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Gotta’ Catch Them All
By: Travis Swiatlo

In 1998, the world was introduced to Pokemon Red and Blue, a video game that marked the beginning of what would become a multi-billion dollar franchise. Gameplay involved navigating yourself through a fictional region, while trying to become a Pokemon Champion. Mastering the game involved catching all 151 Pokemon, earning all eight gym badges, defeating the Elite Four (a group of trainers with very powerful Pokemon) and finally your rival.

Pokemon’s popularity was electric and would quickly draw in a large and loyal fan-base. Its popularity allowed Pokemon to spawn more games, an anime series, movies, trading cards and much more. Each game released broke sales records, and with the introduction of more generations of Pokemon, the attraction grew. Upcoming versions, Sun and Moon, are to be released in November later this year with a new generation of Pokemon.

Although the games received much praise both from players and reviewers, many avid fans of the game longed for the day when they would be able to catch their very own Pokemon in the real world. On July 6, that hope became a reality with the release of Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go is a free, mobile game that allows players to catch Pokemon in a virtual reality using the real world. The game starts by creating an avatar that moves using your GPS location...

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Concerts in the Park - Orquesta Latin Heat
by Larry Sacks

Concerts in the Park - Orquesta Latin Heat

The Summer Concerts in the Park continued to turn up the heat and get people on their feet dancing. On Friday night, July 22, the Concerts in the Park series continued with the return of Orquesta Latin Heat, a very popular Salsa band. Heat performed last year to a large crowd, but this year’s crowd easily topped 450 people, making it one of the best well-attended concerts in the Concerts in the Park series.

Judging how well a band is received by the audience can normally be a daunting task. But not always...

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Family Fun Night - Circus of Smiles
By Larry Sacks

Family Fun Night - Circus of Smiles

The Santa Clara Library offers quite a lot for people of all ages. For those that didn’t know, there’s much more to it than just books...

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Golden State Brewery Kicks Off Silicon Valley Beer Week
By Cynthia Cheng

Golden State Brewery Kicks Off Silicon Valley Beer Week

At noon on July 23, Golden State Brewery opened its doors to a line of beer lovers waiting to try the brewery’s beer flights as well as its highly anticipated new beer...

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Santa Clara Baseball Heads Deep into Post-Season Play

Santa Clara Baseball Heads Deep into Post-Season Play

Story and photo by John Harvie

Santa Clara Pony Baseball’s Pony Division All-Stars, 14u, will represent Northern California in the West Zone Tournament down in West Covina, CA...

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This Week's Letter

S.L. Orme's letter is a liberal's view of the 2nd Amendment. They feel the amendment is no longer needed, the government will protect us. Terrorists are killing people all over the world and the liberal’s solution is to ban firearms.

The NRA is an organization of millions of people who believe they have a constitutional right to own a firearm and they will not let the government take that right away.

If someone is breaking into my house I'd rather be cling to my gun, rather than a cell phone, hoping the police arrive before I be come a statistic.

M J Raymond

Northside Library’s Art After Dark Program: Making Sugar Scrubs
By Cynthia Cheng

Northside Library’s Art After Dark Program: Making Sugar Scrubs

On June 28, three tables were set up at the back of Northside Library’s community room. Coconut oil and baby oil filled one table, citrus fruits and tea leaves were on another and on the last table, bags of brown sugar and granulated white sugar. The ingredient stations were prepped for the library’s monthly Art After Dark program, a crafts workshop for adults. Sugar scrubs, a bath product known to help exfoliate and soften the skin, were the DIY (Do It Yourself) project of the night

“Art After Dark is geared toward getting adults together to socialize and be creative,” says Angela Ocana, librarian. “Art After Dark brings in a lot of DIY techniques. So it’s not just limited to art but also to things you can do around the home, more akin to what you can find on Etsy. (Etsy is a homemade product sale site.) Tonight we’re making sugar scrubs. You could make coconut brown sugar scrubs, vanilla sugar scrubs or a citrus scrub as well.”

Ocana walked attendees through how to make sugar scrubs. The recipe came with mixing similar amounts of oil and sugar together in a bowl and stirring in fragrance. The fragrance could either come from the zested citrus peel of fruits, vanilla extract or bits of tea leaves. Ocana suggested pairing white sugar with citrus and brown sugar with coconut oil.

Samantha Hoang, library assistant, worked with Ocana during the program

“Sugar scrubs are good for scrubbing off dead skin cells so you can use this scrub for calluses on the feet or dry elbows,” Hoang says. “The scrub can make for a smoother shave so it’s good to apply this before you shave...

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13th Annual Antiques Appraisal Luncheon Unveils Valuable Collectibles
By Cynthia Cheng

13th Annual Antiques Appraisal Luncheon Unveils Valuable Collectibles

Attendees munched on sandwiches and cookies while talking about the items they brought to the 13th Annual Antiques Appraisal Luncheon held outside the Harris-Lass House Museum on July 14. Julie Frazier brought a sapphire gold band and her father-in-law’s Pan Am tie clip and cuff links. Linda Eserini showed an old Japanese dish she won from a Sister Cities Association silent auction. Bearing vintage dolls were Kimberly Redfield and Tricia Lally Boltz.

“My mom Anita Marencia was the event chair for a number of years and I have always helped her. She passed away in 2011 and I took over,” says Donna Marencia, event chair.

Sponsoring the event was the Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara, led by Bob Byrd.

“Today I brought a tea set from a company called Roseville Pottery from Roseville, Ohio; the company has been in business since 1890,” Byrd says. “Here’s a teapot, a sugar bowl and a creamer. I want to know how much it’s worth.”

The promise of a verbal appraisal for a cherished item motivated 55 people to purchase luncheon tickets...

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