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Santa Clara Artists Create 3D Chalk Art Paintings
By Cynthia Cheng

Santa Clara couple Wayne and Cheryl Renshaw attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo about 30 years ago. Taking art classes together, the two met and fell in love. Today Wayne Renshaw, an architect, and Cheryl Renshaw, a landscape designer, are artists by hobby who specialize in creating stunning chalk art paintings as a team. Gathering inspiration from reviewing thousands of photographs they take of people and objects, the Renshaws travel around the country to create 3D chalk art paintings. Their unique art seems to sit right up when viewed from a certain angle. Works they have created include a scene of children feasting on juicy watermelon in Venice, Florida and a young astronaut planting the American flag on the moon in Marietta, Georgia.

“We’ve been doing chalk art for 16 years,” Cheryl Renshaw says. “People often ask us how we come up with our ideas and our joke is that we fight about it. But it’s a well-behaved fight.”

“We’re always looking for that germ of an idea,” Wayne Renshaw says. “We’d see an inflatable ducky at the top of a children’s museum and we’d think, what can I do with that? What if we have someone riding the rubber ducky? What if it became a rodeo rubber ducky? What if we have a rodeo rubber ducky with a lasso? And then Cheryl would say no, how about a rubber ducky in the navy instead. It becomes a brainstorming session.”

In 2014, the Renshaws created an elaborate chalk art painting called “Tiger Trap” at the Palo Alto Art & Wine Festival. The germ of this idea involved a stick in a box.

“We had a plan of having the stick holding up the box as a trap to fall on something that comes along,” Wayne Renshaw says. “We decided to make a tiger trap...

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Santa Clara University Recognizes Multiculturalism at 30th Annual Global Village
By Cynthia Cheng

Santa Clara University Recognizes Multiculturalism at 30th Annual Global Village

At the International Club’s booth, sophomore Mahina Kamoku and her friends were selling Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and Italian tiramisu. Kamoku explained that her club enabled its members from diverse backgrounds to discuss world events that don’t get much attention here. In spite of some light rain on Sunday, April 10, big crowds of Santa Clara University students and visitors hung out at the school’s 30th annual Global Village with the theme “Bon Voyage.”...

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Santa Clara City Observer: April 20, 2016
By Carolyn Schuk

Santa Clara City Observer

Franklin Pedestrian Plaza Approved – SCU to Invest $3.3 Million in Community Arts Neighborhood

Santa Clara’s downtown revitalization is going forward, thanks to Santa Clara University’s plan for a pedestrian plaza on the 700 and 800 blocks of Franklin St. and half a block of Alviso St – adjacent to the university. And the City may gain something it’s never had – an arts district...

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Teens Organize Autism Awareness Concert at Santana Row
By Diane Andrews

Teens Organize Autism Awareness Concert at Santana Row

Outdoors on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Santana Row in San Jose, the School of Rock house band played to shoppers strolling by and diners at sidewalk cafe tables. Eight-year-old Skylar Starling from Fremont and her nine-year-old friend Rhianna Taylor from San Jose, however, weren't listening to the music. They were focused on a task designed to make them aware of the physical limitations that autistic children may face.

They put bulky, padded oven mitts on both hands. Then they struggled to pull t-shirts over their heads. It took a few minutes, but they finally succeeded at the tricky task. Next, mitts still on, they buckled belts around their waists. Last, they did their best to put together a jigsaw puzzle...

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This Week's Letter

The editorial comments on public employee retirement benefits was a little misleading.  Santa Clara city police officers don’t receive a cash salary of $185,000 annually.  Perhaps a senior officer or those in management may attain such a salary when combining the value of, base pay, over-time, pay incentives  (i.e... Education, bi-lingual pay) as well as benefits such as health care, vacation and sick leave.

The idea that an officer can retire in 25 years at 90% of their salary is not possible.  To be a police officer you must be at least 21years of age.  That along with maximum retirement benefits calculated at 3% per year, adds up to 30 years of service and a minimum of 51 years of age to retire @ 90%.  Those who do retire on a state retirement program and have also contributed to Social Security have their So. Sec. pay-out reduced (penalized)approx. 40% because, they receive another government retirement benefit.  Often ignored is the fact they have also contributed into both systems through payroll deduction.  

Public safety retirements benefits are appealing. However, should you choose a career in public safety for the salary and retirement benefits, you have made an error in career choices for both yourself and the community you serve...it isn’t about the money.

John Azevedo

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s “The Wizard of Oz”
By Cynthia Cheng

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s “The  Wizard of Oz”

The live orchestra, conducted by Patrick Day, conjured up properly ominous music to accompany a tornado’s harsh winds and rain as Kansas countryside dwellers held onto their hats. Caught in the “twister” were Dorothy and her dog Toto, who were whisked away to the fantasy land of Oz. At their arrival, Dorothy met the good witch Glinda and the brightly dressed Munchkins. By the end of the first act in the April 13 preview show of Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy was embarking on the yellow brick road to find a wizard who might help her return home. The musical is based on L. Frank Baum’s novel.

“This story is about people achieving their dreams, making deep friendships and appreciating their family and loved ones,” says Kevin Cornelius, recreation supervisor for the Santa Clara City Parks and Recreation Department...

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Ulistac Natural Area – Where the Wildflowers Miraculously Grow
By Diane Andrews

Ulistac Natural Area – Where the Wildflowers Miraculously Grow

Orange-gold poppies, yellow sticky monkey, purple ceanothus, gold flannelbush and wine-red hummingbird sage–the California natives sparkled in the sunshine on Wildflower Day at Ulistac Natural Area April 16.

Bay Area families dropped by with their kids and leashed dogs in tow. They were treated to Ohlone children’s games and stories, butterfly tours, bird watching, kids’ crafts, nature-focused display booths, mellow music by South Bay Folks and a hug from Smokey the Bear.

That Ulistac became what it is today–a 40-acre natural area in the midst of Santa Clara’s developing north side–is nothing short of miraculous. The parcel of land was an undeveloped section of a city golf course that shut down in 1988...

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