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Triton Celebrates with April in Paris Gala

Triton Celebrates with April in Paris Gala
By Melissa McKenzie

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In an event combining food, entertainment, and art, the Triton Museum of Art held its annual gala with an April in Paris theme on April 27.

To help bring the Parisian spirit to the museum, Well-Tempered Flutes provided music throughout the evening. Winner of the 2013 Statewide Photography Competition and Exhibition Ron Dell”Aquila snapped pictures at a photography station. And, four artists, each with their own style, “performed” by creating art pieces during the gala that were auctioned off at the end of the night.

Triton Museum Board of Trustees member Jeff Brambschreiber was one of the live artists and created a beach scene, using pastels, for his contribution. Oil and canvas artist Sandra Smith Dugan painted a still life piece of a vase filled with flowers. Michael Foley, who, according to his website, “takes delight in poking fun at every aspect in society,”

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HOV Celebrates Volunteers
By Melissa McKenzie

HOV Celebrates Volunteers

Volunteers are an important part of any organization. Without the effort of those willing to give up their time and energy, many organizations wouldn’t be as successful as they are. This is the situation with Santa Clara-based Heart of the Valley. With a microscopic budget and minimal operating hours, if it wasn’t for the dedicated 700 volunteers, HOV wouldn’t be able to provide services to seniors throughout the South Bay. To honor those who do so much, HOV celebrated its Volunteer Appreciation Cookie and Ice Cream Social at Santa Clara United Methodist Church on April 27.

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Robert Altman

Robert Altman

Acclaimed photographer Robert Altman (www.altmanphoto.com) visited Studio-Bongiorno (500 Lincoln St.) on April 25 to sign copies of his book, “The Sixties,” and take attendees on a photo trip through one of American’s most revolutionary time periods.

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Trees Are Heroes
By Diane Andrews

Trees Are Heroes

Hundreds of young Santa Clara children celebrated trees in song, poetry, and laughter at Santa Clara’s Arbor Day and Earth Day Celebration at the tree-ringed Triton Museum Gardens April 26.

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Wilcox Badminton Defeats Cross-Town Rival Bruins

Wilcox Badminton Defeats Cross-Town Rival Bruins

Nishant Chandrashekar and junior Mark Nguyen, Wilcox’s top doubles team bested their opponents from Santa Clara High School in three sets, helping the Chargers to a triumph over their cross-town rival Santa Clara Bruins on April 23.

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Bill Wilson Center Annual “Building Dreams” Fundraiser Celebrates 40 Years Serving the Community
By Carolyn Schuk

Bill Wilson Center Annual “Building Dreams” Fundraiser Celebrates 40 Years Serving the Community

Forty years ago Santa Clara took a momentous step. Its City Council approved a proposal by Council Member Gary Hansen to fund a youth counseling center “to aid troubled and troublesome teenagers,” wrote the June 4, 1973 San Jose News.

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City Happenings
By Robert Haugh

City Happenings

SCU Engineering Students Celebrates Groundbreaking of Radiant House
Santa Clara University’s Solar Decathlon team celebrated the groundbreaking of the Radiant House on April 25.

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This Week's Letters

I enjoyed reading the inspiring story about the Stephens family and their plan to install solar panels in a remote village in New Guinea. I love the photos, which show the family in the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden at Stanford University. Your readers might like to know that the garden is open all hours every day to the public and has free admission. Docents give free tours of the Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden on the third Sunday of every month at 2 pm, rain or shine. The garden, with 40 works in wood and stone, is on the Stanford campus at Santa Teresa and Lomita Drive. Parking is free evenings and weekends.

Thank you for letting Santa Clara residents know about the Stephens family's planned adventure, and I hope you will report on their trip after they return.

Best regards,
Anna Koster

I wanted to publicly thank the Emergency Response team and also one of the city employees who assisted me in my wheelchair as I was having difficulties when was in the City Hall quad area last week. You professionals all rescued this damsel in distress (well OK this little old lady) And I am appreciative of your efforts. KEEP UP TFHE GREAT WORK!!

Very Sincerely,
Barbara Stahl

Video Surveillance Cameras Installed in Santa Clara Schools
By Cynthia Cheng

Video Surveillance Cameras Installed in Santa Clara Schools

A couple of months ago, an incident of vandalism plagued one of the elementary schools in the Santa Clara Unified School District. The perpetrator was quickly identified, thanks to a video surveillance system that is being implemented in the district schools.

“I’ve come from districts where we’ve had surveillance systems, so I’m used to having them around,” says Bobbie Plough, Superintendent of the Santa Clara Unified School District. “It’s one more added security measure. Also, when the community knows there’s a surveillance system, it serves as a deterrent for crime. Word gets out that you might get captured [doing something you shouldn’t be doing] on video. This system can help us solve crimes and learn about other situations that might occur on campus.”

“The number one objective for installing the cameras is to protect our students at our sites,” says Mary Phillips, director of technology for the Santa Clara Unified School District. “For example, if there was someone on campus with a gun, the surveillance cameras will help the police pinpoint what’s going on. Law enforcement and the fire department will have access to the videos. These agencies will be able to view the footage live so they can make critical decisions.

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Dig The Scene for Summer Camp
By Melissa McKenzie

Dig The Scene for Summer Camp

When choosing a performing arts summer camp to send their children to, many parents struggle with all of the available options. Some may be within the right price range, but the adults wonder just how much real experience from industry professionals their child will receive.

In Santa Clara, we have multiple arts-related summer camps. The city's Recreation Center has many interesting offerings. Starting Arts also offers a camp teaching children dance, theatre and music.

And this year a new arts group has found its way into the mix. Guggenheim Entertainment (the group that wrote, directed, stared in and produced Thanks for Playing the Game Show Show and The Meshuga Nutracker) is holding its intensive summer conservatory for musical theater at Santa Clara University.

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Local Volunteers Give Away Free Books for World Book Night
By Cynthia Cheng

Local Volunteers Give Away Free Books for World Book Night

Imagine receiving a brand-new book written by a best-selling author for free, without any strings attached. This year, the internationally celebrated World Book Night fell on April 23rd. On this day, selected volunteers gave away free books to strangers in their communities with the intent to promote reading among those who don’t read regularly. The free books were made available by the generosity of participating publishers and authors.

Rachel Rein, a resident of Santa Clara, gave away books at Westwood Elementary School when she picked up her daughter from the school.

“It was interesting to see the variety of responses I got from people,” says Rein, an aspiring entrepreneur in the genetics industry. “There was a lot of enthusiasm and delight, though a few people were wary [about being offered a free book].”

Having traded some of her books with another volunteer, Rein ended up with two titles to give away; one was The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, written by Alexander McCall Smith, and the other was The Tender Bar, written by J.R. Moehringer.

Jenny Gonzales gave away copies of Bossypants, written by Tina Fey. She left her books at a number of places, including the Valley Fair Mall and a local Safeway store near her work place. Gonzales works as a production supervisor at Progressive Solutions, a Santa Clara company.

“I put little cards in my books to encourage the people who find the book to go on Twitter or Instagram to share their experience of finding the book,” Gonzales says. “I’ve already had one person who found one of my books put up a picture on Instagram. He said thanks.”

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