Marsalli Family Celebrates Thanksgiving by Serving Others
By Melissa McKenzie
While families were huddled around their dining room tables, giving thanks for everything they have, there were many who spent the holiday alone. They may not have had a place to go, the funds to put together a feast, or the ability to cook a meal this holiday season. Enter the Marsalli family.
For the last six years (this year being the seventh), the Marsallis have gathered together at St. Clare Parish Hall off Lexington and Lafayette streets to give thanks while serving others. It’s a tradition that keeps giving, as each year the amount of people they serve has grown.
Patriarch Larry Marsalli has always said that it doesn’t matter where someone is from or what their story is, but if they need a place to go, a warm meal and a friendly smile, they will always be welcome. This year was no different.
Violetta De La Parra arrived with her six-year-old daughters, Dasha and Neisha Chirinos, to partake in the holiday tradition.
“We’re so happy,” she said. “It’s our first time. We’re living at the shelter, Homesafe in San Jose, and there was a flyer there. I have no family here and I have no one to go to, so it was perfect. I never expected it was like this. It’s so beautiful.”
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Chinese Splash Ink Painting Exhibit Opens December 14 at the Silicon Valley Asian Art Center
By Diane Andrews
The Silicon Valley Asian Art Center & Narx Gallery in Santa Clara will host an exhibit organized by the American Society for the Advancement of Chinese Arts (ASACA), showcasing splash ink, traditional paintings, and calligraphy December 14 - 22. The opening ceremony December 14 at 2 p.m. is open to the public, and admission is free.