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Valley Village ‘Dance to Remember’ forges and preserves memories
Story by David Alexander
Photos by Jenn Alexander

Dozens of seniors took to the dance floor at Valley Village Retirement Community while a live band played familiar tunes. However, dancing wasn’t the only activity designed to keep people engaged. The event, “A Dance to Remember,” also featured brain games and brain-healthy foods.

Charles Hall, vice president of Whole Brain Health, the nonprofit sponsoring the event, said the dance is a way to encourage people to sustain healthy behavioral change. It is about challenging people to use their brains in a way that they enjoy, so that the activity becomes “intrinsically motivating.”

“There are a lot of things in life that people do that they might not like to do,” he said. “We want to give people tools and info to understand their behaviors. It’s not based on ‘this is good for you do this.’ It is about ‘what do you like to do and how do we sustain that?’

The evening kicked off Saturday with a talk by Dr. Wes Ashford, a clinical psychologist at Stanford researching Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as comments from Whole Brain Health President Stephen Cain.

Following the speakers, residents participated in a circuit of brain games ranging from trivia to optical illusions...

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Kaiser Permanente Announces More Than $1 Million In Local Health Grants

Kaiser Permanente Announces More Than $1 Million In Local Health Grants

Thirty-two Santa Clara County social services and community non-profits will receive Community Benefit grants from Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara and San Jose, the HMO announced in July. This year's grants add up to $1,025,000.

Each year, Kaiser Permanente awards Community Benefit grants are awarded to local non-profit organizations whose programs support the HMO's mission in four areas: access to medical care, behavioral health, healthy eating and active living, and violence prevention...

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US Deaf Women’s National Team Wins Deaf World Cup
Story by Cynthia Cheng
Photos by Quinn Fitzgerald

US Deaf Women’s National Team Wins Deaf World Cup

Soccer players at the 2016 Deaf World Cup weren’t allowed to wear hearing aids during games to prevent players from having unfair advantages over others. From June 19 to July 2 in Salerno, Italy, local women Danielle Wheeler, 17, and Meghan Maiwald, 26, represented deaf American women soccer players and played at the 2016 Deaf World Cup as members of US Deaf Women's National Team (USDWNT). The USDWNT defeated deaf women from other countries - Turkey, Russia, Poland, Italy, and Great Britain - and brought home the prize Gold Cup and gold medals. The Women’s Sports Foundation assisted with funding for the team’s training and travel expenses.

Maiwald, a goalkeeper and a 10-year veteran of the USDWNT, said that a game against the Russian team was the most challenging...

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39th PAL Golf Tournament Fundraiser
Story and Photos by Aubrie Tolliver

39th PAL Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Over 140 golfers teed off at the 39th annual Santa Clara PAL Golf Tournament, hosted at the Almaden Golf and Country Club Monday, August 15.

Hoping to raise as much as last year, the goal this year was to bring in $100,000, with all of the proceeds going to PAL athletic programs. The money helps pay for the programs’ facilities, equipment and insurance...

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The Santa Clara Rotary Club Welcomes 49er CEO Jed York
Story and photo by Alissa Reyes

The Santa Clara Rotary Club Welcomes 49er CEO Jed York

Thursday afternoon, San Francisco 49ers CEO, Jed York spoke at the Santa Clara Rotary Club’s weekly luncheon and meeting.

According to club president Miten Marfatia, the turnout at Thursday’s meeting...

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Concerts in the Park - The Usual Suspects
Story and photos by Larry Sacks

Concerts in the Park - The Usual Suspects

Like all good things, everything must come to an end. That was the case in Santa Clara’s Central Park on Friday night, August 19, as The Usual Suspects performed at the last concert for the season. The city’s Cultural Arts Commission sponsored the concert series and this season was easily one of the best ever.

Even though Friday was the last concert of the season, you couldn't tell by looking at the crowd. In fact, if crowd size and the number of people dancing are any indication, then concert series could continue for a few more months - or at least until the rains that will hopefully blanket the area return.

The Usual Suspects returned to Santa Clara for the last concert of the series. If the name of the band sounds familiar to the Santa Clara community, that’s because Suspects are a favorite local band. Based out of the south bay - the band members hail from Los Gatos, San Jose and Campbell - The Usual Suspects provided a nice crescendo and send-off to the concert series. Suspects have performed numerous times over the years at concerts sponsored by the City of Santa Clara including the Concert for September 11 to the Blues Bash to the Concerts in the Park.

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Bricks by the Bay Showcases Extravagant Lego Art
Story and Pictures by Cynthia Cheng

Bricks by the Bay Showcases Extravagant Lego Art

Inside Santa Clara Convention Center’s ballroom at the seventh annual Bricks by the Bay, a Lego fan convention, were about a thousand exhibits of handmade wonders made from everyday Lego bricks. Against a wall was Erik Mattson’s majestic eight-and-a-half-feet construction of Oregon’s Multnomah Falls, made with 50,000 to 100,000 Lego bricks. Set on a table were Alice Finch’s charming replications of German castles. On another table was Dan Kees’ miniature roller coaster with a car shooting across the tracks. The four-day convention drew about 450 people from Aug. 18 to Aug. 20 and the public expo on Aug. 21 brought in about 5,000 people...

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SCU’s Catholic values vs. Free Speech
Story by David Alexander
Photos by Jenn Alexander

SCU’s Catholic values vs. Free Speech

From the late 1980s until the late 2000s, the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda had a gruesome way of dealing with people whose ideas it deemed “offensive.” Militants would puncture holes in the lips of these dissidents and feed metal padlocks through their mouths. While such violence is a far cry from the censorship going on around college campuses, it is an example to where the road of moral authoritarianism leads.

Across the nation, campuses have become bastions for constraints on free speech. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a Washington D.C.-based civil liberties group, surveyed 440 schools in 2015. The nonprofit rates colleges and universities – public and private...

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Bargains and Personal Stories Found at City Wide Garage Sale
Story and photo by Erasmo Guerra

Bargains and Personal Stories Found at City Wide Garage Sale

Standing in the driveway of her childhood home on the corner of Santa Cruz and Cabrillo Streets, Niamh Conlon stood behind display tables arranged with margarita drinking glasses, stacks of dinner plates and cookbooks. All were for sale this past Saturday. She said it took her two hours to set up.

But, really, she'd been preparing for the garage sale ever since her recent move back to Santa Clara after spending a few years in Seattle and Saratoga. The Santa Clara native, a former Aquamaid and alumna of Santa Clara University, admitted that while it was hard to get rid of things. “You always have an emotional connection”, she said. Moving into a smaller space, forced her to let go of “what I didn’t need...”

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Monterey Car Week
Story and Photos by Larry Sacks

Monterey Car Week

In August the Monterey Peninsula is the destination for car enthusiasts offering them a little bit of everything automotives.

The Little Car Show on August 17, in Pacific Grove featured 100 vehicles, 25 years or older. Electric-powered cars or cars with engines no bigger than 1.6 liters are the main feature here and entry tickets were just $25.

At the other end of the scale was the famous Pebble Beach Concors d’Elegance - a car show that featured 200 of the very, very best cars on Sunday, August 21. This show was held on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf course. One criticism leveled at this show is most of the entries are “Trailer Queens”, or cars that arrived via an automotive trailer and rolled to their spot on the green for judging. General admission tickets cost $375.

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