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Colorful Run Benefits PACE
By Melissa McKenzie

California's Great America was the "raddest" place to be on March 21. The theme park, which opens for its 2015 season this weekend, hosted the 2015 Color Me Rad 5K, turning runners' white t-shirts into color splattered masterpieces by dusting participants with non-toxic, colored powder throughout the course of the 3.1-mile fun run.

This year's event promised to be "bigger, badder, radder," with additional color stations (eight in all) and a new, non-toxic gel that was blasted on runners at the finish line, watering them down before they participated in color tosses at the Finish Festival.

Saturday's run marked the debut of the "SELF Edition" of Color Me Rad, which in addition to last weekend's event, will be part of the runs in Knoxville and Washington D.C., and gave runners extra swag — mostly food and drink samples — from event partners...

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Mission College Offers Chocolate and Confectionery Class
By Cynthia Cheng

Mission College Offers Chocolate and Confectionery Class

Truffles and filled chocolates were action items on March 20 at Mission College's Hospitality Management class, Introduction to Chocolate and Confectionery. So far, students have already learned to make fudge, lava cakes, chocolate pictures and candy molds. While assignments revolving around chocolate occupy the first half of the course, a closer study of sugar fills the remainder of the semester...

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Santa Clara Chorale "Wild Things" Concert Was the Cat's Meow
By Diane Andrews

Santa Clara Chorale “Wild Things” Concert Was the Cat's Meow

"The panther is like a leopard, except it hasn't been peppered. If you behold a panther crouch, prepare to say, 'Ouch.' Better yet, if called by a panther, don't anther," sang the 75-voice Santa Clara Chorale, opening its concert March 21 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Palo Alto, and March 22 at Mission Santa Clara.

It was hardly choral singing as usual for the all-volunteer, community chorale as it brought a menagerie of wild—and a few not so wild—animals to life in "Wild Things," a 75-minute afternoon concert created to introduce children to choral music in an engaging way.

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A Painting Career of Constant Change at the Triton
By Melissa McKenzie

A Painting Career of Constant Change at the Triton

Inside the Triton Museum of Art's Permanent Gallery is a seemingly disjointed collection of pieces. It begins with precision in its realistic paintings. From there, darker images of figures, some with wings, show themselves. The figures are followed by abstract, textured pieces and finally work containing thick slabs of layered paint. What appears to be work completed by multiple artists is actually the work of one: Charles Eckart.

In Eckart's new show, A 46-Year Retrospective: The Space Between, running through April 19 at 1505 Warburton Ave., he touches on the various incarnations of his work, leading to his current body of paintscapes.

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RJJT Performs Dr. Seuss Tales in Seussical

RJJT Performs Dr. Seuss Tales in Seussical

This month would have been Dr. Seuss’ 111th birthday, so it is the right time for Roberta Jones Junior Musical Theatre to dive into the depths of Seuss’ work by producing Seussical for its spring show.

Penned by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and based mostly Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who, Horton Hatches the Egg and the short story, Miss Gertrude McFuzz, RJJT’s Seussical opened to a packed house at the Mission City Center for the Performing Arts on March 20...

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This Week's Letter

When Magnolia was given the conditional lease of the old Milikin site, they were told that SCUSD would be unable to renew the lease because of future enrollment. In the interim, the state mandated grade span adjustment (the new class size reduction). Now we have more students and smaller class sizes. SCUSD needs more space. As stipulated in their prior signed contract, SCUSD has indicated to Magnolia that it will not be renewing the lease. Parents and staff at Magnolia are crying foul. Why? It appears that they didn't really believe the contract that was signed and agreed to by them. Rather than spend time looking for a new location, it also appears that the Magnolia community put all their efforts into political strategy. The funny thing is that this is actually not a political issue. It's a numbers issue...and what is being counted and prioritized are the students at SCUSD.

– Vickie Fairchild

Crossing Guard Wins Adult Role Model Award
Cynthia Cheng

Crossing Guard Wins Adult Role Model Award

Nancy Koble, a city crossing guard, works mostly at East River Parkway and Burdick Lane outside of Don Callejon School. For the last eight years, Koble has served community members with her cheerful greetings and attentive guidance as she helps them cross the street. Koble was unaware that several Don Callejon parents nominated her for YMCA Project Cornerstone's Adult Role Model Award. She received this award at the 2015 Asset Champion Breakfast held at the Santa Clara Convention Center on March 20.

"I really want to thank the parents and children I've worked with, and tell them how much I enjoy being their crossing guard," Koble says. "To be honest, I was surprised a crossing guard would get this award because we're only with the kids about thirty seconds a day during the morning and afternoon...

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Read Santa Clara Shapes Lives Through Literacy Development
By Cynthia Cheng

Read Santa Clara Shapes Lives Through Literacy Development

For the last six years, ReJoyce Ross has been a learner at Read Santa Clara, the city library's free literacy program.

"What made me come here was that I was cleaning a lady's house and her husband was there," Ross says. "I was supposed to pull out a special cleaner from under the cabinet, and I didn't know how to find it because I didn’t know how to spell it or read it...The husband asked me if I had trouble reading. I said I did, and he said it was nothing to be ashamed of, that there was a place that can help me, and that was the library. That was the beginning of my journey. When I started, I was at the second-grade level of reading."

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Author Stacey Lee Gives Library Talk
By Cynthia Cheng

Author Stacey Lee Gives Library Talk

Attendees received bright handkerchiefs and fake moustaches upon arrival at author Stacey Lee’s talk at Northside Library on March 21. Lee is the author of the newly released young adult novel, "Under a Painted Sky." A tale of historical fiction is told from the perspective of a Chinese American girl living in Missouri during the mid-1800s. After she kills a man who tries to attack her, she goes on the run with an escaped female slave onto the Oregon Trail. Guarding their safety, the two girls impersonate boys during their journey.

"I chose the vehicle of a western to tell the story because when my father came to the United States at the age of 11 in 1945, his favorite movie genre was the western, and that was at its heyday," Lee says. "My sisters and I grew up listening to country western music, and those were the tunes that were in my head when I sat down to write this book."

 

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