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Supercross Concludes Dirt Takeover of Levi’s Stadium
By Robert Haugh

The high–octane, fast–paced action of Monster Supercross arrived at Levi’s Stadium on April 18. Dazzling the crowd of 42,336 were amazing gravity–defying leaps, thrilling side–by–side racing, multiple–rider collisions, plus pyrotechnics, music and pro–wrestling like rider introductions. Supercross made its mark in the Mission City.

Featuring an array of obstacles, including jumps, turns and bumps, Supercross courses require intense cardiovascular fitness, stamina, strength, coordination, and concentration by the professional riders to navigate. Among the obstacles facing them are whoop sections (washboards where riders skim along the tops of the bumps), rhythm sections (irregular series of jumps with a multiple combinations) and triple jumps (three jumps in a row that riders normally clear in a single leap of 70 feet or more – equal to two school buses parked end–to–end.). Many of the turns have banked berms, adding further challenges...

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Triton Museum Launches Lounge @tritonmuseum
By Melissa McKenzie

Triton Museum Launches Lounge @tritonmuseum

Toning down the sensation that has become the Triton Museum of Art’s Night @tritonmuseum events, the museum launched its Lounge @tritonmuseum on April 17.

Switching the event from a Thursday to Friday night, Lounge @tritonmuseum was inspired by last month’s Night @tritonmuseum where...

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Our City Forest Greening the Valley for 20 Years
By Diane Andrews

Our City Forest Greening the Valley for 20 Years

How green is our valley?

Our City Forest is an urban forestry nonprofit long rooted in the Santa Clara Valley. Over the two decades since it was founded in 1994, it has been directly responsible for the planting and financing–through state and federal grants and donations– of some 65,000 large shade trees throughout the greater San Jose area. Advice alone has been given to plant countless additional trees...

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Kaiser Permanente, NVIDIA Team up for "Field of Dreams"

Kaiser Permanente, NVIDIA Team up for "Field of Dreams"

His pitch may have gone high and wide but no matter – Chris Boyd was absolutely thrilled that he was part of giving the Eastridge Little League a much nicer home in San Jose. Boyd, the Senior Vice President and Area Manager of Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, lead the team effort to rehabilitate the baseball field at Fischer Middle School, now home field for several Eastridge teams...

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Nemesis Media and Barb Rocks Put on Free Friday Show in San Jose
By Melissa McKenzie

Nemesis Media and Barb Rocks Put on Free Friday Show in San Jose

In an stroke of genius, Nemesis Media, Inc. and Barb Rocks combined their booking powers to bring eight bands to the RockBar Theater – located just outside of Santa Clara, off Saratoga Avenue and Stevens Creek Boulevard – for a showcase of musical talent last Friday night.

The April 10 show, which featured bands that participate in Balanced Breakfast – a networking group for musicians, writers, promoters and artistic types on Saturday mornings – brought together an eclectic mix of music consisting of everything from beautiful operatic arias to mosh pit–fueled Viking metal, and that was just the start of what would become an epic six–hour, free event...

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Santa Clara Valley Koi and Water Garden Club Welcomes New Members
By Cynthia Cheng

Santa Clara Valley Koi and Water Garden Club Welcomes New Members

Here’s a fun fact. A popular variety of koi is the tancho, a white carp with a bright red spot on its head; avid koi owners feel this fish resembles the Japanese flag. Members of the Santa Clara Valley Koi ...

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This Week's Letter

Recently pharmacists joined doctors and anesthesiologists, refusing to participate in executions of human beings. The vast majority of nations in the world do not accept or employ the capital punishment. It is a shame that our great nation, in the XXI century is still in the Stone Age mode in regard to human life. Pope emeritus Benedict XVI once declared: if you are raised and live by the sword you will be killed by the sword. My Christian-Catholic faith compels me not to kill. Death penalty punishment has been proven to be ineffective as a crime deterrent and very costly to the taxpayer. Physicians take the Hippocrates oath that advises them not to kill. GOOGLE, our great high tech icon in our Silicon Valley is guided by the motto Do no Harm, has the wherewithal and influence to stop this barbaric practice. US currency carries the message In God We Trust. It is time to stop capital punishment.

– Rufino Vargas

Studio Bongiorno to Open New Show on May 2
By Melissa McKenzie

Studio Bongiorno to Open New Show on May 2

It is defined as an individual’s ability to adapt and overcome adversity. It allows people the ability to bounce back after life–altering events and gives them strength and toughness. It’s resilience.

As the topic of the newest show at Santa Clara’s Studio Bongiorno, Resilience, curated by artist William Halleck, features seven artists who embody what it means to be resilient.

“For me,” says Halleck, “resilience is connected to me in several ways because of my background and my life experiences. I’m gay. I’m HIV positive and I’m in recovery. Those three things, I feel, don’t define me. They’re part of my history, but they give me the opportunity or something to step on to understand how I can move through life now. They give me a connection to other people...

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Sports Briefs
Compiled by Robert Haugh

Sports Briefs

Wilcox Chargers Baseball Claims Pair of Wins
The Chargers (16–7, 9–1) claimed a pair of De Anza division wins over Los Altos (9–13, 3–7) last week. The Chargers earned a 20–2 home win over the Eagles on April 15 at Wilcox’s Carney Lansford Field. The Chargers followed with a 6–2 win at Los Altos on April 17.

Senior Nick Green (8–0) claimed the April 15 win. Senior Eric Mendonca compiled a HR while junior Jacob Martinez amassed three hits including two doubles and three RBIs.

Senior Robert Gaylord (5–3) picked up the complete game, six–strikeout win on April 17 with Martinez leading the bats with two hits...

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Santa Clara Natives Win Big at Competition
By Melissa McKenzie

Santa Clara Natives Win Big at Competition

Two Santa Clara natives, twin sisters Ogechi and Ugochi Egnou successfully competed in nationally-sponsored poetry and Shakespeare competitions earlier this year, finishing first and second, respectively.

The sisters, currently sophomores at San Domenico School, a boarding school in San Anselmo, took the top spots in competition, with Ogechi Egnou winning the annual Shakespeare Competition (a title her sister won last year), and Ugochi Egnou placing second in the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation’s 2015 Marin County Finals Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.

Ogechi Egnou’s winning piece was Cressida’s monologue from Troilus and Cressida, which she chose after reviewing a list of monologues with her drama teacher. She also cold-read a sonnet to claim the victory. “Knowing my sister had won the competition last year pushed me to work harder,” she said. “Competition with my sister makes me better because we push each other to do our best and remind each other to have fun...

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Kilusan Bautista Reveals UNiVERSALself at Mission College
By Cynthia Cheng

Kilusan Bautista Reveals UNiVERSALself at Mission College

“Gun shots in the Garden of Eden!” The opening line of performing artist Kilusan Bautista’s UNiVERSALself, a solo multimedia show, refers to the bombs the Japanese military dropped on Manila during World War II. Today Bautista credits his great–grandfather’s participation in the Armed Forces of the Philippines during the war for enabling his family to immigrate to America. On April 15 at Mission College, Bautista performed his visual memoir, comprised of theater acting, hip hop dancing and martial arts, to share his personal history and explore his Filipino American identity.

“Since 2012, I’ve been a teaching artist in the New York City Department of Education” says...

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