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The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has sued the Mission City to have a 14-foot cross removed from Memorial Cross Park, where it was erected in 1953 to mark the site where the second Mission Santa Clara de Asis stood from 1779 to 1784. The cross is a gift of the Santa Clara Lions Club.
The FFRF argues in its lawsuit, filed against the City April 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, that having the cross on public land is a violation of the separation of church and state.
Memorial Cross Park, which no longer has a sign, is a .4-acre corner park located at the intersection of Martin Ave. and De La Cruz Blvd. in an industrial section of Santa Clara.
It has a Franciscan mission atmosphere, with adobe brick walls on two sides and plantings of roses, gold lantana and lavender. The only amenities are six concrete benches facing the white granite cross, which is surrounded by eight olive trees. Seeming like anachronisms, airplanes take off and land at San Jose Mineta Airport, directly behind the park...
The Festa do Divino Espí rito Santo – festival of the Holy Spirit – is the most important event of the year for Santa Clara’s Portuguese fraternal organization, the Sociedade do Espírito Santo (S.E.S.). But this year’s festa, on May 21 and 22, is even more important. It’s the 120th birthday of the S.E.S., which was founded in 1896 in Santa Clara. The first Holy Spirit festa was held two years before that, according to a 1912 Santa Clara Journal article.
The event is held on Trinity Sunday, the Sunday after the Christian holiday of Pentecost (50 days after Easter) celebrating the Holy Spirit.
What would it be like to be "Alice (or Alex!) in Waterland?" Girls and boys, ages five to eleven, can experience what it's like to be a Santa Clara Aquamaid on Memorial Day at the George Haines International Swim Center at Central Park.
After enjoying a free synchronized swimming exhibition, the kids can jump in the pool and try out basic techniques with coaches from Santa Clara's very own world-famous synchronized swimming club. The club is renown for producing world-class synchronized swimmers and Olympic athletes.
The entire Santa Clara Community is invited to the 2 p.m., May 30, Aquamaids exhibition, "Alice in Waterland," which is the story of an Aquamaid through Alice's adventures. No tickets are needed.
Guest performers from the Cirque du Soleil's aqua show "O" at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas will also perform, including the most famous male synchronized swimmer in the world–Bill May, a legendary Aquamaid. (Yes, men are now allowed)...
Move over Mozart and make room for composer Jocelyn Hagen from Minnesota. Her contemporary 2011 requiem "Ashes of Roses" had its west coast premiere May 13 at Mission Santa Clara with the full force behind it of the Santa Clara Chorale, the Santa Clara University Choirs and Symphony Silicon Valley.
Chorale Artistic Director Scot Hanna-Weir opened the spring concert with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's traditional and beloved "Requiem." Then after intermission, he pulled out all the stops for Hagen's 45-minute work, and the audience loved it.
"I wanted to do a large work by somebody contemporary," said Hanna-Weir, who met Hagen at a conference in February 2015. He took "Ashes of Roses" home with him, thinking, "This could be something special." And it was.
Hagen's requiem, with seven movements for soloists, chorus and orchestra, was full of surprises. The text incorporates Elaine Goodale Eastman's poem "Ashes of Roses," written in English, with the traditional Latin text of the Roman Catholic mass for the dead...
Feng shui master Aelita Leto warns that those who own beds without headboards have a crown chakra that is more exposed and vulnerable during sleep. Therefore, while they should be resting, their bodies are still utilizing qi. (Qi, pronounced CHEE, means energy). Northside Library’s community room was packed for Leto’s May 9 lecture, Feng Shui for the Home & Office. According to the library’s workshop description, feng shui is “the ancient Chinese art and science of balancing energies in a given space to assure good health and fortune.”
“We thought it’d be a good idea for people who are looking to reorganize their home and office to have some helpful hints so they might take advantage of the city’s Annual Clean-Up Campaign this month,” says librarian Angela Ocana.
While Leto acknowledges that storage spaces are necessary for essential items, she doesn’t think one should keep a room in the house to store items that aren’t being used.
“If one room becomes a storage room, the neglected room where the trash goes, it is almost like neglecting a part of your body,” she says. “It’s easier to be released from our belongings than to hold onto them...”
Diners for lunch and dinner at Chili's Grill & Bar in Santa Clara, got the VIP treatment May 12. Uniformed officers from the Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD) teamed with Special Olympics athletes to serve drinks and share information about Special Olympics of Northern California.
"This is an awesome event today." says Community Service Officer Deanna Black, volunteering at Chili's for the lunch shift.
As a thank you for the special attention they received, diners tipped the cops and athletes $3,020 to help provide 19,940 northern California athletes–both children and adults–with free, year-round sports training and Olympic competition opportunities in 12 sports. Just $250 is enough to allow one athlete to participate all year...