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Children Learn about the Science of Bubbles at Northside Library’s Science Day
Story By Cynthia Cheng

“When you have snot in your nose and you blow air from your nose, the mucus traps the air and forms a bubble,” said Angela Ocana, librarian at Northside Library, describing the science behind how one kind of bubble is formed. The attendees, children in grades two to six, learned this and more about bubbles at the afternoon workshop of Northside Library’s March 4 Science Day.

“We have an awesome grant from the Yahoo Employee Foundation (YEF); YEF gave us the money for the programming and they work with the library foundation,” Ocana said. “Everyone enjoys bubbles. If we can explain some of the science behind bubbles, we can teach while having a lot of fun.”

Ocana walked the children through what basic bubbles are. The slide on the screen read: “Bubbles are pockets of soap and water that are filled with air. When soap and water are mixed together and air is blown into the mixture, the soap forms a thin skin or wall and traps the air, creating a bubble.”

Using pipe cleaners and drinking straws, the children built bubble blowers, which are contraptions intended to hold bubbles. After dipping their bubble blowers into a giant box of bubble solution, the children released the bubbles. (The bubble solution was made from a gallon of distilled water, 2/3 cup of Dawn soap, and one tablespoon of glycerin.) Ocana pointed out that no matter what shape the bubble started out as within the bubble blower, once the bubble was released, its structure was always round.

Next, Ocana warned children not to touch the burning dry ice she was keeping inside another box. Then she conducted an experiment where she blew bubbles over the dry ice. The children marveled at the bubbles that seemed to magically float inside the box holding the dry ice.

“As dry ice turns from a solid to a vapor, it produces carbon dioxide gas,” Ocana said. “This gas is denser than air. The gas is on the bottom and the bubbles rest on top...”

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Why They Wear the Badge: SCPD Sergeant Cory Morgan

Why They Wear the Badge: SCPD Sergeant Cory Morgan

If you've seen the movies "Black Hawk Down" or "Lone Survivor" you already know something about Santa Clara Police Sergeant Cory Morgan's remarkable history.

Morgan served in the U.S. Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), one of the units memorialized in those popular movies “Black Hawk Down...

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Green is the New Black: SCU’s Eco-Fashion Show
Story and Photos by Maria Judnick

Green is the New Black: SCU’s Eco-Fashion Show

On many college campuses, undergraduate fashion usually consists of whatever items of clothing are “good enough” to throw on when rolling out of bed five minutes before class starts. But on Feb. 27, SCU’s student fashion designers at the 7th Annual Eco-Fashion Show proved that a collegiate fashion sense could not only be chic but also sustainable...

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Santa Clara’s Books Inc. Celebrates Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng

Santa Clara’s Books Inc. Celebrates Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

The Cat in the Hat, in its tall and fuzzy glory, visited Santa Clara’s Books Inc. for the store’s Read Across America Pajama Storytime.

“Tonight we’re celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday, which is today, March 2,” said Cheenie Durham, store manager. “Dr. Seuss is a classic children’s book author beloved by oldsters and children. My favorite Dr. Seuss book is ‘The Cat in the Hat...’”

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Santa Clara Native Launches Ski Business
Story by Alissa Reyes and Photos Courtesy of Snow Schoolers

Santa Clara Native Launches Ski Business

Fresh white powder, icy wind on your face, adrenaline from speeding down the slopes–Santa Clara native, Brian Bensch turned his passion for skiing into a new business.

Bensch launched Snow Schoolers in Lake Tahoe in December 2016 for the current snow season. Snow Schoolers is a business that connects prospective ski students with certified instructors through his user friendly website...

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SVACA’s Continues No Kill Numbers, Needs Fosters
Story By Melissa McKenzie

SVACA’s Continues No Kill Numbers, Needs Fosters

Over the past few years, shelters across the country have been working to improve save rates to ensure all adoptable animals find homes. This effort has not only increased shelter stays for the less desirable black cats and bully breed pit bulls, but forged relationships...

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This Week's Letter

Santa Clara is a very popular place for businesses due to cheap electric power, healthy roads, and a simple business tax system.  Only people with minds as stale as bad pizza would try to discourage people to come to Santa Clara.  Another advantage is the convenient and inexpensive legal business advertising system of the Weekly.  It is sad that a fake news publisher with the buffoonery of a "Curly Joe," would attempt to block business development.  Santa Clara's business community is a rich lasagna of great diversity, not a stale pizza pie made in another zip code.

James Rowen

Bruins Soccer Finishes Fantastic Season CCS Co-Champions
By: Andrew Bensch

Bruins Soccer Finishes Fantastic Season CCS Co-Champions

The Santa Clara Bruins are CCS champions in girls soccer for the first time in school history, finishing their season with a drama filled final two games.

In the semifinals Santa Clara beat the Pioneer Mustangs featuring Naomi Girma, a starter on the U-17 USWNT. Girma played most of the game against the Bruins (who won 5-4 on penalty kicks after OT ended 1-1), but started and finished the game on the bench. Despite Girma’s presence, the Bruins dominated possession. In particular, junior midfielder Maddie Ambelang was terrific.

“[Maddie] is one of the reasons that we dominated so much,” commented Bruins Head Coach Brad Comstock after the Pioneer game. “She controlled the hell out of that midfield and let us attack.”

“[Girma] is one of my [club] teammates actually,” chimed senior goalkeeper Samantha Coelho. “I knew she had some skills, but Maddie in the midfield controlled her well...”

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Santa Clara Chorale's Kid-Friendly Spring Concert Stars Poetry-Writing Dragon
Story and photo by Diane Andrews

Santa Clara Chorale's Kid-Friendly Spring Concert Stars Poetry-Writing Dragon

In what is becoming an annual tradition, the Santa Clara Chorale's spring concert, directed by Dr. Scot Hanna-Weir with accompanist Dan Cromeenes, features a kid-friendly selection of music with free admission for children under 12 and just $5 for those 13 to 18. "Knights and Dragons," which stars a poetry-writing dragon from "The Reluctant Dragon" by John Rutter, will be performed for the second and final time March 12, 2 p.m. at Mission Santa Clara.

The music appeals to the young and young-at-heart, telling of mythical creatures and people that overcome personal challenges. In the March 3 dramatization of "The Reluctant Dragon," based on a story from 1898, the brave daughter of a shepherd sets off to search for a dragon, who is feared by the townspeople because he is rumored to be "a fire-breathing, fearsome, fabulous, fairy-tale, scaly, taily, green-bodied, red-eyed dragon," in other words, a real bad guy.

"We want the dragon! Scrag 'I'm, do 'I'm, chop 'Is 'ead off!" sing the robust Villagers, looking every bit like Santa Clara Chorale singers. The shepherd's daughter does, of course, find the dragon, who, because of his bent for rhyming rather than fighting, is slain by St. George. Or is he? Is the pen mightier than the sword?...

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Santa Clara Constantly Preparing for Water Emergencies
Story by Diane Andrews and
photos courtesy of the Santa Clara Fire Department

Santa Clara Constantly Preparing for Water Emergencies

Knock on wood, but Santa Clara has weathered the drought-breaking winter storms with only minor electrical power outages of short durations–seven of 18 between Jan. 1 and Feb. 20 were tree related–and no flooding.

"A little bit of luck and a lot of preparation really help. City preparedness efforts help keep our losses to a minimum," said Santa Clara Fire Department Chief William Kelly. "We're fortunate in Santa Clara that our creeks were able to handle in-channel water flow, though they flowed at near capacity on some occasions."

Three seasonal creeks run through Santa Clara, which are part of the Guadalupe River and West Valley watersheds: San Tomas Aquino Creek, Saratoga Creek and Calabazas Creek. All are fed by other creeks and catch rain and runoff water via City storm drains...

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The New Homes on the Block: Emerson Homes
Story and photo by Alissa Reyes

The New Homes on the Block: Emerson Homes

Construction of the Emerson Homes located on Saratoga Ave. is progressing and model homes are almost complete. The New Home Company announced their grand opening for March 11.

Named after Ralph Waldo Emerson, the development has 33 three-story town homes spread across seven buildings that sit on a 1.73-acre plot of land. They feature a Spanish inspired exteriors with attached 2 car garages. They’re also pet friendly.

One of the top qualities of these homes is “location, location, location,” said Northern California President for New Home Kevin Carson.

“We’re very fortunate to get this location,” continued Carson. The homes have easy access to Saratoga Ave. and San Tomas Expressway. They’re near Pruneridge Shopping Center, Pruneridge Golf Club, Santana Row and Valley Fair Mall as well as good schools...

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A Champion for Migrant Students and Families Marches On
Story and photo by Erasmo Guerra

A Champion for Migrant Students and Families Marches On

For Franciso Jiménez, Santa Clara University Professor Emeritus and author of a series of autobiographical books about his life as an undocumented migrant child, springtime meant cotton season was over. But work continued “topping carrots”–chopping the leafy green stems off carrots–or “thinning lettuce”–going down a dirt row and uprooting every other bunch to allow the others to grow. He worked in the fields after school and on the weekends. These days, the youthful 73-year-old travels across the country to talk about those harsh, childhood years spent as a migrant farmworker and the transformative power of education.

This past February he was in Pennsylvania, speaking to seventh and eighth graders, “telling my own story and how education helped me and my siblings break the cycle of poverty,” he said. On March 10, Jiménez will give a keynote presentation at the 38th Annual State Migrant Parent Conference in Los Angeles.

Sponsored by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and coordinated by the California Department of Education’s Migrant Education Office...

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