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SC Players Closes Season with You Can’t Get There from Here
By Melissa McKenzie

Small town life is as boring as it is interesting. When the creamery is the most exciting thing to do in town, and everything makes the local paper, what’s a big city reporter to do when he finds himself trapped in the tiniest town imaginable? The answer is found in the Santa Clara Players’ latest production, “You Can’t Get There from Here.”

While reporter Arthur Lyman (Ian Douglas) is sniffing out a story – searching for a reclusive Pulitzer Prize–winning author – he accidentally drives over a pothole in Shadow Falls, a teeny, tiny city where all government department duties are shared between two sisters, Liz (Helena G. Clarkson) and Myrtle (Carolyn Ford Compton). Upon realizing the “government” charges for everything and voted to keep the pothole on Elm Street, Lyman pitches a new story to his editor, Dolores van Damm (Elizabeth Lawrence) – the scam Shadow Falls is running to dupe big city spenders out of their money.

Of course, within 24 hours, Lyman realizes that things aren’t what they appear and calls van Damm to tell her the story is off and there’s nothing to report, leading his overly pushy boss to travel to Shadow Falls herself...

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Don Callejon School Community Organization Fundraises at Spring Fling
By Cynthia Cheng

Don Callejon School Community Organization Fundraises at Spring Fling

It rained and hailed the day before, but the skies cleared up for Don Callejon School’s annual Spring Fling Festival on May 15. Blue canopies were set up for booths where people sold food and gave information. Junior high students oversaw games, such as the muffin pan roll, shield toss, ladder ball and prize wheel. Visitors bid on items in the silent auction area...

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26th Annual Courageous Kids Day at Great America
By Diane Andrews

26th Annual Courageous Kids Day at Great America

It was all sunshine and smiles on Mother's Day May 10 at the 26th Annual Courageous Kids Day at Great America. Almost 600 registered kids with cancer from all over California–some in remission–and their families forgot their troubles for the day and had a fling thanks to the American Cancer Society, 200 volunteers and the generosity of Great America...

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Santa Clara Police Department Honors 21 Officers
By Diane Andrews

Santa Clara Police Department Honors 21 Officers

"On March 24, 2002, at 4:30 p.m., officers made what appeared to be a routine traffic stop of a vehicle in the area of Pomeroy and El Camino Real. We know there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop," begins Santa Clara Police Department Chief Michael Sellers as he retells the harrowing story of how Officer Bryan Sterkel with the Special Response Team became the first (and only) SCPD member to receive the Medal of Valor...

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Against the Odds, Bill Wilson Center Delivers the Dreams
By Diane Andrews

Against the Odds, Bill Wilson Center Delivers the Dreams

California native Tisha Hartman was articulate, poised, confident and professional as she addressed some 450 attendees at Bill Wilson Center's 11th Annual Building Dreams Luncheon, held May 8 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

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This Week's Letter

With the Homestead Little League teams going into their season ending "Playoffs," it is time to recognize and say a big "Thanks," to the many men and women who made our season possible. I especially want to acknowledge those who took on the responsibility of Managers, Coaches and Assistant Coaches of the teams. These people gave of their own time, and their families time, to teach, organize, support and counsel boys and girls of all levels of baseball experience and make them into a team. I'm sure it wasn't easy, but they did it week after week, with the attitude of "We can do this!" The family members who ran the "snack shack," the helpers who prepared the fields for play before every game, the score keepers. The list is endless of these devoted volunteers who "made it work." I am a grateful grandmother who has been able to sit in the stands and not only watch my own four sons play baseball in this league, but am now watching my grandsons play in it. How lucky I feel. Go Homestead!

– Nadine Raineri

Santa Clara High School Students Fold Cranes for Struggling Senior
By Cynthia Cheng

Santa Clara High School Students Fold Cranes for Struggling Senior

When Santa Clara High School senior Angelina Vuong reported to her job about two weeks ago, a heavy piece of machinery dropped down on her head. She suffered life-threatening trauma. Although Vuong recently woke up from a coma and is in good spirits, she faces medical challenges. Students from Santa Clara High School have embarked on a campaign to fold 1,000 paper cranes for Vuong, who once lived in Japan.

“There’s a Japanese legend that says if a sick person folds a thousand paper cranes, the gods will make her well again; I’m reading this from the children’s book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” says Kathy Hopp, one of Vuong’s teachers overseeing the project. “Since Angelina isn’t able to fold the cranes herself, we wanted to help her out. When we get to 1,000 cranes, we are going to string them together and take them to Angelina’s hospital room. We are now past 800 cranes. I think we’re going to hit a thousand cranes this week.”

“Angelina is somebody that almost every student at the school is familiar with because she has a beautiful voice and sings at all of our rallies,” Hopp continues. “She was super involved at school and excited about her future. She has been accepted into more than one college and she was choosing between two schools...”

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SCUSD Funds This Year’s Science Fair
By Cynthia Cheng

SCUSD Funds This Year’s Science Fair

Who would’ve thought to try generating electricity from fruit? Aarohi Unadkat did. The seventh grade student from Peterson Middle School took apples, pears and bananas and measured the electricity they produced when they were unripe, ripe and overripe. Unadkat’s conclusion: Ripe fruits produced the most electricity.

Such was one of the 272 science projects featured at the 2015 Santa Clara Unified School District Science Fair, held at Wilcox High School on May 13. Three hundred and 15 students between fourth and eighth grade participated.

“The purpose of the fair is to encourage the students to pursue their interest in science,” says Sarah Hedges, chairperson for the science fair and member of Santa Clara Unified Parents (SCUP). “I saw a lot of projects relevant to the environment, like ones about water conservation and use. I loved the originality of one project titled, ‘Will playing a ukulele affect a chicken's egg production?’ Events like this make me feel optimistic about the future of the science community...”

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Ladies Sip Tea with Pinky Fingers Down at Etiquette Party
By Cynthia Cheng

Ladies Sip Tea with Pinky Fingers Down at Etiquette Party

Chamomile tea filled the porcelain tea kettles. Fresh flowers sat in small steel buckets. Library staff served turkey, vegetarian and peanut butter and jelly finger sandwiches as well as ginger lemon cremes, dark chocolate sea salt caramels and petite palmiers. On May 9, 39 ladies attended Northside Library’s Mother-Daughter Tea Party Etiquette event.

“I find that etiquette is a lost art,” says Cheryl Lee, branch manager and program coordinator of Northside Library. “People should know about manners and etiquette. If we teach kids manners, it’d help them later.”

Lee likens etiquette consultant and workshop presenter Linh Dang to etiquette guru Emily Post.

“I started Tea Party Etiquette because when I travel to London, I love the tea parties,” Dang says. “I also have seven nieces and nephews. I was giving my niece, who was four, a tea party for her birthday, and I realized the party goers didn’t know what to do with the napkins, how to hold the cups or how to handle the forks. I saw an opportunity to educate them and others...”

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