  #EastridgeMurals



Mural by Lila Gemellos  /   @GemellosMurals   /   Located between JCPenney & Red Robin  /  #EastridgeMurals



Mural by Aaron de la Cruz  /   @AaronDeLaCruz   /   Located on AMC between Sears & Round 1  /  #EastridgeMural


Tag your photos with #MuralMondaySJ and  #EastridgeMurals for a chance to be featured in the @EastridgeCenter feed and Instagram story every Monday!

Eastridge Center Awarded Business Support for the Arts Award


AUGUST 9, 2018, SAN JOSE, CA – The City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Arts Commission, has announced honorees of the 2018 Cornerstone of the Arts Awards, recognizing businesses and individuals who have a made a significant and long-lasting impact on San Jose’s art and cultural landscape. Eastridge Center, owned and operated by Pacific Retail Capital Partners, was selected as the honoree for the 2018 Business Support for the Arts award. Once a year, this award is bestowed upon a business that has provided enduring leadership in the advancement of arts and culture in San Jose and increased the understanding of the value of the arts in creating a thriving community.

Eligibility for the Business Support for the Arts Award requires a business to establish strong partnerships with the arts community in San Jose and demonstrate support of the arts in the form of financial, in-kind, promotional, or other types of support. Criteria is based on significance of support, community impact, duration of support, and collaboration. The 2018 Cornerstone of the Arts committee was comprised of past honoree and Arts Commissioners. Elisa Marina Alvarado, founder and former Artistic Director of Teatro Visión; past honoree Richard James, San Jose Arts Commission Chair; and Ramona Snyder, San Jose Arts Commission Vice Chair. “I was proud to nominate Eastridge Center for the Business Support of the Arts Award as I’ve seen its significant impact on our Eastside community,” said Richard James. “Eastridge management understands how the power of art can create and engage a community, and that is seen weekly through its diverse menu of festivals, performances and its wonderfully-inspired murals.”

Opened in 1971, Eastridge Center has served as a cultural hub for the diverse San Jose community for decades. Pacific Retail Capital Partners purchased the 1.4-million square foot center in 2016 and completed an intensive multimillion-dollar transformation, which included numerous projects and programs aimed at positively impacting the San Jose arts community. The Eastridge Mural Program and bi-weekly Open Space event at Eastridge Center are just two of the new platforms celebrating the arts community. The Eastridge Mural Program added 20,000 square feet of exterior murals, spotlighting California artists and establishing the center as the largest facade of mural space on a shopping center in the country. Open Space is a twice-monthly open mic night open to everyone, every age, and every art form. Each week, local musicians, spoken-word artists, dancers, poets, filmmakers, and comedians gather to share, collaborate, and perform.

Other Eastridge signature events and monthly programs – including Make Music Day San Jose, a collaborative festival with Pow Wow San Jose, cultural performances, monthly featured artists, and Art Wednesdays – provide opportunities for artists to perform for larger audiences, increasing the impact of the artists’ work and increasing awareness about access to this multi-generational, community platform. As Eastridge continues to partner with San Jose arts leaders to bring diverse platforms, resources, and audience opportunities to a community eager for art, its initiatives demonstrate leadership in the arts community and a commitment to positively impacting society. Najla Kayyem, senior vice president of marketing at Pacific Retail Capital Partners, said, “We are excited to be recognized for this prestigious honor. By supporting local artists and the arts, we hope to encourage creativity while fostering a love of art that will resonate within the community and bring people together for years to come.”

The 2018 awards will be presented at the Cornerstone of the Arts event at the Hammer Theatre on October 12, 2018.



About Eastridge Center

Owned and operated by Pacific Retail Capital Partners, Eastridge Center is Silicon Valley’s second largest retail destination with 1.4 million square feet of abundant shopping, dining, and entertainment. 2018 marks a milestone as the property unveils its physical redeveloped space and a community-focused approach to embrace the best of San Jose. The development includes a full-interior remodel, new family areas and state-of-the-art amenities, and the largest exterior mural artscape on any shopping center in the nation. Eastridge Center features an impressive 15-screen AMC IMAX Theatre, Round 1 Bowling & Amusements, Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears, Red Robin, and Chili’s, and showcases a spacious eatery, multiple restaurants, and 150 stores including H&M, Hollister Co., Tilly’s, Victoria’s Secret, and the Bay Area’s first Forever 21 RED. The Center Court offers two levels of shopping with superior store accessibility and visibility in the city’s East Foothills and Evergreen neighborhoods.

For more information, visit or follow social media at:


Instagram: @EastridgeCenter

Artist Feature: Rhythm & Folk


Rhythm & Folk

San Jose based duo Rhythm & Folk – Derrick Sanderlin and Nyamwathi Adodoadji – blends the energy and cadence of soul music with the intimacy of acoustic folk music. Initially connected via local community work, the two began collaborating to sharpen their respective creative pursuits in poetry, activism and song. Sanderlin has been performing for over a decade and has performed at SJ Forager and Fountain Alley. Adodoadji has been singing and writing since age 13. The pair has played at Caffe Frascati, The Continental Bar & Lounge and Dakine Island Grill.

Rhythm & Folk will be performing at Eastridge Center Court on Thursday, July 19th 6-8pm in Center Court.

Rhythm & Folk photo of duo

Connect with them on Instagram at @RnFSoul.

Here’s a little cover of Alicia Keys 

Live Music at Yappy Hour, every 3rd Thursday!
Friendly pets, cool humans, plus local pet pop-ups, giant games, and treats for everyone!

Text DOGS to 41487 for info! Facebook event here.

5 New Events for the Whole Family


Five (free) Family Events for Summer!

A full interior and exterior remodel isn’t the only thing new at Eastridge. There’s a full calendar of free activities happening DAILY – events like community fitness classes, kids dance, open mic nights, pet-events and more. Here’s FIVE that are fun for all ages.  It’s the final days of the summer – spend it with family!


Tuesdays 7-8pm in the Community Room

Join us for YogaLand – a new family-friendly fitness class at Eastridge Center! All ages, all levels welcome! This is a kid-friendly family fitness class that combines yoga, gymnastics, and wellness practices families can learn and practice together. No drop-offs! This is for parents and kids to be active in the same class!

Click for details in the YogaLand Facebook event!


Sundays 3-6pm in the Community Room & Center Court
KidzGroove dance class EVERY SUNDAY at Eastridge Center! Led by celebrity Filipino dancer Princess Ryan (check her out on Insta @this_is_princessryan) and filled with San Jose kids of all ages and experience levels!
Workshops, tutorials, dance videos, and fun experiences!

Private studio class and free class and performance at Eastridge every week.
For more information, call Princess Ryan at 510-415-5324.

Invite family to watch the kids perform! Click for details in the KidzGroove Facebook event. 

Evergreen Explorers Camp

Learn, play, and connect! Week long camps will run beginning June 25th and the final day will be Friday, August 3rd.
Camp will run from 9am – 3pm Monday – Friday in the Eastridge Community Room.

Click for more info!

More info: Contact Edwin Cortez at the Evergreen Community Center: 408-270-2220 or

Friday Night Magic

Fridays 6-9pm in Legends Comics & Games

Do your kids play Magic: The Gathering? Do you?! Join us every Friday for Magic: The Gathering tournaments! Meet at Legends Comics and Games, currently located between 24 Hour Fitness and Round 1 (space previously Barnes & Noble); the entrance is INSIDE Eastridge Center only (through Entrance C). Whether you’re a pro or beginner, FNM is the perfect time to learn and compete with other local players. This is a great spin on family game night!

Click for the FNM Facebook Event.

Yappy Hour

3rd Thursdays 6-8pm in Center Court

Pets are family! Every 3rd Thursday of the month, bring your furry family members for some fun socializing!
Enjoy live music, local dog friendly pop-ups, GIANT games, and treats for all 6-8pm in Center Court.

Click for Yappy Hour Facebook Event!

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For regular updates on events: Follow @EastridgeCenter on Instagram and Facebook or text FAMILIA to 41487!

Full-Remodel for Families

Eastridge Center


Have you seen the brand new family lounges and PLAY area?

Click here to check them out!

Eastridge just had a FULL-REMODEL. From 20,000 square feet of murals on the outside to all new amenities, family lounges, and PLAY zones inside, everything is #NewAtEastridge.

Welcome to the Eastridge Family!

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