Colorful Run Supports Autism Center
By Melissa McKenzie
Families, runners and supporters came out in droves to run the Color Me Rad 5K event at California’s Great America on April 5. The run, which benefitted the Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE) in Santa Clara, was one of the most vibrant events of the year, as runners were blasted with blue, green, pink, purple and yellow “Color Bombs” at different points throughout the course.
Leading off the run was Joseph Jacobson, the PACE ambassador of the day. When the signal was given, he was the first runner to hit the course alongside his parents.
“I feel accomplished,” said Jacobson. “I was able to lead the run at the start and I feel kind of tired afterwards ... I feel pretty colorful. It was really fun.”
Although Jacobson led the 9 a.m. wave of runners (there was a second group who began at 9:20 a.m.), the first finishers of the initial wave were Abin Thomas of Santa Clara and Steve Loughlin of Los Altos. The pair paced each other and finished around the 21-minure mark.
“We became friends on the run,” said Loughlin.
Wildflowers in Bright Bloom at Ulistac Natural Area
By Diane Andrews
Ulistac Natural Area, Santa Clara's reclaimed natural open space, is bright with spring wildflowers: clumps of golden California poppies in fields of wild grass, crimson and gold flannelbush flowers against blue sky, wine-red hummingbird sage with green leaves, and purple ceanothus.
The greater Santa Clara community gathered at Ulistac Natural Area (UNA) Saturday April 5 to celebrate spring with tours of the 40-acre reserve, live music, and hands-on information booths sponsored by nature-loving organizations and schools. The annual celebration was organized...