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Silicon Valley BBQ Continues Growing
By Robert Haugh

The tantalizing aroma of smoked brisket, pulled pork and the related BBQ fixings enveloped the Mission City on June 26-27 during the Fourth Annual Silicon Valley BBQ Championships hosted by the Rotary Club of Santa Clara.

Continuing as the can’t-miss summer event in Santa Clara, the event boasted fun and activities for everyone. The Kid’s Zone provided kids an opportunity to drive cars, fly airplanes, rush down a giant slide, ride a train around the Central Park Ponds and bounce around in giant bounce houses.

In addition to an array of food concoctions to dine on, and a myriad of spirited beverages being poured, live entertainment delighted attendees throughout the event, with a lineup featuring amazingly talented musicians...

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Self-Proclaimed “Salad Dressing Lady” Sets Up Business in Santa Clara
By Cynthia Cheng

Self-Proclaimed “Salad Dressing Lady” Sets Up Business in Santa Clara

At your next supermarket trip, if you chat with a woman sharing samples of salad dressings with names such as Real Blueberry or Premium Miso, you are probably meeting Jenny Song Kwon, owner of the Santa Clara-based Seven Stars Food. The company produces Jenny Song salad dressings with the logo of a singing bird on each bottle. On her business card, Kwon’s title is “Salad Dressing Lady,” aptly named for a salad dressing enthusiast...

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Teens Make Pasta from Scratch at Northside Library
By Cynthia Cheng

Teens Make Pasta from Scratch at Northside Library

Tables covered in clean plastic sheets, were set with a soda can and a bag of flour at each work station...

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Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night

The always-popular Family Fun Night welcomed the Prairie Rose Band to the Central Park Pavilion stage on June 29...

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SCU Graduate Releases Third Book, Holds Book Signing in Santa Clara
By Melissa McKenzie

SCU Graduate Releases Third Book, Holds Book Signing in Santa Clara

When 16-year-old Elizabeth Meyers’ grandmother wakes up from a 10-year coma, she immediately requests the young Meyers take her to Paris – and says the pair must arrive by midnight on Halloween so the grandmother can meet up with her true love. Baffled by the demand, Meyers reluctantly goes on the adventure – and learns about herself in the process.

Elizabeth’s Midnight is the latest book by young adult fiction writer, Aaron Michael Ritchey. The Santa Clara University graduate, who resides in Colorado with his wife and two young daughters, held a book signing at Santa Clara’s Studio Bongiorno on June 27 where he read from and discussed his third novel.

“My character really starts off damaged,” said Ritchey. “She says no to the adventure and is kind of that reluctant hero but as the story comes along, it’s her growth into this person she wants to be. The second half takes place in Paris and in this little place I made up along the coast ... I wanted to take parts of villages I visited [when my wife and I went to Paris] and put them all together.

Elizabeth’s Midnight, which was released earlier this year, is appropriate for children as young as 10 – Ritchey’s 10-year-old daughter read the book and loved it – and uses minimal strong language. Ritchey counted language used and said he used the word “hell” 10 times, “ass” twice and “damn” once, making it appropriate for most pre-teens and teenagers.

“It really is a story about courage, overcoming fear and embracing grand adventures,” he said. “I think it’s easy for us to say no to the adventures we get in our lifetime. It’s easy to give all of the excuses in the world not to go on them. So, this is really about saying yes to the adventure ...

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