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Into the Jungle: RJJT Brings Jungle Book to Life

Into the Jungle: RJJT Brings Jungle Book to Life
By Melissa McKenzie

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Friendship comes in all shapes and sizes, but perhaps one of the most-loved tales of friendship comes in the Rudyard Kipling classic novel, The Jungle Book. The collection of stories, animated by Walt Disney in his 1967 film with the same name, came alive on the Community Recreation Center’s Mary Louise Mello Auditorium stage when Roberta Jones Junior Theatre performed Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids June 8-10.

The three-performance show with a modest 30-minute runtime allowed even the youngest of RJJT’s 4-18 year olds to be part of the play. Between characters with lines, chorus performers and the show’s production staff and technical crew, approximately 80 youth worked in conjunction with RJJT’s director, Kevin Cornelius, to make Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids a success.

Sophia McDaniel (Baloo) and Tamara Pantic (Bagheera) were fantastic in the roles of The Jungle Book’s beloved bear and panther, and will likely be seen in upcoming RJJT performances as the pair carried the show and were enjoyable to watch. Additionally, Nicholas Caldwell (Mowgli) did well in a sea of performers. As one of the younger actors, and possibly the youngest with multiple lines, Caldwell should have a bright future on the RJJT stage.

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Santa Clara City Desk
By Carolyn Schuk

Santa Clara City Desk
State Answer to City Request to Recognize RDA Loan Debt: Drop Dead

Nearly $10 million in outstanding loans from Santa Clara's general fund to the City's defunct RDA made more than a decade ago aren't "recognized obligations," the California Finance Department told the City's RDA successor agency in a May 30 letter - meaning the successor agency will receive that much less in tax revenue to pay its bills.

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Library Summer Reading Kickoff Party Biggest and Best Ever
By Diane Andrews

Library Summer Reading Kickoff Party Biggest and Best Ever

"This is the largest kickoff we've ever had. There are easily 450 people," says Erin Ulrich Saturday afternoon at Central Park Library's Summer Reading Kickoff Party.

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Bill Wilson Center Opens Unique Housing Complex for Transition-Age Youth
By Diane Andrews

Bill Wilson Center Opens Unique Housing Complex for Transition-Age Youth

Peacock Commons in Santa Clara is a very uncommon housing complex for homeless, transition-age youth. It was developed by Bill Wilson Center, and 50 percent of its $8,747,000 cost was funded by Santa Clara Redevelopment Agency money.

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Sports Briefs

Little League Playoffs
Sports Briefs

Homestead Little League
Minor Division: The Giants (5-12 regular season) defeated the Mariners (11-8 regular season) 8-0 on May 30 while the A’s (15-2 regular season) defeated the Giants 8-0 on June 2. The Mariners defeated and eliminated the Giants 8-2 in an elimination game on June 5. The A’s defeated the Mariners 10-6 on June 7 to win the championship. The A’s play Sunnyvale National on June 13 in the District 44 single-elimination Tournament of Champions.

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Triton Displays Graduate Work
By Melissa McKenzie

Triton Displays Graduate Work

Pushing the boundaries of what’s considered art, the Triton Museum of Art’s San Jose State University MFA Graduate Exhibition: Life Off 2012 combines various forms of expression into one show.

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YMCA of Silicon Valley: Strengthening Community
By Suzy Paluzzi

YMCA of Silicon Valley: Strengthening Community

Did you know that Father’s Day was started at a YMCA in 1909? This is only one of the contributions the non-profit organization has made over the years.

The YMCA of Silicon Valley currently operates 12 branches with San Jose’s Central Y being the closest location to the residents of Santa Clara.

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Anytime Fitness Celebrates Grand Opening
By Robert Haugh

Anytime Fitness Celebrates Grand Opening

Just in time for getting bodies toned and shaped up for the summer months, Anytime Fitness celebrated their grand opening on June 6.

Featuring advanced technology including ellipticals and treadmills with iPod jacks, touch screen monitors and TV access - friendly staff and convenient hours, Anytime Fitness Santa Clara offers local residents an ideal gym, serving what was previously underserved by fitness centers.

One of the unique features of Anytime Fitness Santa Clara is the virtual trainer, offering over 30 programs to choose from, including cardio kickboxing, yoga, stretching and more. The virtual training classes are available, like the center, 24/7, allowing users to exercise in comfort with extended convenience - classes can be taken anytime.

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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
By Diane Andrews

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Are you smarter than a fifth grader at Ponderosa Elementary School? Or how about a fourth grader?

Can you solve this math problem in five minutes?

Math Olympiad Question

Hannah gives clues about her six-digit secret number:

Clue 1: It is the same number if you read it from right to left.

Clue 2: The number is a multiple of nine.

Clue 3: Cross off the first and last digits. The only prime factor of the remaining four-digit number is 11.

What is Hannah’s six-digit number?

Ponderosa Elementary School's 2011-2012 Math Olympiad team of 48 fourth and fifth graders earned a Math Olympiad Honor Roll Plaque for placing in the top 10 percent in an international math competition with 86,000, fourth through sixth graders. Ponderosa's team was one of about 3,500 teams.

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Old Theories, New Information at Annual Conspiracy Convention
By Melissa McKenzie

Old Theories, New Information at Annual Conspiracy Convention

Thousands of miles away, at a Marriott Hotel in Virginia, hundreds of people, many of who are considered to be the world’s most influential people in politics, industry and finance, met June 2-3 for the annual Bilderberg Conference.

Much closer, hundreds of conspiracy theories convened the same weekend in Santa Clara for the 12th annual Conspiracy Convention. Ironically, Conspiracy Con was also held at a Marriott.

The Bilderbergers are considered to be a secret society (albeit a well-publicized one), and by conspiracy standards that makes their conference a place where the most privileged people get together to decide which strings they intend to pull.

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KAISER PERMANENTE FIGHTS CANCER ONE STEP AT A TIME
"Survivors Day" conference urges exercise

KAISER PERMANENTE FIGHTS CANCER ONE STEP AT A TIME

Dish-washing certainly isn’t a cure for cancer, but it definitely played a role in Mike Levenhagen’s faster-than-normal recovery from cancer treatment at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara.

"I was always very active, very fit," says the 64-year-old Santa Clara University professor. "But getting treated for a cancerous tumor on my neck really laid me low, and getting active again after a while was very helpful."

Indeed, long known for diabetes prevention and cardiac health, physical activity and exercise are now being urged for cancer patients after their treatment as a way to decrease recurrence and increase survivorship. And exercise is the theme of this year’s Cancer Survivor’s Day program at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara June 24th.

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Les Miserables
By Larry Sacks

Les Miserables

Starting Arts has been producing live theater for over 10 years. During that time, they have put on shows that were both memorable and challenging. And while some organizations aim high, but are satisfied "coming close" to their goals, this is not the case with Starting Arts’ recent production of Les Miserables, which saw a short, three-day run at the Santa Clara High School Performing Arts Center.

"Les Misearables" translates to "The Miserable Ones." The musical follows the story of Jean Valjean (performed by Jeremy Scharf of the Toulon Cast and Darrell Hubbard of the Montreuil Cast): A caring brother who is arrested and sent to prison to work on a chain gang for five years for stealing bread to feed his starving sister and her family.

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