Silicon Valley Down Syndrome Network

Upcoming events

    • 15 Jan 2023
    • 29 Jan 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • 528 Sunnymount avenue Sunnyvale CA 94087
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    Yoga with Aurélie 

    3 classes: Sunday November 6th and 13th

    Price is per pair: child with DS + accompanying  adult 

    Class is at 11am and lasts 1hr

    Open to all ages 

    A: MEMBER SVDSN  $35

    B: NON MEMBER SVDSN $69

    Class is hosted by Françoise, inside.

    Space is limited to 5 pairs

    Bring yoga mat or towel,  water bottle, blanket for relaxation.

    Yoga with Aurélie https://www.instagram.com/aurelie.kidsyoga/


    • 21 Jan 2023
    • 18 Feb 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • Mountain View Buddhist Temple, 575 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA. 94043
    • 2
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    SVDSN Winter I Taiko Classes: Taiko Beats

    4 Saturdays from 10:30-11:20 am: 

    January 21 and 28, and February 11 and 18, 2023

    Starting on Saturday, January 21, SVDSN will be holding a series of 4 taiko classes for vaccinated self advocates, ages 12 and up. We are pleased to continue with our taiko instruction team, Sydney Shiroyama, pediatric OT, and Mallory Shiroyama. 

    In these classes, self-advocates learn ensemble Japanese drumming. While taiko, the drum, has long existed in Japanese traditions, the ensemble style of taiko, a.k.a. kumidaiko, we play in North America only developed in Japan in the 1950's! This relatively new style of taiko evokes excitement and a celebratory atmosphere and is found in many festivals in Japan. In America, taiko was nurtured by the Japanese American communities during the Asian American civil rights movement in the 1960's and 1970's, and had particularly strong roots in Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Churches (Buddhist Churches of America). As a result, taiko gained visibility and popularity as a vibrant performing art, inspiring groups to form across the U.S. in diverse communities, schools, and colleges, and even in Europe and South America. Taiko is an art form that lends itself to inclusivity and unity-- it gives everyone a voice and the opportunity to be heard. SVDSN is excited to be partnering with TaikoPeace, the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, and Sydney Shiroyama to bring taiko to our families. 

    In this series of 4 classes, Sydney and her instruction team will be working with self advocates, teaching them the foundations and fundamentals of taiko playing and performance. We will use the standard "kuchi-shoga" method that taiko players use to teach pieces to one another, chanting the drumming patterns out loud as they are learning to physically drum the movements, using words or sounds that are assigned to certain movements and rhythms.

    In the Taiko Beats classes, we will work with students to learn foundational movements and rhythms that frequently appear in taiko pieces. Students will be expected to memorize phrases as we build on previous lessons. Students will have opportunities to work on performance skills and showmanship as some exercises around improvisation and solo work will be incorporated into the classes. 

    Because the classes are sequential and will build on the material and techniques learned the previous session, we ask that the self advocate attend all 4 classes. (Exceptions may be made if 1 of the 4 classes needs to be missed. Please let us know when you register.) Students new to taiko are welcome to join if they are able to commit to all of the classes.

    SVDSN will follow the protocols developed during the 2021 summer inclusive workshops and used during classes in 2022 to keep our community safe. Please note that during the winter sessions, our classes will be held indoors, so we will request that everyone in attendance wear face coverings. 

    • The instruction team and any volunteers are fully vaccinated and will wear face coverings/masks. 
    • The instructor may switch to a face shield while giving active instruction to provide visual cues to the participants. Social distancing will be expected while the instructor is wearing a face shield.  
    • All participants are fully vaccinated, boosted, if eligible, and will wear a mask. (If the self advocate is unable to wear a mask, please let us know.) 
    • Drums will be socially distanced. 
    • No food is permitted during class. (Water is permitted as we will take water breaks during class.) 
    • A fully-vaccinated adult must check in the self advocate at the start of class and must be available by phone if not staying on premises while class is in session. 

    Please note that our host location, Mountain View Buddhist Temple, is holding in-person activities, so we may see people on site who are attending other activities. We follow their in-person activity health-and-safety protocols. We will continue to monitor state, county, and local host venue guidelines throughout the class series and adjust as needed. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to keep our community safe! 

    Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. We hope to see you at taiko! 

    Dates: Saturdays, January 21 and 28, February 11 and 18, 2023

    Time: 10:30-11:20am PT

    Location: Mountain View Buddhist Temple (indoors- Sangha Hall gym), 575 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View 

    Cost: $20/class for SVDSN members* ($80 for 4 classes); $30/class for non-SVDSN members ($120 for 4 classes) 

    *Note: scholarships are available to SVDSN families; signing up to join SVDSN is free! Please email svdsnprograms@gmail.com with your request.



    • 21 Jan 2023
    • 18 Feb 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • Mountain View Buddhist Temple, 575 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA. 94043
    • 8
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    SVDSN Winter I Taiko Classes: Taiko Jams

    4 Saturdays from 11:30-12:20 pm: 

    January 21 and 28, and February 11 and 18, 2023

    Starting on Saturday, January 21, SVDSN will be holding a series of 4 taiko classes for vaccinated self advocates, ages 12 and up. We are pleased to continue with our taiko instruction team, Sydney Shiroyama, pediatric OT, and Mallory Shiroyama. 

    In these classes, self-advocates learn ensemble Japanese drumming. While taiko, the drum, has long existed in Japanese traditions, the ensemble style of taiko, a.k.a. kumidaiko, we play in North America only developed in Japan in the 1950's! This relatively new style of taiko evokes excitement and a celebratory atmosphere and is found in many festivals in Japan. In America, taiko was nurtured by the Japanese American communities during the Asian American civil rights movement in the 1960's and 1970's, and had particularly strong roots in Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Churches (Buddhist Churches of America). As a result, taiko gained visibility and popularity as a vibrant performing art, inspiring groups to form across the U.S. in diverse communities, schools, and colleges, and even in Europe and South America. Taiko is an art form that lends itself to inclusivity and unity-- it gives everyone a voice and the opportunity to be heard. SVDSN is excited to be partnering with TaikoPeace, the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, and Sydney Shiroyama to bring taiko to our families. 

    In this series of 4 classes, Sydney and her instruction team will be working with self advocates, teaching them the foundations and fundamentals of taiko playing and performance. We will use the standard "kuchi-shoga" method that taiko players use to teach pieces to one another, chanting the drumming patterns out loud as they are learning to physically drum the movements, using words or sounds that are assigned to certain movements and rhythms. In this class, students will have opportunities to work on performance skills and showmanship through exercises around improvisation and solo work.

    In the Taiko Jams classes, we will focus on movement and taiko, incorporating an element of dance, inspired by traditional summer festival (Obon) dances. We will be emphasizing taiko as a joyful form of self expression and creativity, enabling class participants to gain confidence as they develop skills in performance and solo work in a supportive group atmosphere. 

    Because the classes are sequential and will build on the material and techniques learned the previous session, we ask that the self advocate attend all 4 classes. (Exceptions may be made if 1 of the 4 classes needs to be missed. Please let us know when you register.) Students new to taiko are welcome to join if they are able to commit to all of the classes.

    SVDSN will follow the protocols developed during the 2021 summer inclusive workshops and used during classes in 2022 to keep our community safe. Please note that during the winter sessions, our classes will be held indoors, so we will request that everyone in attendance wear face coverings. 

    • The instruction team and any volunteers are fully vaccinated and will wear face coverings/masks. 
    • The instructor may switch to a face shield while giving active instruction to provide visual cues to the participants. Social distancing will be expected while the instructor is wearing a face shield.  
    • All participants are fully vaccinated, boosted, if eligible, and will wear a mask. (If the self advocate is unable to wear a mask, please let us know.) 
    • Drums will be socially distanced. 
    • No food is permitted during class. (Water is permitted as we will take water breaks during class.) 
    • A fully-vaccinated adult must check in the self advocate at the start of class and must be available by phone if not staying on premises while class is in session. 

    Please note that our host location, Mountain View Buddhist Temple, is holding in-person activities, so we may see people on site who are attending other activities. We follow their in-person activity health-and-safety protocols. We will continue to monitor state, county, and local host venue guidelines throughout the class series and adjust as needed. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to keep our community safe! 

    Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. We hope to see you at taiko! 

    Dates: Saturdays, January 21 and 28, February 11 and 18, 2023

    Time: 11:30-12:20pm PT

    Location: Mountain View Buddhist Temple (indoors-- Sangha Hall gym), 575 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View 

    Cost: $20/class for SVDSN members* ($80 for 4 classes); $30/class for non-SVDSN members ($120 for 4 classes) 

    *Note: scholarships are available to SVDSN families; signing up to join SVDSN is free! Please email svdsnprograms@gmail.com with your request.



    • 25 Feb 2023
    • 25 Mar 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • Palo Alto Buddhist Temple (2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto, 94303) and Mountain View Buddhist Temple (575 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA. 94043)
    • 5
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    SVDSN Winter I Taiko Classes: Taiko Beats

    4 Saturdays from 10:30-11:20 am: 

    February 25, March 4, 11, and 25, 2023

    Starting on Saturday, February 25, SVDSN will be holding a series of 4 taiko classes for vaccinated self advocates, ages 12 and up. We are pleased to continue with our taiko instruction team, Sydney Shiroyama, pediatric OT, and Mallory Shiroyama. 

    In these classes, self-advocates learn ensemble Japanese drumming. While taiko, the drum, has long existed in Japanese traditions, the ensemble style of taiko, a.k.a. kumidaiko, we play in North America only developed in Japan in the 1950's! This relatively new style of taiko evokes excitement and a celebratory atmosphere and is found in many festivals in Japan. In America, taiko was nurtured by the Japanese American communities during the Asian American civil rights movement in the 1960's and 1970's, and had particularly strong roots in Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Churches (Buddhist Churches of America). As a result, taiko gained visibility and popularity as a vibrant performing art, inspiring groups to form across the U.S. in diverse communities, schools, and colleges, and even in Europe and South America. Taiko is an art form that lends itself to inclusivity and unity-- it gives everyone a voice and the opportunity to be heard. SVDSN is excited to be partnering with TaikoPeace, the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, and Sydney Shiroyama to bring taiko to our families. 

    In this series of 4 classes, Sydney and her instruction team will be working with self advocates, teaching them the foundations and fundamentals of taiko playing and performance. We will use the standard "kuchi-shoga" method that taiko players use to teach pieces to one another, chanting the drumming patterns out loud as they are learning to physically drum the movements, using words or sounds that are assigned to certain movements and rhythms.

    In the Taiko Beats classes, we will work with students to learn foundational movements and rhythms that frequently appear in taiko pieces. Students will be expected to memorize phrases as we build on previous lessons. Students will have opportunities to work on performance skills and showmanship as some exercises around improvisation and solo work will be incorporated into the classes. 

    Because the classes are sequential and will build on the material and techniques learned the previous session, we ask that the self advocate attend all 4 classes. (Exceptions may be made if 1 of the 4 classes needs to be missed. Please let us know when you register.) Students new to taiko are welcome to join if they are able to commit to all of the classes.

    We will be having a performance on Saturday, March 18, to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. Information is forthcoming to families who register. 

    SVDSN will follow the protocols developed during the 2021 summer inclusive workshops and used during classes in 2022 to keep our community safe. Please note that during the winter sessions, our classes will be held indoors, so we will request that everyone in attendance wear face coverings. 

    • The instruction team and any volunteers are fully vaccinated and will wear face coverings/masks. 
    • The instructor may switch to a face shield while giving active instruction to provide visual cues to the participants. Social distancing will be expected while the instructor is wearing a face shield.  
    • All participants are fully vaccinated, boosted, if eligible, and will wear a mask. (If the self advocate is unable to wear a mask, please let us know.) 
    • Drums will be socially distanced. 
    • No food is permitted during class. (Water is permitted as we will take water breaks during class.) 
    • A fully-vaccinated adult must check in the self advocate at the start of class and must be available by phone if not staying on premises while class is in session. 

    Please note that our host location, Mountain View Buddhist Temple, is holding in-person activities, so we may see people on site who are attending other activities. We follow their in-person activity health-and-safety protocols. We will continue to monitor state, county, and local host venue guidelines throughout the class series and adjust as needed. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to keep our community safe! 

    Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. We hope to see you at taiko! 

    Dates: Saturdays, February 25, March 4, 11, and 25, 2023

    (Note: March 18 will be a performance.) 

    Time: 10:30-11:20am PT

    Location: 

    February 25 class ONLY: Palo Alto Buddhist Temple (indoors), 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto, 94303 

    March 4, 11, and 25 classes: Mountain View Buddhist Temple (indoors- Sangha Hall gym), 575 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View 

    Cost: $20/class for SVDSN members* ($80 for 4 classes); $30/class for non-SVDSN members ($120 for 4 classes) 

    *Note: scholarships are available to SVDSN families; signing up to join SVDSN is free! Please email svdsnprograms@gmail.com with your request.



    • 25 Feb 2023
    • 25 Mar 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • Palo Alto Buddhist Temple (2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto, 94303) and Mountain View Buddhist Temple (575 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA. 94043)
    • 10
    Register

    SVDSN Winter I Taiko Classes: Taiko Jams

    4 Saturdays from 11:30-12:20 am: 

    February 25, March 4, 11, and 25, 2023

    Starting on Saturday, February 25, SVDSN will be holding a series of 4 taiko classes for vaccinated self advocates, ages 12 and up. We are pleased to continue with our taiko instruction team, Sydney Shiroyama, pediatric OT, and Mallory Shiroyama. 

    In these classes, self-advocates learn ensemble Japanese drumming. While taiko, the drum, has long existed in Japanese traditions, the ensemble style of taiko, a.k.a. kumidaiko, we play in North America only developed in Japan in the 1950's! This relatively new style of taiko evokes excitement and a celebratory atmosphere and is found in many festivals in Japan. In America, taiko was nurtured by the Japanese American communities during the Asian American civil rights movement in the 1960's and 1970's, and had particularly strong roots in Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Churches (Buddhist Churches of America). As a result, taiko gained visibility and popularity as a vibrant performing art, inspiring groups to form across the U.S. in diverse communities, schools, and colleges, and even in Europe and South America. Taiko is an art form that lends itself to inclusivity and unity-- it gives everyone a voice and the opportunity to be heard. SVDSN is excited to be partnering with TaikoPeace, the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, and Sydney Shiroyama to bring taiko to our families. 

    In this series of 4 classes, Sydney and her instruction team will be working with self advocates, teaching them the foundations and fundamentals of taiko playing and performance. We will use the standard "kuchi-shoga" method that taiko players use to teach pieces to one another, chanting the drumming patterns out loud as they are learning to physically drum the movements, using words or sounds that are assigned to certain movements and rhythms. In this class, students will have opportunities to work on performance skills and showmanship through exercises around improvisation and solo work.

    In the Taiko Jams classes, we will focus on movement and taiko, incorporating an element of dance, inspired by traditional summer festival (Obon) dances. We will be emphasizing taiko as a joyful form of self expression and creativity, enabling class participants to gain confidence as they develop skills in performance and solo work in a supportive group atmosphere. 

    Because the classes are sequential and will build on the material and techniques learned the previous session, we ask that the self advocate attend all 4 classes. (Exceptions may be made if 1 of the 4 classes needs to be missed. Please let us know when you register.) Students new to taiko are welcome to join if they are able to commit to all of the classes.

    We will be having a performance on Saturday, March 18, to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. Information is forthcoming to families who register. 

    SVDSN will follow the protocols developed during the 2021 summer inclusive workshops and used during classes in 2022 to keep our community safe. Please note that during the winter sessions, our classes will be held indoors, so we will request that everyone in attendance wear face coverings. 

    • The instruction team and any volunteers are fully vaccinated and will wear face coverings/masks. 
    • The instructor may switch to a face shield while giving active instruction to provide visual cues to the participants. Social distancing will be expected while the instructor is wearing a face shield.  
    • All participants are fully vaccinated, boosted, if eligible, and will wear a mask. (If the self advocate is unable to wear a mask, please let us know.) 
    • Drums will be socially distanced. 
    • No food is permitted during class. (Water is permitted as we will take water breaks during class.) 
    • A fully-vaccinated adult must check in the self advocate at the start of class and must be available by phone if not staying on premises while class is in session. 

    Please note that our host location, Mountain View Buddhist Temple, is holding in-person activities, so we may see people on site who are attending other activities. We follow their in-person activity health-and-safety protocols. We will continue to monitor state, county, and local host venue guidelines throughout the class series and adjust as needed. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to keep our community safe! 

    Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. We hope to see you at taiko! 

    Dates: Saturdays, February 25, March 4, 11, and 25, 2023

    (Note: March 18 will be a performance.) 

    Time: 10:30-11:20am PT

    Location: 

    February 25 class ONLY: Palo Alto Buddhist Temple (indoors), 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto, 94303 

    March 4, 11, and 25 classes: Mountain View Buddhist Temple (indoors- Sangha Hall gym), 575 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View 

    Cost: $20/class for SVDSN members* ($80 for 4 classes); $30/class for non-SVDSN members ($120 for 4 classes) 

    *Note: scholarships are available to SVDSN families; signing up to join SVDSN is free! Please email svdsnprograms@gmail.com with your request.



Past events

4 Dec 2022 SVDSN Holiday Party
6 Nov 2022 Yoga with Aurélie November 2022
29 Oct 2022 Sunnyvale Great Candy Cane Hunt Decorating event
23 Oct 2022 Yoga with Aurélie October 2022 (NEW DATES)
22 Oct 2022 SVDSN Taiko: Fall II Add-on Class
17 Sep 2022 Moms Night Yoga and Potluck
17 Sep 2022 SVDSN Fall II Taiko Series
11 Sep 2022 Yoga with Aurélie September 2022
14 Aug 2022 Yoga with Aurélie August 2022
13 Aug 2022 SVDSN Fall I Taiko Series
30 Jul 2022 SVDSN Summer Taiko Workshop in Mountain View
9 Jul 2022 SVDSN Summer Family Taiko Workshop in Mountain View
25 Jun 2022 SVDSN Summer Taiko Workshop in Palo Alto
4 Jun 2022 Yoga with Aurélie June 4th @ 11am
4 Jun 2022 Yoga with Aurélie June 4th @10am
15 May 2022 Yoga with Aurélie
7 May 2022 SVDSN Spring I Taiko Series
21 Apr 2022 Online Dance Class by Kidz Groove
19 Mar 2022 World Down Syndrome Day Celebration
26 Feb 2022 SVDSN Winter I Taiko Series
7 Nov 2021 SVDSN Fall II Taiko Class
19 Sep 2021 SVDSN Fall Taiko Class
21 Aug 2021 Inclusive Outdoor Taiko Class- August 21
7 Aug 2021 Inclusive Outdoor Taiko Class- August 7
24 Jul 2021 Inclusive Outdoor Taiko Class- July 24
17 Jul 2021 SVDSN Homeschool Club
14 Jul 2021 SVDSN Roundtable
7 Apr 2021 Parent Education Support Meeting
7 Mar 2021 Ready or Not Transition to Adulthood Group Meeting
3 Mar 2021 Parent Education Support Meeting
21 Feb 2021 Ready or Not Transition to Adulthood Group Meeting
6 Feb 2021 Parent Sharing - Toilet Training
31 Jan 2021 Parent Sharing IEP's session b
7 Jun 2020 Ready or Not Transition to Adulthood Group Meeting
3 May 2020 Ready or Not Transition to Adulthood Group Meeting
5 Apr 2020 Ready or Not Transition to Adulthood Group Meeting
1 Mar 2020 Ready or Not Transition to Adulthood Group Meeting
5 Feb 2020 SVDSN Board information Evening
13 Jul 2019 SVDSN and The Matthew Foundation Present Dr. Brian Chicoine
15 Jun 2019 Mental Health of individuals with Down syndrome
20 Oct 2018 14th Annual Bay Area Buddy Walk
12 May 2018 SVDSN Bowling Activity
5 May 2018 Operation House Call
22 Apr 2018 Animal Assisted Happiness Visit
24 Mar 2018 SVDSN Spring Social 2018

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 SVDSN is a program of Valley Medical Center Foundation who is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 2400 Clove Drive, San Jose CA 95128

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