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A look back at Eastridge’s 2016

Looking back on 2016, we are so thankful to one very special person for making this year at Eastridge our best yet–and that person is YOU!!

You got your fiesta on for Cinco de Mayo and you running-manned/dabbed/danced like no one was watching with DJ Eternal every Friday night.

You came out to embrace your heritage at our Bayanihan Festival and you didn’t let a silly thing like age stop you from feeling fit and energized.

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You walked to show your support for ending cancer and you taught your kids the value of generosity by giving to Operation Gratitude.

You flooded our stores during the holiday season, sharing cookies and wishes with Santa and Mrs Claus, and donating so generously to Toys for Tots.  You made our tree lighting ceremony even more magical and let your pets in on the fun, too.

You partied, cupcake in hand, as we marked 45 years of being your favorite center for fashion, entertainment, food, and community.

So, thanks for being our favorite part of 2016!

We can’t wait to make 2017 great for you–we’ve got a fresh new year full of incredible new shopping experiences and even bigger celebrations of life, community, and culture.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat today to make sure you’re up to date on all that’s happening in our world–we can’t make it happen without you!

Our Guide to the Best Holiday DIY Projects

headerWe all know it’s better to give than to receive, but sometimes it’s also more fun to make than to buy!

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite DIY crafts–everything from customized ornaments to cherished gifts to beautiful, holiday-inspired decorations.

New Year’s is just around the corner so now is the perfect time to pull out your X-acto knives and start making memories you can relive year after year or give away to your nearest and dearest.

 

 

1. Woodland Deer Pillow

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How sweet is this simple pillow from StoneGable?

Perfect for newbie DIY’ers, this no-sew (!), highly customizable project (print and trace any holiday-themed silhouette) is a quick and easy way to add holiday charm to your couch or guest room this December.
2. Rustic Mason Jar Candles

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Ah, the humble Mason jar–quietly revolutionizing the crafting scene since the inception of Pinterest.

All this jar needs is some greenery from your yard, tossed with a handful of cranberries, top it off with water and a floating candle, and you’ve got an instant, elegant table decoration.
3. Popsicle Sled Ornament

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These tiny sled ornaments are made from the original craft medium–popsicle sticks!

It’s the perfect project for little helpers and gives you a blank canvas to decorate on. The Craft Patch used strips of washi tape to decorate theirs, but you could paint with acrylics, top with candies, or even leave natural if you love that rustic vibe!

4. Gift Toppers

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We are obsessed with kraft paper wrapping (brown paper packages tied up with string, anyone?) and love these present topper ideas from Country Living!

The only thing more fun than picking out a present is wrapping it and with ideas like yarn pom bows and paper straw trees, your friends and family will have a tough time wanting to tear through the packaging to see what’s inside.

5. Arm-knit Chunky Blanket

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If you’re looking to go the extra mile and give a handmade gift this year, a chunky arm-knit blanket is a quick (45-minute) and easy gift that not only looks beautiful, but is practical, too.

Watch a tutorial to get you started, then pop The Holiday in your DVD player and you’ll have whipped up a snuggly gift in no time!
6. Coffee Cozies

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Winter and cocoa were made for each other and there are few things better at warming you up from the inside out in the cold than cocoa’s creamy, velvety, chocolatey goodness.

So give the gift of cocoa this year by making these adorable cup/mug cozies. Made with felt (and love!), they are just as effective as the cardboard guards, but way cuter and better for the environment!
7. Twine Ball Ornaments

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This project is another great one if you want to put little ones to work with decoration duty.

All you need are balloons, mod podge (admit it, you know you have gallons of it in your craft box), and twine. These look great hung as ornaments on your tree or garlands, but can also be used to decorate a bowl or vase. The Thinking Closet used glitter mod podge on theirs to give this simple craft a bit of magic and sparkle.
8. Let It Snow Woodland Sign

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Hand-painted, reclaimed wood signs are flooding the craft fair markets as of late so here’s a great starter project to give you that rustic, vintage look, at a fraction of the price.

A quick Google search can help you find snowflake silhouettes for your template and the possibilities are limitless for fun, script fonts. And why stop at just one sign? Grab a few extra feet of wood and create a series of holiday-inspired signs with your favorite sayings and designs–we love “Merry and Bright” or “Joy To The World”.
9. Clear Glass Ornaments

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Tiny little winter scapes captured in a glass ornament on the tree? Yes, please!

We love the idea of creating your own ornaments to fill in a way that perfectly matches the rest of your holiday decor! From fake snow and tiny trees, to encapsulating your child’s christmas list, get creative with these unique and personalized keepsakes.

10. Paper Star Lantern

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If you’re feeling adventurous, channel your inner Anthropologie-designer and piece together this stunning paper lantern.

This beautiful work of art will surely be a talking point, whether you display it as a centerpiece at a dinner party or hang it among the stockings on your mantle.

The 5 Best Apps To Get You Moving This Summer

 

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It’s hot.

It’s prime sweat-trickle-down-your-back-from-just-thinking-about-how-hot-it-is weather.

No doubt, your seatbelt has already branded the back of your arm and you’ve seriously considered the risk of trespassing just to run through a stranger’s lawn sprinkler.

The idea of exercise (because sweating) seems unbearable, but you and I both know you’ve been slamming In-N-Out chocolate shakes more often than Kim K posts Insta-selfies.

Thankfully, exercise in summer doesn’t have to be the worst―there are a few great smartphone apps available now to help you get moving and (hopefully) keep you entertained/distracted enough from the heat to get in a solid workout.

  1. Pokémon GO

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Unless you’ve completely banned the internet, television, radio, NASA satellite transmissions and calls from your mom (shame on you), you’ve probably already heard about Pokémon GO.

This app is the latest evolution of the Nintendo Pokémon gaming franchise, combining augmented reality with good old-fashioned nostalgia, which is why it already has more active users than Twitter and Tinder.

Long story short, the goal of the game is find and catch Pokémon creatures, which can be nearly anywhere.  Using a Google Map-like screen, it maps your location, showing you where Pokémon can be found.

The app gets kids (and, let’s face it, anyone who ever owned a GameBoy) walking to virtually catch Pokémon via the app, as well as walking to stops to replenish and ultimately battle the creatures, as in the classic game.

The app has only been out for one week and already users are reporting significant increases in daily activity, usually walking, with one user claiming to have walked more than 50km (31 miles) in 4 days, thanks to the app.

It’s a great app for upping your daily step count, as well as your pop culture knowledge.

Free: Android and iOS (in-app purchases available)

  1. Zombies, Run!

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Attention The Walking Dead fans.  Zombies, Run is the nightmare fitness app you’ve always dreamed of.

The app features award-winning storytelling, with 200 “missions” that get you logging some solid mileage on the treadmill.

In one 30 minute episode/workout, you’ll rescue survivors, collect supplies, and hustle your step when you hear zombies chasing you.

Free: Android and iOS (in app purchases available)

  1. Fitnet

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The Fitnet app is geared toward short-burst, high-intensity workouts.  All the workouts on this platform run from 5-7 minutes, helping you avoid overheating this summer.

It’s perfect if you’re short on time, but need a quick pick-me-up, however, you can also allows combine multiple workouts for an extended interval training session.

Not only will Fitnet help you step up your fitness game, but it will take your selfie game to the next level.  It’s built in “personal trainer” lets you turn the camera on your fabulous self during a workout and provides real-time feedback on your technique.

Best of all, this app is the perfect pocket personal trainer, no matter where you find yourself this summer.

Free: Android and iOS (in app purchases available)

  1. Charity Miles

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If you’re the shave-your-head-for-charity type, Charity Miles is the app for you.

This app lets you earn money for charity for every mile you walk, bike, or run.  You pick from more than 30 charities, such as Wounded Warriors Project or Alzheimer’s Association, while Corporate sponsors, like Chobani and Johnson & Johnson, donate to your chosen cause.

This app is responsible for more than $2 million in donations, so it’s worth a serious consideration.  Run Charity Miles while chasing Pokémon―earn money for your favorite cause, while catching them all.

Free: Android and iOS

  1. Pact

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Need a different type of monetary motivation?

Pact charges you for every missed workout or eating goal.  You set your fitness and health goals, as well as how much you’re willing to pay to other members if you miss your goal.

But every time YOU meet your goal, you get money from some other schlub who didn’t meet theirs.

Give your motivation (and wallet) an extra boost this summer―members report earning as much as $5 per week for meeting goals, but even more so, they report long-term sustained health goals and weight loss.

Free: Android and iOS (app is free, but missing a workout will cost you!)

Stay-cation: 8 Amazing Places to Visit in San Jose This Summer

With only eight weekends left until the end of August, you’re probably feeling the itch to get out and enjoy summer while you can.

Thankfully, you don’t have to plan a huge vacation or spends thousands of dollars to get out and have some fun―there are plenty of things to do and see, right here in San Jose!

We put together our top eight best things to do in San Jose, so you have somewhere new to go every weekend, until the kids go back to school.  Get out there and have some fun!

  1. California’s Great America

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This classic theme park is the perfect summer getaway, without actually having to leave San Jose.

California’s Great Adventure has something for everyone―from thrill rides like the Gold Striker, Northern California’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster, to Planet Snoopy, a special play area just for kids featuring the whole Peanuts cast, it’s a park you can bring the whole family to.

There’s plenty of special events happening here all summer, too, including live music, fireworks, and cultural celebrations.  Don’t miss the summer-long free admission to their on-site water park, Boomerang Bay―two parks for the price of one!

  1. Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium

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The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium might be a mouthful to say, but this spectacular small museum is unmissable.

Filled with ancient Egyptian artifacts, like human and animal mummies, hieroglyphic tablets, and a walk-through tomb, the museum is packed full of things to do and see.  There are daily shows at the planetarium, as well as daily workshops where you can learn more about ancient Egyptian customs or get hands-on experience with their lifestyle.

  1. Monopoly in the Park

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If you’re looking for big fun and “friendly” competition, this 930 square foot replica of the classic Hasbro board game is the perfect place for it.

Located in California’s Discovery Meadow, the giant granite slab playing board was constructed in 1992 as part of the San Francisco Landscape and Design Show.  The board is fully playable―you can rent it out for a game that comes with custom, to-scale tokens, dice, hotels, and playing cards.

Need a cheaper option?  Check out Santana’s Row’s Chess Plaza for a giant game of chess, no cost to the public.

  1. Winchester Mystery House

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Whether you are an architecture buff or avid ghost hunter, the Winchester Mystery House will not disappoint.

Built by Mrs Sarah Winchester in the late 1800’s, the house is full of twists and turns as she designed the house to be purposely confusing for “evil spirits”, whom she believed to follow her.  With an unlimited budget and fear of the paranormal, the house was constantly being changed and updated, leaving behind stairs that lead to nowhere, doors that open to walls, and other structural oddities that need to be seen to be believed.

Tours run daily, taking visitors through the house and surrounding grounds and gardens―keep an eye and ear out, as many guests claim to hear ghosts knocking on doors during the Mansion Tour!

  1. Alum Rock Park

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Alum Rock Park is one of California’s oldest municipal parks.  It was originally used as a “health retreat”, featuring natural springs for spa treatments, but has now been transformed into a beautiful park full of trails and perfect picnic spots.

The park has 13 miles of trails specifically suited to hiking, biking, or horseback riding.  There are plenty of activities including a summer camp, nature center, wildlife viewing, and picnic areas with public barbecues.

  1. Tech Museum of Innovation

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Great of kids and adults, alike, the Tech Museum of Innovation is constantly updating to keep up with advances in technology.

This hands on museum has more exhibits than you have time to see all in one day, so take your time and plan for a few visits this summer.  If you have a 4th-8th grader, check out their summer classes, where your child can learn everything from veterinary science to 3D printing.

The must-sees in the museum include the Social Robots gallery, where you can build your own robot, and the Exploration Gallery, which has a working jet pack chair you can float around in, just like the kind NASA send into space.

And if you’re looking for an escape from the summer heat, there are a few movies on rotation in the museum’s state-of-the-art IMAX dome movie theater.

  1. J Lohr Vineyards & Winery

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Looking for time away from the kids?  The J. Lohr Vineyards and Winery is the perfect place to unwind.

The winery is open daily from 10am – 5pm for free wine tastings in a spectacular surrounding.  Best of all, they are hosting special events, every week, all summer long―check our their San Jose events page for tickets to events like the weekly Friday Wine and Cheese Nights and a tapas-style Farm-to-Fork dinner.

  1. San Jose Flea Market

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For fun and quirky morning out, head down to the San Jose Flea Market―it’s so much more than just shopping!  For more than 55 years, this market has been offering more than 120 acres of fun, food, and shopping, with more than four million visitors every year!

There is fresh food as far as the eye can see (from local cuisine to fair-style corn dogs), antiques and collectible vendors, fashion and jewelry, even pony carnival rides for the kids.  The market is open Wednesday – Sunday, but Sunday has the most vendors (as many as 1500!), but there is always something to see, do, hear or taste, no matter when you go!

8 Summer Salads That Will Make You Forget About Other Foods

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Summer just flipped over on the calendar so it’s time to start eating like it.

We’ve curated some favorite summer salads that are easy, healthy, and tastier than anything you’ll find in the bottom of fast food paper bag.

 

  1. Panzanella With Marinated Chickpeas and Chimichurri

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You had me at “thick cubes of italian bread”.  And homemade chimichurri?!  It’s too much to ask for, but I’ll take it.  Get the recipe here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing

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Monique at The Ambitious Kitchen knocked it out of the park with this vegan and gluten-free quinoa-based salad.  It’s hearty, crunchy, and best of all, peanut-buttery with a thai-inspired sauce your friends will talk about for days.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. BLT Pasta Salad

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No summer salad repertoire is complete without a) Ranch Dressing and b) a pasta salad of some description.  Voila!  This BLT Pasta Salad, which can be thrown together in just a few minutes.  Get the recipe here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad

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Here’s a fun twist on the crunchy ramen noodle salad that has appeared at literally every American BBQ since the dawn of time (I’m pretty sure that’s not an exaggeration).

The addition of edamame, avocado, and sliced mango give this classic salad a sweet and creamy twist.  Find the recipe here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Berry Salad in Honey Mascarpone

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I actually hate fruit salad.  It’s usually filled with melon, and let’s be honest here, I always feel cheated when the melon-to-berry ratio is disproportionate.

This berry salad is a dream, though―full of fresh berries and grapes with no honeydew in sight.  The creamy/sweet/tart honey mascarpone adds the perfect balance.  Get the recipe here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Basil Salad

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Apparently grilled watermelon is a thing and it’s magical.  If you haven’t tried it, you need to go, now, and do it.  Fire up the BBQ and make it happen.  Check out the full recipe here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Southwestern Chicken Salad With Creamy Cilantro Dressing

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Science has proven that, for a small percentage of the population, cilantro tastes like soap, so I really hope Science is also working on a cure.  I feel bad for people this is true of―cilantro is one of my favorite foods and they are missing out on so much.

Like this recipe, with a creamy cilantro dressing, protein-packed chicken and beans, with a tasty southwestern flair.

 

 

 

 

  1. Springtime Cobb Salad

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I’ll let it slide that this is technically a “spring” salad since it has the luscious addition of crunchy chickpeas―this salad seriously needs to make it into your summer dinner party rotation.

If you’re serving this at a BBQ, try grilling the asparagus, rather than pan frying for a beautifully sweet and smoky flavor.  Find the recipe here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the perfect balance to a summer salad selection? BBQ!

Be it beef, fish, seafood, veggies, lamb etc, this grilling guide gives you options to achieve varying levels of doneness.

And if you’re looking to upgrade your grill equipment, look no further than Sears summer sale!

15 Things We Love About Dads

  1. They kill spiders, often while screaming like a girl.
  1. They coach Little League and soccer and basketball with as much passion as if they were coaching in The Pros.
  1. Unending dad jokes.

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  1. Rib-crushing bear hugs.
  1. Frozen pizza and Oreo dinners when mom’s away.
  1. Dads are real-life superheroes.

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  1. They text us memes we saw two months ago on Reddit (but we still laugh as if it’s the first time we’ve seen it).
  1. We’ve heard their “big fish” stories a hundred times, but the size of the fish always changes–and one day we’ll tell our kids about grandpa’s fish story.
  1. They put up with a lot of weird things just to make their kids happy.

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  1. Dads embarrass us at major life milestones, like our first touchdown, prom, and wedding speeches. It’s endearing and we love them for it!
  1. They love to make their kids laugh, even if it means self-inflicted, painful slapstick humor.
  1. Sometimes their rules don’t make sense, but we know it’s only because they love us.

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  1. They make the best Santa Claus’s, even if we secretly figured out it was dad years ago.
  1. Dads have the “BBQ Sixth Sense”, which allows them to perfectly cook steak, hamburgers, chicken and hot dogs, all while holding a beer and talking about lawn maintenance.
  1. The thing we love most about dads is that they come in all shapes and sizes and scenarios.

Some dads are with us from birth. Some dads come into our lives a little bit later. And some dads we’ve already had to say goodbye to.

Sometimes we have two dads or uncles, grandpas, or friends who take care of us as if they were our dad.  Some dads are even doing it on their own.

Whatever your situation is this Father’s Day, take time to show your dad that you love him and appreciate all the little things he does for you and your family!  We love you, dads!

Dads-n-Grads

DADSGRADSEastridge Celebrates Fathers and 2016 Graduates With “Dads-n-Grads” Event

Eastridge Center is opening its Center Court, Saturday, June 18, to celebrate Father’s Day and our 2016 graduates, in their first ever “dads-n-grads” event.

From 9am – 11am, the Center will be serving breakfast as a “thank you” to dads for all they do for their families and also to recognize the hard work and dedication of recent graduates.

Any graduate who brings in their graduation cap will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to Eastridge Mall as well as a $100 gift card to restaurants.com.

Whether your grad just finished Kindergarten, 6th grade, 8th grade, high school, or even college, all are welcome to join in the celebration.

A jazz trio rounds out the “dads-n-grads” festivities with entertainment all morning long, but be sure to arrive early as supplies are limited and you don’t want to miss out.

Cap off the morning at Eastridge by heading out to the Champs Farmers Market, located in Lot C of the parking lot.  They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and with so many vendors offering fresh, local fruits, veggies, and international gourmet food, you’ll be sure to find something to win over dad’s heart this Father’s Day.

Happy Birthday Eastridge!

 

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This week, Eastridge Center celebrates its 45th birthday!

As we stand on the cusp of another major renovation, we thought it would be fun to look back at our history since we first opened our doors in 1971.

Spanning 1.4 million square feet of space, Eastridge drew attention at its grand opening for being the largest indoor shopping center west of the Mississippi.

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Original stores included JCPenneys, Sears, Macy’s, Sees Candies, and even had an indoor ice skating rink!

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Embracing the popular “mod” style, the original Eastridge was full of gorgeous, multi-layer fountains and conversation pits.

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With 160 stores, Eastridge was garnering major attention and giving its competitors a run for their money.

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Eastridge changed hands in 1999, with new owners, General Growth Properties, eager to breathe some life into the dated property and adapt to the changing community.

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In 2005, major renovations were undertaken. The Emporium (formerly Liberty House), which had sat vacant for many years, was given a complete overhaul, being replaced by a Bed Bath and Beyond and Barnes and Noble, a store the community had been rallying for for years.

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The biggest (and most anticipated) addition was the brand new AMC theater, providing a much-needed theater option for local residents.

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Today, Eastridge, under the direction of Pacific Retail Capital Partners, continues to welcome the community through its doors for more than just a great shopping experience–Eastridge regularly hosts events to raise health awareness, feed the public, and to create a fun and exciting atmosphere for people to connect.

Friday, May 27, we can’t wait to party as we dish up cake and ice cream and fun for you–we hope you’ll join us in celebrating 45 years of serving our community!

 

Special Thanks to:

Mall Hall Of Fame

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Mercury News

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Summer Reading Must Haves

Whether you’re headed to the beach, mountains, lake, or even just a picnic in your backyard, no summer vacation is complete without devouring a few good books.

We’ve rounded up our new release favorites, as well as a few recent releases you don’t want to miss out on.  From biographies to thriller novels, make sure you tuck a few of these into your suitcase alongside your sunscreen and flip flops this summer!

New Releases

Me Before You, Jojo MoyesMe Before You

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

Perfect for John Green fans (The Fault In Our Stars), read the book before its motion picture is released in early June!

 

 

 

 

The ApartmentThe Apartment: A Novel, Danielle Steel

They come together by chance in the heart of New York City, four young women at turning points in their lives. Their shared life in the apartment grounds them as they bring one another comfort and become a family of beloved friends. Unexpected opportunities alter the course of each of their lives, and as they meet the challenges, they face the bittersweet reality that in time, they will inevitably move away from the place where their dreams began.

Yet another Danielle Steele novel to grace the New York Times Bestseller list, this vibrant, tender, and moving tale pulses with the excitement of New York City, as it explores twists of fate, and the way that sometimes, in special places, friends can be the family we need most.

 

 

 

 

32 Yolks32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line, Eric Ripert, Veronica Chambers

In an industry where celebrity chefs are known as much for their salty talk and quick tempers as their food, Eric Ripert stands out. The winner of four James Beard Awards, co-owner and chef of a world-renowned restaurant, and recipient of countless Michelin stars, Ripert embodies elegance and culinary perfection. But before the accolades, before he even knew how to make a proper hollandaise sauce, Eric Ripert was a lonely young boy in the south of France whose life was falling apart.

The perfect biography if you love watching The Food Network, 32 Yolks is the tender and richly told story of how one of our greatest living chefs found himself—and his home—in the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

The WeekendersThe Weekenders, Mary Kay Andrews

Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.

So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens…in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.

Another great Mary Kay Andrews beach read, this is the perfect summer escape, full of humor and warmth, romance and intrigue.

 

 

 

Harry PotterHarry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II, J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Pre-order now for the July 31 release date–this is the Harry Potter follow up we have ALL been waiting for!

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Magic of Tidying UpThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Marie Kondo

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

Get inspired to tackle that garage/craft room/closet clutter when you get back from vacation–you know you’ve been avoiding it all summer anyways!

 

 

When Breath Becomes AirWhen Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

This inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?

 

 

 

Furiously HappyFuriously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, Jenny Lawson

In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea.

But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are – the beautiful and the flawed – and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny’s mom says, “Maybe ‘crazy’ isn’t so bad after all.” Sometimes crazy is just right.

 

 

 

 

 

Gone GirlGone Girl, Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.

Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Gone Girl spent 95 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was turned into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Ben Affleck in 2014.  A juicy murder mystery with a twist!

 

 

 

BadassYou Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, Jen Sincero

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

Eastridge Center gives back to the community by celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Maricahi Band, Free Food, and Fun!

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Last week, Eastridge Center welcomed hundreds of guests as they celebrated Cinco de Mayo in its Center Counter.

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The event drew crowds as Center Court offered catering by Tu Mero Mole all evening, with Eastridge staff serving Mexican food as far as the eye could see.

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Thanks to everyone who made their way out to help celebrate Mexican-American culture at Eastridge’s signature event “Cinco de Mayo at Eastridge” and remember a day that is so important to our Mexican neighbors!

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