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Wake Up and Dream: Mission Dance Company Dazzles
By Melissa McKenzie

From hip hop to ballroom, 14 beautifully crafted dance numbers made up the Mission Dance Company’s Wake Up and Dream performance - a showcase of Mission College’s dance faculty and students.

With performances at West Valley College on Dec. 12 and 13, members of the Mission Dance Company dazzled the theater, bringing their passion to life on stage.

Opening with a ballet-inspired number, “L’Arlesenne,” choreographed by Mission College advisor and instructor Brenna Wundram, Linh Nguyen, Shiany Oemardani and Jessica Yang, the performance switched to a modern routine, “Demons” choreographed by Melanie Bradley and Andrea Giordano.

A stripped down, almost sung-in-a-bathroom Jesse J. cover by Emily Kristin Morris set the musical backdrop for “Signs of Strength,” an emotional journey choreographed by San Mateo College instructor Denaya Dailey and additional dancers. Combining modern-jazz styles, in front of a naked set, the performers left the audience in awe.

The simplicity and poignancy of “Signs of Strength” was followed by an upbeat hip hop routine...

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Soroptomists’ Christmas Store Brightens Holidays for Shoppers in Need
By Carolyn Schuk

Soroptomists’ Christmas Store Brightens Holidays for Shoppers in Need

In Santa Clara there’s one local store that turns the annual Christmas retailing orgy on its head by giving away merchandise instead of selling it...

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Children Rock to Teacher Sean’s Holiday Jingle Jam
By Cynthia Cheng

Children Rock to Teacher Sean’s Holiday Jingle Jam

Children dance under a raised rainbow parachute to the song, “What Child is This.” They manage instruments to the piano tune of “Linus and Lucy.” And they let their parents cuddle with them in a dimmed room to “Silent Night.” These activities are part of Teacher Sean’s Holiday Jingle Jam. Santa Clara’s Parks and Recreation Department has offered this two-week holiday class for the last six years. This year’s classes run throughout December...

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Breakfast with Santa Makes the Weekend Merry and Bright
By Diane Andrews

Breakfast with Santa Makes the Weekend Merry and Bright

Santa Claus must love Santa Clara. He came to town again on Dec. 13 to make the weekend merry and bright for 110 Santa Clara children and their families enjoying a breakfast of pancakes and sausage as they awaited his arrival at the Senior Center...

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Recognition for Santa Clara’s Sikh Community
By Carolyn Schuk

Recognition for Santa Clara’s Sikh Community

Last month, on behalf of Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews, Council Member Teresa O’Neill presented a proclamation of Sikh Awareness Month to the Silicon Valley Gurdwara. Sikhism is the world’s fifth largest religion, and Sikhs have lived in California for over a century...

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Triton Holds Final Family Art Day
By Melissa McKenzie

Triton Holds Final Family Art Day

Capping a successful Holiday Gift Fair and Triton Free Friday Performances, the Triton Museum of Art held its final Family Art Day on Dec. 6

With four art projects reflecting the current museum exhibits and season, children could paint, draw, cut, paste and tape various materials to create original works of art...

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This Week's Letter

I recently took a tour of Levi’s Stadium and was surprised to see a sign on the 50 yard line that read "Reserved for members of the Santa Clara City Council."

Ed Garcia

49ers Focus
By Robert Haugh, Photos by Robin Alam

49ers Focus

The fall to mediocrity continues as the 49ers once again fell flat in concluding a game; failing to finish a game that they actually were nearly dominating through the first half.

Thoroughly containing Seattle’s potent rushing attack, the 49ers’ Fog City Wrecking Crew defense was on fire, holding Seattle at bay, taking a 7-3 lead into the locker room at the break. The stout defense amassed five sacks on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in the game, with two sacks from Tank Carradine and one each by Ahmad Brooks, Dan Skuta and Ray McDonald, continuing to show the immense depth of the 49ers’ defense. Safety Eric Reid, who was called on two of the 49ers’ eight penalties, recorded an INT that he returned 73 yards to close the first half...

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The MeshugaNutcracker! Stage Show Celebrates Hanukkah
By Melissa McKenzie

The MeshugaNutcracker! Stage Show Celebrates Hanukkah

Hanukkah is often overlooked during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. With Christmas taking the largest piece of the celebration pie, Jewish families struggle to find ways to spread Hanukkah cheer while getting their children excited about the meaning behind the holiday.

While there have been hundreds of Christmas-centered plays and musicals, the most notable traditions are the stage performance of A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker ballet - neither of which even touches on the spirit of the eight-day Hanukkah celebration.

Guggenheim Entertainment* knows how difficult it can be to be a Jew at Christmas. The production company searched for a way to bring the joy of Hanukkah to the masses. But, instead of screaming from the rooftops and celebrating behind-the-scenes, the creative trio of Scott, Shannon and Stephen Guggenheim took matters into their own hands, using their talents to write their own musical...

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A Christmas baby for the Haughs

A Christmas Baby for the Haughs

Santa came early for the Haugh family this year, with the birth of Hope Hailey Haugh on December 10, 2014 at Kaiser Santa Clara Hospital. Mother and baby are doing well. The baby girl weighed 8 pounds, 11.9 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Hope is the first child for proud parents Nerissa Leigh Irene Haugh and Robert Alan Haugh. She is the granddaughter of Alan and Claudia Haugh of Santa Clara, Christina Pressley of South San Francisco, great granddaughter to Virginia Austin, and niece, great niece and cousin to many.


Headen-Inman Displays Art
By Melissa McKenzie

Headen-Inman Displays Art

Fifty works of art lined the walls of Santa Clara’s Headen-Inman House, as students of the Triton Museum of Art’s fall classes displayed their creations from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 6, in what was the second art show at the historic house.

“This originally started with the idea that we wanted elementary school kids to do drawings with no adults judging,” said Jim Narveson, president of the Santa Clara Arts and Historical Consortium. “These just happen to be from the Triton, but the real desire was the elementary school kids [showing art] ... These walls are pretty ugly just plain.”

After testing the concept with a group of students from Washington Open Elementary School, Narveson had hoped that the idea would take off, and middle school students from around the city would be able to show their art each month in the house, which sits behind the Triton. “The first show went so well that even the boys smiled,” he said...

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