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Annual Appraisal Show Astonishes Antique-Lovers
By Melissa McKenzie

Whether purchased for a steal at an estate sale, or handed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom, hidden gems, either on display or tucked away in an attic or drawer, are valuable to someone. And, every so often, that perceived value turns into measurable worth.

Now in its eleventh year, the popular Harris Lass Antiques Show and Tell Luncheon gives antiques lovers the opportunity to bring in one of their prized possessions for appraisal by three of the Bay Area’s most knowledgeable antiques appraisers - Steve Yvaska, a teacher and reporter for the Mercury News; Craig Trimball of Antiques Colony on San Carlos in San Jose and Gracie Garcia of Gilroy Antiques on Monterey Avenue.

While most items at the July 10 event were appraised for a modest value, there were a few surprises in store. One of the most interesting was Carol Adams’ item - a simple, red bangle.

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Sophisticated, Diverse Items to Join Staple Foods on Levi’s Stadium Menu
By Robert Haugh

Sophisticated, Diverse Items to Join Staple Foods on Levi’s Stadium Menu

While the majority of stadium-goers are accustomed to grubbing on usual stadium fare such as pizza, hot dogs, burgers, garlic fries and cold beers, Levi’s Stadium will not only provide the core favorites, but offer what 49ers’ management considers the most diverse menu in the sports industry.

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Concerts Series Continues With Bsides

Concerts Series Continues With Bsides

The 2014 Concerts in the Park series is four weeks in and Santa Clarans are starting to get into the grove. On July 13, the Central Park Pavilion welcomed a newcomer, the Bsides, who had people dancing from their opening number, Johnny Rivers’ “Secret Agent Man,” through the end of their set.

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Jackie Moore: June 9, 1922 - July 11, 2014
By Carolyn Schuk

Jackie Moore: June 9, 1922 - July 11, 2014

Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." She could have been describing longtime Santa Claran and community activist Jackie Moore, who died July 11 at the age of 92. “Do the work and don’t give up,” she often told people.

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Sports Briefs

Sports Briefs

Briarwood 11-12 All Stars Compete in Section 5 Tournament
Briarwood kicked off the Section 5 tournament on July 12 with a 9-8 loss to District 59 champion Gilroy. Briarwood then claimed a 3-2 win over District 39 champion Scotts Valley on July 13. Briarwood’s championship run came to an end with an 8-1 loss to District 12 champion Los Gatos on July 14. The team: Alex Tolbert, Alijah Amaya, Devin Baddo, Evan Horoszko, Geremy McCollough, Ian Sands, Jackie Venturini, Justin Cedro, Luke Hoag, Nathan Oliveira, Nathan Santos, Paul Rosa, Tanner Muench, Manager Romeo Baddo, Head Coach John Sladky and Assistant Coach John Santos.

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New Swim Center Concept Takes a Cue From City's Championship History
By Carolyn Schuk

New Swim Center Concept Takes a Cue From City's Championship History

The place that grew champions like Donna DeVarona and Mark Spitz should shout that history. That's the idea behind a new design for replacing the aging George F. Haines International Swim Center (ISC), unveiled at a June 24 Santa Clara City Council study session.

In addition to its ultramodern architecture, the new proposal puts the ISC front and center on Kiely Boulevard, creating an eye-catching attraction to draw high-profile events. The new design features a circular "water pavilion" seating 1,800, conventional competition stadium pool seating 3,800, and third pool for practice and training. The layout connects the Swim Center with the Community Recreation Center (CRC) - which will be renovated - and adds a gymnasium and parking structure. The current CRC theater would stay.

The new design puts the ISC on current CRC parking lots, so the rebuild would free up three acres for parkland. The center also aims to generate all its own electricity, and possibly provide enough to power the library and park.

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Santa Clara and Limerick Begin a Sister Cities Relationship
By Cynthia Cheng

Santa Clara and Limerick Begin a Sister Cities Relationship

Recently, the Santa Clara Sister Cities Association’s board of directors, Cultural Commission, and City Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a permanent relationship between the City of Santa Clara and the City of Limerick, Ireland. The signing of the MOU, written by Kathy Watanabe, Raj Chahal, Michael O’Halloran and Spike Standifer, is one of the final steps required to allow Limerick to join Coimbra, Portugal and Izumo, Japan as one of Santa Clara’s sister cities.

“Both our cities are going through transformations in terms of economy and technology, and there are opportunities to build a relationship that will be mutually beneficial,” says Watanabe, president of the Sister Cities Association. Watanabe is a descendent of Turlough O’Carolan, a famous Irish bard and composer of harp music.

Later this summer, Mayor Jamie Matthews and the Lord Mayor of Limerick, Michael Sheahan, will formally sign the MOU at the Sister Cities International conference in San Jose.

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Fourth Annual Triton Midsummer Art Festival
By Robert Haugh

Fourth Annual Triton Midsummer Art Festival

Featuring over 30 artists selling handcrafted works of art ranging from paintings and photographs, to jewelry, sculptures, woodwork and soap, the fourth annual Triton Midsummer Art Festival delighted art aficionados and casual browsers alike.

Showcasing a variety of local artists, minus the alcohol, and in a more intimate setting than the similar Art & Wine Festival, the June 28 event took place on the Triton Museum’s grassy knolls beneath towering redwoods, providing shade on the warm day.

With a plethora of talented artists displaying their work, guests browsed a large amount of artwork, with a range of pricing. According to Triton Executive Director Jill Meyers, the event grossed $8,000, with 30 percent of proceeds benefiting the Triton Museum, and the other 70 percent going to the artists.

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