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Anita "Christy" Kinney

Anita "Christy" Kinney

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I give you this one thought to keep -
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.

- Traditional Native American Prayer

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Inside the Eye of an Artist
By Melissa McKenzie

Inside the Eye of an Artist

It starts in the Rotunda. Bay Area artist Harry Powers’ "From The Inward Eye" show at the Triton Museum of Art draws viewers in instantly. "Boyne," Powers’ cast bronze sculpture pulls visitors in before releasing them to the Warburton Gallery where the rest of the exhibit is housed.

Immediately, rich, bold colors entice art and sculpture lovers to step further into Powers’ world. A maroon-painted accent wall pulls everything together. This isn’t just another exhibit; it’s another world.

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City Desk

City Desk
Many Development Projects Underway in the City

The stadium isn't the only development project in Santa Clara. New office, retail and affordable housing projects are also going forward in the city.

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Santa Clara Teachers and Industry Join Forces to Promote STEM Education
By Diane Andrews

Santa Clara Teachers and Industry Join Forces to Promote STEM Education

Veteran Santa Clara Unified School District teachers Craig Young and Jack Riviere are two of ten Santa Clara teachers who have partnered with Bay Area businesses and universities

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Street Dance - Santa Clara Style
By Larry Sacks

Street Dance - Santa Clara Style

Santa Clara is a city known for traditions. One of the city’s annual traditions took place on Friday night, August 3, namely the annual Street Dance.

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Mervyn’s Plaza Development Slowly Moving Along
By Robert Haugh

Mervyn’s Plaza Development Slowly Moving Along

The once bustling Mervyn’s Plaza shopping center has dwindled into relative obscurity, with the former Albertson’s and Mervyn’s anchor stores gone and the center anchor

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Sports Briefs
Compiled by Robert Haugh

Sports Briefs
Fall Ball Signups Continue

Westside Little League Fall Ball signups continue with sign ups on Wednesday, August 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Pizza My Heart to Help Santa Clara Schools

Pizza My Heart to Help Santa Clara Schools

Calling all pizza addicts. Fans of the ooey, gooey, Italian dish are invited to Pizza My Heart restaurants on August 15 from 4 to 9 p.m. in order to support Santa Clara Unified Parents (SCUP).

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Santa Clara Chess Prodigy Says "Checkmate"
By Cynthia Cheng

Santa Clara Chess Prodigy Says "Checkmate"

While most junior high students are getting ready to go back to school, one incoming sixth grader at Don Callejon School is busy studying up on being the next chess super star. His name is Sam Sevian, a native of New York who moved with his family to Santa Clara in 2007. At 11-years-old, Sam has already won a variety of chess awards, including a couple of first place prizes at the Metropolitan Invitational Chess Tournament in Los Angeles.

Sam’s reputation for his outstanding chess playing strategies earned him an entry into a prestigious chess training program sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. The Young Stars-Team USA program supports seven young American chess prodigies from nine to 15-years-old.

"I didn’t apply to the program," Sam says. "I was selected by the foundation. They checked my achievements and my rankings."

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Willie Brown Will Honor Santa Clara's "Senator John"
By Carolyn Schuk

Willie Brown Will Honor Santa Clara's "Senator John"

In a change of pace from today's hyper-polarized politics, the Santa Clara County Democratic Club is honoring retired State Senator John Vasconcellos, a Santa Clara native and a master at finding consensus with people of widely disparate views. Another legendary California politician, former state assemblyman and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, will be on hand to honor Vasconcellos at the August 18 event.

Vasconcellos is California's longest serving elected official and one of its best loved. During his 38-year career in public service, "Senator John" racked up significant legislative achievements and was a leading force in the development of California's extensive community college system. Since retiring, he's been actively advancing his bipartisan approach through his non-profit Politics of Trust foundation (www.politicsoftrust.net).

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Santa Clara Veterans Memorial Gets Even Better
By Robert Haugh

Santa Clara Veterans Memorial Gets Even Better

The Santa Clara Veterans Memorial Committee continues making the Santa Clara Veterans Memorial one of the greatest Veterans memorials in the country.

The organization recently donated over $12,000 to install 1,584 square feet of pavers to provide a suitable, all-weather surface for the placement of chairs and canopies in front of the Veteran’s Memorial, as lawn area in front of the memorial is subjected to wetness, and cannot adequately support chairs and canopies.

The cost to install the pavers, base rock, sands and concrete band was $12,672. The installation was funded solely by the donation from the Santa Clara Veterans Memorial Committee. A contractor under supervision of the Parks Division completed the installation.

Dedicated on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2002, the Santa Clara Veterans Memorial was the brainchild of city residents Jim and Marlys Lee, Jim Ash and Ray Gamma, with the four having presented the idea to the City Council in 2001, developed the design, and raised the $260,000 to build it.

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Brotherness Not Otherness at MCA's Annual Ramadan Open House
By Carolyn Schuk

Brotherness Not Otherness at MCA's Annual Ramadan Open House

Santa Clara has many traditions - its citywide July 4th picnic, the city Christmas tree lighting the first Friday in December, and the SES' annual Portuguese Espírito Santo (Holy Ghost) festival.

After more than 10 years as an annual event, it's fair to say the annual Ramadan Open House held at the Santa Clara-based Muslim Community Association of the South Bay has joined these as a Santa Clara tradition.

This year's open house on July 28 drew over 300 people to share iftar - the traditional meal breaking the Ramadan fast at sunset - and fellowship with their Muslim neighbors. Dinner featured Middle Eastern specialties from a Northside Santa Clara eatery that deserves to be better known, Holy Land Foods (www.holylandfoods.com).

"Every time the MCA has opened up their doors, they've opened up hearts," said Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews.

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Dance in the Daytime Returns to Mission College

Dance in the Daytime Returns to Mission College

Mission College's student population used to be primarily evening commuters.  They took advantage career-enhancing skills and enrichment classes while waiting for rush hour traffic to subside.  As the student population transitioned from night to day students, so have the course offerings.

Modern Dance is a staple course in many college's Physical Education and Dance programs. This holds true at Mission College as well. For the first time in a number of years, Modern Dance will be offered not at night, but during daylight hours. "Many full time Mission College students do not even know that there are dance classes offered on campus. Daytime dance classes will hopefully get students excited about moving.  Dance is a wonderful way to release stress while exercising in a creative and interactive environment," says Denaya Dailey, modern dance instructor.

Modern Dance is an American dance form created as an expression of rebellion against the restrictions of classical ballet.  Students use their entire bodies including the full range of motion of their torso, arms and legs. Think "contemporary" style from So You Think You Can Dance.  Students gain strength, technique and body control, work cooperatively and collaboratively and have fun.

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